Friday October 4, 2019

The Walking Dead returns Sunday. More below.

Season 3 of Goliath is now available on Amazon.

Here’s a quick primer to get you caught back up.

Season 5 of Peaky Blinders is now up on Netflix.

As is season 4 of Big Mouth!

The creative team behind Big Mouth is adding another series to their Netflix docket. Just two months after setting an overall deal at the streaming giant and scoring another three seasons of the animated comedy, Netflix has given a series order to Human Resources, another animated comedy. Kelly Galuska joins the Big Mouth team of Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett in selling Human Resources to the streamer. The project, as its title implies, is a workplace comedy — albeit one set in the world of monsters. Big Mouth has been a strong player at Netflix since it premiered in 2017, joining an animated lineup perhaps best known for Bojack Horseman. The streamer made its commitment to the series evident in July when it confirmed it would stay in production through at least a sixth season.”

Gary Gullman’s HBO special airs tomorrow. He’s very funny and I recommend this one sight unseen. “Taped in front of a live audience at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, NY, Comedian and actor Gary Gulman stars in his first HBO stand-up comedy special in which he opens up about his mental health issues in a poignant and hilarious way. A hopeful, funny show about a serious subject matter, Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh features Gulman telling the full arc of his story, from growing up as a sensitive kid in Massachusetts who was recruited into sports because of his height, to his early days doing comedy, to his increasingly troubling bouts with depression as an adult. Directed by Michael Bonfiglio (HBO’s May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers) and Executive Produced Judd Apatow (HBO's Girls, Crashing), The Great Depresh mixes Gulman's standup with documentary scenes related to his history with depression, including a visit to his childhood home in Peabody, MA, where Gary shows a book he wrote as a young boy called ‘The Lonely Tree’ and has a sit-down interview with Gary's mother Barbara (who says she always thought Gary was a happy child growing up.) We also see Gary catching up at NYC's Comedy Cellar with comedian and friend Robert Kelly, who opens up about his own struggles with depression, and a session with Gary's psychiatrist and Gary's wife Sadé, plus more. Throughout the special, Gary also offers his hilarious observations on a number of topics, including: his admiration for Millennial attitudes toward bullying, the reasons he loves basketball (and why he tried to avoid playing football in high school), menacing TV news theme songs, how his mother's voice is always in his head, and much more.”

The CW premieres Batwoman on Sunday.

As does the premiere of USA’s Mr. Robot.

Pop has ordered a 2nd season of Florida Girls.

HBO Max prefers NOT be called a “streaming service.” They prefer the term “platform.” Potato/potato.

Apple announced Servant, from  M. Night Shyamalan will premiere on November 28. Servant follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy strikes, and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. 

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro from Jersey Shore is in police custody after allegedly striking Jen Harley, chasing her with a knife and, eventually, forcing cops to tase him ... TMZ has learned. Ronnie and his GF, Jen -- who've been on and off due to several violent incidents -- got into another heated argument early Friday morning, shortly after 2:30 AM, at an Airbnb they're renting in L.A. ... according to our law enforcement sources. As we've seen in the past ... the argument got out of hand quickly, because we're told Ronnie allegedly slapped and punched Jen ... who then went running out of the house, screaming for help. Police got multiple 911 calls reporting the fact Jen was in distress. Our law enforcement sources say Ronnie gave chase ... running after Jen, allegedly with a knife in his hand, and horrifyingly, also with their infant daughter! We're told Ronnie was holding 18-month-old Ariana as he yelled at Jen to get back in the house. We're told Ronnie eventually dropped the knife and locked himself and Ariana in the house. That's where he was when police arrived on the scene, and he did not respond to their commands to come outside. We're told police decided to break down the door, because they were worried Ariana could be in danger. According to our law enforcement sources, Ronnie still would not go peacefully ... so officers had to use a taser to take him down. Fox 11 LA, which broke the story, got video of Ronnie on a gurney in cuffs after being subdued. Cops took Ronnie to a hospital to get checked out ... and we're told he will be booked as soon as doctors give the okay. Paramedics on the scene checked out Jen and the baby, and neither suffered major physical injuries. We're told Jen did have visible marks on her face.”

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From EW:Nobody knows more about horror than Greg Nicotero. Not only has The Walking Dead exec producer worked on some of the biggest horror films and TV shows ever, but he is also a full-on historian of the genre.

“Which is why Nicotero can’t help but often sneak Easter eggs into the episodes he directs, be it ether having a zombie wear the same I Got Wood t-shirt that Nick Frost sported in Shaun of the Dead or throwing the Evil Dead Necronomicon into a spooky cabin for Rick Grimes’ last episode.

