So much Fox news, including two crazy-ass trailers — one of which might give you nightmares. Fair warning.

Fox took over the TCAs yesterday and here’s what we learned:

It sounds like Fox and Tim Allen have learned some valuable lessons from the Roseanne debacle. While The Last Man Standing might want to court the sweet, delicious ratings that come from courting the controversy that is Trump, they also clearly realize that playing on controversies can backfire. It sounds like while Allen’s character is presumed to be a Trump voter, the show is not going to address the administration or policies. Allen also said his Last Man Standing writing staff was disappointed Clinton lost because they had a bunch of “pantsuit” jokes locked and loaded. Sounds hilarious. And regarding Roseanne, Allen insists that she is the “most diverse and tolerant woman” before bitching about how comedy has changed in recent years: “Who makes up these rules?” He wondered aloud. “As a standup comic, it’s a dangerous position to be in because I like pushing buttons.” Yes, because it is so sad that white comedians can’t make racist jokes anymore without being accused of being racist. Please light a candle.

Unlike Last Man Standing, Rel will embrace the political. Executive Producer Jerrod Carmichael was also asked about boundaries in comedy, and had a much different response:

Asked whether there were boundaries in comedy, Carmichael responded “I don’t think anything is too sensitive to be analyzed or explored, especially when you approached it like a human being.”

“We talk about age and skin color,” said Sinbad who plays Howery’s dad on the show, “It’s the duty of comedy to touch about those things that people don’t want to talk about. You can sneak a punch in through comedy — I’m going to have you deal with it — and the conversation opens up.”

 Carmichael — again the executive producer of the multi-camera comedy Rel — says that multi-camera comedies are “fucking gross” and “fucking terrible.” You said it, dude, not me. Though I don’t disagree.

Charisma Carpenter’s episode of 9-1-1 was too raunchy for the Fox censors and it doesn’t sound like it will see the light of day. It involved viagra, a heart attack, and penis captivus. Meanwhile, the show is leaving the door open for Connie Britton to return, but I wouldn’t be holding my breath, guys.

24 will be rebooted one way or another: either as a Jack Bauer prequel story or as a legal thriller — which would give the series more opportunities for multiple seasons. And apparently, Kiefer Sutherland is pitching ideas for both shows? Uh … OK?

The Simpsons is not leaving Fox anytime soon. And for that Apu controversy? Fox is leaving it up to the show to handle, which is to say, nothing is happening. (And maybe that’s fine?)

Damon Wayans and Sean William Scott are getting along much better on Lethal Weapon than Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford. Although that’s not a high bar to clear. Also completely unsurprising: Lethal Weapon was very nearly canceled.

The Passage will start differently than the books that inspired it.

The Cool Kids is not going to feature young characters no matter how much Fox might have wanted it to.

As for why Fox canceled Lucifer? It was owned by an outside studio and the audience wasn’t “broad” enough.

The new legal drama, Proven Innocent, is “what if Amanda Knox became a defense attorney.”  It also stars Kelsey Grammer who said if a Frasier reboot were to happen, the idea for the series would have to “hit it out of the park.”

Fox also discussed the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, but nothing interesting was revealed, honestly:

There’s actually no script to see. We’ve sat down with creators and had conversations with them about it. It’s a very exciting prospect. It’s fairly early. We haven’t pitched it to any possible licensees yet, all of that is still to come. We’re thrilled that Joss has engaged Monica who he worked with on one of his other series. She’s the person who is day to day on it. She has a great take on the show.

Non-Fox TCA News

The Pose stars want a “musical” episode and frankly, I’m shocked that hasn’t already happened (aside from that one episode in the hospital).

American Horror Story: Apocalypse news:

Also, my Pose favorite — Billy Porter — will be on AHS this season, HOORAY.

Disenchantment is going to get the Game of Thrones references out of the way in the pilot.

Rick & Morty is the next cult show to get its own pop-up bar. If you’re in D.C., you’re in luck, let’s just hope they don’t run out of Szechuan sauce.

WWE star Kane is now the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee because of course.

Get better — and stay better, The Countess.

One last reminder that Better Call Saul returns on Monday.

Enemy of the People News

Ivanka Trump was asked if she believes the press is the “enemy of the people” in an interview yesterday, and her response was an incredulous “no,” to the laughter of the audience.

