Thursday October 10, 2019

Jordan > Turbo, although both are psychopaths.

I am really enjoying this Island of the Idols. Rob and Sandra bring a really nice added twist to a tried and true format.

Jeff Probst talks about this season’s cast.

A new season of Temptation Island begins tonight on USA.

Aaron Paul breaks down Breaking Bad in 3 minutes. More below.

Drew Barrymore has joined the ranks of Kelly Clarkson and RuPaul as the latest celebrity to translate Hollywood fame into a new daytime talk show. The 44-year-old actress and producer will headline a syndicated talk show for CBS Television Distribution, with the series eyeing a fall 2020 launch. ‘It is beyond my wildest dreams to have this opportunity for a daily talk show,’ Barrymore, who’s producing the show alongside Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell, said of the program in a press release. ‘I’m truly thrilled and honored to be creating this show with CBS.’ Added CBS President of Television Stations Peter Dunn: ‘We are very excited to be in business with Drew Barrymore and have our stations serve as the launch group for a show that is the brightest prospect I have seen in many years.’”

Netflix released the trailer for David Chang’s new series Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, which will be available on October 23.  The series features Chang traveling to cities around the world with different celebrity friends to discover food and culture, not the most irreverent show.  Seth Rogen, Chrissy Teigen, Kate McKinnon and Lena Waithe are Chang’s guests. Here’s a link to the trailer.

Netflix also released a trailer for its upcoming hidden camera show Prank Encounters. “This October, don't go outside, don't open the door, and don't trust anyone... especially Gaten Matarazzo! Prank Encounters is the most elaborate hidden camera prank show ever devised. Hosted by Gaten Matarazzo (known for his role as Dustin in Stranger Things), each episode of this terrifying and hilarious show takes two complete strangers on the surprise ride of a lifetime. It's business as usual until their paths collide and fear meets funny when their one-day assignments turn into supernatural surprises.” Here’s a link to that trailer.

With a hip-hop theme and judges Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I., Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow is hardly your ordinary music competition. Over 10 episodes staggered across three weeks, the judges scour the country for promising hip-hop artists who can also perform and produce their music. They take in auditions in four cities and gradually winnow down the top contenders — which in itself is not that different, but the staggered rollout and the fact that the show is on Netflix (not to mention it’s about rappers) makes nearly everything about it unconventional if not unusual in the world of music competitions. But another aspect that sets Rhythm + Flow apart from many singing competitions is the fact that contestants are not bound by recording or publishing contracts connected to the show. ‘We took our own unique approach, compared to what you see on linear [television],’ Brandon Riegg, Netflix’s vice president of unscripted originals and acquisitions, tells Variety. ‘There is no label deal — Chance famously didn’t have a label, he launched things on his own. So when we spoke to [executive producer] John Legend and to Cardi and to Tip [T.I.], it was about staying authentic to hip-hop and what was best for the hip-hop community; it was less about tying them down to some sort of management or label deal.’”

“While many of the headlines from Ronan Farrow’s bombshell book relate to the shocking allegation of rape against Matt Lauer, the NBC News division is in chaos, with leaders Andy Lack and Noah Oppenheim ‘quivering in their suits,’ according to multiple insiders. Farrow’s book also claims that NBC News brass knew about Lauer’s behavior long before he was fired and took no action. One NBC insider told Page Six, ‘Either Lack or Oppenheim are going to have to take the fall for this — or both of them. Oppenheim may have been trying to protect his Hollywood interests, while Lack maintained a cordial relationship with [Harvey] Weinstein.’ Farrow also reveals details about Lack’s history of office affairs prior to his NBC job. A second insider added, “Lack has presided over NBC’s decision not to run two of the biggest news stories of the decade — the Trump/Billy Bush tape and the Harvey Weinstein exposé … How much longer can he hold on?’ We’re told this has been incredibly demoralizing for the staff — and that Wednesday, as the allegations from Ronan’s book dropped, was incredibly chaotic at 30 Rock. Yet another insider said, ‘It is bad — there’s a lot of people that are upset that they work at NBC, there’s a bewilderment that we are still hearing from NBC executives that Ronan didn’t have the Weinstein story. Other sources pointed out that broadcast rivals CBS and ABC both reported that the book claims senior staff at NBC had been told about Lauer’s alleged behavior at Sochi, but that NBC left that part out of its coverage.’ ‘They totally whitewashed how they handled it this morning,’ an NBC insider told us. But an NBC insider pointed to the fact that an investigation into the Lauer scandal concluded, ‘We found no evidence indicating that any NBC News or Today show leadership, News HR or others in positions of authority in the News Division received any complaints about Lauer’s workplace behavior prior to Nov. 27, 2017.’ Lack issued a statement saying: ‘Our highest priority is to ensure we have a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected. We are absolutely committed to making this a reality. There can be no exception.’” [This article was condensed.]


