It is Tuesday, two weeks from Election Day. Have you voted? Has everyone in your household who can vote voted? I bulled my college kid yesterday to put his ballot in the mail yesterday, and demanded photographic proof:
— thereseodell (@thereseodell) October 19, 2020
Nagging works, y’all.
“Texas is a battleground state, period. We knew that we had to reunite for something special and the movement on the ground for Texas Democrats up and down the ballot is the perfect opportunity to do just that,” the trio said in a statement. “Texans are getting out to vote in droves and showing the world that Texas has never been a red state, it’s been a non-voting state. We couldn’t be more thrilled to host a ‘fundraiser about something’ for a terrific organization like the Texas Democratic Party, who are building the movement necessary to turn Texas blue in 14 days.”
Meanwhile, Happy Days is also reuniting to raise money for Wisconsin Democrats, and, y’all, Cachi is SO MAD ABOUT IT. Lol, die mad, Scotty.
Yesterday’s big news was that the Commission on Presidential Debates said in a statement that Thursday’s debate was going to be a little different: namely, each candidate will have two minutes to answer the questions, and their opponent’s mic will be cut while they do so. Obviously, President Screamy thinks this is “crazy” and a way to undermine him. Bless his dumb heart, the truth of the matter is this actually helps him IMMENSELY. The last debate, in which he yelled over Joe Biden, attacked his family, and spewed unhinged nonsense did him no favors and was one of the determining factors of his downturn in the polls. Shutting off his mic is a FUCKING GIFT.
Meanwhile, he’s also attacking Thursday’s moderator, NBC’s White House correspondent Kristen Welker, as being a secret Democrat, and his campaign manager wrote a completely nuts letter demanding that the debate be solely about foreign policy (so that President Russian Agent can yell about Hunter Biden for 90 minutes) and avoid questions about COVID-19, race and climate change. OH? GEE, WHY? Some think this is them laying the foundation for pulling out of the debate, and, you know, who even knows. Maybe!
Meanwhile, Tiffany has hit the campaign trail and …
What in gay hell is this bullshit? Also there’s like 12 people in the room. Also I’m no longer convinced Eric Trump is the dumbest of them. It’s a tight race. pic.twitter.com/soqGBBwVNN
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) October 20, 2020
But don’t let their complete ineptitude lull you into not voting — or not voting early. If you aren’t already terrified, here’s the worst-case scenario for the election. Please, PLEASE, vote early, and vote in person if you possibly can. We need this fucker to know he lost on Election Night, not sometime after:
GROSS, JEFFREY TOOBIN. NOBODY WANTS TO SEE THAT, JEFFREY TOOBIN. And y’all? Let’s not be defending Jeffrey Toobin on the grounds that masturbation is normal — IT IS NOT NORMAL WHEN YOU ARE AT WORK. Cut it out with this #MeToobin bullshit right the fuck now.
Zachery Ty Bryan, one of the Home Improvement kids, has been arrested for assaulting — and strangling — his girlfriend.
This is a really powerful piece about Cuties written by a survivor of sexual violence. She writes that she was nervous about watching the film, worried that it would remind her of her own trauma, but comes away wondering what all the fuss was about.
When I sat down to watch Cuties, I expected to disassociate or panic. Instead, I just felt wistful and a little sad. Although at times uncomfortable, the film I watched was hardly the sordid filth that its detractors were claiming. (“Disgusting and wrong,” Cruz called it. “Appeals to the prurient interest in sex,” the indictment stated.) This was a coming-of-age story, told with obvious care and emotional sensitivity—a meditation on how lonely, complex, and occasionally joyous the road to adolescence can be. When the credits rolled, I thought to myself, That’s it?
The bottom line is, most of the people who have criticized this movie haven’t watched it, and those who have watched it and are still criticizing it are people who are uncomfortable with female sexuality in general. The movie is about that awkward period between childhood and adulthood, when kids want to be seen as more mature, but are not physically or emotionally ready for what that actually means. The journey is a hard one, sometimes an embarrassing one — but it is a journey, not a switch that can be flipped on the moment one is legally an adult, or on their wedding day. ANYWAY, read the piece. It’s deeply empathetic and nails something deeper about the anxiety that many people have regarding sexuality in general.
The Jerry Harris story continues to be a bummer. He allegedly exchanged sexually explicit photos with 10 to 15 minors, had sex with a 15-year-old, and paid a 17-year-old for photos. He was denied bail.
Anita Hill’s commission finds that Hollywood assistants are bullied. Next, they’ll find that water is wet and the sky is blue.
Johnny Depp has to sit his ass down and give a deposition in the lawsuit he launched against his former wife, Amber Heard.
The Right Girl, a musical written by Louisette Geiss about her harassment by Harvey Weinstein is being turned into a movie.
