Tuesday October 16, 2018

Regular season NBA returns to TV tonight.

Season 2 of Loudermilk premieres tonight on Audience. If you’re looking for an under the radar underrated show, check this one out.

ABC unveils a slew of season/series premieres: The Conners, The Kids Are Alright, black-ish, Splitting Up Together, The Rookie.

Why ABC decided to do Rosanne without Rosanne.

Jeff Lewis says he will not be returning to Bravo for another season of Flipping Outfollowing a tumultuous few months that saw a scathing lawsuit and personal complaints filed against him. The famously hot tempered house flipper posted a photo of himself on Instagram, showing him standing next to a white board bearing his photo and the words ‘Contract EXPIRED!’ written across the top, with a big red X drawn across his face.”

My friend Tanc was fantastic in last night’s episode of The Resident.

Shark Tank has become a pretty lousy show, but I’ll watch until they throw it in the dumpster.

Netflix has given a series order to Trinkets, based on Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith‘s young adult novel. Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool, Tragedy Girls), Kiana Madeira (The Flash, Sacred Lies) and Quintessa Swindell are set as the three female leads of the show from Viacom’s Awesomeness.”

How the mideterm elections went mainstream.

Kristen Chenowith will not return for season 2 of American Gods.

Susanna Dinnage is putting her mark on Animal Planet, with a new look for the channel and a lineup of global shows. The refreshed Animal Planet will go out of the gate with a series featuring the family of the late Steve Irwin, the Australian conservationist who had deep links with the Discovery-owned wildlife and natural history channel. Dinnage was upped from running Discovery in the U.K. and named Animal Planet’s first-ever global boss last November in a reorganization that saw Patrice Andrews exit. Based in London, Dinnage now runs the brand worldwide, including in the U.S., and has set about giving it a new look and feel that she said is about letting a family audience get close to wildlife. ‘It’s a fantastic opportunity to set the global blueprint for our brand.’ Dinnage told Variety in her first interview since taking the helm. ‘Converting this incredible brand that is distributed globally into an actual global brand is the task.’ A new logo, never publicly released before now, features a leaping blue elephant and will be used across all platforms. The channel has had taglines such as ‘surprisingly human’ before, but these have gone. The 22 year-old channel’s new branding will hit the U.K. and U.S. on Oct. 28 and will be in place across a 205-country footprint by the end of the first quarter of 2019.”

“In an attempt to bring you what has to be the most intense, possibly traumatic show in recent memory, Fremantle has acquired the global rights to Enslaved, a six-part Canadian docuseries hosted by Samuel L. Jackson that seeks to uncover ‘the horrors of slavery as revealed through underwater archaeology.’ The focus of the show, directed by filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, is the Middle Passage, the path taken by slave traders transporting enslaved African people to America across the Atlantic. Deadline notes that Fremantle’s rights exclude North America and Israel, and boy, you’d hope audiences in the United States could see this whenever possible. And since several outlets have mentioned the actor is a licensed diver, it stands to reason that Jackson might potentially himself suit up and join in the aquatic ‘search of the sunken slave ships that went down with their human cargo.’ Said Jackson in a statement about the show, ‘For me, this is much more than a TV series. For me, Enslaved is an attempt to give a voice to the millions whose voices were silenced.’ Jackson’s own ancestors, he says, came from Gabon, in central West Africa.”

Andy Cohen couldn’t believe the news when he learned that Joe Giudice is facing deportation. ‘I want to talk about some Bravo news,’ Cohen said during Monday’s episode of Radio Andy, explaining that he had just gotten off a plane to London when he learned that a judge ruled that Joe, the husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice, will be deported to his native Italy at the end of his prison sentence. Joe, 48, is currently serving out a 41-month prison sentence for mail, wire and bankruptcy fraud that began in March 2016. He is set to be released in 2019. Teresa, 46, served a little over 11 months in prison for the same crimes and was released in December 2015. ‘I was just stunned by this news. I’m really upset about it. The man has done his time. He will have served his sentence. Teresa served her sentence,’ Cohen, 50, continued, adding that ‘it seems so extreme to deport him.’ ‘Why not sentence him to community service or to something else that he could do to enrich the community instead of deporting him?’ he asked. ‘He spent his whole life here. He’s got kids, he’s got a family, he’s never lived in Italy, I’m really upset about it. My heart just really goes out to Teresa and the kids.’”

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Jeffrey Katzenberg's Quibi is not wasting any time in adding to its roster of content.

“The shortform video venture — which takes its name from ‘quick" and ‘bite’ — has added unscripted offering You Ain't Got These, from Emmy-winner Lena Waithe (Master of None).

