Rest in peace Luke Perry.
And a cool story below to give you more tiny insight into the type of guy Perry was.
NBC has renewed Superstore for a 5th season.
A new season of Hoarders begins on A&E tonight.
“Chris D’Elia is set for a recurring role on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s You. D’Elia will play Henderson, a designer hoodie, black Ray-Bans, expensive sneakers-wearing famous comedian with a “hard-life-lessons man-of-the-people” thing working for him. . . .The show’s second season is loosely based on the author’s second book in the series titled Hidden Bodies and will be released by the streaming service under the Netflix originals banner. It will follow Goldberg to Los Angeles where he meets Love Quinn (Victoria Pedretti), an aspiring chef that isn’t into social media like his previous leading lady.” Well, it looks like I’m going to have to watch season 2.
CBS All Access has renewed something called No Activity for a 3rd season.
Summer House returned to Bravo last night with very little fanfare, but kudos to the upgrade in casting. Gone are the Amazonian and whiny southern guy, having been replaced with 3 much more palatable (relative term) houseguests.
“Parenthood alum Sam Jaeger has joined the cast of CBS All Access’ Why Women Kill, a darkly comedic drama from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, Imagine Television Studios and CBS TV Studios. Created by Cherry, Why Women Kill details the lives of three women living in three different decades — a housewife in the ‘60s, a socialite in the ‘80s and a lawyer in 2018 — each dealing with infidelity in their marriages. The series will examine how the roles of women have changed but how their reaction to betrayal has not. Jaeger will play Rob. Seen in 1963. Confident and ambitious, he is Beth Ann’s husband, an ex-jock who was born into a blue collar family, but who has worked his ass off to end up in a white collar world. The quintessential early 1960s catered-to husband, he enjoys his position as benevolent provider, provided Beth Ann remains the subservient homemaker.”
A review of the upcoming Epix docuseries Punk. “Punk is a tell-all docuseries about one of music’s most notorious scenes of the last half-century, told first hand by some of its most notable players including Iggy Pop, Johnny Rotten, Marky Ramone, Dave Grohl, Legs McNeil and more.”
I would still fear Negan more than Alpha. #TheWalkingDead
“CC Sabathia is already planning for retirement from baseball before he’s even put away his pitcher’s mitt. The New York Yankees pitcher and Cy Young Award winner is joining ESPN as a contributor, the network announced on Tuesday. He will serve in a variety of roles beginning this season.”
“Audible has released the cover art for Heads Will Roll, the audiobook giant’s first foray into comedy originals. Set to launch May 2nd, the absurdist 10-episode medieval series comes from the minds of Saturday Night Live cast member Kate McKinnon and her sister Emily Lynne, who both star. McKinnon plays the evil Queen Mortuana of the Night Realm, while Lynne will voice her ditsy raven minion JoJo. After they receive a prophecy about an imminent peasant uprising, the pair must journey to find the Shard of Acquiescence, which will put down the rebellion and save the throne. Listeners will find out if their friendship will survive the perils of politics, which entails sensitive generals, chatty sex slaves, whiny behemoths, princes with bird fetishes, and the notion of democracy. The raunchy satire also includes the talents of Andrea Martin, Carol Kane, Audra McDonald, Aidy Bryant, Alex Moffat, Heidi Gardner, Chris Redd, Steve Higgins, Bob the Drag Queen, Esther Perel, and more.”
From TheWrap (and written by Jeff Giles who is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of the young-adult fiction series, The Edge of Everything. He was previously the deputy managing editor of Entertainment Weekly): “A little over 25 years ago, I spent some time with Luke Perry for a cover story in a now-defunct magazine. This was back in the days of Beverly Hills, 90210, when he was getting mobbed everywhere and had to be snuck out of mall appearances in a laundry hamper.
“I remember sitting in my room at the Sunset Marquis while I waited for Luke to show up for the first interview and worrying that he wasn’t the kind of guy who would like me — i.e., I was a shy nerd and he had those sideburns and also a pot-bellied pig for a pet.
