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Before heading to Sunday night’s SAG Awards ceremony, nominees Jennifer Aniston and Billy Crudup joined their “Morning Show” cast/executive producer Reese Witherspoon, executive producer Michael Ellenberg, and EP/director Mimi Leder to discuss the show that launched Apple TV+.
One thing they were not prepared to talk about, however, was what’s next — aka Season 2.
“It was a climactic finale,” Ellenberg said early in the panel. “Season 2 certainly picks up where we ended… and you'll have to watch it to see.”
“We’re just getting started,” Witherspoon said. “We’re trying to figure out the new dynamics [post-#MeToo] — what is the new normal?”
Ellenberg also said they’re still “exploring” Steve Carell’s contract for Season 2. The actor, who played a prominent supporting role in Season 1, was only signed for one season, and the finale indicated that might be it for his character. But showrunner Kerry Ehrin, who couldn’t attend the panel because of a bad case of bronchitis, previously said they were hoping to bring Carell back for the second season.
“No update yet,” Ellenberg said.
That kept the focus on the controversial, oft-criticized elements of Season 1 and the statements made during its rollout — including the sentimental focus provided Carell’s character, Mitch Kessler, who’s fired for sexual harassment during the show’s opening episode. The team onstage was asked about why a show made by women and meant to discuss the #MeToo movement from women’s perspectives would repeatedly take pity on a sexual predator.
“It was important to get inside the head of a gentle, charismatic narcissist,” Aniston said. “[It was important] to be at the hand of abuse of power and not actually even know it. We wanted that perspective of that character to be explored.”
“We explored racism, sexism, homophobia — all the things that are currently happening in news media and particularly broadcast media,” Witherspoon said, pointing out that “The Morning Show” tackled far more than one issue.
Another problem that came up during the panel was Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s character, Hannah Shoenfeld, who was a young producer as well as one of Mitch’s victims. TCA member and NPR critic Eric Deggans asked about how the series plays into onscreen stereotypes about the victimization of black women and what drove the creators to cast one of the few African American actors in the role.
“That character was written as a character,...
Schitt’s Creek actress Emily Hampshire will host a new weekly, live-streamed YouTube talk show to raise money for The Actors Fund’s COVID-19 emergency financial assistance and services program.
Humpday With Hampshire – as the title suggests, new episodes stream every Wednesday, beginning April 1 – will feature the actress she play’s Stevie Budd on the Pop TV series conducting virtual interviews with celebrities “in their natural habitats – be it their bedrooms, kitchens, garages or closets,” the Actors Fund says. “They'll share advice on how to get through this unprecedented time with humor, kindness – and your sanity intact.”
The series will stream on The Actors Fund YouTube channel weekly until film, tv and theater productions are back up and running.
“I couldn't ask for a better creative distraction than hosting a show that not only helps raise money for an important cause, but also lets me connect with a dream team roster of guests without having to leave my apartment or even put on pants!” said Hampshire in a statement. “There's such an insane amount of stress in the world right now, and if we can do something a little fun for all the stir-crazy people out there and help the industry, that means everything to me.”
Guests haven’t been announced just yet, but will include Hampshire’s “famous friends and co-stars from TV, film, sports and social media.” Show segments will include quarantine-themed games with titles like “Show Us Your Junk Drawer”, “What Is Your quarROUTINE” and “Phone a Friend Roulette.”
The timing of the series debut will be especially welcome by Schitt’s Creek fans – the sixth and final season of the Emmy-nominated series is set for April 7.
The Actors Fund recently partnered with Rosie O'Donnell for a live-streamed special that raised over $600,000. All proceeds from Humpday viewer donations will go directly to The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that serves as a safety net for members of the performing arts and entertainment industries.
Hampshire will next star opposite Adrien Brody in Chapelwaite, Epix's drama series based on Stephen King's short story Jerusalem's Lot, and recently wrapped production on the thriller feature Home, which she also executive produced and will be seen next month in the 50 States of Fright series produced by Sam Raimi for Quibi.
Network president Susan Zirinsky thanked executive producer Chris Licht and 'the Colbert crew.'
Last Wednesday, CBS News president Susan Zirinsky announced the temporary closure and cleaning of two network buildings in New York City due to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus. But, she said that she expected both buildings to re-open on Monday of this week.
In a new memo on Wednesday morning, however, Zirinsky told staffers that the buildings will not be opening.
"We all have to make daily adjustments to our lives during this health crisis," she wrote. "In an abundance of caution, ViacomCBS is temporarily moving operations out of the Broadcast Center/555 Building and diversifying locations. This applies to all CBS divisions, including Sports, WCBS TV, COE operations and, of course, CBS News."
Starting Thursday, the network's morning show — CBS This Morning — will now broadcast from The Ed Sullivan Theater, home of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Zirinsky thanked Late Show executive producer Chris Licht "and the Colbert crew who will be handling all technical operations out of the Ed Sullivan Theater."
She also provided an update on the six CBS News employees who have tested positive for the virus.
"Many of you have asked about our colleagues who are sick," Zirinsky wrote. "We're all deeply concerned about those who have contracted COVID-19 and thinking of them as they recover. We have not had any confirmed cases beyond what we shared on Monday, although we await the results of a few more tests."
Speaking broadly about the network's coverage of the outbreak, she said, "There has never been a bigger story impacting every community in our country and across the globe in our lifetime. It touches everyone. Covering the pandemic every day - every development - with the right tone, context and comprehensive, fact-based reporting — this is our critical mission. You are rising to this challenge, day and night. Thank you to your commitment to the public. Thank you for your sensitivity to the story and to each other during these times."
Source: Hollywood Reporter
A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit.
Just a little more than two weeks to go until the big night on February 9, and a key moment will happen Saturday when the winner of the all-too-Oscar-predictive DGA Award will be announced at the Ritz Carlton in downtown Los Angeles. If it is Sam Mendes for 1917, it will likely cap a huge night for that film as cinematographer Roger Deakins is expected to win handily at the ASC Awards ceremony across town at the same time. A win would make him and the picture instant frontrunners for the Oscar.
On the other hand, if it is Parasite's Bong Joon-Ho it will immediately spark comparisons to last year, when another Foreign Language film, Roma, won for its director Alfonso Cuarón who returns to present the prize tomorrow, but it won't instantly make Parasitea slam dunk for the Best Picture Oscar.Roma, after all, eventually lost to Green Book.It would, however, make Bong the frontrunner for the Best Director Oscar that Cuarón also went on to win; only seven times since the award's inception in 1949 has the DGA winner differed from the eventual Oscar Directing winner.
If it is Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it will put that film back in the game big time after losses at the PGA which went to1917 and for the SAG cast award which went to Parasite. If it is Taika Waititi forJojo Rabbit, it will throw the whole race into chaos since he is the one DGA nominee this year not also nominated for the Oscar for Best Director. That wouldn't be unprecedented as it has happened a few times in the past where the DGA winner was not even nominated for an Oscar in the category including Steven Spielberg for The Color Purple,Ron Howard forApollo 13,and Ben Affleck forArgo.However Waititi isn't nearly as well known as that trio so it would be a shocker and certainly boostJojo'schances in Best Picture.Shutterstock
If it is Martin Scorsese forThe Irishmanit will immediately revive that Netflix film's chances after having a bad run at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, SAG , and PGA awards. Scorsese is beloved and has been nominated 12 times at DGA, winning three forThe Departedin movies, and an episode ofBoardwalk Empirein TV, as well as the 2003 Life Achievement Award. If he does win he won't be there as reps for the director say he is staying in New York for personal reasons but will participate via Skype for the symposium with the other nominees Saturday morning, and tape an acceptance for his Medallion that is given for the nomination. Al Pacino and Joe Pesci the latter otherwise absent on the circuit this entire season will present to Scorsese.
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