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Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 1:34PM EDT
Watch John Goodman and Michaela Coel in the trailer for BBC and Netflix drama Black Earth Rising
The Conners star and Chewing Gum creator star in the drama series about a child who was rescued from the Rwandan genocide.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
John Goodman gets political, taping a pro-union ad targeting Missouri voters
Goodman is joining former Roseanne co-star Roseanne Barr in the political arena by lending his voice to a union-backed radio ad to stop a "right to work" law in Missouri.
Posted Thursday 7/12/18 at 12:16PM EDT
Netflix ends HBO's 17-year streak of Emmy nomination dominance, Game of Thrones tops all shows
Source: The New York Times
This is the first time in 18 years that HBO has failed to lead all nominations, with Netflix earning 112 Emmy nominations to HBO's 108. The streaming service has been gradually growing with 34 nominations in 2015, 54 in 2016 and 91 last year. Game of Thrones led all shows with 22 Emmy nominations. Saturday Night Live and Westworld tied for second with 21 nominations each, followed by The Handmaid's Tale (20), The Assassination of Gianni Versace (18) and Atlanta (16). Game of Thrones, which wasn't eligible last year, will battle it out with last year's winner, The Handmaid's Tale. Meanwhile, the best actress in a comedy series will be up for grabs for the first time since 2011 since Julia Louis-Dreyfus wasn't eligible as Veep was on hiatus. Black-ish's Tracee Ellis-Ross, Insecure's Issa Rae and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's Rachel Brosnahan are among the contenders in the best comedy actress category.
- Read the complete list of Emmy nominations
- Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers were snubbed, while Stephen Colbert and James Corden were nominated (The Tonight Show wasn't nominated for best variety talk series a second year in a row)
- Roseanne, Modern Family and Will & Grace were snubbed for best comedy, Killing Eve was snubbed for best drama
- Roseanne did earn two Emmy nominations, including one for Laurie Metcalf
- "It worked": Megan Amram's An Emmy for Megan was nominated for an Emmy in short form comedy or drama series category
- Acting snubs: Kit Harington, John Goodman, Emilia Clarke, Kyle McLachlan, Alison Brie and Freddie Highmore
- The late Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown earned six Emmy nominations
- Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman and Tracey Ullman to take on SNL in outstanding variety sketch category
- Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage becomes the most-nominated drama series supporting actor in Emmy history
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah earned its first nomination for best variety talk series
- Killing Eve's Sandra Oh becomes the first person of Asian descent to be nominated for best actress in a drama
- Samantha Bee's C-word controversy didn't stop Full Frontal from getting nominated for best variety talk series
- The best Emmy nomination reactions: Lin-Manuel Miranda is "Pretty, pretty, pretty grateful" to be nominated for Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Twin Peaks: The Return was snubbed in the major categories, but it did receive nine nominations
- Modern Family ends streak after eight-straight nominations for best comedy: “It was a hell of a run," says co-creator Steve Levitan
- Chrissy Teigen: If John Legend wins for Jesus Christ Superstar Live, "he will complete his EGOT and my spike tv award will probably be moved"
- Viola Davis was snubbed for Hot to Get Away with Murder, but she was nominated for playing the same character on Scandal
- This Is Us fans aren't happy with Mandy Moore's snub
- Kenan Thompson was finally nominated for his SNL acting ability, joining Leslie Jones, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon and Alec Baldwin
- Breaking down Game of Thrones' 22 nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau scores his first nod
- Real Time with Bill Maher was snubbed for the first time since 2004 -- was Maher hurt by N-word and featuring right-wing trolls?
- These actors earned nominations for multiple show: Jane Lynch, Donald Glover, Alex Borstein, Jeff Daniels and Sterling K. Brown
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Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Adam Devine boards Danny McBride's HBO televangelist comedy pilot The Righteous Gemstones
He'll play the youngest son of John Goodman's televangelist character in the comedy pilot about a famous televangelist family.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 10:16PM EDT
John Goodman and Danny McBride team for HBO's televangelist family comedy pilot
McBride is following up on Vice Principals with The Righteous Gemstones, which he created and which he'll serve as writer and director. According to Deadline, McBride will "play the offspring heir apparent to Goodman’s world famous and acerbic preaching patriarch. As the McBride portrayed Jesse Gemstone arrogantly attempts to expand and modernize the global TV ministry that his Goodman played father Eli created 'a long tradition of deviance, greed, and charitable work, all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ' comes into focus as the Gemstone legacy." Deadline reports that the plan is for Goodman to shoot the HBO pilot first, then work on The Conners that ABC recently picked up following Roseanne's cancelation. If HBO picks up the pilot, then he'll work on The Righteous Gemstones after The Conners is done filming its first season. This project marks a return for Goodman to HBO, where he starred on Treme in 2010 and 2011.
