Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
Why does Netflix make intentionally mediocre shows like The Good Cop?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Netflix started creating original shows in 2013 using HBO's "it's not TV" model. But Netflix keeps making shows like The Good Cop and Fuller House -- series that are more suited to broadcast television from 1989. "I'm talking about when Netflix makes TV series that are essentially middle-of-the-road broadcast television shows. Also known as boring, predictable, easily digested retreads," says Tim Goodman. Why would Netflix make shows that reminded viewers of network television from decades ago? Goodman realized Netflix is "no longer an alternative to traditional television; it's a monolith that lured so many people around the globe away from traditional television that it eventually became so cavernous inside as to become a streaming 'broadcast' network itself — and the algorithm correctly figured out that a certain percentage of people inside who had cut ties to the old world would eventually miss it so much they'd need shows reflective of that lost, former world. It's why they got Fuller House. It's why they got The Ranch. It's why they got One Day at a Time (which is good, don't get me wrong, but it's a network show that's been revamped and remains a network show), etc., etc., etc. And it's the only explanation for The Good Cop, which is so on-the-nose in its retro comfort that it's actually insidious, like heroin made of nostalgia. It has Tony Danza and Josh Groban as father and son detectives, people."
- The Good Cop is like the anti-Brooklyn Nine-Nine with its refusal to engage in the issues of the day
- The Good Cop is engaging without being too mentally taxing -- and Josh Groban is delightful in his role
- It’s light, sometimes fun, casually watchable and totally forgettable
- Monk creator Andy Breckman was essentially allowed to re-create his old show as The Good Cop, but it's stuck in 2009
Report: NBC News chairman Andy Lack has a history of letting accused sexual harassers keep their jobs -- including one who allegedly blocked Ronan Farrow's story
Source: The Daily Beast
The Daily Beast reports that one of the NBC News bosses who reviewed Farrow's Harvey Weinstein reporting that was ultimately rejected was David Corvo, NBC News' senior executive producer for primetime news, who oversees shows like Dateline. "Corvo is one of NBC News’ most powerful men," reports The Daily Beast. Corvo also was accused of sexual harassing a female employee that led NBC Universal to sign a separation agreement that paid her nearly $1 million. "In return for a sum, the woman is forbidden from saying anything negative about her time at the company. Corvo continues to work at NBC News," says The Daily Beast. Rich McHugh, Farrow's former producing partner at NBC News, says Corvo helped decide the fate of their Weinstein reporting. An NBC News spokesperson countered that Corvo was “not a decision maker on the Weinstein reporting” and said he and two senior women on the review team “were unanimous in affirming that NBC News did not yet have a story that was ready for broadcast.” The Daily Beast also reports that Megyn Kelly was urged by Mark Kornblau, an NBC News executive who reports to Lack, not to cover the Tom Brokaw sexual harassment allegations, which she refused. An NBC News spokesperson says the "insinuation is ridiculous because two days before they spoke, NBC News had already covered the Brokaw story more aggressively than any other network.” The Daily Beast also went back and looked at one of Lack's previous jobs as chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, where he allegedly looked the other way at sexual harassment accusations against Charlie Walk in the 2000s. Walk was fired from Fox reality show The Four and Republic Records earlier this year over sexual misconduct allegations.
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt is poised to step down after leading NBC's turnaround over the past eight years
Greenblatt, who is expected to step down from his job in May, "has engineered an impressive rebound for the network after ... years in the ratings cellar," reports Variety. "NBC has been a roll in the last two years in particular thanks to the buzzy hit This Is Us. Under Greenblatt, NBC has finished four of the last five seasons as the top-rated primetime network in the 18-49 demo. NBC also finished the 52-week 2017-18 season as the No. 1 network in nearly every ratings measure, including total viewers — the first time since 2001-02 that NBC has taken the total-viewers crown."
Dave Grohl says Foo Fighters have had "multiple conversations over the years" to do Super Bowl halftime
“I’ve had multiple conversations over the years with them where they say, ‘We want to have a rock and roll band. Do you think you could do it? Do you think you could do a stadium,” Grohl said Friday in an interview on Los Angeles radio station KROQ. “I was like, yeah man, we do it all the time. You get so close. And you think, Oh my God, I think we’re going to do the Super Bowl, and then it’ll be Madonna or Katy Perry.” Meanwhile, drummer Taylor Hawkins threw some shade at the reported selection of Maroon 5 for next year's halftime show. “Not to be negative to Maroon 5, but it always feels like the final chapter to your career,” he said. “We’re just trying to come up with excuses for why we haven’t done it.”
