Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Censor or don't censor? Networks grapple with Trump's reported use of profanity at WH meeting
Source: The New York Times
Following in the lead of The Washington Post, which broke the “sh*thole” story and put it in their lead headlines uncensored, various media outlets published Trump’s reported remark without censorship. MSNBC used the profanity, while Fox News censored it. CNN varied between allowing "sh*thole" and censoring it. Lester Holt used it, warning at the top of NBC Nightly News that “this may not be appropriate for some of our younger viewers,” while his ABC World News Tonight counterpart David Muir described President Trump “using a profanity we won’t repeat.” UPDATE: Trump denies saying "sh*thole."
- Stephen Colbert’s “sh*tholes” were bleeped by CBS
- Jimmy Kimmel showed a montage of Wolf Blitzer saying “s-hole” instead of "sh*thole"
- The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah said “sh*thole" uncensored," but Comedy Central’s website opted to use asterisks
- Don Lemon tells his CNN viewers: "The president of the United States is racist”
- Anderson Cooper fought back tears as he defended Haiti against Trump’s “sh*thole” remark
- BBC Radio 4 allowed use of “sh*thole” — “a word I never thought I would utter on the BBC,” tweeted BBC’s Nick Bryant
# TOPICS: CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Wolf Blitzer, Cable News, Censorship, Late Night, Trump Presidency
Report: Megyn Kelly is “at war” with NBC over her attempts to book Catt Sadler
Source: Page Six
Page Six reports that Kelly's NBC bosses are “appalled" at Megyn Kelly Today's plans because Sadler’s pay dispute was with E! News, which is under NBC Universal. “They are appalled (Kelly) would use their own airtime to criticize the company,” an “insider” tells Page Six. “It was bad enough when (NBC star) Debra Messing weighed in on (Sadler’s grievance) on the Golden Globes red carpet on NBC. Now Megyn is going to put Catt front and center — on NBC! Yikes.” ALSO: Kelly criticized for praising fat-shaming.
Tonya Harding admits in ABC special she had prior knowledge about the Nancy Kerrigan attack
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In the two-hour Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story, the notorious figure skater insisted she had no role in planning the 1994 attack. But she added, referring to ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and his friend Stephen Eckhardt, “I did however overhear them talking about stuff. They were talking about skating and saying, 'Well, maybe somebody should be taken out so (Harding) can make it.'"
The Minnesota Vikings’ playoff run is posing logistical challenges for the Minneapolis-based Super Bowl
Source: Sports Illustrated
Preparations at the Super Bowl LII stadium usually kick off at the beginning of January. But the Vikings are hosting a playoff game this weekend at the U.S. Bank Stadium, which hosts the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, and they could possibly host the NFC Championship game the following weekend. The preparations to get an NFL stadium Super Bowl-ready are extensive, as Jonathan Jones explains: “Booths for international broadcasters will need to be built out. So, too, will the auxiliary press box, usually in an upper-level corner of the stadium, which could impact ticket sales in a conference title game. Special lighting elements for the halftime show have to be installed and rigged. There will need to be locker room setups and buildouts for the large press conference areas. Then consider the exterior of the stadium. The league must build out the security perimeter around U.S. Bank Stadium that will likely absorb hundreds of parking spots as well as making room for the additional television trucks needed to broadcast a playoff game.”
James Franco’s grilling at the hands of Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers shows how much late-night has changed in the #MeToo era
Source: The Ringer
“In previous eras,” says Alison Herman, “a host like Meyers would be much more unambiguously on the side of his fellow public figure rather than his skeptical audience. Smoothing over scandal, after all, is part of the image-burnishing job. The fact that late-night hosts are even in this position speaks to the growing reach of Hollywood’s anti-harassment groundswell, which began with Weinstein, a man whose influence had finally waned enough for accusations not to be immediately suppressed. The movement has since spread to encompass celebrities still enjoying the spotlight and the protection it affords — so much so that they’re asked to answer for alleged indiscretions at the same time as they’re attending fancy galas and fronting multibillion-dollar enterprises.”
Critics’ Choice Awards host Olivia Munn roasted Mark Wahlberg and did a Nancy Kerrigan spoof of “I, Tonya”
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Munn and Niecy Nash toasted and roasted “all the good guys in Hollywood,” which included a dig at Wahlberg’s $1.5 million salary for reshooting All the Money in the World, while co-star Michelle Williams earned just $1,000. “I do want to say thank you to the producers for paying Niecy and I the same amount of money and Mark Wahlberg $1 million,” she said. “He took a pay cut, so that’s really nice and generous of him. Thank you so much.” Munn also did a rap monologue with Jay Pharoah and portrayed Nancy Kerrigan in an I, Nancy spoof of I, Tonya. Kerrigan tweeted in response, "Loved @oliviamunn. She can play me anytime.”
