The acclaimed Spanish director will executive producer Apple's series adaptation of his 1988 Oscar-nominated black comedy Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown about the romantic mishaps of voice actors who dub foreign films, reports The Hollywood Reporter, which adds that the potential series will feature a mixture of English and Spanish. Rodriguez will lead the potential series as Pepa, who was originally portrayed by Carmen Maura. Kevin Can F**k Himself, Little America and Masters of Sex vet Noelle Valdivia will pen the script and will serve as showrunner if Apple gives a series order. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown made Almodovar, who wrote and directed the film, an international sensation. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. "Should Women on the Verge move ahead at Apple, it would mark Almodovar’s first scripted TV foray after a career that has seen the writer-director earn seven Oscar nominations and wins for foreign language film for All About My Mother and original screenplay for Talk to Her," says The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg. "He’s also readying a docuseries, Not a Bride, with his frequent collaborator Penelope Cruz for Paramount+." Jane the Virgin alum Rodriguez recently executive produced and recurred on Disney+'s Diary of a Future President, which was canceled last month after two seasons.
Due to pandemic concerns, NBC Sports has opted not to send any of its announcing teams to China. “The announce teams for these Olympics, including figure skating, will be calling events from our Stamford (Conn.) facility due to COVID concerns,” NBC Sports' Greg Hughes told USA Today. "We’ll still have a large presence on the ground in Beijing and our coverage of everything will be first rate as usual, but our plans are evolving by the day as they are for most media companies covering the Olympics.”
The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star didn't address Whedon's recent New York magazine cover story profile in an Instagram post today, which happens to be Buffy Summers' 41st birthday. Gellar may have hinted about her feelings, however, with the caption: "I can’t take back the past, but I can fight for the future."
“I’ve learned this much, never say never. I’ll stick with that as my answer,” Fellowes tells Deadline with a smile regarding a potential crossover while discussing the Jan. 24 premiere of his new HBO period drama. As Deadline's Rosy Cordero notes, "such a crossover is possible and would make perfect sense as it pertains to Downton character Cora Levinson Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern), an American heiress who marries British blue blood Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville). Though she was born in Cincinnati, Cora revealed she has an aunt in New York that was still alive in 1914."
Duff filmed two episodes of the Lizzie McGuire reboot before Disney+ shut down production and fired creator Terri Minsky over creative differences, mainly over its adult direction. Asked by Cosmopolitan if she considered leaking the episodes, Duff says: "I like the way you think. I would be lying if I didn't say I didn't have those thoughts a few times. But I wouldn't, because in my 34 years I've realized that everything does happen for a reason. There's a time and a place for everything. It just wasn't her moment. I'm constantly asked about it still. All it does is breathe life into the fact that people still want it, and that's really sweet. It's not dead, and it's not alive." Duff did offer some details about the reboot, saying: "My character was moving back home with her parents because she caught her soon-to-be fiancé cheating on her, and she was falling flat on her face at the moment and being like, 'I need to pivot because everything that I thought was wasn't, and I'm turning 30. What the f*ck?'"
The ambitious U.S. take on the legendary Eurovision Song Contest is set to kick off its eight-week run on March 21. American Song Contest was originally scheduled to premiere on Feb. 21. Instead, AGT: Extreme will premiere on that date and run for four weeks. AGT: Extreme was able to complete its season this month after stuntman Jonathan Goodwin's scary injury last October resulted in a production shutdown.
In Episode 2 of the Hulu limited series, Tommy Lee is depicted having a "heart-to-heart" chat with his penis -- voiced by Jason Mantzoukas -- over whether he's falling in love with Pamela Anderson. The scene is inspired by a passage in Lee's memoir Tommyland. “As much as I’d like to take credit for that, I was simply adapting a chapter from (Lee’s) memoir,” writer Robert Siegel tells Variety. “I think it might be a first (for television). There was gentle pushback, because you’ve got to push back a little when a talking penis is presented to you. But Hulu was extremely supportive.” From a technical perspective, director and executive producer Craig Gillespie describes shooting the scene as “just awkward. You’ve got four puppeteers working with an animatronic penis. And then, how much is too much, and do you start to lose his emotional torment of what’s going on? Hopefully it works.”
