Monday July 29, 2019

Netflix has wisely renewed Big Mouth for 3 additional seasons.

Euphoria is certainly not getting any better as the weeks go on.

I started season 7 of Orange Is The New Black. To me, it’s akin to previous seasons. I think 13 one-hour episodes is a bit much, but I’ll get through it.

I’m surprisingly laboring through the current season of Last Chance U. I really hope it picks up, quickly.

Ok CBS, we get it.

David Spade’s new Comedy Central show premieres tonight after The Daily Show.

Hulu ordered a 4th season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Amazon has canceled Lore and Forever.

Amazon also announced the cancellation of Patriot, Too Young To Die and The Romanoffs.

It’s not all bad news at Amazon, however, as Carnival Row, which has yet to debut on Amazon, has been picked up for a 2nd season.

Amazon also ordered another season of The Expanse.

Starz has renewed The Girlfriend Experience for a 3rd season.

Starz canceled Now Apocalypse after just one season.

Fox has ordered a 3rd season of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell And Back. Honestly, how is Gordon Ramsay still a thing?

Chance The Rapper orders from Postmates a LOT!

Court TV, which came back on the air in May, has set a 37-part docuseries looking back on the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial. It will be Court TV’s first foray into the original programming space. The series, titled OJ25, will look back at the ‘Trial of the Century,’ with each episode focusing on every week of the 37-week trial. Court TV has every minute of the trial in its library. OJ25, which will premiere in January 2020, will present, explore and contextualize the main events of the trial coinciding with the same week 25 years earlier. Exclusive new interviews with the key players in the case will take people behind-the-scenes of the trial, providing fresh perspective and insight on legal strategies and maneuverings, missteps, lost opportunities and more, according to Court TV. Legal analyst Roger Cossack, who has appeared frequently on ESPN and truTV, will host the series.”

Mario Lopez is already off to an ‘awkward’ start at his new Access Hollywood hosting gig. We’re told he showed up with security on a recent visit to his new show’s offices. ‘There was a full-on security team escorting him throughout the office. His bodyguard wouldn’t leave his side. It was so weird. It was like he’s the [bleeping] president. And Access is on a gated lot. There’s tons of security there already,’ an insider told Page Six. Lopez said he would be leaving his hosting gig at Extra for Access earlier this month. He starts at the NBC show Sept. 9. A rep for Lopez said, ‘He was given a ride in a golf cart to the Access building from [Universal Studios Hollywood’s] CityWalk. He was not escorted by security around the Access offices. Tony, who is a buddy of Mario’s and [is] Universal security, did go into [the] building. Mario didn’t want him to have to wait outside in heat.’”


From The Hollywood Reporter: “Hulu has added another big food project to its upcoming Hulu Kitchen vertical, signing Padma Lakshmi to her own series.

“It’s the first solo food vehicle for Lakshmi, the cookbook author and TV producer who’s accumulated quite a bit of authority in the spacesince she started hosting Bravo’s Top Chef in 2006. There’s no name for the series, but it will find Lakshmi traversing the U.S. to showcase different culinary traditions and meals.

“‘Each episode starts with a single dish that represents and connects to a community’s history and traditions, and explores the evolution of that immigrant community through that cuisine’ reads the description. ‘From family recipes and street food to high-end restaurants, each dish explored is a symbol of a unique journey and story that provides viewers a window into where communities came from and the tale of how they set roots in America.’

“It’s the latest order for the ambitious Hulu Kitchen. The food-focused vertical, which is seeing the streamer get into original food programming and not just acquisitions, has already ordered a slate from Vox Media — including a new show starring David Chang and Chrissy Teigen. Though some food originals are expected to premiere by year’s end, the vertical isn’t expected to launch in full until 2020.

Hulu is not alone in its food push. Netflix has been particularly aggressive in the space, and forthcoming shortform streamer Quibi seems to be making food a priority as well.

“A half-hour format, Lakshmi’s 10-episode series will be produced by This Is Life With Lisa Ling producers Part2 Pictures and Lakshmi’s Delicious Entertainment, Inc.”

Seems like a very bland format, no pun intended.

From Variety: “The Modern Love television series, based on the eponymous New York Times column, will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Oct. 18.

“‘These stories are successful when the person understands themselves better at the end, not when they get the person that they’re going after,’ said The New York Times’ Daniel Jones, editor of the column and consulting producer of the series, speaking about the original column at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour on Saturday.

“The anthology, from John Carney (Once, Sing Street) ‘explores love in all of its complicated and beautiful forms as each standalone episode brings some of the most beloved stories to life with a stellar cast,’ said the company. Amazon Studios, Storied Media Group and The New York Times produced the series.

“Anne Hathaway, who also appeared on the TCA panel alongside Jones and series co-stars Cristin Milioti and Gary Carr, said that her story revolves around the Terri Cheney column, about a woman with bipolar disorder who is learning how to find love.

Modern Love felt “very new and fresh to me,’ she said.

“‘The way we tell stories feels like it changes every single day,’ said Hathaway. ‘And to me, this felt less like a television [series] and more like a short film. So I felt like I was showing up to an eight-day film shoot and that spoke to me because my work is primarily [in film]. …I was really happy, because of Amazon being a streaming platform, I knew people were going to see it.’

“In Milioti’s episode, she plays a woman who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and alone, and forges a “beautiful” relationship and friendship with her doorman.

“Jones, Carney and Amazon shortlisted their favorite columns to ‘really move a narrative forward for half an hour,’ before figuring out which of those stories would be a part of the Amazon series.

“Carney is the writer, director and executive producer on the series. Sharon Horgan, Tom Hall and Emmy Rossum also directed episodes of the series, with Horgan directing and writing the Tina Fey-John Slattery episode and Hall writing his episode of the anthology. Rossum will direct an episode written by the late Audrey Wells, known for penning The Hate U Give, Under the Tuscan Sun and The Truth About Cats & Dogs.

The cast also includes Sofia Boutella, Brandon Victor Dixon, Andy Garcia, Catherine Keener, Tina Fey, Dev Patel and John Slattery, among others.

“Executive producing with Carney is Todd Hoffman. Trish Hoffmann is co-executive producer. The New York Times’ Sam Dolnick and Choire Sicha are listed as executive producers, while Modern Love column editor Daniel Jones serves as a consulting producer.”


Per Deadline, “Quibi continues its recent run on original programming with a series order for Centerpiece, a floral-arrangement docuseries led by floral artist Maurice Harris from executive producers Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

“Peter Kline, John Kaplan and Harris also are EPs on the show, which explores the nature of creativity through the process of flower design. Each episode will see Harris go on a creative journey with a celebrity guest exploring who they are to create a mind-blowing floral centerpiece.

“Los Angeles-based Harris — who co-created the series with Kline — is behind Bloom & Plume, a bespoke floral design studio in Echo Park. His unique point of view, sense of humor and craftsmanship has made him both one of the most sought-after floral designers in L.A. and one of the most followed florists on Instagram. His clients include some of Hollywood’s biggest names as well as such top-tier brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Nike, Gucci, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, MOCA and LACMA.

Centerpiece is produced by Alldayeveryday, Le Train Train and Bloom & Plume.

“Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s Quibi launches in April. The shortform digital service has announced a flurry of projects in recent weeks including murder mystery When the Street Lights Go On, sci-fi thriller Transmission, a Carl Hiaason tale, a Varsity Blues revival, a Jed Mercurio sci-fi project, a thriller from Veena Sud, a workplace comedy called Winos from Thomas Lennon, a subversive superhero series from Doug Liman, a musical comedy from Darren Criss, a WWE wrestling show called Fight Like a Girl, a revival/revamp of The Fugitive, a Liam Hemsworth action series, a Tyra Banks-produced docu-series called Beauty, and two daily news shows from NBC News.”


Per TheWrap, “Starz has ordered two new shows to series: original true-crime unscripted docuseries Leavenworth and original drama Dangerous Liaisons, the network announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Leavenworth centers on the true story of Clint Lorance, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army who is currently serving a 19-year sentence for murder at the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth. Lorance has appealed his conviction.

“According to Starz, ‘While deployed in Afghanistan in July 2012, the former lieutenant ordered fire on three local men riding a motorcycle, killing two of them and outraging his platoon. In a first-hand account of a soldier navigating the US Army’s legal system, Lorance seeks to overturn his conviction, provoking emotional debate between supporters and detractors that rises to the national stage. As determinations on Lorance’s fate unfold, questions probe not only the merits of his conviction, but analyze the system at large and ultimately test the balance of guilt and innocence in the inscrutable circumstances of today’s wars.’

“There is currently a petition effort on behalf of the United American Patriots advocating for Lorance to be granted a presidential pardon. The UAP and supporters of Lorance maintain that he was following the rules of engagement and was acting on a potential threat.

Leavenworth comes from executive producers Paul Pawlowski, David Check, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike, The Knick). Starz senior vice president and head of unscripted programming Alice Dickens-Koblin and senior vice president of original programming Susan Lewis will oversee production of Leavenworth for Starz.”

Dangerous Liaisons is inspired by the novel of the same name by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. According to Starz, the series ‘tells the origin story of the early years of the iconic characters Merteuil and Valmont when they meet as passionate young lovers in the slums of 18th century Paris… This is Dangerous Liaisons for a 21st century audience told from the perspective of Merteuil, informed by her line from the novel: “Born to avenge my sex and conquer yours, I have succeeded in inventing strategies for doing so that before me had never been conceived.”’

Dangerous Liaisons was previously adapted for the big screen in 1988, starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfeiffer.”