Wednesday August 16, 2017

Netflix has renewed Ozark for a 2nd season.

I implore you to watch Difficult People if you're a Hulu subscriber.  More below.

"Variety has learned exclusively that the core cast members [of NBC's This Is Us] — including Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore, and Milo Ventimiglia, among others  — were recently rewarded with $250,000 cash bonuses from NBC and 20th Century Fox TV, the network and studio behind the hit family drama, in recognition of the show’s first season performance."

NBC premieres Marlon tonight.  "Loosely inspired by the real life of star Marlon Wayans (In Living Color, Scary Movie), this update to the classic family comedy centers on a loving (but immature) father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. While his misguided fatherly advice, unstoppable larger-than-life personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom might get in the way sometimes, for Marlon, family really always does come first - even if he's the biggest kid of all."

12 novels to read before they head to TV.

What the cast of Friday Night Lights looks like now.

"Apple will invest approximately $1 billion in acquiring and producing original TV shows over the next year, according to The Wall Street Journal. The investment could result in as many as 10 new shows, a source told the publication, with the iPhone-maker looking to match the high-quality output of networks like HBO. The market for this sort of content is already crowded, and both traditional broadcasters and new media are fighting over lucrative deals for original hits. Apple previously focused on renting TV shows and movies through iTunes, but this business has been damaged by the rise of subscription services. The company’s share of the movie rental-and-sales market is estimated to have dropped from 50 per cent in 2012 to less than 35 per cent recently. Apple’s budget looks substantial, but is just table-stakes. HBO spent about $2 billion on content last year, while Amazon spent around $1 billion in 2013, the year after it leapt into original programming. Netflix, meanwhile, is expected to spend more than $6 billion in 2017, according to The Wall Street Journal. Making TV is expensive, with season six of Game of Thrones reportedly costing $10 million per episode. Comedies are much cheaper, costing around $2 million per episode, while a drama can carry a fee of $5 million per episode."

Fans are upset with last night's Bachelor In Paradise episode.  Fans need some new interests.

"CBS is looking to join the vocal-competition fray. The network is developing a singing series with Scooter Braun, the music manager who represents such stars as Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen. Braun is also an executive producer of CBS’ Scorpion. It is not currently clear whether Braun would be in front of the camera or hold a behind-the-scenes role. There is already plenty of competition in the format, including NBC’s The Voice, ABC’s rebooted American Idol and Fox’s new project The Four."

Per CNN, "[s]ince Inauguration Day, a documentary filmmaker has been embedded inside The New York Times, working on a film about the acclaimed news organization in the age of Trump.

"The project, produced and directed by Liz Garbus, is being financed by the Showtime network, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the deal.

"The tentative title, subject to change, is The Fourth Estate. Showtime anticipates intense interest in the film, given the Times' many scoops and scrapes involving the Trump presidency.

"The sources said Showtime envisions a multi-night television premiere for the film sometime in 2018. One of the sources said it will air in four parts, the same way Oliver Stone's The Putin Interviews recently did.

"But first the Times film may go on the festival circuit. Garbus's two most recent films, Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper, for HBO, and What Happened, Miss Simone? for Netflix, both premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

"A Showtime spokeswoman said the network has no announcement to make about the film, which indicates that it is still in production, without a definitive premiere date.

"Sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said Garbus will continue filming through next January.

"The project has been kept hush-hush inside the Times and Showtime. But interest was piqued when Garbus filmed some of the Times' daily editorial meetings.

"Garbus has also been shadowing individual reporters in Washington, D.C. and New York who have been covering the Trump administration.

"Politico's Hadas Gold first reported on the existence of a film crew inside the Times newsroom earlier this week.

"The film is expected to explore both the political landscape -- with the newspaper covering a president who routinely calls the paper 'failing,' which it is not -- and the Times' evolution from a print-centric to a digital-centric production.

"Some of this might sound familiar. The Times allowed another filmmaker, Andrew Rossi, to spend months filming inside the newsroom in 2009 and 2010. The result was Page One: Inside The New York Times, which had a theatrical release in 2011. (Full disclosure: I was one of the reporters Rossi followed around and profiled.)

"Reviewers said Page One was effective in peeling back the Times' heavy curtain.

"Garbus has an opportunity to do the same thing.

