Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge have announced they will welcome a third baby. (Courtesy Photo)

William and Kate ready for new royal baby

A new royal is on the way.

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, have announced that they are expecting their third child.

“The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news,” Kensington Palace said in a statement on Twitter on Monday, accompanied by a photograph of the
smiling pair.

They did not reveal whether the baby would be a boy or a girl.

The couple already have two children: George, 4, and Charlotte, 2. George is third in line to become king.

“As with her two previous pregnancies, the Duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum,” a condition that brings excessive nausea and vomiting, the palace said.

Oakland’s Mahershala Ali turns dectective

During the HBO executive session at the summer edition of the Television Critics Association press tour, programming president Casey Bloys confirmed reports that “Moonlight” Oscar winner  and Bay Area native Mahershala Ali would star in a third season of “True Detective.” Although he was mum at the time on when it might happen, he did say that he had read five scripts and thought they were “terrific.”

Thursday night, the premium pay cabler released a statement officially confirming that the series will indeed return for a third installment.

While no episode count or premiere date was included in the release, an enclosed synopsis stated that the next iteration of the show “tells the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.”

Ali will star as Wayne Hays, a state police detective from northwest Arkansas. (Ali follows in the footsteps of season one stars, and continuing executive producers, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and season two’s Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. No word yet on whether he’ll have a partner.)

The show will once again be helmed by creator Nic Pizzolatto, who penned all the episodes of the upcoming series, save the fourth, which he co-wrote with David Milch.
He will share directing duties with fellow executive producer Jeremy Saulnier.

“I’m tremendously thrilled to be working with artists at the level of Mahershala and Jeremy,” said Pizzolatto in a statement. “I hope the material can do justice to their talents, and we’re all very excited to tell this story.”

Happy Birthday

Actress Rose McGowan is 44 … Drummer Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine (and of Audioslave) is 49 … Singer Terry Ellis of En Vogue is 54 … Actress Raquel Welch is 77…  Actor George Lazenby is 78 … Comedian-actor Bob Newhart is 88.

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