Good morning, and welcome back to the regular news cycle. Yes, my Christmas tree is still up, the lights are still on the house, presents are still scattered across the floor, and one kid still hasn’t gone back to school, but the Golden Globes were last night, so I guess we’re back. Speaking of the Golden Globes, I considering doing a post about them — but if I’m being completely honest, I’m inclined not to because OH MY GOD THEY WERE SO BORING.
So instead of talking about the Golden Globes (for now), I present a gallery of all the shows that will not see the light of day in 2019.
Hey, The Bachelor is back to ruin my life tonight with a THREE-HOUR EPISODE (which is also part of the reason I don’t want to Golden Globe in addition to the fact that it was sooooooo boring), and we already have a social media scandal brewing about one of the contestants. Meanwhile, Colton is giving interviews that sure make it sound like he pulls a Kelly Taylor and chooses Colton.
Netflix set up a bunch of pop-up shops from Bandersnatch in London and Birmingham. But even if they weren’t in a different country, they’re still completely inaccessible: you can’t actually go inside any of them. BOO.
Here’s everything we know about Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot so far. The most surprising thing? It’s not expected to premiere until the fall. I thought for sure it was going to debut in the first half of 2019.
Daredevil fans have launched a campaign to save the series — but they are directing their attention at Disney, not Netflix because they know the jig is up over there.
BBC is increasing their streaming presence in an attempt to compete with Netflix and Amazon.
The New York Times‘ media critic wrote an impassioned attack on Netflix for censoring Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that is worth reading.
LEGAL UPDATES: Jon Benet’s brother has settled her defamation lawsuit with CBS. Olivia de Havilland’s lawsuit against Ryan Murphy has been turned down by the Supreme Court, so that’s over with. A photographer is suing Viacom over a Cardi B. photo. Interesting. And Los Angeles is suing The Weather Channel, accusing its app of mining user data.
Following Kevin Hart’s appearance on Ellen, in which the host expressed her support of him and dismissed criticism of his past homophobic “jokes” and comments as just coming from “haters” and “trolls,” Don Lemon addressed the controversy — and Hart directly — as a gay man, urging Hart to do more to make things right with the LGBTQ community:
“We in the African-American community, we have to stop low key co-signing homophobia. And we won’t tolerate jokes that tell those youth otherwise. We need to talk about how people who may have messed up and become allies as well, because apologizing and moving on does not make the world a better place for people who are gay, or people who are transgender. Being an ally does,” he said.
“So Kevin, no one is against you. No one said that you should be fired or any of that. What they want for you is to bring light to this, to be an ally. So it is your chance to do the right thing, and possibly save lives.”
Hart, WHO STILL ISN’T GETTING IT, posted this on Instagram in response:
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When did we get to the point where we forgot that we all learn, then we all have the ability to grow and with that growth comes a wealth of knowledge. You can’t change without a understanding of what GROWTH means. #Message #LiveLoveLaugh #HappySaturday …..Please grasp this and use it in 2019
OH MY GOD, NO ONE IS SAYING THAT YOU AREN’T CAPABLE OF GROWTH, KEVIN, THEY JUST WANT YOU TO USE YOUR PLATFORM TO APOLOGIZE AND DO BETTER. THIS ISN’T HARD.
Meanwhile, Vance DeGeneres (Ellen’s brother and previous correspondent for The Daily Show), defended her on Twitter:
And no one is questioning Ellen’s motives! I genuinely think she was trying to do the right thing and build a bridge and offer forgiveness. The problem is that Hart hadn’t done the work to earn forgiveness and she, as a lesbian, was absolving him on behalf of the entire LGBTQ community. So … you know, she deserves the criticism she received.
Anyway, Hart has turned down the hosting gig again, so can we stop talking about him again? Please?
Let’s talk about R. Kelly instead. Surviving R. Kelly debuted on Lifetime this weekend and plenty of people are talking about a controversy that, not unlike the Cosby controversy, remained not taken seriously despite being out in the open. The premiere episode broke Lifetime’s ratings’ record.
John Legend was one of the only major musicians who participated in the documentary, which some people called courageous on his part.
We love John Legend.
Chance the Rapper has made a formal apology for recording a song with Kelly, and did some important self-reflection as to why he didn’t value the stories of Kelly’s accusers:
Jada Pinkett Smith urged people to watch the series:
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I just watched this with my daughter Willow. It was tough to watch but deeply important. It brought up A LOT for us both. Mothers and fathers … it’s tough content but it’s important we have conversations with both our daughters and sons around the many issues in this docuseries. It’s well done and makes it clear that we gotta do better … in so many ways.
Infuriatingly, Kelly’s sales and streams have spiked since the series debuted, prompting Smith to ask what the hell is she missing?
Come on, people. Take black women seriously.
Kevin Spacey went to court today to face charges he sexually assaulted a young man.
Extra’s AJ Calloway has been accused of sexual assault by two more women.
Here’s an eight-year-old video of Drake being inappropriate with an underage audience member this one time. It’s gross, especially in light of accusations of Drake having a habit of grooming young women.
In her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes last night, Regina King promised that all of her future projects will be 50% female, and urged others to join her. I don’t know how many different ways I can say that I love Regina King.
- Border Live has been canceled by Discovery.
- The Alec Baldwin Show has been removed from Saturday nights on ABC which is not officially a cancellation (but it might as well be).
- Ileana Douglas is joining Goliath on Amazon.
- Leonardo Nam is going to join Swamp Thing on DC Universe.
Mark Your Calendar
- HBO released a first look teaser that features Big Little Lies, Watchmen and Sansa handing Winterfell over to Daenerys:
- Fosse/Verdon will debut on FX “soon.”
- Carmen Sandiego will debut on Netflix on January 18.
- Hanna will debut on Amazon in March.
- The Circus will return on Showtime on January 27.
- Here are five straight hours inside Janet’s void:
William Morgan Sheppard, Actor on Doctor Who and Star Trek and father of Supernatural’s Mark Sheppard
Christine McGuire, One of the McGuire Sisters
Richard Marks, Editor mostly of films, but also of TV movies and one Academy Awards presentation
The Bachelor: Oh lord, it’s back. Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
Manifest: OH LORD, IT’S BACK. UGH. Mid-season premiere. 9 p.m., NBC
America’s Got Talent: The Champions: Oh lord, it’s back? Or, I guess, it’s here? Because technically this isn’t the same thing as America’s Got Talent? (But it totally is.) Series premiere. 7 p.m., NBC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: James Spader, Lindsay Lohan, Noname featuring Smino & Saba
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Chris Hayes, Donna Missal, Charlie Hall
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Ethan Hawke, Jon Glaser, Taylor Bennett
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Adam McKay, John David Washington, Alec Benjamin
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Courteney Cox, Brian Tyree Henry, Mt. Joy
- The Daily Show: TBA
- Busy Tonight: William Jackson Harper
- Watch What Happens Live: Lisa Vanderpump
|CBS||The Big Bang Theory
|NBC||America’s Got Talent: The Champions