Thursday August 9, 2018

David Schwimmer will appear in a recurring role on the upcoming season of Will & Grace.

HGTV has picked up an 8th season of Flip or Flop.

OWN has renewed Queen Sugar for a 4th season.

Denise Richards has joined The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

A preview of season 3 of This Is Us.

Laura Prepon talks season 6 of Orange Is The New Black.

What Golnesa is looking for in a sperm donor?!

Well if this doesn't make we want to watch Insatiable on Netflix, I don't know what will: "Before the press embargo broke on Insatiable, the new Netflix series was already being criticized. A trailer released online strongly implied that the comedy, in which Debby Ryan stars as a plump high-schooler who suddenly becomes thin and hot, perpetuates fat shaming. As a result, a petition asking Netflix to cancel it was signed and circulated. Last week, at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Netflix responded to the controversy by saying, in essence: Give Insatiable a chance. It’s not quite what you think it is. Well, I’ve seen all twelve — twelve, I tell you, twelve! — episodes of Insatiable, and it turns out the show is not as bad as you imagined. It’s actually worse. Like, worse in ways that you can’t even anticipate."

Alyssa Milano offered some thoughts.

"Adult Swim has added two new animated comedy series to its slate. The first show ordered by the network, titled The Shivering Truth, is a stop-motion anthology series created and written by PFFR’s Vernon Chatman (Wonder Showzen, The Heart, She Holler) described as “a miniature propulsive omnibus clusterbomb of painfully riotous daymares, all dripping with the orange goo of dream logic” that will include a 'series of loosely-linked emotional parables about stories within tales that crawled out of the deepest caverns of your unconscious mind and became lovingly animated in breath-slapping stop motion — in other words, it is the TRUTH.' Chatman directed the series alongside Cat Solen (Take My Wife), and they will also executive produce with the rest of PFFR (John Lee, Alyson Levy, and Jim Tozzi). The show was originally ordered as a pilot last year and featured Chatman, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Starlee Kine voicing the main cast. It is slated to debut sometime later this year. The second new comedy is a quarter-hour series titled Tigtone, which was created by Andrew Koehler and Benjamin Martin and counts Workaholics alum Blake Anderson as an executive producer. The show centers on the titular 'quest-addicted hero who slashes his way through a satirical fantasy universe with melodramatic ferocity and a complete disregard for the collateral damage he inflicts along the way.' According to Adult Swim’s press release, the series 'both celebrates and subverts tropes of the fantasy genre, role playing games, video games, and films,' and will be a collection of different animation styles, including hand-painted fantasy art, 2-D, motion capture, and more. It will premiere sometime in 2019."

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Per TheWrap, "Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk and masterminds Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould just changed everything we thought we knew about Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman’s life in Omaha: It turns out the black-and-white sequences on “Saul” may take place when Walter White is still alive.

"Wait, we hear you saying. What? We had the same reaction. The Omaha sequences on Saul — brief segments that hint at Saul’s sad life after he fled Albuquerque to live undercover — suggest Gene is still living in fear because of his life as Saul. (The Season 4 premiere spelled this out more explicitly than any episode before.) On the Better Call Saul Insider podcast released this week, Odenkirk, Gilligan and Gould raised the possibility that Saul might be living in fear of Walter.

"Remember that in the penultimate episode of Breaking Bad, titled Granite State, Saul was eager to part ways with Walt. Walt wanted Saul to stay with him, and help him get revenge on the neo-Nazis who robbed him of barrels of money. Saul went off to Nebraska, and we never saw him again on Breaking Bad. Walter spent months in New Hampshire, before finally returning to Albuquerque to make his last stand.

"When we met Saul again in Better Call Saul, in Omaha, no one told us how much time had passed since his split with Walt. Yes, we saw Walt die in the finale of Breaking Bad — but we don’t know when the Omaha scenes take place in relation to Breaking Bad. They might occur during the stretch of Granite State when Walt is hiding out in Nebraska.

"Odenkirk pondered on the podcast whether Walt’s death could free Jimmy/Saul/Gill from his monk-like existence in Omaha.

“'Speaking as a fan, if Walter White dies… and that’s on the news in some capacity, I don’t know. Does that make him think, "I can come out from hiding?”'

"Odenkirk, Gould and Gilligan then speculated about whether Gene/Saul/Jimmy would be in less trouble if Walter White died, or more trouble if he died. Gilligan noted that prosecutors might come down even harder on Gene/Saul/Jimmy for being Walter White’s lawyer if they couldn’t capture White. But Odenkirk noted that Saul/Jimmy is a shrewd negotiator who might be able to strike a deal.

“'Do we even know in our Omaha sequences, our Gene sequences, Do we know… I mean, has it happened yet?' Gilligan said, referring to Walt’s demise.

“'Oh s—!' declared podcast host Kelly Dixon, speaking for everyone listening.

“'We haven’t defined that. We haven’t said how long Gene has been… in Omaha,' Gould responded.

“'It’s a good question,' added Gilligan. 'We don’t know yet. It’s a good question. Has it happened yet, has it not? As you say, Peter, we have not defined it.'

“'It’s an open question,' Gould replied.

“'And a good question,' Gilligan said. 'It’s one that will have to be answered at some point, like a lot of these things.'

"Gilligan has said he is 'desperate' to find a way to get Walter White and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) onto Better Call Saul. Maybe this gives him a window.

"Look at a map of the United States. If Walter White decided to stop in Omaha on his drive from New Hampshire to Albuquerque, he wouldn’t have to take too much of a detour to stop in Omaha for a Cinnabon.

"How would he know where Saul was? Well. As Granite State showed us, he spent several days rooming with Saul before they parted ways — but after Saul took a photo for his fake Nebraska driver’s license. And Saul told Walt, right before they parted, 'If I’m lucky, a month from now, best case scenario, I’m managing a Cinnabon in Omaha.'

"It seems likely that Saul didn’t pull this possibility out of thin air — and extremely unlikely that if he did, his random possibility would come true precisely.

"It seems more likely that at some point, Ed the disappearer (Robert Forster) tipped off Saul about the identity he would take on undercover. Perhaps Saul discussed his Nebraska plans with Walter more specifically off-screen.

"Whatever happened, the interview with Gould, Gilligan and Odenkirk opens up a lot of possibilities. We can imagine worse endings for Better Call Saul than Walter White showing up unexpectedly in an Omaha sequence to resolve some old business with Saul/Gene.

"Everyone involved in Better Call Saul has said it will eventually overlap with Breaking Bad. But if Walt is still alive when Saul is in Omaha, it already has."

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From Variety: "When Bravo ordered an eight-episode limited scripted series based on the Dirty John podcast, the production team had a wealth of material on which to base the show. Beyond Christopher Goffard’s audio telling of the story were numerous LA Times articles. But additionally, the real Debra Newell is still alive and has been a resource for her portrayer, Connie Britton.

“'We actually spent a good deal of time together and I really like her a lot, so it’s been such a great experience for me, and new experience for me, to sit down and really get to ask her questions — get to ask the character that I play questions,' Britton said at a Television Critics Assn. set visit for the show Wednesday. 'It’s a really unique privilege to experience. And also, it’s helping to give so much insight into the story in a way that maybe we weren’t able to experience in the podcast.'

"For Britton, what was key was to conveying Newell’s experience was understanding 'how she was pulled in by this guy' because ultimately, she noted, the story the show is telling is 'of how a con man can be so effective.'

"Britton and executive producer Alexandra Cunningham both pointed out that it will be key for everyone who watches the show to 'see ourselves in her' and not judge her or assume her actions are because she is or is not a certain way.

“'We cast the spell that John cast over Debra and we’re trying to include the audience in that. We’re trying to sweep the audience off their feet the way John swept Debra off her feet,' Cunningham said.

"Cunningham described the show as being centered on 'a successful, attractive woman who meets a very charming man on the internet, who sweeps her off her feet and then she discovers the darkness within him and it almost takes down her entire family.'

"As the titular John, Eric Bana shared that he finds the character 'mysterious' and doesn’t want to know a lot about him because he finds that if you choose to perform the role in a way 'that’s 100% traceable to the exact facts, it can be boring.' Instead, he wants to 'try and come up with a sense of that person that may be a little more interesting.'

“'It’s not him individually that’s fascinating,' he said. 'It’s the type of character and his behavior.'

"However, he shared that he does think John 'genuinely fell for Debra,' which made the early stage of their relationship 'passionate and real.'

“'At what stage does the acting begin and at what stage does the more dangerous part of his character take over and begin to poison that relationship?' he said. 'There’s a lot of scope there to explore internally.'

"Britton noted that at this time in history, post-the #MeToo movement, the story’s more relevant than ever.

“'It’s very hard for everyone, but women especially to throw off their societal conditioning … with how they behave towards people they are in relationships with,' she said.

"The show will touch on multi-generational portrayals of this conundrum through Debra and her mother (played by Jean Smart). The way Debra internalized some of what her mother showed and taught her about trust, Cunningham said, may inform her response to John.

"Additionally, though, Cunningham pointed out that the aspect of meeting someone online is more relevant today, as well, given the prevalence of 'trolling.'

“'[It] is showing us that everybody wants to matter,' she said of the online behavior. 'Trying to feel seen and be special and prey on that, that’s not going to stop happening.'

