Leak Prompts Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig to Scrap their Secret Lifetime Movie

Norman Weiss

Leak prompts Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig to scrap their secret Lifetime movie
A Deadly Adoption won't happen, after all. "We are deeply disappointed that our planned top secret project was made public," Ferrell said in a statement. "Kristen and I have decided it is in the best interest for everyone to forego the project entirely, and we thank Lifetime and all the people who were ready to help us make this film."

Why Netflix's Full House revival is woefully misguided
Some reboots are worthy, some aren't. Full House is low-hanging fruit, especially for a streaming service that has made bold artistic choices, says Joanna Robinson. "It's snobby to deem one kind of comedy (Wet Hot American Summer and Mr. Show) as worthy of a reboot, and dismiss others as beneath Netflix's dignity," she says. "But there has to be a difference between giving vital and somewhat under-seen comedic talents like (Bob) Odenkirk, (David) Cross, Michael Showalter, David Wain, and even Paul Reubens a larger platform to play on, and resurrecting cultural behemoths that, if looked at through nostalgia-free lenses, didn't really contribute much culturally in the first place." PLUS: Let's not forget that Full House was intended for young children, and 5 things that have to happen on Fuller House.

Netflix renews House of Cards for Season 4
"I will leave a legacy. #Underwood2016," the show tweeted in making the announcement.

Monica Lewinsky will have nothing to do with The View
A spokesperson for Lewinsky says she has no plans to appear on The View, not as a guest, not as a guest co-host and not as a permanent co-host. "Monica has been invited as guest several times in the past few years, but has not gone on (the show)," said the spokesperson.

The Americans this week delivered one of its best-ever episodes
"However long the show lasts, whenever fans make lists of the best single episodes, this one will be on it," says Matt Zoller Seitz. "I doubt it was a coincidence that FX announced the fourth-season renewal of this acclaimed but low-rated series on the eve of this chapter's airing. I like to imagine network executives debating whether to fund one more year, then watching 'Stingers' and thinking, 'Well, after this, how could we not?'" PLUS: "The Americans bosses have been waiting for this moment since the beginning of the series, and the FX series is on an incredible stretch of top-notch episodes.

Terry Crews will help honor Ally McBeal as host of the 2015 TV Land Awards
This years ceremony will honor Ally McBeal, Parenthood, Betty White and The Wonder Years. There will also be a special tribute to Joan Rivers.

A Price is Right model accidentally gave away a car
Model Manuela Arbeláez accidentally revealed the real price of a car, forcing Drew Carey to give the contestant the car.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's 2nd season will only see subtle changes
"I think in keeping with Orange Is the New Black, there'll be a lot more shower sex," jokes co-creator Robert Carlock, "but I don't think it's going to change that much." He adds that being on Netflix won't change much: "We really did write the show we wanted to write."

TNT sets summer premiere dates
Major Crimes returns June 8. Rizzoli & Isles is back June 16.

BBC puts old Doctor Who episodes on BitTorrent
But to watch the 10 old episodes, fans will have to pay $12.

How Game of Thrones gets written -- producer finds GoT is a lot like Justified
Producer Bryan Cogman notes that the HBO drama's writers' room is so small it has only ever employed seven writers, including himself, George R.R. Martin and creators D.B Weiss and David Benioff. He also finds "quite a few similarities" between Game of Thrones and Justified: "the shared histories, the rival families, the power plays, double-crosses, territorial wars." PLUS: Can GoT save Croatia?

Cheri Oteri receives an NBC pilot promotion
The SNL alum will be a series regular on comedy pilot Not Safe for Work.

Watch Michael Keaton's SNL promos with Carly Rae Jepsen
Keaton suggests Call Me Maybe becoming the new National Anthem.

Sean Combs is producing an inner-city school animated series for FX
Brightmoor revolves around the black pupils at Brightmoor Elementary School in Detroit.

Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany rejects being hailed as a purveyor of Strong Female Characters
"That's so boring!" she says in a NY Times profile, noting that female strength is usually expressed through male-dominated narratives. "What about the strength of this uncharted territory we've never explored on camera? We haven't seen them yet, they're not archetypes yet, because they're all related to male expression."

The Bachelor winner Catherine Giudice is getting grief for her April Fools' pregnancy prank
"About my earlier post," Giudice wrote in response to the angry comments, "it was intended to be lighthearted and fun and certainly not insensitive. My heart goes out to all the women struggling with fertility."

Jimmy Fallon sent James Corden a foosball table
"Welcome to the 'premiere' league," Fallon wrote in his gift to The Late Late Show staff.

How Apartheid shaped Trevor Noah's comic sensibility
The Daily Show host-in-waiting has been accepted and rejected throughout his life as being black and being mixed-race, which ultimately, he felt, gave him license to speak his mind.

Syfy's Olympus looks like 300 ... if it was shot for $300
The CGI on Syfy's new epic series is so shoddy that there's a certain charm to the whole spectacle. PLUS: Olympus can't be bothered with the most rudimentary attempt at crafting suspense or even basic storytelling.

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