Jun 22, 2018
12:33 pm

ABC Pulls Pull Episode of Show After Allegation of Facilitating Sexual Assault (TVLine)

After a woman accused a contestant on an upcoming installment of a reality show of being involved in facilitating sexual assault, ABC is pulling that episode of the show, “The Proposal,” reports TVLine.

The story continues, “In a public Facebook post on Thursday, Wisconsin resident Erica Denae Meshke detailed how Michael J. Friday — a contestant on ‘The Proposal‘s’ second episode — facilitated a sexual assault that took place when he and Meshke met for a Tinder date last November.”

The story also quotes a statement from ABC and production company Warner Horizon: “An allegation has been made against a contestant on next week’s episode of ‘The Proposal.’ While the accusation was not related to the contestant’s appearance on the program, we take it very seriously. ABC and the producers of ‘The Proposal’ are pulling the episode while this matter is under review.”

The TVLine story adds, “Created by Mike Fleiss (‘The Bachelor’), ‘The Proposal’ features 10 eligible daters in each episode who compete in pageant-style rounds to win the heart of a mystery suitor or suitress, who they don’t meet until the end of the competition. A representative for ‘The Proposal’ noted that Friday was eliminated in the first round of his episode.”

To read more details about this item we urge you to click here, which takes you to the original TVLine story.

Jun 22, 2018
12:20 pm

Here’s a Must-Read Story for Over-the-Weekend: Joe Adalian’s Insightful Essay About Netflix: Inside the Binge Factory

With Netflix disrupting the TV industry of late, TV writer par excellence, Joe Adalian, delves inside Netflix like few others have in the past.

Adalian, long with Variety (and for a short time, years ago, with TVWeek) is currently the West Coast editor of New York Magazine’s Vulture. His long feature for Vulture about Netflix—perfect reading for this weekend—is also the cover story of the June 11th issue of New York Magazine. You can find it here:

Netflix: Inside the Binge Factory

Also highly recommended must-reads are the on-line only sidebars Adalian has written to accompany the main story:

How Netflix Is Trying to Make Sure Its Shows Don’t Get Lost

Shonda Rhimes on Moving to Netflix: ‘We Know a Large Amount of What We’re Going to Be Making’

Behind Netflix’s Major Push Into Unscripted Television

How the Brains Behind Netflix Went From Rivals to Partners

Kudos to Joe for a terrific package.

Jun 22, 2018
9:43 am

NBC Cancels Series…Again (Deadline; Variety)

NBC has canceled one of its primetime series – for a second time – writes one of the industry’s best reporters, Nellie Andreeva of Deadline, where she is that publication’s TV editor. The series was first canceled in May, 2017, after its first season.

The show is “Timeless.”

Writes Andreeva: “This time, NBC postponed the renewal decision until after the May upfronts; it comes just days before the options of the series’ cast are set to expire. That was in part because the network and ‘Timeless’ producer Sony Pictures TV had been discussing doing a two-hour movie that would resolve the cliffhanger in the recent Season 2 finale and wrap the stories on the show, giving fans closure. I hear the two sides have not been able to make the economics work so far but conversations continue, and NBC appears interested.”

The story adds, “The new cancellation of ‘Timeless’ will be hard to swallow for fans who had been campaigning for a renewal, flooding NBC’s Twitter feed with #RenewTimeless messages. For a second year in a row, ‘Timeless’ ranked as No.1 on USA Today’s Save our Shows poll.”

Adds Variety in its story, NBC agreed to bring “Timeless” back for season two only “after Sony agreed to hand over a 50% stake in the series to NBC’s sister studio Universal Television.”

Please click here to read Andreeva’s full story about the “Timeless” cancellation.

Jun 22, 2018
9:10 am

In a Must-See ‘Carpool Karaoke’ — That Lasts Almost Half an Hour — Paul McCartney Sings a Bunch of Beloved Beatles Classics. It’s Great Fun. Watch The Full Video Now (YouTube)

Without further ado, here’s Paul McCartney with the host of ‘The Late Show with James Corden’:

Jun 21, 2018
7:51 pm

‘Roseanne’ to Continue Without Roseanne. ABC Says Show Will Get New Title, and Officially Is Called a Spinoff

“‘Roseanne’ is returning, but without its namesake,” reports Daniel Holloway for Variety.

