Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 1:19PM EST
Brooklyn Nine-Nine delivers its best viewership in two years with NBC debut
About 3.56 million total viewers watched last night's Season 6 premiere -- up 82% from last season's premiere on Fox. That's the best viewership since Jan. 1, 2017, when the then-Fox comedy received a boost from an NFL game. Demo-wise, Brooklyn Nine-Nine improved on timeslot predecessor Will & Grace by 50%. Brooklyn Nine-Nine also had NBC's best same-day rating for a Thursday comedy this season. The Good Place, paired with Brooklyn Nine-Nine for the first time, returned to 2.8 million viewers, which is on par with its fall ratings.
"Choose Your Own Adventure" publisher sues Netflix over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Chooseco LLC, the Vermont-based publisher of the bestselling interactive book series, alleges that Netflix sought a license to use the “Choose Your Own Adventure” trademark over the last couple of years -- until negotiations fell through. The lawsuit argues Bandersnatch infringes on its trademark, and notes that the interactive movie even references "Choose Your Own Adventure."
HBO may finally reveal Game of Thrones' premiere date
Source: Entertainment Weekly
In November, HBO announced Game of Thrones' final season will premiere sometime in April. This morning, HBO teased on Twitter that an actual premiere date may be coming soon. ALSO: A Game of Thrones fan has made Dornish wine.
Sarah Shahi boards The Rookie
After playing a hostage negotiator last year on NBC's short-lived Reverie, Shahi is joining the freshman ABC procedural to play "a smart and intense rock star FBI agent who now uses her expertise training others in the private sector" who is an expert in hostage negotiations, among other things.
Stephen Colbert to broadcast live after President Trump's State of the Union speech
The Jan. 29 Late Show will mark Colbert's 19th live broadcast since launching his show.
Petition to have SpongeBob SquarePants perform at the Super Bowl surpasses 1 million signatures
The Change.org petition “Have ‘Sweet Victory’ Performed at the Super Bowl" was created in November in response to the death of SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg.
Stop treating True Detective like a game!
The HBO series didn't pioneer the "gameification" of narrative television, but the polarizing Season 1 finale "revealed one hazard of gamified TV: an unsatisfying conclusion makes everything that came before it feel like a waste of time," says Judy Berman. She adds: "For these viewers, True Detective failed not because of any particular story flaw but because in its final moments, it claimed the right to be an ambiguous work of art–instead of an interactive challenge that fans could win or lose by solving the mystery." The gameification of TV can also be seen in newer shows Westworld and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. "Even if Bandersnatch doesn’t turn out to be the future of television, its mere existence is a sign of times when games of speculation can drown out wider-ranging conversations about shows whose meaning can’t be reduced to a right or wrong answer," she says.
Grown-ish adds Katherine Moennig for prof role
The L Word and Ray Donovan vet will recur on the Freeform series as a professor of gender studies.
The Weather Channel's new owner orders The World’s Funniest Weather
Bryon Allen's Entertainment Studios, which took control of The Weather Channel last year, has ordered a weekly half-hour syndicated TV comedy series featuring funny weather-related clips. It's not clear if The World’s Funniest Weather will ever air on The Weather Channel.
The Good Place may be building to its best twist yet
"The Good Place is actually building up to a perfect endgame, but as long as it took the NBC comedy to get to the titular 'Good Place,' it exited at a record pace because as it turns out, it might not be so good after all," says Justin Kirkland. "The big message from The Good Place has always been a big philosophical hodgepodge. But after spending time in the Bad Place, the Real Bad Place, Earth, The Medium Place, and now
The Good Place, the mailroom of The Good Place, it seems no one in the universe has any idea what the fork is going on. And if that's the message The Good Place has been building up to all along, it might be it's biggest and best twist yet."
- William Jackson Harper identifies with Chidi maybe a little too closely: "One evolution that I've noticed over the years doing this show playing this character is, there has been a slight melting away of this rigidity that he has around morality. And it's becoming more relative," Harper tells ET. "I think that we live in a compromised world and the character, Chidi, is starting to understand that, rather than looking for a book to tell him exactly what to do. He has to figure that out for himself and I think he's making steps towards doing that."
- How Harper got jacked for The Good Place
Olivia Wilde reflects on how TV's LGBTQ representation has changed since she playing a bisexual character on The O.C.
In a Throwback Thursday Instagram post, Wilde put up a photo of her character, Alex Kelly, who dated both Seth Cohen and Marissa Cooper, and wrote: "For real though I’m so happy to see how far we’ve come as a society when I think about how sensational it was to play a queer woman on TV back then and now it seems almost quaint and young people are rejecting labels altogether and that is why they shall rule the earth and save us all."
Edie Falco still hasn't watched The Sopranos
“I haven’t seen the show, actually,” she told Extra at the event marking the 20th anniversary. “There are many, many episodes I haven’t seen.”
What it's like to make out in SNL's opening credits
Keren Lerner says she and her boyfriend Marc can be spotted kissing in Saturday Night Live's opening credits every week for approximately ".3476 seconds." How did she end up in the opening credits? Lerner explains that she was making out with Marc one night when a woman emerged from an unmarked production van, telling them they were being filmed and asked if they could sign a release. Lerner says when Season 44 premiered, "the effects of our newfound stardom were swift and profound. For example, I achieved a personal lifetime record for likes on a Facebook post."
BBC shoots down speculation that David Beckham is appearing on Peaky Blinders
Source: Yahoo! News
The soccer icon fueled rumors after posting pictures from the set of the crime drama.
No, The Jetsons' Jane Jetson wasn't a child bride
A viral tweet recently raised speculation about George and Judy Jetson's relationship since he's 40 and she's 33 while their daughter is age 15 when the classic cartoon premiered in 1962.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine delivers its best viewership in two years with NBC debut