Robin Sparkles lives!

It’s Thursday, here are a few evil cats:

He’s on a diet. It’s not going great. from AnimalsBeingJerks

Muffin, the evil cat from EvilCats

Eldritch Cat(s) from DemonCats

All Other TV News

Looks like The Righteous Gemstones is back in production …

Which gives me a reason to post the greatest song from a TV show ever recorded:

HEY, JEOPARDY! PRODUCERS: WHAT GIVES? You’re out here announcing that Buzzy Cohen is going to host the Tournament of Champions and STILL completely ignoring the whole LeVar Burton thing?

The bingeing model that consumes our weekends now came about as a “happy accident” at Netflix eight years ago.

Canada has released images of their Olympic closing ceremony outfits. Robin Sparkles called, she wants her jacket back:

discovery+ is now available on Amazon Prime Video Channels.

So, that went well …

The network news business is being shaken up in a post-Former President Asshole era.

A few more remaining bits of business stemming from the Colton Underwood story:

Black Lives Matter

It’s been another tumultuous couple of weeks in America: Daunte Wright, a young unarmed Black man was shot and killed by the police mere miles away from where George Floyd was killed last year; footage of police officers pulling their weapons on and pepper-spraying Black Army Lt. Caron Nazario after a Virginia traffic stop from last December caused new outrage; and a U.S. Army sergeant in South Carolina was arrested yesterday after footage of him emerged harassing and assaulting a young Black man who was merely walking through a neighborhood.

It’s all very exhausting, and the protests have begun again in Minnesota, prompting the local MLB, NBA, and NHL teams to postpone games earlier in the week. Still, things seem to be changing, at least a little: the police officers involved in both incidents above have been fired, and the female officer who killed Wright has been charged with manslaughter (she claims that the shooting was a terrible accident: she meant to taze him, but grabbed her gun), and the Army is investigating the sergeant involved in the last incident.

Additionally, here in Texas, the former Sheriff who was involved in the death of Javier Ambler, which was filmed for Live PD, is facing additional charges of evidence tampering as related to the destruction of the Live PD footage.

The Neighborhood creator and showrunner, Jim Reynolds, has stepped down from the series after complaints about his leadership and two Black writers left the show.

Regé-Jean Page auditioned to play Superman’s grandfather on the Syfy series Krypton, but was rejected by the then-head of DC, Geoff Johns, because “Superman could not have a Black grandfather.”

Page has responded:

The BBC’s Diversity chief, Miranda Wayland, says Luther is an inauthentically Black character because he doesn’t have any Black friends and never eats Caribbean food. She’s receiving a bit of pushback on that.

In an interview with British Vogue, Thandiwe Newton revealed that her name has been misspelled for the past 30 years.

General Motors has pledged to spend more advertising dollars at Black-owned media outlets.

Over in Australia, another actor, Sharon Johal, has made allegations of racism on the set of the iconic soap opera Neighbours. One of the things Johal has claimed happened was “another former cast member imitated The Simpsons character Apu in her presence and compared her to a bobble-head toy, accompanied by the comment: ‘It’s like you guys’.”

Speaking of, Hank Azaria has come to terms with the legacy of Apu:

“I was speaking at my son’s school, I was talking to the Indian kids there because I wanted to get their input,” Azaria said. “A 17-year-old … he’s never even seen The Simpsons but knows what Apu means. It’s practically a slur at this point. All he knows is that is how his people are thought of and represented to many people in this country.”

The boy, “with tears in his eyes,” Azaria said, asked the actor to tell Hollywood writers what they do matters and has ramifications on people’s lives.

“Part of me feels like I need to go to every single Indian person in this country and personally apologize,” he said. “And sometimes I do.”

Azaria is just one of many actors who have since apologized for problematic roles. Let’s add Mark-Paul Gosselaar to the list.

Tucker Carlson spewed some disgusting “replacement theory” bullshit on his show last week which is just some straight-up white supremacist nonsense. The head of the ADL has called for Carlson to be fired:

Daniel Dae Kim reveals that at the time, he was alarmed that Lost‘s pilot seemed to be dealing in Asian stereotypes, and confronted J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof about it. They urged him to trust them — and we now know that it was all the set-up for a huge twist. “I don’t think you can question the positive effect ‘Lost’ had on representation. You could even argue it has had an effect on the way we cast now, if you look at the copycat shows that came out as a result of ‘Lost.’”

Steven Yeun would rather just be known as an “actor” instead of an “Asian-American actor.”

“Yeun doesn’t seem particularly thrilled about his status as the first Asian American nominee for the best actor Oscar. ‘If I step out of myself and see what that moment might mean beyond just me,’ he remarks, ‘it’s cool that we get to establish new ground and that young Asian American kids can feel like this is possible for them, too.’ But personally, he confesses, ‘I’m just not reactive to it in any direction.’ He’s leery that such a high-profile achievement might end up a kind of burden, in which people view him as an ‘Asian American actor’ first and ‘actor’ second.”

The building staff in New York City who did not help that Asian woman when she was attacked, has been fired.

Oscar-winning director Bong Joon-ho has called on Hollywood to do more in the wake of racist violence.

Going Viral

Cases continue to tick upwards. After getting our case numbers down to about 50,000 a day, we’re edging back up towards 80,000 a day. And with the pause on the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we’ve hit something of a speed bump in our recent success against the virus. Be careful out there.

Ivanka posted a photo of herself receiving the vaccine and the comments are … something.

Because of the 99.8% survival rate of a virus they’ve never identified? Anthony Fauci and Andrew Cuomo would be proud.

You’re joking right? 😮

Hell no. Why would you post this?

“(In response to someone who said, “Her father and Melania took the Covid shot in January”) Fake NEWS”

Listen, I am actually pleased and grateful Ivanka posted this, and I do hope it gives some of her father’s followers reason to get vaccinated themselves, but based on these comments, we’ve got a long way to go to convince those who are hesitant to do what’s best for themselves and our country in general.

The White House Correspondents Dinner has been canceled again because of COVID.

Dr. Fauci called Tucker Carlson’s questioning of the vaccine “a typical crazy conspiracy theory,” before adding, “Why would we not tell people if it doesn’t work?” Carlson responded by claiming that he never questioned the vaccine (he did) before going on to question the vaccine.

California is looking to fully reopen their schools by this fall.

This Is Us will be two episodes shorter this season thanks to the pandemic.

Late-night hosts seem to be dreading the return of the studio audiences, and honestly? I’m with them. Seth Meyers’ show is honestly better with him riffing with the crew and writers and I don’t want it to go back to “normal.”

Jeff Garlin says that Curb Your Enthusiasm will address COVID-19 in one (1) episode next season. But that the show exists in a “post-COVID” world.

VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World will air on ABC, ABC News Live, CBS, YouTube, iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations and the iHeartRadio App on May 8. “Selena Gomez will host the event, which will include performances by Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin and H.E.R.”

International advocacy organisation Global Citizen today announced VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, a global broadcast and streaming special that aims to inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get the COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, everywhere. During the special, Global Citizen, will call on philanthropists and corporations to donate enough “dollars-for-doses” to vaccinate more than 27 million heroic health workers that are serving on the global frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic everyday. The special will also encourage global development advocates and changemakers to call on world leaders to prioritize the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines for everyone, everywhere.



In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • The Underground Railroad will premiere on Amazon on May 14.

  • Selena, The Series, Part 2 will arrive on Netflix on May 4.

  • Ellen’s Next Great Designer will debut on HBO Max on April 22.

  • Headspace Guide to Sleep will premiere on Netflix on April 28.

  • We Are Lady Parts is coming to Peacock soon.


Mythic Quest: The Mythic Quest crew returns to the offices after quarantine in this standalone episode ahead of the second season premiere. Apple TV+

Wahl Street: A six-part documentary about the life and businesses of Mark Wahlberg which seems like six episodes too many but OK. Premiere. HBO Max

The Banishing: This new horror film is based on the true story of England’s most haunted house. Premiere. Shudder

Younger: The first four episodes of the final season debut on Paramount+ ahead of its Freeform premiere. Paramount+

Frank of Ireland: Brian Gleeson stars as Frank, a 32-year-old mess who is convinced the world owes him in this new comedy. Premiere. Amazon

The Year the Earth Changed: This special documents the way nature changed during the global lockdown, how small changes in human behavior had an impact on the world around us. Premiere.  Apple TV+

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Ice T, Tig Notaro, Orlando Leyba
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Rob Lowe, Domhnall Gleeson, Brian Gleeson
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Forest Whitaker, Kane Brown
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Emily VanCamp, Zoe Wess
  • The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
  • Conan: Russell Brand
  • Watch What Happens Live: Yvette Nicole Brown, John Stamos
  • A Little Late with Lily Singh: Caleb McLaughlin
THUR 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Station 19
Grey’s Anatomy
CBS Young Sheldon
United States of Al
B Positive
CW Walker
FOX Hell’s Kitchen
Last Man Standing
The Moodys
NBC Manifest
Law & Order Special Victims Unit
Law & Order: Organized Crime

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