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Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 1:48PM EDT
Paige Davis attributes Trading Spaces' big ratings to the show being "comfort food" in our "scary time"
Davis said the original Trading Spaces took off after the 9/11 attacks, and she's seeing parallels between then and now. “It doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you fall on, it’s kind of a scary time," she tells The New York Observer, which is owned by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. "We’re at odds with each other so everybody wants something that’s comfortable—like food. What do you do when you’re not feeling great—you have mac and cheese, that’s what you do. So, we’re like that comfort food that you go back to.”
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Scandal helped define the Obama era, but may have also predicted the rise of Trump
Scandal outlived its own era, the Obama era, and was effectively made irrelevant by Trump's victory, says Daniel D'Addario. "Along with Mad Men and Girls, Scandal will be on the very short list of series that defined the Obama years, both for its willingness to engage deep conversations on issues of race and its escapist vision of a world in which scandal was still fun," he says. On Scandal, Kerry Washington's "Olivia Pope was not incidentally black but specifically black," he says. "Her affair with a white President whom she also served was written, more and more as the show was emboldened by success, to explicitly reference Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. It was a pairing that was touched by the dynamics of power, and a white man in Scandal’s universe, as ours, has more of it than a black woman." He adds: "Scandal’s unique status as a broadcast-TV drama with a black female protagonist, and the way it made that protagonist a complicated woman who had real conversations about what race meant to her, was well-suited to a time in which the President was, for the first time, able to have similar conversations with the nation. The show came along at the right moment, extending a discussion that was at last happening on America’s most visible stages." But Scandal exits tonight amid a Trump administration that is mired in real-life scandal. "The thing is, there are no real scandals on Scandal; the word implies a public reaction of disgust and disapprobation," says D'Addario. "Scandal spends almost no time with the public, and the resolution of each case—from an untidy murder to an election swinging to the candidate the voters didn’t choose—is, as far as we the viewers can tell, acquiescence. Because everything is breaking all the time, nothing sinks in. In Scandal’s universe, the unending stream of news that might once have seemed unbelievable has become background noise. Scandal got, on some level, that occasional dramas are lots of fun but a news cycle that’s only dramas becomes endurable only by tuning out. It was a show whose time passed, in part because it saw too clearly what it’d be like to live through our own."
- Shonda Rhimes still wonders why Scandal only received a seven-episode Season 1 order: "To me it spoke to a lack of faith in the idea that a black woman could be the lead of a television show. And I found that to be insulting"
- Scandal was "a little miracle of genre fusion, somehow managing to be several seemingly incompatible shows at the same time"
- Rhimes on Olivia Pope's legacy: "Now it feels very normal and obvious that female characters can be antiheroes, and it feels normal and obvious that women of color can lead shows"
- Inside the Scandal writers' room: Shonda Rhimes & Co. recall ABC initially asking that Olivia not sleep with the president
- Scandal was a social-media game-changer, inspiring Twitter to launch boot camps for other TV shows
- Scandal brought Black Twitter to life every Thursday
- Executive producer Betsy Beers realized Scandal was a massive hit after Fitz was shot
- Before Olivia Pope, it was rare to see a black woman portrayed as such a potent symbol of desire in television and film
- Rhimes turned what should've been a limited series into TV immortality by blowing up the plot almost every week
- Kerry Washington on leaving Scandal: “I am not in complete denial, but I don’t think the processing will be complete for a while"
- Rhimes' original Scandal ending was upended by the 2016 election
- "I've always said I'm more Team Olivia than every other team," says Rhimes
- Scandal's success was proof of the power of female viewers, especially black women
- Does Olivia’s white hat still have any meaning at this point?
- The Season 2 episode “Spies Like Us" is where scandal went off the rails, forever altering its DNA
- Here are the 23 greatest Scandal monologues
- The Season 3 finale “The Price of Free and Fair Elections" illustrated Scandal's early promise and its worst impulses
- Scandal cast and crew discuss their favorite scenes
- Scandal was always about Olivia and Mellie finding each other
- Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz agree "The Lawn Chair" is the most important episode in establishing Scandal's legacy
- Ranking the Scandal characters by how shady they are
- The Music of Scandal: Shonda Rhimes made it a point to highlight black music icons
- How costume designer Lyn Paolo's own Prada bag ended up becoming an iconic part of Scandal
- Olivia Pope's best speeches, ranked
- Scandal finale to feature a brand-new song by an R&B legend
- What's next for the Scandal stars?
