Wednesday January 9, 2019

ABC premieres Schooled, it’s spinoff of The Goldbergs tonight.

That’s followed by the season premiere of Match Game.

You’re The Worst returns to FXX tonight as well for its final season.

A review of NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Jemele Hill is set to launch a new talk show podcast for Spotify, the former ESPN host announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Titled Unbothered,”the twice-weekly show will see Hill discuss news, politics and culture with her co-hosts and rotating stable of guests. It is currently slated to launch in March.”

Yeah Kevin Hart, we are ALL over it as well.

A trailer for Amazon’s upcoming Lorena documentary. “On a sleepy night in 1993, Lorena Bobbitt sliced off her husband’s penis after years of abuse. John and Lorena Bobbitt’s dueling narratives exploded in a ravenous 24-hour news cycle, igniting a renewed battle of the sexes. Lorena became a national joke, her suffering ignored by the male-dominated press. But as John spiraled downward, Lorena found strength in the scars of her ordeal. This four-part docuseries from Executive Producer Jordan Peele, revisits the events of this American scandal and sheds a new light on one of the most sensationalized tabloid stories of our time.”

Celebrity Big Brother cast members are supposed to begin playing the game very soon. Instead, it appears that producers may be scrambling to find replacement celebrities to play on the reality competition show. Rumors about the salaries were recently reported by Inside the BB House. Those rumors came from a Twitter user, who has now revealed that the information may have led to two celebrities quitting the show. Twitter use REALvegas4sure had some interesting information to share on Tuesday (January 8). This is a person who has continued to post inside information about the workings of the show and someone who shared a lot with fans during the Big Brother 20 season. Now, they have been posting about the upcoming CBB2. According to Vegas, after finding out about unequal pay to be on the new Celebrity Big Brother cast, two people have ‘pulled out’ from the show. It goes on to reveal that producers for the show offered more money to these celebrities, but they haven’t signed on. That could be bad news for the show, especially if they happened to be really recognizable names to fans or CBS viewers. The names of the celebrities haven’t been revealed by Vegas, but there are already new Celebrity Big Brother rumors getting posted on Twitter by other people. One of those rumors states that it was Caitlyn Jenner and actor Bobby Moynihan that are leaving the show. They have no information to back up these claims, but they are names that have been floated online in regard to participating during the winter 2019 season.”

Inside the new Project Runway work room.

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Broadcast is really getting bawdy again. And Fox is the latest throwing its hat into the sexy reality game with a revival of short-lived competition Paradise Hotel.

“The show, which was an international hit despite running for a mere one season on Fox (and a brief 2008 revival on MyNetworkTV), comes from reality heavy-hitters SallyAnn Salsano (Jersey Shore Family Vacation), Becca Walker (Love Island) and Celia Taylor of format originators Mentorn Media.

“The new Paradise Hotel, like the 2003 original, will drop a group of singles into an exclusive tropical resort where there are opportunities for both hooking up and making out like a bandit. The cast will vote one of their own off each week, with social media allowing viewers to influence what happens onscreen. The winner will take home a cash prize (and, potentially, some variety of communicable disease).

“‘When love, power and money are the stakes, doing the right thing can sometimes take a back seat,’ said Salsano, whose 495 Productions has seen great success on MTV with its Jersey Shore revival. ‘Guessing who will do what’s right to find “the one” while others are focusing on the jackpot makes this super exciting. This time around, viewers using their social media feedback to influence what happens onscreen is a game-changer and will keep us all on edge.’

:Fox, riding an unscripted high on the wild launch of The Masked Singer, is just the latest network jumping on the genre’s sexy bandwagon. USA just revived Temptation Island, and CBS won a competitive U.S. rights battle for U.K. smash Love Island. They join the enduringly successful romantic antics of ABC's Bachelor franchise and its two spinoffs.

