Thursday September 21, 2017

All 194 episodes of Will & Grace are now available to stream on Hulu.

More love for American Vandal.

I feel very unsatisfied both with Josh's win last night as well as Cody taking home $25k as fan favorite.  I actually felt bad for Paul.

A new season of Gotham airs tonight.

As does a one-hour Nathan For You special on Comedy Central.

A quiz for you die hard fans of The Simpsons.

Billy Eichner’s cult hit Billy on the Street — which was just nominated for an Emmy — will not return to TruTV, a source exclusively tells Page Six.The show has featured celebs such as Olivia Wilde, Paul Rudd and Sarah Jessica Parker. But another source explains, 'The show is not going away' completely. 'It’s just going to be distributed differently.' The insider added of the show and its host, 'It’s always evolved. He’s doing so many acting projects, he doesn’t have time to devote to full episodes. They’re figuring out a way to do it.'”

There’s nothing more addictively soothing than watching someone flipping homes on HGTV. Until we end up in a real-life rerun of the housing bubble. Click here to read more.

Apparently, a lot of Major League Baseball players like to binge on Friends.

The final shoot day of The Mindy Project.

A little more on season 2 of Stranger Things.

"Ink Master star Chris Blinston believes his daughter researched online how to make it look like she was strangled, right before accusing him of strangling her ... TMZ has learned. Blinston's attorney tells us ... Chris obtained info that his 13-year-old daughter used her school computer to look up how to make bruises on one's neck prior to telling police he choked her twice so hard he squeezed off her airway. A judge has now granted Blinston's motion to obtain school records of his daughter's computer activity from before his arrest to see if it's true. We broke the story ... the Ink Master star was arrested on September 1 on charges of child abuse and felony domestic violence. He wholly denies the allegations and hopes this helps resolve the case quickly."

"A Watchmen TV series just took a major step toward becoming a reality. HBO has greenlit a pilot for its adaptation of the dark superhero epic from showrunner Damon Lindelof (LostThe Leftovers). The drama is based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 limited comic series, which is set in an alternate universe where the presence of superheroes has changed the course of history. In the story, a group of heroes known as the Watchmen encounter a massive, deadly conspiracy while investigating the murder of one of their own."

In support of NBC's The Good Place.

The complete opposite for CBS' Me, Myself & I.

Putting a LOT of pressure on Issa Rae. "Issa Rae has cemented herself as a force to be reckoned with in the TV landscape. She’s changing the game for people of color who aren’t used to seeing themselves represented on screen and fighting back against the stereotypes of black life that are so often presented as truth. Much like writer, actor, and director Spike Lee did in the late 1980s, Rae has become a voice for young African Americans struggling to figure everything out (really, who isn’t?). While Rae may not have reached Lee’s level of success quite yet, there’s no doubt that the young writer/actor is poised to continue the filmmaker’s legacy."

Happy to see that people still read MAD Magazine.

Joe Bastianich will return as a permanent judge to Season 6 of MasterChef Junior, which will air during the 2017-18 season on Fox. Bastianich previously served as a judge on MasterChef Junior for its first three seasons and on MasterChef for its first five seasons.

If you were wondering, and I'm sure you were NOT, The Great American Baking Show will return for a 3rd season on ABC.  NBA star Steph Curry's wife Ayesha and former NFL star and media personality Anthony “Spice” Adams will co-host.

Who is Jessica Pearson's real life boyfriend?

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Per Deadline, "Netflix has given an eight-episode straight-to-series order to an untitled comedy (fka Russian Doll) from Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland (Bachelorette, Sleeping with Other People) and Amy Poehler, with Lyonne attached to star.

"Co-created and executive produced by Lyonne, Poehler and Headland, the comedy follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City.

“'Natasha’s humor, humanity and depth have connected with audiences around the world on Orange Is the New Black,' said Cindy Holland, VP Original Content for Netflix. 'With this new series, she, Leslye and Amy are creating an ambitious and uniquely formatted comedy that will have viewers guessing as much as they will be laughing.'

"Headland wrote the first episode, and she and Lyonne will serve as writers for the series. Universal Television, Poehler’s studio-based Paper Kite Productions, JAX Media and 3 Arts Entertainment produce, with Brooke Posch executive producing for Paper Kite and Dave Becky for 3 Arts Entertainment.

