Thursday March 7, 2019

IFC has released a trailer for season 3 of Brockmire. The series returns April 3.

NBC has new episodes of Superstore and A.P. Bio tonight.

ABC premieres new seasons of Station 19 and For The People tonight as well.

Arrow’s 8th season will be its last.

I highly recommend watching Corporate on Comedy Central. I find myself referencing the show a lot.

CBS is taking the headline-making interview between Gayle King and singer R. Kelly into primetime. An expanded version of the interview that ran on Wednesday's CBS This Morning will air as a one-hour special at 8 p.m. Friday, March 8. The special will include unseen portions of the interview as well as King speaking to two women currently living with R. Kelly, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage. A portion of King's conversation with Clary and Savage will air on Thursday's CBS This Morning.”

R. Kelly was taken back into custody yesterday.

And now his two girlfriends are defending him? This story gets weirder by the day.

Alex Trebek has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The Sinner has officially been picked up for a third season, with Matt Bomer set to join the show starring opposite series lead Bill Pullman. The third season follows Detective Harry Ambrose (Pullman) as he begins a routine investigation of a tragic car accident on the outskirts of Dorchester, in upstate New York. Ambrose uncovers a hidden crime that pulls him into the most dangerous and disturbing case of his career. Bomer will play Jamie, an upstanding Dorchester resident and expectant father who looks to Ambrose for support in the wake of an accident. The role marks a homecoming for Bomer, who received one of the breakout roles of his career when he starred in the USA series White Collar for six seasons beginning in 2009.”

Amazon has released the official trailer for its adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s book Good Omens.

Casey Wilson will not be getting Botox again any time soon.

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Captain Marvel is returning to television.

“Oscar winner Brie Larson has signed on to star in and produce an untitled CIA drama for Apple, which has picked up the project straight to series following a multiple-outlet bidding war.

“The drama is based on the real-life experiences of CIA undercover operative Amaryllis Fox and her upcoming memoir Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA. The series is described as a provocative and contemporary look at a young woman’s journey in the CIA, told through the prism of her closest relationships. The book, from publishers Knopf, is due out Oct. 15.

“The project hails from Michael Ellenberg's studio Media Res, which is also behind Apple's Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Aniston morning news show. Lynette Howell Taylor (A Star Is Born) will executive produce via her 51 Entertainment banner. Ellenberg will also exec produce alongside Larson. The trio teamed to acquire the book and Fox's life rights through Media Res. Megan Martin (Animal Kingdom) is in final negotiations to pen the script and exec produce alongside 51 Entertainment's Samantha Housman. Dani Gorin will co-exec produce for Media Res. Fox will produce and provide additional background information for the series.

“The series order arrives as Larson is earning strong buzz for her leading role in Marvel's Captain Marvel, which is expected to dominate the box office this weekend with an estimated opening pegged at $150 million. It is the first Marvel movie built around a female superhero.

“The Apple drama marks a return to television for the Oscar winner (Room), who previously starred on Showtime's Diablo Cody dramedy United States of Tara and the WB Network comedy Raising Dad.

“Larson becomes the latest star player to land at Apple, which is expected to unveil how — and when — its video programming will be released at an event later this month. Apple's roster also features TV series starring the likes of Marvel grad Chris Evans, Hailee Steinfeld, Grammy winner Sarah Bareilles, Jennifer Garner, NBA All-Star Kevin Durant and producers including J.J. Abrams, M. Night Shyamalan and Damien Chazelle, among others.”

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From EW: “The Mad About You revival has found a home. The Sony-produced comedy that will reunite Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt has been picked up by Spectrum Originals, Charter Communications’ premium content platform that’s available by subscription.

“Peter Tolan will serve as the showrunner, and Hunt will direct the first episode of the revival that’s being called a limited series for now. Danny Jacobson, who co-created the show with Reiser, will serve as an executive consultant for the series that will launch in late 2019.

“‘We are so excited to finally be doing this and thrilled to have Peter Tolan as our fearless captain,’ according to a joint statement released by Reiser and Hunt. ‘We promise you the same funny and heartwarming show – as soon as we can remember what’s funny about being older. It’s going to be great!’

“‘We are beyond thrilled to team up with Sony Pictures Television to give Mad About You an exclusive home at Spectrum Originals,’ added Original Content head Katherine Pope in a statement. ‘Two decades ago, fans fell in love with this show, and this time will be no different as Paul, Helen and Peter explore modern marriage through the eyes of two people who have just become empty-nesters. We can’t wait for everyone to fall in love with the Buchmans all over again.”’

Negotiations to revive the series, which aired on NBC from 1992 to 1999, began in 2018. The sitcom focused on the marriage between a documentary filmmaker (Reiser) and a PR specialist (Hunt). Hunt won four Emmys for playing Jamie Buchman.

Spectrum Originals will launch this year with the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama L.A.’s Finest starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. Other series in the works include the street race drama Curfew and a show called Manhunt. 

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Per Deadline, “HBO has picked up to series Run, its romantic comedic thriller pilot starring Domhnall Gleeson and Merritt Wever, from Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her frequent collaborator Vicky Jones. Waller-Bridge has a recurring role in the project, which hails from Entertainment One, Jones and Waller-Bridge’s DryWrite and Wigwam Films.

“While the series order had been in the works for awhile, the official pickup makes it the first formal green light at the premium cable network since the big WarnerMedia reorganization was announced earlier this week.

“Written by Jones, Run centers on Ruby (Wever), a woman living a humdrum existence who one day gets a text inviting her to fulfill a youthful pact, promising true love and self-reinvention, by stepping out of her life to take a journey with her oldest flame (Gleeson).

“Entertainment One, which was behind HBO’s Sharp Objects, produces for HBO, with Jones and Waller-Bridge set to executive produce via DryWrite, and Emily Leo for Wigwam. Kate Dennis directed the pilot and executive produces.

“This marks the latest 2018 HBO pilot to get to series, joining Mrs. Fletcher, Euphoria and The Righteous Gemstones as all of the network’s recent pilots have landed series orders. HBO’s remaining pilot, Armando Iannucci’s Avenue 5, is currently casting.

“This marks the fourth series for Waller-Bridge, with three currently on the air as Run joins hits Fleabag and Killing Eve.

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Per TheWrap, “Last month, Amazon’s Prime Video started teasing fans by posting a blank map of Middle-earth via its upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series’ brand new Twitter account.

“On Thursday, that map — which has slowly been populated with more and more locations and information over the past few weeks — confirmed when Prime Video’s small-screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work takes place: the Second Age.

“‘One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. #LOTRonPrime,’ the account tweeted this morning, before sending out one tweet to rule them all: a link to a new version of the map, accompanied by this simple message, ‘Welcome to the Second Age.’

“We promise you now if you scour this iteration of Middle-earth, you will see it is in fact the Second Age we’re working with. And if you are one of the fans who was hoping the series would focus on a young Aragorn — played by Viggo Mortensen in the Peter Jackson films — our condolences.

“Details about Amazon’s LOTR series — which was first announced in November 2017 and is being developed by “Star Trek 4” duo JD Payne and Patrick McKay — are still scarce, with this being the first major revelation fans have received.

“Previously, we had known the show was set Middle-earth and will explore stories that precede the events of Tolkein’s The Fellowship of the Ring — we just didn’t know by how much it would precede them.

“Amazon Studios has a multi-season commitment for the series, and the deal also includes a potential spinoff series.

“The new LOTR series will be produced in cooperation with the Tolkein Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

“See the tweet [here] and explore the map here.”

Wednesday March 6, 2019

An exhaustive breakdown of the Game of Thrones season 8 trailer.

I have zero desire to watch Leaving Neverland. None.

“In his first interview following his arrest last month on sexual abuse charges, an emotional and unyielding R. Kelly denied having sex with underage girls and portrayed himself as a victim of a social media-fueled smear campaign. Mr. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was seen screaming, cursing and pleading to the camera in the sit-down with Gayle King, a host of CBS This Morning, parts of which aired on Wednesday. At one point, Mr. Kelly grew so emotional that Ms. King stopped the interview so Mr. Kelly could regain his composure. ‘Hate me if you want to, love me if you want,’ Mr. Kelly said. ‘But just use your common sense. How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through — oh, right now I just think I need to be a monster, hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out!’ He continued, directly into the camera and growing tearful: ‘I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me!’”

I really need to spend more time on my shipping container idea so we can get rid of people like R. Kelly et al.

One guy who won’t have a seat in said shipping container is Shaquille O’Neal.

Same goes for you Justin Theroux, you’re safe.

Stephen Colbert has dethroned Jimmy Fallon in demo ratings: The Late Show now leads the Tonight Show (and Jimmy Kimmel Live! for that matter) among adults 18 to 49. The margin for this season’s current 1-2 rankings is incredibly thin. Considering Colbert has been dominant in total viewers for a while now, this is the very first time he could claim being No. 1 outright. Based on the latest Nielsen data, Colbert just barely edges Fallon, with a 0.54 demo rating vs. a 0.53. Here’s a more digestible stat: CBS’ Late Show is currently averaging 692,000 viewers in that all-important demographic, NBC’s Tonight is close behind with 686,000. Jimmy Kimmel is averaging 510,000 audience members per episode over on ABC.”

I Am Richard Pryor, a new documentary looking at the life of the comedian, will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 12. The film will then air on Paramount Network and Comedy Central on March 15.

Freeform has given a 10-episode series order to Motherland: Fort Salem, an hourlong drama from Claws creator Eliot Laurence and executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick. One of the leads in the project is being recast. Motherland was one of three hourlong pilots at Freeform, along with Party of Five and Breckman Rodeo, all of which have been garnering solid buzz. Party of Five was the first of the bunch to score a series pickup last month, with Breckman Rodeo still in contention.”

21-year-old Kylie Jenner was just named the youngest self-made billionaire. Forbes announced Tuesday that Jenner officially surpassed Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, who was 23 when he reached the billion-dollar mark. Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, began Kylie Cosmetics in 2015. Forbes estimates the company is worth over $900 million alone. In comparison, Jenner's 38-year-old half-sister, Kim Kardashian West, was worth roughly $350 million last July, Forbes estimates. Many have been less-than congratulatory about Jenner's new title.”

A review of HBO’s The Case Against Adnan Syed.

Netflix is already prospecting locations for the second season of The Umbrella AcademyBased on the superhero graphic novel by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, the adaptation became the latest smash hit from the studio, earning the spot of top digital original series in the U.S., and surpassing the popularity of the Arrowverse and Marvel Television series. Starring the Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, and Aidan Gallagher as the gifted but troubled Hargreeves siblings, season 1 brought the family's endeavor to save the world to a climactic intermission.”

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Per Variety, “[o]ne of the greatest games in football is months away from starting, but that isn’t keeping the players from getting warmed up.

“The NFL and some of the media companies that broadcast some of its most-watched matches have considered the idea of shaking up the Sunday-afternoon packages that regularly air on CBS and Fox, according to two people familiar with the matter. Under one idea broached, the two networks could get to air packages that include games from both the NFC and AFC, as opposed to the current system, which keeps the NFC on Fox and the AFC on CBS. The talks are extremely preliminary, one of these people cautions, and may not come to fruition.

“Spokespersons for the NFL, CBS Sports and Fox Sports declined to comment.

“ESPN’s rights to air Monday Night Football last until 2021, and Sunday packages for Fox, CBS and NBC extend through the following year. Yet that isn’t keeping the media industry from focusing on the future of football, which provides the majority of TV’s highest-rated broadcasts and will be essential to the health of the media business as streaming-video options lure millions of couch potatoes away from traditional TV watching.

“‘This is likely to be the most dynamic negotiation to date,’ says David Carter, executive director of the Marshall Sports Business Institute at the University of Southern California. The current rights holders are certain to bid for more football, but so too are new-tech outlets that may see a chance to use the popular sport to win fans to streaming services.

“Already, there is speculation that Walt Disney could offer to put ESPN’s Monday Night Football on ABC, which hasn’t aired the property since 2005. A spokesman for ESPN, which produces Disney’s sports programs, declined to comment. And AT&T may want to get in on the business.  ‘We’re not going to take anything off the table,’ Jeff Zucker, the newly named chairman of the company’s news-and-sports unit at WarnerMedia, told Variety in an interview Monday when asked about the company’s desire to widen its sports-rights portfolio.

“Formal talks about football rights have yet to commence, but at least one company appears to be chomping at the bit to secure a new deal. CBS has ‘four years remaining on our NFL contract and we fully expect to keep the NFL on CBS for many years to come,’ said Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, during a recent call with investors. ‘While the NFL has been very good for CBS, CBS has indeed been very good for the NFL, generating huge audiences and interest in the game.’

“NFL rights are costly. The most recent agreements with CBS, NBC and Fox went into effect in 2013 and last for nine years. The three are believed to be paying a combined $3.1 billion per year for Sunday games, compared to $1.94 billion a year under the previous contract. ESPN’s rights to broadcast “Monday Night Football” are believed to cost around $1.9 billion per year, compared to $1.1 billion paid in the previous contract. Fox struck a separate deal to broadcast Thursday Night Football for five years starting this past fall, a pact believed to be worth more than $650 million per year.

And yet, the TV networks would be hard pressed to make a go of it without the games.Consider that a 30-second ad in CBS’ or Fox’s Sunday-afternoon games can go from anywhere from $550,000 to $800,000, according to media buyers. The average cost of a 30-second spot in this season’s Sunday Night Football came to $670,846, according to media buyers, and prices can range from the high $500,000s to more than $1 million. The networks also use the games to promote their programs – getting word of coming shows out to millions of viewers in one fell swoop.

“Rights fees are expected to go up, because football continues to attract outsize audiences at a time when more couch potatoes are prone to toggle over to tablets, phones and connected-TV services for their video fix. To be sure, NFL games haven’t been immune from recent trends. Ratings for regular-season games declined in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons as the league contended with the absence of some popular players as well as pre-game protests by select athletes. But in the most recent season, overall viewership increased 5%, compared with tumbles of 10% in 2018 and 8% in 2016.”

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From Vulture: “If you know one thing about Jax Taylor, you know that he lies. As I sit across from the model/bartender/reality star on the porch of a West Hollywood restaurant, it’s the first thing I remind myself. Even with his ADD-fueled energy — head flipping back toward the street to investigate every honk, screech, or shout — Vanderpump Rules’ leading man seems present, fully engaged. On a warm Tuesday last November, the conversation flows naturally, with moments of unexpected wisdom tucked into wild anecdotes and petty beefs. His impossibly wide shoulders sit below an impossibly wide jaw, which is peppered with just the right amount of stubble. He feels easy to trust.

“For seven seasons now, Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules has followed a group of beautiful servers and bartenders at SUR, Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood establishment, as they cheat, fight, and make elaborate cocktails. Throughout that time, Taylor has been the blundering Lothario behind the bar, philandering, spreading rumors and, just as importantly, getting caught. The show’s first two seasons centered around a Big Jax Lie: a Las Vegas infidelity-fueled pregnancy scare in season one, and sex with his best friend Tom Sandoval’s girlfriend Kristen Doute in season two. Both times, Taylor convinced both the show’s behind-the-camera staff and his friends that he was wrongfully accused; both times, he was caught red-handed as the season ended.

“Taylor’s ability to lie with gusto helped build Vanderpump Rules into a reality-TV powerhouse in which anything felt possible. It’s what makes him a perfect reality star: compulsively anti-monogamous, seemingly unaware of cameras, lacking in basic self-control, and fast and loose with the truth. Yet somehow — perhaps because of what Taylor himself calls a lack of forethought or malice behind his lies, or perhaps because of his dopey magnetism — he’s still redeemable in the eyes of Vanderpump fans and his castmates. This coming July, the West Hollywood bartender will turn 40. He recently proposed to his girlfriend Brittany Cartwright, while mourning the death of his father, and producers and castmates swear he has changed. He drinks less (‘six drinks in six months’), has started smoking weed (favorite strain: Jack Herer; favorite method: ‘Brittany’s blunts’; favorite blunt wrap: Swisher), and seems genuinely in love. He’s even found God, attending the Wednesday service at Beverly Hills’ Churchome (‘Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are back there, and the Kardashians are in front of me’). Somehow, perhaps because of what one producer referred to as ‘weapons-grade charisma,’ those closest to him, and much of the viewership, still root for Jax Taylor. Maybe, this time, the change will stick.

“As we wait for our food to arrive, Taylor dives into a hypothetical story about an unnamed Midwestern women who was the prettiest girl in her small town. ‘You lived in Ohio, you’re the pretty one in Ohio. But now you put all the pretty ones in California,’ he says, placing his sleek prescription glasses on the table. ‘Guess what? You’re all the same. Everybody’s the same. You should be an actress in Hollywood. You’re pretty. Next thing you know, you’re a waitress for 20 years, you know?’ In his telling, two-faced producers promise the aspiring actress bit parts and even that she’ll get her own show one day. The tangent seems non sequitur, until it does not.

“Raised in Michigan, Taylor — then known by his given name, Jason Michael Cauchi — was a strikingly handsome, if slightly unmoored, man’s man. He went to Macomb Community College before quitting school and joining the Navy as a seaman recruit. Afterward he modeled, living for moments in New York, Miami, and Milan. At 26, he arrived in L.A.. He was told again and again by producers that he’d get his break. For seven years, it never came.

“Eventually, Taylor took a job as a bartender at SUR to pay the bills. He was past 30 and ready to quit modeling, move back to Florida where his father lived, and try to join the fire department. His relationship with Stassi Schroeder — with whom he’d been set up by her SUR co-worker Doute — was on the rocks, and he had told his friends he was going to drive his truck across the country any day now. But Schroeder convinced him to talk with Vanderpump about the show she was pitching to Bravo executives. Taylor had just started bartending at SUR and says he’d barely met Vanderpump at the time, but respected her and let her explain her vision. He’d been promised the world before, but Vanderpump already was on a Bravo show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, so her offer felt a bit more substantial. After a couple meetings, he signed on and opened his life up completely to a team of cameramen and reality-TV producers.

“A few weeks before he agreed to be on Vanderpump Rules, Taylor says he had two commercials canceled and was cut out of a bit-part on a television show. He’d been screwed again and again by Hollywood; he was tired of it all. ‘That informed who he was and who he is in a lot of ways,’ says Alex Baskin, one of Vanderpump’s executive producers. ‘He was like, “This town sucks and there’s no honor amongst thieves.” I think his fuck jar was empty.’

“Bravo’s Andy Cohen knew right away that the network had something special in Taylor. To celebrate the release of Cohen’s first book, Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture, the talk-show host and Real Housewives producer brought together his cadre of friends, reality stars, and celebrities at SUR. This was May 2012, seven months before the first season of Vanderpump Rules premiered. Taylor, whom Cohen describes as being in ‘the prime of his good looks,’ met the Bravo executive while serving him a drink. They small-talked for a moment before Cohen went on with his night.

“According to Cohen, it was what he heard later that gave him a window into Taylor’s potential. Apparently the handsome bartender had spread gossip to his future castmates that he and Cohen had ‘really connected’ and that they’d be grabbing lunch to talk about his future. It was a perfect lie, meant to create chaos within the friend group. In a group of aspiring actors and pop stars, Taylor’s fabricated lunch meeting with a Bravo executive was social currency. ‘Like, why was I paying all this attention to Jax?’ Cohen recalls, laughing. ‘Of course it was totally untrue and if you confronted him with the story now, he would probably say it didn’t happen. But I’m telling you, it happened.’ (Taylor, for what it’s worth, says he doesn’t know ‘if that’s 100 percent true.’)

“That preshow history helps to both anchor their friendships and create the kinesis that still threatens to pull them apart today. As part of their pitch, Baskin and the producers showed Cohen a map with lines charting the SUR staff’s prior and current relationships and beefs. ‘We put together a flow chart with arrows going in all sorts of directions,’ Baskin says, laughing. ‘It was super messy and complicated in the best possible way.’

“But no character’s past was richer, or more unlikely, than Taylor’s. His 20s are a potpourri of incredibly far-fetched details and anecdotes. Many articles, and Taylor himself, claim that he served in the Navy (which he did), that he played college hockey at Michigan State (which he did not), and that he was roommates with Channing Tatum (Tatum’s rep did not respond to a request for comment, and neither Taylor nor Bravo had photographs to share from the time because ‘it was before iPhones’). Schroeder warned me that Taylor might lie about his past; during the years they dated before the show, she would often track down unexplainable inconsistencies. ‘He lied to me and told me he was a Navy SEAL. He was not,’ Schroder says. ‘He literally had a Navy SEAL sticker on the back of his truck, so he wouldn’t get pulled over by cops.’

Vanderpump Rules showrunner Bill Langworthy, who has spent seven years trailing his leading man and grilling him in interviews like he’s ‘under FBI surveillance,’ still finds himself surprised by details of Taylor’s preshow existence. ‘I don’t think he really lives in the past, so his stories aren’t quite as crystallized and clear in his mind the way that they would be for me,’ Langworthy explains, generously. ‘But there are parts that you think couldn’t possibly be true that all of sudden become confirmed.’

“Right on the first day of filming, it was clear to the producers that Taylor’s combination of leading-man looks and a desire to exist in a perpetual present would translate to reality stardom. Langworthy, a veteran of the reality genre, remembers seeing the sales reel — shot to test talent on screen before a show is picked up — and being instantly charmed by Taylor. ‘The audio guy is putting the lavalier [microphone] on Jax and he’s already revealing very, very sensitive information about his best friends, Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz,’ Langworthy says. ‘He literally could not wait for the crew to be set to just start being awesome on a reality show.’

“Taylor had been bit by Hollywood and was ready to take advantage of an honest-to-goodness break. He was 32 years old and knew how rare a real chance was in this town. He couldn’t act and was sick of modeling, but he was born for reality TV.

“Aging all these years on screen, especially since the arrival of his brash and baby-faced co-star James Kennedy (‘I watch him,’ Taylor remarks, ‘and, I’m like, God, did I act like this?’), has softened the once-impetuous wild card. The older, and perhaps wiser, he gets, the more the regret shows on his face; incredibly, it’s become possible to empathize with Jax Taylor. He is a liar, but a radically transparent one. The Vanderpump producers have a key to his apartment and, unlike many reality stars, Taylor has allowed the viewers to see an authentic portrayal of himself on screen, warts and all. Even as he successfully deceives, the truth of his motivations shows through.

“‘When he lies, he lies authentically,’ Baskin says. ‘He lies because that is his natural response, so it is a true-to-character lie.’

“That strange brand of authenticity has allowed Taylor to avoid becoming the villain, both among his friends and among the viewership. The promise of reality TV, rarely delivered, is the unfiltered real. Taylor is far from trustworthy in a relationship or around expensive sunglasses, but he delivers truth on screen. For producers and devotees of the genre, authenticity — even in the form of a lie — is a breath of fresh air.

“Taylor believes he gets so much leeway because his dishonesty isn’t mean-spirited, and the Vanderpump producers agree. But a quick glance at the back of his baseball card shows that, at times, he clearly has hurt those closest to him: He’s cheated, he’s slandered, he’s spread rumors. Yet Taylor will never be confused for a mastermind, so it rarely feels conniving. That fact, along with his charisma, is why he says his friends and Vanderpump-heads still stand by him.

“‘I do a lot of fucked up shit. That’s a hundred percent true. But I’m not mean. I don’t set out to hurt you. There’s no — what do you call that? Calculated. I’m not malicious,’ Taylor says. ‘I’m a pretty silly, funny, outgoing guy. You know, I do a lot of fucked up shit, but so what? I don’t hurt anybody. No one’s ever got pregnant. No one’s ever gotten divorced. We all do dumb shit. I’m not gonna walk around and be walking on thin ice all my life. I do dumb stuff. So what?’

“But as his ex, Schroeder felt the more poisonous end of Taylor’s impulsivity and untruth. Throughout the first season, she tried in vain to convince her and Taylor’s mutual friends that he’d impregnated a woman in Vegas. Though he actually had, Taylor gaslit Schroeder, persuading everyone that she was delusional. When Schroeder’s new boyfriend Frank Herlihy came forward as a witness of Taylor’s duplicity, the move backfired, swaying friends and viewers alike to see Schroder’s rebound as sleazy and untrustworthy. ‘When someone’s a really great liar, you believe everything. He would cry, he would literally cry. So how could you not believe a grown man who is crying?’ she says. ‘Even my truth isn’t as good as his lie.’

“The reality-TV world overflows with fantastic fabulists, and so any decent reality-TV producer needs to have a great bullshit meter. Yet, Langworthy told me the entire team was slack-jawed when Taylor came clean during the last hours of shooting on the first season. Langworthy talked with a stunned lead camera operator who’d just filmed Taylor and Schroeder’s conflicting accounts of the Vegas incident. ‘Having heard both sides, he came back and said, I guess I no longer know what it looks like when a person is lying to me,’ Langworthy remembers.

“Schroeder spent the show’s first season alienated by her friends, who backed Taylor. When the show aired, it was Schroeder who was cast as Vanderpump’s villain. And yet, even she has managed to let Taylor back into her life. ‘Everyone is always like, How can you hang around that terrorist of a human being? How? How? How?’ Schroeder says. ‘But the charm of Jax is that he likes to have a good time, he’s very charismatic, and he’s funny but in a dumb endearing kind of way. So you want to be around him even though he’s done awful things.’

“Taylor owns his past transgressions as we talk over lunch. He says he’s different now, changed since his father’s passing in December 2017. ‘After my dad died, I was very close to doing something really bad to myself, extremely close,” Taylor says. “And Brittany single-handedly saved me and our relationship.’

“In the spring of 2015, Taylor fell in love at first sight with the Kentucky-born Cartwright in Las Vegas, and convinced her to move into his L.A. apartment. The relationship was quickly rocky (in Vanderpump’s season five premiere, Taylor spread a rumor that she’d slept with Doute), but the two rode their love affair into a spinoff, Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky, which aired on Bravo in 2017. That show cast Taylor as an ill-equipped outsider on the farm and in Cartwright’s conservative and religious family; it also revolved around Taylor’s cold feet when it came to settling down. The couple’s breaking point arrived months later when it was revealed that Taylor had cheated with SUR waitress Faith Stowers. He and Cartwright finally split in August 2017, but soon reconnected. When his father passed a few months later, Cartwright met him in Florida and ‘Brittany took over,’ according to Taylor.

“Since then, Taylor has traded in alcohol for marijuana, reiki for a celebrity megachurch, and has asked Cartwright to marry him. Cohen, the Vanderpump producers, and Taylor himself say they were all shocked by how much he stayed above the fray throughout filming the show’s seventh season. During an episode that aired in late February, the SUR staff had boys’ and girls’ nights apart. When the lone single friend Peter Madrigal brought a group of women back to the guys’ hotel room, Taylor nervously paced and then hid on the porch, before finally calling his fiancé. It was an unexpected moment of transparency and of restraint, more than a bit bungled in execution. It looked a lot like growth.

“Even Schroeder has witnessed this evolution. ‘It was almost immediate, this incredible change and shift,’ she says. ‘I don’t even know how to explain it; he isn’t the same person he was before. He got the sense smacked into him.’

“The Jax Taylor Experience through the first six years of Vanderpump Rules was the male model id unleashed. That’s why watching him toe the line this season has been fascinating. He became a reality star for his lack of inhibition and factual pliancy. As he cheated and lied, surrounded by cameras with no regard for future consequences, it was impossible to take your eyes off him. It felt brazen, or perhaps compulsive, but never false. The new Jax Taylor, faithful and truthful despite every instinct to the contrary, threatens to alter the show. But the devil on his shoulder is still easy to see and every ounce of effort shows on his face as he tries so hard to be good. It’s not the same Jax Taylor Experience, but it still feels true.

“As the waitress brings the check at the end of our meal, Taylor begins in on his strangest anecdote of the afternoon. When he first moved to Los Angeles, he tells me, years before Vanderpump Rules, he lived in Westwood, near UCLA. He had found a student ID card on the sidewalk and began to use it to access the school’s gym. But then one day, on a whim, Taylor decided to rush a frat, posing as the student on the ID. He tells me he kept up the ruse for six months, living for cheap in a frat house he believes was Sigma Nu, while pretending to be a handsome, overly developed underclassman. At the time, he was 26.

“The story was odd and surprising, delivered casually between other fascinating nuggets of a crowded and varied past (hockey scholarships, high-fashion modeling gigs, time in the Navy, dreams of fighting fires). Only later, as I started to sift through the details, did the cracks begin to show. How did he rush and then live in the house right away? What was the final straw that led to his ouster? Why didn’t the producers or his ex-girlfriend know this story when I asked them about it?

“It was a throwaway anecdote, but it felt revelatory. So I began to dig. According to residents of the frat house, Taylor did not live in Sigma Nu under an assumed name in 2005. The story of a 26-year-old living in a house under false pretenses for six months didn’t ring a bell with other UCLA fraternity members of that era either. Yes, this was almost 15 years ago. Perhaps Taylor did live in some house for some time. (A Sigma Nu alum said it would have been much easier to rent a spot in the house over the summer when rules were more relaxed.) But why tell this specific story in this specific way in the first place?

“It was not until I’d made contact with the eighth member of that era’s UCLA Greek system that I began to realize that I’d fallen down the rabbit hole. Like so many SUR co-workers before me, I was chasing details of an aside by a known tall-talesman. I was taking a tape measure to Babe, forgetting that it was the idea of an ox the size of building that truly mattered.

“I’d spent a week on the phone trying to debunk the detail because it befuddled me. I could not for the life of me understand what was to gain from it. But so far as I can tell, a Jax Lie doesn’t work like yours or mine; it needs only to survive a moment, the future be damned. In explaining his brand of dishonesty, Langworthy tells me, ‘The present is very loud for Jax. He is not too worried about, How am I gonna keep this going tomorrow?’

“A Jax Lie can burn a friend or break up a relationship, but it’s just as likely to do nothing at all. It’s created only to serve whatever story Taylor’s telling in his perpetual present. At the time he told this one to me, I was rapt. I leaned forward. I laughed. I watched him closely as he spoke. As I chased the truth of it later, it became an irritation, but also a fascination. It was aimless and half-conceived, but it held some truth, not in its details but in its telling. And it kept me entertained.”

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From Cosmopolitan: “Of course, not everything has changed. Today, for example, we’re sitting at The Ivy in Los Angeles, discussing nip slips and tattoos.

