Posted Tuesday 12/05/17 at 3:06PM EST
John Oliver and Stephen Colbert are leading the way in asking celebrities uncomfortable questions about sexual misconduct
Source: The Washington Post
The Last Week Tonight host’s “squirm-inducing” questioning of Dustin Hoffman last night isn’t the only case of a late-night host asking awkward questions about sexual harassment. Colbert also didn’t hold back when recently questioning Ben Affleck about his relationship with Harvey Weinstein and his own alleged sexual misconduct. "A film panel isn’t the usual place to have this kind of discussion, so the awkward exchange between the actor and the late-night host raises a question: When is a good time and place to ask about these kinds of allegations? And is a comedian the right person to do it?” asks Stephanie Merry. “Increasingly, late-night hosts who get coveted access to big-name stars are asking tough questions. No longer can A-listers assume that their publicity rounds will include easy conversation and goofy guessing games. Ever since Jimmy Fallon launched a thousand angry tweets by tousling Donald Trump’s hair, late-night hosts have had to pivot away from being simply entertainers. These days, as sexual misconduct dominates the cultural conversation, they have to be gatekeepers of accountability, too.”
Today gets a ratings boost from booting Matt Lauer
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Viewership was up 14% last week, which featured the firing of the longtime Today and its aftermath. In the key 18-49 and 25-54 demos, Today’s ratings skyrocketed 43.2% from Tuesday to Wednesday of last week.
Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune are entering the Broadcasting Hall of Fame together
Source: The A.V. Club
The National Association Of Broadcasters has decided to honor the companion game shows in a ceremony in April.
Terry Crews is suing the agent who allegedly groped him
In his lawsuit, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star says WME agent Adam Venit’s client Adam Sandler was a witness to the aftermath of the alleged assault, with Sandler calling him later to ask if he was okay. ALSO: Grey’s Anatomy alum Isaiah Washington says Crews is being shunned in Hollywood for accusing Venit of assault.
S.W.A.T. suspends production due to Southern California wildfires
The CBS drama films in Santa Clarita, not far from where a 200-acre brush fire prompted the closure of the 5 freeway. UPDATE: Westworld has also shut down production.
Netflix is creating a choose-your-own adventure show for adults
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the success of Netflix kids shows Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile inspired the company to try doing interactive shows for adults.
CBS is giving its stars the bobblehead treatment for the holidays
New 10-second promos will feature CBS’ best-known stars looking as if they’re straight out of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
“Spike” from Spike TV is outraged that his cable network is being rebranded as Paramount Network
Source: Ad Week
Spike TV's fictional bro is “going rogue” in the final weeks of existence for the network for men, via a #GoodbyeSpike campaign. Spike TV officially becomes Paramount Network on Jan. 19.
Alice Eve joins Iron Fist
The British actress will join Finn Jones in Season 2 in a role yet to be revealed. “We are very excited to have an actress of Alice’s stature join the cast of ‘Marvel’s Iron Fist,’” said Marvel’s Jeph Loeb. “Her exceptional talent brings an intrigue and danger to her character unlike anyone else.”
Ginger Zee: I checked into a mental hospital 10 days before starting my GMA job
Source: E! Online
In her new book, Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I Am One, the Good Morning America meteorologist also reveals she attempted suicide at age 21. “I’d lost all hope,” Gee tells People. “I just shut down. It wasn’t worth living. I was wasting people’s time and space.”
Ex-MTV VJ Dominick De Luca accuses Kevin Spacey of sexual assault
Source: Page Six
The former heavy metal VJ penned a letter on his private Instagram account detailing the time in 1997 that Spacey allegedly touched him inappropriately. DeLuca wrote: “You grabbed my a**, to which I said to you, ‘I ain’t down with that gay sh*t’ … you replied, ‘Everyone is gay for pay in LA at some point.’”
Black Mirror previews its Star Trek-themed episode
Jesse Plemons is Captain Daly on the “USS Callister” episode.
It was about time House of Cards ditched Kevin Spacey and made Robin Wright the star
Source: Vanity Fair
“The natural course of the show long ago turned Frank Underwood into a nearly unbearable character, a hardheaded man who would do anything to maintain his grip on power,” says Yohana Desta. “The show has also had to contort itself into all sorts of odd directions in order to ensure that Frank keeps winning. And while he began life as an enthralling political animal, that central conceit has worn thin, particularly over the course of the series’s past few seasons.” Desta adds that “Claire, by contrast, has long been the more alluring cipher of the two.”
Laverne Cox to host Lifetime’s Glam Masters makeup competition series
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kim Karadashian is producing the reality show which will feature her longtime makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, and the Orange Is the New Black star, who will also serve as a judge.
TBS makes the entire first season of Danny McBride animated series Tarantula available for binging
For the first time, all episodes of a new series is being made available for binging on TBS’ website and app. McBride is producing Tarantulas with his Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals collaborator Jody Hill.
Samantha Bee and John Oliver’s shows are neighbors, so she engraved a note to him under his desk
Full Frontal and Last Week Tonight film in the same studio. But Bee tells Seth Meyers, “we never really cross paths that much, but I did actually, I did engrave something in his desk. And I don't know if he knows that. I took like a knife, I guess I was randomly holding a knife, and under his desk somewhere it says like, ‘Sam Bee was here.’”
Andrew Lincoln: “I was desperate to be naked" in The Walking Dead zombie fight scene
Source: TV Guide
“But they wouldn't let me be naked!” says Lincoln. “I said, 'One take,' I said, 'Please, with just the cowboy boots. Let's do that.' And for some reason, AMC weren't completely comfortable."
- John Oliver and Stephen Colbert are leading the way in asking celebrities uncomfortable questions about sexual misconduct