Tuesday November 14, 2017

The series finale of The Mindy Project is now streaming on Hulu.  More below.

You can also watch all 13 episodes of Hulu's new series Future Man.  A janitor/video-game extraordinaire (played by Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson) is tasked with saving the future of humanity; Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings), Derek Wilson (Preacher), Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere) and the late Glenne Headly (Monk) co-star.

Marc Maron shared his thoughts about Louis C.K.

"Every single episode of Seinfeld dropped on digital [yester]day so you too can be master of your own Seinfeld domain. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment quietly released all 180 episodes of the nine-season series, including instant classics like The Soup Nazi, The Bubble Boy, and The Muffin Tops. We won’t be so presumptuous as to tell you how to best watch one of the greatest situation comedies of all time, but if you still have that puffy shirt sitting in a closet somewhere, now may be the time to bust it out (along with a Snickers bar — complete with knife and fork, of course). Fans can purchase individual episodes, full seasons, or the entire series, thereby making Nov. 13 the greatest day in Seinfeld lore… after Festivus, of course. Seinfeld: The Complete Series is available right now from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment."

The series finale of The Mindy Project is now streaming on Hulu.

A new trailer for season 2 of HBO's Crashing.  The new season premieres on January 14.

"When it comes to ABC’s forthcoming Roseanne revival, eight is apparently notenough. TVLine has learned exclusively that the network — which initially commissioned eight new episodes of the classic family comedy — has ordered one additional episode, bringing the total to 9. Five episodes have already been shot and, according to sources, ABC execs are very pleased with what they are seeing."

"Five months after T.I. & Tiny anded its run on VH1 after six seasons and 100 episodes, the cable network is betting on another newlywed power couple. VH1 has formally greenlighted Teyana & Iman, a new reality series starring R&B singer-actress-model  Teyana Taylor and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert. It’s set to premiere on February 19. Teyana & Iman follows newlyweds Taylor and Shumpert at New York Fashion Week, where Taylor was a fixture on the runway, walking the 2017 MTV VMAs red carpet, raising their baby daughter Junie and spending time as a family."  I pitched this to Iman a year ago.  I hope it fails . . . MISERABLY.

"Actor Tom Sizemore was told to leave a Utah film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Months later, he returned for reshoots in Malibu after her parents declined to press charges. The incident has never been revealed publicly."

"Bijou Phillips is apologizing to a Mean Girls star for bullying him over his sexuality. Actor Daniel Franzese went after Bijou recently, claiming, 'She body shamed me and ridiculed me about my sexuality and physically assaulted me' on the set of the 2001 movie, Bully. He says she loudly and repeatedly asked him in front of others if he was gay, and when he said he was bi, she followed up the next day by screaming, 'Oh look! The Bi guy is here!' He says she, on a different occasion, grabbed his nipple and 'twisted it hard through my shirt and laughed,' and at one point during filming kicked him in the head so hard he still is not sure if he had a concussion. Bijou tells TMZ, 'I want to write to address what Daniel has said. I don't remember that time well, those years are a blur. I was a teenager and reckless in my behavior. I know Daniel to be a trustworthy and honest person, and to find out through social media that I was not the friend I thought I was to him made me so sad.' Daniel tweeted Sunday night that he has received and accepted her apology." PHEW!

"Fox 21 and Hulu have teamed for a television series based on Hitman, the global best-selling video game from IO Interactive. A pilot script will be written by Derek Kolstad, creator and writer of the John Wick action film series who also penned the third one that will be released in 2019."

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This has rendered be speechless and heartbroken: "Suits is expected to land an eighth season order from USA Network but its core cast will get a makeover as stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle are expected to bow out at the end of season seven.

"Adams and Markle have been with the legal ensembler since its inception in 2011. Suits remains a sturdy performer for USA and Universal Cable Productions. The series is now in production on the final episodes of season seven, expected to air in USA early next year.

"The departure of Adams and Markle would amount to an overhaul of the series as the characters — legal prodigy Mike Ross and savvy paralegal Rachel Zane — have been romantically involved and central to recent storylines.

Suits creator and showrunner Aaron Korsh is also in the midst of shepherding a planted Suits spinoff revolving around the character played by actress Gina Torres, who left the series during its sixth season.

"Markle has made headlines during the past year for her off-screen romantic involvement with Britain’s Prince Harry. Speculation about the prospect of a royal wedding coming soon has been feverish on both sides of the Pond.

"A rep for USA and UCP declined to comment."

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[i]t's official: Amazon Studios is going to make a Lord of the Rings TV series. 

