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NCIS Teases the Return of Ziva? A Big Secret Will Be Revealed. Prepare for "the biggest NCIS secret of all" to be revealed. In a spot that aired during the 2019 Super Bowl, CBS teased a big revelation for the Tuesday, Feb. 12 episode of the long-running series titled "She." The episode features the team finding a malnourished and confused 9-year-old girl, Lily Burke (Sunnie Pelant), hiding in a storage unit. The discovery of the girl, who is believed to be the daughter of a Navy recruit who disappeared 10 years ago, leads the team to open up an old missing persons case, and in the process Bishop (Emily Wickersham) discovers notes that Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) kept on the case long after NCIS stopped investigating. The promo features Mark Harmon's Gibbs, angry, and saying, "Don't tell me about Ziva!" De Pablo isn't listed as part of the guest cast. The actress left the cast in 2013, her character kissed Tony (Michael Weatherly), and two seasons later, when Weatherly left the show, viewers learned Ziva had a daughter... and had died in an attack. The NCIS team learned of her death, but her remains were never found. In 2013, de Pablo opened up about her exit from the hit show. "As far as my decision to leave, that's a personal thing, and I'd rather leave it at that," she told TV Guide. "The idea of leaving was not something I toyed around with for a long time. It was an overwhelmingly hard thing -- at times terrifying." "Leaving NCIS was not planned, so there is no plan. If I were panicking now, it would defeat the purpose. I need to get really excited about something, because for eight years I was really excited about this character. I don't want to start anything unless it's like that," she said at the time. NCIS airs Tuesdays, 9 p.m. on CBS. "She" airs Tuesday, Feb. 12 on the network. (Eonline)
Adam Levine and Baby Join John Legend and Family in Pampers Super Bowl Ad. What could make a Pampers commercial with John Legend and his family even cuter? How about...fellow dad Adam Levine acting like a dad. The singer, whose band Maroon Five headlined the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show, appears with a baby, presumably his and wife Behati Prinsloo's youngest daughter Gio Grace, who is 11 months old, in a Pampers ad that was set to air during the NFL championship. The commercial is part of the diaper brand's new "Love the Change" campaign. The commercial also features Legend, wife Chrissy Teigen and their kids Luna, 2, and Milo, who is eight months old, as well as a group of other dads with their babies. Legend and Teigen are longtime celebrity spokesmodels for Pampers. (Eonline)
'Handmaid's Tale' Super Bowl Teaser: Elisabeth Moss Wakes Up America. Offred stands ready for war in Hulu's latest look at season three, premiering this year. The time for mourning is over, as Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale is revving up for a comeback. A Super Bowl spot for the next season of the Emmy-winning drama offers up the best look yet at what's next when Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and the world of Gilead return to the streaming service later this year. Hulu's new teaser lacks information on when exactly to expect The Handmaid's Tale season three, but nevertheless pulls back the curtain on what to expect -- namely, a much more rebellious incarnation of Offred, known to herself and her loved ones as June, than ever before. The teaser takes its cues from the 1984 political commercial "Prouder, Stronger, Better," which supported Ronald Reagan's reelection bid as U.S. president. The music and the deep voice of the old commercial swirl together again here, albeit contrasted against familiar images from Gilead, including women working at the irradiated Colonies, Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) caring for June's daughter, and more. "It's morning again in America," states the narrator, same as in the Reagan ad. "Today, more women will go to work than ever before in our country's history. This year, dozens of children will be born to happy and healthy families." The narration soon buckles and gives way to images of fire and an equally fiery Elisabeth Moss as June, her eyes staring directly into the camera. As the narrator's voice continues to unwind until it's choked out and gone, equally chaotic imagery flashes onscreen: Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) in a fit of rage, panic amongst the Martha class, June drawing a sharp breath... until the most stark image of all comes into focus: June, alongside an army of handmaids, standing in the National Mall with Gilead's modified Washington Monument in the background. "Wake up, America," June tells us, having overtaken the narration. "Morning is over." The Super Bowl spot indicates the future direction of The Handmaid's Tale, as both showrunner Bruce Miller and star Elisabeth Moss have indicated a renewed sense of fight within June. Despite a chance at rescue at the end of season two, June opted to stay behind in Gilead in order to find and rescue her estranged daughter and push back against the totalitarian regime. That pushback is front and center in the new teaser. "She is staying to fight to save all the children of Gilead," Moss previously told The Hollywood Reporter about her vision for June heading into season three. "It's bigger than her now. It's bigger than her and Holly and Hannah. It's all about the sons and especially daughters of Gilead and fighting for their lives. Seeing the Martha network and the commander have opened her eyes. She is no longer alone. She has an army, and she's going to fight back." Follow THR.com/HandmaidsTale for more coverage ahead of season three. (Hollywood Reporter)
