Good morning and what a morning it is, right? This is a TV blog, so I’m not going to go off on a political screed about what happened yesterday. You know what happened yesterday, you don’t need me to recount all the delicious details of what happened yesterday. But I will tell you that because all the wonderful things that happened yesterday happened just as I was finishing updating a gallery for Chron.com and distracted me, I done goofed up.
See, I updated my renewal/cancellation gallery yesterday, adding all the network summer series with my best guesses as to whether or not they will be brought back in 2019 (based on how they’re doing in the ratings and less scientifically, through “buzz”). I finished the gallery around 3 p.m. yesterday, Chron.com posted it, and then I just drowned myself in all of the fucking fantastic news that broke yesterday. And that’s why I didn’t see until I was doing my Twitter check-in at 4 a.m. during a fit of insomnia that NBC renewed Making It and Fox renewed Beat Shazam around the same time I was building my gallery, and I had left them as Likely Renewal and Too Close to Call respectively until this morning. What I am saying is that I am bad at my job.
Anyway, this is a long way to go to say: here is my gallery, come check it out and tell me what else you think I got wrong. And also, too, enjoy jail, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen and fuck you, Donald Trump! I’m already chilling a bottle of champagne to be opened in your honor on impeachment day!
In Other TV News
We are finally going to learn what all those “A”s mean on The Walking Dead. (If it stands for “Alpha” I am going to be SO IRRITATED.) Also, there was something about three rings? I don’t remember anything about three rings …
If you are thinking about spending $600 on an ice dragon statue, please contact me, I will take over your finances and make sure you don’t do something very stupid.
Sex Monster News
Summer Zervos is not going away and made a very bad day for Trump even worse.
Mira Sorvino has spoken (tweeted) out about the Asia Argento story:
Hey, remember how Kevin Clash, the creator of Elmo, had to leave Sesame Street after some allegations came out that he was inappropriate with some teenage boys several years ago, and long before the #MeToo movement? He’s one of the head puppeteers in the upcoming Happytime Murders movie, and this piece asks some interesting questions about how and when people accused of gross behavior reenter the public sphere. Clash was cleared of criminal behavior — but because the statute of limitations had expired. Does simply being accused make him a predator and should he be forever forbidden from returning to his previous life? These are really difficult questions.
Finally, if you haven’t read Kelly Marie Tran’s powerful and emotional essay in The New York Times about why she deleted her Instagram account after being harassed by hateful Star Wars — I hesitate to call them “fans” — I urge you to do so now.
- Making It will be making it for NBC for a second season, hooray!
- Beat Shazam has been renewed for a third season on Fox.
- The End of the Fucking World has been renewed by Netflix and Channel 4.
- Lip Sync Battle has been renewed at Paramount.
- Hidden Potential has been renewed for a second season by HGTV.
- Veronica Mars could be revived as a miniseries on Hulu! As to Vanity Fair‘s question, “who wants more Veronica Mars?” ME. I DO.
- Mrs. Fletcher, a comedy starring the glorious Katherine Hahn, has been ordered at HBO.
- Tiffany Haddish has set a stand-up special at Netflix.
- Roar is being turned into a series by the GLOW co-creators.
- Losing Earth, a New York Times article, is being turned into a TV series by Apple.
- Larva Island has been ordered by Netflix.
- Brendan Fraser will join Doom Patrol as Robotman/Cliff Steele on DC Universe.
- Anthony Michael Hall will be the principal in the Breakfast Club episode of Riverdale. Perfect.
- Selma Blair is joining Another Life on Netflix.
- Kim Dickens has her Fear the Walking Dead follow-up: Queen Fur on Showtime. Also joining the cast: Michael Mosley, Jon Foster, Joshua Mikel, Keith Machekanyanga and Spencer Howell.
- Noah Centineo will appear on Good Trouble on Freeform.
- Alyssa Edwards will star in the Netflix docuseries Dancing Queen.
- Charlie Heaton will star in The Elephant Man for BBC.
- Graham McTavish will be joining Lucifer.
- Jane Kaczmarek will guest star on This is Us.
- Daniel Levy will guest on Modern Family.
- Joey King is joining Life in Pieces.
- Bruce Boxleitner is replacing Brent Spiner on Supergirl.
- Chasten Harmon and Vannessa Vasquez are joining the cast of ABC’s The Fix.
- Karen David is joining Legacies on The CW.
- Skylan Brooks and Meta Golding will recur on Empire.
- Chris Ashworth is joining Bosch on Amazon.
- Lyndon Smith is joining Are You Sleeping on Apple.
Mark Your Calendars
- Hold the Dark will debut on Netflix on September 28.
- The Little Drummer Girl miniseries will debut on AMC on November 19.
- The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl crossover event will take place on December 9, 10 and 11 on The CW.
- Norm MacDonald Has a Show will debut on Netflix on September 14.
- The Shop will debut on HBO on August 28.
- The Comedy Lineup will return on Netflix on August 31.
- Cable Girls will return on Netflix on September 7.
- Ingobernable will return on Netflix on September 14.
- Rick & Morty returns …. ?
Craig Zadan, Producer of Oscar telecasts and a number of the live musical productions that have become popular in recent years, including Hairspray, The Wiz, Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and Jesus Christ Superstar. A number of stars you’ve heard of mourned his loss.
Stefan Karl Stefansson, Actor best known for his work on Lazy Town
Barbara Harris, Actress
Brian Murray, Actor
The Real Housewives of New York City: The reunion begins and I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to hear more about these ladies’ bowel movements. 7 p.m., Bravo
The Real Housewives of Dallas: Stephanie throws a baby party for Brandi, which is definitely a thing. 8 p.m., Bravo
Mr. Mercedes: Brady is in a coma when the season begins, but I’m guessing he won’t stay that way. Season premiere. 9 p.m., Audience
Yellowstone: John learns who his real allies are in the season finale. 9 p.m., Paramount
The Story of the Royals: A look at the royal family and our weird American obsession with them. 8 p.m., ABC
Late Night: Conan: Bill Burr, Regina Hall, Marina Franklin
|The Story of the Royals
|CW||Burden of Truth
|NBC||America’s Got Talent
|World of Dance