Friday August 4, 2017

The Will & Grace revival has already been renewed for a 2nd season.  This news comes a mere day after the first table reading for the upcoming revival.

Freeform has renewed Famous In Love for a 2nd season as well.

Patti Stanger returns for another season of Million Dollar Matchmaker on We this evening.

Ray Donovan returns to Showtime on Sunday night.

Sadly, E! drops Life of Kylie on Sunday.  Please don't encourage more of this by tuning in.  Thank you.

Any interview with Freemantle CEO Cecile Frot-Coutaz about the upcoming American Idol revival.

George Costanza ran into a mannequin that kind of looked like George Costanza.

Viola Davis' husband will join her on the next season of ABC's How To Get Away With Murder.

Sylvester Stallone will appear as a guest star on season 2 of NBC’s This Is Us. 

Sean Spicer will not be appearing on DWTS.

Tough times for former Dukes Of Hazzard star Tom Wopat.

"New details about Tina Fey's Great News character are coming to light. The Emmy winner will recur on the second season of the NBC series as Diana St. Tropez, the new boss at MMN, the fictional news network at the center of the workplace comedy. 'She's sort of the Sheryl Sandberg on steroids,' creator and showrunner Tracey Wigfield told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. In addition to writing a series of books titled — yes, Boss Bitch — Fey's character is described one of the few women who is seen as truly having it all. Diana's working-mom mentality will put her at odds with Carol (Andrea Martin)."

A review of Amazon's Comrade Detective.

Steve Harvey addressed that staff memo that leaked a couple of months back, calling himself "congenial."

Per Yahoo!, "[a]s anyone who watched Better Call Saul this season knows, kindhearted lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) is slowly but surely transforming into the wily, ethically dubious lawyer to crime lords and drug dealers known as Saul Goodman. But first, Jimmy debuted Saul Goodman as a small-time commercial director trying to convince local businesses to hire him to shoot a television ad.

"Now AMC and the Better Call Saul team — who are nominated for five Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series — have refashioned Jimmy’s star-wipe-filled local TV ad into an equally star-wipe filled For Your Consideration ad aimed at Television Academy voters. Thanks to some deliberately terrible voice-over dubbing by Odenkirk, Saul declares, 'The Academy needs to know about your performance!'"

Very clever.  The 69th Annual Emmy Awards air Sunday, September. 17.

From Variety: "Netflix has released the first trailer for the upcoming satire series American Vandal.

"From co-creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, and showrunner Dan Lagana, the half-hour comedy series explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images. Over the course of the eight-episode season, an aspiring sophomore documentarian investigates the controversial and potentially unjust expulsion of troubled senior Dylan Maxwell.

"The cast includes: Tyler Alvarez, Griffin Gluck, Jimmy Tatro, Camille Hyde, duardo Franco, Lukas Gage, Jessica Juarez, Lou Wilson, Camille Ramse, Calum Worthy, and G. Hannelius. Yacenda will also direct in addition to serving as an executive producer. Perrault, Lagana, Joe Farrell for Funny or Die, Ari Lubet, Josh Lieberman and Michael Rotenberg for 3Arts will also executive produce. The series is produced for Netflix by CBS Television Studios, Funny or Die, and 3Arts."

Also very clever.  American Vandal will be available to stream on September 15.

"The Karate Kid film franchise is getting small screen treatment with Cobra Kai, a 10-episode half-hour series set for YouTube Red in 2018.

"The series, from Sony Pictures Television Studios and Overbrook Entertainment, reteams Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in their star-making roles from the feature franchise.

"Logline: Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The show is about two men addressing past demons and present frustrations the only way they know how: through karate.

"Cobra Kai is written and executive produced by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), and Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar, American Reunion). Together, the trio conceived of the new Karate Kid storyline that picks-up decades after the original film ends. Hurwitz & Schlossberg will direct much of the series. James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios.

“'The minute I heard about this project, I knew we had to have it. The Karate Kid became an instant classic in the 1980s, and still resonates with audiences around the world and on YouTube today,' said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. 'We’re thrilled to partner with Sony TV, Overbrook and the talented writing team led by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg to add a fresh, new comedic twist on one of Hollywood’s most storied rivalries.'