“I was surprised to find how real and funny he was, how skeptical he was of his sudden fame, how he thought the whole laundry-hamper thing had probably been staged without his knowing.
“He thought about taking me to a strip club for the first interview, but decided against it, telling me that I’d just end up writing something like, ‘Luke knew all the dancers and called out to them by name as we entered the club.’
“Instead, he took me to a shooting range. It was cold so he lent me a jean jacket. I almost hit the first skeet and Luke was so excited for me. When it became clear that it’d just been a lucky accident and that I had no idea WTF I was doing, he was cool about it, though obviously a little bummed that I sucked.
“When he was driving on the freeway in L.A., he pulled close to a woman in another car and asked if he could borrow her sunglasses. She handed them to him happily. I pointed out that she’d obviously recognized him. This hurt him a little. He didn’t want to believe it. He wanted to believe it was a just a cool, serendipitous human interaction. I said, ‘OK, then I’m gonna ask someone else for her sunglasses and we’re gonna see how that goes.’ Luke loved this idea and immediately started looking for a woman in another car. I chickened out because I’m somebody who chickens out. He was cool about it, though (again) obviously a little bummed that I sucked.
“When he was taking me back to the hotel after a long day, he told me about how he wanted to make a movie about a famous bull rider named Lane Frost. I was sleepy from the drive and said, ‘What is about bull-fighting that interests you?’ And he was, like, ‘Not bull-fighting, man! Bull-riding!’ I felt like an idiot. He really cared about the project — which became the 1994 movie 8 Seconds — and had been dying to do something real, something beyond Beverly Hills, 90210.
“Lastly, I remember that I forgot to give him his jean jacket back, so as he drove away, I chased his SUV down North Alta Loma Blvd. in the dark shouting, ‘Luke! Luke!’ He didn’t hear me. I went into the Sunset Marquis and asked the guy at the desk if I could leave something for someone to pick up. He gave me a brown paper bag. I put the jean jacket in it and wrote LUKE PERRY on it with magic marker. I gave it to the guy, who looked at me like I was nuts, but whatever. I liked Luke and didn’t want him to think I’d stolen his coat.
“Anyway, I’m remembering Luke Perry today because it’s so, so sad and messed up that he has passed away. He seemed like a tremendously good guy. Even in the midst of absolutely crazy, indecipherable fame, he was open and honest and didn’t give me any crap about being a shy nerd. I should also say that he gave the woman on the freeway her sunglasses back. He didn’t want anything (not even fame) for free.”
Per Deadline, “After six years, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, and Joe Jonas have reunited with their new single Sucker and the pop trio announced today that they are partnering with Amazon Studios, Philymack, and Federal Films for a new documentary.
“The news of the project comes after the sibling trio dropped their single for Sucker, the accompanying music video and news of their new album on March 1. Specific details and release date have yet to be announced, but the documentary will be an intimate look at their lives. The feature will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories.
“‘Our fans are the best in the world and have shared in our journey as the Jonas Brothers and us as individuals,’ said the Jonas Brothers. ‘In releasing this documentary we wanted to make sure we partnered with an innovative platform, like Amazon, that could reach our fans around the world.’
“‘Amazon Prime Video is proud to be the exclusive home for a very personal, behind the scenes look at the Jonas Brothers as they reunite for this exciting tour’ said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, ‘Experiencing the brothers back together again is the news that everyone hoped for and we can’t wait to share this intimate and compelling documentary special with all of our customers.’
“The Jonas Brothers became one of the top male music groups of the century. They went on to solo careers in music and on film and TV. Nick Jonas starred in several films including the blockbuster hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. He can also be seen in the forthcoming animated feature UglyDolls as well as Doug Liman’s Chaos Walking, Roland Emmerich’s Midway and in the upcoming Jumanji sequel. Joe Jonas lent his voice to the animated feature Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation and appeared in Grease Live! and Angie Tribeca. Kevin Jonas starred in the E! reality series Married to Jonas after marrying d Danielle Deleasa. He also lent his voice to Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.”
