My last entertainment news was dated in September 2017. So obviously some of what I found on my entertainment websites was so outdated it could hardly be classified as “news”. Some of the spoilers are likely things that are ready happened. But if you’re like me and you’re weeks behind maybe some of it is news.
Since my last general entertainment news blog I posted over a dozen reviews of individual TV shows. Most of them were Fall premieres but a few of them were midseason premieres. There are about five new midseason premieres that I’ve not yet had an opportunity to review and I don’t know if I will get caught up on them or not.
You can browse through these reviews by looking at older posts in this blog. I really want to call your attention to a YouTube channel called “DUST” which has over 100 science-fiction and horror short subject films. They are collected from filmmakers over the world. There is also a Facebook fan group called “DUST Portal” which discusses not only the films they present but sci-fi in general. Here is a link to my blog post about that YouTube channel and Facebook group. There are multiple associated links in the blog post. If you like science-fiction it is HIGHLY recommended you check it out.
Since my last report I’ve seen three movies. Mild spoilers ahead…
“First Man” is the biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong starring Ryan Gosling. I saw it at the White River IMAX which is Indiana’s largest movie screen. Not only were the visuals and special-effects spectacular (they won the Oscar for special-effects this year) the sound was totally immersive. You really felt like you were riding the rockets with the astronauts. It was an interesting portrait of a very reserved and humble man. While your Blu-ray or cable viewings won’t do it justice like 70 mm IMAX, it’s still highly recommended if you haven’t seen it.
“Aquaman” is the latest comic book film from DC Comics. Although the character appeared in the Justice League movie this is his origin story plus very compelling action filled plot. I saw it in 3D and I felt it was the greatest 3D film I’ve seen since “Avatar”. Considering how much I loved Avatar that is high praise. Of particular note all of the underwater scenes in which people’s hair was flowing. This had to be a CGI special effect and it was so flawless even someone who takes a very critical eye towards special-effects found himself completely forgetting that I was watching CGI. The action was awesome. The plot was pretty good. Highly recommended.
“Capt. Marvel” is the latest from Marvel Studios. Again this is an origin story of what is a lesser-known superhero who is obviously going to play a major role in the next film “Avengers: Endgame”. It is Marvel Studios first standalone film with a female superhero. While I appreciate the significance for female fans, there wasn’t anything particularly feminine in my opinion. Carol Danvers is a fighter pilot who through a series of events gains superpowers, goes to an alien planet, loses her memory, regains it, and defeats the bad guys. Tom Cruise or any other male action hero could’ve easily played the part. As recounted in this article https://nerdist.com/article/9-captain-marvel-comics-history-shazam/
there have been nine different characters over three different comic companies to use the name Capt. Marvel and they did not have a female version until 2012. So this is hardly a direct comparison to a character like Wonder Woman on the DC Comics side of things. I saw this one in 3D as well and enjoyed it a lot. There were good 3D effects although it wasn’t quite as spectacular as “Aquaman”. Given my status as an old white guy I can’t really say what kind of role model she makes for young girls. All I can say is I like the movie. I look forward to seeing the character in the next Avenger film. One other great plus for the movie is gives us a deeper look at the early days of Nick Fury as portrayed by Samuel L Jackson. In some ways it’s as much his origin story as it is hers. We also get brief glimpses a young Agent Colson portrayed by Clark Kellogg was a little help from a CGI facelift. If there were CGI effects to make Jackson look younger, they were so good you didn’t notice like you did for Colson. Highly commended.
In the links below read…
- Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated November 20
- Spoilers from Inside Line dated November 29
- Spoilers from Inside Line dated January 25
- Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated February 12
- Spoilers from Inside Line dated February 20
- Interview with Ethan Peck about playing Spock in Star Trek Discovery
- Postmortem interview with producers of “The Gifted” about season 2 finale and going forward.
- Postmortem interview with producer of “Suits” about season finale and going forward.
- Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated March 7
Most of the entertainment news I found consisted of renewals and cancellations of various TV shows. You want to just skip the renewals and cancellations section below and use the following links to TVLine’s renewal scorecards.
Here are a selection of renewals and cancellations I found noteworthy. They are sorted by broadcast network followed by cable network followed by streaming service.
- ABC announced that Agents of SHIELD has been renewed for season 7 even though season 6 does not premiere until May 2019.
- ABC has canceled cop comedy “Take Two” after one bad season. I gave it a terrible review. It was very worthless.
- ABC has renewed “The Good Doctor”, “A Million Little Things”, and “Shark Tank”.
- ABC has renewed “Modern Family” for a final 11th season.
- Dancing with the Stars is skipping its usual spring season after the controversial win by DJ Bobby Bones. He clearly was not the best dancer but won the competition on his popularity around. They usually have two seasons per year.
- CBS announced the final episode of “The Big Bang Theory” will be May 16. We sure will miss it.
- CBS has canceled end of the world drama “Salvation” so we never will figure out what that asteroid really was and why it stopped before hitting Earth.
- CBS has canceled “Code Black” after 3 seasons. I guess there were just one too many medical dramas.
- CBS announced “Criminal Minds” has been renewed for a 15th and final season. I quit watching about three seasons ago because it was just too dark. How many psychopath serial killers can a person stand?
- CBS has canceled “Elementary” after seven seasons. I really like it but I think it has run its course.
- CBS has renewed “Mom” for season 7 and 8 and we are well pleased.
- CBS has renewed “Young Sheldon” for at least seasons 3 and 4 although I gave it mixed reviews initially it has grown on me and now I really like it.
- CBS has renewed “God Friended Me” for season 2. I didn’t care for it.
- CBS has renewed “FBI” for season 2 as well as ordering a spinoff “FBI: Most Wanted”. I kind of like the original. But I don’t know if we need a spinoff.
- Fox has renewed “So You Think You Can Dance” for season 16. I never watched it even though one a big fan of “Dancing with the Stars” and “World of Dance”
- “The Masked Singer” has been renewed for season 2 by Fox. This was a guilty pleasure this season. Mildly pleased it’s coming back. Had lots of fun arguing on a Facebook fan page about the show.
- Fox has renewed “The Simpsons” for season 31 and 32. It is the longest running scripted TV series in history with 713 episodes surpassing “Gunsmoke” at 635.
- Fox has renewed “Hell’s Kitchen” for seasons 19 and 20. I never watched it.
- NBC has renewed “The Good Place” for season 4. I really enjoyed the first two seasons but it was just too weird and I dropped it this season.
- NBC has canceled “Midnight Texas”. I never watched it.
- NBC summer comedy “Trial & Error” has been canceled. I’m surprised it got a season 2.
- NBC has canceled “Reverie” which was a not too bad sci-fi show. I will miss it.
- NBC has announced “New Amsterdam” has been renewed for season 2. I don’t watch it. Too many medical dramas.
- “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” is moving from NBC to NatGeo.
- NBC has renewed “American Ninja Warrior” for season 8. I only watch the Indianapolis episodes.
- NBC has renewed Chicago Fire, PD and Med each for a new season. I’ve never watched any of them.
- “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has been reviewed for another season by NBC after moving there from Fox
- NBC has renewed “Superstore” for season five. Never watched it even has a character in a wheelchair.
- NBC has renewed “The Blacklist” for season 7. I like it. I watch it. But I’m surprised they are keeping it going.
- Daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives” has been renewed for season 55!
- CW network
- CW network has announced that “Arrow” will end next year with it eighth season of a shortened 10 episode run. Rumors are that Oliver Queen will bite the dust.
- CW network has renewed Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Charmed, Legacies, Riverdale, Supernatural and Dynasty.
- CW canceled “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” the series finale airs soon. I kind of liked it but never followed it closely.
- Previously reported “iZombie” final season will be this year. I’m way behind on it but I kind of like it.
- AMC announced that “Preacher” has been renewed for season 4 and will relocate production to Australia.
- AMC announced “The Walking Dead” has been renewed for season 10.
- AMC announced “Into the Badlands” upcoming season 3 of eight episodes will be its final as will season 2 of “The Son” starring Pierce Brosnan.
- BBC America
- BBC America announced season 5 of “Luther” will premier June 2.
- Doctor Who is officially renewed for season 12 with female doctor Jodie Whitaker set to return in early 2020
- Freeform has announced “grown-ish” has been renewed for season 3.
- FX network has announced that “Legion” season 3 will be the final.
- FX network announced Fargo has been renewed for season 4 to appear in 2020.
- FX network announced Mayans MC has been renewed for season 2.
- FXX network renewed Archer for season 10
- HBO has canceled comedy “Crashing” after 3 seasons. I’d never seen it.
- HBO announced the final season of Game of Thrones will premier April 14. A prequel series is in development and is set 1000 years prior to the original series.
- HBO announced Westworld has been renewed for season 3.
- History Channel
- History Channel says that “Vikings” will end with season 6 but a follow-up series is in development.
- History Channel has ordered 10 episode season 2 of “Project Blue Book”.
- Showtime has renewed “Our Cartoon President” for season 2
- Showtime has renewed “Ray Donovan” for season 7.
- Showtime has renewed “Shameless” for season 10 however as previously reported Emmy Rossum will not be returning. The rest of the cast will be.
- Showtime has canceled “SMILF” after 2 seasons. I never got around to watching it.
- Showtime is bringing back lesbian drama “The L Word” with most of the original cast returning.
- Showtime announced that “Homeland” final season premier has been pushed back to the fall rather than this summer as previously expected.
- Starz announced that “Counterpart” has been canceled and although they wrapped up plot lines as if it was the end, I’m going to miss it. Word is it is being shopped around to other networks and I hope he gets picked up.
- Syfy Channel
- Syfy Channel has canceled “Z Nation”. Season 5 will be the last and we are very disappointed.
- Syfy Channel has renewed “The Magicians” for season 5 and we are very pleased.
- TNT has canceled “Good Behavior” which I really enjoyed for two seasons.
- USA Network
- USA Network says that “Suits” will end with the ninth season of 10 episodes.
- USA network has renewed “The Purge” for season 2. I tried a couple of episodes and didn’t care for it.
- Amazon Prime
- Amazon has renewed “Jack Ryan” for season 3. I didn’t know there was a season 2 already. Still haven’t watched season 1 but I hear it’s great.
- Amazon has announced that season 4 of “Man in the High Castle” will be its last.
- CBS All Access
- “Tell Me a Story” has been renewed by CBS All Access for season 2. I have seen one episode and the jury is still out.
- Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for season 3. Season 2 currently airing is excellent.
- We are sad to learn that Hulu has canceled “The First” which is a drama about the first mission to Mars starring Sean Penn. I really liked the first season even though it moved very slowly.
- Netflix has canceled “Daredevil” after 3 seasons. It has canceled “Luke Cage” after 2 seasons. They announced “Punisher” will not return for season 3 and the upcoming season 3 of “Jessica Jones” will be its last. That will officially sever the relationship between Netflix and Marvel Studios.
- Netflix has canceled “The Good Cop” starring Tony Danza and Josh Groban after one season.
- Netflix series “Stranger Things” will return July 4 for season 3 of eight episodes
- Netflix has renewed “Grace and Frankie” for season 6 to be released in 2020
- Netflix comedy “The Kaminski Method” starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin has been renewed for season 2
- Netflix announced “Orange is the New Black” will end after season 7.
- David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” series on Netflix has been renewed for season 2. The first season was pretty good.
- Netflix has renewed “Fuller House” for a final fifth season
- Netflix has renewed “Sex Education” for season 2.
- Netflix has canceled sci-fi series “Travelers” after 3 seasons.
