‘The Walking Dead’ will return, just in time for the actual apocalypse

It’s the start of another weekend. Yay. At least Sarah Cooper is out in the world, making these amazing videos.

Comic-Con from home is happening as I type this. Here are some interesting tidbits we’ve learned so far:

The Walking Dead finally has a season 10 finale date: October 4. This means I have 10 weeks to recap 13 episodes before the finale. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. I am going to get on this starting this weekend.

Also, The Walking Dead: World Beyond will premiere immediately following the Walking Dead finale.

And Fear the Walking Dead will return on October 11. It is reportedly going to be darker and more of an anthology format.

The His Dark Materials guys revealed they had to cut an entire standalone episode in season two because of the production shutdown.

Superstore‘s executive producer revealed some scrapped storylines, including that one character was going to be discovered to be a corporate spy, another character was going to go bald from stress and another character would go to Six Flags every day to buy Dippin’ Dots.

In a panel about queerness in horror, the creators of Chucky and Hannibal admitted that they didn’t create their projects with queer characters in mind, but that they came to realize that they had anyway, perhaps subconsciously.

MST3K launched a fundraiser for the Minneapolis-based Native American youth organization MIGIZI.

CBS All Access released a sneak peek of their new Star Trek animated series, Lower Decks:

And TV Guide is collecting all of the new trailers here, but I have a bunch of them below in “DATES,” too.

If you thought you could just subscribe to Peacock and ESPN+ and Disney+ and CBS All Access, and HBO Max and then cut the cord and have access to all the same stuff you’d have on cable through NBC, USA, Bravo, ESPN, Comedy Central, TBS, TNT, Cinemax, and Disney Channel, you’d be wrong. We are currently in the worst moment of the streaming boom — it will take a while, possibly a long while before cable is completely irrelevant and the streaming wars claim its first casualties. In the meantime, the corporations are going to take our money in as many ways as they can while they can. (In some ways, this makes streamers that have no cable affiliations like Netflix and Apple+ and yes, even Quibi, the most honest of them all.)

Also, as Mike Schur explains, the streaming model discourages a certain kind of creativity because they kill shows just as they start becoming more expensive to produce, usually somewhere around the fourth season. (This is a good article on why that happens, if you want to wade into the economic details.)

But hey! At least you can screenshot Quibi now!

YOU GUYS: A group of John Mulaney fans pooled their money and paid Ice-T to make this happen:

Going Viral

Grim news from California: their positive test rates have now set the record for the country, surpassing New York, and their death toll is up over 8,000. At this rate, they are projected to have 20,000 dead by November. Here in Texas, the best-case scenario — if the entire country were put under Universal Mask mandates, THE BEST CASE scenario, again — has us losing nearly 15,000 of our citizens. And for the United States as a whole, the best-case scenario — which we will definitely not achieve — has 185,000 Americans dead by November 1. The more likely scenario will see 220,000 of our fellow Americans dead before Election Day. I don’t know whether to scream or cry or both.

In happier news for your trusty blogger, production on General Hospital began again on Wednesday, and the plan is to have new episodes on ABC beginning August 3.

When The Resident returns, it will also include COVID-19 in its story.

The fourth season of Killing Eve has been delayed thanks to the virus.

But the BBC/PBS production of Death in Paradise has resumed production in the Caribbean.

We have the full NBA schedule now. When the games begin again, they will have real fans broadcast into fake seats. Again, good luck, everyone.

Mel Gibson spent a week in the hospital with COVID-19. He seems to have made a full recovery.

All of the movies have been pushed back: Mulan, the Avatar sequels, the next Star Wars movies, A Quiet Place Part II, Antlers, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and the Top Gun sequel have all been moved to later release dates.

The Hong Kong Film Festival has been canceled, and for the first time in 30 years, Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights has been canceled.

Also canceled? The Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida. HUH, WHY?

Black Lives Matter

Contrary to what the White House claimed, PAW Patrol has not, in fact, been canceled because of the Black Lives Matter protests. WHAT IS THIS WORLD THAT PAW PATROL HAS TO TWEET OUT THAT THEY HAVE NOT BEEN CANCELED BECAUSE THE WHITE HOUSE LIED THAT THEY DID?

