Tuesday January 9, 2018

Hulu has renewed Marvel's Runaways and Future Man.

A new season of Ink Master returns tonight on Spike.

MTV has renewed Floribama Shore for a 2nd season.

Speaking of which, "MTV dropped their first promo for Jersey Shore Family Vacation, the new installment of their biggest reality series which began in 2009 and fist-pumped through 2012. The whole gang is back for the revival: Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul 'Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino. The promo, which aired tonight during the season finale of what could be their sister show Floribama Shore, starts with someone hollerin’ 'Party’s back!' followed by the question 'WHERE THE  F*** THEY GOING?' This followed by snapshots of major monuments in cities around the country teasing where the crew will be vacationing including a pic of the White House and the caption 'NO F***IN’ WAY!' It ends with the show inviting the audience to use the hashtag #JSFAMILYVACATION throw in their two cents as to where the gang should bring their FTD (fresh to death) lifestyle."

A&E premieres its new show Undercover High tonight. "Undercover High follows seven young adults, ranging in age from 21 to 26, who embed themselves for a semester in Topeka, Kansas’ Highland Park High School. The participants pose as typical students–attending classes, making friends and participating in school clubs and activities–to provide an inside look at what it’s like to be a teenager today. Each with personal motivations driving them to help enact positive change, the participants, unaware of each other, arrive on campus where only the school administrators and select members of the community know their true identities and the reason for their semester-long stay. From bullying and the pervasiveness of social media to the struggle to excel in the classroom and navigate evolving social standards, participants discover the challenges and complexities, both new and familiar, facing today’s teens."

"ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey weighed in on Shonda Rhimes’ move to Netflix, saying that her relationship with the hitmaker is 'as strong as it’s ever been.' 'My relationship with Shonda pretty much dates back to my first days in television, because my very, very first assignment was working on Grey’s Anatomy,' Dungey said at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. 'Our relationship is as strong as it’s ever been. I’m really excited about the three shows we have on the air and the two we’re about to launch. . . . Last August, ABC’s most reliable creator jumped ship to sign a rich multi-year deal with Netflix, where she will develop new projects. Rhimes and her company Shondaland remains involved with ABC on her five existing shows, including the upcoming legal drama For the People and the untitled Grey’s Anatomy spinoff."

Per EW, "[r]eady for your first look at David Letterman’s new talk show?

"Above is the first teaser trailer for the series, titled My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman.

"That title suggests a show that’s setting a high bar for booking celebrities with name recognization and Letterman’s first guest certainly qualifies: The show will launch with the first post-presidency TV talk show interview with Barack Obama.

"So the hour-long premiere will have two firsts: The former CBS Late Show host emerging from retirement and the former president giving his first on-camera talk-show chat of the Trump era.

"The show will launch Friday, Jan. 12 and a new episode will be stream each subsequent month in 2018 — so the Letterman series is rather unique in the Netflix universe as it has a rather anti-binge roll-out.

"Letterman’s lineup of influential guests includes George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, JAY-Z, Tina Fey, and Howard Stern.

"According to Netflix, the 'interviews will take place both inside and outside a studio setting. The conversations are intimate, in-depth and far-reaching, with the levity and humor Dave’s fans know and love. Field segments will bring Letterman to locations far and wide, expressing his curiosity and desire to dig deeper on a specific topic related to the iconic guest featured in the episode.'”

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From Variety, "Ahead of the premiere of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the family of the legendary fashion designer has finally broken their silence on the show.

“'The Versace family has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV series about the death of Mr. Gianni Versace,' the family said in a statement via the fashion house. 'Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is partly based nor has it taken part in the writing of the screenplay, this TV series should only be considered as a work of fiction.'

"The second season of executive producer Ryan Murphy’s critically-acclaimed anthology series will explore the death of Versace at the hands of Andrew Cunanan in 1997. Edgar Ramirez will play Versace, while Darren Criss will play Cunanan. It is based in part on Maureen Orth’s 1999 book Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in US History.

"Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions, which produce the show, responded with their own statement. It reads:

“Like the original American Crime Story series The People Vs OJ Simpson, which was based on Jeffrey Toobin’s non-fiction bestseller The Run of His Life, FX’s follow-up The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is based on Maureen Orth’s heavily researched and authenticated non-fiction best seller Vulgar Favors which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan. We stand by the meticulous reporting of Ms. Orth.”

"During the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, executive producer Tom Rob Smith acknowledged that the writers had to fill in gaps in certain parts of the story, such as the events surrounding the deaths of Cunanan’s other victims, but pushed back against the idea that the events of the series were exaggerated.

“'We have these tiny points of truth, and you try to connect the tissue between them, but I would never use the term "embellish,”' Smith said."

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Per TheWrap, "ABC’s Bachelor franchise continues to grow, with the four-part Bachelor Winter Games airing in February, premiering just in time for Valentine’s Day.

