Larry David's public service announcement for California Gov. Gavin Newsom's office this week urging people to stay home "helped me realize that we’re all Larry Davids now: suspicious of other people, overtly worried about hygiene, and trigger-happy on the bottle of Purell (if you even have one)," says David Sims. "Before March, crossing the street to avoid someone walking toward you on the sidewalk might have seemed rude or suspicious; now, cautiously avoiding close personal contact on any stroll around the block is the norm. That shift eliminates one of David’s ultimate fears in Curb Your Enthusiasm, the 'stop-and-chat,' where bumping into an acquaintance outside might necessitate a longer conversation simply out of politeness....For decades, David has built a comic persona around the little foibles that come with in-person human interaction. Those idiosyncrasies surfaced in multiple characters in his sitcom Seinfeld, which he co-created with Jerry Seinfeld; there, Seinfeld’s character was known for his excessive neatness and his discomfort with physical contact, such as a 'kiss hello.' Curb Your Enthusiasm, though, took that itchiness even further. David is certainly disturbed by physical contact, but it’s really every layer of socializing that he struggles with, from the various protocols of the service industry to dinner-table banter with his closest friends." Sims adds: "As I methodically wipe down packages that I bring into my home, walk in the road to stay away from people, and fixate on the noises my neighbors make stomping around their apartment, it’s hard not to feel like a Larry David acolyte. But just as these recent weeks have been an inadvertent affirmation of his grouchiness and uncharitable view of human hygiene, I live in hope that sometime in the future we’ll be able to firmly repudiate it, and go back to a world of stop-and-chats and warm hellos. The bottle of Purell on every table, though? That might be sticking around for a while."
# TOPICS: Larry David, CNN, ESPN, HBO, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Def Comedy Jam, Peyton's Places, Chris Cuomo, Colton Underwood, Erin Burnett , John Mulaney, Melissa Villasenor, Peyton Manning, Pink, Robert Englund, Taraji P. Henson, Coronavirus, Zoom
In his first Real Time since the coronavirus shutdown three weeks ago, Maher hosted his show from his backyard while wearing a suit and tie. “We’re gonna be doing something a little different today, we’re gonna be taping the show from my backyard where I have a bar,” Maher began. “What did you expect? It’s my house, I have a bar. What did you expect to see here, a child’s playpen?”
Lenkov says he informed the cast of the cancelation while filming a pivotal scene in Friday's series finale. "Well, truthfully, I think the show is going to end every year. So every year you have to think about that," he says. "But I felt like the ending that you saw could have worked as a season finale or a series finale...I always thought that the season would end this way, and then when it became a series-ender I went in and retooled some things so it felt like a real, genuine end." Lenkov adds: "There were two things that were essential to whenever the series was going to end that I needed to put in there. One was, what was in the tackle box? And what was in the box was Steve's father, John, actually suspected that his wife was alive and was investigating that. The other was what for years I called my Pearl Harbor scene, which was, what happened in the hours and days before the attack on Pearl Harbor? I always wanted to see what went into the planning of the Hesse extraction in the pilot and seeing Steve McGarrett as a Navy SEAL before any of this ever happened, before his father was murdered. The idea of seeing the planning stages from the pilot was something that I always wanted to write at some point, and I always knew it was going to be a part of the finale."
"The docuseries — part work of true crime, part graphic nature documentary, and part trashy reality show — has become must-see television for anyone who wants to remain pop-culturally conversant, or at least have something to talk about besides the coronavirus," says Jen Chaney. "I understand why. It’s an extreme, flawed example of the types of docuseries and documentaries that have generated the most attention over the past five years. Let’s call them WTF docs. As that title would suggest, WTF docs are documentary series or films with so many jaw-dropping twists that they make you blurt out, 'What the f- - -?' at least once, and usually multiple times. A lot of true-crime shows fit into this category. Certain revisitations of historical events or scandals — Wild Wild Country, Leaving Neverland — do, too. Even documentaries that tackle comparatively lighter subjects, like McMillions or last year’s two Fyre Festival movies, fit into this subgenre because they also are rife with unexpected, outlandish moments. 'You’ve gotta see this,' we tell our friends after watching one of these documentaries. 'It’s crazy.'" Chaney adds: "Where other docuseries and documentaries come upon their jaw-dropping plot twists in a manner that feels organic, the storytelling in Tiger King seems to be guided by them. (Co-director Eric) Goode, a businessman and conservationist, says he originally intended to focus the docuseries on the exploitation of exotic animals, but the final product suggests that the insane drama and quirky people in this world superseded that plan. The WTF-ery became Tiger King’s entire reason for being. Its WTF-ness provides its oxygen."
"After spending weeks downplaying the deadly virus that now has nearly the entire U.S. under some form of lockdown, several Fox News stars are now attempting to gaslight viewers by claiming they sounded the alarms over the coronavirus all along while it was actually the media and Democrats who dismissed it," says Justin Baragona. "The network’s most-viewed primetime host Sean Hannity has recently devoted much airtime to insisting he has “always taken the coronavirus seriously,” despite no less than a month ago suggesting the pandemic might be a 'deep state' plot to hurt the economy or, at another point, claiming concerns over the novel virus was a 'new hoax' designed to 'bludgeon' Trump. Like many of his Fox colleagues, Hannity suddenly changed his tune late last month on the virus after President Donald Trump finally pivoted to treating it seriously. The Fox star and unofficial Trump adviser has since taken aim at Democrats and critics who have rightly called out his previous coverage, claiming that all along he was the one warning of the coming disaster while they were the ones turning a blind eye."
"This is the first time I’ve really grieved like this. I’m devastated," says Bloom in an interview she and her colleagues did with Vulture following the Emmy-winning songwriter's death from coronavirus earlier this week. "Yesterday I was mourning him as a friend. Today I’m mourning him as a creative partner. What he and Jack and I did was so special. It just puts Crazy Ex in this new light. The finale aired almost a year ago, but then we did Radio City in May and London in June and we were slobbering all over each other."
The questionnaire asks potential cast members if they consider themselves straight, gay, bisexual or other, according to TMZ. The questionnaire is likely in response to Carlton not telling Diamond that he was bisexual until they got engaged.
"Why is it that Star Wars is constantly bringing on men with little to no experience in writing anything related to these characters?" says Rachel Leishman of Harold this week replacing original Obi-Wan series writer Hossein Amini. While The Mandalorian was made with the involvement of female directors like Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard, it was mainly a boys' club, just like all the other Star Wars projects. Leishman says Harold's past work doesn't seem to make him a standout hire. "I’m sorry, this probably isn’t fair to Mr. Harold," says Leishman. "I’m sure he’s a lovely man, and he was also an EP on things people liked, like Edge of Tomorrow and John Wick: Chapter 3, but do you know how many women want to write for Star Wars who are beyond talented, qualified, and have some connection to this specific character? And yet each new addition to Star Wars brings more men to the table, regardless of their level of experience."
Lucasfilm's Doug Chiang posted some of his Mandalorian concept art on Instagram this week. "Time for a Mando and Baby Yoda sketch!" he wrote.
"I mean, I don't know how we do it!" Moore says of coordinating the NBC musical drama's numbers. "Sometimes I look back and I'm like, how did we do 61 numbers? You're in the creation mode and then you're in the skeleton crew mode and then you're in the teaching mode and you're in the shooting mode all in one day. We're doing multiple things all in one day. But my team is awesome and we have a lot of fun."
In a 2011 memo, Kilar stunned the TV world by writing then-shocking things like "traditional TV has too many ads" and "consumers want TV to be more convenient for them." He also predicted the end of the cable bundle. "Kilar hasn’t been a big player in the streaming wars since he exited Hulu," says Josef Adalian. "He started a short-form streaming service called Vessel (shades of Quibi) in 2015; in 2016, it was bought by Verizon and shut down. But the knowledge he gained launching Hulu, combined with his previous career moving Amazon into the business of selling DVDs online, is clearly why AT&T execs believe he’s the right person to move WarnerMedia more fully into the streaming era via HBO Max."
"While The Bachelor is built on, and perpetuates, the notion of monogamy as the prize, it actively displays how, sometimes, polyamory is actually the answer," says Rotem Rusak. "To be clear, The Bachelor never gets closer than light-years away from representing healthy polyamorous relationships, which are built on enthusiastic consent for multiple romances and a great deal of communication between individuals. However, the show reveals what some people already know: that it is possible to be 'falling in love with more than one person at the same time.'"
"Do I really care about what comedian Kate McKinnon thinks about Cambodia? Not really," says food critic Soleil Ho.
The 1985-1989 ABC comedy starring Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd still holds up 35 years after its premiere. "It was an unforgettable and groundbreaking television show we should all be streaming right now … EXCEPT WE CAN’T BECAUSE NOBODY IS CARRYING IT!" says Dave Holmes. ALSO: Moonlighting had a classic case of "UST": Unresolved Sexual Tension.
The New York Times describes Beef House, premiering Sunday, as "a bizarre spoof of family sitcoms, complete with laugh tracks, 'awwws' and a multicamera format. The sets have three walls. The living-room couch is its center of gravity." But that's where the similarities end. "We both grew up watching all kinds of sitcoms: Family Ties, Who’s The Boss? And what’s interesting is when we started writing this we didn’t have one sitcom in mind," says Eric Wareheim. "Because we watched a thousand hours of that growing up, we knew how the sitcom format worked. When we started diving into the writing of it, it was just like, oh, this is how it goes because we already have so much information in our heads." Tim Heidecker adds: "We grew up in the ’80s and early ’90s and there was not a lot of choice about what you watch on TV. I think we probably just turned on the TV and watched whatever was on. There were certain sitcoms that were a little more for kids versus something like Designing Women or Murphy Brown that felt a little too serious, but then you go and watch the TGIF/ABC slate of Perfect Strangers and Growing Pains. I don’t know if I’d say I’m a huge fan of Growing Pains. That was just what you watched. It wasn’t really an option, it’s just what you did." The pair also looked to fairly recent sitcoms that tried to emulate the past, like Fuller House, The Conners and Last Man Standing. "Yeah, no one is laughing at these shows. Like Tim is saying, I watched The Conners and I couldn’t even smile," says Wareheim. "I tried to enjoy it, but it’s so far from funny. That’s why we made Beef House—our tagline is, 'A sitcom, but funny.' We tried to use the same rhythm that every sitcom is using, the same ideas of a group of people trying to figure out a problem and different kinds of friendships."
Bateman admits Ozark was brighter this season following complaints that the image quality was too dark. "I did read a few critiques last year of how dark the show was. One of the few things that’s the downside of doing something for streaming, as opposed to in a movie theater, is that you don’t have the pristine dark room conditions that you can count on for a feature," he says. As for when he envisions Ozark ending, Bateman doesn't want to jump the shark. "So, I’m not sure where and when it’ll end, but given their intelligence, it doesn’t feel like it’s a 12-season show," he says. ALSO: Janet McTeer weighs in on Season 3.
"This was not supposed to be the end and you can tell," says Beth Elderkin of this week's Season 5 finale. "Syfy’s announcement that they wouldn’t renew The Magicians after five seasons seems to have left the showrunners scrambling to complete season-long and series-long arcs in one 45-minute episode. The result is a series trying to make the best of a bad situation, with a rushed final episode that still leaves us on the promise of something more. 'Fillory and Further' should have been a TV movie. It’s the only way they would’ve been able to get through the three or more episodes worth of storylines needed to close out The Magicians the way this awesome show deserved. This whole episode moves by at breakneck speed, powering through major reveals and landmark moments with barely a moment to react before moving onto the next. It’s hard to say how much of this was as a result of needing to finish the convoluted story arc built up over the course of season five and how much was added to make it a series finale, but I’d guess it’s about 50/50." ALSO: The Magicians' finale was just about perfect.
"It’s short, it’s ridiculous, and it couldn’t really exist on any other network," says Garrett Martin. "Despite those surface similarities, it offers something that Adult Swim has openly struggled with for its entire history: it’s made by women. Created by Sandy Honig, Mitra Jouhari and Alyssa Stonoha, who have performed live under the same name for years, Three Busy Debras is as surreal as you’d expect from an Adult Swim show. Its 12-minute episodes are basically short films that weave together two or three different comedy sketches built on a similar theme, with scenarios that are based in something resembling reality but always spiral out into absurdity. It’s the kind of show where a pool boy vacantly tends to a driveway with a pool net, where the neighborhood’s mailman is an iguana, and where the police station looks like the waiting room for the kind of doctor who refuses to accept insurance." ALSO: Honig says of the Debras: "One’s a b*tch, one’s a c*nt, one’s a moron. They’re all based on our personalities, so you have to guess which one is which."
