TV News Flash
In case you were wondering, Joy Behar shut down the rampant rumor that Whoopi Goldberg has been absent from The View lately because she’s been secretly prepping to host the here-to-for host-free Oscars Sunday. On The View Behar set the record straight (probably) by saying that four-time Oscars emcee Goldberg is recovering from pneumonia, and is “not even well enough to host this show, much less the Oscars.”
But it wouldn’t surprise me of Goldberg and other hosts of Oscars past showed up for cameos. I’m predicting ratings would be high, with everyone tuning in just to see how it all goes down.
It’s raining or snowing, the sky is gray, and it’s simply too cold and wet to go out. You’re not up for investing the energy in a “significant” movie like Roma or Cold War, although you swear you’ll see them before the Academy Awards. But right now, you just want to watch something that will make you smile and feel warm and toasty. Patrick, a sweet British film about a girl and her pug, is just the ticket.
Frankie and I enjoyed it immensely. Seriously, he was riveted. Find out more about it, and where you can stream it, here.
Velvet Buzzsaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, John Malkovich, and Toni Collette as ambitious art aficionados clawing their way to the pinnacle of their profession. This is an empty, air-inflated world inundated with cynics, all of them desperate to get their manicured mitts on the next great find. That find comes to them after the death of an unknown artist whose body of work falls onto the market and then worms its way into their lives.
This new Netflix movie is a rare combination of slick, sly, stylish and scary. Check out our review here.
Great news! Two of my favorite networks, AMC and BBC America, will be airing at TV series based on one of my favorite trilogies, A Discovery of Witches. The eight eight part series is based on the first book, and hopefully there will be a second and third.
It’s sort of like a more literary TruBlood, with lots of soapy vampire and witch action going on. Or it could well be Dark Shadows meets Outlander. I can’t wait to see if it’s going to be campy or classy—I’ll watch either way. It stars the ubiquitous Matthew Goode, as well as Teresa Palmer (Hacksaw Ridge)
It premieres April 7 at 9pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to read the novel before that. Trust me, you’ll love it.
Although Frankie Feldman’s doodle dandy breed is not AKC recognized and he can’t compete, he’s learned to make me a mean Manhattan while I kick back and watch his 3,000 canine colleagues in the Westminster Dog Show, which in my opinion wins Best in Show every year for small screen entertainment.
The winner who takes all will be announced on Fox Tuesday, but there’s plenty to see before that. Here’s how to watch, starting at 11 a.m. PT Sunday.
As if the Netflix comedy could get any better, The Kominsky method, starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, has just added three new guest stars in multiple episodes:
- Jane Seymour — “Madelyn” – A seventy-something, well-to-do woman who Norman (Arkin) had a mad love affair with in the Sixties before he met his wife. Fifty years later, they meet and start again. (I’ve seen her lately, and she does not look like she’s in her 70’s)
- Jacqueline Bissett — “Gabrielle” – Mindy’s (Sarah Baker) mom and Sandy’s (Douglas) French ex-wife who delights in still being able to push the buttons of her ex-husband.
- Paul Reiser – “Martin” – A sixty-something high school teacher who gets romantically involved with Sandy’s (Douglas) daughter, Mindy (Baker).
Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan is one of the hottest things in Hollywood right now, so it should come as no surprise that CBS has ordered a pilot from him, along with colleague David Sangalli. They’re writing The Emperor of Malibu, a multicamera show about the son of a Chinese billionaire who gets engaged to an American woman.
BTW: If you haven’t read the entire Crazy Rich Asians book series yet, feel free to do so immediately. You will not regret it.
Critic Staci Layne Wilson weighs in on the new limited series I Am the Night on TNT. While she is only semi-thrilled with it (“It lacks a definitive tone”), I’m still going to watch, because, hello? Chris Pine. Well, that and Black Dahlia noir.
See what else Staci has to say about it here.
It’s only a limited series, which means it will only be one season long, but still, we’ll take all the Bryan Cranston we can get.
