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Hey, nerds: Vanity Fair has some exclusive images from the upcoming Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series, along with some story details. Amazon has spent somewhere around $450 million on this series in an attempt to be their Game of Thrones, and it looks it.
However, don’t expect the same level of violence and none of the sex from HBO’s fantasy series: they are going for a more family-friendly series. According to one of the showrunners, Patrick MacKay, their goal was “to make a show for everyone, for kids who are 11, 12, and 13, even though sometimes they might have to pull the blanket up over their eyes if it’s a little too scary. We talked about the tone in Tolkien’s books. This is material that is sometimes scary—and sometimes very intense, sometimes quite political, sometimes quite sophisticated—but it’s also heartwarming and life-affirming and optimistic. It’s about friendship, and it’s about brotherhood and underdogs overcoming great darkness.”
And according to one of the authors of the Vanity Fair piece, Lord of the Rings fan Joanna Robinson, whose opinion I greatly respect, the series, it’s good:
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love LOTR and so how nervous and skeptical I would have been of this project. I’ve seen the first few episodes and I was braced to hate it but kids I did not hate it. I loved it. Read all about it. https://t.co/ERjvy6nkGw pic.twitter.com/ypRrXNvq26
— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) February 10, 2022
The story is behind Vanity Fair‘s paywall, so here is a link to a Variety piece that gives some details on the plot, and here are a few other images if you can’t access it:
#TheRingsOfPower, set within Tolkien’s Second Age, will juggle 22 stars and multiple storylines—from deep within the dwarf mines to the elven kingdom of Lindon. Here, the adventures of the fellowship are still some 2,000 years in the future.
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) February 10, 2022
Well, this is exceptionally sweet: Quinta Brunson named her charming sitcom Abbott Elementary after her own 6th-grade teacher who inspired her, Mrs. Abbott. They were reunited on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week (it’s at the 6:40 mark or so).
Brunson also recently gave an interview to Vanity Fair about the success of the show, and how she wanted to make something family-friendly and not dark:
She’s also a student of television, analyzing the trends that come and go. “Network television, if I’m being honest, was just getting super formulaic, and I think that’s what made it not feel cool anymore,” she says. “Then streaming came out…and then all the comedies started getting super dark—because that became cool, for the comedies to get dark and pretty. Which is fine! But they’re dark. You can’t watch ’em with the whole family…. It’s not going to give you the same laughs as a network comedy.”
Abbott is a firmly family-friendly show, designed to tap into every audience quadrant. (“It’s not prestige television,” Brunson adds. “It’s TV for everybody.”)
And I do think that is a huge part of its success and charm. If you’re looking for something a little darker, however, may I direct you to NBC’s underappreciated American Auto? It’s from the creator of Superstore and serves as another wry commentary on the state of American capitalism. I don’t know why it’s not receiving the attention it deserves, but it is a very smart little sitcom.
Netflix is going to screen Squid Game in New York and Los Angeles movie theaters as awards season heats up.
Disney+ added nearly 12 million subscribers in the first quarter, which is staggering. People like them some Boba Fett and Encanto.
That Australian soap opera Neighbours which was just canceled after 1,000 years launched the career of pretty much every famous Australian you can think of, with the exception of maybe Nicole Kidman.
Speaking of, one of the actors in that piece above explained to Jimmy Kimmel how that infamous scene in The White Lotus came to be, if you need to know the details.
Not everyone loved Betty White. I AM NOT LAUGHING AT THIS STORY, YOU ARE.
Dave Chappelle threatened to pull his businesses from Yellow Springs, Ohio if they went forward with a planned housing development that included some affordable housing. Some people (including Chappelle’s PR team) are trying to argue that Chappelle was opposed to the development as a whole, not just the affordable housing element. But according to the Dayton Daily News who broke this story, the development was permitted to proceed as planned, just without the affordable housing part. So …. yes? He was opposed to the low-income part of this plan? And I didn’t know I could lose more respect for this man …
This isn’t a TV story, so I’ll just let José Andrés have the last and only word on the subject:
Dear @RepMTG the Gazpacho police was created by me in 1993 to make sure that no one will add Tabasco or jalalpeño or strange things to my beloved soup! Please don’t blame anybody else but me…stop by for a glass anytime. Don’t forget your mask and vaccination card!😜 https://t.co/srhSZXWv6L
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) February 9, 2022
Bob Saget’s family released the cause of his unexpected death, and it turns out it was head trauma. “They have concluded that he accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it, and went to sleep. No drugs or alcohol were involved.” Be careful with your noggins, folks.
- Creepshow has been renewed for a fourth season on Shudder.
- Joe Pickett has been renewed for a second season on Spectrum. It will begin streaming on Paramount+ at a later date.
- Birdgirl and Smiling Friends have both been renewed for second seasons on Adult Swim.
