Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Insatiable creator on backlash: "I think we're in a real danger of censorship"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The trailer for the twisted revenge comedy-drama sparked an online backlash that led to a petition with 230,000 signatures calling for its cancelation. The backlash has been followed by numerous negative reviews calling it even worse than imagined. So far it has a 15% Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 23 Metascore on Metacritic. Creator Lauren Gussis, the Dexter veteran who made Insatiable as a personal story inspired by her life, says of the immense backlash: "I think we're in a real danger of censorship if we decide that we all have to tell stories in a certain way so that everybody else feels safe. In my own experience, growth comes from discomfort and pain. It's present in nature. Like a snake shedding its skin, it's literally tearing itself from its old self, to emerge in a different way. That is not comfortable. If hearing these things are uncomfortable, I get it. They're sensitive. The wound is deep, but I don't think the solution is silencing myself or somebody else. I think the solution is saying the thing, so that we can talk about it. Is representing the truth, as opposed to some other idealized version of the truth that isn't really true, which actually pushes us even further away from having an honest conversation and coming to a deeper understanding of each other." She adds: "People are mad, and they're talking about it. I appreciate the room for the conversation. That's my intention with art, is to spark conversation through satire and comedy. Because then at least people are talking about it and not brushing it under the rug, and airing it out."
- Insatiable is much worse than imagined: It's an equal-opportunity train wreck
- Insatiable is a harsh example of the best intentions yielding the worst results -- it's unforgivably inelegant with its satire
- Even calling Insatiable a television series seems to elevate it too much -- nothing is resolved, nothing is learned
- Insatiable often seems intent on embodying the very stereotypes that it claims to be dismantling
- Insatiable feels like a dozen different and equally bewildering shows happening all at once
- Insatiable is a "jumble of provocations, half-baked jokes, random cultural satire, farce, bad puns, and attempted campiness that ultimately doesn’t make a unified point"
- It is somehow both obscenely cruel and terminally dull
- Insatiable is further proof that Netflix is trying to market to teens and young adults, "because who else is willing to binge-watch as much mediocrity as a shut-in, wired-up teenager?"
- Insatiable's best joke is on anybody who watches the whole thing
- Creator Gussis’ approach seems to have been to throw as many inflated, controversial plot points as possible against the wall to see what sticks
- Here are 12 irreparable problems with each of the 12 episodes
Chris Hardwick's Talking Dead return leads to the departure of a female executive producer and several staffers
The Wrap reports that the unnamed "female executive producer and a 'handful' of the approximately 25 people who work on the talk show show left after Hardwick was reinstated last month." AMC declined to comment on the departures. Meanwhile, on Friday, Hardwick accuser and ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra tweeted that she stood by her allegations and explained why she didn't participate in the network investigation: "Hey dudes. Just a reminder: I 100% stand by every single word of my essay. I made sure it was unembellished, factual, and that I had evidence to back it up in order to protect myself in case of ACTUAL litigation (not a network investigation, where I’m not protected). That is all." ALSO: Nerdist restores Hardwick's name following an internal investigation.
60 Minutes boss Jeff Fager is back at work, reports CBS News
Source: CBS News
Executive producer Fager returned to work on Friday, five days after CBS said he would extend his vacation amid a probe into CBS News and Les Moonves for alleged misconduct. CBS News reports, based on "multiple sources," that Fager addressed his staff and said he's back at work.
Kelly Clarkson taped her daytime talk show pilot with a set that looks like the inside of a barn
The pilot, taped on Friday at Universal Studios Hollywood, kicked off with Clarkson singing a Cardi B cover, according to Entertainment Tonight. It also featured games, singing segments and interviews with guests including Chloe Grace Moretz, Josh Groban and Terry Crews, as well as a group of quilting ladies from North Carolina, a homeless shelter employee and a couple who were having trouble in the bedroom.
Former Girls writer Murray Miller won't face charges after being accused of sexually assaulting actress Aurora Perrineau
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said that they aren't going to charge Miller "based on the evidence presented, which included victim, suspect, and witness statements, there are inconsistencies which cannot be overcome." Prosecutors also pointed out that Perrineau, the daughter of actor Harold Perrineau, reported the alleged incident outside of the three-year statute of limitations.
Issa Rae's Insecure shows even more assuredness in Season 3
"This is what Insecure does so well: It takes the small moments of real life and magnifies them to get at the broader themes the show wants to address," says Jen Chaney. "One of the show’s most consistent themes — and one that’s emphasized heavily in the first half of this new season — is the struggle to find a place where one can feel comfortable and be her best self, something that’s particularly challenging when you’re an African-American woman like Issa or her best friend, the perpetually, gloriously overconfident Molly (Yvonne Orji). The show is called Insecure for a reason, and that comes across loud and clear in the first four episodes, the first of which airs Sunday night."
