It is Monday, and here is skateboarding French Bulldog in a puffy vest.
I'm just gonna watch this on loop for a while pic.twitter.com/FZG7lAHuDr— Ad Infinitum (@Ad_Inifinitum) December 13, 2020
As my 16-year-old just put it: “So let me get this straight: each state casts its popular vote in November, and then a month later they assign electors to vote for the president in the electoral college for whoever won the state. And then a month after that, both chambers of Congress meet, presided over by the Vice President of potentially the outgoing administration to confirm the electoral college votes that would oust him. But! if one senator and one congressman object to the votes of any state, they can force both chambers to vote on whether or not to challenge the votes. If both chambers vote to do so, the votes go back to the governors of those states to determine their legitimacy?” When I confirmed that this is, in fact, our process, his conclusion was, and I quote: “Our federal system is trash.” And I think no matter who you voted for, you might be inclined to agree this time.
Happening as I type this: electors in every state are casting their votes, 306 for Joe Biden and 232 for President Fraud. And because the Instigator-in-Chief refuses to accept his defeat and has fired up his base, in some states, those electors had to cast their votes in undisclosed locations, and under police escorts for their own safety.
Meanwhile, the Republicans refuse to accept reality and are doing a little political theater today in some states, putting up an alternate slate of electors which they intend to submit to Congress.
To be clear, this is bonkers. Miller asserts that the Trump campaign is organizing a set of alternative presidential electors who are casting ballots today on the theory that their votes could be forwarded to Congress if . . . https://t.co/dh2zc8rrgH— Keith E. Whittington (@kewhittington) December 14, 2020
The existence of this cache of alternative presidential elector votes will allow the Trump campaign to continue to litigate and lobby to overturn the election results right up until January 6. Will any judges or state politicians take this bait and let this farce continue?— Keith E. Whittington (@kewhittington) December 14, 2020
Worse, this workaround would be inconsistent with federal law about the casting of elector votes. By federal law, electors must meet today to cast their ballots. But that vote must take place by electors who meet "following their appointment" in the manner the legislature directs— Keith E. Whittington (@kewhittington) December 14, 2020
Perhaps we'll have a big fight in Congress w/ GOP members of Congress advocating that Congress ignore existing federal law and do something completely different. It was one thing to ask GOP House members to sign a meaningless amicus brief. Quite another to ask for this.— Keith E. Whittington (@kewhittington) December 14, 2020
One can hope that this "alternative electors" strategy will go the same way as many proposals from the Trump administration over the past 4 years. It will be publicly floated but there will be no follow-through & it will soon be forgotten. Hope we never hear about this again.— Keith E. Whittington (@kewhittington) December 14, 2020
THIS. IS. NOT. NORMAL. First of all, in the past, Americans haven’t paid the slightest bit of attention to the electoral college vote day because it’s just mostly a required procedural symbol. It’s weird for all of us to not only know what day the electoral college votes, but to be watching them do so on cable news lest anything weird happen. Not only should nothing weird happen, we shouldn’t have to worry that something weird might happen!
But second of all, electors shouldn’t feel threatened to do their constitutional duty, and the President of the United States shouldn’t try to confuse the American people by pretending that he can just send in his own electors because he doesn’t like the result. All of this is wrong, all of this is dangerous and I worry about what happens to us next.
Today is a huge day: the first vaccines are arriving all over the country and being administered to health care workers on the front lines. A nurse in Queens, New York was the first American to receive the shot this morning. Here in Houston, only one hospital will receive the vaccine today, M.D. Anderson, but more is coming. Fun fact: my next-door neighbor is the President of M.D. Anderson, so I guess I don’t have to worry about contracting the virus from him. But also, he’s not the first person I know who has taken a vaccine: two of my dear friends, one a physician herself and the other our very own Whitney have participated in the trials and neither has reported any issues. This vaccine is nothing to be afraid of, it’s our way out of this, please get it when you can.
This is going to be the largest vaccine program ever deployed in this country — and during a time when vaccines in general are met with more skepticism than ever. It’s a daunting task. And that’s why I am once again disappointed by the White House — for a reason that might surprise you.
Yesterday it was announced that the White House staff would be among the first to receive the vaccine as early as this week. And while I understand why some found this news distasteful to even repugnant (how dare the same people who dismissed the seriousness of this virus shove their way to the front of the line to inoculate themselves from it!), I thought it was the right thing to do. As much as I hate this administration, I consider the people who surround the President to be essential workers. Additionally, I would hope that counted among the “White House staff,” would everyone down to the janitors and cooks who will be staying on for the Biden administration next month. But most importantly, the President and his staff receiving the vaccine sends out a message to his supporters that he trusts it. This administration has been so vehemently anti-science not just since the beginning of the pandemic, but from day one, that they have a lot of trust-building to do, particularly with his base, regarding this vaccine if it’s going to be successful.
