‘This Is Us’ Season 3 Is Going to Spend ‘A Lot of Time in Vietnam’ With Jack and His Brother

“This Is Us” is planning on jerking your tears in a whole new way with Season 3, as a good chunk of its time will be spent in Vietnam, co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker said during the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday.

But if you hadn’t already guessed that Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and his little brother Nicky’s story during the war was going to be a big part of the season, you clearly weren’t paying attention to the picture of the Pearson bros that Kevin (Justin Hartley) was looking at in the Season 2 finale — or the fact he was on his way to Vietnam.

“I can’t tell you who’ve cast to play Nicky just yet  — but, yes, we are going to be spending a lot of our time in Vietnam,” Aptaker said when asked who is playing the latest addition to the Pearson family. But Aptaker says he “can’t say” exactly how many episodes Jack’s little brother will be in.

Fellow co-showrunner Elizabeth Berger added that the new storyline is “very exciting.”

“There is something very freeing about getting past Jack’s death and getting to tell just a whole completely different kind of story,” Berger said. “It’s sort of different than anything our writers have done in the first two years, so to be all of a sudden be immersed in the Vietnam War, we think it’s going to be really special and really different.”

Aptaker also revealed that like seasons past, the upcoming third installment will begin with a very special day in the Big Three’s — Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin — life.

“We’ve done in our first two years, we’ve picked up on our Big Three’s birthday, so we sort of like that,” Aptaker said. “In a show that plays with time so much, there is something very nice and grounds everyone. So we are picking up with everyone turning 38. In terms of stories, we teased a lot of where we’re going with our season last year. Sort of when you saw Kevin going on you know an airplane with Beth’s cousin Zooey to Vietnam. We saw Toby in the throes of a depressive episode. And our storylines are going to catch up to all those moments over the course of this year.”

While creator and co-showrunner Dan Fogelman isn’t giving away a ton ahead of the Season 3 premiere either, he did tell Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview that the future flashback is part of their endgame.

“I don’t imagine us going past this time period in the future so in terms of a timeline, this is our ending timeline,” Fogelman said. “But we may have other past timelines we’re going to introduce in the course of the series, and also other future storylines that we might introduce as well.”

Fogelman promised EW that Season 3 is going to be a little lighter — but, you know, it’s still “This Is Us,” so.

“There’s humor and love and levity after a very heavy season which I always like when we do,”  he said. “And then… some wallops. It’s our most ambitious season. It’s going to pack a great deal of emotion, and the storylines are going to surprise people.”

“This Is Us” Season 3 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c on NBC.

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The Pontiac Bandit Rides Again! Dan Goor Says Craig Robinson Will Return to ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Ladies and gentlemen, start your (Pontiac) engines! Doug Judy (Craig Robinson) — a.k.a. the Pontiac Bandit — will return to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” for Season 6. In case you haven’t heard, this one will be on NBC.

“We are — we’ve only broken through the first six — err, we’ve only broken the beginning of the season, I shouldn’t say exactly,” Goor told TheWrap when we asked about more Doug Judy. “But I can say that Craig Robinson, I believe he’ll be back. Probably for one episode.”

“No, we’ve not seen the last of Doug Judy,” he said a moment later. “Craig will almost definitely be back.”

But what about Adrian Pimento (Jason Mantzoukas), our other favorite guest star?

“I’m always a big fan of seeing Pimento,” Goor said. “I think he’s a big part of the family.”

In case those two don’t float your (police) boat, Goor also told reporters that they’re in talks to bring back Gina Rodriguez, and that Kevin Cozner (Marc Evan Jackson) will “definitely” return.

Season 6 of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will premiere on NBC in midseason. It was picked up by the home to “The Good Place” roughly 24 hours after Fox canceled the critically beloved comedy.

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ on NBC Will Have ‘No Substantive Changes,’ Showrunner Dan Goor Says

Keep it together, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” fans — almost nothing about your favorite sitcom is changing for the upcoming season. Save that whole new network thing, that is.

When asked Wednesday by a reporter if the show’s first season on NBC will be exactly what we would have gotten had it continued on Fox, showrunner Dan Goor said the following: “I think you’re giving us an immense amount of credit to think that we’ve planned a whole season in advance. But yes, it is– the mandate from NBC… has been, ‘We know this show, we love this show, that’s why we picked up this show, please keep making the same show.'”

“There are no substantive changes in terms of our approach to the show or anything else,” he added.

Later during his panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, Goor listed the ways “Brooklyn” would be “better” on NBC than Fox, something he joked about earlier with the journalists in the room.

Here’s what fans can expect in terms of improvements: “It will be funnier, more heartfelt, better guest stars, more everything, longer, shorter,” Goor quipped.

Pretty comprehensive list.

Season 6 of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will premiere on NBC in midseason. It was picked up by the home to “The Good Place” roughly 24 hours after Fox canceled the critically beloved comedy.

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‘Brooklyn Nine Nine’ Writers Are ‘Actively Talking About’ a #MeToo Episode

When “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” returns for its sixth season next year, executive producer Dan Goor says the now-NBC comedy is considering doing an episode about the #MeToo movement.

“I can’t make a promise, but we’re really interested in trying to do a #MeToo storyline,” Goor said during the show’s TCA panel on Wednesday. “It’s something that we’re actively talking about in the writers room.”

During its five seasons on Fox, the cop comedy hasn’t shied away from tackling more serious subject matter, with episodes about racism and racial profiling, sexuality and active shooter situations.

“We’re not going to do it unless we feel that we have the right take that is doing it justice,” said Andy Samberg.

Terry Crews, who has accused WME agent Adam Venit of groping his genitals at a Hollywood party in 2016, said the #MeToo movement is making Hollywood safer. “I feel like this is gonna be a new day, and now the town will be safer for my wife, for my son and for my daughter.”

Samberg, who plays Jake Peralta, explained that the “Moo Moo” episode in season 4 that focused on racial profiling, “took a really long time to be written in a way where everyone was like yes, this is how the show wants to do this.”

In the episode, Sgt. Terry Jeffords (Crews) files a complaint against a fellow police officer after he’s stopped while he was off-duty walking around in his own neighborhood. Much of the episode features Jeffords arguing with Cpt. Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher) over how to best handle the situation as African-American police officers and the idea of not wanting to be seen as “troublemakers.”

Even if they don’t figure out a #MeToo storyline that works within the show, Goor said that “‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine” would continue to do topical episodes, including more about Rosa Diaz’s (Stephanie Beatriz) bi-sexuality and her coming out to her parents.

“They’re really hard to do, but we’ve been very happy with the way they’ve turned out,” said Goor. “Our challenge is always to make them still feel really true to the show, feel funny, but at the same time give weight to the issue and to really explore it in a fair way.”

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Amy Poehler Says She’s ‘Technically Available’ for a ‘Parks and Rec’ Reunion

OK, brace yourselves, because Amy Poehler is “tech available” (industry term for an actor being “technically available” for a project if nothing else comes along) for a “Parks and Recreation” reunion. But don’t get too excited because she has “no idea” when you’d see that revival.

“Yeah, any time!” Poehler told reporters while promoting “I Feel Bad” during the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday when asked — again — if she’s open to reuniting the cast of the NBC comedy. “I’m avail. I’m tech avail.”

However, when TheWrap asked what a realistic timeline would look like for a reunion — seeing as almost every “Parks and Rec” alum is incredibly busy, including her — she said, “Oh, God, I have no idea.”

“But, you know, everybody has my number,” Poehler said, adding that she and co-star Nick Offerman are still working together, so that’s kind of a mini-reunion.

“We’ve got two [shows],” Poehler said. “We just have to convince everybody else to come on board.”

“We all, it’s kind of common knowledge but we all have a text chain and we talk to each other almost every day, so you know I think everybody would be excited to do some version of it,” she added. “Hopefully on ice!”

“Oh, well I don’t know. I mean, Mike Schur is one of my favorite people ever. Kristen Bell is divine on that show. One of my sister wives Maya Rudolph was just on it. So, that’s a huge, amazing cast there. So I love that show.”

Buzz about a “Parks and Rec” reunion began back in May when Poehler and Offerman told Ellen Degeneres that they would “absolutely” come back together for a look into the lives of our favorite residents of Pawnee, Indiana.

“I’ll speak for everybody and say we would all do it,” Poehler said. “I think we’d all do it someday. It would be amazing.”

After Amy made the reunion seem like a real possibility, other alums of the Mike Schur comedy started getting asked about their thoughts on a reunion — and, as Poehler predicted, they were all on board.

Ben Schwartz (who played Jean Ralphio) told TheWrap he “would do it in a second.” “Are you crazy?” he said during the TCA panel for his Nickelodeon show “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Turtles” last month. And Chris Pratt (who played Andy Dwyer) said he is also down to team up again, saying “as long as I’m in town, yeah, I’ll do it.”

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ABC’s Channing Dungey Says Kenya Barris Was ‘Frustrated’ by Limitations of Broadcast TV

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said Kenya Barris’ decision to prematurely exit his overall deal with ABC Studios came down to the “limitations” of broadcast television.

“I tend to feel like these deals with writers are cyclical,” Dungey told TheWrap at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday. “And I think particularly where Kenya was concerned, he was interested in stretching some creative muscles that he didn’t think he could stretch in the broadcast space. And look, broadcast has its limitations.”

Barris, whose overall deal with ABC Studios wasn’t set to expire until 2021, announced last month that he would terminate his deal early. He is said to be eyeing a new pact with Netflix, putting him in the company of Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.

“Leaving is bittersweet, but between my series on the air and projects currently in development, I know I’ll continue to work with ABC Studios for a long time,” Barris said in a statement at the time.

According to Dungey, whose network is home to Barris’ Peabody-winning comedy “Black-ish,” Barris had grown “frustrated” by the limits of the network television format.

“I think Kenya got to a point where he was feeling was frustrated by the narrative need for ad breaks, frustrated by the idea of how long an episode of comedy can be, frustrated by Standards & Practices,” she said. “And so, at a certain point, these are rules of broadcast, right? And if you want to veer outside of them, you have to explore streaming or something else.”

Echoing Barris’ statement last month, Dungey said ABC maintains a “good relationship” with the producer despite his departure.

Barris will remain on as an executive producer of “Black-ish,” though Jonathan Groff and Kenny Smith will takeover as showrunners. He also serves as executive producer of the Freeform spinoff “Grown-ish,” as well as on the upcoming Freeform comedy “Besties.”

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‘The Conners’: ABC Chief Channing Dungey Hasn’t Personally Seen a Script Yet

The Conner family is down a man — err, woman — and “playing catch-up” with the rest of broadcast TV’s fall slate right now, according to ABC Entertainment Group President Channing Dungey.

