Tuesday February 19, 2019

Netflix has canceled Friends From College. Not a major loss.

Netflix has also canceled The Punisher and Jessica Jones. More below.

Rumors continue to swirl that Colton Underwood, the virgin who is this season’s Bacehlor, is gay. I heard more last night (not on the show) that leads me to believe that is the case. How this all plays out and how ABC handles this if (and when) it comes to light should be pretty interesting.

Netflix likes Green Eggs and Ham, judging by the top-flight voice cast assembled for the new animated series set for a debut next fall. The Ellen DeGeneres-produced adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic will feature Michael Douglas, Adam DeVine, Diane Keaton, Ilana Glazer, Eddie Izzard, Tracy Morgan and Keegan-Michael Key, Daveed Diggs, John Turturro, Jeffrey Wright, and Jillian Bell.

A new trailer for the final season of Veep.

Season 2 of truTV’s At Home WIth Amy Sedaris premieres tonight.

Mandy Moore opens up about her marriage to Ryan Adams.

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming Netflix biopic on Motley Crue, The Dirt. “The biopic, directed by Jeff Tremaine, is based on the rock band's 2001 autobiographyThe Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band. Douglas Booth, Iwan Rheon, Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly), and Daniel Webber star as the core four members of the band — Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, Tommy Lee, and Vince Neil — as they go from a mismatched group of misfits playing small rock clubs in Hollywood, to becoming one of the most notorious rock 'n' roll groups in history. Judging from the trailer, watching their rise to international fame will be deeply entertaining. The Dirt hits Netflix on March 22 and also stars Pete Davidson, Leven Rambin, and David Costabile.”

The imperfect afterlives of The Good Place and Miracle Workers.

Penn Badgley was annoyed that everyone thought he was 'the nice guy' until he played a murderous stalker in You.

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Per TheWrap, “HGTV duo Jonathan and Drew Scott apparently, somehow have time to do yet another show. The popular cable channel has ordered Property Brothers: Forever Home to series.

“The latest Property Brothers installment is set to premiere on Wednesday, May 29, at 9/8c. On this one, nobody’s moving, so we’re not entirely sure what Drew the real estate agent is doing here, to be honest.

“In the latest title in the power twins’ (Editor’s note: That’s HGTV’s phrasing, but they’re not wrong) HGTV arsenal, couples who are settled in their home but need the brothers’ expertise to make it perfect will qualify for a complete makeover, per the network. These new clients aren’t looking to flip their property for profit, because they know this place is ‘the one’ where they can put down roots and happily spend their lives. To unlock a home’s full potential, Jonathan and Drew will focus on overhauling the house to suit the families’ needs and wishes.

“‘When a family buys a house, they know when it’s the right one — the fixer upper where they can spend all their time and grow old together,’ Drew said of this gig. ‘But, before they know it, years go by and the house hasn’t changed.’

“‘Renovations cost more than they imagine, so their ‘diamond in the rough’ stays rough for years,’ added Jonathan, the contractor who will probably be doing the heavy lifting here. ‘That’s why we’re here — to help families unlock the dreams in their uninspiring houses.’

“In each episode, Drew will take the couple on a tour of nearby renovated homes to learn about the features they love and which ones they can live without, HGTV said on Tuesday. Oh, so that’s his role.

“With this information and the homeowner’s budget in mind, Jonathan will bring the family’s design dreams to life using state-of-the-art 3D graphics, the official description continued. He will present the homeowners with two animated options that showcase different ways their house can be reimagined. The stakes are high for everyone–for the couples, who must decide how their ideal home should look, and for Jonathan and Drew, who must deliver renovations that surpass the clients’ expectations.”

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Netflix and Marvel's decision to terminate their five-year (and six-series) relationship is the most telling sign of the new world order in the streaming era.

“The streamer on Monday axed The Punisher and Jessica Jonesthe latter of which has yet to air its third season. Those join Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist (and limited mash-up mini The Defenders) as Netflix's partnership with Marvel has officially come to an end. And while the two companies had, up until recently, enjoyed a drama-free pact, Netflix's move was hardly unexpected given the current streaming landscape.

“As media behemoths like Disney, Comcast and WarnerMedia enter the streaming business, each conglomerate is now faced with the same, multimillion-dollar question: Keep their scripted originals and library content for themselves or continue to license shows — like Jessica Jones (owned by Disney), The Office (Comcast) and Friends(Warner) — to friend-turned-rival Netflix.

“Put simply: Netflix did not have an ownership stake in any of its Marvel TV series. Each of the six Marvel shows was owned by Disney. Netflix paid ABC Studios a (steep) licensing fee for each season of its respective series.

“While those licensing fees lined Disney's coffers, the Mouse House — like other conglomerates (and Netflix) — is increasingly focused owning its own content. What's more, Disney is increasingly focused on populating its upcoming service — Disney+ — with content and announced back in August 2017 plans to pull its Marvel feature films from Netflix. Disney and Marvel executives have also indicated that the canceled Netflix fare could live again on Disney+.

“To further illustrate how Disney is pulling back its Marvel TV properties for its own platforms, look no further than the rest of the comic book giant's scripted fare. Agents of SHIELD was Marvel's first live-action scripted series. The ABC drama — which now has shockingly outlived all of the Netflix series — has been a perennial bubble show despite the fact that the network owns it. The series scored a rare early seventh-season renewal for the 2019-2020 broadcast season — before its sixth season even aired. Disney-owned Freeform airs Cloak and Dagger (produced by ABC Signature). Hulu this month announced a slate of four animated Marvel comedies (and a mash-up special aptly named The Offenders).  The streamer also has YA-themed The Runaways awaiting word on a third season. And Disney, once its $72 billion Fox acquisition closes, will have a majority ownership stake in Hulu. Then there's Fox's The Gifted, which is produced by 20th Century Fox Television — with the studio also included in Disney's Fox buy. (The same is true of the upcoming third and final season of FX's Legion.) If you sense a theme it's because you should: Disney owns all of its Marvel TV programming across the dial and, save for The Gifted, has Marvel fare on all of its platforms: broadcast, basic cable and streaming (on both of its platforms).

“So then why would Netflix cancel Jessica Jones when its third season hasn't even aired yet? A couple reasons. First, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg left after production on season three was already completed (for a lucrative overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, home of DC Comics). Second, the stars of Jessica Jones are fielding offers for the broadcast pilot season and Netflix did not want to prevent them from taking other jobs given that the streamer knew its relationship with Marvel was on its last legs. Netflix makes renewal and cancellation decisions based on viewership vs. cost. Jessica Jones was an expensive series and, while Netflix doesn't release viewership data, a third-party measurement company tracked social media buzz and found that all of the Marvel series were down year-over-year. (That's pretty much the same narrative for broadcast and cable viewership.)

“Let's look at Marvel and Netflix's relationship next. The foundation started in 2013 with an epic five-show dealthat was considered groundbreaking at the time. Netflix shelled out millions for a five-show deal that created a multiple-series universe for the streamer with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist culminating — like a comic book crossover — in a massive superhero mash-up: The Defenders. The original agreement was for four, 13-episode series and the miniseries. Sources note that it was the episode count stipulation that, more recently, became an issue as Netflix is said to have wanted to reduce the standard episode count from 13 to 10 in a bid to tighten the creative. Sources stressed that the original 2013 deal did not have an expiration date and all of the respective series and spinoffs could have run for as long as both parties wanted.

Speaking of the creative: Nearly all of the Marvel Netflix dramas had showrunner changes.Daredevil showrunners included Steven S. DeKnight (season one), Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez (season two) and Erik Oleson (season three).Jessica Jones would have needed to have hired a new showrunner to replace Rosenberg for a potential fourth season.Luke Cage was showrun by Cheo Hodari Coker (who, two months after its cancellation, inked an overall deal with Netflix rival Amazon). AndIron Fist went from Scott Buck (season one) to Raven Metzner (season two). In short: Half of the original Marvel shows for Netflix experienced creative issues.

“So what is the future of Marvel on TV? In a word: Disney. Expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, Disney+ is already prepping TV spinoffs of its billion-dollar box office MCU films. There are three already in the works: a Tom Hiddleston-fronted Loki; a Falcon/Winter Soldier team-up limited series expected to star Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan; and Vision and Secret Witchwith Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen likely to on board to reprise their roles.

“And then there's the politics between Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Disney CEO Bob Iger. With an influx of executives coming over to Disney, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey — who developed Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and late and great Agent Carter for the broadcast network — jumped ship and moved to Netflix. Dungey will reunite with Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy) and Kenya Barris (Black-ish), both of whom negotiated an early exit from their overall deals at ABC Studios. (And that's just the tip of the iceberg in the increasing rivalry between Disney and Netflix.)

“In short, it's easy to say that Netflix canceled its Marvel fare because of economics, the answer is much more complex than simple ownership as Disney and Netflix have not exactly been good bedfellows in the past year. So while Marvel may have been caught, at least partially, in the crossfire, media titans like Warners and Comcast may very well be next when it comes to pulling their respective content from Netflix as the new (streaming) world order takes over.

“With WarnerMedia and Comcast both launching their own direct-to-consumer streaming services (due in the fourth-quarter 2019 and 2020, respectively), both companies are going to have to consider whether they will continue to get a Netflix check with a lot of zeros to license Friends and The Office or if the companies will pull their crown jewels and put them exclusively on their own platforms. For the time being, Friends and The Office will remain on Netflix through 2019 and 2021, respectively. But after that? ‘Sharing destination assets like [Friends], it's not a good model to share,’ WarnerMedia streaming service chief creative officer Kevin Reilly said this month. ‘They should be exclusive to the service.’”

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From EW: “If you’ve seen headlines about a potential revival of HBO’s The Newsroom coming to save the state of journalism in the era of fake news, don’t get your hopes up. Series creator Aaron Sorkin shot down those rumblings while appearing on The Late Late Show Monday night.

“‘I wish the show was on the air now,’ he said. ‘I would love to be writing it now, but there are other things coming up. I have no plans to return to anything else I have done.’

