It’s that time again: when I tell you what the best shows of the year were and then scream at yet another man for being a fucking victim-shaming creep.

Hey, I’ve made a list of the 20 best TV shows of the year. But let me give you a little inside scoop you won’t find in my piece at Chron.com: I hate ranking things. I’m happy to tell you what the best 20 shows of the year were, but I hate being forced to say X show was better than Y show because sometimes they’re not better? Sometimes they are equally good, just in their own ways? And what I’m saying is that the order that these shows are in is virtually meaningless — in fact, #20 was chosen because of the picture (scantily clad women are the best way to get the clickies) — with the exception of my choice for the best show of the year. That shit is serious.

Kid Rock has been fired as the Grand Marshall of the Nashville Christmas Parade after calling Joy Behar a bitch. LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL I AM DEAD. Replacing him will be James Shaw Jr., the Waffle House Hero.

Rod Serling’s daughter, ladies and gentlemen:

Netflix “accidentally” tweeted a potential release date for Black Mirror (see below) and people are already theorizing what it all means.

You can now tour Alexandria, Sanctuary, Hilltop, Oceania, and the Heaps.

Speaking of: Jadis (“Haircut”) has revealed that she will probably be in at least the first Rick Grimes Walking Dead spinoff movies. “She also said the movies would give viewers ‘more of an understanding of the community that [the helicopter group] came from and that I’m going to with them.'”

Did the Scream homage give away who the Gargoyle King is in last week’s Riverdale? Probably not, but it’s fun to speculate!

This is very cute: grown-ish recreated A Different World‘s opening title sequence shot-for-shot.

YOU WON’T BE SAFE FROM LIFETIME MOVIES FOR LONG, HANUKKAH.

The Problem with Apu.

If you were ever wondering who Conan’s worst guest was, now you know.

The Rogue One prequel series on Disney+ is going to be helmed by a former Americans producer.

What IS going on over at Paramount Network?

Ryan Murphy is coming for you, homophobes.

#MeToo

Neil deGrasse Tyson has been accused by two more women of sexual misconduct. Fox, NatGeo and the producers of Cosmos are doing an investigation. Meanwhile, deGrasse Tyson released a lengthy statement disputing the incidents, including those of a third woman who accused him of raping her back in graduate school — an accusation you might remember I wrote about here about a year ago.

At the time, I was uncomfortable writing about the rape accusation against him. No other women had stepped forward saying that he had been inappropriate with them in any way, and the accuser, frankly, came off as a little odd. Of course, that doesn’t mean something didn’t happen and I hesitate even mentioning that detail at all because women who have accused powerful men (or, honestly, any man) of inappropriate behavior have long been labeled “crazy” as a means to dismiss or diminish their claims.

Which brings me to deGrasse Tyson’s statement. With the two new accusations, he doesn’t refute that something happened, he just argues his behavior was completely innocent and misinterpreted by the women. For instance, he claims that he just invited his assistant into his apartment for some friendly wine and cheese, and says he never touched her in any way except for a “special” handshake. His accuser’s story is quite different, claiming that in the middle of the #MeToo movement, deGrasse Tyson invited her into his apartment where he removes his shirt, plays romantic music, talks about needing “releases,” including physical releases, and then insisted on showing her a “Native American handshake” which involved holding hands, looking into each other’s eyes and feeling for the other’s pulse. Gross. GROSS.

As for the woman who claimed he raped her, he admits they did have a brief relationship and that after it ended, he didn’t see her again until a few years later when she was married with children and had dropped out of graduate school. Fine.

But then he goes and writes this: “For me, what was most significant, was that in this new life, long after dropping out of astrophysics graduate school, she was posting videos of colored tuning forks endowed with vibrational therapeutic energy that she channels from the orbiting planets. As a scientist, I found this odd.”

You see what he’s saying here? Because she doesn’t do “science” but instead posts about some new agey nonsense, she must not be taken seriously. He doesn’t call her crazy, but he might as well have.

He then writes: “Meanwhile, according to her blog posts, the drug and rape allegation comes from an assumption of what happened to her during a night that she cannot remember. It is as though a false memory had been implanted, which, because it never actually happened, had to be remembered as an evening she doesn’t remember. Nor does she remember waking up the next morning and going to the office. I kept a record of everything she posted, in case her stories morphed over time. So this is sad, which, for me, defies explanation.”

Yeah, it’s almost as though if someone was drugged, she might not have the most distinct memories of what happened. Go ask Bill Cosby if that is exonerating, Neil.

