Wednesday July 31, 2019

Harvey takes a case in an attempt to send Faye a message; Louis gets an intriguing offer. #SUITS

The first 4 episodes of Hulu’s Four Weddings And A Funeral are now available to stream.

The series finale of Jane The Virgin airs tonight on The CW.

As does the series finale of Wahlburgers on A&E.

IFC premieres Sherman’s Showcase tonight. “A sketch variety show like none before, Sherman’s Showcase travels through time via music and clips drawn from the forty-year library of a legendary (fictional) musical variety show. Inspired by shows like Solid Gold; Soul Train and Laugh-In.”

LeBron James’ digital sports media brand Uninterrupted is heading to Canada. Uninterrupted Canada will be led by former Sportsnet president Scott Moore as CEO. Moore will be joined by First Take Entertainment producer Vinay Virmani in the role of chief content officer. Moore, who departed the Rogers Media-owned Sportsnet in late 2018, will oversee the company’s business operations, development and brand partnerships. Virmani will lead its content development slate. Uninterrupted was founded by James and Maverick Carter as an “athlete empowerment brand” to produce original content with professional athletes. Toronto-based musician Drake is a partner on the Canadian expansion, as well as Shopify Studios, which has signed on to develop content for the brand. The Canadian launch will ‘engage in a new brand of storytelling’ for the country’s sports fans, according to Moore in a statement. The company has inked a first-look deal in time for launch with Toronto Raptors player and NBA Champion Serge Ibaka. It will also produce a ‘motivational series’ with New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman, who was recently traded from the Toronto Blue Jays. The series, titled Height Doesn’t Measure Heart, will address the struggle of undersized athletes.” A motivational series with Marcus Stroman?! If that doesn’t garner millions of views, what will?!?!

It’s time to get Caro off the damn island already.

In the event you’re interested in what happened on last night’s finale of The Bachelorette. I’m not.

Keke Palmer has agreed to join Michael Strahan and Sara Haines as a 3rd co-host on ABC’s Strahan and Sara.

HBO Max has given an 8-episode straight-to-series order to Circe, a drama series adaptation of Madeline Miller’s International bestseller of the same name. The project hails from top feature writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World). Chernin Entertainment is producing with Endeavor Content through the companies’ scripted drama venture. Written and executive produced by Jaffa and Silver, Circe is a modern take on the world of Greek mythology told from the powerful feminist perspective of the goddess Circe, who transforms from an awkward nymph to a formidable witch, able to challenge gods, titans and monsters alike. ‘Circe tells an epic story of love, loss, tragedy and immortal conflict, all through the eyes of a fierce female lens,’ said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. ‘I’ve been a longtime fan of Rick and Amanda’s work and their ability to simultaneously build epic imaginative worlds while creating emotional dynamic characters. In partnership with Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, we have the dream team to bring Circe to life.’”

Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis is admitting to the court she allowed her new boyfriend, Hunter Price, to spend the night while she had her kids, but says her ex Thomas Ravenel is guilty of doing the same thing. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Dennis was back in court fighting Ravenel for custody of her kids Kensie and Saint. Dennis responded to recent accusations that she allowed her new boyfriend/musician Hunter Price to spend the night, in violation of the custody agreement with Ravenel. Ravenel claimed the private investigator he hired to follow Dennis had observed Price spending the night. In recently filed court documents, Dennis admits she violated the court order ‘by allowing Hunter Price to stay with me and the children during most of February and March of 2019.’ She says she tried to hide it and ‘this was a really bad decision on my part, I apologize to the Court for my conduct. I have no excuse for this. I fell in love with Hunter after I met him at the end of last year, and allowing him to spend the night in February and March when I have had the children has turned out to be the worst decision that I have made in a long time.’”

Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss has fully settled his divorce case with wife Laura, and she has dismissed her domestic violence claim against him. Laura, who is 11 weeks pregnant with their second child, alleged in legal docs he demanded she get an abortion and attacked her. She got an emergency temporary restraining order, and a hearing was set for August 6. Fleiss denied her allegations and claimed she physically attacked him. We've learned, a week ago Saturday, they negotiated all day and have now formally struck a deal. Laura will get $10 million, and she and Mike will get joint custody of their 4-year-old son. They will share equal 50/50 legal and physical custody.”

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I’ve been sitting on this for a few weeks now. Per HGTV, “You’ve probably already heard the exciting news that Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is back, and that Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host the iconic renovation show. Now, two big questions remain: who are the families that will be featured in each episode and who are the designers helping bring their dreams to life? Today, we can answer one of those questions. Ladies and gentlemen, meet your new Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team!

Breegan Jane

Interior designer and California native, Breegan Jane will make her HGTV debut on the network’s highly anticipated reboot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, slated to premiere in early 2020. An entrepreneur, Breegan has had great success with multiple business ventures in interior design, real estate development and lifestyle expertise.

Breegan’s creative efforts have generated a thriving social media presence and a flourishing interior design business. Having honed her design skills initially as a creative director and marketing professional for a luxury yacht manufacturer, Breegan now devotes her time to design projects which run the gamut from celebrity and commercial properties to lavish restaurants and large-scale remodels.

Breegan is the quintessential career mom who manages to balance busy work life with her highest priority and greatest love: her two young sons. When she isn’t spending time with her children, she dedicates her time to the non-profit organization, World Vision, which provides aid/resources to help women and children in Africa. Through World Vision, she recently helped funda newly commissioned girls’ dormitory and secondary school in Kenya. She travels the globe with the organization as an ambassador of hope and change agent for underserved communities around the world.

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Darren Keefe

Los Angeles-based designer Darren Keefe will make his HGTV debut on the network’s highly anticipated reboot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, slated to premiere in early 2020.

Born in Northern Ireland to a long line of Irish craftsmen, Darren first developed his love for woodworking after building a Pinewood Derby Racer with his father as a child. As a teenager, Darren assisted local contractors on job sites where he learned the basics of building. When he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting, he continued his training by working alongside a general contractor specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodels.

Over the years, Darren found himself inspired by the design process, which ultimately led to the birth of his Los Angeles-based design company, Drumcree Designs, in May 2017. His current client roster includes local businesses, prominent interior designers and celebrities who commission one of a kind, hand-crafted furniture pieces— requests ranging from welding to fine woodworking projects.

Thrilled at the opportunity to showcase his artistry to a national audience, Darren looks forward to changing lives on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, one house/design at a time.

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Carrie Locklyn

Interior designer and New Jersey native, Carrie Locklyn will make her HGTV debut as a designer on the network’s highly anticipated reboot of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, slated to premiere in early 2020.

As a designer, professional organizer and lifestyle expert, Carrie is known for her fresh and innovative take on design style, renovation, and homemaking. Carrie was most recently featured as the lead designer on the Travel Channel’s hit TV show, Hotel Impossible. Her transitional design style— influenced by her travels —mixes classic lines with earthy undertones, creating spaces which are timeless, functional and ready to ‘live in.’

When Carrie is not traveling for design, she helps local homeowners and businesses in New Jersey update their spaces through accessible designs and practical organization with her company GIDGliving, a boutique interior design, home-organizing and certified staging firm.

When she isn’t on the jobsite, Carrie loves to cook, garden, unwind at the beach and spend time with her husband Sky, and son, August.

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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is expected to air on HGTV in 2020. Until then, fans can follow HGTV's Facebook and Twitter and follow Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.”

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Per Decider, “‘I haven’t felt this kind of excitement for ten years,’ Fredrik Eklund said in regards to the eighth season of Million Dollar Listing New York, premiering Thursday, August 1 at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo. When we spoke over the phone earlier this month, the real estate mogul revealed he had yet to see this season’s first episode — in fact, he hadn’t even seen the trailer yet.

