"Seeing as it comes during Pride Month — and on a planet bathed in the pink, purple, and deep blue color scheme of the bisexual flag — it certainly seems like Marvel Studios recognizes that Loki’s casual revelation of his sexuality would carry significant meaning for many LGBTQIA+ fans," says Adam B. Vary of the Loki Episode 3 revelation. "And yet, in 2021, it feels a bit odd to be celebrating this fleeting acknowledgment as a milestone in queer representation when there are so many other examples of superhero TV shows embracing it. The CW’s Batwoman centers on two lesbian superheroes — Kate Kane (played by Ruby Rose in Season 1, and Wallis Day in Season 2) and Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie). Similarly, on the CW’s Supergirl, the titular hero’s sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) is gay and has had multiple girlfriends; on Season 4, the show debuted TV’s first trans superhero, Dreamer (played by trans actor Nicole Maines). Matt Bomer plays gay superhero Larry Trainor on HBO Max’s Doom Patrol. Jefferson Pierce’s daughter Anissa (Nafessa Williams) on Black Lighting is a lesbian; Oliver Queen’s son William (Ben Lewis) on Arrow is gay. Amazon’s The Boys explores how Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligott) had to end her relationship with her girlfriend for fear of being outed; on Invincible, by contrast, the titular hero’s gay best friend William (Andrew Rannells) is very much out and proud. Queer representation isn’t limited to TV heroes, either: On Fox’s Gotham, the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) was in love with the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney was sexually fluid. And on Netflix’s Jessica Jones — technically a Marvel TV series, though not one produced by Marvel Studios — the morally flexible lawyer Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss) had several girlfriends. In the final season of the show, Jessica (Krysten Ritter) also had a trans assistant, Gillian (played by trans actor Aneesh Sheth). That’s far from a comprehensive accounting of openly LGBTQIA characters in superhero storytelling, but when we turn the lens to Marvel Studios, the picture gets profoundly smaller. There’s the grieving gay man in Avengers: Endgame played by director Joe Russo. Tessa Thompson has said that her Thor: Ragnarok character was bisexual, but any mention of it was cut from the film. And that’s pretty much it. So making Loki — one of the most popular characters ever to grace the MCU — explicitly bisexual does mark a significant step forward for LGBTQIA representation…for the MCU."
Four months after the Framing Britney Spears documentary shined a spotlight on Spears' 13-year conservatorship under her estranged father Jamie Spears, the pop music icon spoke out candidly in a virtual court appearance on Wednesday -- revealing, shockingly, that she's been forced to have an IUD to prevent her from having more babies. “I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized,” she said in calling for an end to the conservatorship. “I just want my life back.” Spears described the control her father Jamie Spears had over her. "I worked seven days a week, no days off, which in California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking," she said. "Making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away — credit card, cash, phone passport — and placing them in a home where they work with the people who live with them. They all lived in the house with me, the nurses, the 24-7 security. There was one chef that came there and cooked for me daily during the weekdays. They watched me change every day — morning, noon and night. I had no privacy, I get eight gallons of blood a week. If I didn’t do any of my meetings and work from eight to six at night, which is 10 hours a day, seven days a week, no days off, I wouldn’t be able to see my kids or my boyfriend. I never had a say in my schedule. They always told me I had to do this. And Ma’am, I will tell you, sitting in a chair 10 hours a day, seven days a week, in a fog… and especially when you can’t walk out the front door." Spears added: "I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby, I have a IUD inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby. But this so called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have any more children. So basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good."
