Thursday October 18, 2018

“Prepare for some truly tragic news, Nathan Fielder fans, because here it comes: Fielder’s hit Comedy Central series Nathan for You will not be returning for another season. The news comes a year after season four premiered, wrapping up in December 2017 with the two-hour finale Finding Frances, after which Fielder made the choice to end the show. Comedy Central confirmed the news to Vulture with [this] statement: “For the past five years Comedy Central had the pleasure of working with the brilliant Nathan Fielder on Nathan For You. His innovative and quick-witted humor has made the show a comedic touchstone and we’re proud to have been a part of it. We respect Nathan’s decision to end the series and look forward to geeking out over his next project.” Weak.

If someone pulled a last minute blindside on me at Tribal Council, I would immediately grab my torch and set any and all of the people involved on fire. That’s how you make an exit.

Speaking of Survivor, “Big twist here with the introduction of the Idol Nullifier that Carl found on Exile Island. Tell us about why you decided to add this into the game, and the decision to have to put it on a specific person and played before seeing if an idol is even used, rather than give it even more power but allowing it to be used after an idol is played, because I’m sure you all discussed all options with this. We’ve had this idea in our creative hopper for probably 10 years. It’s a fun idea but one that we could never figure out how to properly execute. If you give the nullifier the power to be played later, as you suggest, then it negates any threat of an idol. Because the audience knows that if an idol is played, the nullifier can block it, so there is no actual dilemma. You just wait and see if someone plays it. That’s no good.”

Netflix has released a trailer for the upcoming season of Narcos.

Bravo has released a new trailer for the upcoming Dirty John.

Amazon is developing a musical series inspired by Twelfth Knight, one that swaps the play’s central storyline of mistaken identity for gender fluidity. The untitled project, written by Spring Awakening’s Tony-winning Steven Sater and Insatiable showrunner Lauren Gussis, is described as a complicated love story between a young man and biological young woman. The latter, over the course of the series, begins to identify as gender-fluid.”

HBO has canceled Animals after 3 seasons.

And here’s a review of HBO’s upcoming biopic My Dinner With Herve.

Netflix “has handed out a straight-to-series order for multigenerational live-action comedy series Family Reunionwith Tia Mowry and Loretta Devine set to star. The multicamera comedy has been picked up with an initial 20-episode order.  Created by Meg DeLoatch (Netflix's Fuller House, Eve), the comedy revolves around Cocoa McKellan (Mowry, of Sister, Sister fame), a free-spirited mother from Seattle. When she and her former football-playing husband Moz (Anthony Alabi, Insecure) and their four children travel from their home in the big city to the small down of Columbus, Ga., for the McKellan Family Reunion, they get to know an extended family they didn't realize they were missing. Emmy winner Devine (Grey's Anatomy, The Carmichael Show) will play the loving but strict matriarch of the family, M'Dear). Talia Jackson, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Cameron J. Wright and Jordyn James play Mowry and Alabi's children. Eric Dean Seaton (Modern Family, Prince of Peoria) will direct the series.”

In case you want to buy The Situation a wedding gift, here is a link to his registry.

“ABC is looking to bring back one of its most critically hailed drama series. The network has handed out a sizable pilot-production commitment to a sequel of NYPD Blue. The return of the series follows Andy Sipowicz's (original star Dennis Franz) son, Theo, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father's murder. Matt Olmstead (Chicago PD) will pen the script alongside Nick Wootton, both of whom worked on the original ABC drama. Both will executive produce alongside Steven Bochco's son, Jesse, and the late creator's wife, Dayna Bochco. Jesse Bochco was a producer and director on the original series and is also on board to helm the potential pilot of the ABC reboot.”

Sarah Chalke is reuniting with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence for a drama series currently in development at ABC, Variety has learned. The untitled one-hour series is inspired by Chalke’s life. It is described as a family dramedy about two very different sisters who take over the adoption agency that their parents, a lawyer and a social worker, have run out of their home for the last 30 years. Chalke will star in the series in addition to co-executive producing. The series hails from writer Emily Fox, who will executive produce. Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold will executive produce via Doozer Productions. Doozer will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television, where the company is currently under an overall deal.”


Per Deadline, “Netflix’s Emmy-winning women’s-prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black will end with the upcoming seventh season.

“The streaming network just announced the cancellation of the Lionsgate-produced series on social media.

“‘After seven seasons, it’s time to be released from prison,’ said series creator Jenji Kohan. ‘I will miss all the badass ladies of Litchfield and the incredible crew we’ve worked with. My heart is orange but fade to black.’

“‘During production of Season 1, everyone involved with Orange Is The New Black felt like we knew a special secret we couldn’t wait to share with the world. Since then, we have laughed, cried, raged, and roared with the women of Litchfield, and every moment spent with them felt like borrowed time — too good to last forever,’ said Vice President of Original Content for Netflix Cindy Holland. ‘We will be sad to say goodbye but we will definitely be going out on a high. We are grateful to Jenji Kohan and her groundbreaking vision; to her supremely talented team of writers and producers; and to a once-in-a-lifetime cast and crew for creating a truly special work of art that has inspired conversations and connected audiences around the world.’

“‘Orange is the New Black has profoundly impacted popular culture worldwide, and has played a prominent role in building Lionsgate into a platform-defining brand,’ said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs. ‘Thanks to the brilliance of Jenji Kohan, the mastery of the creative and production team, the transcendent cast, and our tremendous partnership with Netflix, the series has surpassed our expectations year after year. With great pride, we are working together to bring this landmark series to a triumphant, satisfying close with the upcoming seventh season.’

“Created by Kohan, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, the series has received widespread acclaim since its 2013 premiere, becoming Netflix’s most-watched original series. For its first season, the series earned 12 Primetime Emmy nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, winning three. It went on to earn an additional four Emmy noms in Season 2, including Outstanding Drama Series, and win for Uzo Aduba for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. It is the first series to score Emmy nominations in both comedy and drama categories. The series also has received six Golden Globe Award nominations, six Writers Guild of America Award nominations, a Producers Guild of America Award, an American Film Institute award, and a Peabody Award.

“The series had received a three-season renewal ahead of its Season 4 premiere in 2016. As part of the deal, creator and showrunner Kohan will stay on through Season 7.

“OITNB followed the inmates of Litchfield Minimum Security Prison, with Season 6 seeing many of the main cast move to the Maximum Security Prison mentioned frequently in the series.

“The series stars Taylor Schilling as Piper, Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez Michael Harney and Nick Sandow.

“Season 7 is slated to premiere in summer 2019.”


From People: “Cardi B might be adding a huge TV credit to her resume.

“Fran Drescher previously expressed interest in casting the rapper as her daughter in a reboot of beloved 1993–99 sitcom The Nanny — and she’s working to make it happen.

“Speaking to ExtraTV at Universal Studios Hollywood, Drescher said she’s in talks with Cardi B‘s team about the potential project.

“‘[I’m] talking to her representation,’ she said. ‘It’s really getting me excited. It’s fresh and it could be super fun.’

“Drescher, 61, said she first got the idea after Cardi B, 26, paid homage to the actress when she stepped out in September wearing a head-to-toe cheetah ensemble during Milan’s Fashion Week, attributing her look to Drescher on Instagram.

“‘She started it because she kind of paid homage to me, putting our pictures side by side when she was wearing animal print and it was me in animal from The Nanny and that just went viral,’ Drescher said. ‘That got my creative juices going.’

“‘She’s got a funny voice, too,’ she added. ‘What kind of a great mother/daughter would we be? Amazing, I think.’

“While appearing on PeopleTV’s Chatter earlier this month, Drescher said she’s on board with a potential revival of the sitcom despite little interest from networks.

“‘I’m totally down with doing it,’ she said. ‘I don’t know what is going on with some of these networks out there because they do not seem to be hip to the fact that there’s an obsession amongst millennials for the show and moi!’

“She also said Cardi B would be ‘great’ as her daughter.

“Drescher has said she and co-creator Peter Marc Jacob — who happens to be her ex-husband — were discussing bringing the comedy back to the small screen.

