Here’s our Donald Trump round-up:
I don’t know that anything sums up the Donald Trump administration better than two things that happened this weekend: 1. the fact that Trump met with Steve Harvey and suggested that Steve Harvey might be able to help Ben Carson work on HUD — STEVE HARVEY, STAND-UP COMEDIAN, GAME SHOW HOST, STEVE HARVEY — and 2. this still from Saturday Night Live:
Hey, speaking of Saturday Night Live, you’ll be shocked to hear this, but Donald Trump was not exactly happy about that press conference sketch, though it took him nearly a whole day to tweet about it.
Super great definitely not terrifying news: Donald Trump wants to evict the press from the White House. They claim it’s because they want to make the press conference room bigger, but come on. Fun fact, this was a plot point on The West Wing once, and C.J. explained why it is a TERRIBLE IDEA:
C.J. The press doesn’t want physical distance from the President, and the American people would prefer it the President didn’t have physical distance from the press! … We can’t exile the press! … It sends a signal we’re trying to hide things from them.
CNN and the Trump administration are in full-out war: “‘As we have learned many times, just because Sean Spicer says something doesn’t make it true,’ a CNN spokeswoman told TheWrap. ‘Jim Acosta is a veteran reporter with the utmost integrity and extensive experience in covering both the White House and the President-elect. Being persistent and asking tough questions is his job, and he has our complete support.'”
I’m sure by now you’ve seen somewhere on social media this Scottish Herald description of Trump’s inauguration that describes it as an episode of The Twilight Zone. But it’s worth enjoying again:
PBS hasn’t been on President Trump’s radar just yet, but give him time.
Actual TV News:
You have Julio Torres to thank for some of the best sketches on Saturday Night Live this season, including those dreamy Melania’s Moments bits and that amazing Wells for Boys commercial spoof.
Paris Jackson is shocked that Sky chose to not air that Michael Jackson episode of Urban Myths. In the meantime, I’m curious to hear what she thinks of a project listed below.
Sarah Paulson won TV in 2016, which is just objective fact.
Jude Law knows all about your Young Pope memes, guys. (Probably because some clever HBO social media executive created it.)
You know who has feelings about The Walking Dead? Yvette Nicole Brown has strong feelings about The Walking Dead.
IMPORTANT: There is a Scottish pop-up pub that is stocked with Frey meat pies and Dornish wine and I am now going to go book my flight to Scotland, bye.
NBC reaired the Carrie Fisher episode of Saturday Night Live Saturday night but didn’t give anybody a heads-up until the day of — literally at 6 p.m. the day of, SO THANKS FOR THAT.
In Development News:
So, my friend Jennifer Mathieu recently had her book Moxie optioned by Amy Poehler which is the most amazing news ever. Moxie won’t be out until September, but you should read her other powerful, feminist novels, The Truth About Alice and Devoted.
Amy Sedaris is returning to TV with a new series on TruTV, based on her whole homemaking thing. FOR IT.
Epix is going to air Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman’s one-hour comedy special, Summer of 69: No Apostrophe, and now is just as good a time as any for me to show you a picture of me and my sister with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.
Lifetime is making a Michael Jackson movie, Michael Jackson, Searching for Neverland.
Lifetime is also developing You, a “romantic” drama about a man who uses social media to make a woman fall in love with him, which, NOPE.
In other Lifetime news, they are giving irritating Jason Biggs and his irritating wife Jenny Mollen their own relationship game show called My Partner Knows Best. They’ve also done a spinoff of The Rap Game called The Pop Game in which Timabland works with young singers.
And James Franco is producing another Lifetime movie, High School Lover, about a 17-year-old who has an affair with an older man. ~eyeroll~
Kevin Hart is producing Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man’s Guide to History, a two-hour special for History Channel.
AMC and BBC are working on a miniseries based on The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, thanks to the success of The Night Manager.
El Rey is adding more hours of programming, including two new unscripted series, Rite Of Passage and Man At Arms.
After existing on Funny or Die, The Gorburger Show is coming to Comedy Central.
Reelz has ordered new shows for Nancy O’Dell and Deborah Norville, the kind of shows you watch when you’re home sick with a cold.
National Geographic is making a mini-series called How to Survive a Plague which will either be helpful information or information that we might all just choose to ignore depending on how the next four years go.
Louis CK and Albert Brooks’ animated series, The Cops, is moving from FX to TBS.
A Living Single reboot could be happening.
NOVA is going to cover the first total solar eclipse since 1979 (an event I remember clearly, and how I discussed my classmates on that day about how old we would be in the year 2000, a year that seemed IMPOSSIBLE back then).
Ken Burns is adding an extra episode to his baseball documentary to add the Cubs historic World Series win.
PBS is going to broadcast the BBC drama, Press, a series about the newspaper business that will guilt you into subscribing to a newspaper WHICH WE SHOULD ALL DO RIGHT NOW, TBH.
HBO is holding off renewing Game of Thrones for the 8th and final season in hopes they can extract more episodes out of Benioff and Weiss, reportedly.
Drunk History is going to be stumbling around on Comedy Central for a while longer.
Nobodies has been picked up for a second season before a single episode has aired.
National Geographic is giving that Ron Howard Mars series a second season.
Crackle has renewed something called StartUp that stars Martin Freeman and that I have never heard of BECAUSE THERE ARE JUST TOO MANY THINGS TO KEEP TRACK OF GUH.
Into the Badlands just released a season 2 trailer. It premieres on March 19:
Here’s a trailer for the new National Geographic scripted series, Genius, about Albert Einstein:
Here’s just a very boring teaser trailer for Twin Peaks, with our first look at Agent Dale Cooper, but if you know what Kyle MacLachlan’s face looks like, there’s honestly nothing in here you’ve never seen before.
Crackle has turned the Guy Ritchie movie Snatch into a series, and it looks pretty true to the original:
Katie Couric’s National Geographic special, Gender Revolution, released a trailer and is going to make Dan Patrick SO ANGRY:
Shows that will not see the light of day:
Aubrey Plaza’s weird-sounding series, Nightmare Time, will not be moving forward at TBS.
That Fatal Attraction remake is not happening at Fox.
Dick Gautier, Hymie the Robot on Get Smart.
Jimmy “Supafly” Snuka, WWE Hall of Famer.
The Bachelor: A pool party goes wrong. In other news, water is wet. 7 p.m., ABC
Timeless: 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. 9 p.m., NBC
The Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala: Performers include: Jay Pharoah; Iliza Shlesinger; Russell Brand; JB Smoove; Alonzo Bodden; Jo Koy; Matt Donaher; Ryan Hamilton; Gina Brillon; and Tom Papa. 7 p.m., The CW
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Michael Strahan, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bebe Rexha Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jake Tapper, B.J. Novak, Steve Jones, Leah Shapiro The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sarah Paulson, Corey Stoll, Nick Grant with Watch the Duck Jimmy Kimmel Live: Amy Adams, Naomie Harris, Music from Blink-182 Conan: Fred Armisen, Van Jones, Drive-By Truckers The Daily Show: David Fahrenthold, Bryshere Gray Watch What Happens Live: Tom Sandoval, Ariana Madix
|CBS||Kevin Can Wait
|Man With a Plan
|2 Broke Girls
|The Odd Couple
|CW||The Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala