‘Twilight Zone’ Trailer: See Adam Scott, Sanaa Lathan and Tracy Morgan Enter the Fifth Dimension (Video)

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Following a brief Super Bowl teaser, CBS All Access on Thursday released the first trailer for Jordan Peele’s upcoming reboot of “The Twilight Zone.”

The anthology series will launch its first two episodes on April 1, with new installments to be made available weekly on Thursdays, beginning April 11. Watch the trailer above, which features Tracy Morgan, who was previously unannounced.

Peele is executive producing and hosting the series, stepping into the role that original series narrator Rod Serling made famous. You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here.

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The anthology series’ previously-revealed cast members include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun.

The new series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.

Serling created the original series, which ran for 80 episodes from 1959 to 1964, and used socially-conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. There have been two prior revivals of the classic series. The first reboot aired for 110 episodes on CBS starting in 1985, and a second version, with Forest Whitaker in Serling’s role, ran for 43 episodes on UPN in the early 2000s.

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CBS All Access is giving its subscribers a special treat this April Fools’ Day: the series premiere of Jordan Peele’s reboot of “The Twilight Zone.”

The anthology series will launch its first two episodes April 1, with new installments to be made available weekly on Thursdays, beginning April 11, Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content for CBS All Access, announced during the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Wednesday.

As TheWrap previously reported, Peele is executive producing and hosting the series, stepping into the role that original series’ narrator Rod Serling made famous. You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here.

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The anthology series’ previously-revealed cast members include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun.

The new series, which will debut later this year, will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.

Serling created the original series, which ran for 80 episodes from 1959 to 1964, and used socially-conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. There have been two prior revivals of the classic series. The first reboot aired for 110 episodes on CBS starting in 1985, and a second version, with Forest Whitaker in Serling’s role, ran for 43 episodes on UPN in the early 2000s.

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Super Bowl LIII: Here’s Every Ad That Brands Have Dropped So Far Before the Big Game (Updating)

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On Sunday, the New England Patriots will take on the Los Angeles Rams to see who will hoist the Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl LIII.

But for the many non-football fans who tune in for the game on Super Bowl Sunday, it also represents the best and funniest from the advertising world. The Super Bowl remains the most expensive ad buy on TV, with CBS getting between $5.1 and $5.3 million for 30-seconds of airtime, an individual with knowledge of the negotiations tells TheWrap.

Last year’s game cast ad buyers an average of $5.2 million for 30-seconds of airtime, according to data from ad-tracking firm Kantar Media. Overall, NBC brought in $482 million in ad time for last year’s coverage, which included pre- and post-game shows (for the game itself, NBC generated $408 million).

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Below, TheWrap has rounded up every commercial, teaser or preview that will air during the Big Game:

Skittles

“Dexter” star Michael C. Hall will star in “Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical,” which will be staged in front of a live audience at The Town Hall in New York on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. EST.

So is it an actual Super Bowl commercial? Well, yes and no. The play is an actual advertisement for Skittles starring Hall, and it will take place on the same day as the game. But the musical itself is a real, one-time-only performance in lieu of an actual commercial during the game.

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Budweiser

A Dalmatian, Bob Dylan and, of course, the famous Budweiser Clydesdales appear in the beverage-maker’s Super Bowl ad touting that it’s now brewed with 100 percent renewable electricity from wind power.

Pepsi

Lil Jon, Steve Carell and Cardi B will star in Pepsi’s Super Bowl, and they’re all asking the same question.

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M&Ms

Christina Applegate gets locked out of her car at the grocery store and doesn’t appear too amused about it. You’ll have to watch the Super Bowl to find out what M&Ms’ role is here.

Mr. Peanut

Mr. Peanut and Alex Rodriguez: Dynamic duo.

Stella Artois

Now here’s a mashup we would’ve never expected. Jeff Bridges reprised his “The Big Lebowski” character, The Dude, to share a drink with Sarah Jessica Parker, reprising her own iconic role as Carrie Bradshaw from “Sex and the City.”

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Doritos

Chance the Rapper and The Backstreet Boys are teaming up for Doritos’ Super Bowl ad. It looks like Chance is having a tough time fitting (and dancing) in.

Michelob ULTRA

Michelob ULTRA put out a pair of widely-different teasers for its Super Bowl ads. One features a robot and the other Zoe Kravitz in the quietest ad in history. We’re just as confused as you are.

Pringles

Alexa… are you OK?

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Olay

Sarah Michelle Gellar stars in Olay’s first-ever Super Bowl ad that plays on her horror film chops in “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Scream 2.”

Expensify

In recent years, the Super Bowl has been home to unknown brands looking to get in front of the massive audience that will watch the game. Expensify, a software company that develops an expense management system for personal and business use, has enlisted 2 Chainz and Adam Scott to talk about finance management.

WeatherTech

We know next to nothing about what WeatherTech — who has become a Super Bowl mainstay in recent years — has planned for its Super Bowl ad. But the teaser has a dog, and that’s good enough for us.

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Burger King

We don’t know what Burger King is preparing to do for the fast food chain’s Super Bowl ad… we just know he’s spending a lot of time getting ready for it.

Super Bowl LIII airs Sunday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT on CBS

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10 Best Celebrity Political Endorsements: From Stephen King to Diddy and More

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Ahead of Tuesday’s midterm election, celebrities made their closing arguments Sunday for their favorite candidates and causes — or for voting in general.

Stephen King asked Iowans to vote against the like-named Rep. Steve King “for personal reasons”: He said he’s “tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.”

Iowans, for personal reasons I hope you’ll vote Steve King out. I’m tired of being confused with this racist dumbbell.

— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 4, 2018

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Diddy officially endorsed Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor, saying, “It’s time to fight back.”

Attention Georgia!!! I’m officially endorsing @staceyabrams for Governor. She is without a doubt the right person for the job. But the only way this can happen is if you get out and vote. Let your voice be heard, don’t let anything stop you from voting!! IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK. pic.twitter.com/BkaHsEK1kd

— Diddy (@Diddy) November 4, 2018

Adam Scott got right to the point about his feelings for Abrams.

I F**KIN’ LOVE YOU @staceyabrams https://t.co/gvBMzCLY2u

— Adam Scott (@mradamscott) November 4, 2018

Chelsea Handler called Illinois congressional candidate Lauren Underwood “an inspirational leader,” who “needs us to help her amplify.”

Illinois-This woman is neck in neck for her race, and she needs us to help her amplify. She is an inspirational leader and deserves this seat. It’s time for real representation in Congress. https://t.co/Cr7whnIfmg

— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 4, 2018

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Zachary Quinto supported Emily Skopov, who is running for state representative in Pennsylvania. He calls Skopov “an everyday citizen compelled to run for office because of the restrictive discriminatory and self-serving policies of the old guard straight white men who have clung to power for far too long.”

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i’m so grateful i got to launch today’s canvas for emily skopov! she is running for state representative in pennsylvania’s 28th district and is an incredible example of democracy in action. an everyday citizen compelled to run for office because of the restrictive discriminatory and self-serving policies of the old guard straight white men who have clung to power for far too long. she is within striking distance of defeating her opponent on tuesday and i couldn’t be more excited to support her and all that she represents – including women’s rights – lbtq rights – education – and important governance reform such as #fairmaps GET UP! GET OUT! VOTE! @emily4pa @demredistrict

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Several stars including Jodie Foster, Kyra Sedgwick and Eric McCormack got behind Katie Hill, who is a congressional candidate in Santa Clarita, California.

I cannot WAIT to go knock@on doors for @KatieHill4CA in #CA25 tomorrow at 9AM!! If you’re in the neighborhood,join me and help #TakeBackTheHouse https://t.co/8LxndYPCYy

— kyra sedgwick (@kyrasedgwick) November 4, 2018

It was great to connect, and remind people how crucial their #VOTE is. Early voting at Lancaster Library till 4 pm today, folks! @KatieHill4CA #VoteBlue2018 https://t.co/Ms3jOLS4cj

— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) November 4, 2018

America Ferrera and Zoe Saldana urged Latino voters to get to the polls:

We’re heading to Miami, FL to rally the Latino Vote!  Meet us at Ball and Chain at 4:00pm https://t.co/fDLPoM1XY1 Join us!  And follow our journey on @nowthisnews #LatinosStandUp @evalongoria @hereisgina @rosariodawson @zoesaldana pic.twitter.com/4KK6gOTvvE

— America Ferrera (@AmericaFerrera) November 4, 2018

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Mark Ruffallo urged voters to “stand for Standing Rock” Native Americans in the Dakotas:

This is another moment to stand for Standing Rock. Native people are here, they’re resilient, and despite the laws trying to suppress them, they’re ready to vote.

Text STAND to 788683 to take the #StandNVote pledge. Let’s bring this home. pic.twitter.com/mHYLqrkQ4u

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 4, 2018

And Bellamy Young was “knocking on doors & talking w/ my North Carolina family about the need to vote for #fairmaps candidates”:

State and local politics affect our daily lives just as much as what happens in Washington. That’s why I’m home today knocking on doors & talking w/ my #NorthCarolina family about the need to vote for #fairmaps candidates all the way down the ballot on Election Day!???????????? pic.twitter.com/HK7UfBnWKC

— Bellamy Young (@BellamyYoung) November 4, 2018

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How CBS All Access Landed Jordan Peele for Its ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot

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CBS All Access has been building up its slate of original programming, planning to launch 10 new shows next year. And arguably the buzziest one of them all is the Jordan Peele-led reboot of the classic science fiction series “The Twilight Zone.”

So how did CBS All Access, a small but growing player in the high-stakes streaming wars, land the Oscar-winning writer and director of “Get Out”? “We actually had heard that Jordan was such a fan of the original series that he credits it to some extent with his interest in becoming an artist,” Julie McNamara, executive VP, original content, CBS All Access, told TheWrap. “Having heard that, we pursued a conversation with him to see if that’s something he would be interested in.”

It won’t be the first, or even second time the series has been rebooted. There have been two prior revivals of the classic series. The first aired for 110 episodes on CBS in 1985, and a second version, with Forest Whitaker in Rod Serling’s famous role, ran for 43 episodes on UPN in the early 2000s.

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“I personally have heard probably 10 different pitches on rebooting ‘Twilight Zone’ over the years,” continues McNamara, adding that none of them “hit the mark” as a reason to bring the show back. That is, until Peele walked through that door.

“It happens to coincide with a moment in the culture that feels specifically ripe for this show to come back,” she said, likening “Get Out” to a two-hour episode that would feel right at home in Serling’s original version. “It feels like right now Jordan’s point of view on the world is very welcome through the use of this franchise.”

Peele echoed that thought when the project was announced last year: “Too many times this year it’s felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can’t think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences.”

Peele will not only executive produce the series, he’ll host and narrate it as well. Principal photography began on Oct. 1 and McNamara said they’re about to start production on the third episode. Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott have been announced as the show’s first two cast members, each starring in separate installments.

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The title for Scott’s episode — “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” — appears to be a reimagining of one of the most popular episodes of the original series’ run. That episode, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” starred William Shatner as Bob Wilson, the only passenger on an airline flight to notice a hideous creature lurking outside the plane. Richard Donner (“Superman,” 1978) was the episode’s director, which was based on a short story of the same name by “I Am Legend” author Richard Matheson. It aired on Oct. 11, 1963.

Lathan’s episode, meanwhile, is titled “Rewind.”

Serling created the original series, which ran for 80 episodes from 1959 to 1964, and used socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. The new series, which will debut sometime next year, is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.

“In a really healthy way, it both scares him and exhilarates him to be taking this on,” said McNamara. “He really reveres it.”

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Jordan Peele has found the latest cast member to enter the fifth dimension.

CBS announced Friday that Adam Scott will star in an upcoming episode of Peele’s reboot of the classic science fiction series for CBS All Access. And judging by the episode’s title — “Nightmare at 30,000 Feet” — it appears Scott will be starring in a reimagining of one of the most popular episodes of the original series’ run.

That episode, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” starred William Shatner as Bob Wilson, the only passenger on an airline flight to notice a hideous creature lurking outside the plane. Richard Donner was the episode’s director, which was based on a short story of the same name by “I Am Legend” author Richard Matheson. It aired on Oct. 11, 1963.

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Scott becomes the second cast member to board Peele’s “Twilight Zone,” joining Sanaa Lathan who will star in the “Rewind” episode. Peele is executive producing and narrating, stepping into the role that Rod Serling made famous. You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here.

The new series, which begins production in the fall for a 2019 debut, will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.

Serling created the original series, which ran for 80 episodes from 1959 to 1964, and used socially-conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. There have been two prior revivals of the classic series. The first reboot aired for 110 episodes on CBS in 1985, and a second version, with Forest Whitaker in Serling’s role, ran for 43 episodes on UPN in the early 2000s.