- Netflix has renewed “The Hunting of Hill House” for season 2
- Netflix has canceled the reboot of “One Day at a Time” after 3 seasons. I really liked the original but then I had a crush on Valerie Bertinelli so I never watched the new reboot.
Other Miscellaneous News
- Netflix has ordered a four-part animated drama set in World War II titled “The Liberator” which is described as “The riveting true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory in the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of maverick U.S. Army officer Felix Sparks and his infantry unit as they fought for over 500 days to liberate Europe” based on a 2013 book by Alex Kershaw.
- Jon Cryer will play Lex Luthor in upcoming episodes of Supergirl. It seems like strange casting but I’ve seen the photos and I think I might like it.
- CBS is developing a revival of the quirky series “Northern Exposure” with Rob Morrow returning to star. The original ran from 1990-95 and wasn’t too bad as I recall. I was a regular viewer.
- A satanic temple is suing Netflix and Warner Bros. for copyright infringement because they’ve used a demonic statue in the series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”.
- Hulu is going to adapt George RR Martin’s anthology series “Wild Cards” into multiple TV series.
- Author Lee Child is working on producing a TV series based on his Jack Reacher novels. This probably means no more Tom Cruise films playing that part. Cruise was somewhat miscast because the book describes Reacher as a big hulk of a man so they will be looking for an actor who fits the book character better.
- Author Margaret Atwood says she is writing a sequel to “Handmaid’s Tale” to be published in September 2019.
- Stephen King’s “The Stand” is being reimagined as a 10 episodes limited series for CBS All Access.
- Ben Affleck definitely will not play Batman in the new “The Batman” film slated for 2021
- NBC has dropped its plans to have a live musical version of the 60s classic “Hair”.
- Danai Gurira a.k.a. Michonne is leaving “The Walking Dead” during season 10.
- Carson Daly is leaving his late-night show “Last Call” after 17 years. No replacement yet named.
- NBC news will host the first democratic debate of 2020 election in June and CNN will host the second one in July. DNC will not allow Fox News to host a debate.
- Season 2 of “Cosmos” was scheduled to begin March 3 but has been delayed because of sexual misconduct allegations against host astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson.
- Chris Hemsworth will star as Hulk Hogan in an upcoming film for Netflix.
- Netflix has obtained the rights to a Chinese sci-fi movie called “The Wandering Earth” which is the second biggest movie ever in China earning $600 million. Interestingly enough in China people who go to the movie earning “social credits” that allow them freedom as they wouldn’t otherwise have such as freedom to travel. Someone on Reddit suggested that a film about a dystopian society where the government granting freedoms based on attendance to propaganda films. The plot sounds like a ripoff of the old “Space 1999”. In order to avoid a supernova let our sun, earth is fitted with thrusters that propel it away from the sun and goes in search of a new star to orbit. Just as ridiculous as the wandering moon premise of “Space 1999”.
- Natalie Dormer and Nathan Lane have joined the cast of the new Showtime sequel series “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” If we needed another reason to watch it this should seal the deal.
- Amy Schumer canceled the remainder of her standup comedy to in mid February because of her complicated pregnancy.
- DreamWorks Animation announced there will be a “Puss in Boots 2” to be directed by Bob Perschetti who just won an Oscar for best animated feature for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”.
- Pollyanna Macintosh who played the leader of the garbage people on The Walking Dead will have a recurring role in next season of “Lodge 49”.
- Will Smith will not return as Deadshot in “Suicide Squad 2”. Idris Elba is rumored to be in the running to replace him.
- AMC is working on yet another spinoff series for The Walking Dead but has not released any details.
- Netflix has ordered a series called “The Baby Sitters Club” based on the books of the same title consisting of 10 episodes.
- Syfy Channel has ordered drama “Resident Alien” based on the Dark Horse comics to star Alan Tudyk.
- 83-year-old rocker Jerry Lee Lewis had a minor stroke but is expected to recover.
- After the Netflix film “Roma” won multiple Oscars, Steven Spielberg who is part of the Academy Directors Board is proposing changes to the rules to prohibit films that are primarily on streaming services from being eligible. He says they should be competing for Emmys not Oscars. To be eligible for an Oscar you only have to appear in theaters for one week in New York and LA.
- The much delayed reboot of “Mad about You” being developed by Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt has finally been picked up by a new service called “Spectrum Originals” a channel of original programming for Spectrum Cable customers.
- Jeopardy host Alex Trebek announced he has staged 4 pancreatic cancer but vows to fight it. He has already returned to work dictate new episodes. His contract was recently extended through 2022.
- Sandra Oh will host SNL March 30. Her series “Killing Eve” returns April 7 to BBC America
- AMC is developing a spinoff series of “Orphan Black”. No details available.
- To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Batman, Warner Bros. is rereleasing the Dark Knight trilogy of Christopher Nolan Batman films in a single night event in 70 mm IMAX format. Manuscript
- Disney has announced that its takeover of 21st-Century Fox will be finalized March 20.
- Netflix is creating an animated zombie show “The Last Kids on Earth” featuring the voice talent of Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, and Catherine O’Hara.
- Kit Harrington a.k.a. GOT’s John Snow and Emma Stone will be SNL hosts on separate weeks in April.
- This year’s Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo” is available on Hulu.
- RIP screenwriter William Goldman who wrote “All the Presidents Men”, “The Princess Bride”, and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” he was 87.
- RIP magician Ricky Jay who appeared in many films and TV shows including Deadwood. He was a master card mechanic who could deal a winning hand anytime he wanted to. He often played con men or card sharks in his roles. I always admired him because he was the real deal not just playing a part.
- RIP Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci who directed “Last Tango in Paris”. Lost his battle with cancer at age 77.
- RIP comic book pioneer Stan Lee age 95. There aren’t enough words.
- RIP actress Katherine McGregor who played in “Little House on the Prairie” as talent gossip Harriet Oleson. She was 93.
- RIP country singer and host of TV’s “Hee Haw” Roy Clark. He was 85
- RIP Stephen Hillenburg creator of SpongeBob SquarePants. He was 57.
- RIP actor Ken Barry known for “F Troop”, “Mayberry RFD”, and “Mama’s Family”. Age 85.
- RIP actor Bob Einstein who appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm and is most noted for his character bad stuntman Super Dave Osborne. Age 76 had cancer.
- RIP musician Daryl Dragon a.k.a. “Captain” from the 70s era musical duo The Captain and Tennille. Age 76
- RIP Tony award-winning actress Carol Channing age 97
- RIP Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand who wrote “The Windmills of Your Mind” for “The Thomas Crown Affair”. He was 86.
- RIP actor Scott Wilson who played Herschel on “The Walking Dead” he was 76
- RIP Oscar-winning composer Francis Lai who wrote the theme to “Love Story” age 86.
- RIP director and actress Penny Marshall age 75. Will be sorely missed.
- RIP soap opera star Kristoff St. John who played Neil Winters on “Young & the Restless”. Official cause of death not yet released but it is believed alcohol poisoning. He was 52. Had been depressed over the loss of his son.
- RIP British actor Albert Finney who was 82. He was no1minated for Oscar five times.
- RIP former member of “The Monkeys” Peter Tork age 77
- RIP actor Vinny Vella known for playing tough guys in The Sopranos and the film Casino. Age 72
- RIP director Stanley Donen known for directing movie musicals such as “Singin’ in the”, “Funny Face”, and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” age 94.
- RIP actors Beverly Owen who played Marilyn on “The Munsters”. She was 81.
- RIP actress Lisa Sheridan who appeared in “Halt and Catch Fire” age 44 undisclosed causes.
- RIP actor Luke Perry who suffered a stroke and died a few days later. Known for 90210 and Riverdale he was 52.
- RIP Oscar-winning composer and conductor Andre Previn age 89. I particularly enjoyed some concerts and documentaries of his on PBS.
- RIP actors Katherine Helmand who appeared in “Soap” and “Who’s the Boss?” Age 89.
- RIP singer Janice Freeman who appeared on season 13 of The Voice age 33 complications of pneumonia.
- RIP actor Jan-Michael Vincent most noted for the TV series Airwolf. Age 74
Linked News Articles
- Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Veronica Mars, B99, The Resident, TWD, Homecoming, Supernatural, Schitt’s Creek and More
- Matt’s Inside Line: Get Scoop on Grey’s, Blacklist, iZombie, Timeless, Legends, NCIS, Chi Med, Life in Pieces and More
- Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on Lucifer, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Magicians, NCIS, #OneChicago, Supernatural and More
- Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on This Is Us, Million Little Things, Empire, Grey’s, Game of Thrones, Good Place and More
- Matt’s Inside Line: Get Scoop on Arrow, The Gifted, This Is Us, Roswell, Grey’s, Lucifer, Suits, NOLA, Rookie and More
- Star Trek: Discovery’s Ethan Peck on Landing the Role of Spock — and That ‘Controversial’ Hair and Beard
- The Gifted EP Breaks Down Season 2 Finale’s Final Twist, [Spoiler]’s Death and the Current Renewal Outlook
- Suits Boss Talks Harvey’s Big Epiphany, Previews the Final-Season Aftermath
- Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Veronica Mars, Big Bang, Supernatural, Gotham, Psych, To All the Boys, TWD and More
Here’s the latest in entertainment news. We started out with a couple of reviews from this blog in case you missed them.
Here is a calendar of premiere dates courtesy of TV line. Or follow me on Facebook where I will post daily updates for new fall premieres.
In the links below read about:
- Chris Hardwick returns to “Talking Dead” but several producers resign in protest.
- Spoilers from Inside Line dated August 14
- The story behind the decision to end The Big Bang Theory after 12 seasons
- Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated August 29
- Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated September 11
Not linked but still of interest…
- Marvel’s Runaways will return to Hulu with 13 episodes starting December 21 and will pick up within hours of the first season’s finale. There are hints it will somehow connect to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No details yet.
- At one time there were rumors of up to 5 Game of Thrones spinoff shows but it appears that 4 of them are dead and one is going forward. It’s the one we previously reported will take place over a thousand years before the current series.
- Hulu announced that “Castle Rock” based on stories by Stephen King has been renewed for a second season.
- A Marilyn Monroe nude scene from the John Houston film “The Misfits” that was believed to have been destroyed has been rediscovered.
- From Jedi to Templer… Mark Hamill joins the cast of History Channel medieval drama “Knightfall” for season 2. I watched season 1 which was just okay and probably wasn’t going to watch season 2 but with him on board I will have to check it out.
- John Cleese will guest star in the upcoming season of disability sitcom “Speechless”.
- TLC network has renewed “Dr Pimple Popper” for season 2 starting in January. Reality documentary show follows a dermatologist who operates on gross looking cysts. Started out as a popular YouTube channel and then moved to TV.
- RIP actress and singer Morgana King who played Marlon Brando’s wife in the Godfather I & II.
- USA Network has canceled “Shooter” after 3 seasons. The show is being shopped around to other networks.
- Madonna recently turned 60 years old.
- RIP singing legend Aretha Franklin age 76
- TNT has ordered a limited series “The Angel of Darkness” which is a sequel to “The Alienist” with many of the stars returning to reprise their roles including Dakota Fanning, Luke Evans, and Daniel Bruhl.
- Star Wars: Resistance animated TV series will premiere on The Disney Channel October 7.
- Stephen Ogg recently seen the “The Walking Dead” will be a recurring character in the TNT sci-fi drama “Snowpiercer”.
- “Watchmen” comic to be adapted to TV series for HBO.
