Let’s take a moment to worry about Hurricane Florence and to yell at bad men

Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the Carolinas, and so before I get to TV news, on behalf of millions of Houstonians and East Texans, I just want to say we are all thinking of those who are in the affected areas. I hope with all of my heart that everyone who needed to evacuate heeded the warnings and everyone stays safe.

But the truth is, even if everyone does stay safe, this is going to be a big, damaging storm, that is going to destroy people’s lives and livelihoods. If you want to help, please consider donating to:

Habitat for Humanity

Red Cross

National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (VOAD is a coalition of faith-based and community-based organizations and other non-governmental organizations)

Save the Children


I’m going to keep an eye on this and update this list with more local organizations once we know what the situation on the ground is. But those of us who went through Harvey, we know how much it means to know the rest of the country is paying attention. So pay attention.

Meanwhile, the Incompetent-in-Chief has been using the occasion of the hurricane to rehash petty resentments towards the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico who had the audacity to criticize his administration’s so-bad-it-was-worse-than-Katrina response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

First of all, they obviously did not do an “underappreciated great job” in Puerto Rico, unless 3,000 dead is a “great job.” But second of all, as a resident of Texas, and as the wife of a man who has been doing pro-bono legal work helping people try to get FEMA to respond to their claims, I’m not exactly sure I’m willing to give him an A+ on their response to Harvey.

Then, after a bunch of other tweets reminding people that Hurricane Florence is a hurricane, attacking Jamie Diamond, Hillary Clinton, and Peter Strzok among others, President Conspiracy Theorist dropped this pile of garbage on all of us:

Literally every single sentence in these two tweets is a lie.

And I’m not sure what I am angrier about, that this asshole is denying actual facts, or that he is denying the deaths of THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE, or that he is making up insane conspiracy theories to cover up his own incompetence and soothe his own butthurt that people criticized him, OR THAT HE IS SPENDING ANY TIME ON THIS AT ALL INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ALL OF HIS AVAILABLE ATTENTION TO THE NATIONAL DISASTER THAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.

But what I am certain of is that this is a fucking travesty and everyone must remember what happened to Puerto Rico — and how this idiot responded both then and now — this November.

In Florence-related TV News: Southern Charm cast members have evacuated; Hulu’s drama Reprisal has halted production; as have a bunch of HGTV series.

Kit Harington is warning us that the end of Game of Thrones might be unsatisfying for some, comparing it to the finales of The Sopranos and Breaking Bad, because that’s what we need right now: something to divide us.

Meanwhile, we can all agree with Ed Sheeran that his character should have been brutally murdered.

Big Brother continues to be trash. Throw it into the ocean with Les Moonves and Jeff Fager.

Michael Ausiello has revealed the answers to some of his blind items — one remains a secret, but it’s hardly difficult to figure out (Daenerys; Game of Thrones).

Chuck Lorre, Steven Molaro, Jim Parsons, Warner Bros. Television Group and CBS have created The Young Sheldon STEM Initiative, which will “co-fund two-year educational grants totaling more than $600,000 which will be awarded to 19 select elementary, middle and high schools in Southern California as well as East Texas.”

Not everything is terrible:

ABC has released a photo from The Conners that seems … heavy. Make of it what you will.



So Macdonald went on Howard Stern’s show and, in an attempt to walk back his earlier #MeToo comments, said, “You’d have to have Down syndrome to not feel sorry” (for harassment victims). “Down syndrome. That’s my new word.”(He has since apologized for this on The View.)

He then gave an interview to USA Today where he said that the women who were upset by Louis C.K.’s set at the Comedy Cellar “could get through the trauma if they were paid $200 and could buy some nice shoes.” 

All of this is only going to fuel the anti-political-correction crowd who were already SO MAD that The Tonight Show canceled his appearance. I can already hear them claim that NORM’S JUST MAKING JOKES, CALM DOWN, SNOWFLAKES. The problem with this take is that Macdonald wasn’t making jokes in the original problematic interview with The Hollywood Reporter — he was literally saying that women shouldn’t be heard or trusted. He then defends himself by trying to distract from his clear and ingrained sexism by doubling down on offensiveness and attacking people with Down syndrome before circling back and making a sexist and dismissive “joke.”

