Thursday September 20, 2018

Fox has renewed MasterChef for a 10th season.

FX has renewed Snowfall for a 3rd season. The season 2 finale airs tonight.

OWN has renewed Greenleaf for a 4th season. To the best of my knowledge, I’ve never spoken with a single person who has seen a single episode of this show.

I feel short-changed that the Suits summer season is over already. More on the mid-season finale below.

She did it again. “I’m Julie Chen-Moonves.” Gimme a break. More on this soon to be out of our lives for good host below.

A Bobby Axelrod slot machine is coming our way!

This magician who won America’s Got Talent is pretty damn talented.

Maroon 5 will be the headline act at Super Bowl LIII.

New Walking Dead season 9 images include peeks behind the scenes.

Terry Crews‘ former friend/employee has dropped his $1 million lawsuit against the actor accusing him of cyberstalking and harassment. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Darwin Hall is voluntarily dismissing his lawsuit against the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star. Hall is dismissing all claims against Crews but with the option to refile the case in the future. As The Blast previously reported, Hall claimed he had been working with Crews since 1999 to help his social media presence. Hall said he was paid $28,479.06 for his work, with about half of that going to reimbursement for expenses. He claims he is owed payment for more than 6,000 hours of work for Crews, at $55 an hour.”

Agency heavyweight Endeavor is among the companies exploring a bid for Endemol Shine, the production and distribution powerhouse jointly owned by 21st Century Fox and private equity firm Apollo Global, sources say. A number of companies are already circling Endemol Shine, which has been presenting itself to potential suitors throughout the summer. A senior Endemol Shine executive said Tuesday that a sale is expected to be completed within the next several weeks. ITV, Lionsgate and Sony are all thought to be interested in acquiring the company behind Peaky Blinders, Black Mirror, and Big Brother. RTL, which owns rival giant Fremantle, has ruled itself out of the bidding. Endeavor does not appear to have made an actual bid yet, and it’s unclear how far down the path it is willing to go in what would be a hefty acquisition. But the company has been expanding its production and distribution operations, selling such acclaimed shows as The Night Manager and Killing Eve internationally, and Endemol Shine would bolster its activities in both areas.”

“Reboot fever is all the rage, and Tony Danza is flagging down a taxi. While discussing his upcoming project The Good Cop, Danza told EW he’d definitely give some serious thought to doing a Taxi reboot if the offer was on the table. ‘The 40th anniversary was recently, and it was so gratifying to be number one on the call sheet 40 years later,’ he remarks. ‘When I think about Taxi and how integral it was to my life and who I am, it’s almost like a temple. It was so great to work there. I would love to see it.’”


Per The Washington Post, “Chevy Chase is sitting on the porch, outside his home in wooded Westchester County. He takes a drag off a Marlboro and casually mentions that he ran into Donald Glover backstage at Saturday Night Live.

“This is striking on multiple levels. Chase, one of SNL’s founding fathers, last appeared on the show for its 40th anniversary special in 2015. It wasn’t pretty. He was bursting out of his tux, drinking too much and depressed. A cloudy, backstage interview with Carson Daly led Defamer to ask, ‘Is Chevy Chase okay?’

“These days, Chase is sober and about 40 pounds lighter. But he hasn’t softened up, and he wasn’t about to avoid Glover, even after what the Atlanta star said about him.

“Two months earlier, in a New Yorker profile, Glover was asked about working with Chase on NBC’s late sitcom Community. According to the magazine, Chase, out of envy, tried to throw the younger actor off. Glover said Chase told him, ‘People think you’re funnier because you’re black.’ The New Yorker termed the comments ‘racial cracks.’

“‘I just saw Chevy as fighting time,’ Glover told the magazine. ‘A true artist has to be okay with his reign being over. I can’t help him if he’s thrashing in the water. But I know there’s a human in there somewhere.’

“The night the story went up, Chase texted, ‘There goes my career.’

“He doesn’t deny delivering the line — ‘I could have said it’ — but he denies the interpretation. It was a joke. Chase had been a fan of Glover’s since they filmed the pilot in 2009. How could anybody think he was racist?

