SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020
IN THEATERS THIS WEEKEND!
The Invisible Man will debut at number one and should bring in around $28 million.
AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — New. The auditions continue.
GOD FRIENDED ME (8p ET, CBS) — New. Miles is determined to convince a young woman diagnosed with cancer that there is more to live for than just completing her bucket list.
LITTLE BIG SHOTS (8p ET, NBC) — New.
ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (9p ET, NBC) — New.
NCIS: LOS ANGELES (9p ET, CBS) — New. When Fatima is captured while on a mission, Callen and Sam enlist a deep undercover CIA agent (guest star rapper Kiari “Offset” Cephus) to help get her back.
THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New.
SEASON FINALE: DOCTOR WHO (8p ET, BBC America) — As the last remaining humans are hunted down, Graham, Ryan and Yaz face a terrifying fight for survival.
EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (9p ET, HGTV) — New.
BETTER CALL SAUL (10p ET, AMC) — New.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (10p ET, CBS) — New. The team investigates the murder of a JAG captain who was discovered at home by his daughter, the only heir to his large estate.
THE ROOKIE (10p ET, ABC) — New. Nolan takes his son’s fiancé on a ride along after she shows interest in becoming a police officer.
GOOD GIRLS (10p ET, NBC) — New.
SERIES PREMIERE: DISPATCHES FROM ELSEWHERE (10p ET, AMC) — Created by Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), this new drama anthology focuses on a group of ordinary people who stumble onto something hiding just behind “the veil of everyday life”. Ultimately, the mystery extends farther and wider than they ever imagined. Jason Segel, Richard E. Grant, Sally Field, Eve Lindley, Andre Benjamin, and Tara Lynne Barr star.
Showbiz News and Gossip…
CHRIS PRATT REVEALS JURASSIC WORLD 3’s NEW TITLE
Chris Pratt is letting fans in on a big secret — the title for the third Jurassic World film. The upcoming sequel in the rebooted franchise will be titled Jurassic World: Dominion. The title was revealed on the first day of filming by Pratt. The last movie, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, left off with the human world being slowly invaded by dinosaurs.
… Jurassic World: Dominion will hit theaters June 11, 2021.
NASCAR DRIVER TO RACE KOBE BRYANT TRIBUTE CAR THIS WEEKEND
Members the NASCAR community are using this weekend’s race in Fontana, California, to honor the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Ryan Blaney will race in a Body Armor #12 car adorned with purple and gold scales and the numbers 24 and 2 for Kobe and Gianna. Official merch appears to be in the works as well, with all proceeds going to the Mamba On Three Fund. William Byron, who drives the #24 car (Kobe’s number), is also rumored to be running a Kobe paint scheme during the race.
NBC RENEWS CHICAGO FRANCHISE, LAW & ORDER: SVU
NBC has picked up all four Dick Wolf dramas — the three Chicago series and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — for three more seasons apiece.
… The renewals will keep Chicago Fire on the air through Season 11, Chicago P.D. through Season 10, and Chicago Med through Season 8. Law & Order: SVU is already the longest-running live-action primetime series in TV history, and the renewal will extend that run through Season 24.
DISNEY WORLD JUNGLE CRUISE BOAT SINKS WITH PASSENGERS ON BOARD
One Walt Disney World attraction just became a little too immersive for riders. Around midday on Thursday, one of the boats used in the classic Jungle Cruise ride at the Orlando theme park started sinking while filled with passengers. Witnesses documented the mishap on social media, showing guests still standing inside the boat as the murky water slowly rose around their legs.
All those on board were safely rescued, but later images captured the vessel nearly completely submerged, its canopy roof still visible and what appears to be a lone park employee on board. A witness said the boat was covered in about a foot and a half of water.
… The official Disney World website describes the Jungle Cruise ride as a “journey that you won’t soon forget.” The movie Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, is in theaters in July.
SOFIA VERGARA AND HEIDI KLUM SIGN ON AS AMERICA’S GOT TALENT JUDGES
Sofia Vergara is joining her next Modern Family. The actress and Heidi Klum have signed on to judge the next season of America’s Got Talent. Klum is returning to the competition series after her six-season tenure concluded in 2018. They join Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel and Terry Crews.
BEN AFFLECK REVEALS ACCOUNTANT SEQUEL COULD BE A TV SERIES
Ben Affleck offered an update on the long-in-development sequel to The Accountant, revealing that The Accountant 2 could end up becoming a television series instead of another feature.
KEVIN HART GIVES AN UPDATE ON HIS RECOVERY
Kevin Hart went on Instagram on Thursday to update fans on his recovery following his car crash in September. The comedian shared a clip of himself sparring with his boxing coach in a gym, and it looks like he’s bouncing back from the emergency back surgery he underwent after the wreck.
