The Apple TV+ one-off special was so good, "I forgot several times that it is, essentially, a very effective commercial for Apple products," says Caroline Framke. While All Rise and Parks and Recreation's pandemic episodes had a “let’s do it because we can” self-dare attitude, Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet's version "has the bonus advantage of an all-virtual episode making complete sense within its own established world," says Framke. The episode was also aided by Apple's high quality. "With video technology already layered into the show, Mythic Quest was simply better equipped for a virtual special than most shows ever could be," says Framke. "And from a character standpoint, the show’s collection of nerds work together at an increasingly powerful video game company and already spend their days making cyber connections more tolerable or even more interesting. That is, after all, their literal job... But what makes this Mythic Quest: Quarantine episode most interesting is that it takes a moment to figure out how its characters would actually be doing in quarantine beyond the base level of bored and annoyed that everyone in self-isolation can acknowledge."
"To some fans and critics, 'The End' didn’t offer enough answers about the show’s mysterious island and mythology, and a decade’s worth of pop-culture pot shots have cemented that reputation," says Jen Chaney. "But the truth is that the reaction to the finale was much more mixed than its reputation suggests. Many people, myself included, appreciated the emotional way it wrapped up Lost’s story. If you go back and rewatch 'The End' now, you may be surprised to learn you appreciate it too, especially if the one and only time you watched it was on the night of May 23, 2010." Chaney recently convinced co-showrunners Lindelof and Cuse to rewatch "The End" for the first time in the decade since it aired. Both say they are still proud of the finale, but Cuse described having “a jumble of emotions" recently rewatching it, adding: “I was a little, kind of, out of time." Both Cuse and Lindelof said they appreciated certain aspects of the finale more than others. “I actually think that if we didn’t have that damn stained glass window that we would’ve gotten a full letter grade higher on the finale,” said Lindelof, referring to a window in the church that features symbols from several major religions. They were especially moved by the events that take place in the flash-sideways, where, one by one, each major character is suddenly awakened to memories of the island, often when someone who also had been there touches them. “I got emotional watching that stuff because it felt like the characters were in a Lost reunion show that they didn’t know they were in,” Lindelof said. “It was like The Truman Show. It was like, ‘Oh, Jack, you were actually on this show called Lost where you had all these adventures on an island.'" Cuse added: “I felt that the thematic intentions of nobody doing it alone — you need them and they need you — a lot of the emotionality of the themes was very poignant in this particular moment, when we’re all separated from each other by a pandemic."
News of the death of the Japanese professional wrestler who was also a cast member on the most recent season of Netflix’s reality show was released on Friday. No cause of death was given, but Kimura had exhibited signs of suicidal behavior in her recent social media posts, including one implying that she had been cyberbullied.
In YouTube comments and on Twitter, fans of Krasinski's feel-good YouTube show expressed disappointment that he would cash out to a big corporation. As a film professor put it on Twitter: “You got to love when what seemed like an act of goodwill during a pandemic can be auctioned off to the highest bidder. Mmmmm taste that sweet sweet capitalism.” On the one hand, Krasinski isn't selling out. "I honestly don’t know all the behind-the-scenes stuff with how Some Good News was produced," says Charles Curtis. "But I can imagine it was a heavy lift for Krasinski and whoever he was working with to put together these huge episodes and magical moments. There was the technical work to get everyone on video chat, the collecting of viral videos, writing the script, etc. So it wasn’t going to last forever, and frankly, I’d rather have more SGN than no SGN. And let’s all remember entertainment is a business. Something as magical as this was never going to sit in its own bubble forever." On the other hand, Krasinski should have let Some Good News be. "Not everything needs to be flipped for a profit," says Hemel Jhaveri. "The appeal of Krasinski’s SGN was that it had a homemade, low-budget feel that gave the product it’s authenticity. Krasinski nailed the formula from the start — a 'Weekend Update' style broadcast that focused on good things, was intermittently funny and relied heavily on famous guest stars. That people immediately wanted to take it off his hands and repackage it for a ton of money is not a surprise. Neither is the fact that he sold it, though I really wished that he had let it die. SGN was a delightful internet show, and turning it into some kind of network packaged special is sure to backfire. What made his clips go viral was their sincerity. That’s impossible to replicate at the hands of a behemoth like Viacom. The show also had a singular editorial vision and zero advertising."
