President Racist Grandpa just keeps doubling down on his racism, and I am fucking exhausted.

Since I didn’t talk about politics yesterday, let’s do this today. So it’s been a fun few years week to be an American, what with the actual President of the United States tweeting at four Congresswomen — American citizens — to go back to where they came from. (And if you need me to explain to you why telling someone to “go back” is a racist sentiment, you are on the wrong blog, friend.) The racist President tweeting this racist thing lead to his rally crowd in North Carolina to start a complimentary racist chant — “SEND HER BACK!” —  last Wednesday, a chant that he stood back and enjoyed for several long seconds.

When he came back to the White House, Melania and Ivanka apparently told him the chant was NOT GREAT, their press secretaries would like you to know. So thanks to their intervention as well as Mike Pence telling the Racist-in-Chief that the chant was NOT GREAT, on Thursday, President Very Stable Genius claimed that he didn’t actually like the chant and told the crowd to stop. This did not happen.

But then this bald-faced lie, it got him wedged into a different problem: he just said he didn’t like something his racist supporters did. So to fix this, the next day he called the chanters, “incredible people” and “incredible patriots.” In case there was ever any doubt, yes, we are in the middle of Charlottesville, Part 2.

Oh, and then this weekend, he tweeted that the Congresswomen aren’t “capable” of loving this country, just to add an extra dash of racism to top off his racism to make sure his racist friends knew he was still racist.

Now this is a TV blog, not a Jesus Christ, What Is Wrong With This Country and How On EARTH Did We Elect This Narcissistic Racist Dementia Patient the President of the United States blog, so some TV-related responses to the current nightmare we are living:

George Takei, who was put into an internment camp as a child, said at Comic-Con that President Race War’s comments were “an echo from my childhood.”

America Ferrera — HER NAME IS AMERICA, Y’ALL — said that the “send her back” chant was “devastating and shocking and embarrassing and shameful,” before adding that while it’s painful to look at this place that we are in, we need to confront it.

Dan Le Batard, an ESPN radio host, said on his show on Thursday: “The ‘send her back’ chant and the ‘go back to where you came from’ chant are so antithetical. It is so wrong what the president of our country is doing, trying to go down getting re-elected by dividing the masses at a time when the old white man–the old rich white man–feels oppressed being attacked by minorities, black people, brown people, women. That’s who we’re going after now.” This prompted ESPN to tell their employees to avoid “pure politics” on their shows. Le Batard will not face any sort of disciplinary action, fortunately.

And Geraldo Rivera, of all people, has been clutching his pearls over this whole saga as if Donald Trump didn’t tell us exactly how racist he was on day one of his campaign, and as if the racism isn’t a bug in his presidency, it’s a feature.

Alright, actual TV news

So, Veronica Mars dropped early last weekend to time with Comic-Con, a decision that actually angered some Veronica Mars fans who happened to be at Comic-Con because they weren’t able to binge the series and then a bunch of assholes went and spoiled it on the internets. Anyway. Here are a bunch of spoilers. And more spoilers.

As for whether or not there will be a season five, according to creator Rob Thomas, it all depends on how many of y’all stream season four. SO GET WATCHING.

But why wasn’t Tina Majorino — Mac — in season four? The original reason given was “scheduling conflicts” but according to Majorino, it was because her character wasn’t going to be given enough to do. “When he [Thomas] came to me with the offer for this new revival, I was excited at the prospect, just as excited as I was when the film was given the go-ahead by our wonderful fans. But the schedule reflected to me the diminished value of Mac in this new world of Veronica Mars. There was no room for my beloved hacker queen and, as conversations continued, that only became more clear. So, I made the decision not to participate.” DAMN, OK.

Mike Johnson is being considered for the Bachelor, which is great, but it would be even better if they just WENT AHEAD AND MADE HIM THE BACHELOR. And this is interesting: not only would he be the first black Bachelor, but he’d also be the first veteran Bachelor.

This is just a very good piece on how being a story editor on The Bachelorette, Storage Wars: Texas and Deadliest Catch helped make this writer a novelist.

Wait wait wait wait wait, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes were married but now they are getting divorced? Well, that’s going to make going to work on The Orville awkward.

Cara Delevingne is a pansexual faerie.

Two bits of streaming service news: apparently NBCUniversal’s streaming service will be ad-supported and thereby free (although you will be able to pay for an ad-free experience); and here is a list of the programming you’ll find on HBO Max which will NOT be ad-supported. Be prepared to shell out the monies, guys.

A nice little interview with Miltos Yerolemou, the actor who played Syrio in Game of Thrones, who managed to be one of the most enduring characters from the series, despite only being in a handful of episodes. Also, I still think he was secretly Jaqen H’ghar or at the very least, a Faceless Man.

Seth Rogan had some shit to say about Game of Thrones at Comic-Con. GOOD FOR HIM. STRONGLY AGREE.

Which of these will be our next Game of Thrones?

A Big Brother producer has replied to allegations of bullying and manipulative editing this season and it was … not great. “The house dynamics in this social experiment are unpredictable and different every year as people align and realign. The bigger the group, the bigger the chance for some sort of “mob mentality.” It seems to be that “mob mentality” that occurred this past week against Nicole. As a large group, they whipped each other up into a frenzy and it became a major story both in and out of the house.” OK, but what about the editing that didn’t show the threatening comments some of the houseguests were making?

