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The Bachelorette Recap: Katie Thurston Meets Her Future Husband!!!!!!

Katie Thurston dealt with two very different men on this week's episode of The Bachelorette:

A liar and her alleged true love.

On the former front, there was Thomas... who confessed during last week's installment that he had focused on becoming the next Bachelor when he first arrived on the show.

"I have been a politician," Thomas said to Quartney at one point. "I have been just trying to say the right things to everybody."

On a Knee for Katie

On the latter front, there was Blake Moynes... who made a stunning debut and who The Bachelorette spoilers swear will propose to Thurston on this summer's season finale.

First up, though, was a group date.

On this outing, the men were asked to play a game of Truth or Dare, which ended up involving a lot of Twinkies; the chance to whisper sweet nothings into Katie's ear; and the challenge of waxing one another.

OUCH!

Katie Thurston's two men

There was also the Dare of eating a spicy pepper and then getting down on one knee to ask for Thurston's hand in marriage.

Once everyone's mouths cooled off, they headed to an afterparty.

Andrew S. used his time there at this shindog Katie that he had "never had a woman understand me."

"I value every moment with you," he said before the pair kissed. "They're so brief, but they're so impactful."

Katie Thurston men

One of the more polarizing suitors, Greg Grippo, also made his move.

"You're all I think about," he said to the leading lady. "I just love the connection I feel with you."

"I think obviously I have to see this out 'til the very end, and if it's something you and I can get through together, that says a lot," Katie replied to the contestant some critics think is an actor only on the show for fame.

"It says that … I'm starting to fall for you."

Greg, 27

For his part, Tre was all about exposing Thomas.

"I think that there are some things that have been happening in the house that I feel like, if I care about you at all, which I do, I feel like you need all of the info that's available, especially when you're pleading with us to give it to you," he began.

Tre then called Thomas "someone we feel like maybe is not here for you" and asserted that the real estate broker had displayed "a pattern of manipulative behavior."

Katie said she was "blindsided" by this claim, but thanked Tre for "sharing" his "truth."

Tré, 26

Before Thurston could decide about how she should handle the Thomas situation, however, BLAKE MOYNES SHOWED UP.

"I guess I want to apologize first, because I know what kind of wrench this throws into your whole situation," said the man who had previously courted Clare Crawley and Taysia Adams on TV.

"I also at the same time knew this was the only way," he added, as if his arrival wasn't totally scripted, planned and known ahead of time to Katie.

In an on-camera interview, Katie admitted that she and Blake had spoken before via Instagram DMs.

"Blake reached out to commend me for my bold personality and, I mean, he's a very handsome guy," she said.

Katie Thurston and a Contestant

Still, Moynes confessed last year to having fallen for two previous series leads.

"It is concerning that you've dated, at this point, two Bachelorettes," Katie said to Blake.

"If you stay, I will be now your third Bachelorette, and I'll be honest, in the house, there's been a lot of drama regarding who's here for the right reasons and who's not.

"So that's still kind of fresh on my heart, and obviously it is a little concerning that here you are for now your third time."

Blake Moynes on The Bachelorette

Moynes vowed he came on the program with only pure intentions.

"I promise you that if it came down to the end and we connected the way I think that we might, we would be engaged at the end of this," he said to Katie.

Prior to the Rose Ceremony, meanwhile, Thomas visited Katie and tried to quell her concerns.

"I would sign something right now that says anything that you need," he said. "The only thing that gets me through being here is an opportunity to be with you, and I mean that."

Katie Thurston at a Rose Ceremony

Did Katie buy what this seemingly shady guy was selling?

To conclude the episode, she handed out roses to Hunter, Greg, Justin, Brendan, Andrew S., Aaron, Mike P., James, Josh, Quartney and Andrew M.

Then, she called Thomas' name, and all the men couldn't hide their shock. 

However, when Thomas approached to accept his rose, Katie WENT OFF ON HIM.

"You told me things I wanted to hear. What I learned about you tonight is you're selfish, unkind and a liar," she said to Thomas in front of all the other men.

"Your Bachelor audition ends tonight, so get out."

WHAM! BAM! THANK YOU, SIR!

So, Thomas is out. And you know who is in, right?

Thurston for The Bachelorette

"If you want to stay, I'd like you to join and see if this becomes something," Katie said to Blake after knocking on his door later that evening. "If that interests you."

Darn right it does!

Like we noted above, Blake is about to interest Katie, too.

Until death does them part.

Katie Thurston Breaks Down on The Bachelorette, Reveals Sexual Assault

Katie Thurston got especially candid and especially personal on The Bachelorette this week.

First, however, she sent some potential husbands home.

Still seething over the claim last Monday night about men being on her season for the wrong reasons, Thurston told her suitors at the outset of this new episode:

"I just don't have the right mindset to give some of the guys the energy and the time they deserve."

Katie Thurston Cries

As a result?

"I'm not going to give any more time to anyone else tonight. We're just going to go straight to the rose ceremony."

With that said, Thurston doled out roses to David, Hunter, Conor C. and Mike P., yet stopped after the 31-year-old virgin referenced last Monday's allegation that a suitor was solely out for fame and fortune, saying to Katie:

"What Karl said wasn't the truth."

Karl, 33

"Do you all feel the same way?" Katie asked.

The men nodded their heads and Thurston excused herself.

She explained to co-hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe that she wanted to keep Karl around, but after Mike P.'s revelation, she second-guessed herself.

Cut back to the rose ceremony, where Katie chose NOT to give Karl a rose.

Michael, Connor B., Quartney, Tre, Justin, Andrew M., Christian, Josh, Brendan, James and Aaron moved on instead.

Katie Thurston and Nick Viall

But the main focus this week had to be on Nick Viall making an appearance in order to lead a discussion between Katie and her men, prompting each of them to open about about problems from their past relationships.

The contestants then confessed to various things pertaining to divorce... substance abuse ... and infidelity... and, as they did, Thurston felt a need to speak up.

In a stunning twist, she went ahead revealed something of her own that “not even her own mom knows about.”

Katie Thurston Makes a Reveal

“I know you all know me as this sex-positive person now," Thurston said.

“But years ago at a New Years Eve party, I was drinking and there was a situation where I had sex with someone that I did not give consent to."

Wow, huh?

Also: Just awful.

Katie Thurston Poses

Continued Katie on air, explaining that the incident happened a decade ago:

"I was in denial about what happened, so much still that I tried to form a relationship with him because I didn't want to believe what actually had happened.

"And when that didn't work out, for years I had a very unhealthy relationship with sex. I didn't want to have sex, which affects a relationship.

"I didn't like talking about sex. And it's taken me a long time to get to where I am now.

"And being open and comfortable talking about it and loving myself and accepting things that I can no longer control."

Katie Thurston Puckers Up

Considering Thurston showed up to meet Matt James on The Bachelor with a vibrator in hand, this admission likely came as a shock to most viewers.

But you just never know, you know?

Concluded Thurston on this topic:

"I just want you guys to know that I've come a long way in who I was 10 years ago and how important consent is, how important communication is and how important it is to not guilt trip somebody for not having enough sex with them, guilt trip them for not having sex with them in general."

Katie Thurston Bachelorette Picturer

At the afterparty, Katie called the group date and her confession "transformative."

But the guys were more concerned with Thomas, who claimed he had told Thurston on this same episode that he was in love with her.

"It feels fraudulent, it feels like, almost like a campaign, like, you want to be Bachelor. I don't know what it is," Hunter said to Thomas in front of the other men.

"I mean, is that something you've thought about?"

Thomas, 28

Thomas didn't deny it, either.

"Yes, coming into this, one of the thoughts on my mind was potentially being the next Bachelor," he finally admitted.

Whoa there! Total WRONG REASONS ALERT!

Thomas claimed he now cared a lot more about ending up with Thurston than ending up as the next Bachelor -- but his competitors were left with plenty of doubt.

However, bringing such a concern to Katie's attention will have to wait until next week.

‘Rick and Morty’ Fan Theories Are the Worst Thing Ever

Rick and Morty is one of the best adult animated series to hit the air since way back when The Simpsons was still good. Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have created something that’s funny and clever and that appeals to an audience with equal parts of highbrow conceptual humor and dick jokes. The fifth season is just around the corner and that means we’re about to be inundated with fan theories about what’s “really” going on.

