Thursday September 26, 2019

I have a heavy heart now that Suits is no longer, however, I am content with how things were wrapped up. Mike and Harvey will be together. Harvey and Donna are married. Louis runs the firm. Closure. I’ll miss all of you, dearly. More below.

Not surprised that Michie won BB. As much of an ass as he was, he was by far the best competitor this season and had the resume such that he would have gotten my vote.

Great format on this season of Survivor with Boston Rob and Sandra.

Jeff Probst offers his thoughts.

Season and series premieres tonight include:

Young Sheldon (CBS)
The Unicorn (CBS, series premiere)
Mom (CBS)
Carol’s Second Act (CBS, series premiere)
Evil (CBS, series premiere)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
A Million Little Things (ABC)
How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Superstore (NBC)
Perfect Harmony (NBC, series premiere)
The Good Place (NBC)
Sunnyside (NBC, series premiere)
Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
Kiss, Date, Eliminate (Facebook Watch, series premiere)

“Nick Cannon gained a daytime show, but he’s losing a late-night one. Page Six can exclusively reveal that Cannon’s unnamed late-night show, which was announced in late 2018, will no longer be happening. Cannon’s manager confirmed the news to us on the heels of Debmar-Mercury’s announcement that in 2020 Cannon, who previously filled in for Wendy Williams during her hiatus earlier this year, will be getting his own syndicated daytime show. The late-night show, in partnership with Fox, was terminated because the new daytime one became a priority, we’re told. Details surrounding Cannon’s new show, including title and time slot, were not immediately revealed.

Hulu has scrapped plans to move forward with Ghost Rider.

Thirty-something years after Thirtysomething premiered on ABC, a sequel to the late-'80s drama is in development. MGM TV, which produced the original series, is working on a present-day update with creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick. The series would focus on the children of the main characters from the original, who are now in their 30s themselves. The plan is for actors from the original to reprise their roles as well, though nothing is set at the moment. MGM is currently shopping the project to potential buyers. Thirtysomething starred Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Melanie Mayron, Peter Horton, Patricia Kalember, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig and Polly Draper. It premiered in September 1987 and ran for four seasons. Though never a big hit — it finished no higher than 40th in the Nielsen rankings over its four years — the show had an outsize pop-cultural footprint thanks to its focus on the day-to-day lives of Baby Boomers.”

BET has canceled some show called In Contempt.

More CRACK casting on The Masked Singer! “Egg and Ice Cream both had to unmask at the end of the premiere. Egg revealed himself to be Johnny Weir, which McCarthy and Thicke had correctly guessed, while Ice Cream turned out to be the YouTuber Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins.”

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Per TVLine, “Suits wrapped up its nine-season run on Wednesday with some big life changes for Harvey, Donna & Co.

“After finally getting rid of Faye, the firm’s attention turned to a happier occasion: Louis and Sheila’s wedding, which was interrupted by the arrival of their baby daughter. While waiting for word from the hospital, Harvey decided to give Louis’ friends and family something to celebrate back at the reception and popped the question to Donna. And if that wasn’t a big enough deal, the couple got married right then and there!

“But wait, there’s more! After realizing that he likes to play in the grey, but wants to do it for the good guys now, Harvey and Donna announced that they were leaving to work with Mike and Rachel in Seattle. (That’s also how Harvey got rid of Faye.) That news prompted Louis, Samantha and Alex to make one final change to the firm’s masthead: It’s now Litt Wheeler Williams Bennett. (Yay, Katrina!)

“Below, showrunner Aaron Korsh and star Gabriel Macht talk about bringing the show full circle with Harvey’s big career decision. Korsh also reveals why Jessica wasn’t in the finale and whether another spinoff is in the works:

Gabriel, how and when did you find out how the series would end? And what was your reaction?
MACHT | I think I had a conversation with Aaron before we started shooting the season. I was definitely into it. I thought there were some great ideas, and I was like, “Oh, OK. That sounds great. Let’s pull it off!” As the episodes started to come along, and I started reading them, and we all knew that we were finishing up and then it was time to move on to other things, the emotional processing sort of became intertwined with what was going on in the show. I’m moved by compassion, and I think some of the beats that we played in these last two or three episodes, I think Harvey was moved by his mother’s death and by her sending the engagement ring, and this idea that Donna has been and would always be there for Harvey, and he wanted to cement that. All of that was very moving in a really beautiful way.

