Jordan Peele to Be the New Rod Serling
CBS All Access gets all the good sci-fi stuff. First they produce the latest Star Trek rendition (which is excellent, but the way), and now they’ve prevailed upon the lovely and talented Jordan Peele to go all Rod Serling on us and host and narrate the CBS All Access Twilight Zone reboot.
Peele’s Monkey Paw Productions is already producing the modern reimagining of the series, which will go into production next Fall.
“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary who not only shed light on social issues of his time, but prophesied issues of ours,” Peele said. “I’m honored to carry on his legacy to a new generation of audiences as the gatekeeper of The Twilight Zone.”
As If Kristen Bell Weren’t Ubiquitous Enough, ‘Veronica Mars’ is Resurected
Don’t get me wrong. I love that spunky li’l charmer. But I fear for her health, she’s so busy with TV, movies and commercials. Now it’s just been announced that gave a direct-to-series order to a Veronica Mars revival starring Kristen Bell herself. She’ll reprise her role as the title character, although I suspect she’ll have grown up now and will no longer play the teen who worked as a private investigator under the guidance of her detective father.
Eight new episodes will debut in 2019, and in the meantime you can watch the old episodes on Hulu as well. It seems Hulu also struck a deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution for SVOD rights to all past episodes of the original series, which will be available in the summer of 2019. Marshmallows unite!
Get more info on CNN.com.
Kelly Clarkson to Be NBC’s Newest Talk Show Host?
American Idol winner and The Voice coach Kelly Clarkson is getting her own daytime talk show? Hmmm…. I mean, she’s a nice girl and a talented singer, but carrying a whole show on her own? NBCUniversal Domestic TV seems to think she’s perfectly capable, as it’s just sold The Kelly Clarkson Show to the NBC Owned Television Station Group for a fall 2019 debut.
The one-hour show will air as the lead-in to Ellen (replacing Steve Harvey’s talker) on NBC-owned stations in New York, LA, Chicago, Philly, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco, D.C., Miami, San Diego, Boston and Harford. The stations can be viewed in nearly 30% of U.S. households.
“She’s genuine, warm, fun and interacts with her fans in a meaningful way,” said Valari Staab, president, NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations.
That well may be, but an hour-long dose of Kelly every day? I suppose I’m not the best person to ask. I wouldn’t watch anyone, not even Ryan Gosling, for an hour each week day afternoon. because, you know…work.
An Important Takeaway From Last Night’s Emmys
By now you’ve heard all about the Emmy’s. If you missed anything, see a complete list of winners and commentary here.
This year’s Emmy’s pointed out, more than ever, the vastly changed landscape of programming for the small screen. The rise of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, in addition to the multitudinous cable stations that have popped up, have left those accustomed to major network TV often scratching their heads and feeling left out.
My mom, for example, would love to see The Amazing Mrs. Maisel and The Handmaid’s Tail, but has no idea how to watch Hulu or Amazon programming on her big screen TV. That’s on me, for not showing her how yet. I’m now committed to helping her, and I’d encourage those of you who are more technologically gifted to share this outstanding programming with those who aren’t.
And if you’re one of those who hasn’t yet figured out how to watch these wonderful shows. Here’s permission and encouragement to ask the nearest teenager to set you up.
One other thing:
For the first time, a streaming service, Netflix, had the most nominations (112) ending HBO’s 17-year streak as the most nominated platform. They ended up tying for the most amount of awards won: both came away with 23 Emmys each, with HBO claiming the top prize with Game of Thrones winning for best drama.
This is the Netflix response:
“Tonight’s recognition is a tribute to the creativity and talent of thousands of artists and we are thrilled to see their work awarded by the Academy. We are honored to share this night with our friends at HBO, who have paved the way for years by setting the highest possible standard.”
Cindy Holland, Netflix VP Original Series
That is a statement of noble graciousness, full of admiration for the virtues of the competitor and for those who worked to create the content and make the network a success.
It’s an excellent and important example to set. Let’s hope people in all walks of life take note.
THIS IS US Star Gets Her Own Production Deal
Although she was snubbed by the folks who make the Emmy nominations, This is Us star Mandy Moore has just snagged an honor that can be much more lucrative: 20th Century Fox TV, the studio that produces NBC’s hit weepy, has just signed her to a two-year production deal.