With five comedies not coming back, ABC is looking to reduce the number of comedy blocks.
"With the host and the guest essentially alone together — Face Time to Face Time is a joke I might have made before — the performance of intimacy that talk shows typically offer grows closer to real intimacy," says Robert Lloyd. "Interviews become conversations, even though they may still may be keyed, as in the olden days, to promoting a book or TV show or film. And because host and guest are looking into a camera, we’re placed into the middle of their virtual shared space, rather than looking on from afar as a member of an audience." Lloyd adds: "It may just be that I find these shows more than usually necessary for my well being, the times being what they are — they process the day, much as our own brain is said to do in sleep — but I am enjoying them mightily. I wouldn’t suggest for a second that a deadly pandemic is worth it, but if we have to have one, I’m glad these shows are keeping us company. Stephen, Jimmy, Jimmy, Samantha, Noah, Conan, Seth, John and James — thank you. You are doing essential work, and I do not need a studio audience to tell me when to laugh."
Reporters should be challenging New York Gov. Cuomo, not having friendly chats with him, says Lydia O’Connor. "The problem isn’t their on-screen banter; it’s that one of CNN’s top anchors is throwing softball questions at the man governing the epicenter of the coronavirus, all while evidence increasingly shows that his response to the outbreak was insufficient, especially for New York’s most vulnerable age groups," says O'Connor. "Of course, that’s an uncomfortable thing for family members to discuss in a professional setting, so why CNN repeatedly books the governor on his brother’s show baffles media watchdogs."
The iconic ABC "TGIF" sitcom ended its eight-season, 192-episode run on May 23, 1995, featuring a two-parter revolving around Michelle Tanner losing her memory.
"Throughout The Great, the black comedy’s satirical tone captures how theatrical and nearsighted politics can become amid a crisis," says Shirley Li. "Peter’s and his allies’ denial of the truth—a deeply distressing truth, involving hundreds of thousands of lives lost—resembles the Trump administration’s shunning of medical expertise. Ignorance paves the way for Peter III’s precious bliss; the president prefers to diminish the threat of the pandemic rather than confront the reality of its consequences. For Peter, ruling is a spectacle, not a duty. In the White House, briefings meant to inform the public have been molded into sales pitches and opportunities for the president to boast about his ratings. Peter’s court may be an exaggeration of real-life Russian politics in the 18th century, but the character’s foolish governing strategy in the face of disaster reflects Trump’s. Both men depend on the appeal of denial and ignorance. Theirs is a leadership style that, during an unprecedented global disaster, has endured because the message it spreads—that nothing is wrong and all is bliss—is enticing."
This is Archie Williams. I will never forget this audition for the rest of my life," Cowell tweeted Friday. "And I’ll never listen to this song in the same way ever again.”
The new Food Network show that Amy Schumer hosts with her chef husband Chris Fischer "acknowledges, often literally, the stress of living in a world on hold but allows for the idea that pleasures — including togetherness, including taking time to make food with care and attention," says Daniel D'Addario. "For all that its title seems to root it in a sort of celebrity culture that’s in the process of falling away, Amy Schumer Learns to Cook is an elegantly, unfussily made document about learning to live, at least for a time, in a new world."
Brooker made headlines earlier this month when he said he wasn't sure viewers could "stomach" another season of Black Mirror when the real world is so bleak. When The New York Times asked if he's working on Season 6, Brooker said: "I’m not allowed to say. I have been keeping busy. I’ve been writing." But he did admit that it's possible for dystopian storytelling to work during a pandemic. "If you look at the film Dr. Strangelove, which was made in 1964, a period of time where nuclear extinction looked like a real possibility, that’s the darkest of satire, depicting an unfolding dystopia that people were in," he says. "So I don’t know that there isn’t an appetite for that sort of thing. In a way, lots of comedy shows are dystopian because it’s a humor in which the worst thing is constantly happening, even on the small scale, even if it’s like, 'Oh no, I hope my housemates don’t walk in and catch me doing this embarrassing thing.' Sure enough, they will. It must be a way of your brain expressing itself in some way and obviously in the midst of all this, there are a lot of worried brains around."
