Monday May 21, 2018

18M people in the United States watched Rachel (Zane) Ross marry an English Prince.

Good one Mike Ross.

I'm really having trouble getting into season 2 of 13 Reasons Why and might bail on it.  It's not good.

Check out Salt N Pepa and En Vogue from last night's Billboard Music Awards.

A first look at new Netflix series She-Ra.

Winner will be crowned tonight on The VoiceAmerican Idol, and Dancing With The Stars.  If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it . . . . 

Things are not looking up for Mario Batali. "The New York Police Department confirms to 60 Minutes that there is an ongoing criminal investigation into Mario Batali."

USA has canceled Falling Water.

I ran into Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroeder over the weekend.  She looked much better in person than she does on TV.  Ditto for Lisa Vanderpump.  NOT the case for LVP's husband.

Do we need a 2nd season of HBO's Barry?  I think it's a resounding YES.

I watched Evil Genius on Netflix.  It was ok.  It's a 4-part real crime docseries.  Watch it if you're a die hard fan of the genre, otherwise you needn't waste your time.

I'm still enjoying Nobodies if you're looking for an under the radar comedy.

"Last January, Babe.net posted an anonymous story from a young woman who accused Aziz Ansari of pressuring her sexually during a date. The story sparked controversy, with questions about whether the article should have been published and how the allegations fit into the greater #MeToo narrative. Retta, a friend of Ansari’s and former Parks & Recreation co-star, is one person who firmly believes the story wasn’t worth the publicity. 'I feel like a lot of people and a lot of other outlets were like, "Why did you even run this story?"' Retta told Vulture’s Alex Jung during Vulture Festival’s An Afternoon with Retta event. 'I’m giving my personal opinion, and I don’t want fucking people coming at me. You know what I mean? But I feel like I’ve been on that date so many times. I was like, "If you haven’t been on that date twice, are you even living a life?”' In the Babe.net story, the woman, who is referred to as 'Grace,' claimed that after going out for drinks she went back to Ansari’s apartment where he began pressuring her sexually. She described feeling very uncomfortable, explaining that she repeatedly pulled away from him to talk, but that he continued to physically pursue her. The Good Girls star continued, 'I’m not going to judge [Grace], because I don’t know her. I know personally—I had this conversation specifically with one of my good girlfriends, and she was like, "I don’t know how this is a story. I didn’t get it." I don’t want to get into it. I didn’t like it. Because I’m the first person to be like, "Fuck that mother fucker. He’s an asshole. He’s a fucking asshole." And I didn’t think he was an asshole and I didn’t appreciate it.'”

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Variety reports that "Amazon has renewed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for a third season.

"The creator-executive producer of Mrs. Maisel prodded Amazon executives about a pickup on Saturday night as she accepted a Peabody Award for her 1950s-set dramedy about an Upper West Side housewife who ventures into standup comedy after her picture-perfect marriage falls apart.

“'You’re going to give it to us because we’re bringing home the fancy thing, right?' Sherman-Palladino said of the Peabody win for the show’s freshman season.

"Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, who attended the ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street, confirmed after the kudos concluded that Mrs. Maisel would indeed get a greenlight for a third season. Mrs. Maisel was initially ordered by the previous Amazon regime with a two season commitment spread across 18 episodes. Season 3 will likely get 10 installments.

"Season 1 of Mrs. Maisel bowed in late November. Season 2 is set to premiere later this year.

Mrs. Maisel also bagged two Golden Globes in January for comedy series and lead comedy actress for star Rachel Brosnahan. With the Globes and Peabody win, the show is seen as a prime contender in the upcoming Emmy race. 

"[Amy] Sherman-Palladino made her mark as the creator and showrunner of Gilmore Girls, the much-praised drama starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel that ran on the WB Network and CW from 2000 through 2007. Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino produced four sequel episodes of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” that premiered on Netflix in November 2016."

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Michael B. Jordan earned his first producing credit on HBO's Fahrenheit 451, a modern adaptation of Ray Bradbury's 1953 book of the same name. Also starring in the movie as protagonist Guy Montag, it's a project that Jordan couldn't be more excited about. 

"But that wasn't always the case. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter ahead of Fahrenheit 451's Saturday debut on the premium-cable channel, the actor reveals why his commitment to fair and positive representations of the black community onscreen made him think twice about signing on to the Ramin Bahrani-directed film.

"According to Jordan, he initially thought that the optics of a black man playing Montag — a 'fireman' who uses his position of power to oppress the 'Eels,' a disenfranchised group of people in a dystopian world desperate to preserve government-banned books — could be problematic.

