Last night, comedian Louis C.K. was a contestant and winner on Jeopardy! . Yes, that's right. He was a part of Power Players week where he competed against CNN anchor Kate Bolduan and Washington Post writer Jonathan Capehart. C.K. started off slowly, briefly gaining one of those awkward negative scores, but after a big wager on a "Daily Double," he ran away with the lead. In the end, C.K. won $50,000 for his little-known charity, the Fistula Foundation. His foundation works to provide care to women in the developing world who suffer from obstetric fistulas, a childbirth injury caused by prolonged labor, according to their website. Discuss
There’s always money in the banana stand. Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz has revealed that a new season of the (mostly) beloved comedy is in the works at Netflix.
He told Esquire,
It’ll happen. It’ll definitely happen. Not before the election, but it’s definitely going to happen. I say that because the actors want to do it, the studio wants to do it, Netflix wants to do it, I want to do it. It’s just making it happen. There’s no one resisting.
That’s sounds like a pretty for-sure thing to us. The other interesting revelation was that he has re-cut the show’s polarizing fourth season—which aired directly to Netflix—essentially to make it more watchable. (Is this him acknowledging that the season was a huge mistake?)
There’s a recut, too, of the fourth season, just to make it airable on TV. They’re like the old Arrested Developments. We redid all the narration and reshot a few little things. Now we have 22 episodes, and they’re delightful to watch and they’re much less work than the Netflix series. My hope is we’ll find a place to air those.
Robin Wright is taking a stand for equal pay and gender equality. Speaking at a recent event at the Rockerfeller Center, Wright told the audience that she demanded to be paid the same for starring in the latest season of the hit Netflix drama House of Cards. According to the Huffington Post, she explained,
It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards … I was like: ‘I want to be paid the same as Kevin.’ I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood’s character was more popular than [Frank’s] for a period of time. So I capitalized on it.
Both Wright and Spacey are executive producers on the show. The issue of equal pay in Hollywood has recently come into the spotlight, as a large gender pay gap continues to exist at many film studios.
Forbes recently looked at the 10 highest-paid male and female actors. The top 10 men earned $431 million combined in 2015. The top 10 women earned $218 that same year. Last year, director Paul Feig—who is at the helm of a new Ghostbusters movie that stars an all-female lead cast—told Variety, “It’s ridiculous in 2015 that we’re still having to have these conversations. I don’t know how we got so behind-the-times in a town that fancies itself on being so liberal and forward thinking.”
Jennifer Lawrence addressed the issue in the Lenny newsletter last year, discussing frustrations about being perceived as "difficult" or “spoiled” for speaking out: “At the time, that seemed like a fine idea, until I saw the payroll on the Internet and realized every man I was working with definitely didn't worry about being ‘difficult' or ‘spoiled.’"
Discussing the situation in New York, Wright told the audience her tough negotiations for equal pay worked: “I was like: ‘You’d better pay me or I’m going to go public.’ And they did.” Discuss
Drake is once again going to both serve as the host and the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Expect the hip-hop star—who just released his fourth album Views—to toggle back and fourth between his self-aware, living meme persona and critically acclaimed artist, in a way few people not named Justin Timberlake can. Discuss
Four megachurch pastors are headed to network television this summer. Fox will air a test run of a new talk show series in New York and L.A. on local networks it owns, which will be hosted by Lakewood Church’s John Gray, The House of Hope’s Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr., God Seekers Church’s Orrick Quick and Empowerment Temple AME’s Dr. Jamal Bryant.
The Preachers is being executive produced by The View’s co-creator, Bill Geddie, who told Deadline, “After The View, I figured I’d never do another panel show, but these preachers knocked me off my feet. They’re not just another set of talking heads yakking about the events of the day; they bring real-world experience as pastors and counselors.” You can see an interview with "the preachers" below. Discuss