Posted Wednesday 12/05/18 at 10:56PM EST
ABC teaming with Dick Wolf on a potential New York Undercover reboot
Less than two months after ABC's plan to reboot NYPD Blue was revealed, the network is considering reviving another 1990s New York cop drama. Deadline reports a reboot of New York Undercover, which aired on Fox for four seasons from 1994 to 1998, would be written by Hand of God creator Ben Watkins with Dick Wolf producing. Wolf co-created New York Undercover with Kevin Arkadie. It starred Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo as two undercover detectives in New York City’s Fourth Precinct. As Deadline's Nellie Andreeva points out, New York Undercover "was the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles." She adds: "I hear ABC and New York Undercover's original network, Fox, were interested in the revival. As a procedural, New York Undercover can be reinvented with new characters and cast. Even the original series rebooted itself in the fourth and final season with a largely new cast joining Yoba and Season 2 addition Lauren Velez as the other series regulars exited." ALSO: Malik Yoba spoke in 2015 about reading a New York Undercover reboot script.
A fourth woman is accusing Neil deGrasse Tyson of sexual misconduct
Source: BuzzFeed News
BuzzFeed News has released a comprehensive report on the star astrophysicist's alleged sexual misconduct that it had been in the works for three years, utilizing interviews with more than 30 people. It includes the two most recent allegations that came to light last Friday and an old allegation of rape from the 1980s. "Now a fourth woman has told BuzzFeed News her experience of sexual harassment from Tyson," reports Buzzfeed News' Azeen Ghorayshi. "In January 2010, she recalled, she joined her then-boyfriend at a holiday party for employees of the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson, its most famous employee, drunkenly approached her, she said, making sexual jokes and propositioning her to join him alone in his office. In a 2014 email shared with BuzzFeed News, she described the incident to her own employer in order to shoot down a proposed collaboration with Tyson."
Can CBS really escape Les Moonves' shadow when it was made in its own image?
Source: The Atlantic
New details from a 59-page draft report on the former CBS chief's alleged sexual misconduct are damning, says Megan Garber. "Les Moonves will, as one result of the CBS investigation and its findings, very likely leave the network with no severance," she says. "His reputation will very likely never recover. CBS, which was initially so slow to act on the allegations against its leader and against its own culture, will very likely present this outcome as a victory: for #MeToo, for justice, for morality itself. The bad apple removed. The problem solved. But cultures are not easily changed. Broken systems do not simply un-break themselves. Moonves made CBS in his own image; that means a true reckoning with his behavior—and with that of the network that empowered him—will require much more than a firing enacted and a severance withheld. Bad apples, after all, have their own kind of seeds."
At George H.W. Bush's funeral, politics was put aside for respect and human emotion
Source: Los Angeles Times
"The memorial of 41st president George H.W. Bush on Wednesday elicited myriad interpretations from a media and public searching for deeper meaning rooted in less turbulent times," says Lorraine Ali. "The national longing for order and decisive leadership was as much a part of the funeral as the long motorcade accompanying the presidential hearse through the streets of the capital, or the Washington National Cathedral choir that sang hymns during the service bathed in the light of the church’s stained-glass windows. No matter one’s political leanings or their feelings toward either Bush presidency, the service’s mix of centuries-old White House tradition, religious ritual and a son’s raw grief over his father’s death momentarily suspended the acrimony we’ve all come to expect from anything out of Washington and replaced it with a show of mutual respect for a family who’d lost their patriarch." ALSO: Five most memorable moments, including Obama's first encounter with Trump since Inauguration Day.
Kevin Hart's selection as Oscars host resurfaces his past homophobic jokes and abusive past
The comedian has admitted to domestic violence with his ex-wife. Hart has also memorably told a homophobic bit in his 2010 comedy special Seriously Funny" in which he joked about how he would react to his son growing up as a gay man. Hart has since said he would not making the same joke again, but his past will dog him now that he's hosting the high-profile Oscars. As Awards Watch's Erik Anderson tweeted: "Considering how many of the Oscars' biggest fans are women and gay men it's quite something for the Academy to hire a guy who beat one wife, cheated on another when she was eight months pregnant and said one of his biggest fears is his son growing up and being gay."
The Conners seems to be missing something -- and it's not Roseanne Barr
The Roseanne spinoff seems to be doing fine, despite falling to a season low last night. "Nevertheless, it is missing something," says Melanie McFarland. "Now that something is not Barr — no, not at all. If the relative success of The Conners in the first half of this 10-episode run tells us anything, it’s that Darlene, Becky, Dan, Jackie and the rest can be watchable, entertaining and relevant to broad audiences without their cackling mother throwing bitterness into the recipe." She adds: "We know these characters as they exist in relationship to Roseanne. Even Darlene, the one many presumed would step into the space left behind by her mother’s death (in the opening credits sequence, she’s the one sitting beside Dan), was at her best as a deadpan counterweight to her mother’s lunacy. "Without that foil, Gilbert’s performance can only do so much to hold our attention. Darlene is too level, too perfectly deadpan."
