Entertainment news through May 12, 2020

For this installment we will note that we have finished season 2 of Star Trek: Picard and although it had some memorable moments, overall it wasn’t as good as we hoped. I’m continuing to watch Halo also on Paramount+ based on the videogame of the same name. I never played the game so I can’t comment on how well it fits in. Overall it’s not fantastic but it’s watchable.

We also wrapped up the Marvel limited series “Moon Knight” which was pretty bizarre but watchable. I note that Oscar Isaac only signed on for one season so I think additional seasons are not likely. Also it did not seem to anyway tie into the broader MCU. I can recommend it for diehard Marvel fans but I don’t think it’s going to have wide appeal.

I had the opportunity to see “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” in IMAX 3D. It was the first IMAX 3D I’ve seen in several years so it was a real treat. It was not the best 3D conversion I’d seen but it was pretty good. Overall the film was pretty good although I thought the ending was a little bit anticlimactic. Like most Marvel films, is best appreciated if you know all of the back story. Specifically it’s helpful to have seen “Spider-Man No Way Home”, “Loki”, “What If”, and most important “Wandavision”. On the other hand not seen any of those, it is very entertaining and watchable.

Also had the opportunity to see an extended trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick” which looks more like a rerun than a sequel but it’s hard to tell from the trailer. I love the first one so I’m sure I will enjoy this one.

In most notably got to see a 3D preview of Avatar 2 which if you can believe it will finally be here in December after countless delays. I will definitely be seeing that at least once if not multiple times. I hope it brings a resurgence of interest in 3D. I suppose it’s too much to hope that 3D TV will return although 3D Blu-ray discs are still being sold. I have a preorder in for “Spider-Man No Way Home” on Blu-ray 3D.

Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

  • The Walking Dead franchise was planning on a spinoff series featuring Daryl and Carol but Melissa McBride has dropped out of the show leaving Daryl on his own in the new series.
  • Dancing with the Stars is leaving ABC and will air inclusively on Disney+. Is the first live program to air on that streaming platform. The move will allow ABC to air some Monday night football games as well as other programming.
  • CBS announced James Corden is leaving “The Late Late Show” in late 2023. He has hosted the show since 2015.
  • CBS has renewed SWAT for season 6.
  • Apple TV+ announced “For All Mankind” season 3 will premier June 10.
  • Jesse L Martin is leaving “The Flash enclosed to star in an NBC pilot. He played Detective Joe West for 8 seasons.
  • CBS heads announced “Blue Bloods” has been renewed for season 13.
  • Netflix has canceled “Raising Dion” after 2 seasons
  • “The Batman 2” has been greenlit with director Matt Reeves and star Robert Pattison returning.
  • NBC is renewing “College Bowl” quiz show hosted by Peyton Manning and his brother Cooper.
  • Apple TV+ has renewed “Pachinko” for season 2.
  • CW network has canceled “Batwoman” after 3 seasons and “Legends of Tomorrow” after 7 seasons
  • Netflix has canceled “Space Force“ after 2 seasons.
  • HBO Max has renewed “Julia” about Julia Child for season 2
  • TNT and TBS will no longer air the Screen Actors Guild awards. No word on where they might move.
  • The reboot of “Saved by the Bell” has been canceled by Peacock after 2 seasons
  • CBS has renewed “The Equalizer” for seasons 3 and 44
  • NBC has ordered to series a reboot of “Quantum Leap” for the 2022-23 season.
  • ABC has canceled “Queens” and “Promised Land” after just one season each
  • CBS has renewed FBI, FBI Most Wanted, and FBI International for 2 additional seasons each.
  • HBO announced “Westworld” season 4 will premier June 24
  • Hulu has canceled “Dollface” starring Kat Dennings after 2 seasons.
  • NBC has renewed “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime” for an additional season each.
  • Amazon prime has renewed “Upload” for season 3.
  • CBS has canceled “United States of Al” after 2 seasons.
  • NBC has renewed “American Auto” for season 2.

