Joining the raft of recent biography TV series is this new entry with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (already seen recently playing Uber founder Travis Kalanick in season 1 of Super Pumped) playing the former host of The Tonight Show and Carson's Comedy Classics, Johnny Carson.
The creative weight behind the show is rather impressive with Deadwood's David Milch writing and Jay Roach directing. This is a project that has been in the works for five years and pre-dates Milch's Alzheimers diagnosis.
The series will follow the life and career of late-night TV pioneer Johnny Carson from New York to Los Angeles to the Las Vegas strip. King Of Late Night will reveal how Johnny’s diehard connection to his audience overlapped with his lifelong desire for a basic quality of life, and how his beloved on-screen persona came into conflict with the more colorful aspects of his personal life.
Hugh Grant speaks out...
This week there was a lot of speculation that Hugh Grant may well be the new Doctor Who. He has today sent out a tweet on the subject:
Well, that's that then. Probably.
- Rumour has it that the trailer for Avatar 2 will drop with Doctor Strange 2. A good reason to go to the movies and watch a Marvel movie before they are rendered obsolete by the emergence of the one, true movie franchise. Read: Dark Horizons
- West Side Story star Rachel Zegler will appear now as a presenter at the Academy Awards. It's proof that you too can go to the Academy Awards even as the un-nominated star of a film that very few people saw at a time when you leaving the production of a movie you are starring in that will make you a legit star (certainly big enough to get you an Oscars invite every year for decades to come, Disney's live-action Snow White) and cost the company a few hundred thousand dollars with your absence, but if you complain loud enough... Read: Indiewire
- RIP Brisbane newsreader Rob Readings. Read: TV Tonight
- Getting released from your conservatorship is so hip right now. Amanda Byrnes just got released from hers. Read: NYT
- 1500 direct-to-video films later, Nicholas Cage is now out of debt. I guess he'll be in a Marvel movie sooner than we expect. Read: Variety
- Rest easy - And Just Like That... has officially been renewed for season 2. Read: Deadline
- It is 2022 and there are still articles online debating the best boyfriend on Gilmore Girls. Read: Polygon #TeamLogan
- My Brilliant Friend, the very good HBO series you have certainly not been watching, will conclude with a fourth season. Read: Deadline
- Vigil, The Tourist, The Responder, and Time... all shows renewed by the BBC for second seasons. Read: Variety
- It was nice getting a mention in the media release and subsequent stories published online about the podcast Skip Intro, a guide to viewing choices on the BINGE streaming service. I've been doing some freelance work on that as a Producer. Read: News.com.au
A Very British Scandal debuts on Amazon Prime Video April 22.
Barons debuts on Australia's ABC on April 24.
That's it for today. Tomorrow there will be more newsletter. I promise.