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Mary McCormack’s real-life kids don’t understand her 1970s parenting on ‘The Kids Are Alright’

ABC/Richard Cartwright(NEW YORK) — The kids may be alright but the parenting techniques of the 1970s were a bit questionable.

Mary McCormack, who plays no-nonsense Peggy Clearly on the ABC comedy The Kids Are Alright, says even her own children are horrified by the things she has to do on screen while playing a mom of eight boys in 1972.

“I hit one [kid] over the head with a wooden spoon and one of my kids was visiting on set that day and she was literally like, ‘What’s happening?’” the real-life mom-of-three laughs. “…And actually she brought a friend from school and the friend was big wide-eyed like, ‘Oh my God, why is your mom hitting kids at her job!’ I was like, ‘In the ’70s it was, you know, allowed.’”

While the actress admits not every ‘70s trend needs to make a comeback — like spanking your kids and not wearing seatbelts — she does acknowledge that the show represents a simpler time to many people. She understands the nostalgia factor.

“It’s fun to walk around set,” she says. “I mean, Mike Cudlitz, who plays my husband, and I walk around set going, ‘Oh my God, I had this!’ ‘Oh my God, Hi-C for dinner!’ You know, like, big Hi-C things. And we recognize everything, so for us it’s really fun.”  

In tonight’s episode, Peggy’s son Timmy enters a poetry competition and decides to plagiarize an old poem his mom wrote. At first he’s afraid his mom will find out, but he soon discovers that she plagiarized the poem too.

The Kids Are Alright airs Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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‘SNL’ star Melissa Villaseñor impersonates Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and more, on ‘The Tonight Show’

NBC/Andrew Lipovsky(NEW YORK) — Gwen Stefani and Christina Aguilera both paid a visit to The Tonight Show on Monday — or at least spot-on impersonations of the pop superstars, courtesy of Saturday Night Live castmember Melissa Villaseñor.

Villaseñor challenged Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a game of “Wheel of Musical Impressions” — where guests take turns impersonating a random artist singing a popular children’s song — on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, and he accepted.

The SNL star started off with an impersonation of Stefani singing “Three Blind Mice,” followed by Aguilera belting out the the Disney classic “When You Wish Upon a Star,” from Cinderella, and Icelandic singer Björk tackling “Rock-a-Bye Baby.”

Fallon — with the help of autotune — delivered his take on how Post Malone would sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and pulled out his famous Barry Gibb impersonation for “Rain, Rain, Go Away.”

Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Ariana Grande and Céline Dion are among the other guests who have tried their hand at the game.

Saturday Night Live returns with an all-new show on November 3, featuring guest host Jonah Hill and musical guest Maggie Rogers.


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Local Sports For Tuesday October 23rd

The final South Dakota Prep Media football polls of the regular season are out, and volleyball may have a couple more weeks due to their schedule.  A full list of the polls in football and in volleyball can be found at kornradio.com.  From our area in this week’s volleyball poll, in Class “A”, McCook Central/Montrose is ranked #3 with Wagner receiving votes.  In Class “B” volleyball, Ethan slipped to #5.  The Mitchell football team is ranked #5 in the final Class 11AA Football poll as well.


The Kernel volleyball team, 13-7 overall, will head to Huron tonight to battle the Tigers, 14-6 overall, at the Huron Arena.  Huron beat Mitchell in five sets back on September 18th in Mitchell.  Pre-Match starts at 6:50pm and Set one starts at 7:00pm tonight on KORN News Radio.  This is the only match this week for Mitchell.  The Kernels close the regular season next week at Aberdeen Central and hosting Harrisburg.  The Round of 16 will be on November 8th and the State Volleyball Tourney will be November 15th-17th in Sioux Falls.  Mitchell is the 6th Seed currently as the Top 8 host Round of 16 matches.


The DWU Tiger volleyball team, 15-13 overall, will travel to Yankton tonight to play at Mount Marty.  Saturday the Tigers head to Sioux Center Iowa to play at Dordt and then end the regular season by hosting Briar Cliff on Halloween night at the Palace.  The Tigers need to win all three matches to have an outside shot at the Top 8 in the GPAC.  Mount Marty is 3-20 overall, Dordt is 21-2 overall and Briar Cliff is 11-12 overall.


Coming up this week on the Wednesday Night Coaches Corner from the Depot in Mitchell will be two special guests, Pat Ruml Howard Football and James Strang Canistota/Freeman Football.  Plus, we will have Deb Thill, Kent VanOverschelde, Lindsey Wilber and Ross Cimpl all on the show.  The WNCC Show starts at 6:30pm on KORN News Radio and on-line at kornradio.com.  The Mitchell QB Club Meeting follows the Coaches Show every Wednesday Night.


The Quarterfinal Round of the South Dakota High School Football Playoffs will be on Thursday and the Mitchell Kernels, seeded fifth, will head to Brookings the fourth seed.  Mitchell, 4-5 overall, travels to Brookings, 5-4 overall, with kick-off slated for 7:00pm Thursday night from Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.  Mitchell beat Brookings 28-14 in Brookings back on August 31st.  Pre-Game Thursday will start at 6:30pm on KORN News Radio.  The other 11AA pairings has top seed Pierre hosting Spearfish; second seed Yankton hosts Sturgis; and third seed Harrisburg hosting Huron.  KORN News Radio is Your Home of Mitchell Kernel Football with Arin Winger and Sports Director Steve Morgan.


In other area football playoffs in the Quarterfinal Round on Thursday:  Class 11B Bridgewater/Emery/Ethan will host Mobridge/Pollock and Mount Vernon/Plankinton will host Lead/Deadwood.  In Class 9AA Kimball/White Lake will make another road trip to Arlington/Lake Preston.  In Class 9A Canistota/Freeman will host Alcester/Hudson, Howard travels to Warner and Corsica/Stickney heads to Britton/Hecla.  Q107-3 Sports will broadcast the Class 11B Quarterfinal game in Bridgewater starting with the pre-game at 5:40pm and kick-off slated for 6:00pm on 107.3 FM and on-line at q107radio.com.


Be listening for the 5th Quarter Scoreboard Show Thursday night at 10:20pm with Travis Kriens.  All the scores, highlights, game wraps, interviews, pairings and more Thursday night at 10:20pm for the 5th Quarter.


The DWU Tiger football team, 1-7 overall and 0-6 in the GPAC, will travel north to take on the University of Jamestown, 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the conference, in a GPAC matchup at 1:00pm Saturday in Jamestown North Dakota.


The DWU Basketball teams will open the season in a week as the Tiger men head to Bellevue Nebraska to open the season on October 29th with tip-off slated for 7:00pm.  The next night DWU will tangle with Division I USD at 7:00pm on October 30th.  The first home game for the Tiger men will not be until November 12th.  The Tiger women open their season as the Defending NAIA National Champions and will host Valley City State on October 30th at the Corn Palace with tip-off slated for 6:00pm.  November 3rd and 4th the Tiger women will play Dakota State and Presentation at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls at 6:00pm and 4:00pm.  Matt Wilber heads up the Tiger men while Jason Christensen will oversee the Tiger women again this season.


The SDSU women’s basketball team will open this week at home against Concordia of Nebraska at Frost Arena on Thursday night.  Tip-off is slated for 7:00pm.  November 1st the Jackrabbit women will host Mary at 6:00pm.


The SDSU men basketball team will open on November 1st against the South Dakota School of Mines at 8:00pm and then host Grand Canyon College on November 6th at 7:00pm at Frost Arena.


The USD Coyote women basketball team will open their season at Creighton in Omaha Nebraska on November 7th.  November 11th the Coyote women will host Incarnate Word University at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion.  The Coyote men will open against DWU on October 30th at 7:00pm in Vermillion.  November 7th the USD men will host York College of Nebraska at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center in Vermillion.


Steve Morgan

Sports Director

Must be that Disney Magic: Everyone’s safe on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

ABCMonday night, Dancing with the Stars became the Happiest Ballroom on Earth as the contestants suited up for the always-anticipated Disney night — and to keep everyone happy, nobody went home at the end of the evening.

While Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten and DeMarcus Ware and Lindsey Arnold were both in jeopardy, host Tom Bergeron announced, “The couple leaving us right now is….neither of you! It’s Disney Night! You’re all safe!”

There was a tie for first place: Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke and Alexis and Alan each scored a 29/30. Juan Pablo and Cheryl did a Viennese waltz to “Gaston” from Beauty & the Beast, which fulfilled a childhood fantasy for the Fuller House actor. 

Alexis and Alan did a foxtrot to “Just Around the Riverbend” from Pocahontas, and there was a lot of insinuation that the two have become romantically involved. At one point, a producer asked Alexis, “Have any feelings developed for Alan?” to which she laughed and said, “No comment.”

The most emotional moment of the night came after Mary Lou Retton and her partner Sasha Farber did a contemporary dance to “Reflection” from Mulan. Mary Lou ended the dance in tears, talking about how she’s become so much more vulnerable as a result of the competition.

Once again, the lowest score of the night went to “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and his partner Jenna Johnson. Though the judges insisted they saw some improvement, his jive to the Imagine Dragons song “Zero,” from the upcoming animated sequel Ralph Breaks the Internet, only earned an abysmal 17/30.

Here’s a look at the scores, along with which Disney song each couple danced to:

Highest Scores
“Gaston” from Beauty & the Beast: Juan Pablo Di Pace, Fuller House actor, with Cheryl Burke, 29/30
“Just Around the Riverbend” from Pocahontas: Alexis Ren, Sports Illustrated model, with Alan Bersten, 29/30

Theme from The Incredibles 2: Milo Manheim with Witney Carson 27/30
“A Star Is Born” from Hercules: DeMarcus Ware with Lindsay Arnold 26/30
“Reflection” from Mulan: Mary Lou Retton with Sasha Farber 25/30
“When Will My Life Begin?” from Tangled: Evanna Lynch with Keo Motsepe 24/30
“Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book: John Schneider with Emma Slater 24/30
“Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid: Bobby Bones with Sharna Burgess 21/30

Lowest score:
“Zero” from Ralph Breaks the Internet: Joe Amabile with Jenna Johnson 17/30

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday night on ABC.

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Liam Neeson’s son changes name in honor of his late mom, Natasha Richardson

David M. Benett/Getty Images for Maison Mais Non(LONDON) — Liam Neeson’s son is paying tribute to his late mom, Natasha Richardson, by changing his last name.

People confirms that 23-year-old Micheál will now go by Micheál Richardson, instead of Micheál Neeson.

Natasha Richardson’s mother, actress Vanessa Redgrave, reportedly explained the name change to Daily Mail by saying, “That wasn’t because he wanted to avoid his father’s fame, which is enormous. He wanted to hold his mother close to him — because she was a remarkable actress. Absolutely remarkable.”

Richardson, who appeared in films like The Parent Trap and Maid in Manhattan, passed away in 2009 at age 45 after hitting her head in a skiing accident in Canada. Micheál and his brother Daniel were 13 and 12 at the time.

In a 2015 interview with U.K.’s The Sunday Times, Micheál said that initially, he didn’t know how to cope with his mother’s death.

“Things just started going downhill. The people I was with, we were partying a lot. It was dark. I hit rock bottom,” he said.”

He continued, “Everybody said, ‘This kid has lost his mum, that’s where the problem comes from.’ And I was like, ‘No, it isn’t, I just like to party.’ But looking back I realize it was a delayed reaction.”

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Voting for two: Amy Schumer announces she’s pregnant while getting out the vote

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — Amy Schumer is pregnant…and she announced the news in a unique way.

First, she posted a photo on Instagram in which she and her husband Chris Fischer’s heads are superimposed on the bodies of Prince Harry and Megan Markle, a couple who also recently announced they are expecting.

Schumer captions the photo, “About to announce some exciting news on @jessicayellin insta page. Please follow her for up to the minute #newsnotnoise she breaks down what’s really going on. She agreed to post a lil noise today for me! Follow her and VOTE!!”

