Wednesday July 10, 2019

WarerMedia’s streaming service is developing a drama series titled Crime Farm with Nicole Kidman attached to executive produce. The series is described as a psychosexual love story that follows Selma and Richard Eikelenboom, forensic homicide experts whose marriage thrives on their all-consuming investigations into the depravity of the world’s most notorious criminals. As a seminal case upends the paradigm of their relationship, their unique, unconventional and sometimes dangerous arrangement stretches the boundaries of marriage and science to the limit. Janine Sherman Barrois, the showrunner on the TNT series Claws, is attached to write and executive produce. Kidman will executive produce alongside Per Saari under their Blossom Films banner. Warner Horizon Scripted Television is the studio.”

Katherine Heigl (Suits) will star in and executive produce Netflix’s Firefly Lane, a drama series based on the bestselling novel by Kristin Hannah, from Maggie Friedman (No Tomorrow). Written and executive produced by Friedman, who also serves as showrunner, Firefly Lane centers on two inseparable best friends and their enduring, complicated bond, spanning four tumultuous decades. Heigl will play Tully, a force of nature: magnetic, ambitious, reckless, and fiercely loyal. Still bearing the scars of a traumatic childhood, she is dogged by inner loneliness, even as she goes on to fabulous fame and fortune as a journalist and talk show host. Her saving grace is her best friend and soulmate, Kate, with whom she shares an unshakable bond.”

The first two episodes of season 3 of Harlots are now available on Hulu.

Season 3 of Snowfall premieres on FXX tonight.

New Netflix series Family Reunion is now available to stream.

Pop premieres Florida Girls tonight. Here’s a review.

CBS’ Love Island is as advertised. It’s Paradise Hotel with some Bachelor In Paradise sprinkled on top.

A review of the final season of Orange Is The New Black, which will be available to stream on July 26.

R.I.P. Rip Torn.

The Independence Pirates, subjects of Netflix’s Last Chance U, opened last season ranked as the No. 5 junior college football program in the country. That was by far the highlight of the team’s year. On Tuesday, Netflix dropped the trailer for ICC and Coach Jason Brown’s disastrous run. If you think the Pirates’ fall from grace is tough to watch as a one-minute, 11-second preview, look up last season’s stats.” The new season will be available to stream on July 19.

”it is now possible to watch Netflix at work and make it look like you’re being super productive all at the same time. And you have the new Chrome extension Netflix Hangouts to thank. Created by MSCHF Internet Studios, the Netflix Hangouts extension is designed to make watching Netflix in plain sight — specifically in a business setting — as seamless and as easy as possible. To access it, you first need to add the extension. Once that’s done and you’re ready to watch, open a Chrome browser and then go to Netflix. Pick the show (perhaps The Office or Friends before they leave the streaming service!) or movie you want to watch, hit play, and then click on the Netflix Hangouts extension in your browser menu. The extension will produce a phony, four-way conference call comprised of three imposter colleagues and your show/movie of choice.”

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From US Weekly: “With a new baby in tow and a calendar full of royal engagements, Duchess Meghan. is a bit too busy join former costar Patrick J. Adams. on Suits’ ninth and final season. But fans shouldn’t assume there’s any relationship trouble between their characters, Rachel and Mike.

“Meghan and Adams, both 37, left the USA show in 2018 at the end of the seventh season, with Rachel landing a new job in Seattle and Mike following his bride. Last month, however, fans learned that Adams would return in the upcoming season’s fifth episode, as Mike gets involved in a case against Harvey (Gabriel Macht) and Samantha (Katherine Heigl.).

“Despite Mike’s solo appearance, Adams wants viewers to know that everything is ‘good’ between his character and Rachel. ‘We’re happy,’ he told Entertainment Tonight. ‘I promise you they’re happy.’

“‘For Mike, this is just a trip to New York,’ the actor explained. ‘He’s in Seattle, [Mike and Rachel] are building their life together, it sounds like he’s doing well.’

“He elaborated: ‘It seems to me like Mike’s in a great place. Whatever is happening in Seattle is really good. … There’s phone calls with Rachel saying, “Goodbye, I love you,” and, you know, I think there’s some obvious acknowledgment that she’s still there and a part of the show.’

