It’s Wednesday and you should celebrate every victory, no matter how small, like this pony:
Thinkin’ about this pony working up the courage to jump over a tiny step pic.twitter.com/CwtSzc46XT
— Nerd Girl Says (@Rachael_Conrad) December 8, 2020
What foolishness do we have in store for today?
17 states have filed an amicus brief to Ken Paxton’s
desperate plea for a pardon lawsuit on behalf of the state of Texas against four other states because they don’t like the fact that those states voted for Joe Biden.
Here's the amicus brief, which is led by Missouri.
This is the product of a lot Republicans in a lot of states using their offices to try to throw out the votes of millions of people in other states who failed to support President Trump. https://t.co/eq7MXRgtTn
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 9, 2020
The brief also argues that executive officials shouldn't be able to mess with voting rules. But Texas — the plaintiff in this case, the state they're supporting — did that very thing. The governor used executive power to extend the early voting period, among other things. pic.twitter.com/aHFUJH9pOD
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 9, 2020
A *lot* of this brief is an argument that the 17 states that are not GA, MI, PA and WI don't like the voting rules that were adopted in GA, MI, PA and WI because they don't think they're rigorous enough. It'd be, err, unprecedented, to let states sue each other for that. pic.twitter.com/zN6il7UMv7
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) December 9, 2020
Yeah, we don’t get to tell other states how they vote, just as I am certain Texans would have … feelings if California decided to sue us over our voting laws.
California, New York, and Massachusetts should immediately sue Texas for changing its election rules mid-stream to allow for expanded absentee voting, thereby violating their equal protection rights. (Note: This assumes the remedy for horseshit is more horseshit.) https://t.co/uPfaSeqFKu
— Chris Odell (@__Chris_Odell__) December 9, 2020
Additionally, a bunch of Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate has filed an amicus brief of their own to this lawsuit, each more desperate to prove himself more loyal to President Circling the Drain than the next. This will go nowhere, but in the meantime, we are going to have to listen to a lot of very dumb hot takes on the possibility of this nonsense overturning the election.
And one of the reasons I think this is a go-nowhere nonsense suit: yesterday, the Supreme Court threw out the Pennsylvania case where GOP legislators claimed that the law they unanimously passed to allow mail-in balloting was illegal and that the Court should throw out millions of valid ballots and allow them — the idiots who couldn’t be trusted to write a proper election bill — to choose the state’s electors. The Supreme Court thought this was an incredibly stupid case and refused to hear it. Ken Paxton’s case? Even stupider.
It’s over, but neither President Delusional nor his GOP enablers nor his voters are willing to accept it, and we are setting up a potentially very dangerous situation. True story: this morning, thanks to a VERY confused Facebook algorithm, this ad showed up in my feed:
This isn’t funny, this is dangerous. This is a threat. And all of this noise is escalating and I worry about where we will be in 40+ days when Joe Biden is sworn in and their fantasies of overturning a valid election fail to materialize.
Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden continues to move forward. He officially announced Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III as his nominee for Secretary of Defense (though there is some consternation over the nomination) and . as his Secretary of HUD
Yesterday, depending on your source, 2,597 Americans or 2,950 Americans died of COVID-19. And we’re running out of ICU beds. Here in Houston, site of the world’s biggest medical center, we are at 86% hospital capacity and 91% of ICU capacity. Stay safe out there.
Canada just approved the Pfizer vaccine and will be distributing it beginning next week. The U.S. is still reviewing the vaccine but the approval could come as early as later in the week.
In response to the news that the White House passed in the summer on Pfizer’s offer for more vaccines, President Comorbidity signed an Executive Order that said Pfizer has to give us all of the vaccines that they make here in the States or something. When asked about it, the chief science adviser for “Operation Warp Speed” Dr. Moncef Slaoui was all: “I dunno.”
This should come as no shocker, but President Trump just outright endorsed herd immunity.
"Plus, you develop immunity over a period of time. I hear we’re close to 15%, I’m hearing that, and that is terrific, that’s a very powerful vaccine in itself." pic.twitter.com/znctG7mKfD
— Benjy Renton (@bhrenton) December 8, 2020
It also means some 2+ million people would die, but sure.
