Monday March 4, 2019

Netflix is releasing 60 original shows and movies this month. Here’s the full list.

And here’s what is coming to Hulu in March.

A first look at season 8 of Game of Thrones.

A sneak peak at tonight’s episode of The Resident.

Seth Rogen is about to enter the fifth dimension, as he is the latest actor to join the cast of Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access. The actor will star on an episode written by Alex Rubens. The anthology series will launch its first two episodes on April 1, with new installments to be made available weekly on Thursdays, beginning April 11.”

How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor has been cast opposite Al Pacino, Logan Lerman and Jerrika Hinton in The Hunt, Amazon's Nazi-hunting series executive produced by Jordan Peele. The Hunt, created by David Weil, follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City.

Whose head is on the chopping block on The Walking Dead?

TIME offers up the 5 funniest TV shows ever, per Michael Schur.

More potential trouble for the Frye Festival morons.

Tamron Hall’s new talk show is set to premiere Monday, September 9. The show has been sold more than 85% of the country to date, including 47 of the top 50 markets. Not sure how or why, but ok.

“The original Sandlot crew is prepping to play some more ball, according to the writer-director of the first two movies. A TV reboot is in the works with the cast of the first film returning, David Mickey Evans on Thursday told the baseball podcast The Rain Delay. ‘I just sold a Sandlot television show. We're about to get an order for the first two seasons,’ he told host Cooperstown Kurt. Evans said he couldn't tell Kurt who was going to stream it, but ‘I know who's going to stream it. It doesn't take a genius to figure that out right now.’ He added, ‘I already got all the original castmembers back. It takes place in 1984, when they’re all, like, 33 years old and they all have children of their own, and that's all I can tell you.’ Evans did not say which of the castmembers would be returning; the original movie was set in the San Fernando Valley in 1962. The second film featured a different cast, including James Earl Jones and Gregg Germann.”

I thought we were done with this piece of trash? “Ousted ABC star Roseanne Barr used her interview on Sunday’s first episode of The Candace Owens Show to issue a fresh round of incendiary comments, questioning the #MeToo movement and slamming several politicians along with Christine Blasey Ford. Regarding the #MeToo movement and sexual misconduct, Barr explained that someone she had spoken to had said, ‘‘[The women] were there in the room because they thought they were getting a job 15 years ago,' a reasoning Barr didn’t find compelling. ‘Well, it’s because they’re hos,’ she said. ‘Like if you don’t run out of the room and go, “Excuse me you don’t do that to me,” and leave, but you stayed around because you’re like, “Well I thought maybe he was going to give me a writing job,” well, you aren’t nothing but a ho.’ She went on to blame women who came forward with accusations against men after hotel room encounters for ‘pretending that they didn’t go to trade sexual favors for money.’”

Congrats to Million Dollar Listing: New York’s Ryan Serhant and his wife Emilia for becoming new parents.

What’s wrong with Kate Beckinsale?

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Per real life Harvey Specter: “Both Harvey and Donna have, in the past, tried to move on or have inched up against their feelings for each other without fully going there. What do you think made this time different enough for Harvey that it led him to this breakthrough?
I think we’ve been creating this atmosphere where potentially business success isn’t the end-all, and you can celebrate the wins all you want, but if you can’t celebrate it with somebody you love, then what’s that lacking part of one’s life? Mike and Rachel have gone into the sunset, gotten married, taken off, and Zane’s character, every time Harvey says, “Let’s go get a burger. Let’s go do something,” there are examples of people saying, “Hey, man, I need to go. It’s been a long week. I need to go share it with my wife,” or, “I need to go share it with my partner.” I think he’s seeing that around him, and he’s seeing that coming home late at night alone is not… It’s just not where his focus really, I think, wants to be. I think he’s really listening to his heart and seeing that’s not where he wants to be.

He, in these last few episodes, was trying to do right by Donna and giving her space, allowing her to be in this relationship, because they’ve made this deal over and over. But he’s no dummy. He knows that there’s something there. I think he just doesn’t want to lose her. I think his fear of losing her is so big that he wasn’t ever willing to break that boundary and cross over and see what a relationship with her could look like, personally, and even continuing in the office.

So at this point in his life, he almost lost everything, and he sees the people around him are making this decision to be with the ones they love. I think in that last moment where he’s sitting with Samantha, he just says, “You know what? This is stupid. I’m not really facing what I’m really feeling.” I think he sees that, once [she] opens the door and she takes a step back, that the opening is there to see what will come of that.

If he doesn’t take that chance and try to have a relationship with her, he’s going to lose her anyway, because she’s going to move on.
Yeah. I mean, she was almost going to move on. She was already out the door, and I think he’s just realizing it. It takes some men longer than others to come up with the realization that, “Hey, this woman has been knocking on this door for a while,” and he needs to wake up. The relationship has been so complicated. As far as I’m concerned, it’s been really well written. To be able to stretch that relationship over and over and over, it’s gotten really dynamic — at least to play as an actor.