In a wide-ranging interview with Vulture's Josef Adalian -- who first interviewed Conan in 1994, six months after his Late Night launch -- the Conan host says the ability do different things outside of the late-night grind prompted him to decide to leave late-night after 28 years. "What happens is, over time as you get older, you start craving different experiences. Those travel shows made me feel like, This is fantastic," says Conan. "I’m physically traveling around the world, meeting incredible people, making comedy that we’d show to live audiences, and they would really laugh hard. And it felt like we were able to craft them a little more and really work on them and think about them. I became, in a weird way, almost like when I was working on The Simpsons and we would really craft an episode and think about it. With the travel shows, even though we only shoot them over a period of a couple of days, we were able to do a lot of research beforehand and put a lot of thought into it, and I felt like I was 30 years old again, having a new experience. The other thing was the podcast. I’m having interviews with all these fantastic people, and the conversations can go on for an hour, sometimes longer. We can take really strange flights of fancy, and we can really take turns that I didn’t expect before the podcast started. I started to realize, Wow, there’s all these different ways to make stuff now that are using muscles I haven’t really been able to use. Because for 28 years in late night, you talk to someone, you do six minutes, you break, music, then you come back, you do another seven or eight minutes, you’re looking for the funny line to get out. I’ve loved it, but I really do want to make sure that, whatever time I have left in my life to make comedy, I’m changing it up and challenging myself as much as possible. So this just felt like the right time. I don’t think I’m going to wake up the next day and think, Sh*t, I wish I could do another week. It feels like it’s time to move on to the next phase, whatever that is. Conan says the 2019 move to a half-hour format was an attempt to revitalize his show, but the pandemic a year later changed everything. "When you’ve been riding for miles and miles and you just keep looking at the lines on the highway, you can go into a trance and not even be aware that you’re driving 65 miles per hour," he says. "I’m just trying to get the word out that if you see me on the highway, get out of the way. I’m probably unaware that I’m driving. [Laughs.] But for me, even if I’m not youthful anymore, my comedy is youthful. I’ve always had a very silly, energetic approach to comedy, and so I can’t fake that. So we were definitely making a lot of changes to try and keep myself completely engaged and giddy and excited, and it worked for a while, but then the pandemic certainly doesn’t help. While I don’t think it changed the timetable much, it’s possible that it accelerated things to a degree and made this final date pushed up a little bit." Conan also said he isn't interested in putting full episodes of his old shows online, even though we're able to watch old episodes of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show on outlets on Antenna TV. Conan also says he's been really interested lately in HBO Max's Hacks, saying the writing on the show is "superb. I mean, the cast, the performances are fantastic. I’m blown away by Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder. So many people try to depict what it’s like to make comedy, and comedians always love to watch those shows because they hilariously get it wrong. Hacks feels like the closest thing to what it’s like for people who are struggling to think of comedy, what the process is like and working out comedy with someone else. I’ve been really blown away by that show." As for his HBO Max show, Conan says: "it will definitely be into 2022 before people see anything. I don’t want it to be too long, but I want people to be shocked at how I’ve aged when I show up for the new thing. I can do that pretty quickly, but you’ve got to give me at least six months. But I want it to be upsetting to people what I look like when I reemerge. And I’m going to act like I always have. I’ll act very youthful and impish and foolish, like I’m a 30-year-old who just got his late-night show. But I want my physical appearance to be nothing less than horrifying."
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Richter discussed his 19 years as Conan's sidekick -- 7 years on Late Night and 12 years on The Tonight Show and Conan -- in an interview with The New York Times. In addition to discussing his role, Richter was also asked about whether he'll join Conan on his future HBO Max endeavor. "I don’t know," says Richter. "It’s very much up in the air and I don’t know how much I can say about that. But I can say there’s been a difference of opinion about what the next thing will be. Just as a kindness, Conan has said to people, I don’t know. He’s not making promises he can’t keep. I’m auditioning and it’s freeing up my schedule. So it’ll give me more opportunity to do some stuff. I mean, if there’s still an Andy Richter market out there. For the most part, I am calm about it. Because I have enough people that tell me I’ll be fine and I choose to believe them. Definitely, there’s part of me that’s like, oh no, what if on tomorrow’s showbiz menu there’s an Andy Richter and everyone goes, ehhh, I’ll have the fish?" Richter will still be connected to Conan O'Brien via the Team Coco-produced podcast The Three Questions with Andy Richter, which he began hosting two years ago. Richter was also asked if being a late-night sidekick was the perfect role for him. "It all makes sense when you look back at it," says Richter. "I was the morale keeper, the kid in the family that made sure everybody was OK and kept the mood light when things were tough. Then I got into improv where it’s not about you — you share the experience and everybody pitches in and no one’s more important than anyone else. Then I got on this show where I was surrendering myself to the situation. And being there if needed. It suits me in many ways. I’ve lived a reactive life. But that’s not the way to make things happen. I’m now at a point where I’m like, maybe that’s just who I am. My ambition will be looking for situations in which to do my part. Not necessarily to grab the world by the throat and scream my name into its face. But that being said, I’m older, I’m calmer. If I were to move off-camera and just start telling stories and making TV shows, I think I’d be OK with that. I wouldn’t have to worry about how I look. I wouldn’t have to worry about getting old. I wouldn’t have to worry about this double chin. That’s an ongoing process, my tortured relationship with the notion of my own authorship. Me as an auteur is something that I’ve always thought, I should do that. It’s like the elliptical gathering dust out in my garage. Yeah, I should do that."
Howard Stern "went there" with Cox during a joint interview this morning with her former co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston. Asked if her lack of Emmy nominations stuck in her "craw," Cox responded: "Sure. Yeah, it always hurt my feelings. When every single cast member was nominated but me, it definitely hurt my feelings. I was happy for everybody, and then when it was finally like, 'Oh, I'm the only one?' It hurt." Cox, though, was relieved to earn a Golden Globe nomination for Cougar Town. Of the five Friends to earn Emmy nominations for the show, Aniston won one Emmy in five nominations, Kudrow won one Emmy in six nominations, Matt LeBlanc was nominated three times with zero wins, and Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer each earned one nomination without a win.