- Netflix has renewed female wrestling comedy GLOW for season 3
- A six part miniseries of John le Carre’s “The Little Drummer Girl” is coming to AMC network November 19.
- CW network announced a three night crossover of its superhero series “The Flash”, “Arrow”, and “Supergirl” will start Sunday, December 9 and will introduce new character Batwoman.
- Lip-Synch Battle has been renewed for season 5 by Paramount Network.
- This season will be the final season of The Big Bang Theory.
- Timeless which was canceled yet again by NBC will have a two hour movie to wrap up the plot. It will air sometime in December.
- RIP musician Ed King who is guitarist for Leonard Skynyrd and cowriter of “Sweet Home Alabama”.
- RIP entertainment journalist Robin Leach host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” age 76
- RIP playwright Neil Simon age 91
- John Goodman reveals that the Roseanne character will be killed off in the spinoff show “The Connors”.
- Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood will be killed off to eliminate him from the final season of “House of Cards”.
- Matt Smith a.k.a. the 11th Doctor Who will appear in Star Wars episode 9 in an undisclosed role.
- HBO has dropped all erotic programming from its lineup including edited adult movies and unscripted series such as “Real Sex” and “Cathouse”.
- Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ana Inaba will host next year’s Miss America competition.
- USA has announced Mr. Robot season 4 will be its last.
- Release of the new sequel “Top Gun: Maverick” has been delayed one year until June 2020
- Emmy Rossum announced this will be her last season on Shameless.
- The new season of Doctor Who will premiere Sunday October 7 in both the US and UK.
- Jack is back! Not Jack Bauer but the next best thing. “Designated Survivor” recently canceled by ABC is been renewed by Netflix.
- HBO has renewed “Ballers” and “Insecure” for a fifth and fourth seasons respectively.
- A Broadway musical version of “Beetlejuice” will premiere March 2019 at the Winter Garden Theater.
- RIP 70s film icon Burt Reynolds age 82.
- 20th Century Fox has deleted a scene from the film “The Predator” the latest in the alien sci-fi series after it discovered one of the actors was a registered sex offender.
- After Brooklyn Nine-Nine moved to NBC its order has been expanded to 18 episodes.
- RIP actor Bill Daley who played Maj. Healy on “I Dream of Jeannie” age 91
- Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, and John Legend are now EGOT winners. This means they have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards. The latest Emmys for producing “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”. John Legend is the first African-American man to achieve the status. Only 12 other people prior to this had won EGOT in competitive categories.
I’m still trying to get caught up on entertainment news.
Before we start I want to comment on the Chris Hardwick situation. In case you don’t know Chris Hardwick is the host of the “Talking Dead” after show for both “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC. In the walking that off-season he also has his own show on AMC called “Talking with Chris Hardwick” in which he interviews a celebrity guest for a full hour. He is also occasionally hosted and after show for “Better Call Saul” titled “Talking Saul”. He also hosts the NBC primetime game show “The Wall”. He was the founder of the nerd culture website Nerdest.com in which he had a podcast for many years where he interviewed celebrities one-on-one.
Several weeks ago on the day of the season premiere of “Talking with Chris Hardwick” AMC pulled him off the air and canceled his appearances at San Diego Comic Con where he was set to host panel discussions with the stars of the Walking Dead franchise.
It was prompted by a blog post by his ex-girlfriend who, without naming him specifically, described an ex-boyfriend who is emotionally and physically abusive to her. She claimed that after their breakup he threatened and/or actually did try to ruin her career by blacklisting her and discouraging other people from hiring her. Given the hypersensitivity and zero-tolerance state of the #MeToo era we are living in he was guilty until proven innocent. I mentioned that she did not identify him by name but she described the ex-boyfriend as a media icon who started out with a famous online podcast and is now a comedian and talkshow host. And it was public knowledge that they had been a couple so it was obviously him.
Hardwick released a statement saying that it was a nasty breakup but denied any abuse allegations. AMC eventually said that Yvette Nicole Brown who is a frequent celebrity fan guest on the “Talking Dead” show would replace him at comic con and on the TV shows on an interim basis. She made it clear in tweets that she considered it “just filling in for a friend”. When it was announced that Hardwick was suspended I publicly speculated that Brown would be the only logical choice for a replacement. NBC commented that new episodes of “The Wall” would not start taping until September and they were taking a wait and see attitude.
Many genre TV shows have attempted to produce after-shows similar to “Talking Dead” including “Orphan Black”, “Game of Thrones”, and “Sons of Anarchy” but none have been successful because they’ve not been near the quality of those hosted by Hardwick. He is a credible super fan, he has a sensitive yet probing style of interview, his experience doing nerd-based stand-up comedy shines through in his approach to the interviews. There is lots of fan involvement with questions submitted via social media and a weekly question from a member of the studio audience. All of the above combines to make his shows a fun entertaining ride for fans of the series.
I was seriously bummed out that he was off the air because I’m a great fan of his. While there’s no excuse for the kind of abuse that women have suffered at the hands of media people and while I completely support the #MeToo movement, these cases need to be taken on a case-by-case basis. We live in a country founded on the principle of innocent until proven guilty. The current atmosphere makes it much too easy for a disgruntled person to completely destroy someone’s career over a mere accusation. Even if Hardwick is guilty of bad behavior, there are degrees of these things. There was no hint of multiple allegations and there were no details that suggested the kinds of extreme behavior alleged of people like Weinstein, Cosby, and Spacey. I really don’t believe everyone who’s experienced a bad relationship deserves to have their career destroyed.
Fortunately after an investigation by an outside firm, AMC has agreed to reinstate Hardwick as has NBC. Yvette Nicole Brown substituted for him at Comic Con. She also hosted a special edition of “Talking Dead” last week that was a preview of season nine of “The Walking Dead”. She announced that Hardwick would return next week to “Talking Dead” after the mid season premiere of “Fear The Walking Dead”. NBC also announced that he would return to “The Wall”. Last week he was also guest judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. I never saw any news references about that episode or what NBC might’ve done had he not been reinstated. There is no way they could edit him out of the episode especially since the guest judge always gets the opportunity to hit the Golden Buzzer to advance one act to the next round. I suppose had the investigation revealed that the situation was serious, they would’ve had to run the show with some sort of disclaimer saying that it was taped before the allegations were made public.
We’ve seen some extremely high profile actors such as Johnny Depp continue with their career beyond serious allegations about their abusive behavior. I wondered if they’ve gotten more of a free pass because it didn’t reach the level of the big three (Weinstein, Cosby, and Spacey) and they had sufficient economic incentives to turn a bit of a blind eye to the allegations. While Hardwick is a very hot property right now, he doesn’t have the star power Johnny Depp.
I’m relieved to see that someone who is not a megastar like Depp can continue with their career despite previous mistakes. Don’t get me wrong… People need to be held accountable for their bad behavior. But we have a court of law and due process procedures to deal with these kinds situations. My hope is that once the backlog of unreported abuse two things will happen. First women will be empowered to seek legal remedies to the things that have happened to them with more confidence that their claims will receive serious consideration. And second, I hope that anyone who does behave badly is treated like a case-by-case basis and that any consequences of their behavior is proportional to the offenses.
Soapbox mode off…
I’m trying to catch up with my entertainment news. This blog entry covers June 1 through the present. We’ve been so far behind that I haven’t bothered to include any of my usual links to spoilers from TV journalists Michael Ausiello or Matt’s Inside Line. The “spoilers” that they referenced had already happened however I think we’re getting close enough there’s some useful information in those links so we will start including them as I come across them.
In these links read about…
Not linked but still of interest…
We begin with 2 major deaths.
RIP famous sci-fi author Harlan Ellison who wrote the award-winning Star Trek episode “City on the Edge of Forever”, the film “A Boy and His Dog” and who edited and compiled the famous anthology series “Dangerous Visions”. Often quite outspoken and divisive among fans who either adored or hated him. He successfully sued several films for ripping off themes from his stories including Terminator which James Cameron admitted was an inspiration. He never wanted money in these lawsuits. He just insisted on being given credit for his ideas. He was 94.
RIP comic book artist Stephen Ditko who along with Stan Lee created Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and others. Age 90.
Jamie Lee Curtis is set to return in a new film of the long-running “Halloween” franchise.
The “Game of Thrones” prequel coming to HBO soon is set “thousands of years in the past” compared to the current series. Production starts in October.
John Lassiter cofounder of Pixar Animation is leaving as Disney Animation chief after allegations of workplace misbehavior.
Ryan Gosling will star as Neil Armstrong in an upcoming film titled “First Man”
RIP actress Eunice Gayson who was his first “James Bond girl” appearing in “Dr. No” and “From Russia with Love”. Age 90.
Actor Jeremy Renner suffered a broken arm during the filming of the film “Tag” about a bunch of grown men who still play tag with one another. He has recovered and is looking forward to appearing in Avengers 4.
RIP opera singer Neil Boyd who was the winner of season 3 of “America’s Got Talent”. He was 42 and had multiple medical problems.
Ewan McGregor will play grown-up Danny Torrence from “The Shining” in a new film titled “Doctor Sleep”.
Actor Hartley Sawyer has been promoted to series regular on CW network’s “The Flash”. His stretchy character Ralph Dibney has already been a relatively major character the past season.
Liza Minnelli disapproves of the upcoming biopic about her mother Judy Garland which will star Renée Zellweger
Jeremy Jordan who plays techno geek Winn Schott on Supergirl has been demoted from series regular to recurring character. It was his decision to step back from the role full-time.
Jason Ritter whose “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” was canceled will be back on TV playing a superhero in Netflix’s family drama “Raising Dion”.
AMC theater chain has started a $20 per month subscription program to compete with MoviePass. Unlike MoviePass, it is good for premium showings such as IMAX and 3D but of course is limited to AMC theaters. Meanwhile MoviePass crashed on the opening day of the new Mission Impossible film causing its stock to plummet. At first they said they will no longer support big blockbuster films such as this and that price would go up from $10 per month to $15 per month. Now they say they are keeping me $10 per month but limiting use to three movies per month.
RIP graphic designer Richard Alan Greenberg who designed the title sequences of Alien, Superman, the matrix and others. Age 71.
When I heard that the AMC series “The Terror” had been renewed for a second season I couldn’t understand because the story at basically wrapped up. However similar to American Horror Story the new season will have a completely different setting and topic. This time much of it takes place in a World War II Japanese internment camp. So basically it’s a totally different show.
NBC has confirmed that there will be a two hour wrapup movie for its canceled time travel series “Timeless”. They say it was fan pressure that got the deal done.
Russell Crowe will play Fox News chief Roger Ailes in an upcoming Showtime series
RIP reality TV star Richard “Old Man” Harrison of Pawn Stars. Age 77
RIP actress Deanna Lund who appeared in the late 60s sci-fi series “Land of the Giants”. She was 81.
The Grammy awards is expanding the number of nominees in its major categories from 5 to 8.
RIP Joe Jackson father of Michael Jackson and his siblings and longtime manager of The Jackson Five. Age 89.
Actress Eileen Davidson is leaving the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” in her role as Ashley Abbott after 36 years.
RIP character actor Stanley Anderson who played the judge in the final episode of Seinfeld and played a general in Spider-Man. He was 87.
Showtime has ordered 10 episodes of a new series tentatively titled “Halo” based on the videogame.
RIP former MSNBC host Ed Schultz. Age 64 natural causes.
RIP actor Tab Hunter. He was a teen heartthrob in 1950s movies not later came out as gay and became an activist. Age 86
Release of the new Indiana Jones 5 film starring Harrison Ford has been pushed back to 2021.
