HAPPY MARDI GRAS!
— Visit Lake Charles (@LakeCharlesCVB) February 18, 2023
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
Well, this is a bummer: Netflix is dumping Arrested Development — all five seasons — on March 15. The first three seasons will still be available on Hulu (for now) but the fourth and fifth seasons were exclusive to Netflix and as of next month will not be available anywhere else. Will Hulu pick them up? Maybe, but there hasn’t been any announcement so far. I find this decision somewhat surprising — Arrested Development is like The Office: a sitcom with a rabid fan base that holds up to multiple rewatches. But I suppose there is some complicated TV math involved: perhaps because the first three seasons aren’t exclusive to Netflix, there aren’t enough people viewing them to balance the residuals and licensing fees. I don’t know for sure, but as someone who does rewatch entire seasons occasionally, it’s a disappointing decision.
(And this is a decent piece about the trend of yanking series off of streamers and how it’s FREAKING CREATORS OUT.)
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are doing a live comedy tour this summer but only four shows. GIVE IT TO ME. MOMMA NEED.
Kevin Costner is reportedly being a dick and giving Yellowstone and Paramount a huge headache. This is shocking. I am shocked.
Bryan Cranston wants to be clear: he doesn’t need a Malcolm in the Middle movie, but he’d be game if a good idea came along.
I mean, on the one hand, we should probably leave Lea Michele alone. Glee was a long time ago, and we can hope that she has matured as a person since then. On the other hand, this shit is just funny.
Showtime just laid off a bunch of employees. And Paramount+ is going to increase its subscription price ahead of its merger with Showtime which just makes sense as you have to pay for all those fired employees somehow … wait …
After making a messy misogynistic comment about Nikki Haley, Don Lemon is returning to CNN This Morning tomorrow and will undergo “formal training.”
Not Tucker Carlson defending Don Lemon … (Although, when you think about it for half a second, it makes total sense.)
Penn Badgley recently revealed he asked for “zero” sex scenes in the fourth season of You, because he wanted to protect his marriage. The You team was apparently very responsive to this, though if you’ve seen the first half of the season, you know there aren’t “zero” intimacy scenes — something that would be practically impossible on a show like You. However, it is much more toned down from seasons two and three, and all of the intimate scenes are fully clothed.
The story sparked a whole debate about sex scenes, and whether we need them at all. Some found Badgley’s comments refreshing: an actor setting boundaries! an actor who respects his wife! people are sometimes made uncomfortable watching sex scenes with their parents in the room and no one should be subjected to that! But then some went even further, arguing that we should return to the days of the Hays Code.
Um … no. Absolutely not. And this is an excellent Twitter thread on why that is a TERRIBLE idea.
🧵this is a fascinating defense of the Hays Code to me, a person who has thought extensively about how the Hays Code changed the texture of life in America across multiple decades
(preface: I am not in favor of the Hays Code and these ppl are nuts) 1/ https://t.co/GcY1rtpNGa
— Katharine Coldiron 🌟 (@ferrifrigida) February 13, 2023
Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted with a 19-year-old model, Eden Polani, and Twitter roasted him. Look. There’s nothing illegal about a 48-year-old dating a 19-year-old adult, but it is pretty creepy when you put it in this context:
Just for some context, these two are the same ages as Leonardo DiCaprio & his new girlfriend pic.twitter.com/IPf6ABx0Z9
— Cooper (@Cooperstreaming) February 7, 2023
Leo DiCaprio’s current girlfriend is younger than Greta Thunberg. He’s 48.
I know people ‘have done this for years’ but I’m glad this is becoming more & more taboo.
Leave young ones to their own damn business & let them live their life.
— SC Whelan; MPA (@whelansc) February 18, 2023
Leonardo DiCaprio's 19 year old girlfriend is so young that her high school experience was affected by COVID.
