Tuesday April 9, 2019

Smartest move of the day: BBC America has renewed Killing Eve for a 3rd season.

FX will premiere Fosse/Verdon tonight.

Season 4 of You Me Her premieres on Audience tonight.

CBS unveils The Code this evening. “The Code is a drama about the military's brightest minds, who tackle the toughest legal challenges facing the U.S. Marine Corps. As prosecutors, defense lawyers, and investigators, these Marines work together to serve their country with integrity while often putting aside their personal ideals for the sake of justice. Operating out of Judge Advocate General Headquarters in Quantico, Captain John "Abe" Abraham is a driven prosecutor for whom becoming a Marine is a longstanding family tradition and a responsibility he treats with devotion and passion. His colleague and friend, Captain Maya Dobbins, is the fearless lead defense attorney who is never hesitant to go up against one of her own, but is also a team player if it means finding the truth. Major Trey Ferry is Abe's eloquent and wise superior officer working for the prosecution who pursues suspects with ferocity. Commanding officer Colonel Glenn Turnbull, one of the highest-ranking female officers in the Judge Advocate Corps, demands excellence of herself and her staff, while inspiring intense loyalty. Assisting the team is Lt. Harper Li, a highly capable lawyer who is eager to take on bigger cases, and tech-savvy, efficient Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi, the Marine equivalent of a paralegal. These active duty Marines are attorneys who have chosen to serve their country in pursuit of military justice at home and abroad.”

Season 4 will be the last for Preacher on AMC.

Joel McHale will host the reboot of Card Sharks.

Season 2 of Pose will debut on June 9 on FX.

Season 3 of Sneaky Pete will be available to stream on Amazon on May 10.

Here’s a look at upcoming Netflix series Tales of the City. “Inspired by the books of Armistead Maupin, the new Netflix Limited Series Tales of the City begins a new chapter in the beloved story. Mary Ann (Laura Linney) returns to present-day San Francisco and is reunited with her daughter Shawna (Ellen Page) and ex-husband Brian (Paul Gross), twenty years after leaving them behind to pursue her career. Fleeing the midlife crisis that her picture-perfect Connecticut life created, Mary Ann is quickly drawn back into the orbit of Anna Madrigal (Olympia Dukakis), her chosen family and a new generation of queer young residents living at 28 Barbary Lane.“

TLC has added a new installment to its hit 90 Day Fiancé franchise. Following their appearance on 90 Day Finacé: Happily Ever After? fan-favorite couple Pedro and Chantel are getting their own reality show, The Family Chantel, beginning in July.”

Felicity Huffman and a dozen other parents will plead guilty in the college admissions scandal, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Monday. Huffman was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. According to the criminal complaint, she paid $15,000 to admissions consultant William Singer in order to boost her older daughter’s SAT score. ‘I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,’ Huffman said in a statement. ‘I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.’ A plea hearing has not been scheduled. In the plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicates that it believes the sentence should fall on the ‘low end’ of a range between four and 10 months. The defense believes the appropriate range should be zero to six months, and it is possible she will not serve any prison time. Prosecutors will also ask for 12 months of supervised release and restitution.”

Meanwhile, “Lori Loughlin and her husband are in a way worse position than Felicity Huffman ... because the huge amount they allegedly paid in bribes to get their daughters into USC could land them in prison for 2 YEARS MINIMUM ... TMZ has learned.”

JWoww and Roger will NOT be reconciling.

Here’s a look at the programming coming to Disney+ so far.

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Per Vulture, “[w]hen Maggie Siff is interviewed about her Billions character, the always-composed Wendy Rhoades, it’s only a matter of time until the subject of BDSM comes up. But in the world of Showtime’s Financial District drama, the public isn’t aware of what happens in private between Wendy and her husband, Paul Giamatti’s power-hungry Chuck Rhoades. Well, the public wasn’t aware — until now.

