Catch and Killrecounts Ronan Farrow’s investigation of Harvey Weinstein, NBC’s attempt to prevent him from publishing his findings in The New Yorker, and how Weinstein hired a private investigative firm to try to stop him. It also features a shocking interview with Brooke Nevils, the former NBC News employee who first brought the complaint against Matt Lauer that got him fired from “Today” in 2017. When the story first broke, the media kept Nevils anonymous to protect her. But with the publication of Farrow’s new book, the full details of the allegations have been uncovered.
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We won’t go into too much detail here; you can read more about the exact details of the allegations here, here, and here. Variety was the first to break the story of these new allegations after receiving an advance copy of Catch and Kill.
Suffice it to say Matt Lauer began a pattern of sexual assault and harassment that Nevils alleges began during the coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Nevils reports that Lauer forced himself upon her in a hotel room in Russia despite her protests.
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Lauer has denied the accusations, saying: “it is alleged that an extramarital, but consensual, sexual encounter I have previously admitted having, was in fact an assault.” Nevils has a different story. She claims she objected multiple times during the account before Lauer physically forced her against a door.
This Wednesday, hosts of the “Today” show Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb commented on the breaking story. Kotb said:
There are not allegations of an affair. There are allegations of a crime. And I think that’s shocking to all of us here who have sat with Matt for many, many years.
These new details cast doubt on the stance maintained by NBC that they had no knowledge of the claims against Lauer. Farrow uncovers seven other allegations and non-disclosure agreements, implying Lauer’s behavior was merely swept under the rug.
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Adding yet another wrinkle to an already complicated and tragic story, it appears Weinstein may have used the knowledge of Lauer’s misconduct as leverage to prevent the allegations against himself from becoming public. Farrow describes the situation, saying:
The film never got a sequel, but a new adaption is in the works. According to Variety, the The Bone Collectorwill “a a co-production between Sony, Universal Television” and is set for the 2019/2020 season of NBC.
Also it won’t be calledThe Bone Collectorbut instead Lincoln, implying that if the first season is a hit then the studios may adapted other books in this fourteen book series.
Writing the series will be VJ Boyd…
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…and Mark Bianculli. The duo have written two drama pilots for Sony TV, The Jury and Doomsday and have worked on Sony TV’s S.W.A.T.
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Set to star in the show is Russell Hornsby, according to Deadline. Previously he was Lyons in the Academy Award’s Best Picture Nominee Fences, Viktor Drago’s promoter Buddy Marcelle in Creed II, and previously worked with NBC when he played Detective Hank Griffin on Grimm.
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Along side Hornsby will be Arielle Kebbel as Amelia Grace Sachs, a police detective who initially discovers the first victim’s body and ends up helping Lincoln Rhyme keeps his head on his shoulders. Previously Arielle Kebbel has appeared as Lindsay Anne Lister Forester on Gilmore Girls and Avery Banks / Gabrielle in the TV show The Grinder.
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The Inquisitorwrite that “[t]he character is described as ;extremely bright’ and someone who ‘can hold her own in any situation’.”
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We also have Michael Imperioli, best know for his role as Christopher Moltianti on HBO’s The Sopranos, who has flipped sides. He’ll play NYPD detective Rick Sellitto, Lincoln’s partner. With the 2004 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy award, he’s a great addition to the cast.
Word is mum on any new information, but we still have time until the show premieres, whenever it premieres. Time will tell if the second adaptation will be a hit!
Well, HBO is developing a prequel series and George R.R. Martin still has to finish the series, so Game of Thrones will live on on the silver screen and on the page. But the main show, the only show as of now, the show that brought many of us to this fantastic story and allowed book readers to sit back with smug looks on their faces, is coming to a close.
In honor of that, let us sit back and reflect.
And laugh a little as we go through all the parodies of Game of Thrones through the last nine years (that’s nearly a decade of murder over a big chair!)
Let’s run back to May 24, 2013. You might not have been in your comfy seat, but you felt that warm and fuzzy feeling as a smile came across your face.
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Recall that smile, and together we’ll watch back when times were simple. Among other things, Jimmy Fallon was the host of Late Night on NBC. He and his teams of expert writers transformed the 30 Rockefeller Center into its own version of Westeros. The Iron Thrones became the Iron Desk, Dragons were Peacocks, and the Red Wedding hadn’t aired yet.