Rapper Drake broke the Beatles record for having five simultaneous singles in the top 10 of the Billboard ranking by owning seven of the top 10 for one week. He also broke his own record for having 27 songs in the top 100 including all 25 from his recent album “Scorpion”. He also set an online record for 1 billion streams.
RIP Nancy Sinatra first wife of Frank Sinatra and mother of his children. Age 101.
The Walking Dead season 9 will have its first deaf character played by deaf actress Lauren Ridloff.
Nickelodeon has ordered 22 episodes of the 90s cartoon Rugrats. There will also be a new Rugrats movie.
Supergirl will have TVs first transgendered superhero played by trans activist Nicole Maines.
Madeleine Albright, Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell will guest star on the season premiere of Madam Secretary.
Production will begin this fall on a new Deadwood movie at HBO. Will premiere in the spring of 2019.
Veep is going back into production for its seventh and final season to premiere in spring of 2019 after delay for Julia Louis Dreyfus cancer recovery.
One of my favorite new documentary series “One Strange Rock” has been renewed for season 2 on National Geographic Channel. Check it out on demand.
YouTube has removed InfoWars videos and suspends live broadcasts from controversial Alt-Right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. He has also been suspended from posting videos and Facebook for 30 days. And also Spotify has removed many of his podcasts from their service. And also Apple has pulled his podcasts from iTunes.
Game show Beat Shazam pulled the episode featuring singer Demi Lovato after she was admitted to the hospital for an apparent drug overdose. She has canceled the remainder of her tour.
Headline “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theaters no longer really useful”. But seriously folks… He is renaming his theater division “Really Useful Theaters” to just “LW Theaters” to distinguish between that and his other production company which handles his creative output which is called “Really Useful Group”. So I guess he’s still useful after all… Just not his theaters 🙂
Original MythBuster Adam Savage will host a new show featuring experimenting kids titled MythBusters Junior.
RIP William Loud the father of the first reality TV family on the PBS series “An American Family” in the early 70s.
Carrie Fisher will appear in Star Wars episode 9 by using unused footage from the previous two installments. Her family approves. Filming of living actors began in late July.
Fear The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul have both been renewed for seasons 5 by AMC.
The first season of Marvel’s Runaways which originally was released on Hulu is now going to air on Freeform channel. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a teenage theme show such as this but it was really quite good. Highly recommended.
Octavia Spencer will play Madam CJ Walker in an upcoming Netflix miniseries.
Netflix hit “Stranger Things” season 3 is being delayed until summer of 2019. Producers and writers say they want to take the time to get it right and maintain the quality they’ve been delivering.
CBS president Les Moonves is the latest high-profile executive to be accused of sexual misconduct.
A prequel of the TV series “24”will tell the origin story of agent Jack Bauer. It’s under development at Fox.
Alan Alda has revealed that he has had Parkinson’s disease for three years.
Former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat will produce a TV series “The Time Traveler’s Wife” for HBO based on the movie of the same name.
2001: A Space Odyssey is being re-released in IMAX in late August and will appear at the Indianapolis White River IMAX in the 70 mm film IMAX format the first week of September for a limited run. I’ve already got plans to see it. I’ve only seen it in a theater one time and that was in the small 2 screen cinema that used to be in Speedway shopping center. Really looking forward to seeing it and near Cinerama format and a decent sound system.
Former Star Trek Cmdr. Data Brent Spiner will guest star as the vice president in the next season reassuring role on Supergirl.
Skydance and Paramount are going to reboot Terminator with a mostly female cast.
Warner Bros. TV is in the early stages of rebooting the 80s and the sitcom ALF.
Steve Coogan and John C Riley play Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is upcoming movie “Stan & Ollie”
Comedian Chris Rock will star in season 4 of Fargo as a crime boss in 1950s Missouri
FX has ordered a miniseries titled Shogun
American Horror Story has been renewed for season 10 ahead of its upcoming season 9 premiere.
Patrick Stewart is returning to Star Trek as Jean-Luc Picard for a new series being developed for CBS All Access
RIP James Bonner who featured on the TLC series “My 600 Lb. Life” found dead of a shotgun wound. Age 30.
RIP actress Charlotte Rae who played house mother Mrs. Garrett on “The Facts of Life”. She was 92. Meanwhile there are plans to reboot series in progress.
Robert Redford plans to retire from acting after his upcoming film “The Old Man & The Gun” but he says “never say never”.
Showtime announces that “Shameless” season 9 will have 14 episodes (up from the usual 10) but will be split into 2 groups of seven and winter blocks.
Showtime has announced that Homeland will end with season 8.
The final season of Netflix series House of Cards will premiere November 2
FX has acquired the cable broadcast rights to Mission Impossible: Fallout, Deadpool 2, A Quiet Place and other big films.
Ruby Rose who has appeared in “Orange is the New Black” has been cast as Batwoman in a crossover episode CW networks superheroe Arrowverse. She may end up getting her own standalone series.
The upcoming season of American Horror Story: Apocalypse will include lots of people from previous seasons among them AHS veterans Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy and Stevie Nicks.
If you missed James Cordon’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment a few months ago where he visited London and toured Liverpool with Paul McCartney there is still time to catch it. There’s going to be a prime time one hour special with never before seen segments to air on CBS August 20 at 8 PM. The original segment on his show was phenomenal. It included a surprise concert in a local Liverpool pub that was enough to bring tears to the eyes of any Beatles fan. Highly recommended and I’m looking forward to seeing what they do in the one hour special.
TNT will have a new sci-fi drama “Snowpiercer” based on the 2013 movie about survivors in a frozen post-apocalyptic world who ride around on a super train.
Recently the home used for exterior shots of “The Brady Bunch” went up for sale at auction. It was purchased by cable channel HGTV. The starting bids began at $1.9 million but the actual selling price has not been disclosed. They outbid former *NSYNC member Lance Bass who was hoping to acquire the home. HGTV plans to restore it to its former 1970s glory. On the original show the interiors were shot on a soundstage so the inside of the house probably resembles nothing like what we saw on TV.
The producers of “This Is Us” say that the new season will be more “hopeful” now that they’ve put the Jack’s death story behind them. However it will flash back to his days in Vietnam so how hopeful could that be? Time to stock up on tissue before the September 25 premiere.
There will be a new Oscar category starting with the 2019 ceremony that will be for “Popular Film” so that films like Star Wars, superhero movies, and other blockbuster films will have a chance at recognition even if they aren’t rigidly worthy of the critical acclaim of the typical best picture. The move is being met with mixed reaction. Some are praising it while others say they are selling out and diminishing the value of an Academy award.
Former Friend David Schwimmer will have a recurring role in the upcoming season of Will & Grace as a love interest for Grace.
We previously reported the death of former Lois Lane in the Superman movies Margot Kidder. The corner has now ruled her death a suicide.
And we did it! I’m now all caught up!
As I mentioned in my previous blog, we haven’t done one of these in over six months so much of it is not really “news”. We already covered my comments about what shows got renewed and canceled. So this is just miscellaneous news, tidbits, links of a different nature. Because I’m so far behind, this particular installment covers January through May. I will post another blog soon to get caught up from June through the present.
Here is a link to a chart showing the new fall schedule. We will probably do a separate blog to talk about some of the new shows before they air and we will endeavor to write reviews of most if not all of the new shows once they do air.
In the links below read…
Stan Lee has filed a $1 billion lawsuit against his former company Pow! Entertainment.
Postmortem interview with stars of “Once Upon A Time” about the series finale.
Postmortem interview with producers of “Once Upon A Time” about series finale.
Postmortem interview with producers of “Agents of SHIELD” about season finale and exiting characters.
Postmortem interview with producers of “Madam Secretary” about season finale.
Postmortem interview with producer of “Blue Bloods” about season finale.
Article about new pilot series that did not get picked up. You always hear about what got canceled, what got renewed, but not about what didn’t make it in the first place. Here are a few.
Postmortem interview with producer of “Lucifer” about the season finale.
Interview with producer of “This Is Us” about season 3 and long-term plans for the show. Even though the series is likely to run for years he reveals they’ve already shot the series finale scene.
Postmortem interview with Chris Carter X-Files about the season finale.
Postmortem interview with producers of “The Good Doctor” about the season finale.
Not linked but also of interest…
Freeform has ordered a spinoff series of “Pretty Little Liars” to be called “The Perfectionists” and will run for 10 episodes. Created by the same people who make “Black-ish”.
Cast members of Game of Thrones are speculating that multiple endings to the series are being shot because they don’t trust the actors to keep quiet. It’s more likely they just haven’t decided which ending playwright best.
Kevin Bacon will star in a new crime drama “City on a Hill” for Showtime set in 1990s Boston produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
Jordan Peele is going to reduce a new series for Amazon Studios titled “The Hunt” said in 1977 about a group of Nazi hunters living in New York City. 10 episodes have been ordered.
MTV has suspended production of its series “Catfish” because of sexual abuse allegations against its harvest.
Jennifer Aniston will play POTUS and Tig Notaro will play her partner as the first lesbian couple to occupy the White House in a film click called “First Ladies” for Netflix.
We previously reported are Agents of SHIELD had been renewed for season 6. We now know that it will be just 13 episodes and will not premiere until summer 2019. Executives insist this has nothing to do with the timing of the Marvel Cinematic Universe release of Avengers 4 in May. They also say that just because it’s a short season doesn’t mean it’s the end of the series. They seem to like they have a strong fan base and think that summer run will actually help keep the series going.
Pauley Perrette implied in a series of tweets that she left NCIS as a result of “multiple physical assaults” but she refuses to “spill the beans”. Nobody knows what that means.
ABC executives said that the cancellation of “Designated Survivor” was not only because of poor ratings but concerns on what creative direction the show would be going in the future. They had three different show runners into seasons so the show underwent a lot of turmoil behind the scenes.
Epix cable network has ordered a 10 episode series titled “Pennyworth” about Alfred Pennyworth famous butler to Bruce Wayne. It will explore his origins as a former SAS soldier who opened a security business with Bruce Wayne’s father Thomas Wayne in 1960s London. Although produced by Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller, it is not set in the same “universe” as Gotham and will not have Sean Pertwee who currently plays Alfred on Gotham. He is obviously too old to play the part.
RIP actress Patricia Morrison complained in the original Broadway production “Kiss Me Kate” opposite Yul Brynner. She was 103 years old.
NBC is the winner of the average rating for the season helped a bit by the Super Bowl and Olympics although if you filter out live news and sports events for all networks NBC still comes out on top.
CBS will have a new drama for 2018/19 titled “The Red Line” staring Noel Wyle. It’s about a white Chicago cop who mistakenly suits and kills a black doctor. Wyle plays the husband of the doctor.
NBC announced there will be “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” this coming winter. It will feature fan favorites from the American version plus other acts from “Got Talent” editions around the world.
RIP actress Margot Kidder known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman movies in the 70s/80s. She was 69.
Connie Britton will not be returning to “9 -1-1” next season. Jennifer Love Hewitt will join the cast as a new character.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus River receives the “Mark Twain Prize” for American humor at the Kennedy Center in October.
HBO is developing a series based on the “Watchmen” graphic novels.
NBC’s next live musical will be “Hair” to be performed and broadcast live in front of a live audience. Scheduled for spring 2019.
Andrew Lincoln will appear in only six or so episodes of season 9 of The Walking Dead before leaving the series for good. No word on if he will be killed but surely so.
