Posted Friday 2/08/19 at 1:05AM EST
Why is Game of Thrones participating in "dumb stunts" to promote the final season?
Source: The Guardian
"HBO doesn’t really need to promote Game of Thrones," says Stuart Heritage. "It’s the world’s biggest television series, and this is the finale. It’s the grand culmination of an epic story the scale of which television has never before seen. Even if HBO’s promotional budget for Game of Thrones only ran to a single classified listing in a small town’s residential newsletter, you’d still know about it. We all would. And yet HBO apparently has money to spare, because it’s lobbing it around at all sorts of dumb stunts. If you watched the Super Bowl this weekend, you will be familiar with the Bud Light commercial that doubled as a horrifying off-brand Game of Thrones series announcement." It could've been worse, Heritage says, pointing to the Wall Street Journal's report that Game of Thrones almost teamed with Coca-Cola for a White Walker-themed ad. As part of a $20 million promotional drive, Game of Thrones is also planning a scavenger hunt, a blood drive and tattoo giveaways -- its Twitter account even got involved in a Twitter fight between Wendy's and Burger King. "In a way, this is fine," says Heritage. "We live in 2019, where we’re all waist-deep in viewing choices and shows have to resort to all manner of idiotic stunts just to cut through the noise. But this is Game of Thrones, for crying out loud. Everyone already knows what it is, and everyone refuses to shut up about it. Even when it isn’t on the air, people won’t stop talking about Game of Thrones...Game of Thrones doesn’t need to resort to these flopsweat-soaked marketing ploys." ALSO: Did the Bud Light ad cheapen the Game of Thrones brand?
Ariana Grande accuses Grammys producer of "lying about me"
Source: BuzzFeed News
When Grande saw an Associated Press report Thursday quoting Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich as saying she isn't performing because she "felt it was too late for her to put something together," she spoke up on Twitter. "i’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me," Grande tweeted. "i can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. it was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more." Grande reportedly wanted to perform her new single "7 Rings," but producers would not allow her to sing the song in full, so she opted to pull out of the ceremony.
Kristoff St. John's Neil Winters was a transformative black TV character
Source: The New York Times
St. John, who died Sunday at age 52, originated the role of Winters in 1991, playing him all the way until his death, becoming the second-longest-serving black soap opera actor after Days of Our Lives' James Reynolds. "Black men like Neil have been hard to come by on television," says Stacy Y. China. "He was a young, up-and-coming executive at Newman Enterprises, fresh out of Stanford. He was self-assured without being arrogant, and down-to-earth without being a caricature or a clown. He was ambitious, he loved his friends, and he got along well with all of those veteran, high-flying executive types." China adds: "St. John was still a young man on a veteran show. He could have had many more years as Neil, wrangling with a younger generation led by his children, Lily and Devon. Through it all, Neil was not a thug, not a troubled child, not somebody the white people needed to save. He did not need 'help.' He was an equal. He wasn’t anyone’s charity project. All he needed was a chance, and Genoa City gave him that." ALSO: A future Young and the Restless storyline will pay tribute to St. John and his character.
Supernatural boss on Episode 300: If you're gonna bring Jeffrey Dean Morgan back, you wanna make it count
Source: TV Guide
"I don't know that had we brought him back in Season 4, Season 5, even 6 or 7, that the conversation Sam and Dean would have had with him would have been that much different than the conversation they had with him in Season 2," says showrunner Andrew Dabb. "I think now, in Season 14, we're dealing with two guys that when he died were in their early to mid 20s. Now they're in their late 30s to early 40s and that's a very different mindset you're in as an adult at that age. And so, bringing John back in this way, in this episode at this time, it allowed them to have a different conversation. Conversations that allowed them to put down some of their pre-existing baggage and kind of continue on this emotional journey they've been on for the last decade and a half." ALSO: Episode 300 was one of the greatest Supernatural episodes.
Why haven't Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon mentioned blackface this week? Is it because of their own past blackface controversies?
Source: The Daily Mail
Kimmel and Fallon are among many celebrities -- including Ted Danson, Tom Hanks, Sarah Silverman, Joy Behar and Billy Crystal -- who have controversial pasts wearing blackface. But Fallon and Kimmel's jobs as late-night hosts are to joke about what's happening in the news. And so far this week, they've avoided delving into one of the past week's biggest news stories: the controversy over Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page that shows a person wearing blackface next to person in a KKK robe. Fallon did touch on the scandal after the State of the Union, joking:. “Pretty much all the Congressional Democratic women wore white. In response, the governor of Virginia said, ‘Oh sure, when they do it, it’s OK.'” Both Fallon and Kimmel have been criticized in the past for using blackface -- Fallon for his impersonation of Chris Rock on SNL and Kimmel for his portrayal of Oprah Winfrey and Karl Malone on The Man Show. This week, conservative critics have pointed to Kimmel and Fallon's past blackface use in claiming hypocrisy over the Northam scandal.
Julian McMahon to lead FBI spinoff FBI: Most Wanted
The Nip/Tuck alum will play an "agent's agent" named Jess LaCroix, who oversees the FBI's Most Wanted Unit.
Justin Theroux approved The Other Two wandering around his "apartment"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“We wanted him to like it, and he read the scripts and said yes,” co-creator Chris Kelly says of this week's episode, which wasn't filmed in Theroux's actual apartment. Kelly and co-creator Sarah Schneider are huge fans of The Leftovers, and only wanted Theroux's apartment for the third episode. “We were like, ‘It’s him or nothing,’” Kelly said. “We wanted (someone we could) poke fun at without being malicious. We genuinely think he’s great.”
