Bachelor Nation is Ready to See Some Diversity

Hollywood will use CGI to avoid COVID-19… TBS orders ‘Celebrity Show-Off’… Jeff Lowe’s new Zoo… Hundreds of millions in damages over helicopter crash death… and Bachelor Nation is ready to see some diversity

It’s finally happening! Who will be the first person to yell “Action!” as Hollywood’s cameras start rolling again on Friday? Yes, California says TV and movie production can start again on Friday, but there will be some major changes. The “Daily Mail” says it got got a hold of an internal document from the film editors trade association, stating that any “close contact moments” will either have to be rewritten, abandoned, or made with CGI. That means we could be seeing some computer-generated love scenes. Personal Protective Equipment will also be required on sets, and with no more live studio audiences, get ready for laugh tracks to make a big comeback.

Fox stole “The Masked Singer” from South Korea and it’s been a huge hit. Now TBS wants to get in on that action so they’re adapting a Korean show called “My Little Television” for American audiences. This will be hosted by Mayim Bialik, who may have made millions on “The Big Bang Theory” but will always be Blossom to me. In each episode, five celebrities will compete to create content that they have to shoot themselves. The footage will be posted on TBS’ YouTube channel and based on whoever gets the most total views, the view duration and engagement, the top celebrities get to keep their shows going. Each week, the lowest-performing celebrity will be replaced with a new celebrity, and the longer each person stays in the competition, the more money they raise for charity. So far, the celebrities who’ve signed up include Diplo, Ja Rule, Gabi Butler, Dwight Howard, Nene Leakes, Jason Mraz, Kevin Smith, Tori Spelling, Bella Thorne, Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah Willis. The 10-part series launches on June 23.

Jeff Lowe was given 120 days to pack up and get out of Joe Exotic’s former tiger zoo in Wynnewood, OK, after a judge awarded it to Joe’s nemesis, Carole Baskin. The judge ruled Joe fraudulently signed the property over to his mom to avoid paying a one million dollar judgment. But Jeff fully expected this, so he’s been building a new zoo in Thackerville, OK, right across from the world’s largest casino, and has been slowly moving his animals to their new home. Jeff says the new Tiger King Park will be 10 times bigger with approximately 200 big cats, including tigers, lions, jaguars, leopards, and ligers at any given time. Jeff also says he’s in negotiations to receive some giraffes and possibly Michael Jackson’s elephants! The elephants were being housed at the Jacksonville Zoo, but the lease ran out. They’re now being cared for by a man in Oregon who is looking to re-home them.

In February, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and seven others died in when a helicopter crashed into a mountain in extremely foggy conditions. His widow Vanessa filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company and its pilot, but in new court documents, she’s being a little more specific about the damages she is seeking, but she’s not putting a limit on it. In a new case summary filed yesterday, it states, “Although the total specific amount of personal injury damages the plaintiff seeks is TBD, Kobe Bryant’s future lost earnings equal hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Over the past 18 years, we’ve had a combined 40 seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” but only one black lead. Rachel Lindsay was the first black Bachelorette and, she said if ABC doesn’t cast a black Bachelor for the upcoming season, she may cut all ties to the franchise. And now there is a petition on Change.org demanding 13 things of ABC, including casting a black Bachelor for Season 25, and, moving forward, ensuring that at least 35% of all contestants include people of color.

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