Houston Texans owner misplaces dog whistle, says what he actually believes about NFL players

Looks like Houston Texans owner Bob McNair misplaced his dog whistle, and revealed what he really thinks about his players in discussing the take a knee protests: “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

I know this is only tangentially TV-related, but I can’t not comment on this. First of all, let’s remember that the majority of players taking a knee are African-American and are protesting injustice towards the African-American community. So, “inmate” and “prison” have some strong racial implications here. But second of all, he thinks of his players — his employees who make him millions and millions of dollars — as his prisoners? Why not just call them your slaves and cut to the chase, Bob?

Bob McNair has since offered this not-apology: 

“I regret that I used that expression. I never meant to offend anyone and I was not referring to our players.  I used a figure of speech that was never intended to be taken literally. I would never characterize our players or our league that way and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it.”

But you just did characterize them that way? Literally that is what you did? And in conclusion, fuck you, you racist.

In actual TV news

The Walking Dead is teasing that a character believed to be dead will appear on Sunday’s episode and people are hopeful it will be someone named “Morales” that we haven’t seen since season one and whom I had completely forgotten about. But it probably won’t be.

Tick Tock, Ten Days in the Valley. ABC will air all the episodes — there are only 10 — but this will be one and done.

Simon & Schuster is publishing Jane’s novel from Jane the Virgin.

IT’S NOT EVEN HALLOWEEN YET. SLOW YOUR ROLL, HALLMARK CHANNEL.

What are you doing, Bobby Flay?

Leave Don Lemon alone, you guys.

Oh, goodness, get well soon, Simon Cowell.

Here’s a depressing headline: CBS Strikes Alliance With Advertisers to Devise Better Portrayals of Women.” I mean, good for them for addressing a problem? But this isn’t hard, CBS: 1. develop more shows from female showrunners and writers, 2. develop more shows that star women in the leading roles, 3. in fact, develop shows that star ANYONE OTHER THAN A WHITE GUY IN THE LEAD.

Right, Jill Soloway?

Sadly related to the story above

The head of CBS’ Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase has been fired following allegations of sexual harassment. YOU DON’T SAY.

Mark Halperin’s fallout begins: his publisher has dropped his book (DO YOU HEAR THAT, HENRY HOLT, BILL O’REILLY’S PUBLISHER? His agency has dropped him — now it’s your turn); HBO has dropped his election miniseries; Showtime is evaluating what to do about The Circus.

And now some E! News Correspondent, Ken Baker, has been accused of sexual harassment — and I won’t get into it here, but it was creative harassment at that.

The BBC has dropped The Weinstein Company as a partner on their adaptation of Les Miserables.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is establishing a code of conduct for its members following this Harvey Weinstein mess.

Selma Blair and Rachel McAdams are the latest to come forward against James Toback, world’s most overconfident sexual harasser.

Another young man has come forward with accusations against former agent Tyler Grasham.

Several more women has stepped forward to say that George H.W. Bush groped them. “David Cop-a-Feel.” ~groan~

You know, if I’m being completely honest, there’s a part of me that responds to the stories coming out about former President Bush with irritation: the “oh, whatever, he’s an old man making a bad joke, it’s not that big a deal,” feeling. But it’s not my ass he grabbed, it’s not me who was implicitly warned to be discreet. There was an essay I read in the past week by a woman who claims Eli Wiesel grabbed her ass when she was younger, and she asks an important question about situations like this, involving men we consider “good” and an act that we want to dismiss as being insignificant or harmless:

“If it is such a small thing that I shouldn’t be upset about it then how is it big enough to ruin a legacy?”

Speaking of, we have to talk about what we do about Louis C.K.

Renewals

In Development

Casting News

R.I.P.

Raul Davalos, Editor on Empire and Gilmore Girls

Jack Bannon, Actor

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FRIDAY

The World Series: LET’S GO ASTROS! 7 p.m., Fox

Stranger Things: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Season premiere. Netflix

Michael Jackson’s Halloween: “When millennials Vincent and Victoria find themselves at a mysterious hotel on Halloween night, they go on a magical adventure of personal discovery.” Um…. 7 p.m., CBS

Blindspot: NBC has moved the FBI tattoo series to Fridays this fall. Good luck, Blindspot. Season premiere.  7 p.m., NBC

A bunch of Christmas movies: YOU GUYS, IT’S NOT EVEN HALLOWEEN YET. STOP IT. 7 p.m., Hallmark

SATURDAY

The World Series: LET’S GO ASTROS! 7 p.m., Fox

The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special: Any questions? 10:30 p.m., NBC

Flint: Queen Latifah and Rob Morrow star in this movie about the Flint water crisis, as Lifetime begins to try to make people take their original movies more seriously.  7 p.m. Lifetime

Split: M. Night Shamylan’s split personality thriller lives and dies by the performance by James McAvoy, and boy does he deliver. 7 p.m., HBO

Leprechaun marathon: Beginning with the all-important Leprechaun Origins, because you have to know the backstory, or you won’t be able to follow the very complicated mythology. 2 p.m., AMC

Evil Dead & Evil Dead 2: WHO’S LAUGHING NOW? (By the way, Suspiria airs after this.) 11 p.m., El Rey

SUNDAY

The World Series: LET’S GO ASTROS! 7 p.m., Fox

The Deuce: Wait, it’s the season finale already? That was fast … Season finale. 8 p.m., HBO

The Shining: 37 years later, and still terrifying. 9:30 p.m., Spike

Monsters Inc.: True fact: this movie makes me cry. 5:55 Freeform

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Denis Leary, 2 Chainz featuring Travis Scott The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Dr. Phil McGraw, Fleet Foxes 

FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Once Upon a Time
(new)
Marvel’s Inhumans
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20/20
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CBS Michael Jackson’s Halloween
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MacGyver
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Blue Bloods
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CW Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
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Jane the Virgin
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FOX World Series
(live)
Local
NBC Will & Grace
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Blindspot
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Dateline NBC
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SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC College Football
(live)
News/Local
CBS NCIS: Los Angeles
(repeat)
NCIS: New Orleans
(repeat)
48 Hours
(new)
News/Local
FOX World Series
(live)
News/Local
NBC Dateline NBC
(repeat)
Saturday Night Live
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News/Local David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special
(repeat)
Saturday Night Live
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SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Toy Box
(new)
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Shark Tank
(new)
Ten Days in the Valley
(new)
CBS 60 Minutes
(new)
Widom of the Crowd
(new)
NCIS: Los Angeles
(new)
Madam Secretary
(new)
FOX Football
(repeat)
The OT
(repeat)
World Series
(live)
NBC NFL Football
(live)

Ghosted
(repeat)Bob’s Burgers
(repeat)The Simpsons
(new)Ghosted
(new)Family Guy
(new)The Last Man on Earth
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