Friday August 11, 2017

The rich get richer.  "Ryan Seacrest is expanding his relationship with ABC in a big way. His Ryan Seacrest Productions has signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact, RSP's scripted division will develop scripted projects exclusively for ABC Studios at all TV networks and platforms, including broadcast, basic and premium cable and on-demand services."

Netflix has renewed GLOW for a 2nd season.

Fox has ordered a 2nd season of Love Connection.

The series finale of Orphan Black airs tomorrow.  I'm a few behind and lost as ever.

Here's the Orphan Black cast on the series coming to an end.

I'm still watching Room 104, but man it's out there.

I'm over these HBO hackers.  Find another project / victim.

A first look at Newman on The Young & The Restless.

Ben Platt will guest star on Will & Grace.

The Ringer opines that Kyle MacLachlan is the best actor on television.

I watched the premiere of Mr. Mercedes. It's ok.  I may give it another shot.  Here's the synopsis per Audience: "A demented serial killer taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again. Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Directed by Jack Bender (Lost, Game of Thrones) and adapted for television by David E. Kelley. All three serve as Executive Producers."

Why a Frasier revival is highly unlikely to ever happen.

"The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is on the move. In a stunning move, Kirkman and his Skybound Entertainment company have exited their overall deal with longtime home AMC in favor of what is said to be a sizable two-year overall deal with Amazon Studios. Under the pact, Kirkman will develop TV projects exclusively for Amazon's Prime Video platform, which will also have a first-look deal with Skybound. Skybound co-presidents of film and television Bryan and Sean Furst will oversee the Amazon project slate in conjunction with Kirkman and Alpert."

CNN has cut ties with Jeffrey Lord.

Million Dollar Listing star Fredrik Eklund and husband Derek Kaplan are preparing for fatherhood, nearly two years after they lost the twins they had been expecting via surrogate. Eklund announced on Instagram Thursday that he and Derek are expecting twins — a boy and a girl. 'We’ve been blessed two times over — we’re six months pregnant with twins, a boy and a girl! It was important for us to take the time to keep the news for ourselves, but now we are ready to celebrate all the love,' Eklund wrote. 'We thank you for supporting us in this journey and your well wishes…. We are finally going to be dads! Finally! #grateful.'

"HBO has put in development an untitled half-hour single-camera comedy about the sneaker culture phenomenon, from NBA star LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s Springhill Entertainment. It hails from Warner Bros. TV and stems from SpringHill’s multi-year movie, TV and digital deal with Warner Bros.

"Written by Shawn Wines (High Maintenance) and Lemon Andersen (She’s Gotta Have It), the untitled Sneaker Store Project centers on two best friends and their wild employees at an up-and-coming sneaker shop outside L.A., where they take on the insane and obsessive world of sneaker culture. Wines also executive produces with James and Carter. Andersen is co-executive producer.

"James and Carter are no strangers to the sneaker world. James was the target of a fierce bidding war amongst shoe brands when he entered the NBA in 2003, eventually choosing Nike. With Carter negotiating, James inked a lifetime partnership with Nike at the end of 2015. The duo also invested in a Miami sneaker store when James played for the Heat and Carter serves on the advisory board of the KITH brand.

"The HBO project is looking to expand SpringHill Entertainment’s series portfolio, which includes Starz’s half-hour comedy Survivor’s Remorse, which premieres its fourth season on August 20, and game show The Wall on NBC."

Per Deadline, "The Munsters are back! NBC is rebooting the 1960s comedy series about a family of lovable monsters with Odd Mom Out creator Jill Kargman and Seth Meyers.

"Inspired by the original series, the half-hour single-camera The Munsters, now in development, follows members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn. (In the original, the Munsters resided at the famous 1313 Mockingbird Lane address in the city of Mockingbird Heights, a fictional suburb in California.)

"Kargman will write the script and will executive produce with Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions’ Meyers and Mike Shoemaker. Universal TV is the studio.

