HBO said Maher is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic after testing positive during the premium cable network's weekly PCR testing ahead of Friday's live taping. Maher was scheduled to interview astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Hardcore History podcast host Dan Carlin and World War Z author Max Brooks. “The Friday, May 14th taping of Real Time with Bill Maher has been cancelled," said an HBO spokesperson. "Bill tested positive during weekly staff PCR testing for COVID. He is fully vaccinated and as a result is asymptomatic and feels fine. Real Time production has taken every precaution following COVID CDC guidelines. No other staff or crew members have tested positive at this time. The show will be rescheduled at a later date."
Season 23 of Big Brother will have a 90-minute live premiere, followed by Love Island's third season at 9:30 p.m.
The move to add a primetime footprint on Saturdays starting this fall marks the first time The CW will air original programming on all seven nights after launching in 2006. The CW's predecessors The WB and UPN also didn't program Saturdays. As part of the new arrangement, The CW will return five hours of daytime programming, specifically the 3 p.m. hour, to its affiliates. The CW will kick off its Saturday programming on Oct. 2 with the iHeartRadio Music Festival concert special. The CW will now have 14 hours of primetime programming per week, one hour fewer than Fox. “As The CW expands and thrives, so do our affiliate partners, and everyone sees the tremendous value and the clear excitement behind the opportunity to brand and identify as a seven night network on both a national and local level,” said Betty Ellen Berlamino, The CW's executive vice president of distribution at The CW. “The addition of more original programming to our Saturday primetime lineup coupled with our stations’ ability to now program the Monday through Friday daytime block is a win-win for all parties.”
The So You Think You Can Dance co-creator and judge is partnering with Triller Fight Club on a new unscripted competition series that "will pair a celebrity action star with a pro fighter, each who will select an amateur boxer through a global talent search and competition, along with audience voting and participation," per Variety. "The selected contestants will each go through rigorous mental and physical training, squaring off against each other with one winner for each category — lightweight, heavyweight and MMA. Each winner will go on to a pro bout on a Triller Fight Club main event that will launch their pro boxing career."
Two days after Mulaney's plan to divorce wife Anna Marie Tendler was revealed, People reports that the comedian and Munn are an item after meeting at a church in Los Angeles -- and five months after she tweeted support when he entered rehab last December. As Page Six reports, Mulaney actually asked Tendler for a divorce three months ago.
She'll play a hospital nursing director on the Hurricane Katrina limited series from John Ridley and Carlton Cuse.
HBO Max's May 27 reunion special will feature an "utterly confounding list of guest stars," from Yousafzai to Lady Gaga to Kit Harington. Jezebel weighs in on which celebrity guest-stars make sense, and which don't.
Musk was worth $166 billion last Saturday. But shares of Tesla have fallen 15% so far this week, lowering Musk’s net worth by $20.5 billion to $145.5 billion as of Thursday.
In an interview on Rob Lowe's Literally! podcast, Winfrey recalled asking Sally Field about her ex Burt Reynolds early on in her career. "My big mistake: I asked her, 'Does Burt sleep with his toupee on?'" Winfrey said. "I even say now, I cringe to even think that I asked that question. But I asked it because the producers are like, 'You have to ask, you have to ask, you have to ask. That's what everybody wants to know.' And so I asked it, and she went cold on me. She shut down, and I could not get in again."
The three reality shows are among 33 new unscripted NBC Universal shows across Bravo, E!, USA, Oxygen and Syfy. Summer House Winter Charm is a mashup of Southern Charm and Summer House. Kandi OLG Project will focus on Burruss’ expanding Atlanta restaurant project. And Below Deck Adventure is set in the “glacial fjords of Norway.”
After Floyd: The Year that Shook the World – A Soul of a Nation Special will air May 25, the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death. The Juneteenth special is scheduled for June 18.
NBC describes the The Kids Tonight Show, which Lorne Michaels will also produce, as "a sophisticated, elegantly produced late-night show in the vein of The Tonight Show - but it's hosted by kids, and kids are in charge of everything."
In Their Own Words has been ordered for a second season after its first season aired in 2015. "In Their Own Words explores the lives and impact of transformative figures in modern history, using a combination of interview, archive and animated content," per Deadline. "Each episode is described as 'an intimate journey into the lives and minds of some of the world’s most compelling men and women.'"
The cable network will keep MLB's Sunday Night Football games while exiting its weekday schedule as part of a seven-year deal worth $550 million per year.
Mason has been named the full-time president and CEO of the Recording Academy after taking over as interim head last year after his predecessor Deborah Dugan was ousted in the wake of making explosive claims about the organization. Mason successfully oversaw this year's well-received Grammys that took place amid the pandemic.
