Piers Morgan Reviews His Most Memorable Encounters of 2019
by Piers Morgan | for the Daily Mail | December 28, 2019
Piers Morgan writes,
2019 has been a year when I’ve attended some brilliant parties, enjoyed myriad deliciously enjoyable Twitter spats and had random encounters with megastars such as Ariana Grande that still make me chuckle many months later.
Here, then, are the 2019 Morgan Awards:
MOST HONEST ADMISSION
Damian Lewis and I debated team spirit, agreeing that it’s important to success, but that so is harnessing great talent, even if it’s egotistical and erratic.
‘There may be no “i’s” in team,’ I said, ‘but there are three in “winning side”.’
‘The bottom line,’ Lewis concurred, ‘is you put up with dickheads if they’re worth it.’
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Billions: Live-Action Wile E. Coyote vs. Roadrunner Cartoon
by Joey Morono | Cleveland.com | December 24, 2019
In between opening presents, watching A Christmas Story for the umpteenth time, eating leftovers and staring at your devices, you’re going to have a lot of down time over the next few days.
The holidays are an ideal time to fire up the TV and catch up on those shows your group text has been talking about for months but you haven’t actually gotten around to yet.
Or maybe you just need to kill a few hours.
So, whether you’re in the mood for gripping, high-stakes drama or a few laughs, here are 15 shows worth your time. You might not like all of them, but as they say on one of these shows: you can’t make a Tomlette without breaking some Gregs*.
Continue reading 15 Shows To Binge Watch Over the Holidays – Dec 24, 2019
Best Reviewed Scripted TV Shows of the Year According to Metacritic
by Terri Schwartz | IGN | December 24, 2019
With more original scripted TV shows being released than there are days of the year, chances are you — like us — are using the holidays to catch up on hidden gems you may have missed. There are so many different ways to categorize what makes great TV: it could be a recommendation from a trusted friend, buzz around a major title or even the suggestion of a media outlet you like and respect.
In the spirit of the latter category, we have gathered up the 14 best-reviewed scripted TV shows of the year according to review aggregate website Metacritic. These series met universal acclaim from the critics who reviewed them, ranging from long-running series like Veep and Billions to newcomers like Undone and Back to Life.
For some more information on how Metacritic determines their critic grade, they explain their scale of 0 to 100 according to the following parameters: “We carefully curate a large group of the world’s most respected critics, assign scores to their reviews, and apply a weighted average to summarize the range of their opinions. The result is a single number that captures the essence of critical opinion in one Metascore.”
Keep reading for the 14 TV shows with the highest Metacritic scores in 2019:
Continue reading The 14 Best Reviewed Shows of 2019 – Dec 24, 2019
The Most Shocking Character Deaths and Actor Exits of the 2010’s
by Jean Bentley | Hollywood Reporter | December 19, 2019
In the age of social media, it’s even more impressive that these major developments were kept under wraps.
Surprising savvy TV viewers is increasingly more difficult now that there are 500-plus scripted series airing each year — and that’s not even taking into account the ways in which social media makes it nearly impossible for a production to preserve a meaningful secret for viewers across time zones.
But somehow, plenty of series throughout the exploding age of Peak TV managed to shock audiences with major cast shake-ups. Whether it was Game of Thrones ruthlessly informing its non book-reader viewers that no one was safe; a major contract dispute ending poorly for an actor; a real-life tragedy; or a popular performer deciding to move on, there were many reasons why shows shook up their core casts by killing off beloved (and occasionally reviled) characters.
Here are some of the most notable examples of the biggest actor exits and character deaths of the 2010s. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.) Continue reading Decade in Review, Nick Brody – Dec 19, 2019
Pop Culture Proxy Fights
by Dan McDermott | Yahoo! Finance | December 17, 2019
In the 1987 film Wall Street, Michael Douglas’ character Gordon Gekko gave the famous “Greed is Good” speech during a hostile takeover of his target, Teldar Paper. This scene is arguably still the most well-known portrayal of an activist shareholder. Recently, however, shareholder activism has returned in dramatic fashion to Billions on ViacomCBS Inc.’s Showtime and Succession on AT&T Inc.’s HBO. Both hit shows depict hostile takeovers/proxy fights as central themes. Viewers might wonder: Does this kind of thing really happen? And, if so, how accurate are the shows’ respective depictions of events?
Starting with Billions, Bobby Axelrod (see Steve Cohen of S.A.C. Capital/Point 72 capital for the character’s inspiration), played by Damian Lewis, wages two proxy fights during the course of the series. In Season 1, Axelrod wages a proxy fight at Yumtime (see Hostess Brands for likeness). In Season 4, Axe wages another proxy fight at Saler’s (see Sears) with private equity investor/love interest Rebecca Cantu played by Nina Arianda. Let us focus on Axelrod’s engagement with Yumtime, which shares the most real-life similarities with an actual proxy contest.
Companies often become vulnerable to activist hedge funds through sustained underperformance. In particular, lower stock price returns versus a group of peer companies can invite an activist hedge fund – like Axe Capital – to make an argument that change is necessary at the company’s Board of Directors, C-level management or both to turn the company around. In the case of Yumtime, Axe demonstrates that the dessert-pastry company had delivered poor performance for shareholders and offers a solution to turn the company around:
Continue reading Is That You, Bobby Axelrod? – Dec 17, 2019