"If the shows on Apple’s new TV service turn out to be as smugly evangelistic, self-indulgent and editorially undisciplined as the launch event for the product....then it will be very bad news for Apple subscribers and very good news for Netflix, the current market leader," says Mark Lawson of the "boring, sprawling 100-minute broadcast (that) ended with Apple CEO Tim Cook tearing up as he delivered a namaste to Oprah Winfrey." Lawson adds: "Apple has often seemed at risk of mutating from technology company to quasi-religious cult, and its full-scale entry to the TV content market went very close to full Media Moonie...Not since the severe Scottish presbyterian John Reith tried to shape the BBC as a broadcaster that would be a moral force in Britain has a TV provider sounded so like a church ...The company created by the late Steve Jobs may dream of changing the world with TV, but may have left it too late to change the TV world."
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“I say ‘troubling news,’” Colbert said on The Late Show in response to Mueller's report on the Russia investigation. “Because if Trump is not working with the Russians, then what the hell is wrong with him? If they don’t have anything on him then why does he keep saying nice things about Vladimir Putin?” ALSO: Trevor Noah admits of Mueller's findings: "I’m not gonna lie. It’s a little disappointing."
President Trump's reelection campaign has sent a memo, following the findings of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, urging TV producers not to book the president's critics who claimed there was collusion between the president and Russia. “Moving forward, we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards when booking such guests to appear anywhere in your universe of productions,” the memo read. “You should begin by asking the basic question: ‘Does this guest warrant further appearances in our programming, given the outrageous and unsupported claims made in the past?‘” ALSO: Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweets "Mueller Madness" bracket featuring Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Joy Behar, Chuck Lorre, Alec Baldwin and more.
Salvation co-creators and husband-and-wife team Craig Shapiro and Liz Kruger will take over from showrunner Carter Covington for Season 2 as The CW series changes creative direction.
As the One Day at a Time cancelation revealed, Netflix, "for all its noise about a new way of making television, is really just whistling a minor variation of a very old Hollywood tune," says Alan Sepinwall. He adds: "As it transitioned from a mail-order DVD rental service to producer of its own streaming content, it kept preaching the Silicon Valley motto of disruption. Netflix, said Netflix, wouldn’t be beholden to the old Hollywood way of doing things: Seasons would be released all at once, rather than forcing viewers to wait a week at a time for each episode! Creative people would be given creative freedom to make the kinds of shows they couldn’t anywhere else! Series that couldn’t survive in the traditional TV space could find a home on Netflix! Viewers could invest in new favorites without fear of abrupt cancellation! But you can only be an unconventional outsider for so long. Netflix’s journey from plucky underdog to the dominant force in the medium has forced disruption to take a back seat to business realities the service once positioned itself against. And lately, Netflix has been making decisions that are indistinguishable from the networks to which it was supposed to present a glorious alternative."
It's hard to prepare for a beloved show's cancelation if you're unsure how it's doing ratings-wise.
Kelly Dodd from Real Housewives of Orange County discussed her former relationship with Avenatti on Twitter after news of the former Stormy Daniels attorney's arrest this morning for allegedly trying to extort Nike for $20 million.
The high-profile defense attorney, who currently represents Empire star Jussie Smollett, allegedly conspired with Avenatti in his alleged attempt to extort Nike, according to The Wall Street Journal. "Mark Geragos is no longer a CNN contributor," a CNN spokesperson said. While Avenatti has been indicted, Geragos has not been charged with a crime.
Shows like Westworld, Russian Doll, True Detective and The Good Place are popular because they "generate infinite take possibilities, while also providing a built-in system for evaluating said takes beyond subjective agreement," says Kellie Herson. "It’s fun to share theories about what has happened and guesses about what will happen next; it revives the social component of television that wilted when appointment television was ruthlessly murdered by the DVR and streaming.Yet while the revival of watercooler culture makes the puzzle box feel like a throwback, our departure from traditional viewing makes the format scalable in a way it wasn’t before. Whether a show airs week-to-week or drops season-by-season, networks increasingly operate from the idea that the binge-watch will be our primary mode of consumption. The assumption that autoplay guarantees at least a few hours of our attention has sparked a glut of shows with weird, bad pacing — but it also justifies packing episodes with intricate detail and narrative complexity that actually goes somewhere. Committing to that approach is an effective strategy for standing out from the millions of other hours of TV available to audiences at any given moment."
