Back at the beginning of March, which feels like years ago, actress America Ferrera announced she was leaving the NBC comedy series Superstore after five seasons. However, it sounds like the planned departure of her character Amy might have to wait until later. That’s because, like all of the shows shooting on the Universal Studios backlot, production on Superstore has been suspended due to coronavirus concerns, meaning the season finale never got a chance to shoot.
TV Line has word that the Superstore season 5 finale was not shot before production was shut down on the series. America Ferrera announced her last day of shooting was on Friday in an Instagram story. Since it’s unlikely that production will resume in time to get the season finale done, the second to last episode of the season will function as the show’s season finale.
So what happens to the departure of America Ferrera’s character Amy? The actress mentioned in her Instagram story which is no longer available that she assumed production would be able to resume after all of the coronavirus concerns had subsided. But with an NBC spokesperson confirming that the finale will not be able to end the season, that means Amy won’t be leaving just yet. Will the crew film the episode over the summer and use it to kick off the sixth season of the series? We’re not sure if contracts will allow that to happen easily, but it seems like the most logical way to fix the situation.
As of now it’s not clear how the 21st episode of Superstore will end the fifth season. Will it be an awkward way to end the season? We imagine a lot of shows will have to deal with this problem now that production has been shut down on virtually every show that was actively shooting and still had episodes to complete. But hopefully Superstore has some kind of way to wrap things up temporarily but still allow for America Ferrera to have a proper departure in the future.
This scenario is one that Hollywood has faced before due to union strikes by the Writer’s Guild of America, but at least that was something that the studios could somewhat be prepared for. The current situation is unprecedented, and it’s not clear how soon production will be able to resume on all the suspended shows. Hollywood will have a lot to sort through once this crisis has run its course, and we just hope they’ll be able to recover as smoothly as possible.
Tickets for the experience, called As If!, go on sale Friday.
As if it would be named anything else — a Clueless pop-up restaurant called As If! is headed to West Hollywood.
The 1995 film is the latest nostalgic IP to get its own pop-up café. Paramount Pictures has partnered with the creators of television eateries Saved by the Max Saved by the Bell, Good Burger All That, The Peach Pit Beverly Hills, 90210 and The Breaking Bad Experience to celebrate Clueless' 25th anniversary.
As If! will be open March 31 through May 8 excluding Mondays at 7100 Santa Monica Blvd. near Formosa Cafe. Tickets go on sale Friday for $35 each, and include a main and side dish and 90-minute entry window. "Cher-able" snacks by Secret Lasagna founder and chef Royce Burke will be on hand, plus Los Angeles-inspired cocktails, desserts and other dishes will be available for purchase. Guests can shop Clueless merchandise and roll with the homies in picture-perfect set re-creations hopefully with plenty of plaid.
“We are like 'totally butt crazy in love' with the chance to bring the world of Clueless to life,” said Derek Berry, one of the concept's partners, in a statement. “It's truly one of those films that has stood the test of time and cult fandom. With the anniversary quickly approaching there was no better team than ours to honor this beloved teen classic and bring Cher's world to life. To miss out would have just been way harsh.”
The restaurant comes after CBS Television Studios announced in October its plans to reboot Clueless with a mystery TV show, following the release of Clueless, The Musical in New York.
Last month, Paramount revealed it's hosting a Mean Girls pop-up, called Fetch, as the Mean Girls Broadway musical is getting adapted into a film. Fetch will take place in Santa Monica from April 18 to May 31; tickets are $45 and include a three-course meal. Other recent fan experiences in L.A. have feted Stranger Things, Friends, Schitt's Creek, Fleabag and more.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Right now, everyone is looking for some kind of reprieve from being locked up at home due to the spread of the coronavirus across the United States. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards anytime soon, but The Office executive producers Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman think they’ve figured out a way to make light of the situation by crafting a new workplace comedy series inspired by the sudden rise in employees working from home due to the outbreak of coronavirus forcing people to practice social distancing.
Deadline was first to learn of the currently untitled coronavirus comedy series, though it’s not necessarily about the pandemic. Paul Lieberstein and Ben Silverman, better known to The Office fans as the frequently maligned Toby Flenderson and one of Jim’s business partners at their company Athlead, are creating the series that is said to focus on “wunderkind boss who, in an effort to ensure his staff’s connectedness and productivity, asks them all to virtually interact and work face-to-face all day.”
The series is in the works at Big Breakfast, the comedy production banner Silverman runs, where he’ll executive produce the series along with and Luke Kelly-Clyne College Humor and Kevin Healey Scare Tactics. They’ll also be working with Howard Owens’ Propagate Content, which will have Rodney Ferrell serving as an executive producer as well.
Silverman, who was also once an NBC executive, explained the inception of the series and his hope for what it will become:
“So many of us are jumping on daily Zoom meetings — for work and beyond. We are in a new normal and are personally navigating ways to remain connected and productive at work and in our home lives. With the brilliant Paul Lieberstein at the helm, we think we have a series that not only brings humor and comfort during this troubling time but will also be an inventive and enduring workplace comedy for years to come.”
While the prospect of trying to craft a series around the coronavirus outbreak sounds like a bad idea at this time, there’s no indication that the pandemic will actually play a part in the overall concept of the series. In fact, it would be easy to pull something like this off without introducing such a grim plot device.
What I’m envisioning with this series is a show with a format that echoes what we’ve seen accomplished with movies like Unfriended and Searching. Both of those films play out entirely on computer or mobile device screens and successfully tell a solid narrative. Modern Family did something similar with an episode that unfolded across the ensemble cast’s various screens, and it worked pretty well. But if that’s what this series will be like, can that concept be sustained for an entire series? Or will they need to take...
On news broadcasts and cable news channels, the company will reduce commercial loads to allow for more programming. On the entertainment front, late night shows as well as unscripted series on Bravo, E! and USA, will all feature extended episodes and bonus content in lieu of some commercial pods.
NBCUniversal will reduce advertising loads across its networks and add more entertainment and news content as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues, and as families quarantine at home.
“Now, people all across America are turning to us more for the content that comforts them and connects them to the outside world,” writes NBCUniversal ad sales and partnerships chairman Linda Yaccarino in a blog post Monday afternoon. “At the same time, some marketers across every industry have asked to pause their advertising plans or shift their messages, and they're looking for ideas, tools, and strategies from their most trusted partners. So, in light of everything we're seeing and hearing, we want to do what's right for our audiences and marketers.”
On the broadcast news shows and the company's cable news channels MSNBC and CNBC, the company will reduce commercial loads to allow for more news and information programming.
On the entertainment front, late night shows The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen now originating from the hosts' homes, as well as unscripted series on Bravo, E! and USA, will all feature extended episodes and bonus content in lieu of some commercial pods.
Some of the company's channels will also launch family movie nights, with sponsored but commercial-free airings of films.
Late last month the advertising research firm Magna Global predicted that the U.S. TV ad market would fall by 13 percent in 2020 due to the fallout from the pandemic, calling the situation “totally unprecedented.” The travel, restaurant and movie sectors in particular have pulled back ad spend.
In addition, NBCUniversal finds itself in the position of having to fill many hours of programming that had been set aside for coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which have since been postponed until 2021.
Yaccarino also writes that the company will be engaging in outreach to companies and waiving fees “to allow companies to reach their customers directly in their homes and generate much-needed sales.” That will include access to remote production teams, brand assets, talent, translation services, and editing services, which can all be used to create new campaigns even as most people are staying home.
The company also released new research on Monday outlining the increased media consumption during the last few weeks. The research found that digital and linear TV viewing is up, gaming is up significantly, and that streaming services are seeing subscription gains, while...