I was up all night with insomnia, because sometimes at 2:30 in the morning, my brain becomes this sea otter. The juggling one, not the one with the paw over her eyes:
ABC is looking for someone to replace Chris Harrison on the “After the Final Rose” episode of The Bachelor, and is considering someone from outside the Bachelor universe — I’m sorry, “Bachelor Nation” — after Rachel Lindsey told them to go jump off a cliff. Interesting. I wonder what this means for Harrison’s long-term future with the show. I imagine they’ll eventually bring him back, but who knows?
— NickoWatchesTV (@NickoWatches) February 23, 2021
Another reminder that Pat Sajak is kinda an asshole: he mocked a contestant’s lisp on Monday’s episode of Wheel of Fortune, and then made himself out to be the victim when people called him out for it.
Hopefully you learned by your mistake and stop making fun of those with a lisp. As a woman who has lived all her life with one (and my parents put me in speech classes when I was first going to school as a youngster), I find it appalling that you do that kind of crap.
— Lissy Dunning (@DunningLissy) February 23, 2021
In happier game show hosting news, Jeopardy! Executive Producer Mike Richards has been hosting this week, and the people, they like him!
I like this Mike Richards guy as a Jeopardy host. Not overbearing or distracting, and perfectly pleasant. It should be nice to see him get more comfortable and test the water over the coming days. Thinking maybe a relative unknown might be a decent lock.
— Gary (@MothMonsterManG) February 23, 2021
— Nia (@escambiNIA) February 23, 2021
I think @Jeopardy can stop looking for Alex Trebek’s replacement because their executive producer / temporary host – Mike Richards – is a FOX!!! I don’t wanna look at anyone else… pic.twitter.com/FjvlxFQEBN
— Ryan (@thisismeryan13) February 23, 2021
— Roxana Callejas (@SalvyRox) February 23, 2021
God bless the innocent souls who are just now realizing that Wandavision‘s Elizabeth Olsen is the Olsen Twin’s younger sister.
I'M SORRY WHY DID NO ONE FUCKING TELL ME THAT #ELIZABETHOLSEN AKA WANDA MAXIMOFF HERSELF IS THE YOUNGER SISTER OF MARY KATE AND ASHLEY!!! I FEEL LIKE THIS SHOULD BE MORE WIDELY KNOWN!!!
— Franky Rosenthal (@glowingstraw) February 16, 2021
Elizabeth Olsen been the twins sister all this time!? 30 years old when I found that out. 🤯
— Ibn A. Salaam (@smoothasice20) February 22, 2021
How was I today years old when I learned that Elizabeth Olsen is the Olsen twins younger sister. I quit
— Sar (@sar_hooper) February 22, 2021
I mean, they sang a whole song about how they hated her, people:
Internet: Elizabeth Olsen is related to the Olsen Twins???
Me: Am I the only one who remembers that time they bullied her in song? https://t.co/b1GEBsaKhQ
— Keeba Series PMS (@Keeba13) February 22, 2021
ANYWAY, if you are enjoying Elizabeth in Wandavision, I HIGHLY recommend Martha Marcy May Marlene — a terrible title for a terrific, quiet but disquieting film about a woman who escapes from a cult. It also stars Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy, and John Hawkes — who is in a VERY different role than the one I remembered him best from, Eastbound and Down.
Sounds like Tiger Woods has a long, hard recovery ahead of him, but that he’s going to make it, thank goodness.
I didn’t realize that What We Do in the Shadows, the film that the TV show is based on is itself based on a short film. You learn something new every day!
I was going to do a full political roundup today, but you guys, I’m so tired from being up since 2:30 this morning for no good goddamned reason except for maybe carrying around all this stress for the past 10 days, so we’re going to bullet point the most important/relevant news:
- The Supreme Court said that the Manhattan district attorney can, in fact, have Former President Future Inmate’s tax returns after all. Not only that, but they’ll also be able to subpoena accountants’ records and communications. Former President Witch Hunt, predictably, thinks this is a witch hunt. Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance don’t care.
The work continues.
— Cyrus Vance, Jr. (@ManhattanDA) February 22, 2021
- Today, House Democrats are holding a hearing on cable news networks spreading misinformation and lies about the election called “Fanning the Flames: Disinformation and Extremism in the Media.” DRAG THEM.
- Speaking of spreading The Big Lie: the MyPillow Guy has been sued by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.3 billion. He claims he’s happy about it. LOL, sure. You know who else said they were happy to be sued for billions? Rudy Giuliani and he spent a week hiding from the process server.