“By the time SNL co-creator Lorne Michaels texted Chase an invitation (‘you’re still a legend here’) to the season finale in May, the New Yorker thing seemed to have blown over. Then, he ran into Glover, who was doing a cameo in the finale.

“‘I never saw a guy turn white so fast,’ Chevy says.

“The line almost sounds like a throwaway, which it is, until you think about how odd it is for Chase to deliver it. He’s only weeks removed from a potential publicity disaster centered on race, and here he is, reentering the minefield with a reference to Glover’s skin color.

“Chase is a key piece of SNL’s history, whether establishing Weekend Update or pioneering the path from Studio 8H to Hollywood stardom. When asked what he thinks of the current show, he doesn’t hold back, delivering a foul-mouthed appraisal that’s as unforgiving as his critics. ‘First of all, between you and me and a lamppost, jeez, I don’t want to put down Lorne or the cast, but I’ll just say, maybe off the record, I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low. I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f------ believe it.’

“Maybe off the record? A microphone and digital recorder sit in front of him. He is reminded that SNL is immensely popular, with millions of viewers.

“‘That means a whole generation of shitheads laughs at the worst f------ humor in the world,’ he says. ‘You know what I mean? How could you dare give that generation worse shit than they already have in their lives? It just drives me nuts.’

“These days, Chase sits at home, waiting for a script to roll in. But his peers are thriving.

“Steve Martin, 73, writes musicals, records bluegrass music and tours. David Letterman, 71, travels to India and interviews world leaders on Netflix. Bill Murray, 67, meets a cellist on a plane, and suddenly he’s doing a spoken-word tour backed by a chamber group.

“Chase is eager to work. But these days, he’s more likely to be fielding another round of bad press than a promising pitch. The man who revolutionized television in the 1970s, serving as the first breakout star on NBC’s breakout program, Saturday Night, who made three of the best comedies of the 1980s — Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Fletch — and who as recently as 2012 earned raves for his turn on “Community,” wonders why he can’t get a break.

“He has a few theories. His disastrous late-night TV talk show on Fox in 1993, which lasted 29 episodes and earned an F grade from Entertainment Weekly. His move from Hollywood in the mid-’90s to a quiet town in New York to raise his three daughters with his wife, Jayni. Then the general thing that happens when you grow older in show business.

“‘They’re really more about the George Clooneys and people that age,’ he says. ‘I look pretty good for 74. I don’t know why I couldn’t do a Chevy Chase picture, but it just doesn’t happen.’

“Chase can be arrogant, unpredictable and mean. He is a masterful put-down artist. He can be blunt or tone-deaf, depending on what he fesses up to, and he doesn’t always seem to understand the fine line between comic provocation and publicity disaster.

“But Chase can also be hilarious, sensitive and surprisingly supportive. Sometimes, he’s all of these things at once.

“At his home, standing in the kitchen, he’s asked about his reputation as he fixes a cup of coffee. Chase seems to be listening intently until you realize he’s doing a sight gag with the top of the milk carton, twisting the cap over-and-over again until you notice it won’t tighten, all with a blank stare worthy of Harpo Marx.

“Then he pauses and reflects on his life.

“‘I’ve already done what I’ve done. I can’t change anything. And I’m old. I don’t have to worry about what I did anymore. I know who I am. People know who I am who know me. And I’m proud to be who I am. Because I care about people, I care about feelings. I care about warmth, love. It’s everything.’

SNL is a particular minefield in the universe of make nice.

“When was it last funny?

“‘I’d have to say, that after the first two years, it went downhill,’ Chase says. ‘Why am I saying that? Because I was in it? I guess. That’s a horrible thing to say. But certainly I never had more fun. I really loved it and enjoyed it. I didn’t see the same fun thing happening to the cast the next year.’

“But what about Will Ferrell doing George W. Bush?

“‘Just not funny. Makes $25 million a picture.’

“Tina Fey?

“‘I liked Tina. I didn’t see what all the folderol was about. She was good.’

