“This isn’t about just censoring one episode of a TV show. It’s about the precedent,” Minhaj said on his first Patriot Act episode since it was revealed that Netflix had yanked an earlier episode in Saudi Arabia after the Saudi government claimed it broke Saudi law. “Because as tech companies keep expanding, they’re going to keep running into more vague censorship laws. Laws that can allow governments to pull any content at any time.” Minhaj, who returned Sunday from hiatus, joked at the top of his new episode that "this is Patriot Act. Or as it’s known in Saudi Arabia, ‘Error 404 Not Found.’” He added: “I still can’t believe it. We got Saudi Arabia to issue its very own Muslim ban.” Minhaj also pointed out that while his episode was removed, Netflix in Saudi Arsbia still has up Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which includes “literal devil worship” and “a lot of premarital witch sex,” and BoJack Horseman, featuring “an alcoholic horse-man who snorts cocaine." “If you’re going to crush all forms of dissent, don’t half-ass it,” Minhaj joked. “But that’s what happens when you’ve got a country run by people who got their job just because of their dad.” Minhaj also noted that “Saudi Arabia made us go viral" by "censoring" the episode.
Costas spoke with ESPN's Outside the Lines and E:60 several times over the past year about how his relationship between him and NBC increasingly became strained over his outspokenness on concussions -- to the point where he was kicked off last year's Super Bowl coverage. Costas also recalls writing an essay in 2015 on the Will Smith movie Concussion, only to see it get rejected after being told: "we're in negotiations with the NFL for Thursday Night Football." "What was surprising about Costas was not that he was concerned that he might offend anyone at NBC, but how concerned he was," ESPN reporter Mark Fainaru-Wada writes on his interviews with Costas. "Over the past few months, rarely did a conversation take place without Outside the Lines having to reassure Costas that the story would reflect his respect and admiration for his colleagues, and that he held no ill will toward them or NBC." Fainaru-Wada adds: "In the end, Costas wished he had never spoken to Outside the Lines about any of it." As Costas put it, "The upside is not equal to the fear I have."
DiCaprio is teaming with Game of Thrones director David Nutter on a drama series adaptation of Tom Wolfe's 1979 book, which was turned into a 1983 epic historic drama film that ran more than three hours. According to Deadline, "the show takes a gritty, anti-nostalgic look at what would become America’s first reality show as the obsessive original Mercury Seven astronauts and their families become instant celebrities in a competition that will either kill them or make them immortal. The one-hour drama will follow the protagonists from the Mojave Desert to the edges of space, with future seasons carrying through to humankind’s greatest achievement: the moon landing."
Genius was originally renewed for a third season last April with a focus on author Mary Shelley, but The Queen of Soul's death last August prompted producers to change their plans.
The Robert Zemeckis-produced, Aidan Gillen-led UFO series will be back for a second season, History announced Sunday. "We are believers in Project Blue Book, and so is our audience, who has sparked a conversation about the hundreds of unsolved cases and our nation's military response to UFOs that have remained relatively secret until now,” said History's Eli Lehrer.
The rapper ended his beef with award shows by picking up the award for best rap song. Drake called it “the first time in Grammy history where I actually am who I thought I was for a second, so I like that.” Unfortunately for him, the Grammys cut to commercial during his heartfelt speech. ALSO: Ariana Grande wins her first Grammy while not in attendance.
Grylls, whose Hostile Planet series debuts on National Geographic Channel in April, is bringing his fifth season of his NBC reality show to the cable network. Nat Geo has already aired reruns of Running Wild.
The Recording Academy spelled “Kasey Musgraves” instead of Kacey Musgraves during Sunday's telecast, sparking social media outrage and disappointment among her fans.
In response to a claim that her The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel character is a terrible mom, Brosnahan tweeted Sunday: “Absolutely. I’m not sure I would go as far as terrible, however she’s certainly not winning ‘parent of the year’. But it also doesn’t change the fact that this was not one of the primary criticisms of Don Draper or Walter White who were similarly, single-mindedly ambitious.”
Lifetime says Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal will cover the prince and his new wife's first year of marriage, “pulling back the curtain to reveal the untold joys and challenges of life inside the royal family during their pivotal first years of marriage.” Lifetime adds that original stars Murray Fraser and Parisa Fitz-Henley are not available for the sequel.
The Slate political history podcast tackled Watergate during its first season in 2017, drawing parallels between Richard Nixon and the investigation into President Trump. For its second season last year, Slow Burn delved into the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal. Podcast host Leon Neyfakh will be an executive producer and narrator for the series.
Despite criticism that she isn't well-known enough to pull double duty as host and musical guest, Halsey's hosting debut worked out big time for Saturday Night Live, which scored its second highest-rated metered market rating since the season premiere. In fact, SNL topped all shows on Saturday, including ABC's NBA game and CBS' inaugural Alliance of American Football game.
The Huffington Post's Bill Bradley found the script for the original pilot in George R.R. Martin's collection at Texas A&M’s Cushing Memorial Library. The original pilot, which never saw the light of day, was described as a "piece of sh*t" by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' screenwriter friend Craig Mazin. "In advance of the season premiere, we exhaustively rummage through the secrets hidden in the pilot script from Martin’s collection," writes Bradley, "involving everything from an unreleased Cersei Lannister moment to a really drunk Jon Snow making a scene. Here’s what Westeros might have looked like if that 'piece of sh*t' pilot had aired."
Their E! interview began normally, but at one point Seacrest put his microphone to her face without asking a question. “You’re, like, answer my question, but I’m not asking one," Gaga said.
“It’s a different genre and different format,” executive producer Bruno Heller says of the Gotham prequel series
Simpson says the Black Mirror creator pitched him on a potential followup. "F*ck yeah, I'm there," Simpson said of his response.
The documentary series returns to IFC on Feb 20, but the first two episodes -- titled Batsh*t Valley: Part 1 & 2 -- have been pre-released for streaming.
The first AAF games, which aired Saturday night on CBS, drew a surprisingly large audience for a brand-new sports league.
Epix Now will cost $5.99 a month, featuring live streams of Epix's four linear channels.
The Supergirl stars announced their engagement on Instagram Sunday. "Yes, yes, yes! It will always be yes," Benoist captioned their image.
Margulies stars as a heroic U.S. Army scientist in the six-part Ebola virus limited series.
The History series returns with new addition Mark Hamill on March 25.