In case you have been living in a hole for the past week, Trump’s National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn, resigned after it was leaked that last month, acting Attorney General Sally Yates (the one Trump fired) informed the White House that there were transcripts of Flynn’s multiple calls with the Russian Ambassador on the day the Obama administration imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering with our election, and in those transcripts, Flynn discussed possibly lifting those same sanctions. This is illegal for a number of reasons and some might even consider it treasonous. However, Mike Flynn lied to Mike Pence’s face about these same phone calls, and on January 15th he went on Meet the Press and said that no such conversations took place.
Flynn, like I said, resigned. A resignation that Trump claims he asked for. And so who did our President blame for this mess? The media and intelligence agencies, obviously.
First of all, we can agree that these are not the tweets of a stable, confident man. But second of all, the logic here is that Trump’s man is caught breaking the law and lying to the Vice President but the only reason he’s asked to resign is because it was leaked to the press that Yates told the White House about it weeks ago. Oh, and somehow all of this is the media’s fault.
Additionally, in the last few press conferences, Trump has only been calling on conservative press for questions, prompting CNN’s Jim Acosta — the guy Trump had a screaming match with last month — to note that the “fix is in.”
Acosta said that the White House and Trump do “not want to answer questions about his associates, his aide’s contacts with the Russians” during the presidential campaign.
“They may think this is being cute or strategic in terms of trying to shield the president from questions, but those questions can only be shielded for so long,” Acosta said.
As I am typing this, Trump is holding another press conference to announce his new Labor Secretary nominee but he is spending most of his time talking about the “dishonest media” that is doing a “tremendous disservice to the American people.” “The level of dishonesty is out of control,” so he is going to “take [his] message straight to the people.” His administration, which he just claimed is “running like a fine-tuned machine,” is being misrepresented by the media as being in “chaos.”
Oh, and just so you know, according to our Megalomaniac-in-Chief, he can “handle a bad story better than anybody.”
This is not a man who respects the fourth column. This is not a man who understands that his power is not absolute. This is a man who is a danger to the Constitution, our institutions and our country.
Kellyanne Conway has been banned from Morning Joe for being a lying liar who lies — but also for losing credibility as to her actual access thanks to her disastrous comments about Mike Flynn having the full confidence of Trump, hours before Flynn resigned.
Bill Maher has booked human shitpile Milo Yiannopoulos as a guest for Real Time, prompting another guest, Jeremy Scahill, to drop out of the show. On the one hand, monsters probably shouldn’t be given a platform to spew their hatred, but on the other hand, Bill Maher is an advocate of unfettered free speech — and I also doubt he’s bringing him on to treat him with kid gloves. There is a place for debate, and shows like Real Time, where Yiannopoulos will be directly confronted, is one of those places.
Reportedly Trump was particularly upset by Saturday Night Live‘s sketch portraying Steve Bannon as the “real” president and dressed as the Grim Reaper. And now that SNL knows that, Rosie O’Donnell will never be invited to play Steve Bannon. Can one sketch comedy show topple a Presidency?
Fox News is now being investigated by the Feds for hiding sexual harassment payouts as compensation.
“I like news, this is exhausting though.” — Jake Tapper, with whom I sympathize.
In other TV News
Ryan Murphy knows what the scariest thing in the world is — the 2016 Election — and he is, no joke, using it as the theme of American Horror Story next season. Will there be a Donald Trump character? “Maybe.” (YES, OBVIOUSLY.)
Other news Ryan broke on WWHL: he wants Sarah Paulson to play Linda Tripp in the American Crime Story based on the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal, and they’ve cast Versace: American Crime Story (see below).
Regis Philbin claims that Kelly Ripa was “very offended” when he left, and that he’s never been invited back to Live! as a guest. (I suspect that Kelly Ripa was not offended by Regis retiring, per se, but that she wasn’t told about it until the last second, kinda like what happened with Michael Strahan. But OK, you goofy old coot.)
Hey, they are doing a mini Love, Actually reunion for that Red Nose Day thing. Have I ever mentioned that I hate Love, Actually? Because I actually do.
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Yes, Nina Dobrev is returning for the series finale of Vampire Diaries. Of course she is.
Amazon is developing Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, a sci-fi anthology series produced by (among others) Bryan Cranston.
The Notorious B.I.G. has an authorized biographical documentary in the works. (It’s unclear if this will be a theatrical or television release, but these days, such distinctions rarely matter.)
BuzzFeed is working on a true crime series in conjunction with NBCU.
Starz is joining the BBC adaptation of Howards End which will star Hayley Atwell and Tracey Ullman.
The Royals has been renewed for a fourth season on E!
Amazon has renewed Goliath for a second season.
The Big Bang Theory is thisclose to being renewed for two more seasons.
Hand of God will return on March 10 for its final season on Amazon.
- It looks like Timeless might run out of time if the Taken reboot does well on NBC.
- Speechless will be back next season.
- 24: Legacy is holding its own after a post-Super Bowl spike and then dip.
- Riverdale is probably going to be renewed due to decent (for The CW) ratings and tons of critical buzz.
- Superior Donuts is doing well, but wow, Ransom is a disaster. Keep your eye on that one because it’ll be interesting to see if CBS continues its Saturday primetime experiment.
Pilot Casting News
- Jason Biggs has been cast in the ABC comedy Charlie Foxtrot
- Natalie Morales will star in the ABC comedy Losing It
- Annie Potts will co-star in CBS comedy Distefano
- Matthew Lillard is starring in the NBC comedy Good Girls along with the wonderful Mae Whitman.
- Darren Criss and Edgar Ramirez will star in Versace:American Crime Story
- Matt Oberg has been cast in the Carol Burnett comedy Household Name (making me worry about 1. his role on The Real O’Neals and 2. The Real O’Neals in general)
- Maulik Pancholy who played Jack Donaghy’s assistant on 3o Rock, is joining the cast of the new Star Trek, along with two other actors.
- Mike Vogel will star in the NBC military drama For God and Country.
- Genevieve Angelson (Good Girls Revolt) will star in the NBC comedy Happy Peppers
- ABC’s pilot Deception has cast Amaury Nolasco (Prison Break) and Lenora Crichlow (Being Human) and Ilfenesh Hadera (Chi-Raq)
- Tiya Sircar (Good Eleanor on The Good Place) has been cast in the ABC comedy Start Up
- Edi Patterson (Vice Principals) will join the Fox comedy Ghosted
- Ian Harding (Pretty Little Liars) is joining the Fox comedy Thin Ice
- Jalen Versus Everyone has added Kelly Jenrette (Grandfathered), Jessica McKenna (Party Over Here), Rich Sommer (Mad Men) and Laysla de Oliveira (Gothica)
- Meaghan Rath (Being Human) has been cast in the ABC pilot The Trustee.
- Rebecca Creskoff (Hung) will star in the still unnamed mixed-race comedy from the Fresh Off the Boat folks.
- Jeanine Mason has been cast in The CW’s The Searchers pilot
- The Dynasty reboot has cast a bunch of people you’ve never heard of, including Sam Adegoke, Natalie Kelley and Elizabeth Gillies
- Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger have added more cast.
- And in directing news, Steve LevLevitann, Modern Family‘s co-creator, is directing the pilot of LA-> Vegas, a Fox comedy pilot that just got a huge boost.
- And James Burrows is going to direct the pilot for Happy Peppers which is now being called Relatively Happy.
Bruce Lansbury, producer on Wonder Woman, Knight Rider, and Murder She Wrote and brother of Angela
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