Wednesday November 15, 2017

Well this is not a good start to the day . . . Hulu has cancelled Difficult People after 3 seasons.

MTV has taken the Survivor live season finale model to a new level.  They have stretched out the finale and winner announcement of this season of The Challenge to a TWO-week extravaganza.  I applaud your bravado MTV!

The season finale of You're The Worst airs tonight.

Ditto for The Blacklist.

Better Things co-creator, star and executive producer Pamela Adlon has fired 3 Arts Entertainment’s Dave Becky as her manager in a fallout from the Louis C.K. sexual misconduct scandal.

Bill Burr shared his thoughts on Louis C.K. as well.

More trouble for Harvey Weinstein.

Terry Crews is still talking about being sexually assaulted?

PEOPLE has named Blake Shelton the sexiest man alive.

Eve has joined The Talk.  She replaces Aisha Tyler.

Rose McGowan turned herself in for drug charges.  That should keep people busy for a minute.

A bit more post-mortem on the season finale of Nathan For You.

"Modern Family, primetime's reigning queen of comedy stunt casting, is building an episode around celebrity appearances. First up? Chris Martin. The Coldplay frontman has already filmed his spot for Nov. 29 episode, appropriately dubbed Brushes With Celebrity. And while he will be playing himself, sources close to the show stress that it's not just a cameo. He's getting a beefy role. Martin doesn't have much of an acting résumé, though he has played himself on several occasions — perhaps, most famously, in a 2006 episode of Extras. His scenes in the episode will be with Ty Burrell's Phil. And the narrative is a flashback, in which Phil recounts an awkward 'health issue' while trying to sell Martin a house."

"AMC's Fear the Walking Dead is bringing in a superfan for season four. Garret Dillahunt has joined the cast of Robert Kirkman's prequel series as a regular for its forthcoming season. Details of the actor's role are being kept under wraps. Dillahunt, whose credits include Hulu's The Mindy Project, Fox's X-Men show The Gifted, TBS anthology The Guest Book, Amazon's Hand of God and Fox's Raising Hope, is a diehard Walking Dead fan. The actor campaigned in November 2015 to land the role of the villain Negan on the flagship series. (The part went to Jeffrey Dean Morgan.) 'If not Negan, then something else someday,' Dillahunt wrote at the time."

NBC News has fired some guy named Matt Zimmerman, supposedly its top talent booker, for “inappropriate conduct” with more than one woman at the network. Zimmerman used run booking guests for The Today Show, but in 2014 was promoted to vice president and took over bookings at all NBC News programs. The network didn’t give any details Tuesday about Zimmerman’s behavior, only that he violated company policy. The network acted in response to internal complaints. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Per Uproxx, "[i]n June, comedy filmmaker extraordinaire Judd Apatow told Conan O’Brien he would officially return to the world of stand-up comedy with a new Netflix special in late 2017. Apatow is no stranger toart formtform. He previously performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2015, and has since toured the country with his official “return” to stand-up. Hence The Return, which hits Netflix on Tuesday, December 12th.

"Apatow, who also executive produced Jerry Seinfeld’s recent Netflix special, teases the special in a new trailer featuring the 49-year-old comedian seeking advice from fellow comics Mike Birbiglia, Amy Schumer, Ronny Chieng and Chris Gethard. The premise here, of course, is that Apatow hasn’t done stand-up on such a grand stage in a very long time, and he’s nervous. So what advice does everybody have for him? 'Is it too late… to pull out?' asks Birbiglia. 'Don’t do it,' Schumer jokes in the final scene. When Apatow admits he’s already spent a lot of money, however, her tune changes. “Okay, then I would say you should do it.”

"To be fair, Chieng and Gethard’s jabs at Apatow’s otherwise illustrious film and television career as a writer, director, and producer sting the most. 'I have some advice about how you should do some movies,' quips The Daily Show correspondent. 'Get some diversity in them.' Gethard, however, puts it far more bluntly. 'You have so much to lose!'”

