Monday April 9, 2018

CBS has renewed Mom for a 6th season.

Netflix has canceled Everything Sucks!

I oddly enjoy watching Nailed It on Netflix.

I watched Paterno on HBO and was honestly not all that impressed.

Steven Ogg (Simon) talks about last night's episode of The Walking Dead, which has vastly improved over the past couple of weeks.

People apparently loved Eugene's escape last night.

Here's what may be ahead on TWD.

I caught about 10 minutes of American Idol.  Are they shooting this round in someone's basement?  And Katy Perry is horrendous as a judge. Stop fawning over teenage boys.

"Viacom has countered CBS’ initial acquisition offer, adding about 24 percent in valuation to the opening proposal, two people with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap. Viacom also wants Bob Bakish as president and chief operating officer at the new company, according to one of those people. The counter-offer would value Viacom at $14.7 billion, though since this is an all-stock deal, any ultimate value of a completed transaction would come down to fluctuating share prices. Initially, CBS had proposed a share exchange ratio of 0.55, which would value Viacom at $11.9 billion. Viacom believes that to be a low-ball offer, CBS does not. At the time the value became public, it did place a dollar amount on Viacom that was below its market cap."

"Joey Lawrence’s bankruptcy is coming to a close and his creditors — including the IRS — got screwed out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. On April 6, the trustee presiding over Lawrence’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy filed his final report in the case. The docs reveal the trustee was able to collect $75,636.22 to pay back his many creditors. After some legal fees and other payments came off the top, $52,547.88 was left over to be paid out to those owed money. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the IRS will be paid $31,000 out of $67,000 owed, while the State of California Franchise Tax Board will only be paid half of a $14,000 claim. Ford Motor Company will receive $0 despite filing claims totaling $42,000 and BMW won’t see a dime of the $50k owed to them. Capital One gets nothing over a $30,000 claim and American Express got screwed out of $47,000 the actor owed them. The other creditors who won’t be seeing a dime included a Daimler Trust (owed $130k) and Woodside Credit (owed $76k). As The Blast first reported, Joey Lawrence and his wife Chandie filed for bankruptcy in July 2017. He listed his assets totaling $43,907.32 and liabilities in the amount of $355,517.27. His liabilities include $88k in back taxes, $132k in credit card bills, $32k on an unpaid loan, nearly $100k owed for automobiles and $54k in unpaid rent."

"Dwayne Johnson is coming to a mobile phone near you, PEOPLE can exclusively reveal. On Wednesday, the Rampage actor will join Scott Rogowsky, host of the popular HQ Trivia game, to help give away the game’s largest cash prize to date: $300,000. The interactive mobile trivia game — which players can download on their phones to try to correctly answer 12 increasingly difficult questions in order to win a cash prize — regularly attracts 1 million players per game, although it’s most popular game saw 2.3 million HQties battling it out to see who could win the big bucks. At a minimum, each of the game’s daily competitions — HQ Trivia airs at 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET on weekdays and 9 p.m. ET on weekends — offers players a chance to win $5,000."

"The Wire creator David Simon and Spain’s Mediapro (The Young Pope) are in early development on A Dry Run, a drama series following members of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion who came to Spain from the U.S. to fight fascism during the Spanish Civil War. The scripts have been outlined, and George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, both of whom worked on The Wire, have  committed to “A Dry Run” as writers. The show is so far conceived as a six-hour miniseries, though that could change as the stories develop, said Mediapro founder Jaume Roures. Simon and Mediapro are seeking to raise the necessary funds both in the U.S. and Europe. A Dry Run will follow the Abraham Lincoln and George Washington Battalions, both part of the International Brigade that fought in the Spanish Civil War, from their arrival in 1937 and first bloody battle in the Jarama Valley until their departure in 1939. The show offers a 'compelling and tragic narrative,' Simon said, adding that the 'Spanish struggle against fascism and the misuse of capitalism as a bulwark to totalitarianism' represent 'the preeminent political narrative of the 20th century and of our time still.'”

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"Tiffany Haddish is set to executive produce a comedy series in development at HBO, Variety has learned exclusively.

"The project is titled Unsubscribed. It is described as an examination of female blackness, beauty, and identity through a behind-the-scenes look at the Instagram hustle.

"The series hails from writers and executive producers Xosha Roquemore and Danielle Henderson. This marks Roquemore’s first outing as a writer, as she is known primarily for her acting work. She previously played the series regular role of Tamra Webb in The Mindy Project and will recur in the second season of the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here. She has also appeared in films like Precious and The Disaster Artist.  Henderson’s TV writing credits include the upcoming Netflix series Maniac, as well as HBO’s Divorce and Hulu’s Difficult People. She is also the creator of the website Feminist Ryan Gosling.

"The project is the first Haddish has set up under her first-look deal with HBO. Haddish and her She Ready production banner signed the two-year pact back in January. The actress and stand up comedian had a breakout year in 2017, starring in the hit comedy film Girls Trip and debuting her new Showtime stand-up special Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! Her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn, came out in December and was named a New York Times best seller.

"On the TV side, she currently stars opposite Tracy Morgan in the TBS comedy The Last O.G. and will voice one of the lead characters in the animated Netflix series Tuca & Bertie. She also has starring roles lined up in New Line’s The Kitchen and Universal’s The Temp, with Haddish set to serve as executive producer on the latter film. The comic also has Limited Partners in development at Paramount, and is set to star in and serve as an exec producer on the project. The Universal film Night School, in which Haddish stars alongside Kevin Hart, will bow in September."

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Per Deadline, "Ryan Murphy has revealed the next installment of his American Horror Story anthology will take place '18 months from today.'

"Speaking at the show’s pre-Emmy voting ‘for your consideration’ event in Los Angeles on Friday, Murphy also revealed Evan Peters will play a comedic hair stylist, while Joan Collins will play his grandmother.

"Asked if he would be adding Anjelica Huston to the Season 8 cast, as has been rumored, Murphy said, '(we’re) talking. I love her.'

"Following Season 7’s American Horror Story: Cult, which dealt with political themes, and had Sarah Paulson’s character Ally winning the election as an alternative reality to the Clinton/ Trump outcome, it seems Murphy is returning to the more extreme fantasy realm of his earlier AHS seasons. 'It’s heightened,' he said of the season 8. 'It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season. We’re sort of getting back to Asylum, and Coven. That’s the tone of it.'

"Murphy invited the Cult cast members on the panel to have fun and 'play a game' in which they could ask any question they wanted about the new season, except, he said, the question ‘am I in it?’

"Already confirmed for Season 8 are AHS veterans Peters, Sarah Paulson and Kathy Bates along with new addition Joan Collins. It’s also rumored the show will be called American Horror Story: Radioactive, but unfortunately Murphy did not reveal anything of the title or the specific story. However, it seems fans won’t have too long to wait.  'We start shooting Season 8 around June 16,' he said. 

"Adina Porter, who has thus far worked three AHS seasons, asked Murphy, 'Are there minorities in it?' To which Murphy replied, 'I will tell you that three of our leads are indeed minorities.' 

"Peter’s question for Murphy was, 'Will we be wearing wigs?' which led to the revelation of his upcoming hairstylist role.

“'I’ll tell you something about you, because I see how this is going,' Murphy told Peters, before turning to the audience. 'The funny thing is, we shot Cult and it was very taxing on Evan, and around Thanksgiving, I was talking to Evan and he said, ‘You know this show is so hard, it’s so difficult to do’. So your part this year is a comedic part, you are comedic and you play a hairstylist.'

"This in turn prompted Leslie Grossman to ask if Peters would get to style Joan Collins’ hair on the show, which Murphy confirmed he would. 'Joan Collins? Yes,' he said. 'She plays Evan’s grandmother.' This last statement was met by huge cheers from the audience, and a very big smile from Peters.

"Despite the many projects Murphy currently has in the offing and his recent $300m Netflix deal, he made his affection for this show clear. 'One of the great joys of my life is doing this show. I love this show so much,' he said. 'This great group of actors who come together and get to know each other, and trust each other, and go to places…I just love the ability to reach out to people who I love, love, love, and say, "Hey would you like to come play in our sandbox?”'"

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix is making a reality show about cricket for India.

"The streaming giant is partnering with Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE) for an unscripted series about the Mumbai Indians, the most successful cricket team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The eight-part series will follow the team as they attempt to win the league for a record fourth time in the second-most watched sport in the world.

"The show will bring viewers a never-before-seen look at the richest tournament in cricket by covering unseen aspects of the team, the compelling stories and characters that bind them with the vibrant city they call home. The series will spend time with players in the 2018 season on and off the field, on the road and at home to go deep into the cricketing values and traditions that make the Mumbai Indians the most followed team globally, all leading up to the IPL18 final. 

"The series is produced by Condé Nast Entertainment and will be available exclusively on Netflix to over 117 million members in 190 countries around the world. Executive Producers include Al Edgington, Joe LaBracio, Dawn Ostroff, Jeremy Finn, Jamie Stewart and James Maby. 

"Sources say Netflix sees India's 1.3 billion residents ­— and their 300 million smartphone users — as their next great hope for global expansion. The streamer has been expanding in India since January 2016, and while it has dabbled in such local programming as the original series Sacred Games, it largely has depended on global premium content and Hollywood fare to drive growth."

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From Variety: "[p]resented without commercials, clocking in at 35 minutes, and packing in as much raw emotion and as many twists and turns as a feature-length thriller, Teddy Perkins is a gothic funhouse of an Atlanta episode, filled with warped mirrors reflecting different aspects of American and African-American experience, as well the preoccupations of the show’s creator, Donald Glover. It’s certainly the only episode of an American comedy series to end with a murder-suicide, and throughout the rest of its running time, it scrupulously observes (and one-ups) the now-established Atlanta stylistic MO, skating right along the edge of dreamlike or figurative action without quite crossing the line. By turns evoking What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?Sunset BoulevardGet Out, and the real-life stories of the Jacksons and Marvin Gaye, Teddy Perkins glides lightly over the possibility of being interpreted in any one way, and that’s the source of its eeriness. The episode itself is like the mansion that serves as its principal set, a chamber of secrets and horrors with many rooms, doors, and passageways, but only one way in and out.

"Lakeith Stanfield’s Darius, in some ways the gentlest and most reflective of the show’s male leads, claims the spotlight here, driving to a mansion in a U-Haul truck to pick up a piano with kaleidoscopic keys. Darius’s odyssey introduces him to reclusive pop-star brothers, Teddy Perkins and Benny Hope. Teddy is played by Donald Glover in prosthetic whiteface, while Benny wears an elaborate mask disguise that evokes both the swathing of a Hollywood diva and the Invisible Man’s false face. Stevie Wonder provides the episode’s opening and closing soundtrack; near the end, his real-life blindness becomes a subject of conversation, treated as both physical fact and metaphor.

"Darkness and illumination, blindness and seeing are woven throughout, befitting a story whose central character, Teddy, seems to view everything in binary, either/or terms, usually coming down on the side of an interpretation that’s laughably, horribly wrong.
At one point he leads Darius into a room that he describes as a kind of museum of fatherhood, describing his own, terrifyingly controlling and abusive father (glimpsed briefly in an old 16mm home movie) as ultimately operating from a place of love, desiring only to produce excellence. 'You’re saying your father used to beat you so you’d be good at piano,' Darius says, politely but with an incredulous edge. 'To be good at life,' Teddy corrects him, then elaborates: 'Great things come from great pain.'

"There’s a showbiz story being told here, and it’s personal. Teddy is an abused child all grown up, and he has internalized his father’s cruelty to the point where it has become a lens through which he views himself. Darius’s initial meeting with Teddy has, as its centerpiece, an enormous ostrich egg that Teddy says is also called 'an owl’s casket.' Ostriches are native to Africa; the owl is a symbol of prophecy, learning, and higher wisdom in many cultures, and the pairing of that bird with the word 'casket' implies a death of those values, a condition that Teddy, in his high-voiced, grinning obliviousness, seems to exemplify. The egg, of course, is fertility, but there’s something singularly unnerving about making its emblem so gigantic here. The ostrich egg is cartoonishly oversized in a way that simultaneously confirms Teddy and Benny’s immense artistic potential and turns it into something grotesque. (Darius nearly vomits at the sight and sound of the fluids gurgling out of the egg as Teddy sloshes around in it with his bare hand.) The perversion of this symbol of life connects with the stories Teddy tells about he and his brother having excellence beaten into them by their father (“to be good at life”), a character explicitly likened to Joe Jackson, who once told little Michael right before a concert that there were snipers up in the rafters who would shoot him dead if he missed a single step.

"There’s another layer here, though, and it’s racial-political — or at least it could be; as I said up top, Glover traffics in analogies and symbols, but he’s very open-ended in how he deploys them, going for plausible deniability so that he can just say, 'Oh, that egg is just an egg,' etc. I don’t think it’s an accident that the mansion where these two black men live resembles a plantation (as the house in Get Out did), or that Darius begins the story by ironically purchasing a cap with a confederate flag symbol and 'Southern Made' and then defacing it with a red Sharpie so that it reads 'U Mad,' or that Teddy’s face is whitened like Michael Jackson (a reaction that Jackson said was a result of vitiligo, while armchair psychologists attributed it to both racial self-loathing and an abused child’s wish to obliterate any trace of his old self). I don’t think it’s random, either, that when Teddy leads Darius into his shrine room, the 'father' is white and looms over the two black men, one of whom (Teddy) is out of his mind with pretzel-logic adoration while the other (Darius) looks on with appalled amazement.

"There’s an equation here of the abusive black father (who only wanted his children to succeed in the white man’s country, and in a white-run industry) and the 'Great White Father' of Uncle Sam, insisting that everything the country does, no matter how depraved, is ultimately for the good of its citizens, in the name of apple pie, motherhood, and self-improvement. The Invisible Man referenced in this episode is the title of a book by H.G. Wells, but it’s also one by Ralph Ellison. The former is science fiction, the latter a novel about a black man whose color renders him 'invisible' to white culture. In Teddy Perkins, the black man whose face has become white gets shot by the brother whose face remains hidden — a character who is literally crippled and locked away in a basement, the place where (according to various colloquial expressions) we keep our crazy relatives. In the end, we’re left with a feeling of relief at having escaped this madhouse, if only for a moment, as well as a deep feeling of sadness that Darius was unable to save either man, and had to be content only with saving himself."

Get yourself caught up on this show.