That means Moore gets to develop and produce new projects for both broadcast and cable television through her newly launched company. Word’s out she’s looking for an executive to run it, as she’s extremely busy on the the show that could win as many as eight Emmys Monday night. Good luck, Ms. Moore! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Turns Out Trader Joe’s is a Great Place to Audition — Geoffrey Owens Gets Another Gig
Remember a few weeks ago when Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux on the Cosby Show, was job shamed on social media for working at Trader Joe’s? And the bit about how when Tyler Perry heard about it he stepped up and offered Owens a part on his drama series The Haves and the Have Nots on OWN? Well it seems Owens has landed yet another acting gig—this time on NCIS: New Orleans.
This time he’ll take on the guest starring role of Commander Adams on the CBS drama. The character is described as “an old and valued friend who Pride goes to for both medical and spiritual advice.” This will take place in the sixth episode of the upcoming Season 5, which will air in late October.
What viewers might not realize is that Owens, who starred in the final five seasons of the Cosby Show, lost an income stream of residuals when several networks canceled reruns after Bill Cosby’s legal problems surfaced. It’s nice to see him overcome.
Get more info on TheWrap.com.
It’s a Date for My Favorite Awards Show!
Not the Oscars, not the Emmys and especially not the Golden Globes, my favorite awards show of all time is…drum roll please…the Critics Choice Awards, which I actually vote for, work on, and attend each year. The 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards will air live on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13, 2019 (7:00-10:00p.m. Live ET/ Delayed PT).
That means I’ve got a whole lot of TV and movies to watch, and one fabulous dress to buy, between now and then. It might sound easy to you, but do you realize there are over 400 TV series airing each year, and thousands of films released? Poor me, right? And the perfect dress (or slinky jumpsuit, which I’m leaning towards) is not easy to find.
I’ll keep you posted on nominations and attire. But in the meantime, mark you calendars!
Do You Believe in Marriage at First Site?
Yes, there’s a reality show called Married at First Sight, and the couples, put together by experienced matchmakers, really do meet at their weddings — no lie. Some of these matches actually work out! I watched a couple of seasons and was intrigued, but after seeing a couple of particularly cruel people, I had to let it go.
But apparently, many viewers have stuck with it, and I’d recommend checking out a few episodes to see if it sticks for you. You’ll have lots of opportunities, because Lifetime‘s “Real Love Tuesdays” have just been announced, and will include two new Married at First Sight spin-off series:
Married at First Sight: Honeymoon Island follows a group of singles looking for love on an exotic island starting Tuesday, October 23 at 10pm, and will move to its regular 9pm time slot the next week.
Married at First Sight: Happily Ever After, offers the stories of three happily married couples from past seasons of the franchise, starting Tuesday, October 30 at 10pm.
Pssst…Wanna See a Sneak Peek of ‘Outlander’ Season Four?
Here’s what it’s about:
“Season Four of “Outlander” continues the story of time-traveling 20th century doctor Claire Fraser and her 18th century Highlander husband Jamie Fraser, as they try to make a home for themselves in colonial America. As Claire and Jamie build their lives together in the rough and dangerous back country of North Carolina, they must negotiate a tenuous loyalty to the current British ruling class, despite Claire’s knowledge of the American Revolution to come.
Along the way, the Frasers cross paths with notorious pirate and smuggler Stephen Bonnet in a fateful meeting that will come back to haunt the Fraser family. Meanwhile in the 20th century, things are complicated between Brianna Randall, Claire and Jamie’s daughter, and Roger Wakefield, the historian who helped Claire search for Jamie in the past. But when Roger and Brianna search for proof that Brianna’s parents reunited in the 18th century, a shocking discovery makes both of them consider following in Claire’s footsteps.
And here’s what it looks like:
Get a Hint of What’s to Come on ‘This Is Us’ Preview Video
Are Toby and Kate pregnant? How did Jack and Rebecca meet and fall in love? What happened to Jack in Vietnam, and how does Beth react to Kevin and her cousin Zoe “knockin’ boots?”
From the looks of teaser below, we’ll likely get the answer to these burning questions and more in the upcoming season of This Is Us.
We won’t have long to wait. This Is Us returns Sept. 25 on NBC. Find out more about the upcoming season at TheHollywoodReporter.com.