Great news for people who like the idea of drinking coffee but don't actually enjoy coffee itself, Starbucks has announced plans to release a new flavor and, with it, another opportunity to exercise seasonal dominance a la pumpkin spice. Yes, the chestnut praline latte will be released nationwide on November 12, which ought to excite anybody who actually knows what chestnuts taste like, and provided they actually like the taste. The drink, which is associated with coffee only because it comes from a company who claims to serve coffee, was already tested in select markets and is now ready to join the Peppermint Mocha and the Gingerbread Latte and Starbucks' Christmas drinks. Yo ho ho hum ... Discuss
As Parks & Rec gets ready to bow out of its delightful run, its stars are gearing up for other projects. Long careers seem assured for the likes of Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari Aubrey Plaza, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman and Adam Scott, but what of beloved team leader Amy Poehler? Well, it turns out she'll be re-teaming with Parks & Rec executive producer and staff writer Aisha Muharrar to write a new single-cam comedy for NBC, and the premise is one that might interest you. It will center around a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church building and a bevy of wild and wacky congregants. It's being described as "a work-place comedy" so it will probably be tonally similar to Parks & Rec, but word is, Poehler will be writing, not starring in the series. So you might want to get working on that audition tape, dear reader ... Discuss
The freelance journalist who was working as an NBC cameraman in Liberia has officially been declared free of the Ebola virus after receiving treatment in Nebraska. For the last two weeks, 33-year-old Ashoka Mukpo has been in a special isolation unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, but will soon be released. On Twitter, Mukpo said, “Special shout out to Nancy Snyderman at NBC News. For the record me and her were never within 3 feet of each other once. Be nice to her plz.” TV’s Dr. Snyderman received criticism from the public after she was spotted outside of her home during a voluntary quarantine period following her NBC News crew’s return to the United States ... Discuss
Actress Renee Zellweger will star in a new movie based on a book co-authored by the author behind the bestseller-turned-adaptation Heaven Is For Real, in a move that Deadline describes as Paramount’s “latest attempt to frack untapped reserves of faith-based dollars.” Same Kind Of Different As Me, which tells the story of “a modern-day slave, an international art dealer, and the unlikely woman who bound them together,” was originally a self-published book from co-authors Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent (the writer behind Heaven Is For Real and two political books) before getting picked up by Thomas Nelson and becoming a New York Times bestseller ... Discuss
One of three Americans held in North Korea has been freed and returned to the United States. Jeffrey Fowle had been detained in the reclusive country for five months after officials say he intentionally left a Bible while visiting a club in the country as part of a tourist visit. All religious activity is tightly controlled in North Korea and the act was seen as a serious crime.
CNN interviewed Fowle during his detention, who admitted to the “covert act and a violation of tourists' rules,” though the network said the interview process was tightly controlled by North Korean officials. The State Department seemed to be a little baffled by the sudden move by North Korea, telling the media, “we'll let the North Koreans speak for themselves about why they decided to do this, why now.” Two Americans—including missionary Kenneth Bae—are still imprisoned there, and the White House said they’ve been given no new news about their legal status ... Discuss