What made this conclusion, with Harvey and Donna getting married and moving away to Seattle, the right one for the characters and for the end of the show?
KORSH | A lot of it stemmed from, “Are we going to bring Mike back or not?” At the beginning of the year, I asked all the writers, “Do we think we should bring Mike back?” and everybody thought we should bring Mike back, and I thought so, too. So once we decided we’re going to bring Mike back, I didn’t want it to just be bringing Mike back for no reason, no purpose, no anything. … Mike has always had an influence on Harvey, getting him to care more than Harvey does. The truth is, in Episode 5, the thing that Samantha does to kind of cheat Mike out of his win, it doesn’t just cheat Mike out of his win. It kind of screws over some factory workers, and it gets in Harvey’s head. In Episode 7, he says he owes it to Mike to think about what’s right and wrong every once in a while. He also says to Cahill in [Episode] 8, “Rules aren’t right and wrong. They’re just rules.” So Harvey is starting to think about right and wrong towards the second half of the season, and it’s because of Mike’s influence. Much of his evolution as a human being is because of Mike’s influence. The truth of the matter is, Mike has influenced him, in my mind, as much as Donna has. They’re the two positive influences in his life — not that Jessica or Louis or anybody else are bad influences on him.

Faye’s influence on him, it doesn’t make him go, “I should stop crossing lines.” He is forced to look in the mirror and see who he is, and when he does, he’s like, “I’m OK having a moral and ethical code that is different from what the world tells me it should be.” But it makes him think, “I’d rather use that code for the good guys instead of the bad guys, and that way I can feel better about myself.” So that’s sort of the sum total of Mike coming back, Samantha betraying him, going on the road trip, his mother dying. It all leads to that, and that’s why it made sense to me. It’s really coming full circle. This guy hired a fraud to be a lawyer, and in the end, it was that same fraud that taught him who he was and what he wants to do and made him decide to work for the side of the good guys a little bit more.

There were a lot of big life changes for Harvey in the series finale: He got married, he decided to move away to Seattle, he took a new job. What does this next chapter represent for him?
MACHT | I think Harvey has always had the best intentions, and his heart has always been in the right place. He’s learned that from Mike and Donna, and I think that it was time. There was so much coming at the firm, always, and he was living on sort of like this precipice, and the firm was so challenging at times. If he didn’t make a change, first off, I think it probably would have given him a heart attack. But second, I think he felt like, “You know what? Louis is in a great place. It’s time for him to really be on his own and manage this firm without another person sort of taking the chances that Harvey does. To let things settle for a bit, even though you never know, Samantha might pull some punches moving forward.” [Laughs] But it was time for him. It was time for a new beginning. It’s a great bookend for Mike to come back, for them to be able to make one last con and to really work for the everyman, to join forces. Because he really did love working with Mike. He trusts him implicitly, even though it doesn’t look like that at times during these last couple of episodes. But I think he wants to work in the way he does, at a very high level, where he takes a lot of risks, but he wants to do it for the right reasons. It’s what makes sense, I think, for him, to fall on the sword, to finally sacrifice himself… It was his turn, and I think it was generous of him, and I think it was meant to be that he needed to start something new.

With Mike and Harvey working together again, did it make it feel like a true ending for you since that’s how the show began? If they hadn’t been able to come back together, would it have felt a little bit incomplete?
MACHT | I think so, yeah. The show really did start as a two-hander, and over the years, I count my many blessings that it became an ensemble and that everybody had sort of equal screen time and equal character development. When we lost Mike and Rachel, I think it was a big loss. Well, also Jessica, but she went on to do her own thing. [With] Mike and Harvey, it was the Butch and Sundance. This duo, where it was almost like he lost his right arm, even though Donna is really his right arm. As far as judiciously, he really felt that Mike was his partner. So for Mike to come back, I think it was full circle. Again, as I said, it was a perfect bookend with Mike offering him the job and them having the conversation that both Harvey and Mike had 10 years ago.

