Hey, monsters: you only have one more week to ruin my fall. Evil seems to have taken a bit of a lead over Emergence, with Stumptown nipping at Emergence’s heels. Now, I’m not trying to influence anything, so I won’t name names, but I am actually surprised one show isn’t actually performing better. I’ll reveal which one it was next Monday when I announce the hate blog winner. But genuinely, I’m surprised.
Anyway, keep voting away. The poll will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday:
The big news of the weekend was that Felicity Huffman received her sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal: 14 days in prison, 250 hours of community service time and a $30,000 fine. Reportedly, Huffman’s sentence is FREAKING OUT Lori Loughlin, who is regretting not pleading out. TOO BAD, IDIOT.
Ahead of her sentencing, Huffman was supported by her Desperate Housewives co-workers, showrunner Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria who both told the court about Huffman shutting down a bullying co-star — a co-star who remained unnamed. ~cough~ Nicollette Sheridan ~cough~
A quick side note: when I was trying to remember what Huffman’s part in the scandal was, I looked up what school she was trying to get her daughter into when she was caught (it turns out, unlike Loughlin who was working to get her daughters into USC, Huffman’s crime was that she paid someone to take the SATs for her daughter and no one school was actually targeted so far as I can tell [although good money is on Yale School of Drama]). Anyway, I did a search on Google, and this popped up … and … what?
I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS, GUYS.
The other big news of the weekend was the Creative Emmys. You can find all of the winners here, but a few highlights:
Game of Thrones won 8 Emmys including effects, makeup, stunts, and sci-fi/fantasy costuming, unsurprisingly.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won 6 Emmys, including both Outstanding Guest Star, shutting Saturday Night Live out of that category for the first time in years.
Beyoncé’s Homecoming was shut out all together, and people ARE NOT HAPPY, including this cameraman who is bitter at losing to a GoPro camera taped in James Corden’s car.
I held a heavy ass camera and walked backwards keeping these 3 legends in frame while dave held a carabiner on my pants to guide me…
Oh and I did it going down a set of stairs 😂
RT if u would give us an Emmy at least 😂 pic.twitter.com/n6peKdrYQF
— BenRealVsWorld (@BenRealVsWorld) September 15, 2019
So @davemalave would guide me backwards so i didn’t fall off the runway. He would tap 3 times on my right hip when we were 10 feet from turning..
Then he would tap non stop when we were 2 feet from turning.
That’s a system. pic.twitter.com/cqZUHinTDU
— BenRealVsWorld (@BenRealVsWorld) September 15, 2019
OH MY GOD YOU GUYS, QUIT TRYING TO MAKE A FRIENDS REBOOT HAPPEN. A FRIENDS REBOOT IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.
In other Friends-related news, it might be leaving Netflix, but you’ll be able to binge Seinfeld there instead starting in 2021.
The Good Place has released a 6-episode digital series called The Selection which is about Shawn the demon and his demon buddies choosing the four people they hope will ruin The Good Place experiment. You have to download the NBC app to watch.
Shane Gillis: still not fired from Saturday Night Live at this writing. Andrew Yang, who has appointed himself the comedy police apparently, has said he doesn’t think Gillis should be fired. But, some of these comedians beg to disagree:
As a comedian I usually side with the comedians on sensitive subjects. But this is just plain racist. Its truly disgusting. Standing up against this is just as important as supporting our Asian brothers and sisters. This man has to go @nbcsnl https://t.co/oQS0BgqTbP
— Jimmy O. Yang (@FunnyAsianDude) September 13, 2019
As a comic who also "pushes boundaries" part of the deal getting pushback. If you don't want pushback then don't "push boundaries".
Also the boundaries of "jokes" on native Chinese ppl not speaking English well were already pushed by comics when TV's only came in black & white. https://t.co/DBMTB2yAPT
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) September 13, 2019
The Masked Singer hasn’t premiered yet, but we already have some early clues. Any guesses?