“In June, Suits creator Aaron Korsh tempered hopes that the Duchess of Sussex would appear on the legal drama one last time. ‘You never know,’ he told Deadline. ‘There is always a chance she is going to pick up the phone and call me and say, ‘Can I come back?’ And if she did, she would be welcome back here with arms wide open. But no, l don’t see that happening.’

Suits returns for its ninth and final season on USA Wednesday, July 17, at 9 p.m. ET.”

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From Variety: “Get ready to make Friends with HBO Max: That’s the name of WarnerMedia’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service, set to launch in the spring of 2020 with some 10,000 hours of content, including all episodes of ’90s hit Friends.

“However, WarnerMedia still hasn’t announced pricing for the service, which will compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus, among others.

“Under a new deal with Warner Bros. Television, HBO Max will have exclusive streaming rights at launch to all 236 episodes of Friends — which will roll off Netflix in 2020. ‘We’re sorry to see Friends go to Warner’s steaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in the US),’ Netflix tweeted after WarnerMedia’s announcement. ‘Thanks for the memories, gang.’

“Netflix had reupped its deal with Warner Bros. TV for exclusive streaming rights to Friends through the end of 2019, but AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson recently said that WarnerMedia would be reclaiming popular titles that were licensed to others for its own subscription VOD service.

“WarnerMedia also announced new exclusive movie production deals for HBO Max with Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon. Under the pacts, Berlanti will produce an initial four movies in the young-adult genre, while Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine will produce at least two films for the service.

“Berlanti, the prolific producer behind such shows as Arrow, The Flash, Riverdale and Blindspot, said in a statement about the HBO Max pact, ‘What I’ve always loved about creating shows that connect with a young audience is that these fans grow up with the programs and will remember them for the rest of their lives. Now I get to do even more of that for HBO Max, where viewers will be able to discover shows on their own time, in their own way.’

“In addition, HBO Max will include all episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air starring Will Smith and Pretty Little Liars, the ABC Family/Freeform hit — which also will be leaving Netflix.

“Moreover, HBO Max will be the exclusive streaming home new Warner Bros.-produced dramas for The CW starting with the fall 2019 season, including the DC Entertainment series Batwoman, and Katy Keene (a spinoff of Riverdale). CW shows going forward will be available on HBO Max beginning 30 days prior to the TV premiere of the next seasons of those shows.

“Overall, HBO Max will combine content from HBO with a slate of originals and programming from Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. In its announcement, WarnerMedia highlighted some of the content coming to HBO Max, including previously announced originals.

“‘HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform,’ Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer, said in a statement.

“It’s still not fully clear how HBO, as a standalone service, will be differentiated from HBO Max. WarnerMedia has been considering a price point of $16-$17 per month for the new SVOD product and would likely bundle in HBO and Cinemax, the Wall Street Journal reported a month ago.

“HBO Max programming will continue to be overseen by Casey Bloys, programming president of HBO. According to WarnerMedia, HBO’s investment in original programming has increased 50% over “normal spending” leading up to the launch of HBO Max in 2020.

“Kevin Reilly, president of the WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks that include TNT, TBS, and truTV, also serves as chief content officer of HBO Max overseeing all new originals and library content. Tony Goncalves, CEO of Otter Media, now oversees the development of HBO Max with Andy Forssell, also from Otter Media and formerly CEO of Hulu, as the general manager. In May, Brad Bentley exited WarnerMedia Entertainment group as EVP and GM of direct-to-consumer development after six months in the role.”

Hate the name, but I don’t think they’ll be short on subscribers.

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Per Deadline, “Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s short-form video platform, is expanding its scripted comedy slate with new series The Now, from Oscar winner Peter Farrelly (Green Book) and Anonymous Content.

“Co-written by Farrelly, Steve Leff (The Ranch) and Pete Jones (Hall Pass), The Nowis the story of a guy who is about to commit suicide when he finds out from his nagging mother that his brother just committed suicide – oh and his dad committed suicide in the past too. He can’t kill himself because he can’t do that to his mom so he has to learn to live life for today, in the now.

