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Serial and Making a Murderer Look for Redemption in New Seasons. Only One Finds It
By Eliana Dockterman, TIME.com - Oct. 25, 2018

Season 3 of the true-crime podcast Serial doesn’t explore any brutal murders where the facts don’t add up. Its subjects aren’t famous. They can’t afford expensive defense attorneys who dramatically unearth DNA evidence. Instead, they’re bar brawlers, parole violators and people caught carrying a joint. These cases rarely make the news, though some should, like the story of an innocent man who was pulled over and beaten by a cop for — by the police officer’s own admission — no reason. They are simply the tales of ordinary people who pass through Cleveland’s courthouse.

It’s a conscious change for a podcast that became a pop-culture phenomenon in 2014 by examining the murder of Baltimore teen Hae Min Lee, allegedly at the hands of her classmate Adnan Syed. The podcast’s new direction also diverges from most shows in true-crime drama, which can tend toward the salacious even when trying to educate or effect change. Making a Murderer, for instance, earned a rabid fan base in 2015 when it took on the story of Steven Avery, a man who has been convicted twice and exonerated once.

Both Serial and Making a Murderer faced backlash for lending a too-sympathetic ear to potential perpetrators. The two shows have since taken different paths: Making a Murderer returned to Netflix in October to follow Avery’s appeals process in new episodes, while Serial has wisely ventured into new territory.

Serial host Sarah Koenig addresses the pivot in the first episode of the new season, which premiered in September. “People have asked me, ‘What does [Syed’s] case tell us about the criminal-justice system?'” she says. “Fair question. The answer is that cases like that one, they are not what fills America’s courtrooms every day.”

As local news organizations fold under financial burdens, courthouse beat reporters have become increasingly rare. True-crime storytellers now have the opportunity to step in and report on the daily miscarriages of justice in order to examine the systemic problems in our legal system. Serial landed in Cleveland by happenstance: the city, unlike others, allows microphones in its courtrooms. But the Ohio metropolis represents every town. “We tried to look for a place that wasn’t extraordinary in any way,” producer Julie Snyder tells TIME.

Compared with the first season of Serial — which broke streaming records, spawned Reddit conspiracy theories and earned a Saturday Night Live parody — the show’s third season sounds like homework. But the banality with which judges and lawyers change the course of people’s lives proves fascinating — and disturbing. In one episode, Koenig interviews a judge who regularly says he will put parolees in jail if they have a child out of wedlock. It’s a jaw-dropping, unconstitutional condition. But judges and lawyers in Cleveland respond with a shrug: declarations like this are unfortunate but inevitable.

Filmmakers have long raced to document sensational crimes. But in recent years, some journalists have begun to rigorously examine the more quotidian injustices that often go ignored by the media. Tales of serial killers feel less pressing than the larger narrative of racist and classist biases that pervade the justice system. Serial‘s third season suggests that storytellers might be better served examining ordinary cases, not extraordinary ones. “We’re talking about a criminal-justice system in crisis,” says Snyder. “We feel a duty to explore how that system actually works.”

All true-crime entertainment exists on a sliding scale. Some shows, like the popular podcast My Favorite Murder, shamelessly mine tragic tales to fulfill our most voyeuristic desires; others have loftier goals. The second season of Making a Murderer struggles to find the right balance. Avery’s post-conviction lawyer Kathleen Zellner combs through every potential lead — including the personal life of victim Teresa Halbach — to find other possible perpetrators. She’s doing her job. But in front of the cameras, her work can feel tasteless, even reckless.

Making a Murderer is also muddied by the media frenzy it created. The filmmakers often interrupt Avery’s appeals process to show his onetime fiancée soliciting relationship advice on Dr. Phil, or the man who prosecuted Avery promoting his book on Dateline. “It all became a part of the story,” says Moira Demos, who co-created the documentary with Laura Ricciardi. “How do headlines compare to what’s really happening on the ground?” But these side plots distract from the very real obstacles Avery faces.

The visual nature of the medium doesn’t help. Cameras tend to linger on bloodstains. Though some podcasts indulge in lengthy descriptions of corpses, the audio format feels less prurient. And podcast hosts can establish an intimacy with the listener that filmmakers cannot: they can express skepticism or empathy during interviews. Some documentarians, in their determination to remain objective, run the risk of removing themselves from the narrative to their own detriment. Making a Murderer‘s creators use a montage of newscasters debating the ethics of their show, but they stop short of responding to that criticism themselves.

By contrast, the Peabody-winning podcast In the Dark feels allergic to sensationalism. For the second season, released this summer, the creators moved to Winona, Miss., to investigate the case of Curtis Flowers. A white prosecutor convicted Flowers, a black man, of the same murder six times — with the first five trials ending in either overturned convictions or mistrial. Over 11 episodes, host Madeleine Baran thoroughly dismantles the case. But the off-the-cuff attitude of some of her interviewees speaks volumes.

In one episode, a former Mississippi supreme-court justice argues that Flowers’ case proves the system works: every time he was convicted, the ruling was overturned. When Baran points out that Flowers has been in prison for years as the prosecutor pursued the case again and again, the former judge replies, “While his specific physical situation might not change much, his status as a convicted felon vs. his status as an incarcerated person awaiting trial has … There is a big distinction.” He may be technically correct, but the reality for Flowers is devastating.

Systemic racism haunts In the Dark and Serial. Judges and lawyers speak in dog whistles. African Americans hesitate to call the police because of a lack of trust.

The true-crime podcasts that came after Serial‘s first season rarely addressed topics like this. But in an era when so many Americans feel that injustice is the norm and truth is subjective, these stories have a greater responsibility not only to report on the craziest cases but also to say something meaningful about how daily instances of discrimination and corruption poison society. In their new installments, Serial and In the Dark demonstrate that true crime can be more than just a guilty pleasure.

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Rupert Murdoch could pull off amazing coup: Buying Fox regional sports networks back from Disney at a discount of billions
"New Fox," the company that will exist after Disney completes its $71.3 billion deal for the majority of Fox, may end up buying back 22 regional sports networks from Disney.
By Alex Sherman - CNBC - October 26, 2018

The front-runner to buy 22 regional sports TV networks from Disney is the same company that sold them in the first place.

"New Fox," the company that will remain after Rupert Murdoch sells $71.3 billion worth of 21st Century Fox assets to Disney, is the leading contender to buy back the RSNs it "sold" to Disney as part of the larger transaction, according to people familiar with the matter. Those networks broadcast the games of 44 professional teams from Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League

Formal offers haven't come in yet. As Sports Business Daily reported, Disney only recently sent out its bid book to prospective buyers. News that Fox was considering buying back the channels was previously reported by The Information.

But people familiar with the process, who asked not to be named because the negotiations are private, say New Fox is the most serious buyer for all the networks. That's a cleaner outcome for Disney than selling the networks piecemeal, which would bring in smaller buyers and private equity firms.

Disney is a motivated seller because it can't get its larger deal for Fox done without divesting the networks. The Department of Justice forced Disney, which owns ESPN, to sell the networks to alleviate concerns about too much sports programming power in the hands of one company. In fact, the networks might never even change hands, depending on when Disney's larger deal of Fox closes.

Winning back the sports networks would be a coup for Rupert Murdoch, who could get the RSNs at a lower price than the value at which he sold them to Disney — a price that was driven up nearly $20 billion by Comcast's rival bid for the bundle of Fox assets. There may also be beneficial tax benefits to Murdoch, related to tax-deductible amortization, one of the people said.

A declining asset that's worth more to Fox than anyone else

There are several ironies here.

First, while the DOJ forced Disney to sell the RSNs to get the larger deal done, the networks were never a crown jewel asset for Fox, Disney or Comcast. Fox was willing to sell them (and did). Disney took them because it wanted other assets from Fox (its studio, its stake in Hulu, Star India).

Meanwhile, Comcast saw the RSNs as an albatross and was equally willing to divest them, according to people familiar with the companies' thinking.

Regional sports networks used to be huge value-adds for the cable industry. They carry exclusive broadcasting rights to local games, which come with devoted fan bases. About a decade ago, the networks began to hike carriage fees, knowing cable providers would agree to the higher prices rather than risk alienating customers by blacking out the networks. That led to a steady rise in the cost of cable for consumers. Residents of markets like New York or Los Angeles, which have multiple teams and a handful of RSNs, were paying fees up to $10 a month (baked into their monthly cable bill) whether or not they were watching the games.

In recent years, pay-TV providers, which have seen millions of customers cut the cord, have started to see RSNs differently. Providers have pushed to tier them onto packages that appeal just to sports fans while keeping costs lower for everyone else. This has decreased the value of the networks, which are no longer automatically part of everyone's basic cable packages.

Several pay-TV providers have dropped regional sports networks, refusing to pay their high programming fees. For instance, SportsNet LA, which broadcasts L.A. Dodgers games, which hasn't been carried by DirecTV for five straight years.

If Fox ends up with the sports networks again, part of the reason will be that no other large pay-TV distributor -- Charter, AT&T, Comcast or Dish -- saw value in owning the networks. While Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley has discussed making an offer for the networks with private equity support, it would need quite a bit of help. Sinclair's market capitalization is just $2.8 billion. The regional sports networks were valued at more than $20 billion, according to a Guggenheim Securities analysis.

It's still unclear how much New Fox is willing to spend on the networks — or what Disney values them at. What is clear is that Disney needs to sell them.
The second irony is Murdoch can once thank rival Comcast for making him money if he ends up with the networks.

