Over the weekend, online rumors claimed that Clare fell in love and stepped down from the ABC reality show, and was replaced by Tayshia Adams from Colton Underwood's Bachelor season. "While both ABC and Warner Bros. TV have declined to comment about the on-set bombshell, sources say tabloid and blog reports that have surfaced over the weekend are not all entirely accurate," according to Variety's Elizabeth Wagmeister. "However, insiders have clued Variety in on the fact that there is some validity to the rumors that Crawley and Adams could swap in the leading lady position during the season. In other words, Crawley — the woman who was originally cast as The Bachelorette for Season 16 — will not be completely replaced, and her dramatic storyline will air during the season." As one production insider tells her: “It’s shaping up to be a very interesting season creatively with lots of twists and turns." Wagmeister adds: "Even if Crawley had fallen in love with a contestant early on throughout filming, a cast member cannot make the decision to depart the show on which they are under contract. However, if the production team believes a cast departure could benefit the storyline, the switch could certainly happen."
The Al Pacino-led 1970s-set Nazi-hunter drama from Jordan Peele is coming back for a second season, but it's unclear if Pacino, Logan Lerman and Jerrika Hinton will return. “With Hunters, David Weil’s bold vision and fearless imagination powered a thrilling, twisty, action-packed first season that engaged Prime Video customers around the world,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, “We are thrilled that David, Jordan and the Hunters will be back with us for more.”
Less than a year after renewing its flaship realitiy show for two supersized seasons, Lifetime has picked up Married at First Sight for six more seasons -- Seasons 12-17. Lifetime has also ordered Married at First Sight: Unmatchables, "which aims to help polish up the diamonds in the rough, providing them with strong relationship advice and a lifestyle overhaul to give them an opportunity to shed what’s been stalling real romantic connections in their lives," per Deadline. In addition, Lifetime has picked up 16 more episodes of the quarantine seires Married at First Sight: Couples Cam, bringing a total of nearly 400 hours of Married at First Sight content.
The CBS daytime soap opera will air new episodes starting Monday after its nearly five-month coronavirus hiatus.
"I had never seen this before,” Hedda Muskat, who worked on Ellen for its first year, tells The Wrap. “I had never been around a toxic host.” She recalls DeGeneres giggling when executive producer Ed Glavin allegedly screamed at a staff member. “She crossed her legs up on the chair and she said, ‘Well, I guess every production needs their dog,'" said Muskat. “And from then we knew. Ed was going to be the barking dog — her dog. You could just see everybody’s faces go stiff. We’re professionals; we’re adults. We don’t need a dog to get us to do our jobs. … She was the only one giggling.”
Phil Morris' Jackie Chiles is "the exception that proves the rule — a Black character who is just as comical as the whites," says Lauren Michele Jackson, pointing out that Seinfeld is packed with certain Black characters who are "deprived of a name." Jackson adds: "But Black people have never been nonexistent, or invisible, in the white sitcom. They have been invisible only in the way that Black people who service the margins of white world-making must be. In a genre whose conventions (and hilarity) thrive on white ridiculousness, Black people, relegated to the smallest of parts, exist to rein in the free play of whites, reminding viewers how safely deviant the main cast can be. No show exhibits this effect as quietly as the one that crested in lockstep with the ’90s culture wars, the quintessential sitcom and, in one woman’s opinion, the greatest — Seinfeld.....Black people on Seinfeld play a very particular role, defining the social edges of 'very,' or too much. A thankless job, to be sure. There’s no glory in it or, it seems, much fun. I am charmed, though. They foil the Black bestie type, the sidekick destined to enliven a white protagonist’s script and social life with idioms and shade. All the bombast, wackiness, and camp belong in the domain of the four protagonists — Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer, plus a rotating circle of co-conspirators. The conceit of Seinfeld resides in its middle-class sympathies; its normcore aesthetic invites the assumption that its characters are conventional, living and moving about in a world held together by the titular character’s observational joke style. In truth, the group is selfish and deranged, delicious micromenaces to normalcy and etiquette who nonetheless enter and leave each episode with their worlds intact. When white characters run wild on Seinfeld, Black people are cops. They exist as agents of public decency next to whom our main characters appear all the more indecent."
Johnson and business partner Dany Garcia are teaming with RedBird Capital to buy the defunct league for $15 million, with each side paying half.
