Welcome to Wednesday.
LOOK AT THIS GOOD BOY.
Such a cool little doggo dude 😎💛 pic.twitter.com/i6Vt0OchcT
— Ann is still european & in lockdown 😷 (@56blackcat) May 19, 2020
And now I’m bummed about missing my ski trip all over again. HEAVY SIGH.
CBS announced their fall schedule, and bless their hearts, they seem to think this whole thing is going to blow over in time for them to start filming new episodes that will be ready for airing in September or October.
I mean, look at this:
7/8:00 pm: The Neighborhood
7:30/8:30 pm: Bob Hearts Abishola
8/9:00 pm: All Rise
9/10:00 pm: Bull
7/8:00 pm: NCIS
8/9:00 pm: FBI
9/10:00 pm: FBI: Most Wanted
7/8:00 pm: Survivor
8/9:00 pm: The Amazing Race
9/10:00 pm: SEAL Team
7/8:00 pm: Young Sheldon
7:30/8:30 pm: B Positive
8/9:00 pm: Mom
8:30/9:30 pm: The Unicorn
9/10:00 pm: Evil
7/8:00 pm: MacGyver
8/9:00 pm: Magnum P.I.
9/10:00 pm: Blue Bloods
7/8:00 pm: Crimetime Saturday (encores of dramas)
9/10:00 pm: 48 Hours
6/7:00 pm: 60 Minutes
7/8:00 pm: The Equalizer
8/9:00 pm: NCIS: Los Angeles
9/10:00 pm: NCIS: New Orleans
Granted, there are only two new series on the lineup: B Positive and The Equalizer, which reflects the impact the lack of a pilot season has had on the season. But unless CBS knows something that the rest of us don’t, it seems really optimistic that any of these shows will be filming by mid- or late summer. BUT WHO KNOWS? NOT ME, THAT’S FOR SURE!
CBS also is pretty sure they are going to be able to air Big Brother and Love Island this summer. At least with those shows, you have some automatic quarantining happening with the cast, but it is still going to be a lot to ask of the crew and staff to make this happen.
They might postpone the Oscars, you guys.
Making TV during the pandemic ain’t easy, right, Norah O’Donnell?
Pandemic — A Nation Divided is being developed by ABC News.
MTV International is doing a lockdown version of Cribs with two soccer players, Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard and Arsenal’s David Luiz.
Meanwhile, he’s threatening to withhold federal funds from two states who have announced plans to mail absentee ballot applications to voters.
Michigan sends absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million people ahead of Primaries and the General Election. This was done illegally and without authorization by a rogue Secretary of State. I will ask to hold up funding to Michigan if they want to go down this Voter Fraud path!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020
State of Nevada “thinks” that they can send out illegal vote by mail ballots, creating a great Voter Fraud scenario for the State and the U.S. They can’t! If they do, “I think” I can hold up funds to the State. Sorry, but you must not cheat in elections. @RussVought45 @USTreasury
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 20, 2020
Reminder #1: States run their own elections. Reminder #2: President Hypocrite voted by mail.
The Republican National Convention will happen as planned. OK! Good luck with that!
This pandemic is going to hurt George Springer’s pocketbook. (And everyone else’s.)
Annie Glenn, widow of astronaut John Glenn, has passed away from COVID-19.
Julio Torres raised $50,000 for undocumented immigrants with his comedy special.
Mike Schur is a mensch:
Sex Monster News
I’ve not been covering #MeToo stories in the past few weeks, thanks to being overwhelmed by this pandemic, but thanks to that asshole Matt Lauer, I guess it’s time to open this file up and see what we’ve been missing.
So, the most recent story is that The New York Times did a story on Ronan Farrow, accusing him of being a “fabulist” and not crossing all his Ts and dotting all of his Is in his reporting of sexual abuse and harassment scandals. Frankly, it’s a dubious piece that reeks of journalistic jealousy more than anything. But then, for some dumb reason, Mediaite gave Matt Lauer an opportunity to respond. NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU, MATT LAUER. GO CLIMB BACK UNDER YOUR ROCK.
As for the other ENORMOUS sexual harassment story: Vice President and presidential candidate Joe Biden has been accused by a former staffer, Tara Reade, of sexually assaulting her in the 90s. I should note here that Joe Biden was not my candidate; my candidate was a woman and had we gone with her or any of the many other female candidates running for office, this would not have been an issue. As for what I think of Reade’s allegations, I believe they should be heard and investigated, and I held off writing about this in part to let that process unfold before I started shooting my mouth off about it. And in fact, reporters have done the digging around in this story and found that her story is messy, complicated, singular and has changed over time — around the same time, in fact, that her preferred candidate dropped out of the race. Biden himself has addressed them in a way that seems to me to be forthcoming without diminishing Reade or any other accuser. And I, for one, will crawl over broken glass to vote for him in November. But this story does remind us all that sexual abuse and harassment allegations can be used as a cudgel particularly against liberals because we give a shit about them, unlike our counterparts on the right who will happily once again vote for a man who has been accused by TWO DOZEN WOMEN of sexual abuse in one form or another.
Rose McGowan has accused Bill Maher of being a gross jerk to her back in the 90s. And let me just say, I don’t need a whole investigation to believe this one.
A former NBC News staffer has said that “men in power” sexually harassed her during her time there.
All Other TV News
Ruby Rose has quit Batwoman, which is surprising since she’s … well, Batwoman. No one is talking officially why she’s leaving but it is important to note that she was badly injured in a stunt gone wrong last season that nearly left her paralyzed. Also, according to anonymous sources, the breakup was mutual. She didn’t like the long hours or Vancouver, and according to this source, she wasn’t easy to work with. The series has already been renewed for season two, and CW is committed to recasting the role with another LGBTQ actress. TV Line has come up with some ways as to how the show might explain the recasting.
We now know the highest-rated network shows of the season (people love them some Chicago-based dramas) and the lowest-rated (and that’s why God Friended Me didn’t make it).
The Stand first look photos are up and, honestly, the timing on this one could not be more on the nose.
HBO Max is scrambling to make deals with streaming devices ahead of its debut ~checks notes~ one week from today. It looks like “Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s PlayStation 4, Samsung, and pay-TV operators Altice USA (on its Optimum and Suddenlink brands), Cox Communications’ Contour, and Verizon’s Fios TV and Fios Internet” have all agreed to carry it, but two of the biggest services, Roku and Amazon Fire, have not because of some disagreement over whether HBO Max should be a channel or an app. I don’t know, business stuff, but I am really surprised that these agreements weren’t made months ago.
So how will HBO Max work, exactly? Warming Glow has a good rundown on who will get it for “free”; what it means for the other HBOs; and how much it will cost.
Apple TV+ is looking to buy older shows to bulk up its streaming library.
- Everything’s Gonna Be Okay has been renewed for a second season at Freeform.
- Three Busy Debras has been renewed for a third season at Adult Swim.
- Outmatched has been canceled at Fox after one season.
- Very Cavallari will end on E! after three seasons. GEE, WHY?
- The Tom Hanks movie Greyhound has been bought by Apple TV+.
- OWN has announced a spinoff of Greenleaf:
— Greenleaf OWN (@GreenleafOWN) May 19, 2020
- Giant is being developed at Amazon.
- And We Go Green, a documentary about race car driving has been picked up at Hulu.
- Reawakening has been bought by Amazon.
- A Treachery Of Spies is being turned into a series.
- These Women is being turned into a series.
- NBC News is making a series out of the Pam Hupp case that was covered on Dateline.
- Raymond Lee and Brian Howe have joined the cast of Kevin Can Fuck Himself on AMC.
- Sherri Shepherd is joining Dish Nation.
Mark Your Calendars
- Muppets Now will premiere on Disney+ on July 31.
Lights! Music! Muppets! …Unscripted! Get ready to see your favorite characters like never before in #MuppetsNow, an Original Series, coming July 31 only on #DisneyPlus. #DisneyBundle pic.twitter.com/1gLtOx3ckl
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) May 20, 2020
- B Positive will premiere on CBS sometime … sometime.
- 13 Reasons Why will return on Netflix on June 5.
- Greenleaf returns on OWN on June 23.
— Greenleaf OWN (@GreenleafOWN) May 19, 2020
- Sweet Magnolias debuted on Netflix yesterday:
- The Last Days of American Crime will debut on Netflix on June 5.
- Ringside will debut on Showtime on June 12.
- The Last Dance will air on ABC beginning May 23.
- Alexa & Katie will return on Netflix on June 13.
- Mr. Iglesias will return on Netflix on June 17.
- The Order will return on Netflix on June 28.
- Esther Povitsky: Hot for My Name will premiere on Comedy Central on June 5.
- LOL: Last One Laughing Australia will debut on Amazon on June 19.
John Mahon, Actor, director and writer who appeared in The Exorcist and L.A. Confidential among other films
Marty Cohen, Editor and post-production head on more than a dozen Steven Spielberg movies
Hagen Mills, Actor in Baskets and others
The 100: Clarke and her friends try to rebuild Sanctum in the season premiere. 7 p.m., The CW
The Masked Singer: Time to unmask! NO, NOT YOU, THE SINGERS. Season finale. 7 p.m., Fox
Once Upon a Time in Quarantine: This series follows four couples who self-film their lives under lockdown. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Lifetime
S.W.A.T.: The team looks for drug smugglers who crash a plane into a Los Angeles neighborhood. NOT COOL, DRUG SMUGGLERS. Season finale. 9 p.m., CBS
At Home with Amy Sedaris: Well, everyone is at home now. Season premiere. 9 p.m., truTV
Barkitecture: It’s a show about dog houses. DOG HOUSES. Maybe there’s too much content out there. Series premiere. Quibi
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Anthony Anderson, Michelle Dockery, Gary Clark Jr.
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kumail Nanjiani, Sharon Horgan
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Keegan-Michael Key, Wilco
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Simon Pegg, Ben Platt featuring Finneas
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Patton Oswalt
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Watch What Happens Live: Lisa Rinna, Sutton Stracke
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