When Comcast and Disney were jockeying to buy Fox assets earlier this year, one thing was never in doubt -- Murdoch wanted to sell to Disney. Several times, Murdoch aligned himself with Disney's bids against Comcast.

Yet, the competitive Comcast bids let Murdoch net $19 billion more for his bundle of assets.

Now, Comcast's participation could help him get the sports networks at a bargain.

Disney originally agreed to buy the Fox assets for $52 billion. Comcast's rival bids for Fox pushed the price up to $71.3 billion. In that process, it pushed valuation of the RSNs higher, as it did for all of the assets (including 39 percent of British TV provider Sky, which Comcast later agreed to buy).

Disney almost certainly won't find a buyer that will pay that inflated valuation for just the networks. New Fox's most likely competitor (barring a competitive bid from a company like John Malone's Liberty Media) is a private equity firm -- and there's little chance a leveraged buyout firm could win a bidding war for the RSNs and satisfy its limited partners that it would make a future return on the assets.

(Disney, by the way, will end up getting $15 billion back for selling its 39 percent stake in Sky and possibly about $20 billion for the RSNs, making that $71.3 billion Fox deal look more like $36 billion.)

It's possible Google, Amazon or another technology company would eventually be interested in the networks for the sports rights. But that seems unlikely. The regional sports networks are tied to a legacy cable system that tech companies typically view as anathema. If Amazon or Google wants regional sports rights, they can just wait until current contracts expire and bid on them then.

The final irony is Fox's decision to sell the RSNs to Disney may have actually convinced Murdoch that it was better off keeping them. In the months following Fox's decision to sell, New Fox has clarified its focus, centering itself around news and sports. Netflix publicly praised the company for that decision last week.

It's possible Fox has come to the conclusion owning the RSNs makes more sense than selling them, even if it didn't think so 10 months ago.

Disclosure: Comcast is the owner of NBCUniversal, parent company of CNBC and CNBC.com
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College Football Saturday Schedule
By lsufootball.net Staff

SATURDAY, OCT. 27:

TEAMS : / TIME (Central Time): / NETWORK(S):


--Army at Eastern Michigan / 11:00 am / CBSSN, CBSSN Video
--Bethune Cookman at Nebraska / 11:00 am / BTN, BTN2Go Video
--Central Michigan at Akron / 11:00 am / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Clemson at Florida State / 11:00 am / ABC, espn3 Video
--Purdue at Michigan State / 11:00 am / ESPN, WatchESPN Video
--Texas Tech at Iowa State / 11:00 am / ESPN2, WatchESPN Video
--UMass at UConn / 11:00 am / ESPNU, WatchESPN Video
--Vanderbilt at Arkansas / 11:00 am / SEC Network, WatchESPN Video
--Wake Forest at Louisville / 11:00 am / ECE, ACC RSN (blackouts), Video: WatchESPN, FSGo
--Wisconsin at Northwestern / 11:00 am / FOX, FSGo Video
--North Carolina at Virginia / 11:20 am / ECE (blackouts), ACC Network, WatchESPN Video
--Albany at Maine / 12:00 pm / FCSC (DTV 608/cable), (WWVII/WPME) (cable), Video
--Bryant at Sacred Heart / 12:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video, ?NEC Video?
--Penn at Brown / 12:00 pm / NESN+, $espn+ Video
--South Carolina State at Howard / 12:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video, SPORTSfever (cable)
--DII: Winston Salem at Shaw / 12:00 pm / ASP
--Mercer at Wofford / 12:30 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video, WYCW (cable)
--Southeastern LA at Sam Houston State / 1:00 pm / ELVN, SLC Video
--NAIA: Avila at Bethany / 1:30 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Idaho at Eastern Washington / 2:00 pm / AUD, ATTRM, ATTRMW, RSNW, Video
--Mississippi Valley at Texas Southern / 2:00 pm / ATTSW *4, Video
--Oregon State at Colorado / 2:00 pm / PAC-12 Network, PAC-12 Video
--TCU at Kansas / 2:00 pm / FS1, FSGo Video
--ESPN GoalLine / 2:00 pm / ESPNGL, ESPN News (2-10), WatchESPN Video
--Arizona State at USC / 2:30 pm / ABC, espn3 Video, ESPN2, WatchESPN (reverse mirror)
--Cincinnati at SMU / 2:30 pm / CBSSN, CBSSN Video
--Duke at Pittsburgh / 2:30 pm / ECE (blackouts), ACC RSN, Video: WatchESPN, FSGo
--Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville) / 2:30 pm / CBS, CBS Video
--Illinois at Maryland / 2:30 pm / BTN, BTN2Go Video
--Iowa at Penn State / 2:30 pm / ESPN, WatchESPN Video, espn3 Skycam
--Kansas State at Oklahoma / 2:30 pm / FOX, FSGo Video
--Northern Illinois at BYU / 2:30 pm / ESPNU, WatchESPN Video
--South Florida at Houston / 2:30 pm / ABC, espn3 Video, ESPN2, WatchESPN (reverse mirror)
--Stony Brook at James Madison / 2:30 pm / MASN, SNY, CAA Video
--Towson at Delaware / 2:30 pm / FCSA (DTV 608-1/cable), Video: FSGo, CAA
--Gardner Webb at Campbell / 3:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Kentucky at Missouri / 3:00 pm / SEC Network, WatchESPN Video
--Morgan State at Florida A&M / 3:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--DII: Florida Tech at West Alabama / 4:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video
--Montana State at Idaho State / 4:30 pm / ELVN, Video: Pluto, Big Sky
--UNLV at San Jose State / 5:30 pm / ATT: RM & RMW & SW *4, RSNW, MWC Video
--Washington at California / 5:30 pm / FS1, FSGo Video
--Boise State at Air Force / 6:00 pm / CBSSN, CBSSN Video
--New Mexico State at Texas State / 6:00 pm / ESPN Extra, espn3 Video, KNVA (cable)
--North Carolina State at Syracuse / 6:00 pm / ESPN2, WatchESPN Video
--Texas A&M at Mississippi State / 6:00 pm / ESPN, WatchESPN Video
--Tulane at Tulsa / 6:00 pm / ESPNU, WatchESPN Video
--Washington State at Stanford / 6:00 pm / PAC-12 Network, PAC-12 Video
--Tennessee at South Carolina / 6:30 pm / SEC Network, WatchESPN Video
--Navy vs. Notre Dame (San Diego) / 7:00 pm / CBS, CBS Video
--Texas at Oklahoma State / 7:00 pm / ABC, espn3 Video, espn3 Skycam, LHN (statcast)
--Hawaii at Fresno State / 9:30 pm / ESPN2, WatchESPN Video
--Oregon at Arizona / 9:30 pm / ESPN, WatchESPN Video
--San Diego State at Nevada / 9:30 pm / ESPNU, WatchESPN Video

Games online only or not yet scheduled for nationally available networks:

--Alabama State at Alabama A&M
/ 2:30 pm / espn3 Video
--Alcorn at Prairie View / 2:00 pm / Video
--Arkansas State at Louisiana Lafayette / 6:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Cal Poly at Northern Arizona / 6:00 pm / Video: Pluto, Big Sky, NAU-TV?, KASW (cable)
--Central Arkansas at McNeese / 6:00 pm / espn3 Video, CST (cable)
--Coastal Carolina at Georgia State / 1:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Cornell at Princeton / 12:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Dayton at Butler / 11:00 am / Facebook Video
--Drake at Valparaiso / 1:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Eastern Illinois at Eastern Kentucky / 12:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Florida International at Western Kentucky / 6:30 pm / beIN, Video (not on DirecTV)
--Furman at The Citadel / 1:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Georgetown at Colgate / 11:00 am / PLN Video, Facebook Video, Stadium
--DII: GVSU at Saginaw Valley / 12:00 pm / espn3 Video
--Harvard at Dartmouth / 12:30 pm / $espn+ Video
--Incarnate Word at Nicholls / 3:00 pm / SLC Video
--Indiana State at Youngstown State / 1:00 pm / $espn+ Video, WFMJ (cable)
--Jacksonville at San Diego / 3:00 pm / WTV Video
--Jacksonville State at Murray State / 3:00 pm / espn3 Video
--Kennesaw State at Charleston Southern / 5:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Lafayette at Fordham / 12:00 pm / PLN Video, Facebook Video, Stadium
--Lamar at Stephen F. Austin / 3:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Lehigh at Holy Cross / 12:00 pm / PLN Video, Stadium, Charter TV3 (cable)
--DII: LIU Post at Assumption / 12:00 pm / espn3 Video
--Marist at Morehead State / 12:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Middle Tennessee at Old Dominion / 2:30 pm / $espn+ Video
--Monmouth at Presbyterian / 1:30 pm / $espn+ Video
--New Hampshire at Villanova / 1:00 pm / CSLive Video
--New Mexico at Utah State / 3:00 pm / Facebook Video
--Norfolk State at Savannah State / 2:00 pm / espn3 Video
--NC Central at Delaware State / 1:00 pm / espn3 Video
--North Dakota State at South Dakota / 2:00 pm / $espn+ Video, Midco (cable), NBC ND (cable)
--Northern Colorado at Southern Utah / 7:00 pm / Video: Pluto, Big Sky
--Northern Iowa at Western Illinois / 1:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Portland State at Sacramento State / 8:00 pm / Video: Pluto, Big Sky, CW31 (cable)
--NAIA: Peru State at Graceland / 1:00 pm / espn3 Video
--Rice at North Texas / 3:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--DII: Saginaw Valley at GVSU / 12:00 pm / espn3 Video
--Saint Francis at Robert Morris / 11:00 am / NEC Video
--SEMO at UT Martin / 2:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--South Dakota State at Illinois State / 12:00 pm / espn3 Video
--Southern Illinois at Missouri State / 2:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Southern Miss at Charlotte / 1:00 pm / espn3 Video
--Tennessee Tech at Austin Peay / 4:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--UAB at UTEP / 6:30 pm / $espn+ Video
--UC Davis at Montana / 3:00 pm / Video: Pluto, Big Sky, SWX (cable)
--Virginia Lynchburg at Hampton / 1:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--VMI at Chattanooga / 2:00 pm / $espn+ Video
--Saint Francis at Robert Morris / 11:00 am / NEC Video
--Weber State at North Dakota / 2:00 pm / Video: Pluto, Big Sky, Midco (cable)
--Western Carolina at ETSU / 2:30 pm / $espn+ Video
--William & Mary at Rhode Island / 11:00 am / CAA Video
--Yale at Columbia / 12:00 pm / $espn+ Video
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TV/Social Media Notes (Streaming)
Interest in Netflix's 'Luke Cage' and 'Iron Fist' dropped dramatically over time, and its other Marvel shows could also be in trouble
By Travis Clark, Business Insider

Fans of Netflix's Marvel shows were left disappointed and puzzled when the streaming giant abruptly canceled "Iron Fist" and then "Luke Cage" this month.

But interest in the shows had been flagging, and their fate could mean trouble for Netflix's other main Marvel shows, "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones."

Data provided to Business Insider by consumer-insights company Crimson Hexagon shows that social-media buzz for all four shows has dropped dramatically over time.

Since Netflix doesn't release viewership numbers, social-media data is one of the best alternatives to finding out whether these shows have legs to stand on.

The chart below [CLICK LINK AT BOTTOM] shows that when the first season of "Luke Cage" premiered in September 2016, there were over 300,000 Twitter and Instagram posts regarding it. That number took a huge dive when the second season was released this June, with less than 50,000 posts.

The same can be said for "Iron Fist." The critically panned series improved slightly in its second season, but social-media reaction was still sparse compared to its first season. When the first season debuted last year, it inspired almost 120,000 posts on Twitter and Instagram. The second season peaked at less than 20,000.

The good news for "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" is that the results aren't as dramatic as for "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist." The bad news is that there is a noticeable pattern in that interest has wavered after the shows' first seasons.

There were nearly 300,000 posts on Twitter and Instagram for the first season of "Jessica Jones." That was cut in half when the second season was released this year.

"Daredevil," the longest-running Netflix Marvel show so far at three seasons, has seen a drop in social-media buzz over time, but less so than the other shows. The first season in 2015 saw nearly 275,000 posts, while season two saw a little over 200,000. That's not a huge drop, and the recently released third season inspired around 75,000 posts halfway through October, meaning that number could increase by month's end.

If any of the shows was safe, it would probably be "Daredevil" based on this data, but the pattern still holds.

Crimson Hexagon also found that sentiment for the four shows has been mostly positive, the highest being for "Daredevil" at 79% and the lowest being for "Iron Fist" at 53%. But it's apparent that buzz around the shows has decreased.

There could be plenty of reasons for why Netflix canceled "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist."

The Hollywood Reporter reported that "Luke Cage" was canceled due to creative differences. And as Disney, which owns Marvel, prepares to enter the streaming war with its own Netflix competitor next year, it could be changing its strategy in regards to Netflix's Marvel series.

Disney is set to terminate a contract with Netflix at the end of the year, and while it has said that it has no plans to move the shows from Netflix, the competitive landscape of the streaming business could force its hand.

But this data also suggests that audiences just haven't been as interested in the shows as Netflix may have liked, and later seasons didn't generate the excitement of their first seasons.

There is only one season for the other shows, "The Defenders" and "The Punisher," so we couldn't compare data. The second season of "The Punisher" wrapped filming this summer. Only time will tell its fate, and that of "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones."

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Liev Schreiber on 'Ray Donovan' in NY, ex-Trump fixer's Ray embrace, 'SNL' hosting nerves
By Bill Keveney, USA Today - Oct. 26, 2018

Showtime's "Ray Donovan" switches coasts for Season 6 (Sunday, 9 p.m. EDT/PDT), as the iconic Hollywood fixer moves east to New York, close to his native Boston.

Ray, a recently widowed father who makes his living cleaning up rich and famous people's messes, was last seen in despair, taking a 10-story header into the East River as he followed an apparition of his deceased wife, Abby. Hardly a spoiler: He survives and ends up splitting his time between Manhattan, where he reunites with media mogul Sam Winslow (Susan Sarandon), and Staten Island, where he bonds with cop Sean "Mac" McGrath (Domenick Lombardozzi).

New Yorker Liev Schreiber, 51, who plays Ray, speaks to USA TODAY about the show's transcontinental drift; former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen comparing himself to the famed TV fixer; and, in an exclusive, how he feels about hosting "Saturday Night Live" for the first time in November.

Question: After rooting itself Los Angeles, why did "Ray Donovan" move to New York?
Liev Schreiber:
We all felt that after five years, we needed a reboot, we needed some new energy. There was some talk of Boston, of New York. … We decided to follow (last year's) storyline of Abby’s cancer diagnosis, (which took the characters) to New York. It felt like an environment that would be exciting, dynamic and potentially rich for Ray and his family. And then it worked out great for me, because I live here and my kids are here. (He has two sons, ages 11 and 9, with former partner Naomi Watts.)

Q: Is an urban Northeast environment a better fit for Ray?
Schreiber:
He is certainly an East Coast guy, which is part of why he's such a fish out of water in L.A. I think what he's looking for is a place to hide. There's something to the fact that Ray fits there and can blend in, where he sticks out like a sore thumb in L.A.

Q: How did it feel for Ray to be in New York?
Schreiber:
The city felt very dark and very cold. Jumping off a building into the East River will do that to you. (laughs)

Q: How does Ray end up wearing a New York Yankees cap, a no-no for a Bostonian?
Schreiber:
We wanted to have a baseball cap so Ray could disguise himself when he went into the city. He wanted to cover himself up. The only one on the production truck was a Yankees cap. Everybody said, "No way on God's earth anyone from Southie is putting on a Yankees cap." But somebody suggested that shows how (messed) up he is. I'm sure there's going to be some hell to pay for that. We wrote in the scene where he's sitting at a bus stop and realizes where he is. He scratches his head and throws the cap in the garbage. ... Dash (Mihok, who plays Ray's brother, Bunchy) is a diehard Yankee fan, hardcore New York. He won't put on any Boston stuff.

Q: New York or L.A.?
Schreiber:
As I grew up in New York, I always hated the idea of the West Coast. For the first three seasons of the show, I was kind of uncomfortable in L.A. … By the fifth season and knowing we were heading back to New York, I wanted to stay in L.A. I got used to the lifestyle, so spread out and quiet. And the ocean. I'm a big fan of spending time in Santa Monica and Malibu surfing. It was a great routine that helped me shake off the tension of "Ray Donovan."

Q: How does a suicide attempt fit into Ray's psyche?
Schreiber:
It never would have occurred to me that Ray would do something like that. … I think grief spoke to everything. For me, the logic ultimately was that he loves Abby as much as life itself, that there's a disconnect that could happen in a moment where he could make a mistake."

Q: You grew a beard. Did you wear padding to help achieve Ray's hirsute, heavyset look?
Schreiber:
I tried to gain some weight, but I was fairly stressed out and exhausted so they put a fat suit on me for the first three months. But then I caught up with the fat suit. By the time I took the fat suit off and I was supposed to be in shape, I had developed the fat. (laughs) … I'm generally boxing and training while I'm shooting, but this season was so hard and the schedule so demanding that it got away from me. (Eventually), I was in shape. I could still box."

Q: What do you think of Ray Donovan becoming a cultural icon, with convicted former Trump lawyer and fixer Cohen hash-tagging Ray in a tweet? [CLICK LINK AT BOTTOM TO SEE TWEET]
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That was probably an ill-advised admission on his part, but I loved it. It made me feel like our show has had some impact, that it's a piece of pop culture. … The news itself was a little frustrating, but the show being mentioned was nice. (Schreiber supported Bernie Sanders in 2016's Democratic primary campaign and is not a Trump backer.)

Q: Any other projects coming up?
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I'm going to be hosting "Saturday Night Live" in November. I've dreamed about doing something like that, but didn't ever think I would. (At the same time), I'm terrified. … I'm generally not considered a very funny person.

Q: Do you think "SNL" will do a "Ray Donovan" sketch?
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I'm sure they'll figure something out. I mean, come on. It's not like I have the biggest repertoire in the business. … My people hail from Eastern Europe. I could probably do a pretty good Melania. I can't do (Donald) Trump. Other than that, I have no idea.

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’13 Reasons Why’ Star Katherine Langford Joins ‘Avengers 4’
By Umberto Gonzalez, TheWrap.com - Oct. 26, 2018

EXCLUSIVE: “13 Reasons Why” star Katherine Langford has joined the cast of “Avengers 4,” individuals with knowledge of the project exclusively told TheWrap. Langford has already shot her scenes.

As with most things Marvel, Langford’s role is being kept under wraps.

