It’s Tuesday, and we only have to get through three more days of this shit year.
"excuse me, i'll tell you when you've finished"
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) December 29, 2020
I’m going to skip the politics today because if the President gets to, SO DO I.
Only 22 more days.
All Other TV News
The single funniest story of the month is el escándalo surrounding one Hilaria Baldwin, yoga teacher, mommy podcaster, Instagram influencer, and esposa de Alec. See, Hilaria has gone around for years claiming that she is Spanish, was born in Spain, and moved to the United States when she was 19 to attend NYU. Here she is on a Today Show cooking segment, making gazpacho and forgetting the English word for “cucumber,” that’s how Spanish she is, ustedes. She and Alec have given their five children Spanish names to honor her heritage: Carmen Gabriela; Rafael Thomas*; Leonardo Ángel David; Romeo Alejandro; and Eduardo Pau Lucas. Muy, muy española!
This Twitter thread is what blew open the entire lie, and it is HILARIOUS:
You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person
— elena ilana alana alina elana (not) (@lenibriscoe) December 21, 2020
And then there’s this professional genealogist:
Built out the maternal side tree. Interesting, but still no Spain: https://t.co/Uroj3RYbIM
— Dr. Adina-My Family Genie (@MyFamilyGenie) December 28, 2020
Anyway, “Hilaria” has put out a video admitting that she is a “white girl” and adding that she doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. And Alec Baldwin posted an eight-minute-long video defending his wife on Instagram, which you can watch here, it’s your funeral. Anyway … a Christmas gift, this entire story is just an invaluable Christmas gift.
Pat Sajak gave a Wheel of Fortune contestant grief after the contestant mentioned that they missed the old shopping element of the show, calling it “the most boring three minutes of television.” I HEARTILY DISAGREE, AND AS A CHILD DREAMED OF ONE DAY BUYING THAT ONE DALMATION STATUE.
Steven Yeun was actually a member of Second City but didn’t believe there was a path to Saturday Night Live because he didn’t think there was a place there for an Asian guy: “I didn’t see a pathway through Second City to get to ‘SNL,’ probably because there was nobody in front of me to lead the way. I was also thinking, who could I even play in popular culture that wasn’t an accented foreigner?” I mean, it worked out for him in the end, but it’s another reminder that representation matters, and it’s actually a big deal that Bowen Yang is a cast member now.
I don’t know if you’ve been following Eve6 on Twitter, but the lead singer of the has-been band is one of the most entertaining things on that cursed platform. ANYWAY, on the topic of former cast members of The Walking Dead, Eve6 guy revealed that a former cast member once dated the guitarist from Eve6 and wrote an album about him. The whole thing is a little cringey for everyone involved, and it was Emily Kinney, the actress who played Beth, by the way.
Well, this is bummer news: as of now, there are no plans for another The Haunting series on Netflix. The previous seasons weren’t perfect, but I enjoyed Flanagan’s reinterpretation of classic haunted house stories. Mike Flanagan and his team have just finished filming Midnight Mass, a horror series about a mysterious isolated island community. It is expected to stream on Netflix sometime next year.
Shia LaBeouf has been fired from Olivia Wilde’s film, Don’t Worry Darling, for his disgusting and abusive behavior towards women. We are now at the “manager ships him off to rehab” portion of this story.
Heather Morris issued an apology for defending her former castmate, Mark Salling, who committed suicide after he pled guilty to child pornography charges. It’s all so messy and sad.
We are at 344,000 deaths here in America, and 19.8 million cases. We will surpass 20 million cases either today or tomorrow, according to Worldometer. Here’s a terrifying New York Times story about how the virus is causing psychosis in some patients, patients who have never had a history of mental illness.
Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug, have received the vaccine, thank goodness.
Real Housewives of Dallas‘ D’andra Simmons is hospitalized with COVID-19.
— Kate Casey (@KateCasey) December 28, 2020
Dwayne Haskins, a Washington Football Team player, has been cut after he was caught partying maskless with a bunch of strippers, which feels like it could have been a storyline on the HBO series Ballers.
Steven Soderbergh is thinking about a “philosophical” sequel to Contagion: “I’ve got a project in development that Scott Burns is working with me on, that’s a kind of philosophical sequel to ‘Contagion,’ but in a different context,” Soderbergh said. “You’ll kind of look at the two of them as kind of paired, but very different hair colors. So, Scott and I had been talking about, ‘So, what’s the next iteration of a ‘Contagion’-type story?’ We have been working on that; we should probably hot-foot it a little bit.” I don’t know what “philosophical” sequel means, either. Does he mean a hypothetical sequel, as in it might happen? Or does he mean that the sequel will be related to Contagion in a philosophical way? I don’t know, you guys.
L.A. County is urging the film and TV industry to take a break for a few weeks during this surge. Which is great, but maybe should have come a few weeks earlier, honestly.
Mark Your Calendars
- Pretend It’s a City will premiere on Netflix on January 8.
- The Netflix Afterparty will premiere on Netflix on January 2.
- Power Book III: Raising Kanan will premiere on Starz in the summer.
- Blown Away will premiere on Netflix on January 22.
- Below Deck Galley Talk will premiere on Bravo on January 2.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder: Prairie to Page will debut on PBS tonight.
Pierre Cardin, Fashion designer and icon
Arthur P. Siccardi, Broadway production supervisor
Phil Niekro, Baseball Hall of Famer
POPSTAR’S Best of 2020: It’s that time when TV pushes out post-mortems of the year, everyone has one, but this IS NOT IT, THE CW. Is this going to be a one-minute long show? Because NUH-UH. NOPE. NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR IT. 7 p.m., The CW
The Year 2020: ABC News is closer — a deep look at the election, the virus, the protests with some pop culture nonsense to fill in the blanks. 8 p.m., ABC
Yearly Departed: But this — this is the sendoff this shit year deserves … Amazon
|ABC||To Tell the Truth
|The Year 2020
|FBI: Most Wanted
|CW||POPSTAR’S Best of 2020
|Tell Me a Story