‘Bachelorette’ Director Teases Controversy With Show’s First Black Lead: ‘It’s Really About Time’
Millions of Americans will tune in Monday to watch the premiere episode of the 13th season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” where 31-year-old attorney Rachel Lindsay will cross-examine a new crop of suitors. More importantly, Lindsay is the first African-American lead in all 21 seasons of “The Bachelor” and 12 seasons of “The Bachelorette.” Plenty of the show’s fans think the casting is long overdue. And Ken Fuchs, who has directed every season of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” agrees. “It’s really about time,” he told TheWrap. “We’re really pleased, we’re really happy — and it’s going to be controversial. »
- Matt Pressberg
Oliver Stone to Direct ‘Guantanamo’ TV Series for Weinstein Company
Weinstein Television announced Monday that it has acquired rights to dramatic series “Guantanamo,” which marks Oliver Stone’s first foray into scripted television. Stone is known for tackling controversial subjects: He directed the film “Snowden,” and recently the documentary “The Putin Interviews,” which premieres on Showtime in June. He will direct all of season one, per Weinstein Television. “Guantanamo” will tell the stories of the prison from multiple perspectives — from prisoners to soldiers, lawyers to journalists. The Guantanamo Bay detention camp was opened after the September 11 attacks to interrogate and detain suspects in the war on terror, and has since been a focal. »
- Ashley Boucher
‘Jane the Virgin’ Makes Some Wedding Plans and 4 More Things to Watch on Monday, May 22
Welcome to PeekTV, your daily look at the best that television has to offer. In each installment, we make three picks for the best shows to watch and…toss in a little extra.
Monday, May 22 What Happened Last Night?!
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“Chapter Sixty-Four,” CW – 9:00 p.m.
Synopsis: In the Season 3 finale, Rogelio and Xo are excited for their big day, but Rogelio gets some shocking news. Meanwhile, Jane learns about a mysterious letter Michael wrote; Rafael asks Luisa to leave; and Petra’s skeptical about Jane’s feelings for Rafael.
Why You Should Watch: “Jane the Virgin” has had a tumultuous third season, highlighted by a major twist that few people saw coming. If that’s what the show had cooked up for midseason, we can only guess what the finale has in store. »
- Steve Greene
‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Here’s What the Critics Are Saying
“Twin Peaks” returned to TV on Sunday, 26 years after David Lynch’s original, and the jury is still out. All in all, many critics are praising the different turn the show is taking, with new characters and a radical form of storytelling. Many are excited to see where the show will go after the two-hour premiere of the revival, which was a “strangely welcome return to a familiar world.” “And for a program that never fit in a neat little box, Lynch and company have seemingly found the right time and place to reappear,” wrote CNN’s Brian Lowry in his review. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Comedy Writer Marsh McCall Dies At 52
Veteran comedy showrunner Marsh McCall died suddenly this morning. He was 52, just weeks away from his 53th birthday. McCall, who was beloved in the creative community and remembered as a true gentleman, was working as co-executive producer on Netflix’s popular comedy series Fuller House at the time of his death. McCall started as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before segueing to primetime. He worked on the NBC comedy series Just Shoot Me!, rising to… »
Watch Celine Dion Dancing to Cher Backstage in her Poofy White Dress
Drake may have set a record at the Billboard awards last night with his number of wins, but Drake knows where to pay respect where respect is due. This is a picture of Drake backstage paying homage to one of the most iconic singers in history, Celine Dion. Dion, looking like some kind of angelic figure with the puffiest shoulders we have ever seen, had a pretty good night accepting Drake’s worship but also cheering on a fellow singer who just turned 71. Cher just celebrated her 71st birthday over the weekend, and strutted around in sparkles and pasties onstage,
- Nat Berman
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