Fans tuned into another big reveal on Tuesday episode of Fox’s The Masked Singer as the Christmas tree was unmasked. The hit reality singing competition won the night in Nielsen’s fast affiliates with a 1.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic along with 5.76 million viewers.
NBC got us into the holiday spirit with the premiere of Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways 1.2, 6.81M, while The Voice 1.2, 8.27M was up a tenth from last week and climbed from Monday’s two-hour semifinals. The latter was Tuesday’s most-watched program.
The rest of Fox’s primetime lineup included the finale of its six-episode holiday event series The Moodys to wrap back-to-back episodes. The first episode 0.6, 2.23M and the finale 0.4, 1.62M were both well above Monday night’s helping of the comedy.
Fox and NBC tied for the nightly victory in the demo; CBS edged both in viewers despite an all-repeat lineup.
The CW continues its epic Crisis on Infinite Earths superhero crossover on The Flash 0.6, 1.71M, with the episode steady with Monday night’s part 2. Its crossover aftershow, Crisis Aftermath 0.2, 730,000, followed.
On ABC, the fall finale of The Conners’ 1.0, 5.70M ticked down in its return to ABC after a week off. The network served more fall finales including for Bless This Mess 0.6, 3.61M and Mixed-ish 0.5, 2.94M, which ticked down. Black-ish 0.6, 2.99M rose a tenth, while Emergence 0.4, 2.74M was even week over week.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...
A number of the main characters in Space Jam 2 are already set. LeBron James will, of course, play the film’s protagonist, while a handful of NBA and WNBA players will presumably get their talent stolen from them by a bunch of aliens hell-bent on taking down the Looney Tunes in a game of basketball.
Other roles are still up in the air, including the role of the film’s main antagonist, whomever that may end up being. In the original Space Jam, that character was named Swackhammer and was voiced by Danny DeVito. This time around, an unlikely source may have revealed who will be the biggest thorn in the sides of LeBron, Bugs, and co.
Paul Scheer — who you know from The League, the podcast How Did This Get Made?, and a whole host of other things — appeared on Clip City, The Athletic’s Los Angeles Clippers podcast hosted by Jovan Buha. Scheer was asked about the acting chops of former Clipper Blake Griffin, and around the 39:50 mark, he discusses doing a Space Jam live read with Griffin a few years back. He alludes to the film’s upcoming sequel, at which point he drops that Don Cheadle is in line to play the bad guy.
“Actually Don Cheadle, who I do Black Monday with, he’s the bad guy in Space Jam, and he said LeBron’s really great,” Scheer said at the 40:15 mark.
Cheadle’s involvement in the film isn’t new — it’s been reported in the past that he’s hopped onto the project, and he’s actually spoken about being in the film. He was asked about this a few months back at the Televisions Critics Association Conference in January, but kept his role close to the chest, saying “No, I’m not playing myself. I actually can’t tell you what I’m playing.” Now, thanks to Scheer, Cheadle’s role looks like it’s becoming a little more clear.
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EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox TV is developing an adaptation of Michael Arceneaux's memoir I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce with Jerrod Carmichael, Lee Daniels and Marc Velez.
Deadline understands that the project is set to hit the cable and streaming market as a half-hour series.
The book, which was published by Simon & Schuster in July 2018, is a collection of 17 autobiographical essays from Arceneaux. The deal comes as Arceneaux’s second book, I Don't Want to Die Poor, an essay collection which chronicles his struggles with private student loans and economic anxiety, is published today April 7 by Simon & Schuster.Simon & Schuster
Arceneaux will adapt and executive produce alongside Carmichael, and Lee Daniels and Marc Velez of Lee Daniels Entertainment. UTA brokered the deal on Arceneaux's behalf.
The book looks at life in today's America with Arceneaux learning to embrace his identity when the world told him to do the opposite, leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned. He discusses coming out to his mother, growing up in Houston, Texas, being approached for the priesthood, his obstacles in embracing intimacy that occasionally led to unfortunate fights with fire ants, and the persistent challenges of young people who feel marginalized and denied the chance to pursue their dreams.
Arceneaux is represented by UTA, Jermaine Johnson at 3Arts, attorney Loan Dang, and Jim McCarthy at Dystel, Goderich & Bourrett. Carmichael is represented by UTA and attorney PJ Shapiro at Ziffren Brittenham. Daniels is represented by WME, Alex Kovacs at Untitled Entertainment, and attorney Matthew Levy at Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.