Let’s start with the red carpet and the fuss that one Miss Ryan Seacrest created:
The creator of #MeToo didn’t think that Ryan Seacrest should be on the red carpet. E! disagreed and went with him anyway. E! claimed the red carpet coverage would be “business as usual” with Ryan Seacrest, and said that the 30-second delay they were considering employing was totally normal and not a defensive measure to protect Seacrest. OK SURE.
- Sofia Carson
- Diane Warren
- Gael Garcia Bernal
- Kelly Ripa, LOL
- Allison Janney
- Christopher Plummer
- Andy Serkis
- Richard Jenkins
- A few members of the cast of Get Out
- Donald Sutherland
- Rita Moreno
- Eiza Gonzalez
- Mary J. Blige
- Common and Andra Day
- Taraji P. Henson
- Whoopi Goldberg
- Tiffany Haddish
Note: not a single Best Actress or Best Actor nominee spoke to him, and only four (out of ten) Best Supporting Actress and Actor nominees did.
Ryan also avoided all talk of #MeToo in his red carpet interviews, even when he spoke with Christopher Plummer who was only there because HE REPLACED KEVIN SPACEY in All the Money in the World. And this is exactly why he shouldn’t have been working the red carpet — while other people were talking to Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd and having valuable discussions about this cultural moment, he couldn’t have those conversations with anyone, making everything more awkward and less meaningful. What wasn’t being said was playing louder in everyone’s head than what actually was.
And look, E! was in a tight spot: they couldn’t pull Seacrest from the broadcast or have him trade places with Giuliana Rancic lest it look like they believed the allegations. But that’s why Seacrest should have voluntarily stepped down, with a statement saying that he didn’t do anything wrong, but that he didn’t want to take the spotlight off of the nominees on their big night. It would have been the classy thing to do.
That said, if he had stepped down, it would have deprived us of this moment with Queen Taraji P. Henson, when she seemingly shaded him to his face:
Meanwhile, Access Hollywood took a decidedly different approach to the red carpet and pointedly asked everyone they interviewed if they were going to speak to Seacrest.
And I don’t know if his accuser is telling the truth, none of us do because he hasn’t actually been tried in court. But this piece captures my feelings about this entire Seacrest mess, and makes a cogent point about what Ryan Seacrest learned from Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, at the actual Oscars, as promised, Jimmy Kimmel made some very pointed #MeToo jokes:
Annabella Sciorra, Selma Hyek and Ashley Judd, all Weinstein accusers, presented this terrific piece about the need for more diverse voices in movies. “Some of my favorite movies are movies by straight white dudes about straight white dudes. Now straight white dudes can watch movies starring me and you relate to that. It’s not that hard, I’ve been doing it my whole life.” PREACH, KUMAIL.
Presenting the Best Director Oscar, Emma Stone delivered this burn: “These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year.”
And Frances McDormand gave a fiery, fierce speech, beginning with “I’ve got some things to say.” She then had all the female nominees in every category stand up, before delivering the hammer: “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed. Don’t talk to us about it at the parties tonight. Invite us into your office in a couple days, or you can come to ours, whichever suits you best, and we’ll tell you all about them.” She then ended the speech with two words: “Inclusion rider,” which is a clause that actors can include in their contract that requires 50% diversity on the set of their project. The woman is a beast and she is my fucking hero.
Following McDormand’s speech, the other four Best Actress nominees had a moment:
David Schwimmer and David Arquette have created #AskMoreOfHim, an organization that calls on men to do more to support women and combat sexual harassment.
An E! producer claims that she was fired for not killing Golden Globe interviews that were critical of the network. Not a good look, E! Y’all got to get your shit together, E!
Finally, the only in memoriam we need, courtesy of the Razzies:
In Other TV News
Scott Gimple is threatening more Walking Dead spinoffs. “We have a bunch of different things in mind. Some things that are really complimentary to the stuff we’re doing now and some stuff that’s far afield and very different.” NO. NO PLEASE.
