Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 2:46PM EST
Netflix orders Rhythm + Flow hip-hop competition, sets Cardi B, T.I. and Chance the Rapper as judges
John Legend will serve as an executive producer of Netflix's first-ever music competition reality show, which is aimed at finding the next breakout hip-hop star. Rhythm + Flow, which Netflix has been developing for a year, will visit cities around the country over the course of 10 hour-long episodes, including the judges' hometowns of Atlanta, Chicago and New York. It is expected to premiere in fall 2019. Each audition city will also feature established rappers who hail from that city serving as guest judges. Rhythm + Flow will mark a return to reality TV for Cardi B and T.I., who have starred, respectively, on VH1's Love & Hip Hop: New York and T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.
Pedro Pascal is set to take the lead role on Star Wars' The Mandalorian TV series
The Game of Thrones and Narcos alum is in talks to play the title role, the masked bounty hunter wearing the mask of The Mandalorian, on Jon Favreau's Disney+ series.
USA greenlights Temptation Island reboot
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the controversial reality show when it aired on Fox from 2001 to 2003, will return as host when Temptation Island premieres on USA on Jan. 15. On the show, couples will live the "single life" while living with 24 eligible men and women. The new Temptation Island arrives while CBS is developing the similar-themed Love Island, based on the hit British reality show.
Netflix cancels Tony Danza-Josh Groban comedy The Good Cop after one season
“The Good Cop will not return for a second season,” Netflix said in a statement. “We’re grateful to creator Andy Breckman and his fellow producers, writers, the incredible crew and especially stars Tony Danza and Josh Groban for bringing this classic odd couple father-son story to Netflix.” The Good Cop received many poor reviews when it debuted in September.
Archie Panjabi and Christopher Plummer team for a Canadian event miniseries about a disappearing airplane
Source: ET Canada
The Emmy-winning Good Wife alum and the Oscar-winning actor will star in Departure for Canada's Global TV. Departure, described as a "high-octane conspiracy series” and an “adrenaline-fuelled serialized thrill ride,” revolves around a passenger airliner that vanishes while flying over the Atlantic Ocean. No word yet if Departure will air in the U.S.
A Series of Unfortunate Events' third and final season drops on New Year's Day
Netflix has released a cheeky trailer for the Neil Patrick Harris series' date announcement.
CNN's lawsuit against Trump's White House is more than about Jim Acosta's press credentials
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
As The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner points out, "this new case isn't just about credentials, nor is it even merely about the First Amendment. CNN's lawsuit also alleges a violation of the Fifth Amendment and it's this cause of action that could provide Acosta's best chance of prevailing. Meanwhile, while hardly asking to be put in this position, CNN and Acosta have seemingly stumbled into a back door for exposing in greater detail how Trump's animus toward critics has impacted policy decisions." He adds that "should the lawsuit proceed to discovery, CNN could find some rare opportunity. Earlier this year, a judge denied a bid by CNN's parent company to probe Trump's influence on the Justice Department's decision to challenge the merger between AT&T and Time Warner. The White House is also largely exempted from the Freedom of Information Act. Now, CNN can articulate a concrete injury and the need to explore Trump's taste for vengeance. In denying Acosta a press pass, the White House may have thought it was saving itself from intrusive questioning by a disrespectful reporter, but one way or another, Acosta's interrogation is hardly over."
- White House blasts CNN's lawsuit: “CNN, who has nearly 50 additional hard pass holders, and Mr. Acosta is no more or less special than any other media outlet or reporter with respect to the First Amendment,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
- CNN reportedly tried to make peace with Trump's White House before resorting to a lawsuit
- Trump appointed the judge who will hear the CNN vs. Trump case
- CNN is being represented by former George W. Bush solicitor general Ted Olson, whom Trump recently praised
Alex Trebek stirs controversy with his #MeToo take, saying this is "a scary time for men"
Source: The Washington Post
The 78-year-old Jeopardy! host commented on the #MeToo movement in his wide-ranging Vulture interview. "You know, when the #MeToo movement started, I had discussions with the staff during production meetings. I said, 'My gosh, this has got to be a scary time for men,'" he said. "I’m fortunate that I’ve never been in a position of power where I might be able to lord it over somebody sexually. I said, “But there are guys out there — young guys are stupid in their teens.” There’s nothing stupider than a teenage boy. They’re operating on testosterone." Trebek also said the celebrity contestant he most wanted to have on was Kevin Spacey. "He’s bright, and there would be so many funny moments because of all his great impressions," said Trebek. "But now you can’t say that. So to answer your question: the pope. I was raised Catholic." ALSO: Trebek on how Donald Trump would play Jeopardy!: "He might not agree that any of the correct responses are correct."
