ABC/Eike Schroter(NEW YORK) -- When The Good Doctor returns to ABC tonight, British actor Freddie Highmore will be pulling double duty. He not only stars as Dr. Shaun Murphy, but he wrote the season two premiere episode as well.
“Hopefully, people won't be able to tell,” Highmore tells ABC Radio. “I guess that's the thing that you hope for as a television writer is that it still feels like the show and that Shaun doesn't suddenly become someone else or start speaking in British-isms," he jokes. "But no, it was a wonderful opportunity and a huge honor to be asked to write the first one.”
The first episode picks up with Shaun, who's autistic, dealing with the aftermath of his near-fatal mistake in the OR last season, as well as the news that his mentor, Dr. Glassman -- played by The West Wing veteran Richard Schiff -- has a brain tumor. The episode also includes a farewell to one character and the surprise return of another.
Highmore says writing the script helped him tap into the other characters’ perspectives, not just Shaun's. Not to mention it made it much easier to memorize his lines.
“Or if the lines aren't good you have no one to complain to but yourself,” he jokes. “So yes, in that way I guess it curtails a little bit of the acting process of learning the lines and figuring what the scene is about.”
Highmore, who previously wrote and directed some episodes of Bates Motel, in which he also starred, plans to direct an episode of The Good Doctor later this season.
Season two of The Good Doctor premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
Mark Makela/Getty Images(NORRISTOWN, PA) -- A sentencing hearing for Bill Cosby will continue for a second day Tuesday at the Montgomery County Court in Norristown, PA.
The hearing began Monday with the defense and prosecution presenting their arguments for sentencing, following Cosby's April conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
The prosecution is asking for five-10 years of state incarceration, while the defense argued that Cosby is too old and feeble to serve prison time.
Cosby's lawyer, Joseph P. Green, argued, “Mr. Cosby is not dangerous. 81-year-old blind men who are not self-sufficient are not dangerous.”
But the Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said Cosby shouldn’t get a "get out jail free" card because he's old.
“The bottom line is nobody is above the law,” Steele argued. He added, “Committing a drugging and sexual assault comes with a hefty price. That price is your liberty.”
Constand took the stand very briefly Monday only to say that the judge had her victim impact statement and added, “All I am asking for is justice as the court sees fit.” Her mother, father and sister also read victim impact statements.
Tuesday morning there will be testimony about whether Cosby should be designated a sexually violent predator. The judge will rule on that, and announce Cosby’s sentence.
ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- Ahead of the premiere of his upcoming comedy Night School, starring Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip producer Will Packer is updating fans on the status of Girls Trip 2, the highly anticipated sequel to last year's summer blockbuster.
Packer tells ABC Radio that the film is indeed in the works, but there's a really good reason for the hold up with its production.
"Listen, these are four of [the] busiest women in Hollywood right now," he says referring to the cast of Girls Trip. "I mean, seriously. "Queen [Latifah] is never not working. Regina Hall -- she just had a movie that came out, and then she's got The Hate You Give. Jada Pinkett Smith is -- first of all she's Jada Pinkett Smith, so let's just start there. That's before we even get to Miss Haddish. Miss everybody wants a piece Tiffany Haddish -- and she's willing to give it."
According to Packer, the cast schedules first need to be figured out. After that, it's making sure his entire Girls Trip team is ready to go.
"Malcolm [Lee] and I talked about it and I think if we do it we've got to do it right," Packer says, referencing the film's director. "We bring him back, Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver -- who... was the main writer on Girls Trip."
While Packer confirms there will definitely be a sequel, he admits he wasn't initially sold on doing the project.
"The worst thing I could do is to make the sequel fall short," Packer adds. "Because then everybody goes, 'Why in the hell would you make a sequel? When the first one was so good?"
Fortunately, Packer isn't willing to let his fear hold him back.
"I think we'll do it and I think we'll do it right," he smiles. "I think it will be great."
ABC/Eric Liebowitz(NEW YORK) -- Ricky Gervais stopped by Good Morning AmericaMonday to chat about his game show Child Support, his Netflix stand-up special and whether or not he’d ever host the Golden Globes again.
In Child Support, which kicks off its second season on ABC October 5, Gervais wrangles a group of kids to see if they can match the answers of adult contestants. The comedian says he loves working with children, particularly because they can be brutally honest.
“One little girl just went to me, ‘I can see your bald spot,’ and I went, ‘Cheers,’” he says. “And another one said, ‘Are you married?’ and I said, ‘No, but I’ve been with the same girl for 30 years.’ She went, ‘Why don’t you propose to her, then?’”
