Wednesday December 12, 2018

Amazon has renewed Goliath for a 3rd season.

Epix has given a 3rd season to Get Shorty.

Comedy Central has canceled Detroiters.

Champaign ILL is now available to stream on YouTube and I look forward to watching. From Happy Endings creator David Caspe this is a comedy about a rapper who struggles to keep his crew intact after he falls out of the limelight; Adam Pally (Happy Endings), Sam Richardson (Veep) and Jay Pharaoh (SNL) star.

The season finale of The Goldbergs airs tonight.

In fact it’s all season finales on ABC and CBS.

Nice seeing CT’s soft side last night.

“For the third year in a row, Fox News Channel was the most-watched network on cable, according to Nielsen ratings. That claim holds true for both primetime (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and total day (6 a.m. to 6 a.m.). ESPN was again runner-up.” Here’s the complete list, 1 through 109.

Netflix has released the list of its most-binged shows of 2018, with the teen dramedy On My Block topping the list. According to the streamer’s data, of all the Netflix originals released between Jan. 1 and Nov. 28, On My Block had the highest watch-time-per-viewing session. The list doesn’t necessarily reflect Netflix’s most popular series, rather the ones that enticed viewers to watch the most episodes in a single sitting.”

Here are the SAG Award Nominations.

WE tv is putting a hip hop spin on its latest installment of Marriage Boot Camp. Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition will feature famous couples selected from hip hop royalty, including cast members of VH1′s Love & Hip Hop. The series follows five couples as they undergo counselling and decide whether it’s all worth it. Featured couples will include Soulja Boy and Nia Riley; Waka Flocka (pictured, left) and wife Tammy Rivera (right), Lil’ Mo and her husband, boxer Karl Dargan; Jessica Dime and her fiancé, professional basketball player Shawne Williams; and Lil’ Fizz of B2K and Tiffany Campbell. Relationship counsellors Dr. Venus Nicolino and Dr. Ish Major and Divorce Court judge Lynn Toler will work with the couples.” Gross.

TruTV has announced the return of At Home with Amy Sedaris, with season two premiering on February 19.

Jason Mantzoukas looks back on this year in television and film.

Director Chris Smith’s documentary about the unraveling of the 2017 Fyre Festival has been acquired by Netflix. Fyre goes inside the festival as told by the organizers themselves. Created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, the Fyre Fest was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas, featuring A-list musical performances, first-class amenities and beautiful people. Guests arrived to discover a very different reality, which many documented via social media. Fyre is produced by Danny Gabai, Chris Smith and Mick Purzycki. Executive producers are Brett Kincaid, Max Pollack, Matthew Rowean, Gabrielle Bluestone, James Ohliger and Elliot Tebele.”


Per Deadline, “Single-camera comedy Bless This Mess has been picked up to series by ABC. I hear the show, starring Lake Bell and Dax Shepard, has received a six-episode order to air this coming midseason.

“Bless This Mess, created/executive produced by Bell and Elizabeth Meriwether (Single Parents, New Girl), originated at 20th Century Fox TV and was set up at Fox where it received an off-cycle pilot order early this year. The pilot, directed by Bell, was delivered to the network a couple of months ago, with top Fox brass said to have been high on it. With the network’s ownership (and leadership) in transition, the pickup decision was put off but as the cast options were expiring this month, a call had to be made.

“Bless This Mess was one of three off-cycle comedy pilots ordered by Fox this year. The others, a revamped Dan the Weatherman, starring Thomas Lennon, and Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell’s Mean Jean, starring Leah Remini and Kaitlin Olson, also are not going forward.

“Fox has no scheduling needs this midseason, and I hear new Fox topper Charlie Collier was not ready to commit to Bless This Mess for next fall before he has seen the network’s development. (He had to make the decision just days into his new job.) Fox already ordered two new animated comedy series for next season, Bless The Harts starring Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph and Hoops starring Jake Johnson, and multi-camera freshmen sitcoms Last Man Standing and Cool Kids look promising to return. With football and baseball, joined by wrestling, on the fall schedule, Fox executives are trying to be selective with the available real estate, going for new series that they can platform with football.

“Meanwhile, ABC brass had been keeping a close eye on Bless This Mess and jumped at the opportunity when the project became available. The network has a need for a short-order comedy series in midseason as it opted not to proceed with The Middlespinoff and only has The Goldbergs spinoff Schooled on tap. Sophomore comedySplitting Up Together received a five-episode back order, and ABC has not announced a spring replacement for the romantic comedy after it wraps its 18-episode season. This would be one opportunity for Bless This Mess. 

“In Bless This Mess, a newlywed couple’s (Bell, Shepard) plan to ditch big city living for a simpler life in Nebraska doesn’t go as expected. The cast also includes  Ed Begley Jr., Pam Grier, JT Neal and Christina Offley.”

This article has been condensed.

From The Hollywood Reporter: “Netflix is adding another true-crime series to its roster, this time focusing on notorious serial killer Ted Bundy.


“The streaming service, home to Making a Murderer, The Keepers and numerous other crime docuseries, will premiere Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes on Jan. 24. The date is exactly 30 years after Bundy was executed for the 1978 murder of Kimberly Leach. 

“Conversations With a Killer, from Emmy winner Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost), will feature previously unheard audio of interviews with Bundy while he was on death row in Florida. The four-episode series will also detail Bundy's killings — he was convicted of or confessed to murdering more than 30 women in the 1970s — and the media frenzy around his trials, including the adoration of a number of women and his in-court marriage to Carole Ann Boone, who was testifying on his behalf.

“Berlinger also directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a narrative feature about the killer (starring Zac Efron as Bundy) that will premiere at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

“Conversations With a Killer hails from RadicalMedia in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company. Berlinger, Justin Wilkes, Jon Doran and Jon Kamen serve as executive producers, and Sara Enright as producer.”


Per Variety, “Netflix has ordered a scripted drama series based on the life of Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla.

“The series is described as a coming of age story following Selena as her dreams come true and all the heart-wrenching and life-changing choices she and her family have to make as they navigate success, family, and music.

“‘Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory,’ said Suzette Quintanilla, Selena’s sister. ‘With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives. We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come.’

“Moisés Zamora will serve as writer and executive producer on the series. Jaime Dávila, Rico Martinez, Suzette Quintanilla, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., and Simran A. Singh will also executive produce. Campanario Entertainment will produce. The majority of the creative team behind this series previously secured a put pilot commitment at ABC for a series inspired by the musical legacy of Selena back in January.

“‘Selena and the entire Quintanilla family are an inspiration to many and especially to me, a millennial of the same heritage,’ said Jaime Dávila, president of Campanario Entertainment. ‘Selena’s career achievements are legendary, but our scripted series will focus on the incredible story of a Mexican-American family and how an extraordinary young woman transcended categories and borders to become a global star. I can’t imagine a better partner than Netflix to celebrate Selena and her family’s lives.’

“Quintanilla has sold over 60 million albums worldwide before her death at the hands of the president of her fan club in 1995. She was also the subject of the 1997 film Selena, with Jennifer Lopez starring in the title role.”


Per Deadline, “E! has ordered 20 half-hour episodes of Dating #NoFilter, a new comedy blind dating series from Lime Pictures and All3Media America, for premiere next month. Dating #NoFilter will air Monday through Thursday starting January 21 at 10:30 PM, for five weeks on E!

“Dating #NoFilter is described as a fresh and hilariously honest take on the modern dating scene for the socially savvy, right-swiping generation. In each episode, three pairs of outspoken comedians will serve up play-by-plays as they follow real singles on the most outrageous, intimate, and surprising first dates. Throughout the blind dates, the comedians will offer their candid and unique POVs as they weigh in on every accidental love story pulling at viewers’ heart strings and the ‘OMG-no!’ cringe-worthy moments, with real, unfiltered and clever commentary. The comedians include E!’s Nightly Pop host and E! News correspondent Nina Parker, along with Biniam (Ben) Bizuneh), Cara Connors, Rocky Dale Davis, Kelsey Darragh, Ben Evans and Zach Noe Towers.

“Dating #NoFilter is produced by Lime Pictures and All3Media America. Kate Little, Claire Poyser, Tim Pastore, Shauna Thomas, Ben Crompton and Sarah Tyekiff serve as Executive Producers.

“‘Dating in a hashtag world can provide humorous, sometimes outrageous situations, and our comics are ready to bring it,’ said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP Development and Production, E!. ‘Armed with wine, popcorn, and astute observations, they will offer hilarious commentary as our daters navigate the thrills and awkward drama in their quest for love.’”


From Vulture: “Ellen DeGeneres has led the self-actualization of millions of daytime TV watchers with funny dances and silly games and viral interviews with celebrities, but now she’s deciding whether she wants to walk away from all that. In a New York Times profile pegged to the release of her first stand-up special in 15 years, DeGeneres discussed her frustrations with her Über-nice, squeaky-clean TV image and revealed that she is pondering whether to leave Ellen. She recently extended her contract until the summer of 2020, ‘although she had been close to declining,’ and apparently she goes back and forth on whether to leave the show after then. Her brother says ‘in the age of Trump, the country needs her positive, unifying voice on television,’ while her wife, Portia de Rossi, says she should do something else. ‘I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,’ de Rossi said. ‘There are other things she could tackle.’

“DeGeneres’s special, self-consciously titled Relatable, pushes her away from the version of herself we see on daytime TV, according to the Times, though it will still include videos of adorable animals (‘even though de Rossi told her it was too much like her talk show’). In the profile, she also responds to the tabloid reports that claim she isn’t kind to the people she works with. ‘That bugs me if someone is saying that because it’s an outright lie,’ DeGeneres said. ‘The first day I said: “The one thing I want is everyone here to be happy and proud of where they work, and if not, don’t work here.’ No one is going to raise their voice or not be grateful. That’s the rule to this day.”’”