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‘Siesta Key’ Cast Member Kelsey Owens Claims She Was Fired From MTV Show While Filming: It’s ‘Truly Disgusting’

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Fans of MTV reality show “Siesta Key” may soon see the unannounced departure of one of its original cast members. Kelsey Owens, who has been on the show since the premiere of the first season in 2017, shared on Instagram early Friday that she just found out she will be “cut” from the show moving forward and received no warning ahead of time.

“It’s mind blowing and truly disgusting that after working on a show since I was 19 years old where I’ve shared things about my personal life I wasn’t always comfortable with, revolved my whole life around, and put so much effort into could come to an end in such a disrespectful manner and so abrupt,” Owens said in a lengthy Instagram post. “Not even a simple ‘thank you for sharing the past five years of your life with us.’ I cried my eyes out then wiped those tears and filmed my last scene the best I could with my head held high.”

Cast member Madisson Hausburg left an encouraging and supportive comment under Owens’ post, saying that she was “still in shock and can’t seem to find the right words” about the alleged firing. Juliette Porter, another original cast member on the show, also shared some kind words for Owens saying “the crown may tilt but never falls,” before proclaiming her excitement for Owens’ future.

Meanwhile, her boyfriend, Max Owens, commented how sorry he was that she was being treated in this way. “I know you have put your heart into this show and wanted to believe in the best in the people running it but unfortunately the producers and show runners of this show just aren’t good people,” he wrote. “They lie to your face and tell you they care about you in order to manipulate you into doing the things that they need – all while holding money and episode checks over your head. I’ve seen it from the minute I walked into this show and have been very vocal about it to them in your defense, which I know is why they didn’t want me in Miami with you. They’ve created a horrible culture and working environment and I am honestly so relieved that we will now be able to move forward with our lives. I promise you the best is yet to come .”

The reality series is largely inspired the popular hit show “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” taking similar elements from the genre of television that dominated much of the early 2000s. Seasons 3 and 4 of “Siesta Key” had full 24-episode runs after the first and second seasons had 18 and 12 episodes, respectively.

On Wednesday, Variety exclusively announced that Creature Films, the production company behind the reality show, signed a multiyear overall deal with Entertainment One.

Variety has reached out to MTV. Check out Owens’ full post below.



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Bob Greenblatt Turns His ‘Gift of Free Time’ into Memoir of Producing, Programming and Persevering

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After years of working with accomplished writers to develop TV shows, Greenblatt says it was humbling and invigorating to face the blank page every day.

“It was about a year of me pouring out the stories on the page, and another four to five months reworking it,” Greenblatt says. “So many things about writing it were revelatory to me. So many little things.”

The title refers to Greenblatt’s hometown of Rockford, Ill., about 90 miles west of Chicago, and the detective drama series starring James Garner that ran on NBC from 1974-80.

Taking a long look in the rearview mirror helped him take stock of where the industry is headed. And that was a worthy exercise for an executive who is pursuing entrepreneurial ventures in TV, stage and other content opportunities.

“When you step back for a minute and really think about things, it’s really remarkable to look at what’s happened to the business,” Greenblatt says. “When I started there were basically three networks and Fox was on a couple nights a week. Then we went into the cable revolution and now it’s streaming that is the next iteration.”

From the days of vaudeville and nickelodeons to the burgeoning world of Web3 entertainment, the one constant throughout is the need for distinctive content to bring consumers to the screen. Greenblatt’s book is an invaluable compendium of anecdotes about his experiences in the TV trenches. He brings the dual perspective of a seasoned industryite who has worked as a top programming buyer for major networks as well as a producer of Emmy-winning series.

Some of the liveliest tales in the tome revolve around “Six Feet Under,” the beloved HBO drama series that ran from 2001 to 2005. Greenblatt and his former producing partner, David Janollari, shepherded the series with creator Alan Ball through the Greenblatt Janollari Studio banner that the pair ran in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

On paper, a show about a deeply dysfunctional family that runs a funeral home in Pasadena hardly has the makings of a successful TV series. But in the moment that “Six Feet Under” was birthed some 20-odd years ago, HBO was just starting to open the aperture of prestige television.

