Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Nickelodeon relaunching Rugrats with a new TV series and a live-action movie
The 1990s animated series that ran from 1991 to 2004 has been picked up for a new 26-episode season on Nickelodeon, starring Chuckie, Tommy, Phil, Lil, Susie, Angelica and a new world of characters. The kids' TV franchise will also be made into a live-action film featuring CGI characters that will be released on Nov. 13, 2020. “Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans,” said Brian Robbins, president of Paramount Players. “Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the Rugrats crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children.” Rugrats follows Nickelodeon's new plan to revive classic shows, from Blue's Clues to Double Dare.
Showtime to Sarah Palin: Sacha Baron Cohen never pretended to be a disabled veteran on Who Is America?
Palin made headlines last week when she accused Cohen of interviewing her posing as a disabled U.S. veteran, which has led to accusations of stolen valor. A conservative street artist responded over the weekend by putting up a billboard and ads accusing Cohen of "a touch of stolen valor" on Who Is America? Showtime this afternoon released a statement explaining that, no, Cohen didn't pose as a veteran: “There has been widespread misinformation over the past week about the character of Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D., performed by Sacha Baron Cohen on the Showtime comedy series Who Is America? Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that. In Sunday’s episode, during an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders, Baron Cohen in character as Dr. Ruddick was asked by the Senator if he is disabled, and he stated that he is not and uses a mobility scooter to conserve his energy. In addition, Baron Cohen never presented himself as a veteran of the U.S. military to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during the booking process or during the filming of her interview, and contrary to her claims he did not appear in a wheelchair. In both the interview with Governor Palin and the interview with Senator Sanders, he did not wear military apparel of any kind.”
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Yellowstone is the second most-watched basic cable scripted series after three episodes
The Paramount Network drama starring Kevin Costner has held up to become No. 2 on cable to The Walking Dead among scripted series. Yellowstone has averaged 4.6 million viewers over three episodes, even growing in the key demographics.
Surprise releases are suddenly all the rage on TV
From UnReal's fourth and final season that was released today with no advance warning to Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America?, which was officially announced less than a week before its premiere, TV networks and streaming services are finding that surprises releases generate buzz. Netflix did something similar in May when it released Arrested Development and 13 Reasons Why with just a few weeks of advance notice. But don't expect the surprise release trend to continue working. "If everyone starts to take that approach, the wow factor will fade quickly, and the fanfare about each surprise will overshadow the others," says Jen Chaney. "Pop music has already been wrestling with this problem, having been inundated with so many surprise releases over the past few years that it’s hard to process or appreciate one before another comes along. It’s easy to imagine the same issue arising in TV. The most important thing a good series can do these days is stand out and seem fresh, but an unexpected arrival can only help a show do that as long as every other show isn’t doing the same thing."
Chicago P.D. brings Anne Heche back to NBC
Heche, who starred on The Brave last season, is returning to NBC for a recurring role as a deputy superintendent who is "smart, to the point and political, but often self-serving. A cunning and formidable opponent, she always keeps her wits about her."
Sinclair Broadcasting's $3.9 billion takeover of Tribune Media's TV stations looks all but dead
The proposed deal to make the country's largest owner of TV stations even bigger, expanding its reach to nearly three-quarters of U.S. households, looks all but dead after FCC chair Ajit Pai expressed skepticism about Sinclair's plans. As Politico's Margaret Harding McGill explains, "the story of how Sinclair's deal ran into trouble, despite its considerable sway in Republican-led Washington, is a tale of stunning hubris, according to officials inside and outside the FCC who watched the drama unfold. The broadcaster needed to sell stations to stay under federal media ownership limits, but instead it aggressively pushed proposals that would have left it in effective control of some of those spun-off outlets — raising alarms at an FCC that had already relaxed some ownership rules to the company's benefit."
Fox News' Chris Wallace confronts Vladimir Putin: Why do so many of your opponents "end up dead or close to it"?
The Russian president quickly dismissed Wallace's question, saying everybody has political rivals, including President Trump. “But they don’t end up dead," Wallace countered, prompting Putin to bring up John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. Wallace also asked Putin if he had any "kompromat," or compromising information, on Trump. ALSO: The Trump-Putin press conference left TV news anchors agape.
Can Cardi B save MTV's VMAs from irrelevance?
The struggling summer awards show may get a boost from the rapper's 10 nominations.
Netflix's Sex Education adds James Purefoy as Gillian Anderson's ex-husband
The Altered Carbon star and The Following alum will recur on the dramedy, playing the ex of Anderson's sex therapist character and the father of their son Otis, played by Asa Butterfield.
