FiveThrityEight used their big brains to study The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and determined the following things:
- First Impression Roses are a good indicator that the recipient will go far.
- If you are on a two-on-one date, you’re probably doomed, even if you survive it.
- Early one-on-one date survivors do well in the long term.
- Receiving a date rose gives a contestant a 10 point advantage the next week.
- FiveThirtyEight needs a new election to work on.
(But a note, FiveThirtyEight, Nick and Vanessa have been over for a long time now. Get your facts straight, guys.)
Speaking of The Bachelor, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to see Pretty Boy Pit Bull Kenny King replace Arie, apparently.
Oh, and This Asshole is now dating January Jones. GIRL, YOU CAN DO BETTER.
Ellen Pompeo is now TV’s highest paid actress at $20 million a year — and easily one of its most powerful. Shonda Rhimes herself has said that Grey’s Anatomy will go on as long as Pompeo wants it to. This interview with her about how she found the confidence to ask for what she is worth is TERRIFIC. Fuck yeah, Ellen Pompeo, get it.
I’m 48 now, so I’ve finally gotten to the place where I’m OK asking for what I deserve, which is something that comes only with age. Because I’m not the most “relevant” actress out there. I know that’s the industry perception because I’ve been this character for 14 years. But the truth is, anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that’s a fuckin’ skill.
On a recent episode of DIY’s Texas Flip ‘N’ Move, star Toni Snow used the phrase “Jew us down.” Oh, girl, no. (And, see, Siggy from Real Housewives of New Jersey? This is what a real Anti-Semitic statement looks like.)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders is now suggesting that it because Trump was on The Apprentice, he can’t be a racist, or maybe her point is that somehow it was NBC’s responsibility to vet Trump for racism. I’m not sure about this logic.
Speaking of inappropriate penises
Ann Curry was not surprised by the allegations against Matt Lauer, and she thinks others at NBC shouldn’t have been surprised, either. Meanwhile, Today has replaced Don Nash with Libby Leist as Executive Producer. HMM. WONDER WHY.
Here are the accounts of 11 female directors’ experiences with blatant sexism. They’re INFURIATING.
Matt Damon has had second thoughts about just blurting out his thoughts on the #MeToo movement. “I really wish I’d listened a lot more before I weighed in on this,” Damon said on The Today Show. “I don’t want to further anybody’s pain with anything that I do or say. So for that I am really sorry.”
NOT NOW, ALEC BALDWIN. MAYBE TAKE A CUE FROM MATT DAMON, ALEC BALDWIN.
- 9-1-1 has been renewed for a second season on Fox.
- Amazon picked up a second season of The Tick.
- Page Six TV has been renewed for another season.
- J.J. Abrams is shopping a TV space drama, and Apple and HBO are fighting for it.
- FX is excited about the possibility of Y: The Last Man, now that Michael Green is free from his American Gods obligations (Goddammit).
- There might be a reboot of Sister, Sister?
- Facebook ordered Sacred Lies, a half-hour drama, and Fly Guys, a non-scripted series.
- PBS has ordered Native America, set to air in the fall.
- HBO has bought The Price of Everything, a film about the art world.
- Dancing with the Stars Junior is still a go. At some point.
- Jackeé Harry is joining The Paynes.
- Ruth Wilson will star as her own grandmother in Mrs. Wilson for Masterpiece.
- Scoot McNairy is joining True Detective.
- Drake Hogestyn is headed to Criminal Minds.
- Idara Victor, Tyrone Brown, Kadeem Hardison, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing, and Lana Young have joined Love is ___ on Own.
- Chai Hansen Jordan has joined Shadowhunters.
- Sebastian Koch, James Cosmo, and Richard Sammel have joined In the Name of the Rose.
Mark Your Calendars
- Fox News will air Scandalous, a documentary series about the Clinton impeachment, on January 21.
- #MeToo, Now What? will air on PBS in February.
- Billboard Music Awards will debut on NBC on May 20.
- Everything Sucks will debut on Netflix on February 16.
- Crashletes returns on Nickelodeon on February 11.
- Face the Wild will debut on Facebook Watch on March 21.
- Generation Wealth will debut on Amazon on July 20.
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The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Reunion time. 8 p.m., Bravo
American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: The next installment of American Crime Story follows how the FBI’s incompetence led to the fashion icon’s murder. Season premiere. 9 p.m., FX
The Path: Season three sees new leadership for the Meyerists. Season premiere. Hulu
Corporate: A new workplace comedy that follows the lives of two downtrodden employees. Sounds fun! Series premiere. 9 p.m., Comedy Central
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