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Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
Jordan Peele was "terrified" of rebooting The Twilight Zone -- and isn't sure he'll assume the on-camera Rod Serling role
“I was terrified,” Peele tells Variety. “Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip Twilight Zone off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call" from CBS Television Studios. According to Variety, "Peele has resisted — but not ruled out — stepping into Serling’s on-camera presenter role for the revival. The new series will have someone in that job, speaking directly into camera, teeing up each episode. But Peele worries that his face is too associated with comedy, that his presence would undermine the serious work he’s putting in to do right by Serling’s legacy."
Posted Friday 7/27/18 at 6:05PM EDT
Jordan Peele's Weird City YouTube anthology series to feature Sarah Gilbert, Rosario Dawson, LeVar Burton and more
Laverne Cox, Ed O'Neill, Michael Cera and Dylan O'Brien will also guest on the half-hour comedic sci-fi anthology series that Peele is producing.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 6:48PM EDT
YouTube orders Jordan Peele's Weird City sci-fi anthology series
The six-episode series is set in the "not-too-distant future metropolis of Weird," which each episode telling a story that relates to our present day life.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Jordan Peele signs first-look TV deal with Amazon
Source: The New York Times
As part of his new deal, the Get Out Oscar winner and Key & Peele Emmy winner has given Amazon the right of first refusal to any of his future TV shows. Amazon has been courting Peele for months, according to The New York Times, pointing to its straight-to-series order of the Peele-produced Nazi hunter series The Hunt.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
Amazon orders Jordan Peele's Nazi-hunting drama series The Hunt
The Oscar-winning Get Out director will executive produce The Hunt, which has received a 10-episode straight-to-series order at Amazon. The Hunt is inspired by real events, following a diverse band of Nazi Hunters living in New York City in 1977.
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Jurnee Smollett-Bell to reunite with Underground co-creator on HBO's Lovecraft County
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Smollett-Bell will star in Misha Green's drama series set in 1950s Jim Crow America. Lovecraft County also counts J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele as executive producers.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
Tracy Morgan honored with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Source: The Daily Mail
Jordan Peele and Martin Lawrence were on hand for today's ceremony. “As a poor kid growing up in the projects of Brooklyn I never dreamed I would have a star on the Walk of Fame. But now I’m here I have to tell you I feel pretty comfortable,” said The Last O.G. star. “I’ll tell you why: because the smell of weed and stench of stale urine is just like being in the projects, man.” ALSO: Morgan credits Key & Peele with helping him recover from his accident.
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Jordan Peele and Amazon are making a Lorena Bobbitt docuseries for the #MeToo era
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The four-part docuseries Lorena will re-examine the notorious John Wayne and Lorena Bobbitt scandal from a #MeToo perspective. In 1993, the married couple made headlines around the world after she cut off his penis with a knife while he was sleeping, and threw it in a field. She later accused him of raping her earlier in the evening, and was ultimately found not guilty due to insanity. “Lost in the tabloid coverage and jokes was the opportunity for a national discussion on domestic and sexual assault in America,” says Amazon in announcing the docuseries. "When we hear the name ‘Bobbitt’ we think of one of the most sensational incidents to ever be catapulted into a full blown media spectacle," added Peele, who will produce the docuseries. "With this project, Lorena has a platform to tell her truth as well as engage in a critical conversation about gender dynamics, abuse, and her demand for justice. This is Lorena’s story and we’re honored to help her tell it."
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Tracy Morgan's The Last O.G. sets a premiere ratings record for TBS
About 1.8 million tuned in for Tuesday's premiere episode of the comedy co-starring Tiffany Haddish. It marked the best cable premiere for a comedy in two years.
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
The Last O.G. allows Tracy Morgan to reveal a range and nuance he’s not had the chance to show us before
Source: Vanity Fair
"It's nice to see Tracy Morgan on his own terms" after years trying to be funny on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, says Richard Lawson. He adds that "there always was—especially on 30 Rock—an undertone of condescension in the way Morgan was positioned on those shows, a sense that he was merely being asked to do his Tracy Morgan thing without much thought or interrogation behind it." On The Last O.G., we get to see Morgan on a series that is "blunt and funny and heartwarming, a perfectly calibrated mix of bawdy silliness and sincere feeling," says Lawson, adding: "It’s a good-natured series, anchored by Morgan’s friendly, gregarious performance. Tray sports a few of the absurdist stripes we saw in 30 Rock’s Tracy Jordan—but he’s grounded, too, a nice guy underscored with pain, notes Morgan plays fluidly. Morgan is also a master of reactions; it’s a pleasure just watching Tray observe things, processing the world and the people in it. Morgan’s work is keenly felt, richly detailed. He’s howlingly funny, and makes me want to see him in a straight drama."
