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Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Ozark washing machines and eight-foot-tall The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel block letters are part of Emmy campaign season
Meanwhile, The Handmaid's Tale is giving out free juices as the Emmy "For Your Consideration" campaign season gets more creative and expansive this year. In fact, according to Variety, "this year’s schedule boasts a 50% increase in the number of FYC events over last year."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Hulu's political divide comedy pilot Kansas City casts John Slattery and Allison Tolman
The alums of Mad Men and Fargo will star in a comedy pilot set in a Kansas City that is so divided by politics that there's a wall separating the city into liberal and conservative sectors.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
Allison Tolman boards Castle Rock
The Fargo alum will play the sister of Melanie Lynskey's character on the Hulu drama from Stephen King and J.J. Abrams
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 10:08PM EDT
Hulu reveals binge-watching data: Family Matters fans watch all 215 episodes in a month
Full House viewers have also binged through the entire series in the course of a month, according to a slew of new Hulu date. Hulu also revealed that the average Family Matters viewer is 34, which would put them at 5 years old when the "TGIT" comedy premiered in 1989. Hulu also says that 35,000 people watched all 331 episodes of medical drama ER in the first two months it was available for streaming.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Seth Green and his Robot Chicken team are bringing Crossing Swords to Hulu
The medieval animated series pilot promises "all the sex, violence and full-frontal nudity you’d expect from a “premium fantasy soap starring pre-school toys.”
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 10:48PM EDT
BBC America president explains how Killing Eve became a breakout hit
"I think there are two reasons why the show has seen unprecedented growth since the premiere," BBC America president Sarah Barnett tells Decider. "First, and the main reason, is that the show is so original and fresh. It subverts tropes in a way that audiences have found delightful, and it has extraordinary performances. I give a lot of the credit — most of the credit — to the show. It has to be exceptional to break out in this media environment today. Second, I think the team at BBC America did some smart things. We knew we had a great show on our hands from the anecdotal responses of people who had seen it — my bosses, people in the industry, people at the network — and really responded well to the show. That made us approach the launch in a particular way." Barnett notes that despite it being set in Britain, Killing Eve won't premiere on the BBC until later this year. ALSO: Killing Eve is coming to Hulu later this year.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 11:47PM EDT
Hulu's executive shakeup could be good news for TV lovers
Hulu's new CEO Randy Freer has dropped its chief content officer and scrapped the position entirely. As Sean Hollister explains, "Hulu says it'll now have two dedicated business units working on securing more shows and movies for you, by promoting its Hulu Originals to a 'dedicated business function' and creating a new combined Content Partnerships division that'll be solely responsible for licensing third-party TV shows and movies, too."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Netflix is close to picking up Locke & Key to series two months after Hulu passed on the pilot
The Carlton Cuse-led adaptation of Joe Hill's comic book would undergo a redevelopment process and the recasting of several roles if it were picked up to series.
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 6:28PM EDT
ABC deserves praise for quickly canceling Roseanne: "This is how you teach civil and moral behavior"
In fact, ABC deserves "double praise" for a "clean, quick, moral call in a corporate media world drowning in executives talking out of both sides of their mouths," says David Zurawik of ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey's statement that Roseanne Barr's racist tweet is "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values." Zurawik adds: "After decades of seeing network executives bend themselves into knots trying to keep bad people in hit shows on the air, I salute Dungey and ABC for ditching a show that came out of nowhere to make tens of millions of dollars for the network. This is how you teach civil and moral behavior: You make people who transgress the way Roseanne did pay a huge price. You make them pariahs no matter how much it hurts your bottom line."
- Roseanne reruns yanked from Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT -- and Hulu
- Roseanne Barr's ugly hatred isn't new. ABC's rejection of it, however, is: "That the show’s star had become a rabid conspiracy theorist who used her platform to push baseless rumors was brushed off like a mere annoyance, like Barr was an embarrassing grandma the network tolerated with an affectionate eye roll because hey, she’s family," says Cynthia Littleton. "That she had previously made racist statements like the one she made Tuesday was straight-up ignored. The inconvenient truth of the matter is that while the (Valerie) Jarrett insult was particularly awful, it wasn’t a particularly unusual statement for Barr to make. It was, despite her apology that she 'should have known better,' exactly in line with the persona Barr herself has cultivated — one ABC had to be aware of when it decided to get back in business with her."
- This was the problem all along: Having Roseanne back meant having Roseanne back: "If we’ve learned anything from this," says Hank Stuever, "it’s that Roseanne is Roseanne is Roseanne. TV still needs a contrary, cantankerous character from which to tell the story of American life and politics in 2018. But Barr was never the right person for that job."
- Did Channing Dungey being the first black woman network entertainment president make a difference?: "We can never know for sure what would have happened if a white person were in charge of ABC at this moment," says Willa Paskin, "but it strikes me that that person would have been much more likely to administer the aforementioned wrist slap, continuing to put up with the polarizing circus act that is Barr. Dungey, instead, saw Roseanne’s tweet comparing a black woman to an ape for what it was: too much, too far, enough."
- Last August, Dungey said Roseanne's son would take over her Twitter feed: "Why was ABC comfortable with Barr's son running a gross Twitter feed in her name, one that featured a verified check mark and was assumed to be coming from Roseanne? Why was that better?" asks Daniel Fienberg. "When did that experiment with her son running the Twitter feed end? Did anything change? Why does it matter? And why DIDN'T ABC ask Barr to take a break from Twitter? Or to take a break from specific aspects of her Twitter?" Fienberg adds: "Roseanne Barr's Twitter feed has been abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with what should have been ABC and Disney's values since long before the show was picked up, and also subsequently. Barr's Twitter feed has trafficked in vile and disproved conspiracy theories and ample content that walked lines many considered racist or xenophobic or prejudiced or judgement-clouded in a number of ways. She's engaged in hostile and insulting fights with Twitter followers high and low. She's shown no interest in controlling herself."
- Dungey's decision feels like a gutsy move: "It looks like a stand against racism, a line drawn in the sand to delineate what is reasonable and what is not. It even looks like a data point in the 'How do we separate the art from the artist?' debate," says Kathryn VanArendonk, "and it offers a heartening answer: We don’t have to, because, in this case, ABC will not finance that artist. It’s somehow even more heartening because it comes from a massive corporate conglomerate that might lose money by making this decision. It feels remarkably just. It feels decent."
- ABC doesn't deserve all this praise for Roseanne's cancelation when they put her back on TV following her history of racist/homophobic/Islamophobic tweets
- Valerie Jarrett responds to Roseanne Barr tweet on MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" forum, calling it "a teaching moment"
- ABC suspends Roseanne's Emmy campaign
- White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to address Roseanne's cancelation, saying there "a lot bigger things going on in the country right now"
- Roseanne's cancelation leaves a huge crater on ABC's fall schedule
- Inside the cancelation: Dungey made the decision with Disney CEO Bob Iger's support -- Disney feared Barr's tweet would hurt its diversity efforts
- Carsey-Werner Television sees its syndication revenue vanish with axing of Roseanne and The Cosby Show reruns
- Michael Fishman tweeted he's "devastated": "I feel devastated, not for the end of the Roseanne show, but for all those who poured their hearts and souls into our jobs, and the audience that welcomed us into their homes...The words of one person do not exemplify the thinking of all involved...I condemn these statements vehemently."
- Tom Arnold praises ABC for Iger for cancelation, saying "I called out Roseanne Barr & her dangerous tweets"
- Bill O'Reilly says ABC had no choice but to cancel Roseanne: "@ABC/@Disney could not continue with the show without insulting millions of Americans"
- ABC quickly removed all traces of Roseanne from its website
- Roseanne could've brought in $60 million in ad revenue next season
- A rerun of The Middle will replace tonight's scheduled rerun of Roseanne
- Celebrities suggest Roseanne-less Roseanne reboot ideas
- Charlie Sheen suggests filling ABC's Roseanne timeslot with a Two and a Half Men reboot
- Before Roseanne was canceled, many media outlets bent over backwards to not use the word "racist" to describe Roseanne's tweet
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
Hulu orders an R. Kelly sex-abuse documentary
Hulu is partnering with Buzzfeed News and reporter Jim DeRogatis, who broke the explosive story on Kelly's alleged sex cult, on the documentary.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 7:10PM EDT
Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits is set to become a Hulu series
The Chilean writer will serve as an executive producer on the potential series based on her 1982 bestselling novel, which was made into a movie in 1993 starring Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons and Winona Ryder.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 5:47PM EDT
UnReal's disappointing third season led to its impending move to Hulu after a "lowball and modest offer"
UnReal has performed better on Hulu than it has on Lifetime, which has an older-skewing audience. So according to The Wrap, A&E Networks didn't hesitate to give UnReal's fourth season, which has already been filmed, to Hulu at a cost of "slightly more" money.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
UnReal is expected to end with Season 4 as it moves to Hulu
Lifetime will continue to air The Bachelor-spoofing drama series, but only after new episodes air on Hulu. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hulu offered A&E a larger some of money to get air new episodes of UnReal first. The deal is reminiscent of NBC sharing Friday Night Lights with DirecTV, which got to air new episodes of the beloved high school football series first.
Posted Sunday 5/20/18 at 4:34AM EDT
Ann Dowd responds to Michelle Wolf comparing Sarah Huckabee Sanders to her Handmaid's Tale character
At the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Wolf compared the White House press secretary to Aunt Lydia. But Dowd thinks Sanders is even worse, telling the Los Angeles Times (via Indiewire): "From my experience, Lydia is a straightforward person with a low tolerance for confusion and nonsense. Had she been offered the job of press secretary for the present administration, she most likely would have turned it down. Also, Lydia has the comfort of believing that everything she says and does is in service to God. Ms. Sanders has no such luxury.”
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Hulu to add 150 hours of Viceland programming
A new agreement will see past seasons of 15 Viceland shows join Hulu, including Ellen Page's Gaycation and James Van Der Beek's What Would Diplo Do?