Sesame Street is suing the producers of a raunchy R-rated Melissa McCarthy film “The Happytime Murders” in which she plays a detective who teams up with a puppet to solve puppet murders. They lost when a judge refused to grant an injunction against the film.
Helena Bonham Carter has joined the cast of the Netflix series “The Crown”. She will play Princess Margaret in season 3.
TBS has announced that the Conan O’Brien show will be shortened to a half-hour and will feature fewer celebrity guests.
RIP actor Robert Mandan who played Chester Tate on the classic ABC sitcom “Soap”. He was 86.
Kathy Bates is returning to American Horror Story this season and we are very happy.
RIP Frank Avruch the original Bozo the Clown dead at 89
Anson Mount will play Capt. Pike in season 2 Star Trek Discovery. He was recently in “Hell on Wheels” and “Marvel’s Inhumans”.
Game of Thrones recently spent 55 days shooting one battle scene on three locations for season 8.
RIP actor Harry Anderson from “Night Court” died at age 65. No cause of death was released.
RIP actor Verne Troyer who played “Mini-Me” in the Austin Powers movies. He was 49.
Battlestar Galactica alum Katee Sackhoff is to star in a Netflix sci-fi drama “Another Life” about an astronaut on a mission alien intelligence. We can’t wait.
RIP TV chef Anthony Bourdain suicide at age 61.
RIP season 3 winner of America’s Got Talent Neil Boyd who was an opera statement. Died at age 42 part failure, kidney failure, and liver disease.
This month’s Chris Young’s “Sure Sign of the Coming Apocalypse Award” goes to a new animated film featuring the Spice Girls that is in production.
RIP producer writer Stephen Bosco who created NYPD Blue and Hill Street Blues. Age 74
RIP director Milos Forman who directed “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest”. Age 86
RIP actor R. Lee Ermey who famously played the drill sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket” age 74. Probably one of my favorite character actor performances of all time. I can watch that scene over and over again.
Steven Spielberg is set to direct DC comics film “Blackhawk”.
RIP composer and musician Bob Dorough who created “Schoolhouse Rock”. Age 94
Brad Pitt and Leonard DiCaprio are set to star in Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” based on a Charles Manson murders.
Allison Mack who played Chloe on Smallville has been arrested and charged in a sex trafficking case. It sounds like a tabloid headline but apparently it’s true.
The Simpsons has surpassed Gunsmoke as the longest-running scripted TV series in history. Meet The Press is the longest-running TV series of any kind.
RIP Larry Harvey founder of the Burning Man Festival age 70
RIP director Michael Anderson who directed “Logan’s Run” and “Around the World in 80 Days” age 98
Jurassic World 3 is scheduled for June 2021 release. Let me guess dinosaurs get loose and a bunch of people. I should be a screenwriter 🙂
RIP actor David Ogden Stiers known for playing Maj. Winchester on M*A*S*H. Age 75
Renée Zellweger will play Judy Garland in an upcoming biopic titled “Judy”.
RIP actor Jerry van Dyke brother of Dick van Dyke. Age 86
Rock icon Eric Clapton reports he is slowly going deaf.
Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and is retiring from touring
Thursday Night Football is moving from CBS to Fox this year with a five year deal from the NFL.
It’s been over six months since I did an entertainment news blog. I’ve done a number of reviews of various shows but no general news blog since the first of the year. My apologies to people who look forward to my collection of tidbits.
With the new fall season rapidly approaching I thought it was a good time to get caught up the best I can in preparation for of the new shows about to come. To get you ready for the new season here are some links you will want to check out from TVline.com
First of all a renewal scorecard for the broadcast networks showing what’s been renewed or canceled.
We have a similar scorecard for cable shows.
And a new page… A scorecard for streaming network shows.
Here is a calendar of the premier dates for all of the new and returning TV shows. I will be using it and other sources to post daily messages on Facebook when shows premier.
Before doing my usual tidbits I’m going to do just this blog where I go through the above lists of renewed and canceled shows and comment on the ones that are of interest to me. Use the links to see the full list. These are just the ones I care about or cared to comment about. In the next day or two I will try to go through all of my websites and online sources to do one of my usual blogs but most of it’s going to be way out of date and I missed a lot of news along the way. I think my RSS feeds are only good for about two or three months so we missed a lot.
American Idol: Returning for the second season of its move to ABC. It didn’t quite have the same appeal as the original version but it was still pretty good. It felt like the season was kind of short. It also ate into the time for Dancing With The Stars which I did not like. DWTS had a short four episode season that wasn’t worth the effort.
The Crossing: this sci-fi series about people who are refugees from a future war who time back to the present day wasn’t the greatest but it was good enough to keep my interest. I’m sorry it got canceled but I wasn’t too surprised.
Deception: I thought this show had a lot of potential. It was about a famous illusionist and his twin brother who were working with the FBI to catch criminals by pulling off stunts to trap them into giving themselves up. I thought the main characters had a lot of chemistry. It sort of reminded me of Castle. Unfortunately a got canceled after just one season.
Designated Survivor: Kiefer Sutherland got to be president after a terrorist attack wiped out the entire government. He survived assassination attempts and other terrorist attacks but cannot survive low ratings. It’s gone after just 2 seasons. It was watchable but I’m not really going to miss it.
The Good Doctor: Renewed. I still don’t really buy the premise of this series that someone with that severe case of autism could survive as a surgical resident. No matter how sympathetic I am to equal opportunity for people with disabilities I just don’t buy the premise. But I really like the show because it’s just a good basic medical drama with compelling stories and interesting characters even if I don’t particularly like the main character. Overall I’m glad to see its back and I know lots of people really like it.
For the People: Renewed. I’m so far behind watching TV that I haven’t even started this series but it looks pretty good. I’m hoping I can get caught up before the second season starts.
How to Get Away with Murder: This is a show I love to hate. Their time jumping storytelling technique makes it so confusing to watch sometimes that by the time the big secrets get revealed we don’t care anymore. But the acting is excellent and despite the confusing structure the writing is pretty good as well. I continue to watch it but I keep hoping it will get better. It will be back.
Kevin Probably Saves the World: But he couldn’t save his own show. It was kind of cute with a lot of heart but I won’t miss it that much.
Agents of SHIELD: I continue to be surprised that that show gets renewed each year. I really like it and I enjoy the way it ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It looks like one of those shows that a niche group of fans would enjoy but would not have popular appeal and would get canceled. But for some reason it keeps hanging in there. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do next year.
Marvel’s Inhumans: I really was disappointed by this show. Considering how much I am a fan of Marvel shows I expected to like but it just didn’t work for me. I will not be missing it now that it is gone.
Once Upon A Time: the series went through a bit of a reboot this past season and I never did get into very well. It pretty much has run its course and so although I really enjoyed it, I think they had run out of ideas and it was a good time to cancel it. I will have fond memories but it was time to quit.
Quantico: This was another show that I wanted to like more than I did. Sometimes it was good but most of the time it just dragged. I’ve not even started on this season and I may not bother with it. I will not miss it now that it is canceled.
Roseanne: I enjoyed the reboot and was sorry that Roseanne herself went and ruined things. Fortunately it’s being replaced by a spinoff series called “The Connors” which will feature most of the same characters without Roseanne herself. I even wrote on Facebook that would be a good idea. Not that they took my advice but that’s what we are getting and I’m looking forward to it.
Scandal: I really, really enjoyed this show. On the other hand it had pretty much run its course and it was time to quit. I was a little bit disappointed in some of the final plot turns. Too many of the bad guys got off easy. I will really miss it however even though they had about run out of ideas.
Speechless: Show about a family with the disabled teenager continues to hit the spot perfectly. Although it gets a little bit silly at times I still enjoy it and I’m glad to see it coming back.
Station 19: This spinoff from Grey’s Anatomy about firefighter/paramedics looks promising. I’ve not yet started on this season but definitely intend to binge it soon. It’s been renewed.
9JKL: This new sitcom should have been a lot better than it was given its cast but I only watched a couple of episodes and was not surprised it was canceled.
The Amazing Race: Glad to see it’s back again.
The Big Bang Theory: Continues to be my favorite sitcom. Glad to see it’s still going strong.
Blue Bloods: one of my favorites will return.
Bull: It’s not really great but it’s good enough to watch and I’m glad it’s coming back.
Code Black: I watched a few episodes of the first season and it just didn’t work for me. I know people who really liked it and will miss it now that it’s gone.
Criminal Minds: used to be a favorite of mine but it got so dark and depressing. I just couldn’t deal with a new and more terrifying psychopath week after week. I gave up on it two seasons ago but it’s still going strong and will be back.
Elementary: Pleased to see it will be back.
Hawaii 50: glad to see its back.
Instinct: Really enjoyed this new series and I’m happy it’s coming back.
Kevin Can Wait: I only got through a couple of episodes the first season. Killing off his wife for the second season didn’t help that show or so I’ve heard. It’s gone.
Living Biblically: I really liked this show. The premise was fraught with difficulties but I thought they pulled it off pretty well. Not surprised that it did not get renewed however. It was fun for one season.
MacGyver: I only watched a couple of episodes the first season and it just didn’t have the appeal of the original but apparently some people like it so it’s coming back.
Madam Secretary: One of my favorites and I’m glad it’s back.
Me, Myself & I: I really liked that show. Thought it was cute, smart, and had a lot of heart. I’m going to miss it.
Mom: One of my favorites will be back.
NCIS: another favorite back for season 16.
NCIS: New Orleans: another favorite back again.
NCIS: LA: can’t explain why I never liked it considering how much I like the other two. It’s back again but I won’t be watching.
Scorpion: A totally ridiculous and unbelievable show that was a guilty pleasure. It jumped the shark at least a season ago. I’d had enough and won’t miss it. I hope that Katharine McPhee finds another show that makes better use of her talent.
SEAL Team: Of the three new military dramas that premiered this year, this is the only one that survived and I think it’s a good one. I’m looking forward to next season.
Young Sheldon: I expected to like this a lot better. At first I was very disappointed. I stuck with it and it eventually grew on me. It’s coming back and I hope I continue to like it.
Zoo: a kind of guilty pleasure that I enjoyed but not surprised it got canceled. Still have a half of season to catch up on. I will catch it on Netflix.
911: Really enjoyed the first season. Looking forward to the next one.
Brooklyn Nine- Nine: Never did acquire a taste for this. It was canceled by Fox but will be renewed by NBC.
Empire: I liked the first season but didn’t stick with it after that. It’s coming back along with the similar series “Star” which will be returning. I never watched it but they are both pretty popular.
The Four: This reality singing show isn’t as good as American Idol or The Voice but I kind of like it. You can skip through the boring parts and just watch the performances themselves. You can get through a 2 hour episode in one hour so I watch it.
Gotham: Despite terrible ratings they are it bringing back for a final season in which we will finally get to see Bruce Wayne officially become Batman. I will miss it when it’s gone. I’m glad they are at least going to wrap up the story with a final season.
LA to Vegas: Probably the worst new show of the season. Not surprised it got canceled.
The Last Man on Earth: This totally ridiculous but very funny guilty pleasure will not be coming back. It had probably run its course a season ago but I will still miss it.
Lethal Weapon: When Riggs was shot in the chest in the final episode it looked like a fatal heart shot but I figured they would come up with a way to save him. As it turns out he’s really dead. Apparently the actor who portrayed him was such a pain to work with that they fired him. He’s being replaced for next season by a character who will probably be his brother.
Lucifer: TV line listed this show as “A Safe Bet” for renewal and then changed it to “Could go either way” and then finally “Officially Canceled”. I was very disappointed because I really like it. Fortunately it has been picked up by Netflix so I’m very happy it will continue.
