Entertainment news June and July 2022

Once again I’m way overdue with this edition my entertainment news blog. Here are some topics we need to talk about before we get on to the usual list of headlines.

I highly recommend the Paramount+ series “The Offer” based upon the remembrances of producer Albert Ruddy’s experiences as the producer of “The Godfather”. Absolutely worth your 10 hours of viewing. Wonderful performances and compelling storytelling of the creation of this cinematic masterpiece. I suggest you watch about the first four or five episodes and then go rewatch “The Godfather” which is also available on Paramount+. Then continue with the rest of the miniseries. I can’t say enough about this miniseries.

I also have to give a shout out to the new series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” featuring Anson Mount as Capt. Christopher Pike who was captain of the Enterprise before Kirk. For those of you disappointed “Star Trek: Discovery” and/or “Star Trek: Picard” (both of which I enjoyed more than some people do) this might be the show for you. It is more like the original series than anything you’ve seen except maybe “The Orville”. It has lots of connections and Easter eggs to ST: TOS episodes especially the final episode. I will probably be posting a separate blog giving your guide to which original episodes should watch along with this series. HIGHLY recommended.

From the MCU Disney+ ran eight episodes of “Ms. Marvel” about a Pakistani-American 16-year-old girl who obtains superpowers through a magic bracelet handed down to her from her grandmother. While I’m all in favor of diversity of representation in superhero franchises, at times it seemed like the show was more of a lesson in Pakistani/Muslim culture and history than it was an origin story for a teenage superhero. Still I enjoyed it and learned a few things along the way. The character will be recurring alongside Capt. Marvel in the upcoming film “The Marvels” in 2023.

Season 3 of the sci-fi alternate history series “For All Mankind” is currently running on Apple TV+ and is of the same high quality as the first two seasons. It has already picked up for season 4.

Finally if you’re looking for some action, check out Chris Pratt in Amazon Prime’s series “The Terminal List” about a Navy Seal whose entire unit except for himself is wiped out in an ambush and he tries to uncover the conspiracy behind it. Or if you’re looking for something shorter with lots of action check out Netflix’s film “The Gray Man” starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans in a CIA thriller with lots of action.

