Rob Mills talks Bachelor In Paradise. I cannot think of a more painful interview to read, but to each their own.
Tough Intervention last night. The subject was addicted to drinking hand sanitizer mixed with water. Happy to report he accepted help and has been clean since May.
"A&E is officially shedding its image as the Duck Dynasty network. In a new advertising campaign, the cable network is rebranding itself as a platform for serious storytelling. Drawing on key talent, like Leah Remini from its Emmy-nominated series Scientology and the Aftermath, A&E is leaning into its stable of unscripted programming — including Live PD, Born This Way, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography and Wahlburgers — in what the company is dubbing its 'Brave Storytellers" campaign.' So much for sticking to crime and suspense. Pick a lane, ya dopes! This is FYI is shutting down.
On that note, season 2 of Leah Remini's Scientology show premieres on A&E tonight.
And get ready for another 2 hours of Bachelor In Paradise tonight!
Oprah talked to Vogue about why she never married Stedman, amongst other things. "'Nobody believes it, but it’s true. The only time I brought it up was when I said to Stedman, "What would have happened if we had actually gotten married?" And the answer is: "We wouldn’t be together." We would not have stayed together, because marriage requires a different way of being in this world. His interpretation of what it means to be a husband and what it would mean for me to be a wife would have been pretty traditional, and I would not have been able to fit into that.'”
"David Tennant is returning to Jessica Jones. The actor will appear in season 2 of the Marvel-Netflix drama about the titular super-powered private investigator played by Krysten Ritter, EW has confirmed. The Doctor Who alum starred in the first season as Kilgrave, a mind-controlling villain who tormented Jessica until — nearly two-year-old spoiler alert! — she grew immune to his powers and snapped his neck, killing him in the season finale."
Barbara Hershey has signed for season 11 of The X-Files.
"Chris Castallo, who left as CBS’s exec VP of alternative programming earlier this year, has joined Verizon as head of development for Go90. Castallo reports to Ivana Kirkbride, chief content officer for Go90, a mobile-first, ad-supported video entertainment service with a mix of original and licensed content. Earlier this year, Go90 introduced four network brands geared around demographic audience profiles — go90 XO, go90 Zone, go90 Saga and go90 Session — and as head of development, Castallo will work with content partners to create series that will appeal to the genre, tone and format preferences within each of the networks."
Fox paid out $50,000,000 in settlements to settle sexual harassment allegations at its Fox News cable network in the 12 months ended June 30, the company announced in a Monday filing.
From Inquistr: "Shark Tank fans may have become accustomed to settling in to watch budding entrepreneurs pitch the investors as part of ABC’s Friday night lineup. But for the upcoming Season 9, Shank Tank fans will have to set their DVRs for Sunday or switch up their television-watching routine.
"Kevin O’Leary talked about the new season during a visit to Boston ABC affiliate WCVB earlier this month. He said that among the show’s guest sharks are some well-known entrepreneurs. Earlier seasons have featured Ashton Kutcher, Chris Sacca, and Troy Carter. Mark Cuban was even a guest shark before becoming a regular in Season 3.
"According to an ABC press release, the guest sharks for Season 9 will be Spanx founder Sara Blakely, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel, brand innovator Rohan Oza, and baseball icon Alex Rodriguez.
"In terms of industry representation and business background, the guest sharks are a pretty wide-ranging group. Audiences who only know Rodriguez as an athlete might be interested to know he actually runs a large corporation with more than 200 employees. Oza has been involved in deals featuring such high-profile brands as Vitaminwater, Smartwater, and Popchips.
"The press release did not specify when the guest sharks will start appearing. In previous seasons, guest sharks sat on the panel with a rotating group of four of the regular sharks. The regular castmembers are O’Leary, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, and Cuban.
"All deals are confidential until Shark Tank airs, of course, but O’Leary told WCVB that he did a deal with Frankel. Shark Tank episodes are normally taped during two marathon shooting periods over the summer and fall. Back in 2015, Herjavec told Business Insider that an entire season is filmed over 17 days, divided into two chunks. Each shooting day was about 12 hours in length and the sharks saw eight pitches over those 12 hours.
"Shark Tank is up for two Emmy awards this year, for Outstanding Structured Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing. The show has been nominated in the same categories in previous years, taking home Outstanding Program in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
"Season 9 of Shark Tank will debut Sunday night, October 1, on ABC."
Per Deadline, "Netflix is finalizing a deal for a 10-episode series order to The Kominsky Method, a single-camera comedy from Chuck Lorre starring Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin.
