Hi. It’s Monday. Things are still weird, so here is the sweetest reunion you’ll see all day:
At 15 her eyesight isn’t great so she needs a little sniff before she recognises me. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/9tRuexuJyj
— The Jase 🐶 🎸 🎥 (@jasemonkey) July 17, 2020
There is big, unsubstantiated news for fans of two series who arguably did not stick their landings, i.e., yours truly:
This is just the sketchiest of rumors, but there is some talk out there that a Lost reboot could be in the works. According to “We’ve Got This Covered’s” source, the reboot is only in the discussion stage right now, but what is being discussed would be “more mature” and will probably be shopped to streaming services. It sounds like this is in VERY early stages of talks, and may never happen. But it might surprise you to learn that I am actually fine with a reboot — not a remake — of Lost, one that would take place in the universe that Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof created. It’s been long enough since the series finale to give everyone some distance from the original material and it’s a rich world with many narrative possibilities.
That said, I am apprehensive about a series that would not be written by “Darlton,” despite whatever criticisms people might have about how the series ultimately concluded. I am deeply skeptical that anyone who attempts this would be able to recapture lightning in a bottle, but I would wish them all the best in their attempt.
And in other series I am legitimately excited about, there are also rumors that the Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, is beginning to cast its lead roles and is starting some form of production, which is unexpected considering we are in the middle of a pandemic, but hey! I’ll take it.
Yesterday’s big political TV news was President Mental Acuity Test’s interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace. It did not go well for him thanks to Chris Wallace fact-checking his bullshit throughout.
Chris Wallace’s interview is something – two notes 1) why aren’t other journalists doing this? He was just leaving interviewed by CBS News? and 2) there is no way Trump shows up for the debates. pic.twitter.com/qcHlupSlTY
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) July 19, 2020
TRUMP: Now they want to change — 1492, Columbus discovered America. … Now they want to make it the 1619 project. Where did that come from? What does it represent? I don’t even know, so.
WALLACE: It’s slavery.
TRUMP: That’s what they’re saying, but they don’t even know.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 19, 2020
"Religion will be gone" — Trump offers some absurd fear-mongering about what will happen if Biden is elected pic.twitter.com/xIVECroUHd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 19, 2020
NEW: Chris and President Trump sit down to discuss the recent spike in violence in major cities across the country. Tune in Sunday to catch the full interview. #FoxNewsSunday pic.twitter.com/r7hwgyVhKM
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) July 17, 2020
TRUMP: "I think mail-in voting is going to rig the election."
WALLACE: "Are you suggesting that you might not accept the results?"
TRUMP: "I have to see."
WALLACE: "Can you give a direct answer that you will accept the election?
TRUMP: "I have to see." pic.twitter.com/mPDPLY9vsr
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 19, 2020
You can watch the whole thing for yourself here:
And last week’s interview with Mary Trump gave Rachel Maddow her best ratings ever, and did better than Sean Hannity’s town hall with President Mush Brain, a point that Mary Trump made on Twitter:
5.23 million v. 5.11 million#seldomseen🤔
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) July 18, 2020
Oof, hitting him where it hurts.
Disney+ and Hulu are pulling advertising from Facebook to coerce them to do something about hate speech on the social media site.
Nick Cannon’s planned daytime talk show has been “delayed” by a year following his anti-Semitic comments. I wouldn’t be holding my breath that it will be coming back.
Important Bachelor data: the ten shortest relationships in the show’s history. Also, did you know that when The Bachelor or The Bachelorette aren’t filming, a real family lives in the McMansion? NOW YOU DO AND YOU’LL NEVER UNKNOW IT.
A Qanon Karen (a Qaren?) discovered Adult Swim, and had a meltdown. It did not go well for her:
Hey lady, how about you tuck your kid in at a earlier time before Adult Swim airs…. pic.twitter.com/dlUdYvTdx9
— Mayfield Stan (@Tv1xxV) July 19, 2020
#Karens: how dare Adult Swim show my child this content it is irresponsible!!!!
Adult Swim at the beginning of their program: pic.twitter.com/0Duw90ogbA
— Tek-no (@Teknoh2) July 19, 2020
Adult Swim is called "Adult" Swim for a reason, if you don't want your child watching it do one of the following three
1.) Change the fucking channel
2.) Turn off the tv
3.) Put your child to sleep at a reasonable hour pic.twitter.com/zV7hC8SebE
— Subscribe to me (@zenoisrandomYT) July 19, 2020
Netflix is being sued over the name “Tiger King.” Good luck with that!