People working in the White House should receive the vaccine somewhat later in the program, unless specifically necessary. I have asked that this adjustment be made. I am not scheduled to take the vaccine, but look forward to doing so at the appropriate time. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020
In the Disaster-in-Chief’s defense (did I just type those words?), this is a truly damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situation where he was going to be criticized — particularly by my side of the aisle — no matter what he chose. Still, I think if he and his staff don’t receive the vaccine, and receive it very loudly and publicly before he leaves the White House, there is a non-zero chance he will undermine the vaccine efforts the moment he returns to Mar-A-Lago in an attempt to hurt Biden. He’s already allowed 300,000 Americans to die on his watch, we can not allow him to hurt this vaccine project further.
As for the rest of us, Dr. Fauci thinks we could all be vaccinated as soon as March or April. I am going to choose to believe this instead of focusing on how this administration has made a clusterfuck of the vaccine efforts already.
Dr. Fauci says Americans with no underlying health conditions should expect to get a COVID vaccine at the end of March or the beginning of April: pic.twitter.com/Ofqk3cZHLE— The Recount (@therecount) December 14, 2020
Here’s something I hadn’t thought about: COVID-19 has been particularly brutal for foster kids. Fewer foster parents are available because of lockdowns and work-from-home situations, and many foster kids who do have homes, aren’t being allowed to visit their biological parents thanks to social distancing rules. Reminder: CBS is airing their annual A Home for the Holidays special that shines a light on the foster system this Sunday.
Charley Pride, Texas’s own pioneering country singer, passed away from COVID this weekend. Just a month ago, he was given a lifetime achievement award at the CMA awards — an event that was held indoors, and maskless.
We need answers as to how Charley Pride got covid.— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) December 12, 2020
Carol Sutton, New Orleans actress who appeared in Tremé, True Detective, and Lovecraft Country, among countless other movies and theatrical performances, passed away from COVID.
Nancy Grace and her family, including her 88-year-old mother, have all tested positive.
Ashanti has also tested positive for COVID-19.
Google is pushing back its back-to-the-office date to September — but might make some work-from-home jobs permanent. It will be interesting to see what the long-term ramifications of this virus will be on how we live our day-to-day lives.
Judge Judy does not have time for your maskless shenanigans and will go off on your ass.
Please do not eat a raw meat sandwich this holiday season. The hospitals are kinda dealing with other stuff right now and won’t be able to take care of your dumb ass if you get sick.
For many #Wisconsin families, raw meat sandwiches are a #holiday tradition, but eating raw meat is NEVER recommended because of the bacteria it can contain. Ground beef should always be cooked to 160 degrees! Get more holiday food safety tips: https://t.co/h3fi4TfPye #foodsafety pic.twitter.com/jDqmkt6uOU— WIDeptHealthServices (@DHSWI) December 12, 2020
All Other TV News
The decision by Warner Bros. to release all of their 2021 movies in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously continues to upset people. Judd Apatow is the most recent filmmaker to attack the decision, calling it a “disrespect.” What’s interesting is that Apatow, who unlike Christopher Nolan and Denis Villeneuve is not exactly considered an auteur, gets to the core of what is actually pissing filmmakers off about this deal: their bottom line:
It’s somewhat shocking that a studio for their entire slate could call what appears to be nobody. It’s the type of disrespect that you hear about in the history of show business. But to do that to just every single person that you work with is really somewhat stunning.
It creates a financial nightmare, because most people are paid residuals — they’re paid back-end points. What they get out of it for years and years of hard work is usually based on the success of their films. And so now what does it mean to have a movie go straight to streaming? How do they decide what to pay you? Do you even have a contract that allows you to negotiate, or is it really just up to them at this point? It raises thousands of questions, which I’m sure are very complicated.
I mean, it’s not an unreasonable question! But it also suggests that what really bothers filmmakers about the deal is not so much that their art is being compromised, but that their wallets may be. Exhibit B: The head of the Endeavor talent agency is SO MAD about this deal because he thinks it’s Warner Brother’s way of using their clients who are in their movies to promote HBO Max without giving those clients any financial remuneration. Again, not an unreasonable position to take! These are the sorts of deals every Hollywood player makes when signing up for a movie, and Warner Bros. does seem to be taking advantage of the pandemic crisis to get around these issues.
