Tuesday April 24, 2018

TBS has renewed The Last O.G. and Search Party.

Last night's Daily Show may have been Trevor Noah's finest to date.

Kevin James first stand up special in 17 years is now streaming on Netflix.

"Martha Stewart is joining the Food Network as a recurring guest judge on Chopped, the network said Monday. She will join host Ted Allen, and series regulars Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian, beginning June 5."

Southern Charm: New Orleans is a tough watch.

Oxygen has renewed Dick Wolf’s unscripted shows Cold Justice (for a 5th season) and Criminal Confessions (for a 2nd season).

"Just a couple months after Amazon canceled her series One Mississippi, Tig Notaro has a brand new standup special heading to Netflix next month. Titled Happy to Be Here, the special was filmed at the Heights Theater in Houston, counts Ellen DeGeneres as an executive producer, and makes its Netflix debut on Tuesday, May 22nd. Notaro also directed the special and serves as an executive producer. Notaro’s last special, Boyish Girl Interruptedaired on HBO back in 2015 the same year her documentary Tig premiered on Netflix."

"Former Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson has a new cable home: A&E Networks. The award-winning journalist signed an overall deal that will include hosting three documentary specials for Lifetime, one of the A&E networks. The specials will focus on empowerment, A&E announced Monday. The first special, with the working title, The Brave with Gretchen Carlson, will focus on how Carlson's actions 'to confront the scourge of sexual harassment in the workplace' has served as a catalyst for other women, according to the A&E announcement."

This Allison Mack sex cult thing is beyond bizarre.

Crackle has renewed The Oath for a 2nd season.

Crackle is also "developing a series reimagining of the Joseph Conrad novel Heart of DarknessVariety has learned exclusively. The project is set in the future where Earth is a distant memory. It is described as an exploration of what it means to be human on a space odyssey where the survival of the human race hangs in the balance and will explore themes of race, immigration, and colonization much like the book. Heart of Darkness has been adapted in various forms over the years. Perhaps most famously, it served as the inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Academy Award-winning Vietnam war film Apocalypse Now starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando in the main roles from the novel."


"Sony Pictures has closed a multi-year development and production deal with NBA superstar Stephen Curry across its film, television, and worldwide partnerships operations in the biggest media deal of any athlete to date.

"Curry’s newly formed production company, Unanimous Media, founded by Curry and partners Jeron Smith, who will serve as CEO, and Erick Peyton, who will serve as CCO. The company will develop and produce film and television projects with a focus on family, faith, and sports themes. The deal will extend to opportunities in partnerships, electronics, gaming, and virtual reality. Curry’s production headquarters will be located on the Sony Pictures studio lot in Culver City.

“'Steph is a transcendent figure in current culture. His wide-ranging content creation interests overlap well with our varied businesses and we have been equally impressed with his team,' Tom Rothman, chairman at Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, said. 'We are honored to have been drafted and now we know how lucky Golden State feels every day.'

“'I’ve been blessed to have this platform and I want to use it to affect the world positively,' Curry said. 'Partnering with Sony to share inspiring content with a global audience was a foregone conclusion.'

"Bryan Smiley, VP of production at Columbia Pictures, shepherded the deal and will oversee production and development with Unanimous Media for the motion picture group. Jeffrey Godsick, executive VP of brand strategy and global partnerships, will oversee partnerships and brand extension opportunities across Sony platforms. Chris Parnell, co-president of Sony Pictures Television, will oversee television projects with Unanimous Media in both the scripted and non-scripted space.

“'We’re thrilled to work alongside Steph to bring his positive, affirming brand to create content in the scripted and non-scripted television landscape,' Parnell said. 'He’s tapping into his drive and creative energy on the court to expand to horizons off the court, and we’re honored to be a part of it.'”


Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix is expanding its relationship with DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures.

"The streaming giant has handed out a straight-to-series order for an animated show based on The Fast and the Furious franchise.

