We’ve got good news and bad news for Parks and Rec fans. The good news is that Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins (played by Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones) will return to Pawnee for the show’s final season next year. The bad news is, they’ll only be back for a single episode. In an interview with TVLine.com, executive producer Mike Schur said, “We made a list of people that we needed to see back one more time. We didn’t get everybody we wanted … But a lot of the people we were hoping to see one more time — we managed to make that happen.” The seventh and final season of the NBC sitcom will only be 13 episodes, but with Chris, Ann and other Pawnee favorites returning, it will literally be the best send-off, of all-time ... Discuss
There’s been some interesting developments with the critically-acclaimed detective show Luther. Just days after it was announced that Idris Elba will not star in a new, American version of the drama being developed by Fox, the BBC announced that the actor would be returning to their network for at least two more 60-minute episodes.
Even though series creator Neil Cross and Elba have signed on to executive produce the new Fox version of the series, Cross released a statement this week saying, “Luther is coming back where he belongs. Back to the BBC. Back to London. And back to work.” The comment seems weirdly exclusive considering it was made the day after Fox released their own announcement about the American version. The new BBC episodes are expected to air some time next year, while the pilot for the Fox version is still in development ... Discuss
Last week, Woody Harrelson hosted SNL for the first time since 1989 and, all told, made a strong case for him being a much more regular host. It was the show's best episode in ages, featuring some social commentary, goofy antics and riveting performances from musical guest Kendrick Lamar. Surprisingly enough, it appears this SNL was actually overloaded with good content. The following sketch was performed in-studio, but cut from the actual broadcast, and it's a very sharp-but-sweet satire of Twitter and how much time we waste on it. Keep it up, SNL ... Discuss
In a not terribly surprising move, NBC has pulled the plug on 77-year-old Bill Cosby's new pilot, which was to be his return to television. The move comes on the heels of a series of sexual assault allegations (and renewed interest in old sexual assault allegations that were never given much attention), and Cosby's refusal to comment. Former model Janice Dickinson is the latest and most high-profile person to level an accusation against Cosby, saying that she was drugged by him back in 1982. That brings the total number of public accusations up to 15, though several journalists say they are talking with women who wish to remain anonymous ... Discuss
Netflix has announced that they have “postponed” the release of a new stand-up comedy special from Bill Cosby after even more rape allegations have emerged. Bill Cosby 77 was scheduled to be released the day after Thanksgiving. In recent weeks, decades-old allegations of rape reemerged following comments made referencing them by comic Hannibal Buress. A Cosby-centered online meme focused on the allegations also emerged and an awkward interview with NPR aired in which Cosby went silent when asked about them.
After the NPR interview, Cosby's publicist released a statement denying the “decade-old, discredited allegations.” Since then, two more women—including model Janice Dickinson—also said they were raped by Cosby when they were young. Though Cosby has never been convicted or charged with any sexual assault crimes, he has settled a lawsuit related to the accusations. NBC has said that at this point, they have no plans of canceling a new Cosby sitcom currently in development ... Discuss
Anyone who has ever visited one of Las Vegas’ grand stage shows has probably shared the same thought: What this production is missing is heavily bearded, Louisiana-based reality TV stars. Thankfully, your concerns have been heard. Producers are currently working on a musical adaptation of Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson’s bestselling book The Duck Commander Family that they plan to make a fixture of the Rio Hotel and Casino—the current home to the Chippendales and Penn & Teller shows.
Sure, considering the family’s vocal religious (and at times controversial) values, a Vegas stage show may seem like an odd pairing, but The Duck Commander Family Musical’s producer told the New York Times, that’s all part of the idea: “The show will end up challenging the views and assumptions of people across the political spectrum, more than most theater does. The Robertsons are so unusual, their story so juicy, and theater shouldn’t be limited to telling stories about people you resemble or revere” ... Discuss