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Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Will & Grace's powerful #MeToo episode was influenced by the Bill Cosby case
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Last night's episode was graphic, heavy and intense, delving into the #MeToo issues through Debra Messing's Grace Adler. "This episode was an outgrowth of what was going on with the Bill Cosby case," co-creator Max Mutchnick tells The Hollywood Reporter. "The conversation started when we began hearing some of the testimony from the women that had been assaulted by Cosby. We were very taken by the raw coverage of these stories and what made them so potent was the fact that we were hearing the specifics about what had happened to these women." Mutchnick adds: "There was a lot of discussion in the room about how far we would go. But we were always on board with getting specific. We knew that we were not going to tell the story in broad strokes. There was never going to be a line where Grace said on this sitcom, 'He touched me down there.' It was always going to be something specific and graphic and we just had to figure out how far we wanted to take it and what felt right for the show." ALSO: "Grace's Secret" was really about the "not-so-innocent bystanders" who are neither victim nor perpetrator in sexual assault cases.
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Jerry Seinfeld loves Hannah Gadsby's Nanette, thinks Louis CK could make a comeback but chose the wrong way, and reflects on Roseanne Barr and Bill Cosby
Source: The New York Times
Seinfeld spoke at length to The New York Times, again weighing in on the fall of his friend Louis CK. Asked if it was too soon for CK to be performing again, Seinfeld said: "It’s the way he did it that I think people didn’t like. Some people didn’t like that he’s doing it at all. We know the routine: The person does something wrong. The person’s humiliated. They’re exiled. They suffer, we want them to suffer. We love the tumble, we love the crash and bang of the fall. And then we love the crawl-back. The grovel. Are you going to grovel? How long are you going to grovel? Are you going to cry? Are you going to Jimmy Swaggart? And people, I think, figured they had that coming with Louie — he owes us that. We, the court of public opinion, decided if he’s going to come back, he’d better show a lot of pain. Because he denied them that." He also was asked about Gadsby's critically acclaimed Nanette, and how it's polarized the comedy community. "Loved it," he said. "She did a beautiful job, and the way she braided it with the art history she studied in school, that made it fascinating and fantastic." He added that Gadsby "stretched the form of standup" and that her special "is why people are excited about standup now." As for the fall of Cosby, whom he admired, Seinfeld said: "When that happens, that’s too big a safe falling out of a window to ignore. The crash is too loud. The thing I think that’s new for people — let’s take Roseanne and Cosby — is the suddenness and the precipitous fall. So much work, gone so fast. We’re upset at the speed of it, because it’s new. I would say about Roseanne, I never saw anything that bad happen from a finger-tap on a screen. A whole career: gone."
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
What Bill Cosby's life is like in state prison
Source: The New York Times
Wednesday was Cosby's first full day in Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institution Phoenix, a 3,830-bed prison where he is now Inmate NN7687. Cosby is being kept away from the general population in his own cell out of concern for his safety. As Sopan Deb reports, "if Mr. Cosby chooses to, he can work at a job that pays between 19 and 42 cents an hour. Many tasks involve maintenance of the 164-acre prison, which has a 1.5-mile perimeter. He could also work in the library, chapel, medical facility or kitchen. While Mr. Cosby is isolated, he will be allowed outside into a small yard adjacent to his unit, which has a partial roof to protect the area from the elements. Like the rest of the general population, he will be allowed outside for two hours in the morning and two more in the afternoon." ALSO: O.J. Simpson worries Cosby will be attacked in prison.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 6:40PM EDT
Comedian Ted Alexandro used Louis CK's comeback venue to crack jokes at his expense
Alexandro posted video today of his standup set from earlier this month at the Comedy Cellar, where he targeted CK and the applause he received at the venue last month. He also went after Bill Cosby and the comedians who are defensive about the #MeToo movement. “What’s with this PC culture, it’s suffocating, right?” asked Alexandro. “Do you want to live in a world where a man can’t politely ask a colleague if he can take off all his clothes and masturbate to completion?”
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 2:44PM EDT
Bill Cosby's prison sentence gets TV-themed New York tabloid treatment
The New York Post used the "Cuff Huxtable" headline to describe Cosby's three- to 10-year prison sentence, while The New York Daily News went with "JAIL-O."
