Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Julie Chen stands by Les Moonves, signing off Big Brother as "Julie Chen Moonves"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Chen said "Good evening, I’m Julie Chen" at the beginning of Big Brother's live double eviction Thursday night, her first TV appearance since husband Les Moonves was fired on Sunday as CEO of CBS after taking time off from The Talk. But she found an unusual way to sign off, adding her husband's surname. "From outside the Big Brother house with Brett, I am Julie Chen Moonves. Good night," she said. According to EW, "it was the first time in the history of the show that Chen has used the Moonves surname while signing off, a clear indication that she still supports her husband amid the accusations levied against him in two blistering New Yorker articles by Rowan Farrow." As Daniel D'Addario put it, "that name, defiantly used, feels, for now, unwelcome in any setting that demands introspection, and antithetical to any path forward for Chen but painful silence."
Jeff Fager's ouster puts a spotlight on the divide between 60 Minutes and CBS News
Source: The New York Times
60 Minutes staffers fear that Fager's exit will result in the folding of the newsrooms of CBS News with the iconic newsmagazine, which operate out of separate buildings. 60 Minutes servers are inaccessible to CBS News staffers, who must ask permission and use the show's watermark if they want to show its footage -- "as it if it were a rival station," reports The New York Times' John Koblin and Michael M. Grynbaum. "In its half-century on the air," they report, "60 Minutes has never been at home within the larger CBS News family," As former CBS News president Andrew Heyward explains, "the people at 60 Minutes were paid more, they had longer time to work on stories, they got incredible recognition in terms of ratings and prestige, so naturally the people in the trenches would sometimes be resentful of that. It was like a hit TV show that happened to be at CBS News.” 60 Minutes staffers fear that CBS News president David Rhodes -- whom Fager hired from Bloomberg News in 2011 -- would dismantle what they consider an institution. "Mr. Rhodes so rarely visits the 60 Minutes office that one staff member likened his appearance there on Wednesday, to discuss Mr. Fager’s firing, to the sighting of a unicorn," reports The Times. "Likewise, 60 Minutes officials are infrequent attendees at Mr. Rhodes’s editorial meetings for senior producers every Monday morning. So when he did show up, many staff members reacted in anger." ALSO: 60 Minutes staffers coined "Fager World" to describe Fager's happy bubble.
Les Moonves' dark side: CBS veterans recall the volatility of their former boss
Many former CBS staffers who worked closely with Moonves were surprised by the sexual assault allegations in Ronan Farrow's New Yorker stories, according to Variety's Cynthia Littleton. Yet they recalled an atmosphere of fear that Moonves created. "Moonves’ core team collaborated in the formidable job of running the network, and also on the best ways to handle a temperamental boss," reports Littleton. "The higher up executives climbed and the longer they worked with him, the more staffers were exposed to the darker side of his forceful personality. His eruptions sometimes got so loud and intense as to frighten the recipient, multiple sources said. 'Scary screaming,' one described. His mood swings made the already high-stakes atmosphere of running a television network even more fraught. 'You would just be fearful of what kind of Les you would get,' said another CBS veteran."
Les Moonves, Jeff Fager and Charlie Rose helped shape how our society sees women
Source: The Washington Post
"It’s impossible to know how different America would be if power-happy and misogynistic men hadn’t been running the show in so many influential media organizations — certainly not just CBS," says Margaret Sullivan of three high-profile CBS departures. Sullivan points out that powerful men like Moonves, Fager and Rose didn't have to sexually harass women to exert their power, as shown in two instances on Tuesday. CBS News reporter Jericka Duncan, who received a threatening text from then-60 Minutes executive producer Fager, wasn't a victim of sexual harassment. Neither was Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason, who penned a Hollywood Reporter guest column Tuesday describing how CBS boss Moonves sidelined her career. "Neither Duncan nor Bloodworth-Thomason have said they were victims of sexual harassment at CBS. But they certainly were mistreated," says Sullivan. "And these two moments offer a hint of how widespread the damage of a misogynistic culture can be — with the harm extending well beyond the primary victims whose careers, in some cases, were irrevocably derailed." ALSO: CBS News is looking as sexist, sick and predatory as Fox News.
