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  • Kathy Griffin shares bizarre grovelling letter: ‘Send this to Trump or your career is over’

    08/15/2017 5:03:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    News of Australia ^ | August 16, 2017 | Nick Bond
    COMEDIAN Kathy Griffin has posted a bizarre, grovelling letter she claims she received from a high-powered US TV executive and was ordered to forward on to US President Donald Trump in the hopes of rehabilitating her career. The controversial comic weathered her biggest scandal yet in June when she posted footage from a photo shoot in which she held a dummy Trump severed head aloft. Reaction from both sides of the US political divide was swift and brutal, and Griffin apologised as networks and brands rushed to disassociate themselves from her. The scandal certainly hurt Griffin’s career — and also...
  • Joseph Bologna, 'My Favorite Year' Actor and Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter, Dies at 82

    08/14/2017 8:05:20 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 13, 2017 | Mike Barnes
    Joseph Bologna, an actor, playwright and screenwriter who was so memorable as the egotistical King Kaiser in the 1982 comedy classic My Favorite Year, has died. He was 82. Bologna died Sunday morning at City of Hope hospital in Duarte, Calif. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer three years ago, said his wife of 52 years, actress and screenwriter Renee Taylor. Bologna received an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay, shared with his wife and David Zelag Goodman, for his work on Lovers and Other Strangers (1970). The couple had first written it for Broadway in a 1968 production directed by...
  • SNL reinstates suspended writer who made comment about Barron Trump

    08/11/2017 3:24:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    WSB-TV ^ | August 11, 2017 | Carlin Becker,
    The “Saturday Night Live” writer who was suspended “indefinitely” after tweeting an insensitive message about President Trump’s youngest son, Barron Trump, has apparently been reinstated by the show. Katie Rich, 34, was credited as a writer for Thursday night’s episode of “Weekend Update: Summer Edition” after she was suspended from “SNL” in January for saying that 11-year-old Barron “will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” Her tweet led to widespread condemnation, and she subsequently deleted it before tweeting out an apology. “I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet,” she wrote at the time. “I deeply regret my actions & offensive...
  • TV Makers Can't Stop Ripping Republicans

    08/11/2017 5:38:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | August 11, 2017 | Brent Bozell
    The world of television and how Hollywood delivers it keeps changing. Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have become prestigious brands whose original programming draws a pile of Emmy nominations. In 2017, Netflix has received 91 Emmy nominations, second only to HBO's 111. Hulu has 18 nominations, and Amazon has 16, just a few less than Fox's 21. But as much as technology changes, some things remain the same. The entertainment factories keep ripping on Republican politicians in the crudest terms. Hulu has created a sitcom called "Difficult People." The characters are two unlikeable, self-absorbed stand-up comedians. In the...
  • ‘The Munsters’ Reboot In Works At NBC From Jill Kargman & Seth Meyers

    08/10/2017 1:58:51 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 100 replies
    Deadline ^ | August 10, 2017 | Nellie Andreeva
    EXCLUSIVE: The Munsters are back! NBC is rebooting the 1960s comedy series about a family of lovable monsters with Odd Mom Out creator Jill Kargman and Seth Meyers. Inspired by the original series, the half-hour single-camera The Munsters, now in development, follows members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn. (In the original, the Munsters resided at the famous 1313 Mockingbird Lane address in the city of Mockingbird Heights, a fictional suburb in California.) Kargman will write the script and will executive produce with Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions’...
  • 24 isn't over yet, Fox says

    08/09/2017 10:15:57 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 60 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | August 8, 2017 | LYNETTE RICE
    Fox chairman and CEO Dana Walden said the network is exploring new ways to continue the franchise, even though it released star Corey Hawkins out of his commitment for future installments. “We are really exploring what the future might be, perhaps as an anthology storytelling franchise,” Walden told reporters Tuesday at the Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills. “We felt really good about a lot of the last season. It was a hard decision to make, whether to bring it back or not. We let Corey out of his obligation so he could do his Broadway play. It felt...
  • Comcast Cable TV Not Working

