It’s Friday, HUZZAH!
ATTENTION: A MOOSE IS PLAYING SOCCER 😳⚽️
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— CBC Sports (@cbcsports) October 17, 2020
I’m going to keep this brief because I feel like I’m repeating myself these days: “Here’s how President Autogolpe is trying to steal the election, here’s why it’s going to fail, here’s why it’s still dangerous even though Biden will be sworn in at the end of the day.”
But the bottom line is that this dingdong train ride will be coming to an end soon enough. The lawsuits are a joke:
.., his attorneys have repeatedly made elementary errors in those high-profile cases: misspelling “poll watcher” as “pole watcher,” forgetting the name of the presiding judge during a hearing, inadvertently filing a Michigan lawsuit before an obscure court in Washington and having to refile complaints after erasing entire arguments they’re using to challenge results.
Today Georgia certified its results, and President Fewer Votes still lost:
JUST IN: Georgia Secretary of State, Republican Brad Raffensperger, who describes himself as a "proud Trump supporter" affirms that Joe Biden has won the state of Georgia: "Numbers don't lie." https://t.co/FCJKbq5ifg pic.twitter.com/rUnBpS9GxR
— The Hill (@thehill) November 20, 2020
Just FYI, after 48 hours of high-level conversations with Michigan Rs & Ds, it's clear the results will stand. Joe Biden will receive the state's 16 electoral votes. There is no alternative under MI statute. This Trump/Michigan GOP meeting is a sideshow on par w/ Rudy's presser.
— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) November 20, 2020
On Monday, Michigan and Pennsylvania will certify theirs, and barring something completely insane happening, the electors will be set on December 8 and will elect Biden on December 14.
According to unnamed sources who spoke with the Atlantic, the Trump campaign is discussing plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states.
“With a justification based on claims of rampant fraud, Trump would ask state legislators to set aside the popular vote and exercise their power to choose a slate of electors directly,” according to the Atlantic. “The longer Trump succeeds in keeping the vote count in doubt, the more pressure legislators will feel to act before the safe harbor deadline expires.”
THEY HAVE BEEN TELLING US FOR MONTHS THEY WERE GOING TO DO THIS. LITERALLY: THEY OUTLINED THE WHOLE SCHEME MONTHS AGO, AND YET EVERYONE IS CLUTCHING THEIR PEARLS NOW, SHOCKED THAT THEY ARE DOING THE THING THEY PROMISED THEY WOULD DO.
Anyway, I choose to stay calm — today — because the plot outlined above is failing, and I know that because not even Tucker Carlson is biting. I mentioned in passing yesterday’s insane press conference with Rudy Guiliani, what with the My Cousin Vinny and the leaking hair dye and the yelling that cities are frauds or whatever. But what I didn’t include was the batshit conspiracy theories spouted by one of President Batshit Conspiracy Theorist’s lawyers, Sidney Powell. Powell claimed that voting machines were flipping votes from Trump to Biden and something about Hugo Chavez — who has been dead for seven years — being involved. I dunno, it’s not worth worrying about. The point is, Tucker was intrigued by this theory, but when he asked Powell for, you know, EVIDENCE, she was unable to provide any and then got all pissy with him:
Tucker Carlson calls out Sidney Powell, saying he asked her for evidence to support her election fraud claims, but "she never sent us any evidence despite a lot of requests, polite requests, not a page."
