Hello to another Wednesday. We are 41 days away from Election Day, and for those of us in Texas, we are now 20 days until early voting will begin. Have a plan? Have you already voted? IF YOU CAN, GO DO IT. NOW.
Here’s what’s been going on in my neck of the woods:
Didn’t see that coming pic.twitter.com/UGczYC6Fi2— Jay Lee (@jaylee) September 23, 2020
I am going to keep this brief because we have had enough tough news in the past week. So here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to do one AND ONLY ONE bad news story to scare you out of complacency and then two good stories to give you a little hope. Deal?
I cannot believe that the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party said this on the record. It reveals either the GOP’s brazenness or stupidity. Or both. https://t.co/fBEv9TmHVD pic.twitter.com/N73tdshqug— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) September 23, 2020
… to remind you that the only way we can prevent this from working is if we vote in enough numbers to make Biden’s win incontrovertible. Here’s a good voting checklist, but if you take one thing away from this, it is to vote early and in-person if at all possible. OK, two things: be ready for this fight to extend past Election Day, and be ready to take to the streets if President Dicktator tries to shut down the count before every vote is recorded. It’s scary, it’s stressful, but they are going to pull every trick in the book and we have to be prepared to fight back.
And now for two good stories:
My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There's only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is @JoeBiden.— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 22, 2020
Joe and I don't always agree on the issues, and I know he and John certainly had some passionate arguments, but he is a good and honest man. He will lead us with dignity.— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 22, 2020
He will be a commander in chief that the finest fighting force in the history of the world can depend on, because he knows what it is like to send a child off to fight.— Cindy McCain (@cindymccain) September 22, 2020
And it isn’t bothering President Suckers and Losers one little bit. It’s not bothering him so much he fired off a tweet about it at 7 a.m. this morning:
I hardly know Cindy McCain other than having put her on a Committee at her husband’s request. Joe Biden was John McCain’s lapdog. So many BAD decisions on Endless Wars & the V.A., which I brought from a horror show to HIGH APPROVAL. Never a fan of John. Cindy can have Sleepy Joe!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2020
And Michael Bloomberg is not only putting up $100 million for ads for Biden in Florida, he also has raised some $16 million from donors and organizations to specifically pay off court fines and fees that otherwise would prevent voters with felony convictions from voting. (Quick backstory: In 2018, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights to convicted felons except for those convicted of murder or sexual offenses. But the Republican legislature couldn’t possibly allow that to happen, so they passed a “law that conditioned their return to the voting rolls on the payment of all fees, fines, and restitution that were part of their sentence.”) Bloomberg’s donation will allow some 32,000 convicted felons who have served their time the opportunity to vote this year.
See? It’s not all terrible. People are doing what they can. So do your part and vote.
Thanks to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Liv Tyler won’t be returning to 9-1-1: Lone Star this season.
Barry Jenkins was able to wrap production on his limited series Underground Railroad. It only had three days of shooting left when production had to be suspended because of COVID-19.
British dramedy Brassic had to pause shooting after a crew member came down with the virus.
North Carolina is reopening productions in its state, including two TV series: Starz’s Hightown and OWN’s Delilah.
For the sounds to work, they must be stripped of any audio elements that might take people out of the game they are currently watching. That means staffers have to remove any voices over a public address system talking about old scores or music indicating a specific kind of play. If a team scores, says Caputo, the NFL wants to play the sound of fans in that stadium swelling. But it doesn’t want any of the music or sounds of announcers talking.
“Sometimes you would hear a fan yelling out a player’s name who is no longer on the roster. You have to edit that out,” says Caputo. “It was actually a very tedious process.”
Vladimir Putin is offering the Russian COVID vaccine to U.N. staff. What could go wrong?
Dr. Fauci has had just about enough of Rand Paul, basically calls him a moron.— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) September 23, 2020
"This happens with Senator Rand all the time… If you believe 22% is herd immunity, I believe you’re alone in that. pic.twitter.com/BdsuGsz8TI
JUST GOING TO LEAVE THIS HERE AND THEN GO SCREAM INTO THE VOID:
.@acosta: What do you say to Americans who blame this administration for 200,000 Covid deaths?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020
McENANY: The fact that we have come nowhere near 2 million deaths is a testament to this president taking immediate action pic.twitter.com/Y5rHBLanG6
Oh, give your guy time, Kyleigh.
All Other TV News
CBS gets the power of Netflix: In a non-exclusive one-year deal, Netflix will stream The Unicorn and Evil beginning on October 1. Both shows were critically embraced but a little squishy in the ratings. This suggests that ViacomCBS has learned a valuable lesson from Riverdale that network shows can gain audiences through the streaming services, once viewers have a good binge session.
The Unicorn is cute enough, but Evil … Evil is a show that deserves a following. If you missed it when it originally aired — especially if you’re a horror fan — set aside some time next week and give it a spin.
