The Les Moonves story has finally come to a head. After it was reported last week that the CBS board was trying to negotiate a deal to get Moonves to leave, Ronan Farrow dropped another New Yorker bomb, revealing the stories of 6 more women who accused Moonves of sexual assault and harassment. Some of the stories were violent, all of them are infuriating.
Moonves, of course, claimed that the relationships with the women were consensual and that one woman, a doctor who had recounted her story (without naming him) in Annals of Internal Medicine, in a piece entitled “A Physician’s Place in the #MeToo Movement,” he did try to kiss, but nothing more. OK.
Understandably, the women in the article, along with others, like Time’s Up and Rachel Bloom of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, are outraged that CBS is considering giving him a $120+ million parachute.
Moonves, as expected, did step down last night, with CBS pledging to give $20 million to organizations that promote equality in the workplace. However, he still might walk away with that settlement worth more than $120 million. He will not receive anything until an investigation has been completed, and depending on the result of that investigation, he may not receive anything. However, based on how some of these investigations have gone — I’M LOOKING AT YOU, NBC — some are skeptical of just how transparent that investigation will be.
Norah O’Donnell officially broke the news this morning on CBS This Morning. This is the second time she has made such a statement, having also done so for her former co-host, Charlie Rose. (See below for more on that particular asshole.)
Moonves’ ouster comes at the same time that CBS reached a legal agreement with Shari Redstone, making her the winner of that battle. Joe Ianniello will take over as acting CEO, whose statement to the network staff only passingly mentioned the controversy that led him to this position.
Other fallout: CBS stock took a tumble this morning, and music veteran Doug Morris — who had his own issues — is leaving the CBS board.
And CBS’ troubles are far from over. In that Ronan Farrow piece, a former intern claims that Jeff Fager, head of CBS News, groped her. He is still, somehow, in his job.
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Ho boy, this Olivia Munn/Predator thing. According to Munn, her male co-stars have backed out of doing interviews to promote the movie with her because they don’t want to talk about the controversy. Fuck those cowards.
To his credit, her co-star, Sterling Brown, spoke out on Twitter in support of her:
@oliviamunn I’m sorry you’re feeling so isolated, my dear. And I’m sorry you’ve been the only one to speak up publicly. I was not at #TIFF so I didn’t have an opportunity to be there with you. There are two main issues as far as I see it. First, what is and is not forgivable?…
That’s gonna vary from individual to individual. You and
@BonafideBlack may differ when it comes to that issue. I don’t have all the details regarding his friend’s crime, but I know it involves a minor, and he spent time in jail. With regards to forgiveness, I leave that to…
the individual. What I take issue with, (& I believe Shane addressed this in his apology), is that we all have the right to know who we’re working with! And when someone has been convicted of a crime of a sexual nature involving a child, we have the right to say that’s not okay!
Our studio was not given that opportunity, and neither was our cast. Especially
@oliviamunn who was the only member of the principal cast who had to work with him. I so appreciate that you “didn’t leave well enough alone,” & again, I’m sorry you feel isolated in taking action.
Charlie Rose is trying to get the ex-CBS employees’ lawsuit against him tossed because they are “exploiting” the #MeToo moment. Charlie Rose can also fuck off.
Bill Maher thinks it’s time to bring Al Franken back, and said “Women should be heard and we should always keep in mind the vast majority of women reporting serious abuse are truthful. But women also didn’t completely lose the ability to lie in 2017.” He can fuck right off, too.
Let’s all feel bad for the owner of the comedy club where Louis C.K. tried to stage his comeback. He’s the true victim in all of this. NO, WAIT, I MEANT TO SAY, “FUCK THAT GUY.”
A documentary about the life of one of Harvey Weinstein’s assistants is in the works.
Joseph Randle, a former Cowboys running back, has been arrested for rape.
In Other TV News
The Creative Arts Emmys were last night, and you can check out the full list of winners here. The important/historic wins:
John Legend became the youngest EGOT in history for producing Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.
All four guest actor Emmys went to black actors and actresses: “Tiffany Haddish won best guest actress in a comedy for hosting ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Ron Cephas Jones won best guest actor in a drama for ‘This Is Us,’ Samira Wiley won best guest actress in a drama for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ and Katt Williams won best guest actor in a comedy for ‘Atlanta.'”
Shauna Duggins became the first woman to win an Emmy for stunt coordination for her work on GLOW.
Rick & Morty won Outstanding Animated Series.
USS Callister won three Emmys, including Outstanding TV Movie; Game of Thrones took home seven Emmys; Anthony Bourdain won six; The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won four; RuPaul’s Drag Race won four; Queer Eye won three, including Outstanding Structured Reality Program (and y’all need to leave Johnathan alone, OR I WILL COME FOR YOU).
Last night also saw the crowning of a new Miss America under the new regime and things were Super Political.
In a preliminary round, Madeline Collins, Miss West Virginia — WEST. VIRGINIA. — said, “Donald Trump is the biggest issue our country faces. Unfortunately, he has caused a lot of division in our country.” GIRL, PREACH.
And then, in last night’s broadcast, Emily Sioma, Miss Michigan brought it:
In the end, Nia Franklin, Miss New York, took the crown, and nary a bathing suit was to be found.
Fans have stepped up to help Dawn Wells in your feel-good news story of the day.