“The late Steve Golin and Jeff Okin executive produce. Anonymous Content produces for Quibi.

“Farrelly’s latest feature, the critically acclaimed Green Book, was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning three, including best picture and screenplay, both for Farrelly, as well as supporting actor for Mahershala Ali. The film was also a box office success, bringing in $314.7 million worldwide. Farrelly co-created and executive produces comedy series Loudermilk, which is going into its third season on AT&T Audience Network. He is next set to write and direct an untitled Skydance pic based on the book The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger Than War.

The Now joins Quibi’s growing slate which includes scripted comedy series Dummystarring and executive produced by Anna Kendrick, sci-fi drama series Don’t Look Deeper starring Don Cheadle, Emily Mortimer and Helena Howard and an action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth from Nick Santora and CBS TV Studios, among many other projects.”

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IMDb announced its first-ever scripted series You’re Not a Monster  eaturing the voices of Kelsey Grammer, Eric Stonestreet, Aparna Nancherla, Ellie Kemper, Patton Oswalt and others. The animated series is set to premiere this fall, but IMDb will give a sneak peek of the new show featuring iconic movie monsters at Comic-Con later this month.

You’re Not a Monster shows that even movie monsters have emotional issues — because the only thing worse than being undead is being unloved. In the series, Grammer will take a seat in the therapist chair for the first time since his Frasier days as former psychiatrist-turned-vampire who mentors his great-great grandson Max (Stonestreet),  a therapist who has inherited his practice.

“Each episode will be four to five minutes and will feature Max treating familiar faces in the movie monster world including Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and Medusa as they seek desperately needed therapeutic help.

“Rounding out the voice cast is Nancherla as a demon receptionist, Kemper as a therapist who thinks Max is imagining everything as well as Oswalt, Peter Grosz, Langston Kerman, Joel Kim Booster, Adam Pally, Amber Ruffin, Amy Sedaris and Milana Vayntrub. Show creators and cast members including Grammer and Nancherla will participate in an exclusive interview with host Kevin Smith on the IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20.

“The comedy series is created and written by Emmy winner Frank Lesser (The Colbert Report) and Lily Stuart Streiff serves as Animation Director. You’re Not a Monster is produced for IMDb by Bold Soul Studios, Grammnet and Ranker.

“Beginning this fall, viewers can catch the premiere episode of You’re Not a Monster at http://www.imdb.com/monster as well as its streaming video channel and apps. You’re Not a Monster adds to IMDb’s existing original series slate that includes The IMDb Show, IMDbrief and Casting Call.

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After former Breaking Bad stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston appeared to hint at a movie based on the series last week, the actors revealed what they were really secretly collaborating on — a new brand of Mezcal.

“On Tuesday, Cranston took to social media to share the story behind their new booze.

“‘We had the time of our lives while shooting Breaking Bad and truly built a very special bond,’ the 63-year-old actor wrote. ‘Knowing that we couldn’t share the screen for quite a while – our thoughts turned to a new project.’

“He continued, ‘We searched high and low all over Oaxaca, met incredible people along the way and after a beautiful yet grueling search throughout that majestic landscape we believed we may have found our place. Our Mezcal. It was on a dirt-road, in a tiny village, hours away from the center of town, we found it and it was perfect. Holy s–t it was perfect. We looked at each other and just simply nodded. This is it. We named it Dos Hombres – two guys on a quest.’

“After the announcement, Breaking Bad fans didn’t hold back their disappointment.

“‘Biggest let down in history,’ one person wrote.

“‘I thought it would at least remotely be related to Breaking Bad. DISAPPOINTED,’ wrote another.

“‘WOWWW no breaking bad movie reveal. Who the f–k cares about this. Hyped up for nothing,’ added a third.

“Others, however, seemed happy about their alcohol collab, with one fan writing, ‘From getting people high, to getting people drunk, you go Heisenberg!’

“Either way, Paul, 39, and Cranston are thrilled to be working with each other again, even though it’s not on screen.

“‘It’s been a long and crazy journey and we couldn’t be happier to share this with you and the rest of the world,’ Cranston wrote.”