Wednesday July 24, 2019

Members of the firm face the consequences of their actions; Samantha calls on Katrina to help an old friend. #SUITS

Comedy Central premieres South Side tonight.

Paramount premieres The Last Cowboy tonight. “The Last Cowboy chronicles the lives of riders in the high-stakes sport of horse reining, culminating in a $1 million competition at the first-ever Run for a Million event.”

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says it’s been ‘crickets’ from CBS on the ongoing blackout after the two couldn’t come to terms on a new retransmission deal.” Wonderful.

Stephanie Pratt pulls zero punches here.

Janelle Monáe has been tapped to star in the second season of Homecoming. Monáe’s character is described as a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there or who she is. Monáe takes over the top spot on the Amazon series from Julia Roberts, who starred in Season 1, based on the podcast of the same name. Roberts remains attached to the series as an executive producer under her Red Om Films banner. Monáe first became known to the world through her music, for which she has received widespread acclaim and been nominated for eight Grammys. She has branched out into acting in recent years, starring in critically-acclaimed films like Moonlight and Hidden Figures. She will also lend her voice to the upcoming “Lady and the Tramp” remake and will next be seen in the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet.”

Tiffany Haddish will showcase six of her favorite comedians in Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready, a series of half-hour Netflix stand-up specials. The Girls Trip star will host and executive produce the program, which launches August 13th. They Ready spotlights comics who share a personal history with Haddish: Chaunté Wayans (Wild n’ Out), April Macie (Last Comic Standing), Tracey Ashley (The Last O.G.), Aida Rodriguez (Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar), Flame Monroe (Def Comedy Jam) and Marlo Williams (BET’s Comicview). Comedian Wanda Sykes will also executive produce alongside Page Hurwitz.”

Lifetime is teaming up with Wendy Williams on a biopic and a documentary on her life. Both are set to bow in 2020. No thank you.

CBS has canceled The Code.

A first look at Hulu’s adaptation of John Green’s Looking For Alaska.

“Lifetime is following up its acclaimed Surviving R. Kelly documentary with a new show exploring what has happened since it aired in January. The cabler also is prepping another doc on an accused sexual predator: Jeffrey Epstein. Surviving Jeffrey Epstein will expand Lifetime's efforts in the investigative documentary space following the well-received and Emmy-nominated Surviving R. Kelly. The project will look into how Epstein, a billionaire financier, used his money and connections to wealthy and powerful people to allegedly shield predatory behavior with girls, even after registering as a sex offender in 2008 for a conviction of procuring prostitution from a minor. Epstein was arrested on July 6 and charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex. Prosecutors allege that he brought as many as 40 girls under 18 to his mansion for the purposes of sex.”

This made me chuckle. “CBS and the NFL Network’s Nate Burleson has the potential to be the next Michael Strahan — a former football player who crosses over into entertainment. Burleson is making the next step in the process as he will be the New York correspondent for Billy Bush’s new comeback entertainment program,Extra Extra, when the show launches in September, The Post has learned. Burleson, 37, has also signed a new two-year extension with CBS to continue on The NFL Today, his agent, Mark Lepselter confirmed. He will still be a co-host on the NFL Network’s acclaimed Good Morning Football.”

So did this. “Lamar Odom has zero regrets about his reality TV past -- in fact, he says the experience was the best part of his adult life and he desperately wants to repair his relationship with the Kardashians. 39-year-old Odom appeared on TMZ Live and told us how taking up motivational speaking with a company called MicDrop has become therapeutic for him. He's learning to forgive himself for the mistakes he's made in the past ... from drug use to other bad life decisions. One of those mistakes ... Odom says he feels he's failed as a father. But, Lamar says he's including his children in his motivational speaking work and it's bringing his family closer together. ‘This is a great way for me to make up the time I lost with them and help them get better as well,’ Odom said. As for reality TV, there are a lot of people who feel doing a reality show is a recipe for disaster -- but Lamar says he wouldn't go back and change a thing.”

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From The Hollywood Reporter: “O’Dell [sic] Beckham Jr. is the latest athlete to make a Hollywood foray. The NFL star has launched his own media outfit, ITN Productions, part of a pact with Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment.

“Kicking off the production push is a YouTube channel that launches Tuesday, one that will offer an off-the-field look into Beckham’s life. The wide receiver has had a big year, moving from his longtime home with the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns for the coming 2019-20 season.