Why was Mary McDonnell’s name removed from the final three episodes of Major Crimes?
“Yes,” says Maureen Ryan, “actor’s names often do get taken out of a show’s opening credits when that character has been killed off (or when producers want the audience to think that the character’s dead). But it’s rare for that to happen to the undisputed lead of a show — and certainly as the show is reaching its conclusion.” McDonnell, TNT and Warner Bros. TV all declined to comment on the name removal. But a studio spokesperson said it was common practice at The Closer and spinoff Major Crimes to not list a performer’s name if they didn’t appear in an episode. “But,” adds Ryan, “the death of Sharon Raydor before the series finale also simply felt jarring, and it’s hard not to view it as a storytelling misfire.”
Food Network edits out accused sexual harasser John Besh from a second show
Celebrity chef Besh, whom Top Chef announced would be removed from an episode later this season, was also taken out of this week’s Iron Chef Showdown episode.
Henry Winkler: Filming Arrested Development was different for Season 5 because “everybody was in the room”
Source: TV Guide
"That was incredible,” says Winkler, who said it was hard to film Season 4 with everybody’s schedules so scattershot and light stands standing in for actors.
Dan Harmon’s apology to former Community writer Megan Ganz was unusual in that it wasn’t damage control — it was a self-reckoning
Harmon, says Caroline Framke, “did something that few other men have done when called out on predatory, destructive behavior: He took real responsibility for his actions, dug deep into the ugliness that caused them, and pledged to do better. Whether or not he will is another question entirely. With this apology, at least, he has shown others a way to accept blame for their worst instincts — which will be crucial if anything is to change going forward.”
Conan O’Brien on Peak TV: “Let’s be honest: a lot of stuff that isn’t worth your time”
“TV has changed seismically 35 separate times since I got involved in it, in the last two dramatically with the Netflix Factor and how much more content there is now,” Conan said while promoting his new TBS animated show Final Space at the TV press tour. He added: “The bottom line is that the good is always going to be rare.”
Revisiting Mad Men in the #MeToo era
Source: The Boston Globe
“Of all the new and old TV shows that have addressed inequality and sexual misconduct in the workplace, along with that great co-conspirator, toxic masculinity, Mad Men is the best,” says Matthew Gilbert. “The drama took on all kinds of big themes in its seven seasons — identity and personal history, advertising and human nature — but none so much as the bane and insidiousness of sexism. It showed us a more naked version of the gender bigotry that has continued to undermine work culture a half-century later.” He adds: “It’s darkly ironic, of course, that Mad Men revolves so consistently and intelligently around these issues, and yet its creator, Matthew Weiner, has been accused by former Mad Men writer Kater Gordon of sexually harassing her.”
Bill Hader admits his SNL anxiety inspired his new HBO hitman comedy Barry
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It's the idea that this thing you’re really good at is actually kind of destroying you," Hader said at the TV press tour. "And I kind of related to that on SNL."
A gym chain has banned all cable news because it wasn’t conducive to a “healthy way of life”
Source: The New York Times
Minnesota-based Life Time, which as 130 locations in 27 states, decided to turn off CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, a decision that was as polarizing as politics. Some accused the gym chain of censorship, other praised the decision as removing “negativity” from their workouts.
HBO to air Judd Apatow’s 4-hour-plus Garry Shandling documentary in March
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling premieres on March 26 — two days after the second anniversary of Shandling’s death — and concludes the next night, featuring interviews with everybody from Conan O’Brien to Jay Leno to Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman. Why is the documentary more than four hours? “O.J. got seven hours and he murdered people. So don’t you deserve more time for not murdering people?” Apatow responded at the TV press tour.
It was up to Grown-ish to finally explore Zoey Johnson’s sexuality
Zoey’s sexuality, says Ariana Romero, was something “that Black-ish often glanced at but never actually dealt with. The result was a necessary conversation that many real young people actually have, but rarely see played out on screen.”
Divorce Season 2 will have a lighter feel
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
“The first (season) was, on purpose, kind of dark and intense,” says showrunner Jenny Bicks. “It took place in the winter and everything about it was tough for them. They were not seeing what they ever had together in the past. I wanted this season to be the aftermath of the explosion.” For Season 2, she says, “it’s spring — so literally, it's lighter out. It's so easy when you're in the midst of a fight with anybody to blame the other person for everything that's gone wrong in your life and now, once you take a step back, you're not allowed to blame that person anymore.”
truTV orders Paid Off, a student loan comedy game show
Orange Is the New Black’s Michael Torpey hosts the summer game show premiering this summer, which will help college graduates get out of debt by testing them on their degrees.
