Headlines From The Week

So much going on in the tv and movie world this week. Here are some from this week.

Arsenio Hall Returning To Late Night Whoop, Whoop, Whoop Whoop. Arsenio Hall is going to get his own late-night talk show again.  CBS Television Distribution is developing a new syndicated talk show for the comedian to debut next fall. It has been almost 20 years since the Arsenio Hall Show ended and we hadn’t really seen much of the comedian lately. Arsenio was recently seen on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, where he was crowned the winner over former American Idol runner up, Clay Aiken. In interviews leading up to the finale of Celebrity Apprentice, Hall made many statements about wanting to return to late-night. Clearly someone was taking note.

Shonda Rhimes calls out Amy Sherman-Palladino For The Lack Of Diversity On Bunheads –  Bunheads is the new show from Amy Sherman-Palladino, creator of Gilmore Girls, that airs on ABC Family. Shonda Rhimes, creator of the hit series’ Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, recently tweeted while watching an episode saying,

Hey @abcfbunheads: really? You couldn’t cast even ONE young dancer of color so I could feel good about my kid watching this show? NOT ONE?

After saying that some of her followers chastised her for the comment, she responded with, “I def don’t feel bad when my kid watches white performers. Not at all what I’m saying. I did love seeing girls of all shapes and sizes. That was great. Am a huge Gilmore Girls fan. Just pointing out one issue…”

Palladino responded to the tweet in an interview with Media Mayham saying,

Look, I’m not going to get into a pissing match with Shonda Rhimes, because she has 15,000 shows on the air, and she’s doing just fine for herself, [But] I’ve always felt that women, in a general sense, have never supported other women the way they should…I think it’s a shame, but to me, it is what it is. I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t go after another woman. I, frankly, wouldn’t go after another showrunner.

Palladino didn’t really address the question of the amount of diversity, but said this about any shortcomings the show has, “It is so hard to get a show on the air, [because of] what you have to do and the layers of bulls–t and fighting and scraping — and particularly this show because our budget was very small and our demands were so high.”

The talk about diversity on television is one that will never end. Sometimes I just get sick of it. I wish these showrunners and studios would just cast people that reflect the real world. It would just stop so much of this discussion and sometimes hate that gets spewed because of it.

Charlie Sheen Retiring After Anger Management – Charlie Sheen did an interview recently with The New York Times and  stated, “… when this [Anger Management] ends, I’m done. This is my swan song.”  Sheen is out doing press for his new show Anger Management, which is loosely based on the 2003 Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler movie of the same title.  The troubled actor has been acting for 30 years now and continued saying that “there there’s a lot more out there to do than make-believe, you know? I mean, I’m grateful. I’ve got a dream life as a direct result of television, you know? But at some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else’s clothes, saying somebody else’s words and working in somebody else’s space. I’m also aware of the fact that you don’t get these kinds of shots in the same lifetime. You’re only supposed to have one hit show, unless you’re Kelsey Grammer.” Aww man does that mean no more crazy Charlie Sheen antics? Good for him. He needs to go sit down somewhere. Hopefully he takes care of himself and his kids after this is all done. Read the rest of the interview here. Anger Management premieres on FX June 28 at 9/8c.

Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall’s Replacements Found For BET’s The Game – BET has been on the hunt for the replacements of Pooch Hall and Tia Mowry, who exited the show about a month ago. Well they have now been found. Lauren London and Jay Ellis have been chosen as their replacements. London is familiar with audiences from her work on ATL, I Love You, Beth Cooper and VH1’s Single Ladies. Ellis is more of a fresh face and has had small rolls on the series Hart Of Dixie and NCIS. The pair will be introduced when the 6th season returns sometime at the beginning of next year. I will not be partaking as nothing on this earth could save this show.

Kristen Stewart Named Highest Paid Actress In Hollywood – Kristen Stewart has been named the highest paid actress by Forbes Magazine. The star of the awful Twilight franchise racked in $34.5 million in the last year from Twilight and Snow White and The Huntsman. She beat out Cameron Diaz by half a million dollars. Diaz made her money last year from her roles in Bad Teacher and What To Expect When You Are Expecting? Check out the rest of the list here.

Why? Why? Do they keep paying this chick so much money to be terrible? Seriously? She is such a bad actress and always has one expression on her face. I refuse to watch any of the Twilight movies (I watched the first one out of curiosity and wanted that hour and a half of my life back) and Snow White and The Huntsman was only good because of Charlize Theron and because Stewart barely talked. I just don’t understand. No.

One thought on “Headlines From The Week”

  1. I agree with you about Shonda v. Amy – if shows/movies consistently hired actors that reflected reality this wouldn’t be a discussion anymore. It’d be great if pilots or films did color-blind casting auditions for at least a couple major roles. Think of all the new talent they’d discover!

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