A Prince documentary by Ava DuVernay is coming to Netflix. The filmmaker has been given the blessing of Prince’s estate to make the documentary and has been given full access to his archives and unreleased music. “Prince was a genius and a joy and a jolt to the senses,” DuVernay said in a statement to Deadline. “He was like no other. He shattered every preconceived notion, smashed every boundary, shared everything in his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love. And with great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful for the opportunity entrusted to me by the estate.” YESSSSSSSSS. (I would normally include this story in the “In Development” section, but my deep love for Prince forbade it. Also, it’s my blog, I do what I want.)
Heathers had to be pulled AGAIN in the wake of the synagogue shooting. The show was originally scheduled to air early in the year but was pulled from the schedule after the Parkland school shooting. It’s a telling statement about how violent our society has become that they couldn’t air the entirety of this series over the course of five days without a mass shooting happening in the middle of it. Sickening.
I don’t usually post about wrestling news here because who cares. But reportedly, John Cena is refusing to participate in the WWE’s “Crown Jewel” show in Saudi Arabia following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. If you have seen the last couple of episodes of Last Week Tonight, you know that John Oliver has been slamming the organization for going forward with their plans to host the event in Saudi Arabia, and I thought it was interesting that Cena, the WWE’s biggest star, officially pulled out.
Apparently, FX passed on Broad City because it was “too girly.” While that is infuriating, it sounds like Comedy Central really understood the show and it was the right place for them to be.
Steven Yeun says that playing Glenn on The Walking Dead made him feel “beige” and “cramped,” which is mostly interesting because he is one of the most beloved characters from that show.
Shannen Doherty basically called out her former Charmed co-star Holly Marie Combs for being an asshole about the reboot. But I mean, not in so many words, but that was the gist of it.
If you’re looking for something scary to watch in the next 36 hours or so, Vulture has a decent list of the scariest episodes of television. All of my absolute favorites are in here, including The Twilight Zone‘s “Living Doll,” The X-Files‘ “Home,” (~shiver~) and “Tooms,” Buffy‘s “Hush,” and Lost‘s “The Man Behind the Curtain.”
FilmStruck may be dying soon, but you can stream nearly 400 classic movies FOR FREE on this site if you have a library card.
“There is no invasion. No one is coming to get you. There is nothing at all to worry about.”
- America’s Funniest Home Videos has been renewed for two seasons at ABC.
- Strange Angel has been renewed at CBS All Access for a second season.
- Videos After Dark — a more adult version of America’s Funniest Home Videos, and hosted by Bob Saget — has been ordered at ABC.
- Our House and The Story of Us, comedies both, have been bought by CBS.
- Common Areas, a comedy, is in development at ABC.
- Next Door, a comedy, has been bought by Fox.
- Ottoman Rising has been ordered by Netflix.
- The Legend of Zelda is being developed into a TV series.
- NBC is developing a musical ensemble comedy.
- Chris Van Dusen has signed an overall deal with Netflix.
- Brandon Victor Dixon, Vanessa Hudgens, Kiersey Clemons, Jordan Fisher, Brennin Hunt, Mario, Tinashe, Valentina, and Keala Settle will star in Rent for Fox.
- Joey Fatone will host Common Knowledge for the Game Show Network.
- Raphael Acloque will co-star in Surveillance on CBS.
- Joseph Fiennes and Sir Ranulph Fiennes will star Fiennes: Return to the Nile for Nat Geo.
- Amy Forsyth, Jessica Sula, Max Willems, Zainne Saleh, X. Lee, Birgundi Baker, and Barrett Carnahan, and Inanna Sarkis will star in College for Amazon.
- Miles Gaston Villanueva will recur on The Resident on Fox.
- Yasha Jackson is joining Constance on TNT.
- Holliday Grainger and Callum Turner will star in The Capture for BBC.
Mark Your Calendars
Fox has set its midseason premiere dates:
- The Orville: December 30
- Gordon Ramsey’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back: January 2
- The Masked Singer: January 2
- Gotham: January 3
- The Passage: January 14
- Rent: January 27
- Proven Innocent: February 15
- Cosmos: Possible Worlds: March 3
- Dogs will premiere on Netflix on November 16.
- Don’t Watch This is now streaming on Netflix.
- Storage Wars: Scariest Lockers, hosted by Elvira, will air on A&E tomorrow night.
- 45 episodes of classic Jeopardy will be available on Netflix beginning on Tuesday.
- While You Were Out is going to be rebooted and air on both TLC and HGTV.
- Bill Burr Presents Paul Virzi: I’ll Say This will premiere on Comedy Central on November 2.
- The Profit will return on CNBC on December 4.
- Maine Cabin Masters will premiere on DIY on December 3.
- CMA Country Christmas will air on CMT on December 10.
- The National Christmas Tree Lighting will air on Ovation and REELZ on December 2.
- Nickelodeon has announced all of their November premiere dates — and there are a lot of them, too many for me to list here.
This is Us: Kate struggles with Toby’s depression. 8 p.m., NBC
The Conners: The spinoff continues the Halloween tradition that Roseanne began back in the day. 7 p.m., ABC
Stephen King film marathon: Thinner, Firestarter, Carrie, and Misery. 3 p.m., Sundance
Monster Encounters: A search for animals evidence of animals “so large, or unusual, that they defy belief.” Season premiere. 9 p.m., Travel
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Tyler Perry, Abbi Jacobson, Sunny Suljic, KISS Late Night with Seth Meyers: Wendy Williams, Chris Gethard, Sam Esmail, Jon Theodore The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sarah Jessica Parker, Rep. Nancy Pelosi The Late Late Show with James Corden: Greg Kinnear, Katie Hill Jimmy Kimmel Live: Milo Ventimiglia, Caitriona Balfe, Willie Nelson The Daily Show: Derek Jeter Watch What Happens Live: Amanda Peet, Debra Winger
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