• Hillary Clinton Fears 4 More Years of Trump: ‘Lord Knows What Will Happen’
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    Hillary Clinton Fears 4 More Years of Trump: ‘Lord Knows What Will Happen’

    Though she side-stepped endorsing any particular candidate, Hillary Clinton pleaded for Democratic voters to be practical with their primary vote in the coming election this year. That’s because, she argued, nothing could be worse than a second term for President Donald Trump.“I want people to take their vote really, really seriously because lord knows what will happen if we don’t retire the current incumbent and his henchmen, as Nancy Pelosi so well described it,” Clinton said on Friday during the Television Critics Association. Clinton was on hand Friday to talk about her documentary “Hillary” on Hulu. You can watch the trailer for that here.“For the democratic voters, try to vote for the person you think is most likely to win. At the end of the day that is what will matter,” she continued. “And not just the popular vote, but the electoral college.” Clinton lost the 2016 election to Trump in the Electoral College despite receiving around 3 million more votes.Also Read: Hillary Clinton on How She 'Became a Kind of Rorschach Test for Women'“I don’t mean to be overly simplistic, but please vote,” she said. “It is almost a truism to say we can look at what’s happening politically in our country right now and be so frustrated and disgusted that it just turns you off. It wasn’t so long ago that we didn’t wake up to a president who made us worry in the morning.”By the time “Hillary” debuts on March 6, it will be right in the thick of the Democratic primary race, coming just three days after Super Tuesday. “Maybe by that time, the field will have clarified,” she said.Read original story Hillary Clinton Fears 4 More Years of Trump: ‘Lord Knows What Will Happen’ At TheWrap

  • Why HBO Chose ‘House of the Dragon’ Over Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Starring Naomi Watts
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    Why HBO Chose ‘House of the Dragon’ Over Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Starring Naomi Watts

    HBO finally fully committed to one of the several “Game of Thrones” spinoffs it had in development when it gave “House of the Dragon” a straight-to-series order last October. That pickup came on the same day that another potential spinoff — the one starring Naomi Watts that HBO had actually filmed a pilot for — was scrapped. That untitled prequel, referred to internally as “Bloodmoon,” was set thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones.” TheWrap sat down with HBO programming chief Casey Bloys at the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday and asked him to break down the reasoning behind picking one project over the other. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Prequel 'House of the Dragon' Doesn't Have a Premiere Date Yet, But Here Is Casey Bloys' 'Suspicion' “In general for a pilot, and this is very much the case in this one, there’s not one thing that I would say, ‘Oh, this went terribly wrong,'” Bloys said. “Sometimes a pilot comes together, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes even the best aspects don’t totally gel, sometimes they do. That’s kind of the little bit of luck and magic in doing shows — and sometimes they come together and...Read original story Why HBO Chose ‘House of the Dragon’ Over Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Starring Naomi Watts At TheWrap

  • Yes, Amazon Is ‘Determined’ to Find a Jack Reacher-Sized Jack Reacher
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    Yes, Amazon Is ‘Determined’ to Find a Jack Reacher-Sized Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher has hands the size of Thanksgiving turkeys. You know, unless the beloved character in the popular novels is being played by 5’7” Tom Cruise on the silver screen.That big-name, small-stature casting didn’t sit well with some diehard fans — a mistake (to some) that won’t be repeated on Amazon’s TV version, which was just ordered to series today.“It’s pretty interesting. I spent a lot of time talking to David Ellison about this,” head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We really are determined to find somebody who can embody that character for Lee and for all of us. We think that is a great thing and that’s what we want to do.”Also Read: 'Hunters' Creator Says We're Currently Facing 'an Epidemic of Anti-Semitism' Not 'Seen in Decades'“So, you may see us take our time really making sure we find that person whether they exist in our purview or they are a new discovery from somewhere,” Salke continued. “So, we’re going to do an extensive exploration of who could step into those big, big shoes.”Later, TheWrap confirmed that Salke was referring to the actual physical bigness of the Reacher character, and not just picking vague terms that can be interpreted later in other convenient ways.Hey, we’re just covering the fanbase’s bases.Read original story Yes, Amazon Is ‘Determined’ to Find a Jack Reacher-Sized Jack Reacher At TheWrap

  • Billy Porter, Joel McHale and Tony Hale Among 14 Cast in ‘Twilight Zone’ Season 2
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    Billy Porter, Joel McHale and Tony Hale Among 14 Cast in ‘Twilight Zone’ Season 2

