Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Is Sterling K. Brown too good for This Is Us?
The two-time Emmy-winning actor, who's coming off the high of hosting Saturday Night Live, has insisted he isn't going anywhere. "I’ll ride it ’til the wheels fall off,” he said last year. But as Robert Rorke notes, "the magnetic actor is unstoppable" -- he could be the next George Clooney, who left the hit series ER for movie stardom. "As everyone has figured out by now, the big-hearted Brown is the best thing about This Is Us," says Rorke, "but he’s also better than the show, which has allowed itself to devolve from sensitive family drama into a soap opera about a ghost." He adds: "Brown’s ascension comes at a time when Hollywood is hurting for the kind of eloquent leading man who can become the next Denzel Washington or the next Gary Oldman, to name two of this year’s Oscar nominees and one eventual winner. It’s time for Brown to join their ranks."
- This Is Us producers call seeing Milo Ventimiglia don old-age makeup “one of the most visceral punches” they've experienced on the show
- To become Old Jack, Ventimiglia sent the makeup people photos of his father from different angles
- This Is Us co-showrunner Elizabeth Burger offers some insight on the Season 2 finale
- Creator Dan Fogelman says Season 3 is “a big Vietnam season for us. We’re doing some cool stuff"
- Chrissy Metz on the season finale: "It was really layered, and it was really wonderful and a lot of fun to have all of us together"
- Has This Is Us become too reliant on endless cliffhangers and mini-mysteries?
- This Is Us needed that clunky Season 2 ending
Leave Buffy the Vampire Slayer alone: "To resurrect her would be a cruel and ultimately selfish act..."
"...So, of course, network execs want to do it," says Aimée Lutkin, reacting to Fox TV Group chair Gary Newman calling Buffy "the most ripe show" for a reboot. "Let’s pray (Joss) Whedon never decides it’s time," Lutkin adds. "Watching Buffy was a formative experience for many, but things have changed—in particular, the perception of Whedon as a feminist hero, following a very public accusation of cheating from his wife on the set of that very show, as well as other emotional manipulations. While I personally can’t dismiss this beloved show, I still can’t imagine that a reboot with Whedon at the helm would be anything short of a total disaster. Buffy had her moment, but that moment has passed and is also still available to stream online when the mood strikes." ALSO: There are too many ways a Buffy revival could go wrong.
Sarah Drew goes from Grey's Anatomy to Cagney & Lacey, joining Blindspot alum Michelle Hurd
Drew has quickly landed a pilot a week after being dropped from Grey's Anatomy, joining the CBS reboot of the classic police procedural. According to Deadline, "Drew will play LAPD Detective Cagney, Lacey’s nimble and easygoing partner and protégée. Hurd’s Lacey is athletic, polished, a former high school track and field champion. Empathetic and straightforward, she’s the more experienced partner." Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless won six acting Emmys between them starring on the original Cagney & Lacey, which won two best drama series Emmys during its seven-season run. Hurd is no stranger to reboots of popular franchises. In fact, she's had recent guest appearances on both Lethal Weapon and Hawaii Five-0.
- Emily Osment joins CBS comedy pilot 25, fueling speculation that Young & Hungry is finished
- Thomas Lennon to play Dan the Weatherman on Fox
- Charmed reboot adds two more actors
- Popular's Leslie Bibb joins Alyson Hannigan on ABC's Man of the House
- Kyle Bornheimer to star opposite Ginnifer Goodwin on ABC's Steps
- Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable to play the lead on CBS' The Code
# TOPICS: Cagney & Lacey, ABC, CBS, FOX, 25, Charmed, Dan the Weatherman, Grey’s Anatomy, Man of the House, Steps, Young & Hungry, Dave Annable, Emily Osment, Kyle Bornheimer, Leslie Bibb, Michelle Hurd, Sarah Drew, Thomas Lennon, Pilots, Revivals
Dear Barack and Michelle Obama: Don't be surprised if your big names get lost in Netflix's "very, very big pond"
The Obamas are likely to run into the "Netflix conundrum" should they join the streaming service with their own programming. Netflix is "a very, very big pond" for "really famous and cool content creators," says Tim Goodman. Sure, Barack and Michelle Obama will garner a lot of attention for their shows. But their spotlight will be limited considering all the other shows with big names attached that Netflix has to promote. "If the Obamas do sign that deal with Netflix and join the family, they will certainly get more than, say, the middle-tier producers get," says Goodman. "Namely — coordinated press coverage and probably a glitzy premiere party in either New York, D.C. or Los Angeles. There will be billboards, maybe, and as much on-platform buzz as an algorithm can generate. But when the show appears — whatever show that may be — the Obamas will find out what tons of famous TV creators found out when their shows premiered: Once the episodes drop, that's pretty much it for the hand-holding and attention. Once the shows are out, dropping into the world's deepest bucket of content, said shows are either going to be discovered (in due time, like a good book on a library shelf) or ignored (like a good book on a library shelf)."
