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Posted Thursday 1/03/19 at 5:07AM EST
The Masked Singer is Black Mirror meets American Idol, the perfect dystopian singing competition
Source: The Ringer
Fox's new reality competition is "both extremely self-aware and still not nearly self-aware enough," says Rob Harvilla, adding that it's the perfect singing competition for our dystopian age. "Welcome to Fox’s The Masked Singer, the strangest and most discomfiting reality-TV singing competition ever born," says Harvilla. "It is American Idol via Black Mirror; it is Eurovision via David Cronenberg. It is inspired by the 3-year-old South Korean program King of Mask Singer despite being nowhere near as weird or (presumably) as good. It is somehow both extremely self-aware and still not nearly self-aware enough. It is, impressively, all sorts of f*cked up.“ He adds: "The performances themselves are usually terrible, usually on purpose, with a distinctly Sia-esque vibe given the wacky costumes and general camp flamboyance...The celebrity-judge patter is pleasingly inane, but it’s not immediately clear whether they’re supposed to really try to guess a singer’s identity, or just misdirect and stall until that identity—oh, sh*t!—is revealed."
- The Masked Singer is serious about secrecy: Only seven staffers know the true identity of the celebrities -- and their entourage is required to wear masks, too
- The Masked Singer feels like a "warped, through-the-looking-glass vision of both what reality shows are and what celebrity is"
- It's a guessing game wrapped in horrifying costume
- The Masked Singer is far more boring than it has any right to be with too much focus on the enormity of the unmaskings
- After a disappointing first reveal, The Masked Singer feels more like Dancing with the Stars with crazier costumes
- The Masked Singer is best described as "Donnie Darko + Pan’s Labrynth x Las Vegas"
Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Kevin Hart's painful Oscars saga is what happens when celebrity and accountability collide
Hart has pointed out that he addressed his past homophobic jokes before, but those statements weren't an act of sincere contrition. As Rachel Leah notes, people outraged over his old homophobic tweets were mainly looking for a sincere apology, which Hart didn't give until stepping down. "Hart is far from the only celebrity — Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham have done this recently as well — to take the frustrating and disappointing approach that the perpetrators of harm or abuse are the ones who get to determine what accountability for that harm should look like," says Leah. "A few half-hearted justifications that the world is too sensitive now is not taking responsibility; stepping away from comedy for some months just to come back and say 'it's been a weird year' is not restitution; discrediting a black woman's sexual assault and then claiming it was a teachable moment is not redress. All of these situations show celebrities centering themselves without listening to or engaging with the communities they hurt."
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Nick Cannon is poised to host a weekly late-night show on Fox
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The former America's Got Talent host has signed a larger overall deal with Fox. As part of the deal, he'll develop and host a weekly talk show that will tackle pop-culture and feature high-profile celebrity interviews, music performances and stand-up comics.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Fox orders The Masked Singer celebrity singing competition, hosted by Nick Cannon
Based on the viral South Korean format, The Masked Singer will have celebrities competing against each other while disguised from head to toe in elaborate costumes while wearing a face mask to conceal their identities. Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke will serve on a panel where they'll try to guess the celebrity. The Masked Singer premieres in January.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Nick Cannon to co-host the 2018 Teen Choice Awards
Source: E! Online
He'll co-host the Aug. 12 awards show with singer Lele Pons, the host of Mexico's The Voice.
Posted Friday 11/10/17 at 2:47AM EST
MTV orders a 10th season of Nick Cannon’s Wild ’N Out
Cannon's sketch and improv comedy series is moving to Brooklyn for Season 10, with guests including Pete Davidson and Keyshia Cole.