As you well know, on Friday it was announced that a grand jury had approved the first charges in Mueller’s Russian investigation, and arrests would be made today. This morning, Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates surrendered to the FBI and were indicted on 12 counts, including “conspiracy against the United States.” Additionally, we learned that a third Trump associate, George Papadopolous, had been arrested in July for lying to the FBI.
It’s all very delicious.
However, for some, the news that broke on Friday was just TOO MUCH. Roger Stone, one of Trump’s former advisors, had a complete shitfit on Twitter Saturday night and began attacking CNN anchors Don Lemon and Jake Tapper, among others, for reporting the news.
Stone basically tried to incite violence against them:
I can only quote his meltdown and not embed the tweets because the punchline of the story is that Stone was banned permanently from Twitter the next day. He’s now threatening to sue. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT, BUDDY!
But as to that last tweet, there is some real concern that AT&T might be willing to ax people at CNN to make sure the merger with Time Warner goes through. For now, they are signaling that Jeff Zucker is safe, but how long will that last?
Meanwhile, Stone’s buddy Trump hosted a Halloween party for the children of his enemy, the free press, and behaved exactly as you would expect him to:
“I cannot believe the media produced such beautiful children,” Trump said to the room.
“These are beautiful, wonderful children,” Trump said, then groaned. “Are you going to grow up to be like your parents? Ehhh… don’t answer. That can only get me in trouble, that question.”
“No, you have wonderful parents, right?” he then said, to which the children nodded as they looked around at the cameras.
Trump then proceeded to pass out some White House candy. “You have no weight problems, that’s the good news, right?”
The superheroes of the Legends of Tomorrow writers’ room tweeted out this image of a plaque marking the spot where Trump made the “grab ’em by the pussy” brag. ~slow clap~
Speaking of … It’s Your Daily Harassment Roundup
After years of rumors, the pitchforks have finally come for Kevin Spacey. Actor Anthony Rapp came forward to say that Spacey made wildly inappropriate advances on him when he was 14 years old. Spacey put out a terrible non-apology, before taking the opportunity to announce that he is gay. THIS IS NOT OK. This is not OK. By using this story to come out as a means to deflect from his abhorrent behavior, Spacey is conflating pedophilia with homosexuality which is not just disgusting, it’s dangerous. Shame on you, Kevin Spacey.
Bill O’Reilly is suing a former New Jersey politician for posting on Facebook that O’Reilly harassed his ex-girlfriend and then later tried to get her to help him defame another accuser. Stay classy, Bill O’Reilly.
Andrew Kramer, the COO of Lionsgate, is out after a sexual harassment allegation.
Annabella Sciorra and Daryl Hannah came forward with their own allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Rose McGowan was reportedly offered $1 million in hush money as recently as late last month, days ahead of the New York Times’ article about Harvey Weinstein. McGowan gave a powerful speech at the Women’s Convention this weekend without mentioning Weinstein’s name once.
Meanwhile, Robert Rodriguez put out a problematic statement about how he knew about Weinstein’s abuse of Rose McGowan and decided to put her in Grindhouse as a way to spite Weinstein. Which is great! But then he goes on to blame the decision to cast her for ruining his marriage (it was rumored that he and McGowan had a relationship) which, NO. NO, DUDE. THAT’S ON YOU.
Which Sorta Brings Me — Briefly — to Sportsball
- Most of the Houston Texans took a knee before last night’s game following owner Bob McNair’s racist comment about the “inmates running the prison.” GOOD. Meanwhile, a meeting that was supposed to take place between the players and owners to try to find a solution has been canceled.
- My beloved Astros found themselves embroiled in a controversy when Yuli Gurriel made a racist gesture about the Dodger’s pitcher Yu Darvish. IT WAS NOT OK, YULI. Gurriel will sit out five games when the new season begins, and everyone has been exceptionally grown-up about the whole mess. (But methinks the reception will be a little different when the game returns to Los Angeles tomorrow.) GO ASTROS! DON’T BE RACIST!
In Other TV News
I haven’t watched Stranger Things yet — WORLD SERIES, Y’ALL — but if you have, here are the 80s easter eggs hidden in season 2.
KATHY GRIFFIN IS ON THE WARPATH, LOOK OUT. In a 17-minute YouTube video, Griffin attacked TMZ’s Harvey Levin for fueling the flames of her Trump-head controversy, before turning her attention onto Andy Cohen, whom she claims was a bad boss and who offered her cocaine before going on Watch What Happens Live. Andy Cohen is NOT AMUSED.
This is where this is all started, by the way:
Outlander deviated from the books again, this time to “protect Jaime’s character.” OK.
Speaking of Bravo, Shannon Beador of The Real Housewives of Orange County has (finally) left her husband. This comes after it was revealed on the show two seasons ago that he had cheated on her.
Oh, Charlie Heaton, you dummy. Don’t you know that Los Angeles is 20% pure cocaine? You don’t have to bring it with you from another country, honey!
- Man of the House, a family comedy from Kerry Washington’s company, is being developed at ABC.
- ABC is developing a comedy sort of based on comedian Taylor Tomlinson’s life.
- Local Counsel, a legal drama, is in the works at NBC.
- The CW is working on Make Divya Great Again, a dramedy from a black-ish writer.
- Fox is developing Mixtape, a musical drama from one of the creators of Quantico.
- AMC is working on a ghost love story from one of the creators of Quantico (same guy as above).
- Fox is working on a bar comedy from comedian Morgan Murphy.
- Freeform is developing In Case of Emergency as a series.
- Amazon has picked up White Dragon, an eight-part conspiracy thriller.
- Bethany Joy Lenz will be joining the cast of Grey’s Anatomy.
- Peyton List is your new Poison Ivy.
- Fred Armisen will make an appearance on The Last Man Standing before dying some horrible death.
- Melora Walters and Joanna Going are going to appear in a special Law & Order SVU.
- Kaley Cuoco is going to start in The Flight Attendant, based on the novel of the same name, which will be a limited series … somewhere.
- Julius Tennon, Tisha Campbell-Martin, and Jeanté Godlock are going to star in the Simone Biles biopic on Lifetime.
- Jeff Kober is joining the cast of NCIS: Los Angeles.
- Nadine Nicole is going to be in The Expanse.
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The Real Housewives of Dallas: Rich and LeeAnne throw an engagement party in the 75-minute finale. 9 p.m., Bravo
Superior Donuts: CBS returns to its regular schedule this week. Kevin Can Wait takes over The Big Bang Theory‘s slot, and this premieres. 8 p.m., CBS
Hellraiser marathon: If Pinhead’s your jam. 3 p.m., El Rey
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Blake Shelton, Andrea Martin Late Night with Seth Meyers: Heidi Klum, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Imagine Dragons, Anton Fig The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Billy Eichner, Anna Camp, Weezer The Late Late Show with James Corden: Miles Teller, Whitney Cummings, Fergie Jimmy Kimmel Live: Mila Kunis, Shaquille O’Neal, Aisha Tyler, Ty Dolla $ign featuring YG Conan: Anna Faris, Nathan Fielder, Dhani Harrison The Daily Show: Ta-Nehisi Coates The Opposition with Jordan Klepper : Rob Reiner Watch What Happens Live: Sean Avery, Bethenny Frankel
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