I’m going to be honest, this is post is full of bummers. But I’ve tucked some John Mulaney talking about cannibals in here to make it a little more palatable.

Everyone has their fingers crossed for a speedy recovery for Luke Perry:

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There were many other celebrities who wished Luke Perry well, but I included Kristy Swanson here because she co-starred in Buffy the Vampire Slayer with him. It was the first movie my cousin worked on when he moved to Los Angeles, and Luke Perry was by all accounts lovely to work with and kind to even a lowly production assistant. I still have my fingers crossed for him and hope he is home and healthy ASAP.

Feel better, Michael J. Fox.

Get better soon, Amanda Bynes.

And in even more downer news: Dennis Day, an original Muskateer, has been missing since July.

An end-of-the-week Jussie Smollett story round-up:

According to TMZ, Empire executives don’t believe the police’s story that Smollett staged the attack because he was upset about his salary, as he never complained to them about it. The brothers who were involved in the incident have released a statement expressing their regret in taking part.

Meanwhile, those two stories above will play into Smollett’s defense strategy which requires three things: 1. Discredit the witnesses, 2. Disprove the salary angle, and 3. Explain the check. Smollett’s team has already pointed out that the note on the check suggests that it was for fitness training, which he had hired the brothers for in the past.

Even if Smollett is found guilty, he’s unlikely to face prison time, according to Chicago-area defense attorneys.

Finally, Ellen Page, who so emotionally spoke out on Late Show with Stephen Colbert following the attack, wrote this powerful essay about the case. I genuinely hate this whole story and hate having to read about it and write about it. It hurts my heart because no matter what the truth is, it is a tragedy.

Time’s Up

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference has waded into the Leaving Neverland controversy, writing a letter demanding that HBO not air the documentary, calling it a “posthumous lynching.” The SCLC is an African-American civil rights organization that is closely associated with its first president Martin Luther King, Jr. I have a lot of complicated thoughts about this but don’t have the vocabulary to express them without potentially writing something that I might later regret, but I will say this: I find it disappointing that sexual abuse survivors’ civil rights are considered less important than a dead celebrity’s. Power is a corrosive element.

Oprah gets it.

Meanwhile, no one wants to buy Neverland Ranch. Gee, why not?

It should also be noted that the Jackson family, while decrying Wade Robson and James Safechuck as only lodging these accusations against Michael Jackson for money and attention, are the ones suing HBO for $100 million over the documentary because they know that if it tarnishes Jackson’s reputation, the money spigot that is the estate could be turned off. (Also, at the link is a very good review of the documentary.)

Here’s a timeline of the Jackson allegation in case you need reminding.

Two more shows do the #MeToo thing: Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Into the Dark. And besides that, they also both have Stephanie Beatriz in common!

And as a chaser to all that just terrible news:

Please watch this “True Confessions” which involves Jamaica, John Rich, and a cannibal. You won’t be disappointed:

These Killing Eve promo photos are delicious.

Turns out the Lannisters and the Targaryens weren’t the only siblings making out on Game of Thrones.

Ratings

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • When They See Us, the Ava DuVernay Central Park limited series, will debut on Netflix on May 31.
  • Critters — the series — will debut on Shudder on March 21.
  • Bosch returns on Amazon on April 19.
  • Pure will return on WGN on May 28.
  • SKAM Austin returns on Facebook on March 15.
  • Fosse/Verdon released a longer trailer. It premieres on FX on April 9.

R.I.P.

Katherine Helmond, Actress from Soap and Who’s the Boss. LIKE I SAID, TODAY iS A BUMMER.

Jay Douglas, SVP of Acquisitions at Anchor Bay Entertainment. People of a certain age (mine) should read this obituary — by releasing old B-movies on VHS, Douglas helped shape popular culture.

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

Losers: A profile of athletes who lost and how it changed them. Series premiere. Netflix

The Widow: Kate Beckinsale stars as a woman seeking answers about her husband’s death which leads her to the Congo. Series premiere. Amazon

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Live: JOHNMULANEYALERT 10:30 p.m., NBC

Skyscraper: Watch as The Rock defies physics. 7 p.m., HBO

SUNDAY

American Idol: This is back.  7 p.m., ABC

Leaving Neverland: Two men who testified that Michael Jackson never molested them have a new story to tell in this two-part documentary. 7 p.m., HBO

Good Girls: The women’s crimes begin catching up with them in the season premiere. 9 p.m., NBC

The Bush Years: Family, Duty, Power: A six-part look at the Bush family. Series premiere. 8 p.m., CNN

The Walking Dead: “Guardians.” 8 p.m., AMC

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Ryan Seacrest, Jack Whitehall, Shin Lim
  • Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): NeNe Leakes
FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Fresh Off the Boat
(new)
Speechless
(new)
20/20
(new)
CBS MacGyver
(repeat)
Hawaii Five-0
(repeat)
Blue Bloods
(repeat)
CW Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(repeat)
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
(repeat)
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
(repeat)
Local
FOX Last Man Standing
(new)
The Cool Kids
(new)
Proven Innocent
(new)
Local
NBC The Voice
(repeat)
Dateline
(new)

SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC NBA Basketball
(live)
News/Local
CBS Ransom
(new)
NCIS: Los Angeles
(repeat)
48 Hours
(new)
News/Local
FOX 9-1-1
(repeat)
Proven Innocent
(repeat)
News/Local
NBC Dateline Dateline Saturday Night Live
(repeat)
News/Local Saturday Night Live
(John Mulaney and Thomas Rhett)

SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
(new)
American Idol
(new)
Shark Tank
(repeat)
CBS 60 Minutes
(new)
God Friended Me
(new)
NCIS: Los Angeles
(new)
Madam Secretary
(new)
The CW Local Supergirl
(new)
Charmed
(new)
Local
FOX The Simpsons
(repeat)
Bob’s Burgers
(repeat)
The Simpsons
(new)
Bob’s Burgers
(new)
Family Guy
(new)
Family Guy
(repeat)
Local/News
NBC World of Dance
(new)
World of Dance
(new)
Good Girls
(new)

 

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