DEBRA MESSING SPEAKS ON #METOO: Debra Messing sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the episode in which her character Grace Adler grappled with #MeToo. The episode aired November 1st and saw Grace breaking her silence on an ugly incident in her past. “It felt instantaneously right and very organic to Grace Adler. One in three women experience sexual assault, so of course it makes sense that Grace would be one of them,” Messing told THR. “Especially in the aftermath of the Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings, it became painfully clear that there is a long way to go toward understanding the catastrophic damage done by sexual assault and the silencing of survivors.” She added that she had a revelation of her own: “It’s only in the last two years that I realized I had been sexually harassed and had very inappropriate things happen on sets and I didn’t even realize it. Somehow, I had accepted these moments or interactions as unfortunate parts of the culture of Hollywood. It was only from the #MeToo movement becoming globally discussed that I was really given the space and the time to reflect on my life and say, 'Oh my God. If that happened today and I spoke up about it, that person would be fired.'”
NETFLIX UNVEILS NEW ANIMATED SLATE: Netflix has added six new programs and films aimed at families. Among the newbies are an animated limited series called Maya and the Three (2021), 2D animated family film My Father’s Dragon (2021), animated preschool series Go! Go! Cory Carson (2019), animated series Kid Cosmic (2020), animated series Trash Truck (2020) and CG animated feature film The Willoughbys (2020). The latest entries join the previously announced slate of family-friendly titles, including Chris Williams’ Jacob and the Sea Beast, Sergio Pablos’ Klaus, Rajiv Chilaka’s Mighty Little Bheem, Josj Wakely’s animated series Motown Magic, Glen Keane’s CG adventure Over the Moon, Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion version of Pinocchio and Wendell & Wild from Henry Selick and Jordan Peele.
SHREK, PUSS IN BOOTS GETTING REBOOT TREATMENT: Shrek and Puss in Boots are getting rebooted, with Despicable Me honcho Chris Meledandri guiding the revival, Variety reports. Meledandri tells the mag he hopes to get Shrek’s star-studded cast, including Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas, back in. “When you look back on those vocal performances they’re awesome, and while you certainly could make a case for a complete reinvention, I find myself responding to my own nostalgic feelings of wanting to go back to those characterizations,” explains Meledandri. “The challenge for us has been to find something that really does feel like it’s not simply yet another film in a series of sequels.”
A MILLION LITTLE THINGS NABS BIGGEST LIVE VIEWERSHIP PERCENT LIFT: ABC’s new drama A Million Little Things is setting high marks for percentage lists. The fourth episode, which aired October 15th, jumped a whopping 105% in total views after 7 days of delayed viewing, a record this season for any broadcast telecast. DJ Nash’s A Million Little Things has been picked up for a full-season 17 episodes.
Source: Pulse of Radio