Please go vote if you haven’t done so already.
The season 1 finale of Mayans MC airs tonight.
Ditto for The Purge.
“Ken Jeong and Shaquille O'Neal will star in [TBS'] pilot Unqualified, which will follow them as they try their hands at a variety of jobs. The show, from Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim's Abso Lutely Productions, puts Jeong and O'Neal together for a second time on TBS: They faced off on the cabler's rap-battle show Drop the Mic in April, which was the show's most-watched episode of season two. . . .In Unqualified, Jeong and O'Neal will be summoned to temporary employment via a digital portal, with their employers having no idea who's coming. The two stars will sometimes be unaware what job they're taking on as well — anything from mall security guard to party clown to substitute teacher.” I thought that “fish out of water” garbage was antiquated, but I guess not. I love Shaq, but this sounds atrocious.
The 5th and final season of FXX’s You’re the Worst is set to premiere January 9.
“Disney and Fox found themselves wrapped up in another bidding war earlier this year, but this time around it involved vowels, consonants and answers posed in the form of questions. The ABC Owned Television Stations group has renewed the syndicated game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy through the 2022-23 television season. The shows have aired on ABC-owned stations for decades, but the renewal process became more lively for CBS Television Distribution this time around because the Fox Television Stations group mounted a huge rival offer for the early evening stalwarts away in top markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Sources close to the situation said the eight ABC O&Os had to pony up sizable increases to keep the shows for the first time in years because there typically have been no rival offers to juice the market. But Fox O&Os have long had their eye on bringing Wheel and Jeopardy on fold. As the renewal came up, Fox pounced. Knowledgeable sources said that ABC was forced to step up its offer although they did not match the offer on the table for Fox. Wheel and Jeopardy are known to command low six-figure weekly license fees in New York and L.A., the two largest TV markets.”
“Bob Kushell — co-showrunner of CBS’ Nina Dobrev-led midseason comedy Fam— has been fired for misconduct, TVLine has learned exclusively. A CBS rep declined to comment, but an insider tells TVLine that Kushell was let go for using ‘inappropriate language in the workplace.’ Fam creator/co-showrunner Corinne Kingsbury will now serve as the sitcom’s sole showrunner. The multi-cam Fam finds ex-Vampire Diaries star Dobrev playing a woman who is trying to get in good with her fiancé’s upstanding family — a plan that’s ruined when her hot mess of a half-sister comes to live with her to escape their disaster of a father. Tone Bell (Truth Be Told) plays said fiancé. The cast also includes Odessa Adlon (Nashville), Brian Stokes Mitchell (The Path) and Sheryl Lee Ralph (Ray Donovan).”
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that at least once every few years Hollywood will produce a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. This time Jane Austen’s beloved novel is headed for the small screen in a Lifetime adaptation set in Atlanta, the network announced Monday. Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta moves the story of Lizzie Bennet and Mr. Darcy to modern-day Atlanta in a production featuring an entirely black cast, including Jackée Harry, Tiffany Hines, and Keshia Knight Pulliam. Reverend Bennet (Reginald VelJohnson) is a prominent Southern Baptist pastor in this version, while busy-body Mrs. Bennet (Jackée Harry) is now the author of a self-help book on finding a perfect husband. Tiffany Hines (Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart) will star as Lizzie Bennet, who will find herself at first loathing and then loving eligible bachelor Will Darcy (Juan Antonio, Empire). The cast also includes Raney Branch (Jane), Brittney Level (Mary), Reginae Carter (Lydia), Alexia Bailey (Kitty), Keshia Knight Pulliam (Caroline Bingley), Kellee Stewart (Charlotte), and Victoria Rowell (Catherine). The movie will debut on Lifetime in 2019.
From Vulture: “The weekend that the Kevin Spacey sexual-assault allegations broke last October remains a fog for actor Michael Kelly. As Frank Underwood’s right-hand man and most loyal supporter on House of Cards, Doug Stamper (Kelly) and Frank (Spacey) shared a lot of screen time. Two episodes of the sixth and final season had already been filmed on a Baltimore set, and everyone who worked on Netflix’s signature political drama was in a daze.
“‘When it all went down, there were a million emotions going through my head,’ Kelly said. ‘I still don’t know how to describe that period. But I remember one of the first things I was thinking was, We can’t go out like this. I just kept thinking we had to finish it for the fans, for the crew, and for all of us.’
“Netflix quickly fired Spacey, the two-time Oscar winner who had been nominated for five Emmys for his leading role on House of Cards, and the producers got to work on re-crafting the farewell season. One of the first orders of business was finding a new antagonist for Claire Underwood, who became the president at the end of the previous season. The writers chose Doug Stamper as her new Oval Office nemesis, which Kelly sees as the gift that emerged from the chaos that Spacey’s alleged misconduct created for production. Ahead of the season premiere, Kelly spoke with Vulture about going toe-to-toe with Wright, learning he was Frank’s killer, and the intense and action-packed final moments of the series":
With Frank Underwood gone, the writers decided to make Doug Stamper the season’s main antagonist. That must have been exciting for you, after everything that had happened.
It was both exciting and terrifying to be, like, Okay, there’s gonna be a lot more shit on your shoulders dude. [Laughs.] But they gave me something every year that terrified me as an actor to take on. And you do it. And you get through it. And it makes you stronger. And it makes you better, and you just feel good about it. I was honored with what they threw at me, and I hope I did them and the show justice.
Let’s get to the juicy mystery of the season. When did you learn that Doug would murder Frank Underwood?
Oh God, it wasn’t even decided until late. I think it was the episode before. We were figuring out the big decisions back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth. But when they came to me with that one, I was just like, Oh my God. It was like when [Beau Willimon] came to me [in the third season] to tell me Doug was gonna kill Rachel. That he had to. I was like, I don’t wanna, but I know it’s right. It’s what the character has to do. And this was that same feeling. It was one of those feelings. It almost gave me butterflies. It was, like, Of course, he would do that. But it’s also the last person you would think to do it.
When they told you that Doug would kill Frank, did they also tell you that Doug would die?
Nope, that was still being discussed. Typically, you visit the writers room at the beginning of the season, and they tell you what it will be like overall. That’s not what it was like this season.
How did you react when you learned Doug would die?
It was another big range of emotions. It’s upsetting to definitively say good-bye to something because even though the show is over, something can happen years later, whether it’s a movie or a spinoff or this or that. But to definitively say good-bye to the character, it felt good in a way. It was real, true closure. When we filmed it, it felt right.
When Doug arrives, he brings Claire a list of everyone who’s in cahoots with the Shepherds to kill her. Was he playing both sides the whole time, aligning both with the Shepherds and Claire, or did he have a plan?
He can’t stand the Shepherds or anything they stand for. They’re terrible people to him. What he’s wanted more than anything — what he always wanted — was to protect Frank’s legacy. All he wants is for Claire to pardon Frank posthumously. He wants that name to be cleared. He presents this [list] to her, and all he wants is for her to say that she’ll do it. And when he realizes he’s not gonna get that, he can’t bring himself to kill her because there’s a part of Frank alive in her, still. And that’s the final thing for him.
It brought things full circle. Last season, Frank tried not only to get Claire to pardon him, but for her to also admit that she was only in the Oval Office because he placed her there. Doug tries to get her to admit the same thing. But she denies them both.
She just says no. And he can’t take it, knowing everything he did.
It was the last scene of the series, and I understand it was also the last scene you filmed. What was that like, especially since Robin Wright also directed that episode.
Working her ass off, like she always does. She’s incredible at it. She’s really so prepared when she comes to work. She’s already gone through it with our director of photography and visualized how it’s going to look. So then, with just the two of us being in the scene, it was just having a lot of trust in one another. It’s a really long scene. We were running on fumes at 14 hours or more. Mentally, you’re just done. You’ve seen it, so you know how emotionally draining that scene must have been to film. But she just had it in her, man. I am beyond impressed with that woman.
When Claire stabs Doug and he’s in her lap, what was it like to film that? As Doug takes his last breaths, she says, “There, no more pain.”
I don’t know how to put it into words. It was so emotional because that was the last scene we shot. For Doug, there is a certain sense of relief. He’s finally at peace. And she says it. Going back to episode one of the show when Frank said that to the dog, “There, no more pain.” For him, that’s it. He’s no longer in pain. He’s no longer battling his demons. He’s no longer having to live this life that he’s lived.
What happened after they yelled ‘Cut!’ for the last time?
We laughed and hugged. And then the [assistant director] came in and said, “I want everybody in.” And the whole crew came into the Oval Office.
