Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
Leslie Jones has become the "anti-announcer" of the Winter Olympics
Source: The New York Times
The SNL star's tweets are being called the best thing about the Winter Olympics, and she has yet to even arrive in South Korea. The Huffington Post says Jones has "upped her game" this year, after her celebrated stint as a social-media commentator at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. "Ms. Jones has emerged as the Olympics’ anti-announcer, funny and often salty, especially when it comes to the fashion, which, at its best, can be daring, and, its worst, well, she has her views," says Laura M. Holson. Jones' Twitter commentary has become like a real-time version of E!'s Fashion Police. “She’s not a fashion expert, and she is not holding herself out to be,” says Melissa Rivers, former host of Fashion Police. “She takes all the haughtiness out of it.”
Parks and Rec stars have a mini-reunion for Galentine's Day
In honor of today's Galentine's Day celebration, Aubrey Plaza posted a photo of herself reunited with fellow Parks stars Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones and Kathryn Hahn. As Newsweek notes, Feb. 13 has become an unofficial holiday. "Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies," Leslie Knope said on the first Galentine's Day in 2010. "It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."
Kevin Hart's new YouTube series sends celebrities like Conan O'Brien and Chance the Rapper outside their comfort zones
The comedian's Laugh Out Loud Network has announced What the Fit, which will have celebrities try out unusual fitness routines. Conan will try sumo wrestling, while Leslie Jones will take a spin at the rodeo. Other celebrity participants include DJ Khaled, Joel McHale, Tiffany Haddish, Khloé Kardashian and Niecy Nash. What the Fit premieres March 8.
YouTube TV will reportedly raise its price and add the Turner family of channels
Source: 9 To 5 Google
The streaming service's monthly price will go up from $35 to $40 a month, according to a Buzzfeed post that has since been removed because it contained embargoed information. Concurrent with the price hike, YouTube will reportedly add Turner channels, including CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT and TCM.
Why NBC shouldn't be worried about the Winter Olympics ratings
When counting the combined Winter Olympics viewership on NBC and other online and cable platforms, the ratings are pretty much in line with 2014. NBC should also be happy that the ratings are still strong in this Peak TV era. As Josef Adalian puts it, "the NBC-only prime-time numbers may be down, but they’re down a lot less than programming on rival networks. This past Friday, for example, the Opening Ceremony on NBC drew about 28 million viewers, a decline of roughly 12 percent from 2014. By contrast, ABC, CBS, and Fox this past Friday attracted a combined audience of 8.6 million — about 33 percent below the 12.8 million viewers those same three networks notched against the 2014 Olympics Opening Ceremony. It was a similar story on Saturday and Sunday, with NBC outdistancing its competitors by unheard-of margins."
Netflix says 13 Reasons Why author "was not involved" in Season 2
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The streaming service has responded to sexual harassment allegations against the author, saying: “Jay Asher was not involved in the second season of 13 Reasons Why. The upcoming season will not be impacted in any way.” ALSO: Asher says he's being harassed after having "affairs with consenting adults."
Stephen Colbert rides a mini Segway through Capitol Hill
Source: Roll Call
The Late Show host, who's off this week, was spotted today outside of U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff's office. "On Capitol Hill," Colbert tweeted. "What don't I want me to know??? #releasemymemo"
Fox boss: $3.3 billion for NFL's Thursday Night Football isn't an overpayment
“Any time you go to an auction, somebody wins, and everybody who loses says that the winner overpaid,” Fox Networks CEO Peter Rice says of paying the NFL $3.3 billion over the next five years for Thursday games. “You either have the most-watched content on television, or you don’t have it.”
Stop taking Omarosa's Celebrity Big Brother comments about Trump seriously!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Omarosa's comments keep being written up as news when her observations could have come from anybody, says Daniel Fienberg. "For the past week," he writes, "a strange and sad thing has occurred where seasoned political reporters and entertainment reporters alike have been forced to glue their eyeballs to the live feeds for Celebrity Big Brother because of the annoying possibility that reality TV retread and discarded Trump Administration castaway Omarosa Manigault-Newman might say something controversial and therefore meaningful — which is not the same as saying something substantive and therefore meaningful, because we know with reasonable certainty that that's not going to happen — about her former boss in the White House." ALSO: Julie Chen thinks Omarosa "played up" her asthma attack.
Once Upon a Time's Josh Dallas lands the male lead on NBC's Manifest
The mystery thriller pilot about a disappearing plane has also tapped Valor's Melissa Roxburgh as the female lead.
CBS All Access renews cop comedy No Activity
The comedy about the mundane lives of cops starring Tim Meadows and Patrick Brammall aired eight episodes in November and December.
Egypt bans SNL Arabia over "sexual expressions"
Source: The Daily Star
The Arab world version of Saturday Night Live, which follows the exact same format of the NBC version, was accused by Egypt's Supreme Media Regulatory Council of showing inappropriate "sexual phrases and insinuations that should not be presented to viewers,"
Bill Paxton's family files wrongful-death lawsuit against his surgeon and hospital
Source: ET Canada
The former Big Love star died a year ago this month as a result of a "maverick" operation, and his family says they weren't properly informed about the risks. The lawsuit targets the doctor and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Before winning the gold medal, Red Gerard overslept after binging on Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Comedy Central's second Clusterfest will feature Amy Schumer, Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah
Source: The Comic's Comic
Clusterfest 2018, set for June, will also include Tiffany Haddish, The Lonely Island and many more people from the world of comedy.
Supernatural paved the way for new Hans Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Solo: A Star Wars Story star's first acting credit was on the second episode of Season 1 of the then-WB series.
Chelsea Handler is creating her own line of marijuana
Source: The Blast
The former Netflix talk show host credits weed as “the f*cking only thing that’s kept me sane since Trump was elected.”
Milo Ventimiglia has been giving hugs to This Is Us fans
"A lot of people, they want a hug," he tells Jimmy Kimmel. "They don't really ask me for advice, but they want that paternal knowing that things are okay."
Peggy Sulahian exits The Real Housewives of Orange County after one year
"It was an honor to be the 100th housewife and to be part of the Bravo family,” she wrote on Instagram. “I am extremely proud of being the 1st Armenian-American Housewife and sharing my culture with the world.”
Lena Dunham says she underwent a total hysterectomy
The former Girls star hopes the procedure will help in her battle with endometriosis.
Marty Allen dies at 95: Comedian with the crazy hair was a TV fixture in the 1950s and 1960s
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Allen and straight man Steve Rossi formed Allen & Rossi, with the help of Nat King Cole, appearing on TV more than 700 times between 1957 and 1968. They were also performers on three of The Beatles four visits to The Ed Sullivan Show.
- Leslie Jones has become the "anti-announcer" of the Winter Olympics