Thursday July 18, 2019

Just take Zane’s name off the goddamn door!

I watched Pearson. I think it’s going to take me a few episodes to settle in on this one. I’m obviously in for the long haul, but out of the gates it’s definitely a step down from Suits.

Boy Nicole is sure getting a dealt a bad hand on Big Brother. Bad gameplay or not, it sure feels like the “cool kids” are sticking it to her.

Here is a first look at season 10 of The Walking Dead.

A chink in the armor? “Disappointing subscriber numbers for the second quarter shaved $15 billion from Netflix Inc.’s market value as trading opened Thursday.vShares of the streaming-video service fell as much as 11%, their biggest drop since July 2018. Netflix signed up 2.8 million international customers in the quarter, almost two million fewer than expected. The company also lost 130,000 domestic subscribers as a result of higher prices and a weak slate of TV shows.vFor comparison, $15 billion is more than the value of about a third of the companies in the S&P 500, including American Airlines Group Inc. and Viacom Inc.”

NBC has given A.P. Bio a second life, announcing that the show will air on NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service. “Sources say execs within the NBCU fold — the series also is produced in-house via Michaels' Universal Television-based Broadway Video banner — were high on the comedy and the cast was also eager to return to the series. Universal TV will now have to ink the stars to new deals after their options all expired in June. O'Brien, who has a long-standing relationship with Michaels dating back to his time on Saturday Night Live, bemoaned the cancellation in a pair of heartfelt tweets in late May in which he said A.P. Bio was the "favorite project" of his life and that the show was just hitting its stride.”

Craig Conover and Naomie Olindo’s breakup may be at the root of the latest Southern Charm drama, but their real lives are much different than what makes it to TV. Olindo, 26, and Conover, 30, began dating in 2015 and broke up last year. When Olindo began dating her new boyfriend, Metul Shah, Conover was left with some unresolved feelings that are currently being explored on the show. ‘I mean we’ve been friends for a while, so I think … I hope for the best, but I don’t really see her,’ Conover told Page Six on Wednesday. ‘I’d say [I’m] just keeping my feelings in check … honestly, it’s gonna be like swallowing my ego out of respect for Naomie’s new life because I’m a big point-prover and it’s gonna be like — and I don’t like not being right but it’s gonna be more of just sitting back and being like, “It doesn’t matter if you’re right or wrong” even though I’m gonna wanna say stuff. It would do more damage than not.’ Conover added that keeping his opinions to himself has actually helped their friendship. ‘Charleston’s a small town but — I ran into Naomi with her boyfriend at her birthday party the other week, and you know, stuff happens on the show so it’s fine, we can still say hi and be cordial,’ he explained. ‘But if I was on Instagram after the episode trying to prove a point, then I don’t think we would be cordial.’”

A new doctor is coming to Chastain Memorial Park Hospital when The Resident returns for its third season this September, with this one played by Morris Chestnut. Chestnut is joining Season 3 of the Matt Czuchry-led Fox medical drama as Dr. Barrett Cain, “an intimidating neurosurgeon hired by Red Rock Medical to turn around Chastain’s finances.” Cain believes himself to be a superman physician, capable of curing crippling diseases, according to Fox. He’s charming when he wants to be, but utterly ruthless in his quest for money and power. His ability to exact swift revenge on any who oppose him will put the good doctors at Chastain in jeopardy and drive the season-long thriller arc.”

Netflix has canceled She’s Gotta Have It after 2 seasons.

Here is a trailer for the upcoming final season of USA’s Mr. Robot.

“In a new court filing, Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss denied that he attacked his wife, Laura Fleiss. Instead, he said that she attacked him and that he has security footage to prove it. ‘I have not hurt, attacked, or attempted to physically harm Laura or our child, Benjamin Fleiss “Ben,” in any way,’ Mike stated in the filing that was dated July 15. ‘There was an incident on July 6, 2019, at my home in Hawaii. Laura was the aggressor during the incident and physically attacked me. I tried to get away from her as she was chasing me and hitting me. I have security footage from our home that shows the incident, which the Court can review.’ Mike said that he contacted the security company for their Kauai, Hawaii house on July 7 to get the camera footage and they told him that Laura had already attempted to get it first. ‘I believe she was trying to have it deleted,’ he continued. ‘I was able to obtain the security footage from the Hawaii house to show the incident once I ran out of the house and Laura followed me, continuing to attack me.’”

How Orange Is The New Black changed television.

Per Deadline, “USA Network is expanding its unscripted programming slate with a series order to wacky water-based competition series Cannonball, based on the hit Talpa format from ITV Entertainment. The network ordered a 10-episode first season for premiere in 2020.

