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— Hawk (@Hawk) March 30, 2021
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After three rocky seasons, Starz has canceled American Gods. There is some talk that there might be a movie to wrap the story up down the line, but don’t get your hopes up.
“Everyone at Starz is grateful to the dedicated cast and crew, and our partners at Fremantle who brought author and executive producer Neil Gaiman’s ever-relevant story to life that speaks to the cultural climate of our country,” read a statement put out by the network.
Production on the creative, visually gorgeous show was fraught from almost the beginning: the original showrunners, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, left after only one season over budget and creative issues, specifically with the author of the source material, Neil Gaiman. When they left, cast members Kristin Chenoweth and Gillian Anderson went with them. Jesse Alexander, the former Heroes showrunner, was brought on to run the show for the second season, but he was removed halfway through the production after clashing with the creative team, leaving a producing director and line producer were to complete the season. Charles “Chic” Eglee, a producer on The Walking Dead, Dexter and The Shield was then brought on, and one of the stars and writers on the show, Orlando Jones, was unceremoniously fired. Jones did not go quietly, claiming that Eglee said his character, the popular Mr. Nancy, sent “the wrong message for Black America.” Ultimately it was too much trouble for a show that had lost well over half of its viewership between season one and two, and a full three-quarters of it by the end of the third season.
R.I.P., American Gods. You were beautiful and fun and you were fucked from the get-go.
GODDAMMIT, GEORGE, NO. FINISH. THE. FUCKING. BOOKS.
Mark Hamill and James Mangold have joined a boycott of Georgia in the wake of their egregious and racist voter suppression law. Good.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 27, 2021
Netflix is looking to reduce its greenhouse emissions to net-zero by next year. Well, that’s ambitious.
T-Mobile has discontinued their streaming service that I had no idea they had launched five months ago.
The Talk is paying Sharon Osbourne $10 million to go away, please. Good gig if you can get it.
This TikTok user discovered that Gossip Girl spilled its biggest secret in the very first episode:
Paramount+ released an interview with Woody Allen on Sunday in which he addresses the accusations against him explored in the recent HBO documentary series Allen v. Farrow, and this will shock you, but he denies that he abused his daughter Dylan when she was seven.
Woody Allen was never tried or convicted for abusing his daughter Dylan, but let me be very clear: I believe Dylan. The HBO documentary Allen v. Farrow clearly had a bias for Dylan and Mia Farrow’s version of events, and the story of how he assaulted Dylan — coming from a seven-year-old Dylan’s mouth — is horrific. But for me what was especially illuminating were the revelations as to how Allen manipulated institutions, including the government, the media, and the narrative of the entire story in that moment of crisis 30 years ago. And so it was not surprising that an interview with Allen would pop up on the heels of the documentary — Mia Farrow warns at the end of Allen v. Farrow that he will react in some way and that it worries her.
But what is surprising is that this new interview does not appear to have been a planned response on his part. The interview was filmed almost a year ago — back in July — and CBS chose to sit on it until the documentary had aired, and to package it along with Gayle King’s 2018 interview with Dylan Farrow on CBS This Morning. This surprised and angered Allen’s team who called the decision to make the interview about the Dylan Farrow story, “dishonest and scandalous.” OH WELL. TOO BAD, SO SAD.
Deshaun Watson is now being sued by 19 women for sexual assault and harassment.
Ghislaine Maxwell has been charged with sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor, adding to her previous charges of recruiting underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse, and perjury.
The Washington Post banned one of their reporters, a sexual abuse survivor, from covering any stories related to sexual assault or #MeToo for fear of a conflict of interest. Wow. They have since reversed their position on this and are allowing her to do her damn job.
Milkshake Duck strikes again! Remember the Cinnamon Toast Crunch guy, the one who claimed he found shrimp tails in his cereal, and then it turns out he was married to Topanga from Boy Meets World? Yeah, he’s apparently an emotionally abusive manipulative creep according to multiple women.
Getting lots of texts from girls still in therapy over his terror. At least we have this fun little club!
— Melissa Stetten (@MelissaStetten) March 24, 2021
I ended up in the hospital. Took me a year to recover mentally and I still struggle.
— roryuphold (@roryuphold) March 24, 2021
The whole internet loves Milkshake Duck, a lovely duck that drinks milkshakes! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you the duck is racist
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) June 12, 2016
Oh, hey, another woman has come forward accusing Harvey Weinstein of assaulting her. She claims she managed to pierce his scrotum while defending herself.
NFL player Derrius Guice has been accused of sexually harassing a woman back when he was playing at LSU.
Musician Sean Tillman, better known as Har Mar Superstar, has been accused of sexual harassment and assault. He has denied the allegations.
YouTube personality James Charles has been fired from YouTube’s Instant Influencer series after being accused of grooming underage fans.
And YouTube star David Dobrik’s ads are being pulled down after a woman accused a member of his “Vlog Squad” drugged and assaulted her.
Riot Games has closed an investigation into CEO Nicolo Laurent and found no evidence he harassed or discriminated against a female employee.
Apparently, Patty Jenkins changed the Amazons’ origin story in the original script for Wonder Woman. In an interview, Connie Nielsen explains: “She was very clear about what the Amazons were supposed to be. And I think that there had originally been some idea that the Amazons had been deeply traumatized by some kind of horrible event that involved mass rape. And Patty just said, ‘Hm, no. No, no, we’re not gonna put that on those Amazons. We don’t want to start out seeing them as victims, and why would we.’” IS THAT SO HARD, GUYS? Get this through your hacky writers’ heads: Female characters are not inherently empowered by trauma. They can just be powerful in their own right, kinda like male characters.
This testimony from a Christian Missouri father who did not understand trans issues, until he did, is moving and beautiful.
MUST WATCH: Brandon Boulware, the father of a transgender daughter, testifies during a hearing asking Missouri lawmakers to stop discriminating against trans youth. pic.twitter.com/bTuSoyE1nW
— ACLU (@ACLU) March 15, 2021
Amazon will no longer be selling a book that framed LGBTQ identities as mental illness, despite Senator Marco Rubio, Josh Hawley, Mike Lee, and Mike Braun’s whining about it being pulled.
Again, and we can’t say this enough: fuck off, Wife Beater.
We are now in a race to get the vaccine into as many Americans as possible before we hit a fourth wave. Cases are rising at an alarming rate — we’ve had a nearly 20% increase in cases over the past two weeks, and while deaths and hospitalizations are still down, they do go upwards when cases increase. While 30% of our population is vaccinated — which is an amazing feat in just a couple of months — that still means 70% isn’t. While we are averaging 2.75 million doses a day — again, tremendous! — it’s going to take more than that at the rate the virus is spreading again. Please, continue wearing your masks, get the vaccine, and don’t let down your guard just yet.
But here is some terrific news: it looks like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines not just protect you from becoming sick with the virus, studies are suggesting they prevent you from getting infected at all. Meaning, while it’s nice that the vaccine will keep you safe, it is fantastic news that it will also keep others safe, as you will no longer be a vector for transmission. GET THE SHOTS.
“I felt it was important to do my bit, so I wrote this letter to Black Britain asking people not to get left behind, to not continue to be disproportionately impacted and to trust the facts from our doctors, professors and scientists." – @LennyHenry
— NHS (@NHSuk) March 30, 2021
So, you’ve been vaccinated and you’re ready to take that summer vacation you missed out on last year … what happens if you have kids who aren’t eligible for the vaccine?
The First Wave, a documentary about a New York hospital during the COVID-19 crisis, will be released later this year.
The Year Earth Changed will premiere on Apple TV+ on April 16.
Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi of Pakistan have contracted the virus.
Aruká Juma, the last man of his Amazon tribe, was killed by COVID-19.
- Unforgotten has been renewed at ITV for a fifth season.
- USA has signed a multi-year deal with WWE to keep NXT.
- Steps, an animated musical comedy from Amy Poehler’s production company, is in development at Netflix.
- Wrecked, a comedy-horror series, is in development at BBC.
- Bo & Cheyenne, the Superstore spinoff, is no longer going forward at NBC.
- Ariana Grande is replacing Nick Jonas as a coach on The Voice.
- Naveen Andrews has been cast in The Dropout with Hulu.
- Clarke Peters is joining the cast of The Man Who Fell to Earth on Showtime.
- Jordan Fisher is joining the cast of The Flash on The CW.
- Pete Holmes will star in the untitled CBS comedy pilot about a professional bowler.
- Charlie Barnett, Max Jenkins, Ana Ortiz, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Lauren Weedman, Buck Andrews, Anjali Bhimani, Ajay Mehta, Karan Soni, and Leslie Jordan are joining the second season of Special on Netflix.
- Christina Ochoa and Mariel Molino have been cast in Promised Land, an ABC drama pilot.
- Nate Mann is joining the cast of Masters of the Air on Apple.
- Mackenzie Cardwell has joined the cast of Upload on Amazon.
- Peyton Alex Smith, Kelly Jenrette, Cory Hardrict, Sylvester Powell, Netta Walker, and Camille Hyde have been cast in All American: Homecoming on The CW.
- Mercedes de la Cruz will co-star in Right in Front of Me on Hallmark Channel.
- Lia McHugh joined the cast of A House on the Bayou on Epix.
- Olivia Macklin, Michael Hsu Rosen, and Cinthya Carmona is joining an untitled Netflix comedy.
Mark Your Calendars
- Rick and Morty will return on Adult Swim on June 20.
- Shadow and Bone will premiere on Netflix on April 23.
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch will debut on Disney+ on May 4.
- The Swim will premiere on Discovery+ on April 15.
- My Pursuit: Life, Legacy & Jordan Burroughs will debut on Peacock on April 1.
- Sky Rojo will return on Netflix on July 23.
- Small Fortune will debut on NBC on May 31.
- Diana will stream on Netflix on October 1.
- Inside Out will premiere on HGTV on April 26.
- Action Planet will debut on Discovery+ on April 22.
- Kung Fu will air on TNT on April 11 following its premiere on The CW on April 7. And Wipeout will air on The CW on April 2 following its premiere on TBS on April 1.
- NBA Draft 2021 Presented by State Farm will take place on July 29 and air on ESPN and ABC.
- Retro Tech will return on YouTube on April 13.
Robert Rodan, Actor known for his work on Dark Shadows
Nickole Jones, Emmy-nominated hairstylist
Petr Kellner, Czech Republic’s richest man who owned 30 television stations (don’t ride in helicopters, kids)
Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama, President Obama’s grandmother
My family and I are mourning the loss of our beloved grandmother, Sarah Ogwel Onyango Obama, affectionately known to many as “Mama Sarah” but known to us as “Dani” or Granny. We will miss her dearly, but we’ll celebrate with gratitude her long and remarkable life. pic.twitter.com/avDY4f1PVu
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 29, 2021
The Last Cruise: This documentary explores the COVID-19 outbreak on the Carnival cruise ship, Diamond Princess, and how it served as a harbinger of the end of normalcy for all of us. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
Pooch Perfect: Rebel Wilson hosts this new dog grooming competition. Series premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
Supergirl: Supergirl engages in an epic battle with Gamenmae in the season premiere. 8 p.m., The CW
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bob Odenkirk, Nicole Byer, Tate McRae
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