Thursday January 11, 2018

Jennifer Lopez is returning as a guest on Will & Grace.

"Comedy Central has unveiled that The Daily Show With Trevor Noah will start featuring topical segments from South African comic Loyiso Madinga that will be inserted into the show in Africa.  Host, writer and executive producer Trevor Noah selected the comedian from his home country. The regionally targeted reports will be shown in Africa intermittently in addition to the main edition’s content with the goal of 'inserting local relevance to the global hit,' the network said. The first piece, a field report from the African National Congress Elective Conference, will debut on Thursday."

"Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and his estranged wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, have agreed an eight-figure divorce settlement, sources told The Post. The former couple inked the deal, which is estimated to be worth between $15 million and $20 million, at the end of last year, a source said. Paperwork will be filed in court in the coming days, the sources said."

Olivia Munn hosts The Critics Choice Awards tonight on The CW.

HBO has announced that the new season of Silicon Valley will return on March 25.

Here's the season 5 trailer.

Speaking of which, "Variety reports that Kumail Nanjiani is co-writing a series based on the 1985 movie My Beautiful Laundrette. It doesn’t have a network yet, but the show is being developed through the production company Super Deluxe, and it would star Nanjiani in the story of a Pakistani man who opens a laundromat with his boyfriend. The original film was set in London, and it co-starred Daniel Day-Lewis as the Brit punk companion to Gordon Warnecke’s Omar, and was hailed for its handling of LGBT and immigration issues — both of which make it an incredibly timely property to bring back now. The movie’s screenwriter, Hanif Kureishi, will also produce alongside Silicon Valley’s Alec Berg. Now some executive better snatch this show up quick and get Kumail a dreamy screen boyfriend."

Michael J. Fox has joined the cast of Designated Survivor for a 5-episode arc.

Ted Danson joins James Lipton tonight Inside The Actors Studio.

The Ringer examines how tall you have to be in order to win The Bachelor.

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Per Deadline, "[e]ver since he won a Golden Globe for The Disaster Artist on Sunday, James Franco has been a target of sexual misconduct allegations on social media, which have led to the cancellation of a New York Times event. The backlash against the actor-director also has prompted a reaction from HBO where Franco is star and executive producer of porn industry drama The Deuce, recently renewed for a second season.

“'We have verified that no complaints about Mr. Franco have come in on The Deuce production,' HBO said in a statement to Deadline.

"Franco addressed the allegations during his appearance on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He told Colbert that he was aware of what actress Ally Sheedy had tweeted. Shortly after his win, Sheedy sent out a vague tweet about Franco’s behavior in the past. The two worked together on the 2014 off-Broadway production of The Long Shrift.

"To this, Franco said, 'I have no idea what I did to Ally Sheedy. I had nothing but a great time with her. I have total respect for her.' He said that they had fun working together and he said he couldn’t speak for her and reiterated that he did not know what he did.

"Other women followed Sheedy’s tweet but were less vague. Violet Paley and Sarah Tither Kaplan tweeted out detailed accusations against Franco about inappropriate sexual behavior.

"In regards to these tweets, he said, 'In my life, I pride myself in taking responsibility for things I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever something needs to be changed.' He said that things that were out on Twitter were 'not accurate.'

"He continued, 'I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they haven’t had a voice for so long. I don’t want to shut them down in any way. It’s a good thing I support.'

"Colbert then asked Franco if there is a way to have discussions about sexual harassment allegations outside of social media. The Late Show host then asked if there was a way to come to what the truth is and come to some reconciliation between people who clearly have different views of things.

“'If I have done something wrong, I will fix it — I have to,' said Franco. 'That’s how that works. I don’t know what else to do.'

"He then concluded by referring to the Time’s Up movement during the Globes: 'The point is to listen. I am here to listen and learn and change perspective where it’s off. I’m completely willing and want to.'”

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"Get ready to go off the rails, Jennifer Connelly fans! That Snowpiercer reboot series you have been waiting for has been picked up to series at TNT, a network spokesperson told TheWrap.

"The series is based on Bong Joon Ho’s 2013 film of the same name, about a ginormous train that circles the frozen wasteland the earth has become and houses what is left of the human race. While the train moves, its inhabitants struggle with the same political and culture issues the world has dealt with for centuries, including social injustice, class warfare and the fight for survival.