But he says if he had to choose between kids, animals or celebrities at the Golden Globes, the celebrities are probably the toughest to work with. He's hosted the awards show four times and says he “might” be back to host again someday.
Gervais also has a stand-up special on Netflix, called Ricky Gervais: Humanity – his first stand-up special in seven years.
“I always thought stand-up was the second thing I did. You know, I write and direct TV or films or whatever,” he says. “But now after doing this tour – I did a world tour and it went on Netflix – I think stand-up’s my main thing now, because it’s such a privilege to go out there and say what you want.”
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- A whole new set of celebrities will hit the ballroom tonight as the 27th season of Dancing with the Stars premieres on ABC. The cast -- which includes actors, singers, athletes and an Instagram star -- are all hoping to overcome their own personal challenges to snag the Mirrorball trophy.
Gymnast Mary Lou Retton, who’s partnered with Sasha Farber, says the prize is “maybe even more appreciated” than an Olympic gold medal because she’s “starting from zero.”
And even though some of the contestants may have dance experience, they’re still new to the world of ballroom dancing. Dukes of Hazzard actor John Schneider says he’s eager to show a different side to himself.
“[I] was never really the dancer guy, I was the singer guy,” he says. “So I’m finally going to find out whether or not I can do this.”
For comedian Nikki Glaser, it’s all about learning how to transition from her solo stand-up work to working with her partner, Gleb Savchenko.
“It’s really hard for me to give over and be led because I want everything my way,” she says. “…It’s just difficult to let go of jokes, to not make funny faces with him and to take it seriously.”
Nancy McKeon, who’s partnered with Val Chmerkovskiy, says she sought advice from her Facts of Life co-star Kim Fields, who danced on season 22 of the series.
“[Kim] said to enjoy and have fun, and she’s so right,” says the actress, who played tomboy Jo on the classic sitcom. “[You] could always see the joy and the happiness on her face when she was dancing and so that’s what she said to do, just enjoy the dance.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
The two-night season premiere kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Here's the full list of the stars and their pro dance partners:
Bobby Bones, syndicated country radio personality, with Sharna Burgess John Schneider, former The Dukes of Hazzard star, with Emma Slater Juan Pablo Di Pace, Argentinian actor and director, with Cheryl Burke Milo Manheim, Disney channel star, with Witney Carson Alexis Ren, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, with Alan Bersten Danelle Umstead, visually-impaired Paralympic skiier, with Artem Chigvintsev Joe Amabile, The Bachelorette contestant, with Adam Rippon Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter films star, with Keo Motsepe Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic gymnast, with Sasha Farber Nancy McKeon, former The Facts of Life star, with Val Chmerkovskiy Nikki Glaser, comic, with Gleb Savchenko Tinashe, R&B singer, with Brandon Armstrong DeMarcus Ware, former NFL star, with Lindsay Arnold
HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- Jane Fonda is the subject of a new documentary premiering Monday night on HBO called Jane Fonda in Five Acts. It's everything you ever wanted to know about the actress and activist, and she tells ABC Radio it was "a hard portrait...to watch."
"You know it would be nice for me if it was a portrait of me that everything is flattering and makes me look great," says the 80-year-old Grace and Frankie star, "but some of it doesn't, and I'm not always proud of what I did or say."
One of Fonda's biggest regrets: "I wasn't a good enough mother to my daughter."
People may also be shocked to learn that the outspoken actress is not as strong and confident as she appears.
"I've gotten feedback...from guys especially [who say] 'I've always seen you as this really strong woman, and I didn't realize how lacking in confidence you were,' and that kind of thing," notes Fonda. "And I think that's important for people to see -- that we're never just one thing."
A few takeaways Fonda hopes people get from watching the doc? "I hope they learn that it's never too late, that forgiveness is important, and that striving to have a life that has meaning is a worthwhile endeavor," she says.
Grace and Frankie, which also stars Lily Tomlin and Martin Sheen, returns for its fifth season in 2019 on Netflix.
The footage, posted by TMZ, shows Joker striding off of a New York -- or Gotham City -- subway car, peeling off a plastic mask to reveal a painted face beneath. In his wake is pandemonium: A businessman is pulled from the car and beaten by folks in street clothes and Joker acolytes in masks hold any good Samaritans at bay. One goon holds an "Eat the Rich" poster, possibly betraying what makes this version of the villain tick.
