ABC’s Roseanne spinoff, The Connors
Week 2 saw 7.9 Million viewers. This is a much smaller drop off from the expected number viewers.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the debut rating for the Roseanne spin-off, The Conners drew a big Tuesday night rating for the network.
10.5 Million people tuned into the show’s first episode without Roseanne Barr. This is much less than the reported 18 Million people that tuned in for the Roseanne spin-off earlier this year.
One has to wonder how much of this audience was due to genuine interest in the show or curiosity on how they killed Roseanne of the show. Time will tell.
Late night talk show host, Jimmy Kimmel, is set to launch his own comedy club in Las Vegas next year. The Jimmy Kimmel Live host signed on earlier this year to be the name sake of a new comedy club across the street from Caesar’s Palace.
The club will be 8,000 sq. feet and located at the LINQ Promenade. Kimmel claims that he will be hands on when it comes to curating comedians onto the stage.
When asked how the club will come into play with the show, Kimmel said that they might be going live to the comedy club for comedians who perform on the show. However, Kimmel did shoot down the idea of filming the show there, as it is too small.
Kimmel also shot down rumors that he might be leaving his hit ABC late night show to focus on the club, saying “It’s not a big money making venture”.
Last Man Standing is headed to FOX this fall and there are going to be some big changes. The Character, Mandy Baxter, played by Molly Ephriam, will now be played by Molly McCook. As reported earlier this Summer, Molly Ephriam has decided not to return to the show.
Another major change in the series is that Mike Baxter (played by Tim Allen) will have a major loss in his life. Mike’s father, Bud (played by Robert Foster), will be written off the show. In the time since the show went off the air, Bud will have passed away in story.
According to TVLine, the storyline decision is a way to get Ryan Vogelson (played by Jordan Masterson) more involved in the show. Ryan will be taking over the day-to-day operations of Bud’s weed store, “Bud’s Buds”.
With the new changes, we are excited for season 7 of Last Man Standing to premiere on FOX later this month.
Netflix has released the following details on the return of Designated Survivor.
Executive Producer Mark Gordon Quote: “The continuation of the show via Netflix is a win-win for all involved. The story of President Kirkman and those around him has not been fully told and we look forward to working with our new partner in continuing the show for a global audience.”
Kiefer Sutherland Quote: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play President Kirkman for season 3 of ‘Designated Survivor’ with Netflix, eOne and Neal Baer. I believe this format will allow us to continue to delve deeply into storylines and issues concerning the American electorate that were not previously possible.”
Bela Bajaria Quote: “Timely and gripping, Designated Survivor has quickened the pulses of our Netflix members outside the US and Canada in its first two seasons. The international audience for the show drove our interest to bring the show to the world as a Netflix original for its third season and we are excited to bring the first 2 seasons to our US and Canadian members as well.”
ABC News is reporting that Ryan Seacrest has been formally cleared of allegations made against him last November.
Suzie Hardy is the former stylist to the American Idol host and claims that during her time working for Seacrest, she was sexually assaulted on more then one occassion. Hardy worked for Seacrest while he hosted and produced E! News.
The E! Network launched an external investigation into the claims made against Seacrest and cleared him of any wrongdoing back in February. Seacrest also denied any sexual misconduct immediately after the claims were made.
The LAPD told ABC News Thursday that the department “did look into allegations of sexual battery against Seacrest. No charges were filed. And the case is closed.”
Seacrest is one of the “Me Too” Movement accused who didn’t lose his job right as the allegations were made.
Former American Idol finalist, Jessica Meuse, has released a “Slapout” record called Halfhearted, available on all streaming platforms and her website, and it’s really great!
The Slapout, Alabama native has finally released a full length album after 4 years of playing shows and writing music. Meuse had some great moments on Idol, but one moment stands out above most.
When Meuse appeared before then judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez, she and Connick had a laughable moment after she said that she was from “Slapout, Alabama”.
Meuse would go on to finish 4th in the 13th season of American Idol.
Today, Jessica Meuse is on the road playing music almost every night. She just released her first album, Halfhearted, and it is incredible.
Halfhearted really touches on her country roots while also playing into some great southern rock overtones; it’s a great collection of style and skill from Meuse and her band.
One of the things that I really admire about this album is Meuse’s ability to truly tell a story with each song. She didn’t write this ablum halfheartedly (see what I did there?). The first song on the album is called “Brown Eyed Devil” and it tells the story of a guy who’s no good for you. Listen to it, really listen to it.
The writing for this album is absolute gold. Here are the lyrics to “Brown-Eyed Devil:”
“He’s got barbed wire in his soul,
Lips like Sugar Cane.
A hand that you can hold
His kiss will take your breath away,
He’s a rose with poison thorns.”
Seriously, amazing writing.
This album has been on repeat for me; and every time I play it again, I find more gems in the writing. One of my favorite songs on the record is “Love Her Better.”
The song is an upbeat letter to an ex lover saying they hope you love your next lover better. I find myself dancing a little to this song.
The title track, “Halfhearted” is an interesting song. It starts off with her singing the hook and then into a verse of a talk-rap. I feel like this might be about Meuse’s journey in music.
“Halfhearted” tells the story of someone who chased their dreams instead of going and becoming a nurse (I’m sure it’s imagery for any job that’s “easier” than chasing your dream) and spent her time getting on TV (Idol) and racking up views.
At one point in the title track, Meuse talked about being an outcast in her journey. She connected with other people who were also outcasts. This song can connected with anyone who has chased their dreams as opposed to taking an “easier” road and got a “normal” job.
Former American Idol contestant and finalist, Bo Bice made an appearance on this record as well. On Meuse’s song “Without You,” Bice and Meuse have a really nice back and forth duet. Incredible. The two vocals compliment one another really well.
Overall, this album is phenomenal from start to finish. You will truly enjoy this record. Don’t sleep on this one! Go and purchase the album or stream it from your favorite streaming platform.
ABC’s Fall Season begins on September 24th. However, the Roseanne spin-off The Connors is set to premiere late into the season.
According to TV By The Numbers, we won’t see The Connors until mid-October.
Most notably, though, the network’s much-anticipated “Roseanne” spin-off, “The Conners,” will be premiering late into the new season, with a mid-October start date. It’ll make its debut on Oct. 16, rounding out the network’s new Tuesday night lineup, airing at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The new Nathan Fillion-led series, “The Rookie,” will also be making its premiere that night at 10 p.m., with a “Splitting Up Together” lead-in.
Are you excited to see The Connors back on TV?
FOX picked up Last Man Standing to return to TV this fall. They will be recasting two of the shows main roles ahead of it’s FOX Network debut. Molly Ephriam (Mandy) and Flynn Morrison (Boyd) have decided to exit the show, according to Deadline.
Another one of the shows main characters, Hector Elizondo – who was on his way out of the show for an NBC pilot that didn’t get picked up, will return to the show.
Currently, all of the main stars minus Ephriam and Morrison will return for the show’s 7th season.
Commentary: Ephriam really made the show and I am sad to see her go. Her comedic timing and chemistry with the rest of the cast was amazing. Morrison leaving doesn’t bother me as he didn’t really have a massive impact on the show. This is also the second time one of the Baxter kids will be recast.