“The Rockford Files” also makes crystal clear how much television is a team sport. Greenblatt goes out of his way to recognize the many people who contributed the ideas and inspirations that make for distinctive shows.


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The germ of the idea for “Six Feet Under” came from then- HBO development chief Carolyn Strauss being interested in finding a series set against the backdrop of the business of death. At the same time, “Six Feet Under” only worked because Ball brought his unique view to the subject matter.

“Alan Ball is a singular talent, and recognizing that early on was a stroke of luck for us. We had an instinct about him. And while instincts are hard to quantify, if you learn to listen to them and trust your gut about a ‘feeling’ you have, it can pay big dividends,” Greenblatt writes. “This show always goes back to one of my favorite epiphanies — only pursue ideas that are singular, totally original and even risky. While it’s not possible to do that every single time, when you can, the payoff is often extraordinary. In a million years, the idea of a show set in a funeral home doesn’t make any sense, until it gets into the hands of a genius.”

Of course, in the stranger-than-fiction way the world works, Greenblatt was head of programming for HBO rival Showtime by the time “Six Feet Under” wrapped its five-season run in 2005.



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Why Never Have I Ever Season 4 Is The Last Explained By Creators

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Creators of the Netflix series, Never Have I Ever, describe their choice to end the series with season 4. Co-creators Lang Fisher and Mindy Kaling helm the series that follows Devi Vishwakumar (played by Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), and her two best friends, Eleanor Wong (played by Ramona Young) and Fabiola Torres (played by Lee Rodriguez), on their journey through love, embarrassment, and fun in high school. The series also includes several supporting cast members including Poorna Jagannathan as Dr. Nalini Vishwakumar, Richa Moorjani as Kamala Nandiwadal, Darren Barnet as Paxton Hall-Yoshida, Jaren Lewison as Ben Gross, and John McEnroe as himself in the role of the narrator.

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Aside from co-creating Never Have I Ever, Fisher is known her writing on shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project. Actress, writer, and producer Kaling rose to notoriety after her role as Kelly Kapoor in The Office, a series that she also an executive produced, and since then has gone on to executive produce several others including The Mindy Project, Never Have I Ever, and The Sex Lives of College Girls. Never Have I Ever recently aired season 3 on Netflix, and season 4 already finished filming earlier this month.

In an interview with EW, Fisher and Kaling explain why they are ending the popular Netflix series with season 4. Fisher notes that part of the reason that the series is ending is that the characters are moving on to their senior year of high school in season 4, and unfortunately the writers can’t keep the characters in high school indefinitely. Kaling and Fisher also share the sentiment that the way that they’ve chosen to end the series will bring satisfaction to viewers both because of the natural close to a high school story ending with senior year, and because they didn’t extend Never Have I Ever for an unnecessary amount of seasons just because the characters are so fun to write for. Full quotes from Fisher and Kaling can be read below via EW:


Fisher: “It’s hard when you have a high school show, because you can’t keep them in high school forever. The cast gets older and older. Then you start having, like, 30-year-olds going to high school and it’s hard to take them to college. I think we felt like this is it, this is good. We can tell this tale and end it the way we want to on a high note and really finish out senior year and it will feel satisfying.”

Kaling: “We finished season 4, and it’s good. It’s just a testament to how hard it is to say goodbye to characters you love writing. It takes a while for writers to figure out characters. You write a pilot and then you hire people and then you get into this groove, that’s why so many shows growing up lasted like five seasons too long. [Laughs] But I do feel that, in a couple years, I’ll look back on this and say, ‘No, that was good that it ended then.’ But right now I’m not ready to accept it.”

