Thursday September 12, 2019

The I-Land is now available on Netflix. It’s like The Hunger Games mixed with Lost mixed with the Fyre Festival.

The series premiere of Mr. Mom is now available on Vudu.

The season 2 premiere of Mr. Inbetween airs tonight on FX.

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino will officially be released from federal prison in Otisville, NY today.

Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) has joined the cast of the upcoming season of Fargo.

John McEnroe has signed on to voiceover Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix series Never Have I Ever.

To the surprise of no one, “Fox’s BH90210 has suffered the steepest ‘live’ TV ratings drop — down 60% from series premiere to last week’s penultimate episode — of all summer shows on broadcast.”

Former Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and battery in a Charleston County, SC, courtroom, agreeing to a $500 fine and a 30-day suspended jail sentence. He will be on probation in lieu of jail time. Ravenel was removed from the Bravo TV show in the wake of rape allegations by Dawn Ledwell, his children’s nanny. She filed a police report against him in June 2018 after hearing of other sexual assault allegations made against him. He was arrested in September 2018. Ledwell was not in court but had a letter read aloud. She accused him of trying to kiss her while she was cleaning his home one evening. From there, the incident escalated. Ravenel admitted his guilt as part of his sentencing. “Your honor, on the night of the incident I did attempt to kiss her and in so doing I grabbed her arm and that was wrong, and I am much appreciative of the opportunity to apologize to her in court today.” Ravenel also has been accused in a separate sexual assault accusation from a woman he met on Tinder in 2015. Ravenel settled with that woman for $200,000 and had her sign a non-disclosure agreement, but the woman’s daughter brought up the allegations online. Ravenel served as South Carolina state treasurer for six months in 2007 before being indicted on federal cocaine distribution charges. He resigned in July 2007 and was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for the charges in March 2008.” They should REALLY rename that bridge in Charleston.

Craig T. Nelson will recur on the upcoming season of Young Sheldon. I only mention that because Parenthood.

Liv Tyler has been cast opposite Rob Lowe as the female lead on Fox’s 9-1-1 spinoff, 9-1-1: Lone Star, a network spokesperson told TheWrap. Created by 9-1-” masterminds Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, 9-1-1: Lone Star is set in Austin, Texas and ‘follows a sophisticated New York firefighter Owen (Lowe) who, along with his son, re-locates to Austin, and must try to balance saving those who are at their most vulnerable with solving the problems in his own life.’ Tyler will play Chief Paramedic Michelle Blake, ‘who’s a little rock-n-roll, sometimes a bad girl, but always boss,’ according to the character description. ‘Equal parts compassionate and ruthless, Michelle is brilliant and wry, and the only one who can match wits with Owen in the station… where she will often put Owen in his place. While always on point at work, Michelle has an obsession she struggles to control: finding out what happened to her little sister Iris, who disappeared two years ago. She’ll stop at nothing to discover the truth, even if it means burning her own life down.’”

Former NFL QB Boomer Esiason has a new show going into syndication. Game Time With Boomer Esiason premieres on Saturday on more than 200 network affiliates across the nation. Billie Jean King will be the first guest on the 30-minute interview show, which is scheduled to run year-round in a regular time slot in the various markets. Hard pass.


Per Variety, “Sterling K. Brown and his Indian Meadows Productions banner have found a potential home for their Washington Black series, based on Esi Edugyan’s award-winning novel.

Washington Black tells the story of George Washington Black, an 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation who must flee in the company of his master’s eccentric inventor brother, Christopher Wilde, after a shocking death threatens to upend both of their lives.

“The duo then embark on a globe-trotting adventure with the help of a strange flying machine. Their journey takes them through America, the cold Arctic seas, the gothic spires of old Europe, and the deserts of North Africa, all while staying one step ahead of a deadly bounty hunter.

Washington Black hails from 20th Century Fox TV, which won an intense bidding war for the rights to the novel back in March.

“The novel is being adapted for TV by Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, with Edugyan on board as an executive producer. Emmy and Golden Globe winner Anthony Hemingway is attached to direct and executive produce through his production entity Anthony Hemingway Productions, where production exec Lyah LeFlore is shepherding the project. Brown is also producing with The Gotham Group through his Indian Meadows shingle. Danielle Reardon is in charge from the Indian Meadows end.

“Brown launched Indian Meadows in 2018 under a pact with 20th Century Fox with the aim of championing diversity through developing film, broadcast, cable and streaming projects. This would be the first limited series to emerge from the recently formed production outfit.

“The actor will return to the small screen on Sept. 24 with the season 4 premiere of This Is Us. He also caused a stir with Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fans recently when he announced he was joining the Amazon show for its forthcoming third season. Coming up on the film front, Brown has Waves, which just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the small matter of Frozen 2, which is set for a Nov. 22 release date.”


It looks like Pam and Angela might be finally getting along.

“Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, who play Pam and Angela, respectively, in the famous NBC sitcom, have teamed up for an Office-related podcast.