The Weather Channel is presenting video game-like simulations of Hurricane Florence's potential severity
"As Hurricane Florence flood warnings continue to surge, the Weather Channel has found a way to make them hit home: with a visualization of what the storm surge could look like 'in reality,'" reports Rachel Withers. "With experts still trying to convince residents to evacuate in spite of a category downgrade, the immersive mixed reality is an upgrade on the standard topographic inundation map—and a powerfully sobering use of technology. The viral visualization shows a presenter standing on a simulated street, as simulated floodwaters rise higher around her, showing various possible depths—otherwise just numbers—in relation to her body." ALSO: CNN's Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo caught all wearing "short sleeve muscle polo shirts" while out covering the hurricane.
Cynthia Nixon loses Democratic primary for governor
Source: E! Online
After six months of campaigning, the former Sex and the City star failed to unseat sitting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Tucker Carlson's interview with "creepy porn lawyer" Michael Avenatti devolved into a 13-minute "shoutfest"
Source: The Daily Beast
The Fox News host's long-awaited interview with Stormy Daniels' attorney was "worse than you're imagining," says Matt Wilstein. Carlson mocked Avenatti throughout the interview by displaying different "Creepy Porn Lawyer" chyrons at the bottom of the screen -- at one point abbreviating the insult as "CPL." Wilstein adds: "It wasn’t until the final moments of the gross display that the words on the screen migrated into Carlson’s mouth. 'Creepy porn lawyer, great to see you,' the host said, getting the last word and cutting to commercial." After the interview, Avenatti seemed to express regret, tweeting that Carlson had agreed to ditch the "name calling" beforehand.
Designing Women revival lands at ABC, as a "sequel"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
ABC has handed out a script commitment to Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth Thomason's proposed sequel to her hit CBS sitcom, which ended 25 years ago. She'll be joined by her husband, Harry Thomason, who'll return as executive producer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the new Designing Women — which is a multicamera comedy like its predecessor — will follow the next generation of Sugarbakers with a crop of new, young, female designers at an Atlanta interior design firm. The new take will still have the same razor-sharp dialogue and ability to cut through the political, cultural and social factions that rarely agree on anything."
Insatiable was always going to be renewed for Season 2
The Netflix teen series may have received an 11% Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score based on the critics, but it received an 83% Rotten Tomatoes audience score based on reviews from 3,000 viewers. "If this is what a mere 3,000 people think, imagine how many Netflix subscribers actually binged the series," says Ariana Romero." She adds: "Although Netflix cares about its critical reception — the company wouldn’t be able to make 21st century history and dethrone HBO in Emmy nominations if it didn’t — it also cares about what viewers want. It’s the service’s job to give viewers what they want. Yes, even when the masses want an often-offensive black comedy about a teenager losing weight under dangerous methods and murdering multiple people after learning 'skinny is magic.' It’s not good, but it is capitalism."
Bachelor in Paradise was an accidental rom-com
While The Bachelor delivers romances that are almost anti-narrative, Bachelor in Paradise has a looser format that, as Emma Gray and Claire Fallon point out, "allowed for more twists ― surprise engagements, mini breakups and reunions (thanks, Carly and Evan) — and all the spice you might expect from Nancy Meyers or a New York Times Vows column."
Sarah Silverman visited by Jon Hamm as President Lincoln, Jason Sudeikis as President Nixon and Comedy Central's President Trump
Watch I Love You, America's presidential sketch featuring everybody from Adam Scott to Anthony Ataminuik.
Madonna's anti-David Letterman letter she wrote after her infamous Late Show appearance is up for auction
In the handwritten May 1994 letter addressed to "fellow revolutionaries," Madonna addressed her notorious profanity-laced interview with Letterman in which she uttered the F-bomb 14 times.
Ash vs Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell says a younger actor should take over the role of Ash Williams
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I’d be perfectly fine if they find some young Ash, do some new incarnation, let some other poor bastard get covered in blood,” the actor tells EW. “It’s all good.”
Donald Trump reportedly helped cast his MTV reality show The Girls of Hedsor Hall
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The 2009 finishing school reality show that aimed to turn "bad girls" into proper ladies had producer Trump involved in the casting process. The casting in 2008 included two dozen attractive women in their early 20s auditioning at his Beverly Hills Hotel bungalow. "Not hot enough," he said, several people present recall to The Hollywood Reporter. "We need hotter girls." The Girls of Hedsor Hall was one of many failed reality show attempts by Trump outside of The Apprentice franchise.
