Oprah, "Neverland," and a Lot of Casting: This Week in TV

While you were still wiping up your sweat/drool from the "Shallow" performance, picking your jaw up off of the floor after Green Book won Best Picture, and humming along to the very classic songs from the "Co-Op" soundtrack, here's the TV news you may have missed.

While you were still wiping up your sweat/drool from the "Shallow" performance, picking your jaw up off of the floor after Green Book won Best Picture, and humming along to the very classic songs from the "Co-Op" soundtrack, here's the TV news you may have missed.

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Oprah to Calm us all Down after Leaving Neverland

Leaving Neverland, the documentary about Michael Jackson's alleged sexual abuse of two young boys in the 1990s is so harrowing that counselors were waiting in the lobby during intermission of the film's premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Because HBO can't provide counselors to all viewers when it airs the reportedly grueling, sexually-explicit 4-hour documentary on Sunday and Monday, they will air a special hosted by TV and entertainment's most comforting presence: Oprah. On Oprah Winfrey Presents: Leaving Neverland, Winfrey will host a Q&A with Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The special will be taped in front of an audience of sexual abuse survivors and will air at 10 pm on March 4, immediately following the conclusion of the 2-part series (part 1 airs March 3 at 8 pm). Jackson's estate and family have denied all allegations.

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JBH Replaces KLG

The Today Show officially announced that Kathie Lee Gifford would pass her wine glass along to Jenna Bush Hager. Gifford announced her departure from the fourth hour of Today with co-star Hoda Kotb last December. Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, has been at Today since 2009 as a reporter and regular correspondent. Gifford, who herself claims to have "been in this business for 120 years," has co-hosted with Kotb for nearly 11 years. No word yet on who they will tap to record a new theme song.


We are truly living in the era of Peak TV. Just when you think everything has been done, a new show jumps on the scene to provide an entirely new idea of what TV can achieve. The reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210 is not that show. Fox released a 10-second teaser announcing the return of the series, set for this summer. The gang is headed back to the Hills—stars Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green, and Tori Spelling are all confirmed, so far—only this time, the actors will be playing versions of themselves who get meet up to try to put a reboot together. Did you follow that? The reboot is about the reboot. Clever. Let's hope no one mentions the 2008 rebooted version or the universe will implode.

NBC's Got Love for the 99

After a slap-dash, 48-hour resuscitation following Fox's cancelation, NBC has once again given new life to Brooklyn Nine-Nine, this time renewing it for a seventh season. Nine-Nine has proven to be good business for NBC, and they recently expanded their sixth season order from 13 episodes to 18. Its dedicated and vocal fanbase took to Twitter to gif their excitement, but the best, most heartwarmingly on-brand tweet had to be the one in which the cast and crew learn the news.

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Casting Calls

This week ushered in a slew of casting news. Brittany Snow will star in an untitled Fox drama based on the Australian Sisters, to be directed by Russian Doll's Leslye Headland. Jane the Virgin spinoff, Jane the Novela, has found its new Jane in East Los High's Jacqueline Grace Lopez. Showtime darling Damian Lewis (Homeland, Billions) will head to A+E with Damian Lewis: Spy Wars, a docu-drama look at real stories of global espionage. Goodfella Ray Liotta is said to be joining the cast of David Chase's Sopranos prequel movie, The Many Saints of Newark. And, in casting that wasn't: George R. R. Martin will not be making a cameo in the final season of Game of Thrones.

And, Finally, Watch Steve Carell Jump Out of a Box for Jenna Fischer

He presented himself as a gift for his former co-star's birthday on Busy Tonight.

Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.

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dean mcdermott tori spelling hot Yes DeanMcDermott We Get It—ToriSpelling's The Hottest Wife Ever..Yawn

Can someone please let that Dean McDermott dude know, that yes, we get it, we are all aware that he thinks Tori Spelling is the hottest wife ever.

Because, at this point it’s starting to feel like the gentleman doth protest too much—as, McDermott appears to feel the need to reiterate how smokin’ hot he thinks his wife is, at each and every press opportunity he’s afforded.

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As if getting a truly horrific and creepy, utterly humungous tattoo of your wife—busting out with her very best “come hither” look while clad in only a black bra— inked over your entire inner forearm; in addition to her name tattooed directly above your cock; and, just for added good measure, your wedding vows tattooed all over your goddamn rib cage—and, oh shit son, that’s gotta really hurt—isn’t enough already to prove your undying devotion and bottomless well of love for her.


Just try keeping your Tori tattooed dick in your pants, that should let her, and the entire world, know what your true feelings are when it comes to the mother of your four children—after all, they do say that actions speak louder than [tattooed] words….

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Anyway, we digress.

McDermott was keeping strictly to script at the weekend, when he and Tori ran the press gauntlet, as they walked the red carpet at David Tutera's 50th Birthday Party in Los Angeles on Friday.

Here’s what McDermott told ET

[Tori’s] amazing. She's stunningly hot. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I have a super-hot wife.

Yep, stunningly hot…..super hot, no less…. We get it dude, we get it.

