Wednesday June 27, 2018

A new season of Big Brother starts tonight.

Host Julie Chen looks back and the last 19 seasons of BB.

Jeremy Irons has joined HBO's Watchmen pilot.

"ABC is bringing a new cast back to Paradise. The network that is home to the Bachelor franchise announced the first wave of former Bachelor and Bachelorette castmembers who will be returning for summer spinoff series Bachelor in Paradise on Aug. 7.  Leading the cast are a slew of women from Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s recent and memorable season of The Bachelor: Tia BoothKrystal Nielson, Kendall Long, Chelsea Roy, Bibiana Juliana, Annaliese Puccini and Nysha Norris. Booth and Long appeared on a recent episode of The Bachelorette, hinting at their return. The men joining them are several recent castoffs from Becca Kufrin's current cycle of The Bachelorette. Those men include David Ravitz, Jordan Kimball and John Graham, who were all eliminated on Monday's episode; along with Nick Spetsas and Joe Amabile, aka 'Grocery Store Joe.' Other castmembers include Kevin Wendt of Bachelor: Winter Games; Eric Bigger and Kenny Layne from Rachel Lindsay's Bachelorette; and Astrid Loch and Angela Amezcua from Nick Viall's Bachelor. The newest batch of Mexico-bound singles could also include more women and men from both Luyendyk Jr.'s and Kufrin's cycles, respectively, as more contestants will be announced at a later date." Oh joy!

Freeform has canceled Famous In Love. Or maybe it hasn't.

Parenthood vet Sam Jaeger‘s new role has him starring in CBS All Access’ upcoming fairy tale-inspired psychological thriller Tell Me a Story.

"Phoebe Jonas, an actress who has starred in a number of TV spots for the pharmaceutical giant Bayer is now suing the company for replacing her with a bobblehead figurine. In a complaint filed in New York County court on Monday, the actress accuses the company of creating a figurine 'that looks identical' to Jonas without her permission, in an attempt avoid paying her for use of her likeness in their ads. 'At no point did plaintiff ever give Bayer consent, permission and/or authority to create and/or air the Bobble Head video portraying her likeness on the internet, television commercials or any other form of media,' the complaint says. Jonas is suing Bayer for $500,000 and demanding that the company cease airing the ads featuring the bobblehead."

"Chris Hardwick has another defender. Ex-girlfriend Jacinda Barrett said on Instagram Monday that Chloe Dykstra’s story 'bears no resemblance to the one I shared with him all those years ago. This past week I have watched someone I once loved and shared four years of my life with be publicly accused of misconduct and abuse, then swiftly fired and shunned,' the Bloodline actress said in her post caption. 'The accuser’s story bears no resemblance to the one I shared with him all those years ago, but what is of supreme importance here is that every woman and every man deserves a voice,' Barrett continued. 'Accuser and Accused. Everyone deserves to be heard. A rush to judgement denies the right to due process; the Metoo movement deserves due process.' Barrett and Hardwick dated in the 1990s, when he was the host of MTV’s Singled Out and she was a member of the Real World cast. The two became engaged to wed at one point. Barrett is now married to her Suits co-star Gabriel Macht [which is obviously the only reason I'm sharing this]."

Piper Perabo "will costar opposite Idris Elba in the new [Netflix] comedy series Turn Up Charlie, TVLine has learned. The half-hour sitcom, which previously received an eight-episode order, stars Luther‘s Elba as a struggling DJ who’s given one last chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a nanny to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter. Perabo will play said best friend, Sara, a superstar DJ who puts down roots in London in an effort to give her kid more stability."

"Flip or Flop star Christina El Moussa has signed a deal for a new original series with HGTVChristina on the Coast will feature the real estate and house flipping expert as she expands her design business in Southern California. The eight-episode series is slated to premiere in early 2019. In the series, El Moussa will transform clients’ outdated properties into high-end showplaces. It also will put the spotlight on her personal journey after her split with husband Tarek. Cameras will follow her as she searches for a new home to start afresh while balancing parenthood, career and a new relationship." Just awful. Go away.

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Per ET, "Jerry Seinfeld is weighing in on the fallout Roseanne Barr has received after she posted a racist tweet, leading ABC to cancel her hit sitcom, and instead, greenlight a spinoff series, titled The Conners, which won't include her.

