I finished Ozark last night. Get on board. I thought it ended on a high note and that Jason Bateman was terrific both on screen and as a director.
"Happy Endings alum Zach Knighton has been tapped for a major recurring role on the upcoming second season of Netflix dark comedy Santa Clarita Diet starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. Netflix is not revealing details about his character, who will play a key role in Season 2."
Finally some support on behalf of the new Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker. And no, I do not watch this show, but I was getting tired of seeing all of the headlines of people complaining about Whittaker filling the role.
"Tig Notaro has set a return for her TV alter ego. The comedian's Amazon series One Mississippi will release its second season Sept. 8, the streamer announced Tuesday. The semi-autobiographical comedy stars Notaro as a version of herself, also named Tig, reliving a version of the real-life events that comprised the most difficult year of her life....The first season saw Tig returning to her hometown in Mississippi to say goodbye to her dying mother and grieve with her brother Remy (Noah Harpster) and stepfather Bill (John Rothman), while opening the door to a possible relationship with local radio producer Kate (played by Notaro's wife, Stephanie Allynne). The second season, according to the synopsis from Amazon, picks back up with Tig, her stepfather Bill and brother Remy living together again in the family’s home in Mississippi. It’s a season of new beginnings and new relationships for each of them, all of which test their personal status quo as well as family boundaries — and love is in the air. Tig resumes her radio career in Biloxi with Kate by her side, though her outspoken point of view proves controversial for the local market. An opportunity to take a bigger stage in New Orleans comes with more reach, and also more responsibility."
"Nielsen said Tuesday it is now counting views of certain types of programming on Hulu’s live service and YouTube TV, which can then be used as currency in negotiations between TV networks and advertisers. The maneuver would place viewing from so-called “skinny bundles” of programming offered by subscription-video-on-demand players into the mix when Madison Avenue decides what types of content to support."
"The world is not enough for Rachel Maddow. Not satisfied with simply being the No. 1 cable news host at 9 p.m., the MSNBC host has now taken to complete and total domination of her time-slot rivals, at least as evidenced by last Friday’s ratings. Per Nielsen, the most recent edition of The Rachel Maddow Showattracted more viewers in the key news demographic of adults under 55 (711,000) than the demo audience of Fox News’ The Five and CNN’s Anderson Cooper combined(711,000). Maddow also pretty much matched the combined overall audience of her CNN and Fox News competitors, averaging 2.938 million total viewers Friday, compared to 1.987 million for Fox and 1.073 million for CNN."
"WE tv has announced five weeks of Will & Grace reruns to celebrate the return of the beloved, Emmy-winning sitcom. Beginning Aug. 19, every Saturday, fans can expect back-to-back episodes beginning at 10 a.m. ET/PT and continuing until 5 p.m. ET/PT. Each week will celebrate a different character by airing their best episodes throughout the show. Also, keep an eye out for some of the sitcom’s most memorable guest stars like Neil Patrick Harris and Jennifer Lopez."
Per TheWrap, "Netflix’s The Keepers debuted two months ago, and since then, filmmaker Ryan White has seen positive developments in the case: More victims have spoken out and police are investigating further into Father Joseph Maskell’s past life.
“'I am seeing that The Keepers is having a positive impact, not just in the sense that more victims have come forward but it is also having a positive impact in showing people that they aren’t alone and that it’s possible to move forward and confront your painful past,' White told TheWrap during a recent interview.
"White said that many new victims have come out of the woodwork since the series was released: 'A lot of people watched the series and realized that they weren’t the only ones and now have the courage to talk about it. Hopefully, it will lead to a lot of healing.'
"There has also been a lot of movement in terms of investigating Maskell. The Keepers explores the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, who disappeared in November 1969 and whose body was discovered in January of 1970. The documentary investigates whether Maskell had Sister Cathy killed because she was about to expose him and others for sexual abusing teenage students at Archbishop Keough High School. Maskell died in 2001, and until his death, he had denied the allegations.
"According to CNN, Father Maskell’s body was exhumed in February to see whether his DNA matched the DNA from the murder scene. Two days before The Keepers was released, Baltimore County Police found that the DNA profile did not match.
“'No one’s prevailing theory was that his DNA would be there,' White added, referring to many people’s idea that Maskell ordered the murder but himself did not orchestrate it. 'It’s a huge outward sign that they are taking Maskell seriously as a suspect now, and it definitely begs the question why these tests weren’t done when he was alive and Jean Wehner [Jane Doe] was coming forward. He could’ve been arrested.'
