Friday June 16, 2017

Jerrod Carmichael is not happy about NBC's decision to push back this week's episode after the shooting in VA on Wednesday.  "'I understand a corporation making that decision, but really, to me, what it says is that you don’t think America is smart enough to handle real dialogue and something that reflects real family conversations and something that feels honest and true and still respects the victims,' he told Chelsea Handler on her Nextflix talk show. 'We handled the episode with as much love and integrity as we could. To pull that is just criminal. It does a disservice to the viewer, it does a disservice to you, it does a disservice to all of us.'”

You can watch the Chelsea clip here.

The Bill Cosby jury is deadlocked and Alex Jones leaked a preview of the Megyn Kelly interview in advance of it's NBC airing.  What else is new?

Amazon announced today that it is buying Whole Foods Market, paying $42 a share to acquire the the high-end grocer in an all-cash deal worth about $13.7 billion.

"ABC News' Lincoln Square Productions and Viola Davis and Julius Tennon's JuVee Productions, along with XCON Productions, are developing a six-part true-crime documentary series for ABC. The 4%(working title) will follow two inmates who have been on Death Row for two decades. The project will re-examine the evidence in their cases using new forensic technologies."

Season 3 of The Ranch is now streaming on Netflix.  As I said earlier in the week, Netflix needs to slow it down a little bit so we can keep up!  In any case The Ranch picks up with Colt juggling a love triangle, Maggie and Beau navigating life after divorce as they try to remain friends, and Rooster settling into a relationship after moving out of the ranch. Sadly, I do watch this show.

Did anyone see the Bat-Signal in the sky in Los Angeles last night?  I didn't either, but it was up there to honor the passing of Adam West.

Drew Barrymore has a new boyfriend.

ABC has ordered a 2nd season of The Toy Box.  Here's my message to you ABC, hear it loud.

Aisha Tyler is leaving The Talk.

"Tom Arnold is suing-mad over what he says turned out to be a fraudulent agreement to appear on the Australian reality TV series I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Arnold says he was enticed to sign on with the show, only to be belittled and have a promised Australian comedy tour canceled on him. Arnold also says he’s still owed $140,000 of what he was promised from the deal."  This suit should be dismissed on the grounds that he has unclean hands for agreeing to appear on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

NBCUniversal, in partnership with the IOC and the USOC announced that its new Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will launch on Saturday, July 15. The new cable channel will be available to most subscribers of Altice, AT&T DirecTV, Comcast, Spectrum, and Verizon, as well as streaming services, including DirecTV Now, Fubo, Hulu, Sony PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.

"Anyone who bets the 'Over' on pay-per-view buys for the upcoming Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight is placing their money — and faith — on a new record. The most PPV’s sold to-date for any one event is the 4.4 million brought in by Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao. Here’s how huge that is: No. 2, Mayweather-Oscar De La Hoya, had two million fewer purchases. Still, online sports book Bovada has placed the Over/Under betting line for the Aug. 26, 2017 bout at 4.99 million. In other words, optimists are holding out hope for a cool 5 million."

Bachelor in Paradise's "villain" DeMario Jackson told Inside Edition that he has lost his job after production on the show was recently shut down amid allegations of sexual assault.  Shocking, I know.

"Now that Corinne Olympios appears headed for a legal showdown with producers of Bachelor in Paradise ... the contract she signed becomes extrememly [sic] relevant, and problematic. The contract contestants sign, obtained by TMZ, says in part all contestants waive their right to sue producers over claims of 'negligence, personal injury (including without limitation, any injuries arising out of the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease or unwelcome/unlawful contact or other interaction among participants).' The short of it ... even if she was in a blackout state when she was engaged in sexual activity with DeMario Jackson, the producers would not be responsible. There's a catch ... courts have made it clear in situations involving similar contracts, if the producers were reckless that clause would not be enforceable. And it would seem watching someone incapable of giving consent to sexual activity and allowing it to happen ... is reckless."

"Netflix has added another standup special to its upcoming slate, and it’s a big one. Earlier this week, Judd Apatow revealed that he has a standup special in the works at the streaming network, which he will tape at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal on July 28th and 29th. The special doesn’t yet have a title or premiere date, but it’s expected to debut sometime later this year. Apatow mentioned the special during his appearance on...Conan."

They're dropping like flies over at Quantico headquarters.

Per TheWrap, "Trevor Noah is definitely among the people whose lives have been changed by Donald Trump’s decision to run for president, as the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show has seen a surge in viewership. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he doesn’t want to see the president ousted anytime soon:

Why do you think your ratings have gone up?

One of the biggest reasons is because people care. It’s a lot easier to get people to watch a show about politics and the news when people care about what’s happening in the news and in politics. We’re in a space where we can only be as crucial as an audience deems us to be.

When you’re on a plane and there’s no turbulence, you pay a lot less attention to where the emergency exits are, but as soon as the plane starts shaking, and you feel like you’re going to die, you very quickly remember what the air hostess told you about the safety procedures. I think we’re benefiting from a bit of turbulence.

Is there any chance that you’ll get Donald Trump on, and what would you ask him?

Is there a chance? Yes. Would it happen? No — unless I somehow tricked him into thinking he was going to Fox News, and then when he walked in the door, just locked it and then proceeded to hold an interview before the Secret Service took me out.

The main question I would ask Donald Trump is, “How much? What is your get-out number?” Because I know he has one. “If we started a Kickstarter, how much would it take?” And I think the people of the world would pay a lot of money, and you’d be surprised at the number, and I think Donald Trump has it. He says he doesn’t, but he does.

Are you hoping that Trump will get impeached?

The honest answer is no. I would prefer Donald Trump to lose in an election, because if he was impeached, I think a lot of people would say it was stolen away from him. I’d rather have America undo what it did.

Will you consider it a victory if your show plays some role in bringing him down?

No, I don’t know if I would see that as a victory. I don’t think I would ever want somebody to think that my show is used to bring down presidents or prop them up because that comes with a certain level of expectation and responsibility that if you’re not careful, goes away from what satire is meant to be.

I would rather be someone commenting on the world, someone observing the world.

Do you want The Rock as the next president?

No. If The Rock spends the next few years learning and brushing up on policy — which he can do, by the way — then it’s a different story. But right now, I’m like, “Let’s chill on the celebrity presidents.”

What’s the hardest part about your job?

Turning things that infuriate you into comedy. Finding the humor in a situation that may be painful or disheartening. Finding a way to look for that little ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day.

Because that’s what I see my show as: a space where you come to feel like the world is not ending and you’re not alone and crazy in seeing all the madness around you."

Per EW, "[t]here were about a million twists in Survivor: Game Changers, but producers saved the most important one for last. Instead of the standard Q&A that had marked the final Tribal Council in the first 33 seasons, Jeff Probst unleashed a new debate-and-discuss format that allowed for more spontaneous interaction between the jury and finalists. It seemed to be a hit with both contestants and viewers, but will we see it again?

"We asked Survivor executive producer Matt Van Wagenen exactly that when we visited in Fiji for filming on season 36 of Survivor (which will air in the spring) last week, and his comments echo those of Jeff Probst, who recently told us that the open forum would be 'the new norm' for the show. 'I think it’s here to stay,' agrees Van Wagenen. 'I don’t see us going backwards. We rarely go backwards. And in this case, we strive to be real, and I know that sounds a bit clichéd or cheesy on a reality show, but we really do strive to have a very real experience. And I think having someone just stand up and ask you a question or talk at you is not as real as a discussion between a group of people saying who deserves to win.'

"Since season 35 (Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers) has already been filmed and will air in the fall and the planning for season 36 is already complete, that means we will definitely have the new format for two more seasons at the very least, but Van Wagenen and Probst both make the move sound permanent.

"Van Wagenen also explained why they decided to make the switch. 'It really starts with Jeff. He’s been there from day 1. I started in season 14. A lot of times, we do things because we’ve been doing them that way. And one of the things Jeff is great about — he’s so tenacious when it comes to this — is questioning "Why are we still doing this? Are we doing this for a reason? Is there a better way to do it?" I think it was, how can we make this better? We were all starting to feel it a little bit.'

“'It was really taking a big risk,' Van Wagenen continues. 'We didn’t know how the players would react to it, we didn’t know how the audience would react to it, and I would say that the audience reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ll tell you this — editing it and putting it together is a process because that final Tribal takes twice as long as a normal one because there is so much discussion. But I think it gives you an opportunity if you’re there to fight for your place in the game. It’s not just someone talking at you, it’s a discussion. And I’m actually, in hindsight, surprised it took us this long to get to this point the game.'

"The executive producer also discussed a host of other topics and you can now hear the entire interview on the latest edition of the EW Morning Live podcast below. Here are a few highlights from the wide-ranging discussion:

On what it is like on the first day of filming on a season:
“There’s an excitement. It feels a little bit like you’re a kid on Christmas Eve shaking the presents trying to figure out what you’ve got. And there is this kind of cool feeling when you’re shaking your present and it’s a little bit big and it makes a lot of noise when you shake it. There’s definitely some nervousness because you don’t know what it is and you don’t know how our twists are going to play out and you’re looking at the beginning of what could be an incredible season. [Or] it could be an average season. But luckily, over the past few years, I feel like we’ve been hitting the high bar.”

On next season’s theme of Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers:
“We were going for a theme of how people are seen. Not necessarily how they see themselves but how other people see them. For instance, there’s a person on who is a military vet, and right off the bat, he would say he’s not a hero, which is probably the most heroic thing he could start off saying. But he’s a hero to his family. And so it’s not necessarily how someone sees themselves but it’s how other people see them.”

On the psychology of being labeled something like a Hero, a Healer, or a Hustler:
“There is something about putting a label on someone, and very often you see that at first they might bristle — you know, they go ‘What do you mean I’m No Collar?’ or Tai, for instance, couldn’t believe he was on the Beauty tribe. Then as soon as they kind of live with it and they talk about it, they start to kind of become it a little bit and start to wear it. But in some cases, it takes a little while for them to feel comfortable with that label. But in the end, you see at the end of the season they are just players and those are labels and it’s just a question of how are they going to react to those labels.”

On if they had any discussions about there being too many idols and advantages in play after Cirie went home with no votes cast against her in Game Changers:
“We always have discussions on how we can make the show better, but I would say in that case we really didn’t have many more idols than we normally do. Tai was smart and ended up with two of them and unbelievably held on to them for as long as he did. We had Troyzan, who held on to his for a long time. The Legacy Advantage had been there throughout the whole game and we had been expecting it. We always have a formula, like, how many things are out there and can we keep playing the game so that we don’t have a situation where nobody goes home. There’s always a situation where someone’s going to go home. So I think the twists add a lot. I think you reward people who find them. I think you reward people who know how to play them. And then sometimes people make horrible mistakes and don’t play one and get voted out or they play it too early and are exposed for having a secret.”

On if his opinions while filming a season usually match-up to how it is received once it’s all edited together and aired:
“I feel like there are a couple of seasons where we felt one way and it’s kind of been the opposite. If I’m going to be totally candid, I think season 30. We were kind of jazzed about season 30 and we went out there and watched Mike Holloway kind of run through the competition and we thought it was a real fun story to watch. And he was fighting against some people who a lot of fans didn’t love, and I think that we realized in that case maybe that’s not what they’re looking for. I think one of the things we learned from there is that you want to have a lot of people to root for. And that’s where I look at a season when we can say — and we’ve seen it in recent seasons since then — where you look at the people heading into the finale and you go ‘Gosh, I could see myself rooting for all of them.’ If we sit there the first day of the finale and I can say ‘I root for all of these people to win,’ then I know we’ve got a good season on our hands.”

On why they have been trying to cast more fans lately:
“In the casting process recently we really have strived to have fans on. We really want to have people who know the game and love the game for a variety of reasons. But one of the reasons is at the end of the season when we’re standing there and now they’re having a discussion between the entire jury and the people who are fighting to win, you want it to be a positive one and you want people to feel good when you leave that discussion. You don’t want it to get ugly, and I think people who are fans have kind of an appreciation for the game and an understanding that it is just a game, And, of course, there’s always hurt feelings, but you want to have people that say, ‘Yeah, you beat me and therefore you deserve the million dollars.”"

Aziz Ansari offered this up about the end of season 2 and a possibly 3rd season of Master of None: "The ending, I’m going to be a little coy about sharing my own personal interpretation, but I will say I was curious what people would think of the ending. It’s been interesting to read people’s thoughts on it. I looked at a couple of things and talked to a few friends and stuff, and the sweetest thing I’ve found is that people are saying it reminds them of my favorite ending of anything, which is the end of Before Sunset, which I think is incredible. I read something where someone says there’s the Before Sunset test, which is 'Okay, if you’re a romantic you think they’re in bed together and you think that things are going to be great.' If you’re another type of person, you think, 'Oh, they’re together and it’s going to be horrible.' Another person could say, 'Oh, I think it’s just a fantasy and she’s thinking about how terrible it would be if she actually went through with it.' Another person could say, 'Oh, it’s Dev imagining it and how it would be actually not what he wants. It would be a shit show, like what Arnold was saying, that he’s just in love with the fantasy of her and not the real person.'

"I think I would like to keep it that way, where it’s really dependent on who you are and where you are in your own head to decide what that thing means. I will say it’s not a flashback. It’s not a flashback to the blizzard scene because we’re wearing different clothes and she doesn’t have an engagement ring on."

"We don’t know if we’re going to do a third season. We put so much of ourselves into the show — all of us, not just me, but Alan, Lena, Aniz, everyone on our crew. We all really give everything to make something we’re really proud of, and to read the response has been overwhelming. We’re so grateful. I think the consensus seems to be that we’ve made something that was better than the first season, and that was always the goal, to kind of top ourselves and push ourselves and make something more ambitious and to improve in every regard: acting, cinematography, everything. From a casual perusing, it seems like that’s what people feel like we did, and that makes me very happy. And I’m just glad people like it. And if you’re like, 'When’s next season?' Chill out a minute. We just finished. [Laughs.]

"I don’t know if we’ll do more. If we don’t do more, I hope people look at these two seasons and feel like it’s a cool document of this time and relationships and just everything. I’m really happy with it and I’m glad people seem to dig it. If we don’t do a season three, we’re around. We’ll make something else."

Per TVLine, "[f]amily is gross, but it’s important' according to the newly released trailer for Transparent Season 4.

"Our first glimpse at the Emmy-winning dramedy’s return (premiere date TBA) finds the entire Pfefferman clan coming together, with Shelly nagging Josh for a proper headcount. The minute-long tease would also seem to suggest that Sarah and Len continue to be on good terms, while Aly is seeking spiritual enlightenment.

"Maura, on the other hand, is high on life — or at the very least is about to be high after eating a gummy bear laced with marijuana.

“'I was just going to have you eat the head,' Ali says to her moppa after she consumes the entire edible in one bite. 'You are going to be so high!'”

"Last week marked Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley’s admission that season 3 might be the last for FX’s anthology series. But there’s still plenty to look forward to before this season comes to a close, as star Mary Elizabeth Winstead told EW.

"There are plenty of references to the filmography of original Fargo directors Joel and Ethan Coen throughout the show’s scripts. If the dynamic between Nikki and Ray (one of Ewan McGregor’s two roles this season) doesn’t remind you of the relationship between Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter in Raising Arizona, maybe it should. Winstead said, 'That’s actually the one Coen Brothers movie I watched before we started, because I thought maybe there would be something there to kind of pick up on.'

"She even called out a shot from the season premiere as a possible 'homage to a shot of Nicolas Cage getting arrested in Raising Arizona.'