Shortly before hitting $2 billion worldwide, “Infinity War” passed “Jurassic World” to enter the top five all-time domestic films, with a gross of more than $678 million. It joined the rarified air shared by “Titanic,” “Avatar” and “The Force Awakens” as the only movies to ever gross more than $2 billion.

Langford also has a new gig at Netflix. She will play the lead role in “Cursed,” the streamer’s spin on the tale of King Arthur, from former “The Cape” showrunner Tom Wheeler and “Sin City” filmmaker Frank Miller. Langford will play Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake.

Langford earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Hannah Baker on Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why.” She exited the show after Season 2, but the series is set to return for a third season in 2019.

Langford is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Independent Management Company in Australia. Reps for Langford denied her involvement.

Marvel had no comment.

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Hallmark Channel Chef Claims She Was Fired for Reporting Harassment
By Gene Maddaus, Variety.com - Oct. 26, 2018

A former chef on the Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family” show alleges she was fired after reporting executive producer Woody Fraser for sexual harassment.

Shanti Hinojos filed a lawsuit against Crown Media, the channel’s parent company, claiming that Fraser harassed her for years and the network failed to respond. She alleges that he was removed from the set only after she and other women contacted attorney Lisa Bloom, but that subsequently Fraser’s allies concocted a pretext to fire her.

The suit is the second to allege rampant sexual misconduct on the family-friendly morning show. Mark Steines, the former host of the show, filed suit in September, claiming that he was fired because he supported the women who made allegations against Fraser.

Fraser, 83, was the executive producer of the show. He had a long career in morning TV, and a close association with Fox News boss Roger Ailes.

In her suit, Hinojos alleges that Fraser began harassing her shortly after she started work on the program in 2014. She alleges that Fraser came up behind her while she was on set and whispered in her ear, “Have I ever told you what a great little body you have?” Though she rebuffed him, the advances continued. She alleges that Fraser would touch her waist, rub her shoulders, and brush up against her legs and buttocks. On several occasions, she says Fraser pinned her against the kitchen counter, and once tried to move cake from his mouth into hers.

In January 2017, Hinojos says that Fraser’s wife entered hospice with terminal cancer. She said Fraser told her, “you’re going to be my next wife,” and “once things clear up, we will be great together.” Hinojos says she did what she could to dissuade Fraser, even dressing in a ballcap and baggy clothes, but to no avail.

According to the suit, Hinojos told several co-workers and supervisors about Fraser’s misconduct, but she was advised that it was pointless to complain, and that it would be career “suicide.”

In the spring of 2017, other female employees and Steines went to Bloom, who is known for filing sexual harassment suits. Expecting to be sued, Fraser issued a public statement in June 2017 acknowledging that he is not “perfect,” but saying he had engaged in “no actionable conduct.” Crown Media ultimately settled out of court with Bloom’s clients, according to the suit. Fraser was also terminated, the suit states, and Crown Media separated the show from his production company.

However, Hinojos alleges that Fraser’s allies remained at the show. She claims that one of them, Stacy Patterson, learned the identity of one of Fraser’s accusers, and made a doppelganger doll of the woman and hung it from the ceiling by a noose. She alleges that a second Fraser ally, Tracy Verna, repeatedly called Hinojos a “bitch” and once slapped her buttocks in front of other employees, saying, “It’s very nice.”

Hinojos says she was fired in December 2017, purportedly for “subpar job performance.” She alleges that the company had made a decision to eliminate perceived “threats” to the show.

“Hinojos was terminated for performance issues,” Crown Media said in a statement. “She was given the opportunity to correct those issues, but failed to do so. We have investigated and there is no merit to her allegations.” [CLICK LINK BELOW TO READ DOCUMENTS]

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While taking a "lunch" nap during my overnight work shift at 2:40AM this morning, a baseball-crazy coworker woke me up to tell me Game 3 of the World Series was still tied 2-2. I turned on my cell phone, activated my DirectTV Now app and tuned into Fox. We watched the last few innings of the game while "working," and we both went crazy when Muncy hit the game-winning homer at the bottom of the 18th around 3:30AM ET. I swear if I had been at home I would have either fallen asleep or turned the TV off after the 11th or 12th inning. What a game!

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Longest World Series game in history: Dodgers, Red Sox set a new record in Game 3
By Mike Axisa, CBSSports.com - Oct. 27, 2018

Thanks to a pair of run-scoring errors in a wild 13th inning, the Dodgers and Red Sox played the longest game in World Series history Friday night. It was the longest game in World Series history and it's not even close. Max Muncy hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 18th to keep the Dodgers alive in this series.

Game 3 was the 12th World Series game to go 12 innings and the fourth World Series Game to go 14 innings. It is the only World Series game to go 18 innings. Here are the longest World Series games in history by innings played:

1.- 2018 Game 3: Dodgers beat Red Sox 3-2 in 18 innings.
2.- 1916 Game 2: (Brooklyn) Dodgers beat Red Sox 2-1 in 14 innings.
3.- 2005 Game 3: White Sox beat Astros 7-5 in 14 innings.
4.- 2015 Game 1: Royals beat Mets 5-4 in 14 innings.
5.- Several 12-inning games, most recently 2015 Game 5 (Royals beat Mets 7-2)


Furthermore, Game 3 is also the longest World Series game by time of game and again, it's not close. Here are the longest World Series games in history by time of game:

1.- 2018 Game 3: Red Sox vs. Dodgers in seven hours and 20 minutes.
2.- 2005 Game 3: White Sox vs. Astros in five hours and 41 minutes.
3.- 2017 Game 5: Dodgers vs. Astros in five hours and 17 minutes.
4.- 2015 Game 1: Royals vs. Mets in five hours and nine minutes.
5.- 2000 Game 1: Yankees vs. Mets in four hours and 51 minutes.


Only eight games since 1908 have lasted more than seven hours, if you can believe that. Game 3 was the first seven-hour game since the Phillies and Diamondbacks played seven hours and six minutes on August 24, 2013. That game went 18 innings as well.

Here's how long Game 3 took:

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This game has now taken longer than the game time of the entire 1939 #WorldSeries.

That year, the Yankees swept the Reds in four games that took a combined 7:05.

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Does anyone care about pace of play during a very exciting World Series game? Didn't think so.

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Viacom Restructures Its TV Brands With Key Executive Changes
By Ari Jenkins, Fortune.com - Oct. 25, 2018

Viacom Media Networks (VMN) is making major changes in an effort to simplify its structure.

The TV giant announced Thursday that it would cut the number of brand groups to four from five. Paramount Network and TV Land will join Comedy Central to form one, led by Comedy Central president Kent Alterman. Meanwhile, MTV, VH1, and Logo president Chris McCarthy will add CMT to his portfolio to form the second group. The remaining two groups, BET Networks and Nickelodeon remain unchanged.

The reorganization comes as its parent company, Viacom Inc., tries to rejuvenate itself under the leadership of CEO Bob Bakish, who took over in 2016. The conglomerate is trying to reverse declining ad revenue and combat cord-cutting considering that several of its cable networks cater to younger audiences and streaming services.

There is a casualty to these changes: Kevin Kay, a Viacom veteran of more than two decades, is out. He had been overseeing TV Land, CMT, and Paramount Network following its rebrand from Spike TV. He will remain on for a period to assist Alterman with the transition.

“Over the course of his career at Viacom, Kevin’s creative vision and gift for telling great stories have made a lasting impact,” Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said in a statement. “Thanks to the efforts of Kevin and his team, we have successfully established Paramount Network as a home for premium content, and TV Land and CMT continue to be dominant forces in the audiences they serve.”

Bakish added: “These changes mark the next step in the ongoing evolution of our company as we continue to ensure we’re making the most of our great assets and resources, and operating as nimbly and efficiently as we can. Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land share an original content strategy anchored in scripted programming, and CMT – with its deep roots in music and unscripted programming – is a natural partner for MTV and VH1.”

Bakish took over as Viacom CEO in 2016 and has made several executive changes during his tenure. Earlier this year, long-serving BET chairwoman and CEO Debra Lee stepped down.