"The retail giant and streaming outlet announced Monday that it has acquired global television rights to the Lord of the Rings franchise, based on the best-selling novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. Amazon has handed out a multiple-season commitment. The Amazon LOTR series will be produced in-house at Amazon Studios alongside the Tolkien Estate and Trust, publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros. Entertainment's New Line Cinema. 

"Amazon's LOTR series will be set in Middle-earth and explore new storylines preceding Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential additional spinoff series. 

“'The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,' said Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon's new head of scripted. 'We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.'

"The news comes 10 days after word leaked that Amazon Studios was exploring a potential TV series based on the fantasy novels and subsequent feature film franchise, which was produced by New Line. The LOTR trilogy was named Amazon customers' favorite book of the millennium in 1999.

"The news comes four months after Warner Bros. and the Tolkien estate settled an $80 million lawsuit after a five-year battle. That happened after Warners offshoot New Line Cinema and the Tolkien estate waged a courtroom battle over profit participation from the film franchise that consisted of The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), as well as 2013 prequel The Hobbit. The property is a multibillion-dollar worldwide franchise.

"'We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multiseason television series for The Lord of the Rings,' said Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins. 'Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.'

"That Amazon Studios has emerged as a home for the LOTR TV series comes as little surprise given the genre-focused programming push Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has mandated. The retail giant and streaming platform has been on the hot seat for its lack of a breakthrough hit, with Yguado initially brought in earlier this year to oversee the development of genre fare.

"In anticipation of the programming push, Amazon Studios has been in the midst of canceling a wave of programming including Z: The Beginning of Everything and The Last Tycoon. Following sexual harassment allegations, Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned from the company last month. His head of drama and comedy Joe Lewis was pushed out as he faced conflict-of-interest allegations, among others. Amazon Studios COO Albert Cheng has taken over for Price on an interim basis, with Tal Yguado now overseeing drama and comedy and charged with finding a Game of Thrones-level franchise for Amazon Studios."

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Courtesy of Realscreen, "NBCUniversal-owned Oxygen Media is expanding its true crime development slate with four projects, including Up and Vanished, based on the popular podcast of the same name.

"Produced by Propagate Content, with Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Brett-Patrick Jenkins, Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright serving as executive producers, the series will shine a spotlight on the small town mystery of Tara Grinstead, a Georgia beauty queen and school teacher who went missing in 2005.

"Propagate recently teamed up with Valhalla Entertainment to produce another series based on a podcast. The six-part horror series Lore combined doc footage, narration, historical mixed media and dramatic re-enactment to tell horror stories and their origins.

"Other series in development include Shed Media’s License to Kill, featuring Dr. Terry Dubrow examining cases about doctors who have gone over the edge, Buzzfeed: Behind the Crime, which follows true crime devotee Kelsey Darragh as she investigates unsolved mysteries, and Peacock Productions’ Unhinged, where award-winning journalists Troy Roberts and Stephanie Bauer immerse themselves into the some of the nation’s most twisted and suspenseful cases.

“'Fans of the crime genre have really responded to the new Oxygen,' said Cori Abraham, SVP development and international, in a statement. 'We’re attracting some of the biggest producers and talent in this space, and we’re looking forward to unveiling our 2018 slate.'

"See below a list of the four productions, including descriptions provided by Oxygen:

In Development:

UP AND VANISHED (w/t)

Produced by Propagate Content with Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Brett-Patrick Jenkins, Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright serving as executive producers.

With over 140 million downloads, the hit podcast Up and Vanished shined a spotlight on the small town mystery of Tara Grinstead, a Georgia beauty queen and school teacher who went missing in 2005. Kicking off with the investigation of Grinstead’s disappearance, the real-time investigative docu-series will follow Payne Lindsey as he examines the bizarre, unexplained and mysterious cases of people who have up and vanished, never to be seen again. Combining chilling stories with cinematic storytelling techniques, this citizen sleuth will scrutinize alibis and double check reports, stopping at nothing until he finds the truth.

BUZZFEED: BEHIND THE CRIME (w/t)

Produced by BuzzFeed Motion Pictures with Matthew Henick, Sanjana Seelam, Kelsey Darragh and Garrett Werner serving as executive producers.

BuzzFeed’s Kelsey Darragh scours the reaches of the web, putting her true-crime obsession to the test as she investigates unsolved mysteries kept alive through the power of the Internet. In each case, Kelsey goes from laptop to blacktop – traveling to the scene to inspect places of interest, interview local law enforcement and residents to gain an insider’s perspective. While debunking Internet theories from her “boots-on-the-ground” vantage point, Kelsey will uncover new insights and theories along the way.