Miscellaneous News

  • Will Smith has been banned from the Oscars ceremonies for 10 years for assaulting Chris Rock at this year’s ceremonies. He can still be nominated and win.
  • New streaming service CNN+ was shut down just three weeks after premiered for lack of subscribers.
  • Disneyland’s “Space Mountain” attraction will be shut down in 2024 to be replaced by an entirely new version of the ride.
  • Sony has sold over 19 million PS5 gaming systems.
  • Apple has discontinued the iPod Touch. The last in its series of iPod products.

In Memoriam

  • Comedian Gilbert Gottfried age 67
  • Naomi Judd Grammy-winning singer, mother of Wynonna and Ashley. Age 76. Mental illness
  • Kathyrn Hays star of CBS soap opera “As the World Turns” for 38 years. Age 87
  • Dwayne Haskins quarterback for the Pittsburg Steelers. Age 24. Struck by a vehicle while walking across a highway.
  • Patricia MacLachlan author of “Sarah, Plain and Tall” age 84
  • Liz Sheridan played Jerry Seinfeld’s mother. Age 93
  • Andrew Woolfolk saxophone player for “Earth, Wind, and Fire”, age 71
  • Jerry verDorn who appeared in soap operas “Guiding Light” and “One Life to Live” age 72
  • George Perez comic book artist for “Crisis on Infinite Earths” age 67
  • Mickey Gilley singer and proprietor of the Gilley’s nightclub popularized in the film “Urban Cowboy” age 86
  • Jack Kehler character actor noted for playing the landlord the “The Big Lebowski”. Age 75

Links of Interest

Entertainment News through April 7

I’m not going to comment on all of the Oscar winners and losers. But I did take time out to watch “The Power of the Dog”. While it’s a well-made, well-acted, and well-directed film that probably deserved the best director win for Jane Campion, personally it didn’t do much for me. In many ways I was happy it did not win best picture. I did very much enjoy CODA when I watched it many months ago. I also took the time to watch “King Richard” and enjoy it. Having not seen all the other best actor nominated films, I can’t judge.

I’ve started watching the new Paramount+ series “Halo” based on the videogame by the same name. Lots of action, blood and gore in the first episode. Mystery and intrigue ramps up in the second episode. I’ve never played the videogame or seen it played so I’m coming into it cold. It’s not bad, but it’s watchable.

Star Trek: Picard season 2 continues to deliver. And I’m anxiously awaiting this week’s season finale of Apple TV+ Severance.

Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

  • Great Scott! Christopher Lloyd is joining the cast of “The Mandalorian” season 3.
  • HBO is working on season 4 of “True Detective”.
  • NBC Universal announced “Maury Povich” syndicated talk show will end after 31 years.
  • HBO Max has renewed “And Just like That…” The sequel to “Sex and the City” for season 2.
  • CW has renewed “The Flash”, “Kung Fu”, “All-American”, “Nancy Drew”, “Superman and Lois”, “Walker”, and “Riverdale” for additional seasons.
  • Al Michaels is leaving Sunday night football on NBC to host Thursday night football on Amazon prime. He will be replaced by Mike Tirico.
  • Clark Gregg is joining season 4 of Snowpiercer season 4 and the show will have a new showrunner.
  • ABC announced “The Good Doctor” and “The Rookie” have both been renewed for additional seasons.
  • Carrie Preston will reprise her role as attorney Elsbeth Tascioni on “The Good Fight” and will direct one episode. One of my favorite quirky characters on TV.
  • Drew Barrymore’s syndicated talk show has been renewed through 2022-23 season
  • Star Trek: Picard season 3 will see LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, and Gates McFadden reunite the Enterprise D crew for the series final season. Word is these will be more than just a cameo.
  • Apple TV+ has renewed “Severance” for season 2. I’m really enjoying this offbeat series. Although it means we will be getting more, it also spoils the fact that there’s going to be lots of unanswered questions at the end of the current season.
  • AMC has greenlighted a “Orphan Black” spinoff series for 2023. We can’t wait.
  • Netflix announced the upcoming third season of “Locke & Key” will be its last.
  • Fox has renewed “Cleaning Lady” for season 2

Miscellaneous News

  • Iconic action star Bruce Willis is stepping away from acting for a medical condition called aphasia which affects speech centers of the brain.

