‘The Good Place’ does some good work in this place, and more TCA news from CBS, The CW and Showtime

Before I do more TCA catch-up, I wanted to start with this: The Good Place folks have started a fundraiser to raise money for KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), an organization that gets migrant children legal representation in immigration court. Because this is how fucked up our country and immigration system is: the courts have decided that children in the immigration system do not have a right to free, court-appointed attorneys, and, in fact, children as young as 2 and 3 who do not speak English can represent themselves. ANYWAY. The Good Place people are trying to do actual good in this world and will match any contributions up to $25,000.

Everything is… well, it could be better. Our show deals with the concepts of what it means to be good and how to do the most good for the most people. As we wrap up production on season 3 of The Good Place, let’s put theory into practice by supporting migrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents at the border.

Every donation you make will be matched by the people who make The Good Place, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000, and all proceeds will go directly to KIND (Kids In Need of Defense), which provides high quality legal services to immigrant children, ensuring that no child appears in an immigration court without an attorney.

Hopefully our contributions will add a little more kindness and a little less division to an already forked up world. Please give if you can, and thanks in advance for helping this worthy cause. Let’s do something good together.

The Cast & Crew of “The Good Place”

Help them out if you can.

CBS was at the TCAs on Sunday

The Murphy Brown reboot and Diane English are begging Donald Trump to pay attention to them. And, honestly, it would be the best thing that ever happened to them. The show is also planning to tackle #MeToo, Alex Jones, Russian meddling and Brown’s son will be working for a rival network: Wolf News. Gee, I wonder who that could be a reference to.

The Magnum P.I. reboot will pay homage to Tom Selleck’s mustache. WELL, I SHOULD THINK SO. Also, the showrunner said that they didn’t have any Latinx writers on the staff, but then he was all, “WHOOPSIE.”

Dick Wolf brought his new series, FBI, to CBS because there was “no more beachfront real estate at NBC.” Maybe because his Chicago series have eaten all that beachfront up?

The Neighborhood hopes to open up dialogue about race so that should be fun for everyone and not a lightning rod for certain politicians.

CBS really really really wants you to know that they are trying harder at this whole diversity thing and that people of color will play the majority of the roles in their freshman series.

Criminal Minds will have a shorter season, but the head of CBS isn’t willing to say that it will be its last. Still, it’s not great news for the aging series.

Here’s more on the possibility of CBS bringing Code Black back. It sounds like it’s unlikely to happen, so don’t get too excited.

The CW was at the TCAs on Monday

The head of The CW, Mark Pedowitz, is so frustrated that neither Jane the Virgin nor Crazy Ex-Girlfriend have ever received any Emmy love, and he makes an excellent point here: “I’m more amazed that the Academy could not recognize ‘Crazy Ex’ for any of its original music, given they do original music week in and week out.” YEAH! WHAT GIVES?!

Pedowitz also suggested that maybe Supernatural will only ever be Sam and Dean and that they’ll stop trying to spin it off. BUT I DON’T KNOW WHY SINCE WAYWARD SISTERS IS RIGHT THERE AND COULD BE DONE AT ANY TIME.

As for Riverdale spinoffs … there won’t be a crossover with the Netflix Sabrina series, but there might be other — “very different” — spinoffs in the future. And the show will be doing a Breakfast Club tribute this season that will serve as a flashback for the Riverdale parents.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is bringing Greg back — but he’s been recast.

All American will not be Friday Night Lights or The OC, despite looking like a perfect blend of both shows according to Greg Berlanti. I mean, that’s exactly what it will be, but OK.

The Charmed writers’ room hired an actual witch. Meanwhile, the cast isn’t being defensive about the fact that Holly Marie Combs is so unhappy about the reboot.

And over on Dynasty, it was confirmed that Nathalie Kelley will not return, but, intriguingly, Ana Brenda Contreras will join the cast as “the real Cristal.”

Here’s an interview with the actress who will be playing Nia Nal, aka Dreamer, on the upcoming season of Supergirl.

Showtime was at the TCAs on Monday, Too

Halo will be Showtime’s “Halo,” not Showtime’s “Game of Thrones,” thankyouverymuch. And Master Chief will be a character in the series.

Showtime is still developing a revival of The L Word, but nothing is set in stone yet.

So, about that Daniel Craig limited series, Purity, that is no longer moving forward at Showtime … what happened?

Sarah Palin’s Who Is America? interview may never see the light of day after all. Honestly, I’m just happy it exists at all.

Shameless will be extra long this season.