Word’s out that he’ll be starring in and executive-producing new Showtime limited series called Your Honor, in which he’ll play a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices.
And it gets better: Robert and Michelle King, who executive produce The Good Fight and The Good Wife, (two of my favorite series) will executive produce this one. Although we see him every now and then here in the ‘hood, we can’t wait to see more of him on TV.
I am so thrilled that so many more people will now be able to see the series I (and all my fellow critics and viewers are obsessing about) Killing Eve. The season two premiere of the BBC America hit will be simulcast on AMC Sunday, April 7 at 8p.
The reasoning? “When we launched Killing Eve on BBC America last year we had high hopes, but no idea it would become this obsession,” said Sarah Barnett, President, Entertainment Networks for AMC Networks. “We believe we’ve just hit the tip of the iceberg in terms of potential viewers and we want to expose this brilliant series to the largest audience we can.”
Plus, it gives me another excuse to shamelessly post my favorite photo of stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.
Many fear that the film Missionary, a “dramatic thriller” about a Mormon Elder run amok with violence and passion, will negate all that great PR The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received from the film Meet the Mormons. I’m here to reassure them that that’s not gonna happen. Missionary is getting a small…
Jay Z and Beyonce Rent 'Ray Donovan' House
If you’re a Ray Donovan fan, you’ll remember the scene where felonious rapper Cookie steps on the creepy attorney’s head while he’s relaxing in his pool. And if you’re a Million Dollar Listings fan, you’ll have seen that same pool and house in the first episode of the current season. Now if you happen to be…
Review: Stonehearst Asylum
Okay, if you’re only going to see one scary movie this year, or if you just feel like a good chilling fright around Halloween, I recommend that you chose Stonehearst Asylum, a gaudy, gory, gothic horror of a film with an all star cast including Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleason and…
The Good Wife Loses Her Best Frenemy
The Good Wife fans were gobsmacked last season when Will Gardner (Josh Charles) was shot by a client and left the show for good. But we won’t be so taken aback at the end of Season Six when Kalinda meets her ultimate fate, because it’s been announced Emmy winner Archie Punjabi has just signed a…
Can't Wait to Get 'Younger'
Sex and the City fans rejoice! Creator Darren Star is coming back with a flirty new, female-oriented comedy called Younger, and it stars some of my TV favorites. With original programming like Hot in Cleveland and The Exes, TV Land is known for it’s appreciation for and accommodation of what I like to call more “savvy”…
Shark Tank Gets a Spin-Off
Woo Hoo! My favorite reality show is getting a spin-off. That’s right, I dare use the words “favorite” and “reality show” in the same sentence. Shark Tank, where successful business “tycoons” bid or don’t bid to fund businesses that clever entrepreneurs present, is a breakout hit for ABC on Friday nights (not traditionally a successful…
A&E Ditches Grown Up Viewers
As odd as this sounds, basic cabler A&E, the network that brings you such television treasures as Hoarders, Epic Ink and Storage Wars, has just canceled its second most popular show, the Wyoming country detective drama Longmire. Why would the network make such a strange move after three successful seasons? Because, while Longmire averages 5.6…
I admit: I bit. The premise of a group of 15 people from all walks of life living together for a year on mostly undeveloped land does sound intriguing. But after watching the entire two hour premiere of Fox’s new reality series Utopia ($50 million in the making) I have to say I’m done. I watched it…
Update: Apparently, millions of viewers disagreed with my review of The Strain. I recently received the following info from the network: “FX has ordered a 13-episode second season of its newest hit drama series The Strain from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX…
'Louder Than Words' With David Duchovny Now On DVD
From time to time I’ll be filling you in on interesting Home Entertainment releases. You’ll note that films new on DVD almost always drop on Tuesdays. Sometimes they’ll be giant blockbusters finally released for home viewing, sometimes they are independents that might not have made it to a theater near you, and sometimes they’re newsworthy films that go straight to DVD.…