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The late Tejano singer Selena performs in Los Angeles.
The late Tejano singer Selena performs in Los Angeles. (Rick Corrales)

Netflix is ready to “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”

The streaming platform has ordered a new scripted series about the life of famed Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla.

“Selena: The Series” will follow the coming-of-age of a young Selena as her dreams of becoming a professional singer come to fruition, forcing her and her family to make life-changing personal and professional choices.

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Actresses Awkwafina, left, and Laverne Cox will announce the Screen Actors Guild Award nominees on Wednesday.
Actresses Awkwafina, left, and Laverne Cox will announce the Screen Actors Guild Award nominees on Wednesday. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Hump day might be a lot more enjoyable this week thanks to  Awkwafina, Laverne Cox and the Screen Actors Guild.

Cox (“Orange Is the New Black” and “Bad Hair”) and Awkwafina (“Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians”) are teaming up to announce the nominations for the 25th SAG Awards on Wednesday and will hopefully enliven the typical awards-show announcements with their sass and comedic chops. 

The acting nominees will be revealed at 7 a.m. Pacific time at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.

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Hoda Kotb, left, and Kathie Lee Gifford have co-anchored the "Today" show since 2008.
Hoda Kotb, left, and Kathie Lee Gifford have co-anchored the "Today" show since 2008. (Nathan Congleton / NBC)

Kathie Lee Gifford’s announcement that she’s leaving NBC’s “Today” show reduced her on-air BFF Hoda Kotb to a sea of tears on Tuesday, and their life preserver was the box of tissues that a prop master dropped from the ceiling.

Kotb, who knew about Gifford’s departure before the live announcement, was still emotional afterward, telling her longtime co-host that she had changed her life.

“The minute you stepped into my life with both feet, everything changed,” Kotb said through tears, prompting the tissue-box drop.

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(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

It's not bad artists that's the problem, because they're not gonna be around for very long. The tragedy is with good artists who don't believe in themselves.

(Time magazine)

Time’s Person of the Year recognition for 2018 is shining a collective spotlight on “guardians” in what the magazine calls “the war on truth.”

The group is made up of four journalists and a newspaper that Time says “are representatives of a broader fight by countless others around the world.”

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Carol Burnett will receive a new award named in her honor at next month's Golden Globes.
Carol Burnett will receive a new award named in her honor at next month's Golden Globes. (Tyler Golden / Netflix)

Carol Burnett will need to clear some space on her crowded mantel: At next month’s Golden Globes ceremony, she will pick up yet another award honoring her long and distinguished career in television.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. announced Tuesday morning that Burnett will receive the inaugural Carol Burnett Award, a new prize honoring lifetime achievement in television.

The award was teased at last week’s nominations announcement for the Globes; it’s meant to be a bookend prize to the HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for film achievement. A five-time Golden Globe winner, Burnett is also the most decorated honoree of all time in the TV category, according to the organization.

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As if British Prime Minister Theresa May weren’t in enough of a Brexit bind, now she has to deal with a biting Andy Serkis impersonation that’s making the digital rounds.

Literally biting because it’s Serkis via his immortal rendition of Gollum. 

The “Lord of the Rings” actor reprised a version of the One Ring-obsessed character in a new video posted by We Wants It. Much like the Gollum of the film series, Serkis’ May has her own fixation: the Brexit withdrawal agreement. 

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Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

After her body rejected her first kidney transplant, “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland underwent dialysis last year and had to have a second transplant, she revealed Monday in an interview. 

Recovery from that surgery has been relatively smooth, but the 28-year-old has contended with a spate of other medical issues that resulted in additional procedures.

After the second transplant, she had surgery to mitigate her endometriosis and another to repair a hernia. The chronic illnesses have resulted in six surgeries in the past 16 months, she told Self magazine, where she opened up about her tumultuous medical journey. 

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Prince's estate announced its first crop of re-releases Monday.
Prince's estate announced its first crop of re-releases Monday. (Chris O'Meara / Associated Press)

Three albums from late music legend Prince are about to see new life in vinyl, according to a Monday announcement from the artist’s estate.

Sony’s Legacy Recordings, in conjunction with Prince’s estate, announced the first wave of physical media re-released from the artist’s catalog, making it the first time that albums “Musicology,” “3121” and “Planet Earth” have been released on vinyl.

First announced in August, the deal between Legacy Recordings and the estate aims to make more of Prince’s catalog available to fans, including rare and out-of-print materials. 

When the first trailer for “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” was released in July, it delved deep into the lives of its human characters — which was fine — and was accompanied by Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” — which was awesome — and everyone seemed happy to see that the titular titan seemed to be doing OK for himself. It was arty and magnificent.

But there wasn’t any fighting. And there was barely any destruction.

And if you’re coming in here to sell me a Godzilla film, then by gosh, it had better be apocalyptic.