Apparently a plague has settled in to my office, as pretty much everyone on staff has some degree of sickness. In an ideal world, everyone would get to stay home when they aren’t feeling 100%, but unfortunately that’s not the world we’re living in so the echoes of hacking coughs permeate my building. I don’t know if cough drops count as a food group, but I’ve pretty much been sustaining myself on them for most of this week. I started drinking hot toddys over the weekend which didn’t do much to prevent me from getting sick, but certainly diminished how much I cared about it.
So while I get IDed for the hundredth time buying cold medicine, get yourself caught up on the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup.
- Redacted would be potentially interested in returning for a Game of Thrones prequel series.
- Amazon is officially sinking a whole lot of money into a Lord of the Rings TV series.
- BBC American has shared the first look at the new (female) Doctor Who. Not sure how I feel about the suspenders – I’m getting a “Mork from Ork” vibe.
- Apple has picked up the Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Aniston Morning News drama series.
- Shameless has been renewed for a 9th season at Showtime.
- You’re the Worst will end after its fifth season.
- Laurie Metcalf is coming to Supergirl.
- Hulu has canceled Difficult People. Boo to that.
- Ellen Page to star in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy.
- Production on a second season of Big Little Lies may begin Spring 2018
- Vin Diesel is developing a drama series about boxing.
- Emmy Rossum to star in a limited series by her husband Sam Esmail.
- Facebook has recruited brothers Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray for an original video series.
- Amazon has picked up an adaptation of The Boys from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
- Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge to star in a drama pilot for Showtime.
- Josh Groban and Tony Danza to co-star in the Netflix series The Good Cop.
- A Hitman TV series is Hulu-bound.
- Ed Helms to return to Comedy Central with a special The Fake News with Ted Nelms.
- truTV renewed The Chris Gethard Show for 10 more weeks.
- Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams are leaving Suits.
- Drake and Netflix are reportedly teaming up to revive the UK series Top Boy.
- The Dynasty reboot gets a full season order at the CW.
- Good Girls Revolt is being shopped at other platforms after being cancelled at Amazon.
- High Maintenance will return to HBO in January.
- The Cash Cab reboot had a premiere date.
- Gal Godot reportedly won’t play Wonder Woman again unless Brett Ratner is fired.
- Rian Johnson is creating a new Star Wars trilogy.
- Dev Patel to star in the film The Wedding Guest.
- They are reshooting All the Money in the World to replace Kevin Space with Christopher Plummer. The movie is set to come out next month.
- The Deadwood movie will reportedly start production next autumn.
- The screenwriter of IT is working on a big-screen adaptation of Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
- Taraji P. Henson to star in a gender-flipped remake of What Women Want.
- Sandra Bullock to play Texas state senator Wendy Davis in an upcoming biopic.
- Danny McBride is co-writing a new Halloween movie.
- The Plaza has some Home Alone 2 anniversary offerings – presumably not including Donald Trump.
- Get Out is considered a comedy by the Golden Globes.
- Sony is developing a Spider-Man spinoff about Morbius, The Living Vampire.
- Sam Mendes has left the live-action Pinocchio movie.
- The untitled Anne Hathaway/Rebel Wilson comedy will be released August 2018.
- Michael B. Jordan to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of The Stars Beneath Our Feet.
- Honestly, this is isn’t surprising – Universal’s “Monsterverse” is reportedly dead.
- Evanna Lynch to star in the film Indigo Valley.
- Titanic is returning to theaters for its 20th anniversary.
- Game Night:
- The Greatest Showman:
- A Deadpool 2 teaser:
- Early Man:
- The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story:
- Eminem dropped a new song featuring Beyoncé.
- The Hangout Festival announced its 2018 lineup.
- Keith Urban debuted a new song inspired by the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
- Pink dropped by Carpool Karaoke:
- Vulture tries to rank all 124 Taylor Swift songs.
- Barenaked Ladies have a new album.
- Bjork also has a new album coming out.
- Vulture compiles a list of 20 comedians you should and will know.
- Judd Apatow’s Netflix comedy special has its first teaser.
- A musical adaptation of King Kong will hit Broadway October 2018.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda will once again play Alexander Hamilton in the Puerto Rico production of Hamilton.
- A Bee Gees stage musical is being developed.
- Jake Shears and Kristin Maldonado to make their Broadway debuts in Kinky Boots.
Odds and Ends
- Sexual assault/harassment/misconduct allegations have been levied against Louis C.K., Matthew Weiner, Brett Ratner, Gary Goddard, Andrew Kreisberg, George Takei, Richard Dreyfuss, Jesse Lacey, Ed Westwick, Mark Schwahn, Eddie Berganza, and probably others that I missed.
- Louis C.K. has confirmed that the stores are true. FX and HBO have cut all ties.
- Carrie Underwood broke her wrist.
- Jordin Sparks is apparently married and pregnant.
- Tia Mowry and husband Cory Hardrict are expecting their second child.
- Kim Kardashian West revealed the sex of the third baby she and husband Kanye are expecting.
- Musician Chuck Mosley has died.
- Actor John Hillerman, best known for playing Higgins on Magnum P.I., has died.
- Gossip columnist Liz Smith has died. She was 94.
Mashups and Supercuts
- A SpongeBob SquarePants rap song:
- Lion King auditions:
- A cockatoo performs a Queen medley:
- A street performer plays a cover of the Harry Potter theme song on a glass harp: