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A new book about HBO has come out — Tinderbox: HBO’s Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers — and in it, a number of fascinating bits of TV history are revealed, including how The Wire was very nearly canceled after the third season but that David Simon talked his way into two more seasons; how the three shows HBO passed on that they most regret are Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Crown; and perhaps most shockingly, the real reason Lovecraft Country was canceled was not for a lack of material, but that the showrunner had created a toxic and hostile work environment:
Lovecraft was a beautiful show in terms of its look, its narrative and what I would also consider to be an exceptional marriage of storytelling and music. When the show got canceled, there were two predominant explanations out there. One was it had gotten too expensive. The second was there wasn’t a compelling vision for the next season. It turns out neither was the real reason. I had several sources within HBO and elsewhere — people who worked on the show and people who represented people on the show — who said the environment on the show was not a healthy one. For HBO, it was a double-down on sadness — not only is it losing a show that was such an outlier in terms of what it was trying to say, but then to have a Black showrunner — and a female Black showrunner — is not something that happens every day, and people were incredibly excited about that. So, again, the word I come back to is “sadness” that it was not able to continue. [Contacted by THR, Green declined to comment.]
What I will note is that Misha Green, the showrunner of Lovecraft Country, is currently working on an Untitled Birds of Prey movie starring the star of Lovecraft Country, Jurnee Smollett. So, if Warner Brothers and Smollett are willing to work with Green again, you might take this story about a hostile work environment with a small grain of salt.
Helen Mirren is set to receive the SAG lifetime achievement award at the ceremony to be held on February 27.
The real reason there was no Real Housewives of New York reunion? Eboni Williams filed a formal complaint of racism against Ramona Singer and Bravo kept having to push back the reunion as an investigation was launched. Ultimately, Ramona was cleared, but it was too late to film an interview, according to the network. Since then, Ramona is out here agreeing that vaccine mandates are the same as Nazism.
— Ramona Singer (@ramonasinger) October 30, 2021
Netflix has removed a housekeeper character from their upcoming Darren Star series, Uncoupled, after Latina actress Ada Maris, who had been considered for the role, found it to be an offensive stereotype, and wrote an open letter to Variety about it.
Or, Megan, maybe the question is why are Republicans calling lessons about slavery and Martin Luther King, Jr. “CRT” and demanding that they be removed from school curriculums, you talking jar of mayonnaise:
Meghan McCain on critical race theory not being taught in Virginia classrooms:
“If it’s something that doesn’t exist, why are Democrats so riled up at the idea of it being banned places?" pic.twitter.com/YflIU6NEOD
— The Recount (@therecount) November 10, 2021
- Jonah Hill will star as Jerry Garcia in a biopic directed by Martin Scorsese for Apple TV+.
- A reboot of Under Siege is in the works at HBO Max.
- The Last Blockbuster, a series starring Randall Park, is being developed at Netflix.
- Legend is being adapted into a YA series.
- Matt Lopez has signed an overall deal with ABC Signature.
- BBC 100, a collection of special programming to celebrate BBC’s 100th year, has been set for 2022.
- Jesse Eisenberg will co-star in Fleishman is in Trouble on FX.
- Jacki Weaver will co-star in Hello Tomorrow! on Apple TV+.
- Arianna Williams and Jimmy Gonzales will star in Once Upon a Time in Aztlan on Amazon.
- Laverne Cox will host Live From E!: 2021 People’s Choice Awards on E!
- Geoff Bennett will serve as the chief Washington correspondent and weekend anchor at PBS NewsHour.
Mark Your Calendars
- Pam & Tommy will debut on Hulu on February 2.
- Reno 911: The Hunt for QAnon will premiere on Paramount+ on December 23.
- The Gilded Age will premiere on HBO on January 24.
- Emily in Paris returns on Netflix on December 22.
- Anne Boleyn will debut on AMC+ on December 9.
- Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues will premiere on Apple TV+ on December 3.
Get ready for the ultimate Christmas celebration with @MariahCarey!
— Apple TV (@AppleTV) November 18, 2021
- Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas will premiere on Roku on December 1.
- The Kings of Napa premieres on OWN on January 11.
- Baking It will premiere on Peacock on December 2.
- Chrisley Knows Thanksgiving will stream on Peacock on December 18.
- Tough Love with Hilary Farr will debut on HGTV on December 20.
- Death Valley will premiere on Shudder on December 9.
- Joe Bob Ruins Christmas will debut on Shudder on December 17.
We're baaaack! It's an auction, it's a telethon, and it's the kind of genre-bending movie choices that are guaranteed to make you say "Huh? What? Explain that one again." Join us for a major distortion of what Christmas is all about. Friday December 17, 9 p.m. Eastern/6 Pacific. pic.twitter.com/DFZkGD2T5c
— Joe Bob Briggs (@therealjoebob) November 17, 2021
- StarBeam: Beaming in the New Year will stream on Netflix on December 16.
- The Housewife & the Shah Shocker will debut on Hulu on November 29.
- How I Met Your Father will premiere on Hulu on January 18.
- Fruitcake Fraud will stream on Discovery+ on December 1.
- Doc Martin will premiere on Ovation TV on December 9.
- The Rise and Fall of LuLaRoe will debut on Discovery+ December 13.
- “There’s No Place Like Ovation For The Holidays” begins on Ovation on December 3.
Bergen Williams, Actress who played Big Alice on General Hospital for 13 years
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) November 17, 2021
So sad to hear of the passing of the wonderful Bergen Williams. So many fun times with the “Dominator”.
RIP friend. pic.twitter.com/QS48eu2XyT
— Bradford Anderson (@BfordAnderson) November 17, 2021
Tragic. She was a special one who imbued truly radiant energy into every room she entered. Rest easy, old friend. https://t.co/dmuKwSVuiS
— Brandon Barash (@BrandonBarash) November 17, 2021
Sending heartfelt condolences to Bergen’s family. She was a bright light in the Q house for many years. RIP 🙏❤️ https://t.co/vyuxewycSj
— Wally Kurth (@wallykurth) November 17, 2021
We are saddened to learn about the recent passing of Bergen Williams. She will always be an honorary Quartermaine and a special part our #GH family. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and fans. @GeneralHospital
— Frank Valentini (@valentinifrank) November 18, 2021
Young Dolph, Rapper
I am sooo sick rn I am in disbelief! Praying for his family and friends ! Rest In Peace to my friend a true legend dolph 🙏🏾
— TINA SNOW (@theestallion) November 17, 2021
God bless Dolph 🕊 Real independent Memphis rapper born in chicago. loved by millions of ppl. Always showed love everytime I seen him this is tragic God bless his family man
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 17, 2021
Sending love to the family ,friends, & fans of @YoungDolph
Rest in power young Brother. I pray your children and family are covered and lifted up by the almighty.
— LLCOOLJ (@llcoolj) November 17, 2021
Wheel of Time: In this new series based on the fantasy novels of the same name, a member of the Aes Sedai, an organization of women with magical powers, attempts to find the reincarnation of the Dragon, who is prophesized to either save or destroy the world. Series premiere. Amazon
The Great: Catherine takes the crown and attempts to bring the Enlightenment to Russia. Season two premiere. Hulu
The Sex Lives of College Girls: Somehow I missed this in my weekly suggestions, but the Mindy Kaling-produced comedy is getting a lot of positive reviews. Series premiere. HBO Max.
Music Box: Jagged: An intimate look at Alanis Morissette and her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. 7 p.m., HBO
Psych 3: This is Gus: Gus is getting married in the third standalone Psych film. Premiere. Peacock
Star Trek: Discovery: Season four premiere. Paramount+
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Simu Liu, Ruth Negga, Big Sean & Hit-Boy
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Paul Rudd, Jared Harris, Nate Smith
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Salma Hayek, Keith Urban
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Alessia Cara
- The Daily Show: Halle Berry
- Watch What Happens Live: Dwyane Wade, Iman
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