It is now Thursday, and we are more than halfway through the month. It is 47 days until Election Day and 26 days until early voting begins in Texas.
I need everyone to see my farm friends’ dog in his My Little Pony costume.
Y'all. pic.twitter.com/63hSIbqPnp— Blue Heron Farm (@BlueHeronFarmTX) September 17, 2020
Yesterday, I noted that Dr. Redfield, the head of the CDC, testified in front of a Senate committee that 1. masks are important — maybe even more effective at curbing the spread of the virus than a vaccine (that does not exist yet) and 2. a vaccine probably won’t be available until the third or fourth quarter of next year. While none of this is particularly surprising or news to any of us who have been paying attention, it does fly in direct opposition to everything coming out of the White House.
JUST IN: CDC Director Robert Redfield says at a Senate hearing he sees a #Covid19 vaccine being "generally available to the American public" in the "late second quarter, third quarter 2021" pic.twitter.com/8w2904TGhN— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) September 16, 2020
“I think he made a mistake when he said that,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “It’s just incorrect information.” A vaccine would go “to the general public immediately,” the president insisted, and “under no circumstance will it be as late as the doctor said.” As for Dr. Redfield’s conclusion that masks may be more useful than a vaccine, Mr. Trump said that “he made a mistake,” maintaining that a “vaccine is much more effective than the masks.”
WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Fox re: COVID-19 vaccine timeline— Karen Travers (@karentravers) September 17, 2020
“I'm not sure where Dr. Redfield got his particular timetable, but it's not based on those that are closest to the process,”
Redfield is the @CDCDirector-he's not "closest to the process" ? (h/t @JordynPhelps)
This ongoing war on scientists and experts will have long-ranging consequences on our politics, our culture, and our country and it is absolutely infuriating.
And let’s take apart that last statement from President Spraytan: “he made a mistake … a vaccine is much more effective than the masks.” OK, BUT THERE ISN’T A VACCINE YET, AND THERE PROBABLY WON’T BE ONE AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE FOR ANOTHER YEAR. ALL WE’VE GOT FOR THE NEXT YEAR ARE THE MASKS.
Which brings me to this interesting article about the U.S. Postal Service and how it was already in trouble this spring before LeJoy arrived on the scene and began throwing sorting machines away (machines we will not get back before the election — I’m still fucking furious). Anyway, buried in this story is this nugget:
The records also offer fresh detail about the Postal Service’s precarious position in the White House’s early pandemic response. At one point in April, USPS leaders drafted a news release announcing plans to distribute 650 million masks nationwide, enough to offer five face coverings to every American household. The document, which includes quotations from top USPS officials and other specifics, was never sent. But it suggests that the government’s initial interest in tapping the Postal Service as part of its campaign to combat the coronavirus may have been far more advanced than initially reported this spring.
The Postal Service declined to discuss its specific dealings with the White House, Treasury Department or Amazon about plans to distribute masks or its finances. David Partenheimer, a USPS spokesman, stressed in a statement that the mail agency is “firmly committed to being a source of constancy and reliability in every community.”
EXCUSE ME WHAT? So, the White House considered pretty seriously a plan to distribute masks to every American household this spring, but then … didn’t? Why not? What happened? I mean, I have my suspicions about what happened (President Pandemic thought conceding that we needed to be using masks would be contradictory to his message of OPEN EVERYTHING BY EASTER!), but I need some reporters to do some digging, please and thank you.
But just imagine if the White House had signed off on a plan to distribute masks to every American in the spring, how much that could have done to depoliticize the practice of wearing one. This, like the Woodward tapes, is another indication that the White House’s handling of this virus wasn’t merely negligent, it was an act of deliberate malfeasance.
Back to yesterday’s press conference: this man actually thinks that he is the President of only the red states.
Praising his own virus response as deaths near 200,000, Trump says, "if you take the blue states out, we're at a level I don't think anybody in the world would be at." pic.twitter.com/ezAU5IJIcQ— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) September 16, 2020
THAT IS NOT HOW ANY OF THIS WORKS, AND EVEN IF IT WERE, THE RED STATES? THEY AIN’T MUCH BETTER, FUCKO:
Oh, and that number of Americans potentially dead if we just “herd mentality” this thing that I gave at around 2 million yesterday? Yeah, I was off by a few million.
