Thursday May 23, 2019

The 100 most-watched TV Shows of 2018-19.

Is season 21 of Big Brother going to be an All-Star season?

A&E Network is set to premiere two new titles in its Biography strand in July, commemorating the untimely deaths of Hollywood icon and Charlie’s Angels star Farrah Fawcett and Kennedy heir  John F. Kennedy Jr.”

Turbo won The Challenge and took home $750,000. He thinks the word “lion” is pronounced “leon.”

Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons have called it quits.

“Jay Sures, co-president of United Talent Agency, has reached out to WGA West president David A. Goodman – a former UTA client – and asked for a resumption of bargaining next week for a new franchise agreement. ‘If this dispute is truly about addressing packaging and affiliate production, then we are ready to get back to the table with you,’ Sures told Goodman in an email. “We are open to concepts of true revenue sharing and have already committed to requirements of explicit client consent and overall transparency and accountability.” If they meet – and so far the WGA has yet to respond – it will be the first time since negotiations broke off on April 12.Prior to that, Sures had reached out to Goodman and arranged for a one-week extension of the talks, which gained some ground, but made little headway on the two key issues, although the Association of talent Agents did offer to share a small piece (0.8%) of their packaging fees with writers on packaged deals.”

“One of the joys of watching a show mature from season one to season two, season two to season three, and so on is watching unexpected relationships bloom. For instance, if you all knew about Parks and Recreation was what happens in the pilot, the idea that Andy and April hook up would be the funniest thing about the episode. But by season three, when they get married, they’re the best relationship on the show. The same thing happened with two characters on Stranger Things, except it’s less of a romance and more of a (to use a term that didn’t exist in the 1980s) bromance. Every scene with Dustin and Steve, whether they’re discussing girls or hair or shoving a ‘demodog’ into Joyce’s refrigerator, is a delight. It wasn’t planned this way. ‘When we went and pitched the season to Netflix, that was never part of it. It’s just something you discover along the way,’ co-creator Matt Duffer said. ‘Steve was kind of getting sidelined because Nancy dropped him for Jonathan, and he didn’t have a lot to do. We wanted Steve to have something more to do. At the same time, Dustin was really abandoned by his friends, and [Steve] could help. Then we just fell in love with the idea of the pairing, because they were both dealing with heartbreak.’ The babysitter and his favorite ‘shithead’ had many scenes together in season two, and they’ll have even more next season.”

“Jimmy Kimmel’s ambitious star-studded re-staging of two Norman Lear sitcoms dominated Wednesday primetime, scoring a metered-market 7.5 rating/13 share, where the previous week’s Toy Story 2 was hovering around 1.6/3. The clunkily named Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons pushed the first two of NBC’s Chicago trilogy out of the top spot in their hours. Starring Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Wanda Sykes among many others, Kimmel’s 8-9:33 PM passion project scored biggest numbers in first half hour, 7.6/14, trickling down to 5.9/10 for its final few minutes. The broadcast ended at 9:33 PM ET.”

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From the network: “Exciting news to announce: Bravo announced on Wednesday (May 22) its first-ever BravoCon. The multi-day event taking place this November in NYC will offer a dream interactive experience for fans of all things Bravo, including live performances, insider panels, unique activations, and VIP access to the biggest shows and Bravolebrities the network has to offer.

But that's not all! During the convention, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen will bring the Clubhouse vibe to the event and film in front of the largest audience ever. ‘You asked, Bravo answered! See you guys at BravoCon,’ Andy Cohen tweeted.

“The event will also give fans exclusive access to the stars, producers, and executives behind shows including The Real HousewivesBelow DeckSouthern CharmMarried to Medicine franchises, Vanderpump RulesShahs of SunsetTop Chef, and Project Runway.

“‘Bravo’s passionate fandom is on a level that’s rarely seen outside of sports and superheroes,’ Ellen Stone, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Bravo, Oxygen and Universal Kids said in a statement. ‘We’re fortunate to have such loyal fans who come to us for larger than life talent and series that are the gold standard in unscripted television. We never take that for granted, and we can’t wait to show them what we have in store.’

“BravoCon will take place in New York City from Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17. Tickets will go on sale this summer, with programming and venues announced at that time. For the latest updates and ticket information please go to BravoTV.com. “

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “CBS has set a premiere date for its version of British dating show Love Island — along with a schedule that features multiple airings per week.

The series, which has set ratings records for ITV2 in the U.K., will premiere July 9 and air every weekday at 8 p.m. through Aug. 7. That means CBS will have two multi-night unscripted shows on the air for part of the summer, as the long-running Big Brother opens its 21st season June 25.

"‘As the buzziest reality show in the U.K., Love Island has won the hearts of viewers across the pond as well as around the world, creating appointment viewing and fanfare for audiences everywhere,’ said Sharon Vuong, senior vp alternative programming at CBS. ‘We are thrilled to bring our version of this cultural phenomenon to CBS. This fun, light-hearted series is like watching your favorite romantic comedy five nights a week.’

Love Island sends a group of single people to a villa in Fiji, where every few days they'll have to couple up or risk being sent home if they don't. The show will also feature several twists and turns, including new islanders arriving and viewers having a say in how the game proceeds. The audience also votes on the winning couple, who will earn a cash prize.

“CBS ordered the show to series in 2018 after the fifth season in the U.K. became the most-watched show ever on ITV2.

“Identities of castmembers and the host will be revealed closer to Love Island's premiere. ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company, produces the show; David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Simon Thomas, Mandy Morris, Ben Thursby, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster are executive producers.”