“In Sunday’s episode, to neutralize a blackmail scheme meant to push him out of the race for New York State Attorney General, Chuck calls a press conference and details the couple’s sexual dynamic to the media. He does this after Wendy explicitly tells him that she’s not comfortable with that information being public, and that he simply has to bow out of the race. ‘It was not okay with her, and she made that very clear to him,’ Siff says over the phone. “He broke all the rules.” Chuck wins the election, but has he cost himself his marriage?

What was your first reaction when you heard that Chuck would go public with the most intimate details about his and Wendy’s marriage? 
“W-T-F?” Paul and I were both a little shocked. When you work on a long-running series, the machinery has to change really significantly for the story to keep moving forward, so I recognized it as a giant gear-shift for that marriage. It impacts Wendy on so many levels — that was the thing that I was most nervous about and also most excited about, honestly, because it’s fun to play a big, huge moment of upheaval.

In an interview a few years ago, when Billions first started, you described Paul Giamatti as a “visceral” actor and a “force of nature.” What’s it like to go toe to toe with him? How did you feel filming that scene where Wendy confronts Chuck about the press conference? 
I just enjoy so much everything I get to do with him. It’s constantly surprising and we help each other through, but it’s awesome to get to play something momentous and awful and nightmarish. We’re so invested in these characters, we’ve spent so much time with them and we really care about making that marriage feel real. The day we were shooting that, he was like, “I can’t believe he would do this to her,” and he was still really wrapping his mind around it. I read that press conference [scene] and I was like, “How is this gonna work?” But it’s Paul Giamatti. He really made it fuckin’ work.

What do you think is more upsetting to Wendy: Chuck actually describing their sex life in front of the media, or the fact that he broke their agreement to not go public with that information? 
The violation of their bond is primary. Although, she’s an extraordinarily private person. There’s so many violations. There’s the violation of the marital agreement, there’s also the violation of the code around what it means to be a dom and what it means to be a sub. He broke the rules of the marriage; he broke the rules of their role-playing. And then, on a purely personal level for Wendy, it’s humiliating beyond what that would be like for a normal person because she’s so private. And it’s very threatening to her professionally, because now there’s this huge piece of information that all these people have about her. She’s no longer this blank slate.

We’ve seen Wendy and Chuck go through rough patches before — they were separated for a while a couple of seasons ago. What makes this time different? 
The betrayal is much, much deeper. She’s so shellshocked. The complete disregard for who she is as a person and as a human being, it’s just on another level. We’ve never seen him act in his own self-interest so profoundly and so at the expense of the one person who’s really been in his corner. It’s just a massive betrayal.

I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but there’s been some writing online that Wendy is actually the real villain of the show, or that she’s at least just as much of a villain as Chuck and Axe are. 
I have to find this article. You’re the second person who’s mentioned that to me, and I don’t think I’ve seen that speculation. She is capable of being as evil as they are because of her incredible powers of perception, and when she chooses to be manipulative, she’s incredibly powerful. If she wants something to happen, she knows how to have a couple conversations with a person and make it happen, without them realizing that she’s made it happen. However, I do believe that she’s not ultimately as interested in pure power as they are.

I mean, she’s married to that guy, she works for that other guy, [so] she clearly is interested in her own power and in her own use of power. And power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, and she is not immune to that truth and that equation. But I do believe she has other things that pull her back to a moral questioning.

Have you also seen that Wendy’s regarded as a bit of a style icon, as far as TV characters go? 
Yeah, I’m a little bit aware of that. Our costume designer Eric Daman, he’s pretty much a genius. Because the clothing is very stylish and very contained, it’s really an expression of her character. They’ve got, like, the perfectly placed cutout, or grommet, or zipper — things that point to her shadow side — but they don’t reveal it, they don’t expose it. It’s really like her armor, at the same time that it’s totally an expression of who she is.

Vulture recently did a piece about the different vests that the traders at Axe Cap wear. 
The fleece vests. Wendy wouldn’t be caught dead in a fleece vest.

Earlier in this season, it’s clear that Wendy isn’t quite enjoying the BDSM between her and Chuck as much as he is. What do you think is behind that change? Or has she always felt like this, like she’s indulging and humoring him? 
I think it was something that he really needed and he brought it to her, and Wendy said yes. She’s a psychiatrist, she deeply understands that people are hardwired in ways that are not always comfortable or socially acceptable. She sees that in him, and she says, “Yeah, I can do this for you,” and it starts there. And then she realizes she’s quite good at it and enjoys it, or can enjoy it. I think, though, the move for her away from it has to do with not wanting to live in that space for herself anymore, wanting a different kind of intimacy. I don’t think she has the same fundamental need to be a dominatrix as he does to be a sub.

In that interview from a few years ago, you also said that when you first took this role, you weren’t sure you’d be entirely comfortable with the BDSM scenes. How do you feel about them now, four seasons in? 
It’s always heightened and not, like, particularly comfortable. That said, what I was told at the beginning of the series — and they’ve been true to their word — is that these scenes would be used sparingly, that they weren’t going to be a huge component of the storytelling. When they come up, they really mean something to the story and to the characters. Every time we’ve had to do one, we both walk in and are like, “All right, what’s this gonna be?” And we walk out being like, “Well, that was interesting. That exposed something about their relationship that was really interesting.”

This show is filled with pop culture references, and in one episode this season, Wendy makes a reference to Robert De Niro’s character in Heat. Is Wendy genuinely a fan of the movies and TV shows that Axe and Wags like? Or is she just so good at her job that she knows that’s the language those guys speak, so she needs to be fluent in it too? 
I think she knows what she needs to be fluent in. I’m imagining there’s some overlap, but I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say she went home one day and watched Heat for research and needed to understand exactly who all those people were, because this is how they communicate with each other.

This is a theory I have: When Wendy is watching Chuck’s press conference in the Axe Cap office with everyone else, Axe seems to give her a sympathetic look. With Wendy and Chuck on the rocks, is there a chance that Wendy gets closer to Axe? And could that reignite the feud between Chuck and Axe? 
I can’t possibly answer any part of that question.”

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From TVLine: “The last time Game of Thrones‘ Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth were in each other’s presence, it appeared that Daenerys had gotten her wish: Cersei promised that the Lannister armies would ride north to help fight the white walkers in the coming war.

“But if wishes were dragons, we’d all ride like khaleesi, right? Once Cersei’s true intentions became clear to Jaime — in short, she lied — he let her know how deeply he disagreed with her deception. ‘I pledged to ride north,’ he said. ‘I intend to honor that pledge.’

“Thing is, Gwendoline Christie told TVLine, Brienne doesn’t expect her former traveling partner (dare we say ‘friend’?) to actually show up at Winterfell.

“At a recent press day for the HBO series, TVLine asked Christie if her character believes the vow the Lannisters made in the Season 7 finale. ‘No, I don’t think she does,’ she replied. ‘Brienne is a realist.’

“She added that the female knight only cares to deal in practicalities. Translation: While those of us who adore Brienne and Jaime’s unlikely friendship might want to hope that she’d feel sure of his loyalty to her, ‘In that moment, when we last see them together, it’s all about doubt,’ Christie recalled.

“Meanwhile, as viewers of the Season 7 finale know, Jaime risked beheading, slipped a glove over his golden hand and set off on his long trek north — directly disobeying an order from his sister/lover/baby mama/queen.

“‘Even though he’s known as the most dishonorable man, he is a man of his word,’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau said. ‘The promise they made was very important, but it also was the right thing to do. He gave his word to his brother, who is the only person he truly trusts.’ He glanced at Christie, who was sitting next to him. ‘Of course, together with Brienne.’

