It’s Thursday! A week before Thanksgiving! 62 days until Joe Biden is sworn in as President of the United States and I can stop writing about politics on my TV blog!
They found a small owl inside of this year’s Rockefeller Christmas tree, he hitched a ride all the way to NYC and is now being treated and cared for at a wildlife rehab facility. pic.twitter.com/f4PkBm6MGo
— Allison Esposito Medina (@techladyallison) November 18, 2020
The laziest man on earth is desperate to keep his job though he has been fired, and really, with a schedule like this, who can blame him?
Here's a way of visualizing @realDonaldTrump's schedule since election day. I've been covering the White House for 12 years. Except for vacations, I can't remember so little on a presidential calendar. pic.twitter.com/dKvpozls7h
— Michael D. Shear (@shearm) November 19, 2020
And though it is 99.9999999999999% certain President Lackadaisical will be out of the White House in two months, we are not entirely there yet, and, in fact, the next few days might be the most dangerous.
In Wisconsin, he’s paying for the recount of two liberal counties. President Twatter has been screaming about particular voting machines as being corrupt or something, machines that were used in Wisconsin. BUT! PLOT TWIST!
In fact, Trump himself tonight criticized Dominion on Twitter… but he didn't ask for a recount in the Wisconsin counties that use those machines. https://t.co/kWEUeSrxtg
— Patrick Marley (@patrickdmarley) November 19, 2020
Rudy Guiliani continues to scream that Pennsylvania has to throw out all of their votes because FRAUD! and CORRUPTION! and DEMOCRATS! He’s yet to produce any evidence but he’s pretty sure a federal judge should just allow the Republican state legislature to pick the electors.
WATCH: “So much of what Giuliani said was simply untrue, or has already been thrown out in court.”
At least some of Fox News doesn’t seem worried about being on Trump’s naughty list. pic.twitter.com/rUkJCE5AES
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) November 19, 2020
Also, this happened:
Giuliani takes a big dump on Philadelphia ("it's a corrupt city") and makes sure to mention that people get beat up at Eagles games pic.twitter.com/NXWmmoHLoG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2020
Also, this happened:
Giuliani has figured out that if you just take out all the votes from blue areas that went for Biden, Trump wins. Groundbreaking work. pic.twitter.com/NsAw9g4Sgv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2020
Also, this happened:
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) November 19, 2020
And in Michigan, those two Wayne County Republican canvassers who originally voted to not certify the county’s results, only to vote to certify are now trying to pull that vote back. You might be shocked to learn they made the choice to reverse themselves again after taking phone calls from President Coup. The Dicktator-in-Chief has also invited Republican Michigan lawmakers to come to the White House. Now, no one knows why he’s done this but some are worried he wants to encourage them to throw out the popular vote and choose electors themselves.
The idea here is if they can drag out the certification efforts, the President Loser will be able to get state legislatures to appoint electors, or keep the chaos going long enough to disrupt the electoral college altogether allowing Congress to step in and choose the winner — a situation in which President Lost the Popular Vote By At Least 5 MILLION VOTES might have an advantage.
Now, some things to help you breathe a bit easier: Wisconsin doesn’t certify until December 1, giving them plenty of time to recount these two counties and certify with little issue. Pennsylvania’s certification is on Monday, and their law does not allow the state legislature to pick electors just because they don’t like who won the vote there. And not only can those idiots in Wayne County not change their vote, but the Michigan Senate leader, Republican Mike Shirkey, has said flatly in an interview that the legislature will not be appointing their own electors.
The bad news, however, is that every day we continue to do this bullshit is another day Americans of the conservative persuasion are poisoned to believe this election is illegitimate. Which, of course, is ultimately the point.
Oh, and did I mention that President Crumb isn’t headed to Mar-A-Lago for Thanksgiving after all, BECAUSE GOD FORBID WE BE SO LUCKY THAT HE FUCK OFF DOWN THERE NEXT WEEK, NEVER TO BE SEEN AGAIN.
Trump has canceled plans to travel to Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving, 2 officials tell me & @kaitlancollins. Officials were told today that Trump had pulled the plug.
Another official described it to @KateBennett_DC as "bunker mentality."
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) November 17, 2020
Black Lives Matter
Holly Robinson Peete recalls the time President Proud Boy called her the N-word on Celebrity Apprentice, and how she didn’t bring it up until now because she didn’t think it would make a difference. The sad thing is? She’s certainly correct.
CBS has pledged that going forward, all their reality shows will be cast with 50% people of color. Took you long enough, say some.
CBS is also going all-in on storylines regarding racial discrimination and police brutality this season which is interesting, and I suspect a reaction to their remarkable lack of diversity in the not-so-distant past. They’ve made a great deal of progress, especially for a network whose demographics are “old white people,” so I applaud them for this. I just hope these stores aren’t just one-offs, but instead they keep telling them, if only to broaden the minds of that core demographic.
History will be made on Monday when the first all-Black officiating crew refs an NFL game together. And that shouldn’t be remarkable, WHICH IS THE POINT.
We hit 250,000 American deaths according to John Hopkins which is a few days behind Worldometer’s count. According to Worldometer, we are on the verge of hitting 12 million cases — possibly by the end of today. We are going to be hitting 2,000 deaths a day very soon. Probably by the end of the week.
The CDC has asked us nicely to not travel during Thanksgiving. LOL, good luck with that, science nerds. Meanwhile, FOX News is already pointing to COVID restrictions as the new “War on Christmas.”
Film, TV, sports, and other industry groups are BEGGING Washington for help with pandemic insurance after insurance companies gave them all the finger, claiming global pandemics were not part of their coverage.
Meanwhile, part of the reason we can’t get a stimulus package passed is because that Tortoise of Evil Mitch McConnell wants to shield companies like Tyson Foods from being sued by their employees for giving them COVID-19. Here’s a fun story: managers at a Tyson Food plant in Iowa took bets on how many employees would contract the virus according to a lawsuit brought by the family of one deceased employee.
This virus is having long-term effects on people’s mental health (and not just in the general sense that we’re all anxious, depressed, and overwhelmed).
All Other TV News
After months of schedule wrangling, Wonder Woman: 1984 is going to stream on HBO Max on December 25 after all. It’s also going to be in theaters on that day, but for those of us who are not complete lunatics, we now have the option to watch it from the safety of our own homes.
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) November 18, 2020
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion dropped a day early, and Will Smith and the original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert, met and settled their “feud.” I haven’t watched yet, but it sounds genuinely emotional — down to the first time Hubert meets her replacement, Daphne Maxwell Reid.
Ryan Murphy continues to tease American Horror Story:
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) November 18, 2020
To no one’s surprise, there will be no more Arrested Development.
These NEVER. GET. OLD.
Oh man this guy ate shit so bad pic.twitter.com/VKiKRl315e
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) November 17, 2020
AMC is joining other networks in laying off employees as they “streamline” network operations with streaming.
Naya Rivera’s family is suing Ventura County over her drowning death.
This isn’t a TV story, but Jamie Lee Curtis is good people.
- The Right Stuff has been renewed at Disney+ for a second season.
- 25 Words or Less, Divorce Court, and Dish Nation have all been renewed through the 2022-2023 season.
- Get Lucky, a drama from Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars creator — not singer-songwriter), is being developed at NBC.
- A Waiting To Exhale TV series is being worked on at ABC.
- Coyote is moving from Paramount Network to CBS All Access.
- Student Driver has been ordered at Netflix.
- Confessions Of An Alien Hunter is being adapted into a sci-fi TV series.
- The Container Cup, a Belgian competition series, is being brought to TBS.
- Tetris, a film about the game Tetris, is being made at Apple TV+.
- Cybil Shepherd will co-star in Showtime’s I Love This for You.
- Awkwafina will co-star in the Apple TV+ movie Swan Song.
- Saffron Burrows, Dylan Arnold, and Tati Gabrielle, Michaela McManus, Shannon Chan-Kent, Ben Mehl, Christopher O’Shea, Christopher Sean, Bryan Safi, Mackenzie Astin, Mauricio Lara, Ayelet Zurer, and Jack Fisher are joining the cast of You on Netflix.
- Luis Guzmán is joining the cast of Hightown on Starz.
- Geoff Stults, Tamara Tunie, Mason Alexander Park, Rachel House, Ann Truong, and Hoa Xuande have been added to the cast of Cowboy Bebop on Netflix.
- Trey Tucker and Robby Ramos are joining Heels on Starz.
Mark Your Calendars
- Letterkenny returns on Hulu on December 26.
- One Night in Miami will premiere in theaters on December 25, and on Amazon Prime on January 15.
- Name That Tune will debut on Fox on January 6.
- Catfish: The TV Show will return on MTV on December 1.
- Malcolm & Marie will premiere on Netflix on February 5.
Malcolm & Marie — a cinematic ode to the great Hollywood romances from Euphoria creator Sam Levinson starring Zendaya & John David Washington — will premiere February 5, 2021 on Netflix!
— Netflix (@netflix) November 18, 2020
- Selena + Aarti Sequeira: Friendsgiving begins streaming on HBO Max today.
- Voices of Fire will debut on Netflix tomorrow.
- Michael Kosta: Detroit. NY. LA. will premiere on Comedy Central on December 11.
- Terror Lake Drive will premiere on UMC on November 25.
- Pinkfong Wonderstar will premiere on YouTube on December 3.
- Christmas in Rockefeller Center will air on NBC on December 2.
- Silent Night — A Song for the World will premiere on The CW on December 10.
- 22nd Annual A Home for the Holidays will air on CBS on December 20.
- London Hughes: To Catch a D*ck will stream on Netflix on December 22.
Bobby Brown Jr., Son of Bobby Brown and cast member of Being Bobby Brown
Supernatural: After a one-hour special, the longest-running sci-fi series ends its 15-season run. Keep our Whitney in your thoughts. 7 p.m., The CW
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion: The Banks family reunites to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic sitcom. Premiere HBO Max (They actually released this early yesterday, so)
A Million Little Things: Katherine leans on her friends in the aftermath of Eddie’s car accident in the season premiere. 9 p.m., ABC
Animaniacs: These lunatics are back. Season premiere. Hulu
Run: Sarah Paulson stars as a very controlling mother in this new thriller. Premiere. Hulu
The Pack: Lindsey Vonn hosts this new competition series which is essentially The Amazing Race, but with dogs. Series premiere. Amazon
Small Axe: This is a series of five films that follow “five stories set within London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early ’80s.” Premiere with the film Mangrove. Amazon
Adventure Time: Distant Lands – Obsidian: The second of four planned Adventure Time specials. Premiere. HBO Max
I Hate Suzie: An actress’s life is thrown into chaos when her phone is hacked and compromising photos are leaked in this British dramedy. Series premiere. HBO Max
The Princess Switch: Switched Again: So much switching! Premiere. Netflix
Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on the Exorcist: This documentary explores Friedkin’s filmmaking process in creating one of the scariest horror films of all time. Premiere. Shudder
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sarah Paulson, Henry Golding, Car Seat Headrest
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Michael Moore, Rich Eisen, Valerie Franco
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: LL Cool J, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Marc Maron, Royal Blood
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kristen Stewart, Mike Tyson, Zac Brown Band
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Sarah Silverman
- Watch What Happens Live: Michael J. Fox, Alison Brie
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