Thursday October 4, 2018

It is crystal clear that some of the people who go on to play Survivor have never seen Survivor.

Jeff Probst talks about last night’s episode. He says he’s “in awe of this Tribal. Our art department is run by Dax Pointon and Zach Jensen, and they have assembled an insanely talented group of artisans. Every year the bar seems higher than the last year. This year Dax designed something that just blew my mind. One of the key features was an elevated voting booth, which we did both for aesthetic reasons but also because we want to give more privacy in the voting booth. And I’ll tell you something… when you walk into tribal it feels GIGANTIC. It feels like it’s hovering over you. There is no way anything good could have ever taken place in that space.”

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia continues to thrive some 13 seasons in.

Damon Wayans says he’s leaving Fox’s Lethal Weapon for personal reasons in December, after completing the series’ current 13-episode Season 3 order. In a video interview, he said the 16-hour workdays and the fact that here’s a ‘58-year-old diabetic’ drove him to the decision.”

Here’s a bit more behind Wayans’ exit.

Complex has renewed Hot Ones for a 7th season.

Investigation Discovery renewed Khloe Kardashians Twister Sisters for a 2nd season.

DC Universe has renewed Titans for a 2nd season.

Season 4 of NBC’s Superstore premieres tonight.

Ditto for season 10 of Will & Grace.

Paramount is taking the Heathers reboot off the shelf and will make some edits to it before airing it in a few weeks. Regardless, it will not be good. “The high school satire, which contains violent scenes and tackles suicide, has undergone cuts, bringing the number of episodes from 10 to 9. The finale included the famous scene from the movie where the high school is blown up. It is no longer in the show, and I hear the final two episodes were combined to create a cliffhanger. In episode 5, the content in a first-person video game, originally featuring teachers holding guns, was also changed. Heathers will premiere with two episodes on October 25, followed by two new episodes each night for five consecutive nights through Monday, October 29. The final episode will be followed by the premiere of a new Heathers-themed-episode of Lip Sync Battle with Melanie Field (Heather Chandler) and Brendan Scannell (Heather Duke). For binge fans, all nine episodes will be available for streaming on Paramount Network’s app and website on October 22.”

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally haven’t spent more than two weeks apart in 18 years!

Audrina Patridge‘s estranged husband Corey Bohan is attempting to legally prevent their toddler daughter from appearing on the upcoming reboot of The Hills. In court documents filed to the Superior Court of California, County of Orange, and obtained by The Blast, Bohan, 36, is requesting that his and Patridge’s 2-year-old daughter, Kirra, not be filmed for the upcoming MTV reality series, in which Patridge has agreed to star in. Bohan has requested ‘neither party to allow the minor child to be filed [sic] or to appear in any reality television production without the express, written consent of the other parent’ and ‘any prior consent for the minor child to appear on ‘The Hills’ reboot to be revoked and proof of revocation to be provided,’ according to the court documents. According to Bohan’s declaration, he believes that Kirra potentially appearing on the reality show is not in her ‘best interest.’”

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From The Hollywood Reporter: “The Hills and The O.C. are crossing over.

“MTV announced on Wednesday that actress Mischa Barton has joined the cast of the Hills reboot. Barton will share the screen with original stars Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Jason Wahler, Frankie Delgado, Justin Bobby Brescia, Stephanie Pratt, Brody Jenner and Whitney Port.

“Barton's casting comes after speculation that MTV had plans to welcome new faces to the cast of the beloved reality series. Barton rose to fame thanks to her lead role as Marissa Cooper on Fox's The O.C., which premiered in 2003. Incidentally, the teen drama served as inspiration for MTV's pioneering reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, which debuted in 2004, and ultimately became the launching pad for The Hills, which aired for six seasons from 2006 to 2010. 

“Though Barton has signed on to the reboot, titled The Hills: New Beginnings, she has previously said that she would "probably not" want to reunite with her O.C. castmates ever again. 

"‘It's something I came so close to not doing,’ she told the U.K.'s Metro in 2014. ‘I had a really great thing with film. People say be grateful for what you have, but it [is] certainly not the kind of thing I was expecting it to be …I've kind of seen it all.’

