The Saved by the Bell alum has landed a new TV role one month after Fox canceled his vampire drama The Passage. In a recasting, Gosselaar will replace Anders Holm as the father of 12-year-old Bow, played by Arica Himmel. Holm played young Bow's dad in a Black-ish backdoor pilot episode for Mixed-ish that was originally supposed to air last season. Instead, the episode will air with Gosselaar next season. In Mixed-ish, Tracee Ellis Ross' Black-ish matriarch recounts growing up when her "parents Paul (Gosselaar) and Alicia (Tika Sumpter) decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family," according to Deadline. "As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white." Gosselaar happens to be "mixed-ish" himself, with Dutch and Indonesian heritage.
"Probably the most important episode of #Riverdale we’ll do this year, if not ever," creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted on Wednesday, showing the title page for the Oct. 9 season premiere that he wrote. "A tribute to our fallen friend. Thankful for this opportunity to honor Luke & Fred."
"So, outside of marriage and kids the greatest moment of my life will air tomorrow, DAY DRINKING WITH RIHANNA!!!" Seth Meyers wrote on Instagram. "Right now we are shooting @sethmeyers and @rihanna day drinking," tweeted Late Night executive producer Mike Shoemaker. "Yes RIHANNA. It airs Thursday night on @LateNightSeth and they are druuuunk." Amber Ruffin added: "They’re sh*t-faced, y’all."
"You already know that Chernobyl was beautifully crafted TV. What you might not have heard is how the show exposed a vulnerability in Russia’s propaganda machine — one that has existed for a long time, but is looking especially fragile these days," says Georgy Birger. "That vulnerability is connected to what stirred Russian viewers the most about Chernobyl: that an English-language production for an American network got to write Russian history so powerfully. Many Russian viewers admitted HBO did a better job than Russian filmmakers would; one even noted that the first time he had seen people placing flowers by Moscow’s monument to the Chernobyl liquidators was after the show came out. His tweet was liked 18,000 times. A lot of Russians felt this way — they saw the show as a powerful tribute to the bravery of the liquidators, a point repeated in almost all reviews in independent Russian publications." The power of HBO's Chernobyl, Birger notes, is why Russia views the HBO miniseries as if it were a foreign threat, telling Russians it is full of gaffes and inaccuracies. "But Russia talks to the outside world in a different voice," Birger notes, "and external Russian propaganda offered a different take. Russia Today praised the show’s artistic virtues, and was just a little upset at the lack of its full authenticity. Russia Beyond, the cultural subsidiary of RT, commended Chernobyl in all aspects in one article, and cautiously picked on a few details in another, still ending up with a positive evaluation. The irony here is that a show about narratives, and the way they can turn sour, caused Russia’s own narrative machine to reveal some of its many contradictions." ALSO: A perfect storm made Chernobyl a hit -- even The Chernobyl Podcast has benefitted with 6.5 million downloads.
A new run of episodes of the improv comedy series will begin airing on VH1 on Sunday, July 7. Wild 'N Out is also getting its own channel on Pluto TV, the live television service acquired by Viacom earlier this year.
Burns' 2012 Peabody-winning PBS documentary on the five youths accused of raping a jogger in Central Park, which is currently available on Amazon Prime Video, is nearly identical to the Ava DuVernay's Netflix series depiction. "But as far as I can tell, no one accused this documentary of telling a false story," says Anna Menta, noting how prosecutor Linda Fairstein has declared the Netflix series to be full of lies.
"It zaps the viewer awake, reminding us that watching is never neutral," Parul Sehgal says of Fleabag's flirtation with viewers, making them complicit in her self-destruction. "When characters are primarily oriented to the camera, not to one another or themselves, it alters not only the rhythm of the scenes but the very aspects of the characters we are allowed to see. We don’t see private lives, not really," says Sehgal. "We see characters with their volume turned up, performing with the avid, slightly brittle affect of people at a party, people who know they are being watched and who take an active, carnivorous interest in watching one another. Certainly we take a carnivorous interest in them. Fandom and television are tightly entwined; showrunners play to viewers and to the internet’s appetite for dissection. Fleabag cleverly holds up a mirror to the way we watch now."