The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show recalls a "monumental moment" in TV history in February 1968 when "an African American would be the frontman of the most dominant program in late night — and perhaps all of TV — for an entire week," per Variety. Belafonte’s intention was to use the week to introduce ideas of social change to a mass audience. Guests that week included Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, months before they were each assassinated, plus Lena Horne, Paul Newman and Aretha Franklin. The documentary was scheduled to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival before the coronavirus pandemic.
"Age is talked about a lot here," says Kevin Fallon of the Fox reality show starring former Bachelor star Kristy Katzmann. "It’s the best part of the show. Kristy explains that she’s turning to something like this because when she’s dating, family-minded men are turned off by the fact that she’s older. That is candid and heartbreaking. The ticking clock here is far more palatable than while watching The Bachelor, in which 23-year-old women gripe with certainty that if they don’t find love now, they’re a lost cause and will never find it. To that end, it’s nice to see a cast of reality TV contestants in their late thirties and early forties for once. There’s a whole, dynamic array of hairlines, and even some grays. Unlike on The Bachelor, their jobs are actually real. Of course, there’s still not an ounce of body fat on any of them; this is still reality TV, after all. Which is to say, if the goal of the premiere is to cheekily get the audience to visualize this group of men masturbating into cups...well, it’s time well spent."
"The Molly-Andrew relationship is part of a larger cultural trend in which black women, especially those of medium-to-dark-brown complexions — long positioned at the bottom of the aesthetic and social hierarchy in the United States because of racist standards — are increasingly appearing as leading ladies and romantic ideals in interracial relationships onscreen," says Salamishah Tillet. "In some cases, these are works created by black women themselves, like (Issa) Rae’s Insecure.” Other shows like Bob Hearts Abishola, Mixed-ish, How to Get Away with Murder and Love Is Blind have also been "part of a broader mainstreaming of black women’s beauty and cultural influence," says Tillet. She also points to The Jeffersons' Tom and Helen Willis relationship and Scandal's Fitz and Olivia for changing the way black women are viewed in interracial relationships. Kerry Washington, who played Olivia on Scandal and Helen Willis in last year's live taping of The Jeffersons, adds: “I do think the ways that we are thinking about interracial relationships now, it’s about two consenting individuals’ choosing. We’re in a moment of being able to really deal with the complicated nuance of two individuals coming together across cultural divides and choosing each other, both having free will.”
"It’s very important to me," she says of this week's episode. "I had less to do in the beginning of the series, but I knew there was going to be an episode about Alice’s journey, so I tried to lay as much track as I could that preceded it, so you would believe and understand where I end up at the end of that episode—and then, once people see Episode 9, why that ending happens the way that it does." ALSO: What's it like for Paulson to paly a character holding political beliefs opposite her own?
"I didn't like it," the Baywatch alum said on Watch What Happens Live. "Let's just keep the bad TV as bad TV. That's what's charming about it. Trying to make these movies that are television are just messing with it."
"It adds to the through-line in the past decade of great TV that begins with Lena Dunham’s Girls on HBO and runs through FX’s Better Things to The Handmaid’s Tale to Fleabag, Netflix’s Unbelievable and others," says John Doyle. "This line is a cultural phenomenon. If the first part of this Golden Age of TV was male-centric, rooted in the crises of men in The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, the near-future of it is female." ALSO: How Normal People makes us fall in love.
The crew of the TNT series created the interior of its train by looking at Japan and China's locomotive design technology.
"Unreal that today marks 15 years ago to the day since this little lady walked on to your screen and checked ya for screwing her husband," Walsh tweeted Friday. Pompeo responded: "thank god I messed with your hubby!!...it worked out well for us both!!!" Dempsey also chimed in on Walsh's Instagram, adding three hand clapping emojis.
“Specifically suicide-cult leaders,” says creator Noelle Stevenson. “People who have this element of control over everybody, who thinks they are the beginning and end of everything, and (their followers) are completely dependent on them.” ALSO: She-Ra's Season 5 finale was surprising in the actualization of its central queer love story.
