Jessica Biel replaces Elizabeth Moss in HULU miniseries

HBOMAX sets territory rollout plan thru 2022 / OSCARS 2022 sets new producer / ESPN2 MNF ratings plummet without MANNING BROS

Mornin! This is Sean McNulty and here’s the Hollywood + Media news to know on WEDNESDAY October 6, 2021.

Where ADELE’s new music is now officially coming 🙌, the first single drops next Friday, Oct 15. Album is allegedly called 30… meaning she’s been working on it for 3 years now (she’s currently 33), as her album names reflect her age at their inception not their release.

There is a very brief 8 second piano sequence in the clip from ADELE’s tweet (that was also seemingly played on every morning show today) if that does anything for ya…. but that’s it for now. So we thinking she hosts SNL on Oct 30 or more like Nov 6?

AND: Quiet day so this’ll be quick. But hey since we’re both here - let’s dive in 👇


OSCARS enlist producer Will Packer as producer for next year’s broadcast

Will has been a prolific producer over the past decade +, doing films like “Straight Outta Compton” and “Girls Trip” and the “Ride Along” movies.

The ceremony is Sun March 27, 2022, director & host choices up next. /THR

NETFLIX sets Colman Domingo as lead for new civil-rights era movie from The Obamas

Called “Rustin”, about civil rights and gay rights activist Bayard Rustin who led several Freedom Rides and was an organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Colman was most recently in “Candyman” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.

Chris Rock, Glynn Turman and Audra McDonald among co-stars. “Ma Rainey” director George C. Wolfe is doing the same here, and also co-wrote the script with Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”). /THR


Jessica Biel replaces Elizabeth Moss as lead in HULU limited series “Candy”

It’s about a 1980 murder in Texas, where Candy Montgomery murdered her church friend with an ax.

An HBO Limited series is already fully cast and I’m guessing near production by now on the same story, called “Love and Death” with Elizabeth Olsen, Lily Rabe, Jesse Plemons and Patrick Fugit, written by David E. Kelley. /Variety

ESPN2 ratings drop 75% for MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL without the Manning-cast

Peyton & Eli have been calling an increasingly popular alt-call of MNF games on ESPN2, with the audience reaching 1.9 Million last week (ESPN main channel audience has been between 12 to 13 Million).

But… the bros are only calling 10 games this season so they gotta pick and choose, and their absence caused a loss of about 1.4 Million viewers for the game on Monday night. I mean the VEGAS vs LA CHARGERS lineup didn’t help, but still… /THR


HBOMAX launching in SPAIN and the NORDICS on Oct 26

HBO already exists in these countries, so I believe it’s a similar thing to the US where HBO GO/NOW will turn into HBOMAX, and HBO TV subscribers will get access to HBOMAX. Pricing across these European territories looks to be about $9-$10 a month, with some first year discounts for new subscribers.

Also HBOMAX will get WARNER BROS movies here 45 days post-theatrical release in Europe.

HBOMAX plans to be in 67 countries by end of 2022 (27 in Europe, but still none of the biggest ones due to their SKY output deal). They also plan to be in 190 countries by 2026, which would roughly match NETFLIX’s… current footprint.

DISNEY+ is currently in 61 countries. Count AMAZON PRIME and APPLE TV+ as ya like. /Deadline /Variety


It was NETFLIX ftw, up over 5%. Who knew growing buzz for a show where people are killed in an elimination game would appeal to the Wall Street crowd?


E! “The Bradshaw Bunch” - Season 2 Premieres at 8p

CBS “Tough as Nails” new season at 9p, “CSI Vegas” at 10p

NETFLIX “Bad Sport” - 6 part anthology docuseries on global sports scandals. Click Here to Watch or Add to Your List

DISNEY+ “Black Widow” is now free to stream for all subscribers. Click Here to Stream or Add to your List

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A24 “Red Rocket” trailer - Simon Rex as a porn star returning to his Texas hometown who… gets up to some adventures. Donuts, you’ve been warned. This was a hit on the Summer Film Fest circuit from the director of “The Florida Project”, so fellow “Jack & Jill” fans 🙋‍♂️ rejoice at the Rex-urrection 🙆‍♂️. Ok that has too many meanings here. Hits theaters in December.

DISNEYFOX “The Last Duel” extended scene - 5 min scene of the lead up to the big showdown from the movie, in theaters next Fri Oct 15.

PARAMOUNT+ “Madame X” trailer - New docu / concert movie from Madonna. Premieres this Friday


T SWIFT ”All Too Well” - Lacking on new tunes this week that I’d recommend, so just going with this Fall classic given our moody, cloudy early October-ish NYC weather we have going on, even if we still have another week-ish til the 🍁 start to show some real color here.

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