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THE SIMPSONS ™ and © 2017 TCFFC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) -- It's unwise to try to plant your flag in the backyard of one of the sharpest writing teams in television history, but that's just what Sen. Ted Cruz did Thursday evening, when he tried to knock Democrats by invoking The Simpsons.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cruz was speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., when he reportedly noted, "I think the Democrats are the party of Lisa Simpson and Republicans are happily the party of Homer and Bart and Maggie and Marge."

Cruz was immediately mocked online for comparing Republicans to the bumbling, less intelligentmembers of the famous yellow family, rather than Lisa, a near-genius.  And it didn't take long for the team behind the history-making animated series to respond.

"Ted Cruz says Maggie Simpson would vote for him. I think Ted's the one who could use a pacifier in his mouth," tweeted Simpsons showrunner Al Jean.

For good measure, he also added, "The way things are going, even Mr. Burns is thinking of becoming a Democrat." He then paraphrased a classic Simpsons scene by writing, "Ted, they're not saying 'boo,' they're saying 'Cruz.'  Oh, wait, they are saying 'boo.'"

Over the years, the long-running show has been an equal opportunity offender with regards to political parties, as well as eerily prescient, having predicted that Donald Trump would one day be president.  However, the show and its creator Matt Groening are left-leaning, for the most part.

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Jack Zwillinger/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(PALOS VERDES, CA) -- Tony and Emmy-winning actress Nanette Fabray has died, her son has confirmed.  She was 97.

Fabray, who was the aunt of actress Shelley Fabares, died in her home in Palos Verdes, California on Thursday from natural causes. Her family was with her when she died.

Born Ruby Nanette Bernadette Theresa Fabares, her career began at age three in vaudeville.  She became a Broadway star in the '40s, winning a Tony for her role in Love Life. 

She appeared in several movies, most notably in the classic 1953 musical The Band Wagon, opposite Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, but she was best known for her TV work.

Fabray won three Emmys for her regular appearances on Sid Caesar's Caesar's House in the fifties, and appeared on variety shows, talk shows and game shows from the fifties through the late seventies, including Your Show of Shows, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Carol Burnett  Show,  Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The Hollywood Squares, What's My Line and Match Game.

Fabray also had a recurring role as Grandma Katherine Romano, mother of Bonnie Franklin's character Ann Romano, in One Day at a Time.  In addition, she guest-starred on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude, Murder, She Wrote, Coach and Love, American Style.

Having overcome hearing loss herself, Fabray became an advocate for the rights of the deaf and hard of hearing, for which she received the President’s Distinguished Service Award and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award.  She also won the SAG Life Achievement Award in 1987.

Fabray is survived by her son Jamie MacDougall, his wife, and two grandchildren, as well as Shelley Fabares.

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Put some "Respeck" on Michael B. Jordan's name.

Earlier this month, during his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowJordan admitted he still lived with his parents saying it was a "roommate relationship."

“I love my parents, but we have a roommate relationship right now, which is interesting,” Jordan had said. “You get home-cooked meals, but then you also have random trips to the kitchen in the middle of the night. Just the random run-ins that just might be a little uncomfortable from time to time.”

Now, after a fan took the Black Panther actor to task for his current living situation, saying, "Michael B. Jordan is a 5’9” adult man that loves anime and lives with his parents.... Y’all Told Me All Of Those Things Were Unacceptable Though," Jordan is hitting back with some clarification.

“First of all, I’m 6 feet and they live with ME, put some respeck on my name," Jordan tweeted in response. 

He then defended his love for anime. "Aaaand goku & naruto are real ones, lol," he added, referring to Goku, from Dragonball Z, and Naruto, of the anime series of the same name.

Jordan currently stars in Marvel's Black Panther, which is now in theaters from Marvel Studios and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Netflix/Cara Howe(NEW YORK) -- U.K. actress Clare-Hope Ashitey is opening up about her new Netflix crime series, Seven Seconds, and what she hopes the heartfelt drama will accomplish once it hits the masses.

The series, which stars Ashitey as KJ Harper, an assistant prosecutor for Jersey City, follows Harper as she investigates the death of a young black boy who goes missing after a police officer accidentally runs him over.

Ashitey says she believes the series offers a narrative for African-Americans who aren't always given a voice.

