Friday June 7, 2019

Season 2 of Big Little Lies premieres on HBO on Sunday.

The season finale of Billions airs on Sunday as well.

3% is now available for your streaming pleasure on Netflix.

As is Armistead Maupin's 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. “

All 8 episodes of The Chef Show are available on Netflix right now.

So are all 10 episodes of season 3 of Designated Survivor (which moved from ABC to Netflix).

If you’re a horror fan, 8 episodes of season 1 of Into The Dark are up on Hulu. “In partnership with Blumhouse Television, Into The Dark is a horror event series from prolific, award-winning producer, Jason Blum’s independent TV studio. The series includes 12 super-sized episodes, with a new installment released each month inspired by a holiday and will feature Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.”

Netflix has ordered a 5th and final season of Lucifer.

I’ve now watched the first 2 episodes of Songland and I’m still very much enjoying this program.

Good on YOU Bobby Ray for taking that money!

Million Dollar Listing star Steve Gold is a dad! The New York real estate mogul and his girlfriend, Luiza Gawlowska, welcomed daughter Rose Gold on Thursday morning, he announced on Instagram. ‘Wow. Words cannot begin to express this feeling,’ Gold, 34, said in a caption under a photo of Rose’s tiny feet, admitting that he and Gawlowska had been keeping the pregnancy ‘under wraps.’ ‘This morning, we welcomed our daughter Rose Gold into the world and I can’t stop staring at her beautiful little face (and feet)! It’s been so tough to keep such a big part of my life under wraps, and I want to thank everyone who respected our privacy along the way,’ he said.” Rose Gold. I see what you did there. Mazel tov.

Bradley Cooper is single again.

CAA has asked a judge to dismiss claims made against the agency by showrunners David Simon and Meredith Stiehm as part of the Writers Guild of America’s lawsuit against four Hollywood talent agencies over the issue of packaging fees. CAA’s response to the WGA lawsuit filed in April asserts that the statute of limitations has long since run out on Simon and Stiehm’s ability to file a legal claim in relation to the dealmaking the two describe in the lawsuit. Stiehm and Simon were among eight guild members listed as plaintiffs along with the WGA in the suit. The response, filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also asserts that there are records to show that Stiehm should have been aware of the packaging fee arrangement on her CBS drama Cold Case. CAA asserts that Simon waived his right to sue after reaching a $30,000 settlement with the agency over the packaging arrangement on his 1990s NBC drama Homicide: Life on the Street.” The good old SoL argument. Good to see these blighters staying true to form and weaseling out on a technicality instead of addressing the matter like professionals. (FYI, a “blighter” is a piece of $hit scumbag.)

Simon responded: “To my understanding, my settlement with CAA was to my mind limited to my willingness to continue utilizing Jeff Jacobs as my agent for all of my services as a television writer. I have done so and I agree that Mr. Jacobs was not involved in the packaging of my rights as a book author or in the initial secret packaging of my book. I reached that agreement, to my mind, with Mr. Jacobs, along with promise never to be involved in packaging me again. I did not understand that settlement to apply to Matt Snyder, who was directly involved in the secret packaging and whose conflict-of-interest in the matter is transparent. I did not to my mind ever settle with Mr. Snyder and to this date I have not retained the representation of Snyder or the CAA literary division on any project involving literary rights.  As to statute of limitations, I made clear to the WGA attorneys the timeline. It is their opinion that until it can be determined from a review of CAA’s financial records whether they continue to receive profits from their package of ‘Homicide’ into the present day, I should be included as a plaintiff.  To reaffirm, I am allowing myself to be included in the suit at the direct request of my union. My financial interest in the matter is limited to a willingness to donate any funds recovered to charities.”

In case you missed Simon’s incredibly written piece on the matter of packaging, I would implore you to read it.

On a much lighter note, here’s a new trailer for BH90210.

Season 7 of the Canadian comedy Letterkenny will stream exclusively on Hulu beginning October 14.

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From The Hollywood Reporter: “Comedy Central's next shot at establishing a post-Daily Show franchise will arrive in July.

“The Viacom-owned cabler will debut Lights Out With David Spade at 11:30 p.m. July 29. The pop culture-focused show will run Monday through Thursday after The Daily Show and feature Spade and a rotating group of his celebrity friends talking about the pop culture news of the day, along with field pieces and sketch elements.

“The field pieces will mirror the tone of the Instagram stories Spade shares with his 1.6 million followers.

“Comedy Central's co-heads of development, Jonas Larsen and Sarah Babineau, told The Hollywood Reporter that because Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show and The Opposition With Jordan Klepper had relatively short runs, they consciously sought out a project with a lighter tone at 11:30. ‘Something that will get you from The Daily Show to bed in a much more gentle way than perhaps a political show would do there,’ Larsen said.

“The show marks a return to Comedy Central for Spade, who hosted The Showbiz Show — a parody of entertainment-news programs like Entertainment Tonight and Extra — from 2005-07. 

