Tuesday August 21, 2018

Netflix has renewed GLOW for a 3rd season.

HBO has renewed Random Acts of Flyness for a 2nd season.

Jon Cryer will play himself on Will & Grace.

A review of Amazon's Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan.

This sounds like one of the worst ideas of heard of late: "TNT is throwing its hat in the late-night ring with a pilot order for Naked With Niecy Nash, “a decidedly unique show with a late-night feel” hosted and executive produced by Nash, star of the network’s hit primetime dramedy series Claws. On Naked, Nash will provide her comedic take and dispense advice on issues involving love, sex, romance and relationships as she interacts with everyday people. Sue Murphy, who served as executive producer on Chelsea Handler’s Chelsea Latelyon E! and Chelsea on Netflix, has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner of Naked With Niecy Nash. The show is a co-production between Turner’s Studio T and Telepictures, a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television whose scripted sibling Warner Horizon co-produces Claws with Studio T.  Nash executive produces through production company, Chocolate Chick." Not if you paid me.

Getting you all caught up on Ozark before the season 2 premiere.

"Viacom is laying off half of the staff at its teen-focused digital-first media company AwesomenessTV. The Los Angeles-headquartered company is reportedly set to cut 98 jobs from its Santa Monica offices, according to filings made with the California Employment Development Department. Viacom said it would lay off affected Awesomeness employees on or shortly after Oct. 15, with the remaining 15 active employees whose employment will be terminated on Dec. 31. The announcement comes shortly after Viacom’s July acquisition of AwesomenessTV, a move aimed at bolstering Viacom Digital Studios’ reach. AwesomenessTV – previously owned by Comcast/NBCUniversal, Hearst and Verizon – has more than 158 million subscribers and 300 million-plus monthly views across its digital network."

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Per TheWrap, "Mike Tirico will replace Dan Patrick this season on NBC Sports’ studio show Football Night in America. Liam McHugh will backfill Tirico’s NFL game-site role. Additionally, Rob Hyland joins Football Night as the show’s new coordinating producer.

"Tirico, who did the game-site gig for two seasons, will work alongside analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, as well as pro-football insider Mike Florio. Those four shoot at Studio 1 at NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut.

"Patrick was the Football Night studio host for 10 years from 2008-2017.

“'As one of the most accomplished, respected and versatile voices in sports, Mike was the logical choice to move into the Football Night studio,' said Sam Flood, executive producer and president, production, NBC Sports & NBCSN. 'He will anchor our show, set the scene, and educate the audience by extracting analysis, expertise, and news from Tony, Rodney, and Mike.'

“'Thank you to Dan Patrick for his outstanding work as co-host of Football Night for the past 10 seasons,' Flood added. 'His teamwork, professionalism, and friendship will be missed.'

"Back in March, Patrick told the New York Post that he was offered a new longterm deal to keep the gig. Patrick turned it down, saying, 'I didn’t want to do it and not love doing it.'

"McHugh will now work with the Sunday Night Football team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, and Michele Tafoya.

“'This is the logical progression for Liam, who has excelled at every assignment he’s been given,' Flood said of McHugh’s appointment. 'We’re confident he will steward dynamic conversations between Cris, Al and Michele, and help to capture the enthusiasm of the on-site environment.'

“'In addition to Mike and Liam, Rob is introducing new elements to the show that will bring viewers closer to our game that night, and better explain the biggest plays and happenings from the early games,' he said of his new producer.

"McHugh is NBC Sports’ lead studio and on-site host for the NHL and Notre Dame Football and has contributed to NBC Sports’ coverage of four Olympics and three Super Bowls.

"Hyland leads NBC Sports’ production of Notre Dame Football, Triple Crown horse racing, Olympic figure skating and track & field, and other sports. He also worked on NBC’s Sunday Night Football in various roles for many years.

"NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018 NFL season begins with NFL Kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 6, when the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC."

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Per Collider, "[i]s Mr. Robot coming to an end? Last week, some very curious comments surfaced from our very own interview with co-star Christian Slater, who told us he was under the impression that the upcoming fourth season of Mr. Robot will be the show’s last. Sam Esmail’s twisty drama series launched in 2015 on USA to glowing reviews and built immense buzz over the course of its first season, somewhat shifting the public perception of what a USA original series could be. Mr. Robot was obtuse, heady, and wildly cinematic—a far cry from USA’s steady singles and doubles like Royal Pains or White Collar.