"We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our friend and colleague Gaspard Ulliel," the studio said in reaction to the 37-year-old French actor's death today in a ski accident. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time."
Dunham tells The Hollywood Reporter she's been loving the divisive Sex and the City reboot. “It was such a pleasure to see those women back together and to see them take on middle-age sexuality,” she says. “For me, those are women who can do no wrong.” Dunham says she would like to try something similar with the Girls characters older and wiser. In response, HBO and HBO Max programming chief Casey Bloys says: "As proud of the show as we are, there aren’t any plans to bring Girls back. It’s great to know new viewers will continue to discover the (original) series.” Dunham adds: “We all recognize it’s not time yet. I want it to be at a moment when the characters’ lives have really changed. Right now, everyone would just be wanting to see Kylo Ren.”
"The only thing I have to say about the reunion is I didn't go because it was one-sided," Cosby said during a Twitter Spaces chat. "Everyone heard one side of what they felt. I mean, they told lies, one side of my story," she continued. "And I was not going to get on the reunion for a four-part reunion and talk about this guy who has passed."
Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson will write the potential series based on their podcast along with Kristin Belka Maier. Guys We F****d is described as "a comedy about a cocky shopgirl and a people pleasing bartender who realize they are platonic soulmates while working at a New Jersey strip mall. Together, they tackle female adulthood while acting as therapists to local men and to each other."
In response to CNN's announcement that The Situation Room anchor will host the daily CNN+ show The Newscast with Wolf Blitzer while continuing to host his CNN show, Mediaite's Alex Griffing suggested that Blitzer's new show may be a sign that he is being pushed out from CNN because of lackluster ratings. "For Blitzer, whose time on-screen has already greatly diminished, cynics might see a move into streaming as his swan song," says Griffing. "But others may see this as CNNs’ most trusted brand giving gravitas and journalistic bona fides to its new streaming platform." CNN issued a statement vigorously denouncing any notion that Blitzer is being pushed out: "The very premise of this piece is nonsensical and ill-informed. Equating the launch of a CNN+ program with the end of a distinguished television career is offensively stupid. Anderson Cooper, Poppy Harlow, Kate Bolduan, Sara Sidner and others will host programs on CNN+ in addition to their CNN linear TV roles. Wolf Blitzer is no different. This is hit-job hackery, not educated opinion. Mediaite should be ashamed for publishing this garbage."
The Stephen “tWitch” Boss-hosted dancing show will take over the Tuesday timeslot previously reserved for Monarch, which was pushed back to fall over the pandemic.
Only 1.419 million of the 23.1 million viewers who watched the Cardinals-Rams playoff game tuned in for Peyton and Eli Manning's alternative broadcast on ESPN2. That's a "paltry" 6.1% of the total audience, notes Mike Florio of NBC Sports' ProFootballTalk. "As previously mentioned, at some point the bean counters at Disney need to ask whether the financial investment is justified by the performance," says Florio. "Unless the Manningcast is actually resulting in more people watching the games, the alternate telecast creates presumably significant expenses (the Mannings surely don’t do anything for peanuts, nor should they) and limited additional revenue. They’re under contract for two more years. Amazon reportedly would like to pilfer Peyton and Eli for Thursday Night Football. At some point, ESPN quite possibly will say, 'Feel free.'" ALSO: Eli Manning was the Manningcast's breakout star.
"I can't wait to tell you all about how hard it was to write this book!" the Better Call Saul star tweeted of Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama, which will be available March 1. "Come see me complain LIVE, IN-PERSON. And support some very great bookstores."
Lindsay, who received death threats over her Extra interview of Harrison that led to his benching and ouster from The Bachelor franchise, tells People: "I still get messages blaming me for the show not being the way it used to be. But I think that's a good thing. She also pointed out, again, that she never intended for Harrison to be fired.
Chip and Joanna Gaines' new Fixer Upper series drew more than 1.7 million viewers, easily topping any show on Magnolia Network predecessor DIY Network. ALSO: Magnolia Network drew 3 million viewers on its first night of programming.
Hacks and Chucky were also among the new shows honored with nominations for this year's GLAAD Media Awards, the winners of which will be announced in April.