“The girls are crowded around a table at the legendary restaurant, which is known for its paparazzi-friendly outdoor seating. For decades, paps have loitered across the street to capture photos of its patrons, who are typically an eclectic mix of famous people, people who used to be famous, and people who would very much like to be famous. 

“‘I’ve had a nipple slip at The Ivy before,’ Whitney Port, 34, says with a sly smile. ‘I remember when nip slips were the most embarrassing thing ever. I had one here and one in Miami. And now it’s like, whatever. It’s a fucking nipple.’ Heidi Pratt, 32, nods in agreement.

“Audrina Patridge, 33, says that the last time she was here, she ran into Ashlee Simpson.

“‘I haven’t hung out with Ashlee since, like, 10 years ago,’ Mischa Barton, 33, offers. ‘I have a couple of funny stories about her. One time, we were waiting for her at dinner and I texted her, and she was like, “I just stopped off to get a tattoo.” Just a quick before-dinner tattoo! I was like, “Okay, I don’t think you’re going to make it to dinner.”’

“We all laugh. It’s so Ashlee.

“Seeing these girls together again feels eerily familiar—and so right that I practically hear Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten playing in the background as each of them enters the restaurant. I can picture their full names written below their faces.

“The four are getting ready to promote The Hills’ long-awaited reboot, a sequel of sorts called The Hills: New Beginnings. The series—originally scheduled to premiere in April, as of Cosmopolitan's press time, but now slated to launch this summer—includes this crew and other memorable faces from the previous franchises, like Brody Jenner, Stephanie Pratt, Frankie Delgado, Justin (Bobby) Brescia, and Jason Wahler.

“Notably missing are semi-villain Kristin ­Cavallari—she has her own reality show on E! called Very Cavallari (Heidi is actually a big fan)—and OG Laguna Beach veteran Lauren Conrad, who parlayed her reality-TV fame into a full-on lifestyle brand of beachy dresses, chia-pudding recipes, and millennial-pink bedding.

“The current cast members seem more than happy to leave LC and Kristin in the past. ‘They’re not part of the story line,’ Whitney says succinctly.

“Lauren and Kristin’s absence makes sense given the reboot’s vibe, anyway. New Beginnings is supposed to be a real depiction of this group of old friends, and the women assembled at The Ivy today just don’t hang out with them anymore. After Lauren dramatically confronted Heidi on camera years ago, claiming she was spreading rumors of an LC sex tape (‘You know what you did!’), the two never reconciled. ‘Sometimes things happen that will change how you feel about people, and sometimes it’s very permanent,’ says Heidi, with a shrug. ‘I thought with Lauren and me, we would’ve been friends again.’ She seems sad, resigned, and a little surprised.

“While the group shares a well-documented history, the news that Mischa was joining the show surprised die-hard Hills fans. But her character on The O.C., Marissa, was the literal inspiration for Laguna Beach in the first place. And [Editor’s note: Skip to the next paragraph if you have somehow not yet watched The O.C.]

“Marissa’s iconic death on the show was only slightly less iconic than her real-life role in the legendary early-2000s L.A. nightlife scene, when she partied with the likes of Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, and Lindsay Lohan. (Mischa has not watched Lindsay’s new reality series: ‘I’m so afraid,’ she says. ‘I think it might send me into a tailspin.’)

“According to Mischa, she’s very much done with that life. And her decision to join a reality show was not an easy one. ‘I was approached by a million different people for a long period of time,’ she says. But after talking to MTV and seeing the Hills girls at the VMAs on TV, she finally gave in to the idea of it all.

“‘It’s weird because I remember going out with Nicole Richie and people at the time, and we would come by set when they were filming The Hills,’ Mischa recounts, as the other girls perk up. ‘She would drag me to the producer van to see what you guys had been up to all day. All these years later...it sounds corny, but it felt like this was supposed to happen.’

“Still, her casting brings up questions: Will the addition of a professional actress make the show seem even less...organic? And why has everyone always been so obsessed with trying to figure out if The Hills is actually real, anyway?

“The show itself always toyed with that question. Its story lines were believable, but with all the consistent drama and the soaring, cinematic shots, it felt like there was no way it wasn’t a bit produced. Viewers would obsess over the details: Was Whitney really an intern at Teen Vogue? (Yes—the only reason she was cast, she says, is because she started about the same time as Lauren.) Did Audrina really work as a receptionist at that Quixote Studios?

“(Yes, she says. In fact, they always wanted to fire her because she wasn’t productive enough with the cameras around.) Did that uncomfortable confrontation between Heidi and her mother about Heidi’s plastic surgery really happen just as we saw it on TV? (Yes, says Heidi, and that’s the only thing she’d change looking back. She’s on good terms with her family now, but it took her a long time.)

“All that reality aside, the girls admit that some scenes were straight-up staged. ‘Toward the end of The Hills, Spencer and I had a lot of scripted fights and things like that,’ Heidi admits.

“But these days, Audrina, Whitney, and Heidi have more than enough drama to bring to the table on their own. All three are new moms, which means the bulk of stress, chaos, and insecurity you’ll see onscreen is probably the real deal. Ironically, while motherhood is the most important thing to all three right now, it won’t be featured prominently on the show aside from, perhaps, 18-month-old Gunner Pratt, who’s more than ready for his close-up. (‘He’s so comfortable with the cameras,’ says Audrina. ‘Even on the red carpet at the VMAs, I was amazed.’) Maybe MTV thinks the mom stuff is too real for fans of the franchise.

“Luckily, it’s not too real for lunch at The Ivy.

“‘I’m what they call an attachment parent,’ says Heidi. Whitney and Audrina laugh knowingly.

“‘You would be proud of me,’ Audrina says to Heidi.

“‘I met with a nanny last week. Did you have yours sign an NDA or anything?’

“‘I’ve been contemplating it,’ says Heidi. Her nanny, Abby, knows that she works for two reality stars, but she’s too young to have watched The Hills. Abby’s parents, however, are big fans.

“‘She’s so young, and she was there while we were filming, listening, asking a million questions,’ Audrina explains about the nanny candidate she’s considering. ‘She’s a Hills fan too, I guess.’ Whitney and Heidi shake their heads in empathy. Mischa looks like she’s texting someone.

“‘Maybe you should rethink hiring her then,’ says Whitney. Her son, Sonny Sanford, is 20 months old. ‘I have a nanny who’s close to 70. I took a picture of something randomly and she was like, “Will that go on social media?”’ She laughs.

“‘If she was a fan of The Hills, it might not be the best,’ adds Mischa, finally looking up from her phone. Apparently she’d been listening all along.

“I’m nodding like crazy and suddenly realize: I’m having just as good a time watching them discuss nanny NDAs as I did watching Audrina accuse Lauren of hooking up with Justin Bobby.

“But sadly, lunch must, like all good things, come to an end. As we get ready to leave, Heidi answers a call from Spencer while poking at her apple-blackberry crumble. Audrina has an appointment, Mischa has a call with her lawyer, and Whitney needs to get in some Sonny time before dinner with her sisters.

“I almost expect the hazy L.A. sky to go black and cut to commercial, but I get into my Lyft and realize that all of us are about to sit in the same 4 p.m. traffic. There couldn’t be anything more real than that.

“A few days later, I chat with Mischa on the phone. She’d been a little guarded at the group get-together, as if she didn’t want to risk saying anything too salacious. After all, her chance for a personal reboot relies on the world taking her seriously as an actress. I get a sense that she felt like an outsider during filming, not just because she’s reading scripts on the side but also because her personal life doesn’t look much like theirs.

“‘I sometimes get in over my head,’ she tells me. ‘I didn’t really consider the fact that they’re all such close friends. They’re family girls. They all have husbands or ex-husbands and babies.’

“But she says they welcomed her with open arms. And the Hills women’s shared history actually made things easier for Mischa in the end.

“‘I was afraid that, obviously, the drama would land on me because I don’t have babies,’ she says. ‘But the bulk of the drama comes from the history they have.’

“And a decade later, fans of the show are still talking about that history, whether it’s tossing a mascara-tear GIF into group chats, screaming ‘You know what you did!’ during rowdy bachelorette parties, or making a solemn vow to ourselves that we’ll never choose a boy over Paris. 

“Back at lunch, the girls are feeling the nostalgia too. Les Deux, their old hangout, has been replaced by The Peppermint Club. Nicole Richie has moved on from production vans to TV screens. Even The Ivy, which used to have a months-long wait list, is easy to book on OpenTable these days. Most importantly, camera phones and Instagram now make it impossible to get away with the bad behavior that defined their 20s. In 2019, even when reality crews aren’t filming, a party girl has to watch her back.

“‘We could keep secrets back then,’ Whitney says. The group seems to become collectively misty-eyed.

“Audrina agrees. ‘That was the best generation.’”

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Per Deadline, “[p]odcast company Wondery is stepping up its television activities following the success of Dirty John and is in talks with high-level showrunners to adapt its latest hit Over My Dead Body.

“The company, which was set up by former Fox International Channels boss Hernan Lopez, is developing a number of its serialized podcast series for the small screen, including dark medical drama Dr Death, Business Wars and Gladiator, the story of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez.

“It is now plotting a TV remake of Over My Dead Body, which just ended its six-part run atop the Apple podcast charts, and is in the process of hiring its first in-house development executive to take a more hands on approach to adaptations.

“The first season of Over My Dead Body, subtitled Tally, is the story of Dan Markel and his wife Wendi, two good-looking attorneys whose wedding is featured in the New York Times.

“But when this perfect couple’s marriage falls apart, it leads to a bad breakup, a worse divorce, and a murder case involving a menagerie of high-priced lawyers and unexpected co-conspirators.

“It is hosted by Matthew Shaer, who had originally planned to turn the story into a long-form print article after delving into the dark world of orthodox Jewish divorces with a shady rabbi nicknamed The Prodfather, whose tactics are slightly less than ethical, for GQ. Shaer, who had written an early season of Wondery’s Business Warsseries about the battle between Nike and Adidas, was subsequently encouraged to tell this story as a podcast. ‘It’s a good example of how Wondery approaches a story; we want to figure out how to tell it in the most compelling way through the people that are involved and to a certain degree take the reporter out of the middle,’ Marshall Lewy, Chief Content Officer of Wondery, tells Deadline.