"The show has continued to showcase Esmail’s ambitions as the story gets more complex, but it also feels like it does have a definite ending up ahead—sooner rather than later. According to Slater, that’s the upcoming season, but we’ve heard no official word that Mr. Robot Season 4 will be the end of the series. So when Collider’s own Christina Radish spoke with Malek about his work in the upcoming film Papillon, she asked him about Slater’s comments. Here’s how that exchange went:

Collider: I spoke to Christian Slater recently, and he told me he thought Season 4 of Mr. Robot might be the last one because Sam Esmail doesn’t want to carry things too far past where it should go, creatively. Have you heard anything about that? Has anybody said anything to you?

MALEK:  I’ve heard rumors, back and forth, to be quite honest.

I know Sam Esmail has always said that it would maybe be four or five seasons, from early on.

MALEK:  Yeah, he’s always said maybe four or five, and that is still pending in his head. I’ll tell you that I’m sure the studio would love to see it go for as long as it could, but he’s restrained. He’s got a story to tell, so I’m all for whatever he wants to do. He’s a very brilliant human being.

"In a separate interview Malek claimed to know nothing about these Mr. Robot Season 4 ending rumors, so either he was pulling that interviewer’s leg, or we caught up with him after he had spoken with Esmail. Either way, it sounds like Mr. Robot Season 4 could very well end up being the final season of the series. Esmail already has a few other projects in the works, including producing the Andy Greenwald-penned USA pilot Briarpatch that has Rosario Dawson starring and Ana Lily Amirpour directing.

"Mr. Robot Season 4 hasn’t even started filming yet so there’s still some time for things to change or for USA to make some sort of official announcement. Or it’s possible that during the prep phase, Esmail and his writers decide they have two more seasons worth of story to tell. As Malek says, USA would no doubt be happy to continue on for longer, so it sounds like this is very much up to Esmail. Stay tuned…"

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From Deadline: "The first Mexican reality series on Netflix, Made in Mexico, will showcase nine of Mexico City’s wealthy socialites and their opulent but flawed lifestyles. The series debuts on the streaming service on Sept. 28.

"The cast includes:

Pepe Díaz, a 35-year-old successful businessman and nightclub impresario who wants to shed his playboy past and settle down into a new life;

Kitzia Mitre, born and raised into Mexico’s high society and a fashion designer who splits her time between the city and her family’s sprawling ranch. When she’s not chasing after her toddler son, Kitzia sits atop her social circle, keeping a tight rein on who gains access while acting as the defacto arbiter of taste and style;

Carlos Girón Longoria is at the center of his social scene and is the connector between everyone in the Made in Mexico cast. Estranged from his father, Carlos keeps his focus on his fast-paced life as a TV host, actor and model when he is not refereeing the drama of his high-society friends.

Liz Woodburn is a cultured, well-traveled American food blogger who is recently engaged and finds that she must re-climb the social ladder as she adjusts to her new home after leaving New York City to live with her fiancé.

Columba Díaz is a high fashion model who is the life of the party. The  highly sought after bachelorette finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, but wants nothing more than to focus on her career and philanthropy work.

Chantal Trujillo is an American expat who left a job at Vogue to follow the love of her life to Mexico. In short time, Chantal has made a name for herself as a lifestyle blogger running in Mexico City’s it-crowd. But the young fashionista must decide whether or not she made the right move coming to the city and if the prospect of a marriage proposal is really in her future.

Shanik Aspe is a TV personality and former swimsuit model who has dreams of being a pop star. While she enjoys the lavish life of TV celebrity, she must decide if she wants to give it all up for one last chance to become a singer or settle down to raise a family.

Roby Checa is a brother-in-law to Kitzia and the bad boy of the Checa clan. He is loud, proud and the ultimate showman who is always ready to entertain. The 31-year-old is balancing his desire to party with a need to find success in his business partnerships and prove to his family that he can make it on his own.

Hanna Jaff is 30-year-old politician and philanthropist who runs the Jaff Foundation. Hanna passionately pursues causes that are important to her, but sometimes finds her ambition leads to friction within her social circles.

