Tuesday January 30, 2018

Chris Christie is joining ABC as a contributor.

The State of the Union is tonight at 9pm EST.  Brace yourself.

Netflix has renewed Fuller House for a 4th season.

E! debuts Citizen Rose tonight, described as a 5-part series that chronicles Rose McGowan’s life in the wake of speaking out against Harvey Weinstein.

Oxygen Media will premiere the one-hour special Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer on February 11. Hosted by  NBC News senior national correspondent Kate Snow, the special will  re-examine the manhunt for murderer Andrew Cunanan through new and revisited expert insider interviews and will chronicle Cunanan’s cross-country murder spree that culminated with the murder of Versace and his suicide. Killing Versace: The Hunt For A Serial Killer is produced by Peacock Productions with Aretha Marshall and Brian Cavanagh serving as executive producers.

Michelle Obama has chosen Ellen DeGeneres for her first post-White House TV interview. The former First Lady will appear on Thursday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show to help celebrate the host’s 60th birthday. 

A West Wing reunion.

Proof that Reddit is made for people who simply have too much time on their hands.

David "Schwimmer was asked about the possibility of a Friends reunion during an appearance on Megyn Kelly Today, and his reply is bound to disappoint anyone hoping for a return trip to Central Perk. 'I doubt it. I really do,' he admitted. What's more, he's not even sure he wants a return for Friends: 'I just don't know if I want to see all of us with like crutches, like walkers.'"

"NBC on Tuesday announced that Saturday Night Live star [Leslie Jones] will assist the network in its coverage of the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, reporting and interviewing players in South Korea; she first got involved with the Peacock Network’s Olympics reporting back in 2016 when network executives caught wind of her obsessive tweets during the Rio Olympic Games."

"Nicole Eggert has doubled-down on the accusation that Charles in Charge”co-star Scott Baio “molested” her when she was a minor. 'The issue with him is that he was our boss,' the actress told Megyn Kelly this morning. 'He also was telling me, you know, "You can’t tell anybody, this is illegal, I’ll go to jail. The show will be over, everybody will be sued. You’ll be out of a job and you’ll ruin everybody’s life.' And it’s scary. It’s intimidating — especially when you’re young.' Eggert said Baio penetrated her with his finger when she was 14. 'That happened quite often, through the age of 16,' she said of the touching. 'More than 10 times, more like probably once a week. And then on set, there was just a lot of groping, a lot of fondling, a lot of pulling me on his lap, trying to sneak kisses in the back, which other cast members saw.'”

"Since every single day is a waking nightmare thanks to the actions of Donald Trump and his bumbling administration, some good old fashioned satire is exactly what we need to help us get through the next three years.

"Showtime has teamed with Stephen Colbert to deliver an animated series called Our Cartoon President, providing us with a comedic take on the Donald Trump presidency. Since the administration itself is already laughable, mocking them satirically has proven to be a bit of a challenge (as evidenced by Saturday Night Live‘s hit or miss sketches on the matter), but this show looks to be wacky enough to bring some levity to the situation in Washington D.C.

"And you can watch the pilot episode for free right now, even if you don’t subscribe to Showtime. 

"What I love most about this animated series, aside from the way it mocks Donald Trump and all those surrounding him in Washington D.C. (on both sides of the aisle), are the perfect caricatures of all the politicians we’re used to seeing all over cable news. These character designs do a fine job of exaggerating the key facial features of these government officials and turning them into cartoon characters.

"But what really makes Our Cartoon President stand out from the rest of the mockery out there is that executive producers Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht and R.J. Fried have turned this into an animated workplace comedy series that just so happens to lampoon real world politics and people. Even though the series is animated and thus won’t be as timely as viewers might like, don’t forget that there will be some time on the series reserved for topical jokes on whatever has made headlines that week.

"Our Cartoon President doesn’t debut on Showtime until February 11, 2018 with back-to-back episodes starting at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT, but Showtime wanted to get this episode out there since it’s about the State of the Union address, which will happen on Tuesday evening. Here’s the office synopsis for the series:

"From executive producer Stephen Colbert comes this hilarious look into the Trump presidency, animation style. Starring two-dimensional avatars of Donald Trump and his merry band of insiders and family members, this cutting-edge comedy presents the truish adventures of Trump, his confidants and bon vivants. It’s a workplace comedy where the office is oval, a character study in search of character, and a timely political send-up of our always-colorful forty-fifth president and his family. Trust us, it’s yuge, and you’re going to laugh bigly."

I watched the premiere.  It's worth your time if you have 28 minutes to spare.  The animation is great.

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "HBO is hoping to expand its late-night presence.

