Friday December 1, 2017

Hallelujah to one day passing without any new celebrity sexual assault allegations because I don't really count this one as "celebrity:" "Toronto Blue Jays baseball television analyst Gregg Zaun has been fired for unspecified "inappropriate behavior and comments" toward female employees, according to a statement from Sportsnet, his employer."

Netflix has ordered a 2nd season of Mindhunter.

The season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm airs Sunday night.

Aaron Sorkin is open to a West Wing revival and would like Sterling K. Brown to play the role of POTUS.

Rest in peace Jim Nabors.

Kaley Cuoco is engaged.

Seth Meyers pulled zero punches when talking about Matt Lauer.

"Lawyers for Matt Lauer are working on landing the shamed anchor a $30 million golden sexual parachute following his NBC firing. Sources close to the disgraced newsman say his team is working on a plan to get him paid through the remainder of his $20 million-a-year contract — which still has a year-and-a-half to run. A source close to Lauer’s team said, 'They are currently looking at his contract and determining whether the claims against him, which clearly would affect any moral clause in his contract and his ensuing termination, would cut off his contractual rights to be paid through to the end of his contract.' NBC in 2016 had renegotiated a new deal with Lauer valued at $20 million a year that would have kept him on the air through the end of 2018."   F'ing lawyers.  As one, I can say with certainty that violating his morals clause would definitely allow for NBC to get out of paying him.  NBC legal isn't dumb enough to allow for him to breach a morals clause but still have to remain on the hook for his talent fee.  Happy to eat crow if I'm wrong, but I'm not . . . .

HGTV’s White House Christmas 2017 airs Sunday, December 10. The one-hour special will follow designer and home renovation star Alison Victoria as White House staff and volunteers take her on an exclusive room-by-room tour of the White House holiday transformation.  No, she is not a Trump supporter.

"Another familiar face from days of Roseanne past is coming back for the revival. While Johnny Galecki had been in talks to return to the blue-collar sitcom family, the Big Bang Theory star was confirmed for a role by executive producer Whitney Cummings. Cummings shared an Instagram story from production, which featured a snapshot of Galecki’s seat on set. Star Roseanne Barr teased Galecki’s return earlier this week when she tweeted and soon deleted, 'We have got our Johnny Galecki back on ‘Roseanne’ this episode – what a joy to work with such a deeply empathetic actor. Very moving 4 all of us. #JOY,' according to Entertainment Tonight. Galecki first appeared on Roseanne as Kevin, though the character’s name was later changed to David. Sara Gilbert will also return as Darlene, and ABC already cast the two children of Darlene and David: Ames McNamara as 8-year-old Mark and Emma Kenney (Shameless) as teenaged daughter Harris."

"John Cena has been socked with a lawsuit by the Ford Motor Company, which maintains that the pro wrestler sold his high-dollar sports car in violation of his agreement with the company. According to Ford, Cena bought a 2017 Ford GT, then flipped his vehicle shortly after taking delivery of it, despite his agreement with Ford to maintain ownership of the vehicle for 24 months, 'making a large profit' from the alleged resale. In its suit, filed in federal court in Michigan on Thursday, Ford says that it reserves its GTs — which have an MSRP of 'over $450,000' — for “only those individuals who truly desire a special ownership experience” and 'those individuals who will be influencers and ambassadors of the vehicle and the Ford brand.' Cena filled out an application to buy the GT, Ford says, agreeing not to sell it for 24 months. But according to the suit, Cena took possession of the vehicle in late September and sold it 'a few weeks' after."

EW asks who the best and worst winners of Survivor have been over the show's first 34 seasons.

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Per Deadline, "Bobby Cannavale will co-star opposite Julia Roberts and Stephan James in Homecoming, the half-hour drama from Universal Cable Productions, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail and Anonymous Content. It has a two-season straight-to-series order at Amazon.

"Homecoming, based on Gimlet Media’s breakout fictional podcast, is written by the podcast’s creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg and directed by Esmail. It is a psychological thriller that centers on Heidi (Roberts), a caseworker at a secret government facility, and a soldier (James) eager to rejoin civilian life.

"Cannavale plays Colin Belfast, the ambitious off-site supervisor of the Homecoming Initiative.

"Presented in a collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions and overheard conversations, the Homecoming podcast had a cast led by Catherine Keener that also included Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris and David Cross. Keener voiced the caseworker, Isaac the soldier and Schwimmer the supervisor.

