Before we get to it, the poll on my hate-watch closes in less than a week. Have you voted? Have you voted a bunch? Why not vote again?
Tom Arnold and Mark Burnett were involved in some sort of scuffle last night at a pre-Emmy party. It’s unclear exactly what happened, but it sounds like Arnold and Burnett arrived roughly at the same time and shoving ensued.
Some background details if you haven’t been paying attention because why should you? Mark Burnett is the producer of The Apprentice, and Arnold, a one-time contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, has been pressuring Burnett to release the legendary Trump tapes featuring President Grab ‘Em by the Pussy using the N-word and other racial slurs and talking about women in less than pleasant ways. Arnold is, in fact, the host of an upcoming Viceland show, The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold, which debuts next week (so do keep that in mind).
Arnold claims that Burnett tried to choke him:
Burnett’s wife Roma Downey posted a picture of a bruise on her hand that she claims she suffered in the chaos:
Arnold is calling bullshit — literally — on that:
But the most intriguing part of this entire story is that in the aftermath of the fight, Arnold was going around telling people that he has turned over the Trump tapes to Ronan Farrow — the center of ALL of the stories in this post — just this weekend.
Speaking of The Walking Dead and time: the official timeline — which says that only 632 have passed since the pilot episode — works, kinda, even if Carl’s age does not. WE HAVE EYEBALLS, YOU GUYS. WE CAN SEE THAT HE HAS AGED 8 YEARS, Y’ALL.
Ellen is here to make things better. You might have seen the amazing viral video of “Missy Elliott’s Funky White Sister,” Mary Halsey. And if not, please, I beg you, fix that now:
Anyway, Ellen brought them together on her show last week. (Doesn’t that feel better?)
This is a nice breakdown on why Mike Schur comedies (Parks & Rec, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Office, The Good Place) work: I think healthy relationships, diversity of cast, and the fact that they never punch down can not be overstated.
Christopher Nolan and I are on the same page when it comes to “motion smoothing” on your TV. TURN THAT SHIT OFF, GUYS, IT LOOKS TERRIBLE.
Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser revealed her identity in a Washginton Post piece this weekend, and her account of what happened is pretty credible. I will be coming back to this once we know what the Senate is going to do about his confirmation — continue with the vote on Thursday, or investigate the allegation further and allow his accuser to testify before the Judiciary Committee. The bottom line is there is no reason why the same Senate who left a Supreme Court spot empty for nearly a year because it was “an election year,” should rush through a Supreme Court nomination of a man accused of attempted rape some 50+ days ahead of an election.
“I was never interested in writing a Mommie Dearest, getting even with Mia — none of that,” Soon-Yi tells me quietly but firmly. “But what’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust. [Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim. And a whole new generation is hearing about it when they shouldn’t.”
Most of the piece is about her childhood as Mia Farrow’s daughter, which she describes as being abusive, and has very little to do with the Dylan Farrow allegations, even though that is ostensibly why she is giving the interview.
The author of the piece, Daphne Merkin, acknowledges early in the piece that she is a friend and admirer of Woody Allen. Additionally, she wrote a New York Times op-ed back in January complaining that the #MeToo movement has gone too far. Here a very nuanced and sensitive piece about why this is problematic.
Ronan and Dylan Farrow have responded to the piece:
(Also, Woody Allen says he still thinks Ronan is his son, but that he “wouldn’t bet [his] life” on it. Neither would I, Woody.)
Oh good, Sean Penn, the actor accused of violent spousal abuse, has some thoughts about the #MeToo movement. PUBLICISTS: WHY AREN’T YOU DOING YOUR DAMN JOBS?
More on the CBS mess:
Les Moonves is not invited to the Emmys. I SHOULD THINK NOT.
A look into the search for Moonves’ replacement if you’re an inside baseball kind of person.
Ileana Douglas spoke more about what happened between herself and Les Moonves and why she came forward.
A local CBS reporter in Miami is suing the network for age and sex discrimination.
Terry Crews released the apology letter Adam Venit sent Crews and added that “it meant nothing” without a resignation. (Which he got.)
- Triage has been bought by Fox.
- Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is being developed for U.S. TV.
- Drunk Parents has been sold to DirecTV.
- Us & Them has been picked up by Crackle.
- My First First Love is coming to Netflix.
- Leo and Tig and Be-Be Bears, Russian cartoons, are coming to Netflix.
- Troy the Magician has been ordered by Facebook Watch.
- Bryan Cogman, a Game of Thrones writer-producer, has signed an overall deal with Amazon.
- Neil McDonough has joined the cast of Yellowstone.
- Maya Lynne Robinson has been recast in the role of DJ’s wife on The Conners.
- Maisie Williams has joined the voice cast of GEN: Lock.
- Elizabeth Tulloch is your new Lois Lane.
- Cassandra Jean Amell is joining the cast of Arrow.
- Monica Raymund is going to star in P-Town on Starz.
- Jay Reeves has joined All American on The CW.
- Jencarlos Canela is joining Grand Hotel on ABC.
- Ted Levine, Mel Rodriguez, Beth Ditto & Usman Ally are joining On Becoming a God in Central Florida on Youtube.
- Barry Sloane is joining L.A.’s Finest.
- Alfred Enoch is replacing Jodie Whitaker in BBC’s Trust Me.
Mark Your Calendar
- Titans debut son DC Universe on October 12.
- The Walking Dead returns on AMC on October 7th.
- My Brilliant Friend will debut on HBO on November 18.
- Criminal Confessions returns on Oxygen on October 6.
- T-Pain’s School of Business premieres on Fuse on October 16.
- Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta returns on WE TV on October 11.
Peter Donat, Actor, played Fox Mulder’s father on The X-Files among countless other roles
Thad Mumford, Writer and producer on multiple shows including M*A*S*H, Maude, Blue’s Clues, The Electric Company, A Different World, What’s Happening and Alf
Frank Serafine, Sound engineer on Star Trek movies, and multiple TV shows
The Emmys: Colin Jost and Michael Che host as TV people give other TV people prizes for making TV. 7 p.m., NBC
An Emmy for Megan: Spoiler alert: She lost. 10 p.m., IFC
Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes: New and archival videos of the cult members if you don’t feel like watching a bunch of celebrities pat themselves on the back. 7 p.m., Fox
Salvation: Season finale. 8 p.m., CBS
Elementary: Season finale. 9 p.m., CBS
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Reese Witherspoon, Lenny Kravitz Late Night with Seth Meyers: Julianne Moore, Sturgill Simpson, Khaled Hosseini, Sean Kinney Conan: Ethan Hawke, Daniel Sloss Watch What Happens Live: Vicki Gunvalson, S.E. Cupp
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