… Kevin wrote: “It’s all coming back….slowly but surely. Patience is whats most important at this point. Is it easy? Absolutely not….but I’m loving every minute of it. The journey to becoming a greater me continues….”
… On September 1 Kevin and pals Jared Black and Rebecca Broxterman veered off the side of the Mulholland Highway in Los Angeles and crashed into a ditch in Kevin’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. Kevin suffered three spinal fractures and underwent emergency back surgery before being released from the hospital on September 11.
OLYMPIC COMMITTEE MEMBER SAYS TOKYO 2020 MAY BE CANCELED
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo may be called off should the number of coronavirus cases around the world continue to rise, according to a senior member of the International Olympic Committee.
… While the sporting event is currently scheduled to start July 24, organizers have started to worry about the fate of the Games if the coronavirus outbreak cannot be contained by its opening date.
… Dick Pound — a former Canadian swimming champion who has been on the IOC since 1978 — told the Associated Press on Tuesday that officials will likely cancel the Games — rather than to postpone or move it — if the epidemic continues to spread by late May.
… There have only been five Olympics canceled in modern history — all of which were abandoned due to the onset of a world war. The last time the Games were called off was during World War II.
SHARK TANK HOST LOSES $400,000 IN A SCAM
Shark Tank judge Barbara Corcoran lost nearly $400,000 in an elaborate email scam that tricked her staff. Corcoran said someone acting as her assistant sent an invoice to her bookkeeper earlier this week for a renovation payment. She told People that she had “no reason to be suspicious” about the email because she invests in real estate, so the bookkeeper wired $388,700 to the email address.
The problem was that the email address didn’t belong to her assistant. The scammer imitated her assistant’s email address and misspelled it with one letter. The mistake wasn’t caught until the bookkeeper emailed the assistant’s correct address for a follow-up. Corcoran said the scammer has “disappeared,” and she acknowledged that she wouldn’t be getting her money back.
… Corcoran fell for a phishing scam. It’s common, too: Nearly 30,000 people reported being a victim of that type of scam last year. Together they reported nearly $50 million in losses, according to the FBI’s 2018 Internet Crime Report.
JORDAN PEELE’S FIRST CANDYMAN TRAILER
The first trailer for Jordan Peele’s sequel to 1993’s horror classic Candyman was released Thursday. The trailer brings back Candyman’s hook, bees, and teases the audience with the frighteningly seductive voice of original actor Tony Todd. Candyman comes to theaters in June. • VIDEO
FUN LIST: THINGS TV NEEDS TO STOP DOING _ TV Line has come up with 20 things TV needs to stop doing, such as:
• Obviously empty coffee cups.
• Ripping out IVs.
• Cops going in without waiting for backup.
SOURCE: EMMA STONE TO STAR IN FEMALE WEREWOLF MOVIE
Sources say Emma Stone is being looked at to play the lead in a werewolf film that’s currently being developed. Plot details are still scarce, but it’ll feature male werewolves as well and it’ll be set in the modern day.
KELSEY GRAMMER TO REUNITE WITH PATRICIA HEATON
Kelsey Grammer, in his return to the network sitcom world, is joining the CBS comedy Carol’s Second Act for its season finale in a role that will become recurring if the show is renewed for Season 2. The casting reunites two comedy greats, Grammer and Heaton, who co-starred in the 2007-2008 Fox sitcom Back to You, playing local TV station co-anchors and exes who share a daughter.
COMCAST PURCHASES XUMO AD-SUPPORTED STREAMING SERVICE
It’s all about the streaming. Comcast has purchased Xumo, an ad-supported streaming service (owned by Panasonic and Meredith Corp). Comcast owns NBCUniversal, which will soon launch a streaming service called Peacock. And NBCUniversal is reportedly in the midst of negotiations with Walmart to purchase Vudu.
HBO ANNOUNCES BETTY
HBO announced its newest series, Betty, will debut May 1. Based on the critically acclaimed feature Skate Kitchen, the six-episode series follows a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male-oriented world of skateboarding, set against the backdrop of New York City.
WORST OSCAR MOVIES OF ALL TIME
Mel Gibson’s Braveheart was released 25 years ago, and will be back in theaters next month. The film would go on to win a Best Picture Oscar. Except, according to a few lists of the Worst Oscar Movies of All Time, Braveheart shouldn’t have won.
Other movies that shouldn’t have won an Oscar, according to critics:
• A Beautiful Mind (2001)
• Ordinary People (1980)
• Forrest Gump (1994)
• Terms Of Endearment (1983)
• Around the World In 80 Days (1956)
• Rocky (1976)
• Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
• Shakespeare in Love (1998)
• Out of Africa (1985)
• The English Patient (1996)
• Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
• Crash (2004)