Friday July 28, 2017

Kelsey Grammer talks about his new Amazon show, The Last Tycoon, which is now available to stream.

HBO's Room 104 premieres tonight.

Catching up with the cast of Oz.

An update on the Deadwood movie.

A new season of Naked & Afraid premieres Sunday on Discovery.

"Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon have signed on to star in a series about TV morning shows, Deadline has confirmed. The Untitled Morning Show Project, which hails from former head of HBO drama Michael Ellenberg, is an hourlong drama series that explores network morning shows and the larger New York media scene they inhabit. House of Cards’ Jay Carson is set to write the script. The project is expected to be shopped to premium cablers and streaming services in the next week or so."

"DIY Network has given the production greenlight to new series Lawn & Order, starring the network’s popular landscaping experts Chris Lambton and Sara Bendrick. Each episode will feature Chris and Sara as they help homeowners tame overgrown lawns and improve tired exteriors to attract potential buyers. The eight-episode series is scheduled to premiere on DIY Network in April 2018. 'Sometimes when a house won’t sell, the reason is right in front of you,' said Chris. 'Buyers can’t get past the front yard.' 'That’s where we come in,' said Sara. 'With a little vision and a lot of hard work, we’ll take properties from downtrodden to upmarket.'”

Speaking of which, "Discovery Communications is in advanced discussions to buy Scripps now that Viacom is out of the competition, people briefed on the matter said Thursday. Should a deal be completed, it could come at a dear price. Scripps’s market value as of Thursday stood at more than $11 billion. Discovery is closing in on a bid of around $90 per share, according to one of the people, or about 34 percent higher than where Scripps’s stock was trading before reports about a potential sale emerged. Discovery’s bid is about 70 percent cash and 30 percent stock, the person said. An announcement could come as soon as next week, some of these people said, cautioning that talks could still fall apart. News of Viacom’s exit from negotiations with Scripps was reported earlier by Reuters."

Danielle Brooks almost turned down the role of Taystee on Orange Is The New Black because of concerns over too much nudity.

What are Alex Rodriguez and Barbara Corcoran up to?

Full House and Family Matters are coming to Hulu along with Step by Step, Perfect Strangers and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.

Hulu also renewed Harlots for a 2nd season.

Ray Romano has no interest in starring in another sitcom.

"Sarah Silverman is really proud of the pitch she gave on her Hulu show I Love You, America, promising that, while other late-night shows connect with like-minded people, hers will connect with the un-like-minded. 'Then we sat down and said, ‘Let’s make the show,’ and I said "Oh fuck. That’s hard!”' The 10-episode straight-to-series order for the weekly half-hour topical show, from Funny or Die, is Hulu’s first stab at the talk-variety arena. I Love You, America will include field pieces – Sarah will have dinner with a family that has never met a Jew – and studio segments, and a focus group of a dozen people from all walks of life, who viewers will get to know across the first season. There will be a monologue, in which Silverman said she might, for instance, explain how politicians in Washington are like Real Housewives of [Fill in the Blank]."

Per Deadline, "[t]he Trump White House is coming to Showtime. The premium cabler has given a 10-episode order to an untitled half-hour satirical animated series centering on President Donald Trump and the most powerful family in the world, executive produced by Stephen Colbert for premiere this fall.

"Inspired by the animated opening segment of the Emmy-nominated Showtime special, Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Final: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Sh*t?, and a popular recurring character on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the series teams Colbert with his Late Show EP Chris Licht, to hilariously and pointedly deconstruct life in the White Household: family members, insiders, world leaders, even rival Democrats. Production turnaround time will be swift (similar to Showtime’s The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show On Earth)enabling current events to play a role in the show.

"Per Showtime: 'the fresh, cutting-edge comedy will present the truish adventures of Trump’s confidants and bon vivants – family, top associates, heads of government, golf pros and anyone else straying into his orbit – intrepidly exploring their histories and their psyches, revealing insights into what makes them so definitively Trumpian. It’s a workplace comedy where the office happens to be oval; it’s a character study in search of character, as seen through the eyes of an imaginary documentary crew.'

