Today’s the day.
“Our founder’s vision of a republic is under threat from actions from the White House. If we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duty. It is tragic that the president’s reckless actions make impeachment necessary. He gave us no choice.” — Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
As I am typing this, the House is debating the articles of impeachment. Every member of the House of Representatives will have an opportunity to speak their piece for a minute or two — and so far the Republicans have compared the impeachment process to: Pearl Harbor, the Salem Witch Trials, and Jesus’ trial. Yes, that Jesus. So, the clown show is performing exactly as expected.
Then, after some six hours of debate (or “debate” as no one’s mind is going to be changed), the House will vote on the articles — unless the Republicans pull some nonsense and try to drag it out so they don’t vote until “the dead of night” again.
And that’s pretty much it. The impeachment will happen — the first impeachment of a first-term president ever.
And someone isn’t taking it well at all:
SUCH ATROCIOUS LIES BY THE RADICAL LEFT, DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS. THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 18, 2019
But whatever joy I feel today will be short-lived. Once today is over and done with and put into the history books, everyone in Washington will go home for a long winter’s nap. Then in January, the fight will start all over again in the Senate where the Republicans there will find some reason to acquit the Corrupter-in-Chief. While I obviously think that it would be better for the entire country — including Republicans — if President EXCLAMATION POINT! were removed from office and Mike Pence took over the remainder of his term (and in fact, I believe Pence would be virtually impossible to beat in the election in that circumstance), I have absolutely no hope for that taking place.
Instead, the next 11 months are going to be rough — REALLY ROUGH — once President Shitburger believes he’s been exonerated. God only knows what he’ll have in store for us next year, but it won’t be pretty. And that is why we have to be ready to do everything we can to be prepared for November 2020, make sure everyone we know is registered to vote and then does so. Take heart in the protests in support of impeachment that took place in all 50 states last night, and brace yourself for a long hard election battle next year. We thought it was going to be a cakewalk in 2016 — we know better this time around.
In Other TV News
This is a stunning factoid: In 2019, Netflix released more original programming than the ENTIRE TV INDUSTRY did in 2005. Not network TV — all of TV. And there were a jillion cable channels in 2005!
Jussie Smollett might return to Empire for the series finale, as the showrunner notes that it would be weird to not have Jamal there. My money is on him coming back because what do they have to lose? It’s literally the end of the show, so …
Lodge 49 is officially and for serious dead. No other outlet saved the day.
Orlando Jones is considering suing Freemantle over the whole American Gods thing. Freemantle better get their ducks in a row, because between this and Gabrielle Union …
EXCUSE ME, CBS? ROLLERSKATE HOOKER?
- The Legend of Cocaine Island, starring Will Ferrell, is in the works at Netflix.
- Cold Shoulder, a cop drama, has been set at CBS.
- A family comedy starring Iliza Shlesinger is being developed at CBS.
- No Stone Unturned, a procedural drama, is in the works at NBC.
- Infamous, an action-thriller, is being developed at The CW.
- The Game is being revived at The CW.
- Trill League, an animated black superhero series from 50 Cent, is in the works at Quibi.
- From Scratch, a cooking show, has been bought by FYI.
- Visible: Out On Television, a documentary about LBGTQ representation, is coming to Apple TV+.
- Iron Sharpens Iron, a sports series, has been greenlit at Quibi.
- Boyz in the Wood has been acquired by Amazon Studios.
- The Athena Protocol is being developed into a TV series.
- Leslye Headland, co-creator of Russian Doll, has signed a deal at Fox 21.
- Zackary Momoh and Uzo Aduba have joined the cast of Americanah on HBO Max.
- Joan Cusack and Mary Holland will join the second season of Homecoming on Amazon.
- Morfydd Clark is your young Galadriel.
- Freddie Stroma, Gary Anthony Williams, Dan Ahdoot, Sarah Stiles, and Jillian Mueller have been cast in The Crew for Netflix.
- Patrick Sabongui and Brendan Taylor have been cast in Firefly Lane on Netflix.
- Keena Ferguson is joining Sistas on BET.
- Luis Jose Lopez will join SEAL Team on CBS.
- Danica Curcic has been cast in Netflix’s Equinox.
Mark Your Calendars
- John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch will debut on Netflix on December 24.
- Diary of a Future President will debut on Disney+ on January 17.
- Narcos returns on Netflix on February 13.
- Homestead Rescue will debut on Discovery on January 2.
- Sacred Lies: The Singing Bones will debut on Facebook Watch on February 20.
- In Pursuit with John Walsh will return on ID on January 15.
- Impractical Jokers: The Movie will premiere in select theaters on February 21.
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times: WE’RE DOING IT LIVE! AGAIN! 7 p.m., ABC
Survivor: A very controversial season comes to an end. DO BETTER, SURVIVOR. Season finale. 7 p.m., CBS
The Masked Singer: The three finalists compete for the golden mask trophy. Season finale. 7 p.m., Fox
Mad About You: Season finale. Spectrum
Don’t Fuck with Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer: A group of people around the world find a disturbing video online, realize they have a potential murderer on their hands, and set out to find him. Murderinos: this is right up your alley. Netflix
Masters of Illusion: HOLIDAY MAGIC! 8 p.m., The CW
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, Dua Lipa, James Blake
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: John Mulaney, Rodrigo Santoro
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Charlize Theron, Martha Stewart
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Laura Dern, Mark Duplass, guest host Melissa McCarthy
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Brie Larson, Jamie Foxx, Bryan Stevenson, Molly Hopkins, Yola
- The Daily Show: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
- Conan: TBA
- Lights Out with David Spade: Adam Sandler
- Watch What Happens Live: Margaret Josephs, Vicki Gunvalson, Brandi Redmond
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Malala Yousafzai
|ABC||Live in Front of a Studio Audience: All in the Family and Good Times
|CW||Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer
|Masters of Illusion
|FOX||The Masked Singer
|NBC||Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways
|Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways
|Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways