Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Call for an Oscar Boycott

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith call for an Oscar boycott

Lee, the recent recipient of an honorary Oscar, followed Smith in saying that he, too, would not be attending this year’s Academy Awards. Lee made his thoughts clear via an Instagram post: "How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let’s Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can’t Act?! WTF!!”


Marco Rubio to visit Jimmy Fallon on Thursday

The Republican presidential candidate happens to share a love of hip-hop with The Tonight Show host.


Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman is coming to PBS as Victoria

Masterpiece will show Coleman’s Queen Victoria miniseries in early 2017.


Does Shark Tank have a problem with women?

As Mashable notes, “like in the real Silicon Valley, the odds are stacked against women who appear on Shark Tank. Far fewer women appear on the reality show, and companies fronted by women receive dramatically lower valuations than their male counterparts.”


Rowan Blanchard identifies as “queer,” calls for LGBT representation on Girl Meets World

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After insisting Jon Snow is dead, Maisie Williams responds to HBO’s Jon Snow-themed Game of Thrones ads

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog is covering the 2016 campaign for Hulu

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Ricky Gervais: I held back on potentially “career ending” jokes at Golden Globes

Gervais continued ranting about the Globes over the weekend, posting Sunday that he actually held back his most vicious jokes. PLUS: Critics’ Choice Awards host T.J. Miller dings Gervais.


PBS will go behind the scenes of Broadway’s Hamilton

The Great Performances special Hamilton’s America, airing this fall, will incorporate interviews with the cast and crew of the Alexander Hamilton musical with  commentary from historians.


Why the Angie Tribeca binge-a-thon was a bad idea

Bingeing on the TBS comedy just highlights its flaws.


Judd Apatow clarifies: A Freaks and Geeks revival isn’t happening

He was just joking when he said it “could happen.”


Fringe and Limitless: “Boy shows” that don’t know how to write for women

So says Fringe alum Blair Brown, who's appearing on Limitless. She adds: “A lot of the time, those boy shows, it’s not that there’s anything against women, they just don’t know how to write women, so they go right back to [the trope of Steven] Spielberg, father-son—and there are mothers and sons, and mothers and daughters.”


HBO’s Westworld is taking a temporary break

The break will allow the show’s script to be finalized.


Critics’ Choice Awards: Master of None wins best TV comedy, James Lipton named best reality TV host

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Candace Cameron Bure would be okay with Fuller House doing an LGBT storyline

The View co-host, who supports the Oregon bakers’ refusal to bake a cake for a same-sex couple, says: “I’m an actress on a television show and I support all things that we go through as human beings and would love all our characters to explore whatever issues that are current in our culture and our society today and I’m 100% on board with that.”


Mercy Street premieres to 3.3 million

The Civil War drama was the first PBS original series in 10 years.


HBO is airing a 7-hour-long edit of the first 2 Godfathers with unseen footage

The 424-minute edit runs the films chronologically.


Carolina Panthers troll “Dwight Schrute”

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Why Jessica Jones has such frank depictions of sex

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Mama June is headed to Botched

The former Honey Boo Boo star will get excess skin removed following her weight loss.


High School Musical cast reunites for a 10-year-anniversary special, sans Zac Efron

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt gets a Season 3 renewal

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Steven Avery is not allowed to watch Making a Murderer in prison

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Chicago P.D. books Charisma Carpenter

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NFL Network botched its first-ever showing of Super Bowl I

Instead of letting the historic game stand on its own, NFL Network decided to have its studio commentators deliver annoying real-time commentary. UPDATE: NFL Network will re-air Super Bowl I on Friday the right way.


PBS docuseries 16 for ’16 will look back at previous president/vice-presidential campaigns

The 16-episode series will profile everybody from Ted Kennedy to Michael Dukakis to Geraldine Ferraro.


War and Peace is a plodding 4-part miniseries

The Lifetime-A&E-History miniseries, says Maureen Ryan, "is handsome and boasts a first-class cast, but it has failed to learn that lesson. When depicting peace, it is frequently inert."