“The story features a cast of different characters, although the murder doesn’t necessarily come right at the start. ‘People overuse the term Fargo-esque but it really was and we wanted to do something a little different in true crime, where no one dies in the first episode, it’s the middle of the second episode and then you don’t really know what happened and then the blanks get filled in,’ he adds.

“The case is also not completely wrapped up with a trial set for June. ‘We wanted to do six complete episodes to where things stand now and [focus on] the evidence as to what seems to have happened. It’s like the end of a TV season finale.’”

Tuesday March 5, 2019

Rest in peace Luke Perry.

Here is one of many tributes to honor the late Dylan McKay.

And another.

One more for good measure.

And a cool story below to give you more tiny insight into the type of guy Perry was.

NBC has renewed Superstore for a 5th season.

A new season of Hoarders begins on A&E tonight.

Looks like The Hills reboot is coming on April 15.

Chris D’Elia is set for a recurring role on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s You. D’Elia will play Henderson, a designer hoodie, black Ray-Bans, expensive sneakers-wearing famous comedian with a “hard-life-lessons man-of-the-people” thing working for him. . . .The show’s second season is loosely based on the author’s second book in the series titled Hidden Bodies and will be released by the streaming service under the Netflix originals banner. It will follow Goldberg to Los Angeles where he meets Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), an aspiring chef that isn’t into social media like his previous leading lady.” Well, it looks like I’m going to have to watch season 2.

CBS All Access has renewed something called No Activity for a 3rd season.

Summer House returned to Bravo last night with very little fanfare, but kudos to the upgrade in casting. Gone are the Amazonian and whiny southern guy, having been replaced with 3 much more palatable (relative term) houseguests.

The Bachelor talks about last night’s meltdown.

Parenthood alum Sam Jaeger has joined the cast of CBS All Access’ Why Women Kill, a darkly comedic drama from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios. Created by Cherry, Why Women Kill details the lives of three women living in three different decades — a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s and a lawyer in 2018 — each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series will examine how the roles of women have changed but how their reaction to betrayal has not. Jaeger will play Rob. Seen in 1963. Confident and ambitious, he is Beth Ann’s husband, an ex-jock who was born into a blue collar family, but who has worked his ass off to end up in a white collar world. The quintessential early 1960s catered-to husband, he enjoys his position as benevolent provider, provided Beth Ann remains the subservient homemaker.”

Is it time for Adam Levine to leave The Voice?

A review of the upcoming Epix docuseries Punk. “Punk is a tell-all docuseries about one of music’s most notorious scenes of the last half-century, told first hand by some of its most notable players including Iggy Pop, Johnny Rotten, Marky Ramone, Dave Grohl, Legs McNeil and more.”

I would still fear Negan more than Alpha. #TheWalkingDead

“CC Sabathia is already planning for retirement from baseball before he’s even put away his pitcher’s mitt. The New York Yankees pitcher and Cy Young Award winner is joining ESPN as a contributor, the network announced on Tuesday. He will serve in a variety of roles beginning this season.”

Audible has released the cover art for Heads Will Roll, the audiobook giant’s first foray into comedy originals. Set to launch May 2nd, the absurdist 10-episode medieval series comes from the minds of Saturday Night Live cast member Kate McKinnon and her sister Emily Lynne, who both star. McKinnon plays the evil Queen Mortuana of the Night Realm, while Lynne will voice her ditsy raven minion JoJo. After they receive a prophecy about an imminent peasant uprising, the pair must journey to find the Shard of Acquiescence, which will put down the rebellion and save the throne. Listeners will find out if their friendship will survive the perils of politics, which entails sensitive generals, chatty sex slaves, whiny behemoths, princes with bird fetishes, and the notion of democracy. The raunchy satire also includes the talents of Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, Audra McDonald, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Steve Higgins, Bob the Drag Queen, Esther Perel, and more.”

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From TheWrap (and written by Jeff Giles who is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of the young-adult fiction series, The Edge of Everything. He was previously the deputy managing editor of Entertainment Weekly): “A little over 25 years ago, I spent some time with Luke Perry for a cover story in a now-defunct magazine. This was back in the days of Beverly Hills, 90210, when he was getting mobbed everywhere and had to be snuck out of mall appearances in a laundry hamper.

“I remember sitting in my room at the Sunset Marquis while I waited for Luke to show up for the first interview and worrying that he wasn’t the kind of guy who would like me — i.e., I was a shy nerd and he had those sideburns and also a pot-bellied pig for a pet.

“I was surprised to find how real and funny he was, how skeptical he was of his sudden fame, how he thought the whole laundry-hamper thing had probably been staged without his knowing.

“He thought about taking me to a strip club for the first interview, but decided against it, telling me that I’d just end up writing something like, ‘Luke knew all the dancers and called out to them by name as we entered the club.’

“Instead, he took me to a shooting range. It was cold so he lent me a jean jacket. I almost hit the first skeet and Luke was so excited for me. When it became clear that it’d just been a lucky accident and that I had no idea WTF I was doing, he was cool about it, though obviously a little bummed that I sucked.

“When he was driving on the freeway in L.A., he pulled close to a woman in another car and asked if he could borrow her sunglasses. She handed them to him happily. I pointed out that she’d obviously recognized him. This hurt him a little. He didn’t want to believe it. He wanted to believe it was a just a cool, serendipitous human interaction. I said, ‘OK, then I’m gonna ask someone else for her sunglasses and we’re gonna see how that goes.’ Luke loved this idea and immediately started looking for a woman in another car. I chickened out because I’m somebody who chickens out. He was cool about it, though (again) obviously a little bummed that I sucked.

“When he was taking me back to the hotel after a long day, he told me about how he wanted to make a movie about a famous bull rider named Lane Frost. I was sleepy from the drive and said, ‘What is about bull-fighting that interests you?’ And he was, like, ‘Not bull-fighting, man! Bull-riding!’ I felt like an idiot. He really cared about the project — which became the 1994 movie 8 Seconds — and had been dying to do something real, something beyond Beverly Hills, 90210.

“Lastly, I remember that I forgot to give him his jean jacket back, so as he drove away, I chased his SUV down North Alta Loma Blvd. in the dark shouting, ‘Luke! Luke!’ He didn’t hear me. I went into the Sunset Marquis and asked the guy at the desk if I could leave something for someone to pick up. He gave me a brown paper bag. I put the jean jacket in it and wrote LUKE PERRY on it with magic marker. I gave it to the guy, who looked at me like I was nuts, but whatever. I liked Luke and didn’t want him to think I’d stolen his coat.

“Anyway, I’m remembering Luke Perry today because it’s so, so sad and messed up that he has passed away. He seemed like a tremendously good guy. Even in the midst of absolutely crazy, indecipherable fame, he was open and honest and didn’t give me any crap about being a shy nerd. I should also say that he gave the woman on the freeway her sunglasses back. He didn’t want anything (not even fame) for free.”

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Per Deadline, “After six years, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, and Joe Jonas have reunited with their new single Sucker and the pop trio announced today that they are partnering with Amazon Studios, Philymack, and Federal Films for a new documentary.

“The news of the project comes after the sibling trio dropped their single for Sucker, the accompanying music video and news of their new album on March 1. Specific details and release date have yet to be announced, but the documentary will be an intimate look at their lives. The feature will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.

“‘Our fans are the best in the world and have shared in our journey as the Jonas Brothers and us as individuals,’ said the Jonas Brothers. ‘In releasing this documentary we wanted to make sure we partnered with an innovative platform, like Amazon, that could reach our fans around the world.’

“‘Amazon Prime Video is proud to be the exclusive home for a very personal, behind the scenes look at the Jonas Brothers as they reunite for this exciting tour’ said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, ‘Experiencing the brothers back together again is the news that everyone hoped for and we can’t wait to share this intimate and compelling documentary special with all of our customers.’

“The Jonas Brothers became one of the top male music groups of the century. They went on to solo careers in music and on film and TV. Nick Jonas starred in several films including the blockbuster hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. He can also be seen in the forthcoming animated feature UglyDolls as well as Doug Liman’s Chaos Walking, Roland Emmerich’s Midway and in the upcoming Jumanji sequel. Joe Jonas lent his voice to the animated feature Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and appeared in Grease Live! and Angie Tribeca. Kevin Jonas starred in the E! reality series Married to Jonas after marrying d Danielle Deleasa. He also lent his voice to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.”

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Netflix is paying tribute to one of television's greatest comedies.

“The streamer on Monday announced Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate, a tribute marking the 50th anniversary of the NBC sketch comedy. (The series, which ran from 1968-1973, marked its 50th anniversary in January 2018.)

“The Netflix special — which will be recorded from Hollywood's Dolby theater on Friday, March 8 — will feature original star Lily Tomlin returning to revive her seminal Edith Ann and Ernestine characters. A premiere date for the special has not yet been determined.

“Tomlin will be joined by an impressive who's who of comedy for the special, including: Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris, Taye Diggs, Michael Douglas, Jay Leno, Rita Moreno, Rita Wilson, JoAnne Worley, Maria Bamford, Margaret Cho, Ron Funches, Brad Garrett, Nikki Glaser, Lisa Ann Walter, Bobby Moynihan, Cheri Oteri, Rob Riggle, Jeff Ross, J.B. Smoove, Tony Hale, Jon Lovitz, Natasha Leggero and more. The stars will take quintessential sketches and acts from the original series and add a contemporary flair to help illustrate that 50 years later, Laugh-In never gets old.

“Dave Broome (The Day I Met El Chapo, Ultimate Beastmaster) will executive produce via his 25/7 Productions banner alongside Laugh-In's legendary creator George Schlatter. The latter will also be in attendance on Friday.

Laugh-In launched the careers of Tomlin, Goldie Hawn and Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels while helping to create late-night television. NBC, which initially wasn't pleased with the series, stuck with the series because it had nothing else to air opposite mega-hits The Lucy Show and Gunsmoke.

“In a Hollywood Reporter oral history last year to mark its 50th anniversary, creator Schlatter recalled the origin stories for Tomlin's beloved characters Ernestine and Edith Ann, as well as the backstories for pop culture phrases like ‘sock it to me’ and ‘respect’ came from. Schlatter also recalled a conversation with Rupert Murdoch, who had approached him for a new take and a ‘longing’ to do new satirical projects.

"‘Laugh-In was a perfect show for its time. Fifty years later, we haven't fixed a thing. We still have an unpopular president, sexism, pollution. The time's right now,’ he told THR. ‘Maybe it'll help people remember what was and what can be. I've made offers to Trump and Tom Brokaw, who used to come up all the time to watch us tape, to appear on a show. I'd love to get Obama and Gloria Allred, people who aren't known as variety show performers. They're the best.’

“Tomlin currently stars on Netflix's Grace and Frankie.”

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Per The New York Post, “Katie Couric wouldn’t have had time to write her autobiography, Unexpected, if she had remained friends with Jeff Zucker, the head of CNN, sources say.

“Among the other painful subjects Couric, 62, will tackle — such as the cancer death of her husband, her battle with bulimia and the Mad Men-type sexism of network TV — will be her long friendship with Zucker and its bitter end in 2012, when he quit as the producer of her daytime talk show.

“‘When Jeff was leaving for CNN, she felt abandoned,’ said one insider. ‘They came up together and had their greatest success together. But instead of being gracious, she was awful to him. She will never get on CNN.’

“Couric’s memoir will be published by Little, Brown and Co. in the spring of 2021. ‘I wanted to do it while I can still remember everything that’s happened,’ she said in a video posted on Twitter.

“She has time to write a book because, having worked at ABC, NBC and CBS, ‘she can’t get a job on TV,’ sniped another source. ‘She’s burned so many bridges.’

“Couric will write about her experience working with Matt Lauer on Today, her rivalry with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, and, according to Little, Brown, ‘the time a high-ranking executive commented on her breast size in front of the top brass during an editorial meeting.’

“The publisher said Couric will reveal other examples of the rampant sexism she encountered as the first solo female evening-news anchor at CBS and ‘the less-than-warm welcome she received upon her arrival from some of her colleagues.’

“Couric said, ‘It feels like now is the right time to look back, reflect, and consider what I’ve learned and how those lessons might help others.’”

Monday March 4, 2019

Netflix is releasing 60 original shows and movies this month. Here’s the full list.

And here’s what is coming to Hulu in March.

A first look at season 8 of Game of Thrones.

A sneak peak at tonight’s episode of The Resident.

Seth Rogen is about to enter the fifth dimension, as he is the latest actor to join the cast of Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access. The actor will star on an episode written by Alex Rubens. The anthology series will launch its first two episodes on April 1, with new installments to be made available weekly on Thursdays, beginning April 11.”

How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor has been cast opposite Al Pacino, Logan Lerman and Jerrika Hinton in The Hunt, Amazon's Nazi-hunting series executive produced by Jordan Peele. The Hunt, created by David Weil, follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City.

Whose head is on the chopping block on The Walking Dead?

TIME offers up the 5 funniest TV shows ever, per Michael Schur.

More potential trouble for the Frye Festival morons.

Tamron Hall’s new talk show is set to premiere Monday, September 9. The show has been sold more than 85% of the country to date, including 47 of the top 50 markets. Not sure how or why, but ok.

“The original Sandlot crew is prepping to play some more ball, according to the writer-director of the first two movies. A TV reboot is in the works with the cast of the first film returning, David Mickey Evans on Thursday told the baseball podcast The Rain Delay. ‘I just sold a Sandlot television show. We're about to get an order for the first two seasons,’ he told host Cooperstown Kurt. Evans said he couldn't tell Kurt who was going to stream it, but ‘I know who's going to stream it. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out right now.’ He added, ‘I already got all the original castmembers back. It takes place in 1984, when they’re all, like, 33 years old and they all have children of their own, and that's all I can tell you.’ Evans did not say which of the castmembers would be returning; the original movie was set in the San Fernando Valley in 1962. The second film featured a different cast, including James Earl Jones and Gregg Germann.”

I thought we were done with this piece of trash? “Ousted ABC star Roseanne Barr used her interview on Sunday’s first episode of The Candace Owens Show to issue a fresh round of incendiary comments, questioning the #MeToo movement and slamming several politicians along with Christine Blasey Ford. Regarding the #MeToo movement and sexual misconduct, Barr explained that someone she had spoken to had said, ‘‘[The women] were there in the room because they thought they were getting a job 15 years ago,' a reasoning Barr didn’t find compelling. ‘Well, it’s because they’re hos,’ she said. ‘Like if you don’t run out of the room and go, “Excuse me you don’t do that to me,” and leave, but you stayed around because you’re like, “Well I thought maybe he was going to give me a writing job,” well, you aren’t nothing but a ho.’ She went on to blame women who came forward with accusations against men after hotel room encounters for ‘pretending that they didn’t go to trade sexual favors for money.’”

Congrats to Million Dollar Listing: New York’s Ryan Serhant and his wife Emilia for becoming new parents.

What’s wrong with Kate Beckinsale?

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Per real life Harvey Specter: “Both Harvey and Donna have, in the past, tried to move on or have inched up against their feelings for each other without fully going there. What do you think made this time different enough for Harvey that it led him to this breakthrough?
I think we’ve been creating this atmosphere where potentially business success isn’t the end-all, and you can celebrate the wins all you want, but if you can’t celebrate it with somebody you love, then what’s that lacking part of one’s life? Mike and Rachel have gone into the sunset, gotten married, taken off, and Zane’s character, every time Harvey says, “Let’s go get a burger. Let’s go do something,” there are examples of people saying, “Hey, man, I need to go. It’s been a long week. I need to go share it with my wife,” or, “I need to go share it with my partner.” I think he’s seeing that around him, and he’s seeing that coming home late at night alone is not… It’s just not where his focus really, I think, wants to be. I think he’s really listening to his heart and seeing that’s not where he wants to be.

He, in these last few episodes, was trying to do right by Donna and giving her space, allowing her to be in this relationship, because they’ve made this deal over and over. But he’s no dummy. He knows that there’s something there. I think he just doesn’t want to lose her. I think his fear of losing her is so big that he wasn’t ever willing to break that boundary and cross over and see what a relationship with her could look like, personally, and even continuing in the office.

So at this point in his life, he almost lost everything, and he sees the people around him are making this decision to be with the ones they love. I think in that last moment where he’s sitting with Samantha, he just says, “You know what? This is stupid. I’m not really facing what I’m really feeling.” I think he sees that, once [she] opens the door and she takes a step back, that the opening is there to see what will come of that.

If he doesn’t take that chance and try to have a relationship with her, he’s going to lose her anyway, because she’s going to move on.
Yeah. I mean, she was almost going to move on. She was already out the door, and I think he’s just realizing it. It takes some men longer than others to come up with the realization that, “Hey, this woman has been knocking on this door for a while,” and he needs to wake up. The relationship has been so complicated. As far as I’m concerned, it’s been really well written. To be able to stretch that relationship over and over and over, it’s gotten really dynamic — at least to play as an actor.

What kind of conversations, if any, did you have with showrunner Aaron Korsh and co-star Sarah Rafferty about how you should play that final scene?
I just remember saying, “Let’s keep it really clean and graceful and with the utmost respect to the characters.” I didn’t want them to be sort of like really aggressive or chauvinistic in any way. I just wanted it to be equal. It had to be that these two people wanted it equally. I think we got that. It’s very hard. You just want to be sensitive to each other. You want to be sensitive to the actors. You want to be sensitive to the characters and just do it justice, because it’s an effort eight years in the making.

When I talked to Aaron, he mentioned that there was, at one point, a version of the script where they said a couple of lines to each other before they kissed. But then when he saw it on the day of, he said it just seemed better unspoken.
It’s very interesting, because I find that a lot of things would be better unspoken and visual and cinematic. That’s one thing we did talk about. We talked about how this is a very wordy, literate television show, and so [many] things happen in the words, and that’s what gives it its character and its charm. With that said, it becomes less cinematic. So the more that’s unspoken, it becomes more cinematic, and maybe he felt that in this moment, [that] this cinematic version was the best version or the right version. Who knows? That’s sort of what I suspect happened. That’s one of the conversations we had. And who knows, maybe we just weren’t feeling the words on the day. [Laughs]

Do you recall what the words were?
I think [she] opened the door, and Harvey said, “You weren’t there.” There was one time when I said it, it was almost like, “How could you not be there for me?” And Aaron looked at me, and he was like, “What if it was the opposite? Like, ‘You weren’t there like I wanted you to be there. Just like I needed you to be there.'” And I think she said, “I’m here now.”

Next season is the last one. How are you feeling about the show coming to an end?
It’s totally bittersweet. I’m so appreciative of having a steady job for coming up on nine years, for the relationships I’ve made with the writers and directors, the other actors and the whole crew. It’s like a second family. I’ve learned so much about the art, about the business of it. I’ve learned about directing. I’ve really enjoyed myself, directing a few episodes.

I see where it could have gone a little bit longer, but I also see that nine years is, like… how often do any shows make it this far? We have such a solid fanbase. It’s all over the world, and for the fans that have stuck with the show for this long, they want it to go forever. There’s a piece of me that would love to give that to them, and there’s another side of me that says, “This is a long time, and it was a great run, a fantastic run, and it’s time to work out some of the other muscles.” … I’m looking to strengthen some other creative elements in my life. It’s a good thing to go and challenge yourself in other ways and tell some different stories, and try and play some characters that are the complete opposite of Harvey. I think there’s balance. I’ve come to terms with the ending of it, and it’s really bittersweet.

What are your hopes for the final season in terms of what you’d like to see them explore with Harvey, and Harvey and Donna, and the firm?
I’d like to get back to some more of the humor of the show. I always enjoy the humor of the show. I love that it went into some really dark places, and it allowed us to do so many things. For Harvey to have, basically, a panic attack [and] borderline nervous breakdown [and then him] regaining the relationship with his mother and learning all about that and the issues with his brother, those personal issues, those were all terrific [storylines]. I guess I’d like to see a little bit of fun that we had in that first season or first two seasons. I’d like to see some playful stuff with Louis. I’d love to see more of the quirky Donna come back. She’s become so managerial and official. I’d love to see her putting Harvey on and all that kind of stuff, and the two of them going back and forth. I’d love to see an homage to all the past characters that we’ve had. If it was up to me, I’d have everybody come back in some form or fashion, because I’ve just loved all the actors that we worked with. They were such great actors.

