"i don't tell you how to live your life, Sonia"
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— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) January 28, 2021
Now HBO is thinking about an animated series based in the Game of Thrones universe. That’s it, that’s all I’ve got: animated series set in the Game of Thrones universe. No news on when, where, who, what, or why. Well … the why is probably, “because animation is cheaper than a bunch of CGI dragons,” but as to the other questions, I got nothing.
Meanwhile, the original Daenerys has for the first time talked about filming that infamously terrible pilot. It sounds like it all worked out for the best for everyone involved.
Turns out the gamble they made with releasing Wonder Woman: 1984 paid off for HBO Max. According to the CEO of AT&T John Stankey, HBO Max’s subscriber base doubled during the fourth quarter, far ahead of schedule. And this is interesting: HBO Max is planning on launching a cheaper, ad-supported tier this spring.
These two keep being teases.
WandaVision is partially based on this cult sitcom. I can see it. But it’s a shame she couldn’t work Small Wonder or It’s a Living! in there, too.
A firefighter puts himself in Station 19 to offer some criticisms of their firefighting techniques:
You love to see it:
In the primetime key demo last week (M-Su), CNN was up 172% compared to last year and averaged 875,000 viewers aged 25-54. MSNBC was up 50% with 540,000. Fox was down 25% and drew 429,000.
Tucker Carlson placed 16th in the weekday demo last week, Hannity 18th, and Ingraham 24th.
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) January 26, 2021
Norman Lear will be receiving The Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes this year.
ABC News President James Goldston is leaving after being with the network for 17 years. A replacement has not been named. Hmm …
Confused by the GameStop news? An explainer:
a normal person explains what’s happening on the stock market: pic.twitter.com/zKKvULCirX
— Avalon Penrose (@avalonpenrose) January 27, 2021
Black Lives Matter
Lucasfilm recently announced Star Wars: The High Republic Show, a companion webseries to a series of comic books and novels called Star Wars: The High Republic, would be hosted by actress/cosplayer/tabletop role-playing gamer Krystina Arielle, and the racist trolls came out of the woodwork, some accusing her of “calling all White people racist,” which she did not do. People began attacking her online, saying all matter of racist things on her accounts, and in response, other people created the #IStandWithKrystina hashtag. Finally, Star Wars’ Twitter account took notice:
Our Star Wars community is one of hope and inclusivity. We do not stand for bullying and racism. We support @KrystinaArielle.
— Star Wars (@starwars) January 23, 2021
But then there were a lot of people who were mad at Lucasfilm and Disney for not doing enough for John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran among others, and considered this an empty gesture. Basically, like everything online, it devolved into a shitshow. But the bottom line? White people, we’ve got to pull it together. Stop doing this crap.
The head of The CW is proud of the diversity on his networks’ shows but admits they can do better behind the camera and aims to increase diversity in internal hires and working with more diverse external vendors.
The Television Academy Foundation has established a Diversity and Inclusion Unscripted Internship Program with the intention of establishing paid internships for Los Angeles area college students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds to help them break into the reality TV business. Traditionally, such internships are unpaid, creating a barrier for students who aren’t subsidized by wealthy families.
Over in the U.K., Sky is aiming to diversify its workforce and senior leadership team.
Police in one sheriff’s department are undergoing training on how to deal with autistic individuals — training that would certainly be helpful across the board for all police departments. Get on it, folks.
Removing tribespeople on the Jungle Cruise ride at the Disney parks is a genuinely good start, but what took so long?
January was the worst month for COVID-19 here in America: some 80,000 of us died. We are projected to hit half a million dead by next month. According to Worldometer’s numbers, we’re set to hit 450,000 dead by the weekend.
Here’s a “good people doing good things” story for you: some health care workers stuck in a traffic jam passed out extra doses of vaccine to those stuck in the jam with them rather than allow the vaccine to expire. Critical thinking skills! They are important!
Sonny Fox, the beloved host of a New York children’s program in the 60s, has died of COVID-19.
These Days, a series set in the pandemic, is hoping it won’t turn audiences off as it searches for a home at the Sundance Film Festival.
- I Can See Your Voice has been renewed for a second season on Fox.
- Red Table Talk: The Estefans has been renewed at Facebook Watch.
- Shrill will end on Hulu after three seasons.
- The Bold Type will end on Freeform after five seasons.
- America This Week has been canceled on the Sinclair network of stations. Bye.
- Skull Island and Tomb Raider are being turned into anime series at Netflix.
- The Witch Boy, an animated musical featuring music from Haim, has been set at Netflix.
- Great Chocolate Showdown has been picked up by The CW.
- The Norwegian film Hope will be adapted into a series starring and produced by Nicole Kidman for Amazon.
- Rat in the Kitchen, a cooking game show hosted by Natasha Leggero, has been ordered at TBS.
- Foodtastic, a food competition hosted by Keke Palmer is coming to Disney+.
- I Can By Friday, a reality series starring Geena Davis, is in the works.
- Mrs. Death Misses Death is being adapted into a TV series by Idris Elba.
- Mixtape, a film starring Julie Bowen, Gemma Brooke Allen, Nick Thune, Jackson Rathbone, Olga Petsa, Audrey Hsieh, and Diego Mercado, has been picked up at Netflix.
- The History Of A Drowning Boy, a true-crime documentary, has been ordered at Netflix.
- All Our Wrong Todays is being turned into a TV series at Peacock.
- Free Food for Millionaires is being adapted into a TV series at Netflix.
- The Disciple has been acquired by Netflix.
- Noah Baumbach has signed an exclusive deal with Netflix.