They'll join Blair Underwood and Corbin Bernsen as brand-new characters in ABC's reboot of the classic NBC legal drama.
She'll play an NYU student who is shot in Central Park on Fourth of July, 2003 in the series adaptation of Garth Risk Hallberg's book of the same name.
In a New York Times profile, Katie Rosman writes of Griffin five years after her Trump beheading photo incident: "Griffin, now 61, has been trying to make her way back since then, brushing up against a litany of obstacles: partisan rage, sexism, Hollywood’s fear of getting pulped-by-association, the pandemic, pill addiction, lung cancer and her own reputation. All the while she has tried to puzzle out who among the culturally damned gets a second chance in our society, who doesn’t and why. She feels cast out in an extended Hollywood exile and believes it’s because she is a middle-aged woman who doesn’t have a big agency, film studio or television network financially invested in her professional rebirth. She does not lack for money — she says her net worth is $50 million — but she craves the one thing that has driven her for decades: work." “I just want to get back to making people laugh,” said Griffin. “More than anything else, that’s what has been robbed from me.” In the profile, Griffin recalls demanding that CNN president Jeff Zucker give her a raise just 10 days before what turned out to be her last New Year's Eve Live in 2016. She told him that she was carrying more of the prep work than Cooper and felt she deserved more than the $80,000 her contract called for. Zucker “got very offended,” Griffin said. “He started yelling at me and he literally said something like, ‘Who do you think you are calling here demanding a raise?’ And then something came over me. And I just lost it. I just started screaming. I’m Kathy (beep!) Griffin, Jeff, that’s who I am.” She then said to him, “I would really feel a lot more comfortable showing up if I got paid what I deserve.” Zucker took that as a threat to bail on the show, and in a call to Griffin’s lawyer, fired her. Griffin called Zucker again, begging him to take her back. Zucker rehired her, but she said he cut her pay by 20 percent. In an interview with The Times, Zucker called Griffin's demand for a raise so close to New Year’s Eve “completely out of line.” “It sounds like she is acknowledging that, insofar as Kathy Griffin acknowledges she has ever done anything wrong,” he said.
The rebooted United States Football League consists of Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Stars, and Pittsburgh Maulers, the Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers and Tampa Bay Bandits. But of the eight teams, only one will be geographically correct since all games will be played in Birmingham. "The approach eliminates all travel costs, an important consideration given that the primary purpose of the games will be to put them on TV, and to use them as the impetus for legal gambling in the states that allow it," says Mike Florio of NBC Sports' ProFootballTalk. "Where the games will be played doesn’t matter. Whether anyone attends the games doesn’t matter."
"I mean that’s why the Globes got me," he tells Today. "They said I could write my own jokes and say what I wanted, no rehearsals.” If the Oscars gave Gervais the same no-notes offer, 'I’d do it,' but that would never happen. I’d be canceled halfway through.”
The four-time Olympian and the winningest woman in alpine skiing World Cup history, who made her debut earlier this month, "will provide a perspective unique to an athlete known for excellence, intensity, and determination on the world’s biggest and most competitive stage," said Molly Solomon, Executive Producer & President, NBC Olympics Production.
Check out new images teasing romance, glamour, fencing and a corgi.
Bell’s docuseries exploration of Bill Cosby’s descent from “America’s Dad” to alleged sexual predator premieres on Showtime on Jan. 30.
Aziz Ansari: Nightclub Comedian, premiering Jan. 25, was filmed at New York City's Comedy Cellar.
The AMC series returns with the second part of the three-part Season 11 on Feb. 20.
The Cesar-winning French actor, who plays villain Anton Mogart AKA Midnight Man on the upcoming Marvel series Moon Knight, was skiing in the Savoie region of France today when he collided with another skier at an intersection between two slopes and suffered a serious brain trauma. He was transported by helicopter at a hospital in Grenoble where he was pronounced dead. Moon Knight is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ on March 30. Ulliel is one of France's most famous actors, having starred in films like Hannibal Rising, A Very Long Engagement and playing fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent in the biopic Saint Laurent. Marvel and Disney+ has yet to respond to Ulliel's death.
