The Megyn Kelly Today host's controversial comments defending blackface and her subsequent apology received nearly two minutes of coverage on NBC News' evening newscast on Tuesday night. NBC News correspondent Morgan Radford's report not only brought up the backlash she's received from numerous people, including her colleagues, but also pointed to her history of racially charged comments on Fox News Channel, mentioning that “this is not the first time Kelly has come under fire for comments about race.” The report then played a clip of Kelly in 2013 defending the portrayals of Santa Claus and Jesus Christ as white men. “Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa,” Kelly said at the time, adding: “And, by the way for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white… Jesus was a white man too.” The segment also covered Kelly's apology, in which she said: “I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong and I am sorry...The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.” ALSO: Kelly's all-white panel discussing blackface is an example of why more diversity is needed in media.
The global launch will allow Apple to quickly become a streaming service competitor to Netflix and Amazon.
The sketch produced by The Times' Opinion section parodying white people who call 911 on black people looks like something that could've appeared on SNL or The Daily Show.
Showtime filed its first substantive legal brief in response to the Alabama judge's $95 million defamation lawsuit. It reveals that producers agreed to donate $200 to a charity of Moore's choice as part of their agreement. Moore chose, the Foundation for Moral Law, a group that has opposed same-sex marriage and abortion. "The $200 is not a lot, and certainly is nowhere near the $95 million in damages that Moore asserts he suffered after being interviewed by Cohen with a fictional device meant to detect pedophiles," says The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner. "Nevertheless, it's unusual."
Man With a Plan writer Farhan Arshad, who is Pakistani-American, wrote Amerikhans, which revolves around "a young Pakistani-American guy who must make amends with his estranged family when he and his girlfriend take in his cousins and grandfather, turning their previously carefree lives upside down."
Gold Rush creator and star Todd Hoffman is teaming with Bering Sea Gold executive producers Thom Beers and Jeff Conroy on the amateur gold mining reality competition. According to Deadline, Greenhorn Gold "will feature a cast of men and women from all walks of life as novice miners attempting to dig for gold in a blue collar, competition-style reality show. After a massive tryout, the greenhorn miners will be eliminated one-by one until only six remain at the end of the season. Those six will walk away with life-changing money in raw gold to take home to their families." Greenhorn Gold doesn't yet have a network home.
The Today and CBS Evening News alum surprised some Good Day New York viewers when she guest co-anchored on Monday morning out of friendship with co-anchor Rosanna Scotto.
Graham Nolan, who co-created the DC Comics supervillain, wrote that "as the designer and co-creator of Bane, allow me to put an end to the argument of Bane's ethnicity. He's Latino. Period. He's speaks with a Spanish/Latino accent. Period." Bane has even animated to be Latino. Yet he has been played by white actors, from Tom Hardy to Shane West. "What’s frustrating about this change," says Princess Weekes, "is that DC is clearly aware that Bane is not a white man and has no problem—in animation, at least—putting him in the mask, slapping an accent on him, and making him fully dehumanized for the sake of his brute force. Yet, in these live-action narratives, where he could have complexities and nuance, for some reason, he’s always cast a white actor."
Mike Flanagan says he and his team scouted for months in Georgia, "and we found that house as it is. We didn’t even touch it. We weren’t actually allowed to go inside. We only used the outside of it. We found it just off in the middle of the woods, in the middle of LaGrange, Ga., by itself, and I just fell in love with it." As for whether The Haunting of Hill House returns for another season, thanks to its popularity, Flanagan says: "I don’t want to speculate too much about season two until Netflix and Paramount and Amblin let us know if they want one. What I will say, though, is that as far as I’ve ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told. It’s done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well." ALSO: Here are 17 Easter eggs from Shirley Jackson's book.
"These characters were getting to develop, not just as increasingly important parts of the wider narratives of their respective shows, but as friends and partners as well," says James Whitbrook of Simone Missick's Misty Knight and Jessica Henwick's Colleen Wing. He adds: "There was so much more to do—the promise of Misty coming further into the fold of this wild superheroic world as she realized her own strengths and capabilities, the promise of seeing Colleen be the Iron Fist, the promise of their partnership together—that the pain of losing both Iron Fist and Luke Cage within the span of a week was a blow that hit a lot harder than it otherwise should have. Both shows were on track for some intriguing directions, but Colleen and Misty were both arguably driving those intriguing directions as much as Danny and Luke themselves." ALSO: Luke Cage's cancelation is far more concerning because of the massive Season 2 cliffhanger.
When Blackpool Police posted surveillance footage of a man stealing a create of beer on Facebook, they were bombarded with comments that he looked like Ross from Friends. "Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses. We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date," the police wrote.
At this stage of his career, Sandler is as experimental as he's always been with mixed results, says Jesse Hassenger. "Some of this material is very funny, some of it is mildly amusing, and some of it is negligible," he says of the special that dropped today. "What’s most gratifying about 100% Fresh is how engaged the Sandman (who repeatedly refers to himself as such) seems with the process of doing a mostly-solo show (a keyboardist accompanies him to provide music and backing vocals, and there are a couple of 'additional material' credits)." ALSO: 100% Fresh gives Sandler's comedy career new life.
Allure has given Bloom the platform of a musical cover to write a song about the male gaze, the reality of female orgasms and how magazine "tips" are misleading. In an accompanying interview, Bloom also talked about not knowing it was out of the ordinary to buy her own Emmys gown.
TCM, Syfy and FX are among the cable networks hosting spooky movie marathons next week.
Reigning Jeopardy! champion Erik Agard, a former intern on ESPN's Around the Horn, answered a "Final Jeopardy!" question with "What is you doing baby?”
The cutaway joke from the Oct. 11, 2007 "Jack Gets in the Game" episode still resonates with comedy fans. Showrunner Robert Carlock, who wrote the episode and 30 Rock writer Tami Sagher, who wrote the lyrics, recall how the Black Eyed Peas song "Let's Get It Started" helped inspire the brief joke.
The Jenna Coleman Masterpiece Queen Victoria period series returns to PBS on Jan. 13.