It’s Friday, and you know what? I’m going to skip the politics today, except for this terrific lip-sync because I could watch it all day long:
Trump legal team’s ⭐️STAR⭐️ witness pic.twitter.com/ZKWiwUmdk4
— Ben Yahr (@benyahr) December 3, 2020
All Other TV News
Yesterday’s huge news was that Warner Brothers has decided to try to kill off movie theaters. Well, not literally, but their announcement that their entire 2021 slate of films, including Dune, The Matrix 4, and the Space Jam sequel would be released on HBO Max on the same day as they are released in the theater, is not a good omen for an already embattled movie theater industry.
A very brief and admittedly uninformed explainer: in the pre-pandemic days, studios had deals with cinemas in which movies would play in theaters exclusively for some period of time, usually 90 days or so. And then Netflix came along and started fraying this arrangement — but the theaters responded by refusing to show Netflix’s movies in theaters, thereby potentially keeping them from being eligible for awards. But then the pandemic came along, theaters had to close and studios had to make a difficult choice: wait to release their big blockbusters until this virus goes away, release them in empty theaters in the few places where theaters were allowed to be open, or release them on streamers. Warner Brothers made clear that they would not rely on the theater model through at least 2021, probably forever.
The announcement sent the surviving cinema chains reeling, their stocks tanking and left putting out statements that reeked of denial: “In a statement, Cineworld said the company believes that when cinemas make a comeback, Warners ‘will look to reach an agreement about the proper window and terms that will work for both sides.’” LOL, good luck with that. The studios have all the leverage here, and I don’t see them allowing themselves to be held hostage by the cinema side ever again.
Then there is the real reason Warner Brothers did this: to boost HBO Max. HBO Max is the most expensive streamer on the market at $15/month and was struggling to convince people to subscribe, especially when they are already shelling out for Disney+. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and whatever else. But thanks to this deal, HBO Max might have just become one of the best deals on the market, especially if you’re a movie fan.
And then there’s Roku: Roku was the last streaming device that hasn’t struck a deal with Warner Brothers to make HBO Max available. Christmas is coming, people are going to be buying streaming boxes, so it behooves Roku to make a deal sooner rather than later.
Roku execs seeing Warner Bros. is debuting their entire 2021 slate on HBOMax+theaters. pic.twitter.com/4QhhLQvcXw
— Rebecca Pahle (@RebeccaPahle) December 3, 2020
I’m going to be honest: I hate going to the movies these days. I hate finding seats, I hate having to miss some part of the movie when I inevitably have to go to the bathroom because I’ve drunk a bucket of Diet Coke, I hate other people being near me, I hate other people playing with their phones and distracting me, I just have come to hate the experience in a theater. But I understand why people love it — I used to go to the movies at least once a week, and my husband remains a committed movie theater-goer. One of the most difficult parts of the pandemic for him has been not being able to go see a movie in a theater.
Tons of other people are split on this, too:
I truly hate this. I am saving so much money not going to the theaters like several times a month, but I'd gladly throw it away, like, yesterday to see a movie in theaters today. https://t.co/iRXap87Lzg
— Chris Quintana (@CQuintanaDC) December 3, 2020
Love this and this is what they should've done, as with the other studios, while this pandemic has been going on!!! 😀 They got a backlog of movies now and need to get them out. Also it'll still go to DVD/VOD after the theater run like normal. https://t.co/tWAplB09pn
— Amanda Hogan (@buffyfan145) December 3, 2020
my take on the HBO Max thing is that while it is still not safe to go to a movie theatre I am very happy to watch great content from my couch but the second it IS safe to go to a movie theatre I will be there with my popcorn and Diet Coke and I will literally. watch. anything.
— Claire Willett (@clairewillett) December 3, 2020
I hate this. https://t.co/XkhzrxuWB4
— Stephen Ford (@StephenSeanFord) December 3, 2020
And I urge you to enjoy the replies to this tweet, celebrating the communal joy of being in a packed theater when someone yells something out. You’re not going to have that kind of joy while streaming Godzilla vs. King Kong on your couch.
Movie theaters gave me the experience of someone yelling “oh she gonna KILL EVERYBODY” during the Hammer Girl train car scene in The Raid 2, I wish that everyone can have that moment again
— Jane Coaston (@cjane87) December 3, 2020
Lawrence, MA. 2002. opening night of THE RING.
On the reveal of the first victim — a quick flash of a horrifically distended corpse in a closet — someone in our teen-packed theater yells "hey , that looks like your mom!"
roars of laughter from all
— Evan McGarvey (@evanmcgarvey) December 3, 2020
During HEREDITARY someone started doing the click noise behind me. Not cool, random terrifier.
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) December 3, 2020
There's a legend in my hometown I desperately want to believe in about a person in the 70's who towards the end of 2001 shouted "I'M UNDERSTANDING EVERYTHING"
— Lucas Murtinho (@lmurtinho) December 3, 2020
— maui 🐨 (@mauimaws) December 4, 2020
— greys fan (@team_merder) December 4, 2020
— gec🖤| HEAVEN ENDGAME. (@sheptxge) December 4, 2020
— Akomolede Oluwaseun Adisa (@AdisaAkomolede) December 4, 2020
Shameless returns this weekend, and Showtime is making it free for the taking through the holiday season, along with 60 hours of other programming. As for the final season of Shameless, will Fiona return? (SHE BETTER.)
Byron Allen’s network Light TV will become TheGrio.TV on January 15. I dunno, Byron, that’s a clumsy name.
Limited Edition Conan Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures are coming, nerds.
The “woman yelling at cat” meme stemmed from an amazing episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (no cat was involved) and here is a collection of some amazing adaptations of the meme. I love them all so much.
There are currently 100,000 Americans hospitalized with COVID, and 218,000 tested positive yesterday. Nearly 3,000 Americans died. Just yesterday. And we haven’t hit the post-Thanksgiving peak yet. The CDC is warning that nearly 20,000 Americans could die the week of Christmas.
Joe Biden has asked Dr. Fauci to stay on as his “chief medical adviser.” President-elect Biden has also said he will ask the American people to spend his first 100 days in office masked up. It’s a lovely idea but half of this country would rather die and take us all with them than to do a simple thing to end this virus.
Fox News’ Juan Williams also has the virus, forcing The Five to go back to remote taping.
You know what’s not helpful, Austin mayor Steve Adler? Filming a stay-at-home message to your citizens FROM YOUR VACATION IN MEXICO.
THAT AIN’T IT, LETITIA WRIGHT. ~sighs~ Letitia Wright, one of the stars of Black Panther, posted a YouTube video by anti-vaxxers, expressing skepticism about the upcoming vaccine in the United Kingdom. People called her out on it, and this was her dumbass, non-apologetic response:
if you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled 😂
— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) December 4, 2020
More people piled on and she took down the original video with this, again, non-apology:
my intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies.
— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) December 4, 2020
For the one-thousandth time: being criticized ≠ being canceled. BUT IF ANYTHING SHOULD GET SOMEONE CANCELED, MAYBE WE CAN BEGIN WITH PUSHING ANTI-SCIENCE NONSENSE DURING A DEADLY PANDEMIC.
Before you click on the screamfest that happened on CNBC about COVID closures a couple of things: 1. the difference between a restaurant and a big box store is that one’s entire visit to a big box store can be and should be spent masked up, but in a restaurant, one has to take off one’s mask to eat and drink — you know, to do the thing that they are there to do in a restaurant — thereby putting them at more risk and 2. the spittle flying in this segment is exactly why TV shows have to tape remotely:
Grey’s Anatomy writer, executive producer, and medical expert Dr. Zoanne Clack discusses this season, why it is so important to accurately depict how this crisis is impacting health care professionals and the accuracy of Meredith’s COVID dreams.
The Grand Tour guys explain how they filmed in the time of COVID: $67,000 worth of tests, persnickety safety coordinators, “nuclear Chernobyl gear.”
Shameless will deal with the pandemic, because, as the showrunner explains: “Those living barely above the poverty line or below the poverty line have been the most impacted by the pandemic, and we just felt it was something that we really had to do — to show the impact it’s having on our characters. It would have felt criminal not to.”
- Fear the Walking Dead has been renewed for a seventh season on AMC.
— FearTWD (@FearTWD) December 3, 2020
- Blood of Zeus has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) December 3, 2020
- Big Cat Tales has been renewed for a second season on Animal Planet.
- Superstore will end with this 6th season on NBC.
We’ll always treasure every moment of beauty spent with all of you.💙 pic.twitter.com/1u8MlmPKlT
— Superstore (@NBCSuperstore) December 4, 2020
— colton dunn (@captdope) December 3, 2020
It’s hard to know exactly what to say in moments like these. Superstore was a dream every day. I made lifelong friends and helped create a show that I am beyond proud of. I am incredibly sad it’s ending but also insanely grateful for all it’s given me. ☁️ 9 forever.
