Look, we are in the week ahead of the Emmys, two weeks ahead of the start of the fall broadcast season, so no one is breaking any big TV news right now. So we’re going to start this post with me yelling at you to pick a show you want me to hate blog. Currently, Manifest is maintaining the lead with God Friended Me pulling in second.
But hahaha, twist! I just learned today that over the course of the season, Manifest will have the passengers “start hearing mysterious voices that send them off to do seemingly good deeds.” That’s right: Manifest is just God Friended Me in an Oceanic Air costume. FML.
Charmed is currently tied with Dancing With the Stars: Junior for third, so there is still time for one of those to challenge the two leads — not that I’m sure that I want them to.
The Game of Thrones prequel will be casting soon and has maybe already put out casting notices. Some casting calls have appeared on British and Norwegian casting sites for an HBO project that is set to begin filming in February 2019 — the same start date as the prequel.
The roles are for “a black woman, age 24-32, codenamed ‘S’; a mixed-race man, age 17-22, ‘A’; a white woman, age 17-25, ‘I’; and finally a black woman, age 16-23, ‘F.'” SO START SPECULATING.
And speaking of diversity casting, some asshole fans of The Witcher video game are SO MAD that a casting call for the Netflix series might be looking for a “Black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic” to play Cirilla. You know, it would be great if everyone could fucking grow up and not be pissy babies about these sorts of things.
Michael Che, Colin Jost, and Kent Sublette are your head writers for this season of Saturday Night Live. Last year’s fourth head writer, Bryan Tucker, has been demoted to “senior writer.” Ouch.
Bravo wants to convince you that watching reality TV isn’t a guilty pleasure. LOL OK GOOD LUCK WITH THAT WHEN Y’ALL ARE UP IN HERE FILMING DENISE RICHARDS’ WEDDING LIKE THAT IS IMPORTANT OR SOMETHING
Lil’ Rel Howery and Jerrod Carmichael (both of whom I love) are still trying to convince us that multi-camera comedies aren’t that bad. I remain unconvinced. Also, it sounds like Rel really finds what it is going to be in the second episode, so if you watched the pilot and were underwhelmed, it might be worth giving it another chance.
Thanks to Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and that apparently impossible to understand Lost finale (IT JUST REALLY WAS NOT THAT COMPLICATED GUYS), every supernatural/mystery series showrunner has to swear on a stack of Bibles that they have a concrete plan for the ending of the series.
If you’ve never seen Twin Peaks, you need to watch one second from every episode of Twin Peaks because either this will make you want to binge this entire wonderful crazy series or stay away forever.
President Obama told us to stop binge-watching TV. I love you, Obama, but … no. I’m good at multi-tasking: I can binge and vote.
Meanwhile, it might all be Gwen Stefani’s fault we are stuck with President Fuckwit. Honestly, in a day an age where Kim Kardashian is wrangling presidential pardons and a porn star might topple the White House, this sounds about right.
Trying to keep track of all the Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul crossover characters? Here’s a handy guide. (Spoilers for Better Call Saul, obviously.)
Julie Chen is taking a little time out from her talk show, The Talk. GEE, WHY? The other Talk hosts did discuss her rat bastard of a husband, however, and agreed that he needs help. (And to go to jail.)
Netflix won’t say whether or not they’re going to bring back Louis C.K. Y’all, this isn’t hard. I’m opposed to C.K. returning to the public sphere until he demonstrates in some significant way that he gets it. That said, a simple: “We have no plans to bring Louis C.K. back to Netflix at this time,” is all you have to say to make it sound like you’re on the #MeToo bus while still leaving the door open for him to return one day. Dodging the question altogether is no way to avoid controversy, kids.
Speaking of: After being silent on the issue, Olivia Munn’s Predator male co-stars are now scrambling to say they support her. She, in turn, says she was “chastised” by Fox for speaking out about having to film a scene with a sex predator.
“Roseanne was so broken up [after her show’s reboot was canceled] that I got Louis [C.K.] to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, ‘What about the victims?’ But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.” OK, Norm Macdonald needs to fucking stop.
- The Cove, a family adventure series from the creators of The Vampire Diaries, is being developed at The CW.
- Brotherly Love, a sibling comedy inspired by an NBA superstar and from Lebron James’ production company, is being developed by NBC.
- Sexiest Chef Alive is coming to Food Network.
- Comeback Stage, a companion digital series to The Voice, is in the works.
- Gomorrah is getting a prequel film.
- Bob Newhart will return on The Big Bang Theory.
- Eden Sher will guest star on Superstore.
- Leslie Grossman will appear on Fuller House.
- Joe Biden is going to host ATTN: Here’s the Deal on IGTV.
- David Lambert will be on Good Trouble in his The Fosters role.
- Alex Jennings, Jemima Rooper, and Sebastian Armesto are joining BBC’s Gold Digger.
Mark Your Calendars
- She-Ra and the Princesses of Power will debut on Netflix on November 16.
- Outlander returns on Starz on November 4.
- Marvel’s Daredevil is returning soon on Netflix.
- Elite premieres on Netflix on October 5.
- Supergirl will debut on The CW on October 14.
- 9-1-1 returns on Fox on September 23 & 24.
- Grey’s Anatomy returns on ABC on September 27.
- Queen America will debut on Facebook Watch on November 21.
- Alaska the Last Frontier returns on Discovery on October 7.
- Life Below Zero returns on National Geographic on September 18.
- The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards will air on CBS on April 7.
Bachelor in Paradise: Who among these dum-dums are going to get engaged? SEASON FINALE HOORAY. 7 p.m., ABC
9/11: Escape from the Towers: Survivors of the World Trade Center attack tell their stories on the 17th anniversary of that terrible day. 9 p.m., History
The Great American Read: Meredith Vieira hosts a search for America’s favorite book. 7 p.m., PBS
Frontline: A look at Dayton, Ohio, a city where nearly 35% of their residents live in poverty. 9 p.m., PBS
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Presents NBC Fall 2018: Exactly what it sounds like. 9 p.m., NBC
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Matthew McConaughey, Norm Macdonald, Future Late Night with Seth Meyers: Anna Kendrick, Natasha Rothwell The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Rapaport The Late Late Show with James Corden: Joe Manganiello, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Why Don’t We Jimmy Kimmel Live: Keegan-Michael Key, Dave Salmoni The Daily Show: Mitski Watch What Happens Live: “Below Deck Mediterranean” reunion show
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|NCIS: New Orleans
|NBC||America’s Got Talent
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine Presents NBC Fall 2018