California is burning, people are dying and our president is being a fucking monster about it. But what else is new, right?

The big story this morning is the devastating and deadly fires that are tearing through California this morning. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the infernos (including some of my relatives), at least 29 people have died and hundreds more are missing.

The fires have hit Hollywood hard, destroying the Paramount Ranch where Westworld, among many other films and shows, was filmed.

According to the Parks Service which took over the property in 1980, The Cisco KidGunsmoke, The X-Files, The Dukes of Hazzard, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Mentalist, Weeds and Hulu’s Quickdraw were also shot there.

Although it was originally reported that the Bachelor McMansion was also in peril — as of yesterday, it appeared to have survived the fires. The house next door burned down.

And Drunk History had to shut down production:

Many celebrities have lost their home:

Camille Grammer and Neil Young also lost their homes.

Kim Kardashian, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Martin, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Lady Gaga, Caitlyn Jenner, Rainn Wilson, and Guillermo del Toro were all forced to evacuate.

And in an unexpected twist, James Woods found a shred of humanity and helped Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs with their horses. I mean, he just tweeted advice and put out a call for help so it’s not like he personally went and saved the animals or anything, but in this day and age even that seems remarkable and I’ll take what I can get.

Because we certainly can’t look to our so-called president for leadership. Instead, this fucker right here attacked California in a pair of particularly hostile tweets:

Surprisingly, people did not respond well to the president of the United States threatening to cut off funding to a state while they were in the midst of a natural disaster and PEOPLE WERE DYING. Leaving aside how he’s just FUCKING WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING, that the fires were not caused by mismanagement, but are a natural phenomena that have been exacerbated by climate change and again, PEOPLE AND ANIMALS WERE DYING, this response is a perfect example of how this man is not and will never become presidential. Instead of trying to heal a saddened and scared nation or bring people together in a moment of crisis, his instinct is to attack those whom he perceives to be political enemies — in this case the entire state of California because it is blue and will never vote for him. It is Puerto Rico all over again and it is disgusting.

The president of the California Professional Firefighters had a few thoughts about President Numbnut’s tweet:

“The president’s message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is Ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines.

“At a time when our every effort should be focused on vanquishing the destructive fires and helping the victims, the president has chosen instead to issue an uninformed political threat aimed squarely at the innocent victims of these cataclysmic fires.

“At this moment, thousands of our brother and sister firefighters are putting their lives on the line to protect the lives and property of thousands. Some of them are doing so even as their own homes lay in ruins. In my view, this shameful attack on California is an attack on all our courageous men and women on the front lines.

“The president’s assertion that California’s forest management policies are to blame for catastrophic wildfire is dangerously wrong. Wildfires are sparked and spread not only in forested areas but in populated areas and open fields fueled by parched vegetation, high winds, low humidity and geography. Moreover, nearly 60 percent of California forests are under federal management, and another two-thirds under private control. It is the federal government that has chosen to divert resources away from forest management, not California.

“Natural disasters are not “red” or “blue” – they destroy regardless of party. Right now, families are in mourning, thousands have lost homes, and a quarter-million Americans have been forced to flee. At this desperate time, we would encourage the president to offer support in word and deed, instead of recrimination and blame.”

I suppose I should point out that someone in the White House noticed that the tweets were … ill-advised, shall we say, and wrestled his phone away to tweet something more appropriate:

But we all know he didn’t write that shit.

Exactly, Don Cheadle. Exactly.

If you want to help those who are suffering, The New York Times has a good list of reputable charities and organizations beyond the usual suspects.

In other TV News

CNN is considering suing the White House to restore Jim Acosta’s press credentials. GOOD. DO IT. SUE THE BASTARDS.

Meanwhile, Kellyanne Conway admitted that the video Sarah Huckabee Sanders posted as justification for stripping Acosta of his White House access was sped up, but claims it’s no big deal because they speed up replay videos in sports? Of course, the video was sped up to make it look like the contact Acosta made with the intern was more forceful than it actually was, but sure, OK.

ZOMG LIL’ SEBASTIAN WAS ON THE GOOD PLACE AND YOU MISSED IT.

God dammit, George.

Comfort yourself that The Winds of Winter will probably never be published with these ridiculous Game of Thrones Christmas sweaters.

Or you could enter this drawing for an amazing Targaryen bag.

If you have $30,000 burning a hole in your pocket you can buy Mork’s egg. For considerably less, you can pick up some blue meth.

This piece reveals absolutely nothing about the Watchmen series.

Patrick Stewart is taking a very hands-on role in the creation of the Captain Picard spinoff series.

So we’re just going to give Chip and Joanna Gaines an entire network to hawk shiplap? Huh.

LOL, NBC should have fired Megyn Kelly a long time ago.

Based on some iffy metrics, Stranger Things is not just the most popular series on Netflix, it’s the most popular series on any streaming platform. And a new episode hasn’t dropped in over a year.

Hope you weren’t excited about an Alf reboot.

General Hospital is celebrating Maurice Benard’s 25th year playing Sonny Corinthos.

I’m a control freak so, no, I would not allow reality television producers to choose anything for me. Next question.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Proven Innocent will premiere on Fox on February 15.
  • Our Planet will premiere on Netflix on April 5.
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm is … filming. No word on when it returns on HBO.

R.I.P.

Douglas Rain, Actor whose best-known role might be the voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

John Rogers, President of Comic-Con

WATCH THIS

Manifest: Let the experiments begin! 9 p.m., NBC

Startalk: The fifth season premiere episode of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s talk show features an interview with Anthony Bourdain. (~sniff~) 10 p.m., National Geographic

The Price of Everything: This documentary ponders how we determine the value of fine art (and how much of it might just be complete bullshit). This is also a good time to suggest that you watch Exit Through the Gift Shop if you have not already. 7 p.m., HBO

Mars: Tensions rise on Mars in the second season premiere. 8 p.m., National Geographic

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jamie Foxx, Troye Sivan, Charli XCX & Troye Sivan Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kerry Washington, David Sedaris, Mamoudou Athie, Caitlin Kalafus The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Hugh Jackman, Jeff Tweedy, United States Army Field Band’s Six String Soldiers The Late Late Show with James Corden: Octavia Spencer, Jesse Williams, Pentatonix Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jeff Bridges, S.E. Cupp, Midland The Daily Show: Jeffrey Wright Watch What Happens Live: Jenni Pulos, Emily Simpson

 

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