George Takei is the latest man to disappoint me. A former model has come forward to say that Takei of groping him when he was unconscious back in 1981. Though Takei has said that he is “shocked and bewildered” by the claims, in a RECENT — AS IN SINCE WEINSTEIN — interview with Howard Stern, Takei claims that he grabbed men’s genitals to encourage them to have sex. Dammit, George.
Andrew Kreisberg, the showrunner on Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash, has been suspended after 19 men and women — 19! — came forward with harassment and inappropriate touching claims against him. Warner Brothers is investigating. Melissa Benoist, the star of Supergirl, responds:
DC Comics has suspended editor Eddie Berganza after three women have stepped forward accusing him of assault.
Ellen Page stepped forward to accuse Brett Ratner of despicable behavior on the set of X Men: The Last Stand. She also regrets working with Woody Allen:
And proving that she’s a real life superhero, Gal Gadot has stated that she will not be back for Wonder Woman 2 if Brett Ratner is involved.
And inspired by Page’s post, actor Daniel Franzese came forward to accuse actress Bijou Phillips of bullying him on the set of, ironically enough, Bully. Phillips has apologized. SEE HOW EASY THAT IS, GUYS?
Meanwhile, the fallout from previous accusations continues:
House of Cards‘ writers are rewriting season 6, although Tim Pratt has the right idea:
Louis C.K. stuff:
Louis C.K. put out a statement admitting that the allegations against him were true. However, this did not satisfy many, noting that he never apologizes in the statement, and that he implied for years that the women who accused him of his behavior were liars. Too little and waaaaay too late.
Pamela Adlon, Louis C.K.’s writing partner and friend, has expressed her “deep sorrow” in the wake of his admission, and says that she and her family are devastated.
FX has severed its ties with Louis C.K. and Pig Newton — he will no longer be a producer or receive compensation for work on Better Things, One Mississippi or Baskets. What this means for the future of those shows remains unclear.
Jen Kirkman, one of the first women to publicly talk about Louis C.K., says she’s jealous of men who have been accused of sexual misconduct in this brilliant video:
And finally, if you were looking for an ironic laugh, Kellyanne Conway says that public officials that mistreat women should “step aside.” LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
In Actual TV News
Sean Hannity gave an interview to gross child-diddler Roy Moore, and now sponsors are fleeing. Not without some really dumb backlash, though. (Personally, I’m glad Hannity interviewed him, as Moore pretty much confirmed the stories about him were true and forced more Republicans to pull their support.)
ARE Y’ALL WATCHING THE EXORCIST THIS SEASON? BECAUSE YOU SHOULD BE. Sorry to be all shouty about it, but it really is one of my favorite shows of the year. It was surprisingly good last season, it’s so much scarier and better this season. (By the way, that link is spoilery so be careful.)
And speaking of shows that you should be watching: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was a punch in the gut this weekend.
Here’s a teensy tiny detail from Stranger Things 2 that probably slipped your notice, but it’s a heartbreaker. TOTALLY SPOILERY. DO NOT CLICK IF YOU WANT TO AVOID SPOILERS.
And here is why that one episode from the season that you think you hated was actually important. (For the record: I, for one, did not hate it.)
That Disney streaming service that is in the works is going to be “substantively” cheaper than Netflix, according to the Disney CEO. We’ll see.
Chris Wallace is just all over the place in this speech about Trump and journalism: Donald Trump has “engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on a free press in our history” buuuuuuuuutttttt he might have a point about media bias. OK, pick a lane, Wallace.
And this is interesting: was Rupert Murdoch behind Trump getting involved in the AT&T/Time Warner merger? Was the CNN thing just a bonus?
- Kevin (Probably) Saves the World and The Mayor have been given more first season episodes despite weakish ratings.
- NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, and Hawaii Five-0 have also been given more episodes for this season.
- Gwen Stefani is NBC’s newest Christmas star.
- HBO is developing Industry, a banking drama.
- Hulu is working on Hitman, a series based on the video game of the same name.
- Fox is working on The Masked Singer, an Asian singing competition.
- Emily Rossum is going to star in the limited series Angelyne.
- NBC is developing Love After Love, a drama based on an Argentinian series.
- Trump: An American Dream, a British documentary, is headed to Netflix.
- Starz has ordered 4 new documentary series.
- Nickelodeon has greenlit comedy Star Falls.
- Oxygen has ordered four new crime series.
- Rebecca Rittenhouse and Morgan Spector have been set to star in the Suits spinoff.
- Jaime Ray Newman is joining The Magicians.
- Vincent Ventresca is joining The Fosters.
- Chris Veres is joining Deutschland 86.
- Dena Tylor will be in The Path next season.
Liz Smith, Gossip columnist, and writer on Candid Camera
The Real Housewives of Dallas: Reunion, Part 2 9 p.m., Bravo
War Dog: A Solider’s Best Friend: The stories of three brave dogs and the soldiers they served with. 7 p.m., HBO
Man with a Plan: The Matt Leblanc show that seems like the kind of show that Matt Leblanc’s other show, Episodes, would mock is back. Season premiere. 7:30 p.m., CBS
Ill Behavior: Lizzy Caplan and Chris Geere (Shitty Jimmy of You’re the Worst) star in this British cancer comedy. Series premiere. 9:30 p.m., Showtime
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jeff Daniels, Mary J. Blige Late Night with Seth Meyers: Carey Mulligan, Beanie Feldstein, Danny Bowien, Michel’le Baptiste The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Joe Biden, Elton John The Late Late Show with James Corden: Jason Segel, Seth Rogen Jimmy Kimmel Live: TBA The Daily Show: Hari Kondabolu The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Jose Calderon Watch What Happens Live: Leslie Grossman, Shannon Beador
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