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Actor Steven Hill, best known as DA Adam Schiff on 'Law & Order,' dies

Actor Steven Hill, best known for his roles as District Attorney Adam Schiff on "Law & Order" and Dan Briggs on the "Mission: Impossible" TV series, has died. He was 94 years old.

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Hill's daughter, Sarah Gobioff, confirmed his death Tuesday to The New York Times. He lived in Monsey, New York.

Hill was born in 1922 in Seattle. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for four years before moving to New York to pursue a career in acting.

He appeared in a string of Broadway productions, but had a hard time making ends meet through his performances, according to an interview with The New York Times in 1996. He then turned to television, which was in its golden age.

Hill landed the starring role as Dan Briggs on the CBS action show "Mission: Impossible," which debuted in 1966. He left the show after one season.

He began portraying District Attorney Adam Schiff in 1990. The character was based loosely on the career of Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau. He later told The New York Times that the legalese used on "Law & Order" made it "like acting in a second language."

However, he said, "the whole concept of that title hit me."

He played Schiff for a decade, appearing in 230 episodes.

'Anne of Green Gables' reboot headed to Netflix

"Anne of Green Gables" fans, get ready for some serious nostalgia.

According to The New York Times, a new TV series based on the iconic children's series by Lucy Maud Montgomery is headed to Netflix and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

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The Times reports that the eight-episode reboot, called "Anne," may be "edgier" than previous adaptations because Moira Walley-Beckett, who worked on "Breaking Bad," wrote the new series.

The show, which is being produced by Northwood Entertainment and directed by Niki Caro, will air on CBC in Canada and on Netflix worldwide next year, Entertainment Weekly reports.

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Simone Biles meets, gets kiss from celebrity crush Zac Efron

Simone Biles finished her time at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with an incredible floor routine and a fourth gold medal.

She also got quite the surprise — a visit from her celebrity crush, Zac Efron.

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Efron has been showing his support for Biles and Team USA by sending out affectionate tweets to them during the competition.

Then Efron took it a step further and flew to Rio to meet Biles and her teammates on "Today," giving Biles a surprise she will never forget.

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Biles could not contain her joy when she met the “High School Musical” star, but when he planted a kiss on her cheek, she just about lost it.

In a video posted to Twitter, Biles and Efron are seen posing for a selfie when all of the sudden he leans down and kisses her on the cheek. Her giddy reaction is absolutely adorable and shows that, even though she’s the best gymnast in the world, she can still be a regular girl, too.

Later in their meeting, Biles got to return the favor when she planted a kiss on Efron's cheek.

After the meeting, Aly Raisman and Biles sat down with Bob Costas for their post-competition interview, but a good portion of it consisted of the girls talking about meeting Efron and their plans to see him again afterward.

While Biles, for the most part, played it cool when meeting her celebrity crush, she was obviously even more excited than she let on because, during a Facebook live event, she and her teammates were already planning her future wedding.

HGTV 'Fixer Upper' homes have become vacation rentals

Many fans of HGTV's "Fixer Upper" are thrilled with the idea of traveling to Waco, Texas, after finding out that they can stay in homes that have appeared on the show.

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Some of the homes redesigned by designer couple Chip and Joanna Gains have been listed on online property rental services Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner.

According to the Waco Tribune, some homeowners who benefited the remodels said they didn't initially pursue the renovations with intentions to rent out their spaces. Instead, they said they felt pressured to rent out the spaces by "Fixer Upper" fans.

Some homeowners said that while they never felt threatened by the fans, people were intrusive when they visited the locations. Many fans would stop in front of the homes to take photos, and others walked up to the houses and asked to go inside.

"They're mostly women in their 50s and tend to be big 'Fixer Upper' fans or Baylor-oriented," Dave Morrow said of visitors to his "Fixer Upper" home, the Mailander House. "(The home’s interior) is very Zen. We keep it like Joanna does -- no clutter."

One woman, Charmaine Hooper, said she and her husband listed their "Fixer Upper" home on VRBO after a friend suggested the idea. 

Upon hearing the news, the couple released a statement through Magnolia House spokesman Brock Murphy:

"We have no problems with our clients' interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes. In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving 'Fixer Upper' clients moving forward. We want to honor our national viewing audience. We want to do remodels for clients' homes. That's the true intent of our show, and we want to ensure that does not get lost in this new vacation rental trend. What started off with perfectly understandable intentions could cast a shadow of a doubt on the much bigger picture, and we are going to do our best to protect that moving forward."

