Friday November 16, 2017

Here's your 2018 TV premiere date guide.

Jeff Probst talked about the fact that the missing vote wasn't noticed at Tribal on Wednesday.  I'm glad he did as I was wondering myself. "We were HOPING someone would notice and have it cause an issue back at camp. That was the risk Lauren was taking. But as you’ll see next episode, barely a word was spoken. One reason for this, and a reason we felt safe trying this, is that expert Survivor fans know I don’t always read all the votes. I only read as many votes as I need to until we know the verdict. So if you have eight votes and one player gets five, then it doesn’t matter whom the other three are for. It’s game over. That’s what makes this an advantage we can use again. If you get lucky and play this advantage on a night when there are extra votes…. nobody would ever know."

What is it about Steve Harvey that anyone likes?  I don't get it.

Add Sylvester Stallone to the list of accused sexual assaulters.  Who's surprised?

Ron Jeremy has been accused of sexual assault?!?

"A former CAA client is suing the agency and agent she says sexually assaulted and harassed her, accusing the company of refusing to meet with her when she attempted to report the agent’s behavior. In a lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court on Thursday, actress Demi Mann accused agent Cameron Mitchell of a long-term campaign of sexual harassment, of forcing her to perform sex acts and, in one instance, of drugging her. She also accuses Mitchell, a movie talent agent whose clients include Common, Djimon Hounsou, and Terrence Howard, of making repeated false promises and failing to find her roles." Not one of the aforementioned words in this story surprises me one iota.

Sarah Silverman offered her thoughts on her friend Louis C.K. "'One of my best friends of over 25 years, Louis C.K., masturbated in front of women,' she said, adding that he 'wielded his power with women' in ways that were troubling and sometimes made these women feel they had to leave the field of comedy entirely. Ms. Silverman asked rhetorically: 'I could couch this with heartwarming stories of our friendship and what a great dad he is, but that’s totally irrelevant, isn’t it? Yes, it is. I love Louie,' she said, 'but Louie did these things. Both of those statements are true. So, I just keep asking myself, can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them? I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims. They are victims, and they’re victims because of something he did.'”

"Jason Katims’ music-fueled high school drama Rise has often been compared to This Is Us for its emotional storytelling. So it was natural for the newcomer to take over hit This Is Us when the latter wraps its season. (This Is Us produces 18-episodes seasons vs. the standard 22.)There will be a passing of the baton, with Rise, from creator Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, launching Tuesday, March 13 at 10 PM immediately following the season finale of This Is Us. Rise will then move to its regular 9 PM time slot the following Tuesday, March 20."

A review of The Problem With Apu, a 50-minute documentary that will air on TruTV on Sunday night.

What to expect from the new American Idol judges.

Kathy Griffin keeps firing away at Andy Cohen.

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Per Deadline, "George Clooney is set to star in and direct Catch-22 a six-part limited series based on Joseph Heller’s novel, for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. The project is eyeing an early 2018 shoot.

"Co-written by Luke Davies and David Michôd, who will also executive produce, the adaptation is set in Italy during World War II. It tells the story of Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. If Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

"Clooney will star as Colonel Cathcart.

"Clooney and Grant Heslov will direct. Richard Brown and Steve Golin will executive produce on behalf of Anonymous Content along with Clooney and Heslov via Smokehouse Pictures."

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Per TheWrap, "CBS is heading into the trenches with Stripes.

"The network is developing a single-camera TV reboot of the 1981 Ivan Reitman-directed film that provided an early-career leading role for Bill Murray.

"Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger from IFC’s Whitest Kids U’ Know are writing and executive producing.

"Like the popular movie, the show will focus on a rebellious outsider who finds direction in life by joining the military and uniting a group of quirky misfits.

"The co-production from Sony Pictures Television Studio and CBS Television Studios is directed by Reitman, who executive produces for his Montecito Picture Company.

"Also executive producing on the TV project are Moore, Brown, Cregger, Julius Goldy Sharpe and Tom Pollock. Amie Karp and Peter Fried are producers.

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Per Variety, "[m]ore than a decade after his last original episode, Mario Batali has stepped back into the Food Network kitchen for fresh installments of Molto Mario, the show that helped make him a culinary star.

Molto Mario, the cooking program that first aired in 1997, will premiere six new episodes that will feature the chef preparing meals with friends and celebrity guests. The show has not produced new episodes since 2005, although Batali continued to appear on the network’s Iron Chef programs until 2010. He also made a visit to Michael Symon’s Burgers, Brews, and ‘Que in 2015.

“'Mario Batali has long been one of the most approachable and engaging chefs for audiences to enjoy and learn from, masterfully sharing his delicious recipes and stories,' said Allison Page, general manager of U.S. programming and development for Scripps Networks Interactive. 'What could be better than starting a new year with new episodes of an all-time classic like Molto Mario. We are excited to have Mario back home at Food Network.'"