To have Harvey end the series as a married man, and married to Donna, is a pretty big deal, considering where he started. Was there a debate in the writers’ room about how their relationship should end in the finale, whether it would be just an engagement or whether it would be a marriage?
KORSH | I think once we landed on this idea that Louis was going to have the baby, and Harvey was going to ask Donna to marry him, and they were going to get married while waiting to find out whether Louis’ baby was going to make it or not, everybody was in agreement that that was the way to go. I can’t remember if there was debate or not before that, but that was landed on early. Once we sort of solidified that, that was what we were always working toward in the end.

There was someone notably absent among the wedding guests: Jessica. Did you try to get her back for the finale and it just didn’t work out?
KORSH | You definitely hit on my biggest thing I wish we could have pulled off. Here was the situation: At the time we were writing it, I thought Pearson was going to be airing their finale on exactly the same night as the Suits finale. And even though, technically, they’re on different timeframes, because Pearson sort of takes place the weekend after [Episode] 716, from two years ago… To have Jessica going through what she was going through on Pearson and then just show up at a wedding as though it’s no big deal and nothing’s going on in her life other than that I felt like did not honor the show of Pearson. That is why I chose not to bring her to the wedding, because I felt like, in real life, there would be no way she would go to that wedding given what was going on at the time in Chicago. What I did do was, we had written one scene where Harvey calls her because he’s not sure he wants to go through with this plan or not, and they sort of have a phone call, which is while she’s in Chicago going through what she’s going through. But we didn’t write it until late, and [Gina Torres’] schedule was jam-packed. She was doing everything she could to promote Pearson, and we just couldn’t make it happen from a schedule point of view. So it sort of bums me out a little bit, because in that phone call, Harvey was going to acknowledge that he got her flowers regarding his mom so we could cover that she did send flowers, and we could just explain to the audience that she wasn’t there for a purpose, because of what she was going through in Chicago.

The new firm setup with Louis, Katrina, Samantha and Alex almost feels like it could be another spinoff. Was that intentional?
KORSH | It was not intentional. We’re ending the series. You’re not going to see these people’s lives anymore, but you want to imagine, at least for me, what their future holds, what’s happening in their lives, because their world is going to move on. So you want to keep the reality of it should feel like an ending, but it should also feel like a new beginning, because they’re not dying. The nuclear bomb isn’t going off. So in the same sense that you see Louis have to kind of hear from Harvey and Donna that they’re moving on, we wanted to know that he was going to be OK and he was going to have his new team around him. So that just seemed to flow naturally. It was more just so fans could imagine the future being OK, these people being OK.”

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Yes, you’re getting TWO Suits finale post-mortem interviews today! “In the long-running legal drama’s series finale, Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Sheila’s (Rachael Harris) wedding ended abruptly when Sheila’s water broke and she was rushed to the hospital. While Louis and Sheila were at the hospital, everyone else hung back at the wedding venue. During that time, Harvey, ever the gambler, spontaneously proposed to Donna and the two of them decided to get married right then and there. It was the moment Suits fans — especially Darvey lovers — have been waiting ages for.

“That wasn’t the only big move for Darvey, though. As part of the deal to get Faye Richardson to leave the firm, Harvey decided to quit, move to Seattle, and work with his protégé Mike (Patrick J. Adams). After years of working for the man, Harvey was ready to give up the corporate law firm life and use his willingness to do whatever it takes to win to benefit those less fortunate. Of course, his new wife agreed to follow him there. Meanwhile, Louis, Samantha (Katherine Heigl), Alex (Dulé Hill), and Katrina (Amanda Schull) were left to run the firm:

On Harvey and Donna’s impromptu engagement and wedding

GABRIEL MACHT: I think Harvey always subconsciously knew [Donna was the one]. With his mother’s passing and him telling her, “Look, she’s the one,” I think the ring in the envelope was sort of the symbol to basically s— or get off the pot. He realized this is the moment. I think it was a surprise for him. He lives on the edge, as he has been for years, and when Louis and Sheila have now gone to the hospital to deliver, this is his moment to make things exciting. It was going to happen at some point, so let’s make it a surprising double whammy. I think that’s what the writers did and the fans will be quite surprised.