The story continues, “ABC has given a series order to ‘The Conners,’ [working title] a spinoff starring original cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman. Not part of the new series will be Roseanne Barr, who played the matriarch on the long-running and recently revived — and more recently canceled — multi-camera comedy. Barr will, according to ABC, have no financial or creative involvement in the spinoff.”

Variety adds that Barr said in a statement, “I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from  ‘Roseanne.’ I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved.”

Noting the recent history of the show, Variety notes, “ABC announced May 29 that it had canceled ‘Roseanne’ just hours after Barr published a racist tweet directed at Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to President Barack Obama. Barr subsequently apologized for the tweet, later blaming it on her consumption of the sleeping drug Ambien. But [ABC Entertainment president Channing] Dungey, the first African American to ever serve as president of a U.S. broadcast network, in a statement announcing the show’s cancellation said, ‘Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant, and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.’”

Here’s ABC’s announcement of the spinoff:


ABC Picks Up ‘The Conners’ (Working Title) Straight to Series to Premiere This Fall

John Goodman (‘Dan’), Laurie Metcalf (‘Jackie’), Sara Gilbert (‘Darlene’), Lecy Goranson (‘Becky’) and Michael Fishman (‘D.J.’) Are Set to Star as Their Iconic Conner Characters

“The Conners” (working title), a spinoff of the groundbreaking family comedy “Roseanne,” has been greenlit to series with an order of 10 episodes for fall 2018. After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky and D.J. – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.

The series, featuring John Goodman (“Dan”), Laurie Metcalf (“Jackie”), Sara Gilbert (“Darlene”), Lecy Goranson (“Becky”) and Michael Fishman (“D.J.”) as their beloved Conner characters, is set to air Tuesdays (8:00-8:30 p.m.). Additional cast members and a premiere date will be announced later.

Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series.

“The Conners’ stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love. The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago,” ABC shared in a statement.

In support of their new series, cast members John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman said, in a joint statement:

“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience. We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”

Tom Werner will executive produce, along with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan and Bruce Rasmussen are also writers. The series is from Tom Werner and Werner Entertainment

Jun 21, 2018
4:24 pm

Fox News Contributor Dead at 68
(NPR, TVWeek, Fox News)

A commentator on the Fox News Channel who was also a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post has died. NPR reports that Charles Krauthammer died of cancer. He was 68.

“A Harvard-trained psychiatrist, Krauthammer turned an unsparing eye on the nation’s politics, moving rightward over time,” NPR reports. “Krauthammer retained the capacity to discern the human element of political issues. He was a steadfast critic of the president despite the high regard in which many Fox viewers hold Trump.”

Krauthammer penned a farewell column earlier this month, as we reported previously. He announced in the column that he had only weeks to live and said he had “no regrets,” adding: “I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”

Here’s a clip of Krauthammer commenting on the 2016 presidential primaries, posted by Fox News Channel.

Jun 21, 2018
2:31 pm

Disney Lawsuit Expands, Now Includes Twitter, ComScore (MediaPost)

A class-action lawsuit against Disney has been expanded to include as defendants comScore and Twitter’s MoPub, among others, MediaPost reports, noting that the companies are being sued by a group of parents alleging privacy violations involving children.

“The class-action complaint, initially filed last August, alleges that Disney allowed outside companies to embed code that tracked young children who used apps like ‘Princess Palace Pets’ and ‘Where’s My Water?’ Those outside companies include Twitter, comScore, Upsight, Unity Technologies and Kochava, according to the new complaint,” MediaPost reports.

The report quotes the amended complaint, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif., saying: “Unbeknownst to parents and their children, Disney — in partnership with (other) defendants — collects and exfiltrates personal data as users play the Disney gaming apps.”