“Does that also apply to anyone hoping for another iteration of The West Wing or a sequel to The Social Network? Sounds like it.

Olivia Munn, who starred as ACN’s financial expert Sloan Sabbith on The Newsroom, told Entertainment Tonight that she and costar Tom Sadoski had “conversations” with Sorkin about a reboot. “He’s very busy, but we have very high hopes that it would be able to come together, hopefully,” she said.

“Now those hopes are dashed.

“After adapting To Kill A Mocking Bird for the Broadway stage, Sorkin is now assembling his next directorial effort for film with The Trial of the Chicago 7, a story of the truly wild 1969 trial of seven defendants charged with multiple offenses relating to counterculture protests during the Democratic National Convention. He also wrote the script for Cate Blanchett’s Lucille Ball movie, Lucy and Desi, and NBC’s live production of A Few Good Men.

“So, yeah, he’s busy.”

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Per The Ringer, “In 54 days, Game of Thrones will finally return. And 35 days after that, Throneswill end. In less time than it seemingly took Littlefinger to zip around to every corner of Westeros, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will deliver a conclusion to the story George R.R. Martin first introduced 23 years ago—and in that precious time they’ll have to answer half a hundred pressing questions: Who will live? Who will die? Who will tell Jon he’s doing it with his aunt?

“Separate from those series-shaping questions are countless smaller but still crucial details that the show may or may not explore in the final season. These are Thrones’ loose ends: the characters, places, events, prophecies, and more that the story has made audiences wonder about over the past seven seasons but the show has yet to wrap up. In the run-up to the final season’s April 14 premiere, we’ll be digging through these loose ends, looking at why they matter and how they could affect the endgame as we count down to Thrones’s long-awaited conclusion.

“Can Dany have children? The books are clear that she cannot, but the show less so.

“In Baelor, the penultimate episode of Season 1, the Lhazareen witch Mirri Maz Duur, at the behest of Daenerys, performed a blood rite on her husband Khal Drogo. The horselord was already near death, stricken by an infection, which Mirri may have caused, that took root in a wound he suffered defending Dany’s honor.

“When Dany awoke, her child with Drogo, the future Stallion Who Would Mount the World, Rhaego, had been delivered stillborn and monstrous. ‘l pulled him out myself,’ Mirri told Dany. ‘He was scaled like a lizard, blind, with leather wings like the wings of a bat. When l touched him the skin fell from his bones. Inside he was full of graveworms. I warned you that only death can pay for life.’

“The blood magic, and Rhaego’s death, preserved Drogo’s life. But he languished in vegetative state. Not dead, yet not truly alive. A sickly and hollow shadow of the once vibrant Khal. When Dany asked how long he would remain this way, Mirri said, ‘When the sun rises in the west, sets in the east. When the seas go dry. When the mountains blow in the wind like leaves.’ This exchange is similar to the one that appears in the books with one crucial omission: ‘When your womb quickens again, and you bear a living child.’

“So when Tyrion says to Dany, ‘You say you can’t have children,’ when the two are discussing governing philosophy on Dragonstone ahead of Season 7’s summit at the Dragonpit, the reasoning behind Dany’s belief is, for viewers, a bit opaque. Clearly Dany does not think she can conceive, an impression that numerous encounters with Daario Naharis seem to have proved true. But she was never explicitly told that was the case.

“Well, because the potential child of Daenerys Targaryen, last living kin of King Aerys II Targaryen and Queen Rhaella, and Aegon Targaryen, otherwise known as Jon Snow, the secret legitimate son of Crown Prince Rhaegar and Lyanna Stark, would be an immensely powerful symbol with an impeccable claim to the throne! Such a child would cement the succession of the renewed Targaryen dynasty and bring the promise of much-needed stability to the realm.

“Well, let’s see, Dany could miss her period by a couple of days, suddenly develop (even more) luminous skin, and generally, you know, become obviously pregnant!

“Before our heroes can rejoice, however, they should know that Targaryen pregnancies have a tendency to be hazardous for mother and child. Dany’s mother, Queen Rhaella, suffered through numerous miscarriages and stillbirths before successfully delivering Viserys later in life. The queen died giving birth to Dany.

“Even couplings in which the mother is not a Targaryen can be troubled. Princess Elia Martell of Dorne, Prince Rhaegar’s first wife, bore him two children. She was bedridden for six months after giving birth to the first, and the second pregnancy nearly killed her. After that the Maesters informed her and Rhaegar that she shouldn’t have more children. Then Rhaegar pursued Lyanna Stark, who died giving birth to Jon. The mothers of both Jon and Dany died in childbirth; even without Mirri’s prophecy, pregnancy would be a mixed omen for the Mother of Dragons.

“Even if Dany’s experience isn’t traumatic, it would be too dangerous for her and the realm for the Khaleesi to ride Drogon into battle while pregnant. Jon and her small council would likely insist that she remain safe behind the walls of some castle. This, obviously, would seriously weaken the war effort!

“Dany’s possibly quickening womb is incredibly important to the show, to her relationship with Jon, to the battle against the Night King, and for the future of the kingdom of Westeros.”