Nine seasons is such a long run. Could you see yourself doing another TV series after Suits? Or do you want to take a big break from TV?
Well, there’s definitely going to be a break. I don’t know if that’s from television or what. I’m not looking to do the same thing. I’m looking to do something where I’m going to be stretched as an actor and work with some talented people. I’d love to go do a play. I’d love to potentially do an arc on some television [show] or do like a miniseries. I don’t know if I’m going to be signing onto a five-year commitment any time in the near future. That’s not something that I’m really fired up to do. I’d like to do some movies, and I’d like to direct, and I’d like to spend some time with my kids. I really want to see them grow up and be with them while they’re growing up. If I do another series, that takes me away from them. I want to be there for them.”

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Per Deadline, “[w]ith sports gambling becoming increasingly legal and common across the country, ESPN is moving to serve the demand with Daily Wager, a new one-hour news and information show about sports betting.

“Starting March 11, the show will air Monday through Friday on ESPNews at 6 PM ET and stream live on the ESPN app. It will originate from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT. ESPN talent will appear on the show to provide analysis and information, but will not handicap games, per the announcement.

“Doug Kezirian, ESPN sports betting analyst, will host the show. He and on-air experts and ESPN reporters and analysts will assess analytics and point spreads, with an eye toward how the day’s sports news will affect betting.

“‘ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans,’ said Norby Williamson, ESPN EVP and Executive Editor, Studio Production. ‘The sports betting environment has changed and interest is increasing at unprecedented levels. ESPN is going to have a strong and vibrant presence across our platforms, and the launch of Daily Wager is the next step in what has already been underway for some time.’

“Last spring, the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that prevented states from legalizing gambling. As a helpful map and legislation tracker on ESPN.com points out, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and a handful of other states passed laws allowing betting, with New York, Connecticut and several others in the process of doing so.

Daily Wager joins existing sports betting coverage across ESPN platforms, including podcasts and digital content. The mother-ship network also delivers Bad Beats, a sardonic segment looking at heart-breaking losses against the spread on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.

“‘Stanford’ Steve Coughlin, who co-hosts Bad Beats with Van Pelt, will be a regular contributor to Daily Wager. Other contributors will include Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, David Purdum, Anita Marks, Preston Johnson and Joe Fortenbaugh.

“ESPN said its stats and information resources will be tapped by the show, with the screen being modified to include graphics displaying betting news, lines and information.”

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Per Bloomberg, “Hulu and YouTube together have signed about 3 million subscribers to their live online TV services, according to people with knowledge of the matter, a sign the two internet companies may be outmaneuvering competitors like Sling TV and DirecTV Now.

“Hulu’s live service is nearing 2 million subscribers, while YouTube TV has eclipsed 1 million, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the numbers aren’t public. Both continue to add hundreds of thousands of customers every quarter.

“The companies created the live services, known as ‘skinny bundles,’ to broaden their offerings and compete with similar packages from conventional pay-TV distributors like Dish Network Corp., the owner of Sling TV, and AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV. The idea is to offer a narrow lineup of channels, from programmers like CBS and ESPN, as a low-cost alternative to cable’s hundreds of channels, most of which people don’t watch.

“TV networks have looked to the slimmed-down, online services to ease their pain as growing legions of consumers drop conventional pay-TV packages for streaming options like Netflix. The first of these services, Sling TV, offered a few dozen live channels at a fraction of the price of a typical cable package.

“But the initial burst of signups at Sling, DirecTV Now and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Vue has slowed. DirecTV Now suffered a 14 percent drop in customers in the most recent quarter after raising prices. Sling is offering a 40 percent discount to attract new subscribers.

“Hulu and YouTube represent a rare bit of good news for TV. They may be benefiting from a superior user experience compared with Sling or DirecTV Now, according to Alan Wolk, co-founder of the media consultancy TVRev.

“‘They’ve done a better job of branding,’ Wolk said. ‘The interfaces are slick and modern looking, Hulu in particular.’ It also helps that neither YouTube nor Hulu is a cable or satellite company, which routinely rank among the least admired by U.S. consumers.

“Generally, TV networks make money from selling advertisements and charging pay-TV providers like Comcast Corp. to carry their channels. Advertising has flatlined as more consumers watch shows on-demand, often using ad-free services like Netflix.

“That’s increased the pressure on programmers like CBS, NBC and Fox to charge distributors more to carry their channels, which has in turn contributed to price-sensitive customers canceling their packages.

“Hulu, owned by four large media companies, charges $44.99 a month for more than 60 channels, including CBS, NBC and ESPN. It also includes Hulu’s on-demand service.

“The business will be majority owned by Walt Disney Co. once the entertainment giant completes its $71 billion purchase of assets from 21st Century Fox Inc. YouTube, part of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, charges $40 a month for its live TV service.”

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Lisa Vanderpump is gearing up for what could be the next Vanderpump Rules.

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is currently developing a new project centered around her dog rescue, Vanderpump Dogs, multiple insiders told Page Six on Friday.

“One insider told us that any potential show is definitely ‘not a spin-off’ and it ‘could just be a special.’ Right now, the project is ‘just a reel in development.’

“Meanwhile, another insider told us that when Vanderpump’s RHOBH costars — Erika Girardi, Lisa Rinna, Teddi Mellencamp, Dorit Kemsley and Kyle Richards — got wind of the project, they gathered for dinner at Craig’s in Los Angeles to discuss how “extremely unhappy” they are that Vanderpump was allegedly given a new project to work on at their ‘expense.’ They believed that Vanderpump, 58, started to plant seeds for the project during Season 9 of RHOBH by escalating her issue with Kemsley who gave a dog from the rescue to someone who ended up dropping the pup at a shelter.

“We’re also told that the women also ‘felt used by the show’s producers’ to further Vanderpump’s personal agenda.

“Vanderpump’s first spin-off, based around her Los Angeles restaurant SUR, premiered in 2013. It debuted following RHOBH by having her facilitate a meeting between Scheana Marie and then-costar Brandi Glanville. Marie had hooked up with Glanville’s ex-husband while they were still married.

“A source close to Vanderpump told us that she ‘has had many ideas for additional Bravo shows. Any project that will further her mission to save the lives of dogs here in the USA and around the world is something that she is seriously considering.’”

Friday March 1, 2019

Arrested Development returns to Netflix on March 15. Here’s a trailer.

Jason Witten has decided to exit the Monday Night Football booth and will return to the Dallas Cowboys for next season. He and the team reportedly firmly believe they have a good chance to win a Super Bowl. Good luck.

Hulu’s Into The Dark is now available to stream. Check it out if horror is your thing.

Amazon’s The Widow is also available to stream. Kate Beckinsale stars (wait is she really dating Pete Davidson or was that fake news?) The series is about a woman's search to uncover the mystery of the disappearance of her husband, which leads her to the Congo, where she's forced to seek the truth about what happened to the man she loved.

Luke Perry is not doing well after suffering a stroke on Wednesday.

“Liz Gateley, the veteran TV executive served as EVP and Head of Programming at Lifetime until exiting the company a year ago, has been hired as Head of Creative Development at Spotify. It’s the latest move as the streaming music service dives into the entertainment business. Gateley joins a team headed by veteran TV executive Dawn Ostroff, who became the company’s chief content officer in August. Ostroff and Gateley worked together at Lifetime; the former was head of programming from 1996-2002. In her new role, Gateley said Thursday via a LinkedIn post, she will oversee Spotify’s ‘original content development teams on both coasts and their expansion into Comedy, Sports, YA Fiction & Scripted, News/Docs and obviously more Music formats in the podcast space.’ Spotify most recently purchased podcast biggie Gimlet Media, which is behind the popular Homecoming, StartUp, Reply All and Crimetown which are now being seen as IP ripe for TV and film adaptations. Spotify says it could spend $400 million-$500 million on multiple acquisitions in 2019; it also recently acquired startup Anchor.”

Discovery Channel has given the greenlit to its third Gold Rush spinoff series, TheWrap has learned. This one stars Dave Turin, a franchise fan favorite who left the main show two years ago, and is aptly titled, Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine.”The series will be the network’s first show to stream on Discovery GO, which is free to viewers with a cable subscription, before it airs on cable, debuting with seven new midform episodes on March 8 on the platform. Those episodes will follow Turin’s ‘search for the one abandoned mine that he’s willing to risk everything for.’ Dave Turin’s Lost Mine will make its broadcast premiere April 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the Discovery Channel. The all-new episodes that air on the network will follow Dave after he makes his selection and  will focus on his work in that abandoned mine.”

FX has announced the premiere date for Fosse/Verdon, an upcoming drama starring Michelle Williams as the great Broadway dancer Gwen Verdon, and Sam Rockwell as Bob Fosse, one of the most influential choreographers of his time. The 8-episode series premieres April 9th on FX. 

Ava DuVernay and Netflix have renamed their limited series centered on the Central Park Five case to When They See Us. The new title ‘embraces the humanity of the men and not their politicized moniker,’ explains DuVernay of the five men at the center of the four-part miniseries, which releases May 31. The creator and streaming giant announced the new title and premiere date for DuVernay's highly anticipated series on Friday.”

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Jeff Lewis and his partner of 10 years, Gage Edward, have officially broken up, PEOPLE confirms.

“The Flipping Out star admitted on Thursday’s episode of his SiriusXM radio show Jeff Lewis Live, that he felt it was time for him to ‘close’ and ‘lock’ the door on their relationship one month after Edward moved out of the family home they shared with their two-year-old daughter, Monroe.

“‘My boyfriend left me,’ Lewis said on the show, after previously referring to their relationship status as a separation or break.

“He also recounted the conversation that made up his mind, noting, ‘Gage came back from therapy and said, “Strong fences make great neighbors.” So he built a fence, apparently, which is his boundary. Then I built a fence. Over the weekend, I knocked down the fence and built a wall, a big f—ing wall.’

“Since their separation in January, Lewis has been open about his desire to reconcile with Edward and continue to amicably co-parent their daughter. The estranged partners have also continued working together at his company Jeff Lewis Design.

“On Thursday, the Bravo star said he was no longer happy with that arrangement.

“‘I sat him down and I said, “Look, I need to move on now,” because he’s moved on, because he’s dating the homewrecker,’ he said.

“Lewis previously revealed on his radio show that Edward had gone on a date with someone he met at the gym ‘some time’ back.

“‘I will not say his name, but just for today, we’re going to call him “homewrecker,”’ Lewis said in February of the anonymous man. ‘Homewrecker, I think, has been in [Gage’s] ear for quite some time. I think homewrecker has exploited quite a vulnerable situation. I think this person positioned himself as a gym buddy, and I think this person has set his sights on him for quite some time.’

“Lewis said he has asked Edward to begin working from his own apartment or from their job sites (the houses they are renovating) as opposed to Lewis’s home, and proposed they schedule times for each of them to be with Monroe.

“‘I don’t want to be your friend,’ Lewis recalled telling Edward. ‘I don’t want to hang out with you. I don’t want to pretend like we’re some happy family anymore and go to breakfast or frozen yogurt together. I want to spend time with Monroe independent of you.’

“On a past radio segment, Lewis vowed that no matter how bad things got between them, he would never use their daughter as a bargaining chip.

“‘Whatever happens, if there’s bumps in the road — and there could be, and this could get a little contentious — I just want to vow that I will never use our baby as a weapon,’ he said in February.

“‘He can see the baby whenever he wants to see the baby,’ Lewis said at the time. ‘And I don’t care what any judge says. He needs to know that. He has 24-hour access. He’s just got to text me, “Hey, I’m on the way over.”’

“Since laying out his new terms, Lewis, who already admitted to dabbling in online dating, said he’s taken steps to begin moving on.

“‘Last night, I took down all of his pictures, including the one where he was dressed as a clown, which is my favorite, because that reminds me of when he was fun,’ Lewis said on Thursday.

“He also used a tactic he says he learned from from actress Elizabeth Rohm: he wrote Edward’s name on a 3×5 notecard and put it in his freezer.

“‘That’s what you do. When you’re done, you’re done,’ Lewis said. ‘You put that in the freezer. I put him right next to the vodka bottles.’

“Lewis also compared their recent relationship to adjoining hotel room doors: ‘His door was locked and my door was ajar. But I closed it and then last night, I locked it.’

“Lewis previously revealed on his radio show that he took responsibility for Edward choosing to move out.

“‘I am 90 percent responsible for why we are here,’ he said. ‘I emotionally abandoned him last year. I was a completely prick. I turned on him. I pushed him away. It was my worst year. I experienced great loss. I lost my best friend of many years, Jenni, my grandmother, our surrogate, who I cared for. It was great loss and I did not handle it well. I self-destructed, I did. I didn’t even recognize myself. By the time I tried to correct the situation, which wasn’t until Jan. 1 of this year, it was too late.’

“‘I take responsibility,’ he continued. ‘Believe it or not, I changed a lot in the last 30 days. There’s things that I’ve done and said that I would never do again to anyone, any person . . . I was circling the drain, I really was . . . It’s extremely f—ing painful, let me tell you.’”

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Brian Williams could come back from TV news exile, Page Six is told.

“The anchor was booted from the NBC Nightly News in 2015 after it was revealed that he’d embellished some stories with fictional details — and sent to the relative Siberia of 11 p.m. on sister station MSNBC.

“But despite his tarnished reputation and graveyard-adjacent time slot, Williams has made his 11th Hour With Brian Williams show a legit hit, beating CNN and Fox News for three months straight.

“Now 30 Rock insiders say Williams could move to a more prominent time slot, possibly replacing vet Chris Matthews at 7 p.m.

“Multiple sources told us that execs think Matthews’ Hardball has gone soft, and they’re looking for relief from the bullpen.

“Industry rumors suggest that bosses are unimpressed with Chuck Todd’s Meet the Press spinoff, MTP Daily.

“Around MSNBC watercoolers, there’s also a wild theory that Williams could one day replace the hugely successful Morning Joe broadcast, should host and former pol Joe Scarborough revive his political career or exit for any reason.

“But network sources all agree that a Williams return to one of the major evening news gigs is a nonstarter.

“An NBC News source told us that while Williams’ ratings have been noted, ‘a lot of [NBC journalists] think Brian should’ve lost his job. He’s kind of forgotten at NBC News.’

“And when asked if Williams’ name had come up as a potential replacement for the teetering Jeff Glor on the CBS Evening News, CBS responded with a flat, ‘No.’

“An MSNBC source said that while Williams’ 2015 fibbing scandal now seems ‘almost quaint’ compared to #MeToo men Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, there’s no current plan to move him to a different slot.

“However, the source said that, along with star Rachel Maddow, Williams will be fronting the outlet’s 2020 election coverage.

“‘Brian’s done an amazing job of keeping his head down and working,’ said a network source. ‘He hasn’t tried to take any victory laps at MSNBC.’”

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Netflix is heading to the club.

“The streamer, which continues its aggressive spending spree, has handed out a straight-to-series order for a contemporary take on Ann M. Martin's worldwide best-selling book franchise, The Baby-Sitters Club.

“Described as a family-friendly adaptation, the 10-episode dramedy will be executive produced by former New Line Cinema and DreamWorks president of production Michael De Luca (The Social Network). Author Martin will produce. Rachel Shukert (Netflix's Jenji Kohan favorite GLOW) will serve as showrunner. Broad City's Lucia Aniello will also exec produce and direct. Walden Media, which owns the rights to the book series, will produce the half-hour series. De Luca and Walden Media's Naia Cucukov took out the modern take of female friendship, entrepreneurialism and empowerment in May. The series will tackle themes around divorce, racism and belonging in a series geared for kids, teens and adults. The franchise was hailed by the New Yorker in a 2016 essay as ‘feminist legacy.’

"‘The themes of The Baby-Sitters Club still resonate 30 years after the original book series was released, and there has never been a more opportune time to tell an aspirational story about empowering young female entrepreneurs,’ said Melissa Cobb, vp kids and family at Netflix. ‘Together with Ann M. Martin and the team at Walden Media, our ambition is to contemporize the storylines and adventures of this iconic group of girlfriends to reflect modern-day issues.’

“Martin's series about female friendship — original characters Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill and Dawn Schafer will still be in Stoneybrook, Connecticut, for Netflix — has featured more than 200 books licensed in more than 20 territories and has sold over 180 million copies to date. First published in 1986, Martin wrote 35 BSC novels, with others later taking over the series.

"‘I'm amazed that there are so many passionate fans of The Baby-Sitters Club after all these years, and I'm honored to continue to hear from readers — now grown, who have become writers, editors, teachers, librarians, filmmakers — who say that they see a reflection of themselves in the characters of Kristy and her friends. So I'm very excited about the forthcoming series on Netflix, which I hope will inspire a new generation of readers and leaders everywhere,’ Martin said.

BSC was previously adapted for television in 1990, where it ran for one season (13 episodes) on HBO. The comedy had a second life in syndication on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel. BSC later was adapted as a feature film in 1995, starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Larisa Oleynik and Schuyler Fisk, among others.

"‘For generations, young people have been captivated and inspired by the enterprising young women of The Baby-Sitters Club,’ Walden Media CEO Frank Smith said. ‘Bringing this iconic series to life comes at a pivotal moment in Walden's expansion into scripted televised content. We are honored to be part of this special collaboration with Ann M. Martin, Netflix and Michael De Luca.’

“De Luca Productions' Lucy Kitada will also exec produce for the company, which earned a Producers Guild nomination for Ben Stiller's Emmy player Escape at Dannemora. De Luca also earned Emmy nominations for producing the 89th and 90th Academy Awards (the latter of which featured Envelope-gate).

"‘The entire team at Michael De Luca Productions is ecstatic to be working with Netflix and Walden Media to bring Ann M. Martin's best-selling book series to a global audience,’ De Luca and Kitada said in a joint statement. ‘These iconic books have sold more than 180 million copies to date and now, through Netflix, they will be brought to life in a new way for audiences in over 190 countries.’"

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Per Deadline, “Rolling Stone will premiere a documentary series on the infamous rise and takedown of the world’s most elusive drug kingpin, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Loera.

“Five-episode USA v. Chapo: The Drug War Goes on Trial, directed by Bernardo Ruiz, from Rolling Stone and Jigsaw Productions, also gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how Rolling Stone and Sean Penn came together to publish that needle-moving El Chapo interview.

“USA v. Chapo will premiere on March 11 exclusively on Facebook Watch. New episodes will be available every Monday on the show page.

“The docu follows El Chapo’s horrific crimes and cinematic prison breaks from the early ‘90s to the recent conviction in the U.S. Featured are interviews with the DEA  agents who tracked him down, El Chapo’s defense attorneys in Mexico and the U.S., former Mexico President Felipe Calderón, Rolling Stone Editor Jason Fine and veteran investigative journalists from both sides of the border who have reported extensively on the drug war, among others.

“Here’s how the docu will play out:

Chapter 1: Birth of the Myth
Chapter 2: Expansion of the Empire
Chapter 3: The Great Escape
Chapter 4: The Interview
Chapter 5: The Trial

“Fine said Rolling Stone‘s long-running relationship with the El Chapo saga started with a phone call from the magazine’s founder Jann Wenner asking him, ‘If we could get to El Chapo, should we do it?’

“Fine’s response? ‘Well, how are we getting to El Chapo?’

“Dozens of outlets covered the day-to-day of the trial, but docuseries director Bernardo Ruiz says his project focuses as much on the political and economic context that gave birth to El Chapo, how he became such a notorious figure and whether the focus on one person has served to distract from the more serious problems of the drug war.”

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“Julia Roberts could be returning to Amazon.

Variety has confirmed that the former Homecoming star is currently in talks to star in and executive produce a limited series based on the book Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza at the streaming service.

“The book follows Walsh, a candidate in the most hotly-contested midterm Senate race in America. A former Silicon Valley executive, Walsh and her family return to her downtrodden Pennsylvania hometown to run for office, but she is unprepared for just how dirty her opponent, her peers, and the media are willing to get.

“Jon Robin Baitz will pen the series adaptation and executive produce. Roberts will executive produce under her Red Om banner along with Lisa Gillan and Marisa Gill. Laura Lewis of Rebelle Media and Paul Lee and Mark Roybal of wiip will also executive produce.

“News of the new potential TV starring vehicle for Roberts comes after she starred in Season 1 of Amazon’s Homecoming, based on the podcast of the same name. The Oscar-winning actress will remain on the show as an executive producer, however. Homecoming was picked up for two seasons when it was initially ordered at Amazon, but Roberts only had a one-year deal to star. The role marked the first series regular role of Roberts’ career.”