American Idol on Sunday tied last week's series-low demo numbers. "Viewers have clearly lost interest in the show, and considering that The Masked Singer is an option stateside in 2019, it’s not all that surprising," says Maria Sherman. She adds: "When boy band Svengali Simon Cowell peaced out from American Idol, everyone else should’ve done the same. The era of the straightforward music competition show is over. Americans require the excitement and bewilderment of America’s Got Talent. Country fans love the personalities and chair-turning gimmick of The Voice; their loyalty is to host Blake Shelton and not American Idol’s Luke Bryan (sorry, but it’s true.) The Masked Singer is pure chaos: Where else do the worlds of South Korean competitive game shows and an American love of competition and surprise marry into a perfect 44-minute long program?"
“After reading the scripts I went back and watched season 1 again because so much of it refers back to that season,” Williams tells EW. “There are so many scenes that will look similar. And also I watched just to remind myself of the arc I’ve taken already. I wanted Arya to go full circle and try for some kind of normalcy like when she was younger. Basically this year it’s like she has a dual personality — there are so many emotions and memories that come flooding back when you’re with your family and the things that you fight for become very different, yet she’s also remaining on this path to try and kill Cersei and remembering her list and getting closer to that. So there’s this split with Arya between trying to be who she wants to be — getting back to the naïveté and innocence with her family — and unfinished business.”
The Pakistan-born, British-raised actor will play Simone's Indian-American immigrant father whom she has always been close with. Simone's character and her father become closer after he and his wife (played by Jane Leeves) divorce.
In the new episode of the Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend podcast, Conan brought up how Romano is part of an "esteemed group" with Stephen Colbert of successful comedians who were rejected after applying to his Late Night writing staff. "You're in the same club," said Conan. "Guys that somehow applied to write for me, and didn't end up getting the job...We keep racking up these names of amazing people that tried to write for me." Romano recalls that writer Louis CK was his "in" for the job interview, which Conan doesn't remember. "You have to admit you dodged a bullet," said Conan. "The worse thing that could've happened to you is you got that gig." Romano also recalled getting fired from NBC's NewsRadio.
They'll play a married couple, co-starring with Walton Goggins, on the single-camera comedy pilot about a recent widower who's unprepared to raise his two daughters by himself and who finds himself a hot commodity on the dating market.
The 1970s Partridge Family teen icon will guest on a Partridge Family-themed episode of the 1970s-set ABC sitcom.
The Rock Hall said in a statement: “As with all of our inductees, Jackson was recognized for musical excellence and talent as well as having a significant impact on rock & roll, and was elected by a diverse voting body of historians, fellow musicians, and music industry professionals. Original artifacts and memorabilia from many artists’ lives and performances are on display in our exhibits. There are no plans for this to change.”
Sebastian A. Jones' J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired epic fantasy universe is being adapted as a drama series for HBO. According to Deadline, "Asunda is set in the culturally rich but war-torn world of Asunda, where an orphan girl is born of two nations and raised in a small desert town. Hunted by all, she will search for her ancestors and the courage to bind them against an ancient enemy... (Asunda is) a culturally diverse but war-battered world where magic and swords often determine the course of history."
MythBusters and The Streets of San Francisco also did right in accurately portraying The City by the Bay. Meanwhile, shows that portrayed San Francisco wrong include the original Charmed, Dharma & Greg and Suddenly Susan.
Mendler was pursuing a graduate degree at MIT when producers came calling to reunite her with her former NBC co-star Morin after he submitted a tape of them together. Mendler will play Dennis Quaid's daughter and Morin will play her musician boyfriend on the Netflix holiday-themed comedy series.
Even after he began CBS' The Late Late Show in 2015, Corden continued to host the Sky quiz panel show A League of Their Own that he launched in 2010. But Corden, who is hosting the Tonys as well as CBS' The World's Best, has become too busy to carry on hosting the show.
The Hernandez sisters return to Starz on Thursday, May 23.
Here are six ideas for writing off Lori Loughlin's character following her college cheating scandal indictment -- if she had to be written out.
Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, the sequel to Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance starring all-new actors, will premiere on Memorial Day, May 27.
Dewey will play an "arrogant big-city reporter" opposite Ruffin's small-town newspaper editor character on the pilot that she's producing with Seth Meyers and Lorne Michaels.
Creator/star Ryan O'Connell's semi-autobiographical and uplifting Netflix series premieres on April 22.
The Silicon Valley star is "The Comedian" is one of the two episodes premiering April 1.
"Nightmare at 30,000 Feet," premiering April 1, is a remake of William Shatner's classic Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.”