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 1:54PM EDT
Homeland boss: “We’re going to start fresh in season 8 ... and put any Trump parallels behind us"
Showrunner Alex Gansa previews what is expected to be his final season, even though Showtime has yet to say whether Homeland will end with Season 8. "Season 8 will be overseas somewhere," he says. "We get to play a story with larger national stakes in season 7 and we’ll go back to a smaller intelligence-based season in 8. We get to pull out all the stops this year and then get to the emotional heart of things in season 8.”
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain on visiting West Virginia: "I like the idea of going to the heart of 'Trump, God, and guns' country"
Bourdain says he "went right at those things -- guns, God, and Trump -- and I was very moved by what I found there." He tells Eater of his decision to visit West Virginia for Parts Unknown: "I guess for a long time I’ve been going to foreign locations like Iran, Liberia, Vietnam, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia where the culture and politics are very, very different than my own, and yet I try to go with an open mind and show some respect. And I like the idea of going to the heart of 'Trump, God, and guns' country and looking at it in exactly the same way — with an open mind, as I’ve done elsewhere. It seemed only fair and only right."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Stephen Colbert gave former FBI director James Comey to a 32-minute grilling
Colbert, who greeted the former FBI director with pinot noir, pointed out to him that ABC News on Sunday only aired about 22 minutes of his interview with George Stephanopoulos, which spanned more than five hours. So Colbert was determined to show a longer interview. The 32-minute interview was so long that it was put up on YouTube unedited. "There was too much Comey to fit in the show!" tweeted Colbert in linking to the uncut version. "Hard choices where to cut. So here’s the whole damn thing."
Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Inside Fox News' "surreal moment" learning of Sean Hannity's attorney-client connection to Michael Cohen
Monday's revelation was "shocking, even to those inside Fox News," according to Gabriel Sherman, who specializes in reporting on Fox News. “What the f*ck? This is the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen,” one staffer told him. “This is bad,” another Fox staffer said. “It violates every rule of journalism.” Still, "Hannity’s closeness with Trump has given him immense power at the network, and he’s not afraid to show it," says Sherman, which is likely why he wasn't punished. ALSO: Inside Hannity's very close relationship with Trump: "He basically has a desk" in the White House.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
President Trump will again hold a rally that coincides with the White House Correspondents' Dinner
Last year, Trump celebrated his 100th day in office with a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania rather than attend that night's White House Correspondents' Dinner. This year, rather than attend the annual media dinner held on April 28, Trump will be holding a rally in Michigan.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 7:01PM EDT
Fox News is giving Sean Hannity its "full support," despite being unaware Michael Cohen was his lawyer
“While Fox News was unaware of Sean Hannity’s informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support,” the cable news network said in a statement.
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Did Sean Hannity get his idea for "attorney-client privilege" from Breaking Bad?
In explaining his attorney-client relationship with Michael Cohen, Hannity said on his radio show Monday, “I might have handed him 10 bucks (and said,) ‘I definitely want your attorney-client privilege on this.' Something like that.” Breaking Bad fans were immediately drawing a comparison between Hannity and Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman, who told Walter White and Jesse Pinkman to “put a dollar in my pocket” to become their attorneys in a Season 2 episode. But as Kyle Swenson points out, citing a New Mexico Law Review article, that Breaking Bad scene and Hannity's comment are incorrect because there's no reason to exchange money to establish attorney-client privilege. “There is simply no reason to exchange a dollar,” according to the law review article by Armen Adzhemyan and Susan M. Marcella. “To invoke the privilege, Saul only needs to confirm that Walt and Jesse seek his legal advice as potential clients.”
Posted Tuesday 4/17/18 at 1:41PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel encourages Michelle Wolf to challenge President Trump to come to the White House Correspondents' Dinner
Kimmel, who hosted the annual "Nerd Prom" in 2012, told this year's host Wolf to try to get the president to attend. “I dare you, you poor little man,” Wolf responded. “I’ll give you five dollars if you come.”