The 23rd Mark Twain Prize will be presented at a gala performance on Sunday, April 24, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. “I am truly honored to receive this award,” Stewart said in a statement. “I have long admired and been influenced by the work of Mark Twain, or, as he was known by his given name, Samuel Leibowitz.”
Cohen said of the two-season renewal in a statement: “My WWHL team rose to every challenge of the pandemic, and getting to do WWHL for two more years is the ultimate reward. We’re still having a ball making our show — whether our guests are virtual or in studio!”
Bill Burr introduced the final episode of Bob Saget's Here For You, a podcast the late comedian and actor launched early on in the pandemic in April 2020. "We talked about how long we’d been friends and doing standup at places like Cobb’s…it was really easy to talk to Bob," tweeted Cho. 'I wish I were not his final guest and I wish there were more to come from him. Thank you, Bob."
The Newscast with Wolf Blitzer will be among CNN+'s live offerings when it launches this spring. CNN offered no other details about Blitzer's new show.
The Sunday afternoon game was the most-watched wildcard playoff game in seven years, when the Cowboys played the Lions. 40.16 million watched on CBS, while 1.33 million tuned in on Nickelodeon.
About 1.3 million watched Sunday's finale, which was more than double the size of the audience for its season premiere. But the season finale was down from the previous episode, which had 1.4 million viewers. According to The Wrap, NFL playoffs may have contributed to Yellowjackets' lower viewership Sunday.
"I despise when ppl call me Mercedes," Riley recently tweeted to Glee fans, referring to her character's name. "Put some respect on my name. Call me AMBER or RILEY. It’s wild that I even have to say that. No shade to the show/character that gave me a career, but please stop this shit. I don’t answer to it, and if you do it facetiously I’ll block you."
Premiering Sept. 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power's title announcement trailer reveals that the show will follow the forging of the original rings of power that allowed Sauron to spread darkness across Middle Earth. “This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book next to J.R.R. Tolkien’s other classics. The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men,” said showrunners J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay in a statement. “Until now, audiences have only seen on-screen the story of the One Ring — but before there was one, there were many… and we’re excited to share the epic story of them all.”
The Starz series returns with a new danger awaiting on March 6.
"This is what tomorrow looks like. Let there be lights," Jared Leto's WeWork CEO Adam Neumann says in the opening of the teaser for WeCrashed, premiering March 18.
Tom Brady serves as an executive producer on the documentary tackling the controversial Jan. 19, 2002 play that changed the history of the NFL and his career. Both participants in The Tuck Rule play, Brady and his former Michigan teammate Charles Woodson, will be interviewed for the documentary, premiering Feb. 6.
After success with The Office, Parks and Recreation and Modern Family, the mockumentary format began falling out of favor "for some good reasons," says Emily VanDerWerff. "The further the mockumentary got from its roots, the more the devices of talking-head interviews and characters mugging to the camera felt like worn-out clichés, rather than the unconventional twists on sitcom rhythms they had been at one time. The Office spent so much time thinking about who was filming the documentary within the show that it built a major plotline around the identity of those filmmakers in the final season. But Modern Family’s team never really bothered to establish why the characters were being filmed. It just didn’t care. So if nothing else, ABC’s new series Abbott Elementary deserves points for making the mockumentary feel fresh again. The new sitcom, set in a cash-strapped public school in Philadelphia, has characters offering long, sardonic looks into the camera and occasional moments when they talk directly to it to share their thoughts. But the series has subtly rethought its approach to this material, so it never feels staid. It honestly took me a few minutes to realize I was watching a mockumentary, so successfully does the show tinker with the format. Creator and star Quinta Brunson’s choices in the pilot underline what’s different here. Other mockumentaries have been built around singular, strong personalities, like Michael Scott or Leslie Knope. Abbott Elementary, however, is built around a kind of everywoman. Second-grade teacher Janine Teagues (Brunson) just wants to do good work and give her kids the education they need, despite how underfunded the school is. She’s navigating an American bureaucracy that increasingly doesn’t care, and a principal (the scene-stealing Janelle James) who has invited a news crew to the school to document everything that’s happening in a weird attempt to feed her own desire for fame." As VanDerWerff notes, "the mockumentary can struggle with having a more relatable protagonist, simply because the fake-documentary format can feel a little dry without someone outrageous there to spur the action. But Brunson’s choice to center Janine and not one of the show’s goofier characters pays off. Yes, some of that is because Brunson plays Janine and knows exactly what will be funny in her specific voice, and some of that is because Brunson turns up Janine’s eager-to-please nature just enough in most scenes, so she seems slightly more heightened. But the chief reason Brunson’s choice works, I think, is due to the very different dramatic stakes of the series compared to most mockumentaries."
"A new top producer is hyping the streaks and pushing an approach that treats Jeopardy! more like a sport," reports The Wall Street Journal's John Jurgensen. "Michael Davies, a 55-year-old game-show guru known for Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, stepped in after the ouster of producer-turned-host Mike Richards. Mr. Davies is updating Jeopardy! with game stats typically seen on live sports broadcasts and data—tracking contestants’ clicks of their hand buzzers—that superfans have long craved. All this has helped push Jeopardy! to 9.2 million total same-day viewers on average in its current season, according to Nielsen data. That is up 7% from the same period last season, and a return to numbers associated with late host Alex Trebek. The show is capturing the biggest audience of any program on TV outside of sports." Jurgensen notes Davies "is using a playbook for Jeopardy! that has worked for other pop-culture franchises: superserve hard-core fans, and broader audiences will follow. For a game show rooted in facts, geeking out is on brand." Last week Davies introduced a sports-style box score to be published after every game. Davies, who only signed on for this season, tells the Journal: "I would find it very difficult to leave now." As for the hosting search, Jurgensen reports the fate of Mayim Bialik's Fox sitcom Call Me Kat will play a role in who hosts Jeopardy! full-time. But what could potentially happen is either Bialik or Jennings becoming full-time host. Whoever doesn't get the main job would host primetime specials and Jeopardy! spinoffs. ALSO: Amy Schneider on becoming Jeopardy! host: "It would certainly be a cool experience. It’s a lot harder than it looks...I‘d certainly consider it if somebody asked."
The former editor-at-large of Vogue, who died Tuesday at a hospital in White Plains, New York, was a judge on Tyra Banks' Top Model reality show for four seasons, Cycles 14 through 17, from 2010 to 2011. He also played himself on an episode of Empire and appeared in the first Sex and the City movie.
The disgraced Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel creator's New York magazine cover story profile suggests that he sees himself as the kind of flawed hero whose stories he made his name telling. The "profile illustrates, in despairing detail, a man who too often didn’t rise to the moment," says Tim Grierson. "I’ve known enough people who worked on sets to appreciate that they can be challenging, volatile crucibles, places where stress and ego combine to forge rude and erratic behavior. But the stories recounted about Whedon threatening to have individuals blackballed — or, worse, allegedly hurting a costume designer by digging his nails into her arm while he was making a point — just seem egregious, a pattern of a**holish conduct by someone who couldn’t handle stress and took it out on those around him. In the article, Whedon owns up, somewhat, but then insists he’s been misunderstood, claiming that his detractors have used 'every weaponizable word of the modern era to make it seem like I was an abusive monster. I think I’m one of the nicer showrunners that’s ever been.' It’s a shocking statement but, weirdly, it does square with a classic superhero narrative in which the good guy is shunned by the populace, who have no idea what he’s done for them. Perhaps the most famous example of this is in The Dark Knight, a movie Whedon had nothing to do with. That film concludes with Batman letting the world think he’s the true villain so that Harvey Dent’s sterling image won’t be tarnished and the citizens of Gotham can still believe in something. It’s an act of self-sacrifice that’s noble and tragic, but also speaks to something deeply self-pitying about our conception of heroes: I’m doing all this good in the world, and you don’t even appreciate it. That seems to be the mindset Whedon carries into these interviews with (New York's Lila) Shapiro, along with an eye toward a redemption arc, another thing we love from our fictional heroes...The (New York) article is a warning about our willingness to be seduced by people who seem to represent something honorable or enlightened. All those Buffy fans saw in Whedon a guy who was like them, heartened by the fact that he reflected their passions and, in turn, made them seem cool. Feminists saw an ally — a powerful man in Hollywood interested in telling women’s stories. And when we find heroes, we want them to stay that way — so much so that it’s hard to accept any evidence to the contrary. We don’t mind if Iron Man or Buffy is flawed, just so long as we know that, in the end, they’ll do the right thing. But Whedon, from all appearances, didn’t do the right thing — and he still hasn’t."
