As most of my readers know, I spent five days in the hospital this week so there wasn’t much opportunity for watching movies. I had difficulty with the hospital Wi-Fi and had to use my iPhone data which is not unlimited under my plan so Netflix and other streaming series were off-limits. However I’m home now and my recommendation for this week is a documentary on Science Channel called “NFL Super Stadiums”. It’s a 90 minute documentary about the building of the new Los Angeles SoFi Stadium which is the home of both the LA Chargers and LA Rams. It will also eventually host a Super Bowl and opening and closing ceremonies of Olympic Games. Really fascinating stuff. I don’t know when it will re-air but it is available on demand.
Not that many of my readers are opera fans but The Metropolitan Opera has canceled its entire 2020-2021 season because of the pandemic.
New York’s Times Square New Year’s Eve ball drop will be a virtual event.
Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News
CW has announced that the upcoming season six of Supergirl will be its last.
Alan Arkin is not returning for the third and final season of “The Kominski Method”
Netflix has canceled “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” after 1 season. I tried watching a couple of episodes and it just didn’t seem to have the magic of the original film.
Starz as renewed “Power Book II: Ghost” for season 2.
Holly Taylor who played the daughter on “The Americans” has been added to the season 3 cast of “Manifest”.
Liv Tyler will not be returning to “911: Lone Star” due to uncertainties about transatlantic commuting during the pandemic. I thought she was miscast in the part anyway.
If you find yourself in need of more cowbell or Schwetti Balls or cheeseburger cheeseburger you have an option now. Every episode of all 45 season of Saturday night live will be available on Peacock starting October 1.
A new spinoff of “The Suicide Squad” to be titled “Peacemaker” to star John Cena has been ordered to series by HBO Max. James Gunn will write and direct.
Seth Meyers will have a prime time special edition of his “A Closer Look” feature on NBC October 8.
David Letterman’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” will return to Netflix for season 3 on October 21.
Chris rock will post the SNL season premiere October 3. The show will have a small live audience but according to New York rules it will have to be employees and other cast members only.
Lisa Edelstein is joining the cast of “911: Lone Star” as a recurring character and will return to “The Kominski Method” for its final season.
Alex Désert has replaced Hank Azaria as voice actor for Carl Carlson. It is part of an ongoing movement to have African-American characters voiced by African-American voice actors rather than white actors.
“Real Time With Bill Maher” has been renewed at HBO through 2022.
Politics and Showbiz
Five Republican senators have written to Netflix complaining about where plans for a upcoming series “The Three Body Problem”. The series is based on a Hugo award-winning sci-fi novel of the same name by Chinese author Liu Cixin. Liu had defended the Chinese Communist Party’s imprisonment, torture, and other human rights violations against Muslims in the East Turkestan problems. Netflix responded by denouncing the atrocities but says that Liu’s comments have nothing to do with the TV series. Liu however is a consultant on the project.
After months of negotiations NBC Universal has finally come to terms with Roku to allow Peacock streaming service on the platform. Roku charges streamers a premium to be available on Roku.
Paramount Network a cable channel that is gone through too many changes of name to keep track of, is changing to Paramount Movie Network. It will be focusing mostly on movies. See the link at the bottom for details.
James Cameron says filming of “Avatar 2” is 100% complete. “Avatar 3” 95%. Will believe it when we see it 🙂
Disney+ has added a Group Watch feature that allows up to seven subscribers to simultaneously view and react to a show.
Gale Sayers, Hall of Fame running back for the Chicago Bears and inspiration for the film “Brian Song” age 77.
Lee Kerslake drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep age 73
Hollywood stuntman Ernie Orsatti whose most memorable feet was falling through a glass window in the 1972 film “The Poseidon Adventure”. Age 80
Michael Lonsdale a British French actor who appeared in the James Bond film “Moonraker” and “The Day of the Jackal” age 89
Michael Chapman Oscar-nominated cinematographer of “Raging Bull” and “The Fugitive”. Age 84
Jackie Stallone mother of Sylvester Stallone who is also known as a celebrity astrologer. Age 98
Ron Cobb production designer and cartoonist known for his work on “Back to the Future” and Star Wars. Age 83 .
Tommy DeVito member of the 60s local group “The Four Seasons” age 92. Complications of Covid 19
Coliesa McMillan subject of “My 600 Pound Life” age 41 complications of weight loss surgery.
Kevin Barnes Pres. and creator of Prometheus Entertainment and the producer of the “Lost in Space” reboot on Netflix. Age 65.
Usually in my opening remarks I talk about a TV show or movie that I’ve watched recently. Occasionally I point you to a review I have posted recently. Also I never post links to new trailers that come out from time to time for movies and TV shows. However this time we are making an exception. I want to call your attention to the new trailer for the film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 epic sci-fi novel “Dune”. Rather than just pointing you to the official trailer, I’m giving you a link to an interview that Stephen Colbert had with the cast and director of this new adaptation. Colbert is a big fan boy of the novel and gushes like a little kid talking to the cast.
The original book is frequently cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history winning the 1966 Hugo Award and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965. Herbert wrote five sequels. After his death his son Brian Herbert along with Kevin J Anderson published a number of prequel novels as well as two novels completing the original Dune series partially based on his father’s notes discovered after his death. Dune is a masterpiece of what science fiction calls “world building” in which the author creates a deeply detailed alien set of characters, creatures, environments, politics, history and traditions. Rather than go into a lot of exposition in the original novel, Herbert plunges the reader headfirst into this alien world and lets you figure it out on your own as he goes. It’s a challenging bit of reading but it pays off in the end. I never was as impressed with the sequels as I was the first novel. And I’ve not read any of the Brian Herbert additions to the franchise.
This is not the first adaptation of this sci-fi classic. In the mid-1970s avant-garde director Alejandro Jodorowsky planned an ambitious project to bring the story to film. Ultimately that project never got off the ground and its failure is brilliantly chronicled in the 2013 documentary “Jodorowsky’s Dune“. In 1984 director David Lynch created a version of “Dune” starring Kyle MacLachlan as the main character Paul Atreides. Many fans were disappointed in that film and while it had its problems I enjoyed it. Then in 2000 Syfy Channel had a three part miniseries “Dune” followed in 2003 by “Children of Dune”. While it was nice that this miniseries delved into the second book in the series and covered the story a little more detail, I didn’t find it as compelling as the David Lynch version.
The new trailer can only be described as 100% fan service and as a fan I feel very well served. Several of the most memorable scenes of the story appear in the trailer and are beautifully depicted. Shot on location in Jordan and the UAE they use as many practical effects as possible. The cinematography is absolutely spectacular. The special-effects are spot on. The giant sandworms that are central to the story looked a bit larger than previous depictions but that’s okay with me.
Timothée Chalamet is cast as Paul Atreides he is known for films such as “Lady Bird” and “Call Me by Your Name” but I’m not really familiar with him. I like the fact that he works younger than previous versions of the character. Teen star Zendayl seems perfectly cast as Paul’s freeman love interest Chani . Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho and Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck look wonderful in their parts. The instant I saw Oscar Isaac with a full beard I knew immediately he was Duke Leto Atreides Paul’s father. While some people are having difficulty separating these actors from previous iconic roles Aquaman, Thanos, and Poe Dameron I have no trouble with the casting. I can’t wait. No sign of character Shadot Mapes which was famously played by NCIS: LA star Linda Hunt. The character is not listed in the credits on IMDb.
I’ve told my friends that I’m going to see this one in the IMAX theater even if I have to put on a hazmat suit. It is currently scheduled for release December 18. I have linked the Stephen Colbert interview which features the trailer at the end available at the end of this blog. Check it out.
The Christopher Nolan sci-fi film “Tenet” has long been considered sort of the “canary in the coal mine” about the health of the movie business. It’s been delayed multiple times because of the pandemic but is finally being released into theaters. However in an unprecedented move, Warner Bros. is refusing to share detailed box office numbers. One can only speculate that the numbers are low and they don’t want the negative publicity.
“Wonder Woman 1984” which was scheduled to be released October 2 has now been pushed to December, one week after the much anticipated “Dune” sci-fi classic.
For now Survivor season 41 will not film until spring of 2021 to be aired in the fall of 2021 because of the pandemic. However late reports say they are still looking at other options than their usual location of Fiji which is closed to the US.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be a TV event only with no actual parade route. See the linked article below for details.
James Corden hosted his “The Late Late Show” remotely after being in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid 19.
Production has resumed on the film “The Batman” after Robert Pattison tested positive for Covid 19.
Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News
ABC has released its revised list of premier dates. See the link below for details. Also despite previous reports that “Stumptown” would be returning for season 2, ABC has canceled it. The show may be shopped to other networks or streaming. It is a private eye series starring Cobie Smulders . Cancellation was related to Covid 19 scheduling issues.
Jim Carrey is set to play Joe Biden for the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live. Maya Rudolph will be democratic VP nominee Kamala Harris and Alec Baldwin of course will continue to portray Donald Trump. Three new supporting cast members you’ve never heard of will be added to the show. The entire main cast will return this season after a last-minute deal to re-sign Kate McKinnon. There will be a live audience but the numbers will be limited.
Former “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany is going from black to green. She has been cast as She-Hulk in an upcoming series for Disney+.
CBS is bringing back “Sunday Night Movies” because most of its scripted dramas are delayed. “Big Brother” will move from Sunday to Monday.
HBO Max has renewed “Doom Patrol” and “Harley Quinn” each been renewed for season 3. These series were originally on the DC Universe Streaming service however DCU is getting out of the streaming business and will be strictly a comic book subscription site. All future DC television shows will appear on HBO Max. The new DC Universe will be renamed “DC Universe Infinite”.
Syndicated medical talkshow “The Dr. Oz Show” has been renewed for 2 years.
HBO has renewed “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” for another 3 seasons.
ABC has canceled sitcom “United We Fall” after 1 season. I never heard of it.
“Desus & Mero” comedy show has been renewed at Showtime for season 3
HBO Max’s sci-fi hit “Raised by Wolves” has been renewed for season 2. I’m really loving it.
CW network has renewed “Two Sentence Horror Stories” for season 3.
YouTube has introduced “YouTube Shorts” a new 15 second video format to compete with TikToc.
In other TikToc news… Oracle has beaten out Microsoft in a bid to buy out the China-based social media video app after the Trump administration has threatened to ban the app based on security concerns. The Justice Department is reviewing the plan. Meanwhile the app will be banned from sale in the US starting Sunday.
Viacom CBS announced that it will rebrand “CBS All Access” as “Paramount+” in 2021.
Madonna says she will direct and co-write her own biopic “The True Untold Story of Madonna”
The Sony PS5 will launch November 12 and start at $499 with a cheaper all-digital version for just $399. An additional controller will cost $70.
The new Xbox Series X will cost $499 but the digital only Xbox Series S is $299 . Will be released November 10.
Nintendo has discontinued its 3DS handheld gaming platform.
Author Winston Groom who wrote the novel “Forest Gump” age 77.
Stephen Lee a.k.a. “Puppet the Psycho Dwarf” pro wrestler who appeared in 2 “Jackass” movies. Age 54
Former “Top Chef” contestant Aaron Grissom age 34 in a traffic accident.
Al Kasha Oscar-winning composer of “The Morning After” age 83
Christopher Scott Ellis a mechanic on Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws” age 39 apparent heroin overdose.
Tony Tanner director of Broadway version of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” age 88.
To start off this week’s entertainment news I can recommend Netflix film “Power Project”. The action sci-fi crime drama stars Jamie Foxx as an ex-Marine in search of his teenage daughter who inherited special superpowers from him after the government had experimented on him. Someone has released a new drug in the New Orleans area that when taken, it gives you unpredictable superpowers for five minutes. You might explode, might become invulnerable, you might turn into a human torch Fantastic Four style. Also features Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a New Orleans Detective searching for the source of the drug and a good performance by teenager Dominique Fishback was a young girl trying to support her sick mother by selling the drug. Really good action-adventure excellent special-effects. Giving it a rating of “I really like it“.
Now onto the news…
The Tony awards committee has announced that 18 productions will be eligible for the 2020 awards. Significantly down from the 34 productions eligible last year pre-pandemic.
We will not bother reporting a huge collection of news items about various TV dramas that are going back into production post pandemic. We will just note that some of them will not even begin production until late September or early October which is usually the time when they would be premiering.
Marvel’s “New Mutants” earned $7 million at the box office last weekend which would normally be a disaster however considering the pandemic and only 62% of all cinemas are open that is considered pretty good. Stock prices on movie chains were up last Friday to celebrate the reopening of many theaters.
Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News
TVLine has released a calendar showing premier dates for new fall TV series. See the first link at the bottom of the page. It gives a calendar of September premieres as well as links to articles about the fall premieres of all five major networks. Note however that many shows have been delayed because the pandemic and will not premier until October or November rather than the usual September.
As we previously reported if you want to see the new live-action word of Disney’s “Mulan” you will not only need a subscription to Disney+ but it will also cost an extra $30. It will be available September 5. However today they announced that starting December 4 you can watch it with nothing more than a regular Disney+ subscription for free. So if you can wait till December, don’t waste your money now.
Disney+ has announced that season 2 of “The Mandalorian” will premier October 30.
The cast of “The West Wing” will re-create episode of season three in a stage production to promote Michelle Obama’s “When We All Vote” campaign. It will appear on HBO Max sometime before the election.
The CBS All Access remake of Stephen King novel “The Stand will premier December 17. I’ve never read the book but I really liked the 1994 miniseries version. Do we really need a story about a global pandemic right now?
NBC has greenlit a TV series about “Tiger King” Joe Exotic. Kate McKinnon will play Carol Baskin.
CBS will air over broadcast the first season of “Star Trek Discovery” which was available only on streaming CBS All Access. Also the first season of the reboot of “One Day at a Time” previously only available on Netflix. Also “Manhunt: Deadly Games” which was previously only available on demand for Spectrum customers. These will fill up their fall schedule until scripted series can premier sometime in November.
Netflix has canceled sci-fi series “Altered Carbon” after 2 seasons.
“The Masked Singer” season 4 will premier September 23.
John Harlan Kim who plays Chimney’s younger brother on “911” has been promoted to series regular.
It’s bad enough that we had to get an animated comedy version of Star Trek with the new “Star Trek: Lower Decks”. Now w down e have word that Fox is developing an animated comedy spinoff of “The X-Files”.
The cast of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” will be reuniting for a special celebrating the 30th anniversary of the show. The reunion will be on HBO Max.
AMC has canceled horror series “NOS4A2” after two seasons. I never got into it.
Chinese science-fiction epic “The Three Body Problem” is going to be adapted to a series for Netflix and be produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss who previously produced “Game of Thrones”. I haven’t read the novel but I heard great things about it. I may have to check it out.
HBO Max withdrawing a common special by British comedian James Veitch following allegations of rape and sexual assault. He’s been dropped by his agent and is been edited out of a show on Qubie .
Black-ish will have an election themed , parsley animated episode currently scheduled for October 4 but it may get pushed if the NBA finals run that long.
Kevin Hart will host a star-studded “get out the vote” comedy special for ABC September 14. It is billed as a nonpartisan event to encourage people to vote.
This week’s winner of the “Chris Young’s Sure Sign of the Coming Apocalypse Award” goes to “Dancing With The Stars” who announced that next seasons cast of celebrity contestants will include Tiger King’s Carole Baskin. See the link below for more details. DWTS is based on a British series “Strictly Come Dancing” which this season will feature its first-ever same sex couple. I’ve been wondering when DWTS would do that.
Politics and Showbiz
Facebook announced it will stop taking political ads one week before the November 3 election.
A judge has rejected Roman Polanski’s bid to be reinstated in the Motion Picture Academy so that he can vote on the Oscars. He was banned from the Academy after being found guilty of relationship with a teenage girl.
Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery will have transgender and non-binary characters for the first time in Star Trek history.
Disney has filed for a patent to use drones to control show elements. So look for dancing drones to make an appearance at Disney parks sometime soon.
Chadwick Boseman final tweet announcing his passing has set a record for the most liked tweet ever.
Magician/stuntman David Blaine set a YouTube record when he flew over the Arizona desert using helium balloons. At one point 770,000 people were watching live stream.
Actor Chadwick Boseman who appeared in iconic roles such as Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, and James Brown. Oh yeah I think he was in a couple of Marvel movies too. Age 43 colon cancer.
Joe Ruby animator and cocreator of Scooby Doo. Age 87.
YouTube star Landon Clifford age 19 after spending six days in a coma however no cause of death has been revealed the preferred released.
Riley Gail lead singer of the Texas thrash metal band “Power Trip” age 34 no cause released
David S. The show Cass Sr. a veteran stuntman and TV director. Age 87
Ceasar Cordova character actor known for “Scarface” and “Carlito’s Way” age 84. Natural causes.
Former NBA All-Star and “Survivor” contestant Cliff Robinson. Age 53.
Leslie H. Freas twin sister of Linda Hamilton who appeared with her in “Terminator 2” age 63. No cause revealed.
Erick Morillo DJ who was known for his music hit “I like to Move It” which was famously featured in the film “Madagascar” age 49. No cause released. He was scheduled to appear in court on a sexual battery charge on Friday.
Timothy Graphenreed composer who penned 2 songs for “The Wiz”. Age 68 no cause released.
Ian Mitchell bass player for the Bay City Rollers age 62.
Also get a series of recent blogs I’ve been asking the question “Is Broadcast TV Dead?” One of our links articles at the bottom of this page describes how the typical half-hour sitcom may be going away from broadcast TV. Sitcoms usually lose money the first four years of production and they don’t really start making it back until they go into syndication and streaming services. But it turns out that sitcoms are not as binge worthy online as serial dramas are. So the producers are trying to renegotiate terms with the networks to make sitcoms profitable earlier on. If a sitcom only lasts two or three years never recovers money. I have to wonder if this is another nail in the coffin of broadcast TV as we know it. As I mentioned, see the link below for details.
Here is an overview of entertainment news August 25, 2020.
“Jurassic World: Dominion” has been filming on the island of Malta but will cutback its presence there due to increased COVID 19 infections.
Ken Jeong has withdrawn as a judge for the UK version of “The Masked Singer” because of Covid 19 travel restrictions.
Directors UK, a British organization representing 7500 screen directors, as updated guidelines for nude scenes suggesting perhaps actual partners be used as body doubles when filming sex scenes and asking them to reevaluate scripts to determine if intimate scenes are absolutely necessary to the story. All of this in light of the pandemic.
The next season of “The Masked Singer” has resumed production after pandemic delays. This year they will have fan voting as part of the format.
In the fall the Tony Awards will be a virtual event. I don’t know how you give awards when Broadway shut down all but a couple of months early in the year but I guess they will figure it out. No specific date has been set yet.
Syndicated talk show “The Kelly Clarkson Show” will return to the studio with a virtual audience. Let’s hope they finally provide with the makeup artist. She looks really strange not wearing makeup in the shows that she has recorded from home.
The Kentucky Derby has decided it will not have fans at the track after all. They had originally planned to allow a limited number of reserve seats. The race will be September 5 postponed from its usual date in May.
The Australian version of “The Masked Singer” has been shut down after several crewmembers tested positive for coronavirus.
The Jimmy Kimmel version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was one of the last non-scripted shows to be shot before the pandemic. It was taped without an audience. Now season 2 is in production again without audience.
Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News
Showtime has canceled “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” after 1 season and we are VERY disappointed. It was one of the best new TV shows of the year. HIGHLY recommend you go back and catch it on demand.
“Warrior Nun” has been renewed for season 2 by Netflix
All of the American Idol judges and host Ryan Seacrest are signed on for next season however notably absent from the announcement is mentor Bobby Brown. No word on his return.
New Jason Sudeikis comedy “Ted Lasso” has already been renewed for season 2 on Apple+
Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” has canceled its seventh season that had already begun preproduction. Season 6wrapped up in August. The struggles of producing the show during the pandemic were just too big.
Nat Geo drama series “The Right Stuff” about the original Mercury 7 astronauts will premiere October 9 on Disney+. Based on the book by Tom Wolfe which was previously made into a film 1983.
Showtime has greenlit a new comedy called “Moonbase 8” starring Fred Arminsen and John C Riley.
Both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton will portray Batman in the upcoming “Flash” movie.
Tosh.O will end with season 12 on Comedy Central. Producers are looking to shop the series elsewhere.
Disney will also make its upcoming live-action version of “Mulan” available for $30 by Apple, Roku, and Google in addition to Disney+. It was also announced that the price for other countries such as Canada, UK, and Spain will only be about $26 rather than the $30 US customers will have to pay.
The new “The Batman” series on HBO Max is set to take place in “Year One” prior to the Matt Reeves movie.
CW has announced that they will recast Elongated Man for a brief appearance after actor Hartley Sawyer was fired over past racist and misogynist tweets.
Politics and Showbiz
An upcoming season 6 episode of “Lucifer” on Netflix will feature a “Black Lives Matter” theme.
Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman made an anti-gay slur on a live microphone after returning from a commercial break. He made a very sincere apology on air and then left broadcast. He has been suspended by Fox Sports Ohio but no word if it’s permanent or not. During his apology even speculated it might be the last time he was on air realizing the severity of his offense.
NFL Kansas City Chiefs have banned Native American face paint and headdresses at future games. My question is… What if you really are Native American?
Cleveland radio station WTAM has fired news anchor Kyle Cornell after referring to Kamala Harris as “colored”. While I understand that particular word has gone out of appropriate use, I fail to understand why “people of color” is okay but “colored people” isn’t. I guess it goes back to the old George Carlin routine “It’s okay to prick your finger but you can’t finger your prick”.
Former NHL player and coach Mike Milbury has been suspended during the of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for saying that the bubble environment in which the playoffs are being held because of the pandemic is really great “Not even any women here to disrupt your concentration”.
The zoo featured in the Netflix series “Tiger King” has been closed to the public after its federal animal exhibition license was revoked.
At age 98 Norman Lear is the oldest person in history to receive an Emmy nomination.
There is a big shakeup at the CBS courtroom drama “All Rise”. Five of the seven original writers for the show have walked out saying that they had to do much behind-the-scenes to keep the scripts from being racist and offensive. For example one episode slated for season 2 had a Latin American gang preying on citizens with machetes. A Latin American writer as well as costar Lindsay Mendez refused to participate and the script was rewritten.
George RR Martin is suing a production company over the rights to his werewolf novella “The Skin Trade”. The company had purchased the rights to the story but had to start production within five years. Just before the deadline they put together a bare-bones cast and crew and filmed very few scenes then shut down. Martin says the token production was insufficient.
Korean K-Pop group BTS were the first band ever to rack up 100 million YouTube views in 24 hours
Len Goodman Chief Judge of “Dancing With The Stars” has had a skin cancer removed from his for.
The season 3 finale of “Yellowstone” is the most watched cable TV show of 2020 so far. It had 5.2 million viewers.
Actor Ben Cross most known for playing British Olympic athlete Harold Abrams in a 1981 “Chariots of Fire” but also known for playing Spock’s father Sarek in the 2009 Star Trek. Age 72.
Jesse Goins featured on Discovery’s “Gold Rush” age 60. He collapsed on set. No official cause yet.
Todd Nance drummer and founding member of the Georgia jam band “Widespread Panic” died suddenly after complications of a chronic illness. No age given. He had been with the band for over 30 years.
Drag queen Chi Chi DeVayne whose real name was Zavion Davenport who appeared on multiple seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race is died of kidney failure at age 34.
Frankie Banali drummer for metal band “Quiet Riot” age 68 pancreatic cancer.
Frank Cullotta Las Vegas mobster who was a key advisor on the film “Casino” age 81 COVID 19.
Jack Sherman guitarist for the “Red Hot Chili Peppers” age 64
Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle age 38. No cause given. He is the son of country rocker Steve Earle.
Character actor Alan Rich who was one of the few actors to maintain a career after being blacklisted in the 1950s McCarthy hearings. Age 94. Dementia.
Here is our entertainment news for the third week of August 2020. Again we are going to experiment with a video version of this report. Please like and subscribe to the video version and share with your friends on social media. First of all HBO’s new horror series “Lovecraft Country” is absolutely awesome. Look for a complete review coming here soon.
The Billboard Music Awards originally scheduled for April, now will be October 14 on NBC.
ABC sitcom “The Conners” like its predecessor “Roseanne” as always begun with a voiceover “filmed before a live studio audience” however now it is sent to resume production on next season without an audience.
“For All Mankind” the Apple TV+ alternate history of the Apollo program had just 2 episodes left to film for season 2 when it had to shut down for the pandemic. Production has resumed this week on those final 2 episodes. It is produced by Sony pictures TV which has been at the forefront of efforts to safely return scripted series to production. They also produce “S.W.A.T.” which became the first broadcast drama to start filming new episodes, Its daytime drama “The Young and the Restless” has been back in production for weeks, “The Goldbergs” is eying a production restart in a week and “The Good Doctor” is expected to resume filming in Vancouver by the end of the month.
Late-Night with Seth Meyers will return to 30 Rock Studios on September 8. Slightly earlier than expected. All of the other major late-night shows have already returned to their studios all without audiences.
Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News
Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki has been cast to play Princess Diana in the final two seasons of Netflix’s “The Crown”
Former Supernatural star Jensen Ackles has been added to the season 3 cast of Amazon’s “The Boys”
Speaking of “Supernatural” its final 7 episodes which were delayed by the pandemic are now scheduled to air starting October 8 with a two hour series finale scheduled for November 19.
Although Kelly Clarkson said she felt very comfortable in the chair of Simon Cowell as his temporary replacement for AGT, this week Kenan Thompson will be the fill in for Cowell
Although not quite worthy of my “Sure Sign of the Coming Apocalypse” award… We do have to wonder the decision-making of having Will Smith and Kevin Hart remake of the 1987 holiday classic “Planes, Trains, & Automobiles”. Do they really think they cannot do the original? I don’t think so.
“Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” has been canceled after 6 seasons on Netflix.
Amazon’s new apocalyptic series “Utopia” the premier September 25.
Politics and Showbiz
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are among the guests scheduled for “A Late Show with Stephen Colbert” as he goes live after the Democratic National Convention
Marge Simpson matriarch of the Simpsons animated family responded via Twitter at a Trump operative who said that Kamala Harris sounds like Marge. Said it was disrespectful.
Eva Longoria, Tracy Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are among the celebrities who will speak at the DNC this week.
The original creators of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” have withdrawn from the upcoming live-action version in production for Netflix. The fans of the original anime series are pretty upset by the news.
Several DC Universe original TV series will be moving to HBO Max. I have to wonder if that means that the DCU streaming service is in trouble and perhaps going away.
Disney announced that its upcoming series “The Owl House” will have its first ever bisexual lead character
R. Kelly’s manager Donnell Russell has been charged in New York with threatening to shoot up a Manhattan screening of the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” in 2018
A federal grand jury has indicted 2 men for the 2002 murder out Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay.
A federal appeals court has ruled that Star Trek Discovery’s use of outer space born creatures “tardigrades” does not infringe on a videogame also based on the creatures. Part of the reasoning once that these creatures do actually exist (although not in the size as used in Star Trek) and they have been shown to be able to survive the vacuum of space. So you can’t copyright the properties of the real world animal. See the link below for more details.
Composer Duane L. Tatro who composed music for “Dynasty” and “The Love Boat” age 93.
Linda Manz actress in “Days of Heaven”, and “The Wanderers” age 58 lung cancer
Robert Trump businessman and younger brother of Donald Trump age 71.
Howell Brinkley Tony winning lighting designer for “Hamilton” and “Jersey Boys” age 64
After going for many months without an entertainment news update I’m now going to try to do one every 2 or 3 weeks. As experiment I also decided to do a YouTube version of this blog to see what kind of traffic it gets. So here goes.
Starting off with a mini review… CBS All Access has released its first episode of a new animated Star Trek series called “Star Trek: Lower Decks”. It takes place aboard a starship called the Cerritos and focuses on ensigns and other minor officers who occupy the lower decks of a starship. It is a very offbeat comedic version of Star Trek. I don’t really like the animation style with big bulging eyes similar to “The Simpsons” or “Rick & Morty”. The pace is a little bit frantic and sometimes it seems like they try too hard for laughs that don’t really pay off. I’ve got nothing against comedic Star Trek but my initial reaction is if you want a funny Star Trek you should watch “The Orville”. It may grow on me after couple episodes but for now I’m not very optimistic. For now I’m giving it a “could be watchable”. Brief update. After writing this initial comment I’ve seen the second episode and it’s kind of growing on me. It will definitely be an acquired taste that I’m not sure I will acquire but we will see.
Sadly also cannot recommend the new “Muppets Now” on Disney+. I don’t think I laughed once in the entire half-hour episode. Some of the guest stars were given nothing to do except one or two lines. I’m really disappointed.
If you’re looking for something better to watch I would check out the new “Perry Mason” prequel on HBO which just had its first season finale but is available on demand. Also the second season of “The Alienist” on TNT also is worth checking out. It just wrapped up as well but is available on demand. By the way “Alienist” is a term used to describe psychiatrists who diagnose people who are alienated from their own nature. It has nothing to do with outer space aliens. Still it’s really good stuff.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD had its series finale this week after seven seasons. I have to say this was probably their best ever. The series finale did not disappoint wrapping up lots of plot lines and including a little “one year later” epilogue they gave us a peak into what the agents were doing after the demise of SHIELD. Check the links at the bottom of this article for interviews with cast and producers.
Actor Brian Cranston reveals he has Covid 19. Encourages fans to wear a mask.
Andrew Lloyd Webber agrees with the critics that the film adaptation of his musical “Cats” was ridiculous. In other news ALW announced he is a test subject for a possible COVID 19 vaccine.
CBS soap operas returned starting August 10. There has not been an original episode since July 20.
Radio City Music Hall has canceled its annual Christmas show featuring the Rockettes.
New York Comic Con scheduled for October has been canceled and will move online
Seth Meyers will not return to the studio at 30 Rock for his late-night show until this fall. He has been producing the show from either a room in his attic or a room at his in-laws house. Jimmy Fallon returned to his studio with the band “The Roots” but no audience a few weeks ago. This week he will have his first in studio guest in the form of a musical performance by one of the members of “Phish”. James Corden has also returned to his studio in LA. Stephen Colbert this week shifted from producing his show at home to producing it at his office at the Ed Sullivan Theater.
The Broadway musical “Diana: A New Musical” about Princess Diana was shut down days before it’s official open because of Covid 19. Now it will premier on Netflix prior to reopening on Broadway currently scheduled for May 2021.
AMC theaters is offering tickets for $0.15 when it theaters reopen on August 20. Note however this only applies to some features. New first-run films such as Marvel’s New Mutants will cost you the regular price.
Coming Soon, Renewals, and Casting News
“Hunters” has been renewed at Amazon Prime for season 2. It is the story of Nazi hunters and stars Al Pacino.
Disney+ will stream the live-action version of “Mulan” starting September 4 however it will cost you an extra $30 above and beyond the regular subscription. They say this is one time thing and not new model for releasing films to Disney+. It will be released to theaters in China. European theater owners are pretty upset about the plan and although it hasn’t been reported my guess is US theaters are not to happy either.
This month’s winner of the “Sure Sign of the Coming Apocalypse Award”… Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are creating a reboot of “Who’s the Boss?”
Comedy Central is making plans to reboot “The Ren & Stimpy” animated series.
Judd Apatow will make a two-part documentary on late comedian George Carlin for HBO.
“MacGruber” Will Forte’s bumbling hero spoof of “MacGyver” has been ordered to series for Peacock. The character began as a sketch on SNL and had a feature film in 2010.
Reality competition show “Tough As Nails” has been renewed for season 2.
Jonathan Pryce has been cast to play Prince Philip in season 5 and 6 of “The Crown”
In 1978 Lucasfilm released the “Star Wars Holiday Special” which was such a disaster it was never shown again and never released on VHS or DVD. We are now revisiting the Wookie home world again to celebrate “Life Day” but this time with Legos. This November, Disney+ will play host to The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, an animated 45-minute adventure that will see Rey, Finn, Poe, and Rose help Chewbacca race back to his homeworld of Kashyyyk in time to celebrate Life Day with his family—just as Han did in the original Holiday Special’s framing device premise.
Simon Cowell has been hospitalized with a broken back after electric bike accident. Kelly Clarkson is substituting for him as a guest judge on “America’s Got Talent” as it moved to live shows this week.
Al Roker will take time off from the today show for shoulder replacement surgery.
Politics and Showbiz
A controversial episode of “black-ish” season 4 that has been sitting on the shelf for 2 years at ABC is now available on Hulu. The politically themed episode was highly critical of Trump. Hulu is listing it as Season 4 Episode 99 which is common practice for special episodes or un-aired episodes. I watched it and like many reviewers I think it reveals how wimpy ABC is that they would not broadcast it. The plot revolves around Dre calming down his infant son during a thunderstorm by telling him a bedtime story about the “Shady King”. While it is highly critical of Trump, the real theme of the show is fear. It explores not only Dre’s fears about Trump as president but it delves into other fears such as police brutality, climate change and other issues. Keep in mind this was filmed over two years ago pre-pandemic, pre-George Floyd. I actually thought it was a thoughtful and balanced approach. It even cites Obama’s success is being a root cause of the Pro Trump people because Obama brought in so many changes that scared conservatives. What liberals saw as giant progressive leaps were fearful to those who fear change. Having an African-American president, LGBT rights, gay marriage, everything that liberals celebrate scared the crap out of conservatives. So I thought it was a quite balanced explanation of our current situation (or rather the situation we were in a little over two years ago.) I had to scoff at the ABC logo at the beginning of the show and in the corner of the screen throughout the show. If they were not afraid to put their logo on it, why didn’t they let it broadcast?
Broadcast networks have announced they will air one hour per night of convention coverage for the Democrat and Republican conventions both of which will be largely virtual. CNN however plans six hours per night of coverage. Although I haven’t seen any articles about MSNBC or Fox we can be certain they will both provide extensive coverage.
Among the people celebrating the choice of Kamala Harris as the new VP nominee is SNL alumn Maya Rudolph who has received 2 Emmy nominations for her portrayal/impersonation of the California senator. Although she lives in LA she figures they will find a way to get her safely to New York when SNL returns in the fall.
The Democratic National Convention will have All-Star lineup of performers including John Legend, The Chicks (Formerly Dixie Chicks), Common, Billie Eilish, and Jennifer Hudson.
Neil Young has filed copyright infringement lawsuit against the Donald Trump campaign for using his music without authorization.
Miscellaneous Show Business News
Elton John is celebrating 30 years of sobriety. Says if he never asked for help he’d be dead
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has purchased the XFL football league. No word on what he paid but I bet he can afford it easily. He has been named by Forbes as the highest-paid actor for the second year in a row at $87.5 million for Hobbs & Shaw as well as Skyscraper while Ryan Reynolds Deadpool 2 is in second place with 71.5 million.
Disney+ streaming service has surpassed 60 million subscribers which surpasses its five-year goal.
Late Show With Stephen Colbert has fired music producer Giovanni Ciainci after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Epic Games is suing both Apple and Google because they pulled the popular game Fortnite from the App Store and Play Store. Most services require that they get a cut of not only the cost of the game but any in app purchases. Epic rewrote their app so that they get there in app money directly. Pundits are saying that by deliberately violating the terms of service of both stores and then forcing them to remove the games they were setting things up for antitrust lawsuit. More details in the article linked from Gizmodo below.
Alan Parker director of “Bugsy Malone”, “Midnight Express”, and “Evita” age 76 after battling a long illness
Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” star Mahlon Reyes age 38. Heart attack.
Wilford Brindley known for his role in “Cocoon” age 85
Character actor Reni Santoni who played “Poppie” on Seinfeld. Age 81.
