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TVBIZWIRE
Jan 17, 2019
5:41 pm
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Reality TV Personality in Drug Bust (The Blast)

A reality television personality who has had her share of run-ins with the law just had another one. The Blast reports that Alexa Curtin, known for her appearances on “Real Housewives of Orange County,” “started off 2019 by getting arrested once again for drug possession.”

“According to court records obtained by The Blast, 26-year-old Curtin was arrested on January 5 for possession of Xanax and drug paraphernalia. The reality star was sent to Orange County Jail and released the following day after posting bond,” the story reports. “Curtin listed her occupation as ‘unemployed’ when being booked.”

The report adds: “The reality star was busted by Irvine PD for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors charged Curtin days later with two misdemeanor drug charges.”

The report notes that Curtin, who is due in court in March in the latest case, has multiple active criminal cases.

“Back in October, a judge issued an arrest warrant for Curtin after she blew off a court hearing,” The Blast reports. “The reality star was scheduled to be in court related to her three separate criminal cases. Curtin — the daughter of former ‘RHOC’ star Lynne Curtin — failed to appear for the hearing and the judge eventually got tired of waiting.”

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 17, 2019
4:33 pm
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What’s So Funny About ‘The Kominsky Method’? Don’t Ask the Show’s Two Stars — They Don’t Seem to Know (TVWeek, Netflix)

Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, two stars of the Golden Globe-winning Netflix comedy “The Kominsky Method,” appear hard-pressed to explain what’s so funny about the show in a video announcing plans for the show’s second season.

Season 1, which premiered on Netflix in November, marked the first time Douglas and Arkin had worked together. The show won two Golden Globes — for Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy, and Best Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for Douglas.

Netflix announced that the show has been picked up for a second season, which begins production this month in Los Angeles and will consist of eight episodes. Along with Douglas and Arkin, Sarah Baker and Nancy Travis return as series regulars.

Here’s the clip …

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 17, 2019
4:31 pm
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Grammys Announce Performers (TVWeek, YouTube)

CBS and the Recording Academy announced a roster of artists who are set to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards — the first in a batch of performer announcements for the event.

The lineup includes current nominees Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe and Kacey Musgraves.

As we reported previously, Alicia Keys will be hosting the 61st annual Grammy Awards, set for Sunday, Feb. 10. The ceremony will be televised live by CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In case you missed it, here’s a video posted by Keys about her reaction to being named to host the Grammys … (SPOILER ALERT: She was pretty happy about it.) …

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 17, 2019
4:29 pm
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More Problems for ‘To Catch a Predator’ Host (TMZ, TVWeek)

After being arrested this week in connection with alleged bad checks, longtime “To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen continues to run into problems. TMZ reports that Hansen is being evicted from his Manhattan home.

“According to legal docs … the former host of ‘To Catch a Predator’ last paid rent in August 2018, but was $400 short, and stopped sending checks altogether after that. So, the owner of the pad went to court in October and filed paperwork to have Chris evicted,” TMZ reports.

The report cites the eviction documents saying Hansen owes $400 for August, plus $3,600 for September.

“Hansen was ordered out of the apartment last week by a judge and given 10 days to vacate,” TMZ reports. “The official eviction day is Friday, and city marshals are set to perform removal services then.”

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 17, 2019
3:37 pm
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‘Bird Box’ Fallout: YouTube Bans Risky Prank Videos (NY Times, TVWeek, Twitter)

A mainstay of the YouTube video environment — the prank video — just suffered a setback, apparently as part of the fallout from a spate of mishaps reportedly stemming from people trying to copy the Netflix movie “Bird Box.”

The New York Times reports that the video-sharing site is clamping down on content that, in YouTube’s view, depicts “dangerous challenges and pranks.”

“On Tuesday, YouTube, a unit of Google, updated its policies ‘to make it clear’ that challenges ‘that can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances,’ pranks ‘with a perceived danger of serious physical injury’ and anything that causes ‘children severe emotional distress’ are not allowed on the site,” The Times reports.

The report adds: “In a statement, YouTube said the update — which cited pranks involving home invasions or drive-by shootings as unacceptable — was a result of a routine review of its longstanding enforcement guidelines and an effort to better define what it allows users to post. Users whose videos are taken down over the next two months for violating the standards can appeal the removals.”

The statement is quoted saying: “We heard feedback from creators that we could provide some clarity on certain community guidelines, so we published materials detailing our policies against pranks that cause others to seriously fear for their safety or that cause serious emotional distress to children and vulnerable individuals.”

The Times adds: “The revised guidelines specifically cite so-called Tide pod challenge videos as the kind that is banned, but they do not mention a more recent YouTube phenomenon that presumably falls in the same category: videos of people taking the so-called ‘Bird Box’ challenge.”