— Andrew @ Don’t Walk, RUN! (@DontWalkRUN) February 7, 2023
This scene in Titanic doesn’t age well once you realize Cora is now almost twice the age (34) of Leonardo DiCaprio’s current girlfriend (19) 🤢🤮 pic.twitter.com/SAmzNtgRW3
— Molly McCloskey (@mmccloskk) February 11, 2023
There's a dog now who's older than Leonardo DiCaprio's girlfriend. Let that sink in for a moment. pic.twitter.com/9PPI4zqkvU
— Dr. Aisha El Ait Mohr, PhD 🇺🇦💉 (she/her) (@aishaelaitmohr) February 7, 2023
Anyway, after everyone was like, “EWWWWW,” he was out here trying to claim they aren’t dating. OK, JACK. I mean, we all know you’re not going to marry her, she’s got a 6-year expiration date with you at best, but we’re not dumb.
this aged well pic.twitter.com/DpaNKvJe4T
— popculturediedin2009 (@pcd2009) February 7, 2023
Pamela Anderson, after seemingly defending Tim Allen after accusing him of flashing her on the set of Home Improvement, is now saying he’s denying the story because there are a lot more stories like it out there, that it’s just “the tip of the iceberg.”
Harvey Weinstein has been sued by another woman for sexual battery, false imprisonment, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
CNN executive producer Federico Quadrani has been fired after an investigation into sexual misconduct.
Michael Irvin was pulled from Super Bowl coverage after … something … happened with a woman in a hotel lobby. I find this story very confusing and suspect the NFL must have something more.
Andrew Tate is threatening his accusers, to no one’s surprise.
A number of court documents in the Jeffrey Epstein case will be unsealed in the coming months, and names will be named.
Chris Brown is out here whinging about people who still don’t like him just because he was an abusive fuckhead. My heart bleeds for this poor “canceled” man who continues to work in the music business and get nominated for Grammys.
Chelsea Handler made this silly video about being a “childless woman on Valentine’s Day”:
Just another day. pic.twitter.com/Bf4cdBqunG
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 10, 2023
AND IT MADE THE MEN SO MAD YOU GUYS:
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 16, 2023
See, Tiger, when you hand another man a tampon, you are attempting to emasculate him. That’s the entire “joke,” you’re saying that your opponent “plays like a girl.” Do you, the father of a daughter, really think that’s a particularly empowering message to young women, particularly female athletes? Or is it just the dumbest, most simplistic misogyny at play? Anyway, neither you nor Justin Thomas would be able to handle the pain of the average period, much less be able to play golf during it. I guarantee it.
Meanwhile, on BBC, a transgender woman criticized Rowling’s “nasty views” and claimed that Rowling was active in campaigning against trans people. When the BBC presenter didn’t immediately push back — they did say a few moments later that Rowling would not describe herself as transphobic — the network received hundreds of complaints for not challenging the comments forcefully enough. BBC has apologized TWICE now.
A number of trans and gay activists, journalists, celebrities, and New York Times contributors have written a letter criticizing the Times‘ coverage of trans, gay, and non-binary issues. If you read one thing on this story, make it this Onion piece. It’s on fire.
Marc Maron out here calling “anti-woke” comedians the real hacks is giving me everything.
All that said, this censoring of Roald Dahl’s books is impossibly stupid, and I suspect this decision will be reversed by the publisher.
- Velma has been renewed at HBO Max for a second season. You did this to yourselves.
- Uncoupled, which had been canceled at Netflix, has been saved by Showtime for a second season.
- Paris in Love has been renewed for a second season on Peacock.
- Call The Midwife has been renewed for seasons 14 & 15 on BBC and PBS.
- A new animated Barney series is in the works.
- My Tropical Romance (working title), a non-monogamous dating show, is in the works at Peacock.
- Seismic, an apocalyptic thriller, has been bought by Netflix.
- Rise and Fall of the Mayas is in the works at National Geographic.
- Grenfell, a three-part drama about the London fire, is in the works at BBC.
- Richard Armitage, Michelle Keegan, and Joanna Lumley will star in Fool Me Once on Netflix.
- Ving Rhames, Dustin Nguyen, Nesta Cooper, Will Pullen, Liz Caribel, Idris Debrand, and Kaci Walfall have joined the cast of Sinking Spring on Apple TV+.
