CNN’s New York headquarters, the Obamas, the Clintons, George Soros, Andrew Cuomo, Eric Holder, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz have all received explosive devices in the past 24 hours. And there might be more devices out there.
Here’s the moment when CNN had to be evacuated:
Obviously, this story is still breaking and we don’t know where it will lead or what motivated the bomb senders, but at the same time, come on. Don’t be naive. Only one side has used violent rhetoric on the campaign trail, only one side has called the press “the enemy of the people,” only one side spreads ridiculous conspiracy theories about pizza parlor pedophile rings and paying migrants to cross thousands of miles of desert to steal the election. That side is already saying that this is a classic “false flag” operation because of course they are, there isn’t a conspiracy theory they won’t embrace.
Right on cue:
This is where fear-mongering leads: to violence. Every time. When the most powerful person in the world tells his followers that the press are liars and that his political opponents are criminals, when he plays to people’s worst fears, they will respond accordingly.
Maybe the worst part of all of this is that the GOP, far from denouncing such language, has learned that it works, that their base responds to violent and authoritarian messaging. In the rally in Georgetown, Texas last night, Ted Cruz joked about locking Beto O’Rourke up with Hillary Clinton:
Meanwhile, in Dallas, someone has been setting Beto O’Rourke yard signs on fire.
This is not normal. None of this is normal. Do not allow this to become normal. Vote on November 6, or, better yet, don’t wait and vote today in early voting.
In Other TV News
Boy, Megyn Kelly really stepped in it. Again. The woman who once insisted that Santa Claus is white had a segment on her show yesterday where she said she didn’t understand what was racist about blackface. The entire white panel tried to explain to her that it didn’t matter whether or not she was personally offended, but did nothing to explain how blackface had been used historically to mock and dehumanize African-Americans, and the whole thing ended with a big shrug.
And the NAACP told Kelly to check herself. Literally. “According to most studies on implicit bias, many think they are less racist than they really are — and regardless of whether Megyn’s bias is intentional or just implicit, it’s still wrong. As a national public figure, she has a responsibility to check herself – or get checked by those who are tired of racism and being disrespected by individuals who just don’t get it.”
Kelly has since apologized to her staff in a letter: “I realize now that such behavior is indeed wrong, and I am sorry. The history of blackface in our culture is abhorrent; the wounds too deep.”
But her network, NBC, wasn’t going to protect her. NBC Nightly News pointed out her other racist remarks and called her thoughts on blackface “tone deaf.” And on The Today Show, Al Roker WAS NOT HAVING IT.
And Amber Ruffin on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers breaks it all down for the 75-year-old Megyn Kelly:
Megyn Kelly held another panel this morning on the topic, this time with Roland Martin and Amy Holmes, who calmly explained to her why she is a racist idiot. Somehow, however, this turned into Megyn Kelly receiving a standing ovation from a crowd that included African-American women cheering her on. Gross.
While a second season has not yet been ordered (although I’m sure it’s just a matter of time), The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan says that the Crain family’s story is done, and that future seasons would feature other stories:
… as far as I’ve ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told. It’s done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well. But to me, I felt like the Crains have been through enough, and we left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it. We toyed with a cliffhanger ending and we toyed with other ideas, but ultimately, in the writers’ room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family.
That said, I think more than anything, the show is about haunted places and haunted people, as Steve says, and there’s no shortage of either. So, there’s any number of things we could do, in or out of Hill House.
Personally, I’m happy with this result: it feels like the family earned their closure, dragging them back into this particular hell wouldn’t be fair. The whole interview at Entertainment Weekly is very good and worth a read — but only if you’ve watched the entire series, there are a ton of spoilers. Did you know the house is real? The house is real!
The Kids in the Hall is 30, and you’re old.
A thief in the United Kingdom looks just like Ross from Friends, and Twitter is ALL OVER IT.
If like me you want to watch scary things all year round, not just at Halloween, here is a list of scary movies coming to Netflix next month.