- Why Insecure doesn't need Jay Ellis' Lawrence anymore, even though he was the most interesting character
- Insecure is more subdued than usual — even somber — in the first few episodes of the season
- Rae makes the most of small moments in the quiet Season 3
- Rae wants to clarify that Season 3 is much more than tackling toxic masculinity
- Rae wanted Season 3 to feel fresh, new and current, so she held a contest to find unheard artists
Sacha Baron Cohen is a master manipulator of toxic masculinity on Who Is America?, yet he isn't as successful with other targets
Israeli counterterrorism expert Erran Morad has proven to be the MVP of the Showtime series, but Cohen's other characters have paled in comparison. "What’s unfortunate is that he doesn’t have the same success with people who don’t fit that archetype," Judy Berman says of Cohen's toxic masculinity targets. "It looks like Cohen struggled to find worthwhile female targets." With other targets, Cohen tends to fail like he did with Bachelor in Paradise's Corinne Olympios, who felt trapped during her segment. "I’m not shedding any tears for the bigots or war criminals Cohen puts on blast," says Berman, "and I don’t really care what happened behind the scenes of their sketches, nor do I believe that no woman out there deserves his mockery. Bring on that segment that made Sarah Palin so mad. Let him go all Borat-in-a-china-shop on Betsy DeVos’s revolting behemoth of a summer home. But intimidating women, sexually or otherwise, who are absolutely right to worry about what could happen to them on a closed set with a strange man isn’t comedy—it’s sadism."
Grant Gustin shares The Flash's official Season 5 costume
The release of the Season 5 portrait comes days after an unflattering unofficial image was leaked that resulted in him accusing fans of bodyshaming him.
Fred Willard reprises his 1978 NBC Space Force character to mock the Trump administration's Space Force
Willard starred on the 25-minute NBC TV movie Space Force that aired on April 28, 1978. Jimmy Kimmel got Willard to reprise his role for a sketch on his show Thursday to react to news of President Trump's own Space Force.
HGTV paid $3.5 million for The Brady Bunch house -- and the seller might star on its reality show
Source: Us Weekly
The iconic home officially closed escrow today, nearly doubling the original $1.9 million asking price. “I’m so excited for the plans they have for restoration,” seller Kelsey McCallister tells Us of her grandmother’s beloved home. “The world needs more positivity and groovy vibes and that’s what this new show about the Brady Bunch house will bring.” A source tells Us that McCallister, 38, “is set to be a co-executive producer and star in the upcoming program.”
George R.R. Martin says in a PBS interview how The Lord of the Rings influenced Game of Thrones
The author spoke to The Great American Read about how the death of a Lord of the Rings character inspired a murderous rampage in his books
Elizabeth Warren can't wait for Sunday's Season 4 premiere of Ballers
Source: The A.V. Club
The U.S. senator from Massachusetts has previously expressed her unwavering passion for the HBO comedy starring Dwayne Johnson. "To all the reporters tweeting at me about the season premiere of @BallersHBO on Sunday night at 10pm ET like I haven't had this date saved on my calendar for months: I KNOW," she tweeted Friday morning.
Seth Meyers discusses putting his writers on TV and shying away from politicians as guests as the Midterms approach
Segments like "Jokes Seth Can't Tell" are a "total carryover from SNL. It took us awhile to figure out the best way to present those voices and I think for writers who hadn’t been on television before to figure out the best way to present themselves," says Meyers. "But that was always the goal.” As for cutting back on politicians as guests, the Late Night host says: “Talking about politics is more fun than talking to actual politicians. The problem I found is, especially during elections, I feel like people really stick to their script and what’s poll-tested. The worst thing they could take away from it is some kind of gaffe that sticks to them. To be honest right now, a sitting senator would be more interesting to me than somebody who’s running for something. But even then, I just haven’t been able to crack how to make it not Meet the Press. They know exactly where to bring their hand down on the table and exactly when to put their hand on your shoulder. And so you feel a little bit like a prop.”
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' son to guest on Riverdale
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Michael Consuelos, 21, will play a younger version of his dad in a flashback episode.
SNL's Michael Che and Colin Jost plan an Emmys ceremony that's "less political than normal"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“It is kind of fun for us to do something that is not political,” Jost tells Vanity Fair. “The exciting part is to do things about television and that particular awards ceremony and make it, in general, less political than normal. There’s a lot to celebrate in television right now. It’s a very strong time.”
Wynonna Earp star Melanie Scrofano reveals what it's like to star on a show with "Earper" fans who aren't negative
"It is a pleasure to go onto Twitter and see what people are saying because I know that it is going to be funny or thoughtful or heartfelt and full of love," she says. "In season two, I was very worried. I was just used to what you normally see online, so I thought I would get a lot of comments about 'Oh, she looks fat,' because I was pregnant and we were not telling people. Nobody said anything like that. It was like they were heat-seeking missiles for positivity, and they were just finding it and projecting it."