Per Variety, “Jenna Dewan has scored her next hosting gig after World of Dance.

“The multi-hyphenate has been announced as the emcee for Flirty Dancing, a new dancing-dating show hybrid coming to Fox. The show, based on the U.K. format, is set to premiere in winter 2019.

“The setup for Flirty Dancing sees two complete strangers learn half of a dance routine, then meet for the first time on a blind date where they will then dance together without saying a word. In a twist on the original format, the U.S. adaptation will feature singles performing a different choreographed dance with two potential love interests, before choosing the one with whom they have the strongest connection.

“‘Flirty Dancing is a truly unique format – it’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. It’s fun, fresh and romantic, and broadens the dating format far beyond its traditional boundaries,’ said Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at Fox Entertainment. ‘Jenna is our dream host. She knows all about how powerful connection and chemistry can be on the dance floor. So there really is no one better to help guide these singles in their search for love.’

“Other than her competition show hosting, Dewan recently starred in the film The Wedding Year and in the anthology film Berlin, I Love You. She played a recurring role on Fox’s medical drama The Resident last year and is set to appear in the Netflix musical drama series Soundtrack.

Flirty Dancing is produced by Second Star, part of Objective Media Group, and All3Media America. Second Star’s Deborah Sargeant and Objective Media Group America’s Jilly Pearce will serve as executive producers. Mike Yurchuk serves as executive producer and showrunner.”


Per Decider, “[t]his week finally marks the premiere of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Secretly shot over 50 days, El Camino chronicles what happened to Aaron Paul’s Jesse after the events of the show’s iconic final episode. But there’s one mystery looming over this upcoming film that has little to do with blue meth, vengeful cartels, or what the DEA knows. Why exactly is the Breaking Bad movie coming to Netflix first?

“The answer to that question has to do with the show’s complicated history bridging the gap between traditional cable and streaming. Though Breaking Bad is one of shows that turned AMC into a prestige hub, Vince Gilligan’s series has always had a special relationship with Netflix. In some ways the streaming giant helped save one of television’s greatest shows.

“In 2010 Breaking Bad was in a difficult place. It was a critical darling, but AMC had a difficult time justifying its cost. The network told Gilligan and Sony that the series may have to end after Season 3. AMC quickly retracted that threat after seeing how interested FX and its other competitors were in continuing Walter White’s moral decline, but that fear of ending prematurely led to AMC and Sony looking into more creative viewership options. That’s how Breaking Bad came to the still upstart streaming service, Netflix.

“Originally the crime drama was supposed to land on Netflix following its fourth season. That deal was pushed up so that Seasons 1 through 3 were added to the streaming service in the hopes subscribers would get hooked binge-watching on Netflix before turning to AMC for new episodes. It was a strategy that worked shockingly well. According to Variety, Breaking Bad‘s Season 5’s premiere episode saw 5.9 million total viewers for AMC, a statistic that was more than double Season 4’s premiere. The show’s finale went on to break a staggering 10.3 million viewers. Well before Lifetime’s You swelled from under-appreciated to becoming one of the most popular shows of 2018, Breaking Bad benefited from the Netflix boom.

“So when Gilligan started shopping his script for El Camino, AMC and Netflix immediately came to mind. ‘We were a natural home for the movie,’ Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of Original Content, told The Hollywood Reporter for a recent profile on Gillian. ‘It wasn’t a really long conversation. It was a simple, “Yes, please.”’ Since the announcement of El Camino Holland revealed that viewership of Breaking Bad has gone up on Netflix.

“Partnering with Netflix also fulfilled one of Gilligan’s dreams for his iconic series. Every time AMC would launch a new season ofBreaking Bad, the network would screen the premiere episode in a theater. ‘We would have this wonderful, very limited, one-time opportunity to watch our television show on a big screen with giant stereo speakers thumping, the image filling 40 feet across,’ Gilligan explained in The Hollywood Reporter’s profile. ‘I always thought, “This thing, it looks like a movie. It doesn’t look like a show.” I really want to be able to share that with fans.’