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The record they DON'T talk about is the "most number of innings without any alcohol being served." If it's like most MLB games I've been to, they shut the taps middle of the 8th.
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On The Air Tonight
SATURDAY 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 - Oct. 27, 2018

ABC:
8PM - College Football: Texas at Oklahoma State (LIVE)
* * * *
11:30PM - Ford Wrap-Up (LIVE)

CBS:
8PM - College Football: Notre Dame vs. Navy (LIVE)

NBC:
8PM - Dateline NBC: The Halloween Party (120 min.)
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10PM - Saturday Night Live (Bill Hader hosts; Hozier performs)
(R - Oct. 11, 2014)
* * * *
11:29PM - Saturday Night Live - SNL Presents: Halloween (Special, 67 min.)
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12:36AM - Saturday Night Live: The David S. Pumpkins Animated Halloween Special (27 min.)
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FOX:
8PM - 2018 World Series, Game 4: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers (LIVE)
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11PM - Hell's Kitchen
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PBS:
8PM - Austin City Limits: Brandi Carlile

UNIVISION:
7:55PM - Fútbol Mexicano Primera División: Chivas de Guadalajara vs. CF Monarcas Morelia (LIVE)
9:55PM - Fútbol Mexicano Primera División: Cruz Azul vs. América (LIVE)

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Movie - Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
9PM - Movie: The Wolverine (2013)

ESPN NEWS:
3PM - ESPN Goal Line (8 hrs., LIVE)

CBSSN:
7PM - College Football: Boise State at Air Force (LIVE)
10:30PM - Inside College Football (LIVE)

ESPN:
7PM - College Football: Texas A&M at Mississippi State (LIVE)
10PM - College Football Scoreboard (LIVE)
10:30PM - College Football: Oregon at Arizona (LIVE)

ESPN 2:
7PM - College Football: North Carolina State at Syracuse (LIVE)
10PM - College Football Scoreboard (LIVE)
10:30PM - College Football: Hawaii at Fresno State (LIVE)

ESPN U:
7PM - College Football: Tulane at Tulsa (LIVE)
10PM - ESPN Goal Line (LIVE)
10:30PM - College Football: San Diego State at Nevada (LIVE)

HALLMARK:
8PM - Movie: Christmas at Pemberley Manor (2018)

LIFETIME:
8PM - Movie: Zombie at 17 (2018)

A&E:
9PM - Live PD (3 hrs., LIVE)

ADULT SWIM:
9PM - Dragon Ball Z Kai
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9:30PM - My Hero Academia
10PM - Naruto: Shippuden
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10:30PM - Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
11PM - Dragon Ball Super
11:30PM - Mob Psycho 100
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Midnight - Attack on Titan
12:30AM - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable
1AM - Black Cover
1:30AM - Hunter X Hunter

NICKELODEON:
9PM - The Dude Perfect Show (Season Premiere)

NBCSN:
9:30PM - Wrestling: UWW World Wrestling Championships, Day 7 (90 min.)

HBO:
10PM - Boxing: Daniel Jacobs vs. Sergiy Derevyanchenko (Series Finale, 2 hrs. 45 min.)

OWN:
10PM - Ready to Love

PARAMOUNT:
10PM - Heathers: Parts Five & Six (100 min.)

SYFY:
11PM - Channel Zero: The Dream Door - Where Did You Sleep Last Night (58 min.)


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NFL Schedule (Week 8)
By Sportsmediawatch.com Staff

SUNDAY, OCT. 28:

TEAMS : / TIME (Eastern): / NETWORK:


--Philadelphia-Jacksonville (from London) / 9:30 am / NFLN

--Denver-Kansas City / 1:00 pm / CBS
--Cleveland-Pittsburgh / 1:00 pm / CBS
--N.Y. Jets-Chicago / 1:00 pm / CBS
--Baltimore-Carolina / 1:00 pm / CBS

--Washington-N.Y. Giants / 1:00 pm / FOX
--Seattle-Detroit / 1:00 pm / FOX
--Tampa Bay-Cincinnati / 1:00 pm / FOX

--Indianapolis-Oakland / 4:05 pm / CBS

--Green Bay-L.A. Rams / 4:25 pm / FOX
--San Francisco-Arizona / 4:25 pm / FOX

--New Orleans-Minnesota / 8:20 pm / NBC

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Does the iPad still matter?
By Jefferson Graham, USA Today - Oct. 27, 2018

Wither the iPad?

On Tuesday, Apple is expected to unveil the latest iteration of the iPad at a big media event in New York. It's doubtful the release will be met with the thunder that usually accompanies iPhone introductions.

New models of the last few years have shown few substantial updates, and many consumers hold on to their original tablets for years. Apple still sells around 40 million iPads yearly, which, while hefty, pales in comparison to the 200-plus-million iPhones shipped yearly by Apple or compared to the Services division—that includes iTunes, iCloud and Apple Music—which has already generated over $15 billion revenue in 2018, just shy of double the iPad's $8 billion.

Still, when we reached out to social media to ask whether the iPad still mattered, we heard loud and clear yes, indeed, but not like the old days. [CLICK LINK BELOW TO READ TWEETS]

Amy Howorth, who sits on the City Council in Manhattan Beach, told us she uses her iPad for city meetings and at home to be entertained while on the sofa, meanwhile San Francisco publicist Jeff Koo said he hasn't pulled his iPad out in two years.

Gary Lambert, who hosts a weekend radio show on Sirius XM out of New York said he uses the iPad Pro all the time for reading articles and books, and "now that some of the movie and TV streaming services (like Netflix and Prime Video) let you temporarily download stuff, I do that whenever I travel. Not in any great hurry to get one of the new models, though. Happy with what I've got."

The iPad is currently available in four models:

—The iPad Pro, with a 12.9-inch screen, sells for $799.

—A smaller iPad Pro, with a 10.5-inch screen, is $649.

—The 7.9-inch iPad Mini, first introduced in 2015, is $399.

—The model that's just called iPad has a 9.7-inch screen and sells for $329.


The new iPad anticipated to come out of the New York event is expected to be redesigned in the style of the premium X models of iPhones, with edge-to-edge display and the removal of the Home button. Analysts see the iPad using the Face ID facial-recognition system, instead of thumbprint and possibly a new way to recharge the device, using the USB-C cable instead of the Lightning cable that Apple has been using for the last few years.

Apple is also expected to update the MacBook Air line of laptops and the AirPods, the Bluetooth wireless earphones that were first went on sale in 2017.

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Christian Brassington on The Rev. Osborne Whitworth on 'Poldark'
By David Hinckley, TVWorthWatching.com's 'All Along the Watchtower' - Oct. 28, 2018

Christian Brassington has the best of both worlds: He gets all the fun of playing a really sleazy character on television yet in real life he doesn’t get stopped on the street by viewers who want to scold him about it.

The 35-year-old Brassington plays The Rev. Osborne Whitworth on Poldark, the popular British series that is currently in the midst of its fourth season at 9 p.m. ET Sundays on PBS’s Masterpiece Theater (check local listings).

Mild spoiler alert: The Rev. Whitworth has a particularly noteworthy scene this coming Sunday.

“He’s a bad guy who says and does some horrible things,” says Brassington. “But that makes it a great role for an actor. I’d say 95%-99% of the time he’s just a joy to play because he’s such a big character. You don’t have to hold anything back.”

Unfiltered is a good way to describe “Ossie,” and when things get ugly, the brunt of it almost always lands on Morwenna (Ellise Chappell), the young woman who was forced by the terrible strictures of the late 18th century to marry him.

Not content to have simply scored an attractive young bride, Whitworth abuses her verbally, emotionally and sexually. When she refuses him, he has an affair with her sister and regularly visits prostitutes.

“It’s kind of an irony that he’s a clergyman,” Brassington muses. “He lives as far from a pious life as you can get.”

Poldark’s primary villain is George Warleggan (Jack Farthing), chief adversary of title character Ross Poldark (Aidan Turner). But Whitworth is a fascinating complement to George in the bad guy lineup because in many ways he’s creepier.

“George and Ossie have some things in common,” says Brassington. “And there are contrasts. Ossie is an aristocrat, which was really important and meant something in those days. But Ossie never has enough money. George has plenty of money. But he doesn’t have the breeding, which is what he constantly craves.

“George is also much smarter than Ossie. George is capable of planning something out. Ossie often doesn’t seem to think past what’s for lunch.”

Brassington also suggests that Ossie may not think he’s doing anything wrong in his treatment of Morwenna, or his behavior outside the marriage.

“He has convinced himself that whatever he does, it’s her fault,” says Brassington. “Because she won’t do her ‘duty,’ as he puts it. So he can’t be held responsible.

“In general he has very little self-awareness. He can’t see how ridiculous he is.”

Like most historical dramas, Poldark adheres to the formal speech patterns of its day with characters speaking in a way to our contemporary ears can sound stilted and artificially polite.

“At the time, that’s just how they spoke,” says Brassington, and he suggests language is one entry point to the characters, as are costumes.

“Costumes are so much a part of the character,” he says. “In my case, they made all of Ossie’s costumes just slightly small, so it looks like I’m bursting out of them. It makes him look bigger, which is how he comes across as a character.”

Brassington jokes that he often felt envious of Turner and Farthing when it came to prepping for the daily filming.

“I spent a long time in the chair getting ready,” he says. “They had to curl my hair. They had to apply this Vaseline-like substance to give it a shiny look. Then I’d have to maintain it all day, through the lunch breaks and everything. [Meanwhile], these good-looking guys like Aidan just need a little touch-up on the beard stubble, and they’re set to go.”

In any event, says Brassington, his goal isn’t to show viewers that The Rev. Osborne is a sleazy guy. That’s pretty obvious. Rather, he says, he wants to show that even someone who can be a cartoonish buffoon has more subtle dimensions.

“You don’t just want to play the actions,” he says. “You want to give him some depth.”

In some of that depth lie rather ugly views about the relationship between men and women. While the Poldark novels and scripts were not written as parables for modern society, it’s hard to miss the link to contemporary issues in the sense of male entitlement felt by men like Ossie.

“As a human being, or as a husband, that issue concerns me very much,” says Brassington. “But it’s not a concern I consciously put into the role, because things are different now.”

The message echoes more strongly, he suggests, in the actions of Morwenna.

“The scene where Morwenna first stands up to him, that’s such a great moment,” he says. “She’s so bold. Women then just didn’t do that.”

Still, no matter how much Morwenna stands up for herself, the best she can achieve is a stalemate. However unfair that she had to give up the man she actually loved to be tethered to Ossie, those were the rules of the day.

“Morwenna is much brighter than Ossie,” says Brassington. “But he had all the power.”

In any event, he says Ossie’s exchanges with Morwenna are his favorite scenes, even when some became so emotionally charged that everyone took a break when the cameras stopped.

