When former Fox Entertainment president Gail Berman's The Jackal Group acquired the rights to Marie Kondo's bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up three years ago, she originally envisioned it as a scripted series or movie. Ultimately, her team decided a reality show made the most sense. "Initially, we were interested in doing the show in a scripted format and we were also approached to do it as a film, but we finally identified the most appropriate way for this journey to end," she says. "There were ups and downs, but we always thought that there was something very special in Marie and her message." Berman says she hasn't heard anything from Netflix yet about another season of Tidying Up. "But we’re very overwhelmed with the response," she adds. "You know when the high school people on Facebook have come to find you and tell you about one of your shows, that it definitely hit a nerve out there. I knew the show was a hit when I got a response from my rabbi." Asked if Tidying Up should be compared to Queer Eye, Berman responds: "The difference in this process versus the others is that it's very profound. Marie does not do the transformation for you; you must do and commit to the transformation. Marie’s not coming over with a team of people and cleaning your house, it doesn’t work like that. In Queer Eye, the guys go out and they buy the clothing and help with the transformation in a significant way. Marie is causing a transformation in a much more spiritual way."
Newcomer Fabien Frankel, a 24-year-old recent graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, has been cast to play Theo Sipowicz after a three-month search. According to Deadline, Theo Sipowicz "tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Theo seems to have taken after his father as he too is a hard-drinking, hard-headed and quick-witted cop."
The disgraced comedian received a standing ovation at San Jose Improv last night in his first standup performance since his sexual misconduct scandal that was announced days beforehand. About 30 protesters showed up, including one man who was punched in the face after yelling at ticket-holders through a bullhorn. The Daily Beast reports that CK wasted no time addressing his sexual harassment controversy. "You’ve read the worst possible things you could read about a person, about me, and you’re here," he said. He later addressed his Parkland joke controversy. “If you ever need people to forget that you jerked off, what you do is you make a joke about kids that got shot,” he said. He later received a lot of groans joking about 9/11. "There was none of that old charming self-deprecation on display in this show," says The Daily Beast's Stacey Solie. "There were a lot of tired jokes, including one that sparked loud criticism after his previous show about black men having large d*cks, and Asian men having small ones “because they’re all women.” San Jose improv hired additional security for CK's performance, one of three scheduled this week. Audience members were also required to put their phones in sealed cases so that they wouldn't be able to record CK's performance.
The former CBS boss has opted to challenge the network's conclusion that it had a right to fire him for cause. The arbitration procedure was of Moonves' separation agreement.
The USA series will focus on Torres' character, former lawyer Jessica Pearson, as she moves to Chicago to enter the city's dirty world of politics.
“I went from making short films in my basement to running a crew of over 215 people and there are a lot of lessons along the way," Shaw said on Late Night, echoing earlier comments on the Today show. "I’m right now thinking of a better structure for communication and how to delegate more and have a team around me and thinking about how everyone can feel seen and heard, essentially.” Meyers responded: “I hope all networks take this as an opportunity to be like, ‘Oh, we have to make sure that people who are in charge understand that responsibility."
"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” The Empress of Soul said in a statement. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform ‘Inspire Change,’ and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”
The 9 p.m.-to-11 p.m., Monday-through-Friday Vice Live slate will showcase all things Vice, starting on Feb. 25. "Our audience lives in the world of very live, and instant, gratification,” Viceland president Guy Slattery tells Variety. “Being live is also a bit more dangerous and makes us a bit more vulnerable. People are going to see things happening in real time. They’ll be watching the show while we’re making the show.”
Sarsgaard will play a detective on the the true-crime drama that structures each episode around an interrogation. The show is unusual in that the first nine episodes will be made available to watch in any order, with the season finale released at a later date.
The Chiefs, which will hosts the AFC Championship game for the first time Sunday when they take on the New England Patriots, portrayed QB Patrick Mahomes as the Night King in its Twitter promo.
Michael Keaton, Fred Armisen, Owen Wilson, John Mulaney, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Taran Killam and more are featured in Season 3 of the IFC documentary spoof.
“I plan on being open,” the former White House communications chief tells EW. “I’m a different personality from Omarosa and we obviously had different experiences, but I’m pretty much an open book, so if people ask me questions I’ll answer them very honestly. No problem doing it."
"R. Kelly wanted to fight Dave,” Chappelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan recently said on The Breakfast Club radio show. “Literally, his goons stepped to Dave in Chicago and Dave’s goons intervened. The goons negotiated.” Asked about recent criticism, in the wake of Surviving R. Kelly, that the R. Kelly sketch served to normalize his behavior, Brennan responded: “I don’t think people understand what comedy is supposed to do,” he said. “We will observe things, we will make fun of things. Did people want us to round up a posse and go arrest R. Kelly? Like, what were we supposed to do?”
Robert Irvine's restaurant makeover show is making a comeback two-and-a-half years after it was canceled. Irvine tweeted the news of Restaurant Impossible's return last month, but Food Network has yet to make a formal announcement.
Kinberg, considered the creative backbone of the X-Men franchise, is co-writing the potential untitled series with David Weil. Specific details about the show are being kept under wraps.
The Adam McKay-produced Amazon docuseries follows Penn as he travels around the world to try to solve the world economy, while answering burning questions like: "How can I launder a bag of dirty cash?"