"Burnham’s special deserves much of the praise it’s gotten," says Lili Loofbourow. "Inside is a major technical achievement, and it took immense talent in a dozen different fields to put it together." But as Loofbourow says she learned surfing various internet forums, many, many people expressed deep concern for Burnham and had to be reassured that "this was not Burnham’s actual life. He’s a wealthy celebrity! He lives in a nice house with his partner, who’s a successful director, and two dogs! This room isn’t where he lives." Loofbourow adds: "Given the confused concern so many fans expressed, the artifice—specifically, the mismatch between Burnham’s circumstances and his protagonist’s—isn’t obvious. And it does take away from it. Confessional meta-comedy of this type, being relatively new, hasn’t yet developed rules about the obligation to truth. Burnham’s special thrives in that ambiguity. Framed by a claustrophobically dominant metaphor, Inside is about feeling as if you were trapped 'inside,' where 'inside' means existence on and with the faux-connectivity of the internet and the hell of your own brain and the confining square footage of a plain studio apartment during the pandemic. take no issue with the first two; it’s the last bit that rankles. Opinions will differ on this: Does it matter that Burnham was not actually trapped in cramped, depressing, uncomfortable spaces that a lot of people actually and nonmetaphorically occupied? Or that he’s conflating immensely interesting artistic and existential questions with mundane but urgent material ones? I realize this sounds like a 'privilege' argument and in a certain sense it is: I do question the choice to situate the story of your misery (and I believe Burnham’s pain to be extremely real!) in squalid conditions not your own to make your suffering seem greater. I’ll go further: As a piece of social commentary, I find the framing device clunky. Say, to take only a slightly more extreme case, that you see the modern condition as one of detachment, rootlessness, and precarity. Should you, a wealthy but tortured creator, channel this into art by presenting yourself as literally homeless and then encourage confusion between the character you’re playing and yourself?"
Erica Rose, a 2011 contestant on the canceled Bachelor franchise spinoff, recalled a challenge where men tossed paint-filled eggs at the women they found least attractive while they were blindfolded and wearing bikinis. “It really hurt, so that’s when I was like, ‘Ow, I don’t want to do this anymore,'” Rose recently told host Jacques Peterson on his Unpopular podcast. “Emotionally it was traumatic. Physically, that f*cking hurt.” She also claimed that host Chris Harrison told her she had no option but to participate in the degrading charade or she would face elimination.
"Two undebatable facts in this f*ckery of life are that people will always be horny, and people will always love reality shows," says Chloe Stillwell. "So leave it to Netflix to continually marry the two and cause absolute mayhem on the internet today by releasing the trailer for their new show Sexy Beasts." Stillwell adds: "In a way, shows like Sexy Beasts and Love Is Blind are rebuttals to hookup culture. They show that people really do want to find love, and they want to do it without having the superficial at the forefront — and people want to watch them do it. Whether they’re watching because they’re a romantic who wants to see people fall in love based on personality alone, or if they just merely enjoy the chaos of it all, is hard to measure. But the excitement for another Netflix reality firestorm is undeniable, and we will all be in it together."
The O.C. alum tells The Guardian that she is in a "transitional period" and thinking of doing a documentary series "from my perspective." “I think a lot of people deserve apologies for the things that were done to them at that time,” she says. “The Britney doc really got to me. Watching that was very strange because I was in all the same places.” Barton points out the experiences of being followed by the paparazzi were similar. “Certainly, you couldn’t get away with it today to the same extent, not the same kind of danger,” she says. Barton also wants to escape from her The O.C. persona. “It is the constant mistake,” she says wryly of her experience on The Hills: New Beginning, which she refers to as a "sh*tshow." “They were even calling me by my character name. Seriously? Like, this far down the line they can’t get my name right?” Barton says she was still a virgin and felt “like a fraud” for playing Marissa Cooper in this sexy teen show where she was pursued by older men. Barton says she felt she had to get her first experience of sex “out of the way."
Fire TV uses will be able to use the Peacock app starting Thursday, nearly a year after Peacock's launch.
