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You can't rely on the business to provide you with the opportunity to act. If what you want to do is act, then you've got to find the situation where you can do that. If what you want to do is become a star, then good luck.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: He's on his own A-list

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Jeremy Piven, from right, Natalia Tena, Blake Lee and Jake Matthews in a scene from "Wisdom of the Crowd," which is essentially done at CBS.
Jeremy Piven, from right, Natalia Tena, Blake Lee and Jake Matthews in a scene from "Wisdom of the Crowd," which is essentially done at CBS. (Diyah Pera/ CBS)

“Wisdom of the Crowd,” the Jeremy Piven-led crime drama on CBS, is not receiving a full-season pickup at the network. 

The series, which airs Sundays at 8 p.m., will wrap its run after its initial 13-episode order concludes, The Times has learned. The decision likely signals the underperforming drama is canceled.

The show, which stars Piven as a tech visionary who launches a crime-solving app to solve a murder, ranks as the lowest-rated freshman drama on the network. It averages around a 1.0 rating in the advertiser-coveted demographic of adults ages 18 to 48 and 7.4 million total viewers.

Terry Crews.
Terry Crews. (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

Terry Crews, who recently accused Adam Venit of grabbing his genitals at an industry party in 2016, was not pleased Monday to learn that the agent had returned to work at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment after a 30-day unpaid suspension over the alleged incident. 

“SOMEONE GOT A PASS,” the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor tweeted Monday morning, linking to coverage of Venit’s reinstatement.

Venit, formerly head of WME’s motion picture group, is back as an agent for the company, Deadline Hollywood reported Monday. WME sources told the Hollywood Reporter that an internal agency investigation had determined the alleged groping was an isolated event and not indicative of a pattern of behavior. Hence Venit’s return.

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Seth Meyers is on board to take a closer look at the 2018 Golden Globes. 

After speculation last week that he had secured the gig, NBC released a statement Monday announcing the news.

“We are thrilled that Seth Meyers is going to be hosting the Golden Globes this year,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “As he does every night for us in late night, he will be taking a closer look at this year’s best movies and television with his unique brand of wit, intelligence and mischievous humor.”

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Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey in a scene from "House of Cards."
Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey in a scene from "House of Cards." (David Giesbrecht / Netflix)

There’s still hope for Netflix’s embattled “House of Cards,” based on a letter that producers Media Rights Capital distributed Sunday to the show’s cast and crew members.

According to the missive, acquired by The Times and signed by Pauline Micelli, MRC’s senior vice president of television business and legal affairs, the company hopes to resume production soon.

“As we continue these discussions, we have determined together that the crew will be paid for an additional two week hiatus – beginning on November 27th and continuing through December 8th,” Micelli wrote.

Harvey Weinstein in 2015.
Harvey Weinstein in 2015. (Michael Sohn / Associated Press)

A woman who worked in the film industry has filed the first civil claim in Britain against Harvey Weinstein, alleging a series of sexual assaults by the producer and seeking personal injury damages to exceed $400,000. 

The Weinstein Co. in the U.S. and the U.K. are also named as  “vicariously liable” for the alleged assaults and subsequent psychological damage, which are said to have occurred in the course of the woman’s employment. 

Through a representative, Weinstein has repeatedly denied any allegations of nonconsensual sex.

Let the royal wedding planning begin!

Britain’s once-eligible bachelor Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are engaged. As part of their official duties, the couple posed for a engagement photocall on Monday to give the world new images of their coupledom and a peek at the “Suits” actress’s engagement ring. The event and corresponding interview will also be featured in a television broadcast due to air Monday evening.

The official photocall took place at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Gardens, which is said to have been a favorite place of Harry’s mother, Princess Diana. That’s where Markle debuted her sparkly new accessory, which also paid tribute to Harry’s mum.

A closeup of Meghan Markle's engagement ring.
A closeup of Meghan Markle's engagement ring. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)
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(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Talent comes in many guises, but all original talents share the same quality: They're unique, one of a kind. Totally unlike the rest of the crowd.

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I didn't like it, but I got to be known as a sex symbol. The short dresses and being wild onstage had a lot to contribute to that sexiness. But it wasn't me so much trying to be a Madonna or what Sharon Stone is doing. It was just work, you know.

FROM THE ARCHIVES: 'The Lesson Is Don't Give Up'

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Ron Howard, left, and father Rance Howard, right, during the filming of "Gung Ho" in 1985.
Ron Howard, left, and father Rance Howard, right, during the filming of "Gung Ho" in 1985. (AP Photo/Keith B. Srakocic)

Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard, died on Saturday. He was 89.

Ron Howard took to Twitter to announce his father’s death Saturday afternoon. Details were not immediately disclosed. 

“Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons,” he wrote. “He stood especially tall [for] his ability to balance ambition [with] great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.”

The elder Howard appeared in more than a dozen films his son directed, including “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Parenthood” and “Grand Theft Auto,” which he co-wrote with his son.