After the initial interview with The Hollywood Reporter, I was upset with Macdonald, a comedian I do appreciate as being very quick-witted — but I also recognize that he is from an older generation (of men and women) who is clearly been set back on their heels by the power of the #MeToo movement. I was upset, but not calling-for-his-Netflix-show-to-be-pulled upset. I’m still not quite sure that I am there yet — he is not a predator (that we know of) after all, and I don’t just don’t know that having a bad opinion is a good enough reason to be fired. (Unless that opinion is that Nazis are “good people,” but that’s a whole other issue.) But someone in the Netflix P.R. department needs to slap an electric collar on Norm for the rest of his interviews.

Jeff Fager is FINALLY out at CBS — not that it was easy. The executive producer of 60 Minutes and one of the heads of CBS news was finally fired after sending a threatening text message to a CBS reporter who was doing a story about the allegations against him. The text message:

“If you repeat these false accusations without any of your own reporting to back them up, you will be responsible for harming me. Be careful. There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me and if you pass on these damaging claims without your own reporting to back them up that will become a serious problem.”

The irony could not be thicker. Fager was accused by Ronan Farrow’s New Yorker piece of being physically and emotionally abusive to his employees, having groped others, and having covered up bad behavior of other men in the department. He was a real fucking treat.

Still, there were plenty of people more than willing to defend Fager, arguing that his fireable offense is less terrible than Les Moonves forcing women to perform oral sex on him. Which, yes? But what he has been accused of: throwing chairs at employees, grabbing their asses at company parties, and sending threatening messages to those who dared to look into past allegations, that’s still pretty bad and people shouldn’t have to work under a man who behaves this way. Adios, fucker.

And speaking of Les Moonves, apparently, it took the CBS board of directors learning that Moonves tried to buy one of his accusers’ silence before they were willing to stop defending him. Just look at these old men:

“We are going to stay in this meeting until midnight if we need to until we get an agreement that we stand 100 percent behind our C.E.O., and there will be no change in his status,” said one board member, William Cohen, a former congressman and senator who was defense secretary under President Bill Clinton, according to directors who heard the remarks and other people who were briefed on them.

Another director, Arnold Kopelson, an 83-year-old producer who won a Best Picture Oscar for “Platoon,” was even stronger in his defense of Mr. Moonves, the directors and others said. “I don’t care if 30 more women come forward and allege this kind of stuff,” Mr. Kopelson said in a meeting soon after the conference call. “Les is our leader and it wouldn’t change my opinion of him.”

In the end, the board was more pissed off that he tried to deceive them than they were that he sexually assaulted God knows how many women and ruined the careers of others. THIS IS WHY WOMEN ARE SO ANGRY IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING.


Meanwhile, Linda Bloodworth Thomason, the creator of Designing Women, has some choice words for Les Moonves.

Oh hey, here’s a video of Harvey Weinstein harassing a woman who he allegedly raped later.

Shane Black is sorry.


In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will debut on October 26.
  • Maniac begins streaming on Netflix on September 21.
  • The Romanoffs will premiere on Amazon on October 12.
  • South Park returns on Comedy Central on September 26.
  • Private Life will stream on Netflix on October 5 and it stars Paul Giamatti and Katherine Hahn which is reason enough.


Leo J. Clarke, Producer of both It’s Gary Shandling’s Show and Dog with a Blog (among others)


Take Two: Sam and Eddie’s personal and professional relationships are tested in the season finale. 9 p.m., ABC

Reversing Roe: In case you’re looking for something to terrify you this week while we consider adding a new Supreme Court justice. Netflix

Snatch: Season two finds the gang in Spain. Season premiere. Sony Crackle

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Blake Lively, Carrie Underwood Late Night with Seth Meyers: Keira Knightley, Neal Brennan, Caitlyn Smith The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jason Bateman, John Heilemann, Alex Wagner, First Aid Kit The Late Late Show with James Corden: Mel B, Dr. Phil McGraw, Olivia Munn, Good Charlotte Jimmy Kimmel Live: Cate Blanchett, Ben Mendelsohn, the Chainsmokers The Daily Show: Jose Andres Watch What Happens Live: Mercedes Javid, Michael Rapaport


THURS 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Celebrity Family Feud
Match Game
Take Two
CBS The Big Bang Theory
Young Sheldon
Big Brother
CW Supernatural
The Originals
FOX Masterchef
The Gifted
NBC The Good Place
The Good Place
The Good Place
The Good Place
Law & Order: SVU

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