It was ABC’s turn at the TCAs yesterday, and they broke so much news:
We will get to the Disney and Marvel shit in a second but LISTEN UP: ACCORDING TO THE HEAD OF ABC, KAREY BURKE, SHE HAS BEEN HEARING “WHISPERS” ABOUT A HAPPY ENDINGS REVIVAL. THIS IS NOT A DRILL, PEOPLE. NOT. A. DRILL.
ABC will air a live version of The Little Mermaid in November. Auli’i Cravalho will star in The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! Queen Latifah and Shaggy will be Ursula and Sebastian respectively. It will air live on November 5 and is designed to launch the Disney streaming service Disney+, being available on the streamer on the 12th.
Hey, did you like those live versions of All in the Family and The Jeffersons? (I did.) Because ABC has ordered two more from producer Jimmy Kimmel. The sitcoms they will be doing haven’t been announced yet, but the first will air this winter and the second will air in the spring. Stay tuned.
Jimmy Kimmel is developing a game show, Generation Gap, based on a game that he plays on Jimmy Kimmel Live! He is developing it with Mark Burnett — a point he had to defend at the TCAs after he blamed Burnett for the Trump candidacy at the 2016 Emmys: “’I was just joking,’” Kimmel said of his jokes about Burnett on Monday, which came during his stint as Emmys host in 2016. ‘But if you’re asking will I remind him 15 times a day that Donald Trump is president because of him? Yes, I will remind him of that 15 times a day.’” Maybe Jimmy can ask him 15 times a day to release the Apprentice tapes, while he’s at it?
Jimmy Kimmel says that he considered retiring from late-night, but ABC made him feel “appreciated,” — DOLLA DOLLA BILLS Y’ALL — enough so that he signed on for another three years. Jimmy Kimmel also revealed that Twitter helped him find diverse writers for his late show staff, which is interesting. And he also spoke about how late night has come to be expected to be political and address horrible events like the mass shootings BECAUSE GOD KNOWS OUR SENATORS WON’T DO IT.
ABC is developing Women of the Movement, an anthology series about the women of the civil rights movement from producers Jay-Z and Will Smith. The first season will be based on the book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement, and is looking into a second season about Rosa Parks.
ABC is also developing Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11, a limited series that is set to correspond to the 20th anniversary of the horrific event.
ABC is in negotiations for a new Marvel series, and they are looking for it to “fit in with its strategy of female-focused superheroes.”
The upcoming black-ish spinoff, mixed-ish, will feature a theme song recorded by Mariah Carey. She’s also expressed interest in appearing on the series.
Karey Burke has said she hasn’t spoken to Constance Wu since she threw that temper tantrum about Fresh Off the Boat being renewed, and claims that everyone is enthusiastic to get back to work. OK. They are also looking into a spinoff for Fresh Off the Boat and OH GOD NO, another “extension” of The Bachelor.
The fate of Grey’s Anatomy lays in Ellen Pompeo’s hands: as long as she wants to continue doing the show, they will continue doing the show. NO PRESSURE, ELLEN. A while back, Burke also claimed that there would be a weekly crossover between Grey‘s and Station 19, but she walked that back while saying that the shows will be more blended, maybe through an inter-show romance.
Grand Hotel, meanwhile, is in trouble, and Burke isn’t happy with the ratings. And speaking of cancelations, The Kids Are Alright was axed because there wasn’t a “strong enough fanbase,” also known as viewers. Michael Cudlitz, the father on the series, was not amused.
Seriously, @abc. Just say “no comment”. This is just rude. I apologize to the @TheKidsABC fandom on behalf of @abc. Smfh. https://t.co/qJoRzJanzE
— Michael Cudlitz (@Cudlitz) August 6, 2019
As for whether or not ABC will continue filming in Georgia following the heartbeat bill, Burke says “it’s an open issue,” and says they are waiting to see how the court cases shake out. WOW, SUCH COURAGE.
Regarding three pilots that did not receive a decision from ABC this past may: Triangle is finishing shooting this weekend, and they are reserving judgment until they see a final product; Nana is dead in the water; and Heart of Life, written and created by my friend Ben Queen, is being rewritten and reshot. And while the NYPD Blue reboot didn’t get a pickup this time around, it might get another look in a different form down the road.
In Non-TCA TV News
Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth were on Watch What Happens Live! last night to talk about the BH90210 series debuting this week, and they noted that there will be a “delicate” tribute to Luke Perry, and the show’s showrunner, Mike Chessler said, “‘We knew we could not ignore it,’ he continues. ‘So we are addressing it in a way, and we acknowledge it in a way, that we hope is respectful and poignant. And so far the people that have seen it think or feel that we’ve done a good job. And I know the cast members who all have very strong opinions and were very worried about it, they all feel that it does it in a way that is both honors him respectfully and in good taste.’”
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is going “to Hell” next season, according to the show’s creator. And it is going to be “very fun.” OK!
