WELCOME TO THURRRRRRRRRSDAY. As a native Houstonian, I am formally obligated to begin this post with the Beyoncé remix of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” that appeared in our lives yesterday because HOUSTON GIRL MAGIC:
For those of you who are older than 25, the original version of “Savage” inspired a TikTok dance challenge, and so now, obviously, the remix has too:
NOW I LIKE THIS ONE!!! pic.twitter.com/MlRrEHHsdL
— 🌻 (@EbynieLaShay) April 30, 2020
And the real reason I posted any of this was to include The Good Place‘s Jameela Jamil’s own take on the challenge. God bless her, she’s amazing:
This time I’ll actually go ahead and cancel myself. 🤷🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/ix0LD1htlm
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) April 30, 2020
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air had a Zoom reunion on Will Smith’s Snapchat show, Will From Home, ahead of the series’ 30th anniversary. During the reunion, the cast paid tribute to James Avery, the one and only Uncle Phil, and everyone became VERY EMOTIONAL, as you can see in the video below.
As for the reunion itself, Smith explained that the one upside of this pandemic is that it has created a “beautiful pause button for us to stop and think about what’s really necessary. How often do we even pop on a call and say, ‘Hey, how you doing?’… Of all the things I have ever done, nobody brings up things more than they do about the Fresh Prince.”
Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 will air on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC without commercial interruption. LeBron James is leading the project and will feature performances and appearances by Bad Bunny, Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Chika, YBN Cordae, Loren Gray, H.E.R., the Jonas Brothers, Brandan Bmike Odums, Ben Platt, Henry Platt, Jonah Platt, Megan Rapinoe, Yara Shahidi, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Malala Yousafzai.
It is going to air on May 16, 7/8 p.m. By the way, this is not the same event that Oprah will be giving the commencement address.
Working on something special for you high school class of 2020! 🙏🏾 See you May 16th!! @LJFamFoundation @GradTogether @XQAmerica @EIFoundation #GraduateTogether 🎓 #MoreThanAnAthlete 👑 pic.twitter.com/oKvC2VrqzN
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 29, 2020
The Daytime Emmys will be awarded remotely this year. Considering it hasn’t been broadcast on TV in years, this just feels like adding insult to injury.
The producers of The Bachelorette seem to have finally accepted their fate, and have announced they are planning to tape the season this summer and air this fall, which I called a while ago. Or maybe it was yesterday. Who even knows anymore. (Of course, this is entirely dependent on things not going south between now and then.)
Peacock isn’t going to launch early because Comcast wants to make sure to get it right or something. I MEAN, WE DON’T HAVE HIGH STANDARDS RIGHT NOW, BUT OK.
Remember how I told you that no one wants to see your panties on morning TV? I was going to say no one wants to see your half-naked coworker with whom you are having an affair on TV, either, but we all know that’s just not true.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has been diagnosed with the virus.
Jun Maeda, an Obie-winning set designer, has died from the virus.
For the first time ever, Americans all over the country will be able to listen in to live arguments before the Supreme Court beginning this weekend via Court TV. Because of this fucking virus, the justices will hear arguments remotely and have agreed to allow them to be broadcast live. The arguments will take place on May 4-6 and May 11-13. And several of the cases will involve President Slug.
The President is yelling at the TeeVee again. I’m not going to amplify his insane tweets by posting them here, but I will say the speculation is that this is what set him off:
BREAKING: Trump is having a nervous breakdown over Brian Williams’ reporting on the fact that Trump is having a nervous breakdown. This is the video Trump is flipping out over. Make out go viral! #thursdaymorning pic.twitter.com/7V82MugCZc
— Ms. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) April 30, 2020
Also, he’s SO ANGRY that the cable networks didn’t pause their coverage of the pandemic that he has mishandled leaving over 60,000 Americans dead to cover some documents related to Mike Flynn that suggest the FBI informed him that … lying to the FBI is a crime? To be honest, I don’t even understand what this latest kerfuffle is about except to try to pretend there’s enough smoke there to give President Felon enough cover so that he can pardon Flynn, but who knows, who cares.
Interesting: the NBA is thinking about playing games and quarantining at Disney World. It actually makes a lot of sense …
This virus very well could kill Love Island. It was always going to end this way, it was just a matter of which communicable disease would do it.
New York’s mayor’s office is starting to have early conversations about opening the film and TV business back up. (It’s going to be a while, though.)
NY1 is New York city’s local news station and it’s hard to explain to people who live outside the area how beloved it is, but take my word for it, it’s an institution, as is one of its anchors, Pat Kiernan. So this video of him marrying a couple over Zoom made me very happy:
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) April 30, 2020
Greg Berlanti has donated $1 million to relief efforts, including $600 thousand to workers on his shows.
Steven Van Zandt got Sirius XM to play “Lean on Me” on all of their channels tonight at 6/7 p.m. to honor frontline heroes.
Disney has released character face masks. Proceeds will go to charities.
Eminem donated shoes for relief efforts. I mean, YES, they are ultra-rare Air Jordans, but they’re still shoes.
All Other TV News
HBO Max will definitely be available on Google platforms when it launches next month. And the only surprising thing about this story to me is that these agreements are made this late into the game?
Chrissy Metz is hinting that her This Is Us‘ character has some dark stuff in her past. More dark stuff. You know, aside from losing her father at a young age and being in an abusive relationship …
The Bachelor‘s Hannah Ann has moved on with some NFL player, and good for her. But this line is really lowering the bar: “They very much seemed lovey-dovey. He even opened her car door,” a source shared. OPENED HER CAR DOOR????!11?!?!
Jack Osbourne is threatening us with an Osbourne‘s reboot. No thank you sir.
Netflix did well at the Tribeca Film Festival, including that teen drama, The Half of It that premieres tomorrow.
Netflix has yoinked an episode of Designated Survivor in Turkey because it made them mad.
The real Frank Tassone of Bad Education has some bones to pick about the portrayal of him and his sexuality.
- My Brilliant Friend has been renewed for a third season.
- The Politician will end after season three.
- Menudo, a Mario Lopez-produced competition series to create another Menudo, is in the works.
- A Week Away, a faith-based musical, has been bought at Netflix.
- Hot Mess House, a series I definitely need to be on, is coming to HGTV.
- Red Dot has been bought by Netflix.
- Jiva! has been bought by Netflix.
- Judy Greer, Steve Guttenberg, Ellen Wong, Elise Neal, Maria Conchita Alonso, McKinley Freeman, and Chico the Dog will star in Into the Dark: Good Boy.
- Tom Savini will guest on The Last Drive-in with Joe Bob Briggs on Shudder.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Bachelor: The Most Unforgettable – Ever! will premiere on ABC on June 8. It’s a clip show and it’s all you’re going to get of Bachelor Nation this summer, sorry.
- Reno 911 premieres on Quibi on May 4 and it looks like they haven’t lost a step:
- Ramy will return on Hulu on May 29.
- Hanna will return on Amazon on July 3.
- Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill will debut on Netflix on May 5.
- Crossing Swords will debut on Hulu on June 12. It’s NOT a kids’ show.
- I Was Lorena Bobbitt will debut on Lifetime on May 25.
- Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted returns on Nat Geo on June 7.
- Magic for Humans will return on Netflix on May 15.
- Game On! will debut on CBS on May 20.
- Tough as Nails will debut on CBS on July 8.
- The Victim’s Game premieres on Netflix today.
- House Hunters: LOL will premiere on HGTV on
- DL Hughley Uncut will debut on Pluto TV on May 3.
- Fear Not with Iyanla Vanzant and Girlfriends Check In will debut on OWN on May 16.
- In My Skin will debut on Hulu on June 4.
- POV will return on PBS on July 20 with the SXSW documentary We Are The Radical Monarchs.
- The World According to Jeff Goldblum will make its National Geographic debut on May 11.
Cis Corman, Legendary casting director
Rishi Kapoor, Bollywood star
Parks and Recreation: Our favorite Pawnee residents are back in a special quarantine episode to raise money for relief efforts. (YAY!) 7:30 p.m., NBC
Better Things: Season finale. Ta, ladies! 9 p.m., FX
Last Man Standing: Vanessa tries to recreate a childhood tradition for the girls without Mike in the season finale. 7 p.m., Fox
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Seth MacFarlane, Gigi Hadid, Thom Yorke
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: TBA
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Paul Giamatti
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Mandy Moore
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Chris O’Dowd
- Watch What Happens Live: Karamo Brown, Dorinda Medley
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Phoebe Robinson
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