LICENSE TO KILL (w/t)

Produced by Shed Media, a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television, with Pam Healey, John Hesling, Dave Kuba and Terry Dubrow serving as executive producers.

Renowned plastic surgeon Terry Dubrow (Botched) investigates jaw-dropping cases of murderous doctors and nurses. In each episode, Dr. Dubrow will detail the outrageous events that led to each medical professional’s insidious use of their expertise by taking viewers inside the killers’ minds, and inside the bodies of the victims, utilizing signature forensic animation. Every case unfolds from the perspective of the victims, families, colleagues and law enforcement, with harrowing accounts of patients put into jeopardy all the way through to the final act. Whether these doctors spiraled out of control over money, jealousy, power or from mental breakdowns, armchair detectives will be on the edge of their seats as authorities try to stop the madness before someone else gets killed.

UNHINGED (w/t)

Produced by Peacock Productions with Andy Cashman, Art Lyons, Soraya Gage and Knute Walker serving as executive producers.

Hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Troy Roberts and Emmy nominated reporter Stephanie Bauer, Unhinged is an immersive true-crime series that breaks open the nation’s most twisted and suspenseful cases to unearth answers never before revealed…until now. Plunging viewers into an investigative journey for the truth, each self-contained episode has Roberts and Bauer traveling to the scene of the crime to meet with key players and uncover all the grisly twists and turns of the investigation. Shot vérité style, unexpected discoveries and new details are brought to light about the victim and killer. Over the course of an hour, the series provides a compelling, 360-view of a gripping case that changed the lives of families, friends and communities forever."

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Per EW, "[s]ome people watch The Mindy Project and lust after Mindy’s stunning, colorful outfits. Other people watch The Mindy Project and lust after the pen Danny’s gnawed on. Good news: Now it’s possible to own both.

"The Hulu series partnered with ScreenBid to host an auction featuring some of the series’ best costumes and props from its six-season run. Along with the aforementioned pen, other items up for grabs include the yellow dress Mindy wore that time she and Danny got stuck in an elevator and the fake computer monitor (a.k.a. a cardboard box that previously housed a real computer monitor) that once greeted Mindy at her desk with a fake TMZ story about her.

"Opening bids range from $25 to $500, while bidding begins at $200 for custom creations by The Mindy Project’s Emmy-nominated costume designer Salvador Perez. Proceeds from 10 of the items auctioned off will go toward the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

"The auction officially kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 12 a.m. ET and ends Monday, Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. ET. See the full list of items here, and catch The Mindy Project series finale when it premieres on Hulu Tuesday."

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This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one: "Fullscreen Media is shutting down its self-titled streaming service and laying off about 25 employees, the company announced Monday.

"CEO George Strompolos announced the decision to pull the streaming service in an email to staffers that was subsequently shared on Medium. The teen-focused subscription streaming service, which costs $5 a month, will stop airing during the first quarter of 2018.

"Fullscreen is owned by Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group. The company launched its streaming service last spring with the intention of becoming a Netflix-type destination for the younger demographic.

"But according to Strompolos’ memo, the investment required to fund a full-fledged streaming video service curtailed Fullscreen’s ability to devote resources to other lines of business with more “established scale,” like its creator and brand divisions.

"Here is Strompolos’ memo:

Team:

When we set out to launch our own SVOD service, we knew it would be a huge challenge. We wanted to provide a new platform for the breakthrough creators, personalities and storytellers of social entertainment — and the fans who love them.

A lot went right. Our talented team built and launched a best-in-class OTT product experience from scratch. We created bold, first-of-its-kind original programming that resonated with young fans. Millions downloaded our app and hundreds of thousands became paying subscribers.

Despite our momentum, we’ve made the difficult decision to shut down the Fullscreen SVOD service in Q1 2018. We came to the conclusion that funding SVOD — a longer-term investment — was limiting our ability to invest in our Creator, Brand, and Rooster Teeth divisions that have more established scale and immediate impact. I shared this news in person with the core SVOD team earlier today.

Many smart, creative people gave so much in pursuit of this ambitious project, from our staff to our talent and partners. In addition, many young fans supported us by subscribing with their own hard-earned money. We thank you all for giving us a chance.

Going forward, we will double-down on our mission to empower creators and bring brands closer to fans. The award-winning product experience and technology we’ve developed over the past two years will be valuable as we build new brands and content offerings in the future. We will continue to identify and invest in talented creators and make ambitious bets to push the space forward. It’s in our DNA. I will share more details about our evolving strategy at the December all-hands meeting.

Onward,

George"