David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are NOT going to do a Star Wars trilogy after all. Apparently, they are too busy with Netflix shit? And I am sure the escalating streaming wars and Disney+’s upcoming launch had NOTHING to do with any of this. Or maybe Disney caught wind of their appearance at the Austin Film Festival this weekend when they admitted they had no idea what they were doing with Game of Thrones and decided to cut their losses before they could botch another important franchise.
Confession: I watched the first episode of American Horror Story: 1984 and then never went back. All of the episodes are stacking up on my DVR, and I’ll eventually get around to watching them, but I have to say, I was underwhelmed by what I saw. Anyway, a clue about season 10 is supposedly coming in episode 8 (which will air next week) so keep your eyes peeled for any hints as to what we can look forward to next. And from the sound of it, Sarah Paulson will be involved whatever the theme is.
Supernatural‘s filming has not been impacted by Jared Padalecki’s arrest for being a dumbass AT HIS OWN BAR.
Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of Friends, is being honored with the Producers Guild of America’s Norman Lear Achievement Award. (OK, but did anyone tell the Producers Guild that she created Joey? Because maybe they should know that before they make any hasty decisions.)
James Holzhauer and the woman who defeated him, Emma Boettcher, will return to Jeopardy! for the Tournament of Champions, but will not face each other, at least at first.
Netflix is considering releasing a feature that would allow viewers to choose to watch shows and movies at a faster or slower speed and people have FEELINGS about this. I mean, I kind of understand filmmakers not wanting people to mess with their “art” but as someone who sometimes listens to podcasts at 1.5x speed, I get the attraction. (By the way, Aaron Menke, I love you, but you’re a slow talker, friend.)
First, we learned that there is going to be a musical episode of Lucifer, and now we learn that the final season is going to be split into two parts. OK.
Dancing with the Stars changed the way people can vote and the olds are SO MAD.
Hold up: Lauren Cohan might return to The Walking Dead before next season? (I mean, what else has she got to do, amirite?)
Today’s big news is that the White House’s top Ukraine expert, Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman of the Army and member of the National Security Council, is at this moment testifying to Congress that he sat in on The Phone Call, attended the inauguration of President Zelensky and heard all about the demand that Ukraine give the White House dirt on the Bidens and was so concerned about it that out of a “sense of duty,” he reported it to his superior a few times. He is the first White House official who actually sat in on the call to testify, and the fifth person to testify that there was a quid pro quo.
According to Vindman’s opening statement that was released to The New York Times last night:
“Amb. Sondland started to speak about Ukraine delivering specific investigations in order to secure the meeting with the President, at which time [National Security Adviser John] Bolton cut the meeting with [top Ukraine official Oleksandr Danylyuk] short. Following this meeting, there was a scheduled debriefing during which Amb. Sondland emphasized the importance that Ukraine deliver the investigations into the 2016 election, the Bidens, and Burisma.
“I stated to Amb. Sondland that his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push.
“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine. I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.”
Some things to know about Lt. Col. Vindman: he’s a Jewish Ukrainian-American immigrant who came to this country with his father, grandmother and twin brother when he was three. He joined the army in 1999 and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2003. He received his master’s degree from Harvard in Russian, Eastern Europe and Central Asian Studies and “has served in the United States’ embassies in Kiev, Ukraine, and in Moscow, and was the officer specializing in Russia for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before joining the National Security Council in 2018.”
So, obviously, the Right is trying to smear him as a traitor and spy. The Purple Heart-awarded Iraq vet who has literally devoted his life to serving this country, he’s the traitor. Because the only loyalty that the Right recognizes anymore is to President
Oh my God, look at the spin they are using right now, actually saying that Vindman is a Ukrainian double agent….this is so freaking bananas pic.twitter.com/Oxpju5W23N
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) October 29, 2019
Sean Duffy on CNN on Army Lt. Col. Vindman: "It seems very clear that he is incredibly concerned about Ukrainian defense. I don't know that he's concerned about American policy … we all have an affinity to our homeland where we came from … he has an affinity for the Ukraine." pic.twitter.com/dlsYlTnCwR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 29, 2019
Brian Kilmeade on Army Lt. Col. Vindman: "We also know he was born in the Soviet Union, emigrated with his family. Young. He tends to feel simpatico with the Ukraine." pic.twitter.com/mfjg9NUXSd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 29, 2019
Our Idiot President, unable to come up with anything better, is trying the “I Don’t Know Her” defense with a hefty dollop of “Never Trumpism.” But Kamala Harris, she’s having none of it.
You are attacking a decorated Army colonel.
Alexander Vindman served in the Iraq War. You serve yourself.
He received a Purple Heart. You're receiving subpoenas.
Unlike you, he has a sense of duty to this country. He is a patriot. You are a disgrace. https://t.co/JnIwDAyh9o
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 29, 2019
Fuck yeah, Ms. Harris.
Elsewhere, now that Nancy Pelosi has announced that they will hold a House vote to make the impeachment inquiry “official” or whatever word the Republicans are crying about, the Republicans are trying to claim that 1. any testimony that has been collected before the vote DOESN’T COUNT and has to be THROWN IN THE TRASH because NOT FAIR
that they have damaging testimony that could bring down President Shitbean for committing a bunch of crimes and 2. but also, too, it’s all a sham. Good luck with that, kids!
- Superman & Lois, starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch, is being developed at The CW.
- A Fresh Off the Boat spinoff about an Indian family starring Preity G Zinta and Vir Das is being developed at ABC.
- Dante’s Inferno is being developed at The CW.
- Greatest Events of World War Two in Colour has been ordered at Netflix.
- Nice One! a comedy game show hosted by Ron Funches has been greenlit at Quibi.
- Blark and Son has been ordered at Comedy Central for their digital platform.
- Miles Gaston Villanueva will recur on Nancy Drew on The CW.
- Noma Dumezweni has been cast in Made for Love on HBO Max.
- Quinn Copeland, Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos, and Noah Cottrell are joining the Punky Brewster reboot on Peacock.
- Annie Wersching is joining The Rookie on ABC.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on November 12.
- Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw will debut on HBO on November 23.
Alien Marathon: All of the Alien movies, even the shitty ones. (I’ll never get those two hours of my life that I spent watching Alien 3 back.) 7 p.m., BBC
Alfred Hitchcock marathon: It begins with Rear Window and goes through Wednesday, including Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds and ends with Rope. 8 p.m., Starz Encore Suspense
World Series Game 6: If needed. 6:30 p.m., Fox
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jason Momoa, Rhett & Link, Daniel Humm
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Emma Thompson, Taran Killam, Jeremy O. Harris
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jennifer Aniston, Thomas Middleditch
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Hailee Steinfeld, Mallrat
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ewan McGregor, Linda Hamilton, Camp
- The Daily Show: Noname
- Conan: Aaron Paul
- Lights Out with David Spade: Jon Lovitz, Christina Pazsitzky, Bert Kreischer
- Watch What Happens Live: Kelly Dodd, Brandi Glanville
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