Tuesday March 6, 2018

Netflix has picked up a 5th season of Black Mirror.

E! has ordered a 5th season of Botched.

Sunday's Oscars were the least watched broadcast of the show in the modern television era.

I didn't watch, nor will I because who cares, but the Bachelor is one of the most hated men in America this morning.

Read this and you may think again before watching another season of this trash.

Nick Offerman is heading to Amazon.

Hulu premieres Hard Sun tomorrow night.  Billed as follows: "Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn play detectives Charlie Hicks and Elaine Renko, partners and enemies, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to a world-ending natural disaster. Hicks is a family man and a great, committed officer. He’s also profoundly corrupt. Renko is a difficult and damaged, but utterly incorruptible officer. Thus, the two cops stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum and also seriously distrust one other – and for good reason. But they must somehow learn to work together if they’re going to survive until the end of the world." More below.

Plebs is in line for a U.S. remake after Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s Point Grey Pictures started developing a version of the British-produced, Ancient Rome-set, comedy."

"Variety has obtained an exclusive promo of History’s The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen.' The network will premiere the first episode of the four-part, eight-hour docuseries on March 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Leonardo DiCaprio serves as executive producer along with Jennifer Davisson and Stephen David. The series is a dramatic portrayal of frontier icons such as Daniel Boone, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and Davy Crockett, as they explore uncharted land. The show will also include exclusive interviews with experts and survivalists.  Watch the trailer [here]."

And here's the trailer for Netflix's Lost In Space, which premieres on April 13.

"Laz Alonso (NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura) has been cast in Amazon’s straight-to-series drama The Boys, from  Supernatural creator and Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke, Preacher‘s Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen and Sony Pictures TV. Written by Kripke based on the comic book by Garth Ennis (Preacher) & Darick Robertson and directed by Goldberg & Rogen, The Boys is set in a world where superheroes embrace the darker side of their massive celebrity and fame. It revolves around a group of vigilantes known informally as 'the boys,' who set out to take down corrupt superheroes with no more than blue-collar grit and a willingness to fight dirty. Alonzo will play Mother’s Milk. Second in command of The Boys, Mother’s Milk is a great detective, highly intelligent and observant, and an intuitive investigator."

New parental controls are coming to Netflix.

"When NBCUniversal shut down Seeso last year, it left the fate of several series uncertain, including Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher’s winning series, Take My Wife. The married stand-ups play fictionalized versions of themselves in a comedy that blends the realistic parts of their lives—touring, travel, confronting stereotypes—with an occasional guest appearance from Tegan and Sara. The A.V. Club enjoyed the first season, so naturally we worried about the future of the show, but Esposito and Butcher have just announced that iTunes is the new digital home for Take My WifeEight all-new episodes are already available in the U.S. and U.K., along with the complete first season. Here are a few of the out LGBT actors joining the cast: Brittani Nichols, Jen Richards, Clea Duvall, Solomon Georgio, Gaby Dunn—oh, and Tegan and Sara. There’s also some good news for Starz subscribers: Seasons one and two will be available to stream as of May 1."

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Per The Blast, "Adrienne Lawrence, a former ESPN host, is suing the company for sexual harassment, claiming, among other things, that co-workers made lewd comments wondering what Rihanna must 'taste like.'

"According to a lawsuit obtained by The Blast, Lawrence claims ESPN is 'a company rife with misogyny' where 'women are humiliated, degraded, and forced to navigate a misogynistic and predatory culture.'

"Lawrence claims male executives and talent keep 'scorecards' listing female colleagues they want to sleep with. Men openly watch porn on their computers, Lawrence claims, make 'repulsive' comments about women in front of women.

"In one instance, Lawrence claims two male co-workers talked about 'what popstar Rihanna must "taste like," concluding that she "must taste good," and then howling with excitement while Ms. Lawrence sat in disgust before being forced to leave the room.'

"Lawrence joined ESPN in 2015, leaving her legal career to join ESPN through its competitive 'ESPN the Fellowship' program. Lawrence believed the program would lead to a long career with the network, citing positive meetings she had with then-ESPN President John Skipper.