Fresh Off the Boat star's dad tells what it's like to watch his son grow up on TV
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Journalist Jeff Yang, the father of Hudson Yang, writes: "It's admittedly been a challenge sharing Hudson with the world, knowing that we can't entirely protect him from the stings of social media trolls or prevent fans from demanding more of his time and attention than he's able to give. And millions of people have seen our kid grow up: his first kiss, scenes performed through real tears, private moments that have played out in the most public medium possible. Though we've had moments of doubt, we haven't had a single regret."
Patrick Stewart's new Star Trek series should "Last Jedi the Hell Out of Captain Picard"
The new Star Trek series should do for Picard what Star Wars: The Last Jedi did for Luke Skywalker, says James Whitbrook. "That sort of hoping might rankle longtime Trek fans," he says. "In fact, many of them have spent the last few days desperately hoping for the direct opposite of Star Trek: The Last Jedi. They’ve read Stewart’s own statement that the new show’s Picard would be a 'man who has been changed by his experiences' and shuddered at the mere thought of a disillusioned, weary Picard roaming around an isolated family vineyard swigging freshly-squeezed Targ milk. They’d already had to go through one traumatic fictional upheaval, why wish that on another old hero? Why can’t Picard just be the Picard we saw in TNG and the movies? Because that would be kind of boring, for starters."
GLOW's Betty Gilpin: "Being an actor feels like your ego is on a violent pendulum swing between a field of cashmere and a casual tub of knives"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Depending on how the industry is treating you that hour, you either feel like a Mariah Carey sultan or a near-dead irrelevant possum, flashing people for change on the 405," the Emmy-nominated actress writes in a Hollywood Reporter essay. "Spend too long on either side, and you're a terrible lunch partner."
Matt Groening to visit Seth Meyers on Thursday for his first late-night TV appearance since 2007
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Simpsons creator will promote his new Netflix animated series Disenchantment. His last visit to a late-night show was in 2007 when he appeared on former The Simpsons writer Conan O'Brien's Late Night to promote The Simpsons movie.
How Yara Shahidi plans to balance Harvard and Grown-ish
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The second season of Grown-ish begins production next month, just as her freshman year at Harvard is starting.
Megyn Kelly's idea to boost Oscar ratings: Ditch Republican-bashers like Jimmy Kimmel
“I would also say for the record, maybe choose a host – because the last time around they had Jimmy Kimmel,” Kelly said on Megyn Kelly Today. “I know a lot of people love Jimmy, but he’s openly said he has disdain for Republicans, that they’re stupid, and he doesn’t want them watching his shows if they disagree with any of his opinions. That does not tend to help your ratings.”
Maury's paternity test segments were like a mirror that reflected our own prejudices back at us
Maury Povich's segments were so satisfying -- and deeply messed up.
How can Food Network survive in the age of Netflix foodie shows?
Source: Grub Street
Food Network has "mostly settled into a comfortable, familiar format: a competition with a celebrity chef as host, set in a studio, with contestants facing a time limit," says Andy Dehnart. Meanwhile, Netflix is coming out with shows as diverse as Nailed It!, Chef's Table, Sugar Rush and the upcoming Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. As Food Network historian Allen Salkin says of the cable network, "at a critical juncture — which I would say was in the last five or ten years — they decided not to program for the audience that they created.”
Mark Wahlberg to produce a true-crime docuseries on McDonald's Monopoly game scam
McMillions will tell the recently viral 2001 story of the ex-cop who rigged the McDonald's Monopoly game.
Amazon's Ordeal by Innocence feels strangely sleek
The three-part British Agatha Christie adaptation feels "like an overly enthusiastic restoration of an old building that renders everything too shiny," says Kathryn VanArendonk. But while it will fulfill your whodunit needs and is gorgeous to look at, she says, "those lovely surfaces aren’t anchored to a propulsive enough story, so when it tries to polish, complicate, and heighten the usual Christie tropes — the flashbacks, the looping story structure, and the fascination with beautiful images of dripping blood and foreshortened statuary — the whole thing feels overwrought." ALSO: Ordeal by Innocence is radical for not having a true detective character.
Patrick Williams, who composed background music for many iconic TV shows, dies at 79
Source: The New York Times
"Anyone who watched television from the 1970s through the early 2000s had a fair chance of encountering Mr. Williams’s work," writes Daniel E. Slotnik. "He wrote music for The Bob Newhart Show, The Streets of San Francisco, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The Simpsons and Monk, among others, and for more than 100 television movies. He was nominated for 22 Emmys and won four. His background music for the Mary Tyler Moore Show spinoff Lou Grant won him the Emmy for outstanding music composition for a series; he also wrote the show’s title theme."
- Insatiable creator on backlash: "I think we're in a real danger of censorship"