We had two huge TV stories over the weekend: the first being that Disney hosted their D23 summit, revealing trailers and details about their movies, Disney+ TV series and upcoming additions to their theme parks. For our purposes, we will focus on the Disney+ TV news, but the Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker trailer is out there (and it looks great).
In the Disney+ news most intriguing to yours truly, The Mandalorian, Disney+’s first original Star Wars series from Jon Favreau and starring Pablo Pascal, is set after Return of the Jedi. This means the series will not include Boba Fett who will be good and dead by then.
The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on November 12.
There is a bunch of other Disney+ trailers and casting and development news down below in the respective categories, including a bunch of information about Marvel series (which I couldn’t care less about, frankly). An interesting fact about Disney+: apparently, series will be released weekly, instead of all dropping at once.
The second huge TV story that broke this weekend is that the Breaking Bad sequel film, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, released its trailer. Netflix also accidentally released a title card with a synopsis of the movie before taking it down, but you can see it here. Honestly, it doesn’t reveal anything that the trailer doesn’t already make clear. And relatedly: apparently they filmed the movie in such secrecy that it was in the can before any of us heard any rumors about it even existing last year. Well done, guys!
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will debut on Netflix on October 11.
Y’ALL, PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE IS GOING TO HOST SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE THIS SEASON. Also, Woody Harrelson will host the premiere episode which will air on September 28, and Eddie Murphy will return to host for the first time since 1984, and Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift will be musical guests, but WHATEVER. PHOEBE WALLER-BRIDGE.
1. Are you watching Succession? Because last night’s episode was incredible. But 2. here’s who the Logan family’s new rivals are based on.
We have reached the Sharknado-inspired-policy decisions part of this presidency, presumably to no one’s surprise.
The Simpsons will pay homage to Stranger Things in this year’s Treehouse of Horror episode. Additionally, there will be a Thanksgiving of Horror episode this season. Also, Apu is going nowhere.
The OA folks are clearly trying to tamp down the speculation that the cancelation is all a meta part of the series:
Gwendoline Christie probably won’t win the Emmy for Supporting Actress, but I won’t be mad if she did.
Looks like Pilot Peter is in the lead to be the next Bachelor because ABC is still not ready to have a black Bachelor. Mike Johnson is still in contention, supposedly, but I’m sure they’re just saying that to deflect criticism for as long as they can.
Also, former Bachelor Chris Soules will spend 2 years in jail for that fatal DWI crash.
And in happier “Bachelor Nation” news, Rachel Lindsay and Bryan Abasolo were married this weekend in Mexico — BUT NOT IN PARADISE.
H’oh boy, Laura Spencer stepped in it on Good Morning America on Thursday when she laughed at the idea of Prince George taking ballet lessons. She has since made an on-air apology saying her comments were insensitive and stupid.
Andrew Luck of the Indiana Colts retired at only 29 after suffering several injuries, shocking the NFL and many fans. Mike Schur paid tribute to him in a lovely Twitter thread:
When we were making Parks and Recreation we shot scenes with the Colts. We were told we had maybe an hour with the players. Then Andrew Luck showed up, and he was an absolute delight. Warm, funny, generous. He threw TD passes to anyone who wanted one, just to make us happy. 1/
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) August 25, 2019
He made fifty fans that day. If the game isn’t bringing that guy joy anymore, it’s the game’s fault, not his. I love that he has the courage and integrity to walk away from this insane sport, and wish him nothing but health and happiness from whatever he does next. 3/3
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) August 25, 2019
What’s crazy to me is that Luck is receiving any criticism at all for his decision to leave a brutal sport that takes years off of its players’ lives — and sometimes literally costs them their lives. He has a right to live his life without pain and suffering. The idea that he owes anyone anything more than that, or that he’s weak for retiring is, like Laura Spencer’s sneering at boys practicing ballet, part of a toxic culture that sends dangerous, ugly and painful messages to our sons about what it means to be a man.