“If the scene is just dialogue, you usually don’t take it with you,” he says. “You’ll have a joke or a cup of tea or the other things you do between takes.

“But if it’s been something like physical abuse, sometimes you want to give a little space – because remember, you’re playing two characters at opposite ends of the spectrum.

“The most important thing is that you have to trust the person you are working with. I trust Ellise, and I think she trusts me.”

As all this might suggest, Brassington says he’s a happy lad to be acting for a living. It takes him into the worlds of everyone from a quarterback to an editor, an archduke or a shady 17th-century clergyman. He’s done them in movies, television, and theater, and says he’d love to keep doing all three.

Nor does he have to answer for Ossie’s sins. The real-life Christian Brassington hardly looks even a bit like Ossie, so he could walk into a Poldark convention and barely be recognized.

“I was talking on the phone to the mother of a friend,” he says. “She was a Poldark fan, and we got to talking about the show, including my character, without her ever knowing I was in it. I finally told her – and she didn’t believe me. She wasn’t buying it.”

There is, however, one exception. Poldark is filmed in Cornwall, where the sweeping cliffs that provide such a stunning backdrop for all those horseback rides, and the filming lasted long enough that when Brassington went back there later, a few people knew he had been The Rev. Whitworth.

“So it’s over,” he jokes. “I love Cornwall, and now I have to avoid it.”

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Peter Alexander Officially Joins NBC's 'Today' as Saturday Co-Anchor
By Lauren Huff, The Hollywood Reporter - Oct. 27, 2018

NBC News' Peter Alexander is officially joining Sheinelle Jones and Dylan Dreyer on Weekend Today as co-anchor, the network announced Saturday.

On Saturday, Alexander joined the show to announce the news.

"We are so excited to announce that Peter is officially joining the Saturday Today team. Congratulations," co-anchor Jones said.

Alexander said that he had been a longtime fan of the show. "I've been watching this show since I was a kid and I am so honored, I'm so grateful to share this set with you guys," he said, adding that he'd been apart of the NBC News family for 15 years and "I've learned so much from so many people in this system."

The 42-year-old Emmy-winning journalist joined NBC News in 2004, covering numerous international stories, including Iraq's historic 2005 election and Osama bin Laden's death, according to NBC. He also served as NBC News' White House correspondent since 2012.

Alexander had previously been filling in on the show for Craig Melvin, who recently left his role as co-host of the Saturday morning version of Today to join the weekday edition and continue his hosting duties on MSNBC Live With Craig Melvin.

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Paypal bans Gab following Pittsburgh shooting
By Andrew Liptak, TheVerge.com - Oct. 27, 2018

Earlier today, a gunman walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and killed eleven people before being apprehended by police. The suspect has since been identified as 46-year-old Robert Bowers, who appears to have had a history of anti-Semitic speech on the social network Gab. Following these revelations, Paypal banned the site from its payment platform — the latest action taken against the troublesome social network by a major technology company.

In a statement to The Verge, a PayPal spokesperson confirmed the ban, citing hate speech as a reason for the action:

The company is diligent in performing reviews and taking account actions. When a site is explicitly allowing the perpetuation of hate, violence or discriminatory intolerance, we take immediate and decisive action.

Almost immediately after the shooter’s identity was revealed by media outlets, screenshots of his profile on Gab appeared, revealing a slew of anti-Semitic rants. Gab released a statement on Medium, saying that it “unequivocally disavows and condemns all acts of terrorism and violence,” but it has long been welcoming of hate speech on its platform. It says that it contacted law enforcement officials after it was notified that Bowers had a profile on the site, and that it turned over relevant information to them before suspending his account.

Paypal is the latest major platform to boot Gab. Apple has refused to host the site’s app in its iOS store, and in August 2017, Google removed the app from the Google Play store, for violating the company’s hate speech policy, while Microsoft threatened to stop hosting the site after a pair of anti-Semitic posts were published on the site in July of this year. With Paypal’s revocation of its services, Gab could be deprived of a major revenue conduit.

Since Paypal’s action, Gab’s Twitter feed has struck out at Facebook and Twitter, saying that it doesn’t “allow terrorists on our platform,” and dismissed the idea that the rhetoric on its platform translates into real-world violence. But researchers have found that anti-Semitic messaging on online platforms is on the rise, and the attempted bombing of prominent Trump critics in the past week has put a spotlight on the role that online rhetoric has played in recent weeks, months, and years.

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Amazon Shoots Down Reports about Ad-Supported Streaming Launch
By Daniel Frankel, Multichannel News - Oct. 26, 2018

Amazon said it has no plans to launch an ad-supported video on demand platform for its Fire TV streaming ecosystem.

“We have no plans to build an ad-supported Prime Video offering for free at this time,” Amazon investor relations director Dave Fildes said during the online retail giant’s third-quarter earnings call Thursday.

During the call, Amazon executives were asked about an Aug. 28 report in The Information, suggesting Amazon was about to launch, through its IMDB unit, a free-to-consumer, ad-supported streaming service, similar to the Roku Channel, for Fire TV devices.

Later, CNBC picked up the story, suggesting Amazon was going to announce the new app at the Advertising Week event in New York during the first week of October. (MCN aggregated both reports.)

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Nielsen Overnights (Broadcast)
World Series Surges With Game 3 Thriller; CBS Drama Slate Dips
By Matt Webb Mitovich, TVLine.com - Oct. 27, 2018

Fox’s coverage of Friday night/Saturday morning’s World Series Game 3 averaged 14 million total viewers and a 3.4 demo rating — during primetime, at least! — surging 24 and 21 percent from Game 2’s fast nationals.

That marks an improvement on Game 1’s prelim audience, while matching the opener in the demo.

Opposite the first stretch of the 18-inning nailbiter….

CBS | MacGyver (5.9 mil/0.6), Hawaii Five-0 (6.9 mil/0.7) and Blue Bloods (7.8 mil/0.7) each dipped a tenth, all matching series lows in the demo.

THE CW | Dynasty (610K/0.2) and Crazy Ex (420K/0.1) were steady.

NBC | Leading out of a steady Blindspot (2.5 mil/0.4), Midnight Texas at long last opened Season 2/christened its new Friday home with 1.9 million viewers and a 0.4 rating, well below its freshman average (3 mil/0.7, leading out of American Ninja Warrior on summertime Mondays) and marking series lows.

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TV Notes (Broadcast)
‘The Simpsons’ Apu Character May Be Quietly Departing The Show
By Bruce Haring, Deadline.com - Oct. 27, 2018

Producer and filmmaker Adi Shankar has said in an interview that Apu, the long-running convenience store owner from The Simpsons, may be out of the series.

Shankar told Indiewire in an interview that “multiple sources” told him that Apu would be quietly dropped in order to avoid further controversy. The character has been the subject of complaints about stereotyping South Asians, intensifying in the last two years.

The cartoon character is voiced by actor Hank Azaria, who has said he’s “willing and happy” to step aside as the voice of Apu or to help transition the character into “something new,” calling it “the right thing to do, to me.”

The Apu controversy came to ahead when Hari Kondabolu’s documentary The Problem with Apu emerged last year.

In April, Shankar created a spec script competiton centered on the “Apu Problem,” hoping to get show producers to update the character with a more positive portrait.

Shankar claimed he received news on Apu from two staffers on The Simpsons and someone who works with creator Matt Groening.

Earlier, Fox Television executives said they would leave it up to the show on how to handle the Apu controversy going forward.

An April Simpsons episode made a glancing address to the controversy about what critics call the stereotypes embodied by Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, the Indian-American owner of Springfield’s Kwik-E-Mart convenience store.

The episode included a scene in which Marge Simpson reads a book to daughter Lisa, who notes the book’s “cisgender girl” heroine is “already evolved” and “doesn’t really have an emotional journey to complete.”

When Marge asks, “Well, what am I supposed to do?,” Lisa responds, “It’s hard to say. Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?” At that point, Lisa looked at a framed photograph of the Hank Azaria-voiced Apu inscribed, “Don’t have a cow,” the old Bart Simpson catchphrase given new and literal meaning coming from Apu.

“Some things will be dealt with at a later date,” Marge tells Lisa, who responds, “If at all.”

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TV Review (Streaming)
Netflix’s ‘Élite’ Subverts Teen Drama Tropes With Style
By Caroline Framke, Variety.com

Spoiler alert: This review includes some (but not all!) spoilers for the first season of Netflix’s “Élite.”

The first time I heard about Netflix’s new teen drama “Élite” was from a friend was gushing about how it felt like several great shows in one. If it were a mathematical equation, he said, “Elite” would look something like, “The O.C.” multiplied by “Gossip Girl,” divided by “Veronica Mars,” to the power of “Big Little Lies” — which, to be frank, sounded overwhelming. How could it take on so many tropes at once without becoming an overstuffed Frankenstein of a show?

Within 10 minutes, my fears started to melt away. “Élite” does indeed include countless teen show clichés, but it also relishes the opportunity to dig a bit deeper and twist them into more interesting shapes. It interrogates the very tropes it indulges by finding new gears in old plot engines. And with the addition of a smart flashback structure keeping its central murder mystery afloat, Darío Madrona and Carlos Montero’s drama quickly proves addictive enough that it’s hard to stop watching before the end of its eight-episode conclusion.

(Though as a quick and crucial sidenote: make sure to select the original “European Spanish” as the overdub with English subtitles before watching; Netflix unfortunately defaults to a distracting English dub for all its foreign titles unless told explicitly otherwise.)