Robin Roberts Presents: The Mahalia Jackson Story, starring the Orange Is the New Black alum, is the first in a four-film deal with the Good Morning America anchor, who previously produced Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story for Lifetime. "The Mahalia Jackson Story will trace Jackson's life and career as she became arguably the best known gospel singer in the mid-20th century and a civil rights activist who sang at the 1963 March on Washington," per The Hollywood Reporter. "She sold millions of records and was the first gospel singer to perform at Carnegie Hall. She also sang at John F. Kennedy's inaugural ball in 1961."
The Christmas Set-Up arrives one year after Lifetime featured a same-sex kiss for the first time in the Christmas movie Twinkle All the Way. ALSO: Lifetime orders its first Christmas movie revolving around a Chinese-American family: A Sugar & Spice Holiday.
Last month's arrest of the British socialite, who's accused of aiding in the billionaire financier's sex trafficking ring, nearly missed the cut for the Lifetime docuseries. “It built out a fourth episode, in a way, that we had intended to be very different,” says co-director Riki Stern. “(Maxwell’s arrest) really becomes the fourth episode.”
In an impassioned video posted to his Instagram account Sunday, the comedian and The Goldbergs actor categorically denied sexual misconduct allegations four women made against him last week in the Los Angeles Times. Callen said that despite advice to the contrary, he would not “post a statement and disappear” in the aftermath of the allegations. “I never thought in a million years that I’d be sitting here defending myself for something I did not do 21 years ago,” he said, referring to comedian Katherine Fiore Tigerman, who accused him in The Times story of raping her in 1999. He added: “I have been characterized as someone that no one, no one who knows me — not my friends, not my family, not my fans — would ever recognize. And that’s because that is not who I am. That is not something I could do — those are not things that I would ever do. That is not how I ever lived my life.”
“I knew if our show did come back, it would have to be much, much, much later, because our show is really about an audience,” Palmer said on Watch What Happens Live. “That’s what we do. We do a little bit of news, but it’s entertainment news. It’s fun conversations and lightheartedness, and we’re in a different time now. Some of the conversation has changed, and that pushed SSK out. So I expected it.”
The movie star will discuss with surfers, conservationists, shark advocates and marine biologists how humans and sharks can co-exist amid the alarming increase in shark attacks in Australia. Shark Beach will air as part of Nat Geo's SharkFest lineup in 2021.
Britain's The Sun claimed Corden is being thought of as the "long-term successor" for DeGeneres in wake of her toxic workplace woes. The report brought up rumors that Corden isn't the nice guy as seen on TV.
HBO's In Treatment reboot is also moving to California, from New York, to take advantage of the $5 million in tax credits.
The Aliens star and director will serve as narrator and executive producer, respectively, on the four-part event series.
The iconic auteur director will tackle his first dramatic TV series production with an adaptation of Jin Yucheng’s multi-award-winning Shanghai-set novel, Blossoms. The series will also mark a return for Wong to his birthplace of Shanghai. “Set against the backdrop of massive economic growth in 1990s Shanghai, the series unveils the glamour that follows his dazzling wealth and his entanglement with four fabulous women that represent the pursuits of his life: adventure, honor, love and innocence,” according to an official description.
The America to Me and Hoop Dreams documentarian's City So Real takes a multifaceted look at Chicago and its history-making 2019 mayoral election.
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter points out that Fox News went from 1.9 million viewers in the 9 a.m. ET hour to 825,000 at 11 a.m. ET to 540,000 viewers at 1 p.m. during the cable news network's coverage of the Civil Rights icon's funeral last Thursday.
Long Way Up, premiering Sept. 18, follows McGregor and his friend Charley Boorman as they travel 13,000 on motorcycles through Central and South America. It follows 2004's Long Way Round, which showed them traveling from London to New York City via Europe and Asia, and 2007's Long Way Down, which followed their journey through Europe and Africa.
MSNBC is moving Todd's MTP Daily to 1 p.m. and expanding Wallace's 4 p.m. show Deadline: White House to two hours. Todd will also expand his Meet the Press franchise to streaming video with a weekly program that will be available on NBC News Now and Peacock.
"I met Wilford when we did Our House together. He taught me a lot on that show," Doherty says of their 1986-88 NBC drama series, which starred Brimley, who died last week at age 85. "He also gave me a horse named Brownie. Taught me how to ski in Utah. Had 2 African Grey’s that would curse and call his dogs only to laugh at them when they came running. He gave big hugs and told great jokes. He was in fact like a grandpa to me for a very long time. He was talented and will be missed." ALSO: Deidre Hall remembers her Our House co-star Brimley.