In Memoriam

  • Taylor Hawkins drummer for Foo Fighters. Age 50. Apparent overdose. They have canceled the remainder of their tour including a sold-out Indianapolis show scheduled for Deer Creek Music Center August 1.
  • Steve Wilhite inventor of Graphics Interchange Format (GIF). Age 74. Covid 19.
  • John Roach marketing executive led the team that introduced the RadioShack TRS 80 computer. Marvin J Chomsky Emmy-winning director of “Roots”, “Star Trek: TOS” episodes and others. Age 92
  • CW McCall country singer songwriter of “Convoy” age 93 cancer.
  • Estelle Harris character actress who played George Costanza’s mother on Seinfeld. Age 93.
  • Bobby Riddell teen idol from the 1960s. Age 79

Links of Interest

Entertainment news the first half of March 2022

I’m finally up to date on entertainment news. This installment covers the first half of March.

The most notable thing we have to talk about is that I saw “The Batman”. In this particular incarnation we get a little closer to the roots of the original comic book character in that he actually does some detective work. This is almost like a buddy cop movie between Batman and Lieutenant (not yet Commissioner) Jim Gordon who in this installment is African-American played by Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright. Gordon invites him to survey crime scenes much to the dismay of the uniformed officers who don’t trust a masked vigilante.

For the early portion of the three hour film we don’t see much of Bruce Wayne which I found a bit disappointing. Let’s face it is Michael Keaton said when he took on the role, “I work the suit” when playing Batman but the real role is portraying Bruce Wayne.

Our main villain is The Riddler and is unlike any portrayal you have ever seen of that character. Throughout first 80% movie we only see him in a full leather mask and I was disappointed that he was totally unlike the character I knew. His real creepiness however comes out in the final scenes when he is finally unmasked. Although this is the Riddler you know, I think you will come to appreciate him eventually.

The chemistry between Catwoman and Batman is everything you hope to see.

There is a post-credit scene of about 10 seconds but it doesn’t really tell you anything. Mostly it gives a brief flash of the URL of a website that has been known to fans prior to the release of the film. If you are really curious, look for a YouTube video explaining postdated scenes from any of a variety of fan sources.

Overall I really liked it. It is long two hours 55 minutes and while some action films that are long don’t feel very long, this one did but not prohibitively so. I recommend it mostly to fans only. I’m not sure this one will please a wider audience but I could be wrong. If you miss it in theaters, it is expected on HBO Max in late April.

In other news, Star Trek: Discovery just wrapped up its fourth season today in a way that could have been a series finale. Unlike some previous season finales, there was no big cliffhanger. However it has been renewed for season 4. There is a surprise cameo at the end of this episode. Georgia politician Stacy Abrams appears as the president of United Earth.

Meanwhile, Star Trek: Picard has released three episodes of season 2. The first one sets up where all of our characters are now. The second one is absolutely amazing and action packed as Picard and friends end up in an alternate timeline thanks to Picard’s old nemesis Q. We then go back in time the year 2024 and episode 3 and it feels like a bad reboot of Star Trek IV. We will have to see what happens next.

Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

  • AMC announced a “The Walking Dead” spinoff series starring Maggie and Negan to be set in New York City titled “Isle of the Dead”.
  • CBS has renewed soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful” through 2024.
  • Jennifer Hudson will host a syndicated daytime talk show starting in the fall of 2022
  • Nigel Lythgoe will not be returning as a judge for season 17 of “So You Think You Can Dance”.
  • NBC is canceling “Ordinary Joe” after just one season. We are greatly disappointed not only because it featured a disabled character but because it was a quality show.
  • Freeform has renewed “grown-ish” for season 5
  • Netflix has renewed “Vikings: Valhalla” for seasons 2 and 3.
  • HBO Max has ordered “The Penguin” spinoff series from the latest movie “The Batman” but will not be going forward with prequel series. See link below.
  • Starz has renewed “Power Book IV” for season 2.
  • CBS has renewed “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race” and “Tough As Nails” for additional seasons.
  • Nick Cannon syndicated talk show has been canceled after one season.
  • Adele will headline an NBC concert special film that the London Palladium March 20
  • NBC announced medical drama “New Amsterdam” will end with season 5.
  • Costumed dating show “The Courtship” is moving from NBC to USA network after just two episodes because of dismal ratings.

