Thursday June 14, 2018

Bill Hader talks about casting Henry Winkler in Barry.

In case you're interested in the weird Twitter beef between Neil Patrick Harris and Rachel Bloom.  I'm not.

Season 2 of Marlon premieres tonight on NBC.  How this show carries on but The Carmichael Show does not is beyond me.

A sneak peak of Part 5 of The Ranch on Netflix, which is available to stream tomorrow.

The World Cup starts today.  Here's how you can watch.

This headline just makes me happy: Discovery Alum Jon Sechrist Joins Pros Vs Joes Producer My Entertainment

Remembering Parker Lewis Can't Lose.

Revisiting some all-time great challenges in Survivor history.

Jeff Zucker is sticking around CNN through the 2020 election.

"Some beauty lovers are threatening a boycott of Kat Von D cosmetics after the woman behind the brand, who is pregnant, announced she isn't planning on vaccinating her baby.  She wrote about how she and her husband had decided to ditch their doctor and go with a midwife for an at-home water birth, and that she's often experienced backlash and criticism for her life choices. She also said she intends to raise 'a vegan child, without vaccinations.' Perhaps sensing another impending backlash, she concluded by saying, 'if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on. . . .So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself.'"

"Hulu is looking to find comedy in a politically divided world. The streamer is near a deal for comedy pilot Kansas City and, ahead of its official pickup, has locked in John Slattery, Allison Tolman and Rafe Spall to star. From writer Zev Borow (Chuck), Kansas City is set in a modern U.S. riven by cultural and political divisions so much so that it has chosen to split itself into two nations. One Missouri city, however, was too evenly divided to align with either side, so Kansas City split in two: the liberal East K.C. and conservative West K.C., with a wall built to divide the sides. The comedy will explore the rivalry between the two. Spall (The Big Short, Life of Pi, Hot Fuzz, Roadies) stars as Ben Graham, a citizen of East K.C. who has wearily resigned himself to only being able to see his 15-year-old daughter, Clarissa — who lives in West K.C. — a few hours a day until he is approached about being a spy. Slattery (Mad Men, Spotlight) will play Ellis Brookmeyer, Ben's former father-in-law and the last mayor of unified Kansas City. Brookmeyer the leading funder of West K.C.'s secret police and will stop at nothing to bring East K.C. to its knees. Tolman (Fargo, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will play Tabatha Brookmeyer, Ben's ex-wife and the mother of their daughter. She left Ben and East K.C. to live with their daughter in West K.C. Her motivations then, and now, are complicated — as is her fraught relationship with her father, Ellis."

"Variety’s Tune In! TV Summit brought together network presidents, CMOs, talent, showrunners, producers and more to discuss the future of TV content and the fast-evolving media landscape. Speakers at the daylong conference, held Wednesday at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, included such boldface names Judd Apatow, Mark Burnett, Bill Hader, Norman Lear, Handmaid’s Tale trouper Samira Wiley, Big Brother host Julie Chen, Vanderpump Rules star Lisa Vanderpump, Trading Spaces co-star Ty Pennington, and Looming Tower’s Bill Camp. Here are 10 takeaways from the summit."

"A contestant on the new season of The Bachelorette -- who's still in contention -- became a convicted criminal charged with a sex crime just a week before the premiere. Law enforcement sources in Suffolk County, NY tell TMZ Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault and battery on May 21 from an incident that occurred in 2016. Adim was accused of groping and assaulting a woman on a cruise that year. Crazy enough, his sentence was handed down right before the new season aired on May 28. Adim was sentenced to a year behind bars, with that term being suspended for a two-year probationary period. He also has to stay away from the victim, and attend 3 AA meetings per week for those 2 years. If he doesn't comply with the judge's terms, he'd have to serve out a year in jail. If he does ... he can avoid that. Oh, and he's also expected to register as a sex offender."

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Best item of the week, from TVLine: "The lawyers of Pearson Specter Litt are putting their cards on the table in a newly released Suits poster.

"The Season 8 key art features the show’s revamped cast partaking in a game of poker. Former stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle‘s seats have been filled by new series regular Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) and Amanda Schull, who is now a full-time player as lawyer Katrina Bennett. Judging by the image, Heigl’s Samantha Wheeler — a powerhouse attorney who muscles her way into the firm and challenges the status quo — can hold her own just fine at her new digs.

"Of course, Gabriel Macht’s managing partner Harvey Specter is back, front and center, with COO Donna Paulsen (Sarah Rafferty) by his side, as always. Also returning for the upcoming run are Rick Hoffman as name partner Louis Litt and Dulé Hill as Alex Williams, who joined the firm last year.

"Suits Season 8 premieres Wednesday, July 18 at 9/8c on USA Network."

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Per The Verge, "[a]fter weeks of signaling it would do so, Comcast is making a play at 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets. Hoping to derail Disney’s pending, stock-based $52.4 billion deal with Fox, Comcast is stepping in with a higher, all-cash offer for $35 per share, which totals approximately $65 billion. The move is likely to trigger an intense battle between Comcast and Disney as 21st Century Fox and the Murdoch empire weigh which is the better option.

"The cable/internet/media giant had reportedly been waiting to see whether AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner would be approved — despite a high-profile attempt by the Justice Department to block it over antitrust concerns — before formally making its offer for the bulk of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets. A judge ruled in AT&T’s favor on June 12th without requiring it or Time Warner to divest any of their holdings. That certainly had to have made Comcast’s executives and legal team feel much better about their prospects of success. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts was reportedly tuned into CNBC at the company’s headquarters to see the outcome live, according to The New York Times.

