Wednesday August 14, 2019

Mike Ross returns. #SUITS More below.

A new episode of Songland airs tonight on NBC. I’ve touted this show in the past and it returns tonight after a 6-week hiatus. Check it out.

The season finale of Southern Charm airs tonight on Bravo.

Here is the latest trailer for season 3 of 13 Reasons Why, which will be available to stream on Netflix on August 23.

BravoCon sold out in sixty seconds?!

On that note, Southern Charm’s Ashley Jacobs is vile.

Chrisley Knows Best reality stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on multiple counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. The couple deny any wrongdoing. The couple’s accountant, Peter Tarantino, was also indicted on tax-related offenses. ‘Todd and Julie Chrisley are charged not only with defrauding a number of banks by fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans, but also with allegedly cheating taxpayers by actively evading paying federal taxes on the money they earned,’ said U.S. Attorney Byung J. ‘BJay’ Pak. ‘Celebrities face the same justice that everyone does. These are serious federal charges and they will have their day in court,’ Pak said in a statement. Chrisley Knows Best has aired on the USA Network since 2014. It follows the trials and tribulations of the Chrisley family and is fueled by the amusing idiosyncrasies of strict patriarch Todd Chrisley, who worked in real estate. USA declined TheWrap’s request for comment Tuesday. The series is currently on its seventh season — the first ten episodes aired in May, and the second half of the season is expected to air on USA this fall, according to a network insider.”

Jordan Wiseley and Tori Deal, who met on MTV’s The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30, are engagedUs Weekly can exclusively reveal. The proposal took place during filming and will air on the upcoming season, War of the Worlds 2.. ‘We could not be happier to spend the rest of our lives together,’ the couple said in a statement to Us. Deal, 26, made her MTV debut on Are You The One? in season 4. She then went on to compete on XXX: Dirty 30 and Final Reckoning. Meanwhile, Wiseley, 28, first appeared on The Real World: Portland in 2013, then made his Challenge debut on Rivals: II. He went on to compete on Free AgentsBattle of the Exes II(which he won with Sarah Rice), Champs vs ProsXXX: Dirty 30 (which he won) and the upcoming season of The Challenge.”

Netflix is adding to its roster of YA series with a coming-of-age drama from a first-time creator and first-time showrunner. The streamer has ordered 10 episodes of Ginny & Georgia, a series about 15-year-old Ginny Miller (newcomer Antonia Gentry) who often feels more mature than her 30-year-old mom, Georgia (Brianne Howey, The Passage). Along with younger sibling Austin (Diesel La Torraca), they settle in a picturesque New England town, where Georgia is desperate to put down roots and give her kids something they haven't had before — a normal life. That is, unless Georgia's past catches up to her. The show is beginning production in Toronto for a 2020 premiere. The cast also includes Jennifer Robertson (Schitt's Creek) as Ellen, the Millers' neighbor and mother of teenage twins Marcus (Felix Mallard, Happy Together) and Maxine (Sara Waisglass, Degrassi: Next Class); Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights, Scorpion) as the town's focused and driven mayor, who recognizes a formidable force in Georgia; and Raymond Ablack (Narcos, Shadowhunters) as the owner of a restaurant who can't help but notice when Georgia moves to town.”

“The number of straight from the headlines projects seems to be increasing by the day, and Patricia Heaton is the latest to get in on the act. Heaton is attached to produce a project based on the Perversion of Justice, a series of articles in the Miami Herald which exposed Jeffrey Epstein as a serial child molester, according to a source with knowledge of the project. The project is in the works at Storied Media Group, which represents the film and TV interests of the Herald’s parent company McClatchy. Storied founder and CEO Todd Hoffman is reportedly also producing. According to sources, Chris Gerolmo, who is best known for penning the 1988 Gene Hackman and Willem Defoe pic “Mississippi Burning” and creating the FX Iraq War series “Over There,” has been brought on to adapt the articles. The three-part series of articles, written by investigative journalist Julie K. Brown, was published in November, 2018 and featured interviews with several victims of Epstein’s abuse. News of the prospective series comes only three days after Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan prison cell by apparent suicide.”

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From TVLine: “Mike Ross returns to Suits [TONIGHT!!!] (USA Network, 9/8c), and Harvey might have reason to be worried about his former protégé’s homecoming.

