Attention DOWNTON ABBEY Fans! You’re About to Get a Fabulous Fix!
Woo Hoo! Production has been officially announced on a Downton Abbey movie, with many members of the original cast coming back. That’s according to Focus Features, which also states that the project will commence in the late summer—just a few weeks away! With series creator Julian Fellowes writing the screenplay, producing and directing, how can they go wrong? Get more details here.
The 2018 Emmy Nominations — What Do You Think?
Just in case you’re wondering why past winners like Veep, Master of None, Better Call Saul and House of Cards didn’t get nominated, know that they didn’t air new episodes during the 2018 eligibility period. Meanwhile, HBO’s Game of Thrones grabbed the most nods with 22; NBC’s Saturday Night Live and HBO’s Westworld, which I have issues with this season, each earned 21. See a full list of nominees and get more interesting tidbits here.
Should You Be Caught Dead Watching Stephen King’s CASTLE ROCK?
The center of the Stephen King universe is a small Maine town called Castle Rock, and the new Hulu series is based in this imaginary bad-luck burg, referencing many of the author’s greatest hits. It stars some of your favorite actors like Terry O’Quinn, Sissy Spacek and Bill Skarsgård. Staci Layne Wilson says the J.J. Abrams production is off to a smooth and scary start. Read her full review here.
What the Rich Folks are Watching
Do you love House of Cards, The Crown and GLOW on Netflix? If so, you are among the service’s most affluent viewers. Numbers from Nielsen’s new SVOD content ratings data show that the median income for those who watch The Crown is the highest of all Netflix shows, at $84,200 per year, and House of Cards is second, at $80,400. The surprise came with the recent announcement of GLOW viewers’ median income, third highest at $80,200. That’s the comedy that centers on the Glorious Ladies of Wrestling of the ’80’s, and stars Alison Brie and Marc Maron. I’m not as crazy about it as I am about the other two, but it does make for fun watching. Read more at Deadline Hollywood.
Paley Center Jumps the Shark
Personally, I’ve never understood the world’s fascination with Shark Week, but apparently I’m the only one who’s not in the swim. The Paley Center for Media, the NY and BH based organization that “leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms,” has announced the multimedia experience called SHARK WEEK: 30 Years of Shark ‘N’ Awe! The Exhibit. It’s free and open to the public and will run at the Paley Center’s Beverly Hills location July 14 through July 29. So if you, unlike me, would like to “relive the annual ‘fin-tastic’ celebration’s greatest moments through compelling video, never-before-seen photography, props, and costumes, including NBA legend Shaquille O’Neil’s custom wetsuit from the 2018 promo campaign; and the opportunity to get an up-close look at Shark Week’s popular mascot, “Chompie, Jr.” visit paley.me/sharkweek for ‘de-tails.’
The Best Thing on TV Right Now: “A Very British Scandal”
Run, don’t walk, to whatever small screen you use for viewing, click on Amazon and queue up A Very British Scandal, starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw doing their best work to date. You would expect nothing but brilliance from director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, The Queen) and he delivers on this true story of popular British politician Jeremy Thorpe’s (Grant) alleged affair with Norman Scott (Whishaw) back in the early 60’s, when homosexual behavior was illegal in Great Britain. The scandal escalates when a plot to have Scott killed is uncovered. It takes three hour-long episodes to tell the titillating tale, each one more fascinating than the one before. Get more info on the production at Business Insider.
Too Hot to Go Outside? Stay in and Binge ‘The Detectorists’
It’s the sweetest little British comedy out right now, full of dry humor and quirky characters, most of whom live to sweep local fields with metal detectors. It may sound dull, but you soon become engrossed and find it charmingly optimistic and effervescent, with nary a nod to darkness or smug insider humor. Toby Jones (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Captain America, Harry Potter) and Mackenzie Crook (Game of Thrones, several Pirates of the Caribbean movies) star with understated divinity. Queue it up on Netflix Amazon, or Acorn TV.
Tonight’s the Night for a Second Helping of “Somebody Feed Phil”
Foodies rejoice! The second season of Phil Rosenthal’s Somebody Feed Phil is finally launching on Netflix today, and I’m warning you, do not watch on an empty stomach! The man behind “Everybody Loves Raymond” is now wearing a professional foodie chapeau, as he eats his way through Venice, Dublin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Capetown and New York, schmoozing with the greatest chefs and his hungry chums. I got a sneak peek at the New York episode, land it was delicious. Find out more about the show, the man, and his legendary home pizza oven here.
C’mon Guys! Lay Off Nagen (Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
Poor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, currently of Walking Dead fame as the despicable Nagen, (although I thought he was infinitely sexier in The Good Wife), is suffering from stalkerish fans who hang out in front of his house. Of course I know where he lives, but I’m not tellin’ — I don’t want him to have to resort to more tweets like the one he posted on July 3: Dear people that think it’s a solid plan to come to our house, take pictures, drive up to house, knock on door… it’s not a good plan. It’s rude and creepy. Respect our privacy please. And… you’re being recorded. Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) Betcha his Good Wife fans wouldn’t be so disrespectful! Read more at The Wrap,
Best L.A. Venues for Binge Watching Over the 4th
Can’t get out of town this week? The 4th of July falling on a Wednesday does make vacations a little awkward for those of us who only get one day off, or worse, no paid vacation time. Might I suggest an overnighter in one L.A.’s most hospitable and glamorous locals? Binge watch the show you’ve been dying to catch up on by night, hang out by the pool by day. Or, if you stay at the mercurial Beverly Hills Hotel, you can rent a cabana and binge watch by the pool! That, my friends, is the ultimate TV lover’s vacay fantasy. See more great binge watching locals on Curbed Los Angeles.