“'Continuing the story of The Karate Kid has been a passion project for all of us, and when Ralph and Billy said yes, we knew it had become real,' said Glenn Adilman, EVP Comedy Development, Sony Pictures Television Studios. 'We are thrilled that YouTube Red felt the same thing the minute they heard the pitch and then stepped up with this series commitment.'

“'Like everyone who grew up in the 1980s, the three of us are enormous fans of The Karate Kid,' said Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg. 'Cobra Kai will be a true continuation of the original films – packed with comedy, heart, and thrilling fight scenes. We can’t wait to reignite the LaRusso-Lawrence rivalry, and we’re thankful to our partners at YouTube Red, Sony Pictures Television, and Overbrook for their shared enthusiasm in making our dream project a reality.'

"With over $619 million at the worldwide box office, The Karate Kid franchise has entertained millions of fans for over 3 generations. For years, YouTube fans from around the world have also kept the legend of the films alive through uploads of clips, tributes and related content, amassing over 1 billion views to date."

Per the network itself: "CNBC Primetime continues to attract a younger and more affluent audience with a stable of shows that embrace business and the entrepreneurial spirit. CNBC had its most-watched July ever among Adults 18-49 and 18-34 in primetime. The network is on pace to deliver its fourth consecutive year of growth among young adults. Building on that success, CNBC today announced a strong fall schedule that includes new original, The Job Interview. The unscripted series brings viewers inside the room as real employers conduct real interviews with real candidates. The 10 episode series is set to debut Wednesday, October 25 at 10PM ET/PT.

"'There are few situations as tense and dramatic as a job interview. We all know how high the stakes can be because we've all been there,' said Jim Ackerman, EVP, Primetime Alternative, CNBC. 'Our primetime shows speak to the strivers and the dreamers; people looking to build a better life - and that's what makes The Job Interview a perfect fit for our lineup.'

"The Job Interview joins returning hits The Profit with serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis; outdoor investment series Adventure Capitalists; and the series you can't afford to miss, Secret Lives Of The Superrich, all premiering this fall.

"The network also announced today it has greenlit new seasons of Billion Dollar Buyers with billionaire hospitality mogul Tilman Fertitta as well as second seasons for the real estate investment franchise The Deed with Sidney Torres and The Deed: Chicago with Sean Conlon, two self-made real estate entrepreneurs who help struggling home flippers. Both shows will premier in 2018. Season 12 of CNBC's shocking true crime series American Greed will also premiere in 2018.

"In addition, CNBC revealed two new projects in the development pipeline: Empires of New York (working title) and Buy Your Own Business (working title). These titles join an already robust development slate.

"CNBC's fall primetime line-up:

Secret Lives of the Super Rich premieres Thursday, September 28 at 10PM ET/PT

Season six of Secret Lives of the Super Rich returns with 10 all-new episodes. It's an exclusive world filled with enormous fortunes, unimaginable extravagance and a cast of super-rich characters with one thing in common -- a voracious appetite for success, status, and the best of the best. Reported by CNBC's Robert Frank, the series unlocks the mansion gates and scores you the ultimate VIP access to a world inhabited by the wealthiest people on the planet. Secret Lives of the Super Rich is produced by CNBC. Scott Matthews is the Vice President of Business News Specials. Ray Parisi is the Senior Executive Producer of Business News Specials.

Adventure Capitalists premieres on Tuesday, October 10 at 10PM ET/PT

Season two welcomes new investor, American gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, Shawn Johnson East, who will join returning investors Dhani Jones, former NFL linebacker, and Jeremy Bloom, former world-champion freestyle skier and the first athlete to ski in the Olympics and also to be drafted in the NFL. In each one-hour episode, four separate entrepreneurs showcase products designed for outdoor adventure. These cutting-edge products and inventions run the gamut; from outerwear that can insulate against freezing temperatures (even when wet), to a robotic fishing lure that brings dead bait back to life and a full suspension mountain bike that can trek over any terrain. The adventure capitalists then put these innovations to the test, often in harsh conditions, to determine which are actually worthy of an investment. Adventure Capitalists is produced by 3 Ball Entertainment with Todd A. Nelson, Ross Weintraub, DJ Nurre, Grady Candler and Jeff Altrock serving as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Marshall Eisen are the executive producers for CNBC.

