Rest in peace Penny Marshall.
Three hours of Survivor tonight!
Someone won another season of The Voice last night. Mazel tov. And no, I’m not linking to anything because honestly, you don’t care nor do I.
The guys that showed up for CT’s wedding: Tony, Derrick, Shane, Leroy and Wes (+Cara Maria). Not the 5 on whom I would have had my money.
I’m equally surprised that Tiffer didn’t win Ink Master.
Bravo is rebooting Queer As Folk. “The new version, which will feature new characters in a new setting, is described as a modern take on the original British series that centers on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community following a tragedy.”
“NBC has announced midseason premiere dates for four returning and two new series. The Voice will air Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m., and March 5 at 8 p.m. It will return April 23 at 8 p.m. The third season of World of Dance will air Feb. 26 at 9 p.m. and return to its regular timeslot on March 3 at 8 p.m. Season 2 of Good Girls returns March 3 at 10 p.m, and comedy series A.P. Bio comes back March 7 at 8:30 p.m. New series The Enemy Within will air Feb. 25 at 10 p.m., and The Village will premiere March 12 at 10 p.m. and April 2 at 9 p.m.”
“Facebook provided ‘dozens’ of its corporate partners with secret, privileged access to user data in deals that continued into 2017, and in some cases are still active, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The paper said the partners, among them Netflix, Amazon, Spotify and Microsoft, were effectively exempted from Facebook’s privacy rules and received more access to user data than did Cambridge Analytica. The report, which cites documents as well as interviews with about 50 former Facebook employees, contradicts testimony Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave to Congress earlier this year.”
“MTV has ordered new series Made in Staten Island from Mob Wives”star Karen Gravano, the network exclusively tells TheWrap. Karen is the daughter of former Gambino crime family underboss Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano, and the mother of Made in Staten Island star Karina.
“Made in Staten Island follows a group of young Staten Island, New York hustlers as they work to step out from the shadows of the once mob-driven island. These friends will either choose wisely or fall prey to the mistakes of past generations, per MTV’s series description.
“The eight cast members are below, where there are also links to their Instagram pages and brief bios. All of that came courtesy of MTV, and how could we possibly take it away from you?
Karina (@karinaaseabrook) has a mafia bloodline and attitude to match. Luckily, she has the guidance of her grandfather, Sammy ‘The Bull’ Gravano.
Paulie (@pauliefusco) is a true hustler always striving for the top. His girlfriend, Karina, has kept him out of the street life.
Kayla(@kayla.gonzalezz) is the muscle of the crew. She has a reputation for never backing down from a good Staten Island fight.
Dennie (@dennieaugustine) is the ‘Godmutha’ of the circle. She has thick skin, and learned to use her wit to get out of any situation.
Christian “C.P.” (@718cp) is a lover and a fighter. He has a big heart and swag that makes all the girls swoon.
Taylor (@taylorotoolee) is a ‘guy’s girl’ with no tolerance for attitude or disrespect.
Joe (@joeotoole) is the ‘charmer of the South Shore’ who is constantly tempted by the fast money from the streets.
“In addition to Karen Gravano, Adam Gonzalez and Daniel Blau Rogge also executive produce the series.
“Made in Staten Island premieres Monday, Jan. 14 at 10/9c on MTV.”
Per Bloomberg, “NBC Universal’s boss sent a holiday greeting to employees this week, and it contained an intriguing hint about the coming year.
“Steve Burke, head of the Comcast Corp. division, suggested that the company might unveil an online TV service in 2019 -- though it’s hard to know how seriously to take a message written in the rhyming style of Dr. Seuss.
“‘While you all go off to relax, swim or ski,’ Burke wrote. ‘Maybe, just maybe, next year we will announce our plan for OTT.’
“The initials are a reference to ‘over-the-top’ services that provide video content to customers via the internet rather than a traditional satellite or cable TV subscription.
“Burke, who oversees the NBC network, cable channels such as USA, and the Universal theme parks and movie studio, has yet to announce a streaming product like those planned by rivals Walt Disney Co. and AT&T Inc.’s Warner Media next year. But Comcast is getting such a service through its acquisition of Sky Plc.
“The whole industry is rushing to compete with Netflix Inc., which continues to amass subscribers and programming for its dominant streaming platform.
“In his holiday note, Burke also lamented that Comcast lost out to Disney in a bidding war for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets.
“‘During 2018 our businesses mostly rocked,’ he said. ‘But it did not feel at all good when Disney got Fox.’
“The executive noted the disappointing performance of the Dwayne Johnson film Skyscraper, while praising hits such as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the NBC show New Amsterdam and results at the Spanish-language network Telemundo.
“‘Even though Skyscraper did not quite deliver, we come back next year with Pets 2 in our quiver,’ he said.”
“Jerry Stiller — who famously played George Costanza’s dad on Seinfeld”— says he was always confused about the on-screen family’s heritage.
“In a video appearance at the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot gala at the Mandarin Oriental on Monday, the veteran comic said, ‘It was never really clear if the Costanzas were Jewish or Italian or what they were. Jason [Alexander, who played George], Estelle [Harris, who played Estelle Costanza] and I were given the name Costanza, which sounds Italian, but there were episodes where I cooked Jewish food and ate knishes and kasha varnishkes in bed.’
“Stiller added, ‘When people asked me about this, I would simply say it was because we were a Jewish family in the witness protection program.’
“A replica of Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment is part of the Tel Aviv, Israel, museum’s new exhibit on Jewish humor.
“‘What about the Costanzas’ living room? What are we, chopped liver? Oy, serenity now!’ Stiller quipped.”
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “The woman behind Endeavor's portfolio of brands is stepping into the spotlight as the subject of an upcoming Starz docuseries.
