Thursday September 5, 2019

The NFL is officially back. The Bears and Packers kick things off tonight on NBC.

Here is the trailer for season 14 of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

TBS has canceled The Detour. I cannot believe it made it 4 seasons.

Quibi is developing a show about face tattoos. That’s all I can say on that one right now.

Another high-level exec as exited the yet to be launched streamer.

Chris Cooper is set to star opposite Janelle Monáe in the second season of Amazon's Homecoming,

“Whether it was constructing a science fair volcano or standing up to a bully, Peter of The Brady Bunch was always a resourceful go-getter. Christopher Knight, the actor who starred as the show’s middle son, hopes to channel that ambition into the launch of a production venture, Former Prodigy Media, with producer Phil Viardo. Based in Beverly Hills, Former Prodigy Media has several projects in the works: a documentary about a teenager with Williams Syndrome called Truelove, a currently untitled Christopher Knight home makeover project, a true crime series based on the book The Charmer and the docuseries Hard Time | Easy Meal which documents stories of prison life and prison recipes.” Riveting.

Whatever Debra Messing has going on now couldn’t be of less interest to me. Shhhhh.

Why is Alec Baldwin still siring children?

Great Point Capital Management has signed a deal with Lionsgate to build a new production facility in Yonkers, NY, with Lionsgate becoming a long-term anchor tenant and investor. As anchor tenant, Lionsgate will have naming rights to the studio. Construction on the site will start in November, and the facility will be running in late autumn 2020. The $100 million complex will include three 20,000-square-feet and two 10,000-square-feet stages, a fully operational back lot and the opportunity to create a location-based entertainment property.”

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Discovery-owned network unveils trio of senior exec hires, in case you give a shit.


“You can go home again. Eddie Murphy has already announced he’s returning as a host to Saturday Night Live in its upcoming season after a long hiatus. Now, he’s hinting that another homecoming of sorts is in the works, as he said on a podcast that he would be mounting a stand-up tour in 2020.

“Murphy has been rumored to be talking with Netflix about a series of stand-up specials. His past efforts, including 1983’s Delirious and 1987’s Raw, were enormously popular, and he commanded arena-level crowds before he went on to bigger and better things in films.

“Now, with a new Netflix movie, Dolemite Is My Name, and his highly anticipated return to a beloved character in the forthcoming Coming To America 2, the time may be right for him to remind the world of his stand-up skills.

“The plans were revealed on a taped episode of the Netflix podcast, Present Company with Krista Smith. During the conversation, Murphy said that after he hosts SNL in December, ‘… and then next year in 2020 I’m going to go on the road and do some stand-up.’ The remarks come about 25 minutes into the podcast.

“Whether that touring will be related to a new Netflix deal was not addressed.

“The return to stand-up may have been sparked by his re-immersion in that world thanks to Dolemite Is My Name. The film depicts fellow stand-up comedian Rudy Ray Moore and his quixotic goal to make a film about his pimp stage persona, Dolemite,”


Per Deadline, “Netflix has given a series order to The Crew, a NASCAR-set multicam comedy starring and executive produced by The King of Queens alum Kevin James.

“Written by Jeff Lowell (The Ranch, Two and a Half Men), The Crew, which echoes sitcom classic Taxi, is set in a NASCAR garage and stars James as the crew chief. When the owner steps down and passes the team off to his daughter, James finds himself at odds with the tech-reliant millennials she starts bringing in to modernize the team.

“Lowell executive produces and serves as showrunner. James’ longtime manager Jeff Sussman (The King of Queens) and producer Todd Garner (Tag, Isn’t It Romantic) also executive produce along with NASCAR’s Matt Summers and Tim Clark.

“James, who shot to stardom with CBS’ The King of Queens before segueing to features, returned to TV comedy in 2016 with the multi-camera  Kevin Can Wait,which aired on CBS for two seasons. At Netflix, he headlined last year’s Never Don’t Give Up, a comedy special that marked his return to stand-up.

The Crew will help fill the void of Netflix’s departing broad, multi-camera family comedies Fuller House and The Ranch, which are nearing the end of their runs. At the streamer, The Crew will join another multi-camera sitcom headlined by a comedian, Gabriel Iglesias’ Mr. Iglesias, which has been renewed for a second season.