Scott is most known for his role as Ben Wyatt on NBC’s “Parks & Recreation,” as well as Derek from the Will Ferrell-John C. Reilly comedy “Step Brothers.” He also starred on the short-lived Starz comedy “Party Down” and most recently appeared on NBC’s “The Good Place” as the demon, Trevor.

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‘The Good Place’: Michael Gets Blamed for Brexit (but Nobody Mentions Trump)

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(Note: This post contains mild spoilers from the Oct. 4 episode of “The Good Place.”)

“The Good Place” just rolled out an explanation for some of the weird things that have been happening in our world, like Brexit, and the Jacksonville Jaguars recent successes: demonic intervention.

Season 3 has been all about Michael (Ted Danson) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) trying to prevent Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) from winding up in the Bad Place. It started with Michael, who convinced Judge Hydrogen (Maya Rudolph) to reset the timeline at the end of Season 2, saving each of the four from their original accidental deaths, giving them a chance to become better people on Earth and avoid their former fates.

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Things weren’t really working out, though, so Michael returned to Earth a few more times to help put everyone on track, driving Eleanor to meet up with Chidi, and then sending Tahani and Jason to join them. Everything seemed to be going great, although Michael had to “cheat” the experiment by returning to Earth again and again (kind of like how he kept rebooting the Fake Good Place).

But in the third episode of the season, “The Brainy Bunch,” Michael finally gets caught when he and Janet try to stop more intervention in the experiment. Trevor (Adam Scott), a Bad Place demon, has shown up on Earth in order to try to break up the group of humans and mess everything up. When Michael and Janet also go back to Earth, the Judge finally gets wise to what’s happening.

It turns out that Michael’s alterations to the timeline are blamed for some real-world effects. When the Judge brings Michael, Janet and Trevor back to Earth, she explains that their interference in the timeline has created ripple events that have made everything weirder. She mentions Brexit, the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union.

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In the real word, the vote for the UK to leave the EU really was kind of weird, and wasn’t really expected to pass. But thanks to the unexpected consequences of Michael messing with the timeline, it did.

Brexit isn’t the only thing the Judge points out that’s a bit strange. She also mentions the success of the Hugh Jackman movie “The Greatest Showman,” the fact that the Jacksonville Jaguars are good enough to make the NFL Playoffs this year, and that comedian-turned-media mogul Byron Allen now owns the Weather Channel. They’re all Michael’s fault.

But in case you’re wondering, there’s one big, weird event you might have expected Michael to be blamed for that didn’t come up: the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Donald Trump shocking win was at least as big an upset as Brexit. Not only did he secure the presidential nomination during a packed Republican primary, he defeated Hillary Clinton in national election despite losing the popular vote by nearly three million votes. That’s how close it was.

But it was probably wise not to go there. No matter which side of the political divide, ascribing Trump’s presidency to the meddling of a demon in human affairs would be one hell of a hornet’s nest-kick. We’re all angry enough as it is without having to get into shouting matches with our families over what is inarguably one of the best shows on TV.

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‘Good Place’ Creator on Premiere’s Surprise Return: ‘He’s on a Singular Mission to Blow Everything Up’

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Everything was bonzer come the close of the first episode of Season 3 of “The Good Place,” with the premiere ending with the surprise return of the worst demon in the Bad Place: Trevor (Adam Scott.)

Creator Mike Schur explained why it was time for that jerk to return, just as Michael (Ted Danson) had orchestrated a way to get all of the former residents of the Bad Place who are once again alive and back on Earth — Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto)  — together in Australia.

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“Brick by brick, laying this careful groundwork, and then simultaneously the Bad Place would figure out that’s what he was doing and just send a saboteur to blow it up all — that seemed like a really juicy way to launch into the season,” Schur told Entertainment Weekly in an interview published Thursday after the premiere.

And, yes, next week’s episode will see Trevor — under Shawn’s (Mark Evan Jackson) orders — do whatever it takes to get the crew to quit Chidi’s study and get the heck out of Australia, thus ruining Michael’s plan to help them prove to the Judge (Maya Rudolph) they can be better people — they just need each other.

“He’s on a singular mission to blow everything up,” Schur said. “His goal is to just get them to quit. Michael believes that they’re only safe if they’re together, and so all Trevor really needs to do is get one of them to leave, or to head home, to ruin it. He spends much of the next episode working on that plan.”

