‘COPS’ CREATOR JOHN LANGLEY DIES DURING ROAD RACE IN MEXICO
LOS ANGELES (AP) – John Langley, creator of the long-running TV series “Cops,” has died during an off-road race in Mexico. Family spokeswoman Pam Golum says Langley died of an apparent heart attack Saturday during the Coast to Coast Ensenada-San Felipe 250. He was 78. “Cops” was among the first reality series on the air when it debuted in 1989. It would become an institution through 32 seasons on the Fox Network and later Spike TV, famous for its street-level police perspective and its theme song, “Bad Boys.” Langley was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Los Angeles.
DAYTIME EMMYS SALUTE LATE TV ICONS ALEX TREBEK, LARRY KING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Daytime Emmys turned into a love letter to Alex Trebek as the program honored the beloved “Jeopardy!” host and his show seven months after his death. Trebek won as game show host and the quiz show won best game show honors on Friday night. Trebek also was remembered in a special tribute segment, along with Regis Philbin and Larry King. Among those sharing memories of Trebek were U.S. first lady Jill Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trebek’s son and daughter accepted his trophy. Trebek died of pancreatic cancer in November at age 80.
‘F9’ PUTS CHARGE BACK INTO MOVIE THEATERS WITH $70M OPENING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – In the biggest sign yet that life is coming back to movie theaters, “F9” sped to $70 million in its first weekend, the biggest pandemic-era opening for a movie. The ninth installment in the “Fast & Furious” franchise opened only in theaters and had the widest release of any movie since the start of the coronavirus crisis. The domestic total for “F9” topped the previous pandemic-best of $48.4 million for “A Quiet Place Part II” four weeks ago. This weekend, “A Quiet Place Part II” came in a distant second with $6.2 million, but it has now earned $136.4 million overall.
ANTHONY RAMOS ‘SEXY AND DARK’ IN R&B ALBUM ‘LOVE AND LIES’
NEW YORK (AP) – For his sophomore album, Anthony Ramos wanted to go “sexy and dark” while adding an R&B vibe in honor of the artists that inspired him growing up. “Love and Lies” follows 2019’s “The Good & The Bad,” a “more autobiographical” effort, according to the star of “In the Heights.” Better known for his work in musical theater, Ramos is having a breakthrough year as an actor on screen, also appearing in the HBO reboot of “In Treatment” as well as projects including a sci-fi epic called “Distant” and being cast in the next “Transformers” installment. But he tells The Associated Press that music was his “first love.”
NETFLIX WILL MAKE FILM BASED ON KISS
NEW YORK (AP) – The rock band Kiss is planning a dramatic retelling of the band’s story for a Netflix film. Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of Kiss say they have a development deal with Netflix for a biopic called “Shout It Out Loud.” It will be directed by Joachim Ronning (yoh-KEEM’ ROH’-ning), who directed the second “Maleficent” movie and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” In the meantime, part two of “Biography: KISStory” will air on A&E tonight.