The Good Place. It ends tomorrow, and I am not ready.
kristen bell crying over the good place ending is all of us right now pic.twitter.com/rCFlZy2Adh
— 𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐲 (@adoresbell) January 26, 2020
The description of the final episode: “Various conversations occur between groups of people” might out-Mad-Men Mad Men. (Who can forget such enlightening episode descriptions as “Don has trouble sleeping” or “Roger Asks Joan for help with a clerical error”?) BuzzFeed has made one of their dumb quizzes to determine which character you are but considering it said I’m Tahani, I question their methodology. I am not a Tahani,
David Schwimmer said some dumb but well-intentioned things defending Friends and how it shouldn’t be judged for its lack of diversity because it was a product of its time. I happened to be alive when Friends premiered, and I am here to tell you that it was remarked upon AT THE TIME that it was weird all these white people living in New York City never ran into people of color. Also, there was an all-black Friends. It was called Living Single and it debuted a year before Friends.
Hey @DavidSchwimmer @FriendsTV – r u seriously telling me you’ve never heard of #LivingSingle? We invented the template! Yr welcome bro. 😉 David Schwimmer 2 The Guardian: “Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends” https://t.co/r8W1ZHBwoy
— Erika Alexander (@EAlexTheGreat) January 28, 2020
Stephen Colbert wasn’t on Monday night, so he discussed Kobe Bryant’s death on last night’s episode. There he explained that he had a sad connection to the Bryant family and his friends and the others who died in the crash as he lost his father and two brothers in a plane crash in 1974. Apparently, in that crash, the pilots were heard on the flight recorder having a conversation about other things as they approached the landing in thick fog. This led to the “sterile cockpit rule” which says that pilots can only engage in essential tasks during takeoff and landing. However, helicopters are not required to have black boxes, so there’s no way to figure out what went wrong in crashes. Colbert uses this segment to advocate that the NTSB change this to help improve helicopter safety.
Today begins the two-day process of the Senate asking written questions of the House Managers and the White House lawyers about their arguments. It’s just begun so we’ll have to discuss it at length tomorrow. As for what happened yesterday: the White House team concluded their argument with a weird Lost in Space reference …
Jay Sekulow finishes up with his Lost In Space appeal, Danger Will Robinson Danger do not let John Bolton testify pic.twitter.com/AjxoGr4OP3
— Dumfounded 🤯 (@j2dumfounded) January 28, 2020
Immediately after, the Republicans all huddled up to discuss whether or not there were enough votes to prevent witnesses and GUESS WHAT? MITCH MCCONNELL DOESN’T HAVE THE VOTES!
As soon as the meeting was over, Mitch McConnell made it public that he didn’t have the votes to block witnesses being called, presumably to get Republican voters riled up and calling those moderate Republicans wavering on the issue and demand to NOT hear from John Bolton.
Problem with that is the polls: The Monmouth poll put support for witnesses at 80 percent. Quinnipiac has it at 75 percent, Reuters 72 percent, Washington Post at 71 percent and CNN 69 percent. Now, it is probably reasonable to assume that the definition of “witnesses” changes depending on what party you belong to (Democrats want Bolton, Mick Mulaney, and Mike Pompeo; Republicans want Joe and Hunter Biden and the DNC Server) but trying to have an impeachment trial with NO witnesses isn’t going to fly with anyone. Mitch.
Still, don’t count McConnell out just yet. One thing that asshole tortoise does not give two shits about is public opinion, so he might very well be able to get his acquittal by the end of the week or at the latest by Monday. Underestimate the Worst Man in American Politics at your own risk.
- The Big Leap, a ballet series, has been given a pilot order at Fox.
- A comedy pilot form Mike Schur and the Broad City creators has been ordered at HBO Max.
- The Quest has been revived at Disney+.
- In From the Cold has been ordered at Netflix.
- Memory, a thriller based on a Korean series, has been ordered at Showtime.
- Inside the Tower of London is coming to Smithsonian Channel.
- Under the Skin will probably be turned into a series.
- Jenny Gago is joining Deputy on Fox.
- Sarah Yarkin has been cast in Motherland: Fort Salem on Freeform.
- Wesley Lowery has joined 60 in 6 on Quibi.
Mark Your Calendars
- Hunters debuts on Amazon on February 21.
- Man with a Plan returns and Broke debuts on CBS on April 2.
- Family Karma debuts on Bravo on March 8.
- Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse will debut on Amazon on March 13.
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Next in Fashion: Tan France and Alexa Chung host this new fashion competition. Series premiere. Netflix
Harry & Meghan: The Royals in Crisis: Oh boy, competing Harry and Meghan specials! Fox has the first bite at the apple at 7 p.m. … 7 p.m., Fox
Royal Divide: Harry, Meghan, and the Crown: And if you didn’t get enough, you can check out ABC’s take on the story. 9 p.m., ABC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Blake Lively, Jameela Jamil, Roddy Ricch
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kristen Bell, Desus & Mero, Little Big Town, Chris Coleman
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Steve Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Kumail Nanjiani, Dan Levy, Celeste
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jessica Simpson, Lakeith Stanfield, Orville Peck
- The Daily Show: Ezra Klein
- Conan: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
- Lights Out with David Spade: Christina Pazsitzky, Preacher Lawson, Moshe Kasher
- Watch What Happens Live: Meghan McCain, Melissa Gorga
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