It’s another Wednesday, folks. I don’t know what to tell you.
The two biggest TV stories of the day are about the end of two enormous, and transformative shows: Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Walking Dead. (And I’m sure there are some Kardashian/mindless zombie jokes to be made in there, but believe it or not, I’m not going to make them.) Whatever you may think of it, Keeping Up With the Kardashians changed reality TV, and celebrity culture, and turned “Kardashian” an inescapable and household name. The final season will begin on E! on September 17.
As for The Walking Dead, it remained the most popular cable series for years, only wearing out its welcome in the later seasons (and even then, it still dominated). It changed the standards for violence on television — again, for better or worse — and highlighted an era of very dark storytelling. It will end with the upcoming 11th season, with a two-year, 24-episode “super season.” (Why they don’t just do two 12 episode seasons … ~shrug~)
But all is not lost, zombie fans. Everyone’s favorite characters, Carol and Daryl, will receive their own spinoff, so we know that at least they’ll be safe. (I guess they’re going to New Mexico after all?) As for everyone else … The 10th season finale, which was delayed because of COVID-19, will air on October 4.
Jensen Ackles is counting on revisiting the Supernatural universe sometime down the road. Additionally, Bruce Campbell was originally the actor the show wanted as Papa Winchester. (I love Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but Bruce would have been perfect.)
Meanwhile, the wife of a man who used to work for Carole Baskin has come forward to claim she thinks her husband had something to do with the disappearance of Carole’s husband, Don, and claimed he told her he put Don “in the grinder.” Carole, for her part, doesn’t believe he did. OK.
Disney+ is making the cast of The Mandalorian wear Sith Lord capes to keep their identities secret. It’s possible Katee Sackhoff and Rosario Dawson might be joining.
Kevin Hart is reviving the Jerry Lewis Telethon for MDA, but it will be held in October.
Hey, here are a bunch of facts about The View. Additional fun FoolishWatcher.com exclusive fun fact about The View: your trusty blogger has been to the set once, but not as an audience member. I was delivering a manuscript to one Starr Jones, whose book I was help editing. Another fun fact: She made my life a nightmare.
Here is a cat cosplaying as Michael Scott because you know you need to see that.
Meanwhile, Bob Woodward is releasing a new book, along with taped recordings, that reveal President COVID saying out loud that he knew the virus was deadly and worse than the flu, and that he wanted to “play it down.” IN FEBRUARY.
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) September 9, 2020
Wait, so their story is he lied to Bob Woodward? https://t.co/rAgaZ7M6Wr
— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) September 9, 2020
AstraZeneca is pausing their vaccine trial after one of the participants had an unexplained adverse reaction. It’s not the end of the world, though, for these very good reasons. So breathe. (Just do so with your mask on.)
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is now responsible for more than 266,000 cases of COVID, from an event that was attended by about 460,000 individuals. Cool cool cool. Great idea, everyone.
England is having to return to shut-down mode again after a spike in cases following a bunch of young people going to parties. This fall is going to be rough.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is returning to the studio for new episodes on September 21, and according to a statement, “yes, we’re gonna talk about it.” “It” being her toxic work environment.
Ellen Pompeo, back on the Grey‘s set, dedicated the first episode of this season to the more than 7,000 health care workers who have died from this terrible virus.
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First time back in my scrubs… since we shut down filming 7000 healthcare workers have died from Covid. I dedicate my season 17 to all who have fallen and to everyone of you who by the grace of God is still standing… this season is for you with humility and a bit of humor to get us through and endless amounts of gratitude. I hope we do you proud 🙏🏼❤️ @greysabc #seasonseventeen @richardfloodofficial
Netflix says that 2021 will have more original shows than this year, but admits that the pandemic is slowing down production, and there won’t be as many shows as they had planned. Furthermore, the pandemic has caused networks and studios to buy fewer projects, thanks to the general uncertainty out there. It will be interesting to see how long the effects of this virus will ultimately last.
It’s looking like Mulan is outperforming even Hamilton on Disney+, which is remarkable considering how expensive it was to download. This is interesting, because as I noted the other day, Mulan‘s success will be compared to Tenet‘s and right now, streaming original movies instead of insisting on opening them in theaters seems to be the way to go.