“‘We’re talking about it. Peter and I are talking about it,’ Drescher said in June. ‘We’re working on a very big project. It’s going to be very exciting for the fans, but I’m not at liberty to announce it yet.’

“The Nanny premiered on CBS in 1993 and ran for six seasons before its finale in 1999. The show followed Drescher as Fran Fine, a failed bridal shop worker turned makeup saleswoman from Flushing, Queens, who finds herself the nanny to British Broadway producer and millionaire Maxwell Sheffield’s three children.

“Now celebrating The Nanny‘s 25th anniversary, Drescher has said the sitcom has left behind a sea of loyal fans. ‘People really love that show,’ she said. ‘It’s unreal.’”


Per Variety, “How did a comedian and a rapper take over the Empire State Building earlier this week? Turns out, if you’re Jimmy Kimmel and Eminem, it’s not such a tough sell.

Eminem performed his song Venom (from the titular tenpole) at the top of the Empire State Building on Monday’s broadcast of Jimmy Kimmel Live! which is shooting in Brooklyn this week for the late-night show’s annual New York visit.

“Kimmel had been wanting to do something atop the Empire State Building, and people familiar with the production tell Variety the idea came together because Kimmel loves a good pun.

“‘He loved the idea of the Empire State Building with Eminem,’ an insider explains.

“Kimmel and Eminem, who have a good relationship, have done a few stunts together in the past for Kimmel’s show. A source who was at the shoot says once Eminem was on board, the Empire State Realty Trust was, too, and did not push back at the prospect of filming a music video on top of the skyscraper.

“‘A performance on the Empire State Building was a dream of ours that was two years in the making,’ Kimmel’s co-executive producer, Doug DeLuca, tells Variety. ‘When Google and Eminem came on board the project hit warp speed.’

“The weekend of the shoot, on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6, New Yorkers (including this reporter) were sent into a tailspin, confused why two helicopters were circling the Empire State Building with the infamous colorful lights atop the skyscraper flashing out of control, which had never been done before for a music video shoot. Users took to Twitter to try find out what was going on and crowds lined the streets underneath the building.

“The performance was pre-taped — which is unusual for Kimmel’s show, but necessary, given that the stunt could not be taped live since it was filmed at the top of a 102-story building — over the course of two nights, more than a week before the airdate. Taping began each night around 10 p.m. and lasted until the wee hours of the morning around 4:15 a.m. The unplanned overcast weather gave an intensity to the music video that wouldn’t have been achieved with clear skies. Partnering with Google, much of the music video was filmed on a Google Pixel phone, though one of the helicopters was filming wide shots.

“‘Looking over the side of the Empire State Building from the top is actually terrifying. You practically feel you’re about to fall off. Your palms get sweaty,’ a source, who was at the shoot, explains. ‘It went off without a hitch — it’s surprising how drama-free and incident-free it was. The only problem was, where do you get something to eat at the Empire State Building at 2 a.m.?’”


“Fox is developing a single-camera comedy series inspired by the Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, Variety has learned.

“The series is titled It Takes Two, based on the Scott brothers’ memoir of the same name. The show follows two entrepreneurial twin brothers who decide to join forces in the real estate business when they realize they are stronger together than apart. Fox has given the project a script commitment with a penalty attached.

“The Scotts rose to fame with their hit TV series Property Brothers, which is broadcast on HGTV in the U.S. The show proved so successful that it inspired multiple spinoffs, including Brother vs. Brother and Property Brothers: At Home.

“Brothers Jon and Josh Silberman will write and executive produce the series. The duo’s previous TV credits include Living Biblically and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. They are also writing the screenplay for the upcoming Wile E. Coyote movie.

“The Scotts will executive produce along with Kim and Eric Tannenbaum via the Tannenbaum Company, with Austin Winsberg also executive producing. Jason Wang will co-executive produce. The Tannenbaum Company will produce in association with Lionsgate Television and Scott Brothers Entertainment. The project falls under the Tannenbaum Company’s TV deal at Lionsgate, which was announced earlier this year.”

Pretty please make this go away.