“How about Kristen Wiig?

“‘I liked her a lot. She had two things going for her. She had clear-cut chops, and she was pretty, too. But what happened to her? Where did she go?’

“Eddie Murphy?

“‘I thought Eddie Murphy was funny. Gumby. I found that funny and people loved that. . . . Stevie Wonder, he did well. [Pause.] It’s not that hard, for Christ’s sake. Your skin’s the same color. You just put on some sunglasses and do this.’

“He is effusive in his praise of Gilda Radner and Dan Aykroyd, whom he calls the ‘funniest guy on the show, almost the leader,’ and also singles out former cast member Dana Carvey.

“Carvey, who arrived at SNL a full decade after Chase’s exit, even remembers getting a call from Chase after his prime-time variety show fizzled in 1996.

“‘He was the only person who left a voice mail,’ Carvey says. ‘And I hadn’t seen him in years. Saying you’re great, you’re brilliant, you will work. He gave me a pep talk out of the blue in a very sweet way.’

“Emily, 29, the youngest of his three daughters, is in the kitchen, working on a laptop. Like all Chases, she listens to her father talking to a reporter and grows worried. He peppers his stories with what most celebrities save for their memoirs or just never mention. About this guy being a bully, that one having no talent. Sometimes, Chase will check himself. You’re not going to print that? he’ll say, but then he’ll delivers a distinctively Chasian laugh, a slightly throatier version of Clark Griswold’s cackle, and wave his hand in the air. Oh, it doesn’t matter. You’re just going to write what you want.

“Jayni Chase, his wife of 36 years, thinks the difficult childhood is an important piece of understanding Chase. It drives how he treats people, and also how he responds when he feels attacked or ignored. The pain he’s felt from being hurt over the years — by friends who don’t call, by former collaborators who blast him, by Will Ferrell quotes — has made him grow more cynical and critical.

“‘Chevy is an abused kid,’ Jayni says. ‘One of the things that most of us have is, we know that our moms loved us, and some of us are lucky enough to be able to say that our fathers also loved us . . . there’s layers of lucky and grateful, and things that give you a good start in life, and a foundation and self-confidence, and give you a capacity to live without fear. And Chevy doesn’t have those things.’

“Six summers ago, at his daughter Cydney’s wedding, Chase turned to Lorne Michaels and told him he was ready. He hadn’t been back to host since 1997. It was time.

“‘He said no,’ Chase recounts. ‘“Come on, Lorne.” “No.” “Why?” “You’re too old.”I said, “And Helen Mirren’s pretty and young?” I didn’t get it. You’re too old? We’d had many people older than me hosting. What did he mean? I’ve never understood what he meant. Because I’d be very good, and it would be fun for an audience to see me doing that.’

“It clearly stings. It’s why he’s bringing it up six years later to a reporter he’s just met.

“Chase had all the tools. He could play piano and drums, and in college, at Bard, had been in a band with a pair of classmates, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, who would go on to form Steely Dan. He could do physical comedy, voices and improvisation. He was a completely different kind of TV star, not interested in stand-up, drawn instead to the slapstick genius of Chaplin, the subversive absurdity of Ernie Kovacs and the comic poetry of Charles Marion Russell. And boy, was he good-looking.

“Still, there were tensions even before Chase left SNL. Belushi, in particular, grew frustrated with all the attention directed at Chase. And when he actually decided to go, there was no sheet cake.

“Time didn’t heal those conflicts. When Chase returned to host two years later, feelings were so raw, he actually got into a fistfight backstage with Bill Murray, the cast member who had replaced him.

Michaels has his own idea why Chase’s image has suffered over the years.

“‘Chevy does shock stuff, which is maybe more forgivable in a 25-year-old or 30-year-old than in a 50-year-old or 60-year -old,’ he says.

“There was a moment, not long ago, that Chase made a proper but short-lived comeback. He signed on to do NBC’s Community in 2009. At the time, he said that he was semiretired but that he had been blown away by creator Dan Harmon’s writing. In the show, which also featured Glover, Joel McHale and Alison Brie, Chase was cast as Pierce Hawthorne, an aging millionaire with a nasty streak and an insecurity complex the size of Pittsburgh.

