Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Kerry Washington to star in her second Hulu series: Sci-fi drama Old City Blues
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The former Scandal star, who is already attached to the Hulu limited series Little Fires Everywhere, will star in and executive produce a second Hulu series -- an adaptation of the futuristic 2011 graphic novel Old City Blues. Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is on board to direct the pilot. Written by Giannis Milonogiannis, the graphic novel Old City Blues is set in the year 2048 in the city of "New Athens, on the ruins that once was known as Greece but is now crawling with high-tech criminals including smugglers, drug dealers and corrupt politicians and powerful corporations." Washington's role has yet to be revealed.
ABC officially orders The Middle spinoff pilot starring Eden Sher
ABC has given a pilot production commitment to the single-camera spinoff that finds Sue Heck leaving small-town Indiana for young adulthood in the big city of Chicago. The Middle creators Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline are writing the pilot.
Ruby Rose is the victim of a "left-wing harassment campaign" over her Batwoman casting
Source: The Daily Beast
"Shockingly, the predictable backlash to Ruby Rose’s recently announced casting appears to actually be coming from inside the house—from fans who seem to love the idea of an out actress playing Kate Kane, but want more from their trailblazing lesbian superhero," explains Amy Zimmerman of casting the lesbian Rose in the The CW role. She adds: "Recurring sentiments appear to be that Batwoman should be played by a Jewish lesbian, and that the role would have been a great opportunity to elevate new talent. Sample tweets include, 'Ruby is great... But she is not the only queer actress out there' and 'JEWISH LESBIAN CHARACTER SHOULD BE PLAYED BY A JEWISH LESBIAN." Zimmerman points out that users of the #RecastBatwoman hashtag on Twitter have rallied around another actress, Ashley Platz, whose Batwoman audition tape has been widely circulated.
Insatiable is yet another TV show that puts thin actors in bizarre-looking fat suits
Source: Paste Magazine
From Fat Monica on Friends to Fat Schmidt on New Girl, TV producers like to use a "bizarre fat suit motif," says Amy Amatangelo. "There’s a segment of writers, producers, and showrunners who think you can just stick an actor in a fat suit and the jokes write themselves. Hilarity ensues," she says. As "Fatty Patty," Debby Ryan's Insatiable character looks especially bizarre. As Amatangelo notes, "Ryan is stuffed into clothes that are too tight for her fat-suited body and her face is distorted. Why do they do that when they decide to make someone overweight? Do they not know that people who aren’t a size zero actually have proportional and not warped faces? That people who are a size 14 can find clothes that fit them?"
$100,000 Pyramid contestant calls mistaking Barack Obama for Osama bin Laden "perhaps the most embarrassing moment of my life"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Contestant Adam Kaufman recounted his flub that aired Sunday night in a series of tweets on Monday, explaining that he filmed the episode as a new father with very little sleep. "So. This is me below. Racist $100,000 Pyramid Guy. Let me tell you the story about perhaps the most embarrassing moment of my life. #KillMe," Kaufman captioned a video of his flub, before going into detail of what happened.
Documentary Now! is doing its first musical episode, featuring John Mulaney and Taran Killam
The IFC mockumentary series will return with Original Cast Album: Co-Op, a parody of D.A. Pennebaker’s 1970 documentary Original Cast Album: Company, which followed the overnight cast recording of the Stephen Sondheim Tony Award-winning musical. Documentary Now! returns in February for "Season 52."
Nerdist issues a statement distancing itself from Chris Hardwick after its parent company restored his name to the website
“Last week, our parent company completed its investigation into the allegations against Chris Hardwick and issued a statement on our site that reinstated a mention of Hardwick as the founder of Nerdist, which is factually true,” Nerdist said in its statement posted to Twitter, accompanied by abuse prevention hotlines. “This statement is not intended to imply any change in our ongoing support of women and victims, nor does it change our business relationship with Hardwick, which concluded in 2017.”
Pro-gun activist who bit a dildo on Who Is America? only found out Sunday night he was a Sacha Baron Cohen victim
Source: The New York Times
Daniel Roberts, a truck driver who is president of Youth Shooters of America, learned of his awkward appearance on the Showtime series from a friend's Facebook message while he was going to bed Sunday night. "I don’t get Showtime," he says. "I had absolutely no idea. Sacha Baron Cohen — it’s like, 'Who?' I guess he was kind of big in the early 2000s for some stuff? He never was on my radar as anyone I knew about or followed." Roberts, who taped the bit with Erran Morad in July 2017, thought he was filming for Israeli TV. Following his appearance, Roberts says he's exploring his legal options. "This was a malicious, willful and deliberate act on the part of Sacha Baron Cohen, the production company and Showtime, who blatantly lied to me about the purpose of the entire thing, in a deliberate effort to humiliate me," says Roberts.
