In Sunday's “Disney’s The Reboot" episode, Fox executives commission three new reboots of Family Guy in an attempt to keep the long-running animated comedy fresh and "Disney-fied." “One of them is Family Gal — it’s Lois-centric, very timely and pandering,” executive producer Rich Appel tells EW. “Another is our version of something like Riverdale or a teen-angst drama, called The Q. And the final one is After Family Guy, which, as we explain, is starring the only actors who didn’t go on to bigger movie careers. The premise is Chris is now married to Tricia Takanawa, and they’re raising Joe.” Each of the pilots will then be subjected to "focus-group hell" while Peter Griffin is watching. “Peter storms in angry at the focus group and they say, ‘I don’t get who Family Guy is for,’” teases executive producer Alec Sulkin. “And he says, ‘It’s easy! You just have to be a teenager, but born in the ’80s.'" Sulkin adds: “It’s always fun to have an episode that breaks the fourth wall. We do that fairly regularly, but we rarely do it sustained for an entire episode. It was fun to be in that space, looking at the show from a different place.”
Billions co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien are developing a limited series based on New York Times reporter Mike Isaac's 2019 book on the troubled ride-sharing service, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber. "The story of Uber is rich in plot twists, one-of-a-kind personalities and important implications for corporate America," said Showtime Entertainment president Jana Winograde. "It is a case study of ingenuity and insanity, and there are no writers better suited than Brian and David to explore this business and the people who drive it, literally and metaphorically."
In the five-part Ted Bundy: Falling for a Killer, Elizabeth Kendall and her daughter Molly will break their nearly 40-year silence on their relationship with the notorious serial killer. "Set for 2020, the series reframes Ted Bundy’s crimes from a female perspective – uncovering the disturbing and profound way in which his pathological hatred of women collided with the culture wars and feminist movement of the 1970s, culminating in one of the most infamous true-crime sagas of our time," according to Deadline.
“The latest allegations of sexual assault against Matt Lauer are deeply troubling,” said Time's Up in a statement that refers to the three women, including Brooke Nevils, who went on the record for the first time with allegations against Lauer in Ronan Farrow's new book Catch and Kill. "We commend NBC for taking an important step by firing Matt Lauer after Brooke reported the assault to HR, but that must only be the start: Real progress happens when corporations like NBC make a transparent and continuous commitment to creating and nurturing a culture of safety and equity, which often involves long-term structural change across all levels," Time's Up said in a statement. "Instead, NBC’s latest statements fail to demonstrate a commitment to such change and fail to support the victims who take the courageous step to come forward. NBC’s 2018 investigation revealed a number of areas where NBC should work to improve its culture. We ask NBC to be transparent about the steps it has taken, and the steps it will continue to take, to establish the inclusive, fair, and equitable workplace culture that every employee of NBC deserves."
The mega-producer's Shondaland has signed a three-year deal with broadcast giant iHeartMedia to produce "a full slate" of original podcasts. Rhimes has already dipped her toes into podcasting with motherhood podcast Katie’s Crib, hosted by Scandal alum Katie Lowes. “Podcasting continues to see tremendous growth and I’m excited to partner with iHeartMedia as Shondaland expands its storytelling journey into this medium which has seemed to usher in a unique sense of boldness, intimacy and connection,” Rhimes said in a statement. “With iHeartMedia we aim to share stories that are engaging, insightful, and reflect a robust world-view while staying true to the authentic storytelling voice that has become synonymous with Shondaland.”
Page Six, which is not naming the "NBC star," says the woman signed a non-disclosure agreement when she left NBC. Ronan Farrow's book Catch and Kill also claims Lauer repeatedly harassed an on-air NBC personality, who was allegedly forced to sign a strict NDA when she left the network in 2012. It’s not clear if it’s the same woman Page Six learned about.