Looks like Tyler Cameron is not going to be your next Bachelor — maybe because he’s been seen hanging out with both Hannah Brown and Gigi Hadid within a matter of days. Meanwhile, here’s who Tyler thinks should be the next Bachelor, and it’s not anyone you’ve heard of.
More than 60 teams from 30 countries will be competing on Amazon’s World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji from Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls.
Tamron Hall knows NBC regrets letting her go and hiring Megyn Kelly (and she’s probably not wrong).
Preacher is a weird show, y’all.
Tiffany Haddish holds out hope for Tuca & Bertie finding a new home. Keep believing, girl.
That Playboy reporter, Brian Karem, who got into a shouting match with Sebastian Gorka in the Rose Garden last month — an event that feels like a lifetime ago, but is, in fact, another stop on this horrific timeline towards normalizing white nationalism and violence — has had his White House press pass revoked over the incident.
CNN’s Erin Burnett is being sued for defamation by a Chinese billionaire.
And Disney and Fox are being sued for age discrimination by the composer for The Simpsons after being fired in 2017.
Afton Williamson has named the guest star who sexually harassed her on the set of The Rookie as Demetrius Grosse, and the woman who racially discriminated against her as hair department head, Sally Nicole Ciganovich, in an Instagram post.
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To my Fans, my Friends, my Supporters: I want to Thank EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU. I am so beyond overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, kind words, scriptures, strength filled quotes and devout support that has come my way. One Instagram post is just like those 2 fish and 5 loaves of Bread. The rippling effect it has had in just a few hours shows how much this world is aching with victims of racism, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse all of it. I am no stranger to all of the above even before this experience. But it is through this experience and my platform that God pushed me to use the power within me. It just takes a VOICE. I never imagined so many of us have experienced these horrible circumstances and that can NO LONGER GO UNHEARD. We have a voice. ALL OF US. It is our DUTY to use it. I used to fear the word Victim. I scoffed at it because all I was told when these injustices happened to me, was to Survive. Survivor I am. Victim I am also. A victim of injustice. A victim of assault. A victim of abuse and harassment. If you have experienced any of the above, you are too and I for one stand with you and I’m no longer afraid to be vocal about it. We Can Stand Together. Let’s Change This Sickness. That Change starts with US. This season on The Rookie, I was sexually harassed by fellow actor Demetrius Grosse. I was Racially Bullied and Discriminated against and Sexually Assaulted by Hair Department Head Sally Nicole Ciganovich. Let’s BE the CHANGE we WANT to SEE❤️👊🏾🙏🏾
Meanwhile, the head of ABC, Karey Burke addressed the issue at the TCAs, saying that she’s waiting for eOne’s investigation to run its course.
R. Kelly has been charged with prostitution and soliciting sex from a person under 18 in Minnesota.
- Atlanta has been renewed for season four. YAY!
- The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise have both been renewed at ABC. Yay.
- The Proposal has been canceled at ABC.
- Event Horizon is being turned into a series at Amazon.
- Night Teeth, a thriller, is coming to Netflix.
- Christie Brinkley and Anthony Michael Hall will guest star in The Goldberg’s National Lampoon’s Vacation tribute.
- Katy Perry, Luke Brian and Lionel Richie have all signed back on to American Idol. Ryan Seacrest hasn’t signed back on yet. (But he will.)
- Thomas Sadoski will co-star in the upcoming CBS drama Tommy.
- Nico Tortorella will star in the upcoming The Walking Dead spinoff series.
- Lara Pulver will be in the TNT series, Angel of Darkness.
Mark Your Calendars
- mixed-ish will debut on ABC on September 24.
- The Conners will return on ABC on September 24.
- The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! will air on ABC on November 5.
- The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will air on ABC on November 13.
- Monster Ships will debut and Building Giants will return on Science Channel on August 7.
Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize-winning author and inspiration
Yasuhiro Takemoto, Anime director killed in that terrible arson attack in Kyoto
The Real Housewives of Orange County: Some things are eternal: the changing of the seasons, the tide, these bitches. Season premiere. 8 p.m., Bravo
Flipping Exes: A pair of exes have remained in the house flipping business together, so basically, Bravo found their own Chip and Joanna Gaines — all the house flipping, but with DRAMA. Series premiere. 9 p.m., Bravo
Designated Survivor: Series finale. Netflix
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Dakota Johnson, Post Malone, Jon Lovitz, Tyler Childers
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Michelle Williams, Noel Gallagher, Tommy Orange, Julian Dorio
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Amanda Seyfried, Jacob Tremblay, Brady Noon, Keith L. Williams
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss, Jakob Dylan & Jade Castrinos
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ben Stiller, Robin Thede, Brad Paisley, Max featuring Quinn XCII
- The Daily Show: Marianne Williamson
- Lights Out with David Spade: Theo Von, Jen Kirkman, Nick Swardson
- Watch What Happens Live: Jerry O’Connell, Shannon Beador
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