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 5:17PM EDT
Roseanne spinoff The Conners could be successful, but only if Roseanne Conner is killed off
ABC's The Conners announcement seemed to hint that Roseanne Barr's character would die, which should absolutely happen, says Kathryn VanArendonk. "If The Conners is going to be Roseanne without Roseanne but the character doesn’t die, the show will quickly tilt toward the same self-loathing, ironicized mess of the original Roseanne’s ninth season," says VanArendonk. "It wouldn’t be a show about a working-class family; it’d be a show about the strangeness of its own existence. Plus, anything less than Roseanne’s death leaves the door open for her return, which would be a remarkably craven gesture." VanArendonk offers several reasons why The Conners could work, including that Barr had been holding the show back because her acting ability in the revival paled in comparison to her co-stars. "In addition to the consequences of her cruel, racist, and harmfully conspiratorial Twitter feed, Barr also offered much less natural acting in the revival than she had in the original series," says VanArendonk. "While (John) Goodman, (Sara) Gilbert, (Laurie) Metcalf, and the rest of the cast hit their beats and made the show’s rhythm their own, Barr often seemed to be reading from cue cards. What once came off as a refreshingly, bracingly direct style on the original series did not translate well into the revival, where Barr seemed less concerned about being within the story and more obviously concerned about performing the story. I’m curious what The Conners could look like without that stilted performance element."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 8:47PM EDT
ABC officially orders Roseanne spinoff The Conners -- without Roseanne Barr's participation
“Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series,” ABC said in announcing its 10-episode straight-to-series order for The Conners spinoff, premiering this fall and starring Sara Gilbert, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman. Executive producer Tom Werner and showrunner Bruce Helford will also be back. ABC didn't announce how the spinoff would move forward without Roseanne Conner, but a description hinted that she might be killed off. “After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before," ABC said in its announcement. "This iconic family — Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. — grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.” ABC's announcement included a statement from Barr herself: “I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne," Barr said. "I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved." ALSO: Roseanne Barr is expected to retain all rights to her Roseanne Conner character, including for future spinoffs/reboots beyond The Conners.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 7:16AM EDT
John Goodman says "everything's fine" after Roseanne cancelation, but he hasn't been following Roseanne Barr's Twitter controversy
"I don't know anything about it. I don't read it," Goodman told Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday evening. He said he wasn't concerned that ABC was suspending Roseanne's Emmy campaign. "I wasn't gonna get an Emmy anyway," Goodman said, shrugging. "I've been up there (11) times already, and if I didn't get one I'm not gonna get one." Asked about speculation that Roseanne could come back without Roseanne Barr, Goodman said "you've heard more than I have." Also on Wednesday night, Barr tweeted of her former cast members Goodman and Laurie Metcalf: "I just wish ABC had not thrown two of the greatest actors in the world out with me-Laurie and John. I'm so sick over this-they will never have better character actors on their network."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Roseanne Barr tweets "Don't feel sorry for me," retweets fans calling ABC hypocritical
Twelve hours after she apologized and tweeted "I am now leaving Twitter," and nine hours after ABC canceled her hit show, Roseanne Barr was back on Twitter expressing remorse for her show's cancelation: "Don't feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people, and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet," she tweeted. Roseanne also urged her followers to "Please don't start all of that boycott abc stuff," adding:" "guys I did something unforgiveable so do not defend me. It was 2 in the morning and I was ambien tweeting-it was memorial day too-i went 2 far & do not want it defended-it was egregious Indefensible." Barr's statement followed her retweeting a slew of her Twitter followers who called ABC hypocritical for its cancelation. They pointed to Joy Behar likening Vice President Mike Pence's faith to mental illness on The View, or to Whoopi Goldberg wearing a T-shirt of Trump shooting himself -- which has proven to be fake. Earlier in the evening, Roseanne retweeted racist memes of Valerie Jarrett in defending her comparison of the former Obama advisor to Planet of the Apes. Roseanne also expressed ignorance of the racism in her original tweet by tweeting of Jarrett, "i thought she was saudi." But Roseanne did directly apologize to Jarrett via Twitter, tweeting: "@ValerieJarrett i don't know if u saw it, but I wanted2 apologize to u 4 hurting and upsetting u with an insensitive & tasteless tweet. I am truly sorry-my whole life has been about fighting racism. I made a terrible mistake wh caused hundreds of ppl 2 lose their jobs. so sorry!" UPDATE: Roseanne targeted her colleagues overnight, including Michael Fishman, Sara Gilbert and Wanda Sykes. "You throw me under the bus. nice!" Roseanne tweeted of Sykes, adding: “her tweet made ABC very nervous and they cancelled the show.” Meanwhile, Twitter mocked Roseanne for her Ambien defense.
