Wednesday December 13, 2017

Netflix has renewed The Punisher for a 2nd season.

The season 7 Homeland trailer has been released.  Have a look here.

USA has renewed Mr. Robot for a 4th season in advance of tonight's season 3 finale.

Season 4 of The Librarians premieres tonight on TNT.

And here is the complete list of SAG Award nominees.

This is why Joel Embiid is my favorite player in the NBA.

And then there's retired MLB slugger Jose Canseco. . . . 

"The Boss Baby, the newly Golden Globe–nominated animated caper starring Alec Baldwin as baby Trump, is going big time. The wee con artist (a corporate-friendly baby who calls himself 'The Boss,' but poses as a regular baby because life is just easier that way) will star in an original series from Netflix and DreamWorks Animation, to premiere in 2018. Per Netflix: 'Boss Baby, with the help of his big brother and partner-in-crime Tim, continues to navigate the cutthroat corporate jungle gym of Baby Corp, while angling to achieve the near-impossible: the work-life balance of a modern career baby.' There’s another entry in the Boss Baby canon in the works, too: In May, Universal confirmed plans for a Boss Baby sequel, starring Alec Baldwin. We’re all living in the Boss Baby cinematic universe now."

"The Netflix executive who said the company doesn’t believe rape accusations against The Ranch star Danny Masterson is no longer with the company. On Tuesday, a Netflix spokesperson told TheWrap that Andy Yeatman, former director of global kids content, 'is no longer employed at Netflix.' Yeatman was approached in early December by a woman who wanted to know why Netflix had taken no action against Masterson. According to the Huffington Post, Yeatman told the woman, later identified as one of Masterson’s accusers, that 'we don’t believe' the claims.vNetflix said Yeatman was not aware he was speaking to one of the accusers, but said his comments were 'careless' and 'uninformed.' The company also said that in his position, Yeatman would have no knowledge of decision-making about Masterson or The Ranch.”

"The Good Fight will be back in session in less than three months. CBS All Access announced Tuesday that the Good Wife spinoff’s 13-episode second season will launch on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Same situation as Season 1: New episodes will be available weekly on Sundays only to CBS All Access subscribers. Here’s the official Season 2 logline: "The world is going insane, and the Chicago murder rate is on the rise. Amidst the insanity, Diane (Christine Baranski), Lucca (Cush Jumbo), Maia (Rose Leslie) and the rest of the law firm find themselves under psychological assault when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging. After a copycat murder, the firm begins to look at its own clients suspiciously. Meanwhile, Diane battles with a new partner at the firm, Liz Reddick-Lawrence (new series regular Audra McDonald); Maia becomes tougher after her parents’ scandal puts her on trial; and Lucca is brought back into Colin’s (Justin Bartha) orbit."

"The Walking Dead‘s ratings are like the show’s on-screen zombies: Gradually decaying season after season … but still totally miraculous for being so lifelike and formidable in the first place. So that’s how we look at Sunday’s seventh season winter finale numbers: 7.9 million viewers and a 3.4 rating among adults 18-49. That’s the show’s lowest winter finale demo rating since back in 2011. And that’s bad news. And yet, it’s also a bigger rating than any scripted show on TV last week."

"Jill Hennessy, Jere Shea, and Lauren E. Banks have joined the cast of Showtime’s pilot City on a Hill. The drama stars Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge, while Cathy Moriarty, Michael O’Keefe, Amanda Clayton, and Rory Culkin will have guest roles that will recur if the project goes to series. Hennessy will play Jenny Rhodes, the wife of Jackie Rhodes (Bacon). Chapman has been cast as Dickie Minogue, a Boston cop who comes into conflict with Jackie. Shea takes on the part of Hank Signa, an investigator for the Suffolk County DA who works with Decourcy Ward (Hodge). Banks will play the part of Siobhan Quays, an attorney who is the wife of Decourcy Ward. Moriarty has been cast as Ma Ryan, the mother of Frankie (Jonathan Tucker) and Jimmy (Mark O’Brien), who is too easy on Jimmy and too tough on Frankie. O’Keefe will play Agent Clasby, a retiring FBI agent and former partner of Jackie. Clayton portrays Cathy Ryan, the warm but tough wife of Frankie. Culkin has been cast as Clay Roach, an informant who works for Jackie."

