Max Headroom is being rebooted / John Gotti-in-prison series is the works / Joe Buck based his new hair plugs on Peaky Blinders
PLUS: David Harbour expected Stranger Things to become Netflix's first cancelation
A Max Headroom series reboot is in the works at AMC Networks with original star Matt Frewer
Frewer is set to reprise his 1980s pop-culture sensation role as the world’s first artificial intelligence TV personality in a drama series from Halt and Catch Fire co-creator Christopher Cantwell and executive producer Elijah Wood, reports Deadline. Frewer will also serve as an executive producer. "Known for biting commentary, quick wit and manic glitching, the supposedly computer-generated TV host played by Frewer was first introduced in the 1985 British cyberpunk TV movie Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future," explains Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "He became an instant pop culture phenom and went on to host a music-video show, star in ads for New Coke, appear on the cover of Newsweek and headline his own primetime series, Max Headroom, which aired on ABC for two seasons from 1987-88. At that point, the character’s massive popularity started to wane but he has remained a cult favorite with frequent pop culture references, on shows like BoJack Horseman and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and in Selena Gomez’s music video for 'Love You Like a Love Song', among many others." Amid the Trump presidency in 2019, Slate wrote that "Max Headroom anticipated the head-exploding information overload of today...This unrelenting drumbeat leaves many people feeling as though their heads are going to explode. But that feeling—of cascading content literally occupying more space in your brain than is available—isn’t so new. The same sentiment was behind a largely forgotten TV character: Max Headroom." In 2010, Slate also noted that Max Headroom "made some eerily accurate predictions about where contemporary television was heading."
A "deeply remorseful" Will Smith releases a lengthy video apologizing to Chris Rock and many others over The Slap
In the nearly 6-minute Q&A video posted this morning titled "It's been a minute...,” Smith apologizes to Rock, Rock's mom, Rock's younger brother Tony Rock, Smith's own family, his fellow Oscar nominees and Questlove, whose Oscar moment he ruined. This was his second apology to Rock and Smith's first video appearance since Oscar night four months ago. Smith also explained why he didn't apologize on stage when he accepted his Oscar, saying he "was fogged out by that point...It’s all fuzzy." Smith said "I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is he’s not ready to talk, and when he is, he will reach out.” He added: "Disappointing people is my central trauma. I hate when I let people down. So it hurts it hurts me psychologically and emotionally to know that I didn’t live up to people’s image and impression of me. And the work I’m trying to do is, I am deeply remorseful and I’m trying to be remorseful without being ashamed of myself. I’m human and I made a mistake and I’m trying not to think of myself as a piece of shit. So I would say to those people. I know it was confusing. I know it was shocking. I promise you, I am deeply devoted and committed to putting light and love, and joy into the world. And, you know, if you hang on, I promise we’ll be able to be friends again." ALSO: The View hosts react to Smith's new apology, saying it wasn’t enough and he should have to answer questions about The Slap directly.
Snowpiercer halts production over extreme heat leads to 14 hospitalizations
A crew member on the TNT drama, which is currently filming its fourth and final season in British Columbia, told Deadline as many as 14 people, including background actors and crew members, were transported via ambulance to local hospitals Thursday as temperatures rose to the mid-90s.
Limited series to focus on mob boss John Gotti in prison
Midnight Run screenwriter George Gallo is teaming with Green Book Oscar winning co-screenwriter Nick Vallelonga and Crash Oscar-winning co-screenwriter Bobby Moresco on Betrayal: John Gotti and the Fall of La Cosa Nostra, which will be shopped to networks and streamers. "The story being packaged as a limited series will differ from past incarnations of Gotti’s life—focusing on his last years in a United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, most of which was spent in solitary confinement," per Deadline. "Gotti at this point found himself trying to run his empire from inside a maximum-security prison, all while allowed out of his cell for only an hour a day. He gave orders through his son, John Jr., until his death from cancer in 2002, at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri."
After filming Season 1, David Harbour expected Stranger Things to become Netflix's first cancelation
“By the time we finished, we wrapped, I thought we wouldn’t get a second season, we’d be the first Netflix show kind of ever to never get a second season,” Harbour recalled on BBC's The One Show. “We thought no one would watch it, it was going to be a disaster.” He added: “I remember when we were shooting the first season. We were down in Atlanta, Netflix had given us a budget of about $20. Halfway through I remember my hair person coming up to me, like about episode four we were shooting, and she was like, ‘I don’t think it’s gonna work.’”
Ex-girlfriend of a current F-Boy Island contestant says she warned the show’s casting team of his threatening behavior
Season 2 contestant Michael Dakessian, known as "Mikey D," allegedly was so abusive to his ex-girlfriend that the Manhattan Assistant District Attorney’s Office's charged him with aggravated harassment in the second degree last fall. Kimberly Noel, his ex, spoke to The Daily Beast without revealing her full name, saying she reached out to FBoy Island's casting people about Dakessian. In screenshots Noel shared with The Daily Beast from last October, she warns that Dakessian is a liability and “obsessed with fame and celebrities,” and that “every time I would bring him to one of my celebrity clients he would make them very uncomfortable and I’ve been told not to bring him around them.” Noel hopes her speaking out will protect other women. “I just don’t want another girl to have to go through what I went through,” she says. “He’s being put onto a whole platform... I just am very afraid for other girls that he interacts with now.”
Extra‘s longtime executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey is exiting three months after being accused of abusive behavior
"'I'm proud to be the longest-running executive producer of any entertainment show in America, but it's now time to move on," Gregorisch-Dempsey, who has led Extra for 22 years, said in a statement to The Daily Mail. Gregorisch-Dempsey's announcement comes three months after a Daily Beast story accusing her of running the Los Angeles-based show like the "mafia." Since 2019, Gregorisch-Dempsey has been running Extra from her Florida home. "While Gregorisch-Dempsey now mostly works across the continent from Extra’s production, her reputation for aggressive behavior is still fresh in staffers’ minds—and has almost been a source of personal pride on her part," reported The Daily Beast's Diana Falzone and Justin Baragona. They alleged "Gregorisch-Dempsey would also often make prospective employees do potentially humiliating things during their interviews," including making a habit of referencing her own breasts, often seeming to urge others to touch her chest. Gregorisch-Dempsey also allegedly threatened former Extra host Mario Lopez with pushing out the negative press items. Through her attorneys, Gregorisch-Dempsey denied all allegations to The Daily Beast. In a statement to The Daily Mail, Lopez said of Gregorisch-Dempsey: "Lisa G is responsible for molding me, not just as a host but as the person I've become today. She's super smart, funny and clever and I will always love and respect her. We were a helluva one-two punch. I have such fond memories of my time at Extra."
Kenan Thompson on the rumor that Lorne Michaels will end SNL after Season 50: "Capping it a 50 might not be a bad idea"
According to The Wrap, Thompson said on Comedy Central’s Hell of a Week with Charlamagne Tha God of the Saturday Night Live rumor: “There could be a lot of validity to that rumor, because 50 is a good number to stop at. That’s an incredible package. He will be, probably, close to 80 years old at that point, and you know, he’s the one who’s had his touch on the whole thing.” He added: "So, if somebody tries to come into his shoes, you know it’s a good opportunity for NBC to save money as well, you know what I’m saying?"
Billie Piper’s back injury won't impact I Hate Suzie Season 2
That's because the fall she sustained during a Strictly Come Dancing-style scene happened after Piper wrapped filming on I Hate Suzie Too, which is expected to air on HBO Max later this year.
Joe Buck: My new hair plugs for Monday Night Football are a tribute to Peaky Blinders
Specifically, Buck was trying to capture the look of Paul Anderson's Arthur Selby on Peaky Blinders. "As an ode to one of my top 5 shows all time here is my new Peaky F’in Blinders cut the day after," Buck wrote of his new hair plugs on Instagram. "Arthur meet Joe, the weakest new member of the PB. I’ll tend bar whilst you guys go “do your thing”. Thanks to Dr. Parsa Mohebi for being the gentle, genius he is. This isn’t a paid ad by the way, he’s just that good."
American Horror Story fans to launch a social media blackout starting Monday in protest of the lack of Season 11 details
"Pointing to lack of confirmation from the network on anything related to premiere date, casting confirmation, or title announcement, AHS Zone formed something of a union with other fan accounts, including The AHS Zone, AHS Daily, AHS Source, Horror Story News, and AHS News Feed, to band together to call for a social-media blackout refusing to promote the show until further notice," reports Vulture's Meggie Gates. "Mirroring (Ryan) Murphy’s own silence, the accounts claim they will no longer post starting August 1." ALSO: Read the AHS fans' lengthy open letter to Ryan Murphy Television and FX Networks.
Magnolia Network renews Art in Bloom with Helen Dealtry and Restored, orders three new cooking and renovation series
Chip and Joanna Gaines' cable network will welcome three new shows this fall: Big Sky Kitchen with Eduardo Garcia, La Pitchoune: Cooking in France and Weekend Makeover hosted by DIY expert Jenni Yolo.
Arden Cho is on the Partner Track in the trailer for her new Netflix series
The Teen Wolf alum plays the first minority woman to partner in a venerable old law firm in Partner Track, based on Helen Wan's 2013 novel of the same name. Partner Track premieres Aug. 26.
Watch Sean Bean and Nicola Walker in the trailer for BBC drama Marriage
Written and directed by Stefan Golaszewski, Marriage follows "Ian (Bean) and Emma (Walker) as they negotiate the ups and downs of their 30-year marriage," per Variety. They deal with the insecurities, the ambiguities, the hopes and the fears that are part of all marriages, as the drama explores the risks and the gifts of a long-term intimate relationship." Marriage premieres on BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Aug. 14.
Apple TV+ will celebrate educators in Peanuts special Lucy's School
Watch the trailer for the Aug. 12 special emphasizing that "teaching isn’t as easy as it sounds."