It’s Thursday, and we have all just been through one of the darkest days in American history. I’m still wrestling with my thoughts and feelings about what happened in our nation’s capitol at the urging of the President of the United States, but I don’t think the place to share them is on the same post where I am talking about a Waltons‘s reunion and the release date for an animated Hulu series. So we’re going to keep this just about TV and I’ll address the rest elsewhere.
Meanwhile, here are some otters hugging and napping:
— Daily Otter (@TheDailyOtter) December 18, 2020
Here’s a baby fox:
— Fox (@hourlyFox) January 7, 2021
And here are a couple of cats drifting like rally cars (h/t BoingBoing)
Because of the chaos of yesterday, the networks had to shift their primetime schedules. ABC took out three episodes of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, but no new air date has yet been announced. And NBC preempted new episodes of Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D. The episodes that were scheduled to air last night will now air on January 13.
The surviving members of The Waltons are having a reunion tonight on Stars in the House YouTube channel and at starsinthehouse.com. The reunion will benefit The Actors Fund.
Discovery+ launched a few days ago, and IndieWire has some suggestions for the best reasons to spend $4.99 a month on the streamer. I, for one, am not looking for another streaming service to spend money on, but I’d be lying if I said that in times like this, a good Say Yes to the Dress binge doesn’t sound really fucking appealing.
Pluto TV, a free streaming service with commercials, is doing surprisingly well, and not just with old folks like me.
Meghan McCain was at it again on The View yesterday, pestering incoming Georgia senator Rev. Raphael Warnock with questions on whether or not he intends to do away with the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court. He repeatedly told her that his concerns are health care and making sure Americans receive a stimulus check, but she wouldn’t take it for an answer and asked the same damn thing two more times. Eventually, Whoopi Goldberg interrupted her, saying, “Actually, I’m…I’m going to end this,” but when Meghan kept yapping, Whoopi was yelled, “HEY, LISTEN! We’re going to say thanks to the senator-elect, Rev. Raphael Warnock,” before shaking her head in frustration.
— Kennedy (@kennedy_donahue) January 6, 2021
Also, just look at this amazing screencap. SHE MAD.
Britain’s Got Talent is postponing filming because a mutant version of the virus is ravaging the U.K.
Meanwhile, Last Man Standing is apparently still bringing audiences in for tapings? And using plexiglass booths to pen them in? Just … just use canned laughter, assholes. You had 8,000 people hospitalized in your city yesterday. Try not to make that worse just to soothe the ego of your star.
Yesterday, some 3,963 Americans died of COVID-19, marking a new terrible record.
- 9 Months With Courteney Cox has been renewed at Facebook Watch for a third season.
- A Lords of Dogtown series is being developed at IMDb TV.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones is joining the cast of Prodigal Son on Fox.
- Katie Couric will be the next guest host of Jeopardy!
- Tonya Pinkins is joining Women of the Movement, replacing Niecy Nash.
- Amy Ryan will co-star in Only Murders In The Building on Hulu.
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in the BBC series The Girl Before.
Mark Your Calendars
- Solar Opposites will return on Hulu on March 26.
- The Sister will premiere on Hulu on January 22.
- The Lady and the Dale will premiere on HBO on January 31.
- Punky Brewster will debut on Peacock on February 25.
- Puppy Bowl XVII will air and stream both on Animal Planet and Discovery+ on February 7.
- Built for Mars: The Perseverance Rover will air on National Geographic on February 18.
- An Unexpected Killer returns on Oxygen on January 15.
- A new SuperSoul will stream on Discovery+ “later this month.”
- Hello Ninja will stream on Nickelodeon on January 19.
Mr. Mayor: Ted Danson stars as a businessman-turned mayor of Los Angeles in this new Tina Fey/Robert Carlock sitcom. Series premiere. 7 p.m., NBC
Celebrity Wheel of Fortune: Leslie Jones, Chandra Wilson, and Tony Hawk spin the big wheel for charity in the primetime premiere of the beloved game show. Series premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
Hell’s Kitchen: The show moves to Ramsay’s restaurant in Vegas. Season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox
The Chase: Based on the British game show, competitors compete against Jeopardy! champions, Brad Rutter, James Holzhauer, and Ken Jennings for cash prizes. Series premiere. 8 p.m., ABC
Law & Order: SVU: The team tracks down an Amber Alert in the winter premiere. 8 p.m., NBC
Go-Big Show: So, this is a talent show, except instead of Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel, the judges include Snoop Dogg, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, and AEW’s Cody Rhodes, and instead of a one million dollar prize, they’re competing for a tenth of that. Series premiere. 8 p.m., TBS
Pieces of a Woman: By all reviews, Vanessa Kirby gives an Oscar-worthy performance as a woman overwhelmed with grief following a home birth that ends in tragedy. However, her co-star is Shia LaBeouf, who has his own stuff going on right now. So it will be curious if his bad behavior ultimately hurts this film when award season fires up. Premiere. Netflix
Coyote: Michael Chiklis stars in this series as a border agent-turned-coyote. Series premiere. CBS All Access
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Ricky Gervais, Daisy Edgar-Jones, the Avett Brothers
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Bill Hader, Fran Lebowitz, Chris Coleman
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Rachel Brosnahan, Julien Baker
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Michael Sheen, Jo Ellen Pellman
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Tessa Thompson, Paul Bettany, Steve Earle
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Watch What Happens Live: Madison LeCroy, John Pringle
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