"Remember when Netflix used to curate its content to appeal to a certain demographic with an IQ above 90? Too Hot to Handle is the streamer’s way of saying, “F**k that," says Dustin Rowles. "We have conceded brand purity to HBO Max and Apple TV+. Here are some painfully aroused twenty-something shirtless men and bikini-clad women. Watch them try not to bang. The idea behind the series, at least, is that by banning the ten contestants from having sex, they will form stronger emotional bonds. The reality, however, is that the contestants are basically left to mentally assess how much money they are willing to sacrifice to rid themselves of a case of blue balls. It is horrible television. I don’t mean because it’s cheap and morally bankrupt (although, that too). I mean: It’s tedious and boring and the contestants are insipid, empty-headed dimwits who are about as deep as a rain puddle during a three-week drought. Good god, they are awful human beings, and listening to them talk is like being the one guy at a party who chooses not to get high. I watched two excruciating episodes and not one person spoke a single worthwhile word. The entire show consists of 10 people licking their lips and breathlessly talking about which one of the other contestants they want to f**k. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. Even as a competition series, it’s beyond lousy. The 10 contestants are told that they are being invited onto a particular type of series that apparently allows them to spend a month engaging in a group orgy only to be told that sex is verboten. It’s clear by how familiar they immediately all are with the rules that they have at least all seen the first season of the series, which essentially nullifies the ruse. They know exactly what’s going on, and they’re not there to win. They’re there to play to the cameras and generate some cheap, fleeting fame."
The NBA team defended the city of Milwaukee after the ESPN morning show's Molly Querim Rose said the final four NBA times are all from "terrible cities."
Peterson wanted to be known that Paragon, who died in April but whose death was revealed last week, was more than the wide-eyed, teal-faced Jambi the Genie. "Without John, I could tell you Elvira would never be the character that she came to be," says Peterson of her cult horror favorite character. Pee-wee's Playhouse star Paul Reubens also wanted it be known how helpful Paragon was off-screen. “He was very charismatic, and his performing was very electrifying. He was hard not to notice," says Reubens, adding: "He made you want to work with him."
Watch Jason Sudeikis reprise his Apple TV+ character to announce this year's Summer Olympics roster with Brendan Hunt's Coach Beard.
The Emmy-nominated docuseries returns on July 29.
The BBC/Amazon series written and directed by Emily Mortimer, based on the celebrated novel by Nancy Mitford, premieres on July 30.
Netflix renewed #blackAF for Season 2 a year ago today, but the show appears to be canceled as a TV series. Barris tells The Hollywood Reporter he plans to forgo a second season to turn #blackAF into a movie franchise of standalone "#blackAF family vacation films in the vein of the National Lampoon vacation flicks that he and co-star Rashida Jones grew up loving," according to The Hollywood Reporter, which adds that Barris may expand the series with #blackAF: Brazil and #blackAF: Mexico international editions. Netflix has yet to confirm #blackAF's cancelation. In The Hollywood Reporter profile, Barris described his decision to abruptly leave Netflix for a ViacomCBS deal that will have him launching BET Studios. Barris admits his ideas didn't fit in at Netflix. (The Hollywood Reporter adds that those inside Netflix felt he was too focused on niche ideas.) “For Netflix, say we got 35 million viewers, they were like, ‘Well, it wasn’t Fuller House,'" says Barris, acknowledging that he often struggled to present the types of projects that excited Netflix executives. The Hollywood Reporter reports that at one point, Netflix executives asked Barris to produce one of their multicamera comedies, which sources say was the recently canceled Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! But he patently refused. “I just don’t know that my voice is Netflix’s voice,” says Barris “The stuff I want to do is a little bit more edgy, a little more highbrow, a little more heady, and I think Netflix wants down the middle.” He pauses, and then rephrases: “Netflix became CBS.” Barris also responds to vocal critics of #blackAF, including Charlamagne tha God, who described it as like “white people doing a bad impression of Black people.” Barris says he's rather focus on cultivating “thought leaders” like Wes Anderson or Malcolm Gladwell, who’ve offered him praise. “Do I want Charlamagne to like my show? Yeah, I do, but I have to be honest with you, I care way less if Charlamagne likes my show than if Malcolm Gladwell does,” he says. “Because my taste is my talent — and Charlamagne has his lane, and it’s a very successful lane, it’s just not the lane I want.” Barris also addressed the recent controversy over ABC's planned Black-ish Latinx spinoff called Brown-ish that he's producing with Eva Longoria. “It was never going to be called Brown-ish, but even if it was, why is it that we turn on ourselves?” he says. “It immediately becomes, ‘Oh, he’s doing another family comedy.’ It’s like, yeah, I’m going to do 20 family comedies — no one questioned Norman Lear.”
The docuseries starring Dr. Orna Guralnik will return for a longer third season in 2022 that will be split into two different runs.
The Michaela Coel HBO/BBC limited series was part of the third batch of Peabody winners that also included PBS NewsHour for its pandemic coverage.