"According to White, the documentary prompted a lot of digging into Maskell’s past, specifically when he relocated to Ireland. According to the Baltimore Sun, Maskell worked as a psychologist amid his sexual abuse allegations in the United States. Whether he assessed any children or teens during his time in Ireland could not yet be determined by the agency doing the review.
“'We were only concentrating in our documentary for the most part on certain parts of Maskell’s character but he had a long career before and after his time at Keough,' White said. 'A predator doesn’t stop abusing so it’s been a sad truth that people from other sides of his career — and from Keough — have come out of the woodwork.'
"Moreover, a few days after the documentary was released, the Baltimore Police Department launched an online form for people to report sexual offenses related to the docuseries.
“'We have been contacted by victims from the past who want to report the sex offenses that occurred to them,' the department wrote on its Facebook page.
"In July, a Change.org petition was launched and has since garnered over 42,000 signatures asking the Archdiocese of Baltimore to release information they have on Maskell. White told TheWrap he had asked for these documents during the making of the documentary, and is 'dubious' whether they would even release them now.
"Lastly, a few weeks before the series came out, Maryland extended the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sexual abuse, on which the senate voted unanimously. The previous statute of limitations provided that child sex abuse victims could only sue until age 25 — now, they can sue until the age of 38.
“'It might be people doing the right thing for the wrong reasons but it’s good news for sexual abuse victims,' White added.
"However, the major developments in the case since the documentary’s debut won’t change White’s mind about making a second season. Previously, he had said he wouldn’t want to make a follow-up season given how 'painful' the process was for all the people involved.
“'I’m still standing behind that, but I’m not going to say never,' White said about a second season. 'There is a lot of information coming to us right now and there could be certain developments that I would document. But, at the moment, I’m not dead set on that. I’m still preoccupied with promoting the series and to make sure it has the largest impact that it can have. I’m still very happy where it ended. The series will end up shaking the branches in Baltimore and nationwide to have more information coming out that could lead to justice and murder being solved.'”
"Disenchantment, Matt Groening’s long-gestating adult animated comedy fantasy series for Netflix, is moving forward with an official twenty-episode order. The series from The Simpsons creator and Futurama co-creator will premiere in 2018, with the twenty episodes airing over two seasons of ten episodes each.
"Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon and Eric Andre headline the voice cast of Disenchantment. Set in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, the series will follow the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean (Jacobson), her feisty elf companion Elfo (Faxon), and her personal demon Luci (Andre). Along the way, the oddball trio will encounter ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools. Also voicing characters on the show are John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery.
“'Ultimately,' says Matt Groening, 'Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.'
"Disenchantment is produced by The ULULU Company for Netflix, with Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) serving as executive producers. Animation is being done by Rough Draft Studios (Futurama).
“'Matt Groening’s brilliant work has resonated with generations around the world and we couldn’t be happier to work with him on Disenchantment,' said Cindy Holland, VP, Original Content for Netflix. 'The series will bear his trademark animation style and biting wit, and we think it’s a perfect fit for our many Netflix animation fans.'
"Disenchantment had been in the works at Netflix for more than year and a half. A long lead time is needed for mounting an animated series, which is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. Netflix has been gradually expanding its animated series portfolio, which includes BoJack Horseman, F Is for Family and the upcoming Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham."
Per Deadline, "[t]hey grew up before American viewers’ eyes. After lengthy on-and off-negotiations, the original kids cast of ABC’s flagship comedy Modern Family, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez — now all adults — have been locked in for two more years by 20th Century Fox TV with new contracts that include salary increases.
"The studio turned its attention to securing Hyland, Winter, Gould and Rodriguez after closing new two-year deals with stars Ed O’Neill, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara in May that paved the way for a two-year Modern Family renewal by ABC.
"Like with their older co-stars, who secured salary increases of over 40%, from about $350,000 an episode in the most recent Season 8 to about $500,000 in Season 9, I hear the young actors scored significant pay increases that takes them over $100,000 an episode.
"The re-ups for Hyland, Winter, Gould and Rodriguez keep the entire original cast of Modern Family, whose contracts were up after Season 8, intact for the upcoming ninth and tenth seasons of the Emmy-winning comedy series. Production on Season 9 is slated to begin in early August. Winter’s participation on the show is not expected to be affected by her going to college this fall. She has enrolled into UCLA, which is in town and close to the show’s Los Angeles sets.
"Modern Family‘s current child cast members, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Lily Tucker-Pritchett, and Jeremy Maguire, who portrays Joe Pritchett, joined the show later and have more time on their deals.
"Rodriguez plays Gloria’s (Vergara) wise-beyond-his-years son Manny; Gould, plays the Dunphys’ dim-witted son Luke; Winter plays his book-smart sister Alex; and Hyland plays their street smart older sister Haley."
"Fame can be complicated and if you add the internet, it can be hilarious. Funny or Die recently released a new original comedy miniseries, The Real Stephen Blatt, starring Justin Long — its first Amazon Prime Video exclusive.
"The new miniseries will find Long starring as 16-year-old Stephen Blatt who develops an unhealthy social media addiction after he gets an iPhone for his birthday. After an Instagram video of his accidentally goes viral, Blatt is thrust into internet stardom. The rest of the eight-episode season deals with the consequences of such a rise. A few of the episodes involve him getting an internet personality mentor, hiring an assistant, and legally separating from his parents.
"Long is also executive producing, writing, and directing the miniseries with his brother, Christian Long. You will be able to binge on all of The Real Stephen Blatt in the time it takes you to scroll through your Instagram feed. Each episode is roughly three minutes long with the entire miniseries clocking in at a 30-minute runtime. According to the series’ IMDB page, HBO’s The Affair‘s Darren Goldstein and Super Dark Times’ Sawyer Barth will also appear in episodes.
“'We have seen tremendous success with introducing Funny or Die content to the Amazon Prime viewers,' Brian Toombs, Vice President of Partner Content at Funny or Die, said in a press release. 'The audience really embraced our programming and we are excited to premiere The Real Stephen Blatt series exclusively on Prime Video.' Funny or Die has already made some of its short form content like Drunk History, Between Two Ferns, and The Very Best of Will Ferrell available to Amazon Prime subscribers.
"Amazon is looking to get back on the right track after a disappointing reception from Emmy voters this year. The subscription on-demand video service received 16 nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, the same number as last year. This year, Amazon’s smash hit Transparent is absent from the running for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series after the show’s creator Jill Soloway won the award the last two years. The show is also absent from the running for Outstanding Comedy Series after being nominated the past two years as well."
“Saturday Night Live has some big shoes to fill now that Melissa McCarthy won’t be needed to play Sean Spicer, who resigned last week as White House press secretary.
"Over the weekend, after Donald Trump’s new communications director Anthony Scaramucci made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows, Twitter users speculated about what actor could parody him on the long-running NBC sketch show.
"Among one of the more popular suggestions: Mario Cantone, who played another Anthony — Charlotte York’s gay best friend on Sex and the City.
"When reached by Variety, Cantone said that he’d seen the online chatter about him taking on the role. 'Of course I’d do it,' Cantone said. 'It would be a very big deal for me and a lot of fun. I know this guy. I have cousins.'
"It will be up to SNL creator and executive Lorne Michaels to make the decision when the show comes back in the fall.
"If Cantone is actually considered, he’ll have to fend off another fan favorite in the form of Rob Lowe. On The View on Monday, the actor joked with Whoopi Goldberg about the blogosphere also pointing to him for the part. 'I stand ready to serve my country,' Lowe said."
From The Know: "Like Chris Traeger — his character on NBC’s dearly departed Parks and Recreation — Rob Lowe seems to have boundless energy.
"The fit, grinning 53-year-old has been working consistently since the early ’80s in everything from Brat-Pack movies and comedies to prestige dramas such as The West Wing and, currently, Code Black. But he still finds time for reality shows (including The Lowe Files, set to premiere Aug. 2 on A&E), cameos and now, his one-man stage show, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Live!
"Inspired by the success of his two New York Times best-selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, the one-man show is billed as a peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood and marriage.
"Lowe first performed a test run of the show in Mesa, Ariz., in May.
“'This isn’t a regurgitation of the books, because that wouldn’t be very much fun,' Lowe said in a press statement. 'This is very much its own beast, but it does have some of the same feel of the books.' No word if the 'beast' in question is a reference to his recent Sasquatch sighting, but here’s hoping.
"Lowe will bring the show to Denver’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Oct. 1 as part of a three-city tour.
"Besides Lowe’s storytelling, the one-hour-and-40-minute show will include a Q&A and 'plenty of insider film clips and photos,' according to the press statement."