Posted Thursday 3/14/19 at 10:42PM EDT
Netflix's "Your Online Friend" way of canceling One Day at a Time feels like a betrayal
Netflix made the unusual decision to announce the beloved comedy's cancelation via a Twitter thread that tried to frame the streaming service as a "good, conscientious, thoughtful content creator," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "Instead of owning the cold corporate logic of this cancellation, the tweets attempt to remind everyone how much Netflix cares, how much it understands the way fans feel. They’re an attempt to soften the blow, to make the company look better even while it twists the knife." VanArendonk adds: "One Day at a Time’s cancellation felt like a betrayal because, according to Netflix’s own best efforts at public engagement, the show wasn’t being cancelled by a giant faceless media company. One Day at a Time was cancelled by Your Online Friend @Netflix. As one decision about one show among an overwhelming slate of programming, it could have been a sad day for fans and nothing more. Instead, thanks to Netflix’s extensive social media efforts, it felt insulting, tin-eared, and greedy. It felt personal."
- "Netflix is trying to throw away its cake and get credit for having baked it," says James Poniewozik. "TV outlets cancel shows all the time. But more often than not, they let the news come out quietly. In this case, Netflix, maybe anticipating a backlash, wanted to present itself as the disappointed fan as much as the practical-minded enterprise. So it frames the cancellation as less Netflix’s decision than something that just happened to it. “Simply not enough people watched.” You could write a book about all the complications packed into that 'not enough.'"
- This was Netflix at its most frustrating: "In trying to couch this cancellation in saccharine rhetoric about how important One Day at a Time truly is, Netflix comes off more condescending and disingenuous than anything else," says Caroline Framke. "No matter what its Twitter accounts would have us believe, Netflix can’t 'yas, werk diversity!' its way out of being a corporation that puts numbers (whatever they are) first."
- Why One Day at a Time mattered: "It painted a nuanced, rich portrait of a hard-working family of immigrants and second-generation immigrants at precisely the moment that portrait needed to be seen," says Jen Chaney. "The first season of the sitcom debuted on January 6, 2017, two weeks before Donald Trump’s inauguration and three weeks before Trump signed a travel ban that barred immigrants from certain countries from entering the U.S. The Alvarez family on the show didn’t hail from any of the countries affected by that ban. Their roots were in Cuba, as Moreno’s Lydia, the grandmother who shared the family’s modest Echo Park apartment, mentioned practically every cinco minutos. But the Alvarezes represented the Latinx community that Trump had spent an election cycle frequently degrading and dehumanizing, and ODAAT made it clear that community is not some threatening monolith to vilify. They are people with beliefs and concerns that mirror those of any other Americans. This should go without saying. But at the beginning of 2017 and for the years that have followed, it really, really needed to be said."
- One Day at a Time's biggest flaw was, perhaps, that it wasn't owned by Netflix
- Netflix is disrupting the traditional TV model by making it even harder to understand why beloved shows get canceled
- Lin-Manuel Miranda is serious about trying to save ODAAT: "Yknow, that Latinx audience is SO vast and SO underserved"
- Rita Moreno mourns ODAAT cancelation with Miranda
NBC taps YouTube star Lilly Singh to replace Carson Daly, becoming broadcast TV's only female late-night host
Last Call with Carson Daly will give way to A Little Late with Lilly Singh in September, NBC announced this evening. NBC says A Little Late will feature Singh conducting interviews in-studio, participating in comedy sketches and other "signature elements." The 30-year-old Singh was formally introduced on Thursday's Tonight Show. “An Indian-Canadian woman with her own late night show? Now that is a dream come true,” Singh said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to bring it to life on NBC, and I hope my parents consider this to be as exciting as a grandchild.” ALSO: Watch Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers welcome Singh to NBC late-night with a champagne toast.
Why Lori Loughlin's indictment hit a nerve: She had built a lucrative brand playing wholesome characters
Source: The Washington Post
Loughlin's role in the alleged college bribery scam contrasted with her wholesome roles on Full House, Fuller House and on Hallmark Channel. It took two days for Hallmark Channel to drop Loughlin, who had become the face of the cable channel with roles on When Calls the Heart, the Garage Sale Mysteries movies and "Countdown to Christmas" films. "For fans of Full House, Loughlin’s indictment was an especially shocking reveal, as it was another example of a celebrity’s real life apparently being very different from their TV character and public persona," says Emily Yahr. "While we all know, in theory, that we actually have no clue how our favorite actors live, sometimes what we see on-screen has a deeper effect on our psyche than we realize." There was similar, but lesser shock over Felicity Huffman's involvement because of her Desperate Housewives role. The Los Angeles Times' Mary McNamara wrote a piece titled, “We’re used to celebrity scandals, but oh my God, Felicity Huffman?” As Yahr notes: "While the thinkpieces and memes continue, the apparent downfall of Loughlin and Huffman is a stark reminder of the cliche-but-true-lesson: Now matter how rich, famous or successful a person seems, we never really know what may be going on behind closed doors."
Apple orders Pachinko series based on Min Jin Lee's bestselling novel
Former The Terror executive producer Soo Hugh is adapting Lee's book about the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. "Epic in scope, intimate in tone, the story begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America to tell the unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning," according to Deadline's description. "The series will be told in three languages – Korean, Japanese and English."
The Good Fight returns for Season 3 as TV's best show
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Christine Baranski-led CBS All Access series "has moved its own stylistic goalposts far beyond its progenitor series, pushing The Good Wife‘s snappy-smart dramatics toward the visceral and the surreal," says Darren Franich. He adds that in Season 3, co-creators Michelle and Robert King "aren’t just chasing topicality. They’re telling deep stories about rich characters struggling to make sense of this incoherent moment. Every action has inadvertent, apocalyptic consequences. Lucca takes her baby for a stroll and sings a few bars of 'Baby Shark' within earshot of a loudmouthed white lady, and somehow that incident begins an uncivil war among the law firm’s employees. Diane seeks a new output for her liberal rage — and winds up conjuring an uncontrollable political movement."
- The Good Fight’s existence poses the TV version of a Zen koan: "If someone comments on the Trump administration in a forest and no one can hear it, did they make a sound?" says Alison Herman. "If a satire limits its audience by default, can it truly have an impact? Last but not least: If a group of people make an excellent TV show and no one can watch it, does it really exist?"
- The Good Fight is better than The Good Wife ever was -- it would receive more Emmy recognition if it were on CBS
- Michael Sheen's addition is a genius move: His Roland Blum is "a feral loose-cannon sculpted in the mold of master manipulator and all-around amoral scumbag Roy Cohn"
- The Good Fight is too invested in strange complexities to fall easily into becoming any one thing
- Christine Baranski likes that The Good Fight reflects that "we are living in a truly strange, mind-bending age" in the Trump era
- Baranski: "The first words of the season are 'I’m happy,' those two words. In bed, with this delicious man"
- Co-creators Michelle and Robert King preview how "good liberals" go bad this season
Sean Bean recalls filming the scrapped original Game of Thrones pilot
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"I think there were some very good moments," he tells EW of the pilot that was considered so terrible it has never seen the light of day. "It was experimental in some ways. I think they were trying to portray what could be achieved: the kind of wonder and awe, the vast scale and complexity, all these war-faring tribes, the magic, the beauty, and the treachery. I think trying to get that into a pilot may have been difficult, and perhaps the story was lost a little. But nevertheless, it gave you a sense of what it could be. We were just going along with what was down there [on the page], but though they didn’t use the pilot in its entirety, they used certain moments, and I think the pilot served its purpose. As I said, it shows you what could be done and certainly what was done thereafter. It was developed, it got bigger and bigger and bigger and more exciting and breathtaking. It was just an idea, I think. It’s impossible to get an idea of the whole season of Game of Thrones into a pilot. We were very pleased with what we’ve done, and we really enjoyed being on it, and we knew there was something special in that early stage."
What makes the Grey's Anatomy Meredith-DeLuca relationship special is their age difference is never mentioned
Source: Paste Magazine
There's a 20-year age gap between Ellen Pompeo and Giacomo Gianniotti, but their on-screen age difference is never brought up. "Meredith isn’t worried that she is 20 years older than DeLuca," says Amy Amatangelo. "She’s not concerned that he will want kids and she’s not going to have any more kids. There are no cheap jokes about how he understands Instagram or dating apps or whatever and she does not. They are just two adults navigating a romance while Gianniotti speaks the sexiest Italian ever. (If ever there were a McDreamy 2.0, it’s DeLuca). What’s even more remarkable is that Pompeo, who turns 50 in November, remains not just at the epicenter of the drama at Grey Sloan Memorial, but she’s also still the romantic lead of the series. The love triangle between Meredith, DeLuca and Carmack’s Link has dominated the season. Women over 40 are sexually desirable! Somebody tell The Bachelor."
Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk renewed for 20 more episodes
Pinkett Smith's talk show has become Facebook Watch's most popular original series since premiering last year. Her recent Jordyn Woods exclusive interview earned 7.5 million views within 24 hours.
YouTube founders to be honored with Lifetime Achievement Award years a decade after TV branded them "pariahs"
Chad Hurley and Steven Chen, who co-founded YouTube in 2005 and sold it to Google in 2006, "were once so reviled in traditional-media circles that their company elicited a billion-dollar lawsuit by Viacom," says Dade Hayes. "Today, they were named as recipients of Emmy Awards for Lifetime Achievement." Hurley and Chen will be honored at the 70th annual Technology & Engineering Emmys in Las Vegas.
Amazon orders Jason Katims pilot On the Spectrum, based on an Israeli TV series
The coming-of-age comedic drama follows three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum. Katims, who has a son with Asperger's syndrome, will write and executive produce the potential series.
Read a history of The Rosie O'Donnell Show
Source: BuzzFeed News
Buzzfeed has an excerpt of Ramin Setoodeh's upcoming book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, which also focuses on Rosie O'Donnell's hit daytime talk show. "Before Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres, James Corden, or Andy Cohen adopted the persona of the talk show host as the superfan, there was Rosie, whose daytime show aired from 1996 to 2002," writes Setoodeh. "For six seasons, Rosie took on the title of the world’s utmost expert on movies, TV shows, musicals, and crafts, without uttering a cross word. She averaged 5 million viewers on her best days, nipping at Oprah’s heels and clobbering her at the Daytime Emmys. On TV, Rosie offered a ray of sunshine; it was not for nothing that Newsweek dubbed her the Queen of Nice. Rosie was so popular, she stepped in as host of the Grammys and the Tonys, making her Hollywood’s emcee of choice after Billy Crystal."
Jimmy Kimmel fires back at Trump again in response to his tweet about "the three very weak and untalented late night 'hosts'"
The president was quoting from Fox & Friends this morning when he tweeted that three late-night "hosts" are "fighting over table scraps. Carson did a great job, it wasn’t political." Kimmel joked in response: “First of all, I don’t know why he would call Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers weak and untalented," Kimmel joked. "Those guys are friends of mine – and I think that’s very rude." Kimmel added that "fighting over table scraps" isn't a great metaphor, advising Trump a better one would be “more like a Hometown Buffet in hell: It’s all the crab legs you can eat, but you’re never allowed to stop eating them, they just keep coming.” ALSO: A clip of Johnny Carson roasting Trump resurfaces in response to the president's tweet.
The Simpsons boss looks back at the enigma of Hans Moleman
Al Jean reveals that Moleman -- a feeble and nearsighted old man who has appeared as a background character for nearly 30 years -- was nearly axed for looking so unusual. “It really stood out as being kind of not a Simpsons regular design, almost like a mole, though in human form,” says Jean.
Jimmy Fallon unveils his Beto O'Rourke impression
The Tonight Show host, who is two years younger than Democratic presidential candidate and former congressman from Texas, spoofed O'Rourke's campaign announcement video by calling attention to his hand gestures -- which even President Trump noticed.
Conan O'Brien has become the master of recurring segments
Recurring characters and conceptual jokes are usually the scourge of sketch television shows, says Matthew Dessem. "Pure comedy," he adds, "has been more or less abandoned by late night for the duration of the current emergency—which is fine, and probably necessary!—so it’d be refreshing to see a show still interested in humor for its own sake even if it was terrible. But doing recurring segments without making them boring is an unprecedented breakthrough in television comedy."
I Am Jazz surgeon fired for allegedly taking photos of transgender patients' genitals
Source: Page Six
Dr. Christopher John Salgado, a specialist in gender confirmation surgery who appeared on Jazz Jennings' TLC reality show, "shared on Valentine’s Day a picture of a penis he removed from a patient that had been reshaped into the form of a heart," according to Page Six. "He is accused of captioning the photo, 'There are many ways to show your LOVE.'"
The Amazing Race alum Dr. Jim Raman dies at 42
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Raman, an orthodontist, competed on the 25th season of the CBS reality show in 2014 with his wife Misti. The couple, billed as "Married Dentists," ended up in second place. No cause of death was released.
Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong preview their Netflix animated series Tuca & Bertie
The Netflix animated comedy, premiering May 3, stars Haddish as Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Wong voices Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird.
- Netflix's "Your Online Friend" way of canceling One Day at a Time feels like a betrayal