Child's Play creator: Rebooting the horror movie franchise as a TV series is "exciting to me"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“One of the things that has kept the franchise alive and thriving for so long is that we’ve reinvented it in different ways, by making it a comedy, and then back to horror," writer-director Mancini said on the podcast Post Mortem With Mick Garris, according to Entertainment Weekly. "But the sheer storytelling real estate of doing eight to 10 episodes… will allow us to delve into characters and relationships in a way that we’re never afforded in just a 90-minute movie. That’s really exciting to me. We’re going to be able to explore different avenues with different characters that are among fan favorites. A lot of times people will say, ‘What’s Tiffany’s backstory?’ and ‘What about Glen or Glenda?’ All these different avenues. Now we have a way of exploring all of this, and that’s really exciting.”
Steve Harvey will return for Fox's New Year's Eve, joined by co-host Maria Menounos
Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square, running 3 1/2 hours, will mark Harvey's second annual New Year's special for Fox.
Empire boss on casket mystery: "You could assume it, I can't guarantee that assumption will be accurate"
Showrunner Brett Mahoney talked about the casket mystery while discussing Wednesday's midseason finale. “I will tell you that you will have hints and ideas of who is in the coffin through the back half of the season," he says, "but you will not know — definitively know — until the end of the season. By the end of the season you will concretely know who is in that coffin.”
Netflix proves it's the Walmart of media with its hefty Friends deal
“I compared Netflix one time to Walmart, not derogatorily,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said Tuesday at the UBS media conference. “It was taken derogatorily. But when I’m shopping and I say I need something XYZ, I go to Walmart. Well, if you’re looking for video content regardless of what it is, people will go to Netflix because it’s just a warehouse, and it’s an impressive warehouse of content.” As Michael Schneider points out, "the perception that Netflix offers almost everything is what keeps subscribers willing to keep paying $10.99 a month, even if in actuality there’s plenty of TV that can’t be found (and never will be) on the service. Netflix has become shorthand for' 'all things TV' in less than a decade, thanks to little competition and a willingness by Hollywood studios to license popular off-net shows like Friends, Full House, and The Office for a handsome fee... And the amazing thing is, even as they finally wake up and scramble to create their own services to combat Netflix’s domination, the traditional Hollywood studios still can’t resist that sweet, sweet cash." ALSO: WarnerMedia may not want to keep Friends streaming rights all to itself because it would have to pay expensive streaming fees.
How The Voice could have avoided its Adam Levine/Reagan Strange fiasco
The Voice coach's decision to support 14-year-old Strange, even though she was too sick to perform, at the expense of his other teammates resulted in a torrent of angry comments. As Charlie Mason notes, "the whole debacle could have been avoided if only the series had had in place a rule stating that, if a contestant can’t go on, they’ve gotta go. Done. Finito. And we get it — that sounds harsh (and maybe it is). But that’s showbiz. The Voice is a singing competition. If a singer can’t sing, they can’t compete. Period. If nothing else, such a rule would be — unlike, say, Adam — fair and impartial."
Megan Fox's Travel Channel archaeology reality show surprisingly makes perfect sense
Legends of the Lost with Megan Fox actually works. The first episode, says LaToya Ferguson is "an absolute rollercoaster of emotion. Even acknowledging Fox’s noted love of history, archaeology, and the mysteries of the universe, it’s still kind surreal to watch her go around with a walking stick in the Scandinavian woods and call upon her spirit guides during a Viking vision-quest in the middle of the night. Seriously — that actually happens, though it’s not as exciting as it may sound because eventually, you’re just watching a person you don’t know have a vision-quest in the middle of the night."
Tyra Banks pays tribute to former America's Next Top Model contestant Jael Strauss following her death from breast cancer
"Top Model has lost a beautiful soul," Banks tweeted Wednesday. "We will all remember Jael and her fun-loving spirit and beautiful soul." Strauss' Cycle 8 competitor, winner Jaslene Gonzalez, also remembered Strauss: "Guys, I heard about #jaelstrauss passing today and I’m so sad about it," she tweeted Tuesday. "I wish I could of seen her once more. She was going through a whole lot. We don’t know for what reasons, but man was she one of the strongest I knew. My prayers are with her and her family."
XFL announces the eight cities that will make up its rebooted football league
New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Houston, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Dallas will be host the five teams when the rebooted XFL kicks off on Feb. 8 and 9, 2020.