"In addition to Connelly, the Snowpiercer series will star Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Benjamin Haigh, Sasha Frolova, Katie McGuinness, Alison Wright, Annalise Basso, Sam Otto, Roberto Urbina, Sheila Vand and Lena Hall.

“'I’m a personal fan of Bong Joon Ho’s epic film, and jumped at the chance to honor his original vision, yet expand upon the world and characters with a diverse, award-winning cast,' Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT, said. 'Science fiction is the perfect genre to examine issues of race, class, gender and natural resources with thought-provoking and exciting storytelling. Snowpiercer will explore those relevant issues while embarking on a wild, action-filled ride.'

"The reboot is a co-production between Tomorrow Studios and Turner’s Studio T, as well as CJ Entertainment. Scott Derrickson directed the pilot, which was written by Josh Friedman."

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"Kelly Clarkson is set to be a coach on Season 13 of NBC’s The Voice and not Season 16 of now-ABC property American Idol. So why did the first ever American Idol snub the former Fox series that made her famous?

"It’s all about 'those blinds,' she said, referring to the backs-turned audition process on The Voice. Clarkson compared those with the days of her opera-singing competitions, when all of the contestants performed behind screens.

“'It was all based on talent and merit,' she remembered at Tuesday’s Television Critics Association press tour.

"Plus, there’s just something about being a 'coach' — The Voice’s verbiage — and not a 'judge,' which is what American Idol calls its panelists.

“'I get to be a part of their team and not just judge them and say stuff — I get to actually be involved with them and cultivate their career and where they want to go, and help them navigate this competition,' Clarkson said of the stable of talent she’s current mentoring. 'And I think that’s my favorite part … that I get to be a coach.'

“'I’ve been asked to be a judge on things and I don’t want to be a judge,' she continued. 'I’m not really good at that, I always feel sh—y afterwards, if you have to say something to somebody and they don’t receive it well. So, I really enjoy the coaching aspects.'

"Yes, she said all of that without mentioning Idol by name. Clarkson also dodged a direct question on whether or not she was asked to return to the Ryan Seacrest-hosted series for its ABC reboot.

“'A lot of people reach out to me for singing things,' she said."

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Gillian Anderson is finished with The X-Files, the actress confirmed Wednesday during a panel organized as part of the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. Anderson said that she originally intended to sign on for the six-episode revival in 2017. She also confirmed that she's walking away from Starz drama American Gods after showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green quit the series. 

"'It's time for me to hang up Scully's hat. It just is,' Anderson told reporters, ruling out any potential return in the future. 'I'm finished, and that's the end of that.'

"As for American Gods, she said: 'I'm not doing any more American Gods. Bryan and Michael Green aren't either, as has been announced.' Fuller and Green decided to quit the series after clashing with producers Fremantle over the show's season two budget.

"As for X-Files, 'I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six, but I was really curious. I felt that the previous six was going to be it. It was dipping our toe back in again ... and getting to play these wonderful characters again,' Anderson said. 'I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself, that short stack of episodes felt like we were learning how to walk again and that this season of 10 feels like the pace is up and we're running.'

"She added, 'I wouldn't necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye. ... There's lots of things that I want to do in my life and in my career and it's been an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary character and I am hugely grateful.'

"For his part, co-star David Duchovny told reporters he would be 'good either way' if the show continued without Anderson or if it ended after the current season. 

"'I've tried to say goodbye to Fox Mulder many times and I failed. And they all went and did the show without me, so how do you like that? I'm feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember,' Duchovny joked. 

"The X-Files ran on Fox from 1993 to 2002, and returned to Fox for a six-episode tenth season in 2017, billed as a limited event.

“'I’ve said from the beginning this is it for me,' Anderson told TV Guide Magazine ahead of the 11th season premiere. She had told fans at New York Comic Con last year that she was finished but reiterated her statement to the magazine. 'I was a bit surprised by people’s [shocked] reaction to my announcement … because my understanding was that this was a single season.'

"X-Files executive producers Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan and James Wong were on hand to discuss the 11th season and upcoming episodes, which they wrote and directed. While the longtime collaborators penned and helmed episodes solo this season, they also welcomed collaboration.

"'When we first started The X-Files, there was no such thing as a traditional writers room that we understand as it exists now, and I think in this particular 10 episodes we tried to include things we've done recently in new shows,' Wong said. 'At the end of the day, since we all directed the episodes that we wrote, mostly, we didn't have a chance to really have a traditional writers room, but we did give notes to each other and comment and were involved.'"