“Aside from playing Cooper from 2003 until the character’s death in the 2006 season three finale, Barton is best known for her work as a child star in films including Notting Hill and The Sixth Sense — and making news off-camera.

“The Hills: New Beginnings was announced in August at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards — where several castmembers reunited on the red carpet at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show will follow the cast, their significant others, children and friends living and working in Los Angeles. While Barton does not have documented relationships with any one of The Hills' original stars, Pratt and Montag recently started following her on social media. 

“As has been reported, Hills series lead Lauren Conrad and her eventual replacement, Kristin Cavallari — both of whom starred on Laguna Beach — will not be involved in New Beginnings. While Cavallari's E! docuseries, Very Cavallari, has likely prevented her from participating in the show, a source told The Hollywood Reporter that Conrad passed on the opportunity because she is focused on her clothing lines and lifestyle brand.

“During a recent interview with THR, Conrad's former co-star Port shared details about the revival — and revealed that she's gently nudged the fashion designer to get in on the action.

"‘I get it. We're all at different points in our lives. Most of us have young families and everybody needs to protect their families in the way they feel is right,’ Port said of Conrad, who has a 14-month-old son, Liam, with husband William Tell. ‘I don't judge Lauren for not wanting to do it.’

“Added Port: ‘I have tried to convince Lauren through people. I haven't gotten directly to her, but I recently spoke to one of her friends and I was like, “Tell her to do it!” Who knows? Maybe she'll say yes in the future. I feel like the door's always open.’

“Though The Hills was once known for its cinematic production and carefully crafted storylines, Port said that she anticipates a more authentic version of the show with New Beginnings. ‘There isn't a need to create storylines this time around, honestly. There's enough going on in our lives at the moment that they're not going to have to make anything up,’ she said. ‘What's cool about the reboot is it's going to be a slice-of-life type of show.’

“The Hills: New Beginnings starts filming this month and is expected to premiere on MTV in 2019.”

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Per EW, “Get ready to have the opposite of a Floorgasm: Chelsea Peretti is leaving Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

“Peretti — who plays scene-stealing Gina Linetti, the cold-blooded civilian administrator, acerbic tormentor of Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), reluctant relative of Charles (Joe Lo Truglio), and human form of the 100 emoji  — will appear in the beloved cop comedy’s upcoming sixth season, and will depart sometime during the season. She is expected to return down the road in a guest capacity.

“The actress/comedian revealed the news Wednesday morning on Twitter. ‘B99 fans. Hiiiiiiiiiiii. Chelsea Peretti, here,’ she wrote. ‘I won’t be doing a full season of Brooklyn Nine Nine in Season 6. But that doesn’t mean I won’t ever be back, winky face emoji, heart emoji. I want to thank you for the hours you spent watching Gina be Gina: confident, idiotic-but-smart, pithy, and infused with rhythm and cell-phone radiation. It is hard for me to know exactly what to say.’

“Peretti then hilariously played off of the recent departure announcement of another TV star: ‘Perhaps Emmy Rossum said it best when she wrote about Shameless (I bolded the extra relevant parts in her quote below).’

“B99 fans. Hiiiiiiiiiiii. Chelsea Peretti, here. I won't be doing a full season of Brooklyn Nine Nine in Season 6. But that doesn’t mean I won’t ever be back, winky face emoji, heart emoji. I want to thank you for the hours you spent watching Gina be Gina.

“‘From the moment Mike Schur and I decided to create this show, we wanted Chelsea Peretti be a part of it, and she always will be,’ co-creator Dan Goor said in a statement on Twitter. ‘While it’s sad to see a member of the family leave, we are so proud of Chelsea and excited for what she does next. Also, I know for a fact this isn’t the last we’ll see of Gina Linetti.’

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine has boasted a tremendous amount of cast stability, retaining its ensemble cast (which includes Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher) over its first five seasons. Fans did wonder if they might be losing Gina back in season 4 when she was hit by a bus (but she prevailed and lived to dance another day). In season 5, part of which she was absent from while on maternity leave, Gina announced that she was quitting her job in the precinct to run “a sports league for other people’s pets,” but returned quickly. This time, however, her departure appears to be real.

