Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
Paul Wesley joins CBS All Access' Tell Me a Story, reuniting with Vampire Diaries co-creator
Wesley will co-star on the psychological thriller that reimagines the world's most beloved fairy tales from Kevin Williamson, co-creator of The Vampire Diaries and creator of Dawson's Creek. Wesley, in his first regular TV role since The CW series ended last year, joins Danielle Campbell, former star of Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, Billy Magnussen and Kim Cattrall. According to Deadline, Wesley will play "Eddie, a derelict and troubled individual whose petulance is fueled even more by his problems with drugs and alcohol. Although he works as a bartender, he also splits his time as a low-level drug dealer and part-time thief with his older brother Mitch, who never fails to treat Eddie as the lowly delinquent that he is."
One Tree Hill cast members reunite for a mysterious Christmas project
Hilarie Burton, Robert Buckley, Antwon Tanner and Danneel Ackles have all appeared this week in social media posts with the hashtag #christmas2018.
Amazon boss says of Transparent's future after Jeffrey Tambor's firing: There will be "some version of Season 5"
"Right now we’re in a place where (they’re) taking a little bit of time, figuring out what (they) think that final season will be, and then we’re going to talk in September about what the plan will be," Amazon Studio head Jennifer Salke tells Deadline of Jill Soloway and her Transparent staff. "I do think there’ll be some version of a Season 5, but that’s not decided, and what form it takes is also undecided. Is it a full series? Is it four episodes? Is it a movie? Those conversations are literally all going on and have been set aside for a month, because she and I decided that. (They’ve) got a full slate of other things (they’re) focused on.”
Dennis Rodman breaks down crying on CNN while discussing the President Trump-Kim Jong-un summit
The Celebrity Apprentice alum, speaking emotionally from Singapore where the historic summit is taking place, described how President Obama “didn’t even give (him) the time of day," while Trump has acknowledged him and his friendship with the North Korean dictator.
CBS taps Beth Behrs to play Max Greenfield's wife as The Neighborhood recasts another role
The 2 Broke Girls alum is returning to CBS, replacing Dreama Walker, who played Josh Lawson's wife in the pilot. Lawson was replaced a month ago by Greenfield, who plays the nicest guy in the Midwest who moves to a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles where Cedric the Entertainer's character is his neighbor. Behrs was available after Fox rejected her comedy pilot Our People from Lee Daniels.
Anthony Bourdain overhauled TV's "Celebrity-Chef Industrial Complex" led by Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse
"When Anthony Bourdain rose to fame in the early aughts, the celebrity-chef-industrial-complex was reaching its most bloated moment," says Sara Dickerman. "Food Network stars like Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Wolfgang Puck, and Emeril Lagasse were seemingly everywhere at once, using their very familiar faces to launch countless restaurants, with which they had varying degrees of actual connection. Bourdain was different. Sure, he had been a chef, but a chef-for-hire, and not always a successful one." With A Cook's Tour, followed by No Reservations and Parts Unknown, Bourdain was able to change the relationship viewers had with TV chefs. "By valuing street food, improvised meals, and home cooking on the same plane as extraordinary restaurant meals, he helped viewers recognize that great dining didn’t need status signifiers," says Dickerman. "Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri would soon build their own brands on showing audiences how to enjoy lower-brow meals, too, but Bourdain always seemed to absorb more of the world around him: the lives and personalities of the people making the food, the clash of cultural histories. Even the sounds: he chose microphones that picked up more street noise than typical mics would. Bourdain understood that a huge part of what was interesting in the dining world was not going on in fine restaurants."
- Bourdain's No Reservations executive producer: "He didn’t suffer fools. He didn’t hold back barbs"
- "Bourdain was the best white man": He never treated non-western food as if he "discovered" it
- How Bourdain helped humanize the Muslim community
- Danny Trejo recalls filming Parts Unknown with Bourdain in L.A.: "When he walked in, it was like getting visited by the Pope"
- Andrew Zimmern recalls how Bourdain changed his approach to TV after calling it the "most vile mistress" 13 years ago
- Bourdain hadn't finalized his divorce from wife Ottavia Busia when he died
- Travel Channel will continue airing No Reservations episodes through July 3
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Atlanta Season 3 will tell more female-centric stories
"I think we have some cool ideas in season three that’ll put some more women on screen,” said Atlanta writer-producer Stephen Glover, Donald Glover's younger brother, at an Emmy For Your Consideration event. “There’s a very specific perspective from the Atlanta woman that I think we’re gonna explore in season three.”
Late-night monologue writers are finding their jobs extremely stressful in the Trump era
"Mondays are a bitch now," says Trevor Noah's Daily Show executive producer Steve Bodow, pointing to all the news in the Trump era that happens Friday through Sunday. He says there's "the Friday news dump, and the Sunday shows, and there’s invariably a weekend Twitter storm.” Jimmy Kimmel Live! co-head writer Danny Ricker adds: “I think we are buoying the therapy industry. There is a level of fatigue and exhaustion, I think, (that is similar to) when we talked about Jersey Shore every day. Jesus, enough with these idiots!” Fellow Kimmel co-head writer Molly McNearney notes “it’s incredibly hard, I think, to be funny when you’re really angry and sad at the same time." Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin, meanwhile, says it's tougher for monologue writers these days because of not only all the late-night competition, but all the jokes on Twitter. “I really envy the Johnny Carson writers,” she says. “Really, they had it so easy.” ALSO: Trevor Noah explains the making a Daily Show episode.