The Job Interview premieres Wednesday, October 25 at 10PM ET/PT.

New series The Job Interview takes an inside look at the world where the words you say, the clothes you wear, and even the expression on your face can mean the difference between success and failure. Each half-hour episode of this observational series brings viewers into the room as a real employer conducts real interviews with real candidates – only one of whom will land an offer. The Job Interview is produced by ITV Entertainment based on an ITV Studios Format, to be distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment Limited with David Eilenberg, David George, Shawn Witt and Arthur Borman serving as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Luke Bauer are the executive producers for CNBC.

The Profit premieres Tuesday, November 21 at 10PM ET/PT.

CNBC's popular hit series returns for a fifth season with 10 all-new episodes. Each one-hour episode of The Profit follows serial entrepreneur and investor Marcus Lemonis, who puts his own money on the line to help save and grow struggling businesses across the country. Since "The Profit" first premiered, Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, has invested more than $60 million of his own money in the companies featured on the series.

In each episode, Lemonis makes an offer that's impossible to refuse; his cash for a piece of the business and a percentage of the profits. And once inside these companies, he'll do almost anything to save the business and make himself a profit; even if it means firing the president, promoting the secretary or doing the work himself. The Profit is produced for CNBC by Machete Productions with Amber Mazzola serving as executive producer. Jim Ackerman and Luke Bauer are the executive producers for CNBC.

2018 Greenlights:

Billion Dollar Buyer

Produced for CNBC by Endemol Shine North America with David Tibballs and Robin Feinberg as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Luke Bauer are the executive producers for CNBC.

Billion Dollar Buyer introduces promising companies across the country to one of America's most successful businessmen: Tilman Fertitta, Chairman, CEO, and sole shareholder of Landry's, Inc. Fertitta oversees more than 500 properties and over 50 leading restaurant, hotel, and entertainment brands, ranging from high-end properties like Mastro's and Morton's The Steakhouse, to such mainstream destinations as Rainforest Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Saltgrass Steak House, and five Golden Nugget Casinos. With an annual supply spend of $2 billion, his buying power is second to none. Now, he's personally scouting the country for the most innovative new products America's entrepreneurs have to offer – everything from food and drink for his restaurants and casinos, to furniture and lighting for his hotels.

In each hour-long episode, Fertitta will spend time with two small businesses, sample their goods, get to know their owners, and assess their compatibility with Landry's, Inc. He'll point out flaws in their product and operations, share his expertise, and push for improvements. In the end, he'll decide whether to place a transformative purchase order with one of the companies, both, or neither.

The Deed

Produced for CNBC by Cineflix with Dave Hamilton among the executive producers for Cineflix. Jim Ackerman and Adam Barry are the executive producers for CNBC.

On CNBC's The Deed, self-made, serial entrepreneur and multi-millionaire real estate mogul Sidney Torres comes to the aid of struggling property investors in dire need of help. Torres uses his own resources, design savvy and years of experience to rescue inexperienced home flippers who are on the verge of losing everything. The series follows Torres in his home town of New Orleans as he throws distressed developers a lifeline in exchange for a piece of the property and a percentage of the profits. Once a deal is struck, he will stop at nothing to pull these money pits out of the red. Torres lives for the thrill of making the kind of deal where everyone benefits and being able to make communities better through business. Flipping is never as easy as it seems but with the right partner, these deals can get back on track.

The Deed: Chicago

Produced for CNBC by Cineflix with Dave Hamilton and Mark Powell as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Adam Barry are the executive producers for CNBC.

On CNBC's The Deed: Chicago, multi-millionaire mogul Sean Conlon signs on to help struggling Chicago developers avoid disaster. Conlon uses his own cash, design savvy and years of expertise to rescue inexperienced developers who are on the brink of financial ruin. The series follows Conlon in Chicago as he throws these distressed developers a lifeline in exchange for a piece of the property and a percentage of the profits. Flipping may be a fast track to the American dream, but it's a high-stakes gamble to take these troubled projects to payday. Profits can quickly turn to dust, but with a partner like Conlon, lives and fortunes can change with just one deal.

