The series finale of The Big Bang Theory airs tonight. The show has been among the top 3 most-watched series on television for the last 7 years, earning 10 Emmy wins, including four consecutive Best Actor in a Comedy wins for star Jim Parsons. More below.
Other season finales airing tonight:
For The People
Law & Order SVU
Busy Tonight (series finale)
Could not be less satisfied with the outcome of last night’s Survivor finale. SPOILER ALERT….obviously I was rooting for Devens, but I just thought it should have been Gavin all day long over Chris. Just because he stepped up and took one of the biggest gamble’s in the show’s history, he was not competing in the game for the vast majority of the season. Another example of recency bias? SMH.
Here’s what runner-up Gavin Whitson had to say about last night’s finale. “I have been thinking about it a lot. And, to be honest with you, I’m sticking to my guns. I’m proud of the game I played. I think every decision I made got me to where I am. The one thing that might have got me a couple extra votes in the end is if Chris wouldn’t have went to fire. If I could have made fire, you know, and I beat Rick, then I believe I win the game. You know, because other than that, I made it 39 days without receiving a single vote and that’s because of the social game that I played. So I don’t have any regrets. I’m still leaving with a full heart. It’s just a matter of that one opportunity I think I missed out on is what cost me a million bucks.”
As you know by now, “Rick Devens did not win Survivor: Edge of Extinction. But he still won a fair chunk of change anyway. Rick got taken out at the final four when final challenge winner Chris gave up his immunity to take on the fan favorite in the fire-making contest. But the disappointment of not making it to the end was replaced during the reunion show by the shock and glee of being presented with $100,000 from pop superstar (and Survivor super-fan) Sia.”
Here’s a real truth….with networks taking successful shows in-house and effectively bouncing production companies out of the equation (e.g., The Masked Singer), the panic button is quietly being pushed across the industry. Essentially, networks, who “buy” shows in the most simplistic sense, have more power and control than they have ever had, and as that power continues to expand (meaning they produce shows in-house), what does this mean for production companies? It’s still TBD, but I would very much expect that we hear more and more about this in the not too distant future.
“Netflix will soon have to make do with fewer shows from The CW. The two companies have not renewed their licensing agreement, which expired this spring, meaning that new shows from the broadcaster will no longer automatically begin streaming on Netflix at the end of their seasons. The CW and Netflix have long had a symbiotic relationship. Mark Pedowitz, president of CW, hailed their first subscription streaming pact, struck in 2011 amid an uncertain time for the fledgling broadcast network, as a "landmark" deal. When the companies renewed the deal in 2016, they agreed to make full seasons available for streaming just eight days after a show's season finale. Since then, Netflix has been the streaming home for such shows as The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Netflix has been helpful in getting certain CW shows made and seen. The streamer bought international first-run rights for Riverdale in the type of co-licensing deal that Netflix exec Bela Bajaria has noted has ‘afforded certain shows to go straight to series and increased production value because we come in early to partner.’ The streaming arrangement also has been key to boosting viewership Riverdale, which saw a 60 percent uptick in live viewership between its first and second seasons after it streamed on Netflix. The ending of the deal doesn't mean all those shows will immediately disappear. Shows that premiered during the 2018/2019 television season will also continue to stream on Netflix throughout their lifetime, and Netflix will continue to have the subscription streaming rights to current shows like Riverdale, The Flash and Dynasty. Netflix also will have the option of bidding on the streaming rights for individual shows like the upcoming Nancy Drew and Katy Keen series.”
Per Variety, “[n]ever let be said that Bill Prady wasted his chance to explore the awkwardness of his life as a young adult.
“The co-creator of Warner Bros. TV’s The Big Bang Theory”mined his experiences working as a computer programmer in the early 1980s to launch the powerhouse CBS sitcom that bows out Thursday after 12 seasons. For Prady, the finale represents the end of an era, in more ways than one.
“‘Big Bang began as the story of me in my early 20s, when I was in the computer business in New York and failing at romantic relationships,’ Prady tells Variety. ‘It’s the story of that time in my life and I knew I’d get one shot to tell those stories. I don’t think I get to come back and re-explore that time again. For me, [the finale] winds up the chance I had to talk about what that time was like.’
