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Monty Python reunites -- what did you expect, the Spanish Inquisition? [Derived headline] [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

November 20, 2013


Monty Python reunites -- what did you expect, the Spanish Inquisition?

The Flying Circus is coming back to town.

The surviving members of Monty Python will reunite for a new stage show.

"We're getting together and putting on a show -- it's real," Terry Jones told the BBC. "I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"

The five surviving members -- Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam -- have only reunited sporadically since the 1983 film "Monty Python's The Meaning of Life." They took the stage together at the 1998 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, for instance, and have showed up to support each other's solo projects, such as Idle's musical "Spamalot."

Graham Chapman, the sixth member of the troop, died of cancer in 1989.

The remaining Python members will unveil the details of their planned reunion at a news conference Nov. 21.

-- The Wrap

Cam Newton, J.J. Watt become Gatorade's comic-book 'Freaks'

Two of the NFL's most athletic "freaks" are tackling the comic- book page.

Starting Nov. 19, Gatorade's newly redesigned website is hosting a special "Freaks" digital-comic section with stories featuring Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt.

The stories, which feature motion-animation transitions between panels, were done in conjunction with DC Comics and feature the creative team of writer Christos Gage and artist Howard Porter.

Both of the comics are built on narratives taken from each player's personal story. A great work ethic going back to high school helped Watt turn himself into "Megawatt," while Newton became "The Blender," a multitalented star who's hard to stop, by learning from his childhood sports heroes.

-- USA Today

Springsteen to release single

Bruce Springsteen will release a new single called "High Hopes" on Nov. 25. He announced the single on his website. Billboard says a full album could arrive as early as January.

"High Hopes" is a cover of a song by The Havalinas, a Los Angeles folk-rock band that released one album for Elektra in 1990. Springsteen previously included a cover of the song in the 1996 documentary "Blood Brothers."

Springsteen performed "High Hopes" during an Australian tour in the spring that featured Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello on guitar. Springsteen told Rolling Stone that he and the E Street Band spent a day off in a Sydney recording studio: "We did a couple of things that I wanted to put down. So that was very exciting. And being with Tommy was exciting."

-- USA Today

'Spider-Man' leaving Broadway

Producers are turning the lights off on the Spider-Man musical on Broadway early next year. The theatrical show -- the Great White Way's most expensive ever -- shook off a troubled launch to become a hit, but is now limping away to Las Vegas.

Spokesman Rick Miramontez said in a statement that "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will end its run in January and will next appear in Vegas.

The show's box office take -- once putting it among Broadway's biggest earners -- sprung a leak this summer and never recovered. It last broke the $1 million mark in mid-August and has had a dismal fall. Producers had said the show needed to make $1.2 million a week just to break even.

-- Associated Press

Huston covets 'Downton' role

Are you listening, Julian Fellowes?

Anjelica Huston is ready to slip into a period costume and join the upper-crust Crawleys for a guest shot on "Downton Abbey," which returns to Masterpiece on PBS in January. Perhaps series scribe Fellowes could write her a scene or two.

"I love Downton," says the Oscar-winning actress. "I was raised in Ireland and England, so I could pop into a part," suggests Huston, whose new memoir, "A Story Lately Told" (Scribner, on sale now), recounts the childhood years she spent abroad. "Somebody like the Countess Markievicz (an Irish rebel), who they mentioned last season. Maybe I could make a guest appearance," she says with a laugh.

Huston, 62, is a fan of TV, and she counts HGTV's "Love It or List It" as one of her favorite shows.

But she's more ambivalent about NBC's "Smash," which was canceled in May after two seasons. She played Broadway producer Eileen Rand.

When the series ended, "there was a little cry of sadness at parting, but also I can't say I didn't appreciate my liberty once I regained it."

-- USA Today,The Middle

8 p.m. on ABC

At Thanksgiving, Axl (Charlie McDermott) wants to tell Frankie and Mike (Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn) he's dropped three classes; he just isn't sure how. Frankie's father (Jerry Van Dyke) confides to Mike that he lost a bunch of money gambling online and won't be able to take his wife (Marsha Mason) on the cruise they'd planned.


8 p.m. on NBC

Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) tries to show Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) how much she's grown. Rachel's relationship with Gene (Stephen Collins) is still strained. Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) makes a proclamation to Jason (JD Pardo).


8 p.m. on WQED

An evening of out-of-this-world programming opens with the new episode "At the Edge of Space," which visits the boundary zone between the Earth and space, home to some of nature's strangest and loveliest phenomena.


8 p.m. on The CW

When a mysterious illness is infecting hundreds of people in the city, including Diggle (David Ramsey), Oliver (Stephen Amell) discovers The Count (Seth Gable) is out of prison and distributing the drug Vertigo once more.

Top Chef

10 p.m. on Bravo

In this new episode, the chefs create hot sauces for music legend Dr. John for the quickfire challenge. Later, they must butcher and cook a 300-pound hog.

American Horror Story: Coven

10 p.m. on FX

A love affair brings new purpose to Fiona's (Jessica Lange) life. Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) questions her place in the coven.

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