In Non-TCA TV News

We know what Maggie and Glen’s baby’s name (and gender) will be. We also now know how much time will have passed between last season and this one. And as for whether or not Rick will leave the show alive or dead? Yeah, Andrew Lincoln isn’t talking.

If you’re watching Sharp Objects (and are caught up), here’s an interesting piece about Camille’s scars and how the makeup artist achieved that look.  And here is an update on all those hidden words. It’s fascinating.


The one thing that Maisie Williams kept of Arya’s. And it’s probably not what you think.

FIRST OF ALL, Jonathan on Buffy is one of the creators of Empire? FOR REAL? But second of all, he’s all for coming back as one of the series’ best (and most prescient) villains. For it.

Here are some black-ish spoilers for the upcoming season.

Shonda Rimes wanted Sara Ramirez to revisit Grey’s Anatomy but CBS were apparently dicks about it.

Shows ABC wants for its lineup: more soapy dramas, multi-generational dramas, and shows that will appeal to Millennials.

The Omaha scenes on Better Call Saul? Walter White could still be alive during them. Mind. Blown.

Jane Seymour is open to a Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman reboot because that’s what people have been crying out for: a Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman reboot.


Sacha Baron Cohen is an evil genius who got Joe Apario to say he’d accept a blow job from Donald Trump and wouldn’t be surprised if Trump had a golden shower.

So maybe Lance Bass will be involved in that HGTV Brady Bunch house project after all? This is why Ryan Seacrest is so rich, you guys, he can see the future.

Kathy Griffin says that Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner stood by her during that whole Trump head mess when many friends abandoned her and I just did not expect that plot twist.

Omarosa never hid who she was.

That Sinclair – Tribune merger? IT’S DEAD. And now Tribune is suing Sinclair Media for ONE BILLION DOLLARS.

A Fox News foreign correspondent, Conor Powell, resigned from the network and released this statement: “After nearly 9 years, I have decided to resign from Fox News. Those of you who have spoken to me in recent months, you will understand why I am leaving FNC,” he said. “To my many friends at the channel I wish you the best of luck.” He later clarified that he was “uncomfortable with the direction of the news organization in recent months. Fewer news shows. More opinion shows. Less resources for reporters to report.”


This is a long investigative piece into the culture of sexism at one gaming company, Riot Games, but it’s universal, really.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine intends to do a #MeToo episode this season.

So, Marvel might use James Gunn’s script for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but not have him back to direct?

Brian Litell defended Nick Carter, saying that his accuser is a “fame seeker.” It should be noted that this woman is not the first person to accuse Carter of rape, and, as this piece points out, then there’s that whole Paris Hilton thing

Heather Schuster, the head of unscripted at Amazon, is out after less than a year after an investigation into accusations she was verbally abusive emerged.

John Bailey has been re-elected the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors after having been investigated for sexual harassment claims. The investigation cleared him.

The sexual harassment case against actress Jamie Luner has been dismissed.

Employees at WME tried to scrub CEO Ari Emmanuel’s Wikipedia page of a sexual harassment case against him, as well as a section detailing client AMI’s CEO David Pecker’s involvement in the Trump/Karen McDougal scandal. Adorable.

A sports agent at CAA claims that Amit Naor, a veteran agent who was fired from the agency in October, threw a chair at her and called her a “wetback” in addition to other abusive behaviors.



In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Kidding debuts on Showtime on September 9.
  • Escape at Dannemora will debut on Showtime on November 18.
  • Ray Donovan will return on Showtime on October 28.
  • Snapped will return on Oxygen on August 19.
  • I Am Frankie will return on Nickelodeon on September 10.


Glen Roven, Emmy-winning composer and conductor

Richard H. Kline, Cinematographer


Trial & Error: I finally caught up with the first four episodes and ZOMG IT’S ROBERT DURST!. 8 p.m., NBC

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs: I am not ready for some football, thanks. 7 p.m., ABC

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Rose Byrne, Brad Paisley Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kelsey Grammer, Rainn Wilson, Franz Ferdinand, Joey Castillo The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Issa Rae, Darren Criss, Ronnie Chieng The Late Late Show with James Corden: Tig Notaro, Bo Burnham, John Cho, Flora Cash Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bob Newhart, Awkwafina, Blood Orange featuring A$AP Rocky The Daily Show: Emma Gonzales, Matt Deitsch Watch What Happens Live: Golnesa Gharachedaghi, Mike Shouhed

THURS 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs
CBS The Big Bang Theory
Young Sheldon
Big Brother
CW Supernatural
Black Lightning
FOX Masterchef
NBC America’s Got Talent
Trial & Error
Trial & Error
Law & Order: SVU


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