"If you have ever been in recovery or treatment you know that you reflect on a lot of things...so, I couldn’t let another day, another second go by without PUBLICLY Thanking my Love @david.adefeso for saving my life,” she wrote in a moving tribute to Adefeso, who is also her co-star on her upcoming WE TV reality show Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life! “I’m so grateful. I was in our home lifeless & I’m sure finding me the way that you did couldn’t have been easy. Through this entire time, you have held my hand, heard my cries, held me when I have been weak. You have had my ENTIRE back!!"
The new social media app called TVCO has hired the two Netflix reality stars to host Faraway Bae, which follows Diamond as she goes on six dates with six contestants over the course of one week with Sasso acting as her friend throughout the process. Faraway Bae premieres Aug. 9.
Bin Laden's Hard Drive, premiering Sept. 10, features CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen examining 470,000 digital files seized from Al-Qa’ida founder Osama bin Laden’s compound and decodes their secrets with analysis from CIA profilers, criminal psychologists, religious scholars and military experts. Virus Hunters, airing Nov. 1, looks at what can be done to head off the next contagion before it’s too late.
Saturday's Syfy Wire After Dark featured the late MythBusters co-host offering viewers light-hearted tips on how to get the most out of summer. The special began and ended with tributes to Imahara.
Gleeks said their final goodbye to the Santa Lopez actress during an emotional gathering Saturday night at the lake where Rivera drowned last month.
Boyega will star in an episode titled "Red, White And Blue" on the BBC-Amazon anthology series, playing a London Metropolitan Police officer who wanted to change the force from within after he saw his father assaulted by two policemen.
The special airing on BBC America, AMC, IFC and SundanceTV on August 31 at 8 p.m. ET highlights eight of the most extraordinary sequences from Planet Earth II and Blue Planet I with new narration from Sir David Attenborough.
The character actor known for numerous movie roles and starring on NBC's Our House and Quaker Oats commercials, as well as recurring on CBS' The Waltons, died Saturday morning at his home in Utah. TMZ reports Brimley was in the hospital on dialysis for the past few days. Brimley was a member of the U.S. Marine Corp and worked as a bodyguard for Howard Hughes before he broke into Hollywood in the 1960s as a riding extra and stunt man in the Westerns at the urging of friend Robert Duvall. Brimley got his first big break recurring as Horace Brimley on The Waltons in 1974. In the 1980s, Brimley was known for looking much older than his actual age. At age 50, Brimley played an elderly man in a retirement home in Ron Howard's Cocoon, co-starring with Don Ameche and Hume Cronyn, who were decades older than him. Brimley was 51 years old in 1986 when he began starring in the two-season NBC drama Our House, playing the 65-year-old grandfather to Shannen Doherty and Chad Allen's characters. “I’m never the leading man,” he told The Dallas Morning News in 1993. “I never get the girl. And I never get to take my shirt off. I started by playing fathers to guys who were 25 years older than I was.” Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Brimley starred in Quaker Oats commercials, followed later on by Liberty Medical diabetes testing supplies service ads. Brimley place in pop-culture was established in Phil Hartman and John Goodman's impressions of him on Saturday Night Live. Brimley also inspired the Brimley/Cocoon Line, a Twitter account making note of celebrities when they enter their 18,530th day of life (about 50 years and 9 months), the same age Brimley was when Cocoon premiered in 1985. "We loved @RealWilfordB’s work and we’re heartbroken to hear of his passing," the Brimley/Cocoon Line account tweeted. "We were so honored that he was amused by what we do here. The Line wouldn’t have been worth mentioning if he weren’t so good at making us believe in his characters. He was great, and irreplaceable."
Even before the recent allegations of a toxic workplace and sexual misconduct, there have been tabloid rumors that Ellen DeGeneres' talk show was on the verge of cancelation. In the aftermath of Ellen's apology over the toxic workplace, staffers are reportedly "freaking out" in fear that the show is getting the ax. Lassner, the highest-profile of Ellen's three executive producers who is known for his on-air appearances, tweeted in response to one fan's worry about the show's fture shortly after his boss' apology on Thursday. "Nobody is going off the air," he tweeted.