John Oliver hates the hyperbolic headlines reacting every week to Last Week Tonight segments
“You can’t really help how (a Last Week Tonight segment is) repackaged after the fact, you kind of just have to try and be confident with the piece in the context that exists,” Oliver said while speaking to reporters about the new season. “Then someone saying eviscerates or disembowels ― it can be a little bit sad when you’ve worked for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks or months and months on something, and then it’s ‘takes a sledgehammer to the face of person TK.’”
Lena Olin and Jerrika Hinton are poised to join The Hunt
Alias alum Olin and Grey's Anatomy vet Hinton are set to play a Nazi and an FBI agent, respectively, on Jordan Peele's 1970-set Nazi-hunting Amazon drama.
Why is Netflix's Twitter account so "perpetually horny"?
Source: The Outline
On Wednesday, when former Olympian Adam Rippon tweeted, "I would let Marie Kondo reorganize the organs in my body," the Netflix Twitter account responded: "i would happily tell you which organs bring me joy but this is a family site." The tweet begs the question: "Why is Netflix so horny, all of the time?" says Jeremy Gordon. "Like many corporations, the streaming giant operates several accounts dedicated to the many global branches of its product. Different countries have different streaming rights, and so there is a Netflix account for Canada, Ireland, France, and so forth. There are also accounts dedicated to customer service, news about Netflix Originals, and memes. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between accounts, or what specific service they provide. This is fine, inasmuch 'this is fine' is all you can really say about a great many things on the internet, except for one part: The accounts all want to kiss and fondle and tug you, and perhaps each other and the other brand accounts."
Former Dr. Phil guest sues after she says she suffered a mental breakdown and was committed after a taping
Kaden Mahaffa is suing Phil McGraw, his production company and CBS over her 2017 Dr. Phil appearance, which was supposed to be in support of her boyfriend who was the segment's focus.
Do we really need a Lost reboot?
Source: The Mary Sue
We already have shows that inherited Lost's cultural mantle -- Game of Thrones and The Good Place. "Lost itself cannot be replicated," says Kate Gardner, reacting to new ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke saying she'd be interested in a Lost reboot. Gardner adds: "I say this as a diehard fan of the show. Lost inspired a lifelong interest in television and media analysis, and I once wrote a three-page defense of the final two seasons for a professor who most certainly did not assign it. However, as much as I adored Lost, it was lightning in a bottle. You can’t recreate the hype around Lost, at least not around a reboot of the series. That phenomenon usually occurs around a new show that captures the zeitgeist in a fresh, unique way."
Art exhibit celebrates Luke Cage
UC Riverside is hosting a Black History Month exhibition titled Uncaged: Hero for Higher that celebrates the character from the Marvel comic book and canceled Netflix series.
Here's your first look at Jennifer Grey on Grey's Anatomy
Contrary to speculation, the Dirty Dancing star won't be playing Jo's mom on the Valentine's Day episode.
Batwoman pilot casts Reign alum Rachel Skarsten as the main villain
Skarsten will play Alice, the "Joker" of Batwoman, who leads the Lewis Carroll–inspired Wonderland Gang.
Why Lena Waithe wanted to do a millennial-themed reboot of Boomerang
Source: The New York Times
Waithe thought the 1992 Eddie Murphy film would be a great jumping off point for a TV series in 2019. "Rather than idolize the characters, why not look at them through a realistic lens, so to speak?" she says. "Then I realized my characters would be 26 years old — that’s how long ago the movie came out. You are kind of distancing yourself from your parents at 26 and trying to figure out who you are, and also rejecting everything that your parents told you that you are, that you would be. But by the time you get to the second episode, you also realize that these are just young black people trying to figure out their lives, which is really what we wanted to go for. So even if you’ve never seen the movie, you can appreciate the show and see the subtle nuances through which we pay tribute to the original. But we are also trying to create our own lane."
Ryan Murphy criticized on Twitter for casting another "hot white guy" on American Horror Story
Some fans of the FX series were not only disappointed with the casting of former Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy, they also questioned why Murphy would cast such an inexperienced actor to play Emma Roberts' boyfriend.
Ailing Wendy Williams is said to be "super scared" of losing her show
Source: Page Six
The Wendy Williams Show host has reportedly grown anxious while sidelined by various illnesses since December. “Watching (fill-in host) Nick Cannon being a huge hit with her audience is tough for her," an insider tells Page Six. "They’re already starting to mess with the format. It’s like watching them screw around with her baby.”
C.H.E.R.Y./L. the Robot Is Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's underappreciated hero
"Unlike the other Yukos, C.H.E.R.Y./L. exhibits a level of emotional intelligence that makes her feel more like a person and makes it possible for her to become involved in one of Kimmy Schmidt’s weirder subplots," says Charles Pulliam-Moore. "Though she’s intelligent, C.H.E.R.Y./L.’s personality is best described as something like a cross between a parody of a Real Housewives superfan and Adventure Time’s B-MO."
Cookie Monster explains in a Reddit AMA that he enjoys eating fruits and vegetables, too
Source: The A.V. Club
"Me always be Cookie Monster," the Sesame Street star wrote." Me am what me am. Me love cookies, but me and me friends know cookies are a sometimes food. Me also eat fruits, veggies, and all sorts of stuff. Me monster, not picky!"
Conan O'Brien and Nick Kroll teach a sex-ed class
Kroll joined Conan in applying his Big Mouth puberty knowledge before a class of high schoolers in Burbank.
- Why is Game of Thrones participating in "dumb stunts" to promote the final season?