"You know there are a lot of people in America, and in the African-American community for whom these kinds of issues are a daily reality," Ashitey tells ABC Radio. "It isn't just something that we're putting on screen or something that someone just made up out of their head. It's happening to people all of the time."

Additionally, Ashitey, who stars alongside Regina King in the crime drama, says she hopes the series will help to "validate" those who haven't yet seen "their experience on screen."

"I can't imagine how hard it must be to invest in a community... when you don't feel heard and when you don't feel seen," she says. "And I'm hoping that there is a validation that people understand that they are heard, and they are seen, and that people know what's going on with them and people want to have this conversation -- they want to fix it."

Ashitey is also hopeful that the series might even bring some communities together. 

"That communities...that don't have as much contact with black and minority ethnic groups-- or where there is contact, but it's antagonistic and it's hostile-- that there's more empathy and there's more understanding for their neighbors," she says.  

Seven Seconds is now available on Netflix.

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Courtesy Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Get ready to taste Ugly Delicious, a new food and travel show premiering on Netflix Friday. It's hosted by superstar chef David Chang, of the Momofuku restaurant empire. 

So, the obvious question is, what's with that title? "Some of the food that you may not find to be the most beautiful are actually the most delicious," the James Beard-winning chef tells ABC Radio. "And that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder."

The show spans countries and cuisines, centering on a single type of food per episode, but it starts with something decidedly not too fancy: pizza.

"It's something that everyone can relate to on a global basis," Chang explains, "especially when you find out that Norway consumes more pizza per capita than anywhere in the world." 

He adds that pizza is "really something that for the most part, all over the world, people have tried before [and] everybody knows."

Guests on the series include famous chefs and other notables like comedienne Ali Wong, and uses food as a starting point to discuss subjects like cultural appropriation and immigration.

"There's other stories to be told that are of multitude of viewpoints, so it's not just my journey, it's a lot of people's journeys," Chang says. 

Season 1 of Ugly Delicious is now available on Netflix.

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Get ready to taste Ugly Delicious, a new food and travel show premiering on Netflix Friday. It's hosted by superstar chef David Chang, of the Momofuku restaurant empire. 

So, the obvious question is, what's with that title? "Some of the food that you may not find to be the most beautiful are actually the most delicious," the James Beard-winning chef tells ABC Radio. "And that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder."

The show spans countries and cuisines, centering on a single type of food per episode, but it starts with something decidedly not too fancy: pizza.

"It's something that everyone can relate to on a global basis," Chang explains, "especially when you find out that Norway consumes more pizza per capita than anywhere in the world." 

He adds that pizza is "really something that for the most part, all over the world, people have tried before [and] everybody knows."

Guests on the series include famous chefs and other notables like comedienne Ali Wong, and uses food as a starting point to discuss subjects like cultural appropriation and immigration.

"There's other stories to be told that are of multitude of viewpoints, so it's not just my journey, it's a lot of people's journeys," Chang says. (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

Season 1 of Ugly Delicious is now available on Netflix.

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Disney Channel/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- You're invited to a very special bar mitzvah, courtesy of tonight's one-hour episode of Disney Channel’s Andi Mack.

The hit series, which follows quirky teen Andi and her group of pals, features an authentic portrayal of the Jewish ceremony and the celebration that follows in “Cyrus’ Bash-Mitzvah!” As Cyrus, played by Joshua Rush, becomes a man, all of the characters deal with their own key issues of growing up.

“I think any kid can turn on the TV to Andi Mack and see all of these kids' stories and realize that all of these kids' stories are important and cool and I have my own story and my story is just as important and cool,” Rush tells ABC Radio.

Last year, Andi Mack became the network’s first show to feature an openly gay character when Cyrus came out to his friend Buffy, played by Sofia Wylie. It scored the show a GLAAD Media Awards nomination.

“I think it's really exciting to hear what the audience has to say about our show because everyone has such a unique and honest reaction,” Peyton Elizabeth Lee, who plays Andi, says. “And to me that's the coolest part because they see themselves represented in a way that they've never been represented before.”

Even parents can relate. Lilan [Lee-LAHN] Bowden, who plays Andi’s free-spirited mom Bex, says she’s realized the importance of playing “a very human, fallible character with a lot of heart.” “I think moms really like to see a character that isn’t perfect that still is a mom,” she says. 

Andi Mack’s “Cyrus’ Bash-Mitzvah!” episode airs tonight on the Disney Channel at 8 p.m. The show was just picked up for a third season.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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CMT (LOS ANGELES) -- CMT has set the date for the mid-season premiere and series finale of Nashville. The country music-themed drama will begin its last eight episodes on June 7 and end July 26.

The network also announced the final episodes of the series will introduce two new characters. True Detective's Ronny Cox will play Gideon, a recovering alcoholic who's working to heal his broken relationship with his son. Mia Maestro will also join the cast as Rosa, a fan of Darius'.

Nashville first premiered in 2012 on ABC but was cancelled after four seasons. CMT brought the show back last year for a fifth and now a final sixth season.

 

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Marvel Studios(ILLINOIS) -- "Wakanda forever!"

The words are the rallying cry in the hit superhero movie Black Panther -- but they're also the words people are screaming into phones as they call residents of Wauconda, Illinois, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Wauconda is a small village outside of Chicago, but it's getting major attention from diehard fans because of the resemblance to the name of the fictional, advanced African nation featured in the film.

“We had a guy call and [he] was shouting that. I was a little confused,” said Alise Homola, who works in the village. "He just said that ‘I was searching the Wakanda from the movie, and your village came up, so I thought I’d call you and give you a hard time.’ ”

As Black Panther breaks box office records, other residents are reporting similar phone calls, and even emails requesting vibranium, the super-metal found only in the reclusive nation.

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ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Oscar winner Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Oscars ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd have announced today.
 
Bernal, Lafourcade and Miguel will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Remember Me” from Coco.

Blige will perform “Mighty River” from Mudbound, the Oscar-nominated song she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson.

Blige is also Oscar-nominated this year for Actress in a Supporting Role for the movie -- making her the first person to be nominated for both a performance and Original Song in the same year.
 
Oscar winner Common and Andra Day will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Stand Up For Something” from the historical drama Marshall.
 
Tony nominated Greatest Showman star Settle will perform the Oscar-nominated song “This Is Me” from the film. The song was written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.  
 
Stevens will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Mystery of Love,” written for Call Me by Your Name

Jimmy Kimmel hosts the 90th annual Academy Awards, airing live from the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center on Sunday, March 4, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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"Game Night" - Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening in wide release on Friday:

Game Night -- Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams head the cast of this black comedy about a group of friends who stage a mock kidnapping on their regular game night, only to find themselves caught up in a real kidnapping and murder mystery.  Rated R.

Annihilation -- Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach trilogy, Natalie Portman stars as a biologist who signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition in a mysterious region where the laws of nature don't apply. Also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and Oscar Isaac. Rated R.

Every Day -- This romantic fantasy, based on David Levithan's novel of the same name, stars Australian actress Angourie Rice as Rhiannon, a shy 16-year-old who falls in love with a person -- named "A" -- who wakes up in a different body every day. The Get Down's Justice Smith, Jessie's Debby Ryan, and Maria Bello also star. Rated PG-13.



 

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ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- On the heels of the release of Black Panther, Marvel is set to launch another black superhero character from the comics -- but this time on the small screen.

Deadline has learned Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is currently in development at Disney Channel. The series, which will be animated, comes from black-ish and grown-ish executive producer Laurence Fishburne.

The potential series will follow the adventures of Lunella Lafayette, a black nine-year-old super-genius who happens to be inhuman. She teams up with her crimson-colored dinosaur and is said to use, "her smarts to save the day."

There is no word on which Disney Channel outlet the show will eventually land. The series falls under Fishburne's overall deal at ABC Studios. 

Fishburne will also be seen in the big screen in July, as Dr. Bill Foster/Goliath, in Marvel Studios' Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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20th Century Fox(VANCOUVER) -- Ryan Reynolds is about as sarcastic and witty as they come, especially when he's donning the mask of his super-alter-ego Deadpool.

But while filming the sequel to the hit film recently, Reynolds made no jokes -- well, some, naturally -- when he welcomed Make-A-Wish and Children's Wish Foundation kids to the set for some laughs, a few gifts and a whole lot of inspiration.

As Deadpool would, say, it was "maximum effort."

"One of the best parts of playing the Big Red Jacka-- is welcoming @makeawishamerica and @childrenswishfoundation onto set," Reynolds posted on Instagram.

The actor also touched upon the fact that Deadpool's origin story involves conquering cancer.

"Deadpool kicked Cancer ... but these kids do it for real every day," he wrote. "These foundations make dreams come true for a lot of super-brave kids. They also make dreams come true for parents, who just wanna see their kid smile. HUGE thanks to our Prop Master, Dan Sissons, for making sure every kid left with his/her own sword. (Bamboo versions. Not stabby-stabby versions.)"

Reynolds posted a slew of pics alongside his new friends. Each Deadpool prop sword the children were holding looked to be signed by Reynolds himself and the smiles on their faces were contagious.

Make-A-Wish America also posted on Instagram a collage of pictures, writing in the caption a giant, "Thank you" to Reynolds.

Casey Thompson, the national communications manager for Make-A-Wish, told ABC News that the visit happened sometime this summer. "Ryan is such a great wish granter and supporter. He's hosted in the past and we are just incredibly grateful for all that’s he's done."

"Every single [kid] left and said that this was the best day of their life," she added.

Deadpool 2 hits theaters May 18. 

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ABC Image Group/LATwo ABC alums are coming together for a godly project on CBS.

According to The Hollywood ReporterScandal's Joe Morton has joined The Mayor's Brandon Micheal Hall in Hall's new CBS pilot, God Befriended Me.

The potential series, which is described as a "humorous and uplifting drama," follows Hall's character Miles, an outspoken atheist whose life changes dramatically when he is "friended" by God on Facebook. After his holy encounter, he helps to change the lives and destinies of others around him.

Morton will play Miles' father, Rev. Arthur Finer, a "thoughtful and intelligent man" who has been the reverend of Trinity Church for the past 25 years. Although Finer doesn't agree with his son's atheism, he wants him in his life.

This will be be the first major project for Morton, post-Scandal. He recently played Cyborg's father in Justice League.

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Adult Swim(LOS ANGELES) -- After the hit animated show Rick and Morty generated massive interest in a McDonald's condiment they no longer produce -- specifically, Chicken McNugget Szechuan Sauce that debuted to promote the 1998 Disney hit Mulan -- the fast food giant ended up in a sticky situation.

But now it's making amends, deliciously.

Adult Swim's Rick and Morty has created a new generation of Szechuan sauce fans, when it featured the stuff this year in season three, as something of a universe-shaking McGuffin. "That's my one-armed-man, Morty!" a raging Rick tells his frightened grandson. "I'm not driven by avenging my dead family, Morty. That was fake. I'm driven by finding that McNugget sauce!"

McDonald's announced they would reintroduce the stuff last October, but lines of fans left empty handed, and in one case launched a small-scale riot -- when the demand nearly instantly outmatched the supply.

Others auctioned off the tiny pods on eBay, charging hundreds.

Driving demand as well, was the super-sized bottle McDonald's gifted to the creators of the Adult Swim show.

As a mea culpa -- and let's face it, a pretty savvy marketing move -- McDonald's has announced it's releasing 20 million packets of the coveted nugget covering beginning Monday, and is launching a podcast slightly spoofing the likes of the true-crime 'cast Serial to explore the phenomenon.

"We've worked every day since October to bring back much, much, more of the sauce our fans have been craving," the statement reads, noting the 20 million packets will be around, "while supplies last (which this time around, we hope is a while)."

The podcast, made with the help of Studio@Gizmodo and Onion Labs, is called The Sauce, and its three episodes are called, "Good Intentions," "The Szechuan Sauce Riots," and "Making Amends."

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ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Tiffany Haddish just received the surprise of her lifetime.

Ahead of her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, Oprah Winfrey surprised the Girls Trip star with a impromptu meeting.

"Look who I just surprised @theellenshow.. @tiffanyhaddish watch tomorrow," Winfrey wrote, captioning an Instagram photo of her and Haddish on set.

It's safe to say, Haddish could barely contain her excitement, reposting Oprah's photo three times on Instagram and sharing her own personal message.

"SO JUST SO YALL KNOW I POSTED IT THREE TIMES BECAUSE I AM THAT DAMN HAPPY!" she wrote. "YES! YES! YES I CRIED AND YES I ASKED HER TO BE MY AUNTIE! SO ALL THANKS BE TO GOD FOR ALWAYS COMING THRU YOU HEAR MY PRAYERS AND ANSWER ACCORDINGLY AMEN!"

No word if Oprah accepted Haddish's request to become her kin.

And more good news came in for Tiff today: MTV just announced she will host the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Monday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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