"'Montag is the poster boy for the fire department. He's snatching up Eels, he's burning their books and breaking their art, destroying their technology. He's controlling of information,' Jordan tells THR, admitting, 'I couldn't help but visualize, as I was reading the script, the Eels being black and brown faces. I didn't want to be an authoritative figure. I didn't want to play an oppressor.'

"After playing villain Erik Killmonger in this year's Marvel Studios blockbuster Black Panther — what many revere as a groundbreaking celebration of black culture — Jordan was especially nervous about stepping into Montag's shoes.

"'It was around that time and I didn't feel like I wanted to do that next, and the whole reason behind that is I want to do what's right for my community,' he continues. 'Particularly because there's been so much police brutality and police shootings, so many things going on within my community that it didn't sit right with me.'

"However, Jordan's trepidations subsided after director Bahrani assured him that Fahrenheit 451's marginalized Eels included people of all racial backgrounds.

"'He was like, "Mike, the Eels aren't just black and brown. They're people, not just people within your community." And that's when I was like, "Oh, shit. I've been brainwashed." We're so used to seeing that on news and in the media that I just assumed they were black,' he says, adding that Bahrani's revelation made him more eager to give Montag a go.

"'That alone made me say, "You know what? I want to take this part. Now I want to do it even more,"' the Wirealum says. 'Because if I can somehow portray this character in a way that the arc means something, makes people think and can change perspectives, then it's worth it.'

"Montag was first played onscreen by white actor Oskar Werner in Francois Truffaut's 1966 interpretation of Bradbury's politically charged novel. Bahrani, who has championed diverse talent throughout his career in films like Chop Shop and Goodbye Solo, tells THR that Jordan 'couldn't have been more perfect' for the role.

"'The most rewarding part of this whole experience was watching Jordan in scenes. Just sitting back and watching him do it, making Montag come to life in his own way, his own interpretation was incredible,' he recounts. 'This turned out better than I ever imagined.'

"Jordan agrees. 'I'm so glad I ended up saying yes,' he says. 'And I hope we see more black talent, actors of color, being cast in roles not necessarily written for them. That’s naturally something that we always want. I just want things to be real. I want them to be a reflection of the world that we live in. If it's not detrimental to the character, then I feel like all parts should be up for grabs.'"

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Per Fortune, "[t]here’s bad news for tabloid readers who have their hearts set on Jennifer Aniston being pregnant with Brad Pitt’s baby. America’s sweetheart appears to be teaming up with new love interest—on screen, at least.

"Netflix has announced that Aniston and comedian Tig Notaro will star as the President and First Lady, respectively, in a new political comedy series. Written by Notaro and Stephanie Allynne, the Netflix series’ premise is about what happens when married lesbian couple Beverly and Kasey Nicholson move into the White House and prove “that behind every great woman… is another great woman,” says the streaming video company.

"Produced by Aniston, Notaro, Allyne, Will Ferrell, and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Adam McKay (The Big Short), among others, First Ladies promises plenty of star power, though Netflix has gone light on other details. For instance, no release date has been announced.

"A streaming video regular and pioneer in the space, Notaro released a Netflix documentary about her struggles with breast cancer on Netflix in 2015, the same year her semi-autobiographical series One Mississippi premiered on Amazon Prime Video. On May 22, Notaro’s original comedy special Happy to Be Here will debut on Netflix, where she is also slated to direct an upcoming original comedy special starring Ellen DeGeneres.

"Aniston, on the other hand, has yet to star in any streaming content, other than her box office films, which are regularly distributed to the services. But Aniston’s deal with Netflix is not her first agreement to produce streaming content. Apple signed Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in late 2017 to develop a yet-to-be-released show, part of a $1 billion video content push for the iPhone maker that has yet to yield much, if any, fruit.

"Inking a power couple like Aniston and Notaro for First Ladies is a strong move for Netflix, which has been on a roll lately, with its stock price soaring and many new movies in production. And while Netflix may be winning the war for cord-cutters’ credit cards, the company still has to wage nightly battles for television viewers’ attention. With the most riveting drama on TV coming out of Washington, streaming companies’ biggest competition comes straight from the news. That’s why it makes sense that Netflix plans to fight Trump’s reality presidency with a story of the first female president and her wife. For viewers, Netflix’s alternate reality couldn’t be further from the truth."

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Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness used his live podcast show at Vulture Festival to enlist the audience into trolling Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s wife Louise Linton on social media.