Miscellaneous News

  • Disney+ will introduce a cheaper ad supported version of its service sometime late this year.
  • CNN+ streaming service will debut March 29 a cost of $5.99 per month
  • Dolly Parton has requested the name be withdrawn as a nominee for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. She feels she is unworthy and plans to release a rock album sometime in the near future and will consider accepting a nomination at a later date. However the ruling body behind the award says it’s too late and voting has already begun.

In Memoriam

  • William Hurt Oscar-winning actor of “Broadcast News”, “Children of a Lesser God”, “Body Heat”, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and the MCU. Age 71. Prostate cancer
  • Tim Considine who played the eldest of “My Three Sons” in the 1950s. Age 81
  • Conrad Janis character actor who played in “Mork and Mindy” and other roles. Age 94
  • Emilio Delgado played “Sesame Street” fix-it shop owner Luis. Age 81
  • Scott Hall WBE Hall of Fame pro wrestler a.k.a. Razor Ramon. Age 63 complications of hip surgery.

Links of Interest

Matt’s Inside Line: Scoop on This Is Us, Abbott Elementary, Magnum P.I., NCIS, Walking Dead, Reacher, Bull and More
‘The Batman’ Filmmaker Matt Reeves On New Dark Knight, Pic’s Sequel & Colin Farrell Penguin HBO Max Series – Hero Nation Podcast
The Batman Prequel Series Not Moving Forward at HBO Max, Matt Reeves Says
Warner Bros Release Dates: ‘The Flash’ & ‘Aquaman’ Moved To 2023; ‘Wonka’, ‘Shazam’ Sequel & Others Shift
Inside Line: Scoop on NCIS Crossover, 9-1-1, NCIS: LA, Legacies, The Flash, Wheel of Time, Riverdale and More!
Resident Alien Boss Answers Our Burning Finale Questions, Breaks Down Those Life-Changing Last Moments

Entertainment news for February 2022

I’m still trying to get caught up on entertainment news. This installment covers everything during February 2022.

Much news including entertainment news is focusing on the war in Ukraine. A number of US companies have suspended operations in Russian including Disney and Netflix as well as many social media platforms. Several movie premieres have been suspended in Russia. A number of TV shows including SNL have had special Attributes to Ukraine. I haven’t bothered to keep track of everything in this regard.

  • We want to highlight the new Apple TV+ series “Severance”. The premise is that when working for a top-secret technology company, you can have a chip implanted in your brain that causes you to forget your real life upon entering the building go to work. Similarly when you leave work, you regain awareness of your real life they have no knowledge of what went on at work. It’s a bit surreal but quite compelling. A bit part by Christopher Walken only adds the creepiness. At this point it’s hard to see where this series is going but it sure is compelling TV. HIGHLY recommended if you have Apple TV+.

  • Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

    • Paramount+ has renewed “SEAL Team”, “The Game” and “Mayor of Kingstown” for additional seasons.
    • “Yellowstone” has been renewed for season 5 at Paramount network.
    • HBO has renewed “Euphoria” for season 3
    • The Orville” premier has been pushed to June 2 from its previous March 10 scheduled return.
    • “Vice” has been renewed at Showtime for season 3 and 4
    • Amazon has renewed “Reacher” for season 2
    • FX announced “Mayans M.C.” season 4 will premier April 19
    • Marge Helgenberger will be joining CSI: Vegas for season 2
    • HBO has renewed “The Gilded Age” for season 2.
    • Hulu has renewed “How I Met Your Father” for season 2.
    • Paramount+ has renewed “Halo” for season 2
    • Showtime has renewed “Billions” for season 7.
    • HBO Max has renewed “Peacemaker” for season 2. James Gunn will write and direct all season 2 episodes.
    • Upcoming season 5 of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will be its last.
    • Netflix announced “Stranger Things” will end with season 5 but there may be spinoffs.
    • FX has renewed “Fargo” for season 5. It will be set in 2019.
    • FX announced “Atlanta” will end with season 4
    • Netflix has canceled sci-fi series “Another Life” after 2 seasons.
    • PBS has canceled animated children’s show “Arthur” after 25 years.
    • Wendy Williams syndicated talk show is ending after 12 seasons and will be replaced by Sherri Shepherd
    • NBC sci-fi thriller “La Brea” season 2 will be expanded 10 to 14 episodes however they may be split into 2 half seasons because of the extensive special-effects needed.
    • NBC has renewed “The Blacklist” for season 10.
    • The future of the reboot of sci-fi series “Babylon 5” was in doubt with the pending sale of CW network. However it is still under consideration for start in 2023 instead of this year.
    • Starz is developing a prequel series to “Outlander”.
    • Yellowstone season 4 will premier on Paramount+ March 28.
    • Marvel series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and Agents of SHIELD which previously were shown on Netflix are now moving to Disney+ marking the first programs on that service to be rated TV-MA. They will begin March 16.