On the one hand, Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown really shouldn’t have defended Sean Spicer. On the other hand, it’s a shame that people were so awful to him on Twitter about it that he shut down his account. On the third hand, I was one of those people who told him to shut up, and maybe shouldn’t be chiming in now. But on the fourth hand, I didn’t do it on Twitter? Anyway, I agree with Queer Eye‘s Bobby Berk (in tweets that have since been deleted, but which you can read in the link above) on this one: this is ABC’s fault for casting Sean Spicer and making everything so political in the first fucking place.
- Drunk History has been renewed at Comedy Central.
- The Obi-Wan series starring Ewan MacGregor is going forward at Disney+.
- A Cassian Andor series is also in the works at Disney+ and Alan Tudyk will be reviving his role as K-2SO.
- A Lizzie McGuire revival starring Hillary Duff is happening at Disney+.
- Muppets Now, an unscripted series, is coming to Disney+.
- Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk and Moon Knight have been ordered at Disney+.
- Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe is coming to Disney+.
- Serendipity is being developed as a series at NBC.
- Found is being developed as a put pilot at ABC.
- Clickbait, a thriller, is being developed at Netflix.
- Brews Brothers has been ordered at Netflix.
- Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur has been ordered at Disney Channel.
- Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends is being developed for Disney Junior.
- Tales for a Halloween Night might have found a new home at Paramount.
- John Hlavin has signed a deal with CBS TV.
- Kathryn Hahn, Kat Dennings, and Randall Park will be joining WandaVision on Disney+. And the series is going to be half-sitcom? OK.
- Wyatt Russell and Emily VanCamp will join the cast of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney+.
- Ming-Na Wen is joining The Mandalorian on Disney+.
- And this isn’t a TV story, exactly, but Kit Harington is joining the Marvel Universe in the movie The Eternals. His Game of Thrones brother Richard Madden is also in the cast.
- Michael Shannon will play Jerry Buss in HBO’s Lakers series.
- Vladimir Caamaño is joining the cast of Tommy on CBS.
- Andrew McCabe is heading to CNN as a contributor.
Mark Your Calendar
- In fact, Disney+ debuts on November 12.
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum will debut on Disney+ on November 12.
- Lady and the Tramp will premiere on Disney+ on November 12.
- Noelle will debut on Disney+ on November 12.
- Encore! will debut on Disney+ on November 12.
- High School Musical: The Series will debut on Disney+ on November 12.
- Forky Asks a Question will debut on Disney+ on November 12.
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 23, 2019
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars will debut on Disney+ in February 2020.
- Escaping the NXIVM Cult will debut on Lifetime on September 21.
- The Great British Baking Show will return on Netflix on August 30.
- The Ranch will return on Netflix on September 13.
- Evil will premiere on CBS on August 25.
- The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place will air on NBC on September 19 ahead of the final season premiere.
- Diary of a Female President will debut on Disney+ in January 2020.
- Stargirl will debut on Disney+ sometime in early 2020.
- Both The Purge and Treadstone will return and debut respectively on USA on October 15.
- One Day at Disney will debut on Disney+ on December 3.
Bachelor in Paradise: Oh no, are Tayshia and John Paul Jones already over? 7 p.m., ABC
2019 MTV Video Music Awards: Sebastian Maniscalco hosts. Which makes no sense but OK. 7 p.m., MTV (Pre-show begins at 6 p.m.)
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: The final episode of the groundbreaking series explores how Scientology’s policies prevent victims from reporting their abuse. Leah Remini and Mike Rinder did important work with this show and it’s a shame it’s coming to an end. Series finale. 9 p.m., A&E
Dave Chappelle: Sticks and Stones: Another stand-up special from the one and only. Netflix
- Conan: Henry Winkler
|ABC||Bachelor in Paradise
|The Big Bang Theory
|The Big Bang Theory
|CW||Penn & Teller: Fool Us
|Whose Line is it Anyway?
|I Ship It
|FOX||So You Think You Can Dance
|NBC||American Ninja Warrior