Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 1:08PM EDT
The Obamas ink deal to produce TV shows and movies for Netflix
Barack and Michelle Obama have officially signed on for a multiyear Netflix production deal. It was first reported on March 8 that the former president and first lady were in advanced talks to "produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide (them) a global platform." On Monday, Netflix announced that the Obamas will work on potential scripted and unscripted series, including documentary series. According to an article in The New York Times, "the former president has told associates that he does not intend to use the new platform to wage a public campaign against his successor in the Oval Office, or to fight against conservative media outlets like Fox News." In a statement, President Obama said: "One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience. That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.” Michelle Obama added: “Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others. Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”
Kim Raver returning to Grey's Anatomy as a series regular
Raver, who reprised her Dr. Teddy Altman role in two episodes this past season, says: "I have a special place in my heart for Teddy and feel very lucky to have the opportunity to continue her story."
WWE Smackdown! is set to move to Fox
According to The Wrap, Fox Sports and WWE are closing a deal to move the USA series to Fox starting in fall 2019. The deal would mark Smackdown's return to broadcast TV. The wrestling show previously aired on UPN, The CW and MyNetworkTV. The Hollywood Reporter adds that Fox will pay more than $1 billion over five years, or about $205 million a year. That's more than three times what NBC Universal is currently paying.
The Daily Show is releasing a book based on its Trump Twitter library
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library will be released on July 31, from The Daily Show writers. Noah will write the introduction and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham will pen the foreword.
Mario Batali dropped by his business partners following new sexual assault allegations
B&B Hospitality Group released a statement reacting to Sunday's 60 Minutes story on Batali, calling the new allegations "chilling and deeply disturbing."
Did 13 Reasons Why go too far with a brutal and graphic scene?
Fans of the Netflix series expressed outrage on Twitter over a graphic and disturbing scene in Season 2. Other viewers praised the scene for shedding light on something that's rarely depicted. "My issue with the scene is independent of its graphic nature," says Kevin Fallon. "It’s the fact that it seems narratively exploitative, a random act of violence used to set up the final scenes of the episode and the cliffhanger that leaves things open for what is sure to be a 13 Reasons Why season three." The episode was preceded with a warning that it contained depictions that "some viewers may find disturbing. It is intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.”
Howard Stern recalls to Letterman the time Donald Trump rated his daughter Ivanka a "10"
Netflix has released a preview of the shock jock as the sixth and final guest on the first season of Letterman's My Next Guest Needs No introduction. Stern's episode will be released on May 31.
Bravo has eight new unscripted shows in the works, including Real Housewives of the 1960s and Your Sh*tty Family
Real Housewives of the 1960s is an "imaginative docuseries" that sends a cast of modern women "to the 1960s to experience the ultimate era of the American Housewife." Your Sh*tty Family will have families competing against each other with "embarrassing, awkward and hilarious pranks." Bravo has also ordered Gold With Envy, a reality show starring DJ Envy. Also in the works at Bravo are the reality shows Raising the Bar: Hong Kong, Beverly Hills Driving School, Pampered Campers, Will You Marry Us and private jet reality show Flying High.
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Animal Planet's Extinct or Alive will question whether some extinct animals are really extinct
The new series, kicking off with a two-hour premiere on June 10, will follow wildlife adventurer and biologist Forrest Galante as he tries to prove that some of the methods used to label some animals extinct may be flawed.
Lena Waithe to be honored with the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie & TV Awards
The Emmy-winning writer for Master of None and The Chi creator "is shaking up Hollywood and breaking cultural boundaries through her innovative and authentic storytelling,” said Amy Doyle, general manager of MTV, VH1 and Logo, in a statement. “Her unwavering passion for equality and inclusion make her the perfect recipient for this year’s Trailblazer Award.”
Clifford the Big Red Dog is being rebooted
Amazon Prime Video and PBS Kids are launching a "reimagined" version of the animated kids' show in 2019. The new version will feature a new design and new location, with a strong emphasis on social-emotional skills such as empathy.
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