New Girl: very popular RomCom that I watched for the first half of the first season but it really didn’t do that much for me. It will not be returning.
The Orville: Extremely glad to see it coming back. Will have to wait for the midseason however.
Prison Break: TV line list it as “could go either way”. I would like to see another season but I would imagine it’s really a long shot.
The X-Files: Listed as “a long shot” I don’t know why but I never watched the original. When it rebooted last year it was just okay but I wished it was better. I’ve liked the current season better. I won’t miss it if it’s gone but I probably will watch if it comes back.
AP Bio: Absolutely terrible sitcom I could barely make through one episode. Somebody must like it because it got renewed.
Better Late Than Never: A guilty pleasure reality show featuring William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman traveling through Europe and Asia. Not surprised it won’t come back but it was fun while it lasted.
The Blacklist: Another favorite returning.
The Brave: I watched it but it wasn’t as good as SEAL Team and it will not be coming back.
Champions: An awful sitcom that deserves to be canceled and was.
Chicago Fire, Med, and PD: I never got into any of these just because I already watched too much TV. I know they are popular and all three are coming back.
Good Girls: This show about housewives who become criminals looks like it has some potential even though I only saw a couple of episodes. It will be back
The Good Place: another silly guilty pleasure will be returning.
Law & Order:SVU: don’t watch it much but it will be back again.
Rise: Watched a few of them and it had potential but it won’t be back.
Shades of Blue: The first season was pretty good, second season just so so. Did not watch the third final season. Will not miss it.
Taken: I watched it but won’t miss it now that it’s gone.
This Is Us: lives up to all the hype. Must-see TV. Of course it’s coming back.
Timeless: was canceled last year but got a last-minute reprieve. I don’t expect it to get a reprieve again. It ran out of time.
The Wall: This primetime game show is coming back but no word on whether or not troubled host Chris Hardwick will return after abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend. Did not watch it but I will be seriously disappointed if Hardwick does not return to “Talking Dead”. Yvette Nicole Brown is a “temporary” replacement on Talking Dead which is a great choice but we will see what happens long-term.
Will & Grace: really enjoyed the return. Renewed for 2 more seasons already.
World of Dance: pretty good show. Coming back for season 3.
The CW network:
The 100: I’ve not yet started on the most recent season which started late this year. I’ve enjoyed the previous ones and glad to see it is returning.
Arrow, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Supernatural: All of my heroes are returning and I am well pleased.
iZombie: I like this cute quirky zombie show but have not been able to keep up with it. Renewed for one more season.
Valor: The worst of the three new military dramas that premiered the season is not coming back. I barely got through one episode.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: I really like this show because it has very funny musical production numbers but I just haven’t had time to keep up with it. It has been renewed for a final season.
Moving along to cable we have…
Better Call Saul: A favorite. Season 4 premiers August 6. Renewed for season 5
Dietland: have not yet had a chance to check it out. No word on renewal.
Fear The Walking Dead: the second half of season 4 premiers August 12. Renewed for season 5. This has been their best so far.
Humans: Just barely watchable. Have not yet started on the current season. No word on renewal.
Into the Badlands: A guilty pleasure martial arts fantasy show. No word on renewal.
McMafia: Barely got through one episode and gave up. Surprised it’s renewed for season 2.
Preacher: season three premiered in June. No word on renewal. I really hope it continues.
The Son: Season 2 premieres later this year. No word on renewal. Pretty good drama series starring Pierce Brosnan.
The Terror: Horror story about a doomed expedition in 1800s to try to find the Northwest passage through the Arctic ice. Haven’t finished the last couple of episodes this season. Surprised it was renewed because I figured the story would wrap up.
The Walking Dead, season 9 premiers October 7. Probably a sure bet for another season. Can’t wait.
Doctor Who: The next season with a new female doctor premiers in the fall.
Killing Eve: Absolutely excellent show glad to see it renewed for season 2. Check it out on demand if you’ve not seen it.
Luther: another quality show coming back for season 5.
Rick and Morty: Very popular. Never watched it. Renewed for 70 additional episodes.
Inside Amy Schumer: After a long hiatus will return for season 5. I can’t wait.
South Park: I only watch occasionally. Season 22 premieres September 26. Renewed for season 23
Berlin Station: absolutely wonderful spy drama very happy to see it coming back for season 3. This recent season stared two of my favorite actresses Ashley Judd and Michelle Forbes. Hard to watch without drooling constantly 🙂
Deep State: have not yet started but looking forward to it. No word on renewal.
Get Shorty: kind of funny but not a big must-see. Coming back for season 2 on August 12. And I will probably watch.
Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger: have not yet seen it but will be checking it out. Season 1 ends August 2. Already renewed for season 2.
American Crime Story: Have not yet watched season 2 about the murder of Verchai but I intend to. Season 3 will be about Katrina.
American Horror Story: Last season was definitely the best ever. It was amazing in that it contained absolutely no supernatural elements but was just as terrifying as the previous seasons. Season 8 titled “Apocalypse” premieres September 12. Already renewed for season 9.
The Americans: Excellent show. Still have a couple of episodes to watch. I will miss it but it had probably run its course was ready to leave.
Fargo: TV line lists it as “unofficially renewed for season 4” I like this series which reboots every season but it has been a bit inconsistent. Some of the seasons were good others not so much.
Legion: bizarre comic book adaptation that is a bit strange but I like it. Coming back for season 3. I just started watching season 2 and haven’t got a feel for it yet.
Mayans MC: This spinoff of Sons of Anarchy premieres September 4 and I can’t wait.
Archer: adult animated series renewed for season 10 and I really like it even though it’s pretty stupid.
Ballers: Could barely watch one episode but it’s coming back without me.
Barry: On my list of things to watch someday. Renewed for season 2.
Big Little Lies: ditto… On my list and renewed.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: I like Larry David but I just never got into this. Coming back for season 10.
Deadwood: A follow-up movie begins filming this fall and I can’t wait!
Game of Thrones: The final season 8 premiers sometime in 2019. A spinoff prequel series is in development.
Silicon Valley: I would probably like this show but have never had the chance to watch it. Coming back for season 6.
Succession: on my check it out list. Renewed for season 2.
True Detective: never watched despite its critical acclaim. Renewed for season 3.
Veep: Final season was delayed because of Julia Louis Dreyfus breast cancer. Will premiere in spring of 2019. Still funny.
Westworld: one of my favorites coming back for season 3.
SIX: Military drama I watched the first season and it was okay. Don’t have time for the second season and it’s been canceled after that.
Vikings: second half of season 5 premiers November 28. Renewed for season 6. Still a very big favorites.
Yellowstone: New Kevin Costner drama about a modern-day rancher. I could not finish one episode it was so boring. For some reason renewed for season 2.
The Affair: Critically acclaimed show I want to watch but have never seen. Renewed for final season 5.
Billions: I love this show about a crooked high finance guy and a federal agent who tries to catch him. Have not yet started watching the current season but will definitely be watching soon. Renewed for season 4 and I’m very happy.
Homeland: Just started the current season. Renewed for season 8. Really enjoy.
I’m Dying up Here: couldn’t finish one episode. Season 2 finale aired July 8.
Ray Donovan: I like the first couple of seasons but did not stick with it. Renewed for season 6.
Shameless: Continues to be a favorite. Season 9 premiers September 9. No word beyond that.
American Gods: Amazing quirky weird fantasy series happy to see it renewed for season 2.
Counterpart: Sci-Fi spy drama about parallel worlds starring JK Simmons. First season was absolutely amazing and I am well pleased to see it coming back. Check it out if on demand you’ve not seen it.
Outlander: Romance, time travel series. Season 4 premiers in November. Renewed for season 5 and 6 and I’m very happy.
12 Monkeys: series finale aired July 6. Kind of hard to follow but I enjoyed it. Have not yet started current season.
Channel Zero: First season was terrible. Did not watch any of the rest. Renewed for season 4.
Happy: Bizarre funny fantasy series unlike anything you’ve seen. I’m “Happy” it’s been renewed for season 2.
Killjoys: Pretty good sci-fi show season 4 currently airing. Renewed for final season 5.
Krypton: The story of Superman’s grandparents took a while to get going but by the end of the first it was excellent. Happy to see it coming back for season 2.
The Magicians: Really like this and glad to see it’s coming back for season 4. It’s sort of an adult version of Harry Potter with a little bit of Narnia thrown in.
Night flyers: George RR Martin new series coming this fall.
Van Helsing: Struggled through 2 seasons. Probably will not bother with the third season.
Wynonna Earp: I really liked the two or three episodes I saw but had not had time to finish it or get into seasons 2 or 3. Renewed for season 4. Maybe someday I will binge it.
Z Nation: continues to amuse and happy to see season 5 coming
Good Behavior: One of my favorites. No word on renewal for season 3.
The last ship: Gave up on the fourth season. The first three were barely watchable. Renewed for final season 5.
The Librarians: They wrapped this up nicely for the series finale in February. I will kind of miss it.
Major Crimes: Really enjoyed it but probably won’t miss it.
Colony: have not yet started season 3 so I can’t say how much I will miss it not coming back. I like what I’ve seen so far but it may be that it has run its course.
Mr. Robot: still bizarre but still intriguing. Coming back for season 4 and I will watch.
The Sinner: I like the first season okay. Season 2 premieres tomorrow (August 1). Not sure if it will fit into my schedule.
Suits: Watching current season 8. Not quite the same with missing Mike. Adding Katherine Heigl doesn’t seem to add much to the show. Too soon to tell for sure. Still watching.
Suits: Second City: former Suits star Gina Torres reprises her role as Jessica Pearson in this spinoff series set in Chicago that I am anxious to see. This one is about politics rather than law.
Now moving onto streaming services…
Bosch: always wanted to watch this but never got around to it. Renewed for season 5.
The Expanse: previously on Syfy Channel it’s now moving to Amazon for season 4. Very happy is continuing. Excellent series.
The Man in the High Castle: really wanted to watch this but haven’t had time. Season 3 premiers October 5. Renewed for season 4. Alternate timeline story where Germany won World War II. Based on Stephen King stories. Looks excellent.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: another critically acclaimed show that I just haven’t had time to watch. Renewed for seasons 2 and 3. Maybe will binge watch someday.
The Tick: based on a comic book. Never had time to check it out. Renewed for season 2.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: looking forward to premiere August 31 already renewed for season 2.
Transparent: critically acclaimed but I never got around to watching it. The star Jeffrey Tambor was fired so I’m not sure what season 5 will be about. The final season.
CBS All Access
The Good Fight: This spinoff from “The Good Wife” is one of the best shows on television. Almost but not quite worth subscribing to the service just for this show. Renewed for season 3.
Star Trek Discovery: Fans claim it’s not really worthy of the “Star Trek” name. I won’t argue that. I really like it and I’m happy to see it coming back.
The Twilight Zone: reboot coming soon.
Disney streaming service not yet officially named
Star Wars The Clone Wars: this animated series previously on Disney XD/Netflix has been renewed for a final season 7 and I can’t wait.
Castle Rock: series premiered July 25 based on Stephen King stories. Looks like it’s worth checking out.
The Handmaid’s Tale: one of the best shows on TV will come back for season 3. Can’t wait.
Marvel’s Runaways: Teens with superpowers and parents who are part of an evil cult. Excellent show that I very much enjoyed. I’m happy to see it coming back for season 2.
