And here are two very tiny, very brave doggos, protecting their home from a dopey intruder:
All Other TV News
The fight to boycott or not to boycott Georgia over its stupid and unnecessary voter suppression laws continues afoot: Just a couple of days after Stacey Abrams reiterated that a boycott would only help the GOP, and a couple of days after this piece ran, explaining why Hollywood will probably not go through with a boycott, news broke that production on Apple’s runaway-slave film Emancipation will be leaving the state. Star Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua released a statement reading:
“At this moment in time, the Nation is coming to terms with its history and is attempting to eliminate vestiges of institutional racism to achieve true racial justice. We cannot in good conscience provide economic support to a government that enacts regressive voting laws that are designed to restrict voter access. The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting. Regrettably, we feel compelled to move our film production work from Georgia to another state.”
Interestingly, here’s a piece about how a boycott backfired spectacularly (though it doesn’t really apply because it was a boycott of a single TV show, not an entire state).
The Talk returns today for the first time since the Sharon Osbourne brouhaha erupted. The episode plans to open with a “discussion about race and healing,” which should be easier to accomplish without Osbourne at the table, honestly.
My goodness, Jeopardy!, what is it going to take to get LeVar Burton a guest-hosting gig? This is becoming stupid. I mean, y’all let Dr. Oz do it. DR. OZ!
"I don't believe there is anyone out there who is better suited for this job than me. And I will go to my grave believing that," LeVar Burton tells EW. https://t.co/oegROaOuIv
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) April 11, 2021
Two fugitives featured on the reboot of America’s Most Wanted have been captured (though it was unclear whether or not the show had anything to do with it, considering they were caught in Madrid).
We’re down to the final two American Horror Story choices:
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) April 9, 2021
MacGyver has been canceled, so you know what that means: there’s a campaign afoot to save it.
Of course DMX loved The Golden Girls, he wasn’t a monster.
. @JensenAckles thank you for that… its so long. omg, i like it😏😇… and i hope your quarantined days go by fast and i can't wait to see soldier boy in action😈…and i hope you share some more quarantined photos with us, please. pretty please.🥺🙏
Much love to you pic.twitter.com/2M7nXNXqEo
— Dagmar Weiserová – ♥ThankyouJensen♥Dean♥ (@dagmarw7) April 7, 2021
Kim Goodwin, a longtime CBS News executive, has been named the new head of ABC News. Hopefully this will help end the catfight between David Muir and George Stephanopoulos.
The Conners’ showrunner explains why they had Becky fall off the wagon: “we thought we may have done a little bit of a disservice making it look so easy that someone could stop cold turkey.” It’s an interesting conversation for a show that strives to be realistic and reflective of contemporary American life.
Did Shameless end on a satisfactory note for you? SPOILERS EVERYWHERE, JUST BE FOREWARNED.
Good news: we got 4.6 million shots in arms on Saturday. That’s incredible. We are currently at about 20% of the population fully vaccinated, 36% with at least one vaccine, and at this rate, if people continue to agree to get the shot, we could have 70% of the population vaccinated by June 11, reaching the bottom threshold for herd immunity. Still, cases continue to rise: there were nearly 82,000 new cases on Friday, and there has been an 11% increase over the past two weeks. We need to convince those who are reluctant to receive the vaccine that it’s in their best interest and their communities’ best interest to do so.
And as for my idiot governor out here trying to claim that Texas is reaching herd immunity? No one knows what the fuck he’s talking about. Even the most generous numbers (which would be the number of us who have been vaccinated [about 19%] + the number of people who contracted and survived the virus [about 29%] + the people who didn’t know they were sick [probably about an additional 2% but we’ll really never know]) only add up to somewhere around 50% of the population WHICH IS NOT HERD IMMUNITY NUMBERS, YOU IDIOT. “I don’t know what herd immunity is, but when you add that to the people who have acquired immunity, it looks like it could be very close to herd immunity,” he said (in an interview on Fox News). OH, YOU DON’T SAY.
Because the right-wing is having a freakout about the concept of vaccine passports, it’s increasingly unlikely we will have a standard, centralized app for our vaccine information. As a result, there will be a patchwork of different apps, which opens up the possibility of scams and phony passports that might steal your personal information. Lifehacker has some good tips on how to protect yourself from scams.