However, just to hammer the point home yet further, McDermott turned to Spelling and shared this testament to his love:

Our relationship is in the best place it's ever been. I was just thinking about it in the car ride over here, about how grateful I am and how filled with gratitude I am that we're still together, and my life is wonderful. I have these wonderful babies with you. I have this wonderful life with you. I'm so grateful and happy.

Awwwww!!! It’s [almost] enough to warm the cockles of even our shriveled, cold, cold hearts…

Not surprisingly, given this fucked-up dysfunctional couple's standard M.O. Spelling was quick to reciprocate.

Tori gushed:

For me, [I'm most proud of] the growth [of our relationship]. It just gets better, and I think when you go into a relationship, at least for me, you have all these fairy tale expectations. What it should be or shouldn't be, where it's going to go and where it's going to plateau. You get to that point where [it's like], 'Wow, this is amazing' on a different level of what I ever expected.

In our relationship, we've definitely had to, not start over, but rebirth the relationship as something that was new and kind of moving on towards the future. By doing that, we've had this great, amazing rebirth of our relationship, and it's more exciting each day.

Now, not to be cynical here, but, as anybody who watched even just five minutes of True Tori knows only too well, when it comes to love, this relationship is way more the poster child for abortion than for rebirth.

But, hey, that’s Hollywood for you folks.

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As anyone who watched True Tori is only too aware, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have been going through a tough patch recently when it comes to their nearly 9-year long marriage.

However, according to an eyewitness, who spotted the reality TV couple last night at the OK Magazine Pre-Oscar Event at The Argyle, Hollywood, things look to be firmly back on the right track for the two—well, at least for now....

"Tori and Dean were all over each other, they looked like newlyweds rather than a struggling couple," the partygoer tells Popdust exclusively.

"If they were faking it then they are both better at acting than I ever imagined. Dean was super attentive to Tori all night and they were being affectionate with each other, with lots of hand holding, kissing and cuddling.

"There were a bunch of hot chicks at the party but Dean's eyes were firmly on Tori, and only Tori, he had his arm around her all night and appeared to be completely focused on her, and she looked really, really happy and relaxed—it was sweet!"

As Popdust previously reported, Spelling and McDermott's marriage appeared to be at breaking point when cameras stopped rolling at the end of their reality show last season.

The couple was fighting non-stop, attempting to (unsuccessfully) battle it out during marriage therapy sessions, and were even throwing the D word around.

So, were the marriage woes faked for the sake of ratings—or, were they faking love for the public last night—or, are they truly back on track and in love once again?

Who knows really? This is Tori and Dean for Christ's sake!!!!

Meanwhile, whatever happens to the couple, it's likely we won't see it play out in front of the cameras—not on their reality show anyway.

McDermott announced late last year that he would not be returning for another season of True Tori—even though Spelling insists the show WILL go on, even without her husband!

"For me, you know, it's True Tori. I have a lot more to tell," Spelling told Meredith Viera in November. "I have four children, I'm a mom, I'm a woman, and I want to go on."

Check out Popdust's gallery of photos of the other celebrities partying it up at the OK Magazine Pre-Oscar Event at The Argyle Hollywood, below:

Shannen Doherty thinks Tori Spelling is nuts to air all her dirty laundry on True Tori—something she would never ever do.

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star is famous for her diva behavior on set, so it's no wonder she thinks the idea of cameras catching all that is horrifying.

"I would never in a million years choose that for myself. Ever. But, uh, you know, she's gotta...That's what she...That is her choice of how she wants to deal with it," Shannen told Sirius XM's Just Jenny. "Some people need to put it out there. Whatever her reasons were, I think whether she wanted to own it herself in the sense of owning what she was going through because it was going to be in the papers regardless. It is a choice I'd never make because there's just no mystery."

So basically Tori has no choice but to do this terrible show because she has no other options career wise? Got it.

You've got to listen to the rest of the clip where Shannen accuses poor Jason Priestley of having memory loss because he said mean things about her in his book.

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As we all get ready to settle in for in for a long winter’s nap, Tori and Dean just settle deeper into their crappy marriage on True Tori.

Tori comes home from her girls weekend with a baby pig. Because naturally, when you get in a fight with your husband, you buy a 5 day old pig. The pig is a giant distraction from the real problem that happened the day before- Dean wanting to hire his female friend from rehab to babysit. She was royally pissed on the way home, and then the second she walks in with a pig, all their problems get put on hold.

After the pig excitement dies down, Tori brings up the issue with Dean’s rehab friend coming over, but Dean wants none of it discussed on camera. He flips out and asks to talk to one of the producers.

“I’m sacrificing chunks of my f*cking soul,” he laments. “I can’t live like this anymore. There’s clutter and blocked energy and dead ends.” Dead ends? Like your career?

“When the kids are with me there’s order and boundaries and when T’s around there’s this chaos.”

In therapy they try to talk about it again, and Dean cannot for the life of him figure out why Tori is angry and hurt that he brought the rehab woman into their home.

He storms out of therapy and texts the producer that he might not come home. Tori knows that he doesn’t have any friends or family and she’s afraid he’s going to drive off a cliff or something. Slightly melodramatic, but then again not. Later, off camera, she meets with him at a diner in Beverly Hills where he apologized for the rehab babysitter thing.

The next day Tori’s baby pig dies. That’s the final straw and Tori begins to do what she does best…become sicker than her dead pig because she can’t process her emotions. Dean is forced to take her to urgent care. Production is brought to a screeching haul while Tori was treated for bronchitis and sinusitis.

While Tori is in the hospital for 13 days (for bronchitis?!), Dean has a very peaceful and relaxing time taking care of the kids, and he tells Tori that she doesn’t bring peace to the home. Dean, you do a reeeeally good job at deflecting the blame off yourself. Don’t think we don’t notice that. Tori is forced to cancel a public appearance in Miami because she’s still in the middle of a breakdown and can’t handle the stress and responsibility.

She tells her therapist that she feels like she’s not reliable anymore. She used to get booked for a lot of public appearances before the affair and True Tori, but now she’s lost a lot of her ability to earn a living.

“I feel like I’m watching a trainwreck happening and it’s my life,” she cries.

Back at home, Tori confronts Dean about the rehab babysitter one final time. She asks how he didn’t realize that the thought of him having a female friend in the house didn’t make her uncomfortable. His response?

“Lower the bar and you’ll be surprised at everything I do.”

Did he seriously just f*cking say that? Dean then decides that he doesn’t want to do the reality show anymore because it’s no longer good for him to share his feelings with the public. Tori doesn’t agree but there’s not really anything she can do.

To be continued next season…if there is a next season.

What did you think of this week’s True Tori? Sound off in the comments below!



Where to begin with this week’s True Tori. No, seriously? Where the hell do you even start.

Tori is throwing her daughter Hattie’s 3rd birthday party at the house, and not only has she invited Dean’s ex Mary Jo but also her mother, Candy Spelling. The thought of having both of the women she has the most issues with in the same place on the same day sends Tori into a monster tailspin, migraine and all.

Tori greets her guests in a weird gothic fairy princess costume, and becomes visibly ill at the sight of Mary Jo walking through the front door. She heads upstairs with her friends to decompress and do something about her migraine, and shortly after Candy Spelling walks in the house like the Queen of Sheba with…Tatum O’Neil?! Ummm, what?? Why??? Apparently Candy and Tatum are neighbors and bffs, and side note – Tatum is acting freaking bizarre.

Upon arriving, Tatum has some suggestions for the way filming should go down.

“I think that Tori should come down and say hi to her mom. It would just look better…I mean for the show.”

Dean is beyond perplexed and heads inside to fill Tori in on the situation. He explains that her mother has arrived with Tatum, who by the way Tori has never met, and all Tori’s friends agree that Candy just brought her to cause drama. How sad is that? Dean hit the nail on the head, saying “It’s just a really odd choice for a plus one.” For once, we agree with you Dean.

We all hope that Tori goes up to her mother to ask WTF, but in true Tori fashion she reverts to a 8 year old child and kisses Candy and Tatum’s ass. Literally a mouth full of ass.

After their awkward encounter, Tori looks over to find Mary Jo, Candy, and Tatum getting uncomfortably chummy.

“My mom and Mary Jo are over there and they’re exchanging emails now. She probably thinks she’s gonna get buddy with my mom and get money and stuff,” she tells Dean. This is the saddest, most cringe-worthy segment that has ever aired on reality TV. That is, until later on in the episode.

Tori finally agrees to go away on a girls weekend with her friends, but has major anxiety about leaving Dean alone with the kids. Rightfully so, because Tori

isn’t gone for four hours before Dean invites his female friend from rehab to the house to interview for a temporary babysitting job while he works on CSI, and of course he didn’t tell Tori. 4 HOURS!!! Tori gets a text from her current babysitter telling her that she’s concerned that Dean has crossed the line.

Tori calls Dean to ask what the hell is going on. He explains that it’s his friend from rehab who apparently Tori said no to hiring twice! He also claims that they had no one else to help. Seriously Dean? That’s the best you could come up with? There are literally thousands of babysitters in Los Angeles, and you want to hire a woman who you have a history with and clearly makes your wife uncomfortable? What a piece of work.

The producers decide to interview Laura, the current babysitter, to get a feel for what’s going on behind the scenes. Apparently the rehab babysitter feels really uncomfortable with the whole situation and was mislead to believe that Tori was going to be at the interview. Liar, liar, boner pants on fire.

As it turns out, rehab babysitter has signed a release at the interview consenting to be filmed, but when the shit hits the fan, Dean tears up her release paper, confronts the producer and refuses to discuss the matter further.

Tori continues to confront Dean via text, but Dean won’t allow production to see the texts. All he says is that Tori’s controlling and overbearing He doesn’t seem aware of the fact that in Tori’s eyes, he’s not allowed to have and female friends given his cheaty history. Uh, can you blame her?! The ONE day she goes out of town he invites a chick over. All hail the king of the douchebags.

What did you think of this week’s trainwreck on True Tori? Sound off in the comments below!