Harmon is teaming with cartoonist Nathan Pyle to adapt his web comic and graphic novels. Strange Planet is described as a “whimsical and comical” series that “tells profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet not unlike our own.”
The Amber Ruffin Show host will travel to Tokyo to offer her own unique, comedic analyses of the Tokyo Games. A former gymnastics coach, Ruffin will also rely on her personal experiences. As Deadline points out, Ruffin became a fixture on Late Night with Seth Meyers thanks to the Olympics. The "Amber Says What" segment was created after she saw the shirtless flagbearer from Tonga in the 2016 Olympics.
Olympic Highlights with Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg will feature the comedian and the rapper recapping the day's events. The news comes a month after the pair announced they are developing an unscripted series on the world's dumbest criminals.
Paramount+s Dragging the Classics: The Brady Bunch promises to “make and break pop culture history” in reuniting The Brady Bunch's original cast members alongside RuPaul’s Drag Race favorites as they re-create the 1971 episode, “Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?” The event will use “state-of-the-art technology to transport the cast into the original Brady house.” Five of the six Brady Bunch stars -- excluding Maureen McCormick -- will participate in the June 30 special.
Viewers will be able to watch live coverage of track and field and gymnastics for free, while basketball will be on the Peacock Premium tier. Rich Eisen will host Tokyo Gold, a daily, comprehensive look at the most compelling performances of the day including in-depth stories, expert analysis, and athlete interviews.
Although Olsen says she loves auditioning, she recalled on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast a bad audition for Game of Thrones. "I auditioned for Game of Thrones," she says. "I auditioned for, like, the assistant to the casting director in a small room in New York with just a camera on me and them reading the script. I was doing the Khaleesi speech when she comes out of the fire. It was awful. I didn't get a callback."
Moffat first heard about the HBO drama during the Wednesday table read. McKinnon tells Vanity Fair via email, that she “had seen the posters on bus stops, but I hadn’t seen the show because I was too busy watching Catfish.” Bennett didn't realize he was spoofing a specific person until he got into hair and makeup. "Murder Durder" director Adriana Robles hadn't watched Mare of Easttown, either, so she found enough time to devour one-and-a-half episodes and figure out the Delco accent. “I had never heard this accent come out of a human," says Robles. ALSO: COVID made SNL's makeup team's "two-minute turnaround" even crazier.
The 34-year-old former Drake & Josh star also pleaded guilty to disseminating material harmful to juveniles, a first degree misdemeanor, stemming from charges that he inappropriately contacted a 15-year-old fan with sexual messages.
Kathy Lee Gifford, Ken Jeong, Martha Stewart and Robin Roberts will make special appearances to honor their late colleagues during Friday's ceremony on CBS.
Stern welcomed the three female Friends stars -- Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox -- for a joint interview this morning. When Stern asked Aniston why she didn't "bang" her co-star Schwimmer, People reports that Aniston responded: "We were in relationships and it was always never the right time and it wouldn't have worked. The beauty of that was that whatever feelings we had we just literally channeled everything into Ross and Rachel and I think that's maybe why it resonated the way it did. But no, we never, on my life (got together). And Courteney and Lisa would know if it did because they would've heard about it. They can vouch for me...Howard's not going to believe me. No, I would proudly say I banged Schwimmer if that happened. But no."
Cowell will be part of a panel of judges on the Britain's Got Talent network as musical acts take to the stage to perform. "The top two performers of the evening then face a decision in their bid to be crowned champion — to either go home with a cash prize, or walk the line and play on," per Variety. "Should they stay in and top the leaderboard, they will then progress to the next show, facing a different cast of performers. The longer the performers can stay in the contest, the bigger the prize pot, with a high stake ‘stay or play’ moment at the end of each show. Each night, the reigning champion will be offered an even higher cash-out prize."
"He was a really sweet kid. I'm very sad about that," the Oscar-winning actress tells EW of working with the late actor on her one season on the Saved by the Bell precursor. "I remember (Diamond) always being sweet and really funny. I was very fond of him, as I was all of them." As for Saved by the Bell, Mills says: "The success of that series has been so great. I only did one season, but dear Mr. Belding (Dennis Haskins) carried it on while the kids just got bigger and bigger. It was fun, and I loved doing it. It's odd because even though I only did one season, it never did go away. (Laughs) What it did for me personally was that suddenly young kids who hadn't watched The Parent Trap or any of my Disney movies recognized me from Saved by the Bell. That one season gave me a whole new image on television."
They'll join Season 3 in the respective superhero roles of Gunpowder, Blue Hawk and Supersonic.
The game show is scheduled to premiere in 190 markets on Sept. 13.
The Arrow and Heels star spoke out on social media in wake of a Page Six report that he allegedly yelled at his wife on a plane. Amell said that he and wife Cassandra Jean Amell did argue before takeoff on board a flight back from the ATX TV Festival in Austin. But when he was told to leave the plane, he did so without being forced and booked another flight home to Los Angeles.
Josh Peck plays Scott Turner in the Disney+ series, the son of Hanks character of the same name. The two-and-a-half minute trailer reveals that Hanks' character from the movie has "passed" without going into further detail. Turner & Hooch premieres July 21.
The remake of the 2014 BBC dating show, which has participants going on blind dates dressed as animals and mythical creatures through the use of Hollywood movie prosthetics, is freaking people out, with some calling it very disturbing and the most insane dating show they've ever seen. "Is this what it’s like when you do lots of drugs?" tweeted a USA Today reporter.
Patti Harrison, Matt Rogers and Gabe Liedman have also joined the voice cast for the animated LGBTQ spy series, which premieres Sept. 2.
The Spanish thriller series returns for its second season on July 23.
The first trailer for Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story spinoff features no actual footage from the show.
White's social satire set at an exclusive tropical resort premieres July 11.
"On one level, Mare of Easttown was a smashing success," says The Washington Post's Steven Zeitchik. "The Pennsylvania-set crime series starring Kate Winslet inspired numerous memes, truckloads of media coverage and even a Saturday Night Live parody after it debuted on HBO in April. More importantly, thanks to its head-fake mysteries and town with more secrets than beer bottles, the show quadrupled its audience between its premiere and its finale. That’s the good news. The bad news is that its audience began modestly enough that even with all that growth, the finale was watched by only 4 million people over Memorial Day weekend. For all its buzzy enthusiasm and hardcore fan interest, the Mare finale was not seen that weekend by nearly 99 percent of Americans. The television hit — the most abiding of entertainment traditions — appears to be dying. That isn’t to say shows don’t have fans; they do, and some of them are more passionate than ever. But according to its long-standing definition — a universally recognized show that gathers a large, verifiable audience and becomes unavoidable in all the places people talk about television and endures well beyond its run — the TV hit is vanishing. That is true not just, as is commonly lamented, on broadcast, but also according to the lower standards of subscription television. Just two years ago, HBO’s Game of Thrones gathered 20 million viewers to watch its finale. Nothing on the current pay-TV landscape would stand a chance of coming close." Even streaming shows with a lot of buzz like Ted Lasso, WandaVision and Hacks aren't considered universal hits, even though they've all "gained cultural mind-share." "If you watch these shows, it could seem like people are talking about them everywhere you go," says Zeitchik. "But 'seem like' and 'actually' are not the same. Viewership numbers for many of these series are fundamentally unknown. The fact that people are talking about them everywhere we go may say less about the shows than how, in this age of echo-chamber social media, most of us, figuratively speaking, aren’t going very far." Casey Bloys, content chief for both HBO and HBO Max, says he believes the demise of the broad TV hit is a legitimate phenomenon. “Viewers have a lot more choice, and that’s going to have an effect on the attention any one show commands,” he says. But Bloys doesn’t think this necessarily means catering to narrower bases. “When you’re developing, you never think ‘it’s just going to be a single, so I’ll stop there,'” he says.
A Daily Beast report Tuesday alleged that in 2019, the former president wanted to explore what the federal government, including the Department of Justice and FCC, could do about SNL, Jimmy Kimmel and other late-night critics. In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Trump called the report "Fake News." "So, The Daily Beast reports that, in 2019, Donald Trump wanted the government to investigate—guess who, Guillermo?—me!” Kimmel said at the top of his monologue before quoting at length from the story. Kimmel added: “I don’t want him probing me. Can you imagine that? President Snowflake asked to send the authorities in to stop us from making fun of him. “Little did I know, I’m up here goofing on him, he’s asking the Feds to do who the hell knows what? And when he was told there was no legal case to be made—that you can’t stop comedians from making fun of you when you’re president—Trump asked, ‘Can something else be done about it?’”