Danny Pudi says the Community cast members keeps in touch, and they’re “ready” to make a movie
Source: TV Guide
"We have a little text chain, so we're always like, 'We're ready! We're ready!'" Pudi said at the TV press tour. "But who knows? I think everyone's excited for it, it's just a matter of it hopefully coming together, and I'll be there."
Why TBS’ Miracle Workers replaced Owen Wilson as its God with Steve Buscemi
“We just had different creative visions for the show and parted ways,” co-creator Simon Rich said of the casting change on his heaven-set series. He added: “I’m beyond ecstatic to work with… Steve, who I’ve been a fan of for decades.”
David Letterman’s new Netflix talk show is like watching a rock star doing his first acoustic tour
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, says Mike Ryan, “reminded me a little bit of Bruce Springsteen’s current run on Broadway: in a ‘this is the essence of what I want to do, here I am, take it or leave it’ kind of way with no band in the background to rely on. And here, Letterman is without Paul Schaffer (Schaffer did write the theme music) or any of that other numerous weirdos he could rely on for a quick laugh. This is Dave, unplugged. And, by golly, Dave seems to be having the time of his life.” He adds: “A funny thing happens, that happens so often when we realize we really do need something after it’s gone – we really missed that steady, calm voice of reason who can speak truth to power. We needed Dave back. And I think Dave needed us back, too. I have a feeling we won’t take him for granted this time.”
- The Barack Obama premiere episode almost entirely ignored Donald Trump
- Letterman’s Obama interview was "a pleasantly informal but ultimately inconsequential chat”
- Letterman, with his “off-putting Methuselah-esque beard,” was rather humorless, behaving like a grump
- Between Obama’s open collar and Letterman’s massive beard, they were finally free to just be themselves
Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson’s 2 Dope Queens HBO comedy series will be like their podcast, but “with makeup and wig budget”
Former Daily Show correspondent Williams says HBO was “like, ‘We just want you guys to do the podcast.’ They honored our voice and gave us freedom.”
British millennials who have recently been exposed to Friends are shocked at how problematic it is
Source: The Independent
Netflix only began showing Friends reruns late last year in the U.K. And some millennial viewers are feeling “uncomfortable” with storylines that are “transphobic,” “homophobic," “sexist,” and even "racist," according to The Independent. “There's also the controversial relationship between Monica and her father's best friend who's 20 years older than her,” writes Ilana Kaplan, “but it was perceived as even more uncomfortable in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and #MeToo stories.”
John Cena’s new Nickelodeon game show could be described as the “anti-Double Dare”
Source: The A.V. Club
The Cena-hosted Keep It Spotless is a show about staying clean while “competing in a variety of physical and paint-filled challenges.”
Teen Mom 2 alum arrested for allegedly running a meth lab
Source: New York Daily News
Jenelle Evans' ex-boyfriend, Kieffer Delp, who appeared in early season of the MTV reality show, was taken into custody after authorities reportedly found a meth lab inside his apartment building.
Ted Danson takes his brilliance as a actor to new heights on The Good Place
On the NBC comedy, says Angelica Jade Bastién, “Danson feels especially wondrous. He’s zany yet heartfelt, cunning yet arch, while never forgetting the existential quandaries rooted in the arc of his character.” She adds:
“Michael, the demon who’s gone from an architect of torture to a genuine ally to the four humans in The Good Place, marks a particularly noteworthy entry in Danson’s post-Cheers career. His performances — even his most loathsome characters — feel all too human, showcasing what (Ian) Crouch refers to in his New Yorker profile as the ‘effortless-looking panache’ that has come to define the actor. Michael allows for a far different approach. Danson lends the character a surreal, even ‘alien quality’ that feels distinct from his previous high-profile roles, and embodies the moral complexity of the character’s arc toward discovering his own humanity.”
Did Netflix’s Easy have the most male full frontal TV nudity of 2017?
Siddhartha Rajan’s penis may have broken TV’s “boner barrier.”
What it was like to make Mario Batali’s sexual harassment apology cinnamon rolls
Having experienced workplace sexual harassment herself, blogger Geraldine DeRuiter decided to attempt Batali’s "half-baked" recipe. “If Batali was going to include a recipe for cinnamon rolls in his apology for sexual misconduct, then I was going to include stories of my personal experiences with sexual harassment and misogyny in a post about cinnamon rolls,” she says of the experience.
Original Mickey Mouse Club mouseketeer Doreen Tracey dies at 74
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Tracey appeared throughout The Mickey Mouse Club’s original 1955-59 ABC run, later appearing in several reunion shows at Disneyland.
- Censor or don't censor? Networks grapple with Trump's reported use of profanity at WH meeting