People have just realized that Sex Education's lead actor was a *major* child star. OMG! Heartfelt, honest and hilariously awkward, Sex Education is the hit Netflix show that single-handedly got us through the long month of January. The coming-of-age series about a group of students navigating the world of sex, relationships and identity got the whole nation talking, while the diverse, intersectional and feminist characters broke new boundaries in TV. But it seems that one major part of season 1 went unnoticed by fans: Asa Butterfield, who plays adolescent sex guru Otis Millburn, was a major child star before joining the Sex Education cast. Asa was actually the lead in concentration camp drama The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, where he played Bruno at just 10 years old. Did you realise? Perhaps this will jog your memory... Netflix recently announced that a second season is in the works! Yaaaas! Yep, the critically-acclaimed show has just been given the green light for eight new episodes, meaning it won't be too long before the students of Moordale High School return to our screens. In a statement about the recommission, series creator Laurie Nunn said, "The reception to series one has been so exciting. Seeing how people across the world have connected to characters that began as ideas in my head is incredible." "I'm hugely grateful to every person that has taken the time to watch the series, and I can't wait to continue this amazing journey." Here's everything we know about season 2 so far... Who's in the cast? Netflix has confirmed that most of the main cast of Moordale High School are reuniting for the next instalment of debauchery, with Asa Butterfield back as socially awkward Otis and Gillian Anderson as his sex-therapist mum and all-round fan favorite Jean. Meanwhile Ncuti Gatwa returns as the loveable out and proud Eric, Emma Mackey as Maeve, Aimee-Lou Wood as popular girl Aimee, Kedar Williams-Stirling as popular jock Jackson, Patricia Allison as Otis' current love interest Ola and Connor Swindells as school bully Adam. Creator Laurie Nunn will also return as creator and executive producer, with Jamie Campbell set to executive produce. What will happen? There's no word yet as to plot specifics, but in an interview with Thrillist, creator Laurie Nunn said: "It just feels like they could go anywhere." "I love the idea of getting different characters together if not together in a relationship, just together in the space. Like, I never thought those two characters would have a conversation and there will be loads of opportunity for that." With eight new episodes in the making though, there's a whole new world of relationship possibilities. What will become of Otis' newfound romance with Ola? Could he finally get together with Maeve? And will hapless Eric finally find love? When will it air? According to the streaming platform, production on the season 2 is slated to begin this spring in the UK, but there's no word yet on a release date. Keep tabs on this page though, as we'll be posting updates as we hear them. (British Glamour)
Jeff Bezos yanked $20 million Super Bowl ad over Lauren Sanchez affair. Jeff Bezos pulled the plug on a $20 million Super Bowl ad for his spaceflight company, Blue Origin, after it was revealed his mistress had helped shoot footage for the commercial, sources told Page Six. Instead, the Amazon owner had a last-minute commercial created for his Washington Post, with some all-star narration by Tom Hanks. TV insiders said Bezos nixed the space exploration ad when his affair with Lauren Sanchez went public. Sanchez, a former TV anchor and helicopter pilot, has been shooting aerial footage of Blue Origin rocket launches and landings for Bezos. "Bezos did shoot a Blue Oracle ad, costing around $15 to $20 million, that was scheduled to run during the Super Bowl," a source said. "There was talk that he spent so much money on it because he wanted to be close to her. But the speculation is that he pulled the ad because it would be embarrassing because Lauren worked on the ads." However, Bezos was front and center at the Super Bowl. The billionaire partied with Patriots owner Bob Kraft -- without Sanchez -- and was spotted with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the game. Ads for Amazon's Alexa ran during the game, as did an Amazon Prime commercial, plus the Washington Post spot in the fourth quarter. The WaPo reported that it purchased the ad spot when it became available last week, and it produced its commercial -- which stresses the importance of a free press and the dangers journalists face -- in just one week. It did not say how much it paid CBS to run the ad, but the network reportedly was charging a record $5.25 million for a 30-second slot. It's not clear if the WaPo ad was added as a replacement for the Blue Origin commercial or if one of the other Amazon ads filled that slot. Reps for Bezos, Amazon and Blue Origin didn't get back to us. (PageSix)