Jillian Michaels reveals that she had COVID and warns against using public gyms.
Cecilia Romo, Mexican actress in television, movies, and the theater, passed away from COVID-19.
I mean, let’s be honest, this Bob Woodward revelation is the biggest news of the day. President Fucko KNEW! IN FEBRUARY! THAT THIS VIRUS WAS DEADLY! Yes, everyone knew it was a deadly virus by then, but he deliberately underplayed its danger to the American people and fed nonsense to his cultish base, and refused to take any sort of action because he didn’t want to hurt the economy and his re-election chances. As a result, we are going to hit 200,000 dead in a week and we are STILL having culture wars over wearing a Goddamned mask. He owns this, entirely.
But that’s not the only revelation in the Woodward book. Pajiba breaks down some of the other notable items, including this gem:
Especially damning in light of his comment about troops being “suckers” and “losers,” Trump also once said to White House trade advisor Peter Navarro, “Not to mention my fucking generals are a bunch of pussies. They care more about their alliances than they do about trade deals.”
There are approximately ten thousand other President Chaos stories out there right now, but I want to focus on three in particular:
- The Department of Justice is taking over the defense of the Rapist-in-Chief in the defamation suit Jean E. Carroll brought against him. Backstory: Carroll accused President Scumbag of raping her in a department store dressing room in the 90s. President Slanderer called her a “liar” and she sued him for defamation and recently won the right to take his deposition and to get a DNA sample. Suddenly, Bill Barr swoops in, claims that when President Jinglenuts called his accuser a “liar,” he was doing so in his official capacity as the President of the United States, and therefore the DOJ is obligated to defend him in court.
CERTAINLY NOT RELATED: This New York Times story that exposes a cash crunch in the Trump campaign, from which President Felon has been paying his legal teams. So! Instead of President Jagoff paying his legal fees (or, more accurately, his donors paying his legal fees) you and I, the taxpayers, get to pay for his defense against a woman he is accused of raping decades ago.
- A NEW whistleblower has come forward: a former senior DHS official who claims he was told to “cease providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference in the US, and instead start reporting on interference activities by China and Iran.”
“In mid-May 2020, Mr. Wolf instructed Mr. Murphy to cease providing intelligence assessments on the threat of Russian interference in the United States, and instead start reporting on interference activities by China and Iran. Mr. Wolf stated that these instructions specifically originated from White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. Mr. Murphy informed Mr. Wolf he would not comply with these instructions, as doing so would put the country in substantial and specific danger. …
“On July 7, 2020, DHS Chief of Staff John Gountanis (“Mr. Gountanis”) sent an e-mail to Mr. Murphy directing him to cease any dissemination of an intelligence notification regarding Russian disinformation efforts until Mr. Murphy had spoken with Mr. Wolf. The two men met on July 8, 2020, at which time Mr. Wolf stated to Mr. Murphy the intelligence notification should be “held” because it “made the President look bad”. Mr. Murphy objected, stating that it was improper to hold a vetted intelligence product for reasons for political embarrassment. In response, Mr. Wolf took steps to exclude Mr. Murphy from relevant future meetings on the subject.”
Keep an eye on this one, I suspect there will be more reporting on it in the coming days.
- More and more warning bells are going off that we might be looking at a period of violence surrounding the election, especially if a result isn’t called early. President Tiki Torch is fanning the flames of white nationalism, praising the likes of Kyle Rittenhouse (who Dummy Jr. called “a young kid” — and don’t get me started on Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice and Elijah McClain who were also young kids who DIDN’T MURDER ANYONE and still ended up dead) and other supporters who counter-protest, often with violent results.
“I’m a follower of Jesus Christ.”
This ad is brutal.
— Adam Wren (@adamwren) August 27, 2020
I know things feel chaotic now, but the situation could become so much worse, especially if there is any question as to the result of the election. Watch this Full Frontal segment, BECOME TERRIFIED, and make a plan for how you will vote:
November 3 is 55 days away. Early voting begins here in Texas in 34 days.
Black Lives Matter
The Oscars announced new eligibility standards for Best Picture nominees that are intended to diversify the cast and crew on such movies. The standards are set to take full effect by 2024. It’s an interesting move, but one that ultimately might not move the needle all that much. (Pajiba’s look at how these changes would have impacted Green Book is particularly illuminating.)
Tennis player Naomi Osaka has been wearing masks bearing the names of victims of police violence and racism to the U.S. Open, and the parents of Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin reached out to thank her:
"I feel like I'm a vessel at this point in order to spread awareness."
Trayvon Martin's mother and Ahmaud Arbery's father thanked Naomi Osaka for representing their sons on the masks she's been wearing throughout the US Open. pic.twitter.com/0IHBU7pvx4
— espnW (@espnW) September 9, 2020
“Sometimes history is hidden, buried and camouflaged and covered up by those who it benefits most,” he said. “The very idea that history is written by the winners suggests that there are losers and somehow their history is less valid simply because they are the victims of conquest both literal and cultural. Those are the stories I ask you to seek out.”
Ray Fisher continues to fight with Warner Brothers over his accusations of “gross” and “abusive” behavior on the set of Joss Whedon’s Justice League. Warner Brothers claims Fisher refused to cooperate with the investigation, but Fisher is fighting back, arguing that he did meet with the investigators, but cut the interview short when he learned the results would be given to Warner Bros. Pictures’ legal department instead of parent company Warner Media. Meanwhile, Aquaman himself is Team Ray Fisher.
— Chris Thomasson – KIII Sports (@ChrisThomasson7) September 5, 2020
- The Chi has been renewed for a fourth season at Showtime.
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air dramatic reboot has been picked up by Peacock for two seasons. I forgot about this, but it was inspired by this viral video. Well done, kids:
- Old-ish, a spinoff of black-ish starring Jenifer Lewis and Laurence Fishburne, is in development at ABC.
- Highway Thru Hell, SOS: How to Survive, and Top 10 are all being produced by Byron Allen’s studio.
- An untitled Norwegian thriller series has been bought by Netflix.
- Ego Nwodim has been promoted to an SNL regular cast member.
- Nancy O’Dell is joining People (the TV Show).
- Carrie Wampler is the new Ren on The Goldbergs on ABC.
- Jeremy D. Howard is joining the cast of the CBS comedy pilot, The Big Bad Wolfes.
Mark Your Calendars
- Kal Penn Approves This Message will both premiere on Freeform on September 22.
- Bob’s Burgers returns on September 27 on Fox.
- Star Trek: Discovery will return on CBS All Access on October 15.
- Soulmates will premiere on AMC on October 5.
- The Walking Dead: World Beyond will premiere on AMC on October 4.
- Charm City Kings will premiere on HBO Max on October 8.
- Notre-Dame: Our Lady of Paris will air on ABC on September 16.
- The Drew Barrymore Show will premiere on September 14, and launch with a Charlie’s Angels reunion.
- Once Upon a Snowman will debut on Disney+ on October 23.
- Blackpink: Light Up The Sky will stream on Netflix beginning October 14.
Sir Ronald Harwood, The Pianist screenwriter
Forrest Fenn, Antiquities dealer, and writer who created a treasure hunt
Woke: A cartoonist on the verge of breaking big has a moment of clarity, and everything changes in this new comedy series. Hulu
Inspire Change: Queen Latifah hosts this look at our current social justice movement through the voices of professional sports players, beginning with Colin Kaepernick’s protest movement through this upcoming NFL season. 8 p.m., NBC
The Social Dilemma: A look at the dangers of social media. Netflix
Get Organized with the Home Edit: LABEL EVERYTHING. Netflix
Cuties: This French film has received attention for all the wrong reasons thanks to a misguided Netflix promotional campaign. It has actually received strong reviews as an intelligent coming-of-age drama that captures the difficulties of being a middle-schooler. Netflix
L.A.’s Finest: The second season begins — or you can wait for when it debuts on NBC later this fall. Spectrum
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kevin Hart, Josh Charles, Chika
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: John Cleese, Glenn Howerton
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Gabrielle Union, Nick Cave
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rainn Wilson, guest host Brad Paisley
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Beth Stelling
- Watch What Happens Live: Brandi Glanville, Ziwe Fumudoh
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