Tuesday August 22, 2017

Netflix has renewed Friends From College for a 2nd season.

Click here if you do not watch Game of Thrones.

HGTV has renewed Flip or Flop: Atlanta.  Oh joy!

"A source tells People that Property Brothers‘ Drew Scott and WWE wrestler Nikki Bella are both signed on to compete on the upcoming season of the reality dance competition series."  I just vomited in my mouth.

The Xena: Warrior Princess reboot will not be moving forward at NBC.

"The Challenge XXX star Jemmye Carroll is opening up about her return to the MTV competition show following ex-boyfriend Ryan Knight’s death at age 29 from an accidental overdose in November 2014. An exclusive sneak peek from Tuesday’s episode shows Carroll telling Cory Wharton that she has mixed emotions about returning to the fray. She met Knight on The Real World: New Orleans, which aired in 2010, and they dated after filming ended, although they had split up prior to his passing."

"Oxygen Media has set Sunday, October 1, 7 PM ET/PT for the premiere of Criminal Confessions true crime reality series from executive producer Dick Wolf and Warner Bros. Shed Media. Criminal Confessions delves into the psychological showdown that takes place inside actual police interrogation rooms and dissects what it takes to yield a confession. In each hourlong episode, police officers and detectives walk viewers through their strategy, as interviews with the suspects’ and victims’ friends and family shed light on the details of the case. The series is part of Oxygen Media’s rebrand into a crime-themed cable network in which Wolf plays a key role."

"Pop-up bar culture is firing up pop culture all over America lately. We’ve had an amazing Game of Thrones pop-up transport us to the land of Ice and Fire. And, now, we can take a trip to the place where hair-dryers know no bounds — Stranger Things’ Hawkins, Indiana. The Stranger Things pop-up is aptly called ‘The Upside Down’ and opened this weekend in Logan Square, Chicago at Emporium (they famously run a sweet video arcade bar as well). The bar is being touted as 'the end of Summer 80’s dance party of your dreams,' according to Emporium’s website. The space has been decked out with Joyce Byer’s alphabet Christmas light wall, Castle Byers, and a legit Upside Down with furniture on the ceiling. The Upside Down bar is developing as it goes with special bar menus, art installations, and musical guests being announced through Emporium’s The Upside Down Instagram page."

Ramona Singer is single again, in case you were wondering.

Someone took time to rank all of the Big Brother winners.

"When buying comedy specials, Netflix has developed a habit of throwing ridiculously large sums of money at big-name comedians in order to draw them to the service. Some of those sums, however, are markedly smaller for different comedians. Variety reports that, while Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle were given $20 million per special as part of their deals with Netflix (Rock is making two for $40 million; Chappelle, three for $60 million), Amy Schumer had signed a deal for about $11 million with the service for The Leather Special last year. According to a source who spoke to Variety, Schumer then went back and negotiated for 'significantly more compensation,' pointing out how much Netflix had offered to Rock and Chappelle. Standing up for yourself pays, and so does doing business with a streaming service."

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From The Hollywood Reporter: "CBS is expanding its relationship with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions.

"In a competitive situation, the network is teaming with the production company to adapt Ben Schwartz and Laura Moses' book Things You Should Already Know About Dating, You Fucking Idiot as a single-camera comedy. The project, which is in development, is the second sale to come from CBS Television Studios' overall deal with Gary Sanchez Productions, which recently exited its longtime home at Universal Television.

"Additionally, Gary Sanchez Productions' female-centric production arm, Gloria Sanchez, is poised to shop a comedy starring Isla Fisher (Home and Away, Now You See Me). Erica Rivinoja (South Park) will pen the script for the comedy produced by CBS Television Studios. Jane Szymanski (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) is on board to direct the project, whose logline is being kept under wraps.

"Things You Should Already Know is based on the forthcoming book (due Oct. 17) by Schwartz and Moses. The duo co-created the TV take and will pen the script together. Schwartz and Moses exec produce alongside Gary Sanchez Productions' Ferrell, McKay and Kevin Messick. The comedy is set in today's culture of disposable love and follows a group of millennials who realize they have to put down their phones and learn how to be actual adults if they don't want to die alone.

"Things You Should Know is the second project at CBS Television Studios for Gary Sanchez Productions. The company also scored a straight-to-series order at CBS All Access for No Activity, the first scripted comedy for the network's SVOD platform. No Activity will launch before year's end and air between the first and second half of Star Trek: Discovery on the platform."

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Per TMZ, "Lisa Vanderpump is expanding her empire, and she's counting on a couple of Toms to make it happen.

"Our Vanderpump Rules production sources tell us ... the groundwork's been laid for Lisa to open up a new dining spot in West Hollywood, the same block on which SUR and PUMP sit. We're told she's enlisted fellow show stars Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz to help out.

"It's interesting -- the Toms are best buds and tossed out the idea of opening a joint with Lisa last season called Tom & Tom ... and it looks like she's making their dream come true.

"Our sources say the plan is to open the new restaurant in November ... right around the same time the new season of VR debuts.

"We're told Lisa's still working on a possible deal with Sandoval and Schwartz regarding ownership and management."

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From Variety: "CNN debuted a daily program Monday on Snapchat Shows, a growing roster of short-form video series on the social-media platform.

"Airing every weekday at 6 p.m. ET, The Update will feature breaking news from the cable network’s reporters exclusive to Snapchat in its signature Shows format. CNN will also offer rolling updates on developing news as part of the program.