Dominic West and Andrew Scott also star in the BBC-Amazon period adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s classic novel that Emily Mortimer is writing and directing.
HBO Max released the first teaser for the long-delayed reunion featuring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, co-creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman and executive producer Kevin Bright. In addition to the Friends stars, the May 27 reunion will feature celebrity Friends fans and former Friends guest-stars and regulars, including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lady Gaga, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai. ALSO: Lisa Kudrow's son spent so much time on the Friends set growing up that he thought Jennifer Aniston was his mom.
The NBC News and MSNBC political correspondent, who broke out last year on Election Night, has signed a new multimillion-dollar four-year contract that will have him working across NBC Universal's news, sports and entertainment divisions. Kornacki will continue to spread his wings on NBC Sports' Football Night in America, Sunday Night Football and Triple Crown horse racing. He'll also be involved in Summer Olympics coverage and next year's Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Times also reports Kornacki will develop, produce and host a game show for Peacock. "A fan of Sale of the Century — a fast-paced show that mixed quiz questions with bargaining and shopping — Kornacki loves the genre," reports The Times' Stephen Battaglio. "He regularly donned a loud sports jacket for a ’70s-style game-show bit on the weekend MSNBC show he hosted several years ago, offering guests a prize of a $50 gift certificate redeemable at a food cart near Rockefeller Plaza." Kornacki says he'll also stick with his signature khaki pants. “I’ve been here seven years and there have been various attempts where they have said, ‘We’ve got to get you more to wear,’” he said. “As a consequence of COVID, there wasn’t a ton of adult supervision here last fall. There wasn’t anybody around to look at me and go, ‘Wait a minute. You’re going to go on the air looking like that?’”
Psych 3: This Is Gus will be the second film based on the cult USA series to premiere on Peacock.
Idol has been picked up for its fifth season at ABC and 20th season overall. Shark Tank will return for Season 13. America's Funniest Home Videos will be back for Season 32. And Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Supermarket Sweep will each return for Season 2.
In an interview with Today's Savannah Guthrie, DeGeneres continued to insist she isn't ending her show because of last summer's toxic workplace scandal -- though "I really did think about not coming back because…it was devastating." DeGeneres repeated that "If it was why I was quitting, I would have not come back this year." Guthrie asked DeGeneres if she thought she was being "canceled." “I really didn’t understand it," said DeGeneres. "I still don’t understand it. It was too orchestrated. It was too coordinated. People get picked on, but for four months straight for me. And then for me to read in the press about a toxic work environment, when all I’ve ever heard from every guest that comes on the show is what a happy atmosphere this is and what a happy place this is. I don’t know how I could have known when there’s 255 employees here and there are a lot of different buildings, unless I literally stay here until the last person goes home at night. It is my name on the show, so clearly it affects me and I have to be the one to stand up and say, ‘This can’t be tolerated.’ But I do wish somebody would have come to me and said, ‘Hey, something’s going on that you should know about.' She added: "How can I be an example of strength and perseverance and power if I give up and run away?” she said. “And so, it really is one of the reasons I came back. I worked really hard on myself. And also, I have to say if nobody else is saying it, it was really interesting because I’m a woman, and it did feel very misogynistic.”
“Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades," an NBC Universal source tells Page Six. “She’s top of the list to get a daytime show – she’s a fresh voice.” Haddish filled in on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last October and last month. Since DeGeneres owns her show's format, it's impossible to replace her show without an entirely new show.
They'll recur as the parents of Robinson's character, a 30-something podcast star navigating her messy life.
Original stars Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez will reprise their roles as sports agent Tasha Mack and football star Malik Wright in the 10-episode revival of the 2006-2015 The CW/BET series.
The series based on the Wondery podcast was originally announced as airing across NBC, USA and Peacock. Now it'll be exclusive for NBC Universal's streaming service. “Joe Exotic is shaping up to be a bold and provocative drama and perfectly suited for Peacock, where we can push the envelope and truly bring the story to life in a way that we would be unable to do on broadcast television,” said Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “Moving Joe Exotic to Peacock exclusively is just one example of the strengths of our new structure, which gives us the ability to let the art dictate the platform and not the other way around.”
The Jeffersons alum will play the grandmother of Tiana Le's Destiny. Additionally, Darcy Rose Byrnes, who debuted April 29, as a student journalist, will recur and contribute original music to the series.
The GLOW alum will play Maureen “Mo” Kane Dean, the wife of Watergate whistleblower John Dean, portrayed by Dan Stevens.
