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TV Notes
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WEDNESDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
From Zap2it.com's TV Grid - Jul. 31, 2019

ABC:
8PM - Press Your Luck
9PM - Card Sharks
10PM - Match Game: Horatio Sanz, Sherri Shepherd, Thomas Lennon, Ellie Kemper, Kenan Thompson, Kyle Richards
* * * *
11:35PM - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Julia Louis-Dreyfus; author Steve Martorano; BJ The Chicago Kid performs)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Love Island
9PM - Big Brother
10PM - S.W.A.T.
(R)
* * *
11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (LIVE: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Michael Ian Black)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Patricia Arquette; Michael Peña; The Bird and the Bee and Dave Grohl perform)

NBC:
8PM - Ellen's Game of Games
(R)
9PM - Ellen's Game of Games
(R)
10PM - The InBetween
* * * *
11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Dwayne Johnson; Issa Rae; Eddy Grant performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (LIVE: Journalist Chris Hayes; TV personality Charlamagne tha God; Jeff Quay sits in with the 8G Band)
1:38AM - Last Call With Carson Daly (Mary Elizabeth Winstead; Aquilo performs; comic Sam Morril)
(R)

FOX:
8PM - MasterChef
9PM - First Responders Live (LIVE)

THE CW:
8PM - Jane the Virgin
8:59PM - Jane the Virgin (Series Finale)

PBS:
8PM - Ancient Skies: Finding the Center
9PM - NOVA - The Planets: Jupiter
10PM - The Farthest -- Voyager in Space
(R)

UNIVISION:
8PM - La Reina Soy Yo
9PM - La Reina de Guadalupe
10PM - Sin Miedo a la Verdad

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Un Poquito Tuyo
9PM - Betty en NY
10PM - Preso No. 1

UNIMAS:
8PM - MLS Juego de las Estrellas 2019: MLS All-Stars vs. Atlético Madrid (LIVE)

CBSSN:
7PM - WNBA Basketball: Atlanta Dream at Indiana Fever (LIVE)

DISCOVERY (SHARK WEEK):
7PM - Expedition Unknown: Megalodon: Sharkmania
8PM - Extinct or Alive: The Lost Shark
9PM - Movie - Capsized: Blood in the Water (2019)
* * * *
11:01PM - Shark After Dark: The Cast of Capsized: Blood in the Water (LIVE)

ESPN U:
7PM - XVIII Pan American Games (5 1/2 hrs., LIVE)

A&E:
8PM - Wahlburgers
9PM - Wahlburgers
10:01PM - Wahlburgers (Series Finale, 63 min.)

CNN:
8PM - CNN Democratic Presidential Debate: Night 2 (LIVE)

ESPN:
8PM - MLB Baseball: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals (LIVE)

FREEFORM:
8PM - Grown-ish

HBO:
8PM - Unmasking Jihadi John: Anatomy of a Terrorist (Documentary Premiere, 100 min.)

MTV:
8PM - Catfish: The TV Show
9:01PM - Are You The One?

NBCSN:
8PM - Swimming: Phillips 66 U.S. Nationals (90 min., LIVE)

VH1:
8PM - Basketball Wives

CNBC:
9PM - Deal Or No Deal

GSN:
9PM - America Says: Retail Rebels vs. Super Nerds

OWN:
9PM - Queen Sugar

USA:
9PM - Suits
10PM - Pearson

FX:
10PM - Snowfall

FXX:
10PM - Archer (Season Finale)

IFC:
10PM - Sherman's Showcase (Series Premiere)
10:30PM - Sherman's Showcase

PARAMOUNT:
10PM - Yellowstone (64 min.)
* * * *
11:04PM - The Last Cowboy (54 min.)

POP:
10PM - Florida Girls
10:30PM - Florida Girls

SYFY:
10PM - Krypton

TV LAND:
10PM - Younger (35 min.)

TBS:
10:30PM - Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
* * * *
11PM - Conan (Seth Green)
(R)

BRAVO:
11PM - Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (TV personalities Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness and Bobby Berk ("Queer Eye"))

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (LIVE: NBC/MSNBC political analyst Cornell Belcher, 35 min.)
11:35PM - Lights Out With David Spade: Jim Jefferies, Steve Byrne, Kaley Cuoco

TV ONE:
11PM - The DL Hughley Show (Loretta Devine)


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TV Notes (Broadcast)
Keke Palmer to join ‘Strahan and Sara’ as a third co-host
By Carlos Greer, New York Post - Jul. 31, 2019

EXCLUSIVE: Keke Palmer is set to join Michael Strahan and Sara Haines as a third co-host on ABC’s “Strahan and Sara,” Page Six has exclusively learned.

The singer and actress is days away from inking a deal with the network to join the “Good Morning America” spinoff, we hear. “ABC execs are close to finalizing a deal . . . She’s fun, spontaneous and has great energy,” an insider told us.

Palmer has frequently filled in as a guest co-host, especially while Haines was on maternity leave, which she returned from last week.

“Keke has been so much fun filling in, so they decided to make her an offer,” said the insider. “The audience knows her and she’s got great chemistry with both [hosts].”

The daytime show replaced “The Chew” but has struggled with ratings since it debuted last year.

It was called “GMA Day” until ABC changed the name in January.

The network is hoping Palmer, who turns 26 next month, will attract younger viewers.

It’s not yet clear whether the network would change the name of the show again to include Palmer’s name.

We’re told the deal may be done by the end of the week.

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TV Notes
Bianculli's Best Bets
By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Jul. 31, 2019

FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL
Hulu, 3:00 a.m. ET
SERIES PREMIERE:
This 10-episode series, created by Mindy Kaling, is structurally similar to Noah Hawley’s FX series Fargo: It takes its inspiration from a 1990s movie, but takes only the spirit, creating its own plots and characters while using the film’s familiar title. This Hulu version of Four Weddings and a Funeral – again, like TV’s Fargo, neither a sequel nor a remake – starts in New York, where an American political operative named Maya flies to London to reunite with friends still living there for a wedding. The rom part of this romcom begins literally as soon as her plane lands at Heathrow Airport, because she meets – and meets cute – a Pakistani financier. The premiere feels a bit too written, and polished, but the actors are appealing, and the interactions sometimes land as wryly funny. Maya is played by Nathalie Emmanuel, who’s more than capable of handling a series lead. She was last seen on HBO’s Game of Thrones, as Daenerys’ ill-fated handmaiden and assistant, Missandei. Nikesh Patel plays Kash, the guy Maya meets at the airport.

CNN DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
CNN, 8:00 p.m. ET

Last night’s debate had the potential candidates with the highest poll rankings on the stage that night, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, fighting with other candidates instead of each other, and both emerged victoriously as a result. Tonight, the overall leading candidate, Joe Biden, has the center stage. Flanking him on either side: Kamala Harris, who upped her own profile by challenging him the last time, along with Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bill de Blasio.

JANE THE VIRGIN
The CW, 8:00 p.m. ET
SERIES FINALE:
This delightful, playful series is saying goodbye by presenting a double feature of its final two episodes. And since over-the-top telenovela twists and turns have been an integral part of Jane the Virgin from the start, expect major helpings of that as the series reaches the end.

SHERMAN'S SHOWCASE
IFC, 10:00 p.m. ET
SERIES PREMIERE:
Okay, this show is really, really weird. Which I mean, of course, as a compliment. It’s a bit like another IFC meta series, Documentary Showcase, which claims to be a long-standing TV series and presents closely designed parodies of actual nonfiction films. Sherman’s Showcase does that for a Soul Train type variety and dance show, but also takes an SCTV approach, expanding its parody approach to includes commercials, promos for other shows, and so on. This eight-part series is co-created by Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle. Salahuddin plays the title character, TV host Sherman McDaniel, and Riddle plays his producer, Dutch. John Legend introduces the series – and, in real life, is another of the IFC series’ executive producers.[/B].


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TV/Summer TCA 2019 Tour Notes (Cable)
Here's the Story of 'A Very Brady Renovation'
By Roger Catlin, TVWorthWatching.com's 'TV Eye' - Jul. 31, 2019

BEVERLY HILLS, Ca. — It takes more than a cheesy reunion movie to get the six original Brady Bunch kids together these days.

But when HGTV won a bidding war against Lance Bass to buy the nondescript North Hollywood house seen in the establishing shot in every episode of their iconic 1970s sitcom, the once young cast — now aged 57 to 64 — had good reason to reassemble for A Very Brady Renovation, premiering Sept. 9.

"What resonated with me the most was that it was a different take on Brady," says Eve Plumb, the former Jan Brady, who hasn’t participated in every nostalgic reconvening.

"They weren't asking us to come back and play Brady Bunch characters again. It was: Let's explore what the house would be like if we could make it in real life, and please help us do that. And I started watching all the HGTV shows, and I went, 'This is going to be good.' "

Working with the established renovation stars of the network, they saw the home change to include the familiar (and sometimes garish) decor of those days — adding 2,000 square feet to include it all.

"I’m a huge fan of HGTV and all the shows that they do," said Maureen McCormick, the once ever-positive Marcia. "I talked with the people, and I just felt like they had a love for this project, and I felt like this would be a really good one to be involved with."

The resulting renovation series is "the most expensive show they've ever done," says Barry Williams.

Williams, 64, who played the elder Greg Brady, made his comments standing amid a lavish HGTV party at the Beverly Hilton that followed their TV Critics Association summer press tour panel.

There, Williams had commented that HGTV "paid like way too much — I mean way too much for this house," which was listed for $1.8 million before the bidding war.

Because the interiors (and backyard) of The Brady Bunch were shot at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, the young cast had no particular connection to the scene-setting San Fernando Valley mid-century modern home.

"We had no recollection of it," says McCormack. "I mean, it was placed as an establishing shot into the show."

"I didn't learn where this house was until 1996," says Christopher Knight, who played Peter.

Williams recalled he was once invited to the private home by mutual friends who awaited his reaction.

