Wednesday June 6, 2018

Netflix has renewed 13 Seasons Why for a 3rd season.  They should have quit while they were ahead, after season 1.

Jordan Peele has signed a first-look deal with Amazon.  

Rest in peace Kate Spade.

SNL is a hub for celebrity couples.

A new trailer for HBO's Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams.

I tried to watch AMC's Dietland, but quit about 15 minutes in.  Not my bag.

"During their interview for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, presented by Shutterstock, Fahrenheit 451 star Michael B. Jordan told Insecure’s Issa Rae that after he finished working on Fruitvale Station, he told his agents that he didn’t want to audition for roles written for African-Americans. 'I said, I don’t want it. I want to only go for, like, [roles written for] white males. That’s it,' he said. 'Me playing that role is going to make it what it is. I don’t want any pre-bias on the character.'”

"HBO has set the cast for its Euphori” pilot, with Zendaya in the lead role of Rue, the network said Tuesday. In addition to The Greatest Showman star, Euphoria will include Maude Apatow as Lexi, Eric Dane as Cal, and Wrinkle in Time star Storm Reid as Gia. Rounding out the cast is Brian Astro Bradley as McKay and Angus Cloud as Fezco, Alexa Demie as Maddy, Jacob Elordi as Nate, Barbie Ferreira as Kat, Nika King as Leslie, Hunter Schafer as Jules, and Sydney Sweeney as Cassie. The drama is an adaptation of the Israeli series of the same name, and tells the story of Rue, a lying and drug-addicted 17-year-old girl, as she tackles drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship."

You can watch Bill Clinton's interview with Stephen Colbert from last night by clicking here.

Trevor Noah summed up this Philadelphia Eagles / White House visit story quite well.  

"Here’s an overview of the initial funded news shows for Facebook Watch:

ABC News On Location (working title): Daily news show with reports from correspondents worldwide and top headlines. ABC News live news streams also will be featured in a breaking-news area of the Facebook Watch news section.

Advance Local Chasing Corruption: Weekly series from Alabama Media Group, hosted by Ian Hoppe and AL.com’s Reckon team, who speak with investigative journalists who have uncovered stories of conspiracy, bribery, fraud and other crimes.

ATTN: Undivided ATTN:: Weekly explainer breaking big topics in 3-5 minute episodes hosted by a rotating cast of social influencers.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper Full Circle: Daily briefing on weekdays featuring Anderson Cooper and a roster of guests.

Fox News Fox News Update: FNC chief news anchor Shepard Smith will host each weekday afternoon and Carley Shimkus will present the morning segment, while Abby Huntsman will deliver the headlines once each morning over the weekend.

Mic Mic Dispatch: Twice-weekly show will profile “the underrepresented, the problem-solvers and the provocateurs.” Each episode will include two field-reported dispatches of 5-6 minutes each.

Univision Real America with Jorge Ramos: In the weekly show, the anchor will travel across the U.S. to speak with immigrants of diverse backgrounds, targeted not only at Latinos but mainstream English-speaking audiences. Univision will also broadcast Noticiero Univision Edición Digital, an interactive Spanish-language news broadcast at noon ET daily on Watch."

"BBC America’s Killing Eve a very good show. This sentence shouldn’t surprise anyone who reads it, whether or not they’ve actually watched the series co-starring Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. Why? Because not only was Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s creatively thrilling exploration of the spy genre a great piece of television, it was a runaway ratings success for the cable channel rife with British imports. (It even pulled off a feat of magic no other show has accomplished in over a decade.) The first season finale closed out the month of May, but according to BBC America President Sarah Barnett, it’ll be on Hulu at the end of 2018. Barnett admitted as much during a recent interview with Decider. Asked why BBC America would be waiting so long to make Killing Eve available to Hulu subscribers, she explained, 'It has become something of a standard to have a holdback before a show goes to a streaming service… We maintain a longish period before it goes to streaming because of the deep and valuable relationships we have with our satellite and cable partners.' As for the program’s second season, which was announced in April, Barnett noted that Killing Eve‘s forthcoming availability on Hulu will play a role. 'It’s the kind of show where the buzz can keep going between seasons,' she said, 'so we’ll start next season with a lot of positive sentiment from critics and fans for the first season, so I think it will be a different kind of launch. I don’t know exactly what yet, but I think it would be different.'”

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Orange Is the New Black is saying goodbye to Litchfield.

