Kittehs that are high:
You’ll end up with the silliest shots. Finally I found the time to have another photoshoot with my Cats on the glass table 📸 Which shot is your favorite? #furryfritz #catographer #cats #catnip #catphotography
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
The big story today is that Showtime is being folded into Paramount+, becoming “Paramount+ with SHOWTIME.” From what I understand, Showtime will still be available on cable — for now — it’s just being rebranded in this clunky way. Some of Paramount+’s original programming will be available on the linear channel. And on streaming, Showtime will now only be available on Paramount+’s premiere tier instead of its own streaming platform. Showtime OTT and Showtime Anytime will no longer exist.
And as a result of this change, a couple of shows have been canceled, one that has completed filming is being shopped somewhere else, and a few shows have been pulled from the streaming library. (See below in Cancellations.)
I will just say, this has been a long time coming, but it’s still a bummer. Showtime had some truly great programming not that long ago: Homeland, Shameless, Twin Peaks, Dexter … but then they fired David Nevins, the guy who brought those prestige shows to Showtime, and the only show left that is worth watching is Yellowjackets. In fact, I won’t be surprised when the “Showtime” brand is completely gone in a few years.
As for this dirty business of writing off shows that have already been filmed, expect more of it in the future. Yay.
Roku and Tubi will be the new free streaming homes for Westworld, Raised by Wolves, The Nevers, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Finding Magic Mike, Head of the Class, Legendary and F-Boy Island, and “hundreds” of TV series and movies from the Warner Bros. Discovery portfolio.
The one part of Warner Bros. Discovery that is safe? Turner Classic Movies. Everyone else? COUNT YOUR DAYS.
I don’t understand how numbers work. But apparently, Peacock reported a loss of $978 billion, but their revenue tripled to $2.1 billion and they gained 5 million subscribers in the fourth quarter. So, boo, but yay?
It’s no surprise that The Last of Us continues gaining viewers.
I know I covered The Last of Us‘ third episode comprehensively in yesterday’s post, but this is a good recap that argues that the episode was the last great pandemic love story, and they make a strong, and personal point.
Pedro Pascal did not just appear fully formed as the Red Viper in Game of Thrones. Here are a bunch of his early career roles before he became The Mandalorian and Joel. TV Insider is out here doing God’s work by cross-referencing IMDB and old promo databases.
The creator of Cowboy Bebop, Shinichiro Watanabe, couldn’t watch Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop:
“It started with a scene in a casino, which made it very tough for me to continue,” Watanabe said. “I stopped there, and so only saw that opening scene. It was clearly not Cowboy Bebop, and I realized at that point that if I wasn’t involved, it would not be Cowboy Bebop. I felt that maybe I should have done this. Although the value of the original anime is somehow far higher now.”
Uh-oh, did Keke Palmer and her partners steal that Unfriendly Black Hotties project from someone else?
Anya Taylor-Joy’s Twitter was hacked, so don’t get too excited about Queen’s Gambit 2.
According to Page Six, the “Legacy” version of The Real Housewives of New York is “dead” or at least been put on pause as the cast members feel like they were being low-balled. Andy Cohen hints otherwise:
Don’t believe everything you read #RHONYLegacy
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) January 31, 2023
As for other Housewife shenanigans: Brandi Glanville and Caroline Manzo both dropped out of The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip season four mid-filming after Brandi reportedly attempted to kiss Caroline.
It’s not going great over at CNN: they just had their worst ratings in nine years a couple of weeks ago. How are those changes working out for you, Chris Licht?
Even Marie Kondo couldn’t keep up Kondoing with kids in the house.
VINDICATION IS MINE. pic.twitter.com/YkWAMEg4di
— Joshua “Daddy Apron” Berwald (@joshua_boe) January 27, 2023
This purports to be a list of 10 “familiar” but “underrated” TV actors whose names people don’t know, but there are only 2 actors on this list that I couldn’t name. How many do you know?
But I do agree that this “I-know-his-face-but-not-his-name” actor deserves more leading roles.
It took them a minute, but Adult Swim has fired Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick & Morty, after he was charged with domestic abuse. He’s also been fired by 20th Century Television and Hulu. Squanch Games, the video game company he co-founded has also accepted his resignation.
Scrubs writer and producer Eric Weinberg has had 12 more lawsuits for sexual assault filed against him.
Marilyn Manson and Game of Thrones actress Esmé Bianco have reached an out-of-court settlement after she accused him of rape and battery. However, he was just sued by a new Jane Doe in New York State court for grooming and sexually abusing her when she was 16.
Former Fox News employee Laurie Luhn has sued Fox News, 21st Century Fox, and Bill Shine for negligence and employment discrimination for the sexual harassment and abuse she endured from Roger Ailes for more than two decades.
Elisabeth Harnois is the most recent One Tree Hill actress to come forward with stories about the show’s “boss,” Mark Schwahn, behaving inappropriately with her.
Sharon Stone reveals she’s worked with a lot of “misogynists” but that Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci are not amongst them. This checks out.
Sarah Michelle Gellar is disappointed in misogynistic Marvel fans. Word.
Pamela Anderson told Variety that Paramount demanded that she make a cameo in the Baywatch movie for free. After harassing her, she made a brief, lineless appearance, and did not get paid for it.
Anderson also defended Tim Allen flashing her: “Tim is a comedian; it’s his job to cross the line. I’m sure he had no bad intentions. Times have changed, though. I doubt anyone would try that post #MeToo. It’s a new world.”