“Well, it looks like Nicotero will be up to his old tricks again, as he revealed to us that there will be a secret Jaws connection in TWD’s season 10 premiere on Oct. 6. Read on to learn what it is as well as what else to expect coming up on the show:

The Whisperers set up a border and cut off 10 heads as a message to not cross it. Will that warning be heeded in season 10?
What’s interesting about the first episode is, and we’ve seen it in the trailers, is our group is rehearsing military maneuvers. I think you definitely get the sense at the end of last season that some of them want to fight. But the truth of the matter is that Alpha is the most formidable villain that they have ever encountered, so I don’t know how you actively fight a woman who walks amongst the dead.

The first episode of the show tests all of that, because we set up this season where it’s been a couple months since the snowstorm of the finale of last year, and you see them practicing these military maneuvers. So you get the sense that they’re preparing themselves if a war ever happens.

So what if — or rather, when — war does happen?
Alpha has laid down the law. The big question is, are people willing to follow Alpha’s rules and at what cost? And that’s really what sets up the whole season, is the idea that there could be a pack of walkers walking down the street and you don’t know if there’s a Whisperer in there that’s watching you. You don’t know if there are patrols going up and down the border. It sets up this whole paranoid, “Are they watching?” scenario, and some of our people aren’t down with that. And that’s a very, very prevalent theme in the season.

It’s official now and was announced at Comic-Con that Danai Gurira is going to be moving on after this season. Similar to what you did last season with Andrew Lincoln and Rick Grimes, I know you want to send Danai and Michonne out in style. What can you say about how that’s going to work?
Well, it’s a little hard to talk about a lot of that stuff, because we want to preserve those stories. But the truth of the matter is, every character that leaves the show, we always feel like we have to send them off with respect and with this sense of love that we have for their characters. I directed Danai in a couple of her first episodes, so I felt like I was one of the first people here to really meet her and one of the first people here to get to direct her. So watching her as a writer and as a producer and a creator, to watch her evolve has been a fascinating experience for me.

Any tribute zombies coming up that you can tease for us?
There’s a lot of cool stuff that’s in there. In the first episode there a few little nods. I wouldn’t even necessarily say tribute zombies, but I’m always putting a few Easter eggs here or there just to remind people how much I love certain things. So there could be a shark tooth on the beach that might’ve been from a shark from my favorite movie. You never know. A few things like that. But in terms of tribute walkers, this season really has kind of led us in a direction where a lot of the stuff with the Whisperers and a lot of that stuff, we haven’t really snuck any in just yet. But we still got a bunch of episodes to go so we’ll see.”

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “CBS is expanding its relationship with Phil Keoghan.

“The network has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for Tough as Nails, a reality competition series created and hosted by The Amazing Race favorite.

"‘Tough as Nails was inspired by my proud working-class family of farmers, gold miners, builders and coal miners,’ said Keoghan, who will exec produce alongside his wife/producing partner Louise Keoghan. ‘I was lucky enough to spend my school holidays working alongside my grandfather, an A-grade mechanic, World War II aero mechanic, gunsmith and inventor. I'm excited to celebrate the skills of those who sweat on factory floors instead of gym floors, and those who wear work boots instead of workout shoes.’

“Here's how CBS describes the series: ‘Tough as Nails is about competitors who consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor. They will be tested for their strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness in challenges that take place in the real world. One by one, they will be eliminated until the winner is named. The series will redefine what it means to be tough, proving that it comes in all shapes and sizes, and will celebrate Americans who roll up their sleeves 24/7 and don't think twice about working long, hard hours and getting their hands dirty in order to keep their country running.’

Tough as Nails expands CBS' relationship with Keoghan, who hosts and exec produces the network's veteran reality competition series The Amazing Race. The latter has been renewed for an impressive 32nd season at the network.

Tough as Nails joins a CBS unscripted roster that also features Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother and Love Island. The network recently launched and canceled Million Dollar Mile and has yet to make a decision on the future of The World's Best. 

“A premiere date for Tough as Nails has not yet been determined.”

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Quibi has lined up an impressive cast for its Sam Raimi-produced horror anthology 50 States of Fright.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan, Travis Fimmel (Vikings) and Christina Ricci will topline episodes of the show, which will tell scary stories based on urban legends and folktales from across the United States and explore the horrors that lurk just beneath the surface of the country. 