The drama takes place at a — you guessed it — elite Spanish private school, picking up at two crucial moments in its characters’ lives. In the past, three new scholarship students come to the school and quickly shake up its accepted social order. In the present, one of the students has been murdered, and everyone is a suspect.

Given this setup of class warfare giving way to murder and intrigue, it’s not long before a bunch (of my favorite) teen show clichés turn up. Within just a couple acts, scholarship kids Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), Christian (Miguel Herrán), and Nadia (Mina El Hammani) find themselves at the epicenter of three classic storylines.

Samuel has eyes for Marina (María Pedraza), the school’s resident “free spirit” who does everything in her power to rebel against her parents’ sleek world of extreme wealth. (See: “The O.C.”) Marina’s older brother Guzmán (Miguel Bernardeau) is “Elite’s” go-to rich jerk with a heart of gold (see: “Veronica Mars”), which makes him the perfect candidate for taking his high maintenance girlfriend Lu (Danna Paola) up on a bet of seducing the most unlikely girl to fall for him (see: every other high school movie). In this case, that means Nadia, an industrious student who’s just trying to be the “good Muslim girl” her father expects her to be in peace despite Lu’s taunting and the school’s insistence that she remove her hijab, which they erroneously dismiss as “an accessory.”

Christian, meanwhile, falls for the vulpine Carla (Ester Expósito) and gets caught in a love triangle with her and her jealous boyfriend Polo (Álvaro Rico). A love triangle is arguably the most common and stalwart of teen tropes, but the “Élite” version immediately takes a juicier turn. Carla, bored and restless in the relationship she’s been in for years, lures Christian in because she and Polo get off on having a third party in their relationship. “Labels are for clothes,” she shrugs at one point, and though her boys of choice don’t always believe her, they’re nonetheless so devoted to her and curious enough about each other that they’re down to see where it goes.

For as many teen love triangles as there have been on TV, this one gets an extra boost of creativity by acknowledging their long dormant subtext of crisscrossing desire. The show’s other love triangle — between Marina, Samuel, and his brother Nano (Jaime Lorente) — is one of the show’s only duller features, even if only because the one between Christian, Carla, and Polo is so much more magnetic in its singularity (not to mention better acted).

“Elite” also finds room to explore sexuality through Ander (Arón Piper) and Omar (Omar Ayuso), two closeted teens who find each other on a dating app. Ander is the principal’s son, Omar is Nadia’s brother, and the two never quite feel comfortable seeing each other in broad daylight. But unlike many other shows before it, “Élite” doesn’t portray their burgeoning relationship as one borne of shame. And while many “coming out” stories onscreen tend to err on the chaste side, Ander and Omar are incredibly, demonstrably attracted to each other. What’s more, when their best friends — Guzmán and Samuel, respectively — realize they’re gay, neither reacts with shock or revulsion. Rather, they’re just sad that their friends didn’t feel comfortable telling them as much in the first place.

And oh, yeah: there’s a murder. Truth be told, there’s more than enough intrigue going on in the everyday lives of these teens without one of them ending up dead. But to “Élite’s” credit, the conclusion manages to be both satisfying and intriguing as to where season 2 — which Netflix has already ordered — might go. Even given a million other options on Netflix alone, this tantalizing and whipsmart entry to the teen show pantheon proves itself worthy of the spotlight.

ÉLITE
Drama, 60 minutes. (Eight episodes, all watched for review.) Now available on Netflix.


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Technology/Business Notes
Amazon Reportedly Pulls Ads From Bloomberg Following Hacking Story
By Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune.com - Oct. 26, 2018

Amazon won’t be advertising on Bloomberg’s website for a while. The online retailing giant pulled its fourth quarter ads from the website, according to Buzzfeed News.

While a source from Amazon’s media buyer, Initiative, reportedly told Buzzfeed News that the choice was made due to budget cuts, some at Amazon believe it’s actually due to a story Bloomberg published alleging that China hacked into Amazon and Apple’s servers. Fortune reached out to Amazon, but did not receive an immediate reply. Bloomberg declined to comment on the matter. A source also confirmed to Business Insider that Amazon pulled its fourth quarter ads.

Amazon spokesperson Grant Milne told Buzzfeed News the ads were actually pulled because they missed a “creative deadline.” However, it appeared Amazon later purchased a set of ads on Bloomberg, though smaller than initially planned and only for Bloomberg TV. Buzzfeed News also noted that Amazon announced earlier this week that it was actually increasing its marketing spending, further contradicting earlier claims that the choice was made due to budget restraints. Amazon reportedly purchased the new ads itself, not through its media buyer, according to Business Insider.

The Bloomberg story claimed that the Chinese government used microchips in Amazon and Apple’s hardware to hack their servers. Both companies disputed the claims, while Apple CEO Tim Cook and Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy both called on Bloomberg to retract the story. Bloomberg has stood by the piece.

It was also reported that Apple did not invite Bloomberg to its upcoming product event.

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TV Notes
On The Air Tonight
SUNDAY 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 - Oct. 28, 2018

ABC:
7PM - America's Funniest Home Videos
8PM - Dancing With the Stars: Juniors (LIVE)
9PM - Shark Tank
10PM - The Alec Baldwin Show (Comic Ricky Gervais; Jeff Bridges)

CBS:
7PM - 60 Minutes
8PM - God Friended Me
9PM - NCIS: Los Angeles
10PM - Madam Secretary

NBC:
7PM - Football Night in America (80 min., LIVE)
8:20PM - NFL Football: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (LIVE)

FOX:
7PM - NFL Football: Regional Coverage (continued from 4:25PM, LIVE)
7:30PM - The OT (LIVE)
8PM - 2018 World Series, Game 5: Boston Red Sox at Los Angeles Dodgers (LIVE)
* * * *
11:30PM - NFL GameDay Prime (LIVE)

THE CW:
8PM - Supergirl
9PM - Charmed

PBS:
8PM - The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece
9PM - Poldark on Masterpiece
10PM - The Woman in White

UNIVISION:
7PM - Aquí y Ahora
8PM - Nuestra Belleza Latina (120 min.)
10PM - Crónicas: Historias Que Hacen Historia

TELEMUNDO:
7PM - Exatlón (3 hrs.)
10PM - Don Francisco Te Invita

ANIMAL PLANET:
6PM - The Steve Irwin Story (Special, 120 min.)
8PM - Crikey! It's the Irwins (Series Premiere)
9PM - Amanda to the Rescue (Series Premiere)

CBSSN:
7PM - Auto Racing: Intercontinental GT Challenge, Part 2 (90 min., LIVE)

GSN:
7PM - Cover Story: The Newlywed Game Most Outrageous Answers

BBC AMERICA:
8PM - Doctor Who (70 min.)

LIFETIME
8PM - Movie: Til Ex Do Us Part (2018)
10PM - You (65 min.)

SCIENCE:
8PM - Mega Monsters: Beast of Fear Island (120 min.)
10PM - Mythical Beasts: Curse of the Vampire

SHOWTIME:
8PM - The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth
8:30PM - Kidding
(R)
9PM - Ray Donovan (Season Premiere)
10PM - Kidding
10:30PM - Kidding
(R)

AMC:
9PM - The Walking Dead (65 min.)
10:05PM - Talking Dead
* * * *
12:10AM - Eli Roth's History of Horror: The Demons Inside

CNN:
9PM - Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - Behind the Scenes
10PM - This Is Life with Lisa Ling: The Mediums of Lily Dale

E!:
9PM - Keeping Up With the Kardashians
10PM - Busy Tonight: Mindy Kaling (Series Premiere)
10:30PM - LadyGang (Series Premiere)

ESPN NEWS:
9PM - Formula 1 Racing: Grand Prix of Mexico (Taped, 2 1/2 hrs.)*
*
(Repeated at midnight ET on ESPN 2)

FOOD NETWORK:
9PM - Halloween Wars (Season Finale)
10PM - Haunted Gingerbread Showdown (Finale)

HBO:
9PM - The Deuce
10PM - Camping
10:30PM - Camping
(R)
* * * *
11PM - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

TNT:
9PM - The Last Ship
10PM - The Last Ship
(R)

TVONE:
9PM - Unsung Hollywood: Rickey Smiley
10PM - Uncensored: Lil Rel

STARZ:
9:05PM - America To Me (Season Finale, 92 min.)

BET:
10PM - Angela Rye's Midterm Election Special: Our Vote. Our Power. (63 min.)

BRAVO:
11PM - Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (TV personality Dr. Jackie Walters; Kristin Chenoweth)

SYFY:
11PM - Channel Zero: The Dream Door - Love Hurts

ADULT SWIM:
Midnight - Dream Corp LLC: Accordion Jim
12:15AM - Dream Corp LLC: Amnesia


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TV Review (Cable)
'Ray Donovan' Moves to NY and Returns Strong
By David Hinckley, TVWorthWatching.com's 'All Along the Watchtower' - Oct. 28, 2018

Partway through the first episode in Season 6 of Ray Donovan, Liev Schreiber’s Ray – that’s Ray from the South Boston Donovans – walks into a bar wearing a Yankees cap.

That, my friend, is how a TV show signals a reset.

Season 6 of Ray Donovan, which premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime, shuffles all sorts of people and places – though part of the message also seems to confirm the old line about how you can run, but you can’t hide.