“Critics praised Chase’s return (‘farcically loopy and delightful’) and he seemed thrilled, in interviews, to have agreed to the gig. Then came the Season 3 wrap party.

“There had been tension behind the scenes. Chase felt worn out, frustrated by Harmon’s lack of organization, which created long waits on the set and constant changes to the scripts. He had begun to dislike his character. Harmon didn’t appreciate the pushback. At the party, he led a shout of ‘f--- you, Chevy’ to, as he states in an email, ‘let the cast and crew know how much I valued their patience and professionalism.’ At that point, Chase, Jayni and their daughter, Caley, left the party.

“Back home, Chevy left Harmon an angry voice mail, criticizing him for embarrassing him in front of his family and calling the show ‘just a mediocre f------ sitcom. I want people to laugh, and this isn’t funny.’

“What happened next would be just the latest example of a pattern Caley had watched play out over the years. When somebody is hurt by her father, ‘they run away and tell other people what an asshole he is’ or ‘they immediately call the Hollywood Reporter or TMZ.’

“Harmon’s response to the voice mail was bizarre for somebody in charge of a successful sitcom. He played it out loud to a crowd at a small theater. Somebody taped it, Chase’s rant went viral, and Gawker had another anecdote.

“There would be other problems on Community, an incident when Chase dropping the N word at a read to, he said, explain why he felt his character was too racist. (He says a legal agreement with NBC keeps him from saying more about it.) By now, Caley, who was living with her father, watched a glass of wine become a bottle, and then the wine turn to vodka. She stopped talking to her father until his doctors told her he had alcohol cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart muscles from drinking.

“When rehab failed, Jayni wrote him a note that read, in part, ‘I do not want to divorce you, but I can’t watch you hurt yourself anymore.’ But she admits she couldn’t leave.

“Finally, about 18 months ago, for reasons Chase can’t necessarily explain, he walked out on the porch, took a final swig from his vodka bottle and decided to quit.

“He no longer wants to be semiretired, which is why he went to New Orleans last year to make The Last Laugh, a Netflix film scheduled to come out next year. In it, he plays an aging manager desperate not to retire who pushes Richard Dreyfuss, a long retired comic, back on the road.

“As soon as Chase arrived on set, director Greg Pritikin took him aside.

“‘He said, ‘you know, I was very nervous, because you have a reputation,’ Chase says. ‘I said, “I can’t believe that.’”

This article has been condensed.


Per TVLine, “Zane Specter Litt experienced another shake-up among its ranks during Suits‘ midseason finale on Wednesday.

“Faced with a potential civil war within the firm, Donna convinced everyone to accept Louis — who had just found out that he’s going to be a father — as managing partner. The new boss’ first order of business? Making both Alex and Samantha name partner to keep the battle from tearing the firm apart.

“Below, showrunner Aaron Korsh previews Louis’ reign as managing partner and Season 8B’s more personal storylines for a couple of the show’s leading ladies:

Louis has wanted, in the past, to be managing partner. Now he has the position, but it comes at a time when his focus is on fatherhood. How much is he going to embrace the job?
Just when he makes the decision to take a step back from work and be willing to step down when he finds out he’s going to have a baby, Donna comes to him and says he needs to take over. I love the irony of that in the finale. But once he agrees to take the job, he’s going to have to deal with: What’s his first day going to be like? He’s nervous. He’s going to want to do a good job. We pick up, as we usually do, right after, so the baby isn’t going to come for another nine months. He doesn’t necessarily have too many conflicts in terms of raising the baby right at the moment. So his focus is more on: What’s he going to be like as managing partner? … Sometimes when you’re given the opportunity to take the wheel, all of a sudden, the responsibility of it and the weight of it can hit you. That’s part of what’s going to be happening with Louis. He didn’t want this thing for a while, and now that he has it, he might even be a little afraid of it — or at least afraid of failing at it.