"But perhaps most importantly, she said, that 'the search for love and the wanting to reinvent yourself through the eyes of someone else' is a key theme of the show.

"For the audience that is familiar with the podcast, new perspectives will be granted by watching the show. Whereas the podcast came from the reporter’s (Goffard) point of view, the show will 'delve into a lot of different' ones, executive producer and director Jeffrey Reiner said.

“'It’s all about, "Who is John?”' he said, noting that it starts with Debra but also will expand out to include characters like Tanya and the sisters. 'We go back in time [and include] things that were not necessarily in the podcast.'

"Added Cunningham: 'The framework is the same and a lot of the things that people love about the podcast are still there but within the frame, we go deeper.'

"Executive producer Richard Suckle added that with all of the copious amounts of information available, 'when you can go down a certain rabbit hole [with the story]…you should go there because there’s a lot of things people don’t know about.'”

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Shocking news! "A chapter is closing on Catfish. Max Joseph, one of the show’s co-hosts, announced today that this will be his last season on the MTV reality show. His final episode will air Wednesday, August 22 at 9 PM

“'Hey guys, the time has come, sadly, for me to move on from Catfish. Working on this show for the last seven years has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. I’ve learned a lot about myself, my country and human nature in general. Nev and I have become brothers and our bromance has blossomed before your eyes,' Joseph said in a statement.

“'For a while now I have been straddling two careers as TV host and filmmaker and, while this level of busy-ness is a dream come true, my life can no longer sustain it,' he continued. 'With Catfish still going strong after 7 seasons, 115 episodes, 31 specials and showing no sign of slowing down, I feel it is finally the time for me to make my exit.

“'Although I have a heavy heart, I am also excited for everything that’s to come for myself, for Nev, for our crew and for the show. Thank you for watching, thank you for the love and for the memes.'

"In a statement, Nev Schulman thanked Joseph for his time on the show and the experiences they discussed.

“'Working with Max on Catfish has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life,' said Schulman. 'What started as a casual friendship quickly turned into a brotherhood. Thanks to Max, over the last six years I’ve learned as much about the internet and society as I have about myself. Max isn’t just a co-host, he’s a partner. His ability to listen, empathize and advise is astounding. Nobody cuts through the noise and dishes the hard truth better than he does. I’m going to miss him a lot. He’s my best friend and one of the best colleagues anyone could hope for. As sad as I am though that Max is leaving the show, it brings me great joy to know that he is following his heart. While selfishly I’d love to keep him all to myself, I know that unleashing the creativity and passion that he has will benefit so many of us. If you don’t already know about Max’s amazing work as a filmmaker, check out his website maxjoseph.com. Good luck, my friend, and there’s really no excuse why you can’t video chat in from time to time ;)'"

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, "CBS is setting sail to Love Island: The network has secured rights for an American version of the dating show, which has become a big hit in the United Kingdom.

"The show wrapped its fifth season on ITV2 last week with series-high ratings, becoming the most-watched program in the digital channel's history.

"'Love Island has been a massive success overseas,' said Sharon Vuong, senior vp alternative programming at CBS. 'We're thrilled that ITV has partnered with us to bring their most successful show to American television. Having seen the reaction of audiences across the pond and around the world to this most recent season, we expect American viewers will be captivated by this engaging format.'

"Love Island sends a group of contestants to a tropical location (for the ITV2 series, it's a villa in Mallorca), where they have to pair up or risk being eliminated. The show features a number of challenges and twists to gameplay, with relationships ranging from strategic to genuinely romantic. The U.K. series also features a healthy interactive component, with viewers voting on who stays and who goes.

"'As a format, Love Island breaks the mold with high levels of viewer interactivity and participation that influence the content of the show in a way that’s extremely addictive,' said David George, CEO of ITV America. 'It's a cultural phenomenon that builds anticipation with every episode and creates appointment viewing — a pretty hard thing to do in today’s TV landscape. We're ecstatic the show has found a home at CBS and look forward to working collaboratively to engage its millions of viewers.'

"ITV Entertainment will produce Love Island for CBS; the show is based on a format from ITV Studios and Motion Content Group. David George, Adam Sher and David Eilenberg are executive producers."

Can someone please explain how this is really any different than Bachelor In Paradise, Ex On The Beach, or specifically, Paradise Hotel? "Paradise Hotel is an American reality television program that aired on Fox in 2003, MyNetworkTV and Fox Reality Channel in 2008. In the show, a group of single people live in a luxurious hotel resort, competing to see who can stay in the hotel the longest. Periodically, someone is removed from the show, and others are brought in to replace them. Each week couples pair off and must share a hotel room together. One person is left over, and he or she has to leave. That person is then replaced the following episode. The format was created by Mentorn, a British production company, which has produced various versions of the show around the world."