Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 1:20PM EDT
The CW is seeking a lesbian actress to play Batwoman, TV's first gay lead superhero character
It was revealed this morning that The CW and Greg Berlanti are teaming up on a Batwoman TV series that will focus on Kate Kane, the second incarnation of the Batwoman character, who is described as “an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter.” The series be written by a gay woman, former Vampire Diaries executive producer Caroline Dries, and TVLine reports that the script calls for a lesbian actress of any ethnicity to take on the lead role. "Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence," reads the official logline. "But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope."
Despite all the hype, Sacha Baron Cohen's Who Is America? debuts to just 327,000 viewers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
A 10-minute clip from the premiere has surpassed 10 million views on YouTube, but all the hype over Cohen's series didn't translate to big ratings on Sunday night. Still, Showtime says four additional airings added 375,000 viewers to the premiere's 327,000. An additional 301,000 watched via streaming and on-demand (Who Is America? was released online early Sunday, hours before its premiere), surpassing 1 million viewers.
Who Is America? gun-rights activist Philip Van Cleave wrote in February he feared that Michael Moore or Sacha Baron Cohen had pranked him
Source: The Daily Beast
Van Cleave, arguably the star of Cohen's "Kill or Be Killed" segment, posted on his group's Facebook page on Feb. 20 that “EXTREMELY WELL FUNDED PROFESSIONALS” had “laid out the red carpet, by providing luxury accommodations, limousine service, and providing a generous monetary allowance to cover meals and other expenses for two days...They use psychological manipulation, as well as lies and tricks to put their victim into comedic situations that subject them to public shame, embarrassment, and ridicule. I believe the intent is to destroy reputations and even lives.” He added: "Because of this and various other odd things I noticed during the interview, I was now convinced that something wasn’t right. This wasn’t real and probably some sort of a set up. I could only think of Hollywood’s threat. At a minimum, it could be a comedy which would play only in Israel, but it could be a more damaging attempt to make a ‘mocumentary,’ by someone like Michael Moore, or, even worse, a Sacha Baron Cohen-esq ‘Borat’-type of shock comedy meant to be devastatingly embarrassing and humiliating to the victim in the crosshairs.”
Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles finds a home at Hulu
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The streaming service has put the project based on the author's Vampire Chronicles book franchise into development. Vampire Chronicles has been in the works since 2016, with showrunner Bryan Fuller leaving the potential series earlier this year.
Grammys will return to Los Angeles next year
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
After staging an expensive show in New York City this year, the Grammy Awards will be back at L.A.'s Staple Center in 2019.
Late-night hosts rip President Trump over his press conference with Vladimir Putin
Source: Rolling Stone
"Helsinki has frozen over," said Jimmy Kimmel, who added that it's "beyond a treasonable doubt" that Putin has incriminating video of the president.
Netflix orders two TV shows from Kick-Ass and Kingsman comic book writer Mark Millar
The streaming service is going "all in" on Millarworld by ordering two shows and three movies based on the Scottish comic book writer's work. The two shows are based on the comic books Jupiter’s Legacy, about the the children of the first generation of superheroes, and American Jesus, about a 12-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ.
Craig Ferguson to host the ABC game show pilot The Time It Takes
The CBS Late Late Show vet will host a pilot for the American version of the BBC game show The Time It Takes, which has contestants answer as many questions as possible within a certain, ever-changing time limit. Ferguson previously hosted the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game from 2014 to 2017.
50 Cent to The View: “I would never make fun of any sexual assault victim"
The rapper/Power producer was asked about his post mocking Terry Crews after the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star testified before a Senate committee last month describing his experience with sexual assault. "I would never make fun of any sexual assault victim," 50 Cent told The View panel this morning. "I wasn’t looking at Terry Crews that way at that point. I’m looking at the Hulk...the guy that’s this big that’s being taken advantage of. When the males that are here now, if you asked them if someone touched them without their consent, would they go, ‘Yo, whatchu doin’?’”
Reelz to air a docuseries on Charles Manson's grandson
The four-part Manson's Bloodline will tell how Jason Freeman came to terms with his grandfather's murder spree.
Saturday Night Live China appears to be canceled after three episodes
The Chinese version of SNL didn't air live and avoided politics, even though an NBC Universal executive promised it would be “true to its format with some additional twists to keep it fresh and culturally relevant for the local audience.” The fourth episode was supposed to become available over the weekend, but instead viewers found that all episodes of the series had vanished, possibly the result of a Chinese censorship crackdown.
Stranger Things, The Golden Girls and Rick and Morty are getting the Chia Pet treatment
Check out the upcoming Chia Pets, including one featuring Gaten Matarazzo's Dustin from Stranger Things.
Netflix non-subscribers can watch The Break with Michelle Wolf
Full episodes of Wolf's half-hour Netflix talk show are now available on Netflix's YouTube channel.
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