"Instead, Lawrence claims, 'ESPN denied Ms. Lawrence important opportunities for professional development and fired her in retaliation for complaining to supervisors and the Human Resources Department … about sexual harassment and HR’s condonation and ratification of discriminatory behavior.'

"Throughout her tenure at the network, Lawrence claims she 'was forced to work in a hostile environment where she was subjected to misogynistic treatment by multiple male colleagues, many of whom ostracized her after she objected to their sexual objectification of her and other women.'

"Lawrence claims she was subjected to unwanted sexual advances by ESPN anchor John Buccigross. She says he 'exploited his position of authority over her' and used 'calculated predatory grooming tactics,' including 'sending unsolicited half-naked photos to test how she would respond to his attempt to sexualize the relationship.'

"She says in her lawsuit, 'He was following the "ESPN Predators’ Playbook.”'

"After rejecting his advances, Lawrence claims Buccigross 'marked his territory' by “spreading a bogus rumor that they were intimate, falsely suggesting that she was 'sleeping her way to the top’ and that her advancement was based on a sexual relationship with a senior anchor rather than her stellar performance.'

"Lawrence complained to Human Resources (as documented last December by The Boston Globe) but ultimately, she claims, HR 'colluded with Buccigross to cover up his misconduct and insisted that he was harmless and that her concerns were not to be taken seriously.'

"Buccigross gave a statement to the Globe, saying, 'I considered Adrienne to be a friend. I’m sorry if anything I did or said offended Adrienne. It certainly wasn’t my intent.'

"When Lawrence complained up the chain, she says eventually 'ESPN reinforced its longstanding practice of retaliating against women and did not renew Ms. Lawrence’s contract or consider her for any employment opportunities whatsoever.'

"Lawrence also made the claim that ESPN covered for legendary sportscaster Chris Berman. She claims that Berman left 'a threatening and racially disparaging voicemail' for fellow ESPN personality Jemele Hill. When Hill notified HR, Lawrence claims nothing was done (see Hill’s statement on the incident below).

"In August, Lawrence filed a complaint against ESPN with the State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. She then received a Right to Sue letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which led to this lawsuit.

"Lawrence filed suit in federal court in Connecticut against ESPN and four other executives: Margaret Green, Senior Director, Talent Recruitment & Negotiation; Robert Gallo, Senior Director of Employee Relations; John Obringer, Senior Coordinating Producer, Studio Production; Donna Hricisko, Director of Employee Relations.

"Lawrence is suing for sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation. She is seeking unspecified damages.

"A rep for ESPN provided a statement about the lawsuit, while Hill released a statement about the Berman incident. Read both below:

ESPN STATEMENT
We conducted a thorough investigation of the claims Adrienne Lawrence surfaced to ESPN and they are entirely without merit. Ms. Lawrence was hired into a two-year talent development program and was told that her contract would not be renewed at the conclusion of the training program. At that same time, ESPN also told 100 other talent with substantially more experience, that their contracts would not be renewed. The company will vigorously defend its position and we are confident we will prevail in court.

JEMELE HILL STATEMENT
A few years ago, I had a personal conflict with Chris Berman, but the way this conflict has been characterized is dangerously inaccurate. Chris never left any racially disparaging remarks on my voicemail and our conflict was handled swiftly and with the utmost professionalism. I felt as if my concerns were taken seriously by ESPN and addressed in a way that made me feel like a valued employee. Frankly, I’m more disappointed that someone I considered to be a friend at one point would misrepresent and relay a private conversation without my knowledge — in which I simply attempted to be a sounding board — for personal gain."

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Per Decider, "[h]ow would you act if you knew the world was going to end? That’s exactly what Hard Sun, a new joint effort from BBC and Hulu helmed by Luther creator Neil Cross asks – and it comes up with some unsettling answers. The London-set series follows detectives Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess) and Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn), a pair of mismatched partners who accidentally stumble upon the news that the world is going to end in five years and are forced to deal with the fallout from MI5 and the like. It’s gutsy and it’s dark, sure, but that’s what makes it so compelling.