“'So excited to get cracking with the intensely brilliant Leslye Headland, the GOAT with a heart of gold Amy Poehler, and Netflix, the safe haven I’ve been searching for since the ’80s,' said Lyonne. 'Deeply moved to work with such heavy hitters and to share our show with the world.'"

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From The Hollywood Reporter: "In a surprise twist, Dick Wolf is headed to CBS.

"The prolific producer behind NBC's Law & Order and Chicago drama franchises has landed a 13-episode series order at CBS for his latest drama.

"Theseries, F.B.I. (working title), is a scripted drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Craig Turk (The Good Wife) will pen the pilot and will serve as showrunner. He and Wolf will exec produce with Wolf Films veterans Peter Jankowski and Arthur W. Forney. Universal Television, where Wolf has a rich overall deal through 2020, will produce the series with CBS Television Studios. The drama will launch during the 2018-19 TV season.

"Wolf had previously expressed interest in doing an FBI-centered drama in 2016 when he had a similar project in development at NBC. Wolf's interest stemmed from his relationship with then-director James Comey, whom he called 'one of the most interesting people I've met in the last 10 years.' (Comey has since exited his post.)

"'I am big fan of the FBI,' he told reporters at the time. "I think they do an impossible job remarkably well. The acceptance rate is one percent. The average agent is 30 years old. It's a world that is very rich. The New York field office is the biggest FBI office in the country. It's kind of a natural for us.'

"Wolf also went on to produce an unscripted series centered on the FBI's New York field office, titled Inside the FBI: New York, which premiered on NBC's sister cable network USA in April. 

"The CBS series order is surprising given Wolf's long history at NBC dating back 27 years to the 1990 launch of Law & Order. That drama ran 20 seasons and spawned five spinoffs, including Law & Order: SVU, which is heading into its 19th season, and the Law & Order True Crime anthology series that will launch Sept. 26 in the post-This Is Us slot.

"Wolf also has the Chicago universe at NBC, which includes Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. A fourth series, Chicago Justice, was canceled in May after one 13-episode season and Chicago Med is being held this year for a midseason launch.

"CBS has found success with similar procedural franchises with the NCIS shows, Criminal Minds and, until recently, the various offshoots of CSI.

"The move brings Wolf back to CBS nearly 30 years after they worked together on Law & Order. After Fox originally ordered the series, and then scrapped that order, CBS ordered a new pilot for Law & Order in 1988. However, the project did not move forward and it ultimately ended up at NBC, where Wolf's CBS pilot episode aired as the sixth episode of the Emmy-winning series.

"While most of Wolf's scripted series have been at NBC (until now), Wolf has unscripted series at a variety of networks including A&E (Nightwatch) and Oxygen (Cold Justice and Criminal Confessions).

"The drama order marks CBS' first new series order for the 2018-19 TV season and joins hit comedy The Big Bang Theory, which was renewed for two seasons in May."

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"In just nine years, Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has spun Goop into gold. What started in September 2008 as a weekly email newsletter — sharing recipes, spiritual advice from Los Angeles' Kabbalah Centre director Michael Berg and book recommendations from Madonna — has grown into a Santa Monica-based healthy (and yes, luxurious) lifestyle brand with 110 employees and according to The Business of Fashion, market sources estimate Goop’s 2016 revenue is between $15 – 20 million, and the company is on track to almost triple revenue year over year in 2017. On Sept. 14, Paltrow, 44, opened her first brick-and-mortar store, Goop Lab, in L.A.'s Brentwood Country Mart. That followed on the heels of the Sept. 8 launch of Goop, a new quarterly magazine with Conde Nast. The $15 magazine features Paltrow on the cover slathered in mud with the line 'Earth to Gwyneth.'

"Since Paltrow took over as CEO last year and raised an additional $15 million in Series B funding from three venture capital firms, Goop is on track to triple its revenue, she says. Online shoppers are snapping up $165 bottles of Goop's new shiso-scented fragrance and $795 Goop-designed floral maxi dresses. Digging deeper into the wellness space, on June 10, Paltrow hosted In Goop Health, her first live event, and launched a collection of branded vitamins, including Why Am I So Effing Tired?" monthly packets ($90).

Goop has been the object of some derision for promoting what watchdog groups say is sham science, from bee-sting facials to vaginal steaming (including $66 "jade eggs for your yoni"). And in August, Truth in Advertising called on California regulators to investigate the brand for making false health claims. But Paltrow hasn't let it get to her. 'I'm interested in criticism based on fact, not on projections'" she says. In other words, 'If you want to fuck with me, bring your A game.'

"Paltrow, mother of Apple, 13, and Moses, 11 (dad is Coldplay's Chris Martin), invited THR to her California-casual office to discuss Goop's growth plan and why she's putting acting on the back burner:

Many say traditional shopping is dead, so why open a Goop brick-and-mortar store?

I do think there are people who have formed a bond with a digital brand that's resonant for them, and they want an IRL touchpoint. We have come to that from all of our pop-up shops and seeing how our readers and shoppers like to interact with the brand and smell the perfume and try things on and be in the Goop world. And looking at models like Warby Parker and Bonobos and the "click 'n' mortar" dynamic, where someone is really connecting online but appreciating an offline experience, we're a brand that's primed to do that. I envision retail being a more dynamic experience, using the store for talks, signings, lectures and wellness activations, making it a living space where you are coming into our collective home.

The store design is very residential-feeling. Is this hinting at a move into the hospitality category? Will there be Goop spas or hotels?

That's part of my plan. We are a few years away, but there's a big opportunity to have somewhere where people are interested in wellness or a reset, a real retreat where you can have access to Goop's doctors.

Why launch a magazine now, when print media is challenged?

The media side provides a platform whereby we can create relevance and context for why we are selling what we're selling. For me, a magazine kid, the thought of doing a magazine with Conde Nast and being able to leverage their creative and design side and sit with Anna Wintour was so great. Hopefully, we might reach people who heard about Goop from a jade egg but don't know much about the actual content and what our values stand for.

Are you going to be on the cover of every issue like Oprah with O?

It remains to be seen. It would be great if I didn't have to be, but I know that the people at Conde Nast and Anna know what best practices are. We're doing this first year as a test, and I wouldn't want to make the magazine more than quarterly, but we'll see.

You have created a style that's become its own adjective, as in, "That's so Goop!" What is the source of your taste?

I got it from my dad [director Bruce Paltrow]. My mom [Blythe Danner] was never into clothes or interiors — she is an incredible artist but very internal. My dad loved art, was a painting major in college; he loved beautiful things and clothes. Also, I remember when I moved from L.A. to New York, seeing all the people expressing themselves through what they were wearing. It was the '80s and Madonna and shaved heads. I became really fascinated with style when I was, like, 11.

What are the pros and cons of your celebrity now that you are a business and media mogul?

It makes it much more difficult. For the business I'm creating, it's an obstacle I always have to overcome. For example, Reese [Witherspoon], who is a dear friend, has this quickly growing Draper James [clothing] business, and she leverages her celebrity in a great way for her brand. But for this model — where I'm trying to make Goop bigger than me and its own brand — you become inextricably linked. I'm a target in a way most entrepreneurs are not.

Do you feel like people tiptoe around you?

When I interview someone for a position, it takes them a while before I'm not Gwyneth Paltrow. It's just an obstacle and then it's OK. But it's also a blessing when we need to leverage my celebrity — it opens doors. I don't know many young entrepreneurs who can call [Disney CEO] Bob Iger, [Facebook COO] Sheryl Sandberg or [Airbnb founder] Brian Chesky, and they are kind enough to waste a little bit of their day to help me. So in that respect, my celebrity has been a huge asset.

Who are your Hollywood mentors?

[CAA president] Richard Lovett — I speak to him a lot about leadership, stamina and how he maintains his optimism. And [Disney Studios chairman] Alan Horn has been very helpful to me.

What business lessons have you learned from Hollywood?

When you are an actress on a set, an unspoken component of your role is an energetic one to maintain balance and communication, which is a very feminine impulse. For me, when I'm on set, I try to make sure the energy is clean and people can communicate in a safe space, and that's what I bring to my leadership here at Goop, too.