- Yesterday, the Senate held their first hearing on the January 6th insurrection, hearing testimony from top Capitol security officers.
Their testimony illustrated the chaos of the day, suggesting that officials were reluctant to accept responsibility for the politically charged issue of calling in National Guard troops even as the violence escalated. It also showed that the overlapping jurisdictions of the Capitol Police, the District of Columbia government and other agencies created utter confusion that hindered attempts to stop the most violent assault on the Capitol since the War of 1812.
The officials testified that the F.B.I. and the intelligence community had failed to provide adequate warnings that rioters planned to seize the Capitol and that the Pentagon was too slow after the attack began to authorize Guard troops to help overwhelmed police. They also gave their own conflicting accounts of communicating with each other as they sought to quell the riot in its early minutes.
“None of the intelligence we received predicted what actually occurred,” the former Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund told senators. He called the riot “the worst attack on law enforcement and our democracy that I have seen” and said he witnessed insurrectionists assaulting officers not only with their fists, but also with pipes, sticks, bats, metal barricades and flagpoles.
“These criminals came prepared for war,” Mr. Sund said.
Some Senators blamed the lapses in security on a “failure of imagination,” but I find that … lacking. I doubt our FBI and other intelligence agencies didn’t know that extremist groups were not just prepared, but planning to become violent on that day — it was all over the damn internet, for crying out loud. Quick anecdote: a friend of mine has a brother-in-law who is very much a Trumpian right-wing survivalist type who lives in the country outside of Houston. I asked her, half-jokingly, if he was in D.C. on January 6th, and she said no, he was at home but — tellingly — he insisted his daughters who are in college, come home for that day because he was concerned about something happening, even down here in Texas. This event was an open secret. The real question is why didn’t any of the organizations responsible for the security of the Capitol prepare or react appropriately in real-time? That’s the real scandal.
- Across the country, Republicans are furiously writing laws to limit voting. 106 bills making it harder to vote have been drafted, three times the number compared to last year at this same time. Democrats in the Senate need to get rid of the filibuster and pass the Voting Rights Act already, or the 2022 election is going to be stolen whole cloth from millions and millions of voters.
The biggest decision Dems face is whether to stand aside & let GOP voter suppression/gerrymandering in red states proceed, or to combat it by ending filibuster to pass #HR1 + new #VRA. Their choice will shape the next decade & whether diverse younger generations rise to influence https://t.co/89ryM4H6Bt
— Ronald Brownstein (@RonBrownstein) February 23, 2021
- Newsmax has nothing better to do but attack the First Dog. Literally.
Champ is a 12 year old german shepherd. That’s about as old as they come. The fact that he’s walking about living his life is delightful. Fuck these insipid ghouls for having a problem with that https://t.co/fMF7NC6Jkq
— matt (@dogfather) February 20, 2021
As for what’s going on down here in Texas, honestly, I’m too exhausted to write about it right now and feel like it will have to wait for another day. Maybe I’ll tackle it later this week, after our state holds a hearing on the fact that we were literally minutes away from an even more catastrophic grid failure that could have left all of us without power for months.
But the long and short of it is, after having their power and heat turned off in sub-20 degree weather, and having their water put under a boil order — if they were lucky enough to have the pipes survive the cold — now some Texans are being hit with comically large electricity bills because our dumb state worships at the altar of Absolutely No Regulations.
And now our hypocritical politicians, fresh from their Mexican vacations, are finding their outrage:
This you? pic.twitter.com/LPWUtI1kDk
— Matt McDaniel (@themattmcd) February 21, 2021
Hey Ted? Fuck you.
If you’re inclined to help, in addition to the organizations I mentioned a couple of days ago, the United Way has teamed with the City of Houston and Harris County to create The Houston Harris County Winter Storm Relief Fund to give grants to “local nonprofits that will meet unmet needs of families who need additional help to recover, including help with plumbing and home repairs, temporary housing, and other basic needs relief. The Fund is dedicated to filling the gaps that may not be met by other local and federal efforts.” You can find out more here or text HOUSTONFREEZE to 51555 to donate.
The numbers are still staggering: officially somewhere between 503,000 and 515,000 Americans dead. But the news on the vaccine front is promising: Johnson& Johnson’s vaccine looks good and could be approved by the FDA as soon as Saturday. Unfortunately, they won’t have as many available as first promised, but they expect to be able to deliver 100 million doses by the end of June, thanks to the federal government helping to secure supply issues.