Now, I love MatPat as much as the next guy, and if you remember my pieces on WandaVision I love to engage in guessing what means what and what is going to happen next, even if I should have known what happens next is people shooting CGI at each other.

One of the problems Rick and Morty has run into is that its fandom thinks it’s a really smart show. There’s a belief that everything is building to something and there’s some spectacular backstory waiting to be revealed. There really isn’t, though; Rick and Morty is barely serialized and each episode pretty much stands on its own. There are some story threads from earlier episodes that they have picked up in later episodes but Dan Harmon has even said he doesn’t want to do that much, he’d rather keep moving forward and do new things.

But Rick and Morty fans will absolutely tear an episode apart looking for clues about what it really means. This is not always to the benefit of the show or the fans. For example, fans have over-analyzed one of the show’s best episodes, Total Rickall, to the point that they missed maybe the funniest joke in the episode.

Total Rickall finds the Smith family inundated with alien parasites that have implanted themselves in their memories as increasingly wacky cartoon characters. It goes from Jerry’s brother and a Mr. Belvedere-type butler in the beginning to characters like Ghost in a Jar and Reverse Giraffe by the end.

Morty eventually figures out that the parasites can only create good memories in people which lets the Smiths kill all the parasites and live happily ever after.

That’s in broad strokes. On a more granular level, this is one of a small number of episodes of TV shows that use an entire episode to set up a single joke. In Total Rickall, that joke is Mr. Poopybutthole.

Mr. Poopybutthole is a weird alien creature who shows up at the beginning of the episode when Rick is naming all the real people in the house so they don’t get tricked by the parasites. We’ve never seen this character before and obviously, he’s a parasite himself.

But unlike every other parasite, Mr. Poopybutthole makes it to the end of the episode. Watching the episode for the first time, you’re going “what are you doing, you need to get him or the parasites are just going to come back!” And then Beth picks up a gun and shoots him; he’s not a parasite, and the episode ends on this incredibly dark, hilarious joke.

It’s a really funny concept to make the audience believe this character is a parasite, want to see one of the main characters kill him and then reveal that he isn’t a parasite and you wanted to kill an innocent people. But some fans need that joke to work with the lore of the show, and they have gone way overboard trying to make it fit.

Let me introduce you to what fans call the ticket theory. The ticket theory says that this episode doesn’t even follow our Ricky and Morty and that for no reason whatsoever we were shown the exploits of an alternate-universe Smith family.

See, at the end of a previous episode, Mortynight Run, the producers added an Easter egg showing Rick picking up some rocks with the parasite’s eggs on them. That episode also had a throwaway joke about Rick and Morty leaving Jerry in a multiversal daycare for Jerry and not really caring if they get the right Jerry back.

The whole theory is essentially based on a misunderstanding of the Jerry joke. Rick and Morty are about to leave with Jerry when another Rick says “Wait, do you have 5126?” This is the number they got when they checked Jerry into daycare at the beginning of the episode, and Morty has lost his ticket. Of course, the other Rick meant ticket 5126 and not Jerry 5126, which the theory relies on.

And this is why people make fun of Rick and Morty fans. Even Rick and Morty itself made fun of this theory when they had the “tickets please” guy be the center of a crazy theory in the episode Never Ricking Morty.

Of course, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have encouraged this somewhat themselves by telling fans that there’s a “big secret” they haven’t revealed yet. That one is pretty easy to put together; in the pilot, we learn that Rick recently came back into his daughter Beth’s life after a 20-year estrangement. But Rick’s friend Birdperson has a picture of Rick with a baby Morty, something Roiland, Harmon and writer Ryan Ridley drew attention to in a DVD commentary. Since we’ve seen Rick and Morty leave their reality and family behind more than once, it’s not a stretch to assume that Rick isn’t originally from the same reality as Morty, either.

Now there has been some speculation that Rick’s original Morty is the Evil Morty from Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind but he was intended to be a one-shot character who was only in that episode. Of course, Evil Morty did show up again and took over the Citadel of Ricks, so they’ve obviously rethought his importance since then.

The problem is that the episode Evil Morty comes back in, The Ricklantis Mix-up, isn’t very good. It’s more concerned with setting up the reveal that Evil Morty was elected president of the Citadel of Ricks than it is with being funny. When the description for the season finale promised a confrontation between Rick and Morty and the president, fans assumed this meant Evil Morty and there was plenty of disappointment when it turned out it was actually the US president played by Keith David we met in Get Schwifty.

Rick and Morty’s strength is in stand-alone episodes that don’t advance any overall narrative. Seeing Rick fight The Devil in Something Ricked This Way Comes or Rick going to high school with Summer and Morty to fight vampires off-screen and then becoming the most popular kid in school and not wanting to go back to his old body in Big Trouble in Little Sanchez were much more entertaining than Tammy being evil at her wedding to Birdperson. Pickle Rick and The Vat of Acid Episode were likewise some of the best episodes of the series and they didn’t advance any kind of narrative at all.

More meta-narrative episode-heavy episodes like The Rickshank Rickdemption and Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri aren’t as good. Seriously, what was a memorable joke from Star Mort, the season four finale? Morty and Summer just kept talking about their arc.

We’re only a few days away from Rick and Morty season 5, and we’re already seeing takes about how people are hoping it focuses more on the continuity and plot. I personally hope that the show goes the other way and focuses on more funny, stand-alone episodes. That’s the real strength of Rick and Morty; hilarious, self-contained, memorable episodes. The world-building isn’t all that good, it’s basically just “Rick is actually a dick.” And that’s a great hook for comedy, but not something that makes me need to see his backstory.

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NBC Stops Production on Reality Show Due to Outbreak of Explosive Diarrhea

Look.

If we were more mature, we likely would not report on this story.

We'd just let it go right on by, perhaps pausing for a moment to feel terribly for the folks involved.

But then we'd return to reporting on far more important celebrity gossip topics, such as the departure of Chris Harrison from The Bachelor or the potential paralysis of Jenelle Evans.

Ultimate Slip 'N Slide

Alas.

We are not that mature.

Therefore, we're here to state that production on NBC's upcoming game show Ultimate Slip 'N Slide has been halted indefinitely after a crew member on its set in Simi Valley, California, tested positive for giardia.

This is a microscopic parasite that, when swallowed, causes diarrheal disease.

slip slider

To be more specific, and nauseating, The Wrap reported on Thursday that “up to 40 crew members fell violently ill,” citing a “person with knowledge of the production.”

This individual said people were “collapsing” and “being forced to run into port-o-potties” due to “awful explosive diarrhea."

Reality television often makes us feel ill as well.

But no quite to this degree.

slip side guy

TMZ, for its part, quoted an anonymous source “close to production” as saying that multiple people were ill with gastrointestinal symptoms.”

Giardia can be found "on surfaces or in soil, food, or water that has been contaminated with feces from infected people or animals," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pet owners may be familiar with the sickness because dogs often come down with it after drinking dirty stream water.

A spokesperson for Universal Television Alternative Studios, which is producing the show for NBC, told People Magazine that it is “in the process of determining next steps in order to complete production.”

slip side casting

First, we presume, they must get out there and purchase every bottle of Pepto Bismol they can find.

"The health and safety of everyone on our set is our number one priority, so out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to stop production of Ultimate Slip 'N Slide at the current location," added this spokesperson.

Ultimate Slip 'N Slide is currently scheduled to premiere on Sunday, August 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET, after the Olympic Summer Games' closing ceremony.

The series - hosted by Bobby Moynihan and Ron Funches - takes Wham-O's iconic backyard waterslide game and transforms "into a real-life water park full of gigantic slippery rides with the chance to take home a big cash prize," an NBC press release previously read.

That Leaked CW ‘Powerpuff’ Script Can’t Be Real, Can It?

A few days ago, portions of a script alleged to be from the CW’s troubled live-action Powerpuff Girls reboot surfaced, and I thought there was no way they were real.

Not only is that insane and terrible, it’s a little too on the nose to how Riverdale rebooted Archie for it not to be made up, right? The use of “triggering” alone is such a meme, you’d have to be some sad Gen Xers trying desperately to be accepted by teenagers to write something like that.