How to fix awards shows in wake of the Emmys debacle
Source: Rolling Stone
"Let it be a mess," says Rob Sheffield, offering some suggestions for shaking up the award show format. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler showed during their three-year run on the Golden Globes that a messy award show is a great award show. "A simple formula: celebrities plus live TV plus free champagne equals a few hours of insanity," says Sheffield. Another suggestion: Get a star to host. "A few years ago, the network bosses got a silly idea in their gullivers — the idea that an award show’s job was to promote the in-house late-night franchise," says Sheffield. "So every fete began to get hosted by the network’s resident late-night straight white guy. Hey, what a crazy coincidence: This is when ratings cratered. Sure, Jimmy Kimmel does a fine job hosting the Oscars. That’s not the problem. The problem is he does an equally fine job five damn nights a week — so do Colbert, Fallon, Myers, Corden. It’s just not a big deal to see these guys put on a suit and tell some jokes. So they’re a fatal glamour drain — as Colbert’s former alter ego might have put it, they kill the eventiness. When LL Cool J hosted the Grammys, it was a must-see every year. But ever since Corden took over, the ratings have been fading faster than Canibus in a rap battle. So it’s simple: bring back LL. Mama said knock you out!"
Heidi Klum says Project Runway "needs to be freshened up," endorses Gigi Hadid as her successor
Source: Us Weekly
Klum says Hadid would be a "great fit" as host of Bravo's revival of Project Runway, adding: "I think she would be amazing. She has had so much success in this industry." As for her exit for an Amazon fashion series, Klum says: "Sometimes these kind of things happen and then you look at it from all angles and you say, ‘Actually maybe now is a good time to freshen this up.’ It needs to be freshened up, so I felt like it was the right thing to do … I was ready for a change.”
The Simpsons unveils its 30th anniversary logo
The Fox cartoon's Season 30 logo features Marge and baby Maggie. ALSO: Billy Eichner to guest on Season 30.
America's Got Talent finalist arrested for felony domestic violence
Michael Ketterer, who finished in 5th place this season on the NBC reality show, was taken into custody by the LAPD after cops noticed a visible red mark on his wife after they were called in response to a fight. He was later released on $50,000 bail.
Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night turns 20
The beloved SportsCenter-inspired ABC comedy that premiered one year before Sorkin launched The West Wing debuted on Sept. 22, 1998, running for two seasons. Starring Josh Charles, Felicity Huffman, Sabrina Lloyd, Joshua Malina, Robert Guillaume and Peter Krause, Sorkin's behind-the-scenes sports news show "has taken on an interesting position within his body of work: It’s something of a Patient Zero for Sorkin World," says Jason Bailey, who goes on to rank every episode. ALSO: Sports Night was canceled for its low ratings, yet its 11.5 million viewers would make it one of ABC's highest-rated shows in 2018.
The Americans alum Laurie Holden joins Fox's Proven Innocent
The Walking Dead vet, who most recently played Renee on The Americans, will recur on the Fox legal drama as the wife of Kelsey Grammer's character
Katherine McNamara is going form Shadowhunters to Arrow
McNamara will recur on The CW series in the pivotal role of Maya, a scrappy street fighter and thief who is described in the casting notice as “Buffy the Superhero Slayer.”
Will & Grace stars celebrate their 20th anniversary on social media
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Eric McCormack posted a photo from the pilot of him with long hair in the back, while Sean Hayes asked fans to share where they were when the pilot aired on NBC on Sept. 21, 1998.
What inspired BoJack Horseman's funeral episode?
“For a few years we’ve had this idea of: What if it’s just BoJack talking for a half-hour? With nobody else talking,” says creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, in an interview with TheWrap. “For awhile we couldn’t figure out what that would be or why he would do that...What is he doing that is just him talking? Is it therapy? Is it him giving a speech? Is he talking to somebody in the hospital?...We kind of landed on this eulogy story and we felt like, if his mother died, there would be a lot to talk about.”