As viewers are deluged with shows in the Peak TV era, TV critics must serve as curators
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"People don't watch TV or even read about it in the same way they used to, so catering to an overwhelmed audience is paramount," says Tim Goodman. He adds: "The new reality of television (and television criticism), is that seasons and premiere dates are pretty meaningless. This Peak TV glut of shows — where so many of them are excellent and worthwhile — has long since drowned the average viewer. They are perpetually behind. And they live in a world of streaming services and on-demand options that make it OK to be behind. People are finding series from two years ago today. Others are waiting for today's buzzed-about series to not only finish its season so they can binge it (assuming it didn't drop a full season all at once on a streaming platform in the first place), but also to hear if there's a second season in the works before they bother watching. Viewers have so many options now that almost nothing, excepting live sports or major breaking news coverage, is going to motivate them to watch live. Something new — a premiere! — honestly, who the f*ck cares? Add it to the pile of things to watch later."
Watch the trailer for Vanity Fair
The seven-part British limited series based on William Makepeace Thackeray's 1848 novel lands on Amazon on Dec. 21.
Insecure's Natasha Rothwell could star in her own show as part of an overall deal with HBO
The comedian, Insecure regular and supervising producer will write, executive produce and star in her own TV series as part of her new pact with HBO.
ESPN looks more like it did in its heyday with SportsCenter's renewed emphasis on news and highlights instead of debate
Source: The Washington Post
"I think we miscalculated a little bit,” says Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive vice president of studio production, of the experiment of putting debate all over its schedule, most notably on the Jemele Hill-Michael Smith 6 p.m. SportsCenter. “The perception became that you could just roll a talent out there and it doesn’t matter what he or she is saying — that the content didn’t matter. I just never believed that.”
Check out New York City's Game of Thrones MetroCards
Source: Crain's New York
The Metropolitan Transit Authority have begun offering 250,000 MetroCards promoting the HBO series' final season.
Modern Family sure has a lot of plot holes
Source: Screen Rant
Here are the 20 things about the ABC comedy that make no sense, including the documentary film crew.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's success has led to a Season 2 that is "the most Amy Sherman-Palladino show of all time"
Amy Sherman-Palladino never got Emmy recognition with her critically acclaimed Gilmore Girls. But with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, she's at "the center of the TV conversation -- as she should be -- winning Emmys and becoming the single most important producer at Amazon," says Todd VanDerWerff. "Riding high on all that praise, season two essentially affords Sherman-Palladino the chance to make the most Amy Sherman-Palladino show of all time," he says. "There are whole scenes that exist solely because they’re beautiful, including a handful of gorgeous dance sequences set in Paris, complete with mist rolling in off the Seine and the streetlights glowing in the fog. She rarely drops out of wide shots that are as meticulously designed and framed as anything Wes Anderson has come up with, and she’s fond of long tracking shots that follow characters through busy, bustling environments...Long sections of every episode play out as elaborate farce, giving those wide shots the feeling of theater, of watching great actors get their hooks into a big, funny comedic catastrophe. And the show is thrillingly and specifically Jewish. If you’re not Jewish — and no, I’m not — the show opens a window into not just a very particular religious culture but a very specific time period in that culture. Mrs. Maisel is the kind of series that will simply sit back and feature a large section of a Yom Kippur service. Sure, there are jokes interspersed, but the scene is a loving evocation of a specific place, time, and culture. But all this obscures, ever so slightly, just how little story or tension exists within the show."
- Season 2 feels more like an Amy Sherman-Palladino show than the first -- it's more leisurely and enjoyable
- To say that the new season doubles down on everything the first did is an understatement
- Mrs. Maisel deftly avoids the sophomore slump as it looks both backward and forward
- Mrs. Maisel returns with confident ease and plenty of ambition
- Season 2 is awash in stumbles and questionable choices of focus, but the dialogue is humming and the remarkable cast is in rhythm
- Season 2 is bigger and prettier, but it's a much slower burn since it takes a long time for Midge to face a real challenge
- Watching Mrs. Maisel, you realize that it’s doing something that much of quality TV doesn’t even attempt to do any more -- it actively tries to entertain and be charming
- Los Angeles' iconic Canter's Deli is giving out free sandwiches to promote Mrs. Maisel
- Tony Shalhoub says his Season 2 romper was designed and made specifically for him
- Michael Zegen recalls being recognized in London as "Mr. Maisel"
- Inside Mrs. Maisel's set design: "The color palette’s very important, the types of fabric, the technology of the period," says production designer Bill Groom
- Rachel Brosnahan: "I think in the second season she's also confronted with all of the ways that she has yet to change and grow"
- Zachary Levi is a tremendous addition to Mrs. Maisel's cast
- Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino discuss relating Mrs. Maisel's 1950s to the present
- ABC teaming with Dick Wolf on a potential New York Undercover reboot