13 Reasons Why: critically acclaimed but I’ve not had time for it. Coming back for season 3.
Altered Carbon: Excellent sci-fi series I’ve only seen a couple of episodes but intend to binge soon. Coming back for season 2.
Black Mirror: bizarre anthology series I’ve only seen a couple of episodes but will binge it eventually. Coming back for season 5.
The Crown: critically acclaimed and on my binge list but have not yet started. Renewed for seasons 3 and 4.
Grace and Frankie: enjoyed the first season but haven’t had time for the others. Renewed for season 5.
House of Cards: Probably the biggest casualty of the sex scandal #MeToo era. Will return for a final season 6 without Kevin Spacey. Still should be pretty good and I’m looking forward to it. I’m going to miss it when it’s gone.
Lost in Space: Absolutely loved this reboot. Very happy to hear it was renewed for season 2.
Lucifer: Formally on Fox network. Happy to see it got picked up by Netflix after cancellation from Fox. Really like it.
Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage: all renewed and very happy to hear it.
Marvel’s the Defenders: Crossover series featuring all of the above superheroes. No plans yet for season 2. It was just okay. I like the standalone series better.
One Day at a Time: Was a big fan of the original series but never caught the reboot on Netflix. Renewed for season 3. Probably won’t ever watch.
Orange Is the New Black: I continue to hear great things but just never got around to checking it out. Season 6 just released on July 27. Renewed for season 7.
Sense8: Sci-fi series that looked pretty intriguing but I haven’t started. Series finale was released June 7.
Stranger Things: another one I’ve not watched but I should. Season 3 will not premiere until 2019.
That’s all for now. I will try to put out a more traditional news blog in the next couple of days./p>
We finally get caught up on entertainment news with these items from December 2016. By the way I made the conscious decision not to try to track all of the various media people who have been taken down by allegations of sexual impropriety. It’s not that I don’t care about the issue. I very much do so. But the deluge of reports has been so widespread in the media that I’ve not bothered to repeat much if any of it here. I’ve only mentioned some of the fallout such as the retooling of the final season of House of Cards and to highlight a couple of lesser-known media people such as the executive producer of Supergirl/Arrow etc. and a DC comics editor. Today we add to the list journalist John Hockenberry who is probably the only person who served as a war correspondent in Afghanistan while being confined to a wheelchair by spinal board injury. He was a bit of a hero of mine. Met him once at a disability conference and very much enjoyed his autobiography Moving Violations. He has acknowledged some of his inappropriate behavior and apologized so give him some credit for that. One other interesting recent revelation. Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson confirms that Harvey Weinstein ordered him not to cast Ashley Judd or Mira Sorvino in the Rings Trilogy.
In the links below see:
Postmortem interview with producer of Berlin Station at the end of season 2. I really love this show.
Interview with creator of Netflix anthology series Black Mirror
Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated December 13
Postmortem interview with producers of Mr. Robot on season 3 finale and looking forward to season 4.
Interview with Star Wars director, writer, producer about deleted scenes
Article explaining $10 million reshoot to replace Kevin Spacey by Christopher Plummer in “All the Money in the World”.
Interview with Kit Harrington about the end of Game of Thrones, Gunpowder and beyond
Spoilers from Inside Line dated January 2
Not in the links below but also of interest:
Johnny Galecki will take time out from his Big Bang Theory duties to return as David on the ABC revival of Roseanne Barr show. Show will premiere on ABC March 27.
Netflix has renewed Stranger Things for season 3. Given its popularity that was no surprise.
CBS announced primary days for 2 midseason shows. “Living Biblically” prepared February 27 is about a man who decides to start living his life strictly according to the teachings of the Bible. I wonder if that means he will murder his son if his son disrespects him (see Leviticus 20:9) Also the other show is “Instinct” story Alan Cumming who is a celebrated author and college professor who also happens to be a former CIA operative. He gets back into the life after a detective needs his help to stop a serial killer who is using his first book as a guide. Premiers March 11.
The 2018 Oscar ceremony will start at 8 PM instead of traditional 8:30.
Franz Drameh who plays Jax on Legends of Tomorrow has left the show as of the midseason finale
Production of HBO series Westworld was briefly delayed by the California wildfires. It has resumed.
Production on CBS series SWAT was also briefly delayed by the wildfires.
Berlin Station has be renewed by Epix for season 3 and I can’t wait.
Quentin Tarantino has been pushing to direct a new Star Trek movie that would be R-rated. Nothing green lit yet.
NBC is planning a live production Of Jesus Christ Superstar for Sunday, April 1 Easter. Hold onto your hats! None other than Alice Cooper has been cast in the role of King Herod! John Legend will play Jesus. We can hardly wait!!
Netflix announced Jessica Jones season 2 will premiere March 8 and we can’t wait.
RIP Bruce Brown movie producer who created classic surf documentary Endless Summer. He was 80
The Good Fight returns to CBS All Access for season 2 on March 4. This show is almost worth subscribing to the service.
The Punisher has been renewed for season 2 by Netflix
RIP movie producer Howard Gottfried who produced “Network” and “Altered States” among others. He was 94
USA Network announced Mr. Robot has been renewed for season 4
Dominic Purcell says that season 6 of “Prison Break”is still a possibility. Let’s hope so.
Oprah will receive the Cecil B deMille award at this year’s Golden Globes
Clint Eastwood’s new movie “15:17 to Paris” has won its appeal to have its rating changed from R to PG-13.
Disney has reached a multibillion-dollar deal to purchase much of Fox. Fans hope it means the unification of the MCU.
Apple streaming service has ordered a outerspace drama series from Ronald D Moore who created the reboot of Battle Star Galactica. That should be interesting.
Once Upon A Time returns to ABC on March 2
BBC America has canceled “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” after 2 seasons. I desperately tried to like the first season but it just didn’t work for me. Was surprised it got renewed once.
Syfy Channel as renewed Van Helsing for season 3. I watch it but it’s just okay. Nothing great.
None of the $10 million it took to re-shoot “All the Money in the World” to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer went to costars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg. They agreed to the reshoot for no additional money.
Stargate Origins will premiere on MGM streaming service on February 15 for 10 episodes. This is a prequel to the original series/movies
A remake of “A Star Is Born” starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will be released October 5, 2018
Epix has canceled Nick Nolte series “Graves” about a former president after 2 seasons. I watched a couple of episodes and it was just okay.
RIP sports broadcasting legend Dick Enberg age 82
91 TV series were canceled or died a natural death in 2017
RIP animator Bob Givens who worked on classic Bugs Bunny cartoons. Age 90
Talks are underway to bring back “Mad about You” with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one. I loved that show.
New series on Syfy Channel “Krypton” to premier March 21
RIP actress Rose Marie who costarred on the old Dick Van Dyke show as Sally Rogers. Age 94.
RIP mystery writer Sue Grafton age 77
Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb will be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Showtime has canceled “White Famous” after one season
Star Wars: The Last Jedi was officially the highest grossing movie of the year. Over $1 billion worldwide. Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast was number 2
Netflix series “A Series of Unfortunate Events” season 2 premiers March 30
Hoda Kotb as been named coanchor of the Today Show replacing Matt Lauer
Continuing to try to get caught up on entertainment news we now move on to stories posted in November 2016.
In the links below see:
Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated November 3
Spoilers from Inside Line dated November 14
Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated November 17
Not in the links below are the following items of interest:
The Twilight Zone will get a reboot at streaming service CBS All Access
RIP actor Brad Bufanda who had a recurring role on Veronica Mars. Committed suicide by jumping off a building at age 34.
After the Kevin Spacey scandals Netflix has announced House of Cards will continue for one more season with Spacey written out of the show.
Showtime has renewed Shameless four season 9
Jack and Audrey back together again! Kim Raver will guest star in a multi-episode arc on Designated Survivor
Rian Johnson who wrote and directed The Last Jedi will write and direct a new Star Wars trilogy separate from the Skywalker series.
RIP famous gossip columnist Liz Smith age 94
Wonder Woman 2 is scheduled to release in November 2019
Among some of the lesser-known figures to have been fired in the wake of sexual harassment allegations are the executive producer of Arrow and the DC comics editor in charge of Superman.
The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 will appear on Hulu in April
“You’re the Worst” has been renewed for a fifth and final season on FXX
Former Castle star Stana Katic will starting a new Amazon streaming thriller titled “Absentia” about an FBI agent who returns home after vanishing several years ago.
Dharma goes zombie hunting! Jenna Elfman known for playing Dharma on “Dharma and Greg” will join season 4 of “Fear of the Walking Dead”
Production on “Veep” final season 7 has been postponed while Julia Louis Dreyfus undergoes treatment for breast cancer
The sequel to Fantastic Beasts will be titled “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” scheduled for release November 2018
NBC Olympics will live stream 1800 hrs. of coverage of the Winter Olympics in February
TV Land has canceled Lopez starring George Lopez
Netflix as ordered my new series titled Messiah about a present-day return of Jesus
Netflix will release season 4 of Grace and Frankie on January 19
CMT has announced Nashville will end after season 6
RIP rockstar Malcolm Young guitars and cofounder of AC/DC
RIP country singer and actor Mel Tillis age 85.
RIP actor Earl Hyman who played Cliff Huxtable’s father on The Cosby Show age 91
Amazon streaming will release all 10 episodes of anthology series “Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams” on January 12
RIP jazz icon and actress Della Reese at age 86
Syfy channel announced season 3 of The Magicians will premiere January 10
NBC has renewed offbeat comedy The Good Place for season 3. I initially liked it but I think it’s getting old.
RIP singer and actor David Cassidy known for playing Keith Partridge in the Partridge family age 67
Seth Meyers will host the 2018 Golden Globe awards on January 7
Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been renewed for season 2 on Netflix
RIP actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard he was 89
Lennie James a.k.a. Morgan Jones will cross over from The Walking Dead to Fear The Walking Dead
Meghan Markle will be leaving Suits to marry Prince Harry
CBS series “Wisdom of the Crowd” will end after just 13 episodes. Series star Jeremy for event is facing sexual misconduct allegations. But the show probably would not have lasted anyway. It wasn’t that good.
CBS sitcoms “Man with the Plan” and “Superior Donuts” have picked up full season orders
This month’s Chris Young “Sure sign of the coming apocalypse award” notice to MTV for relighting another installment of Jersey Shore.
CBS as expanded its order for the next season of Elementary from 13 to 21 episodes.
Showtime has renewed SMILF for season 2
Michael Greene and Brad Fuller will no longer be showing for “American Gods” season 2 on Starz
Netflix has renewed “Mindhunter” for season 2
RIP actor Jim Nabors who was Gomer Pyle on TV age 87
Continuing to catch up on my out of date entertainment news. Here are the stories from September an early October 2016. For some reason I got out of sequence and already did part of October. I don’t know how September and early October got skipped.
In the links below read:
Spoilers from Inside Line dated September 13
Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated September 22
Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated October 3
Not in the links below but still of interest:
The first new series to be canceled this season is “Me, Myself, and I” after just six episodes. I’m very disappointed. I really liked it.
RIP actor Frank Vincent who played mob boss Phil Leotardo on The Sopranos and Goodfellows, age 78 complications of heart surgery
Syfy Channel has greenlight a series Nightflyers and outerspace series based on a novella by George RR Martin. Set in a future where Earth faces imminent destruction and a group of explorers head into space to meet an alien ship that may hold the key to our survival. Martin will not be involved with the project.
Trevor Noah will continue to host The Daily Show on Comedy Central through 2022
TV and radio host Larry King has announced he has lung cancer
Rumor has it that Game of Thrones is shooting multiple endings.
Outlander had series record audience numbers for its season 3 premier on Starz. I’m a big fan.
RIP character actor Henry Dean Stanton at age 91. Most recently appeared in latest season of Twin Peaks
Word is both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton will return for the next reboot of the Terminator films.
RIP Jake LaMotta who was the subject of the boxing film Raging Bull. He was 95
RIP game show host Monty Hall at age 96.
RIP rock icon Tom Petty age 66
TMT announced Major Crimes season 6 will be in the last
It has been confirmed that Pauley Perrette a.k.a. Abby Sciuto is leaving NCIS at the end of the currencies
ABCs reboot of American Idol will feature Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie as judges
HBO has announced Veep season 7 will be it’s last.
The Doctor Who spinoff series “Class” has been canceled after one season
RIP comic book legend Len Wein cocreator of Wolverine and the editor of Watchmen age 69
JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars episode IX
History Channel has renewed Vikings for season 6
HBO has renewed John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” through 2020
I haven’t done entertainment news blog since September so a lot of my so-called “news” is old hat. It’s also been tough to wade through my usual sources because about a third of the news articles are about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and other sexual-harassment stories. Rather than do a giant blog trying to catch up all at once, I’m going to do it month by month. So here are the old news stories that I should’ve covered in October 2016.
Before doing this post I also did a brief recap of some of the TV reviews I did in September and October. You can find it here.
In the links below read:
Spoilers from Inside Line dated October 12
New cast members for next season of Doctor Who
Video of old TARDIS set being dismantled
Spoilers from Inside Line dated October 26
Not in the links below but still of interest:
George Clooney will receive the AFI lifetime achievement award in 2018
Speculation remains that Game of Thrones will not return until 2019
Westworld is scheduled to return in the summer of 2018
RIP comedian Ralphie May was a finalist on Last Comic Standing age 45 complications of pneumonia
American Horror Story producers edited the October 10 episode to tone down violence in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting. The unedited version is available on demand.
Megan McCain daughter of Sen. John McCain is the newest cohost on “The View”
Cinemax announced a new season of military action drama “Strike Back” will premiere February 2 with a totally new cast.
Matt Ryan will guest star on two episodes of Legends of Tomorrow as Constantine
Victor Garber will be leaving Legends of Tomorrow sometime this season. He is going to Broadway to replace David Hyde Pierce in Hello Dolly. His first performance is set for January 20
CBS military drama SEAL Team has been given a full season order of 22 episodes
NBC has canceled its summer medical drama “The Night Shift” after 4 seasons. I never watched it.
RIP actor Roy Dotrice who played “father” on the 90s series Beauty and the Beast. Aged 94.
RIP actor John Dunsworth who played newspaperman Dave Teagues on Syfy Channel series Haven. Age 71
The new Han Solo movie will be titled “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and will premiere May 25, 2018. Ron Howard took over as director after the sudden departure of previous directors. No reason given.
Chelsea Handler talkshow has been canceled on Netflix
CBS has renewed summer series “Salvation” about an asteroid about to hit earth for season 2. Although the first season ended before the asteroid hit, I’m surprised the show got renewed. I watched it because it wasn’t much on during the summer. But I would classify it as just barely watchable.
Actress comedian Julia Louis Dreyfus is battling breast cancer
Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a second season on CBS All Access
The Orville has been renewed for a second season at Fox
René Zellweger will play Judy Garland in an upcoming biopic film
Showtime has renewed Ray Donovan for season 6. The setting of the show will shift from LA to New York
CBS has canceled summer sci-fi series Zoo after 3 seasons. I kind of like it.
Sara Ramirez a.k.a. Dr. Calliope Torres from Grey’s Anatomy has joined the cast of Madam Secretary but you might not recognize her with a short haircut.
RIP actor Robert Guillaume who played Benson on that show as well as Soap. He was 89
It has been confirmed that Vincent D’Onofrio will return as Wilson Fisk and daredevil season three on Netflix
RIP blues legend Fats Domino age 89
AMC as renewed Preacher for season 3 and we are well pleased
SNL alumni Fred Armisen is joining the cast of “The Last Man on Earth”
This is going to be a difficult installment to put together because a major computer malfunction caused me to have to reinstall all of my software. For the most part my data was kept intact except when it uninstalled Feed Demon which is my RSS newsreader, it also destroyed all of the previously captured headlines. So I had to go back to my main entertainment website and do it the old-fashioned way and just browse through the articles page by page.
The new fall season kicks off tomorrow with the premier of American Horror Story on FX. Here is a calendar of other premier dates courtesy of TV line.
In other news I went to see “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” in 3D. I can’t really figure out why it was such a box office flop. It was every bit as visually standing as the previews implied. Lots of really cool looking aliens, state-of-the-art effects, big space battles. Parts of it were a little bit cheesy but you don’t go to one of those kind of movies for a deep plot or Oscar worthy acting. Probably the acting was the only really bad part of the movie. My tradition is to see a film on the second weekend in order to avoid crowds but my friends were unable to take me that weekend so we went the third weekend. By that time it was only showing in two theaters here in Indianapolis and there were very few showings available in 3D. I suppose my biggest disappointment is since it was a box office flap we will not be seeing any sequels.
I also was able to see Dunkirk in IMAX at the Indiana State Museum downtown IMAX screen. See my review in a separate blog post here…
In the Links below read
Three new programs to appear on CBS All Access subscription streaming service
Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated August 2
Spoilers from Inside Line dated August 9
Postmortem interview with producers of Orphan Black about series finale. Two articles.
Interview with “Inside the Actors Studio” host James Lipton about his most memorable moments of the show
Spoilers from Michael Ausiello dated August 23
Also of interest but not linked below…
RIP actor and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Sam Shepard age 73 of ALS
Former Y&R soap opera star Hartley Sawyer will guest star on The Flash as “Elongated Man”.
Kathy Bates will not be in the next season of American Horror Story. You can however see her on the Netflix comedy series “Disjointed” about a woman who runs a legal marijuana dispensary.
Marlee Matlin will join the cast of Quantico playing a former undercover FBI agent who lost her hearing by being too close to a bomb blast.
Carol Burnett will have an unscripted show where she interviews kids on Netflix in 2018
We now know how they are going to explain the exit of Kevin James wife Donna on “Kevin Can Wait”. They’re going to kill her off!
Allison Williams will costar with Benedict Cumberbatch in his upcoming Showtime limited series named “Patrick Melrose”
Emma Roberts is returning to American Horror Story next season
Audra McDonald is joining the cast of The Good Fight for season 2. She had previously guest starred in The Good Wife.
ABC announced the upcoming season 9 on sitcom “The Middle” will be its last premiering October 9.
CW will have a four show superhero crossover event November 27/28 beginning with Supergirl followed by Arrow on the 27th in concluding with The Flash and legends of tomorrow on the 28th. No plot details available yet.
The reboot of “Will and Grace” will completely the previous series finale in which all four main cast members broke up and went their separate ways. The new revival act like that never happened. The revival has already been renewed for another season even though this one has not yet premiered.
The spinoff from sitcom “black-ish” which will follow the college exploits of their own list daughter has been renamed from “college-ish” to “grown-ish”. It will premiere on the Freeform network formerly known as ABC family network.
The “Divergent” film series is likely to be continued as a TV series for Starz Network.
Sylvester Stallone will play himself in upcoming episodes of This Is Us as Kevin’s war movie costar.
NBC says Celebrity Apprentice will not be returning to the network anytime soon. Last season’s version with Arnold Schwarzenegger had terrible ratings much to Donald Trump’s delight.
NBC is considering a reboot of Miami Vice
There is going to be a book and movie about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to be titled “12”
There will be a “The Dark Tower” TV series based on the current film and Stephen King novel series.
Bruce Willis will star in a remake of the vigilante film “Death Wish”. The original starred Charles Bronson.
RIP British actor Robert Hardy who was 91. He appeared in Harry Potter movies, “All Creatures Great and Small” and portrayed Winston Churchill in a miniseries.
Netflix has renewed “Anne With an E” for season 2 based on the Anne of Green Gables stories.
“Annihilation” a sequel to “Ex Machina” will hit theaters in February 2018
Rapper Suge Knight have been arraigned for threatening F. Gary Gray the director of “Straight Outta Compton” in a dispute over the film.
ESPN8 was a fictional channel from the comedy film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. However on August 8 ESPN will temporarily transform ESPNU into ESPN8 to play along with the joke.
ABC has canceled its plans for a show “The Little Mermaid Live”
USA Network announced season 3 Mr. Robot will premiere October 11
“This Is Us” has lost one of its 11 Emmy nominations. A nomination for contemporary costumes has been rescinded because too much of the episode in question takes place in flashback and therefore was knocked “contemporary” time period.
RIP Haruo Nakajima who was the actor side the original Godzilla suit. Aged 88 died of pneumonia.
David Letterman is going to do a new interview show with a single guest for Netflix sometime next year.
RIP Glen Campbell aged 81. The singer had been battling Alzheimer’s for many years.
Netflix has renewed “GLOW” comedy series about women’s wrestling for season 2.
Brooke Shields will have a recurring role in the upcoming season of Law & Order: SVU.
Tom Cruise suffered a broken ankle during a stunt on a set of Mission Impossible 6
Producer Shonda Rhimes has signed a deal with Netflix and is leaving her current agreement with ABC Studios
A female stunt driver has died during an accident on the set of Deadpool 2
This summer has been the smallest movie gross sales in 25 years. Strangely no major new movies are being released this Labor Day weekend.
Daniel Craig has confirmed he will be James Bond at least one more time.
This season 7 finale of USA series “Suits” will be a backdoor pilot to a spinoff staring Gina Torres a.k.a. Jessica Pearson. The new series will not be a legal drama that will focus on Chicago politics.
According to Forbes magazine Emma Stone was the highest-paid actress in 2017 followed by Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence.
RIP actor Sonny Landham who played the Native American tracker in the 1987 film Creditor. He was 76 and had congestive heart failure.
Donald Trump will not attend this year’s Kennedy Center Honors. This was actually a classy move. The reason given was they wanted to avoid a distraction for the honorees. Some recipients have already said they will not attend a ceremony at the White House afterwards.
Adam Nimoy son of Leonard Nimoy is engaged to Terry Farrell who played Lieut. Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
RIP comedian and social activist Dick Gregory age 84.
RIP comedian, filmmaker Jerry Lewis 91. Loved his work. Disliked him personally.
Netflix viewership dropped 10% during the solar eclipse.
Morgan Freeman will receive the SAG lifetime achievement award next year
EPIX channel has renewed “Get Shorty” for season 2
Amazon has renewed critically acclaimed “Transparent” for season 5
RIP actor Jay Thomas known for his roles on Cheers and Murphy Brown as well as frequent appearances on David Letterman. He was 69.
Ryan gosling will host the season premiere of SNL September 20 with Jay-Z as musical guest
Bill Nye the Science Guy is suing Disney for $37 million over profits from his series
RIP director Tobe Hooper famous for Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Age 74
RIP actor Richard Anderson known for playing Oscar Goldman on “$6 Million Man” he was 91
HBO announced there will be a “True Detective” season 3
RIP comedian Shelley Berman known as a sitdown comic rather than a standup comic. Age 92. Very funny old school comedian. I was a fan.
Syfy Channel has renewed “Killjoys” for 2 final seasons but has canceled “Dark Matter” and I’m disappointed it’s gone.
RIP Walter Becker founding member of Steely Dan age 67