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Greatest Hits is an ABC summer series that features artists of today and yesterday performing the defining hits of the ’80s, ’90s and ’00s. The latest episode highlighted hits from 1995-2000 featuring performances by LL Cool J, Backstreet Boys, Jewel, Coolio, All-4-One and Hanson revisiting their respective hits. For me though, it’s the duets with artists of today that are more entertaining.

Meghan Trainor joined The Backstreet Boys for a charming performance of “I Want It That Way.” The “Me Too” singer even picked up the boy band’s choreography, and pulled it off respectably.

While that duet was the marquee event, the stripped-down collaboration between Jewel and Tori Kelly on the former’s massive hit, “You Were Meant For Me,” was the winner of the night. The two ladies absolutely slayed it. They should consider touring together. I’d buy a ticket.

Check out both duets below, along with a sensational acoustic performance by Hanson of their smash single “MMMBop.” Dare I say, I prefer the new rendition over the original recording.

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ABC Cancels Uncle Buck

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Not that I’ve watched an episode of Uncle Buck, but I’m a little surprised by the news. I thought the Mike Epps sitcom was performing solidly.

ABC’s adaptation of the 1989 feature film had a promising start. The alphabet network issued a press release touting ratings for the series, which averaged 3.8 million total viewers in Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. That was an 81% lift from ABC’s performance in the same time period over the course of the same four weeks a year ago. Uncle Buck also averaged a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo, more than double ABC’s average from a year earlier. When DVR playback was factored in, it reached a robust 5.2 million total viewers for its premiere.

Sadly though, ratings fizzled and viewer feedback wasn’t kind. Still, I can’t see the show costing ABC too much to produce. Clearly, the powers-that-be just weren’t fans of the comedy.

Did you watch the show? Will you miss it? Sound off below.

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What’s the opposite of a sausage party? Taco fest, clam bake? Whatever the term is, that’s exactly what the third season of summer staple, Bachelor In Paradise< /em>, is looking like so far.

Jared Haibon is the sole male announced as part of the cast. Obviously, more men will follow and fingers crossed that uber volatile Chad Johnson, on the current season of The Bachelorette, is one of them. Love him or hate him, he makes for riveting television.

Among the women revealed so far, most are Ben Higgins’ rejects. Most notably, Jubilee Sharpe and Lace Morris are included. Not surprising, given both dominated the early part of Season 20 with their antics.

Bachelor in Paradise returns Season 3 on Tuesday, August 2. Check out the partial cast list below.

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Nashville Nearing Deal With Another Network

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Nashville might not be dead after all. After ABC dropped the axe, producers began searching for a new home. It appears their hard work and fans’ #SaveNashville Twitter campaign have paid off.

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As expected, ABC is pushing Scandal back to midseason due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. New drama Conviction will keep its timeslot warm until Olivia Pope and company return. A surprise, though, is the fact the alphabet network is moving The Middle to Tuesday, where it’ll kick-off a newly-extended two hour comedy block.

Unlike NBC and FOX, ABC is premiering most of its new programs in the fall as opposed to saving them for 2017. With regards to the fall shows, dramas Conviction and Notorious look promising as does the comedy, American Housewife. Fast forward to midseason, and the trailers I liked were Time After Time and Shonda Rhimes’ Romeo & Juliet series, Still Star-Crossed.

On the flip-side, the Jenna Elfman comedy, Imaginary Friend, looks like a hard sell. I predict it’ll be a one-and-done season show for sure. Check out all the trailers below, along with ABC’s new schedule.

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With upfronts just around the corner, networks are busy scrambling to tie up loose ends. ABC just revealed the fates of nearly all their shows.

First off the good news. Freshman comedies The Real O’Neals and Dr. Ken both live to see another day and score sophomore seasons. Meanwhile, the critically-acclaimed limited series American Crime received a green light for a third season. It’ll be interesting to see what touchy subject creator John Ridley tackles next.

In somewhat of a surprise, The Catch snags a renewal as well. By far, the series is the worst performing among the Shondaland stable, but I’m sure the network doesn’t want to piss off Shonda Rhimes. Ergo, the renewal. I actually don’t mind the show, so I’m fine with this decision, along with the other renewals.

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Firstly, congratulations to Kerry Washington and her former NFL cornerback husband Nnamdi Asomugha. The happy couple are expecting their second child.

The 39-year-old actress’ first pregnancy resulted in a reduced amount of episodes for the third season of Scandal. Also, since the pregnancy wasn’t written in the show, Washington had far less scenes and when she appeared, numerous props, mostly lamps, blocked her baby bump.

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It’s all about classic game shows for ABC this summer. The alphabet network just added another revival for it’s Sunday Fun & Games block which already includes Celebrity Family Feud with Steve Harvey and The 100,000 Pyramid with Michael Strahan.

Alec Baldwin joins the lineup with a brand new Match Game. Not only will he host it, but he’ll serve as executive producer as well. Reportedly, the 58-year-old is receiving one of the highest game show hosting salaries ever. Here’s the surprising thing… he’s donating his talent fee to charity.

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