Speaking on the Spotify podcast Jemele Hill Is Unbothered, Union was asked about Crews and his recent criticisms of the Black Lives Matter movement. “People hit me all day long and are like, what’s happening? And the only thing I know for sure is that Terry Crews gets three checks from NBC," she said. "So, I don’t know if being worried about job stability — which listen, we all know that if you speak up about racism and white supremacy, you absolutely can be shown the door.” Union said. “I don’t know if that’s the motivation.” Hours after Deadline reported on Union's comments, Crews tweeted in response: "This will be my 3rd public apology to Gabrielle Union. If a 4th is needed, I will continue to apologize and push for reconciliation between the world, and more importantly, the culture I grew up in. I'm sorry, @itsgabrielleu. #reconciliation."
Fuller tells Collider: "It was an interesting dance because I’d say, ‘Mads Mikkelsen!’ and they’d say, ‘No, how about Hugh Grant?’ and I’d say, ‘Great, make an offer, he’s gonna say no,’ then they’d make an offer and he’d say no, and I’d be like, ‘What about Mads Mikkelsen?’ and they’d be like, ‘Well what about John Cusack?’ and I’d say, ‘Great, make an offer, he’s gonna say no’ and they’d make an offer and he’d say no, I’d say, ‘What about Mads Mikkelsen?’ That carousel went around for three or four months after we had cast Hugh (Dancy), it was going on for a while. Finally I just said, ‘Mads is the guy, that’s the guy I see in the role and I have to write it and I have to champion it and I have to understand it,’ and Jennifer Salke at NBC bless her heart was like, ‘Okay, that’s your guy. I believe you and trust you and I’m excited about your vision for the show.'"
The creator of the video, who goes by Narmak, tweeted of the removal: “My SpongeBob anime Episode 1 was taken down from YouTube,” the creator posted on Twitter on Friday. “They tell me it was because I violated their ‘child safety policy.’ It was marked as not for children. I now have 2 strikes on my channel. One more strike, and my YouTube channel is gone.” YouTube has yet to publicly respond to Narmak's comments.
The anarchic DC Universe series starring Kaley Cuoco in the title role gives a TV-MA spin on the Batman and DC mythos.
The first original novel revolving around the new Star Wars series was originally scheduled to come out this fall. Instead, it will be released in fall 2021.
Reyes died last Sunday after suffering a heart attack in hometown of Whitefish, Montana. Mahlon worked on two Deadliest Catch boats: the Seabrooke and Cape Caution.
The key to the Netflix superhero series' success is that it's a mashup of epic proportions, says Richard Lawson. "The Umbrella Academy is a whirling dervish of fan service that stumbles as often as it sings," says Lawson. "In many ways it’s a deeply cynical show, pandering so relentlessly on so many vectors. Yet its algorithmic assault is hard to resist. The twists tantalize just enough that you can’t help but let the next episode auto-play." Lawson adds: "The reasons why The Umbrella Academy isn’t buzzy are murky; I suspect it has something to do with Netflix not devoting as much of a publicity effort to the show as it has to other marquee series. But its popularity among viewers is pretty easily understood after watching. Do you like Harry Potter? Or X-Men? Or the Avengers movies? Maybe you enjoyed reading the graphic novel Watchmen before it became a lauded HBO limited series? How about Back to the Future, or Stranger Things, or Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, or Kick-Ass, or The Haunting of Hill House? Chances are, most Netflix viewers enjoy at least one of those major cultural properties, and they will find some reflected glimmer of them in The Umbrella Academy. (Homage would be a generous term for the show’s borrowing.) The series, adapted from Gerard Way’s comic book by former Fargo writer Steve Blackman and developed by Jeremy Slater, is a pastiche of sci-fi and fantasy tropes, a busy assemblage of influences and references that make up an erratic but intermittently satisfying collage. While the story is new, there’s something both cozily and annoyingly familiar about The Umbrella Academy. It’s a noisy machine, smashing bits of pop culture together without much concern for originality, and yet it runs pretty well. The product is solid, consumable in large doses and just artistic enough to give it a soupçon of prestige. For season two, Netflix seems to have allocated more money. The series looks sleeker, more vivid. Its set-pieces are more daring, its visual language crisper and more distinct. Which is another indication that the show has a strong viewership—it proved worthy of further investment."