"They assumed that I would recognize it walking into the house, I guess. And I didn't," he said. "They had to walk me back outside to look at the photograph that we see on television for me to make the connection because the inside resembled it not at all."

Owners had made various changes in the facade, but there was no way it could have fit the interiors seen in the show.

"That picture window in the upper part of the house that's the iconic symbol of the house — that was dressing," said Mike Lookinland, 58, who played Bobby.

Even as the youngest Brady, the 57-year-old Susan Olsen says "I looked at that house and thought to myself, 'No way. That could never be the set. It's a one-story house.' "

Making it the two-story of the show was part of the construction challenges. The network says it shot more than 9,000 hours of the demolition, renovation, and careful replication of the house - which, with its floating staircase, proves to be as beloved a component of the old sitcom as its stars.

The transformation begins with a tour of the existing house, which looked little as the studio-created sets did. Then McCormack and Olsen join Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott in working on the entryway, living room.

The brothers also work with Knight on the exterior; the orange and green kitchen is also a project for Knight with Plumb, working with Leanne and Steve Ford of the show Restored by the Fords.

Lookinland and Plumb join Good Bones stars Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E. Laine in working on the kids' bedrooms and the Jack-and-Jill bathroom. Williams works on dad's den with Jasmine Roth of Hidden Potential, and the two of them work with Lara Spencer of Flea Market Flip to makeover Greg Brady's groovy attic hideaway. "Yes, the beaded curtains are there," Williams says.

"They didn't just replicate," the former Greg says. "It is almost a perfect replication, from fabrics to carpeting to furniture to decorating to artwork to the fake grass in the backyard."

"If something couldn't be found or sourced, they made it," Plumb says. "The printed fabric to match for the couch. They made a beautiful stereo cabinet that we put together and I helped to stain. We did crafting projects for artwork. I repurposed a couple of the paintings that were in the den and one over Jan's bed to put in the show, so all of us were involved in all aspects of it."

They even imagine a space seen only a couple of times in the series — the living quarters of Alice, the comic maid played by Ann B. Davis.

"They studied every single frame that was available," says Plumb, who worked on the room with Spencer. "We shopped for the things that we could find for her dresser. We had a real hard time finding those lamps. We had to sort of recreate them."

One addition is that the maid's quarters now has a bathroom.

"I think Alice scored the best upgrade," Lookinland says.

"One of the other things that's nice about recalling the experience is we are the surviving members of the cast and we can feel the presence of Robert Reed and Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, in these rooms that are being created through the memories and the shows,” Williams says. The actors who played the adults on the show have died in the intervening years.

By showing old clips of the show in the renovation series, Williams says, "we can share their presence and what a significant part of our show they are and were. It's a nice way to keep them introduced."

Adds Lookinland, "They would've loved it."

A Very Brady Renovation culminates at the end of September at about the time of the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast of The Brady Bunch, Sept. 26, 1969.

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TV/Summer TCA 2019 Tour Notes (Cable)
‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ Cast Teases Season 14, Talks Tackling Hot-Button Topics Through “Filthy” Comedy
By Dino-Ray Ramos, Deadline.com - Jul. 31, 2019

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is currently filming its 14th season and after walking through the set during TCA (it’s quite surreal to be in Paddy’s Pub and the grimy charm of Charlie and Frank’s apartment), Rob McElhenney (Mac), Charlie Day (Charlie), Glenn Howerton (Dennis), Kaitlin Olson (Sweet Dee) and Danny DeVito (Frank) about how their characters how it speaks to the time through satire, its unexpected optimism and the wild stuff we can expect in season 14 — which includes Dolph Lundgren.

The show is something that has never been seen on TV before — and for 14 years the characters have done some horribly, self-centered, hilarious things to better themselves (or at least attempt to). The show balances this fine line with tackling hot-button issues but frames them in a comedic lens that pushes the envelope that many see as inappropriate — but not to their loyal fans.

“Our audience knows where we’re coming from,” said McElhenney, who also serves as an executive producer. “We very rarely get blowback because our audience is savvy enough to know we’re not advocating bad behavior, we’re satirizing it.”

The show is not afraid to tackle topics such as racism, #MeToo and things of the like, but it is coming from a place that doesn’t degrade it. As the only woman in the core cast, Olson is aware how her character is treated. She finds the group’s desperation funny and when they call her a bitch she said she wants to start laughing. Olson unpacks how you don’t often see characters like Sweet Dee, who allows misogyny and has no idea how to deal with it except by yelling. “We’re showing how ridiculous is to talk to someone like that,” she adds.

“The characters are one way, but the show is never celebrating that behavior,” said McElhenney.

Day said, “The #MeToo episode…it’s an important topic. We dove head first into a topic and got away with it.” He adds that they We are talking about something and approaching it that is thoughtful but funny.”

The show, which we learned has a title inspired by an A-Ha’s “The Sun Always Shines On TV”, has tied ABC’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running live-action comedy series. If it goes beyond 14 seasons, it can break that record.

During the session, it is revealed that the gang will continue to have off-center stories including an appearance by Dolph Lundgren as John Thundergun, a film noir episode, a story about global warming, a Waiting For Godot-themed laser tag episode and an episode where the gang puts their apartments on AirBnB in an effort to find love — which will be one of two episodes directed by Howerton.

When asked if Mac will get a boyfriend out of the AirBnB episode, McElhenney responds, “Maybe.” He also addressed his coming out story and whether or not it changed the character.

“He’s pretty much exactly the same,” he said. “Our characters might change — but they don’t evolve. He’s not a better person.”

Day chimed in, “He’s more fit!”

The show is often seen as a “filthy” comedy — but Day states that it shouldn’t be known as just that. “There’s a fundamental misunderstanding of what our show is. I hate that our show is dismissed as filthy.” He adds that they’ve lasted so long because they are thoughtful and are smart. “I don’t think we’re dirty…We are trying to say something about us as Americans.”

DeVito adds, “It’s not a dirty f***ing show!”

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TV Notes (Cable)
Ahead of series finale, the Wahlbergs reveal how ‘Wahlburgers’ TV show ‘rebuilt our family’
By Kevin Slane, Boston Globe - Jul. 30, 2019

After 10 seasons of pranks, business decisions, and plenty of burgers, “Wahlburgers” will come to an end this week.

Prior to the show’s finale, the three brothers at the center of the show — Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg — sat down with “Entertainment Tonight Canada” to discuss what the show has meant to the family, and how it brought all of them closer together.

Donnie went so far as to say that “Wahlburgers” had “rebuilt” the family, allowing them to connect in person after years of living their own lives apart from one another.

“Of the many, many things that have come out of this crazy journey for us as brothers, as business partners, the best part is that it’s rebuilt our family,” Donnie told ET, tearing up. “It really meant a lot to me. When the restaurant came about, we started to connect more regularly because of the business, but it didn’t require us to be in the same place. We could do conference calls and get our jobs done without being in the same room more than one or two times a year, but the show changed that.

“Not that there were any rifts or anything, but we were off doing our own things and the farther you are physically, the easier it is to lose track of the years,” Donnie continued. “Time drifts you apart and when you have wives and kids you tend to be around your mom and siblings less because you need to be with your own family. The show reconnected us by putting us in the same room together more often and that’s changed the culture of how we run the restaurant. We make the effort to be together more and it has reconnected us in the way that the business alone wouldn’t have.”

The three brothers also said that making “Wahlburgers” had been a positive experience for their mother, Alma Wahlberg.

“This show, the restaurants, and all of those things gave her new purpose and it was great that that helped her,” Mark Wahlberg said. “She loved doing the show. Well, she actually complained about it the whole time, but she was so upset when I told her it was ending!”

The three-hour series finale of “Wahlburgers” airs Wednesday, July 31 starting at 8 p.m. on A&E.

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TV/Legal Notes
Former 'American Idol' star Antonella Barba pleads guilty, faces 10 years to life
By Alex N. Gecan, Asbury Park Press - Jul. 31, 2019

NORFOLK, Virginia – Antonella Barba, formerly of "American Idol" and "Fear Factor" fame, likely will spend at least a decade behind bars after pleading guilty to possession of at least 400 grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute in federal court in Virginia on Tuesday.

The guilty plea carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court. She could face a possible life sentence and up to $10 million in fines, as well as asset forfeiture, according to the agreement.

The 32-year-old singer, who grew up on the Jersey Shore, was first arrested on Duke Street in Norfolk in October 2018. She originally was charged with selling or intending to sell 100 grams or more of heroin, according to Virginia court records. She denied the initial charges.

Those state charges were later supplanted by federal charges of possession with intent and conspiracy, according to court records.

According to a statement of facts filed in connection with the plea agreement, investigators had been tracking Justin Michael "Cali" Isaac of California, believing he "was a source for kilogram quantities of cocaine and heroin."

On Oct. 11, 2018, they determined he was heading to a "stash" apartment in Norfolk from Washington, D.C., but then listened in on a phone call in which Isaac said he was sending a woman to deliver drugs, according to the statement.

Investigators staking out the apartment found Barba there in a car, a shoebox of fentanyl on the floor, according to the statement.

Isaac and several other defendants also were named in the same federal indictment as Barba.

Barba was one of the top 16 contestants on the singing competition's sixth season in 2007 before she was eliminated. She also appeared on "Fear Factor" in 2012.

Barba had been confined to a family home in Point Pleasant under court order. It was unclear if she remains there or had been taken into custody following her plea.

Barba's attorney, James Broccoletti, declined to comment.

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Phil Hymes, Longtime 'Saturday Night Live' Lighting Director, Dies at 96
By Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter - Jul. 31, 2019

Phil Hymes, the longtime lighting director for Saturday Night Live who began with the show in its inaugural 1975-76 season and won Emmy Awards 53 years apart, has died. He was 96.

Hymes died Monday in a New York hospital from cancer complications, his granddaughter, Laura, told The Hollywood Reporter.

On Twitter, Late Night With Seth Meyers producer Mike Shoemaker called Hymes ornery and opinionated and truly hilarious." He also worked on Late Night and on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon until recently. (He did not work on every season of SNL.)