SARAH RAFFERTY: I thought it was just such a lovely, organic way for them to publicly pledge themselves to each other. I’ve always said I never really thought of Donna as a big white wedding kind of girl, like someone who has been planning her wedding in her head forever, so this seemed like this a really way to do it. There was something really beautiful about it being spontaneous. It was just great that Mike was there, and even that the proposal happened right there in front of him. I loved that.

On their lovely and reflective vows

MACHT: Harvey really sums up his journey with Donna [in his vows]. It was a great culmination of challenges he’s been through and what he has seen that he’s needed in his life. I love that if you go back nine years, you’ve seen a real beginning and an end as far as his arc is concerned; this guy who kept his emotions real tight. He never let them out and always thought that if he was vulnerable, it was weakness. Through the years, he’s learned, more so from Mike and from Donna, that sharing your feelings and getting in touch with your feelings and knowing who you are allows you to enjoy life, you don’t have to live so far on the edge, and having the highs and lows of all the events of your life. I hope the fans can recognize that in themselves and relate to that — vulnerability is an absolute strength.

RAFFERTY: I loved the part, “Even if I have 100 years, I’ll never have enough with you.” I thought that was so beautiful and bold to say as we were running out of time playing these characters. We had very little time left making this show, but then thinking they’ll be together forever [in] spirit in our minds. I think it’s so lovely. Yeah, I thought it was great.

On Harvey and Donna’s decision to move to Seattle

MACHT: It’s a great bookend to have Mike interview Harvey at the end, to go through some the same lines. Look, Mike could remember. He’s got a photographic memory. But the idea that these guys would remember word for word what they said to each other nine years ago makes me laugh. As far as the story goes, I think, again, the fans always wanted to see Mike and Harvey, basically Butch and Sundance, get back together and do what they do best. I think that Harvey recognizes that it’s time. He’s done enough of the corporate deals, he’s worked for the man for many, many years, and now he wants to work for the everyman. Harvey has always had the best intentions of what’s just, and that’s why he’s always really believed in Mike, because he relates to him in that way. So I think it was the right idea for him to move to Seattle.

RAFFERTY: In my imagination, Donna’s not moving away because she got the guy and that’s the end of her journey. Donna’s done everything she can at the firm and is leaving them in a great place. She even witnesses them celebrating as she’s leaving. I see that last moment as she’s walking through that she’s walking into her future, where she has a lot of career aspirations still to conquer. Those are alive and well, and Donna’s of course going to support her husband and friends at the firm, but I can imagine that she’s going to possibly go back to being an entrepreneur and have a lot of independent career things happen to her as she takes on this new chapter. She’s definitely going to continue to be a breadwinner.

On Donna and Louis’ heartfelt goodbye and elevator moment

RAFFERTY: I even called Aaron [Korsh, the showrunner] to say I’m concerned about her leaving Louis. Like, how is that going to make sense? That’s such a huge betrayal. Then when I read the scene where he says, “But you said you’d always be there for me!” and she said, “I meant we’d be there as long as you needed us, and you don’t need us anymore,” I thought that was such an economical and beautiful way to address that concern that I had in such an honest way, because it is so wonderful that Louis has everything he wants by the end of the show. As a fan that made me really happy, and as the person who plays Donna, who is Louis’ best friend, that makes me happy. So that was a win-win.

[The scene in which Donna and Louis hold hands in the elevator] was the like the second-hardest thing I had to do when were shooting. I had said to Rick a few days before we shot that, “You realize that the last time we’re ever on screen on Suits after a nearly a decade is together?” I was really moved by that, and I was really happy. I was thrilled that was my last moment on Suits and I was sharing it with my friend Rick, and that our characters were sharing that moment together.

On what Rafferty will miss the most about playing Donna

RAFFERTY: I will miss wearing her clothes, for sure. I will miss walking around in the shoes of a woman who is so deeply and authentically unapologetic for who she is, somebody who knows her value and has such incredible emotional IQ that she uses as her superpower and contributes to every professional and personal situation. I really loved how feminine she was and is, even down to her clothes. I joke about the clothes, but she was really feminine and that was her strength. She was never trying to keep up with the men in a man’s world. She was her own woman in her own world. It rearranged my molecules in a very special way, and I’ll miss it and I’ll always carry it with me.”

Just in case you want a THIRD, here you go.

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Per Deadline, “Discovery, whose approach to streaming in the U.S. has favored participation in bundled offerings over direct-to-consumer fare, is taking a different tack with the launch of Food Network Kitchen in partnership with Amazon.

“Billing it as a ‘first-of-its-kind’ service to launch in late October, Discovery said it will offer 25 live, weekly, interactive cooking classes every week and five a day on weekends. Supplementing that will be 800 on-demand classes, 3,000 instructional videos and grocery and equipment delivery. The video programming will feature recognizable talent and a range of Michelin-star and James Beard Award-winning chefs, the company said.

Food Network Kitchen will be $7 a month or $60 a year, with a 90-day free trial and $48 annual subscription offered for a limited time after the launch. A limited selection of videos and recipes will be offered for free.

“Amazon will offer Food Network Kitchen through its Alexa and Echo Show devices, as well as Fire tablets, streaming devices and smart TVs. It will also be on iOS and Android mobile devices at launch, with additional platforms and devices coming online in 2020.

“Discovery CEO David Zaslav described the new initiative as creating the ‘richest culinary media ecosystem in the world’ and said the companies are building the ‘Peloton of food.’ He added, ‘Through Food Network Kitchen’s proprietary streaming technology and our foundational partnership with Amazon, we believe this is a truly differentiated product that will make customers’ lives better.’

“Peter Faricy, a former Amazon exec who was recruited last year to run Discovery’s direct-to-consumer efforts, said the new service is a response to customer demand. ‘We have designed a product that will change the way people cook by giving them direct access to their favorite chefs, the convenience of expert instruction and the skills they need to be more confident in the kitchen,’ he said. ‘We are bringing inspiration and joy to cooking.’

“Discovery recently rolled out a streaming partnership with the PGA and Tiger Woods that includes rights to golf tournaments outside the U.S. as well as exclusive instructional content from Woods. Other recent efforts have centered on cycling and a more general offering in Europe via the company’s Eurosport subsidiary.”

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From The Hollywood Reporter: “Ray Romano has joined the cast of the WarnerMedia streaming platform's comedy Made for Love opposite Cristin Milioti. The series, based on a tragicomic novel by Alissa Nutting, centers on Hazel Green (Milioti), a woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to an unstable, needy, possibly sociopathic tech billionaire.

“Hazel soon discovers that her husband has implanted a revolutionary monitoring device called the Made for Love in her brain, allowing him to track and watch her and even know her thoughts and feelings.

“Romano will play Hazel's estranged father, Herbert, a widower and retired con man who shuns relationships due to a fear of loss. He's planning to live out his years on a remote desert ranch with synthetic partner Diane — a high-end, very realistic sex doll. When Hazel shows up at his door fearing for her life, he's forced to reckon with internal regrets and take action in ways he'd never imagined.

“Romano starred on CBS' Everybody Loves Raymond for 10 seasons, winning an Emmy for his lead role in 2002 and sharing in two best comedy awards as an executive producer. He currently stars in Epix's Get Shorty and has roles in the upcoming feature films Bad Education and Martin Scorsese's The Irishman. He is repped by ICM Partners and The Conversation Company, Ltd.

Made for Love is one of about a dozen original scripted series in the works at HBO Max that is set to launch in spring 2020. Patrick Somerville (Maniac, The Leftovers) adapted Nutting's novel and serves as showrunner. Paramount TV produces the show, with Somerville, director S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, HBO's Game of Thrones prequel), Nutting, Liza Chasin of 3dot Productions and Dean Bakopoulos executive producing.”