Friday September 8, 2017

Sean Spicer will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live next Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton will appear on both The View and The Late Show next week.  The 13th and 19th respectively in the event you're interested in tuning in.

Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes are official.

I take back what I said yesterday about Josh.  And to hell with Paul too.  I'm all in on Christmas. #BB

Big Brother announced a new celebrity season last night.  More below.

Fear The Walking Dead returns on Sunday.

Sundance premieres Top Of The Lake: China Girl on Sunday as well.

"ABC, NBC, and Fox all have new music competitions in the works. Now Netflix wants in on the action. Variety has learned that the streaming service is developing Rhythm & Flow, a new show from producer John Legend and his Get Lifted Film Co. and former NBC executive Jeff Gaspin and Primary Wave Entertainment. The unscripted series is a classic shiny-floor music competition that focuses on a particular genre: hip-hop music. No talent is attached at this stage to the project, which has yet to receive a series order from Netflix. There is no indication as to whether Legend would be involved in the show in an on-camera capacity. Representatives for Netflix and Primary Wave declined to comment."

"Friday Night Lights alumna Minka Kelly has been tapped to play Dove opposite Alan Ritchson’s Hawk in the new live-action series Titans, from Greg Berlanti, Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros TV, which is slated to premiere in 2018 as part of the inaugural slate of a new DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service."

More details about season 4 of Black Mirror.

A first look at season 5 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Amazon has canceled Z: The Beginning Of Everything.

"Will & Grace has cuffed Bobby Cannavale for its upcoming reboot. The Boardwalk Empire alum will reprise his role as Vince D’Angelo, easily distracted cop and ex-boyfriend of Will on the NBC sitcom. He first appeared in the sixth season and won an Emmy in the guest star category. Vince and Will (Eric McCormack) had broken up before the flashforward in the season 8 finale, but the flashforward revealed that the two had reunited, gotten married, and had a son. It’s unclear what Vince’s return means, considering the show has previously said they were setting aside the title characters’ kids and previous partners in this reboot. Harry Connick Jr. also will be reprising his role as Grace’s (Debra Messing) ex-husband on the comedy, which returns to NBC on Sept. 28."


"To get all the details on the latest Big Brother expansion, THR dialed up [Julie] Chen and returning executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan of Fly on the Wall Entertainment to talk about what fans can expect, casting challenges and how it impacts the show moving forward.  

This summer, the series witnessed some of its highest ratings since 2011. What do you attribute to the recent growth?
Chen: New, young viewers discover it every summer. Sometimes it's because they don't have a license yet, they're too young to drive, they have a curfew and they suddenly flip on the TV and discover it that way. And with social media they see these outrageous clips that get surfaced and when they see it they think, "What is that from?" Or in this season we saw someone like [contestant] Jessica [Graf] who was the resident hottie and heroine where she had a picture of herself at eight years old with her dad and she said it was something her dad loved and she used to watch it with her dad. 

Grodner: We've noticed through the years that our fan base is multi-generational and the immediacy of this show is unique. You can't binge watch it. This is a show where you need to be in the know as it happens and you want to be.  

Meehan: It's always casting and putting a good mix together and the twists have become part of our format where you never know [what's going to happen] every season. 

Chen: It's not scripted, it's real. You get hooked whether you like the people or you love to hate the people. It's a real-life soap opera. You get to know who they are and you want to see their outcome. The other shows in the summer don't have that. We air three nights a week and we could easily air seven nights a week because there is so much content and story happening. 

Julie, you were one of the first people to find out about the celebrity edition. What was your conversation with Les like about bringing this version to air?
Chen: My husband came home and said, "Well, it's official." We had toyed with it dating back to season two. Paris Hilton agreed to do it and Roseanne Barr also said she was going to and then she backed out. It didn't come together and I'm glad it didn't so early on into the series. This is a direct quote from my husband. He said, "You and your show are single-handedly keeping this network afloat during the summer." He says it all the time, "I'm telling you Jules, you're keeping this network running. You guys continue to make us money." He said to me, "You're going to have to quit the show before the show is off the air. This was the first summer he said, "With these numbers I don't see an end in sight. This series could on for a long time and longer than you're going to be a part of it." That's how long he sees it going on based on the following, the ratings and the numbers. 

But you have no plans to leave anytime soon, correct?
Chen: Didn't Bob Barker do like 55 years [on the Price is Right]? I bow to him. 

Grodner: (Laughs) Julie can be doing this for a long time. It's hard to imagine the show without her. 