"Written by Lorre, The Kominsky Method centers on Sandy Kominsky (Douglas), an actor who years ago had a brief fling with success and is now a revered Hollywood acting coach. Arkin plays his long-suffering agent and friend, Norman.
"Warner Bros. TV produces with studio-based Chuck Lorre Prods. Lorre executive produces the series with Douglas, who boarded the project in the spring while it was still in development at the studio.
"This is the second Netflix series for sitcom king Lorre. It joins the upcoming Disjointed, which also sold to the streaming network with an Oscar-winning talent actor attached to star, Kathy Bates. At CBS, Lorre has the biggest comedy series on teleision [sic], The Big Bang Theory, its upcoming single-camera spinoff Young Sheldon as well as the returning Mom.
"At Netflix, The Kominsky Method is a male buddy counterpart of sorts to the popular single-camera comedy Grace and Frankie, also toplined by veteran A-list actors, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and also from the co-creator of a No. 1 broadcast comedy, Friends‘ Marta Kauffman.
"Because it doesn’t cater to advertisers who focus primarily on younger demographics, the subscription-based Netflix targets viewers of all ages. That explains the Internet network’s pickup of popular but old-skewing drama series Longmire as well as its three comedy series toplined by stars in their late sixties, seventies or early eighties: Grace and Frankie, Disjointed and The Kominsky Method.
"This marks Douglas’ first major TV series role since his breakout starring turn on the 1972 The Streets Of San Francisco. Arkin co-starred on A&E’s 100 Centre Street."
"Joel McHale is in talks to join Quantum and Woody, the Russo Brothers’ new action/comedy television series adapting the seminal comics title from Valiant Entertainment, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
"McHale would star as Woody Henderson — a wisecracking, womanizing slacker, who along with his straitlaced adoptive brother, is granted unpredictable superpowers from a pair of energy control bands they find while investigating their father’s death. The two are now stuck with each other — they must “klang” the bands together every 24 hours or their powers will kill them.
"The casting would be a reunion for McHale and the Russos, who previously directed multiple television comedies, including Community and Arrested Development (for which they won an Emmy). The brothers are now among Hollywood’s hottest directors, having struck it big as the helmers of Marvel’s last two Captain America features and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War films.
"Anthony & Joe Russo will serve as executive producers alongside Mike Larocca, Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani and writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (writers of Ant-Man and the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp for Marvel Studios).
"Barrer & Ferrari wrote the pilot script and series outline, and are expected to show run. Casting for the other lead role- – Woody’s African-American adopted brother, Quantum — is expected to follow shortly with several major names circling. McHale is the latest high-profile talent to recently attach himself to Valiant’s growing stable of film and TV properties.
"Jared Leto is reported to be in negotiations to take the lead in Valiant’s Bloodshot feature film at Sony, to be directed by Blur Studios’ Dave Wilson from a script by Oscar-nominated writer Eric Heisserer. Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista announced on Twitter recently that he is attached to star in the upcoming Eternal Warrior film."
Per Vice, "[w]hen I hop on the phone with actor and comedy legend Bob Odenkirk earlier this month, he's calling in from his home in Los Angeles, where he's lived since 1991 after moving from New York City following his four-year stint working as a writer on Saturday Night Live. 'It was more like the suburbs than New York. It felt more like the life I lived growing up in Naperville—driveways, spending a lot of time in your car, a suffocating calmness,' he says with a laugh when remembering how he felt when first moving out West. 'LA's gotten more active since then, though. There's more going on, the buildings have gotten taller—there's more happening here than when I first moved here, and I've enjoyed the kind of work you can generate when you live here.'
"What's next for Odenkirk: He recently filmed an episode for the forthcoming season of Comedy Central's Drunk History, in which he takes part in recounting the astonishing true story of W.C. Minor, a Civil War veteran committed to a criminal asylum, who played a substantial role in assembling the Oxford English Dictionary. He's also working on a "showbiz memoir" that details, in his words, "my journey through comedy. I happen to love these things, and I just hope I write an entertaining one."
"I spoke to Odenkirk about the importance of family, the surprising legacy of Mr. Show, political correctness in comedy, and—of course—Donald Trump:
A lot of people in comedy come from the Midwest, and Illinois specifically. What is it about being from Illinois that makes people funny?
It's that cutting-things-down-to-size attitude on life—not having a big head, keeping your eyes down, keeping people human-size around you. If you're conquering New York, you can feel like a real big shot—Trump and Scaramucci are great examples. [Laughs] People in the Midwest just don't carry themselves like that. They have a natural, down-to-earth quality, and it helps them be funny. In comedy, you're often taking the piss out of things. You get good at that when you're living in the Midwest.
