Say hello to Wednesday, everyone!
Obviously, today’s big news is that Joe Biden has chosen Kamala Harris as his Vice President. I’m not going to lie, Harris was my first choice for the Democratic nominee and I was very disappointed when she dropped out of the race as early as she did. So it’s not much surprise that I think she’s not just a valuable asset to the ticket, she’s the best choice. She’s intelligent, charismatic, talented, ambitious, terrifying to mediocre men, and as the first Black woman and the first Asian-American woman to be on a major party ticket, her choice is an exciting moment in history.
Right, Katie Holmes?
Also excited: Maya Rudolph, for obvious reasons. “Oh shit …” was her literal response, before adding that she’s ready and willing to return to Saturday Night Live even in the middle of this pandemic.
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) August 11, 2020
I’ve known Senator @KamalaHarris for a long time. She is more than prepared for the job. She’s spent her career defending our Constitution and fighting for folks who need a fair shake. This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing. pic.twitter.com/duJhFhWp6g
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 11, 2020
I'm thrilled to welcome @KamalaHarris to a historic Democratic ticket. She's already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she’ll be a strong partner to @JoeBiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected. pic.twitter.com/cmtOO8Gqqv
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 11, 2020
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 11, 2020
Congratulations to @KamalaHarris, who will make history as our next Vice President. She understands what it takes to stand up for working people, fight for health care for all, and take down the most corrupt administration in history. Let’s get to work and win.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) August 11, 2020
Not cool, Joe. You know Pence can't be alone onstage to debate Harris. Why put that poor, frail flower through all this angst? https://t.co/RSaWPIh3rI
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 11, 2020
Boris, be afraid. Be very afraid.
— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) August 11, 2020
👏🏾🙌🏾👏🏾🙌🏾✊🏾Congrats and well deserved Sen. Kamala Harris!! Love to see and support it! Appreciate you JB https://t.co/OErXQ5TqQL
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 11, 2020
Sen.KamalaHarris this is a great moment. Let’s take care of her and make sure we are supportive of her because this is a no nonsense race and she is ready. Go Kamala!!
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) August 11, 2020
The sexist and racist political attacks on @kamalaharris have already begun. Let’s demand that the media keep these ignorant, bad-faith attacks out of their 2020 election coverage. Let her know: #WeHaveHerBack https://t.co/dbILReHQxy
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) August 11, 2020
And yes, the sexist and racist attacks have already begun, led by President SexistRacist. He called her a “nasty” woman for the way she treated Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing, also known as “The Moment Therese Hoped Kamala Harris Would Run for President.”
Let's take a moment to remember when Kamala Harris continually challenged Brett Kavanaugh during his senate hearings
"It's a really specific question" pic.twitter.com/aRFP72K3Pw
— Tom Richell (@tomrichell) August 11, 2020
And then he pulled this out of his ass this morning:
"Racist white women will be voting for me. They are scared of black people and thrilled that I am willing to be openly racist and not let black people invade their neighborhood. Biden picked a black, female running mate. Corey Booker is also black, be afraid!"
There. I fixed it. pic.twitter.com/D8mqN9g095
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 12, 2020
Buckle up, kiddos, it’s only going to get worse. 83 days until Election Day. 68 days until early voting here in Texas. Let’s go.
Oh, and here’s something else President Putty Brain tweeted out this morning:
Watched @billmaher last week for the first time in a long time. He’s totally SHOT, looks terrible, exhausted, gaunt, and weak. If there was ever a good reason for no shutdown, check out this jerk. He never had much going for him, but whatever he did have is missing in action!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020
I’m not a huge Bill Maher fan, but I feel compelled to include the bit that pissed the TV-Watcher-in-Chief off so much so that you have the full story:
This was inevitable:
All Other TV News
This doesn’t bode well: the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender have left the live-action series at Netflix. “And who knows? Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good,” he [Michael Dante DiMartino] wrote. “It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying. But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.”
Ruby Rose has revealed that a little time in quarantine gave her the opportunity to really reflect on whether or not she wanted to continue on Batwoman following her on-set accident (and that answer was HELL NO).
The last Blockbuster is being turned into an Airbnb. This seems right.
Paula Pell is an American treasure, and you should never forget it.
Eugene Levy is a Canadian treasure, and you should never forget it.
The New York Times has a piece on what it’s like to make TV from home, if you’re interested.
The WGA has urged its members to not sign COVD-19 liability waivers. (Good advice really for anyone.)