Additionally, American Ninja Warrior Junior is moving from Universal Kids to Peacock. Top Chef Family Style will feature talented young chefs who will each team up with an adult family member partner to compete for a chance to be crowned champions. Below Deck Down Under is an Australian spinoff of Below Deck. And Baking It is an Amy Poehler-produced cake-based spinoff of Making It.
“It was a weird process,” Chappelle told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. “I didn't expect that I would put anything out, but it became a thing where I wouldn't feel right telling jokes until I addressed that because people listen to me different and that was one of those moments where I understood that and we let it rip. It was gut-wrenching putting it out to be honest, I was real nervous about it, but I'm glad that I did.”
The CG-animated reimagining premieres on July 23 with a five-episode Part 1. As Variety points out, the new He-Man characters "look a lot like they did on the beloved 1980s animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, just a bit glowed up."
Co-created with former Modern Family executive producer Jefferey Richman, Uncoupled "centers on Michael who thought his life was perfect until his husband blindsides him by walking out the door after 17 years," per Deadline. "Overnight, Michael has to confront two nightmares — losing what he thought was his soulmate and suddenly finding himself a single gay man in his mid-forties in New York City."
Bee devoted an entire Full Frontal episode last night to America's gun problem
The Gilded Age actor's Billy is described as "a young man with a modest demeanor and a civility and restraint in his nature, despite being the legendary outlaw, Billy the Kid. He’s an impressive sure-shot whose gun hand seems to move faster than the eye can see, but he gets no joy from killing, feeling he’s more sinned against than sinning."
The music reality competition will pit two bands of similar musical genres to see which delivers the best cover performance. ALSO: Fallon teams with DreamWorks Animation for a TV adaptation of his preschool books.
"What is David Boreanaz like as an actor in the point of view of David Boreanaz as a director? Did you guys clash, or it was a meeting of the minds?" Stephen Colbert asked Boreanaz on The Late Show. "There can be some clashing," Boreanaz responded. "The actor can be a little stubborn, the director always looking for a shot, making sure he gets the right shot."
Whitman took to Instagram last night to urge her followers to put social media pressure on NBC to #RenewGoodGirls.
Tell Me with Ellen Pompeo, premiering this fall, will feature the Grey's Anatomy star interviewing celebrities and “extraordinary people who do extraordinary things, to find out what makes them great." The podcast will also be used “to shine a light on people and highlight issues important to her and the world at large.” “This is an exciting way for me to further connect with my fans,” Pompeo said in a statement. “Hopefully this podcast will continue to inspire, provoke thought, and impart some wisdom.”
The six-episode docuseries, airing this summer, explores studio portraits, record sleeves, music magazines, live shows, exhibitions, social media, coffee table books and the fine art world, and looks at the future music photography. Interview subjects include Alice Cooper, Lars Ulrich, Ziggy Marley and Craig David.
Starting May 20, numerous Quibi shows from Reno 911! to Chrissy's Court to Punk'd and Murder House Flip will be available to watch for free on The Roku Channel. Watch Roku's trailer.
The hip-hop producer's performance was the first in Jimmy Fallon's studio since the pandemic began.
"The case that will change everything" when Bosch returns for Season 7 on June 25.
DeGeneres' announcement Wednesday that she planned to end her show in 2022 after 19 years prompted many Twitter users to thank Dakota Johnson with memes from her viral November 2019 Ellen appearance for throwing the "first brick" in exposing the daytime talk show host. They attribute that interview for paving the way for current and former The Ellen DeGeneres Show employees coming forward last summer with allegations of a toxic workplace. But as Laura Bradley points out, DeGeneres' announcement was the culmination of years of rumblings of DeGeneres being a not-so-nice person -- in contrast to her "Be Kind" brand. "The rumblings from The Ellen DeGeneres Show first began back in 2014 when, as The Daily Beast reported, former Ellen head writer Karen Kilgariff shared with Marc Maron 'that she was fired from the show after refusing to cross the picket line during the 2008 writers’ strike. DeGeneres has allegedly not spoken to Kilgariff since,'" says Bradley. Bradley also notes that "DeGeneres’ brand already had a few blemishes by the time her staffers began speaking out—and even before that Johnson bit went awry in late 2019. In January of that year, DeGeneres had tried to help Kevin Hart rehabilitate his reputation after his past homophobic tweets had resurfaced online. Hart initially doubled down rather than apologize, although he would later issue a mea culpa when he announced that he was stepping down from the gig.) Throughout their interview, DeGeneres defended Hart and even allowed him to argue that he’d repeatedly apologized for the tweets, a claim that did not stand up to scrutiny. She further revealed that she had personally called the Academy to lobby for his reinstatement....It was both jarring and disheartening to see DeGeneres—a trailblazer for queer people on screen who once lost her job after coming out—working so hard to help Hart evade accountability for his homophobic remarks. But it wouldn’t be the last vexing choice she’d make that year. Months later, in October, she waved away criticism for palling around with George W. Bush at a football game."
The 16-year-old Top 5 Idol singer addressed his exit in an Instagram post Wednesday after a video emerged showing him sitting next to someone wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood. “Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol," he wrote. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”
The eight-episode series based on Cristina Algerwhich's bestselling novel was first ordered in summer 2019. But its global setting across five European countries resulted in production delays and budget challenges amid the pandemic.
The CW announced it will move up next year’s Critics Choice Awards to Sunday, Jan. 9, and will air them live with the West Coast tape-delayed. The June 9 date was previously occupied by the Golden Globes before NBC canceled airing next year's ceremony earlier this week.
CBS ousted Spottiswood in March, seven months after The New York Times detailed how he clashed with his diverse writers' room in Season 1, prompting nearly all of his writers from that season to "mutiny." According to Maureen Ryan, Spottiswood's troubles continued in Season 2, even after an internal probe resulted in new co-showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence, who is Black, joining the show. In fact, it was during a group Zoom call with Harris-Lawrence and another writer, who is also Black, that Spottiswood allegedly made his "monkey" comment. "Look at that," Spottiswood allegedly said, "a monkey passing the ball to another monkey." A source tells Ryan that Spottiswood immediately said "I didn't mean it like that." Yet the source says he never addressed the comment again. "It was just not acknowledged, which in and of itself was jarring, aside from the words used," the source tells Ryan. "I don't think he meant to employ the weight of that term, but he absolutely did use those words — and then no one said anything. And that to me says more about the work culture than the actual use of the term. Intention doesn't dictate harm. You have to be able to show some level of accountability, especially in a workplace scenario where you're in charge. You have to realize the gravity of the situation and make amends for the harm done." As Ryan notes, Spottiswood's misconduct scandal was different. "Spottiswood has not been accused of anything remotely like sexual assault," explains Ryan. "He's not even a flamboyant screamer or baked-potato-thrower in the mold of (Scott) Rudin. In fact, his tenure at All Rise is a cautionary tale precisely because descriptions of his alleged behavior, attitudes and conduct fall into subtler categories that are probably even more prevalent in the TV industry — and more likely to be enabled...According to most of the All Rise sources I spoke to, Spottiswood created a 'hostile' atmosphere in dozens of quiet, confidence-shredding ways, and was regularly insensitive, arrogant and defensive in workplace conversations, including those that would necessarily take place at a show about a Black female judge." Conway Preston, a white writer on Season 1, tells Ryan: "Greg made the choice to write a television show about people of color, and hired a room full of people of color who could have elevated and added perspective to the story he chose to tell, despite it not being his lived experience. And instead, he all too often denied their input and made their lives miserable every step of the way." Despite Spottiswood overseeing a diverse cast and writers' room, Ryan reports his "disrespect bled onto the screen, according to many sources from both seasons, who describe a showrunner so entrenched in his worldview that it was difficult to get him to consistently build responsible storytelling around life experiences that did not match his opinions and expectations as a middle-aged white man from Canada." Another source tells Ryan that Spottiswood's poor management and "petulance" frequently sent the show off the rails during both seasons. Spottiswood did not respond to most of the questions Ryan sent about the allegations in her story. Instead, he released the following statement: "I created All Rise with the intent of amplifying the power of a Black female lead along with a diverse cast to share with viewers a new POV on a myriad of important issues that our criminal justice system is currently facing. It was essential to me that I collaborate with a diverse group of talented writers and craftspeople to ensure that All Rise was an inclusive and representative environment and that it reflected the city it was set in. I recognize that I was not as successful as I hoped and that my communication style during the creative process sometimes was counterproductive."
The former president will appear remotely on Monday's show.
Liam James and Yul Vazquez will also join the five-part limited series on the Watergate break-in starring Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux, Domhnall Gleeson and Lena Headey.
The actor, who died Tuesday at age 106, will be featured in four films Turner Classic Movies will show on June 14, kicking off with his iconic performance in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur. TCM will also show his interview from the 2015 TCM Film Festival.
Conan and the former Friends star first met in 1986 in an improv classroom at Largo, the theater that is now being used to film TBS' Conan.
The former Doctor Who and Torchwood star recently apologized for flashing his colleagues on the set of both shows in wake of the Noel Clarke sexual harassment scandal. BBC has decided to drop him from an immersive Doctor Who: Time Fracture interactive exhibit in the UK.
