After instantly flying off bookshelves and debuting at the top of The New York Times best-seller list in January, the film and television rights to Michael Wolff’s sensational White House tell-all Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House were quickly scooped up. Now the plan is to adapt the book into what is sure to be a very exciting television series.
When we first brought the news of the Fire and Fury TV series earlier this year, we reported that Endeavor Content had picked up the rights to the book for a large chunk of change (somewhere in the seven-figure range) and was searching for a director to helm the drama.
It appears the producers have finally found their man as Emmy-winning director Jay Roach, who was previously attached to direct an HBO miniseries about the 2016 presidential election based on a story by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, has been tapped to direct the Fire and Fury TV series. Wolff is serving as an executive producer on the project, along with BBC executive Michael Jackson and John Lyons.
While some of the contents of Wolff’s book may not be entirely accurate, there’s no denying that Fire and Fury is one hell of a read and I’m excited to see what an outstanding director like Roach decides to do with the source material. Something tells me there’s going to be a lot of buzz surrounding this series once Emmy season rolls around.
2018 Emmy nominations announced: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix top this year’s nominees
The nominations for the 70th annual Emmy Awards were announced by The Handmaid’s Tale actress Samira Wiley and The Blacklist alum Ryan Eggold on Thursday morning with HBO’s Game of Thrones unsurprisingly leading the way with a whopping 22 nominations.
However, while HBO has been the most nominated television network at the Emmys each and every year for the past 17 years, streaming giant Netflix stole the honor this year with 112 total nominations, beating HBO’s 108 total nominations.
Trailing close behind Thrones are NBC’s Saturday Night Live and HBO’s Westworld with 21 nominations, while Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale came in with 20 nominations. The latter two join Thrones in the Outstanding Drama Series category, which also includes Stranger Things, This Is Us, The Crown, and The Americans.
You can check out the complete list of 2018 Emmy nominees below.
Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Outstanding Comedy Actress
Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Issa Rae (Insecure)
Outstanding Comedy Actor
Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Outstanding Drama Actress
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)
Outstanding Drama Actor
Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)
Justin Bateman (Ozark)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us)
Best Reality Program
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Outstanding Actor, Limited Series
Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)
Darren Criss (Assassination of Gianni Versace)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)
John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror)
Outstanding Actress, Limited Series
Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
Laura Dern (The Tale)
Michelle Dockery (Godless)
Edie Falco (The Menendez Murders)
Regina King (Seven Seconds)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)
Colbert, Fallon, O’Brien respond to criticism from Donald Trump in hilarious cold open sketch
After Donald Trump took a jab at them at a South Carolina rally on Monday, three of late night television’s biggest hosts teamed up for a cold open sketch like no other that kicked off both The Late Show and The Tonight Show on Tuesday evening.
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien united for the unique response to the president’s criticism, in which he referred to Colbert as a “lowlife,” Fallon as a “lost soul,” and Jimmy Kimmel as “terrible,” while adding that they are “not like talented people.”
We’re told Kimmel was invited to appear on the sketch, which features the late night hosts in a mock Skype conference call, but is on vacation this week and was unable to participate. O’Brien’s show likely would’ve aired the sketch as well, but is on hiatus for the entire week.
“I heard he said some pretty bad stuff about us,” Fallon says in the sketch. “I heard he said we’re all no-talent, lowlife lost souls.”
“That doesn’t sound like him,” Colbert replied. “That’s not right. That’s Conan.” Colbert then conferences O’Brien onto the call, who is in the middle of shaving his face and is facetiously unaware that Donald Trump, “the real estate guy who sells steaks,” is the president of the United States.
The sketch ends after Fallon and Colbert agree to go out to lunch at the Red Hen, the Lexington, Virginia restaurant which made headlines last week after they asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave. “Red Hen?” Fallon suggests. “Red Hen!” Colbert responds enthusiastically.
Netflix debuts ‘Strong Black Lead’ spot just days after firing a top executive for using the N-word
The timing of a new commercial featuring 47 black Netflix content creators and talent, all of whom represent the streaming giant’s Strong Black Lead initiative, couldn’t be more ironic given the fact that it aired during Sunday night’s BET Awards just two days after the company fired PR chief Jonathan Friedland for using the N-word and displaying “unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity.”
The spot, narrated by Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin, is inspired by the legendary 1958 photo “A Great Day in Harlem” and was directed by Lacey Duke and features Ava DuVernay, Derek Luke, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, Mike Colter, Rev Run, Spike Lee, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Logan Browning, Ajiona Alexus, and Priah Ferguson, among many others. Kwaku Alston photographed the moment.
According to one source inside the company with knowledge of the situation, Netflix execs debated whether or not they should run the spot during the BET Awards this past weekend, fearing potential backlash, before ultimately making the decision to move forward with their original plans.
“This is a new day built from the ground broken by legends, a day for our generation to see untold experiences of our blackness representing a limitless range of Identity, playing kings and queens of our neighborhoods, defeating larger than life forces trying to flip our world upside down,” says McLaughlin in the video.
“We’re not a genre because there’s no one way to be black. We’re writing while black — nuanced and complex, resilient and strong. This is not a moment. This is a movement. We are strong black leads. Today is a great day in Hollywood,” he adds.