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‘Bachelorette’ Director Teases Controversy With Show’s First Black Lead: ‘It’s Really About Time’
Millions of Americans will tune in Monday to watch the premiere episode of the 13th season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” where 31-year-old attorney Rachel Lindsay will cross-examine a new crop of suitors. More importantly, Lindsay is the first African-American lead in all 21 seasons of “The Bachelor” and 12 seasons of “The Bachelorette.” Plenty of the show’s fans think the casting is long overdue. And Ken Fuchs, who has directed every season of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” agrees. “It’s really about time,” he told TheWrap. “We’re really pleased, we’re really happy — and it’s going to be controversial. »
- Matt Pressberg
Oliver Stone to Direct ‘Guantanamo’ TV Series for Weinstein Company
Weinstein Television announced Monday that it has acquired rights to dramatic series “Guantanamo,” which marks Oliver Stone’s first foray into scripted television. Stone is known for tackling controversial subjects: He directed the film “Snowden,” and recently the documentary “The Putin Interviews,” which premieres on Showtime in June. He will direct all of season one, per Weinstein Television. “Guantanamo” will tell the stories of the prison from multiple perspectives — from prisoners to soldiers, lawyers to journalists. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp was opened after the September 11 attacks to interrogate and detain suspects in the war on terror, and has since been a focal. »
- Ashley Boucher
‘Jane the Virgin’ Makes Some Wedding Plans and 4 More Things to Watch on Monday, May 22
Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra.
Monday, May 22 What Happened Last Night?!
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“Chapter Sixty-Four,” CW – 9:00 p.m.
Synopsis: In the Season 3 finale, Rogelio and Xo are excited for their big day, but Rogelio gets some shocking news. Meanwhile, Jane learns about a mysterious letter Michael wrote; Rafael asks Luisa to leave; and Petra’s skeptical about Jane’s feelings for Rafael.
Why You Should Watch: “Jane the Virgin” has had a tumultuous third season, highlighted by a major twist that few people saw coming. If that’s what the show had cooked up for midseason, we can only guess what the finale has in store. »
- Steve Greene
‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Here’s What the Critics Are Saying
“Twin Peaks” returned to TV on Sunday, 26 years after David Lynch’s original, and the jury is still out. All in all, many critics are praising the different turn the show is taking, with new characters and a radical form of storytelling. Many are excited to see where the show will go after the two-hour premiere of the revival, which was a “strangely welcome return to a familiar world.” “And for a program that never fit in a neat little box, Lynch and company have seemingly found the right time and place to reappear,” wrote CNN’s Brian Lowry in his review. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52
Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »
‘Fuller House,’ ‘Last Man Standing’ Executive Producer Marsh McCall Dies at 52
Marsh McCall, a prolific television writer and producer, died this morning at age 52 of natural causes, his agents confirmed with Variety.
McCall was the executive producer on “Fuller House,” the Netflix revival of the classic sitcom “Full House.” Prior to that, he ran many comedies, including “Just Shoot Me,” “Modern Men,” and “Last Man Standing.” McCall started his career as one of the writers on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” in the early ’90s.
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“Our Fuller House family is heartbroken over the sudden passing of our co-executive producer Marsh McCall. He was our brightest shining star, always smiling, and always there with the perfect joke. Beyond his immense talent, he was the happiest comedy writer we’ve seen, and »
- Lawrence Yee
Five Amazing Simpsons Characters that Only Appeared Once
Throughout its long and storied, somewhat controversial run, the hit show The Simpsons has garnered praise and criticism in equal helpings for many years. In the beginning the antics of the family and the townsfolk seemed to irk quite a few people, but eventually went on to win over a fan base that grew with each passing year. Part of this success came from sticking to a core group of characters that never really changed, while another part came from the revolving door that allowed cast members to come and go. Some of those were seen once and never again,
Five Amazing Simpsons Characters that Only Appeared Once »
- Nat Berman
TV News Roundup: Leah Remini Sets 2-Hour ‘Scientology and the Aftermath’ Special at A&E
A&E Network will premiere a two-hour standalone special episode from the hit series “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” entitled “Merchants of Fear” on Monday, May 29 from 9 to 11 p.m. Et/Pt. In the special, Remini and Mark Rinder explore the history of Scientology’s criticisms via a series of special guests, who describe their personal experiences investigating controversial stories about the Church and how the Church has responded to their work. The special will also feature a sneak peak of Season 2.
Lifetime has greenlit “The Lost Wife of Robert Durst,” a film exploring what happened to Kathie Durst, the missing wife of infamous real estate mogul Robert Durst, whose story and suspected murder of three people including Kathie was popularized by the HBO documentary “The Jinx.” The »
- Erin Nyren
Dwayne Johnson’s Xentrex Male Enhancement Commercial on SNL Killed It
While Dwayne Johnson’s faux Presidential bid with Tom Hanks and the departures of Bobby Moynihan and Vanessa Bayer got the most attention on SNL over the weekend, it was this parody commercial that I found to be the most entertaining. Saturday Night Live has done a fine job at poking fun of big pharmaceutical companies and their ridiculous commercials for the majority of their products. Whether it’s to quit smoking, stop Ibs, or fight off depression it seems that all the commercials of these products follow a similar path: make it seem happy, use soft narrating, list a billion side
- Nat Berman
‘Sharp Objects’ Casts Sophia Lillis; Juan Riedinger Joins ‘Good Behavior’
Sophia Lillis (37) is set for a major recurring role in HBO's eight-episode drama series Sharp Objects, from Entertainment One and Blumhouse Television. Written by Marti Noxon based on the book by Gillian Flynn and directed by Jean Marc Vallée, Sharp Objects centers on reporter Camille Preaker (Adams). Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a… »
‘Gilmore Girls’ Stars On That Ending & A Possible Season 2 – The Contenders Emmys Video
"It certainly wasn't the ending I was expecting," Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life star Alexis Bledel said about the final four words that closed out the Netflix’s revival series. Speaking at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event last month, co-star Lauren Graham expressed similar sentiments about the ending. “I didn’t know that that was Amy’s [Palladino] intention. I didn’t know that the final four words were a thing… It was a complete surprise to me,” said Graham… »
Women Lead The Charge Toward A Gender Balance Not Seen In The History Of Entertainment — Deadline Disruptors
Last year, all it took was a hashtag, #OscarsSoWhite, to re-energize an important conversation. Twelve months later, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins made history by becoming the first African-American filmmaker to be nominated for Best Director, Picture and Screenplay at the Academy Awards. And, as everyone knows, his film went on to take the Best Picture Oscar—literally—from the hands of the favorites, the makers of La La Land. Meanwhile, a similar conversation about… »
UTA Gets In On Action, Inks Nitro Circus
Exclusive: Nitro Circus, the sports entertainment brand which has interests in a global action-sports tour after spawning a TV series and movie, has signed with UTA. The company co-founded by action-sports icon Travis Pastrana had been with Wme. Nitro Circus’s global tour has spanned Europe, Asia, Africa and North America and has sold more than 3 million tickets over 14 years, showing off its team’s wild stunts. Its latest action-sports competition event, Nitro World… »
‘Saturday Night Live’: As Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata Exit, We Remember Their Best Sketches
“Saturday Night Live” went out on a high note this weekend with The Rock as host, but the season finale also marked the departure of three cast members. While Bobby Moynihan had already announced he was leaving (and thus we had time for a tribute), there was less notice to offer farewells for fellow exiting cast members Vanessa Bayer and Sasheer Zamata.
Bayer sneakily announced her news on Instagram just hours before the finale began. Thus it felt symbolic when Moynihan and Bayer took part in a graduation sketch – allowing fans to subtly say goodbye to them during the episode. Moynihan also got to wear the Drunk Uncle attire again on Weekend Update, and Bayer went out on a high note with the Rko movie set skit and the parody for Cartier’s fidget spinner.
Sadly, Zamata’s exit had less fanfare, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Marsh McCall: ‘Fuller House’ Cast & Crew Remember Beloved Comedy Writer
As the TV community is coming to grips with the loss of veteran comedy writer-producer Marsh McCall, who died suddenly this morning at 52, he is being mourned by his current TV family, the cast and crew of the Netflix comedy series Fuller House, where he was working as co-executive producer up until his death. The series creator/executive producer Jeff Franklin issued a statement on behalf of the entire Fuller House team. Our Fuller House family is heartbroken over the… »
Who Will Win This Season’s Dancing With The Stars?
Dancing With the Stars is wrapping up its 24th season this week. The finalists will compete to win the Mirrorball trophy. The dancing contest which pairs celebrities with professional ballroom dancers comes down to the final judge votes. The 3 remaining couples will perform a Redemption dance, a style they have performed previously this season, and a Freestyle dance. The 9 week competition concludes with a “24 hour Fusion” challenge where each couple will fuse 2 contrasting dancing styles that they have performed this season. Fans are eager to find out who will win this season’s Mirrorball. Here’s our prediction
Who Will Win This Season’s Dancing With The Stars? »
- Nat Berman
Mark Burnett on Jamie Foxx, ‘American Idol’ and His Record Week Ahead
Mark Burnett has just stepped off the set of “Beat Shazam,” his new primetime game show. The series premieres Thursday on Fox with Academy award winner Jamie Foxx as host, and a buoyant Burnett can’t be accused of underselling it.
“I always think of Jamie Foxx as an Academy Award winner, as an actor from ‘Ray’ and ‘Django Unchained.'” Burnett says. “But then you see him on ‘Beat Shazam.’ He loves music and he loves an audience. And the audience — when he walks onto the stage, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen. He’s such a big star. The audience goes crazy.”
The premiere of “Beat Shazam” — in which contestants go head-to-head with the app in trying to guess the titles of popular songs — is part of a week that is, like Jamie Foxx in front of a studio audience, unlike anything ever seen on TV. The »
- Daniel Holloway
This “Chewbelta” Chewbacca Bandolier Seat Belt Cover is Awesome
When you think of cool accessories for your car a seat belt is generally the last thing you think of. Often times we look at the exterior of the car first. Things like hubcaps, spoilers, custom paint jobs or ornaments are good ways to make your car stand out from similar models. When it comes to the interior you can go as luxury as you want or as plain as you want. Some spice up the dashboards with gold trim while others have custom leather on the seating. And if you get someone who is a super fan of a
This “Chewbelta” Chewbacca Bandolier Seat Belt Cover is Awesome »
- Nat Berman
First-Look Image for ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ Released
Fans awaiting the release of ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ were just given a nice treat today with the release of a never before seen image from the movie. The film has been anticipated for over a year now and talked about for at least a decade. Now we finally have proof of its existence and it definitely looks like a magical world. In the photo, you’ll be able to meet Princess Skystar (voiced by Kristin Chenoweth) and Queen Novo (voiced by Uzo Aduba). You’ll also have the chance to see the Mane 6: Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle,
First-Look Image for ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ Released »
- Nat Berman
‘The Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Teases Drama, Pressure and Big Personalities in Season 13
On “The Bachelor,” the 32-year-old lawyer from Dallas displayed poise, charm and an overall sense of groundedness, but how will she fare now that she’s holding the roses? Lindsay previewed what’s to come on her season of “The Bachelorette” ahead of its season premiere on Monday.
For one, there will be tears — and not necessarily hers. “I love a man that’s in touch with his feelings,” Lindsay said on a conference call with Variety and several other outlets that occurred post-filming, but before any footage aired. “Now, I mean, I don’t need you to cry more than you talk. But I love that if you’re feeling something you just go with it.”
Much has been made about Lindsay being the first »
- Seth Kelley
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