Friday May 4, 2018

TBS has decided that Conan will now be a 30-minute show.  Did you know that he's the longest tenured late-night host?

Jeffrey Tambor WILL be a part of season 5 of Arrested Development.

Speaking of which, in honor of “Cinco De Cuatro,” Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has re-edited the 15 previously released, character-centric episodes into 22 interwoven installments matching the length of the original series.  You can watch now on Netflix.

A Little Help With Carol Burnett is now available to stream on Netflix as well.

David Letterman's interview with Tina Fey is something else that is newly streaming on Netflix.

If you're a child of the 80's, go watch the first episode of Cobra Kai on YouTube Red.  It's still available for free.

"A potential revival of Last Man Standing is in early discussions at Fox, Variety has learned from sources. Series star Tim Allen and producers 20th Century Fox Television are on board for what would be the show’s seventh season. ABC canceled the multi-cam sitcom last year after six seasons, with fans speculating the cancellation had more to do with Allen’s conservative politics than anything else. ABC Entertainment head Channing Dungey denied this, however, saying she weighed factors like studio ownership, future creative direction, ratings and viewer engagement in making her decision."

If you live in southern California and are a fan of Saved By The Bell, click here.

"Patton Oswalt made his first television acting appearance as a guest star on one of the most beloved comedies of all time, Seinfeld.  In the sixth season of the NBC series, Oswalt guest starred as a video store clerk who refuses to rent Breakfast at Tiffany’s to George (Jason Alexander) when he tries to cheat on his book club assignment. It was a small acting choice that earned Oswalt the job. 'I remember I got the part when he’s [George] giving me hassle, and I do this little thing where I try to look for someone else in the store to pass him on to and Larry David really liked that,' Oswalt tells Couch Surfing host Lola Ogunnaike. Still, the role was hardly Oswalt’s big break — it earned him his AFTRA membership, but not much else. 'The money I made went right into paying my AFTRA fees,” he says. “It truly had no impact financially or fame-wise.'”

Gayle King has some strong opinions about Charlie Rose.

In case you care, Xtina will not be returning to The Voice, ever.

"Guy Burnet (Counterpart), Nina Toussaint White (EastEnders), David Thewlis (Harry Potter) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) are set to star in Studio Lambert’s upcoming social media-infused sci-fi psychological thriller drama The Feed for Amazon Prime Video, Liberty Global and all3media international. The series is set to launch globally next year. Created by showrunner Channing Powell (The Walking Dead), the 10-episode The Feed is based on the recently published novel by Nick Clark Windo. Set in London in the near future, it centers on the British family of Lawrence Hatfield (Thewlis), the man who invented an omnipresent technology called The Feed. Implanted into nearly everyone’s brain, The Feed enables people to share information, emotions and memories instantly. But when things start to go wrong and users become murderous, the family is driven apart as they struggle to control the monster they have unleashed."

Former Survivor contestant Zeke Smith opens up about the impact his outing on the show has had in the past year.

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Per Deadline, "Facebook has given a ten-episode straight-to-series order to Queen America, a dark comedy starring Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones in her first U.S. TV series role, to run on new video platform Facebook Watch.

"Created by Meaghan Oppenheimer (Fear the Walking Dead), Queen America marks the first series order for wiip, the new independent studio launched and led by former ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee, which is backed by CAA. The venture stems from lengthy discussions the talent agency held with the former ABC boss about a potential scripted series production entity following his exit from the broadcast network.

"Lee’s wiip (word.idea.imagination.production), described as a talent-driven studio, has teamed on Queen America with Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories, which will serve as co-studio partner.

"Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Queen America is a dark comedy about Vicki Ellis (Zeta-Jones), the most renowned (and ruthless) pageant coach in the state, and the hapless Samantha Stone who hopes Vicki can mold her into worthwhile contender for the title of Miss America. Vicki is desperately sought after by young women competing to be Miss America for one reason; she can turn any girl into a winner. But when she gets paired with the beautiful but unpolished Samantha, Vicki’s entire reputation might be at stake.

"Queen America is written by Tulsa native Oppenheimer, who executive produces alongside Made Up Stories’ Bruna Papandrea and Casey Haver. Entertainment 360’s Guymon Casady and Suzan Bymel will also executive produce alongside Janice Williams.

“'wiip is focused on creating extraordinary content that remains true to the authentic vision of artists who want to take creative risks to tell original stories,' said Lee. 'We are thrilled to collaborate with Meaghan, Bruna, Entertainment 360 and their remarkable creative team, along with our partners at Facebook Watch, to bring this uniquely dark, female-driven comedy, starring celebrated actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, to audiences around the world.'”

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Carrie Coon is headed to USA Network.

