Thursday April 4, 2019

Netflix has renewed After Life for a 2nd season. Season 2 will also consist of 6 episodes.

From Miles Teller’s Twitter: “The trailer for Too Old To Die Young has finally arrived. Check it out and watch the series premiere June 14th on Amazon Prime.”

Paramount’s revival of Wife Swap, premieres tonight.

Season 10 of Will & Grace wraps up tonight.

Jeff Probst on last night’s Survivor, including Lauren fainting and Eric’s elimination.

“Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin didn’t enter a plea [yester]day in their appearances in federal court in Boston in the widespread elite college bribery scheme they are both indicted in. But prison time for the Hollywood stars is looking more and more likely. Mindful of the intense spotlight that the case is under, prosecutors are determined to see the American Crime and Fuller House actors spent some time behind bars if they are found guilty, sources tell Deadline. As the duo exited the federal courthouse in Beantown in the past few minutes, the expected rap on the knuckles that such high-profile white collar crime defendants typically receive is increasingly not an option for authorities. The charges Huffman and Loughlin face carry a potential maximum sentence of five years. However, rumblings among law enforcement indicate that the actors are more than likely looking at a penalty of somewhere around six months to just under two years.”

I watched another episode and a half of Selling Sunset on Netflix. So far, the total number of properties sold stands at a whopping zero. What exactly are they “selling” here?

HBO is filling out the cast of its Mark Ruffalo-led limited series I Know This Much Is True with a star-packed list of actresses. The adaptation of Wally Lamb's best-selling 1998 novel will star Ruffalo (who is also an executive producer) as identical twin brothers. The cast will also feature Melissa Leo, Rosie O'Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, Juliette Lewis and Kathryn Hahn. The six-episode series is described as a family saga following the parallel lives of identical twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness, set against the backdrop of 20th century America.”

CBS News on Wednesday confirmed that CBS This Morning co-host Bianna Golodryga has left the program, a sign that the network has begun to reshape its morning show as it grapples to win new A.M. viewership. ‘Bianna Golodryga has decided to leave the network,’ CBS News said in a statement. ‘We thank her for her many contributions during her time here at CBS News and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.’ The network confirmed that Golodryga had been offered another role that involved the morning show and other CBS News properties, but declined. ‘Some professional news: I’ve enjoyed my time @CBSNews, but it is now the right moment for me to move on,’ Golodryga said via a post on Twitter. ‘I’m grateful for the friends and colleagues I’ve worked with @CBSThisMorning, and wish everyone the best. On to the next chapter!’”

Dick Vitale is set to receive the lifetime achievement award at the 40th Annyal [sic] Sports Emmy Awards taking place on May 20th, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced Wednesday. Additionally, live sports events such as Super Bowl LIII and the XXIII Olympics were among those to receive nominations in 41 categories including live sports special, live sports series and playoff coverage, documentaries, new media and play-by-play announcer. ESPN led the networks with a whopping 56 nominations across its group. Read the full list of noms here.”

Discovery’s Food Network said it signed popular chef Alex Guarnaschelli to a new, exclusive deal that will encompass projects for both daytime and primetime as well as the cable outlet’s linear and digital extensions. The pact is just the latest in a series of new contracts recent set between Discovery and various members of its roster of talent. Under terms of the pact,, Guarnaschelli will host a new primetime series; join The Kitchen, a Saturday morning culinary-chat show as a recurring co-host; continue in her role as judge on the  competition series, Chopped; and create and host additional episodes of a digital series, Fix Me A Plate, which shows the chef going behind the scenes at some of her favorite restaurants.”

Former UFC champion Conor McGregor continues to stoop lower with his behavior. On Tuesday, McGregor posted a photo of archrival Khabib Nurmagomedov with his wife on their wedding day. In the tradition of their religion, Nurmagomedov’s wife’s face is covered.” The caption on his post read “Your wife is a towel mate.” Hey Connor, jump off a bridge and make the world a better place mate.

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “BBC America's breakout spy-thriller Killing Eve is a drama about women on the brink, and that won't change when the critical darling returns for its second season April 7 with new showrunners Emerald Fennell and Sally Woodward Gentle taking over for in-demand creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

“The series, which centers on Eve Polastri's (Emmy winner Sandra Oh) MI6 pencil pusher with a hidden penchant for female serial killers and her ever-growing obsession with Jodie Comer's elegant, eccentric and deadly assassin Villanelle — became a breakout in season one when, in a rare move, its ratings actually grew every week throughout its eight-episode run. Critics and awards groups heaped praise on the series, which became an unexpected and engaging thriller centered around women, strength and sacrifice and gripped audiences with its unexpected brutality and humor.

“With creator Waller-Bridge taking a backseat in season two as she readies HBO's newly ordered comedy series Run as well as prepping the sophomore run of her cult Amazon comedy FleabagKilling Eve is staring down the barrel of a second run without the woman who crafted the award-winning debut. Instead, season one exec producer Sally Woodward Gentle will take on greater responsibility and serve as showrunner alongside franchise newcomer/actress-author Emerald Fennell (Call the Midwife). The duo plan to disrupt the status quo established by Waller-Bridge while still conforming to the "exceptional" set of rules that the latter used to build the world of the award-winning series.

“Both showrunners tell The Hollywood Reporter that shifting balances of power will be a large part of what drives the second season. Season two will pick up directly after the final moments of the freshman run finale. ‘It's such a gift, that ending, as both of them are in such crisis,’ Woodward Gentle says. Adds Fennell: ‘Villanelle has escaped a Russian prison, she's a machine. But she realizes for the first time that she's mortal. And Eve realizes for the first time that she can look someone in the eye and stab them, so that's an extraordinary position to come from.’

“The direction of season two was influenced by the shocking finale, which drove Fennell to explore the catastrophic impact Eve and Villanelle have on one another. ‘We can't cheat and skip forward and make everyone sexy and great again. If you get stabbed, even if you're Villanelle, you need to find a way out. I want to know how you clean your knickers, and the ins and outs of being a very vulnerable woman, and a woman who up until now has never let anything stand in her way.’

Killing Eve's first run was focused on women, both dangerous and benign, and the subverted expectations of just what that danger can look like. The follow-up season will turn that on its head by introducing brutally violent men who shake the foundations of Villanelle and the control she holds over the world in which she resides. There's a reality in that narrative for Fennell, who sees the story as a reminder to the audience and herself that ‘it just takes one nobody guy, a moment of vulnerability on your part, a slight misjudgment, and you're in serious trouble.’

“Fennell's 2015 novel Monsters — about two young children investigating a series of grim murders — shared a similar eye-catching bleakness and humor with Killing Eve and was one of the reasons why she got the call to serve as showrunner during production on season one. By the time the series had become a hit, the team already ‘had the hard conversations’ about the direction of the next season. ‘We'd already contracted her, she was trapped,’ Woodward Gentle recalls with a laugh.

“Fennell noted that the impact of these experiences is key to where viewers find Villanelle in the early part of season two as she tries to find safety in an unknown place while she searches for the woman who tried to kill her. ‘Suddenly we go from seeing the iconic heroine to the woman. What that does to both her and the audience seemed like the most fascinating thing to explore.’

“Waller-Bridge may be less involved but she left behind a strict set of rules that continue to shape the world of Killing Eve, including one golden rule that strikes to the heart of the sophomore season's examination of shifting power dynamics: no matter what danger she comes up against, Villanelle ‘never ever uses her beauty.’

“Without Waller-Bridge at the helm, the next chapter of Killing Eve was always going to be a challenging journey, but it's one that Fennell and Woodward Gentle dove into head-on. "If season one was about finding something, learning how to be exceptional, and falling in love, then [season] two is about the limits of that, and the limits of being a woman in an extraordinary position."

Killing Eve season two premieres on AMC and BBC America on April 7.”

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Per Deadline, “NBA Superstar Steph Curry is set to executive produce the ABC extreme mini-golf competition series Holey Moley from Eureka Productions and Unanimous Media. Rob Riggle (Night School, Midnight Run)  and Joe Tessitore (Monday Night Football) will offer up their play-by-play and commentary for the show while Jeannie Mai (co-host of The Real) will serve as a sideline correspondent.

“As the first series of its kind, the 10-episode mini-golf competition will showcase self-proclaimed mini-golf lovers from around the country as they compete head-to-head through an unparalleled, epic obstacle golf course. In addition to being executive producer, Curry will be the resident golf pro of the Holey Moley course and appear in every episode.

Holey Moley will focus on the family-favorite game of mini-golf with a twist. In each episode, 12 contestants will put their miniature golf—and physical—skills to the test and face off in never-before-seen challenges on a larger-than-life course. Mini-golf experts of all ages and backgrounds will try their luck on Holey Moley’s supersized holes. Every episode will consist of three rounds of golf, culminating with three finalists taking on the daunting ‘Mt. Holey Moley’ in a three-way contest. Ultimately, one winner per episode will take home the $25,000 prize, along with ‘The Golden Putter’ trophy and coveted ‘Holey Moley’ plaid jacket. Uniquely themed holes will be featured every week, along with special celebrity guest appearances and other surprises along the way.

Holey Moley is created by Eureka Productions and produced by Eureka Productions and Unanimous Media. Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening, Charles Wachter, Michael O’Sullivan, Jeron Smith, Erick Peyton and Stephen Curry serve as executive producers. Production begins this month in California. The show’s premiere will be announced at a later date. Holey Moley is an original format created by Chris Culvenor of Eureka Productions.”

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Per Variety, “NBC is bringing pint-sized competition show Small Fortune to the small screen, Variety has learned exclusively.

“The network has put out a six-episode order from Youngest Media for the series, which will be based on the popular U.K. format that launched on ITV in February. 

Small Fortune will see teams of three friends compete in tiny challenges for a chance to win big money. From a shrunk down Oval Office to a mini Arc de Triomphe, each team must prove their skills on playing fields that have been squeezed down to the size of a dollhouse. The challenges facing contestants will require considerable dexterity, as the slightest miscalculation or tremble may result in elimination.

“‘Small Fortune is a quirky, clever and hilarious concept with a surprising level of intensity that will keep viewers in suspense,’ said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group at NBC. ‘As soon as we saw the format in action, we knew we wanted to bring it to NBC. It proves that the simplest format can often pack the biggest punch.’

“To take home the titular prize, the teams that make it to the end and tackle one last tiny, but epic game.

“‘NBC have been big fans of our little show from day one and their enthusiasm makes them the perfect partner in the U.S.,’ said David Flynn and Lucas Church, co-founders of Youngest Media. ‘We can’t wait to bring the world’s smallest gameshow to the biggest market in television.’

Small Fortune will be co-produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and entertainment studio Youngest Media, which created and produced the original U.K. format. Church and Flynn will serve as executive producers for Youngest Media alongside Michael Binkow, who will also be showrunner for the series.”

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From TheWrap: “Comedy Central is adding two new podcasts to its Global Podcast Network: Stand-Up with Chris Distefano and Your 2 Dads with Sean and Julian.

Stand-Up with Chris Distefano, launching April 18, dives into a library of stand-up routines for a weekly listening party between Distefano and his in-studio producer, Nicole Boyce. Pulling anything from modern bits to decades-old ones, the pair listen to and analyze classic routines, talk comedy, and take calls from some of Distefano’s comedian friends.

“Distefano is an actor, comedian, and host of the Comedy Central’s series Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano. His one-hour stand-up special Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist premiered in January on Comedy Central. He recently signed an overall deal with the network, which will include a second hour-long stand-up special, an animated series, and an unscripted series. In the past he has appeared on MTV’s Guy Code vs. Girl Code.

Your 2 Dads with Sean and Julian, launching May 20, is the network’s first lifestyle podcast. It will feature Sean O’Connor and Julian McCullough sharing funny stories about fatherhood and their opinions about parenting.

“McCullough’s one-hour stand-up special Julian McCullough: Maybe I’m a Man premiered June 8, 2018 on Comedy Central. He has also appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Conan, and NPR’s This American Life.

“O’Connor is a stand-up comedian and writer. He’s written for The Late Late Show with James Corden, and was head writer on Comedy Central’s Hood Adjacent. His half-hour stand-up special aired on Comedy Central as part of the network’s The Half Hour series.

“Both shows will post new episodes weekly on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other major platforms. They join the recently announced companion podcast to Comedy Central’s documentary-series Klepper.

“Comedy Central’s Global Podcast Network started in 2017 and includes The Daily Show: Ears Edition, The Jim Jefferies Show, Roast Battle, and You Up with Nikki Glaser, among other podcasts.”

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Per Realscreen, “A&E Network has commissioned All3Media’s Optomen Productions to produce a series that documents struggling neuro-diverse job seekers as they search for meaningful employment.

“Each hour-long episode of The Employables will showcase two neuro-diverse job hunters as they strive to overcome challenges and find fulfilling employment that provides them with the skills to boost their long-term careers.

“Each job seeker is paired with an autism or Tourette syndrome specialist to identify their strengths and the best way to pursue their job search. After identifying and understanding their strengths, each participant sets out on interviews or trial runs with potential employers to find their preferred career.

The Employables will also spotlight the highs and lows that their friends and family have experienced as they help them reach their goals.

“Additionally, A&E will provide information about organizations that offer programs and resources for neuro-diverse individuals and their families online and through social media.

“Executive producers for Optomen Content are Joseph Eardly, Ricky Kelehar, Maria Silver and Edward Hambleton (co-executive producer). Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Holcman serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

The Employables is based on the original format Employable Me, produced by Optomen and the BBC.

“‘Like our Emmy-winning series Born This WayThe Employables is an important example of how embracing our differences can bring about positive and necessary change both in the workplace and in the lives of so many people,’ said Bryant, EVP and head of programming at A&E Network, in a statement.

The Employables premieres May 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.”