Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Trump's Syria bombing announcement cut off the end of Once Upon a Time, leaving fans frustrated
Source: TV Guide
The last minute of the ABC drama was preempted Friday night on Eastern and Midwest time zones for President Trump's announcement that he had called on airstrikes in Syria. "Everyone knows that the final few minutes of every Once Upon a Time episode can be make or break as the show drops pivotal moments in the final seconds — be it a plot twist, a sudden death or even a new curse," says TV Guide's Lindsay MacDonald. "That's obviously why fans were left a little angry when the final minutes of tonight's episode were preempted so President Donald Trump could address the nation about Syria." One Twitter user tweeted his frustration: "Trump's Syria announcement interrupted the last minute of Once Upon a Time, and I am livid." Added another Twitter user said: "What happens at the end? @OnceABC stupid special report on a**hole Trump cut what I taped. What does Facilier say to Hansel? Please help!" Still, another Once fan tweeted: "My family didn’t pay electricity and internet for me to have to hear Trump when I could have been enjoying the last scene of a great episode directed by the QUEEN @LanaParrilla."
Tonya Harding says it doesn't matter if she isn't embraced on Dancing with the Stars
"Does it matter? It doesn't really matter," says the former Olympic figure skater. "I'm just honored to be part of this and very humbled as well." In participating in the all-athletes edition, Harding fully expects to be compared to Nancy Kerrigan. “I’m just really glad that my son will grow up knowing that his mommy was not a cheater,” she adds in an interview with People.
Was Atlanta's "Teddy Perkins" ripped off?
The director of a 2016 short film titled White Face says he noticed a number of similarities between last week's episode and his 20-minute film. “If any of these things lived on their own, single, I would say that they were coincidence, but the fact that it's like four, five, six (resemblances) it gets weird for me,” says Mtume Gant, who first made the comparison between his film and the acclaimed episode Sunday on Instagram. He told Refinery 29 his film was made in June 2016, two months before Atlanta premiered and was featured in Shadow & Act, a website devoted to black film, television and web content, twice in 2017. Refinery 29 reached out to Donald Glover, director Hiro Murai and FX for comment, but so far no response. ALSO: Breaking down the Atlanta episode set at Drake's mansion.
A journalist of South Asian descent says "most of us happily embraced Apu" in the 1990s, but The Simpsons can fix its most controversial character
Source: The Washington Post
"For those of us with low expectations, starving for any representation, Apu was a breath of fresh air," says Wajahat Ali, the son of Pakistani Muslim immigrants who grew up near Silicon Valley. While other portrayals showed brown people as cab drivers or terrorists, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon "was an integral character in the Simpsons universe who was able to be a co-protagonist of several episodes," he says. "Only in a cartoon, we thought, could people who look like us achieve such a feat." But that doesn't mean Apu or The Simpsons "get a lifetime pass to perpetuate lazy stereotypes," he says. "Any piece of art, no matter how well intentioned, harmless or silly, is not above reproach or critical examination... Instead of engaging with the issue of representation, which would have made for a more satirical and topical show — you know, the type The Simpsons used to do years ago — the writers responded with the worst creative sin: laziness." What The Simpsons shouldn't have done, he says, is "hijack your show’s most intellectual and empathetic voice, Lisa, as a foil for the writers’ unwillingness to be self-critical and engage their blind spots when it comes to listening to people of color who feel silenced and misunderstood. Thus, the show engages in another major sin: omission. After Lisa’s finger-wagging, the camera pans to a photo of Apu with the inscription 'Don’t have a cow!' Apu, who is a supporting character, is robbed of lines, rendered mute and frozen in a suffocating frame, smiling as a token prop. That’s exactly how so many people of color feel in real life — all the time." Ali adds: "What The Simpsons should have done was a stand-alone episode centered on Apu, who, after becoming a citizen many years ago, is confronted with an immigrant travel ban...Nobody would have a cow. But we would have an intelligent, critical, satirical show that at least confronts problematic issues instead of running away from them."
- Showrunner Al Jean explained why Lisa Simpson defended Apu, but why did she look at the camera?
