Stranger Things returns on July 4, and the first trailer for season three was just released. It’s full of teen angst, 80s malls, and nosebleeds. I would usually dump this down in the “Dates” section but this is Very Important News:
Netflix also released some production stills, so make of these what you will:
The Disney purchase of most of Fox has officially happened. Disney bought Fox movie and television studios, FX, National Geographic, Blue Sky Studios, most of Hulu, and a television provider in India from Fox for $71. 3 billion dollars. Murdoch has kept the Fox broadcast network, Fox News, a chain of local Fox stations and FS1 which became a newly publicly traded company, Fox Corporation. How this will impact the entertainment industry in general remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, the fight happening at Fox News continues to be fascinating. The actual journalists want the heads of the company to reign in the firestarters like Hannity, Carlson, and Pirro, who argue in turn that they’re the ones making the money for the network. And according to this piece, Hannity might be considering leaving (or telling people that as a lever) because people are worried that Lachlan Murdoch might sell the network. DO IT. DO IT, LACHLAN, BEFORE 2020.
A new book, Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of ‘The View,’ is coming out and this Jenny McCarthy excerpt is REALLY SOMETHING. Gossipy and bitchy and actually really insightful about some of the personnel changes of the years, MCCARTHY’S GOT SOMETHING TO SAY.
Speaking of The View, the ladies have had quite enough of President Bone Spurs’ repeated attacks on John McCain, thankyouverymuch.
David Boreanaz is hinting there might be an Angel reunion for its 20th anniversary.
I’m just going to leave this here:
LOL TIMES INFINITY (You MUST play the video):
Wendy Williams has revealed that she is living in a sober house and seeking treatment for addiction after a long absence from her talk show. Take care of yourself, Wendy.
From Last Week:
Game of Thrones has teamed with John Varvatos to create a line of Thrones-inspired clothes and … they’re terrible, you guys. WHY, EXACTLY, WOULD I WANT TO LOOK LIKE A PEASANT YOU’D ENCOUNTER ON THE KING’S ROAD? ALSO, ALSO $98 FOR A SHITTY T-SHIRT THAT LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING I COULD BUY ON AMAZON FOR $10? YOU’VE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME WITH THIS.
NBC and CBS have swapped Super Bowls. NBC was supposed to air the Super Bowl in 2021, but gave it to CBS so that it could have the Super Bowl in 2022 and pair it with their Olympic Coverage. Makes sense.
Sex Monster News
Kevin Tsujihara, the CEO of Warner Brothers, is out following allegations that he used his power to secure roles for an actress with whom he was having an affair. The casting couch remains alive and well. For the record, the actress claims that the relationship was consensual and she feels bad about his ouster. Yeah, that’s not how power works, honey.
From Last Week:
Back when the story first broke, John Mulaney fired his manager who used to be Louis C.K.’s manager, Dave Becky, who has been accused of trying to silence Louis C.K.’s accusers.
Bryan Singer won’t be directing Red Sonja after all. It was slipped into this Hollywood Reporter article as almost an afterthought:
Lerner made news recently when he hired Bryan Singer to direct a reboot of Red Sonja. After Singer was accused in an Atlantic magazine article of sexually assaulting underaged boys, Lerner dismissed the story as “agenda-driven fake news,” then walked the statement back. Eventually, he dropped Singer from the project because he was unable to secure a domestic distributor.
Oh. Ok, then.
Al Jean, The Simpsons‘ showrunner, believes Michael Jackson used his appearance on the show to groom children. (The Simpsons have pulled the episode from reruns.)
- HBO renewed High Maintenance for a fourth season.
- Tin Star has been renewed for a third and final season on Sky.
From Last Week:
From Last Week:
- One Day at a Time was canceled by Netflix.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is making an effort to try to save the series by finding a new home for it. And reportedly CBS was interested in picking it up for CBS All Access. However, Netflix’s standard deal — in which canceled series can’t find a new home for two to three years — might make that impossible. In any event, people are upset.
- Unsung Heroes is in development at ABC Studios.
- Battle Kitty has been greenlit at Netflix.
- Bethenny Frankel has signed an overall deal with Mark Burnett. Hmm.
- Babak Anvari and Lucan Toh have signed a deal with AMC.
From Last Week:
- Card Shark and Press Your Luck are both coming back on ABC. NO WHAMMIES NO WHAMMIES NO WHAMMIES!
- That’s My Jam has been ordered by NBC.
- An Anonymous Girl is being developed into a series at USA.
- John Slattery will star in the Fox pilot neXT. Jason Butler Harner is also joining the cast.
- Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins, and Elsie Fisher are all joining Castle Rock next season.
- Michael McKean and Rhea Seehorn are both joining Veep!
