At first, HBO's nine-part-and-counting The Vow and Starz's Seduced: Inside The NXIVM Cult seemed like "dueling Fyre Fest documentaries, with nefarious characters on both sides attempting to profit off of a story that had already been talked about in detail," says Ashley Ray-Harris. "But The Vow and Seduced are two documentaries with completely different goals. The Vow, which premiered in August, spends most of its time trying to convince viewers that Keith Raniere really was saying something his followers thought was worth believing in, and that’s why they got so lost. The producers, directors, and those involved with The Vow are mostly former NXIVM members who seemingly still have some need to tell themselves that some of what they did as part of the cult was good. The Vow is as much them telling the story of NXIVM as it is an attempt to justify the money they made off of NXIVM. It’s long and tedious, as most overly explanatory excuses tend to be. If you want to understand how Keith Raniere was able to break down so many young women, The Vow won’t explain that. It exists so those who were involved can point to something in order to make sense of their actions as they try to get back to their old lives—old lives that often involved famous friends and positive attention. As more details of Raniere’s crimes come out, it makes sense that high-profile ex-members would want to get ahead of the curve with their own narrative, which is what The Vow does. But when you finish The Vow, you’ll just wonder why you wasted nine hours learning about some pervert who stole money from rich white people and made filmmaker/NXIVM member Mark Vicente cry....Despite The Vow’s length, if you want to actually understand Raniere’s crimes, you’ll have to watch Seduced. Through it, you’ll learn that Dynasty actor Catherine Oxenberg wasn’t just one of many rich white people to get involved with NXIVM; she had the resources and fame to go up against Raniere and the Bronfmans’ wealth and actually did it...Seduced also reveals some startling details about India (Oxenberg's) time in NXIVM, when she helped normalized the group and boosted their reputation. Raniere viewed her as a commodity he had to hold onto. This is an important dynamic The Vow doesn’t address; in fact, the docuseries doesn’t seem ready to address any of the ways Raniere used people."
Carrey, says Rob Harvilla, is "one of the most overwhelming comedians of his generation, a rumbling boulder of wasabi, a human-shaped wrecking ball who in 2020 is just grabbing the camera by the throat and screaming JIM CARREY!!!! into it no matter who he’s actually supposed to be portraying. You don’t pay Jim Carrey to 'disappear' into a role; you pay him to explode that role entirely like the chestburster from Alien. The role he is currently exploding is that of one of the two remaining candidates for president, and by orders of magnitude the calmer one....JIM CARREY!!!! You’re never unhappy to see Jim Carrey, no matter the context, no matter the societal stakes. But he also makes you glance around for the nearest emergency exit. As the real-life chaos of this election spirals only further downward, and Actual Biden grows ever more stoic and exasperated within it, the sheer wrongness of this approach only intensifies. Even if you love the impressionist—and even if you’re voting for the guy he’s impersonating—you can cower and wince in the destabilizing presence of the impression itself." Harvilla says that maybe we should think of Carrey's Biden like Key & Peele's “Obama’s Anger Translator," with "one of our most famous living comedians playing 'Normal' Biden and Enraged Biden simultaneously. But respecting this approach isn’t nearly the same as enjoying it." ALSO: Why hasn't there been a good SNL movie in 20 years?
This Is Us originally was supposed to return the week after the election, not the week before. “It was really important to me — and to us — to get these episodes on before the election, not because they are political but because I think they are difficult and they are hopeful, and we felt it was important to us to put them on TV now with no agenda other than that,” says creator Dan Fogelman. “But it also created intense rush.” ALSO: Mandy Moore revealed her pregnancy to Fogelman before "most" of her family.
Houston-based IT consultant Christopher Byrd was a "Day One" subscriber to Quibi, which he watched as much as YouTube during the pandemic. He enjoyed watching Chrissy's Court, Reno 911! and Shape of Pasta. Byrd he watched at least 20 minutes of Quibi a day. What was his reaction to the shutdown announcement? "I’m disappointed that it’s closing down, but I understand it," he tells Slate. "It’s not a good thing if you can spend so much money and you don’t see any return on investment. Especially when you saw big names like Peacock or Disney, they launch and they get millions and millions of subscribers right away. Probably because they have a lot of name brands already behind them. But this service had everything big on it, and that it’s still failing is really discouraging. It’s like, 'Maybe I shouldn’t hop on new services.' Because you do feel like you invest all that time, you want to see it thrive and keep going so that you get to see those Season 2s, or you get to see where these people’s creativity takes them. But now I won’t get to see that, and that is pretty discouraging and pretty sad overall. I think for folks like me, who don’t always have time to sit there for an hour to watch a show, this allowed me to feel like I was getting to consume those shows.
