So far, only one presidential candidate has agreed to the debates. Don’t blame him if they don’t happen.

Today is Thursday.


After his comically disastrous Axios interview, President Mouthbreather went on Fox & Friends yesterday morning to find a safe space where he could just babble his nonsense unchallenged. There, this idiot, this it-would-be-laughable-how-dumb-he-is-if-he-weren’t-also-so-FUCKING-DANGEROUS, said that “children were almost immune from COVID-19.”

Narrator: They’re not.

Then, the Trump Campaign posted this clip on both their Twitter account and their Facebook page, which prompted both social media sites to remove said posts for violating their policies against spreading misinformation about the virus.

I know that every day is another wave of nonsense and horseshit, but just pause for a moment and really think about this: the President of the United States is lying so egregiously about a dangerous virus that has in six months killed more than 160,000 Americans that video of him had to be taken down from social media sites.


Oh, hey, remember that Georgia high school where students were photographed packed in a hallway, most not wearing masks? Guess where there’s been a COVID-19 outbreak? Worse: guess where there had already been an outbreak among student-athletes before school started and they went ahead and forced students to come back in person anyway?

North Paulding High School, about an hour outside Atlanta, reopened Monday despite an outbreak among members of its high school football team, many of whom, a Facebook video shows, worked out together in a crowded indoor gym last week as part of a weightlifting fundraiser.

Within days of that workout, several North Paulding players had tested positive for the coronavirus. The school’s parents were notified just hours before the first day of class.

And multiple teachers at North Paulding say there are positive tests among school staff, including a staff member who came into contact with most teachers at the school while exhibiting symptoms last week. Teachers and staff said the school won’t confirm coronavirus infections among district employees, citing privacy reasons.

Oh, and the student who took the picture that went viral? He was suspended.



And it’s because of shit like this — in addition to the mismanagement of this virus in general — that we’re going to have to cancel Halloween. And don’t get all excited about Thanksgiving or Christmas, friends. I mean, no one can keep you from seeing your grandparents, of course, but I predict it’s going to be a real question whether you should.

Los Angeles’ Mayor Garcetti is going to turn people’s water and power off if they don’t stop PARTYING LIKE A BUNCH OF ASSHOLES.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has tested positive.

It sounds like Stephen Colbert and James Corden are the next late-night hosts who will be returning to a studio soon. Colbert won’t be in the Ed Sullivan theater, but he’ll be out of his New Jersey home, so.

Grey’s Anatomy might start filming again soon:

Tyler Perry has started filming on his series The Oval in his production bubble.

Ultimate Surfer, ABC’s surfing competition, has returned to production.

In fact, production permit requests are up in Los Angeles, but most of them are for reality shows and commercials.

Meanwhile, in Vancouver, filming has been stalled over a fight about testing. It’s pretty wild: basically, the American unions, like SAG-AFTRA call for testing three times a week, but the BC Council of Film Unions wants less testing than that. Whaaaaa? As a result, The Good Doctor, which was supposed to be the first to start production has paused, and the entire crew temporarily fired. Some in the industry are saying that this could harm Vancouver’s role as a go-to filming location in the future (but I’m not holding my breath).

Big Brother returned last night and revealed its cast. According to Julie Chen, some contestants that she thought would make the cast were found ineligible when they tested positive for COVID.

All Other TV News

Ah, the presidential debates. So here’s a funny thing that is happening right now: the Trump campaign keeps going out there saying that Joe Biden doesn’t want to debate President Mental Acuity Test, that in fact, he’s scared to do so. The Biden campaign has made no such statement and has, in fact, agreed to the three debates as set by the Debate Commission.

Hey, you know who hasn’t agreed to the debates?

This happened on Fox News this morning:

The Commission has declined Guiliani’s request:

So yeah, there is a non-zero chance the Trump campaign will pull out of the debates claiming if the Commission won’t give in to their demand of four debates there will be NO debates and that this somehow proves that it was Biden who refused to debate. Watch and see, kids.

Meanwhile, the GOP is trying to use Kanye West to trick-fuck the election.

Things I did not know: Conan O’Brien and Jeff Zucker went to Harvard together, and, in fact, Zucker once had O’Brien arrested. It should be noted Zucker fired O’Brien from The Tonight Show many years later AND O’Brien is once again one of Zucker’s employees. Crazy.

Please stop asking Megan McCain if she’s leaving The View. We will never be so lucky.

The Office‘s cringiest episode: SCOTT’S TOTS.

The Office‘s most expensive joke: Two tickets to paradise.

Lovecraft Country‘s showrunner, Misha Green, credits Lost and Get Out for her show being made. (Yay! CAN NOT WAIT.)

Yes, Jurnee Smollett believes and supports her brother.


  • Tacoma FD has been renewed at truTV for a third season.
  • The Misery Index has been renewed for a third season at TBS.
  • The Expanse might have been renewed for a sixth season on Netflix.


In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Bill & Ted Face the Music has been moved up to August 28 on VOD.
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things will debut on Netflix on September 4.
  • Selena + Chef will premiere on HBO Max on September 13.
  • Dancing with the Stars will return on Monday nights this fall on ABC. No word yet on a precise date.

  • Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against The Universe will debut on Disney+ on August 28.
  • The Flight Attendant will debut on HBO Max soon.
  • John Was Trying to Contact Aliens will debut on Netflix on August 20.
  • About Face will premiere on Quibi on August 10.
  • Demarcus Family Rules will debut on Netflix on August 19.
  • MTV’s Ghosted: Love Gone Missing will return on MTV on September 2.


Billy Goldenberg, Emmy-winning composer and music director

Mike Clark, USA Today film critic


American Pickle: Seth Rogan stars in this comedy as a 19th-century pickle maker who becomes pickled and revived in the 21st century, and said pickle maker’s great-grandson. HBO Max

Star Trek: Lower Decks: This new animated series follows the adventures of the support staff on Starfleet’s U.S.S. Cerritos. Series premiere. CBS All Access

Hitmen: Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins star as two best friends who also happen to be assassins in this British comedy. Premiere. Peacock

The Rain: Third and final season. Netflix

On the Trail: The 2020 Primaries: Basically, this is HBO Max’s version of The Circus, but not in real time. Premiere. HBO Max

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Matthew McConaughey, Jaden Smith
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: J.B. Smoove, Dana Bash, Kaitlan Collins, Kyung Lah, Thaddeus Dixon
  • The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
  • Watch What Happens Live: “Countess & Friends: RHONY 200th Episode Special”
THUR 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Holey Moley
To Tell the Truth
CBS Young Sheldon
The Unicorn
CW Killer Camp
Penn & Teller: Fool Us
FOX MLB Baseball
NBC Ellen’s Game of Games
Law & Order: SVU
Law & Order: SVU


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