The Strong Black Lead initiative has "organically evolved from a simple suggestion to elevate Netflix’s catalog of Black programming into a deeper conversation and relationship with Black audiences through podcasts, video content, and campaigns that coalesce around the idea that there’s not a monolithic Black experience or single way to be Black," says KC Ifeanyi. Strong Black Lead, he notes, is actually what Netflix’s Black employee resource group called their recruiting events. “They had these shirts and these notebooks and people didn’t even care to get our business card. They were like, ‘But where can I get that shirt, though?'” says Maya Watson, director of editorial and publishing at Netflix.. “If you wear it, then that says something. You identify with that. So that’s how we came up with the name Strong Black Lead—shoutout to our HR partners!” Strong Black Lead went public with the now famous “A Great Day in Hollywood” spot that aired during the 2018 BET Awards. “How do we start to do something that feels artful and impactful? And it’s not just like a sizzle spot,” says Watson. “What we were trying to show is the depth and breadth of the talent that we had on the Netflix service. A lot of Black audiences, we had found in research, didn’t understand that we are one of the biggest producers and creators of Black content in entertainment. We hadn’t really shown the full tapestry of what we had.”
"He’s sassy and vapid and a hoot to be around," says Manuel Betancourt. "He has a clear sense of style and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture. Quick with zingers and even quicker with barbs, he’s not one to be crossed. Laying out the key characteristics of a 'gay best friend' on television can further stress just how one-dimensional such a character can feel on the page. And while the likes of Jack McFarland (Will & Grace), Marc St. James (Ugly Betty), Mickey Dean (The Comeback), and Stanford Blatch (Sex and the City) clearly broke the mold even as they were enshrining it, more- recent comedies have gone further. Shows like Difficult People, Happy Endings, and Sex Education have been eagerly reshaping what a 'gay (male) best friend' can look like on the small screen, giving characters like Billy Epstein, Titus Andromedon, and Eric Effiong complex inner lives that refuse to be collapsed into the trope they nevertheless call forth. But no show has come close to dissecting the gay BFF so expertly as Search Party. The HBO Max series references the recognizable template as a way to skewer that kind of characterization while also unearthing the darker undertones of such stereotyping. Elliott Goss (John Early), who’s described as 'gay, energetic and a self-diagnosed narcissist' in the show’s pilot script, is the limit case of the gay BFF, all vapid privilege wrapped up in hilarious absurdity, the kind who’d happily take sponsorships from corporations eager to rebrand themselves as LGBTQ-friendly to fund his wedding (#1point2milliondollarwedding), whose theme is 'attention.' ('We do love attention,' he beams.)"
"David is one of those shows that precedes the pithy genre descriptor that will eventually define it," says Joshua Alston of the OWN series that's now available on HBO Max. "Perhaps that’s because the show was created by Pulitzer- and Oscar-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, who’s best known for helping Barry Jenkins transform one of his acclaimed stage plays into 2017 Best Picture winner Moonlight. McCraney’s strength lies in the cultural specificity he brings to his stories of young Black boys with the weight of the world on their shoulders, and David Makes Man is an execution of McCraney’s vision more potent than the movie or the plays that define his career. In fact, an early quibble I had with the show was how topically and thematically similar it is to Moonlight, which for many was a first glimpse into McCraney’s semi-autobiographical work. All the same elements are here: Black bodies saturated with cool-colored light; muggy Miami and its rough-and-tumble housing projects; financial insecurity born of addiction issues; and father figures as faithful to their selected sons as they are unfaithful to the law. And yet, while McCraney is working with the same color palette, David Makes Man’s 10 episodes represent the largest canvas he’s ever had to work with. As storytelling mediums go, television is an especially ravenous beast, gobbling up every clever notion the writer’s ever had. That’s what makes David such a testament to McCraney’s talent and his clarity of vision. Television history is littered with examples of estimable novelists and playwrights who stare into the medium’s gaping maw and are left struggling to feed it. Not the case here, as McCraney’s partnership with showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence has yielded a drama that often feels like it’s running out of places to store its surplus of ideas. (Oblique references to Game Of Thrones and the Portuguese man o’ war can exist in the same conversation.) It’s also the all-too-rare example of meticulous world-building outside of genre fiction, so while David occasionally feels overstuffed, it never feels like it’s wasting precious fuel."