In Idaho, a County Commissioner had to leave a vote on a mask mandate when anti-vaxxers surrounded her home where her 12-year-old son was alone. The protestors also surrounded the Central District Health office and another board member’s home. PEOPLE NEED TO CHILL.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has tested positive.
Sex monster and my new favorite person, Melissa Carone, says she won’t quarantine after being exposed to disease vector Rudy Guiliani and honestly, did you expect anything less?
Great News: BIG TEN FOOTBALL IS BACK. All teams to participate. Thank you to the players, coaches, parents, and all school representatives. Have a FANTASTIC SEASON! It is my great honor to have helped!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 16, 2020
CBS All Access’ The Stand will show the apocalyptic flu in flashbacks rather than tell the story in the original linear fashion, thereby not putting so much focus on the pandemic. This is either genius, as we all have pandemic exhaustion by now OR it’s a huge mistake, as the popularity of Contagion this year suggests. We’ll see!
All Other TV News
Lori Loughlin’s obnoxious daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, went on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Facebook Live show Red Table Talk to sorta apologize but mostly to demand that no one punish her for participating in a college scam. Jada’s mother, “Gammy” who is also a panelist on the show, WAS NOT INTERESTED and made it known before the interview: “You know, I fought it tooth and nail. I just found it really ironic that she chose three Black women to reach out to for her redemption story. I feel like here we are, [a] white woman coming to Black women for support when we don’t get the same from them. It’s just, it’s bothersome to me on so many levels. Her being here is the epitome of white privilege to me. It’s not our responsibility to raise her consciousness.”
Gammy is my new hero.
- Tiger King
- Cobra Kai
- The Umbrella Academy
- The Queen’s Gambit
- Little Fires Everywhere
- Outer Banks
- All American
- The Last Dance
All American? For real? HUH.
Steven Soderbergh and producers Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins will produce the Academy Awards next year — which, OK, but why is Soderbergh dressed as the fifth member of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in his official headshot?
AMC’s streaming service UMC is going to rebrand as ALLBLK in January.
CBS All Access is adding more Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. content which begs the question why they hadn’t already? (I’m sure it’s because of some contractual issues, but if you’re going to compete against Disney+ and Netflix Jr., you need to pull out all the big guns.)
Fox News will be launching Fox Weather soon. All weather maps will be marked by Sharpie.
Watching Knight Rider growing up, I assumed the driverless KITT scenes were some high-tech 1980s remote control.
Thanks to HD releases, we now know it was just a dude wearing a Trans Am seat cover pic.twitter.com/JSl1utiMSU
— 𝘽𝙧𝙮𝙖𝙣 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙪𝙢𝙚 (@BryanPassifiume) December 6, 2020
Watching Knight Rider and I've just noticed, for some unknown reason, a hand pop out when Michael goes to shut the door.
There is absolutely no know reason for this. pic.twitter.com/YdXwdjsPJY
— Stuart M Bird (@t2stu) October 8, 2019
Ah look, a woman being reasonable and understanding in the same situation where a man threw a tantrum. YES, I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU, CHRISTOPHER NOLAN.
After years of refusing to negotiate with Netflix about playing their movies in their theaters, movie theater companies are going to have to rethink everything and maybe start being a little nicer to the streamer thanks to Warner Brothers’ move. This is an interesting article outlining all of the issues in the ongoing wars between theaters and streamers.
Rutgers University filled its basketball stands with cutouts of Sopranos characters, God bless them. Bonus: James Gandolfini was an alum.
~blink … blink~
Eternally grateful to Nigella Lawson for letting us know we've all been mispronouncing microwave for the last 50 (or so) years. pic.twitter.com/tfXODGQRDp
— nigella lawson's asbestos hands (@floellaumbagabe) December 8, 2020
We have a first look picture of The CW’s Superman and SPOILER ALERT! He looks like Superman.
This ad will give you nightmares. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
This is easily THE most bizarre advertisement I have seen in quite some time 🙂 I made a mental list of products/services that it could be advertising, but it beat every single expectation or idea into smithereens and my jaw hit the floor as the product reveal happened! 1/2 pic.twitter.com/51X8tEGPFs
— Karthik (@beastoftraal) December 2, 2020
Not TV-related, but the Bad Sex in Fiction Award has been canceled this year because 2020 has been bad enough.
- How to With John Wilson has been renewed for a second season on HBO.