Adam DiVello, creator of the Netflix high-end real estate reality show, has a history of working on glitzy reality shows with credits including Laguna Beach and The Hills. "The DiVello brand is built on nearly impossible aspirations, often with a cast of beautiful (but often quite bland) white women fighting over (usually) very low-stakes issues," says Scaachi Koul, who went behind the scenes of the Netflix reality show. "Like most reality TV, the arguments are frequently petty, often rooted in little miscommunications, the conflict largely passive-aggressive, but DiVello knows to add just enough high-end appeal to make his shows feel elevated and compelling. (His shows aren’t even called reality TV — instead they’re seen as docusoaps.) His brand of television is a lot like the house he was showing me: visually stunning, unaffordable, not really my style — and yet, I would happily be buried in the kitchen." Koul adds "When Adam DiVello is producing a reality TV world, it’s hard not to wish you could spend a week or lifetime in it. That’s the beauty of his shows: You feel, on some level, that if you tried hard enough and had the right stylists and doctors, maybe there could be a possibility that you too could live in his world. These are not the girls next door — unless you live in the Hollywood Hills. But despite the fact that all the women who inhabit the DiVello universe are in a different stratosphere of wealth, beauty, and access, there’s still something relatable about them. Unlike other shows about the rich, they’re not produced to be caricatures that veer into absurdity; rather, they’re just normal people who wear feathered cocktail dresses to their boss’s casual dinner."
The Witcher, Westworld and His Dark Materials have all tried to become the next big buzzed-about genre series.
Though there have been Atlanta and New York spinoffs of Growing Up Hip-Hop, "it’s the Los Angeles cast that most efficiently combines entertainment value, trash TV, and the psychological turmoil of being the child of a famous person. This comes with an unfortunate side dish of dramatic editing that cheapens the show’s production," says Clover Hope. "There’s enough real-life salacious material on hand in the cast’s lives that there’s no need to overdramatize it, but WE tv too often misses the memo. For that reason, Master P and Romeo, upon realizing they were on a show that veers too much into lowest-common-denominator TV, recently criticized producers for abandoning positivity in favor of messy storylines and shade, i.e. airing a montage of members ridiculing Romeo for texting bible verses to them. This is a known repercussion of banking on reality TV stardom as a career strategy. (Master P and Romeo have since quit the show.)"
"There’s an even more warped sense of nostalgia attached to shows like The Circle, Love Is Blind, and Too Hot to Handle," Colin Horgan says of the three hit Netflix dating reality shows that premiered this year. "Watching them in our current state doesn’t prompt a memory of our former routine lives or the closeness we once shared with other people. Instead, they create a strange longing for a time when the extreme scenario we now seem to inhabit was still considered… well, extreme. Perhaps now our binge-watching preferences have simply flipped. Our escapism is no longer in reality TV’s extremes, but in our boring old lives — the formerly routine existence that shows sought to manipulate. We miss when things — even people — were, for lack of a better term, normal. That feels like a simpler time, when reality TV was not merely comfort food for the brain — a warm loaf of mental sourdough — but also a way to witness a distorted and unfamiliar version of our world, safely. Because as effective as reality TV is at amplifying human nature beyond its usual limits, it’s equally good at bringing things down again and returning us comfortably to a place where, by comparison, our own lives feel under control."
The AMC Peak TV hit leaves Netflix on June 9, paving the way for a bidding war among all the new and old streaming services.
"I walk into the read-throughs and I know so many of the people, so it doesn’t feel foreign to me, it feels like going home," she tells EW of having worked with many cast and crew members before on The Good Wife and other projects. "Yet, I don’t have to carry the whole show. It’s been really easy. Paul Giamatti is the consummate actor. He’s actually an actor who works very much like I do, in that I love to run lines until we know them inside and out. He loves doing that, so there’s a real kismet going on set that’s just easy and gentle and it doesn’t feel like I’m breaking my back. I’m just having a really good time."
