Let’s focus on Halloween to take our minds off of all the actually terrifying stuff that is happening right now

It’s Friday, it’s Halloween Eve, it’s four days until Election Day.

Here are some capybaras eating a jack-o-lantern:

All Other TV News

It’s the day before Halloween, so it’s time for daytime TV to humiliate themselves again.

Bloody Disgusting has a great list of forgotten animated Halloween specials none of us watched back in the day because It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! was on. Where do I get my hands on The Adventures of the Scrabble People in a Pumpkin Full of Nonsense?

If you’re looking for something to scare you this weekend for some reason, The AV Club has posted some great social media horror stories; a list of scary documentaries; some spooky podcasts; and a handful of scary short films. If you have a little more time, here’s a list of 2020’s scariest movies, according to IndieWire. I would add Host to this list, but otherwise, it’s pretty good.

And here are just some very charming vintage Halloween costumes.

But hands-down, the most terrifying thing you’ll see this Halloween season is …

Misha Collins has some thoughts on the meaning of Supernatural as it nears the end of its run: “It’s always been about this dynamic interplay between fighting the forces of the universe and fighting for the last remaining threads of a tattered family,” he explains. “Ultimately as we get closer to the end of the season it’s not about compromise, it’s about sacrifice — it’s about characters making huge sacrifices for one another.”

Did The Conners just write off one of the Conner kids? Well, maybe. The producers leave an opening for the character to return, but I’m not buying it. I’m pretty sure they forgot there were four Conner kids and are trying to cover their tracks.

True story: David Duchovny is banned from one Vancouver strip club for complaining about the city’s weather.

Bye, Aunt Becky.

Congratulations, Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson!

Political Crap

My home county, Harris County, is making the news these days, impressing the rest of the country with our voting turn out. We surpassed all — not just early votes — ALL of 2016’s votes yesterday, and we still have today and Election Day to go. It’s amazing.

But the only reason this happened was that voters in Harris County showed up during the midterm elections in 2018, and voted blue. We voted out our Republican judges, we voted out our Republican County Judge, Ed Emmett and we voted out our Republican County Clerk, Stan Stanart.


Side note: on that day, I saw Stan Stanart in person at the voting location, and readers, he did not disappoint:

So anyway, we voted him out and elected Diane Trautman who immediately put in measures to make it easier to vote, specifically allowing voters to vote at ANY location. In May, she stepped down for health reasons and was replaced with Chris Hollins, a motivated young man who had even more ideas about how to make it easier for everyone to vote. He, working with our new County Judge, Lina Hildago, made all sorts of changes: drive-thru voting, 24-hour voting, adding DOZENS of voting locations, and extending not only the early voting period, but also the hours that polls would be open.

It worked.

Voting matters. Vote in every election. And vote down-ballot.

In other news: Trey Parker and Matt Stone are doing God’s work in this 15-minute video exposing the threat of deep fakes by deep faking President Gaslighter, Al Gore, Javanka, Michael Caine, Julie Andrews, and Mark Zuckerberg. In the bit, reporter Fred Sassy explores the very real threat of deep fakes and imparts some valuable lessons on critical thinking in a time when the truth is constantly being twisted and manipulated for political gain. It’s a nice reminder to not take everything you see at face value.


Still, as sassy as Fred Sassy is, he’ll never be as sassy as this guy:


Black Lives Matter 

Before it had been canceled, several GLOW cast members demanded more inclusion, including better storylines for the characters of color, and the hiring of a producer of color.

CBS’ The Neighborhood will address police brutality in their season premiere on November 16.

Jamie Chung, the actress who plays Ji-Ah on Lovecraft Country, discusses the role, and how she wants to start a conversation with Asians about pride in their culture.

Megan Amram promises to do better.

Ray Fisher has more to say about his experience on filming Justice League with Joss Whedon and none of it is good.

Oh no … no, Fox … noooooo

Huh. So … it was a right-wing White lunatic from Texas who shot up a Minneapolis police station and helped set it on fire during the early days of the George Floyd protests? You don’t say.

And this is a few days old already, but I’m not going to miss out on the opportunity to point out that this asshole who has literally LITERALLY! had everything in his life handed to him is out here calling Black people lazy.