215 million Americans would need to be infected with the coronavirus to reach herd immunity, a strategy Pres. Trump has said would make the virus "go away."— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 17, 2020
This strategy would result in 6,385,500 deaths based on the current US fatality rate of 2.97%. https://t.co/udAVhyK8JZ
Hey, Attorney General Bill Barr compared being on lockdown during a deadly pandemic to slavery, so that’s super cool and not completely tone-deaf and definitely won’t get the crazies all worked up. He also threatened to charge protestors with sedition and attacked his own prosecutors at the DOJ, so having a normal one.
NEW AD: @OliviaTroye was @VP's lead staffer on COVID-19. She put her heart & soul into the job.— Republican Voters Against Trump (@RVAT2020) September 17, 2020
After a while she couldn't look herself in the mirror because no matter what she did, the President would undermine it and make Americans less safe.
Now she's a GOP voter for Biden. pic.twitter.com/ZIJlRUzArG
The Batman has resumed production after suspending because star Robert Pattinson tested positive.
Candyman‘s release has been pushed back until 2021.
The Croods: A New Age has actually been moved up to Thanksgiving. This is interesting: because of the new VOD release rules, Universal is betting on two potential windows — Thanksgiving in the theaters and Christmas on VOD.
The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York has established a relief fund for smaller theaters crushed by this pandemic. As bad as things are for movie theaters, I’m genuinely scared for the theater world everywhere, but especially in New York City.
The show filmed under the COVID-19 protocols agreed to unions in the U.S. and Canada: mask-wearing at all times, social distancing among the crew and enhanced sanitary procedures for people and the sets. Everyone involved in the production — around 360 people, according to Warner Bros. — was tested three times a week. That crew is larger than usual, Singer said, because staffers who would usually be used for day calls — in the electric department, for instance — were hired to be there full-time instead. A Warner Bros. spokesperson said the production was divided into seven pods, to enforce social distancing. And, Singer said, “Anybody who could work from home, worked from home.”
And then there’s this:
Because of COVID, there could be no wrap party, nor any type of celebration of the show ending, which turned something Singer called “bittersweet” into a sad event.
I’m not going to spend much time in here today, as most of what I have to say was related to the virus, but two things:
On last night’s Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog hosted a focus group with President Dumpster Fire’s supporters and showed them a bunch of fake Trump ads to gauge their responses. It goes exactly the way you think it does — SPOILER: his supporters twist themselves into knots to support whatever completely insane, illegal, or immoral thing President NeverWrong suggests. What is heartbreaking about this video is that these are not stupid people (well, not all of them), they are people with moral compasses, but they are willing to compromise their ethics and their intelligence in some completely insane allegiance to this man. This is a cult.
Oh look, another woman has come forward to accuse President Handsy McGropesalot of assaulting her. This time, it’s a former model who claims President TicTac forced his tongue down her throat and groped her at the 1997 U.S. Open, and she has tons of photos to prove she was there.
“He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off. And then that’s when his grip became tighter and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything.
“I was in his grip, and I couldn’t get out of it,” she said, adding: “I don’t know what you call that when you’re sticking your tongue just down someone’s throat. But I pushed it out with my teeth. I was pushing it. And I think I might have hurt his tongue.”
I hope she hurt him.
Black Lives Matter
The big news of the week is that Louisville, KY has agreed to pay the mother of Breonna Taylor $12 million for her daughter’s murder by cop. Her mother, Tamika Palmer, insists that there remains much to be done, including criminal charges against the officers who murdered Breonna.
“I don’t mean to say that [cop shows] will cease to exist,” Landgraf told reporters during a press conference on Wednesday. “But FX has never existed to do an ordinary version of any type of show, and I don’t know how to do a cop show at the moment, to be honest with you. I’m not saying one will never be done or there is no way to do it, I just don’t know how to do it.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is going to try, however. “Goor confirms that the ‘Nine-Nine’ writers are crafting a storyline about police brutality for the coming season and that, as always, they’ll be thorough: ‘We want to make sure we get it right,’ he says.”
The NFL returned last week with a game between The Houston Texans and The Kansas City Chiefs (and the less said about the Texans’ performance, the better). During the pre-game, the Texans stayed in the locker room during The National Anthem and then the teams linked arms in a sign of unity while many in the audience booed. Rudy Giuliani had some feelings about the Texans’ gesture, but come Sunday, six more teams remained in their locker rooms during the National Anthem. So I guess, die mad, Rudy and NFL fans?
The real Lady A is countersuing the former Lady Antebellum over this whole name crap.
A performance about BLM on Britain’s Got Talent has generated thousands of complaints because white fragility is a thing.
All Other TV News
Jim Carrey is your new Joe Biden, which is just great. This way, no matter who wins on Election Day, I will remain irritated with SNL. JASON SUDEIKIS WILL FOREVER BE MY JOE BIDEN.
Oh lord, Kathy Hilton is in talks to join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills because we haven’t had enough Richards’ sister drama on this series.
CBS was the 2019-2020 ratings winner, but just barely.
Wait, there are too many streaming services and the smaller ones are going to have to merge with others to survive? I’ve been saying this literally for years, and I’m not a “top media analyst.” I need to update my resume.
“We’re not trying to beat Netflix,” says a network who is in nowhere the same league as Netflix.
This story about Naya Rivera is utterly heartbreaking. Do not click if you want your heart to remain unbroken.
- Stumptown has been canceled at ABC AFTER HAVING BEEN RENEWED. This virus, man.
- Rebel, the Erin Brockovich-drama starring Katey Sagal, has been picked up at ABC.
- Happy Face, the podcast, is being turned into a series by the Good Wife/Evil team for CBS All Access.
- In the End, a drama about an end-of-life doula, is in the works at ABC.
- Happy For You, a family comedy, is being developed at ABC.
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct will be adapted into a TV series by the Cobra Kai guys.
- Warcross is being adapted into a TV series.
- Jack the Ripper: The Hidden Victims; Manhunt; and The Railway Murders are coming to Channel 5.
- Ayesha Curry has signed a first-look deal with eOne.
- Bashir Salahuddin and Diallo Riddle have signed an overall deal with Warner Brothers TV.
- John Cena and Nicole Byer will host the TBS reboot of Wipeout.
- Anna Camp, Adam Pally, Josh McDermitt, Keith David, and Ashley Laurence will appear in this season of Creepshow.
- Ophelia Lovibond will star in Minx on HBO Max.
- Vanessa Kai has joined the cast of Kung Fu on The CW.
- Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson, and Andrew Dismukes have been added as featured players on Saturday Night Live.
- Rob Morgan will co-star with Jennifer Lawrence in Don’t Look Up on Netflix.
- Lesley Sharp, Vincent Regan, and Patrick Gibson will star in Before We Die on Channel 4.
Mark Your Calendars
- I Am Greta will premiere on Hulu on November 13.
- Books of Blood will premiere on Hulu on October 7.
- The Great North will debut on Fox soon.
- Good Morning, Veronica will premiere on Netflix on October 1.
- Country-ish will debut on Netflix on September 25.
- True Colors will debut on Peacock on September 29.
- Code 404 will premiere on Peacock on October 1.
- History of Horror will return on Shudder on October 10.
- Vampires vs. the Bronx will debut on October 2.
Vampires Vs. The Bronx is a horror-comedy film from director Oz Rodriguez about teens fighting to save the Bronx from a vampire invasion.— Con Todo (@contodonetflix) September 9, 2020
Starring Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, Joel “The Kid Mero” Martinez, Method Man & more, it's out on Netflix Oct. 2nd! pic.twitter.com/DQUWJq18sG
- Mo Willems Storytime Shorts debuts on HBO Max today.
- The Eric Andre Show will return on Adult Swim on October 25.
- Cobra will premiere on PBS on October 4.
- CripTales will air on BBC on October 1.
- The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse will premiere on Disney+ on November 18.
- Travel Channel has announced its “Ghostober” dates.
Stanley Crouch, Critic and author
“Kentucky” Christopher Scott Ellis, Street Outlaws star
Departure: A plane goes missing in this completely original idea for a TV show. Series premiere. Peacock
Keeping Up With the Kardashians: 18th — AND FINAL — season premiere. 7 p.m., E!
The Bradshaw Bunch: Terry Bradshaw’s family has a reality show now for some reason. Series premiere. 8 p.m., E!
Spiral: This sure looks like a gay Get Out. FOR IT. Shudder
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Seth MacFarlane, Evan Rachel Wood, Penn & Teller
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Stacey Abrams, David Byrne, Sonny Emory
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sarah Paulson
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Neil Patrick Harris, Ziggy Marley featuring Ben Harper
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Alec Baldwin
- Watch What Happens Live: Jane Fonda
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