"In its seven-plus decades, the sitcom has uncannily mirrored, and shaped, public perceptions of New York City," writes Kathryn VanArendonk in New York Magazine's new book The Encyclopedia of New York. "Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, in later seasons, moved from Manhattan to the suburbs like hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers did. During the urban-decay years, angry white conservatism in Queens made itself known on All in the Family, and as Black Americans made their way into the upper-middle class, so too did George and Louise Jefferson, movin’ on up from Queens to Manhattan. The 1970s impulse toward social conscience, told through two generations at a Brooklyn high school, made itself seen on Welcome Back, Kotter. Since then, sitcoms have helped America reconceive New York not as somewhere to get stabbed but as a place where you could live your best life. In 1989, Seinfeld began to promulgate the idea that New York City existence was principally about having wacky, if venal, neighbors, and it conveyed local references— H&H bagels, black-and-white cookies, subway seat-stealers, George Steinbrenner as perpetual white noise—to a national audience. Jerry Seinfeld once described the premise of the show like this: 'In New York, you can do nothing, and it’s very entertaining.'"
Andre undergoes extreme physical transformations before each season of The Eric Andre Show. "For the show’s fifth season, Andre wanted to do the exact opposite of everything he did in season four," says Yohana Desta. "He redesigned the set to look like a purgatorial version of Las Vegas, then he got aggressively tan, bleached his teeth, doused himself in Brut cologne—'I wanted to reek in a different way'—got weekly manicures and pedicures, shaved his head, and got rid of the rest of his body hair, including his pubic hair." “It was excruciating pain, especially down the center,” he says. “It was rough. I don’t think I’d do it again.” He also gained 20 pounds, gorging on pizza and peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches. "I was kind of depressed ‘cause I was like, ugh, is this what I’m going to look like at 60? Horrendous…. I looked like Pitbull f*cked Kojak," he said with a laugh. "It was like, Surprise! You look like Vin Diesel after he dies.”
The Netflix docusoap has been criticized for its lack of diversity, including lack of Black deaf women. "As seems to be a pattern for films and TV series that represent marginalized groups, Deaf U....has attracted criticism, particularly from within the deaf community," says Shoshannah Stern. "Some of these concerns, addressed by executive producers Nyle DiMarco and Naimah Holmes in a Gallaudet University panel this week, are valid — particularly the lack of racial diversity among the women of the cast. But many critics’ apparent desire for the show to be an entirely different beast than what it actually is may have less to do with Deaf U itself, and more to do with its underrepresented and underserved audience. Though this frustration is understandable, given the embarrassingly few opportunities our community has had to see and be seen, it also sells short the central achievement of Deaf U: the students’ hopeful openness about issues like mental health and sexual positivity, even in the face of sexual trauma, and, most of all, their consistent refusal to feel shame about their choices — something unheard of (pun only slightly intended) even during my own stint at Gallaudet."
"You're supposed to say you know seven seasons of the show in your mind and you know exactly how it's going to end. No," she says. "I think that we've done some things in these last episodes that are going to lead to a wild season two. What's in mind right now is going to go to a place no one is expecting. I'm very excited about continuing to challenge the genre space and for this idea of reclaiming genre space for people of color. There's season after season you can do on this. There's so much genre space that is untouched by people of color — and not just African Americans." ALSO: Jamie Chung is "scared that I won't ever get a role like this again."
"Despite the efforts and welcomed (sort of) addition of Matt Lucas, something about Season 11 feels, well, underbaked and underproofed," says Madeleine Davies of this season, adding: "It could be that the challenges have been leaning less and less on classic baking and more on viral Instagram foods (like the rainbow bagels), though this is hardly the first time that the show has gotten stunt-y. Then there’s the fact that none of the bakers could figure out brownies in the same episode — Season 11, Chocolate Week — that Leith insulted New York chocolate babka. This wouldn’t be a big deal in other shows, but considering that Bake Off’s biggest scandal was two bakers apologizing to one another and both claiming fault over a ruined baked Alaska, Leith’s verbal assault on a New York City delicacy might as well have reignited the Battle of Bunker Hill. There’s also a nagging bother for me personally as Bake Off’s judges and hosts — a group that, unlike the bakers, has been steadily and frustratingly white throughout the series’s run— have slowly gone from three women (hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc and judge Mary Berry) and one man (Hollywood) to three men (Fielding, Lucas, and Hollywood) and one woman (Leith). Whereas Perkins and Giedroyc seemed to rankle Hollywood on occasion, the current hosts are mostly reverent towards him, almost like he was the literal king of all bread. And of course, there was that brief and lovely period of the show where Fielding co-hosted with Sandi Toksvig, but that was all too short (pausing for a Fielding-esque joke about Toksvig’s diminutive height here). This isn’t a critique on Lucas. He is doing fine as a new co-host — though if there was even the slightest chance of Toksvig returning, I wouldn’t hesitate to shove him into a current, assuming that he’s a strong enough swimmer to get back to London. Maybe the issue isn’t the show, at all, but rather proof of how hard this year has been. 2020 has been such a sh*t show that the The Great British Bake Off no longer works as visual valium."
The HBO Max four-part docuseries covers about 25 years of LGBTQ history, from the post-World War II period to the first Pride parade in 1970. "But Equal is just as notable for its old-school-MTV style as for its content," says Inkoo Kang. "Visually busy and winkingly self-aware, the documentary slicks each one of its subjects with a one-dimensional rebellious cool that initially feels fresh, then increasingly ahistorical. The directors boast 'never-before-seen footage of actual events,' but more striking still is the fact that not a single shot lasts more than five seconds. And many of the subjects receive knowingly outrageous glow-ups, like Mattachine founder Dale Jennings, who’s played in reenactments by a monologuing, absurdly handsome Cheyenne Jackson. Samira Wiley, Anthony Rapp, Sara Gilbert, Theo Germaine and Keiynan Lonsdale are among the other camera-addressing celebrity soliloquists. The stronger performances — especially by Wiley, Lonsdale and Alexandra Grey as Hicks — make this potential abuse of dramatic license pay off. Even Porter gets in on the genre-convention-busting fun." ALSO: Documentarian Stephen Kijak says "we’re slipping in and out of strict documentary and impressionistic creative recreations but we wanted to bring the history as close to people and bring it to life in a unique way."
The 24-hour, commercial-free documentary that Nickelodeon aired on January 1, 2000 featured more than 600 children from around the world speaking candidly about their hopes and fears for the future and the realities of the present, from war and peace to climate change to beauty standards.
David recalled the making of legendary 1992 episode tackling masturbation on Friday night as part of a Seth Meyers-moderated virtual fundraiser for the Democratic Party of Texas with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander. "The Contest" is what put Seinfeld on the map as a watercooler show, said David. "That show changed something about how we were perceived in television land," said David. "It really catapulted us to another place. It moved us to another level, I think. And the show got much more popular after that episode."
James McBride's book and its Showtime series adaptation portray the heroic abolitionist as somewhat of a jerk and vain playboy. "That dude (McBride) is a force of nature," Diggs says of the role. "How about Deacon King Kong? It broke my brain. It’s so good." How did Diggs end up playing Douglass? "I was doing a Suzan-Lori Parks play called White Noise at the Public. And Ethan (Hawke) came inside, and the next day we went out to coffee and he handed me the novel and said, 'Hey, look, I’m doing this. I’m adapting this for television. Frederick Douglass will be in two episodes. One of them is his episode.' He’s like, 'Don’t answer now. Read the book, because it’s a particular take on Frederick Douglass.' And when I went home, I started reading the book and I could not put it down. I read it faster than ever. I’m a very slow reader. I think I read that book in two days and called him back."
On The View Friday, Goldberg called on Fox News and, in particular, Carlson to apologize to the NBC News White House correspondent, who was subjected to repeated criticism on the right-wing cable news channel ahead of moderating Thursday's presidential debate. But Carlson wasn't among those who went after Welker. “No one here can remember ever mentioning Kristen Welker’s name on our air," said Carlson. We’ve never attacked Kristen Welker. Honestly, never wanted to attack her.” Carlson then went on to refer to Goldberg by her birth name. “Sorry, Caryn Johnson, you’ve got the wrong show," said Carlson. "Call us when you’ve got a Kardashian update. The original Karen, it turns out.”
"It's me coming to terms with going to therapy, finding out I was a raging bitch and having no clue that's how I was coming across," Handler says of the HBO Max special that was filmed amid the pandemic amid coronavirus restrictions. Handler also tells EW that she doesn't miss doing a talk show. "The things that I’ve done since I’ve left doing a talk show have more heft, and have more weight," she says. ALSO: Handler says her special is trying to "teach white people how to think outside of their own experience because I'm guilty of that."
"Bob’s Burgers isn’t afraid of witches, werewolves, or zombies—in fact, Tina encourages mingling with zombies in her freaky friend fiction," says Rae Nudson. "Rather, when Bob’s Burgers does its traditional Halloween episode, the show digs into what it means to grow up, which can be scary enough on its own. Halloween is a holiday more focused on kids and hijinks than Christmas or Thanksgiving, two other holidays that Bob’s Burgers regularly portrays with episodes generally emphasizing family love and bonding. (The show’s Valentine’s Day episodes focus on missed love connections and failing to live up to romance’s expectations.) But Halloween is perfectly positioned to focus on kids’ adventures and what it means to be on the precipice of leaving those adventures behind; they are fun escapades that reveal the challenges of both youth and old age." ALSO: Ranking every Bob's Burgers Halloween episode.
Kelley's 2000-04 Fox drama set in a Boston public high school, led by Chi McBride as the principal, featured a cast that also included Rashida Jones, Joey McIntyre, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Rapaport, Jeri Ryan, Kathy Baker, Nicki Katt, Loretta Devine, Jessalyn Gilsig and David E. Kelley favorite Fyvush Finkel.
Vulture investigates, determining that Emily Cooper must be around Lily Collins' real-life age of 31. But her behavior suggests she's closer to 24. ALSO: How to get the Emily in Paris look.
HomeAdvisor recently re-created re-created The Simpsons rooms in the style of a Wes Anderson movie set. ALSO: What it's like to binge through 50 hours of "new" Simpsons episodes.
The six-episode series from executive producer Nathan Fielder created by and starring John Wilson and his camera is at turns hilarious, poignant and disquieting as it reveals a profound humanity, says Alan Sepinwall. "Well, the challenge of writing about this show is that so much of the joy of it comes from the surprise. You never know what digression Wilson will follow next, or what the tone will be," says Sepinwall, adding: "The whole thing is an achingly gorgeous love letter to New York in the last months before Covid ground the city to a halt and perhaps irrevocably transformed it. More than even many complicated premium cable dramas, How To is a show that benefits enormously from devoting your full attention to it, rather than watching with a second screen. In this case, it’s because Wilson has taken the familiar concept of B-roll footage — establishing shots of buildings, neighborhoods, men and women on the street, etc. — and turned it into the best and funniest part of the series."
