You don’t need me telling you what happened this weekend: President Trump issued a hasty executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim countries and halting the refugee program altogether without consulting any of his agencies or departments, causing a global crisis. I’m sure you can imagine how I feel about this. However, it technically does not have anything to do with television or even free press, so I’m not going to get into all the nitty-gritty about it here. I will point out, however, that Trump’s interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, in which he assured that Christian refugees will be given preference proves that this is a First Amendment issue, as much if not greater than Steve Bannon telling the media to “keep their mouths shut” or Trump calling the press “disgusting people” or trying to suggest that the CIA is aligned with him against their common enemy, the media.
But I mention it, because the outcry from Hollywood has been swift and loud. At the SAG awards, actors used the opportunity to speak out:
“As we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 Midwesterners will repel bullies, we will shelter freaks and outcasts, those that have no homes. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss, amidst the hypocrisy and the casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will … punch some people in the face when the seek to destroy … disenfranchise and marginalize – and do it all with heart and joy and with joy.” –David Harbour, American hero.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ speech is fantastic:
“It is both unconstitutional and deeply wrong to say that you cannot enter our country because of where you were born or what religion you were born into. The Writers Guilds of America, East and West condemn Donald Trump’s profoundly un-American ‘Muslim ban,’ and applaud the Federal Court’s decision to grant a stay that will keep those being held at American airports from being forcibly returned to their countries. Human rights – including the freedoms of speech and religion – are essential to all Americans and to all who come here to build better lives.” — The Writers Guild statement that Julia Louis-Dreyfus referenced in her speech.
Sarah Paulson and Bryan Cranston also had things to say to our new President. In fact, here are all the things actors had to say about Trump and the travel ban last night.
The Netflix CEO also called the ban “un-American,” and President Trump’s first 7 days, “a very sad week.”
…this overly-draconian executive order will simply serve to empower ISIS, act as the best recruitment agent they could possibly wish for, and fuel their conspiracy theory that America’s waging war on Islam, not just Islamic terrorists.
It’s also grotesquely unfair because it punishes many decent, law-abiding people who have every right to be in the country.
Kim Kardashian waded into the controversy:
After being told on Twitter he didn’t belong in this country, Kal Penn started a fundraiser for Syrian refugees on Saturday. So far it’s raised over half a million dollars.
As for Donald Trump, you’re never going to guess who he blames for the whole brouhaha over the ban. Wait, did you say “the media”? Yeah, it’s the media. Obviously, this is all the media’s fault.
Tom Brokaw has some advice for the media: “Those of us who are in my line of work have to stay cool and keep our eye on the ball about what we do, which is report what we know, what the facts demonstrate are true.”
Kellyanne Conway had a meltdown this weekend about the press on Fox News of all places.
Samantha Bee, genius lady, is going to host a rival dinner the night of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner — if the White House Correspondent’s Dinner even happens this year.
This is an interesting piece, asking 28 network executives a series of questions, including how Trump has changed TV and their most red state series.
This isn’t exactly about Trump, but in our politicized times it feels like EVERYTHING is about Trump, but Hamilton’s original Schuyler Sisters will be singing “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl this weekend.
Vanity Fair Mexico, trolls maestros, are running a cover featuring Melania Trump eating diamonds this month, and note that it is not a flattering story.
If the image seems familiar, it’s because the photo originally ran in a GQ piece, and was mocked on that Maya Rudolph and Martin Short variety series, Maya and Marty:
In Other TV News:
Hasan Minhaj taped his Netflix special, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, on Saturday night, and methinks it will be particularly timely.
As noted above, there were a couple of awards shows this weekend, the SAGs and the Producers Guild Awards. Stranger Things, Atlanta and People vs. O.J. Simpson were winners at the Producer Guild Awards. And over at the SAG awards, Stranger Things was the surprise winner of drama ensemble, shocking even Winona Ryder:
The Voice added Celine Dion, John Legend, Luke Bryan and D.J. Khaled as advisors. Apparently, The Voice wanted Celine in one of the chairs, which would be amazing because Celine Dion, she’s kinda amazing.
Mozart in the Jungle has been renewed for a fourth season by Amazon, and Red Oaks has been renewed for a final season.
Maisie Williams is REALLY ANGRY at you guys who are spoiling the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, which I guess includes me for sharing them. Whoops.
It looks like the third hour of The Today Show, the one hosted by Tamra Hall and Al Roker, is being handed over to Megyn Kelly.
There is a Roger Ailes Law & Order SVU episode in the works, which is all well and good, but I still want to see that Trump episode, NBC. Come on now.
Netflix might be releasing new episodes of Making a Murderer as early as this year. They aren’t saying it will be an entire season, though.
YOU GUYS, JASMINE GUY IS BACK.
Y’all, a Dynasty reboot just got one step closer to becoming real over at The CW. The CW also ordered a pilot for Searchers, a drama about siblings who learn that their mother’s crazy-ass stories might be true after all.
The Behind Enemy Lines reboot has received a pilot order from Fox. Owen Wilson, presumably, will not be involved.
The Gospel of Kevin has received a pilot order at ABC. It’s a comedy about a guy who is put on a mission by God to save the world. BETTER HURRY UP, KEVIN.
NBC gave a pilot order to Happy Peppers, a sibling comedy that is being considered as a companion show to the Will & Grace reboot.
NBC gave a pilot order to a real-time medical drama from Paul Haggis and some guy who worked on Law & Order.
CBS ordered a Navy SEAL drama from the guys who gave us Justified.
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