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Netflix is paying tribute to one of television's greatest comedies.
“The streamer on Monday announced Still Laugh-In: The Stars Celebrate, a tribute marking the 50th anniversary of the NBC sketch comedy. (The series, which ran from 1968-1973, marked its 50th anniversary in January 2018.)
“The Netflix special — which will be recorded from Hollywood's Dolby theater on Friday, March 8 — will feature original star Lily Tomlin returning to revive her seminal Edith Ann and Ernestine characters. A premiere date for the special has not yet been determined.
“Tomlin will be joined by an impressive who's who of comedy for the special, including: Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris, Taye Diggs, Michael Douglas, Jay Leno, Rita Moreno, Rita Wilson, JoAnne Worley, Maria Bamford, Margaret Cho, Ron Funches, Brad Garrett, Nikki Glaser, Lisa Ann Walter, Bobby Moynihan, Cheri Oteri, Rob Riggle, Jeff Ross, J.B. Smoove, Tony Hale, Jon Lovitz, Natasha Leggero and more. The stars will take quintessential sketches and acts from the original series and add a contemporary flair to help illustrate that 50 years later, Laugh-In never gets old.
“Dave Broome (The Day I Met El Chapo, Ultimate Beastmaster) will executive produce via his 25/7 Productions banner alongside Laugh-In's legendary creator George Schlatter. The latter will also be in attendance on Friday.
“Laugh-In launched the careers of Tomlin, Goldie Hawn and Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels while helping to create late-night television. NBC, which initially wasn't pleased with the series, stuck with the series because it had nothing else to air opposite mega-hits The Lucy Show and Gunsmoke.
“In a Hollywood Reporter oral history last year to mark its 50th anniversary, creator Schlatter recalled the origin stories for Tomlin's beloved characters Ernestine and Edith Ann, as well as the backstories for pop culture phrases like ‘sock it to me’ and ‘respect’ came from. Schlatter also recalled a conversation with Rupert Murdoch, who had approached him for a new take and a ‘longing’ to do new satirical projects.
"‘Laugh-In was a perfect show for its time. Fifty years later, we haven't fixed a thing. We still have an unpopular president, sexism, pollution. The time's right now,’ he told THR. ‘Maybe it'll help people remember what was and what can be. I've made offers to Trump and Tom Brokaw, who used to come up all the time to watch us tape, to appear on a show. I'd love to get Obama and Gloria Allred, people who aren't known as variety show performers. They're the best.’
“Tomlin currently stars on Netflix's Grace and Frankie.”
Per The New York Post, “Katie Couric wouldn’t have had time to write her autobiography, Unexpected, if she had remained friends with Jeff Zucker, the head of CNN, sources say.
“Among the other painful subjects Couric, 62, will tackle — such as the cancer death of her husband, her battle with bulimia and the Mad Men-type sexism of network TV — will be her long friendship with Zucker and its bitter end in 2012, when he quit as the producer of her daytime talk show.
“‘When Jeff was leaving for CNN, she felt abandoned,’ said one insider. ‘They came up together and had their greatest success together. But instead of being gracious, she was awful to him. She will never get on CNN.’
“Couric’s memoir will be published by Little, Brown and Co. in the spring of 2021. ‘I wanted to do it while I can still remember everything that’s happened,’ she said in a video posted on Twitter.
“She has time to write a book because, having worked at ABC, NBC and CBS, ‘she can’t get a job on TV,’ sniped another source. ‘She’s burned so many bridges.’
“Couric will write about her experience working with Matt Lauer on Today, her rivalry with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, and, according to Little, Brown, ‘the time a high-ranking executive commented on her breast size in front of the top brass during an editorial meeting.’
“The publisher said Couric will reveal other examples of the rampant sexism she encountered as the first solo female evening-news anchor at CBS and ‘the less-than-warm welcome she received upon her arrival from some of her colleagues.’
“Couric said, ‘It feels like now is the right time to look back, reflect, and consider what I’ve learned and how those lessons might help others.’”