It’s Wednesday … already? finally? I don’t even know anymore. Here’s a guy who knows what’s up:
— Ethan Rowley (@e10rowley) September 2, 2020
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Y’all know what a bottle episode is, right? From Wikipedia:
In episodic television, a bottle episode is produced cheaply and restricted in scope to use as few non-regular cast members, effects, and sets as possible. Bottle episodes are usually shot on sets built for other episodes, frequently the main interior sets for a series, and consist largely of dialogue and scenes for which no special preparations are needed. They are commonly used when one script has fallen through and another has to be written at short notice, or because of budgetary constraints. Bottle episodes have also been used for dramatic effect, with the limited setting and cast allowing for a slower pace and deeper exploration of character traits and motives.
“The Suitcase,” a brilliant bottle episode of Mad Men, is about to turn 10 years old, and to celebrate, The Ringer has made a list of the 20 greatest bottle episodes of all time. Personally, “Pine Barrens” is my number one, but It’s a strong list overall.
Ah, clever: The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever! will focus on the Juan Pablo season as its season finale, a great way to lead up to Clare Crawley’s season (or episode) of The Bachelorette in October. Ah, Juan Pablo, you handsome disaster of a human being.
The CW wants to remind you: SUPERHEROES!
Vanity Fair had two therapists analyze Ross and Rachel’s relationship in this very interesting video — interesting if you care about Ross and Rachel, I guess. Also, Ross is totally in the wrong. (h/t Pajiba.)
Over in the U.K. British double Olympic gold medalist boxer Nicola Adams will make history on their ballroom reality competition, Strictly Come Dancing, by being in the show’s first female same-sex dance team. Last year, a pair of men performed on the show sparking complaints. Good on the show for doubling down on their policy of inclusion. Dancing with the Stars, are you seeing this?
Now that the conventions are in our rearview mirror THANK GOD, the next bit of business we need to take care of is the debates, and they’ll be here before you know it.
The first Presidential debate will be on September 29 at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and Fox News’ Chris Wallace will be the moderator.
The first Vice Presidential debate will be held on October 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah, with USA Today‘s Susan Page moderating. It will be the location of a murder.
The second Presidential debate will be on October 15 in Miami, Florida in a town-hall format. It will be moderated by C-SPAN’s Steve Scully.
The third and final Presidential debate will be on October 22 in Nashville, Tennessee. NBC News’ Kristen Welker.
As of right now, the networks haven’t announced what their coverage of the debates will look like, but you can plan on the big three broadcasting them, for sure.
In the meantime, BURN DOWN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE. Not even half kidding.
Chance of a Biden Electoral college win if he wins the popular vote by X points:
0-1 points: just 6%!
1-2 points: 22%
2-3 points: 46%
3-4 points: 74%
4-5 points: 89%
5-6 points: 98%
6-7 points: 99%
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) September 2, 2020
Oh, hey, the Department of Homeland Security is withholding a report about how the Russians are coordinating a campaign to attack Joe Biden’s health — you know, the same bullshit President Can’t Walk Down a Ramp and his son and other surrogates have been pushing for weeks now. This comes on the heels of the Department of National Intelligence announcing that they will no longer be giving in-person briefs to Congress on foreign interference in our election.
— The Verge (@verge) September 1, 2020
Uh-oh! Look who’s been using private email accounts! LOCK HER UP! LOCK HER UP!
LOL, Karlie Kloss, host of Project Runway and Jared Kushner’s sister-in-law, will be appearing at a Joe Biden fundraising event. EAT IT, YOU HAUNTED DOLL.
In a book titled Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House, former White House press secretary and loyal Trump stooge Sarah Huckabee Sanders writes that as she was taking notes during a 2018 summit in Singapore, she looked up “to notice Kim [Jong Un] staring at me.” She continues: “We made direct eye contact and Kim nodded and appeared to wink at me. I was stunned. I quickly looked down and continued taking notes. All I could think was, What just happened? Surely Kim Jong Un did not just mark me!?”
The former press secretary said that later, in the presidential limousine, she told Trump and John Kelly, who was then his chief of staff, about the incident.
“Kim Jong Un hit on you!” Trump said, according to Sanders. “He did! He f–king hit on you!”
Sanders replied, “Sir, please stop.”
“Well, Sarah, that settles it. You’re going to North Korea and taking one for the team!” Trump told her, Sanders said. “Your husband and kids will miss you, but you’ll be a hero to your country!” Trump and Kelly then “howled with laughter,” Sanders said.
Internalized misogyny is a hell of a drug.
this is every trump bot account pic.twitter.com/C4oE7UWp2U
— kylie brakeman (@deadeyebrakeman) September 2, 2020
Grey’s Anatomy will return to production as early as next week.
Soccer great Neymar and two more Paris Saint-Germain players have tested positive after partying in Ibiza.
Please for the love of God, do not buy into the 6% bullshit that is floating around out there. If you are so blessed as to not know what I’m talking about, a bunch of soft-brained idiots is pushing out this nonsense that the virus alone is only responsible for 6% of all deaths, that the other 94% of deaths are due to comorbidities, including poor health and old age.
Here’s the thing:
1. Are we really saying that it’s OK that grandma died because she was old anyway? That we shouldn’t take the small measure to wear masks and socially distance because people are old and going to die of something, so why not COVID?
2. 60% of Americans live with comorbidities — that is a huge number of Americans whose lives you’re willing to write off as not being significant enough to take seriously.
But 3. some comorbidities listed as causes of death along with COVID-19 are caused by the virus itself. The bottom line is 190,000 Americans who are now dead would be alive if not for this virus, and some number of them — a large one — might still be alive but for the incompetence of this administration.
- 68 Whiskey has been canceled at Paramount after one season.
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have signed a deal with Netflix. Oh!
- Five Days at Memorial, a limited series about Hurricane Katrina, produced by Carlton Cuse and John Ridley has been ordered at Apple TV+.
- Come Dance With Me, a reality dance competition produced by L.L. Cool J and Chris O’Donnell has been ordered at CBS.
- Dad Stop Embarrassing Me, a father-daughter comedy starring Jamie Foxx and his daughter Corinne, has been ordered at Netflix.
- Shelly, an action-comedy starring Awkwafina and Karen Gillan, is in development at Amazon.
- Emma Roberts has set Tell Me Lies, a drama at Hulu. She’s also signed a first-look deal with the streamer.
- A father-daughter murder mystery series from the producer of Blindspot is in the works at NBC.
- Salli Richardson-Whitfield has signed an overall deal with HBO.
- Dancing With the Stars has announced their cast, and it is PEAK 2020: Carole Baskin, Chrishell Stause, Anne Heche, Vernon Davis, Skai Jackson, Johnny Weir, Nev Schulman, Jesse Metcalfe, Nelly, Justina Machado, Monica Aldama, Jeannie Mai, Charles Oakley. They join the previously named Kaitlyn Bristowe and AJ McLean.
- Dierks Bentley is going to star in a Quibi mockumentary called Hot Country Knights.
- Stephanie Koenig will co-star in the comedy The Big Bad Wolfes on CBS.
Mark Your Calendars
- black-ish will air a one-hour animated special on October 4 on ABC, ahead of the official season premiere. “Election, Part 1” and “Election, Part 2” will follow Junior embarking on his journey to become a first-time voter.
- VOMO: Vote or Miss Out, a comedy special that will encourage people to get registered ad vote will air on ABC on September 14.
- The Bachelorette returns on ABC on October 13.
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) September 1, 2020
- The Mandalorian will return on Disney+ on October 30.
— Star Wars (@starwars) September 2, 2020
- The Boys in the Band will premiere on Netflix on September 30.
- Emily in Paris will debut on Netflix on October 2.
- Challenger: The Final Flight will premiere on Netflix on September 16.
- Four Blumhouse horror films, Black Box, The Lie, Evil Eye, and Nocturne, will premiere on Amazon this October:
- Long Way Up will premiere on Apple TV+ on September 18.
- Sing On! will debut on Netflix on September 16.
- Criminal returns on Netflix on September 16. OH HAI, JOHN SNOW.
- The Way I See It will air on MSNBC on October 9.
- A Love Song for Latasha will debut on Netflix on September 21.
- Brunch with Tiffany will debut on VH1 on September 7.
- Grand Army will debut on Netflix on October 16.
- The Great Pottery Throwdown will debut on HBO Max on September 17.
- Tehran will debut on Apple TV+ soon.
- Ruby will debut on Lifetime sometime in 2021.
- Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous will debut on Netflix on September 18.
- Family Business returns on Netflix on September 11.
- Holey Moley “Unhinged” will air on ABC on September 10 and 17.
- Supernatural will have a week-long marathon on TNT beginning September 14.
- The Real Housewives of Orange County will return on Bravo on October 7.
- Sistas returns on BET on October 14.
- 9/11 Remembered: The Day We Came Together, a special about President Obama opening the 9/11 Memorial Museum at the site of the World Trade Center in New York City, will air on ABC on 9/11.
- How to With John Wilson will debut on HBO on October 23.
- At ID, three James Patterson specials have been set: Murder Thy Neighbor on September 15; Murder of Innocence on November 17; and Till Murder Do Us Part on January 19.
- NFL Super Stadiums will debut on Science Channel on September 9.
- Tales from the Hood 3 will be available on digital and VOD on October 7, and on Syfy sometime later that month:
Telling New Tales. Taking More Souls. From Exec. Producer #SpikeLee & OG filmmakers @RustyCundieff and #DarinScott comes #TalesFromTheHood3 starring @TonyTodd54. Own the all-new film on DVD & Digital 10/6. Coming to @SYFY in October. https://t.co/qxcIG3sHtp pic.twitter.com/lh38HYfuKh
— Tales from the Hood 3 (@FromTheHoodFilm) September 1, 2020
Ian Royce, Warm-up comedian for Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor
Erick Morillo, DJ and producer of the song, “I Like to Move It”
b>Chef’s Table: BBQ: Pitmasters from Mexico, Australia, South Carolina, and, of course, Texas are showcased in this gorgeously filmed love letter to smoke meats. Premiere. Netflix
MTV’s Ghosted: Love Gone Missing: Rachel Lindsay and Travis Mills are back to hunt down ghosters and help people find the closure they need while stuck in their homes. Season premiere. 8 p.m., MTV
Purge marathon: No reason. 6 p.m., FX
- Conan: Rory Scovel
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