NBC's decision on Monday to cancel the 2022 Golden Globes broadcast caught many inside NBC by surprise because it was announced publicly before the news was widely shared internally, reports Variety's Michael Schneider. "After 25 years as the HFPA’s TV partner, NBC has leverage when it comes to making sure the HFPA commits to real change," says Schneider. "The Globes were a blip on the winter awards calendar, averaging around 3 million viewers a year, when the show moved to the network in 1996 and turned into a juggernaut. But the Globes are now damaged goods, and the HFPA would be hard-pressed to find a home beyond NBC for the telecast following months of reports about the org’s financial impropriety and its tone-deaf approach to a lack of diverse representation (including an enrollment with no Black members). The small and insular nature of the organization has been widely criticized as part of the problem. At the very least, NBCU would like to see the HFPA double its ranks plus one — which would allow the new members to outweigh the number of its returning membership roster. Others, like Netflix, would like to see that number dramatically expand to 300. At present, membership totals 87. By last weekend, Netflix, Amazon and WarnerMedia (which includes HBO) had drawn a line in the sand and announced plans to boycott the Globes and the HFPA until reforms are implemented. It became clear that without three of the top winners of Globes over the past few years, there would be no show. Throw in A-list stars like Tom Cruise returning their trophies, and it dawned on NBCU execs that any attempt to rush into a 2022 show would kill the Globes for good."
The reigning NFL MVP's appearance with Laurie Metcalf's Jackie on Wednesday's episode wasn't Rodgers' first network sitcom cameo. He appeared as himself on a 2013 episode of The Office.
"I'm feeling so grateful because I really did get my start writing songs on High School Musical — I've always been writing songs since I could like literally speak but (show creator) Tim (Federle) was the first person who really gave me my first shot at writing something that had the opportunity to be heard by a ton of people," she says. "I love making art and making music and I'm hopefully going to be doing that for the rest of my life. This year is going to be no exception to that."
"Fieri, who has been ever-present on the Food Network and in hack open-mic jokes since he won The Next Food Network Star in 2006, has received a cultural re-evaluation in recent years," says Matt Schimkowitz. "Once considered the absolute epitome of American decadence and stupidity, Guy is now an icon of empathy, warmth, and sincerity. It’s exactly the qualities Telepictures and Warner Bros. Television—the productions company’s behind Ellen—should look for in DeGeneres’ replacement. It’s impossible to talk about Guy Fieri’s public reappraisal without mentioning Shane Torres’ stand-up defense of the man. Torres’ bit redefines the Fieri name, accusing people of unfairly knocking the celebrity chef for following his dreams, setting up worthwhile (and original) charity efforts, and treating employees with respect, providing them with a living wage and health benefits. Now, if that doesn’t sound like the anti-Ellen, I don’t know who does."
Bilson says she was recruited by Kast Media a year ago to do Welcome To The O.C., Bitches!, and so she recruited Clarke to join her. "Hopefully, we’re entertaining enough," says Bilson. "For me, I’m basically watching the show for the first time because even if I saw every episode, I don’t remember them at all. I don’t remember storylines. It was a discovery for me." Bilson and Clarke note that there were a lot of scenes that wasn't there for. "When we started, in all honesty, we didn’t know exactly what the format was going to be, even if it’s called a rewatch podcast," says Clarke. As for recruiting O.C. alums, Bilson says she and creator Josh Schwartz are close, so he was easy to book for the first episode. "A lot of it was just sending a text to Kelly Rowan (Kirsten Cohen) or Peter Gallagher (Sandy Cohen) that says 'Hey, let’s chat,' or if we don’t have their phone numbers, we’ve DM’ed them," adds Clarke. "If we really don’t have any contact, we’ve gone through their representatives. We’re talking to writers, too, like Debra J. Fisher who was a staff writer for us at the time and now she’s showrunning Ginny & Georgia. She was a great guest. It was so lovely to reminisce with her, learn about her process, and see what she takes away from The O.C. ’til today as a successful showrunner. One of our editors and directors, Norman Buckley, he was so excited and he said he’s got a lot to share. It’s fun for us to reconnect with everyone. We are true fans, and ultimately that’s what’s being communicated to the listeners." ALSO: Bilson would love to interview Mischa Barton for their podcast.
The cast being in such close proximity to each other resulted in them growing closer while intensifying the tension between them, says executive producer Alex Baskin. “They were centrally in each other’s lives, where ordinarily during filming, the rest of their real lives continue while we’re making the show,” says Baskin. “There was no ‘rest of their real lives’ to continue, so this is really about the collision of the group. And that’s why I think that things develop quickly and intensely this season, just because the conditions forced that to happen.”
