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WIRE Buzz: Chadwick Boseman tribute tops ratings; Goldblum teases Jurassic World threats; Walking Dead

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Aug 31, 2020, 2:34 PM EDT

As the world continues to mourn the shocking and tragic loss of actor Chadwick Boseman over the weekend, Disney-owned ABC decided to give fans the opportunity to collectively revisit a huge part of his legacy Sunday night. Not surprisingly, viewers turned out in droves.

Sunday night's rebroadcast of Marvel's Black Panther, starring Boseman in the title role, led the evening's ratings with 6.1 million total viewers and a 1.4 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, according to Variety. The second-place program for the night was the special ABC put together to honor Boseman, which pulled in 4.7 million viewers and a 1.1 rating. Titled A Tribute for a King, the special allowed numerous famous faces a chance to honor Boseman by discussing his life, work, and legacy.

Speakers including Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, former Walt Disney Company head Bob Iger, and Boseman's Marvel Cinematic Universe co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Winston Duke, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo. For Downey's part, though he's often credited as the MCU's most important figure, he took time to single out Boseman's work on Black Panther as the "crowning achievement" of the MCU.

Boseman passed away Friday at the age of just 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer, something neither his fans nor many of his collaborators knew he was struggling with. His death leaves an incalculable void in the entertainment world, and this is likely only the beginning of the tributes to come. 

Though the film and TV production world was thrown into disarray by the COVID-19 pandemic, some major sets are now up and running again with major safety protocols in place, in an effort to finally get some of the biggest upcoming movies on the calendar back on track. One such movie is the much-anticipated Jurassic World: Dominion, the third film in the Jurassic World trilogy, which will feature a long-awaited reunion between the scientists who led the very first film in the Jurassic Park franchise.

Yes, Dominion will mark the first time since the original film that Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) will all three share the screen, and according to Goldblum they won't necessarily be having a good time doing it. In an interview with Insider, Goldblum teased that the three original scientists are in yet another tight spot with some prehistoric threats in the new film.

"The first thing that we shot ... it was a scene with me and Laura Dern and Sam Neill and we were — I can't tell you much — but we were all day in a very tight, enclosed space," Goldblum said.

"You'll see — it's a mystery you'll solve when you see [the movie.] The three of us were in a tiny little space and we were being menaced by — I can't even tell you — a surprising faction of prehistoric creatures that you've never seen before."

Who are these prehistoric creatures? How much of an impact will they have? Will our beloved original characters survive? We'll find out more when Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters June 11, 2021.

The 10th season of The Walking Dead is finally marching toward its finale this fall, and as part of the lead-up AMC has announced a new behind-the-scenes companion to its re-broadcast of Season 10: The Walking Dead Episode Diaries.

Revealed by showrunner Angela Kang in a promo during the network's Season 1 marathon over the weekend, Episode Diaries looks to take the form of a kind of behind-the-scenes featurette that will run alongside each rebroadcast of Season 10's episodes in the lead-up to the fall finale in October. The diaries will feature behind-the-scenes footage, new interviews with the cast, and even commentary on scenes by the actors who lived them. Kang promised the experience will allow fans to see the Season 10 episodes "in a way you've never seen before."

Episode Diaries will begin this Sunday at 9 p.m. EST and continue throughout the rest of AMC's build-up to The Walking Dead's Season 10 return. The plan is for the network to re-air the first 10 episodes of the season in a marathon this Sunday, then air the remaining episodes in the show's normal Sunday night timeslot in the weeks leading up to what is now a midseason finale. The 16th episode of the season, "A Certain Doom," was originally meant to be the Season 10 finale, but Kang announced during Comic-Con@Home that it will now serve as more of a special episode to wrap up the current arc and set up a six-episode conclusion to the season in 2021. "A Certain Doom" airs October 4 on AMC.