"With 15 minutes to go, co-moderator Anderson Cooper turned to the final, most ridiculous question of the evening," Caroline Framke says of Cooper's question relating to Ellen's George W. Bush "friendship" controversy. "This question, insomuch as it’s even a question, was disappointing in several ways at once," says Framke. "For one, this was the final question on a night in which the increasingly urgent issue of climate change only came up when candidates sporadically brought it up (and without Washington governor Jay Inslee there to ring the bell of impending global doom, these mentions were still fleeting at best). Sure, it was a long night, but it was a disappointing choice to end on a strange softball when there was still at least one giant elephant in the room waiting to be addressed. The question’s inefficiency showed in the answers; only a few people meaningfully engaged with it, with the vast majority quickly pivoting to deliver broad closing statements. What’s maybe even more frustrating about this vague attempt at humanizing the candidates, however, is how completely it missed the point of why DeGeneres got blowback in the first place."
"Rainn Wilson used to say we should have our own talk show," says Fischer. "We have dreamed for many years of one day taking over the fourth hour of The Today Show. I’m going to keep putting it out there until it’s a reality. That was what morphed into the idea of a podcast — we wanted to be storytellers and tell our stories out loud." Kinsey adds: "And we love to chitty-chat, so." In Office Ladies, which premieres today, Fischer and Kinsey revisit episodes in order of airdate. "The show’s documentary format makes it very easy to revisit one episode at a time," says Kinsey. "We’re going in order, but even if we hadn’t, you can watch almost any episode and basically know where everyone’s at. But also, The Office is just so beloved. The people listening to this podcast will have probably seen it way more times than even Jenna and I have. They have a real handle on each episode. They have very strong memories of the episodes." Will they do a podcast episode for all 201 episodes? "We’ll keep going as long as people are listening," says Fischer.
"In terms of winner distribution, the show’s first 25 seasons could not have been any more even, with 13 men and 12 women taking home the million-dollar prize," says Dalton Ross. "But then, something changed. Ten of the last 13 seasons — including each of the last four — have been won by men." The male dominance is most notable this season, says Ross, says it's been the women who have been dominating so far. "There have been many theories as to why males have dominated the winner’s circle in the last seven years of the show," says Ross. "Hidden immunity idols play a major role in how far people get and how they are judged at the final Tribal Council, and men have found way more of them than their female counterparts have. There have many theories floated as to why this is, and several female former players have chimed in saying that life around tribe camps often mirrors society in that the men often fall into the gender stereotypes and become the gatherers (making it easier for them to also search for idols), while the women are expected to stay back and tend to camp (thereby losing opportunities to procure idols)." Ross also points to "the feeling among many viewers (and former players) that men are rewarded by both tribemates and juries for playing aggressively, while women are punished for the exact same behavior."
CBS All Access says the Marc Cherry-created anthology series will “follow a new set of characters dealing with acts of betrayal" in its second season.
Sony TV is hoping to make big bucks for its six seasons of the 2009-2015 Dan Harmon-created NBC/Yahoo! Screen comedy.
"However moving, the conclusion can’t overcome the series’ many misfires," says Nancy Matsumoto. "'Into the Afterlife' brings only a small amount of comfort and resolution to an ensemble that endured unfathomable trauma over 10 episodes. In some ways, Infamy was doomed by its premise: A malevolent spirit targets characters who are already victims of state-sanctioned prejudice, xenophobia, and violence." Matsumoto adds: "While great horror stories can be built around marginalized communities, it was frustrating to watch a show that was initially about the evils of internment evolve into one about a dead mother tormenting her son and his loved ones."
Starting at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, Comedy Central's YouTube channel will feature past standup specials from Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, Anthony Jeselnik, Sebastian Maniscalco, Michael Che and more. The live-stream event will go all the way back to Zach Galifianakis' 2001 special, Jim Gaffigan's 2000 special and Patton Oswalt' 1999 special.
Delayed viewership tells a dramatically different story for new shows. For instance, Prodigal Son's ratings have soared 80% in the demo with delayed viewing.
Smith had been trying to bring his 55-issue 1991-2004 comic book series to the big and small screen for years. “I’ve waited a long time for this,” Smith said. “Netflix is the perfect home for Bone. Fans of the books know that the story develops chapter-by-chapter and book-by-book. An animated series is exactly the way to do this! The team at Netflix understands Bone and is committed to doing something special — this is good news for kids and cartoon lovers all over the world.”
