NBC’s turn at the TCAs where they teased us, yet again, with the ‘Parks and Recreation’ reboot that is never going to happen

NBCUniversal was at the TCAs on Wednesday

This is Us will begin with the Big Three’s 38th birthday. The actor who will play Jack’s brother has been cast but it’s a SUPER SECRET. Jack’s time in Vietnam will be “super heartbreaking” and “shocking.” And the showrunners say that season three will be “hopeful.”

I posted about this already, but Amy Poehler keeps taunting us with the possibility of a Parks and Recreation reboot and I NEED HER TO STOP IT.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be the same show you know and love when it moves to NBC, don’t worry.

Might the central mystery in Manifest involve aliens? It might! (But probably not.)

Here is more on Bravo’s upcoming Connie Britton series Dirty John, which is based on a podcast about a woman who meets a very bad man on the internets. And somehow The Walking Dead and zombies are involved? Huh?

In Non-TCA TV News

As TV is changing, so is the writers’ room, and not to the benefit of the writers.

Macaulay Culkin was asked three times to be on The Big Bang Theory, and he was like, NO THANK YOU PLEASE. On the one hand, good for him for having standards but on the other hand THINK OF HOW RICH HE WOULD HAVE BEEN.

CBS is bringing the UK’s Love Island stateside and here’s what we have to look forward to: gaslighting, manipulative editing, slut-shaming and toxic masculinity. SOUNDS GREAT!

The controversial Netflix series Insatiable began streaming today (see below), and according to the reviews, it’s not good. This NPR review, in fact, is one of the best TV reviews I have ever read — and, boy howdy, it is devastating. The cast is trying to defend the series, but it sounds like a full on garbage fire.

The script for the Game of Thrones finale has finally answered a debate I had no idea was happening: ice dragon or wight?

Here is an argument that the new Star Trek series with Captain Picard should go all Last Jedi on the story.

Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher have split up, sad.

LOL, Dorit and PK are being sued over their Beverly Beach swimsuit line.

Rachel Ray’s dog food company is being sued for including harmful ingredients. I think it should be sued for the name “Nutrish” which makes me stabby, but no one asked.

NASCAR’s CEO Brian France is taking a little break after being arrested for a DUI and having a bunch of Oxy on him.

Some Last Bits of Bachelorette Business

Apparently, the producers flew Needledick and Whatsherface out to the Maldives to have a conversation with Becca, but they edited the entire thing out of the show? What?

ABC promises the background checks will be improved. Well, they couldn’t possibly be made worse.

Wills would like to be the first African-American Bachelor, please.

And as for our first African-American Bachelorette, she’s PISSED at how differently the show treated her and Becca. (But to be fair to Becca, she did go through that whole humiliating being-dumped-on-tv thing.)

Some Political Nonsense

President Racist Grandpa is at it again.

This is WEEK ONE of the NFL Preseason and we are already doing this crap.

In case you were wondering, this happened yesterday:

Meanwhile, Omarosa bolstered Tom Arnold’s claims that The Distractor-in-Chief used the “N-word.” I am so shocked. This is my shocked face. But this is why it matters.

Hey, let’s check in on Laura Ingraham’s program …

Hey, you know who loved that little white supremicist rant?

Duke has since deleted the tweet because I guess even David Duke knows how toxic David Duke’s endorsement is. As for Ingraham, she has since “clairified” her remarks saying she was talking about “borders,” DUH. But people have started a boycott of her show anyway, the third time in six months. That’s so much hate in such little time, Laura!

And over at the fight over the AT&T/Time Warner merger, the DOJ called the last judge in the case stupid.

Oh, and hey, here’s the trailer for the upcoming Michael Moore movie, Fahrenheit 11/9. No reason.

And Let’s Talk About Donald Trump’s Hollywood Star

The city of West Hollywood voted to have Donald Trump’s star removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame because he’s a racist, sexist monster: “Earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is an honor. When one belittles and attacks minorities, immigrants, people with disabilities or women — the honor no longer exists.” FUCK YEAH.

However, it’s not West Hollywood’s decision, and it is unlikely the star will be removed. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has said in the past that they don’t revoke stars.

