Good Times - Jimmie Walker and Janet Jackson

Jimmie Walker, left, appears with co-star Janet Jackson in “Good Times.” — PHOTO: Tribune files

When Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear teamed up last year for “Live In Front Of A Studio Audience” on ABC, they garnered super ratings (23 million) and won an Emmy. The special consisted of a reboot of Lear’s ‘70s sitcoms “All In The Family” and “The Jeffersons” featuring Jamie Foxx, Wanda Sykes, Kerry Washington, Woody Harrelson, Will Ferrell and Marla Gibbs. Now, Kimmel and Lear will do another installment of “All In The Family” and this time around a reboot of “Good Times.” The casts for both shows haven’t been confirmed yet, but Washington and Ferrell will once again serve as executive producers with Kimmel and Lear. We do know that “Good Times,” which was TV’s first African-American nuclear family, will include both parents, Florida and James Evans, in the reboot. In the 70’s, John Amos, who played father James Evans was fired by Norman Lear after Amos demanded the writers lose the stereotypes and balance the stories with issues as was originally promised. Good Times never recovered critically or in the ratings after Amos was dismissed, so for the reboot producers kept that in mind.

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Speaking of Good Times, former castmember (“Penny Woods”) and superstar singer/actress Janet Jackson is opening up about motherhood. Ms. Jackson is talking about the big surprises, including one of them being No Sleep, just like her song (SMILE). Jackson isn’t using a nanny!!! What?!! Perhaps she wanted the full experience, but Jackson is 52 and her 2½-year-old son Eissa Al Mana apparently has plenty of energy.

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Ellen DeGeneres has a primetime special coming and she’s enlisted the help of her friends including our Forever First Lady Michelle Obama, Michael B. Jordan, Sterling K. Brown, Steph and Ayesha Curry, Chrissy Teigen and Jason Momoa will join my girl for Ellen’s “Greatest Night Of Giveaways.” DeGeneres says get your hanky ready, and that she and her team are changing lives with these giveaways. It’s what she’s done on her daytime talker Ellen, but going a million times farther. Ellen’s “Greatest Night Of Giveaways is a three night event airing at 8 p.m. on Dec. 10, Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 on NBC.

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Patti LaBelle is writing a book on artists who’ve dissed her. Now I’m not talking because I’m never gonna mess up my invite to Miss Patti’s, so I’ll wait. But you should know as nice as Miss Patti is, sometimes she had to set folks straight, justifiably of course. Now she’s gonna bring the receipts.

We send our prayers and best wishes to Angie Martinez. The radio personality from our New York sister station Power 105.1 was in a severe car accident. Her rehab is going to be extensive as she suffered a broken back. Best wishes Angie and get well soon!

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Essence magazine is celebrating its 50th anniversary with some bold changes to the operation. First, the magazine will come bimonthly (every other month). It will be a much thicker magazine edition, however. The Essence Festival in New Orleans is expanding. In 2020, the festival will run July 1 through the July 5. The festival has become legendary and this growth is an anniversary gift to all the attendees.

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Queen Latifah is taking over a hit franchise … from Denzel Washington. The Equalizer was an Emmy-nominated CBS-TV drama about a special ops military man who became a soldier of fortune for hire to people in need that starred the late Edward Woodward. Denzel and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua rebooted the series into two movies in 2014 and 2017 bringing in nearly $400 million at the box office. Now, Queen Latifah is set to bring the franchise back to CBS-TV. If all goes well, Latifah would be the new soldier of fortune on television possibly by this fall.

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Unfortunately, there’s divorce news with Solange Knowles. Knowles took to social media and announced she and her second husband, music video director Alan Ferguson, have been separated since early this year. The two had a spectacular 2014 wedding ceremony that broke the internet, and involved both their families in a New Orleans ceremony. Despite their May-December gap, she’s 33 and he’s 56, things seemed fine. The internet got a hold of pictures of Solange and singer John Bogaard, and tried to put them on blast. Solange denied an affair with Boggard on her Instagram and told folks to go back to enjoying their vacation. Knowles’ first marriage was to Daniel Smith in 2004 and the two share a 15-year-old son Daniel Jr.

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This week, “People” magazine will release excerpts from the Whitney Houston tell-all from her BFF Robyn Crawford. Crawford’s book is called “A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston.” Among the revelations: They were lovers since teenagers. It ended when Houston signed to Arista Records, who maintained the girl next door image for Houston. Cissy Houston was always against this affair. Crawford claims Whitney ended it by handing her a bible! Huh? I for one believe if Robyn stayed in Whitney’s life, she’d be alive today because Houston was surrounded by vultures at the end. “A Song For You: My Life With Whitney Houston” by Crawford is due out Nov. 12.

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If you liked “Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse,” then get ready for a sequel. The first movie which came out in December 2018, took in over $375 million world-wide at the box office. Featuring the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Nicolas Cage and Mahershala Ali, this movie was a multicultural edition. A young Afro-Latino Spider-Man travels dimensions and teams up with other Spider-Men to defeat super-villain Kingpin. Well, after such a huge take at the box office, a sequel is scheduled to hit theaters in the spring 2022.

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Chadwick Boseman stars in “21 Bridges.” Partially filmed right here in Philly, Boseman is an NYPD detective in hot pursuit of a cop killer. As a result of the chase, Manhattan’s 21 bridges must be shut down to catch the criminal. The movie is due out Friday, Nov. 22.

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Actress and supermodel Jodie Turner Smith covers the latest issue of Essence. The November issue’s theme is Wok (with a horizontal line over the “o”), a state of consciousness, which also profiles 100 Black women who advocate for change.

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are on the cover of the December issue of “Vanity Fair.” They talk about standing up to President Trump’s tweets, overcoming childhood pain and enjoying success as a couple.

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Oscar winner Regina King, who is starring in the much-talked about “Watchmen” on HBO, is on the cover of November’s “Marie Claire.” The actress and director talks about her superhero moment.

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Check out who’s coming to town:

Tonight: The O’Jays at the Ocean Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto ticketmaster.com.

Tomorrow: The Gentlemen of Soul starring Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson at The Tropicana in Atlantic City. Tickets and information at ticketmaster.com.

Nov. 14 Dec. 8: The UniverSoul Circus returns to Fairmount Park on the grounds of The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.

Saturday, Nov. 30: Run DMC at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto ticketmaster.com.

Friday, Dec. 6: Anita Baker: The Farewell Concert Series at The Liacouras Center. For tickets and information log onto liacourascenter.com.

Saturday, Dec. 7: The All I Want For Christmas show starring Mariah Carey at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. For tickets and information log onto ticketmaster.com.

Thursday, Dec. 12: Sinbad in concert at The Parx Casino Xcite Center in Bensalem, Pa. Log onto tickets.parxcasino.com for tickets and information.

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If you would like more info please email me at PattyJackson@iHeartMedia.com or check me out with my midday reports at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. during the day.

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