Showtime issued a statement responding to complaints that Sacha Baron Cohen posed as a disabled veteran to dupe interviewees on new comedy Who Is America?. “Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that,” said Showtime. “In Sunday’s episode, during an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders, Baron Cohen in character as Dr. Ruddick was asked by the Senator if he is disabled, and he stated that he is not and uses a mobility scooter to conserve his energy. In addition, Baron Cohen never presented himself as a veteran of the U.S. military to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ….and contrary to her claims he did not appear in a wheelchair. In both the interview with Governor Palin and the interview with Senator Sanders, he did not wear military apparel of any kind.” Series airs Sundays at 10p.
TNT ordered a late night-themed pilot for Naked with Niecy Nash. It’s an expansion of the net’s relationship with Nash, who stars in Claws, renewed for season three, and a co-production between Turner’s Studio T and Telepictures, and Nash’s production company, Chocolate Chick.
The Good Doctor star Freddie Highmore signed an overall production deal with Doctor studio Sony Pictures Television to develop scripted series via his Alfresco Pictures. Claire Londy jumped aboard Alfresco as head of development.
Camila Cabello picked up trophies for Artist of the Year and Video of the Year at MTV’s Video Music Awards, Cardi B was named Best New Artist and Donald Glover’s (Atlanta) music video for “This Is America” won Best Video With a Message, Best Direction and Best Choreography. Also of note at the VMAs: Ariana […]
NBC Sports named Mike Tirico as the new studio host for Football Night in America, where he will work alongside analysts Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, and NFL Insider Mike Florio, from Studio 1 at NBC Sports’ International Broadcast Center in Stamford. The role had been held by Dan Patrick from 2008-2017. Tirico previously co-hosted […]
Dr Pepper unveiled its new marketing campaign for the 2018-2019 season, titled Fansville. The promotion is a parody TV show drama that” captures the emotional rollercoaster of college football fandom.” The episodic-like campaign, created by Deutsch showcases characters such as Brian Bosworth, Eddie George and Les Miles with the first of its six 30-second campaign […]