What is wrong with us that a PSA like this is even necessary?

Hello from soggy Houston, Texas. Things aren’t great here: Tropical Storm Imelda, which came out of NOWHERE, is the 7th wettest tropical event in American history, dumping some 40+ inches of water on the area in the past 48 hours or so. I’m fine! My only struggle through all of this is keeping my terrified dogs calm while I try to write this post (and trying to figure out how I’m going to pick up my kid from school since HISD didn’t cancel classes). But please keep my neighbors and fellow East Texans in your thoughts. It’s going to be a rough recovery for an area that has just barely recovered from Hurricane Harvey.

I’m going to start with this stunning PSA created by Sandy Hook Promise because it’s more important than anything else you’ll see on (or about) TV today. I’ve watched it several times and it hurts my heart every single time. How can we continue doing this to our children? And for what? So that some small minority of people can have unrestricted access to weapons of war? Does that make any sense at all?

Meanwhile, despite all of our recent mass shootings — two here in Texas in a month — nothing is happening, nothing is going to change thanks to the toxic cocktail of President Terrified of the NRA and Massacre Mitch McConnell. In an interview on Fox & Friends this morning, our coward President was asked about a legislative package his own Department of Justice presented, and he assured Ed Henry the NRA that nothing is happening. “No, we’re not moving on anything,” he said adding, “We’re going very slowly in one way, because we want to make sure it’s right. We want to — we’re doing a very careful job.  We’re working with the Democrats, we’re working with Republicans.” In other words, he’s waiting out the outrage. Again.

I don’t have any new words about the need for real and effective gun control measures. I’m the mean mommy who is ready to take everyone’s toys away since they can’t play with them responsibly (and by the way, I do believe that the gun rights movement is fueled in part by this Freudian fear that Mommy wants to take their guns/penises away). But I will say that I have absolutely no hope that anything is going to change anytime soon. It never does because we are trapped in a political stranglehold. The only thing we can do is win the White House next year and — and I can’t stress this enough — EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY flip the Senate. For our kids, our babies, let’s vote these fuckers out once and for all.

In other TV news

The head of ABC Reality doesn’t have a really great justification for choosing Peter Weber over Mike Johnson for the Bachelor, just: “we felt he was the guy who would give us the best 22 hours of television.” Meanwhile, I’m with Rachel Lindsay: YAWN.

Ralph Lauren is putting out a “Rachel from Friends” collection because everything must be monetized.

Here’s a long piece about the upcoming Netflix Breaking Bad movie, El Camino. Apparently, we will be getting a trailer on Sunday. Also, apparently AMC tried to cancel Breaking Bad after only three seasons. WERE THEY HIGH?

This deep fake video of Trump and Kushner in Better Call Saul is spooky stuff. And as Boing Boing points out, if a pee tape ever did surface, it would just be dismissed as a fake.

Tami Taylor is telling you to let it go. She’s right.

UH-OH, WE HAVE A POTENTIAL UPSET ON OUR HANDS. Stumptown has pulled ahead of Evil and Emergence. Are you going to let this stand, Evil (potential) fans?

Older News That I Missed Last Week

BET+, BET’s subscription streaming service goes live today for $9.99 a month which is pretty expensive in comparison to Apple TV+ and Disney+.

RuPaul’s Drag Race is going to do a residency at the Flamingo casino in Las Vegas. TIME TO BOOK A TRIP TO LAS VEGAS.

Award-winning novelist Walter Moseley resigned from the Star Trek: Discovery writers’ room after using the N-word and being admonished by HR not to use the N-word. Dude. Don’t use the N-word at your job. It’s really not difficult to avoid using the N-word.

Have you ever wondered how TV makes it look like actors are doing coke? I mean, that’s a really specific thing to wonder, but wonder no more!

According to Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino has considered making a Once Upon a Time in … Hollywood TV series. 10/10 would watch.

Fox has finally settled its lawsuit with the Bones stars and producers.

Lol, “presidential candidate” and loon Marianne Williamson was caught on a hot mic bitching that Fox News is nicer to her than “the lefties.” GEE, WONDER WHY, GIRLFRIEND.

Get well soon, Cameron Mathison!

