Sooooooooo …. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have had second thoughts about appearing at the Game of Thrones panel at Comic-Con tomorrow, and will not be showing up. HBO made some mealy-mouthed “scheduling conflicts” excuse, but I mean, come on. It was going to be the first time Benioff and Weiss made a public appearance since the series finale that left many fans unhappy, and I’m sure they worried they would be fielding all sorts of hard questions and comments.
Benioff and Weiss aren’t the only ones to drop out of the panel; Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) also have had a change in plans and will not attend. Maisie Williams (Arya), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Sam), Liam Cunningham (Davos), and Conleth Hill (Varys) will still be there defending this last season as they’ve been doing for a while now.
And this was news to me, but Emmy nominees Gwendoline Christie, Alfie Allen, and Carice Van Houten self-submitted themselves for Emmy consideration, HBO didn’t submit them. What up, HBO?
In FANTASTIC news, A.P. Bio has been saved by NBC … sorta. The darkly wonderful little high school comedy has been given two more seasons on NBC’s upcoming streaming service, which I think is going to be called NBCU? It turns out that the cast’s pleas with people to watch the series on Hulu worked and the streaming numbers convinced NBC to give the show a reprieve. The streaming service is set to launch in 2020 and will be where The Office will have its new home. I REALLY DON’T WANT TO SUBSCRIBE TO ANOTHER STREAMING SERVICE, THO.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 17, 2019
Thanks to huge streaming numbers and the support of our die hard fans, APBio is getting a 3rd season. I am overjoyed. Congrats to @MikeOBrienXOXO the most for creating such an amazing show. I’m so happy right now.
— Glenn with two n’s (@GlennHowerton) July 17, 2019
THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH BADASS FANS!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/PcnofJg3p4
— Paula Pell (@perlapell) July 17, 2019
This happened because of all you guys! We’re extremely thankful! https://t.co/CGYj0k7JIk
— Mike O'Brien (@MikeOBrienXOXO) July 17, 2019
And now Patton Oswalt is turning his attention to saving Happy! If anyone can make it happen, it’s him.
Come to think of it…
We willed this gorgeousness back into the game. Let’s see if we can #SaveHappy
You with me? 2 for 2? https://t.co/MWaSIgNdAQ
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 17, 2019
Jon Stewart took his righteous fury over to Bullshit Mountain yesterday to rip Rand Paul and Mike Lee a new one for stalling the 9/11 victims fund bill. Get ’em, Jon.
Will Trump speak up about Rand Paul the way that Jon Stewart has?
— Cameron Grant (@realcoolcam101) July 18, 2019
Westworld is promising to be less confusing this season. “’This season is a little less of a guessing game and more of an experience with the hosts finally getting to meet their makers,’ co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan says.” The Entertainment Weekly piece also teases Aaron Paul’s character a little, if you’re interested. Apparently, he challenges Dolores’ notions of what humanity is like as he’s not the type of person who goes to Westworld.
Rick & Morty is warning viewers that they need to watch season three before season four, as this upcoming season is going to be more serialized. Also, they’re already writing season five.
Critics share their favorite underappreciated series. Some of them name shows that aren’t currently airing, so with that in mind, my favorites include Rubicon and the original French The Returned. What’s your favorite show that doesn’t get enough love? I genuinely want to hear all of your suggestions because I’m always looking for something new and interesting.
Sesame Street is going to be honored by the Kennedy Center, hooray! Linda Ronstadt, Sally Field, Earth Wind & Fire, and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will be the other honorees.
Netflix has been having a rough week: they revealed that they missed their projected subscriber numbers in the past quarter, marking the first time in eight years they have lost subscribers. This caused their stock to drop by 10% this morning at the opening bell. They also just settled a lawsuit with a woman who claims they used some of her footage without her permission for their Fyre Festival documentary. TV Guide lists Netflix’s most-watched series and movies, if you’re interested.
In horrific news, a man attacked an anime studio in Japan, setting it on fire, killing 33 people. It’s the deadliest mass attack in Japan since World War II.