So he’s not going to let it go to his head?
Well, plus, he also might let it go to his head. [Laughs] It’s all of those things.

What does the firm look like under Louis’ control? Do other people accept his authority?
There’s definitely going to be a process of people accepting his leadership. It started in [Episode] 810. In the end, Harvey does accept it. But in life and definitely in Suits, it’s always like a “two steps forward, one step backwards” situation. At least the first two episodes [of Season 8B] are very much focusing on people’s acceptance of it, and that is including Harvey, Zane [and] Donna.

Donna and Louis have some sort of working-out to do, because in a sense, Donna is the one that engineered this thing. So Donna feels somewhat responsible for putting Louis in charge, and therefore, like Louis, feels a burden of responsibility to make sure it goes well. It might be the first time we see Donna overreacting to that feeling of responsibility. She’s joking with Harvey at the end of [Episode] 10 about being the real managing partner, but part of her really does feel responsible for putting Louis in there and doesn’t want him to mess up, and maybe isn’t giving him enough [of a] chance to find his way.

Who has the most difficult time accepting Louis as managing partner? Who does Louis butt heads with most?
I don’t think I have to answer that question, Vlada. I think you know the answer to that question. His name is Harvey Reginald Specter. [Laughs] [Episode] 811, honestly, it’s as much Donna as it is Harvey. It’s probably a little bit more Harvey, but it is Donna. But then in [Episode] 812, it really, again, is Harvey and Louis, and it’s got some good classic Harvey and Louis stuff, but with a twist, because Louis is the one who’s managing partner.

Are Alex and Samantha truly OK with this arrangement where they both become name partner? Or will we see more tension between them next season?
Very little bit of tension between them. I really liked the way Katherine Heigl played the moment when she accepts Alex and says, “It’s your call, partner.” But she was clearly struggling with it, which I liked. I saw her vulnerability, but I felt like she was, in good faith, accepting it. There’s a very small amount of adjustment period. She’s actually, surprisingly, in [Episode] 811, going to have a problem with someone else in the firm that is not Alex. But they will make it through it in the end and end up being closer. And then in [Episode] 812, Alex and Samantha have another story that does not focus on them being at odds over the name stuff. It just deepens their relationship a little bit more.

Last time we talked, you said the back half of the season is when you get more into the personal lives of the characters. Anything you can share on that front?
We will continue the Katrina/Brian dance that we’ve been doing. The big thing is, we will be delving a little more into Donna’s personal life in the back six [episodes].

Burning question: Is Harvey still seeing Louis’ therapist?
[Laughs] The short answer is no, not in my mind. It’s possible that, in the future, we could reveal that he has been, or separately, that he does [see him]. We have talked about him calling Lipschitz up again for something that he needs help with. But as of right now, through at least the first two [episodes of Season 8B], we do not have him going to see Lipschitz.”


From The Hollywood Reporter: “When Whitney Port got the call to join the Hills reboot, she had mixed feelings.

"‘Initially, I was scared. I had reservations at first because I have a family now and more to protect than when I was 25 years old,’ she told The Hollywood Reporter at the launch party for Koia's Fruit Infusions, which she hosted last week in New York. ‘I really had to think about it.’

“But, after a handful of conversations about the project with friends and family, Port — who has a 13-month-old son, Sonny, with her TV producer husband, Tim Rosenman — decided to ‘take a risk’ by signing on to MTV's revival of the beloved reality series. 

"‘With the biggest risks come the biggest rewards. The Hills was such an amazing experience the first time around, so after giving it some thought, I figured it would be a cool new beginning for me,’ she said of show's next installment, aptly titled The Hills: New Beginnings. ‘I'm nervous, but also excited.’

“The reboot, which was announced during the MTV Music Video Awards on Aug. 20, will follow original castmembers, their significant others, children and friends living and working in Los Angeles. Hours before the show's first teaser aired, Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt, Audrina Patridge, Jason Wahler, Frankie Delgado, Justin Bobby Brescia and Stephanie Pratt reunited on the VMAs red carpet at NYC's Radio City Music Hall. Port couldn't make it to the reunion, but later confirmed on Instagram that she would also be starring in New Beginnings. Brody Jenner has also signed on following a nearly monthlong negotiation with MTV, THR revealed last week.

“Series lead Lauren Conrad was noticeably absent, as was her eventual replacement, Kristin Cavallari. While Cavallari's E! docuseries, Very Cavallari, has likely prevented her from participating in New Beginnings, Conrad seemingly has no other reality TV commitments. However, a source previously confirmed to THR that the fashion designer will not be involved in the reboot.

"‘I get it. We're all at different points in our lives. Most of us have young families and everybody needs to protect their families in the way they feel is right,’ Port said of Conrad, who has a 14-month-old son, Liam, with husband William Tell. ‘I don't judge Lauren for not wanting to do it.’

“Still, Port hasn't given up hope that Conrad — her former Teen Vogue co-worker and fashion closet confidant — might reconsider down the road. ‘I have tried to convince Lauren through people. I haven't gotten directly to her, but I recently spoke to one of her friends and I was like, “Tell her to do it!"‘ Port said. ‘Who knows? Maybe she'll say yes in the future. I feel like the door's always open.’

“Aside from Conrad and Cavallari's absence on New Beginnings, Port anticipates major changes when the Hills reboot starts filming next month. ‘It's going to be a lot different,’ she told THR.

“The original series, which ended in 2010, was known for its cinematic production and carefully crafted storylines. On the series finale, Cavallari and Jenner's tearful breakup ended with a camera panning away to reveal that the scene was filmed on a set, in front of a backdrop made to resemble L.A.'s palm tree-lined streets, complete with a faux Hollywood sign nestled behind the pair. Many considered this to be MTV's not-so-subtle wink at viewers' No. 1 burning question throughout The Hills' six-season run: Was the drama real or fake?

“Port envisions a much more authentic version of the show with New Beginnings. ‘There isn't a need to create storylines this time around, honestly. There's enough going on in our lives at the moment that they're not going to have to make anything up,’ she said. ‘What's cool about the reboot is it's going to be a slice-of-life type of show.’

“Port — who also starred in her own Hills spin-off, The City, for two seasons from 2008 to 2010 — elaborated: ‘I don't necessarily think that it's going to be what it was like — soap opera-style. MTV wants to show what's actually happening in everyone's lives: being new parents, balancing parenting and having jobs, and the daily struggles that we all have as older people.’

“Although there will be no more nights out at Les Deux, Port said there will be a good amount of interaction between herself, Speidi and the rest of the gang. ‘I think they're probably going to show everybody's individual lives and also how they intersect,’ she said. ‘We're all friends.’

“Asked about speculation that MTV is bringing in new faces to represent a younger generation on the reboot, Port said the network has her support. ‘I feel like it's a new era and there's only so many of us that are doing the show,’ she said. ‘So I totally support bringing in some new peeps to make things interesting.’

“Port also noted that there's a ‘good chance’ that the fourth wall might be broken on New Beginnings. In an effort to make the cast appear more relatable, producers of The Hills once refused to acknowledge Port and her peers' quick rise to fame as The Hills, an offshoot of Laguna Beach, transformed into a pop culture phenomenon. Now, nearly 10 years after the show wrapped, making paid appearances at events — like Port's recent gig with Koia — are a vital part of the Hills crew's livelihood.  

"‘This is my real life. I'm a mom and I work with brands to help spread the word about healthy things that can make other moms' lives easier. So, I want The Hills to show that kind of stuff,’ said Port, who is also thrilled to introduce a new side of herself. ‘I was so young and I think that The Hills showed a really naive, innocent side of me. I'm not that person anymore. I'm 33 years old, I've been through some stuff — both good and bad — and I'm a lot stronger.’

“The Hills: New Beginnings is expected to premiere in 2019.”


Per People, “As she continues to stand by her husband, CBS’s former CEO Leslie ‘Les’ Moonves, amid his sexual misconduct scandal, Julie Chen‘s future as the host of Big Brother is up in the air.