Framing Britney Spears executive producer Liz Day's latest revelation in The New York Times comes as Britney Spears' lawyer is alleging financial misconduct on her dad Jamie Spears' part. Day reports that Jamie Spears used a Britney tour staffer to try to launch a TV show titled Cookin' Cruzin' and Chaos with the slogan: "Put a little South in your Mouth" According to Variety, Jamie Spears pitched the show in 2015 to networks including Cooking Channel.
In Things I Should Have Said, Spears credits Schneider as the person who “recognized (her) talent” and “was the driving force” behind her landing the starring role on the Nickelodeon dramedy, according to Page Six. She also praised Schneider for knowing “how to get just what he needed from a rambunctious group of teens who thought that they were all that.” But Spears doesn't mention any of controversies surrounding Schneider, who was Nickelodeon's top hit maker before the cable network cut ties in 2018.
Co-creator Ashley Lyle told Vulture that the Showtime series she created with husband Bart Nickerson was originally pitched for five seasons. “When buyers are hearing ideas, particularly at a network like Showtime, they want to know that you have a plan and there’s more than one season worth of story,” she said. But Lyle also said they had no interest in dragging out the story longer than necessary. To which Sarah Hagi says: "Thank God, but also I am praying, begging and hoping this show will not be longer than three seasons. I love the idea of watching these wild girls do more stupid things just because I enjoy seeing them on screen — but by next season the story will probably be tenuous. It’s already annoying that the other survivors are a mystery to us, when we know everyone else on the show knows who has survived and who has died. It’s hard to see how much further the mystery can be taken without getting into ridiculous territory. Nothing more should be happening to these women. We don’t need to see them in college or and we also shouldn’t have to wonder who the 'pit girl' was for any longer than a few more episodes in Season 2. The show has done a fantastic job at building tension, but it would be a shame for it to rely any more than it already does on what the audience doesn’t know. At a certain point, you have to put a pin in it. Let it be good, then let it die." She adds: "I don’t want to still be watching Yellowjackets in 2027."
"It was Jeremy’s idea, the whole article," Cox tells Deadline of his Succession co-star while promoting his memoir. "He pushed for it, and you know, and people kept warning him about it. In a sense, he got hoisted by it, and I think it was unfortunate. I think he should never had gone down that road because playing Kendall has put him in a very vulnerable position." How? "Because he does what he does and he does it brilliantly, but it’s also exhausting. Particularly exhausting for him, but it’s also exhausting for the rest of us from time to time. But we weather it because we love him and because the result is always extraordinary, what he does, but at the same time, there is the double-edged sword that goes with it. Let me tell you, I have such respect for Jeremy as an actor, and I just wish him well. I think he lives in a lot of pain. I mean, he creates the pain in the role he plays. That doesn’t necessarily help, but he does. … There is a certain amount of pain at the root of Jeremy, and I just feel for that pain. I think that he puts himself in vulnerable positions and with that New Yorker article, he placed himself in a very, very vulnerable position, and I think that he didn’t need to do that."
In a TikTok video, Conover described "how a merger killed not just my show, but also put an entire TV network worth of workers out of a job." "We were the second biggest show they had, depending on how you crunch the numbers. That Carbonaro guy did pretty good, too. But we did really, really well. So why would they want to end the show?" said Conover. "Well, here’s what happened in 2018. The giant phone company AT&T bought Time Warner, truTV’s parent company. When they did that, they did what they always do every time there’s a big mega-merger: they laid a ton of people off. One hundred people were fired from truTV, including the head of the network, the vice-head of the network, the entire programming department, the marketing department—basically, everyone in the entire building was let go and then they started canceling shows to cut costs." Adam Ruins Everything's last episode aired in October 2019.
