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Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Oct. 26

Sam Sarpong, Co-Host of MTV’s ‘Yo Momma,’ Dies at 40
Actor and model Sam Sarpong, known for co-hosting MTV’s “Yo Momma” with Wilmer Valderrama, died Monday, his rep confirmed. He was 40.

‘The Walking Dead’ Gets Seventh Season on AMC
Days after airing its most talked-about episode of the current season, AMC announced it has given a seventh season to its hit zombie apocalypse series “The Walking Dead” and a sixth season to postmortem chat series “Talking Dead.”

CNBC’s Republican Debate Notches 14 Million Viewers
CNBC said its Wednesday-night telecast of a debate among Republican candidates for U.S. President lured an average of 14 million viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast on the NBCUniversal-owned cable outlet in its history.

David Beckham to Star in BBC Documentary Film
Soccer player David Beckham will star in the documentary film “David Beckham: For the Love of the Game,” which has been commissioned by the BBC. The film will see Beckham play soccer in seven continents.

CBS’ ‘Supergirl’ Premiere Ratings Strong: Top New Show of the Fall
“Supergirl” took flight in the ratings Monday night for CBS, riding fanboy/fangirl curiosity, a strong lead-in and mostly positive reviews to tie with NBC’s “Blindspot” as the fall’s top premiere score in the key young-adult demo while leading all new shows outright in total viewers.

This Week in Entertainment 1959

Charles Van Doren was a contestant on the quiz show “Twenty One” from Feb. 11, 1957, to March 11, 1957, winning more than $129,000. He was so popular that NBC had him appear on “The Today Show” as a correspondent. However after being accused of cheating, Van Doren eventually confessed during testimony before the House Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight on Nov. 2, 1959, that he had been given answers by the show’s producers. As a result, he resigned as an assistant professor at Columbia University and NBC dropped him from his $50,000-a-year contract as a correspondent. The scandal was documented in the 1994 film “Quiz Show,” starring Ralph Fiennes as Van Doren.

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