In a way, Donald Glover's FX show could be described as "black Seinfeld," says Michael Harriot. In an essay about "the invisibility of black genius," Harriot writes that Atlanta's "subversive personality doesn’t even try to accommodate white sensibilities. It is not unapologetically black, because it seems to be unaware that an apology is even necessary." He adds: "The beauty of Atlanta is that it proves that there are shades of black by rejecting every stereotypical portrayal of blackness and embracing the nooks and crannies. That is the unheralded genius of the show. It does not portray us at our best or our worst. It is black Seinfeld. It is a show about nothing while being a show about everything. It does not try to be black. It just is. The greatest thing about Glover and Atlanta is that they don’t seem to care if anyone else recognizes their genius. Perhaps that is a lesson for us all. Maybe we should stop giving a f*ck."
It was Teutul's girlfriend's daughter who made him aware that he became a Twitter sensation over the past two weeks. "I'm not real savvy with much on a telephone," he tells Vice, "but it's kind of funny because somebody mentioned that twice, and it went over my head, and I never even came back to ask what it was, because I'm not so savvy with social media so I didn't even really kind of care what it was. So no. Did I know what a meme was? Absolutely not. Now I do." He adds that the argument that the meme is depicting was originally "horrifying. "And now it's flipped, and people keep coming up to me, and they keep sending me different ones," he says. "I didn't get it, and now, so many people are coming up to me, and so I'm more involved in looking at it now, and the more I look at it, the funnier it is." ALSO: American Chopper meme meets A-ha's "Take On Me."
Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba star in a female take on the Bad Boys movies, with Union reprising her Bad Boys II role. She and Alba play LAPD detective partners.
"Citizen Journalist" Kobi Libii confronted The Opposition host's real-life counterpart on the streets of Washington, D.C., asking: “Are you the real Alex Jones?” In response, Jones denied calling people crisis actors, telling Libii: “You’re an actor pretending to be journalist pretending to be a comedian, so you can sit there and confuse your audience like you’re a news show." That prompted this response from Klepper in the studio: “I want to be clear. We didn’t call this Alex Jones crisis actor a ‘crisis actor.’ We merely looked at the crisis actor-like behavior of this crisis actor-like man, speaking from what felt like a script, and said, ‘Others might say Alex Jones is a crisis actor.'"
A Twitter user's joke about reuniting Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guys for a dinner with Netflix's new Queer Eye Fab Five caught the attention of Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, Jai Rodriguez and current Queer Eye star Karamo Brown. ALSO: Why Queer Eye, not Roseanne, is the reboot you should watch.
The nonprofit Define American is dedicated to humanizing immigrants in media, having previously worked with 23 film and TV projects last year, including Superstore. ALSO: Here are seven predictions for how Arizona and April's Grey's exits.
"In truth, Home Improvement and Last Man Standing are shows about wealthy families, media personalities, and massive privilege," says Kathryn VanArendonk. Both of Allen's roles as Tim Taylor and Mike Baxter aren't working-class, she argues. "Networks may well reboot one of these shows — 'economic diversity' was always a thin euphemism for Trumpism," she says. "But any reading of these shows that argues they’re speaking to a 'real,' silenced America is false. They are representations of wealthy white privilege, every bit as elitist as the politics they supposedly rail against." ALSO: Don't forget Home Improvement was a massive indictment of toxic masculinity.
George R.R. Martin's epic saga has three important ingredients that have made the HBO series a hit: suspense, humor and sex. As Johnny Oleksinski points out, the Lord of the Rings prequel will likely be without two of those ingredients, the humor and sex. "Lord of the Rings, as its critical acclaim and Best Picture Oscar will attest, is brilliant," he says. "But remember that it was written by an Oxford-educated linguistics professor, not a late-night comic. While it has its provincial charms — like those of The Great British Bake Off— it’s just not very funny. The Hobbit director Peter Jackson tried to inject some gags into that 2012 film, and fell flat on his face in the process. There are no delectably witty characters like GoT's Tyrion, Olenna or The Hound. Samwell Tarley is a hell of a lot funnier than Samwise Gamgee. As for sex, that first Middle Earth story, The Hobbit, was actually told to Tolkien’s young children as a bedtime story."
“We keep in touch with him," the Today anchor tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I mean, look, this is one of those complex situations. I’ve known him since I started working at NBC (in 1998). When I was sick with breast cancer, he was the first to call. He helps and helped in ways that . . . you know, he was incredible in that way. There is that Matt and then there’s the Matt that the accusers speak of.”
The series premiere was important, but the Season 2 premiere served the Shonda Rhimes drama's litmus test.
"It's gonna be a wild ride," she says in the promo for her new E! reality show, coming this summer.
“Suffice it to say there would be no Gilda Radner, Julia Louis-Dreyfus or Tina Fey without her blazing the trail," says said Jeffrey P. Jones, executive director of Peabody. "We are pleased to celebrate the many contributions of a beloved TV icon.”
The $4.99 streaming service launching today doesn't include many ESPN staples like Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Baseball, but it is ESPN's way of moving forward as viewers abandon cable, while evolving away from "outdated" channels like ESPN News and ESPN Classic. "The company has struggled to stem the continuing loss of subscribers to cord-cutting, and needs digital services to succeed to maintain the same level of vitality with the next generation of sports fans that it has with the current one," says Kevin Draper. "If successful, ESPN+ and the ESPN app could define the network in this era, just as SportsCenter did in the 1990s and early 2000s, becoming an essential hub for obsessive sports fans. If they aren’t, the company will have to continue to rely on what is likely to be a shrinking market for pay television."
The TV Academy will also stream the April 29 ceremony on its website.
Johnson is teaming with his ex-wife/manager Dany Garcia on a six-episode docuseries focusing on African Americans fighting injustices throughout the country.
The marathon, airing all-day Friday, will feature guest actors such as Ellen Pompeo, Allison Janney, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Garner, Claire Danes and Julianna Margulies.
The "food queen" is making a cameo on the Food Network show.
“I asked Oprah if she had ever been with a woman and that was a little tense,” says Cohen, who brought his 32-set Bravo show to an audience of 1,300 this week in Los Angeles. “And I asked Shaq how big his (penis) was — he wears a size 26 shoe! I was scared. It was on my mind all day. And then I came to work and I said, ‘I can’t ask him this. And they were like, ‘Oh, you’re asking!’"
Asked about the NBC drama's future, Jon Bokenkamp says: "If we didn’t have our endgame in mind it would be very difficult to tell the story we’re telling."
“He was pissed,” Osbourne tells Larry King, recalling how she had butchered his name. “And he comes on with an attitude, and he goes, ‘What have you done in this industry?'”
The Game of Thrones honcho says there's "lots of text I cannot read. Those of you who can read Chinese... enjoy." According to Time magazine, Martin tells Esquire China he'll continue to write about Lady Stonehart, even though she wasn't used on the HBO series.
The $5/month promo is available for a limited time to Hulu subscribers, tied to the return of Westworld.
An attorney for the former Melrose Place star appeared in court today to enter her plea in response to charges of battery of police officers.
The Big Bang Theory star will appear in next week's "Darlene v. David" episode.