Thursday May 3, 2018

Amazon has set June 15 as the premiere date of season 2 of Goliath.  If you haven't watched season 1 yet, you have about 6 weeks.  Get moving.

Here's the season 2 trailer in the interim.

FX has handed a June 9 premiere date to Snowfall for its 2nd season.

Fox has renewed Empire for a 5th season.

CBS All Access has renewed The Good Fight for a 3rd season.

Kudos to Survivor for throwing a never before seen twist in there some 36 seasons in.

"Back in January, it was announced that Blumhouse would be partnering with Hulu to produce a horror anthology series set to premiere this fall. Now that series has a name, Into the Dark, and a release date, October 5. The first installment will be called The Body. According to previously reported details, the series will be 12 episodes long, and each one will be feature-length. Even though Into The Dark will live online, episodes will not arrive in a block for binging. In fact, only one will arrive on the first Friday of each month for a year, with the series wrapping up in October 2019."

Helena Bonham Carter has joined the cast of The Crown.

"Rapper Meek Mill is ready to take on the criminal justice system. Having just recently served time for violating probation — a sentence that caused an outrage among his fans and beyond — Meek is collaborating with Amazon Prime Video for a six-part documentary series that will follow his fight for exoneration while exposing flaws in the criminal justice system. The untitled docuseries will put the spotlight on Meek’s life, giving unprecedented access to the star’s life, career, and criminal justice odyssey, while demonstrating the negative effects long tail probation is having on urban communities of color. The series is expected to premiere in 2019 exclusively on Prime Video. Meek, born Robert Rihmeek Williams, was sent to county jail for two to four years in November 2017 after an Instagram video of him popping a wheelie was posted. This marked the third time Judge Genece Brinkley sent the rapper to prison for violating his probation from a 2008 gun and drug case. The sentencing was deemed as too severe and immediately received a backlash and brought the debate of criminal justice reform to the forefront. Fans and supporters rallied around him including his hip-hop peers T.I., Rick Ross, and Jay Z, who said the arrest was 'unjust and heavy-handed.' This triggered a series of investigations, which will be explored in this documentary series. Each hour-long episode will chronicle Meek and his supporters as they attempt to uncover the different facets of corruption that kept him under the thumb of Philadelphia’s criminal justice system for over a decade while revealing his life post-incarceration. The series will also explore his childhood trauma that led to his career as a musician."

"A man who says he’s the great-grandson of Moe Howard, of the legendary Three Stooges vaudeville comedy team, filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the late Paramount chief Brad Grey of having raped him. In the suit, obtained by TheWrap, Rovier Carrington also accuses Brian Graden, a former head of programming at MTV Networks, of sexual misconduct. Carrington said in the legal filing that he was also tricked by Viacom into signing a non-disclosure agreement over his misconduct claims. He is demanding $100 million in damages. The lawsuit was filed in New York Supreme Court.vThe lawsuit also contends that Graden stole his idea for a gay reality dating show after the two engaged in a two year relationship. In his lawsuit, Carrington said that he was sexually assaulted by Brad Grey, the late CEO and chairman of Paramount Pictures. According to Carrington, Grey invited him to a dinner. Grey then drove Carrington home and parked his car. It was then, according to the lawsuit, Grey 'began kissing Carrington all over his face, neck and mouth.' When Carrington rebuffed his advances, Grey became violent, the lawsuit said, as he slammed Carrington’s face into the window."

"Incidents of sexual misconduct by Charlie Rose were far more numerous than previously known, according to a new investigation by The Washington Post, which also found three occasions over a period of 30 years in which CBS managers were warned of his conduct toward women at the network. An additional 27 women — 14 CBS News employees and 13 who worked with him elsewhere — said Rose sexually harassed them. Concerns about Rose’s behavior were flagged to managers at the network as early as 1986 and as recently as April 2017, when Rose was co-anchor of CBS This Morning, according to multiple people with firsthand knowledge of the conversations. Rose’s response to the new allegations was delivered in a one-sentence email: 'Your story is unfair and inaccurate.'”

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Octavia Spencer is officially headed to Apple.

"The tech giant on Wednesday handed out a 10-episode series order to Are You Sleeping, a drama starring the Hidden Figures and Shape of Water actress and produced by Reese Witherspoon. The news comes four months after the iPhone maker put the project based on Kathleen Barber's true-crime novel into development.

"Are You Sleeping offers a glimpse into America's obsession with true-crime podcasts. It challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is put on a public stage. Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) created the project, penned the script and will serve as showrunner. Witherspoon will executive produce alongside her Hello Sunshine partner Lauren Neustadter, with Chernin Entertainment's Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo overseeing for the recently launched Chernin/Endeavor Content banner. Spencer and Tramble will also exec produce. Sarah Koenig (Serial) was a consultant on the project during its development but is no longer attached to the series.

"All told, this is Witherspoon's third series at Apple, joining the untitled morning show drama in which she will star opposite Jennifer Aniston and an untitled Kristen Wiig comedy series. The prolific producer also is an EP and stars in season two of HBO's Big Little Lies and has Little Fires Everywhere set at Hulu. In addition to exec producing the latter, Witherspoon will also star opposite Kerry Washington in the limited series that landed at Hulu following a multiple-network bidding war.

"Are You Sleeping joins an Apple roster that also includes Amazing Stories, See, a Ron Moore space drama, a Damien Chazelle drama and more."

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"A live-action Swamp Thing TV series has landed a script-to-series order at DC Universe, the upcoming DC-branded streaming service, Variety has learned.

"Based on the DC Comics characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, the one-hour drama series would follow CDC researcher Abby Arcane, who returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. She develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland, only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.

"The show is currently slated for a 2019 launch. Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman will serve as writers and executive producers. James Wan and Michael Clear will also executive produce via Wan’s Atomic Monster banner. Rob Hackett of Atomic Monster will serve as co-producer. Atomic Monster will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.

"This is not the first time Swamp Thing has come to the small screen. Aside from appearances on various animated DC shows, USA Network previously aired a live-action “Swamp Thing” series for three seasons from 1990-1993. Dick Durock starred in the series, reprising the role he had played in the films Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing.

"Should this project get ordered to series, it would mark the fifth series for DC Universe. Additional programs include Metropolis-set in the famous comic book city before the arrival of Superman- and the drama series Titans, based on the DC Comics team of the same name. The streaming service will also be home to Warner Bros. Animation’s Harley Quinn and Young Justice: Outsiders.”

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Per The New York Post, "[a] model-turned realtor has accused Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel of sexually assaulting her mother while on a first date in 2015.

"Ashley Perkins told Fox News her mother, Debbie Holloway Perkins, met Ravenel over Tinder in October 2015. She said after a few months of talking, Ravenel asked Debbie on a last minute date on December 25, just a month after Ravenel’s now-former girlfriend gave birth to their son on November 10.

“'[My mother] told me that he grabbed her by the wrist and held her down. He then proceeded to pull his penis out,' Ashley told Fox News. 'She said no and then he shoved his fingers inside of her vagina and later her anal area.'

"A rep for Southern Charm and Ravenel did not return Fox News’ requests for comment.

"She continued, '…She finally screamed at him, "You’re a rapist!" And apparently that was a trigger word for him because he jumped right off of her.'

"Ashley told us she felt compelled to speak out after she realized she was not bound by the non-disclosure agreement her mother allegedly signed on June 1, 2016. She said she started sharing the story on social media three weeks ago after seeing a commercial for Ravenel’s Bravo show.

“'I pushed her to take the pictures [of her wrists] as evidence,' she said adding that she and her mother had planned to go to the police but “as we started researching him, we realized he’s a powerful man and we’re just normal people, so my mom was afraid to go to the police.”

"Instead, Ashley and her mom contacted a lawyer they knew who suggested they arrange for a settlement with Ravenel. Ashley said her mom later reached out to Gloria Allred who agreed to take her case. Ravenel reportedly agreed to settle with Debbie for $200,000, according to Ashley who said she was present during the mediation on June 1, 2016. Allred had no comment when reached by Fox News.

"Ravenel has yet to publicly comment on Perkins’ allegations. His current girlfriend, Ashley Jacobs, appeared on the Internet show The Morning Toast on Wednesday and Perkins posted a comment during her interview asking Jacobs to address the alleged assault.

"Jacobs remained mum during the interview but shared a photo of herself embracing Ravenel with the caption, 'Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on' on Instagram.

"Ravenel, the son of former South Carolina Congressman Arthur Ravenel, Jr., served as State Treasurer for South Carolina from January 10, 2007 to July 24, 2007. He was suspended from his duties after he was sentenced to serve 10 months on federal cocaine distribution charges."

From VICELAND: "Ever since the infamous Access Hollywood recording of Trump saying he could grab women 'by the pussy' leaked in 2016, rumors have swirled that there are more tapes out there—from racy Apprentice outtakes to the coveted 'pee tape' and beyond. Now, VICELAND is unveiling a new show dedicated to uncovering what's really going on with the rumored recordings—and tapping actor and comedian Tom Arnold to lead the investigation.

"On Wednesday, VICELAND announced it's dropping THE HUNT FOR THE TRUMP TAPES WITH TOM ARNOLD, set to air later this year. The host will draw on his high-profile network of celebrity friends, entertainment executives, and crew members he's met over more than 35 years in showbiz to dig for evidence on Trump's most incriminating moments—and, being a comedian and all, he'll have a little fun along the way. He'll be backed up by a handful of experienced journalists, and—aside from trying to uncover the tapes themselves—he'll look into the companies and tycoons who have allegedly fought to keep the damning recordings a secret.

"VICELAND has also set up a secure website where any whistleblowers or sources can go to send leads or actual footage—all of which will be vetted and authenticated—to help Arnold on his quest for the truth.

"Check out a trailer for THE HUNT FOR THE TRUMP TAPES WITH TOM ARNOLD above, and keep an eye out for the show when it debuts on VICELAND later this year."