Oh, Diablo Cody, wrote it, you say? Well, that still doesn’t prove anything.

Okay, so it got removed from Twitter because of a copyright claim. That still doesn’t prove anything. Really, you could technically have any kind of fan fiction removed on a copyright claim because you own the characters.

The CW’s head honcho Mark Pedowitz had called the pilot they passed on “too campy” and not “grounded in reality,” though, and, well…

Look, I don’t know who would write a 61-page script as a gag. I can’t explain that one. I’m running out of reasonable explanations.

You want Occam’s Razor? This is probably Diablo Cody’s attempt to write a Powerpuff Girls script in the vein of Riverdale. She either lacks the talent of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for making this kind of stupidity seem compelling or she lacks the interest in making something for the CW’s style and is sort of intentionally taking the piss. I have a lot of trouble believing she sat down, wrote this, and thought “This is as good a script as I can write.”

The CW is kind of garbage, but it’s compelling garbage. It’s like fast food: you know it’s bad but if you’re honest, you kind of like it and it’s not like you were going to eat anything that was actually healthy anyway. This Powerpuff script was just… actually bad.

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Netflix Made a Huge Announcement About Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’ Today

The success of Game of Thrones and the Marvel Cinematic Universe have thrown open the floodgates for adaptations of beloved geek properties. Netflix has bet big on a few, including the insanely popular Japanese comic One Piece, which they hope could be the next big thing considering the high profile of the property basically everywhere but North America.

Netflix also laid out a huge sum of money to adapt the thing that 90s teens who shopped at Hot Topic didn’t shut up about until Invader Zim came along, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. This project is so massive that Warmer Brothers, who own the rights to it because it’s a DC comic book passed on it and let Netflix have it because they didn’t want to spend the absolute fortune the show will cost to produce.

Netflix announced the cast of the show on Wednesday and it looks like they’re already not sparing any expense there, either.

The most notable cast member is Stephen Fry as Gilbert, a character from the comic’s second story arc, and Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, an occultist who imprisons the series’ protagonist Morpheus in the early 20th century. That’s not a spoiler, it will likely be the first scene in the show.

A second Game of Thrones alum, Gwendolyn Christie, will play Lucifer, the same character portrayed by Tom Ellis in Lucifer.

Jenna Coleman from Dr. Who will make an appearance as Johanna Constantine, an ancestor of Legends of Tomorrow’s John Constantine. This is the best chance we have of hearing Constantine pronounced correctly because Neil Gaiman himself wrote the correct pronunciation into an issue of The Sandman.

Patton Oswalt will also appear as Matthew the Raven, Morpheus’s assistant and friend. I know what you’re thinking “how did they get Patton Oswalt in a comic book adaptation?”

If you’ve come this far and you’re not a comic book nerd, I salute you. But you probably want to know what The Sandman is, why your formerly-goth coworkers won’t shut up about it, and if you should watch it.

In the mid-to-late 1980s, DC comics just let avant-garde writers from the UK go nuts on comics featuring lesser-known DC characters. This included Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and Watchmen, Grant Morrison’s Animal Man and Doom Patrol and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. While Morrison and Moore gave their takes on DC’s lesser-known heroes, Gaiman mostly built his cast out of characters from DC’s horror anthology comics.

You’ve probably heard of Tales from the Crypt, the horror series hosted by the Cryptkeeper; that started out as a comic by Mad Magazine’s publisher EC Comics. DC had a number of comics in the same vein, such as Weird Mystery Tales, House of Secrets, House of Mysteries and Tales of Ghost Castle. All of these books had hosts like Destiny, Cain, Abel and Eve or Lucien the Librarian. Neil Gaiman took those characters and made them central to his story as denizens of The Dreaming, the realm of Dream, the titular Sandman.

Dream, or Morpheus, or The Sandman, is a new character that is essentially an update to an old DC superhero called The Sandman, aka Hector Hall, who was the son of Hawkman and Hawkgirl. He has no real relation to that character, though the Hall family features prominently in various storylines.

The Sandman itself is a lot like one of those horror anthology comics; there are a lot of stories where Morpheus is simply a secondary character while the main focus is on a story about human characters. The TV show sounds like it will be adapting the first of these, A Doll’s House, as part of its ten-episode first season. Morpheus is involved in the events, but the main character is Rose Walker, a girl whose grandmother was affected by the sleeping sickness caused by Morpheus’s imprisonment at the start of the series.

Unlike Tales from the Crypt and modern horror anthologies like American Horror Story, The Sandman manages to connect its characters to each other and to the larger DC Universe in interesting and rewarding ways.

Honestly, though, if you’re interested in The Sandman, which is great, just go out and buy the comics. Neil Gaiman gets all the credit for the book, and he deserves most of it, but he worked with a lot of really talented artists who all brought a good deal of nuance to the story through their art that will be impossible to replicate. And you saw what happened to Game of Thrones.

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‘Hot Ones’ Host Sean Evans Picked Up an Emmy Nomination


Every so often, awards shows do something that isn’t actually insanely out of touch and it makes you sit up and take notice that some of those voters are actually paying attention to the cultural zeitgeist of the moment.

The Daytime Emmy awards sort of shocked everyone by nominating Sean Evans, host of the YouTube series Hot Ones, for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host.

You know who wasn’t nominated in that category? Ellen DeGeneres. Also no one from The Talk or The View or The Cluck or whatever show happens to be about a bunch of kind-of famous women yelling at the one Republican on the panel at 11 AM.

No one was more surprised about this than Sean.

I’m not a huge fan of Hot Ones, mainly because I’m not a big fan of spicy food, but it is an interesting format, way more entertaining than Ellen’s fake-nice act or whatever it is that Wendy Williams does that people watch her for. I guess being sassy or basically being a less-hip version of Phillip DeFranco.

It’s very fun to watch big celebrities like Paul Rudd and Brie Larson struggling to make it through ten progressively hotter chicken wings until they get to “The Last Dab,” something a normal person would only eat because they hate themselves.

I may be wrong, but I can’t find any other YouTube shows nominated in this category or any major category, just in the Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series.

While I don’t want to take anything away from Sean, who is a great host and absolutes deserves to be nominated and his nomination is basically the only thing giving the show a sliver of credibility right now, but I do wonder if this will open the door to other YouTubers to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy. Shows like Binging with Babish, and Good Mythical Morning are miles ahead of the shows nominated for cooking and morning shows. Seriously, the two hosts of the drunk ladies hour of The Today Show are nominated for an Emmy but not Rhett and Link? Where’s justice, man?

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The CW Sent the Live-Action ‘Powerpuff Girls’ Back to the Drawing Board

When you first heard that the CW was producing a live-action series based on The Powerpuff Girls as young adults angry about their time as superheroes, how good did you think it was going to be? Did you say “not at all?” If you did, the CW apparently agreed with you.

Variety reports that The CW was not happy with the pilot and wants a new one and they’ll take another look at the new pilot off-cycle.

In addition, the network has decided to rework its pilot for “Powerpuff,” a live-action followup to the animated series “The Powerpuff Girls.” The show’s four leads — Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, Yana Perrault, and Donald Faison — remain attached to the project, as does the remainder of the cast and the creative team behind the show. The network will film a new pilot for the series off-cycle. The show generated significant interest from the time it was first reported as being in development and was seen as a strong contender for a pickup going into pilot season.

I don’t see a planet in which this is good. Even in the world where The Powerpuff Girls was made for Adult Swim and the show was called Whoopass Stew this would not be a good follow-up.

Look, The CW, I know that you have a big hit with Riverdale, but let’s be honest: Riverdale is not very good. I watch it, but I kind of feel bad about myself and the life decisions I’m making when I do. Like, I don’t hate-watch Riverdale, but I do hate that I watch Riverdale.

How much worse than the other shows on your network can this show possibly be? Have you seen The Flash this season? You’re going to tell me you renewed Batwoman but this is under that low bar?

Legends of Tomorrow and Superman and Lois are pretty good, though. Maybe put those on HBO Max so they don’t stand out as much.

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People are Being Super Racist to the New ‘iCarly’ Cast Member

Jennette McCurdy hated acting and doesn’t want to do it anymore. She looks back at her time on iCarly and Sam and Kat and is embarrassed by it. Still, a lot of people loved it, it was one of those shows that stood out among a sea of long-forgotten family sitcoms for tweens.

iCarly was so popular that it’s getting a new season on Paramount Plus, the streaming service formerly known as CBS All Access, now that they’ve finally learned they need more content than a new Star Trek that isn’t very good and the five most recent episodes of Young Sheldon to have a streaming service.

The iCarly reboot is set ten years after the original series, and something had to be done about the fact that Jennette McCurdy wanted nothing to do with the show. So Carly has a new best friend, Harper, played by Lacy Mosley.

Some fans of the show were not happy about that change and took it out on Mosley, sending her racial abuse like calling her the n-word, something Miranda Cosgrove and Paramount spoke out about.

I get that there’s some contention about networks being woke, with ABC specifically seeming to drop the ball with their efforts to diversify leading to a fall schedule that has failed to generate much buzz in spite of its increased diversity. The only thing people are talking about is how Queens seems like the drama version of Tina Fey’s Girls5Eva, a dynamic that didn’t work so well for Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip when it started the same season as 30 Rock.

It isn’t like Paramount told McCurdy to pound sand because the cast wasn’t diverse enough, I can see how that would spark a backlash. It would still be stupid and unacceptable, but the misdirected anger would at least be somewhat understandable. By all reports, Paramount practically begged McCurdy to come back and she said no, why attack the poor actress who has to join the cast under those circumstances?

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TV Cancelations: Did Your Favorite Show Get the Axe?

We've reached the end of the most unpredictable television season in history, as the Covid-19 pandemic altered shooting schedules and shortened episode orders.

But while no one wants to look back these days, at least it's now time to move forward.

Most broadcast networks have released their schedules for the fall of 2021 and the spring of 2022, which means that plenty of dramas and comedies are set to premiere...

... or set to return for another season.

Others, however, have been canceled.

Did your favorite program get the axe?

Scroll down to find out and then go ahead and let it out if so. This is a safe space..

1. American Housewife

American housewife
American Housewife has been canceled at ABC after five seasons. The May 31 episode will now serve as the series finale.

2. Call Your Mother

Call your mother
Call Your Mother was canceled by ABC after just one season. As the news broke, star Kyra Sedgwick called out the network for the show's schedule, telling fans, "You guys have been so wonderful to tune in every week, or every other week or every two weeks! The rollout was nuts!"

3. Rebel

Rebel
We adore Katey Sagal, but audiences didn't turn out for Rebel on ABC. It's been canceled after one season.

4. For Life

For life
BC pulled the plug on For Life after its second season, but it will be shopped around to other networks.

5. MacGyver

Macgyver
Fans of the CBS drama were shocked when the show was canceled after five seasons on the air.

6. Black-ish

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This wasn't really a cancelation. ABC renewed the sitcom for Season 8 and then announced it would be the final one.
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Ellen DeGeneres Says All the Examples of Her Toxicity are a Misogynist Conspiracy

People with paranoid schizophrenia tend to believe that there is a vast conspiracy with possibly supernatural roots that is targeting them specifically. Like, the TV news anchor is telling them to kill themselves or the people who killed Kennedy are after them because they were chosen by God.

Ellen DeGeneres is not a paranoid schizophrenic. Ellen DeGeneres is a disgraced celebrity trying to save face. Her new strategy seems to be claiming that there was a vast, misogynist conspiracy to make her look bad.

At least, that how I interpreted what she said on Today on Thursday morning, via Uproxx.

“It was too orchestrated, it was too coordinated,” DeGeneres told Savannah Guthrie on TODAY. “And also I have to say — if nobody else was saying it — it was really interesting because I’m a woman, and it did feel very misogynistic.”

If you’ve forgotten about the allegations against Ellen and how’s they started, it was former employees getting on Twitter and telling their horror stories working for her. They fell in line with the experiences described by other minor celebrities who weren’t on Ellen’s radar as people who she should be nice to.

It’s an interesting strategy, Ellen doesn’t offer any reasons why this coordinated group of individuals is out to get her other than “misogyny,” as if they decided after 18 years that they had enough female daytime TV hosts.

Does anyone believe Ellen’s story for even a second? If you’re a terrible person, just own it.

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Ellen DeGeneres is Ending Her Show Because it Doesn’t ‘Challenge’ Her, Not Because Ratings are Falling and Everyone Hates Her

Ellen DeGeneres is ending her long-running talk show because it no longer challenges her, she said on the Wednesday episode. If Ellen really wants to spread her wings and try something she’s never done before, she could try not being a bitch.

DeGeneres claims that the allegations against her had nothing to do with her decision, telling The Hollywood Reporter “If I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season. So, it’s not why I’m stopping, but it was hard.”

I mean, she also may have tried to sweep it under the rug and when her ratings plummeted she went “okay, I’m getting out now while I can do it and save face.” That’s just my guess at the thought process. Quitting this season would have meant that she lost the battle of public opinion, and staying long enough for her viewership to evaporate would mean the same. This way she gets as close as she can to leaving on top.

You know who got a big kick out Ellen quitting her show? Twitter.

Kpop fans are so savage, I love them.

I always like to hear from Javi. Loved The Middleman, bro.

I’m sorry, no one is going to top that last one.

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Donald Glover says TV and Movies Suck Because People Are Afraid of Being Cancelled

Did Donald Glover just come out and say “cancel culture” is ruining TV and movies?

In a series of tweets, Glover said “Saw people on here havin a discussion about how tired they were of reviewing boring stuff (tv & film). We’re getting boring stuff and not even experimental mistakes(?) because people are afraid of getting cancelled. So they feel like they can only experiment w/ aesthetic. (Also because some of em know theyre not that good).”

This lead to a discussion of “Donald Glover just came out against cancel culture,” versus “He means cancelled by networks, obviously, cancel culture is not real and if it is real it’s good.”

Now, here’s why that discussion is pointless: they’re the same thing. People who get “cancelled” by public opinion tend to see their TV shows and movie projects cancelled as well, or at least get kicked off of them.

The best of the best in entertainment has always been transgressive. Take for example Mr. Show with Bob and David and its Netflix follow-up, W/ Bob and David. The way David Cross writes jokes is starting with “what are we not allowed to joke about and how do we make jokes about that thing.”

And Donald Glover nailed the two things that made Mr. Show a beloved classic: they weren’t afraid to take risks and they were talented. The thing that separates David Cross and Bob Odenkirk from edgy YouTubers or whatever is that they do have talent, the things they say aren’t just transgressive but also funny and intelligent and with a unique perspective.

That’s what makes television good: having something to say and saying it regardless of people who think it’s in bad taste. For movies, that’s even more important. And we are in a period where people aren’t doing that for whatever reason.

The good news is that those transgressive voices are out there and this sort of thing is cyclical. There are shows out there that are still taking risks, like Rick and Morty, but there will be more and more. Before we had the 1990s, the last really transgressive period of music and TV and film, there were the 80s, where everything was sanitized by the religious right’s political influence. The reaction to that was grunge rock, gangsta rap, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, The Simpsons and Mr. Show.

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Grey’s Anatomy: Renewed for Season 18! At Last!

The doctors are in.

And they won't be going anywhere for at least another year.

After making fans wait for an abnormally long time, ABC announced on Monday that Grey's Anatomy will return for Season 18 in the fall of 2021.

Simultaneously, the network confirmed that Ellen Pompeo has signed on for what we'd have to imagine will be the show's proverbial swan song. 

Meredith Smirks

In May 2019, the veteran actress signed her current enormous -- and well-earned! -- contract that reportedly paid her north of $550,000 per episode.

It was set to expire this summer and there had been talk of late that the show might end for good later this month.

For the record, ABC also renewed Station 19 today.

“The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season,” said executive producer Krista Vernoff in a statement.

Meredith on the Beach

Added Vernoff:

“Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I’ve been truly blown away -- particularly by our tireless crews -- as they reinvented the TV-making wheel.

"Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season.

"We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories."

Bailey Comforts Her Mom

Grey’s Anatomy continues to dominate as ABC’s highest rated and most watched scripted series, averaging a 1.1 demographic rating and 5.3 million weekly viewers.

For its part, Station 19 ranks as the runner-up in both measures.

A bulk of this latest season has featured Meredith in a coronavirus-related coma, seeing and interacting with visions of loved ones such as her late husband on a beach.

Some viewers feared she would be killed off.

Grey's Anatomy Photograph

Alas, Meredith will live to see another season.

Although beloved cast member Jesse Williams announced late last week that he is leaving the series.

"I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda, the network, studio, fellow cast mates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen and Debbie," Williams said in a statement after last episode aired.

"I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends."

Ellen Pompeo on Season 17

Added Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, on Monday:

“Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time.

"Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television."

Meredith in Some Scrubs

Concluded the executive:

"We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”

Grey's Anatomy will wrap up this season on May 20.

No word yet when it will return, but let's just be glad that it will return, you know?

Meredith Grey Image

UPDATE:

We can also now confirrm that Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. have inked new, one-year contract.

Pete Davidson’s Story About Getting His Tattoos Removed is Actually Pretty Funny

Pete Davidson looks like a cross between a child and an old man. And you’d think that by that I would mean “normal adult” but I assure you I do not.

Part of the reason is that he is absolutely covered in tattoos to the extent that I’m surprised he’s been alive long enough to have that many of them done. Having that many tattoos might be fine if you’re a YouTube chef or a stand-up comic or a cast member on a sketch comedy show that’s been sailing by on nostalgia for two decades, but it’s not great if you’re an actor and you’d like roles other than drug dealer or drug user.

Pete is having a lot of his tattoos removed because it’s better than sitting in a make-up chair for three hours every morning having them covered up because you’re playing a character with a normal amount of tattoos.

Pete was actually pretty funny explaining the process to Seth Meyers on Late Night. Via The Hollywood Reporter.

“So before he goes to laser each tattoo, you hear him announce what the tattoo is to make sure if you want to keep it or not,” Davidson explained. “So I will be sitting there all high off the Pro-Nox [nitrous oxide] … and then all of a sudden I’ll hear, ‘Are we keeping the Stewie Griffin smoking a blunt?’ And I have to sit there and be like, ‘No, Dr. G.’”

Added Davidson, “If you’re going to get tattoos, just make sure you really, really want it — and aren’t on mushrooms.”

I haven’t been a huge fan of Davidson, but it occurred to me during this that pretty much everything I’ve seen him do is stuff that was written or approved by the writers at SNL, so of course it’s not going to be funny. Maybe I misjudged him.

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One of the Two Guys Joe Exotic Married Claims the Wedding was Fake

Ahh, Joe Exotic, the internet’s second-favorite convicted attempted murderer.

I’ll bet Sideshow Bob would’ve gotten that pardon from Donald Trump, he got one from Quimby.

Joe is back in the news because one of his “husbands” has gotten actually married and claims that the marriage he had with Joe Exotic was just something staged as part of Exotic’s attempt to get a reality TV show, as Page Six reported.

However, he insisted that now-infamous scenes of their 2014 three-way wedding with Travis Maldonado — all wearing garish bright pink shirts — was just a publicity-generating scam.

“The fake one was basically a publicity stunt so Joe could get his own reality TV series,” the welder insisted.

Of course, that doesn’t explain why he got Joe Exotic’s name tattooed all over his body.

He even had an inking reading “Privately Owned By Joe Exotic” just above John’s groin that he covered with an angry bull’s head. He still has four others, including “Joe” on the right side of his chest and “For My Husband, Joe” on his upper arm.

But Joe could end up with a reality TV show in the end. By 2037 Fox might be looking to fill an hour Wednesdays with World’s Most Incompetent Hitman Hirers.

As for John Finlay, he’s married a woman named Stormey proving he really does have a type and that type lives in a trailer park.

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Elon Musk has Some Ideas for His ‘Saturday Night Live’ Host Gig and They are Terrible

I don’t think Elon Musk is a particularly intelligent person. He’s more what an unintelligent person thinks a smart person would be. He’s a rich CEO inventor, but he isn’t rich for the things he’s invented, he’s richer because his idea for a bank that’s entirely online got bought out and became PayPal. He’s not building rockets and electric cars himself, he’s paying people to build rockets and electric cars so he can become the slave king of Mars, where Earth law doesn’t apply.

What Elon Musk mostly does is Tweet, and if SNL wanted to have someone on to host because they’re famous on Twitter, they should have asked dril to host.

See, those are good tweets, and those are only his recent ones. He has a decades-long history of making good tweets.

On the other side of that coin are the tweets Elon Musk has made in preparation for his spot hosting SNL next week.

“Woke James Bond” and “Irony Man” are things a 12-year-old on 4chan would think of. But those weren’t the worst idea he had.

Baby Shark Tank was the worst idea he had. That’s the sort of thing I’d expect Blaine Capatch to put in a “Quick, someone bring MADtv back” tweet.

If you don’t get it, MADtv was mostly sketches driven by pun titles based on TV shows, usually combined with another famous property, something MADtv writers Capatch and Patton Oswalt have made fun of in the years after they left the show.

Elon’s ideas are unfunny even by current SNL standards, though, and that’s a sort of accomplishment, at any rate. Considering cast members will be able to opt-out of appearing in sketches with Musk, I imagine the only thing that’s going to get written for him is going to be very unflattering for Musk. It’s not like his acting ability was a plus to having him in skits anyway.

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Did ABC Pass on Kelsey Grammer and Alec Baldwin’s Sitcom Because it Didn’t Reach a Diversity Quota?

Ever since I heard that ABC had passed on Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer’s untitled sitcom after committing to a season order, I’ve been very curious as to why. This show is getting made and ABC is paying to make it, so why not just air it, even in mid-season if it’s that bad. And as I’ve previously mentioned, how bad can it be when it’s a who’s who of television success both in front of and behind the camera. It never really made sense.

I think we may have gotten an answer as CinemaBlend reported that Disney Television’s chairwoman of entertainment Dana Walden announced she had passed on a “well-written” sitcom because all the main characters were white.

That’s not going to get on the air anymore because that’s not what our audience wants. That’s not a reflection of our audience, and I feel good about the direction we’re moving.

This was apparently in reference to a show about a white family where all the diversity came from the supporting cast.

You know, like The Goldbergs and The Conners and American Housewife, ABC’s three highest-rated sitcoms.

Look, I applaud ABC and Disney, in general, wanting to increase their diversity both on and off-camera, streaming has made the television landscape absolutely massive and there’s room for everyone. But this seems like the sort of thing that’s doomed to fail spectacularly

ABC!s new diversity standards say that “half of the actors and characters of all new programs must be members of previously underrepresented sects.” Do you know what recent ABC show comes to my mind that doesn’t meet that criteria? Modern Family. Unless you consider white women underrepresented on television, only four of the nine original primary actors on Modern Family were from “underrepresented sects.” You have to consider that while Eric Stonestreet played a gay character, he himself is not gay. And one of those characters was an infant who could not talk.

This reminds me of the BBC using Monty Python as an example of the type of show they wouldn’t make today because of its lack of diversity. No one of any race or sect is going to be happy when you point to a beloved all-time classic and go “yeah, that’s garbage, too white.” It’s just not the way to sell your new way of doing things.

Now, this is not to say that Disney can’t produce good shows with more diverse casts. Eddie Huang may not have felt Fresh Off the Boat authentically represented his childhood, but it was a ratings success for ABC and an entertaining family sitcom. And Black-ish used to be successful with audiences and critics, too. Not, you know, recently, but at first. And its spin-off Mixed-ish is actually ABC’s lowest-rated sitcom.

The problem is that there is only so many hit shows a TV executive can pass on while ratings slip before they get fired. Clearly this diversity push is a business decision, companies as big as Disney don’t care about doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing, so there must be some numbers showing that this is indeed what their audience wants. It’s just not the Nielsen numbers.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ is About to Be Even Worse With Elon Musk Hosting

Saturday Night Live is no stranger to having hosts that aren’t actors or comics. Most of those hosts have been athletes like Joe Montana or the Dollar Store Joe Montana, Tom Brady. They may not have been trained actors, but they had charisma. Even Donald Trump has charisma and screen presence.

Newly announced SNL host Elon Musk has no ability to act and no charisma at all.

That Big Bang Theory clip is me being generous to Elon, his voice acting is even worse.

The only thing Elon Musk being on The Simpsons did for the show is make it so the Lady Gaga episode isn’t the most hated episode anymore.

Here’s why anything with Elon Musk in it is automatically worse: he’s a terrible actor, he only plays himself and every guest spot he does is just people fawning over him like “Oh my God, you’re Elon Musk, you’re such a genius!” Elon Musk’s only actual accomplishment is looking the way he does and still managing to get Amber Heard to sleep with him.

Can Saturday Night Live even get worse at this point? SNL hasn’t been really good since Will Ferrell left and it’s barely been watchable in about a decade.

Elon Musk is a weird choice because I don’t even think he’s that popular. He has a fan base, sure, but it’s not that large all things considered and mostly consists of people dumb enough to think Elon Musk is a genius.

And it’s not like the guy is going to be able to act in sketches. You saw how bad an actor he is, and that’s with unlimited retakes. You think he’s going to be able to perform in live comedy sketches? Of course, it’s not like his acting will be any worse than the show’s writing, so I guess it kind of works.

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How Bad is Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer’s New Sitcom That ABC Won’t Air It After Paying For a Full Season

ABC gave Untitled Alec Baldwin/Kelsey Grammer Project a straight-to-series order meaning that they’re contractually obligated to produce a full season of the show. Despite that and with Disney’s upfront presentation scheduled less than a month from now on May 18th, ABC passed on the series as is shopping it to other networks according to Variety.

Now, I’m not saying that this is highly unusual, it does happen that shows given straight-to-series or put pilot commitments get passed on by networks, but this show may have the best pedigree of any sitcom in the last 20 years.

Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer are both legends, having starred in 30 Rock and Cheers and Frasier, respectively. The project also stars Alec Mapa, Richard Kind and Gilmore Girls’ hot mom Lauren Graham. On top of that it’s created by Christopher Lloyd, who was a writer and executive producer for Frasier and Modern Family, having won more Emmys than any other producer between those two shows.

The plot of the show is that Baldwin, Grammer and Mapa were roommates as young men who had a falling out and now they’re reunited “for one more run at the lives they’ve always wanted.”

All of this makes me extremely curious on why ABC passed on this show that they’re on the hook to produce a full season of anyway. I can’t imagine it’s because it’s not funny enough, they ran Speechless for three seasons.

The only thing I can think of is that the show is edgy in a way ABC isn’t comfortable with and they’re afraid of complaints. Nothing is guaranteed to work and the show could genuinely be bad, but most sitcoms take a season to find their footing, and with the group they’ve assembled and money they’ve spent it seems like it would be worthwhile to give them the space to figure it out if that was the problem.

Now, if the show was going to be controversial and wanted to push the envelope, well, we’re at the peak of television sitcoms trying not to be controversial. We’ll probably know by how quickly it gets sold: if it takes a while or no one picks it up, it’s probably a bad show. But if it gets immediately snapped up by another network or a streaming service, ABC just got cold feet about the content.

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Aziz Ansari Is Coming Back to Television with Another Season of ‘Master of None’

It’s weird that Aziz Ansari has been out of the public eye since a woman accused him of being a little awkward while she was consensually giving him a blowjob and said that’s basically the same as rape. Can you believe that was actually a story?

Aziz already had another stand-up special at Netflix, and now he’s bringing back his prestige comedy Master of None for a third season of Netflix after several years on hiatus, Variety reports.

The season is expected to be a departure for the show, and it’s believed to focus on Lena Waithe’s character, Denise. Early reports about the third season indicated that Naomi Ackie (“The End of the F***ing World”) would join the cast.

In 2017, Waithe and Ansari won an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing for the Season 2 episode “Thanksgiving,” which focused on her character’s struggles with her family. (In its first season, “Master of None” also won an Emmy for writing, with Ansari and Yang sharing the accolade.)

I also didn’t even realize babe.net had gone out of business until I read this Variety story, but I had also forgotten babe.net existed until I read this Variety story.

Moving the focus off of Ansari’s Dev and onto Lena Waithe’s Denise rings true with Ansari previously having said he would have to have some big life event before doing a third season because he doesn’t have anything else to say about being a single guy in New York. Denise would have a much different experience than Dev and the writing would be more based on Waithe’s experiences, giving it the fresh aspect Ansari thought was missing that caused the hiatus in the first place.

I enjoyed Master of None’s initial run, and I’m glad to see Netflix is still willing to do smaller shows like this. We all thought streaming would be a place where shows with small but passionate audiences and critical acclaim could find homes, but Netflix and other streamers have turned out to be even more cutthroat than the broadcast networks when it comes to handing out cancellations. It seems like maybe that small, indie feel of the old Netflix isn’t entirely gone and replaced with Kevin James as a race car driver or owner or whatever.

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Hilary Duff is Going to Headline the Long-Promised ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Sequel

How I Met Your Mother is one of the best sitcoms of all time, and probably the best “hang-out” sitcom ever (sorry Happy Endings fans, you’ll have to settle for second). Since it ended in 2014, series creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have been trying to follow it up with a show with the same premise but following a woman on her path to meet her future husband.

That show, How I Met Your Father, is finally getting made and Hilary Duff is playing the Ted Mosby role of a woman telling her son all about how she met his father. The New York Post has a quote from Duff about taking the role of Sophie, the new Ted Mosby.

“As a huge fan of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ I’m honored and even a little nervous that Carter and Craig would trust me with the sequel of their baby,” Duff said, referencing the shows co-creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, in Hulu’s press release announcing the show. “Isaac and Elizabeth are brilliant, and I can’t wait to work alongside them and all of their genius. Just fangirling over here getting to join the Hulu Originals and 20th families. I realize these are big shoes to fill and I’m excited to slip my 6 ½’s in there!”

The finale of How I Met Your Mother was, to put it lightly, divisive. Cristin Milioti did such an amazing job in the last season as Tracy that the audience fell in love with her, only to find out that she had died years ago from the perspective of Future Ted and his children, and the show was his way of accepting he was ready to love again with his ex-girlfriend Robin.

Honestly, I liked the ending, the last scene especially, but I thought the entire last season of the show was weak. Instead of spending the last season showing one weekend and then covering 16 years in the final episode, they should have spent the final season exploring the plots from the finale.

As much as I’d love to see this show last nine years as well, I don’t know if the format is all that suited to a long-running show as much as it’s suited to a shorter, more focused series that runs 3-4 seasons. Ted’s story was great and there was something interesting about following him for that long and the way it necessitated a shift to being about Ted having to grow up and actually want the thing he was saying he wanted, but it probably would have made a lot more sense if the show ended after the third season.

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Emilia Clarke is Coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel has pretty much-eclipsed Game of Thrones as the current big cultural phenomenon, largely thanks to Disney+’s decision to air television shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that feature the actors and characters from the movies. And the Twin Peaksian weirdness of WandaVision became the biggest topic of conversation on the internet for about two months.

Now, as if to take a final victory lap and do a little dance on the grave of A Song of Ice and Fire, the franchise that could have been but clearly is not going to be, Marvel has signed Emilia Clarke, who played basically the main character of Game of Thrones, to be a part of Secret Invasion.

Secret Invasion is going to be a big deal just by virtue of having Samuel L. Jackson in it as Nick Fury. It’s a continuation of the story from Captain Marvel featuring the Skrulls, but we don’t really know how it’s going to play out. In the comics, the titular secret invasion is literally that, the Skrulls used their shape-shifting abilities to come to Earth and build an invasion force in secret, blending into the populace until it was time to strike. Captain Marvel presented the Skrulls as much more sympathetic in contrast to their enemies, the Kree.

The thing that Marvel has going that Game of Thrones didn’t is that Marvel doesn’t need to have an ending. Game of Thrones was unable to deliver a satisfying one, and George R. R. Martin seems unlikely to ever finish the novel series, so that’s it. But Marvel comics have presented themselves as an unending, open-ended superhero soap opera for 60 years. Avengers: Endgame was a kind of ending, but we knew there were more movies right around the corner. It only ended a chapter, not the whole book.

