It’s Thursday and I am absolutely in love with this owl:
Your Twitter feed needs these photos of a ruru (morepork) getting an antibacterial shampoo & blowdry at Wildbase Recovery Centre. This is why you don't see owls fly in the rain 😂 #NotWaterProof #Morepork #Ruru #BirdWatching pic.twitter.com/XRcdnRbzl2
— Natalie Anderson PhD, RN (@CerebralNurse) March 31, 2021
Yes, Piers Morgan is impossible to replace because self-important racist old White guys are a rarity.
“How do I sleep at night? Ask your husband,” is an EXCELLENT Real Housewives tagline, Miss Trixie Mattel.
CBS will be hosting the Daytime Emmys for the next two years.
Hey nerds: it looks like Erryk and Arryk Cargyll will be in House of the Dragon. (I apologize to everyone for whom those words have no meaning.)
POSSIBLE BACHELORETTE SPOILER. It involves a goatee.
Black Lives Matter
The problem with this is: 1. Addison Rae did not create these dances and the show did not give credit to the choreographers who did and 2. most of those choreographers were people of color.
im literally screaming pic.twitter.com/1oLX0zoQDF
— – (@leftistexe) March 28, 2021
And it is part of an on-going problem with TikTok (and culture in general, going all the way back to the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, honestly) in which White people co-opt Black creators content and become far more famous than the original performers. The fact that Addison Rae was given a platform on The Tonight Show to promote her own new single was just added insult to injury. Oh, and this is not the first time The Tonight Show has done this.
— Sunny Hostin (@sunny) March 28, 2021
Last weekend, a controversy erupted over a White CAA agent emailing to a Black manager a clip from Menace II Society of a crack addict willing to perform sexual acts to feed his habit. Deadline reached out to the actor who portrayed the crack addict, Dwayne Barnes, about his feelings about taking the role, especially in this much different culture moment. He wrote a very moving, personal essay about why he took the controversial role, the way people in his community reacted to it, and what it means to him personally to have the role weaponized.
HOW DARE ANYONE EVER SAY SUCH A THING ABOUT TINA TURNER. UNACCEPTABLE. I DEMAND A NAME SO I CAN PUT A HEX ON HIM.
The violence against Asian-Americans continues: earlier this week, an elderly Asian woman was walking down a Manhattan street when she was horrifically attacked by a man spewing anti-Asian statements. The attack is nightmarish, and was only made worse by the fact that it was caught on security footage from a building where the security guards not only did nothing to help her, but closed the door on her as she lay helpless on the sidewalk. Fortunately, the NYPD have made an arrest, and the building has suspended the security guards.
Reminder: anti-Asian racism is not a new thing. This is from 2016, long before COVID-19.
Matt Groening says he’s proud of Apu on The Simpsons and while he’s all for diversity, he was also fine with having Hank Azaria voice him. And look, I’m not mad at Groening for not entirely getting it: Apu is a sweet, nuanced character that the writers did their best to make more than a stereotype. But, by policy is that if the people of that particular race are upset with the depiction, you should listen to them and try to do better by them.
The United States of Al producers want you to know that they have a diverse writing staff, so please do no Apu them.
The Cleveland Indians have banned headdresses and face paint at their stadium. It’s a start.
I’m going to leave this on a more upbeat note: I learned of Eugene Bullard from My Favorite Murder, episode 261, “What’s Cookin’?” and was amazed by his story (note: it contains very little murder, don’t be put off by the podcast’s name). But the long and short of it is he was the first Black American fighter pilot, and that is perhaps the least interesting thing about his life. He was a prizefighter in Europe, a nightclub owner in Paris, friends with Louis Armstrong and Josephine Baker, and a spy who was used against the Nazis. It’s utterly heartbreaking he’s not a household name because he has an unbelievable story that is worth your time.
Just got my first shot of the vaccine pic.twitter.com/z7o4idOWl2
— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) March 31, 2021
The vaccine rollout continues to be going well: according to the White House COVID data director, Cyrus Shahpar, we administered more tha 3.36 million doses yesterday.
Just in: +3.36M doses reported administered over the total yesterday! A new Thursday record, +18% over last Thursday, the first Thursday with 3M or more. Reflects the progress in our national vaccination effort, in the face of variants spreading in our communities.
— Cyrus Shahpar (@cyrusshahpar46) April 1, 2021
But Michigan is experiencing a horrific outbreak, and Connecticut, New Jersey, New York are experiencing high case numbers. We’re not through this yet, folks.
Additionally, there was a fuck-up at Johnson & Johnson which contaminated 15 MILLION DOSES. OH NO-SES! The good news is that the J&J vaccines that have been administered so far and those that are out for distribution now were not effected as they came from the Netherlands, and not in the U.S. factory where this occured. And federal officials are still confident that we should have enough supply of all three vaccines to vaccinate every adult by next month. BUT STILL. 15 million doses is nothing to sneeze at!
Fox News is going full conspiracy nutter on this vaccine passport issue. Some background: the Biden administration revealed that since so many organizations were looking into requiring proof of vaccination, they would work with private companies to develop a standard way of handling credentials. Maybe a digital QR code that would be easily scanable! This only makes sense! If some businesses will — UNDERSTANDABLY AND REASONABLY — require proof of vaccination to use their services or return to work, we should have a standard program to go by so that everyone is on the same page, and we don’t have to have multiple ways of proving our status.
However, the far right is turning this into proof that the GLOBALISTS are all TRYING TO CONTROL US and THIS IS THE NEW WORLD ORDER and they are literally calling vaccine passports “the mark of the beast,” and Fox News is happily fanning those flames, viewing the issue as a way to attack Presidnt Biden’s vaccination program which has been very successful.
Anyway. Here’s a good tip: after you receive your second dose, you might be tempted to laminate your CDC card. Maybe don’t? If we need booster shots down the road, you’re going to want that card to be alterable so you don’t have to carry multiple ones around. Instead, think about buying a plastic badge holder to protect your card. Your CDC’s Mark of the Beast card is 3″X4″ and there are plenty of badge holders available on Amazon. (This is not an ad for Amazon.)
Have we talked about this stupidity? Today is MLB’s Opening Day and those morons in Dallas have decided to host a full house at the Rangers’ ugly-ass new stadium on Monday for their first home game before reducing capacity for later games. Sure! Pack them in on Opening Day in a state that no longer requires masks! WHAT COULD GO WRONG? (Yes, the Rangers are requiring face coverings, but come on.)
Eurovision Song Contest will have a COVID-tested audience for the semi-finals and finals.
- Magnolia Table has been renewed for two more seasons at Magnolia Network.
- CSI: Vegas is officially a go at CBS.
- Ghosts, a comedy starring Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar, has been ordered to series at CBS.
- Ordinary Joe, a drama series, has been given a series order at NBC.
- The Staircase will be turned into a limited series starring Colin Firth at HBO Max.
- Head of the Class has been ordered to series at HBO Max.
- Two sequels to Knives Out are in the works at Netflix.
- Hot Pink, a YA series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, has been ordered to pilot at Amazon.
- Every House is Haunted is being developed at Netflix.
- The Rose Code is being adapted for television.
- The Rising, a series about the “human, secular story” of Jesus Christ is in the works.
- A TV series spinoff toTo All the Boys is being discussed at Netflix.
- The Three of Us is not moving forward at CBS with the original cast, but the script is still being considered.
- Nicholas Hoult has signed a deal with Civic Center Media and MRC Television.
- Liz Watts has signed an overall deal with NBCUniversal.
- I rarely comment on announcements about executive producers, but Michael Showalter is pretty great, so the news that he will be EPing and directing The Dropout makes me excited for the Elizabeth Holmes limited series at Hulu.
- Jason Dohring is joining the cast of SEAL Team on CBS.
- Snoop Dogg is joining The Voice on NBC.
- Dan Stevens is replacing Armie Hammer in Gaslit on Starz.
- Brett Cullen and Lola Kirke have joined the cast of the L.A. Lakers series at HBO.
- Barry Watson, Mouzam Makkar, Mary-Charles Jones, Aidan Gemme, Daniel Puig, and Will Meyers are joining Naomi on The CW.
- Michael Learned has joined Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story on Netflix.
- Osy Ikhile, Caoilinn Springall, Stanley Tucci, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Susan Lynch, Sara Martins, Leo Woodall, Gráinne Good, and Leo Ashizawa have been cast in Citadel at Amazon.
- Enrique Arrizon, Damian Alcázar, Camila Perez, and Raphael Alejandro have been cast in Acapulco on Apple TV+.
- Nicky Torchia, Michael Rivera, and Ibrahim Renno are joining Law & Order: Organized Crime on NBC.
- Mandeep Dhillon is joining CSI: Vegas on CBS.
- Mareya Salazar is joining Charmed on The CW.
- Jesse Metcalfe is leaving Chesapeake Shores on Hallmark Channel.
Mark Your Calendars
- Mare of Easttown will premiere on HBO on April 18.
- The Big Day will premiere on Netflix on April 7.
- Expedition X and Josh Gates Tonight return on Discovery on April 14.
- Exit Plan will premiere on Crackle on April 19.
- Murdoch Mysteries returns on Acorn on April 2.
- Home Town Takeover will premiere on HGTV and Discover+ on April 2.
- Mira, Royal Detective returns on Disney Channel on April 5.
- Hunger Ward will debut on Paramount+ on April 2.
Evelyn Sakash, Emmy-winning production designer
Top Chef: Top Chef is in Portland this season, and God bless them, between COVID, the BLM protests, and the crisis the restaurant industry is facing, it will be quite the season. Season premiere. 7 p.m., Bravo
Law & Order: Organized Crime: Elliot Stabler comes home in his very own Law & Order spinoff following a special crossover Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode. Series premiere. 9 p.m., NBC
Manifest: AH, MY OLD NEMESIS. I SEE YOU ARE BACK. Ben takes the hunt to figure out what happened to Flight 828 international in season premiere. 7 p.m., NBC
Made for Love: Cristin Milioti stars as a woman who is on the run from her controlling tech billionaire husband, who discovers he’s implanted a chip in her brain in this dark comedy. HBO Max
United States of Al: A Marine vet is reunited with his Afghanistani translator and friend in this new sitcom that is already raising some eyebrows for its portrayal of Muslims and immigrants. Series premiere. 7:30 p.m., CBS
The Moodys: Sean Sr. makes plans for retirement in this new special. 8 p.m., Fox
Wipeout: John Cena and Nicole Byer are your new hosts of the wild obstacle course show. Reboot premiere. 8 p.m., TBS
Creepshow: Season two. Shudder
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula: A standalone sequel to the cult Korean zombie film. Shudder
The Great Pottery Throwdown: The pottery reality competition you didn’t realize you needed in your life. Premiere. HBO Max
The Challenge: All Stars: Premiere. Paramount+
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy, Nasim Pedrad, Fitz featuring Bryce Vine
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