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Per Yahoo!, "The Mindy Project wrap[ped] up six seasons of Mindy Kaling’s sitcom with It Had To Be You, the final episode, which started streaming on Hulu on Tuesday. The last episode was constructed around a business crisis (Mindy’s business might fold because partner Jody has withdrawn his equity) and a marriage (between Morgan and Tamra). (WarningSpoilers follow for the series finale of The Mindy Project.)

"Let’s cut to the chase. In the long history of Mindy and Danny (Chris Messina), it has seemed for what seems like an equally long time that, duh, of course Mindy and Danny belong together forever. This, it turns out, is what happened. Danny puts his money where his heart is and invests in Mindy’s business, thus saving it, and the duo reunites in romance. Along the way, there were some funny moments during Morgan and Tamra’s wedding and reception, including a very nicely staged musical number involving most of the current cast.

"Much of The Mindy Project over the course of the show’s history has been concerned with Mindy finding The Right Guy. Potential candidates have included characters portrayed by Mark Duplass, Seth Rogen, B.J. Novak, and series co-star Ed Weeks as Jeremy. But none of them ever seemed likely to surpass Danny in being the right guy For Mindy. In fact, most of them seemed so wildly off the mark as to make a viewer impatient: Let’s move on, you may have muttered to yourself. This storyline with this dude is never going to survive the season. I’d count this as a flaw in The Mindy Project — the show should have been written in such a way as to make Mindy’s choices seem potentially decisive.

"But overall, Kaling achieved what she set out to do with this series. It started out as the vehicle that would demonstrate how Kaling could graduate from breakout supporting player on The Office to headliner status. When the show premiered on Fox, it was the first sitcom created by and starring an Indian-American performer, and Kaling was well on her way to being a pop-culture influencer, thanks to her 2011 bestselling comic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) and a series of killer talk-show appearancesThe Mindy Project was conceived by Kaling to be the sitcom equivalent of a ’90s rom-com brought up-to-date and up-to-the-minute, packed with pop-culture references and a knowing irony. It succeeded despite never becoming a huge hit, and survived after being canceled by Fox in 2015 and moving over to Hulu.

"The Mindy Project churned through many characters and many shifts in tone, including occasional dips into seriousness and child-rearing. The character of Dr. Mindy Lahiri as an intelligent but willfully ditzy woman was itself a feminist statement — a claiming of the idea that a woman could be frivolous and a high-achiever; a responsible physician and a devotee of the Real Housewivesfranchises. Sometimes it seemed as though the pacing of the show — its rapid turnover of characters and plot — was a structural echo of Mindy Lahiri’s short-attention-span energy.

"In the end, Kaling chose to conclude The Mindy Project as a defiantly old-fashioned TV show: The girl gets the guy she was destined to be with, and they will live, presumably, happily ever after."

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Per Variety, "[t]he cast members and crew of the drama series One Tree Hill have written a letter accusing former showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment and offering support for their former colleague, Audrey Wauchope.

"The cast members and crew, including stars Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and Bethany Joy Lenz, wrote Monday that they 'have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another' following statements made by Wauchope — a former writer on the series — on Twitter Saturday accusing Schwahn of harassment. In the letter, 18 women who worked on the show claimed, 'Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be. Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe.'

"In her Twitter comments, Wauchope described being subjected to frequent and unwanted touching by Schwahn, who she did not identify by name; seeing Schwahn show naked photos of an actress that he was having a sexual relationship with to staffers without the actress’ knowledge; and Schwahn calling Wauchope’s writing partner into his office to try to talk her out of getting married and into dating him.

"Wauchope wrote Saturday, 'I’m furious and sad and everything else for the women who have sat on that couch next to that man. And I’m furious and sad and everything else that years later I don’t feel safe to be able to do anything real about this and that it seems to be happening all over this town.'

"A teen drama about a groups of young men and women growing up in North Carolina, One Tree Hill aired on the WB from 2003 to 2006, and on the CW from 2006 to 2012. Schwahn created the series, and was showrunner for the entirety of its eight-season run.