Lights Out joins a growing slate of originals at Comedy Central that includes Klepper's self-titled docuseries, critically hailed scripted series The Other Two and the upcoming South Side, Alternatino With Arturo Castro, Awkwafina and Robbie.

“Spade executive produces Lights Out with Alex Murray, Marc Gurvitz, showrunners Brad Wollack and Tom Brunelle of Free 90 Media and head writer Frank Sebastiano. Chelsea Davison is supervising producer and Liz Plonka directs.”

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Per Deadline, “Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort is set to headline drama Tokyo Vice, which has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order from WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming platform. It is based on the book by Jake Adelstein and comes from Tony-winning playwright J.T. Rogers (Oslo), producer John Lesher and Endeavor Content.

“This marks the second official series order from the WarnerMedia streamer slated for a debut this fall. Tokyo Vice joins Love Life, a romantic comedy anthology series starring and executive produced by Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig also executive producing. The platform had been ramping up development and aggressively bidding on projects as well as mining the Warner Bros. library of IP. For instance, an animated Gremlins series, based on the popular Warner Bros. movies, is believed to have a series order with Amblin producing.

“Written by Rogers, based on Adelstein’s non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, Tokyo Vice is Jake’s (Elgort) daily descent into the neon soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where nothing, and no one is truly what or who they seem. Elgort’s Jake Adelstein is an American journalist who embeds himself into the Tokyo Vice police squad to reveal corruption.

“Rogers and director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) will helm the series along with Endeavor Content serving as the studio and John Lesher, Emily Gerson Saines and Ansel Elgort on board as executive producers.

“Adelstein’s 2009 memoir Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat chronicled his years living in Tokyo as the first non-Japanese reporter working for one of Japan’s largest newspapers, Yomiuri Shinbun.

“The book was originally earmarked for a feature adaptation in 2013 with Rogers writing the screeenplay based on a story by him and Adelstein and Lesher and Adam Kassan producing. Anthony Mandler was to direct the film, with Daniel Radcliffe attached to play Adelstein.

“This marks the first TV role for Elgort whose feature starring roles also include The Fault In Our Stars. He is set to play Tony in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming feature adaptation of West Side Story.

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If the aforementioned Tokyo Vice sounds interesting to you, it might cost you a pretty penny to watch. Per The Wall Street Journal, “AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia is discussing plans to package HBO, sister channel Cinemax and its vast Warner Bros. TV and movie library into a streaming service costing between $16 and $17 a month, according to people familiar with the matter, a strategy aimed at keeping the media giant competitive against lower-priced offerings in a crowded field.

“The new streaming service, which will debut in ‘beta’ form later this year, essentially includes all of WarnerMedia’s entertainment offerings and will feature its own new, original content. Yet it will cost barely more than the company’s stand-alone HBO Now streaming service, which sells for $14.99 a month. Cinemax, meanwhile, can cost as much as $12.99 a month for cable customers.

“AT&T is under pressure to competitively price its service in a landscape where consumers will have many options, including Netflix’s deep library of original and licensed content for $12.99 a month—and a much-anticipated Disney+ service launching in November that will charge $6.99 a month for an array of programming based on the company’s biggest franchises such as Star Wars and Marvel. On top of this, Apple and Comcast Corp.’sNBCUniversal have plans to launch streaming services in the fall and 2020, respectively.

“Consumers have limited money to spend on a growing number of options including streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, but also low-price online cable-TV packages—known as skinny bundles—such as Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV and Google’s YouTube TV.

“According to a survey conducted last year by Magid Research, people who abandon traditional cable-TV packages said they are willing to pay for about six different services that cost a total of about $38.

“AT&T’s new plan marks a shift in strategy. WarnerMedia Chief Executive John Stankey initially laid out a three-tiered platform that included an entry-level option focused on movies, a second tier with original programming and blockbusters, and a third one with Warner Bros. content. He now is expected to push forward the $16-$17 price point for the main subscription offering, which is expected to be fully up and running as early as next March, one of the people familiar with the matter said.

“‘The idea of three tiers never made much sense and is too complicated to fly in the marketplace,’ said analyst Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson. Mr. Moffett recently spoke with Mr. Stankey about the streaming service and wrote that AT&T was headed toward a single tier, with the goal of being in the middle of Netflix and a combination of Disney+ (at $6.99) and Hulu (at $11.99).

“Apple said it plans to launch its own video subscription service in the fall, which will feature original programming.

“Meanwhile, NBCUniversal said earlier this year it would enter the crowded marketplace with an ad-supported streaming video service, which will include original and library programming. The service will be free to its roughly 54 million pay-TV subscribers, as well as subscribers of other U.S. pay-TV providers. The service, however, won’t be available to cord-cutters. Pricing hasn’t yet been disclosed for either service.

“WarnerMedia is also considering rolling out an ad-supported version of the streaming service—at a cheaper price—later in 2020, the people said.

“It is unclear what the content makeup of that version would be. Further down the road, WarnerMedia could add an additional premium option for people to watch live events or sports, one of the people said.

