Jussie Smollett is sticking to his guns as the drama surrounding his alleged fake crime intensifies.
The ‘Empire’ star pleaded not guilty to accusations that he lied to police about being a victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago just a few weeks ago.
The plea was entered Thursday by his lawyer Tina Glandian.
This comes on the heels of Smollett being charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct.
Judge Steven Watkins, the judge overseeing the case, granted Smollett’s request to travel to New York and California on the condition that he gives the court a 48 hours’ notice.
His next hearing is scheduled for April 17.
Smollett went from victim to suspect after his story that men wearing MAGA hats attacked him, poured a bleachy substance on him and tied a noose around his neck while shouting racists and homophobic slurs.
Two suspects were arrested but almost immediately it was revealed that Smollett met the Nigerian brothers on the set of ‘Empire’ and paid them to attack him.
Prosecutors believe that Smollett’s allegations have no merit and that staged the incident because he was upset with his salary and wanted to drum up publicity to boost his career.
Meanwhile, Smollett’s legal team remains clear that the actor only paid them to train him.
They’ve been working overtime hoping the judge will allow cameras in the courtroom so that the public will see the evidence and form their own opinion.
Considering the severity of the allegations and the interest in this case, it’s unclear if their ask will be honored.
For what it’s worth, Smollett has been attending all court hearings.
Many of the actors on the hit series believe Smollett’s legal troubles are bad news for the series. And they may be onto something.
FOX has yet to renew the series for its sixth season despite usually giving the renew or cancel ruling in early January.
Ratings for Wednesday night’s episode also took a hit clocking in down 12 percent from its winter finale and marking the second-lowest numbers ever.
Serayah told US Weekly that the cast and crew were shocked and a little shaken up, but they’ve remained professional because they have a “job to do” and a season to finish up.
Most of Smollett’s cast members have been mum on his legal situation though there have been rumors that there is animosity on set.
What do you about the latest developments? Is Smollett telling the truth? Or is he guilty?
When Does ‘Upload’ Season 3 Come Out?
Fans of Upload—starring Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, and Allegra Edwards—have been waiting patiently for any information about a potential third season, particularly as season 2 left off on quite a bit of a hangover, with Amell’s Nathan Brown’s life hanging in the balance.
But now, we finally have a premiere date along with a brand new trailer that mostly qualms all of those worries.
Upload Season 3 will be here sooner rather than later with an arrival date of October 20, 2023—that is, for the first two episodes. The next few episodes—a total of 8 for the season—will arrive weekly in pairs, with episodes 3 and 4 landing on Oct 27, episodes 5 and 6 on Nov 3, and episodes 7 and 8 on Nov 10.
Episodes release on Prime Video at 12:00 a.m. GMT on the date, which means 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
The futuristic sci-fi comedy in which a man uploads to a digital life extension following his untimely death and forms a special bond with his angel (a customer service rep, in present-day terms) immediately built a dedicated fanbase for its comedic tone as it tackles serious issues.
In the trailer teasing the new season, fans see more of Brown’s time on Earth with Nora following his download. While the final moments of season 2 kept his fate uncertain as he suffered a nosebleed, meaning there was a possibility he wasn’t going to live for much longer, he’s very much alive and well 26 days after the download. While they’re still making good on their amazing connection, Nathan and Nora have also joined forces to shut down Freeyond, which has killed hundreds of innocent people in an attempt to rig the election.
But back at Horizon, Tinlsey, who noticed Nathan disappeared, rebooted him from a backup copy, meaning there’s another Nathan that exists in the afterlife. Ingrid is making the most of this “second chance” to do this right as “new Nathan” has no memory of what happened, nor does he remember breaking up with her.
“Two Nathans, one Nora, Never fantasized about this before,” Nora states as she pays a visit to Lakeview, where someone informs her that isn’t cheating, it’s just her boyfriend “6 months ago.”
Ingrid then informs Earth Nathan that “his girl is hanging with my fake dude.”
Will Nora get charmed by Lakeview Nathan? Has the real world taken a toll on their relationship? And is Ingrid really too into the afterlife while still having the opportunity to live a real life?
