Tyler Perry: ‘The Passion’ Is for Everybody, Including Non-Christian Viewers

THE PASSION: Jencarlos Canela as Jesus in THE PASSION, a two-hour musical event airing LIVE from New Orleans, Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. © 2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.
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Tyler Perry: The Passion is for everybody, including non-Christian viewers

Perry says his mission with Sunday’s live Fox broadcast depicting the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life is: “Anything that makes people feel good and lifted must be good.” As for whether non-Christians should watch, he says, “I know that the intention of everyone involved is to be inclusive. It is a story about love and compassion and forgiveness.” PLUS: Jencarlo Canela talks playing Christ.

Animal Planet cancels family-run zoo reality show Yankee Jungle as animal welfare violations emerge

Mother Jones says the show was canceled after presenting the cable network with “evidence of animal welfare violations dating back nearly 20 years.”

Hannibal producer blames illegal downloading for the NBC drama’s cancelation

Exec producer Martha De Laurentiis writes in an op-ed for The Hill that the rampant stealing of her show led to its demise. “When NBC decided not to renew Hannibal for a fourth season … it wasn’t much of a leap to connect its fate with the fact that the show was ranked as the fifth-most illegally downloaded show in 2013,” she explains.

Fox’s Shots Fired adds Helen Hunt, Richard Dreyfuss and Stephen Moyer

That’s three big-name additions to the racially charged event series, with Hunt playing the first female governor of North Carolina, Moyer a law enforcement official and Dreyfuss as a real estate mogul who owns a private prison. PLUS: Lethal Weapon casts Johnnie Cochran’s People v. O.J. wife Keesha Sharp, Grey’s Anatomy vet Lauren Stamile joins Chicago Fire, Vine star Logan Paul joins Freeform’s Stitchers, and Emily Browning has been cast on American Gods.

Aasif Mandvi lands recurring roles on Mr. Robot and Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events

The Daily Show vet will play Uncle Monty on the Netflix Lemony Snicket adaptation, while also playing a special agent on Mr. Robot.

SNL’s Darrell Hammond: We’ve named all of Donald Trump’s 8 new hand gestures

Hammond says he’s been working with an acting coach to refine his Donald now that he’s closing in on the Republican nomination. “He has eight new hand gestures, which we’ve been studying,” he says. “I think we’ve done five new ones. We haven’t done all eight. We named them.”

Is Scandal’s Olivia Pope really a Republican?

Kerry Washington’s famous character has never explicitly identified her political affiliation. Yet Olivia’s personal values seem to contradict the work she does on a Republican campaign.

Mariah Carey’s docuseries may have a stylist problem

According to the NY Daily News, the Mariah’s stylist hasn’t formally signed her E! contract and is asking for his face to be blurred out from the already-shot footage.

Stephen Colbert has a budding female sidekick in producer Meredith Scardino

The Late Show producer/writer, who occasionally appears on the show from the side of the stage with a headset on, has provided an important female perspective to the male-dominated Late Show.

Keri Russell talks turning 40 next week — and hiding her pregnancy on The Americans

Says Russell, who celebrates turning 40 on Wednesday: “When I think of turning 40, I really think of being at the top of my game — looking great and being reckless and carefree and dancing with my girlfriends. And instead I’ll be barely digesting my dinner, about to deliver a baby. It’s not going to be that idealistic moment of being a woman, like, ‘This is where I am before it starts to turn.’ But maybe when I’m 41?”

Nashville gets the virtual reality treatment with Nashville: On The Record

The documentary web series offers a VR look at The Bluebird Cafe.

The Wonder Years’ Kevin Arnold turns 60

Kevin turned 13 and celebrated his bar mitzvah on March 18, 1969 on the ABC comedy, which makes him 60 today. Meanwhile, Kevin Arnold’s real-life counterpart, Fred Savage, turns 40 on July 9.

Quantico is leaving Quantico behind

With Sunday’s season finale containing a graduation, next season will see the newly minted agents in the field.

Webster TV mansion is for sale for $9.5 million

The ‘80s sitcom began using the Chicago mansion in its second season.

Gold Rush patriarch dies at 96

Discovery is honoring John Schnabel with a two-hour special featuring him and his son.

There’s just too much flab in Daredevil Season 2

More isn’t more with the additions of Punisher and Elektra, says Alan Sepinwall, adding that there are “too many characters and subplots, and too many scenes that run on and on for no particular reason — on top of the unmistakable blandness of the guy in the red(ish) costume, for Daredevil to feel as satisfying so far this season.” PLUS: Season 2 is straight-up disappointment, the first half of the season is underwhelming, Daredevil is somehow better than before, Daredevil is the worst modern superhero storytelling, the new showrunners talk Season 2, and Jon Bernthal hopes The Punisher sends an anti-gun message.