Why are you now dipping into the celebrity genre, which is something other networks have done previously?
Chen: If you know one thing about my husband, it has to make economic sense. They crunched the numbers and said, "Based on the following that we have we could do it and make it work and make it profitable, but certain things have to happen." It's a condensed version. Because if you're going to get celebrities you find me a celebrity who can give you 90 days [of their time]. There's no such thing. It's hard enough to book them to come on The Talk for a 15-minute interview. I get the economics of it. 

Meehan: With success for 19 seasons and always being a strong performer, which in today's market is really rare, it's a fun new way to expand the brand and the Big Brother universe. 

Do you see the celebrity edition airing every winter, and how will it impact the franchise moving forward?
Chen: If the model works and it has a big following and makes the money, we're no fools. Let's recreate the magic again. I don't know if it will be an every winter thing or will have an affect on the summer. But I know one thing, my husband and his team explore all options.

Are you worried about over saturation of the series?
Chen: I am a little bit. I felt like Big Brother: Over the Top might have fallen a little in that category. Part of our success is that we're only on once a year and it's only during the summer where the competition isn't as stiff. It's easier to be a winner in the summer than it is in the fall and winter. I'm hopeful, but I'm going to reserve judgment. 

What are the mechanics that will need to go into making the new edition work?
Meehan: We're going to keep what makes the show work including the HoH and Veto [competitions] and the live evictions. The challenge will be turning it into an event that feels special for the winter.

Grodner: It's important that it still feels like Big Brother, but it doesn't infringe on what we all know about the summer. It will have its own spin. And it needs to feel like an event series that we do each year.   

Chen: The magic is always in the casting. It's the same thing whether you're a celebrity or not a celebrity. [Houseguest] Cody [Nickson] this year is an example of someone who was on the cusp that certain people were fighting for [to cast] and other people wanted someone else. It's going to be the same game. The concept is going to be the same. Hopefully it will be household names. 

Other celebrity variations of reality TV cast mid-level talent. Are you aiming higher than that
Chen: We're being realistic. It's not going to be all Oscar winners. But maybe we'll have someone who won an Oscar decades ago. Whoever casts Dancing With the Stars does an amazing job. They don't always get all household names, but some people kind of reinvent themselves and suddenly I see that person all over the tabloids. Sometimes these types of shows, like in the U.K. [version], some of the washed-up names that went into it got a new lease on life. And the big names that went in, it was a little bit too up close and personal. Those people did themselves in with letting the public see who they really are. 

Meehan: We're just starting discussions and we're looking for people who are going to be fun. Maybe there are some celebrity fans of the show that we'll mix in there. We're going to create a big list and go out and see who we can get.

Grodner: It will be an eclectic group with diverse personalities and we're looking forward to seeing who will be interested.

With the 24/7 access to talent, do you see that as a challenge in booking the cast? What are the other challenges?
Grodner: Everything about it, to be honest. There's no privacy and that's going to be a hurdle in getting a celebrity onboard. 

Chen: Most celebrities and people don't know that they have an ugly side. I've always said Big Brother is like holding up a mirror one inch away from your face and really examining who you are. 

Former houseguest Frankie Grande appeared on the U.K. version. Are you ruling out former players?
Grodner: We're now just diving into it so can't give any answers on that. It's all still being worked out on what it's going to look like. 

With the cost of getting talent for this edition rule out an all-stars season for summer 2018
Meehan: We haven't done any work on season 20. 

Grodner: Season 20 is a huge milestone for this show so obviously that's special. I'm sure there will be some new things about it.  

Do you plan on switching up the house and studio for the celebrity version?
Grodner: It'll certainly be a new look. 

Meehan: There will definitely be some things different about the house because we're doing it more of an event instead of a three month series. There will be some tweaks and changes to the rooms and the outside that will be necessary.

Grodner: And it's a winter edition so we need to think about weather. The outside will reflect that. 

Who are your dream gets for the series?
Grodner: [Wednesday night's] show you saw Bobby Moynihan, who is an amazing fan who really knows everything and couldn't have been more excited to participate. That would be awesome."

This has colossal failure written all over it.  Please, for the love of god, don't subject us to this.


Per The Hollywood Reporter, "House of Lies star Don Cheadle is returning to Showtime.

"Following a lengthy deal-making period, the premium cable network has tapped Cheadle and Girls alum Andrew Rannells to star in comedy pilot Ball Street, from Happy Endings creator David Caspe and Jordan Cahan and exec produced and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

"Ball Street kicks off on Oct. 19, 1987 — aka Black Monday, the day of the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. The potential series will explore who caused it as it revolves around a group of outsiders who take on Wall Street.

"The comedy is a co-production between Showtime and Sony Pictures Television, where Rogen and Goldberg as well as Caspe are under overall deals.

"Cheadle, who won a Golden Globe and scored four Emmy nominations for Showtime comedy House of Lies,stars as Rod 'The Jammer' Jaminski, a self-educated, self-made, self-destructive master of the universe whose firm the financial press called, 'The L.A. Raiders of corporate raiders.' Rannells, a two-time Tony nominee, plays Blair Shmerman, a fresh-out-of-Wharton trading prodigy whose pure heart will struggle to survive Wall Street (from both a metaphoric and cocaine standpoint). Jammer’s top lieutenant, Dawn Darcy, has yet to be cast. Darcy is the first female head trader on the street, who’ll ride the second wave of feminism through a sea of horny millionaires.

"Caspe and Cahan (My Best Friend's Girl) will serve as showrunners. Production on the pilot will begin in February.

"'When the global economy incinerates itself, people always wonder why. Ball Street is a dream project rising from the ashes of that disaster,' Showtime CEO David Nevins said. 'In Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells, we have two of the most dynamic performers in the world today — the question is which one of them lit the match. With Seth, Evan, David and Jordan at the helm, we are primed for the launch of something memorable.'

"Ball Street, which is being redeveloped from a script at Showtime a few years ago, marks the latest foray for Rogen and Goldberg, who also exec produce AMC comic book take Preacher and next have Hulu comedy Future Man. They also have FX comedy pilot Singularity in the works."


Per Variety, "JoAnna Garcia Swisher has been acting since she was a teen, breaking through as Reba McEntire’s daughter on the CW sitcom Reba. The actress returns to the small screen in ABC’s Kevin (Probably) Saves the World in October. She also runs the Swisher Family Foundation with her husband, former pro baseball player Nick Swisher, which is devoted to helping needy children"

What intrigued you about Kevin (Probably) Saves the World?
There are so many incredible themes in the show. It’s a lot about reconnecting with your family and forgiveness and spirituality. It felt very different, and something that I hadn’t really done before.

How did you get involved in acting?
I had to have an extracurricular activity when I was a kid. I played tennis pretty seriously, and when I burned out on that around 10, my parents were like, “You gotta choose something different.” There was a little theater company in our area in Tampa. I auditioned for their first play, and I got bitten by the bug. I was able to start working on a professional level almost instantly. It really felt like I was doing what I was meant to be doing.

What inspired you to start the Swisher Family Foundation with your husband?
One of the things that attracted me to him was that he has such a philanthropic heart. We feel passionately about families and children and giving back and giving a leg up.

Have you learned anything surprising from running a charity?
Things can get crazy at times, considering what my husband and I do for a living; we’re relocating and moving all over the place, and then add two children to the mix. The Swisher Family Foundation and our commitment to it has really slowed things down for us, made us take a deep breath and just say, “Hey, look around and know that we are very blessed. We should try to bring that sense of blessings to other people who may be less fortunate.” I wouldn’t say anything’s surprised me. I would say it’s incredibly fulfilling.

What would you be doing if acting hadn’t worked out?
Interior design. I spend a great deal of time working on my houses and helping friends with their houses, and I’m constantly on design blogs. It’s a great love of mine. I would probably be doing that full-time.

Things you didn’t know about JoAnna Garcia Swisher
AGE: 37 BIRTHPLACE: Tampa, Fla. GUILTY PLEASURE TV SHOW: “Home and Garden” LAST BINGE-WATCHED: The Crown, Big Little Lies, The Handmaid’s Tale FAVORITE MOVIE THIS YEAR: Wonder Woman HIDDEN TALENT: Tennis FAVORITE FOOD: Greek/Mediterranean"


From TheWrap: "What do you get when you combine the NFL’s most charismatic star and entrepreneurs biting at the bit to become the next business success story?

"The answer is reality show MVP — and the opportunity for a new company to get a Gronk-sized boost.

"Russ Axelrod and Jamie Patricof’s Shark Tank-style show (available on Verizon go90) wrapped up filming on its second season just before Rob Gronkowski headed back to New England Patriots training camp last month to defend the team’s Super Bowl LI title.

"Gronk is both the host and a producer on the series and, as he told TheWrap during a recent set visit, MVP (which stands for 'Most Valuable Partner') is 'where businesses pitch us on why we should endorse them and help them bring their product to the next level to show more people what they’re all about. It’s an opportunity to bring their companies up and expand them out there.'

"These are serious words from Gronk — who’s known for being the most hyped, fun-loving player in the league — but he knows how to knuckle down to business when it matters, whether on the field, in the gym or in the boardroom.

"And don’t worry, he has a blast on set too. 'It’s a lot of fun doing it — being with other athletes, seeing these businesses come in … listening to pitches, ideas and reasons why they want us to join their companies and help them expand,' Gronkowski said.

“'It’s also just great seeing other athletes and what they’re all about, helping to guide the way through the stuff off the field,' he added.

