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Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On August 1 -- the same day MTV launched back in 1981 -- MTV is officially changing VH1 Classic to MTV Classic. 

With that will come a flood of nostalgic programming for Gen-Xers, including Beavis & Butt-head and its spin-off, Daria, as well as MTV Unplugged, highlights from TRL, and, of course, videos from back in the day. 

MTV says in a statement, the new channel will boast "an eclectic mix of fan-favorite MTV series and music programming drawn from across its rich history, with a special focus on the 1990s and early 2000s."

Everything old is new again starting when MTV Classic re-airs MTV Hour One -- the influential network's first-ever hour of programming -- at 12:00 p.m. Eastern August 1. That will also be simulcast on Facebook. 

The Total Request Live retrospective The TRL Decade will follow, as will blocks of MTV Unplugged featuring Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Oasis, and more.

Other shows that will find a home on the network include the groundbreaking animated sci-fi show Aeon Flux, plus Run’s HousePimp My RideJackassCribs, and Punk’d.  

 

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix on Wednesday announced a bunch of programming news, and not just the premiere date of its Gilmore Girls update: November 25. 

Here are the highlights:

* The One Day at a Time remake, which will focus on a Cuban-American family, will premiere January 6, 2017. Norman Lear, who produced the original version, is back as executive producer.

* Chelsea Handler's talk show, Chelsea, was renewed for a second season, as was Lady Dynamite and Real Rob.

* Part two of the first season of the Ashton Kutcher-Danny Masterson comedy The Ranch arrives on October 7.

* Jennifer Garner will lend her voice to Mama Llama in a new animated series for preschoolers, Llama Llama, based on the book series by Anna Dewdney. It will premiere sometime in 2017.

* Laura Linney has been cast in the Jason Bateman drama Ozark. Bateman will play a financial planner who, along with his wife (Linney) and their family, relocates from the Chicago suburbs to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Ozark will debut in 2017.

* The anthology series Easy, which "explores diverse Chicago characters as they fumble through the modern maze of love, sex, technology and culture," hits the streaming service on September 22. Cast members include Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress and Emily Ratajkowski.

* During a Television Critics Association panel in Beverly Hills, the cast and creators of the hit Stranger Things discussed their show -- and the props. One of the kids on the show, 12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown, said she was confused by the record player.

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Julia Roberts is the latest celebrity to pay tribute to the late producer and director Garry Marshall, who died last week at the age of 81.

The actress worked with Marshall on the 1990 classic Pretty Woman. In a role that earned her an Oscar nomination, Roberts played a Hollywood prostitute, Vivian Ward, hired by wealthy businessman Edward Lewis -- Richard Gere's character -- to escort him to various social events. He ends up falling for her.

"To know Garry Marshall was to love him," Roberts tells People magazine. "And I was luckier than most to have loved him for my entire adult life and luckier still to have been loved by him because his love was unconditional, inexhaustible and magical."

Listing some of the sitcoms Marshall created when she was young, like Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley, Roberts comments, "I have said before that Garry Marshall raised me, and it is rather true."

Roberts, 48, says that through his shows, Marshall taught viewers "to be nice, that life could be simple and sweet and, most importantly, that friends and family were everything.

"It is my great fortune that there were only a few short years between Happy Days going off the air and Garry Marshall walking into my life and changing it in so many ways," she remembers. "His family was everything to him, and it showed in every piece of work he ever did."

Marshall, who also directed Roberts in Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day and the recent film Mother's Day, died July 19 from complications of pneumonia following a stroke.

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L-R: Deadly Games, Nick Cannon and Hara on “America’s Got Talent”; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Wednesday night's installment of NBC’s America’s Got Talent saw seven of the 12 acts that performed on Tuesday's show learn that they had been chosen to advance to the semifinals. The other five acts were sent home.

Judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Simon Cowell, along with host Nick Cannon, were on hand for the live event airing from Hollywood's Dolby Theater to learn which acts America had selected to advance for a chance at the $1 million top prize.

Also back for season 11 was the “Dunkin’ Save," which allowed viewers to vote live to save an act in danger of elimination. They were instructed to search "Dunkin’ Save" on Google and select one of the three acts with the lowest vote totals that they wanted to see in the finals.

High school choir Musicality, singers Jayna Brown and Laura Bretan, magician Jon Dorenbos, comic mime Tape Face, tween stand-up comedienne Lori Mae Hernandez and knife-throwing couple Deadly Games all advanced to the finals.

Ninety-year-old stripper Dorothy Williams, dance acts Outlawz and Sila Sveta, singer Daniel Joyner and magician Hara were sent home.

Here’s a rundown of Wednesday’s action:

The first two acts called to the front of the stage were choir Musicality and 90-year-old stripper Dorothy Williams. Musicality advances to the next round. Mel B was happy with the results, noting the kids “light up the stage.”

Next, singers Jayna Brown and Laura Bretan were asked to step forward. Both advance to the next round. Simon’s advice to the two acts moving forward was to “stay true” to themselves.

Dance troop Outlaws and singer Daniel Joyner were the next two acts to learn their fates. Neither one advanced.

Dance team Sila Sveta, comic mime Tape Face and magician Jon Dorenbos were the next three acts summoned to the front of the stage. Dorenbos advances to the semifinals. The Philadelphia Eagles’ football player thanked the team for letting him compete on the show, and Heidi joked that the Eagles would have to wait a little longer for him.

Sila Sveta and Tape Face were instructed to remain on the stage and learned that the comic advances to the semifinals.

Earlier in the show, Cannon revealed that knife-throwing couple Deadly Games, magician Hara and 13-year-old stand-up comic Lori Mae Hernandez were the acts with the three lowest vote totals and gave viewers a chance to save one of them with the "Dunkin’ Save." America picked Lori Mae to advance to the semifinals.

The judges then got to decide which of the remaining two acts would advance. Heidi and Simon chose Deadly Games, but Mel B and Howie picked Hara. With the vote ending in a tie, the act with the most fan votes, Deadly Games, advances to the semifinals.

The show also featured performances from last season’s winner, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, and ninth-season champ, magician Matt Franco.

America’s Got Talent continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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David Becker/Getty Images for Nu-Opp, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- R&B music greats The O'Jays are again objecting to the use of their music in connection with Donald Trump's bid for the presidency.

Last week, founding members Eddie Levert and Walter Williams expressed their displeasure with Trump for using their song "Love Train" at the Republican National Convention, with Levert declaring that The Donald "just may be the Antichrist."

Now, they're upset that Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida used  "For The Love of Money" without their consent in a pro-Trump video.

In a cease-and-desist letter sent to Mica and Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, that was released Wednesday, attorneys for Levert and Williams say, "Your use of our clients’ signature song, and utilizing the original recording constitutes a patently false implication that Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have endorsed you or your political agenda or Mr. Trump’s agenda. Our clients unequivocally do not endorse you, your agenda nor your party’s views or those of Mr. Trump. On the contrary, Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have actively opposed these ideals."

In a statement, Levert says, "Trump and his people have no right to help themselves to our music. He presents himself as supporting 'law and order' but, in truth, he’s not respecting the law at all."

Williams adds, "We don’t appreciate having our music associated with a campaign that is hurtful to so many with whom we have common ground.  We’ve really had enough of this. I’m living proof that America is already great; I came from nothing and everyday I feel blessed to live in the greatest country on earth.  We support those who inspire in a positive way as opposed to bullying and using scare tactics."

It's worth pointing out that "For the Love of Money" was the theme song to Trump's reality show, The Apprentice.

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