Posted Wednesday 2/13/19 at 11:37PM EST
Edie Falco to star as Tommy, the LAPD's first female chief, in CBS drama pilot
The Emmy-winning actress has signed on to play a groundbreaking big-city police chief named Abigail "Tommy" Thomas in the drama pilot from Homicide creator and Bull co-creator Paul Attanasio. "With a New Yorker’s gift for being tough and sarcastic while remaining likable, Tommy — as she likes to be called — loves being a cop more than anything and is a former high-ranking NYPD officer who’s just been hired as the first female Chief of Police for the LAPD," according to Deadline. "In her new role, Tommy uses her unflinching honesty and hardball tactics to navigate the social, political and national security issues that converge with enforcing the law." Tommy would mark a return to series television for Falco, the only person to have won the best actress Emmy in the comedy and drama categories for Nurse Jackie and The Sopranos, respectively. Falco was nominated for an Emmy last year for playing Leslie Abramson in the NBC limited series The Menendez Murders.
Academy on Oscars' commercial break controversy: "Inaccurate reporting and social media posts" led to a "chain of misinformation"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"As the Academy’s officers, we’d like to assure you that no award category at the 91st Oscars ceremony will be presented in a manner that depicts the achievements of its nominees and winners as less than any others," the Academy said in a letter to its members. "Unfortunately, as the result of inaccurate reporting and social media posts, there has been a chain of misinformation that has understandably upset many Academy members. We’d like to restate and explain the plans for presenting the awards, as endorsed by the Academy’s Board of Governors." The Academy wants to make it clear that "all 24 Award categories are presented on stage in the Dolby Theatre, and included in the broadcast...Four categories – Cinematography, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, and Live Action Short – were volunteered by their branches to have their nominees and winners announced by presenters, and included later in the broadcast. Time spent walking to the stage and off, will be edited out...The four winning speeches will be included in the broadcast...In future years, four to six different categories may be selected for rotation, in collaboration with the show producers. This year’s categories will be exempted in 2020."
Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and other prominent filmmakers call out the Academy over Oscars "insult"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In an open letter to the Academy, a wide range of directors, cinematographers and filmmakers wrote that the plan to move four categories to commercial breaks is "contrary to the spirit of the Academy’s mission." "Relegating these essential cinematic crafts to lesser status in this 91st Academy Awards ceremony is nothing less than an insult to those of us who have devoted our lives and passions to our chosen profession," reads the letter. "When the recognition of those responsible for the creation of outstanding cinema is being diminished by the very institution whose purpose it is to protect it, then we are no longer upholding the spirit of the Academy’s promise to celebrate film as a collaborative art form."
Why Transparent is "transitioning" with a musical series finale
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Creator Jill Soloway says a musical was part of the original plan. "I’m in such a good mood because we were able to do something that I feel like is going to astonish and reward fans and was a way to take music and transform the family to be able to come together and have that kind of feeling of, in some ways, transition," says Soloway, adding: "The show isn’t necessarily ending, it’s transitioning — into a musical."
Killing Eve may have its third female showrunner if there's a Season 3
Phoebe Waller-Bridge didn't return for Season 2 so she could work on Fleabag, handing off the showrunner job to her friend Emerald Fennell. Should Killing Eve be renewed for a third season, Waller-Bridge expects there to be a new female showrunner. Asked at the TV press tour if she would return, Waller-Bridge responded: “No, hopefully we’re going to continue this tradition of handing it on to a different woman every single time. Because that would be a really cool thing to do, to give other voices in the same story a go.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge was determined not to do Fleabag Season 2 -- now she's determined not to do a Season 3
Source: TV Guide
"I decided not to do a second season, absolutely for sure, and I had great pride in my artistic integrity for not coming back," Waller-Bridge said while promoting Season 2 of her Amazon comedy at the TV press tour. "And then I had the idea for the second (season) and did that again. And I've now decided that there should absolutely not be a third (season). I may be surprised again, I don't know. I had doubts all the way through, as I always do, about whether or not it's the right story to tell, but it's something driving it for this character all the time. And I felt driven again by her."
Mandy Moore accuses ex-husband Ryan Adams of being "controlling" and "emotionally abusive"
The This Is Us star, who was married to the singer-songwriter from 2009 to 2016, is one of seven women to accuse Adams of bad behavior in a New York Times exposé published Wednesday afternoon. Moore alleges Adams used his position in the music industry to control her career, hindering her prospects. “Music was a point of control for him,” she tells The Times, adding: "His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time—my entire mid-to-late 20s." Adams responded by calling the story “upsettingly inaccurate," adding that "I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes."
Seth Meyers re-creates SNL's "Weekend Update" for a cut 2009 "Jon Bovi" sketch featuring Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis
Watch the newest installment of Late Night's "Second Chance Theatre."
How did Good Omens manage to put together a star-studded cast?
Benedict Cumberbatch, playing Satan, was announced Wednesday as the latest big name to join the Amazon limited series based on Neil Gaiman's novel. The Good Omens cast also includes Frances McDormand, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Nick Offerman, Jon Hamm, Miranda Richardson, Michael McKean and Jack Whithall. Gaiman noted at the TV press tour that Hamm was a big fan of the book, while Offerman offered to buy his own ticket to South Africa to be part of the limited series.
How Amazon's The Boys adaptation is handling the comic's lewd moments in the #MeToo era
The Garth Ennis comic book features many risqué moments involving women. Showrunner Eric Kripke says of adapting such material: “If something doesn’t further the character, we cut it, then the irreverence wouldn’t be for shock value.”
Can the live TV musical survive?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Rent: Live's terrible ratings on Fox prompted NBC to scrap its Hair Live! musical, opting instead to seek a more family friendly title. They join other troubled musicals, from NBC's twice-delayed Bye Bye Birdie to ABC's "quickly abandoned" attempt to do Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men. Still, The Hollywood Reporter notes that ABC is considering an original production, while NBC is in talks for three titles. As one source says in downplaying the idea that TV musicals are dead: "In the same way comedy or drama has been 'dead' in the past, you're only as good as your next attempt."
Katie Couric is writing her memoir
Couric, one of the rare TV personalities to have worked for the "Big Three" networks of CBS, NBC and ABC, will release her memoir Unexpected in 2021. Couric plans to touch on the "humiliating" and "hilarious" aspects of her career while also tackling the #MeToo movement. “I’ve been privileged to lead an extraordinary life, one that I never anticipated,” says the 62-year-old Couric.
Independent Spirit Awards host Aubrey Plaza plans to "reclaim the punk-rock art vibe," but she'd also like to host the Oscars
Source: The New York Times
"It would be nice to remind people that we are the room of artists, that these are the people that have made some really insane movies and inspired all the weirdos of the filmmaking community to experiment and do some really amazing things," Plaza says of next week's hosting stint. Would she ever host the Oscars? "Like, 100 percent," she says. "I would do it in a heartbeat. Why not? And at least they have the capability to put me on a harness and fly me in, like they used to do to Whoopi Goldberg. They can’t do that at the Spirit Awards. That was the first question I asked, and they were like, 'No, we’re in a tent on the beach.' I’m just going to wash up on shore from the water, in rags."
Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to visit Stephen Colbert
Source: Orlando Sentinel
The Trump critic will promote his new book on Tuesday's Late Show. ALSO: Former FBI Director James Comey visits Family Guy producer.
Jeopardy! tournament to bring together 18 elite champions
Ken Jennings and Austin Rogers are among past champions competing as part of teams vying for $1 million.
Sex Education tops the TV music charts
The Netflix teen series has three entries in the Billboard Top 10 songs on TV: Al Green's "Tired of Being Alone," Muddy Waters' Mannish Boy and Billy Ocean's "Love Really Hurts Without You."
TV composer for The Neighborhood and Black Lightning recalls being homeless in Hollywood
Kurt Farquhar has composed music for TV shows for 30 years, working on everything from The King of Queens to Moesha. But when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1989, he found himself sleeping near Melrose Avenue. Farquhar spoke to LAist about his journey, while standing near a billboard for The Neighborhood on Melrose near where he used to sleep.
Jordan Peele's Weird City is like a sci-fi extension of Key & Peele sketches
Source: The Ringer
Peele co-created the futuristic YouTube Premium series with former Key & Peele writer Charlie Sanders. "Weird City has its moments, but the biggest issue with the series as a whole—especially given its pedigree in front of and behind the camera—is that it fails to deliver anything as memorable as Key & Peele," says Miles Surrey. "Weird City lacks the kind of trenchant social critiques ('Negrotown') and plain weirdness (the 'Continental Breakfast' skit) of that show’s best sketches. Hampered by the high standards Peele set in his TV peak, Weird City falls flat and seems unfortunately at home on YouTube."
- Weird City tries to go for gonzo, and ends up facedown in the mutant-worm-aerated dirt
- If Peele’s upcoming Twilight Zone features half the open-minded inventiveness of Weird City, it’ll be a huge success
- From Ed O'Neill to Awkwafina: Weird City makes the most out of stunt casting
- "Quirky" best describes Weird City -- not "weird": It's a series fueled by eccentricities
- Weird City's main inspiration was Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories
- Edie Falco to star as Tommy, the LAPD's first female chief, in CBS drama pilot