Like the test footage, Phillips seems to be giving a nod to Caesar Romero's original Joker get-up, with Phoenix dressed in a green shirt under an orange vest and a maroon suit, but also to the general creepiness of clowns. Whether it's the John Wayne Gacy effect or that of Pennywise from It, Phoenix's Joker looks scary enough just wearing traditional clown face paint to give him his murderous grin. Both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger also used facial make-up to compliment their look.
And while Phoenix recently claimed to IndieWire that he didn't care what people thought of him playing the Batman villain, fan reaction online seems to tilt in his favor -- certainly better than that of Jared Leto's tattooed, grill-sporting Joker from Suicide Squad. Even director David Ayer now admits he might have gone too far with Leto's look.
We'll see if Phoenix's approach pays off when Joker, which might also star Robert De Niro, hits theaters October 4, 2019.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Theroux is finally speaking out about his divorce from Jennifer Aniston in a revealing interview in this weekend'sThe New York Times.
After two years of marriage and seven years together, the two actors called it quits in February, igniting a flame of wild rumors.
"How do you combat gossip and rumor?" he said. “And it’s just on crack and steroids now.”
The truth is the two split amicably without any drama like the tabloids said.
"It was kind of the most gentle separation, in that there was no animosity,” the Maniac actor said in the interview. “In a weird way, just sort of navigating the inevitable perception of it is the exhausting part.”
He added, “Again, neither one of us is dead, neither one of us is looking to throw hatchets at each other. It’s more like, it’s amicable. It’s boring, but, you know, we respected each other enough that it was as painless as it could be.”
But, Theroux does admit the divorce was "heartbreaking," especially since it tainted their friendship.
“The friendship would not be the same, as far as just the day to day," he said. "But the friendship is shifting and changing, you know, so that part is something that we’re both very proud of.”
Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- America’s Got Talent season 13 finalist Michael Ketterer was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence on Thursday after officers were called to a Hollywood hotel, TMZ reported.
Ketterer, who admitted to arguing with this wife, but called the arrest a "misunderstanding," was reportedly charged and later released after posting $50,000 bail.
The pediatric mental health care nurse, and part-time worship leader, with six children -- five of whom were adopted from foster care -- lost to closeup magician Shin Lim in last week's finale of the competition reality show.
TMZ reported that Ketterer's wife didn't want to press charges, but he was arrested anyway. The gossip site says the charge will likely be dropped to a misdemeanor.
Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images(PENNSYLVANIA) -- Bill Cosby faces sentencing today in Norristown, PA, after being convicted in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 encounter with Andrea Constand, in which she says he drugged and sexually assaulted her.
Each charge against Cosby carries a maximum of 10 years in prison but the judge in this case has a lot of latitude to determine Cosby's sentence -- from maximum consecutive sentences, to reduced sentences on each count, to concurrent sentences. However, the only way the 81-year-old entertainer walks out of court a free man is if the judge gives him a lenient sentence of probation without jail time.
The sentencing hearing, which could extend into Tuesday, could include victim statement testimony from Constand. Cosby himself could testify as well.
Cosby has been under house arrest at his Philadelphia-area home since his conviction in April.
Storyteller Distribution Co., LLC(LOS ANGELES) -- The House with a Clock in Its Walls topped a slow box office weekend. The dark fantasy comedy, starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, beat expectations, delivering an estimated $26.85 million.
A Simple Favor, in its second week of release, took second place, earning an estimated $10.4 million, just ahead of The Nun, in third place with an estimated $10.2 million. The fourth film in The Conjuring franchise has now topped $100 million stateside.
Last week's box office champ, The Predator, dropped to fourth place this weekend, grabbing an estimated $8.7 million.
Rounding out the top five was Crazy Rich Asians, delivering an estimated $6.5 million. The film has racked up just shy of $160 million here in the states, ranking it as the seventh highest grossing romantic comedy of all time.
Michael Moore's latest political documentary, Farenheit 11/9, led this weekend's other major releases, though it managed just an eighth place finish with an estimated $3.1 million.
As for the others, Life Itself -- which boasted an ensemble cast including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Mandy Patinkin, Annette Bening and Antonio Banderas -- delivered the second worst opening for a film debuting in over 2,500 locations, earning an estimated $2.1 million. Assassination Nation, the black comedy thriller, did even worse, only managing an estimated $1 million from 1,403 theaters.