In less than 30 hours, Aniston has surpassed 9 million followers. That's more than Jennifer Garner's 7.4 million, Julia Roberts' 6.8 million, Nicole Kidman's 5.5 million and Charlize Theron's 4.5 million and Shailene Woodley's 4.4 million. According to the Guinness World Records, Aniston also smashed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's record as the fastest Instagram account to reach 1 million followers. Aniston hit 1 million followers in just 5 hours and 16 minutes.
Nickelodeon has doubled the reboot's first season order to a total of 26 episodes.
ABC marked the milestone Tuesday with a 350-cupcake cake.
Your Daily Horoscope, from producer Arnett and created by media company ATTN:, features 12 colorful animals representing the different signs of the zodiac. It will be part of the mobile TV service’s Daily Essentials news and lifestyle programming
Huffman's few hours behind bars following her arrest earlier this year will count as one day of her time served, according to TMZ.
Listen as Morgan gets exposed in his "Spoonie Luv" prank call to a hotel.
Showrunner Beth Schwartz says "we knew that we wanted to start big" to kick off the final season.
“Raven is a huge part of the Disney Channel family and Raven’s Home continues to serve our audience with the comedy, heart and relatability that they want to see on TV,” says Kory Lunsford, vice president of current series for Disney Channel. “We have much more in store for the Baxter family and their household and can’t wait for new stories to unfold in season four.”
The former Jane the Virgin star, whose "I am sorry if I offended anyone" first apology didn't land, tried again later Tuesday night. “Watching my own video playing back at me, has shaken me to my core,'" she said in a statement posted to Instagram. "It is humiliating that this has to be a public lesson but it is indeed a much deserved lesson. I feel so deeply protective and responsible to the community of color but I have let this community down. I have some serious learning and growing to do and I am so deeply sorry for the pain I have caused.”
The Michael Schur-produced immigration-themed comedy Sunnyside is the first on-air casualty of the 2019-20 TV season. Following Thursday's regularly scheduled episode, Sunnyside will be moved to NBC's digital platforms, including the NBC app and NBC.com. In an unusual move, NBC has picked up one additional episode, boosting the Season 1 total to 11 episodes. This doesn't mean the NBC comedy starring Kal Penn, which he co-created with Matt Murray, is canceled. As The Hollywood Reporter's Rick Porter points out, "The remainder of Sunnyside's run this season could serve as an extended audition for NBCUniversal's forthcoming streaming service, Peacock. NBCU has already given a second life to A.P. Bio on Peacock after canceling the comedy's network run in May following two modestly rated seasons. The Lorne Michaels-produced series also put up solid numbers on digital platforms, generating nearly half of its 35-day 18-49 rating via digital viewing." Will & Grace's final season, which was scheduled to kick off in early 2020, will now premiere on Oct. 24. Sunnyside has been struggling from the get-go, averaging 1.4 million viewers (2.3 million counting delayed viewership). Penn tweeted that producers and the studio plan to "shop this baby around!," adding: "11 funny, heartwarming patriotic episodes of the most diverse show on tv for ya. I love our INSANELY talented writers & cast & crew!" This is the second Schur-produced NBC comedy to be canceled this year, following Abby's.
As the final question of Tuesday's CNN-New York Times debate, Anderson Cooper mentioned last week's controversy over friendship and asked the candidates to name a surprising whom they disagree with.
Shortly after announcing that the Will & Grace revival's final season will premiere early — on October 24, instead of early 2020 — NBC has released the first trailer for Season 11.
Tucker Carlson's surprise booking of Kelly, his former Fox News colleague, for Wednesday night caught everybody at the cable news network off guard -- including his Fox News bosses. Kelly is expected to discuss her experiences at NBC News, working with Matt Lauer, and Ronan Farrow's new book Catch and Kill. But Shepard Smith's shock departure last Friday and Kelly seeking a new job has raised concerns that her Fox News appearance will pave the way for her return to the conservative news network. "Multiple sources inside and outside Fox News told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that Martha MacCallum, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham—whose programs air at 7pm, 9pm and 10pm, respectively, on the right-leaning outlet—were variously spooked and irked by the prospect of Kelly’s return, which Carlson announced at the end of Monday’s installment of Tucker Carlson Tonight," report The Daily Beast's Lachlan Cartwright and Lloyd Grove. They add: "Fox News’ chief executive, Suzanne Scott, was compelled to re-assure each nighttime host individually throughout the day on Tuesday that their jobs were safe and that Kelly’s appearance on Carlson’s show was a one-time-only event." Fox News also issued a statement saying: “Megyn Kelly’s forthcoming guest appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight was coordinated weeks ago and is a one-time occurrence. Any future programming changes we are considering do not involve her.” Meanwhile, a source close to Kelly says she “has a good relationship with Lachlan (Murdoch) and Tucker, among others, but left Fox News for good reason and has no intention of going back.”
# TOPICS: Megyn Kelly, Fox News Channel, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Laura Ingraham, Martha MacCallum, Matt Lauer, Ronan Farrow, Sean Hannity, Shepard Smith, Suzanne Scott, Tucker Carlson, Cable News, NBC News
Graham has been cast on the CBS All Access drama based on Stephen King's novel as Rita Blakemoor, a wealthy woman who is ill prepared for the end of the world and attempts to escape superflu-infested New York City.
Gilroy, whose credits include the first four Bourne films, is set to write the pilot for the Rogue One Cassian Andor spinoff starring Diego Luna.
Aniston launched her Instagram account at around 6 a.m. PT Tuesday morning. By 5 p.m. PT, she has amassed 4.5 million followers. That's more than Courteney Cox's 4.1 million, Lisa Kudrow's 3.4 million, Matt LeBlanc's 3 million and David Schwimmer's 2 million. (Matthew Perry doesn't have an Instagram, but he has a Twitter account with 1.4 million followers.) Meanwhile, Schwimmer welcomed Aniston with a photo of Lego Ross and Rachel.
The untitled comedy is based on the former Los Angeles Laker's experience buying eSports company Gravity Gaming and relaunching it as Echo Fox in December 2015. It'll revolve around a retired pro basketball player star who attempts to reconnect with his estranged son by buying an eSports franchise.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has experienced his own learning curve since entering the scripted TV content world. Apple has already exceeded its $1 billion annual content budget thanks to the high cost of talent. The Morning Show costs $15 million an episode, or $300 million for two seasons. Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are making $2 million per episode, which rises when accounting for their producing fees and ownership points, according to The Hollywood Reporter. See, meanwhile, costs $240 million for the first two seasons. "As if to show off just how much cash the $1 trillion company has, execs are offering every AppleTV+ showrunner and series regular a free Apple product and have dispatched representatives to the sets of shows including Dickinson to take orders from talent on which style iPhone or iPad they'd prefer," according to the story by The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg and Natalie Jarvey. "But the gifts haven't exactly made up for the regular Apple presence on some sets, where sources say development executives have been hands-on with ensuring that each show fits the Apple brand. While the company isn't imposing strict family-friendly guidelines — early episodes of Morning Show feature the heavy use of F-bombs — the understanding is that explicit content must be in service of the storyline and all projects should, ultimately, mesh with Apple's aspirational brand identity."
# TOPICS: The Morning Show, Apple TV+, Dickinson, For All Mankind, Home Before Dark, Little America, See, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Tim Cook, Apple, Cancelations, Renewals & Pickups
Gilligan, a longtime fan of Forster, sought him out to play the Disappearer Ed on Breaking Bad, a role he reprised for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Story. "He’s the guy you count on," Gilligan tells EW. "I think Robert was that person in real life, and what he brings to the character of Ed — the character we call the Disappearer; originally, he didn’t even have a name — but you just innately believe this guy will be able to help you. You believe he is competent to the point of mastery, that he’s going to pull this thing off, this very difficult disappearing act that Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and then Jesse Pinkman need to avail themselves of. With Robert, I can’t think of many who were at his level as an actor. And he always made it look so easy. When someone makes something look easy and they exude competency and confidence, and they do it a quiet, humble way — they’re not beating their breasts or showing off; they just quietly go about their business and get the job done, they take care of business — you believe in those kind of people. You put your trust in those kind of people. And he exuded that quality playing the part of Ed."