Kaling and Fisher deciding to end Never Have I Ever with season 4 will be bittersweet for its fans, although that decision leads to a higher likelihood that finale will feel like a true and satisfying series finale, rather than a finale that comes at the necessity of the series being canceled. Season 3 ended with a surprise cliffhanger as Devi is apparently ready to have sex with Ben after deciding to stay at Sherman Oaks High School rather than transferring to the prestigious Shrubland school, so viewers can look forward to a season 4 in which Devi will still be grappling with her feelings toward Ben, and possibly also Paxton. Although season 4 already finished filming, it’s unlikely that it will be released any time soon due to time needed to finish editing the series, as well as seasons 1, 2, and 3 setting the precedent for being released around spring or summer.


If fans truly crave more content revolving around the characters in the series, there is always the possibility that a spin-off could happen for one of the characters as long as it seems like there is a market for that series. As for now, fans of the series can find relief in the fact that there will be another season of the show, and can cherish season 4 knowing that it will wrap up Devi’s story. Viewers will have to continue following updates regarding what Never Have I Ever season 4 may entail, as well as when an official release date for the final season is announced.

Sources: EW

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How Amazon’s ‘League of Their Own’ Ball Players Compare to the 1992 Movie Lineup

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“Broad City” co-creator Abbi Jacobson and “Mozart in the Jungle” executive producer Will Graham give “A League of Their Own” a modern makeover for the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series, emphasizing LGBT storylines and the struggles of Black female athletes to play baseball during the World War II era. The show, which debuted this weekend, follows the basic outline of Penny Marshall’s 1992 movie of the same name: A catcher with a husband away at war quickly becomes a team leader, played in the update by Jacobson. Nick Offerman has stepped into the equivalent shoes of Tom Hanks as a disgraced-star-player-turned-manager. Here’s how the show stacks up against the 30-year-old movie, which introduced Rosie O’Donnell to pal Madonna and was itself an adaptation of a late-1980s documentary of the same name.

Abbi Jacobson plays catcher Carson Shaw, a reluctant leader exploring unexpected feelings for a teammate while her husband is serving overseas.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, Geena Davis, 1992. ©Columbia Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

Geena Davis commands the action behind the plate and off the field as Dottie Hinson, who looks out for her sister Kit while waiting for the return of her soldier husband.

Chanté Adams sensitively portrays the angst of Max Chapman, a talented Black pitcher barred from playing due to her race and gender; she also has a secret romantic life.

Tom Hanks, who had already starred in the Marshall-directed “Big,” is the boozy manager who exasperatedly utters the film’s most famous line: “There’s no crying in baseball.”

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D’Arcy Carden’s Greta is a flirty presence adept at protecting herself from censure as a queer woman.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, Lori Petty, 1992. © Columbia Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection

Lori Petty’s Kit wears her heart on her sleeve, frustrated at the attention her big sister Dottie receives.

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Melanie Field, second from left, portrays Jo De Luca, Greta’s boisterous pal from Queens, who draws teammate whispers about her sexuality.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, Madonna, 1992. © Columbia Pictures/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Madonna, then at the height of her stardom, has a supporting role as Mae “All the Way” Mordabito, a taxi dancer before she joined the Rockford Peaches.

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Gbemisola Ikumelo is Max’s excitable married pal and wannabe comic book writer, Clance.

Mae’s pal Doris in the movie, Rosie O’Donnell, pops up in the Amazon series as a gay bar owner.

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Nick Offerman doesn’t stick around long as manager Dove Porter, a former pitcher with a healthy ego.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, Jon Lovitz, 1992, (c) Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection

Jon Lovitz makes an amusing entrance early on as a scout for the burgeoning all women’s league.

Molly Ephraim plays the role of Maybelle Fox, a fun-loving bottle blonde oblivious to sexual undercurrents on the team.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, Garry Marshall, 1992. ©Columbia Pictures/ Courtesy Everett Collection.

Marshall’s daughter Tracy Reiner, older brother Garry (a director in his own right) and “Laverne & Shirley” co-star David Lander all play small roles in the movie.



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