“James most recently reprised his Frankenstein voice role in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. He’ll next be seen on the big screen in action thriller Becky.

“Lowell most recently served as co-executive producer on The Ranch, which is heading into its fourth and final season. He also served  as executive producer on The Jim Gaffigan Show and consulting producer on Two and a Half Men.


From Forbes: “At the start of the summer, Netflix rolled out a rather unique series that is representative of everything the streamer ever wanted to be. The Chef Show, a reality TV passion project from filmmaker Jon Favreau and chef Roy Choi, followed the dynamic duo as they took their friendship around the country and explored their love of cooking together… and did such with nothing more than the will to do so.

“When the series began, Netflix was not part of the equation. As stated in the series itself, Jon and Roy just started shooting and, more than anything, used the tapings as an excuse to hang out with each other - which is hard to do when one is maintaining multiple restaurant and food truck brands and the other is showrunning a new Star Wars series for Disney+.

“As the series went along, it gained traction with audiences for its genuine nature and joy. So, it’s no surprise the new entrant in the series’ run - comprised of what is likely the remaining footage that wasn’t ready to air back in June - is just as good as its predecessor.

“The guests are new, as are the locations Jon and Roy visit, but the love for one's fellow man and the food they eat remains as true as it did three months ago.

“The best part of the series is it’s one of those few once you start you can’t stop shows. You will beg to find the time for just one more of the new batch of six as you burn through them. They are that addicting.

“The concept of a shoot first, sell later approach is one that’s very hard to pull off for most shows, but Chef Show is a prime example of how Netflix can succeed where so many of its competitors can’t. Most outlets - streaming included - want a hand in the project from inception to completion. That just how they are. But Netflix, and this is not the first time they've done this, is more than willing to see what a whole batch of episodes looks like and, if they like it, are willing throw down a check regardless of whether or not they had a hand in the show in the first place.

“Ultimately, it would be great to see more shows like Chef Show on Netflix (or at least just more Chef Show in general). Jon and Roy continue to be one of the most compelling duos on television and we are better for having them.

The Chef Show: Volume 2 premieres Friday, September 13th on Netflix."

It’s well worth your time in my opinion.


From Indiewire: “Ahead of premiering his new Comedy Central series Good Talk this month, Anthony Jeselnik is slamming Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels for allowing Donald Trump to host an episode of the esteemed sketch-comedy show in November 2015. Trump was in the middle of his presidential campaign at the time and Michael’s decision to let him host prompted fan protests. The November 2015 episode was Trump’s second time hosting SNL and it was widely panned by television critics and cast members.

“‘I think Lorne Michaels helped get Trump elected,’ Jeselnik tells The Daily Beast. ‘I think putting him on Saturday Night Live  was way worse than the hair-ruffling thing. I was disgusted by it. It was two rich guys helping each other out. I don’t know how I would have dealt with it if I was on the show. I found it to be, quite frankly, revolting.’

“The ‘hair-ruffling thing’ refers to Jimmy Fallon, who was accused of ‘normalizing’ Donald Trump after he ruffled his hair during an interview shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Fallon took a lot of heat from the press for ruffling Trump’s hair, but Jeselnik says the act had far less to do with helping Trump getting elected than Michaels allowing Trump to host SNL. Jeselnik also points out that Michaels is a producer on Fallon’s Tonight Show.

“‘I felt a little bad for Jimmy in that situation,’ Jeselnik said. ‘Trump and Lorne Michaels are friends. And Lorne Michaels produced that show. And I’m sure—and I don’t want to put words in his mouth, and I haven’t talked to Jimmy in years—but I’m sure it’s one of his biggest regrets.’

“Jeselnik, who auditioned to join SNL Season 40 as a Weekend Update correspondent, also slammed the show over reports that Michaels instructed writers not to ‘vilify’ Trump in sketches during his hosting gig. Michaels reportedly told SNL writers they had to ‘find a way in that makes [Trump] likable.’

“‘I don’t know if would have shown up for work that day,’ Jeselnik said. ‘I don’t know what would have happened.’

“Arguably, though, Jeselnik has played a role in enhancing Trump’s public profile himself, as he flamed the future president onstage during The Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump in 2011. No matter how venom-soaked the barbs, such events are always carefully controlled PR stunts for the celebrity being roasted.

“Jeselnik’s Good Talk premieres September 6 on Comedy Central.”