“In Office Ladies, which premieres Oct. 16 on Stitcher’s comedy network Earwolf, the former Office stars and real-life best friends will unpack their favorite episodes and offer behind-the-scenes details from the making of the beloved show. Listeners will also be able to submit their own questions to be answered by Fischer and Kinsey.

“‘As we close in on the 15th anniversary of the show, it seemed like a great time to share our stories and behind-the-scenes trivia with fans,’ Fischer said in a statement. ‘Besides talking about The Office, you can also hear us chat a little about our lives, our Target runs together, our friendship through the years.’

“After its nine-season run on NBC, the Steve Carell-starring series found a new life on Netflix, where younger viewers were able to stream the classic comedy. In 2021, the series will leave Netflix for NBC’s forthcoming streaming platform. The network’s decision to snag the show isn’t surprising, considering the impressive streaming numbers it’s seen on Netflix. According to Nielsen data, the series was streamed for about 52 billion minutes in 2018.

“'‘The Office was such an amazing chapter of our lives and it means so much to us that we get to share some of our memories of filming it with our audiences,’ Kinsey said.

Office Ladies will be available on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts and Spotify among other podcast platforms.”


From Realscreen: “Fuse Media has expanded its digital programming catalog with the addition of 10 original series.

“The projects were announced today (Sept. 11) as part of the company’s Digital Content presentation at Newfronts West 2019 in Hollywood.

“All 10 digital properties have been produced by the Fuse Content Studio, which was launched last year by Fuse Media chief content officer JT Ladt as part of the company’s strategy ‘to diversify its linear TV development slate with digital formats created and produced in-house.’

“Making up Fuse’s digital content line-up are streetwear unboxing series Bust It Open, in which talent opens five boxes to uncover a series of items correlated to different times in their lives; Wreckreation, which features digital talent being interviewed about the biggest stressers in their lives while outfitted with a baseball bat in a “Rage Room”; Method to My Morning (working title), which offers intimate access to the morning routines of famous faces; and the tentatively titled culinary series A Michelin Star and A Hot Plate, in which a Michelin star chef teaches a special guest how to make a one pan dish with not much more than a hot plate.

“Rounding up the slate are the Andrew Santiago-fronted Chew It Up, which explores artists’ cultural identities to discover the nostalgic dishes they grew up eating; Facts on Facts, which pairs science with hip-hop lyrics to debunk or prove each musician’s claims; Culture Filter, which sees host Natalia Perez digging into the biggest stories in pop culture and music; Dial-A-Rapper (w/t), in which musicians will provide real advice to real people; fashion series Doll House (w/t), in which streetwear designers are tasked with creating a doll-sized wardrobe for an artist based on how the artist describes themselves; and Give Me The Loot (w/t), which offers young entrepreneurs advice for chasing their business dreams.

“‘Connecting authentically with multicultural millennial and GenZ consumers via the various platforms they access for entertainment is critical for brands to be successful today,’ said Jason Miller, Fuse Media’s head of ad sales and integrated marketing, in a statement. ‘Fuse’s empowering music culture-centric content celebrates inclusion and engages our young consumers to help brands build true relevancy with this highly sought-after audience.’

“In addition, Fuse has named Jon Scarlett as its new head of its Fuse Content Studio.

“He will be based in Fuse Media’s Los Angeles offices and reports directly to Ladt.

“Scarlett joins Fuse Media from Russell Simmons’ multi-platform media company All Def Media, where he held oversight of the company’s productions, sales, operations and creative teams as GM, while also managing the production of such series as Dad JokesArts & RapsTraffic Jams and Roast Me.


Quibi, the short-form mobile TV and tech startup led by Jeffrey Katzenberg, announced a deal with the BBC to produce daily international news programming.

“Earlier this summer, Quibi announced a similar pact with NBC News, for two daily shows. The announcement of the deal with BBC Global News comes after word of the departure of Janice Min, the content exec who had been leading Quibi’s curated daily news and information programming called Daily Essentials.

“Quibi (short for ‘quick bites’) set a April 6, 2020, launch date for its service, with shows delivered in sub-10-minute episodes, and is targeting around 7,000 episodes in the first year. The company plans to charge $5 monthly for a version with ads and $8 for an ad-free tier.

“Under the pact, BBC Global News will become the international news producer for Quibi’s Daily Essentials. Its show for Quibi will be shot at the BBC’s central London headquarters five days a week. Each episode will be about 5 minutes long, designed for Quibi’s mobile-targeted service.

“‘BBC News is one of the most respected news brands around the globe, and in particular for millennials in America today,’ Katzenberg, founder and chairman of Quibi, said in a statement. ‘We’re proud to partner with them to create a daily international news report for Quibi.’

“Added Jim Egan, CEO of BBC Global News, ‘Technology is changing constantly, as is the world at large and we’re delighted to be working with an innovative new player like Quibi to bring young audiences a daily made-for-mobile global news update of the highest quality from our unparalleled network of international correspondents and experts.’”

Katzenberg has redefined what it means to go “all in.”