“The unscripted series is described as Waithe's exploration of today's fashion-forward sneaker culture. The series will highlight the subtext of race, politics, class, gender, creativity, commerce, addiction and self-expression that goes into every pair — all told through the lens of characters who define the unique subculture that is on the verge of going mainstream.

“The series hails from unscripted production company Boardwalk Pictures (Netflix's Chef's Table, Last Chance U, Fearlessness and YouTube Premium's Best Shot) with Waithe attached as an exec producer. Boardwalk Pictures' Andrew Fried, Jordan Wynn and Dane Lillegard exec produce alongside Jonathan Hausfater and Andrew Coles.

"‘We are thrilled to be collaborating with Lena. She is a singular creative voice of her generation, and her passion for this subject is infectious,’ Fried said. ‘Jeffrey Katzenberg has always has been at the forefront of whatever is next in the entertainment industry. Quibi presents the opportunity to tell stories and reach audiences in a unique way and we are excited to be among the first unscripted series on this new platform.’

“For her part, Waithe is a self-professed sneaker-head. The Emmy-winning writer-actress, whose credits include Showtime's The Chi and feature Ready Player One, has more than 100 pairs of sneakers and has made fun of her shoe obsession in a recent Nike commercial as part of the company's "Shoe Therapy" campaign. (Watch that, below.) Waithe also famously got a pair of sneakers as a gift from her fiancée instead of a ring after proposing last year.

"You Ain't Got These becomes the latest pickup for Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's Quibi (formerly NewTV). The venture, for which Katzenberg has raised $1 billion in investment funding from major film studios and Alibaba, already counts scripted offerings from Guillermo del Toro (a ‘modern zombie story’), Antoine Fuqua (a modern version of Dog Day Afternoon), Jason Blum (Fatal Attraction-like Wolves and Villagers) and an anthology from Sam Raimi and Van Toffler (50 States of Fear).

“Katzenberg, for whom Quibi marks his follow-up role after selling DreamWorks Animation, tapped former HP chief Whitman to help run the business earlier this year. The company is expected to add hundreds of other employees and recently enlisted former The Hollywood Reporter co-president and chief creative officer Janice Min to oversee news content.”

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From TheWrap: “Whistle Sports, the digital media company whose investors include NBC Sports and Sky Sports, is launching a new series on Facebook Watch on Tuesday, Famous Los and Filayyyy Show.

“In the new series, Famous Los and Filayyyy, two Instagram stars with a combined following of more than two million fans, will offer comedic commentary on some of the most viral basketball moments across the game. Special guests will include model Don Benjamin, NBA players Jeremy Pargo and DeVonte Graham and former NFL player Anthony Adams (Spice Adams).

“‘We believe in funny and relatable content that takes a unique approach to traditional sports. Nobody better encapsulates that than Famous Los and Filayyyy, which is why they have resonated so well within the culture of basketball,’ said Joe Caporoso, VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports. ‘We want to bring talent like this new formats, distribution and production to further their overall reach.’

Famous Los and Filayyyy Show will be the sixth Facebook Watch series launched by Whistle Sports since the start of the year. According to the company, it decided to launch the series on Facebook Watch instead of YouTube because not only does Famous Los and Filayyyy over index with young males who use Facebook, but they are looking to create content that allows them to interact with fans, which, through fan groups and comments, Facebook’s ecosystem allows.

“‘This show is our take on what a modern basketball should look like and how it should be distributed, particularly when it comes to utilizing Facebook Watch, Facebook fan groups, IGTV and Instagram stories,’ added Caporoso.

Famous Los and Filayyyy Show will join Whistle Sports’ other Facebook Watch series including The Loop, Bad Jokes, No Days Off, Courtyard: Unstoppable, and Whistle Worthy, all which were launched over the past 10 months.

“‘We have been excited about the developments in our slate of content throughout 2018. Our most recent season of ‘No Days Off’ launched with an episode featuring Blaze Ingram that has racked up 4 million views on Facebook and another 6 million on YouTube,’ Caporoso said when asked about the performance of Whistle’s Facebook shows. ‘We have a strong, growing community of fans around this franchise, particularly on the show page. Elsewhere, we launched a UGC- [user-generated content] centric page called Whistle Worthy that has climbed to almost 400,000 followers in a little more than four months.’

“Launched in 2014, Whistles Sports has raised more than $50 million from investors including NBC Sports, Sky Sports, Tegna and U.K.-based venture-capital firm Beringea. According to the company, it has an aggregate social audience of more than 450 million followers and a rapidly growing revenue stream with a 52 percent year-over-year growth rate and 132 percent compound annual growth rate.

“New episodes of Famous Los & Filayyyy Show will be released weekly every Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET/ 2 p.m. PT.”

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Ben Stiller on Monday night premiered his Showtime limited series Escape at Dannemora in Cannes.