"The Homecoming TV series is produced by Esmail through his production company Esmail Corp; as well as Mr. Robot executive producer Chad Hamilton of Anonymous Content; the podcast’s Horowitz and Bloomberg; Alicia Van Couvering; and Chris Giliberti, Alex Blumberg, and Matt Lieber of Gimlet Media. Roberts also will serve as executive producer through her production company RedOm; her partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Gill will co-executive produce. Filming is slated to begin in Los Angeles in April 2018. Amazon Studios will have global rights to Homecoming, which will premiere globally exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

"Boardwalk Empire alum Cannavale is already in business with UCP via his role on the studio’s USA Network drama series Mr. Robot. He will next be seen in I, Tonya and Jumanji as well as Going Places, The Wasp and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman."

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Per TheWrap, "CBS plans to plunder your summer with 2019 event series Blood & Treasure, which the network announced on Thursday.

"The broadcaster just ordered 13 episodes of the one-hour serialized action-adventure show. Blood & Treasure centers on a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure, per the network. As they crisscross the globe hunting their target, they unexpectedly find themselves in the center of a 2,000-year-old battle for the cradle of civilization.

Blood & Treasure will be produced by CBS Television Studios.

"Matt Federman and Stephen Scaia wrote the script. They’ll executive produce the series alongside showrunner Taylor Elmore, as well as Ben Silverman, Marc Webb and Mark Vlasic.

"Webb will direct the show.

Blood & Treasure will be distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and worldwide by CBS Studios International."

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, "USA Network is turning its lens on former President Ronald Reagan.

"The NBCUniversal-owned cable network is teaming with the late president's daughter, Patti Davis, to develop a limited series about the actor turned politico.

"The untitled limited series will explore his early days as a lifeguard, time in Hollywood and his victories and failures as a president as well as what made him an American paragon, beloved husband and complex father. This is the first project about Reagan that comes with cooperation from a member of his family.

"The Reagan drama will be written by David Rambo (Empire, TNT's Will), who previously penned a one-man play about the former president called The Lifeguard. Rambo will exec produce alongside Davis, Asylum Entertainment's Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Joan Harrison and Primary Wave Entertainment's Ben Press and Bryan O'Connell. The drama hails from USA Network corporate sibling Universal Cable Productions.

"The USA Reagan limited series is the latest to explore the life of the former president. History is also readying anthology The Commanders, a scripted series about former U.S. presidents that will include Reagan."

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Per Yahoo!, "[b]ack in the late 1980s, Judd Apatow was a fixture on the standup comedy circuit, performing alongside then-unknown names like Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey. But then he received a negative review that prompted him to quit the spotlight. The author of that review? None other than beloved children’s entertainer Jim Henson. Apatow reveals this previously unknown piece of history in his new Netflix comedy special, Judd Apatow: The Return, which premieres on the streaming service Dec. 12. Today, Yahoo Entertainment has the exclusive debut of the trailer for the special, which finds the comedian-turned-Hollywood power player returning to the standup stage for the first time in 25 years.

"Toward the end of his hourlong set, which covers everything from his family life as the father of two teenage daughters to his many, many insecurities, Apatow recalls how an audition for a Henson-backed reality series ended with the Muppets creator offering to buy all of his ideas — but not to feature him on camera, because he lacked 'warmth.'

“'It hurt so badly!' Apatow admits to us now. 'I took it as a sign; it was one of the moments that made me think I should focus on my writing. In looking back, I think I was just insecure and happy to find a reason to stop.'

"The choice to focus on writing certainly proved lucrative for Apatow. Early stints on such shows as The Ben Stiller Show and The Larry Sanders Show led to the beloved, if low-rated, series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared, followed by blockbuster big-screen comedies ranging from Knocked Up to Trainwreck. Apatow says that it was directing Trainwreck, which standup superstar Amy Schumer wrote and starred in, that reignited his desire to get back in front of a crowd himself. And Netflix, which is also home to the Apatow-produced series Love, was only too happy to offer him a platform.

"His standup set, like his movies and TV shows, alternates bawdy comedy with moments of great warmth, suggesting that maybe Apatow took Henson’s criticism to heart. 'I started performing again partially as a message to myself that I am worth being heard and that possibly Jim Henson was wrong,' he says. 'That’s what I should have called the special: Jim Henson Was Wrong.'”