Television

Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’: All the Details (So Far) About the Showtime Comedy

Ahead of its official premiere this weekend, THR rounds up everything to know about who has been duped as well as some of the actor’s new characters. On July 4, Sacha Baron Cohen posted a video of Donald Trump calling the comedian a “third-rate character” who needed to “go to school” to “learn about being funny.” The Independence Day clip hinted that Baron Cohen had a new project in the works, which Cohen teased again days later with another mysterious video. This one urged viewers to “imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year,” and included a clip of former Vice President Dick Cheney autographing a waterboard kit. The following day, Showtime revealed that the project was actually a new seri...

Kathy Griffin Pitches New Year’s Eve Show With Stormy Daniels on ‘Live!’

The comedian detailed her friendship with the adult film star, who she called Thelma to her Louise, in a raucous conversation with Jimmy Kimmel. Kathy Griffin suggested a high-concept TV pairing on Thursday night (July 12) when she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!: bring her back as an anchor for New Year’s Eve, along with her new friend porn actress and alleged Donald Trump mistress Stormy Daniels. The comedian pitched the show after telling Kimmel a story about his “Aunt Chippy,” who wrote Griffin a letter lamenting that she was not on CNN’s 2017 New Year’s Eve broadcast. This year, Griffin said, “I was thinking Kathy Griffin, Stormy Daniels, Live, New Year’s Eve. Networks, call us?” Kimmel then joked, “You know what would be a great sp...

Watch the 2018 Emmy Nominations Announcement Live Stream

The 2018 Emmy Awards will be here before you know it, and on Thursday morning (July 12) you can find out which one of your favorite shows got nominated (or snubbed) when this year’s contenders are announced via live stream. The nominations announcement live stream will take place at 11:30 a.m. ET from the Wolf Theatre at Saban Media Center Television Academy in North Hollywood with actors Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist) doing the honors.  The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sept. 17 and be hosted by Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost. HBO’s 38-time winner Game of Thrones is back in the mix this year, along with such contenders as NBC...

Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime Series Arrives in July

The ‘Ali G Show’ star’s July 4 tweet trolling President Donald Trump teased the upcoming series with the text “Sacha graduates soon,” followed by a logo for Trump University. Sacha Baron Cohen is coming back to television. The Ali G Show actor and comedian is dropping a new Showtime comedy interview series, Who Is America?, which is already set to drop this Sunday (July 15). Cohen’s July 4 tweet trolling President Donald Trump, in which the comedian featured real videos of Trump mocking the actor as the star’s face intermittently flooded the screen, teased the upcoming series with the text “Sacha graduates soon,” followed by a logo for Trump University. “Sacha is a comedic genius who shocks you with his audacity, bravery and inventivene...

Netflix to Remove Online User Reviews

The streaming service will shut down the desktop-only feature in August. Netflix is getting rid of the user reviews feature of its website.  The streamer began notifying users this week that, as of July 30, they will no longer be able to write reviews for television shows and movies on its website. The feature, which was only available via Netflix’s desktop experience, will be removed entirely by mid-August and the reviews will no longer be available to read. “We are removing the ability to read and write reviews in the coming weeks,” a Netflix spokeswoman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. “This feature is only offered on the website and has seen declining usage over time. We have notified members who have used the feature recently that they will no longer be abl...

Trailer for Season 4 of ‘Better Call Saul’ Finds Jimmy Morphing Into Saul: Watch

The whole gang is back in the first peek at season 4 of AMC’s hit drama Better Call Saul. In the new 30-second teaser that dropped on Tuesday (July 2), everyone’s favorite temporarily disbarred lawyer, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), is clearly keeping busy while he awaits his 10-month break from being the kind of lawyer you’re more likely to find on a bus bench ad than in a legal journal.      “Do you know why God made snakes before lawyers?,” a grinning McGill says to a room of hidden listeners. “He needed the practice.” That kind of reptile wisdom sets up the rest of the clip, in which McGill gleefully adds “strictly gainful employment and in 10 months, poof! I’m a lawyer again!” That sounds like a great plan, but of course Jimmy ...

