I’m back. Which piece of bad news would you like to start with?

ALRIGHT I AM BACK AND I HAVE A TON OF STUFF TO CATCH UP ON SO BUCKLE UP THERE’S A LOT HERE AND THERE WILL BE EVEN MORE TOMORROW OMG I AM SO OUT OF BREATH BUT I DON’T THINK IT’S COVID IT’S PROBABLY NOT COVID OMG IS IT COVID?

Los Angeles is spinning out of control and might return to shut down soon. This is going to make TV production difficult to start back up.

Not that they won’t try, though! Big Brother 2, season 22 is reportedly about to begin production despite all of this. I mean, honestly, if everyone tests negative going in, it might be one of the safest places on the planet. It’s going to be a celebrity edition if it happens. We. Will. See.

An entirely virtually-filmed season of Catfish is going to premiere on MTV on August 5.

Host, a horror film shot in quarantine, is going to premiere on Shudder on July 30.

Tom Hanks is bummed that Greyhound is being released on Apple TV+ instead of in the theaters, but whaddya gonna do?

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony is going to be replaced with an HBO special on November 7. Inductees include: Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T-Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award recipients Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.

The 31st Annual GLAAD Awards Media ceremony is going to be virtual, and stream on GLAAD’s Facebook page on July 30. Dolly Parton is going to be there, y’all!

The BBC is producing a documentary, Britain vs Coronavirus. LOL, let me know who wins.

Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade told a Trump spokesperson that folks can’t say they’re better off from three years ago, because no one could honestly say that with a straight face, come on.

But, lacking any other message or plan to fight the virus, the White House’s course of action is to hope that we all just get used to tens of thousands of our fellow Americans dying. These fuckers.

Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian premiere, has tested positive for COVID-19 after comparing the virus to the common cold.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has tested positive.

Morgan Chesky, an NBC correspondent, has tested positive.

American Idol finalist Chris Sligh is battling COVID-related pneumonia.

Another bunch of movies have been pushed back: Halloween Kills has been bumped to October 2021; The Forever Purge is now in summer 2021; Candyman has been pushed back to 2020; Saint Maud has been postponed.

Mission Impossible 7; The Batman; Jurassic World: Dominion; Fantastic Beasts 3; Cinderella; and The Little Mermaid are being allowed to resume filming in the U.K.

A pandemic thriller, Songbird, has begun filming in Los Angeles.

Malcolm & Marie, a movie from the creator of Euphoria, has been filmed during the pandemic.

Stanford is killing 11 of its varsity programs thanks to COVID.

The Ivy League has postponed all fall sports.

In fact, this virus has been hitting the college world particularly hard (and as the mother of a college kid, I’m here to confirm).

MLB is determined to have its opening day on July 23. We’ll see.

DisneyWorld is determined to open this weekend despite concerns from its employees. Good luck with all that.

Fantastic Fest has officially been canceled for 2020.

Good News:

I’m Sorry, the funniest show you should be watching but might not have heard of, is doing a table read for charity.

Sam Mendes, The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, and Netflix have set up a fund to help UK theater workers.

We horror fans, and those of us with a sense of morbid curiosity, are psychologically handling the pandemic better than you scaredy-cats. WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT OUR WHOLE LIVES.

Black Lives Matter

Andy Samberg on the future of Brooklyn Nine-Nine: “We’re taking a step back, and the writers are all rethinking how we’re going to move forward, as well as the cast,” Samberg said. “We’re all in touch and kind of discussing how you make a comedy show about police right now, and if we can find a way of doing that that we all feel morally okay about.”

Oprah Winfrey is going to turn the 1619 Project into TV series, films, and other forms of entertainment.

The Dukes of Hazzard guys respond to the criticism of the Confederate flag on the General Lee, and here’s what: John Schneider could take a lesson in diplomacy or ten from his co-star Tom Wopat.

I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it: Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas was one of the best shows of its time — thoughtful and provocative and intelligent and never once reductionist — and it deserves to be seen.

