TV News Flash
Originally, “The plan was to end it at 10,” said Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan. Yet, the ABC comedy hit is is toying with the idea of a Season 11, with the six adult leads in negotiations to return for a Season 11 next year.
What’s changed? Well, for one thing, Modern Family is produced by 20th Century Fox TV, which was recently purchased by Disney, which owns ABC. Modern Family was one of Fox’s most popular assets, and it stands to reason that ABC wouldn’t want to retire it right after they paid all those billions for it.
Read all about it on HollywoodReporter.com.
Those who know me well are aware that I’m extremely flustered and intense this time of year, because I’m feverishly considering the Critics Choice Awards. As a member of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) and The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), I nominate and vote for both film and television Critics Choice Awards.
Final winners of the Critics Choice Awards will be announced at a fabulous gala broadcast live on The CW on Sunday, January 13, at 7pm. And yes, I already have my dress. It’s a red, floor length Calvin Klein, in case you’re wondering, with cutaway sleeves specifically intended to show off the tone I’ve developed while working out in the gym and watching the countless hours of content I’m required to review.
And since this is TV News Flash, I’m going to give you a brief account of the top television contenders. The rest you’ll have to read in my full article here.
HBO and Netflix led the pack with 20 nominations each, followed by FX with 17, Amazon with 12 and NBC with 11. Topping the list of nominated series were The Americans (FX), The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (FX) and Escape at Dannemora (Showtime) with five each; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) and Sharp Objects (HBO) each had four.
Again, check out the rest of the nominees here.
Season 1 of Amazon’s Goliath, starring Billy Bob Thornton, was great. Season 2 got a little uncomfortably creepy, but it looks like Season 3 could be the best one yet, with the additions of Dennis Quaid (The Day After Tomorrow), Amy Brenneman (The Leftovers), Beau Bridges (Homeland), Griffin Dunne (House of Lies), Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks: The Return) and Shamier Anderson (Destroyer).
The plot revolves around Billy McBride (Thornton) taking a case in the drought-stricken Central Valley, where he comes face-to-face with a new Goliath: a billionaire rancher (Quaid) and his sister (Brenneman). Sounds a bit like the “final” season of House of Cards, doesn’t it?
Get more details at HollywoodReporter.com.
Amy Sherman-Palladino, she who is responsible for the timeless Gilmore Girls and the outrageously enjoyable The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, has been selected to receive the Producers Guild’s 2019 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
Nobody does female-centric TV series (That men enjoy watching as well) better. “Amy Sherman-Palladino is everything you want a TV producer to be,” said PGA presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher. “She’s smart, she’s tenacious, she knows the story she wants to tell and how to put together the right team to tell it.”
PGA Awards ceremony will take place on January 19.
I have great respect for Laura Dern (Big Little Lies) and Issa Rae (Insecure), so I’ll have to give their HBO project in development a chance. But really, a limited series called The Dolls, inspired by the real-life 1983 riots over Cabbage Patch Dolls? How are they going to sustain that one over several episodes?
The personal connection comes through my husband’s dad. He was an original Mad Man—had a small advertising agency in Manhattan. The campaign that made him and kept them afloat? You guessed it—the Cabbage Patch Dolls.
Well, that and Action Jackson, one of the first action figures (dolls) for boys. That rollicking ditty was written, sung and produced by my hubby, James Mandell, himself. This video will rocket you back down memory lane:
Who would have guessed with all it’s slick new programming and the billions budgeted for original new content, one of the most watched shows on Netflix is a Baby Boomer fave: Friends.
So you can imagine how stressed the Netflix programming execs were when they realized their licensing deal with Warner Bros. TV which owns the show, had run out. Under the previously negotiated terms, they’d lose the sitcom come New Year’s Day. A deal was quickly negotiated, of course and Neflix retained the right to run Friends, but only through 2020.
At that point, Friends will likely move to WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming platform, launching towards the end of 2019. Like the streaming platform Disney will be launching, Warner’s is expected to gradually pull their content from Netflix. It will be interesting to see how Netflix fares without Disney and Warner Bros.
Read all about it at TheHollywoodReporter.com.
While we’re on the subject of my favorite shows on CBS All Access, (Star Trek Discovery and The Good Fight), there’s great news that Michael Sheen is on board for The Good Fight season three. He will play (what else?) a brilliant and conniving lawyer.
Sheen, who was so fabulous on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, recently completed work on Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens miniseries for Amazon, another series that I cannot wait to see. Sheen
Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman are teaming up for HBO’s The Undoing, based on the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel You Should Have Known. The six-episode limited series tells the tale of Grace Sachs (Kidman), a successful therapist with a devoted husband (Grant) and a young son. But of course, nothing is as it seems.
This is the second collaboration at the premium cable outlet between Kidman’s Blossom Films and David E. Kelley’s production company. Kelly wrote the script.
NBC’s new hospital series, New Amsterdam, sent journalists a very sweet thank you gift for covering their show: New Amsterdam Hospital scrubs, a real stethoscope, and an official name/access badge, with my name on it.
So of course I replaced my name with Frankie Feldman’s and dressed him up like a New Amsterdam surgeon on Halloween. It’s way better promotion for the show than my wearing it would have been. Frankie has a much bigger social media presence. Besides, they’re his color.
BTW, Hubby, who has a penchant for hospital dramas, LOVES this show.
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