Sex Monster News
Jeffrey Epstein has been denied bail because a judge has decided that a dude with a private plane, fake passports, piles of cash and diamonds might be a flight risk.
Likely within days, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will release almost 2,000 pages of documents that could reveal sexual abuse by “numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders,” according to the three-judge panel’s ruling. The documents were filed during a civil defamation lawsuit brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, a former Mar-a-Lago locker-room attendant, against Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell. “Nobody who was around Epstein a lot is going to have an easy time now. It’s all going to come out,” said Giuffre’s lawyer David Boies. Another person involved with litigation against Epstein told me: “It’s going to be staggering, the amount of names. It’s going to be contagion numbers.”
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The Hawaii police are investigating Mike Fleiss, the creator of The Bachelor, for abusing his pregnant wife. GOOD.
This is an interesting piece about Aziz Ansari and Chris Harwick’s return to the public sphere and how it complicates the #MeToo movement. While I appreciate the sentiment, I also think that we have to grapple with the fact that there is a spectrum of behavior and we can’t punish every situation in the same way. While I thought Chris Hardwick’s behavior, in particular, was disgusting and I don’t know that I would have brought him back to The Talking Dead, what he is accused of doing falls on the “shitty boyfriend” end of the spectrum, not “sexual predator” end. I have a MUCH bigger problem with Michael Weatherly keeping his job at Bull after CBS acknowledged that his behavior was offensive enough that they needed to pay off Eliza Dukshu, and worry that this is a much more worrisome development in terms of letting abusive men have a free pass.
- SpongeBob SquarePants has been renewed at Nickelodeon!
- Stranger Things has been renewed for a fourth season at Netflix. I thought this had already happened, but OK.
- MasterChef Junior has been renewed at Fox and Daphne Oz is going to be a new judge.
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will end after season seven, which I thought had already been determined, but ALRIGHT.
- She’s Gotta Have It has been cancelled at Netflix.
- The Walking Dead might end with season 10? according to this Spanish language Twitter account? On the one hand, it’s not the most unlikely thing in the world, on the other hand, take this with the largest grain of salt you can find.
- Biggest Little Cook-Off is being developed as a series at Quibi.
- Cannonball, a competition series, has been given a series order at USA.
- The Heavens, a sci-fi novel, is being developed into a series at Amazon.
- Showtime is developing an untitled musical drama from Alicia Keys.
- Josh Charles is going to star in Netflix’s series Away.
- Joseph Morgan will be joining the cast of Animal Kingdom.
- Morris Chestnut is joining the cast of The Resident on Fox.
- Andre 3000 is joining Dispatches from Elsewhere on AMC.
- Mario Lopez is going to be the new host of Access Hollywood.
- Damson Idris and Emily Beecham have been cast in the Netflix film Outside the Wire.
Mark Your Calendars
- Untouchable, a documentary about Harvey Weinstein, will debut on Hulu on September 2.
- Snowpiercer is going to premiere on TBS sometime in Spring 2020.
Attention all passengers,
Wilford Industries wishes you a good day.
— Snowpiercer (@SnowpiercerTV) July 17, 2019
- The Real Housewives of Dallas returns on September 4 on Bravo.
- Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests will premiere on Travel Channel on August 16.
- Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson & Friends Watch Ancient Aliens will return on Viceland on August 5.
Andrea Camilleri, Author of Inspector Montalbano novels
Secret Obsession: Netflix gets into the Lifetime movie business with this stalker film. Netflix
Alien marathon: Let’s be honest: Alien and Aliens 2 are great. From there it goes downhill. 5 p.m., BBC America
I Know What You Did Last Summer marathon: Because sometimes you just want a dumb teen horror movie or three. 7 p.m., Fuse
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kenan Thompson, Joe Manganiello, Robyn
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: John Leguizamo, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Norah O’Donnell, Topher Grace
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Billy Eichner, Sean McVay, Spoon
- The Daily Show: Isha Sesay
- Conan: Surprise Guest
- Watch What Happens Live: Ellie Kemper, Marc Maron
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