Friday, August 27, 2021
Friday Night TV:
DISNEY PRINCESS REMIXED – AN ULTIMATE PRINCESS CELEBRATION (7:30 ET, Disney Channel) — This special honors the “empowering attributes” of Disney’s royal heroines through reimagined performances of their well-known songs.
SECRET CELEBRITY RENOVATION (8p ET, CBS) — New. Professional football player Emmitt Smith returns to Pensacola, Fla., to renovate the home he grew up in for his father.
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN (8p ET, FOX) — New.
THE GREATEST #AT HOME VIDEOS (9p ET, CBS) — New. Special guest George Lopez.
PEN15 (Hulu) — This new animated special finds Anna and Maya on vacation in Florida, where their insecurities start to get in the way of a good time. The episode uses animation to bring the girls’ feelings to the surface, changing the way they look to match the way they see themselves.
HE’S ALL THAT (Netflix) — This is a gender-swapped 2021 take on the 1999 rom-com She’s All That.
SEASON PREMIERE: SEE (AppleTV+) — Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard star in season two of this post-apocalyptic drama. In season 2, Baba Voss (Momoa) struggles to reunite his family. His estranged brother Edo (Dave Bautista) has captured Baba’s daughter Haniwa, vowing to exact his revenge against his brother.
TITLETOWN HIGH (Netflix) — This new 8-episode docuseries, set in rural Georgia, follows the trials and tribulations of the Valdosta Wildcats High School Football Team, and their controversial and respected head coach, Rush Propst. The camera follows the team on and off the field, diving deep into the lives of subjects.
VACATION FRIENDS (Hulu) — This off-color 2021 comedy stars John Cena, Meredith Hagner, Yvonne Orji, and Lil Rey Howery as couples who meet on vacation and have a fantastic time whooping it up. However, Marcus (Howery) and Emily (Orji) are then horrified when Ron (Cena) and Kyla (Hagner) show up uninvited to their wedding to keep the party going.
GUY: HAWAIIAN STYLE (Discovery+) — Guy Fieri heads to the islands in this new foodie travelogue.
CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (8p ET, ABC) — New. Celebs playing are football players Chase Young, Keenan Allen, Devin White and Matt Judon face off against Deuce McAllister, Willie McGinest, Vince Wilfork, Ricky Watters and Torrey Smith. Then Oliver Hudson and his wife and friends compete against Joe Buck and his family.
NFL FOOTBALL (8p ET, NBC) — Preseason matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons.
BIG BROTHER (8p ET, CBS) — New.
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (8p ET, CW) — New.
WICKED IN CONCERT (9p ET, PBS) — Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, the originators of the roles of Glinda and Elphaba, co-host this concert special, that will feature stars including Mario Cantone, Cynthia Erivo, Rita Moreno, Jennifer Nettles, Amber Riley, Ali Stroker and many more performing iconic numbers from Stephen Schwartz’s beloved score.
9/11: ONE DAY IN AMERICA (9p ET, National Geographic) — Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, this six-part, seven-hour documentary series revisits the events of that day and their immediate aftermath. It includes interviews with firefighters, emergency medical workers and others who experienced the wreckage firsthand.
THE WALKING DEAD (9p ET, AMC) — New. Josh McDermitt, Emily Kinney and Lauren Cohan discuss the latest episode.
TO TELL THE TRUTH (10p ET, ABC) — New. The celebrity panelists are Nico Santos, Kate Flannery and Joel McHale.
SHOWBIZ NEWS AND GOSSIP…
IN THEATERS AND STREAMING _ New movies in (select) theaters, streaming, and video on demand.
• Candyman (Theaters)
• The Colony (Theaters + VOD)
• Together (Theaters)
KRISTEN STEWART IS PRINCESS DIANA IN NEW SPENCER TEASER
Kristen Stewart portrays the late Princess Diana in the new teaser trailer for Spencer. Spencer takes place in the early 1990s when Diana decided to leave her marriage to Charles. Spencer was Diana’s last name. A synopsis of the film reads: “Spencer is an imagining of what might have happened during those few fateful days.” Spencer is coming to theaters on November 5. • VIDEO
DANCING WITH THE STARS SEASON 30 TO FEATURE FIRST SAME-SEX COUPLE
Dancing With the Stars will feature its first same-sex couple. Jojo Siwa, who was revealed as one of the contestants on the upcoming 30th season during a Television Critics Association panel, will compete on the new season with a female partner. Siwa’s partner won’t be revealed until the season premiere on September 20.