“Bozoma: Being Badass will follow Bozoma Saint John as she explores the issues and topics that impacted her personal and professional journey. Each episode is expected to feature Saint John interviewing people who have been through the experiences she discusses, like losing her husband to cancer.
“Filming on the series is expected to begin in early 2019. Alex Lowry (Anthony Bourdain: Parks Unknown) will executive produce alongside Saint John and Anjula Acharia. Endeavor Content, the production arm of WME owner Endeavor, is not involved in the project.
“Saint John, 41, joined Endeavor in June to help it define its portfolio of brands, from Miss Universe to UFC. She had previously served as chief brand officer at Uber and was instrumental in its image revamp following a series of reports about the company's unhealthy corporate culture. Prior to Uber, Saint John oversaw consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes and rose to fame after she participated in a keynote at Apple's World Wide Developers Conference.
“Bozoma: Being Badass will join a Starz lineup that includes dramas Outlander, American Gods, Sweetbitter and football docuseries Warriors of Liberty City.
NOT IF YOU PAID ME….
From Mayim Bialik: “This is the point in my life where I write about losing love. It’s the point where I second guess myself with every single touch of the keyboard. It’s also the point where I realize how powerful the relationship I have with everyone who comes to my website is.
“You don’t get to know all of the details, and it won’t be featured on the cover (or even in the pages of) a tabloid magazine. My love story is nothing particularly exceptional. I mean, he was—er, is. I was an exceptional iteration of myself with him. For five years in fact. And now it’s over.
“If ever there were a story that should have ended not like this, I feel this might be it. But he has his own will and much as I wish I could control his will, I cannot. And so here we are.
“There is rarely good timing for a break up. But most certainly, the worst time is now. In case he is reading this, I’m just meh with this timing. Because say what you will, the holidays are a time to not be recently broken up. I know this much is true. The air is full of clarity and possibility. Cheer abounds and people seem friendlier (except for that guy who called me ‘f—ing stupid’ in front of my 10-year-old for walking too slow at the mall). Commercials tell me this is the time of year to buy the woman you love expensive jewelry. It’s also when people get proposed to. And I would be lying if I said it didn’t enter my mind that this holiday season might hold a promise of a secure future for me.
“But as religious people like me tend to do, I see this as an unfolding of my journey that only a Power greater than myself can know and understand. If you’re happily coupled and expecting a proposal this holiday season, that’s terrific. If, however, you’re recently single and your heart hurts, here are my tips for surviving this season without being sent to jail for assaulting a woman as her fiancé proposes to her in the middle of the mall:
Exercise helps elevate happy chemicals in your brain, and trust you/me, you’re gonna need it. Walk your neighborhood. Force yourself. Walk while weeping—I’ve done it. Nothing to be ashamed of. Move your body.
Resist the urge to bring your phone or even headphones with you for music listening when you work out: Be in the silence as you move your body. You’re likely to feel things. It’s important. Don’t run from feelings; you can’t just shove them down. Emotions, like pee, have to find a way out eventually. Let it happen. It’s okay to cry. It’s actually important to cry. It’s part of grieving.
No sad music. I put myself on a moratorium of sad music. When we broke up the last time (two years ago), I listened to SO MUCH ADELE that my children would weep when they heard the music blaring; but not from sadness, from misery at hearing Adele AGAIN. I would listen and cry and cry and cry, and I decided this time around to not feed that kind of crying. Organic crying from just being in my feelings feels like enough this time; I don’t need to force myself to get to that place. I’m getting there plenty on my own. My sons know to shut the radio off IMMEDIATELY when any Ed Sheeran song comes on with the exception of Shape of You, which is so peppy I can’t help but bounce around to it. Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur needs to be avoided like the plague. Because that song is just too much of everything. (I have never thrown up from drinking like the lyrics say, but other than that, it’s pretty perfect.)
Know your limits. I can’t go to every bloody party I’m invited to alone. I want to be that person who can, but I’m not and I can’t and that’s okay. I have gone to some parties alone this season and I have done my best, but I also know when it’s time to go home and be with my cats and wear slippers and watch documentaries on Netflix while working on an impossible puzzle and sipping some Manischewitz Concord grape. (Wow, that sounds like my dating profile right there, huh?) Don’t push yourself or feel bad if you’re not up to being perky and inspiring. You’re sad. It’s normal to be sad when you have had a loss.
Perspective, people. Find it. Whatever it looks like for you. There are people in tragic circumstances right now. All over the world, people are suffering and in need. We can get through this season alone. I can even be alone for a long time if that’s my path. I have many other things to work on, work for and work toward. I am one speck of the universe and I can get help when I am in need. If you are not getting support from compassionate ears and hearts, seek the assistance of a therapist, school or work counselor or social worker, or go online and find help in your area. But also remember to be grateful for blessings, even if they are small. There is light at the end of this.
“I’m sure I could give you other advice like ‘Don’t sleep with your ex’ and ‘Don’t try to be friends yet.’ But there’s that Dua Lipa song New Rules, which I think sound pretty smart, so listen to that.
“Chances are you’ll find someone else. Chances are having random sex with people you aren’t emotionally connected to or committed to may not be the answer, but maybe it is. Who knows? You do you.
“As for me, I’ve got a half bottle of Manischewitz, four cats, and a wicked puzzle waiting for me. And for now, I am grateful in my tears and in my sadness for small blessings. They abound even now.
You have to know darkness in order to see light.
Fall down 9 times, get up 10.
All attachment is suffering.
Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
With every door that closes, another one opens.
You don’t have to see the whole staircase in order to take the first step.
Say you won’t let go.
Just say you won’t let go.”
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE. WE WILL BE BACK ON JANUARY 2.