WHY IS LENA HEADEY’S SHAME BODY DOUBLE ON THE GAME OF THRONES SET? WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
So, this is very inside baseball, but Sinclair Broadcasting is trying to pull some RIPE BULLSHIT right here. As part of its divestiture plan to comply with FCC rules, the very conservative broadcasting company is planning to sell two of its stations — which, fine. But these assholes are trying to include in the agreements with the buyers that they would continue to operate the stations, which, ABSOLUTELY NOT. Here’s John Oliver’s segment on the company to help explain why NO. NO, SIRS. ABSOLUTELY NOT.
Jeopardy had its first ever tiebreaker the other day, if Jeopardy trivia is your thing.
Kathy Griffin is making her first appearance since the whole head incident on Real Time with Bill Maher this week.
And in other important Oscar news, Mindy Kaling brought B.J. Novak as her date and WHY WON’T THEY JUST GET MARRIED ALREADY?
President Sundown lashed out at the “mainstream media” again, claiming that they’re being mocked by the world. OH, THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT SOMEONE, OLD MAN, BUT IT’S NOT CNN AND THE NEW YORK TIMES.
- Netflix has ordered a series from Chris Lilley, the hilarious person behind Summer Heights High.
- Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington are going to co-star in the Little Fires Everywhere miniseries. It doesn’t have a network yet, and the price just went WAY up.
- Jessica Alba has joined the Bad Boys series.
- Cedric the Entertainer is going to headline the CBS comedy Welcome to the Neighborhood.
- Taran Killam, Leighton Meester, and Brad Garrett are joining ABC’s pilot Single Parents.
- Angela Kinsey is joining the cast of an untitled ABC comedy pilot.
- Maya Hawke (daughter of Ethan and Uma Thurman) is joining Stranger Things. And Priah Ferguson will have more of a role because she was awesome in season 2.
- Will Patton is joining the cast of ABC’s pilot Salvage.
- Ethan Peck and Jon Ecker have been cast in the ABC pilot For Love.
- Dan Bucatinsky is joining the NBC pilot So Close.
- Demian Bichir has been cast in ABC’s pilot Grand Hotel.
- Amanda Payton is joining Trial & Error.
- Derek Luke and Paula Newsome are joining the NBC pilot Suspicion.
- Brett Tucker is joining Station 19.
- Perry Mattfeld, Brooke Markham, and Keston John are joining the CW pilot In the Dark.
- Clara Lago and Luke Youngblood have been cast in the CW pilot Playing Dead.
- Jennifer Mudge has been cast in Murder, the CBS pilot.
- Ava Capri is joining the cast of the ABC pilot Staties.
- Perdita Weeks is joining the Magnum P.I. reboot as Higgins.
- Elena Kampouris, Kevin Carroll, Kiana Madeira, and Ryan Robbins are joining the Facebook Watch drama Sacred Lies.
- Dave Karger and Alicia Malone have joined TCM as full-time hosts.
Mark Your Calendar
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Robert Buchel, Star of My 600 Pound Life died here in Houston while filming the show
John Mula, Art Director
The Bachelor: Brace yourselves, because according to spoilers out there, this motherfucker right here did something HORRIBLE. It’s a three-hour finale, with a two-hour “After the Final Rose” special on Tuesday because that’s how much time people are going to require to yell at Needle Dick. 7 p.m., ABC
The Golden State Killer: It’s Not Over: Riding on the publicity wave that Patton Oswalt’s late wife’s book is creating comes this special. 8 p.m., ID
Divided States: This new series explores racial tensions and hate crimes. Series premiere. 8 p.m., A&E
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Katie Holmes, Brian Tyree Henry, U.S. Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Champions, Meghan Trainor, Bun B Late Night with Seth Meyers: Nathan Lane, Michael K. Williams, Brad Meltzer, Zach Danziger The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: David Oyelowo, Chelsea Clinton, Martha Stewart The Late Late Show with James Corden: Jeff Goldblum, Marlon Wayans, Jack Hanna, Albert Hammond Jr. Jimmy Kimmel Live: Katy Perry Conan: Kevin Hart, Nash Edgerton The Daily Show: David Chang The Opposition with Jordan Klepper : Nikki Glaser Watch What Happens Live: Scheana Shay, Ariana Madix
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