Why Nathan Fillion's The Rookie should replace the canceled Roseanne on ABC's Tuesday lineup
It was only four years ago that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so a drama kicking off Tuesday nights wouldn't be unusual, says Matt Webb Mitovich. Plus, he adds, "Nathan Fillion is practically a brand, known for his genre-TV cred but also extremely familiar to ABC audiences from his eight-season run as Castle. While conventional TV-programming wisdom advises against opening a night with a new show, instead letting established series do the heavy lifting, a Fillion-fronted procedural is the next best thing to a sure thing."
Alec Baldwin says he could beat Trump in a presidential election: “I would absolutely win. One thousand percent"
“If I ran for president, I would win. Hands down, I would win,” Baldwin half-jokingly told Howard Stern this morning. “It would be the funniest, most exciting, craziest campaign.” But he said two things are stopping his potential run for president: His wife Hilaria's disapproval and ABC's The Match Game.
Fear the Walking Dead star: Showrunners knew "I disagreed" with fatal twist
"They saw my disappointment," the latest casualty says of showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg's decision, also pointing out that the role was a rare one in genre TV. "They saw what I disagreed with about it. But it was always a respectful conversation. There were a few conversations, and they were always respectful, but they were heartfelt." ALSO: Showrunners defend fatal twist.
How Netflix tries to prevent its original shows from getting lost in its avalanche of content
“These myths that the competition puts out there, and the media fuels, are absurd," says Netflix's vice president of product Todd Yellin. He says Netflix shows get more viewership than if they existed on another platform. Nevertheless, Netflix is investing $2 billion a year to promote its new series. Yellin also points to Netflix's fabled recommendation engine that brings viewers to new content. "We are able to unlock audiences for titles that you wouldn’t expect," he says. "That argument applies as much to a big Shonda (Rhimes) or Ryan (Murphy) show as it applies to an indie film or documentary we’re also putting up on the service.”
How Sense8 pulled off its series finale -- and an Eiffel Tower shoot -- after its cast dispersed to other projects following cancelation
"On this, everybody had other commitments," says executive producer Grant Hill. "But once we had a schedule, we kept it. We got everybody there who was supposed to be there — sometimes just a little too close for comfort — but it all worked out." The canceled Netflix series only had 27 days to film a feature-length series finale. "There was some talk about doing two episodes, and then we realized that it shouldn’t be episodic," says Hill. "It is a finale and it should be self-contained...On the 27th day, we stopped and everybody cried and then had a very big, large and great party."
Comedian Cameron Esposito is releasing her Rape Jokes comedy special for free on the web
Viewers of her self-released special can make a $10 donation, or watch for free. By releasing the special for free, Esposito is hoping to make her Rape Jokes special the No. 1 result on Google search to educate people about sexual misconduct. “I guess I was trying to figure out what is a way that this can be out in the world that really removes any barriers for folks who might need to see it or folks who might want it,” she says.
David Cassidy's third wife slams A&E for its documentary on the singer's final months
Sue Shifrin Cassidy protested the documentary David Cassidy: The Last Sessions, which airs tonight, on Twitter, calling it exploitative. David Cassidy's fellow Partridge Family star Danny Bonaduce responded that the singer was the one who wanted cameras to film him.
Richard Price to pen a TV adaptation of Stephen King's The Outsider
The crime novelist, who has collaborated with David Simon on The Wire and The Night Of, will pen a 10-episode limited series adaptation of the King horror novel that was released last month for Media Rights Capital.
HBO refused to air a "horrifying" Sex and the City scene involving a golden retriever
“It’s sort of horrifying that we shot that,” says writer Amy B. Harris in describing a Season 1 episode she wrote to Vanity Fair. She adds: "I can’t believe we even thought about doing it."
Suits' new Season 8 promo unveils the name of the new law firm
The USA series' law firm is getting yet another new name.
Survivor's Zeke Smith is dating Superstore's Nico Santos
“We’re here! We’re queer! We’re bunching,” the NBC sitcom star captioned a photo of him and Smith, who was outed as transgender last year while competing on Survivor. “Getting some after parade gnomons with my love. Happy Pride Los Angeles!!!”
Sophie Turner got a Game of Thrones-themed tattoo
Turner got a tattoo of House Stark's sigil, a direwolf, with the saying, "The pack survives." The actress got the tattoo in Australia, where her fiance Joe Jonas is judging the local edition of The Voice.
SNL's Pete Davidson gets engaged to Ariana Grande after a few weeks of dating
Here's a timeline of their brief courtship: On May 12, Grande was spotted at an SNL after-party with a cell-phone case that looked like one that Davidson has. Less than one month later, the couple is engaged.
- Paul Wesley joins CBS All Access' Tell Me a Story, reuniting with Vampire Diaries co-creator