"Decades of sensitive, sophisticated filmmaking about the Mafia means that the average viewer sees a mobster as a human being, not a cartoon murderer," Josephine Livingstone says of director Sam Hobkinson's Netflix docuseries on the FBI's 1980s takedown of the New York mafia. "This is where Fear City falls down. Without providing much in-depth analysis of the mob’s effect on society—horrifying in many cases, to be sure—Hobkinson expects his viewer automatically to be on the FBI’s side. Despite the documentary’s juicy tapes and cinematic subject matter, Hobkinson seems to forget what year we’re living in. If there’s any key theme to 2020’s cultural politics, it’s that American law enforcement, not to mention Rudy Giuliani himself, has completely lost its right to our automatic sympathies. Reagan’s head flashes up in one bit of archival footage, saying that the American family is the key to creating wealth. Isn’t that exactly what the Italian Mafia in New York did—turn family ties into a whole system of social governance? Mobsters kill people. But so do the police. Fear City takes it for granted that you will sympathize with FBI agent Marilyn Luchts when she calls a relationship between (mob boss Paul) Castellano and a maid named Gloria 'sordid' and laughs about the colleague who had to listen to them having sex. That tape came from a bug planted by the police inside a private residence. Castellano was a criminal, sure, but Gloria? She was a regular working-class human being, one in a vulnerable position with her employer, and her treatment at the hands of the FBI (Cantamessa personally lied to her while undercover, extracting her secrets) is downright offensive. Worst of all, Fear City uses one single bit of archival footage featuring Donald Trump, the most famous landlord in New York City, and one bit of surveillance tape mentioning his name—out of context, meaning you can’t understand it. As Wayne Barrett mentions in his 2016 biography of Trump, however, the businessman’s interests in casinos and real estate means that he constantly did business with the Mafia."
"If HBO’s Game of Thrones was the last great piece of TV monoculture, then the pandemic has popularized a series of forgettable productions that each offers a fleeting, miniature facsimile of communal attention," says Hannah Giorgis. "Absent the usual summer blockbusters, and with few prestige shows rolling out new episodes, the landscape of American entertainment is barren enough for C- shows and movies to rack up the viewership of B+ productions, if not the associated enthusiasm. The mechanism by which Netflix measures its subscribers’ consumption habits is itself a paragon of low expectations. The company, which has historically withheld actual audience numbers, recently revealed that it counts anything longer than two minutes spent on one movie or show’s screen as a 'view.' Whether because of the content’s mediocrity, or the sheer exhaustion brought on by living through a historical event, few of these 'most watched' works have generated a collective viewing experience that feels cohesive, much less exhilarating."
Passions alum Lindsay Hartley is filling in for Monaco, who had to spend 14 days in quarantine after experiencing a breathing problem with her mask on her first day back on set.
“It’s crazy, right? It’s amazing, I love it,” says creator Katori Hall. As Jackson McHenry explains, Hall uses her theater background to outline a specific idea for the strip club dancing in her script. "In order to get that sequence and the many other strip stunts that fill the show to the screen, P-Valley relies on teams of people in front of and behind the camera to dream up, choreograph, and eventually film each performance, using both body doubles and the show’s actors," says McHenry. "The show’s key figures, including Hall, choreographer Jamaica Craft, stunt coordinator Jennifer Badger, episode director Millicent Shelton, and star Brandee Evans, talked Vulture through what it takes to get ideas from the page to the pole." ALSO: Nicco Annan has been perfecting the Uncle Clifford role since 2009.
“I do not have a Segway at practice, by the way,” says Laney College head coach Jim Beam of his Segway-riding that was shown in the trailer and on the first episode. “The cameraman had it, right? And so the kids are like looking at it, and I go, ‘I can ride it.’ And the kids go, ‘Coach, you can't—you think you can do it? ‘I'm like, I'm an athlete, I can do anything.’ That's why I got on the Segway!" Meanwhile, Beam says of watching himself on Netflix: "It was hard, it was hard. You see yourself, right? You know, God was I that guy? You know what I mean?"
"I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, based on the best-selling book by the late Michelle McNamara, isn’t like most true-crime series," says Jen Chaney. "It’s true that it focuses on the decades-long search for a man who terrorized many and managed to avoid capture, something many similar series have done. But it’s also the story of McNamara’s obsessive interest in solving the case and the degree to which it consumed her mental and emotional energy, indirectly leading to her sudden death in 2016...In I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, the protagonist is McNamara, and she serves a multilayered, simultaneous role as detective, victim, and, as a self-declared true-crime aficionado, a proxy for everyone watching this show and others like it. That last factor enables I’ll Be Gone in the Dark to interrogate the reasons why this genre is so enticing, especially to women, something that other TV true crime has rarely, if ever, done." ALSO: How I'll Be Gone in the Dark filmed its toughest interviews.
