It’s Memorial Day, and as such, there is little TV news to report here. Instead, I’ll direct you to this overly large guide to summer TV as The Bachelorette is about to officially launch the season tonight, and ruin my life for the next 10 weeks. I’m going to be honest, without Game of Thrones, there’s not a whole lot to look forward to in terms of summer TV this year. It’s bleak. Prepare to catch up on your streaming.
Speaking of The Bachelor, Arie Luyendyk Jr. is now SO MAD at the producers and claim that he was manipulated into the televised break-up and that despite what the show claimed, it wasn’t unedited. Meanwhile, the show — or at least Chris Harrison — is calling Arie “a knucklehead.” I think the term you’re looking for, Chris, is “needledick.”
This Charmed fight is becoming tedious and the show hasn’t even debuted yet. Look, I don’t disagree with Holly Marie Combs that a reboot featuring the original cast as older witches would have its own place in today’s marketplace, but I also recognize that The CW is a younger-skewing network and that the decisions they made to recast it with a Hispanic cast has its own value. I am willing to give it a chance, and –as a forty-something woman myself– think that Combs needs to let go and move on.
Have you seen the trailer for that upcoming raunchy puppet movie starring Melissa McCarthy? (Warning, it is VERY NSFW.) Yeah, well, Sesame Street is suing.
Blac Chyna is claiming that the Kardashians threatened to yank Keeping up With the Kardashians from E! if the network didn’t cancel Rob & Chyna. This is absolutely in keeping with how the Kardashians behaved re: The Soup.
A quick note on President Toddler Fingers’ behavior: he went on a Twitter rampage this holiday weekend, culminating (but not ending) with a message on Memorial Day — a day that we honor and remember those service men and women who died for our country — all about himself, imagining that had those service men and women lived, they would be Trump supporters. It was disgusting.
But it wasn’t dangerous. What was dangerous was when he tweeted out blatant and easily provable lies about the media. He actually tweeted a number of lies this weekend (including one infuriating tweet that claims the Democrats are responsible for his own policy of separating immigrant parents and children at the border), but the one that pissed off the media was the one in which he claimed the New York Times used a non-existent White House official as a source on a story about North Korea.
Except, whoops, there was audio.
This whole incident has led to journalists having a conversation amongst themselves about a number of issues, including if it is appropriate to name a source when they are giving a background briefing as opposed to a public one, and when — if ever — it is appropriate to call someone a “liar” in the press. After all, the argument goes, it’s impossible to know if Trump knew he was lying when he tweeted this. He DEFINITELY lied — but did he know he was lying? (Is this amnesia or “pretend amnesia”? WHERE MY RHOBH PEOPLE AT?)
And while those are interesting questions for the media to grapple with, the bottom line is that once again the most powerful man on the planet blasted out a demonstrable falsehood — a lie — for the means of undermining and discrediting the press and never retracted it or corrected it, and none of his followers will ever know that what he said was wrong and nor do they care. Stay vigilant. These are not normal times.
A Weinstein accuser writes about her experience now that he’s been arrested and charged.
I watched the footage of Harvey Weinstein being taken to court in handcuffs yesterday and felt sad for all the women he assaulted or bullied who must be reliving their abuse with him being back in the headlines. I remember when the whole thing erupted and images similar to this one being used to say how could it possibly be true if they (the women coming forward) had been willing to stand next to him at a party and smile? Today I stand in solidarity with those women and I post this picture to show that, although I was never sexually assaulted by him, like many people working in Hollywood I was bullied, I knew about Harvey’s hotel room massage meetings, his rages, his ability to get what he wanted by cajoling, threats or bribes and yet I still posed for this picture. I had no idea of the extent or the severity of his sexual crimes, but I can’t say it came as a surprise. Now, in this new #timesup world it seems incredible we were all so silent for so long. But these brave women who came forward and the journalists who told their stories have given us all the gift of an environment where we can express our discomfort and call out the likes of Harvey and his enablers and protectors. Just yesterday I decided not to attend an event because claims of assault and bullying within its organization have not been sufficiently well investigated, and worse, attempts were made to silence and demean the women who had come forward. As someone who has experienced abuse in my own life, I understand how important it is to be heard. The t shirt I’m wearing referred to George W Bush. I apologize. He isn’t the worst President ever. And while we’re at it, Republicans also need to clean their house and have the backbone to call out Trump for what he is: a bully, a liar, accused of multiple rapes and sexual assaults, a swaggering pussy grabber. I hope his fate is similar to Harvey’s.
- Run, a series about Barbara Boxer, is being developed at FX.
- Alyson Hannigan, Todd Stashwick, Taylor Ortega, Ciara Wilson and Erika Tham have joined the cast of the live-action Kim Possible movie for Disney.
- Katherine Langford will not be returning to 13 Reasons Why.
Mark Your Calendar
- BBC’s King Lear starring Anthony Hopkins will air sometime later this year on Amazon.
Gary Garfinkel, Co-Head of Showtime’s Content Acquisition
Paul Bloch, Publicist
The Bachelorette: Let’s do the dam– ugh. I can’t. I just … I can’t. Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
Lucifer: Surprise! Though the devilish series was canceled by Fox, they had already filmed two episodes for the next season. Fox is burning them off tonight. 7 p.m., Fox
John McCain: For Whom the Bell Tolls: Portrait of a maverick. 7 p.m., HBO
iZombie: Everyone works together to help Liv in the season finale. 8 p.m., The CW
Cults and Extreme Belief: A look at that batshit crazy sex cult NXIVM. 9 p.m., A&E
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