"For Season 2,Gronkowski has been joined by athletes at the top of their sport such as Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Calais Campbell, NHL All-Star P.K. Subban, two time light heavyweight champion Andre Ward, UFC champion Chuck Liddell and NFL All-Pro Terrell Owens.

“'I would love to get Shaq or Charles Barkley … a couple of the older guys who are now TV announcers to come on the show,' Gronkowski said. 'They seem like they have great personalities.' What about his star QB, Tom Brady? 'Nah, he’d never do it.'

"When TheWrap was on set, Gronk and T.O. were going head-to-head in a vicious game of Pictionary along with destroying each at the basketball net throwing free throws … so yeah, it’s not all serious.

"Aside from his co-panelists, Gronkowski has been pretty impressed with the businesses that were pitching to them. 'There are a lot of cool companies out there that are doing well but just want to expand and get them some buzz,' he said. Standouts for Season 2 were 'a margarita machine, like a coffee espresso machine but you can make cocktails in them' (go figure!), the Maximus clothing line for big and tall people ('I definitely need that!') and a unique skateboard concept.

"As every NFL player knows, the career-span of an athlete is unpredictable, and very few players can say they’re still in the league at age 40 like Brady. Gronkowski knows better than anyone that injury can sideline you at a moment’s notice and you always have to plan ahead.

“'Sports can bring you so far, but it’s always good to do things off the field and know what’s going on … have an education in the business world and know what’s out there, because sports doesn’t last your entire life,' he said. 'A lot of people play for a couple of years and then go out and find what else there is to do. It happened to my family, my brothers and now they are on to new business ventures. It is good to get a business sense, business savvy and then when it comes down to that time, you’re ready to roll.'

"His brothers are poster boys of that philosophy — with Dan and Gordie Gronkowski Jr. running an elite workout company called Gronk Fitness, which now boasts Gronk Zones across gyms in Boston; and Chris Gronkowski’s vacuum-insulated Ice Shaker blowing up the sports bottle industry. 'He doesn’t need my help pitching that,' Rob laughed when asked if that should be on the next MVP. 'He’s doing great on his own!'

"While he’s secure in his job at the Patriots with boss Bill Belichick for a long time, Gronkowski said his dream job post-football would be 'my family business — fitness equipment. I love working out, I love being active, so just to be able to keep launching new fitness products and new fitness innovations out there,' he said. 'To keep grinding like crazy and keep people fit, Gronk Fitness already has my name on it so we’re good to go.'”

Planet of the Apps is a much better show if that tells you anything.


"Deion Sanders is ready for 'Primetime' thanks to his recent Botox work! The 50-year-old former football and baseball star recently had some Botox done to erase some unwanted lines on his face.

“'I feel great'” he exclusively tells ET’s Darla Murray. '50 is the new 21. I feel young, I feel very energetic, I feel like taking on the world, I feel like challenging people to work out, to live right, to eat healthy, to make the proper decisions in life. I really feel good. I am in a really good place in life.'

"Sanders got Botox for the first time recently, and he’s not ashamed to go public with the details. 

“'It was definitely the first time I have ever done that, but I go by the model and the slogan that I used my whole career – if you look good, you feel good,' he explains. 'I noticed frown lines and crow’s feet. I am like, "I have got to do something about this!”'

"The sports analyst knows that many people don’t view Botox as something men get.

“'There are a lot of things that I have been the forerunner of,' he says. 'So, I had never played football and baseball in the same day, so I did that. So, I don’t mind being a leader when it comes to this because it really helps. I feel like I look good, and I feel good.'

"Being on camera first prompted Sanders to consider getting some work done.

“'Even when I talk on Instagram, I can see some frown lines and they were able to get that straight and it was much more clear,' he explains. 'The before and after pictures are distinctly different, and I love the result. As a matter of fact, I am about to go on TV this weekend, start my job within the network, and I need to go down there and get another hit.'

"Someone who might just join him is his wife, Tracey Edmonds, whom Sanders says was a big fan of his Botox.

“'Oh, she loves it. She loved it! She is ready to go back with me,' he says.

"The Pro Football Hall of Famer says he never considered keeping the Botox a secret.

“'I am open about everything. I don’t do things in the dark,' he says. 'My youth organization is called Truth, so that is just who I am. That is how I live. So, there is no way I can hashtag Truth at the end of all of my social media posts, and have a youth organization called Truth, and I am trying to live a lie or fool someone. I love it! I absolutely love the results.'

"In fact, the Botox has given him a new outlook on the future.

“'I am pretty much at halftime. I feel like I am at halftime in my life, and now it’s time to go into the locker room and reassess things and come back out with a whole new plan,' he says."