Pour one out for the first cancelation of the season

Sunnyside, the Kal Penn immigration comedy, has been moved off the broadcast schedule and into the digital ghetto for its final episodes. This comes as absolutely no surprise as the NBC show was the season’s lowest-rated new series. So, it’s time to start hazarding guesses as to who’s next and who’s safe. I’ve built a gallery over at Chron.com with my predictions — Prodigal Son is safe, but watch your backs, Perfect Harmony, Evil and Almost Family, the clock is ticking.

It’s official, Felicity Huffman is in jail.

Here’s a love letter to Los Espookys, one of television’s most underappreciated, weirdest little shows that makes no apologies.

I’m sorry, WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?

The law firm depicted in the upcoming Netflix film, The Laundromat, is suing the streamer to keep it from being released because according to them, the film, “defames and portrays the Plaintiffs as ruthless uncaring lawyers who are involved in money laundering, tax evasion, bribery and/or other criminal conduct.” It should be pointed out that “Mossack Fonseca & Co, which specialized in offshore financial services, closed down last March due to the economic and reputational damage caused by the disclosure of its role in widespread global tax evasion.” So. You know. It ain’t defamation if it’s true.

POTENTIAL STRANGER THINGS SPOILER! Or is it? (It is not.)

Ahead of Sunday’s Watchmen premiere, this is a decent piece about how The Watchmen changed pop culture. It’s fascinating.

Impeachment Corner!

Today’s testifying superstar is Michael McKinley. McKinley was a career diplomat and aide to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until he resigned last week.

DRAMATIZATION:

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McKinley is not expected to have much to say about Ukraine or Rudy Colludy, but he does have some SHIT TO SAY about how politicized the State Department has become under Trump and this fucker, Pompeo.

And early reporting says that according to his testimony, one of the reasons McKinley resigned was that he repeatedly asked Pompeo for a show of support for Marie Yovanovitch, but got bupkis.

As for yesterday’s testimony from George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state responsible for Ukraine, back in March he raised concerns with his superiors that Yovanovitch was being targeted for a disinformation campaign by Giuliani — disinformation that was being fed to Giuliani by … Yuriy Lutsenko, the former prosecutor that Biden pressured the Ukrainian government to fire for NOT prosecuting corruption.

Kent also told Congress that he needed to not be too concerned with Ukraine, to focus more on the other five nations in his portfolio and to defer to (and this is AMAZING) “the three amigos” —  Kurt Volker, Gordon “Call Me” Sondland, and Rick Perry — on all things Ukraine.

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Frankly, it’s the perfect nickname: three overconfident idiots find themselves embroiled in a foreign mess that they are completely unqualified for. Let’s get Rick Perry a sombrero, STAT.

According to Kent, it was Mick Mulvaney who organized a meeting on May 23rd — just days after Marie Yovanovitch was fired — where it was announced Ukraine policy was being removed from traditional diplomatic channels, away from experts on the region in the National Security Council and State Department, and instead would be run by Rick Perry, the Energy Secretary; Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union (which, again, Ukraine is not a member of), and Kurt Volker, a special envoy to Ukraine.

Career State Department People:

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Mulvaney’s camp is trying to claim that he doesn’t really know anything about “the three amigos” and their shenanigans, he was “mainly orchestrating meetings for the president.”

But …

But current and former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said Mulvaney contributed substantially to the unfolding political crisis, both through his connection to key events related to the attempt to pressure Kiev and through his general approach to the chief of staff job, which was driven by a perceived reluctance to displease the president.

U.S. officials said Mulvaney met frequently with Sondland and that details of their discussions were kept from then-National Security Adviser John Bolton and other officials who were raising internal concerns about the hidden Ukraine agenda.

And more importantly, it sounds like Mulvaney, acting on orders from President Loyalty Is A One-WAy Street, is the one who put the hold on the $400 million in aid to Ukraine ahead of the famous phone call. BETTER BE LAWYERING UP, MICK.

Oh, and guess who is on his way to Washington D.C. right now

Meanwhile, the White House is doing an internal investigation into why deputy White House counsel John A. Eisenberg hid the transcript of the phone call in a sooper secret server. Sounds like it’s blood sacrifice time, Eisenberg. BOAR ON THE FLOOR, ASSHOLE.

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As in the always entertaining Giuliani news, I’m not sure if I mentioned, but he’s definitely under investigation. But this asshole, he’s refusing to hire a criminal attorney, while also giving Congress the finger, refusing to comply with their subpoena:

I’m sure that’s going to work out for you, jackass.

And David Correia, the fourth guy in the campaign finance case that caught up our Fraud Guarantee friends, Igor and Lev, was arrested today when he flew to New York City and turned himself in.

You sure you don’t want to hire that criminal lawyer, Rud?

Renewals

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • No Activity will return on CBS All Access on November 21.
  • Smart & Classy will debut on Netflix on October 29.
  • Netflix wants you to get excited about Christmas.
  • Ambitions returns on OWN on November 12.
  • The Bronx, USA will debut on HBO on October 30.
  • Bombshell will hit theaters in December and it looks delicious.

WATCH THIS

Stumptown: Uh-oh, that guy who WANTS HIS MONEY, he’s on the loose. Look out, Grey! 9 p.m., ABC

Chicago series crossover event: A deadly bacteria forces the city’s first responders to act together alongside the CDC to contain the threat. Fun fact! It’s a Walking Dead prequel! (It is not.) 7 p.m., NBC

Ghosts of Sugar Land: A documentary about a group of Muslim Americans living in Sugar Land, Texas, speculating on the disappearance of their friend, whom they worry joined ISIS. (It’s only 21 minutes long.) Netflix

Limetown: Jessica Biel stars as a podcaster who tries to unravel the mysterious disappearance of some 300 people from a medical facility. Series premiere. Facebook 

Late Night:

  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jennifer Aniston, Dave Matthews, Blanco Brown
  • The Daily Show: Cyntoia Brown-Long, Ali Wong
  • Lights Out with David Spade: Thomas Lennon, Diplo, Whitney Cummings
  • Watch What Happens Live: Ben Platt
  • A Little Late with Lily Singh: Meghan Trainor

 

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3 thoughts on “Pour one out for the first cancelation of the season

    1. I am enjoying ‘Evil’ (probably because I’m not tearing it apart in a blog), but the show that would have made the best hate blog is ‘Prodigal Son.’ It’s SO BAD and I would have had so much fun screaming about it. ALAS.

      -T

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