However, Mark Hamil has some ideas about what could replace Trump’s star:

WAIT. STOP. CARRIE FISHER DOESN’T HAVE A STAR? FOR FUCK’S SAKE, HER DOG GARY DESERVES A STAR MORE THAN DONALD TRUMP DOES.

Diane Warren has a very different suggestion about what should be done with it.

Los Angeles’ mayor Eric Garcetti would rather we spend our time registering people to vote than talking about a dumb star. Fair enough, Sir.

And now fake Donald Trump stars are popping up all over Los Angeles? (I suspect it’s this Sabo guy, but who knows.)

Meanwhile, the guy who destroyed the star this time around is facing a felony vandalism charge, and may not walk away with probation the way the first guy did.

Time’s Up

Lindsay Lohan says the #MeToo movement makes women look weak and the women who speak out are seeking attention. HEY, QUICK QUESTION: WHY ARE WE PAYING ATTENTION TO LINDSAY LOHAN AGAIN?

Meanwhile, Casey Affleck reflects on his own culpability and past behavior, and seems to recognize that he done fucked up. (Sorta.) Of course, he has a new movie coming out next month, but I’m sure this moment of self-reflection is purely sincere and spontaneous and has nothing to do with his publicist insisting he GO OUT THERE AND SAY SOMETHING.

Harvey Weinstein, Steven Seagal and Anthony Anderson are all under investigation by the L.A. D.A.’s office.

Jeff Fager tolerated very violent behavior from a 60 Minutes producer Michael Radutzky, who had a habit of throwing things at his employees. Yeah, Jeff Fager is probably not returning from that vacation.

Matthew Newton has left as director of Eve after the backlash to his hire.

The woman who accused Jeffrey Tambor of harassment on the set of Transparent speaks out, says that it was hell, but she does not regret it.

Rapper 6ix9ine might be going to jail for being a sex monster.

Careful, everyone, the assistants are listening.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will debut on Amazon … soon.
  • The Deuce returns on HBO on September 9.
  • Safe Harbour will debut on Hulu on August 24.
  • The Kindergarten Teacher will debut on Netflix on October 12. IT LOOKS INTENSE AND AMAZING.
  • The After Party will debut on Netflix on August 24. It stars all the rappers.
  • Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes will debut on Fox on September 17.
  • Black Earth Rising will debut on BBC Two soon. It will stream on Netflix at some point.
  • Bodyguard is coming soon on BBC One, no word when or if it will air here. But! It stars the King in the North, Robb.

R.I.P.

Dennis Shields, Bethenny Frankel’s on-again-off-again boyfriend

Rowland Perkins, Founder of CAA and its first president

Patrick Williams, Grammy- and Emmy-winning composer of scores for The Bob Newhart Show, Mary Tyler More, Columbo, Lou Grant among many many others.

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

Insatiable: The controversial teen fat-shaming series is finally here — and it’s not receiving good reviews. Series premiere. Netflix

The Package: Teen movie camping hijinks. Netflix

Afflicted: A man is diagnosed with a brain aneurism and decides to live it up in his final days. It doesn’t work out.  Netflix

SATURDAY

Murder on the Orient Express : I actually heard that this is a fun adaptation, but I am on a Johnny Depp ban at the moment, so I guess I’ll never know. 7 p.m., HBO

I Am Paul Walker: I mean, I’M not, but he was. Documentary about the actor’s life. 8 p.m., Paramount

The Lord of the Rings marathon: Heads up nerds. 3 p.m., Starz Edge

SUNDAY

Claws: Hurricane! Season premiere. 8 p.m., TNT

Fear the Walking Dead: Zombie hurricane! Mid-season premiere. 8 p.m., AMC

Insecure: Issa crashes on David’s couch in the season premiere. 9:30 p.m., HBO

Ballers: Everyone is in L.A. now for some reason. Season premiere. 9 p.m., HBO

Get Shorty: Miles is in a dark place in the season premiere. 8 p.m.., Epix

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Rose Byrne, Brad Paisley Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Stephen Colbert

 

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