Lethal Weapon recruits Mykelti Williamson
He'll recur on Season 3 of the Fox drama as the CIA recruiter for Seann William Scott's Cole.
NRA depicts Thomas & Friends with KKK hoods to slam diversity
NRATV used the iconic kids' character Thomas the Tank Engine to mock the show's recent partnering with the United Nations to increase diversity on the program. Mattel later denounced the use of its show in association with hate images.
British viewers complain about the "mumbling" on FX's Trust
Source: Digital Spy
Many BBC Two viewers watching the FX series went on Twitter Wednesday night to complain how irked they were by the quiet dialogue that they could barely hear. "Dear god, is it just me who’s had to put on the subtitles? Stop mumbling guys!!!" wrote one Twitter user.
Here are 11 essential Late Night with Conan O'Brien clips in honor of its 25th anniversary
Source: E! Online
Included are The Slipnutz, The FedEx Pope, In the Year 2000 and Amy Poehler as Andy Richter's little sister. ALSO: Stephen Colbert congratulates Conan, says "I will never be as funny as you are."
Vetran showrunners are in hot demand to help guide untested TV show creators
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"As a crush of fresh (and green) voices turns to television, execs are scrambling to find proven writer-producers to keep big-ticket investments on track," according to The Hollywood Reporter. These veteran showrunners don't get the glory of the big-name creators. They are the "guy behind the guy," but they're earning a lot of making making sure shows are kept on track. They include NewsRadio creator Paul Simms, who has helped Donald Glover run Atlanta after helping guide Girls and The Flight of the Conchords. "Showrunners don't just fall out of the sky, they're grown," says CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. "There are so many shows now that the talent pool is thinner and people are getting opportunities maybe before they should be."
Peter Dinklage says Game of Thrones' final season will top the Battle of the Bastards
Source: Winter is Coming
When asked by the Belfast Telegraph if that battle could be topped, Dinklage responded: "Oh my god, and then some. You are in for it. Truly." ALSO: Ed Sheeran wishes his Game of Thrones character had been killed off.
Matt Czuchry got into acting after winning Mr. College of Charleston
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Resident star, who's most famous for The Good Wife and Gilmore Girls, says he won free acting classes when he competed on a male beauty pageant and was named Mr. College of Charleston 20 years ago. "You know what's crazy is because backstage everybody's making fun of the whole thing and when I saw free acting classes, it was a light bulb moment for me," he told Jimmy Fallon. "I'm like, 'I gotta win this thing. This is an opportunity.' And, you know, in your life you never know when these opportunities are gonna come and I felt it in that moment."
American Horror Story: Apocalypse looks like the franchise's dumbest season ever
Source: The Atlantic
"FX has hyped Apocalypse as the ultimate treat for Story fans, promising to bring back characters from the first season (set in a house haunted by hot ghosts) and the third (about a coven of sassy witches)," says Spencer Kornhaber. "Those earlier installments did indeed provide the scary, silly, and moving highlights of a franchise whose eternally promising conceit has been undermined by sloppy tonal shifts and plotting. The Apocalypse premiere can barely muster even the baseline bonkers, though: Forgoing the directive to terrify, it relies on first-draft camp comedy. Most troubling is that by wiping the Earth and heading below ground, (Ryan) Murphy and (Brad) Falchuk are betting they can construct a coherent new world according to their tastes and imagination. But eight seasons in, their stores of those resources appear as barren as California in nuclear winter."
- Apocalypse premieres to more than 3 million viewers, down from last season's premiere
- American Horror Story ditched the seriousness of Cult for the campy fun of Apocalypse
- This was one of the strongest premieres in American Horror Story history
- Nothing in the premiere was even remotely scary or shocking
- Apocalypse has perhaps the most visually beguiling set-up of any in the anthology so far
- The premiere's first moments redeemed the aimless, camping next 45 minutes
- Julie Chen stands by Les Moonves, signing off Big Brother as "Julie Chen Moonves"