Genius: Aretha has had to hut down again after a positive test for a background actor.
The View co-host Ana Navarro opened up about her husband’s hospitalization with COVID-19 on yesterday’s show.
A helpful reminder: WEAR A MASK IN THE DRIVE-THRU. Those fast-food workers don’t want your nasty germs.
All Other TV News
2020: the year when networks have to deny that the face tattoos of one of their contestants are references to Adolf Hitler.
— Sky HISTORY (@HISTORYUK) October 19, 2020
The production team carried out extensive background checks on all the woodworkers taking part in the show, that confirmed Darren has no affiliations or links to racist groups, views or comments.
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— Sky HISTORY (@HISTORYUK) October 20, 2020
Sky HISTORY is intolerant of racism and all forms of hatred and any use of symbols or numbers is entirely incidental and not meant to cause harm or offence.
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— Sky HISTORY (@HISTORYUK) October 20, 2020
88 is sometimes used as code for “Heil Hitler” by white supremacist groups (H being the 8th letter in the alphabet, therefore, 88 = Heil Hitler) in case you didn’t know. Also, Sky’s explanation isn’t panning out:
Sky claim to have done extensive research, that didn’t include looking at his face, but very basic research throws up the fact that his father was on the electoral roll at a Bristol address from 2002-11 despite allegedly dying in 1988. https://t.co/QM77aXJp0M
— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) October 20, 2020
A palate cleanser: this actor is filming a car insurance commercial, in which his character LOVES roller coasters! Except the actor absolutely hates roller coasters. This video is a goddamned delight:
The Ringer ranks the 50 greatest plot twists in movies and TV, and, I gotta say, they did a good job with the top 10. Still, I think Watchmen should have a place somewhere on this list. And here’s a deeper dive into why Game of Thrones‘ Red Wedding worked so well: because it upended TV conventions. Arguably, all of Game of Thrones‘ twists worked as well as they did because they all upended TV conventions since the entire novel series was a big FUCK YOU to TV in general.
Dawson’s Creek is coming to Netflix next month, but without the theme song. 🙁
One of the reasons Kate McKinnon’s Savannah Guthrie was so good in that SNL cold open: She was wearing Guthrie’s actual suit.
VOTE FOR THE DUDE:
I’m profoundly grateful for the love and support from my family and friends.
Thank you for your prayers and well wishes. And, while I have you, please remember to go vote. Because we are all in this together. https://t.co/6sAU4MYixl
— Jeff Bridges (@TheJeffBridges) October 20, 2020
- Dark Side of the Ring has been renewed for a third season on Vice.
- Away has been canceled at Netflix after only one season.
- The White Lotus, a new series from Mike White, has been ordered at HBO. Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney, and Steve Zahn will star.
- A Willow series has been greenlit at Disney+.
- Wild Rabbit, a drama, is in the works at Hulu.
- Mayflies is being developed into a TV series.
- HGTV has announced 13 new series and 3 pilots.
- Midnight At The Pera Palace has been ordered at Netflix.
- Regina Hall has signed a first-look deal with Showtime.
- Dominic West is your new Prince Charles.
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler is joining Triage on ABC.
- Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall, and Ben Foster are joining the cast of the Adam Sandler movie Hustle on Netflix.
- Jeremy Strong might join Maestro on Netflix.
- Sandra Lee will host Lifetime’s holiday programming.
- Raffi Barsoumian is joining Legends of Tomorrow on The CW.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Mandalorian returns on Disney+ on October 30.
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will premiere on Netflix on December 18.
- The Flight Attendant will debut on HBO Max on November 26.
- The Underground Railroad will premiere on Amazon soon.
- Young Sheldon returns on CBS on November 5.
- Burning Ojai: Our Fire Story will air on HBO on October 28.
- Murder Unboxed is now streaming on Quibi.
- Euphoria will have a bonus episode on HBO on December 7.
- We Are the Champions will premiere on Netflix on November 17.
- The CW has announced their holiday specials.
Dana Baratta, Writer and producer on Dawson’s Creek, Jessica Jones, and Good Behavior
James Redford, Documentary filmmaker, activist, son of Robert Redford
World Series: Game 1: Sportsball. 6:30 p.m., Fox
The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Resurrection: Drag queens compete to return to the Boulet Brother’s reality competition series in this Halloween-based special. Shudder
It Follows: When this movie originally came out, its contagious horror conceit was disturbing enough … now, it’s a movie for our times. 9:08 p.m., Syfy
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Natalie Portman, Billy Porter, Lous and the Yakuza
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Adam Sandler, Jason Alexander, Todd Sucherman
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Dolly Parton, Ty Dolla $ign
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Michael Keaton, Blackpink
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Watch What Happens Live: Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett
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