‘Sesame Street’ Gets into Venture Capitalism
After hooking up with HBO, Sesame Workshop is forming Sesame Ventures, a new venture capitalism arm. According to The Verge, Sesame Ventures “will largely be an advisory arm focused on working with venture capital firms and startups focused on children’s development. That means Sesame won’t be going out and funding startups entirely on its own. Instead, it’s partnering with established firms to launch new funds. The first is in partnership with the Collaborative Fund that’s being called Collab+Sesame.”
Airing Tuesday, the Year of the Rat episode “was really important to us” says showrunner Nahnatchka Khan, adding that the holiday hasn’t been depicted on TV before. PLUS: See the behind-the-scenes Fresh Off the Boat photos.
The Facebook-owned social media platform’s Shield 5 will tell a story via 28 15-second episodes about a man on the run from police after being wrongly accused of a diamond heist.
Law & Order: SVU will return for an 18th season, while Chicago Med will be back for Season 2.
Exec producer Marc Platt tells Variety nothing “prepared us for what occurred early in the day Sunday which was a very blustery windy day with lots of rain. We actually had to take the walls of that structure down because the wind was blowing so strong. We weren’t sure we were going to be able to use it because of the wind. So at 3 pm, an hour before showtime, we restaged the opening, the Jessie J number, because we didn’t think we’d be able to go under the structure for that number. At 10 of 4, miraculously, the winds died down and the engineers said we could go. At 4pm, boom, we were back to the original opening.” Platt also takes us behind the scenes of Vanessa Hudgens and her decision to perform in wake of her dad’s death—her entire family was there to support her. PLUS: A golf cart nearly tilted over, leaving producers gasping.
The Tony-winning actress will play Columbia, the castle’s feisty live-in groupie on the Fox movie remake.
Antoine Fuqua will serve as a producer on a sequel to his 2001 Denzel Washington-Ethan Hawke film, which will be set in the present day.
Lady Gaga, Steve Carell, Olivia Munn and Jason Segel are also set to present.
Each episode will profile a previous presidential campaign, from JFK-Nixon to Bush-Dukakis, using archival footage and dramatic recreations.
As previously reported, Elton John will join Corden for Carpool Karaoke.
White House crasher Tareq Salahi says of his new wine: “This kind of wine you’re going to be [drinking while] watching your favorite reality TV, whether it’s The Real Housewives or whether it’s something on MTV.”
She’ll guest on the CBS drama series that the real Lane Kiffin was a co-producer on.
Rhys Darby’s costume was created using 3-D printing that was directly applied to his body.
Eight comedians—including SNL alum Tim Robinson—will each get 30 minutes to do whatever they want in sketch comedy.
It’s Abbi “The Anxious Assassin” Abrams vs. Ilana “The Jew-nami” Wexler.
Gale Anne Hurd is producing Pendergast, about an FBI agent investigating a century-old mystery, based on the best-selling book series from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.