Watch the Netflix Frye documentary first, then Hulu. More below.
Hulu has canceled The First.
Check out Sebastian Manaicalo’s new Netflix stand up special if you like to laugh.
Really happy to have Crashing back.
I’m all in on Showtime’s Black Monday, more below.
Also really enjoying this season of True Detective. I think it’s the best of the series thus far.
And here is a way to navigate between the show’s three timelines, if you need it.
A new season of Celebrity Big Brother begins tonight. If this doesn’t reel you in. . . “So when asked by EW what misconception about himself that Ricky Williams was looking to dispel while competing on Celebrity Big Brother (which premieres Jan. 21 on CBS), the former running back did not hesitate. ‘I think a big misconception towards the latter half of my career is that I am a pothead,’ says Williams. ‘In the house there won’t be any pot, and so it will be a chance to show people who I really am outside of the rumors.’”
“Fox & Friends has apologized after briefly airing a graphic Monday suggesting that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is dead. The graphic, which flashed on the screen briefly following a commercial break ahead of Ainsley Earhardt’s report on campus culture, featured a photo of the Supreme Court Justice with the caption 1933-2019. The co-hosts later acknowledged the graphic and apologized for the error. ‘We don’t want to make it seem anything other than that was a mistake. It was an accident,’ co-host Steve Doocy said, saying it was a technical error in the control room. He added that their understanding is Ginsburg is at home still recovering from lung surgery. ‘We apologize, big mistake,’ added co-host Earhardt. A Fox News spokesperson confirmed it was an error by the graphics team in a statement to Deadline. ‘This was a technical error that emanated from the graphics team.’” Keep dreaming.
“After Netflix announced a price hike, the inevitable questions began, asking ‘How much is too much? The streaming giant last increased the cost of a subscription in October 2017, and its customer base continued to soar. This latest round of increases begins immediately for new subscribers and will be rolled out to existing customers over the next several months. To assess the potential for subscriber cancellations, independent news site Streaming Observer, which focuses on cord-cutting and streaming television, commissioned a survey of Netflix subscribers in the U.S. The purpose of the study was to ‘gauge [subscribers'] reaction to the latest round of price increases.’ Some of the findings might surprise you. Of those surveyed, 71% said they would maintain a Netflix subscription after the recent price increase. This compares favorably with the 27% that said they ‘might’ or ‘will definitely’ cancel. Breaking that down even further, only about 3% said they ‘will definitely cancel,’ while about 24% said they ‘might.’ Among those who plan to continue with Netflix, about 61% don't plan to make any changes, while 10% said they planned to downgrade to a lower-priced plan.”
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Before the premiere screening of Showtime’s new comedy Black Monday, co-creator Jordan Cahan acknowledged he and David Caspe had been working on the series for a very long time. With the series set to make its debut on the cable channel on Sunday, Jan. 20, Cahan dug out the duo’s first email about the project.
“‘[Caspe] wrote me: “Us laughing like idiots today about this Black Monday stupid shit got me really excited,”’ Cahan read. ‘‘I’m sure it’s impossible, but I can’t wait to try to put something that’s this insane on TV.’’
”The email was dated March 18, 2007.
”Black Monday, which stars Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall, kicks off on Oct. 19, 1987 — aka Black Monday, the day the stock market suffered its worst one-day loss (in percentage terms) in history. The series then backtracks to show how those events came to be.
”Despite the decade-long wait for the show to get picked up to pilot — Showtime ordered the first episode in 2017; it was picked up to series in 2018 — Caspe maintains not much changed from their original plan.
“‘It was not so much a huge redevelopment so much as waiting around for the right time for it to get made,’ he tells The Hollywood Reporter. ‘A big part of that was [executive producers] Seth [Rogen] and Evan [Goldberg] reading it and wanting to direct it, which was great. That brought it back to life. We worked on it for years, and it was just a process trying to get it to a place where everyone was ready to make it.’ (Both Caspe and Cahan worked steadily in the years between the initial thought and Black Monday eventually coming to fruition, including a collaboration on NBC's Marry Me.)
“Showtime CEO David Nevins acknowledges that Rogen and Goldberg brought a vital shift to the comedy. “I didn’t want to makeWolf of Wall Street,” he says. ‘Seth and Evan came at it withThe Bad News Bearsof Wall Street, and that pushed it over the top. I always knew it was very funny. I’m really excited to be putting on a comedy. This show is really funny, it’s really fast. This is the kind of comedy I love.’
“Rogen and Goldberg, whose television production roster also includes AMC’sPreacher, Hulu’sFuture Man and the upcoming Amazon Prime seriesThe Boys, gravitated towardBlack Monday ‘because there’s a trend in comedy right now to be a little more serious at times,’ Goldberg told reporters. ‘People like that whole package. A bit ago it was more about the comedy itself. Now you can kind of do both.’
“And when it comes to figuring out what show to get behind, ‘mostly, it’s would we watch it?’ Rogen added. ‘And in a slightly sadder sense, would we be jealous of [someone else making it]? I’m not as proud to admit that, but it fuels a lot of our decisions.’
“The duo’s call to sign on ended up putting another piece of the puzzle in place: Nevins credits Rogen with suggesting Cheadle for Maurice, the head of Wall Street firm The Jammer Group, who is equally outrageous, manipulative and good at his job.
“Cheadle had previously spent five seasons on Showtime’s House of Lies, portraying an outlandish management consultant. He was connected to the team by Nevins. ‘It always depends on the material,’ he says of re-teaming with the cable channel. ‘What it’s going to be and how it’s going to be put together? Who is involved? Once all of the pieces were together, there was no ‘no.”’
”Though there are some basic similarities between House of Lies’ Marty and Black Monday’s Mo, ‘If it was the same thing [I’d have paused],’ Cheadle said. ‘But this show is so much more extreme. Maurice is so much more insane than Marty was. The period, the music, the clothes — it’s really a different thing we’re diving into. As well as the story arc: It’s as much of a mystery and a whodunnit as a comedy. That’s interesting to me to see how it’s going to play out. That was exciting and fresh.’”
Per Rolling Stone, “Ciao, Broad City. After a brilliant and gut-busting run, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are heading into the final season of their groundbreaking Comedy Central show about two twentysomething BFFs living large in NYC, helping each other explore the worlds of pegging, FOMO and going to Whole Foods on drugs. Before it kicks off on January 24, the co-creators and stars singled out a few of their personal favorite episodes for Rolling Stone. Asked for five of their greatest hits, the broads chose eight. As Glazer explains, ‘I hope I lot of bands feel this way about their albums, but we couldn’t just pick five. They are all our fucking babies.’ Yas, queens:
Last Supper, Season One
Abbi and Ilana go out for a fancy birthday dinner that turns nasty when Ilana’s shellfish allergy sends her to the ER.
Jacobson: “Birthdays are very big on our show. When I carry Ilana out of the restaurant, that will forever be one of my favorite moments. We had a stunt double ready to carry her, but I could actually do it and I was so proud.”
Glazer: “Abbi’s storyline about the condom coming out of her in the bathroom — such a disgusting truth. I know a ton of fucking people who’ve gone through that and it’s gross and real and scary.”
Jacobson: “Ilana is like, ‘Don’t worry about it, bitch.’ But on the other hand, for me as a viewer, it’s comforting to see this really does happen to people — just one of those things. It’s not too too bad. It’s pretty bad, though.”
Susie Essman debuts as Ilana’s mom — they go shopping in Chinatown for counterfeit designer handbags while Abbi looks for the right strap-on dildo to use on the boy next door.
Glazer: “Adding Susie Essman to the Broad City world was so seamless and perfect. We had been thinking about Susie playing my mom since we were on fucking YouTube, for motherfucking sake! She’s so wonderful and she’s so strongly herself. She’s kind, warm, motherly — we want to fall into her bosom and just be comforted. Also Eliot Glazer — my brother plays my brother.”
Jacobson: “It was a new level of cultural relevance in talking about things like pegging [when a woman uses a strap-on with a guy]. We were like, ‘Oh my God, we got to a thing first!’”
Glazer: “The crux of that episode is the phone call between the girls, when Abbi asks Ilana about pegging. It’s so important to celebrate when your best friend gets a sexual opportunity or something they deserve. We need that, right? You need to see someone celebrate you who’s chosen family, born out of real chemistry and not necessarily family obligations.”
The Matrix, Season Two
Abbi and Ilana become worried about their dependence on technology, so they decide to kick the habit. They turn off their phones to spend a sunny day in the park.
