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On stage, Miss Franklin was in the original Broadway production of “Applause,” for which she received a 1970 Tony Award nomination, and other plays including “Dames at Sea” and “A Thousand Clowns.”

Her family said Miss Franklin is grateful for people’s support and concern as she fights cancer.

DNA test sought to settle claim on Hemsley estate

A Texas judge has ordered DNA testing on a man who claims to be the brother of the late “The Jeffersons” star Sherman Hemsley.

Richard Thornton is challenging the validity of Hemsley’s will, which names the actor’s longtime manager, Flora Enchinton of El Paso, as sole beneficiary. Hemsley died of lung cancer July 24.

Judge Patricia Chew on Monday rescheduled the El Paso trial on Hemsley’s estate to begin Oct. 31.

Mr. Thornton, of Philadelphia, sought the DNA testing and must provide results by Oct. 15. Hemsley was born in Philadelphia but had lived in El Paso for the past 20 years.

Court documents indicate Hemsley’s estate is worth more than $50,000.

USA Network renews three shows, waits on others

USA has renewed “Royal Pains,” “White Collar” and “Covert Affairs.”

A day into the broadcast networks’ premiere week, the NBCUniversal-owned cable network has pulled the trigger to bring back three staples of its summer lineup.

“Royal Pains” will return for two additional runs of 13 episodes each, getting a 26-episode order for seasons five and six. The move comes as the show is prepping a two-hour TV movie, “Off-Season Greetings,” revolving around the upcoming nuptials between Evan (Paulo Costanzo) and Paige (Brooke D’Orsay) slated to air Dec. 16.

“White Collar” and “Covert Affairs,” meanwhile, will return for their fifth and sixth seasons, respectively, consisting of 15 episodes each.

The fate of “Common Law,” “Fairly Legal,” “Necessary Roughness” and limited series “Political Animals” has yet to be determined. A decision is expected soon.

Rita Wilson won’t be nude for appearance on ‘Girls’

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