Collette, starring Keira Knightley, and The Sisters Brothers, featuring John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix, both did well opening in limited release, earning an estimated $156,788 and $122,02, respectively.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:
1. The House With a Clock in Its Walls, $26.85 million 2. A Simple Favor, $10.4 million 3. The Nun, $10.2 million 4. The Predator, $8.7 million 5. Crazy Rich Asians, $6.5 million 6. White Boy Rick, $5 million 7. Peppermint, $3.7 million 8. Fahrenheit 11/9, $3.1 million 9. The Meg, $2.35 million 10. Searching, $2.175 million
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Smith took his first crack at stand-up comedy this week and he loved it.
In an Instagram post on Thursday night, Smith shared a series of photos from his comedy debut.
"I did Stand Up last night... FIRST TIME EVER!," he wrote. "I opened for Dave Chappelle. I AM HOOKED."
According to Variety, Smith made his stand-up comedy debut at the Peppermint Club on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, as part of Chappelle's three-and-a-half hour surprise show. Smith was said to have filmed his set as part of his new Bucket List video series, which has yet to be released. The actor explained that his 50th birthday was coming up and doing stand up was definitely on his "bucket list."
The private event was attended by the likes of Jon Stewart, Katt Williams and LeBron James, and Will's wife Jade Pinkett Smith and daughter Willow were also in the audience.
Variety reports that some of Will's jokes included how he lost control of his house after Jada's Red Table Talk show on Facebook Watch turned their garage into a control booth, and how his son Jaden now considers him "the second-best rapper in the house!”
ABC/Radhika Chalasani(LONDON) -- Thor: Ragnarok co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are front and center in a black-and-white, on-set social media snap that gives fans their first look at them in the as-yet-untitled reboot of the Men in Black franchise, which will be based in the U.K.
The pair can be seen on Hemsworth's Insta, wearing most of their get-ups as members of the super-secret alien enforcement agency. Despite not sporting the MiB trademark black Armani jackets, to paraphrase Will Smith's MIB character, Thompson and Hemsworth certainly "make it look good" in matching white shirts and skinny black ties.
Thompson's Insta shows the pair in the same place, with Hemsworth making a fish-lipped face to the camera.
Thor's alter-ego also posted a spinning selfie video, with the caption, "I do all my own stunts."
The still-untitled Men in Black reboot features Emma Thompson reprising her Men in Black 3 leader character Agent O, and will also co-star Rebecca Ferguson, and Liam Neeson. It's set to open June 14, 2019.
David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The third season of the acclaimed Netflix Marvel series Daredevil will hit the streaming service October 19.
In a promo revealing the return, Charlie Cox's Matt Murdock -- blind lawyer for the oppressed by day, masked vigilante by night -- has fallen from the light spiritually. Bloodied and partially in shadow, Cox's character says in voiceover, "You can suffocate evil. Starve it. Lock it behind bars, but it will come back even stronger. There's only one true way to end evil: To finish it for good."
"Let the devil out," he whispers, as he's suddenly seen smirking in his black ninja mask.
When fans last saw Murdock, he was badly injured and presumed dead after the events of the team-up series The Defenders. As the proo suggests, Murdoch's return will show that he's losing faith in his "day job's" ability to keep evil at bay.
Based on the comic characters created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, Daredevil also stars returning players Vincent D’Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, and Elden Henson. Joanne Whalley is a new addition to the cast, as Sister Maggie, a confidante who nurses Murdoch's bruised body and faith -- and who may also be his long-lost mother.
Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
ABC(NEW YORK) -- Filmmaker Michael Moore wants to tap a Hollywood legend for a White House run: Tom Hanks.
"When [people] say people don’t love Trump," Moore tells ABC's Peter Travers, "I [say] you clearly have never watched 'The Apprentice! People loved that show. [Trump] was a beloved figure! Why don't we [Democrats] run beloved figures?"
When Travers asked Moore whom he would choose as the next Democratic presidential nominee, Moore instantly had an answer.
"Tom Hanks," he said. "Who wouldn’t vote for Tom Hanks. Why not? I’ve asked him twice now to run and he won’t run."
He added, "I even offered [to] be the VP, I'll do all the work. You just show up at nice things and smile and be happy. Oprah, who wouldn't vote for Oprah? How about Michelle Obama? Who wouldn't vote for Michelle Obama? Come on, we could win if we ran somebody people wanted to vote for."
For his newest film, Fahrenheit 11/9, Moore spoke to Americans across the country about their thoughts on the Trump presidency. The date in the title refers to the day President Trump’s victory in the 2016 election was confirmed, and is play on the title of Moore's 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11, about then-President George W. Bush, the 9/11 attacks and the second Iraq war.
Moore was one of the few who predicted Donald Trump would win the election and said Trump could even be a two-term president.