Today in “duh”, Netflix renewed Bridgerton for a second season. The series, produced by Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland, was a huge hit when it premiered on Christmas Day, so this comes as no surprise. If you haven’t watched, Bridgerton is basically Gossip Girl meets Pride & Prejudice. An anonymous gossipmonger in Regency-era London named “Lady Whistledown” (voiced by JULIE ANDREWS) narrates the series and fucks up everyone’s lives by spilling all their tea in a newsletter. The main romance is between Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dyvenor) and the sexy/grumpy Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). It’s hot.
Back in 2007, Isaiah Washington got fired from Grey’s Anatomy for calling T.R. Knight a homophobic slur during an on-set fight with Patrick Dempsey. T.R.’s bestie, Katherine Heigl, defended T.R. and dragged the shit out of Isaiah, suggesting he should never be allowed to speak publicly. And over a decade later, Isaiah got bored and decided to drag the megastar who we all care about, Katherine Heigl, on Twitter. It’s actually surprising that Isaiah was able to tweet because you’d think he’d have calluses on his hands from holding onto a grudge for so long.
A little over three years ago, Shonda Rhimes announced she was leaving her longtime home at ABC and going to Netflix, and it made everyone wonder just how much cash Netflix gave her. Because that’s the only thing that could have pulled Shonda away from her lucrative contract with ABC, right? Money? Lots and lots of money? Shonda recently spilled all the beans during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, and we were all wrong. Shonda says it was because ABC made her beg for an all-access pass to Disneyland, a pass they then secretly reneged on, which they then had the audacity to accuse her of being greedy. To quote Goofy: gawrsh.
Ellen Pompeo was recently interviewed by someone else who is very familiar with on-set drama, Taraji P. Henson, for Variety. Taraji – who will have spent six seasons playing Cookie Lyon on Empire by the time it ends next year – asked Ellen how she managed to clock in every day for 15 seasons. The quick answer would be: a check. But Ellen says there were moments she wanted “off this bus” and says the Grey’s Anatomy of today is way better than when Grey’s Anatomy fist started shooting. Yeah, that’s not exactly a revelation for anyone with any tabloid knowledge of Grey’s early years.
In case you didn’t know, Ellen Pompeo is that bitch. She recently signed an insane deal to become the highest paid woman in dramatic television. She’s on a little show called Grey’s Anatomy which I will admit to still watching after 14 seasons. And that’s real seasons as in years, not one of Tyra’s little “cycles”. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter (which is worth a full read), Ellen talks about the long, hard road she walked to get more than$20 million a year. You won’t be surprised to learn that is was no thanks to Patrick Dempsey.
If 2017 was the year all the handsy bathrobe-wrapped assholes in Hollywood were publicly outed, then it looks like 2018 is the year where women officially stop having to put up with it. It’s retribution time in Hollywood. 300 actresses, agents, writers, directors, producers, and entertainment executives recently took out an ad in The New York Times announcing an initiative to fight sexual harassment in Hollywood and workplaces nationwide.