    Politics and Showbiz

    • When one of the contestants on The Masked Singer was revealed to be Rudy Giuliani, two of the judges walked off the set.

    Miscellaneous News

    • The NFL Washington franchise has decided on its new name the “Washington Commanders”. I wonder if the focus group that recommended that title never watched “Handmaid’s Tale”. The bad guys are called “commanders”.
    • Amazon has tripled the number of original films and series since 2018. It spent $13 billion in 2021.
    • The Oscars will be host by Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall. Also 8 of the awards traditionally given during the primetime broadcast will be awarded prior to going to air and highlights will be shown during broadcast in an attempt to speed things up and keep it interesting. See the link below for details.
    • Broadcaster Tegna which operates WTHR Channel 13 here in Indianapolis has been sold to Standard General and Apollo Global. I have no idea how that might impact local TV.
    • The family of actor Bill Paxton has reached a $1 million settlement with an anesthesia firm over the actors death.
    • SNL cast member Pete Davidson will fly aboard a Blue Origin rocket March 23.
    • Discovery will combine HBO Max and Discovery Plus after the merger with Time Warner.
    • Timothy Hutton has sued producers of “Leverage” after being left out of the reboot.

    In Memoriam

    • Ivan Reitman director and Ghostbusters and other films. Age 75.
    • Douglas Trumbull legendary FX artists on 2001, Blade Runner, and Close Encounters age 79
    • Robert Blalock Oscar-winning special-effects artists and cofounder of Industrial Light and Magic. Age 73
    • Kerry Chater bass player for Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. Age 77
    • PJ O’Rourke satirist and author potential fear. Age 74
    • Jane “Nightbirde” Marcznewski contestant on America’s Got Talent who had cancer. Age 31.
    • Gary Brooker front man for Procol Harum Singer – songwriter on “Whiter Shade of Pale” age 76
    • Sally Kellerman known for playing “hot lips”Houlihan in the movie version of MASH. Age 84

    Links of Interest

    Entertainment news through January 2022

    I’m seriously behind on entertainment news. This blog will cover roughly December 2021. I will then start another blog covering January and February. Or maybe 2 blogs one for each month.

    I went to see the Steven Spielberg remake of “West Side Story” which was excellent. They added deeper back stories for several of the characters. They also plugged the biggest plot hole in America musical theater history. The most unbelievable moment in Broadway occurs when Tony goes running down the street in Spanish Harlem shouting “Maria” and only one girl sticks her head out the window. In the new version, several other Maria’s respond but they are all the wrong one. Eventually gets the right one. All joking aside… It’s an amazing production and I highly recommend it. It is now streaming on Disney+ along with a 40 minute documentary about the film.

    I also saw “Dune” and there are not enough words to say how spectacular it was. I can’t wait for the second part. Although it’s best if you have read the classic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert I think you can probably follow the story okay if you haven’t. In preparation for watching movie, I re-watched the old David Lynch version of the film and I reread the novel. I was surprised how much the Lynch version influenced by memory of the story. Things that I thought were in the book were actually added by Lynch. Anyway highly recommended.

    I also have to recommend the Marvel series “Hawkeye” about one of the least famous members of the Avengers. Great story of a young woman who is a fan of the hero and follows in his footsteps.

    Amazon fantasy series “Wheel of Time” was worth my time to watch. Fans of the books are upset about changes but having never read the books I thought it was okay. Not on the level of Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings but still not bad.

    I also have to HIGHLY recommend “Station Eleven” on HBO Max. A 10 part miniseries about a viral pandemic that leaves only one out of 1000 to survive. I can’t remember the TV series where I got more invested in the characters than this one. I binged the fi press Windows right rst seven episodes over about three days and then realized I didn’t want it to end. I slowly watched 8, 9 and 10 taking a couple of days break in between. The final episode left me in tears with a very satisfying ending. I found myself able to let go of the characters there was such a deep sense of closure. Maybe everyone will not respond as strongly as I did but I still encourage you to check it out.

    That’s all of the miscellaneous commentary. Now onto the usual tidbits and links.

    Pandemic News

    • The Grammy awards which were originally scheduled for January have now been moved to April 3.

    Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

    • Outlander season 6 will premier March 6.
    • AMC announced “Kevin Can F**k Himself” will end with the upcoming season 2
    • “Fear the Walking Dead” is returning for season 8 with Kim Dickens returning as Madison. Producers confirm she’s really back and it’s not a flashback or dream sequence.
    • Peacock has canceled “AP Bio”.
    • Power Book II has been renewed for season 3
    • IMDb TV has renewed “Leverage: Redemption” for season 2.
    • Netflix has canceled Cowboy Bebop after just one season.
    • Controversy of syndicated “The Dr. Oz Show” will end in early 2022.
    • Apple TV+ has renewed “Servant” for a fourth and final season.
    • Paramount+ has renewed “Why Women Kill” for season 3
    • CSI: Vegas has been renewed for season 2.
    • Chris Noth has been dropped from CBS drama “The Equalizer” following allegations of sexual assault.
    • Michael Keaton is returning as Batman in the upcoming HBO Max Movie “Batgirl”.
    • David Tennant will star in an eight episode adaptation of “Around the World and Eighty Days”. I have to think the TARDIS would’ve been faster 🙂
    • Apple TV+ has renewed “The Morning Show” for season 3 with a new showrunner.
    • ABC has renewed “Station 19” for season 6.
    • FX has ordered a sequel to “Justified” starring Timothy Oliphant.
    • Chris Wallace is leaving Fox news after 18 years to join CNN’s upcoming streaming service.
    • Paramount+ has announced “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” starring Anson Mount as Capt. Christopher Pike will premier May 5 and has already been renewed for season 2. Also Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for season 5. And Star Trek: Lower Decks has been renewed for season 3. All of them 10 episodes each.
    • NBC has canceled Ellen’s Game of Games after 4 seasons.
    • CBS is ending “Bull “ after 6 seasons which is a no-brainer considering Michael Weatherly decided to quit.
    • CBS has renewed “Ghosts”, “The Neighborhood”, and “Bob Hearts Abishola”
    • Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol has been canceled by Peacock after one season
    • “American Rust” by Showtime for after 1 season
    • Disney+ has approved “Peter Jackson & The Olympians” to series.
    • HBO has renewed “The Righteous Gemstones” for season 3.
    • Both NBC and Fox will simulcast the season opener of USFL on April 16.

    Politics and Showbiz

    • CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was fired for supporting his brother Andrew Cuomo who was accused of sexual misconduct with her workers.
    • DirecTV is dropping far right channel “One America News Network”.

    Miscellaneous News

    • Kevin Spacey has been ordered to pay nearly $31 million to the production company of “House of Cards” after he was let go for allegations of sexual misconduct.
    • Nicolas Cage says he’s not an actor. Okay so what’s new? Oh he wants to be known as a “thespian”. Okay sigh.
    • “Baby Shark” has become the first YouTube video to hit 10 billion views.
    • Jon Stewart will receive the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. April 24.
    • CW has renewed “Penn & Teller : Fool Us”, “Masters of Illusion” and “World’s Funniest Animals”
    • Peter Robbins child actor who voiced Charlie Brown age 65

