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David Chase reveals a lot in this long-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, including answering FINALLY whether or not Tony Soprano died in the finale, and why he chose that fade to black; and the actual chances for another Sopranos series (not great). Roll over for Tony’s fate if you don’t want to scroll through the whole interview: he was killed.
Personally, I preferred the ambiguity, but I do appreciate Chase’s reasoning here, and his explanation for that controversial ending. As for Chase wanting to make another movie instead of another TV series, boy, I could not disagree harder. I get that he has a chip on his shoulder about not being allowed to make movies earlier in his career, but I think we can all agree now that he’s better at making TV shows than movies. Many Saints was fine; The Sopranos was art. Genre-changing art.
Netflix is launching games on its Android mobile apps today. iOS games will follow soon.
Squid Game will compete in the winter awards shows as a drama — not limited — series. This is important mostly because it suggests Netflix is likely to renew the series.
Sex and the City fans can rent “Carrie’s apartment” for a night on Airbnb in a dumb publicity stunt.
Gemma Whalen, the actress who played Yara Greyjoy on Game of Thrones, says that the sex scenes were a “frenzied mess.” It sounds like the actors were looking out for each other more than the directors or anyone else.
A group of cinematographers is calling for the ban of functional firearms on sets following the death of Halyna Hutchins on Rust. Meanwhile, Alec Baldwin is out here insisting that the claims that the set of Rust was unsafe are “bullshit.” I mean, a woman died, and another man had to go to the hospital, but I mean …
Discovery has 20 million streaming subscribers — but it’s unclear how many of those are Discovery+ subscribers and how many of them are subscribing to some of Discovery’s sports streamers. Less than half of their subscribers also subscribe to HBO Max, which, considering Discovery is about to acquire WarnerMedia, means there’s a lot of potential growth there.
Tom Hanks didn’t release a public statement about Peter Scolari (as far as I know), but he did talk about him and their relationship on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. It begins around the 10:50 mark.
Love is dead (but also alive and alive still).
Deaths and hospitalizations are declining, but there is a very slight uptick in the number of cases. I’m not terribly worried, especially since this week’s big news is that the CDC just approved the vaccine for kids 5-11 and shots could start going into arms today in some places. (Though to say I’m not worried at all would also be a lie — just look at what is happening over in the United Kingdom — spoiler alert: their cases are the highest they have been all year). But hopefully, if enough people get their kids vaccinated before the real winter season begins, we can eliminate another transmission vector. I do worry that there will be some vaccine reluctance on the part of many parents, but I’m also trying to stay optimistic over here.
Some sobering numbers: At least 5 million people around the world have died from COVID; here in the United States, more people have died of Covid in the past 18 months than have died of HIV/AIDS in over 40 years; in Florida alone, more people have died of COVID than Americans died in the Vietnam War. (Texas and California also far surpass the Vietnam number.)
Please get vaccinated. Won’t you think of the boners?
Actress and conservative wingnut Kristy Swanson is in the hospital with COVID after refusing to get vaxxed.
Aaron Rodgers, who is not vaccinated apparently, tested positive and is out of Sunday’s Packers game. Additionally, he might have previously lied about his status.
Aaron Rodgers talking to the Packers pic.twitter.com/L0GQbHvkxu
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) November 3, 2021
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has tested positive. She is fully vaccinated.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has tested positive for COVID in Glasgow and is quarantining there. He is fully vaccinated.
Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams both had to cancel performances (not together) after testing positive. Both were fully vaccinated.
Jason Momoa is quarantining after contracting COVID
Ed Sheeran is out of quarantine having tested positive last week, and will perform on SNL this weekend.
This fucking idiot:
As of Oct. 28th, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has racked up $48,000 in fines for not wearing a mask on the House floor, according to her spokesman Nick Dyer. pic.twitter.com/IeEr1YxK8b
— The Recount (@therecount) November 2, 2021
And after kicking up a huge stink about the vaccine mandate and threatening that 10,000 cops would be pulled from the streets, when push came to shove, only 34 NYPD cops were placed on unpaid leave on Monday when the deadline arrived. Cue the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme.