"The series is the first to come out of a newly expanded deal that gives the streaming giant a first-look at DreamWorks Animation shows based on Universal film properties following Comcast-NBCUniversal's acquisition of the animation studio. DreamWorks will continue to create series based on original and acquired intellectual property.

"The Fast and the Furious animated show builds on a five-year deal between DWA and Netflix that has resulted in 14 original series on the streaming service, including Guillermo del Toro and Marc Guggenheim's Trollhunters as well as Spirit Riding Free and All Hail King Julien, with four additional shows set to bow this year.

“'We are thrilled to take our fantastic partnership with DreamWorks Animation to the next level with new opportunities from the vast library of Universal Pictures,' said Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family.  'The Fast and the Furious franchise is a global phenomenon beloved by audiences of all ages, and we can’t wait to get started on the new animated series that will capture the action, heart, humor and global appeal of the feature films.'

"The Fast and the Furious animated show revolves around teenager Tony Toretto, who follows in the footsteps of his cousin Dom when he and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination. Tim Hedrick (DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender) and Bret Haaland (All Hail King Julien) executive produce and serve as showrunners. The series is executive produced by Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan who also serve as producers on the live-action Fast and the Furious franchise.

"The Universal film franchise has already unspooled eight films and grossed $5 billion worldwide. The ninth and 10th films in the franchise bow in April 2020 and April 2021."


"Comedy Central is developing Living the Dream, from Aaron Karo (Aaron Karo: The Rest is History) and DJ Dillon Francis, Deadline has learned.

"Written by Karo and Francis who also will star, Living the Dream follows Quincy Hart (Francis), an internet personality who realizes his career is shallow and tries to reconnect with the most important people in his life. All he wants is love but all he gets are likes. Francis, whose new album is expected later this year, will also contribute original music.

"Karo and Francis executive produce with Josh Turner McGuire, Chris Dennis, Nick Palmacci, and Kevin Kasatsu. The project is in early development in the script phase, we hear.

"DJ, record producer and comedian Francis is described as having a comedic style in the vein of Andy Samberg meets Andy Kaufman. He created One Deeper talks, a seven-part comedy series on TBS Digital hosted by DJ Hanzel (his German persona), and produced a mock reality show called DJ World. He recently appeared on Viceland’s What Would Diplo Do? and continues to build his independent label IDGAFOS.

"Karo is a comedian and author of five books, including young adult novels Me You Usand Lexapros and Cons. He created the Channing Tatum animated vehicle Germany,which received a pilot presentation at Comedy Central, and sold the multi-cam Squad Goals to CBS with partner Lindsey Rosin. In 2010, he starred in his own one-hour Comedy Central special Aaron Karo: The Rest Is History."


Per Elite Daily, "[o]ver the past few years, it's been great to see talented, low-key famous comedians getting the high-profile gig of hosting a public roast of the president and his administration at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Luckily, this year's front-woman is exactly that, and she's somebody you need to know. Who is Michelle Wolf? The White House Correspondents' host is hilarious.

"Wolf is a comedian and actress who has written for some top tier late night TV shows and opened for high-profile comedians. She also has her own weekly Netflix show, The Break. 'Our dinner honors the First Amendment and strong, independent journalism,' Margaret Talev, president of the White House Correspondents' Association, announced in February. '[Wolf's] embrace of these values and her truth-to-power style make her a great friend to the WHCA. Her Pennsylvania roots, stints on Wall Street and in science and self-made, feminist edge make her the right voice now.'

"Wolf has an unusual backstory that led her to comedy. She grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, which she talks about in her standup and on talk shows. She told Jimmy Kimmel on April 16 that she worked at a restaurant near the amusement park Hershey Park growing up.

"'Yeah, we were terrified of New Yorkers,' Wolf joked. 'I worked at an Italian restaurant on the highway that was like, on the way out. So everyone would stop there after the park — real bad food — but like any time a car of New Yorkers would pull up we'd be like, 'Get ready it's New Yorkers!' They'd immediately sit down and be like, "Bread! Water! Pasta!"'