More appalling sexual allegations in the food world, including this gem about Mario Batali: "'We called him the Red Menace,' said Ms. Nelson, the former server. 'He tried to touch my breasts and told me that they were beautiful. He wanted to wrestle. As I was serving drinks to his table, he told me I should sit on his friend’s face.' Mr. Batali apologized on Tuesday. 'Though I don’t remember these specific accounts, there is no question I have behaved terribly,' he wrote in an email to The Times. 'There are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused.' Among employees and industry insiders, the third-floor space has earned a nickname: 'the rape room.'”

Omarosa is leaving the White House.



From PEOPLE: "Bethenny Frankel and Fredrik Eklund are taking their relationship to the next level.

The Real Housewives of New York City star and the Million Dollar Listing: New York realtor are already BFFs, but in their new show Bethenny & Fredrik, they’re becoming business partners. The two have been pals for years — Eklund even sold Frankel’s apartment for her in one day — but the stress of renovating Manhattan homes for profit could be more than their friendship can handle.

"In this exclusive first look, all starts out warm and fuzzy as the two dance in the park and show some skin at Frankel’s Hamptons houseNew dad Eklund even calls Frankel his 'real estate mistress.'

“'I think we can do magical things together,' Frankel says.

"Things quickly take a turn, though, when the duo starts fighting about money and bickering on the phone in restaurants, culminating in a tense moment where Frankel calls Eklund a 'snake oil salesman.'

"Hopefully, though, their fun, spirited friendship will prevail through the trials and tribulations of buying and designing the multimillion-dollar city estates. 

"Bethenny & Fredrik premieres Tuesday, February 6 (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo."


Per Vanity Fair, "13 Reasons Why is officially on its way back to you. Selena Gomez, the show’s executive producer, confirmed Monday that filming had officially wrapped for Season 2 of the hit Netflix series.

“'And this year wraps up with another committed journey with @13reasonswhy -Season 2 is coming,” Gomez wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo-booth strip of herself with the cast. The fortuitous news arrived mere hours after it was announced that series star Katherine Langford had been nominated for a surprise Golden Globe for her performance as Hannah, a tortured teen whose suicide drives the arc of the show.

"So, what can we expect from the upcoming season? While most plot details are still tightly under wraps, there are a few things already out in the ether. For example:

Hannah’s Back

"Despite the fact that Hannah commits suicide at the end of the first season (a highly contentious plot point that stirred debate for its graphic portrayal of the act), the character will still be part of the second season.

"Show-runner Brian Yorkey previously told Vanity Fair—prior to the show officially being renewed—that he would be interested in exploring new angles of his late protagonist’s life, an idea that actress Kate Walsh, who plays Hannah’s mother, supported. 'I think that history is open to interpretation always,' she says. 'So I think that that’s something that, if they go forward for a second season, would be explored more. I like the idea of always playing with perception.' Yorkey later confirmed that decision to V.F., saying 'there’s a lot more that I’d like to know about Hannah and her life, and her relationship with these other characters.' The show will weave in and out of the past and present in order to handle both story lines.

But She’s Not the Only Focus

"Jessica, one of Hannah’s best friends, will also get some more attention this time around. In May, Yorkey told E.W. that there were still so many loose threads with the character that he’d be interested in focusing more closely on her. As you’ll recall, Jessica has an incredibly rough story line in the first season: she’s raped, develops an addiction to alcohol, and loses many of her friends. 'Jessica is just beginning the process of recovering from her rape, and we have a rapist who has not in any way been brought to justice,' Yorkey told E.W. 'To leave those two things hanging out there in the world would be upsetting.'

There Are No More Tapes

"Get ready to say goodbye to those signature cassette tapes. Yorkey confirmed to E.W. that the show’s teen characters would no longer have to deal with tapes in Season 2, but rather 'a new piece of technology for 13-year-olds to Google.' (Just like the cast of Stranger Things!)