“In addition, Coster-Waldau noted, the unleashing of a bloodthirsty, nearly unkillable wight at Dragonpit made the impression it was designed to.

“‘Seeing that thing was frightening. He believed it,’ he said; stopping the Night King’s army from taking over Westeros quickly dwarfed the intrafamilial drama brewing between Tywin Lannister’s twins.

“‘He’s going up there for those reasons. I don’t think he goes to spite Cersei or because he’s angry with her,’ Coster-Waldau said. ‘It’s not to do with that.’”

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Per E!, “[j]ust in case you were worried, The Big Bang Theory is not going to kill off all its characters in its series finale.

Game of Thrones might do it, but it sounds like Big Bang is sticking to the more traditional sitcom ending as it says goodbye this spring. 

"‘I will say the one thing about how they've approached the whole season: When we learned that this was to be the last season…writers have approached it, not so much as the show is wrapping up and we'll never see them again and the finality of it all. It's going to be the last episode and it's going to end, but people's lives still go on,’ Director Mark Cedrowski said during a panel at Deadline's The Contenders Emmys on Sunday. ‘The characters will be giving the idea that their lives continue on. It's not going to be an atomic bomb where things blow up and you never see anybody again.’

“That said, Cedrowski also revealed that as of Sunday, the finale hadn't been totally written, but has been outlined. So theoretically, anything could happen. 

“One thing that's likely not happening any time soon is another spinoff, or at least one involving Raj. Kunal Nayaar said he's ready to move on. 

"‘I'm taking those cargo pants and burning them,’ he said. ‘I need a little bit of a break, as much as I'd miss playing that character. I'm ready to move onto different things now.’

“When E! News talked to Kaley Cuoco last month, she explained that the finale will be shot a little differently from typical episodes, which are filmed mostly in front of an actual audience. 

"‘We're actually going to pre-shoot the whole thing, so we'll have shot it, and then we will have an audience taping,’ she said on E!'s Daily Pop. ‘That was probably because they knew I'd be crying the entire time. So we still want the audience experience...so we're gonna still do the audience, but we will have taped it and shot it beforehand, so if the tears come unexpectedly, then that's just what's going to happen, because I guarantee you it's going to happen.’

“Let's just hope the tears get released in the gag reel! 

The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS. The series finale will air May 16.”

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Per Esquire, “[i]f you've been wondering why your attempts to play Netflix on your TV via your iPhone or iPad have suddenly become completely fruitless, it's because Netflix has suddenly pulled its iOS app's AirPlay feature and it's unlikely to be reinstated any time soon.

“Apparently, it's down to ‘technical limitations’ rather than the Apple rolling its tanks onto Netflix's lawn with the announcement of its original content streaming service Apple TV+. So, you won't be able to get a programme playing on your iPhone or iPad and then cast it to your TV, which is quite annoying if that's what you've been spending your evenings and weekends doing.

“There is at least the consolation that most new tellies and set-top boxes these days have the Netflix app built in or available for download, but what if you're labouring along with just a monitor and an iPhone? What then?

"‘We want to make sure our members have a great Netflix experience on any device they use,’ Netflix told Macrumours, which is a site dedicated to news about Apple and not the Scottish Fleetwood Mac tribute band it sounds like. The problem, the company said, is that it can't tell what kind of device Netflix is being cast to, and therefore can't guarantee that it's going to work properly. So, rather than compromise or try to get away with a sketchy service, it says it'd rather yank the whole thing.

"‘With AirPlay support rolling out to third-party devices, there isn’t a way for us to distinguish between devices (what is an Apple TV vs what isn’t) or certify these experiences. Therefore, we have decided to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met.’

“However, it feels like there's been something of a chilling in relations between the two companies of late, especially since Netflix's CEO Reed Hastings' intention not to give Apple TV+ any Netflix shows. Which, you know, probably fair enough. They've already got Steven Spielberg on board; they probably don't need The Cloverfield Paradox too.”