— Lauren Ash (@lauren_ash) December 4, 2020
- Wilmore ends on Peacock tonight after 11 episodes, which apparently was always the plan? Ok.
- Gutsy Women, a docuseries based on Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s book, is in the works at ABC.
- Shuggie Bain is being turned into a TV series.
- Alma’s Way, an animated series, has been ordered at PBS Kids.
- Moment of Truth, a true-crime docuseries, has been ordered at IMDb TV.
- Vera Farmiga, Florence Pugh, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Alaqua Cox, and Zahn McClarnon have joined the cast of Hawkeye on Disney+.
- Jonathan Capehart and Tiffany Cross are now the co-hosts of A.M. Joy on MSNBC.
- is leaving ESPN.
- Cedric Joe has been cast as Emmett Till in Women of the Movement on ABC.
- Imogen Poots has been added to Outer Range on Amazon.
- Raúl Esparza is returning to Law & Order: SVU on NBC.
- Michael Grant Terry and Gillian Vigman are joining the cast of Roswell, New Mexico on The CW.
- Dichen Lachman is joining the cast of Severance on Apple TV+.
Mark Your Calendar
- The Equalizer will premiere on CBS after the Super Bowl on February 7.
- American Gods returns on Starz on January 10.
- The Dig will debut on Netflix on January 29.
- Wendy Williams: The Movie will debut on Lifetime on January 30.
— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) December 3, 2020
- Firefly Lane will premiere on Netflix soon.
- The Rookie will return on ABC on January 3.
- Christmas Dilemma will premiere on TV One on December 6.
- Beyond the Pole: Living Under Lockdown will premiere on WEt v on December 17.
- LMN has released the titles and dates of 13 new movies including 5 new “The Wrong” films.
- Hunted will premiere on Shudder on January 14.
- Light Speedwill debut on YouTube on December 7.
- Holiday Heartbreak will debut on BET on December 16.
- Underground will begin airing (reruns only, no new episodes) on OWN beginning January 5.
Warren Berlinger, A character actor with over 115 credits to his name, spanning from Kraft Theatre all the way to Grace and Frankie. He appeared in Happy Days, Cannonball Run, The Joey Bishop Show, That Girl, The Dukes of Hazard, Too Close for Comfort, and Friends, among countless others
Selena: The Series: The story of Texas’ Tejano Queen. Series premiere. Netflix
Mank: The story of Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as told by David Fincher. Netflix
Big Mouth: Season premiere. Netflix
Mulan: If you’re a subscriber, now you can watch it without paying extra! Disney+
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Because we need it right now. Netflix
MacGyver: The team infiltrates a glamourous hotel in the season premiere. 7 p.m., CBS
Magnum P.I.: Higgins is shot! Season premiere. 8 p.m., CBS
Blue Bloods: Frank goes head-to-head with the city council over police brutality in the season premiere. 9 p.m., CBS
Saturday Night Live: Jason Bateman and Morgan Wallen. 10:30 p.m., NBC
The Photograph: Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield try out drama for a change of pace in this romantic movie. 7 p.m., HBO
Kid of the Year: All kids are the kids of the year, as far as I’m concerned. 6:30 p.m., Nickelodeon, TV Land, Nicktoons
A Holly Dolly Christmas: It’s A Dolly holiday! 7:30 p.m., CBS
Shameless: The pandemic hits the Gallaghers in the final season premiere. 8 p.m., Showtime
Your Honor: Bryan Cranston stars as a New Orleans judge who is faced with an impossible decision when his son is involved in a terrible accident. 9 p.m., Showtime
Euphoria: Trouble Don’t Always Last: It’s a Euphoria Christmas special! And no, I am not even kidding. (This is the first of two special episodes.) 8 p.m., HBO
The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Season premiere. 7 p.m., Bravo
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Barack Obama, Sienna Miller, Liam Gallagher
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Common, Andrea Bocelli
|CW||The Hollywood Christmas Parade Greatest Moments
|FOX||Friday Night Smackdown||Local|
|NBC||Ellen’s Game of Games
|Saturday Night Live
|Saturday Night Live
(Jason Bateman & Morgan Wallen)
|ABC||America’s Funniest Home Videos
|Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?
|CBS||NFL||60 Minutes||A Holly Dolly Christmas
|NCIS: Los Angeles
|NCIS: Los Angeles
|Bless the Harts
|NBC||Sunday Night Football