“'I know a lot of people wanted to do this, and I’m honored that the Cartoon President invited our documentary crew into his private world,' Colbert said. 'I’ve seen some of the footage, and I look forward to sharing the man behind the MAGA.'

"Produced by CBS Television Studios, the series will be executive produced by Colbert and Licht. Tim Luecke, who co-created the Late Show version of Animated Trump, will serve as lead animator (and co-executive producer).

“'Stephen and Chris have an uncanny genius for deconstructing the world of President Trump, and this series opens a new realm for them,' David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks said. 'Their vision will produce a comedy that makes waves, gets attention and plays great on our networks, including our streaming service.'”

From The Hollywood Reporter: "It's been four years since Tracy Morgan's last series regular role, but a lot has changed since the 30 Rock grad graced the small screen on a regular basis.

"Morgan was famously several injured in a fatal 2014 multi-car crash that took the life of his friend and fellow comedian James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair.

"After an intense recovery process, Morgan returns to TV with the new TBS comedy The Last O.G., which also stars notable names like Cedric the Entertainer as well as rising stars like Tiffany Haddish, who comes fresh off a breakout role in the hit film Girls Trip. ('My bank account don't show movie star yet,' Haddish said with a laugh about her rising profile. 'They say nine months, it's like a baby. I'm waiting for the delivery.')

"When asked Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour why he opted not to do a solo star vehicle, Morgan became contemplative about his post-accident life and career.

"'Maybe I'm just a better man now since the accident. Maybe I'm just a better man. It ain't about me, it's bigger than me. I'm fortunate to have these folks around me,' Morgan said. 'We just lucked up and got who we wanted with the folks that could do it. I'm just a better man now. I know it ain't about me. It's bigger than me and I thank God for that.'

"In the comedy, Morgan stars as Tray, an ex-con who is released from prison after 15 years only to find that world has drastically changed since he went inside. In addition to his newly gentrified Brooklyn neighborhood, he is shocked to learn he is father to twins with his former girlfriend (Haddish), who has since moved on and married a successful white man. In order to provide for them, and himself, Tray must once again lean on skills he honed in the clink to get by.

"'This isn't a black show,' Morgan said when asked about the show's appeal. 'This is a show about humanity. This is a show about second chances. This is a show about redemption.'

"When asked about his own second chance, Morgan simply said 'thank God,' and discussed how the cast and crew of The Last O.G. have helped him on set. 'They don't ask me, they make me sit down for a little while,' he said. 'I'm good, I'm taking care. And thank you for thinking about that. I'm taking care.'

"While Morgan endured a lengthy recovery process following his accident, he said it was ultimately for the best in the closing moments of the panel.

"'I had to get hit by the truck,' Morgan said at the end of the panel. 'If I didn't get hit by that truck, I wouldn't be making the impact on the world I'm making right now.'"

The Last O.G. premieres Oct. 24th on TBS.

Per TVLine, "[a]t the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour on Thursday, Mindy Project star/EP Mindy Kaling announced that Chris Messina will reprise his role as Danny for “multiple episodes” during the comedy’s 10-episode sixth and final season (premiering Tuesday, Sept. 12 on Hulu). But don’t expect the exes to ride off into the sunset, at least not in the traditional sense.

“'We aren’t super interested in [tying everything up in a bow],' Kaling told reporters of the series finale. 'We’re trying to avoid [that], while also leaving the audience with the sense that [Mindy] had some growth.' And although Kaling copped to being a romantic at heart, she was quick to note, ‘"Happily ever after" can sometimes be romantic happiness, [but it also] can be a feeling of contentment about your life as a professional person and as a mother.'

"Regarding Mindy and Danny specifically, fellow EP Matt Warburton said, 'One thing we can promise the audience is a little bit of clarity about where they stand.' Added Kaling: 'They’re both married to other people, so we went into the [final] season with that [complication], which is fun and delicious.'

"Other notable tidbits dropped at the panel:

Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen will guest star as a 'rival mother' in one of the final episodes.

* Kaling flirted with the idea of following up Mindy Project with a spinoff built around Garret Dillahunt and Fortune Feimster’s sibling characters, but ultimately jettisoned the idea because, 'We just have such a good [series] finale.'”

"Showtime announced Thursday that it has picked up City on a Hill, a new one-hour drama pilot executive produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and set in the duo’s favorite city.

"The idea, based on an original premise by Affleck and lead writer Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler), takes place in the early 1990s when Boston was filled with criminals and corrupt law enforcement.

City on a Hill is a fictional account of what is called the 'Boston Miracle,' or as it is technically known, Operation Ceasefire, which was a new policing initiative that focused on gun violence and problem areas.

"At the center of the story is an African-American District Attorney that comes in from Brooklyn and forms an alliance with a corrupt but venerated FBI veteran who wants to maintain the status quo.

“'City on a Hill is a gritty thriller about severe corruption and gangs, the type of series that takes you back and centers around the crime-riddled streets of Boston in the early 90s,' said executive producer Jennifer Todd in a statement.

“'Chuck wrote a pressure-cooker of a script steeped in the tribal codes of a Shakespeare play — family, blood, betrayal, honor. His take on the ties that bind is handled with a deep honesty and insight. I see the show as a brawling thriller — and an intimate family drama — played out on the rough streets of Boston.'” 

Per Variety, "“American Horror Story: Cult released a chilling new trailer and poster teasing the show’s Season 7.

“'You’ve been waiting for us,” American Horror Story tweeted regarding the teaser. Though the mysterious clip reveals very little, it flashes between a creepy clown and the cryptic text 'Find us' followed by 'AHSCULT.com.' The official poster is captioned 'Be of like mind,' and portrays a powdery-white woman with clown makeup. The top of her skull is removed, exposing a honey-comb brain riddled with bees, teasing the hive mind mentality for the season.

"The official title and first teaser were released at San Diego Comic-Con last week, with FX projecting the teaser onto a wall of water behind the San Diego Convention Center.

"Co-creator Ryan Murphy shared earlier the next installment of FX’s horror anthology was inspired by the 2016 presidential election. FX has renewed the show through Season 9.

"Previously announced cast members include American Horror Story newcomers Lena Dunham, Billy Eichner, and Billie Lourd, along with franchise veterans Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters.

American Horror Story: Cult premieres Sept. 5."

Here's a link to the trailer.

Per TheWrap, "[h]ow much have you always wanted to know about proper glue selection across a variety of crafting situations? If a reader’s answer to that question is 'moderate amounts' or more, does Amy Sedaris have the show for you!

"The actress and comedian’s new homemaking and entertaining truTV series At Home with Amy Sedaris just released its first clip, which guest stars Jane Krakowski. The topic is liquid adhesive, and the information — in song form, of course — seems endless.

"Watch the video above.

"On the 10-episode first season, Sedaris’ new series will show off her 'diverse but necessary homemaking skills,' per the Turner cable channel.

"These skills range from creating popsicle stick buddies and gutting a fish to making raisin necklaces and entertaining businessmen, the description continues. Each episode will revolve around a traditional theme, such as: entertaining the grieving, the craft of love making and cooking without pots and pans. As always, Amy will use her unique expertise to entertain guests, demonstrate her know-how by preparing meals, and exhibit her can-do spirit by attempting to work out personal issues.

“'Remember, if you want to be the perfect host, accentuate the positives, and medicate the negatives,' it concludes.

At Home will premiere Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 10:30 p.m., the cable channel announced Thursday at the Television Critics Association press tour, where truTV also first shared the sneak peek.

"Also guesting this season will be Scott Adsit, Rachel Dratch, Cole Escola, Jane Krakowski, Heather Lawless, David Pasquesi and Sasheer Zamata."