"Sometimes I get razzed by my kids," he says. "'You don’t even know thirst trap?' No, I don’t know it. But you know, that’s okay. I know some other things, but I don’t know the lingo today. That’s what ends up being funny. It’s like, Call Mindy up. She’ll explain it to you. She’s the one that wrote it."
The second season of the mini-golf reality show has managed to become more like Wipeout but also more like pro mini-golf.
Next in Fashion, Blown Away and Rhythm + Flow are among the Netflix reality shows that bears similarity to the acclaimed British reality show.
From the “We’re Here for You” ad to the “You Can Count on Us” ad to the “God Bless Our Heroes” ad.
Marcia Gay Harden and David Thewlis star in the 10-part historical drama, premiering Memorial Day, set in French-colonial Canada in the 1690s and based on the novel by Annie Proulx. ALSO: How Thewlis tackled playing an "eccentric" 17th Century French settler.
Nick Sweeney’s FX documentary on Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe in the Roe v. Wade landmark U.S. Supreme Court abortion case, doesn't let its subject find her own voice, says Kristen Lopez. In fact, the documentary hardly offers any insight into McCorvey's life. "And Sweeney’s camera is always focused on showing us who Norma is versus how she is perceived by others," says Lopez." It’s hard to fathom an old woman who spends her days coloring — her walls caked in colored pictures of gardens and birds — to be the face and voice of a movement that inspires such anger and hostility. And yet, Sweeney and crew never actively push McCorvey to answer anything tough. For a documentary touting itself as having McCorvey’s last interview — she died in 2017 — there’s no active instigation from the interviewer, although we hear him push other interview subjects." Lopez adds: AKA Jane Roe starts with a fascinating story but fails to go deep into the mind of a woman who was constantly changing. One of the most significant figures in the 20th Century is divisive, but it would have been great to narrow the focus to her feelings about that divisiveness and not the people who profited."
"The first season of Amazon's Homecoming was a stylish pastiche of '70s conspiracy thriller elements," says Daniel Fienberg. "As entertaining as it was — and as great as Julia Roberts and Stephan James were in the lead roles — the result still felt like a bit of a disappointment; every time the show appeared poised to open up or dig deeper, it instead retreated into a mystery that initially seemed complex but ultimately dodged nuances related to PTSD and memory. The second Homecoming season — entirely Julia Roberts-free and reducing Stephan James to a prominent supporting role — might have been an opportunity to expand the world of the story (adapted from a podcast), to delve more substantially into character and conspiracy. Instead, it makes the first season look expansive by comparison. With an episode count trimmed to only seven half-hours, Homecoming returns as a tiny, almost ephemeral, mystery, a set of very simple puzzle pieces that need to be put together with almost no related emotional component. There's some minor elegance to how small creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg keep this chapter, which can be viewed as a curious checklist decently executed and finally nothing more." Fienberg adds: "The writing is spare, the directing bland, but at least there's pleasure in watching the actors. Roberts gave an excellent performance in the first season, one that ended up being almost inexplicably under-recognized. (Janelle) Monáe is an interesting non-replacement, a performer of both tremendous presence and deceptive stillness, which works well as her character's disorientation increases."
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi's vampire mockumentary series, based on their 2014 movie, has been picked up for a third season with three episodes left to go in the second season. Season 2 has been up 25% over Season 1, averaging 3.2 million viewers across all platforms. (About 462,000 tune in for the initial airings, slightly less than the 467,000 who watched the first airings of Season 1.) “We’re incredibly happy that critics and audiences are all in on Shadows," said Nick Grad, president of original programming for FX Entertainment. “Week in and week out, the producers, writers and our amazing cast continue to make one of the funniest and best comedy series on TV.”
Annapurna Television has won a bidding war for Ng's 2014 novel Everything I Never Told You, which "explores the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle to understand each other over a lifetime," per Variety. "Set in a small town in 1970s Ohio, protagonist Lydia is the adored but put-upon child of Marilyn and James Lee. When her body is found in a local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, sending them into chaos."
Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli ultimately decided that going to trial in the college admissions scandal would be "reckless," reports Us Weekly. And that if their daughters, Bella and Olivia Jade, had to testify, "it was going to get ugly.”
The pay cable network usually spends that $1 million on Emmy For Your Consideration events and Emmy parties.