“Chuck Lorre, Big Bang co-creator, says bringing the show to a close with episode No. 279, was as heart-wrenching as it gets for a roomful of comedy scribes. The story and teleplay are credited to the show’s core writing and producing team for Season 12. In addition to Lorre and Prady, the credited scribes on episode titled The Change Constant are Steve Holland, Steven Molaro, Dave Goetsch, Eric Kaplan, Maria Ferrari, Andy Gordon, Anthony Del Broccolo, Tara Hernandez, Jeremy Howe and Adam Faberman.
“‘When we wrote the last episode we all lost it. Everybody kind of broke down — it was really emotional. It was very hard to write the words “fade out — end of series,”’ Lorre says.
“The reality of Big Bang having called it a wrap hasn’t set in yet for Prady — and it probably won’t for some months. At this time of year, the show was typically in hiatus mode anyway.
“‘This feels normal. You finish the season, you have some time off, you go to lunch with friends you haven’t seen all year,’ Prady says. ‘It won’t really set in until later in the summer.’
“For most of its run, Big Bang has been primetime’s most-watched comedy series. The show has generated an estimated $1 billion and counting in syndication. To date it has collected 10 Emmy Awards, including four lead comedy actor trophies for Jim Parsons. A big factor in the show’s success that no one could have predicted was the timing of the 2007-2008 writers strike that shut down production on so many primetime series in late 2007. Big Bang had just premiered that September and had completed eight episodes before the strike hit.
“‘CBS ran those eight episodes over and over again,’ Lorre recalls. ‘I didn’t understand it then but they were allowing the audience to binge those eight episodes.’
“Prady says the downtime from the labor action was put to good use. ‘Somehow we magically learned a bit about the show by getting that kind of weird break that normally doesn’t happen in the first year,’ he says. ‘We had that odd interregnum that let us think a lot about it.’
“But the most significant achievement over the show’s long run was the depth of the love and friendships it inspired among the dedicated group of people who plied their trade on Stage 25 on the Warner Bros. lot.
“‘It’s one of those shows where everybody who worked on it loved it. Everybody was looking at every point to see what they could do to make the thing better,’ Prady says. ‘Every special effect and every camera shot and every page of the script — everybody was truly interested in contributing. These things don’t work if a handful of people are trying to carry the energy. They work when you have dolly grips pitching story ideas. There’s a level you only get to when you have emotional buy-in from everybody who works on it.’
“Lorre calls the show a ‘perfect ensemble’ with a core clutch of actors who had the skills to grow with beloved characters over time. Parsons and co-stars Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and in later seasons Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, were so good the writers were encouraged to take their biggest swings, secure in the knowledge that the thesps could make it work.
“‘We were very fortunate in that each character in the show is portrayed by the absolute greatest actor we could have hoped for,’ Lorre says. ‘The other factor is the characters were allowed to evolve over time. They didn’t remain the same. Had that not happened the show would’ve gotten stale and ended a long time ago.’
“Lorre points to the emotional journey of Parsons’ Sheldon Cooper, a genius theoretical physicist who was beyond neurotic around most other people, particularly women as an example: ‘He couldn’t touch people when we started the show. Now he’s a married man with a Nobel Prize and a group of friends he loves and he loves them in return.’
“Bialik’s Amy Farrah Fowler became a fan favorite early on after she joined the show as a love interest for Sheldon. But that interest took seasons to bear fruit, by design. ‘The slowness of the relationship added to the poignancy. It gave it roots,’ Lorre says.
“For Prady, Sheldon and Galecki’s Leonard Hofstadter represented two extremes of his social impulses during his own early adulthood. Cuoco’s next-door neighbor Penny was the intriguing glimpse of the ‘regular world’ that seemed so out of reach at the time.
“‘Sheldon connects to that part of me that was afraid of the world and liked to retreat into Star Trek’and comic books and not the world that has Pennys in it,’ Prady says. ‘For me, that was always the sweet spot of exploring that struggle of whether or not you belong in the world. Remember, the big question in the pilot is whether or not Sheldon and Leonard can make a new friend when Penny moves in next door.’
“Prady and Lorre are also quick to credit the influence of two Steves — Molaro and Holland — who held the reins as showrunners. Molaro took over from Lorre and Prady in Season 6. Holland has steered the ship for the past two seasons. Director Mark Cendrowski added an indelible stamp to some 244 of the show’s 279 installments, including the finale. (For Prady, Cendrowski also offered the fringe benefit of being a fellow rabid fan of the Detroit Tigers.)