"Over the course of the series’ 6-episode first season, there is a lot to take in. You may very well come away feeling as though you’ve just crammed multiple shows into your head, and just when you think things have gotten crazy enough, Hard Sun goes and does something absolutely insane. That’s where most of its fun lies, however, because with such a wacky premise, you have to exert just a little more patience. If dark, doomsday dramas are up your alley, you’ll likely find the strange pace worth it.

"Hard Sun wastes no time in plunging you right into the thick of it; in its first few minutes alone, we watch Renko thrown around her apartment like a rag doll by a shadowy figure, and when he lights the match that sends her home up in flames, it boasts all the imagery of the impending doom we know is ahead. She’s resilient and layered, a unique badass we’re not quite accustomed to seeing in this kind of role.

"Sturgess’ Hicks, meanwhile, is frankly, a bit of a dick. He’s under suspicion for having murdered his partner, has a wife and child at home with a baby on the way, and is sleeping with his deceased partner’s widow. Renko is essentially introduced to keep an eye on him and get to the bottom of what really happened to his partner, immediately setting things up to be extremely uncomfortable for the duo. As soon as it becomes clear what they’re facing, however, the two are forever changed – and bound together by the apocalyptic secret they now share. While things could get stale because of the bizarre relationship between our two leads, the combination of Sturgess and Deyn avoids most of the clichés that befall buddy cop series, and that’s largely thanks to Deyn’s performance (and the fact that the writers don’t insist on pairing them up romantically!).

"There’s a lot about Hard Sun that won’t be for everyone; the murders are gruesome, some of the fight scenes difficult to watch, and there’s legitimately very little to like about Sturgess’ character – but if you can stomach it all, you may very well have found yourself a new favorite. Hard Sun succeeds because it fully commits to doing its own thing, even when it might not be moving along the obvious path for success. Whether or not that treacherous path to our fiery end is worth the trip is up to you."

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    "Scheana Marie is moving on from Robert Parks Valletta with another Rob.

    "An insider told Page Six that the Vanderpump Rules star is 'casually dating' The Bachelor franchise personality Robby Hayes.

    “'Scheana is trying to have fun and not be so focused and serious on this one, but she’s into him,' the insider said on Monday. 'They’ve known each other for a little while from the reality world.'

    "The insider said that they’ve hung out in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas, where she is currently in Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man.

    "Marie, 32, recently came under fire for denying that she 'hooked up' with Summer House star Carl Radke after Stephen McGee alleged that the two had a rendezvous. Radke and Marie later revealed that they only kissed. Andy Cohen also tried to set her up with Garrett Miller from Siesta Key during an episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen but it is unclear if the two met up outside of the clubhouse.

    "The reality star finalized her divorce from Mike Shay in May after two years of marriage. She quickly moved on with Valletta, 36, but the couple broke up after they filmed episodes of Vanderpump Rules together.

    "A source close to the SUR waitress said that she is just friends with Hayes and that he is a guest on her new podcast, Scheananigans With Scheana Shay. The show’s website revealed that the podcast will begin on March 6, but it did not confirm any of its guests.

    "Hayes didn’t get back to us."

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    "Lionsgate is partnering with Facebook on a prank series executive produced by television personality Kim Kardashian West.

    "You Kiddin’ Me is inspired by Kardashian West’s family antics. The kids are put in charge, and celebrities must do everything their own children say.

    "The 10-episode series aims to provide a sneak peek into the families of Hollywood stars, as the children prank their famous parents and the unsuspecting public.

    "Members of the Facebook community will be able to participate in pranking their favorite celebrities, with producers and the celebrity kids crowdsourcing prank ideas.

    “'We’re excited to be working with Kim on our first premium series for Facebook Watch, led by a world-class creative team and what promises to be a stellar cast,' said Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of alternative programming at Lionsgate, in a release. 'We continue to expand the range of our platform partnerships and look forward to collaborating with the Facebook team in bringing viewers a buzzworthy, high-quality unscripted series that taps into the fun family dynamics that Kim knows best.'

    "You Kiddin’ Me is produced by Lionsgate and will be executive produced by Kardashian West, O’Connell, Brian Tannenbaum, Peter M. Cohen and Melissa Stokes."