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Donald Trump called today's impeding impeachment vote an “assault on America,” but for the Big 4 networks the expected move by the Democratic dominated House of Representatives will likely besiege primetime programming.
As members of Congress continue to put their clearly partisan POV on the record and cable newsers in the vaulted chamber over the two articles of impeachment right now, the actual vote to indict the former Celebrity Apprentice host looks set to start within the hour. In what is only the third time a President has been impeached in American history, that process will crash right up against ABC's Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in The Family & Good Times, the season finales of CBS' Survivor and Fox's The Masked Singer, and NBC's Ellen's Greatest Night of Giveaways encores.
Right now, after all the nets covering the speeches in Congress throughout the day, only ABC and NBC are live with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer speaking to his colleagues and the cameras. Hoyer's turn at the podium is indicative of a final vote coming soon-ish.
Blessed with repeats of black-ish and mixed-ish later tonight, the second LIFOASA from Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel plans to go to a short introduction and then back to the impeachment vote if the historic shaming of Trump goes into the 8 PM ET hour. Getting through the Nancy Pelosi stewarded vote, analysis from George Stephanopoulos and his roundtable of ABC News reporters and pundits, plus potential remarks from Trump himself at his scheduled MAGA rally in Michigan, the aim is to get the heavily promoted Viola Davis, Andre Braugher, Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei-led throwback hootenanny on air by 9 PM ET at the very latest, I hear.
NBC will stick with the impeachment vote and anticipated commentary if things move into primetime. At the end of a controversial 39th season of Survivor, CBS doesn't seem to know yet what it will do with the finale and the traditional reunion special as Congressmen and Congresswomen are still offering their Yea or Nays.
However, not for the first time Fox is taking an even more unconventional response.
While Fox News Channel will stick to the Impeachment vote, like CNN and MSNBC, the Fox broadcast network plans to air the Season 2 finale of The Masked Singer in its regular slot. Not that Fox viewers will not be entirely denied access to what's going on in DC. The Charlie Collier-run outlet will scroll a ticker at the bottom of the screen with the latest vote updates and reactions. Also, Fox stations around the country will be offering coverage from Congress live on their websites.
Of course, this all is in the prediction that the newly impeached Trump doesn't go off the rails at his Merry Christmas rally in Battle Creek, MI —...
Netflix will conduct a deep cleaning of “The Witcher” set after one of the fantasy series' actors tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kristofer Hivju, a “Game of Thrones” veteran who will appear in “The Witcher” Season 2, revealed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus in an Instagram post Monday. Around the same time, Netflix sent an email to the show's production team noting that an “individual” had contracted the virus. Though the company did not specify the individual, Deadline reported that it was Hivju.
Netflix told Deadline that it would immediately be closing production offices as well as Arborfield Studios, where the series is shot, and “arranging for deep cleaning and disinfection” of both. Netflix representative also stated the company was recommending “The Witcher” cast and crew self-quarantine for two weeks.
Netflix representatives did not return a request for comment. The company halted production on the series two weeks ago due to concerns about the coronavirus.
Despite testing positive for the virus, Hivju maintained a positive outlook on Instagram and told his 3.7 million followers that he only had mild symptoms. The actor, who portrayed Tormund Giantsbane in “Game of Thrones,” also urged others to practice social distancing and do what they can to stay healthy.
“My familiy and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes,” Hivju wrote on Instagram. “We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful.”
Hivju will portray Nivellen in “The Witcher” Season 2, a man who is cursed to take on a monstrous appearance in the franchise's lore.
“The Witcher” Season 1 hit Netflix last December and received an enthusiastic review from IndieWire's Ben Travers, who praised its performances and frequently ludicrous — albeit entertaining — premises. The series was also an apparent ratings hit and sparked renewed interest in the fantasy franchise, which is based on the books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.
“The Witcher” is one of an increasingly large number of film or TV productions that has been impacted by the coronavirus. Netflix stopped production on all scripted TV series in films in the U.S. and Canada due to the virus, and other companies ranging from Disney to Apple have similarly halted production on many of their upcoming projects.
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Kenya Barris' comedy “Black AF” stylized as “#blackAF”, will be the first series under the “Black-ish” creator's overall deal with Netflix. Barris and Rashida Jones star in the show inspired by Barris' real-life marriage and unorthodox approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture. Originally titled “Black Excellence,” its official synopsis reads: “#blackAF flips the script on what we've come to expect a family comedy series to be. Pulling back the curtain, #blackAF uncovers the messy, unfiltered, and often hilarious world of what it means to be a ‘new money’ black family trying to get it right in a modern world where ‘right’ is no longer a fixed concept.”
The Netflix original series stars Barris as a fictionalized version of himself and Rashida Jones as his wife Joya. Kenya and Joya's children are played by Genneya Walton, Iman Benson, Scarlet Spencer, Justin Claiborne, Ravi Cabot-Conyers, and Richard Gardenhire Jr.
Based on the trailer it looks like a rethinking of the family sitcom, shot ala “Modern Family”; more like a reality TV series, with behind-the-scenes, on-camera testimonies. Barris will make his acting debut on the series that’s likely more “Curb Your Enthusiasm” stylistically, but with an obviously different cultural edge than Barris’ Peabody-winning and Emmy-nominated ABC/ABC Studios comedy series “Black-ish,” which has spawned two spinoffs — Freeform's “Grown-ish” and the newly ordered “Mixed-ish” at ABC.
High-profile guest stars for the season include Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Ava DuVernay, Will Packer, Tim Story, and Tyler Perry. Barris and Jones executive produce alongside Hale Rothstein “black-ish,” “grown-ish”. Barris' production company, Khalabo Ink Society, produces via Barris’ overall deal. Barris is also showrunner.
In 2018, he signed a reported $100 million three-year overall deal with the streaming service that will see him produce series exclusively for Netflix. Barris had to contend with accusations of colorism when a photo of the “#blackAF” cast went viral in December, with many in the black community noticing a decidedly fairer skinned cast.
But he brushed off the criticism, responding with now-deleted tweets that he only writes what he knows. “I'm...not gonna make up a fake family that genetically makes no sense just for the sake of trying to fill quotas. I LOVE MY PEOPLE,” he wrote. “[And] everything I does [sic] reflects that love. But to cast people like some kinda skin color Allstar game would actually do more harm than good.”
Regarding the casting of his actors, he said “These kids look like my kids. My very Black...
The actress was best known for playing Willona Woods on the iconic '70s TV series.
Ja'net DuBois was found dead on Tuesday, TMZ reports. She was 74.
The actress' family told the outlet that she died in her sleep at her home in Glendale, California, adding that she hadn't recently complained of any ailments and appeared to be in good health.
DuBois was best known for her role on Good Times, playing the Evans family's feisty neighbor Willona Woods on the beloved 1970s TV series. She also was a gifted singer and songwriter, lending her voice to The Jeffersons' iconic theme "Movin' on Up," which she also composed.
DuBois received two Emmys during her lifetime for her voiceover work on The PJs. Her film credits include I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Tropic Thunder, among others. She also was a Broadway veteran and performed in a number of theater productions, including Golden Boy and A Raisin In the Sun.
TV Land, which has aired reruns of Good Times, tweeted a tribute to the actress on Tuesday afternoon: "TV Land remembers 'Good Times' star Ja'net Dubois. In addition to being the Evans family's lovable neighbor, Willona, Dubois composed and sang 'Movin' on Up' the iconic theme song for 'The Jeffersons.' She was 74 and will be missed."
DuBois is survived by her three children.
Source: Hollywood Reporter