"When we kept pressing she got angry and told us to stop contacting her." pic.twitter.com/IOlOdhp6MJ
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) November 20, 2020
When Tucker Carlson isn’t carrying your water for you anymore …
And then there is the slow, so slow trickle of Republicans telling President King Baby that he lost and he needs to fucking get over it already. It is NOT ENOUGH, but it is a start:
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 20, 2020
Senior GOP senator urges Trump to begin Biden transition https://t.co/90qfgOYu6F
— The Independent (@Independent) November 20, 2020
Here’s a statement on the Giuliani presser today from @BenSasse, who somehow is still somewhat alone — with a few exceptions — in the GOP in speaking out honestly and forthrightly about what’s happening. pic.twitter.com/E1wKzyY8ON
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) November 20, 2020
We’re getting there. It’s infuriating, and these shenanigans will probably continue to happen until December 8, December 14 at the latest, but it’s not going to work. Unless “it” is undermining Biden’s presidency with half of all Americans, and giving the GOP bad ideas about future elections. If that’s what we’re talking about, then “it” is working beautifully.
Three COVID-related political thingees:
The White House Coronavirus Task Force held a press conference yesterday for the first time in months. However, after the nearly 90-minute briefing, Mike Pence just walked out without taking questions and it went over really well with the press:
Pence leaves, taking no questions. You can hear reporters screaming:
• "You're all undermining the democratic election!"
• "What is going on?!"
• "Why is the federal government not taking questions?" pic.twitter.com/GfAgM6eoSu
— The Recount (@therecount) November 19, 2020
Perez, who said she recently became symptomatic and is awaiting the results of her own COVID-19 test, told me she was once bullied by a patient for wearing personal protective equipment. “I was taking care of a trauma patient [in the non-COVID-19 area] and I was wearing my N95 mask to protect myself,” she recalled. “He proceeded to verbally mock me and said, ‘Take off your mask. What’s the matter, are you a Democrat or something?’ I explained it was for my protection against COVID-19 and had nothing to do with politics, but he continued to harass me about wearing a mask.” She added, “Every single person I have encountered who was misinformed on COVID-19 referenced the president’s dishonesty on Fox News or social media. For Americans to believe a politician over experts is horrifying to us nurses on the front lines. This is insane. I have never seen anything like it.”
An infectious disease doctor who asked to remain anonymous told me he had never before experienced politics overshadowing science in the medical field. “Before [Donald] Trump I never spoke politics in the clinic room,” he said. “There is no doubt that COVID splits into fact-free and factful worlds. This is why we have a raging epidemic: it’s the Trump bubble.”
“Viruses don’t care about human truth—they only care about biology,” he added. “We are in a hyperendemic right now. It’s everywhere. It’s exponential. It’s in all parts of the country: the suburbs, the cities, the mountains…it’s everywhere.”
I would have put this under “Going Viral,” except I think this is a much more political story than one about the virus. For the past 25 years, people have been told that there is an alternative reality wherein what they feel is real is actually real and that the conventional media are a bunch of liberal liars. These people have been primed for decades to dismiss scientists and experts as having their own agendas instead of, you know, just reporting on objective reality. And so, when someone like President Shameless comes along and lies with impunity, and the lies align with what they already feel and believe, they are not only thrilled to embrace him, they will die because of him, because of his lies, believing them even as they take their last breath. It’s terrible, it’s a condemnation of our entire system, but it was always inevitable in a world where outlets like Fox News are allowed to spew their bullshit.
Pfizer is applying for emergency approval of their vaccine from the FDA today, and hope to have 20 million doses ready to go next month for health care workers. We are tantalizingly close to being able to end this thing, we just have to get through the next few months, so be safe and proactive. It would be a horrible tragedy to lose people close to you just a month or two before a vaccine was widely available to everyone.
Rachel Maddow has not been hosting her show for the past two weeks after she was exposed to someone who was positive for the virus. Of course, that’s not much of an explanation, as she hosted the show from her home for months early into the pandemic. Turns out, she had a pretty good excuse: the person Maddow was exposed to was her partner Susan, and Susan very nearly died. You need to watch her segment, especially if you’re planning on doing Thanksgiving with a big group this year:
Maddow: Don't get this thing. Do whatever you can to keep from getting it.