There are 12 former "Fixer Upper" homes available for rental, including the Mailander House, the Gorman House, the Barndominium, the Midcentury Modern House and the Shotgun House.

In a follow-up story, the Waco Tribune pointed out that the house-flipping has the potential to tarnish the "Fixer Upper" brand.

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Larry Wilmore's 'The Nightly Show' canceled in second season

One and a half years after Comedy Central debuted "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore," network executives announced Monday the decision to cancel the show.

The news satire will air its final episode on Thursday.

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Executives announced the cancellation just months before voters head to the polls to choose the next U.S. president, a fact Wilmore highlighted in a statement released Monday.

"I'm really grateful to Comedy Central, Jon Stewart, and our fans to have had this opportunity, but I'm also saddened and surprised we won't be covering this crazy election, or 'The Unblackening' as we've coined it," Wilmore said. "And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn't counted on 'The Unblackening' happening to my time slot as well."

The decision to end the show came in response to tepid public interest and upcoming contract expirations, Comedy Central President Kent Alterman told The New York Times.

"Even though we've given it a year and a half, we've been hoping against hope that it would start to click with our audience, but it hasn't happened and we've haven't seen evidence of it happening," Alterman told the newspaper.

"Nightly Show" executive producer Rory Albanese thanked staff, cast and crew while announcing the news Monday on Twitter.

"I'm very proud to have been a part of a show that has been funny, diverse (and) extremely necessary," he wrote.

"The Nightly Show" debuted in January 2015 after comedian Stephen Colbert left Comedy Central, ending his popular "The Colbert Report" to become host of "The Late Show." The 11:30 p.m. programming slot went to Wilmore, who regularly appeared as the "senior black correspondent" on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show."

The show debuted to generally positive reviews, but ratings fell dramatically after Stewart left "The Daily Show" in August 2015.

New 'American Horror Story' could be about Charles Manson

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A lot of fans think the next season of "American Horror Story" might be centered around Charles Manson.

And some clues from new promos seem to back up that theory.

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A scene from the "AHS" trailer titled "Lullaby" shows tools hanging above a bed, spelling out the word "pig."

Multiple fans pointed out on social media that that's reminiscent of the message Manson girl Susan Atkins left in Sharon Tate's blood on the front door of the house where her body was found.

Plus, a new promotional poster shows spiders on a woman's face. Manson's obsession with making spider-themed artwork may suggest the poster could have a deeper meaning.

In a photo that season-six star Evan Peters posted to Instagram earlier this year, some have said he resembles Manson. 

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"There was a point last year where I was like, 'I want to do an entire season about the (Charles) Manson case,'" "AHS" creator Ryan Murphy told Deadline in 2013. "But then we decided that wasn't respectful to the victims ... We might go back to the Manson thing one day."

"American Horror Story" season six is set to premiere Sept. 14 on FX.

Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart team up for new cooking show

Television is about to get a lot more interesting.

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On Monday morning, “Good Morning America” previewed a new cooking show on VH1 in which rapper Snoop Dogg enlists help from professional homemaker Martha Stewart to throw dinner parties for celebrities.

Both parties seemed pretty stoked to start their collaboration this fall.

“How did me and Martha get together to do this show?” Snoop Dogg asks in the promo clip. “A glass of wine, herbs, tea, atmosphere.”

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“I can’t wait to get Snoop in the kitchen,” Stewart says.

The show, "Martha and Snoop's Dinner Party," will premiere sometime this fall. Stewart promises that it will be the “rizzle dizzle fo-shizzle.”

Hulu to end free TV service

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Hulu is getting rid of its free TV. 

The video streaming service became well-known for features like the "rolling five," in which the latest five episodes from popular shows were available for free eight days after their original airing. 

But Hulu has been working toward an exclusively subscription-based model by offering different tiers with fewer ads.

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The Hollywood Reporter noted Hulu's free videos had already become difficult to find and access on its website. 

And as The Wall Street Journal pointed out that relatively few Hulu viewers use the free features. 

There may be a silver lining if you do, though. Hulu is partnering with Yahoo's latest streaming venture to give viewers that same "rolling five" feature. 

And since Hulu is owned by major networks like Disney, 21st Century Fox and NBCUniversal, you can often go to the networks' sites to watch those recently broadcast episodes. 

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So if you can still access the free services, why didn't Hulu just keep them? 

The company's senior vice president told Fortune, "As we have continued to enhance that offering with new originals, exclusive acquisitions, and movies, the free service became very limited and no longer aligned with the Hulu experience or content strategy."

Hulu may also be trying to emulate Netflix, which is completely subscription-based and has done a much better job so far at keeping customers

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