The (not) missing Bachelorette story is so weird, you guys.

Bekah Martinez, better known around these parts as Pixie Manic Dream Girl (I know the correct term is “Manic Pixie Dream Girl,” shut up), was listed as a missing person by her mother back in November, only to be “found” by a Bachelor viewer. Her mother listed her as missing on November 18, saying she hadn’t heard from her since November 12. However, if anyone had done a cursory search on Instagram, they would have seen that she was posting as of November 22.

The county from where she was supposedly missing ran a story about missing people on February 1, a story that included Bekah, and this one woman was like, “Hey, that’s the short-haired chick from The Bachelor!” Specifically: “If it was any of the other girls, I wouldn’t have thought twice. But she has the short hair.” At first, I read this story as Bekah was filming and her mother didn’t know and reported her missing, but the show films between September and November — and like I said, she was back on social media by November 22, so I don’t think it was it was that. But the lesson from all of this is: CALL YOUR MOTHER.

Hey, Robert Kirkman is making noises that Carl might not die on The Walking Dead after all. According to, during a Q&A on the Walker Stalker cruise this weekend, Kirkman said, “He’s not dead yet. He might not die. You never know.” OK, but it sure looks like he dies in this new trailer they just released.

Meanwhile, there are reports that Lauren Cohen, who plays Maggie, is fielding pilot role offers, suggesting that she might not be long for The Walking Dead world. Maybe. But it’s worth noting that this comes during a contentious contract renegotiating period, where Cohen was demanding to be paid as much as her male co-stars, so checking out pilots might be a negotiating tactic.

Starz has found its next showrunner for American Gods, and its some guy, Jesse Alexander, who wrote on the show, as well as Hannibal, so he’ll probably be a good fit. More interestingly, the breakup between Fuller and Greene and the show was messier than previously revealed (which is not surprising, honestly).

Fuller and Green had already written the first six episodes of season two, with sources noting Fremantle planned to toss those scripts and start from scratch with Alexander. In addition to budget concerns, sources note Gaiman was also unhappy with the direction Fuller and Green planned to take season two as their vision was not a straight adaptation of his source material. Gaiman is said to have wanted a showrunner to come in and produce a straight take on his novel (which would include ignoring the cliffhanger from season one).

Last night’s This is Us finally and definitively showed us how Jack died, and people were still somehow upset by it? Look, I’m not heartless, I’m just saying we all knew Jack wasn’t going to make it out of the episode alive, it was at this point just a matter of finding out what specific thing did it. And I did cry during the episode, I’m not a monster, but I was broken up over the flashforward, not the flashback. They pulled some authentic Lost-level shit with that one.

Speaking of Lost: here is a delightful interview with Damon Lindelof and Mike Schur discussing their bromance and how Lindelof helped make The Good Place happen. (But have I posted this before? It feels familiar, but the date on the piece is February 2, so I don’t know?) But while we’re on the topic, Damon made his way into yet another easter egg in the finale.

Ramona, girl, what are you doing?

So there was a big game or something last night?

Turns out that Hulu is not the best way to watch live sports just yet.

Not that NBC didn’t have its own technical difficulties. For 30 seconds during a commercial break last night, NBC went black. The network claims it was an equipment error and that no game or commercial time was lost. But, I mean, that was commercial time — and even if the commercial that was supposed to air there aired later, it doesn’t mean that it aired at a time they paid for, so …

Speaking of commercials, here they all are. I was a fan of the David Harbor Tide commercials and would be lying if I said the MassMutual commercial didn’t get me all verklempt, and this was perfect. But the vast majority of people seem to have liked that NFL “Dirty Dancing” commercial the best. Ok. I think we can all agree, however, that the Ram commercial that used an MLK speech was NOT OK.

But the best part of the night: the halftime show. LOL LOL NO, I’M JUST KIDDING! It was drunk Kevin Hart.

Grope Report

Uma Thurman told her story about being assaulted by Harvey Weinstein and abused as an actress by Quentin Tarantino. Her story is harrowing. Harvey Weinstein, after releasing a bunch of photos of himself with Thurman as some sort of “proof” that he is innocent, is considering legal action against her. Good luck with that, pig. Meanwhile, two more allegations of sexual assault have been added to the case against him in the U.K.

Alex Winter has stepped forward to say that he was abused as a child actor in the 70s.

Lena Waithe threads the needle on the Aziz Ansari story.

In Development

CBS Pilot Orders

  • Main Justice, a legal drama based on Eric Holder’s life.
  • L.A. Confidential, based on the novel and movie.
  • Red Line, a drama about what happens when a white cop shoots and kills a black doctor.
  • The Code, a military legal drama.

ABC Pilot Orders

  • Gran Hotel, a Miami hotel drama.
  • Three Rivers, a family comedy set on a Texas ranch.
  • Untitled comedy from Bobby Bowman about growing up with a mentally ill father.

NBC Pilot Orders

  • Untitled comedy based on the book I Feel Bad: All Day. Every Day. About Everything from Amy Poehler’s production company.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar


Ann Gillis, Actress


The Best of the U.S.: The Olympics are coming, and I’m going to do my level best to recap them with whatever assistance I can cajole out of Bobby. Anyway, this special is designed to tell you who you’ll be rooting for. 9 p.m., NBC

The Bachelor: I’m looking forward to the episode when the cops show up with a pile of missing persons reports and interviews the entire cast. 7 p.m., ABC

Breaking Their Silence: Inside the Gymnastics Scandal: A look into the horrific Larry Nassar crimes. 9 p.m., Lifetime

Late Night: Late Night with Seth Meyers: Billy Eichner, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Bedouine, Alan Cage The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Claire Danes, Bernadette Peters, Lil Uzi Vert The Late Late Show with James Corden: Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, Lo Moon Jimmy Kimmel Live: Clint Eastwood, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler & Spencer Stone, Cheat Codes featuring Fetty Wap Conan: Bill Burr, Chelsea Peretti, Seann Walsh The Daily Show: Jessica Williams, Phoebe Robinson The Opposition with Jordan Klepper : Ijeoma Oluo Watch What Happens Live: Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Tom Schwartz

MON. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Bachelor
The Good Doctor
CBS Kevin Can Wait
Man with a Plan
Superior Donuts
CW Supergirl
Whose Line is it Anyway?
Whose Line is it Anyway?
FOX Lucifer
The Resident
NBC The Wall
Better Late Than Never
Best of the U.S.

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