"In a statement Monday, E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television — the companies behind Schwahn’s current show, The Royals — said, 'We are monitoring the information carefully. E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally.'

"Read the letter from the One Tree Hill cast and crew members below:

To Whom It May Concern,

All of the female cast members of One Tree Hill have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another. To use terminology that has become familiar as thesystemic reality of sexual harassment and assault has come more and more to light, Mark Schwahn’s behavior over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill was something of an “open secret.” Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be. Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe. More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened.

The through line in all of this was, and still is, our unwavering support of and faith in one another. We confided in each other. We set up safe spaces to talk about his behavior and how to handle it. To warn new women who joined our ranks. We understood that a lot of it was orchestrated in ways that kept it out of sight for the studio back home. We also understood that no one was fully unaware. The lack of action that has been routine, the turning of the other cheek, is intolerable. We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries.

Many of us were told, during filming, that coming forward to talk about this culture would result in our show being canceled and hundreds of lovely, qualified, hard-working, and talented people losing their jobs. This is not an appropriate amount of pressure to put on young girls. Many of us since have stayed silent publicly but had very open channels of communication in our friend group and in our industry, because we want Tree Hill to remain the place “where everything’s better and everything’s safe” for our fans; some of whom have said that the show quite literally saved their lives. But the reality is, no space is safe when it has an underlying and infectious cancer. We have worked at taking our power back, making the conventions our own, and relishing in the good memories. But there is more work to be done.

We are all deeply grateful for Audrey’s courage. For one another. And for every male cast mate and crew member who has reached out to our group of women to offer their support these last few days. They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. We are all in this together.

With Love and Courage,

The Cast,

Sophia BushHilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danneel Harris, Michaela McManus, Kate Voegele, Daphne Zuniga, India DeBeaufort, Bevin Prince, Jana Kramer, Shantel Van Santen, and Allison Munn

And Brave Crew,

Audrey Wauchope, Rachel Specter, Jane Beck, Tarin Squillante, Cristy Koebley, JoJo Stephens

And All the rest of the Women We Worked With Who Are Finding Their Voices as We Speak"

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From PEOPLE: "Growing up, Silicon Valley‘s Amanda Crew was constantly praised for being skinny. So when she hit puberty at age 14 and her body started to change, she felt like she was losing her identity.

“'From a young age I thought that being skinny was my value and my worth,' Crew, 31, tells PEOPLE. 'So when I started going through puberty, I felt like I was no longer skinny and there was nothing special about me.'

"Crew started limiting what she would eat, and by age 21, at the start of her acting career, she was deep into an eating disorder. She was 5’9″, but weighed 'around 95 lbs. at most.'

"And being in the film industry didn’t help.

“'I was like, how could I have a healthy relationship with my body in an industry that’s so obsessed with how I look?' Crew says. 'In my diseased mind I had to either keep restricting my food, or I was going to balloon.'

"Along with restricting her diet, Crew says she had an obsession with exercise. 'If I couldn’t work out it would send me into a panic.' The two disorders culminated in a broken knee during a hike.

“'I tripped because I had nothing in my system,' she says. 'I was physically forced to sit still for the first time, and I couldn’t deny the mess I was in anymore. It was like I woke up from a coma. I had this awakening of what I had done to myself.'

"Friends reached out to help, and it was one woman, who had been in recovery from her own eating disorder that made the biggest difference.

“'Because she had been through it I knew she wouldn’t have judgment,' Crew says. 'It gave me the strength to even say that I had an eating disorder, because before then I had been in denial, even to myself.'

"With 'a lot of therapy' Crew worked to recover.

“'Self-worth is a big thing, and realizing that I have so much more to offer than just my outside appearance helped me get to a place where I was more in touch with myself,' she says. 'I’m very type-A, which is what got me to an eating disorder in the first place, but I made it my mission to get better. Which is not to say it was easy.'”