Maryland judge vacates Adnan Syed's murder conviction after new evidence undermines verdict
A Baltimore judge on Monday vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, the subject of the hit podcast "Serial" who had spent more than 23 years in prison for the death of his ex-girlfriend. The decision comes after prosecutors filed a motion claiming there was new evidence that casts doubt on the verdict. Jericka Duncan reports.news.yahoo.com
New this week: 'Moonbase 8,' Kylie Minogue & Niall Horan
(Showtime via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. — “Outrage”: If you’re looking for some distractions on election day, the excellent Women Make Film series is still going strong on TCM. — AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— The final solo recording from late jazz legend Dave Brubeck will be released Friday. Showtime’s “Moonbase 8” stars Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly and Tim Heidecker as astronauts trying to qualify for a moon mission. For Showtime subscribers, the full series will be available Sunday night on the channel’s apps and on-demand platforms.
'The West Wing' cast reunites again, this time for a book
NEW YORK – The stars of “The West Wing” are once again joining together, this time for a book about the award-winning White House television drama. On Monday, Dutton announced that it had acquired “What's Next: A Citizen's Guide to The West Wing,” organized by actors Melissa Fitzgerald and Mary McCormack, with the participation of Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, Allison Janney and series creator Aaron Sorkin among others. “What's Next” will combine memories of the NBC program, which ran from 1999-2006, with “a powerful case for competent and empathetic leadership, and for hope and optimism in what lies ahead," according to Dutton, which has not set a release date. In a joint statement, Fitzgerald and McCormack said the book was "for the millions of fans who love the show, and also to show how that love, hope and optimism it has engendered has been channeled into real world service and action. The series won four consecutive best drama series Emmy Awards beginning in 2000.
Broadway stars and drag queens to unite for voter drive show
NEW YORK – Broadway and the world of drag will combine later this month for a streaming variety show to promote voter participation that promises plenty of show tunes and a lot of fierce lipstick. “Divas For Democracy: United We Slay” will feature Broadway stars such as Chita Rivera and Stephanie J. Block singing theater songs while their drag counterparts from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” “match their vocal prowess with lip sync passion and style,” according to organizers. There's a minimum $5 donation and all proceeds benefit Drag Out the Vote, a national, nonpartisan voter engagement nonprofit. The divas of drag include stars of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” such as Alaska, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Valentina, Peppermint, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Shuga Cain, Honey Davenport, Brita Filter, Marti Gould Cummings and Pixie Aventura.