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Of course that is going be a fun plan, albeit an evil one.

“He calls Michael a ‘dingus,’” Schur said. “He’s used that word before, and Michael has used that word before, and it really started making us laugh. ‘Dingus’ appears to be the official insult of the Bad Place. It’s so childish and silly. He has a couple lines that I won’t spoil. Adam Scott is very facile with language, and we wrote him some real rollercoaster insults that he lays out. We also love that he always just hung out in bathrooms. And when they ask him why, he shrugs his shoulders and goes, ‘I like the smells.’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s my thing.’”

Read TheWrap’s interview with Schur about Season 3 here.

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Adam Scott Has Double the Fun With Mike Huckabee’s Weird Capital Gazette Tribute

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Mike Huckabee is known for generating the laughs (or trying to, anyway) on Twitter from time to time.

On Friday, the former Arkansas governor did so again — except inadvertently, this time.

At least, we hope it was inadvertent.

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Huckabee took to Twitter on Friday to pay tribute to the staff of Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper, who suffered tragedy on Thursday, when a gunman killed five people at their offices.

Specifically, Huckabee feted the staff for pulling together a newspaper the day after the tragedy.

“A big salute to the staff of the Gazette, who despite being traumatized and losing staffers to death and injury, vowed that the next day’s edition would come out, and they worked at home and got it out,” Huckabee tweeted.

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A lovely sentiment, but it was the photo — or, rather, photos — accompanying the tribute that got a number of people’s attention. Huckabee’s tribute was illustrated with side-by-side, identical photos of himself. Which would seem, on the face of it anyway, to slightly detract attention from the brave staffers at the Capital Gazette.

While the illustration was most likely the result of a technical gaffe, the former governor’s tweet had “Step Brothers” actor Adam Scott doubled over with laughter, or at least inquiry.

“What is wrong with you,” Scott tweeted of the tribute.

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While Scott got the ball rolling, others picked it up and ran with it via replies to Scott’s tweet.

“A big saute to Mike Huckabee and the staff of Mike Huckabee for making the Mike Huckabee about Mike Huckabee,” one wag chimed in. “Now here’s two identical pictures of me, Mike Huckabee. One for each eyeball, just in case you see the world like Mike Huckabee.”

“I don’t understand why any photo of himself with the tweet, but why two and why those two? I don’t understand that family,” a befuddled observer offered.

“I can never do these magic eye things. What is it? A dolphin? Sailboat?” mused another responder.

“Are we supposed to find the differences between the two photos?” read another quizzical response.

TheWrap has reached out to Huckabee about his attention-grabbing photo choice.

What is wrong with you https://t.co/tbR5Go7lT6

– Adam Scott (@mradamscott) June 29, 2018

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‘Ghosted’ Canceled by Fox After One Season

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Fox has officially ghosted on “Ghosted” after just one season.

The Adam Scott and Craig Robinson-led comedy from creator Tom Gormican has been canceled by the broadcast network, less than a week after airing its first season finale — which will now be its last.

An individual with knowledge of the decision tells TheWrap that, while the network was “proud of the show,” the addition of “Thursday Night Football,” as well as new comedies on Fridays and Sundays, and the large amount of returning shows next season, Fox’s schedule couldn’t accommodate a second season of “Ghosted.” However, a few unaired episodes from the first season may still become available for viewing at a later date.

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The network has some previously-ordered comedy pilots in the works as potential midseason replacements for “Ghosted,” including “Bless this Mess,” “Dan the Weatherman” and the Untitled Rob McElhenney/Rob Rosell comedy (starring Leah Remini).

“Ghosted”s cancellation is the latest in a string of Fox sitcom deaths, as the network prepares for its 2018-19 season. The show’s status had been in limbo for some time, as Fox cut comedies “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” (saved by NBC one day later) “The Mick” and “Last Man on Earth” all at once ahead of its upfront presentation in May, and then nixed freshman series “LA to Vegas” the week after. But it left “Ghosted”s — which came back in April after going on hiatus in January — status up in the air until after it finished off its first (and now last) season Sunday.

“Ghosted” centers around former missing persons detective Leroy Wright (Robinson), a skeptic who doesn’t believe aliens exist, unlike true believer Max Jennifer (Scott), who is convinced his wife was abducted by such beings. Against all odds, the two find themselves forced to work with each other when, at low points in their lives, they are both recruited by Capt. Ava Lafrey (Ally Walker), a take-no-prisoners former Air Force test pilot and head of the Bureau Underground, a secret government organization investigating paranormal cases. Lafrey and her staff support Leroy and Max as they look into unexplained activity and keep Earth safe.

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The cast includes Robinson, Scott, Walker, Amber Stevens West, and Adeel Akhtar.

Robinson and Scott executive produce, along with creator Gormican, showrunner Kevin Ette and Naomi Scott, Oly Obst, and Mark Schulman.

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Fox TV vs Fox News: Seth MacFarlane and Steve Levitan Lead a Family Feud Over Family Separations

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There’s a family feud at Fox, with TV studio creatives like “Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane tweeting their fury at conservative commentators at Fox News over family separations at the U.S.-Mexican border.

21st Century Fox’s assets include the Los Angeles-based film studio, 20th Century Fox, and the Fox broadcast network that is the home to shows like “The Simpsons,” as well as the New York-based Fox News, home to conservative commentators like Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson.  Some of the West Coasters are loudly taking issue with the hosts’ spin on child immigration centers. 

The fight comes as 21st Century Fox executive co-chairman Rupert Murdoch is selling off Fox’s TV and film assets, so they will no longer be affiliated with Fox News. That may free Levitan, whose contract is ending and whose show airs on ABC even though it comes from Fox’s TV studio, 20th Century Fox TV. MacFarlane will remain connected because he produces shows that air on Fox.

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The breakup may explain why Levitan and MacFarlane “probably feel a little more free” to speak out, according to Brad Adgate, an independent media consultant and former senior vice president at Horizon Media.

“I don’t think this would’ve happened a year ago,” Adgate told TheWrap. “Fox News has always been partisan.”

Levitan and MacFarlane’s success has also bought them some freedom.

“Someone who doesn’t have a name or just started out wouldn’t say this,” Adgate said. “These guys are so successful as TV producers that they can go anywhere else if suddenly Fox said, ‘We don’t like what you said, we’re going to drop you.’”

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The showrunners aren’t the first powerful Fox broadcast icons to lash out at Fox News. “The Simpsons” has made a running gag of it. For the show’s 25th anniversary on Fox in 2012, the show ran a love note to Fox, with an asterisk that read “This doesn’t include Fox News.”

Levitan tweeted Tuesday morning that he would leave the studio after “Modern Family” finishes its run. He then backtracked slightly, saying that he would “take some time” to think about his future and see where top Fox executives end up after the company is sold. (It is expected to go to either Disney or Comcast.)

MacFarlane objected when Fox News host Tucker Carlson advised viewers not to believe other networks’ news.

“In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain,” MacFarlane tweeted. “Just blindly obey Fox News. This is fringe s—, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company.”

Others who spoke up include Adam Scott, star of Fox’s “Ghosted,” who said that “as a ⁦FOX employee I’m disgusted by ⁦@FoxNews⁩ and their support for & blatant lying about state-sponsored child abuse.”

“Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig tweeted that he has made two films for 20th Century Fox and loves “the people in the movie and TV divisions.”

Be he added: “I too cannot condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children.”

Fox News Channel, Fox Broadcast Channel, and 21st Century Fox corporate all declined to comment on this story. The Fox studio did not respond to requests for comment.

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Robert Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, said Levitan and MacFarlane “feel secure enough that a punitive firing by Fox for saying that is probably not very likely… They thought they were treading on thick ice.”

Thompson pointed out “there has always been” a divide between those two sides of the business.

“Fox News has shown stuff that you would never expect the Fox Network to show,” he said.

Unlike other broadcasters, Fox doesn’t tout its news division during the spring upfront presentations to advertisers.

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Fox News is arguably the largest jewel in 21st Century Fox’s crown. That — and the fact that Disney has ABC News — is why Fox News was never even a consideration in the sale of Fox’s assets to Disney. Fox News doesn’t need the support of any other property.

It has been the most-watched cable news channel in both primetime and total-day measurements for a staggering 197 months. And across that 24-hour period, Fox News has topped all of basic cable for 23 straight months — almost two years. Last month, its mighty primetime lineup was second only to TNT.

