The Emmys nominations were announced while I was typing this, so I’ll get to them in a separate post sometime later today. I am already exhausted. That said, Game of Thrones was nominated for best drama, so go ahead and deal with your feelings about that, whatever they may be.
“The internet affects all this to a degree it was never affected before,” Martin tells EW when asked about fan reaction to the final season. “Like Jon Snow’s parentage. There were early hints about [who Snow’s parents were] in the books, but only one reader in 100 put it together. And before the internet that was fine — for 99 readers out of 100 when Jon Snow’s parentage gets revealed it would be, ‘Oh, that’s a great twist!’ But in the age of the internet, even if only one person in 100 figures it out then that one person posts it online and the other 99 people read it and go, ‘Oh, that makes sense.’ Suddenly the twist you’re building towards is out there. And there is a temptation to then change it [in the upcoming books] — ‘Oh my god, it’s screwed up, I have to come up with something different.’ But that’s wrong. Because you’ve been planning for a certain ending and if you suddenly change direction just because somebody figured it out, or because they don’t like it, then it screws up the whole structure. So no, I don’t read the fan sites. I want to write the book I’ve always intended to write all along. And when it comes out they can like it or they can not like it.”
And listen, like I said in my recaps, if George takes his time and still arrives at the same places that the show did, I’ll actually be OK with it (except for Cersei; that bitch deserves to be strangled to death by Jaime). I’m not mad at Daenerys’ fate or what happens with the Night King, I just want it to make a lick of damn sense.
As for the Game of Thrones prequel: it’s begun filming in Italy, and we have our first look at the Stark sigil in an early form:
After two years, Netflix has edited out the graphic, three-minute-long suicide scene in 13 Reasons Why. Took y’all long enough, damn.
I am not going to subscribe to AMC Premiere, AMC’s streaming service that you have to pay for because fuck that, but if I WERE to subscribe to AMC Premiere, it would be because they are now making Rubicon, the most under-appreciated original AMC series, available commercial-free. Great show. I might have to move my Tubular recaps of it over here.
I’m not watching Big Brother — I haven’t seen an episode of Big Brother in well over a decade — but it sounds like the editing shenanigans over there this season are particularly despicable.
A former Fox & Friends host, Clayton Morris, has been accused of running a slumlord Ponzi scheme in Indianapolis and he and his wife, a former MSNBC anchor Natali Morris, have fucked off to Portugal after being hit with more than two dozen lawsuits. Natali is claiming her husband is being targeted because of his time on Fox News: “… America is polarized and if you can write a headline about a Fox News guy doing something wrong, it will get clicked on in order to reinforce people’s conviction bias, one way or another.” Or … alternatively, he cashed in on his fame as a Fox News host and convinced a bunch of people to make a questionable investment that turned out to be a pile of shit. You know, one or the other.
Andrea Mitchell is receiving a well-earned Lifetime Achievement Award from the News and Documentary Emmys.
The fallout from President Firestarter’s racist tweets continues: In her inaugural broadcast as the anchor of CBS Evening News, Norah O’Donnell referred to the tweets as “racist,” without qualifying or softening it. But Brit Hume of Fox News sniffs that while the tweets might have been “xenophobic” they didn’t rise to the level of “racist.”
As you can see, his ass got ratioed pretty hard. So he responded with a definition of racism:
Except he clearly forgot that the dictionary is part of the resistance and isn’t having it:
Team Dictionary (as usual).
- Craig of the Creek and Victor & Valentino have been renewed at Cartoon Network.
- Zoe Valentine has been renewed at Brat.
- Making the Band is coming back to MTV according to P. Puff Diddy Daddy.
- Same Time, Next Christmas, starring Lea Michele, is coming to ABC.
- A Jack Reacher series is being developed for Amazon.
- Winos, a comedy from Thomas Lennon, is being developed at Quibi.
- Oceans, a natural history series from the Blue Planet folks, is coming to Netflix.
- Into the Dark‘s September installment will be Pure (and will star Jahkara Smith, who is the only YouTube personality that matters).
- NBC is going to produce two news programs for Quibi.
- The Fungies has been greenlit at Cartoon Network.
- Oliver Jackson-Cohen will co-star in The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix.
- Jade Albany will star in The Naked Director on Netflix.
- Natalie Sharp is joining BH90210 on Fox.
- Madison Thompson has joined Ozark on Netflix.
Mark Your Calendars
- On Becoming a God in Central Florida will debut on Showtime on August 25.
- The Daily Show and Late Night with Stephen Colbert will both broadcast live on July 30 and 31, following the Democratic Presidential Debates.
- Good Eats: The Return will return on Food Network on August 25.
- When Hope Calls will debut on Hallmark Movies on August 30.
- Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ will debut on Pluto TV on August 5.
- The Zoo: San Diego will premiere on Animal Planet on August 10.
- Unexpected returns on TLC on August 4.
Stephen Verona, Director, writer, and producer
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Let the reunioning (without LVP) begin! 8 p.m., Bravo
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein: David Harbor stars as a fictional version of himself in this mockumentary about his father’s (who was Orson Wells, apparently) disastrous televised stage play, Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein. … Just … watch the trailer below. Netflix
Pandora: A young woman at the Fleet Training Academy learns a dark secret about her identity in this new sci-fi series. Series premiere. 7 p.m., The CW
America’s Got Talent: The Judges’ Cuts begin, with an assist from Brad Paisley. 7 p.m., NBC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Chance the Rapper, David Crosby, Cameron Crowe
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Dax Shepard, Weyes Blood, Raghav Mehrotra
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Awkwafina, Donny Deutsch, the Mountain Goats
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Chance the Rapper, Jennifer Lopez, David Crosby, Cameron Crowe
- The Daily Show: Nas
- Watch What Happens Live: Dorit Kemsley
|ABC||The Lion King: Can You Feel the Love Tonight with Robin Roberts
|Blood & Treasure
|Man on the Moon
|FOX||Spin the Wheel
|NBC||America’s Got Talent
|Bring the Funny