"For a show that spends so much of its time weighing the consequences of the pain that humans can cause themselves, each other, and the world around them, Yellowstone can be pretty funny when it wants to be," Steve Greene says of the Paramount Network series, returning for Season 2 on Wednesday. "It’s one example of how, when the Paramount Network series hits pause on its tortured meditations on political power and leaden family drama, there’s a wealth of potential that lies just beneath the surface. Season 2 returns with a slightly better understanding of what it can do within its confines, but this is still a show with a mammoth to-do list. It’s a size befitting of the wide-open backdrop it’s set against and one that leads to a still-overstuffed drama of all kinds, even if more of it clicks after some time away."
Despite the demands of The Daily Show, Noah has found time to write a bestselling book and perform standup around the country (and world). He also has film, TV and digital projects in the works thanks to his production company. Noah also started a podcast in April. As The Hollywood Reporter's Lacey Rose writes in a profile of Noah: "He has made time to assemble a roster of mentors and advisers, from whom he's carefully collected morsels of wisdom. It was Jay Leno, for instance, who told Noah to never stop touring ('Once you lose that muscle,' the former Tonight Show host said, 'you may not be able to get it back') and Chris Rock who advised not to tour too much ('If you want to be a great comedian, you've got to live life, too'). Dave Chappelle told him a lot of people can be funny but few can be interesting ('So don't forget to share who you are and your mind with the audience'), and Jerry Seinfeld said to care a little less about fitting in ('Once you're in, you're too afraid of being kicked out to make jokes'). None was as impactful as British comic Eddie Izzard, however, who was the first to urge Noah to mine his own often unbelievable life story. 'If I were you,' he said, 'that's all I'd be talking about.'"
With just five episodes, HBO's Chernobyl offered a relief from streaming bloat. Why has TV become so bloated? Blame the collapse of the movie industry, says Emily Todd VanDerWerff. "Today, the kinds of mid-budget movies that used to lure adults into the theater are increasingly consigned to streaming services and cable networks," says VanDerWerff. "And because the success of those services often depends on how much time they can get you to spend watching them, they stretch out too many of these stories like taffy if they can. This approach has essentially collapsed TV storytelling and film storytelling into one another, creating shows that are neither here nor there, trying to take three-hour stories and stretch them out over six hours, or eight, or 10...But the problem comes when you don’t shift your story to accommodate the fact that it’s now being told on television, which leads to lots and lots (and lots!) of series that clearly originated as two-to-three hour movies but were subsequently stretched out for no discernible reason. Too few of these projects think about the fundamentals of television. Too many simply try to tell one story over as long a period of time as possible."
Wigs can get pricey on a show like Russian Doll, where Natasha Lyonne uses her own hair but her stunt doubles must wear wigs resembling her curly red mop. The best-case scenario for TV's best wigs, says Kathryn VanArendonk, is "that they are never recognized for what they are. In most cases, a wig that any viewer realizes is a wig is a failed wig, and TV is full of wigs that look much, much too wiggy. But the reason bad wigs are so easy to find is that good wigs are so hard to pull off. They are expensive, time-consuming, and finicky. They can present just as many challenges several years into a production as they can right when that production starts. They have to withstand all kinds of shooting challenges — wrestling, tumbling, hair-pulling. And they almost always cause problems along the hairline. Bad wigs on TV are so prevalent because good wigs are exercises in endless patience, minute attention to detail, and massive budgets. Really great wigs are akin to miracles." Unfortunately, not every TV show can afford expensive custom TV wigs.
Lathan made the announcement during a panel last week at the American Black Film Festival, according to BlackFilm.com.
"It was a much bigger sequence than we shot," says director Miguel Sapochnik in an interview on the Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. "And there were many things that happened that people would've been so happy to have happen, attacks of direwolves, crazy stuff," he said. "At some point you're like, 50 direwolves attacking an undead dragon does not a good movie make." ALSO: Jacob Anderson confirms Tragic Grey Worm Theory.
Before Mock signed a deal making her the first transgender person to land full creative control within a major content company, she explained how Murphy used "showrunning as advocacy" in making her a writer, producer and director on Pose. “From the very first conversation I had with Ryan…the first difficult conversation we had was about — ‘Why you? Why are you choosing to do the show?,'” Mock told Indiewire last month. “I asked him that, and he was very sincere, and he said, ‘The reason I’m doing this show is this internal thing that I’ve been saying to myself – using showrunning as advocacy.'”
Mult-Purpose Chart (sic), Dolby Vision Cert Tests and Moving Art are among the weirdest programming on the streaming service.
The streaming service is specifically developing the author's summer romance novels set in Nantucket: The Identicals, The Blue Bistro and The Matchmaker.
Guatemalan-born Broad City and Narcos actor Arturo Castro is able to show his comedy range on his new Comedy Central sketch show that originated as a web series. "There’s something extremely cathartic about watching a Latinx comedian get his own platform to do as he pleases, ripping cliches in the entertainment industry and beyond with invigorating vehemence," says Caroline Framke. "With his new Comedy’s Central sketch show Alternatino, Arturo Castro has the rare opportunity to tell his own story and skewer the inevitably cringe-inducing perceptions of it, and he seizes it with palpable gusto." Yet Framke adds: "By all rights, Alternatino should not be TV’s only sketch comedy show fronted by a Latinx actor; it’s just too much pressure, and you can feel the show straining underneath it while also trying to make fun of it. Still, Castro and company are more than game to try, and the moments when they pull it off are worth the effort."
Tarell Alvin McCraney, who won an Oscar for co-writing Moonlight, has a new series coming Aug. 14 that is very much in the vein of Barry Jenkins' Academy Award Best Picture winner. David Makes Man follows a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects, played by Akili McDowell, who must chose between the streets and higher education that will pave the way for a future career.
The Modern Family star will succeed Ty Pennington, who hosted the home makeover reality show when it aired on ABC from 2003 to 2012. “I was so inspired by the original series and now I can’t wait to help families as the new host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” Ferguson said in a statement. In a video posted on Twitter, he called Extreme Makeover: Home Edition "the most iconic, life-changing home-makeover show in the history of TV." HGTV, which has yet to announce the rest of the cast, will air the revival reality show in early 2020. “Jesse’s participation as host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is one of the ways that HGTV will put its own creative lens on the series,” said HGTV president Jane Latman. “We’ll make some variations to creative aspects of the show, but it will always deliver the great storytelling that made it one of the most iconic and successful properties in television. Jesse’s a funny guy, with a warm, caring nature who will help us find the humor and joy in every situation, so that will make this a unique viewing experience for everyone.”
The Adam Levine-produced songwriting reality competition premiered three weeks ago, yet it already has several singles that rank high on the iTunes charts. Last night's episode gave the Jonas Brothers a new single, "Greenlight," that became a hit as of this morning. Last week, Kelsea Ballerini found a hit in “Better Luck Next Time.” ALSO: Songland's ratings improve after two weeks of decline.
The 1980s-set Gone Hollywood, from Terriers creator Ted Griffin, revolves around a group of talent agents who defect to form their own agency, "which skyrockets to industry dominance, disrupting the business and changing the industry forever," according to FX. The potential series will mix real-life entertainment figures and events with fictional protagonists. Gone Hollywood will reunite Coster-Waldau with Pryce, who played the High Sparrow on Game of Thrones.
The Lost alum will recur on the just-ordered Season 3 as Roarke Carter, a "handsome, charming, shaggy-haired hedge fund manager with ambitious plans in Montana."
Singer-songwriter Heidi Merrill has filed a lawsuit against Underwood over the country music star's new NBC Sunday Night Football theme song that premiered last year. Merrill alleges she wrote and recorded an identically-titled track in 2016 that she pitched to Underwood and her producer, Mark Bright, in 2017. Bright told Merrill through an assistant that he'd "have to pass." According to Billboard, Merrill argues in her lawsuit that Underwood's "Game On" is "substantially -- even strikingly -- similar, if not identical," to her song, in title as well as tempo, meter, time signature, hooks, chord progression and other specifics.
The post-apocalyptic drama series, taking place six years after a brutal virus carried by the rain wipes out almost all humans in Scandinavia, was Netflix's first Danish original series when it premiered in 2017 (2018 in the U.S.).
The Oscar-winning actress will voice the pivotal character of Lady Whistledown in the Untitled Bridgerton Project, an eight-episode Shondaland period drama set between 1813 and 1827 in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society. The series, from Scandal writer Chris Van Dusen, is based on author Julia Quinn's bestselling eight-book Bridgerton series. According to Deadline, "Andrews will lend her voice to Lady Whistledown. Anonymous to readers, this mysterious, sharp-tongued gossip writer uses a curious mix of social commentary and scathing insult to send the season of 1813’s ton into an all-out frenzy."