“Peretti, whose recent credits include Game NightBig Mouth, and Another Period, will star in the upcoming ensemble film Friendsgiving as well as the indie comedy Spinster.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine aired for five seasons of Fox, passing the 100th-episode mark last season, before being canceled in May. A day later, though, it was revived by NBC, who ordered a 13-episode sixth season that will hit the air later this season. Last month, the network upped its commitment to the rescued show, ordering an additional five episodes that brings the total number to 18.”

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Per Deadline, “Netflix is expanding its adult animated series slate, ordering 10 episodes of Hoops starring former New Girl star Jake Johnson, from writer-comedian Ben Hoffman (The Late Late Show with James Corden, Archer), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), Bento Box (Bob’s Burgers) and 20th Century Fox TV.

“Created and written by Hoffman, Hoops centers on a hot-headed, foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who thinks turning around his godawful team will take him to the “big leagues.”

“Lord, Miller, Seth Cohen and Johnson executive produce with Hoffman. 20th Century Fox, where Lord and Miller are under a pod deal, is producing with Bento Box Animation.

“Hoops joins a growing slate of adult animated series at Netflix including veterans BoJack Horseman and F is for Family, the recently released cop comedy Paradise P.D. from Brickleberry creators Waco O’Guin and Roger Black, along with Big Mouth, and Tuca & Bertie, starring Tiffany Haddish.

“Hoops also marks the third high-profile animated series sale to a streaming service this year for 20th TV, producer of Fox staples The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers. The studio received a two-season, straight-to-series order at Apple for animated comedyCentral Park, from from Bob’s Burgers creator/executive producer Loren Bouchard and Josh Gad. Its voice cast includes Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn. At Hulu, the studio received a two-season pickup for Solar Opposites, from Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan.

“And just within the past week, the studio and Lord and Miller received a series orderat Fox for animated comedy Bless the Harts from writer Emily Spivey, with voice cast members Kirsten Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell and Ike Barinholtz. Additionally, 20th TV, received a presentation order from Fox for The Great North, from Wendy Molyneux, Lizzie Molyneux, Minty Lewis and Loren Bouchard.

“Lord and Miller are in development on Business as Usual, a single-camera comedy set at NBC that revolves around everyday employees at a company in crisis, trying to keep their jobs and maintain their relationships as their workplace goes insane. Up next for Lord and Miller on the film side is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which will hit theaters in December, and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, slated for release in February.

“Johnson starred as Nick Miller on all seven seasons of Fox’s New Girl. He also recurred on Netflix’s toon series BoJack Horseman and most recently was cast in Sony Pictures’ upcoming animated feature Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which also hails from Lord and Miller.”

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From TheWrap: “HGTV has renewed Beach Hunters, Beachfront Bargain Hunt and Island Hunters, and ordered new show Mediterranean Life to series.

“The existing (and popular) Sunday night lifestyle shows will split 68 new episodes. Mediterranean Life will start out with 14.

“Here’s HGTV’s official (and brief, it’s pretty self-explanatory to regular viewers of these fantasy lifestyle shows) description for its newest series:

“‘The unbridled popularity of fantasy lifestyle programming continues to bring new viewers to HGTV each week and positively impacts Sunday prime ratings,’ said John Feld, senior vice president, original programming and production for HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. ‘By adding Mediterranean Life to the pipeline, delivering three hours of premieres every Sunday and showcasing stunning homes around the world, we are giving fans much more of what they love.’

Mediterranean Life is slated to premiere in March 2019.

Beach Hunters features buyers who travel to exquisite seaside destinations to find their dream homes on the sand. Beachfront Bargain Hunt spotlights for-sale beach homes that won’t break the bank, while Island Hunters features families who search the world’s most beautiful islands to find an idyllic tropical getaway.”

Enough of these cheap, easy to churn out, bull$hit shows. Be better. Thank you.