Ian Ziering to host and produce a festival travel adventure series
The Sharknado star is poised to travel the United States and the world exploring the most outrageous festivals on Festival Crusader with Ian Ziering, which is currently being shopped to networks and streaming services.
Tom Arnold: I've become estranged from the producers of Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes
Source: Rolling Stone
“They’re f*cking idiots,” Arnold says of his producers in a Rolling Stone profile, in which he tells of screaming matches he's had over his upcoming show. Arnold says he and the showrunner got into an argument backstage at the recent TV press tour. “Get the f*ck out of my face,” Arnold says he told him.
Game of Thrones' Season 7 finale's script is now available on the Emmys website, with possible answers to burning questions
The Emmy-nominated script for "The Dragon and the Wolf" may settle the big ice dragon debate.
How Sharp Objects landed four Led Zeppelin songs
Showrunner Jean-Marc Vallée was rejected by the legendary band for the use of one song for his 2011 movie Café de Flore. So when he approached Jimmy Page and Robert Plant for Sharp Objects, "we went for four tracks, and we sold the idea to them that they will be the sound of this series, so of course that was something special and different.... We sent the script and very specific descriptions of how we’re using their music, and the in-scape element coming from Alice. And it worked." Vallée also admits having a backup plan to go with another rock band. ALSO: Vallée and music supervisor Susan Jacobs explain the clues in the soundtrack.
TV chefs are finding that their famous names aren't helping the restaurants they open
Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Jamie Oliver, Emeril Lagasse and Gordon Ramsay are among the TV chefs with high-profile restaurant closures. "Having a name like Gordon Ramsay or Emeril Lagasse on a restaurant once was a recipe for success," reports Christopher Palmeri. "But rising rents and changing consumer tastes have taken a toll."
Fresh Off the Boat becomes the first Asian-American sitcom to reach syndication
Source: TV Insider
The ABC comedy will make its UPtv debut with a Labor Day marathon.
HBO is opening a Random Acts of Flyness interactive experience in New York City
The two-day pop-up experience, running Friday and Saturday, will let viewers of Terence Nance's late-night series explore themes and cultural idioms expressed in the six-episode season. ALSO: Random Acts of Flyness isn't a comedy, and shouldn't be pigeonholed.
Ted Cruz's basketball victory over Jimmy Kimmel is helping to remake his image
Source: The Atlantic
The U.S. Senator from Texas is in a tough reelection battle against the handsome and charismatic U.S. Rep. Democrat Beto O'Rourke. So Cruz, with Kimmel's inadvertent help, is using his victory in the "Blobfish Basketball Classic" as part of his "basketball charm offensive."
How Fear the Walking Dead was overhauled to be as good or even better than The Walking Dead
Source: The Ringer
Taking a cue from the course corrections done on The Leftovers and Halt and Catch Fire, Fear the Walking Dead's drastic restructuring has resulted in "a weirder, wilder, and more adventurous show that stands apart from — and in some ways surpasses — the franchise flagship," says Ben Lindbergh. ALSO: Jenna Elfman had to gut a real fish: "Repeatedly! Take after take!"
Trevor Noah doesn't have a desk in his Daily Show office
“A desk feels like a waste of space when the thing you’re using to conduct all your business is in the palm of your hand,” says Noah, whose office features a candid photo of him, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert laughing, as well as a bottle of champagne sent from Oprah Winfrey accompanied by a handwritten note.
Last Chance U coach: We've rejected hundreds of potential transfer students because our Netflix show is a hit
"We've had to turn down about 400 kids in the first weekend alone," says coach Jason Brown. "I had about 5,000 emails in 24 hours."
Dwayne Johnson promises Elizabeth Warren "a big Rock sized hug" for her Ballers love
The U.S. senator from Massachusetts sent out another Ballers tweet on Sunday night. "Why do I love @BallersHBO so much? It is @TheRock," she tweeted. To which Johnson responded: "I appreciate the love Senator Warren. Enjoy our new season tonight and you have a big Rock sized hug coming when I see ya." ALSO: Rob Corddry explains Warren's love of Ballers.
Joshua Jackson attempts to outdo James Van Der Beek's "Crying Dawson" meme
“I’m coming for your crown,” Jackson wrote to his former Dawson's Creek co-star, accompanied by a photo his crying face from The Affair.
- Kerry Washington to star in her second Hulu series: Sci-fi drama Old City Blues