“‘It’s amazing to launch my very own YouTube channel and give fans a behind-the-scenes look into my life,’ Beckham said in a statement. ‘This collaboration between Wheelhouse Entertainment and [digital firm] Portal A will expand my digital presence and engagement with fans around the world.’

“The 26-year-old already has a considerable footprint, with 13.4 million Instagram followers and another 4 million on Twitter, but the YouTube channel will serve as another outlet for Beckham to address fans. The YouTube content will be created by ITN, Wheelhouse and Portal A. More broadly speaking, ITN (including Beckham’s business partner Ajay Sangha) will develop and create unscripted projects across linear and digital platforms.

“‘In a short amount of time, Beckham has already set himself apart as a unique talent and one of the most magnetic players in the NFL,’ said Wheelhouse Entertainment president Sean Cohan. ‘It’s no surprise that his appeal has audiences clamoring for more Beckham across a range of entertainment and lifestyle platforms, where they can see him in new arenas and get even closer to his adventurous spirit, humor and genuine charisma. We know he will be a game-changer for Wheelhouse.’

“Production companies have been quite the thing among athletes of late, and several of them — see LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment and Stephen Curry's Unanimous Media — have seen great success.”

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Per Deadline, “AT&T has scheduled its big reveal of HBO Max details — presumably covering pricing, subscription features and product demos — for the afternoon of October 29 on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank.

“CEO Randall Stephenson also said live sports and news will be elements in the streaming service. Turner Sports has carried NBA games as well as Major League Baseball, NCAA basketball and PGA golf.

“‘This won’t be at the early stages of HBO Max, but you should assume that ultimately HBO Max will have live elements,’ he said, promising additional details at the October event.

“The telecom giant addressed streaming in limited doses during its a conference call with analysts to discuss its solid second-quarter financial results.

“The October 29 date will be circled in red by investors and the media business, given the intense curiosity about HBO Max to this point. Before the acquisition of Time Warner by AT&T, which closed in June 2018, HBO had long sought to assert its place in the streaming ecosystem. It debuted stand-alone streaming service HBO Now in 2015 and accumulated more than 8 million subscribers in the four years since.

“In part as a concession to pay-TV operators that spent decades building subscribers for the premium network through the traditional bundle, the streaming price point was held at $15 a month, higher than most Netflix subscriptions and well above other popular services. Company observers have therefore are watching the pricing strategy of HBO Max closely. In teasing their plans in recent months, executives say the offering will roll together the prestige programming of HBO with top-shelf offerings from Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and a host of other brands. (In other words, you will get what you pay for.) An ad-supported version of HBO Max has also been promised.

“The investor day will come about two weeks before the debut of Disney+, which was rolled out for Wall Street at a substantive event last April, also in Burbank. Disney+ will cost $7 a month. Apple is also expected to be out with its entrant into the streaming wars, Apple TV+, in the fall. NBCUniversal is readying a major contender of its own for a mid-2020 launch, though it is ad-supported rather than subscription.

“WarnerMedia has undertaken a significant restructuring ahead of the arrival of HBO Max, and the service factors significantly into AT&T’s ongoing efforts to wring profit from its $81 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Bob Greenblatt, the former head of NBCUniversal’s entertainment operations, came aboard at WarnerMedia as entertainment chairman earlier this year and is overseeing the streaming service. Kevin Reilly oversees content for HBO Max.

“Stephenson said HBO Now saw ‘a lot’ of new subscribers in the second quarter due to Game of Thrones, but AT&T did not break out figures. At the October investor day, the CEO added, there would be more ‘visibility’ on subscriber trends.

“‘Until we kind of know what the churn characteristics of a product like this looks like, we’re going to be a little guarded about giving subscribers,’ he said. ‘But here’s what we know: Dish stopped carrying HBO [in October 2018] and year-over-year we’re actually up in subscribers. That tells you how strong the digital subscriber performance of this thing was.’”

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“HGTV superfans may flip for this: The popular cable channel has ordered Flip or Flop star Tarek El Moussa’s new project Flipping 101 to series, TheWrap has learned.

“The 14-episode series will feature Tarek as he mentors real estate novices to help them learn the secrets of a successful flip. And he should know: Tarek has ‘hundreds of profitable sales under his belt,’ the former Home & Garden TV reminded us.

Flipping 101 With Tarek El Moussa is slated to premiere in early 2020.

“‘My passion for real estate has led me to flip hundreds of homes over the years and I’ve been incredibly lucky as an entrepreneur to build a successful business,’ Tarek said in a statement. ‘Now I get to help first-time flippers learn the ropes, find the best property deals and show them how to make the most profit on their investment.’

“‘Flip or Flop fans have followed Tarek’s personal and professional journey for years and now HGTV will show off his expertise and personality in a whole new light,’ added HGTV President Jane Latman. ‘People daydream about what it would be like to renovate an investment property and make a profit. Tarek is a skilled and seasoned expert who can help newcomers navigate the pitfalls of house flipping.’

“Tarek also returns for a new season of HGTV’s No. 1 series Flip or Flop — alongside his ex-wife and business partner Christina Anstead (Christina on the Coast) — on Thursday, Aug. 1, at 9/8c on HGTV.

“Also premiering on Aug. 1 is Tarek’s Flip Side, El Moussa’s new digital series, which will be available on the HGTV app, its Facebook and YouTube channels, and on HGTV.com.

Tarek’s Flip Side will offer fans a ‘glimpse of Tarek’s personal life as he works hard, plays hard and then slows down to enjoy quality time with his kids and family,’ according to the logline.”

When is it enough with this clown? More importantly, did ANYONE catch Tarek sitting next to Jason Wahler at the charity event on Monday’s episode of The Hills? If not and if you still have it on your DVR, watch closely.

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Per Deadline, “National Geographic unveiled a new James Cameron ocean exploration docuseries and several specials as parts of its presentation Tuesday at TCA in Beverly Hills.

“Nat Geo has ordered Mission OceanX (working title) a six-episode ocean exploration series and cross-platform event with James Cameron. Mission OceanX will combine high-end, character-driven documentary with blue-chip sequences to capture the drama and thrill of exploration, according to Nat Geo. The series will take audiences aboard the maiden voyage of Alucia2 to explore the farthest frontiers of the world’s oceans, 95 percent of which are entirely unexplored. Joining Cameron will be a handpicked team of pioneering filmmakers and world-leading scientists.

Mission OceanX will be co-produced by BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit and OceanX Media for National Geographic. For Earthship, Cameron and Maria Wilhelm are executive producers. Roger Webb, Orla Doherty and Stephen Rankin are executive producers for BBC Studios. Ray Dalio, Mark Dalio and Joe Ruffolo are executive producers for OceanX Media.

“The network also will premiere Jane Goodall: The Hope, anew two hour special following the success of the award-winning feature documentary Jane; Hidden Kingdoms of China – new two hour natural history special, as well Everest: The Greatest Mystery special, among others.

“Nat Geo Wild announced a September 8 premiere date for its new six-part series Dog: Impossible with dog behavior specialist Matt Beisner, which tells inspiring second-chance stories for man’s best friend. Each episode follows Beisner and his pioneering, progressive approach to changing canine behavior as he focuses on the unique needs of each animal, from detachment issues to aggression driven by fear.

Dog: Impossible is produced by High Noon Entertainment, an ITV America company for Nat Geo Wild. For High Noon Entertainment, Scott Feeley, Jim Berger and Corinna Robbins are executive producers with Amy Elkins serving as co-executive producer.

“Other news announced in connection with the TCA presentation is documentary special Women of Impact, which serves as a companion to the new Nat Geo bookWomen: The National Geographic Image Collection. The special features nearly 40 new and archival interviews with female explorers, journalists, activists and policymakers. It’s set for premiere this fall.

Women Of Impact is produced by National Geographic. Lisa Feit is producer, and Melanie Sams is executive producer.

“Nat Geo also revealed that Season 2 of its hit series, Drain the Oceans, will feature a special episode that features an unprecedented 3D survey of the Thai cave rescue. By digitally draining the water from the flooded cave system, the series shows exactly how the group of 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped, and why it took rescuers three weeks to free them from the extensive underground network in July last year. Season 2 of Drain The Oceans, from Mallinson Sadler Productions, is currently airing on National Geographic Channel. The special episode, Drain the Oceans: Thai Cave Rescue, will premiere in the U.S. on Monday, Sept. 2 at, 9/8c and air globally later in the year in 171 countries and 43 languages.

Drain the Oceans is produced by Mallinson Sadler Productions for National Geographic. For Mallinson Sadler Productions, the executive producers are Crispin Sadler, Phil Craig, Tom Adams and Jobim Sampson, with series producer Savas Georgalis.”

I will watch exactly zero of those series or specials.