"The critically adored actress and The Leftovers grad has been tapped to star in the second season of USA Network's anthology The Sinner, which is due in August.

"Season two will see Bill Pullman reprise his role as Detective Harry Ambrose as he returns to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart-wrenching crime — parents murdered by their 11-year-old son, with no apparent motive. As Ambrose realizes there’s nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from, the investigation pulls him into the hidden darkness of his hometown. He is pitted against those who will stop at nothing to protect its secrets — and a mysterious woman who proves to be a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle.

"Coon will star as Vera, the formidable and de facto leader of a mysterious commune that will play a critical role in season two. She is a spiritual seeker who has turned her back on the world and passionately dedicated herself to creating a utopia and upholding its ideals. What she believes to be an enlightened community, others see as a cult, and she will have to utilize her grit and cunning to fight battles, personal and cultural, that pull her in all directions."

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"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, whose fourth season premieres May 30, will be ending its run on Netflix, I have learned. I hear that the Internet network and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt producer Universal Television are in talks for a movie that would bring the praised series to an end.

"The movie would be written by series co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock after they wrap work on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘s upcoming fourth season, which is currently in production. Netflix and Uni TV declined comment.

"As recently announced, Season 4 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will launch in two parts. The first, consisting of six episodes, will be available May 30, with the remaining seven episodes premiering at a later date. Netflix earlier today released first-look images from the new season, which are featured in this story, along with a Mary Tyler Moore-flavored promo.

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski and Carol Kane, has been an important series for Netflix. The streaming service swooped in and picked up the single-camera comedy, originally piloted and given a 13-episode series order by NBC, with a two-season pickup ahead of its debut on the broadcast network. The move gave Netflix instant credibility in the half-hour space by bringing into the fold one of the most celebrated comedy creators of this decade, Tina Fey.

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the first ongoing original half-hour comedy series to debut on Netflix, has been among the streaming giant’s most acclaimed shows. To date, it has earned 16 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including a best series nom for each of its first three seasons. The comedy also quickly entered the cultural zeitgeist with pop culture parodies and songs like Pinot Noir that have amassed sizable followings on social media.

"But after four seasons and over 50 episodes, word is that everyone felt it was time to end the series. In addition to her busy career in TV and film, Fey recently ventured into theater with the Mean Girls musical landing 12 Tony nominations earlier this week.

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she continues to adjust to the 21st century and learn more about who she really is. Joining Kimmy on her journey are her best friend and roommate, Titus Andromedon (Burgess); her former-employer-turned-friend Jacqueline White (Krakowski); and landlord Lillian Kaushtupper (Kane).

"Fey and Carlock are executive producers alongside Sam Means, Jeff Richmond and David Miner for Universal Television, Little Stranger, 3 Arts Entertainment and Bevel Gears."

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"Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP) (meredith.com), the leading media and marketing company reaching 175 million Americans every month, makes its inaugural appearance at the NewFronts [yester]day.

"The presentation, which marks the first time the entire portfolio will be showcased since Meredith acquired Time Inc.earlier this year, highlights Meredith's vast collection of trusted and iconic brands, as well as its powerful ability to entertain, inspire, inform, and activate consumers by reaching them through watershed moments to the everyday.

"'Meredith now has 42 trusted and iconic brands, at-scale reach against highly coveted audiences like Millennials and Latinas, unique and actionable insights, and immersive cross-channel experiences that drive impactful results and make a difference for consumers, advertisers and the world,' said Jon Werther, President of Meredith's National Media Group. 'With these capabilities, a collective audience that represents two of every three dollars spent in virtually every key consumer category in the U.S., and the extension of our sales guarantee to video, Meredith delivers impact for marketing partners in premium brand safe environments like no other media company.'

"As an innovator in measuring and guaranteeing the incremental sales impact of advertising in print, digital and integrated campaigns, Meredith is again leading the industry by extending its sales guarantee for its advertisers' video campaigns and activations. Third-party measurement for Meredith's Video Sales Guarantee will be provided by Nielsen.

"Meredith is also announcing a new video ad product called Meredith Stories. Meredith Stories provides advertisers the ability to seamlessly integrate into or contextually align with premium editorial in mobile-first, highly-engaging and fully-vertical environments. These story experiences live across Meredith's own websites, as well as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

"'At a time when digital video viewership continues to fragment and advertisers continue to search for premium brand safe environments, we are excited to offer solutions like Meredith Stories and our video sales guarantee that reflect our commitment to both innovation and impact,' said Marla Newman, Meredith's Senior VP of Digital Ad Sales.

"Meredith will also unveil a new programming slate at [yester]day's NewFronts presentation. The slate includes shows that spotlight both the extraordinary and everyday moments that matter to Meredith's consumers, who include 80 percent of all millennial women and three quarters of multicultural women. The company leads in categories including entertainment, food, home, and lifestyle, and has the world's largest digital food brand, Allrecipes.

"'Meredith's continued commitment to video is clear – we have significant resources with state-of-the-art studios in five cities and creative teams in each location comprised of award-winning producers and editors,' said Andrew Snyder, Meredith's Senior VP/Head of Video. 'Our beloved and vast collection of brands inspires video content that truly resonates with consumers while driving performance for our ad partners across all platforms including OTT, web, and social.' 

"The slate of new series will live across Meredith's owned and operated network, its streaming ad supported network PeopleTV, and social media platforms including a live show on Twitter. Meredith's owned and operated digital network reaches more than 140 million UVs monthly and is unrivaled in food, home, entertainment, and lifestyle. The company also boasts 265m social followers and 9+ billion video views.

"The new slate of shows include:

Search History (PeopleTV) 
Our phones know us more intimately than any of our family and friends, housing all of our random Internet searches, awkward dating app/text conversations, questionable selfies, and so much more. Search History stars seasoned host and stand-up comedian Michelle Collins who digs deep and peruses through the phones of unsuspecting, shocked bystanders. Search History will premiere Tuesday, June 5 on PeopleTV.com and on the PeopleTV app.

Reimagining Home
Inspired by Idea House, a successful, multi-platform franchise from the editors of Coastal Living, Real Simple, Southern Living, and Traditional Home, our new series Reimagining Home features houses designed and built to balance the comforts you expect, with the latest technology that addresses needs you may not have considered.

Chatter (PeopleTV) 
Live from PeopleTV's Hollywood studio, Chatter, built exclusively for the Twitter platform and its hyper-engaged audience, brings you the latest trending topics related to all things entertainment and pop culture. Emmy® award-winning television host Rocsi Diaz breaks down the biggest moments of the day, with interactive viewer tweets driving the conversation and in-studio celebrity guests providing their own, original points of view. Chatter airs weeknights at 8PM ET/5PM PT on Twitter (live.twitter.com/chatter) and on the PeopleTV app.

Beyond the Storm
Brought to you by Southern Living, this emotional documentary series takes viewers on a journey, seeing cities like Houston, Texas, exactly one year after thousands of homes, neighborhoods, daycares, and schools were devastated by natural disasters. Beyond the Storm tells the stories of the heroes who step up in the wake of disaster to assist the rebuilding effort in their home towns, like Houston Texans' defensive end JJ Watt, who has raised over $37 million for Harvey relief.

Food with Purpose
Food with Purpose is an uplifting food series from Better Homes and Gardens, Food & Wine, and Eating Well that goes beyond recipes and follows the journey of change makers in the food industry. These individuals are redeveloping the way we grow, distribute, and educate and we are following along on their progress and the impact they have in the communities surrounding them. Change the way you look at food one neighborhood at a time.  

Inside Out Beauty
There are so many factors that play into a dewy glow and lustrous hair and we're here to help you find out what works for your skin. Our experts at Shape dig deep to into the problem at hand, and offer a safe and easy solution for the best results! The series, guided by fun animation and voiceover, explore answers to all of your questions about how to achieve the perfect natural look without the grease.  

Badass Women
Badass Women spotlights women who not only have a voice in the media - they defy the irrelevant preconceptions of gender to change the world we live in. This video series accompanies InStyle's monthly print and digital feature spotlighting inspiring women who are breaking barriers, speaking their minds, and doing unparalleled work in their fields."

Some interesting stuff there, none of which I will ever watch.

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Per TheWrap, "What We Do in the Shadows is back from the dead and heading to FX, the network announced Thursday.

"The TV series based on Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s 2014 vampire-themed mockumentary set in Wellington, New Zealand, has received a 10-episode series order from the network.

"Set in 2019, the dark comedy will follow three vampires who have been roommates for centuries but are struggling with the challenges of modern life like paying the rent, going to nightclubs and doing household chores.

“'What We Do in the Shadows only gets better with age thanks to this brilliant adaptation for television by co-creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi,' said Nick Grad, FX co-president of original programming, in a statement. 'Their feature version was a hilarious, fresh take on the mundanity of everyday life that even immortals must face. We are thankful to them, Paul Simms and Scott Rudin, and this amazing cast for taking us deeper into the shadows with this series.'

"Waititi will direct and executive produce, while Clement is credited as writer and executive producer. They both appeared on screen in the original film.

"Simms, Rudin, Eli Bush and Garrett Basch are all also executive producers.

What We Do in the Shadows stars Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou and Harvey Guillen.

"The indie horror comedy earned $6.9 million on a $1.6 million budget."