Last night, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon both opened their late night comedy shows in a way that is unique for them both: They got serious, and addressed the tragedy in Orlando, where 49 people were killed in a gay nightclub by a terrorist this weekend.
They both did a pretty great job.
Though they each took their own approaches to addressing the worst mass shooting in American history, their openers both had the same theme: The need to overcome hate with love.
So much for Texas forever. Several cast members from the beloved television drama Friday Night Lightsreunited at the ATX Television Festival in Austin this weekend, and in addition to reminiscing about the series, basically confirmed it’s never, ever coming back. For years, there had been rumors of a reboot or even a spin-off, but it looks like now, those dreams are dead.
Taylor Kitsch bluntly told fans, “I’ll never play Riggins again.” Minka Kelly (who played Lyla Garrity) added, “I think some things are better left [with people] wanting more.”
Despite crushing our hopes of ever returning to Dillon, the reunion did look like a lot of fun. Along with throwing a large tailgate party on the same football field where the series was shot, there was an exclusive performance from the greatest Christian rock band in the state of Texas, Crucifictorious.
We may not have seen the last of super-agent Jack Bauer. Despite early statements from Fox that Kiefer Sutherland would definitely not be appearing in the upcoming reboot of the popular action series 24, a producer has hinted that Jack Bauer may be back after all.
According to Deadline, executive producer Howard Gordon told an audience at the ATX TV Festival in Austin,
I do think the character has life in him, whether it’s a movie or if he intersects with this new iteration of "24, [Legacy]". I sure would love to see him at some point on the show, and I don’t think he’s ruled it out, either.
The 12-episode 24: Legacy series, which debuts this fall, stars Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) as a former Navy SEAL who also fights terrorism in real time.
Even though Sutherland stars in a series on another network this fall, ABC’s Designated Survivor, the 24 team has kept the door open for his return. Speaking about the last time Bauer was onscreen, Gordon said, “I don’t know how public this is but we didn’t question or consider this being Jack’s last moment, Jack’s end. We couldn’t bring ourselves [to kill him].” Discuss
Before last night’s Tony Award ceremony, host James Corden issued a brief tribute to victims of a shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 50 dead, and at least 53 injured. His message was simple: “Hate will never win.” You can watch the show's opener below. Discuss
Here is a report that will likely come as a surprise to anyone who has seen even moments of Netflix’s reboot of the classic TGIF sitcom Full House. The ratings experts Symphony Advanced Media claims that Fuller House is the most popular show on television, drawing more than 14 million viewers. Just for context, that makes the comically bad reboot more popular than mega-hits like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones.
Netflix, for their part, doesn’t release ratings information and has called SAM’s methodology for collecting them “remarkably inaccurate” in the past. SAM collects data from smart phone apps that uses audio recognition software to determine what users are watching. The only problem is, it’s hard to know how representative of the general population their sample size really is. Also, comparing a show that is binged-watch in a single session or two with a weekly series is problematic for comparisons.
But, even if Fuller House isn’t the biggest show on TV, the fact that a massive amount of people spent hours of their life watching a show Vulture called “the most excruciating TV minutes ever broadcast” is truly concerning. Discuss
This sounds promising. Actor Bob Odenkirk—best known recently for portraying Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman in the series Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul—has signed on to play late journalist David Carr in an upcoming AMC miniseries.
The show will be an adaptation of Carr’s best-selling memoir The Night of the Gun. The book tells the harrowing true story of his battle with drug addiction and alcoholism. Carr would later go on to become a popular business columnist for The New York Times. He died last year after a battle with cancer.
Faith plays a significant role in Carr’s story. But, his relationship with the Catholic church and his own Christian faith was often a complicated one, so it will be interesting to see how it’s represented in the show. In the 2008 book, he wrote,
It was hard to avoid a spiritual dimension in my own recovery … The unconditional love of the Church could possibly mean the difference between somebody living or dying.
In my opinion, by demonstrating a willingness to minister to those afflicted with this disease, the Church becomes better … The Church has the proximity and the people to make a difference in what seems like an insoluble problem.
Odenkirk told Deadline he was moved by the book and hopes “to do justice to David’s intellect and his scrappy nature.”
I read David’s story, The Night Of The Gun, when it came out and was wildly entertained by his saga. It’s a story of survival filled with pain, crack, journalistic righteousness, abandoned cars, crooks, lies, and then there’s the two little girls who saved his life; it’s overstuffed with humanity.