“Since leaving New York City and the firm behind, Mike has grown up and is now ‘even less of a puppy than he once was,’ his portrayer Patrick J. Adams tells TVLine in the following Q&A. With his eyes on beating Harvey in the courtroom, Mike comes back ‘fully loaded,’ and with a more confident attitude, to take on his mentor.

“Below, Adams previews the bromance’s changing dynamic, Mike and Rachel’s relationship status, and his character’s reaction to ‘Darvey’ finally getting together:

What was it like returning to the show after some time away?
Honestly, I was excited to do it, and then as I got on the plane, I got a little nervous. Obviously, I spent years and years up here shooting the show, but it had been a while since I’d been there, and I thought, “I haven’t done this in a while.” What if you kind of forget? Like getting on a bicycle, you’re not sure if it’s going to work again. And as I pulled up to set and got out of the van and sort of saw all the familiar faces, it was so strange, because what was a year and a half away really felt like a couple of days. It felt exactly like coming home, seeing all your family again, and we just picked up right where we left off. So it was such a gift, after all this time, to still feel like I totally had a place and knew how everything works and could hop right back into work like I hadn’t gone anywhere.

Since we last saw Mike, he’s been on his own, out of Harvey’s shadow. How has that changed him?
I thought about that a little bit. Like anybody who goes out on their own [and] had a mentorship… my experience with that is that you just grow more into yourself and into your own skin and you’re more confident. I think Mike is coming back to the firm even less of a puppy than he once was. He always had this streak where he would never quite see all the steps ahead of him, and Harvey would, and I think Mike now does. He’s been doing this long enough, and he’s found his own rhythm, and while it might not be exactly like Harvey’s, he’s just as prepared and just as ready to take him on. The whole series has been about Mike trying to get to a place where he feels likes he could take Harvey on and beat him at his own game. Right now, in this episode, you’re finally seeing that he has taken that last step, moved away from Harvey, and he’s come back fully loaded and ready to take him on.

Does the fact that Mike is now on equal level with Harvey, professionally, change their personal dynamic?
I think for Harvey, he’d probably argue that Mike isn’t on the same level as Harvey on a professional level, but I think that would be a fun fight for them to have. [Laughs] They’ve taken the logical next step, which is that they do, to some degree, see each other as equals. I think Harvey is always going to think he’s better than everybody else by just a little bit, but I think he has a lot of respect for Mike, and I think [Mike] being away has made [Harvey] realize how much respect he has for [Mike]. I guess that colors the way that they interact and gives Harvey the chance to sit back and watch his wunderkind do his thing. He’s probably happy for Mike, who’s finally grown into his own.

We learned in an earlier episode that Harvey never sold the apartment that Mike and Rachel lived in. Did that surprise you when you found that out?
[Laughs] It did surprise me. It made me wonder what he’d been doing with the place, because there’s also furniture left in there. He should have been Airbnb-ing or something, making a little money. It’s not a very smart business move.

Before Mike left, he was kind of pushing Donna to explore her feelings for Harvey. Now that the two of them are together, does Mike take any pride in that or credit?
I think he takes a little credit. I think he’s just happy for his friends. He was smart enough to always see that was the direction it was going in and that they made a good team. I think Mike is very happy that they finally found a way to be [with] each other, and that Harvey could relax and realize how great what he has right in front of him is.

And how is Mike’s relationship? How’s Rachel doing off-screen?
[Laughs] I’ve just sort of had to make that up on my own, but I think they’re doing great, killing it in Seattle. I didn’t really talk to [showrunner] Aaron [Korsh] much beyond: It’s going very well, and they’re very in love, and they’re happy they moved out of New York and are working at this new firm.

Mike has come back to pick a fight with Harvey, but in the midst of that, he’s also picking a fight with Samantha, unbeknownst to him. What is his interaction like with her?
I think, at first, Mike underestimates her and just thinks she’s going to be sort of a distraction here, and, ultimately, she should step out of the way and let him and Harvey go at it. But he quickly learns that he shouldn’t underestimate her. She ends up playing a very important role in how it all plays out. Mike makes the mistake of underestimating what a great lawyer she is and what lengths she’s willing to go to to win a case. Lo and behold, Mike gets sort of, with all of his preparation, caught a little off-guard and has to improvise.

