Tuesday June 18, 2019

FX has renewed Pose for a 3rd season.

The more Jon Stewart the better IMHO.

Adam Devine’s new stand-up special is now streaming on Netflix.

A new season of Drunk History premieres tonight on Comedy Central.

Followed by the series premiere of Alternatino With Arturo Castro.

Season 4 of The Detour premieres tonight on TBS as well.

Here’s the full list of winners from last night’s MTV Movie & TV Awards.

ABC has revealed who will be on the 6th season of Bachelor In Paradise.

MGM Television is developing an unscripted series inspired by the Rodney Dangerfield movie Back to School, the company announced on Monday. Inspired by the ’80s comedy starring Dangerfield and Keith Gordon, the docuseries features parents who surprise their kids by enrolling in college alongside them. According to MGM, the untitled series ‘will allow parents who missed out on their own college years to experience everything university life has to offer, including sharing a classroom with their kids — who may be less than thrilled by the idea.’ ‘I am so excited to take the premise of one of my favorite films into the unscripted world,’ said MGM’s Barry Pznick, president of unscripted television. ‘Rodney was a comedic genius and his spirit is very much in the DNA of our show’s approach to a dual fish-out-of-water comedic format for audiences to experience along with our parents and kids. I love that grown-ups are going back to school and we are able to capture this with our new series.’ MGM Television chairman Mark Burnett will executive produce the series with Poznick along with Joan Dangerfield, Rodney Dangerfield’s widow. MGM Television will produce, and MGM will distribute the series internationally.”

Eric Dane talks filming that “intense” full-frontal scene in Euphoria.

“To those out there who have clamored for David Tennant to return to the crime genre since Broadchurch concluded: Netflix sees you. (To those who have clamored for him to return as the Doctor… sorry.) Tennant and Hayley Atwell will star in Criminal, a Netflix original crime anthology with a couple of compelling twists. The show’s 12 episodes will all take place entirely inside police interrogation rooms, while unspooling “unique crime stories” set in four different countries: France, Germany, Spain, and the U.K., with three episodes per country. What’s more, talent from each country will write, direct, and star in their respective episodes, which will be produced in the country’s native language. Tennant and Atwell will headline the U.K. entries, alongside Clare-Hope Ashitey (Children of MenSeven Seconds) and Youssef Kerkour. Killing Eve writer George Kay and She’s Out of My League director Jim Field Smith, who created the show, are writing those episodes. Netflix has yet to announce a release date for the series.”

Here’s a link to the trailer.

“In court papers filed Monday, attorneys representing Sandy Hook families in their lawsuit against him said that child pornography was identified in discovery materials provided by [Alex] Jones. The filing also accuses Jones of threatening one of the attorneys. Jones has adamantly denied any knowledge of the pornographic materials, and says that unnamed individuals are trying to frame him. He has also denied making any threats. In the filing, the families’ attorneys said that consultants recently ‘identified an image that appeared to be child pornography’ in metadata turned over by Jones on May 21. The attorneys said they immediately contacted the FBI and turned over all the related metadata. The FBI subsequently said it identified several other instances of child pornography ‘which had apparently been sent to Infowars email addresses.’ The filing came in response to the June 14 episode of Jones’ self-titled internet show, during which Jones said the FBI informed him there is no evidence he had any knowledge of the images, and accused unidentified persons of ‘trying to set me up with child porn.’”

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Per Variety, “Jimmy Fallon and Hasan Minhaj were like magnets when Variety brought them together in New York for a joint Q&A about late-night TV in the age of Trump. The two host very different shows — Fallon fronts NBC’s The Tonight Show, while Minhaj recently picked up a Peabody Award for his work on Netflix’s Patriot Act — but they immediately found common ground. In addition to trying to crack each other up, the duo studiously shared their stories and contrasted their working styles.

“With sensitivity and empathy, Minhaj even steered the conversation into a candid discussion of how Fallon’s world changed in an instant when he tousled then-candidate Donald Trump’s hair on The Tonight Show in September 2016. As Minhaj wisely observed: ‘Time writes the ultimate punchlines on your legacy.’

When did you first feel comfortable in the late-night space?

Fallon: It probably took me three seasons on “Saturday Night Live” to make it feel like home. I remember one point I tried to sleep over on the stage. I wanted to bring a sleeping bag and so I could karmically, physically…

Minhaj: You can’t be serious?