“Thanks to this unconventional partnership everyone is getting what they want. Gilligan is getting a chance to return to Albuquerque with the theatrical release he’s always wanted. AMC is getting another chapter in its hit series, which is reported to premiere on the network sometime in ‘early 2020.’ Netflix is getting its own piece of the hit series that helped transform the streaming service into such a television powerhouse. And fans everywhere are getting one last story about Jesse Pinkman they can watch either in their homes or in select theaters. El Camino will screen for one weekend only in 61 cities across the country. For once in the Breaking Bad universe, every is getting their due instead of getting cut.

“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie premieres on Netflix Friday, October 11. The film will also be available in select theaters from Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13 and will premiere on AMC in 2020.”


HBO Max is continuing to build out its children’s programming with series orders for two kids competition series.

“The two shows, Karma and Craftopia, have both received eight-episode orders at the nascent streamer. Karma will be hosted by YouTube star Michelle Khare, while Craftopia will be hosted by Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY of YouTube fame. Khare currently boasts nearly 2 million YouTube followers, while Riihimaki has just over 9 million.

“‘We are giving kids an opportunity to show us their absolute best as they strive for excellence in both challenging and creative situations,” said Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of original content for HBO Max. ‘With Michelle and Lauren at the helms, we are aiming to surprise and delight our young viewers. These shows are incredible additions to our growing list of HBO Max kids originals.’

“Karma, currently in production, takes sixteen contestants, ranging in age from 12 to 15, completely off the grid to solve puzzles and overcome physical challenges, with the contestants social actions impacting their success in the game. Focus, giving, humility, growth, connection, change and patience are the path to becoming the Karma Champion.

“The series is executive produced by JD Roth, Adam Greener and Sara Hansemenn for GoodStory Entertainment with Fred Pichel serving as showrunner and executive producer.

Craftopia is a kids crafting competition show. In the series, 9 to 15-year old contestants race to fill up their carts with crafting materials from the studio ‘store’ in order to make the best craft creations they possibly can. Production will begin later this year.

“Craftopia is executive produced by Riihimaki along with Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher for Industrial Media’s B17 Entertainment.

“News of the two series orders comes after HBO Max recently announced multiple executive hires in their kids and family division, as well as a five-season deal that will see Sesame Street stream on the service.”


From Deadline: “Mindy Kaling is standing by her comments in a feature story published today by Elle magazine in which she recounted being singled out among her fellow writer-producers on The Office when it came to being vetted for Emmy eligibility.

“The Elle article, which will be published in the magazine’s November print edition later this month, referenced a time early in the show’s run in which Kaling said she was told by Emmy organizer the Television Academy that ‘because there were too many producers on The Office, they were going to cut her from the list. She, the only woman of color on the team, wouldn’t be eligible for an Emmy like the rest of the staff.’

“‘In order to receive her rightful recognition,’ the article continues, ‘she recalls, ‘they made me, not any of the other producers, fill out a whole form and write an essay about all my contributions as a writer and a producer. I had to get letters from all the other male, white producers saying that I had contributed, when my actual record stood for itself.’ Her name was eventually added to the list, the article says, and the show did not win that year.

“It was unclear which season Kaling was referencing, but the hit NBC series garnered 42 total Emmy nominations during its run and won five, including the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy in 2006. It was nominated in the marquee category five more times from 2007-2011.

“Later in the day, the TV Academy responded to Kaling’s claim that she was singled out.

“‘No one person was singled out,’ an Academy spokesperson said. ‘There was an increasing concern years ago regarding the number of performers and writers seeking producer credits. At the time the Producers Guild worked with the Television Academy to correctly vet producer eligibility. Every performer producer and writer producer was asked to justify their producer credits. We no longer require this justification from performer producers and writer producers, but we do continue to vet Consulting Producer credits with the PGA to ensure those credited are actually functioning in the role as a producer.’

“Kaling later responded to the TV Academy’s response via Twitter.

“‘Respectfully, the Academy’s statement doesn’t make any sense. I ‘was’ singled out. There were other Office writer-performer-producers who were NOT cut from the list. Just me. The most junior person, and woman of color. Easiest to dismiss. Just sayin’’

“She continued:

“‘I’ve never wanted to bring up that incident because The Office was one of the greatest creative experiences of my life, and who would want to have an adversarial relationship with the Academy, who has the ongoing power to enhance our careers with awards?’

“‘But I worked so hard and it was humiliating. I had written so many episodes, put in so much time in the editing room, just to have the Academy discard it because they couldn’t fathom I was capable of doing it all. Thankfully I was rescued by my friends, the other producers.

“‘The point is, we shouldn’t have be bailed out because of the kindness our more powerful white male colleagues. Not mentioning it seemed like glossing over my story. This was like ten years ago. Maybe it wouldn’t happen now. But it happened to me.’”