- Watch Roseanne Barr and the head of ABC joke about her tweets at ABC upfronts two weeks ago
- How ABC decided to pull the plug on Roseanne: Tuesday's tweet was considered "unsurvivable" -- this was the third or fourth time her tweets presented a problem for ABC
- President Trump didn't mention Roseanne during a rally Tuesday night in Nashville
- Roseanne executive producer Tom Werner says he hopes Barr "seeks the help she so clearly needs"
- Roseanne Season 10 contracts included provisions for reckless personal conduct
- Valerie Jarrett received an apology call from Disney CEO Bob Iger before the cancelation: “He apologized. He said that he had zero tolerance for that sort of racist, bigoted comment, and he wanted me to know before he made it public that he was canceling the show," she said on MSNBC's "Everyday Racism in America" special.
- Why Roseanne Barr's bigotry finally became a liability: "Barr’s tweet didn’t suddenly show ABC — or her agency, ICM, which also dropped her as a client — that she was bigoted," says Anne Helen Peterson. "That much was abundantly clear to anyone who wasn’t willfully attempting to convince themselves otherwise. Rather, it showed that her bigotry, like all bigotry, is not a matter of a mischosen word. It’s not a slip-up or an isolated instance. It’s a worldview, and it’s a pathogen: It can be covered up and it can be ignored, but it can’t — without major substantive, contemplative, and personal work — be controlled. And to be uncontrollable in Hollywood is to render yourself a liability to the brand and, even worse, to the bottom line."
- Roseanne's son predicted her downfall -- and supported her view of Jarrett: "Mom will probably Be called racist and fired for this cuz libtards think Muslims are a race but omg is it funny and true hahahahahaha"
- Jimmy Kimmel -- who referred to ABC as "Roseanne-istan" at upfronts -- called the cancelation a "huge blow...we don't have much on this network"
- Trevor Noah blames President Trump "because he makes all of his supporters think they’re as impervious as he is"
- Jordan Klepper mocks Roseanne Barr defenders and their referencing the first amendment
- ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey didn't make the decision alone, but it is striking that she was the one who condemned Roseanne Barr
- ABC's rejected pilots starring Kat Dennings or Ginnifer Goodwin could end up filling the Roseanne void
- What about a Roseanne-less Roseanne? Why few would watch that kind of show
- Barr had long expressed openly racist ideas on Twitter, but there is only a renewed interested in them now because ABC amplified her voice with this reboot
- Alec Baldwin thinks Roseanne deserves another chance: He proposes she give half her salary to the NAACP and her character be forced to confront her real-life actions
- In the long term, keeping Roseanne on air made no sense, especially with its declining ratings and lack of back-end revenue
- John Goodman was photographed looking glum following news of cancelation
Posted Tuesday 5/15/18 at 10:53PM EDT
ABC upfronts cemented that Roseanne Barr is the face of ABC -- "an imperfect face"
Roseanne Barr was lavished with praise at Tuesday's upfronts. The Roseanne revival, ABC executives said, is the network's first No. 1 show in the key 18-49 demo in 24 years. Yet the upfronts showed that Barr is an "imperfect face" for the network, says Daniel Holloway. He notes that minutes after Barr took the stage, ABC sister network Freeform showed a sizzle reel containing Parkland high school documentary footage of shooting survivor David Hogg, whom Barr once accused of giving the Nazi salute. "With numbers rare to broadcast, ABC can’t be expected to not make Roseanne its hood ornament," says Holloway. "But the content surrounding Roseanne at the upfront laid bare what an odd fit the show is for that role. ABC spent years overtly linking its brand to inclusion with shows like Modern Family, Black-ish, Speechless, Fresh Off the Boat, and How to Get Away With Murder. Roseanne over-indexes in Midwestern states where Donald Trump performed well in 2017 and broadcast TV has struggled to connect with mass audiences. The schedule ABC touted at upfronts was short on similarly designed programs. The only new series it appears to have positioned to play well with Roseanne is Nathan Fillion cop drama The Rookie."
- Darlene’s fate in the Roseanne revival is so tragic, especially for a character once seen as a ray of hope
- ABC says one in ten Americans watched the Roseanne revival premiere
- Roseanne succeeds because it's not overtly political -- it engages people based on who they are, not how they vote
- John Goodman will be the voice of ABC News' new "Straightforward" campaign
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 12:48AM EDT
Did the Roseanne revival betray the old Roseanne?
Source: Vanity Fair
Tuesday's episode was "jarring" because it contradicted a key part of the original Roseanne series, says Laura Bradley. "During its original run, Roseanne was a lightning rod for a multitude of reasons—not the least of which was Roseanne Conner’s parenting style," says Bradley. "She was loud, crass, and more permissive than a traditional sitcom parent, a far cry from the squeaky-clean, 1950s sensibilities the series frequently mocked. One thing she never made a habit of, though, was spanking her children. And her reasoning was extremely well established: as the characters make clear through multiple seasons, Roseanne and her sister, Jackie, were abused by their father. The one time Roseanne was ever shown spanking one of her children, her outburst ended with a tearful apology—which is why the central plot of Tuesday’s installment of the rebooted series felt misguided at best, and like a forced expression of conservative talking points at worst. It’s further evidence that despite any protestations to the contrary, the new Roseanne has a distinct ideology—which is why it’s struck such a chord with right-leaning viewers."
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Can Roseanne sustain its massive ratings?
The strong buzz and the big headlines may actually reverse a trend of revivals of hit shows returning to big ratings, only to see their numbers drop, says Josh Sorokach. "The polarizing series proved that nostalgia and controversy are a potent combination, but recent history suggests that the ratings may have reached their apex," he says. "Last year Will & Grace made its return to NBC after an 11-year absence. The year before, X-Files revival premiered on Fox. Both series had strong openings but saw a significant drop in ratings from Episode 1 to Episode 2. X-Files went from about 16 million viewers to a little over 9.5 million, while Will & Grace saw a decrease of about 3 million viewers (10 million to 7 million). If we’re basing our projections solely on the numbers, we should except Roseanne’s massive ratings to take a dip. But this could be the one TV series that evolves into a ratings outlier."
- Explaining the argument over Roseanne and its meaning for Trump supporters
- Roseanne's success is about politics -- but not partisan politics
- Tom Arnold: "Roseanne Barr should do ep about the lies & cruelty she & Trump represent"
- Fox News isn't buying ABC's story that it came up with its heartland strategy the day after Trump's election
- John Goodman recalls battling alcoholism while working on the original Roseanne
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
President Trump touts Roseanne's big ratings, which he learned about from Mark Burnett
“I got a call from Mark Burnett, he did The Apprentice, he’s a great guy," Trump said in a speech in Ohio. "He said, ‘Donald, I called just to say hello, and to tell you: did you see Roseanne’s ratings?’ I said, ‘Mark, how big were they?’ They were unbelievable! Over 18 million people! And it was about us! They haven’t figured it out! The fake news hasn’t quite figured it out yet…But they will, and when they do, they’ll become much less fake.”
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Why it's wrong to attribute Roseanne's big ratings to politics
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"As a TV show, Roseanne hasn't suddenly become a mouthpiece for the alt right and any interpretation of the premiere that pretends it's a validation of a need for conservative TV is absurd," says Daniel Fienberg, adding: "Or, put a different way, Roseanne, a show that was once of its moment, came back as a show of a new moment and just as there was an audience for the show when it was at its peak, there was clearly an audience waiting for the show now." Fienberg expects that the big takeaway from the Roseanne revival will be to create shows about Trump supporters, or shows "about bridging gaps between Trump supporters and their estranged Trump-hating families (or Hillary supporters and their Trump-loving families). You can already bet that somebody in ABC's halls of power is wishing they had a new season of Last Man Standing ready to premiere after Roseanne next week or, failing that, hoping that they might convince Jonathan Taylor Thomas that America is ready for more Home Improvement. But Roseanne is not a conservative show."
- Roseanne's huge ratings prompts "soul-searching" from TV insiders who think it "revealed the untapped potential of comedies that provide realistic portrayal of blue-collar America"
- Sara Gilbert was "in shock" by the ratings: "There are no words because the words all sound cliche"
- Roseanne's progressivism and Roseanne Barr's personal beliefs might've created passionate interest on both sides
- ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey attributes the big ratings to a combination of nostalgia and politics
- Dungey says she was taken aback, but “I’m not quite ready to pull that trigger at this moment" on a Season 2 renewal
- Fox News stars celebrate Roseanne's ratings: "The 'Proud Deplorable' SMASHES expectations," tweeted Sean Hannity
- Rush Limbaugh wonders if pro-Trump shows will become a network trend
- A market-by-market comparison reveals Roseanne beat Will & Grace even in big cities like New York and L.A.
- Roseanne revival was good, but not because of Roseanne Barr
- John Goodman wasn't expecting massive viewership
- Becky's surrogacy storyline is problematic
- A warning: Reboots tend to fade after nostalgia factor wears off -- Will & Grace's demo audience has dropped substantially
Posted Tuesday 3/27/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Roseanne is the rare revival that works because it embraces how much has changed
The Roseanne revival is unlike the first season of The X-Files revival, which came back as if nothing had changed and as if its characters hadn't aged. As Alan Sepinwall notes, "great TV shows tend to be the product of a specific time in the lives of three groups: the characters on the show, the people making it, and the people watching it. When shows get brought back from the dead years later, one or more of those groups is different, yet too many shows in the recent flood of revivals try to go about business as usual, assuming the old material will work no matter the context, when instead the new episodes at best come across as pale imitations of what these shows used to be. The handful of revivals that have creatively justified their existence have tended to be the ones that acknowledge those changes." A Roseanne revival looked the most likely to be out of step because so much has changed in 21 years. "Wonderful as so much of ’80s and ’90s Roseanne was, few revivals have had higher potential for feeling wildly out of step in the current environment," says Sepinwall. "Instead, the three episodes ABC gave to critics ... smartly lean into everything that’s different from when we last left the Conners, much less from when we first met them. It’s the rare revival that not only justifies its existence, but draws most of its strength from how much time has passed and what’s happened in the interim."
- A Trump-supporting Roseanne allows the show to blissfully wander into one of "2018 pop culture’s demilitarized zones"
- Roseanne Barr's name is in the title, but she has stepped back and is no longer the driving force
- The sitcom voice is intact, but the zinger-based dialogue and rhythms can feel dated
- Roseanne is rough around the edges: The timing is a little off, the punchlines don't land
- Roseanne Barr is missing her character's famous charisma -- she is early on her reactions and slow with her delivery
- The jokes are dry and scrape the surface of meanness, while never lacking warmth
- Roseanne provides the catharsis needed in our toxic climate
- The reboot unfortunately simplifies politics into easy partisanship
- The writing lets the Conners be "woke" without proclaiming itself as such
- Season 9 of Roseanne was a mess: Can the reboot ignore it?
- It makes sense that Roseanne Conner would pick Trump over Hillary Clinton
- It doesn't ring true that Roseanne Conner would be a Trump voter
- Showrunner Bruce Helford: Why I returned 25 years after I was fired
- Darlene Conner was always Roseanne's secret ingredient and best hope
- Newcomer Emma Kenney says politics were taboo on set
- From Leonardo DiCaprio to Ellen DeGeneres: Here are Roseanne celebrity guest cameos