Hymes became the oldest person to win an Emmy when he was honored (along with Geoff Amoral and Rick McGuinness) in September for outstanding lighting design/lighting direction for a variety series on the Kevin Hart-hosted episode of SNL.

In 1965, he received his other Emmy for lighting The Magnificent Yankee, a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation that had Alfred Lunt playing Supreme Court judge Oliver Wendell Holmes.

"If I'd have known it was going to come at this frequency, I would have gotten a bigger display cabinet," Hymes joked after making his way from the seats to the podium at L.A.'s Microsoft Theater for his acceptance speech. The 53 years between Emmys, coming after his 13th career nomination, made for another record.

Hymes left New York University, where he was studying chemistry, to pursue acting in the theater, but he changed course to join the U.S. Army during World War II, serving as a master sergeant in the Signal Corps.

Back home, he graduated from Adelphi University in 1949 and started at NBC in 1951, when he designed the lighting for founding Today show host Dave Garroway.

His résumé also included Your Hit Parade; The Bell Telephone Hour; Sing Along With Mitch; Tony Awards telecasts; the soap opera The Doctors; Kids in the Hall; other Late Night shows hosted by Conan O'Brien and Fallon; and the live 2010 episode of 30 Rock.

Hymes was doing the lighting on SNL on Oct. 3, 1992, when Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor performed as the musical guest and stunned producers by ripping up a photograph of Pope John Paul II to protest sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church.

"Sinéad was no bargain," Hymes told Spin magazine a few months after the incident. "Through her manager, they said she wanted to look pretty. So we had her set and lit a certain way. So then suddenly she just put the microphone in front of her and wouldn't move it. But when she wanted to tear up the picture of the pope, she moved her head so we'd get a shot of the picture.

"No one cares what you do on this show, just don't be sneaky. Do what you want, but don't lie about the camera shots to get the shot you want."

Survivors include his daughter, conductor Janna Hymes, and sons Tom Hymes, a former SNL writer, and Jeff Hymes, a TV producer.

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First the shout-out on "DPTO2's" anniversary show, and now this!

Pop Culture Notes
Leonardo DiCaprio says he prefers pupusas over tacos -- and social media goes loco
By Brie Stimson, FoxNews.com - Jul. 29, 2019

Leonardo DiCaprio caused a stir on social media Saturday when he disclosed in an interview with the cast of “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood” that he prefers pupusas over tacos.

The cast had been asked about their favorite kind of Mexican food. Brad Pitt went with tacos.

“I’m a pupusa man, myself,” DiCaprio said. “Better than tacos to me, I gotta go with them,” Remezcla reported.

Pupusas – a thick corn tortilla often stuffed with cheese, refried beans or meat – are actually Salvadoran, not Mexican, but that didn’t stop the Internet from going crazy. Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had something to say. [CLICK LINK BELOW TO READ TWEETS]

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Technology Notes (Gaming)
Attic jackpot: Man finds pristine 1987 Nintendo game that could sell for $10,000
By Brett McGinness, Reno Gazette Journal - Jul. 31, 2019

Go check your attic for lost Christmas presents.

An unopened copy of Kid Icarus, a cult classic video game released in 1987, is expected to sell for $10,000 at an online auction.

Scott Amos found the game in the attic of his childhood home in Reno this past Mother's Day after his mom asked him to pick up a few boxes of his childhood stuff. Among the contents was a Nintendo game cartridge for Kid Icarus, still in the bag from J.C. Penney's catalog department three decades earlier.

Unexpected find

No one has a recollection of purchasing the game, but the Dec. 8, 1988 purchase date hints that it may have been intended as a Christmas present.

"All the family has been trying to come up with a hypothesis," Amos said. "(My mom) thinks she put it there and never got it back out, and then it ended up in the attic."

The game sold for $38.45 after taxes – more than $80 in today's dollars.

Even after seeing the game still in its original packaging, Amos didn't think much of its worth. He left it on the kitchen counter, well within reach of his two young daughters.

"It was kind of funny – I saw it was sealed, and I thought it was worth a couple hundred dollars," Amos said. "I go to work the next day and emailed a couple of experts. One of them wrote me back within 30 minutes and said, 'You have an Easter egg.'"

He immediately called his wife to put the game in a more secure location.

"I didn't want the kids pulling it down or coloring on it," Amos said.

Fewer than 10 sealed copies

“Kid Icarus is one of the hardest NES titles to find in sealed condition,” said Valarie McLeckie, video game consignment director at Heritage Auctions, in a press release.

“To find a sealed copy ‘in the wild,’ so to speak, not to mention one in such a nice condition and one with such transparent provenance, is both an unusual and rather historic occurrence. We feel that the provenance will add a significant premium for serious collectors.”

Wata Games, a video game grading service, gave Amos' copy a rating of 8.0 on a 10-point scale.

Heritage Auctions says there are fewer than 10 factory-sealed copies in the hands of vintage game collectors.

'Greek Mythology translated to the Video Age'

The game, based loosely on Greek mythology, follows a cupid-like protagonist named Pit attempting to rescue Palutena, the goddess of light, who is imprisoned by the evil Medusa.

"Get ready for the action and adventure of Greek Mythology translated to the Video Age," the game's packaging says. "Will you survive to restore Palutena's light and return it to 'Angel Land'? Only you know."

Amos said he doesn't recall ever owning his own copy.

"I can remember the game. My neighbor down the street had it. I remember it being hard, and I was never that good of a gamer guy."

'Going to have some fun with it'

If the sale goes as expected, it could net Amos and his family $10,000. They're planning to have some fun with it.

"I have an older sister, too. We're splitting (the proceeds) 50-50. We're going to do a Disney World vacation next month.

"Instead of doing something responsible, we're going to have some fun with it."

The auction closes this Thursday.

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Love Island USA Renewed for Season 2
By Amanda Bell, TVGuide.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Get ready to see some more tropical hookups and shady breakups next summer!

CBS announced on Thursday at the Television Critics Association panel that steamy reality series Love Island USA will return for a second season, which will air next summer.

Love Island is an American adaptation of the U.K. series of the same name, which premiered on ITV2 in 2015. The dating competition series features a group of islanders who must partner up with a potential mate in order to remain on the island, and on the show, while facing challenges of both the physical and emotional variety. Love Island USA debuted on CBS in early July and will conclude its first season on Wednesday, Aug. 7.

In a statement, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl said, "The passion of Love Island's audience is incredible. The intensity of their social media engagement has created tremendous enthusiasm for the series here at the Network. We love the show's creative execution and can't wait for next season."

CBS's Senior Executive Vice President of Programming Thom Sherman added, "After its first season, the U.K. version exploded via word of mouth and social media to become a huge hit, and its viewership has grown every year. We believe the first season U.S. fans are just as passionate and engaged, and we look forward to building on that foundation with another fun season next summer."

Love Island USA airs weeknights at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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FX's Baskets to End With Season 4 Finale Airing in Late August
By Matt Webb Mitovich, TVLine.com - Jul. 31, 2019

FX is done clowning around.

Baskets will end with its Season 4 finale, which airs in just a few weeks, on Thursday, Aug. 22, the cabler has announced.

The acclaimed comedy — which earned Emmy noms for both Zach Galifianakis (in a dual role) and TV mom Louie Anderson, who grabbed gold in 2016 — has been averaging 334,000 total viewers and just over a 0.1 demo rating this season (in Live+Same Day numbers), down about 20 percent from its third cycle.

“Over four seasons, Baskets has taken its place among the great FX comedies as an endearing and hilarious look at the dreams and ambition of ‘Chip Baskets’ and his extended, loving family,” FX entertainment chief Eric Schrier said in a statement. “This show has been a joy for everyone at FX and we are grateful to Jonathan Krisel, Zach Galifianakis, Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly and the rest of the cast and crew for giving us the gem that is Baskets.”

Season 4 of Baskets continues this Thursday with Episode 7, “Housewarming,” in which a carpet emergency interrupts Christine’s wedding plans.

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'Extra' host A.J. Calloway, Warner Bros. part ways amid misconduct allegations
By Carla Herreria, HuffiPost.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Warner Bros. Television has severed ties with “Extra” host A.J. Calloway, who was suspended from the show in February after multiple women accused the longtime TV personality of sexual assault.

The company said it decided to part ways with Calloway, 44, after investigating the claims against him, according to a statement obtained by Variety and The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The statement said it was a “mutual” decision by Warner Bros. and Calloway, but didn’t disclose when they made the call.

Warner Bros. produces “Extra,” an entertainment news show where Calloway worked for 14 years.

Author and activist Sil Lai Abrams publicly accused Calloway of sexually assaulting her in a car 2006 after meeting him for drinks, the Reporter first revealed in June 2018. After the alleged assault, Abrams reported Calloway to the police, but the case was dismissed on procedural grounds.

After Abrams described her assault, two other women speaking to the Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity came forward with their own allegations against Calloway in January.
Following that, the total number of women accusing Calloway of misconduct rose to six, according to Vanity Fair.

Calloway was suspended from “Extra” in February as Warner Bros. conducted an internal review of Calloway’s conduct. At that time, Calloway denied the accusations in a statement released through his attorney Lisa E. Davis.

“Mr. Calloway maintains that these unsubstantiated allegations are patently false,” Davis said. “He vehemently denies that he ever assaulted anyone and looks forward to clearing his name.”

A day before Warner Bros. announced its decision to cut ties with Calloway, Abrams criticized WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey of employing Calloway despite the allegations against him.

“After nearly twenty months, to public knowledge, he is still on your payroll,” Abrams tweeted.

Abrams also questioned why the results of Warner Bros.′ investigation into Calloway weren’t made public.

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Nielsen Overnights (Broadcast)
Ratings: Tearful ‘Jane the Virgin’ End Ties Series Low – But Ticks Up in Viewers
By Jennifer Maas, TheWrap.com - Aug. 1, 2019

The CW said goodbye to the Villanueva women Wednesday with a “Jane the Virgin” series finale that matched the drama’s series low in the key adults 18-49 demographic but ticked up to a three-week high in total viewers.