And he said, “That’s a wrap on Michael Fucking Kelly” — that’s what they called me. You look up at those smiling and crying faces, and everyone’s clapping, and I got so emotional, and I stood up and I said, “Look, guys, I’m only gonna get a couple words out, but I want to say how much I love each and every one of you, and none of this is possible without you, and I can’t thank you enough.” I started bawling. And then they said, “Now that’s a wrap on Robin,” and she gave a very nice speech. I’m gonna choke up ‘cause she’s awesome. And then we all just stayed. We were all so exhausted, but everyone stayed and partied. The Oval Office lit up like a disco ball. It was great. Nobody wanted to go home. It was like four or five in the morning when we got home.”
Per TheWrap, “Grammy-winning DJs and dance-pop duo The Chainsmokers have formed a new production company, setting their first feature film project at TriStar.
“Drew Taggart and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers have formed Kick the Habit Productions, under which they’ll develop and produce film, TV and digital projects.
“Dan Marcus, a former digital media agent at UTA, has been named chief operating officer and president and will oversee development and production for the company. Adam Alpert, the duo’s manager and CEO of Disruptor Records, will serve as the new company’s CEO.
“Kick the Habit’s first project is Paris, which is based on a pitch by Mickey Rapkin and inspired by The Chainsmokers’ song of the same name. Rapkin will also write the screenplay.
“Taggart, Pall, and Marcus will produce under the Kick The Habit banner, with Entertainment 360. TriStar’s Nicole Brown and Nick Krishnamurthy will oversee the project for the studio.
“‘We are beyond thrilled to have launched Kick The Habit Productions as we continue to bridge the gap between our overall artistic vision, the entertainment industry as a whole and our fans. The age of being only a musician is over and we’re excited to go all-in on this venture to curate, produce and create meaningful projects,’ Taggart and Pall said in a joint statement.
“‘Drew and Alex have a deep connection to their fans, not only through their music, but through what they stand for and represent: transcending preconceived limitations, pursuing one’s passion, entrepreneurialism, and a commitment to living an authentic life. They don’t just sing about these themes in their hit songs — it’s who they are,’ said Marcus. ‘Kick The Habit provides a platform for these two artists to expand and evolve creatively.’
“Rapkin is the author of the book series that became the Pitch Perfect movies and is a journalist whose work has been featured in such publications as Rolling Stone, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, and Elle, among others. He is also writing Killer Choir, a teen thriller for Entertainment 360, Scooter Braun Projects, and MRC.”
Variety reports that “Netflix is unveiling six new animated projects as the streaming giant continues to bolster its family entertainment slate.
“The offerings span film and television, and spring from the minds of some of the most acclaimed names in media. The movies include My Father’s Dragon, a 2D animated family feature film from Oscar-nominated director Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells), and The Willoughbys, an adaptation from the Lois Lowry novel of the same name by writer and director Kris Pearn (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2). The Willoughbys is already in production and boasts a voice cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara, and Jane Krakowski. My Father’s Dragon, has a script from Inside Out’s Meg LeFauve.
“On the television front, Netflix has greenlit three shows. The streaming service has enlisted The Powerpuff Girls creator Craig McCracken to do a new series about a young boy who is transformed into a super-powered hero after he encounters some cosmic stones. It’s not your typical wish fulfillment story, McCracken told Variety. The show will follow its protagonist as he struggles to harness his newfound abilities.
“‘It’s the story of how the reality of having these powers doesn’t live up to his fantasy,’ said McCracken. ‘I always felt that the best part of superhero stories is when you watch them when they’re trying to figure out their powers, not after they become awesome at it. That’s when they’re at their funniest and most relatable.’
“Netflix will back a limited series from Jorge Gutierrez (Book of Life) entitled “Maya and the Three.” Although limited series have become more popular on network and cable channels, it is rare to see the format applied to animated entertainment. In an interview with Variety, Gutierrez said he wanted to make a show that was like ‘a Mexican Lord of the Rings, but hilarious.’ He added that the series boasts a female hero, who is half human and half divine, and said the project will draw heavily on Mesoamerican legends.
“‘I realized that too much of mythology is sexist,’ said Gutierrez. ‘This is my attempt to provide an awesome female hero and put her on this amazing quest.’
“At one point, Gutierrez had wanted to direct every installment of the nine episode series, but he will settle for calling the shots on four shows, while co-writing the rest of the episodes.