… ABC revealed earlier Thursday that Siwa and Olympic gymnast Sunisa “Suni” Lee will be among the cast for the 30th season this fall.
TOM CRUISE SHOWS OFF TOP GUN: MAVERICK AND MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 FOOTAGE
At CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Tom Cruise wowed theater owners with 13 minutes of the opening of Top Gun: Maverick and a stunt scene from Mission: Impossible 7. Maverick hits theaters November 22.
… The M:I 7 stunt scene showed Cruise working with stuntmen to ride a motorbike off a massive ramp, over a mist-covered Norwegian cliff, free-falling in the air near the falling bike, and then parachuting to the ground. Cruise said, “This is far and away the most dangerous thing I’ve attempted. We’ve been working on this for years.”
… The shoot took months working with separate stunt coordinators and with Cruise practicing the motorbike jump 13,000 times, including on a specially dug out quarry with cardboard boxes placed to save the motorcycle each time. Cruise said there were more than 500 skydives to get the free-fall near the walls of the Norwegian cliff right.
“SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME” TRAILER SHATTERS VIEWS RECORD
The trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home was one of the most anticipated trailers of the year, and after delivering the teaser this week, Sony has confirmation of that. The trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home totaled an all-time viewership record of 355.5 million global views in its first 24 hours, demolishing the record that the previous holder, Avengers: Endgame, had when it racked up 289 million views. To put that into perspective, the second trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home had 135 million views after 24 hours. • VIDEO
The unshakeable Rolling Stones drummer, Charlie Watts, who helped anchor one of rock’s greatest rhythm sections and used his “day job” to support his enduring love of jazz, died on Tuesday, according to his publicist. He was 80.
Bernard Doherty said that Watts “passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family.”
“Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also as a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation,” Doherty said.
Watts had announced he would not tour with the Stones in 2021 because of an undefined health issue.
The quiet, elegantly dressed Watts was often ranked with Keith Moon, Ginger Baker and a handful of others as a premier rock drummer, respected worldwide for his muscular, swinging style as the Stones rose from their scruffy beginnings to international superstardom. He joined the band early in 1963 and remained over the next 60 years, ranked just behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the group’s longest-lasting and most essential member.
Watts stayed on, and largely held himself apart, through the drug abuse, creative clashes and ego wars that helped kill founding member Brian Jones, drove bassist Bill Wyman and Jones’ replacement Mick Taylor to quit and otherwise made being in the Stones the most exhausting of jobs.
F9 SPEEDS PAST $700 MILLION AT GLOBAL BOX OFFICE
F9, the ninth film in the Fast & Furious saga, has now grossed over $700 million worldwide. It’s not only by far a pandemic record for an American film, but it’s also the first film to cross that threshold since 2019. As of Wednesday’s box office, F9 has made $172.6 million domestically and $528 million internationally, pushing it over the $700 million mark. The last film to make that much? Jumanji: The Next Level, which opened in December 2019.
… F9 in particular had a record-breaking May opening in China, crossing $200 million there and becoming the only Hollywood film to cross that mark in China since Universal released the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw.
STEPHEN KING RECOMMENDS MATT DAMON’S NEW FILM
Horror icon Stephen King is back again with his favorite watches. This time, he recommended Matt Damon’s new crime drama film Stillwater, praising the seasoned actor’s performance. In a tweet, King says: “I have finished my run of 60 movies, 1961-2021. Here’s the final three: THEM THAT FOLLOW (2019); I CARE A LOT (2020); STILLWATER (2021). Walton Goggins is great in THEM THAT FOLLOW, Matt Damon equally great in STILLWATER.”
SHOWTIME’S DEXTER WILL GIVE FANS 10 NEW EPISODES
We’re all curious about the return of serial killer Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) after Dexter’s divisive series finale. The character returns this fall on Showtime in a new chapter, called Dexter: New Blood. Showtime says it’ll be a 10-episode event series set 10 years after the events of the series finale. Showtime has already announced the cast and released a trailer, along with a November premiere date — Sunday, November 7.