Brent Carver Tony award-winning actor who appeared in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” age 68
President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lorenzo Soria age 68
Wayne Fontana 60s pop star who sang the hit “Game of Love” age 74
Raymond Allen who appeared in “Sanford and Son” and “Good Times” age 91
Trini Lopez after and singer who appeared in “Dirty Dozen” and sang “If I Had a Hammer” age 83. Covid 19.
Normally in my entertainment news blogs I include information on which TV shows are being canceled or renewed. It had been so long since I had done such a blog I decided to separate out that topic into a separate blog. My source of information is the following link from TV Line.
I won’t comment on every show so you might want to check the link to see if they have information on a show I didn’t mention.. Going network by network here are the broadcast TV shows that have either been renewed, canceled, or scheduled to end.
All of their primetime game shows such as Pyramid, Card Sharks, Match Game, Celebrity Family Fusion, Holy Moly, Press Your Luck, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and To Tell the Truth have been renewed. The only one I ever watched was Millionaire.
Reality shows such as American Housewife, The Bachelor, Bachelor in Paradise none of which I watch have been renewed
American Idol renewed however I thought last year’s “at home” version was absolutely terrible. If we don’t get out from underneath the pandemic I would wish they simply postpone it. Singer “Just Sam” won the season all alone in her apartment without any family or friends to celebrate with her. The hometown visit for the finalists never happened. The duets with famous celebrities was completely unsatisfying when done virtually. I thought the whole thing was a disaster. America’s Got Talent is probably down that same rabbit hole and I’m not looking forward to it.
Dancing With The Stars renewed however Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will not be back as hosts. The same panel of judges are expected to return. I suppose this show would be watchable without an audience but it would probably miss something like the audience booing at the judges especially the Len Goodman.
The following shows were canceled and I either didn’t watch them or perhaps never even heard of them: The Baker and the Beauty, Bless This Mess, Grand Hotel, Kids Say the Darndest Things, Reef Break, Schooled, Single Parents.
How to Get Away with Murder — series ended May 14. I watched all but the final season of this. It was just too tiring to watch with all of the flash forwards and flashbacks. It was a show deliberately designed to keep the audience guessing and it seemed that when all of the questions were answered in the final episode each season I no longer cared about the outcome. It just wasn’t worth the effort to try to reassemble the timelines in your head each episode. I liked the early seasons but it just wasn’t worth it anymore. Goodbye.
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD final episodes now airing. This season has been by far their best ever. It’s nice that they are going out on a high note but I wish some of the previous seasons had been this great. I’m going to miss it.
Returning sitcoms: black-ish, The Conners, The Goldbergs. I only watch the first two and I like them. Spinoff mixed-ish will also return. I watched a few and liked it. Will probably binge the rest someday. The only really good new sitcom last year.
Modern Family — A groundbreaking sitcom that lasted 11 seasons and finished on a nice note back in April. I didn’t see much of the last just because my schedule was full but it was a fun ride while it lasted.
Fresh off the Boat — series finale was February 21. I never watched it.
Grey’s Anatomy will be back for its 17th season without original cast member Justin Chambers as Dr. Alex Karev who was written out late this past. Also related its spinoff Station 19. I continue to enjoy both of them.
The Rookie and Stumptown are new last season cop shows that I rather enjoyed but did not watch that much. They will both be back.
Reality shows Big Brother, Big Brother: Celebrity Edition and Love Island are back this summer. Also Undercover Boss returns and I couldn’t care less.
Survivor and The Amazing Race have been renewed but delayed because of the pandemic. I can’t see either one going back into production until the pandemic is completely under control. I miss them both already.
Sitcoms Bob Hearts Abishola, The Unicorn, The Neighborhood, Mom, Young Sheldon Renewed. I only watch the last two. I never did Heart Bob 🙂 Seemed like a sad ripoff of Mike and Molly. I gave Unicorn good review but didn’t have time to watch it. Wasn’t interested in Neighborhood.
Broke, Carol’s Second Act, Tommy, Man with a Plan, God Friended Me all canceled as I expected. Many friends said they liked Tommy. I didn’t watch any of them.
Hawaii Five-O ended its 10 year run on April 3. I really enjoyed it but finally got tired and gave up on it partway through last season.
Blood & Treasure, MacGyver, Magnum P.I. renewed but I don’t watch.
Bull, FBI, NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles, NCIS New Orleans, SWAT, Seal Team all coming back. I watched all expect LA. Don’t know why I don’t like it. Characters just don’t appeal to me the way the others do.
Criminal Minds aired its final episode February 19. Ran for 15 seasons. I probably watched eight or nine of them but I finally got tired of a new and weirder psychopath each week.
Evil renewed. Did not watch it but intended to. I might go back and binge at some point. Legal drama All Rise renewed but I never watched and probably won’t. Looks like it potential.
911, 911: Lone Star, The Masked Singer, Prodigal Son all returning and I’m very happy. Lone Star isn’t as good as the original 911 but it’s watchable.
The Orville — creator/star Seth McFarlane was too busy to produce the next season in time. So Fox decided to pass on it and season 3 will relocate to Hulu. I really look forward to it.
Empire had its final episode April 21 and is it possibility of a wrapup movie. I watched the first season but didn’t care enough to continue.
BH 90210, Deputy, Flirty Dancing, Outmatched not watched by me and apparently nobody else. All canceled.
So You Think You Can Dance — season 17 called off for pandemic. No word about its future.
The Simpsons, Beat Shazam, Bless the Harts, Bob’s Burgers, Duncanville, The Great North, Hell’s Kitchen, Master Chef, Last Man Standing, The Moodys, The Resident all renewed and I either did didn’t watch or never heard of them.
America’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent The Champions are listed as “sure thing” however I’m already dreading how AGT live shows will look during pandemic. American Ninja Warrior, Ellen’s Game of Games and The Voice also returning but I don’t watch.
Little Big Shots listed as “a safe bet” while The Wall, Songland listed as “a long shot” and “could go either way” respectively. Making It renewed.
Bluff City Law an excellent legal drama starring Jimmy Smits did not survive its first season. I really liked it.
AP Bio which I never liked is moving to Peacock streaming for its third season. Counsel of Dads, Indebted, Lincoln Rhyme, Perfect Harmony, The InBetween, Sunnyside are all canceled. Superstore returns without its star America Ferrera and I don’t care for any of these. I wanted to like Lincoln but it was just really bad
Blindspot series finale just aired. I’m 2 seasons behind but I still like it and intend to binge it to completion.
All three Chicago shows, Law & Order: SVU Manifest and New Amsterdam all renewed for 3 more seasons. I only watch Manifest but I’m behind a season.
Good Girls, The Blacklist, This Is Us, Brooklyn Nine-Nine all returning but I only watch the first three.
Will and Grace had its second series finale April 23. It was fun to have it back for a couple of new seasons but it was probably ready to quit.
Batwoman returns with a new character. Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, Stargirl, The Flash, Supergirl all renewed and I watch regularly. Arrow had its series finale January 28 and I will miss it a little bit.
Supernatural it’s 15th and final season will premier this fall. I’m about season and a half behind but it still favorite of mine. Probably time for it to go however.
The 100: returned May 20 with its final season. There are rumors of a spinoff. I kind of like it as well as the other YA sci-fi series Pandora which is returning much to my surprise. It’s not great but it’s okay.
All-American, Charmed, Dynasty, Legacies, Nancy Drew, Riverdale, Roswell New Mexico, Whose Line Is It Anyway all renewed but I don’t watch.
Penn & Teller: Fool Us returning and I’m very happy.
Katy Keene I think this is a spinoff from some other CW show that I never watch. It will not be back.
Here is the link to the page that is the basis for these listings.
Obviously neither I nor my source TV Line can cover every cable TV show. This is just a sampling.
Better Call Saul — I’m behind but I plan to catch up for its 6th and final season.
Dispatches from Elsewhere season 1 began April 27 and it looked like it was not intended to be multi-season. Bizarre yet interesting show with a very unsatisfying final episode. No word on its future. The Terror also is a one season at a time kind of show that if it returns will be a totally new premise as was the second season. No word yet.
McMafia and NOS4A2 renewed but I don’t watch.
Lodge 49 was a fun quirky show that will not be back for season 3 and I probably really won’t miss it. But it had its moments.
Fear The Walking Dead returns for season 6 October 11. The Walking Dead will have its postponed season 10 finale October 4 to be followed by 6 additional episodes. Renewed for season 11. New spinoff series The Walking Dead: World beyond premieres October 4 and is scheduled to only run 2 seasons
I never heard of this network. No surprise then it ceased operations sometime this spring.
Doctor Who season 12 started March 1. Sure thing for renewal but no date yet.
Killing Eve award-winning show renewed for season 4 and I can’t wait.
Rick and Morty — season 4 aired May 31 and has been renewed. I know it’s a geek favorite but I never watched it and don’t think I would like it.
The network is no longer producing original programming. Jett season 1 finale was August 9, 2019. Strike Back series finale was April 17. Warrior renewed and will premier this fall.
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens, Drunk History, The Other Two renewed as well as season 26 of South Park. I don’t watch any of them.
Corporate season finale was July 22 and I never watched.
Deep State and Get Shorty no word yet but I hope they are renewed.
Pennyworth will be back for season 2 and I’m anxiously awaiting.
FX & FXX
American Crime Story season 3 will be the impeachment of Bill Clinton
American Horror Story renewed through season 13 with a spinoff ordered. Will be American Horror Stories (plural) it will be individual episodes instead of a season long story.
Atlanta, Breeders, Mr. Inbetween, Pose, Taboo, Snowfall all renewed but I don’t watch. Also Better Things is renewed and I’ve always wanted to see it but never had time.
Fargo season 4 is delayed but will be coming. Mixed feelings about it. Some seasons are good. Others not so much.
Mayans M.C. renewed for season 3 and I can’t wait.
What We Do in the Shadows my roommate Josh is happy season 3 is coming but I never watched it. It’s a vampire comedy series.
Archer season 11 premiered in September. No word on 12. I hope so.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia renewed for season 15. Tried it once and thought it was terrible but it must be popular to survive that long.
Barry, Perry Mason, and Westworld all renewed and I’m very happy.
Avenue 5 renewed. I watched a couple and it had a bizarre quirky charm. I made binge the rest or let it go. Not sure yet. His Dark Materials renewed by haven’t seen it but I intend to go back and binge.
Betty, A Black Lady Sketch Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Euphoria, Gentleman Jack, Insecure, My Brilliant Friend, The Righteous Gemstones, Succession all renewed but I don’t watch.
Game of Thrones series ended as scheduled. Prequel series scheduled for 2022. Silicon Valley ended as scheduled. I should have watched but didn’t.
Room 104, Ballers both canceled but I never watched. “Run” was fun for 9 episodes and then fizzled in the finale. Also will not be back.
Knightfall and Project Blue Book canceled. Only watched the first. Not bad but I won’t miss it.
Vikings second half of final season 6 with no premier date. Spinoff series ordered Netflix.
SpongeBob SquarePants renewed for season 13. Never seen it.
Yellowstone board me to death after one episode but has been renewed for season 4.
I never heard of this network until recently. Flack canceled but moving to Amazon Prime. One Day at a Time previously on Netflix will have season 4 here date undetermined. Schitt’s Creek much nominated comedy series by Eugene Levy ended April 7
The Affair finale was November 3, 2019. Always wanted to watch it but never got around to it after several seasons.
Billions I’m a season behind but happy it is returning even though no dates yet.
Homeland not coming back but it had run its course. It was good while it lasted.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels was one of the best new dramas this year. No word on renewal but I really hope it is coming back
Back to Life, Black Monday, City on a Hill, On Becoming a God in Central Florida, Work in Progress All renewed but I don’t watch.
The L Word: Generation Q coming back but not as good as the original.
Shameless renewed for final season without Fiona
American Gods and Outlander have both been renewed and I’m very happy.
The Girlfriend Experience, Hightown, P-Valley renewed but I never watch them.
Killjoys ended September 20, 2019 and I will really miss it
The Magicians indent April 1 and I will really miss it
Vagrant Queen ended June 4 I never watched
Van Helsing — I watched a couple of seasons but it wasn’t that good in the long run. Season 5 upcoming will be the last.
Wynonna Earp season 4 just premiered July 26. I watch the first episode of season 1 and really liked it but have not had time to go back and get caught up. I didn’t realize I was so far behind.
American Dad for seasons 17 and 18. Never watched it.
The Last O.G. season 3 ended June 9. No word on future season.
Miracle Workers this bizarre offbeat comedy with Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe finish season 2. I would be surprised if it came back. No word yet.
The Alienist season 2 premiered July 19 and has been excellent.
Animal Kingdom season 5 coming. I never watched. It’s not a nature show by the way.
Claws renewed for final season 4. Never watched it.
Snowpiercer excellent new sci-fi show renewed for season 2 and I can’t wait.
At Home with Amy Sedaris season 3 finished July 22. No word. Never watched.
I’m Sorry renewed for season 3. Never heard of it.
Tacoma FD it says season 2 resumed July 23. Never heard of it.
Briarpatch canceled after one season. I kind of liked it.
Dirty John previously on Bravo season 2 finished July 14. I heard it was popular but I never saw it.
Mr. Robot really bizarre surrealistic sci-fi that I liked. Officially ended December 22, 2019. I still need to binge the final season.
The Purge has been purged. I watched one or two and it didn’t appeal to me.
Queen of the South renewed for season 5. Never saw it.
The Sinner on very happy and has been for season 4. Interesting twist on a procedural cop show. You know from the beginning whodunit. The question is why.
Suits ended after 9 seasons. I will mess it.
Pearson spinoff from Suits was pretty good but canceled after one season.
Treadstone loosely based on the Bourne books and movies. It was okay but it only lasts one season.
Again obviously we can’t cover everything and I’m not going to even cover everything that TV Line covered. Here is the link to their page if you want more detail.
Bosch we need for final 7. I’ve heard good things about it but never had a chance to watch.
The Boys season 2 starts September 4. Already renewed for season 3. I intend to catch up.
Carnival Row renewed for season 2. I intend to check it out.
The Expanse formally on SyFy Channel one of the best sci-fi shows out there. Happy to hear its renewed for season 5.
Flack previously on Pop TV renewed for season 2. Never seen it.
Fleabag award-winning comedy season 2 released in May now on indefinite hiatus but I guess it will probably be back. Haven’t seen it yet but it is on my must-see list from everything I’ve heard.
Goliath renewed for final season 4. Never watched it.
Hannah renewed for season 3. I may go back and check it out.
Homecoming season 2 released May 22. No further word. On my list to check out.
Hunters season 1 released February 21 no word. Also on my list.
The Man in the High Castle officially ended November 15 after several seasons. I heard great things but never got around to it.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel renewed for season 4 and we are very very happy. Excellent comedy.
Modern Love renewed for season. Never heard of it.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan renewed for season 3. Haven’t seen it but it’s on my must-see list.
Undone renewed for season 2. Amazing animated drama using a strange rotoscoping animation technique. Really liked the first season although it was kind of strange. I’m surprised but pleased will be back. Kind of messes your mind in a fun way.
Upload relatively new sci-fi series about a digital afterlife. I’ve heard good things but haven’t seen it yet. Renewed for season 2.
Apple TV +
Amazing Stories first season released April 3. No word on renewal. I was kind of disappointed in this reboot.
Central Park and Dickinson both renewed for season 2. I know nothing about them.
For All Mankind this alternate history of the Apollo era of space travel is absolutely awesome. Very happy it will come back for season 2. Highly recommended.
Home before Dark a cute family-friendly show about an eight-year-old girl who is an investigative reporter. I really enjoyed it and it will be back for season 2.
The Morning Show despite the fact that it stars Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell this is a very serious drama about a morning news program. One of the most amazing explorations of the #MeToo issues. Highly recommended and it will be back for season 2.
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet workplace comedy about video game developers. It will be back for season 2. Never watched it.
See — an interesting post-apocalyptic action show starring Jason Momoa. Not the greatest but I liked it. It will be back and I look forward to it.
Servant creepy horror series from M. Night Shyamalan. I intended to check it out but never got around to it. It will be back for season 2.
Truth Be Told never heard of it but it will be back for season 2.
CBS All Access
The Good Fight renewed for season 5. One of the best dramas on TV. On its own worth the price of subscribing.
Interrogation a CIA comedy starring David Schwimmer just premiered February 6. Haven’t seen it.
Star Trek Discovery season 3 premieres October 15 and I can’t wait. Must-see for Star Trek fans.
Star Trek Picard season 2 has been ordered. The first season started off kind of slow but ended with wonderfully. Looking forward to more.
Star Trek Lower Decks premieres August 6. Animated comedy about minor characters aboard the Enterprise. The previews look really cheesy. I’m not impressed.
Star Trek: Strange New World a spinoff from Discovery starring Anson Mount as Capt. Christopher Pike. I’m really looking forward to this. The characters from this war prominent in season 2 of Discovery. Listed as in preproduction. No target date yet.
The Twilight Zone this reboot by Jordan Peele had season 2 released June 25. The first season was kind of up and down. Some episodes were great others not so much. Haven’t had time to check out the new season. No word on a third.
Why Women Kill renewed for season 2 but I haven’t seen it.
Doom Patrol also available on HBO Max. Season 2 ends August 6. Heard good things but I haven’t seen it yet.
Harley Quinn season 2 released June 26. Just okay animated series. Only watched about half of season 1 but I will probably go back.
Stargirl season one started here on DC Universe and then repeated on CW network. Season 2 moves exclusively to CW. Haven’t seen it yet but intend to catch up.
Titans I’ve heard good things but haven’t seen it yet. Renewed for season 3.
Young Justice: Outsiders renewed for season 4. I don’t know anything about it.
Probably apart from Netflix the best streaming service for your money featuring all of Star Wars, all of Marvel comics, all of Disney, and National Geographic.
Diary of a Future President renewed for season 2. I’ve not seen it.
High School Musical: The Musical:The Series — Really? It takes 2 colons? Season 2 premieres in the fall 2020. Not interested.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars excellent animated Star Wars series you can binge all seasons. Series finale was on May 4
The Mandalorian absolutely awesome live-action Star Trek series. I’m very happy it will be back for season 2. Also check out EXCELLENT documentary “Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian” which gives amazing insight into the creative process and the technology of this wonderful series. If you love behind-the-scenes insight into filmmaking and storytelling even if you are not a Star Wars fan this is a great view.
I’m definitely not commenting on all of these. Check out the link above for more info.
Castle Rock based on Stephen King material season 2 was December 11. No word on more. I’ve heard good things but haven’t seen it.
The Handmaid’s Tale absolutely amazing future history social sci-fi season 4 premieres in 2021. Absolute must-see. I can’t wait.
Marvel’s Runaways teen action drama officially ended December 13. I really enjoyed it.
The Orville moved here from Fox. Season 3 will be late this year and I really am looking forward to it. Very funny yet sometimes serious set in a Star Trek like setting.
Again my list is only a partial list of those covered by TV Line and they don’t cover everything on Netflix. I don’t even think Netflix knows everything that’s on Netflix 🙂
13 Reasons Why somewhat controversial series about teen suicide officially ended due to 5
Altered Carbon interesting sci-fi series I watched about half of the first season and intend to finish. Season 2 premiered February 27. No update.
Arrested Development season 5 released March 2019 on indefinite by you this.
Black Mirror bizarre sci-fi anthology season 5 released June 5. No word on updates.
Cobra Kai spinoff of the Karate Kid previously on YouTube renewed for season 3.
The Crown be needed for allegedly final season 6 although they have recently hinted it could be extended to 7.
Dead to Me renewed for final season 3
Fuller House series finale June 2.
GLOW renewed for final season 4
Grace and Frankie excellent comedy with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda renewed for final season 7
The Kominski Method award-winning comedy starring Michael Douglas renewed for final season 13
Locke & Key interesting fantasy series renewed for season 2. I’ve heard good things but haven’t seen it.
Lost in Space excellent family action sci-fi story will return for final season 3 in 2021. I can’t wait.
Lucifer moved here from Fox season 5a premieres always 21st renewed for final season 6. A favorite of mine.
Messiah not coming back but it looks like a one season miniseries to me.
MindHunter season 2 releases last August listed as on indefinite hiatus. I’ve heard good things.
Raising Dion show about a kid with superpowers. I’ve heard good things but haven’t seen. Renewed for season 2
Stranger Things probably the most popular show on Netflix I’ve never seen. Renewed for season 4
The Umbrella Academy offbeat superhero show that I enjoy renewed for season 2
YOU a nominated crime drama renewed for season 3
AP Bio moved here from NBC season 3 premieres September 3
Brave New World based on the classic book season 1 premiered July 15. No updates yet.
That’s all folks. In a few days I will try to post info about upcoming new series but keep in mind the pandemic is going to have the schedule very much in flux.
It’s been over a year since I did an entertainment news blog. Much of this is out of date and will probably be lots of obituaries but I’m going to go through the RSS feeds of all my entertainment new sites and try to get caught up before the new TV season starts. Assuming it does start. I hope to find out in writing this what the status is on whether or not production can resume in the face of the pandemic.
I was going to include my usual links to the list of renewed and canceled TV shows but I’m going to do that in a separate blog with my reaction to some of them.
Usually at this point I mentioned movies that I’ve seen recently. But the last movie I went to once “The Joker” which was wonderful. I look forward to getting back to movies sometime soon once the virus runs its course. In the links below here are some articles of interest.
Miscellaneous Entertainment News Bits
Kayla Compton who plays Allegra Garcia on “The Flash” has been promoted to series regular for season 7
Disney+ is developing a prequel series to “Beauty and the Beast” featuring Josh Gad as LaFou and Luke Evans as Gaston.
Televangelist Jim Baker was ordered by the Atty. Gen. of New York to stop something fake coronavirus cures. Why are we not surprised?
Led Zeppelin won it’s copyright lawsuit over “Stairway to Heaven”.
Disney will release a Peter Jackson documentary about the Beatles currently scheduled for September but who knows?
Movie producer and sexual predator Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape. While in prison he contracted Corona Virus.
Disney’s “Song of the South” will not be added to Disney+ even with a disclaimer about its outdated racial stereotypes. I understand why but there are still some really nice things about the film like the song “Zippy Due Da”.
Amazon prime has ordered to series “Fernando” a biopic about Formula One champion Fernando Alonso
Rosario Dawson has been cast as Jedi apprentice Ahsoka Tano in season 2 of “The Mandalorian”. The character has previously appeared in animated Star Wars: the Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels but never in a live-action production until now.
Jasika Nicole who plays Dr. Carley on “The Good Doctor” will not be a series regular next season.
Christopher Melonli will return as Ellie Stabler in a “Law & Order: SVU” spinoff series for NBC. Series ordered 13 episodes for now.
In case you missed it, Disney+ has an eight part documentary about its hit series “The Mandalorian”. Search for “Disney Gallery: Star Wars The Mandalorian”.
As expected there will be a film version of “The Hunger Games” prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”. The book was released May 19, 2020. No word on when the movie will start production or potential release dates.
Disney announced “Hercules” will be the next of its animated films be made in a live-action version. This will be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo known for directing Avengers films.
There will be a new “Transformers” movie in 2022
There will be another Star Trek spinoff series on CBS All Access. Called “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” it will feature Spock, Capt. Pike and Rebecca Romin as “Number One”.
FX sitcom “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has been renewed for a record-breaking 15th season. It is now officially the longest running live-action comedy in TV history surpassing “Ozzie and Harriet” at 14 seasons. Note this is live-action. “The Simpsons” will begin its 30th season in the fall.
FX has ordered new series “American Horror Stories” (note its plural the original AHS is singular). This will be a similar anthology show but each story will only run one episode.
“The Bachelor” casts its first African-American bachelor
NBC’s provisional fall schedule has only one new show a Law & Order spinoff.
After the controversy of Jimmy Fallon wearing black face in a 2000 SNL skit (see link below), Tina Fey has asked streaming platforms to pull several “30 Rock” episodes that had white characters in blackface.
“The Simpsons” will no longer use white actors as voices of nonwhite characters. Kristin Bell is withdrawing her voice and animated show where she played a mixed race character.
Disney+ version of “Hamilton” has 2 “f-bombs” edited out.
Javicia Leslie will be the new “Batwoman” replacing Ruby Rose who left the series at the end of the first season. She will play completely different character takes up the identity of Batwoman.
“The Masked Singer” will have a spinoff titled “The Masked Dancer”. No word on when it will begin.
Ozzy Osbourne announced in January that he has Parkinson’s disease
PS4 videogame “The Last of Us” will be made into a series for HBO
Although Netflix previously announced “The Crown” would end in season 5 they have now confirmed it will be extended to season 6
Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will not return as hosts of “Dancing with the Stars”. No replacement yet named.
These obituaries are not in any particular order. They are really an order I discovered them my RSS feeds and because of a weird glitch they are not always chronological even though I keep my feed allegedly sorted by date. When the feed gets really full it sometimes gets out of order.
Roscoe Born soap opera star from “The Young and the Restless” and “All My Children” age 69.
Nicholas Tucci who started in Syfy Channel’s “Channel Zero” age 38 of cancer
Danny Tidwell was a finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance” age 35 auto accident
Mark Crowley playwright of “Boys in the Band” age 84
Max Von Sydow known for “The Exorcist” and as Emperor Ming in “Flash Gordon” and as the original Three Eyed Raven in “Game of Thrones”. Age 90
Comic book artist Allen Bellman who did early versions of Capt. America age 95
Lorenzo Brino child star will who appeared in CW’s “7th Heaven” age 21 auto accident
Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers age 81
Terrence McNally Tony award-winning playwright. Age 81 Covid 19
The pet dog from “Modern Family” and one of the Inuit Husky dogs that appeared as a Direwolf in “Game of Thrones”
John Callahan soap opera star of “All My Children” and “Santa Barbara” age 66 of a stroke
Krzystof Penderecki modernist composer whose work appeared in the soundtrack of “The Exorcist” and “The Shining” age 86
Country music star Joe Diffie age 61 Covid 19
David Schramm best known for playing Roy Biggins in the TV series “Wings” age 73 no cause listed
Songwriter Alan Merrill who wrote “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” age 69 Covid 19
Andrew Jack dialect coach and actor who appeared in 2 Star Wars films age 79 Covid 19
Grammy-winning soul singer/songwriter Bill Withers age 81 heart disease
16-year-old actor Nolan Williams played the young version of “The Flash” in 8 episodes of the CW series. Fentanyl overdose.
Rebecca Ramsey produced visual effects on Watchmen, Spider-Man 3 and others age 54 complications of a fall.
Tom Dempsey NFL placekicker who held the field-goal record for 43 years age 73
Actress Shirley Douglas mother of Kiefer Sutherland age 86 pneumonia
Honor Blackman played “Pussy Galore” in the James Bond film “Goldfinger” age 94 natural causes
James Drury of the NBC long-running question series “The Virginian” age 85
John Prine country folk singer/songwriter age 73
Hal Willner music producer for SNL age 64 Covid 19
Danny Goldman the voice of Brainy Smurf and actor in “Young Frankenstein” age 80
Brian Dennehy — Tony and Golden Globe winning Emmy nominated actor age 81 natural causes
Allen Daviau cinematographer for “ET: The Extraterrestrial” age 77 Covid 19
Matthew Seligman bass player for David Bowie and member of the group “Camera Club” age 64 Covid 19
Jerry Stiller comedian, actor, Seinfeld star and father of Ben Stiller age 92.
Frank Bielic Designer for TLC’s “Trading Spaces” age 77
Fred Willard comedian and frequent costar on a variety of sitcoms as well as the comedy series “Fernwood 2 Night” age 86
Phyllis George former Miss America, NFL sportscaster, TV host age 70
Ken Osmond who played Eddie Haskell on “Leave It to Beaver” age 76
Jimmy Cobb legendary jazz drummer age 91
Character actor Richard Herd roles included Mr. Wilhelm on “Seinfeld” and a number of Star Trek characters in various series. Age 87.
Larry Kramer playwright and AIDS activist age 84
Dennis O’Neill comic book writer for both Marble and DC age 81
Joel Schumacher director of “St. Elmo’s Fire” and 2 “Batman” movies age 80
Charlie Webb author of the novel “The Graduate” age 81
Nick Cordero a Tony nominated actor age 41 Covid 19
Carol Lynley actors who played ship singer in “Poseidon Adventure” age 77
Cokie Roberts journalist and political commentator age 75 breast cancer
Robert Evans producer of “Chinatown” and “Godfather” age 89
Brian Tarantina who played Jackie in The Marvelous Mrs. Maeisel age 60
Ron Leibman who played Rachel’s father in “Friends” age 82
Caroll Spinney “Big Bird” and “Oscar the Grouch” puppeteer age 85
Danny Aiello character actor age 86
Chuy Bravo sidekick to Chelsea Handler on her talkshow age 63
Don Imus controversial talk radio host. Age 79
Syd Mead futuristic artist that gave the “Blade Runner” movies their distinctive look. Age 86
Jack Sheldon jazz singer famous for “Schoolhouse Rock”. Age 88
Buck Henry comedian, cocreator of “Get Smart” and frequent SNL appearances. Age 89
Neil Peart drummer and lyricist for the rock group “Rush”. Age 67
Terry Jones of “Monty Python”. Age 77
Jean Reynolds cocreated “MASH” and “Lou Grant”. Age 96
Kirk Douglas legendary actor. Age 103
Orson Bean actor, comedian, raconteur and frequent guest of Johnny Carson. Age 91
Robert Conrad star of “The Wild Wild West” and “Black Sheep Squadron”. Age 84
John Singleton director of “Boyz N The Hood”. Age 51. Stroke.
Doris Day legendary actress. Age 97
Tim Conway comedian and regular on Carol Burnett show. Age 85
Max Wright who played Willie Tanner on “ALF”. Age 75
Rip Torn Emmy-winning character actor. Age 88
Lynn Cohen who played Magda on “Sex and the City”. Age 86
Ja’net DuBois who played Willona Woods on “Good Times”. Age 74
Lee Philip Bell cocreator of soap operas “Y&R” and “B&B”. Age 91
James Lipton host of “Inside the Actors Studio”. Age 93
Naya Rivera former star of “Glee”. Age 33. Drowning
Ronald L. Schwar Oscar-winning producer of “Ordinary People”. Age 76
Benjamin Kerough son of Lisa Marie Presley and grandson of Elvis. Age 27
Kelly Preston actress and wife of John Travolta. Age 57. Cancer
Grant Imahara for more MythBusters star. Age 41. Brain aneurysm
Regis Philbin iconic TV host. Age 88
Olivia de Havilland golden age actress appeared in “Gone with the Wind”. Age 104
Malik B. Founding member of “The Roots”. Age 47
Maurice “Reese” Schonfeld founder of CNN and “The Food Network”. Age 88.
Pandemic Delays and Cancellations
An incomplete list of shows, films and events canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.
Those of you who know me, know how addicted I am to TV. I have a list of entertainment websites that I frequent to get caught up on all the latest entertainment news. For a long time every time I would see an interesting article I would email a link to my friends but pretty soon I was sending lots of emails. I changed my policy and started putting together longer emails with lots of links and lots of other entertainment news items that were a sentence or two long and not really worth a link. I was sending it perhaps once a month to about eight or nine people. Finally I decided in February 2012 to open this entertainment blog and then post the link to Facebook where more people could read it. I also periodically post my reviews of new TV shows and last year I made a serious attempt to review every new show but I wasn’t able to keep up.
I just looked at my last entertainment news update blog was in March 2019 over a year ago. I have posted quite a few reviews since that time and even added a new section of YouTube channel reviews. You can expect more YouTube reviews sometime soon.
I’m going to try to get caught up on some entertainment news and post a blog. It’s probably going to take days to go through my RSS feeds of all my websites. My RSS reader only saves about 8000 articles and I’m sure it has overflowed several times in more than a year. So much of the “news” will be old news. It will probably consists of lots of obituaries. But I would like to get caught up while everything is on hiatus because of the pandemic. When TV production finally does start anew then I will be caught up and ready to go.
As I was scrolling back to previous articles I thought perhaps I would take a quick moment to give you an update on all of the shows that I previously reviewed. The big entertainment news article will probably take me a week or more to prepare. Here’s a follow-up on all of the reviews I’ve written in the past year and a half.
Apparently this BBC America series “A Discovery of Witches” was more well received by the audience then it was me. According to IMDb it was renewed for seasons 2 and 3 although neither one has premiered yet or has a premiere date. I still say it’s a hard pass.
The Jordan Peele reboot of “The Twilight Zone” had a rather uneven first season. Some of the episodes I thought were brilliant while others were just so-so. It was fun to try to spot all of the Easter eggs in each episode. There were YouTube videos that helps you spot them. Season 2 has already premiered but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. It’s high on my to-do list.
CBS legal drama “All Rise” was okay and I rated it “recommended watchable” but I never did watch anything beyond the first couple of episodes. I decided I liked the Jimmy Smits legal drama “Bluff City Law”. Sadly Bluff didn’t get renewed but “All Rise” will be back next season. I doubt I will pick it up.
“mixed-ish” did really well and was extended for a full season of 23 episodes and has been renewed for next season. Sadly I did not have time to watch more than a couple of the first episodes but I intend to go back and binge sometime. I still recommend it as the only new sitcom worth watching in the past year.
I really liked this take on an old concept that I described as “overdone”. I managed to watch almost half of the episodes and I do plan to finish it someday. Unfortunately it is a one and done with only 13 episodes made. I don’t know how much of a cliffhanger they might have left or if they resolved the story but it did not get renewed.
I highly recommended “Prodigal Son” after just one episode and it did not disappoint in the remaining 19 episodes. Although IMDb doesn’t show it is renewed, TV Line says it has been and I’m really looking forward to more. A good one to binge on demand.
I didn’t get to watch much of this but what I saw I liked and I will definitely finish it off eventually. Much to everyone’s surprise, at the end of the successful first season, the title star actress Ruby Rose decided to quit. Next season there will be a new actress playing a new character who will take up the mantle of Batwoman. While some people say on-set injuries played a part in her decision, she insists she just didn’t want to play the role anymore. No controversy but lots of speculation.
I gave this a “Recommended Watchable” which means I thought it was pretty good but would not watching it myself. That was true. I never went beyond the opening couple of episodes but the audience liked all 18 enough that it will be back next year.
I really like this new series although it did fizzle a little bit towards the end I am looking forward to a new season. Not worth subscribing to Apple TV+ but if you have it, and are in need of some post-apocalyptic fun action then my recommendation persists “See See”.
I stand by my original assessment and the audience agrees. It was a huge hit and the fans went nuts over the “Baby Yoda” character. EVERYONE is highly anticipating its return. One confession however… I’ve never seen a bad Star Wars movie or series. I liked all nine of the movies in the Skywalker series even the final three. I also liked Solo which didn’t do well at the box office. But I think I’m in the majority on liking this one. By the way there are rumors that Lucas/Disney is considering disowning the final three Star Wars movies saying they are not officially part of canon and would be relegated to the noncanonical “Legends” series. More if I hear anything. Disney+ remains the best value in streaming.
This was definitely intended as a one season miniseries. If you’ve not seen it, definitely check it out. I’m surprised there wasn’t more hype or even controversy about it. Apparently the religious right never discovered it.
The first episode was wonderful. The next five or so were real yawners. But it finished very strong. If you gave up on this one after a couple of episodes, give it another try. It will be back for a second season.
This one kept me on the edge of my seat for the full 8 episodes. However it finished kind of flat. I wasn’t satisfied with the ending but it was a fun ride while it lasted. A very thought-provoking series about the nature of reality and free will. This was definitely a one-shot miniseries and will not be back.
After that review back in March any blogs since then have been about my favorite YouTube channels. I had hoped to post more of those perhaps on a weekly basis but I got tied up with different maker projects (which pay me and this doesn’t) so I got away from that. Look for a big wrapup entertainment news here and about a week and more YouTube reviews soon after that.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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