Today's third-hour ratings keep rising following Megyn Kelly Today's cancelation
Kelly's show attracted 675,000 viewers in the key 25-to-54 daytime demo in her last week on air. Last week, the second full week without Kelly, that demo number soared to 741,000 viewers.
Paz de la Huerta sues Harvey Weinstein for sexual battery
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Boardwalk Empire alum was starring on the HBO series in December 2010 when she alleged that the disgraced mogul raped her and threatened to destroy her career. She is suing Weinstein for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress in connection with two alleged rapes in 2010.
Former Bachelor Chris Soules pleads guilty in fatal car crash case
Source: E! Online
Soules is facing up to two years in prison after striking a plea deal to reduce his crime from a felony to a misdemeanor for leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. He was arrested in April 2017 after he fled the scene after his pickup truck hit a tractor trailer, killing its driver.
Andi Mack to tackle gun safety in special two-part episode
The Disney Channel tween series worked with experts in making the episode that touches on guns and peer pressure. “Our show is meant to entertain kids, yet we also want to help them make sense of a very complicated world, to make them feel safe and confident to talk to parents and trusted adults about gun safety," says creator Terri Minsky.
Robin Givens to lead OWN's soapy family drama Ambitions from Will Packer
The actress, who's currently starring on Riverdale, will star in the multigenerational family saga, playing the wife of Atlanta's mayor whose true loyalty is to her own family’s prestigious law firm.
Comedy Central announces premiere dates for Drunk History and Corporate
Drunk History returns for Season 6 on Jan. 15 with a parody of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, featuring Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Elijah Wood, Evan Rachel Wood and Jack McBrayer. Corporate returns for Season 2 following Drunk History's premiere.
Read an oral history of Garry Shandling's star-studded Sunday basketball games at his house
Brooke Shields, Bob Costas, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Al Franken and David Duchovny were among those interviewed for ESPN's look back at Shandling's epic basketball games. Shandling's basketball games almost derailed the filming of Borat when Sacha Baron Cohen injured his ankle. The games also led to the founding of Funny or Die.
Stan Lee discussed his obituary in a 1995 interview with Conan O'Brien
Source: TV Guide
The Marvel legend recalled in a Late Night interview how he would work pre-writing obituaries for a newspaper when he was a teenager. Lee joked that having a prewritten obituary is a sign that you've had a noteworthy life
Transparent creator Jill Soloway regrets mishandling sexual misconduct claims on set: "I really wanted to protect the show"
Soloway opens up to the WNYC podcast Nancy about learning of Jeffrey Tambor's alleged sexual misconduct. "At first, I was feeling really, 'Wow, does this mean that all of our principles were bullsh*t if this could still happen on our set?'" said Soloway. "And then I really reminded myself that this is a reckoning, this is a tsunami, that this is happening on the entire planet. It’s not just happening to us… For me, as somebody who’s been saying 'Topple the patriarchy!' for all of these years, and for me, as somebody who’s been believing in this revolution, I had to eventually find a way to (look past) my own personal feelings of hurt… It was such a cultural shift, such a huge moral reckoning for every single person in the country… Of course, it could happen to us, as well."
Monday Night Football's Mexico City playing field is a mess: Will next week's game be moved to Los Angeles?
Source: Yahoo! Sports
The 9-1 Los Angeles Rams and the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to meet next Monday in one of the most hotly anticipated NFL games of the season. Yet the field at Estadio Azteca is currently in terrible condition following a recent soccer game and Shakira concert, leading to concerns over player safety. The NFL may decide whether to move the game to Los Angeles, or proceed as planned in Mexico City. In the meantime, workers are installing new sod at the stadium while ESPN is reporting that several Rams and Chiefs players may refuse to play if it means risking their health. The Rams had to give up a home game to play an NFL International Series game in Mexico City as part of the agreement to allow the team to move from St. Louis to L.A. in 2016. UPDATE: NFL announces that next week's Monday Night Football game between the Rams and Chiefs will move from Mexico City to L.A. due to poor field conditions: The NFL said the field at Estadio Azteca "does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency and will not meet those standards by next Monday."
Fox News hasn't tweeted since Thursday in protest of Twitter
The protest stems from Fox News thinking that Twitter played a role in the protests outside of Tucker Carlson's house. An email sent to Fox News staffers urged them not to tweet its content on their personal accounts, though not everybody has complied.
Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key channel their Key & Peele characters for a Toy Story 4 teaser
Source: The A.V. Club
Watch them in a "teaser trailer reaction" video playing plushies Ducky and Bunny, who are reminiscent of their valet characters.
Jimmy Fallon partners with Amazon to tell jokes on Alexa
For the next month, if Echo users ask Alexa to "tell me a joke," she'll introduce her "friend Jimmy." "Jimmy" will then deliver a joke.
- Netflix orders Rhythm + Flow hip-hop competition, sets Cardi B, T.I. and Chance the Rapper as judges