"The premium cable network has ordered a new late-night comedy series from emerging filmmaker Terence Nance. The six-episode project, Random Acts of Flyness, will offer a subversive look at the zeitgeist. Further details on the show are being kept under wraps, though sources say each episode will be made up of vignettes and will feature an ensemble cast.

"Produced by MVMT, Random Acts of Flyness will be executive produced by Nance, who is also expected to co-write and direct the series. His credits include several short films, including Swimming in Your Skin Again and Univitellin. The Dallas native's feature film An Oversimplification of Her Beauty premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

"HBO, for its part, already airs two late-night talk shows with Bill Maher's Real Time and John Oliver's Last Week Tonight. Last fall, the pay cabler greenlighted a 10-episode late-night comedy doc series from Wyatt Cenac that will take a satirical look at social and cultural issues."

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Does Charlie Walk being accused of sexual harassment surprise anyone? "With just days to go in the taping of the end of Fox’s The Four, judge and record company boss Charlie Walk has been accused by a former label executive of sexually harassing her during his stint at Sony Music.

"Life Lab founder Tristan Coopersmith described how she was 'in shock' when Walk called to ask her to work for him. She said Walk flattered her and told her 'a lot of things I wanted to hear,' lauding her promise and her ability to revolutionize a struggling recording industry. She said he introduced her to music industry power players, including Donnie Ienner and Lyor Cohen and 'my ultimate (now fallen) hero, Russell Simmons.'

"It seemed like the opportunity of a lifetime. But Coopersmith described a darker side of this supposed dream job, in which Walk allegedly would invite her into his office and make lewd comments, send sexually explicit text messages, grope her at business dinners and, on one occasion, attempt to push her into bed with him.

“'I remember the girl that took that job,' Coopersmith wrote in an open letter. 'I remember how confident and vocal she was. How grateful. I remember how motivated and determined she was to crush it, to be a visionary in the industry. But the girl who walked away a year later had shrunk. She no longer looked up when she walked. She became quiet. Her spirit was barely recognizable. She felt confused. She felt diminished. She felt wholeheartedly worthless. She lived in a corrosive pit of shame.'

"Calling Walk a 'scumbag,' Coopersmith said his behavior made her 'feel sick to my stomach almost everyday.' She says she left the industry eight years ago and held the ugly secret for all this time — reliving it in flashbacks and nightmares.

“'To you, Charlie Walk what you did was normal,' she declares. 'It was a power you perceived to have earned, with a right to exercise it. But to me it was insulting, confusing and objectifying. And it was a secret that I held for a very long time, my experiences only spilling out in flashbacks and nightmares.'

"Coopersmith went public with her account a day after the Grammy Awards put the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements at the center of the event, underscoring the issues of harassment, discrimination and pay inequality. One of the evening’s highlights was Kesha’s powerful performance of her hit Praying — an anthem for abused women — in which she was accompanied by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Andra Day, Julia Michaels and Bebe Rexha and the Resistance Revival Chorus.

"Fox has not responded to Deadline’s request for comment about the accusations and what impact if any they could have on the production of first-year singing competition show The Four.

"Hosted by ex-Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie and judged by Walk,  Sean 'Diddy' Combs, DJ Khaled and singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor, The Four: Battle for Stardom debuted at the beginning of the year on the net to OK ratings. Pitching somewhat established artists against newcomers, the goal of the show is a recording contract with the Walk-led Republic Records, a division of Universal Music Group.

"Universal Music issued a statement, saying it’s conducting a review. 'While it appears this blog post relates to the period prior to Mr. Walk’s appointment to his position at Republic Records, we take the allegations very seriously and intend to conduct a full and complete review of this matter.'

"Sony Music declined comment.

"Here is Coopersmith’s letter in its entirety:

Dear Charlie Walk~

I remember the day you called and asked me to work for you. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe a music mogul like yourself wanted ME to come work for YOU. And not only did you want me to work for you, you wanted me to start my very own department. You said it would revolutionize the way the record industry worked. You said I would change the game. You said I had raw talent. You said I was bright, savvy and necessary. You said a lot of things that I wanted to hear. You made me feel like a Unicorn. And you promised me a lot of things. And you were true on your word. You took me as a young trend forecaster and gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. The opportunity to help shape the industry that I loved, which was crumbling at the feet of digital downloads. You introduced me to other music moguls like Donnie Ienner and Lyor Cohen and my ultimate (now fallen) hero, Russell Simmons. You gave me a fancy office, an assistant and a budget. You took me backstage to shows and got me private meet ‘n greets with the likes of Prince. You gave me opportunities beyond my wildest imagination.

But you also made me feel sick to my stomach almost everyday. For a year I shuddered at the idea of being called into your office, where you would stealthily close the door and make lewd comments about my body and share your fantasies of having sex with me. I was 27. No previous experience had taught me what to do in such a situation. So I laughed it off, gently reminded you that you were married with children, and tried to change the subject. But you were relentless. You would instant message me throughout the day making sexual remarks. Truly vulgar words and ideas. Pervasively. You invited me to dinners that in hindsight I had no business being at, but you did it so that you could put your hand on my thigh under the table, every time inching it closer and closer to my sacred place. You did it so you could lean over and whisper disgusting things into my ear and I had to smile so that no one suspected anything. On multiple occasions your wife was sitting right across from us. And then there was that event at your swank pad when you actually cornered me and pushed me into your bedroom and onto your bed. The bed you shared with your wife… your wife who was in the room next door. You being drunk and me being 6 inches taller was my saving grace.

You promised me the world in my career. You told me I would be one of the top 30 music executives under 30. It’s what I wanted. Cloaked in power, you knew how to get me right where you wanted me. Under your control. Playing your sick games.

After a year of working in fear, I finally called deep on my courage and shared my story with your counterpart. He wasn’t surprised. He told me that there was nothing I could do about it, but that he would help me coordinate a graceful exit if I wanted. I was paid to keep my mouth shut and my reputation intact. I’m ashamed of that piece but it’s a truthful part of my story. I took that dirty money and moved to LA.

I remember the girl that took that job. I remember how confident and vocal she was. How grateful. I remember how motivated and determined she was to crush it, to be a visionary in the industry. But the girl who walked away a year later had shrunk. She no longer looked up when she walked. She became quiet. Her spirit was barely recognizable. She felt confused. She felt diminished. She felt wholeheartedly worthless. She lived in a corrosive pit of shame.

To you, Charlie Walk what you did was normal. It was a power you perceived to have earned, with a right to exercise it. But to me it was insulting, confusing and objectifying. And it was a secret that I held for a very long time, my experiences only spilling out in flashbacks and nightmares. And my silence paid off. I was able to flourish in the industry, but the more that I did, the more that I saw there were so many Charlie Walks. I walked away from the world of entertainment 8 years ago and never looked back. Now I’m running a women’s sanctuary devoted to self-love, growth and empowerment. I find myself in a vortex of strength, courage and most of all morality. It’s where I belong so in some ways, perhaps I needed to endure you, to get here, so I’m deciding to be grateful for your part in my journey.

The truth is Charlie Walk there will always be scumbags like you. I know this because you’re raising sons who will follow in your own footsteps. But here’s the thing, I’m raising a son too. And I’m raising him to respect himself so that he can respect others, including women. I’m raising him to stand up to a-holes like you in honor of women. I’m raising him to know that healthy relationships don’t involve power. I’m raising him to be what you weren’t raised to be, a decent human being.

I don’t wish ill for you, Charlie Walk. Only the possibility of personal awakening, accountability and transformation so that you can use your power for good. I forgive you, Charlie Walk. I hope you can forgive yourself.

Free hearted~
Tristan"

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"Joanna Gaines will have to sit for a deposition, but she won’t get a paycheck.

"A judge ruled that the company producing furniture for Magnolia Home will not have to pay the Fixer Upper star her requested appearance fee of $150,000 per hour, according to U.S. District Court documents obtained by Page Six on Monday.

"Her requests to quash her subpoena and obtain a protective order to keep the case confidential were also denied 'as moot.'

"Page Six previously reported that Gaines is not directly involved in the suit, as it involves Standard Furniture Manufacturing Company, Inc. and LF Products. Standard Furniture Manufacturing agreed to sell 'high-end furniture' under the Magnolia House name (which Joanna, 39, owns with her husband Chip), and LF Products was set to make the products. But Joanna allegedly discovered that the manufacturing company was using a different type of raw material than they agreed on, and now the companies are battling in court over the upholstered chairs and couches.

"She was asked to sit for a deposition twice, but she argued 'that she has no relevant information because the suit turns on whether the shipped furniture conforms to the contract specifications' and 'her deposition would be duplicative since she has no unique knowledge relevant to the case.'

"But LF Products reminded the judge that Standard claimed in court that '[t]he Gaineses were to be and are heavily involved in the design and appearance of the furniture … and providing other specifications for the furniture' and alleged that 'after Gaines received a shipment of the furniture, it "was immediately apparent to [her] that the product was substandard and unsaleable.”'

“'The Court agrees with the defendants that Gaines has information relevant to this dispute that cannot be gotten elsewhere,' the judge ruled in the recent docs.

"Joanna’s rep didn’t get back to us."

Shocker.  She and her husband and her "rep" for that matter all need to leave our lives as quickly as possible PLEASE.