Now onto our regular features…

Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

  • Christopher Walken will play Emperor Shaddam IV in the upcoming Dune 2
  • NBC has renewed “Young Rock” for a third season.
  • CW has renewed “All-American Homecoming” for season 2. They have also canceled “4400”, “Dynasty”, “Naomi”, “Roswell New Mexico”, “In the Dark”, “Legacies”, and “Charmed”.
  • CBS has picked up to series “Gotham Knights”, “Walker: Independence”, and “The Winchesters”.
  • NBC has canceled “The Endgame” and “Mr. Mayor”.
  • CBS has canceled “B Positive”, “Kenan”, “Magnum PI”, “How We Roll”, and “Good Sam”.
  • ABC has renewed “Big Sky”, “The Wonder Years”, “A Million Little Things”, “The Conners” and “Home Economics”.
  • Fox has canceled “Our Kind of People”, and “Pivoting”
  • David Tennant and Catherine Tate will return to Doctor Who for a special episode in 2023.
  • Fox has renewed “The Masked Singer”, “Call Me Kat”, “The Resident”, “911”, and “911: Lone Star”
  • Apple TV+ has greenlit a live action version of “Speed Racer”
  • CW announced “Riverdale” will in with upcoming season 7 but there are already rumors of a spinoff.
  • HBO has renewed “Barry” for season 4
  • Angelo Pizzo screenwriter who wrote “Hoosiers” and “Rudy” is writing a film about the inaugural 1911 Indianapolis 500.
  • Disney+ announced “The Mandalorian” season 3 will debut February 2023
  • “Indiana Jones 5” will premier June 30, 2023.
  • Jodie Foster will star in HBO’s “True Detective” season 4.
  • Anthony Anderson is not returning to “Law and Order” season 22
  • “The Good Fight” will end with upcoming season 6. Premiering September 8
  • HBO Max has renewed comedy “Our Flag Means Death” for season 2.
  • HBO Max has canceled “Raised by Wolves” after 2 seasons. Although the Ridley Scott sci-fi series showed great promise for a few episodes it quickly went down hill. Season 2 was as bizarre as the ending of season 1 but did recover somewhat. Overall I won’t miss it.
  • Netflix announced “Locke & Key” season 3 premiering August 10 will be its last.
  • Netflix announced “All of Us Are Dead” will return for season 2. Also in case you missed it, former NBC series “Manifest” will have its fourth and final season coming to Netflix later this year. Also, “The Sandman” will premier August 5.
  • AMC announced episodic anthology series “Tales of the Walking Dead” will premier August 14.
  • FX has renewed “What We Do in the Shadows” for seasons 5 and 6
  • Both E.T. and Jaws will be rereleased in IMAX versions late this summer.
  • Amazon has renewed “The Boys” for season 4.
  • As expected Netflix has renewed hit Korean series “Squid Game” for season 2
  • Hulu has announced “The Handmaid’s Tale” season 5 will premiere September 14
  • Netflix has renewed “The Lincoln Lawyer” for season 2
  • HBO Max will begin streaming “Game of Thrones” in 4K HDR starting August 21.
  • Disney+ will stream all three seasons of “The Orville” beginning August 10. The first two seasons originally aired on Fox in the recent third season has been on Hulu.
  • NFL+ has been introduced as a new streaming service but there are pretty severe limitations on right you can see. Check out the link for details.
  • Netflix’s new film “The Gray Man” starring Ryan Gosling is its most expensive film to date. I have announced it will get a sequel and a spinoff film. I watched the first one and it’s a pretty good action flick.
  • HBO Max has renewed “Hacks” for season 3.
  • TNT announced season 4 of “Snowpiercer” will be its last. TNT is completely getting out of the original scripted series business.
  • AMC has renewed “Dark Winds” for season 2.
  • Peacock has announced “Killing It” starring Craig Robinson has been renewed for season 2.
  • FX has renewed “The Old Man” for season 2.
  • Barbara Broaccoli producer of the James Bond franchise says the next film is at least two years away from production “We’re reinventing him”.
  • Apple TV+ post-apocalyptic series starring Jason Momoa “See” will end with the upcoming season 3
  • Fox has canceled animated series “Duncanville” after 3 seasons.
  • CW has canceled “Tom Swift” after 1 season. “Tom Swift and His Rocket Ship” was the first science-fiction book I ever read at age 9. I couldn’t get through 15 minutes of this TV series it was so bad.
  • After CBS canceled “Magnum PI” it has been picked up for a 2 season 20 episode order on NBC.
  • After renewing “Why Women Kill” for season 3 at Paramount+ they have changed their mind and canceled it.
  • HBO has canceled “The Time Traveler’s Wife” after 1 season.
  • Showtime announced Brian Cranston legal drama “Your Honor” will end with season 2.
  • Amazon prime has canceled “Night Sky after 1 season.
  • Paramount+ has renewed “Evil” for season 4
  • HBO has canceled “Gentleman Jack” after 2 seasons
  • Hulu has renewed “Only Murders of the Building” for season 3. I really enjoyed the first season and had just started on season 2 of the Steve Martin and Martin Short comedy.
  • Apple TV + comedy “Loot” starring Maya Rudolph has been renewed for season 2
  • Season 3 of “Star Trek: Lower Decks” will premier August 25. There are rumors there could be a crossover with live-action series “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds“ in its season 2.
  • Paramount+ has ordered a revival of CBS series “Criminal Minds” with many of the cast returning. It will run 10 episodes.
  • SyFy Channel has renewed “Resident Alien” for season 3. I not yet watched it but I hear good things about it. It’s on my list.
  • The planned feature film in The Walking Dead franchise featuring the return of Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes has been transformed into a six episode miniseries for TV pay
  • Apple TV+ has renewed sci-fi alternate history series “For All Mankind” for season 4. Season 3 currently airing has been excellent as were the first two seasons.
  • FX announced “Mayans MC” has been renewed for season 5
  • TBS has canceled “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” late-night comedy series after 7 seasons
  • Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik will share duties hosting “Jeopardy!” throughout season 39.
  • iCarly revival has been renewed for season 3 by Paramount+

Miscellaneous News

  • The Ringling Brothers Circus will return sometime in 2023. It has been shut down since 2017 after 140 years of performing. The new version will not have animal acts in response to concerns about animal welfare.
  • The man who attacked Dave Chapelle at the Hollywood Bowl has been charged in a separate incident for attempted murder in the stabbing of his roommate
  • Pepsi will no longer sponsor the Super Bowl Halftime Show.
  • Mariah Carey is being sued by a songwriter over “All I Want for Christmas is You”
  • Country music singer Toby Keith has stomach cancer and is canceling upcoming performances
  • Michael J Fox will receive an honorary Oscar for his humanitarian work to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
  • At age 25 Zendaya becomes the youngest person ever to be nominated for an executive producer Emmy. See the link below for complete list of nominees.

In Memoriam

  • James Caan legendary actor from “The Godfather”, “Elf”, “Misery”, NBC’s “Las Vegas” and other TV and film roles. Age 82
  • Ray Liotta character actor from Goodfellas and Field of Dreams. Age 67
  • Paul Sorvino iconic character actor who appeared in “Goodfellas” and “Law and Order” father of Mira Sorvino age 83
  • Gregory Itzin character actor who played on “24”, “The Mentalist”, and “Covert Affairs” age 74
  • Larry Storch from 60s sitcom “F Troop” age 99
  • Tony Sirico character actor known for playing Paulie on “The Sopranos” age 79
  • Alan White drummer for 60s prog rock band Yes. Age 72.
  • Andy Fletcher keyboard player in founding member Depeche Mode. Age 60
  • Tim Sale comic book artist for DC comics. Age 66.
  • Clay Jordan, second-place finish in Survivor seasons 5. Age 66
  • George Shapiro talent manager and producer of “Seinfeld” age 91
  • Paul Vance songwriter of “Itsy-Bitsy Teeny-Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”. Age 92.
  • Alec John Such as player and founding member of Bon Jovi. Age 70
  • Jim Seals of “Seals and Crofts” singer-songwriter of “Summer Breeze” and “Diamond Girl”. Age 80
  • Julee Cruise singer most noted for “Twin Peaks” and “Blue Velvet”. Age 65
  • Philip Baker Hall character actor who appeared in Mo my dern Family, Falcon Crest, Seinfeld age 90
  • David Warner British actor who appeared in a variety of genre TV shows and films most notably the Cardassian tortured Picard over how many lights he was seeing. Age 80.
  • Mark Shields commentator for “PBS News Hour” age 85
  • Tony Siragusa former Indianapolis Colt and NFL analyst age 55
  • Joe Terkel character actor who played the bartender in “The Shining” age 94
  • Takahashi Kauki manga artist who created “Yu-Gi-Oh!” Was found dead in a snorkeling accident near Okinawa. Age 60
  • Monty Norman who composed the James Bond theme first used in “Dr. No”. Age 94
  • Nolan Neal contestant on “America’s Got Talent” and “The Voice” age 41. No cause yet given however he was known to have struggled with substance abuse.
  • Tony Dow known for playing Wally Cleaver on the classic sitcom “Leave It to Beaver”. Age 77. His death was announced prematurely in error when he was in hospice but he eventually lost his battle with cancer.
  • Bernard Cribbins beloved British character actor known for playing the father of Donna Noble in Doctor Who. Age 93

Links of Interest

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

    Entertainment news for October 2021

    Since we last spoke, I’ve seen the new 2001 version “Dune” and it is a magnificent adaptation of the classic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert. I’ve reread half of the book and re-watched the David Lynch version from the 80s and although the David Lynch version has been part trashed by critics and fans alike, I didn’t think it was that bad. The new version however is far superior.

    We are continuing to watch Apple TV+ series “Foundation” supposedly adapted from the classic novels by Isaac Asimov. Except for the opening episode, it doesn’t resemble his work at all. I’ve tried to judge it on its own merits and disregard the fact that it’s supposed to be based on Asimov’s work. The quality has fluctuated up and down over several episodes. It is a new low however last week when a robot character killed a human being in violation Asimov’s famous Laws of Robotics. I really thought it was disrespectful to the original work. There are just two more episodes left this season and it has been renewed for season 2.

    What if you had an alien invasion movie that didn’t feature any invading aliens? Apple TV+ new series “Invasion” follows 4 or 5 characters in widely different parts of the world in the opening days of an alien invasion. But it wasn’t until about the fourth episode that people realized that the strange events and disasters that were occurring around the world were the result of an alien invasion. The series is extremely well written and well acted although the pacing is painfully slow. Overall I really like it but if you are working for a typical alien invasion show, this is not it. I’ve got really mixed feelings about it but it is extremely well done. I just wish it would move a tiny bit faster.

    We are also watching season 2 “The Morning Show” on Apple TV+. My first impressions over the first few episodes was that it was not up to the standards of the first season which I thought was extremely compelling, thought-provoking, and well done. However midseason we’ve had the surprised death of a major character and the response to that event has been phenomenal performances by the entire cast.

    One more item… We especially want you to check out the first link in our linked articles at the bottom of this blog. It is a short YouTube video in which Jamie Costa does a screen test in which she portrays the late great Robin Williams. The scene depicts his “Mork and Mindy” costar Pam Dawber informing him of the death of John Belushi. The performance is heartbreaking yet immensely compelling. The subtlety of facial expressions and mannerisms is probably the greatest impersonation of a star that I have ever seen in my life. Get yourself braced and have tissues handy but don’t miss this amazing performance. I really do hope they turn it into a feature film biopic.

    Now on with our regular news features.

    Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

    • Mark Harmon has officially left NCIS is a series regular. Last week’s episode was his final.
    • Netflix announced season 3 of “Lost in Space” its final season will premier December 1.
    • Apple TV+ has announced “Foundation” has been renewed for season 2. We’ve seen three episodes now and it continues to stray far from the original Isaac Asimov source material but it continues to be watchable.
    • The Walking Dead will return for its midseason premier February 20.
    • CBS announced NCIS: Hawaii and FBI: International have been picked up for a full season beyond her original 13 episodes. They didn’t reveal exactly how long a full season would be. But is the first new TV series of the season to be ordered for an extended run.
    • Netflix has announced “You” has been renewed for season 4.
    • Starz has renewed “Blindspotting” for season 2.
    • Amazon has announced “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” has been renewed for season 4
    • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced that the 2022 Golden Globe awards will be January 9 however it will not be televised because of criticism over lack of diversity in nominations. This is also the same date as the Critics Choice Awards which will be televised on CW network. The move is controversial because celebrities will have to choose which awards ceremony to attend, the more “prestigious” Golden Globes not televised or the Critics Choice which is televised.
    • HBO Max has announced “Doom Patrol” and “Titans” have each been renewed for season 4.
    • “Pennyworth” chronicling of the exploits of Batman’s butler Alfred Pennyworth in his early days has been renewed for season 3 and is moving from Epix to HBO Max. The first two seasons were also be available on HBO Max early next year.
    • FX has canceled “Y: The Last Man” and will not give it a second season.
    • CBS has given a full season order to new series “Ghosts”
    • Apple TV+ has renewed “Mythic Quest” for additional season 3 and 4.
    • HBO has renewed “Succession” for season 4.
    • Adele will have a concert special on CBS November 14 featuring songs from her new album “30” and will include an Oprah interview.
    • Disney has pushed back the opening of many Marvel movies. See the link below for details.
    • Starz has announced “Heels” has been renewed for season 2
    • TBS has renewed “Miracle Workers” for season 4.
    • TNT have announced “Snowpiercer” will return January 24.
    • Fox “Fantasy Island” for season there will be a special holiday episode in December.
    • Dolly Parton will guest star in the final season of Grace and Frankie reuniting the three stars of “9 to 5”.
    • The anticipated prequel series to CW sci-fi series “The 100” is not going forward after 2 years of development.

    Politics and Showbiz

    • DC comics has revealed that Superman’s catchphrase will no longer be “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” a phrase that had been used ever since the radio version back in World War II and was continued in the TV version in the 50s and 60s. It will now be “Truth, Justice, and a Better Tomorrow”.

    Miscellaneous News

    • IATSE and AMPTP have negotiated a new three-year deal avoiding an industrywide TV/film strike.
    • Tony Bennett has just set a Guinness World Record for being the oldest person ever to release an album of new material. His new album “Love for Sale” in collaboration with Lady Gaga was released on October 1 when he was 95 years, 60 days old. I’ve heard the album. It’s really good. All the songs are by Cole Porter.
    • A Russian film crew recently launched aboard a Soyuz capsule to the ISS to shoot a feature film in space.
    • The latest Superman is coming out as bisexual in the upcoming November 9 DC comics. Jon Kent son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane is the latest Superman and he will come out in this comic.
    • AMC theaters has announced an “open caption” program for deaf and hearing impaired patrons to be available in over 100 markets in the US
    • “America’s Got Talent: Extreme Edition” production has temporarily shut down after a stuntman was seriously injured during a rehearsal.
    • Iconic ESPN basketball announcer Dick Vitale has announced he has lymphoma.
    • Kanye West has officially changed his legal name to “Ye”. Just one word.
    • Disney+ will start releasing new versions of Marvel films in IMAX aspect ratio.
    • ESPN Classic channel will shut down January 1, 2022 after nearly 3 decades.
    • Dwayne Johnson announced he will no longer use real firearms in any of his productions.
    • Paramount+ has renewed children’s animated series “Star Trek: Prodigy” for season 2.
    • “Star Wars: Rogue Squadron” production will not begin in 2022 as director Patty Jenkins has other films that are interfering with the schedule. They say the film has not been canceled however.
    • Brian Williams announced he is leaving NBC news after 28 years.

