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How reality TV shaped Omarosa's headline-grabbing press tour
"The former Apprentice contestant comes across as a younger, more vital, and more developed reality star than her former boss," says Lili Loofbourow of Omarosa's headline-generating media tour promoting her White House tell-all Unhinged. "She does not apologize. She acts in her own self-interest. And she is quite comfortable playing the villain if she needs to. At this juncture, she’s opted to play turncoat to Trump’s circle. It’s a storyline that requires her to perform a kind of prodigal daughter script to the rest of the world, an awakening to her past mistakes. She’s done this with typical skill over the past week as she’s promoted her book. Her strategy is not to present as an innocent." Loofbourow adds that Omarosa intended her story to be a "redemption narrative. It has to be. Reality-TV folks don’t build their brands on respectability—their freedom from conventional constraints like being predictable and well-liked is their power—but they can pull off One Big Pivot in their careers. Usually, it’s where they claim that, yes, they were part of the circus, but things have finally gone too far and gotten so bad that even they must shine a light on it! Only those who’ve been in the muck know what to fix."
- Trevor Noah calls Omarosa Trump's true protégé after interviewing her: "She seems to excel at the game even more than he does. She’s really learned from him. She knows how to mobilize the media. She knows how to keep a story bubbling. I mean, in a microcosm she shows you exactly what Donald Trump did to get into the White House.”
- Omarosa's press tour gets the Our Cartoon President treatment
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Gretchen Carlson responds to reigning Miss America's accusations: "I have never bullied Cara Mund"
The current Miss America Mund alleged that new Miss America Organization chair Carlson and her new CEO Regina Hopper silenced, marginalized and bullied her. “I want to be clear that as a proponent of women my entire life, I have never bullied Cara Mund,” Carlson responded in an interview with People magazine. “We have supported Cara for her entire year and we will continue to support her. It’s just disappointing that she chose to air her grievance publicly and not privately.”
Netflix is testing promos that play between episodes, much to viewers' dislike
According to TechCrunch, "the promos are full-screen videos, personalized to the user, featuring content Netflix would have otherwise suggested elsewhere in its user interface – like on a row of recommendations, for example. The promos also displace the preview information for the next episode being binged, like the title, description, and thumbnail that previously appeared on the right side of the screen."
The Hills cast to reunite on the MTV VMAs red carpet for a "big announcement"
Could this mean the hit MTV reality show is coming back?
Check out a 3D human-looking version of Homer Simpson
Artist Miguel Vasquez has created his vision of what The Simpsons patriarch would look like in real life.
Here's a rundown of all the "worthless sh*t" said by Game of Thrones stars about the final season
The cast members have become experts at saying "cryptic, unhelpful, and vaguely forbidding things" about the final season that really amount to "non-news," says Clayton Purdom. For example, this week Nathalie Emmanuel called the final season "incredibly exciting and heartbreaking." To which Purdom says: "Emmanuel should pursue a career in public relations. This is a consummate stretch of non-information."
Jennifer Lopez calls the end of Shades of Blue "bittersweet"
“Something happens with certain characters you play," Lopez says of her NBC character, who says goodbye on Sunday. "They kind of just permeate into your feelings, your fiber, and your soul, and I felt like I got to explore a different side of myself with Harlee: A tougher side, a more forgiving side, and a more tortured side that I have never really tapped into."
Matt Groening's Disenchantment feels like a never-ending "Treehouse of Horror" sketch
A lot of Groening's medieval animated series seems nasty -- gross without being funny, says Darren Franich. "The main feeling you get is that everyone’s stoked to work for a service without any apparent standards and practices division," says Franich. He adds: "There’s a low-key boom in brilliant TV animation these days: The deranged anti-humanism of Rick and Morty, the candy-colored muchness of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and Steven Universe, the kinetically rebooted DuckTales. Next month sees the return of Bojack Horseman, Netflix’s best ongoing series. Catch me on the right night with way too much Duff on the brain, and I’ll tell you Bojack is the modern-day Simpsons, an ever-expanding silly city symphony carving a precise path between brilliant cultural commentary and up-close emotionality. Compared to all that, Disenchantment feels half-formed, a bit plastic. The vibe is like one of the wilder 'Treehouse of Horror' segments, the kind where the big joke is how many grotesque ways Simpsons characters can die."
