Tuesday, April 14, 2020
TUESDAY NIGHT TV:
SESAME STREET: ELMO’S PLAYDATE (7p ET, HBO, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and truTV) — This 30-minute special, will feature celebrities and Sesame Street friends singing, playing games, and more. The show will focus on celebrating everything from EMTs, doctors, and other everyday heroes. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne Hathaway, and Tracee Ellis Ross are set to appear.
SEASON FINALE: NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. The team tries to verify the identity of Joe Smith (guest star Christopher Lloyd), who claims he served on the U.S.S. Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
ELLEN’S GAME OF GAMES (8p ET, NBC) — New.
THE CONNERS (8p ET, ABC) — New. Darlene balances the stress of wooing potential advertisers and doctor’s appointments as she realizes how badly she wants a baby.
SEASON PREMIERE: DEADLIEST CATCH (8p ET, Discovery Channel) — Deadliest Catch returns for a 16th season.
BLESS THIS MESS (8:30p ET, ABC) — New. Mike’s family comes to Bucksnort to surprise him for his birthday. Martin Mull, Christine Estabrook (American Horror Story) and Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars) guest star.
FBI: MOST WANTED (9p ET, CBS) — New. A small town police officer claims he’s the victim of a deep-rooted conspiracy and begins taking revenge on those he believes are responsible.
SEASON FINALE: NEW AMSTERDAM (9p ET, NBC) — New. The season finale will run an extra 10 minutes, until 10:10p ET.
MIXED-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. Rainbow tries to implement Earth Day at school to influence some change.
EMPIRE (9p ET, FOX) — New. Lucious discovers some of Andre’s business missteps.
BLACK-ISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — New. Pops starts to go overboard while partying and gambling with old friends to mask his heartbreak.
FBI: MOST WANTED (10p ET, CBS) — New. After a manipulative student commits murder in a fit of jealousy, the team races to capture her before she escapes across the border.
NBC NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC (10:10p ET, NBC) — Correspondents report on COVID-19 from around the world, with experts answering viewer questions.
FOR LIFE (10p ET, ABC) — New.
CHRIS D’ELIA: NO PAIN (Netflix) — New standup special
Showbiz News and Hot Gossip from RogueValleyMagazine.com
SURVIVOR: WINNERS AT WAR WILL HAVE A VIRTUAL REUNION
CBS has scheduled a three-hour finale for Survivor: Winners at War for May 13. It will be preceded the week before on May 6 with a two-hour episode. The Winners at War reunion will feature Jeff Probst interviewing the Survivor contestants via video chat.
LATE-NIGHT HOSTS WILL HELP STREAM A COVID-19 BENEFIT CONCERT ON APRIL 18
On April 18, late night hosts and celebrities will participate in One World: Together At Home, a virtual benefit concert to raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The multi-hour digital broadcast will stream on several platforms, including Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube, as well as traditional TV networks like ABC, NBC and CBS.
… Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert will host the fundraiser, and musicians from Billie Eilish to Alanis Morissette, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, Chris Martin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, John Legend and Kacey Musgraves are scheduled to perform. Proceeds from the event will help get protective equipment to healthcare workers and support charities providing food and shelter to those in need.
PAUL MCCARTNEY’S HANDWRITTEN LYRICS TO HEY JUDE SELL FOR $910,000
Paul McCartney wrote Hey Jude for five-year-old Julian Lennon after visiting him and his mom, Cynthia Lennon, after John left them for Yoko. Released independent of an album, and never included on one, Hey Jude spent 7 weeks at number 1 in the fall of 1968. Fifty two years later, McCartney’s handwritten lyrics have sold for $910,000.
THE AMAZING RACE SEASON 32 FINALLY GETS A PREMIERE DATE
Season 32 of The Amazing Race, which was filmed at the end of 2018, will finally air a year and a half later, debuting with two-hour premiere on May 20.
SNL AT HOME SCORES SEASON’S SECOND-BEST RATINGS
NBC’s Saturday Night Live returned over the weekend from a pandemic-related five-week break to deliver its second-best numbers of the season, trailing only Eddie Murphy’s December visit. Featuring material produced remotely by the cast and crew and with recovering COVID-19 patient Tom Hanks serving as the surprise host, SNL at Home averaged 6.7 million total viewers.
