Ashley Park reveals hospitalization / Sofia Vergara and Netflix sued over Griselda / Number of scripted series fell to 418 in 2023
PLUS: Dakota Johnson to host SNL for the second time, joined by musical guest Justin Timberlake — who’s returning after 9 years.
Ashley Park reveals she was hospitalized for septic shock for the first few weeks of 2024
The Emily in Paris star wrote in an Instagram post this morning, featuring pictures of her hospitalization, that she is "grateful" for her health after a case of tonsillitis "spiraled" into critical septic shock, which “infected and affected” several of her organs. "I am grateful that my health has improved despite what we had initially been told," wrote Park, who confirmed in the post she is dating her Emily in Paris co-star Paul Forman, who plays her on-screen love interest. "Grateful most of all to (Forman) for being unconditionally by my side through all this," Park wrote. "You calmed my fears and held me through ambulances, three foreign hospitals, a week in the ICU, scary ERs, countless scans and tests and injections, excruciating pain, and so much confusion all while we were alone on the other side of the world far from those we know. I love you Paul. More than I can ever say." After thanking the medical staff, Park wrote: "I hesitated to share what’s been happening as I’m still in the throes of recovery…but I now know I’m safely on the other side of the worst. Thanks for reading this. Im sorry for being so absent recently to so much and to people in my life. I love you all. I’m healing and I promise I’m gonna be okay." Park's Emily in Paris co-star Lily Collins shared an emotional reaction in the comments: "I can hardly look at these without crying,” wrote Collins. “I love you sister and I’m forever grateful you’re on the other side of this and for (Forman) for your incredibly huge heart and for being there every step of the way. I cannot wait to hug you both." ALSO: Park’s post comes as her Emily in Paris co-stars have revealed that Season 4 is back in production.
Sofia Vergara and Netflix hit with lawsuit over limited series Griselda from Griselda Blanco's estate
In advance of the Griselda series on the late drug queenpin premiering next Thursday, the Blanco estate has filed suit against Netflix and Vergara, who plays Blanco, for unauthorized use of their family's image and likeness. According to TMZ, "the gist of their argument boils down to this ... Griselda's son, Michael, claims he'd been doing interviews for years now with some guys who were trying to get his life story -- and that of his mother -- on paper in the hopes of developing it into a production of some sort. He alleges these interviews he did with them date back to '09 all the way through 2022."
Dakota Johnson to host SNL for the second time, joined by musical guest Justin Timberlake — who’s returning after 9 years
The Madame Web star, who hosted once before in February 2015, will helm the Jan. 27 episode. Four-time SNL host Timberlake will make his fifth appearance as solo musical guest. This will be Timberlake's first appearance on SNL in nine years, when he opened SNL’s 40th anniversary special in February 2015 with Jimmy Fallon. ALSO: Watch Bowen Yang and Reneé Rapp perform Saltburn's alternate ending before Jacob Elordi.
Jason Reitman's SNL 1975 movie casts Gabriel LaBelle as Lorne Michaels, plus Cooper Hoffman and Rachel Sennott
The film written by Reitman and Gil Kenan will tell the story of the Oct. 11, 1975 launch of Saturday Night Live. LaBelle will play SNL creator Lorne Michaels. Cooper Hoffman will take on the role of Dick Ebersol, then NBC's director of weekend late-night programming who hired Michaels and helped develop SNL. Sennott will play SNL writer Rosie Shuster, who was married to Michaels at the time and who wrote some of the show's most iconic sketches.
Number of scripted series fell from 633 in 2022 to 418 in 2023
Research firm Ampere Analysis found a 24% drop in the number of scripted shows amid the Hollywood strikes and pushback in content spending. The bulk of the decline in 2023 was due to subscription streaming services releasing 77 fewer seasons than the prior year and broadcast TV networks releasing 55 fewer seasons," says Variety's Todd Spangler. "Broadcast releases have been falling slowly for many years, but the drop in 2023 could mostly be attributed to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, delaying many new scripted seasons on broadcast TV to a midseason start in January and February 2024. The potential for truncated ’23-’24 seasons doubling up with full ’24-’25 seasons starting in the fall may produce a temporary bounce in seasons released on broadcast in 2024, which was a phenomenon observed in 2021 following the peak of the COVID pandemic, according to Ampere."
Alec Baldwin charged again for involuntary manslaughter in Rust case
A New Mexico grand jury indicted the actor in the 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The indictment comes one year after he was charged with involuntary manslaughter, charges that were later dropped. If convicted, Baldwin faces carries up to 18 months in prison.
Law & Order's three shows dominate Thursdays after an eight months off
Law & Order: SVU kicked off its 25th season as Thursday's most-watched show with 5.6 million viewers. Law & Order returned with 5.2 million and Law & Order: Organized Crime had 3.9 million. ALSO: How Jeffrey Donovan's Det. Frank Cosgrove was written out of Law & Order.
Mike Epps to star in his fourth Netflix special
Ready to Sell Out premieres Feb. 20. It follows 2022's Indiana Mike, 2019's Only One Mike and 2015's Don't Take It Personal.
Wizards of Waverly Place alum-turned-porn star Dan Benson jokes “you guys suck” in response to the reboot
In a TikTok video, Benson, an OnlyFans star who played Justin’s best friend Zeke Beakerman on the Disney Channel series, wonders if there's any room for him in the sequel series. “Dan becomes a porn star, let’s reboot Wizards again. You guys suck,": he said, adding: “Just kidding." Benson also said he hopes his Zeke character isn't recast with someone else.
Our Flag Means Death fans buy a Times Square digital billboard to save the show
"Incredible. Truly," tweeted creator David Jenkins in response to the latest attempt to save Our Flag Means Death, which Max recently canceled after two seasons.
Warner Bros. Discovery Sports rebranding as TNT Sports
The rebranding offers a less wordy name for Warner Bros. Discovery's sports offerings.
Elisabeth Moss loses her father Ron Moss
The Handmaid Tale star's father passed away Thursday night at age 79 in Clearwater, Florida after a brief battle with an infection, reports TMZ.
Watch the trailer for Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent
The Canadian Law & Order offshoot for Citytv is being made in partnership with NBC’s Universal Television with its 10-episode season premiering Feb. 22.