We’ve made it through another weird week, kids. Only two more to go before Election Day and then either sweet relief or mass chaos. WHO KNOWS. 18 days.
Here are some goats and one dog in a tiny captain hat.
🎃It's Tiny Captain Hat Week!🎃
(Note to self: check product dimensions next year. …or maybe don't…this was honestly 1000x better than anticipated.) pic.twitter.com/g2VrX350Sq
— Blue Heron Farm (@BlueHeronFarmTX) October 4, 2020
"Think not, is my eleventh commandment; and sleep when you can, is my twelfth." pic.twitter.com/nkbsoJRBRT
— Blue Heron Farm (@BlueHeronFarmTX) October 6, 2020
She says she's looking for good seamen. pic.twitter.com/kylULGPcdr
— Blue Heron Farm (@BlueHeronFarmTX) October 8, 2020
— Blue Heron Farm (@BlueHeronFarmTX) October 10, 2020
I can’t remember the last time I was this shocked by an NBC programming decision.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) October 15, 2020
The competing — and controversial — Presidential town halls aired last night, and they went about how you expected: Biden answered questions from voters in a calm, detailed, sometimes wonky way; President Qanon was combatative, evasive and suggested Democrats are pedophilic baby-eating Satanists.
Biden promoted mask-wearing; suggested that we shouldn’t defund the police, but should demand more transparency; challenged the idea that President Kim Jong Un’s Girlfriend has been good on foreign policy issues; talked climate change; admitted that supporting the 1994 crime bill was a mistake; and promised to reverse anti-trans policies.
One President Tinfoil Hat supporter compared Biden to Mr. Rogers … like that’s a bad thing.
— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) October 16, 2020
This may be the worst self-own I’ve seen this political season, especially since the universally beloved Mr. Rogers was from Pennsylvania, where Biden was tonight. #BidenTownHall https://t.co/dHpCA5S1nA
— April (@ReignOfApril) October 16, 2020
Pretty telling that this crew thinks Mr. Rogers is the bad guy. https://t.co/g9aFK7qV6V
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) October 16, 2020
She says watching @JoeBiden feels like she's watching Mr. Rogers* as if being intelligent, thoughtful, decent & inclusive is a BAD thing. I like presidents who aren't unhinged, conspiracy-minded, white-nationalist fans.
*misspells his name, of course https://t.co/hQxvom6KYM
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) October 16, 2020
So, is "Fuck Mr. Rogers " what the Republicans are campaigning on now?
— Secret Agent Number Six (@DesignationSix) October 16, 2020
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) October 16, 2020
MEANWHILE … President Lunatic refused to say whether or not he was tested for COVID-19 on the day he debated Joe Biden; confirmed that he is $400 million in debt but claims that it is a mere pittance; insisted again that we’re doing a GREAT job containing the virus and that we’re “rounding a corner”; suggested that there’s no problem with retweeting the conspiracy theory that Biden had members of Seal Team 6 murdered to cover up the fact that Osama Bin Laden is not actually dead …
Savannah Guthrie: Why did you tweet out a conspiracy about Biden killing Navy Seals to cover up the fake death of Bin Laden?
Trump: "That was a retweet…"
Guthrie: "I don't get that. You’re the president! You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can retweet whatever!" pic.twitter.com/CfZoX3Mwxm
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) October 16, 2020
Actually . . . https://t.co/tdmNIjBP4j
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) October 16, 2020
… and refused to denounce QAnon, instead insisting they are brave fighters of pedophilia.
Savannah Guthrie pushed back against President Disinformation’s nonsense, and was praised by journalists:
I'm impressed with Guthrie's preparedness so far – she's been ready for some of Trump's regular false claims.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 16, 2020
In what may be the performance of a career, NBC's Savannah Guthrie kept a tight rein on the proceedings of a controversial town-hall event with President Donald Trump that has put NBC in the cross-hairs of critics https://t.co/jb5ohbm3lH
— Brian Steinberg (@bristei) October 16, 2020
and was attacked by right-wingers, so you know she was on the right track:
Hannity: “NBC did their best to ambush @realDonaldTrump at tonight’s Town Hall. He pretty much debated Savannah Guthrie and what we witnessed was not journalism. It was a political debate with a host serving as a Biden surrogate…” pic.twitter.com/3pDYmxQqZT
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) October 16, 2020
I just switched to NBC since ABC is in a commercial. Savanah Guthrie has interrupted Trump in these 60 seconds more than Stephanopulos has done to Biden in 40 mins. NBC is an interrogation. ABC is a picnic.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 16, 2020
Yes, won’t someone please think of poor President Snowflake?