4,000 people have died in the Los Angeles area from this bastard virus.
Over in New York, productions are allowed to begin ramping up again as of today. The city’s plan requires productions to be “limited to 50 people (up from 25), can’t interfere with hospitals or COVID-19 testing centers, can’t block streets, and can’t be close to restaurants with outdoor seating without the eateries’ permission.”
Related: Saturday Night Live is trying to figure out how to get back into Studio 8H for season 46. They won’t have audiences, obviously, but leaving that aside, I wonder how they can possibly pull this off. I get wanting to return to something resembling normal but … are the performers going to all stand 6 feet apart from one another? Are they going to quarantine together? How does any of this work?
MasterChef UK has resumed production. Good luck!
Great news everyone: President Virus Denier is going to start holding daily COVID-19 press briefings again. And if the first question from the first reporter isn’t, “Why are you trying to cut finding for testing and tracing out of the Senate relief bill,” I AM GOING TO BURN EVERYTHING DOWN.
Megyn Kelly and Soledad O’Brien had a twitter fight about a Fox News meteorologist who questioned Dr. Fauci which also involved Megyn Kelly calling herself the “blackface lady” in a roundabout way which I think accurately sums up 2020 so far.
The Conjuring 3 has been pushed back to June 2021, and Tenet has been removed from the release calendar altogether, surprising EXACTLY NO ONE.
Uncharted, an action movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland, went back into production in Germany today. (Sorta related, my cousin headed to Berlin this weekend to get back to work on Matrix 4. He actually contracted COVID back in the spring while filming the movie in San Francisco. So, you know, GOOD LUCK, EVERYONE.)
Moonyeenn Lee, a casting agent and manager, has died from coronavirus complications.
- Grantchester has been renewed for a sixth season at PBS and ITV.
- Good Serial, a dark comedy written by James Roday Rodriguez and Todd Harthan, has been bought at 20th Century Fox Television.
- Bob Costas has joined CNN as a contributor.
- Laura Benanti is joining the Fox drama pilot Big Leap.
- Terrence Howard is joining the cast of Delta Blues.
- Zachary Quinto and Khary Payton are joining the voice cast of Invincible on Amazon.
- Grace Van Patten is joining Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu.
Mark Your Calendar
- Black is King will debut on Disney+ on July 31. It looks beautiful.
- Filthy Rich will premiere on Fox this fall.
- Hoops will premiere on Netflix on August 21.
- Top Gear returns on BBC America on August 30.
- Get Even will debut on Netflix on July 31.
- Malibu Rescue will premiere on Netflix on August 4.
- Pan y Circo will premiere on Netflix on August 7.
- Science Channel is honoring the 51st anniversary of the moon landing with programming all day today.
- Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 75 Years Later will debut on History on August 2.
- On The Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries will debut on HBO Max on August 6.
- The American Music Awards 2020 will air on ABC on November 22.
- Christina on the Coast will return on HGTV on August 6.
- Seriously Single will be released on Netflix on July 31.
Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did:https://t.co/KbVfYt5CeQ
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 18, 2020
Phyllis Somerville, Broadway, film and TV actress. She was WONDERFUL on The Big C.
Haruma Miura, Japanese actor
Joe Sutton, Publicist, manager and TV and radio show host
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, Olympic figure skater
Tony Elliott, The founder of Time Out
The Andy Cohen Diaries: Andy Cohen brings his book to life in this new animated series that was designed for Quibi’s 10-minute format. Series premiere Quibi
Die Hart: Kevin Hart and John Travolta star in this “movie” (I guess) about a comedy star who longs to be an action hero. Premiere. Quibi
Magnolia: Thanks to knowing way too much about Scientology, I think Tom Cruise is a certifiable weirdo. But that said, his performance in this movie is terrific. (But y’all can keep those Mission Impossible movies, thanks.) 7:50 HBO Signature West
The Bold and the Beautiful: It’s back, baby! 12:30 p.m., CBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: David Schwimmer, Alison Brie, Jimmy Buffett
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Colin Jost, Cristin Milioti, Nikki Glaspie
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Andy Cohen, Phoebe Bridgers
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Billy Strings, guest host Joel McHale
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Don Cheadle
- Watch What Happens Live: Christine “Bugsy” Drake, Jessica More
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