The Gone Girl actress will play Moiraine, a member of the powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, on the series based on Robert Jordan's bestselling fantasy novels of the same name set in a world where magic exists, but only certain women are allowed to access it. According to Variety, "the story follows Moiraine as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, a powerful individual who will either save humanity or destroy it."
The Kevin Costner-led western drama will be back for a 10-episode Season 3 in 2020. Yellowstone's second season premiere airs tonight. The early pickup comes after Yellowstone became a breakout hit last year for the rebranded Paramount Network.
“I’m trying to explain why 2020 is not in the bag for you,” McCain scolded Behar during this morning's conversation about President Trump's 2020 re-election kickoff last night. “Being the sacrificial Republican every day... I’m just trying to—don’t feel bad for me, b*tch. I’m paid to do this, OK? Don’t feel bad for me."
The Uma Thurman-led supernatural horror thriller was given the axe just 56 days after its premiere. Netflix hasn't canceled a show this quickly since Naomi Watts' Gypsy, which was dumped 50 days after its premiere in 2017. Chambers might have been canceled because it was bad and nobody watched, says Stuart Heritage. "But the fact that it happened so quickly is still a surprise," he adds. "This never used to be Netflix’s style. Quite the opposite, in fact; it wasn’t such a long time ago that Netflix gained a reputation as the least ruthless content provider around. This was the platform, remember, that gave three entire seasons to Hemlock Grove and Bloodline, and two seasons to Flaked. It was the platform that let Chelsea rumble on for 120 episodes. Nobody asked for those shows. Few people liked those shows. But Netflix renewed them anyway. In fairness, it has got a little more ruthless of late. Now it doesn’t even wait until people are sick of its shows before binning them off. The abrupt cancellations of Sense8, Santa Clarita Diet and One Day at a Time provoked all kinds of appalled fan reactions. But still, hacking down a new show before it has a chance to find a proper audience seems quite callous. Worse, it seems like the sort of thing Prime Video would do."
The Julianna Margulies-led limited series on the Ebola virus outbreak was a such a ratings and critical hit that National Geographic has begun discussions to bring The Hot Zone back to explore another health crisis. "Talks are still in early stages but I hear the idea is for each season to look at a different health-related crisis where science is a big factor in finding a solution to potential epidemic or public panic," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "I hear producers are zeroing in on the post-9/11 anthrax crisis as topic of the potential second installment." No word if any of the original cast members would return for another season.
In signing a three-year deal with Netflix, the Pose writer, director and producer will become the first out transgender woman empowered to call the creative shots at a major content company.
Former SNL writer/cast member Tim Robinson's critically acclaimed sketch comedy series will return in 2020.
"How do you keep a TV serial going past its fourth season?" says James Poniewozik, offering a TV critic's perspective of last night's rally in Orlando. "You reinvent, or you repeat. You find a new story, or you bring back old reliable villains who seemed to have been written off. The Donald J. Trump re-election kickoff rally Tuesday, at the Amway Center in Orlando, was an attempt to recreate the media-dominating phenomenon of four years ago. Like many an ongoing series later in its run, it was a bigger-budget operation, the production more lavish, the set physically larger. But, filled with callbacks, fan favorites and references to moments from its first season, it was more rerun than re-imagination."
The Television Critics Association has announced its nominees with Pose and Russian Doll leading all other shows with four nominations each. HBO led all networks with a total of 15, edging out Netflix by just one nomination. The TCA Awards will be handed out at a private ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 3.
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette creator responded on Twitter to viewers' annoyance over the unusual clip show/Q&A in the middle of Monday's episode. "More gigantic ratings for #TheBachelorette last night. And that was our weakest episode of the season. Now things get really, really good!!!" he tweeted, adding in another tweet: "We’ll make it up to you next Monday!!!" ALSO: The Bachelor's Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici are expecting their third child.