The firm itself has gone through a shift since Mike’s been there. What does he make of the situation that they’re in now with Faye and the ethics of it all?
That’s a good question, because it’s interesting, to me, that in the episode, Mike doesn’t really comment too much on it. I think that makes sense. I think, for Mike, that kind of drama is partially why he left. And so there’s a reason why he’s dealing really specifically with a case. And even though there are no scenes where he addresses what’s going on with Faye and what’s happening at the firm… if there were a scene, he’d be like, “This is exactly why I left this place. This is why I don’t want to be involved. You guys get so distracted chasing your own tails. Meanwhile, I just want to be working on cases I believe in.” That’s where I think he would stand on all of it. I also don’t know how informed he is about every detail that’s going on and all the machinations of who’s manipulating who and who’s done what. He’s really there for a singular purpose: to win this case for his client. He doesn’t want to get too distracted by any other stuff.”

Good to have you back, even briefly.


Per Deadline, “[e]nding years of fitful discussions that played out against a backdrop of operatic corporate drama and media industry consolidation, CBS and Viacom have finally agreed to merge. The deal reunites them and pools assets such as Paramount Pictures, CBS, Showtime and MTV in a new entity to be called ViacomCBS Inc. after 13 years of the two operating in largely separate media domains.

“Under the all-stock deal, Viacom shareholders will get 0.59625 CBS shares for each non-voting share they own, which is an exchange ratio a bit below Viacom’s closing price last Friday. Regulatory approval of the merger is expected in the next several months.

“The fair market value of the tie-up as of today is about $30 billion. The combined annual revenue of the new company is $28 billion.

“Bob Bakish, who has guided Viacom’s progress since taking over as CEO in 2016, will lead the combined entity as president and CEO. Joe Ianniello, interim CEO of CBS since September 2018, will stay on as chairman and CEO of CBS, overseeing all CBS assets.

“Christina Spade, who had been CFO of CBS since last fall, will be EVP and Chief Financial Officer; and Christa D’Alimonte will be EVP, General Counsel and Secretary.

“The new company’s board of directors will have 13 members. Six will be independent members from CBS, four will be independent members from Viacom, another will be the president and CEO of ViacomCBS and two will be picked by National Amusements (NAI), the longtime controlling shareholder of CBS and Viacom. NAI chief Shari Redstone will be board chair. Strauss Zelnick, who had been interim chair, announced months ago he did not intend to stay in the mix beyond his interim tenure.

“For Redstone, the deal is a vindication of her instinct to reunite the companies and comes after a lengthy period of difficulty at each company and at times with her father, Sumner Redstone. Now 96 and in failing health, Redstone retains the title of chairman emeritus of the empire he built from a handful of Massachusetts movie theaters.

“The younger Redstone now occupies a rare position of power and equity ownership for a woman in the entertainment industry.

“‘I am really excited to see these two great companies come together so that they can realize the incredible power of their combined assets,’ she said in the official announcement. ‘My father once said “content is king,” and never has that been more true than today. Through CBS and Viacom’s shared passion for premium content and innovation, we will establish a world-class, multiplatform media organization that is well-positioned for growth in a rapidly transforming industry. Led by a talented leadership team that is excited by the future, ViacomCBS’s success will be underpinned by a commitment to strong values and a culture that empowers our exceptional people at all levels of the organization.’

“‘Today marks an important day for CBS and Viacom, as we unite our complementary assets and capabilities and become one of only a few companies with the breadth and depth of content and reach to shape the future of our industry,’ Bakish said. ‘Our unique ability to produce premium and popular content for global audiences at scale – for our own platforms and for our partners around the world – will enable us to maximize our business for today, while positioning us to lead for years to come.’

“Ianniello said the merger ‘brings an exciting new set of opportunities to both companies. At CBS, we have outstanding momentum right now – creatively and operationally – and Viacom’s portfolio will help accelerate that progress. I look forward to all we will do together as we build on our ongoing success. And personally, I am pleased to remain focused on CBS’s top priority – continuing our transformation into a global, multiplatform, premium content company.’

“The transaction combines assets of the 92-year-old CBS, including its flagship broadcast network, local TV stations, premium network Showtime and publishing house Simon & Schuster, with Viacom’s Paramount Pictures, MTV and Nickelodeon. As the streaming wars intensify between traditional media and tech giants Netflix and Amazon, the combined CBS-Viacom offers a notable mix of subscription and advertising-supported streaming services. CBS launched CBS All Access and Showtime’s over-the-top (OTT) platforms in 2015. Earlier this year, Viacom acquired Pluto TV, a leading ad-supported VOD service.

“The drumbeat had been getting louder for a merger in recent weeks, and the conditions for an amicable arrangement proved more favorable. The boards of both companies held talks through last weekend in a final push. Fresh perspective may have helped: Most members of the CBS board joined as directors in the past year, disrupting years of stasis as the company sought to reset its culture and direction in the wake of former CEO Les Moonves’ ouster. The longtime mogul left under a dark cloud after allegations of sexual assault and harassment by more than a dozen women.

“The two companies have held three rounds of formal merger talks in recent years, but the last two efforts ran aground because Moonves objected to the management structure and other issues. Tensions had grown between Moonves and Shari Redstone over the control of the company by National Amusements and NAI’s efforts to, in his view, force a stronger company to be tied to a weaker one, boiling over in the spring of 2018. CBS sued NAI, which responded with a lawsuit of its own. The case resulted in a settlement at the time of Moonves’ exit. The settlement banned NAI from initiating merger talks for two years, but did not prevent the individual companies from doing so.

“CBS and Viacom split up in 2006, under the theory that more value would be unlocked by “freeing” Viacom from the then-sluggish, broadcast-heavy CBS shares. The roles soon reversed, however, with CBS riding its top-rated broadcast network, surging Showtime and growing distribution and licensing revenue to become the better-performing of the two stocks. Viacom’s cable-heavy set of assets, which minted money from the 1980s to the 2000s, began to hit turbulence this decade. Streaming, YouTube and social media carved into linear viewing of its once-invincible networks, hurting ad sales. Bakish’s predecessor, Philippe Dauman, took an extremely hard line with pay-TV operators, alienating many and jeopardizing carriage fees. One large cable company, Suddenlink (now part of Altice USA), balked at Viacom’s terms and kept its channels off its systems for two years.

“Sumner Redstone, who once ran National Amusements with an iron hand, was succeeded by his daughter, Shari, several years ago and has been in poor health. Shari Redstone spoke out early and often in favor of bringing the companies back together and has also pursued talks with other companies who could, in turn, roll up a combined Viacom and CBS. That may well still be the plan, according to insiders, and rollups of smaller independents such as Lionsgate or MGM also are possibilities.

“In the short term, the focus will be on integration and financial efficiencies. In Tuesday’s announcement, the company said it anticipates $500 million in cost savings from the deal, a figure that is notably less than the targets of mega-deals like Disney-Fox and AT&T-Time Warner. Accordingly, the CBS-Viacom combination is not likely to result in deep job cuts, though there is now overlap in many administrative areas.”


Per EW, “Adam DeVine is thankful to the Hollywood Gods for The Righteous Gemstones.

“After spending seven seasons as co-creator, executive producer, writer, director, and star on Workaholics, the Pitch Perfect alum is back on the small screen, relishing his role solely as an actor on HBO’s new comedy. Created by and co-starring Danny McBride, who DeVine once called a ‘shooting star’ (full weird context below), Gemstones centers on a world famous family of televangelists who seem more interested in making money and hiding their secrets than serving the lord. DeVine portrays youngest brother Kelvin, who is trying to prove himself as the cool, hip youth pastor.

“Ahead of Gemstones‘ Sunday premiere, EW talked to DeVine about his first ever encounter with McBride, his inspiration for Kelvin, and why John Goodman playing his father finally made his own father proud:

After recently wrapping up a long-running series, what appealed to you about jumping back in for Righteous Gemstones?
I’ve been such a fan of McBride, [Gemstones executive producers] Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green for so long; I’ve loved all their stuff and how they still find a way to make things relatable for everyone no matter how edgy they sometimes get. To me, I feel like with what I’ve done with Workaholics, they felt like kindred spirits. I remember way back in the day, before we got Workaholics and were just making web videos, Anders [Holm] had a friend who worked at an agency and got us an advanced copy of [Hill and McBride’s] Foot Fist Way and we lost our minds. We watched the whole thing — and then we played it again. So as soon as Danny was interested in me playing his brother, I was like, “I’m in, I’ll do whatever I have to do.”

I remember the first time I met Danny was at a party for Neighbors and we were in this hotel room and Danny comes up behind me and is like, “Oh hey, I know you,” and I melted as if I’m a little girl and I just saw Justin Bieber. I looked at him and go, “You’re Danny McBride!” And he’s like, “Yeah, I know,” and I go, “You’re a bright shooting star.” I really said, “You’re a bright shooting star” to him. He’s like, “Oh, okay, man,” like, what a weirdo. And I grabbed my girlfriend and was like, “I just called Danny McBride a bright shooting star, we have to leave.”

Have you reminded him of it since you started working together?
I brought it up to him. Luckily, he has no recollection of that memory. I think we were all partying pretty hard so I think the memory is pretty hazy for that interaction.

Going in, how much did you know about this world of megachurches and televangelism?
I grew up in the Midwest and I’ve been to a few of these megachurches. It wasn’t to the extent that it’s really taken hold in the South, but we definitely had churches that were pretty gigantic and they just seemed like so much more fun than just my regular ass boring Catholic church with wooden benches and wooden pews and wooden stools to kneel on. I was like, “Dang, at least make this a little comfortable. My butt cheeks are all sore; over at the megachurch your butt cheeks will be very comfortable as you praise the lord.” So I knew a little bit about this world. What I like so much about the show is that it’s not taking shots at people who are religious, it’s taking shots at people who are greedy, and I think it’s pretty universal that people don’t like when certain people are opportunists and taking advantage of people, especially when it comes to their faith. So I thought Danny and everyone did a really great job of not falling into the trap of making fun of people for their religious beliefs, because who are we to know what happens when you die? I know I sure as hell don’t.

What was it about Kelvin that you liked?
I was really excited when Danny first told me about the role; he’s the youngest brother, the youth pastor, the one who is really trying hard to connect with the kids. I see that all the time with the pastors who are like best friends with Justin Bieber, and one of my favorite Instagram accounts is Preachers N Sneakers and it just shows all these preachers and the $1,000 tennis shoes that they always wear. [Laughs] It’s just these preachers trying to be so cool and hip, and I just thought that would be a fun character to play. I watched a lot of YouTube videos and a lot of clips of these pastors. Also, trying to bring my own spin to it, like how I would go about this if I was going to be a youth pastor. That’s why my hair stands straight up because I think my hair should be as close to God as possible. It’s such a fun character to play because it’s not me at all. Every time I put on these clothes, I’m like, “Yuck. I hate this guy, he’s trying so hard.”

You mentioned your affinity for Danny, so what was it like working with him and finding that big brother-little brother dynamic?
I think it was pretty natural for the two of us. Like I said, I kind of always saw our comedic styles as kindred spirits, so it really sort of clicked from day one on. I think we both come from the same school of comedy, where we created our own stuff and aren’t precious with the material. They worked really hard on the scripts but then he allows me to bring what I do to the role. And I think we clicked really easily. There wasn’t ever a moment where Danny and I would be like, “Let’s hang out more because it’s not working out.” We hang out because we’ve become friends and it is clicking. It’s been really fun. They say don’t meet your heroes, but, in the case of Danny, he’s been cooler than I could have even imagined.

And as if Danny being your brother wasn’t enough, you get to have John Goodman as your dad.
Well, I feel like John Goodman already has been my TV dad for my entire life, so now we’re just making it real. He’s the man. I mean, he’s so cool; what a living legend. To be able to work with him, it makes my parents appreciate what I do, honestly. [Laughs] Danny, they kind of know a little bit about what he’s done, but with John Goodman, they’re like, “Oh my god, so this is like a real show?” And I’m like, “What do you think I’ve been doing? Just because the other shows I’ve done have just been me and my friends that it’s not real?” They’re like, “You know what I mean.” Well, okay, I’m choosing not to take offense to that because he is a legend.

How nice was it being just an actor here after having your hands in everything for seven seasons on Workaholics?
It was fun and super freeing. It made me realize that when you see actors be able to tap dance and play the guitar and piano and also speak three languages it’s because there’s so much down time when you’re just an actor. Like, next season I’m for sure going to learn how to play the piano and speak German. I’m just going to pick up two weird things that I’ve always wanted to do to master them with the amount of down time. This season, I was just sort of sitting on my hands, going, “Should I be doing more stuff? Do you guys need me to problem solve anything or work with the script?” And they’re like, “No, we’ve got it.” So there was a bizarre amount of down time that I definitely wasn’t used to.

So then should we expect Kelvin to play piano and speak German in season 2?
He’s going to be a master of Chinese and an accomplished pianist by season 2.

What would be your sales pitch of why people should give Gemstones a chance?
Obviously, it’s going to be super funny, but there’s an element of heart to it that I don’t think people are going to necessarily know coming in. This is a family that has been through a lot and you find yourself rooting for them, even though they are pretty corrupt and scumbags in a lot of ways. So I think it’s going to be a fun show for people that want to laugh but also want something beyond just a lite laugh — there’s a real story here.

The Righteous Gemstones premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.”


From TheWrap: “Two seasons into Netflix thriller Ozark and we’re still not entirely sure who is the most at fault for the fractured marriage of Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney). That kind of balance, which begins with the writing and is projected skillfully through the actors — and Bateman’s lens as a director on the series — is exactly why we’re getting antsy for Season 3.

“‘It’s great that it’s not black and white,’ Bateman said. ‘That it’s not good vs. evil or villain vs. hero. That’s the satisfying takeaway from our show, and that’s what gives you the anxiety, that there’s a level of tangible and relatable conflict and confusion.’ (Check mark on that whole ‘anxiety’ thing for us.) ‘You recognize that you might be saddled with the same type of push-pull based on mistakes.’

“Bateman’s Martin Byrde is a mild-mannered financial planner and an upper-middle-class family man from Chicago who moves his wife and kids Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) to the Missouri Ozarks. He’d actually be a pretty boring guy to lead a series, if not for that whole money-laundering-for-a-drug-cartel thing that prompted the move.

“It’s a setup that could have easily become cliché, had the writers made Byrde into some sort of secret action hero. Thankfully, that’s definitely not this show, which received a total of nine Emmy nominations for the 2019 season, including Outstanding Drama Series, as well as nods for Bateman (as both actor and director), Linney and co-star Julia Garner.

“‘There’s not a ton of explosions and effects and overt violence in the show,’ Bateman pointed out. ‘Hopefully, what is unsettling about it is that it’s humanity pushed right to the edge of what you’re capable of justifying.’

“They’ve occasionally got guns, but the pen is mightier from the writers room to the screen. ‘Marty and Wendy, they’re smart people,’ he said. ‘So they’re not going do things that as an audience member you’d say, “Oh, that’s stupid. People would never do that.” You can’t really get away with taking a shortcut from a narrative standpoint.’”


From Variety: “Popular chef Giada De Laurentiis has signed a new deal that will keep her at Discovery Inc.’s Food Network in months to come.

“The deal, characterized as ‘multi-year,’ will consist of projects in primetime and daytime and across various media platforms, and calls for new episodes of shows such as Giada Entertains, Giada’s Holiday Handbook and Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge, as well as short-form video content, the cable network said Wednesday.

“‘Giada De Laurentiis is a culinary icon and a Food Network fan-favorite whose recipes and entertaining guidance are a must-have for home cooks everywhere looking to elevate their own gatherings and celebrations,’ said Courtney White, president of Food Network, in a statement.  ‘We are excited to serve up even more entertaining and inspiring hours with Giada for seasons to come.’

“De Laurentiis, a restaurateur, cookbook author and voice actress, has been with Food Network since the premiere of her program Everyday Italian, last decade. In addition to her own series, she has participated in Food Network competition programs such as Food Network Star and Winner Cake All.

“The network indicated that pre-production has started on her two holiday series and said they were slated to debut in the fourth quarter of 2019. A new season of Giada Entertains is expected to return next year.

“‘I am excited to continue cooking and creating with my Food Network family,’ said De Laurentiis, in a statement. ‘We are working on lots of fun new content and I cannot wait to share it!’”