Televised tidbits from around the dial
Just in time for Tax Day, Viceland Network is kicking off a weeklong stunt centered around one of the irreverent channel’s two favorite topics. (Hint: It ain’t skateboarding.) Viceland’s #WeedWeek will start on April 17 and end on (what else?) 4/20. The network is bringing back two of its bleary-eyed favorites: “Weediquette” with Kirshna Andavolu and the recent James Beard Award-nominee “Bong Appétit” with Abdullah Saeed, both featuring new episodes. There will also be a special 4/20 episode of Action Bronson’s travel/food show “Fuck, That’s Delicious.” To generate buzz (so to speak), the network has even launched a hotline viewers can call to discuss a number of topics, including marijuana laws and tax season. So what are you waiting for? Get stoned, call (646) 851-0347 and tell Viceland your totally high method for reforming American tax code.
CBS’ “The Late Late Show With James Corden” will go primetime on Monday, May 22, with “The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017.” The hourlong event will feature a brand new carpool karaoke segment, along with “best of” segments from the past year. This marks the second primetime special for “The Late Late Show.” Last year’s inaugural “The Late Late Show With James Corden Carpool Karaoke Special” earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special.
Viewers worried that the E! Network isn’t giving the various members of the Kardashian clan enough coverage can rest assured that 19-year-old “cosmetics mogul and social media powerhouse” Kylie Jenner will now star in her own docu-reality show. “The Life of Kylie” will be an eight-episode spin-off of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and is scheduled to air sometime this summer. The spinoff follows “I Am Cait,” “Rob & Chyna,” “Khloé & Lamar,” “Kourtney & Khloé Take the Hamptons,” “Kourtney & Kim Take Miami” and “Kourtney & Kim Take New York”—leaving poor “fashion model and television personality” Kendall as the sole Jenner/Kardashian without a spinoff show on E!.
The next two installments of FX’s Emmy-gobbling “American Crime Story” are steadily accruing details. The first season, subtitled “The People v. O.J. Simpson” was a runaway hit for the network. The second season, concentrating on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, will feature actors Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick (in addition to “American Horror Story”/“American Crime Story” regulars Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance). The third season will be about the murder of fashion icon Gianni Versace. Édgar Ramírez (The Bourne Ultimatum, Wrath of the Titans) will play Versace, Penélope Cruz will play Donatella Versace and singer Ricky Martin will serve as Versace’s longtime business/romantic partner Antonio D’Amico. Seasons two and three are currently scheduled to air in 2018. Rumor has it producers want to concentrate on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky affair for the fourth season.
CBS launches a weird crossover series on Tuesday, April 25, with “48 Hours: NCIS.” The network’s long-running news series commits to a six-part documentary mini-series taking viewers into the real life cases handled by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Needless to say, they aren’t nearly as sensational as the ones on CBS’ hit crime dramas “NCIS,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans.” Rocky Carroll, one of the stars of “NCIS” will narrate the summer special.