Happy Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, everyone!
The New York Times ran a blistering piece this weekend revealing that Fox News had paid out over $13 million to five women who have accused Bill O’Reilly of sexual harassment. Two of the women were paid after Roger Ailes was forced out for sexual harassment claims this past fall. “The women who made allegations against Mr. O’Reilly either worked for him or appeared on his show. They have complained about a wide range of behavior, including verbal abuse, lewd comments, unwanted advances and phone calls in which it sounded as if Mr. O’Reilly was masturbating, according to documents and interviews.”
GROSS GROSS GROSS GROSS GROSS. GROSS.
The entire piece is worth reading, if only for this hilarious part, in which O’Reilly maligned one woman’s innocent purse:
Ms. Walsh said that she met Mr. O’Reilly for a dinner, arranged by his secretary, at the restaurant in the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. During the dinner, she said, he told her he was friends with Mr. Ailes, and promised to make her a network contributor — a job that can pay several hundred thousand dollars a year.
After dinner, she said, Mr. O’Reilly invited her to his hotel suite. Ms. Walsh said she declined. Trying to remain cordial, she suggested that they go to the hotel bar instead. Once there, she said, he became hostile, telling her that she could forget any career advice he had given her and that she was on her own. He also told her that her black leather purse was ugly.
However, despite all of this, and despite the fallout from the Roger Ailes sexual harassment lawsuits, Fox News just renewed O’Reilly’s contract. YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT, FOX NEWS IS STANDING BY HIM INSTEAD OF FIRING THIS LIABILITY because O’Reilly brought in $446 million in advertising revenues over three years. Nevermind that O’Reilly clearly didn’t learn his lesson after he was sued for sexual harassment in 2002 in the infamous falafel incident, and he will undoubtedly cost Fox News even more money in the future because men like O’Reilly literally don’t even grasp that what they are doing is unacceptable. In the end, profits will always matter more than principle, especially for companies like Fox News.
But you know that Gretchen Carlson’s got something to say about the story.
political Trump news
Trump tweeted insults at Chuck Todd basically for not being Fox News and reporting on the nonsense Trump wants him to report on:
As the Washington Post tweet plugin “RealDonaldContext” explains:
There’s important context missing.
The ‘surveillance scandal’ is part of the Trump-Russia story. During the Obama administration, aides to Trump were apparently surveilled while the government was tracking Russian agents like the Russian ambassador. There’s no indication that anything illegal was done by Obama; the FBI is investigating if anything illegal was done by Trump’s campaign.”
… and as to the second tweet:
This is incorrect or false.
No reputable news outlet said Trump had no path to victory, but many did note that his odds were slim. As for the Russia story, the director of the FBI said that there’s a federal investigation. [LEARN MORE]
The facts, of course, did not prevent Trump from spending the next two days (into this morning) praising Fox News for giving non-stop coverage to this wire-tapping story:
Now, I want you to imagine being the President of the United States and having all the resources of our intelligence agencies at your fingertips, and yet still choosing to receive your news from a morning show. We know Trump does not want real intelligence briefings. And while it is easy, glib even, to suggest it is because he doesn’t have the intelligence or attention span to follow them, I think the more troubling truth of the matter is that the intelligence briefings dare to violate how Trump wants to perceive of reality. In contrast to intelligence reports (a.k.a. actual facts), Fox News continues to serve as Trump TV, regurgitating back to him the stories that he himself created. Fox News helps maintain a comfortable bubble for Trump in which the real scandal is that Mean Obama tapped his phones and not that he is under investigation for colluding with the Russians to steal the election (which might be why some of these people were being surveilled in the first fucking place your fucking halfwit). Having a president who refuses to even acknowledge reality is a terrifying place to be in, guys.
Speaking of Russia, Nightmare Come to Life Roger Stone was on Real Time with Bill Maher this weekend where he called hacker (and probable Russian) Guccifer 2.0 “a hero” and essentially said that we should let this whole Russia interfering with our elections thing go to avoid going to war with them. American patriot that one.
You can’t look away because it doesn’t affect you this minute, but it’s going to affect you eventually … Right now it’s not just about fighting for progress. Gains we’ve made over the last hundred years are under attack. Luckily, [Vice President] Mike Pence isn’t allowed to go down and shut down Planned Parenthood unless his wife goes with him. So, you know, if we can just keep Karen busy scrapbooking, we can all still get pap smears. … I, personally, would like to make my own pledge to college-educated white women to not look away, not pretend that things that are happening now won’t eventually affect me if we don’t put a stop to it.
