Hello, it’s Tuesday. Here is the live feed from Katmai National Park in Alaska where the salmon are spawning and the bears are feasting:
For SOME reason, no one wants to go to the Republican National Convention that will be taking place in the biggest hotspot in the country. Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, and Pat Roberts have announced they will not be attending, and Marco Rubio, John Thune, and Liz Cheney won’t commit to attending. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. I hope they’re still planning on housing the idiots who do attend on cruise ships because if they don’t believe this virus is serious, make them prove it.
Despite what a former game show host might have said, Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Brett Giroir would like you to know that THEY ARE NOT LYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ABOUT THIS FUCKING VIRUS.
Meanwhile, the White House is claiming that when President Failure retweeted Chuck Woolery calling the CDC a bunch of lying liars, what he was trying to say is that the CDC has a leaker in its midst. Except that is not what Woolery’s tweet said, so.
California has shut down indoor restaurants, movie theaters, bars and other indoor activities because people just refuse to wear masks. And L.A. could return to a total shutdown soon. Additionally, the L.A. school district will not be returning to in-person classes because fuck you, Betsy DeVos.
GEE. WHY ARE STATES HAVING TO GO BACK INTO LOCKDOWN? IT’S A GODDAMNED MYSTERY.
Looks like Tenet is being delayed again, surprising ABSOLUTELY NO ONE. At this point, they should really either just release it online or plan to release it in theaters in 2021, because IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN IN 2020.
The Jerusalem Film Festival is postponing until December. Good luck with that.
The American Film Market is moving online for 2020.
I am not going to make a tasteless joke about Great White’s history regarding the safety of their fans, but I will note to their credit that this time everyone was at least outside.
It took a pandemic to get us a Happy Endings reunion but I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, ok?
Jimmy Fallon returned to an empty studio for his show last night, making it the first late-night show to do so. Expect New York shows to slowly return to their studios first.
Down in Atlanta, Tyler Perry is starting production on Sistas and The Oval will follow soon after.
BBC is looking to restart production on Line of Duty in August.
Black Lives Matter
CBS has made a big commitment to diversifying its programming. They are devoting 25% of their script development budget to go to BIPOC creators and to set 40% representation in their writers’ rooms. This is a HUGE step up from a network that had a schedule that was 90% crime shows and sitcoms about put-upon white guys, so good job.
The extraordinary Viola Davis opens up in this wonderful cover story with Vanity Fair, calling her “entire life” a protest. She also discusses regretting starring in The Help: “There’s no one who’s not entertained by The Help. But there’s a part of me that feels like I betrayed myself, and my people, because I was in a movie that wasn’t ready to [tell the whole truth],” Davis says. The Help, like so many other movies, was “created in the filter and the cesspool of systemic racism.”
James Roday, the star of Psych and A Million Little Things, is returning his birth name: James Roday Rodriguez with the debut of Psych 2. He discusses his decision to drop his last name when he was considered too Mexican for a major role thanks to his last name, but not Mexican enough to play a gang member thanks to his skin tone.
ESPN staffers are speaking out against the network for not promoting nonwhite talent.
Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN’s top NBA reporter has been suspended after emailing Sen. Josh Hawley with a simple “Fuck You” after Hawley criticized the NBA’s plan to allow players to put social messages on their jerseys. And NBA players have got Wojnarowski’s back.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 12, 2020
Aye #Freewoj man 😂😂
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) July 12, 2020
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 12, 2020
😭😭😭 #freewoj tho https://t.co/TpARz2cLIa
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) July 12, 2020
Tucker Carlson addressed the firing of his racist and sexist as fuck head writer on his show last night before defending him (?) and then announcing that he is going on a long vacation. LOL, OK.
All Other TV News
Floor is Lava‘s volcanic secrets REVEALED! (It’s filmed in an old Ikea.)
Being trapped in our houses has been the best thing for movies on streaming services like Hulu and Netflix.
The one murder HBO didn’t want on The Sopranos, and the on death that fans never forgave. And reminder: James Gandolfini was a really good guy.
Lordt. Zac Bagans has bought some Tiger King memorabilia for his haunted museum, including Joe’s penis pump and some artwork that has a hole from the bullet from Travis’ suicide. Tasteful.
Big news for people who just can’t get enough Today Show.
- Hanna has been renewed for a third season at Amazon.
- Unselled Homes and 100 Day Dream Home have both been renewed at HGTV.
- It looks like Space Force has been renewed at Netflix.
- The Amber Ruffin Show is coming to Peacock.
- Emily in Paris is moving from Paramount to Netflix.
- Our House is being developed at NBCUniversal.
- American Babylon is being turned into a series by Dick Wolf.
- @GeneralStories, a series by Adam Goldberg (the actor, not the creator of The Goldbergs), is being developed at Quibi.
- The adaptation of Sexy Beast is not going forward at Paramount.
- The Red Lotus is being developed into a TV series.
- Idris Elba has signed a first-look deal at Apple.
- Girl Powered: The Spice Girls is being developed at Channel 4.
- The Murder of Stephen Lawrence will have a sequel series on ITV.
- Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will be leaving Dancing with the Stars after 15 years.
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) July 14, 2020
- Tamera Mowry is leaving The Real.
- Will Poulter is leaving the Lord of the Rings series thanks to scheduling conflicts with Black Mirror.
Mark Your Calendars
- Ted Lasso will premiere on Apple TV+ on August 14.
- The Alienist returns on TNT on Sunday.
- Hightown will return on Starz for season two.
- Fear City: New York vs. the Mafia will premiere on Netflix on July 22.
- Lake of Death will premiere on Shudder on July 16.
- Impetigore will debut on Shudder on July 23.
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch will premiere on Disney+ sometime in 2021.
- A.P. Bio will return on Peacock for season three on September 3.
- Ravi Patel’s Pursuit of Happiness is moving from CNN to HBO Max and will premiere on August 27.
- Canada’s Drag Race will premiere on Logo on July 27.
Grant Imahara, Mythbusters host and renowned electrical engineer who also worked on the Star Wars prequels and the Matrix movies
Showbiz Kids: Interviews with successful child actors about the harrowing business of being a kid in Hollywood. 8 p.m., HBO
Dirty John: Betty is forced to face what she’s done in the season finale. 9 p.m., USA
The Business of Drugs: A former CIA analyst investigates the economics of six illicit substances in this docuseries. Netflix
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Colin Jost, Davido
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Demi Moore, Paul Scheer, KALEO
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Tom Hanks, Noah Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Eric Andre, Rema, guest host Whitney Cummings
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: John Lithgow
- Watch What Happens Live: Ben Platt, Judith Light
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