For the thousandth fucking time: this is not a hoax. Wear a damn mask.

It’s Thursday and we’re almost done with July, moving us that much closer to being done with this shit year.

154,000 Americans are dead from COVID-19, and more than 1,400 of them died yesterday — the most since May. In Texas, we hit a record 313 deaths just yesterday, handily beating out California who also had a record-high number of deaths at 197. This is not getting better, chickens.

After a month in the hospital, Herman Cain, former GOP presidential candidate, has died of COVID-19. He attended President Superspreader’s Tulsa rally 11 days before testing positive. Cain was skeptical of mask use and tweeted dangerous messages about it. For instance, this tweet was taken down only three days ago.

Herman Cain mask tweet

And as of yesterday, someone was still using his account to tweet out distrust over news of the virus:

So while I would hope that this unnecessary death would be a wake-up call for those on his side of the political divide, color me skeptical.

President Tone Deaf has tweeted out condolences without mentioning what Cain died of, but I’m not going to include it here because fuck him.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are actively discouraging their staff from wearing masks because we live in the DUMBEST TIMES. “Some GOP offices ask why you are wearing a mask, which puts our staff in an awkward position,” the staffer continued. “Do you say because of the pandemic and risk the office taking that as a political stand? Do you take it off to make them feel better?”

The minority leader in the House, Kevin McCarthy, called Louie Gohmert “Congressman COVID” and honestly, where’s the lie?

Oh, hey, the economy is an unmitigated disaster. It shrank 33% last quarter, the sharpest drop since we’ve been keeping records beginning in 1947. This is the news President FlameThrower might have been trying to distract from when he tweeted this:

DEEP SIGH. Look. Election Day is designated by Congress, and it is highly unlikely Nancy Pelosi’s House is going to change the date. That said, we mustn’t brush off the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CALLING FOR THE ELECTION TO BE POSTPONED. This is a dangerous bright light towards totalitarianism and we have to remember that this man gives NOT ONE SINGLE SOLITARY FUCK about our laws, institutions, and norms. Stay on your toes, America.

Oh, hey, kids are super effective COVID carriers, it turns out. “In a study of children under five who show mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19, those kids were found to contain higher concentrations of the virus compared to older children, teens and adults, according to researchers at a Chicago pediatric hospital and Northwestern University.” Yeah, sure, let’s fling the schools and preschools open, sounds great.

The pandemic is changing the food industry in huge ways.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Olivia Colman, and producer Francesca Moody are launching The Theatre Community Fund to help UK theater professionals who are struggling financially.

Russell Crowe’s movie Unhinged has been pushed back to August 21.

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Better cram in as much baseball as you can this weekend. TICK TOCK.

Meanwhile, the NBA is maintaining the bubble.

The Emmys are going to be virtual, and Jimmy Kimmel says nominees can participate in their pajamas if they want to. I SHOULD THINK SO.

Tyler Perry has managed to complete a whole season of Sistas filming under lockdown.

The Masked Singer may film over the next six weeks so as to be able to air in September. The teaser is below.

I had hoped that I would be able to lead with this catchy and funny COVID song written and sung by Emmy-nominated Cousin Greg, but NOPE. It’s 2020 and EVERYTHING HAS TO BE TERRIBLE ALL OF THE TIME.

Black Lives Matter

Today was John Lewis’ funeral. Please read this opinion piece he wrote and asked The New York Times to publish on this day.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

The FBI has opened an investigation into the murder by the police of Breonna Taylor.

For the first time ever, O Magazine will feature someone other than Oprah on the cover: Breonna Taylor. Because her life matters.

One of the conditions for bail for the protestors arrested in Portland has been a requirement that they do not attend any public gatherings, which, of course, is unconstitutional.

Damon Lindelof on Watchmen‘s 26 Emmy nominations: “imagine what else you don’t know.”

“We wanted people to understand that even in the context of this piece of fiction that the show started with something that really happened,” series creator Damon Lindelof told Variety. “For me, I didn’t know about Tulsa until about two years before we made the show. I would hope that the show is an invitation to say that Tulsa is just the beginning. If you didn’t know about that, imagine what else you don’t know about. It shouldn’t have taken the death of George Floyd or Breonna Taylor and countless others for this reckoning to start, but I’m grateful that people are reevaluating history. I’m one of them. I’m not wagging my finger at the world. I’m pointing it firmly at myself. It’s cool when TV becomes part of a broader conversation on where we are culturally.”

Riverdale‘s Bernadette Beck says she was hired on the show to fulfill a diversity quota and that her character was never fully developed.

All Other TV News

Oh boy, a bunch of streaming business news for you!

CBS All Access is beginning their giant overhaul. They are adding 70 ViacomCBS series, including the SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff series, Kamp Koral. The streamer plans on rebranding with a new name sometime in 2021.

Peacock has some 10 million subscribers, which is pretty impressive! However, it’s unclear how many of those are paid subscribers and how many of those, like me, are using the ad-supported tier, and how many of those are existing Comcast subscribers.

HBO Max is still not on Amazon Fire, but the two sides have resolved some issue they were having over HBO Now and HBO, which is too stupid for me to follow, so I guess progress?

Now that you’ve gotten through all that boringness, here is one minute of grandmas freaking out on Antiques Roadshow. I need to know what was worth $1 million.

Renewals

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • The Masked Singer is going to return this fall on Fox.
  • Our Cartoon President returns on Showtime on September 13.
  • Teenage Bounty Hunters will debut on Netflix on August 14.
  • Chemical Hearts will premiere on Amazon on August 21.
  • Young Wallander will debut on Netflix soon.
  • Warrior will return on Cinemax in October.
  • Invisible Stories will premiere on HBO on August 3.
  • Game On: A Comedy Crossover Event will premiere on Netflix on August 10.
  • “Metal Crush Mondays” will begin on Syfy on August 3.
  • Asian Momma, Mexican Kids will premiere on Netflix on August 11.

R.I.P.

Malik B. Dies, Member of the Roots

WATCH THIS

In My Skin: Another British coming-of-age comedy. This one was directed by the woman who directed The End of the Fucking World. Series premiere. Hulu

Host: Six friends hold a séance over Zoom in this new film made during quarantine. Shudder

Frayed: A wealthy British housewife returns to her Australian hometown in this comedy. Series premiere. HBO Max

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alanis Morissette
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sean Hayes, Dan Levy
  • The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
  • Watch What Happens Live: Ramona Singer, Brad Goreski
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ABC Holey Moley
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Don’t
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To Tell the Truth
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CBS Young Sheldon
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The Unicorn
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Mom
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Mom
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NCIS: Los Angeles
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CW Killer Camp
(new)
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
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FOX MLB Baseball
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News/Local
NBC Ellen’s Game of Games
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Law & Order: SVU
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