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  1. More likely that they are looking at Jennings to become the next host.
  2. Independent films operate with much smaller budgets than big studio productions. They cannot afford all the extra measures that need to be put in place to protect everyone's health and they can't get insurance to cover it. CGI is expensive. Any kind of bubble model is also expensive. Large studios will absorb the expenditures as the cost of doing business nowadays.
  3. An earlier article in The Guardian goes into more detail. It seems she has some mental health issues. They divorced in1988 and She changed her identity in 2001 so I have a hard time understanding why it would be an issue for her now after all these years. This seems like an over-reaction.
  4. Writers are not involved in casting and contract negotiations and have no say in who gets hired. They may or may not know what other projects actors are involved in. Even if they do know, it's irrelevant. Their job is to write the show the network wants.
  5. Both of those actresses were recurring guest stars, which entails no obligation to be exclusive to the show. While they may have signed on for a specific number of episodes, they are free to take any other work they can get. As recurring guest stars it was clear their story lines would most likely come to an end once they had fulfilled their contractual obligations.
  6. Holidays are typically not big TV days. Lots of other factors affect ratings, too, like unseasonably warm weather, really bad weather, major sports events, natural disasters, etc, etc. Due to the fact that pilot season and the May upfronts are not happening this year, networks will most likely renew all their current shows so they can start production as soon as it is safe to.
  7. Not all kids are squeamish about something we all do. Paltrow's son was not commenting on her personal sex life, he was referring to items her business sells. Big difference. It sounds to me like he was raised to have a healthy attitude about sex and understands that there is nothing wrong with buying or owning sex toys.
  8. The first series was filmed in Birmingham. Production moved to Belfast for the same reason as many other shows film there - lower production costs. There have been enough in-show references to local geography etc to place it in the Midlands. I can see the logic to setting the show in a fictional city since it deals with police corruption at all levels. Setting it in a real city could lead to some people jumping to conclusions that it is some sort of roman-à-clef and publically speculating which real-life people in law enforcement correspond to which characters in the show. That in turn could lead to libel suits and lots of the wrong kind of drama.
  9. The show is set in a fictional unnamed city somewhere in the Midlands, possibly near Birmingham based on some in-show references to actual motorways and major roads. It's supposed to be a big city so people working in one precinct wouldn't necessarily know and gossip with people in other precincts about a new person who moves on after a short time. Plus Kate is pretty generic looking and uses a different name and legend each time she goes undercover so it's unlikely that people would make any connection.
  10. It's really, um, interesting to compare how a gossip rag and a legitimate news organization are reporting this story. CNN is reporting what is actually in the the court filing while tmz is just making shit up. According to the CNN article, the profile submitted by Donna Heinel to USC, which tmz is calling a resume, did not originate from the Giannullis. It seems like so much of the public outrage is based on half-baked and inaccurate articles published in tabloids and gossip rags. The serious news reporting is not nearly as dramarific.
  11. I doubt Shy would be angry with Reggie. The two of them go way back and Reggie didn't know that Midge knew Shy was gay. Midge is an adult who chose to break her promise and betray Shy's trust. That is not on Reggie. Shy is a seasoned performer in show business, the operative word there being business. Both Shy and Reggie knew that Shy needed a good opening act for his tour and it would be a bad business decision to fire Midge before lining up a replacement for her. Ensuring a successful and profitable tour is more important in the long term than than reacting emotionally in the heat of the moment without thinking through the consequences. That's something teenagers might do but not businessmen who are serious about their careers. It is more likely that Reggie used the time while Shy was taking a break to audition performers and negotiate a contract for an opening act to replace Midge and waited until he had a signed contract and the performer on the plane before cutting Midge loose. If the new act couldn't join the tour for, say, another two weeks Reggie probably would have let Midge board the plane and then fired her when her replacement showed up to join the tour. That makes business sense.
  12. No one is debating the legality of what Midge did. Shy revealed something very personal to Midge and she promised to keep that a secret, something that back then could possibly be career-ending if it became public knowledge or might even get him killed in the Deep South. Midge knew the risk for Shy but nevertheless leveraged that information to get some cheap laughs on stage. That is despicable and speaks volumes about her character. I don't think Midge was clueless about it, she is just amoral in that regard. She uses whatever information comes her way as a punchline in her act when it suits her without regard for the human cost. We have consistently seen since season one that Midge is a self-absorbed jerk. When she is onstage she wants to get laughs and anything she can use is a means to that end. We see time and time again that what comedians say on-stage tends to reflect what kind of human beings they are off-stage. Bob Newhart and Louis CK come to mind. The audience was not appalled by Midge's act because they didn't take any of it seriously. Shy's public image was that of a lady's man and that is what people believed. People love to laugh at things about other people that they know or believe to be patently untrue. The ridicule is just perceived as people being silly. Think of celebrity roasts or even best man speeches at weddings. It only gets uncomfortable or disturbing when people think there is some truth to it.
  13. No doubt Vanna makes a lot more money from her line of yarn with Lion Brand. Practically every non-LYS hobby and craft store as well as Target and Walmart carry Vanna's Choice and given the demographics of the show, there is probably a significant number of viewers sitting there crocheting their charity chemo hats and baby blankets using Vanna's yarn while they watch the show.
  14. The prosecutor had nothing on Macy that would stick so they need to maintain the appearance that he had nothing to do with this to protect Macy's credit rating and lack of criminal record. If they ever need a mortgage or enter into some other legal contract in the future one of them needs a clean record.
  15. The 70/30 arrangement has been in effect for over a year. The boys are at an age now where courts will consider their preferences when deciding on custody arrangements. It is likely that the change reflects that the boys want to spend most of their time with their father. After all, Federline has been raising the boys all along. Britney can't even take care of herself let alone be a fit mother so I have a hard time understanding how 30% unsupervised custody could possibly be in the boys' best interests.
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