CBS and AT&T are having a slap fight that has resulted in CBS going dark on DirecTV, DirecTV Now and AT&T U-verse in about a dozen markets.

Matt Groening is predicting there will be another Simpsons movie.

WHAT HAVE I BEEN TELLING YOU PEOPLE? I HAVE LITERALLY BEEN BANGING THIS PARTICULAR DRUM FOR NEARLY TEN YEARS NOW. NO LIE: I’M ON THEIR WIKIPEDIA PAGE SAYING THIS.

Netflix is striving to make their dubbed series “less dubby.” Which is good — I started Dark, but couldn’t finish the episode because I found the dubbing so annoying. (I now know I can turn on subtitles, and I do intend to go back and do that, but it’s on a loooooong list of other shows I need to get to first.)

Oh my God, will someone please make the Friends reunion so that we can stop asking the actors about a Friends reunion? JUST MAKE IT ALREADY.

HGTV is in trouble with the city of Chicago over its show Windy City Rehab for not getting the right building permits, and it may put the entire show at risk.

Speaking of being in trouble with the city of Chicago, Jussie Smollett is fighting the appointment of a special prosecutor who is looking into his case and whether or not charges should be re-filed. Good luck with that!

The creator of the original IT miniseries is suing Warner Brothers for violating their contract by not making the movies with their input. Good luck with that!

This makes me so happy:

https://twitter.com/pattonoswalt/status/115305441051308032

Oh, Sonja Sohn.

Sex Monsters

Al Franken is back, saying he regrets resigning from the Senate. Jane Mayer wrote a long piece in The New Yorker, basically making the argument that the original allegations against Franken, by Leeann Tweeden, were essentially a right-wing hit job. And it might have been — it’s very likely! But the thing is, he was also accused by several other women of being gropey, and the allegations against him came at a precarious time for the Democrats, who were dealing with Roy Moore at the time. It was going to be hard to go after Moore while making excuses for Franken, is the bottom line. Pajiba cuts to the bone here:

But more than that: Who had to carry the water for Franken? Who was being grilled on a daily basis about whether they still supported Franken? It wasn’t the male Senators. It was the female Democratic Senators, who were being hounded by the press to answer for Franken’s behavior. Maybe Franken’s deeds were the acts of a bumbling, awkwardly affectionate man, but it wasn’t on Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Claire McCaskill, Mazie Hirono, Patty Murray, Maggie Hassan, and Catherine Cortez Masto to account for it. Why should their political careers suffer because Franken’s bad at hugs? Franken had a number of opportunities to put out the fire, and when he failed to do so by delivering apologies that were not seen as sufficiently contrite, that fire spread to the rest of the Senate Democrats, and his mess became their mess. And why the hell should they be responsible for a disaster of his making.

In the piece, Al Franken says that he absolutely regrets resigning, but I still think it was the right move, if only because he spared his colleagues months of political headaches. It spared Gillibrand from having to answer for his behavior, and for Franken to turn this back around on Gillibrand now effectively takes away the power of the one altruistic sacrifice he made in this entire ordeal. MeToo allegations aside, I thought Franken was a great Senator, but blaming others for a mess of his own making is not the act of a great Senator.

Look, had these allegations come out today, he probably could have waited for the next scandal to arrive in a week, ridden it out and kept his job. That’s certainly what the governor and lieutenant governor of Virginia did. But the bottom line is that there’s nothing wrong with the Democrats to be the party that won’t tolerate molesters and harassers and takes a principled stand on this issue.

Ryan Adams would like to come back into the public sphere now. He thinks he has “a lot to say” after being accused of being emotionally manipulative and abusive by several women he worked with and his former wife, Mandy Moore. NO THANK YOU, PLEASE.

George Nader, the lobbyist who worked with the Trump campaign and the UAE turned Mueller witness, has been indicted on MORE child porn charges and with traveling with a 14-year-old child to engage in sexual activity — i.e., RAPE. Gross gross gross.

Hey, Rudy? You do remember who was pals with Jeffrey Epstein, right buddy?

The Bachelor is reportedly in “wait and see” mode with Mike Fleiss, waiting to see what the police investigation turns up. They are not doing their own internal investigation.

Cool cool cool cool cool:

Cristiano Ronaldo will not be charged with rape in that Las Vegas case after all.

Cancellations

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Diagnosis will premiere on Netflix on August 16.
  • The Purge will return on USA this fall.

R.I.P.

David Hedison, Actor in a number of movies and TV shows, including Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, and The Young and the Restless among many, many others

Art Neville, Legendary New Orleans musician

Reed Farrell, Actor and former head of the AFTRA

WATCH THIS

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Camille’s unresolved feelings blow up in the second part of the reunion. 8 p.m., Bravo

Cajun Navy: When Katrina hit, a group of Louisiana heroes used their own boats and risked their lives to save people, and they’ve been doing so ever since, as those of us in Houston can attest. Truly American heroes, these guys. 9 p.m., Discovery Channel

Who Killed Garrett Phillips?: A two-part look into the murder of a 12-year-old boy, and how law enforcement targeted a black man for the crime and withheld evidence exonerating him. 7 p.m., HBO

USA Champions: The Story of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: U!S!A! U!S!A! U!S!A! 7 p.m., Fox

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  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Eva Longoria, Thomas Lennon
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Casey Affleck, Jack Quaid, Burna Boy
  • The Daily Show: David Spade
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