So apparently, Roku has been giving a platform to a bunch of COVID conspiracy and anti-vaccine conspiracy claptrap, so that’s just great. (Thanks for the tip, Off the Kuff!)
Trini Lopez, the actor, and singer of “If I Had a Hammer,” has died of COVID-19.
Pac-12 has joined the Big 10 in postponing fall sports (read: college football). The Southeastern Conference remains a major holdout and the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 haven’t made a decision, but the window to do so is closing. The Pac-12 plan as of now is to have one season from February to April, and then the regular season to begin in 2021 in August.
New York Comic Con is going virtual for 2020.
In one Georgia county, 925 school kids are quarantining after schools reopened TOO EARLY.
“Don’t worry about the basement Bobbys or negative Nancys,” read the sign held by Morgan Morrison, 28, the mother of a second grader who “lost her mask on the second day.”
Ms. Morrison said she and her husband do not wear masks either. “I feel like before we’re even born, God has a plan for when he’s going to take us to heaven,” she said. “There’s nothing we can do to stop it.”
Facebook has removed some 7 million “harmful” COVID-19 posts. Another 98 million posts have been tagged with warning labels. THIS SHIT IS WHY COLLEGE FOOTBALL IS CANCELED, GUYS.
The increase — the highest since last Wednesday — brought the statewide total to 516,686 cases. Another 239 deaths brought the fatality count to 9,165. This is the 8th highest single-day increase in deaths since the pandemic began.
Additionally, the dropping average in viral tests has been leading to a sharp increase in the statewide positive test rate. The positivity rate rose from 20.99 percent to 23.97 percent, another record high.”
- Tough as Nails has been renewed for a second season at CBS.
- The Baby, a dark comic series, has been greenlit at HBO.
- Sarah Cooper has signed a deal with Netflix for a comedy special.
- An adaptation of The Winds of War as a limited series is being produced by Seth MacFarlane’s production company.
- Mexican Gothic, a horror series based on the novel of the same name, is being produced by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelo’s production company.
- Diana: A Musical will now stream on Netflix rather than open on Broadway.
- A series adaptation of a Polish film, The Hater, is being developed at HBO.
- A romantic comedy starring Christina Milian, Jay Pharoah, and Sinqua Walls and produced by Alicia Keys, is being made for Netflix.
- $50K Three Ways has been ordered at HGTV.
- Fear Street is being made for Netflix.
- Kal Penn is producing and hosting an election-themed series for Freeform.
- Faith Heist has been ordered at Bounce.
- PFT Live is moving to Peacock.
- Tua, a documentary about Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, is in the works at Fox Sports Films.
- Run is now set to premiere on Hulu, having originally been set to open in theaters.
- Maggie Elizabeth Jones has been cast as one of the leads of B Positive on CBS.
Mark Your Calendars
- Young Wallander will debut on Netflix on September 3.
Young Wallander premieres September 3
Uncover the case the started it all. pic.twitter.com/sfus5WXwPe
— Netflix Queue (@netflixqueue) August 10, 2020
- The Duchess will premiere on Netflix on September 11.
— Netflix Is A Joke (@NetflixIsAJoke) August 11, 2020
- The Amityville Harvest will be available on VOD on October 20.
- Tehran will debut on Apple TV+ on September 25.
- Judgment With Ashleigh Banfield will debut on Court TV on September 13.
- Metro Sexual will begin streaming on Crackle on September 1.
- Killing Michael Jackson will debut on Bounce on September 7.
- Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery will premiere on Bounce on November 1.
- A Chance in the World will debut on Bounce on September 5.
- Will You Merry Me? will debut on Bounce sometime in December.
- In The Cut will return on Bounce on August 26.
- Family Time will return on Bounce sometime in October.
- Saints & Sinners will return on Bounce in the spring.
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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Agents will need the help of their friends, past and present, for the fight of their lives in the series finale. 8 p.m., ABC
World of Dance: The final four acts take the stage and a winner is chosen. Season finale. 9 p.m., NBC
(Un)Well: This docuseries takes a deep look into the “wellness” industry and whether the promises live up to their hype. Series premiere. Netflix
Extreme Paranormal Witness: New dumb paranormal show alert. Series premiere. 7 p.m., Travel
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Paula Pell, Jessie Reyez
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jeff Goldblum, Annie Murphy, Sam Jay
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jason Sudeikis, April Ryan
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Brian Cox, Tim Minchin, Sara Bareilles
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Danny DeVito, guest host Rob Lowe
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Watch What Happens Live: Kyle Richards, Teddi Mellencamp
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|Tough As Nails
|NBC||America’s Got Talent
|World of Dance