Tuesday January 29, 2019

In the event you care more about the Super Bowl commercials than the game itself, here is a every spot that has dropped before the big game.

IFC has canceled Stan Against Evil.

“Singapore is amazing. It’s got the lights, the buildings.” -Colton Underwood Eloquent!

For the record, Marina Del Rey isn’t THAT far from West Hollywood. The clowns on Vanderpump Rules would have you believe otherwise. More on these dolts below.

Amazon has given a pilot order to Half-Empty, the comedy from co-writer and star Cazzie David, the streamer announced on Monday. David stars as a sardonic college student whose overactive imagination leads to catastrophic thinking and an endless chain of social disasters. David, daughter of comedian Larry David, penned the script for the pilot alongside Elisa Kalani, with whom she previously collaborated on the web series Eighty-Sixed.”

Syfy has acquired the rights to develop a Chucky TV series. It will allegedly focus on the character at the center of the Child’s Play film series, Charles Lee Ray.

Kal Penn and Michael Schur are teaming up. I like the potential outcome here.

“We know you love Atlanta, and we know you want Season 3 to hurry up and materialize. Zazie Beetz knows it, too, but unfortunately she doesn’t have much information on when to expect it — other than to say that, ideally, they would already be filming. The actress, who’s at Sundance with Wounds, visited the IndieWire Studio presented by Dropbox alongside her castmate Armie Hammer; while there, she told IndieWire’s Christian Blauvelt what she knows about the acclaimed comedy’s return date. ‘Ideally we would be shooting now; that’s not happening,’ she said with a laugh. ‘Everybody’s schedules are sort of all over the place — they’re hoping for spring sometime, but no dates. Everybody’s busy,’ she added, ‘and Donald [Glover] had his tour in the fall, and that doesn’t lend itself to time for scriptwriting. I know that they have a couple of episodes together, but I don’t have any real information.’ Hammer then interjected, ‘Get your shit together, Donald! We’re waiting.’”

Freeform is in development on a dramedy inspired by the life of Ericka Suzanne, the daughter of Elaine Brown, who was the first female leader of the Black Panther Party. Written and executive produced by Insecure EP Dayna Lynne North, Party Girls, a single-camera half-hour, has a script-to-series commitment from the network. Laurence Fishburne will also serve as executive producer on the project via his Cinema Gypsy Productions banner. Set in Oakland, California in the 1970s, Party Girls follows Ericka’s attempt to survive her adolescence as her mother rises in the Black Panther Party. The potential series is said to explore an unconventional mother-daughter relationship, balancing the stakes of the movement with the humor inherent in coming-of-age, and asking the question how do you rebel when your mom is leading a rebellion.”

Donald Trump will brave an interview with CBS on Super Bowl Sunday, after bailing on the tradition last year when he could not strike a deal with NBC News. Trump will sit down for a rare interview non-Fox News interview, appearing on CBS’s Sunday Beltway show Face the Nation. He will be interviewed by program host Margaret Brennan on Sunday, February 3, some of which will be saved to air later in the day, in game walk-up programming. Unlike the POTUS pre-game tradition started by President Barack Obama, Trump’s Pre-Bowl sit-down will not be live.”


Per Deadline, “CNBC is focusing on real estate as a programming growth area, with three new original series on that theme joining the primetime lineup in May.

“The business network made the announcement during NBCUniversal’s day of cable network presentations at TCA winter press tour.

“Listing Impossible follows superstar real estate agent Aaron Kirman and his team as they work to sell multi-million dollar estates that have languished on the market. Cash Pad (working title) is a home renovation series in which Bachelorette couple-turned-home flippers JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers transform ordinary homes and apartments into lucrative short-term rental properties. Five Day Business Flip(working title) features a husband-and-wife design duo who remodel small businesses by creating additional money-making operations for them and do it all in five days.

“‘Whether it’s investing or building or selling, real estate remains one of the best and fastest ways to build wealth,’ said Jim Ackerman EVP, Primetime Alternative Programming, CNBC. ‘These new shows and our returning series, The Deed: Chicago, are a perfect fit for our primetime slate.’

“In addition, Simonsen Says (working title), featuring one of Douglas Elliman’s top real estate brokers Lisa Simonsen, has been added to the network’s development slate. And The Deed: Chicago, which follows real estate mogul Sean Conlon as he comes to the aid of struggling property investors, also returns for a second season.