Fallon: Yes. I wanted to have some kind of connection with the stage and all the ghosts of SNL past, and how much respect I have for it. I had it set up — I could have done it. People were working really super late at night. I have kissed the stage. I have hugged it.

Minhaj: Really?

Fallon: Oh yeah, it’s like at the Apollo rubbing the tree stump — you’ve got to. I wanted to make sure I touched everything that Chris Farley touched, and where did Belushi do this? These are idols of mine.

Minhaj: Jimmy, do you think you’re going to be one of these people that’s going to do this for a long time? I think you’re one of the few people in this modern era that can.

Fallon: I do want to. I look forward to going to work every day. The good times are obviously the greatest. But the tough times where the world’s against you, I think that’s fun. It’s part of the ride. Those are the things you remember — having no money, doing standup and eating ramen.

Minhaj: There was really this roller coaster with Jimmy. “Jimmy’s No.1!” “Now we’re we’re mad at Jimmy.” And then there’s the article, “Why are we mad at Jimmy?”

Fallon: It’s all happening and you just gotta go, “Hang in there dude.”

Minhaj: So who got you through it?

Fallon: My wife and tight friends.

Minhaj: Lorne [Michaels] probably got you through it?

Fallon: Lorne Michaels and my wife. That’s who I meant when I said my wife.

Minhaj: I’m still on a rookie contract.

Fallon: Yeah, but you’ve skipped levels.

Minhaj: No, you’re on a max contract. You and Stephen [Colbert].

Fallon: But you’ve already gotten the death threat. You’re on death threat level. I’ve done that already. I’m on the level after death threat.

Minhaj: How do you do comedy when you’re getting death threats? So many people have told me, “Oh man, you’re so brave for what you’ve done — as long as you don’t die. This is the best thing that could have happened to your career.” I’m like, “Dude I’m not trying to be comedy’s Tupac. I’m not trying to just die for these jokes. I want to live to see these retweets.”

Fallon: I look back on [the Trump controversy] and go — please. Doing what I’m doing, I’ve learned from my lesson. People have learned from what they’ve said about me: They’ve learned who I really am. Some people have changed their mind and said, “Oh gosh that was a little harsh. I shouldn’t have gone on a rant of 30 tweets saying ‘F— you.’ ”

Minhaj: Jimmy’s in a unique spot because he’s in the volume business. They’ve just surpassed 1,000 episodes.

Fallon: How many episodes are you doing?

Minhaj: We’re 13! We’ve just started. People like Jimmy, Conan [O’Brien], Stephen — they’re not going anywhere, and I think a thing people forget is that in this space you have to ingratiate yourself with the audience. The audience gets to know you over time. It’s not like that hot miniseries that Variety is covering that was the show of 2016. This is like a relationship that people are going to have for half a decade, a decade, or hopefully even longer. Time writes the ultimate punchlines on your legacy in terms of what matters and what doesn’t matter. The thing I’m scared for the most is I’m so young. I don’t have a ton of experience. I’m just speaking from a very raw and honest place. I’ve stepped on a few landmines and gotten in trouble with a few dictators. But I just hope that I don’t let the noise of social media and commentary and the blog posts written about the blog post about my analysis get me down. Because I want to have the longevity that a lot of the people I look up to have had.

Fallon: You will. You can already tell. You’ve got it.

Minhaj: You really mean that? Your note is a non-note. You don’t give the note?

Fallon: You’ve already gotten it. The note is — this is you. You have a wife. That is your best friend. She wants you to win. You have friends. You’ll see — when you’re in those down times, dark times, there will be friends that say, “Dude, just ride this out, it’s going to be fine.”

Minhaj: The storm feels magnified because of all of this [gestures to social media apps on his smartphone].

Fallon: It’s easy to get depressed. I stopped looking at anything on the internet. I just read papers, and then I thought, “I can’t even read the papers anymore.” And then I started looking at tech blogs. I thought no one in the gadget world or the videogame world is going to talk about “The Tonight Show.”

Minhaj: Jimmy’s really into routers now.

Fallon: I don’t know where to look where it’s not someone trying to do a jab or trying to be funny. I was finally like, ‘Oh please.’

