Doogie Kealoha, M.D., from former How I Met Your Mother writer and executive producer Kourtney Kang, is the latest past TV show to get a Disney+ reboot, following Lizzie McGuire and High School Musical. Doogie Kealoha, M.D. revolves around a 16-year-old half-Asian, half-white female doctor in Hawaii. Kang previously tapped her experience growing up mixed-race in an NBC comedy pilot. The lead character reflects Hawaii-born Kang’s own background. Acclaimed TV producers Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley created the original Doogie Howser, starring Neil Patrick Harris, airing for four seasons from 1989 to 1993.
Behar, the only The View co-host who has been on the ABC daytime talk show at its launch in 1997, revealed her exit plan in a new interview for the paperback edition of Variety writer Ramin Setoodeh's tell-all book Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View. Behar has been on The View for every season except for Seasons 17 and 18 from 2013 through 2015. “I have a three-year contract,” Behar said in the book. “But that doesn’t mean I can’t leave if I want to, because they can’t really do anything to me at this point. I don’t see myself staying for more (time). That’s it! I could be wrong. If I’m as fabulous in (2022) as I am now, I’ll think about. But the chances of that happening…” She paused to reflect. “You know, time marches on. I’m not a kid.” Behar turns 80 in October 2022. An ABC spokesperson denied that she would be leaving. "This is not true,” the network spokesperson said. “Joy was asked what happens at the end of her contract and as she herself made clear in the interview, if she’s ‘as fabulous in (2022) as I am now,’ she will be in her seat at the table.”
"When it premiered in 2009, Modern Family was progressive and clever," Matthew Jacobs says of the ABC comedy that concludes tonight after 11 seasons. "Family sitcoms, once TV comedy’s primary sustenance, had been replaced by shows about friend groups and the workplace, yet here came one that conferred purpose via the adjective in its title. The Los Angeles clan was large, blended, fairly wealthy and ostensibly diverse, from the macho patriarch (Ed O’Neill) adapting to the ways of his younger Latina wife (Sofia Vergara) and erudite stepson (Rico Rodriguez) to the well-adjusted gay couple (Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson) who’d adopted a stoic Vietnamese daughter. As the 2010s dawned, Modern Family became the rare series to generate colossal ratings and critical applause....By some standards, a show like this — one that got flagship treatment from ABC — goaded Heartland viewers into imagining domesticity with a less-orthodox makeup. In no time, it found fans across political party lines, namely the Obamas and the Romneys. The Pritchett-Dunphy tribe were pretty good surrogates for a country on the cusp of a major cultural upgrade. Today, however, Modern Family will go out as an artifact that straddles two starkly different versions of America. In September 2009, Barack Obama was eight months into his first term as president. Marriage equality would be legalized in 2015, and almost every sector of public life would start to reckon with its treatment of women and minorities. But nothing gold can stay, especially not when something stays for more than a decade. As technological disruption and Donald Trump’s ascendancy changed the national ethos, Modern Family couldn’t keep up."
GMA co-host Robin Roberts announced the death of Tony Greer, a six-year employee on the show, on-air Wednesday. "It's a very sad day for our GMA family," she said. "He was such a bright light. ... You could just feel Tony's beautiful spirit. You could feel it from a mile away. We love Tony. ... We loved every single moment we were blessed to spend and share with Tony."
After the Mask will feature host Nick Cannon chatting on a “virtual stage” remotely with “major celebrity guests." The aftershow premieres after The Masked Singer on April 22.