    In Memoriam

    • Dean Stockwell star of “Quantum Leap”. Also appeared in the 1984 of Dune. Age 85
    • Halyna Hutchins cinematographer age 42. Accidentally shot by a prop weapon fired by Alec Baldwin
    • Peter Scolari Emmy-winning actor from “Bosom Buddies”, and “Newhart”. Age 66. Cancer.
    • Mort Sahl groundbreaking comedian. Age 94
    • David H. DePatie who cocreated the “Pink Panther” cartoon. Age 91
    • Betty Lynn who played Thelma Lou, Barney Fife’s girlfriend on The Andy Griffith Show. Age 95
    • Chris Ayres voice actor known for the character Frieza on “Dragon Ball”. Age 56.
    • James Michael Tyler who played Gunther on “Friends” age 59 prostate cancer.
    • Bob Baker TV writer for Wallace & Grommet as well as several Doctor Who series and who created The Doctor’s robot dog K-9. Age 82
    • Terrence Wilson a.k.a. “Astro” from the UK Reggae band UB40. Age 64

    Links of Interest

    Entertainment News

    The new fall TV season is upon us. Check out my reviews for the new Apple TV+ series “Foundation” very loosely based upon the classic sci-fi series from Isaac Asimov.

    This Isn’t Exactly Asimov’s Foundation but That’s Okay.

    Also my review of the new NBC drama “Ordinary Joe”.

    “Ordinary Joe” Makes the Alternate History Genre Personal

    I also want to highly recommend the Netflix documentary series “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space” documenting the recent all civilian SpaceX mission to orbit the earth for three days. Very inspiring story not just another billionaire joyride to space. Bring your hankies.

    Also lots of renewals and cancellations listed below for a complete summary check out TV-Line’s renewal scorecards.

    Pandemic News

    • Paramount is delaying the release of Mission Impossible 7 until September 30, 2022 and Top Gun: Maverick previously scheduled for Thanksgiving 2021 has been moved to Memorial Day weekend 2022. “Jackass Forever” has been moved from October 2021 until February 2022. The remainder of this year will have no more Paramount releases. A new “Scream” film will premier January 14.
    • Disney has announced that the rest of its 2021 films will be released to theaters before being released to streaming.

    Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

    • Netflix has picked up “Manifest” previously canceled from NBC for a fourth and final season.
    • “Jeopardy!” Executive Producer Mike Richards had been appointed the new permanent host of the show however controversy arose when comments he made only podcast about pregnant women, Haitians, Jews, and little people surfaced. He has stepped down from the position after taping five episodes. He will however continue as executive producer (late update now he’s out as EP of both Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune). Big Bang actress Mayim Bialik was named host of Jeopardy!‘s primetime editions and spinoffs. No replacement for Richards has yet been named. Late update: Bialik will host for at least three weeks. Late update again: Bialik and Ken Jennings will host through the end of 2021.
    • Fox has renewed MasterChef for season 12
    • Netflix has renewed “Never Have I Ever” for season 3
    • Peacock streaming has announced the reboot of “Punky Brewster” has been canceled.
    • Rachel Maddow has signed a deal to extend her contract with MSNBC
    • Showtime has announced “Your Honor” starring Bryan Cranston will return for season 2 scheduled for 2022
    • AMC has announced “Kevin Can F**k Himself” has been renewed for season 2. I really need to do a blog post about this groundbreaking show that is a bizarre mix of a classic sitcom and a very dark drama.
    • Netflix has renewed “Cobra Kai” for season 5 before it’s season 4 premier.
    • AMC announced that “The Walking Dead” mysterious character Jadis played by Pollyanna McIntosh will be guest starring on “Walking Dead: World Beyond”
    • Annie Wersching will play a Borg Queen in season 2 of Star Trek: Picard
    • Hulu has announced “Reservation Dogs” has been renewed for season 2.
    • Kate Walsh will return as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the upcoming season of Grey’s Anatomy
    • Pat Sajak and Vanna White have signed on to continue Wheel of Fortune through 2024
    • Star Trek: Picard has been renewed for season 3 ahead of season 2 release sometime in February 2022.
    • The HBO Max reboot of “Gossip Girl” has been renewed for season 2
    • HBO announced Real-Time with Bill Maher has been renewed through 2024.
    • Amateur detectives Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez will be back to solve “Only Murders in the Building” for season 2
    • Peacock has renewed “The Amber Ruffin Show” for season 2.
    • HBO has canceled “Generation” after just 1 season.
    • CW has canceled “The Outpost” after 4 seasons.
    • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has been renewed for season 7 at TBS and will be moving to Thursdays
    • Hulu has announced that “The Orville: New Horizons “ is the new name for the third season of the series which will premier March 10, 2022 nearly 3 years after its second season appeared on Fox.
    • Netflix has announced “Sex Education” has been renewed for season 4.
    • “The Whicher” has been renewed for season 3 and the franchise or expand with another anime film and a family series. Season 2 will premier in December.
    • CW announced J. Michael Straczynski is developing a reboot of “Babylon 5”. This will not be a sequel. It is a “from the ground up reboot”.
    • FXX has announced “Archer” has been renewed for season 13.
    • NBC announced “Law & Order” is returning to NBC 11 years after its original cancellation. This will be season 21.
    • Disney+ announced “The Book of Boba Fett” will premier December 29.
    • Televangelist Pat Robertson is stepping down as the host of “The 700 Club” after 54 years.
    • Damien Lewis is leaving Showtime’s “Billions” after 5 seasons. Season 6 will debut in January. Very shocked. He’s half the show.
    • Journalist Natalie Morales has left NBC to be the permanent cohost of “The Talk”

    Miscellaneous News

    • Russell T Davies is returning as showrunner to Doctor Who starting in 2023. He was a showrunner when the show rebooted in 2005.
    • ABBA has announced they will release their first studio album in 40 years on November 5.
    • Despite the success of titles like Ted Lasso and The Morning Show, Apple TV+ is believed to have no more than 20 million subscribers.
    • Bob Odenkirk has returned to the set of “Better Call Saul” after a mild heart attack.
    • Scarlett Johansson has settled her lawsuit with Disney over the release of “Black Widow”. She said it’s same day release to streaming hurt the box office and therefore her percentage.
    • Rocker David Lee Roth announced he is retiring from show business.

    In Memoriam

    • Norm McDonald comedian from SNL age 61 cancer
    • Jane Powell Golden age Hollywood actress. Age 92
    • Charlie Watts drummer for Rolling Stones. Age 80.
    • Ed Asner star of Mary Tyler Moore show and Lou Grant. Age 91
    • Willard Scott long time weatherman for The Today Show age 87
    • Don Everly singer from the Everly Brothers age 84 Barbara Patricia Hitchcock daughter of Alfred Hitchcock who appeared in “Strangers On A Train” and “Psycho” age 93
    • Michael K Williams star of “The Wire” and “Lovecraft Country” age 54 accidental overdose
    • Willie Garson played Mosie on “White-Collar” and appeared in “Sex and the City”. Age 57. Pancreatic cancer S
    • Melvin Van Peebles, legendary black director and father of Mario Van Peebles. Age 89
    • Al Harrington who appeared in the original Hawaii Five-O. Age 85.
    • Michael Nader who starred in “All My Children” and “Dynasty” age 76
    • Mikis Theodorakis, the Greek composer of acclaimed scores for such films as Zorba the Greek, Z and Serpico age 96
    • Irma Kalis one of televisions first female TV producers whose writing credits with her husband Norman Leah included Maude, All in the Family, Good Times, My Three Sons, Gardens Island, And I Dream of Jeannie just to name a few. Age 96
    • Ruben Klamer who invented Milton Bradley’s “The Game of Life” and was a prop designer for the original Star Trek. Age 99. See the link below.
    • Sir Clive Sinclair inventor of the pocket calibrator and the ZX Spectrum personal computers. Age 81.
    • Eric Cowie who was a zookeeper in the Netflix series Tiger King. Age 52. Undisclosed cause.
    • Michael Constantine who played the father in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” age 94
    • Jay Sandrich Emmy-winning director of Mary Tyler Moore show and the Cosby show and lower age 89.
    • Tim Donnelly known for playing firefighter Chet Kelly on the NBC 70s series “Emergency!” Age 77.
    • Tommy Kirk child actor who appeared in “Old Yeller” and “The Shaggy Dog” Age 79.
    • Alan Kalter who was announcer for Late Show with David Letterman for 20 years. Age 78.
    • Cynthia Harris who appeared in numerous Broadway productions and is known for playing Paul Reiser’s mother on “Mad about You”. Age 87

    Links of Interest

    Entertainment News: Cancer Culture Commentary, Cancellations and Renewals, and more

    Couple of quick comments about what I’ve been watching… Season 4 of Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” just wrapped up with a shocking final episode. The season was a little bit uneven but overall a great watch. Also just started watching Marvel’s new series Loki which seems to be pretty good. And if you have access to Paramount+ we want to recommend sci-fi action-adventure movie “Infinite” starring Mark Wahlberg and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Lots of great car chases, gun battles, fight sequences, and a sci-fi plot that isn’t too difficult to follow.