California and Texas may have their political differences, but both states have Friends as their favorite show. Meanwhile, The Office is No. 1 in North Dakota, but not Pennsylvania, where it is set.
Lisa Hanawalt's acclaimed animated series starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong that Netflix shockingly canceled last July, two months after its premiere, is getting a second season in 2021 thanks to Adult Swim. Season 2 will match Season 1's 10 episodes. This marks the second time a canceled Netflix series has found a new home on linear TV, after One Day at a Time's Pop TV revival. “I’ve been a fan of Adult Swim shows since my teens, so I’m thrilled to bring my beloved fowl to the party and be a new voice for a fresh decade of absurd, irreverent, yet heartwarming adult animation,” Hanawalt said.
The Fuller House star and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded guilty today via video conference with Boston-based U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton for their involvement in the college admissions scandal. Loughlin pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, and Giannulli to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest services wire and mail fraud. Their sentencing has been scheduled for Aug. 21.
"The family was on a trip in the Caribbean when told to shelter in place and decided to stay put,” a source tells People, adding that Ripa made the revelation last night during a town hall with ABC employees.
The stars of the Spanish young adult thriller series announced the renewal via a remote video. A number of cast members announced they are leaving the show: Mina El Hammani, Danna Paola, Ester Expósito, Álvaro Rico, and Jorge López.
The friends and Good Omens co-stars will reunite in Staged, revolving around two members of a cast of a play, "described as the cream of British acting talent, who, furloughed when their upcoming West End production comes to a halt, attempt to keep rehearsals on track despite lockdown." They'll be joined by their real-life spouses, actresses Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg.
Newhart's “It was all a dream!” reveal with Suzanne Pleshette calling back to The Bob Newhart Show on the May 21, 1990 “The Last Newhart" series finale is considered one of the best endings to a TV series of all time. The 90-year-old Newhart says the surprise ending called for a fake alternate ending to throw off the tabloids and keeping the crew in the dark. "I told the cast maybe a couple days before, but the crew (didn’t know)," he tells Yahoo Entertainment. "They were going to go for dinner and then we were going to shoot the show. We told them, 'Oh, when you come back we've added a scene. Camera A, you're here, B, you're here, C, you're there. And whatever happens, just keep shooting.' We put Suzie on a set two blocks away from our set, and when the time came we sent a golf cart to pick her up. We built a set that recreated the bedroom from The Bob Newhart Show, and when we revealed it — not Suzie and myself, but just the set — the audience started applauding, because they remembered it! And then, they saw Suzie and I, and they immediately started cheering. That's one of the advantages of doing this show in front of a live audience: So many shows today are one-camera shows and they're done without an audience, and it feels sterile. Having an audience drives you: They get a better performance out of you, the writers and everybody concerned."
“People have had it up to here," Doocy said this morning on his Fox News show. "We’re sick of being closed. We’re ready to move on but — Ainsley (Earhardt), Brian (Kilmeade) — all of us are in really restrictive areas right now and that’s why we are not all sitting together on the same couch, or even in the same studio: Because the governments won’t let us right now." In New York, however, news media is considered an essential business, allowing employees to go in to work. Doocy, who has been working from home, later retracted his statement: “I need to clarify: We are simply following the government protocols and guidelines. Ultimately, if you are lucky enough that you can work from home, you should.”
Cat expert Jackson Galaxy's July special will tackle new cat behaviors brought on by the changes in their daily lives due to the pandemic.
The Netflix high-end real estate reality show will be back for a third season this summer, on Aug. 7.
"Imagine it's 2009," Murphy wrote on Instagram, "and I lived in a world where I knew Lea Michele, Ben Platt and Beanie Feldstein (Ben and Beanie, I believe, were in high school then...and I think they dressed up as Glee characters once for Halloween?) If I had access to that talent, here's the new pilot: Lea and Ben are frenemies who fight for the heart and soul of Glee Club. Ben is also on the football team, and pretty much sleeps with the entire school and is the heartthrob of McKinley. Beanie is their mutual best friend, and torn. Suddenly, Beanie joins forces with Sue Sylvester, joins Glee Club and becomes the main soloist and the ruthless star of the club. Lea and Ben have to then join forces to dethrone her. I WANT TO SHOOT THIS DO OVER PILOT. Maybe I will?"