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 6:56PM EDT
Police release Bill Cosby's booking photo following his sentence to three to 10 year in state prison for sexual assault
The mugshot showed the 81-year-old comedy and TV icon with his eyes casdt downward. Cosby was denied bail following his sentencing for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, and led out of the courthouse in handcuffs. ALSO: The former Jell-O pudding pitchman's first meal in prison will reportedly include vanilla pudding.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 2:38PM EDT
Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison for 2004 sexual assault
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Prosecutors had asked that the comedy icon and former The Cosby Show star be sentenced to the maximum 10 years in prison for his conviction for three counts of sexual assault for raping Andrea Constand while she was unconscious in 2004. "I'm not going to treat him any differently than anyone who comes in here," Judge Steven T. O'Neill said in announcing Cosby will serve three to 10 years in state prison. "There are people in jails all over the state who think they should have bail while they appeal." "The 81-year-old entertainer showed little reaction as the sentence was announced in a packed Norristown courtroom, casting his eyes down at the defense table," reported the Philadelphia Inquirer. The sentencing came hours after the judge ruled that Cosby will be designated a sexually violent predator, which would require him to register with local authorities after his release from prison. At one point, Cosby asked, “if I went from a city to another city, do I have to — even if it’s just overnight — I would have to advise the state police?” The prosecutor said he would need to. Before sentencing, Constand released a victim impact statement to the court, saying: “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it.” UPDATE: Cosby denied bail and placed in handcuffs immediately.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
Judge rules Bill Cosby a "sexually violent predator"
The classification during Cosby's sentencing trial means the 81-year-old comedian will have to undergo lifetime counseling and report quarterly to authorities. He'll also have to join a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools and victims. ALSO: Television Critics Association rescinds Cosby's Lifetime Achievement award given in 2002.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 10:03PM EDT
Geoffrey Owens: Lost Cosby Show residuals due to Bill Cosby scandal were a factor in working at Trader Joe's
“That was one of the many factors that contributed to my decision to take a job outside the entertainment industry,” Owens tells The Wrap. “It did not help me financially.” Reruns of The Cosby Show were pulled from various outlets after dozens of women accused Bill Cosby of rape. “The fact is, yeah, there was a certain amount of money that stopped coming in and that made a difference,” said Owens, who played the Huxtables' son-in-law, Elvin Tibideaux. Owens says the viral photo of him working at Trader Joe's has ended up becoming a "blessing in disguise." “I’m a private person,” he says. “I don’t seek the limelight, but now that it happened, I’m grateful.” In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Owens adds that he has been flooded with a "whole handful" of television offers -- and that his former Cosby Show co-stars -- including TV wife Sabrina Le Beauf -- have reached out to him. "I imagined the worst-case scenario to brace myself, and it somehow managed to be worse than I expected," he says. "The pictures of me, the words that were used to describe me, were so demeaning. It was humiliating, acutely, for a very short time — and then there was this amazing rescue from the world." ALSO: Malcolm-Jamal Warner on Owens: "What happened this past week will be the kick that his dry spell needed."
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Bill Cosby sparks backlash by thanking Aretha Franklin for singing A Different World's theme song
The Queen of Soul sang the theme song for The Cosby Show spinoff from Seasons 2 through 5 -- even though her ex-husband Glynn Turman was one of the show's stars. Cosby paid tribute to Franklin this morning, tweeting: "Aretha Franklin – I want to thank her for her wonderful voice singing the theme song of “A Different World.” She made a big, strong positive impact on that series." That prompted a Twitter backlash, with responses ranging from "Are you tweeting from jail?” to “Wifi must be good in cellblock c.”
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Late Night's Amber Ruffin remakes House of Cards and The Cosby Show to omit their disgraced stars
Watch her take on Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood and Cosby's Cliff Huxtable, as well as Woody Allen's character in Annie Hall.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Why A Different World's legacy has been unaffected by Bill Cosby's downfall
Source: The New York Times
The college-set spinoff of The Cosby Show ended its six-season run 25 years ago today, on July 9, 1993. Yet A Different World "doesn’t seem to have inspired the same amount of hand-wringing as its predecessor," says Aisha Harris, pointing out that star Kadeem Hardison recently called the show "much bigger than Bill Cosby." One of the reasons A Different World has survived Cosby's downfall is that -- despite his name appearing in the credits -- he only appeared in three episodes. "The result of — and possibly a motivation for — this separating of art from artist allows the show to be a repository for the tender sentiments that have been displaced by the retroactive tarnishing of The Cosby Show," Harris says, adding: "It helps that A Different World was a more challenging, and arguably more meaningful show. When Debbie Allen took over as producer and director in Season 2, she famously made it her mission to set it apart from its more benign predecessor by having the writers tackle more substantive issues, including colorism within the black community, AIDS and shopping while black."
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Dateline NBC's exclusive interview with Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand is another break from the show's true-crime mysteries
“Dateline is always a mix,” says Dateline executive producer Liz Cole. “We do many mysteries on Friday nights, and that’s the main thing you will continue to see, but when the opportunities present themselves for us to do these pieces where we can showcase unique reporting and exclusives, we will always be up for those.” ALSO: Constand tells Dateline: "I didn't think anybody would believe me."
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Dateline lands the first TV interview with the woman who got Bill Cosby convicted
Source: Page Six
Kate Snow will sit down with Andrea Constand, whose accusation that Cosby drugged and raped her in 2004 led to his conviction last month. The interview is set to air next week.
Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Kadeem Hardison: Bill Cosby's conviction won't tarnish A Different World
The Cosby Show college spinoff is "much bigger than Bill Cosby," he says.