Allen is doubling down on his denial, however, this time dragging ABC/Disney into it: “She was a great co-worker, I’ll tell you that. She’s a fun girl. Everybody loved her, but everybody at ABC is a little disappointed in her memory, put it that way. All of us at Disney/ABC, really.”
And I mean, maybe. But then again, this exists:
#PamelaAnderson #timallen #creepy
Pamela Anderson: Tim Allen flashed me on set
Tim Allen: I would never flash someone on set
Also Tim Allen: pic.twitter.com/vRYhea3XTe
— Jay (@Jayslay2022) January 25, 2023
- Acapulco has been renewed at Apple TV+ for a third season.
- Reboot has been canceled at Hulu after one season. It’s being shopped.
- Kindred has been canceled at Hulu after one season.
- Let the Right One In has been canceled at Showtime after one season.
- American Gigolo has been canceled at Showtime after one season.
- Three Women, which has completed production, will not be aired on Showtime. It is being shopped to other outlets.
- Kidding; On Becoming a God in Central Florida; and American Rust have been pulled from Showtime’s streaming service.
- Maame is being adapted into a TV series produced by Jenna Bush Hager and Universal International Studios.
- Jackpot, a limited series based on the true story of a gambler-turned-FBI-informant, is in the works at Sony TV.
- King Charles is in talks to give his own tell-all interview, probably with the BBC.
- Happy to Be Home With the Benkos and Motel Rescue have been ordered at Magnolia Network.
- Equal Justice with Judge Eboni K. Williams has been ordered for syndication.
- Irene Maiorino and Fabrizio Gifuni will star in the fourth season of My Brilliant Friend on HBO.
- Maria Gabriela de Faría has joined Animal Control on Fox.
- Nate Burleson and Charli D’Amelio will host The 2023 Kids’ Choice Awards on Nickelodeon.
- Nina Ali is leaving The Real Housewives of Dubai on Bravo and Peacock.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Company You Keep will debut on ABC on February 19.
- Spoiler Alert will premiere on Peacock on February 3.
- For the Love of DILFs premieres today on OUTtv.
- Viking Wolf debuts on Netflix on February 3.
- Black + Iconic: Style Gods premieres on February 18 on BET, BET Her, BET+, and VH1.
- Put a Ring on It returns on OWN on February 17.
- Spring Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship: Easter will return on Food Network on March 6.
- In with the Old returns on Magnolia Network on February 1; First Time Fixer on February 3; Recipe Lost and Found and Beachfront Bargain Hunt Renovation on February 5; Barnwood Builders on February 23.
Cindy Williams, Actress best known for her role as Shirley on Laverne & Shirley. She also appeared in The Conversation and American Graffiti.
#CindyWilliams Her unpretentious intelligence, talent, wit & humanity impacted every character she created & person she worked with. We were paired as actors on 6 different projects. #AmericanGraffiti a couple of dramas & then #HappyDays & #laverneandshirley Lucky me. RIP, Cindy https://t.co/pXc9bQhNIk
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) January 31, 2023
Backstage, Season 1: I'm offstage waiting for a cue. The script's been a tough one, so we're giving it 110% and the audience is having a great time. Cindy scoots by me to make her entrance and with a glorious grin, says: "Show's cookin'!". Amen. Thank you, Cindy.
— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) January 31, 2023
I fell in love with Cindy Williams after meeting on Room 222 in 1970. She quickly became a sister to me, a godmother to my daughter, @AmandaBegley_ and Shirley Feeney to America & the world. Love and light, my angel. The past half century has been filled with joy, thanks to you. https://t.co/TQaUffMyB5
— Ed Begley, Jr. (@edbegleyjr) January 31, 2023
Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall sing High Hopes on the first episode of Laverne & Shirley, 1976. pic.twitter.com/l4cQwBM7Cj
— New York Mammoths (@NYMammoths) January 31, 2023
Kevin O’Neal, Actor who appeared in No Time For Sergeants, The Danny Thomas Show, The Donna Reed Show, The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Mod Squad, My Tree Sons, and Wagon Train among many others, and the brother of actor Ryan O’Neal
Bobby Hull, NHL Hall of Famer
La Brea: The Harrises return to 10,000 B.C. in the two-hour (God help me) winter premiere. 8 p.m., NBC
Pamela, A Love Story: Pamela Anderson takes charge of her story in this new documentary. Premiere. Netflix
Cunk on Earth: Philomena Cunk (comedian Diane Morgan) is the moronic host of this mockumentary exploring the history of civilization. Series premiere. Netflix
ATTENTION: People of Earth (outside the UK) will be subjected to CUNK ON EARTH starring @missdianemorgan on Netflix from 31 January pic.twitter.com/zPWLQkGm4T
— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) January 21, 2023
I love her. #philomenacunk #edit #comedy
Fight the Power: How Hip-Hop Changed the World: A history of hip-hop, beginning with it’s first big hit in 1982. Series premiere. 8 p.m., PBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Austin Butler, Rob Gronkowski, Tyler Hubbard
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Terry Crews, Rupert Grint, Rian Johnson, Keio Stroud
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jessica Chastain; Jay Shetty
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Sally Field, Scott Caan, Måneskin
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Pamela Anderson; Mike Lindell; Fall Out Boy
- The Daily Show: Guest host D.L. Hughley
- Watch What Happens Live: Tracy Tutor, Josh Flagg
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2 thoughts on “Showtime just unloaded a bunch of shows. Is Showtime itself next to go?”
I was really enjoying the new look at Let the Right One In. Hope it gets picked up somewhere
Nice to learn that delightful series “ACAPULCO” is being renewed. Quite enjoyable show.