"Welcome to the new CNN, where journalists and anchors, traditionally restricted by industry-wide standards of impartiality, have been given the green light under network President Jeff Zucker to say what they actually want to say — even if it strikes some as opinionated," says The Washington Post's Jeremy Barr, adding: "These days, it’s not uncommon for CNN personalities to cry on air. In March, anchor Brianna Keilar got tearful during a segment about a mass shooting at a grocery store in Colorado. And after correspondent Sara Sidner apologized for getting choked up during a January report about pandemic deaths ('It’s really hard to take,' she sighed), the boss called to reassure her." As Zucker tells him: “One of the things that I’ve tried to encourage is authenticity and being real. If we pretend not to be human, it’s not real.” Barr adds: "Yet to some ears, and during some stories, CNN’s new emotional rawness can sound like bias at a network that built its reputation on studiously neutral impartiality...And prioritizing personal connections to current events can backfire. Chris Cuomo — who has exemplified the New CNN as much as any on-air personality — won over many viewers early last year when he both chronicled his own battle with covid-19 and hailed the public-health efforts of his brother, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, in regular segments where the two would banter cutely about their childhood. That decision put CNN in an uncomfortable position when the New York Democrat became mired in scandal — allegations that he sexually harassed women and that his administration concealed the number of covid deaths in the state’s nursing homes — and the network decided that one of its prime-time stars is now too conflicted to discuss one of the biggest political stories in the country. But while some viewers may miss the old strait-laced, just-the-facts CNN, the new strategy seems to be working: In 2020, an extremely newsy year, it attracted its largest audience in its 40-year history. (Fox News and MSNBC also set records.)"
Jones says she was avoiding getting the vaccine until MTV asked her to in order to host the MTV Movie & TV Awards. “I was like, ‘I gotta be sage so let me just go bite the bullet," she says. Jones adds that she'll be avoiding pandemic jokes. She also doesn't want the winners' speeches to drag on like at the Oscars. “They looked like hostages with someone standing on the side with a gun or something," she says of the recent Oscar ceremony. "When it gets down to Glenn Close doing ‘Da Butt’ being the most exciting thing, we have lost ourselves. I’m not mad at it, but it just shouldn’t have been the most exciting thing that happened that night.”
From Scrubs to My Three Sons to Lucifer, TVLine looks back on 60 years of shows finding new network or streaming homes.
Good Eats, Crikey! It’s the Irwins and Restaurant: Impossible are among the shows that have ended up on Discovery's new streaming service -- to the annoyance of viewers. "The moves are happening so frequently that some networks’ websites even have a generic page saying "This (network) show is now streaming on Discovery+," says Andy Dehnart.
Ackles posted an image of his bearded self on Instagram outside his trailer, which had Soldier Boy written on it, joking it was just another day at the “new office.”
Rhimes and Netflix head of global TV Bela Bajaria discussed the uproar over Page's exit in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable featuring the most powerful female executives in Hollywood. "I was like, 'I've killed many a man that people adore,'" Rhimes said of Page's exit. "I'm so surprised that everybody is (losing it over a character we've watched) for eight episodes leaving. But obviously Regé is an amazing actor and he did an amazing thing and people responded. I also was surprised because the nature of this series is simply, this year it's this couple, this year it's (that) couple." Bajaria shared why it's unlikely Page will do any cameos for Season 2. "Those books really dictated what we did, and we want talent to have an amazing experience and tell the story they're telling authentically, not, 'Oh, can you just come over here and do this little thing?'" she said. "Like, is that satisfying? Is that what actors want to do? He delivered on his story." Rhimes added that it wouldn't make sense for Page to appear in bit parts.
The meme points out how predictable the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator's writing has been.
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"It takes a minute to adjust to the reality of The Upshaws," Caroline Framke says of the Netflix family comedy starring Wanda Sykes, Kim Fields and Mike Epps. "At first glance, the new Netflix comedy appears to look and sound like a multitude of other multi-cam sitcoms about families that crack corny jokes and give each other loving grief. There are plenty of the same strewn about Netflix, from Fuller House to Jamie Foxx’s latest slapstick entry, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! But The Upshaws, created by Regina Hicks and Wanda Sykes, finds a way to even slightly twist the formula perfected by broadcast networks. Like the late One Day at a Time reboot before it, The Upshaws takes the opportunity to showcase a different kind of family than per sitcom usual, albeit one that should resonate with plenty of people who may not have been able to say the same previously. The family at the heart of The Upshaws hinges on Bennie (executive producer Mike Epps), but not because he’s so reliable. By deliberate contrast, Bennie’s a layabout car mechanic who had his first son, Bernard Jr. (Jermelle Simon), in high school and his second, Kelvin (Diamond Lyons), with another woman (Gabrielle Dennis) when he thought (or at least insists) that he and his wife Regina (Kim Fields) were 'on a break.' Bennie and Regina’s daughters Aaliyah (Khali Spraggins) and Maya (Journey Christine) take it all in stride, considering the tangled branches of their family tree to be just another annoyance. (Another character who likely wouldn’t be on the broadcast network equivalent of The Upshaws is Page Kennedy’s gentle-ish giant Duck, Bennie’s recently incarcerated friend.) Having such a particular blended family immediately gives The Upshaws a specificity that really works for it, especially when the scripts lean all the way in by letting the characters react to it all individually, too."
The news from The Hollywood Reporter that This Is Us is ending next season, which NBC is expected to formally announce with its 2021-2022 schedule on Friday, shouldn't come as a surprise. When NBC renewed This Is Us for three more seasons in May 2019, Fogelman said that Season 6 would likely be the last. “We’re roughly in the middle of where the television series is going to go,” Fogelman said at the time. “We never set out to make a television series that was going to last 18 seasons, so we have a very direct plan. I have script pages I have written and I’m writing that really are deep, deep, deep into the future. We have a plan for what we’re going to do, and I know what the plan is.” According to The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, "while an official count has yet to be determined, it’s expected that the final season will consist of around 18 episodes, likely enough to carry the series over the 100-episode threshold typically needed to secure a lucrative off-network syndication deal and triggering a cash infusion for Fogelman and Disney, which now owns the series after closing its $71.3 billion Fox deal a few years ago. That would create yet another revenue stream after Disney-owned Hulu in 2017 acquired SVOD rights to This Is Us in what sources at the time said was a record-breaking per-episode fee. Hulu and NBC shared co-exclusive rights to the series."
Bob Greenblatt, the former NBC Entertainment chairman who was responsible for NBC's foray into live TV musicals, is teaming with Neil Meron, who produced those musicals with his late producing partner Craig Zadan, on Annie Live! Airing this holiday season, Annie Live! landed at NBC after being shopped at all four major broadcast networks. “NBC is where we started these live musicals and I still have so much affection for it,” said Greenblatt. “I’m also so gratified to be working with this creative team, a group of people who are the best at what they do.” Annie Live first hit Broadway in 1977 with hit songs including “Tomorrow,” “It’s A Hard-Knock Life,” “Maybe,” “Little Girls,” “Easy Street,” and “NYC."
Jacobs will play Chris Riley, the wife of Lakers coach Pat Riley, played by Adrien Brody. Harris will appear as Spencer Haywood, who paved the way for Kobe Bryant by winning the right to join the NBA in 1970 without going to college.
Based on creator Claudia Forestieri's life, The Gordita Chronicles stars newcomer Olivia Goncalves in a comedy about Carlota “Cucu” Castelli, a willful 12-year-old Dominican immigrant with a heart of gold. "Cucu leaves her home and her parochial school in Santo Domingo to live in Miami and pursue the American Dream during the hedonistic 1980s after her father, a marketing executive with a large airline, gets transferred there," per Deadline. "Cucu meets head-on the challenges of being an immigrant in a strange new world with humor, bravado and some really bad choices." The Gordita Chronicles' producers include Zoe Saldana and Eva Longoria, who directed the pilot.
Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke was asked about the reported budget during a Hollywood Reporter roundtable of Hollywood's most powerful women. “The market is crazy, as you saw with the Knives Out deal,” Salke said, referring to the reported $469 million Netflix is paying for two Knives Out sequels. “This is a full season of a huge world-building show. The number is a sexy headline or a crazy headline that’s fun to click on, but (the budget) is really building the infrastructure of what will sustain the whole series.” She added: "As for how many people need to watch Lord of the Rings? A lot. (Laughs.) A giant, global audience needs to show up to it as appointment television, and we are pretty confident that that will happen.”
Jay Duplass, Holland Taylor and Bob Balaban also star in the series following Oh's Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim as she navigates her new role as chair of the English department at a prestigious university. The Chair premieres Aug. 27. The Chair is from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. In announcing the premiere date, Netflix released a cheeky news clipping announcing the hiring of Oh's Kim.