    08/08/2017 7:51:42 PM PDT · by Steve_Seattle · 47 replies
    Self/Vanity | 8/8/2017 | Stephen Triesch
    I live in the Seattle area and just lost all TV connection via Comcast. Is anyone anywhere having similar problems?
  • ‘Miami Vice’ Reboot In Works At NBC With Vin Diesel & Chris Morgan Producing

    08/02/2017 4:19:02 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 52 replies
    Deadline ^ | August 2, 2017 | Nellie Andreeva
    Miami Vice is eyeing a return to NBC. The network has put in development a reboot of its signature 1980s action crime drama, with the Fast & Furious duo of Vin Diesel and Chris Morgan producing. The remake, which had been in the works since last season, will be written by Peter Macmanus (The Mist, Satisfaction) and produced by Universal Television, Chris Morgan Productions and Diesel’s One Race TV. No executive producers have been locked in yet, but Morgan and Ainsley Davies of Chris Morgan Productions are expected to serve as EPs along with Diesel and Shana Waterman of One...
  • 'Black America' Alt-History Drama in the Works at Amazon

    08/01/2017 10:07:17 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 54 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 1, 2017 | Bryn Elise Sandberg
    A week after HBO's botched announcement of its upcoming slavery drama Confederate, Amazon is partnering with Will Packer for its own alt-history series. The streaming service is developing Black America, a drama that envisions an alternate history where newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery, and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny. The drama hails from prolific producer Packer (Girls Trip, Ride Along) and Peabody-winning The Boondocks creator and Black Jesus co-creator Aaron McGruder. In the show, the sovereign nation formed, New Colonia, has...
  • Surge in Streaming Services Leads to Animation Job Boom

    07/26/2017 6:11:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Variety ^ | July 26, 2017 | Calum Marsh
    There’s general agreement that this is a golden age of television. But less apparent is the fact that it’s also a golden age of animation, spawned by the same subscription video-on-demand companies — such as Netflix and Amazon — that are ushering TV’s shining period. The rise of streaming services — which are ordering season after season of animated shows for children and adults — has created an urgent demand for original content, leading to a surge in jobs at all levels of production. For now, the deluge shows no signs of letting up. “There’s more animation work now than...
  • Government Broadcasters Vs. the FCC?

    07/21/2017 4:32:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | July 21, 2017 | Brent Bozell
    The Hollywood Reporter unveiled that PBS and its public broadcasting brethren have written the Federal Communications Commission with a list of complaints. The headline reads, "PBS Wants the Government to Reexamine Hard Stance on Indecency." That's funny, since we haven't seen a "hard stance on indecency" since the Hays Code a half-century ago. And that wasn't even the government. Since then, liberals have successfully thwarted almost any effort to have the federal government enact broadcast decency rules, even those codified by the Supreme Court. By the time Barack Obama became president, all thoughts of regulation were abandoned. In 2012, midway...
  • GAME OF THRONES Series Creators Are Developing a Civil War HBO Series Called CONFEDERATE

    07/19/2017 4:34:02 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 284 replies
    GeekTyrant ^ | July 19, 2017 | Joey Paur
    The guys behind HBO's Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, have a new project in the works called Confederate. The Civil War project is set up at HBO and they will start work on it as soon as they are done with Game of Thrones. Here's the description of the series: Confederate chronicles the events leading to the Third American Civil War. The series takes place in an alternate timeline, where the southern states have successfully seceded from the Union, giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution. The...
  • CNN’s Perpetual Purgatory Of Amateur Hour

    07/07/2017 3:57:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 7, 2017 | Maxwell Anderson
    In the era of Trump, CNN now lives by a new code: retractions and resignations. This has become more evident over the past month, during which CNN has exhibited a reckless disregard for the truth. Two major stories that portrayed President Trump in a negative light had to be retracted, one of which led three of the network’s journalists to tender resignations, and a series of surreptitiously recorded videos uncovered a corporate culture more concerned with the bottom line than with the news. One of CNN’s latest aberrations of journalistic integrity involved what can only be described as pathologically vindictive...
  • Jeff Zucker: Trump targeting CNN because 'our viewers can be swayed'