“‘[Julie] has always been very hands-on as the host,’ a source close to the the network’s reality competition show tells People. ‘She knows everyone’s name on the crew, and she is very involved. She’s been doing this show for 18 years; she’s the face of Big Brother. A lot of the crew members are millennials who grew up watching her, and she has been so great to them. She’s very approachable, and she really cares about making the show as good as possible.’

“‘The last few weeks have been different, though,”' the source adds. ‘She comes in, does what she has to do, and leaves. She doesn’t make small talk; she doesn’t talk to the crew. She comes in, does her job, and leaves. It’s clear you can’t approach her. If she’s not on camera, she’s either on her phone or she retreats to her room. It’s like a different host. It’s not that other people can’t host a show like this, but I don’t know how you get someone who cares as much as she does. It feels like she’s totally checked out of Big Brother, which makes everyone nervous.’

“Reps for Chen and Big Brother did not immediately return People’s requests for comment.

“Last week, Chen, 48, returned to CBS to host Big Brother and sent a subtle message of solidarity to her husband as she signed off from the show, looking at the camera and saying, ‘I’m Julie Chen Moonves. Goodnight.’

“It was the first time that she has used the last name Moonves on the show — and it came just days after her husband was fired after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment.

“Moonves, 68, has admitted to acting inappropriately in the past but said he has always ‘understood and respected — and abided by the principle — that “no” means “no,”’ and never misused his ‘position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.’

“A[n] insider close to the Big Brother production previously told People, “Everyone knows that it’s a big “f— you” to CBS that she did it, because she never, ever refers to herself as anything but Julie Chen.’

“‘It’s sort of perfect when you think about it,’ the insider continued. ‘The casual viewer probably didn’t even notice, but I promise you that the network did. They were watching every single second of the show to see if she would do anything. They must have been breathing a sigh of relief because the show was almost over, and then that happened!’

“Chen announced her decision to leave CBS’s daytime series The Talk on Tuesday, saying ‘Right now I need to spend more time at home with my husband and our young son.’

“While Che continues her hosting duties at the Big Brother house for the time being, her passion for the show and the competition has not seemed the same, according to the first source.

“‘She always used to be involved in every part of it,’ the source says. ‘She wanted to make sure that the show didn’t get stale. She doesn’t give any input now, and hasn’t for a lot of the season. It’s “Stand there, look at the camera, say your lines, go home.”’

“‘She’s a complete professional, but she’s just not as hands-on as she used to be,’ the source adds. ‘It’s very different. It really does feel like she’s done. This season is almost over, but we don’t know anything about what will happen next season, and it’s making us all very nervous. It’s all we talk about.’

“Chen and Moonves married in 2004 and share 8-year-old son Charlie.”


Per Deadline, “Condé Nast has formed a Women’s Video Network, which will be anchored by Glamour, in an effort to showcase the media company’s strong female audience.

“The network will feature a pre-release of network programming that will be featured at next spring’s NewFront presentation. Allure, Self and Iris are also included in the new network.

“The video efforts overall at Condé Nast are in a transitional phase after the exit of Dawn Ostroff. In June, the veteran former TV exec, who served as entertainment president since 2011, announced she was leaving for a senior content role at Spotify.

“Glamour, whose video franchises include You Sang My Song, In 2 Minutes and Evolution, plan to add five new series by year-end, including one hosted by Kylie Jenner. The brand has posted 230% global growth in views on YouTube this year as of August, boosting subscriptions on YouTube by 154%.

“‘Condé Nast reaches one out of two millennial women in the United States, and we’ve created a new Women’s Video Network to make it easier for advertisers to leverage our influence with our next gen audience at a critical time in the purchase decision journey,’ said Pamela Drucker Mann, chief revenue and marketing officer of Condé Nast.

“In addition to original series, Glamour plans extensive coverage of its Women of the Year Awards and Summit in November. Last year’s video coverage of the annual event drew 75.6 million global total views.”