"Contestants on the Winter Games will start their journey to find love on Tuesday, Feb. 13, ABC announced Monday. The series will continue on Thursday, Feb. 15, Tuesday, Feb. 20, and Thursday, Feb. 22. All episodes are two hours and will air on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

"The series will start in Vermont, where 14 international contestants — from countries including Australia, Switzerland and Japan — will meet 12 American Bachelor and Bachelorette alumni to compete in winter-themed challenges, including winter biathlon and ice dancing. Winners of the challenges will receive date cards, and the search for love will follow.

"Fans can expect special appearances from U.S. figure skating pairs champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner, and icon Nancy Kerrigan.

"First-ever Bachelorette Trista Sutter and her husband Ryan –who won her season– will serve as the grand marshals of the games, joined by ESPN’s Hannah Storm, KABC-TV’s Ashley Brewer, and, of course, host Chris Harrison.

"Country music singer Ruthie Collins will perform during the premiere episode."

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Per Deadline, "[r]emember that 1990s-set spinoff from The Goldbergs that ABC ordered to pilot last year? It’s about to air — right here right now. Well, this month.

"The network totally said today that the pilot, which was not picked up to series, will air at 8 PM January 24 as a regular episode of the fifth-year comedy created by Adam F. Goldberg. He also was behind the untitled spinoff, which will be titled The Goldbergs-1990 Something for its 'special event' airing.

"The episode picks up where the Goldberg family leaves off at William Penn Academy in the 1990s as former teacher and now Head of School John Glascott (Goldbergs reccuring Tim Meadows) leads a faculty with wildly different views on how to mentor students and recruits his tough-as-nails-sister Lucy (Nia Long) to join his staff and enroll her teenage daughters Felicia and Gigi (Rachel Crow, Summer Parker) as new students.

"Lucy is desperate to ensure they avoid the social pitfalls of high school and finds herself torn between Glascott’s nurturing and communicative approach to parenting and Coach Mellor’s (Bryan Callen) tough-guy belief that physical competition brings out the best in students. Even Beverly Goldberg (Wendi McLendon-Covey) comes to visit the school’s staff despite all her kids already having graduated. But she can’t help but meddle one last time.

The Goldbergs-1990 Something is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and penned by Marc Firek, from a story he wrote with fellow EP Goldberg. Doug Robinson also exec produces the episode from Happy Madison and Adam F. Goldberg Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television."

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Per The Associated Press, "[l]ess than a month after PBS dropped Tavis Smiley’s talk show after reported inappropriate relationships with subordinates, Smiley announced a deal Monday to go back to work with a new series about inspirational stories.

"His series, The Upside with Tavis Smiley, will be streamed online and shown on The Word Network, a religious-oriented cable and satellite channel directed at black viewers. He also announced a five-city 'town hall' tour to talk about relationships in the workplace.

"Among the men caught up in sexual misconduct cases the past few months, Smiley has been most aggressive in fighting back and the first to publicly announce plans to resume his career. His new show is expected to start in the spring.

"Smiley compared the experience to when he was fired by BET in 2001 for offering an interview that he had conducted with a newsmaker to ABC News, a corporate competitor. He wrote books about rebounding from setbacks, and launched the late-night talk show with PBS that aired for 14 years.

“'I would not wish this experience on my worst enemy,' Smiley said. 'Having said that, the last time this happened, great things came out of it.'

"Although conceding that what was once considered acceptable in the workplace may no longer be, Smiley has been defiant, suggesting that romances between professional colleagues is hardly unusual. However, PBS investigators reportedly found women who felt their advancement at work was tied to the sexual relationships, an assertion Smiley has denied.

"He’ll be a test case for whether fans will be willing to overlook behavior that an employer considered out of bounds.

"By fashioning a new program focusing on inspirational stories instead of more general interest news and entertainment, Smiley will sidestep the issue of whether his downfall would make celebrities reluctant to be interviewed by him. By striking a digital distribution deal with the media company AerNow and a little-watched cable network, he will also be much less visible.

"But Smiley said he believed that going digital positions him well for the future. He also said he’ll attract a younger audience than he was getting at PBS, and that he has also struck a deal for international distribution for The Upside and his production company’s inventory of interviews that he conducted in the past.

"He announced plans for a book and online course in Leading by Listening.

"His 'town hall' appearances in Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco will have him moderating discussions about acceptable workplace protocols.

“'Everyone is saying, "We need to talk about this," but nobody is doing that,' he said. 'Nobody is creating a space for it. Now here I am doing it.'

"Smiley said he was motivated to get back to work quickly because of concern for employees of his production company who learned that the PBS show was ending at the beginning of the holiday season.

"He said he wasn’t concerned that by moving so quickly, he might be missing out on better opportunities if he waited for the story of his firing to fade.

“'You can only make decisions based on what’s in front of you,' he said. 'You can’t make decisions based on what might happen, on what may come.'

"He said that as 'a black man in America,' he knows that better offers may never come."

Good luck with all that buddy.