“‘They brought their own sensibilities to the show,’ Lorre says. ‘They made it much deeper and richer when they took over than it would have been had it been me holding on to it. I would have run out of gas and it would have become redundant and formulaic. They breathed a lot of life into it.’
“Prady echoes that sentiment: ‘One of the lessons I learned from Chuck was that the project is more important than ego. The goal is to make the best show you can. And at some point you have to realize that the best person to run this production isn’t me.’
“Molaro was a ‘strong voice’ in the writers room from the first season, and it gradually became apparent he was the one to take the baton from Lorre and Prady. According to Prady, ‘he started to be the voice that became the show’s compass — and it was all based on what he wanted to see on this show he loved.’
“Lorre also adds that Holland’s stewardship is why the show comes to a close on a high note. ‘We would not have had the finale we have without Steve Holland. He had a vision and it just felt like the right thing to do. I’m so proud of it,” Lorre says. “It feels not like a finale so much as a transition. Life goes on. We’re leaving them, they’re not leaving us. We’re not blowing the show up at the end. We’re just moving away.’
“With the benefit of hindsight, Lorre recalls a moment he shared with director Jim Burrows during the filming of the pilot — actually, the second Big Bang pilot produced after CBS passed on the first iteration — when he knew there was greatness special brewing in this den of geeks.
“‘It was a scene with Johnny, Jim and Kaley. Jim Burrows looked over at me with a big grin on his face. I smiled back,’ says Lorre. ‘What was unspoken between us was that this is really working — beyond our expectations. That’s when I became convinced there was something really extraordinary happening here.’”
From Vulture: “We’ve but one final chapter left to go in the television adaptation of the song of ice and fire, and as Game of Thrones prepares to present us with its dream of spring, there are still plenty of tinfoil-behatted theories out there that the show could still bring to life.
“Sure, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss haven’t exactly proved themselves to be the fan-servicing type (unless you were on the hype train for Cleganebowl), but that doesn’t mean people who’ve long watched the series don’t have a few potentially feasible, often contradictory thoughts of their own about how it should all end. So we’ve dug in deep, combing superfans’ favorite hangout spots to give you the dish on what may still come to fruition in the series finale of the biggest show on television, and some thoughts on the likelihood of each:
The White Walkers aren’t dead
Several Reddit sleuths and their brethren believe that the White Walkers are not finished yet, given how many factors about their existence are still unknown to us. And while there’s reason to believe the magical, existential threat of broody icy boys may be in the wings for a different reason (more on that below), an 11th-hour reemergence of this magnitude doesn’t feel totally right for the story both George R.R. Martin and Benioff and Weiss have been telling. But that doesn’t mean the idea of the Night King is over and done with yet …
Jon Snow becomes the new Night King
Am I slightly more obsessed with this theory than most on the internet? Sure, yes, I will accept that assessment. But, truly, would anything be more heartbreaking or sense-making than this sad, stoic, silent type being turned into the eternally quiet big bad of future times? It would be a beautifully brutal way for this show to go out.
There’s another secret dragon egg somewhere
This one is born from a couple different fan theories based on history, prophecy, and desperation for something grander than what ol’ Winterfell got. Essentially, several folks believe that there may be a dragon — not a hot spring — that lives under Winterfell to keep it warm. Unreliable claims from history also state there may be a stash of eggs there, somewhere, but all of this is hearsay. It all sounds like something out of one of Old Nan’s stories, but even given her impressive track record, this one still seems like a probable no. But speaking of secret Targaryen things …
Tyrion is a secret Targaryen (and that will put him on the throne)
One of the most hotly considered theories out there is that Tyrion is not actually a Lannister, but a secret Targaryen, born out of the rumor that his mother was raped on her wedding night to Tywin by the Mad King Aerys (which would actually give the twins more Targaryen potential, but we digress). It’s an idea that’s been around for as long as the books have existed, but will it be realized on the TV series? Almost certainly not. And after all that Dany’s done, and her father before her, it seems unlikely that any Targaryen — secret or otherwise — would be widely accepted as a fair and just ruler by anyone in the Seven Kingdoms. Sorry, Jon Snow obsessors! Sometimes a name is a curse!
