Oh to be a snoring pig surrounded by ducklings …
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
WHEW! It was a busy weekend in writers/actors’ strike news! So, last we left, Drew Barrymore had posted a teary video explaining that it was her decision to bring The Drew Barrymore Show back without writers, but that she HAD TO, you guys. Elsewhere, Professional Smug Asshole Bill Maher announced that he would be bringing Real Time with Bill Maher back without writers, too.
"Not a great move."
Alyssa Milano and other Hollywood union members aren't happy with Drew Barrymore for returning to her daytime talk show during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. pic.twitter.com/cnRAg9RLMB
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) September 15, 2023
Drew Barrymore would like you to know that undermining union solidarity at the most crucial moment in Hollywood labor history makes her the victim. This has been, like, a super tough week for her. https://t.co/wtDVor9rKs
— Bradley Whitford (@BradleyWhitford) September 15, 2023
And by that afternoon, Barrymore’s video was pulled down.
And it wasn’t long before other daytime shows began following suit: The Talk announced yesterday that they would not be returning for their scheduled season 14 premiere today; and The Jennifer Hudson Show announced it too would delay today’s second season premiere.
Lest you think this is all altruistic, it should be noted that the WGA reached out to the AMPTP last week to restart negotiations this week (after some showrunners started publicly pushing the WGA to start talking again) — and they’ve confirmed that those talks will begin on Wednesday. So there is some thinking that maybe, possibly, theoretically, these might be very short postponements if the WGA and AMPTP could come to terms in the next few days or weeks. See: Bill Maher’s statement this morning that he, too, would be delaying his return to Real Time to see if the two sides can work something out (and avoid being the only talk show host taking flack from the unions now that Barrymore is no longer joining him as a scab).
My decision to return to work was made when it seemed nothing was happening and there was no end in sight to this strike. Now that both sides have agreed to go back to the negotiating table I’m going to delay the return of Real Time, for now, and hope they can finally get this…
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) September 18, 2023
Let’s hope that this defection of talk shows adds pressure on the AMPTP to negotiate in good faith this time.
Some daytime shows have returned: Live With Kelly And Mark, Tamron Hall, and The Sherri Shepherd Show, none of which are covered by the WGA, and therefore are not scabbing. (The View, however, is a different animal, and I expect more attention to be paid to them now that these other shows have delayed their returns.)
Meanwhile, ABC has picked up 10 more Monday Night Football games to shore up their schedule because you can only show so many reruns of Celebrity Family Feud.
In good news for your trusty TV blogger, my CW has been restored just in time for a new season of FBoy Island, as Nexstar and DirecTV are close to making a deal.
According to TMZ, Kyle Richards and her maybe-girlfriend Morgan Wade were also approached about competing on Dancing with the Stars, along with Mauricio Umansky, but they turned it down
I unabashedly love Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and have since the All My Children days and the best thing that has happened to Live! was adding Mark who was always the most obvious choice and I don’t know why we had to go through all those other jokers and I will not be taking any questions at this time.
A little bit of TV history: Apparently, the Gilligan’s Island boat was named “S.S. Minnow” as a diss to the then FCC chair, Newton Minnow, who famously called most of TV a “vast wasteland.” And now you know.
Oh boy, Shannon Beador. Apparently, The Real Housewives of Orange County drunkenly drove her car into a house this weekend, drove away, and then stopped the car in the middle of the street, and pretended to be walking her dog when the cops arrived. Here’s hoping she gets the help she needs.
- Harry Wild has been renewed for a second season on Acorn TV.
- Winning Time was canceled at HBO after two seasons. (While somewhat disappointing, the creator was warning folks for weeks now that the ratings weren’t high enough to be renewed.)
- The Wonder Years has been canceled at ABC after two seasons.
- Top Gear is likely to be canceled after 33 seasons on BBC. The production team behind the series has been dismantled.
- OMG Fashun, a fashion competition hosted by the insufferable Julia Fox, is in development at NBCUniversal.
- Richard Linklater’s film Hit Man has been acquired by Netflix.
- The Twits is being adapted into an animated film on Netflix.
- Kenan Thompson and Sara Sherman will guest star in Chucky on USA and Syfy.
- Joe Dempsie, Claudia Jessie, and Michael Socha have joined the cast of Toxic Town on Netflix.
Mark Your Calendar
- American Horror Story: Delicate premieres on FX and Hulu on September 20.
— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFX) September 14, 2023
- Loki will return on Disney+ on October 5.
- Heist 88 premieres on Paramount+ with Showtime on September 29 and on Showtime on October 1.
- No One Will Save You will premiere on Hulu on November 22.
- Monster High 2 debuts on Paramount+ on October 5.
- True Crime Story: Citizen Detective debuts on SundanceTV, AMC+, and Sundance Now on October 12.
- Ijogbon debuts on Netflix on October 13.
Billy Miller, Soap actor on General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, and All My Children, and partner of General Hospital veteran, Kelly Monaco. He also had roles on CSI: NY, Justified, Ringer, Major Crimes, Suits, Ray Donovan, and Truth Be Told among others
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) September 17, 2023
#BillyMiller was gifted, smart, funny, and impressed me as a great friend to those close to him. He didn’t blink when I asked him to put on this shirt to help raise up the women in our industry. His heart was in the right place & I always laughed around him. #FlightOfAngels #RIP pic.twitter.com/6k0LA4yekl
— Jon Lindstrom (@thejonlindstrom) September 17, 2023
My beautiful friend. I love you. I’m so sad. And I’m so sorry. pic.twitter.com/inMtD43pWF
— Melissa Claire Egan (@MClaireEgan) September 18, 2023
My fellow Texas brother. You lit up every room with your smile. Your quiet intensity onscreen was second only to your gentle kindness and genuine care in private. pic.twitter.com/XRRk6swUjq
— Michael Muhney (@michaelmuhney) September 17, 2023
I'm so sad to hear of Billy Miller's passing. His infectious charm and warmth left lasting impressions on all of us who were lucky enough to have him in our lives. Im gonna miss that mischievous smile. Love you Billy. pic.twitter.com/kTnML9Zxlw
— Eileen Davidson (@eileen_davidson) September 17, 2023
We lost BILLY MILLER! It saddens me deeply! He was a very gifted actor! Amelia(Victoria) and I took him to dinner one evening while he was in tough negotiations, and I remember telling him to reconsider, because rarely is an actor given a part that describes him almost…
— Eric Braeden (@EBraeden) September 18, 2023
I’m so sorry and saddened to hear about my friend, Billy Miller. Heartbreaking. He was funny, had a great laugh and very talented. Light and love to his family and friends. ❤️
— Jason Thompson (@MyJasonThompson) September 17, 2023
#BillyMiller was always kind, gracious, professional, courteous, friendly, generous. Adored by his fans and colleagues. As I recall, he installed and paid for a fully equipped gym in a space at the studio so everyone could use it. I can’t say enough nice things about him.💔 https://t.co/rSyPC7vxAZ
— Kathleen Gati (@gatitweets) September 17, 2023
Oh, Billy Miller. I so enjoyed his fun loving spirit and immense talent. We had some good times. This is a great loss. Rest peacefully. Love to his family and all who loved him. ♥️
— Stephen Nichols (@officialnichols) September 17, 2023
— Kin Shriner (@kinshriner) September 17, 2023
Sir Horace Ové, Pioneering Black British filmmaker
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Academy of Country Music Honors: Clint Black, Kane Brown, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tim McGraw, K.T. Oslin, Chris Stapleton, and others are honored. 7 p.m., Fox
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