Well, looks like another day in the post-election “Really?!” universe we live in. The KKK are rolling through the streets of South Carolina in celebration of the Trump victory. Meanwhile, our President-elect is getting on Twitter complaining about Alec Baldwin making fun of him on SNL.
But wanna know what isn’t existentially terrifying?
That’s right, it’s another installment of Billy on the Street! This time, Billy takes Andy Samberg through Chelsea to yell movie-reboot concepts at people. It’s a real treat.
As if 2016 hadn’t put us through enough, news just emerged that Amazon has decided to ax their new show, “Good Girls Revolt.” The reason, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s sources, is that Roy Price, head of Amazon Studios, just “wasn’t a fan.”
The show, based on Lynn Povich’s book of the same name, chronicles the landmark 1969 sexual discrimination case brought against Newsweek (called News of the Week in the show) by female researchers and reporters.
The cancellation was especially disheartening and surprising to its creators and front runners because, based on data, the show was a hit. 80% of people who watched the first few minutes kept watching until the end. They had twice the viewership as “Transparent,” and had the second biggest debut series for an Amazon original ever.
In the wake of an election in which the final glass ceiling seemed tantalizingly close to shattering, the loss of a story about female empowerment and the fight for equality hits particularly hard. Povich, who has stated that her Jewish upbringing inspired and informed her fight to be heard and respected, has a story women need and want to hear, now more than ever. Executive producer Dana Calvo stated that she was “stunned” with Amazon’s decision, but also offered something of a ray of hope in announcing that the show is being shopped to other networks, some of whom (including Sony) have shown interest.
Hopefully, we’ll see “Good Girls Revolt” get the chance to keep inspiring us to do the work we so clearly have left to do.
Those of you still going bananas over the 80’s-tastic Netflix original “Stranger Things” may be familiar with the fan theories buzzing around the internet about the show. There are speculations about who the monster really is, about the fate of Barb, and about what’s going to happen next season, if there is a next season (which we will link to, but not explain, because spoilers).
One of the more light-hearted fan theories going around is based on the fact that “Stranger Things” character Steve Harrington, the slightly rehabilitated entitled ass and teenage male love interest, looks a whole lot like Parks and Recreation character Jean-Ralphio Sapperstein, a not-so-rehabilitated entitled ass played by Ben Schwartz. Is it possible, asked the internet, that Steve goes onto become Jean-Ralphio’s father?!
During an episode of “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Ben Schwartz “confirmed” that Jean-Ralphio is indeed Steve’s son. He was later backed up by “Parks and Rec” co-creator Mike Schur, who Tweeted that while he couldn’t confirm or deny if Steve was Jean-Ralphio’s father officially, “Steve is definitely his real dad.”
Check out the video here:
It’s official: Comedy Central has canceled “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”, after almost a year and a half on air.
The Nightly Show, which stemmed from Wilmore’s stint as “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show, which replaced “The Colbert Report” when Stephen Colbert left to host The Late Show, will itself be replaced by “@Midnight.”
The loss of the Nightly Show is a blow to those who found its unique combination of news parody and pundit parody entertaining and its fearlessness when tackling important social issues important. Though Wilmore stated that he was grateful to have had the opportunity to air the show for a year and a half, he also echoed the sentiments of many fans in his disappointment that he will no longer have a platform with which to cover the election. In a separate statement, Wilmore expressed that he is “saddened and surprised we won’t be covering this crazy election, or ‘The Unblackening’, as we’ve coined it… I guess I hadn’t counted on ‘The Unblackening’ happening on my show.”
Fans shouldn’t fret, though: Wilmore who self-describes as being formed in part by self-deprecating Jewish comedy, isn’t going anywhere. His new show “Insecure”, co-created with comedian, writer, and performer Issa Rae, will explore the intersections of identity, race, gender, and social interaction in a way that, in classic Wilmore style, will be as funny as it is thought-provoking.
“Insecure” will air on HBO on Sunday, October 9th.
Until then, enjoy this classic Stewart/Wilmore clip:
(JTA) — It’s no secret that Jewish television writer David Simon is adored at HBO. His past productions for the cable channel, including “The Wire” and “Treme,” are some of the most critically acclaimed series in TV history.
Nevertheless, it was surprising to hear last week that HBO had ordered not one, but two television pilots from the industry veteran.
The first is called “The Deuce” and will star James Franco as two identical twins who set up a porn business in New York’s squalid Times Square of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Take a second to digest that one
The second is an unnamed project set on Capitol Hill, which could examine the influence of money on Washington, D.C., politics. Simon is developing this one with Jewish journalist Carl Bernstein, who along with Bob Woodward broke the Watergate scandal and helped force President Richard Nixon to resign from office.
Meanwhile, Simon – whose father worked for Jewish service group B’nai B’rith for 20 years – will have his latest HBO miniseries debut on August 16. The six-part series, entitled “Show Me A Hero,” chronicles the process of desegregating the city of Yonkers, New York, in the ’80s and stars Oscar Isaac, Wynona Rider, Alfred Molina and Catherine Keener.
Simon’s shows have always enjoyed more acclaim than viewership, and he has said recently that he’s surprised HBO keeps bringing him back. In one interview, he called himself the “PBS of HBO.” He credits the Internet with giving his material a long enough lifespan to allow it to reach people who are genuinely interested.
“I don’t think people watch my stuff when it’s on the air,” Simon told the UK’s Independent last Friday. “I think I have a very long tail. If the stuff is allowed to exist, it will stand. Some people will find it, and some people won’t.”
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