“‘People are texting me saying it looks really exciting,’ he said, speculating that it could be ‘because Luis is back or because we have kids now or because the market has been more difficult.’ And he’s excused for not watching yet because Eklund was in the process of moving his family, husband Derek and one-year-old twins, Fredrik Jr. and Mila, across the country to Los Angeles. His family will be based on the west coast, as he remains bicoastal and busy as ever, as we’ll see on this season of the show. ‘It’s not easy and you’ll see that,’ he said of the big life change. ‘Moving can be very stressful, especially if you have toddlers, and I think that’s relatable, I hope so,’ Eklund said.

“In fact, it’s those relatable moments that have kept viewers coming back to Million Dollar Listing New York for eight seasons at this point. The multimillion-dollar deals, the six-figure commissions, the A-list clients? Maybe not so relatable. But the hustle, the highs and lows, and most of all, the friendships are what keep this show so appealing.

“This season sees the return of Luis D. Ortiz, the bubbly broker who’s been traveling the world and absent from the show for two years, and yet his return feels both triumphant, heart-warming, and just plain fun. ‘I think he would agree that I’ve been very instrumental in getting him back to New York in general,’ Eklund said of his pal. ‘That was a hard time for him to travel although it was important that he did that to search to find himself. There was a lot of darkness there and he’ll share that on the show this season. He is one of the most beautiful hearts and kindest souls I’ve encountered. I love him dearly and for me, it’s super important that he’s back just to have him in my life and to watch him again. He belongs in New York and in real estate and on TV, so I’m really happy.’

“Eklund is also quite pleased with one of the confessional looks he went with for this season, a red leopard print blazer that is sure to catch your eye from its first appearance. ‘Doesn’t it look good?’ he asked. ‘This season I’m going to be very extra in general as you will see, and I’m gonna wear crazy stuff and I’m just gonna be me.’ Eklund arrived for his first interview of the season in that look, and after producers reminded him he’ll be wearing it all season long, they snapped a picture and send it over to Bravo executives to make sure it was approved. ‘I think everybody loved it,’ Eklund said. ‘No one’s gonna flip the channel once they see me with that jacket on, they’re gonna be like, okay!’

“Though not every boss has always loved what Eklund’s shown them. In his 2016 book, Superficial: More Adventures From the Andy Cohen Diaries, Andy Cohen writes about Eklund showing him apartments in 2015 when he had to move out of his own West Village home during its major renovation (Cohen bought the apartment next door to his own for a massive expansion). While Eklund counts Cohen as a friend, he admitted, ‘I wanted to make a good impression and I was honored that he picked me,’ when it came to showing the Watch What Happens Live host options for his temporary home where he would only live for about a year. Ultimately, Cohen didn’t find the right space with Eklund, eventually landing a rental with his dream outdoor terrace space, and Eklund was just happy that the ‘big beautiful apartment’ Cohen always desired would be waiting for him after the renovation.

“When asked what the biggest real estate trend is for fellow New Yorkers these days, Eklund said plain and simple: wellness. ‘It started years ago with beautiful pools and gyms and personal training and it’s gone much further than that,’ he said. ‘It could be private chefs, it could be multiple kinds of yoga,’ he continued, emphasizing that ‘health-conscious living’ is all over town these days.

“And really, so is the consistently-busy Eklund. The brief glimpse that Million Dollar Listing New York gives us at his home life is so sweet, I couldn’t help but ask Eklund if he would ever want to do a spinoff featuring his family. He seemed surprised by the question, and after a pause, answered, ‘Oh. Um, no. I’ve never really thought of it.’ He points to the time he was filming both Million Dollar Listing New York and Bethenny & Fredrik, which is a lot to handle on its own — but also happened to be occurring at the same time his twins were born. ‘I’m just so thankful for Million Dollar Listing New York and I’m really thankful to the other cast members because we have such a good thing going. I don’t need more air time, I don’t need to be more of a celebrity. I’m just thankful I’m able to integrate all parts of me into this TV show.’

“For now, he’s enjoying being the ‘big brother’ to the other guys on the show, explaining, ‘I try to help them out over the years, especially this year, and give them advice,’ pointing out that he was the first to experience mant of life’s big moments, including having twins (fellow brokers Ryan Serhant and Steve Gold both welcomed daughters earlier this year). ‘I’m trying to tell them what they can learn from what I’ve experienced.’

“And a sweet treat all viewers will get to experience is Eklund’s classic cake-throwing shenanigans, which he says on the show is totally accepted in his home country of Sweden. ‘I always make a joke, I’m like, I can get away with a lot of shit, I can say it’s a tradition in Sweden,’ Eklund laughed. ‘I can’t guarantee nor confirm that if you throw cake in Sweden they will not be angry.’

Million Dollar Listing New York airs Thursday, Aug 1 at 9pm ET/PT on Bravo.”

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Per Deadline, “FX has given a formal green light to A Teacher, a 10-episode limited series based on Hannah Fidell’s buzzy 2013 Sundance feature, starring and executive produced by Kate Mara. Additionally, Nick Robinson (Love, Simon, Everything, Everything) has been cast as a co-lead opposite Mara in the series, which has been in development at FX since last year. FX Productions is the studio.

“Fidell, who wrote, directed and produced the film, will pen the adaptation, direct and executive produce the limited series.

A Teacher explores the story behind the mugshot of a female high school teacher caught in an affair with her male student, revealing the complexities and consequences of these illegal relationships.

“Mara and Robinson star respectively as Claire, a popular young teacher at a suburban Texas high school, and Eric, an all-American senior.

“Fidell executive produces with Michael Costigan (Brokeback Mountain, American Gangster) and Jason Bateman of Aggregate Films (Ozark, Outsider), Danny Brocklehurst (Safe, Ordinary Lies) and Mara.

“‘Hannah Fidell is an exceptional filmmaker we have long admired for her intuitive ability to bring complex stories to life with depth and grace,’ said Gina Balian, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment. ‘We are thrilled to partner with Hannah, Kate Mara, Michael Costigan, Jason Bateman and Danny Brocklehurst to adapt A Teacher into a limited series for FX, with Kate leading an extraordinary cast along with Nick Robinson.’

“‘Working with FX – truly the home of all my favorite shows – on A Teacher is a dream come true,’ said Fidell. ‘I couldn’t ask for a more perfect partner who, from day one, has understood and embraced the inherent complexities and nuance required for such subject matter.’

“Robinson, who starred in features Love, Simon and Everything, Everything, was a series regular on the ABC Family series Melissa and Joey. Other credits include Native Son, Jurassic World, and Boardwalk Empire, among others. He’s next set to make his Broadway debut in the hit Aaron Sorkin adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, replacing the outgoing Will Pullen as Jem Finch in November.”

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From TheWrap: “Kevin Hart will star in Action Scene, the latest Quibi original series, the streaming service announced Tuesday morning.

“The series, which is produced by Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network, the comedian plays a fictionalized version of himself who has just been rejected from landing the action movie role of a lifetime. Following the rejection, a string of untold events leads to the actor having to fight his way through a series of over-the-top action sequences with the help of Hollywood’s biggest action movie heroes.

“The series will be executive produced by Hart along with long-time business partner and Laugh Out Loud president Jeff Clanagan, who will also serve as a producer. The two previously worked together to create the action-filled opening sequence to Hart’s 2016 concert film, Kevin Hart: What Now? with Tim Story, the film’s director.

“‘I couldn’t be more excited to bring big action and even bigger laughs to a new audience through this partnership between Quibi and Laugh Out Loud,’ Hart said. ‘Our teams are working together to create something truly unique and I can’t wait for viewers to see it all unfold.’

“Laugh Out Loud Network, which runs its own streaming service, produces original scripted and unscripted series, stand-up specials, live broadcasts, and programming based on candid celebrity antics. This includes the hit award-winning digital series, Cold as Balls which has received over 250 million total views to date, according to the company.

Action Scene joins a growing lineup of content at Quibi including a series based on the rise of Snapchat — a show Jeffrey Katzenberg compared to its own version of The Social Network, and a sci-fi drama starring Don Cheadle, a stunt driving show from Idris Elba, and a beauty series produced by and starring Tyra Banks.”