Everyone has an opinion on this Aziz Ansari shitstorm, but this ‘The Good Place’ actress’ take is the best

The TCAs will never end.

The Paramount Network at the TCAs

On Thursday, Spike TV will become the Paramount Network, having given up on the dream of being TV for dudes. Maybe because, with the exception of Lifetime, WE and Hallmark all TV is TV for dudes. BUT I DIGRESS. At the TCAs, the CEO of Paramount Network said they want to be “the definitive new home for premium storytelling.” “LOL, OK,” said HBO, Netflix, Showtime, AMC, Amazon, and Hulu. “Good luck with that, guys.”

As for Paramount’s programming, the upcoming miniseries, Waco, will take a neutral, “no bad guys” look at the events of the standoff. This gave me pause:

Producers do “fully acknowledge” that some of the women were “very young” when Koresh married them, Dowdle said, insisting “he was largely in compliance, but there was definitely the suspicion he went below that” legal age of consent. But they decided it was “wrong to show that ugliness directly.”

It’s WRONG to show that DAVID KORESH was a CHILD MOLESTER? I’m sorry, WHAT?

American Woman, the show based on the Richards’ sisters’ mom, is about 1970s second-wave feminism when women didn’t have their own bank accounts but did “have incredible wardrobes.” OK. Kyle Richards acknowledged that the only reason this show was made was because of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

The adaptation of Heathers will feature marginalized groups as the new Heathers: a gay kid, a plus-sized girl, and a Black girl, so that’s interesting. “[In] our sort-of modern retelling we’ve got … these communities that still face discrimination. But in our show [they] are turning that on its head and using the internet and using the power of pure self-confidence to trash everybody around them.” Also interesting, the series will be an anthology, taking place in different high schools each season. 

Lifetime at the TCAs

Lifetime’s new series, You, about a stalking victim, will feel particularly timely in our #MeToo moment.

UnREAL’s third season is going to be a continuation of the main theme: reality TV is a nightmare that ruins everyone it touches. Fun!

In Other TV News

Also at the TCAs:

Jane Fonda is not done snatching Megyn Kelly’s wig and I adore her for it:

Did you catch all of The Wizard of Oz references in last week’s The Good Place, because there were A LOT of them?

We now know why the Versace family is so pissed about The Assassination of Gianni Versace: because the series is based on a book that claimed Versace had HIV, and the family VEHEMENTLY denies it.

The TV family is never going to be the Waltons again (and that’s not a bad thing).

This guy spends a lot of time trying to figure out what the president of AMC meant when he coined the term “prestige popcorn.” (Basically, Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad is the perfect definition of prestige popcorn.)

Sex Troll Daily

Now Seal. He is denying the allegations.

Two more women have come forward with allegations against Joel Kramer, the stunt coordinator that Eliza Dukshu accused of abusing her. And Arnold Schwarzenegger has expressed his shock and sadness over the allegations.

Steven Seagal says the women who have accused him “lied and been paid to lie about me without any evidence, any proof, any witnesses.” He seems nice.

Sharon Stone was asked if she has ever been sexually harassed. 

Timothee Chalamet has donated his salary from the Woody Allen movie he was into RAINN and Time’s Up, which, now that I think about it, seems like a charity whose launch was PERFECTLY timed to gobble up all of Hollywood’s guilt money ahead of the Oscars. It’s all so obvious now.

Harvey Weinstein’s name has been thoroughly scrubbed from the credits of Waco and Yellowstone, don’t worry.

Leah Remini and Mike Rinder have come forward to defend Paul Haggis and blame Scientology for the accusations.

As for the Aziz Ansari mess, Ashleigh Banfield attacked the accuser and said she “chiseled away at a movement.” And New York Times staff editor Bari Weiss dismissed the accuser’s claims as merely “bad sex.”

However, The Good Place‘s Jameela Jamil took a much more nuanced view of this situation and expressed what I was trying to say yesterday: that society has conditioned us to believe that women don’t enjoy sex as much as men, so some men feel they can just take from women without regard to their partners’ needs. In sexual situations, men need to be more aware of their partners, and women need to be more empowered to walk away from situations in which they are not enjoying themselves or do not want to participate.

Our society, the internet, and even our most mainstream media, constantly perpetuate the idea that men do not need to worry about what our needs and boundaries are. They just need technical consent, however that consent is acquired.

CONSENT SHOULDN’T BE THE GOLD STANDARD. That should be the basic foundation. Built upon that foundation should be fun, mutual passion, equal arousal, interest and enthusiasm. And it is any man or woman’s right at ANY time to stop, for whatever reason.

We also need to reassure women that their fear of being thought of as “difficult” “awkward” or god forbid, “frigid,” should be completely eradicated, effective immediately. These are stereotypes created by the patriarchy, about women, to rather astonishingly, douse women in shame for feeling ownership over their own bodies and moving at a pace they are comfortable with. If you think that he won’t call you again because you weren’t ready to meet his sexual needs on his schedule, then HE DOESN’T LIKE YOU VERY MUCH. Women have traditionally been taught to please, to placate and to avoid embarrassing a man. This has to stop, and it has to come from us. If a man asks you to put his penis in your mouth, and you don’t want to, but you do it because you want him to call you again, you are doing yourself a disservice and have to accept some responsibility. If he is not actively pressuring you, but you feel pressured by his eagerness, desperation, or the fear of his disappointment, then it is frankly on YOU to say no and act in honour of your needs. (Obviously in a situation where you feel in any danger at all, this is a completely different case.)




In Development

Mark Your Calendars

Paramount Network premiere dates:


Dolores O’Riordan, Lead singer of the Cranberries.


The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Kyle is upset she can’t share her TV success with her sisters. And we’re just supposed to believe that. 8 p.m., Bravo

Black Lightning: A retired superhero gets pulled back into the business in this new series. Series premiere. 8 p.m., The CW

Katt Williams: Great America: Katt Williams is an insane person.  Netflix

Frontline: “Rape on the Night Shift” is an episode that looks at immigrant janitorial staff being sexually assaulted. It originally aired three years ago but seems particularly relevant at the moment for a number of reasons. 9 p.m., PBS

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Chris Hemsworth, Carrie Brownstein, Caitlyn Smith Late Night with Seth Meyers: Leslie Jones, Tracy Letts, Esther Povitsky, John Stanier The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jon Bon Jovi, Daniel Kaluuya, Ben Sinclair The Late Late Show with James Corden: Annette Bening, Rachel Brosnahan, Royal Blood Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kristen Bell, Will Poulter, Lo Moon Conan: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Rebecca Romijn, Dashboard Confessional The Daily Show: Ricky Martin The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Jessica Valenti Watch What Happens Live: Molly Shannon, Kyle Richards


TUES. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Middle
Fresh Off the Boat
The Mayor
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
NCIS: New Orleans
CW The Flash
Black Lightning
FOX Lethal Weapon
L.A. to Vegas
The Mick
NBC Ellen’s Game of Games
This is Us
Chicago Med


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