Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
Younger is tackling the #MeToo movement in a smart and unique way
Starting with the Season 5 premiere titled "#LizaToo," this season of of the TV Land drama series is a reminder that there are severe consequences for speaking up about sexual misconduct, says Inkoo Kang. "None of which is to imply, of course, that women shouldn’t speak up," adds Kang. "But it’s worth acknowledging that progress is seldom achieved without the possibility of fierce and sometimes persistent blowback. Younger’s unique take on #MeToo adds a much-needed wrinkle to a moment we rightly celebrate, but whose darker sides we’re less keen to dwell on. Perhaps wrinkles aren’t so bad after all."
Becca Kufrin is supposed to be The Bachelorette's heroine, so why does it feel like she's the punching bag?
From The Bachelor to The Bachelorette, producers keep throwing Becca under "the feelings bus," says Ariana Romero. Monday's episode was "the third time the series has maximized the Minnesota native’s emotional turmoil for television tension," says Romero. "At this point, it’s starting to feel like Becca is the franchise’s sacrificial lamb." ALSO: ABC releases Bachelor in Paradise's Season 5 trailer.
Artist Simon Stalenhag's paintings will serve as inspiration for Amazon's Tales From the Loop
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The eight-episode drama will use Stalenhag's futuristic artwork to "explore the town of people who live above 'The Loop,' a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe, making things possible that were previously relegated to science fiction." Amazon's co-head of television Albert Ching says of the series: "Simon Stalenhag's paintings are renowned for their vision of a not-too-distant, futuristic landscape. We are looking forward to bringing that to life and sharing it with our Prime Video audience."
A Fox News billboard was vandalized in Los Angeles
A billboard touting "News. Honest Opinion." was changed to "Fake News. disHonest Opinion."
Better Call Saul Season 4 will feature scenes set in the Breaking Bad world
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Vince Gilligan would only say the scenes involve Saul Goodman, but he wouldn't reveal if any other Breaking Bad characters will also appear. “We have a subplot that very squarely gets into Breaking Bad territory and brings us into the world — or at least points us on a path toward the world of Walter White and the territory of Walter White,” says Gilligan. “I can’t wait for folks to see that.” ALSO: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul made a short film aboard the Breaking Bad RV for charity.
Manhunt is set to move to Charter Communications with a new season focusing on Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph
The Manhunt: Unabomber team is expected to remain intact when it departs Discovery Channel for Charter Communications, which is closing in on a two-season pickup. Season 2 of Manhunt is going to focus on the bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, from the false accusation made against security guard Richard Jewell to the capture of the real bomber Eric Rudolph. Manhunt is departing Discovery Channel as the cable network moves away from scripted programming.
Cynthia Nixon received donations from Sex and the City's "Mr. Big," Lena Dunham and Alec Baldwin
Source: New York Daily News
Chris Noth donated $2,500 to his former co-star's gubernatorial campaign, while Baldwin gave $16,000. Also donating money were Lena Dunham, who gave $10,000, and Debra Messing, who gave $500. Nixon's HBO co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis previously donated $5,000 and $2,000, respectively.
Why did Sacha Baron Cohen hire disgraced comedian Kurt Metzger for Who Is America?
Source: The Cut
Former Inside Amy Schumer writer Metzger is considered a "virulent misogynist" -- so much so that Schumer distanced herself from him two years ago. Now he works on Who Is America?, which happens to have an all-male writing staff. "While Metzger should absolutely be blamed for being a virulent misogynist, he can’t be blamed for taking a job that was offered to him," says Madeleine Aggeler. "The blame there lays squarely on the shoulders of the Who Is America? creators, who could have chosen literally anyone else to write for them. There has to be at least seven comedy writers out there who are very funny and haven’t openly and repeatedly belittled rape accusers. Who knows, maybe a couple of them are even women!" ALSO: Who Is America? art gallery has a connection to a Las Vegas murder trial.
NBA shot two summer league games vertically for smartphone viewers
Source: Awful Announcing
Could the NBA's testing of the 9X16 format in an alternate feed be the start of a new TV viewing trend?
Sharp Objects took care not to exploit an "incredibly taboo topic"
"We had to be very mindful of how we showed it and not to be exploitative in any way," showrunner Marti Noxon says of the scene that led to a special warning after the first episode. She adds: "In fact, the consequences of it are all over the show."