Hey, more Brett Kavanaugh news. In an article about his accuser at Yale, Deborah Ramirez, The New York Times broke that witnesses saw Kavanaugh thrust his penis into the hand of a different female student at a party. Now, the Times had to add a correction that the student in question declined to be interviewed, and others say she claims to not remember the incident. The Right is obviously crowing about the correction at the moment, claiming that it proves the incident never happened. But the article makes clear that there was one fellow student who saw it happen who reached out to the FBI about the specific incident during the whole confirmation controversy. And not only that but Mrs. Ramirez gave the FBI a list of 25 witnesses to her incident and the FBI did not contact ANY of them.
The bottom line of the story is that is if the FBI had been able to conduct an actual investigation into the accusations against him and not just a sham investigation, this might have come up and been addressed at the time.
Our fungus-brained president thinks that Kavanaugh should sue for “liable,” and so do I! Because I would LOOOOOOOOOVE to see that discovery.
MEANWHILE, The Times originally tweeted this out about the story before taking it down:
“Harmless fun.” Tell me again how there’s no such thing as rape culture?
A new book about Harvey Weinstein by the reporters at the New York Times who broke the story is coming out, spawning a ton of new Weinstein stories. Bob Weinstein confronted his brother about his behavior two years before the story cracked open; Gwyneth Paltrow was pivotal in his downfall; Lisa Bloom is STILL sorry for representing him; the sentence that got women to talk was: “I can’t change what happened to you in the past, but together we may be able to use your experience to help protect other people”; another accuser, Rowena Chiu, has come forward to say he raped her; and Cara Delevingne has come forward to say that he told her to hide the fact that she is gay and to find a beard. Coooool.
Woody Allen has quite the nerve. In a recent interview, he said he does not regret calling himself the “poster boy for the #MeToo movement,” insisting that he’s worked with plenty of actresses who have never accused him of inappropriate behavior. “I’ve done everything the #MeToo movement would love to achieve,” he had the gall to say. Meanwhile, Dylan Farrow, Allen’s alleged victim, does not think much of Scarlett Johansson’s support of Allen.
Leaving Neverland won Best Documentary at the Creative Emmys last night. Backstage, Dan Reed, the filmmaker, called out Dave Chappelle for making jokes at the victims’ expense: “You can make comedy out of so many other things. Why not do something brave instead of crapping on a victim of child rape?” INDEED.
In the first incident, Taylor said Brown exposed himself and kissed her without her consent. In the second incident, Taylor said Brown masturbated behind her back and ejaculated on her. Taylor said Brown bragged about the second incident in a text message, after which she told Brown’s personal Chef that she intended to quit. According to the suit, she then received another text from Brown in which he fired her and insulted her. Taylor said she preserved both text messages; images of the texts are included in the lawsuit.
In the suit, Taylor said Brown reached out to her months later, “expressing contrition, begging forgiveness and pleading with her to train him again.” She said she agreed to resume working for him after Brown promised he would make no sexual advances at her, but in May of 2018, she said he “forced her down onto a bed, pushed her face into the mattress, and forcibly raped her.”
Of course, that didn’t stop him from playing yesterday.
The #MeToo movement has hit the gaming world hard. After Zoe Quinn and some other female gaming developers accused fellow gaming developer Alex Holowka of sexual harassment, he took his own life (while telling people not to blame Quinn). Of course, that didn’t stop the assholes of the Gamergate movement from attacking Quinn so viciously that she had to quit Twitter and blame her for his committing suicide instead of, you know, recognizing that we are all responsible for our own choices. Anyway, this is all a long way to go to say toxic masculinity is real and it damages men just as much as it does women.
Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s Lt. Governor, is suing CBS News for defamation after they interviewed two women who accused him of sexual assault. Hey, remember that time when the entire Virginia leadership was accused of one sort of horror or another and then … nothing happened? Yeah.
BREAKING: Johnny Depp is still an asshole.
- The Wendy Williams Show has been renewed through 2021-2022.
- No Good Nick has been canceled at Netflix.
- “A Golden Girls for today” starring Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper is being developed for Netflix.
- 13 Going on 30 could be given the live Broadway TV treatment.
- Backlash, a drama, has been given a put pilot commitment at ABC.
- Fun, a sibling comedy starring Michael Urie and Becki Newton, is set at CBS.
- Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira are developing Americanah into a series for HBO Max.
