Wednesday May 10, 2017

"DIY Network has greenlighted a new home-renovation series featuring NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy Earnhardt for premiere in early 2018.  The series will follow the couple as they transform a dilapidated historic home into a gorgeous modern retreat in the Old Town historic district of Key West, FL. The four half-hour episodes will combine Dale’s love of home improvement with Amy’s interior design expertise. The couple will tackle renovation challenges that often come with older homes, including structural damage, faulty plumbing and ancient wiring."

NBC has renewed Taken for a 2nd season.

They also passed on What About Barb?

Fox has canceled Rosewood.

They also canceled Sleepy Hollow.

Meet the narrator from HGTV's House Hunters.

Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, who costarred on MTV’s Rob & Big, died on Tuesday. He was 45. A cause of death has not been reported. R.I.P.

Emmy Award — winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore is back on the air, hosting a new podcast on The Ringer network, where he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond.  The first episode with guest Norman Lear will be available on Thursday, May 11. Future guests include Bernie Sanders and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Is Kelly Clarkson returning to American Idol.  More on this idiotic "reboot" below.

The new Vegas Stats & Information Network is coming together.

Playing House's (USA) Jennifer St. Clair has announced that she has breast cancer, and that it will be woven into the show: "We were worried about bringing such serious subject matter to a comedy show, but we’ve always written what we’ve lived. And our real story is that with the help of her best friend, and the people who love her, my character is able to get through the treatment and actually emerge somehow happier and more fulfilled than she was before she was diagnosed. We hope that by sharing my experience—our experience, Lennon [Parham] and I—that somebody who is going through this process or helping their loved one through it might feel less alone, and might even have some better information for their cancer care. Because that’s really all that matters at the end of the day, right? That we try and be that bridge for each other."

Abby Lee Miller, the star of the Lifetime's unwatchable show Dance Moms, got what she deserved and has been sentenced to a year and one day in jail for bankruptcy fraud and money laundering. Miller plead guilty to both charges last year. A federal judge in Pittsburgh made the ruling yesterday, ordering Miller r to pay a $40,000 fine, a $120,000 judgment, and spend two years on probation after her release.  Hopefully we never have to see her face again.

"Hulu has handed a pilot order to Crash and Burn, a thriller from Aaron Zelman and Sony Pictures TV.  Based on the bestselling book, the tense coming-of-age drama follows three troubled suburban boys through an averted school shooting in the mid-1990s, Crash and Burn explores the complex world of teen boys and the men they’ll ultimately become. No cast is set for the project, which has been in development for more than a year at the streaming service. It is exec produced by creator-writer Zelman, Michael Dinner, Alan Gasmer & Peter Jaysen and Katie Dimento."

"Less than a week after making an offer on American Idol, ABC has officially snapped up rights to the storied singing competition — putting an end to several months of speculation about if (and where) the former Fox phenomenon would return to TV for the coming season.

"The network announced its formal acquisition of Idol early Tuesday morning, ahead of the coming days' renewals and series pick-ups and next week's 2017-18 season scheduling announcements.

"It's great news for ABC, which takes Idol after interest from both Fox and NBC, but it's a coup for FremantleMedia. The Idol producers have been eager to place the show elsewhere after Fox decided to end its run after 15 seasons. But the months following its April 2016 ender saw little interest. Heat around a potential Idol revival only picked up this February.

“'American Idol on ABC...that has a nice ring to it,' said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC. 'Idol is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor.  America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.'

"Details on the what the ABC Idol will look like are relatively slim at this time. Its revival news comes with no on-camera talent attached, but that will likely change rather quickly. Idol questions will be the most pressing on May 16, when the network speaks with reporters and Madison Avenue buyers at its annual upfront presentation.

“'American Idol is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,' said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment. 'ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.'

"It's another aggressive move for ABC's alternative department. Topped by Rob Mills, the outfit has been snatching up projects — a boy band competition, the new Gong Show and several other nostalgic game show revivals among them. But most new efforts have been focused on the summer. Idol is expected to join such venerable reality properties as Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor franchise in ABC's regular season."

Someone PLEASE explain to me how Rob Mills still has a job!!!

"13 Reasons Why season two has finally been officially confirmed, and while the wait for more is going to be long and awful, the creators are not making us wait for spoilers. In a tweet this evening, Netflix confirmed the following key information:

1. We'll see other characters' perspectives on Hannah's story. This is intriguing, because season one can basically be read as solely Clay's POV on Hannah as he listens to her tapes.

2. Jessica's story will continue. We'll see her trying to recover from her sexual assault, and return to normal life. When we left her in the season one finale, she seemed to be about to tell her father about her rape.

3. There will be a narrator. It won't be Hannah.

4. There will be no more tapes. Which is a relief, because having a second character mimic Hannah's whole setup would be straight-up silly.

5. The season will explore toxic masculinity. Specifically "the way we raise boys up into men, and the way we treat girls and women in our culture – and what we could do better in both cases.

6. Bryce brought to justice. The smug, abusive jock who raped both Jessica and Hannah will "hopefully get what's coming to him", per Netflix's tease.

"We also know from showrunner Brian Yorkey that Hannah herself will reappear in season two, presumably in flashbacks from other characters' POVs."

Per Deadline, "Emmy-winning Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is expanding his relationship with HBO to the longform side. HBO Films has given the green light to My Dinner with Hervé, a Sacha Gervasi movie starring Dinklage and Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan and executive produced by Dinklage, Gervasi and Steven Zaillian.

"Written  by Gervasi based on a story by him and Sean Macaulay and directed by Gervasi, My Dinner with Hervé centers on an unlikely friendship that evolves over one wild night in L.A. between a struggling journalist, Danny Tate (Dornan), and actor Hervé Villechaize (Dinkage), the world’s most famous gun-toting dwarf, resulting in life-changing consequences for both.

"Executive producing with Gervasi, Zaillian and Dinklage are Richard Middleton, Ross Katz and Jessica de Rothschild, with Garrett Basch and David Ginsberg co-executive producing.

"Like with HBO’s Emmy-winning The Normal HeartMy Dinner with Hervé has been a passion project which had spent years in feature development.

"Gervasi, who also is a journalist, conducted the last interview with Villechaize — best known for his roles as evil henchman Nick Nack in the 1974 James Bond film, The Man with the Golden Gun, and as Mr. Roarke’s assistant, Tattoo, in the TV series Fantasy Island, shortly before Villechaize committed suicide in 1993 at the age of 50. In the extensive interview, Villechaize shared the story of his tumultuous life and career."

Per TheWrap, "Flip or Fop stars Christina and Tarek El Moussa’s latest drama is unfolding in the legal system.

"The HGTV stars are being sued by a man who claims that the El Moussas stiffed him after he helped the couple find homes to potentially flip in North Carolina.

"In his suit, filed in federal court in North Carolina, Jonathan Schmier says that he was hired by the El Moussas’ Next Level Property Investments to secure homes for potential flipping in North Carolina.

"Schmier says that he came through on five homes, but hasn’t yet been paid for his work. According to the suit, Schmier is owed more than $37,000 for his efforts— a $5,000 commission on each home he sent to Next Level, plus $12,800 in back wages for the work he says he performed.

“'The Plaintiff worked for Next Level Property Investments finding homes for the Defendants Tarek and Christina El Moussa in NC from March of 2016 to October of2016 and not one penny has been paid to the Plaintiff for the Plaintiffs [sic] work,' the suit reads."

Story still developing.

"Fox is jumping into the 2017-2018 television season, greenlighting the network’s first pilot to series: Marvel’s The GiftedVariety has learned.

The Gifted is an action-adventure series, hailing from Marvel Television, writer Matt Nix and director Bryan Singer.

"The series focuses on a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

"Stephen Moyer plays Reed Strucker; Amy Acker plays his wife, Caitlin Strucker; Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White play their children, Lauren Strucker and Andy Strucker; Sean Teale plays Eclipse a.k.a. Marcos Diaz; Jamie Chung plays Blink a.k.a. Clarice Fong; Emma Dumont plays Polaris a.k.a. Lorna Dane; Blair Redford plays Thunderbird a.k.a. John Proudstar; and Coby Bell as Jace Turner..

"Nix wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer with Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and Singer, who is known for directing many of the X-Men films, in addition to Superman Returns. Nix, who created “Burn Notice,” recently worked with Fox as co-creator of A.P.B.,which insiders say will not return for a second season. 20th Century Fox Television is producing, along with Marvel Television.

"One of the hottest pilots of the broadcast development season, Gifted has been seen as a shoo-in for a series order. The long-gestating project was first put into development off-cycle in July 2016 with a hefty put pilot commitment, as Variety first reported. The pilot was officially ordered this January when Singer boarded the project as director."