- Jean criticized for tweeting conservative media in The Simpsons' defense
- Jean tweeted a link to the National Review piece: "Why the Apu Simpsons Controversy Bothers Me as an Indian American"
- Harry Shearer stuck up for the show, tweeting to Hari Kondabolu: "Bart, a pre-pubescent boy, is played by an adult woman. What's up with that?"
- BoJack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg slammed The Simpsons response: "Imagine choosing to describe yourself and your work as 'applauded and inoffensive'"
- Bill Maher defends The Simpsons' response to Apu: "If you spend your time combing through old TV shows to identify stuff that by today’s standards looks bad, you’re not ‘woke,’ you’re just a douchebag"
Scandal cast will visit Jimmy Kimmel after the series finale
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The cast will also participate in a live table read timed to the West Coast broadcast to benefit the Actors Fund.
Westworld vs. Game of Thrones: Which HBO show did their publicity stunt better?
This week's Westworld spoiler stunt fooled a lot of people, but the show's fans seem to have enjoyed being pranked. "Overall, it seems the 'Westroll' event will be looked back on with a lot more fondness than another HBO publicity stunt," says Liz Shannon Miller. "It was just over a year ago that the network made a big announcement about the penultimate season of its flagship series Game of Thrones, specifically the date we could expect its return. Typically important but not earth-shattering news, HBO made sure we were paying attention — by literally burying the information in a block of ice." One of the reasons that one failed and the other succeeded is perhaps because David Benioff and D.B. Weiss thought the GoT stunt was "embarrassing," while Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have been building up to their Westworld stunt.
On My Block fans are up in arms that one of the stars may be a Trump supporter
Ronni Hawk plays a Latina character on the Netflix inner-city teen series. She also apparently tweeted support of Donald Trump and celebrated his victory on the morning after the 2016 election in since-deleted tweets. As Jade Bukowski explains, "for many fans, the anger comes from the alleged hypocrisy that comes with supporting Trump and starring on a series that directly addresses many of the hardships that immigrants and marginalized groups face. Hawk’s character in particular is affected by this, making the whole thing even more upsetting for fans."
Conan O'Brien relishes that he can show an Italy adventure while other shows are talking Trump
Source: Vanity Fair
“There’s part of me that is delighted that everyone is talking about the raid on Trump’s lawyer, and what was seized, and what’s in those papers. And what’s Conan up to? He’s in Italy with one of his producers, torturing him,” he says of this week's Conan Without Borders episode, adding: “I love that this show is just a confection. It’s just pure silliness."
After The Wire, some of its stars had trouble finding acting work because they weren't viewed as actors
Source: Los Angeles Times
"It was so authentic, people thought we weren't actors," says Gbenga Akinnagbe in a Los Angeles Times article on the post-Wire careers of the stars of the classic HBO series. "At industry events, people would ask, 'What are you doing here?' And I'd say, 'What do you mean?' and they'd say, 'What are you doing out of Baltimore?'" Jamie Hector, who played Marlo Stanfield, had to remind industry people that he trained at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. Still, he says, "I'd rather be pigeonholed than no holed. At least I was working." Other Wire stars found success by joining shows run by Wire fans, such as The Walking Dead and Teen Wolf, or shows by The Wire creator David Simon.
Is animal cruelty a new TV trend?
Stranger Things, The Alienist and The End of the F***ing World have all used animal deaths as plot devices in the past year. But animal-rights groups like PETA are fine with the portrayals -- as long as it's depicted in a negative light. “While gratuitous violence against animals leaves compassionate viewers shocked and sickened, Stephen King, The Alienist, and The End of the F***ing World have all accurately depicted how future serial killers often start by abusing animals,” says PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange. “As long as no live animals are involved in filming, PETA is all for realistic on-screen portrayals showing what animals endure in real life at the hands of evil humans.
Asian-American Bob's Burgers writer shares the aftermath of criticizing a Roseanne joke
Source: The New York Times
Kelvin Yu, who also appears on Master of None, went viral with his tweets slamming Roseanne for a joke taking a shot at Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat. "Many of the comments I received were supportive — retweets, likes and the always flattering fist emoji," he writes in The New York Times. "However, I have to admit that the loudest voices to me were the ones that were vitriolic and shockingly mean," including racially disparaging remarks. Yu writes that he found it "so galling that a show celebrating ostensibly marginalized Americans would consider shows about even more marginalized Americans a punch line, tossed off between two yawns and a meh, followed by a roomful of people laughing. And although, admittedly, I have no idea what it means to be white or working class, there are at least a half-dozen shows out there through which I can experience it vicariously. Meanwhile, white working-class people have one — and only one — current network show to help them understand the lives of Asian-Americans (hint: it rhymes with Shmesh Off the Shmoat)."
- Even the haters should appreciate Roseanne: "When a TV show — or any pop culture artifact — is drawing that kind of a mass audience, it has something to tell us about ourselves and the times in which we live"
- Here's your first look at Roseanne's mom Bev's return next week
- Seth Meyers has Roseanne "fans" explain to him why they love the show so much
Steve Harvey's talk show sued by fitness model
Dominique Collier alleges she was demeaned on Harvey's show. She thought she would be highlighted as a single professional mom. But when she showed up in a conservative outfit, producers put her in a halter top and form-fitting skirt.
Drew Barrymore quits doing stunts after getting a concussion filming Santa Clarita Diet
“I will never do my own stunts again,” says the actress. “That was the end of a wonderful era. I can look back at a bunch of movies that I totally was a baller and always threw myself in there. I whip it in Charlie’s Angels! But I will never do a stunt again because I could’ve died and it was really scary.”
James Corden previews Carpool Karaoke's primetime special, featuring Christina Aguilera, Allison Janney and more
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The April 23 special includes a Sound of Music-themed “Crosswalk: The Musical" with Janney and her Mom co-star Anna Farris, plus Kunal Nayyar and Young Sheldon's Ian Armitage.
Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his DuckTales debut as part of the inaugural Duck Week
The Hamilton creator will first appear as Gizmoduck, aka Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, on the May 11 episode, which will coincide with the first Duck Week. Miranda's character is described as "“Duckburg’s preeminent hero who has Latin roots" and a “brilliant young scientist."
Recalling John Mulaney's 10 best SNL sketches
The former Saturday Night Live writer-turned-host helped create Stefon and "The Obama Show."
Gotham might have solved its Joker problem in a completely ridiculous way
"The best thing about Gotham is how much it’s willing to do anything," says Rob Bricken of the Fox series.
E! cameras didn't film Khloe Kardashian giving birth for Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Source: Us Weekly
The new mom has been "on hiatus" from filming, according to Us magazine.
British procedural Rellik lands on Cinemax, telling its murder story backward
Source: TV Insider
The reverse-chronological series title is "Killer" spelled backwards.
Ranking the best TV pilots of the 21st Century
From Scandal to Gilmore Girls to Breaking Bad.
Live music is thriving on TV, from daytime to primetime to late-night
James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" has helped promote music, but so is ideas like Conan having on Luis Fonsi to perform "Despacito," which has garnered 28 million views. “At the time, the idea of doing a Spanish pop song on our show seemed insane, but Conan likes taking chances," says Conan music booker Rosie Hershkovitz, adding that Conan O'Brien responded to the idea saying: “I’m about building bridges, not walls.”
Fear the Walking Dead bosses on the rebooted Season 4: "This show constantly reinvents itself"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"We have multiple timelines over the course of the season," says Ian Goldberg, the new co-showrunner of The Walking Dead spinoff. "We're playing with the structure, depending on which story we're telling in the episode. What we find so exciting about telling stories across time is it allows for mystery and for finding characters in an emotional place and exploring how they came to be that way, and finding them in a very different emotional place in the flashback storyline — not only from a plot perspective of piecing it together, but also showing how people became who they are by charting them in the present and comparing it to where they've been in the past." ALSO: Lennie James on moving to Fear the Walking Dead.
How to stream Mad About You to get ready for the impending revival
The Paul Reiser-Helen Hunt 1990s NBC comedy is currently streaming on Starz's website.
In Season 4, Bosch is even more of a procedural crime-solving show
Source: The New York Times
"The unhurried pace of Bosch can sometimes slow to a crawl, the writing can be workmanlike and the secondary story lines involving Bosch’s family or Los Angeles politics can be thin," Mike Hale says of the Titus Welliver-led Amazon series. "But when it errs, it errs on the side of literalness rather than falseness, of plainness rather than pretension. The show doesn’t require patience so much as relaxation. Surrender to its hard-boiled charms, and it will treat you right."