To promote the period drama, HBO and HBO Max partnered with iconic 101-year-old Hollywood Blvd restaurant Musso & Frank Grill, where Quentin Tarantino filmed the beginning of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, on a Depression-era meal kit. Musso & Frank Grill was also featured on Perry Mason.
"On-camera Jost is an impenetrable wall of centrist politics and apparent self-satisfaction," Willy Staley writes on the SNL "Weekend Update" co-anchor's new memoir A Very Punchable Face. "That persona is a foundational part of the current 'Update' dynamic: earnest, cautious, privilege-oozing Jost vs. laid-back and eye-rolling—but prickly—Michael Che. Book Jost is different. For one, he possesses interiority, quite a bit of it in fact, and this quality can frustrate even the most committed hater. He takes pains to convince the reader that his path wasn’t as preordained as it seems, but was actually psychologically and emotionally trying. And, as the Russian sojourn suggests, he presents as someone with a measure of artistic integrity, however deeply buried it may be under his thick lacquer of jockish contentment. In fact, he even blames his arrogant on-camera demeanor on his raging insecurities, which prevented him from feeling present in his early 'Weekend Update' days: 'I would get nervous and my reaction was to smile or laugh on camera,' he writes, 'which was unnatural and probably came across as smug.' Though the pro-Jost politics of Punchable are obvious, this doesn’t render his pleading any less earnest. A true snake would never turn belly-up like this."
The 1990s daytime talk shows would try to boost ratings with punk interventions that seemed to stem from feelings of homophobia, and even racism.
"Marino’s himbo appeal has seen him guest star on many a mainstream, primetime series: He’s shown up shirtless on Grey’s Anatomy and served as a love interest for Katie Holmes on Dawson’s Creek," says Miles Klee. "That he portrayed a junior college professor in the latter does not dampen the himboness he brings to the role, and for comedic projects, he stretches this quality in all directions. There’s Victor Pulak of the cult film Wet Hot American Summer, a permed camp counselor in cutoffs who lies about his sexual experience, then crashes a van in a rush to lose his virginity — he doesn’t get the girl, but does save a raft of screaming kids about to go over a waterfall. He’s unforgettably good in the sitcom Party Down as Ron Donald, the square, softhearted leader of a catering crew; harboring the ambition to one day manage a soup restaurant, he briefly considers a business proposal from a porn producer who catches a glimpse of his huge d*ck."
The Office: The Official Party Planning Guide to Planning Parties, due out on Oct. 13, promises to offer "authentic parties, recipes and pranks from The Dundies to Kevin's Famous Chili."
Does the "Monster Foodies" food truck that Cookie Monster runs with new muppet Gonger actually teach kids about running a business?
Alison Ellwood's "comprehensive and rousing" documentary on the Go-Go's is "well-balanced, digging deep into the development of the band’s music (with the help of some rare demos and live footage) while also reckoning, frankly and sometimes startlingly, with the rifts that began almost as soon as the members started making hit records," says Noel Murray, adding: "Ellwood avoids putting any simplistic spin on the Go-Go’s arc. Every woman in the band gets to say their piece, unfettered — even the ones who were booted out before the first album. They all explain that even at their most strained, the relationships in the band were never totally toxic. They had fun together offstage sometimes; and they were dynamite on stage."
"Keep believing, keep pretending, and in that moment, you too could be a Muppet. That’s the guiding principle of Muppets Now, the Muppets’ new streaming series and Disney’s best effort to date at bringing Henson’s most famous creations back to TV," says Erik Adams of the new Disney+ Muppets series. "It’s not the entirety of what makes the Muppets work (and some of those other qualities are, fortunately, on display here, too), but it’s a good starting point. On Muppets Now, the Muppets get grown adults to answer deeply personal questions, smear their faces with makeup, and splatter a pizza parlor’s entire menu against a wall. It’s the kind of show where a tense taco cook-off between Danny Trejo and The Swedish Chef ends, like Kermit and Joey’s ABCs standoff, in a heart-melting show of affection. Muppets Now largely succeeds at folding flesh-and-blood guests into its proceedings, and for the most part shows no wear from the bumpy ride the characters took to Disney+. It’s an intriguing package to put the franchise in, a variety show with unscripted elements presented as the Muppets’ big foray into subscription on-demand video—with all the teetering on the edge of disaster that implies."