President Biff obviously had some thoughts about this:

Then, in the White House press briefing yesterday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked multiple times by multiple reporters if the press is the “enemy of the people,” and not only did she refuse to answer, she launched into a whole “WOE IS ME” solilioquy about how poorly she’s been treated. YOU MUST WATCH THIS.

The reporter pressing her here is Jim Acosta, obviously, who left the briefing.

Other journalists had thoughts about the WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY refusing to say that the PRESS is NOT THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE:

And then President Asshole went to another campaign rally yesterday, and I am sure you can guess what he opened with: “fake, fake disgusting news.” He also ranted about the Fake News reporting what we all saw with our own eyes — that he was late to meet the Queen of England. YOU WERE TEN MINUTES LATE. SHE WAS LOOKING AT HER WATCH. WE SAW IT WITH OUR OWN EYES. ~sigh~ I mean, you know.

Meanwhile, in ACTUAL Fake News news: A judge has dropped Seth Rich’s parents’ lawsuit against Fox News. That’s unfortunate, and I’m worried will open the conspiracy floodgates again. (Not that the conspiracies ever really went away, they were just more muted and in the darker corners of society — not out in the open and on major networks.)

But hey, Omarosa says that Trump is in mental decline, so.

In Development

Fox has ordered three new game show series:

  • The Masked Singer, a game show in which celebrities hidden by masks compete against each other to keep their identities hidden while a panel of other celebrities try to figure out who they are based on their singing? And a celebrity is eliminated each week? And Nick Cannon is hosting? I don’t know, the whole thing sounds batshit insane. And the trailer — it might give you nightmares. You’ve been warned.
  • Spin the Wheel, a trivia game show produced by Justin Timberlake and hosted by Dax Shepard.
  • Mental Samuari, a game show hosted and produced by Rob Lowe that is described as “the first-ever obstacle course for the mind.”

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Forever will premiere on Amazon on September 14 and I am ALL OVER IT.
  • Nappily Ever After will debut on Netflix on September 21.
  • 9-1-1 will return on Fox on September 23.

FRIDAY

I Am a Killer: Killers on death row discuss their crimes in this new docuseries. Netflix

Quantico: The team comes face-to-face with Conor Devlin in the series finale.  7 p.m., ABC

Random Acts of Flyness: Here’s how this new late-night series from Terrance Nance is described by HBO: “A fluid, stream-of-conscious response to the contemporary American mediascape, each episode of Random Acts of Flyness features a handful of interconnected vignettes, showcasing an ensemble cast of emerging and established talent. The show is a mix of vérité documentary, musical performances, surrealist melodrama and humorous animation.” So, take that as you will. Series premiere. 11 p.m., HBO

SATURDAY

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Look, this is a problematic film, no question, but Frances McDormand is a God damned beast in it, and honestly, I don’t think it is nearly as redemptive and forgiving as some people think. Anyway. 7 p.m., HBO

Killer Twin: But honestly, is there any other kind? 7 p.m., Lifetime

Split: NO SPOILERS, but I’m just saying if you’re excited about Glass, you should watch this first. 7 p.m., ActionMax

SUNDAY

Succession: COUSIN GREG GETS EVERYTHING OR WE RIOT. Season finale. 9 p.m., HBO

A Sister’s Secret: It’s another Lifetime movie about twins because everyone knows twins are the creepiest. 7 p.m., Lifetime

The Walking Dead: A look at season nine. 8 p.m., AMC

WATCH THIS

Late Night: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Rob Reiner Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Gizelle Bryant, Brandi Redmond

FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Quantico
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What Would You Do?
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20/20
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CBS Whistleblower
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CW Masters of Illusion
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Masters of Illusion
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Penn & Teller: Fool Us
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Local
FOX The Resident
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The Orville
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NBC American Ninja Warrior
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Dateline
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ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
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CBS Pink Collar Crimes
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48 Hours
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48 Hours
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FOX MLB Baseball
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To Tell the Truth
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Big Brother
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NCIS: Los Angeles
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NCIS: Los Angeles
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FOX One Strange Rock
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The Simpsons
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Family Guy
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Bob’s Burgers
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NBC Running Wild with Bear Grylls
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America’s Got Talent
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Shades of Blue
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