- Will From Home has been renewed for a second season on Snapchat.
- Hoops has been canceled at Netflix after only one season.
- One Day at a Time is officially dead dead.
- A True Blood reboot is in the works at HBO.
- The Baby, a horror-comedy about motherhood, is in the works at HBO.
- Home Economics has been ordered to series at ABC.
New comedy series Home Economics is coming soon to ABC! Starring and executive produced by @TopherGrace, #HomeEconomics looks at the relationship between three adult siblings: one in the 1 percent, one middle-class, and one barely holding on. pic.twitter.com/o06IAcstlr
— Home Economics (@HomeEconABC) December 9, 2020
- Hope Café, a coffee shop comedy produced by Damon Wayans Jr. and Mayim Bialik, is being developed at NBC.
- Dark Side of the Football and Dark Side of the ’90s are in the works at Vice.
- Return To the Moon has been greenlit at Nat Geo.
- A Wild Year on Earth, a six-part wildlife documentary is coming to BBC America.
- Ring Shout is being developed as a TV series.
- Star Trek: Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan has signed a two-year deal with CBS Studios.
- Jackée Harry is joining Days of Our Lives!
- The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 13 has been ru-vealed.
- Glynn Turman has joined the cast of Women of the Movement on ABC.
- Kevin Hart and Wesley Snipes will star in the Netflix limited series True Story.
- Katherine Heigl will star in the limited series Woodhull.
- Maggie Q is going to star in Pivoting on Fox.
- Michael Gladis will guest star on The Neighborhood on CBS.
- Ben Schwartz and Ayo Edebiri will voice the animated interactive series, We Lost Our Human.
Mark Your Calendars
- History of Swear Words will premiere on Netflix on January 5.
- Cobra Kai returns for season three on Netflix in January.
- Ariana Grande’s excuse me, i love you will premiere on Netflix on December 21.
excuse me, i love you. Coming to Netflix globally on December 21 pic.twitter.com/BVUpJqIENN
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) December 9, 2020
- Riverdale returns on The CW on January 20.
- Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta will return on WE tv on January 7.
- Headspace Guide to Meditation will debut on Netflix on January 1.
- Gabby’s Dollhouse will debut on Netflix Jr. on January 5.
- Roald & Beatrix: The Tail Of The Curious Mouse will air on Sky One and NOW TV on December 24.
- The Year: 2020 will air on ABC on December 29.
- Global Citizen Prize Awards will air on NBC on December 19.
- Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street will air on HBO and HBO Max sometime in 2021.
- Ty Breaker debuts on HGTV on January 11.
- Cakealikes will debut on Discovery+ on January 4.
- Gold Rush will also debut on Discovery+ on January 4.
- Unpolished returns on TLC on January 12; 1,000-pound Sisters on January 2; and My 600-lb Life on December 30.
Ron Gilbert, Producer behind shows like Get Smart, East Side, West Side and movies like Straw Dogs and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Paul Phillips, Broadway stage manager
Harold Budd, Avant-garde ambient music artist
Dr. Seuss’s The Grinch Musical!: Matthew Morrison is here to finish the job that Jim Carrey started. 7 p.m., NBC
The Great Holiday Light Fight: We need all the over-the-top Christmas decorations we can get our hands on this year. Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
Alabama Snake: This documentary looks into the Pentecostal snake-handling churches of Alabama and I am HERE FOR IT. 8 p.m., HBO
The Trial of Christine Keeler: Sophie Cookson stars as Christine Keeler, a beautiful English model, and showgirl who found herself at the center of a sex scandal involving jazz clubs, the MI5, and the Soviets back in the 1960s. Series premiere. HBO Max
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jon Hamm, Meghan Trainor, Earth, Wind & Fire
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Aubrey Plaza, Natalie Palamides, Kaz Rodriguez
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Rachel Maddow, Megan Thee Stallion
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Jamie Dornan, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Keegan-Michael Key, Isla Fisher, Ingrid Andress
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Andrew Rannells
- Watch What Happens Live: Meredith Marks, Lisa Barlow
|ABC||The Great Christmas Light Fight
|CBS||The Amazing Race
|The Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2020
|FOX||The Masked Singer
|I Can See Your Voice
|NBC||Dr. Seuss’ Grinch The Musical!