Tuesday April 11, 2017

The debate continues as to whether or not there should or will be a 2nd season of 13 Reasons Why.

And did you know that Hannah took her own life differently in the book than she did in the Netflix series?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns tonight.

Dan Goor would love to get a cameo from Bruce Willis on B99.  "I think on our show that would be Bruce Willis playing himself, and I think the funniest version of that would be that Holt gets to spend the whole entire day with him and Jake doesn’t see him for a single minute."  Make that happen.

The season 1 finale of Bravo's Imposters airs this evening as well.  I'm several episodes behind, but actually enjoyed the first 4 or 5.

Jimmy Kimmel did a wonderful job lambasting United Airlines, which no one should ever fly again.

Very interesting season premiere of Better Call Saul, speaking of which, Vanity Fair reviewed season 3 of Better Call Saul.

Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould talked about last night's episode with THR.  "What is the thought or the calibration for exactly how much of Mike taking apart a car or fiddling with a gas cap that audiences will be willing to go through?  That is a good question and there is a lot of that! That's a lot of that in there. In this first episode, it's a very long sequence of deconstruction, of taking a car apart. I feel like we should give a little tip of the hat here to the movie The French Connection, one of my favorite movies of all time. There's an amazing sequence William Friedkin created in that movie where Popeye Doyle is working with the police mechanic and they're looking for the dope hidden in the car. We're riffing off that and obviously we couldn't just put the tracker unit in the rocker panels like they did in French Connection. We had to find our own spot and it had to be a spot that was not immediately apparent, as Peter said, to one of the smartest and the most capable characters we've got in this universe.  It looks pretty apparent to us and probably apparent at this point to the viewers that whoever put this here is just as smart, if not smarter still, than our most capable, canny individual. It can't be too easy. If it's too easy then it's kind of a letdown dramatically. Suddenly you think, 'Well, Mike's kind of not that smart, is he?' It felt dramatically important for us to make Mike really work for it."

The season 2 trailer for Sense8.  All 10 episodes will be available on May 5.

Lost had a different ending that was being considered.  "Lindelof and Cuse initially envisioned a finale in which Jack (Matthew Fox) and Smokey incarnate (Terry O’Quinn) would brawl over the fate of the island at Lost’s proverbial Mount Doom. 'The volcano had been dormant for the duration of the series,' explains Lindelof, 'but based on moving into this endgame, the island had become unstable and the volcano was going to erupt. We were going to have lots of seismic activity, and ultimately, there was going to be this big fight between the forces of good and the forces of evil, which ended up in the series manifesting as Jack and The Man in Black, in the midst of magma. Magma spewing everywhere!'" 

Netflix and Amazon are expected to spend about $10,500,000,000 on original and licensed content this year.

CMT has renewed Nashville for a 6th season.

Hassan Minhaj will host the White House Correspondents Dinner.  How long until he has his own show?  With Jordan Klepper getting his own show, Hassan is next in line, and he's hysterical.

I need to watch The Leftovers.  

InStyle interviewed Amy Schumer.  Here's the link, if you aren't as sick of her as most of this country.

Wentworth Miller talks about what might lie ahead for Prison Break.

Tarek El Moussa said he's the "stupidest human alive."  Is anyone arguing with him?

Netflix has picked up a 12-part documentary series described as an exploration of the science and experience of babies.  Hard hard pass.

Per Uproxx, "[a]nyone who watches Veep (available to stream anytime on HBO Now), knows that Selina Meyers (Julia-Louis Dreyfus) wasn’t exactly the most competent of politicians (or people). Still, despite her numerous character flaws, Selina managed to do some good during her eight-month tenure as POTUS. While we’ll likely never get to find out what kind of politician Dreyfus would be in real-life — though not for lack of trying — here are five times Selina Meyer proved to be a solid-enough occupant of the Oval Office:

5. Brokering The Release Of Leon West

While flying high off the success of her 10-day peace trip to the Middle East (more on that in a bit), Selina managed to negotiate the release of journalist Leon West (Brian Huskey), one of her most ardent critics, who’d been imprisoned for two weeks. Granted, she extended his imprisonment by a full day just for the photo opportunity and wound up leaving two of her aides stranded in Iran when she tried to stop West from spilling the beans, but the initial act was still totally commendable.

4. The Families First Bill

This was one of those moments that proved that Selina was willing to do some good for the country — so long as it didn’t hurt her politically. After her inauguration, she began working on The Families First Bill, designed to use tax dollars to help the low-income families out of poverty. Of course, Selina and her team tried to do what they could to quietly derail the bill once it became clear that it was a liability, but in its own (not so great) way, that’s a pretty presidential thing to do too.

3. Making It Through The Congressional Hearings

Speaking of which, desperate to secure her spot on the ballot, when Selina tasked Dan (Reid Scott) and Amy (Anna Chlumsky) with sabotaging the Families First Bill and a breach kicked off an investigation, Selina and her team all somehow managed to come out relatively unscathed. And being able to navigate the stormy seas of Congressional oversight is an essential trait for any politician.

2. Her 10-Day World Peace Tour

Selina drew broad praise for her World Peace Tour from her constituents and it seemed to give her all the momentum she needed to launch her Presidential campaign, given that the election was only eight short months away. While it may have been largely symbolic (these things often can be), it will likely be remembered as her greatest accomplishment as President (that she’ll get credit for, anyway).

1. Blaming Her Incompetence On Chinese Hackers, While Freeing Tibet

Okay, hear me out on this one. After trying to flirt with her new romantic interest, Charlie Baird (John Slattery), Selina accidentally tweeted an insult to Senator O’Brien (Brad Leland), her political rival. In a desperate attempt to cover her tracks, she blamed the whole thing on Chinese hackers and imposed sanctions on the country. And it somehow worked out in her favor! We can’t give her credit for the execution, but she deserves some kind of applause for the fact that she was able to hold secret talks with the Chinese government to lift the sanctions while also freeing Tibet.

"In the end, Selina didn’t get credit for it — that would go to her successor, Laura Montez (Andrea Savage) — but it’s still the Presidential equivalent of taking lemons and making lemonade. Lemonade that someone else gets credit for, but still, if any real-life President had managed to accomplish this, they’d be carving their spot on Mount Rushmore right now."

"The first look at the highly anticipated return of Orange Is The New Black has arrived

"Netflix dropped a clip for the fifth season of Jenji Kohan's prison dramedy, which picks up exactly where the fourth season left off. The 60-second clip from the premiere episode shows Daya (Dascha Polanco) holding the gun she had obtained in last season's finale cliffhanger, and according to the footage — the season is set to start off with a bang.

"The fifth season will take place in real time over the course of three days and is being described as an 'unprecedented' season. The series usually keeps the timespan of the seasons vague, so as to not explicitly give away how much time is left on characters' sentences, and a three-day span is the shortest amount of time for the Taylor Schilling starrer to unfold.

"The fourth season ended on a cliffhanger when Daya, propelled by 13 episodes of abuse and brutality at the hands of the new Litchfield guards, grabbed one of the CO's guns and pointed it back at him. The flip of power took place during a prison-wide riot sparked by the tragic and untimely death of fan-favorite character Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley).

"The first look shows Humphrey's kneeling before Daya as the inmates cheer her on, except for Piper (Schilling) and Alex (Laura Prepon) who flee the scene. As the footage goes black, a gun shot goes off — signaling that Daya will, in fact, pull the trigger.

"The explosive riot, combined with the rage and grief felt by the inmates, is set to unfold in a season that will quickly escalate into utter chaos. Once the inmates get a taste of power, their lives will be forever changed as they are emboldened to fight for redemption, resolution and the respect they deserve. The season is being described as, no matter what the outcome, life at Litchfield never being the same.  

"The series releases June 9 on Netflix."

According to Bloomberg, "Comcast Corp. plans to introduce an online video service offering hit shows from its NBCUniversal TV networks in the next 12 to 18 months, an effort to compete with rivals Netflix Inc. and CBS Corp., according to people familiar with the matter.

"The new service will include programs from the NBC broadcast network, and could include shows from Comcast cable channels Bravo, SyFy and USA, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private plans. Comcast is still determining many of the particulars of the service, including whether it will have a live feed of the broadcast network and whether it will include sports, the people said.

"The service could help Comcast continue to adapt to a TV industry that has transformed before its eyes since the cable provider acquired a majority stake in NBCUniversal in 2011. Tens of millions of customers signed up for services from Netflix and Amazon.com Inc. to get access to vast libraries of shows on-demand and over the internet, while viewership of live TV dropped among all but the oldest of viewers.

"Several of NBC’s peers have responded to the shifting landscape by introducing online TV services of their own to satisfy viewers who don’t pay for cable or satellite packages. CBS sells All Access, an online-only version of the CBS broadcast network that includes a live feed, and created a new streaming service for premium cable network Showtime. Time Warner Inc. did the same for its premium cable network HBO.

"None of these services have attracted customers at the same rate as Netflix, Amazon or Hulu. CBS said in February its services each have more than 1.5 million subscribers, while HBO Now has surpassed 2 million.

"Comcast’s new service may take a while because the cable provider is still hamstrung by restrictions imposed by regulators in the deal for NBCUniversal. The rules make it difficult for Comcast to sell services entirely comprised of its own content. The last of the prohibitions expire in September 2018.

