We are going to begin with a story that is really only media-adjacent but I am leading with it because it is so delicious. George Conway, husband of Kellyanne, explained on a podcast recently why he didn’t join the Trump Administration, calling it a “shitshow in a dumpster fire.” Hence the cover image.
Those who follow politics or journalists on Twitter know that George Conway has long been outspoken about Trump, and while he didn’t start off that way (he cried happy tears when Trump was elected) two years into the administration, Conway could be considered a leading “Never Trumper.” There are plenty of other Never Trump conservatives out there building their reputations on criticizing Trump and his administration. Frankly, this should be easy to do as anyone with any moral fiber regardless of party should be offended by how this President is conducting himself. Embracing white supremacy should not be a conservative value. Tearing down the Justice Department, insulting the intelligence community, attacking the free press, raising tariffs, suggesting that the military didn’t do a good enough job when they killed Osama Bin Laden, refusing to honor our war dead because it’s raining outside, NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE CONSERVATIVE VALUES.
But unlike any other Never Trumpers, Conway is married to one of Trump’s most prominent mouthpieces, and yet he does not back down from his criticism or even keep a polite silence when he is shocked or mortified by something this President has done. So good for him. I’m not saying that you have to hail these people whose politics and values do not align with yours as heroes, but it’s important to note when people are taking moral stands, especially when it might have profound personal ramifications, as it certainly must with Conway. He and other conservatives who publicly criticize the president are doing a service to this country by reminding people that Trump ≠ America, and that it is patriotic to point out when norms and institutions are being destroyed by dangerous men.
As I said, Conway is not the only conservative face who is willing to challenge Trump. Fox News’ Chris Wallace interviewed Trump recently, an interview that aired yesterday, in which Wallace defended Acosta and all of the media that the Inciter-in-Chief has called the “enemy of the people,” telling him to his bloated orange face that the press is “in solidarity.”
Wallace also told Trump that he is a “beacon of repression” to dictators around the world:
Wallace also dunked on Trump thusly:
MORE OF ALL OF THIS PLEASE. It’s a simple thing, but it’s an important thing. The press needs to stand together if it is going to continue serving its crucial role as a bulwark against authoritarianism and falsehoods. Like with Conway and the other Never Trumpers who create a space where conservatives can safely point out the more dangerous impulses of this president and demonstrate that it is not anti-conservative or unpatriotic to do so, the conservative media must also step up and tell power to its face when it is wrong or lying or trampling norms and insist that they will not stand idly by.
As for Acosta, that whole drama isn’t over yet. The White House has announced their intentions to yank his press credentials just as soon as the 14-day temporary restraining order granting him access expires. In response, CNN is requesting an emergency hearing to make sure that does not happen.
Meanwhile, Trump claims that he wants “total freedom of press” — so long as reporters act with “respect” which means never confronting him with questions he doesn’t want to answer and tolerating him treating them like trash and calling them stupid.
The White House Correspondent’s Association has taken a NO COMEDIANS position for their annual dinner because they are ninnies and the administration currently in power has precious, delicate fee-fees that mustn’t be challenged. If I were in charge, Jim Acosta would be the host for the dinner this year. Instead, presidential biographer Ron Chernow will be the host.
In Other TV News
Channing Dungey, the president of ABC and the first African-American entertainment executive of a major network, is stepping down. I personally think she’s done a great job at the network, really opening it up to diverse programming, while also trying to not ignore the “forgotten man,” OR WHATEVER, but it’s a tumultuous time both for ABC with the upcoming Disney/Fox merger and for broadcast networks in general.
Timeless is threatening that Future Lucy and Future Wyatt are going to “drop a bomb” on Lucy and Wyatt in the two-hour finale. We also know that Lucy won’t be in the final final scene. HMMMM.
America’s Got Talent announced the all-star acts which will compete in “Champions” this winter: Susan Boyle, Darci Lynn, and two of my favorites: Prince Poppycock and Piff the Magic Dragon will all be back.
Apparently, Ted Danson is such a nice guy, he’ll call you to tell you how much fun he had working with you earlier in the day. Here he is being taught how to floss by his castmates, which is the purest thing you’ll see today.
Meanwhile, how great was SORTA SPOILER Janet’s fight scene in last week’s The Good Place? I’m with Eleanor, Janet’s hot.
George R.R. Martin says that he is going “into hiding” to finish Winds of Winter. True fact, my family and I are going to be in Santa Fe in the near future, and I have every intention to HUNT THIS FUCKER DOWN AND FORCE HIM TO FINISH THIS GOD DAMN BOOK. I’ve already packed the rope, duct tape and astronaut diapers. You think I’m joking, George. I AM NOT JOKING.
Danny DeVito knows about his shrine and he is honored as he should be:
Sadly, the shrine has been discovered by the school and sealed forever. It was beautiful while it lasted.
The Big Mouth joke involving a thermometer that was a bridge too far even for Netflix.
ALERT! THERE MIGHT BE A PINKY AND THE BRAIN REBOOT. MAYBE. NARF.
Documentary Now‘s upcoming musical episode will be available on vinyl. And speaking of albums, Rachel Bloom wants to release an album of filthy songs as soon as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is over. Yes, please.
Yesterday was Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. He doesn’t look a day over ~frantically looks up average lifespan of a mouse~ two years? I don’t know.
Here’s a Scrubs reunion photo. However, if you are hoping for an actual revival, it is more likely to come in movie form rather than a real reboot of the series. We learned this at a Vulture panel this weekend where we also learned that when the series moved from NBC to ABC they had to clean up their act.
Maybe you’re too old for a no-holds-barred wrestling match, David Arquette. Maybe you’re making bad life decisions, David Arquette.
Netflix has added a Stan Lee easter egg to its search function:
Mike Schur says he would work with Aziz Ansari again and has some nice thoughts on tackling the issues at their roots, which is great. However, I’d be curious to know if Schur would work with Louis C.K. again because it’s still questionable if Ansari actually did anything wrong at all or if it was just bad, poorly communicated sex. As for Louis C.K. …
Busy Philipps was fucked over by her ex-boyfriend for credit on Blades of Glory, and it made her so angry it gave her PTSD. This is what being a woman in this country is like.
Junot Diaz has been cleared by the Pulitzer Prize board of which he used to be the chairman.
I’ll admit this is not related to the entertainment business, but fuck you, Betsy DeVos.
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lives to see a seventh season.
- Big Mouth has been renewed for a third season.
- Mr. Mercedes has been renewed for a third season on Audience.
- The Bone Collector is being developed into a series at NBC.
- Piety, a cult crime drama, is being developed by FX.
- The Marriage Lie, a drama, is in the works at ABC.
- First Lady, a “provocative” drama, is being developed at CBS.
- Next, an A.I. drama, is being developed at Fox.
- Uncle Joey and Significant Brother, both semi-autobiographical comedies, are being developed at Fox.
- Buffalo Wings, a comedy, is in development at Fox.
- An untitled female Texas Rangers series is in the works at Fox.
- Devil May Cry, an animated series from the creator of Castlevania, is being developed at Netflix.
- Sweet Tooth, a drama based on a comic series of the same name, is being developed at Hulu.
- Escape from Hat, an animated feature, is coming to Netflix.
- Coyote Peterson will get his own show on Animal Planet.
- House of Gold is being developed into a series on ITV.
- Eric Friedman has signed an overall deal with Disney Channel.
- Jessica Lange is going to be in Ryan Murphy’s The Politician on Netflix. It was the role that Barbara Streisand was supposed to take.
- John Cryer is your new Lex Luther.
- David Harbor is going to be in Netflix’s Dhaka with Chris Hemsworth.
- Claire Foy will host Saturday Night Live next month.
- Sofie Gråbøl and Katherine Kelly are joining HBO’s Gentleman Jack.
- Gregory Harrison will guest star on American Housewife.
- Rebecca Creskoff and Michael Horse are joining the cast of Claws.
- Alicia Coppola is joining Empire.
- Resha Shetty is joining Instinct on CBS.
- Tammi Mac is joining Star.
- Nadine Nicole is joining The Village on NBC.
- Connie Britton is joining the Roger Ailes movie. It’s really quite the cast.
Mark Your Calendar
- SMILF returns on Showtime on January 20.
- The Magicians returns on Syfy on January 23.
- Crashing returns on HBO in January and it is chock full of comedians you recognize.
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air after the Super Bowl; The Late Late Show and Magnum P.I. after the AFC Championship.
- The Innocent Man, a docuseries from John Grisham, will debut on December 14 on Netflix.
Jerry Frankel, Broadway Producer
Pablo Ferro, Movie title sequence creator known for his work on Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, among others.
Manifest: Ben makes an unlikely alliance. 9 p.m., NBC
The Little Drummer Girl: All you need to know is that Eric the Vampire stars. But if for some reason you need to know more: it’s a miniseries based on a John LaCarre novel so it’s about spies in the 70s or something. Miniseries premiere. 8 p.m., AMC
Dancing with the Stars: Someone wins the coveted disco ball. Season finale. 7 p.m., ABC
The Last Kingdom: The entire third season. It’s expected to be based on the Cornwell novel’s The Burning Land and Death of Kings. Netflix
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Mark Twain Prize: Our undisputed queen of comedy is honored. 8 p.m., PBS
- Last Vermont Christmas: 8 p.m., Hallmark Movie Channel
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Mahershala Ali, Chris Colfer, Blake Mycoskie, Michael Buble Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sarah Silverman, Jason Mantzoukas, Broods The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Millie Bobby Brown, Paul Simon The Late Late Show with James Corden: Kurt Russell, Viggo Mortensen, Marc E. Bassy featuring G-Eazy Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bono, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Kristen Bell, Channing Tatum, Snoop Dogg, Mila Kunis, Pharrell Watch What Happens Live: Mariah Carey
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