Sex Monster News

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer says his client’s life has been “ruined.” PRESENTED WITHOUT COMMENT.

A massage therapist who claimed Kevin Spacey assaulted him has passed away. It’s unclear if the lawsuit against Spacey brought by this man will proceed.

Women in television have begun using the hashtag #NotWorthLess to bring attention to pay inequality. The hashtag came about in the wake of screenwriter Adele Lim’s decision to walk away from the Crazy Rich Asians sequel when she was offered less money than her male counterpart. Fuck that noise.

Renewals

  • Fancy Nancy has been renewed for a third season at Disney Channel.

Older Renewal News

  • South Park has been renewed for three more seasons at Comedy Central.
  • Wife Swap has been renewed by Paramount Network.

In Development

Older Development News

Casting News

Older Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Raising Dion will debut on Netflix on October 4.
  • The Sinner will return on USA in 2020.
  • Peaky Blinders returns on Netflix on October 4.

Older Dates

  • His Dark Materials will premiere on HBO on November 4. (BBC will air it on November 3, if that’s of any interest.)
  • Catherine the Great will debut on HBO on October 21.
  • Queer Eye: We’re in Japan will debut on Netflix on November 1.

  • Kidding returns on Showtime on November 3.
  • The Purge will return on USA on October 15.
  • The Family Man will debut on Amazon on September 20.
  • Grey’s Anatomy returns on ABC on September 26.

  • Black Lightning will return on The CW on October 7.
  • Riverdale returns on The CW on October 10.
  • The NBC comedies return NEXT WEEK!

R.I.P.

Daniel Johnston, Singer-songwriter and artist from Austin but with deep ties to Houston. In fact, if you have a Houston Chronicle subscription, I invite you to read the obituary my friend Andrew Dansby wrote for him, it’s heartfelt and lovely.

Jacqueline Wilson, A producer on RuPaul’s Drag Race

Mardik Martin, Screenwriter known for Raging Bull and Mean Streets

Jessica Jaymes, Porn star, who also appeared as herself on Weeds, Celebrity Rehab Sober House, and Vivid Valley.

Arthur Sando, PR Executive

Jeff Fenholt, Broadway actor and original “Jesus Christ Superstar”

WATCH THIS

The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place: PLEASE DON’T GO. I’M NOT READY TO BE IN THE BAD PLACE WHERE THERE IS NO MORE THE GOOD PLACE. 8 p.m., NBC

Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event: The cast talks about the upcoming movie because we have to fill the last week before the fall TV season begins somehow. 7 p.m., NBC

The Last Days of Phil Hartman: I still remember where I was when I learned Phil Hartman had died. He was a comedic genius and I miss him terribly. 8 p.m., ABC

First Wives Club: Originally this was supposed to be on TV Land? But then it moved to Paramount Network? And then somehow landed on BET’s new streaming service? I don’t even know. Series premiere. BET+

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sylvester Stallone, Cedric the Entertainer, Mark Normand
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Glenn Howerton, Andrew Yang, Margaret Atwood, Yesod Williams
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Taraji P. Henson, Aasif Mandvi
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Michelle Dockery, Max Greenfield
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Hugh Bonneville, Maren Morris
  • The Daily Show: Edward Snowden
  • Conan: D’Arcy Carden
  • Lights Out with David Spade: Drew Carey, Fortune Feimster, Nikki Glaser
  • Watch What Happens Live: Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech
  • A Little Late with Lily Singh: Chelsea Handler
THUR 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Celebrity Family Feud
(new)
The Last Days of Phil Hartman
(new)
CBS Young Sheldon
(repeat)
Young Sheldon
(repeat)
Big Brother
(new)
FBI
(repeat)
CW The Outpost
(new)
Two Sentence Horror Stories
(new)
Two Sentence Horror Stories
(new)
News/Local
FOX MLB Baseball: Cardinals at Cubs
(live)
News/Local
NBC Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event
(repeat)
The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place
(new)
Law & Order: SVU
(repeat)

 

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “What is wrong with us that a PSA like this is even necessary?

    1. Oh, 1000%. The first season had a perfect ending, and I would have been fine if they had never revisited it, but I’m glad they are.

      -T

Leave a Reply