Netflix Afflicted boss responds after backlash from participants, plus Lena Dunham and Monica Lewinsky
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The docuseries that looks at seven people battling baffling illnesses has been criticized for its negative portrayal of their ailments. In response several participants and family members banded together to accuse the show of manipulation and misrepresentation. They were recently backed by an open letter signed by Dunham, Lewinsky and other celebrities calling on Netflix to remove the series from its service. Asked to respond to the backlash, Afflicted executive producer Dan Partland says: "Our intention was to give the world a compassionate window into the difficulties of patients and families suffering from elusive and misunderstood illnesses, to humanize their struggle and to show that struggle in all its complexity."
The Young and the Restless will temporarily recast the role of one of its stars so she can guest on Life in Pieces
Bayley Corman will take over Hunter King’s role of Summer Newman for several episodes while King completes an arc on the CBS sitcom.
The Good Place podcast is unusual in that offers genuinely useful moral advice
"It’s rare that you get viable advice for life from a TV sitcom, let alone a promotional appendage to a TV sitcom. But The Good Place: The Podcast isn’t just any promotional appendage," says Sam Adams. The podcast hosted by Marc Evan Jackson -- who plays head demon Shawn on the NBC comedy -- is "a portrait of a sane and harmonious workplace in an industry that often treats those qualities as incidental and even inimical to the creation of art," says Adams, adding: "It’s one thing to repeat the old saw that TV is a collaborative medium, another to spend as much time with the head of the props department or the visual effects supervisor as with some of the show’s stars."
The Bachelor's Colton Underwood revealed he has a personality on Ellen -- did ABC edit him too much?
Source: The Muse
Colton's appearance on the NBC daytime show was "the most Underwood has ever spoken, ever—perhaps this is the result of some media training or maybe ABC has finally allowed him to talk—my bar is very low, but for the first time since his Bachelor crowning, I’m kind of excited to at least attempt to watch the new season," says Maria Sherman.
Leighton Meester says the Gossip Girl set wasn't the "healthiest environment"
Source: E! Online
The Single Parents star recalls in an interview with Net-a-Porter magazine working on The CW series from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., five days a week. "Everyone has their own journey, especially in their early twenties when they're just figuring out who they are," she says. "Because of the success of (Gossip Girl), I was put in a place where that journey was sped up. I had to figure it out quickly and with not a completely developed mind to discern between what's real and what's not, who I can trust and who I can't. I got really lucky and was able to very early on find and stay friends with people who are true."
Netflix's Maniac is brilliant, terrible and obsession-worthy at the same time
Source: The Daily Beast
"Maniac is the most captivating show of the fall season, in that you don’t know for one second what the hell is going on, so you’re constantly paying close attention," says Kevin Fallon. "It’s brilliant in that way. And it’s one of those shows that likes to think it’s brilliant in that way. (It’s insufferable in that way.)" He adds: "The fact that Maniac is so strange is the best thing about it. And, folks, it’s hella strange. But for once, it’s a pleasure for a show to be this narratively ambitious, at a time when production value and budget routinely seem to usurp story development. (Not that Maniac’s deranged alternate past-future—couldn’t say which it’s meant to be—lacks in scope, detail, or cost.) There is a palpable determination in the show’s loopy, provocative world-building and a heartbreaking honesty to its depiction of mental illness."
- Maniac is a surrealist masterpiece meditation on self-fulfilling prophecy and self-sabotage and self-loathing and self-doubt and… self itself
- It is more fun to describe than experience: "Maniac asks big questions about reality, and then settles for the limpest possible cinematic representations of that reality"
- Maniac becomes emptier and emptier the more you watch: It's engineered to appease the short attention spans that led to Big Moment TV
- Maniac is exhilarating to watch and a lot to process, especially with its full embrace of utter randomness
- Maniac inverts TV's format as a writer's medium, allowing Cary Fukunaga to make it an unfettered, trippy visual joy
- Maniac makes it work going from dark sci-fi story to compelling drama to black comedy within minutes
- Fukunaga has outdone his work on True Detective, making a show that's as hard to pin down as Westworld
- Maniac is a combination of The Leftovers, Archer, Inception, Legion and Mr. Robot
- Fukunaga is charming yet can be an implacable person to work with, driving his staffers insane
- Creator Patrick Somerville has always been fascinated by the mind -- his wife is a psychotherapist, his dad is a neurologist
- Emma Stone and Jonah Hill talk about reuniting after Superbad and playing multiple characters
- Billy Magnussen admits he plays a "colorful douchebag"
- Justin Theroux says the Maniac cast got through filming by binge-watching The Hills
- Inside the creation of Theroux's "Sucktube" character
- Why does Netflix make intentionally mediocre shows like The Good Cop?