"I hear the project originated with Kargman, who came up with a new take on the classic sitcom, which ran on CBS for two seasons from 1964-66. Her team tracked down the rights to Universal TV, where she teamed up with Late Night host Meyers, who has a producing deal at the studio.

"NBC and Universal previously took a stab at rebooting The Munsters several years ago as an hourlong series written by Bryan Fuller. It resulted in the big-budget pilot Mockingbird Lane, directed by Bryan Singer and starring Jerry O’Connell as family patriarch Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa and Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn, which aired as a Halloween special in 2012.

"While NBC ultimately passed on the project going to series, the network did not close the door to bringing the family of monsters back.

“'I won’t say we won’t do another version of The Munsters again,' NBC chief Bob Greenblatt said in January 2013. 'We tried to make it an hour, which ultimately has more dramatic weight than a half-hour.'

"The Munsters now is reverting to its original half-hour comedy format."


Per TheWrap, "Lifetime has ordered Jenji Kohan’s American Princess straight-to-series.

"Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered for the scripted show that centers on Amanda, a socialite who runs off with a Renaissance Faire after her wedding plans fall apart. The show is a co-production between A+E Studios and IM Global Television.

American Princess is created, written and executive produced by Jamie Denbo. Kohan (Orange Is the New Black) and Tara Herrmann also executive produce.

“'Jenji has always taken interesting and unconventional worlds and given them heart and humor,' said Gateley. 'From the get-go, American Princess was a concept we loved as it’s incredibly relatable to want to parachute from one’s life in difficult times. In Jenji, Jamie and Tara’s hands, we know this will be hilarious and special.'”

2 Dope Queens, the hit comedy podcast hosted by Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson, is about to cross over.

"HBO announced Thursday that it will air four hour-long episodes of the show sometime in 2018. Williams, star of Netflix’s The Incredible Jessica James, and Robinson, author of You Can’t Touch My Hair (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain), started the podcast in 2016 to showcase up-and-coming talent in standup comedy.

“'2 Dope Queens and HBO going half on a TV baby? A dream come true!' Robinson said in a statement. 'The work wife and I are beyond thrilled that the formula we’ve perfected over the past four seasons of doing the podcast (Ignorance x Cocoa Butter + Comedic Honesty) is being brought to this network.'

“'We are so stoked to be partnering with HBO for these specials. Excited to add a couple more Khaleesis to the network!' Williams added.

"Staged as a live show, 2 Dope Queens consistently sells out venues as its hosts and featured performers talk about relationships, sex, race, city life and Robinson’s undying love for U2.

“'Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson prove you can be hilarious and socially conscious at the same time,' HBO’s president of programming, Casey Bloys, said in a statement. 'We’re looking forward to bringing these very funny, talented women and their unique points of view to the HBO audience.'”

"American Crime Story: Katrina is moving forward with new source material and a major cast overhaul, Variety has confirmed.

"The planned third season of the Ryan Murphy FX anthology series will now be based on the book “Five Days at Memorial” by Sheri Fink. Scott Rudin, who previously acquired the rights to the book, will now join Katrina as an executive producer alongside Murphy, Brad Simpson, and Nina Jacobson. Fink is also expected to be involved in the project. The season was originally to be based on the book The Great Deluge by Douglas Brinkley.

Five Days at Memorial chronicles the real-life aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, focusing on the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans. The center was left without power for days after the epic storm, which led to hospital staff euthanizing almost two dozen terminally ill patients. Dr. Anna Pou and two ICU nurses were ultimately charged with second-degree murder for the deaths of patients who were identified as having lethal levels of morphine in their systems.

"In a major casting shakeup, most of the main cast of the season are not expected to appear given the new source material, with only frequent Murphy collaborator Sarah Paulson remaining attached to play Pou. Originally, the cast included Annette Bening, Matthew Broderick, and Dennis Quaid.

"The Hurricane Katrina story was originally supposed to be the follow up to the critically acclaimed Season 1–“People v O.J. Simpson–but that plotline has been bumped to Season 3. Season 2 will now focus on the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace. Season 4 will explore the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewisnky scandal. Production on Versace began this past April and is slated to debut in early 2018."

From Uproxx: "Brian Baumgartner is probably best known for portraying Kevin on NBC’s The Office. You may have also seen him on shows like Hot in ClevelandMike & MollyCriminal MindsLaw & Order: SVU and The Bridge. He recently teamed up with Amazon Prime Video on their original docu-series, All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams — Baumgartner’s hosting the official All or Nothing podcast on the NFL Network, recapping each episode of the series. Brian was nice enough to take some time to participate in our twenty questions questionnaire series:

1. You walk into a bar. What do you order from the bartender?

9 times out of 10 I immediately order a Crown Royal and Ginger Ale. If I’m feeling like I should be sophisticated, I’ll order a Whiskey Manhattan on the rocks. Won’t usually call the whiskey, just tell em to use something good but no “rye”.

2. Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter and/or Instagram?

Hmmm- tough question. Twitter would probably be Rainn Wilson or Chrissy Teigen. Instagram would probably be something sports-related. The Dodgers or ESPN, somewhere I can see quick video highlights.

3. What’s currently waiting for you on your DVR or in your streaming queue?

Recently became somewhat obsessed with the show Animal Kingdom with Ellen Barkin. But I’m all caught up with that now. Oh! Right now it’s Good Behavior. Loved the first couple I have watched — but I must admit I MIGHT have ulterior motives for watching that one.

4. It’s your last meal — what are you going out with?

Rib eye steak — medium with mashed potatoes and some creamed corn. (Screw the green veggies, I am on my way out.) And a really good bottle of Cab. (Again, bottle not glass cause I’m on my way out!)

5. What websites do you visit on a regular basis?


6. What’s the most frequently played song on your mobile device?

Right now my 2-year-old is completely inexplicably obsessed with Bob Dylan’s Rainy Day Women #12 35. I don’t know how she even heard it. But now she needs to hear it at least 14 times a day.

7. If you could go back and give your 18-year-old self one piece of advice what would it be?

You are making the correct choice of pursuing theater over your dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player. Trust it.

8. What was the last thing you Googled?

While doing this questionnaire — I wanted to make sure Ellen Barkin was spelled “Kin” and not “Ken.” (I was correct btw.)

9. Dogs or cats?

Dogs. No question.

10. Best concert of your life was…?

Prince at his intimate venue Club 3121 at the Rio hotel in Vegas when he played from around midnight until around 3am.

11. What book are you most likely to give as a gift?

Too hard a question. Depends on the person. I’m not gonna give Confederacy of Dunces to my niece or Llama Llama Red Pajama to a director I am working with currently. Most likely.

12. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?

Nicest thing most recently, this very month an almost absolute stranger used Find My Phone to hunt down someone in Lake Tahoe who had stolen my phone. Unfortunately, he did not also beat the holy hell out of him. (Might be the nicest thing ever- but definitely the one I’m thinking of now.)

13. South Park or Family Guy?

Willout any question or hesitation — South Park.

14. You have an entire day to do whatever you want. What would you do?

It’s a tie between:

A) Being in Lake Tahoe golfing for the day, laughing with friends and gambling at night.
B) Just hanging at the beach with my daughter.

15. What movie can you not resist watching if it’s on?

First one that comes to mind is Shawshank Redemption.

16. The sports team or teams you’re most passionate about?

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

17. Where did you eat the best meal of your life?

Florence, Italy

18. The last movie you saw in a theater?

Get Out. Loved it.

19. Who was your first celebrity crush?

Jack Nicholson

20. What would you cook if Nic Cage was coming to your house for dinner?

It depends on whether or not he is bringing his uncle. (Francis Ford Coppola)."