"While it was very clear what Katie was talking about, the language she chose to use was cautious," Shannon Melero says of Thurston's revelation on Monday's episode that she had been sexually assaulted 10 years ago. "Her admission of what had been done to her started off with a line she’s been pushing all season: 'As you all know I am very sex-positive,' she said, before explaining that her outlook on sex was the direct result of a negative experience. 'For a long time I didn’t want to have sex and I was in such denial about what this person had done, I tried to be in a relationship with them. I felt responsible for being too drunk but it wasn’t my fault... Consent is important and I did not give it that night.' Like most emotional revelations on this franchise, the moment felt staged despite Katie’s bravery for sharing something so intimate on national television. The setup and the language had the distinct thumbprint of producers who get their checks signed by a network owned by Disney. Katie shared this huge revelation and instead of talking more about how she felt about it or even gauging the men’s reaction to something like this, the segment was quickly closed down, with Nick Viall thanking the men and Katie for their honesty. This admission, and Katie’s feelings, were left dangling in the air, unaddressed. The whole exchange was as sanitized as a discussion of sexual assault can possibly be." Melero pointed out that in the group date, none of the men shared anything of note. "Yet at the end of it, it was Katie who was baring her soul in front of a group of men who had no other reaction than shaking their heads and thanking her for sharing, as if all she had done was split the last slice of pizza," says Melero. "The moment also betrays the very notion of consent itself that Katie was trying to put forward. How exactly did the producers gain her consent to have this extremely personal story aired out on national television as little more than an Episode 2 plot point that played second fiddle to an argument between Thomas and all the men in the house? If the entire marketing behind Katie’s season is that it’s a brand new girl power season with a sex-positive cool girl and her two new lady pals running the entire show, then where exactly on the feminist spectrum does a semi-scripted admission of sexual assault fall?"
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and her estranged husband Tom Girardi are currently embroiled in an embezzling investigation that has exposed that her extravagant lifestyle was indeed "smoke and mirrors." As the Los Angeles Times' Meredith Blake points out, spending too much money is a common problem for Real Housewives stars, many of whom are engaged in a "glam arts race." "The saga, the heavily hyped focal point of the current season of Beverly Hills, makes Girardi the latest Real Housewife to contend with legal and financial difficulties connected to the fabulous persona they convey on TV," says Blake. "In March, Salt Lake City housewife Jen Shah was arrested on suspicion of running a vast telemarketing scheme targeting the elderly. New Jersey’s Teresa Giudice spent nearly a year in prison on multiple fraud charges. And while only a few Housewives have been implicated in such brazen white-collar crimes, the list of bankruptcies, foreclosures, tax liens and lawsuits involving cast members runs longer than Girardi’s hair extensions. Since the inception of Real Housewives, the sort of 'smoke and mirrors' Girardi described have been central to the show — and, arguably, one of the keys to its success."
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"I was so underwhelmed by the whole experience," she said on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, "because I felt like I had entered into a new place inside of myself in terms of what I thought possible, in terms of what I might be willing to see if I can do. I felt really kind of trapped by my responsibility and my contractual obligation to do American Horror Story. As much as it's my home, and I've loved it always, it was the first time I felt like I wish I could have gone to Ryan (Murphy) and said, 'Please let me sit this one out.'"
“If we can crack a story that is as great (as Season 1) and that would do justice to the characters and carry on the story in a way that was organic and yet surprising, I would love to do it,” Brad Ingelsby tells TVLine. “I just don’t know what the story is. That’s the issue right now.”
"It’s sort of built like the kind of show that runs forever," says longtime Simpsons producer Mike Reiss. "The Simpsons, is just about the world, about humanity and what’s going on in the world and what we do as humans, and for us to give up on the show is to say we’ve explored everything human beings can do and anything that can ever happen in the world." ALSO: Yeardley Smith looks back at her favorite Simpsons musical numbers.
“She’s the one that has the most unfinished business,” Clarke, who's starring on Disney's Secret Invasion, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I really had pages about what her life was and what it would be afterwards. But I’m afraid I’ve heard nothing of (Disney+) being the case, so maybe I’ll just write it and send it to them. I’ll be like, ‘Hey guys, I’ve got a few ideas.'”
The ViacomCBS-owned free streaming service mimics the experience of channel surfing. "The first thing you’ll notice upon downloading it to your smart TV or opening it in your browser is its single best feature: It doesn’t require you to make an account," says Rebecca Alter. "No log-ins, no password sharing, no newsletters spamming your inbox making recommendations you didn’t ask for. It’s, quite simply, the most frictionless experience in streaming today — a no-commitment affair. Considering how many barriers are set up for online experiences these days, to access streaming video content without a log-in feels like a FastPass. To turn it on and be immediately greeted with some sort of content in progress — maybe it’s Pawn Stars, maybe it’s Urban Legends 2 — really feels like cable. It’s also free. That’s the part that feels like it comes with a catch. It’s ad-supported, but commercials only add to the verisimilitude of the cable-adjacent experience."
The second episode of Season 2 of the FXX comedy includes a "horrifying" ants scene.
“This is the kind of thing you do when you know it’s over for you,” joked Conan as he winds down his TBS late-night show. “I really don’t know what the f*ck I’m doing."