Netflix addressed the dangers of the “Bird Box” challenge in its own message posted on Twitter earlier this month, which you can see below …

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 17, 2019
3:31 pm
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Netflix Reveals Two Shows Being Watched by 40 Million Accounts (TVWeek, Twitter)

Netflix appears to be opening up a bit more lately about its viewership figures, including announcing today that two shows — “You” and “Sex Education” — are on track to be viewed by more than 40 million Netflix accounts in their first month on the streaming service.

The company also revealed that “Elite,” a Spanish-language program, delivered more than 20 million households in its first four weeks.

None of the above shows comes close, however, to the Netflix viewership for the streamer’s original movie “Bird Box,” which topped 80 million households in its first four weeks, according to media reports.

Netflix made the announcements on its Twitter account. Here’s the Netflix tweet about “Sex Education” …

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 17, 2019
3:11 pm
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Late-Night Host Adds His Voice to the Controversy Over Gillette’s ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Ad (TVWeek, CBS)

After a new ad from Gillette stirred up controversy for its theme attacking “toxic masculinity,” Stephen Colbert found something to criticize both in the ad and among its critics during a segment of CBS’s “The Late Show.”

Here’s the clip, posted today by CBS …

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 17, 2019
2:21 pm
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Moonves Fights for His $120 Million CBS Severance (AP, ABC News)

Leslie Moonves, who was fired as chairman and CEO of CBS Corp. amid allegations of sexual misconduct, is fighting the company’s decision to deny his $120 million severance package, the AP and ABC News report.

“Moonves is demanding binding arbitration proceedings to challenge the decision, CBS announced in a filing Thursday with the Security Exchange Commission,” the AP reports. “The company’s board of directors denied Moonves his severance last month after concluding that he violated company policy and did not cooperate with an investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations.”

“Moonves, one of television’s most influential figures, was ousted in September after allegations from women who said he subjected them to mistreatment including forced oral sex, groping and retaliation if they resisted,” the story reports. “The former CEO’s legal team declined to comment Thursday. His lawyer, Andrew Levander, has previously said that Moonves cooperated fully with the investigation, which was conducted by two outside law firms. Moonves has also denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.”

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 17, 2019
2:17 pm
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Cate Blanchett, Michael Keaton, Owen Wilson and Other Stars Align for Return of TV Series (TVWeek, IFC)

An impressive lineup of stars including Cate Blanchett, John Mulaney, Natasha Lyonne, Michael Keaton and Owen Wilson has been assembled for the return of IFC’s Emmy-nominated “Documentary Now!”

IFC released the trailer today for what it’s calling season 52 of the series, which you can watch below. The series returns Wednesday, Feb. 20.

“At long last, the comedic minds of executive producers Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers return to IFC to once again lovingly pay tribute to some of the world’s most renowned documentaries in the first full trailer for ‘Season 52’ of ‘Documentary Now!,'” IFC says in today’s announcement.

The show is hosted by Helen Mirren, and some of the other stars on tap this season include Taran Killam, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Bobby Moynihan, Paula Pell, Richard Kind, James Urbaniak and Michael C. Hall.

Co-created by Armisen, Hader, Meyers and Rhys Thomas, the series is produced by Broadway Video. In addition to Armisen, Hader, Meyers and Thomas, “Documentary Now!” is also executive produced by Alex Buono, Lorne Michaels and Broadway Video’s Andrew Singer. Thomas and Buono are the show’s directors.

Here’s the new trailer …

TVBIZWIRE
Jan 17, 2019
2:11 pm
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Weinstein Parts Ways With His Criminal Defense Lawyer (NY Post)

Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has formally parted ways with his high-powered criminal defense lawyer Ben Brafman, The New York Post’s Page Six reports.

The move comes as Weinstein faces criminal charges in connection with alleged sexual assaults, with his trial date set for May 6.

“Brafman must remain on the sex-assault case until Justice James Burke signs off on the separation,” The Post reports.

Weinstein spokesman Juda Engelmayer is quoted saying in a statement: “Mr. Weinstein has authorized Mr. Brafman to formally notify Judge Burke of his decision to withdraw as counsel for Mr. Weinstein in connection with all legal matters currently pending.”

The statement adds: “Both parties have agreed to part ways amicably, and Mr. Brafman has agreed to cooperate fully with new counsel for Mr. Weinstein so as to ensure an orderly transition.”

The Post reported separately over the weekend that Weinstein and Brafman were close to a split after they “had a blowout argument in the past several days after the movie mogul started looking to expand his legal team, sources said.”

The Post adds: “Screaming matches between the pervy producer and his lawyer were routine — but the latest row was the final straw for Brafman, who exclusively told The Post he was withdrawing from the case on the same day Esquire released online a 7,500-word profile on him.”

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