- Disenchantment is comfort food for Simpsons and Futurama fans
- Disenchantment plays it too safe and winds up looking bland and dated compared to other Netflix animated series
- Groening's influence catches up with him with Disenchantment: He's looking backwards instead of forward
- Anybody expecting Disenchantment to be great from the get-go should also remember that The Simpsons and Futurama had early struggles
- Disenchantment starts rough, but it instills high stakes and emotional resonance toward the end of the season
- On the cleverness and hilarity spectrum, Disenchantment is much closer to The Simpsons Season 29 than Season 4
- Disenchatment's voice cast rescues it from mediocrity
- Groening avoided watching Game of Thrones, but added a reference "to get it out of the way"
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Netflix cancels Michelle Wolf and Joel McHale's talk shows
Netflix has decided to cancel both comedian-fronted talk shows after they each completed their first season. The Break With Michelle Wolf premiered May 27, one month after Wolf generated headlines with her White House Correspondents' Dinner performance, running for 10 weekly episodes. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale premiered on Feb. 18 with a 13-episode weekly order that was expanded to 19 episodes, with the final six released on the same day in July. "Despite plentiful buzz following her controversial turn as this year’s White House Correspondents' Dinner emcee, Wolf's late-night entry failed to garner the kind of viewership that warrants a second season at the streaming giant," reports The Hollywood Reporter. "The same can be said for McHale's Soup-esque talker, which offered a mix of green-screen commentary and pre-taped sketches." McHale's talk show was Netflix's first talk show follow-up to Chelsea Handler's Chelsea, which was canceled last year after two seasons.
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Miss America winner accuses Gretchen Carlson of bullying and silencing her -- pageant fires back
Reigning Miss America Cara Mund has written a letter to her fellow Miss Americas complaining about the treatment she's received from Miss America Organization chair Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper. "Let me be blunt: I strongly believe that my voice is not heard nor wanted by our current leadership; nor do they have any interest in knowing who I am and how my experiences relate to positioning the organization for the future,” Mund wrote. “Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis. After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive behavior, belittlement, and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll.” The Miss America Organization responded to Mund's letter by calling her allegations "unfounded": “The Miss America Organization supports Cara," the pageant said in a statement. "It is disappointing that she chose to air her grievances publicly not privately. Her letter contains mischaracterizations and many unfounded accusations. We are reaching out to her privately to address her concerns.” ALSO: Who would have thought that a beauty pageant operating in 2018 would still have issues?
MTV VMAs producers are trying to figure out how to address Demi Lovato's overdose
Producers are going "back and forth" about how to handle Lovato's overdose -- if they handle it at all. "It’s so important,” executive producer Bruce Gilmer tells Us Weekly. “We just talked about this. We toggle back and forth with this big platform. Sometimes, the thought is, ‘Let’s use this for a greater good.’ But sometimes, we get feedback that people want to come in and escape the world for a minute." The VMAs intend Monday's awards show to be escapist fare. "We’re overrun with politics and messages, so what you’re going to see this year are a couple of poignant moments and the lion’s share is going to be straight fun," says Gilmer. One of the poignant moments will include a tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Amazon is developing a TiVo competitor dubbed "Frank"
Users of the "Frank" DVR will be able to record live TV and stream it to their smartphone. According to Bloomberg News, "Frank" is "a new type of digital video recorder for the streaming era. It would include physical storage and connect to Amazon’s existing Fire TV boxes, the living room hub for the company’s online video efforts, according to the person. They asked not to be identified discussing unannounced product details." Amazon wouldn't confirm details of Frank.
Tara Reid blames a bad back after canceling her Sharknado press tour following a series of bizarre interviews
"Due to some back issues I am having, I had to cut my press tour short," Reid tweeted after her TV interviews promoting the final movie in the Sharknado franchise went viral because of her slurred speech.
The Florida Project's Brooklynn Prince to star in Apple's Hilde Lysiak series
Prince, who is age 8, will play the real-life 9-year-old investigative reporter who exposed a murder in her hometown.
Charlie Rose accused of dodging sexual harassment lawsuit
Rose was spotted having dinner with his former PBS show executive producer, Yvette Vega, on the day The New Yorker dropped its Ronan Farrow bombshell on Les Moonves' sexual harassment scandal, which also tackled the culture at CBS News and Rose's behavior. Rose's dinner came 10 days after he reportedly had abdominal surgery, which he used as an excuse to postpone his response to a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on by three former staffers. The attorney for the plaintiffs brought up Rose's dinner to suggest he his medical situation isn't that serious. Rose's attorney responded: "He needs to eat."
Christian Slater expects Mr. Robot to end with Season 4
"Yeah, Season 4, and I believe that will be the last season," Slater tells Collider, adding that creator Sam Esmail "always said it was going to be somewhere in that zone, and he didn’t want to go further than what he could creatively contribute to that storyline. So, I think that Season 4 will be it."
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend alum Santino Fontana reacts to being replaced by Skyler Astin
Earlier this month, Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna revealed that Astin has been cast as a "reimagined" version of Fontana's Greg Serrano. “I love Skylar! He’s a buddy of mine,” said Fontana when asked about Astin's casting, adding: “We’ve been texting, we’ve got a whole back-and-forth going. We’re brothers from the same mother. That’s what I’m calling it. Brothers from the same mother.”
Check out Lethal Weapon's official photos of Damon Wayans and Seann William Scott
The Fox drama has released images from Season 3, including the first official look at Scott as Wes Cole, replacing Clayne Crawford's Martin Riggs.
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Renée Zellwegger signs on for Netflix's What/If, her first-ever regular TV series role
Zellwegger is the latest Oscar winner who's headed to television. She'll star in the Netflix morality anthology series What/If from Revenge creator Mike Kelley, who will serve as showrunner. What/If is described "as a social thriller that explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life." Zellwegger's character will be named Anne, with further details being kept under wraps. Zellwegger's last major TV roles included early 1990s TV movies, from USA's 1992 film A Taste for Killing to 1994 Showtime movie Shake, Rattle and Rock!
HBO orders Damon Lindelof's Watchmen pilot to series, with plans for a 2019 premiere
HBO says the star-studded series “embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.” Watchmen has been in the works at HBO for years. Watchmen's cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons and Don Johnson
How Aretha Franklin inspired reality singing competitions like American Idol
The Queen of Soul expressed interest in 2012 in joining the then-Fox reality singing competition as a judge. As Emily Yahr points out, Idol had a particular connection with Franklin. In 2012, the contestants traveled to Detroit for a special sit-down with her. But it wasn't just Idol that Franklin influenced. "If there was a prize for the song performed most frequently on a reality singing competition show, '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' would have an easy shot at the crown," says Yahr. Contestants on everything from The Voice to Nashville Star to America's Got Talent "wanted to be like her, and they wanted to sing like her," says Yahr. "Franklin songs from 'Respect' to 'Chain of Fools' to 'Ain’t No Way' continue to be a reality show staple."
- MTV VMAs producer is scrambling to put together a tribute: "She’s one of the all-time greats so we have to do her justice"
- Franklin's version of the A Different World theme song is the only one that matters
- Late-night hosts pay tribute to Franklin: Trevor Noah recalled growing up to Franklin's music in a a “between the scenes” video
- Don Cheadle recalled to Jimmy Kimmel texting with Franklin
- From Scandal to GLOW: How TV and movies used Franklin's songs
- Scandal first use of an Aretha Franklin was her cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
- Watch David Letterman interview Franklin in 1981 and see her Late Show appearances between 1994 and 2014
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ESPN won't air the National Anthem during Monday Night Football
ESPN will avoid the National Anthem kneeling controversy this season by not showing the anthem. ESPN president James Pitaro said at today's media day: "We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem .... again that could change. It's unpredictable what could happen in the world but as of now, we're not. We have communicated that back to the NF. They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are."
Stormy Daniels says a custody dispute prevented her from joining Celebrity Big Brother UK
Daniels told a host on British talk show Loose Women that there was a last-minute-development in her custody dispute concerning her 7-year-old daughter. Daniels' husband filed for divorce last month in Texas. Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti also weighed in, saying that there was no truth to stories that Daniels pulled out over money.
Ruth Wilson had a different vision for how her Affair character would exit the show
Wilson was asked by Vulture last night if she had any say over her character's fate. “No, I had no say over how the character’s arc was going to end, or how she would die and leave," Wilson replied. "I always hoped that she would … I always had the image that she would walk into the sunset with her son with no man,” Wilson said, adding, “That’s what I hoped for her. But no.”
Matt Smith's advice to his successor on The Crown: Make sure you have equal pay
Smith alluded to the unequal pay controversy between him and co-star Claire Fox during a visit to James Corden's Late Late Show. Asked if he had any advice for Tobias Menzies, the new Prince Philip, Smith said: "God, make sure they pay you enough … and make sure it's even." ALSO: Terry Crews and Smith turn The Crown into a CBS cop show.
CNN is planning a big-screen documentary film on Anthony Bourdain
“We want to make it exquisite for Tony,” a CNN executive says of plans to release a documentary that would premiere at a film festival.
Disney Channel unveils Star Wars Resistance's first trailer and premiere date
The animated series taking place before The Force Awakens premieres Oct. 7, with a focus on resistance pilot Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono. Oscar Isaac will lend his voice as Poe Dameron.
Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show will air from Central Park for one night in September
T-Mobile will present the Thursday, Sept. 13 event, with plans for a nationwide sweepstakes to send fans to New York for the special taping.
NCIS: New Orleans alum Shalita Grant is headed to Santa Clarita Diet
She'll recur as an FBI agent on Season 3 of the Netflix series.
NBC News is planning an "edgy" ad campaign to promote Lester Holt's NBC Nightly News
Variety reports that "a new effort slated to launch Friday evening amps up the action, and features a whirlwind of jump-cut images depicting Holt talking to a pilot in a plane; stepping along while covering wildfires; and interviewing President Donald Trump in a landmark exchange from May of 2017. NBC News correspondents Hallie Jackson and Kristen Welker are also shown at work."
Jimmy Kimmel on Kanye West: "I felt his silence answered the question" about President Trump
Kimmel addressed West's silence from last week's interview, telling The Daily Beast he hopes he answers the question at some point.
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