CBS and Fox tied for first in ratings, each with a 0.7 rating/3 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary numbers. CBS was third in total viewers with 2.75 million and Fox was fourth with 2.6 million.

For CBS, “Love Island” at 8 p.m. received a 0.5/3 and 2.5 million viewers. At 9, “Big Brother” scored a 1.0/5 and 3.8 million viewers. A repeat followed.

For Fox, “MasterChef” at 8 put up a 0.8/4 and 3.1 million viewers. At 9, “First Responders Live” had a 0.5/2 and 2.1 million viewers.

ABC and NBC tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.5/3. ABC was first in total viewers with 2.94 million and NBC was second with 2.89 million.

For ABC, “Press Your Luck” at 8 opened the night with a 0.7/4 and 3.4 million viewers. At 9, “Card Sharks” had a 0.5/3 and 2.8 million viewers. At 10, “Match Game” took a 0.5/2 and 2.7 million viewers.

For NBC, following repeats, “The InBetween” at 10 managed a 0.4/2 and 2.6 million viewers.

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings, each with a 0.4/2. Telemundo was fifth in viewers with 1.16 million, Univision was sixth with 1.13 million viewers.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 670,000.

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TV Notes (Cable)
Marvel's Runaways and Cloak and Dagger crossover episode is finally happening
By Amanda Bell, TVGuide.com - Aug. 1, 2019

The rumors are finally coming true!

After teasing a potential crossover between Marvel’s Runaways and Cloak and Dagger for years, Marvel confirmed that a crossover episode is indeed happening this season. The stars of Freeform’s Cloak and Dagger series, Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, will appear on an episode of Hulu series Marvel’s Runaways when season 3 premieres later this year.

The casts of both shows announced the exciting news early Thursday morning in a video shared on social media. “This season we’re going to be facing some of our toughest challenges ever,” Virginia Gardner teases sitting with her Marvel’s Runaways cast on set.

“And we need some help,” Ariela Barer adds before the camera pans over to reveal Cloak and Dagger‘s Holt and Joseph sitting next to them.

While details of how the Cloak and Dagger heroes will cross paths with the young Runaways heroes are being kept under wraps, since Tandy and Tyrone left New Orleans to lend their powerful help to other parts of the country it’s safe to assume their talents will take them to Los Angeles where they’ll be recruited to help the Runaways find and save their captured friends.

All 10 episodes (including the Cloak and Dagger crossover) of Marvel’s Runaways season 3 will premiere Dec. 13 on Hulu.

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Technology Notes (Mobile)
Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile now charges extra for HD streaming on ‘unlimited’ plans
By Amanda Bell, TVGuide.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Xfinity Mobile will now charge subscribers an additional $20 per month if they want to stream HD video with an unlimited data plan. The Comcast-owned wireless service announced that it would add this fee over a year ago when it first began capping video resolution on unlimited plans to 480p. But until yesterday, customers could call and ask to have that limitation waived at no cost.

There are two other caveats to Xfinity Mobile’s unlimited data plan: speeds are throttled after 20GB each month, and hot spots are permanently limited to 600 Kbps. Those restrictions have already been in place, and there’s no way to lift either of them.

At the same time, Xfinity Mobile is actually removing the 480p streaming cap from its “by the gig” plans, seemingly as a way to encourage customers to choose those instead. These plans will still be limited to 720p streaming on phones and 1080p streaming on tablets, but Comcast says that’s because of restrictions imposed by Verizon, the network its wireless service is offered on.

Xfinity Mobile is dropping the price on its by the gig plans, too. Before, you’d pay $12 per gigabyte, no matter what. But under the new plans, you can get 3GB or 10GB of data at a discount, so long as you pay for that extra data up front. Getting 3GB of data now costs $30 instead of $36, and getting 10GB now costs $60 instead of $120. Data beyond the bucket you buy into is still an additional $12 per gigabyte. These plans are shared across an account, whereas its $45 unlimited plan is offered per line. (One other small change: Xfinity Mobile is removing the free 100MB per month of data that Xfinity internet subscribers used to receive.)

Today’s changes are largely good news if you’re an Xfinity Mobile customer using its by the gig plans. If you’re on an unlimited plan, though, things may get more expensive for you. The changes are designed to get you to pay more for HD streaming or to switch over to an unthrottled per gigabyte plan where the carrier likely hopes you’ll use less data.

Comcast said in January that Xfinity Mobile has more than 1.2 million lines of service.

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TV/Summer TCA 2019 Tour Notes (Broadcast)
‘Bull’ Star Micheal Weatherly & Showrunner In “Leadership Training” Following Harassment Payout
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Bull star Michael Weatherly receiving “leadership coaching,” reveled CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl on-stage today at the TCA. Showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron is also in “leadership training” too, the exec added.

“It is implied in the name that is how to be a leader on the set, it’s how to be a positive example for everyone,” the TV boss asserted of the non-mandatory counseling that the two men are undergoing. This follows the revelation last year that CBS paid out a confidential $9.5 million settlement to Eliza Dushku over sexual harassment allegations against Weatherly and her axing from the widely watched series in apparent retaliation.

“None of us are too old and too smart to learn to do something better,” said Kahl. “He is taking his responsibility as the head of a show to make the set a positive place to work,” the Entertainment boss added of former NCIS star Weatherly.

Kahl noted that he had been on the set of the recently renewed show’s fourth season. “They are all in a good place,” he declared of the production.

Questions of the so-called “isolated incident” on Bull, as well as issues of CBS’ overall culture and claims on Big Brother and more dominated the executive session that kicked off Thursday’s CBS day at the summer TCA. Clearly the hope was that this year would be a far cry from last year at the Beverly Hilton when Kahl became an executive piñata for the allegations swirling around then CBS kingpin Les Moonves and the overall culture at the company.

The names and pay grade may have changed, but not the topic.

Joined by SVP, Programming Thom Sherman, Kahl actually came out with bragging rights over ads sales for the upcoming season and the most-watched streak that the network continues to enjoy over the whole day.

Perhaps intending to blunt the topic of the morning, the often self-effacing exec noted, “we still have a lot of work to do,” Kahl also emphasized the diversity traction that CBS has made in recent years. Sherman added, “53% of our writers are women or people of color” and that “50% of out directors will be women or people of color’ in the near future as the network is “evolving culturally.”

Asked later why, in the context of Moonves and his fall from power last September Bull was brought back after the harassment claims and the payout to Dushku, Kahl was very blunt: “It’s a very popular show.” He added: “Michael is loved by our audience.”

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TV/Summer TCA 2019 Tour Notes (Broadcast)
Pauley Perrette ‘NCIS’ Assault Claims Involving Mark Harmon Have Been ‘Resolved’, CBS Boss Says
By Anthony D'Alessandro, Deadline.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Today at CBS’s TCA summer tour day, the network’s President of Entertainment Kelly Kahl was asked to address Pauley Perrette’s revived assault claims against NCIS star Mark Harmon on Twitter.

Back in June, Perrette said in a Tweet to her social media followers questioning her return to NCIS, “NO I AM NOT COMING BACK! EVER! (Please stop asking?) I am terrified of Harmon and him attacking me. I have nightmares about it.” In 2018, the actress took to Twitter in 2018, suggesting she was the victim of “multiple physical assaults” which may have led to her departure from NCIS in May that year.

Said Kahl, “I can’t speak to to what she’s addressing in her tweets. She came to us with a workplace concern, we immediately investigated it and resolved it to everyone’s satisfaction and we’re very happy to have her on the air with us this year. I don’t think she’d be back with us if she had huge concerns.”

Perrette is set to return to CBS in 2020, starring alongside Jane the Virgin‘s Jaime Camil in the midseason comedy Broke.

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TV/Production Notes (Syndication)
Harry Friedman, EP of 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy!,' to Step Down in 2020
By Paige Albiniak, Broadcasting & Cable - Aug. 1, 2019

Harry Friedman, executive producer of both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, will retire when his contract expires on May 1, 2020, Sony Pictures Television, which produces both of the veteran games, said Thursday.

“I think all of you know how much I love these shows, and that I deeply respect how hard you’ve worked to make them so successful,” Friedman told the staff of both shows on Thursday morning. “We’ve celebrated a lot of milestones together, and now with my own personal 25th anniversary milestone just a few months away, it felt like this was the right time for me to step away. Please join me in making this the best season yet.”

Friedman has executive produced both shows since 1999, when he co-executive produced with Merv Griffin. Griffin left both shows solely in Friedman's hands in 2000. He joined Wheel of Fortune as a producer in 1995, followed by Jeopardy! in 1997. Wheel of Fortune is headed into season 37, while Jeopardy! starts season 36 this fall.

“We are proud to have had one of the industry’s most prolific executive producers at the helm of our flagship game shows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, for the past 25 years,” said Mike Hopkins, chairman, Sony Pictures Television, in a statement. “Under Harry’s direction, these iconic shows have become among the longest running and most successful game shows in television history. We look forward to working with Harry over the next nine months to create more outstanding television, and to ensure a smooth transition once a replacement has been identified. Harry is truly one of a kind, and he will be greatly missed.”

Friedman has won 14 Emmys and is the only producer to ever have won two Emmys in the same category in a tie with himself. He’s also a Peabody Award winner, an inductee into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, and the holder of three Guinness World Records. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award and he has been inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as part of the class of 2020.

Last spring, Jeopardy! saw its ratings hit eight-year highs with the spectacular run of professional gambler James Holzhauer who will return in November for Jeopardy!’s Tournament of Champions. Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek are signed on to their respective shows through 2022.

Last spring, Trebek was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer but after treatment, his doctor declared him to be “near remission.”

Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are produced by Sony Pictures Television and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

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TV/Critic's Notes (Broadcast)
On Jane the Virgin, There Was No Shame in Being an Adult Woman Anxious About Sex
By Mariya Karimjee, Vulture.com (New York Magazine) - Aug. 1, 2019

In the pilot episode of Jane the Virgin, a young Jane Villanueva holds a flower in her hand and crumples it up as her grandmother looms above her. “Now, try to make it look new again,” her abuela admonishes. Jane looks on, distraught. “That’s right. You can never go back,” she says firmly. This lesson, about the promise of lost virginity and purity, initially sets the tone for Jane’s relationship to her own sexuality.

I understood how much a lesson like the one Jane’s grandmother had taught her could stick with you. The sect of Islam my family belonged to, the Dawoodi Bohras, practiced female genital cutting, and when I was 7 years old my mother took me for the ritualized cut. As a result, I found sex painful, and carried the trauma associated with remembering what had happened. I also knew why I had been cut: because women were not supposed to enjoy sex or have it outside of marriage. When sex is painful because of a choice someone made for you — a choice made because generations of your elders decided sexual pleasure wasn’t for women — how do you learn to separate shame from sex?

When I started watching Jane, which aired its series finale Wednesday night, I couldn’t help but notice all the ways the show was weaving in the kinds of anxieties I’d been wrestling with inside my own head for years. Like me, Jane had placed such a heavy emphasis on having sex that sometimes the act loomed larger than life. Our fears were different. Jane worried about the consequences of sex outside of marriage. I worried that sex for me might always be bad, or that I’d be too complicated for guys to stick around. For Jane, shame around sex was interlinked with her faith and religion; for me, it was intertwined with my inexperience. But on a fundamental level, I related to how she felt: that no form of intimacy could really be casual.

This manifests in many ways throughout the course of the show. Early in season one, we see Jane try to lose her virginity with Michael, but have far too much anxiety to enjoy it. But later, when she goes skinny dipping with Rafael, desire overcomes her so completely that if she wasn’t interrupted by a pool guard, she likely would have had sex. Both responses are informed by how deeply Jane wants to feel uncomplicated desire. Throughout the series, I liked knowing that both could be true for the same character. There’s one moment in particular that stuck out to me. In the second season, Jane almost loses her virginity in an episode that cut so close to home when I first watched it, I almost stopped watching the show. By this point, Jane’s had her baby, and she’s no longer with Michael or Rafael. She realizes she’s free to date complete strangers, and starts a heavy flirtation with her graduate school adviser, Jonathan Chavez (Adam Rodriguez). Jane tells her mother that she’s going to lose her virginity. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, she’s a mother now, everything is different. One night, Jonathan cooks dinner for her, and afterward, they begin kissing on the couch. He tells her she’s the first person he’s been with since his divorce. It’s not a big deal, he says, but he wanted her to know. Jane pauses. “You’re the first person I’ve been with,” she says. She stops; he looks on confused. Then she continues — she promised her grandmother, it was a whole thing. The mood is ruined. He doesn’t really want to have sex. Jane rebuttons her dress. I turned the episode off.

The scene felt like it was plucked from my own life. I’d been here before, when a guy I’d been on one previous date with invited me over to his place. “I’ll cook,” he’d said. I’d talked it through with friends over frozen margaritas the evening before. “Wait, do I mention that I’m basically a born-again virgin?” My friends had burst into laughter at this description before weighing the pros and cons. We landed on no. “It’s casual, right?” one of them had said, and I’d agreed. “Casual,” I’d repeated, though I wasn’t sure I felt this was true. But at his place, as we started to become intimate, I could feel myself panicking. I had sort of a plan, a thing to say if I didn’t feel ready for sex. When I tried to dig around for those preplanned words, what I said instead was: “I haven’t done this in a very long time because I have a lot of trauma.” Like Chavez, this guy also sent me home, gently telling me that he didn’t know if he or I were ready.

A day later, I tried to watch the episode again. Jane tells her mother what had happened, and Xo suggests that Jane might have self-sabotaged. “Maybe you brought up the virgin thing because you weren’t sure?” she says. I started crying, realizing suddenly that someone who wrote Jane the Virgin might have understood me a little better than I had understood myself. There’s a balance between relating to a character in a television show and seeing them as being a reflection of your life. I never believed that Jane and I were the same person — I wasn’t a young mother with a toddler at home, or in Miami, or co-parenting with someone who looked like Justin Baldoni. But when I watched Jane as she talked out how she was feeling with her mother and grandmother, I always felt like I’d had a conversation, too.

Jane continues to sext the professor. She tells him that by sending her home that first night, he was missing out. He invites her over, turned on by her confident erotic texting. When she sees him rip open a condom, though, Jane starts crying. “I’m fine! I really want to do this!” she says, between tears, to a bewildered Chavez. She comes home, still a virgin.

Eventually, Jane gets married and loses her virginity. The show handles this with sensitivity and grace. It draws a distinction between having sex and having good sex. It weaves in a conversation between Jane and her mother about how Jane feels about losing her virginity. And even after she does, the show’s interest in shame and desire doesn’t disappear. Jane loses her husband, and in the years following his death, her ideas about sex continue to change, too — she has casual sex, and sex with partners she isn’t ready to introduce to her son, and some that she is ready to introduce to her son. Her relationship with her body and other women in her life starts to change, and so does her relationship with the church she was raised in. Perhaps it was because Jane was no longer a virgin and her life had changed so much from those early seasons that I stopped seeing so much of myself in her. I still watched religiously, but my responses to the show weren’t as emotional as they’d been before.

But then, in its fourth season, the show turned its attention to Jane’s grandmother, Alba, in a way I never could have predicted. After Alba turns down Jorge’s marriage proposal, she tells her granddaughter that she’s scared of intimacy, that it’s been 30 years since she’s had sex, and that it’s this fear that prompted her to say no, twice, even though she loved him. “It’s like riding a bike,” says Jane. “No,” says Alba, comparing herself to a broken wheel on the side of the road. “You are not broken,” says Jane. I watch this quiet scene often, if only to hear one woman tell another she’s not broken for not having quite figured out her relationship with sexual pleasure and her body. It’s a beautiful complement to the show’s first scene, in which a stern Alba tells Jane about her purity and virginity; now, Alba is admitting how shame can linger, and Jane is comforting her.

Eventually, Alba does let go of her shame. Jane gets her to use a vibrator and discover her own relationship to pleasure. She marries the man she had turned down, and she does have sex again. My own shame about my inexperience hit a turning point when I decided I needed to have a relationship with my own body, and my own access to pleasure. Jane gently telling her own grandmother that, and then that grandmother finding her way to a healthy sexual life despite her age, was perhaps the most quietly revolutionary arc on the show. Of course, I’m still riddled with fears and anxieties, but I’m grateful to Jane the Virgin, for simply showing women talk through them.

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'13 Reasons Why' Renewed for Fourth and Final Season at Netflix
By Amanda Bell, TVGuide.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Netflix continues to show faith in 13 Reasons Why.

The streaming giant has handed out an early fourth — and final — season renewal to its young adult breakout hit from Paramount Television. The news arrives as the third season has also landed a return date, with all 13 episodes launching Aug. 23. Production on the final season is underway.

Season four — which does not yet have a return date or episode count — will feature the core cast's graduation from high school. Season three, sources say, will not feature a suicide.

That decision arrives after Netflix last month decided to alter the controversial season one finale that featured the graphic suicide of the show's central character, Hannah (played by breakout Katherine Langford). The nearly two-minute scene was edited and effectively scrubbed some two years after the show launched to strong reviews and almost immediate backlash for glorifying suicide.

The renewal continues to stretch the controversial series well beyond Jay Asher's book of the same name that inspired season one. The series, from showrunner Brian Yorkey, was renewed for a surprise second season following its celebrated first run after the drama was originally developed as a one-off limited series. 13 Reasons Why was one of multiple series to continue after breaking through the cluttered scripted landscape that is expected to top 500 series in 2019. (Other programs to stretch beyond their "limited runs" include HBO's Big Little Lies, for example.)

The path to the show's renewal was cleared last August when the cast — including leading man Dylan Minnette — all inked rich new deals for season three that also has an option for a fourth cycle.

After launching with a 79 percent among critics, season two was critically panned and holds a 25 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com. (Netflix, like other streamers, does not release viewership data.) Overall, 13 Reasons Why has a 52 percent rating among critics and a 70 percent audience score.

Still, the decision to wrap the series arrives as Netflix has a penchant for ending shows sooner rather than later as the streamer weighs the cost of producing the series against its return on investment. Sources say Netflix is prone to redistributing financial resources to new series, as those tend to bring in more subscribers than veteran shows. 13 Reasons Why is a pricey drama — especially after the cast's renegotiations — and is produced by an outside studio (Paramount TV), meaning Netflix has to pay a licensing fee to secure the rights to the show.

Yorkey exec produces alongside Joy Gorman, Mandy Teefey, Kristel Laiblin, Selena Gomez and the late Steve Golin for Anonymous Content. Tom McCarthy exec produced season one. Brandon Flynn, Alisha Boe, Justin Prentice, Christian Navarro, Miles Heizer, Devin Druid and Ross Butler round out the cast.

Here's the official logline for season three, per Netflix: Eight months after preventing Tyler (Druid) from committing an unthinkable act at Spring Fling, Clay (Minnette), Tony (Navarro), Jessica (Boe), Alex (Heizer), Justin (Flynn) and Zach (Butler) find ways to shoulder the burden of the cover-up together while helping Tyler move toward recovery. But when the aftermath of a tumultuous homecoming game culminates in the disappearance of a football player and Clay finds himself under police scrutiny, it's up to a shrewd outsider to steer the group through an investigation that threatens to lay bare everyone's deepest secrets. The stakes are raised as the consequences of even the most well-intended actions can alter a life forever.

Prentice, Timothy Granaderos, Anne Winters, Steven Weber, Brenda Strong, Amy Hargreaves and Grace Saif round out the season three cast. Yorkey will remain showrunner through the final season.