Fox News Channel finished 2017 with near $1.2 billion in gross advertising revenue, and netted more than $1 billion, according to media research firm SNL Kagan. Fox News also hauled in $1.6 billion in affiliate fees.

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Despite cord-cutting and a general downward trend in ratings, SNL Kagan expects Fox News will net about $92 million more this year than last year. By 2020, it believes FNC’s positive cash flow will be $223 million more than in 2017.

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While Levitan may be able to head for the exit door from Fox soon, MacFarlane, even after the sale goes through, will still very much be in business with Fox. His long-running “Family Guy” and live-action dramedy “The Orville” will both return on Fox next fall, as will the “Cosmos” event series follow up “Possible Worlds,” which MacFarlane executive produces.

“The reason it’s happening now is that we’re now far enough into the major cultural changes that began in 2015, when the last election came,” Thompson said. “The number of things like this that Levitan and McFarlane are outraged about are accruing and building up, and the kinds of things that are being said on Fox News are reaching new plateaus.”

In other words, don’t think critically, don’t consult multiple news sources, and in general, don’t use your brain. Just blindly obey Fox News. This is fringe shit, and it’s business like this that makes me embarrassed to work for this company. https://t.co/kC7MPYxdgZ

— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 16, 2018

Let me officially join @SethMacFarlane in saying I’m disgusted to work at a company that has anything whatsoever to do with @FoxNews. This bullshit is the opposite of what #ModernFamily stands for. https://t.co/dnvIbgoIyA

— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) June 19, 2018

I look forward to seeing #ModernFamily through to the end and then, sale or no sale, setting up shop elsewhere.

— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) June 19, 2018

I have made two films for 20th Century Fox and love the people in the movie and TV divisions. But I too cannot condone the support their news division promotes toward the immoral and abusive policies and actions taken by this current administration toward immigrant children. https://t.co/6JqIQPjepV

— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) June 19, 2018

As a ⁦FOX employee I’m disgusted by ⁦@FoxNews⁩ and their support for & blatant lying about state-sponsored child abuse. https://t.co/r6gkqHQDzq

— Adam Scott (@mradamscott) June 19, 2018

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Patton Oswalt, Anna Faris, Will Forte Read Texts From Their Moms on ‘Kimmel’

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Patton Oswalt, Adam Scott, Kristen Bell and more celebrities read texts from their moms on “Kimmel” on Thursday night in anticipation of Mother’s Day this Sunday — and it will crack you up.

Anna Faris received a text from her mom at 3:34 a.m. one day saying, “As you know know [sic] we truly believe you are the greatest actress of your generation. We do someday hope you transition into dramatic work. I also woke up because I am worried you are not wearing enough sunscreen and taking the B-12 I got you from a Costco.”

Ike Barinholtz got a text about Donald Trump saying, “He must have a very small peanut.” Her next text read, “Peanut,” which was then followed up by: “Penis. Sorry I hate this phone!”

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Adam Scott was asked whether it is “OK for a grandma to lust,” while Tony Hale was told by his mother that she still doesn’t “get” his show “Arrested Development.”

Oswalt flat-out said that his mom doesn’t know how to text, while Will Forte just received a series of emojis from his mom, culminating in rows and rows of ducks.

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‘Flower’ Film Review: Talented Cast Set Adrift in Disappointing Teen Satire

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It’s hard to know whether Erica Vandross, the 17-year-old at the center of Max Winkler’s “Flower,” is meant to be an a-hole we unexpectedly like or a likeable person who sometimes behaves like an a-hole, but Zoey Deutch’s performance constitutes one of the most curious mis-applications of natural acting charisma I’ve ever seen.

Deutch, winning in a lot of films unworthy of her (“Why Him,” “Dirty Grandpa,” “Vampire Academy”), commands the screen as if the quandary doesn’t matter, while Winkler and co-screenwriters Alex McAulay and Matt Spicer construct a story that lurks somewhere between “Sixteen Candles,” “Palo Alto” and “Fish Tank” but without the humor, insight or poetry needed to match her fearless, irresistible talent.

Deutch plays Erica Vandross, a San Fernando Valley teenager trying to earn enough money to spring her estranged father from jail by seducing local sleazeballs and then shaking them down for cash. Though she’s stayed willfully oblivious to the relationship her frazzled bohemian mom Laurie (Kathryn Hahn) starts with a kind-hearted square named Bob (Tim Heidecker), Erica finds her life turned upside down after his troubled son Luke (Joey Morgan, “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”) arrives fresh and vulnerable from rehab.

