Monday March 5, 2018

It's really time for Scandal to hang it up.

Ditto for The Walking Dead.  This season has been almost impossible to watch it's so boring, not to mention that meat grinder scene which was beyond disgusting.

Here's your first look at season 6 of House of Cards.

This dip$hit Bachelor picks someone tonight on the season finale.

There was a tie on Jeopardy!

John Oliver took a deep dive on NRA TV last night.  Fascinating.

New Facebook Watch series Sacred Lies has cast Elena Kampouris, Kevin Carroll, Kiana Madeira, and Ryan Robbins in leading roles. The series, from Blumhouse Television, is about a handless teen who escapes from a cult and finds herself in juvenile detention, suspected of knowing who killed her cult leader. The half-hour drama has received a 10-episode order.

Last night's "18.9 appears to be an all-time low for the Oscars, below the previous low ratings point, logged with the 2008 telecast (21.9), hosted by Jon Stewart, when No Country For Old Men won Best Picture."

Here is a complete list of winners from last night's Oscars.

Showtime is offering up new series The Trade for free.  All 5 episodes can be streamed now.  "From Columbus, Ohio to Guerrero, Mexico and countless cities in between, the opioid epidemic has ravaged communities on both sides of the border. But what about the lives behind the headlines and statistics? This timely, provocative five-episode docu-series spotlights the crisis through the eyes of those most affected: the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web."

"The Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School could become a documentary soon, 'cause some students are getting approached by Hollywood producers ... TMZ has learned. Sources tell us at least a couple student survivors have been getting calls to participate in some sort of docu-type project that would depict the tragedy and its aftermath. We're told these students are fielding requests from a number of producers and executives for potential deals on a full-blown movie documentary, a TV documentary and a TV docuseries. They're sorting through these talks with some high-powered publicists."  Gross.

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Per Yahoo!, "[c]an Transparent have a future following the departure of its star Jeffrey Tambor? Actress Judith Light, who plays the Shelly Pfefferman, ex-wife of Tambor’s character, Maura, opened up to ET’s Nischelle Turner on Sunday at the Elton John AIDs Foundation Oscar party about what’s in store for the Amazon series in the wake of Tambor’s exit.

“'Yes, I hope so,' the 69-year-old actress said of more Transparent seasons. 'Yes, we’re looking at a fifth season, and we’ll see when we’re gonna shoot that. So, we’ll see.'

"Tambor was fired from the show in February, following allegations of sexual harassment by his former assistant, Van Barnes, and his co-star, Trace Lysette. The 73-year-old actor has denied wrongdoing and previously released a statement saying he’s “profoundly disappointed” by both Amazon and the series’ co-creator, Jill Soloway.

"As for Light, she hasn’t kept in touch with her co-star following the news.

“'I have not spoken to him,' she confirmed. 'Everybody’s a little shell shocked I would say.'

"Following the accusations, several of Tambor’s former co-stars have spoken out in his defense. In late February, comedian David Cross, who acted alongside Tambor on Arrested Development, spoke to am New York about the actor.

“'I can’t speak for everybody, but I know there are a number of us who stand behind him – from the limited amount we know, we stand behind Jeffrey – and I am one of them,' Cross said. 'I think it’s very curious that Amazon didn’t make public the results of their internal investigation. I’m not sure why they would do that. I just know the whole thing is rather curious to me.'

"Tambor is one of many stars affected this past year in Hollywood. The Time’s Up movement was also present at Sunday’s Oscars. Watch the clip below to see how women are speaking out."

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"The world of Stranger Things is expanding.

"Netflix has announced casting for two roles in the show's upcoming third season, one of whom is already a familiar face within the Upside Down universe: Priah Ferguson, who plays Erica Sinclair, Lucas' (Caleb McLaughlin) younger sister. After guest-starring in season two, Ferguson will return in season three as a recurring star.

"What's more, Erica won't be alone. Netflix notes that Erica will be accompanied by 'an army of friends' as she heads into the third season of the series. No longer content with sitting on the sidelines, Erica finds herself on a wild mission to save Hawkins from a dangerous and unexpected new threat.

"Based on the description, it sounds like Erica and her friends will be fighting back against the Upside Down this season. If so, The Mind Flayer doesn't stand a chance.

"Meanwhile, another new actor has been added to the Stranger Things cast: Maya Thurman-Hawke, who plays Jo March in BBC and Masterpiece's adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Thurman-Hawke will play a brand-new character, Robin, an alternative girl who is equal parts sharp and playful. Bored with her mundane day job, she just wants a little excitement in her life … and gets more than she bargained for when she uncovers a dark secret in Hawkins.

"Exactly what does that dark secret entail? Appropriately enough, Stranger Things fans are very much in the dark in that regard. While the first season ended with a strong indication of the next year's story, season two ended in such a fashion that the future of the series is somewhat unknown. The Mind Flayer still towers over Hawkins from the Upside Down, but otherwise? The next moves are up in the air — exactly as the Duffers want it, according to what they previously told The Hollywood Reporter: 'Last year, we had a lot of little cliff-hangers at the end of the season. We didn't want to do that again. We didn't want to box ourselves in for season three. We wanted to be able to start season three on a very clean slate.'

"The third season of Stranger Things is expected to land in 2019."

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Per Deadline, "[f]ollowing the success of Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman’s Big Little Lies, Witherspoon has teamed with another top actress, Scandal star Kerry Washington, to topline and executive produce a limited series based on a bestselling book, Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere.

"Written by Liz Tigelaar (Casual) , the project, from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios, is being pitched to premium and streaming networks, garnering strong interest from buyers.

"Published last year, Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere takes place in Shaker Heights, Ohio where Ng grew up. The novel is about two families living in 1990s Shaker Heights who are brought together through their children. The novel, an instant bestseller, was Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine’s September 2017 book pick.

"Witherspoon was interested in producing and starring in a limited series adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere, and so was Washington. The two wanted to do it together and the project came together at ABC Signature, the cable/streaming division of ABC Studios where both Hello Sunshine and Simpson Street have overall deals. Hello Sunshine and ABC Signature will serve as studio co-production partners on the project.

"Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will executive produce for Hello Sunshine, while Washington will executive produce for Simpson Street and Pilar Savone will oversee the project for the company."

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Per EW, "Orphan Black lives again… in comic book form. After the fifth and final season left Clone Clubbers in mourning for the Tatiana Maslany-led sci-fi series, the story now continues in Crazy Science, a six-part miniseries from writer Heli Kennedy and artist Fico Ossio.

"Picking up after the events of the series finale on television, Orphan Black fans will be able to read about the adventures of Cosima and Delphine, who travel the world to help cure the other sick 274 Leda clones. Crazy Science will debut this June.

"Kennedy, who previously penned the Orphan Black: Deviations comic, told IGN the comic will also see the old sestras and 'Cophine' drawn into 'an international mystery.'

“'I’m so excited to send Cosima and Delphine around the world. A scientist-superhero couple, saving clones in amazing locations — I couldn’t ask for much more, story-wise,' Kennedy said in a statement. 'And I can’t wait to delve into who they are, outside of science. Both as a couple and individuals. Their intense love-work relationship is the perfect "in" to explore their dreams, fears, families, the skeletons they keep hidden… all the good, challenging bits of a complicated relationship.'

"When Orphan Black came to a close, co-creator John Fawcett teased the continuation of Cophine’s story to EW.

“'Certainly I love thinking about where Delphine and Cosima are going to have to go and the kinds of women that they’re going to meet in their journeys and in their travels,' he said. 'We’ve spent so much time creating diversity in our Leda clones and making all these very different individuals that represent all sorts of aspects of the world and culture and society that just thinking about that makes me think there’s all these other stories to tell. And certainly their adventures globe-trotting as they inoculate these girls is interesting dramatically.'

"He and co-creator Graeme Manson even mentioned 'potentially doing a feature film.'

“'It’s a big testament to how we felt about it,' Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S) said of the Orphan Black cast’s goodbye. 'Nobody wanted to go through it or to hear that it had wrapped alone… Forty people who weren’t filming all came to hang out, to be together in the cold until four in the morning, and to clap and cry and somehow try to recognize the moment.'”

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Per Uproxx, "Frances McDormand took home the Oscar for Best Actress at the 2018 Oscars but it’s her acceptance speech that has everyone talking.

"McDormand used her time on stage to draw attention to the talented women nominated for awards this year. She asked all of the female nominees in every category, from acting to cinematography to costume design to stand up and enjoy their moment in the spotlight before asking male executives and directors to invite those same women into their office to talk about getting their stories financed.

"At the end of McDormand’s speech, the actress left the audience with two important words: 'inclusion rider.' For audiences at home, an inclusion rider is a clause in an actor’s contract that demands diversity in the production’s cast and crew in order to retain the talent. In other words, actors and actresses can for specific diversity initiatives, like for the crew to be 50% female or that speaking roles in a film reflect the demography of the setting of the story.

"It’s a way to ensure inclusion but McDormand using her win to petition A-list stars to stick to their guns and make inclusion riders part of their contract negotiations is a bold move. Of course, this is Frances McDormand we’re talking about, so who’s surprised?"