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PLUS: On Fox News' The Five, Greg Gutfeld suggests the only solution to America's problems is a civil war.
Fox cancels Welcome to Flatch after two seasons
The mockumentary comedy based BBC3's This Country won't return after finishing its second season in February. Developed by Jenny Bicks and executive produced by Paul Feig, Welcome to Flatch premiered in March 2022 and followed a documentary crew that sets out to explore the lives of residents in the small American town of Flatch. Welcome to Flatch had been on the bubble since last season. "It is with a broken heart and a Barbarita that I announce the untimely demise of Welcome To Flatch," Bicks tweeted. "I am fiercely proud of the show and all the insanely talented folks who made it happen. Thank you (Paul Feig), my partner in crime. thank you to all the fans who loved us, including but not limited to The NY Times, the LA Times and my parents. Flatch will always live on in our hearts. Remember to be kind to one another and if you want a pontoon boat, buy it." In a statement, Fox said: “While audience response was not as strong as we had hoped, we were thrilled with the creativity of the enormously talented Jenny Bicks and Paul Feig, as well as the outstanding, dedicated cast and crew they assembled. We look forward to collaborating with them again in the future..."
On Fox News' The Five, Greg Gutfeld suggests the only solution to America's problems is a civil war
Gutfeld is supposed to be Fox News' comedic voice. But Thursday on Fox News’ The Five, "Gutfeld was nowhere near 'amusing' territory," says The Washington Post's Philip Bump. "Incensed by another of the channel’s endless lineup of stories about crime in urban America, Gutfeld offered up a tirade in which he suggested that voting in elections was futile and that the only solution to America’s problems might be war, as it was in 1861. After all of those years at Fox, Gutfeld finally arrived at the place the channel pushes its viewers." ALSO: Fox News has been silent about Gutfeld’s civil war comments.
Author Michael Wolff's new book Fall: The End of Fox News and the Murdoch Dynasty is a flop
Since its release on Sept. 26, Wolff's Fox News book has sold just 3,219 copies, according to BookScan numbers obtained by Mediaite. Even Rupert Murdoch's retirement from Fox News wasn't enough to boost sales.
Taylor Swift-Travis Kelce potential romance may boost NFL interest in Britain — something that playing games there has failed to do
The NFL started playing annual NFL games in London in 2007, yet it might be the Swift-Kelce romance that draws interest in the American football league. ALSO: Donna Kelce tells Today she doesn’t think the NFL is overdoing the Taylor Swift story.
Netflix renews Castlevania: Nocturne for Season 2
The news comes a week after Season 1 premiered on Netflix. “Thanks to all of the Castlevania fans old and new for the amazing response and support,” a statement credited to showrunners Clive Bradley and Kevin Kolde provided to press reads. “We are excited to be able to bring you more Castlevania: Nocturne and the next chapter in the rise of Richter Belmont.”
Netflix strikes its first-ever gambling deal: A Squid Game slot machine
The streaming giant’s first foray into licensing its content for gambling will incorporate Squid Game's iconic games in a slot machine.
Brett Baier's Fox News "joint interview" with three Republican House speaker candidates called off
Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and Kevin Hern of Oklahoma had been scheduled to join Bret Baier on Fox News' Special Report Monday in a debate-like interview as they content to replace Rep. Kevin McCarthy. But following backlash from several Republican members of Congress, the joint interview has been scrapped.
Ex-ESPN host Michelle Beadle believes NBA superstar LeBron James and her former colleague Rachel Nichols were involved in her NBA Countdown ouster
"He’s a powerful dude," Beadle said of James on the Awful Announcing Podcast. "There’s no getting around that. He is an empire and an entity in himself — and all the respect for building such a powerful entity on name and doing it well — so yeah, people are gonna listen.” Beadle also believes Nichols was responsible for her getting bad press. Beadle was dropped from NBA Countdown in 2019.
David Byrne says he found out about Fred Armisen's spot-on impression of him "by accident"
Armisen has impersonated Byrne in Documentary Now!'s "Final Transmission" spoof of Jonathan Demme’s 1984 Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense and on stage, as well as on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “I found out by accident," Byrne told Seth Meyers, Documentary Now!'s co-creator, on Late Night. I went to a fairly small club downtown to see a musical act at one point, and Fred was the opening act. And I'm there in the club, and I’m watching him do me...I’m watching...I’m thinking, ‘He's doing me—and he's good at it.”
Katie Couric responds to Jeopardy! contestant's request to release their selfie
Brendan Sargent, a second-chance Jeopardy! contestant who originally appeared when Couric guest-hosted, pleaded on Thursday's show to release the selfie she took that included him and his two fellow contestants. "I never saw the selfie," he said. "So I am using this platform to urge Katie Couric to please release the selfie so people know it exists.” This morning, Couric posted the selfie on Instagram.
Kristen Bell launches a sweepstakes for a The Good Place lunch
The winner of the sweepstakes will have a private lunch with former The Good Place stars Bell, D’Arcy Carden, Ted Danson, Manny Jacinto, Marc Evan Jackson, Jameela Jamil as well as creator Michael Schur. "We’ll talk about art, philosophy, and the meaning of life," writes Bell. "Or we'll just gossip about Ted until he shows up. Either way, it's going to be incredible."
On The Late Show, Bob Odenkirk pitches three potential reality shows he could star in
Among the ideas Odenkirk proposed to Stephen Colbert during last night's visit were foodie show "Bob Eats Outta Cans," home improvement show "Property Octuplets" and dating show "Everything Island."
Pink considers her SpongeBob SquarePants song "We've Got Scurvy" as her least-favorite tune
"I wish I never did that. That was a real mistake," the singer tells the Los Angeles Times of her contribution to the 2009 compilation album SpongeBob's Greatest Hits.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon is the biggest premiere in AMC+ history
The Norman Reedus-led series not only topped fellow The Walking Dead spinoff Dead City, but is also on pace to become the most-viewed season of any show in the history of AMC+.