Kimmel got former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to fill in for him on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as he taped the Millionaire special in the days before California announced a stay-at-home order. The star-studded Millionaire special kicks off tonight. “We moved really fast,” says executive producer Michael Davies. “We accelerated the schedule and delivered more than eight episodes worth of material by the end of our second shooting day, so we were able to cancel our third shooting day. That was to allow some of our crew and staff, who had traveled from the East Coast, and some of them from the U.K., to get on planes and get home to their families.” Without a studio audience, about 15 staff and crew members had to provide reactions from around the Millionaire set. “Initially that was very concerning to me, because you’re a comedian and you want to get laughs,” says Kimmel. “But about 10 minutes in, I could see that it was gonna work anyway. I did radio for a long time, and when you’re alone in a radio studio, nobody’s laughing. You just have to have some kind of confidence that what you’re saying will be funny to people watching at home. Otherwise, you wind up tap dancing and stumbling, so I kind of went with the drama and kept the jokes between myself and the players. And I think it came out well.”
Colbert has landed the first interview with the U.S. senator since he suspended his presidential campaign this morning.
The Happy Days of Garry Marshall will pay tribute tot he legendary TV producer and director, who created Happy Days and the original TV version of The Odd Couple. Marshall died in 2016 at age 81.
The six-part docuseries, which counts Greg Berlanti as an executive producer, retells the story of the how the Manson family cult terrorized California in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Yet another data analytics firm found Quibi's launch to be disappointing. Research from ListenFirst Media found that Quibi was the subject of only 46,554 Twitter posts on Monday. Apple TV+'s launch generated 8.6 times more tweets on Nov. 1. Disney+ debut on Nov. 12 had 23 times more tweets.
Kelly Rowland, Terrence J and Regina Hall will host Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort on April 22. The money raised will help the black communities that are hardest hit by coronavirus.
"That whole week was one of the funniest weeks in the (writers) room," executive producer Gloria Calderón Kellett tells TVLine of the opening to last night's episode. "We had a lot of fun talking about that, and that opening scene is a scene I (originally) pitched to (co-showrunner) Mike Royce three years ago. We just needed to find the story to support doing it.”
The Graceland alum will play Kyle Cushing, the husband of Emmanuelle Chriqui's Lana Lang on The CW superhero series.
The half-hour Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate, airing April 14, will be made available on HBO, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, TNT, Tru TV and PBS Kids.
The six-episode series will feature recorded footage from eight fan-favorite couples across Married at First Sight's 10 seasons. Couples Cam premieres May 20.
John Stamos posted a coronavirus quarantine-themed version of Full House's opening credits this morning featuring him, Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber. The video did not include Lori Loughlin or the Olsen twins.
The multi-camera comedy, created by Dicky Murphy, revolves around a newly blended family and two polar opposite stepsiblings named Erin and Aaron who come together through music.
Miller's TV production companies, most famously Miller/Boyett Productions, were behind some of the most iconic sitcoms of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. His credits include "TGIF" hits like Family Matters, Full House, Step by Step and Perfect Strangers, plus Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, Bosom Buddies and Valerie. He was also an executive producer on Netflix Full House sequel series Fuller House. In a 1990 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Miller conceded that his shows didn't win Emmys. "Our award is that 30 million people are watching," he said. "To me, the goal is to entertain. And if you're doing an 8 o'clock show, that means you also try to make them intelligent, you have them tell a story that has not a preachy moral necessarily, but something there so that it's not a bad thing if you watch it. The fact that those [shows] don’t win awards means nothing to me if we continue to please that many people."
Season 2 of Homecoming kicks off with Monáe alone in a rowboat in the middle of a lake, with no oars.
"This season, the struggle for power becomes a struggle for survival, and all characters must adapt or risk extinction, Showtime says of Season 5, premiering May 3.
Last year, The Office and Friends were Netflix's No. 1 and No. 2 shows, respectively. So it makes sense that the stars of the two iconic NBC comedies would team up on Netflix. Kudrow is joining Space Force -- which Netflix announced today is premiering May 29 -- in a recurring role as Maggie Naird, the wife of Carell's Gen. Mark R. Naird. "She's a Washington Air Force wife who has sublimated parts of herself to her husband's career for two decades. But as he takes on his biggest challenge, she is growing in a different direction," per The Hollywood Reporter, which notes that Kudrow received multiple offers to star in broadcast pilots. Netflix also released some first-look Space Force images. Carell, who is reportedly earning more than $1 million per episode, co-created Space Force with The Office's Greg Daniels.
The seven-episode docuseries revolving around Joe Exotic is one of Netflix's most-watched series ever, according to Nielsen. Tiger King topped Season 2 of Stranger Things, and was close to Stranger Things 3, which drew 36.3 million in its first 10 days last summer.
"For cinephiles of a certain generation, the premiere of Twin Peaks on April 8, 1990 was a seismic event in popular culture, the sort of experience where you remember exactly where you were when you saw it," says Scott Tobias, who adds: "It was like nothing we had ever seen on television, and like nothing we had ever seen in a theater either. Yet there are two important things about the pilot that tend to get forgotten over time. One is that Twin Peaks did not start as the cult phenomenon it would become later, as diehard fans clung to the series through diminishing ratings and a 1992 feature, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, that caught the zeitgeist too late. The pilot was a bonafide smash, the highest-rated of the 1989-90 season and the fifth ranked show of the week, and about 35 million Americans tuned into ABC to watch it. For perspective, only two primetime telecasts in 2019 had a higher viewership, and they were both football games. It was an impossible (and fleeting) moment when art infiltrated the mainstream, and the Sunday night mystery that introduced characters such as the Log Lady and Nadine, the eyepatch-wearing housewife with a drape obsession. The other surprise, revisiting the pilot, is how emotion defines it as much as eccentricity. Twin Peaks is remembered as a strange show, and it would certainly get stranger as its mythology spun out over three seasons and a movie. The death of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) would become a Lynchian mystery box that had no bottom, just an unending series of dark and surreal revelations about a secret, insinuating evil that lurked on the edges of an idyllic north-western town. But in the pilot, it’s treated more simply as a tsunami of grief that crashes over its characters, who have never experienced losing one of their own, which makes it seem like a sudden death in the everyone’s family."
The Olympic flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 26, just four days before the Summer Olympics were officially postponed until summer 2021. It's unclear when the flame will reappear again.
Cheer's Jerry Harris, Stranger Things' Caleb McLaughlin, 13 Reasons Why's Ross Butler, The Kissing Booth's Joey King and To All the Boys I've Loved Before's Noah Centineo and Lana Condor will be among the participants on the weekly series Netflix is making in partnership with Instagram.
“One thing that I’ve learned from being in quarantine is that … this is like being in jail, is what it is,” Ellen said on her daytime talk show Tuesday. As fans pointed out, Ellen is doing her show from her $27 million mansion in Montecito, California.
Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen answered one of the most pressing questions since he started broadcasting from his home: What's up with the slide? Turns out, it was Juvonen's idea. “The slide is in an old barn and the only thing I knew we wanted to do with the barn is put a slide down the middle of it. It didn’t come out quite as cute as it should’ve,” she explained on last night's Tonight Show: At Home Edition. “I drew that slide coming down and once you draw it, you can bring it to life. How cool and fun is that. I go down the slide usually all the time.”
Saturday Night Live has released a new video of its ongoing series focusing on its most prominent alums.
The Pop TV comedy ended six seasons Tuesday with a celebratory finish that felt like the way Schitt's Creek was always meant to end, says Justin Kirkland. "The finale of Schitt's Creek is purely fan service, which can often be a disappointment to watch," says Kirkland. "Fan-driven plot can be a misguided wishlist of non-sequitur fiction. But for the final episode of Schitt's Creek, it works. This half-hour, while a beautiful goodbye to the series, is largely inconsequential because Dan and Eugene Levy managed to wrap up every narrative arc before this last installment. 'Happy Ending' is just that—a rare coda that allows the Rose family (and viewers) a moment to celebrate this accomplishment before them. Television finales and life milestones have this unfortunate similarity: rarely are they allowed the proper amount of time to breathe. Schitt's Creek dodges that. This moment of celebration and fan service and triumph works because it was earned. While Schitt's Creek was always a comedy that focused on the flamboyant and silly, it never allowed its characters to find an easy way out. There's a difficult line to walk when redeeming an unlikable character, but Schitt's Creek managed to shine a light on the flaws of each member of the Rose family in a way that made you want to root for them."
EW tries to envision how Grey's Anatomy's Dr. Meredith Grey, House's Dr. Gregory House, Lost's Dr. Jack Shephard Scrubs' Dr. J.D. Dorian, The Resident's Dr. Conrad Hawkins, The X Files' Dana Scully, Outlander's Dr. Claire Randall Fraser, Firefly's Dr. Simon Tam and even Doctor Who's The Doctor would tackle our current coronavirus crisis. "If anything, Dr. House would be called on to help with the influx of COVID-19 patients flooding the ER and clinic and inevitably stumble upon the one person who appeared to have coronavirus but actually had some other rare disease that only presented like the virus," Chancellor Agard says of Hugh Laurie's House character, Meanwhile, Gillian Anderson's Scully, a doctor and FBI agent, "would do what she does best: roll up her sleeves and save some lives. After pulling an 18-hour shift volunteering in the ICU, she’d then use her government connections to try to get supplies rerouted to hospitals in need, before treating herself to a bagel (one with real cream cheese, of course)," says Devan Coggan.
# TOPICS: Grey's Anatomy, House, Jeopardy!, The Talk, The X-Files, Chelsea Handler, Chris Cuomo, Eve, Guy Fieri, Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari, Lester Holt, Matthew Perry, Olivia Wilde, Tori Spelling, Coronavirus
"We figured it out as we went," showrunner Todd Harthan says of concluding Season 3 Tuesday night with Episode 20, well short of its 23-episode season order. "We had the luxury — in this particular season, anyway — where the last three or four episodes are so intense because it’s the culmination of our (Red Rock storyline), and so many personal relationships have been building up over the course of the season. So this year in particular, our last five episodes were all feeling like satisfying, big episodes. When this all hit, we did make some adjustments when Episode 20 became our finale, and we did have the luxury of other pieces of shot footage, and we said, 'Oh, wait, what if we take this puzzle piece and move it into Episode 20, to give it more of a cliffhanger-like feeling?' It was crazy. It was intense. And ultimately, it’s a TV show. For us, it was about doing the best we can, but let’s be realistic that the things happening in the rest of the world are far more serious."
UFC president Dana White, who's said he's already securing an island to stage future UFC fights, is reportedly planning to hold an April 18 UFC event at the Tachi Palace Casino Resort, near Fresno, California.
On Tuesday night, Colbert was a virtual guest on TBS' Conan and Conan was a virtual guest on Colbert's A Late Show. Conan tried pretending he was the actual Late Show host, and Colbert said go ahead and do his job. Appearing on TBS' Conan, Colbert and Conan compared notes about how they're handling being quarantined away from their talk show studio audiences. "I miss the laughter," said Conan. "I miss the joy that I bring others." When Conan asked if Colbert felt the same, The Late Show host responded: "I miss the audience because I get all of my value from their praise I have no self-worth at all. I only exist really in reflection to them chanting my name, so it's been rough." Added Conan: "When they chant my name now it's usually as an angry mob."
# TOPICS: Stephen Colbert, ABC, CBS, TBS, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Modern Family, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Andy Lassner, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Coronavirus, Late Night
“We were going to just hunker down in the studio with all the staff members,” Desus tells Wired of him and The Kid Mero's initial plans to resume their Showtime talk show. “We were just like, ‘What if we just get a lot of food and everyone just stays in the studio? We could just live here because it used to be the old Al Jazeera studio. So it’s bulletproof, fully protected, and self-contained.’ So in theory, we could have probably stayed there for a couple weeks. But, you know, people have families and kids.” Desus says Showtime's tech team worked with them virtually to get the right software installed. But, he says, they had the "unmitigated audacity to tell me my MacBook was too old to run the streaming software! So I was sitting there in my feelings like, ‘How dare they?!’ But because it’s Showtime, the next day there was a fresh-out-the-box MacBook Pro at my door, and I had to spray it with Lysol and keep it moving.” Next up was figuring out where in his home to film his show. “Everyone has a really nice house," he says. "So I was like, 'I have to find the best place in my apartment so people don’t think I’m broke.'" He settled on his sneaker room, a small second bedroom where he keeps his expansive shoe collection. “I'm not going to lie. Every time I look at it on TV, I'm like, 'Wow, that looks cool as hell,'" he says.
Starting Thursday with back-to-back episodes, Vice Media co-founder Shane Smith will interview public figures about coronavirus, starting with Edward Snowden and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The SNL star posted a lengthy tribute to Willner, who died Monday from complications from coronavirus at age 64. She even posted a screenshot of email he sent her last month. "I emailed with Hal three weeks ago about taking part in a fundraiser he was doing in New York," wrote Strong of Willner, who's been a fixture at Saturday Night Live since 1980. "I thought i couldn’t go because I was going to spend my hiatus in LA. But then I cancelled my trip last minute because I was too nervous that I 'touch my face' absentmindedly too often. He had to cancel anyway because of covid. These were the pictures he was obsessed with. He was way too nice to me right away when I started. He was bizarre and friendly and I couldn’t understand 30% of what he said to me in a sort of quiet voice in a sometimes very loud environment. He was cooler than any of us. He wore hats. He always seemed to be smiling to himself about something secret. He sat in front of the cut sketches on the board between dress and air that we all DESPERATELY WANT TO AND NEED TO SEE and I would think 'Oh Hal'. There was not a single person on earth like him and now there is truly no one. Muchlovetoyou, c"
Ascheim, who's exiting his Freeform job that he's held since 2013, will also oversee the studios of Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation in Los Angeles.
In an interview with Another Man magazine, Gyllenhaal recalled the late actor refusing to take part in an Oscars opening that would've mocked their characters' same-sex romantic relationship in Brokeback Mountain. “That’s the thing I loved about Heath," said Gyllenhaal. "He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, ‘No. This is about love. Like, that’s it, man. Like, no.’"
"All those sports could very well first return to television from coronavirus quarantine without live audiences, to broadcast for the rest of us still stuck at home, and they could learn something from the pageant of WrestleMania," says David Bixenspan. "Tighter focus on the performers, their dynamic athleticism, and the drama within each specific matchup worked well in this setting. So did fun experimentation that took advantage of the new scope of the show and turned its limits into strengths. Relying on most of the old tricks and camera moves worked much less well. In team sports, what would replace the booming Jumbotron calls to action, the mascot running through the stands, the shots of jubilant and devastated opposing fans after a big score? Something will have to take their place, and maybe soon: MLB is threatening to come back in May, UFC is supposedly securing private islands to hold bouts, and the NFL is proceeding as if it has immunity. The leagues would do well to start considering how the likely post-pandemic format could shape what audiences see and what they want from the show—as it did in WrestleMania 36."
The seven-minute, 20-episode show from ViacomCBS follows 10-year old Max and his best friend Sharkdog – who's half shark, half dog, all appetite.
“During this most extraordinary time in our nation’s history, each of you is uniquely positioned to be a positive and powerful resource for every child, and every family, in America," Tim Winter, president of the conservative watchdog, wrote in a letter to the five major broadcast networks. "I respectfully but urgently call on the five of you, individually or perhaps even collectively, to use the massive reach of your broadcast signals in greater service to the public interest."
CNN president Jeff Zucker was then president of NBC Entertainment when he picked up Scrubs in May 2001. "Donald was going around giving everyone noogies, and I look over, and Donald has Jeff Zucker, the president of the network, in a full headlock,” Braff recalled on their Fake Doctors, Real Friends podcast. “He’s giving him a drunken noogie on his bald head and I hear Jeff Zucker go, ‘Please, Donald, no!'”
Smith called their scene in which they engage in a screaming match when Banks recurred in fall 1993 as "one of my favorite moments."
Tuesday marked the one-month anniversary of the last pre-quarantine Saturday Night Live episode, hosted by Daniel Craig. To keep himself busy, SNL writer Steven Castillo has begun posting fake host announcements on Instagram.
"I surprisingly like the platform’s truncated, tiny-screen reframing of big TV," says Lorraine Ali, in a Quibi conversation with fellow Los Angeles Times TV critic Robert Lloyd. "Its curated collection of original shows is a welcome alternative to the short-form viewing experience I’ve grown accustomed to bemoaning. YouTube is like rummaging through the final sale bin of a deep discount store. There’s a lot of clutter, it’s a lot of work, and there are not enough redeeming finds among all the amateur skit comedy my teenager hate-watches to justify the time spent. Quibi’s a better option for impatient viewers like myself, who want to avoid endless wormholes but value series TV that clocks in under 10 minutes per episode." But Lloyd counters that YouTube, and other web-based platforms, "with their open doors and low bars (you do not need to take a meeting with Jeffrey Katzenberg, or anybody, to get your show onto YouTube), is that what it has to offer is unpredictable, personal, oddly shaped." Ali responds: "I agree that the democratic nature of YouTube and the like is a good thing. But it’s overwhelming and I’ve found in the current political climate of misinformation and polarizing rants, I need corporate alternatives to the corporate alternative. I’m sure that will change when the pendulum swings back toward total studio control, and Quibi has devoured us all."
"When the show premiered in January 2013 as an offshoot of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, it was a gift," says Kate Aurthor of Lisa Vanderpump's Bravo reality show. "A reality show about the depthless, dramatic lives of a group of friends who worked at the West Hollywood restaurant Sur; all of whom were pretty but not too pretty, dumb but not too dumb; and who lived in the thrall of the restaurant’s owner Lisa Vanderpump — truly, what could be better? There wasn’t a decent human being in the bunch, and it was thrilling." But in recent years, Vanderpump Rules has gone downhill. "What I do know is that Vanderpump Rules is now dreadfully dull — if not actively terrible," says Aurthur in offering eight reasons why the show has been circling the drain.
Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, premiering May 5, offers an intimate look at the iconic actress through the eyes of her and Robert Wagner's daughter, actress Natasha Gregson Wagner.
The cast of the NBC drama got their groove on to promote the season's final two episodes.
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and their fellow cast members will reunite online Thursday for a live table read of their final season premiere to benefit Meals On Wheels' COVID-19 relief program. The April 9 presentation will be followed by a live Q&A afterwards moderated by co-creator Marta Kauffman. The live table read will be shown on the Netflix Is a Joke YouTube page starting at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on Thursday. “While we’re sitting here afraid, unsure and isolated, we wanted to come together and do some good,” said Kauffman. "All we’ve got is time on our hands and technology at our fingertips. So we decided to use both of those assets to raise money for Meals on Wheels, which brings food to food-insecure and isolated seniors. They are among our most vulnerable right now and need our help.” ALSO: Casts of Young Sheldon, Desperate Housewives, Jessie and Barry to reunite for Stars in the House coronavirus fundraiser for The Actors Fund.
For five straight Sundays starting May 3, CBS will show iconic movies from its corporate sibling Paramount Pictures' library, starting with Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. “It’s a five-week programming event with epic films, iconic stars and brilliant stories that viewers love… and love to watch together,” said Noriko Kelley, CBS Entertainment's executive vice president of program planning and scheduling. On May 10, CBS will show Forrest Gump, followed by Mission: Impossible on May 17, Titanic on May 24 and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on May 31.
Data provided by analytics company Sensor Tower found that despite a free 90-day trial offer, only 300,000 signed up on Quibi's first day. That's about 7.5% of the 4 million downloads for the Disney+ app in its first 24 hours.
