Posted Thursday 12/13/18 at 8:23PM EST
CBS paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 million after she accused Bull's Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment
Source: The New York Times
The former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star made headlines last year when she joined the CBS drama for a three-episode arc that was poised to become a series regular role. "Then," according to The New York Times, "came a series of comments that made Ms. Dushku uncomfortable. In front of the cast and crew, Mr. Weatherly remarked on her appearance, and made a rape joke and a comment about a threesome. Shortly after Ms. Dushku confronted the star about his behavior, she was written off the show. She believed her time on Bull came to a sudden end as a result of retaliation. After she went through mediation with CBS, the network agreed to a confidential settlement that would pay her $9.5 million, roughly the equivalent of what Ms. Dushku would have earned if she had stayed on as a cast member for four seasons." The Times says details of Dushku's confidential settlement emerged from the independent investigation into sexual misconduct at CBS. Dushku declined to comment to The Times, but CBS confirmed the settlement, saying in a statement: “The allegations in Ms. Dushku’s claims are an example that, while we remain committed to a culture defined by a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace, our work is far from done. The settlement of these claims reflects the projected amount that Ms. Dushku would have received for the balance of her contract as a series regular, and was determined in a mutually agreed upon mediation process at the time.” The CBS investigation found there were "well developed plans" to make Dushku a series regular. The Times reports that "the investigation’s findings show how Ms. Dushku sought to address conduct she found demeaning, why she believed she faced retaliation and how a top CBS lawyer tried to undermine her claims with what investigators described as an 'antiquated' view of how a woman should comport herself in the workplace." Days after she confronted Weatherly and producers, Dushku was written off the show. Weatherly denies he tried to get her fired and showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron said her being written off had nothing to do with her complaints. The actress then entered mediation, rather than file a lawsuit. When CBS tried to show outtakes to bolster its side, the footage actually provided a "gold mine" for Dushku's lawyers because the harassment was caught on tape. The $9.5 million settlement was reached in January amid the #MeToo movement. In an email statement, Weatherly said he apologized to Dushku. “When Eliza told me that she wasn’t comfortable with my language and attempt at humor, I was mortified to have offended her and immediately apologized," he wrote. "After reflecting on this further, I better understand that what I said was both not funny and not appropriate and I am sorry and regret the pain this caused Eliza.”
Report: Kelly Clarkson is being groomed to eventually take over Ellen DeGeneres' timeslot
Source: The Blast
With talk of DeGeneres potentially winding down her daily talk show this week, The Blast reports that NBC's plan is to have The Kelly Clarkson Show become Ellen's successor. Clarkson's talk show debuts next fall on NBC stations.
Is the end near for Dancing with the Stars?
Source: Us Weekly
Us Weekly reports there have been talks of ending the ABC reality competition next fall with Season 28. "If that happens, the network is hoping to bring back multiple original pros, including Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and many more," reports Us Weekly. Talk of Dancing ending comes after news that there won't be a spring edition for the first time. It also comes after two back-to-back subpar seasons, including the four-week all-athletes edition earlier this year. “They want to have a great last season if there is just one season left,” a source tells Us Weekly. ALSO: Blame American Idol, not Bobby Bones, for Dancing's spring 2019 benching.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina boss realized he wanted to do a Christmas special while filming Season 2
Source: Vanity Fair
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells Vanity Fair his staff wasn't initially enthusiastic about Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale, but Netflix was quickly aboard with the hope that it would be a Christmas present to fans. As Joanna Robinson explains, "the result is a special that carefully straddles the line between stand-alone and serialized episode." Aguirre-Sacasa says “I kind of had to thread the needle a little bit" in setting the episode between Seasons 1 and 2. Is the episode, dropping Friday, a standalone episode or does it connect the two seasons? "It’s a little bit of both, to be honest," Aguirre-Sacasa tells EW. "When we decided that we were going to try to do a special episode to drop around Christmas, we wanted it to be a standalone insofar that everything you need to enjoy the episode is in the episode. But there are elements that we serialized through the first part of the season that we did have to carry through and help us set up the second part of the season."
AMC gets a big boost from acquiring Elf , National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and The Polar Express
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
AMC acquired the three Christmas staples, which were previously part of Freeform's "25 Days of Christmas," in September. The acquisition has paid off handsomely, with AMC seeing a 40% jump in December viewing for its "Best Christmas Ever" slate.
Logan Lerman is set to star in Jordan Peele's Nazi hunter Amazon drama The Hunt
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Perks of Being a Wallflower breakout star is closing on a deal to play the lead role on the TV series, based on real events, about a group of Nazi hunters living in New York City in 1977.
Netflix is testing an instant replay feature
Source: The A.V. Club
The streaming service is testing a new feature with select users that will allow them to rewatch a scene at the click of a button, according to the Los Angeles Times. Netflix says it is “just looking to learn from it and may or may not roll it out more broadly in the future.” ALSO: How Netflix's algorithm convinces viewers to watch certain shows.
South Park should perhaps stick with doing standalone episodes
Source: TV Guide
"Season 22 was 40 percent serialized and 60 percent standalone, and both types of storytelling were uneven," says Liam Mathews. He adds: "Season 22 was less successful, with the light serialization making it feel overstuffed and under-focused. It sometimes had the feeling of 'this isn't quite working, so let's add something else in and see if that helps.' South Park always has so many ideas that carrying them across episodes makes the show feel chaotic, like there's just too much going on. It's enough to make one yearn for the simpler times when maybe there was one three-part episode every now and then." ALSO: South Park tried to do too much with its season finale Amazon takedown.