Meanwhile, WarnerMedia chief Jason Kilar thinks it’s “painful” that everyone is so mad at the company — they’re just doing the best they can, guys!
IMAX’s CEO thinks this whole thing will blow over and that Warner Bros. will not stick to this plan for the whole year. I mean, I don’t know why they wouldn’t, but I guess if you are the CEO of a theater chain right now, you have to tell yourself something.
Henry Cavill suffered what is being described as a “minor” leg muscle injury on the set of The Witcher. Production is continuing while he’s on the mend. BE CAREFUL WITH HENRY CAVILL.
Something I learned today: we have Bob Odenkirk to thank for the classic Saturday Night Live sketch Chris Farley’s “Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker,” also known as “I LIVE IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER.”
The cast of The Sopranos is reuniting this Friday to raise money for Friends of Firefighters, a nonprofit founded after 9/11 to support firefighters and their families.
- The Good Type is (probably) renewed for season five on Freeform.
- Helstrom has been canceled after one season on Hulu.
- NBC is still considering comedies American Auto and Grand Crew, but have decided to not go further with Night School.
- Apple TV+ has pulled the plug on a series about Gawker after Tim Cook — who hated Gawker for his own reasons — was surprised to learn it was being made there. Several episodes had already been filmed, and the project will be shopped around.
- Netflix has ordered seven new projects for their UK division, including projects from Rowan Atkinson, Sam Mendes, and Joe Cornish.
- Matt Smith is your Prince Daemon Targaryen. He has been cast along with Olivia Cooke and Emma D’Arcy in House of the Dragon on HBO.
- Chris Messina will star in Verbatim, a pilot about the college admissions scandal on HBO MAx.
- Jamie Bell and Margaret Qualley will star in Fred & Ginger for Amazon.
- Michael Douglas and Christoph Waltz will star in Reagan & Gorbachev, a limited series on Paramount TV.
- Christopher Walken will star in The Offenders on Amazon and BBC.
- Sharon Taylor is joining Big Sky on ABC.
- Ana De Armas has joined The Gray Man on Netflix.
- Aadila Dosani is joining Nancy Drew on The CW.
Mark Your Calendar
- Walker will debut on The CW on January 21.
- Bridgerton will debut on Netflix on December 25.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race will return on VH1 on January 1.
- Dickinson will return on Apple TV+ on January 8.
- Charmed returns on The CW on January 24.
- Outside the Wire will debut on Netflix on January 15.
- Herself will premiere on Amazon on January 8.
- Real Time with Bill Maher will return on HBO on January 15.
- Equinox will premiere on Netflix on December 30.
- Secrets of Sulphur Springs will premiere on Discovery Channel on January 15.
- Creator Spotlights will debut on YouTube today.
- Bunk’d will return on Disney Channel on January 15.
- Doomsday: The Missing Children will premiere on Investigation Discovery on December 20.
- Chopped: Grudge Match will premiere on Food Network on January 5.
- Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch will debut on Discovery+ on January 4.
- Onision: In Real Life will premiere on Discovery+ on January 4.
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Richard King, Member of the King World Production family
Victoria Racimo, Actress in Falcon Crest and The Prophecy among others
Giggy, Lisa Vanderpump’s beloved dog
The Shot: The Race for the Vaccine: Now that the first vaccine has been approved, 20/20 takes a look at how the vaccines were developed and how the government plans to deliver them to millions of Americans in record time. 9 p.m., ABC
The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All: Well, a handful of the men tell some. 7 p.m., ABC
Deliciousness: Tiffani Thiessen hosts this spinoff of Ridiculousness, in which they celebrate viral food moments. Series premiere. 7 p.m., MTV
Tiny Pretty Things: Elite ballet dramaz. Series premiere. Netflix
Lonestar Christmas: I’m mostly including this because it’s the first time I can personally remember a Lifetime holiday movie being set in Texas. I certainly could be wrong — I’m not a holiday movie scholar or anything, but most of these sorts of films take place in some anonymous Northeastern or Midwestern town where there is an abundance of snow and opportunities to wear sweaters. 7 p.m., Lifetime
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Gal Gadot, Ricky Martin, Lana Del Rey
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: The Chicks, Jamie Demetriou, Christina Aguilera
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Chance the Rapper, Christopher Walken, Laura Benanti
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Kyle Chandler, Meghan Trainor
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Taylor Swift, Christian Serratos, Sabrina Claudio
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Jay Pharoah
- Watch What Happens Live: Kate Chastain, Francesca Rubi
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