Friday July 12, 2019

HBO has ordered a 2nd season of Euphoria.

And here’s a new trailer for season 2 of HBO’s Succession.

Netflix competition series Blown Away will be available tomorrow. “Ten master artists turn up the heat in glassblowing sculpture challenges for the chance to win $60,000 in prizes and the title of champion.”

Season 2 of Sweetbitter returns to Starz on Sunday.

Food Network debuts a new series called Carnivorous on Sunday as well. “Forever carnivore Courtney Rada is on a mission to discover the most-sumptuous and surprising meat dishes in the U.S. on her brand-new series. Tune in every week as she meets the ranchers, farmers, butchers and cooks behind these iconic bites.”

Did anyone catch Michie giving a shoutout to Sal, Q, Joe and Murr on last night’s Big Brother? Right after he voted out Jess (!!) he called out the Impractical Jokers. I’d love to know why. Reddit hasn’t figured this mystery out yet.

Friends and Cougar Town alumna Courteney Cox is set to headline and executive produce a scripted series in development at Spectrum Originals from SMAC Productions. The untitled Last Chance U project is inspired by the real-life trials and tribulations of Brittany Wagner, played by Cox, the breakout character from the first two seasons of the popular Netflix docuseries Last Chance U. Wagner is the academic advisor at East Mississippi Community College, a school known for its dominant athletic program that offers young athletes their last hope in achieving pro status. Wagner is committed to motivating struggling athletes to realize their fullest potential, while they push her to realize her own.”

“The ‘modern Stone Age family’ in The Flintstones is set to get a little bit more modern. Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks' Brownstone Productions are developing a new version of the classic animated sitcom. The project is in the very early stages, but it's envisioned as an adult animated series and based on original idea featuring Flintstones characters. The project does not yet have a have an outlet attached.”

“While the departure of Andrew Lincoln last fall was a seismic event in The Walking Dead universe (even though he will be continuing on in a series of TWD movies), the show suffered another major blow last season when Lauren Cohan announced she was leaving — at least temporarily — to go star in ABC’s spy adventure series Whiskey Cavalier. But with Whiskey Cavalier’s cancellation on May 12, the question became: Would Cohan be able to return to play Maggie Rhee in season 10 of The Walking Dead? We asked showrunner Angela Kang exactly that. ‘I’m not sure if I can say much about it right now actually,’ says Kang. ‘I’ll just say that we’re working on it.’”

Amazon Studios has landed Paper Girls, a drama based on Brian K. Vaughan’s best-selling graphic novel. The project, which has received a series commitment, hails from Legendary Television and Plan B (12 Years A Slave, Moonlight). . . .The series follows four young girls who, while out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween in 1988, become unwittingly caught in a conflict between warring factions of time-travelers, sending them on an adventure through time that will save the world. As they travel between our present, the past, and the future — they encounter future versions of themselves and now must choose to embrace or reject their fate. An emotional adventure in which the girls and the women they eventually become are tough, their friendships are authentic, and their journey through time is epic.”

The 6th season of How To Get Away With Murder will be the show’s last.

Season 2 of Mindhunter wlll be available to stream on Netflix on August 16.

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro‘s relationship with Jen Harley is finally on solid ground — and the Jersey Shore star believes it’s because he changed his ways. ‘We’re actually doing better and I feel like it had — took for me to change myself for things to get better,’ Ortiz-Magro told Page Six. ‘You know, I felt like I was just doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result and I, you know, that’s insanity. I had to just take a step back and, you know, gain f—–g control of myself.’ Ortiz-Magro, 33, has been in an on-again, off-again relationship with Harley, 31, for over a year and they share a daughter, 1-year-old Ariana. Their romance has been marred by domestic dispute reports and battery allegations. ‘I just want people to learn that, you know, I am a calm and family guy,’ he added. On Tuesday, the happy-for-now family was spotted at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, with an insider telling us that ‘they were in a very upbeat mood, with Ronnie doting on his daughter throughout the meal with [owners] Sal and Lisa Scognamillo commenting that he is a great dad.’”

“On a day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke the 27,000-point barrier and most media and tech shares posted modest gains, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment shares fell nearly 6% to close at $7.16. The stock price is close to an all-time low for the nearly two years since the streaming-oriented media company had its IPO in 2017. It has erased all of the gains from the spring, when the company swung a deal with Sony giving it control of Crackle, sending shares up to a 52-week high of $13.11. Over the past year, the share price has dropped 25%.”


Per The Athletic, “The NFL is at standstill in talks with AT&T over the future of NFL Sunday Ticket on the company’s DirecTV satellite outlet, NFL ownership and other sources said. As a result, they said, the NFL expects to ride out the current deal to its conclusion at the end of the 2020-21 season.