    Today’s opening comments are about the ridiculous level to which our cancel culture has taken over. We can applaud such issues as the publishers of Dr. Seuss books removing some of his lesser-known titles from publication because his depiction of Asian characters in a particular stereotypical way as well as depicting African characters as near monkeys is an now that I’ve election will close was that okay okay is okay appropriate move. But these issues are being taken to ridiculous extremes. For example there are protests that at a Disneyland attraction Prince charming is kissing an unconscious Snow White without her permission. What do they expect him to do? Let her lay there in a coma just because she can’t say “Yes please… Save my life?” Give me a break. One friend of mine pointed out she wanted to kiss the guy way earlier in the story.

    We also have the case of 16-year-old American Idol contestant Caleb Kennedy who dropped out of the show when he was among the top 5 finalists. A video clip surfaced showing him and his friends goofing around when they were 13. One of his friends, not him, had on a hood as he was imitating characters from the slasher film “The Strangers: Prey at Night”. Because the hood resembled a KKK hood, controversy arose claiming that he was condoning racism. In the first place it was not a KKK hood. Furthermore do you really believe that even if a 13-year-old was hanging out with his buddies and they did something racist that he was going to have the presence of mind to condemn them on video lest his future music career be ruined by associating with such people. While there doesn’t seem to be any indication that he was forced to quit, the fact that he and/or his advisors felt it was his best interest (or the best interest of ABC and the producers of American Idol) is just totally insane.

    We also have the story of actor John Barrowman who plays iconic character Capt. Jack Harkness on the TV series Doctor Who and Torchwood. Allegations have arisen of sexual misconduct which have included things such as exposing himself on set. Like his character, Barrowman is a flamboyant character and his fans probably are not shocked that he would behave in such a manner no matter how inappropriate it was. The problem is it appears the allegations are from years ago. Producers warned him about the behavior and claim that it did not recur. While we aren’t defending his actions, he has continued to work in film and television for some time since these events occurred. But now he has been edited out of the new theme park experience called “Time Fracture” and an upcoming audio play from “Big Finish” has canceled an upcoming Doctor Who series featuring him and David Tennant. He didn’t sexually assault anyone. He didn’t use a position of authority to extort sexual favors out of his underlings. He behaved like an immature kid even though he is an adult. Should we destroy his entire career for such behavior?

    Just before I was ready to post this blog comes the story of Ellie Kemper known for roles and “The Office” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. She has been branded “KKK Princess” for appearing in a Missouri debutante ball when she was 19. She was dubbed “a racist beauty queen” by Internet trolls. She has apologized for her involvement with an organization that had “an unquestionably racist, sexist, and elitist past.” She also added “I was not aware of the history at the time, but ignorance is no excuse.” I would agree that ignorance is no excuse for the ignorant people were condemning her for participating in what seemed like an innocent event that for many people in many cultures in America as a rite of passage. We would guess that 90% of the people participating in such events had no idea the racist roots. Yet another case of a person being condemned for something they instantly did as a young person in a time and place that was not as allegedly “woke” as we are today.

    And one more item… Just to prove you can never win the game in this current atmosphere. Lin Manuel Miranda is being criticized for his new movie “In the Heights” because dark skin Afro-Latinos only appear as background dancers and not in major roles. This man has done more for Hispanic and Puerto Rican culture in America than anyone in history and even his efforts don’t satisfy the critics. And if that wasn’t enough Rita Marino defended Miranda and then was criticized for being insensitive towards black Latinos and had to apologize. Will this ever end?

    I’m finding I have zero tolerance for zero tolerance.

    Pandemic News

    • A recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher” was canceled because the comedian has tested positive for Covid. He is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic.
    • On June 15, live audiences returned to Stephen Colbert. Jimmy Kimmel hopes to have a right guardians by next month. Jimmy Fallon has had live audiences for several weeks now. No word on when Seth Meyers will follow.

    Renewals, Coming Soon, and Casting News

    There are lots of renewals and cancellations in the news this time. If you don’t see your show listed, check out these links from TVLine.

