Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 2:17PM EST
Lord of the Rings TV series lands at Amazon with a multiple-season commitment
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV show, which includes the potential of spinoff series, will be produced with J.R.R. Tolkien's Estate and Trust, publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros. Entertainment's New Line Cinema. “The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon's new head of scripted programming, in a statement. Still, as James Hibberd points out, “there’s a catch, creatively speaking: The series will explore storylines set before the events in the first LOTR novel, The Fellowship of the Ring. In other words: The war to destroy the One Ring as chronicled in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy of films will not be told in the TV version. So this story is either set before The Hobbit or in between The Hobbit and LOTR.” Also, Amazon didn’t name a writer/showrunner for the series. As The Shield creator Shawn Ryan notes: “Protip: When you see a network announce a big commitment to a new show with no writer/showrunner to guide vision, prepare for bumpy waters.”
Louis CK accuser says his behavior was “common knowledge”
Source: New York Daily News
Comedian Rebecca Corry, one of Louis CK’s five accusers in The New York Times, spoke about her experience this morning on GMA. "It was just actually sort of common knowledge in the comedy world,” she said. “People made jokes about it all the time.” ALSO: Game of Thrones star Lena Headey slams Louis CK's statement: "The words you wrote are a sh*show of narcissistic c*ck soup...He didn’t apologize. FULL STOP. He wrote some stuff that he thought would make people still think he’s funny. He ain’t."
Chipotle’s stock takes a hit after Supergirl star Jeremy Jordan claimed their food made him violently sick
Source: New York Post
Chipotle, for its part, said it reached out to Jordan, adding: “There have been no other reported claims of illness at the restaurant where he dined. We take all claims seriously, but we can’t confirm any link to Chipotle given the details he shared with us.”
Kristen Bell and ABC are reuniting high school classmates to perform their old musicals
Titled Encore, the show is currently seeking veterans of high school musicals from the early 1990s through the 2000s.
Report: House of Cards staffers should know by Thanksgiving “what the future holds” as writers are “racing against the clock” to rewrite Season 6
According to CNNMoney, “the show's writers are facing a ticking clock as they scrap a Season 6 plan eight months in the making and find a new direction for the show's final season. Sources close to the production told CNNMoney that it's unlikely the show will be canceled. In fact, writers are kicking around ideas on how to rewrite the show without its biggest star," Kevin Spacey.
Amazon is exploring a free, ad-supported version of its TV service
Source: Ad Age
An anonymous Amazon executive tells Ad Week, "Amazon is talking about giving content creators their own channels, and sharing ad revenue in exchange for a set number of hours of content each week.”
SNL’s dolphin scientist sketch is based on a true story
Source: Fast Company
That weird sketch over the weekend was inspired by a real-life study concerning volunteer naturalist Margaret Howe, who began living with a bottlenose dolphin in the late 1960s for NASA.
Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge sign on for Boston-set City on a Hill drama pilot for Showtime
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are producing the pilot starring Bacon as a corrupt FBI agent and the Straight Outta Compton star as a district attorney who team up to stop a family of armored car robbers in Boston.
Will & Grace books Dax Shepard
Source: Entertainment Weekly
There are no details about the former Parenthood star’s guest return to NBC.
Conan O’Brien is launching the animated Team Coco’s Comedy Club on Snapchat
Source: Broadcasting & Cable
The new show will mix live-action with animation of standup comics sharing their stories.
Ashley Benson criticizes Pretty Little Liars for photoshopping her and her co-stars
“PLL had put up this poster and it was from our first season and it was completely crazy,” she says. “Nobody looked like themselves.”
Carrie Underwood recuperating after breaking her wrist
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Days after hosting the CMAs, Underwood reportedly fell down her stairs at home.
Bill Murray and brother Brian Doyle-Murray to star in a Facebook comedy series on minor league baseball
The unscripted comedy Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray’s Extra Innings debuts on Facebook Watch next Monday.
Former Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa can still speak fluent Dothraki
Momoa showed off his Dothraki speaking skills recently on The Graham Norton Show.
- Lord of the Rings TV series lands at Amazon with a multiple-season commitment