… And Jennifer Carpenter will appear in the Dexter revival — and as a full-fledged series regular. She will be playing a new and imaginary iteration of Debra, who was killed off in the 2013 series finale.
TRAILER FOR MELISSA MCCARTHY IN RECOVERY DRAMEDY THE STARLING
Netflix has debuted a trailer for a dramedy film titled The Starling. After Lilly — played by Melissa McCarthy — suffers a loss, a battle with a territorial bird (The Starling) over dominion of her garden provides an unlikely avenue for her grief and the courage to heal her relationships and rediscover her capacity for love. McCarthy’s costars are Chris O’Dowd, Kevin Kline, and Timothy Olyphant. It comes to Netflix in September. • VIDEO
CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM RETURNS THIS FALL
It’s been nearly two years since the last season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. It’s not the longest break between seasons. Six years separate seasons 8 and 9. For the fans that can’t wait to get back to complaining, HBO announced that the 11th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm will premiere this October.
KELLY CLARKSON SHOW WILL BRING BACK ITS IN-STUDIO AUDIENCE FOR S3
Kelly Clarkson’s talk show will have a live studio audience when it returns for Season 3. All audience members will have to be fully vaccinated.
BILLIE EILISH’S NEW CONCERT MOVIE HEADS TO DISNEY+
Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish is teaming up with filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (Spy Kids, Sin City) for “Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles, a new concert experience which features the acclaimed singer/songwriter performing her new album Happier Than Ever on stage at the famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. But that’s not all: Eilish is also getting animated for the new movie, “taking viewers on a dreamlike journey through [her] hometown of Los Angeles and its most iconic backdrops.” • VIDEO
MAYA RUDOLPH, ANDY SAMBERG TO HOST PEACOCK’S BAKING IT
Fellow Saturday Night Live alums Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg have been signed to co-host Peacock’s new holiday culinary competition series Baking It from the creators of the crafting competition show Making It. Their former SNL cast member and friend, Amy Poehler, executive produces. Baking It is a six-episode baking series in which eight teams of two talented home bakers join Rudolph and Samberg’s winter cabin for what is described as a “heartfelt and joyful celebration” to honor holiday traditions and indulge in excess.
SHOWTIME RENEWS YOUR HONOR FOR SEASON 2
The limited series Your Honor will become a regular series with the Season 2 pickup by Showtime. Bryan Cranston will return to his role as Michael Desiato, a respected New Orleans judge whose teenage son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices.
KIM KARDASHIAN IS REPORTEDLY IN TALKS TO HOST SNL SEASON 47 PREMIERE
A source claims Kim Kardashian is “in high level talks” at NBC to host the first episode of season 47 of Saturday Night Live on October 2. Although the reality star has never taken on the challenge of hosting the show before, she has been parodied numerous times over the years by many different cast members.
… Kim’s estranged husband Kanye West has appeared as a musical guest multiple times on the show over the years
GWEN STEFANI’S EX-HUSBAND GAVIN ROSSDALE HAS A NEW GIRLFRIEND NAMED GWEN
Gwen Stefani’s ex-husband Gavin Rossdale’s girlfriend has something pretty major in common with the singer. According to a report by OK! Magazine, Rossdale’s new flame happens to share the same first name as the Voice coach.
MAN WHO WAS BABY ON NIRVANA’S ICONIC NEVERMIND ALBUM COVER SUES BAND
Ha! The now 30-year-old man pictured as a baby on the cover of the multimillion-selling Nirvana album Nevermind filed suit Wednesday in Los Angeles, alleging the former members of the grunge-rock trio, various record companies, art directors and others violated federal criminal child pornography laws and caused him lifelong suffering by “trafficking” his image worldwide.
… Spencer Elden, of Los Angeles, alleges that his “identity and legal name are forever tied to the commercial sexual exploitation he experienced as a minor which has been distributed and sold worldwide from the time he was a baby to the present day.”
… Elden’s parents never signed a release authorizing the use of the photos taken of the four-month-old baby in a Pasadena aquatic center in 1990 and Elden received no compensation. The cover of Nevermind — released in 1991 — depicts a naked baby swimming underwater, seemingly towards a fish hook with a dollar bill attached. It is among the best-known album covers in rock.