Friday July 19, 2019

A look at Jerry Seinfeld and Eddie Murphy on the upcoming season of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee which is now available to stream.

Speaking of which, “Eddie Murphy is itching to get back onstage to perform stand-up comedy -- and our sources say Netflix wants to give him the perfect landing pad -- with a massive payday. Sources connected to Murphy tell TMZ ... the comedian has been locked in talks with the streaming giant for an undisclosed number of comedy specials. We're told negotiations are hovering right around $70 MILLION for the deal ... though we've been unable to firmly confirm the exact figure. $70 mil sounds astronomical -- Neil Armstrong astronomical -- but it's actually in line with the top dogs in comedy. Dave Chappelle scored $60 mil for 3 stand-up specials on Netflix back in 2017, and Chris Rock got $40 million for 2 specials the year before. Murphy hung up the comedy mic years ago, and people have been clamoring for a comeback.  So, given his track record -- which is incredible -- $70 mil seems in the ballpark.”

A new season of Amazon’s All or Nothing is now available to stream. This season, the team of choice is the Carolina Panthers. This is a fantastic show, especially if you’re a football fan.

Season 4 of Queer Eye is now available on Netflix.

The season 1 finale of Los Espookys airs tonight on HBO.

The season finale of Big Little Lies airs on HBO on Sunday night.

Here are the most pressing questions that hopefully will be answered on Sunday.

Don Johnson is heading back to San Francisco. Eighteen years after CBS' Nash Bridges signed off following a six-season run on CBS, NBCUniversal-owned cabler USA Network and IP owner Village Roadshow are teaming with the actor for a revival. Johnson is set to reprise his role running San Francisco's Special Investigation Unit in what sources say is a two-hour TV special. Sources note that while the project is in its early development stages, Village Roadshow hopes that the special serves as a back-door pilot of sorts for a broader drama series. Representatives for USA Network declined comment. The revival will pick up with Nash Bridges, circa 2020, still running San Francisco's SIU and confronting a changing city, a new boss and a world in which police work focuses on modern data-crunching and predictive policing. Although the world around him has changed, Nash hasn't. Johnson is currently the only castmember attached. It's unclear if any other former stars from the CBS take — including Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Jeff Perry — will return for the revival. Village Roadshow-based Rysher Entertainment owns the rights to the show with the former company controlling the library.”

Fargo Season 4 really rounded out its cast on Thursday, naming 12 new members of Noah Hawley’s players who will join previously-announced star, Chris Rock. The cast is led by Jack Huston, Jason Schwartzman and Ben Whishaw, along with Jessie Buckley, Salvatore Esposito, Andrew Bird, Jeremie Harris, Gaetano Bruno, Anji White, Francesco Acquaroli, E’myri Crutchfield and Amber Midthunder. The fourth season of Fargo will travel back to the 1950s. FX provided the following summation of Season 4: ‘In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream. In Kansas City, Missouri, two criminal syndicates have struck an uneasy peace. One Italian, one African American. Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America.  To cement their peace, the heads of both families have traded their youngest sons. Chris Rock plays the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his youngest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his enemy’s son as his own. It’s an uneasy peace, but profitable.  And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies.  And everything changes.  It’s a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.’”

Comedy Central announced that Season 23 of South Park will premiere September 25.

Netflix released a trailer for Whitney Cummings’ upcoming standup special, Whitney Cummings: Can I Touch It? It will be available to stream on July 30.

The first full trailer for HBO’s eagerly awaited new fantasy series His Dark Materials debuted at Comic-Con on Thursday. His Dark Materials is based on the Philip Pullman’s bestselling novels The Golden CompassThe Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass (collectively known as the His Dark Materials trilogy). The series involves a parallel world where a person’s soul exists outside one’s body in the form of a talking animal (called daemons). It’s the story of young Lyra (Logan star Dafne Keen) who embarks on a global adventure when she’s thrust into a mystery surrounding missing children and a particle called Dust which holds vast secrets to the universe. The new trailer contains a first look at the array of daemons — including the fan-favorite Iorek Byrnison, an armored bear who becomes Lyra’s friend. The piece has a bit of a Harry Potter vibe, only a bit darker (and indeed, was scripted by Jack Thorne, who adapted J.K. Rowling’s play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).”

All 164 episodes of the ’90s NBC sitcom Mad About You will be available to watch on-demand, but only for Spectrum cable subscribers, beginning August 1, ahead of Spectrum Originals’ upcoming revival of the series.

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Per Deadline, “Three of NBC’s iconic comedy veterans are teaming on a new series. The network has given a straight-to-series order to a comedy starring The Good Place‘s Ted Danson, from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal Television.

“Written by Fey and Carlock (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), the as-yet untitled comedy stars Danson as a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff, and connect with his teenage daughter, all while controlling the coyote population.

“The series has been in the works for more than a year and was written specifically for Danson.

“The Carlock-Fey project will be produced by Universal Television, Fey’s production company Little Stranger, Bevel Gears and 3 Arts Entertainment. Carlock, Fey, Jeff Richmond and David Miner will executive produce. Little Stranger president Eric Gurian will oversee for the company.

“Danson, who received a record 13th Emmy nomination for lead actor in a comedy series Tuesday, stars in the Emmy-nominated comedy The Good Place, which is about to begin its final season. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Boston bartender Sam Malone on NBC’s multi-award winning comedy Cheers, which ran for 11 seasons and won four Emmys as Outstanding Comedy Series.

“‘We are thrilled to be back home at NBC and writing for one of the network’s greatest stars of all time, Mary Steenburgen’s husband, Ted,’ said Fey and Carlock.

