Bust open the wig closet, ‘Saturday Night Live’ is doing it from home one last (?) time


Today is the third anniversary of Tom Holland’s classic performance of “Umbrella” on Lip Sync Battle, so be sure to mark the occasion:

Saturday Night Live is doing it from home again this weekend — and it will be the season finale. While I hope things return to normal and they are back in 8H next fall, I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been enjoying these quarantine episodes.

Love in the Time of Corona, a limited romantic comedy, has been ordered at Freeform.

Hollywood Game Night will compete while social distancing on May 12 on NBC.

Regular Heroes, a docuseries focusing on heroes of this pandemic and hosted by Alicia Keys, is coming to Amazon.

Cooped Up, a rom-com about a coronavirus quarantine, is coming to Crackle Plus. Did I mention it was made in 2016?

Artificial: Remote Intelligence is being remotely produced and will stream on Twitch on May 21.

Networks are stashing away series that were originally intended to be midseason shows for broadcast in the fall, including neXt, Filthy Rich and United We Fall.

MSNBC is setting a number of shows with Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi to cover the business and jobs crisis tied to the virus.

Meanwhile, Fox News will be airing a special episode called America vs. China because Fox News is gonna Fox News.

Here’s some stuff you can stream tonight thanks to this whole mess, including Frances McDormand, Oscar Isaac, John Turturro, Jeffrey Wright, Frankie Faison, David Strathairn reading Oedipus Rex and a Dead to Me table read.

The Czech Republic says it’s ready to allow filming to resume. Carnival Row and The Falcon And The Winter Soldier both film in the country.

President Cheeto news:

    1. His personal valet has tested positive.
    2. He said wearing a mask would make him look ridiculous and make it seem like he’s “preoccupied with health.”
    3. He also said it was the media’s fault they didn’t see him wear the mask at the mask factory that he didn’t wear.
    4. He contradicted a nurse on whether or not PPE was available. On National Nurse Day.
    5. He suppressed a CDC guide to reopening businesses because it was too restrictive.
    6. He promised to “terminate health care.”

Oh look, it’s my governor who is, apparently, not incompetent, just cynical, and does not care if your mother or grandfather or you die from this thing.

Did I mention that Dr. Rick Bright, the doctor who filed a whistleblower report, is going to testify before Congress on May 14? Mark your calendar.

In the category of “How Much Weirder Could 2020 Become,” I offer two new items:

1. For the first time ever, a toilet was flushed in the middle of a Supreme Court hearing.

2. Axl Rose and the Secretary of Labor had a twitter fight. Embarrassingly for him, Steve Mnuchin, a cabinet secretary, punctuated his comeback with a Liberian flag instead of an American one.

Axl Rose definitely noticed:

We are in the weirdest, worst timeline y’all. I will not be surprised in the least when an old Simpsons clip emerges showing McBain getting into a war of words with the Secretary of Education. They’ve already predicted a lot of 2020, after all:

Gerald Slater, a PBS pioneer, has died from COVID-19.

Alamo Drafthouse is launching Alamo on Demand, a VOD service curated by their employees.

Dish Network has lost more than 400,000 subscribers — which was surprising to me at first: aren’t more people watching TV? It turns out they’re losing airplane and hotel customers, which is a wrinkle I hadn’t considered.

Some over at Fox News are telling protestors to stop showing up with their guns because they are undermining their message. Also, some over at Fox News have apparently forgotten who, exactly, their audience is.

That idiot James O’Keefe is alleging CBS News staged a line of cars at a testing site to make it look longer. CBS News denies the claims.

Please do not cheer on people violating stay-at-home orders while taping from your home office.

Please do not shoot fast-food workers for not letting you eat in the restaurant.

Please do not brag about wanting to kill my grandma because you want to go to the zoo.

Good News:

YouTube has launched a series called Celebrity Substitute in which celebrities serve as substitute teachers for virtual high school classes. Ken Jeong, Bill Nye, Camila Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Karlie Kloss, Ken Jeong, and Terry Crews will participate.

All Other TV News

The Peabody nominees are out and it’s hard to argue with this list. The full list of nominees can be seen here:

  • Chernobyl (HBO)
  • David Makes Man (OWN)
  • Dickinson (Apple TV+)
  • Fleabag (Prime Video)
  • Float (Disney+)
  • Good Omens (Prime Video)
  • Our Boys (HBO)
  • Ramy (Hulu)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix)
  • Succession (HBO)
  • Unbelievable (Netflix)
  • Watchmen (HBO)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)

ViacombCBS had a call with investors where they announced they would be rebranding CBS All Access this summer. They are adding more than 100 Paramount films to the platform as of today, and planning to expand going forward. The shows, so far as I can tell, are all safe (for the time being). Also, ViacombCBS made a deal with YouTube to make CBS and Viacom programming available for streaming, including MTV, Pop, Smithsonian Channel and The CW.

Ryan Murphy convinced Macauley Culkin to join the cast of American Horror Story by telling him his character would have “crazy, erotic sex with Kathy Bates.” (But I suspect it wasn’t that hard to get him to sign on, honestly.)

Jason Alexander was offered a bribe by his own publicist for details about the Seinfeld finale. I wonder how often this happens considering how well-connected publicists would be to the media …

Here are a bunch of pictures from a Netflix show I know absolutely nothing about.

You will be able to stream Peacock on your Apple devices when it launches (full-scale) in July.

Sinclair Broadcasting has to pay a $48 million fine to the FCC for pulling shenanigans when it tried to acquire Tribune Media. However, their licenses weren’t pulled, so it’s all pretty much for show.



In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Yellowstone will return on Paramount on June 21.
  • Snowpiercer will debut on TBS on May 17.
  • Game On! will debut on May 27 on CBS.
  • The 100 will return for its final season on The CW on May 20.
  • Blackballed will debut on Quibi on May 18.


Florian Schneider, Co-founder of Kraftwerk

Brian Anthony Howe, Lead singer of Bad Company

Michael McClure, Beat poet


Celebrity Watch Party: Hey, remember that Bravo show, The People’s Couch which would watch people watching TV? It’s that but with celebrities, including Rob Lowe, Meghan Trainor, Joe Buck, Raven-Symoné, Master P and Romeo, JoJo Siwa, Steve Wozniak, Curtis Stone, and Robert and Kym Herjavec. 7 p.m., Fox

Blindspot: Jane must rescue Rich Dotcom from a secret black ops site in the final season premiere. 8 p.m., NBC

Tommy: There’s a CONSPIRACY! Season finale. 9 p.m., CBS

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Queen Latifah, Pete Davidson, Judd Apatow, James Taylor
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kelly Clarkson, Rep. Ayanna Pressley
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Christine Baranski, Tame Impala
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Laura Linney, Ellie Goulding
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Courteney Cox
  • The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
  • Conan: Lizzy Caplan
  • Watch What Happens Live: Kristin Chenoweth, Tinsley Mortimer
  • A Little Late with Lily Singh: Mark Cuban
THUR 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Station 19
How to Get Away With Murder
CBS Young Sheldon
Man With a Plan
CW Katy Keene
In the Dark
FOX Celebrity Watch Party
Mental Samurai
NBC Council of Dads
Law & Order: SVU

2 thoughts on “Bust open the wig closet, ‘Saturday Night Live’ is doing it from home one last (?) time

  1. Since you mentioned Peacock…..We watched a few things on it. The commercials are annoying. Hulu and Netflix have spoiled me.

  2. Also, forgot to mention the interface is bad. Nothing like any of the other streaming services at all. Had to watch a commercial just to get to the menu.

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