Monday January 7, 2019

The premiere of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly drew 1.9 million total viewers Thursday night, marking Lifetime’s best performance in more than two years in all key demos.

A new season of The Bachelor premieres tonight.

Ratings were down for last night’s Golden Globe awards.

Christain Bale thanked Satan. Not surprisingly, they weren’t too fond of this at F&F this morning.

Can people calm down about Bird Box? It was fine. FAR from anything revolutionary. Move on.


Here is HBO’s trailer for upcoming shows which includes GoT and Big Little Lies.

Deena Cortese welcomed a baby over the weekend. Mazel tov.

“Did you know there’s a new Looney Tunes series? Fittingly enough, it’s called The New Looney Tunes, and before you even ask: Yes, Axl Rose is doing a voice on it. Rose will be playing himself in an episode where Bugs Bunny et al. use the power of rock to destroy an asteroid. Bugs plays guitar (natch), Porky is on bass, while new Tunes Bigfoot and Squeaks the Squirrel provide percussion. Wile E. Coyote tries to shoot the asteroid with Acme rockets, which of course do nothing. Now seems like a good time to remind people that Axl Rose is an anagram for ‘oral sex.’”

Here is everything new coming to Netflix this week.

If you liked The Path on Hulu, check out Sacred Lies on Facebook Watch.

Pete Davidson and Kate Beckinsale were spotted leaving the Netflix Golden Globes party together.

“Over the weekend, Kris Jenner shared a cryptic video of her daughter Kendall Jenner on Instagram, stating that the 22-year-old model would be sharing her “most raw story” on Twitter on Sunday evening and that we should “be prepared to be moved.” In the video, Kendall says, ‘When I was 14, I couldn’t reach as many people as I can now. Now that I’m 22 and I have this whole thing behind me I can speak to so many people and just be, like, I can help you, and it’s OK. I experience it, I’m very normal and, like, I understand you. Like, I can connect with you. I’m gonna try and help.’ Theories had circulated online immediately after Kris’s announcement. Some fans speculated that Kendall would be opening up about her sexuality or anxiety.But before the 2019 Golden Globes, the world finally found out Kendall’s '‘most raw story,” and it was not at all what anyone expected. Kendall is the new face of Proactiv, a brand of skin care products.”


Here are the winners from last night’s Golden Globe Awards:

Here’s the full list of winners from the night":

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America

Jim Carrey, Kidding

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method **WINNER**

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

Best Motion Picture — Animated

Incredibles 2

Isle of Dogs


Ralph Breaks the Internet

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse **WINNER**

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Stephan James, Homecoming

Richard Madden, Bodyguard **WINNER**

Billy Porter, Pose

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Best Television Series — Drama

The Americans (FX) **WINNER**

Bodyguard (Netflix)

Homecoming (Amazon)

Killing Eve (BBC America)

Pose (FX)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal **WINNER**

Henry Winkler, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora **WINNER**

Connie Britton, Dirty John

Laura Dern, The Tale

Regina King, Seven Seconds

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place

Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs

Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther

Justin Hurwitz, First Man **WINNER**

Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

“All the Stars,” Black Panther

“Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin

“Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War

“Revelation,” Boy Erased

“Shallow,” A Star Is Born **WINNER**

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Amy Adams, Vice

Claire Foy, First Man

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk **WINNER**

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve **WINNER**

Julia Roberts, Homecoming

Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali, Green Book **WINNER**

Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Richard E. GrantCan You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Adam McKay, Vice

Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Green Book **WINNER**

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects **WINNER**

Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale, Vice **WINNER**

Lin Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun

John C. ReillyStan & Ollie

Best Picture — Foreign Language



Never Look Away

Roma **WINNER**


Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso

Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist

Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story **WINNER**

Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Director — Motion Picture

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma **WINNER**

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman

Adam McKay, Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Kristen Bell, The Good Place

Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

Alison Brie, Glow

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel **WINNER**

Debra Messing, Will & Grace

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Barry (HBO)

Kidding (Showtime)

The Good Place (NBC)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix) **WINNER**

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The Alienist, TNT

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, FX **WINNER**

Escape at Dannemora, Showtime

Sharp Objects, HBO

A Very English Scandal, Amazon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns

Olivia Colman, The Favourite **THE WINNER**

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Charlize Theron, Tully

Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Picture — Comedy or Musical

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Green Book **WINNER**

Mary Poppins Returns


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Glenn Close, The Wife **WINNER**

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem DafoeAt Eternity’s Gate

Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody **WINNER**

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Picture — Drama

Black Panther


Bohemian Rhapsody **WINNER**

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born

Per SyFy, “Do you ever wish you could escape the world around you and just spend time in a quiet, empty space like Janet’s void from The Good Place? Well, NBC is here to help you feel like you’re there with their latest unique promo for the hilarious series.

“On Friday, The Good Place YouTube channel hosted a livestream called Janet’s Void: What Actually Happens When *BING* that shows you exactly what Janet does when she’s in her void. The stream went on for five hours and shows Janet, played by the talented D’Arcy Carden, just standing in the white space.

“Skimming through the stream, Janet mostly just looks around and moves her arms, but otherwise stays standing in the same space. Occasionally she disappears with that familiar bing when someone clearly needs her and you are greeted with a white screen for awhile. Soon though she returns and continues to wait, not doing anything exciting in her void until someone might need her again. To help you embrace the void, there’s some ambient noise to make you feel like you’re there too.