The trailer reveals the big mystery that will surround season three: Bryce Walker (Prentice) appears to be the football player who went missing. The characters are all shown at his funeral before the question is posed: Who killed Bryce Walker?

Watch the trailer for season three below. [CLICK LINK]

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Tyler Perry Comedy ‘Sistas’ Ordered at BET
By Will Thorne, Variety.com - Aug. 1, 2019

BET Networks has announced it is ordering another Tyler Perry series.

The new comedy, entitled “Sistas,” is the second series to come from Perry’s exclusive, multi-year content partnership deal with Viacom.

“Sistas” follows a group of single black females from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: why am I single? The series sees the women navigate their complicated love life status, careers and friendship through the ups-and-downs of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals.

The series, which joins Perry’s White House soap “The Oval” at the network, will be headlined by the quartet of KJ Smith, Ebony Obsidian, Mignon Von and Novi Brown.

Smith will play Andrea “Andi” Barnes. Described as the common sense one of the group, Andi is a successful divorce lawyer focused on taking her career to the next level. She is confident, driven, ambitious, clever, witty, and accomplished.

Obsidian will play Karen Mott. The owner of an up and coming hair salon, Karen is street-smart, head strong and independent. Tired of being mistreated by men, she is beginning to take a very close look at the relationships in her life.

Von will play Daniella “Danni” King, who is described as comical and fearless. She marches to the beat of her own drum and always has her girls’ back.

Finally, Brown will play the stylish and smart Sabrina Hollins. Sabrina works as a bank teller and is intrigued when one of her customers asks her out. Although she tends to be reserved and plays it safe, she goes against the grain and tries something new but doesn’t know how she feels about it.

“Sistas” is written, directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed will also serve as an executive producer of for Tyler Perry Studios. The will premiere on BET this fall.

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By David Bianculli, TVWorthWatching.com - Aug. 1, 2019

IZOMBIE
CW, 8:00 p.m. ET
SERIES FINALE:
This series has provided Rose McIver with the chance to portray as many different personalities and alter egos, over the years, as Scott Bakula got to play in Quantum Leap, and have as much fun as Tatiana Maslany playing all those clone sisters in Orphan Black. That all ends tonight – but does it end with her character, Liv, dying? Undying? Remaining a zombie? Being cured? In other words, will she remain a brain-eating zombie, or will she revert to being a human being? Will she die? Die some more? Or will she Liv?

BLOOD SIMPLE
Cinemax, 9:40 p.m. ET

How is this possible? The Coen Brothers’ cinematic debut, the brilliant and twisted film noir mysteryBlood Simple, arrived in 1984. Which means it is now celebrating its 35th anniversary. That seems unthinkable, somehow, that we’ve had Joel and Ethan Coen, the super-creative siblings behindThe Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou? making movies for a third of a century now – but they have. Dan Hedaya, John Getz and M. Emmett Walsh star in this story about jealousy, infidelity and murder. Also starring: Frances McDormand, who a dozen years later would star so brilliantly in the Coen Brothers’ Fargo..


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TV Review (Cable)
'No One Saw a Thing' on Sundance Recounts a Complex Cold Case
By David Hinckley, TVWorthWatching.com's 'All Along the Watchtower' - Aug. 1, 2019

There’s an unsettling parallel between Big Little Lies, the HBO drama that just wrapped up its second season, and No One Saw a Thing, a new Sundance documentary about a murder in a small Missouri town 38 years ago.

No One Saw a Thing, a six-part series that premieres Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on Sundance, revisits the 1971 death of Kenneth Rex McElroy, who at the time was sitting in the driver’s seat of his pickup truck on the main street of Skidmore, Mo.

With his wife Trena beside him in the passenger seat, McElroy was surrounded by a crowd of maybe a dozen people. Or maybe five dozen. A lot of the facts aren’t clear. One fact is: Someone fired a gunshot through the back of McElroy’s head, propelling much of his brain onto the windshield.

It’s known that he died with his foot jammed on the accelerator, which soon caused the engine to blow. It’s known that someone escorted Trena, who was sure she’d be next, to safety.

Most of the rest remains a secret. Who fired the fatal shot? Or other shots? Don’t know. Never been found. No one around the McElroy truck that day has ever identified a shooter.

No one saw a thing.

If it seems extraordinary that in almost four decades no one would have pointed a single finger, there is a reason.

Pretty much everyone in town, with the exception of Trena McElroy, was happy Kenneth Rex was dead.

Hundreds of articles, books, TV specials and investigations all came to the conclusion reported by this documentary series: Kenneth Rex McElroy was the bully of the town, a bad dude who for years had made Skidmore an unpleasant place for many people to live.

He stole, he raped, he shot people. Mostly he intimidated. If he had a grudge against someone, he would park his car outside that person’s house and silently let them know he was watching. Since it was also known he was not shy about using a knife and his guns, the targets felt threatened 24/7.

Skidmore had fewer than 500 residents, but it was a successful small town, with businesses and farms. What it also had, this documentary emphasizes, were all the characteristics of a small town, including knowing everyone’s business and sticking together.

So when widespread opinion about McElroy finally coalesced, the documentary suggests, “citizen justice” was just the next, albeit extreme, step.

Once the story spread beyond Skidmore, residents rapidly got sick of outside reporters and TV crews coming in to express shock at this vigilante drama and the code of silence that insulated it.

All these years later, then, only a select group remains willing to speak, or alive to speak, and the documentary relies often on vintage film.

But the bottom line has remained remarkably consistent over the years. Trena McElroy says someone got away with murder. Most of the rest of the town says Kenneth reaped what he sowed.

At least one interviewee says he knows what happened and who did what. He’s not about to reveal either. He just smiles, as if to suggest the way it ended was the way it needed to end. Justice at work. Rough justice, frontier justice, but justice nonetheless.

What sets No One Saw a Thing apart from previous examinations of the case is that it doesn’t stop with the murder and the code of silence.

Like Big Little Lies, it suggests that this sort of cover-up has a corrosive aftereffect. Even when the price of the truth is higher than anyone seems willing to pay, there’s also a cost to a cover-up.

Skidmore’s population today has dwindled by about half. The main street is deserted. It looks like a small town that has crumbled, and while that’s a sadly familiar story with small towns all over America, No One Saw a Thing strongly suggests that Kenneth Rex McElroy’s death ate away some of the core fiber of Skidmore.

In some intangible way it poisoned the air and took away some of the town’s life.

Americans have always had a certain ambivalence about street justice. We reject it in theory, yet in specific circumstances we applaud it.

No One Saw a Thing captures that duality, without taking a side. Unlike with Big Little Lies, we’re not looking at movie stars. We’re looking at Midwestern farmers in overalls. We’re looking at the death of a real-life person, and hearing a matter-of-fact description of how someone picked up his teeth from the pavement beside his vehicle.

It seems pretty clear that not many people miss Kenneth Rex McElroy. Beyond that, in Skidmore, “clear” seems like a luxury.

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THURSDAY Network Primetime/Late Night Options
(All shows are in HD unless noted; start times are ET. Network late night shows are preceded by late local news)
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ABC:
8PM - Holey Moley
9PM - Family Food Fight
10PM - Reef Break
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11:35M - Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Milo Ventimiglia; Alison Brie; The Head and the Heart perform)
12:37AM - Nightline

CBS:
8PM - Love Island
9PM - Big Brother (LIVE)
10PM - Elementary
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11:35PM - The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Rapper Meek Mil)
12:37AM - The Late Late Show With James Corden (Jamie Bell; Margaret Qualley; Freya Ridings performs)

NBC:
8PM - NFL Football, Pro Football Hall of Fame Game: Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons (LIVE)
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11:34PM - The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Comic Hasan Minhaj; Vanessa Kirby; Sam Fender performs)
12:37AM - Late Night With Seth Meyers (Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.); Tony Shalhoub; Rhianne Barreto; Jeff Quay sits in with the 8G Band)
1:38AM - Last Call with Carson Daly (Ben Barnes; Badflower performs; Rory Culkin)
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FOX:
8PM - MasterChef
9PM - Spin the Wheel

THE CW:
8PM - iZombie (Series Finale)
9PM - The Outpost

PBS:
8PM - The This Old House Hour
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9PM - Grantchester on Masterpiece
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10PM - Antiques Roadshow: Vintage Providence 2019
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UNIVISION:
8PM - La Reina Soy Yo
9PM - La Rosa de Guadalupe
10PM - Sin Miedo a la Verdad

TELEMUNDO:
8PM - Un Poquito Tuyo
9PM - Betty en NY
10PM - Preso No. 1

ESPN U:
6:25PM - XVIII Pan American Games: Men's Soccer (Teams TBA, 125 min., LIVE)
8:30PM - College Football Live
9PM - The Basketball Tournament, Second Quarterfinals: Jackson TN Underdawgs vs. Golden Eagles Alumni (LIVE)

CBSSN:
7PM - WNBA Basketball: Phoenix Mercury at Connecticut Sun (LIVE)

DISCOVERY (SHARK WEEK):
7PM - Laws of Jaws: Dangerous Waters: Sharkmania
8PM - Return to Shark Island
9PM - Great White Kill Zone: Guadalupe
10PM - Monster Mako: Perfect Predator
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11PM - Shark After Dark: Shark or No Shark (Season Finale, LIVE)

DISNEY XD:
7PM - Overwatch League: Guangzhou Charge vs. London Spitfire (LIVE)

ESPN:
7PM - The Basketball Tournament, First Quarterfinals: Carmen's Crew vs. Eberlein Drive (LIVE)
9PM - X Games: Minneapolis (120 min., LIVE)

ESPN 2:
7PM - CFL Football: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Toronto Argonauts (LIVE)
10PM - WNBA Basketball: Las Vegas Aces at Los Angeles Sparks (LIVE)

FREEFORM:
8PM - Siren (Season Finale)

ID:
8PM - Primal Fear
9PM - The Shadows of Death
10PM - Fear Thy Neighbor (Season Premiere)

MTV:
8PM - Jersey Shore: Family Vacation (123 min.)

NBCSN:
8PM - Swimming: Phillips 66 U.S. Nationals, Day 2 (90 min., LIVE)

A&E:
9PM - Live Rescue (120 min.)

BRAVO:
9PM - Million Dollar Listing New York (Season Premiere, 90 min.)
10PM - The Real Housewives of Orange County: How They Got Here 2019 (Special)
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11PM - Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen (Angela Bassett; Chace Crawford)

FOOD NETWORK:
9PM - BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon (Series Premiere)
10PM - Beat Bobby Flay

GSN:
9PM - America Says: Diners' Club vs. Chesapeakers (LIVE)

HGTV:
9PM - Flip or Flop (Season Premiere)
9:30PM - Flip or Flop
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10PM - House Hunters (Season Premiere)
10:30PM - House Hunters International
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11PM - Going for Sold (Series Premiere)

TV ONE:
9PM - For My Man
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11PM - The DL Hughley Show (Activist Brian Banks)

VH1:
9PM - Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta

FX:
10PM - Baskets (33 min.)

TRUTV:
10PM - The Carbonaro Effect (Season Finale)
10:30PM - The Carbonero Effect: Inside Carbonero (Season Finale)

USA:
10PM - Queen of the South

COMEDY CENTRAL:
11PM - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Diane Guerrero, 35 min.)
11:35PM - Lights Out With David Spade: Dana Carvey; Al Madrigal; Sarah Tiana

SHOWTIME:
11PM - Desus & Mero (Journalist Anderson Cooper and radio/TV host Andy Cohen)

SUNDANCE:
11PM - No One Saw a Thing: The Killing of Ken Rex McElroy (Premiere)

TBS:
11PM - Conan (Comic Louie Anderson; actor Matt Braunger)
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Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile now charges extra for HD streaming on ‘unlimited’ plans
By Amanda Bell, TVGuide.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Xfinity Mobile will now charge subscribers an additional $20 per month if they want to stream HD video with an unlimited data plan. The Comcast-owned wireless service announced that it would add this fee over a year ago when it first began capping video resolution on unlimited plans to 480p. But until yesterday, customers could call and ask to have that limitation waived at no cost.

There are two other caveats to Xfinity Mobile’s unlimited data plan: speeds are throttled after 20GB each month, and hot spots are permanently limited to 600 Kbps. Those restrictions have already been in place, and there’s no way to lift either of them.

At the same time, Xfinity Mobile is actually removing the 480p streaming cap from its “by the gig” plans, seemingly as a way to encourage customers to choose those instead. These plans will still be limited to 720p streaming on phones and 1080p streaming on tablets, but Comcast says that’s because of restrictions imposed by Verizon, the network its wireless service is offered on.

Xfinity Mobile is dropping the price on its by the gig plans, too. Before, you’d pay $12 per gigabyte, no matter what. But under the new plans, you can get 3GB or 10GB of data at a discount, so long as you pay for that extra data up front. Getting 3GB of data now costs $30 instead of $36, and getting 10GB now costs $60 instead of $120. Data beyond the bucket you buy into is still an additional $12 per gigabyte. These plans are shared across an account, whereas its $45 unlimited plan is offered per line. (One other small change: Xfinity Mobile is removing the free 100MB per month of data that Xfinity internet subscribers used to receive.)

Today’s changes are largely good news if you’re an Xfinity Mobile customer using its by the gig plans. If you’re on an unlimited plan, though, things may get more expensive for you. The changes are designed to get you to pay more for HD streaming or to switch over to an unthrottled per gigabyte plan where the carrier likely hopes you’ll use less data.

Comcast said in January that Xfinity Mobile has more than 1.2 million lines of service.

Disclosure: Comcast is an investor in Vox Media, The Verge’s parent company.

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But do they actually restrict the streaming? Or is it like Verizon? Verizon only throttles the popular apps. I have no problem on Verizon wireless prepaid streaming 40Mb/s bitrate HD videos and streaming 70+Mb/s UHD videos. Only because they only throttle popular apps like Netflix, youtube etc. But the non popular apps I've used have had no bitrate restrictions.

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TV/Summer TCA 2019 Tour Notes (Broadcast)
‘Bull’ Star Micheal Weatherly & Showrunner In “Leadership Training” Following Harassment Payout
By Dominic Patten, Deadline.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Bull star Michael Weatherly receiving “leadership coaching,” reveled CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl on-stage today at the TCA. Showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron is also in “leadership training” too, the exec added.



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Pauley Perrette ‘NCIS’ Assault Claims Involving Mark Harmon Have Been ‘Resolved’, CBS Boss Says
By Anthony D'Alessandro, Deadline.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Today at CBS’s TCA summer tour day, the network’s President of Entertainment Kelly Kahl was asked to address Pauley Perrette’s revived assault claims against NCIS star Mark Harmon on Twitter.


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I believe the stories abut Weatherly and have dropped that show from my watch list. Was never quite sure what the story was on NCIS, reecall it had something to do with a dog, but long ago got bored with it and have not watched in years. No loss if they both went away for me.
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The Stand: Stephen King to Pen Final Episode of CBS All Access Series, Add a Coda Not Found in 1978 Novel
By Matt Webb Mitovich, TVLine.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Stephen King will not only write the ninth and final episode of CBS All Access’ adaptation of The Stand, he will also provide a new coda that didn’t exist in his 1978 novel.

The Stand presents an apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old other Mother Abagail and a handful of survivors. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers — Randall Flagg, the Dark Man.

In the CBS All Access series, James Marsden has been cast as Stu Redman, Amber Heard will play Nadine Cross, Odessa Young will portray Frannie Goldsmith and Henry Zaga will play Nick Andros. Production will begin later this year in (surprise) Vancouver.

Detailing the origin of the idea to add a coda, CBS All Access original content EVP Julie McNamara told TVLine that King and Josh Boone, who is the series’ director/EP, “have been working on how to bring The Stand back via some version of a movie, a series of movies, a series, for quite a while, and they have a strong relationship. So when we decided to move forward with this version that Josh brought to us, the seeds had already been planted.”

McNamara said that King, who can quite famously be a tough sell on TV adaptations of his works, “feels he has been kind of present in our creative process,” in part because his son Owen is in the writers room for the CBS All Access series. And then one day, “I got the great call that he wanted to do [a coda], and we said, ‘Yes, please!'”

As for how this new take on The Stand will compare to ABC’s 1994 miniseries, “There is some innovation that these executive producers have brought to it,” but McNamara declined to elaborate further.

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Julianna Margulies' Good Fight Stint Fell Apart Due to Differing Financial 'Expectations,' Per CBS All Access
By Michael Ausiello, TVLine.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Julianna Margulies‘ ill-fated Good Fight guest stint was a hot topic at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour, with CBS All Access’ top exec weighing in on the headline-making kerfuffle for the first time.

Quick refresher: The Good Wife star was thisclose to reprising her Emmy-winning role of Alicia Florrick in Season 3 of the spinoff series The Good Fight. However, the deal (which would’ve had the actress appearing in three episodes) fell apart because “CBS refused to pay my [ask],” Margulies recently told our sister site Deadline, noting that CBS wanted to pay her a guest-star rate vs. her regular fee. “I’m not a guest star; I started the whole thing with The Good Wife. I wanted to be paid my worth and stand up for equal pay.

“If Jon Hamm came back for a Mad Men spinoff or Kiefer Sutherland wanted to do a 24 spinoff,” Margulies added, “they would be paid.”

On Thursday, Julie McNamara, CBS All Access’ EVP Original Content, said of the dispute: “We love Julianna and there’s a long, great history [with her]. We did want to bring her to guest on The Good Fight. There was a different [financial] expectation of what that meant, and it didn’t work out… It was just a deal that didn’t work out. I won’t go into the financial specifics of that.” (McNamara also teased that CBS All Access has “another project in development” with Margulies, but the exec declined to offer any specifics.)

At TCA last February, Good Wife and Good Fight co-creator Robert King revealed under what circumstances Alicia might have appeared. “We thought maybe about making a big episode where she would be at the resistance, [and] Diane and her face each other,” King told reporters. “But that would be the end of the story. It felt like an asterisk.”

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Dear White People: Season 3 Is Funnier, Snappier, and Shadier Than Ever
By Malcolm Venable, TVGuide.com - Aug. 1, 2019

As charming as Dear White People was in its previous two seasons, the sharp Netflix satire never hid its confrontational spirit. Though one of the show's central in-jokes has always been how its triggering title and sanctimonious hero Sam (Logan Browning) obscure the fact that it skewers everybody's thoughts about race, its clever, slick humor couldn't make the topic less intense. Talking about race scares and exhausts some people, and with hard storylines like last season's intense fight between a white guy and his black girlfriend, Dear White People could only sweeten its medicine so much. Up 'til now, it's been a serious show that happened to be funny. In Season 3, the formula flips: Dear White People is a very funny show with serious stories to tell, and it's more enjoyable than ever.

To be clear: Dear White People isn't better because it's not brimming with racial tension. There's a place for gloves-off, high-minded humor about America's least favorite topic, and DWP excels at it. But DWP is now a lighter, funnier, more relaxed version of itself, with more of an emphasis on characters' internal conflicts. Sam isn't even hosting hosting her "Dear White People" radio show anymore. The social commentary is still there, but the fully realized characters are now engaged in universal experiences like grieving a deceased parent, discovering sex, and doing the right thing, as opposed to putting out the metaphorical and literal fires inflamed by racial tensions. The jazzy direction is even dreamier, the one-liners are snappier, and the pop culture references are shadier ("Kanye? I'm not paying attention to him. I love myself now," says Marque Richardson's Reggie), making Season 3 a confident, airy frolic.