“As producers, Fey and Carlock won three outstanding comedy series Emmys for their seminal comedy 30 Rock. Over its seven-season run, 30 Rock won 16 Emmys. Fey has won six Emmys for writing and/or acting for 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. Fey and Carlock are producers of the Netflix/Universal Television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was Emmy-nominated four times for Outstanding Comedy Series over its four-season run. Production wrapped this week on the show’s upcoming interactive special.

“‘We are so excited that this is the first NBC show we get to greenlight straight to series,’ said George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment. ‘It’s with talent that we know and love and who have worked on some of the most beloved shows in our network’s history. We can’t wait.’”

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Per TheWrap, “Quibi is cooking up another food-centric series, adding Shape of Pasta to its lineup of shows, which will be hosted by renowned chef Evan Funke, it announced Thursday morning.

“The short-form series follows Funke, a James Beard Award nominee, as he searches for pasta experts living in Italy. Funke will use his time on the screen to introduce viewers to the culture, history and lore behind rare shapes and textures of pasta in an effort to keep them alive.

“The eight-part series, which is produced by Emmy Award-winning and James Beard Award-nominated Ugly Brother Studios, follows the announcement of another food-oriented show ordered by Quibi, Biggest Little Cooking Show. The competition series will feature two chefs battling it out to see who can make the most mouth-watering, single-bite foods that can fit on a dime-sized plate or, in some cases, on a grain of rice.

“The two shows join a growing list of projects at Quibi, which include an adaptation of the 1993 thriller The Fugitive from Nick Santora and an untitled Liam Hemsworth-led action thriller. Most recently, the company announced a partnership with NBC News to create daily news programming targeted at millennials. The NBC partnership marks the first major producer for Quibi’s curated daily news and information programming called Daily Essentials.

“Expected to launch in 2020, Quibi is a streaming service designed specifically for mobile consumption. Backed with more than $1 billion from the likes of 21st Century Fox, Disney, NBCUniversal, Viacom and WarnerMedia, the service has already sold $100 million worth of advertisements ahead of its launch.”

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Netflix continues to invest in food programming. Next up for the streamer is a second series from Ugly Delicious star David Chang and more episodes of Jon Favreau and Roy Choi's The Chef Show — both of which are expected to drop globally for subscribers in the fall

“Chang’s new entry is called Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner and will feature Chang and a different celebrity guest exploring a different city in each episode, tackling its culture and cuisine (over three square meals) in a single day. The project blends Chang’s food curiosity, as showcased on Ugly Delicious, with the interview skills he’s honed on Ringer podcast The Dave Chang Show.

“‘There's something about traveling with someone that opens you up,’ says Chang. ‘Being away from all the craziness of daily life, you spend long days together in an unfamiliar place with nothing to do but wander the street, share meals, and talk. That's what BLD is all about — learning more about ourselves, our friends, and the people we encounter out in the world. Plus, of course, the ridiculously delicious meals we share.’

“Like Ugly DeliciousBLD is also produced by Chang (Majordomo Media) and Morgan Neville (Tremolo Productions). Dara Horenblas, Christopher Chen, Caryn Capotsto and Blake Davis also serve as executive producers.

Chang has been on a wild tear in TV of late. Under the umbrella of year-old enterprise Majordomo Media, the chef recently completed production on the second season of breakout Ugly Delicious and sold new vehicle Family Style, in which he’ll star alongside Chrissy Teigen, to Hulu.

“The chef, who appears on the cover of THR’s July 19 issue, is actively developing other projects for TV — but, as of now, he says that three is enough series for him to star in.

“Elsewhere in Netflix’s ever-expanding food portfolio, summer addition The Chef Show is set to return with a second batch of episodes in the fall. Like the first, these will showcase Favreau and Choi cooking alongside more celebrity chefs and friends.”

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From The Hollywood Reporter: “Fox is ready to get its Lego on.

“The network has handed out a series order for reality competition series Lego Masters, based on the successful format of the same name.

“The series, produced by Endemol Shine North America and Brad Pitt's Plan B, sees 12 teams of two go head to head in ambitious brick-building challenges. Each episode will see one pair progress to the next round until the finale, during which the three top teams will square off for the ultimate Lego trophy. A specific episode count has not yet been determined. 

"‘Lego Masters has everything you want in a reality competition: an incredibly quirky and unique twist on a brand revered by billions of people, exciting team-based battles driven by creativity and a premise that’s ultra-family friendly,’ said Rob Wade, president of alternative at Fox. ‘It’s bold, fun and unlike anything else on television, and we’re thrilled to bring Lego Masters to American fans.’

“Created by U.K.-based indie production company Tuesday's Child, the series debuted on the U.K.'s Channel 4 in 2017, becoming the network's highest-rated new series and doubling its primetime average among young adults. It has already been renewed on Channel 4 and local versions of the format have started to roll out worldwide. More recently, Endemol Shine Australia produced a local version for Nine and ranked as the country's No. 1 program among all key demos.

“Endemol Shine North America's Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman will exec produce alongside Tuesday's Child's Karen Smith and Steph Harris, The Lego Group's Jill Wilfert and Robert May.
Lego Masters extends Fox's relationship with Endemol, which produced season one of The Masked Singer. (The latter company continues to produce local versions of the singing competition series in a number of global territories.) Endemol Shine also is behind Fox's MasterChef franchise and is behind the network's upcoming scripted drama Almost Family.

Lego Masters joins a Fox unscripted slate that includes Hell's Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance. A premiere date has not yet been determined.”