CBS is the first network to sign a pledge with the Ruderman Family Foundation to audition more actors with disabilities. The organization pushes for the inclusion of people with disabilities. CBS' NCIS: New Orleans is one of four series to get the foundation's seal of authentic representation with the casting of paralyzed actor Daryl Mitchell. “The Ruderman Family Foundation commends CBS for its leadership in becoming the first major media company to pledge to audition actors with disabilities for roles in their productions,” Foundation president Jay Ruderman said in a statement. “It is our hope that other major media companies will follow their lead and foster opportunities that will lead to more authentic representation of people with disabilities in popular entertainment. Enhanced visibility of disability on screen will help reduce stigmas people with disabilities face in everyday life.
"It’s expected. I just don’t think it’s that much, it’s not a big deal to me," she said of Trump still thinking the five youths were guilty. “There’s nothing that he says or does in relation to this case, in relation to the lives of five people of color, that really has any weight to it or truth to it."
Thorne made a teary video responding to Goldberg's assertion on Monday's edition of The View that celebrities should know better than to take naked selfies in the first place. Goldberg was responding to Thorne's decision to post nude selfies after they were hacked. "Dear whoopi, I have loved u for so long but honestly I’m so displeased and sadden by your response to my leek (sic),” the 21-year-old Thorne wrote on her Instagram story along with an emotional video aimed at Goldberg. “Blaming girls for taking the photo in the first place? Is sick and honestly disgusting. So what a girl can’t send her boyfriend that she misses photos of her that are sexy? Things he’s already seen?”
The Stranger Things star's mockumentary Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein revolves around Harbour uncovering his father’s televised stage play about the monster of the monster of Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein isn't a Halloween special -- it's coming out on July 16.
Episodes alum Daisy Haggard is returning to Showtime with her BBC3 comedy Back to Life, which she stars in and co-wrote. Haggard plays a woman who has spent 18 years in prison, who "stumbles back" to her hometown while her past looms large. Back to Life premieres Oct. 6.
Holzhauer's $1,109.14 donation is a nod to the birthday of his daughter Natasha, who made a "get well soon" card for Trebek.
Kidnapped is the first Lifetime movie under the "Robin Roberts Presents" banner. Nash will co-star with Rayven Symone Ferrell and Ta’Rhonda Jones in the true story "of a young woman who discovers at age 18, she was abducted as a baby and the family she knew to be hers, wasn’t hers at all," according to Deadline. "The film will be followed by a companion documentary featuring the real-life people depicted in the movie." “I’m thrilled to share this young woman’s story and produce something so poignant for the Lifetime audience,” said Roberts. “I can’t imagine anyone else tackling the complex role of Gloria than Niecy Nash. She’s a talented and versatile actress and I can’t wait to see it all come together.”
The series based on the Alduous Huxley novel has rounded out its cast with Pitch alum Bunbury, The Originals vet Morgan, Origin's Sen Mitsuji, Killing Eve's Nina Sosanya and Killjoys’ Hannah John-Kamen. The join stars Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay and Harry Lloyd.
"This Week at the Comedy Cellar captures the essence of what it’s really like in this iconic comedy club on a night-to-night basis, giving fans of stand-up across the country a window into that experience,” the cable network said in a statement announcing the renewal.
The Netflix dramedy drops its third season on Aug. 2.
Page Six reports Lindsay Lohan's MTV reality show will not be back for a second season while her Mykonos nightclub where the show was set has been shuttered. MTV has yet to confirm the cancelation, but Lohan's rep says "she is not doing another season." Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club premiered in January to decent ratings, but viewership quickly plummeted. A source tells Page Six that the show didn't have "enough drama." A Season 2 idea revolving around Lohan's mother Dina and sister Ali was kicked around, the source ways, but "that wasn’t going to happen.” Another source tells Page Six that MTV is still trying to salvage the show. Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club debuted to disappointing reviews, with The Hollywood Reporter calling it "vapid and tedious."
The Once Upon a Time alum has been cast in a "major recurring role," reports TVLine. Details of her role is being kept under wraps, but she'll have a "substantial" presence on the NBC drama next season. Morrison recently starred in the CBS medical drama pilot Under the Bridge, which wasn't picked up to series. ALSO: Here's who Morrison could be playing.
Netflix said the supernatural horror drama series that premiered in April starring Thurman and Tony Goldwyn won't be back for a second season.