But the best news is that this stunt didn’t work. President Bombastic clearly insisted that NBC televise his town hall at the same time as Biden’s on the presumption that he would bring in higher ratings, which he could then boast about at his superspreader rallies. The early ratings have come in and they are delicious.
The bottom line about these town halls is that they were unlikely to move any voters one way or another. What matters is that we vote, and we vote EARLY. The polls remain in Joe Biden’s favor, so President Voter Fraud’s only chance to steal the election is if he can stop late votes from being counted at all. If people continue to vote early, we can prevent that.
This very heavy early Democratic vote is going to make it harder for the President to disrupt, contest or steal the election in at least four ways:
1. Every day which goes on it becomes clearer our voting systems are working as intended, and that people are being able to have their say. The process looks and feels legitimate, and it will just be harder to claim it has been corrupted somehow.
2. Any planned Election Day disruption by the President or his “poll watchers” will have a far more limited impact as few Democrats will be voting on Election Day.
3. In theory, fewer absentee ballots will be arriving after Election Day in those states which allow post-election counting to take place. Trumpian efforts to disallow these late arriving and/or counted ballots will also have a far more limited impact if somehow successful.
4. A majority of the important battleground states count their absentee and early votes before Election Day, and many release those tallies as soon as the polls close. This means that on Election night big states like Florida and North Carolina will be starting the night off with potentially significant Biden leads. While Trump is likely to make it close as the night goes on, he may never actually lead in states which Biden eventually wins and which count ahead. This will make any premature claim of victory by Trump on Election night much more challenging.
The great news is that people are voting early: more than 21 MILLION people have already voted (maybe as many as 22 million):
#earlyvote morning update 10/16
— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) October 16, 2020
Here in Texas, two and a half million of us have voted early; and in Harris County, more than 100,000 people voted in the first three days of early voting.
— Harris County Clerk (@HarrisVotes) October 15, 2020
My heart is swelling. But now is not the time to become complacent. If you haven’t voted yet and can, DO IT. DO IT NOW. We have two more weeks to lock this down and make it all but impossible for President Bastard to steal this election. LET’S GO.
Black Lives Matter
I don’t know why it is so difficult for Hollywood to wrap their brains around this (actually I do: racism) but diversity and representation in TV and films PAYS OFF, LITERALLY.
Disney+ is adding a 12-second graphic at the beginning of some of their older films including The Aristocats, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and Swiss Family Robinson that reads: “This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe. To learn more about how stories have impacted society, please visit www.disney.com/StoriesMatter.”
Misha Green, the showrunner of Lovecraft Country, admits that she failed the Indigenous charcter, Yahima, by introducing her and then killing her off all in one episode:
I wanted to show the uncomfortable truth that oppressed folks can also be oppressors. But I didn't examine or unpack the moment/portrayal of Yahima as thoroughly as I should have. It's a story point worth making, but I failed in the way I chose to make it. #LovecraftCountry https://t.co/bDRGOfPClo
— Misha Green (@MishaGreen) October 12, 2020
George Floyd’s murder changed the shape of the Netflix series Social Distance while they were making it. Spoilers in the article if you haven’t watched yet.
Orlando Jones talks some more about his firing from American Gods and the disrespect shown to his character by the new showrunner. Mr. Nancy truly was a genius creation and one of the best parts of the first season.
This story slipped past me somehow but William Jackson Harper from The Good Place opened up on Twitter last week about how President Grand Wizard’s policy against diversity training hampered an event he was participating in through Arts in the Armed Forces. Basically, he was going to host a virtually screening of Malcolm X and a Q&A, but some students refused to participate because they felt it violated this dumb order. Not OK.
Some potentially good news: Alameda County is going to reopen the shooting of Oscar Grant, the Black man who was murdered by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer Johannes Mehserle at Frutivale Station, and whose death inspired the movie Fruitvale Station.
Bad news: We had more than 65,000 new cases yesterday, the most since July.
Good news: Might we have a vaccine by the end of next month? It’s possible.
All Other TV News
Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s 20th anniversary is today. Happy anniversary, you misanthrope!
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? paid tribute to Regis Philbin in last night’s premiere.
In the world’s least breaking news: Jon Favreau is open to making a Mandalorian movie. OH? IS HE? HOW SURPRISING.
- The Vow has been renewed at HBO.
- Locke & Key has been renewed for a third season on Netflix.
- The Outsider is probably renewed for a second season at HBO, at least according to Stephen King.
- First Kill, a lesbian teen vampire series produced by Emma Roberts, has been picked up at Netflix.
- Yearly Departed, a comedy special hosted by Phoebe Robinson, is coming to Amazon.
- Always Wright, a mystery drama from the For Life producer, is being developed at NBC.
- Bridge and Tunnel, an Ed Burns dramedy, has been ordered at Epix.
- Dean Koontz’s Devoted is being adapted into a TV series by the producers of Snowpiercer.
- Doc, an Italian medical drama, is being adapted by Sony TV for the US.
- Interior Chinatown is being adapted for TV.
- The Book of Malachi is being adapted for TV.
- Jorge Gutierrez has signed an overall deal with Netflix.
- Jet Set and The Date, two U.K. reality series are coming to Netflix.
- Riches, a wealthy family drama, is in the works at ITV.
- Netflix has announced three new preschool series: Ridley Jones; Spirit Rangers; and Dino Daycare.
- Conrad Ricamora is joining the cast of The Resident on Fox.
- Shalita Grant and Travis Van Winkle are joining You next season.
Mark Your Calendar
- This Is Us returns on NBC on Ocotber 26.
- The Osbournes: Night of Terror will debut on Travel Channel on October 30.
- 30 Coins will premiere on HBO sometime in 2021.
- Sylvie’s Love will debut on Amazon on December 25.
- Behind Every Man will debut on OWN on November 7.
- History’s Greatest Mysteries will debut on History Channel on November 14.
- Beartown will debut on HBO in 2021.
- Food Network has announced some of its holiday programming.
Bob Shanks, Television producer who helped create Good Morning America and 20/20
Vaughn McClure, ESPN NFL reporter
Paul Frank, Producer of shows like V.I.P. and Wilfred and part of the production team that briefly gave All My Children and One Life to Live new lives online
Joan Barnett, Producer of the 1983 TV movie Adam
The Trial of the Chicago 7: An all-star cast, including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Daniel Flaherty, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong, and Eddie Redmayne star in this film about the seven anti-Vietnam War protestors who were charged with conspiracy and the intention of starting riots. Premiere. Netflix
Helstrom: The son and daughter of a notorious serial killer track down bad guys in this new Marvel series. Series premiere. Hulu
What the Constitution Means to Me: An adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-nominated play in which author Heidi Schreck discusses the beauty and pitfalls of our founding document. Premiere. Amazon
The Perfect Weapon: A look into cyberwarfare and cyber spying. Premiere. 7 p.m., HBO
Bad Hombres: This documentary follows the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos, the only bi-national professional baseball team. Premiere. 8 p.m., Showtime
Shark Tank: Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
Saturday Night Live: Issa Rae hosts with musical guest Justin Bieber. 10:30 p.m., NBC
David Byrne’s American Utopia: Spike Lee directed this version of David Byrne’s critically-acclaimed Broadway show. 7 p.m., HBO
Ghost Nation: Steve, Jason, and Tango are back to poke around in haunted places. Season premiere. 8 p.m., Travel
Lovecraft Country: “Full Circle” is the name of the season finale, so. 8 p.m., HBO
The Vow: GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL, “VANGUARD.” Series finale. 9 p.m., HBO
Supermarket Sweep: Leslie Jones hosts this reboot of the classic game show. Series premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Season premiere. 6 p.m., ABC
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: Season premiere. 8 p.m., ABC
Card Sharks: Season premiere. 9 p.m., ABC
|CBS||The Greatest #AtHome Videos
|CW||Masters of Illusion
|Masters of Illusion
|World’s Funniest Animals
|World’s Funniest Animals
|FOX||Friday Night Smackdown||Local|
|NBC||American Ninja Warrior
|FOX||The Masked Singer
|I Can See Your Voice
|Ellen’s Game of Games
|Saturday Night Live
|Saturday Night Live
(Issa Rae & Justin Bieber)
|ABC||America’s Funniest Home Videos
|Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?
|CBS||60 Minutes||Ferris Bueller||Mom
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?
|Whose Line Is It Anyway?
|Bless the Harts
|NBC||Sunday Night Football