American Greed

Produced for CNBC by Kurtis Productions with Mike West as executive producer. Charles Schaeffer is the executive producer for CNBC.

American Greed returns for season twelve featuring shocking true crime cases that prove some people will do anything for money. They steal fortunes. Destroy lives. Live outrageously. And stop at nothing, even murder.

New Projects in Development:

Empires of New York (working title)

Produced by The Intellectual Property Corporation with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman as executive producers.

Empires of New York (working title) is a docu-drama series that interweaves the stories of New York City's most powerful icons over the course of the 1980s – revealing how their actions reshaped the city, defined the decade, and forever changed the culture of America as a whole.

Buy Your Own Business (working title)

Produced by Brian Graden Media with Brian Graden and Dave Mace serving as executive producers.

Self-made, successful entrepreneur Dennis Mulgannon helps people escape the rat race and buy the existing small business of their dreams."

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[a]fter dangling a full preview of the season before Monday's Bachelorette audience, ABC has released the official cast photo for Bachelor in Paradise

"The beach picture shows many of the original 16-member cast — including DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios — as well as several new faces that had yet to be officially announced.

"After the controversy that delayed filming on the upcoming fourth season of the Bachelor spinoff, Jackson and Olympios did not return to the Sayulita, Mexico, set for the remainder of filming. They will, however, appear on the cast reunion that is set to air at the end of the season, which premieres over two nights on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15.

"Joining the previously announced stars in the cast photo above are a handful of men from Rachel Lindsay's current season of The Bachelorette, including Kenneth 'Diggy' Moreland, Dean Unglert (who was confirmed by ABC after his controversial exit), Matt Munson, Jack Stone and Iggy Rodriguez.

"The Bachelor in Paradise controversy was barely mentioned during Monday's annual Bachelorette: Men Tell All, which reunited Lindsay with her eliminated exes, including Jackson.

"At the end of the special, Harrison promised that a full trailer for the highly anticipated season will arrive during the upcoming Bachelorette: After the Final Rose special, which airs live after Monday's finale.  

"Harrison also promised that the Paradise premiere will give viewers clarity about the encounter between Jackson and Olympios that led to the show being suspended for nearly two weeks earlier this summer. 'Don't miss the dramatic Bachelor in Paradise premiere, where we'll talk about everything that happened — and I do mean everything,' he said."

"Gabriel Mann has booked his next TV role.

"The Revenge grad has joined USA Network's forthcoming drama Damnation in a recurring role, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

"Described as 'an epic saga of the secret history of the 1930s American heartland,' Damnation centers on the struggle between big money and the downtrodden, God and greed, and charlatans and prophets during the Depression. The project centers on Seth Davenport (Ripper Street's Killian Scott), a man pretending to be a small-town Iowa preacher in the hopes of starting a full-blown insurrection against the status quo. Focused on his mission, he is unaware that an industrialist tycoon has hired a professional strikebreaker named Creeley Turner (Quarry's Logan Marshall-Green) to stop the uprising by whatever means necessary. Unbeknownst to those around them, these two men already share a secret bloody past.

"Mann will play Martin Eggers Hyde, a refined, witty, extremely well-educated and well-spoken individual who is also a brilliant visionary.

"In addition to his breakout role on the ABC drama Revenge, Mann's other credits include Mad Men, Ray Donovan and The Bourne Supremacy. He is repped by Paradigm, The Van Johnson Company and attorney Allison H. Binder of Stone, Genow.

"On Damnation, Mann joins fellow Mad Men alum Melinda Page Hamilton, as well as castmembers Sarah Jones (Alcatraz), Chasten Harmon (BrainDead), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels) and Joe Adler (Grey's Anatomy).

"Ordered to series in May, Damnation hails from Tony Tost (Longmire), who wrote the pilot and will executive produce with James Mangold (Walk the Line), Guymon Casady (Game of Thrones) and Daniel Rappaport (Office Space) on behalf of Entertainment 360.  Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie directed the pilot. The project is co-produced by Universal Cable Productions and Netflix, the latter of which has first-run rights for the series outside of the U.S.

"Damnation is set to launch in October."

I will always root for the guy who lives in my old apartment in Los Angeles!