Luke will be missed at our 1st #AmericanIdol LIVE show tonight, but is resting in quarantine at home & we wish him a speedy recovery. We’re so excited to announce @PaulaAbdul will be stepping in as a guest judge with Lionel Richie & Katy Perry as we get closer to 👑 a new winner! https://t.co/HNUQ92Nf6l
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) April 12, 2021
The movie theater business is severely hurting. Here in Houston, we’ve lost our last art house theater (and last surviving old theater) when Landmark ceased operations at the River Oaks Theater. Hopefully, the business will bounce back now that people are being vaccinated and things are slowly returning to normalish, but it might take longer for smaller, niche businesses like art-house movies.
The TV industry is bickering with Nielsen over how they recorded viewing during the pandemic. Basically, Nielsen reported that linear viewership was down, and streaming was up, but TV networks are like, “NUH-UH, YOU’RE COUNTING WRONG AND BEING LAZY.” The truth is complicated, Nielsen did use a smaller sample size during the pandemic which may have skewed some numbers. But honestly, linear networks were not and continue to not offer as much original programming that isn’t reality-based. Just from my purely anecdotal perspective and experience, viewers did move to more streaming services during this time?
Not only did the Former Liar-in-Chief’s administration pressure the CDC to change or block reports about the virus, they literally celebrated — “Yippee!!!” — when they were successful in lying to the public.
The Hollywood Bowl is reopening in May and will host an 11-week concert series beginning in July.
- Access Hollywood and Access Daily have both been renewed for three additional seasons.
- The 39 Steps, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, is being turned into a limited series.
- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is being turned into a series at Apple with Justin Timberlake set to star as Chuck Barris.
- The Second Home is being adapted into a series and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is set to star and produce.
- A 30 for 30 documentary about American Gladiators is being made at ESPN.
- A summer camp comedy is being developed at HBO Max.
- A limited series about pool phenom Danny Basavich (aka Kid Delicious) is in development.
- La Máscara Del Amor has been ordered at EstrellaTV.
- Kevin James will be Sean Payton in the Netflix film Home Team.
- Cornelius Smith Jr. will co-star in Five Days at Memorial on Apple TV+.
- Carlos Gomez and Anja Savcic are joining Big Sky on ABC.
- Robyn Lively and Tom Kenny are joining Powerpuff on The CW.
- Peta Sergeant is joining Supergirl on The CW as Nyxly.
- Andres Velez will co-star in the ABC drama pilot Promised Land.
- Em Haine will co-star in Our Ladies of Brooklyn, The CW’s nun drama pilot which apparently now has a title.
- Andrea Savage and La La Anthony are joining the cast of The Freak Brothers series.
- Tatiana Maslany will not be returning to Perry Mason on HBO. I mean, I assumed, but it’s disappointing nevertheless.
Mark Your Calendar
- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns to Bravo on May 19, and if I can hurry through these New York recaps and start on BH, maybe I’ll be ready by then …
- In Treatment will return on HBO on May 23.
- Mythic Quest returns on Apple TV+ on May 7.
- Dynasty returns on The CW on May 7.
- Legends of Tomorrow will return on The CW on May 2.
- A Black Lady Sketch Show will return on HBO on April 23.
- Ziwe will debut on Showtime on May 9.
- Elite returns on Netflix on June 18.
- Domina will premiere soon on Sky.
- Spy City will premiere on AMC+ on April 15.
- The Price Is Right at Night will return on CBS on April 21 and 28.
- Bering Sea Gold returns on Discovery+ on April 30.
Joseph Siravo, Actor in The Sopranos, American Crime Story, and For Life among others
Nikki Grahame, Star of the U.K.’s Big Brother and her own reality series, Princess Nikki
Harry Kooperstein, Emmy-winning director and producer
John Clabburn, Australian TV director
Pray, Obey, Kill: This five-part documentary chronicles a complex murder case that took place in a small Swedish village, home to a tight-knit Pentecostal congregation. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
All American: Spencer is forced to deal with some difficult truths in the spring premiere. 7 p.m., The CW
America’s Most Wanted: Criminals rejoice: America’s Most Wanted is airing its season finale, and you won’t be put on blast — at least until it returns. Season finale. 8 p.m., Fox
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Snoop Dogg, H.E.R.
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: John Oliver, Chloé Zhao
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Boehner, Shelley FKA DRAM
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Rainn Wilson, Tom Odell
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Andy Garcia, Clayton Kershaw, Noga Erez
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Steven Yeun
- Watch What Happens Live: Nicole Byer, Kenan Thompson
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: RZA
|Bob ♥ Abishola
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