Bran will warg into a dragon
Honestly … this one feels legit, and it would be pretty cool. The old Three-Eyed Raven told Bran he would never walk again, but he would fly — and sure, Bran’s already flown inside the heads of a bunch of pesky ravens. But what if he also meant that Bran would warg into Drogon to do something epic, like melt down the Iron Throne to nothing? We haven’t seen much of Bran’s warging this season, so it feels like its time is due. Which leads to another appealing theory …
Arya will do one more face swap
Why have Arya learn how to trade faces with someone if not to use it to some dramatic effect in the series finale? This fan theory feels primed to happen, particularly when we have the pesky question of “Who’s going to kill Daenerys Targaryen?” just lying around unanswered. My money would be on Arya wearing Grey Worm’s face in order to get close to Dany. (And no, let’s not even consider the idea that Arya might kill Jon Snow to do this, how dare you put that potentiality out into the universe!)
Arya will kill Daenerys
Eyes of brown (Frey), eyes of blue (Night King), and eyes of green — all eyes that Melisandre foretold Arya would close forever. With the other green-eyed options out of the way (the Lannisters, the other long-standing theory), it feels inevitable that Arya ends up murdering the Mad Queen in order to save the realm.
No, wait, Jon Snow will kill Daenerys
The only potential hiccup in that previous theory? That it would be really, really tragic if Jon Snow ended up having to be the one to kill Daenerys, and therefore VERY Game of Thrones. He’s so noble and honest and worried about doing what’s right, and now he’s seen just how mad and ruthless Dany can be, so it feels like the most Thronesian way to end it all: Dany being betrayed, yet again, by another man she loves. (Which was also part of a prophecy for her in the books that has not really been explored in the series.)
Gendry takes the crown
When you look at the names of some of the most important castles in Westeros, what do you see? Random nonsense for some, sure, but also potential telegraphs about the story’s future. After all, where did the Night King die? At Winterfell, where the house words are “Winter is coming.” Where did Dany go mad? When she and Drogon literally landed … at King’s Landing. Where could all this nonsense find its closure? What about Storm’s End, seat of House Baratheon? Feels rather poetic and fitting, doesn’t it? There have been plenty of ignorant but beloved rulers in Westeros’s history. And who’s more ignorant and lovable than Gendry, the one trueborn son to Robert Baratheon who’s still standing?
No, Bran ends up as king!
Nothing about this theory makes sense: He’s not really even a human anymore, he’s never shown any regard for the throne, and he also has, quite literally, all the answers to all things through all time. Therefore … everything about this ending makes absolute sense? Listen, I don’t know anything anymore. It’s been a long six weeks.
Sansa will rule the North
This one also feels pretty destined to happen — at least in the series, if not in the books. Sansa Stark is arguably the smartest person on the show. She’s grown up from a naïve little girl into a strong, no-nonsense, beyond capable woman. She’s a thoughtful, smart, and considerate ruler who can be ruthless, to a point, out of protection of her pack. It would be great to see her rule somewhere since she’ll never end up on the Iron Throne. (Sorry!) Sansa Stark, lady of Winterfell, the queen/warden of the North. Has a nice ring to it.
The Iron Throne gets demolished
If the world is just and good, the ruling wheel will be shattered and chaos’s ladder burned, and what better way to do that than to set fire to the entity that embodies that? If there’s any justice in the game of thrones — and that is certainly still up for debate — that big ol’ spiky chair has got to go.”
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine guard the way to Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine. It's an odd sentence, sure, but far less surreal than the reality: on the Island of the Idols in the middle of Fiji's Mamanuca Islands chain, there's a beach with two gigantic statues standing on either side of the jungle's open mouth — statues that are the spitting images of Rob and Sandra, two of the most legendary Survivor winners in the CBS reality series' history, with a combined 211 days between them (117 from Rob, 94 from Sandra), as well as three Sole Survivor titles. Sandra is only too happy to remind you which of the two owns the additional crown.
“In Survivor: Island of the Idols, the 39th edition of the landmark reality franchise, Boston Rob and Sandra are back to add 39 more days to their tally, though they have no shot at another title — unless you want to add ‘coach,’ ‘mentor,’ ‘idol’ and ‘veritable Survivor god’ to their expansive list, Daenerys Targaryen style. (Too soon?) The former Survivor champions are the central components of the fall-debuting season's twist, in which 20 new castaways will slug it out for the million-dollar prize, all while accumulating opportunities to glean practical and strategic survival skills from Rob and Sandra. Think of it like Ghost Island, except instead of a bunch of cursed relics and haunted bamboo, players are dealing with two walking, talking, taunting Survivor legends.