Jimmy, you’ve said that if you had the Trump hair-tousling incident to do over again, you might’ve have handled it differently. Is it frustrating that so much of what has been heralded as good in late-night TV revolves around hard-edged Trump material. Do you hesitate to go there given the past?

Fallon: No, it’s not frustrating for me. It’s just not what I do. Someone gave me advice when I first started: Be yourself. This is totally who I am. If I went out and ranted for a half-hour — that’s not me and the audience could sniff it out immediately. I have feelings about this stuff, but my job with this show is to entertain and make lots of people laugh. I don’t want in any way to incite anger or fear or violence — I’m the opposite of that. If you like that type of stuff, you should watch other things. I want my show at the end of a long day to be a wind-down. We talk about everything that’s in the news. Right now, all it is is Trump — that’s just the way it is. Now we’re getting into the [2020 Democratic presidential field] and it’s a breath of fresh air. We get to talk about them now. I’ll take any funny joke, if it’s about politics or not. I won’t shy away from anything. I have an hour show to fill five nights a week. I really am not afraid of anything. I love a good joke.

Minhaj: A lot of people will ask the question, “Oh why isn’t Jimmy more angry?” The subtext behind that question is, “Why aren’t you being the way I want you to be?” I feel like comedians — we’re mutants, and I defend the mutants whole-heartedly. We all have different powers. I’m Jubilee and he’s Cyclops. We all have different comedic styles and personalities and strengths and weaknesses. Look, the longer I do comedy, I know the thing you have to do is be authentic and lean in to your strengths. Any time I’ve spent with Jimmy — the energy you have on the show is authentic to who you are. When people proscribe things, even with my show, I hear, “You should do more of this.” I can’t do what Jimmy does. He has different superpowers.

For something completely different, let’s talk about where and how you like to write.

Fallon: I usually talk into my phone. I have an idea as I go into work. I hum a song and do some of it and I say this is something. My voice memos have songs and clips of Pete Buttigieg’s voice.

Minhaj: So that’s how you riff it out?

Fallon: Yes, I’m trying to figure out what his voice is.

Minhaj: Do you always have to find that inflection point for the person and go with that?

Fallon: Yes, and the things people say. Like Pete Buttigieg always says, “Don’t get me wrong.” That’s the thing he goes to. So I’ll have a meeting with my writers and I’ll say, “Here’s this, and here’s my take on what I think of Joe Biden — or here’s my take on what I just heard about Trump’s latest tweet.” We riff it out and start talking and joking.

Minhaj: For me, I read the headlines. I like to read the [New York] Times and Wall Street Journal. I actually love not doing Twitter — it’s too much for my brain to process. I’ll go to the opinion page of both the Times and the Journal. There’s political and ideological bents there, and then you can read a cultivated take on a topic. It’s not just a glib sentence. They had to write about it and test their take and an editor had to approve it. It’s a fully baked thing, for better or worse. And then I’ll just free write. Long form, on a notepad.

Fallon: Yellow?

Minhaj: Yellow for standup. But I have this great notepad that has a bound red cover. I use a Uni-Ball Vision Elite. It’s one of my favorite pens. When you write with it you feel really smart. Like Jimmy, I’m a big fan of taking all these ideas that I have and taking it into the room and then vibe and flow off that. I’m looking for the writers or the news team to push me in the opposite direction and for me to push back. And then we sort of refine it. We try to nail it into a sentence [the theme of each episode]. It’ll happen in the room. We’ll write down a sentence like, “I’m lazier than I am woke, that’s why I need the government to save me from myself.” That happened in the room. We’ll yell. “That’s it, that’s it, write it down!” And then we’ll build the episode around that.

Fallon: That’s great. It started with a blank page. When you look around the room and go, “There was nothing on this page yesterday and now here we are.” That’s the greatest.””


Per The Hollywood Reporter, “CBS Television Distribution is launching a new multiplatform network in the fall.

“The lifestyle-focused Dabl (pronounced ‘dabble’) is set to debut Sept. 9 on digital secondary channels of broadcast stations (a la MeTV or Bounce TV) in about 70 percent of the country. CBS' owned-and-operated stations are the anchor group for the launch; Dabl will be available in the top 10 and 23 of the top 25 markets.