What kind of conversations, if any, did you have with showrunner Aaron Korsh and co-star Sarah Rafferty about how you should play that final scene?
I just remember saying, “Let’s keep it really clean and graceful and with the utmost respect to the characters.” I didn’t want them to be sort of like really aggressive or chauvinistic in any way. I just wanted it to be equal. It had to be that these two people wanted it equally. I think we got that. It’s very hard. You just want to be sensitive to each other. You want to be sensitive to the actors. You want to be sensitive to the characters and just do it justice, because it’s an effort eight years in the making.

When I talked to Aaron, he mentioned that there was, at one point, a version of the script where they said a couple of lines to each other before they kissed. But then when he saw it on the day of, he said it just seemed better unspoken.
It’s very interesting, because I find that a lot of things would be better unspoken and visual and cinematic. That’s one thing we did talk about. We talked about how this is a very wordy, literate television show, and so [many] things happen in the words, and that’s what gives it its character and its charm. With that said, it becomes less cinematic. So the more that’s unspoken, it becomes more cinematic, and maybe he felt that in this moment, [that] this cinematic version was the best version or the right version. Who knows? That’s sort of what I suspect happened. That’s one of the conversations we had. And who knows, maybe we just weren’t feeling the words on the day. [Laughs]

Do you recall what the words were?
I think [she] opened the door, and Harvey said, “You weren’t there.” There was one time when I said it, it was almost like, “How could you not be there for me?” And Aaron looked at me, and he was like, “What if it was the opposite? Like, ‘You weren’t there like I wanted you to be there. Just like I needed you to be there.'” And I think she said, “I’m here now.”

Next season is the last one. How are you feeling about the show coming to an end?
It’s totally bittersweet. I’m so appreciative of having a steady job for coming up on nine years, for the relationships I’ve made with the writers and directors, the other actors and the whole crew. It’s like a second family. I’ve learned so much about the art, about the business of it. I’ve learned about directing. I’ve really enjoyed myself, directing a few episodes.

I see where it could have gone a little bit longer, but I also see that nine years is, like… how often do any shows make it this far? We have such a solid fanbase. It’s all over the world, and for the fans that have stuck with the show for this long, they want it to go forever. There’s a piece of me that would love to give that to them, and there’s another side of me that says, “This is a long time, and it was a great run, a fantastic run, and it’s time to work out some of the other muscles.” … I’m looking to strengthen some other creative elements in my life. It’s a good thing to go and challenge yourself in other ways and tell some different stories, and try and play some characters that are the complete opposite of Harvey. I think there’s balance. I’ve come to terms with the ending of it, and it’s really bittersweet.

What are your hopes for the final season in terms of what you’d like to see them explore with Harvey, and Harvey and Donna, and the firm?
I’d like to get back to some more of the humor of the show. I always enjoy the humor of the show. I love that it went into some really dark places, and it allowed us to do so many things. For Harvey to have, basically, a panic attack [and] borderline nervous breakdown [and then him] regaining the relationship with his mother and learning all about that and the issues with his brother, those personal issues, those were all terrific [storylines]. I guess I’d like to see a little bit of fun that we had in that first season or first two seasons. I’d like to see some playful stuff with Louis. I’d love to see more of the quirky Donna come back. She’s become so managerial and official. I’d love to see her putting Harvey on and all that kind of stuff, and the two of them going back and forth. I’d love to see an homage to all the past characters that we’ve had. If it was up to me, I’d have everybody come back in some form or fashion, because I’ve just loved all the actors that we worked with. They were such great actors.

Nine seasons is such a long run. Could you see yourself doing another TV series after Suits? Or do you want to take a big break from TV?
Well, there’s definitely going to be a break. I don’t know if that’s from television or what. I’m not looking to do the same thing. I’m looking to do something where I’m going to be stretched as an actor and work with some talented people. I’d love to go do a play. I’d love to potentially do an arc on some television [show] or do like a miniseries. I don’t know if I’m going to be signing onto a five-year commitment any time in the near future. That’s not something that I’m really fired up to do. I’d like to do some movies, and I’d like to direct, and I’d like to spend some time with my kids. I really want to see them grow up and be with them while they’re growing up. If I do another series, that takes me away from them. I want to be there for them.”

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Per Deadline, “[w]ith sports gambling becoming increasingly legal and common across the country, ESPN is moving to serve the demand with Daily Wager, a new one-hour news and information show about sports betting.

“Starting March 11, the show will air Monday through Friday on ESPNews at 6 PM ET and stream live on the ESPN app. It will originate from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT. ESPN talent will appear on the show to provide analysis and information, but will not handicap games, per the announcement.

“Doug Kezirian, ESPN sports betting analyst, will host the show. He and on-air experts and ESPN reporters and analysts will assess analytics and point spreads, with an eye toward how the day’s sports news will affect betting.

“‘ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans,’ said Norby Williamson, ESPN EVP and Executive Editor, Studio Production. ‘The sports betting environment has changed and interest is increasing at unprecedented levels. ESPN is going to have a strong and vibrant presence across our platforms, and the launch of Daily Wager is the next step in what has already been underway for some time.’

“Last spring, the Supreme Court struck down a 1992 law that prevented states from legalizing gambling. As a helpful map and legislation tracker on ESPN.com points out, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and a handful of other states passed laws allowing betting, with New York, Connecticut and several others in the process of doing so.

Daily Wager joins existing sports betting coverage across ESPN platforms, including podcasts and digital content. The mother-ship network also delivers Bad Beats, a sardonic segment looking at heart-breaking losses against the spread on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.

“‘Stanford’ Steve Coughlin, who co-hosts Bad Beats with Van Pelt, will be a regular contributor to Daily Wager. Other contributors will include Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica, David Purdum, Anita Marks, Preston Johnson and Joe Fortenbaugh.

“ESPN said its stats and information resources will be tapped by the show, with the screen being modified to include graphics displaying betting news, lines and information.”

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Per Bloomberg, “Hulu and YouTube together have signed about 3 million subscribers to their live online TV services, according to people with knowledge of the matter, a sign the two internet companies may be outmaneuvering competitors like Sling TV and DirecTV Now.

“Hulu’s live service is nearing 2 million subscribers, while YouTube TV has eclipsed 1 million, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the numbers aren’t public. Both continue to add hundreds of thousands of customers every quarter.

“The companies created the live services, known as ‘skinny bundles,’ to broaden their offerings and compete with similar packages from conventional pay-TV distributors like Dish Network Corp., the owner of Sling TV, and AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV. The idea is to offer a narrow lineup of channels, from programmers like CBS and ESPN, as a low-cost alternative to cable’s hundreds of channels, most of which people don’t watch.

“TV networks have looked to the slimmed-down, online services to ease their pain as growing legions of consumers drop conventional pay-TV packages for streaming options like Netflix. The first of these services, Sling TV, offered a few dozen live channels at a fraction of the price of a typical cable package.

“But the initial burst of signups at Sling, DirecTV Now and Sony Corp.’s PlayStation Vue has slowed. DirecTV Now suffered a 14 percent drop in customers in the most recent quarter after raising prices. Sling is offering a 40 percent discount to attract new subscribers.

“Hulu and YouTube represent a rare bit of good news for TV. They may be benefiting from a superior user experience compared with Sling or DirecTV Now, according to Alan Wolk, co-founder of the media consultancy TVRev.

“‘They’ve done a better job of branding,’ Wolk said. ‘The interfaces are slick and modern looking, Hulu in particular.’ It also helps that neither YouTube nor Hulu is a cable or satellite company, which routinely rank among the least admired by U.S. consumers.

“Generally, TV networks make money from selling advertisements and charging pay-TV providers like Comcast Corp. to carry their channels. Advertising has flatlined as more consumers watch shows on-demand, often using ad-free services like Netflix.

“That’s increased the pressure on programmers like CBS, NBC and Fox to charge distributors more to carry their channels, which has in turn contributed to price-sensitive customers canceling their packages.

“Hulu, owned by four large media companies, charges $44.99 a month for more than 60 channels, including CBS, NBC and ESPN. It also includes Hulu’s on-demand service.

“The business will be majority owned by Walt Disney Co. once the entertainment giant completes its $71 billion purchase of assets from 21st Century Fox Inc. YouTube, part of Alphabet Inc.’s Google, charges $40 a month for its live TV service.”

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Lisa Vanderpump is gearing up for what could be the next Vanderpump Rules.

“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is currently developing a new project centered around her dog rescue, Vanderpump Dogs, multiple insiders told Page Six on Friday.

“One insider told us that any potential show is definitely ‘not a spin-off’ and it ‘could just be a special.’ Right now, the project is ‘just a reel in development.’

“Meanwhile, another insider told us that when Vanderpump’s RHOBH costars — Erika Girardi, Lisa Rinna, Teddi Mellencamp, Dorit Kemsley and Kyle Richards — got wind of the project, they gathered for dinner at Craig’s in Los Angeles to discuss how “extremely unhappy” they are that Vanderpump was allegedly given a new project to work on at their ‘expense.’ They believed that Vanderpump, 58, started to plant seeds for the project during Season 9 of RHOBH by escalating her issue with Kemsley who gave a dog from the rescue to someone who ended up dropping the pup at a shelter.

“We’re also told that the women also ‘felt used by the show’s producers’ to further Vanderpump’s personal agenda.

“Vanderpump’s first spin-off, based around her Los Angeles restaurant SUR, premiered in 2013. It debuted following RHOBH by having her facilitate a meeting between Scheana Marie and then-costar Brandi Glanville. Marie had hooked up with Glanville’s ex-husband while they were still married.

“A source close to Vanderpump told us that she ‘has had many ideas for additional Bravo shows. Any project that will further her mission to save the lives of dogs here in the USA and around the world is something that she is seriously considering.’”