"Netflix released a first look at the upcoming season of Jenji Kohan's prison dramedy on Tuesday. Signifying "a whole new world," as spoken by leading inmate Piper (Taylor Schilling), the premiere teaser says 'bye-bye' to Litchfield Penitentiary and that the new season is headed 'to the Max.' Max is the name for the maximum security facility also on the female prison's property. The sixth season releases July 27.

"The video (here) shows Litchfield, the longtime prison home to the Orange inmates, uninhabitable. The fifth season's cliffhanger ending saw the prisoners losing their season-long standoff, with potentially devastating repercussions. 

"As riot police blew up a bunker holding 10 prisoners, the rest of the inmates were bussed off to undisclosed locations, signaling the move away from Litchfield. The fate of those 10 characters — Frieda (Dale Soules), Suzanne (Uzo Aduba), Cindy (Adrienne C. Moore), Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Red (Kate Mulgrew), Piper (Schilling), Alex (Laura Prepon), Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), Gloria (Selenis Leyva) and Blanca (Laura Gomez) — was left up in the air. Riots tend to not end well for inmates — especially for those who step up to lead or, in this case, take guards hostage — and Orange has long been committed to shining a light on the reality of the injustice in America's prison systems. 

"Orange, produced by Lionsgate Television, has already been renewed through season seven. Series creator Kohan has not ruled out the seventh season being the Emmy-winning series' last.

"The fifth season, which charted the 13-episode riot incited by the pivotal death of Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley), was received with mixed reviews. The entire season takes place over the course of three days. After its release, Kohan acknowledged that some of the plot points were "fan fiction," due to having a nearly all-new writers room.

“'We had lost a bunch of the original writers,' Kohan's co-producer on Orange, Tara Herrmann, told The New Yorker. 'It wasn’t anyone’s fault. It was just a new dynamic — people were attached to the characters as viewers, not as creators.' The sixth season also saw the exit of longtime writer Lauren Morelli, now showrunner for Netflix's limited series Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City.

"Co-star Moore had told THR that the series would be getting a 'facelift' with season six. 'Toward the end of season five, there were some people that were agreeing to stick together, and there were some people that were looking out for themselves,' said the actress who plays Black Cindy of the schism the riot created within the prison. 'We’ll see the repercussions of those decisions in this next season.'

"Kohan also told THR that the Orange timeline had prevented her from infusing any of the current political climate into the last season, but that she would be looking for ways to take on President Trump with season six. Orange's world is only 10 months into Piper's 18-month sentence, setting the show in the past and before Trump's election. 'Do we just throw the timeline out the window?' Kohan asked. 'Season five is season five, but for six, I don't think anyone can help but incorporate some of the feelings associated with what's going on and the divisions and all that stuff.'"

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Per Deadline, "Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) will direct all 11 episodes of limited series The Underground Railroad, which has received a formal greenlight by Amazon.

"The project is based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel The Underground Railroad, which won a Pulitzer Prize a month after Amazon bought the adaptation. The book, which drew critical praise for its imaginative blend of history and magical fable – moving beyond the boundaries of realism in its depiction of a mythical underground train that transports slaves across an alternate America — also was a 2016 National Book Award winner and Oprah Book Club pick.

“'Working with Amazon and a wonderful group of screenwriters to develop Colson’s novel into a limited series has been an extremely rewarding experience,' Jenkins said. 'Translating his singular voice into a cohesive and equally singular visual language is a task I very much look forward to.'

"The Underground Railroad, which will be released on Amazon Prime Video, centers on young Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape.

"The underground railroad is no mere metaphor — engineers and conductors operate a network of tracks and tunnels constructed in secret beneath the very Southern soil upon which they’ve been enslaved. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, a relentless slave catcher of mythic origin, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state-by-state, seeking true freedom in a heroine’s journey carved through the soil and soul of America.

“'It’s an absolute gift to have Barry Jenkins commit to directing all the episodes for our upcoming limited series The Underground Railroad,' said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. 'Barry’s eye for character and sustained exhilarating, emotional storytelling style ensures that this project is in the right hands. We can’t wait to get started and bring this significant story to our Prime Video audience.'”

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Per TheWrap, "[t]he company owned by Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines will pay $40,000 in a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA said Tuesday.

"According to the EPA, the settlement with Magnolia Homes resolves alleged violations of of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule). The alleged violations were related to home renovations conducted without adequate lead paint protections as depicted on the HGTV program, the EPA said.