“Created by Talpa’s John de Mol, each episode of Cannonball features 16 larger-than-life personalities willing to jump into the deep end and compete in four rounds of physical challenges – from the speed slide Mega-Ramp to a thrilling Drop Tower to the explosive Air Cannon and more. Each round eliminates more hopefuls, until finally one champion remains.

“The format for the show is a franchise that originated in the Netherlands by Talpa, which has also been produced in Australia. A British version, hosted by Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff with Frankie Bridge, Radzi Chinyanganya, Ryan Hand and Maya Jama as poolside reporters, aired for one season on ITV. You can watch a trailer for the British series below.

“‘Cannonball is pure fun in the sun for the whole family to enjoy,’ said Heather Olander, SVP of Alternative Development and Programming for USA Network. ‘Filled with splashes, laughs and friendly competition, we are all thrilled to add such an energetic series to our schedule.’

“The series is produced by Talpa Media USA and ITV Entertainment, based on the original format by MasMedia B.V. and licensed by Talpa Global B.V. John de Mol serves as executive producer along with Shye Sutherland, Keith Geller, Bernie Schaeffer and Stijn Bakkers.

Cannonball joins USA’s growing unscripted slate including family docu-comedies Chrisley Knows Best, Growing Up Chrisley and The Radkes, the WWE-inspired Miz & Mrs, the upcoming Straight Up Steve Austin, The Biggest Loser reboot and hit reality dating series Temptation Island.

This sounds and looks just plain awful.


“Travel Channel has ordered a new ghost-hunting series, Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

“Lifelong best friends and ghost hunters Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey will respond to pleas from families experiencing paranormal activity in their homes. Traveling across the country to answer the calls for help, the trio moves right in to embed themselves with eight different families for a weekend slumber party, according to Travel Channel. The goal is to investigate each family’s paranormal claims and bring peace to the home’s inhabitants, both the living and the departed.

“In Tennessee, for example, they help a family move safely back into the house that they couldn’t sell (and they couldn’t afford to walk away from), the cable channel continued. In Washington state, they check out an infamous family manor plagued by ghosts and rumors of an evil doctor and his victims. And in New Hampshire, they explore a historic home and inn that may be harboring the spirits of people fleeing slavery on the Underground Railroad.

“‘Dalen, Juwan and Marcus have such a fresh take on paranormal investigation with their larger-than-life personalities fueled by their passion to help people,’ Matthew Butler, the general manager of Travel Channel, told TheWrap. ‘We’re thrilled to bring the Ghost Brothers to Travel Channel in this new Haunted Houseguests format, which allows them to really connect with families in need.’

Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests premieres on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at 9/8c on Travel Channel (Trvl).

“Here is the debut episode’s description: ‘Disabled Marine Corp veteran Conrad Dowe had big dreams of renovating a historic mansion in Vassar, Michigan, dubbed “Wedding Cake House.” Almost immediately after carrying his new bride, Jessica, over the threshold, the spirits in the house revealed themselves and let the Dowes know they were not alone. For years the family, including their young son Xavier, has seen a dark shadow figure they named the “Bad Man,” and a female spirit who Jessica calls the “Protector.” This family needs protecting.  One violent paranormal event landed Jessica in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. This family calls on the Ghost Brothers to help them find out why their dream home is a dangerous nightmare, and if they can make it safe for their young family.’

Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests is produced by Tremendous Entertainment for Travel Channel. For Tremendous Entertainment, the executive producers are Colleen Needles Steward, Shannon Keenan Demers, Matthew Hobin and Tammy Bloom. For Travel Channel, the executive producers are Melinda Toporoff and Elaine White, Matthew Butler is general manager and Henry Schleiff is group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.”


From Deadline: “Gossip Girl is making another comeback. WarnerMedia’s soon-to-launch streaming service HBO Max has ordered 10 hourlong episodes of a reimagined version of the pop culture phenomenon that made household names of stars such as Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick.

“The project hails from the original series writer and executive producer, Quantico creator Joshua Safran, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. TV and CBS Television Studios.

“Like the original series, the new iteration of Gossip Girl, written by Safran, is based on the book by Cecily von Ziegesar. The logline: Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media — and the landscape of New York itself — has changed in the intervening years.

“Safran executive produces with Fake Empire’s Schwartz and Savage, and Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy Entertainment. Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski is co-executive producer. Fake Empire and Alloy Entertainment produce in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.

Gossip Girl ran for six seasons from 2007-2012 on the CW across 121 episodes and aired at a time when social media was taking off.

“The CW president Mark Pedowitz revealed at TCA in January that there had “been discussions” of bringing back the series, amid the plethora of classic TV show revivals, but the decision hinged on Schwartz, Savage and Warner Bros being on board.