And Comedy Central released a trailer for The President Show which they were slyly promoting last week:
In Other TV News
The creator of Smash has written an essay about misogyny in the world of TV that is receiving a lot of notice by people in the business because of stories like this:
The misogyny is beyond anything that people believe when I tell these stories. On my first job in television, when I was in my twenties, I would sit, dazed, while a roomful of men sat around and told fist-up-the-ass jokes, roaring with laughter. In another room, the guys would sit around and pitch stories, and then write everything down in great detail on little white cards. Whenever a scene with female characters showed up they would write a card that said, “girl scene here.” Then they would look at me and say, “You’re a woman, you write this.” When I said, “You know where I come from, we write both women and men,” it was considered provocative.
One time, I was in a room where one of the guys was pitching a beat in a story. He said musingly, “Two people walk into a bar. No wait. Two people and a woman walk into a bar.”
Hey, the new Doctor Who companion, Pearl, is going to be openly gay in a series first — but it’s not what defines her, so calm down.
And while we’re on the topic, here’s a new Doctor Who trailer. It returns on April 15th.
Tyra Banks has done away with age limits on America’s Next Top Model. Funny what hitting your 40s will do to ya, amirite, Ty-Ty?
BET’s head of original programming was fired while on medical leave for breast cancer, so that lawsuit is going to be super fun.
I know you were wondering, but that was not Adam Scott singing in last night’s episode of Big Little Lies. (You weren’t wondering because OBVIOUSLY that wasn’t Adam Scott singing. As my husband said while we were watching it, “They didn’t even try to find someone who sounds like Adam Scott.”)
If you were a fan of Review with Forrest MacNeil, you should check out this great interview with Andy Daly about the reviews they never did, and the alternative final reviews they came up with.
Someone put a side-by-side comparison of the new IT trailer to corresponding scenes from the 1990 miniseries, and it’s pretty remarkable:
Sinbad won April Fool’s Day with this clip from the non-existent movie, Shazaam. If you don’t understand why this is genius, take a few minutes to read this amazing piece about the weird thing where many, many people remember a movie that was never made. Also, I know this is not TV related, but it’s my blog, I do what I want.
Kingdom has been cancelled by DirecTV after three seasons. Not to be confused with Animal Kingdom on TNT, which I totally did when I read this news. This is the show about the hunky MMA fighters, not the show about the hunky surfer thieves.
- NBC has greenlit Genius Junior, a game show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris featuring adorable children.
- CBS has ordered Ambulance, a reality series. And I bet you can guess what it’s about.
- Geek Girl Rising is being developed as a series by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ production company.
- Bunim/Murray Productions is making a Pele series? OK.
- Big Little Lies was a limited series, guys, and will probably, PROBABLY, not have a second season. Of course, money changes everything.
- I hope your dreams weren’t hinging on an American Idol revival, because it’s not happening anytime soon.
- NBC has moved Jennifer Lopez’s dance show to follow America’s Got Talent on May 30. They shifted some other premiere dates, too, if you care about when Midnight, Texas or Hollywood Game Night are debuting this summer.
- The CW has set their summer premiere dates, including for something called Hooten and the Lady? OK.
- The Adventure Time miniseries, Adventure Time: Elements, will premiere on Cartoon Network on Monday, April 24th.
- Rainn Wilson is joining the cast of Star Trek: Discovery as Harry Mudd, an original series character.
- John C. McGinley is going to co-star in Brothered Up, CBS comedy pilot.
- Ed Weeks (The Mindy Project) will star in LA -> Vegas, the Fox comedy pilot.
- Raymond Cruz (Breaking Bad) is joining the cast of Mayans MC.
- Nadia Gan (Mr. Robot) is going to join the cast of Shelter, NBC’s medical drama pilot.
- Wrenn Schmidt (Outcast) and Ella Mae Peck are going to be in the cast of The Looming Tower, Hulu’s drama.
- Quinn Shephard is joining Redliners, NBC’s Charlaine Harris pilot.
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Abortion: Stories Women Tell: Women tell their stories about their abortions and experiences with the laws governing the procedures. 7 p.m., HBO
Independent Lens: A look at the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy. 8 p.m., PBS
Vanderpump Rules reunion: But if you’re in the mood for something a little less grim and a lot more ridiculous, this. 7 p.m., Bravo
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