If TV shows had godparents, Ally McBeal's would have been Melrose Place and The Practice. Without those two series, chances are Fox's groundbreaking dramedy about a lawyer and her crazed life might never have happened. During the 1997 pilot season, Fox was searching for a companion series to follow its fading favorite Melrose Place. Writer-producer David E. Kelley obliged, creating the quirky Ally for a fall launch. However, he balked when the then-head of the network, Peter Roth, suggested they hold off premiering it until spring 1998 so as to avoid the usual glut of fall debuts. Still stinging from ABC's reneging on a deal to give The Practice a guaranteed time slot, Kelley insisted Ally McBeal stick with its premiere on Sept. 8, 1997. His insistence paid off. The series would become a top 20 hit, capturing an average of more than 13 million viewers at its peak and winning a pair of Golden Globes and an Emmy. (The dramedy made TV history as the first, and only, hourlong program … [Read more...] about ‘Ally McBeal’ at 20: Calista Flockhart, David E. Kelley and More on Dancing Babies, Feminism and Robert Downey Jr.
Yup. If you clicked the link to this article, you’ll see that that headline is real and it currently reflects the reported state of the White House.Gabriel Sherman reports that President Donald Trump is upset that Devin Nunes‘s (R-CA) FISA memo wasn’t the earth-shaking political development he was hoping for, and now he’s thinking about shaking up his team again. Vanity Fair‘s article hints that Trump wants to bring old and new friends into his inner sanctum, especially allies who will fight to change media narratives and counter Robert Mueller‘s ongoing investigations.Outside advisers reportedly say that Trump wishes he had Rudy Giuliani head up the State Department while Chris Christie became Attorney General. Ivanka Trump has grown tired of John Kelly, according to sources, and she is encouraging her dad to clean house because she thinks the Chief of Staff has gone too far in restricting Trump’s access to outside information and loyal … [Read more...] about WH Ally Says Kelly Treats Trump ‘Like a Mushroom’: ‘Keep Him in the Dark’ and ‘Feed Him a Bunch of Sh*t’
“How stupid do you think we are?”That was how CNN’s Erin Burnett opened tonight, referencing President Trump‘s allies “covering for him” on the “shithole” controversy.“The President called African countries s-hole countries,” she said, “and it was racist. And tonight, Trump’s allies are trying to pull a fast one on the American people.”She brought up the public remarks today of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, calling her out for how she “conveniently couldn’t remember” what words were used.She brought up the denials of Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue and said of them and Nielsen, “They’re not alone in lying––and let’s use the word lying––for this President.”Burnett concluded, “So many people seem willing to compromise their own honesty and integrity for this President.”Watch above, via CNN.[image via screengrab]— — … [Read more...] about CNN’s Erin Burnett Slams Trump Allies ‘Lying’ on Sh*thole Comment: ‘Trying to Pull a Fast One’
At yesterday’s joint presser with the Norwegian prime minister, President Donald Trump said it was “unlikely” that he’d do an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his Russia investigation. Adding that he’ll see “what happens,” the president noted that they “have no collusion” to make the case that it won’t be necessary.Per a new report by CNN today, it would appear that those close to Trump are advising him to stay away from Mueller and not submit to an interview request. Close advisers and friends of President Donald Trump are warning him not to sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, with some expressing skepticism that there would be any circumstance in which it makes sense to voluntarily submit to an interview, according to multiple sources familiar with the ongoing discussions.While CNN pointed out that those pushing the president to avoid Mueller include “key allies on Capitol … [Read more...] about Trump’s Allies Are Reportedly Encouraging Him Not To Talk To Special Counsel Mueller
In the wake of the release of excerpts from Michael Wolff’s provocative Trump tell-all that included explosive and controversial remarks from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump has been on the warpath. He’s released a statement absolutely torching his ex-advisor, labeled Bannon “Sloppy Steve” and let it be known that he is absolutely done with the Breitbart chief.This morning, Bannon sent out an apology for his comments, specifically the ones directed at Donald Trump Jr. According to Axios, however, the mea culpa may be too little, too late for Trump.As Axios’ Mike Allen noted during his appearance on CBS’ Face the Nation, “the president is telling his allies to go out on TV and bury Steve Bannon.” This comes on the heels of Axios reporting that the president was working the phones recently and telling his supporters and defenders that they needed to choose between him and Bannon.We saw a key example … [Read more...] about Trump Is Reportedly Telling His Allies to Go Out On TV and ‘Bury Steve Bannon’