What are your priorities for 2018?

We want to take Goop international, we want to get this TV show right, and we have a lot of key hires to make. And we are looking to open another store.

What about acting? Is that on the back burner?

I need to be here right now. I went to Atlanta to do Avengers 4, so I'm in and out for that, and it's weird to go back and forth. We're growing fast, and balls are dropping all the time. But honestly, I was on set and thought, "You sit here for two hours sipping tea, Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle are making me laugh hysterically — why the hell did I give this up?"

Do you want to direct?

No desire.

You've mentioned a TV show. Would it be an Oprah-style talk show?

Good morning! (Laughs, doing her best Oprah impression.) No, what we are thinking of doing is a TV show with the working title "The Radical Wellness Show." I would be going into the field and talking to any number of doctors, scientists, civilians, people in crisis in Flint, Michigan, where there is something to uncover and confront about wellness. We would want it to feel more Vice-y in its vibe, but we're just in the brainstorming phase. We signed on with Ben Silverman's production company, Propagate, to help us formalize and pitch it.

Maybe you'll have a Goop network?

Dude, then I'll be hospitalized."

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One more interview for you: "If you’ve ever felt that twentysomething struggle, at some point, Broad City will feel a little too real. Sure, you’ve probably never cleaned the apartment of an adult baby in your underwear to get cash for a Lil’ Wayne show, but you’ve definitely had a run in with an ex that is so awkward that you want to disappear into a hole or had to work a job that kills your will to live. The world of Broad City is a heightened one, but it comes from a genuine place.

"While it started out as a web series about two stoners in New York City, Broad City has since grown into a generation-defining, and progressive, comedy. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, the stars, creators, and eventual showrunners of Comedy Central’s cult hit have created a pair of hilarious and failure-prone kweens with Abbi and Ilana, who are honestly just trying to get high, be heard, and make rent. Jacobson and Glazer have since expanded to other television projectsfilmspodcasts, and comedy tours, but Broad City is still the beating heart of this friendship and creative partnership.

"With the return of Broad City for a fourth season, we spoke with Jacobson and Glazer about what to expect from the floundering twosome and whether or not they’re on the verge of growing up:

One of the first things that I noticed about the new episode was the seasonal shift. I’d previously associated Broad City with summer, so it was really interesting to see a sort of different side of New York living. Why did you guys do that change?

Abbi Jacobson: We felt like we had thoroughly examined what it was like to live in the summer in New York, and just always had thought, you know, oh, if we’re a show that is based in New York, we have to do at least one season that’s not in the summer, so it was exciting to us to get to explore the winter and what it’s like to live there in a different season. We thought that that would present us with a whole new set of situations and obstacles and feelings and it did. It’s exciting to see a different tone. I mean, it’s the same tone, but it’s a little bit altered.

Plus, it’s amazing to see Ilana adapt her outfits for winter weather.

Ilana Glazer: It’s true, it’s so funny.

Jacobson: Global warming made it easier for her to adapt her clothing, unfortunately.

Glazer: You know, New York is such a different city in the winter. There’s like such different vibes in each season, but we did find that there’s barely a winter anymore and that we were acting colder than we expected to. There was like one storm. You know, it’s not like it just makes things hotter, it just makes the ups and downs more drastic. There was this one storm that, it gave us a snow day, and then it was melted by the next day. It was a crazy lens through which to see global warming. I had never seen it like that before. It was creepy.

It also seemed like Abbi and Ilana were very slowly sort of crawling their way to a slightly more responsible adulthood. Like, Abbi is working at the corporate firm, and Ilana is making actual money as a waitress. I think that kind of compromise will really resonate with a lot of people, because all had that moment where you kind of had to grow up and take the job with health insurance, right?

Jacobson: You know, I think over the course of writing this season, Ilana and I really realized, like, this show can’t be one of those shows where these characters are just in the same place forever. We’re getting older and the characters are based on us, and now Abbi is 28, Ilana’s 26, they’re getting into their late 20’s and things just inevitably have to shift a little bit. They don’t shift all the way, or whatever, but we have to show how the characters are changing and reflect that in the storylines and in their struggles. Whether it is a mundane task at hand, you know, they’re just in a different place, and we haven’t been on the air for 17 months. That’s a lot of time when you’re in your twenties. We’ve been talking, you know, in interviews, just to reiterate that this show has existed over those 17 months. The world of Broad City has continued and we’re picking up not where we left off, we’re picking up now. Time has passed, and they are in a little bit of a different place.

