Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale wine collection canceled after backlash
After further consideration, Lot18 and MGM have decided to cancel their Handmaid's Tale-inspired wine collection, according to People magazine, which first announced the wine collection Tuesday morning in a report that was met with backlash on Twitter. “Can you turn rape into marketing copy?” tweeted New York Times TV critic Margaret Lyons. "Why the f*ck does The Handmaid’s Tale have a line of branded wines?" wrote Allison Shoemaker in the Takeout, pointing out that the wine collection will be using the names of characters assigned to them by Gilead. "This bears repeating: The Handmaid’s Tale can be great, but it is not fun," said Shoemaker. "It is not The Bachelorette or some sh*t. And sure, it often makes me want to drink. Heavily. But my god, branded wines? Over on Slate, Inkoo Kang thought up product tie-ins more offensive than Handmaid's Tale wines, including "Offred's Muzzle" and "'Handmaid in the Oven' Maternity Wear." Kang added that The Handmaid's Tale's real-life "tie-ins have been as tone-deaf as the show has felt timely: a clothing line inspired by those haunting red cloaks, a pink pen promising empowerment, and as of Tuesday, a new line of wines inspired by three of the show’s female characters...What genius do we have to thank for the ability to buy a bottle of Offred and discard her husk once we’re done with her insides?"
Report: New White House communications chief Bill Shine used his Fox News expertise on President Trump's Supreme Court announcement
Source: Vanity Fair
“Shine brought in all new lights,” a person briefed on the production tells Fox News expert Gabriel Sherman. “He gave Trump what’s called a ‘downlight.’ Trump’s a little fat, but that made him look younger.” Sherman also reports that Shine, the former Fox News executive who was ousted for allegedly facilitating sexual harassment at the cable news network, rewarded Sean Hannity by timing Monday's announcement to the beginning of the Hannity show at 9 p.m. ET. Thanks to the announcement, Hannity beat The Bachelorette to become Monday's most-watched show with 5.82 million viewers.
Jeremy and Audrey Roloff are leaving Little People, Big World
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“This is an announcement concerning Jeremy Roloff and his family specifically: After 14 years, over 300 episodes, and 17 seasons, the time has come. A year ago I made the decision that this season would be our last,” Jeremy Roloff announced on his Instagram account. “It has been an amazing run, and I can’t say thank you enough to all of you who have watched and supported us along the ride. We have the most loyal fans on TV and we appreciate every one of you. You are what made doing this so fun."
Sharp Objects premiere viewership was bigger than Big Little Lies
About 1.5 million watched the premiere of the Amy Adams-starring HBO limited series, which was HBO's most-watched debut since Westworld in 2016. Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies have been compared to each other since they both are female-fronted series starring big-name movie actresses. They also share the same director and executive producer, Jean-Marc Vallée.
In defense of AT&T's plans to expand HBO
HBO's new overseer, John Stankey, telling the boutique pay cable channel that AT&T will invest more money so it can create broader programming is better than the alternative -- that HBO would have to cut costs, says Andrew Wallenstein. Regardless, HBO knows it can't rest on its laurels. "Don’t think for a second anyone at HBO is bemoaning the impending loss of its boutique status; these guys are hungry to scale up for for the fight against new rivals," says Wallenstein. "Stankey may have looked like a hardliner by demanding HBO exceed 40% penetration of the pay-TV world but (HBO CEO Richard) Plepler already publicly eyed the 50% barrier a few months ago." ALSO: Some HBO-connected producers expressed relief with AT&T's plans, with one fearing that HBO could become obsolete like IBM computers.
Sophie Turner: Game of Thrones used code names all over the place for final season -- dubbed "Face Of Angels"
Call sheets didn't use the actors' real names, either, "so that no-one knew who was really going to be on set," says Turner in an interview with Esquire UK. She also backed up Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's claim that the actors were given self-destructing scripts. "Yeah, it's all true. I mean, we wouldn't get anything physical," she says. "We would have it on an app. We would get sent sides for the scene (we were shooting) the next day. So we would have to learn it all the day before." ALSO: Turner is a food reviewer on her secret Instagram account.
Oprah Winfrey fires back at "frivolous" lawsuit over OWN's Greenleaf
Oprah and her OWN network were sued in April by Shannan Lynette Wynn and Pastor Lester Eugene Barrie, who alleged that Greenleaf was a ripoff of their project Justice & Glory. Oprah's attorney's repsonded this week, writing in court papers: “This is a frivolous lawsuit brought by plaintiffs who either do not understand copyright law or who are pursuing it notwithstanding its manifest lack of merit."
Sinclair Broadcasting is said to be planning to launch a streaming TV service to rival Fox News
The largest owner of local TV stations in the nation had previously denied that it wanted to creative a national conservative media outlet to rival Fox News. But Buzzfeed reports that Sinclair is planning to launch STIRR, a free streaming app that would would house a 24/7 TV channel featuring local news and national programming with a conservative bent. A spokesperson for Sinclair declined to comment.
FCC may charge you $225 to review a formal complaint
Source: The Verge
The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote this week to decide that if a consumer isn't happy with the outcome of an informal complaint, they'll be charged $225 to file a formal complaint.
The Good Place will have an interactive neighborhood experience at Comic-Con
NBC is billing the afterlife exhibit as the “largest interactive fan experience yet."
Black Mirror books have been delayed
A three-book collection curated by Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker that would feature all-new stories has run into trouble. "Unfortunately that turned out to be way more complex than we anticipated and we wanted something out this year (authors not at fault, btw)," tweeted Brooker.
Freeform teams with Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos on a Hamptons drama series
The couple is producing a series based on Jasmin Rosemberg’s 2008 book How the Other Half Hamptons, about a group of female friends who share a house in the Hamptons with 40 strangers over the summer.
This Is Us stars spent their first day back on Season 3 partaking in Drake's "In My Feelings" Challenge
Susan Kelechi Watson and Sterling K. Brown "absolutely slayed" the "In My Feelings" challenge, tweeting their dance moves to the song from Drake's new album Scorpion on their first day back on set.
Check out Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross' E! reality show trailer
Ashlee+Evan will focus on Simpson's return to the recording studio with her husband by her side. It premieres on Sept. 9.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia announces a mobile game
Source: Paste Magazine
Players will be able to participate in poorly planned money-making schemes on It’s Always Sunny: The Gang Goes Mobile.
The Secret World of Alex Mack's Larisa Oleynik is starring in a new comedy series backed by New York City
Half Life is part of the city's Greenlight Her initiative, which aims to improve the representation of women behind the camera. The comedy will air on the New York City channel NYC Life.
Armie Hammer raised eyebrows by wearing shorts on GMA and Live with Kelly and Ryan
Source: ET Canada
“Suits with shorts. That’s my new thing,” he said on Good Morning America while promoting his new film Sorry To Bother You. “If I’m gonna be troubled to put on a suit, which you have to sometimes, I want to be comfortable.”
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