- Monday Night Football With Peyton and Eli has been renewed through 2024 at ESPN.
- Kin has been renewed on AMC+.
- Bloodlands has been renewed on Acorn TV for a second season.
- My Life is Murder has been renewed for a third season on Acorn TV.
- London Kills has been renewed for a third and fourth season on Acorn TV.
- It looks like Superman and Lois has been renewed for a third season on The CW, but there has not been an official announcement yet.
- Futurama has been revived at Hulu, and most, but not all, the original voice cast is returning, including Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, and David Herman. Noticeably missing is John DiMaggio who voiced Bender, among several other characters. It sounds like a contract dispute that might be rectified.
Thanks for the concern and the props, everyone. I really appreciate it. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted, but until then… CHEESE IT! #bendergate
— John DiMaggio (@TheJohnDiMaggio) February 10, 2022
The irony of using this image… pic.twitter.com/ZbjFy90K75
— Roger Craig Smith (@RogerCraigSmith) February 10, 2022
- Cindy Snow, a dark comedy, is being developed at Fox.
- East New York, a cop drama, has been given a pilot at CBS.
- Apples Never Fall is being turned into a limited series at Peacock.
- Sitting in Bars with Cake, starring Yara Shahidi, is coming to Amazon.
- The Golden Spoon, a “darkly comic murder mystery limited series,” is coming to Hulu.
- Onward, a docuseries about indigenous people from Kevin Costner, is being developed.
- The Girl With a Thousand Names is coming to HBO Max.
- Backwards has been ordered at Netflix.
- Cari & Jemele: Speak.Easy is coming to CNN+.
- Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over will stream on CNN+.
- Good Madam is coming to Shudder.
- Maggie Mull has signed an overall deal with 20th Television.
- Andrea Martin is going to guest star on Only Murders in the Building on Hulu.
On the set of “Only Murders in the Building” season 2. Great cast surprises that are no longer surprises. pic.twitter.com/ee4cHyTsaV
— Steve Martin (@SteveMartinToGo) February 9, 2022
- Adrien Brody has been added to the cast of Ghosted on Apple TV+.
- Anthony Ramos will star in Ironheart on Disney+.
- Eric McCormack will star in Slasher: Ripper on Shudder.
- Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, Doona Bae, and Ray Fisher have joined Rebel Moon on Netflix.
- Marg Helgenberger will return on All Rise on OWN.
- Survivor has released their cast information for season 42.
Mark Your Calendars
- Better Things returns on FX on February 28.
- The Weekend Away will premiere on Netflix on March 3.
- My Brilliant Friend: Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay will debut on HBO on March 28.
- Firestarter will premiere on Peacock and in theaters on May 13.
- The Adam Project will debut on Netflix on March 11.
Biography: Bobby Brown will debut on A&E on May 30.
- Theodore Roosevelt will air on The History Channel on May 30.
(Unrelated to TV, but look at this amazing photo of a young Teddy Roosevelt watching Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession. He’s in the circled window.):
Six-year-old future President Theodore Roosevelt (circled) watches Abraham Lincoln funeral cortège in NYC, 1865: pic.twitter.com/l3E6TVagbR
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) February 10, 2022
- Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of Hawkeye is now streaming on Disney+.
- Bar Rescue returns on Paramount Network on March 20.
- 10 Truths About Love debuts on Tubi on February 11.
- Light the Night returns on Netflix on March 18.
- Juvenile Justice premieres on Netflix on February 25.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi will premiere on Disney+ on May 25.
- Better Call Saul will return on AMC on April 18, as predicted. The second half will debut on July 11.
- Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty will debut on HBO on March 6.
- Morning Joe will expand into the fourth hour on April 4 on MSNBC.
- Kevin Hart’s Winter Olympics Tailgate Party will premiere on Peacock on February 11.
- Mayans M.C. returns on FX on April 19.
- Destination Fear: Trail to Terror will premiere on Discovery+ on February 24.
- Forensic Files II returns on HLN on February 27.
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I Want You Back: Charlie Day and Jenny Slate star in this romantic comedy about two strangers who are both dumped on the same weekend. They then conspire to help the other win back the affections of their former partners. Wackiness ensues. Amazon
The Girl Before: David Oyelowo stars in this thriller series as an architect who invites a young woman to live in a dream home rent-free, as long as she follows his exacting rules. Series premiere. HBO Max
KIMI: Zoë Kravitz is an agoraphobic tech worker who must leave her home to report a violent crime in this new film from Steven Soderbergh. HBO Max
Star Trek: Discovery: Fourth season premiere. Paramount+
Dollface: Season two. Hulu
Olympics: Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Freestyle Skiing & More 7 p.m., NBC
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Wolfson
- The Daily Show: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
- Watch What Happens Live: Ike Barinholtz, Danielle Brooks
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