How TV's portrayal of Brooklyn has evolved
Source: The Ringer
Girls tried to capture the hipsterness of the New York borough. But Tracy Morgan's The Last O.G. is trying to portray the old and new Brooklyn in its totality, post-gentrification.
A pastry chef weighs in on Chef’s Table: Pastry
Source: The Takeout
"Pastry chefs—and I am one myself—rarely share the spotlight with the savory chefs their own work compliments," Dana Cree says of the Netflix four-part series, dropping today. "They often find their own notoriety, as we see this season, in bakeries, gelato cafes, and rare dessert-only dining establishments. Their relative anonymity means Chef’s Table can do what it does best: dive deep into their psyches to help understand their passion and motivation."
That's So Raven alum Orlando Brown arrested by bounty hunters in his underwear
TMZ posted footage of cops taking Brown into custody for outstanding warrants in Las Vegas.
JWoww reveals she suffered a miscarriage before filming Jersey Shore in Italy in 2011
Source: Page Six
“Right before Italy, like three or four weeks before Italy, my grandmother passed. And me and Roger (Mathews) actually lost a baby, like I ended up pregnant," she said on Thursday's Jersey Shore Family Vacation. "Not a lot of people know."
Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas is a funny and necessary addition to late-night
Source: The A.V. Club
The former Daily Show correspondent's new HBO show, premiering Friday, is mostly Trump-free, as he states at the top of his first episode. "Watching the show can feel like you’re sitting down for a chat with your informed and similarly left-leaning friend—that is, if your charismatic friend also had a camera crew, a 10-episode order from HBO, and three Emmys for outstanding writing on a variety show," says Danette Chavez. "But Cenac’s not interested in preaching to the choir or rehashing liberal talking points. The loose structure of the show—there’s no real monologue, but there are segments and cheeky, animated asides—mirrors Cenac’s desire to map out a blueprint for change. He knows this means there will be a few, if not many, wrong turns and dead ends, but he’s not afraid to admit he doesn’t have all the answers."
- Cenac shakes up a tired late-night formula and breathes life into a crowded arena
- Cenac's show strives to have something rare on late-night: a genuine conversation
- We could talk about Trump and the presidency, but a lot of people do that," says Cenac
- Each of 10 episodes will explore some aspect of police violence
Elvis Presley: The Searcher lets viewers appreciate Elvis fully anew
Source: The Washington Post
The HBO documentary has Elvis Presley "brought down from his lofty and lunatic afterlife as an icon, reminding us that he was once just a man," says Hank Stuever. He adds: "With a raft of producers that includes Priscilla Presley, director Thom Zimny’s insightful and stirring 3½ -hour HBO documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher (premiering Saturday), is a fine demonstration of how the passage of time can help place even the biggest and most overloved superstars into a blessed relief. The film is a calm and deeply empathetic recounting of Presley’s life, split in two. The first half takes us up to 1960 and his career-interrupting military service; the second half is, well, the rest of Elvis: movie star, obsessive workhorse, sweat-drenched showman, tragic figure."
Netflix's Lost in Space would be so much better if it cut off the bloat
"Lost in Space is one of the foremost cases of Netflix bloat I’ve seen," says Todd VanDerWerff. "Chop 20 minutes out of almost all of these episodes and you’d have a rollicking family adventure series. At their current running times, though, the series lags and sags in a way that will leave viewers bored stiff." The Netflix reboot is a mixed bag. There's plenty to like, such as Parker Posey. But, he adds, "too much of the series feels like it’s frozen in place, waiting for all the other stuff to get taken care of so the story can resume. There’s a version of Lost in Space that’s very entertaining, but it feels as if the series’ producers haven’t quite found it yet. They’re still chipping away at the giant block of ice, looking for the story within."
- Lost in Space should be called "Mired in Mediocrity"
- Don't binge-watch: Lost in Space is better consumed at a slow pace, or else you'll notice its redundancies
- The Robot is astonishing, but the rest of the series is less exciting
- Netflix's Lost in Space finally delivers on the promise of the franchise's premise
- Parker Posey is a revolutionary villain who keeps subverting expectations
- Trump's Syria bombing announcement cut off the end of Once Upon a Time, leaving fans frustrated