Fred Thompson, U.S. Senator Turned Law & Order Star, Dies at 73

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Fred Thompson, U.S. senator turned Law & Order star, dies at 73

The former Tennessee senator and presidential candidate worked as an actor as a side job. He played D.A. Arthur Branch on 116 Law & Order episodes, while also appearing on three of its spinoffs. He also had a number of guest-starring TV roles, including on Matlock, The Good Wife and, earlier this year, NBC’s Allegiance.


Katie Holmes wants an apology from 20/20, claiming her name was used to pump up its Leah Remini interview

The Scientology tell-all interview with Remini, which boosted 20/20’s ratings, quoted from a short statement that Holmes submitted. According to Holmes’ rep, “The reporter seemed very overzealous—don’t use [my client] to [get] numbers on your show. Katie is 100 percent not appearing unless they magically superimposed her. They owe her an apology.”


Last Week Tonight denies Donald Trump’s claim he was invited on the show

The Donald had tweeted that he said “no thanks” to John Oliver’s "very boring and low rated show,” prompting Last Week Tonight to tweet: "Yes, we have a boring show” and "At no point did we invite Donald Trump to appear on it.”


Report: Jimmy Fallon's 3 injuries in 4 months is due to a drinking problem

The NY Post reports that "NBC is worried that Fallon’s drinking has turned excessive.” The Post’s Page Six has documented "after-hours antics” at various bars. But so far, NBC has done nothing to deal with the problem, according to The Post.


ABC responds to petition calling for The View to dump Raven-Symoné

The petition has more than 120,000 signatures, but ABC isn’t budging. "We love Raven,” the network said in a statement. “She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”


ABC Saturday Night Football sent zombies to scare the hell out of analyst Kirk Herbstreit

The ESPN analyst screamed in horror when greeted live on air by zombies from the Eastern State Penitentiary.


Carly Fiorina fires back at The View

"Let’s see if they have the guts to say that to my face,” the Republican presidential candidate said, after the ladies of The View made fun of her looks.


Exorcism: Live! worked best as a comedy

Friday's Destination America stunt, says Brian Lowry, was "mostly harmless, pre-Halloween fluff. But gee, guys, couldn’t someone at least have knocked over a glass or something, instead of just whining about how heavy and cold they felt, as if this were a lousy camping trip?"


Linda Lavin is headed to Mom

The Alice alum will play the mom of Violet’s fiancé, Gregory.


Gotham casts Mr. Freeze’s terminally ill wife

Being Human’s Kristen Hager will play the role of Nora Fries.


NBC developing The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, is set to become an NBC comedy.


Watch the trailer for BBC’s War and Peace starring Lily James and Paul Dano

Gillian Anderson and Jim Broadbent will also appear in the six-part miniseries based on the epic novel.