Posted Monday 2/11/19 at 3:53PM EST
Lucy Liu to star in CBS All Access' Why Women Kill
After recently completing filming of the seventh and final season of Elementary, Liu has signed on to play a 1980s socialite named Simone in the dramedy from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry. Why Women Kill follows the lives of three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the 1960s, a socialite in the 1980s and a lawyer in 2018. "Elegant, stylish, effervescent, Simone is the picture of urbane confidence, moving through the world as if it were a delightful movie starring herself,” CBS All Access says of Liu's character. “Smugly superior, a woman for whom appearances mean everything, she thrives on shopping and throwing parties, seemingly happily married to her indulgent husband, Karl, who thinks she is simply fabulous. However, despite nagging premonitions, Simone is devastated, her world upended, when she learns that Karl has been cheating on her.”
America's Got Talent shakeup: Terry Crews is the new host, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough to replace Mel B and Heidi Klum
Crews, the current host of AGT spinoff America’s Got Talent: The Champions, will take over from Tyra Banks on the NBC reality competition this summer. Klum and Mel. B will not return as judges. They'll be replaced by L.A.'s Finest star Union and Dancing with the Stars alum Hough. The additions of Union and Hough means America's Got Talent will have its first American-born judges since Howard Stern departed in 2015.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine books superfan Lin-Manuel Miranda
The Hamilton creator will play Amy's brother and rival, David Santiago less than a year after helping rally to save the cop comedy after Fox's cancelation.
A Black-ish prequel is in the works at ABC, revolving around Tracee Ellis Ross’ character as a child
The potential second spinoff of Black-ish would focus on Johnson family matriarch Rainbow, AKA Bow, as a 12-year-old in the 1980s. It would also feature Bow's mom and late dad, who were played by Anna Deveare Smith and Beau Bridges on Black-ish. Bow is described as "emotionally and intellectually brilliant but also clueless, confused and awkward."
Hulu says dropping its Fyre Festival documentary days before Netflix "wasn't meant to be a dig to anyone else"
Hulu vice president of originals Craig Erwich said at the TV press tour that he felt that Hulu's Fyre Fraud offered the definitive account of the disastrous festival, and he wanted Hulu's film to be out before Netflix released Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.
The 2019 Grammys made for some great TV, but also featured some bad optics
Source: The Ringer
"Whether you love to hate the Grammys or hate to love them, everyone went home happy Sunday night—crawled home, maybe," says Rob Harvilla. "Music’s Biggest Night was also its longest, and most punishing and confounding, albeit spiked with bracing jolts of pure surrealist delight. After a mostly disastrous 2018 ceremony—in which only one woman won a televised solo award, the sole female Album of the Year nominee (poor Lorde) skipped the ceremony in protest, and (recording academy president Neil) Portnow mused afterward that music-biz sexism could only be conquered if women learned to 'step up'—this year’s Grammys were meant to be an explicit course correction, an apology tour, a miniseries-length do-over. It didn’t go perfectly; it arguably didn’t go particularly well. Nonetheless, the visible, flop-sweating, teeth-gritting effort, even at its most hapless, made for some lousy optics but some great television."
- The Grammys managed to be enjoyable despite indications last week it would be a trainwreck
- Grammys producers offered to have Drake return to finish his speech after cutting him off to go to commercials
- Grammys ratings tick up almost 1% from last year based on early numbers
- Report: Grammys left XXXTentacion out of the "In Memoriam" segment due to the rapper's domestic violence history
- Why was Jennifer Lopez featured in 60th-anniversary tribute to Motown?
TruTV sets premiere dates for Impractical Jokers and Tacoma FD
The eighth season of Impractical Jokers, TruTV's longest-running comedy, premieres March 28. It will be followed by Super Troops alums' Tacoma FD, set in a firehouse in the wettest city in America.
Game of Thrones cat Ser Pounce had a "horrible" death that couldn't be shown on TV
Source: Entertainment Weekly
King Tommen’s beloved cat, who was introduced in Season 4, was never seen again after his owner's death. What happened? “Cersei hated the name ‘Ser Pounce’ so much she could not allow him to survive,” co-creator David Benioff tells EW. “So she came up with her most diabolical (execution). Ser Pounce’s death was so horrible we couldn’t even put it on the air.”
20/20 to devote two hours to Ted Bundy's victims
Source: Orlando Sentinel
Friday's episode of the newsmagazine, titled "Bundy," features interviews with the serial killer's surviving victims. It also features an interview with Jo Berlinger, who produced the recent Bundy Netflix docuseries Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and is directing the upcoming Bundy movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile.
Watch Aidy Bryant's Shrill official trailer
The Hulu comedy, premiering March 15, is based on Lindy West's book Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman.
Hulu teases The Act
Patricia Arquette, Joey King, Chloë Sevigny and AnnaSophia Robb in the true-crime anthology series about a girl trying to escape her toxic relationship with her overprotective mother.
- Lucy Liu to star in CBS All Access' Why Women Kill