How Robin Williams changed the way sitcoms are shot
Marina Zenovich’s HBO documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind reveals how influential Williams was with his work on Mork & Mindy. He was so unpredictable in shooting scenes that a fourth camera was needed to capture all of his zany antics. And now many multicamera sitcoms use four cameras, instead of three. ALSO: About 1 million watched the Williams documentary on Monday.
Dylan Walsh is returning to Law & Order: SVU after 11 years -- as a different character
The Unforgettable and Nip/Tuck alum appeared on the NBC crime drama in 2007, playing mass murderer Malcolm Royce. Walsh will return to SVU next season in a recurring role as a respected self-made man named John Conway.
RuPaul's new Netflix comedy's casting breakdowns, revealed
AJ and the Queen will have a RuPaul Charles playing a “bigger-than-life but down-on-her-luck drag queen,” who travels the country with her sidekick AJ, who will be played by Izzy G. Other characters include Lady Danger, a female Asian comic villain with an eye patch, and a blind black man who's survived a diabetic stroke to become a drag queen.
Turner Classic Movies fans keep classic film discussion alive with the #TCMParty Twitter hashtag
TCM has been able to engage with its small community of devoted classic movie fans via Twitter hashtags like #TCMParty and #NoirAlley. According to one TCM fan, the commercial-free classic movie channel has counted 30,000 people participating in discussions with the #TCMParty hashtag.
Supergirl taps Smallville alum Sam Witwer to play Agent Liberty
Source: Entertainment Weekly
He'll become a full-time cast member on Season 4 of The CW superhero series, playing the ruthless and terrifying founder and figurehead of the hate group Children of Liberty.
The Beatles' Yellow Submarine premiered 50 years ago today, becoming a major influence on The Simpsons
Family Guy and Ren and Stimpy also owe a debt to the 1968 animated film, says former Simpsons and Futurama writer Josh Weinstein. “What I think is great about both Yellow Submarine and The Simpsons is it's for everybody," he says. "It's for kids, but it's for adults, and I think one thing is it doesn't talk down to kids. It doesn't bother to explain a joke that will go over their head, because it knows somebody will get it. And it's the same with The Simpsons. You have big, broad jokes, but you also have these really oblique references as well. So I think that helped influence its writing style.”
9-1-1 shaken by an earthquake in first glimpse of Jennifer Love Hewitt in Season 2
The first two teasers of Season 2 show a 8.2-magnitude earthquake striking Los Angeles.
Harold Perrineau has become a Claws breakout star playing an exotic dancer with autism
The Lost alum plays the brother of Niecy Nash's character, who takes care of him on the TNT series. "I thought that was really sweet," says Perrineau. "I have a cousin who raised her brother from the time that they were kids until he passed in his 40s. I’ve just never seen that before on television; I’ve seen it in life. That kind of loving someone like that, that really appealed to me.”
Shark After Dark returns live as it brings back Bob the Shark and adds comedian Julian McCullough as host
McCullough, winner of New York's Funniest comedy competition, will take over as host from Eli Roth, who hosted a taped version of the Discovery Channel Shark Week late-night show the past three seasons. Shark After Dark will return to its original live format.
SNL releases a blooper reel from its pretaped shorts
Watch Ryan Gosling and Donald Glover crack up in the four-minute video, titled "Creating Saturday Night Live: Film Unit Outtakes."
I Am Paul Walker documentary gets premiere date
Source: TV Guide
Paramount Network says the film on the late The Fast and the Furious star will air on Saturday, Aug. 11.
America's Test Kitchen has its own food truck
Fans of the PBS food show can sample a rotating weekly dish each week outside its headquarters in Boston.
Deadliest Catch star Edgar Hansen avoids jail time after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl
Source: The Seattle Times
The 47-year-old younger brother of Captain Sig Hansen received a 364-day suspended jail sentence, was ordered to pay court fees of $1,653 and will have to undergo sexual-deviancy evaluation after he admitted to intentionally kissing and touching a 16-year-old girl. Hansen's guilty plea comes less than two weeks after his older brother received a one-year deferred sentence and probation for assaulting an Uber driver while drunk.
Pawn Stars' Richard "Old Man" Harrison cut one of his sons out of his will
Source: The Blast
The 77-year-old reality star, who died last month, signed an updated document in 2017 naming his son and fellow Pawn Star Rick Harrison as administrator of his will. The youngest of Richard's three sons, Christopher Harrison, was left out of the will.
- Younger is tackling the #MeToo movement in a smart and unique way