- On Pointe has been bought by Disney+.
- Way Station is being developed into a Netflix movie.
- The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet’s Rise is being developed into a series by TBS.
- Mindy Kaling’s Netflix series will be titled Never Have I Ever.
- Charlie Hunnam is going to star in Shantaram on Apple TV+.
- Bobby Moynihan has been cast in Tina Fey/Robert Carlock’s Ted Danson mayor comedy on NBC.
- Christie Brinkley has had to quit Dancing with the Stars before its premiere tonight. She is going to be replaced by her daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook.
- Dylan Walsh is joining Blue Bloods.
- John Mulaney is going to join Dickinson on Apple TV+ as Henry David Thoreau and Wiz Khalifa has been cast as Death.
- Aaron Lazar is going to star in Filthy Rich on Fox.
- Alessandro Nivola and Gemma Arterton will star in the BBC/FX3 series Black Narcissus.
- Reginald Hudlin is joining Safety on Disney+.
- Yael Yurman, Jon Ecker, and Brandon Jay McLaren have been added to the cast of Firefly Lane on Netflix.
Older Casting news:
- Emily Watson will star in the ITV thriller, Too Close.
- Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, and Ellie Bamber will star in The Serpent on BBC.
Mark Your Calendar
- Watchmen will debut on HBO on October 20.
- Supernatural returns for its final season on The CW on October 10.
- Living with Yourself will debut on Netflix on October 18. AND IT LOOKS GOOD.
- Party of Five will debut on Freeform on January 8.
- Castle Rock will return on Hulu on October 23.
- Shameless returns on Showtime on November 10.
- Daybreak will debut on Netflix on October 24.
- In The Shadow of the Moon will debut on Netflix on
- Stage Fright will debut on Netflix on October 22.
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- Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself will debut on Netflix on September 24.
- Super Dinosaur will debut on Amazon on October 6.
- Live PD will return on A&E on September 20.
- Live Rescue will return on A&E on September 23.
- The College Admissions Scandal (what a creative title!) will air on Lifetime on October 12.
- S.W.A.T. and SEAL Team will return on CBS on October 2.
Ric Ocasek, Lead singer of The Cars
Brian Turk, Actor in Carnivale, Saved By the Bell, and countless other TV series and movies
Phyllis Newman, Tony-award winning actress
John Wesley, Actor who appeared in Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Hill Street Blues, JAG, and The Jeffersons among many others
Robert Axelrod, Voice actor of Lord Zedd in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
So You Think You Can Dance: The best dancing show on TV chooses a winner and ends another season. Season finale. 7 p.m., Fox
Dancing with the Stars: And then there’s this dancing show. Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
Beyoncé Presents Making the Gift: Look, I literally have no idea what this is, there are no descriptions anywhere, including on ABC’s press site. All I know is that it says “Beyoncé” so I’m in. 9 p.m., ABC
2019 NBC Primetime Preview Show: It’s NBC’s turn to tell you about their new shows. 9 p.m., NBC
A Little Late with Lily Singh: Lily Singh is Carson Daly’s replacement! Yes, Carson Daly was still on the air! Series premiere. 1:30 a.m.,NBC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sen. Kamala Harris, Lilly Singh, Charli XCX featuring Christine and the Queens
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Dax Shepard, Lilly Singh, Yesod Williams
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Tom Hiddleston, Marie Osmond
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Constance Wu, Neil Patrick Harris, Sheryl Crow
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Anthony Anderson, Malcolm Gladwell, Melanie Martinez, Whitney Cummings, Jeff Ross, Natasha Leggero, Henry Winkler
- The Daily Show: Sonia Sotomayor
- Conan: Nikki Glaser
- Lights Out with David Spade: Bill Burr, Jim Jeffries
- Watch What Happens Live: Leeanne Locken, Candiace Dillard
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Mindy Kaling, Rainn Wilson
|ABC||Dancing with the Stars
|The Good Doctor
|The Big Bang Theory
|CW||Penn & Teller: Fool Us
|Whose Line is it Anyway?
|Whose Line is it Anyway?
|FOX||So You Think You Can Dance
|NBC||American Ninja Warrior