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November 19, 2020

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Dolly Parton gave a $1 million donation to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, which has helped U.S. biotech firm Moderna develop their COVID-19 vaccine.

Moderna's vaccine trial and clinical research were a part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center's efforts to stop the virus.

Parton's donation is listed in the New England Journal of Medicine preliminary report showing that the vaccine is highly effective. The country star previously announced the donation on Instagram in April.

"My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who's been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure," Parton said at the time.

"I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations," she continued.

Parton has yet to respond to the news about the vaccine's efficacy. Parton became friends with Abumrad after she was treated at Vanderbilt in 2014 following a car accident.

Moderna said that the vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing infection, according to interim data the company published on Monday. The news came after Pfizer said its vaccine has shown to be about 90% effective.

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'The Good Doctor' star Richard Schiff hospitalized with COVID-19

The Good Doctor star Richard Schiff says he is hospitalized with COVID-19.

The 65-year-old actor gave an update Monday on Twitter after he and his wife, actress Sheila Kelley, tested positive for COVID-19.

Schiff said he is being treated at the hospital for COVID-19. Kelley is also still ill but is well enough to be home.

"Covid update. Thank you all for so much love and support. You're making it so much easier for @thesheilakelly and me," Schiff tweeted.

"I am in the hospital on Remdesivir, O2 and steroids showing some improvement every day. Sheila is home and doing better but still fairly ill. Love you all," he added.

Schiff said last week that he tested positive for COVID-19 Nov. 3 on Election Day.

"This has been the most bizarre week of our lives. @thesheilakelley is also positive. This is tough," he wrote. "We are determined to find a way to health again. We root for everyone out there who are struggling with this thing. Love from here."

Kelley confirmed Schiff's hospitalization in an Instagram post Monday, referring to him as LOML, or love of my life.

"The last 72 hours have been tough. LOML @therichardschiff is now in the hospital on oxygen and remdesivir," Kelley said. Thank you all of you for the prayers and love. We feel them. He's doing better. Getting stronger."

Kelley said the couple's son, Gus, also has COVID-19. Kelley described her experience with the virus, saying she's "never experienced anything like this" in her life.

"One minute I'm feeling pretty good and the next I'm struggling to breathe," she said. "My body is leading me through this and I am grateful to her."

Schiff and Kelley play Dr. Aaron Glassman and Debbie Wexler on the The Good Doctor, which premiered a fourth season on ABC this month. Deadline said the series remained in production after Schiff and Kelley's diagnosis and is still filming.

Schiff is also known for playing Toby Ziegler on The West Wing. He reunited with several of his former cast members, including Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford and Allison Janney, for A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote special that aired on HBO Max in October.

Conan O'Brien to end 'Conan' in 2021, host new HBO Max show

Pre BF ClearConan O'Brien is ending his TBS late-night talk show Conan in 2021.

WarnerMedia confirmed in a press release Tuesday that Conan, which premiered in November 2010, will end its run at the end of its 10th season in June 2021.

O'Brien's signature travel specials, Conan Without Borders, will continue to air on TBS.

Following the end of Conan, O'Brien will begin hosting a new, weekly variety series on HBO Max. WarnerMedia owns both TBS and HBO Max.

"In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: 'As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform.' I'm thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever the hell it is I do on HBO Max, and I look forward to a free subscription," O'Brien said.

HBO and HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys said the network looks forward to O'Brien's new series.

"Conan's unique brand of energetic, relatable, and at times, absurdist comedy has charmed late-night audiences for nearly three decades," Bloys said. "We can't wait to see what he and the rest of Team Coco will dream up for this brand new, variety format each week."

Prior to Conan, O'Brien hosted the late-night shows Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

'The Voice': Nick Jonas to return as coach in Season 20

Nick Jonas is returning to The Voice in Season 20.

The NBC reality singing competition announced Tuesday that Jonas, 28, will serve as a coach in the upcoming season.

Jonas will replace Gwen Stefani, who is serving as a coach in Season 19. Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend will return as coaches in Season 20.

Jonas previously served as a coach on The Voice in Season 18.

Shelton and Stefani got engaged in October after five years of dating.

In a teaser for Season 20, Clarkson, Shelton and Legend arrive on The Voice set while wondering who the new coach will be. They find Jonas, who is meditating and reflecting on his preparations for the new season.

"I've been living and breathing The Voice since Season 18," Jonas thinks in a voiceover. "I've honed in my skills. Channel your inner champion. Make Blake cry, hahaha!"

"Little do these coaches know, I've grown stronger by the day," he adds. "The newbie has now become the master."

Jonas and his brothers Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas perform in the pop rock band Jonas Brothers. The group released its fifth studio album, Happiness Begins, in June 2019.

The Jonas Brothers released a video for their holiday song "I Need You Christmas" this week.



Sinbad on the 'road to recovery' after stroke

Comedian Sinbad has suffered from a stroke, his family has confirmed.

"It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke," the family said in a statement Monday to Variety.

"Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations. While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon. Our family thanks you in advance for your love and support and ask for continued prayers for his healing. We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time. Thank you," the statement continued.

Sinbad's family has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he is recovering from a stroke.

Sinbad, 64, is known for his stand-up comedy and starring in tv shows A Different World, The Sinbad Show and mostly recently Fox's Rel, which ran for one season.

Sinbad, real name David Adkins, has also starred in films Jingle All the Way, Coneheads, Good Burger, First Kid and more.