“It might not seem like an exciting subject for a stream, yet it fits perfectly with the spirit of the show. Carden’s Janet is one of the many highlights that makes The Good Place such a must-see series and while you might not want to watch all five hours of the void, it’s worth checking out at least for a bit so you can understand even more what it’s like to be in Janet’s shoes!

“The Good Place returns January 10.”


Per EW, “Co-creator Lena Waithe knows the pressure is high for Boomerang.

The Chi mastermind‘s new series is a spinoff of the 1992 movie starring Eddie Murphy, Halle Berry, and Robin Givens, and is part of BET’s latest foray into scripted programming. But Waithe, 34, got Berry on board as an exec producer and is hopeful fans of the film—as well as new viewers—will embrace the show, which follows Murphy, Berry, and Givens’ characters’ kids (played by Tetona Jackson and Tequan Richmond) as they embark on their own careers in advertising.

“Here Waithe tells EW how the spinoff came about, how it will be different from the movie, and what she hopes to see remade in the future:

What made you want to continue the world of Boomerang?
I’m here to give you a rebirth—Halle Berry pushed me on that. She’s like, “Lena, we did the 1992 version of this movie where it’s, like, black people are getting mercy. It was me, it was Robin Givens, Eddie Murphy. We did that. You gotta do something new for your generation.” I want people to feel like this is the Atlanta version of Boomerang, on BET. That was how I pitched it. But then it evolved into something on its own. I think by the third episode, people are going to forget it was a movie.

So in what ways did you push things to make them relevant to 2019?
This is a journey I’m taking the audience on with these six amazing, interesting, unique characters who are gonna put you on a beautiful ride about what it means to be young, gifted, and black—and exhausted from always trying to be perfect all the time. And we all have trauma from our parents that we can’t shake. That is our journey: to shake our trauma into fine art.

Are you excited to be part of the age of reboots and remakes?
I’m remaking Boomerang, [LeBron James is] remaking House Party. We’re doing it because these things had such an effect on our spirits and our souls. Maybe somebody will wanna remake [Donald Glover’s] Atlanta, will wanna remake The Chi or something. You know, at the end of the day it’s like, we want our work to have that much impact. I want to do that for the next generation.”


From The Philadelphia Inquirer: “While you spent the holidays streaming Bird BoxBlack Mirror: Bandersnatch, and/or rewatching The Office for the hundredth time, Netflix was playing out a corporate drama of its own — poaching Activision Blizzard chief financial officer Spencer Neumann to be its new CFO.

“Just before the news emerged, Activision abruptly announced that it would fire Neumann, who had agreed to a provision that barred him from negotiating for a new job until the last six months of his contract. It was a clear sign that Neumann wasn't willing to pass up a chance to work at Netflix, this era's preeminent high-flying, money-burning media company.

“Neumann's mandate at the company is clear. A Wall Street Journal headline put it this way: New Netflix CFO to Tackle Cash Flow Conundrum.

“Buzzy original thrillers like Bird Box, or choose-your-own-adventure gambits like Bandersnatch aren’t cheap. And as Netflix’s public profile has climbed, so have its losses. Analysts predict that the company will report about $3 billion in negative cash flow for 2018, up from $2 billion in the previous year. Fans of wildly expensive, high-quality television should hope the company can figure out its balance sheet.

“The most obvious solution is for Netflix to just continue to increase the number of people who subscribe to its video-streaming service. Its core growth strategy has paid off so far. And recently, the company has taken on a more global focus, creating content for countries all over the world. As part of this approach, it could also further increase the price of a subscription.

“Another, more untested path would be to cater more to active users over less engaged ones. This is where the company has a lot to learn from Disney and Activision, Neumann’s former employers. Both of those companies — in very different ways — do a great job of charging different customers vastly disparate amounts of money for consuming their content. Disney doesn’t just charge you for a ticket to see Star Wars. If you’re a superfan, you can buy action figures, go to a Disney theme park, or watch The Clone Wars on Netflix. There are endless ways to upsell customers based on their affection for a particular piece of intellectual property.

“The video-game industry has a term for this — whales. Many companies make the bulk of their revenue from a relatively small group of people, and modern games are built to extract the maximum amount from those willing to pay. That means selling in-game loot boxes, virtual items, and special game editions. Activision is also exploring esports to further monetize its popular titles.

“Right now, Netflix charges most people the same amount, no matter how much they consume. Sure, you can pay slightly more for Netflix Ultra HD, but as the Disney and Activision examples illustrate, there are plenty of ways to charge more without metering content. Think elite movie packages akin to WarnerMedia’s HBO, merchandise tied to shows, or some other version of in-app purchases.

“A third path for improving cash flow would be to simply spend less money. This might seem like an appealing tactic for a new CFO, but I’d argue the levers here are partly out of Netflix’s control. If you take for granted, as Netflix does, that it wants to be a once-in-a-generation global media company, then you need to work backward from there. Netflix needs to pay what it costs to hire talent.

“Last year, there were media reports that Netflix paid at least $150 million to ‘lure” showrunner Shonda Rhimes to its staff. Rhimes, on Twitter, broke it down this way: ‘Why do reporters always say writers were ‘lured’? Like we’re children following a trail of candy. I created a $2B+ revenue stream for a major Corp with my imagination. I do not follow trails of candy. I am the candy.’”