Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
NBC's Winter Olympics coverage has become the "Apology Olympics"
NBC dumped analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo after he offended South Koreans by saying during the Opening Ceremony, "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, and technological, and economic example, has been so important to their own transformation." NBC also apologized for his comment. "If the Olympics gave out medals for apologies, NBC Sports would be in great shape at the 2018 Winter Games," says Michael McCarthy. "Over three days of coverage, the Peacock network has been busy apologizing, or trying to explain on-air gaffes and profanity by analysts and athletes, a tape delay for the first U.S gold medal and a 'wardrobe malfunction' that rekindled network nightmares of Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl."
- About 28.3 million watched the Opening Ceremony, down from 31.7 million for the Sochi Olympics
- Watch the 23 minutes that NBC edited out of the Opening Ceremony
- NBC turned the Opening Ceremony into a dull social studies report
- There was something "lyrical and occasionally irresistible at the core" of the Opening Ceremony
The Deuce writer: James Franco "of course" will be part of Season 2
At Sunday's Writers Guild Awards, Deuce writer Megan Abbott was asked about Franco's status in wake of his sexual misconduct scandal.
Tom Brady's Facebook docuseries Tom vs. Time is on "pause" because he lost the Super Bowl
"The truth is we had a plan," director Gotham Chopra wrote on Facebook of the sixth and final episode, "but unconsciously, it was tied to the Pats winning the Super Bowl and, when that didn’t happen (congrats, Eagles!), I felt like we needed to pause and recalibrate."
Omarosa to return to the Celebrity Big Brother house after leaving due to health issues
CBS addressed her weekend departure in a statement on Sunday's episode, saying: "Omarosa has been taken to the hospital to be treated for an asthma attack. She is recovering and will be returning to the house prior to the nomination ceremony. The game will continue as normal. So she’s fine."
Rose McGowan offers her condolences to the family of her former manager Jill Messick
"For Jill: May your family find some measure of solace during this pain," McGowan wrote on Instagram after Messick's family blasted her after she became embroiled in the actress' feud with Harvey Weinstein. "That one man could cause so much damage is astounding, but tragically true. The bad man did this to us both," she wrote on Instagram."
Larry David's 23-year-old daughter, hyped as the "next Lena Dunham," could follow her dad to HBO
Page Six reports that there is a bidding war to bring Cazzie David's web series Eighty-Sixed to the small screen. "A Hollywood insider says that Hulu and Amazon are interested in developing her series as a TV project, and that there have been meetings with HBO," Page Six reports. Cazzie David is currently dating Pete Davidson from SNL.
Viral "BBC Dad" returns to the BBC, sans gatecrashing kids
South Korea-based Professor Robert Kelly's cute kids didn't disrupt his interview with BBC over the weekend. Kelly returned to BBC 11 months after he went viral, to talk about the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd made a shot-for-shot re-creation of Go West's "King of Wishful Thinking" music video
Rudd and the Tonight Show host previously did a shot-for-shot remake of Styx's "Too Much Time On My Hands."
Jerry Maguire star Jonathan Lipnicki storms out of the British reality show Celebs Go Dating
The 27-year-old former child star didn't like it when his date said, "I just see you as really innocent. It's just strange to picture a wee boy doing (sexual) activities."
Steve Coogan's return as Alan Partridge detailed
BBC's This Time With Alan Partridge premieres later this year with a six-part series. Coogan and Veep creator Armando Iannucci created the TV personality character more than 25 years ago.
Star Trek: Discovery's Season 1 finale was a microcosm of the entire season as a whole
The CBS All Access series showed that dark, gritty reboots of beloved franchises can have a purpose, says Todd VanDerWerff. "It has the eye-rolling stabs at 'adult content' (here a visit to an alien sex club, with plenty of bare flesh all around), the occasionally ridiculous attempts to bring stories full circle, and the genuinely thoughtful consideration of what it would mean to try to truly live by Starfleet’s principles ... The series feels as if it’s earned its deconstruction of the Trek mythos, no matter how many weird missteps it took along the way."
- Executive producer Alex Kurtzman explains the season finale
- Producers see the finale as an opportunity to say, “This is exactly how Discovery fits into the timeline"
- Star Trek: Discovery composer says it's been "mind-blowing" to work for a franchise he's loved since he was a kid
- It seems like Discovery's creative team hasn't figured out what the show is about
- The season finale gave hope to the Discovery skeptics
- NBC's Winter Olympics coverage has become the "Apology Olympics"