HBO boss on Netflix: “They’re in the volume business, we’re in the curation business"
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys took aim at Netflix at the INTV conference in Jerusalem, saying HBO's brand of curation offers something valuable to producers and subscribers in a saturated TV marketplace. "That curation is more valuable now than it was five years ago, as we doubled the amount of scripted series, knowing you’re going to a place where you’re going to have a proper launch and attention paid to,” says Bloys.
The New York Times made a Too Many Cooks-style video to mark Rex Tillerson's firing
The Times' Opinion section made a sitcom-style montage mocking Trump's many firings at the White House with a video reminiscent of Adult Swim's Too Many Cooks, which parodied opening sequences of 1980s and 1990s sitcoms. ALSO: Jake Tapper takes President Trump to task for not living up to his "You're fired" Apprentice reputation.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Bachelor's unedited breakup "crossed a line that shredded the fantasy we were all willing to agree to"
The NBA legend and pop-culture critic says of Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s uneidted, split-screen Bachelor breakup with Becca K.: "This may not be sexual harassment, but it definitely appears to be emotional harassment encouraged by the producers. Go means, Go! Worse was Chris Harrison’s campaign of damage control as the host tried to justify the show’s bad behavior. He didn’t seem to understand that what they did crossed a line that shredded the fantasy we were all willing to agree to — against our rational thinking — that the show’s ultimate goal was to give love a chance. But those scenes, and Chris Harrison’s unbridled glee in declaring this was 'reality television history,' revealed a malevolence and disregard that shocked and embarrassed us. Instead of being on a romantic journey together, we had tossed one of our own into the gladiatorial arena to be devoured for our amusement. But we were not amused."
Nick Offerman would be up for a Parks and Recreation revival: "I will eat more meat at their behest"
“They’re bringing every show back now, maybe they’ll want to bring our show back,” the Ron Swanson actor told The Daily Beast at SXSW. “If that were ever to occur, it would be thanks to brains much larger than mine. Brains that I trust with my life. And so, if Mike Schur and Amy Poehler want to bring the show back and they think it’s a good idea, I will certainly sign on.”
Katy Perry has already proven she's worth her $25 million American Idol salary
"Katy Perry gives the reboot both the dazzle factor and gravitas it needed to work," says Malcolm Venable. "Katy Perry's animated, exaggerated pop persona make it natural to assume she'd bring her cheeky, squeaky fun to show and she does. But she also brings the realest critiques, and often leading the show's conversation rather than her male counterparts (which was par for course when Simon Cowell judged the og version). Could this be a chicken/egg situation, in which her male co-stars Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan knowingly accept that they're salary inferiors and get in line? Perhaps. But now that the show has aired, Katy is showing why she's worth the top earning slot: she's not only the most relevant pop culture figure on the panel in 2018, she's also the best judge." ALSO: Why Idol can't recapture its former glory.
UnReal is starting to run in the same problems that plagued last season
"This season of UnReal is certainly better than last season of UnReal, but it falters where last season faltered," says Gwen Ihnat, adding that the Lifetime series "is frustrating because we like these characters and want them to succeed, but they have to do such terrible things to get there."
How Lifetime's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle actors landed their roles
Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance star Parisa Fitz-Henley hadn't been paying attention to her real life counterpart until she read about Markle's engagement. “I saw their engagement interview and thought it was so sweet and ended up making a call to my manager saying, ‘If they ever make a movie about this, I'd love to audition." Fitz-Henley prepared for the role by watching episodes of The Crown. She also discovered she identifies with Markle in that she too has been divorced and has experienced issues with race. Meanwhile, Murray Fraser nabbed the role after sending an audition tape with his male friend playing Markle. Fraser has since gotten ribbing from his friends and family, especially after he said they dyed "my hair ginger, which was kind of a shock."
