Trump’s Tulsa speech was truly one for the history books. pic.twitter.com/lnyo5N8vel
— Steven Rosenthal (@Rosenthaltweets) June 22, 2020
The White House Correspondent’s Dinner has been canceled for 2020. Good. Let’s hope that next year’s will actually see the President in attendance.
The Kennedy Center Honors and the Mark Twain Prize have also been postponed until 2021. And I can’t help but think in the cases of the Correspondent’s Dinner and the Kennedy Center Honors, they are quietly grateful for an excuse to not have to do it again until after we’ve HOPEFULLY removed President Toewart.
Vancouver is looking at a late July-early August start date for productions, including The Good Doctor and A Million Little Things, Supernatural, The Flash, Riverdale and Charmed, and Midnight Mass.
The Bold and the Beautiful is blaming false positive tests for last week’s production shutdown. Yeah, the testing issue — both accuracy and the need for quick results — is going to be the biggest hurdle to getting production up and running.
It sounds like Disney plans to use this moment to move more live sports events into streaming. Prepare to have to subscribe to ESPN+ for more of your favorite sports events …
An MSNBC reporter asked a bunch of Arizona MAGAites why they aren’t wearing masks and their answers were less than great.
But what do you expect from followers of a racist asshole who repeatedly calls the virus “Kung Flu?”
The President uses the term “Kung Flu” again and says “COVID, COVID-19, COVID, I said what’s the 19. COVID-19, some people can’t explain the 19.” pic.twitter.com/9tD6dC8aGB
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 23, 2020
“We’ve had a lot of somber talks about it and deep conversations and we hope through this we’re going to make something that will be truly groundbreaking this year,” the actor said. “We have an opportunity and we plan to use it in the best way possible. Our showrunner Dan Goor — they had four episodes all ready to go and they just threw them in the trash. We have to start over. Right now we don’t know which direction it’s going to go in.”
Obama, however, characterized Trump’s presidency as one that has defied American norms and values.
He said that when he took office, he and Biden faced an economic crisis, but “there was still a sense of a shared American idea that we could build on. And what we have seen over the last couple of years is a White House enabled by Republicans in Congress and a media structure that supports them, that has not just differed in terms of policy, but has gone at the very foundations of who we are and who we should be.”
Obama ran through a long list of examples, including that the Trump administration “suggests facts don’t matter, science doesn’t matter.” He also chided the administration for suggesting “that a deadly disease is fake news, and for being one that “sees the Justice Department as simply an extension and arm of the personal concerns of the president.” He also said that Trump’s team is one “that actively promotes division, and considers some people in this country more real as Americans than others.”
“That we haven’t seen out of the White House in a very long time,” he said.
Obama, though, said that there is a “great awakening” going on in the country, “particularly among younger people.” That was a reference to the widespread protests that followed the death of George Floyd, triggering a nationwide reckoning with race.
“Not only are they fed up with the shambolic, disorganized, mean-spirited approach to governance that we’ve seen over the last couple of years, but more than that are eager to take on some of the core challenges that have been facing this country for centuries,” Obama said.
Obama, though, warned that “there is a backlash that is fierce against change, against demographic change, against the sense of people feeling embattled and not kind of understanding in respect to what’s happening to African Americans or women or the LGBT community or others, just asking for a seat at the table.”
“This president, the current president, exploits those divisions, and is amplified. There’s a whole megaphone of conservative media that has ramped that up,” Obama said. “That is powerful, too. That is not inconsequential.”
This is a fantastic list of 11 Black series you should watch right now (although I would add Atlanta to it, too). That said, there are a couple of shows I am adding to my own list right now.
Jon Stewart opens up about regretting not having a more diverse writing staff at The Daily Show. Say what you will about Trevor Noah’s show, the cast is a hell of a lot more diverse.
The “cops were poisoned at Shake Shack” story is SO MUCH WORSE than we originally thought, y’all.
People want to change the name of Columbus, Ohio to “Flavortown,” and who am I to argue?
All Other TV News:
Joe Biden’s team has agreed to three debates with President Limp Tie as set by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The debates will be on Sept. 29, Oct. 15, and Oct. 22, with a vice presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 7. President Dingaling wants a fourth and earlier debate and to be able to pick the moderators, but Biden’s like, “Yeah, no thanks.” President Broken Brain also wants Joe Biden to take that mental acuity test he was forced to take that included items like naming a lion and repeating five words in order. I think Joe will do fine, thanks.
So, Showtime announced that their miniseries about the Comey affair, The Comey Rule, would premiere this November — but after the election and my response to that was, “COWARDS.” Or something to that effect. Turns out I wasn’t the only one underwhelmed with Showtime’s decision, and the director of the series, Billy Ray, sent an email out expressing his irritation at the scheduling.
“We all were hoping to get this story in front of the American people months before the coming election,” he wrote. “And that was a reasonable expectation considering that we’d been given a mandate by the network to do whatever was necessary to deliver by May 15.
“But at some point in March or April, that mandate changed,” Mr. Ray continued. “Word started drifting back to me that a decision about our airdate had been made at the very highest levels of Viacom: all talk of our airing before the election was suddenly a ‘non-starter.’” He added that ViacomCBS had refused to allow the filmmakers to take “The Comey Rule” to another network.
James Comey was also irritated: “I don’t understand why CBS would sit on a movie about important current events, and I hope the American people get the chance to see it soon,” he said in a statement.
George R.R. Martin reports that he has written a few more chapters of The Winds of Winter. WELL, I SHOULD HOPE SO, GEORGE.
NBC’s Peacock is going to be free on Google platforms for three months at its debut on July 15.
Netflix is going to make it easier to remove things from your “Continue Watching” bar if you’re just not that into them anymore.
The AV Club has some great travel show suggestions if you’re realizing that your summer travel plans might be in the toilet. And they include one of my favorite series: Dark Tourist.
Hamilton has edited out the word “fuck” in two instances so as to appease Disney.
Drea de Mateo thought her TV glitched during the Sopranos series finale. She and everyone else in America.
Penn Badgley and the producers of You reached out to their young co-star in the wake of the Chris D’Elia allegations to make sure she is ok. He also says he is troubled by the allegations and that now is the time to believe women. (I should note that I genuinely believe his sincerity in this: Badgley has repeatedly hosted an event that I have attended here in Houston that raises money to help women who have been trafficked and abused. He puts his money and time where his mouth is.)
- #blackAF has been renewed for a second season at Netflix.
- Punk’d and Singled Out have both been renewed at Quibi for a second season.
- The Birch has been renewed at Facebook Watch for a second season.
- The Phantom Of The Opera is being turned into a six-part miniseries.
- Nancy Wu Done It, a comedy series, has been picked up at Amazon.
- An adaptation of Virunga is being made by Barry Jenkins and Leonard DiCaprio for Netflix.
- Netflix has ordered two new reality series: Indian Matchmaking and Love on the Spectrum.
- Hotel Del Luna is being adapted into a television series.
- Gangs of London is coming to AMC.
- Eddie Izzard and Valorie Curry are going to star in the Langdon pilot on NBC.
- Lil Rel Howery will host the new NBC competition series Small Fortune.
- Tongayi Chirisa, Dillon Casey, Shannon Chan-Kent, and Kurt Yaeger are joining Netflix’s Another Life.
Mark Your Calendars
- Unsolved Mysteries will premiere on Netflix on July 6.
- Homemade will debut on Netflix on June 30.
- iHeartCountryMusic 4th of July BBQ will air on The CW on July 3.
- Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trip will premiere on July 7 on Discovery.
- SharkFest on National Geographic has been pushed back to July 19.
- Sunday Best will return on BET on July 5.
Lewis John Carlino, Screenwriter and director known for The Great Santini and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Lenox Hill: Netflix’s hospital docuseries filmed a special episode that followed the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak. Netflix
Athlete A: This documentary follows the gymnasts and survivors of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, and the reporters who exposed the story. Netflix
Crazy Delicious: It’s a cooking competition series, with Top Chef/The Chew‘s Carla as one of the judges. Series premiere. Netflix
Nobody Knows I’m Here: Jorge Garcia stars in this Spanish-language film as a former child singer who has become a recluse after his traumatic childhood. Netflix
Hot Mess House: STOP JUDGING ME. Series premiere. 7 p.m., HGTV
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Russell Crowe, Ben Platt, Brittany Howard
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Mike Birbiglia, Regina Hall
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jon Stewart
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Don Cheadle, Black Eyed Peas
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Watch What Happens Live: Andrew Rannells, Amanda Peet
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