Friday May 24, 2019

Season 2 of She’s Gotta Have It is now available to stream on Netflix.

As is season 1 of What/If. Here’s a review.

Allison Williams’ Netflix movie The Perfection is also available to stream. Here’s a review of that one.

The lowest-rated broadcast shows of 2018-19, of which I only watch 3.

HBO airs a two-hour documentary that chronicles the making of the final season of Game of Thrones on Sunday.

HBO has also renewed Gentleman Jack for a 2nd season.

ABC might be bringing back Whiskey Cavalier.

Good to see Barbara Corcoran isn’t a welch.

Read this and tell me Tom Sandoval from Vanderpump Rules isn’t THE most metrosexual man on the planet. By way of example: “When it comes to the face, a lot of people think I get my eyebrows waxed, and I definitely don't. I think one of the worst things with guys is having overly manicured eyebrows. I can deal with a bad haircut. But if somebody overdid my eyebrows, I couldn't forgive him. I would be so mad. I do that myself. I just trim a little bit. I kind of push them upward, just trim any ones that are really long. Then I pluck just a little bit in the middle, in between, just maintain a little bit. I use an electric razor, and then I have a Gillette Fusion, the one that vibrates. I don't even have to use shaving cream.”

In support of Doom Patrol.

Emilia Clarke, Michelle Williams, Patricia Arquette, Christine Baranski, Danai Gurira and Niecy Nash and The Hollywood Reporter Drama Actress Roundtable.

Ellen DeGeneres just scooped up an amazing estate from Adam Levine for the tidy sum of $45 MIL!!! Official records show ... Ellen bought Adam's incredible Bev Hills property from her good friend. The sale became official late Thursday afternoon.   The mansion is more than 10,000 square feet strong and it's pretty spectacular. It has a gym, spa, guest house, resort-like pool, 2 kitchens, a professional screening room. The master bedroom is 2,000 square feet!!! The baronial talk show host and her wife, Portia, have listed their Bev Hills home for $17.9 mil, so they're on the move. As for their new digs, Adam and his wife, Behati Prinsloo, bought the estate in 2018 for $35.5 mil from "Will and Grace" creator Max Mutchnick, plunked down an additional $7 mil for improvements, and listed it last month for $47.5 mil. So, they got close to asking. BTW ... Pete Sampras is a former owner.  As for Adam, he and Behati bought Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's Pacific Palisades estate for $32.”

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Per Deadline, “Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick is set to star in and executive produce Love Life, a 10-episode half-hour romantic comedy anthology series from Lionsgate TV and Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment, for WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service. The series greenlight was announced today during Lionsgate’s analyst call after reporting fourth-quarter earnings.

Love Life is about the journey from first love to last love, and how the people we’re with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever.

“Kendrick will star in the first season and serve as an executive producer alongside recent collaborators Feig (A Simple Favor, Bridesmaids) and Jessie Henderson (A Simple Favor, Spy). Sam Boyd (In a Relationship) wrote the pilot, also executive produces and will direct. Bridget Bedard is executive producing, with Dan Magnante (Someone Great) of FeigCo serving as co-executive producer.

Love Life is one of the first original series greenlighted for the new WarnerMedia streaming service, which will also include HBO and library content from across the entire WarnerMedia portfolio. The streaming service will soft-launch with an invite-only beta version in Q4 of 2019 and officially debut to all consumers in early 2020. A premiere date for Love Life has not yet been set.

“A busy Kendrick also is set to topline and executive produce Dummy, a comedy for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form video platform Quibi. She also will star alongside Zac Ephron in Human Discoveries, a new animated comedy series for Facebook Watch. On the film side, Kendrick starred with Blake Lively in the dark comedy A Simple Favor, directed by Feig.”

Very interesting time as Quibi continues to go big and WarnerMedia is matching them. The landscape continues to change before our very eyes.

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To my point: “Chrissy Teigen is headed to court

“The model and TV personality will preside over a courtroom show — appropriately titled Chrissy's Court — on Quibi, the shortform video platform backed by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman. 

“Teigen will adjudicate real small-claims cases in the show, with the parties involved agreeing to abide by her verdicts. Teigen's mom, Vilailuck ‘Pepper Thai’ Teigen, will serve as the bailiff in her daughter's courtroom.

"‘When Cellino & Barnes broke up, I was devastated. I knew I had to take matters into my own hands,’ said Teigen. ‘Here’s one jury duty you won’t want to miss.’

Chrissy's Court joins shows from Lena Waithe, Jennifer Lopez, Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro and Scooter Braun at Quibi, which is set to launch in spring 2020. The service will offer up shortform shows and longer narratives broken into ‘chapters’ of roughly 10 minutes each, with video tailored for viewing on mobile phones. Katzenberg and Whitman are targeting mobile users specifically, as their research suggests users of streamers like Netflix and Hulu don't watch much longer-form content on their phones.

“Teigen, meanwhile, is also developing a set of food shows for Hulu with chef David Chang and Vox Media and will serve as a judge for NBC's comedy competition Bring the Funny, set to air in the summer.”

