If “The Good Place” was a frozen yogurt shop, there’d be some eager customers outside its door right now.
The NBC comedy, which follows newly deceased Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) as she tries to justify her slot in the heavenly Good Place despite living a life that should have yielded a more hellish fate, returns Thursday from its holiday hiatus. There are just four episodes left in the season.
When August Wilson received word in 2005 that he had inoperable Stage IV cancer, he was not just personally but professionally disconsolate: There was still so much work to do.
At 60, the African American playwright had accomplished enough for a dozen lifetimes, completing the canon of 10 black-oriented plays known as the American Century Cycle — not to mention bagging two Pulitzer Prizes and a Tony Award. But he had a new play he was fiddling with. A script. A novel. And, oh yes, there were some platforms his most acclaimed work had yet to reach.
“I think he felt proud of his achievements and faced death the way he faced life: courageously and uncompromisingly,” said Constanza Romero, Wilson’s widow, as well as his costume designer and all-around sounding board. “But August wanted two things to happen that hadn’t happened. He wanted ‘Jitney’ [his 1970s-set play about Pittsburgh cab drivers] to be on Broadway [the sole play in the cycle that hadn’t done so]. And he really, really wanted this movie to come into being.”
"Game of Thrones” consistently ranks as one of TV’s most pirated shows. If “Emerald City,” beginning Friday on NBC, is any indication, it’s also become one of the most widely imitated.
Though it is billed as a dark new take on “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” which has inspired scores of adaptations over the past century, the 10-episode miniseries probably owes more to George R.R. Martin — or for that matter, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss — than L. Frank Baum. (And, if I’m being honest, some royalties may also be due to the “Outlander” team.)
Directed in its entirety by Tarsem Singh (“The Fall”), “Emerald City” is NBC’s second recent trip down the yellow brick road, after 2015’s “The Wiz Live!” But other than their shared origins, the two projects couldn’t be more different. Whereas “The Wiz” was a boisterous and engaging live musical, “Emerald City” is a turgid attempt at fantasy burdened by the weight of its own pretensions. If nothing else, it serves as a reminder that there’s more to epic storytelling than goblets, horses and sorcery.
Following news this week that the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival had booked Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé to lead its 2017 lineup, the owner of the company that oversees the festival’s organizers has come under fire for his political interests.
According to a widely picked-up report in Uproxx, Philip F. Anschutz, the owner of AEG, whose AEG Live division is the world's second largest presenter of live music, sports and entertainment after Live Nation, has donated to a number of anti-LGBTQ groups such as Alliance Defending Freedom, National Christian Foundation and Family Research Council.
A number of these organizations have been listed as “extremist groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Hulu announced Thursday that Alexis Bledel, star of Netflix's "Gilmore Girls" reboot, has joined the cast of "The Handmaid's Tale" in a recurring role.
Adapted from Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale" focuses on Gilead, a totalitarian, fundamentalist state that rises in the wake of environmental disaster and falling birthrates.
Comedy Central announced Thursday that Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key will be stopping by "The Daily Show With Trevor Noah" to reprise their roles as President Obama and his anger translator, Luther.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd's "Dancing With the Stars" baby has just sashayed into the world: The dance pros have welcomed their first child.
The ABC reality stars announced the arrival of their tiny dancer, son Shai Aleksander Chmerkovskiy, on Wednesday with a simple tweet featuring a few birth details. The little guy was born early Tuesday morning -- 5:34 a.m. to be exact -- in New York City.
Chmerkovskiy, the so-called "bad boy of the ballroom," was sure to have a little fun as the couple awaited Shai's debut by posting a pic of his baby mama applying makeup while resting in her hospital bed.