‘The Walking Dead’ cast says their goodbyes to Rick, but what about Maggie, y’all? Where’s the love for Maggie?

Andrew Lincoln, as everyone in the universe knows by now, is leaving The Walking Dead after Sunday’s episode. The cast, past and present, made a video expressing their love and appreciation for him, and while I can’t embed it here for no damn good reason, you should click through and watch it. I mean, guys, they open the video with Scott Wilson — also known as Hershel — and if that doesn’t hit you right in the feels, you might not be a human person.

Meanwhile, Sunday’s episode is reportedly also the last for Lauren Cohan, so where’s her send-off? While she wasn’t the star of the series, she’s been on the show for 8 seasons, so … is this snub because her character might come back or is it related to how and why she left the show — over a contract dispute?

Cohan opens up about why she left in this interview, admitting that she took it as a sign when she and the show couldn’t come to an agreement about the pay:

Were you able to remain somewhat Zen during you whole contract negotiation situation for season 9, or was that stressful?

I kind of felt in some ways surprised, to be honest with you. And I took that, how baffled I was, and thought, “Okay, well that’s a sign. This is maybe just not a fit anymore.” To feel like we weren’t lining up in so many ways I just thought, “Okay, well, maybe that means something.” But in my personal life, as well as in my career, I always end up being really appreciative of things exactly as they turned out. Because as an actor and as an artist, you’re bringing your sensitivity to your job, but I need to be able to flip the switch and just look at this in a professional way. I felt like in order to be my own guardian angel I had to put on a business head to protect the personal side of me.

The greatest maturation has been depersonalizing it, and the end lesson has been knowing that that’s a part of life. I have had the best part of my life on the show, and the show has given me opportunities that I think we all dream of having as an actor, and it was just time to move on. And, on a personal level, I have had the time to build deep lasting friendships with people that I will never lose. That’s something I think has nudged me into this next venue of exploration, which is a new show, a new genre, and a new direction.

This is a very magnanimous response to basically being told she wasn’t worth as much as Norman Reedus even though Maggie is as much if not more so a leader on the series. BUT OK. I will say that it was very much a baller Maggie move to be like, “You’re not going to pay me what I’m worth? COOL. BYE.” That said, she’s clearly leaving the door open for a possible return next season if Whiskey Cavalier on ABC doesn’t work out so great.

This explanation from the creator of The OA as to why it’s taking so long to make another season of The OA is the most OA thing you’ll read all day:

“TV shows are created on a yearly cycle primarily because they function off a pattern narrative. The show creator acts as a master tailor – she crafts the pattern for the original garment (pilot). Then other great tailors come in and create new garments out of this same pattern. This allows for creation with great speed and also familiarity, which is one of the things we all love about great TV.”


The Brady Bunch kids reunited for an episode of A Very Brady Renovation and not some terrible made-for-tv Brady reunion movie or show that only serves to depress everyone.

These are five genuinely interesting facts about David Letterman’s final episode.

Here’s just a nice interview with William Jackson Harper, Chidi from The Good Place if that’s your bag. He did eat the Peeps chili if you were wondering.

i09 found 12 very nice horror references in Chilling Adventures to Sabrina.

If you’ve got $10,000 lying around, you could own one of The Twilight Zone‘s iconic pig masks.

An actor who has appeared on Better Call Saul admitted to –SIT DOWN– cutting off his own arm so as to falsely pose as a war-wounded veteran. Holy crap.

A 49ers cheerleader knelt during the anthem in yesterday’s game. She is my new hero.

Oprah used some of her Oprah magic to stump for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams yesterday. Mike Pence was also in the state having a “MARSHA MARSHA MARSHA” moment, whinging that he’s important, too. Meanwhile, Fox News claimed “Oprah really represents the far left’s socialist agenda,” even though Oprah herself said at the Abrams rally that she is a registered Independent. BUT OK, GUYS.

Speaking of Fox News, sounds like Megyn Kelly’s triumphant return to Fox News isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Judd Apatow is continuing to call on Hollywood to stop selling their shows to Fox because of Fox News and the hate the network continues to peddle.

And he’s not the only one: Steve Levitan, the creator of Modern Family, has pledged to not work with Fox, “as long as Fox News remains such a destructive voice in our society.”

“By espousing unfounded conspiracy theories and justifying Trump’s reprehensible statements and actions, Fox News fuels our country’s divisiveness,” Levitan told Variety. “I sincerely hope Lachlan Murdoch recognizes the damage this is doing and finally brings sound journalistic ethics and standards to his network before more unhinged people are riled up to send bombs and shoot up churches and synagogues.”

On Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Fox News’ Chris Wallace denounced Donald Trump’s anti-media rhetoric, admitting that it was “dangerous.” “He said we swear an oath — the president did and he did — to the Constitution and the freedom of the press is the first amendment to the Constitution and when you call us the “enemy of the people” you’re undermining the Constitution. I completely agree,” Wallace said.

Which is great! But it would be even better if he would say the same on Fox News where Donald Trump might actually hear it.

To give Fox News the tiniest bit of credit, I will point out that on Tuesday, Fox & Friends‘ Brian Kilmeade said, “I really wish he would lose that term [enemy of the people]. It doesn’t help anybody, it doesn’t push back on the media that he wants to push back on and I think it gets too many other people aligned, it gets shrapnel with that statement because the press isn’t the enemy of the people.”

Of course this was immediately undermined 48 hours later when Ainsley Earhardt whined that Trump is justified in calling the press the “enemy of the people” when the media doesn’t report stories the way he wants them to, so.

So let’s talk about how repeatedly calling the media the enemy of the people is a dangerous practice that leads to real-world violence. This is a long piece about Gab — the social media platform that the synagogue shooter was using, and which has been accused of tolerating racial terrorists — and how its CEO actively recruited racists. It is worth reading. Anyway, the story recounts how a blogger who covers right-wing extremists and who used Gab in his reporting was subsequently doxxed by Gab users — and Gab did fuck all about it. The blogger then tweeted that it was the shooter himself who had organized the doxing effort:

It’s just not a far jump from harassing reporters to committing actual violence.

Meanwhile, anti-Semitism is growing louder and more emboldened. Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer had to cancel an event after the synagogue it was scheduled to take place was vandalized with “Kill All Jews” on an inside wall.

And it’s not just Trump’s words that are encouraging hatred on the extreme right, it’s actual policy his administration is implementing. When Donald Trump took office, the administration almost immediately redirected monies the Obama administration had allocated to combat violence by white supremacists and put them solely towards Islamic terrorism. This, when the Anti-Defamation League determined that 83 percent of extremist-related murders were committed by white supremacists.

Though the White House is eager to shift the blame, experts say Trump is driving the political realignment that has brought the far right-wing out of the shadows. “It doesn’t matter what the president’s intention is. It is how it is perceived by the general populous and the far fringes,” said Daryl Johnson, a former D.H.S. analyst, citing the president’s use of racially loaded terms such as “invaders” and “nationalist,” and his more controversial policy platforms, such as revoking birthright citizenship and banning Muslim immigrants. “When he flirts with that stuff and puts that stuff out, it is emboldening those who believe in the even more fringe conspiracy theories. Because he is seen as the highest government position in the land and he is endorsing these things,” Johnson told me. “These are all extremist messages that I saw on Stormfront and other white supremacist message boards 10 or 15 years ago, and now they are being endorsed as policy by the president.”

Don Lemon was right.

And we’re not even talking about the Trump Administration’s intention to erase trans people, a move that 56 of the largest corporations, including Apple, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Google, protested in a letter to the White House. Or this batshit insane idea to militarize the border against a caravan of migrants who might never even arrive here. Migrants, who in Trump’s pox-riddled imagination will be shot by our men and women in the military if they throw rocks, which they would obviously do because if we know one thing about refugees seeking asylum in a foreign country, they are violent rock throwers.

Wait, what?

But anyway who cares about logic or compassion when we can just cruelly discriminate and fearmonger, right?

But you know what? You can do something about all of this by voting. As Alyssa Milano reminded all of us in a recent podcast: “Voting is how we protect each other. It’s how we protect the LGBTQ community, our immigration friends, the marginalized, the people who don’t have health care insurance, who may lose their health care insurance, it’s how we protect each other.”

Early voting ends today here in Texas, and Election Day is on Tuesday. Care. Show up. We can do this.



In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • What We Do in the Shadows will debut on FX next spring.
  • Vai Anitta will begin streaming on November 16.
  • November 6 is apparently “Stranger Things Day.” I don’t know what this means in any practical way.



Homecoming: Julia Roberts stars in this psychological thriller from the guy who created Mr. Robot. Amazon

House of Cards: The final season of the political series finds Francis Underwood dead and Claire in charge. Season premiere. Netflix

Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus: The best show you’ve never heard of explores the backstories of some of the biggest names in funk music. Season premiere. 9 p.m., Cinemax

Watergate: A look at the biggest political scandal of the 20th century. No reason. 8 p.m., History


Shut Up and Dribble: A documentary series from LeBron James about the changing role NBA players have in the political scene. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Showtime

Fifty Shades Free: This is supposed to be one of the stupidest movies made in the last few years. Enjoy. 7 p.m., HBO

Saturday Night Live: Jonah Hill & Maggie Rogers.  10:30 p.m., NBC


The Walking Dead: Rick’s getting all of the attention, but Maggie is also leaving the show in this episode. 8 p.m., AMC

Outlander: Season four will be based on the novel, “Drums of Autumn.” Season premiere. 8 p.m., Starz

Mickey’s 90th Spectacular: A two-hour celebration of Disney. 7 p.m., ABC

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Season premiere. 7 p.m., Bravo

Axios: A four-part documentary from the political site of the same name exploring the week ahead in politics, business and technology. This is the series that revealed that Trump intends to revoke the 14th amendment, by the by. Series premiere. 5:30 p.m., HBO

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Benedict Cumberbatch, Minka Kelly, Orlando Leyba The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Billy Eichner, Itzhak Perlman Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Nene Leakes, Phoebe Robinson

FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Fresh Off the Boat
Child Support
CBS MacGyver
Hawaii Five-0
Blue Bloods
CW Dynasty
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
FOX Last Man Standing
The Cool Kids
Hell’s Kitchen
NBC Blindspot
Midnight, Texas

SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC College Football
CBS College Football: Alabama at LSU
FOX College Football: UCLA at Oregon
NBC Dateline Dateline Saturday Night Live News/Local Saturday Night Live
(Jonah Hill & Maggie Rogers)

SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
Mickey’s 90th Spectacular
The Alec Baldwin Show
CBS 60 Minutes
God Friended Me
NCIS: Los Angeles
Madam Secretary
The CW Local Supergirl
The Simpsons
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
NBC Sunday Night Football: Packers at Patriots


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