Julia Roberts Playing Martha Mitchell on TV? Uh Huh
Sean Penn and Julia Roberts have signed on to star in a new Starz anthology series called Gaslit, the untold story of Martha Mitchell’s role in the Watergate scandal. The story will center on Mitchell, played by Roberts, a big personality with an even bigger mouth. She’s a celebrity Arkansan socialite and wife to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell, played by Penn. Despite her party affiliation, she’s the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate, causing both the Presidency and her personal life to unravel. You can bet I’ll watch!
The Dating Game With a Celebrity Twist — You Won’t Believe Who’s Hosting!
The second you hear those three words, “The Dating Game,” if you’re old enough, you’ll have that Tiajuana Brass theme song running through your head? In any case, it will be interesting to see what ABC does with this classic in their update, in which bachelors and bachelorettes will vie for dates with mystery celebrity guests. And get this — it will be hosted by none other than Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton. Groovy!
Adorable Disney+ Movie Alert!
Watch for the almost criminally cute Flora & Ulysses, the feature film about a CGI squirrel with superpowers, to drop on Disney+ Friday, February 19. It’s perfect for keeping the kiddos occupied without driving you mad. Even adults will enjoy it! See a sneak peek below:
Aloha New NCIS Spin-off
Because you can never have enough NCIS, CBS is working on another spin-off of its incredibly successful franchise, the latest being set in Hawaii according to The Hollywood Reporter. Add that to NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los Angeles and the flagship show, NCIS, the longest running and most expensive show on the network.
You Can Already See These Five Best Films on the Small Screen
I’ve chosen my five favorite films of the year, and as of Friday, Feb. 19, they’ll all be on streamers, so you can see them all on the small screen. Here’s where: Nomadland (Hulu), News of the World (for rent on Amazon, Vudu, Apple TV, Google Play and Fandango Now), Emma (Amazon Prime), The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix), One Night in Miami (Amazon Prime).
Whac-a-Mole on TV
In a world where every popular game gets a TV or movie treatment, iconic arcade game Whac-A-Mole is being developed into a TV reality competition series by toymaker Mattel and Fremantle (American Idol, America’s Got Talent). The game show will feature an elimination competition in which opposing teams face in challenges that include a life-sized Whac-A-Mole, races and obstacle courses, of course with surprising twists. The big question is, which A-List star will condescend to host?
We Have a Date for Beartown!
You may already be aware of how much I (and the rest of the literate world) love Fredrik Backman’s novel Beartown, so you’ll understand why we’re over the moon to receive the news that the five-episode Swedish-language limited drama series derived from the book debuts MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Take a look at what’s in store:
The Latest Nominations for the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards
The Critics Choice Association (CCA) released it’s film nominees for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards, so set your schedule to see the winners announced LIVE on The CW on Sunday, March 7, 2021 from 7-10pm ET/PT. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show will be an in-person/virtual hybrid, with host Taye Diggs and some of the evening’s presenters filming from a stage in Los Angeles, and nominees appearing remotely from various locations around the world.
A Second Helping of Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs?
Woo Hoo! Dr. Frasier Crane could soon be back in practice. The Hollywood Reporter’s Rick Porter writes that a revival of Emmy-winning comedy Frasier is being considered for Paramount+, which will take over CBS All Access in March. Kelsey Grammer is thought to be on board, but there’s no word yet about the former cast dream team consisting of David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin and Jane Leeves. (John Mahoney passed in 2018). We’ll keep you posted.
Going Back to Wakanda
Let’s here it for Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who, as part of a his five-year deal with Disney TV, is developing a Wakanda-based Disney+ series! He’ll also be working on other shows having to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but for now, we’re just excited to go back to Wakanda. Really hoping to see some of the strong women from the film rocking the show.