But There Are Lots of New Players

"In August, BuzzFeed reported that the show had added seven new cast members. While most are new high-school students, there are also three older characters: Jackie (played by Kelli O’Hara), an advocate for bullied kids; Sonya (Allison Miller), an ambitious lawyer; and Rick (Ben Lawson), a 'beloved baseball coach.' Here’s a quick breakdown of the other characters: Cyrus (Bryce Cast), a troublemaker with a soft spot for the bullied; Mackenzie (Chelsea Alden), Cyrus’s artsy sister; Nina (Samantha Logan), a track star; and Chloe (Anne Winters), a head cheerleader. Deadline later reported that three new actors had been cast to play parent roles, in addition to a new character who plays a boxing coach.

"Sonya and Jackie’s characters are particularly of interest, perhaps tipping off the ways in which Season 2 will handle some of the criticisms of Season 1. While Yorkey previously told V.F. that the show’s team had no plans to 'go out of our way to respond in any way to what’s been said about the show,' one can imagine that there were several conversations behind the scenes about how to bring new perspectives to the upcoming season in order to head off potential controversy. We can also perhaps expect a procedural element, as Hannah’s parents seek justice against her school. Netflix has not yet set a release date for the upcoming season, so we’ll continue to sleuth away until then."


Per Deadline, "[a]s if the current landscape of dealmaking in film and television hasn’t grown complicated enough, California Labor Code 432.3 adds a new set of complexity that both studios and agencies are grappling with at the moment. When studios negotiate salaries for talent with agents, they ask for recent quotes, and verify them by calling business affairs execs at the last place that hired the talent. As of January 1, executives who do that will be breaking the law, and the penalties are severe.

"The code was approved by California Governor Jerry Brown in October, and it had nothing to do with Hollywood. It was enacted to help remedy the gender pay gap. But it will complicate the Hollywood deal making process. Next year, studios will no longer be allowed to ask talent reps for quotes on what their clients made, or get it from any outside source. Agents are no longer allowed to tell studios what their client has made, unless they have received written consent from that client. In that case, agents can volunteer the information, but studio execs putting together projects are prohibited from asking for it or using other methods to verify.

"A similar statute was enacted in New York on October 31, and the potential penalty there is a $250,000 fine. In California, violators leave themselves open to lawsuits for damages, and class action lawsuits. I spoke to several sources on both sides of the table. A few thought that this would merely create another step in the negotiation procedure, and that agencies will press clients to sign waivers that will allow their salaries to be divulged. Others felt it is more complicated.

"An exec said that agents are known to sometimes exaggerate when disclosing past quotes, and the fastest route to the truth was to call rivals in business affairs that most recently hired the actor, writer or director. It was a quiet, reciprocal process that kept everyone honest. If, say, an agent discloses that a writer client got paid a certain amount, and it turns out the fee was paid for a page one rewrite as opposed to the quick rewrite deal on the table, the studio executive can inject reality into the negotiation. What will studios do if they are flying blind, like if a client doesn’t give their reps permission to disclose what they get paid?

“'We’ll offer them scale, and increase it if they find some way of verifying what their clients made,' said one executive. Another said a move might be to get agencies to sign documents attesting that quotes are true, with the option to sue the agency later if it is discovered the quote was exaggerated or inaccurate."


Per Realscreen, "[h]ost and celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s search for Food Network’s next culinary-travel series has ended with two series being greenlit.

"As part of Fieri’s Guy’s Big Project, two food-road shows were selected to become primetime series.

"The first, The Grill Dads, features lifelong friends, fathers and grillers Mark Anderson and Ryan Fey. The pair search for outrageous and over-the-top dishes as they travel across the country. The series premieres Dec. 15th at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

"Elsewhere, self-proclaimed BBQ nerd and restaurant owner Rashad Jones embarks on a road trip to meet people who share his BBQ passion in Eat, Sleep, BBQ (pictured), beginning Dec. 16th at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

"Each episode of Eat, Sleep, BBQ aims to provide a full sensory BBQ experience, focusing on everything from the smell of wood burning, to the taste of brisket.

“'We are thrilled to welcome Mark, Ryan and Rashad into the Food Network family. Throughout the journey on Guy’s Big Project, Mark’s and Ryan’s energetic personalities and ability to convey their excitement for grilling on camera made them stand out, while Rashad’s relatability, passion and first-hand knowledge about BBQ made him shine,' said Courtney White, SVP programming, Scripps Networks Interactive."