- The Last O.G. has the narrative elements of a hard-hitting drama, explored through physical comedy and silly one-liners
- The Last O.G. is thoughtful, and likely to clash against the expectations of what a Tracy Morgan comedy should be
- It feels like a reluctant comedy as Morgan comes to terms with himself at a fictional remove
- Working opposite Morgan, Tiffany Haddish dials down her renowned ability to play crazy in service of her character
- The Last O.G. seems overburdened, as if scurrying from one theme to the next
- "I've been thinking about this show for eight years," says Morgan
- Co-creator Jordan Peele and Morgan recall meeting, with Morgan saying: "You gotta get that guy Jordan. I wanna be a part of that magic"
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Atlanta mirrored a key Get Out scene
On this week's episode of Atlanta, Donald Glover and director Hiro Murai "seemed to directly call out Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning social thriller in one shot where all of the white office workers appeared motionless, almost zombie-like, and staring directly at Earn," says Zack Sharf. "When Earn turned around, the workers immediately unfroze and went back to their daily business."
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 7:31AM EST
Jimmy Kimmel: We had lawyers with stopwatches carefully tabulating the length of Oscar winner speeches
Kimmel kicked off his talk show Monday night by explaining how his jet ski bit ended up being mired in legalese. “Once we decided to do it, because it was technically a contest, the legal department had to come up with rules and guidelines for it,” Kimmel said. “Do we start the timer when the winner’s name is called — so they have to rush to the stage? Well we couldn’t do that because that would be unfair to the winners in the back and people wearing heels — and tight dresses – and you do not want to get in a legal dispute over a personal watercraft. That’s how people get killed.” Kimmel also revealed that the hot dog cannon was specially made for the Oscars broadcast.
- Kimmel insists he won't host the Oscars a third time: “No, it’s enough already,” he told Ryan Seacrest
- Conservative media decries the "phony," "divisive," "offensive" "in-your-face politics" of the Oscars
- Oscar ratings decline comes after the Super Bowl and Grammy saw big drops
- The "smug celebs-meet-the-normies Oscar skits" need to die
- Unbeknownst to Kimmel, his mom baked Oscar cookies and passed them around in the audience
- Tiffany Haddish interrupted her red carpet chat with Kimmel sidekick Guillermo to chase down Meryl Streep
- Jordan Peele posed his Oscar facing his Emmy: "This is exactly what it looked like watching my wife give birth"
Posted Monday 3/05/18 at 8:45AM EST
Jordan Peele's victory means MADtv and SNL are tied when it comes to Oscar-winning former writers and performers
Peele, who starred on the Fox late-night sketch show for five seasons, became the first MADtv writer or performer to win an Oscar with his award for best original screenplay for Get Out. Saturday Night Live didn't see one of its former writers or performers win an Oscar until just two years ago, when former head writer Adam McKay won for best adapted screenplay for The Big Short at the 2016 Academy Awards. SNL's only Oscar winner is original music director Howard Shore, who went on to win three Academy Awards for The Lord of the Rings trilogy. ALSO: Keegan-Michael Key celebrated his former Key & Peele partner's victory with his hands raised in the air.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
Tracy Morgan’s The Last O.G. gets an April premiere date
The TBS comedy executive produced by Morgan and Jordan Peele debuts on April 3.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 11:25PM EST
How relevant is The Twilight Zone now?
Source: The Atlantic
A Twilight Zone theater adaptation in London and a planned CBS All Access revival from Jordan Peele are aiming to capitalize on the relevance of the Rod Serling classic to modern times. “There are countless entries in Rod Serling’s groundbreaking anthology sci-fi series that seem constructed for the 21st-century world, which is presumably why there are so many ongoing efforts to reboot it,” says Sophie Gilbert. She adds: “The question is, can the show still resonate with audiences hardened by the crueler speculative stories of Black Mirror and the more intense paranoia of The X-Files? The paradox of The Twilight Zone now is that it’s steeped in nostalgia and tied up with longing for a simpler time, even though no television show has more expressly warned against the impulse of yearning for the past.”