Ray still has his off-center family, including his neurotic brothers Terry (Eddie Marsan) and Bunchy (Dash Mihok), his half-brother Darryl (Pooch Hall) and his exasperating criminal father Mick (Jon Voight).

As long as they’re around, and sparring with their multiple demons, Ray’s new life is going to include a lot of his old life.

Ray would like to start all over. Or at least he thinks he would. His wife, Abby (Paula Malcomson), died of cancer last season through one of the most extended departure arcs in television history, and Ray hasn’t begun to cope with that loss. He moved from L.A. to New York. He finished what he hoped would be a last job for media mogul Sam Winslow (Susan Sarandon). He seems to want to start over, though he also seems quite unsure at what.

Ray’s smart and not a bad guy. Trouble is, he’s spent his life as a fixer, doing shady things for which he’s barely avoided consequence. Because that hasn’t exactly positioned him to launch a new career, this season starts with him making a rather drastic decision.

Soon enough, however, his instincts and his old life track him down, and he spends a good part of the first episode getting beaten up. While that sounds dire, in a way it’s his comfort zone.

In between punches, he manages to set the pieces in place for a couple of this season’s potentially gripping new storylines.

One involves Sam Winslow, who isn’t about to let a competent fixer turn in his baseball bat.

Others involve two new friends he meets as he lurches around the city: policeman Mac McGrath (Domenick Lombardozzi) and mayoral candidate Anita Novak (Lola Glaudini).

Mac isn’t as tough as he looks. He’s got a slew of problems, including a divorce and some professional pressures. So a cop isn’t as unlikely a new quasi-buddy for Ray as it might seem.

Anita, on the other hand, is way tougher than her smiling campaign posters would suggest. Politics is blood sport to her, and did we mention that Sam Winslow is her chief backer?

In other words, the odds of Ray getting out of the fixer business look slimmer by the minute – and that’s even before we get to Bunchy’s predicament over child visitation, Mick’s scheme to mitigate the prison term he’s serving, and whatever issues Ray’s daughter, Bridget (Kerris Dorsey), and her boyfriend, Smitty (Graham Rogers), may bring to the table.

A number of shows are gasping for air around the time they get to a fifth or sixth season. Ray Donovan clearly hopes that by introducing new core protagonists and moving to New York, whose streets immediately become a prominent character, it can keep the stories fresh.

Toward that end, it couldn’t send a stronger message than the Yankees cap – whose progress through the show, by the way, is worth following – or by introducing the weirdest version of “New York, New York” that you’ve ever heard.

Thanks to good writing and an equally fine cast, Ray Donovan may not need a fixer.

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Martin Scorsese: HBO's 'Vinyl' Failed Because I Didn't Direct Everything
By Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter

Martin Scorsese thinks his short-lived HBO series Vinyl would have turned out differently if he had directed the entire show, instead of just the pilot.

Scorsese executive produced the high-profile project, which centered on the adventures of a 1970s-era New York music executive, with Mick Jagger, with Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) serving as showrunner.

But despite the pedigree and its $100 million budget, the series was a flop and HBO dropped it after a single season. The show's two-hour premiere attracted just 764,000 viewers, one of the smallest ever showings for an HBO debut. The pay cabler cut ties with showrunner Winter on season two over creative differences, before abruptly cancelling the show altogether.

Speaking Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival, where Scorsese received a lifetime achievement honor, the director said he should have been more hands-on with Vinyl and not left the helming of episodes to others. He had been trying to develop the project with Jagger for 20 years, initially as a film, before deciding to do it on TV.

“It was ultimately tragic for me because we tried for one year. I did the pilot. We tried for one year with HBO, but we couldn’t get the creative elements together,” Scorsese said. “It was something that I realized, in order to make it right ... I think I would have had to direct every episode and be there for the three to four years.”

To do a TV series right, he said, the director should be the showrunner, as Italian helmer Paolo Sorrentino was on HBO's The Young Pope. “If you do it, you do it right like Sorrentino does,” he said. “You do everything. You do it all. ... If you don’t [want to make that commitment], you shouldn’t be making the series.”

Scorsese noted that Australian director Baz Luhrmann made a similar mistake with his hip-hop series The Get Down, which was also cancelled by Netflix after a single season.

However, Scorsese's other series for HBO, Boardwalk Empire, was done similarly — he only directed the pilot — and it went on to run for five successful seasons.

At the Rome fest, Scorsese also offered a special presentation of the 1972 drama St. Michael Had a Rooster from Italian directors (and Scorsese's longtime friends) Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. In his talk, the Oscar-winning filmmaker briefly teased his upcoming mafia movie The Irishman — to be released next year by Netflix — and also announced plans to reunite with frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio for the 1920s crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon.

The 2018 Rome Film Festival runs through Sunday.

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TV/Retail Notes
‘Golden Girls’ Aging Well: Sitcom Brand In Demand As Breakfast Cereal
By Geoff Boucher, Deadline.com - Oct. 27, 2018



It’s been 26 years since NBC’s The Golden Girls retired from the airwaves but the geriatric sitcom is alive and well as a licensing brand name and — as flaky as it may sound — fan demand for The Golden Girls breakfast cereal is so high that boxes are being hawked on eBay for as much as $100.

The limited-edition Golden Girls multigrain cereal was introduced Sept. 30 as an in-store exclusive at Target stores and online but the sold-out quickly. The blue-hued loops were marketed as a “tasty treat, fun to eat” but the real allure was the anime-style collectible Golden Girls vinyl figures tucked inside each of the $7.99 boxes.

The vinyl figures are made by Funko Inc., the Washington state company that specializes in pop-culture tchotchkes. Funko expanded into the cereal business this past summer with a plan to make film, TV and comics properties into breakfast brands (among them: Lord of the Rings, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Beetlejuice, Huckleberry Hound and Batman).

On Friday, Funko CEO Brian Mariotti told Deadline that two additional flavors of The Golden Girls cereal will be launched soon with new figures based on the sitcom’s quartet of characters: bossy New Yorker Dorothy (Bea Arthur); the naive airhead Rose (Betty White); Southern sexpot Blanche (Rue McClanahan); and cranky Sicilian matriarch Sophia (Estelle Getty). Funko is also launching The Golden Girls as Pez dispensers next month.

Funko often focuses on of-the-moment brands (their major new initiative, for instance, is based on the wildly popular Fortnite video game) but Mariotti said The Golden Girls has a fanbase that is diverse and passionate — hence the eBay auction prices. “I’m not really surprised. A few years back we did Golden Girls pop figures and action figures, too. They did insanely well. So we knew doing the cereal and our upcoming Pez makes a ton of sense.”

Asked about the cereal flavors, Mariotti said the product is more about look than taste: “Well, the cereal is a fruity flavor, but the key thing here is the color of the cereal. We have additional Golden Girls cereal planned. We wanted to lead off with blue but you can expect to see white and pink colors in the next two editions with new figures in each.”

Mariotti said fan demand is spread evenly among the four characters and he demurred when asked to name his personal favorite. “I think I am too old. I missed this Golden Girls craze. I was working 85-hour work weeks during the Golden Girls TV run. I grew up on dramatic masterpieces like Three’s Company, The Facts of Life and Silver Spoons.”

The senior citizen humor of The Golden Girls kept the show in the Top 10 for six of its seven seasons (1985-1992). The series won 11 Emmys and racked up an additional 57 nominations. It also spawned two spin-offs, The Golden Palace and Empty Nest.

The show has a curious staying power and some celebrity fans. Among them: Winston Duke(Black Panther)who stopped by Deadline’s New Hollywood Podcast early this year and didn’t hesitate when asked if he has an surprising obsessions. “Easy. The Golden Girls.” Ryan Reynolds is apparently a fan, too. When Deadpool 2 enjoyed its record-setting opening weekend in May the star tweeted his appreciation to his 11 million followers in the form of a Deadpool spoof of the show’s opening credits, complete with the theme song “Thank You For Being a Friend.”

The show’s merchandise isn’t limited to Funko. Online merchants sell t-shirts, sweatshirts, a “Golden Girls” Monopoly edition, coffee mugs, greeting cards, hot sauce, and, perhaps oddest of all, prayer candles featuring the four cast members in beatified poses with stained-glass backdrops. There are limits to any nostalgia, however, as proven by the Golden Girls-themed cafe that opened in Manhattan in early 2017 — and closed by year’s end.

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Strange Angel Renewed for Season 2 on CBS All Access
By Liam Mathews, TVGuide.com - Oct. 29, 2018

CBS All Access has renewed the period drama Strange Angel for a second season, the streaming service announced Monday. The series tells the stranger than fiction true story of Jack Parsons, a brilliant engineer who pioneered America's rocketry program by day while leading an occult sect that practiced sex magick rituals by night.

The series stars Jack Reynor as Parsons, Rupert Friend as Parsons' neighbor who introduces him to the occult and Bella Heathcote as Parsons' wife Susan. Season 2 will find the U.S. fully engaged in World War II, transforming Parsons' rocketry work into a lucrative business and further entrenching him in the military-industrial complex. While Parsons' career takes off, he and his wife Susan's devotion to their new occult religion grows, leading them to invite the sex cult into their Pasadena mansion and to forge a personal relationship with the group's notorious founder, Aleister Crowley himself.

The 10-episode first season premiered in June. The show's executive producers told TV Guide that they plan to tell the story over the course of five seasons or so.

Strange Angel Season 1 is available to stream on CBS All Access.

(Full disclosure: TV Guide is owned by CBS.)

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