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NEW YORK (AP) – CBS says the upcoming 12th season of “The Big Bang Theory” will be the last. It’s the most popular comedy on television. The series began about geeky physicist roommates portrayed by Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki and expanded to include their friends, girlfriends and then wives. Other stars include Mayim Bialik and Kaley Cuoco. Parsons’ work on the show has earned him four Emmy awards and a Golden Globe. CBS also airs a prequel about his character called “Young Sheldon.” There’s also a UCLA scholarship created by and named for the series to support undergrad study in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Season 12 of “Big Bang” premieres Sept. 24.



LONDON (AP) – Icelandic actor Stefan Karl Stefansson, who played villain Robbie Rotten on the Nickelodeon series “LazyTown,” has died of cancer. He was 43. The actor’s wife (Steinunn Olina Thorsteinsdottir) announced on Facebook that he died Tuesday. Trained as a stage actor and puppeteer, Stefansson was best known for “LazyTown,” where his junk food-munching villain was pitted against child heroine Stephanie and fitness-loving hero Sportacus. The Iceland-made show, a mix of animation, live action and CGI, ran between 2004 and 2007, and from 2013 to 2014. Stefansson was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in 2016. He announced earlier this year that the disease had returned and was inoperable. He is survived by his wife and four children. Stefansson’s widow says her husband’s ashes would be scattered on the ocean, in keeping with his wishes.



STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – The replica Ferrari used in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will be auctioned off on live TV this weekend. It will be one of roughly 600 cars that will be sold during Mecum Auctions in Monterey. Coverage started last night on NBCSN. The Ferris Bueller car will be sold Saturday at 3 p.m. Eastern on NBC. The car was one of three cars used during the movie. It’s actually a 1985 Modena GT Spyder California.



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