2020, man.

There will be two cable news specials this Sunday tackling racism in America. Fox News’ Lawrence Jones will host a one-hour special on Sunday at 10 PM called One Nation and on CNN, Fredricka Whitfield will host the second installment of Unconscious Bias: Facing the Realities of Racism.

CBS News is creating a race and culture department.

Yesterday was MLB’s Opening Day, and the big question was “will they kneel?” The answer was yes … and no. At the Yankees/Nationals’ game, every player kneeled BEFORE the anthem was played, infuriating both the hard right and the hard left, which means it was probably the right move.

Additionally, some of the teams have added a “BLM” stencil to their fields.

The Dodgers and the Giants also kneeled before the anthem, with the exception of Giants’ player Sam Coonrod, who said his Christianity prevented him from kneeling before anything that wasn’t God.

The Washington Football Team. Welp, it’s still an improvement on the “Redskins.”

Will someone please tell Boris to Google “Who is the President of the United States right now?”:


Netflix has canceled a planned prank show from Chris D’Elia and Bryan Callen. Bye.

Hearst Magazines president Troy Young was accused of making sexist and lewd remarks to employees. He has since resigned.

Just going to leave this here. No reason.


In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Utopia will premiere on Amazon in the fall. It will either be great, or TOO CLOSE TO REALITY, maybe both.
  • Truth Seekers will premiere on Amazon soon.
  • Lovecraft Country will premiere on HBO on August 16.
  • The Boys returns on Amazon on September 4.
  • His Dark Materials will return on HBO this fall.
  • Five Bedrooms will premiere on Peacock on August 13.
  • (Un)Well will debut on Netflix on August 12.
  • Baby will return on Netflix in September.
  • Bad Chad Customs will return on Discovery on August 17.
  • Rebuilding Paradise will air on National Geographic on July 31.


Jerry Taft, Longtime meteorologist from Chicago’s ABC7



Room 104: The fourth and finals season begins with a twentysomething bringing a group of friends together for a performance by a long lost musician. Season finale. 10 p.m., HBO

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: A winner is chosen. It SHOULD be Jujubee, but honestly, all final three are terrific. Season finale. 7 p.m., VH1

Greatest #AtHome Videos: Cedric the Entertainer hosts this special showcasing the best viral videos people have been making since we’ve begun social distancing. Series premiere. 7 p.m., CBS

Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist: Jim Gaffigan does his stand-up thing. Amazon


Motherless Brooklyn: Edward Norton stars in and directed this noir about a detective with Tourette’s who is determined to solve the murder of his mentor. 7 p.m., HBO

NBA Countdown Presented by Mountain Dew: NBA Restart: The NBA is set to resume on the 30th. And it might! But if it an actually finish the season — especially as they play the remaining games in the middle of a hotspot — remains to be seen. 7 p.m., ABC

Surviving Joe Exotic: Cash in on that Tiger King craze while you can, Animal Planet. 9 p.m., Animal Planet


Helter Skelter: An American Myth: A six-part documentary that explores the story of Charles Manson with all new interviews with family members and journalists. Series premiere. 9 p.m., Epix

Wynonna Earp: The final season begins with Wynonna trying to rescue her sister. Season premiere. 9 p.m., Syfy

Last Week with John Oliver: Heads up, he’s back. 10 p.m., HBO


FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Shark Tank
CBS The Greatest #AtHome Videos
Magnum P.I.
Blue Bloods
CW Masters of Illusion
Masters of Illusion
Whose Line is it Anyway?
Whose Line is it Anyway?
FOX Friday Night Smackdown Local
NBC The Wall

SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC NBA Countdown
The Good Doctor
CBS Magnum P.I.
NCIS: New Orleans
48 Hours News/Local
FOX MLB Baseball
NBC Dateline Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live

SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
Celebrity Family Feud
Press Your Luck
Match Game
CBS 60 Minutes 60 Minutes Presents NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: New Orleans
The CW Local Stargirl
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
FOX Last Man Standing
The Simp-sons
Bless the Harts
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
NBC Cannonball
The Titan Games
America’s Got Talent

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