I read that you guys actually ended up having to rewrite a lot of the season after the election and it didn’t go the way that we hoped. What was your mindset for doing Broad City in a Trump presidency?

Jacobson: You know, I’m just going to clarify that a little, because we didn’t have to. It wasn’t like the season was in any way about Hillary winning. It actually wasn’t political at all before, and sort of after the election, we needed to rewrite for the story anyway. The writing period was pretty difficult this year and we went on a hiatus pretty abruptly and we would have had to rewrite, but you know, after the election we just felt so differently.

Glazer: I think it must be easier for people to write about us having to rewrite the season because we had written a season for Hillary, but it was really more about scheduling. We both had these movie projects, I had Rough Night and Abbi had this indie movie Six Balloons. We’ve never had a hiatus like that before, so we just had like weaker outlines to begin with and we kept planning for a longer rewrite period. We always rewrite the scripts before productions because we just cut scenes, and condense shit, and limit our locations, whatever. It becomes budget-driven. We kept being like, oh, we’ll figure it out later, we’ll figure it out later, so we knew we had a lot of work to come back to, I think if Hillary had won, we didn’t plan on celebrating that in the show. You know, maybe we would have rewritten that, but we just had a lot of feelings once the election happened.

Jacobson: But it wasn’t like we sat down and said, “Let’s infuse the political climate into the show.” It’s sort of happening. You saw the sixth episode, right, that’s one of the ones you saw?

Yeah, it was.

Jacobson: It was sort of like an organic way to write about it, if you know what I mean, with Ilana’s storyline in that episode. When we were breaking it, it just felt like it was a way that we can talk about this frustration in a personal storyline, and once we found that it felt like an interesting way to comment on the way that we were feeling, if that makes sense. It wasn’t something that we were like, “We’ve gotta change it now.” It was just that we couldn’t help talking about what was happening in the world, so inevitably it’s going to end up in the show.

You’ve said, Broad City is first and foremost a comedy show, so there are political elements, but they’re really subtle. More like everyday kind of political activism with the pins, the t-shirts, and the Planned Parenthood posters on Ilana’s wall. I’m sure that you guys feel some responsibility use your position to speak politically.

Jacobson: That was a thing that we sort of had a conversation with all our department heads on how we could, as you said, subtly infuse this. You know, the characters are really trying in this current state to be more woke and they’re trying to be better and they’re trying to be more involved and be more informed. Sometimes they fail at that, but we really wanted to show the small details with that and how they’re really attempting to involve themselves.

Glazer: Also, you’re totally right that like, it’s a comedy show. It definitely helps to approach this shit with this platform, you know? It’s not like we have a platform of like an essays column or something. I’m so grateful to have this platform because it’s the way that I know how to deal with shit. They’re both different, the circumstances pushed them to have different kinds of jokes, too, this year. Like, the Trump bleep thing is a different kind of joke than we’ve ever had before. Where it’s like, what world is this, you know what I mean?

They are being viewed by an audience. Like Ilana’s bed frame and shit, all those posters, just having that joke in the background, feeling the texture of these girls’ relationship and what they’re talking about. I think we realized in that rewrite period that we’ve always had these values and vaguely this progressive messaging, but it became necessary to articulate exactly what these messages are and scream our values.

I know that Broad City has been renewed for a 5th season, but can we expect anything beyond that? I know you guys are starting to get super busy with all sorts of other projects. As much as fans want Broad City to run forever, is there something to be said for sort of handling how long you guys run on your own terms?

Glazer: We have been talking about this ourselves. You’re making me verklempt thinking about it! Yeah, we’ve been talking about it ourselves. I think we’re kind of… we’re not sure. You know, it’s still this discussion and we have an idea about where the characters are headed, but when we get back into the writers’ room, I think we’ll see how much we want to stretch that path to get to where we know that they’re headed."

This interview has been condensed.