The network chief told TheWrap during the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday that she has seen three outlines for the “Roseanne” spinoff sans lead Roseanne Barr, but no script yet. And Dungey says the fact “The Conners” is “behind compared to everybody else” in production is the reason the (kinda) new show didn’t present a panel during the press tour today.

“We had that sort of stutter step in terms of getting up and running,” Dungey told TheWrap, two months after the network canceled “Roseanne,” following an offensive “Planet of the Apes” remark Barr made about ex-Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett, and then ordered “The Conners.”

“I’ve seen three outlines,” Dungey said. “I think my team may have seen the first script yet but it hasn’t come to me. We don’t start production yet ’til the end of August, and so the feeling was we didn’t have enough yet to panel and they’re kind of playing catch-up to get back to the point where they’re on the same schedule on everyone else.”

Though Barr isn’t coming back — obviously — series regulars Dan (John Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Darlene (Sarah Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson) and D.J. (Michael Fishman) will all return. Soere these outlines what they would have done on “Roseanne” Season 2 and just removed Roseanne from the story?

“I think some of those things are,” Dungey said. “I mean, obviously, the prism and the lens of which those stories are told is going to shift, but certain stories we wanted to tell — for example about Dan and his work, we can still tell those stories. Some stories about Darlene as a single parent — we can still tell those stories. So, there are some elements that remain the same moving forward and then there are other parts that are new and are different.”

When asked what the realistic ratings expectations are for the “Roseanne”-less series, Dungey said ABC is “hopeful.”

“When you talk with the audience about what they loved about the nine episodes that we did, they recognize themselves in a lot of the characters, they felt that it was an honest and unflinching — at some times — portrayal of working class Americans,” Dungey said. I’m hopeful that those chords will still resonate, and so for that reason I’m hopeful that we’re still telling a really compelling family story that people will tune in for.”

The “Roseanne” spinoff sitcom, which ABC ordered 10 episodes of sight-unseen after weeks of negotiations following its decision to fire Barr, has some big shoes to fill. The Disney broadcast network has scheduled “The Conners” in its vacated “Roseanne” time slot, Tuesdays from 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. That spot kicks off the entire evening’s lineup, and ABC saw huge Nielsen numbers — a 5.3 rating/23 share among adults 18-49 and 18.652 million total viewers, on average — there this past season.

Those figures, which include a week’s worth of delayed viewing, are hard to come by in the modern television ecosystem, and will be difficult to replicate.

So how will ABC handle its post-Roseanne version of the show? Below is ABC’s official description for “The Conners.”

After a sudden turn of events, the Conners are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family – Dan (Goodman), Jackie (Metcalf), Darlene (Gilbert), Becky (Goranson) and D.J. (Fishman) – grapples with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails.

That “sudden turn of events” almost surely refers to Roseanne Conner’s (Barr) sudden exit.

Tom Werner will executive produce “The Conners,” along with Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. Helford, Caplan and Rasmussen are also writers on the spinoff. The series is from Tom Werner and Werner Entertainment.

Earlier in the day, Dungey bowed out of an executive session during the network’s TCA presentation, citing Disney’s earnings call as the reason.

It was announced by Disney|ABC corporate communications executive Jori Arancio at the top of ABC’s presentation that Dungey would not field questions from reporters on stage as the company “thought it best to not have an executive session [that would] compete” with Disney CEO Bob Iger’s earnings call with investors happening simultaneously.

Dungey likely would’ve been asked to discuss the network’s decision to cancel “Roseanne” after the star’s racist tweets earlier this year.

“The Conners” will premiere Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 8/7c on ABC.

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Real Life Guests Were Stuck in TCA Hotel Elevator, ABC Says at End of ‘A Million Little Things’ Panel

Hotel guests were trapped in the Beverly Hilton’s elevator at the same time as ABC’s “A Million Little Things” panel during the network’s Television Critics Association press tour, ABC PR senior vice president Jori Arancio said Tuesday.

But, the guests were removed safely from the elevator soon after. “I’m happy to report that the people are safe and out of the elevator,” she said before the “Kids Are Alright” panel.

“Thank you,”Arancio said at the conclusion of the “A Million Little Things” Q&A. “But before we go and get ready for the next panel, I wanted to share what is going on in real-time in the hotel. There is a group of people trapped in an elevator on the eighth floor. The fire department is here helping, but the irony of this is too amazing not to share it with you.”

In new ABC fall drama “A Million Little Things,” the on-screen friends meet after being trapped in an elevator together.

The eighth floor here is for the Stardust Lounge, which offers access to the rooftop. That’s where several of the network-sponsored TCA parties take place each summer. ABC’s own party is scheduled for Tuesday night on the hotel’s ground floor, the annual location of that happy hour.

Earlier on Tuesday, at least two of the four elevators in the bank leading up to the Stardust Lounge were out of order. Earlier in the Tour, three had been operational.

In “A Million Little Things,” DJ Nash’s group, for different reasons and in different ways, are all stuck in their lives, per the series description. But when one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living.

The show stars David Giuntoli, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, James Roday, Stephanie Szostak and Lizzy Greene and Ron Livingston as Jon Dixon — the friend whose passing rocks the rest of the group.

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Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington’s Widow to Appear in Suicide Prevention PSA for ABC

Linkin Park founding member Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington’s widow, Talinda Bennington, are set to appear in a suicide prevention PSA alongside stars of ABC’s upcoming drama “A Million Little Things.”