About 1.1 million watched the Season 2 finale across all HBO platforms.
Gooding appeared in court today for his arraignment on four misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and third degree sexual abuse. Prosecutors say that in addition to the charges of Gooding groping two women, an additional 12 will testify accusing him of sexual misconduct.
Redstone has approached current and former Fox News personalities, including Kelly, as she explores launching a conservative-focused news and opinion outlet, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Redstone's spokesperson has denied any plan to launch a conservative outlet.) "This Redstone plan for a new TV service also would have a streaming component. THR has learned that Pluto, which Viacom acquired in March for $340 million, is about to launch an as-yet-unannounced streaming conservative news and opinion channel," says The Hollywood Reporter. "A source says the idea for that network was in the works before the Pluto acquisition."
O'Donnell saw an early screening of the David Fincher-directed Brad Pitt-Edward Norton film and hated its themes and violence. So she decided to spoil the twist on her hit daytime talk show The Rosie O'Donnell Show. "That was the largest (spoiler) of its kind pre-social media," says Richard Greene, author of Spoiler Alert! (It’s a Book About the Philosophy of Spoilers). "It’s not just something she shouldn’t have spoiled then, it is something you can’t spoil today." On the 2000 DVD commentary track for Fight Club, Pitt said of Rosie's spoiler: "I guess that is OK she hated it. She was saying this movie disturbed me, she could not sleep for nights. It hit a nerve. It struck some nerve whether she wanted to look at it or not. But the deal was, she gave away the ending on national television. That's just unforgivable."
King will follow her Emmy-nominated performance on Hulu's The Act by starring in a Sony TV adaptation of Jodi Picoult's novel A Spark of Life. King will play a 15-year-old who is caught up in a hostage situation at a woman’s reproductive health services clinic.
The fantasy-adventure series will back in summer 2020.
Sharp Objects alum Adams and Big Little Lies star Dern are producing an adaptation of Claire Lombardo's novel The Most Fun We Ever Had. Lombardo will pen the adaptation about "a multigenerational saga spanning half a century, the story follows four sisters, each struggling to exist in the shadow of their parents’ idyllic marriage, whose lives are complicated by the unexpected return of the son one of them gave up for adoption fifteen years earlier."
The Good Wife vet will reunite with Robert and Michelle King for the CBS supernatural drama series. She'll play Renee Harris, "a dynamic, hard-driving attorney who works for the Catholic Church. She has a past connection with David: She’s the sister of his late girlfriend Julia."
One Day at a Time star Moreno, Pearson star Torres and U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Hernandez -- winner of Dancing with the Stars Season 23 -- will represent three generations of Latina powerhouses at the 2020 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day.
The Daily Chill will offer viewers a premium meditative experience. "Perfect for the short-form content platform, The Daily Chill will combine cinematic visuals with relaxing ASMR audio as well as oddly satisfying videos," according to Deadline. "Utilizing these meditative elements, each day will take you on an entirely new immersive audio-visual travel experience, from a scenic deserted beach to a lush faraway forest. The Daily Chill is exactly what the title suggests — it is designed to reset your day in six minutes or less."
Euphoria's Austin Abrams will join Midori Francis on the TV adaptation of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares YA novels. The New York-based holiday series will run for eight 30-minute episodes. According to the official description, “a whirlwind holiday romance builds as cynical Dash and optimistic Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City, finding they have more in common with each other than they would have expected.” Dash & Lily is the first project from Nick Jonas' new production company.
The Desperate Housewives alum surrendered this morning to authorities at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, about 40 miles east of San Francisco. In 2009, Forbes named Federal Correctional Institution as one of the 10 cushiest prisons in the United States.
