Monday January 8, 2018

Here are last night's Golden Globe winners in the television categories:

Best Actress, Limited Series or Television Movie: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies, HBO

Best Actress in a Television Series/Musical or Comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon

Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama: Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama: Sterling K Brown, This Is Us, NBC

Best TV Series, Drama: The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies, HBO

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited Series or TV Movie: Laura Dern, Big Little Lies, HBO

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie: Ewan McGregor, Fargo, FX

Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical: Aziz Ansari, Master of None, Netflix

Best Limited Series or Television Movie: Big Little Lies, HBO

Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Amazon

No major beef with any of the above.

Oprah's speech captured headlines this morning, but here's a rundown of what you missed in case you didn't tune in last night.

I'm in on 9-1-1.

I watched some of The Four.  Do NOT waste your time.  It's worse than The Voice.  And it's 2 hours.

Speaking of 2 hour shows, there's no reason 60 Days In needs to be that long each week.

"FX is opening the book on the next chapter of Sons of Anarchy. The cable network announced Friday that it has handed out a 10-episode series order to Mayans MC, Kurt Sutter's follow-up to FX's long-running biker drama. The series will premiere in 2018, either in late fall or the summer pegged to the 10th anniversary of the flagship.  The series pickup comes four years after Sons of Anarchy wrapped its seven-season run and brings Sutter back to the network after The Bastard Executioner."

Also, "FX has slotted premiere dates for season 2 of Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Atlanta, the series premiere of drama Trust and the sixth and final season of praised drama series The Americans. Atlanta Robbin’ Season (aka Atlanta Season 2) will debut Thursday, March 1 at 10 PM ET/PT; Trust premieres Sunday, March 25 at 10 PM ET/PT and The Americans Season 6 debuts Wednesday, March 28 at 10 PM ET/PT."

Let's just say that Grey's Anatomy's Ellen Pompeo will not be in a Woody Allen movie in her lifetime.

Pink will sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl next month.

CBS has renewed Young Sheldon for a 2nd season.

Amazon's Good Girls Revolt has not been renewed for a 2nd season.

ABC has renewed The Gong Show for a 2nd season.


Per TheWrap, "[g]ood news, Fargo fans — the Noah Hawley anthology series is likely to return to FX next year, cable channel boss John Landgraf told TV reporters on Friday.

“'Noah Hawley, who has become quite a busy bee… has told us that he has an idea that excited me enormously for a fourth cycle of Fargo and the plan is to have that ready in 2019,' Landgraf said at the Television Critics Association press tour. 'The anticipation is there will be another cycle of ‘Fargo’ in 2019.'

"See? The future is not all doom and gloom.

"After Season 3 went off the air, Hawley — also the man behind FX’s Legion — was unsure if his TV adaptation of the 1996 movie would continue. Here’s what he told Variety back in June when asked about another run:

"'I don’t know. I love making the show and I love writing these stories. It’s a huge challenge to come up with another 500 pages with an original approach on a set of archetypes that isn’t repeating things that I’ve done before. I wouldn’t want this show to feel like 'Oh, it’s cute. They do the accent, then things happen.' I want it to feel challenging and original and unexpected and with characters you haven’t seen before. That’s no small task. I guess what I would say is I have to take my time to make sure I get it right. The great thing about FX is they’re not pressuring me to get this on the air again next year. But I don’t know yet. I don’t have the idea yet, so we’ll just have to see. Thirty hours is a lot of story. I’m hugely proud of the work that we did, and I don’t want to overstay my welcome.'

"Fortunately, it now sounds like the critically acclaimed show will continue after all — just not this year."


"Bring it on, Viacom lawyers. That is Stephen Colbert’s message to Comedy Central over him intermittently reprising his Colbert Report character on CBS’ Late Show.

"On Saturday, TheWrap asked Colbert what the current status is of the rights for the character — and for the old cable late-night show’s trademark segments like The Word, which has morphed into The Werd on broadcast.

“'I don’t know,' he responded. “' just do it when I feel like it — and I would love a lawsuit.'

“'It would be fun, you know?' Colbert continued. 'It would be great to have somebody go into court and say, "You cannot go on stage as someone with your own name. That is illegal. We own your name when you inflect it.”'

"While this issue hasn’t gone to court (yet?), the attorneys got involved when Colbert first returned his conservative alter-ego to TV.

“'CBS’ top lawyer was contacted by the top lawyer from another company to say that the character  Stephen Colbert is their intellectual property,' Colbert said on-air at his new job back in July 2016. 'So, it is with a heavy heart, that I announce that — thanks to corporate lawyers — the character of Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report, will never be seen again.'

"Fortunately, the sketch and improv comic found a quick loophole at the time and introduced the world to 'Stephen Colbert‘s identical twin cousin,' Stephen ColbertThat guy seemed to love America just as much as the other dude, and can arch an eyebrow with the best of them.

"The cousin also said the Colbert Report host was probably gay — not that there’s anything wrong with that.

"Watch CBS’ (and Stephen Colbert’s) “Stephen Colbert” via the video found here."


Per Variety, "Showtime announced the premiere dates and released trailers for several shows during their session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday.

"Season 3 of Billions will launch on Showtime on March 25 at 10 p.m. The new season finds Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) in a world that has shifted on its axis. Both men are still determined to destroy the other, but must also battle for their own survival amid new forces and powerful enemies. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) Chuck’s wife and Axe’s performance coach, is all in for both of them, an uneasy and dangerous position for her, and one that ultimately puts her to a decision that could alter the direction of her life irrevocably.

"The cast also includes Malin Akerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Asia Kate Dillon and Jeffrey DeMunn. Clancy Brown guest stars this season as Waylon 'Jock Jeffcoat, the new Attorney General The series is created and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series was also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin.

"The second season of I’m Dying Up Here will premiere on May 6 at 10 p.m., while the fourth season of The Affair will launch on June 17 at 9 p.m.

I’m Dying Up Here explores the lives of a group of stand up comedians in 1970s Los Angeles. They are mentored by Goldie (Melissa Leo), a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. The cast also includes Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano, RJ Cyler, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin, Al Madrigal, and Jake Lacy. It is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by William Knoedelseder. The 10-episode second season goes into production this month in Los Angeles. The series is executive produced by David Flebotte, Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar and Christina Wayne, with Cindy Chupack and Adam Davidson joining as executive producers on Season 2.

"Season 4 of The Affair finds Noah (Dominic West), Helen (Maura Tierney), Alison (Ruth Wilson) and Cole (Joshua Jackson) in their own orbits, alienated from each other, spinning further and further away from where they all began. Every character is involved in a new relationship, forcing them each to decide if they’re ready and willing to leave the past behind for good. Sanaa Lathan joins the series as Jenelle, the tough-as-nails principal of the charter school where Noah teaches. Ramon Rodriguez stars as Ben, a Marine veteran now employed by the VHA and Alison’s new love interest. Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi (In Treatment) created the series. Treem, also the showrunner, and Levi serve as executive producers. Jessica Rhoades is also an executive produce on season four.

"Showtime also released the first trailer for “Patrick Melrose” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Set to debut later this year, the series is based on the acclaimed Patrick Melrose series of semi-autobiographical novels written by Edward St. Aubyn. This five-part limited series tracks the protagonist’s journey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.

"The series also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hugo Weaving, Anna Madeley, Blythe Danner, Allison Williams, Pip Torrens, Jessica Raine, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Holliday Grainger, Indira Varma, and Celia Imrie. Each episode, devoted to one of the five novels, is written for television by David Nicholls and directed by Edward Berger. Michael Jackson, Rachael Horovitz, Cumberbatch, Adam Ackland, and Helen Flint will executive produce.

"The series is a co-production between Showtime and Sky Atlantic.

"Finally, Showtime announced that they will air documentaries on the New York Times and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

"Produced by Pulse Films, XY Chelsea follows Manning, whose 35-year sentence in an all-male maximum security prison was commuted by President Obama in 2017. Shot over two years, the film picks up on the day in May when she leaves prison and follows her through her journey of discovery, while also examining her place in the conversation on national security and the fight of the transgender community for rights and visibility.

"The documentary was directed by Tim Travers Hawkins and produced by Pulse Films in association with First Look Media’s Topic Studios, Field of Vision and British Film Institute. Thomas Benski, Julia Nottingham and Lucas Ochoa of Pulse Films are producers. Laura Poitras, Mary Burke, Michael Bloom, Adam Pincus, Charlotte Cook, Sharon Chang, Blaine Vess, and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos serve as executive producers.

"The multi-part Times documentary series The Fourth Estate explores the process and progress of The New York Times and its journalists in covering the Trump administration. Produced and directed by Liz Garbus, the project chronicles the major issues facing journalism today. It is produced by RadicalMedia for Showtime with Jenny Carchman and Justin Wilkes serving as producers."


Per The Hollywood Reporter, "[t]he next season of American Horror Story will be set in the future, a first for Ryan Murphy's FX anthology.

"Murphy traditionally keeps details surrounding the upcoming season close to the chest, but the co-creator and executive producer offered up that first detail of the forthcoming eighth cycle when speaking to TV critics at the semi-annual press tour on Friday night. 

“'It's set in the future but not the theme,' the showrunner later clarified, adding that the time period will be within the next 10 to 20 years. 'The near-distant future. It's a projection story.'

"The most recent seventh season, AHS: Cult, jumped slightly back in time to chronicle the immediate aftermath of the 2016 presidential election and explore the cult of personality. Previous seasons have taken place in the more distant past — the 1950s and 1960s with Freak Show and Asylum, respectively — and some have taken episodic leaps into the future to wrap up the story, but none have time jumped ahead for a futuristic season.

"During the panel, Murphy said the theme will once again be topical, promising, 'It’s different from what we’ve done before.'

"He also confirmed the next season will not be the anticipated Murder House-Coven crossover, and that it will probably happen in season nine. (The series has been renewed through 2019.) After revealing Lady Gaga's Witch of the Woods character to be the original supreme (meaning she created the witches of Coven) in season six's Roanoke, Murphy had promised a future season would see the cycles' stories merge. For season eight, Murphy said not all of the castmembers were available, but they have already outlined the crossover season.

"The eighth season, expected to air fall of 2018, will star leading lady Sarah Paulson. No other castmembers have been confirmed."