Off her campus radio show, Sam is grieving her dad and trying to finish a disaster of a school project. She's turned day-to-day duties on the show over to fan fave Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson), who, let us all rejoice, gets more time in the spotlight in the first few episodes of the season. Joelle, like her boo Reggie (Marque Richardson), is nearly as burned out as Sam, while Gabe (John Patrick Amedori), Sam's (white) boyfriend, also finds himself stretched thin, struggling to make ends meet.

Nearly all the heavy commentary linked to Sam and Gabe's interracial relationship is gone this season, allowing them to just be: to tease each other, make love, and quarrel as people rather than archetypes. They're very cute. A similar breeziness is extended to the other white characters who, last season, integrated Winchester's once all-black dorm. Except for some occasional side eye for trying to be too woke, the white students have been sort of warmly folded into the black family — invited to the cookout, as the kids say — and the vibe feels overall way more relaxed. There is some static after Troy Fairbanks' (Brandon P. Bell) white editor at the campus satire zine twists an article Troy wrote out of context, but here, as well as in another story, a white ally becomes just that, keeping a certain calm in place.

Viewers will debate for themselves whether the kumbaya vibes betray the spirit of the show, but the unpredictability of the writing choices, combined with the weight of the real world, makes this season's stories a refreshing respite. Giggling ensues when nerdy Lionel (DeRon Horton, in primo form this season) explores his sexuality vis-à-vis underground gay sex parties and an alter ego who writes trashy erotica under a pseudonym. And in its most jaw-droppingly funny TV show parody yet, Dear White People lampoons The Handmaid's Tale with devastatingly funny jokes I wouldn't dare ruin in advance.

Of course, Dear White People doesn't let viewers leave without contemplating the great issues of the day. Of particular focus this season is "cancel culture" and how African Americans specifically work through it. Blair Underwood guest stars as a returning professor, Moses, a Silicon Valley expat who enchants a disillusioned Reggie but becomes the subject of a sexual assault investigation. As that plays out, black characters confront Moses' presumed guilt or innocence, recalling conversations black Americans have been having among themselves about figures like Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, and Bill Cosby, whose contributions to the culture grind against distrust of the criminal justice system and the ways powerful men silence women. Unlike Twitter, where everyone is convinced they're right and everyone else is trash, this is a space where everyone acknowledges that there are no easy answers, makes peace with that, and continues to be civil, even loving. It's not real, but it's a cozy dream.

The third season also has fun with self-referential humor. Sam and Lionel call each other by Scooby-Doo character names in a shaky secret society storyline, and meta jokes about the third seasons of Netflix shows wink at the audience. It can get goofy, and the show's self-awareness doesn't always redeem the narrative. But no one could ever accuse Dear White People of not being thought out. Fans of this series — especially those versed enough in politics, music, history and culture for the jokes to land — know that thinking too much, like constantly dialoguing about race, can be a drag. Sometimes even the wokest people need a break from carrying the world on their shoulders, and DWP's third season serves that sweet spot well.

Dear White People Season 3 begins streaming Aug. 2 on Netflix.

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HBO Max Lands Exclusive Streaming Rights to ‘Doctor Who’ in BBC Content Deal
By Daniel Frankel, Broadcasting & Cable - Aug. 1, 2019

Building momentum for the big upcoming launch of its news SVOD service HBO Max, Warner Media today announced that it has acquired exclusive streaming rights from BBC Studios to all 11 seasons of Doctor Who.

The series will be available to HBO Max and launch and will include the premiere of season 11 of Doctor Who, which stars Jodie Whittaker. The deal also gives HBO Max rights to any future seasons of the show.

The pact with BBC Studios provides HBO Max with 700 episodes of streaming rights for iconic shows, including the original UK version of The Office, starring Ricky Gervais. Also included are the long-running reality hit Top Gear and the Idris Elba-led crime drama Luther.

“Doctor Who is one of television’s all-time, most beloved series, on both sides of the pond, and we are happy to be the exclusive streaming stewards for this BBC gem” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS, and truTV. “Another series to further define the high-quality content experience consumers can expect from HBO Max.”

HBO Max will launch with not only the HBO stable of original shows, which includes new classics Game of Thrones and The Sopranos, but also with eight new original series including the relaunch Gossip Girl, a new adaptation of Dune, and the romantic comedy anthology Love Life from exec producers Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig.

Previously announced repeat acquisitions include all 236 episodes of Friends, which has been one of Netflix’s most streamed shows in recent years.

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Julianna Margulies' Good Fight Stint Fell Apart Due to Differing Financial 'Expectations,' Per CBS All Access
By Michael Ausiello, TVLine.com - Aug. 1, 2019

Julianna Margulies‘ ill-fated Good Fight guest stint was a hot topic at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour, with CBS All Access’ top exec weighing in on the headline-making kerfuffle for the first time.
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Man Who Fell to Earth TV series coming from Star Trek producer
By Daniel Frankel, Broadcasting & Cable - Aug. 1, 2019

The sci-fi cult classic The Man Who Fell to Earth is becoming a TV series from a Star Trek showrunner.

The new series for CBS All Access is based on Walter Tevis’ 1962 novel and the 1976 film starring David Bowie. The story followed a humanoid alien who arrives on Earth searching for a way to get water to his drought-struck planet and uses his advanced technology to create many inventions and become a tech mogul.

Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard) will write the series along with Jenny Lumet and serve as co-showrunners. Kurtzman will also direct.

“Walter Tevis’ visionary novel gave us a tech god Willy Wonka from another planet, brought to life by David Bowie’s legendary performance, that foretold Steve Jobs’ and Elon Musk’s impact on our world,” said Kurtzman and Lumet in a statement. “The series will imagine the next step in our evolution, seen through the eyes of an alien who must learn what it means to become human, even as he fights for the survival of his species.”

The series was kicked off during a conversation with Lumet and Kurtzman about the late Apple co-founder and CEO. “We were thinking about the day 12 years ago when Steve Jobs took the stage and introduced the iPhone and it fundamentally changed how we live and communicate and Alex says, ‘What if he’s an alien?’” Lumet recalls. “Here we are where we’ve never been more connected but never been further apart.”

Kurtzman tells EW the story is designed as a minimum three-season story, with season 1 focusing on the alien’s ascension to the head of a tech company. “If you watch the film, Bowie’s character becomes the head of this massive corporation in 15 minutes. If you just isolate that, then that’s a season.”

One of the challenges of the project will be casting the lead actor, as the entire story hinges on his (or her) performance. “What we don’t want to do is chase the amazing unicorn of David Bowie,” Kurtzman said. “We don’t want to make the mistake of trying to replicate that. The character is a creature who evolves of the course of the story. We need somebody who arrives on this planet without even the ability of human speech and evolves into Steve Jobs; it’s a tremendous challenge.”

Added CBS president David Stapf: “I’ve been a fan of this extraordinary film starring David Bowie for years. While no one can ever hope to surpass Bowie, bringing the film to series will allow for an ongoing detailed and nuanced exploration of the concepts established in the novel.”

The title was previously made into a TV movie in 1987. The Man Who Fell to Earth will join the burgeoning CBS All Access lineup, which has increasingly taken on a genre focus with shows like The Twilight Zone, Strange Angel, Tell Me a Story, and the Star Trek shows.

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Anna Paquin’s ‘Flack’ Renewed for Season 2 at Pop TV, Sam Neill and Daniel Dae Kim Join Cast
By Jennifer Maas, TheWrap.com - Aug. 2, 2019

Anna Paquin-led drama “Flack” has been renewed for a six-episode second season at Pop TV, the now-fully-CBS-Corporation-owned network revealed during the Television Critics Association Friday.

In addition to the Season 2 renewal news was the announcement that Sam Neill (Paquin’s “The Piano” co-star) and Daniel Dae Kim (“Hawaii Five-0”), will be joining the cast of the Pop Original, which is set in the world of high-stakes celebrity public relations. Neill will have a multi-episode arc as Duncan, “who has a very complicated relationship with the PR agency boss, Caroline,” while Kim will play Scott Cole, “a tech titan who begins a romance with someone at the firm.”

Paquin returns for Season 2 of “Flack” as Robyn, “whose work and home lives collided catastrophically at the end of season one, when she could no longer resist the temptations of her myriad addictions,” per Pop.

The series also stars Sophie Okonedo, Lydia Wilson, Rebecca Benson, Genevieve Angelson, Rufus Jones, Arinze Kene. Other Season 2 guest stars include Jane Horrocks, Giles Terera and Amanda Abbington, reprising her role as Alexa.

“Flack” is written by Oliver Lansley, produced by Debs Pisani and executive produced by Jimmy Mulville and Helen Williams of Hat Trick Productions. Pete Thornton executive produces for UKTV with Paquin executive producing for CASM alongside Stephen Moyer, Cerise Hallam Larkin and Mark Larkin. Season 2 will be directed by Alicia MacDonald, Oliver Lansley and Stephen Moyer.

A co-production with UKTV’s W Network, Season 2 of “Flack” beings production Friday in London.

“One of the most exciting pieces of feedback I received after the season finale of ‘Flack’ was people begging for more episodes so they could continue to ride the intensely exciting rollercoaster of our show and find out what the future has in store for our characters,” Paquin said. “So, it is with such joy and pride that I can confirm we are in fact about to start production on season two. Many questions were left unanswered, shocking plot twists were dropped into our viewers’ laps and this season I can promise even more of the darkly comedic client dramas as well as fascinating insight into the tumultuous personal lives of our exceptional ensemble of badass women.”

“‘Flack’ and its stellar cast, led by Anna Paquin, continues to illuminate the lengths people will go to to keep their indiscretions out of the news cycle or conversely, try to bring attention to them,” Justin Rosenblatt, executive vice president of Pop’s original programming and development. “With loads of verve and vigor, there’s so much more to resolve as these characters work to fix everyone else’s problems while struggling with their own.”

“Flack” is part of Pop TV’s slate of original programming which includes the upcoming final season of the critically adored “Schitt’s Creek,” the newly launched “Florida Girls,” and the just announced “Best Intentions.” Pop will debut the fourth season of the fan-favorite series “One Day at a Time” in 2020.

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