Michigan's Upper Peninsula was noticeably missing during Saturday Night Live's most recent "Weekend Update" segment.
"Hey, what's up everybody -- I just wanted to reach out and apologize," Rodriguez said on her Instagram Story on Tuesday after getting hit with backlash for singing the N-word while listening to The Fugees' "Ready Or Not." "I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to The Fugees, to a song I love, that I grew up on. I love Lauryn Hill and I really am sorry if I offended you."
“I’ve been trapped in a loveless marriage for the last 12 years to an old battle-axe named Kim,” contestant Blair Davis said in introducing himself on Monday's episode. His response caused the audience to laugh.
Comcast fans of Turner Classic Movies will have to pay an additional $10 per month after it was moved to the “Sports Entertainment Package” tier.
Jerod Sechrist, who appeared on the Discovery Channel reality show in 2016, was charged with felony count of possession of heroin and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia following his arrest in Florida on Oct. 5.
Watch Wesley jokingly throw his former co-star in a pool in Ibiza in a video posted to Dobrev's Instagram account.
The Brothers & Sisters alum and Supergirl actress, formerly Odette Yustman, have been married since 2010 and share a 3-year-old daughter.
Netflix's poster touts that "a new era begins" on Nov. 17.
Mary-Margaret Humes and John Wesley Shipp came out last night to support their TV son. ALSO: Carrie Ann Inaba falls out of her chair during Dancing with the Stars.
The cop comedy returns to CBS All Access on Nov. 21.
Grease: Rydell High, based on the John Travolta and Olivia Newton John 1978 musical and named after the high school at the center of the film, has been given a straight-to-series order. It will be produced by Paramount Television, which was behind Fox's 2016 Emmy-winning live TV musical Grease Live! The 1950s-set series will reimagine the original movie and feature some of its characters, exploring the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty and life in middle America with a modern sensibility. "Grease is an iconic pop-culture phenomenon that works for every generation, and I’m thrilled that our friends at Paramount were excited about the idea of opening up the show and putting it on a larger canvas for a weekly series,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of content at HBO Max. “This is high school and life in small-town USA told on the scale of a big rock ’n’ roll musical. It’s Grease 2.0 but with the same spirit, energy and excitement you immediately think of when you hear any of these iconic songs. 'You’re the One That I Want!'"
Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment revealed today that reruns of NBC political drama will jump from Netflix to HBO Max, the latest high-profile library title to join the upcoming service. It was previously announced that Friends and The Big Bang Theory will also be exclusive to HBO Max, which is scheduled to launch in Spring 2020.
Aniston joining social media for the first time briefly broke Instagram because she was adding so many followers per minute. Last week on The Howard Stern Show, Aniston revealed that she just had dinner with the entire Friends cast at Courteney Cox's house. Aniston's first Instagram post was from that dinner: A selfie of her, Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry. While some of the Friends cast have reunited in the past -- such as the 2016 tribute to James Burrows that brought five Friends cast members together -- there has been no public picture of all six Friends together since the show went off the air in 2004.
The All In host spoke about Farrow, his new book Catch and Kill and his exit from NBC News and MSNBC in 2017, saying “in fact, the insidious destructive force of the path of least resistance is everywhere you look. Heck, I feel the tug of it myself as my own news organization is embroiled in a very public controversy over its conduct.” He added: “One thing, though, is indisputable. Ronan Farrow walked out of NBC News while working on the Weinstein story and, within two months, published an incredible article at The New Yorker that not only won a Pulitzer but helped trigger a massive social and cultural reckoning that continues to this day.”
A new trailer for the film features Kidman's Carlson sitting with the real Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade.
“Before we go tonight, Chris hasn’t been here the last few nights and he wanted to let you know why,” Matthews' Hardball fill-in Steve Kornacki said at the end of last night's show. “Chris is recovering from prostate cancer surgery last week. “he procedure went well but he’s taking a few days to get back into fighting shape. I know he’s looking forward to getting back very soon.”