"Big Little Lies was the right show at the right time," says Judy Berman. "A glossy, star-packed, surprisingly smart murder mystery, it appeared just as it seemed HBO was devolving into the Game of Thrones channel and proved that the brand The Sopranos built could still spin character-driven drama into a cultural phenomenon. Network executives responded by doing what network executives always do: they tried to replicate it. A miniseries adapted from the novel by Liane Moriarty, it delighted fans with a renewal that was never supposed to happen; Meryl Streep joined the cast for the not-bad but not-necessary 2019 sequel. Meanwhile, between the two seasons, HBO hired Lies season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée to helm another show based on a best-selling whodunit, Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, featuring another A-list, female-led cast. It was a fantastic adaptation, more potent and profound than its predecessor, albeit a bit too dark for viewers craving more Monterey moms. For a while now, critical and awards darling Succession has filled the role of HBO’s breakout drama. But that doesn’t mean the network is done trying to reverse-engineer another Lies. Its latest attempt, premiering Oct. 25, is The Undoing. Based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s 2014 novel You Should Have Known, the six-part psychological thriller reunites Lies mastermind David E. Kelley—as creator, writer and showrunner—with star Nicole Kidman. Once again, there’s a big-deal cast and a name director (Susanne Bier of The Night Manager and Bird Box fame). The story features rich, gossipy moms and an elite school and a slowly escalating murder investigation. Yet this time, neither the sharp performances nor the lush window dressing can save scripts littered with predictable plot twists, hoary genre clichés, thin supporting characters and relatively little to say."
"Chess shouldn’t be all that interesting to watch on screen, for probably obvious reasons," says Emily VanDerWerff. "The game involves a lot of people sitting and staring at a board, moving pieces around in quiet contemplation. And unless you’re a major chess fan, the moves the players make won’t immediately make sense in the way a baseball player hitting a home run does. But something that is interesting to watch onscreen is a great actor playing a compelling character who has a lot going on in their mind. A close-up on the actor’s face as the wheels turn in the character’s head can be gripping because attempting to think your way out of a problem is something we all have experienced. So the smartest choice Scott Frank makes in adapting Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel The Queen’s Gambit into a seven-episode Netflix miniseries is to focus not on the chess but on his actors’ faces, particularly that of his star. As chess prodigy Beth Harmon, Anya Taylor-Joy gives one of my favorite performances in ages. And Frank shows an understated confidence in relying not on fancy camera tricks but on close-ups that watch the star’s slightly too-wide eyes flicker with recognition as she finds the move to trounce yet another challenger."
The two-time Oscar nominee is reteaming with her Julliard classmate and A Most Violent Year co-star in the HBO limited series adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s famous miniseries. She takes over the lead role from Williams, who had to exit over scheduling issues. The Affair co-creator Hagai Levi is behind Scenes From A Marriage. The limited series re-examines Bergman's iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple, played by Isaac and Chastain. This is the second limited series Chastain has joined in the past two months. Last month, she signed up to play country music legend Tammy Wynette in George & Tammy limited series from Spectrum Originals and Paramount Network.
Former The Chi showrunner Ayanna Floyd Davis is teaming with Dick Wolf on a reboot of his 1990s gritty Fox cop drama "described as re-examination of the original, reflecting the current times," per Deadline. "It is picking up 20 years after the end of the original series that changed the face of TV cop dramas." Floyd would serve as writer and showrunner. The original New York Undercover aired on Fox from 1994 to 1998, starring Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo as undercover detectives. Wolf and Universal TV originally developed an updated take on New York Undercover during the 2018-19 broadcast development season for ABC, written by Ben Watkins, but the pilot was rejected. The potential Peacock reboot is "still in very early stages," reports Deadline, "and it is unclear yet whether it would feature characters from the original series."
"CNN President Jeff Zucker survived plenty of corporate intrigue since telecom giant AT&T swallowed up the cable network’s parent company two years ago," reports The Wall Street Journal. "Now that is changing, leaving Mr. Zucker frustrated and his future at the cable news network in doubt. Mr. Zucker, who has overseen CNN for seven years, felt blindsided by a recent restructuring carried out by parent WarnerMedia, and has had friction with its chief executive, Jason Kilar, according to people familiar with the situation. The 55-year-old’s contract expires next year and he hasn’t committed to extending his deal in meetings with WarnerMedia brass and communications with CNN employees, the people say. Asked about his future in a town hall video chat on Wednesday, Mr. Zucker said he loves his job, but added, 'The industry is changing, our company is changing, so I have a lot to think about,' according to a recording of his remarks. He added, 'I’ll do that at the right time.'" Zucker says he won't make a decision until after the election. Zucker is one of the most influential TV executives in history, making Donald Trump the star of The Apprentice on NBC and providing Trump plenty of free airtime showing his rallies on CNN during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The 63 million viewership is about a 14% dropoff from the 73.1 million who watched the first debate between President Trump and Joe Biden on Sept. 29. It also fell short of the final debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016, which drew 71.6 million. Meanwhile, Trump praised moderator Kristen Welker Friday while on the campaign trail: "I thought I got treated fairly by the anchor… Kristen, I was surprised. She’s been a little rough on me over the years...I thought Kristen did a very good job yesterday.”
