I was mid-call with a co-worker when I saw the news. “Hold on,” I said. “Gotta call you back – Tom Petty is dead.” It turns out that when I saw that tweet Petty had not actually died yet, but the news still broke my heart. I think it broke everyone’s heart, because I don’t know a damn person who didn’t like Tom Petty. Petty was an everyman rocker who churned out hits like nobody’s business. Put on “American Girl” in a room full of people and I guarantee you you’ll hear murmurs of what a great tune it is and that people will start singing along. I’ve liked Tom Petty for as long as I can remember and it makes me so sad that he’s no longer with us. I’ve seen Petty and the Heartbreakers perform, but I’m kicking myself for not going to see them on their 40th anniversary tour. Monday was already a very sad day after the mass shooting in Vegas, but losing Petty on top of that just made it worse. I don’t have much of a vinyl collection, but one of the few records I do own is Full Moon Fever. I played it Monday night in tribute.
R.I.P., Tom Petty. You will be missed.
And now….on to the pop culture roundup.
- The final six episodes of Game of Thrones will cost $15 million each.
- Jon Hamm will play the archangel Gabriel in Amazon’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens.
- HBO has ordered a comedy pilot from Armando Ianucci – that is set in space.
- A Freaks and Geeks documentary is coming to A&E.
- Heidi Gardner, Luke Null, and Chris Redd join the cast of Saturday Night Live.
- SNL co-head writers Sarah Schneider and Chris Kelly have left the show.
- Darrell Hammond was reportedly blindsided that he lost the role of Donald Trump to Alec Baldwin on SNL.
- The American Idol reboot adds Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan as judges.
- They’ll be able to start dropping F-bombs on The Walking Dead.
- Lorne Michaels reportedly wants to bring back Kids in the Hall.
- Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino ink an overall deal at Amazon studios.
- ABC is working on an adaptation of A Tale of Two Cities.
- Spike has cancelled The Mist.
- Stephen King’s N is being made into a TV show.
- A Party of Five reboot is in the works.
- The Russo brothers are adapting the graphic novel Deadly Class as a pilot for Syfy.
- CBS has given Young Sheldon a full season order.
- Freeform has given a pilot order to a Pretty Little Liars spinoff.
- John Legend is trying to find a new home for Underground.
- Channing Tatum is developing a series based on the memoir Gorilla and the Bird.
- Amazon is making a Snow Crash TV series.
- John Early and Kate Berlant are developing a comedy for Hulu.
- Rob McElhenney and Rob Rosell have landed a pilot commitment at Fox.
- Fixer Upper is ending.
- The TV reboot of The First Wives Club is dead at TV Land, but may live on at the Paramount Network.
- The It sequel will hit theaters September 6, 2019.
- Stephen King weighs in on why The Dark Tower failed at the box office.
- Martin Scorsese will direct Leonardo DiCaprio in a Teddy Roosevelt biopic.
- Kate Winslet will reunite with James Cameron for the Avatar sequels.
- John Cena and Kumail Nanjiani will star in a buddy cop movie.
- Idris Elba auditioned to play Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, which would have made me 100% more likely to have seen that movie.
- Kristen Stewart and Lupia Nyong’o are reportedly considering joining the Charlie’s Angels reboot.
- Jared Leto may be playing Hugh Hefner in a biopic.
- Michelle Williams is in talks to star opposite Tom Hardy in Venom. Jenny Slate may also join.
- Sex and the City 3 is no longer happening.
- Ike Barinholz will make his directorial debut with a satirical thriller.
- Judy Greer may play Jamie Lee Crurtis’ daughter in the Halloween reboot.
- Eva Longorio joins Ken Marino in the comedy Dog Days.
- Aidan Gillen (aka GoT’s Littlefinger) has joined the cast of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
- The Disney Channel is planning a Hocus Pocus reboot and a musical version of Freaky Friday.
- Men in Black is getting a spin-off.
- That was in fact Tom Cruise’s butt in Valkyrie.
- Josh Hutcherson and Kaya Scodelario to star in Die in a Gunfight.
- Andy Garcia joins that cast of the Mamma Mia! sequel.
- Shirley MacLaine joins Anna Kendrick in the female Santa Claus movie Nicole.
- Chevy Chase, Richard Dreyfuss, and Lewis Black to star in Netflix’s original project Last Laugh.
- Phil Lord and Chris Miller will direct an adaptation of Andy Weir’s new book Artemis.
- Father Figures:
- The Babysitter:
- Paddington 2:
- Wonder Wheel:
- The Leisure Seeker:
- Creep 2:
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, season 3:
- Shameless, season 8:
- The Death of Stalin:
- Darkest Hour:
- Star Trek Discovery:
- The Killing of a Sacred Deer:
- Red Dead Redemption II:
- At least 58 people were killed at a county music festival in Las Vegas.
- Chance the Rapper debuted a new song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda is working on a new song for Puerto Rico aid relief.
- Beyoncé makes an appearance on “Mi Gente” (in Spanish!) and is donating her proceeds to hurricane relief charities
- Rumor has it that Justin Timberlake will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
- Marilyn Mason postpones multiple shows after being crushed by a large prop onstage in New York.
- The Breeders have released their first new song since 2009.
- Paul Thomas Anderson directed a music video for Haim.
- Fox’s live production of Rent has set its 2019 airdate.
- Pretty Woman is headed to Broadway. Samantha Barks and Steve Kazee to star.
- Jason Mraz will make his Broadway debut in Waitress.
- The National Book Foundation announced the honorees for the 2017 5 Under 35 list.
- Chad Harback, the author of The Art of Fielding, is facing plagiarism charges.
Odds and Ends
- Game of Thrones co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie are engaged.
- God help us all – Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are now parents.
- Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are both reportedly pregnant.
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. I normally don’t get too worked up over celebrity news like this, but I cried when I heard the news.
- Jim Carey says that he is being extorted over his ex-girlfriend’s death.
- Rob Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are suing Blac Chyna for assault.
- Let’s Make a Deal host Monty Hall has passed away. He was 96.
- Hugh Hefner has died. He was 91.
Mashups and Supercuts
- A Broadway-themed version of “Despacito”:
- Lorde covers “In the Air Tonight”:
- Stranger Things reimagined as a romantic comedy:
- A capella covers of Star Trek TV theme songs:
- Mean Girls reimagined as a forbidden lesbian romance: