Posted Thursday 2/14/19 at 9:59PM EST
Fox and Chicago police reject reports Jussie Smollett may have staged attack to stay on Empire
Source: USA Today
CBS Chicago and ABC 7 Chicago reported around the same time Thursday evening that police were investigating whether Smollett's attack was a hoax involving the Empire star and the two "persons of interest" the police have interviewed, who were reportedly extras on the show. ABC 7 Chicago's Rob Elgas tweeted: "Multiple soucres tell @ABC7Chicago Eyewitness News Jussie Smollet and the 2 men who are being questioned by police staged the attack - allegedly because his character was being written out of the show Empire." Elgas later tweeted that "Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called @ABC7Chicago tonight to say Jussie Smollett is considered a victim and the police investigation is on-going." That came after Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Gulielmi tweeted "the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives." Meanwhile, the Fox network and 20th Century Fox Television released a joint statement rejecting the report that Smollett was being written out of the show. “The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of Empire is patently ridiculous," the statement said. "He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him."
House Hunters' longtime narrator learns HGTV is apparently dumping her narration while watching the show
Source: BuzzFeed News
Fans of the long-running reality show, which has been around since 1999, have noticed in recent weeks that the voice of beloved narrator Andromeda Dunker has been missing. HGTV and Pie Town haven't confirmed that they are dumping narration. But Dunker, House Hunters' third narrator who has lent her voice to the show since 2009, says she first noticed the change while watching episodes on her DVR. “I totally realize how fortunate I’ve been to be a part of a show that’s lasted so long and that people clearly love,” Dunker said of the change. “I’ve been on the show for almost a decade and to watch it grow into this phenomenon has been incredible.”
Would Tony Soprano be a Trump supporter?
Source: Mel Magazine
The question over whether James Gandolfini's character would be a "Make America Great Again" guy has consumed Sopranos fandom. The Sopranos creator David Chase addressed the question in a New York Times interview published last month, saying that Tony Soprano would think the president is "full of sh*t" and "penny-ante." Yet many Sopranos fans point out that Tony's characteristics would make him be the perfect Trump supporter. Yet others argue that Tony would be too overly familiar with Trump's way of doing business to support him.
Investigation Discovery is launching digital talk show Crime Obsession for "ID addicts"
Traci Stumpf, a self-proclaimed true-crime fanatic, will host the online show that will delve into true-crime stories.
Marc Maron gets animated for The Simpsons
Source: The A.V. Club
Maron will play himself interviewing Krusty the Klown for his WTF podcast on Sunday's episode.
Stephen Colbert recalls Late Night with Conan O'Brien rejecting him as a writer
Conan O'Brien recently interviewed Colbert for his Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend podcast. In it, Conan told Colbert that his Late Night rejecting may have been the best thing to happen to his career. ALSO: Conan writers are launching Inside Conan: An Important Hollywood Podcast.
Heather Graham's ABC drama pilot The Hypnotist's Love Story adds Liza Lapira
The Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 alum has been cast as the best friend of Graham's character.
Whiskey Cavalier spoofs tampon ads with Lauren Cohan
Source: E! Online
ABC has been releasing spoof commercials to promote the spy dramedy starring Cohan and Scott Foley.
Discovery Channel UK's YouTube channel has been looping a video about the making of honey for nearly two days
Source: The A.V. Club
Since Wednesday, Discovery has been airing the "Honey | How It's Made" video over and over again with no signs of stopping.
Jimmy Kimmel enlists Amy Adams' mom to perform her daughter's Oscar-nominated Vice role
For her efforts, Kimmel awarded Kathryn Adams the “Acade-mommy Award.”
Ken Jeong takes on his "Asian haters" in his You Complete Me, Ho Netflix standup special
Source: The Ringer
The special, released today, will likely not win over his detractors who argue that Jeong has buiilt a career on outdated racial stereotypes, says Donnie Kwak. "The hourlong set, directed by Jon M. Chu of Crazy Rich Asians, is largely mundane (and also hackneyed, if you’ve ever seen a Jeong set before)," says Kwak. "Though who could blame Jeong for relying on the old bag of tricks that has turned him into one of the most bankable Asian American stars over the past decade? He resembles, as he puts its, 'a double-chinned Asian Mr. Burns with bad posture.' So naturally, Jeong leans into what others may perceive as shortcomings and weaponizes them for easy laughs. Hence: the frenzied dance moves, the constant profanity, the exaggerated accents, the relentless slapstick—and, yes, the litany of small-d*ck jokes...Jeong’s humor is a silly and sophomoric shtick that—depending on your perspective—either panders to or plays with stereotypes. Despite it all, he is a likable, fearless performer. But the question isn’t whether or not you find his act funny; it’s how long Hollywood will feel comfortable trading on the same, tired Asian punch lines as long as it’s an Asian face telling the jokes." ALSO: Jeong released his special on Valentine's Day for a reason, so he could celebrate his wife.
Dating Around is "sneakily great" reality TV that showcases what's missing from other dating shows
Netflix's first dating reality show takes about three episodes to reveal its "addictive secret," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "It recognizes how much romance-related reality television has left on the table — how many kinds of human experience are rarely highlighted on The Bachelor or Millionaire Matchmaker or 90 Day Fiancé or Married at First Sight or Are You the One — and it seizes what those other shows typically ignore," she says. "Sure, Dating Around is still limited in scope in its own way. It’s all set in New York, featuring very New York discussions about real estate and how expensive things are and how long everyone has lived in the city. But it takes advantage of the gaps other dating shows leave unconsidered. Only one of the season’s six episodes features a straight, white, millennial man going on dates with women. Many of the singles featured are people of color; two of the episodes are about queer people. Episode four, my favorite of the bunch, is about a widower in his 60s — a private eye, no less! — who insists on telling the same very bad joke about a frog on several of his dates."
- Dating Around is "gripping" TV, a "shamefully tasty hate-watch" that's also a study in human nature
- It's such a concentrated punch of instantly disposable gratification that you will gobble the whole thing up in one sitting
- What's great is Dating Around is a beautiful, poetic series that doesn't mock its subjects
- Finally, a dating show that doesn't revolve around straight white guys
- This is the anti-Bachelor we've been waiting for
- Fox and Chicago police reject reports Jussie Smollett may have staged attack to stay on Empire