Veteran TV host Charlie Rose is your next Shithead of the Day. Eight women have come forward to say that he groped them, exposed himself to them, made unwanted advances and made lewd calls.
CBS, PBS and Bloomberg have all suspended Rose. Here’s how CBS This Morning handled the story this morning. They were PISSED.
Also, Buzzfeed revealed that Michigan Representative John Conyers, a Democrat and one of the most senior members of the House, has been a serial gross person who paid thousands in tax-payer-funded settlements.
Fun(?) twist on this story, Buzzfeed received the documents from Mike Cernovich, an alt-right media activist who fueled the Pizzagate story. There is speculation that the docs were leaked to Cernovich by Republicans who want Michigan’s Republican governor to replace Conyers with a GOP Representative. Of course, Conyers is not the only Congressman who has paid off accusers with that slush fund, so Republicans should be careful about opening certain doors.
Dozens of women who worked with Al Franken on Saturday Night Live have come forward with a letter of support for the Senator, reading in part: “What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms Tweeden, and to the public. In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant. That is why we are moved to quickly and directly affirm that after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each of us with the utmost respect and regard.”
Heather Unruh, the mother of one of Kevin Spacey’s accusers, is saying that 8 more men have shared allegations against him with her.
Fox News has set up a “Workplace Council” to deal with sexual harassment and racial discrimination. So basically another layer of HR to help protect the company and its stars. OK.
JESUS CHRIST, NOT NOW, SETH MACFARLANE.
In Other TV News
Here’s the single funniest thing that happened yesterday. Watch with sound, trust me:
A Russian cultural minister has said that a Game of Thrones-like show would never work in Russia, because the Russian culture so strictly distinguishes between “good” and “evil.” Meanwhile, Game of Thrones currently airs in Russia where it is a huge hit.
HEY, ONCE UPON A TIME, CUT IT OUT WITH THE MAGICAL RAPE. NOT COOL, Y’ALL.
This piece is the beginning of what could be a very interesting conversation about TV finales, author intent and audience interpretation, but it needs to be fleshed out more. Also, how do you discuss Lindelof and TV finales and not once bring Lost up, except very peripherally?
The Justice Department is set to sue to block the AT&T/Time Warner merger so as to punish CNN, so that’s great. Also in just really cool news, the Sinclair-Tribune merger will probably go through. Here’s an explainer to help depress you further.
CBS and Dish Network haven’t been able to work out a deal, and now CBS and its channels have gone dark on the second largest satellite provider. Ooh, and the Thanksgiving Cowboys game is broadcast on CBS? Someone better start negotiating…
- The Breaks has been canceled by BET after one season.
- The Magicians will return on Syfy on January 10.
- Eric McCormack and Debra Messing will host the Golden Globes 75th Anniversary Special on NBC on December 13.
- The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie will air on ABC on December 11.
- Married at First Sight returns on January 2.
- PBS’s We Will Meet Again will debut on January 23.
- A Gray State, a documentary about a conspiracy theorist who turned up dead, will air on A&E on December 11.
- Run for Your Life, a supernatural thriller, is being developed by Syfy/USA.
- DC’s streaming service is developing a Harley Quinn animated series.
- E! is developing Juicy Stories into a series.
- The novel Poison will be turned into a TV series.
- Stryx, a sci-fi series based on a French graphic novel, is being developed as a series.
- YouTube Red ordered Best Shot, a documentary about Jay Williams.
- Breckin Meyer will recur on Designated Survivor.
- Ray Liotta is going to guest star as himself on Great News.
- Connie Nielsen will join One Day She’ll Darken, the TNT miniseries.
- Shantel VanSanten will join Scorpion.
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Dancing with the Stars: Some D-lister wins the disco ball trophy. 8 p.m., ABC
Chicago Med: Season premiere. 9 p.m., NBC
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