"Comcast added video subscribers last year for the first time since 2007 after weathering the loss of hundreds of thousands of customers fleeing for cheaper online video services. The largest U.S. cable operator has struck recent deals to accommodate changing viewing habits, incorporating Netflix into set-top boxes and making Comcast’s Xfinity TV service available on Roku Inc.’s devices.

"Comcast has acquired rights from cable network owners to offer their channels nationwide, according to people familiar with the negotiations, giving the cable giant a backup plan if rival online-TV services catch on with consumers. The company also has a comedy streaming service with original programming, called Seeso, and a sports package with cycling and rugby, called NBC Sports Gold.

"While rivals CBS and ABC suffer steep viewer losses, NBC is riding high this season. It is the most-watched network among viewers 18 to 49, the demographic most important to advertisers, thanks to stalwarts Sunday Night Football and The Voice as well as the biggest new hit of this TV season, This Is Us. NBCUniversal’s cable networks haven’t fared as well."

"Kylie Jenner is taking center stage

"The model and longtime reality TV personality is set to headline her own docuseries, Life With Kylie, for E!, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

"The eight-episode series, which will premiere this summer, will explore her friendships, familial relationships and her work life, which includes her wildly successful lip kits and social media persona. 

"Jenner will also serve as an exec producer on the series, which hails from Keeping Up with the Kardashians producers Bunim/Murray Productions and Ryan Seacrest Productions. Ryan Seacrest, Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins, Farnaz Farjam, Andrea Metz and Jenner's mom, Kris Jenner, will also exec produce.

“'The last couple years have been such an incredible journey with the support of my fans. This show will allow me to give them a peek inside all of the exciting things I am working on, as well as some personal time with friends,' said Kylie Jenner.   

"Added Jeff Olde, E! evp of programming and development. 'Kylie's beauty, business savvy and fashion icon status have made her one of the most famous and successful young women on the planet. Kylie has achieved so much at such a young age and we know the E! audience will be thrilled now that she is ready to share an inside look at her everyday life.'    

"This is the latest spinoff of the long-running Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Others include I Am Cait, Rob and Chyna, Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Khloe and Lamar. Of all the recent offshoots, only Rob and Chyna is currently in production. Khloe Kardashian also hosts and exec produces the network's Revenge Body. 

"As Kylie and her sister and fellow model Kendall Jenner have grown up in front of the cameras and begun their own successful careers, questions have persisted about the youngest Jenner siblings getting their own possible spinoff(s).

"Network president Adam Stotsky left the door open for future iterations when speaking with THR last month. 'The family has no shortage of ideas and so I could very well see us doing more with them in the future.'"

Please, for the love of god, don't.

Per Deadline, "Netflix has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to an untitled horror drama series from genre filmmaker Mike Flanagan (Ouija: Origin of Evil, Oculus, Hush), Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV and Paramount TV.

"The project is a modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel, The Haunting of Hill House, considered one of the best ghost stories of the 20th century. It originated with Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, fans of the book, who tracked its rights to Paramount Television. Flanagan was tapped to write, direct and executive produce and his producing partner, Trevor Macy, to executive produce a potential TV series adaptation. The pitch was sold to Netflix for development, which led to the straight-to-series order. Frank and Falvey also executive produce.

"The Haunting of Hill House has been adapted to the screen twice as the 1963 and 1999 features, both titled The Haunting.

"Flanagan and Macy have previously worked together as writer/director and producer, respectively on the features OculusBefore I WakeOuija: Origin of EvilHush and Netflix’s upcoming film Gerald’s Game, based on Stephen King’s novel.

"This marks the first scripted Netflix series for Amblin TV. The company co-produces Netflix’s docu series Five Came Back, about the work of five legendary Hollywood directors during WWII. The three-part docuseries, which features an interview with Spielberg, debuted on March 31."

Per TV Guide, "I Love Dick, the new series from Transparent creator Jill Soloway, is a series about sex, if you can believe it.

"The provocatively-titled Amazon show is based on a classic novel by Chris Kraus about documentary filmmaker Chris (Kathryn Hahn), her author husband Sylvère (Griffin Dunne), and Dick (Kevin Bacon), an enigmatic artist who runs a fellowship in Marfa, Texas at which Sylvère is a participant. Chris becomes obsessed with Dick, and writes letters to him she never plans to send -- until it becomes clear that the letters are the best art she's ever made.

"I Love Dick is concerned with big themes of marriage, monogamy, art and, of course, sex. On Monday, Amazon released a new full trailer for the series, in which Bacon's titular character "is like a Roman god bringing the spirit of sex into our lives."

"The pilot episode is available to watch now on Amazon Prime.

"I Love Dick officially premieres on Amazon Prime on Friday, May 12."