My hate blog poll is still open — and you can vote as many times you want. Manifest is still in the lead, with God Friended Me coming in second. My happiness — or misery — is in your hands.
A Million Little Things: ABC’s attempt to get some of that sweet, sweet This is Us viewership. Mix one dead guy, three parts plinky guitar music, a heaping scoop of pretty people crying, blend with thirtysomething and serve. (ABC, September 26)
All American: Friday Night Lights + The OC = this show. (The CW, October 10)
Charmed: A somewhat controversial remake of the late 90s-early 2000s series about three sisters who discover they are witches. None of the original actresses are involved and they are soooooo pissed about it. (The CW, October 14)
Dancing with the Stars: Junior: Kind of like when So You Think You Can Dance had that one season with kid dancers, except instead of talented young performers, we will be subjected to the likes of Honey Boo Boo and Tractor Palin. (ABC, October 7)
FBI: A Dick Wolf procedural about, well, the FBI. I mean, it’s right there in the title. (CBS, September 25)
God Friended Me: An atheist with daddy issues is friended on social media by God who then orders him to do things that change people’s lives in heart-warming ways. (CBS, September 30 — although, you can watch the pilot episode online right now)
Legacies: A spinoff of The Originals which itself was a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, this new series takes place at The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, where young vampires, witches, and werewolves learn to control their supernatural powers. The CW picked this up instead of Wayward Sisters, a spinoff of Supernatural, and Whitney is still not over it. (The CW, October 25)
Magnum P.I.: A mustache-less remake of the 1980s Tom Selleck private detective series. Plenty of Hawaii, plenty of Ferraris, but I repeat: no mustaches. (CBS, September 24)
Manifest: A plane hits some turbulence, and when it lands, the passengers discover that five years have passed and they were presumed dead. Basically, NBC has decided that enough time has passed since Lost’s finale that they can do a Lost. (NBC, September 24)
New Amsterdam: A brash young doctor takes over a Manhattan hospital and shakes things up. Speaking of Lost, this is not Dr. Jack Shephard, but there is a resemblance, I agree. (NBC, September 25)
The Rookie: Nathan Fillion is the oldest rookie cop on the LAPD. Prepare yourself for a bunch of old man jokes. (ABC, October 16)
- A Nancy Drew drama from the creators of The OC and Gossip Girl is in development at The CW.
- Uninsured, a comedy from some producers of The Goldbergs, is being developed by NBC.
- Can-Can, a comedy starring Maysoon Zayid, is in development at ABC.
- A comedy starring and produced by Kristen Schaal is in the works at ABC.
- A female mayor drama from the creator of Madam Secretary is in the works at CBS.
- Amazon is developing an animated comedy from Mo Mandel and Jason Fuchs.
- Lionheart has been bought by Netflix.
- Elephant Queen has been bought by Apple.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been given extra episodes by NBC.
- A. J. Rivera, Alexander Eling, Alex Ozerov, Jake Abel, JayR Tinaco, Jessica Camacho, Barbara Williams, and Lina Renna are joining Another Life on Netflix.
- Maria Sten is joining Swamp Thing on DC Universe.
- Cheyenne Floyd is joining Teen Mom OG on MTV.
- Peter Vack and Alexis Floyd are joining Freeform’s The Bold Type.
- Timothy Granaderos and Brenda Strong have been upped to series regulars on 13 Reasons Why on Netflix.
Mark Your Calendar
- Norm Macdonald Has a Show debuts on Netflix this Friday.
- Doctor Who returns on BBC on October 7, and she’s shattering the glass ceiling. Literally.
- This is Us returns on NBC on September 25.
- Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown will return on CNN on September 23.
- You Kiddin’ Me?! will debut on Facebook Watch on September 22. It’s a prank show from Kim Kardashian, apparently.
- Long Lost Family will return on TLC on October 8.
- CMT Crossroads will return on CMT on October 24.
Bill Daily, Actor best known for his work on I Dream of Jeannie and The Bob Newhart Show.
Mac Miller, Rapper and star of MTV’s Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family
And people need to leave Ariana Grande alone. It’s not her fault her ex-boyfriend overdosed and to attack her at this time is monstrous.
Will Jordan, Celebrity impressionist
Chelsi Smith, Miss Universe 1995
Bachelor in Paradise: Uh-oh, Fun Robby has arrived in Paradise, and the dreaded “overnight dates” are happening. ONLY ONE MORE EPISODE OF THIS NONSENSE TO GO AFTER THIS. 7 p.m., ABC
So You Think You Can Dance: “America’s Favorite Dancer” is chosen for the fifteenth time. 7 p.m., Fox
Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age: A look at the online dating industry. 9 p.m., HBO
Land of the Free: This documentary follows three ex-convicts as they try to return to their lives. 8 p.m., Starz
The CBS Fall Preview Show: Learn all about CBS’s new shows, like FBI which is about the FBI. 7:30 p.m., CBS
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Brian Tyree Henry, John Legere, Sam Morril Late Night with Seth Meyers: Emma Thompson, Elle Fanning, Lykke Li featuring Amine The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Bob Woodward, the Knocks featuring Foster the People The Late Late Show with James Corden: Rob Lowe, Leighton Meester, Poppy Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sean Penn, Taran Killam, St. Paul & the Broken Bones The Daily Show: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Kevin Love Watch What Happens Live: Gina Kirschenheiter, Dr. Mehmet Oz
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