- Ryan Phillippe is going to star in CBS’s Frankenstein pilot, Alive. Katrina Law and Aaron Staton are also joining the cast.
- Chris O’Dowd will be in an episode of Twilight Zone.
- Rory Kinnear will be in the Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
- Chella Man has been added to the cast of Titans at DC Universe.
- Sadie Calvano has joined the cast of Why Women Kill on CBS All Access.
- Joseph Lyle Taylor and David Fierro will join the cast of CBS’s pilot Tommy.
- Dan J. Johnson and Tyler Lepley have joined the cast of P-Valley on Starz.
- Heather Lind will star in Dark Cargo on YouTube.
- Anya Taylor-Joy will star in the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit.
From last week:
- Kit Harington will host Saturday Night Live on April 6; Emma Stone will host on April 13.
- Michael Imperioli will star in the NBC pilot Lincoln. Ramses Jimenez, Brooke Lyons, and Roslyn Ruff are also joining the cast.
- Mary Stuart Masterson will star in the ABC legal/family drama from 50 Cent.
- Peyton List and Susan Santiago will join the cast of The CW pilot Glamorous.
- Mark Hamill, Catherine O’Hara, and Rosario Dawson have joined the Netflix animated series The Last Kids on Earth.
- Esai Morales is joining Titans on DC Universe as Deathstroke.
- Daniel Ings and Annie Funke are joining the CBS pilot The Republic of Sarah.
- Evan Evagora is joining the Picard series on CBS All Access.
- This is movie news, but apparently Damon Lindelof wrote a movie called The Hunt and Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, and Glenn Howerton are set to star in it (!!!).
Mark Your Calendars
- Our Planet will debut on Netflix on April 5.
- Bake You Rich will premiere on April 4.
- Diesel Brothers returns on Discovery on April 8.
- Expedition Unknown returns on Discovery Channel on April 10.
- A Life Among Monkeys on Smithsonian on April 24.
- Chasing the Cure will simulcast on TNT and TBS on July 25.
- The Tony Awards will air on CBS on June 9.
- Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta will return on VH1 on March 25.
From last week:
- Tuca & Bertie will premiere on Netflix on May 3.
- The Bachelorette begins on May 13 on ABC, saints preserve me.
- Big Texas Fix will debut on DIY on April 6.
- Little People, Big World returns on TLC on April 2.
- Madeline McCann: An ID Murder Mystery will air on ID on April 7.
- Live Rescue will debut on A&E on April 22.
- Magnum P.I.: April 1
- FAM: April 11
- God Friended Me: April 14
- Madam Secretary: April 21
- The Neighborhood: April 22
- Man with a Plan: May 6
- Mom: May 9
- MacGyver: May 10
- Blue Bloods: May 10
- Bull: May 13
- FBI: May 14
- Survivor: May 15
- The Big Bang Theory: May 16
- Young Sheldon: May 16
- S.W.A.T.: May 16
- Hawaii Five-0: May 17
- NCIS: Los Angeles: May 19
- NCIS: May 21
- NCIS: New Orleans: May 21
- SEAL Team: May 22
- Ransom: June 1
The CW has also announced their spring finale dates:
- All American: March 20
- Legacies: March 28
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: April 4
- Roswell, New Mexico: April 23
- Supernatural: April 25
- Arrow: May 13
- The Flash: May 14
- Riverdale: May 15
- Black Lightning: May 18
- Supergirl: May 19
- Charmed: May 19
- D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow: May 20
- Dynasty: May 24
Norman Hollyn, Editor of films and TV shows
From last week:
Bill Creber, Art Director on shows like The Mod Squad and Lost in Space.
The Real Housewives of New York: Ramona is sent home from the clambake with a doggie bag. LOL. 8 p.m., Bravo
The Act: I’m completely obsessed with this story of Munchausen Syndrome, murder, and shaved heads. Series premiere. Hulu
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists: The stress of needing to be perfect leads to murder. You know, like it does. Series premiere. 7 p.m., Freeform
Bublé!: Michael Bublé does his Michael Bublé thing. 9 p.m., NBC
All American: It’s the season finale of the one show The CW might cancel this season. 8 p.m., The CW
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Armie Hammer, Jemaine Clement, Schoolboy Q
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Amy Schumer, Natalie Morales, PUP
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Paul Giamatti, Sen. Doug Jones, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: David Boreanaz, Cam Newton, Daddy Yankee
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rob Lowe, Joey King, Catfish and the Bottlemen
- The Daily Show: Rep. Will Hurd
- Conan: John Mulaney
- Busy Tonight: Lisa Rinna
- Watch What Happens Live: Sonja Morgan, Antoni Porowski