Since Bee's Full Frontal premiered in February 2016, she has seen the cancelations of talk shows hosted by Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, Robin Thede, Michelle Wolf and, most recently, Busy Philipps. “It doesn’t fill my heart with gladness that Busy was canceled, Michelle Wolf’s show is gone, Sarah Silverman’s show is gone," she tells Variety. "It’s not great.” Bee is the lone woman standing in late-night for now, until Lilly Singh's NBC late-night talk show debuts this fall. “I do think the networks probably didn’t give them enough chance to find their sea legs,” says Bee. “They were good shows, they were moving forward, they were growing. It takes a while to grow an audience. It truly does… they just needed more time. In the late night space, it takes awhile to properly grow your audience. There are a lot of options out there and you just need to be patient with it. And let it grow and let it find its people. When you cut it off prematurely, it’s really unfortunate.” ALSO: Bee has a released a series of For Your Consideration videos to make Emmy voters feel comfortable voting for her.
The president was asked today if he'd apologize over the 1989 case that has made headlines since Netflix's When They See Us premiered on May 31. Trump took out a full-page ad in four newspapers in 1989 calling for the suspects to be executed. “Why do you bring that question up now? It’s an interesting time to bring it up,” responded Trump. (It's unclear if he's even aware of Ava DuVernay's miniseries.) “You have people on both sides of that," Trump added. "They admitted their guilt. If you look at Linda Fairstein and if you look at some of the prosecutors, they think the city should have never settled that case. So, we’ll leave it at that.”
The Zachary Levi-hosted awards show fell from 3.08 million across all Viacom channels last year to 1.8 million this year. Among young viewers, ratings dropped 46%. On MTV alone, the MTV Movie & TV Awards attracted just 434,000 viewers — less than half the 903,000 who watched on MTV last year.
Mediaite reports that a massive chant of "CNN sucks!" broke out this evening as the president called out "fake news."
"Across all entertainment programming this season, Jeopardy! holds four of the top ten’s highest audiences which includes episodes of 60 Minutes and Big Bang Theory finale as well as the Game of Thrones series finale," according to Deadline.
Charisma Carpenter, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, J. August Richards and James Marsters have signed on for a panel in October celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff. But Boreanaz's name is noticeably absent. In a March appearance on The Talk, Boreanaz hinted there would be some kind of 20th-anniversary reunion. “We’re coming up on our 20 years,” he said. “That’s amazing to have been blessed with a show like that. That’s really where I started my gig in this acting world. I love that character. So I will say there may be something coming up. I don’t want to give away a lot. It’s 20 years coming up this fall, and we may have something in the works.”
The British broadcast channel is making it a requirement that all of the networks' commissioned shows have female writers. "I won’t commission anything with an all-male writing team,” said ITV head of comedy Saskia Schuste.
While the crew is mic'd-up, the high winds and saltwater conditions aren't suitable for capturing sounds like waves or crab pots smashing into the deck. So the Discovery Channel reality show show has to rely on sound editors to create those sounds in post-production.
The hit British ITV reality dating show, whose American remake debuts on CBS on July 9, is known for being risqué, with females in thongs, rough language and games like contestants demonstrating favorite sexual positions that wouldn't pass muster on broadcast television. “We have to conform to broadcast standards, so what happens with language and — to some extent — what we see visually will be a little different because of the platform we’re on,” says executive producer David Eilenberg. Still, some risqué aspects will make it to CBS, such as a game where contestants are allowed to kiss pretty much every one of their potential partners. “There’s going to be a mix (of games) just as there is on the U.K. show,” Eilenberg says. “There are games that are meant to bond, games that are meant to spark attraction, and games that are just hilarious… The U.S. Islanders have seen the U.K. show, for the most part. They know what they’re walking into and are excited to do it.” Eilenberg adds: “CBS very much supports the show that’s been a hit elsewhere. We want to make sure the show is the show. It’s an aspirational, sexy, fun summer show. And the U.K. show has become less provocative and more broad appeal over time.”
