Obviously, today’s biggest TV-related news is the hours-long multi-cable-news-channels meltdown Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign worker, had yesterday. Nunberg announced yesterday that he would not be complying with a subpoena to appear before the Mueller grand jury and to turn over emails between himself and a number of the villains in this ongoing drama, including Trump himself.
And to make this point, he called in to Katy Tur’s and Jake Tapper’s shows before appearing on Ari Melber and Erin Burnett’s shows to give completely deranged and possibly drunken interviews. In the process, he claimed that he thought Mueller has something on Trump through his businesses, that Trump may have colluded with the Russians in the election, fat-shamed Sarah Huckabee Sanders and told her to shut her mouth, said that Carter Page colluded with the Russians, professed his love for Roger Stone, said he had been working for the Trump campaign since 2011, called out Hope Hicks and Corey Lewendowski’s affair, all but confirmed that Roger Stone was working with Julian Assange to release the DNC emails, and dared Robert Mueller to arrest him. It made for entertaining television, certainly.
There were some complaints that the cable news networks were taking advantage of a mentally disturbed man, but this is nonsense. It was a newsworthy story that deserved attention, and he could have (and maybe did) break important Trump news live on air — who wouldn’t broadcast that?
But the real Russia-Trump story that broke yesterday was this amazing New Yorker piece that says that Christopher Steele has a second memo in which he describes how the Russians may have hand-picked our Secretary of State. Sure, this has nothing to do with television, but I feel it is my duty to point out that while you and I were watching Nunberg implode, this story wasn’t receiving the attention by the news media that it deserves.
Have you ever read something that was so insightful and just RIGHT that you could literally feel your brain light up? This piece on women’s entertainment, TV, female authorship, and sexism is one of the best, most amazing, most “YES, THIS” things I have read in a long time. It’s a long read, but I can not recommend it enough.
King’s Landing is sticking around — possibly for the next Game of Thrones‘ projects, which is INTRIGUING.
The Lonely Island Oscar song that didn’t make it on the broadcast because it was just too expensive:
Here are some photos of the upcoming Fear the Walking Dead season. Since it’s set in Texas, I’m probably going to recap it, but that means going back and recapping last season. To get it done, I will probably have to do mini-recaps, but I’m sure the 6 of you who read the Fear recaps won’t mind, right?
For those of you in Houston, Stephanie Wittels Wachs, sister of the gone-too-soon comedian and Parks and Recreation writer Harris Wittels, is going to be a Brazos Books tonight for a reading of her new memoir. My buddy Andrew wrote about the book here — you should read it.
Former ESPN analyst Adrienne Lawrence is suing ESPN, accusing John Buccigross and other men at ESPN of sexual harassment, including alleging that “men at ESPN watch porn in the office, ogle their female colleagues, “groom” them for sexual relationships, and keep score among each other of sexual conquests,” and “’It was an open secret at ESPN that certain female on-air talent provided sexual favors to management in exchange for on-air opportunities,’ the suit states. ‘Women at ESPN are to be objects accessible to their male counterparts without objection.'”
Emma Watson rocked a temporary Time’s Up tattoo at an Oscar party, but those bangs are the real controversy here.
Designated Survivor didn’t have a great showing on its return from hiatus. It’s not a sure thing either for renewal or cancellation.
The Resident is doing solidly enough on Fox for a renewal.
Living Biblically didn’t do any better than the show it replaced, 9JKL, so it’s unlikely to see a second season at this pace.
iZombie returned at the same level as last season, which is to say that it is a tossup.
Good Girls is off to a good start — it did better than The Brave did in the same time slot.
- Nick Offerman is joining the cast of Good Omens. (!!!)
- Vanessa Williams is co-starring in the ABC pilot False Profits.
- Jeri Ryan is going to star in the NBC pilot Suspicion.
- Rebecca Mader is joining Like Family, an NBC comedy pilot.
- Ryan Eggold is going to be the lead in NBC’s untitled medical drama that was previously known as Bellevue.
- Madeleine Mantock has been cast as the third Charmed sister.
- Nathan Parsons, Tyler Blackburn, Lily Cowles, Michael Vlamis and Heather Hemmens are joining the Roswell reboot.
- Beth Behrs is going to star in the Fox comedy pilot Our People.
- Laz Alonso has been cast in The Boys, an Amazon superhero series.
- Sawyer Barth will join the cast of ABC’s Tim Doyle pilot.
- Allison Miller is joining the cast of ABC’s pilot A Million Little Things.
- Wendy Raquel Robinson and Shalim Ortiz are joining Grand Hotel.
Mark Your Calendars
- George Stephanopoulos’ interview with James Comey will air on Sunday, April 15 on ABC. So we know what the President will be doing that night.
- Andrew Lloyd Webber: Tribute to a Superstar will air on NBC on March 28.
- Deadliest Catch returns on Discovery on April 10.
- American Chopper returns to Discovery on May 28.
- Jeremy Wade’s Mighty Rivers will premiere on Animal Planet on April 8th.
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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: “Camille attempts to silence Dorit once and for all.” !!!! 8 p.m., Bravo
The Bachelor: After the Final Rose: Hope your pitchforks are sharpened. 7 p.m., ABC
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: Kevin helps a stranger honor his uncle’s final wishes in the season (series?) finale. 9 p.m., ABC
Borderliner: In this Norwegian drama, a cop covers up a murder to protect his family. Series premiere Netflix
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