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Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
The slow descent into madness. pic.twitter.com/lSu78ljYoY
— Ben Gilbert (@gilbert) May 23, 2023
I love how HBO Max changed its name to "max" so now has to clarify that it's the one to watch for HBO pic.twitter.com/k9uDFVvLgc
— Andy (@FrancisTheSailr) May 23, 2023
Max launches today, and I will never get over the fact that these dummies somehow in charge of Warner Bros. think that “HBO” is a toxic brand. Oh, and did I mention that your HBO Max app doesn’t just become Max — that you have to download a completely separate new app?
hahahahahaha jesus christ the hbo max app doesn’t update to “max,” you have to separately find and download the max app
— sorrel (@sorrelquest) May 23, 2023
The A.V. Club memorializes HBO Max and all of its terrible glitchiness, which is so sweet and optimistic that “Max” is somehow going to be any better. (It’s not. It’s already experiencing outages.)
Inspired by HBO MAX rebranding to MAX, I’ll know be known as BUILDING
— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) May 23, 2023
the company continues in a Frankenstein-like way, but suffers the indignity of a purposeless rebrand that cuts it off from its past history and everything it was known for.
wait, sorry, that's my prediction for HBO Max https://t.co/93ksv4mFmc
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 23, 2023
Paramount+ with Showtime will launch on June 27 and will cost “$11.99 a month, while Paramount+ without Showtime will cost $5.99. This is $2 more than the existing Paramount+ premium plan, that currently doesn’t have Showtime content, and $1 more than the “Essential” plan without Showtime.
Comcast is launching a new streaming option called Now TV that bundles 40 live cable channels, some FAST channels, and Peacock, but no live TV or sports. I don’t understand the point, but sure.
Can you guess what the highest-rated canceled show was this season? I wouldn’t have been able to — it never crossed my mind, in fact.
Writers’ Strike News:
ABC/Disney discuss the possibility of ABC airing shows from Disney+ if the strike goes long. The long and short of it is that the Disney+ shows aren’t designed for broadcast, and they’d have to figure out how to edit them to fit a network time schedule, but … it’s doable.
Know your worth pic.twitter.com/dYtCqQahTn
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) May 18, 2023
After Former President Insidious Liar defamed her AGAIN during the CNN Town Hall days after receiving a $5 million judgment against him, E Jean Carroll has asked a judge to bump up her damages to $10 million. GET HIM.
Melissa McCarthy says she worked on a set that was such “a volatile, hostile set” that it made her physically ill, and served to inspire her to start her own production company with her husband Ben Falcone. Pajiba does some math and thinks it could have been her CBS sitcom, Mike & Molly.
HBO’s The Idol premiered at Cannes yesterday, and the early reviews are pretty cringey. I am pretty sure what they are going for is to try to be so outrageous and titillating as to drive the discourse as “THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL SHOW ON TELEVISION,” and it all feels like someone so desperate for attention they go for shock rather than quality. But we’ll see.
Rachel Bilson gave an interview on a podcast where she spoke very frankly about sex, and joked about liking being “manhandled.” And apparently, she was fired from a job for doing so: “A single mom, a woman, lost a job because they were being candid and honest and the subject was sex … I’ve been floored honestly. Everything was set in motion and I lost the job. It sucks … I haven’t said anything inappropriate. Choice of language, if I could go back, now knowing I lost a job, maybe I would say it differently. But I still wouldn’t not say it.”
Jimmie Allen has publicly apologized to his wife following a sexual abuse lawsuit that was filed against him. He referred to the incident as an “affair” in his Instagram post.
- Secret Celebrity Renovation has been renewed at CBS for a third season.
- The Madame Blanc Mysteries has been renewed for a third season on Acorn TV and Channel 5.
- May December has been acquired by Netflix.
- LL Cool J will reprise his role as Sam Hanna on NCIS: Hawai’i on CBS.
Mark Your Calendars
- LA Fire & Rescue premieres on NBC on June 21.
- The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon will premiere on AMC soon.
- Luann and Sonja: Welcome to Crappie Lake debuts on Bravo on July 9.
- Jelly Roll: Save Me will premiere on Hulu on May 30.
- This Fool returns on Hulu on July 28.
John Nova Lomax, Houston journalist and friend
Leon Ichaso, Director of episodes of SNL, Crime Story, Miami Vice, Medium, The Cleaner, Criminal Minds, Queen of the South, among others and several films
Rolf Harris, Disgraced BBC presenter
Beat Shazam: Season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox
FBI: The team must hunt down a religiously-motivated serial killer in the season finale. 7 p.m., CBS
The Voice: Three-hour season finale. 7 p.m., NBC
Don’t Forget the Lyrics: Season premiere. 8 p.m., Fox
FBI: International: A Russian missile heads to the black market in the season finale. 8 p.m., CBS
FBI: Most Wanted: The team tries to catch Remy’s brother’s killer. Season finale. 9 p.m., CBS
Clone High: Twenty years after it was canceled on MTV, the animated cult classic from Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Bill Lawrence is rebooted. Premiere. Max
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai: This animated series explores the Gremlins’ story starting in 1920s China. Series premiere. Max
Bama Rush: This new documentary film explores the sorority rush season at University of Alabama. Premiere. Max
Talking Sopranos Podcast: A look at the popular podcast about the classic HBO series hosted by Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa. Premiere. Max
Smartless: On the Road: This documentary follows the Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes podcast as it goes on the road. Premiere. Max
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