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      • Ellen DeGeneres' brand began crumbling long before toxic workplace scandal and Dakota Johnson
        Source: The Daily Beast

        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."


        • Former Ellen staffers respond to Ellen DeGeneres' announcement, calling it "consequence culture": "Former employees of The Ellen Show say they’re glad the once-beloved pillar of daytime television taking her show off the air, the ultimate consequence of being the face and leader of a TV show where they say misconduct ran rampant behind the scenes for years," writes Buzzfeed's Krystie Lee Yandoli, who first reported on Ellen's toxic workplace last summer. As one ex-employee tells her: “I think this is ‘consequence culture.’ People are like, ‘cancel culture,’ but no, this is a consequence of somebody and an institution that got away with fostering a super unhealthy and toxic work environment for a really long time. I think they did all the right things to make it look like they were making changes — they fired some people, they gave tWitch an executive producer position because they didn't have a lot of diversity, and they made it look like they did all the right things, but it still wasn't enough. It all comes out in the wash at the end, and you realize this is really what she deserves and what the show deserves.” Another former employee added: “I think that she only came back to this past season because she probably had to (in order) to save face. The show took a tank. The ratings tanked for a lot of reasons — we had a pandemic — but they also tanked because she's unlikeable now and it definitely permeated the culture of how people feel about Ellen.”
        • Watch Ellen DeGeneres announce she's ending her talk show: “You may wonder why I’ve decided to end after 19 seasons," an emotional DeGeneres told her virtual audience in her pre-taped monologue for Thursday's show. "The truth is, I always trust my instincts. My instinct told me it’s time. As a comedian, I have always understood the importance of… timing. And in all seriousness, I truly have felt like next season was the right time to end this amazing chapter.”
        • DeGeneres ending shows that certain allegations do have consequences: "As the unspoken code of silence around long-rumored tyrants of Hollywood begins to break, it’s unclear if DeGeneres is bowing out gracefully to avoid increased scrutiny or retreating in shame because of it," says Jude Dry. "No matter how many unrelated reasons she cites for ending the show — needing a creative challenge, her contract ending, more time for animal rights work — it’s clear she’s not ending her Emmy-winning run on a resounding high note." Dry adds: "The true test for DeGeneres will be in how her future endeavors fare. The perhaps not-so-kind-after-all comedian may not be playing any more lovable forgetful fish anytime soon; and a return to her sitcom days doesn’t seem to interest her. Her 2018 Netflix stand-up special Relatable revealed she can still kill a joke onstage, even if the title ended up being more ironic than she intended. But barring any deeper self-reflection — a pretty glaring omission from her THR interview — it will be hard for DeGeneres to bounce back anytime soon. Until she’s ready to embrace her darker side in her comedy, Ellen as we know her may be gone for good."
        • DeGeneres' claim that her show's toxic workplace scandal had nothing to do with ending her show is funny: "The idea that we’re supposed to just believe that it was because her contract was ending and that she doesn’t feel challenged?" says Rachel Leishman. "Especially after she had her show going on during the pandemic when she’d make producer Andy Lassner sit outside her house and do wild things the entire time? I’m sure there is truth in that Ellen DeGeneres wanted out of the show. I’m sure that her contract is coming to an end. But brushing off the concept of the show ending because of what happened last year doesn’t really sit well with me. Sure, she might not have wanted to come back to the show after all of that, but also, if she was under contract, it might not have been her choice. Whatever is or isn’t happening behind the scenes, The Ellen DeGeneres Show is over, and with that has come a new resurgence of the Dakota Johnson meme and I, for one, am grateful for that."
        • DeGeneres' ending her show signifies how much celebrity culture has shifted: "DeGeneres hinged her reputation on the motto 'be kind' – a bland niceness that attracted nearly every A-lister to her couch at least once and offered a sheen of winsome celebrity relatability to mass audiences before social media democratized star relationships with their fans, and peppered the talkshow genre with viral video-worthy games (to which Jimmy Fallon’s celebrity carnival Tonight Show owes a great debt)," says Adrian Horton. "But the niceness brand has sputtered out following a Buzzfeed exposé into alleged sexual harassment, racial insensitivity and bullying behind the scenes (based on interviews with 36 former staffers), as well as general impatience with out-of-touch celebrity culture hastened by the pandemic. In other words, it was high time for Ellen to go. I can’t comment on how challenged Ellen personally feels in hosting the show after 3,000 episodes and a truly impressive 2,400 celebrity interviews (imagine what that ubiquity of surface niceness does to your brain). But it does seem very clear that the flat blandness of 'be kind' could not ride out the turbulence of the past year – the Buzzfeed report, the subsequent dismissal of three top producers, the larger post-#MeToo and Black Live Matter-propelled cultural reckoning over toxic workplaces, and the general disdain for faux platitudes from out-of-touch, insulated celebrities."
        • What rankled about DeGeneres' “Be Kind” motto wasn’t, or wasn’t solely, that it was at odds with her public persona: "It was that it gave her cover to make a show about nothing, one that blurs together in the mind," says Daniel D'Addario. "The Johnson interview was certainly not the only one that crackled with a freaky tension, as if DeGeneres and her guest were waging a secret battle over who would come out of the interview looking better. But under normal circumstances, the show was simply inert. DeGeneres referred to her show, in an interview about leaving the show, as “not a challenge anymore”; that’s one way to refer to having stopped trying. This is strange because DeGeneres is a specific, tactical comedian who is also able to appeal to a mass audience. She was not only probably the most broadly successful Oscar host of the 2010s, she was also the one whose specific sort of viral success everyone who came after her has been chasing. That was in 2014, though, and the years since have seen DeGeneres continue to flatten into an icon. When, in 2018, DeGeneres released a Netflix stand-up special, it felt almost shocking; the fact that she used that different sort of spotlight to toy with her own public image was even stranger. There have not, since, been any further forays into edgy comedy, though DeGeneres has since that time talked in the press about the challenges her image presents her in her normal life."
        • See a chart showing The Ellen DeGeneres Show losing more than half her viewership since 2014

        # TOPICS: Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen, Dakota Johnson, Daytime TV

      • American Idol dumps finalist Caleb Kennedy after his KKK-themed video surfaces
        Source: New York Post

        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.”

        # TOPICS: American Idol, ABC, Caleb Kennedy, Reality TV

      • Amazon scraps The Banker's Wife after COVID production challenges across five European countries
        Source: Deadline

        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.

        # TOPICS: The Banker's Wife, Amazon, Cancelations, Renewals & Pickups, Coronavirus

      • Critics' Choice Awards is taking over the Golden Globes date
        Source: TheWrap

        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.

        # TOPICS: Critics' Choice Awards, The CW, Award Shows, Golden Globe Awards

      • Inside fired All Rise showrunner Greg Spottiswood's toxic workplace: He allegedly referred to two Black colleagues as "monkeys"

        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."

        # TOPICS: Greg Spottiswood, CBS, All Rise

      • Barack Obama to make his Late Late Show debut with James Corden
        Source: Deadline

        The former president will appear remotely on Monday's show.

        # TOPICS: Barack Obama, CBS, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Late Night

      • HBO's The White House Plumbers rounds out its cast with Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka and Rich Sommer, plus Kim Coates, Ike Barinholtz and David Krumholtz
        Source: Deadline

        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.

        # TOPICS: The White House Plumbers, HBO, David Krumholtz, Ike Barinholtz, Kiernan Shipka, Kim Coates, Liam James , Rich Sommer, Yul Vazquez, In Development

      • TCM to honor Norman Lloyd with a four-film tribute in June
        Source: Twitter

        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.

        # TOPICS: Norman Lloyd, TCM

      • Conan O'Brien and Lisa Kudrow revisit the room where they first met in 1986
        Source: Twitter

        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.

        # TOPICS: Conan O'Brien, Conan, Lisa Kudrow

      • BBC drops John Barrowman from an interactive Doctor Who exhibit following sexual misconduct scandal
        Source: Syfy

        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.

        # TOPICS: John Barrowman, BBC, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sexual Misconduct

      • Golden Globes "are now damaged goods": Can the award show survive after NBC canceled next year's ceremony?
        Source: Variety

        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."


        # TOPICS: Golden Globe Awards, NBC, Emily in Paris, I May Destroy You, Award Shows, Hollywood Foreign Press Association

      • Watch Aaron Rodgers' The Conners cameo as Jeopardy! guest-host
        Source: YouTube

        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.

        # TOPICS: Aaron Rodgers, ABC, The Conners, Jeopardy!

      • Olivia Rodrigo won't turn her back on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, despite her soaring music career
        Source: Entertainment Weekly

        "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."

        # TOPICS: Olivia Rodrigo, Disney+, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

      • Replace Ellen DeGeneres with Guy Fieri: He's the "anti-Ellen"
        Source: The A.V. Club

        "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."

        # TOPICS: Guy Fieri, Ellen, Ellen DeGeneres

      • How Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke ended up doing a podcast on The O.C. together
        Source: The A.V. Club

        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.

        # TOPICS: The O.C., Welcome To The OC, Bitches!, Melinda Clarke, Rachel Bilson, Podcasts

      • The Hills: New Beginnings' pandemic bubble led to a more raw and vulnerable Season 2
        Source: Variety

        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.”

        # TOPICS: The Hills: New Beginnings, MTV, Alex Baskin, Coronavirus, Reality TV

      • Can CNN thrive as "the most trusted name in news" while being more opinionated and emotional?
        Source: The Washington Post

        "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.)"

        # TOPICS: CNN, Jeff Zucker, Cable News

      • Leslie Jones reluctantly got vaccinated to host the MTV Movie & TV Awards, says she wants to make sure her ceremony is unlike the Oscars
        Source: Variety

        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.”

        # TOPICS: Leslie Jones, MTV, MTV Movie & TV Awards, Award Shows, Coronavirus

      • Which networks and streaming services have done the most "uncanceling"?
        Source: TVLine

        From Scrubs to My Three Sons to Lucifer, TVLine looks back on 60 years of shows finding new network or streaming homes.

        # TOPICS: Lucifer, Scrubs, Save Our Shows

      • Discovery shuffling shows between Discovery+ and its cable channels has ticked off viewers
        Source: reality blurred

        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.

        # TOPICS: Discovery+, Discovery Channel, Discovery

      • Jensen Ackles is rocking a beard in a behind-the-scenes The Boys photo
        Source: ET Canada

        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.”

        # TOPICS: Jensen Ackles, Amazon, The Boys

      • Shonda Rhimes: It wouldn't make sense for Regé-Jean Page to return to Bridgerton, even for a cameo
        Source: ETonline

        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. 

        # TOPICS: Regé-Jean Page, Netflix, Bridgerton, Bela Bajaria, Shonda Rhimes

      • Joss Whedon's bad writing roasted with "Written by Joss Whedon" meme
        Source: The Daily Dot

        The meme points out how predictable the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator's writing has been.

        # TOPICS: Joss Whedon

      • The Mandalorian gets pinball machine treatment
        Source: Paste Magazine

        Check out the ball-catching Baby Yoda.

        # TOPICS: Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Disney+, Marketing

      • Netflix's The Upshaws brings a new angle to the age-old sitcom format
        Source: Variety

        "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."


        # TOPICS: The Upshaws, Netflix, Kim Fields, Mike Epps, Regina Hicks, Wanda Sykes

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