Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Why Anthony Bourdain's final completed Parts Unknown episode was so special and heartbreaking
Bourdain traveled to Kenya with CNN colleague W. Kamau Bell, host of United Shades of America, for what would become the final completed episode of Parts Unknown before his death in June. (Several other episodes were shot, but Bourdain hAd not yet recorded narration for them.) "Anthony Bourdain’s final completed episode of television feels very much like any other hour-long program he’s made in the last 17 years," says Matt Miller. "He travels to Kenya, where he brings his thoughtful worldview, his fearless questions, and his genuine interest in listening to the smallest and most important stories. There’s no mention that its host died nearly four months ago. There’s no 'in loving memory' dedication to the late icon. It’s just an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. It’s as provocative, considerate, and curious as anything else he produced in his lifetime. And that’s precisely what makes it so special and heartbreaking." ALSO: Asia Argento gives her first TV interview since Bourdain's death, calling his loss a "hole that can't be filled."
Alyssa Milano reveals she was sexually assaulted as a teen
In response to President Trump tweeting that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford should've come forward with her alleged assault 36 years ago, Milano wrote an essay on Vox explaining why it took her so long to come forward. "It took me years after my assault to voice the experience to my closest friends," Milano wrote. "It took me three decades to tell my parents that the assault had even happened. I never filed a police report. I never told officials. I never tried to find justice for my pain because justice was never an option. For me, speaking up meant reliving one of the worst moments of my life. It meant recognizing my attacker’s existence when I wanted nothing more than to forget that he was allowed to walk on this Earth at all. This is what every survivor goes through. Telling our stories means being vulnerable to public attacks and ridicule when our only 'crime' was to be assaulted in the first place."
Report: Apple streaming service shows are avoiding “gratuitous sex, profanity or violence" because of CEO Tim Cook
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Apple's own staff have begun calling the streaming service "expensive NBC" because Apple CEO Cook wants to keep the upcoming streaming service family-friendly, which has resulted in delays to some of Apple shows. Cook reportedly shelved Apple's first scripted drama, Vital Signs, based on Dr. Dre's life, because it featured cocaine, an orgy and "drawn guns." "Across Hollywood and inside Apple, the show has become emblematic of the challenges faced by the technology giant as it pushes into entertainment," The Journal reported, via Gizmodo. "The Apple earmarked $1 billion for Hollywood programming last year. But in the tone CEO Mr. Cook has set for it, whatever Apple produces mustn’t taint a pristine brand image that has helped the company collect 80% of the profits in the global smartphone market."
Schitt's Creek to return Jan. 16 for its longest-season yet
Season 5 of the Pop comedy will span 14 episodes. Previous seasons have run 12 to 13 episodes.
Guillermo del Toro: Better Call Saul has proven to be better than Breaking Bad
The Oscar-winning director used a series of tweets on Saturday to explain why he thinks Better Call Saul has emerged to outshine its predecessor: "A small reflection in the middle of BETTER CALL SAUL's new season: I like it even more than BB, not to be a contrarian but because the evident stakes seem smaller but the moral downfall strike me as deeper, more poignant...With Walter White (who turns Black) you were tracking a massive downfall/transformation. BCS takes you by the hand as Jimmy becomes Saul Goodman (No Good in him) in small painful tumbles...Kim is the key!...Even in his relationship with Chuck, Jimmy was an enabler, he kind of loved seeing Chuck diminished. Both brothers wanted to see the other 'down'. Beautifully laid out." ALSO: Breaking Bad is coming out with a 10th-anniversary music box set.
Last Man Standing has posted its first Fox episode on Twitter
The resurrected Tim Allen comedy tweeted on Sunday "we want to say thank you to ALL of our loyal fans by releasing the premiere episode of #LastManStanding EARLY!" The episode will be broadcast on Fox this Friday.
CNN is having trouble keeping its pro-Trump voices
Former Trump campaign communications director Jason Miller exited CNN over the weekend after a report alleged he drugged a woman he got pregnant with an abortion pill. As Brian Steinberg points out, Miller "joins a growing parade of Trump defenders who have found it difficult to stay on CNN...The network’s Trump defenders may sometimes come across like professional-wrestling villains, ready to say anything just to spark viewer outrage. But having them on screen regularly helps CNN maintain its down-the-middle positioning. While CNN can defend airing the views of these sundry political analysts, it cannot defend their behavior."
The Bachelor's Vietnam edition goes viral when two contestants run away with each other
Contestant Minh Thu stunned viewers when she convinced another contestant, Truc Nhu, to leave the show. ALSO: Bachelor in Paradise's Jenna Cooper threatens legal action over Reality Steve's cheating texts.
LeBron James is one of Ozark's biggest fans
The NBA superstar and Hollywood mogul tweeted his appreciation for the Netflix drama on Saturday: "Man I can’t wait for Season 3 of #OZARK!! @batemanjason is incredible as well as the rest of the family Laura Linney @SofiaHublitz @skylargaertner 'The Byrde’s'. Also love 'Ruth' played by Julia Garner. She’s a gangsta! Great cast all around period!!" Jason Bateman responded within half an hour: "I'm glad I was sitting when I saw this. My day is made. Or, month. Thanks, King."
Dr. Phil will reportedly be kidnapped in the upcoming Harley Quinn and Joker movie
The kidnapping of Dr. Phil McGraw apparently helps kick off the Warner Bros. film starring Margot Robbie and Jared Leto.
One Tree Hill celebrates its 15th anniversary
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The WB/CW teen drama kicked off its nine-season run on Sept. 23, 2003. Where are the stars now?
- Why Anthony Bourdain's final completed Parts Unknown episode was so special and heartbreaking