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Sunday, February 16, 2020

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Caitlyn Jenner’s reality show canceled

Caitlyn-Jenner

Those of you who have enjoyed watching Caitlyn Jenner on her reality television series “I Am Cait” for the past year are going to be disappointed, as the show has been canceled and will not return for a third season.

Jenner broke the news on Twitter Tuesday by thanking E! for rolling with the show for two seasons.

The New York Post reports that ratings for “I Am Cait” dropped significantly in the second season, from a high of 3 million viewers for the series premiere to a low of about 480,000 in Season 2.

Jenner will continue to appear on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

“We are incredibly proud of the two seasons of ‘I Am Cait,’ a groundbreaking docu-series that sparked an important and unprecedented global conversation about transgender people, their struggles and triumphs,” a statement put out by E! read. “Caitlyn and E! have mutually decided not to move forward with another season at this time. She will always remain a part of the E! family, and we look forward to continue following her journey as she appears on ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians.'”

There were reports back in may that claimed Jenner was having a tough time living as a woman and was considering transitioning back to a man, but the former Olympian blasted those rumors.

Adele says she declined Super Bowl halftime show offer

The NFL is already canvassing potential performers for the Super Bowl LI halftime show, and we can already name one singer who will not be there.

Amid reports that the NFL was in hot pursuit of her for the halftime show, Adele told the crowd at her show in Los Angeles on Saturday night that it wasn’t happening.

“First of all, I’m not doing the Super Bowl,” Adele said, via Alex Stedman of Variety. “I mean, come on, that show is not about music. And I don’t really — I can’t dance or anything like that. They were very kind, they did ask me, but I said no.”

At first glance, Adele isn’t really an obvious pick for a Super Bowl audience, but she’s extremely popular and wouldn’t cause any controversy, much like last year’s main act. The NFL’s search, unfortunately for them, will have to go on.

H/T ProFootballTalk

NFL not commenting on Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Ballers’ claim

Ballers HBO

The NFL is not commenting on Mark Wahlberg’s claim that he was hearing from people associated with the league about the content of new HBO TV show “Ballers.”

Wahlberg is an executive producer for “Ballers,” a show featuring The Rock that follows the lives of many fictional characters associated with the NFL. The show has narratives about a former player turned agent; a player who retired but made a comeback; and a hot-shot player struggling with his teammates. It has featured cameos from many famous NFL personalities. The second season premieres on Sunday night.

Wahlberg says the show was a little too realistic, prompting calls from people associated with the league.

“The first season of the show, the only call that I was getting was from guys like Roger Goodell saying ‘you can’t do this,’ and various owners in the league,” Wahlberg told ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” on Friday. “And we’re saying is it’s actually a good thing for the league and for the players because hopefully you get the word out there with the crazy stuff and the financial side of it, we’ll hopefully get these guys to realize they gotta be more careful with what they do with their money.”

In response to Wahlberg’s claim, Pro Football Talk reports that a source told them Goodell never called Wahlberg. The league also declined comment to PFT.

Not only is Ballers apparently rankling some associated with the league because of the show’s content, but it also has been using the trademarks and logos of real NFL teams — another subject the league declined comment on last year. Maybe the league realizes it’s had such bad publicity lately that they don’t need any more of it.

James Van Der Beek shares condolences on Billy Bob

Billy Bob Varsity Blues

Ron Lester, the man behind the lovable character “Billy Bob” in “Varsity Blues,” died on Friday of liver and kidney failure. He was 45.

Lester was best known for his acting job in Varsity Blues, so as fans of the movie, we feel an obligation to bring you the sentiments shared about him by his co-star, James Van Der Beek (aka Mox), on Twitter Saturday:

Lester weighed over 500 pounds at his peak weight but lost nearly 350 pounds after bypass surgery. He was hospitalized in November due to these issues and was in hospice care prior to his death.

Curb Your Enthusiasm returning for 9th season calls for a celebration

Larry David Curb

It’s been four years, nine months, three days and 17 hours since we were blessed with our last episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” not that we’re counting. And today we got some of our best news in years — Curb will be returning for a 9th season.

HBO announced Tuesday that beloved comedy show Curb starring our man LD will return for a ninth season.

“We’re thrilled that Larry has decided to do a new season of CURB and can’t wait to see what he has planned,” said Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming.