"Her other past films include There's Something Wrong with Aunt Diane, Bobby Fischer Against the World and The Farm.

"An interest in journalism runs in her family; her father, Martin Garbus, is an attorney who specializes in First Amendment cases. He was featured in her 2009 documentary Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech."

Per Vulture, "'Boobies!' John Cho shakes his head and chuckles as he walks past a neon orange sign that reads, well, boobies. He has just arrived at Bounce Sporting Club, a sports bar in the Flatiron District that has been turned into a 'Boobies' – Difficult People’s version of Hooters. The monitors mounted above the bar are playing fake sports footage on loop as extras cluster in groups off to the side: men in sweaters and button-downs and women in Boobies-brand tank tops, cutoffs, and shin-high soccer socks. 'I’m having too much fun right now,' he laughs.

"It’s Cho’s second day on the set of Difficult People’s third season, where he’s doing a five-episode guest arc (the first of which airs today) as Todd, Billy’s (Billy Eichner) first-ever, real-life boyfriend. In the episode they’re shooting, Todd and Billy are officially an item, and Todd invites Billy to a going-away party for his colleague at Boobies. 'The show is so fucking funny,' says Cho. 'There’s a certain style I wanted to honor. It’s fast, it’s honest, but it is elevated, and reminds me of romantic comedies of the ’30s. It’s very snappy and literate.'

"Like Billy and Julie (Julie Klausner), Todd isn’t exactly a people person. In his first appearance on the episode Rabbitversary, we see that he’s an aggressive, cynical advertising executive who uses one of Billy’s head shots in a PSA against circumcision. When Billy asks him to take it down, he refuses. 'We knew we wanted somebody who was as much of an asshole as Billy and Julie, but from a different world,' said Klausner, the creator and star of the show. 'There are different douchebags in advertising than there are in entertainment.'

"Billy and Todd get into a flame war, each trying to one-up the other before they both run into each other on the street, ready to prank the other. 'They start out-hating and Facebook stalking and digitally ruining each other’s lives,' said Cho. 'In the twist of the meet-cute, they run into each other each holding a bag of Ku Klux Klan material with Trump-Pence stickers that they were going to plant in each other’s workplaces. They end up making out.' He laughs, adding, 'We meet, argue, and sparks fly.'

"When it came time to cast Todd, everyone was unanimous: It had to be John Cho. 'I take partial credit for the idea,' says Eichner. 'We have the same manager, and it was right after the Oscars. John was really funny presenting, and my manager said, "What about John Cho?" I swear, while I was watching the Oscars, I thought, John Cho would be so great on Difficult People.' The show was casting around the Oscars earlier this year, and 'he was in everyone’s mind. He’s just so funny,' says showrunner Scott King. 'I don’t think I’m allowed to say it, because I’m the showrunner, but he’s so gorgeous also. My god, he’s so gorgeous. There’s no one else.'

"Even though Cho and Eichner are already shooting their characters’ dating milestones, they had yet to film a pivotal moment from their meet-cute episode: the kiss. Shooting out of order and working up to the kiss though has allowed the two of them to work into their chemistry, especially considering the first time that Cho and Eichner ever met was on set. 'I feel like there’s going to be a stepladder involved,' says Cho. 'And he’s scruffy. My first stage kiss was a dude and that’s what I remember — all the scruff. I was like, "Women like this? I would demand a shaving."'

"But Cho is already being territorial about being Billy’s man: The two actors met on set the day prior when it just so happened that another friend of the show, and former Billy boo, Seth Meyers ran into them. 'We were filming near 30 Rock where Seth Meyers tapes his show and Seth jogged by,' Eichner recalls, 'and then John got out of the car and we all had a moment together.'

“'Seth was on the first season and said, "Billy’s mine." I think Seth gave him a hand job in the park in that episode, so I felt like he’s mine,' Cho says, shrugging. First boyfriend definitely trumps a hand job at the dog park."

From the Los Angeles Times: "For much of his career, Louis C.K. has gone his own way, creating idiosyncratic material and controlling nearly every aspect of the process.

"He’s at it again.

"C.K. has quietly shot a black-and-white movie titled I Love You, Daddy and will unveil it at the Toronto International Film Festival, organizers are expected to announce Tuesday morning. It’s one of dozens of titles the Canadian gathering is disclosing as part of its last major round of programming announcements ahead of the festival, which opens Sept. 7 with tennis film Borg/McEnroe.

