Happy anniversary to The Office, which apparently premiered 15 years ago today. Who knew it was a midseason show! This now makes me wonder what the most successful midseason shows have been … I SMELL A CHRONICLE SLIDESHOW! Anywhoodles, Vulture has an excerpt from the book, The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s: An Oral History in which producers and actors tell the story of how the two-part “Fire Drill” episode was made.
Also revealed in the book: Steve Carrell didn’t want to leave the show, but NBC let his contract expire for reasons some crewmembers call “mind-boggling.” It really was the death knell for the entire season.
James Gandolfini was apparently thisclose to being Michael Scott’s replacement but got cold feet when he realized he would have to do comedy. James Spader was hired instead and we all know how that went. (NOT GREAT, BOB.)
Ava DuVernay and Netflix have had one of the defamation lawsuits for When They See Us thrown out of court. You’re next, Linda Fairstein.
I DO NOT NEED MARRIAGE TIPS FROM TWO IDIOTS FROM VANDERPUMP RULES WHO HAVE ONLY BEEN MARRIED FOR FIVE MINUTE AND WHO WILL BE LUCKY TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE YEAR TOGETHER, THANKS.
The virus continues to be good news for the networks — for now. The number of people watching TV jumped a full 8% last week. And that’s terrific! The problem is, networks are going to run out of new programs pretty soon … and then what?
Some networks have been delaying new episodes especially those shows that have not yet been able to film their final episodes. Supernatural, as mentioned yesterday, is going to hold back all remaining new episodes after last night’s episode. It’s looking like The CW is also holding back Batwoman and Supergirl, as well.
The virus also messed up Law & Order: SVU‘s plans: first of all, they had planned an episode that would bring back “two prominent characters from earlier seasons” that they aren’t going to film now — at least not this season, and second of all, the 20th episode looks like it will be the final episode of the season instead of the 24th episode.
As for the pilot season, it might not have been hurt by all of this as much as imagined: because writing is about the only part of television production that can be done right now, all of the networks have ordered backup scripts for the pilots already in production. Interestingly, this shutdown might be the thing that finally breaks the networks of the traditional pilot season and move towards a model that streaming services have been using for a while.
The Olympics are officially postponed until next year. Which just gives me time to plan a trip with Bobby to attend, at least that’s what I’m going to pretend to keep my spirits up. My thoughts go out to all the athletes who had been training for this moment, only to have it yanked out from underneath them.
To safeguard the health of the athletes and everyone involved in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will now take place no later than summer 2021.
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) March 24, 2020
- Britain’s Got Talent has postponed their live finals.
- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will postpone their induction ceremony until November.
- WGA has postponed their contract negotiations.
CHRIS CUOMO: Andrew Cuomo, of course, my brother. Thank you for coming back to the show.
ANDREW CUOMO: Mom told me I had to.
CHRIS CUOMO: *Eyeroll* pic.twitter.com/UmJVZ3r1V5
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) March 24, 2020
More people who have tested positive that you’ve heard of:
- The Young and the Restless, Major Crimes and Dawson’s Creek alum Greg Rikaart who reported that the virus was “the hardest experience” of his life:
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I just tested positive for coronavirus. I am a pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink much, eats well and exercises regularly and this has been the hardest experience of my life. Two+ weeks ago, everyone in my house had a bit of a cough and my son came home from school with a high fever. Everyone recovered, but I deteriorated. I isolated from my family and have been in solo quarantine since Saturday the 14th. I had a fever for 11 days, difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with pneumonia. I’m confident that I have finally turned the proverbial corner and am fever free today for the first time since this all started. I was told to stay isolated for another 72 hours before I acclimate back into my family. So, nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys. Furthermore, I want to thank you all for the well wishes and I hope you heed the warnings. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay inside. ❤️
- An unnamed member of the White House Press Corps
- Stedman hasn’t tested positive, but is sheltering in the guest house after not taking social distancing seriously. DON’T YOU HURT OPRAH, STEDMAN.
And then there’s poor Rolo, who is so happy to have everyone home he sprained his tail from wagging it so much.
Didn’t expect this happen😂, for those asking, he is currently on pain relief and the vet said he should be healed within a week, this is him on the 2nd day. He is super happy and there is now movement from side to side but he is struggling to lift it up in the air. pic.twitter.com/dY0o96HOpj
— Emma smith (@Emmasmith77xx) March 21, 2020
Poor James Corden. Last night was his show’s fifth anniversary. This was not how he wanted to celebrate:
Ugh, the politics of this.
Yesterday was an especially dark chapter in this nightmare we are all living through. After a little over a week of some cities being on lockdown, President Attention Deficient Disorder is growing bored with this whole social distancing thing, and hinted that he would reassess where we are in the next 15 days. He’s made it more explicit today, saying that he wants the country “opened up” by Easter.
BREAKING: President Trump weighs social-distancing guidelines and says he hopes to have the economy “opened up and just raring to go by Easter” in less than three weeks. https://t.co/XM17FSobGl
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 24, 2020
Now, we haven’t hit the peak of this thing yet in New York City. Deaths are still climbing there, as the full effect of social distancing hasn’t yet taken effect. It’s so bad the WHO declared that if we continue on our current trajectory, our country could be the next epicenter of this disease. And there are entire swaths of the middle of the country that has not done any social distancing yet. While the deaths in places like New York City and Seattle and Los Angeles might come down in the next couple of weeks, we might not see the impact of this virus in the middle of the country UNTIL Easter, and this asshole wants to send everyone back to work by then? Because he’s worried about the stock market?