    07/05/2017 9:11:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 5, 2017 | Eddie Scarry
    Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, said the reason he thinks President Trump so adamantly targets his network for criticism is because its viewers are more susceptible to changing their minds. In an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday night, Zucker said CNN's reputation for lacking an overt ideological bent, like MSNBC and Fox News, have put it in Trump's crosshairs. "Television is his preferred medium," he said. "And he knows our viewers can be swayed because they're not watching Fox or MSNBC." Zucker also said Trump and his aides' blows against CNN are an attempt to neutralize...
  • Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe Has A New TV Show Coming That Sounds Pretty Great

    07/05/2017 7:07:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Cinema Blend ^ | July 5, 2017 | Nick Venable
    For years, it was hard to find host Mike Rowe on TV without his face covered in soot or his hair matted down with grossness, and the former Dirty Jobs frontman has thankfully found other gigs since that've kept him slightly more comfortable and couch-friendly. Rowe, who still serves as a narrator for several of Discovery's still-airing series, has landed a new show called Returning the Favor that aims to inspire and bring together audiences that have been split by the recent social climate. Fans of Mike Rowe loyally follow the entertainer on social media, which should help out in...
  • Joy Behar to Christian baker: C’mon, Jesus would have made a wedding cake for a gay couple

    07/01/2017 10:21:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 1, 2017 | Allahpundit
    I think this is less a matter of Behar imputing her own morality to Jesus than channeling the broad secular sense of him as a supremely chill dude whose chief virtue is that he Does Not Judge. That’s a weird read on a religious figure who speaks many times of hell in the gospels but that’s our culture, for better or worse. She may not even be the most confused person here. Two other panelists press Jack Phillips, the baker, on the idea that he’s being judgey with gay couples, with one imagining that Christ might disapprove of their wedding...
  • ‘Morning Joe’ Guest Donny Deutsch Unloads on Trump: ‘Physically Disgusting to Look At’

    06/30/2017 4:00:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Wrap ^ | June 30, 2017 | Brian Flood
    “You are a pig. You are a bully. And you are doing disgusting things to this country,” Deutsch says “Morning Joe” guest Donny Deutsch defended Mika Brzezinski on Friday following Donald Trump’s attacks on her, calling the president “physically disgusting to look at.” Co-host Willie Geist praised Brzezinski as “smart, strong and fearless” before the rest of the panelists chimed in. “He picked the wrong schoolyard to come into,” Deutsch said. “I have to tell you this. I’m not an employee of NBC so I’m going to go thug here. I’m sorry. Because Mika is a friend of ours. She’s...
  • First lady Melania Trump stands by the President's tweets

    06/29/2017 9:24:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | June 29, 2017 | Betsy Klein
    First lady Melania Trump is standing by President Donald Trump's Thursday morning tweets criticizing MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski. "As the First Lady has stated publicly in the past, when her husband gets attacked, he will punch back 10 times harder," the first lady's communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement to CNN when asked about the tweets. Speaking about her husband's social media habits in an interview on CBS' "60 Minutes" just after the election, Melania Trump said that sometimes it got him in trouble, "but it helped a lot, as well." Asked whether she spoke up...
  • Joy Behar Feels ‘Sorry’ For Melania Trump: ‘She Had to Sleep With Him At Least Once’

    06/28/2017 3:12:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 28, 2017 | Joseph A. Wulfsohn
    On Tuesday night, Seth Meyers sat down with The View host Joy Behar and while most of their interview was about President Trump, the conversation shifted a bit when discussing First Lady Melania Trump. The Late Night host asked Behar whether she has sympathy for Melania Trump or think we should judge her “like anybody with free will.” “I feel sorry for her,” Behar responded. “She had to sleep with him once. At least once, she did,” implying the only time was when their son Barron Trump was conceived. She continued on the subject of the President Trump and the...
  • The media will do anything to bash Trump — and now they’re hurting

    06/27/2017 8:01:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 27, 2017 | Michael Goodwin
    It was many years ago, but the memory lingers of the first time I was embarrassed to be a journalist. It was a steamy summer afternoon and reporters and photographers were shoe-horned into a small Manhattan apartment for a civic group’s announcement. As we waited, a photographer wearing a “press” card in his battered fedora picked up a bud vase from a table, pulled out the rose and drank the water in one gulp. The hostess was horrified and shrieked, “What are you doing?” He looked at her as if she were nuts and said simply, “It’s hot in here...