Chris Jones: 'Diana: A New Musical' hits Netflix — and the old walls between screen and theater tumble
Once upon a time, there were movies, television and theater. And we all knew the difference between them.Movies were what you saw on a Saturday night with popcorn in your lap and a date at your side. Television was something you watched in your living room or bedroom, several nights a week. And theater was human-to-human communication. You know, a live show with a costly ticket.For the most part, America’s dramatic entertainment industry has been organized around these divisions. Each had their own labor unions (SAG, AFTRA and Actors’ Equity) and awards shows (Oscars, Emmys and Tonys). Writers...
Television Q&A: Will 'The Orville' return?
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: “The Orville,” the Seth MacFarlane show where he was in front of the camera, was very good and we were sad to not see it come back. Any word on it coming back?A: It will be back only, as I have mentioned before, in a different place. The next season of the show will be on Hulu. It was expected to appear in late 2020, giving MacFarlane time to work on what’s reportedly a complicated and ambitious production. But work on the new season was halted by the pandemic, so there’s no clear answer as to when it will reappear.Q: After watching three seasons of “...
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After COVID-19 delay, Chris Rock-led season of FX's 'Fargo' to premiere Sept. 27
Following its COVID-19-related delay, “Fargo” is finally returning to the airwaves.The Emmy Award-winning drama series will return for a fourth season with a two-episode premiere on Sept. 27 at 10 p.m. EDT.In March, the limited anthology series was rescheduled from its original April 19 premiere due to the coronavirus crisis.This season, the popular FX drama is set in 1950 Kansas City and follows two criminal syndicates fighting for a piece of the American dream.The most interesting twist for this iteration is the addition of a Black clan into the murky mayhem.Cast against type, comedian Chris...
New York Daily News
'You never set out to be the trailblazer': Kraken's Everett Fitzhugh embraces opportunity as NHL's first Black team broadcaster
SEATTLE — As a minor league hockey broadcaster in Cincinnati, Everett Fitzhugh would go on frequent road trips to Indianapolis, where he’d regularly encounter a young Black hockey fan named Desmond fist-bumping players outside the visiting team’s locker room.“His Dad came up to me and said, ‘We listen to you sometimes and we enjoy listening to you,’ and that was really cool,” Fitzhugh, 31, said Friday, just after the Seattle Kraken announced they had made him the first Black team broadcaster in NHL history. “I have had a few Black fans either in Cincinnati, or on the road, who find what I do a...
The Seattle Times
'Perry Mason' director Tim Van Patten may be the most important visionary in entertainment
For a time, it appeared that Tim Van Patten’s most significant contribution to television would be playing a baller named Salami. Instead, the former “White Shadow” star has become HBO’s most successful director — and arguably the greatest visionary in TV and film.“When I see director Tim Van Patten’s name on a show, I know I’m about to see something beautifully staged,” tweeted “Walk the Line” filmmaker James Mangold last month. “People compliment TV shows saying they look like a movie. I think that does not suffice on shows Van Patten directs. They feel like they were made by a master.”Van P...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
In a world of virtual sets, that movie or TV show, like 'The Mandalorian,' might not be where you think — or anywhere at all
The pandemic shut down major Hollywood productions in March and five months later it is still unclear when most TV and film projects will start back up again.In Chicago, right now is typically when the three NBC shows from Dick Wolf (“Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med” and “Chicago P.D.”) begin work on the new season. That’s obviously been delayed. There’s also the fourth season of FX’s “Fargo,” starring Chris Rock, which was nearing the end of its shoot here in town when the shutdown hit; producers are hoping to find a way to finish work on that quickly.There have been ongoing conversations about p...
Television Q&A: Should cable have its own awards show?
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: Has anyone from the broadcast networks ever suggested that cable return to its own awards show? It is unfortunate that the network shows, actors, writers, etc., get ignored by the Emmys. Don’t they deserve some of the glory?A: It has indeed been argued that broadcasters should have their own awards again. Tom Nunan of Forbes has even wondered why the broadcast networks televise the Emmys when the nominees and winners are so seldom from broadcast shows.But among the various TV awards competitions, anything other than an Emmy just is not as prestigious....
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Actor Reni Santoni, who played Poppie on 'Seinfeld,' dead at 81
Actor Reni Santoni, who played Poppie on “Seinfeld,” is dead at 81.People magazine reports Santoni died Saturday in Los Angeles, following months of hospice care.While TV sitcom audiences know Santoni as a restaurateur with digestive problems and an uncomfortable friendship with Jerry Seinfeld’s title character on that hit NBC program, his resume includes a long list of serious roles as well.The New York City native had notable roles alongside Clint Eastwood in 1971's “Dirty Harry,” worked with Sylvester Stallone in 1986's “Cobra” and in 1989, he teamed up with Gene Hackman in “The Package.”Hi...
New York Daily News
Streaming's oddest couplings: 'Simpsons' on Disney+ — say what?
You know that old saying in baseball — “You can’t tell the players without a scorecard”? The ever-growing world of TV streaming is sort of like that.Where, exactly, can you find your favorite shows and movies?Sometimes it’s obvious: If you want a classic animated film like “Beauty and the Beast” or “The Lion King,” you’d go to Disney+, of course.And if you want to revisit “The Sopranos” or “The Wire,” you’d head over to HBO Max.But often, some shows wind up on streaming sites that make you go “Huh?” To wit: Why are certain seasons of the dating reality series “The Bachelor” — which airs on ABC...
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President of Joe Gibbs Racing says NASCAR cancellation 'would have devastated the industry'
President of Joe Gibbs Racing Dave Alpern said that if NASCAR didn’t race this season, there were going to be “some issues” at one of the sport’s largest and winningest organizations. Alpern said he doesn’t like to even think about that scenario.“It would have devastated the industry for sure,” Alpern said.Instead, the year has gone “even better than the best scenario,” according to Alpern. As professional sports wade through postponed games and team dropouts due to positive COVID-19 tests, NASCAR has continued to plod along since May without any mention of a major outbreak or shortened season...
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