Per Deadline, “Lonely Island’s 27-minute Netflix ‘musical poem experience’ is being called ‘a stunning act of artistry/fandom’ — well, Netflix is calling it that, but, hey, why not, tongue in cheek or otherwise? The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience ,featuring the Island’s Andy Samberg and Akiva Schaffer, is certainly a from-the-heart tribute to their childhood heroes, honoring the 30th anniversary of the Oakland Athletics’ 1989 championship season.

“Samberg and Schaffer play Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, also known as the A’s Bash Brothers. The short film, or visual poem, is available in all 190 countries where Netflix is available. In addition to the two stars, Experience features appearances by Haim, Maya Rudolph, Hannah Simone, Jenny Slate, Jim O’Heir and Sterling K Brown as Sia.

“Two music videos were released today (watch Oakland Nights, and Uniform On), and be warned about explicit language in the latter). In the accompanying announcement, Netflix writes, ‘The Lonely Island, who are best known for their puerile and vulgar comedy music, have turned a new leaf with The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, embracing their inner artists and showing they have super smart brains behind their faces, eyes and skulls.’

“It goes on: ‘In the past few days, people have called them “genius artists” and “very cool”…I can’t remember who exactly, but it was in line at Starbucks in Pasadena if you need to check on who it was… people usually go to the same coffee places so chances are you’ll see what I’m talking about.’

“Netflix also notes, ‘The accompanying SOUNDTRACK ALBUM is even more powerful art as it allows the mind’s eye to imagine the derring dos of our heroes. It also includes an additional song and even more stellar verses not featured in the visual component, totally free of charge, nbd.’

The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, now streaming on Netflix, is executive produced by Samberg, Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Becky Sloviter, and directed by Schaffer and Mike Diva.”

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Per EW, “Got a secret, can you keep it? That’s the challenge facing Celeste (Nicole Kidman), Madeline (Reese Witherspoon), Jane (Shailene Woodley), Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), and Renata (Laura Dern) as the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies arrives, bringing with it new lies, guilt, and Meryl Streep.

“‘We left off with a lie, so it would have been disingenuous not to mine that lie for all its malignancy,’ says writer and showrunner David E. Kelley. ‘It’s going to result in more skewed fractures and fissures in the friendships between the women, some of the marriages, and some of the individual psyches.’

Big Little Lies, based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, was initially a limited series in 2017, but after its success —  the ratings, the memes, and the eight Emmy trophies — HBO quickly got the star-studded band back together, this time with Streep in tow. Kelley returned to pen the script, with help from an unpublished novella that Moriarty wrote and American Honey filmmaker Andrea Arnold directed all seven episodes.

“‘Liane had done a novella with ideas of where she thought the characters would go, some brilliant ideas including the idea to bring back Perry’s mother, so I think going forward from year 2, it’s all fresh material,’ Kelley said. The exception is with Bonnie, whose backstory will be parsed out more this season as she comes into the spotlight.

“In the first episode of the new season of Big Little Lies, we return to the idyllic California coastal town of Monterey a few months after the climactic costume party in last season’s finale, at which the ladies intervened in an altercation between Celeste and her abusive husband, Perry (Alexander Skarsgård), resulting in Bonnie pushing him down a flight of stairs to his death. That moment freed Celeste, but now traps her in a bond with the women as they vow to protect Bonnie as the police investigation into Perry’s death intensifies.

“‘There’s a cord and a core of stress that’s pulsating through each of the women, some fueled and complicated by the lie, and some dependent on the lie,’ Kelley explains.

“The stress manifests in different forms for the women. Celeste has nightmares as she juggles being a single mom to her twin boys whilst protecting them from the truth about their father’s dark side. She’s also grappling with her own guilt and withstanding the sharp, discerning gaze of her mother-in-law, Mary Louise (Streep), who seeks the truth about her son’s death. ‘The one thing that [Nicole and I] were really adamant about was being truthful to the recovery of abuse because it’s very complicated,’ Kelley says. ‘It’s not as simple as “okay, the abuser is dead so life goes on.” Not only do the scars of abuse continue to live on but the gravitational pull towards the abuser is not extinguished either.’

“Meanwhile, Bonnie has emotionally shut down and isolated herself from her husband Nathan as she tries to come to terms with her role in Perry’s death. ‘She was never part of the franchise of friends that you know in year 1, she was kind of off in her own lane and … seen more through the eyes of Madeline than anyone else,’ Kelley says. ‘This season, we obviously go much, much deeper into who she is, where she came from, and exploring the consequences of her actions in year 1 and also maybe unearthing a little bit of who that person was that came to push Perry down the stairs, and why.’

“Things don’t get much easier for Madeline Martha McKenzie either, although her first scenes in the new season show her savagely taking down the headmaster of her kid’s school while devouring a cupcake. Madeline’s marriage to Ed (Adam Scott) will start to unravel in season 2 (the threads of which were fraying already last season), and she also has to deal with her teenage daughter Abigail’s (Kathryn Newton) choice to not go to college. ‘In Reese’s hands, we get to realize the potential of the character, one that’ll make you laugh, make you cry, be a bully in one scene, be a caretaker in another … it’s quite a whirlwind,’ Kelley says.

“With Perry’s death, Jane now attempts to put a positive spin on her life moving forward with her son, even finding new romance with a colleague, but not everything is smooth sailing. ‘She needs to heal and she needs to rebuild, she’s been through a great personal trauma and she’s got an internal fortitude,’ Kelley says. ‘She wants to plow through it — maybe plow through it too much without getting therapeutical help that would make her course easier — but she definitely is forward-thinking and [has] foot-forward positivity.’”