"Comcast’s bid is for the movie studio 20th Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox-owned cable networks (including FX and National Geographic), and the company’s stakes in international networks Sky and Star TV. It also includes a 30 percent stake in the Hulu streaming service. Just like the Disney deal, Comcast would become a majority owner of Hulu if its proposed acquisition is approved.

"Fox Broadcasting, Fox News, and Fox Sports are not part of the agreement, and the plan under the Disney deal is for them to be spun off into a company called New Fox. Presumably that will also occur if Comcast wins over Fox’s board and becomes the leading suitor. To get in that favorable spot, Comcast is offering a $2.5 billion reverse breakup fee in the event that the deal is scuttled by regulators.

"Roberts and Rupert Murdoch held discussions during the same period that Disney negotiated its offer with 21st Century Fox; Fox’s board chose the Disney path in part because it seemed like a safer bet versus a Comcast bid that could run into hurdles with regulators. AT&T’s victory might lessen that risk in the eyes of Murdoch. Comcast, which already made a colossal deal to acquire NBCUniversal in 2011, would leverage 21st Century Fox’s media businesses and vault of content in a similar manner: they’re hugely valuable resources in Comcast’s competition with Netflix, Amazon Video, and other streaming services that have invested heavily in originally programming."

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Per Deadline, "Apple has assembled a star-studded cast for its Octavia Spencer series Are You Sleeping, from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and the scripted drama venture of Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.

"Joining Spencer in the 10-episode thriller drama are Aaron Paul (The Path, Breaking Bad), Weeds alumna Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile), Michael Beach (Aquaman, Sons of Anarchy), Tracie Thoms (Rent, Unreal), and Haneefah Wood (Baskets, One Day at a Time).

"Also cast in the series is Emmy Award-nominated This Is Us co-star Ron Cephas Jones, who will continue to recur on the NBC family drama.

"Are You Sleeping, created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber, provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

"Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast.

"Three-time Emmy winner Paul stars as convicted murderer Warren Cave whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years. Paul had been heavily pursued for pilots and series after the recent cancellation of his Hulu drama series The Path.

"Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Perkins stars as Melanie Cave – Mother of Warren Cave, the subject of Poppy’s podcast.

"Paul, Perkins and previously cast Lizzy Caplan, who plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, all have one-year deals.

"Phifer plays Markus Knox, a former detective and long time friend of Poppy Parnell. Beach plays Ingram Rhoades, a successful attorney and Poppy’s husband. Emmy-nominated Thoms plays Desiree Scoville, Poppy’s older opinionated sister. Wood plays Cydie Scoville, Poppy’s fiercely loyal sister. Cephas Jones plays Leander 'Shreve' Scoville, Poppy’s father.

"Are You Sleeping is executive produced by Spencer via her Orit Entertainment, Tramble, who serves as showrunner, as well as Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, and Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo for Chernin Entertainment."

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Apple is ordering another scripted series.

"The emerging streamer has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order to a new mystery drama inspired by the real-life story of 11-year-old Hilde Lysiak. The series will follow a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father left behind. While there, her dogged pursuit of the truth leads her to unearth a cold case that everyone in town, including her own father, tried hard to bury.

"The drama, produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, is created and executive produced by Dana Fox (How To Be Single) and Dara Resnik (Daredevil). Executive producers include Joy Gorman Wettels (13 Reasons Why) and Sharlene Martin from Martin Literary & Media Management. In addition, Jon M. Chu, who recently helmed Crazy Rich Asians, will direct and executive produce.

"The story is inspired by the true reporting of real-life Hilde Lysiak, a young investigative reporter who was the first to expose a murder in her hometown of Selinsgrove, PA, breaking the news in her self-started newspaper, Orange Street News. Hilde’s investigative skills have garnered national and international media attention. In the face of negative feedback from online commenters, Lysiak fought back like a champ, taking her story viral. Today, she works with young voices in an effort to empower the next generation of influencers, activists and leaders.

"The Hilde Lysiak project marks the latest straight-to-series order at Apple and joins a roster of scripted programming including Octavia Spencer drama Are You Sleeping, an untitled morning news drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, anthology Amazing Stories, animated comedy Central Park, a thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, an Emily Dickinson comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld, a top-secret series from La La Land's Damien Chazelle, a Kristen Wiig comedy, the Stephen Knight futuristic drama See and a space drama from Battlestar Galactica's Ron Moore."

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"Thomas Ravenel wasn’t at the Southern Charm reunion [how and why?], but his girlfriend Ashley Jacobs made her presence known.

"An insider told Page Six on Wednesday that Jacobs sat down for a reunion segment on Tuesday, arriving around 8 a.m. for a 5 p.m. call time. She was sequestered from the cast until she sat down on the couch.

"We’re told Jacobs didn’t discuss the investigation into the sexual assault claims against Ravenel, instead focusing her time on defending her relationship and fighting off rumors that she is an escort or gold digger.

"Tensions with Ravenel’s ex Kathryn Dennis ran high throughout the taping, as they discussed the cast’s disastrous trip to Hilton Head, S.C. and a scene where Ravenel and Jacobs snuck off to a bathroom together during a cast party (Jacobs insisted that she was looking for privacy to talk to Ravenel, while the cast insisted that it looked like they had a public rendezvous).

"The hospice care nurse also explained her recent weight loss, telling Andy Cohen that life’s stresses got the best of her and she’s determined to get healthier.

"We’re also told Jacobs requested to stay at a different hotel than the rest of the cast for the two nights that they were filming the reunion in New York.

"Cohen spoke about the ordeal on Tuesday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, saying: 'I taped the Southern Charm reunion today … and it was intensely dramatic which is why I have droopy everything tonight. Ashley was there. It was really something.'

Southern Charm is currently 10 episodes into its fifth season."