"The series is produced by Love Productions USA and includes Richard McKerrow, Kevin Bartel and Brandon Panaligan as executive producers and Lauren Volonakis and Matthew Moul as co-executive producers."

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Actor Josie Totah (Champions) penned an essay about being transgender for TIME: "Acting has always been my passion. I’m grateful for roles I’ve gotten to play on shows like Champions, and I know I’m lucky to be able to do what I love. But I also feel like I let myself be shoved into a box: 'J.J. Totah, gay boy.'

"When I was really young, growing up in a small town in Northern California, people would just assume I was gay. On the playground, I was the type of kid who wanted to sing with the girls, not play soccer with the boys. Then I found myself playing that role once I got into the entertainment industry, and people kept assuming my identity. Numerous reporters have asked me in interviews how it feels to be a young gay man. I was even introduced that way before receiving an award from an LGBTQ+ rights organization. I understand that they didn’t really know better. I almost felt like I owed it to everybody to be that gay boy. But that has never been the way I think of myself.

"In the past, I’ve halfway corrected people by telling them I identify as LGBTQ. I wasn’t ready to be more specific. I was afraid I wouldn’t be accepted, that I would be embarrassed, that the fans who knew me from the time when I acted in a Disney show would be confused. But I realized over the past few years that hiding my true self is not healthy. I know now, more than ever, that I’m finally ready to take this step toward becoming myself. I’m ready to be free. So, listen up y’all: You can jump on or jump off. Either way this is where I’m heading.

"My pronouns are sheher and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah.

"This is not something that just happened. This is not a choice that I made. When I was five, long before I understood what the word gender meant, I would always tell my mother that I wished I were a girl. Since I could speak in full sentences, I was like, 'Give me a dress!' I always knew on some level that I was female. But it crystallized about three years ago when I was a 14-year-old watching the show I Am Jazz with my mother.

"The docuseries was about another 14-year-old, Jazz Jennings, a transgender girl who was going through a medical transition. As I learned more information about hormone replacement therapy, I knew that this was what I had to do. I looked over at her in the middle of the show and said, 'This is me. I’m transgender. And I need to go through this.' My mother, who is immensely supportive and gracious, said, 'Okay, let’s do it.' Three days later I was meeting with my pediatrician, who referred me to a specialist, who put me on a hormone blocker. From that point on, I hit the ground running.

"Like many trans people, I developed serious anxiety as I hid who I was. In some ways, I felt like I was lying by letting people believe I was that gay boy. I also couldn’t be myself. I hid the girls’ clothes I really wanted to wear under sweatpants and sweatshirts. And I had an enormous fear of male puberty. Once I got on the hormone blocker, which basically stopped my testosterone, that part changed. I wasn’t waking up every day and panicking. 'Is there hair on my face? Is my voice getting deeper?' Those changes are very hard, if not impossible, to reverse. And I knew that I was giving myself what I needed, that I didn’t have to be afraid of that anymore.

"There are still things that scare me. Identity documents can be hard for transgender people to change. I’m afraid of that moment when someone looks at the ID, looks at the photo, looks at the gender marker – looks at you. I never want to feel like I’m not allowed in somewhere because of who I am. I’m scared that being transgender is going to limit me in that way. And I’m scared that I’ll be judged, rejected, made uncomfortable, that people will look at me differently.

"But when my friends and family call me Josie, it feels like I’m being seen. It’s something everyone wants, to feel understood. And, as a semi-religious person who went to Catholic school, I have come to believe that God made me transgender. I don’t feel like I was put in the wrong body. I don’t feel like there was a mistake made. I believe that I am transgender to help people understand differences. It allows me to gain perspective, to be more accepting of others, because I know what it feels like to know you’re not like everyone else.

"When I was on the show Glee, I’d stand back and watch Lea Michele. She was fabulous. And it was fun to see her and the other girls wear dresses and put on lavish musical numbers. But it was also hard, because I wanted that to be me. It’s a feeling I’ve experienced in nearly every project I’ve worked on.

"This week, I’m going off to college. I’m also going to continue my acting career, and I am so excited to do both things as myself. I plan to play roles I haven’t had the opportunity to play. And I can only imagine how much more fun it’s going to be to play someone who shares my identity, rather than having to contort myself to play a boy. I’m going to gun for those roles, be it a transgender female or a cisgender female. Because it’s a clean slate — and a new world."