After Dany makes the decision to destroy King's Landing in the penultimate "The Bells" episode, "at that point, you don’t need to see her,” says director Miguel Sapochnik. “We decided not to cut back to her. When she makes that decision, she and the dragon become one.” Sapochnik says the decision to focus all the action from down below was an attempt to "re-sensitize" the dragon's destruction. “This idea that every single person that dies in this story, every single person that is buried by rubble, every kid, that little girl, they are people, and they have mothers, and fathers, and lives, like us," he tells Indiewire. "They had aspirations and dreams, and they got cut short by this event. That feels like what we were trying to do there.” Sapochnik adds: “The destruction of King’s Landing, for me, has always been an audience participation event. You wanted this, you wanted this, you wanted this. Here. Is that really what you wanted? I felt like there was this thing of this bloodthirstiness that exists in the fans, for revenge, for this payback that is personified by Dany. I just wanted to get to the core of what that actually means. Because even though the characters that don’t exist in the end, what you’re looking for, as an audience member, is death and destruction. I wanted people to know how bad death and destruction can be in the safe environment they’re living in.” ALSO: Miguel Sapochnik admits he "wanted to kill everyone" at the Battle of Winterfell.
Netflix's serious comedy contenders include Russian Doll, Dead to Me and The Kominsky Method. Bodyguard, Ozark and Orange Is the New Black are serious drama contenders. But Netflix may have the biggest number of contenders in the variety special category with its overabundance of standup comedy specials.
"Between Renata (Laura Dern) screaming that she will not NOT be rich and Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) ranting about her distrust of short people, lost in the shuffle is that Big Little Lies Season 2 has a problem writing its women," says Kayla Cobb. She notes that while Big Little Lies has strong female characters, the show "has forgotten exactly how women talk to each other." "Even when it was at its most dramatic Big Little Lies’ first season understood how women communicated, likely by drawing so heavily from Liane Moriarty’s stellar novel of the same name," says Cobb, adding: "Somewhere over the past two years Big Little Lies has lost that nuance. This season’s most jarring moments are filled with bitter, direct confrontation...Most women aren’t that confrontational about complex emotions, especially not when they’re talking to a friend as important as Celeste is to Jane." Cobb wonders if the problem this year is creator David E. Kelley struggling to write for women without being able to pull dialogue directly from Moriary's book. ALSO: Yes, Young Sheldon's Iain Armitage also appears on Big Little Lies.
Why wasn't the new season of Charlie Brooker's Netflix series well-received? Emily Yoshida tries to get to the bottom of the negativity, writing: "Striking Vipers' is Black Mirror at full potential, potential it hasn’t always risen to, especially since coming under the Netflix umbrella. As an anthology show, Black Mirror is a mixed bag by design, and the sometimes dense amount of world-building and concept-introducing it has to do in an hour can verge on corny and/or blunt. But I find this more forgivable with Charlie Brooker’s show, which I see as something like a dramatic can opener — a tool which can be used either to access something previously hard to get at, or to bash someone over the head with. The bashing has tarnished its reputation over the last few seasons, but when it’s good — as I think the latest season mostly is — it feels indispensable."
"To watch The Bold Type is to both helplessly love it and to roll your eyes so hard you risk straining them," says Alissa Wilkinson. "Sometimes it feels incredibly aware of the world it exists in, particularly in episodes that reevaluate both the legacy of women’s magazines and the blind spots in the breeds of feminism they’ve typically promoted. And sometimes it seems to have veered off into the ozone." Last week's Season 3 finale, however, shows that the Freeform series is becoming serious about its setting in the media world.
One actor, Rob Morgan, has appeared in nine Netflix series and two films, including all of the streaming service's Marvel series. “It’s one of those things where I can walk the streets and people will run up to me and be like, ‘Wow, you’re the king of Netflix!’” says Morgan. “And I have to tell them, ‘I’m not the king of Netflix, Ted Sarandos is.’ And they’ll be like, ‘Ted who?’” Actors who appear in multiple Netflix shows and films include Julia Garner, June Diane Raphael, Keith Jardine, John Early, Will Arnett, Kerri Kenney-Silver, David Cross and Billy Magnussen.
"City on a Hill may not be a particularly novel or exceptional instance of the form, but it does seem like part of Showtime’s efforts to establish a presence in one of television’s most crowded spaces," says Alison Herman. "Showtime’s latest moves aren’t quite radical enough to call a rebrand, nor drastic enough to call much attention to themselves. But quietly, the channel is undergoing a version of the process many of its peers are undertaking in more dramatic fashion. There’s no playbook for thriving as a pay cable channel in 2019, so you might as well diversify and see what sticks."
Comedy Central has released a 13-minute mini-documentary capturing Abbi and Ilana's Broad City from web series to acclaimed comedy to emotional finale.