“For now, how about a close-up on Rob and Sandra themselves? THR visited the Fiji filming location of Island of the Idols in March, spotting the two Survivor winners in the wild on their second day out in the bush. Make no mistake: the two-time queen and the Redemption Island conqueror are both roughing it out in the jungle this season, even if they aren't competing in the game. On this particular morning, after spending a hot and muggy first evening in an uncomfortable corner of the island, Rob and Sandra are hard at work cleaning out a new area where they plan to build the most expansive shelter in Survivor history. (The new location is a bit further afield from the massive statues built in their likeness, which might be a good thing; the sight is as surreal to Rob and Sandra as it will be to any of their upcoming guests.) Their ambitions are as big as the multi-tiered structure they hope to build, but they have all the time in the world and none of the stress of getting voted out to see it through. Then again, they do have some other snakes and rats to worry about — especially snakes.
“Ahead, enjoy a slice of life from Rob and Sandra's first full morning on Survivor: Island of the Idols, in which they describe why they signed onto the season, what they hope to accomplish in their new roles as mentors, their hopes for their sprawling shelter, what it's like to share a beach together for the first time since Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains aired almost ten years and 20 seasons ago, and more:
Welcome back to Survivor. What are you doing out here?
Sandra Diaz-Twine: I only came because Rob was coming.
Boston Rob Mariano: I always said I wouldn't come back to Survivor unless it was some kind of unique experience that made sense. When Jeff pitched us the idea of us coming back as coaches or mentors, it rang true. I said, "Why not?"
Did you find out about each other coming out before you came out here?
Boston Rob: Yeah, I knew Sandra was going to be out here.
Sandra: Jeff told me he was talking to Rob, but Rob had not made a decision yet. I was waiting to see what he was going to do.
And so you called Rob to tell him, "What are you thinking? Let's do this!"
Sandra: No, it wasn't like that. We actually met for the first time in LA when we did the 3-D [modeling for the Island of the Idols' Rob and Sandra statues].
Boston Rob: They told us they were making totems of us. I didn't realize it was going to be a 25-foot statue.
It must be a giant ego boost, walking out here and seeing a giant bust of yourselves.
Sandra: Rob said, "Sandra, you know you've made it when you have a totem on Survivor."
It's the closest thing to Survivor Mt. Rushmore.
Sandra: If you don't have a totem yet? You still have to put in work.
How was the first day for you two?
Sandra: It was good!
Boston Rob: It was good. We fell right back into it.
Sandra: You went fishing…
Boston Rob: The camp-life stuff that we're used to doing was easy. Sleeping on the bamboo after ten years? Not so easy. But we'll get used to it. We know how to do things now. We're going to move our camp over here. We started building our camp [closer to the beach]. It's not going to work out. Just this morning, we found a better place. We have big plans. We're going to build two decks. We're clearing the space right now.
Sandra: We want more air. At night, we don't have any air [down by the beach]. It's hot, sweaty and muggy. You toss and you turn. Here, you have a breeze. We're going to have a second level with a star-gazing net where you can sleep and gaze up at the stars. Seriously!
Boston Rob: We've been working on different ideas for things. We're going to make the best shelter they've ever had on this show. We have 39 days, and they can't vote us out. We have a lot of time out here.
What's your idea for how the shelter will look when all is said and done?
Boston Rob: Multiple levels. Star-gazing net. It's going to have a trap-door with a ladder going up to the second floor. There's going to be a wraparound deck with the porch. It's your basic Survivor shelter.
Sandra: And a rope-bed. We don't want no more bamboo.
Do you have a timeline? When's the rope-bed going to be ready?
Sandra: It's going to be one of the first things, right?
Boston Rob: Yeah, within the first week. I was thinking of building a rope-swing, too, to go with the bed.
Sandra: Will you swing me?
Boston Rob: We're talking about ziplines, too. I don't know. Might be tough.
You're going to put your visitors to work on this project, right? Free labor and all.
Boston Rob: The main premise is they're coming over here. It's called the Island of the Idols. Think of it like a Survivor boot camp or training camp, where they can come over and they can learn any kind of skill that they need. Any lesson, they can come and learn it over here. We can do anything, you know? We've been here over 200 days between the two of us. We can make a fire like that. We can teach them how to fish. We have everything that they would need to learn how to do any skill that it takes to survive out here.
Sandra: And we're planning on counting these 39 days [in our total].
We're looking at this as the fourth and fifth time out for you, right?