DJ Nash, the creator of the drama about a group of friends reeling from their friend’s suicide, announced the news at the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday.

“At the end of our pilot when this airs, three of our cast members, along with my friend Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park and Talinda Bennington, Chester’s widow, are doing a PSA,” said Nash. “It’s something we take unbelievably seriously.”

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the band Linkin Park died of suicide last July.

Nash said he and the show’s writers were moved by the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain earlier this year to do their part in providing resources to those at risk.

“There’s absolutely nothing romantic about suicide, and I worry about every single person who’s suicidal,” Nash said when asked what precautions he’s taken to avoid romanticizing suicide on the show. “It’s a real, conscious thing in our room, and our writers are amazing. A couple of them have first-hand experience with losing a loved one to suicide, so it’s in our room everyday.”

“We have consultants who work on the show to make sure we’re not romanticizing the story, but telling it in an authentic way,” he said. “You watch the show and see that these people’s lives are forever changed by this. I don’t think you watch the show and say “I should do that too.” I think it’s a cautionary tale of what can happen.”

Set to premiere on ABC in the fall, “A Million Little Things” follows a group of friends who, for different reasons and in different ways, are all stuck in their lives. But when one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living.

David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, James Roday, Grace Park, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, Stephanie Szostak and Lizzy Greene star in the drama.

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James Roday Says ‘We’ll Figure Out a Way to Do’ Second ‘Psych’ Movie

Oh my, God. They are going to get around to the second “Psych” movie, so would you get off James Roday’s back already?

The “A Million Little Things” star was asked about the status of the USA Network series’ much-buzzed about second small screen flick, while sitting on the panel for his new ABC series during the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday. And the “Pscyh” alum said it’s going to happen. OK? But he doesn’t know when yet.

“Yes, the answer is yes,” Roday told reporters who asked if he was still planning on doing a follow-up TV movie, despite his new work schedule for “A Million Little Things.” “We’ll figure out a way to do it. All the pieces are still there and everybody wants to do it. We gotta get Tim Omundson back to the ‘Pscyh’ world. So we’ll figure it out.”

“Psych,” was created by Steve Franks, and starred Roday as Shawn Spencer, a fake psychic detective who helps the police solve crimes. In actuality, he and his best friend Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill) use honed observational skills which can convince people that his powers are supernatural.

Roday, Hill, and more of the original cast previously reunited for a two-hour TV film called “Psych: The Movie,” which debuted in December 2017 on USA, and picked up three years after the 2014 series finale and an eight-season run.

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ABC Boss Channing Dungey Forgoes TCA Executive Session to Not ‘Compete’ With Disney Earnings Call

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey bowed out of an executive session at the network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday, citing Disney’s earnings call as the reason.

It was announced by Disney|ABC corporate communications executive Jori Arancio at the top of ABC’s presentation that Dungey would not field questions from reporters on stage as the company “thought it best to not have an executive session [that would] compete” with Disney CEO Bob Iger’s earnings call with investors happening simultaneously.

Dungey likely would’ve been asked to discuss the network’s decision to cancel “Roseanne” after the star’s racist tweets earlier this year.

Dungey was present at the press tour throughout ABC’s presentation, and was made available to reporters on an “informal basis.”

Typically, network bosses or programming executives appear before reporters and critics at the biannual press tour to give updates and answer questions about the state of their networks. Of the five broadcast networks, ABC and NBC were the only ones not to put their executives on stage. The CW’s Mark Pedowitz, Fox’s Dana Walden and Gary Newman, and CBS’s Kelly Kahl all participated in executive sessions.

Kahl was faced with many tough questions about the current investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and the assertion in recent reports that the company fosters a corporate culture that turns a blind eye toward abuse.

Dungey has not previously shied away from answering questions from the press. Since taking the reins at ABC in 2016, she has participated in multiple executive sessions at TCA press tours and conference calls to discuss the network’s annual upfront presentations in May.

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Jim Carrey on His Mr Pickles Hair in ‘Kidding’: ‘Like an Arrested Development-Type Situation’

Jim Carrey’s Mr. Pickles hair is no joke.

Carrey dished on the story behind his ‘do (see above) while discussing the new Showtime series, “Kidding.” He appeared alongside his co-stars and the creative minds behind the dark take on a children’s show host’s life during the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday.

“I wanted to make it as hard as possible for myself to look attractive to anyone near me,” Carrey said, joking, when asked about how they decided on his shoulder length bob.

“He has long hair and I thought, ‘It would be perfect,'” director and executive producer Michael Gondry, added.

“His struggle was to say, ‘Don’t touch him!'” Carrey said. “‘Cause you wanna change yourself when you get a part and you wanna do some things.”

And while you may think Carrey’s hair is a little nuts, he said he doesn’t “feel crazy at all” while rocking the long locks. “I think it’s good,” Carrey said. “To me it’s juvenile, kind of — like a children’s hairdo.”

“We were trying to find something that felt like it had been your hair for that long,” executive producer and writer Dave Holstein said.

“Yeah, exactly. Like an arrested development-type situation, where you’re being something for them,” Carrey added.

The Showtime dramedy follows Carrey as Jeff, a.k.a. Mr. Pickles, a beloved children’s entertainer who sees his own life upended as his personal relationships begin to implode.

Throughout the season, Carrey’s character begins to push back against the limits of the well-oiled machine of his show, led by executive producer, Seb (Frank Langella). Seb fears Jeff’s mental state could ruin the branding empire they’ve built, and thus begins preparing the show for a life after Jeff.

Carrey also discussed his self-proclaimed “crass” political art, which you can read about here.

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Jim Carrey Explains His ‘Crass’ Political Art: ‘I’m Done With Liars’

“Kidding” star Jim Carrey explained his motivation for all of that unflattering political art he’s been painting and posting to Twitter these days. In case you’re not on social media — or the Internet at all, really — most of his stuff is firmly anti-Trump.

“I do cartoons because I can’t just watch this nightmare unfold. I have to make it into something,” Carrey said Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “I have to alchemize it into something that is at least creative and different — even if it’s crass at times.”

“I’m expressing the crass that I believe everyone else wants to express and can’t necessarily do so in their own lives,” he continued on his own artwork. “So, when I stick a flag in Trump’s ass, it’s because that’s what everybody is seeing — they’re seeing him owned, and I have to express that — in sometimes the most crass way that I can express it, because I’m done with it. I’m done with liars.”

In case you were wondering, no one in the room introduced the word “crass” first — that was Carrey’s own adjective for some of his less-than-flattering portraits of the current White House administration.

Carrey was then asked by a reporter if he plans on doing more such paintings.

“I don’t plan anything. It’s not a choice, it’s just happening because it’s my way, my reflex to what I’m seeing, which I don’t like,” the newest Showtime star responded. “So, it’s just a civilized way of dealing with it, I think… to express it and get on board with as many other voices that are shouting from the rooftops.”

“It’s a new way to make a public record,” Carrey said of his specific protesting method. “You can tweet all you want but there is something about a picture. There is something about a creation you know that takes it to a whole other level and makes it something fun to consume at the same time.”

“But it’s not a choice, it’s literally just happening and I don’t know when it will stop or what it will turn into,” he added.

In a scrum following the “Kidding” TCA panel, Carrey was asked if he thinks President Trump digs the doodlings.

“He probably loves them,” Carrey said, laughing. “He probably loves them on some level. It’s like, I’m sure it’s insulting and whatever I’m sure it’s pissed him off. But at the same time, you know, we’re dealing with a narcissist, so it’s, you know, not always a straight shot. You know what I mean? You could do something that’s really horrible to him, but because he’s just getting a lot of attention horrible is alright for him.”

TheWrap asked then Carrey just how much time he spends per day on the artwork.

“There’s no set anything, you know?” he replied. “Sometimes I fall asleep with freakin’ paint all over the bed and sometimes I do it every once in a while. But mostly, you know, it depends on what I’m painting. This is what I’m painting right now [referencing ‘Kidding.’] Between this and the politics, and the whatever, I’ve got two television shows I’m painting, I’ve got this part that I’m painting, this character that I’m painting. So I’ve always got sculptures and paintings going on, they are either made of bronze or they are made of me.”

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‘Riverdale’ EP Tells Us How the Arrival of Gladys and Jellybean Will Disrupt Jughead and FP Jones

The Jones boys had better get ready.

We’ve known for a while that Jughead’s mom, Gladys, and little sister, Jellybean, will be making their way back to “Riverdale,” and while showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said that those roles aren’t cast quite yet, he did tell TheWrap a little more about how the Jones women will disrupt the South Side — and the Serpents in particular.

“Whenever we bring characters onto ‘Riverdale,’ it’s very rarely do we say, ‘Oh, let’s bring a nice person who won’t rock the boat who will keep things nice and even.’ And it’s usually like, who can we bring in that will cause disruption?” Aguirre-Sacasa told TheWrap, adding that Gladys might butt heads with some other important women in the Jones men’s lives. 

“When Gladys arrives, you know, she used to be the Serpent Queen, so I think there might be problems between her and Betty,” he said. “And I think Gladys may know that FP and Alice had a history, they might be currently involved in the present, so that might be problems there as well.”

As for whether or not Jughead and Jellybean will get along, Aguirre-Sacasa said he hopes so, but knows that siblings aren’t always easy best buds.

I think it’ll be a little bit of a journey,” he said. 

“Riverdale” isn’t the only comic book adaptation under Aguirre-Sacasa’s purview. He’s also the showrunner of the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which began development at The CW but ultimately landed on Netflix. Earlier in the day, CW president Mark Pedowitz said there won’t be plans for a crossover on his network, but Aguirre-Sacasa didn’t close the door completely  when asked.

What my boss Greg Berlanti always says about stuff like this is, in success, who knows what can happen?” he said. The two towns “don’t have the same zip code, but pretty close.”

Read on for our complete interview.

TheWrap: How will the arrival of Gladys and Jellybean disrupt FP and Jughead and the Serpents?
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa: 
Yeah, you know, it’s funny, whenever we bring characters onto “Riverdale,” it’s very rarely do we say, ‘Oh, let’s bring a nice person who won’t rock the boat who will keep things nice and even.’ And it’s usually like, who can we bring in that will cause disruption? We you know, in a way a big story for the Jones men, for FP and Jughead, have been about balancing a stable home life with a life of crime. And the Serpents are sort of on that razor’s edge about being a good biker gang or a bad biker gang, the Ghoulies being a bad one. And I think when Gladys arrives, you know, she used to be the Serpent Queen, so I think there might be problems between her and Betty. And I think Gladys may know that FP and Alice had a history, they might be currently involved in the present, so that might be problems there as well. So it’s funny you know, a character like Gladys has potential to disrupt or affect not just FP, not just Jughead, but Betty and Alice, and all of our characters. Those are the best characters on the show, the kind of characters that can shake up a bunch of people.

How will Jughead and Jellybean get along?
I think in my mind, and it’s still a little bit early, you know we haven’t started breaking story specifically for them. I’d like them to get on. I have a younger sister, and I have an older brother, and when we were kids we did not get along. The older we’ve gotten, we’ve become better friends. So I think it’ll be a journey for them. I think it’ll be a little bit of a journey. But I’m excited about it.

How much of Season 3 will be taken up with the story of Archie’s trial?
That’s a really good question. That’s kind of the story of the premiere. I will say also that I love a good courtroom drama, but I think we decided early on that the season wasn’t going to be based on the trial of Archie. We kind of thought, we’ve seen shows that do that. At the beginning it’s helpful, but then people want to get out of the courtroom really quickly. So it’s a small part, but it sort of sets the course for the rest of the season.

The Ms. Wright character — how much will she be trying to make Archie’s life suck?
You know, Ms. Wright is mostly focused on the trial, and then what we’ll discover… You know like the question of every character, like Ms. Wright who’s prosecuting Archie, is their secret agenda there. It kind of seems like everyone does. So stay tuned.

I feel like that could put our new Mayor in an awkward position, considering it’s her responsibility as Mayor to stand for justice, meanwhile her husband is framing Archie
That’s a big — that’s something that we address, again, in the premiere. But that’s sort of Hermione’s storyline through the season this year is, how do you exist in this gray area, or how do you play both sides, or how do you thread the needle? And we just started breaking an episode where that really comes into conflict. And you know, we haven’t really done a really big conflict episode between Hiram and Hermione, it’s sort of been bubbling underneath, and quietly, but we’re gearing up for it.

A lot is talked about the “Falice” ship — FP and Alice — and while that would be fun to see, will it be weird for Jughead and Betty if their parents were to date? I call it the “Gossip Girl” effect where the parents and kids are both in relationships
Yeah, you know, it’s a really good question, I know the effect you’re speaking of. I did not experience it first hand because by the time that happened in “Gossip Girl” — I was like in grad school so I watched it religiously and then I fell off a little bit — but everyone says that. I think it’s all about execution. And I think it’s all about how deep FP and Alice go. You know, there’s nothing to say that their relationship isn’t going to be a secret affair that they’re keeping. Who knows? We’re mindful of it. We’re mindful of it. But you know, people seem to be ready for it.

So Veronica has this speakeasy. And you’ve mentioned that Reggie will be working there. In some of the Archie comics, Reggie works for Hiram Lodge. Might we see some double agent/mole action from Reggie?
It’s kind of like everyone, and it’s Reggie, it’s Josie and Kevin, everyone’s working at the speakeasy. And we are definitely — you know there’s definitely a lot of secret agendas and things happening around the speakeasy. I will say specifically to Reggie and Hiram, though: Reggie was kind of like, fell under Hiram’s evil influence at the end of Season 2, so I don’t think he’s going to go there. And it does feel like Season 3 is sort of shaping up as a battle of wills between Veronica and Hiram. Last year, it was more Archie and Hiram, this year it’s a little bit more Veronica and Hiram. And Reggie may be fighting on Veronica’s side.

Do you have any musicals in mind for the next musical episode?
You know what, it’s so funny, people pitch me musicals — do you have any suggestions? You know, it’s funny. “Carrie” — we talked through so many musical options, and then I was a huge fan of “Carrie the Musical” and when I just listened, I was like, well let me just listen to the soundtrack, I mean the score, and I was like, this is perfect. So it sort of like, immediately became the frontrunner. There are so many musicals that I love, so many cult musicals that I love, you know, you want it though to be kind of — I think it helped that “Carrie” was a high school musical set i a high school. There are a couple of other cult musicals that we’re looking at. And it was a rock score, basically, you know. As originally, you know, the musical we were going to do was Sweeney Todd, which is one of my favorite musicals. But it obviously has a very different energy than “Carrie the Musical.” It also helped that people weren’t as familiar with “Carrie” as they were with other musicals. So it’s finding the right show for the right moment of our show, and then making sure that the characters align and all that stuff. So we’ve been talking about musical ideas. You know, KJ is obsessed with Spiderman, he wishes he was Spiderman. And I worked on Spiderman Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway musical. And part of me is like should we do Spiderman Turn off the Dark with KJ as Spiderman? I don’t know if, I don’t even know if anyone would let us do it, but the thought’s crossed my mind.

Mark Pedowitz said at the executive session that right now at least, there won’t be a plan to crossover with “Sabrina” on The CW. But do you see potential for a crossover happening on Netflix?
You know, what my boss Greg Berlanti always says about stuff like this is, in success, who knows what can happen? You know right now, we’re so focused on launching “Riverdale” strongly, which I think we’re really doing, and we’re so focused on you know building the world of Sabrina, that they’re kind of discrete entities. But in success, who knows? … We teased obviously the town of Greendale a lot, in “Riverdale,” and you know we make allusions to stuff, so we’ll see.

So they’re at least the same universe
Yeah the towns exist on the same — they don’t have the same zip code, but pretty close.

I have to squeeze in a Salem the cat question. Will he be a real cat? Will he talk? Is he going to provide the same comic relief?
You’ll have to watch the series for that one.

“Riverdale” Season 3 premieres on The CW Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m.

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Showtime Programming Boss Says Some ‘Who Is America?’ Bits That Celebs Are Bracing for Won’t Air

Stop telling everyone you were duped by Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who Is America?” show, celebrities and politicians. Your episode might not even air, Showtime Programming President Gary Levine (cryptically) said on Monday.

Levine made the cagey remarks in a reporter scrum following Showtime’s broader executive session at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

Here’s how that smaller-scale Q&A went:

Reporter: “When does the Sarah Palin episode air?”

Gary Levine: “All I can say about that is there are several people who have thrown themselves in front of buses that may not be heading their way.”

Reporter: “So some of those bits he shot with famous people might even not end up in the show?”

Levine: “Sacha is incredibly hard-working and selective in the final product and he’s always refining it and he has a very high bar. So we will see what we will see.”

TheWrap: “Can you clarify if any of that ‘high-bar’ you’re talking about is because of legalities, or because [a bit] wasn’t funny enough?”

Levine: “No, this is Sacha the comedian, who just keeps working and working. He’s refining stuff right up to the moment it goes on the air. He screens it in front of audiences. It looks like he’s doing it all off-the-cuff, it is remarkably organized and deeply researched and I am in awe of his work ethic and his team.”

During his own time fielding questions from reporters, Levine’s boss David Nevins said Showtime is “dying” to do a second season of “Who Is America?”

“I’m dying to bring it back, you know,” Nevins said. “There’ll be a process and I don’t know that I’ll be making an announcements, but, you know, he had me at ‘Hello.'”

“I think he is one of the great, original comic performers of our time and I knew doing a show with him was a risk, but it’s a risk I’m really glad that we took,” he continued. “And I think what he’s achieved is remarkable.”

When asked if he felt like the backlash to the show has been a blessing or a curse for Showtime, Nevins laughed and replied, “I think it’s been helpful.”

“Everything we did about the show, the whole way we launched it was incredibly unconventional,” he said. “We kept secret that the show was in process for more than a year.”

Levine later specified that Baron Cohen had pitched Showtime the project about a year and a half ago.

“Who Is America?” airs Sundays at 10/8c on Showtime.

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Showtime Is ‘Dying’ to Do Season 2 of Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’

Showtime President and CEO David Nevins wants to stay in the Sacha Baron Cohen business.

The premium cable network boss told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour Monday that he’s itching to do a Season 2 of Cohen’s “Who Is America?” — which just premiered last month to 1 million viewers, after being secretly in the works at Showtime for over a year.

“I’m dying to bring it back, you know,” Nevins said. “There’ll be a process and I don’t know that I’ll be making an announcements, but, you know, he had me at hello.”

“I think he is one of the great, original comic performers of our time and I knew doing a show with him was a risk, but it’s a risk I’m really glad that we took,” Nevins said. “And I think what he’s achieved is remarkable.”

When asked if he felt like the backlash to the show has been a blessing or a curse for Showtime, Nevins laughed and replied, “I think it’s been helpful.”

“Everything we did about the show, the whole way we launched it was incredibly unconventional,” Nevins said. “We kept secret that the show was in process for more than a year.”

Baron Cohen duped Sarah Palin, Bernie Sanders, Ted Koppel, Howard Dean, disgraced Senate candidate Roy Moore, ex-congressman Joe Walsh, and former Vice President Dick Cheney into appearing on Season 1 of the show. Well, he reportedly shot pieces with all of them.

You can read what Nevins told TheWrap regarding the chances some of Baron Cohen’s targets don’t make it on the show here.

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‘Ray Donovan’ Season 6 Trailer: Jon Voight Has a Heart Attack in Jail, Is ‘Dying’ (Video)

Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) just keeps getting pulled back in.

On Season 6 of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” the title character is rebuilding his life both personally and professionally in New York City, per the network. After being rescued from a plummet into the East River, his savior, a cop named Mac (Domenick Lombardozzi), brings Ray into the fraternity that is the Staten Island Police Department.

While exploring this new world of brotherhood and corruption, Ray finds himself once again working for media mogul Sam Winslow (Susan Sarandon). Sam has teamed up with New York City mayoral candidate Anita Novak (Lola Glaudini), a partnership that puts Ray at odds with his new friends out in Staten Island.

Watch the trailer above, which also shows an unfavorable fate for Ray’s dad Mickey, played by Jon Voight. Mickey suffers a heart attack while back behind bars, and we’re told he’s “dying.”

“Ray Donovan” also stars Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey, Devon Bagby and Graham Rogers. The 12-episode season is currently in production in New York.

The Showtime production is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and Lou Fusaro, and was created by Ann Biderman.

Season 6 of “Ray Donovan” premieres Sunday, October 28 at 9/8c on Showtime.

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‘Riverdale’: We Have Not Seen the Last of the Black Hood

Sinners of Riverdale, beware.

“Hal is not completely out of the picture yet,” said showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa at the Television Critics Association summer 2018 press tour. Aguirre-Sacasa’s tease followed a question for a reporter about whether Hal (Lochlyn Munro)’s arrest might lead room for Alice and F.P. to get more romantic.

And as we all learned in the penultimate episode of Season 2, Betty’s dad had been the Black Hood terrorizing Riverdale all along.