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At Laurie’s urging, Erica and Luke form a tenuous bond largely built on the few semi-friendly exchanges they share when she isn’t being mercilessly blunt. But after learning that much of Luke’s pain comes from an unresolved claim that he was sexually assaulted by Will (Adam Scott), a former teacher who still lives in their community, Erica recruits high school cohorts Kala (Dylan Gelula, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Claudine (Maya Eshet, “Teen Wolf”) to avenge her future step-brother, unleashing a chain of events that forces them to deal with the very adult consequences of their teenage games whether they’re ready to or not.

The reason that so much of “Flower” works as well as it does is because it’s anchored so deeply by Deutch’s performance, which effortlessly dances on that razor’s edge between sympathetic and insufferable. There’s something identifiable and occasionally even charming about Erica, who is savvier and more streetwise than any of her adult counterparts, but she’s driven by a desperate absence of guidance — an almost clichéd need for some kind of structure or limitations — that leads her to suitably misguided choices.

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As a teen trying to navigate her way through not one but two fractured parental relationships, Deutch imbues Erica with an agency that feels at once wildly unseemly, perversely appealing and utterly believable, the precise sort of preternatural maturity that would ensnare susceptible men not just against their better judgment, but hers as well.

The remainder of the cast bring their characters to vivid, believable life, from Gelula and Eshet’s dopey, media-saturated teenage wokeness as Erica’s partners in crime to Hahn’s apologetic, perfectly scattered take on Laurie’s laissez-faire parenting. For a comedian exceptionally skilled at going broad, and weird, Tim Heidecker offers a skillfully understated take as the uncool suitor who wins Laurie’s heart (and shows her firebrand daughter uncommon, and largely undeserved, patience), while Adam Scott manages to be convincingly skeptical — if not quite heedless enough — in his dealings with Erica, particularly as a man living in the shadow of an appropriately insurmountable accusation.

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Unfortunately, Winkler and his co-screenwriters further muddy the intriguing moral complexity of Erica’s cycle of seduction and exploitation, as well as Luke’s molestation claims, first by interjecting her burgeoning feelings for Will into their pursuit of “justice,” and then by turning the story upside down with a series of events that feel increasingly implausible and “movie-ish,” maybe unless John Hughes was writing them three or more decades ago.

The nuanced character development of early scenes is replaced with a cartoonish sort of escalation of stakes, not to mention some improbable choices, including a disastrously-timed confession of feelings, that would have been rightfully, perhaps satisfyingly called out by the characters had they maintained the wry self-awareness that initially made them so complex, unique and interesting.

Further, and even without conversations in the zeitgeist providing an unflattering context for the events in the film, there’s a reasonable question whether, even if only incidentally, “Flower” devalues the claims of real victims by suggesting they’re lying, enticing perpetrators or otherwise complicit in the power dynamics that lead to assault and molestation. Certainly, the movie sides with the teens, and Winkler’s portrayal of these awful acts offers little sympathy for those who seem to need little encouragement to take advantage of others.

But using these crimes as little more than a plot device ultimately feels like a distraction, and a sleazy one, from the pain and loneliness that drives the teens on screen to try and reclaim their power in such wrongheaded, and eventually, much more destructive ways — at least, if the movie didn’t try to wrap everything up in a shockingly tidy, counterintuitive bow.

“Flower” marks Winkler’s second feature after the 2010 comedy “Ceremony,” which felt to Noah Baumbach what this film does to Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto,” or Sofia’s “Bling Ring”: a counterpart or alternative mining similar territory but trading substance for effervescence. With a different beginning, “Flower” could have paid cheerful tribute to the liberating powers of teenage romance; with a different ending, it could have captured the melancholy fragility of teen self-discovery.

Instead, audiences get a collection of great performances, led by a truly exceptional one, in search of a script that’s worthy of them in a movie with so much to offer that disappointingly, but bafflingly, seems determined to add up to less than the sum of its parts.



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Adam Scott to Return for ‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2

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Adam Scott is set to reprise his role in “Big Little Lies” when the show returns for its second season on HBO. He will return as Ed Mackenzie, who is forced to confront major challenges in his marriage to Madeline (Reese Witherspoon). He joins previously announced returning cast members Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, […]