Willner, who died Monday of complications related to the coronavirus, was responsible for the music in Saturday Night Live's sketches since 1980. A well-regarded record producer, Willner was also, as he explained in a 2017 interview, the show's link to the past, introducing current cast members to the comedy of Lord Buckley or Firesign Theater. Willner's final two tweets, on March 28 and 29, were about the coronavirus, including one in support of another coronavirus sufferer, John Prine. "Hal I love you," tweeted John Mulaney. "I liked you in my life so much. When I got horrible reviews you sent me a full email of Lou Reed quotes on how to view critics. It meant so much to me. You changed my way of thinking on how to make stuff. You made what you wanted w/ the people you loved. Bye Hal. P.S. You loved life completely and lived it intensely and I know you would find it funny that it took a global pandemic to take you away. I am going to miss you a lot." Seth Meyers tweeted that Willner was "as unique a person I ever had the fortune to cross paths with." Former SNL cast member Michael McKean added: "Hal Willner was one a kind. None there are none of that kind. RIP, Hal." Chris Kelly, SNL's co-head writer in the 2016-2017 season, also tweeted a tribute: "I loved Hal. I truly, truly loved that man," Kelly tweeted. "He was such a huge part of my time at SNL, and is such an enormous part of the show in general. (To say the VERY least.) He was kind, generous, insanely positive, and so, so talented. Im lucky I got to know him." Former SNL writer Paula Pell called Willner "the gentlest genius at SNL. He bemoaned artists abandoning weirdness and authenticity but never gave up searching for it. We love you forever. F*ck off this disease and especially its enablers."
"Schitt’s Creek, a cocreation of Dan and Eugene, is the rare TV series that will wrap production not by necessity, but by choice, retiring at the peak of its appeal and popularity," says Ben Lindbergh in advance of tonight's series finale. "The series’ audience has progressively grown, a product of positive word of mouth, Pop TV’s marketing, and, perhaps most important, its appearance on Netflix after its first two seasons. Further buoyed by four Emmy nominations last year, viewership on Pop is up 60 percent since Season 5, and according to a Nielsen streaming report, Schitt’s Creek trailed only The Office in viewership among non-original series on Netflix in the first week of March." Lindbergh adds: "Like a lot of cult or classic series, Schitt’s Creek gradually revealed layers that weren’t immediately apparent from its fairly familiar fish-out-of-water premise. The Office writer/producer and Parks and Recreation creator Michael Schur explained last week how both of those series pivoted toward kindness in unexpected ways: Michael Scott diverged from U.K. model David Brent after The 40-Year-Old Virgin showcased the warmth of Steve Carell, and Leslie Knope, prompted by Amy Poehler’s portrayal, evolved from a polished politician into a more relatable, sympathetic figure. Schitt’s Creek is a family affair both behind and in front of the camera, and its pivot was planned from the start."
If the coronavirus shutdown stretches into the summer, then network fall premieres will have to be delayed. So networks are already scrambling on what they could do to fill the time this fall. "There's so many chicken and egg scenarios that it's frustrating for those who like having order and all the pieces in place for a larger strategy," a broadcast veteran tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We're all playing a game of chicken: How long can we tap dance to get a little information about where this is headed?" Multiple networks have already begun meeting with corporate siblings to prepare to fill the scheduling void. "Should no returning or new shows be able to launch during September's annual Premiere Week, ABC, CBS and NBC have also started conversations with their streaming counterparts to see if any originals from Disney+, Hulu, CBS All Access or even upstart Peacock may be available to air on linear networks," reports The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg. "Should ABC, for example, look to air content from Disney+ on the linear network, the studio would likely need to ink new deals with profit participants. CBS is also expected to harness programming from CBS All Access, Showtime and its recently re-acquired brands MTV, VH1 and Paramount Network, say sources, though affiliates could balk... Another option that multiple networks are currently considering is to take a page from late night and repackage repeats with new content that appeals to diehard fans."