Below are more details from the network’s release:


Listing Impossible: Superstar L.A. real estate agent Aaron Kirman and his team specialize in selling extravagant, multi-million dollar properties that have been languishing on the market. To succeed, they must convince stubborn homeowners to follow their plan. Produced by Authentic Entertainment, a division of Endemol Shine North America, with David Tibballs, Helga Eike, and Sara Reddy as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Luke Bauer are the executive producers for CNBC.

Cash Pad (working title): Former stars of The Bachelorette and serious house flippers, JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rogers, partner with homeowners hoping to turn their properties into ideal short-term rentals. JoJo and Jordan will transform these ordinary spaces with unrealized potential into profitable vacation-rental hot spots. Produced by Electus with Chris Grant, Drew Buckley, Tim Puntillo, Craig Plestis and Ming Lee Howell as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Marshall Eisen are the executive producers for CNBC.

Five Day Business Flip (working title)
Husband and wife team Chrissy and Erik Kopplin re-think, re-design, and renovate small businesses in just five days by creating additional revenue streams for them. They rely on years of high-end retail design experience and construction know-how to create simple fixes with tangible results. Produced by Turn Card Content with Audra Smith, Courtney Smith, and Karin Jarlstedt as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Marshall Eisen are the executive producers for CNBC.”


Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Robin Thede is returning to television.

“Six months after BET canceled her late-night talker The Rundown With Robin Thede, the host and comedian has been tapped to topline A Black Lady Sketch Show for HBO.

“The half-hour sketch comedy — featuring, as its name implies, black women — has been picked up straight to series. An episode count and premiere date have not been determined.

“Thede created the series and will star, write and executive produce the project alongside Issa Rae and her HBO-based Issa Rae Productions banner. The series will feature narrative sketches performed by a core cast of black women — including Thede — as well as celebrity guests. It is considered the first sketch comedy in TV history to be written by, directed by and starring an array of black women.

“Lauren Ashley Smith will serve as head writer and co-exec producer on Black Lady Sketch Show, reuniting with Thede. Smith previously served as head writer on BET's one-and-done effort The Rundown. Her credits include Bravo's Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen and VH1's Best Week Ever.

“Black Lady Sketch Show brings Thede back to television after BET canceled the Chris Rock-produced The Rundown after one season. The weekly talk show — which included sketch segments and short documentary pieces — ended after its initial 24-episode order. At the time of the cancellation, BET — which is under new leadership — expressed hope in working with Thede again. The 30-minute topical satire show was hosted by the former Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore head writer and contributor. Never a ratings breakout, Thede generated a small but loyal following and became a critical favorite. Days after BET's cancellation, she hosted the Television Critics Association's annual awards show, which received favorable feedback from critics. The Rundown was universally praised and boasts a rare 100 percent fresh rating among critics on RottenTomatoes.

“Thede, who also was the first African-American woman to serve as head writer for a late-night series and for the White House Correspondents Dinner, is currently developing a scripted project for ABC.

“The sketch show extends Rae's relationship with HBO, where she stars on and exec produces Insecure. It is the latest project to stem from her overall deal with the premium cabler. She is repped by UTA, 3 Arts and John V. Meigis Jr.

“A Black Lady Sketch Show is the latest series to come from indie studio Jax Media. The company previously produced The Rundown and scripted offerings including Younger, Broad City, Search Party, The Conners and Netflix's upcoming Russian Doll.

“For HBO, the series arrives as the premium cabler is under a mandate to do more under its new corporate owners. The network boasts a late-night stable that also includes shows hosted by John Oliver and Bill Maher.”


Per The New York Post, “[t]he big reveal of TomTom is finally here on Monday night’s Vanderpump Rules episode, and Page Six got an exclusive tour with the men behind the bar.

“Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval showed us around their West Hollywood restaurant with Lisa Vanderpump and stopped to point out all of their favorite details.

“Schwartz pointed out that their garden bar was a parking lot before Vanderpump developed the restaurant, while Sandoval revealed that there’s a chandelier in the main bar that can magnify any photos they put inside.

“‘We get tons of people from Australia, from Saudi Arabia, like all over the world, every single night, they literally come here,’ Sandoval told us. ‘They’re like, “We’re going to the US. We’re going to stop by LA, and if we’re going to LA, we’re going to go to the Griffith Observatory, Runyon Canyon and SUR and TomTom.”’

