Jeffrey Tambor has “no plans to quit” Transparent according to his spokesperson, despite himself saying, “I don’t see how I can return.” This New York Times piece goes into depth about the show’s workplace, and how it was “thought of as part utopian experiment, part family — a ‘wonderful cult,’ some members of the cast called it.” Which, ultimately, might have been exactly the problem. A good, interesting read about a series that faces a problematic future.
As of this writing, Al Franken is set to make an announcement in which is expected to resign. Update: Al Franken has announced he is resigning. Franken has left me with a lot of conflicted feelings: what he is accused of is not as bad as many others, and yet, as long as the Democrats keep him around and protect them, they can not own the high ground on this particular issue — which is exactly why Newt Gingrich and Laura Ingraham were so furiously defending him. If the Democrats want to keep young women in 2018, if they want to be able to shine a bright light on the likes of Trump and Moore and Farenthold, they have to clean house and Franken has to go.
John Conyers son and choice for his replacement, John Conyers III, was arrested for felony domestic violence in February, SO MAYBE THIS ISN’T THE GUY, DEMOCRATS.
In news that should shock no one, Warren Moon has been accused of sexual assault.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is vowing to handle the ongoing scandal with a “Standards of Conduct.”
Hey, look at that, MSNBC has changed their mind about Sam Seder and invited him back as a contributor after giving it half a second of thought and realized that maybe Mike Cernovich didn’t have their best interests at heart.
I am glad Terry Crews was interviewed for the Time Magazine Person of the Year piece, but I for one thought Terry Crews deserved a place on that cover alongside the women. Here’s an excellent piece arguing that Crews deserves better from all of us.
Some TV News
We are thinking about everyone in Los Angeles and Southern California and hope that these terrible wildfires are brought under control very soon. Related, there is very little TV news because everything is on fire.
Amazon Prime is now on Apple TV and I don’t have to screen mirror it from my phone anymore, huzzah!
When it returns, New Girl will make a four-year time jump and now we know what Cece and Schmidt’s adorable little girl looks like.
We also have the first pictures from Sharp Objects, the HBO miniseries based on the Gillian Flynn novel which stars Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson. It will air in the summer of 2018.
- Slaughterhouse-Five is being turned into a TV series. No network yet.
- Netflix has bought the holiday musical, Jingle Jangle.
- Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy has signed an overall deal with Netflix for more shows. And Atlanta’s Steven Glover has signed a similar deal with FX.
- Jonathan Tucker and Kevin Dunn are joining the Showtime series City on a Hill.
- Michele Weaver and Will Catlett will star in OWN’s new drama Love Is ___.
- Amber Skye Noyes is joining the cast of Quantico.
- Adrienne Houghton will co-host Showtime at the Apollo.
Mark Your Calendars
- This is your reminder that Game of Thrones will not return until 2019.
- Bill Nye Saves the World returns on Netflix on December 29, but I’ll be busy watching Black Mirror, so.
- Another Period returns on Comedy Central on January 23.
- Tillman Fertitta’s Billion Dollar Buyer returns on CNBC on January 3.
- Mama June: From Not to Hot returns for a second season on WE on January 12.
- This Time Next Year debuts on Lifetime on January 16.
- MTV’s The Challenge returns on January 2.
- Unikitty! debuts on the Cartoon Network on January 1.
Top Chef: The new season is set in Colorado until it picks up and moves to Vietnam or something for no good reason. Season premiere. 9 p.m., Bravo
The Great American Baking Show: Season premiere. 8 p.m., ABC
Psych: The Movie: They’ve made a movie of it. But not of Community. 7 p.m., USA
The Orville: ADIOS, MOTHERFUCKERS. Season finale. 8 p.m., Fox
Supernatural: “The Bad Place”! It’s a titular homage to The Good Place! 7 p.m., The CW
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: James Franco, Niall Horan Late Night with Seth Meyers: Mike Birbiglia, Brooks Wackerman The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sarah Paulson, John Hodgman The Late Late Show with James Corden: Kobe Bryant, Morgan Freeman, Glen Keane Jimmy Kimmel Live: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Actor Dave Franco, Musical Guest Hanson Conan: Patton Oswalt, Andy Serkis, Royal Blood The Daily Show: Tiffany Haddish The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Scott Kelly Watch What Happens Live: Claire Foy, Matt Smith
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