Liz Tigelaar's Hulu adaptation of Ng's bestseller "doesn’t just take the story from the page to the screen, but goes where Ng felt she couldn’t go on her own," says Shirley Li. "The show focuses on race as one of the crucial contrasts between Elena (Reese Witherspoon) and Mia (Kerry Washington). Though the book works without that detail, it presents a missed opportunity to make the relationship between the families even knottier. Shaker Heights residents take pride in the fact that their community was one of the first suburbs to racially integrate, for instance. If Ng had made Mia a woman of color, she could have delved further into that attitude through Elena. Plus, the dynamics between their families offer plenty of chances to incorporate race: The Richardsons often ogle the Warrens and pride themselves on knowing them; one of the children considers Pearl his 'claim' because he befriended her first. Elena is troubled by Mia and what she calls the “dark discomfort” that Mia inspires in her. And Mia cares deeply about ownership—of her art, of Pearl, and of her identity. In retrospect, Ng was clearly tiptoeing toward defining Mia’s race. Out of a feeling of authorial responsibility, she chose not to. But a TV series doesn’t have such a choice." ALSO: Little Fires Everywhere is a rare reminder of what the 1990s were actually like.
"Firstly, the character has to, in one way or another, be funny," says Shea Serrano. "...Secondly, the character has to seem like they would be a chore to hang out with but also like it might be the most fun imaginable...Thirdly, the character has to make you ask yourself some questions that maybe you’re not so interested in answering...Fourthly, and this is a silly one but also a very important one, but the character has to have a cool name....Fifthly—and this is the inverse of the funny thing from earlier—the character has to be able to access a level of emotional warfare that you weren’t expecting...Sixthly, the character has to be able to be completely comfortable no matter who they’re sharing a scene with...Seventhly, and lastly, and the most vaguely, the character has to have that indescribable quality that makes you feel excited whenever they pop up on screen."
"There are stretches — such as right now — when you’re acutely aware of living in historic times. You know that this dramatic, trying moment will make it into the textbooks, and possibly change the course of global history, just as it is profoundly altering each of our lives," says Matthew Gilbert. "Every day, the news is big and bold, and so are the fears of cataclysm and the urge to take care of loved ones. That’s the world reflected in the new PBS Masterpiece series World on Fire, an epic ensemble piece set against the early years of World War II, beginning in 1939. The German campaign, so efficient and aggressive, is making its way across Europe, with resistance efforts and the resulting clashes erupting unpredictably. Everyone is on edge, saying goodbye to the way things are as the Nazis approach, including the show’s loosely interrelated set of diverse characters spread throughout Poland, England, France, and Germany." Gilbert adds that World on Fire, whose stars include Helen Hunt and Sean Bean, is an "ambitious and broad look at the onslaught of war and the ugliness — as well as the occasional heroism, but mostly the ugliness — that it ushered in. If I were judging the show, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m...., solely on scope and generalized impact, it would probably get an A. It provides a strong sense of life during wartime, the way melodrama can become a pointless luxury, and the dystopian realities that can ensue. But the seven-episode show is built on so many smaller stories, it sells a few of them short. The broad canvas stretches a little too thin." ALSO: World on Fire offers a chillier and occasionally provocative rumination on how hard it can be to navigate an altered world.
"This documentary converts into unpleasant spectacle what was always implicit in the star’s legal project: That, for her, reform of a system that causes chaos in the lives of so many, particularly of black Americans, comes in the package of the beneficent gift of individual attention to telegenic and unthreatening cases, rather than… reform," says Daniel D'Addario of the documentary premiering Sunday. "Leaving aside that in any other historical moment, Kardashian West would not have the president’s ear, it’s obviously not sustainable to alleviate the mass crowding of America’s prisons solely by appealing for clemency for specific prisoners. And this documentary isn’t really suggesting that, either, or about much more than the need to pivot a brand — that of the entertainer and her famous family — that wasn’t previously built to withstand times of crisis. (In boom times, one may recall, they were 'businesswomen' first.) The documentary’s title says it all: Justice is a part of the whole endeavor, but Kim Kardashian West comes first." ALSO: Kardashian West says "I've turned down actual major business projects that would be really lucrative because I just don't have the time because this takes up a lot of my time."
"Tales from the Loop is maybe best understood as visual art, rather than a conventional narrative," Ed Cumming says of the sci-fi drama inspired by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag's book of paintings of the same name. He adds: "Unlike The Twilight Zone or Amazing Stories, which have similar premises, Tales from the Loop at least tries to give a context for its strange goings on, although it doesn’t try to explain them....Nobody would accuse Tales from the Loop of being gripping, but it has other qualities, rare in a frenetic era: it is thoughtful, patient, and unafraid to leave its Big Questions open-ended. This is slow television for slow days, and for all the viewers who switch off after 10 minutes worried they are slipping into a coma, there will be others for whom this is a curious joy."
"Like so many child-prodigy narratives, Home Before Dark finds it most expedient to have Hilde act, think, and talk more or less like a miniature adult (albeit with a kid’s stringent sense of right and wrong)," says Jesse Hassenger of the drama inspired by child journalist Hilde Lysiak. "Even a child actor as good as Brooklynn Prince can seem stilted and smarmy when handed self-consciously elevated child-genius dialogue. A character like Veronica Mars can at least make 'unrealistic' quippiness a window into her personality, sensibility, even her pain. A character like Hilde Lisko isn’t telling us anything about her character except that she’s ridiculously advanced for her age—over and over, with hacky laugh lines."
Variety reports that David Spade's late-night talk show will be shopped to outside networks and platforms and won't return to Comedy Central. Lights Out premiered last summer on July 29, providing a no-politics alternative to other late-night shows. "But Lights Out ultimately didn’t deliver audiences that lived up to network hopes," says Variety's Brian Steinberg. He adds that Lights Out, which had been scheduled to run through June, was hampered by the coronavirus shutdown that ended the possibility of Spade growing his audience. Lights Out becomes the third failed attempt at launching a late-night talk show after The Daily Show since The Colbert Report ended in December 2014. The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore ran from January through August 2015 and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper aired from September 2017 through June 2018. Over the past few weeks, Spade has done a stripped-down version of his show on Facebook Watch, YouTube and Instagram titled Live from the Bunker. Lights Out's failure on Comedy Central comes as Trevor Noah is enjoying great success with The Daily Social Distancing Show. His interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci last week was watched by more than 27 million viewers across all platforms.
# TOPICS: Lights Out with David Spade, Comedy Central, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, David Spade, Cancelations, Renewals & Pickups, Coronavirus, Late Night
The Stephen Dorff-led sheriff drama has been canceled one week after its season finale on March 26, averaging 3.66 million viewers. Deputy, which aired for 13 episodes, was a midseason show that premiered on Jan. 2 to lackluster reviews. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the coronavirus crisis had nothing to do with Deputy's cancelation. Dorff, coming off his critically acclaimed role on True Detective, was earning $250,000 per episode, plus executive producer fees.
The Canadian actor played Young Barry over eight episodes starting with The Flash's first season. He also recurred on When Calls the Heart, playing the son of Chelah Horsdal’s Cat Montgomery. A Tri City News story said he died "suddenly" on Thursday but didn't list a cause of death. The Flash star Grant Gustin mourned Williams' death on Instagram, writing: "My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family during what is I’m sure an unimaginably difficult time for them. Please keep Logan and his family in your thoughts and prayers during what has been a strange and trying time for us all. Sending love to everyone."
"We were hoping to bring back (Stabler)’s wife and troubled son — in part to tee up his return," showrunner Warren Leight tells TVLine, referring to Christopher Meloni reprising his role in an SVU spinoff. The wife of Christopher Meloni's character was played Isabel Gillies. It's unclear if SVU will bring back the two characters next season.
Netflix today posted a prison interview with Joe Exotic conducted two days after Tiger King premiered on March 22 -- before the docuseries really took off on social media throughout last week. "You know it would be nice if I could actually see me being famous out there, but I've seen these same four walls for a year and a half now," said Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage. The Tiger King star is serving a 22-year sentence in part for his murder-for-hire scheme to kill animal rights activist Carole Baskin. Joe Exotic did express some remorse for the way he treated his animals. "Go it in a cage with your animals for a week," he said. "I mean, when I left the zoo and I sent my chimpanzees to the sanctuary in Florida and imagined what my chimpanzees went through for 18 years, I — I'm ashamed of myself." Joe Exotic also said: "I’m done with the Carole Baskin saga. It’s now time to turn the tables and… get (Joe) out of a jail a free man and exonerated from all these charges,”
"I've been seeing some of you rewatching #TwinPeaks & I was thinking we watch an episode together for the 30th anniversary next week!" he tweeted this morning. "Let me know in the comments below which episode from season 1 or 2 you'd want to watch the most." It's unclear why he excluded Season 3's The Return.
“Oh! I auditioned for Saved by the Bell,” Colbert revealed in A Late Show interview with Ryan Reynolds. “That was my first professional audition. 1986? They came to Chicago, I was a student at Northwestern University. And I don’t know, somebody had seen me do something, somebody had scouted me at the school.” Colbert is 13 years older than Dustin Diamond, who famously played Screech.
