Tracee Ellis Ross reunites with ‘Girlfriends’ on ‘black-ish’

LOS ANGELES — Fans waiting for a “Girlfriends” reboot are getting a little tease: the cast of the early 2000s sitcom is reuniting on an episode of “black-ish.”

Tracee Ellis Ross, one of the leading actors on “black-ish,” was also the star of “Girlfriends,” which ran from 2000 to 2008 and chronicled the lives of four Black women living in Los Angeles.

Ross teased the reunion on social media , posting a video of herself on the “black-ish” set with Golden Brooks, Persia White and Jill Marie Jones, as she squealed with delight. “Girlfriends” had a strong and loyal fan base, and some have lobbied it to return in some form — perhaps a movie.

The episode will air Oct. 8 on ABC.

Kevin Hart is in rehab facility after crash

Kevin Hart is out of the hospital 10 days after his terrifying car crash.

The actor, 40, was discharged and is now recovering from his injuries in a rehabilitation facility, a source tells PEOPLE.

Hart was hospitalized and underwent surgery after suffered “major back injuries” when his Plymouth Barracuda veered off the road and landed in a ditch earlier this month.

The comedian was hurt after the vehicle’s driver, friend Jared Black, lost control and crashed through wooden fencing just before 1 a.m. on Mulholland Highway in Malibu, a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol previously said.

Hart’s wife, Eniko Parrish, told TMZ reporters outside the hospital last week that Hart is doing “great” and is expected to fully recover.

“He’s gonna be just fine. He’s good, everybody’s good. Thank god,” she said as she returned from a coffee run. “He’s fine, he’s awake.”

Sterling K. Brown, Kerry Washington to star in ‘Shadow Force’

Lionsgate is in final talks to acquire action two-hander Shadow Force, with Sterling K. Brown and Kerry Washington attached to star.

Leon Chills penned the screenplay that is in the vein of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Washington and Pilar Savone will produce via Simpson Street, alongside Danielle Reardon and Brown for Indian Meadows Productions, and Stephen Love for Made With Love Media.

Washington, repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson, will next be seen in Hulu’s adaptation of Celeste Ng’s best-selling novel Little Fires Everywhere. Brown, repped by Innovative Artists, JWS Entertainment and Bloom Hergott, will be in theaters with Disney’s Frozen II, Blake Lively spy film The Rhythm Section and A24’s Waves.

Lionsgate has found success in the action space with the John Wick franchise, with the series’ third installment, Parabellum, making $321 million at the global box office.

‘Saturday Night Live’ adds 3 to its cast

LOS ANGELES — “Saturday Night Live” is adding three new cast members for its upcoming 45th season, including the show’s only Asian American performer.

Bowen Yang, who joined NBC’s “SNL” last season as a staff writer, will be a featured player, NBC said Thursday. Yang is co-host of a podcast, “Las Culturistas.”

Also joining the show as featured players are Chloe Fineman and Shane Gillis. Fineman has been a regular performer with the Groundlings improv company, and both she and Gillis were featured as “New Faces” at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.

“Saturday Night Live” has taken heat over the years for an overall lack of ethnic diversity, with scant Asian representation among its cast members or hosts.

Former players Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider both are one-quarter Asian, but neither has been widely recognized for their Asian ancestry. Among hosts, the long history of “SNL” includes a short list of Asian or Asian Americans, with Awkwafina, Aziz Ansari and Jackie Chan among them.

Change is a constant at “SNL.” Leslie Jones, who joined the show after it was criticized in 2013 for the absence of an African-American woman among its regular or featured players, is focusing on stand-up and movies and won’t be back this season.

The show returns Sept. 28 with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish.

—Compiled from Tribune News Services

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