I would usually put these stories under “Casting” below, but considering how huge both these announcements are, I’ve bumped them up top.
First up, the Lethal Weapon dramaz are apparently never going to end. In an interview with something called Electronic Urban Report, Damon Wayans announced he is going to leave Lethal Weapon in December after he films 13 episodes, saying that he is too old for the demands of filming a broadcast drama:
“You have to look yourself in the eye and ask, who are you? It can’t be all about work. I’m from a big family, a loving family. All the family gatherings, I haven’t seen them. I’m too tired or I can’t because it conflicts with work,” he said. “I have seven grandkids. I’ve been missing recitals and graduations. To me it’s just not worth it. There is a better way to live life.”
For those of you keeping track, his co-star Clayne Crawford was fired from the show last season after Wayans and other crew complained that the actor was abusive. The show hired Sean William Scott to replace him which was enough for Fox to renew the show for the current third season. But can the series survive losing both Riggs AND Murtaugh? The show’s ratings have been strong in the first two weeks, but I don’t see how Fox keeps it alive with a completely different cast.
But seriously, y’all, what is going on over on that set?
There are some reports suggesting that the studio has been talking with Wayans’ team to determine whether or not he was just being emotional or if he’s serious. He has a 6-year contract, and as of now, he’s not been released from it. Stay tuned…
The other big casting news that dropped yesterday is that Chelsea Peretti is leaving Brooklyn Nine-Nine midseason.
Creator Dan Goor saluted her while also promising it won’t be the last we see of Gina:
Fans aren’t taking it well because GINA IS EVERYTHING.
Note: So far I have seen zero gifs mourning Damon Wayans leaving Lethal Weapon.
Here’s an interesting fact: Netflix is a full 15% of internet bandwith. Y’all love you your Stranger Things.
Sabrina was thisclose to being on Riverdale, but now it sounds like that particular crossover is never going to happen.
Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally haven’t been apart for more than two weeks in over 18 years — which, good for them, I guess, but are there that many couples who regularly spend more than two weeks apart who aren’t in the military? All I’m saying is that Offerman and Mullally’s relationship is #CouplesGoal worthy for a number of reasons, but this isn’t one of them.
I’m not saying it’s OK, but if you’re going to get arrested for DUI and felony child endangerment, this is the way to do it. Also, dude, Uber. Look into it.
Important Voting Update
GOD DAMMIT. So I have been linking to Vote.org and urging y’all to register to vote. BUT HEY GUESS WHAT OUR STATE SUCKS, and thousands of people who have registered to vote via the site had their registrations thrown out. So, if you registered via the site, please check and make sure you are actually registered. And if you’re in Texas, don’t use Vote.org to register even though it is a completely non-partisan site that is just trying to make sure the citizens of this country can execute their fundamental rights. Instead, visit VoteTexas.gov, and remember that you have to mail your registration or deliver it in person to an appropriate location.
To everyone who is not in Texas, you can still go here to register to vote, though be sure to check your state laws because motherfuckers don’t want you to vote and will do whatever they can to disenfranchise you. And if you are registered to vote, make sure you still are registered to vote. The last day to register in Texas is Tuesday, October 9. Early voting in Texas begins on October 22. For everyone else:
Election Day is November 6. 33 days to go.
Vinnie Favale, senior vice president of talent for CBS Televisions Studios, has been placed on leave after multiple allegations of sexual harassment. He worked mostly on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Stephen Colbert addressed the issue on his show, revealing that the complaints about Favale came from his show and that someone appeared to be covering up for him:
“An article came out on CNN today about an executive at CBS, who used to be the liaison to this show,” Colbert said. “And there’s only one show on the East Coast, and it was us. He [Favale] basically came with the building when I got this show and used to be around here a lot. About six months into the show, some of our employees said they were uncomfortable with some things that he said, so we took their complaints to H.R. They investigated twice, but I don’t really know what, if anything, happened. It seemed like someone was protecting this guy. I don’t know who it was. We eventually convinced the network to make a change.”
Leslie Stahl still doesn’t seem to get it. Men don’t have to rape to ruin women’s lives and careers. Sexual harassment is much more insidious than that, and just because she wasn’t a victim of Jeff Fager doesn’t mean that others weren’t.
Connie Chung wrote a very personal essay in support of Dr. Ford revealing that she had been sexually assaulted.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended from at least two games because of the rape allegations against him.
Chicago Cub Addison Russell has been suspended for 40 games after his ex-wife accused him of abuse.
- Lodge 49 has been renewed for a second season by AMC.
- Titans has been renewed for a second season ahead of its premiere on DC Universe.
- Twisted Sisters has been renewed for a second season at ID.
- HGTV has ordered a bunch more episodes of Beach Hunters, Beachfront Bargain Hunt and Island Hunters.
- The Mandalorian, Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series for Disney’s upcoming streaming service has been announced.
- Hoops, an animated series starring Jake Johnson, has been ordered by Netflix.
- The L.A. Complex, a Canadian series, is being rebooted by The CW. (Is this basically Melrose Place? It sounds a lot like Melrose Place.)
- Everything’s Gonna Be Okay has been ordered to series by Freeform.
- Bixler High Private Eye has been ordered by Nickelodeon.
- Dr. Death, a true crime podcast, is being turned into a TV series by Universal.
- Mischa Barton is joining the reboot of The Hills. So, to recap, the star of The O.C. is joining the reboot of a reality series that was a spinoff of a reality series that was loosely based on The O.C.
- Matt Bomer is going to be Negative Man in DC Universe’s Doom Patrol.
- Brett Dier is joining Schooled, ABC’s The Goldberg‘s spinoff.
- Kaley Cuoco will be the voice of Harley Quinn for DC Universe’s animated series.
- Vince Vaughn will guest on Netflix’s F is for Family.
- Tequan Richmond and Tetona Jackson will star in Boomerang on BET.
- Emmett J. Scanlan is going to join Krypton.
- Beau Mirchoff will guest on Freeform’s Good Trouble.
Mark Your Calendars
- WAIT, Heathers will air on Paramount after all. The series which had been pulled in the aftermath of a number of school shootings will now air over five nights beginning on October 25. They aren’t airing the 10th and final episode, however, instead having recut the 9th episode to serve as a cliffhanger.
- Light as a Feather will premiere on Hulu on October 12.
- Feminists: What Were They Thinking will debut on Netflix on October 12.
- ABC has released the dates and descriptions of their Halloween-themed episodes.
- Into Alaska will premiere on Animal Planet on October 15.
Marrissa O’Leary, VP at MGM Television, Producer and Actress
Superstore: Amy and Jonah return from suspension in the season premiere. 7 p.m., NBC
Star Trek: Short Treks: A series of four standalone episodes set in the Star Trek universe. Series premiere. CBS All Access
Will & Grace: “Grace’s run-in with a curmudgeonly man she follows on Twitter hints at a possible new love interest.” Season premiere. 8 p.m., NBC
Station 19: The season begins with a Very Special Crossover with Grey’s Anatomy. Season premiere. 8 p.m., ABC
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