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel mocks Sean Hannity over the revelation that Michael Cohen was his attorney
Kimmel, eight days removed from ending his feud with the Fox News host, reacted to Monday's bombshell, describing Hannity as “chief propaganda guy for Trump’s legal team – but he never disclosed that he is also represented by a member of that legal team." Kimmel then poked fun at Hannity statement that Cohen never represented him. “That sounds normal. He has a lawyer – he doesn’t pay. By the way, I’m thinking of hiring Michael Cohen as my lawyer. He only has three clients and apparently, he works for free. He doesn’t take money from anyone.”
- In January 2017, Hannity said on Fox News he and Cohen had a personal relationship, saying: "full disclosure: a personal friend of mine, long before this election ever started"
- Anderson Cooper called out Hannity's massive conflict of interest
- Hannity opened Monday's show with a montage of cable news anchors saying his name
- Hannity said later in his show that the "media went absolutely insane. Wall-to-wall, hour-to-hour coverage of yours truly"
- Stephen Colbert's Late Show creates mash-up of Hannity admitting Cohen connection
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
Fox News reacts to Sean Hannity-Michael Cohen bombshell, calling it "the elephant in the room"
Shepard Smith, who was recently feuding with Hannity, was on Fox News when the revelation was made that Hannity also was a client of Trump's attorney Michael Cohen. "For us, the elephant in the room is that Sean Hannity is said to have been a third client of Michael Cohen,” Smith said in briefly addressing the bombshell news, adding: "A lot of people here know his number. We’ll get on that.” After a commercial break, Shepard said, "we spoke with his publicist here at Fox News who says that he says they have been friends a long time. He never denied he was his lawyer. That he did some legal work for him along the way. And that’s the extent of that." Hannity later released a statement saying "Michael Cohen has never represented me in any manner. I never retained him, received an invoice or paid legal fees." Fox News has yet to formally comment on Hannity's connection with Cohen.
- For Fox News, Hannity's high ratings come with huge headaches
- Hannity texted MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace while he she was on-air to make a denial
- Jimmy Kimmel's wife/co-head writer Molly McNearney "Can't. Stop. Laughing."
- Stephen Colbert "Can't Wait!" until tonight's Hannity
- Seth Meyers on the Hannity revelation: "As someone who hosts an hour of television a night, I can’t IMAGINE also hosting three hours of radio in the afternoon. WHY ISNT ANYONE TALKING ABOUT THAT???"
- Here are six times Hannity defended Cohen on Fox News
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
James Comey's exclusive 20/20 interview got big numbers, but it was no Stormy Daniels
About 9.8 million viewers watched the former FBI director's interview with George Stephanopoulos, which was less than half of the 21.3 million that Daniels delivered to 60 Minutes three weeks ago.
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Trump's Syria bombing announcement cut off the end of Once Upon a Time, leaving fans frustrated
The last minute of the ABC drama was preempted Friday night on Eastern and Midwest time zones for President Trump's announcement that he had called on airstrikes in Syria. "Everyone knows that the final few minutes of every Once Upon a Time episode can be make or break as the show drops pivotal moments in the final seconds — be it a plot twist, a sudden death or even a new curse," says TV Guide's Lindsay MacDonald. "That's obviously why fans were left a little angry when the final minutes of tonight's episode were preempted so President Donald Trump could address the nation about Syria." One Twitter user tweeted his frustration: "Trump's Syria announcement interrupted the last minute of Once Upon a Time, and I am livid." Added another Twitter user said: "What happens at the end? @OnceABC stupid special report on a**hole Trump cut what I taped. What does Facilier say to Hansel? Please help!" Still, another Once fan tweeted: "My family didn’t pay electricity and internet for me to have to hear Trump when I could have been enjoying the last scene of a great episode directed by the QUEEN @LanaParrilla."
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
On My Block fans are up in arms that one of the stars may be a Trump supporter
Ronni Hawk plays a Latina character on the Netflix inner-city teen series. She also apparently tweeted support of Donald Trump and celebrated his victory on the morning after the 2016 election in since-deleted tweets. As Jade Bukowski explains, "for many fans, the anger comes from the alleged hypocrisy that comes with supporting Trump and starring on a series that directly addresses many of the hardships that immigrants and marginalized groups face. Hawk’s character in particular is affected by this, making the whole thing even more upsetting for fans."