“But that was before the Zoolander star revealed he initially didn't want to direct the jailbreak drama based on a real-life 2015 prison escape by murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat, who were on the lam in upstate New York after becoming romantically involved with prison guard Joyce Mitchell.

“The eight-parter, which stars Benicio del Toro, Patricia Arquette and Paul Dano, was written by Brett Johnson (Mad Men) and Michael Tolkin (The Player). Stiller told a Palais des Festivals audience during a Q&A after the world premiere screening of the first episode that he was immediately intrigued by the script, which follows the two escapees as they evaded capture for three weeks while on the lam, despite a massive manhunt by law enforcement officers across multiple states.

"‘I get sent this script that [Johnson and Tolkin] wrote about two months after the escape happened. And I asked them how much was true,’ Stiller recalled.

“Very little, as it happened, as the screenwriters said they made up what they didn't know about the jailbreak.

"‘I had to figure out if I could make that version, and I felt I couldn't because I didn't have a take on it. I didn't want to just make up a prison escape story,’ Stiller insisted. So he passed on the project.

“That is, until a few months later, when New York's inspector general released an official report that filled in a lot of the blanks for Stiller and the screenwriters.

"‘So we reconnected and I said, “If you don't have a director still, maybe we should start from scratch and use the report as our source material and just try to do everything from as much of the real story,"‘ he recommended.

“And a year later, after exhaustive research to complete the script and casting, Stiller directed all eight episodes of Escape at Dannemora, including exterior scenes at the actual Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora where a bizarre love triangle led to the jailbreak and civilian employee Mitchell currently serving prison time for her role.

“Stiller said the script for Escape at Dannemora allowed him to go beyond the sensational headlines and behind the real-life story to the human relationships and inner life of the prison that led up to the event.

"‘It wasn't just a genre piece. It wasn't just an escape story. It was about human relationships and it was a drama. I thought it could be a little funny also, but it ended up being a little more serious,’ he recalled.

“The tone and feel of Stiller's directorial style was borrowed from classic 1970s movies like Dog Day Afternoon and The Taking of Pelham 123. "They were dramas that had real characters that were complicated, and were character-driven pieces that weren't heavy on plot, but I found them fascinating, and that was always the movie I wanted to make," he said.

“Set to air this fall on Showtime, the CBS Studios International series was executive produced by Bryan Zuriff (Ray Donovan) and Michael De Luca (Captain Phillips) under his banner, with Nicky Weinstock exec producing under Stiller’s Red Hour banner.”

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Per Deadline, “Ann Curry has signed on to M.D. Live (working title) as anchor and executive producer of the 10-episode series just given a green light by Turner.

“Co-produced by Turner and Lionsgate TV, M.D. Live (wt) taps into the world of medical crowdsourcing, seeking solutions worldwide for people with medical mysteries and crises who are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. The two-hour weekly, multiplatform event airing over 10 weeks, will feature former Today co-host Curry reporting true stories of medical mysteries and crowdsourcing for doctors and people experiencing similar symptoms in the search for diagnoses. It’s set to premiere in 2019 on TNT.

“‘Real good could come of this,’ said Curry. ‘We aim to help break down the walls that still stop people from accessing the medical information they need. Harnessing the full power of both television and technology to connect people interactively with doctors all over the world is a step toward a future when we are not limited by where we live or whether we can find the right doctor. This is a new way of doing things, a new genre of broadcasting and a chance to help people.’

“Curry, whose journalism career spans more than 30 years, is known for her war and humanitarian reporting. She was a national and international correspondent for NBC News and anchor at large for Today before moving on to co-anchor. She was also the anchor of Dateline NBC. She has been awarded seven Emmys, along with several journalism and humanitarian awards, including a Medal of Valor from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. She currently reports for and is an executive producer of We’ll Meet Again with Ann Curry for PBS.

“‘With a distinguished career as a trusted journalist and reputation as a humanitarian, Ann Curry is the perfect partner to lead our charge crowdsourcing hope and helping our patients solve their medical mysteries,’ said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and live programming for TNT. ‘Ann is among the most trusted storytellers of our time who will motivate viewers, connect communities and inspire hope. And by leveraging the power of WarnerMedia’s reach we will be able to engage our viewers and really help them wherever they are.’

“‘We’re delighted to have an award-winning, globally recognized journalist helm our new series about crowdsolving medical crises,’ said Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president and head of worldwide unscripted programming for Lionsgate. ‘Ann has inspired millions of people worldwide through her humanitarian acts, impeccable journalism, and positivity, which makes her the perfect anchor for the series and who audiences can trust.’

“M.D. Live (wt) is produced by B17 Entertainment and Motiv8 Media in association with Lionsgate Television, with Curry, Eric Ortner, Brien Meagher, Rhett Bachner, Kara Kurcz, and Brian Lee serving as executive producers.”