"Wolf has said that she never anticipated becoming a comedian, per TheWrap. 'I was a kinesiology major in college, which is exercise science,' Wolf told TheWrap in 2016. 'Then, I was either going to get my PhD or go to medical school, but I was kind of burned out after school. My roommates had all gotten jobs on Wall Street, so they were like, "Come work with us on Wall Street! We’ll all live in New York for a couple of years.”'

"After working on Wall Street for companies like Bear Stearns and JP Morgan for a few years, she took an improv class that changed everything, according to The Village Voice. She began devoting herself to writing jokes and performing standup. Her big break was when she got hired as a joke writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2013.

“'Michelle has the perfect combination for comedy,' her former boss, Seth Meyers, told The Village Voice in 2017. 'She is kindhearted and also deliciously cruel.'

"Wolf created a recurring character called 'Grown Up Annie,' for Late Night with Seth Meyers, which still makes me laugh.

"After a few years at Meyers' show, she sauntered over to Comedy Central to write for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, per The Village Voice. 'In all my years traveling the world doing stand-up comedy,' Noah told the Voice in an email in 2017, 'there are few comedians I’ve ever seen who exude pure comedy perfection like Michelle. If we’re all normal people, she sees the code of comedy like Neo in The Matrix.'

"As things tend to be in the entertainment industry, Wolf was also bouncing between other side-hustle comedy jobs while she was a staffer for Meyers and Noah. She wrote jokes for Chris Rock's Academy Awards hosting gig in 2016, wrote material for what would become her 2017 debut standup special for HBO, Nice Lady, and performed hundreds of sets at New York's Comedy Cellar, per the Voice. In 2015, Wolf wrote and starred in a Comedy Central web series called Now Hiring, which is available to stream on YouTube.

"Wolf's debut comedy special Nice Lady, which premiered on HBO in 2017, covered a wide range of topics. Her style is a meandering, surprising, fun mix of personal and societal topics. Wolf told TVInsider in December 2017 that she isn't phased by sexist criticisms that female comics shouldn't talk about personal or intimate details.

"'I like to look at the men’s reactions, and they always seem like they’re enjoying themselves,' Wolf said. 'A lot of times, they’re shocked. I’ve heard them say, "I had no idea." And the reason for that goes back to my original premise: They don’t know about this stuff because we’re being nice. That has not been helpful, so it’s time for us to stop.'

"When it comes to her big D.C. debut, Wolf told Kimmel that she was relieved that President Donald Trump announced he wouldn't attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 28.

"'The first thing I thought was like, "Oh thank God I don't have to hear Trump eat,"' Wolf joked. 'You know he doesn't chew with his mouth closed. He's probably like a real smack-y eater and a mouth-breather at the same time.'"


Per Deadline, "YouTube has picked up to series its action comedy pilot Wayne starring Mark McKenna (Sing Street) and Ciara Bravo (Big Time Rush), from creator Shawn Simmons, which is executive produced by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, writers of the hit Deadpool movie franchise. The 10-episode series, which hails from Endeavor Content, is slated to debut on YouTube Red in 2018. It was originally ordered to pilot in December.

"Written and created by Simmons, Wayne is described as a gritty and sometimes bloody tale in which 15-year-old Wayne (McKenna) sets out on a dirt bike with his new crush Del (Bravo) to take back the 1978 Pontiac Trans Am that was stolen from his father before he died. It is Wayne and Del against the world. Joshua J. Williams (Mudbound) will recur as Orlando.

"Reese and Wernick executive produce with Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and Kirk Ward. Iain B. MacDonald (Episodes,  Shameless) directed the pilot, which featured Dean Winters and Mike O’Malley as guest stars.

"YouTube Red is currently available in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Korea. Next for the streaming platform is the May 2 debut of high-profile new action series Cobra Kai, a sequel to the Karate Kid movie franchise."