The book-to-TV adaptation of J.K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith’s excellent crime series finally has plans to air in the United States.

There’s just one problem: America will have to watch the Cormoran Strike TV show on the HBO-owned Cinemax. A channel very few people have. If you’re not already paying for Cinemax (and let’s be real: Who is?), you’ll have to shell out another $9.99 per month.

The series will be called C.B. Strike in America, and all seven episodes (covering Rowling’s three novels The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil) will air for seven weeks beginning in June 2018.

The first five episodes of the series have already aired in the United Kingdom on the BBC. The British will get to enjoy the remaining two episodes in early 2018.

C.B. Strike is part of a “rebranding” at Cinemax which begins in February, according to Deadline. “[C.B. Strike] had originally been earmarked [to air on] HBO,” their report states. “Following conversations between [Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming] and HBO programming president Casey Bloys, the two concluded that the show ‘would have a greater impact’ on Cinemax than on HBO, Antholis said. ‘We’re looking for opportunities to broaden our audience (on Cinemax) and appeal to viewers besides the kind of core adrenaline-action oriented viewer, and we had an opportunity with C.B. Strike — it’s a very appealing, entertaining kind of whodunit show.'”

It sounds like Rowling’s name is being used to drum up some interest in Cinemax — it reminds me of CBS using Star Trek Discovery and The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight to drive interest in their streaming service CBS All Access.

Fans expected the Cormoran Strike TV show to air on HBO like the adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy did.

The News

Quentin Tarantino says he knew about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior: ‘I knew enough to do more than I did’

In a new interview with The New York Times, director Quentin Tarantino — whose films have largely been distributed by The Weinstein Company — admits he knew how Harvey Weinstein treated women.

Earlier this month The Times and The New Yorker published bombshell reports revealing horrific behavior by TWC founder Harvey Weinstein. The reports — and the revelations that came in the days after — rocked Hollywood.

Tarantino remained silent until Thursday’s interview. In it, he tells The Times he “knew enough to do more than I did.”

“It was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things,” Tarantino said, referencing the stories recently shared by “prominent” actresses.

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

Tarantino admits that he can offer nothing but a “crappy” excuse at this point. Even though he heard stories about his business partner on multiple occasions, he “chalked it up to a ’50s-’60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk. As if that’s O.K. That’s the egg on my face right now.”

The director, whose most recent film The Hateful Eight was distributed by The Weinstein Company, says that he tried to reach out to the disgraced Hollywood mogul after the reports were published, but Weinstein didn’t pick up. More of Tarantino’s remarks can be read over on The Times’ website.

As more women share their stories, Hollywood is starting to take (some) action. Last week The Weinstein Company fired their founder, and The Academy voted to remove him from their ranks.

Explaining their vote to expel him, The Academy said in a statement, “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

October 19, 2017
The Podcasts

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Episode #163 – Justified!

Hype Podcast tackles this week’s biggest entertainment stories including Will and Grace, Riverdale, The Bold Type, Lorde, Avatar and more.

October 7, 2017
The Reviews