Boston Rob: That's the thing. We're walking the walk. We're talking the talk, but we're out here doing it. It's not like we're going back to a hotel.
Was that important for you, in your decision to come out here?
Sandra: It had to be organic. That was the first thing Rob said: "It has to be organic. It has to be real."
Boston Rob: I just want the experience, you know? Which is kind of sick, but I like it!
Sandra: You miss it after so many years. When I got voted off of [Survivor: Game Changers], I was like, "I'm never going to do this shit again." But here I am.
How's your food situation?
Sandra: We have four chickens. We have coconuts. We have a papaya tree. Rob caught a fish yesterday.
Boston Rob: We killed a snake yesterday. There was a six-foot sea snake.
Sandra: I wanted to eat it. I didn't know it was poisonous. I found out it's poisonous.
Boston Rob: It's the only snake in the world there's no anti-venom for.
Can you hang it up on your shelter like a decorative trophy?
Boston Rob: No. I hate snakes.
Sandra: We had to bury it. It was after our chickens.
Was there a funeral?
Boston Rob: There was. (Laughs.)
Sandra: We buried him out on the beach. He has a plot.
Was there a eulogy?
Sandra: No, but we said, "It was either you or the chickens. We chose the chickens. So sorry we came onto your island and it had to be you." Rob dug a hole with the shovel, stuck it in there, filled it up and put a stone and a stick.
Are you envisioning an expansive graveyard? How many more dead sea snakes?
Boston Rob: Hopefully no more.
Sandra: Rob doesn't like snakes. He couldn't sleep all night [after that]. That's why we're moving.
Boston Rob: Off to higher ground!
With the boot camp, what's something you're hoping to teach these new players in the next 39 days?
Boston Rob: I think the lessons will progress as the days go by. At the beginning, it might be basic. We're going to teach you how to learn to catch a fish. I'll teach you how to start a fire. But by day 30 or 35, they might come to us with strategy questions and game theory and numbers, and we can help them with that. But we're not going to talk about that in the beginning. It's not going to help them in the beginning. The lessons we teach will, number one, depend on the person who comes and what they need. Number two, it'll depend on where we are in the game.
How are you going to do with each other out here? You have a whole lot of time and nothing but each other for company.
Boston Rob: I'm fine with Sandra! I have no issues. We get along good. I get her sense of humor and her sarcasm, and she gets mine.
Sandra: I give him space when he needs it. We live in the snug, but we're not snuggling.
Boston Rob: Separate beds.
Sandra: He stays on his, I stay on mine.”
I really didn’t want to mention her again, but this is too good to skim over: “Constance Wu has garnered a reputation of being so difficult, she’s being dubbed ‘the most hated person’ on her ABC show and is upstaging Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B in the diva department on their new movie Hustlers.
“Crazy Rich Asians star Wu tweeted, ‘F–king hell’ Friday when her ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat was picked up for a sixth season — later explaining she was upset because she had a role lined up that she’ll have to pass on.
“Wu’s team is now pleading with her to ‘find some humility,’ we’re told. The FOTB source said her Twitter snit fit was apt:’“Constance is the most hated person on set. She is rude to everybody, but most of all the crew.’
“An insider from the set of Hustlers said that while the actresses get along well, behind the scenes Wu is a way bigger diva than her more famous co-stars J.Lo and Cardi.
“Wu ‘is a pain in the f–king ass. She just won’t agree to do anything,’ the source said. ‘She refuses to do interviews, she won’t have visitors on her sets. It’s like a cliché. She is very talented — but all signs are pointing to a difficult diva.’
“A third insider who worked with Wu added, ‘She’s a total piece of work. She thinks it’s OK to treat people badly and say out loud whatever comes to her. She’s the new Katherine Heigl, and if she’s not careful, her movie career will go in the same direction — downhill.’
“Yet another source on the set of Crazy Rich Asians added that Wu ‘was standoffish and arrived to talk to reporters in a separate van from the cast, who came together. It was clear they didn’t socialize . . . She was icy cold, leaving it to Henry Golding to charm everyone.’ At a screening last summer, Wu rolled her eyes when co-star Michelle Yeoh spoke.
“Wu’s reps didn’t comment, but her team is begging her to be gracious, we’re told.
“After Jimmy Kimmel slammed her at the upfronts (‘Only on ABC is getting your show picked up the worst thing that can happen to you’), an insider said ‘she was told to find some humility. She was humiliated at the upfronts; everyone laughed at her.’”