- Dylan McDermott is joining the cast of Law & Order: Organized Crime on NBC.
- Pamela Adlon and Rhys Wakefield are joining The First Lady on Showtime.
- Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry, and Sanjeev Bhaskar have been cast in Sandman on Netflix.
- Nicole Beharie, Corey Stoll, and Tovah Feldshuh have been added to the cast of Scenes from a Marriage on HBO.
- Jessica Barden, David Wenham, Joe Dempsie, Jacob Scipio, and Omari Hardwick have been added to the cast of Pieces of Her on Netflix.
- Charmaine Bingwa is joining The Good Fight on Paramount+.
- LaMonica Garrett, Lyriq Bent, Kelly Jacobs, Khalil Johnson, Braelyn Rankins, Joseph Callender, Michel Curiel, Nigel Gibbs, Leonard Harmon, Candace B. Harris, Gray Hawks, Joe Holt, Saycon Sengbloh, and Amanda Tavarez have been cast in Deliliah on OWN.
- Jason Scott Lee has joined Doogie Kameāloha on Disney+.
- Shiva Negar is joining SEAL Team on CBS.
- Marcus Emanuel Mitchell, and Jayson Blair are joining Good Trouble on Freeform.
- Jaime Ray Newman, Andrea Frankle, and Will Chase are joining Dopesick on Hulu.
- Katie Beth Hall has been added to the cast of Head of the Class on HBO Max.
- Omono Okojie is joining Legacies on The CW.
- Nadia Affolter has been cast on New Amsterdam on NBC.
Mark Your Calendars
- Tell Me Your Secrets will premiere on Amazon on February 19.
- The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers will premiere on Disney+ on March 26.
- Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar will debut on VOD on February 12.
- The Map of Tiny Perfect Things will premiere on Amazon on February 12.
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will premiere on Paramount+ on March 4.
- Haute Dog returns on HBO Max on February 4.
- Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine will debut on Showtime on February 21.
- The Head will debut on HBO Max on February 4.
- Canine Intervention will premiere on Netflix on February 24.
- Sew the Winter to My Skin will premiere on Crackle on February 1.
- In the Same Breath will premiere on HBO and HBO Max later this year.
- Warner Bros. has released a sizzle reel for their 2021 releases which will stream on HBO Max.
- Keeping Up with the Kardashians will return for its final season on E! on March 18.
- Shadow and Bone will premiere on Netflix on April 23.
- United States of Al will debut on CBS on April 1.
- Fear the Walking Dead returns on AMC on April 11.
- Lupin will return on Netflix sometime this summer.
- The Widower will premiere on NBC on February 19.
- Kamp Koral will begin streaming on Paramount+ on March 4.
- Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words will premiere on Starz on March 1.
- Unraveled: Long Island Serial Killer will debut on Discovery+ on March 9.
- Farmhouse Fixer will debut on HGTV on March 3.
- Francesco will debut on Discovery+ on March 28.
- Married to Medicine will return on Bravo on March 7.
- Master will premiere on Amazon on January 29.
- Documentary+ has announced its launch slate. The streaming service debuted yesterday.
- Nick Cannon, Nick Cannon’s daytime talk show, will have a fall premiere date after being sidelined for his controversial statements last year.
Cloris Leachman, Oscar-winning legendary actress who excelled in both comedic and dramatic roles. She won the Academy Award for The Last Picture Show but was best remembered for her comedic roles, including Young Frankenstein, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Malcolm in the Middle, Raising Hope, and her starring role in Phyllis.
Such sad news—Cloris was insanely talented. She could make you laugh or cry at the drop of a hat. Always such a pleasure to have on set. Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher. She is irreplaceable, and will be greatly missed.
— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) January 27, 2021
Very sad to find out we lost an absolute legend today, Cloris Leachman. I can’t squeeze into a tweet all the fun times I had with this woman and how much I loved her so I’ll just say she’ll be extremely missed. She was the definition of one of a kind. pic.twitter.com/xmOCTHYeBh
— Greg Garcia (@whoisgreggarcia) January 27, 2021
Cloris Leachman was queen of the Amazons and a queen of industry, breaking barriers and inspiring women in film and TV for decades. She was a sweet TV mom and a riot to work with. I will miss you, along with the smiles and laughter you brought everywhere you went, Cloris. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/R7BiWNypkX
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) January 28, 2021
Brilliant and memorable though it is, Cloris Leachman's best performance in a 1970's classic shot in B&W is not 'Young Frankenstein' but her role in 'The Last Picture Show'. If you only know her as Frau Blücher, then prepare to be amazed. pic.twitter.com/sHd1vdhrwh
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) January 27, 2021
— 𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗳𝗲𝘅𝗶𝘀 (@EliasToufexis) January 27, 2021
Jann: Canadian singer and comedian Jann Arden plays a version of herself in this new comedy about a singer of a certain age who realizes her career is slipping away from her. Premiere. Hulu
Possessions: Is a young French expatriate in Israel charged with her husband’s murder a lost and vulnerable woman trapped in a foreign country, or is she a dangerously manipulative killer? Premiere HBO Max
Palmer: Justin Timberlake stars in this film about a former college football star who returns to his hometown after a stint in prison. Premiere. Apple TV+
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Keegan-Michael Key, Terry Gross, Fontaines D.C.
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Desus & Mero, Ryan Shazier
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Viggo Mortensen, Charles Blow
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Carey Mulligan, Jhene Aiko
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Michelle Pfeiffer, George Lopez, Arlo Parks
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Mike Birbiglia
- Watch What Happens Live: Wendy Williams
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Mary Holland
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