“The announcements continue Netflix’s big push into original animated programming, a move it is making as Disney prepares to launch its own streaming service in 2019. Netflix is applying a creator-driven approach to its slate and has asked the creative community for its best ideas. Melissa Cobb, a former Dreamworks Animation executive, has been overseeing the effort since she was hired to run the kids and family team in 2017.
“‘We’re trying to take the Netflix philosophy of empowering creators and bring that into the animation space,’ said Cobb. ‘We’re not focused on creating a singular brand identity. We want to produce a broad range of content that appeals to kids and families all over the world.’
Head over here for a deeper dive into Netflix’s plans for the space and exclusive interviews with Cobb and other Netflix creators.
Here’s a complete list of the titles being unveiled, as well as their release dates and official descriptions:
“MAYA AND THE THREE (2021)
An animated limited series created, written, and directed by Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life, El Tigre) . Set in a mythical Mesoamerican inspired world, a warrior princess embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters to help save the world of men and gods. Silvia Olivas (Elena of Avalor) is co-writer and co-executive producer, and Jeff Ranjo (Moana) is head of story.
MY FATHER’S DRAGON (2021)
A 2D animated family feature film from director Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells, The Breadwinner) and written by Meg LeFauve (Isnide Out, The Good Dinosaur), with story by LeFauve and John Morgan, who are also executive producers. Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures are producing together with Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon and Tomm Moore. Based on the Newbery Honored children’s novels by Ruth Stiles Gannett, ”My Father’s Dragon” tells the story of young run-away Elmer Elevator, who searches for a captive Dragon on Wild Island and finds much more than he could ever have anticipated. Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Parallel Films will also serve as executive producers alongside Gerry Shirren.
GO! GO! CORY CARSON (2019)
Animated preschool series from Kuku Studios in Berkeley, CA executive produced by Alex Woo (Wall-e, Ratatouille), Stanley Moore (Finding Dory, Monster’s University) and Tone Thyne (Wonder Pets!, The Adventures of Napkin Man!). Based on the hit toy line Go! Go! Smart Wheels from VTech Electronics, Go! Go! Cory Carson follows the adventures of kid car Cory Carson as he navigates the winding roads of childhood in Bumperton Hills.
KID COSMIC (2020)
Animated series in production from Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends). The show centers on a young boy who dreams of becoming a hero, and when he stumbles across some cosmic stones of power his dreams appear to have come true! Unfortunately the reality of being a hero vs. the fantasy of being a hero are completely different and this challenge becomes the biggest battle he has to face. The kid may be the good guy, but he’s really bad at it!
TRASH TRUCK (2020)
Animated series in production from Max Keane (Dear Basketball). Hank is a free-range, dirt-covered 6 year old boy with a big imagination and an even bigger best pal… a giant honking, snorting trash truck. From learning to fly to going to the dentist, there is no adventure too big or too small for these two best friends. Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball) serve as executive producers alongside Max Keane.
THE WILLOUGHBYS (2020)
A highly stylized CG animated feature film currently in production with BRON Animation in Vancouver from writer/director Kris Pearn (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2) . When the four Willoughby children are abandoned by their selfish parents, they must learn how to adapt their old-fashioned values to the contemporary world in order to create a new and modern family. Based on the book by Newbery Award-winning author, Lois Lowry. Starring Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara and Jane Krakowski.”
Per Realscreen, “Facebook Watch will premiere its car-centric docuseries Pick, Flip & Drive later this month.
“The Eureka Productions-made series follows auto auctioneer Jim Eli and his family as they seek out classic cars from barns and backyards across Montana to ‘flip’ them — turning them into custom-designed works of art for sale.
“After each episode, the cars featured, from vintage 50s trucks to 70s muscle cars, will be available for purchase on community sales space Facebook Marketplace. Each vehicle will be available for up to 48 hours after the episode, with the chosen buyer featured at the top of the following episode.
“Vehicles featured include a 1958 Chevy Apache, a 1965 Mustang Coupe, a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlas, a 1982 Corvette and even a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle.
“Pick, Flip & Drive is executive produced by Eureka’s Paul Franklin, Chris Culvenor, Wes Dening and Matthew J. Braley. Dirk Gibson and Sam Wasserman executive produce for Inspired Entertainment and Wasserman Productions, respectively. Toby Faulkner and Jeffery Rich serve as EPs for Facebook Watch.
“The series premieres Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Facebook Watch.”