In which I try to find something, anything to talk about other than sex monsters and I fail.

I’m trying to find something to lead this post that doesn’t involve men doing bad things to other people, abusing their power and just otherwise being awful because I am so exhausted by this story, you guys.

It’s been 6 weeks since the initial Harvey Weinstein story broke in The New York Times, (although the sexual harassment stories coming out of Fox News began back in the spring [although although, really in 2004 when the first stories about O’Reilly emerged]), and it’s draining. It is emotionally draining, this onslaught of horror stories. It’s tiring to be this angry.

And yet what other response is there? How else are we supposed to feel when we learn that over the past twenty years more than $17 million in tax payer funds –TAX PAYER FUNDS, MONEY YOU AND I HAVE GIVEN TO THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR OWN PAYCHECKS– have been used to pay for sexual harassment settlements awarded to accusers of Congressmen.

AND I ASSURE YOU IT WAS CONGRESSMEN:

— and these are the settlements that were actually won. To arrive at these settlements, look at what the accusers have to endure:

AND NOW I AM FILLLLLLLED WITH RAGE ALL OVER AGAIN. Ugh. How does this end? Does this end? Does it ever get any better?

~breathe in through the nose, out through the mouth~

So what else is there to talk about in actual TV news? Let’s find something. Anything.

NBCUniversal is killing the Chiller channel. Honestly, I would have been an avid viewer except AT&T never offered it on High Def, so.

Disney’s Hollywood Records will release albums by the American Idol finalists. Speaking of, the new judges promise they are going to be “nice” so what’s even the point?

What Not to Wear DRAMAZ.

In other hilarious news, Gene Simmons has been banned from Fox News for life.

History Channel’s Vikings made this little boy’s dream come true.

The Punisher showrunner defends the show’s violence. Or tries to, at least.

Here is the long history of the “Mr. Plow” episode of The Simpsons that you did not ask for.

Fine. Let’s talk about sex monsters.

First, let’s pick up where we left off with Al Franken yesterday.

After an initially weak statement, Franken put out a much more fulsome apology and called for the Senate to launch an ethics investigation into his behavior. His accuser has accepted the apology and is not calling for him to step down.

Meanwhile, Trump and Bill O’Reilly attacked Franken:

A short and by no means exhaustive list of people who do not have any business talking about Al Franken:

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Bill O’Reilly

Drag them.

Jeffrey Tambor, god damn it to hell, what is wrong with you? I am so angry on behalf of your victims and the shows that are now in danger because you couldn’t stop yourself from being a creep. Just, ugh.

The Royal‘s cast and crew accuse Mark Schwahn of being a repeat harasser, although it came as a surprise to Elizabeth Hurley supposedly.

Sylvester Stallone has been accused of assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1986. He denies it.

CAA is being sued for sexual harassment and assault by a former client.

Matthew Weiner’s book tour isn’t going great.

Another woman has accused George H.W. Bush of groping her, this time back in 1992.

Ron Jeremy has been accused by more than a dozen women of assault or rape.

Greg Berlanti has been meeting with the cast and crews of his shows in the wake of the allegations against Andrew Kreisberg.

Quentin Tarantino has moved to Sony Pictures in the wake of the Weinstein story.

The animators on Louis C.K.’s show, The Cops, have been laid off. ALL BECAUSE YOU COULDN’T KEEP IT IN YOUR DAMN PANTS, LOUIS.

Sarah Silverman on Louis C.K.: “It’s a real mind fuck, you know, because I love Louis. But Louis did these things. Both of those statements are true, so I just keep asking myself, ‘Can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them?’ I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims. They are victims, and they’re victims because of something he did. So I hope it’s okay if I am at once very angry for the women he wronged and the culture that enabled it, and also sad, because he’s my friend. But I believe with all my heart that this moment in time is essential. It’s vital that people are held accountable for their actions, no matter who they are. We need to be better. We will be better. I can’t fucking wait to be better.”

Larry Wilmore on this entire mess: “Doing better requires us to be woke allies. Being a woke allies requires open eyes, active ears, a full heart, and a righteous resistance to a toxic patriarchal murmur that often we, as men, overlook or disregard, because we never get punished by it. You don’t have to have a daughter, or a sister, or a wife to be empathetic to this cause. You can just be a feeling, fucking human being. We’re a group that tells stories – that’s what we do, that’s what we give to the world: our stories. Now, it’s time for us to change our story.”
Meanwhile, Danny Masterson still has a job on Netflix. i is slated to return on December 15.

The superhero movie we need.

Dates

Cancellations

In Development

Casting News

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

Marvel’s The Punisher: Who’s ready for a superhero show about a guy who shoots like A LOT of people!?!?!! Netflix

Active Shooter: Or, you could watch the season finale of this docuseries. 7 p.m., Showtime

The Thing: Done with Stranger Things but have a monster itch to scratch? 8:35 p.m., Flix

SATURDAY

Night of Too Many Stars: Louis C.K. will no longer be one of the too many stars. But the rest of the gang will be there to raise money for autism. 7 p.m., HBO

I Am Elizabeth Smart: This biopic has Elizabeth Smart’s approval. 7 p.m., Lifetime

Saturday Night Live: Chance the Rapper & Eminem 10:30 p.m., NBC

SUNDAY

Search Party: The very best Millenial detective series is back for a second season. 9 p.m., TBS

American Music Awards: Musicians give each other prizes. 7 p.m., ABC

The Walking Dead: Negan’s story. 8 p.m., AMC

Late Night: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Norah O’Donnell, Dead & Company Jimmy Kimmel Live (Friday): Jessica Chastain, Timothee Chalamet, Justin Verlander, Kate Upton, a musical tribute to Sharon Jones Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Dr. Jackie Walters, Porsha Williams

 

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20/20
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Hawaii Five-0
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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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The Exorcist
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NBC Blindspot
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Dateline NBC
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CBS NCIS: Los Angeles
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48 Hours
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48 Hours
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(live)
News/Local
NBC Will & Grace
(repeat)
Superstore
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Dateline NBC
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News/Local Saturday Night Live
(Chance the Rapper & Eminem)

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ABC The Toy Box
(new)
American Music Awards
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CBS Football
(live)
60 Minutes
(new)
Widom of the Crowd
(new)
NCIS: Los Angeles
(new)
Madam Secretary
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FOX Bob’s Burgers
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Bob’s Burgers
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The Simpsons
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Ghosted
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Family Guy
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The Last Man on Earth
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NBC NFL Football
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