Fans of Serial season one, rejoice! Soon, you'll be able to tune in to the Investigation Discovery network (which is confusingly not the Discovery Channel) to learn more about Adnan Syed's case. "Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty" will air on June 14 at 9 p.m. Syed was convicted for the 1999 murder of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee and has maintained his innocence from the beginning.
Serial introduced the world to Syed's story and led many people to question his conviction. Currently, the Maryland courts are deciding whether Syed will be given a retrial based on new evidence. The new special will include an interview with Justin Brown, Syed's current defense lawyer, Douglas Colbert, Adnan's original bail lawyer, among others.
Sadly, Sarah Koenig won't be part of the special. Discuss
This morning, Matt Crouch posted a Facebook message informing viewers that his mother, Jan Crouch had died. Over the weekend, she suffered from a life-threatening stroke, and early on, they said that a recovery was unlikely.
Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious Mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward. Jan Crouch, known around the world as Momma Jan, has gone home.
Crouch co-founded Trinity Broadcasting Network in 1973, and was a fixture on the TV network for decades. Matt Crouch wrote,
Viewers of the Trinity Broadcasting Network knew her as someone who partnered with Paul Crouch in the launch and expansion of TBN, and as someone who came into their homes for over 40 years … Jan Crouch loved many things, but most of all she loved Jesus, and now has seen Him face to face and has experienced His grace in fullness.
The creators of Netflix's insanely popular Master of None, Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, won a distinguished Peabody Award on Saturday. And both actors used the opportunity to address the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry and point to what true diversity looks like. This included Yang's admission: "I'm very much glad to be alive now, instead of 1852."
Ansari's acceptance speech carried a dig at the lack of diversity in other award shows, like the Academy Awards (which, of course, was plagued by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite this year). Part of his speech included,
And I want to thank Netflix and Universal for believing in us, and letting us tell our stories. I think they really seem to get what diversity really is. It's not, "Hey, let's give this white protagonist a brown friend!" No. It's "Let's have a show where there's a token white guy." And that's what it is. ... And the Peabody is great because it seems like you guys actually watched all our [show] and decided it was good! There was no schmoozing, no [weird] dinners. And I think all being honored here really appreciate that.
Netflix recently picked up Master of None for a second season coming in 2017. And we're excited about it. Discuss
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