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Disney Star Cameron Boyce Dies After a Seizure
Cameron Boyce, who appeared on Disney Channel sitcom “Jessie,” died in his sleep on Saturday following a seizure from an ongoing medical condition. He was 20 years old.
“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” said the family in a statement. “The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him. We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother.”
Born May 28,1999 in Los Angeles, Boyce’s first acting credit was in a “Panic! At the Disco” music video at age 9. He made his screen debut in 2008, appearing both in the horror film “Mirrors,” and the thriller “Eagle Eye.” After a recurring role on “General Hospital: Night Shift,” he returned to the movies in “Grown Ups” and “Grown Ups 2,” as Adam Sandler’s son. Boyce made guest appearances in several Disney Channel shows, including “Good Luck Charlie,” “Shake It Up,” “Austin and Ally” and “Liv and Maddie.” And he starred in “Jessie” from 2011 to 2015 as Luke Ross, the mischievous second oldest sibling, and voiced the role in “Jake and the Neverland Pirates,” an animated Disney Junior show that ran from 2012 to 2015.
In 2015, he played Cruella de Vil’s son in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants.”
When he wasn’t acting, Boyce raised money for the Thirst, a non-profit organization that builds freshwater wells in developing countries.
Seinfeld” Turns 30
The pilot of “Seinfeld” (originally called “The Seinfeld Chronicles”) debuted on July 5, 1989.
Amazingly, it was 30 years to this day, in 1989, that we were first introduced to the gang on NBC sitcom Seinfeld. Actually, make that three of them. There was Jason Alexander as everyone’s favorite nebbish, George Costanza; Michael Richards as the kooky neighbor with the whacked-out hair (who in this pilot episode was named Kessler); and, of course, Jerry Seinfeld as a fictional version of himself.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Jerry’s friend and former girlfriend Elaine Benes was not seen until the series returned the following spring for its four-episode first season order.
At the time, NBC was in dandy shape in the sitcom department. Thursday night “Must See TV” entries The Cosby Show, spin-off A Different World and Cheers held 3 of the top 4 spots in all of primetime. The Golden Girls and Empty Nest on Saturday were also in the top 10. And Night Court was standing well on its own on Wednesday. So, the network had the luxury to experiment with something like Seinfeld, which was originally called The Seinfeld Chronicles and was unlike anything we ever saw before on television. For more, click here
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PI Podcast with Douglas Pucci
The discussion this week is on season three of “Stranger Things,” “Dead to Me,” “What/If,” documentary series “When They See Us” on Netflix; and season three of “The Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu…. To listen, click here