"In addition to paying the $40,000 penalty, Magnolia 'will take steps to ensure compliance with lead-based paint regulations in future renovation projects, address lead-based paint hazards at high-risk homes in Waco, Texas, and educate the public to lead-based paint hazards and appropriate renovation procedures,' the EPA said.

"Magnolia is also producing a brief video featuring Chip Gaines about renovating homes that contain lead-based paint, which will be posted to Magnolia’s site and social media.

"Magnolia was accused of not complying with all of the requirements of the RRP Rule in renovations it performed in 33 properties in the Waco, Texas. According to the EPA, Magnolia took immediate steps to obtain EPA certification and bring its activities into compliance with TSCA” shortly after it was contacted by the agency in 2015.

“'It’s important that consumers and contractors understand that improper home renovation can expose residents and workers to hazardous lead dust,' said EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Assistant Administrator Susan Bodine. 'Through this settlement, Magnolia is putting in place safeguards to ensure the safety of its renovation work and making meaningful contributions toward the protection of children and vulnerable communities from exposure to lead-based paint.'”

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Per EW, "[t]he finale of Survivor: Ghost Island ended like no other. When the 10-member-jury deadlocked with five votes each for Wendell Holland and Dominick Abbate to win, the third person in the final three, Laurel Johnson, had to then cast the deciding million-dollar-vote. She ultimately cast the most important vote in Survivor history for Wendell.

"But what was going on behind the scenes while Laurel was voting? What happened to the vote after that? And where is the vote now? Executive producer Matt Van Wagenen walked us through the crazy scene when we spoke to him on location in Fiji for filming on season 38 (to air in early 2019). Here’s how it all went down, in his own words:

"We’ve never had a situation like this before. Going into it, we knew it was going to be a close vote. Whenever we get to the final voting, the camera operator who shoots the votes leaves, and we turn the feed off to the control room and I’m back there just watching it happen. I’m just there, basically, to make sure that everything is recorded, that there’s audio, all that.

"The first vote comes in for Dom, second one Dom, third one Dom, and I’m thinking, Oh my gosh, Dom is going to run away with this thing. He’s got this in the bag! He gets five votes. Then, finally, there’s one for Wendell and I’m like, Oh cool, at least we can show one Wendell vote. That’s good. Suddenly, there’s another Wendell vote, and another, and another. I’m kind of making little hash marks in my notes to see how the votes go and I was like, This is going to be a close one. And then all of the sudden the last one comes up and it was Angela. Angela took her time, and I’m thinking Oh my gosh, she has no idea what she’s deciding right now!

"Sure enough, she voted for Wendell. Jeff comes back and at this point. We’ve already filmed two seasons in a row and that’s a lot of days out on the island. So we’re all ready to wrap this up and are a little bit weary. I just held up the hash marks. Jeff looks at me and he goes, 'What?' So I held it up again. He’s like, 'What?' I go, 'It’s a tie!' It’s like, oh my God! There was real excitement.

"So then it was like, Okay, we have a plan for this. What do we do? It was like, all of the sudden we had to shift gears. There was probably about four or five seconds of, like, Oh my God! I can’t believe that just happened! Like the way a fan would react. Then it turned into Okay, we’ve talked about what we’re going to do, let’s go over it, and here we go. So we had to reset for another vote, because we knew that Laurel was going to be the one who was going to be deciding things.

"As for how Jeff handled it, I don’t think he knew exactly what he was going to say, but we definitely talked about it. He goes, 'Okay, this is what I’m going to say. Does it sound good?' 'Yeah.' 'Okay, that sounds right.' 'Okay, here we go.' So then Jeff walked out and you’ve seen the rest.

"Jeff’s amazing. You’ve seen that he can actually just talk from off the cuff, and I think he just nailed it with 'Alright. I’m going to read the votes.' The delivery was great, and then even with his last line when he took Laurel’s vote and he goes, 'This one, I’m going to save.' I think that was the line. It was perfect. It just really fit the tone of the whole moment.

"We had Laurel’s vote for almost 11 months in a safe. It was funny because I actually brought that vote to CBS, and I stuffed the envelope that it was in with a bunch of old mail so that it looked thick and looked like there was a lot of votes in it so that when we went and put it in the urn nobody knew that it was just one vote.

"As for where the vote is now, after Ghost Island, we have become collectors. We keep a hold of all sorts of things now. A lot of people make fun of me. I am kind of like the trash man when it comes to Survivor memorabilia. So yes, we still have possession of that vote, as well as all of the others."