Showbiz News and Tonight’s TV Schedule

Tuesday, January 26 , 2021

TUESDAY NIGHT TV:

ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST (8p ET, NBC) — New. Zoey tries to “choose happiness” but finds it is easier said than done.

NCIS (8p ET, CBS) — New. Following a tip about smuggled weapons, Bishop and Torres engage in a shootout in a former sheriff’s residence that’s now a historical site.

SEASON PREMIERE: TO TELL THE TRUTH (8p ET, ABC) — New. Anthony Anderson hosts, with panelists Jimmy Kimmel, Andrea Savage and Sherri Shepherd.

THE RESIDENT (8p ET, FOX) — New. Cain is struck by a car at a crash scene, causing the doctors to put aside their personal issues to try and save his life.

TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES (8p ET, CW) — Two new episodes.

FINDING YOUR ROOTS WITH HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. (8p ET, PBS) — New. Andy Cohen and NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg research their family histories.

FBI (9p ET, CBS) — New. The team searches for a young girl who was kidnapped from a cabin during a family vacation.

BLACK-ISH (9p ET, ABC) — New. When the power goes out, Dre’s instinct is to go into survival mode and stockpile essentials.

PRODIGAL SON (9p ET, FOX) — New. The headmaster of Bright’s alma mater is found murdered, forcing him to face a secret from his past. Christian Borle guest stars.

TRICKSTER (9p ET, CW) — New.

SEASON PREMIERE: MIXED-ISH (9:30p ET, ABC) — In the season 2 premiere, Rainbow gets mad when she finds out Johan has been pretending to be a different race.

FBI: MOST WANTED (10p ET, CBS) — New. Jess’ relationship with his father (Terry O’Quinn) reaches a breaking point.

NURSES (10p ET, NBC) — New. Naz realizes her patient has a more serious condition than anyone realized.

BIG SKY (10p ET, ABC) — New. After Jenny and Cassie learn the truth about Cody’s fate, they decide to officially team up to track down Ronald.

FRONTLINE: TRUMP’S AMERICAN CARNAGE (10p ET, PBS) — This new edition offers a critical assessment of former President Donald Trump’s single term in office.

QANON: THE SEARCH FOR Q (10p ET, Vice) — This three-night docuseries takes a comprehensive look at the who, what, and why of the viral movement QAnon.


Showbiz News and Gossip…

BOX OFFICE WEEKEND
The Marksman, a Liam Neeson thriller, held onto first place for the second weekend in a row, grossing just over $2 million. In second was The Croods: A New Age, which grossed $1.8 million in its ninth week of release. Wonder Woman 1984 was third with $1.6 million.

… One year ago this week the number one movie was Bad Boys For Life
… Five years ago this week: The Revenant
… Ten years ago this week: No Strings Attached
… Twenty years ago this week: Save the Last Dance

WHAT WE’LL BE DOING DURING THE SUPER BOWL 
The biggest challenge for people watching the Super Bowl won’t be betting on the winning team but hearing the commercials over the sound of crunching. According to a survey, these are the top activities people (guys specifically) will be doing during the Super Bowl:

• Eating/snacking, 82%
• Watching the ads, 60%
• Yelling at the TV, 52%
• Drinking beer, 44%
• Swearing or cursing, 39%
• Betting on the game, 26%

FIRST GODZILLA VS. KONG TRAILER _ With less than nine weeks to go until Godzilla vs. Kong arrives on the big screen and HBO Max on March 26, the first trailer has arrived. • VIDEO

BUDWEISER WILL SKIP SUPER BOWL FOR FIRST TIME IN DECADES 
For the first time since 1983, Anheuser-Busch won’t be airing ads Budweiser during the Super Bowl. The company announced it is instead donating the money it would have spent on commercials to coronavirus vaccination awareness efforts.

Although you’ll still see four minutes of ads during the game for its other brands like Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and its new seltzers — the Budweiser Clydesdales will not be seen.

NICKELBACK JUMPS INTO SEA SHANTY CRAZE 
The sea shanty craze on TikTok shows no signs of slowing down — and even Nickelback is riding the wave. A group called Lottery Winners redid Nickelback’s smash 2005 single Rockstar as a sea shanty last week. When the members of Nickelback saw it, they added their own vocals and video to the mix. • VIDEO

… It’s worth watching just to see frontman Chad Kroeger dressed as a sea captain, standing on the bow of what appears to be an actual boat while he sings along.

… Meanwhile, the guy who kicked off the TikTok sea shanty crazy — 26-year-old Scottish mailman Nathan Evans — has landed a record deal. His version of the 19th century sea shanty “Wellerman” is expected to reach the Top 10 in the UK this week.

DISNEY’S JUNGLE CRUISE THEME PARK RIDE IS GETTING MAJOR UPDATES 
Disney’s Jungle Cruise ride is getting an upgrade. The boat-themed ride is located in Adventureland at four Disney theme parks worldwide and Monday it was announced that the attractions in Disneyland park at Disneyland Resort and Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort will be receiving upgrades that will “stay true to the experience we know and love — more humor, wildlife and skipper heart — and also reflect and value the diversity of the world around us.” It’s also all but certain that these upgrades will include elements that tie into the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie.

LIVE-ACTION HARRY POTTER TV SERIES IN THE WORKS FOR HBO MAX 
A source says a live-action Harry Potter TV series is in the works for HBO Max. And that’s all we got.

SAMUEL L. JACKSON GOT THE VACCINE WHILE WEARING AVENGERS MASK 
Samuel L. Jackson just got the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Samuel shared a series of photos from outside The Forum in LA, where people 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine. He’s 72. Naturally, he showed up wearing an Avengers mask. • IMAGES

2021 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS WILL AIR IN MAY 
The 2021 Billboard Music Awards show has an air date. NBC and Dick Clark Productions announced Monday that the ceremony will take place on May 23. Last year, the show took place on October 14 at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles with no live audience after being postponed due to the pandemic. It was hosted by Kelly Clarkson, and Post Malone was the big winner, taking home nine awards.

PHIL COLLINS SELLS MIAMI MANSION HE PREVIOUSLY SHARED WITH EX-WIFE 
Phil Collins has unloaded his Miami Beach mansion — and closed a chapter in his messy divorce from wife Orianne Cevey. According to a listing for the house, a sale is pending, though the buyer and selling price is not yet known.

… Phil originally put the $40 million home up for sale in December, while Orianne and her new husband, Thomas Bates, were still living there. Orianne and Bates had agreed back in October that they would move out by January 21, after initially refusing to vacate the property. Phil and Orianne split for the second time last year after it was revealed Orianne married another man — Bates — in Las Vegas.

… As for the mansion, the 10,769-square-foot estate boasts six bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, a 6,000-gallon koi pond, a customized chef’s kitchen, a wine cellar, an elevator and more.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR., NICOLAS CAGE, CHARLIE SHEEN AUDITIONED FOR KARATE KID 
Thanks to the incredible popularity of Cobra Kai, interest in The Karate Kid franchise is higher than it’s been for almost 30 years. Long before he agreed to a return in Cobra Kai, though, Daniel LaRusso was already the defining role of Ralph Macchio’s career, one that he gave up trying to escape from many years ago and decided to embrace instead.

… The first major film appearance of Macchio’s career came the year before in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders, where he shared the screen with a bevy of future stars including Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Patrick Swayze, Diane Lane, Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez. And in a recent interview, the 59 year-old revealed that a trio of his contemporaries were also in the running for The Karate Kid, all three of whom would go on to experience huge success in their own right.

… “I was found early, I was cast very early, but it was like one of those test deals where you’re not in yet. I remember walking by and seeing Charlie Sheen hanging out outside [the producer’s] bungalow, thinking, ‘What’s Charlie doing here?’ Nic Cage, I think, and Robert Downey Jr.”

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