- Stephanie Hsu, Ronny Chieng, Poppy Liu, Jimmy O. Yang, James Hong, Leonard Wu, Lisa Lu, and Rosalie Chiang have joined the cast of American Born Chinese on Disney+.
- Nicola Coughlan and Lydia West will star in Big Mood on Channel 4.
- Derek Jeter is joining MLB on Fox.
- Yamiche Alcindor is leaving Washington Week on PBS.
Mark Your Calendars
- Love is Blind returns on Netflix on March 24. NOT SOON ENOUGH.
- Boston Strangler will premiere on Hulu on March 17.
- The Reluctant Traveler will debut on Apple TV+ on February 24.
- Moonshine will premiere on Freevee on March 10.
- Through My Window: Across the Sea debuts on Netflix on June 23.
- Ariyoshi Assists will premiere on Netflix on March 14.
- The Walking Dead sequel featuring Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira has begun production and will premiere on AMC and AMC+ in 2024.
- Ciao House will debut on Food Network and Discovery+ on April 16.
- Hanni and the Wild Woods will premiere on Discovery Family Channel in April.
- Royal Crackers will premiere on Adult Swim and HBO Max on April 2.
- Mama June: Family Crisis premieres on WE tv on May 5.
- A Conversation with Martin Lawrence will stream on Hulu tonight.
- Jen Psaki’s MSNBC show will premiere on March 19.
Barbara Bosson, Emmy-nominated actress for Hill Street Blues
#RIP Barbara Bosson. After then-husband Steven Bochco was fired from 'Hill Street Blues,' she stuck around. "I wanted my career to be separate from his," she said. "People have always made snide remarks that I was on the show because of Steven." https://t.co/nHg15WgmhK
— Mike Barnes (@MikeBarnes4) February 20, 2023
Rip Barbara Bosson, a lovely lady and a fine actress. We did a scene together on my last appearance on HSB. The dierctor told us “We need some chitchat before Jennifer gets killed.” So she asked me about the future & I adlibbed I wanted to take cooking classes & then I got shot. https://t.co/UQVPXesGym
— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) February 20, 2023
The beautiful and wonderful Barbara Bosson has left us. Colleague,friend and surrogate mother. My heart is shattered by her departure. Bow your heads for her loved ones who are so very devastated by her departure. Love you Babs,you made us all better with your kindness pic.twitter.com/MhbK8pGqol
— TitusWelliver (@welliver_titus) February 20, 2023
Jansen Panettiere, Nickelodeon star and younger brother of Hayden Panettiere
Austin Majors, Former child star on NYPD Blues
“I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Austin’s passing. Austin was always such a joy to have on the set. He brought smiles and happiness to everyone,” Dennis Franz said in a statement via Deadline. “Some of my favorite scenes during the 12 years of NYPD Blue are with Sipowicz and Theo. Every day that Austin worked, I would greet him with a special song, ‘It’s Austin Major’s Day,’ sung to the tune of Howdy Doody Time. Although we haven’t stayed in touch since the show ended in 2005, I will always remember him fondly. My love and condolences to his family.”
Scott Satin, TV producer
Leiji Matsumoto, Japanese manga and anime creator whose world was adapted into several sci-fi series
Huey “Piano” Smith, New Orleans R&B pianist and composer
La Brea: TWO HOURS? Ugh. Two hours. 8 p.m., NBC
Don’t Leave Me Behind: Stories of Young Ukrainian Survival: A group of teenage Ukranian refugees reveals their fears and their strength as they live through a brutal war on their country. 9 p.m., MTV
Kathleen Madigan: Hunting Bigfoot: Kathleen Madigan is one of those comedians you’ve seen a thousand times on a thousand things, but you have no idea what her name is. No disrespect! She’s very funny! But I never remember her name. Prime Video
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: P!nk, Jonathan Majors
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Wanda Sykes, RZA, Bailey Zimmerman
- Watch What Happens Live: Melissa Gorga, Matt Rogers
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