    In Memoriam

    • Betty White actress, comedian, pop-culture icon age 99.
    • Sydney Poitner , first black man to win an Oscar for best actor. Age 94.
    • Stephen Sondheim musical theater icon age 91.
    • Eddie Mekka who played Carmine on “Laverne & Shirley” age 69
    • Bob Dole former US Sen. and presidential nominee age 98
    • Michael Nesmith singer, guitarist for 60s group “The Monkeys” age 78.
    • Author Anne Rice known for “Interview with the Vampire” and sequels. Age 80… Or did she really die?
    • John Madden legendary NFL coach and sports broadcaster. Age 85
    • Marvin Lee Aday a.k.a. “Meat Loaf” rockstar and actor. Age 74.
    • Louie Anderson comedian, game show. Age 68.
    • Robert Bruce cast member of Kevin Smith’s AMC reality TV series “Comic Book Men” age 62.
    • Peter Bogdanovich director of “Paper Moon” and “The Last Picture Show” age 82.
    • Ronnie Spector of the 60s girl group “The Ronettes” age 78
    • Ralph Emery country music radio and TV broadcaster age 88
    • Yvette Mimieux actress who starred in “The Time Machine” opposite Rod Taylor. Age 80
    • Gaspard Ulliel French actor who will appear in upcoming “Moon Knight “ on Disney+. Age 37 skiing accident.
    • Don Wilson cofounder of the rock group “The Ventures” age 88
    • Howard Hesseman , actor who appeared in WKRP in Cincinnati. Age 81
    • Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019 and correspondence for “Extra”. Age 30. Suicide.

    Links of Interest

    Entertainment news from last year. Sorry :-)

    I started to put together this installment of entertainment news in late November 2021 and then got tied up with other things and did not get back to it until late February 2022. I’m going to go ahead and post this as is even though much of it may be far out of date. I’m starting work on a new blog post to try to catch up.

    Pandemic News

    • Megan Hilty will replace Jane Krukowski in the upcoming NBC “Annie Live!” after Krukowski contracted a breakthrough case of Covid.
    • Rockmond Dunbar is leaving “911” after failing to get a medical and religious exemption from the requirement to have a Covid vaccine.
    • Derek Hough missed judging of the season finale of Dancing with the Stars because he contracted a breakthrough case of Covid.

    Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

    • The next “Transformers” movie has been from June 2022 until June 2023 and the new Star Trek movie has been pushed June 2023 until December 2023.
    • Paramount+ has ordered a TV series “Fatal Attraction” based on the 1987 movie starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. The series will star Lizzie Caplan.
    • Disney+ has announced a WandaVision spinoff titled “Agatha: House of Harkness” to star Katherine Hahn reprising her role as Agatha Harkness.
    • Disney+ has ordered a spinoff series from “Hawkeye” titled “Echo” which will star Alaqua Cox as “Echo” a.k.a. Maya Lopez which will be introduced in the “Hawkeye” series which just premiered .
    • I guess the people in the La Brea sinkhole won’t be getting rescued the season. The series has been renewed for season 2 by NBC.
    • Mel Gibson will direct a new sequel in the “Lethal Weapon” series of films.
    • The cast of Harry Potter will reunite for a 20th anniversary special on HBO Max to air January 1.
    • LeVar Burton will be hosting a “Trivial Pursuit” game show in development.
    • USA Network has announced the current season 4 of “The Sinner” will be its last.
    • Netflix has renewed animated series “Arcane” for season 2.

    Politics and Showbiz

    Miscellaneous News

    • Helen Mirren will receive a lifetime achievement award from SAG.
    • NBC Universal extends its rights to Premier League soccer through 2028

    In Memoriam

    • Peter Aykroyd Emmy nominated writer for SNL and younger brother of Dan Aykroyd. Age 66. Infection from untreated hernia.
    • Winter the Dolphin the star of the film “Dolphin Tale”
    • Jerry Douglas who played patriarch John Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” for over 30 years, age 88
    • Glen de Vries businessman who flew in the Blue Origin New Shepherd rocket with William Shatner. Age 49 in a private plane crash.
    • Heath Freeman who played serial killer Howard Epps in “Bones” age 41. No cause given.
    • Dave Frishberg jazz musician who wrote Schoolhouse Rock song “I’m Just a Bill”. Age 88.
    • Art LaFleur character actor who played Babe Ruth in “The Sandlot” as well as “Field of Dreams” and numerous guest roles on TV. Age 78 Atypical Parkinson’s.

    Links of Interest