Mike Flanagan intends to turn ‘The Dark Tower’ into your new fantasy obsession

Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News

Congratulations to Britney Griner and her family and friends on her release from Russia, after being held there as a prisoner for almost a year!

 

Now, I am naive enough to have believed it was good news that an American who was being wrongfully held in a foreign country on trumped-up charges was finally released. But apparently, there are a lot of people out there who are VERY ANGRY that President Biden didn’t secure the release of every prisoner in Russia. In particular, people are pointing to former Marine Paul Whelan who has been held in Russia since June 2020. Mr. Whelan’s family, however, responded to the news with grace:

“I can literally only imagine the joy she will have, being reunited with her loved ones, and in time for the holidays. There is no greater success than for a wrongful detainee to be freed and for them to go home. The Biden Administration made the right decision to bring Ms. Griner home and to make the deal that was possible, rather than waiting for one that wasn’t going to happen.”

And then there are the idiots out there who don’t understand how negotiations work, and want to impeach President Biden over securing an American’s freedom:

Whatever.

The first half of the Harry & Meghan Netflix documentary dropped today, and if you don’t feel like watching the first three hours, here’s a good summation of the biggest “bombshells” revealed.

Note: if you’ve been paying attention to this story at all, none of this will actually surprise you. The biggest bombshells occurred during that Oprah interview.

I mean, even Piers Morgan is bored:

Elisabeth Finch, that Grey’s Anatomy writer who claimed she had cancer, lost a kidney, had been sexually harassed on the set of The Vampire Diaries, and lost her brother to suicide, did an interview where she was like, “Yeah, those were all 100% lies. I am a lying liar who lies.”

No one is doing spoofs of our culture better than The Boys right now.

The showrunner of The Witcher really doesn’t want to talk about Henry Cavill leaving The Witcher, and honestly, who can blame her?

This gentleman has mapped out every restaurant Anthony Bourdain ate at around the world for No Reservations and Parts Unknown, along with notes about what he ate. And honestly, this is just time well spent. I could spend hours inspecting these maps.

Cable networks are about to go through some things.

Charlize Theron did Arrested Development because she knew her upcoming film Aeon Flux was going to be a disaster, and she wanted to add something to her resume that might divert attention. Also, she wanted to show that she could do comedy after having been in a bunch of heavy roles.

If you have DirecTV, you can get Peacock at a discount.

Mike Flanagan and his production partner Trevor Macy talk about their move to Amazon Prime Video and reveal that changes at Netflix forced their hand. They also like the weekly release of some Prime Video shows, like The Boys, so sorry to my fellow bingers out there. There’s also a lot of talk about their plans for The Dark Tower (see below) for which Flanagan imagines five seasons and two films.

No Mayor Potsie for Ojai, California. Y’all’s loss.

Take care, Celine Dion.

Renewals

Cancellations

  • Monarch has been canceled by Fox after one season.
  • Sweet Life: Los Angeles has been canceled at HBO Max after two seasons. Discovery’s annihilation of all HBO reality programming continues afoot.

In Development

  • Mike Flanagan is making The Dark Tower … but not necessarily through his new deal at Prime Video. He’s shopping it around at this point.
  • Tracy Flick Can’t Win, a sequel to Election starring Reese Witherspoon, is in development at Paramount+. (!!!!)
  • Firebug, an arson drama starring Taran Egerton, is in the works at Apple TV+.
  • The Border, a war-on-drugs drama, has been given a pilot order at FX. E.J. Bonilla is set to star.
  • Lifted, a shoplifting comedy, has been given a pilot order at Prime Video.
  • Nightsleeper, a thriller set on a train, has been greenlit at BBC.
  • Nikki DeLoach has signed an exclusive, multi-picture overall deal with Hallmark Channel. 
  • Dahvi Waller has signed a multiyear overall deal with Lionsgate Television.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Yellowjackets will return on Showtime on March 26.
  • Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches will premiere on AMC on January 5.
  • The Lazarus Project debuts on TBS on January 23.
  • The Price of Glee will debut on Discovery+ on January 16.
  • The Ark will premiere on Syfy in February.
  • Growing Up Hip Hop will return on WE tv on January 5.
  • The Glory will debut on Netflix on December 30.

R.I.P.

George Newall, Creator of “Schoolhouse Rock”

Lesley Land, Channel 4 Publicist

WATCH THIS

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: It’s Trevor Noah’s last show. Bye, Trevor! You did a good job, kid! 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Harry & Meghan: It’s dropped and people are losing their minds already. Netflix

Emancipation: Will Smith stars in this film about “Whipped Peter,” a man who escaped slavery, whose wounds were photographed and appeared in Harper’s Weekly, helping to galvanize the opposition to slavery. Premiere. Apple TV

Doom Patrol: DC’s unlikeliest heroes are back. Season four. HBO Max

Little America: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon’s heartwarming anthology series about immigrants in America returns for a second season. Premiere Apple TV+

The Real Housewives of Miami: Season five. Peacock

It’s a Wonderful Binge: In this parody of The Purge, drinking and drugs are all outlawed except on one day of the year: The Binge. This year, The Binge happens to fall on Christmas as a group of friends grapples with the responsibilities of adulthood. Hulu

CMA Country Christmas: Carly Pearce hosts, with performances by Steven Curtis Chapman, Dan + Shay, Scotty McCreery, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Pearce, Molly Tuttle, and The War And Treaty. 8 p.m., ABC

Superstar: Reba McEntire: A look at the life of Fancy herself. Premiere. 9 p.m., ABC

Hell’s Kitchen: The final ten chefs compete in the fall finale. 7 p.m., Fox

Law & Order: A murder suspect escapes police custody. Fall finale. 7 p.m., NBC

Young Sheldon: Shelton’s database gets him in trouble with the university. Fall finale. 7 p.m., CBS

Law & Order: SVU: Benson tries to make Noah’s Christmas wish come true in the fall finale. 8 p.m., NBC

Welcome to Flatch: Barb holds auditions for her own “Barbieshop” quartet for the holidays. Fall finale. 8 p.m., Fox

Call Me Kat: Kat joins Max at his rock climbing gym in the fall finale. 8 p.m., Fox

Law & Order: Organized Crime: Bell and Stabler make some creative decisions to keep their team safe in the fall finale. 9 p.m., NBC

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Steve Martin, Martin Short, H.E.R., Adam Blackstone, Mary Mary, Inayah, the BBC Big Band
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hong Chau
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Alicia Keys, Eddie Izzard
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Olivia Colman, Sam Mendes, Micheal Ward
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jean Smart, Wes Bentley, Charley Crockett
  • The Daily Show: Neal Brennan
  • Watch What Happens Live: Jim Parsons, Gayle King
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ABC Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town CMA Country Christmas
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Superstar
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CBS Young Sheldon
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Ghosts
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So Help Me, Todd
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CSI: Vegas
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CW Silent Night: A Song For the World
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News/Local
FOX Hell’s Kitchen
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Welcome to Flatch
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Call Me Kat
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News/Local
NBC Law & Order
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Law & Order: SVU
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Law & Order: Organized Crime
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