The backorder means Black-ish will have a full 21-episode season.
The late MythBusters star's family and friends came together to create the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation, which will work to inspire and empower underserved youth to become active in science, technology, engineering, art and math. The foundation was announced Friday, which would've been Imahara's 50th birthday. Imahara died in July of a brain aneurysm.
Barrera explained to the Los Angeles why she and five other GLOW women of color -- Sunita Mani, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, Kia Stevens and Ellen Wong -- decided to write an open letter complaining that the show relied on "existing stereotypes" while leaving its non-white cast members marginalized. Barrera said the producers responded positively to the letter. “If Netflix didn’t cancel us, you guys would have seen something amazing,” Barrera said. “You would have seen what a true ensemble, diverse show looked like.” Did Barrera worry about professional consequences for the letter? "Yes, 100%," she said. "When you are in an industry that values whiteness, it’s so difficult for you to navigate how to use your voice. You know you have one but you almost have gotten used to not using it. I think in this case, the beautiful part was that I didn’t have to do it alone. That also took a little bit of the danger off." Barrera added that she was thrilled to see the GLOW producers receptive to their ideas. "It was such a chilling moment: to have your executives — even though it was over Zoom — break down the entire Season 4 to the point where you couldn’t wait to get on set because you knew that these characters were going to be seen. It honestly gave me goosebumps," she said. When we were canceled, it felt like someone just slipped the carpet from underneath us. And we fell backwards and woke up in a strange dimension. To come back and take your power back, it’s exactly what GLOW is about. So we didn’t need to shoot anything. This was like Season 4. This was its own season; this was how it was supposed to be: The women of color taking their power back and showing us how to fight, how to lead first and tackle the issue and do it with grace. And do it together."
The former Flavor of Love star will reunite with some of her suitors from her two-season 2007-09 reality show for I Love New York: Reunited, which Vivica A. Fox will host. Meanwhile, Page Six reports VH1 is also producing a reunion special for Hollywood Exes, which originally ran from 2012 to 2014 and starred Nicole Murphy (Eddie Murphy's ex-wife) and Shanna Moakler (ex-wife of Travis Barker). The I Love New York reunion special will air Nov. 23, followed by the Hollywood Exes special on Nov. 24.
Taylor will play the wife of Brolin's rancher character, who is fighting for his land and family when he discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness. Taylor's character is a woman of deep faith, which she finds tested as never before.
Farber will play Leslie Larr, who may have ties to Jon Cryer's Lex Luthor.
Comedy Central on Friday announced that a portion of Empower Field at Mile High will be filled with all new cutouts on Sunday, some from the recent "Pandemic Special." The Comedy Central show added cutouts for the Sept. 27 game vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Nick Jonas-produced holiday romantic comedy series is based on the Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares YA novels. Dash & Lily premieres Nov. 10.
In an interview with Vulture promoting his new film Mank, Fincher said we've "probably" seen the last of the psychological crime thriller, at least for now. Mindhuunter dropped its second season in August 2019. “Listen, for the viewership that it had, it was an expensive show,” said Fincher. “We talked about, ‘Finish Mank and then see how you feel,’ but I honestly don’t think we’re going to be able to do it for less than I did Season 2. And on some level, you have to be realistic about dollars have to equal eyeballs." Asked about Fincher's comments, a Netflix spokesperson left open the possibility that Mindhunter could return "maybe in five years." Fincher said making Mindhunter was a lot of work. At the start of Season 2, Fincher said he “ended up looking at what was written and deciding I didn’t like any of it, so we tossed it and started over," adding: “It’s a 90-hour workweek. It absorbs everything in your life. When I got done, I was pretty exhausted, and I said, ‘I don’t know if I have it in me right now to break season three.’”
Sovereign “chronicles the lives, loves and loyalties of a sprawling Indigenous family struggling to control the future of their tribe against outside forces and themselves," per NBC's description. The pilot was written by Navajo Nation member Sydney Freeland and Shaz Bennett based on a story from DuVernay.
Goldberg said on The View that Tucker Carlson -- who never actually criticized Welker on air -- and other Fox News personalities should apologize for demeaning her before the third presidential debate. As Mediaite's Colby Hall points out, "the conservative media smear appeared to start with a New York Post story about Welker’s parents, which was parroted numerous other (Fox News) opinion shows, though notably, NOT Tucker Carlson. All of which seemed to be a preemptive attempt to undermine her authority and allege bias." “I want Fox News to apologize to Kristen for the nasty way they have been treating her before this debate,” Goldberg said. “I want them to apologize. I want Tucker Carlson to apologize to her. I want those people that sit in that four-people show to apologize to her for how they tried to really muss up the waters and talk about her like she didn’t know what she was doing.”
"The vast majority of this country agrees that health insurance should cover Americans with pre-existing conditions," Kimmel said on his late-night show Thursday. "But the Republican party — and that includes the president and members of Congress — the only plan they have is to do away with protections for pre-existing conditions....My wife Molly (McNearney) made a video that deals with our experience with pre-existing conditions, and we'd like you to watch this and pass it around to anyone who may have forgotten what this election is really about." The footage shows Billy Kimmel, who was born in 2017 with a rare heart defect, in the hospital.
The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York and the Elkhorn Valley Museum in Norfolk, Nebraska say they will preserve a trove of Carson’s personal materials and create and expand on exhibitions celebrating his life, including a collection of papers, awards, videos, clothing, costumes and other artifacts. Today would've been The Tonight Show icon's 95th birthday.
Jeffrey Scott, who developed the 1984-1991 CBS animated kids' series, is alleging that Disney misappropriated elements of the original Muppet Babies production bible he created and says he owns. "Scott is the registered owner of the copyright in the Muppet Babies production bible," states the complaint obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. "The Muppet Babies Production Bible created the show’s nursery setting, the child versions of the characters, the mix of entertainment and education, and the blueprint for its stories. Scott created, developed and refined character traits, running gags associated with each character, and the characters’ relationships with each other." Scott also says he created one entirely new character (Nanny) and defined the nursery environment for the show.
Page Six is disputing a Daily Mail report that one cast member tested positive two weeks ago. "An insider noted that production was 'limited' and 'not completely shut down' after the staffer tested positive, but everyone’s safety remained a priority," says Page Six.
“For years I didn’t talk about it because I found it to be offensive to gay people,” the Stanford Blatch actor tells Page Six. “People playing gay characters jumping up and down screaming that they’re not gay, like that would somehow be a bad thing if they were.” Garson adds: “When the question would come up during the show I would say, ‘When I was on White Collar no one ever asked me if I was a conman, and when I was on NYPD Blue, nobody ever asked me if I was a murderer. This is what we do for a living, portray people.'"
Lauren Conrad, Stephen Colletti, Kristin Cavallari, Trey Phillips, Dieter Schmitz, Loren Polster, Lo Bosworth, Talan Torriero, Christina Sinclair and Morgan Smith reunited via Zoom to encourage fans to vote in the 2020 election. It was the first time the Season 1 cast was together since the 2004 finale “Reality TV was not really a thing before Laguna Beach, so I thought it was going to be, like, True Life,” Sinclair said, according to Us Weekly. “In retrospect, had we been exposed to reality TV the way that we have now, but in a way, that’s what’s made Laguna Beach so iconic because we really went in with no expectations, having no idea what we were doing.” ALSO: Jason Wahler says Laguna Beach and The Hills fame led to his struggles with substance abuse.
The Home Improvement alum has been charged with strangulation and coercion, which are both felonies, and six misdemeanors stemming from last week's alleged attack on his girlfriend in Oregon. TMZ reports that "Zachery's girlfriend told cops he woke her up, pulled her out of bed by her hair and started beating her, all while shouting obscenities about missing cell phone chargers...She told cops Zachery had become physically abusive toward her in the last month, and it reached a head last Friday when he allegedly punched and slapped her in the head and face multiple times. She also claims he choked her to the point she thought she was going to suffocate, and put his knee into the back of her neck."
What if Casey Becker had lived?
"Look closely and you may find a clue," says Netflix.
The NBC News White House correspondent drew widespread and bipartisan praise from liberals and conservatives, including from President Trump himself. First presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace said he was "jealous" of how well Welker's debate went. “I would have liked to have been able to moderate that debate and to get a real exchange of views instead of hundreds of interruptions," he said on Fox News. Vice presidential debate moderator Susan Page, who like Wallace was criticized for failing to reign in the candidates, tweeted: "Kudos to @kwelkernbc for a job well done tonight, and a service to our nation." "In a high-stakes debut overseeing a presidential debate — taking charge of a candidate matchup that proved a bucking bronco for the previous moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News — Ms. Welker, an NBC anchor and correspondent, managed to restore order to a quadrennial institution that some believed could not be tamed,' says The New York Times' Michael M. Grynbaum. "No doubt, she benefited from Trump 2.0: A calmer president arrived onstage Thursday, a contrast with the candidate who derailed the proceedings in Cleveland last month. And she had a technological assist in the form of muted microphones, a novelty installed to keep the exchanges between Mr. Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., from going from civics to chaos. But in a poised and crisp performance, Ms. Welker, 44, succeeded where Mr. Wallace was walloped. Battle tested by years of covering the Trump White House, she parried with the president and cut him off as needed; Mr. Trump, eager to shed voters’ memories of his unruly performance last month, mostly acquiesced. Ms. Welker, the first Black woman to moderate a general-election presidential debate since Carole Simpson of ABC in 1992, entered the evening facing an onslaught of attacks from Mr. Trump, who this week called her 'terrible.' His aides dredged up her parents’ political donations in an effort to accuse her of bias; a photograph of her with Barack Obama at a White House holiday party emerged on right-wing websites. (Her attendance at Mr. Trump’s equivalent party in 2017 went unmentioned.) Little of the pressure showed onscreen. Ms. Welker was polite but firm in guiding the discussion, offering chances for brief rebuttals but also taking control when the candidates threatened to go on a harangue, repeatedly urging, 'We need to move on.'" Vox's Dylan Matthews added: "Moderating a debate with as mendacious a liar as Trump is almost impossibly difficult, and Welker wasn’t perfect at holding him to account. But she did quite well overall, and managed to perform in a way that both Biden and Trump supporters agreed was fair — an almost miraculous achievement."
