Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 9:05PM EST
Tavis Smiley sues PBS over his sexual misconduct firing, says it acted in "a racially hostile manner"
In his lawsuit, Smiley says PBS' sexual misconduct investigation that resulted in his termination was "poorly executed and incomplete." “Based on this incomplete, trumped-up investigation, and in violation of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, PBS decided to use a technical provision in its contract with (Travis Smiley Media) to stop distributing Tavis Smiley – the only nightly television show featuring a person of color as the host," the lawsuit states. The lawsuit also accuses PBS of acting in "a racially hostile manner" throughout the show's run. “For example, PBS harassed Mr. Smiley about inviting controversial African American figures on to his show," according to the lawsuit. "However, when Mr. Smiley brought equally controversial (if not more so) white figures, PBS remained silent." Smiley tells The Washington Post that filing a lawsuit was the last thing he wanted to do. “But litigation seems to be the only way to get at the truth," he said. A PBS spokesperson calls the lawsuit "meritless," saying that Smiley is attempting “to distract the public from his pattern of sexual misconduct in the workplace.”
Silicon Valley's first trailer of the post-T.J. Miller era contains a secret message
The HBO comedy has dropped a two-minute Season 5 official trailer, featuring an image of binary numbers that, when translated, offers would could be described as "the hidden meaning of the entire series."
Netflix: "Rumors that the Duffer Bros are leaving Stranger Things after season 3 are false"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Transparent was running out of interesting material for Maura Pfefferman, so Jeffrey Tambor's ouster could be a good thing
By Season 4, says Kathryn VanArendonk, the Amazon series had begun "to cycle through the same beats the series has already explored" about Maura: "her childhood, the history of gender in her family, trauma of the parents revisited on the children, public-facing and private-facing personas. It’s not that there are no new stories to tell about Maura; it’s that lately, Transparent hasn’t seemed especially interested in telling them."
Walton Goggins to star in CBS' L.A. Confidential pilot, taking on the role Kevin Spacey played in the movie
Goggins will play Det. Jack Vincennes on the potential TV series based on the 1997 Curtis Hanson movie and James Ellroy's novel. As Variety notes, Vincennes is "all swagger and flash with a movie star smile, Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side." Kiefer Sutherland played Jack Vincennes in the previous TV pilot for L.A. Confidential that was produced in 2003.
Pauley Perette is worried about her safety following her attacker's release from a mental hospital
Source: KTTV-TV Los Angeles
The NCIS star is speaking out after the homeless man who attacked her in November 2015 was released recently from a state psychiatric institution. "I'm afraid the next word i hear about this guy is that he's killed a female," she says.
Scandal's Joe Morton joins CBS drama pilot God Friended Me
Morton will play a reverend who is the father of The Mayor alum Brandon Michael Hall's character, an atheist whom God "friends" on Facebook.
BBC unveils Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who logo
The modern-looking logo is yellow and orange with a line through the middle.
Murphy Brown was filmed in Los Angeles, but its revival will shoot in New York City
Source: Page Six
While the CBS comedy originally filmed at Warner Bros. in Burbank, Candice Bergen says she convinced the production to film in New York. "We start shooting July," she says. 'Only 13 episodes. A whole season’s too much. And they agreed to film in New York. My life’s here. My husband’s here. We’ll work in Queens. Kaufman Studios in Astoria."
Miranda Otto to play Aunt Zelda on the Netflix's Sabrina series
The Homeland and 24: Legacy alum will play the "proud and devout" Zelda Spellman in the TV series based on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic books. "She is the family’s disciplinarian, fiercely protective of Sabrina and very much Cain to Hilda’s Abel," reads a description of her character.
January Jones makes it clear she's not dating The Bachelor's Nick Viall
Source: ET Canada
“He’s a friend of mine. He’s super sweet,” The Last Man on Earth star tells ET Canada. “No, I’m single. But, he’s a friend of mine and tells me lots of inside scoops.”
Daytona 500 likely suffered the worst ratings in its history
Source: The Washington Post
Sunday's NASCAR race was down 22% from last year. The ratings drop could be blamed on the Winter Olympics, but the 2014 Daytona 500 fared well vs. the Sochi Games.
Riverdale's Camila Mendes announces she's done with dieting in an emotional Instagram post
"When did being thin become more important than being healthy?" Mendes posted on Instagram, adding: "I’m sick of the toxic narrative that the media consistently feeds us: that being thin is the ideal body type. A healthy body is the ideal body type, and that will look different for every person. I’m #donewithdieting - join me in this movement and share your story!"
Valor star Christina Ochoa joins ABC's A Million Little Things pilot
Valor is tied with Dynasty as The CW's lowest-rated show, but Ochoa's ABC casting is contingent on Valor's cancelation.
David Letterman brings his Netflix talk show to Chicago
Source: Chicago Tribune
Letterman filmed his first episode with President Obama in New York City, his second episode in Los Angeles with George Clooney, and now he's shooting an episode in Chicago. Letterman took selfies today as he filmed what signs described as "Untitled Letterman Project" at Buddy Guy’s Legends nightclub, possibly taping Tina Fey's episode.
Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines: I was teased as a child for being Asian
“If you haven’t heard my story, my mom is full Korean and my dad is Caucasian,” she says. “Kids in kindergarten would make fun of me for being Asian and when you’re that age you don’t know really how to process that; the way you take that is, ‘Who I am isn’t good enough.’”
Aubrey Plaza gets inside your head in new Legion promo
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I need to remind you what you think is real has never occurred,” Plaza's character says in the Season 2 promo.
A Democrat with the same name as Bob's Burgers' Linda Belcher wins a Kentucky House seat in a heavily conservative district
Source: SF Weekly
There's no word if sharing a name with the Fox character helped the real-life Linda Belcher in winning tonight with 68% of the vote in a district that President Trump won by a 50-point margin.
MTV drops Teen Mom 2 star over homophobic comments
MTV says it is severing ties with Jenelle Evans' husband David Eason over his anti-LGBTQ tweets.
Good Morning America uses augmented reality for the first time
Source: Ad Week
The ABC News morning show will use "AR" in the future in medical stories.
Jessica Jones' new Season 2 trailer looks like it's promoting Season 1
Source: The A.V. Club
Is the new Netflix promo the product of "lazy trailer cutting"?
Ranking the worst National Anthem performances in history: Fergie is No. 3
Billboard's list ranks Fergie's National Anthem below Roseanne Barr's controversial performance from 1990.
- Tavis Smiley sues PBS over his sexual misconduct firing, says it acted in "a racially hostile manner"