When you go to journalist Jessica Yellin’s page, her Instagram Story features Amy’s recommendations for which candidates to vote for in the upcoming midterm elections.  But if you look at the very bottom of the list, it says, “I’m pregnant – Amy Schumer.”

This will be the first child for Schumer and Fischer, who tied the knot in February.

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‘Wonder Woman’ sequel release date pushed to 2020

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(LOS ANGELES) — We’ll have to wait a little bit longer before Wonder Woman flies her invisible jet into theaters again.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. has pushed back the Gal Gadot-led sequel Wonder Woman 1984. Instead of being released November 1, 2019, it is now set to hit theaters June 5, 2020.

“We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer, so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, told Variety. “This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.”

Gadot tweeted about the news, “Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!”

Wonder Woman 1984, the eighth installment in the DC Universe, follows 2017’s Wonder Woman. Director Patty Jenkins is returning to helm the sequel.

The film replaces Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, which was originally scheduled for a June 5, 2020 release but has now been taken off the schedule.

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Chris Hemsworth gives lucky hitchhiker a helicopter ride in Australia

ABC/Radhika Chalasani(BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA) — Chris Hemsworth gave one lucky hitchhiker the ride of his life in Australia over the weekend.

The Thor actor and his pal Luke Zocchi pulled over in Brisbane and offered the hitchhiking tourist a ride to the coastal surfing town of Byron Bay. Not only was the hitchhiker – who turned out to be a musician named Scott Hildebrand – surprised to see Hemsworth, but he got an even bigger surprise when he learned they’d be taking a helicopter to his destination.

A video posted to Hemsworth’s Instagram page shows the whole encounter.

“Picked up a hitchhiker, wasn’t a serial killer which we were stoked about and just happened to be a kick a** musician Scott Hildebrand,” he captioned the video.

Once in Byron Bay, the men parted ways. “Alright Scotty, back to the hitchhiking,” Hemsworth said.

Hildebrand posted about the experience on his own Instagram page, writing, “When hitchhiking leads to a helicopter ride with Thor…So grateful for this crazy experience and the opportunity to share my music with so many beautiful people. Thanks guys!”

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Not so bulletproof: ‘Luke Cage’ canceled after second season

David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) — Just a week after Netflix pulled the plug on Marvel’s Iron Fist, the streamer has now canceled its popular bulletproof superhero series Luke Cage after two seasons.

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Netflix said a statement, obtained by Deadline. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”

The series starred Mike Colter as Cage, a wrongly-accused ex-con left super-strong and unbreakable after a sabotaged experiment.

Luke Cage was an immediate hit when it premiered in September 2016. In addition to featuring a rarely seen black superhero in a stand-alone vehicle, the series was also lauded for its ability to discuss race relations. It showed homages to Black Lives Matter, “hands up, don’t shoot,” Trayvon Martin, Nortorious B.I.G. and other culturally significant references. 

However — according to Deadline — even with its success and second season return in June, the series suffered “creative differences” behind the scenes with “some execs having issues with the more developed scripts, even though the scripts strongly incorporated suggestions from both Netflix and Marvel brass.”

Cage creator and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker responded to the cancellation on Twitter but did not offer insight into why the series was canned.

“A lot memories. A lot of individual thank you calls to make,” he said. “Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer’s room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem’s Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Forward always…”

Meanwhile, Marvel’s parent company Disney, is working on its own streaming service.

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Guillermo del Toro to direct stop-motion ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — It’s no lie: Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro will be helming a stop-motion musical version of Pinocchio for Netflix.

Variety reports del Toro will write and produce the film — about a puppet who wants to be a real boy — in addition to directing it. His version of the children’s classic will be set in 1930s Italy.  The original source material also took place in Italy, but in the 1880s.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” del Toro says in a statement obtained by Variety.

He continues, “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”

This marks del Toro’s first time directing a fully animated feature. Earlier this year, he won two Oscars for directing and producing The Shape of Water.

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