Posted Thursday 3/14/19 at 1:42PM EDT
Netflix cancels One Day at a Time after three seasons: "This was a very difficult decision"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The streaming service has decided not to renew the beloved and critically acclaimed Cuban-American reboot of the classic Norman Lear comedy for a fourth season. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, producer Sony Pictures Television "plans to shop the series, which could be problematic as Netflix will continue to own and house the first three seasons and a library deal would help make finding a new home an easier task." In a rare statement following a cancelation, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: "It’s been a great honor to work with the legendary Norman Lear on One Day at a Time. I’ve personally spoken with Norman, and co-creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, to express my gratitude to them, all the writers, the dedicated crew and the cast including the brilliant Justina Machado and dazzling Rita Moreno for creating a series with such humor, heart and humanity. This was a very difficult decision and we’re thankful to all the fans who’ve supported the series, our partners at Sony, and all the critics who embraced it. While it’s disappointing that more viewers didn’t discover One Day at a Time, I believe the series will stand the test of time." The official Netflix account also released a series of tweets announcing the cancelation, saying: "The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season."
- Co-creators addressed Gloria Calderón Kellett addressed the cancelation in a joint statement: "While our hearts are heavy, they are also bursting with appreciation for this amazing experience. And for all of you. All of you who told us how much One Day at a Time means to you. We've worked on many shows, but never have we experienced the outpouring of love, connection, and support we have with ODAAT."
- Kellett tweeted that this is "this is where the REAL test occurs": "You got to LA, You did the work, You worked hard for a long time, You finally got a show, It was a critical darling and it STILL got canceled... Here we are. I can’t believe it but it happened. The show I love just got canceled. This happens. This is part of the gig. This is where the REAL test occurs. Where your resilience is tested. Luckily, you’ve had years of hustle. Years of fighting. So, you got this. Be Heartbroken..."
- One Day at a Time cast and crew members react to cancelation: "I’m so grateful to have played Penelope Alvarez," tweeted Justina Machado. "I don’t even know how to begin to express my gratitude to everyone. Truly, I am so honored that we got to tell our stories .Yes it was a Latinx family but it was a universal story about family and love. An American Familia."
- Lin-Manuel Miranda leads fans mourning cancelation, asks NBC to save ODAAT like it did with Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- Even Merriam-Webster mourned One Day at a Time's cancelation
Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty as Empire ratings drop following alleged hate crime attack
Source: CBS Chicago
The Empire star pleaded not guilty in a Chicago courtroom to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a hate crime attack. Smollett was greeted by a handful of supporters holding signs reading “I Stand With Jussie” and “I Believe Jussie Smollett," according to CBS Chicago. After Smollett pleaded not guilty, Cook County Judge Steven Watkins granted him permission to travel to New York and California to consult with his attorney as long as he provided 48 hours' notice. Smollett's not guilty plea came the morning after Empire returned for its first episode since Smollett's alleged hate crime attack. The Wrap reports Empire's ratings were down 35% in the demo from last year's midseason premiere, while Variety said viewership fell a little over 10% from the last episode on Dec. 5.
Whoopi Goldberg surprises The View with a brief return
Goldberg has been absent from the ABC daytime talk show since Feb. 5 while battling pneumonia in both lungs that became septic. “This is my first foray out,” Goldberg said during this morning's surprise visit. “I’m not there yet, I know that. The only way it’s going to get better is if I began, so this is my beginning.” Goldberg added that she plans to return over the “next week and a half.”
Study: 64% of diverse TV writers have experienced discrimination or harassment on the job
The Think Tank for Inclusion and Equity surveyed TV writers who are female, non-binary, LGBTQ, people of color and/or people with disabilities. "The report reveals that many of these hires fall into 'checking the box' for diversity hire but do not provide ample opportunities for these writers to advance their careers," according to Variety. About 58% of respondents report experiencing microaggressions after pitching non-stereotypical content. The study found that 61% reported working with showrunners who were resistant to diversifying storylines.