“'You know who I really hate?' Van Ness, 31, asked the crowd on Sunday during a live taping of his podcast Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness. 'Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary who has this Scottish wife, who’s a nightmare and she has a head full of terrible extensions … She’s kind of like the republican Erika Jayne, but I like Erika Jayne. She’s got like the knock-off bad version of Erika Jayne’s hair.'

"He went on to explain the story in which Linton went after a commenter on social media who posted on a photo of her in designer gear getting on a private jet, 'Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable.' Linton shot back at the commenter that she and her husband have given more to the economy per year than she’d be willing to sacrifice, adding the commenter was 'adorably out of touch.'

"Van Ness asked the audience, 'Did you guys see that story? … Should we all get on Instagram and say something weird to her right now? This is really a lesson in two wrongs do make a right and it also shows that hell hath no fury like a gay man who saw a news article that they did not like.'

"He then asked the crowd, which included his surprise guests Justin Theroux and co-stars Tan France and Antoni Porowski, to pull up Linton’s Instagram so they could all leave the same comment, 'You’re not @theprettymess [Erika Jayne’s handle] … We remember.'

"Over 72 audience members, including France and Porowski, commented on a photo of the Secretary of the Treasury’s wife in a sound studio.

"Van Ness and Theroux’s hour-long chat covered everything from the actor’s childhood and spending time in China to working on Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.

"At the end, Van Ness brought his co-stars onstage for audience questions, and like most Queer Eye episodes, had the cast and audience shedding tears."

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Per Bustle, "[a]wedding makes for a fine series finale for a sitcom, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans weren't ready to accept that Jake and Amy's wedding in the Season 5 finale on May 20 would be the end. And thankfully, when Brooklyn Nine-NineSeason 6 premieres, you'll get to see how the newlyweds are doing. Because after Fox canceled Brooklyn Nine-Nine, NBC saved the day and picked up the series. And while this cancelation scare will impact when Brooklyn Nine-Ninevwill return, the fact that it will be coming back at all should help you get through the wait.

"A solid five-season run for a sitcom is nothing to scoff at, but Brooklyn Nine-Nine was canceled before the series had finished telling its story. According to Entertainment Weekly, CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden said that Fox didn't have a place in its programming schedule anymore for the zany police comedy. But NBC jumped at the opportunity to add Brooklyn Nine-Nine to its lineup. As Deadline reported, the series is produced by NBC's sister studio Universal TV and NBC Entertainment Group chief Bob Greenblatt noted that he considers it a 'missed opportunity' that the first five seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine were not on his network.

"The major downside to NBC taking on Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 is that it will only be 13 episodes, according to TV Line. As Deadline reported back in 2013, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was originally picked up for a 13-episode Season 1 by Fox. Season 1 ended up having 22 episodes since Fox back-ordered nine additional episodes after the series had premiered. (Ah, those were the days.) Since then, Brooklyn Nine-Nine seasons have had 22 to 23 episodes, depending, so this is a big cutback. But to look on the bright side, it's almost like NBC is bringing the show back to its roots with the 13 episodes.

"Another way to look at it is that other NBC comedies are also only 13 episodes, so that's pretty standard. For instance, Season 3 of The Good Place will have that episode count. Michael Schur — of other beloved NBC comedies like The Office and Parks and Recreation — created both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place. So it would be a Schur fan's comedy dream if those two shows aired back-to-back. However, as TVLine shared, NBC's 2018 fall programming is already scheduled. And while The Good Place is scheduled, there is no Brooklyn Nine-Nine in sight.

"That's because NBC won't premiere its version of Brooklyn Nine-Nine until the midseason with fellow comedy A.P. Bio. And looking at the scheduling of A.P. Bio may actually provide a hint of when Brooklyn Nine-Nine will return. A.P. Bio was a midseason show this year and its 13 episodes premiered on Thursday, Feb. 1. If NBC sticks to its traditional schedule of comedies on Thursdays and keeps that same timeframe, then it's possible that Brooklyn Nine-Nine could premiere on Jan. 31 or Feb. 7 of 2019.

"As for what fans can expect for a Season 6, there's plenty to be excited about besides Andy Samberg's Jake and Melissa Fumero's Amy being married finally. (As long as everything goes well in the finale.) After all, Captain Holt could end up becoming the New York City Police Commissioner. And Rosa may have a new girlfriend in guest star Gina Rodriguez, who will catch Rosa's eye during the Season 5 finale.

"So beyond the return of your favorite characters, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 6 will offer new storylines — and a chance for closure. As Fumero wrote in an Instagram post, 'Thank you to NBC for giving us the opportunity to finish this special show!!' And while it's unclear if Season 6 will be its last, Brooklyn Nine-Nine will return with a bang at least one more time in 2019."