Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
Is superhero fatigue to blame for Netflix's Luke Cage and Iron Fist cancelations?
"Remember when Smallville was TV’s lone superhero show? (And hell, it didn’t even let Clark Kent have flights or tights.)," says Matt Webb Mitovich. "Now, seven years after that Superman origin story wrapped its run, TV is home to nearly 20 comic book-based series about specially abled heroes, with another batch in the pipeline. Could it be that Luke Cage and Iron Fist, which both got powered down this month, are the first casualties of simply too much super going on?" He points out that The CW has had a combined 22 seasons of superhero shows, while Gotham's ratings on Fox haven't been super. Add to that the recent launch of DC Universe and its superhero shows and it shouldn't be surprising to see superhero fatigue kicking in. Mitovich notes that in the "escalation of omnipresence comes that fact that it’s harder than ever for a hero to seem super, to stand out in the crowd."
After proposing on the Emmys, Glenn Weiss to co-produce the Oscars with Donna Gigliotti serving as producer
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Hidden Figures producer Gigliotti will helm the 91st Oscars, while Weiss, who directed the past three Oscars, will be elevated to co-producer. Weiss famously proposed to his girlfriend last month while picking up an Emmy for directing the 90th Academy Awards. “Donna Gigliotti has worked on some of the most celebrated films of our time and is uniquely qualified to bring her talent to the most anticipated awards show of the year,” ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said in a statement. “And, thanks to Glenn Weiss, we just experienced the most talked-about moment at the Emmys with his heartfelt onstage wedding proposal. We can’t wait to see how they top that at the Oscars.” ALSO: Could the new producing team design a radical makeover of the Oscars?
ABC orders three additional scripts for Splitting Up Together and three freshman series
A Million Little Things, The Rookie and The Kids Are Alright have each been given a vote of confidence with their additional script orders.
Sarah Silverman apologizes for her comments to Howard Stern after Louis CK accuser Rebecca Corry challenged her on Twitter
Silverman said on this morning's Howard Stern Show that her allowing CK to masturbate in front of her when they were both young comedians was different because they were equals at the time. “It’s not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them," Silverman said. "He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends. So sometimes, yeah, I wanted to see it, it was amazing. Sometimes I would say, ‘F*cking no, gross,’ and we got pizza.” Silverman's comments promoted Corry to respond on Twitter: "To be real clear, CK had 'nothing to offer me' as I too was his equal on the set the day he decided to sexually harrass me. He took away a day I worked years for and still has no remorse. He’s a predator who victimized women for decades and lied about it." To which Silverman responded: "Rebecca I’m sorry. Ugh this is why I don’t like weighing in. I can’t seem to do press 4 my show w/out being asked about it. But you’re right- you were equals and he fucked with you and it’s not ok. I’m sorry, friend. You are so talented and so kind." Corry wrote back: "Thank you. I know exactly how you feel. I can’t seem to live my life without getting rape & death threats, harassed & called a cunt regularly for simply telling the truth. I’m sorry your friend created this situation. We deserve to do our art without having to deal with this sh*t." ALSO: Silverman saying she allowed Louis CK to masturbate in front of her helps no one and just creates false equivalencies.
Transparent star Alexandra Billings slams the Trump administration's reported plan to strip transgender protections
Even though President Trump denies it, The New York Times reports that his administration is trying to define "transgender" out of existence. This prompted Billings, who is transgender, to write an open letter to Trump. "So now, in order to add more smoke and mirrors to your already discombobulated and frenzied joke of a presidency, you are pretending to understand our tribe and attempting to use us as political pawns to hide your ineptness at foreign policy," she writes. "You want introduce a policy that says I am to be recognized only by my genitalia and nothing else. That my penis makes me male. That my 22-year-old marriage is null and void and that my professorship at the University of Southern California is in jeopardy."
The Hunt for the Trump Tapes is finished, but Tom Arnold vows to carry on his search
Viceland only intended to run one season of Arnold's recently completed reality show, according to Deadline. Still, Arnold is not done searching for the Donald Trump Apprentice tapes. “I am not quitting until I get all the tapes or Trump resigns, which ever happens first," he says. "Every day both things get closer to happening.”
American Vandal Season 2 already parodied Making a Murderer Part 2
The opening montages of the Netflix true-crime documentary spoof and the newly released second season of the true-crime documentary series Making a Murderer are virtually identical.
See original Flash John Wesley Shipp in his Arrowverse crossover costume
Shipp starred on CBS' short-lived The Flash from 1990 to 1991. “After seven years, this just might be the coolest thing we’ve ever done," tweeted executive producer Marc Guggenheim.
Ryan Murphy donates $10 million to Children's Hospital Los Angeles after revealing his son was diagnosed with cancer at age 2
Murphy paid tribute to the same hospital that saved Jimmy Kimmel's baby son Billy's life last year, saying Children's Hospital also saved his son Ford, who recently turned 4 years old. "Ford is doing so well because of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles @childrensla," Murphy wrote on Instagram. "Today at the hospital we are donating a wing in tribute to Ford and our family is making a gift of $10 million dollars so that other children can experience the love and care of this exceptional facility. No child is turned away at Children’s Hospital." ALSO: Children's Hospital Los Angeles honored Jimmy Kimmel for helping raise $5.5 million.
Kiernan Shipka: Netflix's Sabrina is a "woke witch"
“This is totally the Sabrina for 2018, in so many ways. She’s a woke witch,” Shipka tells Variety of her Chilling Adventures of Sabrina character. “Her entire grappling with signing her name away in the Book of the Beast and questioning a lot of the more patriarchal elements of what she was raised to believe and to go into. I think that in and of itself is very feminist and she’s a strong independent woman and she stands up for herself and she does what she thinks is right.” ALSO: Shipka wants a Riverdale-Sabrina crossover.
Bob Barker is "awake and alert" after an ambulance took him to the hospital Monday afternoon
The Price is Right icon, who turns 95 in December, was responsive when transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this afternoon. Barker last year suffered a nasty fall that has been bothering him as recently as last week. Barker's rep released a statement saying: “He’s awake and alert. (He's) resting comfortably.”
Doctor Who's Rosa Parks episode brought the franchise back to its educational roots
When Doctor Who launched in 1963, it was intended to be an educational show for families as much as a it was a sci-fi drama. The TARDIS was supposed to provide a window into human history. So Sunday's Rosa Parks episode was in line with Doctor Who's original mission.
Marvel's Daredevil star Charlie Cox explains why Ben Affleck's 2003 Daredevil movie didn't work
Source: ET Canada
“I thought Ben Affleck did a great job. I really liked his Matt Murdock. It was in keeping with the characters in the comics," Cox said in an interview with The Telegraph. “The problem with the film was that the best Daredevil runs in print are geared toward a slightly more mature audience. He’s not Spider-Man… not really a teenage superhero. That’s where the film didn’t quite work – it was a little too, dare I say, comic book-y for that character.”
Get Out and Halloween horror production company Blumhouse is trying to conquer TV
Source: The New York Times
Blumhouse has found big-screen success with horror films Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Get Out and, most recently, Halloween. But it's failed so far to generate the same enthusiasm for horror shows on TV. Its new horror anthology series Into the Dark barely got any attention when it recently premiered on Hulu, especially when compared to Netflix's new horror series The Haunting of Hill House. Blumhouse has found some success with non-horror fare like HBO's The Jinx and Sharp Objects, but many of its TV offerings have been forgettable.
Ellen DeGeneres responds to comedian who claimed she lifted her "Tinder Live" game
Ellen said she was unaware comedian Lane Moore created her own version of "Tinder Live" five years ago. “I had no idea, but you’re clearly brilliant. Now I do have an idea, and I’ll go and watch,” Ellen tweeted in response to Moore.
The West Wing cast and crew say it's almost impossible to do the show in the Trump era
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I feel like the fakest thing about the show is that we had rational Republicans," said Bradley Whitford, speaking at Politicon over the weekend. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, who wrote and produced on The West Wing, added: "As a writer, I think it would be impossible to write this show now."
The Crown re-creates Prince Charles' first meeting with Camilla Parker Bowles
Source: Digital Spy
Call the Midwife star Emerald Fennell was spotted filming with Josh O'Connor the famous scene where Parker Bowles and Prince Charles first met when they were in their early 20s.
"LeBronsomnia": East Coast viewers are finding it hard to stay awake for the NBA's two most popular teams, the Lakers and Warriors
Source: The Wall Street Journal
The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers play 65 games this season that start at 10:30 p.m. ET or later. LeBron James' debut with the Lakers started at 10:48 p.m. ET last Thursday. "By the time the second half began, it was already Friday," writes Ben Cohen. "When the fourth quarter was finally over, most of the country was snoring ... It was 1:16 a.m. in New York, 7:16 a.m. in Barcelona and 1:16 p.m. in Beijing. It’s now less exhausting to watch the most exciting parts of the most exciting NBA games from Europe and Asia than a huge chunk of the United States."
Amy Schumer had a unique way of announcing her pregnancy
Source: The Cut
The comedian announced “I’m Pregnant - Amy Schumer" at the end of a list of her midterm endorsements.
Game of Thrones' The Mountain gets married
Source: Page Six
Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson tied the knot with fitness guru Kelsey Morgan Henson in Iceland over the weekend.
- Is superhero fatigue to blame for Netflix's Luke Cage and Iron Fist cancelations?