On Sep 25, 2013 we were graced with this wonderful parody. Bill Hader, future Richard Tozier in It Chapter 2, stands before three super fans played by Taran Killam and Aidy Bryant, but the third fan, Duncan (Zach Galifianakis) has come dressed as a dragon. Why is Jaime called Kingslaver? Who killed Half-hand? Easy questions, but Duncan is asked this: What is the capitol of Wisconsin?
Oh, I feel attacked, and the sketch isn’t even in full swing yet.
What happens when you bring a brooding Jon Snow to a dinner party in a Brooklynn Townhouse? On April 7, 2015, five days before season 5’s premiere, Seth Myers learned that winter was coming. Spring has sprung, he prattled, but Jon Snow gave his usual warning, “Winter is coming.”
“So much for global warming,” one patrons jests.
“You won’t be laughing when the white walkers rip you limb from limb.”
It’s funny because the Night King hadn’t risen the dead in front of our eyes.
Hope you didn’t have a baby shower before Feb 18, 2016, because you might have invited the wrong guest. Seth Meyers did in his sketch on Late Night where he brought the Red Priestess herself, Melsiandre, to a baby shower. “The night is dark and full of terrors,” she warned, sitting in a room with not only Seth Myers, but his pregnant wife and human rights attorney Alexi Ashe. At least didn’t set anyone on fire.
On April 3, 2016, SNL gave the stage to Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke (Kate McKinnon) as they took viewers behind the scenes on Game of Thrones’ sixth season, giving us our first look of Tyrion with the pre-CGI Dragons. Yes, they sound like raptors but Randy is hilarious.
And if Drogon sounds like Randy, then he totally should talk.
Back on May 8, 2016 it was a simpler time. “Jon Snow is dead!” all the characters say, while we the audience sat back and said, “Shut up and bring him back.” In this sketch, Cecily Strong and S.N.L host Brie Lawson (Captian Marvel) act as audience surrogates, showing that maybe things were a lot easier during episodes 601 and 602 when we know what was coming.
The best part is Jon keeps waking up and being told “Not yet!” by Melsiandre.
You might remember this one since this sketch only aired on Dec 8, 2018. It’s KHAL DROGO’S GHOST DOJO! It’s a place where all the characters who died on Game of Thrones can go. With Khal Drogo there for Dothraki public access, what can go wrong?
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Either way you cut it, its laugh-out-loud hilarious to see Khal Drogo meet several other dead characters. The first guest is a punch in the gut, however, since it’s the lovable puff-bag Hodor. Honestly, that “hold the door” joke was as painful as the Red Wedding. At least they made it up with hearing him actually speak in coherent sentences.
On a related note, sorry for bringing up the Red Wedding. I know you probably forget about it.
NBC is developing Carolyn Keene’s Nancy Drew books into a new series with a strange twist. Creators Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (Doubt) will have Nancy as the writer of her own famed novels which were loosely based on her experiences as a young girl. Though she had been joined by two friends on her mysteries, Nancy made them her sidekicks in her now-famous books. As an adult embroiled in a new murder mystery, Nancy must seek out her old friends to solve the case, but they’re not too happy about being put on the sidelines.
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It’s a new take, but Phelan and Rater originally shot a pilot for CBS last year, which CBS passed on. The duo rewrote and pitched it to NBC, which has panned out. It’s a new spin on a classic character, like Sherlock or Clueless. But isn’t Nancy Drew being a little girl part of the fun? It may even be the main source of fun.
The age difference, at least, seems to be the point of the new series. Rater said that their age “we think is their superpower; no one notices them when they walk in. It’s a way for them to fly under the radar. They talk about how they feel unseen.” At least they have a vision for the age difference instead of just making it Nancy Drew: All Grown Up! Maybe it’ll be fine. If it weren’t specifically about Nancy Drew, the age wouldn’t be so alarming. The premise sounds pretty interesting, actually.
For years it’s felt we’ve been inundated by Hollywood adaptations of classic books, but at least this one seems inspired. Phelan and Rater have solid writing cred, so there’s that too. Anyway, Nancy Drew fans, keep your hopes up!