Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
Renée Zellwegger signs on for Netflix's What/If, her first-ever regular TV series role
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Zellwegger is the latest Oscar winner who's headed to television. She'll star in the Netflix morality anthology series What/If from Revenge creator Mike Kelley, who will serve as showrunner. What/If is described "as a social thriller that explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things," according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life." Zellwegger's character will be named Anne, with further details being kept under wraps. Zellwegger's last major TV roles included early 1990s TV movies, from USA's 1992 film A Taste for Killing to 1994 Showtime movie Shake, Rattle and Rock!
HBO orders Damon Lindelof's Watchmen pilot to series, with plans for a 2019 premiere
HBO says the star-studded series “embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.” Watchmen has been in the works at HBO for years. Watchmen's cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons and Don Johnson
How Aretha Franklin inspired reality singing competitions like American Idol
Source: The Washington Post
The Queen of Soul expressed interest in 2012 in joining the then-Fox reality singing competition as a judge. As Emily Yahr points out, Idol had a particular connection with Franklin. In 2012, the contestants traveled to Detroit for a special sit-down with her. But it wasn't just Idol that Franklin influenced. "If there was a prize for the song performed most frequently on a reality singing competition show, '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' would have an easy shot at the crown," says Yahr. Contestants on everything from The Voice to Nashville Star to America's Got Talent "wanted to be like her, and they wanted to sing like her," says Yahr. "Franklin songs from 'Respect' to 'Chain of Fools' to 'Ain’t No Way' continue to be a reality show staple."
- MTV VMAs producer is scrambling to put together a tribute: "She’s one of the all-time greats so we have to do her justice"
- Franklin's version of the A Different World theme song is the only one that matters
- Late-night hosts pay tribute to Franklin: Trevor Noah recalled growing up to Franklin's music in a a “between the scenes” video
- Don Cheadle recalled to Jimmy Kimmel texting with Franklin
- From Scandal to GLOW: How TV and movies used Franklin's songs
- Scandal first use of an Aretha Franklin was her cover of "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
- Watch David Letterman interview Franklin in 1981 and see her Late Show appearances between 1994 and 2014
# TOPICS: Aretha Franklin, American Idol, A Different World, GLOW, Late Night with David Letterman, Late Show with David Letterman, MTV Video Music Awards, Scandal, Don Cheadle, Trevor Noah, Reality TV
ESPN won't air the National Anthem during Monday Night Football
Source: NBC Sports
ESPN will avoid the National Anthem kneeling controversy this season by not showing the anthem. ESPN president James Pitaro said at today's media day: "We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem .... again that could change. It's unpredictable what could happen in the world but as of now, we're not. We have communicated that back to the NF. They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are."
Stormy Daniels says a custody dispute prevented her from joining Celebrity Big Brother UK
Daniels told a host on British talk show Loose Women that there was a last-minute-development in her custody dispute concerning her 7-year-old daughter. Daniels' husband filed for divorce last month in Texas. Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti also weighed in, saying that there was no truth to stories that Daniels pulled out over money.
Ruth Wilson had a different vision for how her Affair character would exit the show
Wilson was asked by Vulture last night if she had any say over her character's fate. “No, I had no say over how the character’s arc was going to end, or how she would die and leave," Wilson replied. "I always hoped that she would … I always had the image that she would walk into the sunset with her son with no man,” Wilson said, adding, “That’s what I hoped for her. But no.”
Matt Smith's advice to his successor on The Crown: Make sure you have equal pay
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Smith alluded to the unequal pay controversy between him and co-star Claire Fox during a visit to James Corden's Late Late Show. Asked if he had any advice for Tobias Menzies, the new Prince Philip, Smith said: "God, make sure they pay you enough … and make sure it's even." ALSO: Terry Crews and Smith turn The Crown into a CBS cop show.
CNN is planning a big-screen documentary film on Anthony Bourdain
Source: Vanity Fair
“We want to make it exquisite for Tony,” a CNN executive says of plans to release a documentary that would premiere at a film festival.
Disney Channel unveils Star Wars Resistance's first trailer and premiere date
The animated series taking place before The Force Awakens premieres Oct. 7, with a focus on resistance pilot Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono. Oscar Isaac will lend his voice as Poe Dameron.
Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show will air from Central Park for one night in September
T-Mobile will present the Thursday, Sept. 13 event, with plans for a nationwide sweepstakes to send fans to New York for the special taping.
NCIS: New Orleans alum Shalita Grant is headed to Santa Clarita Diet
She'll recur as an FBI agent on Season 3 of the Netflix series.
NBC News is planning an "edgy" ad campaign to promote Lester Holt's NBC Nightly News
Variety reports that "a new effort slated to launch Friday evening amps up the action, and features a whirlwind of jump-cut images depicting Holt talking to a pilot in a plane; stepping along while covering wildfires; and interviewing President Donald Trump in a landmark exchange from May of 2017. NBC News correspondents Hallie Jackson and Kristen Welker are also shown at work."
Jimmy Kimmel on Kanye West: "I felt his silence answered the question" about President Trump
Source: The Daily Beast
Kimmel addressed West's silence from last week's interview, telling The Daily Beast he hopes he answers the question at some point.
- Renée Zellwegger signs on for Netflix's What/If, her first-ever regular TV series role