“The sensation of the original series extended beyond television, impacting young women’s fashion sense. The New York Times reported in 2008 that Gossip Girl was ‘one of the biggest influences on how young women spend.’ The series spawned a Gossip Girl fashion line by designer Anna Sui in 2009. By 2011, Warner Bros. partnered with Romeo & Juliet Couture to create another official clothing line inspired by Blake Lively’s Serena van der Woodsen and Leighton Meester’s Blair Waldorf. There was also a cosmetics line with Birchbox, with products curated by the series’ makeup department head, Amy Tagliamonti, and hair department head, Jennifer Johnson. Verizon Wireless had a contract with the series for five seasons in which characters were seen holding their cell phones. Industry estimates pegged that in 2007 sponsors such as Procter & Gamble, L’Oreal, Target and Johnson & Johnson shelled out over $28M in ad dollars to Gossip Girl.

“Safran created drama series Quantico, which aired for three seasons on ABC. His most recent project Mixtape, musical drama starring Jenna Dewan, Callie Hernandez and Madeline Stowe, was picked up to series by Netflix. Safran, who co-wrote the screenplay for Endless Love, also served as showrunner on NBC’s Smash.

“Schwartz and Savage’s current projects include the upcoming anticipated series Nancy Drew for the CW, the limited-series adaptation of John Green’s Looking for Alaska for Hulu and the third seasons of Marvel’s Runaways and CW’s Dynasty. Schwartz is credited with creating and serving as the showrunner on the hit series The O.C. which Savage executive produced.”


Per The Hollywood Reporter, “[w]ord that The Office and Friends will be leaving Netflix for Comcast and WarnerMedia's forthcoming streaming services came as little shock to the industry — but what did raise eyebrows were the hefty price tags attached to the deals. With NBCUniversal's direct-to-consumer platform paying $500 million for exclusive streaming rights to The Office for five years and WarnerMedia ponying up $425 million to move Friends to its HBO Max service for the same length of time, the high valuations were a welcome surprise to several creatives. Many have been keeping a close eye on how the companies are determining fair market value when selling internally and how the revenue is being accounted for and paid to profit participants.

"‘So far, so good,’ says veteran entertainment attorney Cliff Gilbert-Lurie, whose firm represents The Office showrunner Greg Daniels. ‘Whether or not our clients have strict approval rights, the studios have included us in some major deals to try to guarantee that the license fees are appropriate.’ Had any of either show's participants — the producers, directors, writers and stars who own a piece of a TV series — felt the deals were somehow unfair to them, they might have considered legal recourse, as many did in the 2000s when studios began selling shows to affiliated networks.

"‘These deals are so high-profile, it would be insane of them to try to cheat creators out of money because that would be asking for a lawsuit,’ says one veteran studio executive. Insiders say producer Universal Television did its best to hold an ‘arm's length’ auction and that several other representatives were consulted on the negotiations to ensure transparency and a fair bidding process. In the case of The Office, sources say there was more than one round of bidding, with Netflix topping out at $90 million per year and NBCUniversal willing to dole out $10 million more for all nine of the show's seasons.

“Insiders contend that a major reason why NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia were able to outbid the streaming giant is that they're simply redistributing the money within their own companies. Some argue that it also can be attractive to pay high figures for in-house properties because it marks up the worth of the library and therefore increases the value of the company's assets. Plus, sources say the studios are more than happy to pay the financial stakeholders on the big properties, even if those checks might be based on inflated amounts, because they're the kind of top-tier creators they want to keep happy amid the war for talent.

“One knowledgeable source estimates that roughly a quarter of the payouts will go to profit participants. Of course, the creators are expected to make out the best, as they traditionally get the lion's share of a show's backend ‘points.’ Some say Daniels, along with the Friends' trio of Marta Kauffman, David Crane and Kevin Bright, are likely making tens of millions of dollars off these library streaming deals. It's the sort of down-the-road windfall that may not exist in the future if the industry transitions to the new model — popularized by Netflix — that buys out a creative's backend upfront.

“But not everyone associated with a hit show benefits from backend, anyway. In fact, most of the Friends and Office actors aren't expected to see much money from these deals beyond their SAG-AFTRA residuals. One person familiar with The Office agreement says that star Steve Carell has some points, but it's unlikely other members of the ensemble do. And on Friends, multiple sources say the six principal castmembers negotiated somewhere around a half-point to a point each in later seasons. To put that in perspective, about 15 points are usually reserved for creators.

“The exceptions are star-creators like Jerry Seinfeld, who together with Larry David owns a significant portion of Seinfeld. With Hulu's roughly $150 million SVOD deal set to expire in 2021, the comedy is expected to spark the next big licensing bidding war, with sources noting that co-owner WarnerMedia is eyeing it for HBO Max. Multiple insiders speculate that the show about nothing could command an even steeper fee than Friends andThe Office, all but guaranteeing Seinfeld another generous check and his co-stars practically nothing. Quips one insider, ‘I guarantee you Julia Louis-Dreyfus made sure she had points on Veep.’"