Superstore is using comedy to break taboos and stereotypes about sex and women’s bodies
The NBC comedy has always been one of TV's "most consistently and quietly revolutionary sitcoms" that has "always foregrounded its politics," says Rachel Dunphy. "But over the last three years," she says, "the show has eschewed the popular issue-of-the-episode approach, instead injecting its commentary into character, theme, and story with ever-increasing intelligence and sophistication." Dunphy adds: "In its fourth season, much of Superstore’s political commentary has come through its relentless revision of established female character tropes. Via a series of interconnected story lines revolving around Cloud 9 floor supervisor Amy (America Ferrera) and assistant store manager Dina (Lauren Ash), Superstore has assuredly and deftly used comedy to break taboos and stereotypes about sex and women’s bodies. In doing so, it’s not only managed to underscore the competence and complexity of its female leads, but also showcase the specific and myriad difficulties women face in the workplace."
Greg Kinnear joins Steven Yeun's episode of The Twilight Zone
Kinnear and Yeun will co-star on "The Traveler" episode of Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone for CBS All Access. Their episode reportedly revolves around two cops and a mysterious traveler, played by Yeun.
Chris Harrison on the partially burned Bachelor mansion: "The goal is to get back there"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Production on Colton Underwood's season was unaffected because the crew had already vacated the house before it partially burnt on Nov. 9 in the Southern California wildfires. Harrison, who lives five miles from the mansion was among the evacuees. "The house that we use for production, office space and storage," he says. "That burned down. Then the outside patio, which was wood, burned down and stuff melted around the house. But the actual house is standing. Hopefully, we’ll be back shooting at the mansion next season (for The Bachelorette). The goal is to get back there."
Netflix skating drama Spinning Out replaces Emma Roberts with Skins alum Kaya Scodelario
Scodelario, who is also known for The Maze Runner movies, will take on the role Roberts vacated in October, playing a high-level ice skater looking to make a comeback after a disastrous fall.
Check out Black Lightning's Jennifer Pierce suited up as Lightning
China Anne McClain's character becomes the third member of her TV family to wear their superhero outfit.
How Fox "stole the NFL and John Madden" from the Big Three networks
Source: The Ringer
It was 25 years ago this month that Fox outbid CBS for the NFL package with a $1.6 billion bid, giving the seven-year-old network a massive boost. Weeks later, Rupert Murdoch hired Madden away from CBS. The loss of the NFL left CBS in the dumps and hurt new Late Show host David Letterman's ratings. "If the rise of Fox Sports was just about money, or if the product had turned into a haunted mansion like Fox News, we could leave it at that," Bryan Curtis writes in an oral history of what he calls "The Great NFL Heist." "But (Rupert) Murdoch’s lieutenants at Fox Sports had a creative side. They thought TV football had gotten stale — 'boring as sh*t,' one of them said in an Aussie accent. 'Fox-izing' football meant the pregame show would be about laughs and relationships as much as it would be about sports. It meant the score and clock would be on the screen at all times. It meant (Joe) Buck, who was all of 25 years old, would call the first football game of his life in front of a national audience. Today, everything from Buck to the Fox Box to an unrestrained Terry Bradshaw seems normal, almost even respectable. That’s why it’s worth revisiting the nine-month period beginning in December 1993, to see how and why TV football changed forever."
Richard Madden regrets not warning his mom about his naked Bodyguard sex scene
Source: Digital Spy
"I've made a few mistakes in my time, which is neglecting to tell my mother that there is a sex scene in a show," he told Ellen DeGeneres. "I get a hysterical phone call: 'You must tell me and your father, I was watching it, at the time I had a cup a tea, I nearly spilled it!"
Outgoing U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake would like one of The Daily Show blankets mocking his tweets
The Daily Show printed Flake's "meaningless tweets" on blankets. The Arizona Republican noticed, and tweeted in response: "Hey @TheDailyShow, how can I get one of these blankets?" The Daily Show Twitter account responded: "We take this request very seriously and will do everything in our power to talk about sending you one."
George R.R. Martin unveils an image of the giant ice spiders that have yet to make it on Game of Thrones
Source: Entertainment Weekly
It's not known if the spiders will appear in the final season. ALSO: Watch Kit Harington audition with a dragon.
How a YouTube star enlisted Courteney Cox to participate in a birthday surprise for his pal who's a diehard Friends fan
YouTube star David Dobrik was able to secure Cox's participation through her daughter, Coco Arquette.
Katy Tur announces live on MSNBC she's expecting a baby
Source: Page Six
“I have a baby in my belly. Officially," Tur, who is expecting a boy, announced this afternoon. She added: "“I am tired of the tweets asking. So, I am going to announce it, that is my little guy. He is due in April. Well, now I am going to cry."
The Path alum Paul James joins Netflix's Mixtape
He'll star opposite Jenna Dewan, Callie Hernandez and Madeline Stowe on the Netflix drama that was originally developed for Fox. He takes over the role played by Raul Castillo in the pilot.
Joy Behar and Meghan McCain hug it out, putting their View feud on hold for the holidays
“We’ll fight again in 2019! Merry Christmas ya filthy animal!” McCain captioned a photo of her and Behar smiling.
Deborah Ann Woll is a Dungeon master on the Dungeons & Dragons-based Relics and Rarities
The True Blood and Daredevil alum created and hosts the new weekly RPG series for the YouTube channel Geek & Sundry.
Former Selfie co-stars Karen Gillan and John Cho reunite
Gillan and Cho are finding big-screen success four years after ABC canceled their sitcom two months after its premiere. Cho, who has received rave reviews for the film Searching, served as a moderator last night for Gillan's new film The Party’s Just Beginning.
- CBS paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 million after she accused Bull's Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment