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The Good Place was a show that went heavy on philosophy and, ultimately, optimism. Now it seems all the leg work to make its four seasons a reality will also result in a book about being, well, good.
The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that Schur, the creator of the NBC comedy that ended after four seasons earlier in 2020, will write a book about philosophy with the title “How To Be Good.”
Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that the Emmy-winning writer, producer and actor is working on “How to Be Good: A Definitive Answer for Exactly What to Do, In Every Possible Situation,” in which he combines humor and philosophy to “deal with the large and small ethical challenges we all face every day.”
The book is scheduled for fall 2021.
In a statement according to ABC News, Schur admitted that “I have no idea how to write a book,” but editor Eamon Dolan said it “wouldn't be a problem.”
I'm sure it will be better than the book written in the show, Six Feet Under Par, in which noted jerk Brent Norwalk launches the Chip Driver Mysteries in his afterlife to little fanfare.
I'm sure Chidi would be much more positive about this book and, considering how much philosophy the writers had to read to make it happen, it will be very well-researched.
EXCLUSIVE: Grace and Frankie may have suspended production on its seventh and final season because of the coronavirus crisis, but the Emmy nominated Netflix comedy is back this week with a special live treat for fans and a spotlight on seniors in need during these troubled times.
The Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin-led series will be having an online table read this Thursday to help Meals On Wheels COVID-19 relief program, I've learned – though you can make donations right now via the link here.
While other shows have taken a similar digital approach in recent weeks, the long running Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris showrun series is adding some originality. The April 9 presentation will feature an episode from the yet unaired seventh season, as well as a live Q&A afterwards moderated by Kauffman.
Along with Oscar winner Fonda and Oscar nominee Tomlin, fellow G&F cast members Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Baron Vaughn and Ethan Embry will be participating in the reading of the Kauffman and Morris-penned “The Fallout” episode on Thursday.
Starting at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET, the whole shindig can be seen live and direct on the Netflix is a Joke YouTube page LINK HERE on April 9.
“While we’re sitting here afraid, unsure and isolated, we wanted to come together and do some good,” Kauffman told me of the decision to take the show online in a new form and with a peek into the future.”
“All we’ve got is time on our hands and technology at our fingertips,” the Friends co-creator added as production on Season 7 was temporarily suspended late on March 12 as restrictions on large gatherings tighten in the City of Angels. “So we decided to use both of those assets to raise money for Meals on Wheels, which brings food to food-insecure and isolated seniors. They are among our most vulnerable right now and need our help.”
“Our cast is all in and super excited,” Okay Goodnight founder Kauffman also says of her superstar packed team. “And Netflix and Skydance have been particularly supportive. As far as giving the fans a peek into Season 7, we figured more people would tune in to new content and it would, hopefully, be a draw for fans of Grace and Frankie. The hope is: more eyes, more money raised for Meals on Wheels.”
Produced by Skydance Television, which launched in 2013, Grace And Frankie was one of the first original series for Netflix. Though in a pause period right now, like everyone else in Tinseltown the seventh and final season is still set to premiere next year, which will make the series the longest running comedy in the streamer's history.
As of last night, there are 6360 confirmed case of the coronavirus in L.A. County and 147 deaths....
If your reaction to a headline about Colin Jost possibly leaving SNL is, “but who will play Pete Buttigieg?” then I cannot help you. I don’t know, Jason Bateman? There, I tried. If you want to ponder what that might mean for Jost’s future and the future of the SNL Weekend Update desk, well, hello.
According to Variety, a proof of Jost’s new memoir, the hilariously titled, “A Very Punchable Face,” indicates that the 15-year show staffer and current co-head writer and co-anchor of Weekend Update may be looking for an exit after helping the show through what is sure to be a… let’s say eventful election cycle. The reason is to pursue new things. It’s at this time that I want to highlight Variety’s caveat that Jost’s exit is “neither certain nor imminent.” So there is no “no backsies” written into the book, basically.
Your opinion on Jost’s tenure behind the Update desk may vary, but he’s been a foundational piece of the show for a long time so it’s bound to shake things up if he leaves. For one thing, Jost’s exit removes the most prominent behind-the-scenes creative force in the show’s universe that might, someday, become the heir to Lorne Michaels’ executive producer role. Which… Lorne Michaels is going to live and work on SNL forever, or until he cracks a good Three Amigos 2 idea, so there’s probably no need to even speculate about someone ever replacing him. But still, there’s a minor bit of palace intrigue that comes attached to thoughts about Jost leaving.
The second thought is, of course, Update. Would they go all-in on Michael Che as the solo option? Pair him with an existing cast member or new recruit? Change things up entirely? The segment is an institution in and of itself and when its equilibrium is off, so too is the show’s, so a post-Jost Update desk would be a major question. Again, like him or loathe him, he fills a role.
As for what Jost would do post-SNL, that’s anyone’s guess. The book is an obvious effort to better define his personality away from his job and he has, in recent years, tried to put himself more out there. The Wrestlemania appearance, he’s got some kind of role in an upcoming Tom And Jerry movie. And let’s not forget his 2015 film, Staten Island Summer, that he wrote, pulling on nostalgia threads from his Staten Island youth.
For all the praise the show receives as a wellspring of talent, it also acts as a great fooler when it comes to our perception of what someone is capable of. It pulls so fully on people’s time, sucking seemingly every bit of creativity out of them to fuel this massive machine, giving us a very specific look at the kind of work that they can do. And then they go off and they create stuff like Barry Bill Hader or Shrill Aidy Bryant, who is, of course, still on the...
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...