Check out the trailer and watch the new season starting Oct. 20.
When Does ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Start?
Bachelor Nation—Thursday night is your night.
Following the premiere of The Golden Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise returns for its 9th season.
The reality series finds former leads and contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette—some fan-favorites, some controversial and least liked—coming together in the carefree setting of a tropical beach destination in Mexico’s Playa Escondida resort to give their journey of finding love another (and hopefully successful) shot.
The contestants then spend roughly three weeks dating around in hopes of finding their soulmate, all while dodging drama and feuds. Some leave the beach engaged, some in committed relationship, and some stay single.
Jesse Palmer will host this season as Wells Adams returns to the bar.
The series will premiere with a 2-hour episode on Thursday September 28 at 9 p.m. ET right after the pilot episode of The Golden Bachelor. Those who can’t catch it live will be able to stream it on Hulu the following day.
They will continue airing on Thursday nights weekly alongside The Golden Bachelor making Thursday’s the new Monday/Tuesday.
Here’s the upcoming cast:
- Greer Blitzer of “The Bachelor” season 27
- Brayden Bowers of “The Bachelorette” season 20
- Aaron Bryant of “The Bachelorette” season 20
- Peter Cappio of “The Bachelorette” season 20
- Jessica “Jess” Girod of “The Bachelor” season 27
- Eliza Isichei of “The Bachelor” season 26 and “Bachelor in Paradise” season 8
- Katherine “Kat” Izzo of “The Bachelor” season 27
- Samantha “Sam” Jeffries of “The Bachelor” season 26
- Olivia Lewis of “The Bachelor” season 27
- Sean McLaughlin of “The Bachelorette” season 20
- Blake Moynes of “The Bachelorette” seasons 16 and 17
- Mercedes Northup of “The Bachelor” season 27
- Rachel Recchia of “The Bachelor” season 26 and “The Bachelorette” season 19
- Kylee Russell of “The Bachelor” season 27
- Aaron Schwartzman of “The Bachelorette” season 20
- Will Urena of “The Bachelorette” season 18
- Brooklyn Willie of “The Bachelor” season 27
- Catherine “Cat” Wong of “The Bachelor” season 27
Anyone who is a fan of Bachelor in Paraside knows that additional contestants are introduced throughout the season, with talks of former Bachelorettes Katie Thurston, Charity Lawson, and Hannah Brown making appearances down the line.
What Time Does ‘The Golden Bachelor’ Start?
ABC is expanding its Bachelor franchise into a new age bracket with The Golden Bachelor.
Gerry Turner, described as a “charming 72-year-old patriarch from Indiana,” will be the first to ever own the title as he sets out to find love amongst 22 hopeful bachelorettes.
The series synopsis notes, “One hopeless romantic is given a second chance at love in the search for a partner with whom to share the sunset years of life.”
There’s been a lot of interest across the board for the spinoff as it’s a refreshing take on the franchise that many found has become quite predictable in recent years as it focuses on the same age group every time.
The new concept doesn’t just pique the interest of longtime Bachelor fans, it’s also enticing older viewers who have never given reality TV a chance, while also sparking interest from younger fans who want to see what kind of drama the older demographic is going to stir up (though Turner did call them the “sweetest” group of women ever).
Many also think that with an older-skewing cast, the focus will be more on finding love versus chasing social media clout as the contestants have all been through their fair share of life experiences and heartache.
“I want to fall in love,” Turner previously explained of his interest in the franchise, noting, “I really want to find my person who can put me in my place when I need it and make me smile at it. The person who can lay down beside you at night, not have to say anything, and you feel it. That’s love. That’s what I want. And I know that person’s out there.”
He was married to his high school sweetheart for 43 years before she died in 2017, so it’s fair to say he’s putting himself out of his comfort zone by pursuing a new romantic connection.
The series will premiere on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. You can stream the episodes the following day on Hulu.
It will continue airing on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Bachelor in Paradise—who doesn’t love back-to-back Bachelor shows?
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