# TOPICS: Kristen Welker, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Brian Williams, Chris Wallace, Joe Biden, Rachel Maddow, Susan Page, 2020 Presidential Election, Commission on Presidential Debates, NBC News, Trump Presidency
"Holy smoke! When the president posted the raw video (Thursday) morning, three days before the 60 Minutes segment was set to air, I could scarcely contain my excitement," says Timothy Noah. "But the interview did not live up to its putative victim’s billing. Stahl announced at the outset, 'I’m not gonna fact-check you,' and she kept her word. She showed little evidence of adequate preparation. Though she occasionally challenged certain things Trump said, she demonstrated insufficient command of the facts, and of Trump’s past statements, to hold Trump properly accountable. I take no pleasure in writing this. We all have bad days. And Stahl has always been a hero of mine, going back to her beginnings, during CBS News’s glory days, as a bulldog reporter on the Watergate scandal. It’s doubtful she got taken by surprise. We all know Trump is a firehose of misinformation, and Stahl in particular has always been savvy about the ways presidents manipulate the press."
Seemingly every big-name celebrity was attached to a Quibi show, from Dwayne Johnson to Steven Spielberg to Liam Hemsworth to Kevin Hart and Reese Witherspoon -- who reportedly earned $6 million to narrate a nature dosuseries. Even Chrissy's Court star Chrissy Teigen couldn't drive her nearly 33 million Instagram followers to subscribe to Quibi. Vulture's Josef Adalian says Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg may have misunderstood the value of celebrities these days. "Even if there may be some place for so-called 'premium' short-form, I still wonder if Katzenberg also fundamentally misread how folks under 35 — and maybe all of us — think of programming these days," says Adalian. "The idea that 'name' talent, either in front of or behind the camera, matters anywhere near as much today as it did even ten years ago may simply be wrong. Sure, celebrities still draw attention and bring eyeballs to projects, but we also live in a world where an Idaho skateboarder lip-syncing to 'Dreams' on TikTok can become a star overnight, inspire dozens of copycats, and put Fleetwood Mac back in the Billboard Top 10. Audiences will of course always crave movies as big as Avengers or TV shows as lavish as The Crown. But there is now a massive supply of traditional-length 'premium' TV programming and an even bigger array of massively compelling DIY short-form content on which audiences can feast. Katzenberg’s notion that he needed to bring his Hollywood wizardry to that latter category, when audiences seem quite happy with the no-frills versions of Quibi (TikTok, Snapchat Originals) that already exist, may well end up being his idea’s true fatal flaw. In that way, Quibi really was the New Coke of the streaming age: A product not enough real people wanted, a solution to a problem that didn’t really exist."
"On Tuesday, Jimmy Kimmel—once a gleeful misogynist on The Man Show, now the fully absolved comedian host of the late night television program, Jimmy Kimmel Live—interviewed Blackpink, the biggest girl group on the planet that just so happens to be headquartered in South Korea," says Maria Sherman. "Kimmel’s segment is a masterclass in condescension; it might be the most atrociously American conversation that I’ve seen with a K-pop act to date. It is so bad, it is essentially a guide to 'what not to do' when interviewing an act from a non-Anglophonic country. Kimmel begins the conversation by saying, 'Do you know I speak Korean?' in clunky Korean as a joke, an icebreaker. Fine, but he repeats the bit throughout the Q&A, placing emphasis on different syllables each time. At first, it reads like a lazy joke on his meager language skills, but with each butchered repetition, the Korean language becomes the joke. After switching to English for foundational questions like, 'Are you able to leave your homes, or would you get mobbed by fans?' and 'Why did you decide to call the band Blackpink?' Kimmel decides to return again to language, speaking slowly and a little too loudly, as if interrogating a small child." Sherman adds: "Maybe the easiest solve is to simply treat K-pop musicians like all other musicians interviewed. Just a thought!"
Former The Terror Showrunner Soo Hugh's adaptation of Min Jin Lee's acclaimed novel, to be told in Korean, Japanese and English, will star Min Ho Lee as an enigmatic outsider and merchant with ties to organized crime who embarks on an illicit romance with far-reaching consequences. He'll be joined by Jin Ha as Solomon, Minha Kim as Sunja, Anna Sawai as Naomi, Soji Arai as Mosazu and Kaho Minami as Etsuko. Production across multiple continents is set to begin on Oct. 26.
Garcia, who also created NBC's My Name is Earl, is teaming with his The Millers colleague Chadd Gindin documentary-style comedy revolving around Clive Kensington, "a critically unacclaimed shockumentarian, who investigates where our country is headed by spending each season embedded in a different part of the American Experience," per Deadline. "Up first is the American family, where Clive will finally answer the question we’ve all been asking, 'Family, are they worth it?'"
Elise, whose last appearance on the Fox drama was four years before Alba's 90210 guest stint, has expressed regret for her comments on The Beverly Hills, 90210 Podcast accusing Alba of lying about being told not to make eye contact when she guested on the show in 1998. "That whole ‘don’t make eye contact’ (claim) is — I’m gonna call it what it is — it’s a f*cking lie," she said on the podcast. Elise later issued a statement on Instagram, saying of Alba: "First of all—I have never met her but have always admired her work. I am certain she is a lovely woman...Secondly, anyone who knows me at all knows that I swear with unapologetic abandon, so quotes read without tone of voice can be misinterpreted and seem more angry than they ever were." Elise added that what Alba said didn't reflect the set she worked on.
The Lost alum will recur as Limbrey, "a compelling woman with a level of toxicity and menace underneath her seemingly courteous ways," according to Deadline. Mitchell's last major TV role was on The Expanse.
Francis hasn't been on Fox News since Oct. 7. A Fox News spokesperson wouldn't comment on her status, but said she was still an employee. One person close to Francis, however, tells the Los Angeles Times' Stephen Battaglio that she has been fired. "Francis had been working at Fox News without a contract for nearly a year," reports Battaglio. "She had filed a gender-based pay discrimination claim against the company that has been in arbitration, according to one person familiar with the proceedings. The complaint said Francis was underpaid compared with her male colleagues. A Fox News representative would not comment on the matter, saying it was confidential. Francis did not respond to a request for comment."
“We wear these little tracers in our clothes that will tell us how long we spend in proximity to another tracer,” says Reedus of his recent return to the AMC series, adding: "We're being super safe. There's a ton of rules now. Everybody's masked up or has shields on. I have a big scar on my face so that this mask doesn't work, so I wear the shield everybody else wears masks. “They take our temperature right off the bat. We get tested three times a week. We do the rapid testing.”
"Given the chaos of 2020, it’s been harder to relax when I watch The Office," says Sarah Rosenthal. "Dwight’s worries about grandiose threats, emergency preparedness, and flashy displays of dominance seemed hilariously exaggerated in 2005. Now, his toxic masculinity doesn’t lend itself to humor in the same way. He’s an exaggeration of what was always there, simmering beneath the surface of our workplaces; he’s a man worried about others who don’t look or sound like him taking what he assumes to be his. The hum of energy he emits onscreen hits differently now. Yes, Dwight is a fictional character. His politics aren’t a direct corollary to Trumpism. And his character is just one of many aspects of The Office that make the show a product of the ’00s — Steve Carell has cited these elements as a reason why the show shouldn’t be rebooted in the way many other classic TV shows have. But I can’t help wondering what Dwight would look like in the year 2020. It isn’t difficult to imagine him getting fired for harassing women in the office or making professional decisions about co-workers based on race or ethnicity or sexuality. I suspect he’d vote for Trump or become a follower of QAnon. I fear he’d be one of the many who stock up on assault weapons after mass shootings. I wonder if he’d be one of the Proud Boys that President Trump told to 'stand back and stand by' in the first presidential debate."
"John Cena did the stunt right, but we prepped for the stunt wrong," Andre explained to Jimmy Kimmel, showing him a clip of Cena throwing him into a bookcase. "That metal came over and clocked me in the head, and I got concussed," Andre explained of the scene. "I got concussed, and I went to the hospital ... immediately."
The Emmy-winning former Sopranos writer is adapting the 2003 book Friends of the Family: The Inside Story of the Mafia Cops Case telling the true story of a pair of NYPD detectives who secretly worked for the mafia. Former NYPD Detective Tommy Dades, who co-wrote the book with former Brooklyn prosecutor Mike Vecchione and David Fisher, will work on the untitled series with Winter. This is the second mob drama Winter has in the works.
For the week after its many Emmys at the Primetime Emmys, Schitt's Creek placed fifth on Nielsen's Streaming Top 10 list.
“This is 100 percent untrue,” her longtime publicist Elana Rose said of the OK Magazine report. “She’s a huge fan of the Housewives and everyone knows Tyra is a businesswoman first. As a businesswoman, why would she say anything against the Housewives? She has nothing to do with casting.”
"We are sorry to say that Martin is seriously unwell with Covid-19 related complications," said a BBC spokesperson of Bashir, who currently works as BBC News' religion editor. "Everyone at the BBC is wishing him a full recovery. We’d ask that his privacy, and that of his family, is respected at this time.” The British journalist is famous for his interviews with Princess Diana and Michael Jackson. Bashir resigned from MSNBC in 2013 after getting suspended for suggesting on-air that someone should defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth.
"It's definitely one of our better singing vocal seasons, and a lot of us are wondering if that has something to do (with the fact that) there was no audience and maybe the singers could actually hear themselves better without the crowd," says executive producer Audrey Morrissey. "I'll tell you that the coaches commented that they felt they could hear the singing better, which makes sense because they didn't have the audience." ALSO: The Voice's return offers comfort food amid COVID uncertainty.
Adele filmed her promos with Kate McKinnon and musical guest H.E.R.
The animated series revolving around "a diverse, deeply brave crew of ragtag soldiers become some of the most heroic fighters of the European invasion in World War II" premieres Nov. 11.
The four-part docuseries, premiering Nov. 15, will delve into Ronald and Nancy Reagan's time in the White House.