“Discussions around pricing and content are still fluid, and plans could still change. Top executives across WarnerMedia are scheduled to gather in New York next week and details of the as-yet-unnamed streaming service will be discussed, the people said.

“WarnerMedia is gearing up for complex discussions with cable partners like Comcast and Charter Communications Inc., who will likely not want to get undercut on their pricing of HBO.

“WarnerMedia is prepared to work with those distributors in a number of ways, one of the people familiar with the matter said. That could include the cable providers marketing the streaming service and taking a cut of revenue, or having flexibility to lower their HBO price to match the implied lower price of HBO in the WarnerMedia streaming service, the person said.

“AT&T’s bet on a streaming service comes as the pay-TV giant it owns, DirecTV, has been losing TV subscribers at a fast clip as consumers cut the cord in favor of streaming services.

“AT&T in the first quarter lost 544,000 premium TV subscribers, which includes DirecTV satellite subscriptions and fiber-optic packages from AT&T’s U-verse. It also lost 83,000 subscribers of DirecTV Now, its online cablelike service.

“AT&T took ownership of Warner Bros. film studio, HBO and other TV content nearly a year ago when it bought Time Warner, later renaming it WarnerMedia. The company paid about $81 billion in cash and stock for WarnerMedia, an acquisition that was delayed by a long battle with the Justice Department over antitrust issues.”

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Per USA TODAY, “Alec Baldwin has been waiting half his career to play John DeLorean, whose distinctive sports car became the famous time machine in 1985's Back to the Future."

“Two decades ago, when one of many biopics about the disgraced automaker was in development, he received a call from DeLorean himself, asking the actor to portray him. 

"‘It was a very short conversation, and it never went anywhere. I don’t know why these projects died,’ Baldwin says. ‘But whenever a living historic figure anoints you to do a project like that, that's a cool thing. I'm not really that intoxicated by any of the work I do, but when he called, I thought, “That’s pretty cool.”’

“Baldwin, 61, appears as the playboy car mogul in reenactments in the new documentary Framing John DeLorean, which hits theaters in New York and video on demand Friday, before expanding wider. The hybrid narrative film traces DeLorean's rise through the ranks at General Motors in the 1960s as an engineer, before splitting off to form his own DeLorean Motor Co. in 1973. But the manufacturer went bankrupt by the mid-'80s, after DeLorean was arrested by the FBI and charged with trafficking cocaine, irrevocably tarnishing his reputation even though he was found not guilty. He died from a stroke in 2005 at age 80. 

“Before the documentary's premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in April, Baldwin chatted with USA TODAY about cars, DeLorean's missteps and why he's ready to retire his President Donald Trump impression on Saturday Night Live:

What do you remember about seeing Back to the Future for the first time?

I thought, "Damn, that Michael J. Fox has got it all." (Robert) Zemeckis and Christopher Lloyd made a great film. But the interesting thing to me is that DeLorean could have had a successful car company. He was a great automotive innovator, but he wouldn't admit that he didn't understand how to finance the car company. Everything he did to (get money) when the sludge hit the fan, if you will, that’s when all his problems began. 

Have you always been into sports cars?

No, not compared to other people. We live on Long Island in the summertime, and you've got to have a good (car) out there that you can get into when you're wet, your dogs are wet and there's sand. I have a great bomb car: an ’84 BMW. It’s completely falling apart. If you saw me driving the car, you’d go, "Oh, God, no." 

What was your first car?

The first car I owned was a Karmann Ghia convertible, and I drove it cross-country (from New York) in the dead of winter with my soon-to-be roommate in LA We nearly died from the cold, it was unbelievable. ... It’s so funny: I'm driving a Mustang one day, and the next day I got married and had my daughter Ireland, and I had a Chevy Tahoe. Things change.

Who would you like to see play Trump on Saturday Night Live after you?

I don't know. Darrell Hammond did it and is a far better impressionist than I'll ever be. When Anthony Atamanuik (started impersonating Trump on Comedy Central's The President Show), all these people were attacking me, saying, "Oh, your impression sucks and you suck. Please go away." It also was something I thought to myself: "I really don't have a lot invested in my Trump impersonation, so please find someone and convince Lorne (Michaels) to replace me." I'm completely down with that. Winning the Emmy for that show aside, it was not some career goal of mine.

So if (Atamanuik) wants the job, it's his. He can have it. I've done that. I mean, I had a lot of fun with (the cast), and when Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider wrote (Trump sketches in 2016 and 2017), that was new, it was fresh and the ratings were good. But I feel like I'm done with that now. I'm so done with that.

So you don't think you'll return next season? 

I can't imagine I would do it again. I just can't. They should find somebody who wants to do it. They're all my dear friends and I love going there, but the other thing is that I'm going to go to work this fall in a way I haven't done in a while. My wife and I had a son a year ago, and since he was born, I've worked minimally because I wanted to be there for my wife and kids. But the party's over this fall and I'll be traveling. SNL just crushes my weekends, and now weekends are going to become much more precious to me because that's time with my kids.”