Sony’s streaming TV service PlayStation Vue raises its prices, too

PlayStation Vue, welcome to the price-hike party. Sony’s over-the-top TV streaming service is the latest to raise the price of its subscription service, which will now cost $5 more per month across all four tiers. That means Vue’s cheapest plan will now cost $44.99 per month instead of $39.99 per month. The most expensive plan will climb to $79.99 per month. Remember when we thought streaming TV was a cheaper way to watch? No? Above: PlayStation Vue’s current prices, before the price increases  The pricing changes arrived on the same day that AT&T raised the cost of its streaming TV service, DirecTV Now, also by $5 per month. And both changes follow similar moves by competitors, including the $5 per month increase announced by Sling TV only days ago, and the $5 per month increase annou...

Josh Safran’s ‘Mixtape’ Revived at Netflix With Series Order

The musical drama had been piloted at Fox. Mixtape isn’t dead, after all. The Fox pilot, one of many passed up at the network this spring, is moving forward at Netflix with a series order. The streamer is giving 10 episodes to the musical drama from Gossip Girl scribe Joshua Safran, with almost all of the original cast — Callie Hernandez, Jenna Dewan, Campbell Scott and Madeleine Stowe, included — in place. It comes from Annapurna Pictures in association with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios. Mixtape was considered among Fox’s pilot season frontrunners, with 20th TV head of casting Sharon Klein going so far as to declare Callie Hernandez a “star” and calling her one of the studio’s big gets. While the drama cooled in the days leading u...

‘Idol’ Duo Maddie Poppe & Caleb Lee Hutchinson Talk Tour, New Music & Their Relationship: ‘Public Pressure Has Not Ruined Our Lives’

Rehearsals are underway for the summer American Idol Live! 2018 tour, featuring the top seven finalists from the first season of ABC’s reboot of the reality competition series, as well as season 8’s winner, Kris Allen and, on some dates, In Real Life, winner of another ABC series, Boy Band. But getting ready for the tour didn’t stop the top two contestants from this most recent season, winner Maddie Poppe and runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, from dropping by the Billboard office in Los Angeles to talk about the trek, their post-Idol lives, and the current state of their romantic relationship, revealed on the season finale moments before Ryan Seacrest announced that Poppe was this year’s champion. Read our conversation with Poppe and Hutchinson below: It’s been exactly six weeks since the se...

ABC Orders ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff For Fall Minus Roseanne Barr

ABC, which canceled its Roseanne revival over its star’s racist tweet, said Thursday (June 21) it will air a Conner family sitcom minus Roseanne Barr this fall. ABC ordered 10 episodes of the spinoff after Barr relinquished any creative or financial participation in it, which the network had said was a condition of such a series. In a statement issued by the show’s producer, Barr said she agreed to the settlement to save the jobs of 200 cast and crew members who were idled when Roseanne was canceled last month. “I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne, she said, adding, “I wish the best for everyone involved.” The revival of the hit 1988-97 sitcom Roseanne was swiftly axed by ABC last month after Barr posted a tweet likening former Obama adviser Valerie J...

Apple picks up the immigrant anthology series ‘Little America’ for its streaming service

Apple’s latest addition to its upcoming video streaming service is a timely one. The company has picked up “Little America,” a half-hour anthology series which looks at the “funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories” of immigrants in America. The series comes from Oscar-nominated screenwriters of “The Big Sick,” Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and Emily V. Gordon, and Emmy-nominated producer and writer Lee Eisenberg (“The Office,” “SMILF”). Eisenberg will also exec produce alongside Emmy winning producer, writer and director Alan Yang (“Master of None,””Parks and Recreation”), and he will serve as showrunner. Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will executive produce for Epic Magazine, where the stories originated, alongside co-executive producer Arthur Spector. “Little...

Barbra Streisand Announces Netflix Debut of Vintage TV Specials, Extended Version of ‘A Star is Born’

Barbra Streisand fans are in for a treat. The singer just announced that she’s inked a new content deal with the streaming giant Netflix, bringing 6 of her classic TV shows and a special edition of her 1976 film A Star is Born to the site soon. The vintage specials represented on Netflix will include My Name Is Barbra (1965), Color Me Barbra (1966), Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park (1968), Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments (1973), Barbra Streisand: The Concert (1994) and Barbra Streisand: Timeless (2001). Six of my TV Specials… and an extended version of A Star Is Born, coming to #Netflix! More soon. — Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) June 11, 2018 The news comes on the heels of the 2018 FYsee closing night celebration, which featured the singer in a talk...