Friday June 29, 2018

**This will be the last entry until after the 4th of July holiday week.  I'll see you on July 9.**

Season 2 of GLOW is now streaming on Netflix.

Jerry Seinfeld sat down with the Associated Press to talk about the upcoming season of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee as well as being sued.

Jon Stewart reappeared on The Late Show last night.

"Better Call Saul is about to kick off its fourth season… and you can almost hear that twangy guitar from the Breaking Bad theme song warming up in the background, can’t you? TVLine has an exclusive first look at six new photos from Season 4 of Saul — premiering Monday, Aug. 6 at 9/8c — and it looks like Jimmy McGill is inching closer toward becoming the shifty Saul Goodman we know from his Breaking Bad days. Here, we see Jimmy in an intense diner-booth meeting with Mike Ehrmantraut, and also dressed in a tracksuit and hustling something out of the back of a van… which doesn’t look entirely legit. But we also see him enjoying breakfast with a still-recovering Kim, so maybe she can keep him away from the dark side a little while longer. We get more Breaking Bad nods, too: The Cousins — aka Hector Salamanca’s silent hitman nephews — are back, after providing Hector with some muscle in Season 2. Gus Fring is back, too, coolly conducting business as usual. Plus, we may get an origin story for the vaunted Superlab where Walter White later cooks up his blue meth, with a shot of Mike meeting someone inside the industrial laundromat that serves as the Superlab’s front."

Julia Roberts has joined Instagram.

An original series based on Salman Rushdie’s seminal novel Midnight’s Children, about India’s transition from British colonialism to independence, is set at Netflix. A premiere date has not been set.

"Before Survivor: David vs. Goliath premieres on CBS, one contestant is already under fire for making racist remarks on Twitter. According to screen grabs taken by social media users, Jessica Peet has repeatedly used the N-word over the course of several years. In the alleged tweets — which were first obtained by TMZ and have since been deleted — the 19-year-old used the N-word in excess but argued that it 'isn't a cuss word.' In one tweet, dated in 2015, Peet boasted that she had a 'way with words' before dropping the N-word yet again at the end of that message. Peet, who has been called racist by fans of the show, was between the ages of 14 and 16 when she posted the deleted tweets. CBS declined comment. Production on the forthcoming season of Survivor has already been completed. Sources say that there has been no discussion about removing Peet from the series, which is awaiting a premiere date on CBS. It's also worth noting that CBS has yet to officially confirm Peet's participation in the forthcoming season. 'In response to the tweets you are referencing, I want to apologize for what I posted as a 14-year-old teenager. In no way did I mean it in a derogatory nor racial way. I do hope people are willing to forgive, and understand I was immature and I've done a lot of growing up since then,' Peet said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter."

"Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy had an uncomfortable moment on his SiriusXM radio show Wednesday after telling a 20-year-old female employee that she would be too 'gross' to appear on air in five years and that people would vomit at the sight of her. 'She’s not going to be able to put her face in front of a camera in five years because people will throw up,' Portnoy said of Ria Ciuffo. 'There is no apology coming for that.'” Classy.

Patch is leaving Days of Our Lives?

YouTube Premium has released the official trailer for its new original dating comedy series, Sideswiped, which is slated to debut on July 25, 2018. Based on a true story from star Carly Craig, the 8-episode series follows workaholic Olivia as she vows to dive into the world of Tinder by dating all 252 of her matches. Rosanna Arquette and Chelsea Frei also star, with Jason Sudeikis, Rick Springfield, Peter Gallagher, Tyler Posey, Thomas Lennon, and Bryan Greenberg appearing in guest roles. Watch the trailer here.

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"Everyone at Paddy’s raise a glass, because Dennis Reynolds is coming back!

"Well, Glenn Howerton is going to return, along with the rest of the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when the series launches its 13th season this September on FXX. So Dennis is coming back — but he’s not coming back. Allow us to explain.

"At the end of Season 12, the most selfish member of the self-centered crew decided he was leaving the gang and moving out of the City of Brotherly Love to be closer to his estranged son in North Dakota. And, thanks to a crazy-long hiatus (Season 12 ended in March 2017) and extreme evasiveness from Howerton and company, fans have been wondering if and when (and how) Dennis was going to be included when the show returned for its upcoming 13th year.

"Well, when FXX revealed the Always Sunny season premiere date Thursday, it also dropped a synopsis that teases where we’ll find Dennis come the premiere. Looks like he was really serious about that whole North Dakota thing.

"The news of Always Sunny's returned also included the omission of Howerton’s name from the list of the show’s executive producers. FX had no comment when asked by TheWrap about Howerton’s lack of an EP credit on Season 13, allowing their release to speak for itself. Representatives for Howerton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Here is the official description for the upcoming installment of the FXX series:

The Gang Returns… mostly…. in the 13th season of the FXX original comedy series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Frank (Danny DeVito) return to their duplicitous, scheming ways at Paddy’s Pub, while Dennis (Glenn Howerton) takes on the new role of father in North Dakota. Last season, the Gang experienced new highs – Mac acknowledged his sexuality and Charlie convinced The Waitress, his longtime target of affection, to move in with him – and the lowest of lows – Frank became the official beverage sponsor of a terrorist group, Dee helped a man reach rock bottom, and Dennis was investigated for murder. Even without Dennis Reynolds, the Gang has its hands full as Charlie hopes to have a child with The Waitress, Mac sets out to understand his newfound sexuality, Dee takes feminism to new heights, and Frank goes to great lengths for the Gang to experience the greatest moment in Philadelphia sports history – an Eagles Super Bowl victory.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was created by McElhenney. He executive produces, along with Day, Michael Rotenberg, Nick Frenkel, Tom Lofaro, David Hornsby, and Megan Ganz. The show is produced by FX Productions.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will return for Season 13 on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 10/9 c on FXX."

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"YouTube Premium has ordered a comedic sci-fi anthology series from co-creators Jordan Peele and former Key & Peele writer Charlie Sanders, Variety has learned.

Weird City, as it is called, is set in the not-too-distant future metropolis of Weird. Each episode is an exploration of issues that pertains to present day life, stories that could only be told now through the prism of sci-fi and comedy.

"The series is written by Jordan and Sanders and produced by Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, Sonar Entertainment, Mosaic, and Raskal Productions. Jose Molina will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Peele, Sanders and Bernstein will also serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, who will executive produce for Monkeypaw, Tom Lesinski and Jenna Santoianni for Sonar, Sam Hansen and Jimmy Miller for Mosaic, and Keith Raskin and Linda Morel for Raskal.

"The six-episode series will debut on YouTube Premium in 2019. Emmy winner Adam Bernsteinis set to direct the first two episodes.

“'Writer/creator Charlie Sanders and I collaborated on some Key & Peele sketches that took on everything from the Black Republicans to Continental Breakfasts to Family Matters,' said Peele. 'Now, with YouTube we present a series of comedy driven twisted-ass science fiction stories that take place in a world close to ours but just a little bit off.'

"This is not the only anthology series Peele has in the works. He is also executive producing a reboot of The Twilight Zone at CBS All Access. 

"In addition to his film work, Peele currently has multiple TV projects set up across a range of networks and streaming services. He is also an executive producer on the Tracy Morgan-led comedy The Last OG at TBS, which just wrapped up its first season. At HBO, he is executive producing Lovecraft Country, based on the book of the same name by Matt Ruff.

"On the streaming side, in addition to The Twilight Zone reboot, Peele has set up the Nazi hunter drama The Hunt and a Lorena Bobbitt docu-series at Amazon. The Oscar-winner and his Monkeypaw Productions banner recently signed a first-look television deal with the streaming giant."

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"Everybody’s gotta eat.

"Chef and TV host Eddie Huang believes food is the world’s universal language, something which unites every person, regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation.

"Huang hopes to put that belief to the test with his upcoming show, Cash Only, a reality travel show (produced by Propagate) where he explores the kitchens of immigrant-owned restaurants not just in America, but around the world. His goal, he says, is to tackle issues of multiculturalism and immigration through food.

“'It’s food, it’s sex, it’s music — those are the universal languages,' Huang tells Variety. '[Food] is the language that, despite where you’re from or what your politics are, you can put it in your mouth and you can understand it.'

"The chef and restaurateur cut his teeth in the television world by adapting Fresh of the Boat, his memoir of growing up the son of Chinese-Taiwanese immigrants, into an ABC sitcom and showcasing the best restaurants coast to coast on Viceland’s Huang’s World” Now, he says he wants to showcase a world of food he thinks is overlooked.

"Immigrant food cultures, he says, are unique in that they often rely on creativity through necessity. Without many resources, they have to squeeze every bit of juice out of the lime and use every part of the butchered pig.

“'It’s not like a performative chef-driven farm-to-table thing, it’s like I’m serving my kids pig ears tonight. It’s a food of necessity, and I gotta figure out how to make this taste good, and I gotta squeeze every bit of nutrition and sustenance out of this,' Huang says. 'Through that struggle, I think you get some of the best bites you’re every going to have.'

"Huang aims to use Cash Only to re-frame modern American fears by exploring the immigrant experience around the world.

“'We’re not just going to focus it on America, we’re gonna go to Russia. In Russia, the working class is primarily from the Central Asian countries, people coming in doing the hard jobs. In Sicily, there’s a lot of North Africans,' Huang said. 'When you start to see people of different ethnicity that are immigrants that are doing those working class jobs in other countries, you’ll be able to see a reflection of them and maybe it will move you regarding your American politics.'

"But at the heart of Cash Only, it’s still all about the food. He aims to showcase food that immigrants may be afraid to show off. He said immigrants often serve food to non immigrants that they think they’ll like, but will hide away what they really enjoy for fear of judgement.

“'This show is a real journey to say OK these are the things you know this place for, I know what dominant cultural people come into this country and want, but I want to know what locals love,' Huang said. 'What is it that you love that you might be scared of showing people? What is it that you love so much that you are worried other people may ruin it for you? That’s what I want to know.'

"Huang also hopes his show can provide audiences with an authentic representation of the immigrant experience, which he says Hollywood still hasn’t been able to do successfully. He’s been outspoken in the past about his dissatisfaction with the ABC adaptation of Fresh of the Boat, and he said Hollywood often tries to include token minorities without giving them unique voices or utilizing their perspectives."

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"Fresh off Vice Principals, Danny McBride is lining up his next act at HBO.

"The premium cable network has handed out a pilot order to the comedy The Righteous Gemstones.

"McBride created the project and will pen the script, executive produce, direct and star in the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

"John Goodman (Roseanne) will star as Eli Gemstone, the patriarch of the Gemstone family. The character is described as unbending and a force in the ministry game. He is known the world over for his aggressive salvation techniques, his global ministries and his award-winning weekly television program. His light is fading, but he takes no guff. He is obeyed, unquestioned.

"McBride will portray Jesse Gemstone, the eldest son and heir to the throne. He walks in his father’s shadow while simultaneously blazing his own path. Like Eli, Jesse takes no shit and demands loyalty from those in his circle and surrounds himself by those that will follow him. Jesse fancies himself a maverick in the ministry game, taking what Eli has built and expanding it for a more modern audience.

"McBride will exec produce alongside his Rough House Pictures partner Jody Hill. The company's David Gordon Green will also exec produce the potential series.

"The Righteous Gemstones serves as the latest project for McBride and his longtime friends Hill and Green and follows Vice Principals and Eastbound and Down.

"For Goodman, meanwhile, the pilot comes in addition to the Roseanne grad's role in ABC's upcoming spinoff The Conners, which is set to premiere in the fall without his longtime co-star Roseanne Barr."