Wednesday July 11, 2018

"Netflix is continuing to build out its stand-up roster. The streaming giant has set an international event series featuring 47 comedians from 13 regions, with each performing a half-hour stand-up special. The yet-to-be-titled series will be recorded, in part, at the upcoming Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal in July, with sets also being taped in Brazil, Mexico, India, Germany and The Netherlands. All episodes will be released at once in 2019. The event series will spotlight a range of comedians and will tape in seven languages: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Dutch, German and English. Chris D’Elia, Neal Brennan, Nicole Byer and Nick Swardson will be performing from the U.S., with comedians from at least seven other countries joining them (see below for full list of those performing at JFL from July 24 to 29)."

A review of Hulu's Castle Rock, which will be available to stream on July 25. 

Two new Childish Gambino tracks.

Kevin Hart and Mark Burnett's stupid CBS game show TKO: Total Knock Out premieres tonight.

Season 2 of Freeform's Alone Together will premiere on August 1. The network will offer a sneak peek of the first 4 episodes of season 2 across all of its digital platforms and Hulu beginning July 25. Yes I watch this show and yes I enjoy it.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has thoughts and opinions on Jax and Brittany?!?

"RuPaul is heading to daytime TV. The Emmy-winning host of RuPaul’s Drag Race is shooting a talk show pilot for Telepictures, the syndication production arm of Warner Bros., Deadline has confirmed."

MTV’s Floribama Shore‘s Season 2 premiere drew nearly one million viewers for a series high Monday night. #merica

"Freeform is developing Jasmin Rosemberg’s book How the Other Half Hamptons into an hour-long series, the network said on Tuesday. Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Albert Bianchini will executive produce with their Milojo Productions, along with Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment. The story follows good-girl Rachel, the wild Jamie, and serial monogamist Allison, who finds herself suddenly single. The three women join the Hamptons sharehouse, a house of forty twenty-something strangers in a ten-bedroom house in the Hamptons for 16 weekends to juggle parties, hookups, and other unexpected twists."

"Showtime has ordered a new pilot for a half-hour newsmagazine created and hosted by Amanda de Cadenet that will examine social, sexual, cultural and political issues through the  feminist lens of the host, a popular British interviewer and commentator. 'It’s a historically significant time to be a woman – and an incredibly divisive time in our culture,' said de Cadenet,  in a prepared statement. 'People are really struggling to navigate the new and ever evolving social paradigms that are currently taking shape. I’m excited and ready to explore the nuanced conversations and heated debates that all genders are having, both online and in private to make sense of how the hell we got here, and most importantly; how do we move forward in the most effective way?'”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz will guest star during the third season of Netflix comedy One Day at a Time.

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Jason Bateman is putting down his roots at Netflix.

"The actor, director and producer is expanding his relationship with the streaming giant, signing a first-look, multiple-year overall film and TV deal with Netflix. The deal comes as Bateman stars in and exec produces Netflix critical hit drama Ozark.

"Under the pact, Bateman's Aggregate — which previously had an overall deal with Universal Television — will work with Michael Costigan (American Gangster, Ghost in the Shell) to form a new and shared vision under the company's name. The duo will combine their film and TV slates and develop new film and TV projects for the company that draws on both emerging talent and their relationships with established filmmakers and actors. Bateman exec produces, directs and stars in Ozark, which will launch its second season Aug. 31, and has starred in the Arrested Development revival for the streamer.

"'Michael and I are incredibly fortunate that Aggregate has been welcomed into the Netflix fold. Through my experience with Arrested Development and now Ozark, I have seen firsthand the positive, thriving culture that Ted [Sarandos], Cindy [Holland, head of TV] and Scott [Stuber, head of film] have created. We look forward to working hard with their dedicated and creative teams to contribute to the enormous momentum and high-quality content that Netflix delivers.'

"Bateman's Aggregate becomes Netflix's latest first-look deal as the streamer looks to own more of its content. The streamer's increasingly robust slate of producers includes Ryan Murphy, Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan and Steven S. DeKnight, among others.

"'I am excited to continue our long relationship with Jason and watch him excel not only as a talented actor and filmmaker, but also as a producer. We are looking to Aggregate as a major supplier for us here at Netflix,' said Netflix chief content officer Sarandos. 'Cindy, Scott and I look forward to merging our vision and goals for the future in film and TV alongside Aggregate’s. The combination of Jason and Michael brings an impressive history of industry experience and relationships here to their new home.'"

"Southern Charm star Shep Rose is open to settling down with Kathryn Dennis after all.

"Rose, 38, said on Monday’s episode of Watch What Happens Live that he has hooked up with Dennis, 26, 'six or seven times' and would be interested in becoming more than friends.

“'We met at one of my bars and we had a couple drinks and it was just on fire again,' he explained of their rekindling. 'Originally I was [her booty call]. But then she fell back with Whitney [Sudler Smith] and Thomas [Ravenel] and I was just like, "No, no no!”'

"Dennis and Ravenel now share two young children, but they are no longer together.

"Rose also said of Dennis, 'We’ve never been on a date. But I would go on a date with her … honestly, I’m looking to settle down almost all the time!"

"Dennis revealed on a June episode of Southern Charm that she likes to 'still play with the idea [of being with Rose] because I don’t know … we have good sex, whatever. And he’s cute and fun.'”

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"Rosario Dawson is returning to the small screen.

"The actress, who most recently appeared in Netflix's suite of Marvel dramas, has been tapped to topline USA Network's drama pilot Briarpatch.

"From Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, Briarpatch is based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name. The drama follows Allegra 'Pick' Dill (Dawson), a tenacious and highly skilled investigator working in Washington, D.C., for a young, ambitious senator. When her 10-years-younger sister, a homicide detective, is killed by a car bomb, Allegra returns to her corrupt Texas hometown. What begins as a search for the murderer becomes a fraught and dangerous excavation of the past Allegra has long sought to bury. Dawson will also be credited as a producer.

"Andy Greenwald penned the script and will exec produce alongside Esmail through his production company Esmail Corp. and Anonymous Content’s Chad Hamilton. The drama, from Universal Cable Productions — where Esmail is under an overall deal — and Paramount Television, is a mix of crime, thriller, mystery and pulp fiction. 

"Dawson is fresh off a broadcast pilot season where she received multiple offers, passing on all of them. Her most recent TV roles have been in Netflix dramas Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones and The Defenders. On the feature side, her credits include Rent, Sin City, Men in Black II, Kids, Krystal and The Lego Batman Movie. She is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and the Lede Co."

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"Jason Momoa is lining up his post-Aquaman work.

"A month after exiting the Crow reboot, the Game of Thrones grad has been tapped to star in Apple's drama series See.

"See is described as an epic, world-building drama set in the future. Momoa will star in a lead role as Baba Voss, who is a fearless warrior, leader and guardian. Additional details about the eight-episode project are being kept under wraps.

"Written by Oscar nominee Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Peaky Blinders), Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching FireRed Sparrow) will direct the series. Knight and Lawrence will executive produce the Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content effort alongside the company's Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo.

"See marks Momoa's return to series regular television following roles in The Red Road, Netflix's Frontier and Game of Thrones, in which he memorably starred as Khal Drogo in the hit show's first season. His small-screen credits include North Shore, Baywatch: Hawaii and Stargate Atlantis. On the feature side, the actor will next star in the title role in DC Comics' Justice League spinoff Aquaman, which is set to bow Dec. 21. Momoa is repped by WME.

"For Apple, Momoa's casting comes as yet another sign that the iPhone maker is willing to spend on top talent for its roster of high-profile programming. Still to be determined is how — or when — that content will be released."

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Per IGN, "[b]orrowing a move from Beyoncé, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman just surprised the comics community with the release of a brand new ongoing comic book series that will go on sale tomorrow called DIE!DIE!DIE!. Published by Image Comics imprint Skybound, the series is drawn by Batman Incorporated artist Chris Burnham, colored by Nathan Fairbairn, and co-written by Kirkman and Scott Gimple, overseer of The Walking Dead television shows.

"Kirkman, Gimple and Burnham will be answering fan questions about their new series live on IGN tomorrow. Check out the livestream on the IGN homepage (Wednesday at 10:00 - 10:30 am PST) to hear the creators talk about the series and answer some fan questions.

"Typically a comic book is announced months ahead of time to generate buzz in hopes that comic retailers will order copies of it to sell in their stores, so it’s practically unheard of for a creator to forego that process like this. Kirkman explains his reason for all the secrecy, saying, 'The internet has drained all surprise and anticipation from comics. Everyone hears about exciting new projects and then has to wait months or years for it to be in their hands... and half the time at the end of that buildup, the stories get spoiled in some lame attempt at getting wider media attention.' The ending to the Batman/Catwoman wedding story in last week’s Batman #50 was spoiled in the headline of a New York Times article days before release, so Kirkman’s point was proven in a way he could never have planned for just a week before the surprise release of DIE!DIE!DIE!.

"Described as a 'blood-soaked, no holds barred, action-packed, irreverent story,' the plot of DIE!DIE!DIE! concerns a secret cabal within the US Government that uses a series of targeted assassinations to covertly stop evildoers.

"This is Gimple’s first foray into the world of comics after writing, showrunning and producing The Walking Dead TV show."