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John Cleese is Not a Fan of ‘The Simpsons’ Recasting So Many Roles

A few years ago, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy made a statement that Monty Python’s Flying Circus, one of the most beloved sketch comedy series of all time, would not be made today because they were “six Oxbridge white blokes,” and that they would instead “assemble” a more diverse troupe. Python’s animator Terry Gilliam was incensed, calling the statement “bullshit” and saying “[Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry. Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.” And the inimitable John Cleese added that Python was a diverse group, joking “We had three grammar-school boys, one a poof, and Gilliam, though not actually black, was a Yank. And NO slave-owners.”

Cleese has similar feelings on the way The Simpsons has been recasting roles because of the agreeably silly idea that voice actors must now only play animated characters of their same race and apparently sexuality.

It started because Hank Azaria recently apologized for playing Apu, saying he now felt his portrayal was racist. I’m not sure I agree, Apu was almost always portrayed positively, his main character flaws being his work ethic putting a strain on his relationship with his wife and being unfaithful to his wife. Apu was mainly shown as being smarter and more human than most other people in Springfield.

John Cleese definitely doesn’t agree, tweeting “Not wishing to be left behind by Hank Azaria, I would like to apologize on behalf on Monty Python for all the many sketches we did making fun of white English people. We’re sorry for any distress we may have caused”

Cleese was pretty dismissive of someone saying they found some of Python’s humor offensive by today’s standards.

Cleese actually makes a good point here. If you see something on TV that offends you, you can just get over it, who cares?

And Cleese had a thought about “wokeism” or “cancel culture” or “political correctness” or whatever you want to call it.

“Humorless, censorious, literal-minded, posturing idiocy” is a pretty good assessment. Do we really think The Simpsons, which hasn’t been good in over 15 years, is going to suddenly be good by following a bunch of rules about what they can and can’t do and what types of jokes they can make?

You might not remember this if you’re younger, but The Simpsons was subversive when it was new. The President of the United States complained about it. My uncle told my mother and father they were bad parents because they let me watch The Simpsons.

Those early episodes may not seem subversive, but just depicting a “dysfunctional” family that didn’t exist in the picture-perfect reality of The Brady Bunch where everyone learned a lesson about being a Good Samaritan was subversive. The Simpsons lost its edge and went mainstream, and they’re not going to get edgier by going out of their way to make sure they don’t offend anyone.

And Monty Python made Life of Brian, they definitely know it’s okay to offend people with humor, especially powerful, humorless people.

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NCIS Renewed for Season 19… But Will Mark Harmon Return?

As previously and sadly reported, this may be the final season of Grey's Anatomy.

It's crazy, but it may be true, as ABC is yet to determine the fate of its longest-running drama.

CBS, conversely?

It revealed that the future remains bright for its longest-running drama... sort of.

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First, the good news: NCIS has been renewed for Season 19!

Fictional super agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and company will, indeed, return in the fall of 2021 for plenty of brand new episodes.

But will this season mark the end for series lead Mark Harmon, who portrays Gibbs and who has been at the center of the intense action ever since the very first episode?

It sounds very possible, even not even likely.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harmon will absolutely be back in the main role next season.

It remains unclear, however, whether or not he'll be in every installment or whether he only agreed to return on a part-time basis.

Back in February, sources told the aformentioned entertainment news outlet that Harmon was prepared to move on from the character he originated on the CBS show JAG back in 2003.

Then, these same insiders explain, the actor -- who also serves as executive producer -- was informed told CBS would probably cancell NCIS if he retired from the program.

Such an ultimatum prompted Harmon to enter negotiations to reprise his beloved role.

Mark Harmon as Gibbs

CBS also announced the renewal of three other hits on Thursday.

Blue Bloods (for Season 12), S.W.A.T. (for Season 5), Magnum P.I. (for Season 4) and Bull (for Season 6).

All of these shows aired a limited number of episodes in 2020-2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the network did not specify the number it ordered for these upcoming seasons.

Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette

NCIS, meanwhile, is inching closer to some historic television milestones.

It now has a chance to become the longest-running U.S. primetime drama series of all time, with only Law & Order: SVU (22 seasons and counting), the original Law & Order (20 seasons) and Gunsmoke (20 seasons) having a more protracted run.

Might this entice Harmon to stick around even longer?

We can't say at the moment -- but series does still draw a huge audience of around 12 million viewers per week.

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As for CBS as a whole?

It previously renewed dramas The Equalizer (for Season 2), FBI (Season 4) and FBI: Most Wanted (Season 3)... as well as comedies Bob Hearts Abishola (Season 3), The Neighborhood (Season 4) and Young Sheldon (Seasons 5-7).

CBS series still on the bubble include All Rise, B Positive, Clarice, NCIS: Los Angeles, SEAL Team, The Unicorn and United States of Al.

Is Kathleen Kennedy Ready to Hand ‘Star Wars’ Over to Jon Favreau?

Depending on how you look at it, Star Wars has either done exceptionally well or exceptionally poorly under Kathleen Kennedy’s time as president of Lucasfilm. Kennedy is one of the most successful film producers ever, with EP credits on classic films such as Back to the Future, Gremlins and The Goonies. And Star Wars had made a lot of money for Disney since she became Lucasfilms’ president after George Lucas departed when Disney bought the studio.

The only problem is the movies have been, for lack of a better word, a trainwreck. Hell, they were worse than Trainwreck! Sure they made a lot of money but clearly, you do not have to make a quality film to sell tickets if you put Star Wars on the marquee. Star Wars fans would see the movie 20 times even if it was just Han Solo sitting on the Millennium Falcon’s toilet for two hours complaining about a badly frozen burrito. The sequel trilogy was especially unfocused and offputting to longtime fans, with The Rise of Skywalker actually managing to be worse than The Phantom Menace. That’s like if you took a crap and the crap threw up.

But that all turned around thanks to Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni and their huge surprise hit for Disney+, The Mandalorian. The quality of that show and the outpouring of love for it from fans old and new turned around the fortunes of the entire Star Wars franchise, taking it from something Disney was going to “rest” until people forgot how bad the last five movies actually were to a must-see weekly television event. The only thing Disney has done in a year that got more hype was WandaVision, and the Mouse House is responding to that by spinning an entire Star Wars television universe out of The Mandalorian’s success.

Obviously, this lead to speculation that Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Favreau were at odds, battling for the soul of Star Wars. That is of course insane because Kathleen Kennedy knows what she’s doing and wants Star Wars to succeed. Why wouldn’t she believe that J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson would make good Star Wars movies if left to their own devices? Have you seen Knives Out? That was a great movie. There’s probably no one in this world happier with how Jon Favreau has handled Star Wars than Kathleen Kennedy.

A rumor posted to Reddit from an unverified source (so take this with a grain of salt) says that Jon Favreau is actually Kennedy’s choice to succeed her as president when she steps down or potentially takes a promotion and moves even higher in Disney. Kennedy’s contract is up in October, and she might be ready to move on when it ends.

The source also reports that Disney saw casting John Boyega as “risky,” presumably because of his race and the Chinese market, where Boyega was practically edited out of the poster. They also allegedly squashed romance subplots with Finn and Rey and Finn and Poe, actually asking for Rey and Poe to be put together. I’m not even sure those characters had more than one scene together in the entire trilogy.

Whether or not these leaks turn out to be true, they all sort of sound like common sense stuff to me. Disney was clearly worried about having black actors alienate Chinese audiences, hence the poster. Of course Jon a Favreau is the best choice to be head of Lucasfilms. And of course, Kathleen Kennedy isn’t at odds with a hitmaker like Favreau. You don’t really need inside information to get any of that.

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The Bachelorette Premiere Date: REVEALED!

As of this writing, we do not know whether or not Katie Thurston will bring her vibrator along for her run as the next Bachelorette.

We do now know, however, when the beautiful brunette will debut in this role.

ABC announced Thurston's premiere date on Wednesday, April 7, while also giving fans their very first look at Katie in the role.

Here it is:

Katie Thurston as The Bachelorette

The 17th season of this franchise, meanwhile, will kick off on June 7, while the same network also confirmed today that Bachelor in Paradise will return on August 16.

This, of course, will be a unique year for The Bachelorette.

Following a lengthy, race-based controversy on this past season of The Bachelor, producers said this spring that 2021 will feature a pair of Bachelorette leads.

First up will be Thurston, who was eliminated fairly early on by Matt James; then, this winter, Michelle Young, will take on this challenging gig.

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Among the other major changes?

Chris Harrison will not serve as host on Katie's season.

Instead, with ABC essentially punishing Harrison for insensitive remarks he made during Matt's Bachelor season when it came to suitor Rachael Kirkconnell and her past social media posts...

... Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams will anchor Season 17.

Katie Thurston on the Couch

Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette," read a statement from the network in mid-March.

"We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing.

"In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season...

"We are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks."

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Back to Thurston, however:

She made a name for herself as "Vibrator Girl" almost immediately upon her Bachelor introduction... thanks to her decision to bring her favorite sex toy along when she met James.

She also earned praise from viewers around the nation because she stood up to bullies inside the resort that housed the suitors and basically told them to shut the f--k up.

For a brief period of time, there was chatter about Thurston being too racy for The Bachelorette gig, but executives appear willing to roll the proverbial dice.

Michelle Young and Katie Thurston

Katie's season is currently filming in New Mexico and it will once again feature the star and her aspiring husbands quarantined on their own.

So much for those expensive and exotic vacations.

As for where Thurston comes down on Harrison and the scandal that enguled Bachelor Nation for nearly all of Matt's recent season?

Katie Thurston Accepts Rose

"I stand with other alumni who have expressed that learning & growth require time," Thurston has Tweeted.

"I hope that Chris Harrison continues to take more time to step away while sincerely educating himself & dedicating himself to the work," she continued.

"We can all grow and do better with time, and I hope he does."

Will you be tuning in to see if Katie Thurston can find love on The Bachelorette?

Adult Film Star Maitland Ward is Returning to Mainstream TV

You ever kind of have a crush on an actress on a tv show, maybe a really sexy, tall redhead on a show full of gorgeous actors, and then later in life she starts doing porn and it’s better than you could have imagined? Okay, that basically only describes Maitland Ward, but she’s one of a kind. I know what you’re thinking; what about Jaimee Foxworth? I didn’t forget her, but she was like 10 when she was on Family Matters, Maitland Ward was 21 when she started appearing on Boy Meets World.

Maitland Ward is about to do something no one else has really done and appear on mainstream television and in porn at the same time. The main reason this isn’t a more regular occurrence is that porn stars are not exactly known for their acting ability.

The New York Post reports Ward is going to produce and star in a TV sitcom where she plays a porn star.

“I want to slay both industries,” Ward told The Post. “I love and embrace both. Me being bold and free in my sexuality and so out there with it has really given me that power. When I was like this innocent flower, I was letting everyone else dictate what I should do or what I should be.”

While some may stick their noses up at her day job, the redheaded bombshell says it unleashed passion within herself — not just passion for the cameras.

“When people always say, ‘Oh porn’s going to ruin you. You’ll never be seen by mainstream again. Nobody will ever want to hire you and porn will ruin it,’ ” she said, “it’s given me my acting career back. It really has.”

Maitland Ward has spoken in the past about limited her options were after Boy Meets World. Basically, the best she could hope for was a really popular Hallmark Movies and Mysteries TV movie series.

The line between porn and TV has been blurring for a while. Are you going to tell me that porn would have detrimental to the career of anyone on Game of Thrones when that show was still good? A sitcom about porn is probably prestige TV these days.

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Sharon Osbourne: BOOM! Leaving The Talk for Being Way Too Racist

After nearly 11 years a co-host, Sharon Osbourne is leaving The Talk.

And it's all because of Meghan Markle.

Or, to be far more accurate, it's all because of the inappropriate way in which Sharon Osbourne reacted to the reaction to the Meghan Markle-Oprah Winfrey interview.

Sharon Osbourne as The Talk Host

If you'll recall, back on March 10, Osbourne stood up for Piers Morgan after Morgan trashed Markle, questioning the validity of Markle's discussion on mental health during her interview Oprah.

At the time, co-host Sheryl Underwood asked Osbourne:

"What would you say to people who may feel that while you're standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist?

"Even if you don't agree."

Sharon Osbourne on The Talk

Sharon was offended by the line of questioning, stating on air:

"I very much feel like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?"

But Underwood followed up by telling Osbourne that she was downplaying the racial undertones of Morgan's remarks.

After this heated exchange aired, an investigation alleged that Osbourne had often used racist and homophobic slurs against her co-panelists.

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Now, she's been forced off the program.

CBS said late Friday that Sharon has "decided" to leave The Talk, expounding via lengthy statement:

"The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home.

"As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon's behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.

"We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts."

Sharon Osbourne Red Carpet Pic

CBS also said the network and showrunners for The Talk are "accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race."

In the wake of this scandal, CBS said it is now focused on "coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew."

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Concluded the statement that confirmed Osbourne would not return:

"Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers."

The Talk has been on hiatus for most of March and is now scheduled to come back with new episodes on April 12.

But without Osbourne.

Sharon Osbourne Snapshot

Following her controversial comments a few weeks ago, Osbourne thanked her supporters for their "prayers" and issued an apology.

"I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the black community & I have deep respect & love for the black community," she wrote on Twitter.

"To anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry. I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over.

"There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast.

"I am not perfect, I am still learning like the rest of us & will continue to learn, listen and do better."

Sharon Osbourne, Big Pink Sweatshirt

Osbourne added that does not "condone racism, misogyny or bullying," but rather was merely supporting Morgan's freedom of speech.

"Now I see how I unintentionally didn't make that clear distinction," she said.

"I hope we can collectively continue to learn from each other & from ourselves so that we can all continue to pave the way for much needed growth & change.

"I hope we can all hold each other up with accountability, compassion & love during this powerful time of paving the way for so much needed change."

Jessica Walter Dead at 80; Arrested Development Cast Mourns Beloved Actress

Jessica Walter, the veteran actress who established one of the funniest and most memorable characters in TV history on Arrested Development, passed away in her sleep on Wednesday.

She was 80 years old.

This very sad move was confirmed to People Magazine by the beloved star's daughter, Brooke.

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"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica," Brooke said on Thursday afternoon.

"A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off.

"While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre."

Walter made her movie debut back in 1964 and starred in shows such as 90210 and Archer.

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However, a majority of younger television fans will forever remember Walter as the hilariously self-centered and conniving matriarch Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development, on which she starred from 2003 to 2013 -- and then again from 2018 to 2019.

In response to her death, nearly everyone associated with this legendary sitcom mourned Walter on social media or via a statement.

“She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched. Rest In Peace Mama Bluth,” wrote Tony Hale, who played Lucille’s son Buster on Arrested Development.

Hale included with his tribute a sweet, smiling selfie of him and the actress.

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Added Alia Shawkat: “love you Gangie #jessicawalters."

And series lead Jason Bateman:

"R. I. P. Jessica Walter. What an incredible career, filled with amazing performances. I will forever remember my time with her, watching her bring Lucille Bluth to life.

"She was one of a kind. All my love and thoughts to her family."

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And Will Arnett:

"Jessica Walter was a deeply talented person. We first met on a pilot in ‘96 and I was instantly blown away.

"I’m fortunate to have had a front row seat to her brilliance for 25 years. My thoughts are with her daughter Brooke and grandson Micah today.

"Farewell Jessica, you’ll be missed."

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Walter also made a humorous name for herself on Archer, prompting this message from FX:

We are utterly heartbroken to learn of the passing of Jessica Walter.  She was a comedic genius and a brilliant actor who personified wit, grace and elegance. 

Jessica’s “Malory Archer” served as the bedrock character for the series and we were always honored to have her as member of our FX family.

Words cannot describe the monumental loss we and the Archer producers and cast feel. 

We extend our love, appreciation and condolences to Jessica’s family.

Jessica Walter as Malory Archer

Added Adam Reed, creator and executive producer of Archer:

The Archer family is heartbroken to lose Jessica Walter, our beloved colleague and friend. 

Jessica was a consummate professional, an actor's actor, and the exact opposite of Malory Archer – warm, caring, and kind, with an absolutely cracking sense of humor – and it was both a privilege and a true honor to work with her over these many years.

She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

Jessica Walter character on Archer

Walter was previously married to actor Ron Leibman before his death in 2019. Along with Bowman, Walter is survived by her grandson Micah Heymann.

We send our condolences to her friends, family members and loved ones.

May Jessica Walter rest in peace.