Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Roseanne sacrificed storytelling for temporary headline-grabbing cultural currency
ABC's Roseanne revival, says Justin Kirkland, "invented a poorly constructed vehicle designed for headlines, and it's called that creation Roseanne Conner." He adds: "The whole process started in the premiere with a politically charged episode. Roseanne's political leanings didn't track, but showrunners assured viewers that moving forward the series wouldn't rely on politics to tell the Conners' story. But for a show that argues that it would shy away from politics as the season went on, this nine-episode collection has covered the following topics: natural disaster relief, the opioid crisis, undocumented workers, racism toward Middle Eastern people, insurance coverage, elder care, divorce, surrogacy, multigenerational caregiving, physically punishing your child, genderqueer children, gun rights, the presidential election, and the lacking resources from the Veteran's Association. If you're keeping track, it's a bit mind-boggling. For any fan of the old show comparing series notes, it's full-on perplexing."
- There are two Roseanne reboots airing right now, and only one is working
- Roseanne haters don't like the "honesty" that a white woman like Roseanne Conner would shift from being progressive to a Trump supporter
- Roseanne would've been a lot more interesting to watch had it really committed to being a pro-Trump sitcom
- The old Roseanne would've stuck with its stories when it broached serious issues, rather than abandon them at will
- This season fell apart for the same reason the original's ending didn't work: they both suffer from erasure issues
- Roseanne is to Trumpian politics what a superhero movie is to nerds: a celebration
David Letterman to Seth Meyers: "Your show is nothing like my show"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Letterman, returning to the Late Night show that he hosted from 1982 to 1993, told Meyers: "My show was lumpy and viscous. And your show is crisp and smart and contemporary." When Meyers asked Dave if he'd be covering Trump if he still had a daily show, Letterman said: "I tell you, after watching the opening of your show, there would be no point in doing it, because you have it covered."
FCC has received a lot of complaints over YouTube, which it doesn't regulate
After submitting a Freedom of Information request, Gizmodo's Matt Novak was given 81 pages full of complaints to the FCC over YouTube. "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which oversees telecommunications like radio, TV, and the internet in the U.S., doesn’t regulate content on online platforms like YouTube," says Novak. "But that hasn’t stopped people from sending complaints about the video site to the federal agency—and they’re every bit as unhinged as you’d expect."
Arrested Development men accused of gaslighting Jessica Walter to defend Jeffrey Tambor
The New York Times sitdown with the Netflix cast was notable for the great lengths the men went to defend Tambor after Walter called him out for once verbally abusing her on set. "Jessica Walter actually cries in this interview about how terrible Jeffrey Tambor was to her and her male co-stars go to extraordinary lengths to comfort and defend...Tambor. FFS," tweeted New York Magazine writer Marin Cogan. Much of the online ire was for Jason Bateman, who offered a defense of Tambor's behavior that no one pushed back against, except for Alia Shawkat, the only other female cast member in attendance. "This is a family and families, you know, have love, laughter, arguments — again, not to belittle it, but a lot of stuff happens in 15 years," Bateman said. To which Vulture writer Kathryn VanArendonk tweeted:"'Families get messy' is the most emotionally manipulative, undermining rhetorical move. For one, that sh*t would still be gutting and difficult and confidence-shaking if they were a family! But more importantly: they are NOT. 'We're a family' is an attempt to excuse Tambor and Bateman, but it's also a gesture that excuses (creator Mitch) Hurwitz and Netflix from taking any action to remedy the situation. Corporations are not your family."
UPDATE: Jason Bateman apologizes in a series of tweets: "Based on listening to the NYT interview and hearing people’s thoughts online, I realize that I was wrong. I sound like I’m condoning yelling at work. I do not. It sounds like I’m excusing Jeffery. I do not. It sounds like I’m insensitive to Jessica. I am not. In fact, I’m horrified that I wasn’t more aware of how this incident affected her...I’m incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry to have done that to Jessica. This is a big learning moment for me. I shouldn’t have tried so hard to mansplain, or fix a fight, or make everything okay. I should’ve focused more on what the most important part of it all is — there’s never any excuse for abuse, in any form, from any gender. And, the victim’s voice needs to be heard and respected. Period...I didn’t say that and instead said a bunch of other stuff and not very well. I deeply, and sincerely, apologize.”
Is the new Magnum P.I. driving a fake Ferrari?
One eagle-eyed staffer on Auto Blog alleges that Jay Hernandez is really driving a Ferrari-looking shell on a GM body. ALSO: Are millennials even familiar with Magnum P.I.?
Meghan McCain's addition has made The View compelling thanks to her constant fighting with Joy Behar
"When McCain and Behar fight, there’s no one you agree with and no one you adamantly disagree with, because both sides are normally a little wrong," says Kayla Cobb. "There’s just a lot of yelling, gas-lighting, and confusing arguments. It’s like watching the most uncomfortable parts of a Thanksgiving dinner screaming match."
How the Mail Robot became The Americans' unlikely hero
Source: Vanity Fair
"The mail robot is a deceptively talented performer," says Esther Zuckerman, pointing out that it could be used for comic relief and for dramatic episodes. The mail robot became such a popular supporting player that FX executive Jonathan Frank hopes to turn it into a real mail robot to use in the new FX Los Angeles headquarters. “I was just talking to (showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields) yesterday, and there’s a little bit of them that’s a little concerned that perhaps the most indelible memory of The Americans will be the mail robot," says Frank. "And maybe that’s not the best representation of what the show did for the television environment. But what I said in response was, ‘I think it’s an example of how richly developed the world of The Americans was, and how deep their work went, that something as obscure and weird as the mail robot made such an impression on us.’” ALSO: Margo Martindale revisits her favorite episodes.
Deadliest Catch's Sig Hansen pleads guilty to assaulting an Uber driver
Source: The Seattle Times
Hansen's plea was part of a plea deal, but he won't be sentenced for another six months.
The Walking Dead-branded wines expand to include the female stars
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Lot18's Carol, Michonne and Maggie brands join the wines named after Rick, Daryl and Negan.
Maggie Gyllenhaal fought to get The Deuce to film a masturbation scene that was eventually cut
Source: The Muse
When she found out the scene was cut, Gyllenhaal wrote a lengthy email to her fellow producers, asking: "Where is the orgasm?"
Former Good Morning America weatherman Spencer Christian recounted his gambling addiction that drew the FBI's attention
Source: New York Daily News
Christian, who was GMA's weatherman from 1986 to 1998, returned to the ABC News morning show to discuss overcoming his gambling habit with Robin Roberts.
Could Brynn Cartelli's The Voice victory become a game-changer for the show?
Source: The Washington Post
Why the 15-year-old singer is poised for success, despite the NBC reality show's terrible track record for producing stars.
Cynthia Nixon says she'll continue running for New York governor despite failing to nab a spot on the primary ballot
Source: Us Weekly
“I’m not a protest candidate,” Nixon told the New York Daily News. “I’m a viable candidate who is really running hard for the Democratic nomination, and that’s why I’m here, to say this is my party, too, I’m not afraid and I’m here. You can’t shut me out.”
Atlanta's Hiro Murai: "I love David Lynch movies, and I like Haruki Murakami books. I like absurdist aesthetics"
Source: The New York Times
"There’s something about dream logic that’s really fascinating, how it interweaves with narrative," Murai says in discussing his direction on the Donald Glover FX series and on Childish Gambino's "This Is America." Murai says of Atlanta being an experimental show: "When we did the pilot, there were a lot of discussions about which way the show could go. But I knew that my favorite part of the show was the more enigmatic and freewheeling stuff. There’s a strange scene in the pilot where a guy in a bow tie makes Earn take a bite of his sandwich. It was always on the chopping block with the network because it didn’t really serve a narrative purpose. But that was our favorite scene." ALSO: "This is America" and Atlanta are two parts of a whole.
Marc Summers feels obligated to thank Roseanne and Will & Grace for Nickelodeon's Double Dare reboot
"For whatever reasons, I’ve always been surgically attached to the program and the format," says Summers, who will return to the rebooted game show as its narrator. "You mention Double Dare and fortunately, the next words out of their mouths is Marc Summers, which is pretty darn cool." He adds that he expects the Double Dare revival to be a hit because of its escapism. "The world’s kind of crazy, and people want to go back to their past when things were a little more fluff," he says. "Today, there’s so many alarms that pop up on television, and then there’s a little thing that didn’t exist when we first launched: the Internet. The access that kids have is totally insane."
How to fix Survivor: Strip Jeff Probst of his producing duties, and have fewer twists and themes
Source: reality blurred
After 18 years, Survivor could greatly improve if it dropped the idols and advantages, the twists and turns, and fixed the editing. Another important that should be done, but probably won't, is to stop Probst from also simultaneously working as a producer. "His endless challenge exposition is grating, but the real problem is that he’s producing in the moment instead of hosting," says Andy Dehnart. "It’s painful to watch as he tries to force things to happen or make Television Moments, especially when he misses the actual story."
Check out a timeline of Stephanie Beatriz's Brooklyn Nine-Nine courtship with Gina Rodriguez
Beatriz has known the Jane the Virgin star since 2008, when they worked together on the never-released short film Super Chica.
Kate McKinnon was the most overburdened SNL cast member this season
Source: The Ringer
McKinnon has played everybody from Robert Mueller to Kellyanne Conway to Rudy Giuliani and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "All this comes on top of a burgeoning catalog of studio comedies like The Spy Who Dumped Me," says Alison Herman. "McKinnon’s film career has every appearance of a search for a star vehicle in the vein of Bridesmaids or Girls Trip to propel her to a new level of stardom, with an eye toward a presumed exit from SNL sometime in the next couple of years. After all, she’s been there since 2012."
Empire boss explains season finale shocker, says Season 5 is "almost a reset"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"We’re opening it up again for a new journey, a new venture with the Lyon family," says showrunner Brett Mahoney.
The Middle's perfect series finale was rare for a TV show
Source: Paste Magazine
"Few shows have the chance to go out like The Middle—on their own terms with their ratings still strong, if not spectacular," says Amy Amatangelo. "As Sher said when I interviewed her, since The Middle was never a huge smash hit, the water-cooler show everyone was talking about, it never had the steep decline that befalls so many series. This season has seen the departure of both Scandal and New Girl, but a lot of the appreciations of those shows were about what they once meant to TV. Viewers returned to those series for one last hurrah." ALSO: The ending was absolutely perfect.
Black Panther fans missed Trevor Noah's cameo
Source: New York Daily News
The Daily Show host lent his voice to the blockbuster Marvel movie.
American Idol champ Maddie Poppe feared producers would break up her relationship with Caleb Lee Hutchinson
“We started dating around the top 24 week, and we’d noticed that there were some other couples who had gotten split up along the way,” she says. That's when she began to suspect that producers frowned upon show romances. “I mean, it’s just my conspiracy theory, but we really didn’t want anybody to know (we were an item), because we didn’t want the producers to find out and split us up!”
9-1-1 adds Pretty Little Liars alum Ryan Guzman
He'll play a firefighter on the second season of Ryan Murphy's Fox first responders drama.
How Rumplestiltskin ruined Once Upon a Time
Fans have mixed feelings about the ABC series that just concluded after seven seasons, "but there’s one thing most OUAT fans aren’t mixed about: Rumple sucks," says Beth Elderkin. "The show’s coolest villain became the world’s worst person—a habitual abuser always on the cusp of redemption. Check out our latest video chastising all the shitty things Rumple did on the show, showing why we’re happy he’s finally gone for good." ALSO: How Once Upon a Time changed fairy tales.
The Terror breakout star Adam Nagaitis boards HBO's Chernobyl limited series
Nagaitis will be reunited with his Terror co-star Jared Harris on the five-part miniseries.
BBC teams with Twitch to stream 500 classic Doctor Who episodes
Source: The Verge
The 500 episodes from 1963 to 1989 will stream on Twitch for seven weeks starting on May 29.
Babylon Berlin renewed for a third season
The acclaimed German drama, which can be seen on Netflix, will go into production on Season 3 later this year.
Watch the trailer for Ridley Scott's Strange Angel
The 1930s Los Angeles-set CBS All Access drama created by Black Swan writer Mark Heyman is inspired by the true story of a rocket scientist with ties to occultist Aleister Crowley.
- Roseanne sacrificed storytelling for temporary headline-grabbing cultural currency