"ET spoke to the 64-year-old comedian on Monday about a new season of his show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, coming to Netflix, and also got his candid thoughts on the controversy surrounding Barr's remarks.

"'I didn't see why it was necessary to fire her,' Seinfeld said. 'Why would you murder someone who's committing suicide?'

"'But I never saw someone ruin their entire career with one button push,' he added. 'That was fresh.'

"Seinfeld also said he thought another female comedian should get a chance to play Barr's part.

"'I think they should get another Roseanne,' he advised. 'They brought Dan Conner back, he was dead and they brought him back. So, why can't we get another Roseanne? There's other funny women that could do that part. You need to get the comic in there. I hate to see a comic lose a job.'

"As for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Seinfeld dished about hanging out with lots of A-list guests this season, including Ellen DeGeneres.

"'It was fun,' he said of his candid chat with the daytime talk show host. 'And then we had an interesting conversation about penises, but I'll let you watch that. But it's clean, believe it or not. ... Yeah, we started discussing, "If you're a lesbian, what do you think of the penis? Is it something you hate? Or are you OK with it?" She said she was OK with it. She just says she doesn't really feel one way or the other about it, and I said, "That's the way I feel."'

"Seinfeld also explained why this show is important to him. 'I felt like there's another world to being a comedian that the public never sees and it's not on a talk show and it's not in some of these other interview shows that are on TV,' he noted of the series, which features him taking a drive with a famous comedian and sitting down over a cup of coffee. 'I thought I gotta get them out of the package, out of the wrapper and just go to a coffee shop and hang out and then you see the real person.'

"The new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee starts streaming July 6 on Netflix."

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Per Variety, "Charter Communications is stepping up its original programming activity with a series order for the former CBS drama pilot L.A.’s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba.

"The Sony Pictures TV production, exec produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is the first series to be greenlit by Charter, which recruited TV veteran Katherine Pope in January to spearhead the Spectrum Original Content initiative.

“'Charter is excited to partner with top producers Sony, Bruckheimer and the rest of the incredible team behind and in front of the camera on our first Spectrum Original Content endeavor,' said Pope, who is Charter’s senior VP and head of original content. 'Our content partnerships offer us a great opportunity to provide Spectrum customers with the dynamic, authentic and unique programming that drives value for their Spectrum subscription.'

L.A.’s Finest was developed this past development season for CBS. Union plays a police detective with a complicated past who relocates to Los Angeles from Miami and finds a odd-couple partner in Alba. Union’s role is a revival of the Syd Burnett character she played in the 2003 Sony-released actioner Bad Boys II. Ernie Hudson, Zack Gilford, Duane Martin, and Ryan McPartlin round out the cast.

"Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier, both alums of Sony TV’s NBC drama The Blacklist, penned the L.A.’s Finest pilot and will exec produce and serve as showrunners along with co-showrunner Pam Veasey. Union, Alba, Bruckheimer, producer of the Bad Boys film franchise, Doug Belgrad, Bruckheimer TV’s Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin, and Jeff Morrone are also exec producers. Marianne and Cormac Wibberley and Ron Shelton created the Syd Burnett character.

“'Charter has a strong passion for the project and we could not be more excited. Immediately we knew this innovative new platform was absolutely the right home for L.A.’s Finest,' said Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television.

"Charter has been cutting deals with cable programmers and now Sony Pictures TV that call for collaborations on original series designed to debut as exclusives for Charter subscribers. Charter is the nation’s third-largest MVPD behind DirecTV and Comcast, with about 16.4 million video subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and other major markets."

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From The New York Times: "Sean Spicer, arguably the world’s most famous White House press secretary, is developing a talk show with the tentative title of Sean Spicer’s Common Ground, in which the former spokesman for President Trump interviews notable people in an informal setting.

"A pitch sheet for the show’s pilot, obtained by The New York Times, describes Mr. Spicer hosting 'some of the most interesting and thoughtful public figures for a drink and some lite conversation at a local pub or cafe.'

“'The relaxed atmosphere is an ideal setting for Sean to get to know his guests as they discuss everything from the media to marriage,' the pitch continues. 'They might even tangle over the merits of making your bed or the value of a great point guard.'

"No network is attached to the project, but the pilot episode, to be filmed in July, is backed by heavy hitters in the realm of unscripted television. Debmar-Mercury, the syndicator of daytime series including The Wendy Williams Show and Family Feud, is co-producing with Pilgrim Media Group, which has developed basic-cable staples like American Chopper.

"Reached on Monday, Mr. Spicer confirmed that a show was in the works. 'In this current environment, I think it’s important to have a platform where we can have civil, respectful, and informative discussions on the issues of the day,' he told The Times.

Sean Spicer’s Common Ground would feature one guest per episode — think Washington Week meets Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

"If picked up, the series would mark a return to the medium that turned Mr. Spicer into a minor celebrity. During his last stint on daytime TV — anchoring the White House news briefings — Mr. Spicer earned high ratings, not to mention a Saturday Night Live parody, for his testy and occasionally truth-challenged style.

"The prospective series is one of several ventures that Mr. Spicer, who is represented by the Hollywood agency WME, has pursued since he left the Trump administration last July.

"He started a podcast, Everything’s Going to Be All Right, with the conservative writer Katie Pavlich, and joined America First Action, a 'super PAC' formed to support Mr. Trump and his allies.

"He has written a book on his six-month tenure at the White House, The Briefing: Politics, The Press, and The President, that will be released on July 24. An extensive book tour is planned, with a documentary film crew tracking Mr. Spicer’s travels.

"Mr. Spicer was also recently enlisted to unveil a wax statue of the first lady, Melania Trump, at Madame Tussauds in Times Square.

"It was pointed out to Mr. Spicer that a talk show emphasizing civility could be a tough sell for a spokesman whose role made him a symbol of the fractiousness and division of Mr. Trump’s time in office.

“'Maybe if I can be part of having productive conversations with people, we can show a better way,' Mr. Spicer replied, acknowledging that there had been times he could have answered reporters’ questions 'in a more effective way.'

"Among those approached by the production team for the Common Ground pilot is the lawyer Michael Avenatti, whose work on behalf of the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels has made him something of a folk hero of the Trump-hating left.

“'It is pretty funny that while some on the right criticize me for being on television too much, others are soliciting me to appear with them to help sell their shows,' Mr. Avenatti said on Monday.

"He added that he had already declined the offer."

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From Uproxx: "In speaking with at the AMC Summit in New York last week, Vince Gilligan mentioned that in season four, Better Call Saul will begin to overlap more with characters from Breaking Bad. Gilligan also mentioned a character who was named but never seen in Breaking Bad would be making an appearance, and executive producer Melissa Bernstein confirmed that the character is that of ‘Lalo.’ Moreover, in an interview with Wired magazine earlier this year, Gilligan suggested that Lalo will be 'something of a major character' in season four.

"OK, but who is Lalo?

"The first and only mention of Lalo in either Saul or Breaking Bad comes Bob Odenkirk’s very first episode of Breaking Bad, the episode fittingly called Better Call Saul. In one scene, Walter and Jesse kidnap Saul and take him out to the desert where they threaten to kill him.

"In what was at the time a throwaway line, Saul says to Jesse and Walter, 'Oh no no no no. It wasn’t me. It was Ignacio. He’s the one!' before asking, 'Lalo didn’t send you? No Lalo?' before expressing relief upon learning that Lalo had nothing to do with the situation Saul was in out in the desert.

"That is literally all we have on Lalo, except that we know that Saul blames Ignacio (who we now know is Nacho) for whatever act for which Saul believes he’s about to be killed.

"One popular fan theory, however, suggests that Nacho — who hasn’t interacted with Saul since season one — seeks help from Saul to disappear after the events of season three (recall, Nacho tried — and failed — to kill Hector Salamanca). Saul, as we know from Breaking Bad, knows of a 'disappearer,' the man we know of as Ed (Robert Forster), a 'vacuum cleaner repairman' who Saul has relied upon to make people disappear, including Walter in Ozymandias and later Saul himself, who uses Ed’s services to relocate to Omaha at the end of Breaking Bad.

"The theory suggests that Nacho uses Ed’s services to escape Lalo, who could potentially be Hector’s Juárez Cartel replacement. In Breaking Bad, Saul thus believes that Lalo is out to get him for arranging Nacho’s disappearance.

"This, of course, is just a theory, and it’s anyone’s guess as to how Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan intend to incorporate Lalo into the story. It does, however, make some sense, although sadly it may mean that Nacho may soon “disappear” from the series.

"We’ll find out when Better Call Saul returns on August 6th."

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Per The Associated Press, "Shaquille O’Neal is already known by many names. Superman. The Diesel. The Big Aristotle. But he would like to add another to the list: Movie Star.

"In Uncle Drew, which opens Friday, he plays one of the former basketball stars (all of them real pros under heavy old-man makeup) reunited by Kyrie Irving’s titular character (first created for a TV ad) to compete in a street-ball tournament at Harlem’s Rucker Park. Shaq’s character, known as Big Fella, is found running a martial arts dojo.

"But post-NBA life has been far more successful for the four-time NBA champion. He’s an analyst on TNT’s Inside the NBA, a popular pitchman and an active entrepreneur and investor. He has dabbled in everything from professional wrestling to law enforcement. He’s even a voice setting on the Waze navigation app. This summer he will tour under the name DJ Diesel.

Uncle Drew is just one of the projects that the 46-year-old O’Neal has going. Among his favorites is a TBS show he’s developing with Ken Jeong. Comparing their chemistry to Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, O’Neal says it will be 'Seinfeld-epic-ish.'

"In an interview, O’Neal spoke about his big plans in Hollywood, why the NBA has gotten soft and where he hopes LeBron James lands this off-season:

What do you miss about playing in the NBA?

I miss all of it. I miss interacting with the fans. I miss having the unexpected adrenaline rush, the doubts, the fear, overcoming the fear. I miss everything.

Do you play anymore?

No, not at all.

How come?

I ain’t got it. Right now, I’m relinquishing all my powers to my son who’s going to UCLA .

That’s a shame. I’d love to see you and Charles Barkley play one-on-one.

Yeah, Charles would lose.

Your post-NBA career has been uncommonly busy. Why?

Seventy percent of all professional athletes have nothing, not even a job, after they’re done. The fact that I couldn’t even call a franchise to get an interview to be a coach frightened me. So nothing was simple. Educate yourself, be nice to people and save your money. If you do that, you should be OK.

You have numerous TV shows and films in development. What are your Hollywood aspirations?

I want to be as big as Rock.

Dwayne Johnson is the biggest movie star on the planet. That’s setting a high bar.

We come from the same place: athletes that transition. That’s my goal. I want similar type movies. I want to get thrillers. I want to get dramas. I want to do comedies. I want to be the next Rock. I want to do a thriller where I’m like a hero and beat up all the bad guys.

It’s been 24 years since your big-screen debut, Blue Chips. Do you feel like a veteran actor?

Well, I have shot 15 movies. I always tell my friends I shot 15 movies but they say, “Yeah, but if you play Shaq in nine of the movies, that’s not really acting.” I say, “You make a good point.” I’m just happy to have the opportunity.

Favorite movie?

Oh, Stepbrothers. All day, every day. I know that movie by heart.

What else do you like?

I just got done watching Justice League. I thought it was pretty good. But they held Superman out too long.

In vogue in today’s NBA are big men who can shoot from the perimeter . Could you have developed a three-point game?

No, I would have played the same way. Because you can’t score 40 points a night shooting jumpers. Nobody has, nobody will. But you can score 40 points a night shooting 60, 70 percent inside the paint. The fact that guys are shooting jumpers, that’s just telling me they don’t like physical contact. Shooting jumpers is easy. Anybody can shoot a jumper. But can you bang a guy four of five times and then still have enough to score two points for your team?

You think the league has gotten soft.

Of course.

The Lakers are rumored to be a likely landing spot for LeBron James. Do you want that to happen?

I just want the Lakers to be like they were back in the day. I want somebody that can beat Golden State. Golden State has turned into madness. The thing that would make me very excited is if LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard came to the Lakers. Then you’d have problems in the West. Then basketball would be fun again.

Have you ever talked to Kyrie Irving about his flat Earth beliefs ?

No, because I said it too. But I was playing.

You were in make-up for four hours a day for Uncle Drew. How did you pass the time?

Sleep. When I woke up, it still wasn’t done."