It’s Thursday, and in 69 days, Joe Biden will be the President of the United States. Nice.
President Denial still hasn’t conceded, but Joe Biden don’t care. He just named Ron Klain, a longtime Democratic aide, and more importantly the person in charge of the Ebola outbreak during the Obama administration, his Chief of Staff, easily the most important role in any administration.
Meanwhile, President Failure’s legal avenues to challenge the election are drying up, one of his law firms has quit on him, and, another reminder for the idiots on the right who still haven’t gotten the message: faithless electors is not a thing that is going to work. And slowly, but surely, some Republicans are beginning to get the message:
CNN: GOP Senator James Lankford says he will intervene if the Trump Adminstration hasn’t allowed President-elect Joe Biden access to presidential daily intelligence briefings by Friday.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) November 12, 2020
New – Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is the most senior Republican in the Senate, told me that President-elect Joe Biden should have access to classified briefings to prepare for the transition.— Manu Raju (@mkraju) November 12, 2020
“I would think – especially on classified briefings – the answer is yes,” Grassley said.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine became one of the highest-profile sitting Republicans to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory today, going a step further than his Monday statement and calling Biden the president-elect pic.twitter.com/en14L5jfGc— POLITICO (@politico) November 12, 2020
GOP Utah Gov.-elect Spencer Cox, who has acknowledged Joe Biden’s election victory, discusses why many Republicans are refusing to do the same.— CNN (@CNN) November 12, 2020
“Unfortunately, too many politicians are scared that if they say something nice about someone else, that they’ll lose their position.” pic.twitter.com/3HyeNXk2Le
Karl Rove reads the writing on the wall for Trump:— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) November 12, 2020
“The president’s efforts are unlikely to move a single state from Mr. Biden’s column, and CERTAINLY they’re not enough to change the final outcome.”https://t.co/MZvD9tcIb4
Now, let me be clear, this is embarassing that these are the only high profile Republicans who feel brave enough to acknowledge THE GODDAMNED TRUTH, but that’s how insane and partisan we’ve become.
Meanwhile, the White House continues to make noises towards some sort of resolution. NBC News reports that President Ruiner may accept the results without ever conceding that he lost.
“Do not expect him to concede,” one top aide said. More likely, the aide said, “he’ll say something like, ‘We can’t trust the results, but I’m not contesting them.’”
Another adviser said that after the legal battles and recounts, the closest the president is likely to get to a concession is, “he’ll acknowledge the results and that we’ll never know how accurate they are.”
“But we’re not there yet,” the adviser said.
Trump is "very aware there is not a path to victory," but he believes the 72 million who voted for him "deserve a fight" so he's battling as a form of "theater" for them, a top White House aide tells me.— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) November 12, 2020
Ah, yes. Theater. Why try to protect democracy from an erosion of faith when we can put on a show both for idiot MAGAites and President Snowflake’s delicate ego?
But the real evidence that we might be nearing an end to this charade is that there is now talk of a post-game plan: Trump TV. You might remember back in 2016, there was some talk of President Shitshow starting his own network if he lost to Clinton. Apparently, that idea is back, but this time he wants to destroy Fox News for having the audacity to call Arizona (correctly) for Biden on Election Night.
.@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020
Here’s Trump’s plan, according to the source:
- There’s been lots of speculation about Trump starting a cable channel. But getting carried on cable systems would be expensive and time-consuming.
- Instead, Trump is considering a digital media channel that would stream online, which would be cheaper and quicker to start.
- Trump’s digital offering would likely charge a monthly fee to MAGA fans. Many are Fox News viewers, and he’d aim to replace the network — and the $5.99-a-month Fox Nation streaming service, which has an 85% conversion rate from free trials to paid subscribers — as their top destination.
Frankly, I think this is too good to be true: I would love to see Trump TV and Fox News devour each other, but New York Times TV critic Jams Poniewozik makes an excellent point:
PS I would bet this is not lost on Trump, who if he knows nothing else has a taste for the fit & finish of TV production, and I think on some level he would find being associated with the amateur-hour production of Newsmax et al as embarrassing as losing the election— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) November 12, 2020
Anyway, the point is, now we just wait. And in 69 days, all of this noise will stop.
Black Lives Matter
Carly Hughes exited American Housewife, alleging a toxic work environment. “I was no longer able to work in the toxic environment that was created on American Housewife,” Hughes said in a statement to Deadline. “I made the decision to leave to protect myself from that type of discrimination. As a black woman in entertainment, I feel the responsibility to stand up for what I deserve, what we all deserve — to be treated equally. I wish the show well, and I am excited for a new chapter and to be able to pursue the opportunities ahead.”
ABC Signature launched an investigation: “Following the probe, American Housewife creator Sarah Dunn is no longer an active producer on the show, Mark J. Greenberg stepped down as line producer, and showrunners Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz underwent sensitivity training.” Damn. What happened there?
John Boyega had an “honest” conversation with Disney about his criticism of how they sidelined the characters of color in Star Wars. He also demanded that studios do more to protect their actors from toxic backlash online. “When one of your actors, especially an actor that’s so prominent in the story, is announced as part of your franchise and then it has a big racial backlash and receives abuse online and that starts to form a shadow on what is supposed to be an amazing gift, it is important for the studios to definitely lend their voice, lend their support to that and to have a sense of solidarity not just in the public eye, but on the ground on set.”
Here is a look at how network police procedurals will address police brutality in thewake of the George Floyd protests. The real question is whether these storylines will be one-off nods to the summer’s protests, or if the genre will actually change their ways of framing police dramas, and maybe not go with default hero-worship narratives.
Things are going great.
CNN's @drsanjaygupta on how bad COVID is in USA rn: "Doctors Without Borders have come to the United States to do their work. They go to the hottest spots in the world, they look at the Earth and say where are we needed? Well, they're needed here in the United States right now." pic.twitter.com/joma1DFOPi— The Recount (@therecount) November 12, 2020
The Maryland-Ohio State game was canceled for this weekend after eight Maryland players tested positive. The game will not be rescheduled. “The Big Ten rivals join already sidelined LSU-Alabama, Georgia-Missouri, Texas A&M-Tennessee and Auburn-Mississippi State. All four of the SEC games have been postponed by positive player tests.” GREAT PLAN TO GO AHEAD WITH COLLEGE FOOTBALL, EVERYONE.
Hugh Grant and his wife Anna Eberstein both contracted the virus, and he had some very strange symptoms.
Lady A is the third act who had to drop out of last night’s CMAs because they had a COVID exposure.
Chicago Fire had to suspend production due to multiple positive tests.
All Other TV News
Netflix is out here claiming that its renewal rate is the same as other networks but I’m still so mad about Teenage Bounty Hunters that I can’t hear a word of it.
Want to watch HBO Max on your Roku or Amazon Fire? Now there’s a workaround for that.
Disney had to clarify that Baby Yoda wasn’t committing genocide because 2020 is the weirdest year ever.
Just everything about this entire Twitter conversation 😍:
Hey @staceyabrams you wanna talk buffy sometime?— Alex Kack (@Alex_Kack) November 9, 2020
To be fair, Angel was the right boyfriend for Buffy coming into her power. Spike was the right man to be with as she became the power.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 9, 2020
Actually Buffy should have dated Willow.— alyson hannigan (@alydenisof) November 12, 2020
- The Bradshaw Bunch; Botched; and E! True Hollywood Stories have all been renewed at E!
- Painkiller, a spinoff of Black Lightning, is getting a back door pilot at The CW.
- Sorority House Massacre is being adapted into a TV series produced by Norman Reedus.
- Yes, Daddy is being adapted for Amazon.
- Jeff Dunham has set three comedy specials on Comedy Central.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s action-drama series has landed at Netflix.
- Local Woman Missing is being adapted into a TV series.
- David Fincher has signed a four-year deal with Netflix.
- Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Dave Franco, Jamie Demetriou, and John Early will star in The Afterparty on Apple TV+.
- Millie Bobby Brown will star in the fantasy film Damsel on Netflix.
- Adam Goldberg is joining the cast of The Equalizer on CBS.
- Kathleen Robertson has been cast in Triage on ABC.
- Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland, Chris Conrad, and Danielle Brooks are joining Peacemaker on HBO Max.
- Vanessa Lachey has joined the cast of Call Me Kat on Fox.
- Jen Taylor has been cast in Halo on Showtime.
- Cleopatra Coleman is joining Dopesick on Hulu.
Mark Your Calendars
- Texas 6 will debut on CBS All Access on November 26.
- Lazor Wulf returns on Adult Swim on December 6.
- Craftopia will have two holiday specials, streaming on November 26.
- Inside Pixar will debut on Disney+ on November 13.
- A Holly Dolly Christmas will air on CBS on December 6.
- A Friday the 13th marathon is going to be on Syfy tomorrow.
- Space Launch Live: Crew-1 Lift Off will air on Science and Discovery Channel on November 14.
- The Oprah Conversation will feature an interview with Barack Obama on November 17 on Apple TV+.
- Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President will air on CNN on January 3.
Lawrence Clayton, Broadway actor
Station 19: More COVID-19, but this time with the extra spice of a wildfire in the season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
Grey’s Anatomy: In the two-hour season premiere, Grey Sloan Memorial grapples with the virus. 8 p.m., ABC
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: And over in New York City, the cops are dealing with a community who has lost their trust in the institution of policing. Season premiere. 8 p.m., NBC
The Paley Center Presents: Law & Order Before They Were Stars: Ron Cephas Jones, Chris Sullivan, Susan Kelechi Watson, Leslie Odom Jr., Michael Imperioli, and Aida Turturro, Ariel Winter and S. Epatha Merkerson discuss how the iconic series changed their careers. 9 p.m., NBC
The Unicorn: Wade makes a connection in the season premiere. 8:30 p.m., CBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: James Spader, Chris Paul, 21 Savage x Metro Boomin
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Dan Aykroyd, Anya Taylor-Joy, Carter McLean
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Michael Moore, Sara Bareilles
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Sen. Cory Booker, Jack Harlow
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ellen Pompeo, Chris Stapleton
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: David Oyelowo
- Watch What Happens Live: Kate Mara, Jane Lynch
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