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‘The Simpsons’ Predicted Canada’s Legal “Reeferino” 13 Years Ago

Stick around long enough and you’re bound to get some prognostications under your belt. Now one more old joke on The Simpsons has come to life: legal Canadian weed. On Wednesday, when Canada became, in the buzz-kill authoritative words of The New York Times, “the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana,” astute Simpsons watchers might have flashed back to 2005. That’s when the episode “Midnight Rx” first aired, with neighbor Ned Flanders meeting his… Read


Media Decries, Eric Trump Applauds Dad’s “Fun” Praise Of Congressman’s Assault On Reporter

The White House Correspondents Association has issued a statement blasting President Donald Trump’s praise of a violent assault on a reporter by Montana’s GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte in 2016. “All Americans should recoil from the president’s praise for a violent assault on a reporter doing his Constitutionally protected job,” the association said. Yeah, that didn’t happen at the rally; the Montana rally crowd roared in approval. “This amounts to the celebration of a crime by… Read


‘Station 19’ Gets Full-Season Order At ABC

Station 19

ABC has given a full-season order to sophomore firefighter drama Station 19. The number of additional episodes is not being revealed though I hear it’s 9, which would bring the Shondaland series’ second season to 22 episodes. Station 19 got off to a solid Season 2 start behind Grey’s Anatomy, with its premiere on par with its Season 1 debut last midseason. The drama’ second episode, part of a Grey’s Anatomy crossover, popped to post series highs. On average, through its… Read


‘The Cool Kids’ Gets Back 9 Pickup From Fox For Full-Season Order

The Cool Kids

Fox has picked up nine additional episodes of new multi-camera comedy series The Cool Kids, bringing the full-season order to 22 episodes. It joins its Friday companion, the breakout Last Man Standing revival, which had a full-season 22-episode order from the start. The Cool Kids has done a respectable job holding onto a significant part of its Last Man Standing lead-in. The Season 7 premiere of the Tim Allen starrer drew a 2.7 Live+7 adults 18-49 rating and 13.4 million… Read


Geena Davis & Joan Chen Join Jessica Chastain In ‘Eve’

Geena Davis Joan Chen

The Accidental Tourist Oscar winner Geena Davis and Joan Chen are boarding Tate Taylor’s Eve from Voltage Pictures and Freckle Films. The plot and a majority of character roles are being kept under wraps, but in the movie, Jessica Chastain's title character works for the leader of a black ops organization played by Colin Farrell. Also in the cast are Oscar winner Common and Oscar nominee John Malkovich. Common plays the ex-fiance to Chastain’s character in the film. Davis… Read


NBC Sets 2019 Billboard Music Awards Airdate

Kelly Clarkson

NBC will air the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, May 1, the network said today. The three-hour telecast kicks off at 8 PM ET, with a delayed West Coast telecast at 8 PM PT. A host and performer were not announced. The awards are produced by dick clark productions, with Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton as executive producers. This year’s event aired on a Sunday — May 20 — and drew a 2.4 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 7.9 million viewers, winning… Read


Victor Kossakovsky’s Venice Pic ‘Aquarela’ Scores Sony Classics Deal


Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North America, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa and India rights to Victor Kossakovsky's Aquarela, a documentary that had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The deal reunites SPC and producer Participant Media, which teamed on last year’s Foreign Language Oscar winner A Fantastic Woman. Kossakovsky’s pic, filmed at 96 frames per second, takes audiences on a cinematic journey through the… Read


‘Big Bang’ Prevails On Scary Night For NFL

The Big Bang Theory

CBS was Thursday's most watched network, getting a break when Fox and the NFL Network were saddled with losing teams the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals and a lopsided game that plunged 38% in ratings week over week. The Big Bang Theory (2.0 rating in adults 18-49 demographic, 12.0 million viewers) was the night's most watched program, beating the NFL. Still, BBT matched its series-low demo in the early stats. CBS’ Young Sheldon was most watched at 8:30 PM; even Mom… Read


‘Ramy’: May Calamawy Cast As Series Regular In Ramy Youssef Hulu Comedy

May Calamawy

May Calamawy (The Long Road Home) is set as a series regular opposite Ramy Youssef in the Hulu comedy Ramy, from The Carmichael Show team of star/co-creator Jerrod Carmichael, co-creator Ari Katcher and studio A24. Ramy is based on the real-life experiences and comedy of Youssef, who stars. Co-created and co-written by Youssef with Katcher and Ryan Welch, the series takes viewers into the world of Ramy, a first-generation American Muslim on a spiritual journey in his… Read


‘The Last Man on Earth’s Kristen Schaal Joins Dave Bautista In ‘My Spy’ Movie

Kristen Schaal

EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Schaal (The Last Man on Earth, Bob’s Burgers) is heading north to join Dave Bautista, Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley and Chloe Coleman in STXfilms’ action-comedy My Spy, which is now filming in Toronto. Peter Segal is at the helm, directing from a screenplay by Jon and Erich Hoeber. Bautista stars as a hardened CIA operative who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family. Chris Bender and… Read


Fox Developing Family Comedy ‘Jill At Her Worst’ From ‘The Middle’ EP Tim Hobert

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Coming off a long run on ABC’s The Middle, Tim Hobert is taking on another single-camera family comedy about a harried momFox has bough Jill At Her Worst, a single-camera comedy project from former The Middle executive producer Hobert and The Middle producer Warner Bros TV. Written and executive produced by Hobert, Jill At Her Worst centers on devoted mother Jill, who puts her family's needs before her own, making her a flawed, funny mess – as narrated by her husband… Read


J.B. Smoove Inks Talent Holding & Development Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

JB Smoove

Comedian, actor and author J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) has signed a talent holding and development deal with 20th Century Fox TV. The pact calls for Smoove to develop, potentially star in, and executive produce a comedy series under his Four Square miles Inc banner. He may also develop and executive produce additional projects under the deal, with casting in other existing comedy and drama projects possible as well. "Nobody makes me laugh harder than JB Smoove,”… Read