The actors behind Drs. Teddy Altman, Owen Hunt and Josephine Karev have each signed a new three-year contract after their last contracts expired at the end of last season. "I hear the pacts are for three years, indicating that ABC and Grey’s Anatomy producer ABC Studios are looking to extend the blockbuster medical drama beyond its upcoming, record-breaking 17th season," reports Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. Grey's Anatomy is currently in the middle of a two-year pickup that expires at the end of next season, Season 17. But ABC is hoping that Grey's will be renewed for Season 18 and beyond. “I’m hopeful that Grey’s Anatomy stays a part of our schedule," ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told Deadline last month. "They certainly know that we’d like it to be part of our schedule for as long as they are interested in making more episodes.” Raver was a series regular from Seasons 6 through 8, before returning in Season 14 for a guest arc that led to her full-time comeback in Season 15. McKidd has been with Grey's since Season 5, while Luddington joined in Season 9. ALSO: Grey's coronavirus storyline won't be all "death and despair."
“I’ve been reluctant to share this, having written and rewritten it anxiously. I don’t want to unnecessarily add my voice to a noisy landscape on such a challenging topic,” the former Girls star wrote on Instagram. She wrote that "the pain was soon joined by an impossible, crushing fatigue. Then, a fever of 102. Suddenly my body simply...revolted....This went on for 21 days, days that blended into each other like a rave gone wrong. I was lucky enough to have a doctor who could offer me regular guidance on how to care for myself and I never had to be hospitalized.”
Dershowitz's attorneys demanded an apology over the Season 4 finale that connected him with Epstein and referred to him as a "shyster." "You make this complaint on behalf of Professor Alan Dershowitz, a public figure who has long been associated with Jeffrey Epstein, and who has admitted on television to receiving a massage from a woman at Epstein’s mansion,” ViacomCBS attorney Jonathan Anschell wrote in response. “In the non-fictional world, these factors require us to decline your request that we withdraw the episode, and our correspondence could end right here.” Anschell added: "We’re confident that no viewer would conclude that Professor Dershowitz is a shyster based on one line of opinion from a fictional character on the Series, as opposed to the real-life, factual publications that have called him exactly that."
Harvey is expected to begin taping at the ABC game show's Atlanta studio in preparation for the Season 22 premiere on Sept. 14.
The IOC rules currently states that "no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas" to protect the neutrality of the Olympic movement. But Los Angeles Olympic Committee Chairman Casey Wasserman, who is overseeing the 2028 Summer Games, is urging for an exemption for anti-racism advocacy. “Sport is not separate or clear of racism; it is a microcosm of our world where racism exists," Wasserman wrote to IOC president Thomas Bach. “I urge you to allow and encourage athletes to advocate against racism anywhere they can, including on and off the field of play. With the power of sport we can start to make the world a better place, a more tolerant place. A safer place. A more inclusive place. It is up to all of us to enact change and create a future we want to see.”
Sunday's premiere was up 11% from the Season 3 premiere in 2018, drawing 656,000 total viewers on Sunday.
The Leslie Jones-hosted ABC reboot of the classic game show will follow coronavirus guidelines. ABC also announced that all the food on the show will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
"Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark on Friday that if the sport doesn't do a better job of managing the coronavirus, it could shut down for the season," reports ESPN's Jeff Passan. "The league and players recognize the coming days are a critical juncture following an outbreak among the Miami Marlins in which 21 members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19. Two positive tests by St. Louis Cardinals players on Friday exacerbated concerns inside the sport about the presence of the coronavirus and whether the jointly agreed-upon protocols are being followed properly to prevent outbreaks similar to Miami's."
Rupert Murdoch's youngest son's resignation today, citing editorial disagreements, drew comparisons to Succession, which James Murdoch claims he doesn't watch. Meanwhile, as CNN's Brian Stelter points out, "James Murdoch already left 21st Century Fox, partly due to his disgust with Fox News. Now he's breaking off ties with the family's other company, News Corp. A big moment in Murdochworld. But: he's still very much connected to the empire through the Murdoch Family Trust."