And in other “OH, I GUESS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY HERE AFTER ALL” news: FEMA has set up mass vaccination sites, including one here in Houston at the NRG Center which is aiming to vaccinate up to 6,000 people a day. Additionally, they are giving preference to high-risk neighborhoods, though anyone 65 or older, or 60 and older with underlying conditions are welcome to register for a vaccine at NRG.
Please do not be assholes to restaurants right now. I really don’t want to lose any more of my favorite places because you’re greedy and awful.
The U.K.’s NHS would like you to please ignore Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP COVID-related bullshit, please. Honestly, this is just good advice in general, coronavirus or no coronavirus.
California theme parks are still demanding to open up with fewer restrictions than Governor Newsom would impose. I would say that we are getting closer to a place where that might be able to happen now that cases are dropping — but Los Angeles just hit over 20,000 deaths and there is still a concerning issue regarding the California variant, so …
- Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy has been renewed for a second season at CNN.
- Monster High is being adapted into a live-action musical and animated series at Nickelodeon.
- Gordon Hemingway & The Realm of Cthulhu is being adapted for television by Spike Lee’s production company at Netflix.
- The Rise and Fall of Victoria’s Secret, a docuseries, has been ordered at Hulu.
- The 50th Law is being adapted for television by 50 Cent and Kenya Barris at Netflix.
- The Bluff, a 19th-century pirate action film starring Zoe Saldana, has been bought by Netflix.
- The Water Man, a family adventure film, has been bought by Netflix.
- Uncoupled, a murder-mystery comedy, has been acquired by Netflix.
- The Vanishing Half is being adapted for television at Netflix.
- Backyard Bar Wars has been ordered at truTV.
- A series based on Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins from Walter Mosley’s books, is in the works.
- Builds on Wheels has been ordered at Discovery+.
- Ronny Chieng has signed a deal with Netflix for three comedy specials.
- Taylor Kitsch will co-star in The Terminal List on Amazon.
- Judy Greer is joining Stargirl on Disney+.
- Sterling K. Brown will host Soul of a Nation on ABC.
- Paulo Costanzo has joined the cast of Upload on Amazon.
- Rebbi Rosie, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Enrique Murciano are joining Step Up on Starz.
- Rome Flynn, Aubriana Davis, Tracey Bonner, and Josh Ventura have been added to the cast of Raising Dion on Netflix.
- Rome Flynn is also joining Dear White People on Netflix. Big day for Rome Flynn and Rome Flynn’s agent.
- Ian Colletti, Dawn Olivieri, and Denyce Lawton have joined The Hot Zone: Anthrax on National Geographic.
Mark Your Calendars
- Tina will premiere on HBO and HBO Max on March 27.
- kid 90 will premiere on Hulu on March 12.
- New Amsterdam will return on NBC on March 2.
- Couples Therapy will return on Showtime on April 18.
- City on a Hill will return on Showtime on March 28.
- Chad will premiere on TBS on April 6.
- Fall River will premiere on Epix on May 1.
- Murder Among the Mormons will premiere on Netflix on March 3.
- Luis Miguel, The Series returns on Netflix on April 18.
- My Mane Problem will premiere on ALLBLK on March 4.
- Zero Chill will debut on Netflix on March 15.
- Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan will debut on Netflix today.
- All or Nothing: Juventus will premiere on Amazon soon.
- WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures will premiere on A&E on April 18.
- Dealer will premiere on Netflix on March 10.
- Caught by a Wave will premiere on Netflix on March 25.
- Six Minutes to Midnight will premiere on Sky Television soon.
- Ziwe will premiere on Showtime on May 9.
- Hunger Ward will debut on Pluto on March 1.
- Portals to Hell will debut on Discovery+ on March 20.
Peter S. Davis, Producer of the film Highlander
Douglas Turner Ward, Director, actor, and playwright who founded the Off-Broadway Black theater group the Negro Ensemble Company
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Beat poet, and owner of the legendary City Light Books
Ginny & Georgia: A single mother Georgia, moves her daughter Ginny and son Austin to a New England town in this new series that is giving off some strong Gilmore Girls vibes. Premiere. Netflix
Snowfall: Franklin attempts to keep a gang war from exploding in the season premiere. 9 p.m., FX
Canine Intervention: Cali K9’s Jas Leverette wants to be your new Cesar Millan. Series premiere. Netflix
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Awkwafina, Ava DuVernay, Chloe x Halle
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ice-T, Tracey Wigfield, Raghav Mehrotra
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Arsenio Hall, Celeste
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Stanley Tucci, Pentatonix
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Garnett, Tobe Nwigwe
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Ted Danson
- Watch What Happens Live: Chloë Grace Moretz, Melissa Gorga
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Beth Behrs
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