Munro added that when he read the script for Episode 21, he was “devastated,” thinking he had been written off the show.

“I can honestly tell you, when I read 21, I was a little devastated, because I thought — and thank God for Roberto being there, because he calmed me down — because I absolutely adore working with these people, and I thought that I was done on the show,” Munro told reporters. “And when Roberto talked to me, and he never gives anything away, he always just says it’s not over, we’ve got some ideas.”

He added that it will be interesting to explore how on earth Hal was able to fool the whole serial killer thing from Alice for all those years.

I now have embraced this character, I just think it adds so many layers for Hal, and so many great things to explore, as far as my backstory,” Munro continued. “I mean, how I was able to fool Alice for those many years is like really interesting to me.”

Just cause he’s a serial killer, he doesn’t stop being Betty’s dad,” added executive producer Sarah Schechter. To that, Munro said that “I think she would want to stop me from being her dad. But I have so much knowledge now to bestow upon Betty.”

“Riverdale” Season 3 premieres on The CW Wednesday, October 10 at 8 p.m.

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‘Riverdale’ Flashback Episode Is an Homage to ‘The Breakfast Club’ – ‘But Much Darker’

Don’t you forget about this: “Riverdale” is doing a tribute to “The Breakfast Club” this season. Yes, it’s about time. And what’s more is the upcoming installment of The CW’s dark take on the Archie Comics is going to be a flashback featuring the young cast playing their on-screen parents as teenagers.

“Throughout the years, we’ve talked a little bit about backstory and we’ve been revealing backstory slowly,” creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said during the Television Critics Association press tour Monday. “And periodically I will get a call phone call from Madchen [Amick], who’ll say, ‘Ok, I’m playing a scene and I know nothing of the context.’ So we talk about that stuff.”

“We are doing a big flashback episode, I think I can say that is episode four,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “And it’s an episode called ‘The Midnight Club.’ Which is a — our take on sort of ‘The Breakfast Club.’ Obviously the ‘Riverdale’-much-darker version of that. And we’re gonna do, Cami [Mendez] will be playing a young Hermione, Cole [Sprouse] will be playing a young FP, KJ [Apa] will be dying his hair brown and playing a Young Fred Andrews. And we’re going to learn about a really, really dark secret in Riverdale that the parents have been keeping since they were in high school.”

More to come…

New ‘Charmed’ Star Says Holly Marie Combs Can ‘Feel However She Wants’ About Reboot

The cast of The CW’s upcoming “Charmed” reboot has faced backlash since Day 1, from fans who don’t want anyone messing with their beloved IP — and Holly Marie Combs, who played sister Piper Halliwell on the original WB series.

And, yes, the cast revealed during the Television Critics Association press tour Monday they are aware Combs isn’t a fan of the idea and has been quite vocal on social media about her apprehension over the reboot.

“I hoped that maybe she would see it and like it,” new series star Madeleine Mantock said. “But on the other hand… it was part of her life, is still a big part of her life. I think she’s entitled to feel however she wants.”

“Obviously there’s an element of it that you’re tapping into an incredibly passionate fanbase, and that’s important,” executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman said, when asked why they decided to go reboot instead of use a different title for the new series all together. “Beyond that, we are using a lot their central mythologies: white lighters: the Book of Shadows, the Power of Three, the feeling that, at its core it’s a love story between the three sisters. And they’re gonna have romantic ups and downs, but the core of the show, I think, remains the same. And that’s why it was useful to both use the IP and also look at all the elements that worked so well for them and repurpose them for now in this moment.”

More to come…

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: We’ve Got an Update on That Whole Broadway Musical Thing

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” star Rachel Bloom and series creator Aline Brosh McKenna just gave reporters an update on that whole Broadway musical adaptation thing they were apparently working on.

“‘Twas a bit premature on my part,” Bloom admitted of her February Instagram announcement, when she touted meetings in New York City for the stage version of their CW show. “It’s not not happening. It’s just, you know, Broadway’s hard.”

“We’ve talked a lot about it and we kind of took a first round of meetings to explore that universe,” McKenna added at Monday’s Television Critics Association press tour. “We’re busy figuring out this end of the TV chapter, but we are definitely intending to do a play.”

“I just wanted the ‘Likes’ on Instagram,” Bloom said. She got more than 11,000 for the effort, which our readers can see below.

“Bathroom selfie with @abmck [McKenna] on this Galentines Day,” Bloom’s Instagram post read. “We’re celebrating it by doing our first round of NYC meetings for the ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Broadway musical. Coming to Broadway in probably 2150 because that’s how Broadway works I think.”

Here’s the post that accompanied that caption:

Earlier during the TCA panel, Bloom and McKenna explained the odd-but-apparently-creative choice to recast Santino Fontana’s role of Greg in favor of new star Skylar Astin.

“When Rachel and I were conceiving the show we had always sort of intended that Greg and Rebecca’s romance would end sort of where it did,” McKenna said.

But much like the show has continued to explore the character of Josh despite the end of his romance with Rebecca, McKenna and Bloom wanted to find new ways to incorporate Greg despite Fontana’s departure at the beginning of Season 2.

“Rachel and I had always been exploring bringing back that character and sort of trying to figure out a way to do it that suited our show,” McKenna continued. “So now bringing the character of Greg back, he is part of our storytelling. It’s a plot point in the story that the character is reimagined and so he’s going to be played by a different actor, which is Skylar.”

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