“The network will feature library shows from Martha Stewart and Emeril Lagasse at its launch, along with other programs focusing on cooking, home renovation, DIY and travel. CBS Television Distribution will pay stations a fee to house the net on their digital subchannels and control and sell all ad inventory.

"‘The strength of our distribution and ad sales teams, combined with our O&O station group and the depth of our library, provides us with a lot of opportunities to mine in the digital landscape,’ Steve LoCascio, COO and CFO of CBS Global Distribution Group, said Monday in a statement. ‘We chose Dabl as our first foray into the space because we see a huge upside in the marketplace for lifestyle programming. We are excited to partner with our CBS stations group to bring this advertiser-friendly network with some of the most beloved personalities in the genre to life.’

“Said Stewart, ‘When CBS approached Martha Stewart TV to provide shows for their new lifestyle network, we were happy to have a fresh TV platform on which to share our extensive library. We think everyone will benefit and learn from these beautiful shows. It’s a good thing.’

"‘I’m excited to be a part of CBS’ new lifestyle network Dabl,’ added Lagasse. ‘Folks are always asking for where they can watch my shows — now there is a place. See you in the fall.’

“The new network will compete for attention with a host of syndicated launches in the fall, including talk shows from Kelly Clarkson, Tamron Hall and Mel Robbins; Jerry Springer's courtroom show Judge Jerry; the game shows 25 Words or Less and America Says; and the legal show Personal Injury Court.”

JUST what we need!


Per Deadline, “JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot are in final talks for him to keep his TV business and move his film business under the WarnerMedia umbrella. There had been rampant speculation that he would end up there or with Apple, with WarnerMedia emerging as a frontrunner over the past couple of weeks as the shorthand he had developed with the Warner Bros TV gang, and a massive financial commitment has won the most coveted overall deal that had been in play. Expectations were that the deal would fall in the $500 million range.

Deadline reported earlier this month that it was down to WarnerMedia and Apple, with the traditional media company having the upper hand over tech giant, a comparative newcomer in the content creation game.

“Abrams, of course, has the history at WarnerMedia as Bad Robot had been based at Warner Bros. TV for many years, delivering a string of series. Of the company’s current shows, three are at WarnerMedia’s HBO, Westworld, Lovecraft and Demimonde, the first series Abrams has solely created since Alias, with the premium network also developing Bad Robot’s They Both Die At the End. The company also has three series at Apple via Warner Bros. TV, which also has been aggressively pursuing the multi-hyphenated:  the Stephen King adaptation Lisey’s Story, starring Julianne Moore; Sara Bareilles’ Little Voice; and  My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, toplined by Jennifer Garner.

“We hear that Abrams’ talks with Apple had evolved over the past weeks, focusing on continuing to work together and not through an overall deal as the expectation is that a new WarnerMedia pact would keep allowing Bad Robot to produce for outside networks.

“In the era of giant TV overall deals, it is easier for incumbent studios to come up with competitive offers for prolific creators/producers as they often have the advantage of being able to sweeten their overall deal proposals with advances toward the producers’ backend.

“This marks the second mega overall deal renewal for Warner Bros. TV, following the $400 million re-up for Greg Berlanti last year.

“In addition to WarnerMedia and Apple, Abrams and his team had engaged with Comcast/NBCUniversal and Sony, with talks slowing down after Abrams, along with 7,000 other WGA members, in April fired his agents at CAA in all areas except directing.

“On the film side, Abrams is coming from an expensive overall deal at Paramount that paid off with the launch of the franchise Cloverfield, and the revival of Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. But it proved hard for that studio to have his allegiance as a filmmaker, the place Abrams has turned in some of his best results. He has directed two Star Wars films for Disney while under the Paramount deal, the latest of which, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, debuts December 20 to cap of what indisputably will be a record year for the studio. These overall deals with A-list filmmaker/producers are always tough that way — Universal’s deal with Guillermo del Toro was strained when he signed to write/direct The Hobbit movies, and Steven Spielberg always cut his host studio into co-fi roles in projects he fell in love with at other studios, so it will be interesting to see how Warner Bros chief Toby Emmerich fares in getting him to direct pictures in the studio fold.