Crikey! It’s the Irwins: Bindi’s Wedding, airing April 18, will show the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's daughter's recent March 25 wedding to Chandler Powell at the Irwin family's Australian zoo.
Ellen and The Wendy Williams Show are set to restart their daily daytime talk shows remotely from their respective homes starting on Monday. "Since going into quarantine two weeks ago, I’ve been doing my show at home every day. But only for Portia. Starting Monday, you’ll be able to see it too, and I can’t wait," said DeGeneres, who returns with guest Jennifer Lopez. She'll also welcome Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, David Spade and Drew Brees and his wife Brittany. Ellen DJ Stephen "tWitch" Boss and executive producer Andy Lassner will also make appearances. When Williams returns, she'll feature material taped before production stopped on March 12. "I may not be in my purple chair, and it may not look the same but I’m very excited to get back to my Wendy Watchers," said Williams. "There’s so much uncertainty in all of our worlds right now and we need each other."
In an Instagram post, the CNN anchor wrote her symptoms "came on suddenly yesterday afternoon. Chills, aches, fever. I've been social distancing. Doing ALL the things we're told to do. Still — it got me. I'm healthy... no underly conditions. Honestly, I feel like one of the lucky ones. I look forward to being back on (TV) and seeing you real soon."
The interactive drama from HBO and Sky starring Jude Law and Naomi Harris was originally scheduled to premiere on May 11, but Deadline reports that its post-production was affected by the coronavirus shutdown. ALSO: Watch The Third Day's official teaser.
"I have a confession to make: I've seen every single episode of Hawaii Five-0. Yes, you read that right, all 240," says Derek Lawrence of the CBS drama, which tonight ends its 10-season run. He adds: "Like you surely are, people are often curious when they hear about my fandom of this CBS procedural reboot, especially considering I'm not exactly in the target demo. My dad is definitely in the target demo, and he absolutely watches. Honestly, Five-0 is one of the shows we've talked about most over the years, becoming a staple of Saturday morning calls (he's been saying all season that this should be the last season, while I would happily watch another 22, or 240, episodes). But there are plenty of reasons other than father-son bonding time that I kept that series recording for 10 seasons. To me, there's nothing more important in a show than characters. The writing can be phenomenal and award-winning, but if you don't want to spend time with these people, then you'll just stop coming back. While Five-0 didn't produce a Michael Scott, a Leslie Knope, or a Don Draper, this was always a group I enjoyed spending 42 minutes with."
The fifth and final season of the NBC crime drama was originally scheduled to air over the summer. Instead, Blindspot's final season will premiere on April 30 in response to the coronavirus shutdowns.
The Pauley Perrette comedy premiered last night to 7.05 million viewers, the most of any freshman comedy this season.
The soul-folk icon, who died on Monday of heart complications, created hit songs that have been used in countless movies and TV shows. "Since Withers was the sole writer of most of his material, he gets half of every dollar his catalog generates – and 'Lean on Me' alone has appeared in innumerable TV shows, movies and commercials," Andy Greene wrote in a 2015 Rolling Stone profile of Withers. "Any licensee that wants to use Withers’ master version of one of his songs needs his approval." "If it’s for a scene in a show where somebody is killed or something, we will turn them down," said his wife Marcia Withers, who runs his publishing company. “We don’t want people to associate, say, ‘Lean on Me’ with violence.” "Technically, it’s possible to license a cover of one of his songs without his consent," noted Greene. “But that’s never happened,” said Withers. “They don’t want to piss me off.”
"Hannity. Rush. Dobbs. Ingraham. Pirro. Nunes. Tammy. Geraldo. Doocy. Hegseth. Schlapp. Siegel. Watters. Dr. Drew. Henry. Ainsley. Gaetz. Inhofe. Pence. Kudlow. Conway. Trump," tweeted The Daily Show in a compilation of right-wing coronavirus downplaying. "Today, we salute the Heroes of the Pandumbic." ALSO: Fox News features Tyrus, who was accused of sexual harassment, in a segment on "How Not to Annoy Your Partner During Quarantine."
Author William J. Mann is adapting his 2014 book Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood along with executive producer Kevin Murphy. "Tinseltown is set against the seamy, glamorous backdrop of silent film era," per Deadline." It explores the lives of four pioneer women filmmakers whose lives and livelihoods were threatened by a scandalous murder and the brutal patriarchy of Hollywood’s nascent studio system." Murphy adds: “The show centers on four accomplished women filmmakers who get dragged into the grotesque media circus surrounding a murder. Their careers are upended and they find themselves pushed out of the burgeoning Hollywood studio system, a system Paramount founder Adolph Zukor has been building by strong-arming independent producers and exhibitors ravaged by the Spanish Flu shutdown.”
"Kimmy Schmidt is well-prepared to shelter in place, but not so well prepared to be unable to high-five anybody," co-creator Robert Carlock tells E! News. "She spends the episode inventing a machine that will provide the physical and emotional satisfaction of a good high-five. It's a Temple Grandin conceit." He adds: "Titus Andromedon sees social distancing as an opportunity to fulfill his dream of living as a bed."
The annual country awards show was originally scheduled for June 3, but pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Snowfall co-creator Eric Amadio is teaming with The Chainsmokers and professional skateboarder Nyjah Huston on Hardflip. "Set in present day East Los Angeles in the high stake’s world of competitive skateboarding, Hardflip follows a wildly successful sixteen-year-old skater and his immediate group of friends as he navigates the unfiltered reality of fame and fortune," per Deadline. Huston adds: "With young people’s voices being more important than ever, there’s never been a better time to explore this unique subculture of unwanted youth with raw authenticity."
The first half of The Walking Dead's Season 10 is now available for free on AMC's website, in addition to several IFC shows. AMC has also released a series of "We're With You" PSAs, featuring the stars of Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and more shows.
LeVar Burton Reads kicks off today on the actor's Twitter account with Neil Gaiman’s We Can Get Them for You Wholesale. He'll also read a children's book and a young adult book each week. “I’m looking to give people some diversion and escape… not apocalypse,” Burton tells Variety. He notes that even though the plot of the Gaiman story deals with contract killers, “It’s not dark — it’s humorous.” Burton first had to figure out copyright issues. Gaiman responded, saying: "You have my blanket permission for any of my stories Levar.” Twitter is also helping Burton out. “Twitter is going out of their way to make sure I’m comfortable with the technology,” he says.
The Apple TV+ stars will also answer fan questions during today's special virtual get-together.
The Samuel L. Jackson-narrated Shaquille O’Neal reality show premieres next Thursday as part of TNT's first-ever ShaqNight!, which will feature the NBA legend and his famous friends providing commentary on some of Shaq's favorite films. Watch Shaq Life's official trailer.
"I can't get involved in that peripheral stuff," the government coronavirus expert said on this morning Fox News show, leaving Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade looking visibly annoyed that he didn't want to make small talk.
The Talk's Tyler and Oscar winner Rockwell were guests on a new episode of A Little Late with Lilly Singh that was taped before the coronavirus shutdown. Tyler pointed out that even then she was six-feet tall. “Sam, you’re so awesome,” Tyler said to Rockwell. “You seem a lot taller now that you’re rich and famous.”
Raimi's upcoming horror anthology series features terrifying tales from every state.
"We should have been much better prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic," says Mary McNamara. "I’m not talking about on a federal or local level — although President Trump’s firing of the pandemic experts and ignoring the medical community during early weeks, not to mention California’s decision to stop funding a bunch of mobile hospitals — certainly contributed to the crisis. No, I’m talking about each and every one of us, bathed as we have been in decades’ worth of apocalyptic tales, many of them centered on illness and/or governmental ineptitude. In fact, there’s one on Apple TV right now, See, in which the world’s population has been all but wiped out by a pandemic that has left nearly every survivor, including Jason Momoa, blind. Blind. Get it? Whether by recognizable virus (Outbreak, Contagion, Containment, Black Death), radiation (Chernobyl, On the Beach), weaponized rage (28 Days Later), biological warfare (Daybreak) or the ever popular zombie-disease (The Walking Dead, Zombieland, World War Z, Shaun of the Dead), mass infection is one of film and television’s favorite topics. So while the threat of disaster, from earthquakes to the Rapture, has filled many a basement or bunker with canned goods — and many of us now are conditioned to scan the landscape for the best zombie-proof locales — we are just now realizing how utterly unhelpful, and perhaps even harmful, all of those apocalyptic 'what if' stories are." McNamara adds that real horror is uncertainty, as many horror fans know. "Turns out the most relevant metaphor for apocalypse isn’t a zombie staggering around, or a rage monster rising from the dark or an identifiable cloud of death creeping across the planet," says McNamara. "It’s the quiet vacuum filled by Zoom meetings and far too much time on social media as we wait to see how bad things are going to get — watching through sleepless hours as the degrees of separation between our families and COVID-19 count down. "
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The song, written by Sandler's touring partner Dan Bulla, begins with the comedy star singing about doctors, stating they "bring you into this world" and "take care of grandma." He added: "Doctors and nurses will save us from this mess if we get them the supplies that they need. And I hope they save it soon because I'm really really sick of my family." He went on to bless "Chinese doctors in China and Chinese doctors in America," while adding that we need to make, "more ventilators and masks' to end this crisis."
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ESPN, Fox Sports and other cable sports networks have become shells of their former selves without live sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. And yet, reports Kevin Draper, "already sports leagues, television networks and television distributors are firing the opening salvos in what will be an exhausting war to determine who should pay for hundreds of millions — perhaps billions — in economic damages." Draper adds: "Television is the biggest source of revenue for American sports. When people pay their monthly television bills, their money goes to television distributors, like Comcast, which in turn pay television networks, like ESPN, which in turn pay sports leagues, like the N.B.A. Along the way, everybody keeps a cut. But even if customers do not watch a single game, the majority of what they spend on bundled television packages goes to sports networks. This is because of the structure of the bundles, where customers pay one monthly price for dozens or hundreds of channels."
Starting this morning, Smith will drop new episodes of Will from Home featuring interviews with his family and special guests like Tyra Banks.
The R&B singer says he not only co-wrote the May 4 episode of the TBS animated comedy, but he'll also play himself.
Spade is one of Joe Exotic's preferred choices to play him because of the comedian's Joe Dirt past. "I don’t know if I could," Spade says of playing Joe Exotic on screen. "That’s why I don’t really push it or jump in on it, with all these funny debates. It just looks too fun. ... I know Woody Harrelson is funny as that guy Joe."
Colton told Jenny McCarthy on her SiriusXM radio show that he declined to react to Peter's season because he was under contract, and didn't want to say something negative. Now, however, Colton admits he was frustrated for Peter. "There were moments, like you said, where you can tell that was set up," said Colton. "I'm like, 'You guys have to help him out. He's struggling somewhere. So, just set him up a little bit more for success.' So, I was more frustrated for Pete, I think." Colton added: "There are producers; there's camera guys; there's everybody around you and you're just like, 'Can I just sit and be alone in this moment and just sort of, like, decompress and figure out what I want and what's going on?'"
"She wants to see a proper send-off for Amy, so my guess is that’ll be worked into next season," says Feldman in response to last night's episode, which became the penultimate episode when Season 5 was cut short due to the coronavirus crisis.
HGTV designer Breegan Jane loves the tonality of Trevor Noah's home, but hates Jimmy Kimmel's green screen-like wallpaper.
West's art portfolio from Polaris High School in 1995 was displayed on a recent episode of the PBS series.
The Challenge: Total Madness seems like it's inspired by HBO's Chernobyl, particularly with its bunker full of gas tanks and pipes that are marked with a Slavic language, says Andrew Gruttadaro. This season, he adds, is also visually stunning. "The Challenge has always been a heavily edited show—the main thing that keeps it from feeling like an actual sport is the fact that every elimination challenge comes with about 600 camera cuts," says Gruttadaro. "But I can’t remember The Challenge ever being this boosted in post-production. Total Madness is flying through camera filters and low-grade graphics; it’s taking HUGE swings from the editing room. It’s, quite simply, astonishing. I can’t get enough of it."
Fans can gather at Cartoon Network's Twitch channel on Sunday for a rewatch of four episodes, along with star Olivia Olson.
The April 9 episode sees Grace, Karen and even Jack step into Lucille Ball's iconic role, while Will plays Ricky Ricardo.
Even though Broke, which premiered Thursday, is better than NBC's similarly themed Indebted, it's still blind to reality, says Tim Surrette. "Network comedies aiming for mainstream approval must always gloss over actual problems and wrap up episodes with the message that family is more important than money, as Broke's pilot does, but at this moment it has the unintended effect of coming off as disingenuous or like a rich person — say a toilet paper tycoon or a hand sanitizer heir — putting their hand on our knee and saying they know what we're going through," he says. "The polished fairy-tale depiction of poverty that these sitcoms show doesn't exist outside the 42-inch screen we watch it on. Turn your head too far to the left or right and the despair of the real world is right there in a pile of Top Ramen wrappers and overdue bills."
Executive producer Jeff Schafer says "there was a place" outside of Los Angeles that "treated him poorly." "He thought to himself, 'I wish I could just rent the place next door and drive them out of business,'" says Schaffer. "I was like, 'on the show, you can.'"