The National Italian American Foundation released a statement today calling out Saturday Night Live's Super Mario Bros.-inspired sketch. “In an era of enhanced sensitivity to racial and ethnic stereotyping, Saturday Night Live’s sophomoric Wario skit demonstrates that a profound double standard continues to exist when it comes to ‘acceptable’ caricaturing of Italians in popular culture,” the statement reads, adding that the organization “condemns such media depictions which run completely counter to the spirit of the times and the aspirations of the nation.”
They'll star in the horror series that unravels the mystery of a nightmarish town in middle America that traps all those who enter.
"What's happening here?" Ziering wrote on his Instagram Story, captioning their selfie that included a Sharknado emoji. "Who wants more Sharknados?"
They'll all play new characters on the Disney+ revival. Porter and Quinto will play mixed-race adoptive parents to 14-year-old- activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, voiced by Keke Palmer. Johnson will take on the role of Penny’s best guy friend who is a non-conforming trendsetter, serving up fierce looks at school and on the basketball court.
Bravo's Million Dollar Listing: Ryan’s Renovation, premiering June 3, follows Serhant and his wife Emilia as they “gut the newly acquired 7,900 square foot home to create the home of their dreams with enough room for their big Greek family.”
Dokoupil is taking parental leave as his wife, MSNBC's Katy Tur, prepares to give birth to their second child. The celebrity guest-hosts will join the second hour of CBS This Morning, starting with Barrymore on Monday and Tuesday's show.
King, who co-sang and reworked her hit song "Where You Lead" as the Gilmore Girls theme song, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a perfomer. She was previously inducted as a songwriter. "Yay, @Carole_King!" tweeted Graham. "(Yay and long overdue for Tina Turner and Go-Go’s and general yay to everyone here but only one of them sang 'Where You Lead' which, special yay!"
"It’s completely overwhelming," she says of gun control issue that her special will tackle, featuring appearances by Regina King, Ilana Glazer and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, among others. "The moment you start down one avenue to talk about guns, you’re talking about ten different problems A lot of them seem completely intractable. It’s like contemplating the cosmos."
The two country superstars will helm the June 9 ceremony on CMT.
The Cosby Show alum, who has been recurring on This Is Us, will assume her new job on July 1. Rashad has spent years as an acting teacher at Howard University, where one of her students was the late Chadwick Boseman.
"What’s wild is that we finished Season 2 and then the hiatus, at least for me, was about a week and a half, and then it was like, 'We need to start Season 3!'" he tells Deadline, speaking of this week's season finale. "So, it took off and I was just like, 'I need to figure this out.' By the time we started the writers’ room, I knew our first scene and the last scene, and I just needed the help of the brilliant writers to…piece it all together. But we knew pretty soon on, where we were going to end."
“All good things must come to an end,” original cast member DeVitto wrote on Instagram. “It has been such an honor and pure joy to bring Dr. Natalie Manning to life for all of you on Chicago Med for the past 6 seasons. But it is now time for me and her to bow out and say goodbye." DaCosta, also an original cast member who is headed to Fox's Our Kind of People, wrote on Instagram: "After six amazing seasons of working with some of the most dedicated people in the business, learning wild medical jargon, growing as an actor and as a person… my time as April Sexton on Chicago Med has come to a close."
"It was a significant pay cut," Mayne tells The Athletic, speaking about his exit after 27 years at ESPN. "It was a big pay cut to do essentially the same job. It was a 14% reduction in time worked and a 61% reduction in money earned. I thought the variance was too much. I’m not asking anyone to feel sorry for me. It’s my choice to stay or not stay. It was still a good amount of money in the real world. I’m not trying to frame this as woe for me. Nothing like that. I just think I can do better elsewhere. So I told them that I feel like you’ve got a certain over-under on my worth and I’m going to go play the over. They did not seem to care that I made that choice."
Thurston was accused of queer-baiting after she posted a photo of her kissing fellow Bachelor contestant Casandra Suarez. “To my followers: I’ve removed my most recent post after realizing how many people from the LGBTQ+ (community) I hurt,” Thurston wrote on her Instagram Stories in response to the backlash. “I am so sorry. I’ve read the comments and better understand why my post was offensive. I will continue to learn from my mistakes. I want to always be an ally and today I’m sorry I let you down."
Starting the weekend of June 5, Gowdy will host a 7 p.m. ET Sunday program while Bongino will take over the 10 p.m. ET on Saturdays.
Lana Parilla and Allison Tolman lead Season 2 of the Marc Cherry Paramount+ series, "set in 1949 that will explore what it means to be beautiful, the hidden truth behind the facades people present to the world, the effects of being ignored and overlooked by society, and finally, the lengths one woman will go in order to finally belong…" Season 2 premieres June 3.
The YA series adapting Lauren Oliver's bestselling novel premieres May 28.