Let’s talk about that Westworld finale, y’all, it was a real mindfuck. As should be very clear, SPOILERS! afoot:
One of the creators explains “the Sublime” and whether or not we will ever see it again. She also explains some of that confusing ending. And Johnathan Nolan reveals his own feelings on whether or not free will exists.
That post-credits scene, what the Hell was up with that? I read a LOT of explanations, but this is by far and away the best. Joanna Robinson is a smart cookie.
Vulture makes a list of things they want to see in season three, and I’m inclined to agree, especially with the pleas to slow down the narrative and to cool it with the time jumps.
Before we get to today’s Trump outrage, here are some pictures from Rose Leslie and Kit Harington’s wedding this weekend. (Insert requisite Red Wedding joke here.) I love them so much! Yay, kids! Happy life!
And speaking of Game of Thrones, the final FINAL wrap party is scheduled to take place on June 30, which bums me out. Some mild shooting spoilers in that link, yo.
“I did not do it to ‘normalize’ him or to say I believe in his political beliefs or any of that stuff,” says Jimmy Fallon …
It was, it turned out, the biggest mistake of Fallon’s career. He almost immediately began taking incoming fire on social media from people who felt that Trump was an existential threat to America whom Fallon had ‘normalized’ for people who were still on the fence about him. “It just got bigger and out of control,” Fallon recalls, speaking in his office at 30 Rock. Then came the shots from Fallon’s colleagues. “I saw other comedians from other shows making fun of me on Twitter and I go, ‘Okay, now I’m just gonna get off,'” he says. “They know the show. I’m just doing five hours a week. I get in at 10 in the morning, I work ’til seven at night and I’m just trying to make a funny show. [Addressing them:] ‘You know the grind and you know me. Of all the people in the world, I’m one of the good people — I mean, really. You don’t even know what you’re talking about if you say that I’m evil or whatever.’ But people just jump on the train, and some people don’t even want to hear anything else. They’re like, ‘No, you did that!’ You go, ‘Well, just calm down and just look at the whole thing and actually see my body of work.'”
“It was definitely a down time,” Fallon somberly says of the period after Trump’s last appearance on his show. “And it’s tough for morale. There’s 300 people that work here, and so when people are talking that bad about you and ganging up on you, in a really gang-mentality…” Choking up, he continues, “You go, ‘Alright, we get it. I heard you. You made me feel bad. So now what? Are you happy? I’m depressed. Do you want to push me more? What do you want me to do? You want me to kill myself? What would make you happy? Get over it.’” Fallon adds, “I’m sorry. I don’t want to make anyone angry — I never do and I never will. It’s all in the fun of the show. I made a mistake. I’m sorry if I made anyone mad. And, looking back, I would do it differently.”
You’ll be surprised to learn that President Petty has some feelings about this:
In response, Jimmy Fallon took the Michelle Obama high road:
Well played, Jimmy. I hesitated even mentioning this non-story as it is obvious culture war distraction on the part of the Inflamer-in-Chief, but kudos to Fallon for using the opportunity to remind us of what we should be paying attention to: the thousands of children who have been torn from their parents by Trump’s racist administration.
Speaking of racists, Brian Fucking Kilmeade over here:
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle had the best response:
“I want to point something out to our colleagues over at Fox & Friends. I don’t think there’s anyone who is saying a life of a child in Idaho or Iowa means less than someone on the other side of the border. And if you are so worried about how every American child is treated, think about the money that is being blown, spent, flushed down a toilet for this political theater. If you want to address income inequality, take the tens of millions of dollars going to this self-created crisis, and put it toward income inequality, put WI-FI in rural areas, workforce development programs, improving the education system.
This is noise and nonsense, and a crisis created by the president. So please, with your propaganda, that anyone is putting the life of a migrant child ahead of the life of an American child is simply nonsense. It’s ignorant. It’s stupid. It’s wrong.”
And then there was this little bit of blatant racism on Fox News this weekend when former Trump aide David Bossie asked Democratic strategist Joel Payne — who is black — if he was out of his “cotton-picking mind.” Bossie and Fox News have both apologized, but jeez, guys …
IAC has pulled its advertising from Laura Ingraham’s show following her comparing the detention centers to summer camps like a God damned monster.
Andy Richter is NOT HAPPY with CNN having Corey Lewandowski on following the “WOMP WOMP” awfulness:
Alec Baldwin has invited Melania Trump to appear on Saturday Night Live. Troll Level: Advanced
Michael Cohen denies that he gave Tom Arnold any material for his show, but I choose to believe he is lying.
Roseanne called into Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s podcast and tearfully insisted that she did not call Valerie Jarrett an ape. Some outlets are framing this as an apology, but for the millionth fucking time, saying “I’m sorry if you were offended” is NOT AN APOLOGY.
“I’m a lot of things. I’m a loudmouth and all that stuff, but I’m not stupid, for God’s sake, and I never would have wittingly called any black person … say they are a monkey. I never would do that! And I didn’t do that. And if people think that I did that it just kills me. I didn’t do that, although they think I did. And if they do think that I am so sorry that I — ya know, it was so unclear and stupid. I’m very sorry but I don’t think that, I never would do that.”
OK, you can go away now, Roseanne.
Netflix has fired their head of PR after he repeatedly used the N-word in meetings. Y’ALL, HE WAS THE HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS. WHAT.
And then Netflix happened to release this promo yesterday during the BET Awards. Awkward.
David Simon is SO MAD AT TWITTER, you guys.
Here is a history of the Saturday Night Live sketch, “Black Jeopardy.” And look, I love “Black Jeopardy,” it is genuinely one of the show’s best skits, but to not acknowledge Chappelle’s Show’s “I Know Black People” as being an obvious inspiration is some straight-up bullshit:
After very recently saying that he was done with Twin Peaks, David Lynch is now teasing that he might make more:
But he also recently said in an interview that Trump could go down as one of the greatest presidents in history, so who the hell knows what’s going on with this guy.
Never forget: Piers Morgan is an asshole and a tool:
ABC has pulled the second episode of The Proposal after contestant Michael J. Friday was accused of facilitating a rape of a woman unrelated to the show.
Catfish has resumed production after an investigation cleared Nev Schulman of misconduct allegations.
Jeffrey Tambor’s voice has been replaced in the upcoming animated movie, Wonder Park. It should have been with Christopher Plummer, but, alas, was not.
Patty Hearst is trying to discredit Chloe Dykstra by tweeting out an old video Dykstra made after a hospital visit in which she thanks Hardwick for taking care of her. It should be noted that Dykstra mentioned the hospital trip in her essay and praised him for sleeping at the foot of her bed, so I’m not sure that this video proves what Hearst thinks it proves? And Lydia Hearst is defending Hardwick, but that isn’t surprising.
Also, Adam Carolla called Hardwick “a gentle soul of a man.” But I’m not sure why we’re paying attention to Adam Carolla. And also, too, fuck the “good guy” defense — just because Hardwick was nice to Adam Carolla, or any man for that matter, means squat.
Meanwhile, Chloe Dykstra has thanked people for their support, while calling out the people who are defending Hardwick: “These behaviors are insidious and often hard to spot – we make excuses for them and, bit by bit, we can lose ourselves entirely.”
Actor Ray Diaz has been accused of beating his girlfriend and preventing her from calling for help.
Scott Baio is claiming that Nicole Eggert’s accusations against him were just about advancing her career because that just makes sense.
This is a very good piece about the death of rapper XXXTentacion, and how women are supposed to love and forgive the men who abuse them. “Women shouldn’t have to be set on fire just so that men can remain warm, especially when the men in their lives are the ones who are lighting the matches.”
- Nobodies has been canceled at TV Land.
- Nightbreed is being turned into a series at Syfy.
- Invisible Cities has been ordered by Netflix.
- Child’s Play may be coming to TV:
- Russell Crowe is going to star as Roger Ailes in an upcoming Showtime miniseries.
- Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, and Kaitlyn Dever have been cast in Unbelievable for Netflix.
- Wilmer Valderrama is returning to NCIS.
- Dan Lauria and Ashley Romans are joining Shameless.
- Erin Doherty is joining The Crown as Princess Anne.
- Gloria Estefan will guest star in Netflix’s One Day at a Time.
- Gemma Arterton, Terrence Stamp, Olafur Darri Olafsson and Dany Boon have joined the cast of Netflix’s Murder Mystery.
- Victor Williams is joining Happy Together on CBS.
- Issac Ryan Brown is joining the cast of Kim Possible on Disney.
- Marco Pigossi is joining Netflix’s Tidelands.
- Rory Kinnear and John Heffernan are joining the C4 drama Brexit.
- Hugo Speer and Sharon Small are joining London Kills on Acorn.
Mark Your Calendar
- The Comedy Lineup will premiere on Netflix on July 3.
- iHeartCountry Music Festival will air on Fox on August 5.
- A Discovery of Witches is coming soon on Sky TV — no word on when it will air in the US.
Richard Hawkins, “Old Man” from Pawn Stars
The Bachelorette: The dreaded two-on-one. 7 p.m., ABC
Salvation: The asteroid is a secret no more. Season premiere. 8 p.m., CBS
Believer: The Mormon lead singer of Imagine Dragons explores how his church treats its LGBTQ members in this documentary. 7 p.m., HBO
Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Season premiere. 7 p.m., The CW
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