MediaPost adds: “The parents allege that the data collected from children includes identifiers like Apple’s ‘ID for Advertisers’ and Android’s ‘Advertising ID,’ and information that can be combined with other data to ‘fingerprint’ smartphones — like the brand, operating system, network carriers and the name assigned to the devices by users.”

“Permitting technology companies to obtain children’s persistent identifiers exposes those children to targeted advertising,” the complaint states.

The complaint is alleging violation of privacy laws in California, New York and Massachusetts, along with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Jun 21, 2018
10:59 am

‘The Show That Invented Modern Reality Television’ to Return (TVWeek)

The TV series that is often cited as the starting point for the reality television landscape of the past two decades is in development as part of a slate at MTV Studios, a new unit announced today.

The update on the groundbreaking reality show “The Real World” is part of a slate that also includes new versions of “Daria,” “Aeon Flux” and the coming-of-age series “Made.”

In announcing the launch of the new unit, MTV said: “MTV Studios will develop and produce a full slate with a focus on beloved series, franchises and spin-offs that span MTV’s 35-year history. With over 200 titles, MTV Studios has one of the largest libraries of young adult series and franchises in TV history.”

MTV calls “The Real World” “the show that invented modern reality television,” and says of the reimagined version: “This reconnection to innocence for the trailblazing series strips away the polarization and cold anonymity of social media, the din of the 24-hour news cycle, and the facades of the instafamous culture to find out what happens ‘when seven strangers are picked to live in a house … stop being polite and start getting real.'”

Also in the works are the new series “The Valley” (working title), said to be in the spirit of “The Hills” and “The City,” and “MTV’s Straight Up Ghosted,” which delves into the stories behind broken social media relationships.

Please click here for details on all of the programs that are part of the MTV Studios launch slate, along with other details about the new MTV unit.

Jun 21, 2018
6:21 am

Burger King Commits a Whopper of a Faux-Pas With Its World Cup Soccer Ad, Then Apologizes (USA Today)

Burger King issued an apology after the company ran an ad in connection with the World Cup that was widely perceived as offensive.

USA Today reports that the company “has apologized for an extraordinarily insensitive advertisement that promised Russian women a lifetime supply of free meals and a cash ‘prize’ if they were to become pregnant with a child fathered by a World Cup soccer player.”

The report notes that the hamburger chain ran the campaign on the Russian social media outlet VK, where the spot promised a payment of $47,000 plus a lifetime supply of Whoppers.

“The offer was extended to ‘girls who manage to get the best football genes’ and ‘lay down the success of the Russian national football team.’ the indication being that the offspring produced by such liaisons would grow up to be soccer stars,” the story reports.

The Burger King message is quoted saying: “It is a reward for the girls who would get pregnant from the international football superstars.”

The company pulled the campaign on Tuesday, and admitted in a statement cited by USA Today that the ad was “too offensive.”

“As soon as it was brought to our attention, we had it removed,” Burger King said. “It certainly does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

Jun 21, 2018
6:19 am

Why the Motion Picture Academy Doesn’t Want Kobe Bryant as a Member (Variety)

Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant recently won an Oscar for his animated short “Dear Basketball,” but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has barred him from being admitted as a member of the Academy, Variety reports.

Following the Oscar win for Bryant and director Glen Keane for “Dear Basketball,” Bryant was approved for admission by the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation branch, Variety notes.

“However, the Academy’s governors committee overruled the decision and rescinded the invitation, Variety has confirmed. Though the branch, through governor Bill Kroyer, argued that Bryant has expressed a desire to work in the short films space, the committee felt the Los Angeles Lakers legend needed to show evidence of a larger career in the field before being allowed to represent it as a member of the organization,” Variety reports.

The report notes that Bryant’s Oscar nomination sparked controversy during an Oscar season that played out against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, “when more than 17,000 individuals signed a petition demanding that Bryant be stripped of his ‘Dear Basketball’ Oscar nomination on the grounds of his 2003 sexual assault case. (That case was dropped after Bryant’s accuser refused to testify, and he later settled a civil suit out of court.)”

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