Sharon Stone defends James Franco against sexual misconduct claims
Stone told Marc Maron on his podcast "I'm appalled with what's happening with" Franco, her director on The Disaster Artist. She says of The Deuce star: “I got to say I worked with him, I know him, he’s the loveliest, kindest, sweetest, most elegant, nicest man. Most kind friend, lovely professional. I’m absolutely appalled by this.”
A high schooler is using Twitter to try and get the New Girl guys to have dinner before prom
So far Dharma Boreman has received more than 100,000 retweets for her cause.
Check out Jesus Christ Superstar Live's rehearsal photos
John Legend, Alice Cooper and Sara Bareilles have been busy in New York City prepping for the April 1 Easter Sunday performance. ALSO: See NBC's promo clip.
Vince Gilligan wanted to end Breaking Bad after five seasons because he thought The X-Files went on too long
"I was very anxious about the idea of folks suddenly moving on, and saying, 'Is that show still on the air? I used to watch it. It used to be good,'" Gilligan said recently while promoting Better Call Saul. "I'd wanted folks rather to say, 'Don't end it now!' That's what I wanted, and that's what we got, thank goodness. So it was me as much as anybody who said, 'I want to leave the stage at a high point, and not go past the high point.'"
Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard's band soars atop Spotify
His band Calpurnia's debut single "City Boy" is currently No. 1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 playlist.
Shondaland's For the People is essentially How to Get Away with Murder without Viola Davis
It is as disappointing as that sounds, says Sonia Saraiya of the drama from Shonda Rhimes and Scandal writer Paul William Davies. "For the People is so gratingly self-conscious that at times, especially in the pilot, it’s as if every character is frantically waving their hands and shouting, 'I’m on TV! We’re in a TV show!'" she says, adding: "For the People presents us the Shondaland gold standard of six-odd young overachievers, who all talk too fast and smolder with unresolved sexual tension. Right from the first frame they’re scrambled together in various heterosexual romantic pairings, like shaking dice in a cup and seeing what happens next. But unlike Rhimes’ best shows, For the People lacks even a modicum of subtlety — a subtlety often provided by the lead actor, be it Viola Davis or Kerry Washington. It’s zingy, and follows the right patterns, but For the People is almost impossible to invest in.
- For the People delivers exactly what you want from a Shondaland drama
- There are possibly more words per square inch on For the People than any in Shondaland history
- Britt Robertson seems off in this role -- she lacks the presence to be an intimidating one-on-one negotiator
- You've seen it all before: The Shondaland formula is starting to lose its potency
- For the People exhibits how crowd-pleasing television can have a higher purpose
- For the People is comfortably familiar -- you might appreciate the deep ensemble cast delivering clever dialogue
NBC's Rise would be so much better if its biggest character wasn't such a mess
"Watching Rise feels like watching its promising high school characters take to the stage and try with all their might to bare their souls and inspire the masses," says Caroline Framke. "It’s unabashedly earnest, sporadically moving, and, when it falters, incredibly frustrating." The biggest problem, she says is that Josh Radnor's "supposedly inspiration teacher" character is a "patronizing nightmare." She adds that he "is a one-stop shop of condescension and petulance, and the show doesn’t realize it until way too late in the season."
- Rise does a commendable job of evoking that feeling of the transition from adolescence to adulthood
- The emphasis on Radnor's character takes away from Rise's strengths: the kids themselves
- There's a familiar naturalism with the younger stars, but the adults lack authenticity and won't get out of the way
- Rise benefits from being more Friday Night Lights than Glee
- You have to stick with Rise -- it gets better with the writers' course correction
- Just call it the anti-Glee: Jason Katims didn't want a show about kids bursting into songs
- Katims wanted to return to what he did well on Friday Night Lights
- After adapting Parenthood and Friday Night Lights, Katims has learned that you have to make a TV show your own
- Is Sterling K. Brown too good for This Is Us?