TV NEWS — Hard to believe that several shows have already had their so-named Fall Finale. This was certainly not a TV season to remember, although NBC’s Blindspot, has been something of a rarity in that they’ve certainly stepped up their game with riveting plots and just outstanding acting. The Blacklist, also a NBC-fave, has been somewhat sluggish the last season or so, but really amped up the wattage this year, especially with their fall-finale episode in which cast character Tom Keen was finally silenced (btw: one of the worst kept secret on the Internet). An particularly well written episode, it gave James Spader (just a terrific actor in my book) a chance to really stretch and show his abilities. Keen’s Ryan Eggold, has been stalwart throughout, but the character had run its course. The Keen character was also the subject of the spin-off The Blacklist: Redemption, which was just downright silly and to me, further eroded the importance of the character. Keen’s demise (the episode titled Ian Garvey), was one of the best ever in the show’s run. ABC’s Designated Survivor, that has gone through an amazing amount of showrunners since its inception last year, has really picked up its wattage as well with Keifer Sutherland delivering just an impressive performance every show. I am happy to announce that CBS’ Elementary, with the terrific Jonny Lee Miller, returns shortly and Friday’s return of Marvel’s Agents of Shield was pretty stellar.
It hasn’t been the best TV season by far, but far from the worst. In case you’re interested, I’m still waiting for the return of the Jack McCoy-character … set to return to on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit later this year.
QUEEN HALT —Production on the upcoming Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody has been put on hold due to the “unexpected unavailability” of director Bryan Singer.
“Twentieth Century Fox Film has temporarily halted production on Bohemian Rhapsody due to the unexpected unavailability of Bryan Singer,” reads Fox’s full statement. The crew received force majeure letters, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Their report goes on to say that Singer – whose Twitter account was recently deleted – did not return to set after the Thanksgiving holiday break, which allegedly made producers nervous enough about the state of the production to consider replacing him. They also cite insider accounts of Singer “routinely” showing up late to set, including one occasion on which a cinematographer was forced to serve in a producer role.
However, the BBC shared a statement from a representative of Singer explaining that his absence was due to “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family,” and stating that the director of the four X-Men movies “hopes to get back to work on the film soon after the holidays.”
Singer has been the subject of rampant rumors that he is the next one to be implication in a sexual harassment issue.
Bohemian Rhapsody is scheduled to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.
SHORT TAKES — Meant to observe on NBC’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (yes, with Matt Lauer): For the first-time ever, Gibson guitars had their own float and there was Jimmy Fallon (in purple) and The Roots rocking out to Prince’s “Purple Rain.” It was all rather astonishing. I mean, will Fender guitars have their own float next year? Wonder how many Gibson guitars Fallon and The Roots got for this one. It was cute, but a tad odd … Speaking of Matt Lauer: I guess I was wrong. It certainly wasn’t the Matt I’d had known for all these years. A sad, sad story for sure and one he will re-live over and over in his mind … Access Hollywood’s disgraced host Billy Bush visits CBS’ Stephen Colbert tonight. Bush wrote an Op Ed piece in today’s Times and it’ll be interesting to see what he says. I’ve known Bush for years and there’s no question he got a raw deal. He got fired from Access and The Today Show and Trump got to be President. Doesn’t seem fair, does it? … This Friday, December 8, Joanna Bonaro screens her Good ‘n Screwed TV-pilot in Brooklyn Heights. Set to attend from the show are Robert Funaro and Armen Garo …Our colleague Roger Friedman (Showbiz 411) wrote a tremendous remembrance of Elaine Kaufman in his column yesterday. Take a read here: http://www.showbiz411.com/2017/12/03/remembering-elaine-kaufman-grouchy-godmother-our-hero-patron-saint-of-the-great …PR-pasha David Salidor with his daughter Chloe at Maison Harlem Sunday.