He begins and ends his post shitting on the #MeToo movement, arguing that “emotions” have bypassed due process (which literally has not happened once yet — yes, men have been fired from their jobs when internal investigations have shown something happened, but no one has been thrown into jail without a fucking trial, NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON), points out that this is just a he-said/she-said, and he ends with a petulant, “I’m the accused, so why believe anything I say? Why believe me at all?”

Ugh. I was willing to, Neil. I really was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. But that ended the moment you started calling your accusers crazy. Get bent, dude.

WBTV is investigating claims against Black Lightning showrunner Salim Akil. He claims the accusations of abuse are “completely untrue.”

Terry Crews is still fighting to dismantle the “complicit system” of sexual assault and toxic masculinity. God bless Terry Crews.

Oh cool, the Comedy Cellar, the club that Louis C.K. likes to make surprise performances, is going to host a #MeToo fundraiser, so I guess we can’t be mad at it anymore, ladies!

Harvey Weinstein claims that he couldn’t have abused a bunch of his accusers because he received nice emails from them.

You won’t be hearing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” on this radio station.

Cancellations

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Black Mirror very well might return on Netflix on December 28. Maybe. And it might include an interactive choose-your-own-adventure.
  • I’m Sorry returns on TruTV on January 9.
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will return on Netflix on April 5.
  • The Innocent Man will debut on Netflix on December 14.
  • Les Misérables will air on BBC sometime in the near future, I suppose. HOW HARD IS IT TO GIVE A DATE, BBC?

R.I.P.

Ken Berry, Actor from Mama’s Family, F Troop, Dr. Kildare, and Mayberry R.F.D.

Alixe Gordin, Casting director

Kuma, Dog in Dog with a Blog and Mutt & Stuff

George H. W. Bush, 41st President. Look, I understand the argument that when a powerful person dies, particularly when someone as powerful as a former president, we should not just shower their legacy with unexamined praise. And I am not here to hail him as some sort of perfect or ideal Republican, I know full well that his policies on drugs and crime in particular hurt millions of people. But I do believe that he was a genuinely good man who tried to do the right thing for his country, a president who actually did put country ahead of party, and that he truly believed in service, responsibility, and honor.

As a Houstonian, it is possible that I view him through a more affectionate lens than he might deserve when cooly assessing his actual policies as President. But you can’t deny that he was a President who was able to laugh at himself ~cough~ unlike some assholes ~cough~. In fact, Bush openly embraced the man best known for his impersonation of him, inviting Dana Carvey to the White House. It was a very different time, kids.

President Bush will have a memorial service in Washington D.C. on Wednesday which will be covered by all the news stations. He will then have a funeral service here in Houston on Thursday, which at the time of this writing will be covered by NBC and MSNBC (and most likely all the other stations).

George H. W. Bush is already missed.

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WATCH THIS

Vanderpump Rules: These drunk dummies are back. Season premiere. 8 p.m., Bravo

Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland: Sandra Bland was an African-American woman who was arrested in Waller County (right outside of Houston) after a contentious traffic stop, and was later found dead, hanging in her jail cell. The police claimed it was suicide, her family have long protested otherwise. This documentary explores Bland’s story. 9 p.m., HBO

Always at the Carlyle: This is a documentary about the Carlyle Hotel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and how a bunch of famous people like to stay there. 8 p.m., Starz

Deal or No Deal: Hey, remember this show where Howie Mandel was there and there were briefcases and a bunch of models and someone called “The Banker”? They’re bringing it back on CNBC, and reintroducing it on NBC tonight. Still better than Manifest9 p.m., NBC

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Trevor Noah returns to South Africa in this special episode. 10 p.m., Comedy Central

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Margot Robbie, Elsie Fisher, Hootie & the Blowfish Late Night with Seth Meyers: Michael Douglas, Rufus Wainwright, Nikki Glaspie The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lucas Hedges, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats The Late Late Show with James Corden: Sara Gilbert, Jeff Goldblum Jimmy Kimmel Live: Julie Bowen, RuPaul, Phosphorescent The Daily Show: “Self-Deportation Edition: a Special Presentation from South Africa” Watch What Happens Live: Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright

Heads up, Houston: this schedule may not apply to us, thanks to local coverage of President Bush’s death. Plan accordingly.

 

MON. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Great Christmas Light Fight
(new)
The Good Doctor
(new)
CBS The Neighbor-hood
(new)
Happy Together
(new)
The Big Bang Theory
(repeat)
The Big Bang Theory
(repeat)
Bull
(new)
CW Arrow
(new)
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
(new)
Local
FOX The Resident
(repeat)
9-1-1
(repeat)
News/Local
NBC The Voice
(new)
Deal or No Deal
(new)
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