Damon Lindelof continues to wrestle with the legacy of the infamous Lost finale, and promise to continue to honor the story of the Tulsa Massacre of 1921 in this Emmy post-mortem. I can not wait to see what he does next.
Matt James has begun production on his season of The Bachelor. Good luck, kid.
See y’all in 2 months ❤️✌🏽— Matt James (@mattjames919) September 23, 2020
Don Lewis’ family is suing Carole Baskin for allegedly joking about his death on Dancing with the Stars and Good Morning America (even though she wasn’t the one who made the jokes).
Kit Harington is done playing emotionally shut-off men, thankyouverymuch.
“I feel that emotionally men have a problem, a blockage, and that blockage has come from the Second World War, passed down from grandfather to father to son,” Harington said. “We do not speak about how we feel because it shows weakness, because it is not masculine. Having portrayed a man who was silent, who was heroic, I feel going forward that is a role I don’t want to play any more. It is not a masculine role that the world needs to see much more of.”
It took them five years, but Shudder has hit one million subscribers. It doesn’t sound like a lot when compared to the big boys, but it’s a niche service, and this is actually pretty solid. Congratulations!
For my Supernatural friends out there, meet Dustin. He’s just discovered his man-crush on Jensen Ackles.
- Bargain Mansions has been renewed at HGTV.
- Supergirl‘s upcoming 6th season will be its last.
- God’s Country, a drama based on the Blake Shelton song of the same name, is in the works at NBC.
- High Desert, a comedy starring Patricia Arquette and directed by her Flirting with Disaster co-star Ben Stiller, has been ordered at Apple TV+.
- Derek Hough has signed an overall deal with ABC.
- The Kings of Napa, a drama, is being developed at OWN.
- The Inheritance Games is being adapted into a TV series at Amazon.
- TZGZ has been greenlit at Syfy.
- Trico, an animated series, is coming to Netflix.
- Teddi Mellencamp has been fired from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
- Holly Taylor is joining the cast of Manifest.
- Parisa Fitz-Henley will star in ABC’s new series Triage.
- Nicole Ari Parker is joining the cast of Chicago PD.
- Jenny Slate will host Quibi’s travel docuseries Sex Plants.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Haunting of Bly Manor will debut on Netflix on October 9 and it looks great:
- There’s going to be some kind of Father of the Bride reunion on Netflix on Friday?
something is coming 👀 pic.twitter.com/LxN1NWfPXk— Netflix (@netflix) September 23, 2020
- Run will debut on Hulu on November 20.
- David Byrne’s American Utopia will debut on HBO on October 17.
- Helstrom debuts on Hulu on October 16.
- Equal will debut on October 22 on HBO Max. Billy Porter will narrate.
- Books of Blood will premiere on Hulu on October 7.
- Barbarians debuts on Netflix on October 23.
- That Animal Rescue Show will premiere on CBS All Access on October 29.
- Stylish with Jenna Lyons will premiere on HBO Max on November 26.
- David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet debuts on Netflix on October 4.
- The Trial of the Chicago 7 will debut on Netflix on October 16.
- The Cabin with Bert Kreischer will premiere on Netflix on October 13.
- Top Gear returns on BBC America on October 18.
- Fatal Attraction returns on TV One on September 28.
- My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman returns on Netflix on October 21.
- Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet returns on Animal Planet on September 26.
- The Life Ahead will premiere on Netflix on November 13.
- Holy Calamavote: A Special Performance by Run the Jewels will air on Adult Swim on October 10.
- Somebody Feed Phil will return on Netflix on October 30.
- Hallmark’s 40 Christmas movies and dates are here. You’ll forgive me for not typing them all out here.
Joe Laurinaitis “The Road Warrior Animal,” WWE Hall of Fame wrestler
Gale Sayers, NFL great, and subject of Brian’s Song
The Masked Singer: Fourth season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox
I Can See Your Voice: From what I can tell, contestants on this show have to figure out if someone else is a good singer just based on what they look like? So, basically, the opposite of The Voice. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Fox
America’s Got Talent: A winner is announced after two hours of nonsense. Season finale. 8 p.m., NBC
Enola Holmes: Millie Bobby Brown stars Enola, the teenage crime-solving younger sister of detective Sherlock Holmes in this new film. Netflix
Agents of Chaos: A two-part look at Russian interference in the 2016 election and a warning for what could be coming our way again. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Millie Bobby Brown, Colin Quinn, Anitta featuring Cardi B & Myke Towers
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sarah Paulson, H. Jon Benjamin
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jeff Daniels
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Ken Jeong, Alicia Keys
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Riz Ahmed, Tim McGraw
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Michelle Obama
- Watch What Happens Live: Drew Barrymore, Brad Paisley
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