“That means consumers of the popular out-of-market package would not get a streaming, cable or other option, as has largely been speculated. The eight-year, $12 billion DirecTV deal, struck in 2014, contained an option that allowed either side to end the deal a year earlier. That option, however, expired in recent months without the sides agreeing on a way to repackage the games. The parties have agreed to keep talking under a ‘gentleman’s agreement.’

“‘They’ve been given lots of interesting ideas,’ the NFL ownership source with direct knowledge of the talks said of AT&T. ‘I think they don’t know. And they don’t have a strategy. And I think they realize they overpaid for DirecTV. I’m not talking about the NFL rights (AT&T bought DirecTV for $67.1 billion in 2015). And I think they’re sort of paralyzed by what the right thing to do is, I don’t think they know. So I can’t tell you. I mean, if that’s the way AT&T wants it, then we’ll just play it out. I think, you know, the league’s given them some opportunities to be thoughtful and creative… win-win (ideas), but I think they don’t have the strategy yet.’

“‘The NFL is going to be in a good position. I mean, I don’t mean that to sound obnoxious. But I mean, they’re gonna pay us a lot of money, or there are others with different business models lined up to pay us different money for different versions of it. So right…I think the NFL will be fine. I think AT&T is paralyzed.’

“A DirecTV spokeswoman replied to a list of questions, ‘We don’t comment on rumors, speculation or the terms of our contract with the NFL.’ That has been the standard comment when the telecommunication giant has been asked about the deal.

“The NFL makes no secret it wishes to split the rights between the satellite carrier and a different distributor, whether streaming or cable. There have been reports recently that companies like DAZN, ESPN+ and Comcast are lined up. But likely means they are lined up to pay for a non-exclusive piece, not the whole package.

“‘So in order in order for someone to take it (whole), they have to spend probably upwards of $2 billion (per year),’ said Rich Greenfield, a media analyst with BTIG. ‘It’s awesome that DAZN or ESPN+ want to spend $800 million, I’m just making up a number, that would be awesome. The problem is you need AT&T to still want to spend a billion dollars, right? And I’m just not sure it’s worth a billion dollars, if it’s on those lines.’

“DirecTV has carried Sunday Ticket for 25 years exclusively on satellite. Over the years it has done some limited streaming in certain markets though its own services. But DirecTV has been bleeding customers (350,000 is the most recent two quarters), so the concept of giving up exclusivity to Sunday Ticket, which has long been a customer magnet, may not look appealing.

“For the NFL though, aligning with a vibrant company, say an Amazon, must look far more appetizing.

“‘It’s sort of like the NFL has attached themselves to what used to be a rocket ship and now looks like a you know, like the Titanic,’ Greenfield said.

“In Greenfield’s opinion, if it’s true the NFL can’t strike a deal with AT&T, the timing is just wrong. A streaming service has yet to step up and buy exclusive rights to a major package (ESPN+ has paid heavily for UFC rights, but the MMA league has its own service too).

“Amazon for example has dipped its toe in the waters, with non-exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football. But even its agreement to buy equity in the YES Network is a small step in the near term, a source close to that investment said. In the earlier years, Amazon Prime will not be streaming many Yankees games, this source said.

“For Greenfield, that all will change one day.

“‘Look, I think the natural home for Sunday Ticket is on a digital platform. There’s no doubt in my mind, if Sunday Ticket was on YouTube TV, like the only way you could get Sunday Ticket was on YouTube TV, that would be the ultimate place for sports fan. The product works amazingly well on every device — TVs, smartphones, etc. Like that product should live in a digital world.’

“‘They (the streaming outlets) may not be ready to make that type of investment today, right. It’s a timing issue. Not like this is not the future. It’s more of it’s still a little early, it will take a bit more time.’”


Per EW, “Whether you loved him or hated him, you can’t deny that Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) left his mark on Stranger Things.

“Introduced in season 2 before fully exploring both his backstory and influence on the world of Hawkins in season 3, the mysterious hunk went full villain this season. After he initially tried to resist the Mind Flayer, the Upside Down creature took over his body and Billy went on to ‘flay’/feed hundreds of innocent people to the Mind Flayer’s weapon. He almost succeeded in helping the Mind Flayer take over the world until Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) and the rest of the Hawkins crew held him off long enough for him to find the strength to finally resist the Mind Flayer, giving Hopper (David Harbour) and Joyce (Winona Ryder) the time they needed to close the gate to the Upside Down.

“But does one heroic moment make up for a season full of villainy? Montgomery hosted a Reddit AMA on Thursday to answer that (along with other fan questions), and while the actor’s responses were short, they were surprisingly revealing. When asked whether Billy’s final act made up for all the awful things he had done, Montgomery responds, ‘I think it was redemptive and I do view him as a hero.’