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Look at this bullshit:

So,  few things about this just blantantly racist post:

  1. Bubba Wallace did not find the noose in his garage, NASCAR officials did. He did not perpetrate a hoax.
  2. NASCAR’s ratings are actually up significantly from a year ago.
  3. I’ve never been a fan of NASCAR, but Wallace, and his grace in the face of this insanity, make me want to reconsider that:

Thandie Newton recalls the time she almost was in the Charlie’s Angels movie but the producer’s racism made her turn down the role.

The former Lady Antebellum, after stealing the name “Lady A” from a Black singer who has been using that name for 30 years, is now SUING HER over it.

White nonsense

Justin Timberlake might be from Tennessee but that doesn’t mean he’s cool with Confederate statues.

General Forrest's confederate statue

All Other TV News

Glee‘s Naya Rivera is missing and presumed drowned after going out on a boat on a California lake with her 4-year-old son (who is safe) yesterday. Search teams are looking for her. This is truly a heartbreaking story.

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DON’T WORRY: That Bachelor spinoff with senior citizens that no one actually asked for is still happening.

In Watchmen, Looking Glass’s original origin story was very different than the direction in which they eventually went.

The craziest relationship on Succession came about as a bit of improv between two of the actors. HAWT.

According to this study, less than 10% of people who tried the free trial of Quibi opted to pay for a subscription: 72,000 subscribers out of 910,000 downloads. DAMN. THAT’S NOT GOOD. Quibi is all, “NUH-UH!” but …

News mostly relevant only to my household: NBC is going to move the Premier League soccer games to Peacock next season.

This is a fairly cute post about what the characters of Game of Thrones are doing during quarantine. I’ll give you three guesses what Hodor is doing.

The Office‘s support cast is keeping the show alive in their own ways: Kevin is launching a podcast and Stanley is trying to create his own spin-off.

I May Destroy You ended up at HBO instead of Netflix, because creator Michaela Coel refused to give up ownership, and good for her.

President TV Tray is encouraging people to watch OANN and Newsmax over Fox News because he’s SO MAD they won’t lie about his terrible poll numbers. Good luck with that, asshole!

Renewals

Cancellations

In Development

Casting News

  • Javicia Leslie is your new Batwoman, making her the first Black woman to play the role.

Mark Your Calendars

  • The Boys returns on Amazon on September 4.
  • The Umbrella Academy will return on Netflix on July 31.
  • Die Hart will premiere on Quibi on July 20.
  • The Kissing Booth 2 will premiere on Netflix on July 24.
  • The One and Only Ivan will debut on Disney+ on August 14.
  • Away will debut on Netflix on September 4.
  • The Sims Spark’d will debut on TBS on July 17.
  • Love on the Spectrum will debut on Netflix on July 22.
  • The Claudia Kishi Club will debut on Netflix on July 10.

R.I.P.

Edwin T. Vane, ABC executive and producer

Bettina Gilois, Screenwriter and author

Bruce Fretts, Critic and journalist

Charlie Daniels, Country singer and Trumpist lunatic

WATCH THIS

Expecting Amy: A three-part documentary about Amy Schumer’s struggles to put together a comedy special while suffering a difficult pregnancy that, spoiler alert, left her hospitalized. Girl, I had the same thing with both pregnancies and it SUCKED. HBO Max

Close Enough: A surreal animated comedy about surviving your thirties from the creators of Regular Show. Series premiere. HBO Max

Cannonball: The water sports competition series moves to its home on USA. Series premiere. (Sorta.) 7 p.m., USA

Late Night:

  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Billy Porter, Kim Petras, guest host Billy Eichner
  • Conan: Jameela Jamil
  • Watch What Happens Live: Sarah Paulson, Sonja Morgan
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One thought on “I’m back. Which piece of bad news would you like to start with?

  1. As the husband of an educator and father of 2 I’m ticked at what the TEA did. I’m currently researching filters for masks for my wife.

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