The former president issued a statement this afternoon responding to The Daily Beast report this morning that in 2019, Trump asked what the federal government, including the Department of Justice and the FCC, can do to go after his late-night critics, including Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Kimmel and "other late-night comedy mischief-makers. To those who heard it, Trump’s inquiries into what federal regulations could be used to bust the likes of Kimmel and SNL were more nuisance than constitutional crisis." Trump's statement called The Daily Beast story "fabricated": "The story that I asked the Department of Justice to go after ratings challenged (without Trump) Saturday Night Live, and other late night losers, is total Fake News," Trump said in his statement. "It was fabricated, there were no sources, and yet the Lamestream Media goes with it. I did say, however, that Alec Baldwin has no talent, certainly when it comes to imitating me. The one who had what it took was Darrell Hammond. With all of that being said, however, I do believe that the 100% one-sided shows should be considered an illegal campaign contribution from the Democrat Party, hard to believe I got 75 million votes (the most of any sitting President) despite all of that, together with a very Fraudulent Election. 2024 or before!"
As TBS' Conan comes to an end this week after 11 years, the late-night show has sunk 29% in total viewers from last season and 36% in the key 18-49 demo, according to The Wrap. Conan has averaged just 282,000 total viewers per episode with 132,000 in the demo, including delayed viewing. Last season, those numbers were at 399,000 and 205,000, respectively.
"Yesterday’s program included a clue about postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)," the show tweeted. "After hearing from the community, we found we used an outdated and inaccurate term for this disorder, and we apologize." ALSO: Ranking the Jeopardy! guest-hosts so far: Mayim Bialik is No. 1, Ken Jennings is No. 6.
The Dexter and Lucifer alum will play a likable but formidable self-made Silicon Valley venture capitalist who is interested in working with Lamorne Morris' Keef Knight.
"TCM’s commercial-free status is a key reason viewers embrace it," says the Los Angeles Times' Stephen Battaglio. "The downside is it cannot raise ad rates to offset the revenue decline caused by cord-cutting. S&P Global Market Intelligence data shows the network took in $286 million in subscriber revenue in 2020, down from $313.6 million the previous year." As older viewers stick with TCM via their cable subscriptions, the cable network is reaching younger viewers via its hub on HBO Max. TCM also spent several nights in March tackling controversial classic films with its polarizing "Reframed" series. Still, there are no plans to turn TCM into a standalone streaming offering, especially after the failure of FilmStruck a few years ago. The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola is one of TCM's most devoted fans. “I recently saw a film I never heard of starring John Garfield — He Ran All the Way," Coppola tells The Times. “And I realized that I never appreciated what a great actor he was until I saw his work in this, his final film. It would not have come to my attention if not for TCM.” Paul Thomas Anderson, who has TCM running 24 hours a day on his kitchen TV, adds: "TCM amongst filmmakers is considered holy ground. Politically neutral, essential and unimpeachable in its dedication to film history. There is nothing like it and it should be protected.” Martin Scorsese, who has TCM on constantly in his editing bay, speaks for many TCM fans when he says: "I fear for the future of TCM. So does everyone else I know who loves movies. It gives me something to turn to, to bounce off of, to rest in, to reinvigorate my thinking — just glancing at some image or combination of images at a certain moment. It’s more like a presence in the room, a reminder of film history as a living, ongoing entity.”
Barrera will co-star with Garret Dillahunt, Illeana Douglas and Philip Garcia in the single-camera comedy about an unlikely group of formerly incarcerated people who band together to use their criminal expertise for good.
Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino discussed their reunion with the Gilmore Girls alum at the Nantucket Film Festival over the weekend. According to TVLine, Sherman-Palladino said Ventimiglia is playing "someone very handsome.“ Daniel Palladino added: "You have to see it in context because it’s actually a very different thing we’re doing with him. We needed someone of his caliber and his handsomeness, so we asked Milo to do it. But you have to see it in the context.”
When the tour reopens on Saturday, visitors can eat at Monica's rebuilt apartment set.
Phil Rosenthal's culinary travelogue will return with its biggest order yet: 10 episodes. Previous seasons have topped out at five to six episodes.
"DAMMIT CHLOE, YOU TURNED 50!!! Happy birthday my dearest friend, have the best one so far," tweeted Sutherland, adding: "P.S. When you’ve finished celebrating your birthday get me the f*ck out of this Russian prison!"
The virtual mall will serve as a "persistent space" that Stranger Things fans can visit year-round. Visitors can also play four mini-games, compete in rotating leaderboard challenges, and purchase additional avatar items.
Scully will leave C-SPAN after three decades next month to join the Bipartisan Policy Center as its senior vice president of communications after over three decades with the channel. Scully was suspended last year after lying about tweeting a message to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci when he saw it had created “controversy" involving then-President Trump.