Some shows never die on Twitter. For instance, every Wednesday, the 30 Rock Twitter account tweets: "What a week, huh?" "The internet is filled with ghost towns, haunted by forgotten GeoCities sites, Craigslist ads for apartments that have already been rented, and long-shuttered blogs that someone is still paying to keep online," says Olivia Craighead. "And yet there is a disturbing alternative, which can be found mostly on Twitter. I am speaking, of course, about active social media accounts for television shows that have not been on the air for years. These reanimated corpses continue to churn out content (mostly in the form of GIFs), presumably to get people to watch the show on whichever streaming service it calls home. I don’t know how effective this tactic is. I don’t think I would ever watch Parks & Recreation just because I saw someone engage with a picture of Rob Lowe taking a nap with a dog."
Artist James Concannon designed Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski's leather jacket. Concannon alleges Lego re-created his jacket for its Queer Eye set without permission.
“I think there’s a lot of story that we didn’t get a chance to tell in that eight-episode first season,” says showrunner Rebecca Sonnenshine, who has already been "brainstorming" ideas with Archive 81 writers even though a Season 2 hasn't yet been ordered.
Rolling Stone asked The Tonight Show bandleader how long he'll stay on the show considering his work off the show. "I mean, nothing’s forever," said Questlove. "Currently, it’s not in the way of my creativity. And I don’t even see it as Fallon, more than I see it as I’m still a student at 30 Rock University. And I don’t waste a second when I go there. I’m always learning from our show; I’m constantly on the eighth floor at SNL when SNL is in season. I’ve bugged (producer) Steve Higgins a gazillion times: 'Can I be an intern up here?' It’s fascinating to watch that machinery work. I personally want to hang onto it until it is time to…"
Premiering in May, the Titi Yu-directed one-hour film One Day in March follows the aftermath of the of the 2021 Atlanta mass shooting, where a 21-year-old white man killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at three different spa locations. The documentary will focus on the AAPI community's response to the horrific incident.
That's up from 15 in 2021. In fact, last year, Netflix invested more than half a billion for Korean content. Squid Game's monster success was followed by Korean hits like Hellbound and The Silent Sea.
“Jon and I made an agreement years ago to just never talk about politics,” Schreiber tells TVLine of his staunch Republican co-star. “It’s just something that we don’t want in the workspace. We don’t want that. Our jobs are difficult enough as they are without all the other nonsense coming into it. So, for that brief time that we’re working together, we just don’t do it."
On Monday, One America News Network host Dan Ball showed a graphic that featured AT&T’s customer support number and a picture of AT&T chairman William Kennard, urging viewers to find "dirt" on him. “Whatever it is,” Ball pleaded, listing hypothetical scandals like extramarital affairs or anti-white racism, according to The Daily Beast.
"Yeah, absolutely," says showrunner Naren Shankar. "That was the intention. We talked about it in precisely those terms. This is a war story. It’s these people who’ve been at war for, you know, eight months we say at the beginning of the season. It’s a war of attrition, and the entire season was a crawling, agonizing, climbing up the ladder, so to speak — getting out of that hole and taking the fight to the final battle." ALSO: The paradigm for the final season was a submarine war film.
Franklin, who did play by play for college basketball and college football at ESPN from 1987 to 2011, died Tuesday. Franklin was best known for his coverage of Big 12 college basketball. He was fired by ESPN in 2011 after calling sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards "sweet baby" during a production meeting.
"Despite the constant reminders that How I Met Your Father takes place in 2022 — both from Hilary Duff as the lovelorn 'I' and Kim Cattrall (very game here) as the same character narrating from her 2050 future— its every 'modern' reference and joke setup still feel at least five years out of date," says Caroline Framke of the "standalone sequel series" to How I Met Your Mother. "That, plus its commitment to the original How I Met Your Mother combination of soft punchlines leading to a loud laugh track, makes How I Met Your Father one of the more downright disorienting series in recent memory." Framke adds that HIMYF "goes out of its way to show its characters using smartphones and ring lights, but which somehow still feels frozen in the amber of the original series’ mid-aughts setting. Frankly, if How I Met Your Father had just gone ahead and embraced the weird challenge of being a full-on aughts period piece, it would’ve been a far more interesting show. Not only would its constant winking acknowledgments that Duff (and eventual guest star Josh Peck) was one of the era’s TV mainstays be more fun, but the entire show would at least set itself apart from every other sitcom like it. As is, How I Met Your Father is just a bizarre exercise in recycling nostalgia for modern times without finding a way to be modern at all."