Update represents the second daily news series available on Snapchat Shows. Last month, NBC began providing a similar program, Stay Tuned, twice daily. The series has attracted 29 million unique viewers since launch, Snapchat disclosed last week.

"The news series are part of a broader array of programs across many genres represented by Snapchat Shows, which boasts 25 different series.

“'Since launching content on Snapchat, we have believed in the importance of giving our community access to accurate and authoritative news coverage, and CNN has played an important part in that from the beginning,' said Sean Mills, senior director of content programming for Snapchat, in a statement.

“'In today’s news environment, people are hungry for news and they want a quick update of where things are at within one tap of their phone,' said Samantha Barry, executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN. 'So, we’re serving that up, speaking their language and delivering it in beautiful, vertical, mobile friendly video.'”

With all of the news apps with push alerts and such, this seems superfluous and a waste of people's time and energy IMHO.

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Per Rolling Stone, "[s]till awkward. Still semi-single. Still expressing the depths of her neurotic soul by doing freestyle raps into the bathroom mirror. Issa Rae blew up last year with Insecure, one of 2016's most impressive rookie comedies. But the HBO show's new season is even sharper – you can tell right off the bat that her confidence is pumped up, and she's taking even bigger emotional and comic risks. 

"Rae began chronicling her adventures on her web series The MisAdventures of Awkward Black Girl, but she's barrelling through adulthood here, as she fumbles through the aftermath of her crashed five-year relationship with her former couch-potato boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis). She doesn't know which feels weirder – slipping back into bed with her ex or trying out strangers. But Insecure's sophomore go-round is even more fun than the first, because Issa is venturing so far out of her comfort zone – or rather, her 'comfort' zone. Now she's psyching herself up at parties with a rendition of the Living Single theme. In her self-proclaimed 'ho phase,' she's kickier than she was trying to hold it together with Lawrence. Issa asks her BFF Molly, 'Can you teach me how to ho?' Molly replies, 'Bitch, that's rude. And yes.'

"Rae's premium-cable awkward misadventures have turned into one of the best sitcoms around even if it isn't conceptually or formally adventurous – watching the show means essentially hanging out with a friend you like spending time with, even when you're feeling glad you're not the one going through her dating disasters. She's trying to rebuild her life in L.A., working at an educational non-profit called We Got Y'All. What makes Issa so special is her is rare combination of relatable warmth and lethal salt. She's always fighting off her innate niceness. When she learns her ex has a new girl, she raps, 'So I'm supposed to move on? Go high, Michelle Obama? Well, call me Lifetime, bitch, because I'm bringing the drama.' 

"But when she ends up back in his bed, her friend Molly wants to know: 'Was it a "we back together" fuck or a "fuck you" fuck?' Issa just shrugs. 'It was a nebulous fuck.' When she hits the club with her girls, they argue about which one of their self-styled Destiny's Child gang is the Michelle Williams. (Which, to be clear, is a compliment.)

"The cast is still rock solid, especially Yvonne Orji as the upwardly mobile 'play and go' Molly, a lawyer who decides to venture into her workplace's heart of whiteness – as in, schmoozing with her boss at a hockey game. Jay Ellis is excellent as Lawrence, who finds his own adventure as a single man, which turns out to mean confronting the truth of how bad he is at being a boyfriend. (As well as how he's out of his league exploring a threesome with a couple of racist freaks he meets at the liquor store.)

"Yet it's always Issa's show – it thrives on her confusion about whether she's into her new life or whether it's just a temporary phase she's going through. All the other characters onscreen light up in her presence and wilt when she's not around. The writer-creator-star's character and her crew have plenty of dirt to dish about their careers and their families and their thirty-something anxieties, along with their general hope that happiness is out there waiting somewhere. Insecure is an old-school sitcom at heart, not a million miles from Living Single or for that matter Laverne and Shirley. But Issa Rae is such a wildly engaging performer and heroine, she can take this story anywhere she wants."

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Per Deadline, "Fox is eyeing a return to provocative reality fare with Labor Of Love, a new unscripted series project that would follow professional women in their 30s or 40s who decide to have a baby.

"Labor Of Love, now in early stages of development, hails from Howard Owens and Ben Silverman’s Propagate Content and Project Runway executive producer Desiree Gruber. Alex Duda, former executive producer of Steve Harvey and The Tyra Banks Show and creator of Jerseylicious, has been tapped as showrunner.

“'It’s a show about empowering a woman who can pursue a decision to have a child to help complete a lifelong dream,' Gruber said.

"The topic of having kids inevitably comes up in conversation among women in their 30s or 40s. In contemporary American society, many have put off having children to focus on a career. Labor Of Love is a show about those who have reached a point when they’ve made a decision — it’s now or never. From there, the women would either opt to go for one last chance to connect and find a partner to enter into this commitment with, or pursue the idea of having kids alone, which would involve using a sperm donor. It hasn’t been determined yet whether the show would chronicle the experiences of one or multiple women as they pursue motherhood.

"Gruber noted how women’s dreams have evolved over time from the one-time ideal of having a good job, a big house, a nice relationship and kids. 'Often having a family is part of the dream, along with a good job and a big house,' she said. 'But for more and more women, it’s a good job and a big house and not the other two. Settling down and having kids are a natural progression.'

"For those who have completed only the first two of the four-step dream and are looking to go further, 'maybe it’s both the happy relation and some kids,' or just kids, Gruber said. 'This is something that should be explored deeper, and this show would explore the journey of a woman who wants to have it all.'”