Over in China, they shut down Shanghai Disneyland when one person tested positive — trapping 33,000 visitors inside for hours. The park remained closed for two days.
Some good news: The Masked Singer tour is back on beginning next year! (Or, at least for now, it is.)
- Heels has been renewed for a second season on Starz.
- Sweet Life: Los Angeles has been renewed for a second season on HBO Max.
- Brother vs. Brother has been renewed by HGTV.
- Hanna will end on Amazon after season three.
- Chopped & Screwed, a comedy set in a Black barbershop, is being developed at ABC. IT BETTER BE SET IN HOUSTON, IF THEY KNOW WHAT’S GOOD FOR THEM.
- AOK, a comedy about Internet developers in the 90s, is being developed at CBS.
- An untitled Roswell drama is being developed at TNT.
- Kingston and the Magician’s Lost & Found is being turned into a series by Disney.
- The Reluctant Communist: My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea is being adapted into a limited series.
- Todd McFarlane has launched his own TV production company and is developing McFarland, a stop-motion animation series, and Thumbs, a live-action series based on the graphic novel of the same name.
- An Audience With Adele will air on ITV.
- Matt Dillon, Rupert Friend, Weruche Opia, Brad Garrett, Bernadette Peters, and Christine Taylor have been cast in Apple TV+’s High Desert.
- Jonathan Majors and Simu Liu will host Saturday Night Live this month. Taylor Swift and Saweetie will be the musical guests.
- Peyton List and James Rema are joining the cast of The Rookie on ABC.
- Tracy Perez is joining the cast of Power Book III: Raising Kanan on Starz.
- Sofia Boutella will star in the Zack Snyder Netflix film Rebel Moon.
- Callum Kerr and Kevin Cahoon are joining Monarch on Fox.
- Cristala Carter, Derek Klena, Kate Jennings Grant, Robert Stanton, Jennifer Ferrin, Lilla Crawford, Brian Altemus, Anthony Ordonez, and Jeffrey Bean have been cast in Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin on HBO Max.
- Brett Dalton is joining Chicago Fire on NBC.
- Cardi B will host the American Music Awards on ABC.
- Steve Harvey will host The 70th Miss Universe Competition on Fox.
- Rick Santorum has joined Newsmax, where he definitely belongs.
Mark Your Calendars
- Station Eleven will debut on HBO Max on December 16, and I am not sure I’m ready. TOO SOON.
- Saved by the Bell will return on Peacock on November 24.
- 9-1-1: Lone Star returns on Fox in January and is going to make us relive the freeze.
- Money Heist: Part 5 Vol. 2 will return on Netflix on December 3.
- The Cleaning Lady will debut on Fox in January.
- Stargirl returns on The CW in 2022.
- The Mighty Underdogs will stream on Discovery+ beginning on November 17.
- Dr. Pimple Popper: A Pimple Carol will air on TLC on December 8.
- Inventing Anna will premiere on Netflix in February.
- Michael Che: Shame the Devil will premiere on Netflix on November 16.
- “The Simpsons in Plusaversary” will debut on Disney+ on November 12.
- Dean Martin: King of Cool will air on TCM on November 19.
- Foodtastic will premiere on Disney+ on December 15.
- Gordon Ramsay’s “Road Trip” specials will begin airing on Fox on December 13.
- Someone They Knew…With Tamron Hall will premiere on Court TV on January 9.
Linda Carlson, Actress on Newhart and Murder One among others
Ronnie Wilson, One of the founders of The Gap Band
The Harder They Fall: An outlaw reunites his gang to seek revenge in this Western, starring Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, and LaKeith Stanfield. Netflix
Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi: Season two premiere. Hulu
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kristen Stewart, Bad Bunny, Joyelle Nicole Johnson
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Keri Russell, Joe Pera, Jake Wesley Rogers, Roy Mayorga
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Andy Cohen, Thundercat
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Eva Longoria, J.B. Smoove, Anitta featuring Saweetie
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds
- The Daily Show: Rep. Katie Porter, Lenard “Charlamagne” McKelvey
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