He’s not the worst Bachelor since I’ve been recapping this show — that would be Juan Pablo, with Arie pulling up in second place, no question — but with the choices he’s made, Pilot Peter is really doing his level best to make an argument he should be in the top three. Even with the benefit of a little distance and perspective, he’s STILL wiffing it.
Exhibit A: in the Buzzfeed video below, he answers viewer’s questions, including which woman he regrets sending home, and this dum-dum, he chooses Miss Texas. No. NO! She was fake and gross and a liar and spent so much time talking about how she wasn’t a goody-two-shoes and JUST NO SIR. ABSOLUTELY NOT.
As for his other bad choices, what’s the story behind the mysterious blurred out lady who spilled the tea on White Lives Matter? Her name is Merissa, she and Pilot Peter dated in 2012, and everyone recognizes her for the hero that she is.
— Bachelor Bob (@BachelorBob_) February 18, 2020
And if you wanted some more details on what, exactly, she was referring to when she told Pilot Peter rather obliquely that White Lives Matters had ruined some relationships, Reality Steve has been yammering about it since back in October. (Now that the episode has aired, there are no spoilers in here.)
Reality Steve also has the story on how Merissa came to be on the show, and how much contact she had with the producers. It’s actually a really interesting look into how much manipulating the producers do (or, in this case, didn’t do) with the storytelling.
As noted earlier, CBS is going to expand its streaming services, adding programming from Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Smithsonian and Paramount to CBS All Access down the road, and hoping to reach 16 million subscribers by the end of the year. this comes after a disappointing fourth quarter for CBS. I know the CBS/Viacom merger was something that they had to wait for before they could do this, but CBS All Access never seemed like much competition for the likes of Netflix or Disney+ or Hulu. Charging $6 a month for a bunch of Star Trek content and not much else was never going to appeal to anyone but die-hard Trek fans. So it will be interesting to see if this new expanded service will be able to hold its own against HBO Max and the rest.
So, it’s FX content, but it’s only available on Hulu. Why? BECAUSE. THAT’S WHY.
Quibi has made a bunch of show announcements — A BUNCH. Here’s a list organized by genre of everything they will offer when they launch this spring.
And while we’re on the subject of streaming services, HBO and HBO Max will be available on YouTube.
This headline suggests that it’s been revealed what was in the note Jim gives Pam in the teapot. This headline is a lie.
Henry Rollins would have actually made an excellent Negan — and I just can’t see Matthew Lillard in the role, despite the fact that he apparently almost had it. Also interesting: Mark Pellegrino was up for Rick, but I actually think he would have made a better Negan. (I suspect this is from years of seeing him as Lucifer … )
If you’re confused by Westworld, you’re not the only one: here’s a bunch of instances of the cast themselves admitting they have no idea what is going on. Westworld returns on HBO on March 15. Here’s the new trailer:
- The Blacklist was renewed for an eighth season on NBC. Well done, Blacklist!
- So You Think You Can Dance has been renewed for a 17th season on Fox. Well done, SYTYCD!
- Fixer to Fabulous has been renewed for a second season on HGTV.
- Don’t Look Up, a movie from Adam McKay starring Jennifer Lawrence is coming to Netflix.
- Minx, a comedy pilot about 1970s erotica from Paul Feig, has been ordered to pilot at HBO Max.
- The Big Shot, a competition series hosted by Bethenny Frankel, is coming to HBO Max.
- Tiger King, a documentary about Joe Exotic, is coming to Netflix.
- Swan Song, a film starring Mahershala Ali, is coming to Apple TV+.
- Battlefield of Love, a military docuseries, is being developed at Lifetime.
- Tom Segura has signed a deal with Netflix.
- Doc Savage is being turned into a TV series.
- The Secrets She Keeps has been picked up by Sundance Now.
- The Gordita Chronicles is in the works at HBO Max.
- Trigger Point, a bomb squad drama from the creator of Bodyguard, is in the works at ITV.
- Dodger, a comedy based on Artful Dodger, is in the works at BBC.
- Overwatch may be turned into a TV show down the road.
- Pete Davidson is going to be Nathan Fillion’s half-brother on The Rookie.
- Josh Hartnett will be in Die Hart on Quibi.
- Tate Donovan will co-star in Blood Relative on Fox.
- James Wolk will star in the CBS pilot Ordinary Joe.
- Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King will moderate CBS’s Democratic primary debate next week.
- Janet McTeer is going to co-star in The President is Missing on Showtime.
- Auden Thornton will star in thirtysomething(else) on ABC.
- Patina Miller will co-star in Power Book III: Raising Kanan on Starz.
- Laurence Fishburne will host History’s Greatest Mysteries on the History Channel.
- Annaleigh Ashford will star in B Positive, a CBS comedy pilot.
- Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan will co-star in the Kung-Fu pilot at The CW.
- Angus Sampson is joining The Lincoln Lawyer on CBS.
- Odessa Young and Ella Rumpfhave been cast in Tokyo Vice on HBO Max.
- Christian Combs, Quincy Brown, Justin Combs, and LaurieAnn Gibson will be the judges on Making the Band on MTV.
- Keegan Allen is joining the cast of Walker, Texas Ranger.
- Kevin Bigley, Allegra Edwards, and Zainab Johnson have been cast in Upload on Amazon.
Mark Your Calendars
- Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will premiere on Showtime on April 26.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is moving to Showtime. It will premiere on June 5.
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) February 20, 2020
- HBO Max launches in May.
- We’re Here will debut on HBO on April 23.
- Broke will premiere on CBS on April 2.
- The Plot Against America will premiere on HBO on March 16.
- Halston will stream on Netflix sometime in 2021.
- Ride with Norman Reedus will return on AMC on March 8.
- Feel Good will premiere on Netflix on March 19.
- Formula 1: Drive to Survive will return on Netflix on February 29.
- Beforeigners debuted on HBO NOW and HBO Go on Tuesday.
- Hollywood will debut on Netflix on May 1.
- Fox News will host a town hall with Amy Klobuchar on Thursday, February 27.
- Into the Dark: Crawlers will premiere on Hulu on March 6.
- Paradise Lost will premiere on Spectrum on April 13.
- The Great Food Truck Race: Gold Coast will return on Food Network on March 26.
- Reasonable Doubt will return on Investigation Discovery on March 3.
- Humboldt: Epic Explorer will air on Smithsonian Channel on March 25.
Ann Basart, Former child film and sitcom actress
Jason Davis, Voice actor on the Disney series Recess
Larry Tesler, Computer scientist who created the cut/copy and paste function. Fun fact, I used copy and paste to write that previous sentence. Thanks, Larry!
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: JIMMY JAB GAMES. 7:30 p.m., NBC
A Million Little Things: Danny has his first sleepover. Wait, isn’t he like 11 or 12? What? 9 p.m., ABC
Spectros: A group of friends finds themselves caught between Brazilian and Japanese spirits in this Brazilian series. I tried to find a trailer for it, but the best I can do is this one with Spanish subtitles. (In other news, my ability to read Spanish is still pretty good! Understanding it when it’s being spoken to me, not so much.) Series premiere. Netflix
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Justin Bieber, Lucy Hale, Scott Bakula, Wajatta
- Watch What Happens Live: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville
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