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And then there’s a direction like this in which a cable net has decided to go in an effort to capture more eyeballs: “FXX has ordered Archer After Hours, a new live aftershow that will stream on Facebook immediately after the premiere of Season 10 of Archer: 1999.

Archer After Hours will be hosted Amber Nash, who plays Pam Poovey, and Lucky Yates, who plays Algernop Krieger. The show described as ‘part after-show, talk show, sketch show and party,’ and will feature special guest interviews, behind-the-scenes commentary, cosplay spotlights, and more. 

“The network ordered three episodes of Archer After Hours to stream on the show’s Facebook page following the May 29, June 26 and July 24 episodes. 

“Per the network, Archer is a half-hour animated comedy that follows Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler) and their crew of acid-tongued misfits onboard the M/V Seamus salvage ship. An important question arises as they explore deep space and try to outsmart giant aliens, intergalactic pirates, and vicious bounty hunters: how do they survive each other? Welcome to the space-tastic world of Archer: 1999.

“Additionally, Jessica Walters voices Archer’s mother, Malory Archer and Adam Reed voices Ray Gillette.

“Season 10 of Archer: 1999 premieres Wednesday, May 29 at 10/9c on FXX.”

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Per Variety, “[o]n many days, wringing humor out of the current news cycle seems a fruitless task. CNN is going to give it a try.

“On Monday at 9 p.m. – in the last hours of Memorial Day – the cable-news outlet will air an hour-long show featuring comedian Colin Quinn, who will perform a version of his recent Off-Broadway show, “Red State Blue State,” with limited commercials.  CNN viewers may laugh occasionally with Wolf Blitzer, Brooke Baldwin or Don Lemon (or even at them when they are lampooned on Saturday Night Live), but comedy on the AT&T-owned cable-news outlet has typically not been a staple.

“Could CNN’s future offer more laughs? ‘This is our first comedy special. We are really eager to see how the audience responds to this format, at which point we will decide about the future,’ says Jon Adler, senior director of development for CNN Original Series, who adds: ‘I definitely think it’s different.’

CNN has tested the fusion of news and humor in the recent past. In 2008 and 2009, CNN ran a program led by comedian D.L. Hughley. The network’s United Shades of America, currently in its fourth cycle, is hosted by W. Kamau Bell, the comedian and activist who did a prior stint at FX and FXX hosting a weekly comedy series. ‘I would point to that as a good example of mixing comedy with social commentary and current events,’ says Adler. ‘We are always trying to take a look at how we mix documentary and something that speaks to what is shaping the world today.’

“Younger viewers have long embraced comedic forms of news, whether it be Saturday Night Live’s regular Weekend Update segment or Comedy Central’s nightly headlines lampoon, The Daily Show. Bill Maher has acknowledged that some portion of the audience for his HBO show, Real Time, likely gets their news from watching the program. And John Oliver has broken down the lines of comedy and journalism further with his Last Week Tonight, another HBO program that investigates topics ranging from net neutrality to how professional wrestlers are treated.

“Quinn fits CNN’s broader editorial mandate, says Adler. ‘He’s definitely an equal opportunity offender,’ the executive says. ‘He makes observations about liberals, conservatives and everyone in between.’

“Quinn has a long history of offering his take on the world at large. A former Weekend Update anchor on SNL, he spent two years at Comedy Central leading Tough Crowd a Monday-through-Thursday discussion of current events with other comedians that aired after Jon Stewart’s Daily Show. Red State Blue State is the latest in a series of one-man shows featuring him talking about everything from growing up in New York to the national state of affairs.

“CNN’s decision to turn Quinn’s most recent show into a special program was sparked after Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide (and recently elevated to chairman of WarnerMedia’s news and sports operations), saw it at New York’s Minetta Lane Theater. He sent a note to Adler and Amy Entelis, CNN’s executive vice president for talent and content, asking them if they thought putting the show on CNN would be worthwhile. ‘It speaks, I would say, directly to what’s happening in the country and what we think viewers are talking about,’ says Adler.

“CNN enlisted Jax Media, the Imagine Entertainment-controlled comedy studio, to help produce Quinn’s program for broadcast. Jax has been involved in Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer, for example, and is one of the entities behind TBS’ Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Quinn had to whittle what was a 70-minute program to about 49 for a TV hour, Adler says. ‘Creatively, there wasn’t much to edit or take out,’ he explains. ‘Everything he says is right in line with what our viewers are thinking and talking about.’

“The network has worked to gain attention for the show by dispatching Quinn to appear during several of its regular programs, including Don Lemon’s primetime hour. Quinn ‘has this show all about “the conversation,” and we are trying to capitalize on that and fold it in where it makes sense on CNN,’ says Adler. Quinn was said to be attracted to CNN because the network would be able to give the project a healthy amount of promotion, according to a person familiar with the matter.

“CNN is running the show during its most-watched hour, the one typically held down by Chris Cuomo. The network will likely be watching to see whether Quinn’s observations leave viewers wanting more.”