Which bad Archie Andrews decision you are based on your zodiac sign is just a very important thing.
Bodyguard is Britain’s highest-rated drama since Downton Abbey. You can start streaming it on Netflix today.
Sex Monster News
A study of the 201 powerful men who have been brought down by #MeToo shows that 124 of them have been replaced, and of those 124, 70 were men, and 54 were women. I mean, I guess that’s progress?
Speaking of, the executive producer of 60 Minutes is up for grabs, and it’s coming down between a woman and a man and tensions are HIGH.
Senator Jeff Flake told the ladies of The View that he doesn’t know if he believed Brett Kavanaugh. SO WHY DID YOU VOTE TO CONFIRM HIM, ASSHOLE? Ugh, Jeff Flake is the worst.
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers might be moving to settle the many civil lawsuits against him.
The Reckoning is a documentary about the Harvey Weinstein scandal that will be On Demand on November 7.
- Atypical has been renewed for a third season at Netflix.
- Judge Jerry, a court show starring Jerry Springer, is a thing that is apparently going to happen.
- All Together Now, a church choir comedy produced by Bradley Whitford, is in development at NBC.
- Amerikhans, a Pakistani-American comedy, is in development at CBS.
- Because Kids, a comedy, is in development at ABC.
- Greenhorn Gold, an amateur gold mining competition (although, isn’t find gold its own reward?), is in the works and is being shopped around.
- Teddy Pendergrass – If You Don’t Know Me has been bought by Showtime.
- Steve Carrell is joining the upcoming morning show drama on Apple that will also star Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon.
- Emerald Fennell has been cast as Camilla Parker Bowels in The Crown.
- Mariah Carey will join The Voice as a Key Advisor.
- Jim Sturgess is joining Apple’s Hilde Lysiak series.
- Molly Shannon, Glynn Turman, Michael Ian Black, and Debbi Morgan are joining the upcoming Netflix movie, Sextuplets.
Mark Your Calendars
- Bird Box will stream on Netflix on December 21. It has a tremendous cast and looks terrifying as hell. (I read the book — this looks very faithful to it.)
- The Passage will debut on Fox on January 14. It looks good!
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will return on Amazon on December 5.
- Good Trouble will debut on Freeform on January 8.
- Goatface will air on Comedy Central on November 27.
- Victoria returns on PBS on January 13.
- The Grammys will air on January 26, 2020 & January 31, 2021 on CBS.
- Death by Magic will stream on Netflix on November 30.
- The CW has released the dates of their holiday specials if you’re interested.
Nicholas V. Korda, Emmy-winning sound editor. He mostly worked on films, including E.T., Fatal Attraction, The Breakfast Club and Basic Instinct, but he won an Emmy for his work on Airwolf. And now you know that Airwolf was an Emmy-award-winning series.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse: “Traitor.” 9 p.m., FX
The Real Housewives of Dallas: D’Andra does a sexy photoshoot. No thank you please. 8 p.m., Bravo
Bodyguard: Robb Stark stars as a bodyguard to a sexy conservative MP who may be up to shenanigans. I’ve only seen previews, but it looks like a British Homeland. Sorta. Series premiere. Netflix
The Halloween episodes of the ABC comedies: The Goldbergs will feature Freddy Kreuger; American Housewife, Modern Family, and Single Parents do not. 7 p.m., ABC
Mr. Mercedes: Season Finale. 9 p.m., Audience
World Series: Game 2: I include this under protest that the Astros are not playing. 6:30 p.m., Fox
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Steve Kornacki, Hozier featuring Mavis Staples Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jonah Hill, Emily VanCamp, the Avett Brothers The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Gerard Butler, Rowan Atkinson, Ina Garten The Late Late Show with James Corden: Rosamund Pike, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Snow Patrol Jimmy Kimmel Live: Carey Mulligan, Kevin Nealon, Lukas Graham Watch What Happens Live: Ellie Kemper, Stockard Channing
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