Michael Weatherly announced via Twitter that his CBS legal drama inspired by Dr. Phil McGraw's early career will end after the currently airing Season 6. CBS confirmed the cancelation. "Hello all! It’s been my privilege to play Dr Jason Bull but after 6 Seasons of incredible storylines, I’ve decided it’s time to pursue new creative challenges and bring his story to a close," Weatherly tweeted. "It has been an honor to work with this talented cast, crew and writing/producing team who helped reinvent the legal drama. Stay tuned for a big series finish…Thanks to all the fans from the bottom of my heart. You will always be a part of our Bull family!" Bull infamously made headlines in 2018 after The New York Times revealed CBS paid Bull guest-star Eliza Dushku $9.5 million over her allegations that Weatherly sexually harassed her on set. “For six seasons, Bull has established itself as a ratings winner with its fresh take on the judicial process never before seen on television,” CBS said in a statement. As Variety notes, Bull ending will mark the first time in nearly two decades that Weatherly won't be on the network's primetime lineup. Weatherly began starring in Bull in 2016 after starring on NCIS from 2003 to 2016.
The Hills reboot won't return for Season 3 for a number of reasons, according to TMZ, which adds: "one source close to the show tells us producers recently explored the thought of bringing younger cast members into the fold to diversify things, but several of the original stars were not on board. We're told some of those OGs also had major issues with the reboot ... believing it wasn't the show MTV promised them, and feeling like it was, at times, forced with fake storylines and confessionals. All in all ... we're told many of them said the reboot didn't have the same feel as their first go-round and it created an impasse between some stars and the network." Another source tells TMZ that filming Season 3 proved too challenging due to the pandemic protocols.
"I promise they aren’t funny. And even if they were, they won’t hold up well. And even if they did, they’re unkind-either to your characters and actors or someone in your audience or crew. It’s not worth it," says the veteran Fargo and Why Women Kill actress in a lengthy Twitter thread posted Tuesday afternoon. "Jokes about weight don’t have to just be jokes about a characters body," she tweeted, adding: "And when you’re ready, begin to wrap your mind around removing body descriptors from your scripts altogether, including character descriptions and the names of minor roles. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use adjectives. But please don’t say 'Linda- the main character’s cousin, thin and witty' unless there’s an actual reason Linda needs to be thin. And please don’t say 'Fat Lady In Theater' when you mean 'Annoying Lady In Theater'. Oh! And also, people think it’s okay if they’re using descriptors for small bodies, because they’re considered complimentary. Like, you’re auditioning for 'Skinny Intern', congratulations! But do you see THAT IS THE EXACT POINT AND SURELY YOU UNDERSTAND HOW WEIRD THAT IS. The audience only knows the values you assign to different body types if you have characters saying lines about them. But the rest of your script? That’s your crew, writers room, everyone in the office, executives, creative partners- all the people helping you make your show."
Brian Ballard, who worked on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show from 2005 until the pandemic began in 2020, says nothing was done after he reported a fellow employee who “was under the influence of drugs on the job," reports The Blast. After he was laid off at the beginning of the pandemic, Ballard says “most if not all of the members of the production crew were notified that they were re-hired and returned to work on the show" in January 2021, including the employee he accused of drug use. Ballard says he wasn't hired back. Ballard's lawsuit accuses Kimmel's production company of several labor code violations, including unsafe working conditions and retaliation after he filed a complaint.
The Lone Star, Awake and Mind Games creator's potential next series is dead. Based on Ben Winters’ sci-fi mystery novel The Last Policeman, The Last Police followed "a small-town police detective, who, as an asteroid races toward an apocalyptic collision with Earth, believes she’s been chosen to save humanity, while her cynical partner can’t decide what he’ll enjoy more: her delusional failure, or the end of the world itself."
Echard told the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast Tuesday he's been following online chatter from the get-go. "And then the first episode aired and all of a sudden, it just opened the floodgates and at that point, I started to get overwhelmed," he said. "I'd be lying if I said it was all sunshine and roses. I have definitely fallen victim to reading everything, which everybody's told me, 'Stop reading all the comments,' but my thought was if I know what's out there, there's no surprises."