Big Brother is emphasizing younger contestants because they are more likely to create drama
Source: reality blurred
The reason this season is almost entirely made up of 20-somethings is because they are more likely to be immature and volatile, says Julie Chen. "You need people that you think are not going to get along. We’ve found that the majority of the group being in their 20s works nicely, especially since it’s summer and everyone’s in bathing suits trying to impress," Chen tells Parade magazine. "Also, there’s a level of immaturity in your 20s; you’re still hotheaded and not that wise, so you’re going to act up and be more interesting to watch.”
A&E documentary delves into Freaks and Geeks' impact
Source: Paste Magazine
Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary, premiering tonight, "is an object lesson in the serendipitous nature of artistic innovation," says Matt Brennan, adding: "At a fundamental level, Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary is not the story of the best high school show ever made. It’s the story of how the best high school show ever made, at the time of its airing, was the lowest-rated program on NBC, continually hounded by cancelation fears, time slot swaps, and network notes until it was finally killed off to capitalize on the vogue for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?-style game shows. It is, as (Judd) Apatow says in the film of the series itself, 'about failing and how you survive failure and about how your friends support you in difficult times.'"
Check out collectors' items The Sopranos auction
Fans of the groundbreaking HBO drama are selling their Sopranos artifacts and memorabilia, including an 18-karat gold watch James Gandolfini gave to his fellow cast members.
Anderson Cooper and CNN launch a daily Facebook Watch show
The CNN host's Full Circle premiered today on Facebook with an aim to get Cooper and CNN "where everybody is and increasingly will be. On their mobile phone."
Nick Cannon to co-host the 2018 Teen Choice Awards
Source: E! Online
He'll co-host the Aug. 12 awards show with singer Lele Pons, the host of Mexico's The Voice.
Jeopardy! invites a contestant back after a typo in a "Final Jeopardy" clue
Source: Chicago Tribune
Vincent Valenzuela, who competed on Friday's show, was given a clue along with his competitors that was different from the way host Alex Trebek read the clue.
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who outfit was partly inspired by a black-and-white photograph she found via Google Images
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"Essentially, I found a photo, and it’s just a Google image," says Whittaker, "and I have no idea what decade it is, but it’s a woman in crop trousers that are slightly big, with a T-shirt, and (suspenders), and with boots, walking and thinking. I just love the androgyny of it, without it being masculine, and I think that’s a really important line to find and quite a difficult one as well.” Whittaker says she presented the photo to Doctor Who's costume designer, Ray Holman, whom she worked with on Broadchurch.
Girlfriends deserves a proper ending, says creator Mara Brock Akil
Source: Page Six
"I would like to end the Girlfriends story," says Akil, who reportedly wrote a film version to close out the sitcom that The CW abruptly canceled in 2008 after eight seasons. Akil currently produces The CW's Black Lightning and recently created Love Is__ for OWN.
BBC roasted for getting a Les Misérables character's name wrong
Source: Digital Spy
The character Javert, played by David Oyelowo, was referred to as "Javier" in a BBC tweet promoting the upcoming Les Misérables TV series, which will air stateside on PBS' Masterpiece.
ABC announces ESPY Awards presenters, including Jon Stewart, Chadwick Boseman and Allison Janney
Source: Disney ABC Press
Retired NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is hosting the July 18 awards show, but her boyfriend Aaron Rodgers isn't listed among the presenters. The Green Bay Packers quarterback has presented many times at past ESPY Awards shows.
HBO's Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind is a straightforward documentary, despite its title
Source: The New York Times
Marina Zenovich's two-hour film, premiering Monday, is a "straightforward, conventionally assembled documentary biography of an eccentric, decidedly idiosyncratic comedian and actor," says Mike Hale. "At times that’s a limitation, but overall it’s a good thing. Simply watching Williams in action is probably more interesting than any concerted effort to get inside his head or dissect or approximate his method." Most importantly, Come Inside My Mind delivers the "archival goods," he says, adding: "There are ups and downs, particularly among the feature films, but we get to see the irrepressible, unpredictable, inventive Williams on top of his game often enough that the documentary flies by." ALSO: Come Inside My Mind doesn't quite dig deep enough.
Nathan for You legal expert Judge Anthony Filosa dies at 78
The retired California state judge made four appearances on Nathan Fielder's Comedy Central show to advise him on his stunts. Filosa died "unexpectedly" on July 4. "Judge Anthony Filosa was very special man," Fielder said in tweeting out his obituary. "Sad to lose a friend and my primary counsel. I’ll never know the law right again."
Bravo Ladies of London star Annabelle Neilson dies at 49
Source: Us Weekly
Neilson appeared on the first two seasons of the British-based reality show that ran from 2014 to 2017, before departing after Season 3. Her cause of death has yet to be released.
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