Rachel Maddow reveals that her partner, Susan, tested positive for Covid-19 and is still recovering, and implores viewers to consider their loved ones when they calculate their own Covid-19 risk. pic.twitter.com/oUz2DBLG63
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) November 20, 2020
California is issuing a limited stay-at-home order, though it doesn’t apply to entertainment industry workers because in California, they are essential workers.
Due to the rise in #COVID19 cases, CA is issuing a limited Stay at Home Order.
Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10pm-5am in counties in the purple tier.
This will take effect at 10pm on Saturday and remain for 1 month.
Together–we can flatten the curve again.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 19, 2020
The 33-year-old singer Jeremih’s condition is severe: he is on a ventilator in the ICU.
Rick Scott has tested positive, surprising exactly no one.
JUST IN: Sen. Rick SCOTT has coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/lR49FADvaP
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) November 20, 2020
Andrew Giuliani, Rudy’s idiot son, has tested positive, and hey! guess who was at that insane press conference?
Andrew Giuliani was with his father and many others at that press conference yesterday. In a tight, enclosed space.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 20, 2020
The Bold and the Beautiful had another positive test and are making production adjustments.
ViacomCBS is planning for 70% of its workforce to continue working for home even in a post-pandemic world.
Disney is considering premiering the live-action movies Cruella, Pinocchio, and Peter Pan and Wendy on Disney+ instead of in theaters.
All Other TV News
Supernatural came to an end last night and SPOILER! gave Sam and Dean happy endings — of a sort. Whitney will have her recap up soon, I’m sure, but in the meantime, if you just want the nuts and bolts of how the longest-running genre show ended, you can click here. From what I’ve seen, fans seem really torn about how it all ended, and I get it, believe me: I weathered Lost and Game of Thrones. But I will also say that as a casual viewer, I thought it was fitting and moving, and more than that, it was satisfying. And I find myself — admittedly from a place of some distance — agreeing with what a lot of the Game of Thrones actors said when that show ended: that a lot of the fans’ anger at the finale is coming from a place where they just don’t want the show to end, that basically there would never be a satisfying ending for them. (I don’t agree that this is the source of the anger at GoT, let’s be clear, I have VERY strong feelings about how that show could have ended in a satisfying fashion, and I am STILL VERY PISSED OFF.) And even Eric Kripke says he tried to come up with a better ending, and couldn’t.
Anyway, it looks like ABC’s show Big Sky is using some of SPN‘s locations. Supernatural fans will know exactly what this is after last night:
Yesterday’s Jeopardy! opened with an important message:
Today's Jeopardy intro is a bittersweet but important PSA from Alex Trebekpic.twitter.com/dU7SkByG7q
— Mark (@tole_cover) November 19, 2020
How are the Brits responding to The Crown? Exactly how you think they are: “The queen’s salute has also been criticized. A letter by an army veteran to The Times of London read, ‘To my recollection Her Majesty’s salute has always been exemplary, with the forearm and hand being ramrod straight. This may not perhaps be noticed by many viewers, but to us ex-military types, with a passion for standards, it is particularly galling.’”
HBO would like the courts to throw out the Leaving Neverland lawsuit, please and thank you.
Oh no, Cake Boss might not be able to bake again after a terrible injury to his hand.
- DMZ, the DC comic series, is being turned into a limited series at HBO Max by Ava DuVernay. Rosario Dawson is set to star.
- Family Affair, a family comedy about a fading R&B star produced by Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent, is being developed at ABC.
- Out There, a dramedy from Sharon Horgan, is being developed at Hulu.
- Game of Talents, a Spanish mystery talent show has been ordered at Fox. Wayne Brady is set to host.
- Oaklandia, an animated series produced by and starring Snoop Dogg, is being developed at Amazon.
- Blood Brothers, a series about the friendship between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, is being developed at A&E.
- The G Word with Adam Conover has been ordered at Netflix.
- Killers Of The Cosmos, a “dramatized documentary series” — whatever that means — starring Aidan Gillen, has been ordered at Discovery.
- Zoe Bakes has been ordered at Magnolia Network.
- Death Saved My Life has been ordered at Lifetime.
- Shawn Levy has signed a first-look deal with Netflix.
- Glenn Close has joined the cast of Swan Song on Apple TV+.
- Alondra Delgado is joining All American on The CW.
- Zoe Terakes has been added to the cast of Nine Perfect Strangers on Hulu.
- Alkoya Brunson is joining the cast of Stargirl on The CW.
- Cynthy Wu, Coral Peña, and Casey W. Johnson have been added to the cast of For All Mankind on Apple TV+
- Keala Settle and Emery Kelly are joining Big Shot on Disney+.
Mark Your Calendar
- The Rookie returns on January 3
- The Good Doctor: January 11
- The Goldbergs: January 13
- American Housewife: January 13
- The Conners: January 13
- Call Your Mother: January 13
- For Life: January 20
- black-ish: January 26
- mixed-ish: January 26
- Big Sky: January 26
- The Walking Dead will return on AMC on February 28.
- The Resident returns on Fox on January 12.
- Batwoman will return on The CW on January 17.
- Godmothered will debut on Disney+ on December 4.
- Giving Voice will debut on Netflix on December 11.
- Macho: The Hector Camacho Story will debut on Showtime on December 4.
- Chico Bon Bon and the Very Berry Holiday will stream on Netflix Jr. on December 3.
- For All Mankind will return on Apple TV+ on February 19.
- The Great American Foodathon Presented by Citi will air on some Fox channels on November 25.
- 1917 will air on Showtime on Thanksgiving Day.
- Mysteries of the Abandoned will debut on Science Channel on December 3.
- Kids Baking Championship will return on Food Network on December 28.
- Sunday Morning: The Pet Project will air on CBS on November 27.
- Undercover Billionaire will return on Discovery on January 6.
- Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time will air on Comedy Central on December 4.
Kirby Morrow, Voice actor for Gundam Wing and Dragon Ball Z
Broselianda Hernández Boudet, Cuban actress
Marvel’s 616: This series explores Marvel’s creative process. “Episodes in this anthology series will cover topics including Marvel’s world-spanning artists, the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics, discovering the “forgotten” characters of Marvel, and much more.” Disney+
The Right Stuff: Series finale. Disney+
Between the World and Me: Mahershala Ali, Angela Bassett, Angela Davis, Alicia Garza, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Jharrel Jerome, Mimi Jones, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Ledisi, Janet Mock, Jason Moran, Joe Morton, Wendell Pierce, Phylicia Rashad, Greg Alverez Reid, Mj Rodriguez, Kendrick Sampson, Yara Shahidi, Nate Smith, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Courtney B. Vance, Olivia Washington, Pauletta Washington, Susan Kelechi Watson, Michelle Wilson, and Oprah Winfrey all appear in this adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ best-selling book. 7 p.m., HBO
Underwater: This ocean-monster movie starring Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel and T.J. Miller for some reason is described by critics as “instantly forgettable,” and “The Abyss‘-lite, the horror beats feel cadged from Alien and the seafood-looking CG monsters appear to have been liberated from a bin outside Iceland.” So, you know. 8 p.m., HBO
Saturday Night Live: It should be a new episode but at this writing, I’m not sure who the host is. UPDATE: it is not a new episode. They are re-airing a Kerry Washington/Eminem episode from 2017? Ok, sure. 10:30 p.m., NBC
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square: A cold-hearted Christine Baranski tries to sell her hometown’s land but I bet Dolly Parton’s songs change Christine Baranski‘s mind. Premiere. Netflix
2020 American Music Awards: Taraji P. Henson hosts what ABC would like to call music’s “hottest night of the year” to which the Grammys might have something to say about. 7 p.m., ABC
Belushi: A revealing look into the legendary comedian’s life. Premiere. 8 p.m., Showtime
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Leslie Mann, Colin Quinn, SAINt JHN
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