“And while Billy’s dynamic with his younger step-sister Max (Sadie Sink) was always incredibly toxic, violent and angry, the actor truly believes that ‘he really loves his sister.’

“That’s some serious stuff. And Montgomery also took time to cover other serious topics, like where the decision to always keep his top two buttons of his shirt undone. ‘That’s definitely an element of Dacre,’ the actor says.

“The conversation changed gears when a fan asked if more Power Rangers movies were coming in the future (as Montgomery starred in the 2017 live-action reboot film). ‘I think there is a movie in the works but it’s not with me and the cast,’ the actor reveals. ‘So yes but not with us.’

“Bringing things full circle, Montgomery ended things by revealing what he took from the set. ‘I actually took Billy’s tank top and a pack of Marlboro red cigarettes,’ he says. Billy would be so proud.”


From The Hollywood Reporter: “Quibi wants Varsity Blues' life.

“Jeffrey Katzenberg's shortform outlet has put in development a modern take on the 1999 James Van Der Beek feature film Varsity Blues.

“Tripper Clancy — who penned feature Stuber — is attached to write the new take on the film about a high school football team and their battles with a demanding coach.

“Mike Tollin and Tova Laiter — who produced the original film — are on board to exec produce the Quibi series. Tollin will exec produce alongside John Gatins and Peter Guber. The project hails from Tollin and Guber's MSM and Paramount Television. The latter's Paramount Pictures produced the original Varsity Blues.

"‘For all those who cheered Mox's refrain, “I don't want your life,” as well as all those who never heard of the West Canaan Coyotes, we're thrilled to bring Varsity Blues to Quibi and into the 21st century!’ Tollin said.

“This is the latest attempt to remake Varsity Blues for TV. Viacom-owned CMT was developing a new take on the title back in 2016. That project, which was penned by the film's original writer — W. Peter Iliff — did not move forward as CMT exited the scripted space not long afterward.

“The original movie starred Dawson's Creek grad Van Der Beek as Jonathan Moxon, a back-up quarterback who takes over a team of misfits against an abusive coach — and his father, who only seems to care about football.

“Distributed by Paramount Pictures, the film grossed $54.3 million on a budget of $16 million, with Van Der Beek's ‘I don't want your life’ scene remaining a popular meme.

“The order for Varsity Blues comes amid a busy week of news for Quibi, which also added a musical starring Darren Criss and a reboot of The Fugitive, among others. (Click here for a guide to all of Quibi's programming so far.)

“Quibi is poised to launch in spring 2020.”


From Deadline: “Paramount Network has ordered a 10-episode first season of Sexy Beast, a series adaptation from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content based on the cult British gangster movie. Michael Caleo (The Sopranos) will write the series and executive produce.

Sexy Beast, the series, tells the origin story of the Gal Dove, Don Logan and Teddy Bass characters, played in the 2000 movie by Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley and Ian McShane, respectively. Gal Dove is a brilliant thief who finds himself descending into the seductive madness of the London criminal world during the vibrant and volatile 1990s. The series will explore the early days of Gal’s complicated relationship with Logan, a vicious gangster with whom Gal forms a partnership, the beginnings of his association with criminal mastermind Bass, and how Gal met and fell in love with DeeDee, an adult film star who would become his wife.

“Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) is directing and executive producing through her company Familystyle, along with the company’s Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Destroyer), who will also serve as executive producers on the show. Louis Mellis and David Scinto, original screenwriters of the film, also serve as executive producers. Keith Cox and Lauren Ruggiero, VP Development for Paramount Network, will oversee Sexy Beast for the network.

“Directed by Jonathan Glazer from a screenplay by Louis Mellis and David Scinto, the film follows Gal, an ex-criminal who had moved to Spain with his wife DeeDee (Amanda Redman) to start a new life, and Logan, an old criminal associate who aggressively recruits him for a heist job on behalf of crime lord Teddy Bass.

“;We’re thrilled Sexy Beast is joining our robust scripted slate of originals. We were impressed with Michael Caleo’s craft of the prequel, bringing these strong characters back to life for TV audiences, and with the exceptional style Karyn Kusama plans to bring to this series,’ said Cox, President, Development and Production, Paramount Network and TV Land. ‘We’re also honored to team with our sister studio Paramount Television in collaborating on this exciting project.’

“‘Sexy Beast is a cult classic because of its unique tone and style,’ added Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television, and the partners of Anonymous Content. ‘Mike Caleo has managed to capture that brilliance that we’ve loved for so long. His excellent script attracted Karyn Kusama, whose work has the same intersection of intensity and style that was beloved in the film. We’re so lucky to be collaborating with her. This is also our second project with Paramount Network and we’re thrilled to continue this synergistic relationship.’”