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All Other TV News
Oh my GOD, how have I taken all week to mention the Game of Thrones spinoff news? Last week it was announced that there are three prequel series being considered at HBO:
[9 Voyages] refers to the great voyages at sea made by Corlys Velaryon aboard the Sea Snake ship. Velaryon journeyed to places including Pentos, Dragonstone and around the bottom of Westeros as well as to Lys, Tyrosh and Myr. He reached the fabled lands of Yi Ti and Leng, whose wealth doubled that of the House Velaryon, and him and the Ice Wolf headed north searching for passage around the top of Westeros, only to find frozen seas and icebergs as big as mountains.
[Flea Bottom] is the poorest slum district in King’s Landing, a maze-like warren of narrow streets and dark alleys filled with tanneries, brothels and ale houses. It is featured in the first four seasons of Game of Thrones, including when William’s Arya Stark takes refuge there after fleeing the Red Keep. Characters from Flea Bottom include Ser Davos Seaworth, played by Liam Cunningham, Gendry, the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon, played by Joe Dempsie, prostitute Armeca, played by Sahara Knite and Karl Tanner, a brother of the Night’s Watch played by Burn Gorman.
and 10,000 Ships:
[10,000 Ships is] a reference to the journey made by warrior queen Princess Nymeria and the surviving members of the Rhoynars, who travelled from Essos to Dorne following their defeat by the Valyrian Freehold in the Second Spice War. This migration took place around 1,000 years before the events depicted in the A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams, named her direwolf after Nymeria.
Now, it’s unlikely that all three will go into actual production, but it is worth noting that the 9 Voyages project has Bruno Heller, the executive producer of Rome, Gotham and The Mentalist attached, so it’s at least being taken pretty seriously.
In “It Was a Long Time Coming” news: Fox News has been sued by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.6 Billion.
Over in Georgia, they passed a horrific voter suppression bill that does things like make it illegal to give people waiting in lines water or food — and more alarmingly, taking power away from the Secretary of State in elections and allowing room for the legislature to overturn elections they don’t like. It makes the need for the filibuster to be killed in the Senate so that they can pass meaningful voter rights legislation more dire than ever. Meanwhile, a backlash is beginning: director James Mangold has announced he will not be filming in Georgia anymore in response. More Hollywood actors need to step up and follow his example.
OK, but Lisa Vanderpump’s drag name does work (but that’s not how you pick your drag name — that’s how you pick your stripper name).
Joe Exotic has had a hell of a year — oh wait, I mean a “year of hell.” Meanwhile, Jeff Lowe is pretty sure he was poisoned. Tiger King weirdos are gonna Tiger King.
Hope none of y’all doubted Charlie Murphy’s story:
In case y’all ever doubted Charlie Murphy’s story.
Game. Blouses.🏀 https://t.co/20rQ6oWTvX
— Christina Patrice (@mane_objective) March 18, 2021
LOL, what a dork.
Further proof that no one looks cool vaping. https://t.co/Vy8cIgQpqU
— Mike Sause (pronounced like 'sauce') (@TheMikeSause) March 19, 2021
An upset Hannity calls Seth Meyers an “asshole” pic.twitter.com/eE9TP7w5c3
— Acyn (@Acyn) March 26, 2021
This story about people punching the wax statue of Former President Giblets in San Antonio is old news, but how am I not going to include it?
R. I. P. Jessica Walter. What an incredible career, filled with amazing performances. I will forever remember my time with her, watching her bring Lucille Bluth to life. She was one of a kind. All my love and thoughts to her family.
— Jason Bateman (@batemanjason) March 25, 2021
Jessica Walter was a deeply talented person
We first met on a pilot in ‘96 and I was instantly blown away
I’m fortunate to have had a front row seat to her brilliance for 25 years
My thoughts are with her daughter Brooke and grandson Micah today
Farewell Jessica, you’ll be missed
— Will Arnett™ (@arnettwill) March 25, 2021
Jessica Walter never missed. If she didn’t get a laugh there was a problem with the script.
— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) March 25, 2021
I’m stunned and so very sad to hear this news. Jessica was one of the sharpest, funniest people I’ve ever worked with — and I’ve been incredibly fortunate in working with some true greats. She was, to me, the best kind of comic actor — one who’s fearless in her willingness to draw upon the, shall we say, less desirable aspects of our character that, well … make us funny. She effortlessly sunk her teeth into depicting a type of mother that, given how people related to her, must be more common than is usually celebrated.
Her Lucille Bluth must somehow lurk in even the most loving moms. I remember once, in front of her own daughter, she said to me, “I love playing Lucille — she reminds of my mother.” And, I could be wrong, but I thought I detected a look on her daughter’s face that said, “YOUR mother?” Because Lucille was kind of everyone’s mother at their worst. And she somehow made that all really lovable. I really loved her — she was so special. I’m so saddened by this news.
We’re starting to see cases ticking up as the more contagious variants are taking hold in many states. But the vaccine numbers continue to be good, we delivered 3.3 million doses today. If we continue at this pace, we are projected to have half the total population at least partially vaccinated by May. Keep it up and get your shot!
Two vaccine stories from opposite sides of the spectrum: vaccines are going for $500 a dose while meanwhile, in New Jersey, one gym is offering free memberships if people DON’T get the shot. What the fuck?
Organizations are making more plans to return to close to normal soon: The Kentucky Derby will run on May 1 with 40-50% capacity; Yankee Stadium is opening on April 1 and Dodger Stadium on April 9; Tribeca Film Festival could be the first major festival to be held in person in June; the NFL will loosen restrictions at the Draft events if the entire team can prove they’ve been vaccinated; New York City is setting up a designated Broadway vaccination program; Disney Cruises announced a list of destinations for 2022; and Royal Caribbean is being super ambitious: they’re planning to have fully vaccinated cruises — staff and guests — starting in June.
Meanwhile, Mar-a-Lago had to partially close last week after an outbreak. HUH. WONDER HOW THAT HAPPENED.
Here’s yet another piece about how TV medical dramas felt compelled to tackle the whole COVID thing. And another bit of the Hollywood industry impacted by the virus: location scouting.
Roll Up Your Sleeves: Presented by Walgreens will air on NBC on April 18.
The special aims to dispel concerns, provide information and encourage those who are hesitant to receive a vaccine to participate, all with the goal of increasing vaccinations for people to help end the pandemic and allow states to fully reopen so family and friends can gather and reunite.
The special will feature prominent public figures, comedians, artists and performers, as well as frontline and medical professionals.
- The Amber Ruffin Show has been renewed for six more months on Peacock.
- Coyote has been renewed for a second season at Paramount+.
- Ready to Love, Put a Ring On It, Black Love, Family or Fiancé, and Love & Marriage: Huntsville have all been renewed at OWN.
- Chrisley Knows Best has been renewed for season six at USA. Growing Up Chrisley has been renewed for season three.
- Get Organized with the Home Edit and Dream Home Makeover have been renewed at Netflix.
- Danger Force and Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan have been renewed for second seasons at Nickelodeon.
- Fargo has been renewed for a fifth season at FX? Maybe? Noah Hawley seems to think so.
- A Time for Mercy is being developed at HBO with Matthew McConaughey set to star.
- An Ally McBeal reboot is in the works and Calista Flockhart is in talks to return.
- A documentary about Brittany Murphy‘s mysterious death is in the works at HBO Max.
- A limited series about the Capitol riot is in the works from the guys who made The Comey Rule at Showtime.
- The Bear, a half-hour restaurant series, is in the works at FX.
- Lizzo is developing a dance competition series for full-figured dancers at Amazon.
- Pacific Heights is being developed into a series.
- Lift, a crime drama, has been bought at Netflix.
- Young & Gospel has been greenlit at OWN.
- Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo has been ordered at Netflix.
- Blackface With David Harewood is in development at BBC Two.
- Nickelodeon has ordered a bunch of new series, including: ZJ Sparkleton and The Hamster Show; That Girl Lay Lay; and Warped! and new Avatar projects are in the works.
- The Crossover has been ordered to pilot at Disney+.
- Meghan Trainor has signed an overall deal with NBCUniversal.
- Joseph Guidry has signed an overall deal with HBO Max.
- Syreeta Singleton has also signed a deal with HBO and HBO Max.
- Tracy Oliver signed an overall deal with Apple.
- Krista Vernoff has signed a new deal with ABC Signature, making a renewal of Grey’s Anatomy more likely.
- CBS continues picking up more soccer.
- Sally Field, Michael Chiklis, Jason Segel, and Bo Burnham are joining the HBO series about the L.A. Lakers.
- Laurence O’Fuarain will star in The Witcher: Blood Origin on Netflix.
- John Waters will appear in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.
- Vera Farmiga will star in Five Days at Memorial at Apple TV+.
- Damon Wayans Jr., Jessy Hodges, Alex Karpovsky, and Nate Torrence will star in the TBS comedy pilot Kill the Orange-Faced Bear.
- Nicole Richie and Shannon Woodward will star in Bucktown, an ABC comedy.
- Dianne Wiest will co-star in Mayor of Kingstown on Paramount+.
- Don Cheadle will be the narrator of The Wonder Years reboot on ABC.
- Jermaine Fowler will star in The U.S.P.S. on Amazon.
- Patrick Schwarzenegger is joining The Terminal List on Amazon.
- Rebecca Rittenhouse has been cast in the lead of the ABC comedy pilot, Maggie.
- Eric Stonestreet is going to host Domino Masters on Fox.
- Essence Atkins, Tisha Campbell, Tahj Mowry, Beth Grant, and Isaiah Mustafa have been cast in Black Don’t Crack at ABC.
- Katia Winter is joining The Boys on Amazon.
- Christopher Gorham is joining The Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix.
- Peter Outerbridge has been cast in Batwoman on The CW.
- Kaci Walfall, Alexander Wraith, Cranston Johnson, and Camila Moreno will star in Naomi on The CW.
- Mark Lewis-Jones, Alexander Vlahos, and Jessica Reynolds have joined the cast of Outlander on Starz.
- Diana Maria Riva, Juan Javier Cardenas, Savannah Nicole Ruiz, and Noah Rico have joined the cast of The Gordita Chronicles on HBO Max.
- Mckenna Grace will star in the Disney+ movie Crater.
- Kyanna Simone is joining All American on The CW.
- Daniel di Tomasso has joined The Republic of Sarah on The CW.
- Nicole Byer, Anna Chlumsky, Tommy Dewey, Tony Hale, Michael McKean, Omar Miller, Natalie Morales, Timothy Simons, and Ashley Rae Spillers will voice characters on the Rugrats reboot on Paramount+.
- Jason Behr and Claude Knowlton are joining Supergirl on The CW.
- James Marsters will guest star on Leverage: Redemption on IMDbTV.
- Laci Mosley and Jaidyn Triplett have been added to the cast of iCarly on Paramount+.
- Frankie Quinones and Michelle Ortiz have joined the cast of Punk Ass Bitch on Hulu.
- Elden Henson, Matt Doherty, Vincent LaRusso, Marguerite Moreau, Garette Henson, and Justin Wong will all reprise their roles in The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.
- Kyndra Sanchez is joining The Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix.
- Vanessa Williams has joined L Word: Generation on Showtime.
- Elizabeth Lail is joining the Gossip Girl reboot cast on HBO Max.
- Rebecca Wisocky and Meagen Fay are joining Dopesick on Hulu.
- Eva Marcille, Skyh Alvester Black, and Candace Maxwell have been cast in All the Queen’s Men on BET+.
- Margaret Colin, Charlie Farrell, and Benny Mora have joined Chicago Med on NBC.
- Hanako Greensmith is returning to Chicago Fire.
- Jack Coleman is going to appear on Chicago P.D.
- Nazneen Contractor and Brennan Elliot will star in Love and Ice Wine on the Hallmark Channel.
Mark Your Calendar
- Law & Order: Organized Crime premieres on NBC on April 1.
- Cruel Summer will debut on Freeform on April 20.
- Frank of Ireland will debut on Amazon on April 16.
- P!NK: All I Know So Far will debut on Amazon on May 21.
- Ghost Brothers: Lights Out will debut on Discovery+ on April 17.
- Storage Wars returns on A&E on April 20.
- Hustle & Tow will premiere on A&E on April 20.
- The Brokenwood Mysteries will premiere on Acorn on March 29.
- Ride or Die will debut on Netflix on April 15.
- Urban One Honors will air on TV one and CLEO TV on May 16.
- The Chi and Black Monday will return on Showtime on May 23, and Flatbush Misdemeanors will debut on the same night.
- Boys from County Hell will premiere on Shudder on April 22.
- Solar Opposites returns on Hulu today.
- The Big Interview with Dan Rather returns on AXS TV on April 14.
- Syfy is hosting a Child’s Play marathon on April 1.
- Undercover Billionaire will return on Discovery on April 20.
- If We Built It Today will premiere on Science on April 4.
- American Cartel will stream on Discovery+ on March 30.
- Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst will premiere on Discovery+ on April 25.
- Red Nose Day will air on NBC on May 27.
- Two Distant Strangers will premiere on Netflix on April 9.
- “Serial Killer Week” will begin on Oxygen on April 10.
- Discovery+ has announced its true-crime offerings for the next two weeks.
Larry McMurty, Texas novelist and writer of Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment, and The Last Picture Show among others
Terrel Richmond, Crew member on The Conners
Bertrand Tavernier, French filmmaker
Godzilla vs. Kong: Legends collide in this month’s would-have-been theatrical release. Premiere. HBO Max
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers: A new group of scrappy hockey players discovers the love of the game at a rundown rink run by a familiar face. (It’s Emilio Estevez.) Series premiere. Disney+
Nailed It!: Season five. Netflix
The Irregulars: A crew of young misfits investigates supernatural crimes for Dr. Watson and his mysterious partner, Sherlock Holmes. Series premiere. Netflix
Bad Trip: Eric Andre, Lil Rel Howery, and Tiffany Haddish star in this Borat-like prank movie about a pair of friends who steal a car for a road trip, and are pursued by the car’s owner. Mayhem ensues, innocent bystanders are shocked. Premiere. Netflix
Tina: This documentary is an intimate portrait of the superstar and icon, Tina Turner, and her self-described final farewell to her fans. 7 p.m., HBO
Saturday Night Live: Maya Rudolph and Jack Harlow. 10:30 p.m., NBC
The 52nd NAACP Image Awards: Celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances by people of color in the arts. 7 p.m., CBS & BET
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Max and Mo have their restaurant opening in the spring premiere. 8 p.m., NBC
The Rookie: The son of a judge with a long list of enemies is kidnapped. Spring premiere. 9 p.m., ABC
City on a Hill: Tensions flare between rival gangs at the federal housing project Braxton Summit, making it difficult for community activists to help the residents there in the second season premiere. 9 p.m., Showtime
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Viola Davis, Addison Rae
- Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Dr. Contessa Metcalfe
|CW||Whose Line Is It Anyway?
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?
|Penn & Teller: Fool Us
|FOX||Friday Night Smackdown||Local|
|CBS||The 52nd Annual NAACP Image Awards
|FOX||The Masked Singer
|Game of Talents
|Saturday Night Live
|Saturday Night Live
(Maya Rudolph & Jack Harlow )
|ABC||America’s Funniest Home Videos
|CBS||60 Minutes||NCIS: Los Angeles
|NCIS: New Orleans
|Bless the Harts
|The Great North
|NBC||Ellen’s Game of Games
|Ellen’s Game of Games
|Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist