We’ve got Targaryens!

It’s Wednesday, and I’ve been thinking recently that I can start dropping these intros, but then I literally had to look at my phone just now to figure out what day it was, so maybe not?

Anyway, this squirrel has great ears:

They have a deal from r/AnimalsBeingGeniuses

All Other TV News

I guess HBO is tired of Watchers on the Wall slipping out all these sneak peeks because they just released these first official looks at House of the Dragon:

Emma D’Arcy as “Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen” and Matt Smith as “Prince Daemon Targaryen” Photograph by Ollie Upton/HBO


Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake” Photograph by Ollie Upton/HBO


Olivia Cooke as “Alicent Hightower” and Rhys Ifans as “Otto Hightower” Photograph by Ollie Upton/HBO

But wait — there’s more. Here are the brief character descriptions for those of you who aren’t book nerds:

Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen: The king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider.  Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man.

Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen: The younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne.  A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon.  But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…

Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Sea Snake”: Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen.  As “The Sea Snake,” the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.

Olivia Cooke as Alicent Hightower: The daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.

Rhys Ifans as Otto Hightower: The Hand of the King, Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.

Over in the world of Jeopardy!, producer (and guest host) Mike Richards promises the new permanent host will be named before filming on the new season begins in late July or early August. So, pretty much anytime between now and August. Thanks for clearing that up, Mike.

A New York Times critic handicaps the Jeopardy! guest hosts, trying to figure out who among them might be hired full-time. But if it’s based on the ratings, I think we can be assured it won’t be Anderson Cooper.

Yeah, I’m going to need more Veep, please and thank you.

This oral history of “Pine Barrens” — the best episode of the best show ever made — is amazing. And if you don’t immediately know what “Pine Barrens” is, I promise, this article is not for you.

Oh, Matt James, no.

John Mulaney is back from rehab and his shows are already sold out. We missed you, John! Take care of yourself, John!

Piers Morgan is a sad little man.

Well, here’s a useful site: Can I Binge? allows you to figure out how long, exactly, it will take to binge a show. You plug in a show — pretty much any show –, and a duration of time, and it spits out how many episodes a day you’ll have to watch to binge the entire series.

TV HISTORY TIME: This Mr. Potato Head ad from 1952 was the very first TV commercial that was directed specifically at children. Previously, commercials for toys were aimed at parents. And now you know.

Ted “Booger Lip” Cruz should have never picked that fight with The Daily Show.

Apparently, the Former Dingus of the United States started his own “online platform.” And by “online platform,” I mean a WordPress blog. HA! Welcome to the club, Former Pitstain! You and I have the same job now, but at least I can promote FoolishWatcher on Facebook, something you can’t do for at least a while.

Going Viral

Cases are continuing to drop: we’re below — and have been below for a few days now — 50,000 new cases a day. Which is terrific news! Those vaccines are working! But vaccinations are also dropping even as we are only at 45% of the total population vaccinated; the past two days have seen fewer than one million doses administered per day. 😬

That said, it’s not just anti-vaxxers who are not following CDC guidelines. The Atlantic published this interesting piece about how some liberals are reluctant to give up the lockdown lifestyle, even in the face of the CDC saying vaccinated folks no longer have to wear masks outside in every situation. This Pajiba writer discusses how in Maine, one of the most vaccinated states in the country, people are still wearing their masks outside, and continue to give maskless people the stink-eye.

We are entering a weird moment in this pandemic where in theory we can begin to loosen up a bit and reclaim some parts of pre-pandemic life, but some on the pro-vaccine side are not going to want to because our kids aren’t vaccinated and we aren’t at herd immunity yet (and will probably never be), while others on the anti-vaccine side are going to want to rush the entire process and make everyone participate in their fantasy that everything is back to “normal.” It’s going to be dicey out there — exhibit A:

Finally, Seth Meyers also has some thoughts about what we should keep from our COVID experience as we enter this new recovery stage and he’s correct on every single one:

This kid is awesome and correct. Suck it, Kilmeade:

Race for the Vaccine will air on CNN on May 15.

Broadway will be allowed to reopen on September 14.


In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Loki is moving up its premiere date by two days, premiering on Disney+ on June 11.
  • Gomorrah returns on HBO Max on May 20.
  • Tulsa: The Fire and the Forgotten will air on PBS on May 31, the 100th anniversary of the start of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
  • Plan B will debut on Hulu on May 28.
  • Pause with Sam Jay will debut on HBO on May 21.
  • High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America will premiere on Netflix on May 26.
  • Beyond the Pole will return on WE tv on June 3.


Humans: The World Within: This new series explores how our bodies work, using personal stories to illustrate various complex systems, like the nervous and circulatory systems. Premiere. 8 p.m., PBS

Kids Say the Darndest Things: The Tiffany Haddish-hosted series moves networks, kids still say darned things. Season premiere. 7 p.m., CBS

The Sons of Sam: An exploration into journalist Maury Terry’s theory that David Berkowitz didn’t work alone and was in fact a part of a Satanic cult. Premiere. Netflix

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Channing Tatum, Josh Duhamel, Joyelle Nicole Johnson
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Robin Thede, Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris, Mario Duplantier
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Billy Porter, Brett Gelman
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rob McElhenney, Uzo Aduba, Middle Kids
  • The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
  • Conan: Flula Borg
  • Watch What Happens Live: The Real Househusbands of New Jersey
  • A Little Late with Lily Singh: JB Smoove

WEDS. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Goldbergs
Home Economics
The Conners
The Conners
A Million Little Things
CBS Kids Say the Darndest Things
CW Kung Fu
Nancy Drew
FOX The Masked Singer
Game of Talents
NBC Chicago Med
Chicago Fire
Chicago P.D.

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