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From Deadline: "Four comedy veterans — former Carol Burnett Show star Vicki Lawrence, The Carmichael Show‘s David Alan Grier, Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace) and Roseanne alum Martin Mull have been tapped as the leads in Fox’s multi-camera retirement community comedy pilot Cool Kids, from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia masterminds Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton.

"Don Scardino has signed on to direct the pilot, written by Day and Paul Fruchbom, with comedy veteran Kevin Abbott set as showrunner. Cool Kids revolves around three guy friends in a retirement community (Grier, Jordan, Mull) who are the top dogs until they’re blown out of the water by the newest member of the community, a female rebel (Lawrence) who’s ready to challenge their place – it’s high school with 70somethings.

"Lawrence’s Margaret is the brash, hotheaded new arrival to the retirement community who thinks that the “Cool Kids” are a trio of cheesepuffs that she can easily herd, corral, and buffalo. Grier’s Hank is a mischievous schemer and one of the Cool Kids living in Shady Meadows retirement community with his three best friends from his childhood in Brooklyn. Jordan will play Sid, a cautious hypochondriac with a weird streak about him who grew up in Brooklyn along with Hank and Charlie, and he’s spending his Golden Years alongside them as well. Mull will play Charlie, the gruff third Cool Kid who is not a leader like Hank nor a follower like Sid, but who tends to go along with the consensus of the group.

"The Cool Kids pilot will shoot in December for upfront consideration. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV and FX Prods., is being executive produced by Day, McElhenney, Howerton, Abbott, Scardino and Nick Frenkel, with Fruchbom co-executive producing.

"Cool Kids marks a reunion for Grier with 20th TV after his co-starring turn on the studio’s critically praised multi-camera NBC comedy The Carmichael Show.Lawrence has been recurring on NBC’s Great News; Mull recently did arcs on The ranch, Veep and Life In Pieces; while Jordan just reprised his popular Will & Grace role on the comedy’s NBC revival.

"Cool Kids is the first of several retirement community projects set up this development season to go into production. The list includes Norman Lear and Peter Tolan’s Guess Who Died, which landed at NBC with a big production commitment."

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"Just more than a week after Amazon opened an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Jeffrey Tambor, the Transparent star today has been accused by a transgender actress on the acclaimed series of similar behavior. Tambor, who says he can at times be 'volatile and ill-tempered,' denies the claims.

"Comparable to the accusations made by Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes, Trace Lysette alleges that the actor made lewd, sexually suggestive and unwelcomed remarks to her on a number of occasions, says a statement obtained by Deadline. Tambor is also said to have physically pressed up against Lysette in a sexually aggressive manner during a break in filming, according to the actress.

"In her allegations, Lysette advocates for the Jill Soloway created Transparent and Amazon to 'remove the problem and let the show go on.'

“'This information will be added to the ongoing investigation,' an Amazon spokesperson said today of Lysette’s accusations. No official complaint about Tambor has been made by Lysette to Amazon, Deadline also has learned.

“'For the past four years, I’ve had the huge privilege — and huge responsibility – of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood,' Tambor said Thursday. 'Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly.'

"He added: 'I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator – ever. I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.'

"Having appeared on Starz’s now-shuttered Blunt Talk and as herself on E!’s I Am Cait with Caitlyn Jenner, Lysette has been an infrequent regular on the Jill Soloway-created series since its 2014 debut. She first appeared in the Season 1 Wedge episode as Shea, a transgender yoga instructor and Sherpa of sorts for Tambor’s Maura and has portrayed the character in subsequent seasons.

"A prominent storyline in the Season 3 episode The Open Road saw Lysette’s Shea engage in a budding romance with Maura’s son, music producer Josh (Jay Duplass), while on a road trip. That Soloway-directed episode had the interaction go south quick with a cascade of insults from the younger Pfefferman when ex-sex worker Shea revealed she is HIV-positive. In the September 25-released fourth season of Transparent, Lysette showed up in Episode 5, Born Again, as pageant-winning drag queen Celine in an ’80s flashback scene.

"With its fourth season having appeared on the streaming service earlier this fall, Transparent is presently not in production. Soloway did not respond to Deadline’s request for comment on these new allegations against Tambor. When the previous allegations were over a week ago, Soloway put out a statement saying  that she and the Transparent team “are cooperating with the investigation into this matter.”

"Currently, in that vein, the Jeff Bezos company is speaking to members of theTransparent production following the first allegations against Tambor, which the Emmy-winning actor 'adamantly and vehemently' denied at the time. Correspondingly, there also have been tentative discussions about writing the Maura character out of the show for the upcoming Season 5 in one way or another.

"The allegations against Tambor come in the shadow of Amazon seeing a number of executives exit the streaming service led by studio boss Roy Price, who was first suspended indefinitely and then resigned on October 17 as details of sexual harassment allegations against him from 2015 were made public."