"Among the notables from Tuesday’s slate will be a slew of fact-based films: Peter Landesman’s Watergate lookback Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House; Chappaquiddick, in which Tracks director John Curran examines the infamous Ted Kennedy incident with Jason Clarke as the blueblood senator; and Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game, about so-called Poker Princess Molly Bloom.

"But when it comes to performers sitting in the director’s chair, it’s the announcement of a new C.K. film that perhaps is most surprising. The comedian’s new movie was shot quietly in New York earlier this year and attracted little attention from the Hollywood trades. Its distribution status is unclear.

"What is known: I Love You, Daddy, also set in New York, centers on Glen Topher, a successful television producer and writer, and his daughter China.

"C.K., known for his successful Web series and specials, went old-school with the movie, not only presenting it in black-and-white but shooting it in 35 mm. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as China; Charlie Day, John Malkovich, Edie Falco and Pamela Adlon help round out the ensemble.

Daddy marks C.K.’s return to directing a feature film for the first time in more than 15 years. The comedian’s 2001 blaxploitation spoof Pootie Tang was infamous for its edit-room battles between C.K. and studio Paramount. The director later would make comments disavowing the film.

"C.K. has nibbled around the feature world in recent years, taking supporting roles in movies such as Trumbo and American Hustle. The comedian, whose FX show Louie has been on hiatus since 2015, also has a history of dropping new content unexpectedly. His cult-favorite Web drama Horace and Pete, for instance, arrived on his site without warning last year.

"Also set for the TV section are the first four episodes of Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan’s Starz anthology series The Girlfriend Experience and the first two episodes of the supernatural show Dark, Netflix’s first original German production."

Courtesy of E! News: "Patrick Dempsey is ready for his TV comeback.

"Two years after the actor walked away from Grey's Anatomy, killing off his beloved character Derek Shepherd in the process, Dempsey has signed on for the lead role in the upcoming Epix adaptation of the best-selling novel, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. Production on the 10-part event series is underway in Montreal.

"In the suspenseful drama, produced by MGM Television, Dempsey will take on the title role of Harry Quebert, a literary icon who suddenly finds himself indicted for murder after the body of a young girl is found buried on his property.

:The series takes place in coastal Maine and focuses on Marcus Goldman (Ben Schnetzer), a successful young novelist who had been mentored by Harry, as visiting his mentor's home to find a cure for his writer's block as his publisher's deadline looms.  Marcus' plans are suddenly upended when Harry is sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been missing for many years.

"The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair also stars Happy Endings alum Damon Wayans Jr. as Sgt. Perry Gahalowood, a Maine State Police investigator who is investigating the death of Kellergan, and Virginia Madsen as Tamara Quinn, the owner of a local diner who learns of a secret about Quebert.

"'Joël Dicker's exquisite thriller, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair has captivated a worldwide audience with its complicated tale of love and lies. I am thrilled that this  first class ensemble cast led by Patrick Dempsey and the incomparable director Jean-Jacques Annaud, get to bring provocative page-turner to life,' said Steve Stark, MGM's President, Television Production & Development.

"When Dempsey shocked fans with his sudden departure from the long-running ABC soap that revitalized his career, he noted that he'd likely never sign on for a workload that a broadcast series like Grey's requires from its actors.  'I would commit to a show that is 10 to 12 episodes. But 24 again, I don't know if i would do that,' he told EW at the time. 'It's a very hard life. It's financially rewarding but there comes a point where how much is enough, really?'

"The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair will likely debut on Epix in 2018."

Per Deadline, "Fullscreen has unveiled its fall original programming slate, which includes four new series, including Jay Versace Is Stuck in the 90s starring Versace, along with previously announced Alive in Denver starring Nathan Kress (iCarly) and Danielle Campbell (The Originals) set to premiere later this year.

“'Building on the momentum from a strong first half of the year, we are thrilled with our new slate of shows featuring more strong personalities, unique storytelling and boundary-pushing creativity' said Scott Reich, Senior Vice President of Programming, Fullscreen.

"Fullscreen also will release new episodes of popular talk series including Suck Less with Willam with upcoming guests Courtney Act and House of Avalon, while Joey Graceffa and Brandon Rogers stop by the recently redesigned Shane & Friends stage. They join Fullscreen’s slate of originals including Magic Funhouse, FANtasies, Hella Gay with Miles Mckenna, and H8TERS starring Kian Lawley and Jc Caylen.

"Details on Fullscreen’s new original series below:

JAY VERSACE IS STUCK IN THE 90S to Premiere Fall 2017
Jay Versace, “the funniest teenager on the internet” (, is the king of 90s nostalgia and his unique sense of fashion and bold aesthetic make this funny man a true original. Jay in his new series, after a freak accident involving a digital pet in a lighting storm, is sent back to a time before internet celebrity, the sharing economy and smart phones. Now, to get back to 2017, he’ll have to complete tasks using only the tools, technology, clothing and products accessible to every lucky 90’s kid. From shooting a collab video with a camcorder and two VCRs to becoming internet famous before the creation of social media, Jay has to learn to survive the decade that brought us light up sneakers, the pager and boy bands.
PROD. CO: Fullscreen Studios
CAST: Jay Versace
CREW: Director and executive producer Yuri Baranovsky
EP. COUNT: Five ten-minute episodes

FOX TOSSING to Premiere Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Sports have brought mankind together in competition since the dawn of time, and while we still play many of them, there are hundreds you may have never heard of before having been lost to history. The internet’s favorite fearless goofballs, Scotty Sire and Elton Castee are on a mission to play all the ridiculous and mind boggling sports that were too dumb or dangerous to survive. From using ten-foot helium balloons to compete in a distance-floating challenge, to attempting a long jump over 14 barrels on ice skates, to playing a potentially decapitating version of polo on mopeds; no puck, ball or coccyx is safe. Be sure to check out the first look video for more balls-to-the-wall excitement.
PROD. CO: 44 Blue
CAST: Elton Castee, Scotty Sire
CREW: Showrunner and executive producer Bruce Klassen, 44 Blue executive producers Rasha Drachkovitch and Stephanie Noonan Drachovitch
EP. COUNT: Five ten-minute episodes

THE SKEPTIC’S GUIDE TO WELLNESS to Premiere Friday, September 2017
The always outspoken and unapologetic digital star Jaclyn Glenn is a true skeptic. She spends her days questioning the norm, deep diving on divisive topics and acting as her audience’s go-to authority on tough-to-understand subjects and now she’s taking her medical background and scientific mind to the wide world of wellness. From crystal healing to hot new trends like cryotherapy and even psychedelics promising a spiritual awakening, Jaclyn will try it all and tell us what’s real and what’s hype.
PROD. CO: Fullscreen Studios
CAST: Jaclyn Glenn
CREW: Director and executive producer Drew Hunter
EP. COUNT: Five ten-minute episodes

LIVING ROOMS to Premiere Fall 2017
While recovering from being hit by a rogue taco truck, Beth (Alyx Weiss) tries smoking weed to help the pain, leading to the startling and hilarious discovery that she can talk to her furniture while high. Beth’s new found super power may mean she has a new brood of furniture friends, but the reality of living life navigating foul-mouthed dining chairs and hard partying dressers forever changes the course of her life, and brings new meaning to ‘living rooms.”
PROD. CO: Vanishing Angle
CAST: Alyx Weiss
CREW: Sophie Pustil and Paul Jaffe creators and writers, Kelly King directs, Vanishing Angle executive producer Matt Miller and producer Natalie Metzger
EP. COUNT: Seven seven-minute episodes

ALIVE IN DENVER to Premiere Fall 2017
After an apocalyptic meteor narrowly misses Earth, a group of friends deals with the psychological aftermath of having blurted out all their darkest, weirdest secrets to one another just before the world didn’t end. As the rest of the world celebrates humanity’s continued existence, our group struggles to make eye contact with one another and they begin to realize the changes they must make to themselves to survive in this strange new world. Also, many people died looting and most birds are blind now. Brandon Kyle Goodman, Kirby Bliss Blanton and Dione Kuraoka join previously announced Nathan Kress and Danielle Campbell as series regulars.
PROD. CO: Lifeboat Productions
CAST: Nathan Kress, Danielle Campbell, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Dione Kuraoka
CREW: Michael Levin creator and writer, Matt Kazman directs, Lifeboat Executive Producers Jaime Burke and Amy Kim
EP. COUNT: Eight 15-minute episodes"