Only 909,000 total viewers watched the premiere of the sperm donor reality show.
The humorous ad campaign filmed at ESPN's Bristol campus in Connecticut began airing in 1995. Starting at noon ET on Sunday, ESPN will air The Best of This is SportsCenter: 25 Years and Counting, The Best of This is SportsCenter: The Superstars and The Best of This is SportsCenter: Mascot Mayhem.
The Oklahoma City Thunder star announced on The Daily Show that he's producing a show looking back on March 11, when the game between his team and the Utah Jazz was suspended after Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive before tipoff. Soon after, the NBA suspended its season.
The CNN anchor's joke holding up an oversized cotton swab to mock the size of his brother and the governor of New York's nose was found to be off-putting by some, including conservatives.
Gothamist found John Mulaney's "Airport Sushi" to be the best sketch from Saturday Night Live's 15 live episodes this season.
The 86-year-old former CNN host will helm the podcast The Millionth Question, featuring celebrity and entertainment industry interviews. The hourlong podcast is expected to premiere in mid-June. King will still do political interviews, but only for his seven-year-old twice-weekly PoliticKING show for Ora TV, which is distributed by Hulu and Russia's RT America.
"To think that I've got 25 years of acting and I'm getting to do something I've never done before — a superhero project," he tells EW with a laugh. "My brother Owen's two sons who are about 5 and 8, and my brother Andrew's daughter is 10. I showed them a few of these scenes, and it was just so funny to see them get quiet and really concentrate and then start asking me questions like, 'So you operate the robot?!' They very rarely show interest in anything that I'm up to! It was funny to see them get immediately hooked in by the show."
“You might know me from The Killing Fields, the story of the Khmer Rouge’s orchestrated genocide against its own people," the actor began his Zoom graduation address to a class of preschool students.
Epix is touting Helter Skelter: An American Myth, premiering June 24, as the “most comprehensive” onscreen exploration of the Manson Family ever aired.
Oprah Winfrey, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Big Bird, Yara Shahidi and Stevie Wonder are among the participants in the biographical docuseries premiering June 5.
ABC has picked up American Housewife, Black-ish, The Conners, The Goldbergs, A Million Little Things, Mixed-ish, The Rookie, Stumptown, The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, Shark Tank, 20/20 and the Jimmy Kimmel-hosted Who Wants to be a Millionaire revival for the 2020-21 season. They join the previously renewed Grey's Anatomy, Station 19, The Good Doctor, American Idol and America’s Funniest Home Videos. In all, ABC expects to have 22 shows ready for fall, including freshman series Big Sky from David E. Kelley and Call Your Mother, as well as the Supermarket Sweep reboot. ABC is expected to unveil its 2020-21 schedule next month because of the coronavirus delay.
# TOPICS: Stumptown, ABC, American Housewife, The Bachelor, Black-ish, The Conners, Dancing with the Stars, The Goldbergs, A Million Little Things, Mixed-ish, The Rookie, Shark Tank, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Cancelations, Renewals & Pickups
Comedies Bless This Mess, The Goldbergs spinoff Schooled and Single Parents have each been given the axe after two seasons. Emergence, one of the best-reviewed freshman shows from last season, won't return for a second season after disappointing ratings. Tiffany Haddish's reboot of Kids Say the Darndest Things also won't be back after premiering last fall. Meanwhile, ABC has yet to make a decision on midseason freshman series Baker and the Beauty and For Life. UPDATE: Single Parents and Bless This Mess co-creator Liz Meriwether wrote on Instagram: "Two shows canceled in one day? I get the message, ABC! This is my broadcast Red Wedding."