Whoopi Goldberg, for one, was not amused: “like a fart in a dust storm.”

Philadelphia has been roiled with protests and clashes with the police after Walter Wallace, a Black man with a history of mental health problems, was killed by the police.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, stores are already boarding up, worried about what will happen after the election. Weird times.

Going Viral

Here is Dummy Jr. telling Laura Ingraham that the COVID numbers are “almost nothing” and citing his own Instagram page as a source. Yesterday, according to Worldometer, 91,530 Americans tested newly positive, and 1,047 Americans died. A total of 234,177 Americans have died.

Alan Alda has feelings about President Science Denier’s herd immunity ideas:

Trump’s deceitful assurances that covid-19 is nothing to worry about have laid untold dead at the feet of this president. And now, his administration is flirting with a policy to achieve “herd immunity” by following a theory put forth in a statement known as the Great Barrington Declaration that calls for deliberately allowing the less vulnerable among us to become infected while somehow protecting the more vulnerable. The authors call this “focused protection.”

This is decidedly a minority view, and it has been excoriated by the world’s leading infectious- disease experts. But the Trump administration seems willing to let a few hundred thousand people die and hope for the best.

Trump once said he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue without consequences. At this moment, we are all on Fifth Avenue.

Brandon Goldner, a local Charlotte reporter who covered the Trump rally in North Carolina, has tested positive.

The Rose Parade is being turned into a variety special that will benefit Feeding America.

Here’s your Michael Bay coronavirus movie that you did not ask for:

MasterChef has resumed production, after pausing halfway through the season last spring.



In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

The CW has announced its winter premiere dates:

  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?: January 8
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us: January 8
  • Two-Second Horror Stories: January 12
  • Trickster: January 12
  • Batwoman: January 17
  • All American: January 18
  • Riverdale: January 20
  • Nancy Drew: January 20
  • Walker: January 21
  • Legacies: January 21
  • Charmed: January 24
  • Black Lightning: February 8
  • The Flash: February 23
  • Superman & Lois: February 23


  • My Psychedelic Love Story will debut on Showtime on November 29.
  • Virgin River returns on Netflix on November 27.
  • Sketchy Times with Lilly Singh is now streaming on Peacock.



The Mandalorian: BABY YODA IS BACK, BITCHES. Season premiere. Disney+

Truth Seekers: It’s a supernatural comedy series from Nick Frost and Simon Pegg — what more could you possibly need to know? Series premiere. Amazon

Halloween: A little on the nose, I know, but whaddya gonna do? 7 p.m., Syfy


Saturday Night Live: John Mulaney & The Strokes 10:30 p.m., NBC

Black Christmas: In this movie I’ve never heard of, a bunch of sorority girls is hunted down by a psychotic killer but they fight back or something. It received a 33% from critics and a 31% from viewers on Rotten Tomatoes, so proceed accordingly. 7 p.m., HBO

Ghost Nation: Spooooky two-hour Halloween episode. 7 p.m., Travel



Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment: Bravo celebrities share their thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement in this new special. 9 p.m., Bravo

Roadkill: Hugh Laurie and Helen McCrory star in this new British political thriller. Series premiere. 8 p.m., PBS

The Simpsons: The Treehouse of Horror episode, one day after Halloween 7 p.m., Fox

The Christmas Aunt: It’s a typical Lifetime holiday movie but the hook this time is the heroine is an aunt? LOL OK. 7 p.m., Lifetime

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Nick Offerman, Stacey Abrams, Busta Rhymes featuring Anderson .Paak
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jon Stewart

FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Shark Tank
CBS The Greatest #AtHome Videos
The Deciders: A CBS News Special
Blue Bloods
CW The 13 Scariest Movies of All Time
World’s Funniest Animals
World’s Funniest Animals
FOX Friday Night Smackdown Local
NBC American Ninja Warrior

SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC College Football
CBS Manhunt: Deadly Games
Manhunt: Deadly Games
48 Hours News/Local
FOX College Football
NBC Weakest Link
Ellen’s Game of Games
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
(John Mulaney & The Strokes)

SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
Supermarket Sweep
Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?
Card Sharks
CBS 60 Minutes Star Trek Beyond
The CW Local Pandora
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
The Simp-sons
Bless the Harts
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
NBC Sunday Night Football

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