Larry David of course joked about his return in his typical self-deprecating fashion. “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’”

Since the last season aired in 2011, LD gave us “Clear History,” an underrated movie by all means and definitely satisfying if you’re a Curb fan. It was like a bonus few episodes. But that was in 2013, and three years have passed since then. Getting Curb back is a true treat.

First airing in 2000, Curb is HBO’s longest running show. There were hints from JB Smoove last week on Rich Eisen’s show that Larry was getting restless and perhaps interested in relaunching the show. His decision to do so is a gift to fans everywhere.

Thank you, oh thank you, LD.

Erlich Bachman selling his Pied Piper shares is a storyline I cannot get behind

Erlich Bachman

“Silicon Valley” is among my favorite shows on TV right now, along with its HBO partner, “Veep.” The third season has been good so far, delivering compelling storylines in the development of Pied Piper while, more importantly, entertaining us with their great jokes. But there is one storyline that came out in episode 8 of season 3 that just really bothers me: Erlich Bachman selling his shares in Pied Piper.

I cannot believe that the writers/directors/producers/creators of this show really expected us viewers to believe that Erlich would methodically drive 99 yards, four yards at a time, eating up 10 minutes of clock time, only to punt once reaching the 1-yard line by selling his shares in Pied Piper right before the product release. Seriously. It’s like Erlich hit the first 14 games on a 15-team parlay — winning one leg of the parlay each week of the show — and instead of waiting to see if he hits the 15th and wins a huge $800,000 payout, he decides the risk is too great and sells the ticket for $100,000.

Not only was this storyline frustrating because Lucy is pulling the football away at the worst possible time, but also because it is so inconsistent with Erlich’s character.

Over three seasons, we’ve learned that Erlich is not just funny, but also wise. He’s like an eccentric Yoda of sorts. He is the most knowledgeable of the crew in terms of starting and selling a business in Silicon Valley. He tends to have good ideas and recognize things before the other characters do. He’s even a bit of a master manipulator who can see angles others cannot. He already sold one business — Aviato — which enabled him to buy his home and start his incubator. If there’s one thing he values, it’s his ownership stake in his startups. That’s why he started the incubator!!!

Sure, watching Erlich throw a million dollar party on Alcatraz only to find out that night that his company was broke was hilarious, and somewhat a dose of Karma for the way he took advantage of Big Head. But there is no way Erlich would have been foolish enough to sell any of his shares of Pied Piper right before the company released its product.

His outstanding bills to party vendors came out to around $750,000. This was money owed to party vendors, nothing else. If they had already waited a few weeks to be paid, why couldn’t he have asked for another month or two extension until after Pied Piper’s product release? After that point, he could have possibly cashed out on them with more negotiating leverage with Laurie rather than desperation. Or — and this is more likely — why didn’t he just seek out a loan using his Pied Piper shares as collateral? That would have satisfied his immediate debts while allowing him to keep his grand prize. It’s just not believable that Erlich’s last resort would have been to sell his 10 percent stake for $700K just to cover party bills.

Oh yeah, and you’re telling me his large house in Silicon Valley is only worth $500-something thousand? No way that house is not worth at least a million in today’s real estate climate. That alone should have covered his party bills.

I understand that they could do some funny things storyline-wise by making Erlich Richard’s employee and a PR guy, but the way they went about doing it was such a betrayal of Erlich’s character, not to mention a huge disappointment. Big Head had been set up on the show all along as an idiot. Had a character like him sold his entire stake in Pied Piper before release because of the party, that would have made sense. Just not Erlich. He’s way too smart for that.

The NFL would probably hit JK Simmons with a random drug test after seeing this

JK Simmons ripped

If you thought JK Simmons was muscular and intimidating in “Whiplash,” just wait til you see what he looks like now.

The Oscar-winning actor is training for his role as Commissioner Gordon in “Justice League,” and this pic posted to Instagram by his trainer, Aaron Williamson, has gone viral. Though many think Simmons is getting ripped for his movie role, Williamson told The Hollywood Reporter that Simmons just has his own fitness goals, and he wants to open himself up for playing roles that involve him in a tank top.

Oh, and before you say anything about why Simmons is only curling tiny 10-pound weights in the pic, his trainer says it was the end of a 50-rep drop set. I certainly wouldn’t question that.

It is pretty crazy though to see a 61-year-old actor looking like LaRon Landry.