“‘Every single night I come in, and I’m not exaggerating, I’ve talked to people who are like, “We got off the plane and we came straight here. We went to our hotel and this was our first stop,”’ Schwartz added.

“‘I have a lot of pride in this place,’ Sandoval chimed in. ‘I want to represent it properly by being here and showing up.’

“‘We just got our foot in the door,’ Schwartz said. ‘So we’re excited. We’ve got a lot of vigor and we’re ready to rock and roll!’

“The restaurant opened this fall.”

The only thing I take from that article is that stupidity is universal.


From EW: “Netflix is often accused of valuing quantity over quality when it comes to selecting its content.

“But according to new study, it’s streaming rival Amazon Prime that’s really serving up mass quantities of cinematic junk food.

“Aptly-named tech site Streaming Observer made a list of all the movies on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and HBO Now and cross-referenced the films with their Rotten Tomatoes scores.

“Among the findings: Amazon Prime currently has a whopping 17,461 movies in its library, which is four times as many as Netflix (3,839) and far more than Hulu (2,336) and HBO (815).

“But here’s the rub: Netflix had the most number of movies that were ‘Certified Fresh’ by Rotten Tomatoes (where 75 percent or more reviews of a film are positive). Netflix had 596 Certified Fresh titles, such as current offerings like Black PantherPulp Fiction, and The Dark Knight. Amazon had only 232 acclaimed movies — just 1.3 percent of its library. Hulu had 223 and HBO Now had a mere 38.

“Still, for Amazon subscribers, a selection of 17,461 films is extremely impressive (befitting of a company with the tagline ‘Earth’s Biggest Selection’), while HBO’s value proposition on the movie side is that the network frequently lands major recently released titles before anybody else.”


USA Network continues to restock its slate of scripted originals.

“With both Mr. Robot and Suits [sigh] ending this year, the NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a series order to the cheerleading drama Dare Me. The news comes days after USA picked up Briarpatch, a drama series starring Rosario Dawson and produced by Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. Meanwhile, the fourth and final pilot from the cabler's April crop — Denis Leary starrer Erase — has been passed over.

“Dare Me, based on the Megan Abbott novel, explores the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading. It follows the fraught relationship between two best friends (Herizen Guardiola and Marlo Kelly) after a new coach (Willa Fitzgerald) arrives to bring their team to prominence. While the girls’ friendship is put to the test, their young lives are changed forever when a shocking crime rocks their quiet suburban world. The project is considered a coming-of-age/small-town drama/murder mystery mix.

“Abbott serves as a writer and executive producer alongside Gina Fattore (Dawson's Creek, Gilmore Girls). The series is exec produced by Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights) and former HBO head of originals Michael Lombardo's Film 44 banner. Sarah Condon and Karen Rosenfelt also exec produce. Netflix has boarded the series as a co-producer alongside Universal Cable Productions. The streamer will have first-run rights to the series outside of the U.S.

“Dare Me becomes the latest series to secure co-financing from Netflix. Many networks, including USA corporate sibling Syfy, have been looking to the deep-pocketed streamer to help offset costs with producing pricey dramas.

"‘Megan Abbott’s voice brings a fresh perspective to USA Network, with a gripping, female-focused story that combines the ultra-competitive world of high school cheerleading with the secrets of a seemingly-perfect small American town,’ USA and Syfy president Chris McCumber said Monday in a statement. 

“Dare Me is the third drama from USA's April pilot crop to secure a series order. It joins the Bourne prequel Treadstone and Briarpatch. Those arrive at a turning point for USA Network, which this year will say farewell to the critical darling Mr. Robot and SuitsThe latter was the last of the cabler's former "Blue Skies"-branded programming of upbeat procedurals. With the breakout success of Mr. Robot, USA shifted to darker and edgier fare. With both shows ending this year, the cable network will need to launch new hits to join returning series Queen of the South and The Purge. USA will next introduce the Suits spinoff Pearson. Still to be determined is the fate of fellow anthology The Sinner, though it is expected to return.  

“For leading lady Fitzgerald, the role brings the actress back to USA Network after a role on Royal Pains. Her credits include MTV's Scream series and Gotham

“A premiere date and episode count for Dare Me have yet to be determined.”