“‘Paradise Hotel was a show ahead of its time, and this incredible team of producers plan to take it to the next level,’ said Rob Wade, Fox’s president of alternative entertainment and specials. ‘The format allows for a delicious mix of love, drama and humor with a uniquely Fox twist. By using fresh interactive elements, it enables fans to orchestrate the show’s narrative, making it can’t-miss television for a new generation of viewers.’

“Paradise Hotel was part of the wave of off-the-wall reality shows that longtime genre czar Mike Darnell (now at Warner Bros. TV) brought to Fox during his tenure at the network. But the dominance of American Idol ultimately prompted the network to go in a more polished direction.

“The show is currently casting. Requirements include being single and at least 21 years old.”

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From The Ringer: “Extraterrestrials have long been a staple of pop culture—and, especially over the past decade, of the History channel. If you can believe it, Ancient Aliens has now run for 13 seasons and nearly 150 episodes. How Giorgio A. Tsoukalos—a.k.a. the Ancient Aliens meme guy, who is a consulting producer and recurring guest for the series—and his conspiracy-laden peers can conjure up that many crackpot theories about divine alien intervention throughout the course of human history is perhaps the show’s single greatest mystery. Entertaining and bizarre as Ancient Aliens may be, its place on the History channel is more than a bit paradoxical.

“One right doesn’t make up for 13 seasons of wrongs, but at least History’s latest alien-centric series is trying to provide a genuine historical spin on our obsession with potential visitors from outer space. Project Blue Book, which premiered Tuesday night, is based on the eponymous studies by the United States Air Force that began in the 1950s, spearheaded by astronomer J. Allen Hynek (played in the series by Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen). Hynek is, by all accounts, the forefather of credible scientific research into UFOs and created the ‘close encounter’ system of classifying potential extraterrestrial encounters. (Among other things, Hynek also consulted on Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.)

“Hynek and his decade’s worth of work with the Air Force is a compelling subject for a historical drama. Look no further than The X-Files—the gold standard for extraterrestrial-based storytelling on the small screen, and one of the defining dramas of the ’90s—to see what Project Blue Book strives to be under the right execution. Indeed, from the onset the History series goes for a Mulder-Scully dynamic—albeit without the potential for a romantic subplot, unless future episodes head in a very different direction—by pairing the open-minded Hynek with a skeptical counterpart in Captain Michael Quinn (played by Michael Malarkey, and not based on an actual person). And like The X-Files, the show is structured to follow a different extraterrestrial case of the week to keep the proceedings moving—with the caveat that the events Hynek and Quinn investigate are all based on real incidents from the ’50s onward.

“Again, it’s great subject matter; I’m not sure whether Project Blue Book necessarily wants me to keep pausing the show to dive into a Google wormhole about the Lubbock light show in Texas or a mysterious fighter pilot incident in North Dakota, but it proves the series is founded on some fascinating historical material. The problem with Project Blue Book is, perhaps, another paradox for the History channel: The show doesn’t know whether to lean toward the cold, hard historical facts or the fictional grandeur of unequivocally stating that aliens are real, and is instead stuck somewhere in an unsatisfying middle.

“Ideally, Project Blue Book could either be a documentary series—there’s enough material and theories to build around the incidents, even if Hynek is no longer alive to provide new commentary—or a highly fictional drama that jumps a bit off the deep end with actual aliens for the sake of campier entertainment. (Admit it: You’d be so down to watch a show that pits Littlefinger against a bunch of aliens and the government.) As it stands, however, Project Blue Book is a pale imitator of prestige TV like The Americans trying to marry America’s extraterrestrial hysteria with Cold War–era anxieties about Russia and the threat of Communism, without providing the kind of nuance this subtext requires. The Cold War stuff is mostly there to allow the characters to sow suspicion over whether the lights in the sky are really thanks to visitors from another planet—or just another Red scare tactic.

“What, exactly, would be the best approach for History to take with Project Blue Book? A more fictional, campier drama would probably elicit higher ratings and earn the kind of success that’s allowed Ancient Aliens’ absurd, objectively stupid high jinks to thrive for more than a decade. But wouldn’t an actual, grounded docuseries about Hynek’s research ideally reflect the History channel’s ethos? Regardless, what History probably doesn’t need is its own half-hearted swing at prestige-inclined television; the current landscape has plenty—and arguably, toomuch—of that already. If it’s becoming harder for even good-to-great shows to maintain a sizable viewing audience, why should anyone care about a solid but unspectacular historical drama from a channel that’s rarely associated with that kind of material? Perhaps it would be best for everyone involved if Project Blue Book were locked away in a vault, like many a mysterious aircraft could very well be right now in Area 51.

“Should You Watch It? Not unless you are getting really tired of rewatching old X-Files episodes on Hulu, or are such a sci-fi devotee that you don’t mind sitting through a by-the-numbers extraterrestrial procedural. If nothing else, the post-episode Google searches on the show’s real-life incidents are excellent reading and will take up a lot of your time.

“Does Aidan Gillen Hide His Irish Accent Well As an American Astronomer?My man’s accent is too thick to be contained—so, um, no. Much like his vaunted, highly memeable cameo in The Dark Knight Rises as ‘C.I.A.,’ you can hear the Irish poking out with every syllable.

“What Is the Most X-Files Moment of Project Blue Book? Other than the Scully-Mulder dynamic, probably whenever a character flirts with saying ‘the truth is out there.’ (For example: ‘The truth is like the sun, the closer you look the more it blinds’ and ‘Our job is to find the truth.’)”

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Per Variety, “Hulu’s accelerating year-over-year subscriber growth has brought it to the 25 million milestone. But continued questions linger about the platform’s profitability and programming, particularly as Disney looks to further its own streaming ambitions following the integration of Fox’s entertainment assets.

“The 48% jump from the prior year outpaces Hulu’s 40% gain in SVOD and live-TV subscribers in 2017. That growth ‘proves the investments that their owners are making is worth it,’ said Brett Harriss, a research analyst at Gabelli & Company.

“But he emphasized that the video landscape is ‘dramatically more competitive.’ Now that signing up for — and canceling — subscription streaming services is easier than ever, there’s higher potential for subscriber churn.

“‘If you were Viacom in 2010, you woke up every morning and knew you had 100 million subscribers,’ said Harriss.

“Hulu’s estimated yearly losses are around $1.5 billion; Netflix’s expected negative free cash flow for 2018 hovered at about $3 billion. Some argue that since much of Hulu’s licensing expenses are going back into the pockets of its media-conglomerate owners, it’s all a wash. (Disney will have a 60% stake, post-Fox merger; Comcast owns 30%; AT&T owns 10%.)

“But ‘the best businesses in the world,’ said Harriss, citing Apple, Google and others, ‘have been able to grow while being profitable.’ For Netflix and Hulu, that path has been more difficult.

“Disney noted higher losses at Hulu in Q4 2018 due to higher programming, marketing and labors expenses, though those were offset by increased subscriber and ad revenue.

“And Disney CEO Bob Iger has nodded toward the opportunity for increased programming investments in Hulu once the Disney-Fox merger goes through.

“‘We aim to use the television production capabilities of the combined company to fuel Hulu with a lot more original programming, original programming that we feel will enable Hulu to compete even more aggressively in the marketplace,’ he said on the company’s early November earnings call.

“There’s been speculation that in the wake of the merger, the resulting leadership shuffle may nudge execs toward having a heavier hand in Hulu’s strategy and programming. Of the 21st Century Fox-to-Disney management changes so far, Peter Rice has been tapped as chairman of Walt Disney Television, and Dana Walden has been named the chairman of Disney Television Studio and ABC Entertainment.

“John Landgraf, FX head, told Variety in September that FX would have to ‘to figure out a way to support and enable the success of that adult streaming service,’ likely referencing Hulu, which has been positioned to be a more grown-up platform vs. the upcoming Disney+ standalone service.