The snarky blog that launched in 2002 to take on the powerful, but was ultimately taken down in 2016 after Hulk Hogan sued it "into oblivion" over the publication of his sex tape with the help of billionaire Peter Thiel, is poised to get the TV series treatment. Two former Gawker staffers, former editor in chief Max Read and Watchmen writer Cord Jefferson, "have been working on scripts for the past couple of months with a writers room that apparently includes some other Gawker alumni," reports Vanity Fair's Joe Pompeo. "Jefferson and Read declined to comment, so details are scant. But the series was described to me as a dramedy about Gawker’s ascent and its impact on the media landscape, as it transformed from an insidery gossip blog into a major force in the type of journalism that skewers celebrities and the powerful." This wouldn't be the first Gawker project. In 2018, Blackrock Productions acquired the rights to the book Conspiracy – Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue to turn into a movie or TV series.
The Michael Sheen and Tom Payne serial killer drama, which averaged 3.4 million viewers in its freshman season, is expected to return for midseason due to the coronavirus shutdown.
For the second week in a row, 60 Minutes was No. 1 in primetime thanks to its in-depth coronavirus pandemic reporting. The coronavirus story has been so important that 60 Minutes executive producer Bill Owens said to CBS News president Susan Zirinsky that "we can't stop." So instead of ending its season last weekend, as it traditionally does the weekend before Memorial Day weekend, 60 Minutes will keep on going with new stories until at least June 28. 60 Minutes' re-emergence comes less than two years after longtime executive producer Jeff Fager was fired amid sexual misconduct allegations. Owens took over and has made the CBS newsmagazine "solid and reliable," as one observer put it, amid the coronavirus pandemic. "The show has dug deep into the troubles of farmers, rural hospitals and the newly unemployed," says Margaret Sullivan. "But it has also provided uplifting moments, such as a General Motors line worker describing his satisfaction in helping to make ventilators; and poignant ones, such as musician Wynton Marsalis paying tribute to jazz pianist father, Ellis, who had died from covid-19. The program may be at its best when it takes on a potentially dry subject — like how the pandemic might affect climate change — and makes it both accessible and moving, as in Jon Wertheim’s piece featuring climate activist Bill McKibben."
Subscribers who haven't watched anything on Netflix in a year will be asked to confirm their membership, or their account will be automatically canceled. Inactive accounts represent less than half of 1 percent of Netflix’s overall member base.
The reboot had been scheduled to premiere this fall, but production had yet to begin when the coronavirus crisis started in March.
The Apple TV+ romantic dramedy series, a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York City, also unveiled its first photo of the title character, played by Brittany O'Grady, in announcing its premiere date.
"No pleasure is truly guilty, but this may come close; that it’s a pleasure all the same, though, is all an entertainment-starved viewer may need to hear," says Daniel D'Addario of the Kristin Davis-hosted Fox reality show. Labor of Love, he adds, avoids pushing too hard with its central conceit. "In all, though, the show manages to keep an upbeat tone without veering too far towards gross-out or towards faux-seriousness," he says. "This would probably not be a show worth watching in a moment when distraction didn’t feel quite so sorely needed, but right now, seeing suitors react to phony bear attacks and to little bits of one-upsmanship feels buoyant and worthwhile enough."
The sequel series will pick up 15 years after the Disney movie, with the former mermaid “now miserable, unmotivated and in a loveless marriage. In other words, just a basic bitch human," per the official description. "But when her father suddenly dies, she suspects foul play and embarks on an epic adventure to save not only her underwater kingdom but all of humankind!” Jane the Virgin writer Gracie Glassmeyer created Washed Up, with Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman on board as executive producer.
The May 27 Launch America: Mission to Space Live will cover the joint mission between NASA and Musk’s SpaceX that is sending two astronauts to the International Space Station on the billionaire's spacecraft live on National Geographic Channel and on streaming platform ABC News Live.
What is different about Season 2 of the ABC miniature golf reality show? “It’s bigger and there are more holes,” says creator Chris Culvenor.
The Right View's stars include Trump supporters Lara Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Mercedes Schlapp and Katrina Pierson.
The special game show filmed for tonight's Red Nose Day features Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Adam Scott and Ben Stiller as contestants and Jack Black as game master and host. Celebrity Escape Room is very entertaining with well-designed rooms. But in order to convert it into a regular series, the show would need different escape rooms and challenges every episode.
The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, a follow-up to the 2018 drama series based on Caleb Carr's novel, will premiere on July 26.