“Jacob Batalon, Ming-Na Wen, Taissa Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, John Marshall Jones and Ron Livingston will also star in episodes. The first season will feature stories from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon and Washington.

“Gunpowder & Sky's horror brand, Alter, produces the show along with DIGA Studios and Pod 3. 

"‘The driving force for us as a studio is to foster the careers of emerging talent by marrying them with proven innovators,’ said Gunpowder & Sky CEO Van Toffler. ‘With 50 States of Fright we sought out a diverse group of breakthrough performers and fearless horror visionaries and partnered them with Sam Raimi to oversee the creative process. This winning formula ensures we’ll get a shitload of scares.’

“The anthology is one of more than 40 scripted and unscripted series in the works at Quibi, a mobile-only platform that  will launch in the spring and offer its shows in short, eight- to 10-minute ‘chapters.’ It will cost $5 a month with ads and $8 per month without.

“Raimi and Debbie Liebling (Pen15) executive produce via Pod 3; Toffler, Tony DiSanto, Cody Zwieg, Barry Barclay, Tommy Coriale and Chris Mangano are also executive producers.

“The episode titles, settings, filmmakers and cast (where applicable) for 50 States of Fright's first season are below.

Golden Arm: Brosnahan, Fimmel and John Marshall Jones (Grand Hotel, Bosch) star in the tale based on a famous urban legend from Michigan. Sam Raimi and brother Ivan Raimi, natives of the state, are writing, with Sam Raimi directing.

Red Rum: Ricci and Batalon (Spider-Man: Far From Home) star in a telling of Colorado's scariest story from writers Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber (Cam); Goldhaber directs.

America's Largest Ball of Twine: Wen (Agents of SHIELD) stars in an installment based on a myth from Kansas. Yoko Okumura (Kimi Kabuki, Fed Up) directs and Mae Catt (Transformers: Cyberverse) writes.

Almost There: Farmiga (American Horror Story) and Livingston (A Million Little Things) star in the Iowa-set story, written and directed by Hawkeye State natives Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place).

Grey Cloud Island: Butterfield (Sex Education) stars in a chilling tale from Minnesota, written and directed by Adam Schindler and Brian Netto (Delivery: The Beast Within).

13 Steps to Hell: The story, set in Washington, is written by Sarah Conradt-Kroehler and directed by Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground).

Dogwood – Azalea: It's set in Missouri, and written and directed by Missouri native Cate Devaney (Doctor Strange).

Santeria: This Florida story is written by Greg Hale (Mindhunter, The Avengers), Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead), with Brugués to direct.

Scared Stiff: It's set in Oregon and written and directed by Ryan Spindell (Two Sentence Horror Stories).”

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From TheWrap: “Roseanne Barr appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast Thursday to once again rehash her dramatic ouster from the ABC sitcom that bore her name.

“Describing the network’s decision to cancel its hugely successful Roseanne reboot as ‘the worst, most horrible thing I’ve ever been through,’ Barr suggested tensions between her and the show’s executives had been simmering for months before they came to a public boil last summer.

“‘It’s all because I said that I like [Donald] Trump,’ Barr said, reflecting on the reason her public comments came under such close scrutiny. ‘A lot of cabals in Hollywood, that’s all they needed to hear: “She must be destroyed.”’

“Barr, the star and executive producer of ABC’s high-profile Roseanne reboot, was ousted by the network after she posted a racist tweet about a former Obama administration official, which the network publicly condemned as ‘abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values.’ Barr apologized for the comment, but was swiftly fired. Roseanne was later revived as a spinoff titled The Conners without her involvement.

“Barr told Rogan that she had been warned — by executives she doesn’t name — not to say anything that could be construed as ‘offensive.’

“‘That’s kind of what killed the comedy thing for me. I was told that me getting in trouble one more time, I wouldn’t have my reruns anymore. And I live on that [income], you know?’ she said. ‘I asked for it to be defined … They said, “You know what it means.”’

“Reruns of the original show were, in fact, pulled from a number of channels after ABC came down with its decision, including Viacom’s networks Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT. Laff, a digital network that programs reruns of sitcoms spanning several decades, made the same move.

“In the year and a half since, Barr has spoken out about her firing a number of times, pinning the blame on — at various points, with varying levels of contrition — Ambien, anti-semitism and her former co-star Sara Gilbert. She has also said that her words have been mischaracterized and taken out of context.

“On Thursday, she suggested she was targeted because her political views didn’t align with higher-ups in Hollywood and because she was saying things decision-makers didn’t want to hear.

“‘These people that think people are rude are the rudest fucking assholes on earth,’ she said.”

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