    • Broadcast Renewal Scorecard
    • Cable Renewal Scorecard
    • Streaming Renewal Scorecard
    • NBC has announced its next live musical will be “Annie Live!”
    • ABC has canceled “Call Your Mother” after one season. I follow this stuff closely and I never heard of it.
    • NBC has renewed “Law & Order: Organized Crime” for season 2.
    • NBC has announced there will be America’s Got Talent: Extreme spinoffs show that will feature nothing but daredevil acts. Simon Cowell will be one of the judges.
    • ABC has renewed a number of series “Home Economics”, “The Goldbergs”, “The Rookie”, “A Million Little Things”, and “The Conners”. Meanwhile they have canceled 5 series: Katie Sagal’s new series “Rebel”, “mixed-ish”, “For Life”, “American Housewife”, and “Call Your Mother”. ABC has also announced it has renewed “black-ish” for its 8th and final season.
    • NBC announced it will no longer be in the market for a new talk show for its 1:30 AM timeslot after ending “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” after two seasons. There has been a talkshow in that slot since 1988.
    • CBS announced that if “SEAL Team” and “Clarice” get renewed they will be moved to Paramount+ exclusively. Update: “Clarice” may be canceled after all as negotiations with Paramount and MGM a broken down.
    • Sports broadcaster Marv Albert will retire after the NBA playoffs. He is 80 years old and has been broadcasting for 60 years.
    • CBS has canceled “The Unicorn”, and “All Rise” after 2 seasons each. They have also renewed “B Positive” and “United States of Al” for a second season each. “Evil” will move to Paramount+.
    • NBC has renewed “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” for another five years.
    • Fox has renewed 911 and spinoff series 911 Lone Star for new seasons as well as “The Resident” and “The Masked Singer”
    • HBO Max is revising “Project Greenlight” which gives aspiring filmmakers and screenwriters the opportunity to produce a low-budget feature and it documents the process. This time it will be under the mentorship of Issa Rae.
    • Emily Wickersham were not return to NCIS in her role as Agent Bishop next season.
    • NBC stations announced that “The Kelly Clarkson Show” will take over this timeslot from Ellen DeGeneres in 2022.
    • NBC has canceled sci-fi series “Debris” after 1 season
    • Apple TV + has renewed “The Mosquito Coast” for season 2.
    • Showtime has renewed “City on a Hill” for season 3.
    • Netflix superhero series “Jupiter’s Legacy” will not return for season 2 which is very disappointing because it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger however Netflix has already ordered a spinoff series set in the same universe .
    • Milo Ventimiglia will have a recurring role in season 4 of “The Marvelous Mrs.Marisel”
    • Antonia Thomas a.k.a. Dr. Claire Browne is leaving “The Good Doctor”
    • Netflix fantasy series “Shadow and Bone” has been renewed for season 2.
    • Peacock has ordered a TV series “Ted” based on the Seth McFarlane movie of the same name.
    • Apple TV+ has renewed post-apocalyptic series “See” starring Jason Momoa for season 3 and announced season 2 will premier August 27.
    • Peacock has renewed “Girls5eve” musical comedy series for season 2.
    • NBC has canceled “Manifest” after 3 seasons. Producers are looking for a new home for the series.
    • Fox has canceled Dennis Leary sitcom “The Moodys” after two seasons

    Politics and Showbiz

    Miscellaneous News

    • CW network is expanding its primetime programming lineup to be a full 7 days per week this is the first time in its 27 year history going back to its roots UPN network and WB network.
    • Actor Billy Porter from “Pose” really are that he has been HIV-positive for 14 years.
    • The 2022 Oscars have been to raise a month and will air in March. Streaming movies which was scheduled for theatrical release will still be eligible as they were last year.
    • The USFL will attempt to come back in 2022 with Fox Sports.
    • When Marvel’s “Black Widow” comes to IMAX theater July 9 it will have 22 minutes of expanded IMAX coverage. They didn’t really say if it was shot with IMAX cameras or not but it will fill the IMAX screen.
    • Stephen Colbert had the highest-rated late-night talkshow in 2020-21 for the fifth season in a row.

    In Memoriam

    • Gavin MacLeod star of “The Love Boat” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” age 90.
    • Charles Grodin actor of “Midnight Run” and “The Heartbreak Kid” age 86.
    • Lawyer F. Lee Bailey who served only O.J. Simpson defense team and other high-profile cases. Age 87.
    • Clarence Williamson III who played “Linc” on “The Mod Squad” Age 81
    • Ned Beatty, character actor who appeared in “Network” and “Deliverance” age 83
    • Actor comedian Paul Mooney who appeared in “Chapelle’s Show” age 97
    • Samuel E. Wright actor who voiced Sebastian in “The Little Mermaid” age 74
    • BJ Thomas singer-songwriter of “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” age 78
    • Frank Bonner who played Herb on “WKRP in Cincinnati” age 97
    • Buddy Van Horn director of “Any Which Way You Can” and stunt double for many Clint Eastwood movies. Age 92
    • Arlene Golonka, best known for her portrayal of waitress Millie on the classic CBS sitcom The Andy Griffith Show and its spin-off Mayberry R.F.D., Age 85
    • Robert Hogan character actor from “The Wire”, “Peyton Place”, and “Law & Order” age 87
    • John Paragon who played The Genie on Pee-wee’s Playhouse age 66

    Links of Interest