Jacobson: “We had been talking so much about the addiction to the internet, our computers and screens, so finally we put it into an episode. The whole adventure on the rollerblades in Prospect Pack was such a shitshow — when I kicked that soccer ball, I really fell over in real life.”
Glazer: “I was in Prospect Park recently and I remembered how this episode was born — I went rollerblading alone and was gonna have a major crash, so I threw myself onto a field. This park ranger picked me up in a van full of teenagers, and I was like, ‘I’m a fucking idiot.’ I just love real life.”
St. Mark’s,”Season Two
The ladies celebrate Ilana’s 23rd birthday with a rambunctious night on NYC’s legendary St. Mark’s Place.
Glazer: “That block, St. Mark’s between Second and Third Ave, it’s an entire world unto its own. It’s one thing to shoot in some weird random neighborhood. But that is the craziest block.”
Jacobson: “This was our first shoot where we did four overnights in a row. We were trying to get as close as we could to watching something in real time. So there are a lot of one-er’s in this episode — very long takes, no cutting.”
Glazer: “There’s this elaborate chase scene where we’re chasing this kid, Leo Fitzpatrick, through kitchens and supermarkets, really exploring the underbelly of this one block of St. Mark’s, ending up in a townhouse where Patty Clarkson is yelling at him. It’s really beautiful and gritty and fucked up. And to shoot four nights in a row there — our whole crew bonded harder from that experience.”
Burning Bridges, Season Three
Ilana melts down after her split with Lincoln (Hannibal Buress) while Abbi tries to hide her hot new romance from her bestie.
Jacobson: “This episode is such a huge change for both characters. This is the first episode where Abbi was keeping something from Ilana, which was something we hadn’t really explored.”
Glazer: “The breakup with Lincoln is so pathetic and sad. But even though Ilana is so devastated, the biggest heartbreak is Abbi keeping the secret from her. Lincoln isn’t her primary relationship — Abbi is. At the end, the girls are in the tub sharing their unconditional love and it’s the best.”
Jacobson: “I love the Mrs. Doubtfire homage, sneaking back and forth at the restaurant. That was one of my favorite things I’ve ever gotten to do as an actor. It was my homage to Robin Williams — we stole that scene word for word.
Abbi and Ilana trip on ’shrooms in an episode full of psychedelic animation. And a non-animated dead cat.
Jacobson: “Mike Perry did the animation — he’s the artist who’s been doing our titles from day one, which is such a big part of the identity of Broad City. This was our way to incorporate Mike’s art, really immerse ourselves, and make an animated episode.”
Glazer: “Abbi gets scary in this one. I totally cringe and hide when she kills the cat. But no actual cats were harmed. Something I love about Broad City is that we honor things that are really human. Tripping is a basic human experience. We really honored it — we wrote out the phases and described what it means to take a real journey with your friend.”
Abbi finds her first gray hair and Ilana struggles to beat her post-election sexual dysfunction.
Jacobson: “This was our most pointed political episode, even more than having Hillary Clinton on the show. We had a hiatus from writing Season Four, and when we came back we just couldn’t stop talking about the 2016 election and how it affected us. We ended up reworking the season around that.”
Glazer: “This is Abbi’s directorial debut, so cinematic and gorgeous. And I love this concept of not being able to orgasm after Trump was elected. A lot of people have told me, ‘Girl, it’s so real to me’ and I’m like, ‘Girl, it’s real to me.’ Boys too. It’s scary when your government is out to get you.”
Florida, Season Four
Ilana’s grandma Esther dies in her Florida retirement community, so Abbi joins Ilana, Bobbi and Eliot on a mission to clean out her condo.
Glazer: “I love this fucking episode. It means a lot to me personally. My grandma Harriet had passed away the summer before we shot this at the condo, in the actual community where I grew up going with my family every year. Florida as a state really encompasses the whole country — it’s bipolar, it’s wacky, it is super-progressive, it is super-racist and misogynistic.”
Jacobson: “I had never been to that kind of place. We had a whole other cast of older actors in Florida. They’re used to sweating their asses off. We’re all running under the shade and gasping for breath and water and they’re all like, ‘Oh, this is normal.’”
Glazer: “It was also very interesting — some of the transportation crew also worked at Mar-a-Lago. I remember this one Latino guy was talking about how nice Trump was. We stupidly assumed he was anti-Trump because he was not a white guy. No, no, no — wake up, girl.”
Jacobson: “I love how the girls get the apartment. The two of us becoming old people in the community cracks me up, dancing with the other old people.”
Glazer: “As the director I felt like this episode is so quintessentially of the show, but it also looks and feels like a different show because it’s so much more beautiful. The grass is green, the sun is shining. There’s…”
Glazer: “Sprinklers and wildlife. While in New York it’s disgusting filth. So those are our favorite episodes. Did we miss any that you like?”
Rolling Stone: “Some shocking omissions, actually, as a fan. ‘Jews on a Plane?’”
Jacobson: “Oh my gosh — wow. That was one of the trickiest things we’ve ever done.”
Glazer: “We were going to shoot in Jerusalem, but we ended up doing it all in a hanger in L.A. Great guest stars — Seth Green, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kimberly Hill. We also got to explore the horror of tampons. Yeah, that one is so fucking good. What else?”
Rolling Stone: “I totally thought you’d pick ‘Fattest Asses’ from Season One.”
Jacobson: “Now you’re making me cry.”
Glazer: “It’s fun to see the girls try to get laid. And even in that moment, it’s all about the two friends. That’s exactly what we are going for. We’re so excited about the 10 new episodes. You will be digging what we are going to lay down. I really fucking love all 50 out of 50 episodes.”
From PEOPLE: “Before he secured his dream job, Andy Samberg had one important thing to do: chop the mop.
“‘It was always the thing that I was like, “Man, if I could do anything, it’d be that,”’ he says. ‘But to me it was like a little kid in Little League being like, ‘I want to be short stop for the Yankees!’ You’re like, “Oh great, so does everyone.”’
“When Samberg, 40, finally landed a meeting with creator Lorne Michaels, he couldn’t believe how seamlessly it went from there.
“‘I went in and had my meeting with Lorne and he was basically like, “So you think you can do this?” And I was like, “Yeah, I mean, I would try my hardest!”’ says Samberg. ‘He was like, “Okay, well we’re all going to get dinner after so you should come.” Then I walked out and all the people in his office were like, “So?” And I was like, “I don’t know what happened.” And they were like, “You got it!”’
“‘I was four years into working there and I still wasn’t sure I was on the show,’ he quips. ‘Maybe I just started showing up and they didn’t want to turn me away.’
“But Michaels did have one specific request.
“‘If you see pictures of me in the beginning of SNL, my hair was insane — and it was worse before I started,’ Samberg says with a laugh. ‘That was the cut-down, and Lorne did ask me in that meeting, “Would you be willing to cut your hair?” And I was like, “Yeah! I’ll shave my head. I’ll do whatever you want.”’”
“Ja Rule criticized a pair of new documentaries about the Fyre Festival, with the rapper accusing both films of unfairly blaming him for the disastrous fest.
“‘I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers,’ Ja Rule wrote in a series of tweets Sunday, days after Hulu unveiled their Fyre Fraud and Netflix dropped their Fyre documentary.
“‘I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???’
“As the Ringer noted earlier in the week, both documentaries bear ethical issues: Hulu paid an undetermined amount of money to organizer Billy McFarland in order to get an on-camera interview with the convicted fraudster, while Netflix’s documentary was co-produced by Jerry Media, the rebranded Fuck Jerry group that helped market the Fyre Festival.
“‘Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should’ve went to the Bahamian ppl Netflix PAID fuck Jerry the same guys that did the promo for the festival… The docs clearly have Billy at fault but let’s blame the rapper lmao ok…,’ Ja Rule noted.
“‘Because Billy was involved with BOTH he was trying to get them to pay him and Hulu bit… I heard they paid him somewhere btw 100 to 250 [thousand]… that money was supposed to go to the locals by LAW…’
“Ja Rule warned those saying he’s culpable, ‘I have receipts!!! I guess I’m on Fyre this week…’ The rapper also answered questions whether he profited at all from McFarland’s schemes:
I NEVER MADE OR GOT PAID ONE DOLLAR FROM FYRE... BUT EVERYONE ELSE DID!!!
Replying to @Ruleyork
Did you lose money?
I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!”