Happy Juneteenth! Here are some things to watch to help you educate yourself!

Happy Juneteenth, friends!

Celebrate! But remember, my fellow White folks, nothing about this holiday is about making you feel comfortable! So maybe be quiet and try to learn something!

There’s a bunch of great TV and movies that you could dive into:

Kenya Barris and Pharrell Williams are working on a musical film about Juneteenth for Netflix. (That animated clip at the top was from Barris’ show black-ish, by the way.)

Homicide or Justified, a docuseries about police-related deaths, is in the works.

Mayim Bialik and Jim Parsons’new Fox comedy, Call Me Kat, is set in Louisville, Kentucky, where Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police. So the two producers are making a donation to Louisville’s Community Bail Fund to help arrested protestors. BE OUTRAGED, TUCKER.

Don Cheadle talked about being stopped by the police “more times than [he] can count” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Ri-Karlo Handy, a Black filmmaker, posted on social media looking for Black editors to add to a list so as to help productions with diversification efforts. But White people came swooping in, screaming discrimination and showing their asses. It was really embarrassing.

Not to get into this too deeply, because it is so fucking stupid, but on Thursday, in a House Judiciary meeting about race and policing, Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond was discussing his worries for his Black sons, and for some damn reason, White Florida Congressman and General Asshole Matt Gaetz became offended because White people always have to make it about White people, and he started yelling that Republicans have children of color, too.

So everyone was like, “What the fuck are you talking about, Matt Gaetz? You are an unmarried 38-year-old man with no children, why are your panties getting into a twist about some imaginary children?” And he busted out with this COMPLETELY BIZARRE tweet yesterday:

veep nervous laughter what the fuck

So you can imagine some of the more salacious theories that were flying around out there about this bizarre announcement, which I will not get into. But I will say the best case scenario is that Matt Gaetz is using his friendship with a young Cuban man to score political points during a racially fraught time. White fragility is an amazing force.

Even Meghan McCain thinks that is some absolute bullshit:

And when you’ve lost the argument to Meghan McCain …

Anyway, happy weekend!

So You Think You Can Dance has been canceled — at least for this summer — which is a huge bummer but completely expected. They were scheduled to do auditions in March but had to cancel when the lockdowns went into place. Hopefully, they’ll be able to return next year and this isn’t a canceled-for-good situation.

Celebrity Game Face will debut on E! on July 6. It will be hosted by Kevin Hart and feature celebrities going head-to-head in “outrageous at-home challenges.”

NBCUniversal has begun the process of reopening their lots and studios. Good luck with that.

HBO’s football series Hard Knocks is scheduled to return in August — we will see — and as of now, they are planning to film the league’s efforts to test and deal with COVID, but it’s unclear if they’ll be allowed to use any of that footage. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, President Making It All About Me, insists that the NFL is coming back no matter what that dumb Dr. Fauci says, and adds that he won’t be watching if they allow the players to kneel.

  1. It is not up to President Whatever the Opposite of Safety First Is to decide if the NFL plays in the fall. It is a decision that the league and its players will make.
  2. Then don’t watch. You lost this culture war and no one is scared of you anymore.

Jeffrey Katzenberg is still blaming the virus for Quibi’s underperformance. Yeah, that’s not it, dude.

Some directors are huge babies.

President Delusional thinks that the act of wearing a mask is a wholly symbolic one to represent the wearer’s opposition to him. His narcissism literally has no bounds.

Movie Theaters are catching hell for announcing that they would not require patrons to wear masks because they didn’t want to be political. SCIENCE DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR POLITICS, YOU GODDAMNED IDIOTS. AMC walked back their dumb policy after seeing the social media backlash, as did Regal Cinemas and Alamo Drafthouse is going to require all patrons to wears masks.

The 2021 Critics Choice Awards has been pushed back to March 7.

Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard wrote a new Walking Dead comic, after having ended the series, to try to give comic book shops a little boost during the pandemic.

The Chicago comedy theater The iO is shutting down permanently, unable to survive the financial hit of the virus.

And speaking of shutting down — there is a lot of concern about this pandemic being an extinction-level event for restaurants. Last night on Watch What Happens Live!, Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio told Andy Cohen that in a survey done by the Beard Foundation, only 20% of restaurants said they would definitely reopen. Order some takeout from your favorite joint and cross your fingers.

All Other TV News

Jimmy Kimmel is taking the summer off, and good for him. Beginning July 6, the show will be hosted by a bunch of different guest hosts. You’re going to want to watch how he — and the hated Matt Damon — make the announcement:

Here’s an uncomfortable fact: Rob Lowe is friends with Clarence Thomas and has his personal phone number.

So, President Truthiness tweeted out a dumb video that suggested it was a CNN story, and Twitter got involved, marking it as “Manipulated Media.”

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You can watch the video here, I’m not going to embed it because I don’t have to. But the gist of it is that CNN reports that a black toddler is running away from a white MAGA baby when the TRUE story is that they are best friends, the story that CNN refuses to report.

In response, CNN has urged the President to grow the fuck up.

But CNN isn’t the only news network pissing off President Remote Control. His beloved Fox News published a poll that shows him with a 12 point deficit behind Joe Biden …

… and he is not taking it well.

LOL, OK.

He probably also won’t be happy to learn that this ad will be airing on Fox News in Oklahoma this weekend when he goes there for his COVID campaign rally.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Close Enough will debut on HBO Max on July 9.
  • Absentia will return on Amazon on July 17.

R.I.P.

Ian Holm, Legendary actor from Alien, Lord of the Rings, Time Bandits, The Madness of King George, and Chariots of Fire

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

Sherman’s Showcase: Black History Month Spectacular: OK, so part of the joke here is that Black History Month is February, not June. But Juneteenth is an excellent day for a Black History special — and scheduling this for right now feels eerily prescient. 9 p.m., AMC

Great Performances: Holland Taylor becomes our great governor Ann Richards. 8 p.m., PBS

Wasp Network: Penélope Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Édgar Ramirez star in this film about Cuban spies that infiltrated the United States. Netflix

The Politician: Season two. Netflix

Dads: Celebrities talk about their fathers in this documentary directed by Bryce Dallas Howard just in time for Father’s Day Apple TV+

7500: Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this film as a pilot of an aircraft during a hijacking. Amazon

Floor is Lava: In this new game show, competitors have to use curtains, tables, and chairs to traverse a room. Series premiere. Netflix

SATURDAY

Ford v. Ferrari: Cars go fast. 7 p.m., HBO

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: TAKE ME. TAKE ME TO YOUR PLANET AND AWAY FROM THIS PLACE. 7 p.m., Showtime Beyond

SUNDAY

Perry Mason: Matthew Rhys stars in this origin story of the fictional detective. The wonderful Tatiana Maslany co-stars. Series premiere. 8 p.m., HBO

John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father’s Day: A Father’s Day tribute to all the dads out there from America’s favorite family. 7 p.m., NBC

United We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to the Unsung Heroes: Harry Connick Jr. drives across the country to thank front line workers with performances and appearances from Sandra Bullock, Drew Brees, Queen Latifah, Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, and Renée Zellweger, who will deliver surprise messages to America’s unsung heroes. The special will also feature performances by GRAMMY winners Harry Connick, Jr., John Fogerty, Jamie Foxx, Herbie Hancock, Cyndi Lauper, Little Big Town, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Matthews, Tim McGraw, and Irma Thomas as well as GRAMMY nominees Jon Batiste, Andra Day, Rockin Dopsie and Trombone Shorty. 7 p.m., CBS

The Chi: Emmett has to juggle work and family in the season premiere. 8 p.m., Showtime

The 2020 Espys: I still think this might be the stupidest awards ceremony. Yes, stupider than even the Golden Globes. 8 p.m., ESPN

Lucy Worsley’s Royal Myths & Secrets: The chief curator at the Historic Royal Palaces walks us through the history of famous royal figures. Series premiere. 7 p.m., PBS

Yellowstone: Beth finds a trespasser on the ranch in the season premiere. 9 p.m., Paramount

NOS4A2: Vic learns alarming news about Charlie Manx in the season premiere. 9 p.m., AMC

Tournament of Laughs: Jason Sudeikis hosts this tournament of comedians, including Jeff Ross, Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Michael Rapaport, Jim Norton, Fortune Feimster, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Natasha Leggero, Cameron Esposito, Godfrey, The Sklar Brothers, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Josh Wolf, Clayton English, Yamaneika Saunders, Gina Yashere, Tim Dillon, Moshe Kasher, Jessica Kirson, Paul Rodriguez, Sarah Tiana, Matteo Lane, Beth Stelling, Vladimir Caamano, Ian Edwards, Aida Rodriguez, Megan Gailey, Preacher Lawson, Piff The Magic Dragon and an additional two performers to come. Series premiere. 9 p.m., TBS

 

FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Shark Tank
(repeat)
20/20
CBS MacGyver
(repeat)
Magnum P.I.
(repeat)
Blue Bloods
(repeat)
CW Masters of Illusion
(new)
Masters of Illusion
(repeat)
Whose Line is it Anyway?
(repeat)
Whose Line is it Anyway?
(repeat)
Local
FOX Friday Night Smackdown Local
NBC World of Dance
(repeat)
The Wall
(repeat)
Dateline

SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC The Last Dance
(repeat)
The Last Dance
(repeat)
The Rookie
(repeat)
News/Local
CBS NCIS
(repeat)
48 Hours 48 Hours News/Local
FOX Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back
(repeat)
LEGO Masters
(repeat)
News/Local
NBC Dateline Saturday Night Live
(repeat)
News/
Local
Saturday Night Live
(repeat)

SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Celebrity Family Feud
(repeat)
John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father’s Day
(new)
Press Your Luck
(new)
Match Game
(new)
CBS 60 Minutes United We Sing: A Grammy Salute to Unsung Heroes NCIS: New Orleans
(repeat)
The CW Local Stargirl
(repeat)
Supergirl
(repeat)
Local
FOX Last Man Standing
(repeat)
Duncan-ville
(repeat)
The Simp-sons
(repeat)
Bless the Harts
(repeat)
Bob’s Burgers
(repeat)
Family Guy
(repeat)
Local/News
NBC Hollywood Game Night
(new)
The Titan Games
(new)
America’s Got Talent
(repeat)
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