Thursday February 1, 2018

Joel Kinnaman was not surprised by any of the allegations levied against Kevin Spacey or Harvey Weinstein.  Was anyone?

Here is the cast of season THIRTY-SIX of Survivor.

Still enjoying Waco.  I actually wish they'd actually draw the story out a bit more.

A new season of Impractical Jokers premieres tonight on truTV.

NBC offers up a sneak peak of new sitcom A.P. Bio after the season 2 finale of The Good Place.

Here's a review of the aforementioned A.P. Bio, which will in no way discourage me from watching.

Fox has booted Charlie Walk from The Four: Battle for Stardom after allegations of sexual harassment have been made against him. All he has wanted was to be Simon Cowell. I hope he enjoyed the junior varsity league run at stardom he had for 30 seconds.

A&E has renewed Ozzy & Jack's World Detour for a 3rd season.

"Hip-hop star N.O.R.E. is on the hunt for some good food. The rapper will go from spitting rhymes to traveling around the country as a food connoisseur in On the Run Eatin’ with N.O.R.E., his new original series from Complex and Lionsgate. Starting February 28, all eight episodes of On the Run Eatin’ will be available for your bingeing pleasure on Complex and the go90 streaming platform. Each episode will have N.O.R.E. combining his love for food and hip-hop as he samples delicious cuisine from all over the country. His hip-hop eating tour is unlike all the other food shows which are made by foodies for foodies. On the Run Eatin’ will make you fall in love with eating all over again – whether you’re a world-class chef or just someone who loves their PopTarts. Whether it’s tasting THC-infused maple syrup and pancakes in Las Vegas, chowing down on pineapple bowls served by former gang members in Compton, eating cow testicles in a high-end Manhattan restaurant, Puerto Rican street food, mouth-scalding hot Chinese feasts, or just getting kicked out of Martin Luther King’s historic home, N.O.R.E. and his crew will serve up the most unexpected, the most mouth-watering, the most challenging and slamming food you can possibly experience."

CBS’ 48 Hours will report Saturday that actor Robert Wagner is a “person of interest” in the 1981 drowning death of his wife, actress Natalie Wood.

"Podcast network Gimlet Media is establishing a footprint in film and television with the launch of Gimlet Pictures, a new film and TV arm headed by the company’s Chris Giliberti. The new unit under the Gimlet Media umbrella formalizes the digital company’s recent forays in TV and film with two high-profile TV series — Amazon’s Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, ABC’s Alex, Inc., toplined by Zach Braff — and the Annapurna feature Man of the People, headlined by Robert Downey Jr. As Head of Gimlet Pictures, Giliberti will be based at the company’s headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, splitting his time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles."

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The hits just keep on coming!!  "Suits is beefing up its ranks as it prepares to bid farewell to two original cast members. Grey’s Anatomy alumna Katherine Heigl is joining USA Networks’ long-running drama as a new series regular for the just picked up eighth season which will not feature Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle. Heigl will star opposite Gabriel Macht on Suits, which is looking to shake things up, replacing the male buddy element of the show, built around the relationship between Macht’s Harvey Specter and Adams’ Mike Ross, with a male-female dynamic.

"Heigl will play Samantha Wheeler, a talented new partner at Pearson Specter Litt who challenges the status quo and will either become the firm’s greatest ally … or most powerful enemy.

"Suits creator Aaron Korsh teased the new series regular in the series’ Season 8 renewal announcement yesterday. 'Keep an eye out for an adversarial new character that will give Harvey a run for his money,' he said then.

"In addition to Macht, Heigl joins returning Suits original cast members Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen), Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt) and newly minted series regular Dulé Hill (Alex Williams). The eighth season begins production in April in Toronto, with premiere slated for later this year on USA.

“'On behalf of the entire Suits team, I am extraordinarily excited to welcome Katherine Heigl into our family – I have always been a big fan of her work and was delighted to discover she was an avid Suits fan herself,' Korsh said today. 'I cannot wait to have her come play with our entire cast and crew. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Harvey, Louis, Donna and Alex as the mysterious Samantha Wheeler is a direct threat to their status quo. One thing is for sure – Samantha’s wit, charm, loyalty, strength and vulnerability will all be put to the test as she muscles her way into the firm currently known as Pearson Specter Litt.'

"Heigl is best known for her Emmy-winning co-starring role on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. Her recent TV credits include starring roles on another legal drama, CBS’ Doubt, as well as on NBC’s State of Affairs. On the film side, she most recently starred in thriller Unforgettable."

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From The Hollywood Reporter: "George Clooney has played heartthrobs in numerous films and TV shows over the years — but when he met his now-wife, Amal Alamuddin, he thought they were just "buddies."

"In a new clip of an upcoming episode of David Letterman's Netflix talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Clooney recalls how a mutual friend asked to bring Alamuddin on a visit to Clooney's house. 

"Not long after, Clooney says, 'I got a call from my agent who called me and said, "I met this woman who’s coming to your house who you’re gonna marry."'

"'So, now this was arranged by an agent, your talent agent had done all the paperwork ahead of time,' Letterman jokes. 

"Clooney then recalls how the pair 'stayed up all night talking' and how he got Alamuddin's email address, but wasn't sure if she was interested in dating. 'I got her email address ‘cause she was going to send me some pictures of my parents, and then we started writing and I didn’t really — I didn’t know if she wanted to go out with me. I just thought, you know, we were buddies,' Clooney says. 

"'Who would, George? … Let’s be frank: Who really would want to go out with you?' Letterman jokes.

"Clooney's next project, a television adaptation of Joseph Heller's novel Catch-22 that he will star in, executive produce and direct, will stream on Hulu. It's Clooney's first time as a television regular in nearly two decades.

"The next episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction premieres Friday, Feb. 9, on Netflix."

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Per Deadline, "Cougar Town alum Courteney Cox is executive producing Nine Months, a new docuseries about pregnancy for Facebook Watch. Ample Entertainment is producing.

"In a video casting announcement on Twitter, Cox says producers are 'looking for all types of stories from people who are trying to get pregnant, to those who just found out that they are pregnant.'

"She adds, 'We need diverse, emotional, unexpected characters to film themselves going through the most real, emotional and real story that us has humans have to tell.'

"A flyer that went out to casting sites last week, says the docuseries will cover the process of getting pregnant, to the milestones along the way, coming from the mother’s point of view. The types of stories include, but are not limited to first-time pregnancy, pregnant after 40, IVF, trying to get pregnant while husband faces deployment, same-sex couple looking for a surrogate, cancer survivor, among other things."

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Per Variety, "[t]he long-gestating NBC drama The Gilded Age is moving forward with a series order, the network announced Wednesday.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes will executive produce the series, with “Downton Abbey” executive producer Gareth Neame writing and executive producing. The series has received a 10-episode order and is scheduled to debut in 2019. The series will be produced by Universal Television. The series was first put in development at NBC back in 2012.

"The Gilded Age in 1880s New York City was a period of immense social upheaval, of huge fortunes made and lost, and of palaces that spanned the length of Fifth Avenue. In the series, Marian Brook is the wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family who will embark on infiltrating the wealthy neighboring family dominated by ruthless railroad tycoon George Russell, his rakish and available son Larry, and his ambitious wife Bertha, whose 'new money' is a barrier to acceptance by the Astor and Vanderbilt set.

"Fellowes, who is an Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning writer, was honored with an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special and was nominated three other times. On the film side, he won an Oscar in 2002 and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his screenplay of Gosford Park.

“'To write The Gilded Age is the fulfillment of a personal dream,' Fellowes said. 'I have been fascinated by this period of American history for many years and now NBC has given me the chance to bring it to a modern audience. I could not be more excited and thrilled. The truth is, America is a wonderful country with a rich and varied history, and nothing could give me more pleasure than be the person to bring that compelling history to the screen.'

Downton Abbey, which was produced by Neame’s Carnival Films, is recognized as one of the most acclaimed and popular British drama series of all time. It was an immediate hit in the U.S. and U.K. and won both the Emmy in 2011 for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie and the Golden Globe the following year for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. In fact, “Downton Abbey” is the most nominated non-U.S. show in the history of the Emmys with 69 nominations and 15 wins."