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PLUS: Suits returns to No.1 on Nielsen's streaming charts — HBO's Band of Brothers and The Pacific also experience the Netflix effect.
The Problem with Jon Stewart ending over disagreements with Apple over topics such as AI and China
Jon Stewart and the tech giant have "abruptly" agreed to part ways after two seasons of the Apple TV+ current affairs show over "creative differences" over guests and topics, reports The New York Times' Benjamin Mullin, John Koblin and Tripp Mickle. Season 3 was scheduled to begin filming in the coming weeks. According to The Times, "Stewart told members of his staff on Thursday that potential show topics related to China and artificial intelligence were causing concern among Apple executives, a person with knowledge of the meeting said. As the 2024 presidential campaign begins to heat up, there was potential for further creative disagreements..." Apple declined to comment. As The Times notes, "delving into current events, as Mr. Stewart did on The Problem, could have put Apple at the center of the kinds of political and geopolitical controversies that other major corporations have confronted, including the way conservatives turned on Disney or liberals protested Starbucks over gun safety concerns. Though Apple hadn’t faced similar boycotts or criticism, the possibility was there with each episode — 20 in all. In its two seasons, The Problem confronted several hot-button topics, including gun control and gender identity." After premiering to disappointing reviews in fall 2021, The Problem made changes for Season 2 in fall 2022 that resulted in its first-ever Emmy nomination for Outstanding Talk Series.
Vanity Fair is reportedly prepping an exposé on how Bravo treats Real Housewives stars
Page Six reports that the upcoming "deeply reported" article that a Vanity Fair reporter has been working on for six months "is expected to delve into the highly demanding work lives of the Real Housewives stars, and what they trade in terms of their privacy, their image and even their mental health and relationship with alcohol in order to keep their much-coveted, often highly paid roles." The upcoming story has resulted in "nerves jangling" at Bravo. The story comes as Real Housewives vets Bethenny Frankel, Nene Leakes and Brandi Glanville have spoken out about their Real Housewives experiences.
Law & Order: Organized Crime names its sixth showrunner in three years
Former Ozark executive producer John Shiban has been tasked with leading the NBC Law & Order spinoff, which already had two showrunners by the time it premiered in April 2021.
Suits returns to No.1 on Nielsen's streaming charts — HBO's Band of Brothers and The Pacific also experience the Netflix effect
After 12 weeks on top, Suits fell to No. 2 in Nielsen's streaming rankings released last week, with 1.9 billion viewing minutes for the week of Sept. 11-17 as Virgin River soared to No. 1. For the week of Sept. 18-24, however, Suits reclaimed its No. 1 spot with 1.79 million viewing minutes. Band of Brothers and The Pacific, which joined Netflix on Sept. 15, also made the Nielsen charts. Band of Brothers had 559 million viewing minutes and The Pacific had 491 million viewing minutes across Max and Netflix.
Sunny Hostin falsely claims on The View that Rep. Jim Jordan "yelled at" her and “terrorized” her at a House hearing
“I mean, karma doesn’t lose anyone’s address. And I’m kind of enjoying it, in a sense, because I’ve had my own personal interaction with Jim Jordan, where he terrorized me," Hostin said of the Republican congressman on Wednesday's The View. “Yeah, when I testified in front of Congress, he was like spitting. He was yelling at me so much that he started spitting.” But according to Mediaite, based on livestreamed footage of the hearing "at no point did he speak to or yell at Hostin, or even ask her any questions."
Charlie Brooker: Netflix never mandated Black Mirror move from "smelled a little bit of sh*t" British stories to "sunny and happy" American stories
“One of the criticisms we sometimes get is, ‘I prefer the show when it was British and everyone in it was miserable and everything smelled a little bit of sh*t and all the stories were horrible,’” the Black Mirror creator said at SXSW Sydney, according to The Guardian. “And then it’s gone to Netflix and suddenly everything’s sunny and happy and everyone has wonderful teeth, and it’s full of Hollywood stars and it’s lost that edge.” But Brooker insisted Netflix had nothing to do with the change in tone. “Arguably the happiest (episode) I’ve ever written was ‘San Junipero’ and I just did that off my own back,” he said. “I was aware we’re going on a global platform now, so we’ve got to make these stories a bit more international. And I wanted to mix it up a bit, as in not just keep doing bleak-a-thons.”
NFL+ adding two alternate broadcasts featuring advanced metrics and statistics, including one using AI
Starting this weekend, the NFL’s streaming service will offer NFL+ Vision Stream and NFL+ Stats Stream. While NFL+ Stats was developed “with the fantasy player in mind” by identifying skill players and list their box score stats the NFL+ Vision Stream will apply AI logic to show advanced metrics.