“Abrams’ has become more a re-fashioner of franchises than a world creator, and it was understand this deal would serve as an opportunity for him to become the latter. While WarnerMedia doesn’t have the theme parks that Disney and Comcast have, Abrams will have full access to strong WarnerMedia platforms that include a fledgling streaming service, and he clearly has the potential to leave a strong mark on the studio in this deal.”


Tyra Banks is the latest big name to bring a project to Quibi.

The America's Next Top Model creator and host has set up a docuseries called Beauty at the short-form streaming service founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg. Banks will serve as host and executive producer of the show, which aims to have viewers "question societal standards that have defined us," per Quibi's description of the series.

"‘As I look into the future, I see radical changes in both how people ‘attain beauty,’ and how the world perceives beauty,’ said Banks. ‘Our docuseries aims to expand and redefine the definition of beauty as we know it, challenging why we accept certain beauty parameters and reject others, and examining the beliefs behind those judgments.’

“Banks joins a growing list of high-profile talent developing shows for Quibi, which is targeted for a spring 2020 launch. Among those with scripted and unscripted projects at the service are Guillermo del Toro, Jennifer Lopez, Idris Elba, Lena Waithe and Don Cheadle, who's starring in a sci-fi drama from Lost co-creator Jeffrey Lieber. 

“MTV Studios is also prepping updated versions of library series Punk'd and Singled Out for the platform.

“Quibi aims to provide subscribers high-quality shows delivered to their phones in short "chapters," usually about 10 minutes long. CEO Meg Whitman has cited statistics that users of Netflix, Hulu and other streamers watch on phones only about 10 percent of the time, so she and Katzenberg believe their service can be a complement to those platforms. Quibi's series will be tailored to mobile users (including being able to watch full-screen video in either portrait or landscape mode) and filmed specifically for the format.”

Showtime has picked up On Becoming A God in Central Florida, a one-hour dark comedy series starring Kirsten Dunst. The project, from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Sony’s TriStar Television, was ordered to series last year by YouTube to debut this year.

“Sony TV started conversations about moving the show elsewhere earlier this year, following the Google-owned company’s programming shift that involves making all original series, originally earmarked for SVOD platform YouTube Red/Premium, available as AVOD offerings, as well as putting a pin in all new scripted development. According to sources, YouTube and Sony TV were not able to negotiate an AVOD deal for On Becoming a God in Central Florida. YouTube Originals’ brass, who are said to be proud  of the show, then worked closely with Sony TV to find a new home for it. Sony TV also has hit Cobra Kai at YouTube, which was recently renewed for a third season.

“The nine-episode On Becoming A God in Central Florida, set to debut on Showtime Sunday, August 25, is a darkly comedic story about the cult of free enterprise and one woman’s relentless pursuit of the American Dream. In addition to Dunst, the series stars Théodore Pellerin, Beth Ditto, Mel Rodriguez and Ted Levine. Created and executive produced by Robert Funke and Matt Lutsky, the series is also executive produced by Smokehouse Pictures’ Clooney and Grant Heslov, along with Dunst, Charlie McDowell, who also directed the pilot, and Esta Spalding, who also serves as showrunner.

“‘We were immediately drawn to this stylish and subversive female empowerment story starring Kirsten Dunst as you’ve never seen her before,’ said Gary Levine, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks . ‘Throw in clever writing, inventive filmmaking, a strong, diverse ensemble and some alligators, and we’re confident Showtime audiences will find On Becoming A God irresistible!’

On Becoming A God In Central Florida, which was originally in development at AMC before getting the green light at YouTube, was one of the passion projects for the late TriStar TV topper Suzanne Patmore Gibbs who revived Sony Pictures TV’s label as home of female-focused material.

“Set in a small Orlando-adjacent town in 1992, On Becoming A God in Central Florida follows Krystal Stubbs (Dunst), a minimum-wage water park employee who lies, schemes and cons her way up the ranks of Founders American Merchandise (FAM) — the cultish, flag-waving, multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme that drove her to ruin in the first place, run by the powerful Obie Garbeau II (Levine). Determined to make a better life for herself, Krystal dives deep into FAM and develops a tangled relationship with FAM’s most loyal and fanatical follower Cody (Pellerin), until her business begins to affect those closest to her, including Ernie (Rodriguez), her affable water park boss, and his FAM-skeptic wife Bets (Ditto).”