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  • INDUSTRY NEWS

    SOUTH PARK TARGETS ROSEANNE BARR, BRETT KAVANAUGH, THE SIMPSONS: This week’s episode of Comedy Central's South Park took no prisoners. The show, known for its of-the-moment take on social issues, threw shade at Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court despite allegations of assault against him, Roseanne Barr and The Simpsons. Mr. Hankey the Christmas Poo did some of the honors by posting offensive tweets a la Barr that eventually got him fired. Then the show ended featuring The Simpson’s character Apu—who has been derided as a racist stereotype—and a credit sequence with the hashtag #cancelthesimpsons.

    HOW THE CONNERS PLAN TO HONOR ROSEANNE BARR: The creative team behind The Conners knows it has a problem: the ABC spinoff of the wildly successful and canceled Roseanne has to hold onto the show’s old audience (many of whom are loyal to the ousted star), without alienating people who were offended by the racist tweet that got her fired. So how will her absence be handled? "We want people to watch the show and see what happens and how we wrote Roseanne off," executive producer Bruce Rasmussen told Variety. "You don't want to be flip about how you do this. A lot of people cared about that character and it's separate from whatever feelings they had about the person and her political views and the things she said. We wanted to honor that character. People can have their opinions after that." The Conners premieres Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

    HAILEE STEINFELD TO HOST MTV EMAs: The Oscar-nominated Hailee Steinfeld will host this year’s MTV EMAs on November 4th. She will also perform. This year’s party kicks off in Bilbao, Spain. Last year, she grabbed the "Best Push Act," and this year, she’s nominated in the "Best Pop" category alongside Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa and Shawn Mendes. "The EMAs are a show where anything can happen," said Steinfeld. "I can’t wait to host a night filled with incredible artists, performances, some surprises of my own – let’s do this, Bilbao!"

    DANIELA VEGA TO STAR IN THE PACK: A Fantastic Woman’s Daniela Vega has signed on to star in The Pack, a Spanish-language drama series. Director and screenwriter Lucia Puenzo (Ingobernable, Wacolda, XXY, Cromo) will serve as showrunner on the 8-episode show, which is being pitched as a psychological thriller. Vega won an Oscar for her role in A Fantastic Woman. Production begins in January.

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