Between New York City, Los Angeles, and the Midwest, you've lived in a lot of America—and thematically, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are very American shows.
In America, we can reinvent ourselves—we're encouraged to. Jimmy's trying to reinvent himself from a con man to a respected lawyer. He feels entitled to do that, and a lot of the characters in his world feel he's entitled to do that as well. But his brother doesn't believe he should be allowed to reinvent himself, and he refuses to allow him to have the respect that he's desperately trying to earn. So in that way, it's a very American story.
I did often wonder how relatable of a story it was when we started Better Call Saul. It's such a unique character with a unique journey. But the universal drive of trying to earn respect from the people you love and not being able to do that is a common struggle for a lot of people. Do you get to reinvent yourself in America, or do we just believe you do?
Family plays a large role, thematically, in Better Call Saul. You were one of seven siblings in your family.
Seven Odenkirk kids, all funny people. My brother Steve lives in Tuscon, and he's in banking. My younger brother Bill is a writer and director on The Simpsons.
Were there any family rivalries that you've drawn from for your performance as Jimmy?
I like Jimmy McGill a lot—I feel for him, and his desire—but I don't think he mirrors my own journey, emotionally. I can't name anybody in my world who's like Chuck to Jimmy—whose approval I need or want. Maybe that's just something I tell myself, but I can't feel it.
My mom is very Catholic, and she's never been able to watch the comedy I spend most of my life doing. It's too crude, and it's got sharp elbows when it comes to religion and conservative points of view. It doesn't bother me all that much, though. She tried to watch Saturday Night Live when I got a job writing there—I didn't even know she tried to do it, but she called me after my third show and said, "I tried to watch the show you're working on. I'm really sorry, but I just can't watch that." I was like, "Who told you to watch it? It's not for you."
People went into Better Call Saul expecting Jimmy to be the villain, but it's more complicated than that. How have you approached parsing the differences between Jimmy and Breaking Bad 's Saul?
The job of figuring out how Jimmy becomes Saul—what they share and the ways they're very different—I leave in the lap of Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Jimmy pulled these scams when he was young, which we showed right from the start. I got to be Saul, but I also got to do these quieter scenes.
Everybody's different at work than when they're with their friends, when they're alone, and when they're with their significant other. In Breaking Bad, we never saw Saul outside of his office. There was no clash to be this different person, because we all do that to an extent. I know I'm very different in a group of comedy writers than I am with my wife at home.
What TV do you enjoy currently?
Baskets is my favorite show. Catastrophe is a very close second. The Last Man on Earth I love, and Antiques Roadshow always gets my attention. I don't know what TV show Donald Trump is hosting currently, but it's a great show. I don't know what the name of it is—The United States of America? It's a funny, crazy, sad, crazy, unpredictable program.
You were an early mentor to Tim & Eric. Do you see yourself in them?
I do. They're extremely unique, and they were fully formed when I met them—and they've gotten better at everything that they do. I've never seen anybody making bits out of their college years with such a unique and strong point of view. It's different from what I do—they have an abstract quality that not many people could pull off.
David Lynch is amazing at creating abstract moments with absurdity and otherworldliness that people connect to emotionally. He creates these dreams that millions of people can relate to, which is a weird concept. Tim & Eric are able to do the same thing. It's an inner artistic voice that you have to be born with, and they have it. I love everything that they do. It's all beyond me, but it all makes me laugh.
When revisited today, some of your work in the 90s seems like it stands to offend people more than it did when it first came out. What do you think about comedians' attitudes and approaches to what younger generations have taken offense to?
Here's the way it's changed—and it's so fascinating and wonderful: Our point of view is no longer automatically underground. Mr. Show was a cult show, and the people who were listening to what we were saying was a very small group of people who knew they were a small group of people. They didn't presume to represent a wider, more shared sensibility for a second. Everything we were doing was seen to be a commentary on the more accepted social norms.
Before, when we were doing comedy, we were High Times magazine—playing to our base. They were the only ones who heard us and the only ones who understood what we said, because they understood it was a joke if we said something that was overtly nasty, crude, stupid, or retrograde. It's not completely obvious anymore, though, especially to really young people who are living in a world where the alt-right are feeding news stories into the world and offering their commentary. Commentary has become news, and nobody can tell the difference.
We now live in a world where those points of view, and all the shadings in between, are all out there to be heard and seen. People are fighting for these things! You have to share what you think while being sensitive to the fact that you're not playing against these understood and accepted social norms. They just don't exist anymore."
This interview has been condensed.
Per The Miami Herald, "Jennifer Jason Leigh, as she tells it, isn't much of a planner when it comes to her career – adhering to the practice of taking each role as it comes. But she had been looking for a project with some sense of lightness to it.
"Since her 1982 breakthrough in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Leigh has mostly gravitated toward dark, tortured characters (e.g. the stalker in Single White Female or the racist murderer in The Hateful Eight). Even now, viewers have been catching her performance as a mysterious accomplice to Evil Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in Showtime's Twin Peaks revival.
"Atypical is a bit of an antidote to it all. At least on paper.
""The Netflix family comedy series, available to stream, is a coming-of-age story about a teenager (played by Keir Gilchrist) on the autism spectrum. Leigh plays Elsa, a mother trying to cope with stepping back as her son seeks independence and romance:
Had you been looking to do a TV series?
Yeah. TV has gotten so, so interesting and it just kind of fascinated me, the idea of taking a character and really going for a long period of time ... . I've done a little bit here and there, but nothing to this extent. I wanted to experience that and also, ("Aytpical") is light. It's touching, but it's also funny and sweet. So there was something very appealing about that and also really examining the family and all those dynamics.
Your character, Elsa, is confronted with this journey of self-discovery – and self-destruction, as her son is seeking some independence.
That's what I loved. It seemed like a really interesting character to play – someone that's been holding on so tight, then finds herself kind of unraveling as her son starts to come into his own independence and the terror of that, for her.
Also, realizing that a lot of her life she hasn't really experienced, because she's really given herself over to taking care of him. All mothers have that instinct to protect and nurture – with Sam there's all these other issues that come into play as well. He can get overloaded sensorially, very easily. He can hurt himself. He can hurt someone else. He can walk across the street with his eyes closed. Things like that, which are just ... It's a lot. So she's felt very, very needed, as all mothers do. So as Sam comes more into his own independence, she starts to realize that loss, which is a scary feeling, right?
Is that something you worry about in your own life – the letting go as your child grows into an adult?
Luckily, my son is still really excited to hang out with me and play and do things together. He's 7. So I think I've got at least a few more years. So I haven't thought about that much yet.
What was it like having Michael Rapaport play your husband? How often did he talk about his obsession: the Real Housewives franchise?
He's hilarious. He's really bright and really funny and outspoken. And he really, really loves those shows! I have not watched them yet. He talks about "Real Housewives" a lot. He says it's some of the most inspiring acting you'll see.
I think it's safe to say working on Atypical was a different experience than working on Twin Peaks. How would you describe what it's like playing in the David Lynch world?
We'd shoot in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere. And David's incredibly lovely and kind and sweet, and his imagination is just surreal but very specific. I can't generalize because I only worked with him this little bit, but he's specific and there's freedom within the specificity, and he doesn't do a lot of takes. I think my first scene we did like one or two takes, and that was it. He's David Lynch, so, when David Lynch calls and asks you to do something, you just say yes. You don't need to read it, you just want to be there. And he's really open to your ideas as an actor. Like I wanted to change my eye color, and he was like: "Oh, that's interesting, let's see that!"
How is the Hollywood of today different than the one you knew growing up?
Oh, it's completely different. I don't feel like the way I approach it is different, but I'm not in a bubble so I know it's different, and I know social media platforms exist. And I know that actually has an impact. It's bizarre to me because I don't relate to it at all. It doesn't really worry me. I mean, I worry about people's posture and spines changing, being hunched over on their bums looking at their iPads all day ... . I didn't know what a hashtag was. I didn't understand, what is that word "hashtag" and why is there a number symbol and why do I need to be concerned about it?
Growing up you went to dailies. Every day, after work, you'd go to see the rushes of the prior day's work, and it was really nice because all the crew would be there and all the actors and it was a sort of a familial thing, and you'd have this experience together of seeing what you had just shot. And Quentin (Tarantino) does that, so when we were in "Hateful Eight" he turned this building into a screening room, and it was amazing to have that experience again. I haven't had it probably since (working with director David) Cronenberg.
Now people are watching dailies on their phones. So it's really different, and it's not the same thing as having that shared experience in a dark room.
Speaking of yesteryear – Fast Times at Ridgemont High is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year –
God, how is that even possible?!
When was the last time you watched it?
I haven't watched it in a really long time, and I really like the movie; it's not because I don't like it. It's crazy, because I feel like we just did a reunion shoot for Vanity Fair. I don't know how it could be 35 years already.
We all loved the movie, and we all really cared about it. I actually got a job at, not at Perry's Pizza, but whatever the name of the joint was where we actually shot it. For years and years I had my first paycheck from that place, and I kept it. Now I've lost it."