America’s Got Talent sounds like a nightmare place to work unless you are a white guy. SO. As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough are not returning as judges on the talent competition this season, and a new report in Variety has the dirt. It sounds like both women received tons of critical notes about their physical appearances, notes that were insulting and demoralizing. Union, in particular, received a half a dozen notes that her hair was “too black” for the AGT audience. IT IS 2019, PEOPLE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
Also, there were a couple of racially insensitive incidents during filming: one involving a contestant who engaged in blackface and one incident that involved Jay Leno, a portrait of Simon Cowell and his dogs, and a tasteless joke about Koreans. Neither of these incidents made it to air — though they were taped — but Union was angered by both and urged producers to report Leno’s joke to NBC’s HR department.
They did not.
Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough: y’all are better off, ladies. Also, Mel B? I’d love to hear your notes about your experience on the show.
Turns out the Succession prop department takes their jobs pretty seriously. Also, this piece gives you a little emotional insight into your favorite character Cousin Greg. Oh, Cousin Greg.
“… the core question is why the hell does Tucker Carlson still have a job here in the first place? The reality is, this is someone who said white supremacy is a hoax, and why does Fox allow him to still be here in the first place?” — Democratic National Committee vice chair Michael Blake on Fox News yesterday morning. GO ON WITH YOUR BAD SELF, MICHAEL.
The Department of Justice is weighing in on the WGA dispute with the agencies, and — this will shock you — the DoJ is siding against the union.
This isn’t TV-related but an American teenager posted a clever video on TikTok criticizing the Chinese government for their treatment of Uighur Muslims under the guise of being a makeup tutorial. It went viral and TikTok, which is a Chinese company, banned the teen for posting “terrorism”-related content. This is what the future looks like.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been canceled at Netflix.
- Biggest Little Cook-Off, a cooking competition hosted by Andy Samberg, has been set at Quibi.
- The Proud Family has been given a revival at Disney+.
- Tough Love, a family comedy, has been bought by Fox.
- A docuseries about gossip columnist Cindy Adams is being developed for Showtime.
- Isaiah Washington and Nancy Grace have both landed new shows at the streaming service Fox Nation.
- The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age has been set as a documentary at HBO.
- The Tech Transformers, a documentary about Silicon Valley, is in the works at HBO.
- Joe Lo Truglio is your new Jeff Sessions, oh my God. Damon Gupton will play Jeh Johnson, the former Secretary of Homeland Security; Michael Hyatt is playing former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and Spencer Garrett is playing Bill Sweeney.
- Claire Foy will make a guest appearance on The Crown in season four.
- Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Bell, Tracy Morgan, Karlie Kloss, Aaron Rodgers, and Alex Rodriguez are set to appear on Thanks a Million on Quibi.
- David Meunier will join Marvel’s Helstrom on Hulu.
- Scot Ruggles will join the cast of All American on The CW.
- Audrey Corsa is joining Tell Me a Story on CBS All Access.
Mark Your Calendars
- The New Pope will return on HBO on January 13.
- The I Love Lucy Christmas Special will air on CBS on December 20.
- Give a Dog a Home Live! will air on Animal Planet on December 7.
- Year of the Rabbit will debut on IFC on February 19.
- Nick Cannon’s Hit Viral Videos – Holiday 2019 will air on Fox on December 16.
- My Lottery Dream Home premieres on HGTV on December 13; Property Brothers: Forever Home returns on December 18; Christina on the Coast returns on January 2, and Home Town premieres on January 20.
- An Unexpected Killer debuts on Oxygen on December 5.
- Kids Baking Championship will return on Food Network on January 6.
Gary Rhodes, Celebrity chef
Godfrey Gao, Taiwanese-Canadian actor who died of a heart attack during the filming of a Chinese reality series called Chase Me. His death has sparked outrage across China towards the show’s producers.
Jonathan Miller, British writer and director for the stage and member of Beyond the Fringe
The Irishman: The Robert DeNiro/Al Pacino/Martin Scorcese Oscar bait is finally here. Netflix
Ellen’s Game of Games: Ellen is back with her wacky games. 7 p.m., NBC
A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special: In which SNL finds an excuse to re-air Adam Sandler’s dumb Thanksgiving song. 8 p.m., NBC
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: Listen, jelly beans and toast sound great but quick question: where are these children’s parents? 7 p.m., ABC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: John Boyega, Abigail Spencer, JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jeff Goldblum, Jacqueline Novak
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: LL Cool J, José Andrés
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Benoist, Mike Birbiglia, Bloc Party
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Jillian Bell, Utkarsh Ambudkar
|ABC||A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving||Modern Family
|CW||iHeartRadio Music Festival||Local|
|FOX||The Masked Singer
|NBC||Ellen’s Game of Games
|A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special|