Before we get to TV nonsense, I’m going to cut to the chase: This administration and its incompetence has as of this moment cost 12,246 American lives. 1,375 deaths just today.
It’s 1 p.m.
I’m going to begin by linking to this New York Times article in which it is revealed that Peter Navarro, President Turdbucket’s trade advisor, wrote a memo to the White House in JANUARY warning that COVID-19 could put millions at risk for illness or death and cost America trillions. And still, we did nothing. We did nothing for two more months. Nothing.
Look, it is some weasley fuckery for Navarro to leak this memo just as he’s coming under fire for trying to bully Dr. Fauci about the use of hydroxychloroquine. If he were really the hero he would like to pretend he is, he would have leaked this memo IN JANUARY. But leaving that aside, the bottom line is all of the alarms were going off in January and We. Did. Nothing.
And in yesterday’s White House press briefing, Dr. Fauci warned that we may never return to a pre-COVID-19 normal:
.@jonkarl: Will we get back to normal in this country before there's a vaccine?
FAUCI: If back to normal means acting like there never was a coronavirus problem, I don't think that's going to happen until we do have a situation where you can completely protect the population pic.twitter.com/HHbYZFMlZG
— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) April 6, 2020
McClatchy’s Francesca Chambers asked him about problems with the rollout of the small business loans; his response: “It’s such a positive event and you ask it in such a negative way.”
Fox News’ Kristin Fisher asked about testing shortages; his response: “You should say, ‘Congratulations, great job,’ instead of being so horrid in the way you ask a question.”
And then ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked him about a Health and Human Services inspector general report on hospitals’ lack of medical supplies and The-Meltdown-in-Chief … well, melted down. First, he implied that the inspector general in question is suspect because she served in the Obama administration (and the Bush administration, and the Clinton administration) and that Karl is somehow engaging in biased or FAKE NEWS as he would put it before calling the Emmy-award winning reporter and WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR ONE OF THE MAJOR NETWORKS a “third rate reporter” and hissing that Karl will “never make it.”
You should really watch this to fully appreciate it:
Jon Karl is apparently a "third-rate reporter" who will "never make it" because the HHS inspector general served during the Obama administration.
That isn't supposed to make sense because none of this does. This is deranged. pic.twitter.com/pz4VxMRbkg
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) April 6, 2020
This is literally the opposite of what leadership looks like. He can’t handle the fact that his ineptitude, his willful rejection of science, his ego, his concern for his own re-election over public health, his sheer unbound ignorance has allowed this crisis to spin out of his control and is costing thousands of American lives, and so he lashes out at the reporters — the only people holding him to account.
Pathetic. He is a pathetic excuse for a human being.
Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon get it:
“Americans are mad as hell. How much more can Americans take?” Don Lemon asked. “Every single day, he berates people and lies. First, it’s a hoax, and then ‘All along I knew it was serious. I knew it was a pandemic.’ How much more? How many people have to die?”
I, for one, am fucking livid.
~long silent scream~
Fine. TV stuff.
Apparently, American Horror Story season 10 was supposed to begin filming in late March — and for obvious reasons was postponed. But what is interesting about this news is that it is an early production schedule for the series, suggesting that it might have come out in the summer instead of the fall if all this hadn’t happened. Of course, that is purely speculation — Ryan Murphy has a lot of projects going on right now so it might have just been about his schedule. Anyway, none of this actually matters.
This article lures you in by asking when Clare’s season of The Bachelorette is going to start filming, as if it has an answer, but then you click on it and it is one big: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Tracy Morgan had an interesting interview on The Today Show this morning where he talked about his sex life with his wife, his admiration for the frontline health care workers and suggested that President Dingaling is trying his hardest (he is not). The full interview is below:
— Jonna Bonnette (@jonnabonnette) April 7, 2020
It's never a dull moment when @TracyMorgan is on! Watch the full interview with the comedy star who talks about coronavirus and dealing with the unknown, "We all got to pull together as people," he says. pic.twitter.com/nVG8DjAxg2
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 7, 2020
But you know who is not getting pregnant three times because of the Rona? Gwyneth Paltrow. 🙁 🙁 🙁
Major League Baseball is thinking about maybe playing the entire season in Arizona beginning next month. I mean, good luck with that.
This is a fascinating interview with a historian about how the 1918 Flu changed the movie industry forever, and what COVID-19 might do to the business in the future. I didn’t know, for instance, that in the early days of the movie business, a number of independent filmmakers were women and people of color who had their own distribution systems. That is until the flu hit.
Kyle MacLachlan is promoting a GoFundMe page to support the restaurant workers at the Twin Peaks‘ diner:
As you may know, @Twedes_Cafe in King County, Washington is an important landmark for #TwinPeaks fans. They have set up a GoFundMe to assist their staff. If you're able to, please donate or share their story. https://t.co/WmNvEn1gYA
— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) April 5, 2020
BBC is going to host its own telethon: The Big Night In.
All Other TV News
Well, this is curious: the Television Academy has ruled that On Becoming a God in Central Florida is a drama, not a comedy. The show is over 30 minutes long, and it appears that even though everyone else considered it a comedy for awards purposes, the Academy is sticking to its rule that anything longer than 30 minutes is automatically a drama. This is complete nonsense, just as the rule that dramas can’t be 30 minutes long is complete nonsense.
Here are some Supernatural bloopers to get you through this unexpected hiatus:
Amazon is being sued by an author who claims that Mrs. Maisel is a rip-off of her novel and a script she wrote based on it. Now, she never shopped it to Amazon but never mind that.
Which show or shows aren’t available to stream that you wish were? Mine: NewsRadio and Kids in the Hall.
People are still wondering if Pilot Peter and Ally McBeal are dating and Lord Jesus, for her sake I hope not.
Finally, the White House Press Corps won’t have Stephanie Grisham to ignore them and refuse to conduct press conferences anymore. Instead, Kayleigh McEnany will be the person who refuses to engage the press.
- Duncanville has been renewed for a second season on Fox.
- Élodie Yung will star in the Fox drama pilot The Cleaning Lady.
Mark Your Calendars
- Fear the Walking Dead will return on AMC sometime this summer.
- Extraction will debut on Netflix on April 24.
- House Hunters and House Hunters International will begin airing three nights a week on HGTV beginning on April 7.
- People Presents Harry & Meghan: A Royal Rebellion will air on The CW on April 22.
- Nick Cannon will debut on daytime on September 21.
Schitt’s Creek: The series finale is followed by a one-hour celebration of the show. 7 p.m., Pop TV
The Resident: A complication in Derek’s condition arises in the premature season finale. 7 p.m., Fox
The Last O.G.: Third season premiere. 9:30 p.m., TBS
Ken Burns Presents The Gene: An Intimate History: No, not Gene Belcher. Although “Ken Burns Presents The Gene Belcher: An Intimate History” is definitely a documentary I would watch. 7 p.m., PBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kerry Washington, Russell Wilson, Ciara
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sen. Kamala Harris
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Conan O’Brien, Michael Stipe
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Sam Fischer
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Stephen Colbert
- Watch What Happens Live: Lisa Vanderpump, Lance Bass, Lala Kent, Randall Emmett
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Adam Rodriguez, Kelsey Cook
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