Well yes: as my own Lt. Governor Dan GoddamnedFuckingMonster Patrick made explicit on Tucker Carlson’s show last night, he believes your grandparents and parents will be happy to give their lives to make sure we don’t have to cut back on our vacations and Netflix subscriptions:
Tx Lt Gov Dan Patrick says grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy for their grandchildren pic.twitter.com/wC3Ngvtsbj
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 24, 2020
And just take a look at this piece of shit:
— The Bearded Wit (@TheBeardedWit) March 24, 2020
YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC FOR OUR ECONOMY? LOSING 2% OF THE POPULATION.
I mean, I guess the upshot of all this is that conservatives are finally being honest about how much they actually value life.
Anyway. Let Stephen King explain how viruses spread, please, and shut the fuck up about prioritizing the economy over people’s lives.
Chapter 8 of THE STAND. This is how it works. Heed. (But remember COID-19 is not as lethal as the superflu.)https://t.co/yqvwbjoVMs
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 22, 2020
And also, ALSO, the same man who wants — against medical and scientific advice — to fling the economy back open before it might be ready, has been going out in his makeshift rallies press conferences, insisting that a malaria drug has been effective against Covid-19. In one press conference, Dr. Fauci clarified that they had not done any testing and that we maybe shouldn’t buy snake oil from a snake oil salesman and we haven’t seen him at a press conference since. (I’m paraphrasing but you get it.)
Here’s the danger: President Cult Leader’s base believe him, they trust him over the egghead scientists, and grasping for any semblance of hope, they do what he says. A couple in Arizona who trusted Dear Leader found chloroquine phosphate in some fish aquarium cleaner tablets and took them as a preventative measure. The husband died, the wife is in ICU, and has learned her lesson the most painful way possible:
"Oh my God. Don't take anything. Don't believe anything.
Don’t believe anything that the President says and his people because they don't know what they're talking about. And don't take anything–be so careful and call your doctor. This is a heart ache I'll never get over."
— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiNBC) March 24, 2020
Let’s find some good to hang onto:
After the owner of the 76ers cut staff salaries, player Joel Embiid vowed to support the staffers himself and donated $500,000 to medical relief efforts. Josh Harris, the owner of the team was appropriately shamed, and reversed the decision to slash salaries. It should be noted that Embiid is not the only professional NBA player who has stepped up to help arena and team staff.
Broadway producers have pledged $1 million in matching funds for the COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
(After dragging his feet about it and arguing with people on Twitter that hospitals didn’t need them yet) Elon Musk donated 1,000 ventilators to Los Angeles hospitals.
And for you TV fans, The Paley Center would like to entertain you: they have launched Paley@Home on YouTube, where fans can watch, for free, panels from NYC and Los Angeles events. Supernatural 2018 is available now, to be followed by This Is Us 2017 (on March 24), Parks and Recreation cast reunion 2019 (March 25), The Daily Show With Trevor Noah 2016 (March 26), Blue Bloods 2017 (March 27), The Office 2007 (March 28) and The Walking Dead 2017 (on March 29).
And go binge some CBS All Access for free for the next month:
- Love is Blind and The Circle have both been renewed for two more seasons at Netflix. They have also renewed Rhythm + Flow and Sparking Joy, a new series from Marie Kondo.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Most Dangerous Game will debut on Quibi on April 6.
- Middleditch & Schwartz: Dream Job; Middleditch & Schwartz: Law School Magic; and Middleditch & Schwartz: Parking Lot Wedding, all improv comedy specials from Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz are coming to Netflix on April 21.
Middleditch & Schwartz is coming is coming to @netflix on 4/21 with three completely improvised comedy specials.
In one month you can watch Thomas and I perform long form improv from the comfort of your own quarantined home. @netflixisajoke pic.twitter.com/GCbv5binKM
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) March 23, 2020
- David Blaine: The Magic Way will air on ABC on April 1.
- The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel will debut on Lifetime on April 11.
- A Question of Faith will debut on Lifetime on April 12.
- Deadliest Catch: Bloodline will debut on Discovery on April 14.
- Love 101 will debut on Netflix on April 24.
Alberto Uderzo, Comic book writer and illustrator most famous for Asterix
Jeremy Marre, Documentarian of world music
This is Us: The Pearsons celebrate Jack’s first birthday — and there will be a time jump — in the season finale. 8 p.m., NBC
One Day at a Time: A census taker comes to the house in the season premiere. 8:30 p.m., Pop TV
Council of Dads: So, This is Us inspired A Million Little Things which clearly inspired this new series about a man who creates a “council of dads” to take care of his family when he has a health crisis. Series premiere. 9 p.m., NBC
Project Bluebook: Hynek and Quinn try to prevent World War III in the season finale. 9 p.m., History
Cherish the Day: Gently throws a birthday party for Miss Luma. Season finale. 9 p.m., OWN
East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story: This documentary film looks at how Atlanta destroyed a public housing project with the promise of something better for the residents, and spoiler alert: how it didn’t work out. A reminder in this very scary time for a lot of us that there are populations amongst us who are always scared and on the precipice. 7 p.m., PBS
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