Chelsea Handler Mocks Ann Coulter After Last-Minute ‘Chelsea’ Cancellation

September 30, 2016 6:30pm PT by Jackie Strause

Handler brought out Coulter's "body double" (Fortune Feimster) for a faux interview on her Netflix talk show.

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Handler brought out Coulter’s “body double” (Fortune Feimster) for a faux interview on her Netflix talk show.

Chelsea Handler had her turn at roasting Ann Coulter when the conservative political pundit canceled an appearance on Chelsea at the last minute.

“Since I am always accused of not representing both sides in this election, I went out on a limb and I booked one of the most vocal Trump supporters in the country, Ann Coulter,” the Netflix talk show host explained on Thursday’s episode. “And guess what she did? She called in sick right before the show today — oh no, I’m sorry. She emailed in sick.”

Handler said she takes her guests seriously and was up at 5 a.m. reading Coulter’s book — which she referred to as “this piece of garbage” — titled In Trump We Trust.

Since the show must go on, Handler then welcomed Coulter’s “body double,” a role assumed by former writer and regular on Chelsea Lately‘s roundtable, Fortune Feimster, wearing a blonde wig.

Handler quickly brought up Coulter’s inclusion in Comedy Central’s Roast of Rob Lowe, which saw the roasters shifting their aim from Lowe to Coulter for the majority of the night (comedian Jimmy Carr told Coulter to “kill herself,” among many other scathing digs). 

“They tricked me,” said Feimster’s Coulter.

“It was pretty brutal, you were called the C-word like 17 or 18 times,” said Handler.

To which she replied, “I was called ‘kind.'”

“No, they called you c—,” said Handler.

“Oh, c—. That stung, that stung,” Feimster’s Coulter replied to laughs. She then told Handler that she is constantly called a “bitch,” adding, “Liberals invented that word.”

During and after the roast, Coulter was heavily criticized for not laughing at herself, only promoting her book and rejecting funny jokes written for her by the Comedy Central writers. “She wrote 11 books, but she couldn’t write one f—king joke for this roast?” quipped roastmaster Jeff Ross (who also visited Chelsea to dish about Coulter and the roast) during his turn at the mic.

Handler and Feimster’s Coulter proceeded to read excerpts from Coulter’s book when discussing her opinions on the upcoming election. Quotes from the book included: “It would be a much better country if women did not vote, that is simply a fact” and “Gays are the molecular opposite of blacks, everybody likes the gays moving in next door.” She also called Al Gore “gay” for supporting climate change.

Handler added, “It’s hard to get through that piece of shit, and I love to read.”

Watch the Chelsea segment below.

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NBC’s ‘Mail Order Family’ Comedy Scrapped Amid Protest

NBC’s ‘Mail Order Family’ Comedy Scrapped Amid Protest | Hollywood Reporter

September 30, 2016 5:28pm PT by Lesley Goldberg

The project, which was in development, would have followed a mail-order bride from the Philippines who helps a widowed single father raise his daughters.

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The project, which was in development, would have followed a mail-order bride from the Philippines who helps a widowed single father raise his daughters.

NBC is scrapping Mail Order Family.

Two days after putting the comedy about a widowed single father who orders a mail-order bride from the Philippines to help raise his two daughters, the network has reversed course.

“We purchased the pitch with the understanding that it would tell the creator’s [Jackie Clarke] real-life experience of being raised by a strong Filipina stepmother after the loss of her own mother,” an NBCUniversal spokesperson said in a statement. “The writer and producers have taken the sensitivity to the initial concept to heart and have chosen not to move forward with the project at this time.”

The comedy — which had received a modest script commitment from NBC — was to have been written and produced by Clarke (NBC’s Superstore) and exec produced and directed by Ruben Fleischer. Universal Television was the studio. The comedy was inspired by Clarke’s family.

The concept of the show was immediately blasted on social media, with petitions urging NBC to drop the project.

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‘Dynasty’ Reboot in the Works at The CW

September 30, 2016 3:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg, Michael O’Connell

'The O.C.' grads Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will oversee the revial of the ABC soap.

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‘The O.C.’ grads Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will oversee the revial of the ABC soap.

The CW is leaning hard into the soap genre.

The network, home to Jane the Virgin, is teaming with The O.C. creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage to reboot Dynasty, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The drama, which is in development, is based on the soap of the same name that aired for nine seasons on ABC and was created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and executive produced by Aaron Spelling. Both the Shapiros are attached to The CW reboot, which is being penned by Sallie Patrick (Limitless, Revenge), Schwartz and Savage. All three will exec produce. Fake Empire’s Lis Rowinski will co-exec produce.

Here’s the logline: “The Rolls Royce of all primetime soaps, returns in a modernized reboot that follows two of America’s wealthiest families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, as they feud for control over their fortune and their children. The series will be told primarily through the perspectives of two women at odds: Fallon Carrington — daughter of billionaire Blake Carrington — and her soon-to-be stepmother, Cristal — a Hispanic woman marrying into this WASP family and America’s most powerful class. In an age where dynasties appear everywhere — from reality TV to the polling booths — this epic drama features the one percent in all its glitz and gloss, while exposing the dark underbelly: a corrupt world built on backroom deals, betrayal, and, in some cases, murder.”

The drama hails from CBS Television Studios and Schwartz and Savage’s Fake Empire (The O.C., Gossip Girl). 

From 1981-89, Dynasty was one of the most successful primetime soap operas on TV. The ABC drama, a direct response to CBS hit Dallas, became one of mega producer Spelling’s biggest contributions during the 1980s. Set in Denver, Colo., and following a group of 1 percenters (the Carrington family), Dynasty was the No. 1 show in America in 1985. The cast included, most notably, John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins.

The revival comes as five years after Collins said Esther Shapiro had been prepping a revival of the series that ultimately did not come to pass. The cast most recently reunited in 2015 for a Hallmark one-off in which they shared memories and more. ABC attempted to create a spinoff, The Colbys, with Spelling and the Shapiros attached but the series lasted only two years. 

This is not the first primetime soap of yesteryear to get a reboot of late. TNT resurrected Dallas in 2012, with much of the original cast, to initial ratings success. But interest in the show quickly lagged and the death of star Larry Hagman, the center of both the 1978 original and the remake, prompted the network to pull the plug after just three seasons. 

Reboots continue to remain in high demand as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is quickly approaching 500 original series. Key to the remakes is having the original producers involved in some capacity as more studios look to monetize their existing film libraries.

Already in the works this season are reboots of Magnum P.I. (ABC), The Lost Boys (CW), Varsity Blues (CMT), The Departed (Amazon), Let the Right One In (TNT) and L.A. Law, though the latter does not yet have a network attached.

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