“The anticipated late 2019 launch of the Disney+ means that more family-friendly fare, including shows and movies from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, National Geographic and Disney, will be housed on the same service.

“Netflix’s Golden Globe wins are a confidence-booster for its billions in content investments. Hulu’s subscriber base, even with the updated figures, still aren’t half of Netflix’s 57 million U.S. subscribers. Disney+ will be starting from scratch later this year, putting it far behind the rest.

“But Iger has previously indicated that there is potential for Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ to be bundled together. More details on Disney’s streaming strategy are expected to land at its investor day in April.”

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Growing up, Lindsay Lohan was thrilled when she saw herself in a trashy magazine.

“‘The first time I was in a tabloid,’ she says, ‘I was like, “Oh, my God, I feel like Britney Spears!” because she was in a tabloid and I felt cool. Little did I know what would happen from there.’

“Lohan suffered one of the biggest crashes in Hollywood history. After starring in The Parent Trap at 12 and climbing onto the A-list because of Mean Girls, she was poised to become one of the stars of her generation. But she was held back by her own bad choices. After a stint in rehab, Lohan was arrested in 2007 for a DUI, possession of cocaine and a misdemeanor hit-and-run. Five more arrests followed, along with more visits to rehab, court hearings, jail time, house arrest and a necklace-stealing scandal. Her last theatrical movie, The Canyons, came out six years ago, and even independent directors stopped casting her because she wouldn’t show up to set.Lohan, 32, has decamped the United States for Dubai, where she lives full-time. She’s entered the hospitality business, with three clubs in Greece and an island she’s designing called Lindsay Land. Now, she’s taking on another surprise job: MTV reality star. Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club, which premiered Jan. 8, chronicles her life in Mykonos. This latest reincarnation of Lindsay is more muted than what we’ve seen in the past (including a failed 2014 docuseries on OWN). In the pilot, Lohan seems to be channeling Bravo’s Lisa Vanderpump. She wants you to see her as a connected entrepreneur with her own staff and hospitality empire.

“During a recent rainy Friday afternoon in downtown Manhattan, Lohan makes it clear she’s ready for a comeback and wants to star in movies again, including a sequel of Mean Girls. She’s nervous about talking to press, frequently taking cigarette breaks on the balcony of a swanky penthouse hotel room in Soho. On the day before our interview, she reached out to her old publicist, Leslie Sloane, because she didn’t want to face journalists on her own. Returning to Hollywood may not be easy. One sign of how many bridges she’s burned: Several of her former colleagues declined to be interviewed about what it was like to work with her.

“Here’s what Lohan has to say about her new life and her future ambitions:

Why do you think people don’t want to hire you?
I
think there’s a misconception that people still have about me, and I think it’s unfortunate. Hopefully, this will change people’s perception once and for all.

You’ve said that you wish your past would stay in the past. 
And now we’re talking about it again.

But you’ve made many mistakes in the public eye.
Ten years ago. I just don’t want to seem like a martyr. But it’s in the past. I always say to people, “You do realize that was over 10 years ago?” But it was definitely unfair and unjust at certain times, especially as a girl. I worked at the morgue [as part of a judge’s ruling for violating probation after allegedly stealing a necklace]. I’ve been through the ringer. It was horrible. But from those things, I became a lot stronger.

Do you believe that there’s a Disney curse?
I don’t feel cursed.

A lot of child stars have struggled with substance abuse and other issues.
It was different then. There was less protection. So maybe that was the struggle. People know you so young and people are chasing you, and then instead of going to college, you have a month or two months off and you want to go to a club and that’s “bad.” I don’t think there’s any curse with Disney. That’s just a dark thing to say. If anything, it was a blessing, because we’re all still here.

Do you think there is a double standard with the way women are portrayed in the media?
No. If you think about it, back when I was being followed, there were more tabloids. We didn’t have Instagram. We couldn’t control social media on our own and have our own voice. So I think times have changed.

What work does Hollywood still need to do to really bring about equality for women? 
Stop giving me s—! Stop rehashing my past for no reason, because everything is different now.

When you think back to being followed by the paparazzi 24/7, what do you remember?
I think I should have just smiled at them more. But it was always just so much.

Why would you want to have cameras following you for a reality show?
We were all very clear that it wasn’t going to be a Lindsay Lohan follow-her-every-second kind of show. It was going to be me running a business. It’s different because I’m writing the script, in a sense. I have nothing to hide. What’s left in saying that I’ve gone to a club? Now I own them.

The club you own in Mykonos is on the same beach where you were physically assaulted by your ex-fiancé, Egor Tarabasov, in 2016. 
I was hit and abused physically on a beach in front of people, twice. And then at my house, and thank God a kid saw me and called the police. It’s a shame that people had to see that, but it’s not something that I feel is necessary to talk about. It’s something that happened to me, and I had to figure out how to handle it on my own. My eff-you was buying the beach.

Do you miss living in America? 
Yeah, of course. I miss seeing my family. But my brother comes out every other month, and my sister is coming back with me. My mom came to Mykonos, but she didn’t want to be there when I was filming. We make time to see each other, and I talk to them every day when I’m in Dubai at odd hours whenever they call.

Do you still want to be an actress?
Yeah, of course. I love acting. It’s my passion. But I like being behind the scenes. If I’m not filming at the moment, I need to be creative somehow. I can’t just sit and do nothing. If I’m not on a set, then I’d rather do something, so I started my own company — Seven Wonders Prods. — and I like that it’s just mine and that I don’t have to answer to people anymore. I can just do it myself. It’s nice to have that power back. I want to keep acting and maybe directing.

You have a supporting role in the second season of the British comedy “Sick Note.” What other projects do you have in the works? 
I’m attached to a movie that I’m producing called “Frame” that will shoot in Saudi Arabia, which is a really interesting story about an American girl photographer who moves to teach a class in Saudi Arabia. We’re raising the financing for that. I bought a book called “The Honeymoon.” We’ll turn that into either a series or film. I don’t know yet.

Do you still audition for things? 
I only auditioned for The Parent Trap. I would be terrified to audition. I don’t even know what it would be like. I think I would freeze. My agent asked me to read for something, and I was like, “I can’t.” I would panic. It’s such a different experience. I don’t think I could do it. Someone asked me to audition once — it was Oliver Stone for “Savages,” and I met with him and they wanted me to read, and I said, “I’m really, really bad at this, and I’m going to forget everything the second I start, so I might just ad-lib it.” And he was like, “You were great.” And I was like, “OK.” It was such a weird experience.

What are your career goals?
To work with Martin Scorsese. Work with Spielberg. I don’t know. I think goals are limitless, and there’s always going to be something new that I want to do. I just want to make people happy, and I want to stay happy.

You said on your social media that you want to play Ariel in a live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.”
“The Little Mermaid” is my favorite movie since I was a kid. Whenever I put that movie on, it makes me happy. I’m like, “Everybody, stop. Watch this movie.”

Has Disney reached out to you?
No, but I’m going to harass my agent about it after this.

You also said that your dream cast would be Meryl Streep as Ursula. Have you talked about this with Meryl, your co-star from A Prairie Home Companion?
No, I’m not in America. I haven’t been in L.A. in a long time. But I would go for that.

Would you want to do a Mean Girls sequel?
If anyone has asked for this more than I have, please tell me. I’ve said it so many times, and so many people have asked me, and I think we’d have so much fun doing it. Tina [Fey] and Lorne [Michaels] are so amazing, and to bring everyone back together would be great. Last time I was in New York, I went up to Lorne, and I was like, “Please!” It’s in their hands.

Would everyone have to come back for a sequel?
Yes. I don’t know what else you could do, unless someone is killed off, but that would not be “Mean Girls.” It has to be everyone.

Do you consider yourself a feminist?
I’m just Lindsay Lohan. Whatever that is.”