Posted Monday 2/18/19 at 11:39PM EST
Friends from College becomes Netflix's third Presidents' Day cancelation
"Friends from College will not be returning for a third season," tweeted co-creator Nicholas Stoller Monday night. "Thanks to everyone who watched it. Happy Presidents’ Day!" Friends from College, premiering in July 2017 to disappointing reviews, featured a big-name cast that included Fred Savage, Billy Eichner, Keegan-Michael Key, Nat Faxon, Annie Parisse, Jae Su Park and Cobie Smulders. The cancelation comes hours after Netflix cut ties to the rest of its Marvel series, announcing the cancelations of Jessica Jones and The Punisher for a total of three cancelations on the Presidents' Day holiday. Netflix is no stranger to canceling shows at unusual times. Iron Fist and Luke Cage were canceled on successive Friday nights back in October.
President Trump's SNL complaint is an "oddly sensitive reaction" for a president who ran as a "tough guy"
Source: The New York Times
What should be made of the president's tweet Sunday morning suggesting retribution over Saturday Night Live parodying his emergency declaration speech? Trump's complaint, says James Poniewozik, is "an oddly sensitive reaction for a man who not only ran for president as a tough guy but spent decades being satirized as a media figure. Then again, that may be exactly why it stings him so deeply now. Mr. Trump is used to dealing with SNL as a celebrity, someone who might be mocked but would be in on the joke. He’s been a recurring character on the show going back to the 1980s, when Phil Hartman played him in a holiday sketch that embellished his brand by rendering his name in gold lettering. He hosted the show in 2004 while he starred in NBC’s The Apprentice, then again while running for president in 2015. That last time SNL — like much of the news media — made the mistake of treating Mr. Trump as a celebrity, not a politician, a curiosity who, LOL, was never going to be president, so why not ride the train, have some laughs and make a buck? Maybe the president believed on some level that, once he was elected, it would stay that way...That’s a puzzling expectation for anyone who spends as much time watching the news as Mr. Trump does. But it’s a natural assumption for a celebrity whose image TV massaged for the better part of four decades." ALSO: The Washington Post demonstrates how much SNL directly lifted from Trump's actual speech.
Jessica Jones and The Punisher cancelations are a result of Disney and Netflix turning from partners to rivals
"The end of the (Marvel) licensing deal already meant that Netflix no longer had any business-related obligations to keep Marvel and Disney happy," explains Tim Baysinger. "But now, Disney is directly-competing with Netflix — and in the process overshadowing Netflix’s Marvel shows. But there’s also the matter of expense, according to an individual with knowledge of the matter. Though Netflix famously does not release ratings information, the individual told TheWrap that Netflix does weigh cost-vs-viewership, and that thanks to the unspecified high price of licensing Marvel IP, the shows were too expensive to produce given their viewership level."
Why can't the Oscars do anything right?
The Academy's reversal of its decision to sideline four Oscar categories to commercial breaks is yet another instance in the past year it has had to roll back changes designed to improve declining ratings.
Brothers questioned in Jussie Smollett attack deny being racist, homophobic or anti-Trump
Source: CBS News
“We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens,” Ola and Abel Osundairo, the Nigerian brothers who were reportedly extras on Empire, said in a joint statement. Their lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, told CBS: “In due course all the facts will reveal themselves and at the end of the day my clients are honest and credible."
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is headed to Miami for Season 3
"I think I’ve heard that we’re going to Miami in June. That’s all I know," Tony Shalhoub says of the Amazon series kicking off filming Season 3 next month. "I don’t know what that (entails). It’s about (Midge's) tour, but that’s all I got." ALSO: Rachel Brosnahan used bone broth in response to her unhealthy Season 1 weight loss due to her fast metabolism.
Golden Girls-themed cruise to set sail in 2020
Source: Tampa Bay Times
"The Golden Girls at Sea" will depart from Miami on Feb. 24, 2020. The cruise, which will cost $980 to $1200 will feature five days of events revolving around the sitcom classic, including Dorothy's Bingo and Golden Girls Trivia.
Kenan Thompson: Kel Mitchell will appear on Nickelodeon's All That revival
Source: Page Six
“Whoever’s down to come do it, we would love to have them in my opinion,” Thompson, who is executive producing the revival, tells Page Six. “I know Kel (Mitchell’s) coming back, and I remember working close [sic] with Josh Server as well. I think all the old cast members should come support the new cast members. That’s just how it should go.”
- Friends from College becomes Netflix's third Presidents' Day cancelation