Appeals court rejects President Trump's attempt to dodge Apprentice alum's defamation lawsuit
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The president's lawyers argued that he didn't have to face former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos' lawsuit while in office. But an appeals court ruled that his argument conflicts with the the fundamental principle that the United States has a "government of laws and not of men." Zervos is suing after Trump branded her a liar after she accused him of sexual misconduct.
Arielle Kebbel joins NBC's Lincoln pilot
The Midnight, Texas alum is returning to NBC, co-starring with Russell Hornsby and Michael Imperioli on the drama pilot based on Jeffery Deaver’s bestselling The Bone Collector book series.
Real Housewives of New Jersey's Joe Giudice is out of federal prison and in ICE custody
Source: E! Online
The husband of Teresa Giudice finished serving a 41-month federal prison sentence for tax fraud this morning and was released to ICE custody. Because he's not a U.S. citizen, Giudice is facing deportation back to Italy.
The Sopranos prequel movie gets a fall 2020 premiere date and title change
David Chase's The Many Saints of Newark will simply be called Newark when it's released in theaters on Sept. 25, 2020.
Katie Couric shares "shocking" old Today clip of Bryant Gumbel being obnoxious about her maternity leave
Couric discovered the 1991 clip while doing research for her memoir and shared it with her newsletter fans. “I was about to go on maternity leave and let’s just say, Bryant Gumbel didn’t quite get it,” wrote Couric, according to Mediaite. “It’s pretty shocking to watch it now, 28 years later!”
The first seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to stream for free
Starting April 1, the ad-supported free-streaming TV service Tubi will offer the first season of The Bachelor starring Alex Michel from 2002, the first season of The Bachelorette starring Trista Rehn from 2003 and The Bachelorette: Trista & Ryan’s Wedding, also from 2003, featuring the wedding of Trista and Ryan Sutter. Tubi has also acquired the rights to Season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise.
Meet the 24-year-old who unearthed old clips of Tucker Carlson making racist and misogynistic comments
Source: The Washington Post
Madeline Peltz, who works the night shift for the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America, is tasked with watching and analyzing a lot of Tucker Carlson's Fox News show. "After many Carlson-watching hours, the 24-year-old researcher developed a working theory, which she outlined on the nonprofit’s website: that Carlson is using his platform on Fox News to introduce white-nationalist ideas to the mainstream, making him a uniquely prominent 'mouthpiece for white supremacy,'" reports Eli Rosenberg. "Peltz dug into his recent past and discovered a trove of appearances he made on shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show between 2006 and 2011. She found a series of misogynistic, racist and homophobic remarks Carlson made, the audio of which Media Matters published this week."
Howard Stern slams Wendy Williams for saying he's "gone Hollywood"
Williams, who's been a guest on Stern's show a couple times, reacted on her talk show to the shock jock's Howard Stern Comes Again book announcement by saying: “Howard is so Hollywood right now. And Howard, I love you. but since you’ve gone Hollywood, everything you say is so predictable. Every story is gonna be about, you know ‘Oh, I love this one and then we went on their yacht.' He’s a Hollywood insider now, which sucks because you started like me, being of the people,” she continued. “But at some point, you sat behind that microphone for too long.” Stern fired back on his show Wednesday, calling Williams a "jealous bitch. You are nobody to me. You’ll never be me, Wendy. You’ll never be me. You can pretend to be me, you can pretend to be like me but you’re not. You don’t have my wit and you don’t have my talent. You couldn’t have that career. You’re a fly.”
Netflix to air controversial docuseries The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
The streaming service has dropped a trailer for the eight-part documentary series on British toddler Madeleine McCann, whose disappearance at age 3 in 2007 has generated headlines and fascination for years in Britain. According to Variety, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann is "controversial and anticipated in equal measure, with the girl’s family suggesting it could hinder the long-running police investigation and a tabloid saying there could be explosive new revelations."
Watch MTV's trailer for A Double Shot At Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny
Pauly “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio and Vinny Guadagnino are wearing sleeveless tuxedos and handing out roses in promoting their new dating competition. A Double Shot at Love is a revival of an MTV dating series from the 2000s.
- Netflix cancels One Day at a Time after three seasons: "This was a very difficult decision"