It’s Monday and I have electricity and wifi and drinkable water and am a full functioning member of the 21st century again, and I have a new favorite dog:
Texas is still digging out, though. If you would like to help, please consider donating to the following organizations here in Houston:
Interfaith Ministries, which runs a number of helpful programs, including Meals on Wheels and Animeals, which helps to feed seniors’ pets.
And West Houston Assistance Ministries which is distributing food, and providing people with clothing and blankets.
Thank you for keeping all of us in your thoughts. Houston has had a rough go of it in the past few years, and I’m not going to lie, it’s been traumatic. Even those of us who have had a relatively easy go of it compared to our neighbors did suffer. Knowing that there are people out there who are worried and thinking about us helps, truly.
All Other TV News
The Muppet Show aired from 1976 to-1981 — which for those of you keeping track is 40 years ago. And in the past 40 years, we as a society have become more aware of certain cultural sensitivities, like, “Actually, the Confederate flag sucks” and “try not ot make broad generalizations about entire races of people.” As a result, instead of pulling episodes of the 40-year-old puppet show that featured jokes or references at the expense of certain communities, when they recently added The Muppet Show to their streaming service, Disney+ chose to post a disclaimer at the beginning of 18 episodes :
Disclaimer Disney+ displays before you can stream The Muppet Show. pic.twitter.com/afh3zGhX67
— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) February 19, 2021
But apparently putting this simple, “yeah, we know it’s uncool now, sorry” statement ahead of these shows — which, again, they are streaming and not keeping locked up in a vault somewhere — is what conservatives think “canceling” is:
Apparently The Muppets have now been canceled. There’s nothing these psychos won’t destroy.
Liberalism is a disease.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 22, 2021
If you are surprised Das Woke Capital is trying to cancel the Muppets it is because you don't understand who these people are
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 22, 2021
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 21, 2021
So the next time you hear someone whinging about being “cancelled” or “cancel culture,” recognize that what they are really saying is that they think they have a right to spew their casually racist or misogynistic or homophobic or just generally biased bullshit without being criticized or having anyone pointing out that it might be offensive.
And here’s what I’ve never understood about conservatives’ screaming about cancel culture, is that for people who fetishize capitalism, they don’t seem to appreciate that corporations doing things like putting mild disclaimers ahead of older, dated programming, or having their employees say, “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” is ultimately all about the bottom line and maximizing profits. And while conservatives might believe White Christians are the center of the cultural universe, that is less and less true every day. The fact is, no business wants to offend a potential customer or customer base. Jewish people are spending money in December for holiday gifts, too, so why go out of your way to make them feel excluded when instead you could use a friendly all-inclusive greeting at your store? That’s not a war on Christmas, that’s a welcome sign for more customers. Similarly, Black people, Asian people, Native Americans, Disney wants them to all be subscribers to Disney+, so the least they can do to make them feel acknowledged is to put a gentle disclaimer on an old series. Those customers now feel more welcome to spend their money on Disney+ and other Disney products at the cost of a few hurt feelings of some old White racists who refuse to adapt with the times. And if it gins up a little controversy that makes other people aware that their childhood favorite show is now available on Disney+? It seems like a pretty solid business plan to me.
A Los Angeles Times piece revealed that the group that runs The Golden Globes, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, GASP! is a scam used to funnel money to its members and give them access to celebrities and fancy handouts from studios. And guess how many Black members the HFPA has? Did you guess 0? Because they have 0 Black members.
Oh, and remember how everyone was super pissed about Emily in Paris being nominated for a Golden Globe when I May Destroy You wasn’t? Maybe the studio who made I May Destroy You should take some notes:
In 2019, more than 30 HFPA members flew to France to visit the set of the new series “Emily in Paris.” While there, Paramount Network treated the group to a two-night stay at the five-star Peninsula Paris hotel, where rooms currently start at about $1,400 a night, and a news conference and lunch at the Musée des Arts Forains, a private museum filled with amusement rides dating to 1850 where the show was shooting.
“They treated us like kings and queens,” said one member who participated in the junket, which was also attended by other non-HFPA media. (A freelance contributor to The Times also visited the show’s set and interviewed its creator, Darren Star.)
Again, for the folks in the back: THE GOLDEN GLOBES ARE BULLSHIT AND NO ONE SHOULD TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY.
Senators Kings froze to death in their castles, same as the shepherds in their huts.“ Except for those kings who fled to Cancun.
Texas is cold, I can be cold. https://t.co/TglB3AsEkt
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) February 19, 2021
And one last Ted Cruz bit of business — our community welcomed him home.
The Office has paid off for Peacock: it’s been the biggest driver of subscriptions for the paid tiers.
The Simpsons paid tribute to Edna Krabappel and the actress who portrayed her in last night’s episode with Marcia Wallace’s actual voice.
Discovery+’s launch has been on track with what they expected: 11 million subscribers so far, and on pace to hit 12 million by the end of this month. Still, their cable subscribers are none too pleased that the networks seem to be putting all their new material behind the streamer’s paywall, and while I don’t blame them, I recognize that this is the future of television: the networks are trying to move all of us away from cable and into streaming.
Oh god, Guy Fieri’s turning his kitchens into ghosts. There’s no escaping them now.
Devin Nunes’ stupid lawsuit against CNN has been tossed. Not that it is going to stop that blockhead from filing more frivolous lawsuits.
Heal up fast, Justin Melnick!
No matter who is counting, we have at least 500,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 now. The good news is that the number of new cases fell below 100,000 for the first time in months — in fact, the 14-day average has dropped by 44% which is stunning — and hospitals are seeing the pressure ease. Keep wearing those masks, keep washing your hands, and please get the vaccine — when you can, whenever that will be — and ignore unscientific nonsense.
President Biden will be honoring the half a million lost tonight at the White House with a candle lighting ceremony. Imagine that: a President acknowledging and mourning our great loss.
This is some inside baseball but some of you nerds might be interested: thanks to pandemic-related shutdowns and slowdowns on production, Fox has the youngest viewer base — even younger than The CW — right now. It won’t last now that The CW’s programming is returning, though.
South ParQ The Vaccination Special will air on MTV2 on March 10.
- Windy City Rehab has been renewed at HGTV for more season two episodes.
- TrollsTopia has been renewed for a second season on Peacock.
- Subject to Change, a “mind- and reality-bending adventure” series from J.J. Abrams, has been ordered at HBO Max. Abrams and Stephen King might also be working on an anthology series about “tiny horrors.” OK.
- The 39 Steps starring Benedict Cumberbatch is being turned into a limited series.
- Shell Beach, an animated series from Tyler the Creator and the Loiter Squad guys, is being developed at Fox.
- A revival of Criminal Minds might be in the works at Paramount+.
- Blade Runner might be being turned into a TV series.
- Anthony Bourdain’s crime novel Gone Bamboo is going to be turned into a TV series.
- Kerry Washington and Charlize Theron have joined the cast of The School For Good And Evil on Netflix.
- Eve will star in Queens, a drama pilot at ABC.
- Judy Greer is replacing Patricia Adlon in The First Lady on Showtime.
- Nick Jonas will be your next host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
- Josh Lucas will co-star in Long Slow Exhale on Spectrum and BET.
- Tom Riley will co-star in The Woman in the House on Netflix.
- Samara Weaving will be your new Holly Madison in the TV adaptation of Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny.
- Laurel Marsden is joining Ms. Marvel on Disney+.
- Ainsley Seigerm, Charlotte Sullivan, Nick Creegan, Ben Chase, and Jaylin Fletcher have joined the cast of Law & Order: Organized Crime.
- Alex Meneses is joining the cast of Walker on The CW.
- Olive Abercrombie, Will Patton, Matthew Maher, MorningStar Angeline have been added to the cast of Outer Range on Amazon.
- Journee Brown, Kyle Rogers, Andre Robinson, Caylee Blosenski, Aryan Simhadri, Leo A. Perry, Mykal-Michelle Harris, Christian Cote, Sebastian Cote, and Luke Prael have been added to the cast of Cheaper by the Dozen on Disney+.
- Spencer Sutherland has been added to the cast of I Know What You Did Last Summer on Amazon.
- Lea Black and Joanna Krupa are not going to return to The Real Housewives of Miami, and there are hints that Brandi Redmond might be leaving The Real Housewives of Dallas.
Mark Your Calendar
- Law & Order: Organized Crime will debut on NBC on April 1.
- The Mosquito Coast will debut on Apple TV+ on April 30.
- Mythic Quest will return on Apple TV+ on May 7.
- Invincible debuts on Amazon on March 26.
- Holmes Family Effect will air over two nights on Fox on March 16 and March 23.
- The Gloaming will premiere on Starz on March 21.
- Country Comfort will premiere on Netflix on March 19.
- Secrets of Sulphur Springs will premiere on Disney+ on February 26.
- Schmigadoon!; Physical; and Lisey’s Story will debut on Apple TV+ sometime later this year.
- Army of the Dead will debut on Netflix on May 21.
- Looking for Life on Mars will premiere on PBS on February 24.
- Discovery+ has announced their true-crime premiere dates for March.
Beartown: In this Swedish series, a junior hockey team is at the heart of a dark secret that tears a small town apart. Series premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
The Bachelor: The dreaded hometowns come to the resort. 7 p.m., ABC
Flags of Our Fathers: The anniversary of the day the U.S. soldiers raised the flag on Iwo Jima in that iconic photo is tomorrow. In case you were wondering. 5:00 p.m., HBO Zone West
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Shailene Woodley, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Kenice Mobley
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Pete Buttigieg, the Hold Steady, Raghav Mehrotra
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Bill Gates, Tune-Yards
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Masego featuring Don Toliver
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Hugh Grant, Teyonah Parris, Passenger
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Wanda Sykes
- Watch What Happens Live: “Below Deck” Reunion Show
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Bob the Drag Queen
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|Bob ♥ Abishola
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