KEVIN HART IS FEEDING THE ELDERLY IN PHILADELPHIA
The COVID-19 quarantine has significantly affected how the world gets by. For example, most of the elderly have a compromised immune system so it’s been recommended that they don’t leave their homes at all. Many celebs have come to their aid and the latest one to lend a helping hand is funny man Kevin Hart. The Jumanji star has teamed up with TryHungry and their Hungry@Home initiative to bring meals to those in need. Hart shared on Instagram: Hungry@Home and I are feeding the elderly and those in need in my hometown of Philly.
FACEBOOK EVENT SEEKS TO ‘BREAK JOE EXOTIC’ OUT OF A FEDERAL PRISON
A Facebook group is forming to break the Tiger King out of the federal prison in Fort Worth. The presumably tongue-in-cheek effort is on behalf of Joseph Schreibvogel, the real name of the documentary subject Joe Exotic, a former zoo operator and convicted felon whose story has been fascinating TV viewers looking for something to watch during the past month of shelter-in-place orders. Schreibvogel is locked up at the Federal Medical Center Fort Worth, a prison hospital for felons with special medical and mental health needs. • LINK
DISNEY+ CENSORS DARYL HANNAH’S BUTT IN ‘SPLASH’ USING QUESTIONABLE CGI
The Disney classic Splash arrived on its streaming service Disney+ back in February and waves are being made over how the Ron Howard-directed film has been updated for modern audiences. The 1984 film stars Tom Hanks as a young man who falls in love with a mermaid named Madison, played by Daryl Hannah, after she saves him from nearly drowning. She has the ability to change into a human, but when she gets wet she transforms back.
… For those who saw the original uncensored version, the film was originally rated PG and featured nude scenes. According to IMDB, the film rating was given because, “There are many scenes of nudity in this movie, mostly female, but in one case male as well.” In one scene, Madison walks up to the Statue of Liberty nude. In another, she dives into the ocean, showing her rear after giving Hanks’ character a kiss.
… The version edited for Disney+ conforms to the studio’s more rigorous standards for family entertainment, but fans are noticing that the effects used to cover the nudity appear to have about the same quality level as the “digital fur technology” used in the Cats movie debacle.
TICKETMASTER CHANGES ITS POLICY, WON’T OFFER REFUNDS FOR POSTPONED EVENTS
Ticketmaster is currently trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons after it was discovered that they pulled a sneaky, changing their refund policy to EXCLUDE postponed or rescheduled events. Now, you can only get a refund if the event you hold tickets for is outright canceled, unless the organizer offers the refund. Problem is, many of these postponed events are being rescheduled for dates months from now, or even in 2021. People are hurting financially and hard working people need every dollar possible.
… According to Digital Music News, Ticketmaster’s refund policy used to state: “Refunds are available if your event is postponed, rescheduled, or canceled.” However, now it states: “Refunds are available if your event is canceled.”
THE BATMAN IS 25 PERCENT FILMED
On March 25, The Batman director Matt Reeves confirmed that the movie’s production was shut down due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, and that they’ll resume when it’s safe. The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader. The film is scheduled for a June 2021 release, but that could obviously change depending on how much longer production is delayed. In an interview with Deadline, Reeves said they haven’t started editing yet, but that they finished a large chunk of production before the shutdown — about 25 percent.
… The Batman was being filmed in London prior to production shutdown, and Reeves admitted doubts about being able to “finish in London,” while referring to the situation as “fluid.”
STREAMING ON ROKU DEVICES JUMPED NEARLY 50 PERCENT
It won’t surprise you to hear that streaming video demand is surging as people stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but now there are more tangible figures for that demand. Roku expects the total number of streaming hours in the first quarter of this year to have jumped 49 percent, to 13.2 billion. It added nearly 3 million subscribers in the process. The company hinted at even larger numbers to come, too, as the spike only began late in the quarter (that is, March) when lockdowns spread around the world.
DWAYNE JOHNSON CONFIRMS BLACK ADAM’S PRODUCTION HAS BEEN DELAYED
There’s not an entertainment project on planet earth that hasn’t been affected by the coronavirus. In less than two months it’s grounded flights, canceled large public gatherings, and forced governments of the world into lockdown, so it wasn’t a surprise when Disney and Warner Bros. began postponing many of their upcoming film and TV projects. The latest: the standalone Black Adam movie. The DC film, which still has Dwayne Johnson signed to headline, was originally set to go before the cameras in the coming weeks. But thanks to the corona production has now been delayed well into the summer.
… Johnson says his Netflix movie Red Notice, with Ryan Reynolds and Gal Gadot, was filming when the pandemic started and has been put on hold.