Monday's episode is "the latest and clearest piece of evidence in an argument I’ve been building in my head for a while: Breaking Bad tells the more fundamentally interesting (or, at least, more exciting) story, but (Peter) Gould, Gilligan, and company are at this moment better at telling stories in this world after so much time doing it," says Alan Sepinwall. "Saul can get hemmed in by the demands of being a prequel, particularly on the drug side of things (which has of late become the majority of the show), but its individual moments can feel even deeper and more artfully crafted. Which is not something I could have imagined when this show started. (Nor, as they’ve admitted, could Gilligan and Gould.)" Sepinwall adds: "What an hour from everyone involved, but especially from Bob Odenkirk. These last few episodes have been huge in terms of the series’ primary character arc, and he’s been more than up to that challenge. We’ve long passed the point where his gifts as a dramatic actor are surprising, but the raw physicality of what he does here seems beyond anything he’s done in the past, even at what seemed like his very best."
“Oh, well, me and my wife have been quarantining it for like three weeks so she’s pregnant three times. Every week she got pregnant,” Morgan said when Kotb asked this morning what he's been doing during the pandemic. “And also we’re role-playing a lot now. She’s playing a young maiden whose grandfather was infected with coronavirus and I’m the scientist who discovered the cure. And she’ll do anything to save her grandfather's life. And I mean anything.” All Kotb could say in response was, “Well, you are a creative one.” ALSO: Morgan says "f*ck show business" in an emotional message on The Howard Stern Show thanking first responders.
The Entourage alum will take on the role played by Kristin Kreuk in Smallville. Lana Lang-Cushing is "a loan officer at Smallville Bank who stayed in Smallville when others left for something bigger and brighter," per Deadline. "Lana reestablishes her friendship with her old friend, Clark Kent, during one of the most difficult periods in her life."
Ascheim has helmed the Generation Z and young millennial-oriented cable network since December 2013, when it was known as ABC Family.
On tonight's episode, Roseanne Conner will make her presence known from beyond the grave.
"So here's the deal, I ran out of eggs and I called a friend of mine who has chickens," Gosselaar said in an Instagram video. "And I said, 'Hey! Can you help me out?' So, she left me a few."
The AMC/ITV miniseries starring Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford based on Britain's Who Wants to be a Millionaire? cheating scandal premieres May 31.
The NFL Films docuseries is planning to be supersized with its first-ever two-team season. While the Chargers have never appeared on Hard Knocks before, the Rams were the subject of the HBO docuseries in 2016.
Xena will make its Syfy debut on April 16 featuring Lawless and surprise guests. The Helfer-hosted Battlestar Galactica marathon kicks off on April 20.
In Hey, Human, Wilson interviews celebrities and strangers to bring everyone a “daily dose of community and inspiration.” The series debuted Monday with an interview with his Office co-star Angela Kinsey. Wilson's web show follows fellow Office alum John Krasinski's launch last week of his hit web series Some Good News.
Contestants are only allowed to play the Wheel once. But an exception was made for Tony Harrison. “If Tony looks familiar — this is Tony Harrison, who's been here before,” said host Pat Sajak while introducing the contestants Monday night. “We had a little production issue, and in the interests of fairness, we brought Tony back.” Fans remembered Harrison playing in 2017. Some fans complained on Twitter that Harrison, who took home $93,831 in cash and prizes on Monday, had an unfair advantage in being allowed to return for a second time.
The Jameela Jamil-hosted comedy game show returns on May 14.
Previous Doctor Who showrunner Moffat has penned a new story for the sci-fi character, titled "The Terror of the Umpty Ums."
“How do you know the lyrics better than me right now?” a stunned Chance said on last night's Late Show.
The respective alums of Silicon Valley and Parks and Recreation filmed three completely improvised comedy specials based on suggestions from a live audience. Middleditch & Schwartz premieres April 21.