    CBS All Access announced the first batch of cast members for the second season of Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot, led by Billy Porter, Joel McHale and Tony Hale.Additional cast for the second season includes Morena Baccarin, Colman Domingo, Ethan Embry, Jenna Elfman, Tavi Gevinson, Abbie Hern, Gillian Jacobs, Sophia Macy, Chris Meloni, Jimmi Simpson and Daniel Sunjata. Peele, who narrates the series, will also write the episode, “Downtime,” which features Baccarin, Domingo and Hale.No character details were given.Also Read: 'Silence of the Lambs' Sequel 'Clarice' Gets Series Commitment at CBSThe announcement was made by Julie McNamara, executive vice president, original content for CBS All Access, during the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday. The second season will premiere sometime in 2020.“The Twilight Zone” 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.Rod 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 as narrator, ran for 43 episodes on UPN in the early 2000s.Here’s the episode list from CBS All Access, in no particular order:Episode: “The Who of You”Starring Daniel Sunjata, Ethan Embry, and Billy Porter Written by Win RosenfeldEpisode: “A Human Face”Starring Jenna Elfman, Chris Meloni, and Tavi Gevinson Written by Alex RubensEpisode: “8”Starring Joel McHale Written by Glen MorganEpisode: “Among The Untrodden”Starring Abbie Hern and Sophia Macy Written by Heather Anne CampbellEpisode: “Meet in the Middle”Starring Jimmi Simpson and Gillian Jacobs Written by Emily C. Chang and Sara AminiRead original story Billy Porter, Joel McHale and Tony Hale Among 14 Cast in ‘Twilight Zone’ Season 2 At TheWrap

  • ‘The Biggest Loser’ Host Bob Harper Weighs in on Jillian Michaels’ Comments About Lizzo
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    ‘The Biggest Loser’ Host Bob Harper Weighs in on Jillian Michaels’ Comments About Lizzo

    “The Biggest Loser” host Bob Harper has weighed in on his former colleague Jillian Michaels’ recent comments about musician Lizzo’s body.“The bottomline is this: It’s none of my business to make an observation of her or anyone unless [they’re] asking for my advice or opinion,” Harper told TheWrap on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “All I know about Lizzo is I never met the woman, I love her music, and I know she can play a mean flute.”“If you come up to me at the airport or the grocery store, which people do all the time, and go like this, ‘Bob, what do I need to eat today?’ — I’m gonna tell you all day long,” he added. “But if you’re, like, minding your own business at the grocery store with your little buggy and you’ve got, I dunno, frozen pizzas — it is none of my business what you’re doing.”Also Read: Jillian Michaels Doubles Down on Lizzo Comments: 'I Would Hope We Prioritize Our Health'Michaels came under fire Wednesday on social media after appearing on Buzzfeed’s “AM to DM” show, where she suggested that Lizzo’s body positivity wasn’t a thing to be celebrated.“Why are we celebrating her body? Why does it matter? Why aren’t we celebrating her music? ‘Cause it isn’t going to be awesome if she gets diabetes,” Michaels said at the time. “I’m just being honest. I love her music, my kid loves her music, but there’s never a moment when I’m like, ‘I’m so glad she’s overweight.’ Why do I even care? Why is it my job to care about her weight?”Michaels’ critics accused her of body-shaming the pop star and weighing in on her health without facts to back up the assertion that Lizzo could be at risk for diabetes.Also Read: 'SNL' Cut for Time: Lizzo Inspires Aidy Bryant to Work Her 'Earth-Shatteringly Gorgeous A-' (Video)“As I’ve stated repeatedly, we are all beautiful, worthy, and equally deserving,” Michaels tweeted out later the same day. “I also feels strongly that we love ourselves enough to acknowledge there are serious health consequences that come with obesity – heart disease, diabetes, cancer to name only a few. I would never wish these for ANYONE and I would hope we prioritize our health because we LOVE ourselves and our bodes.”In addition to her work on the original “Biggest Loser,” Michaels hosted a short-lived spinoff series “Losing It With Jillian” in 2010.Harper graduated from being a coach on NBC’s old version of “The Biggest Loser” to hosting USA’s reboot, which premieres later this year. The trainers are newcomers Erica Lugo and Steve Cook.Read original story ‘The Biggest Loser’ Host Bob Harper Weighs in on Jillian Michaels’ Comments About Lizzo At TheWrap

  • ‘Peter Pan’ Limited Series ‘The League of Pan’ in the Works at Syfy
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    ‘Peter Pan’ Limited Series ‘The League of Pan’ in the Works at Syfy

    Syfy has put into development “The League of Pan,” a limited series extension of the classic “Peter Pan” fairy tale.Described as “a thrilling and mysterious continuation of the beloved story of Peter Pan,” “The League of Pan” picks up with Wendy Darling and The Lost Boys after 10 years on the mainland. Now grown up and estranged, they must return to Neverland “to face a new evil that threatens the very existence of the magical place they once called home, reigniting bitter rivalries and unearthing twisted secrets from their past.”Brian McCauley Johnson will serve as writer and producer on the project.Also Read: 'Krypton' Canceled by Syfy After 2 Seasons, 'Lobo' Spinoff Not Moving Forward“The stories of Peter Pan, The Lost Boys and the Darlings have provided us with epic tales of gallantries and escapism for generations,” said Bill McGoldrick, President, Original Content, NBCUniversal Entertainment Networks and Direct-to-Consumer. “Now, SYFY is developing an original take on the classic, setting the limited series in uncharted lands, making for new adventures and showcasing these characters like you’ve never see them before.”On Saturday, at the network’s Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, the network also announced a straight-to-series order to a “Chucky” series from Don Mancini, the writer and director from the original “Child’s Play” franchise.Read original story ‘Peter Pan’ Limited Series ‘The League of Pan’ in the Works at Syfy At TheWrap

  • ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment’ Delayed, Will Not Air Before 2020 Election After All
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    ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment’ Delayed, Will Not Air Before 2020 Election After All

    The third season of FX’s “American Crime Story” on the impeachment of Bill Clinton will not air in September as it was originally scheduled to do, FX chief John Landgraf said Thursday.The reason for the delay is due to Murphy’s busy schedule (FX renewed his other anthology “American Horror Story” for three more seasons on Thursday). “I don’t think that’s reasonable, frankly given that it wont finish production until October,” Landgraf said during the Television Critics Association press tour. He was unsure about when it would premiere. “I don’t think we’ll make it by September.”That means that, with the 2020 Presidential Election set for Nov. 3, “Impeachment” likely won’t air until after that. Last summer, Landgraf defended the decision to air “Impeachment,” which centers on the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky impeachment drama, just months ahead of the 2020 election, In addition, he called the current media environment “toxic.”Also Read: 'American Horror Story' Renewed for 3 More Seasons at FX“Let me just say something about the current environment,” he said. “This certainty that says we can’t have conversations, we can’t make art, we can’t have nuance, that I won’t even wait to pronounce judgement, is toxic in the media environment. I believe very, very strongly in what we’re making. I’ve read it, I think it’s great.”Landgraf said the scheduling decision was an attempt to capitalize on the time when interest from viewership would be at its peak. “People are going to be very interested in this right around the presidential election and it’s going to be a great show,” he said.Clive Owen will play Bill Clinton, joining Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein and Annaleigh Ashford. The third season of the anthology “unravels the national scandal that swept up Paula Jones (played by Ashford), Monica Lewinsky (Feldstein) and Linda Tripp (Paulson) as principal characters in the country’s first impeachment proceedings in over a century.”Sarah Burgess writes and will executive produce alongside Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sarah Paulson. Lewinsky herself will serve as producer on “Impeachment,” as will Feldstein, Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan.Read original story ‘American Crime Story: Impeachment’ Delayed, Will Not Air Before 2020 Election After All At TheWrap

  • 50 Cent Says He Advised Eminem to Not Respond to Nick Cannon: ‘You Can’t Argue With a Fool’
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    50 Cent Says He Advised Eminem to Not Respond to Nick Cannon: ‘You Can’t Argue With a Fool’

    Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson advised Eminem to not go back at Nick Cannon’s recent diss records, which are generally considered to be underwhelming efforts by the “Masked Singer” host to bury a man considered to be the greatest battle rapper of all time.“I told him don’t even say nothing to him,” Jackson told TheWrap Wednesday at ABC’s Television Critics Association press tour day. “The record is terrible.”Cannon and some friends have actually dropped two diss tracks attacking Eminem: first “The Invitation” and then “Pray for Him.” Neither song has been particularly well-received by the internet.Also Read: Nick Cannon Drops Another Eminem Diss Song, 'Pray For Him,' and the Internet Isn't Budging (Video)For his part, all Eminem has contributed to this war of words (you know, besides those old songs about Cannon’s ex-wife Mariah Carey, that verse on Fat Joe’s “Lord Above,” etc.) is a few tweets.Jackson, who stars on and executive produces upcoming ABC drama “For Life,” helped to keep it that way.“You can’t argue with a fool,” Jackson explained the reasoning behind his advice to Marshall Mathers, who helped launch 50 Cent’s rap career into the stratosphere with 2003 album “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” (Shady-Aftermath-Interscope Records). “When you understand that a person is not registering even when they’re losing, then the argument goes forever. So you should just stop.”Also Read: WWE Stars Jimmy and Jey Uso, Naomi, and All of The New Day to Guest on 'Wild 'N Out' Season 14 (Exclusive)Wise words from a man who previously dedicated so much time to lyrically and physically sparring with Ja Rule — you know, the gravelly-voiced rapper who was at least partially responsible for that whole Fyre Festival disaster. It was never a fair fight, but we suppose that one had to theoretically be a closer contest than Cannon vs. Marshall Mathers.“For Life,” created by Hank Steinberg, is based on the real-life story of Isaac Wright, Jr., a prisoner who becomes a lawyer and fights to overturn his life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. “For Life” also stars Timothy Busfield and Indira Varma.The series debuts Tuesday, Feb. 11 on ABC at 10/9c. Read original story 50 Cent Says He Advised Eminem to Not Respond to Nick Cannon: ‘You Can’t Argue With a Fool’ At TheWrap

  • Fox’s Michael Thorn Says Jussie Smollett ‘Will Not Be Coming Back’ for ‘Empire’ Series Finale
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    Fox’s Michael Thorn Says Jussie Smollett ‘Will Not Be Coming Back’ for ‘Empire’ Series Finale

    As “Empire” heads into its final stretch, speculation is sure to heat up that Jussie Smollett might make one final return to the series that he exited nearly a year ago. But according to Fox entertainment boss Michael Thorn, that’s not going to happen.“He will not be coming back,” Thorn said. “As you would expect when you’re finishing an iconic series like ‘Empire,’ that Brett, as the showrunner, along with his producing partners, would certainly have discussions about what’s the best way to finish the show. In this case, Jussie will not be coming back for the finale.”Smollett left the show toward the end of last season, shortly after Chicago law enforcement accused Smollett of staging a high-profile hate crime against himself. The producers, responding to intense public pressure, wrote Smollett out of the final episodes of Season 5 despite protests from Smollett’s supporters on the cast.Also Read: 'Empire' Showrunner Tells Us It Would Be 'Weird' to End the Series Without Jussie SmollettThe show’s producers have never given serious indication that Smollett or his character, Jamal, would return — Fox said prior to the start of the current season that there were “no plans” for him to reappear — but showrunner Brett Mahoney recently told TheWrap that given the show’s nature as a family drama, it would be “weird and particularly challenging to do [the finale] without him.”“Our hope at Fox — and I know the producers feel the same way — is that the show, to us, is much bigger than some of the personal stuff that’s unfortunately happened for Jussie, where we just want the ending to be as epic as the beginning,” Thorn said.“Empire” is currently midway through its final season, with the last run of episodes set to air later in the spring. Smollett’s absence throughout the season has been explained away by his character’s move to Paris.Also Read: Jussie Smollett Files Counterclaim Against Chicago for Malicious ProsecutionWhen it first debuted in 2015, “Empire” was a phenomenon, putting up impressive viewership numbers throughout its first season. However, ratings have declined sharply over the course of the show’s run, and a surprise return for Jamal would surely boost viewership for the final stretch of episodes.“I will tell you on all of our shows we always talk about how do you boost ratings and in this marketplace it’s very challenging,” Thorn said. “When you’re a pop-culture phenomenon, like ‘Empire’ was, you burn bright for as long as you can. Unfortunately, when you’re doing 18 episodes a year … some viewer attrition is just unfortunately inevitable. But we think this season has been fantastic. Have we talked about how to goose ratings? Of course. Did we talk about exploiting Jussie’s situation to do so? No.”“What I will tell you is what Brett and Danny and Lee and Imagine [Entertainment] have planned is awesome,” he continued. “And I’m really excited. It’s bittersweet, obviously, for the show to end, but I’m really excited, ’cause I think they have an incredible creative plan for the finale and I hope people come in droves.”The sixth and final season of “Empire” returns this spring on Fox.Read original story Fox’s Michael Thorn Says Jussie Smollett ‘Will Not Be Coming Back’ for ‘Empire’ Series Finale At TheWrap