"Though such allusions aren’t always blatantly mentioned by Hawley, Winstead explained, 'I think most of us involved are very familiar with the movies … so I think they kinda stand out on the page, even if it’s not referenced. But occasionally a script, a line would say, "A la The Big Lebowski" or "By the way, this is The Big Lebowski moment" or something, but usually it’s sort of unspoken…'

"Winstead remained pretty tight-lipped about the finale, saying, 'I think, as ever, in Fargo, you do not know what to expect in the end, and I would hate to give anything away, because that’s what’s so lovely and sweet and special about it, is that, like, you get that experience of going, "Oh my God.”' She did make a point to tease that Nikki will get to drive none other than a semi-truck, come episode 9."

Per The New York Post, "Billy Bush’s comeback tour isn’t going as well as planned.

"The disgraced Today talent hoped a recent cover story in the Hollywood Reporter and sit-down with Good Morning America would jump-start his career.

“'He thought he was going to be welcomed back by the world after the TV segment [with Robin Roberts],' a source said. 'And the only thing you learned from the article and TV piece is that Billy wants to be on TV. He felt that taking seven or eight months off, he’d slip his way back in, get some press and people would be beating down his door, and no one did.'

"Another source said, 'He wants to be a Ryan Seacrest type' and was also angling for a gig at iHeartRadio or SiriusXM.

"But a source close to Bush told us: 'This is absolutely not true. In fact, he has already fielded numerous interest and offers, [the] most recent being a fully cleared syndicated major show hitting this fall, which he has turned down. He is taking his time and making sure the next move is the right one.'

"Another insider figured: 'He’s a terrific broadcaster, but if you’re hiring him, it’s a liability right now. There’s a big, broad reason not to hire him, and there aren’t a lot of options. He’ll land on his feet. It won’t be tomorrow, or maybe not even this year, but he will. There simply aren’t openings — and he’s not going to get Scott Pelley’s [job].'

"Bush did not comment."

Per MLive, "[s]ocial media has been abuzz about comments comedian Steve Harvey made about the Flint Water crisis on his morning radio talk show after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost in game five of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.

"Harvey, who is a Cleveland fan and once lived in Ohio, took a call from a man who said he was from Flint, who told Harvey that Cleveland didn't 'deserve jack.'

"Harvey apparently made reference to the man's lack of having clean water to shower in due to the Flint crisis, according to many Facebook posts.

"A user on Facebook recorded the aftermath of the conversation. In the video the words 'Steve Harvey' could be seen on the vehicle's radio screen.

"Harvey's co-hosts could be heard telling him that he should apologize.

"'I wasn't talking about the city of Flint,' Harvey told his co-hosts, 'I was talking about him.'

"Harvey continued on to say, "He gone call in and say Cleveland don't deserve jack and he over there bathing in all that silver water.'

"The caller was still on the line at this point and told Harvey he was 'Dee from Flinttown.'

"Before taking the next caller, Harvey told the caller there was 'one more thing.'

"'Go ahead,' the caller said.

"'Enjoy your nice brown glass of water,' Harvey said.

"Amariyanna 'Mari' Copeny, known as "Little Miss Flint," who's letter brought President Barack Obama to visit Flint in 2016, appeared on Harvey's television show last year on June 13.

"She tweeted about Harvey's comments Wednesday.

"Fifth Ward Flint City Councilman Wantwaz Davis, said the comments from Harvey did not surprise him.

"Davis, along with other Flint officials and residents, appeared on Harvey's afternoon television talk show about the water crisis in an episode that aired on FOX 66 in March 2016.

"'I cautioned people after the Steve Harvey show not to take this person serious,' Davis said. 'He's an opportunist. He's all for show.'"

Harvey issued a statement in response:

"This morning callers and I were cracking jokes about the Cleveland Cavaliers loss to the Golden State Warriors. I'm a huge Cavs fan. 

The caller and I were talking trash about our teams and cities. "SIMPLY TRASH TALKING ABOUT SPORTS". 

I made a joke directed at him, as he is from Flint, a city for which I have great affection and respect. So much so that I devoted a full hour on my daytime talk show to raising awareness for the Flint water crisis. I also pressed then candidate, Hilary Clinton, to offer solutions to what I called one of the great catastrophes of modern times. 

The and the caller laughed as my joke was taken in the context it was offered."

Any attempts to craft this into anything more serves no one."