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:
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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:
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.
John Mulaney is back from rehab and his shows are already sold out. We missed you, John! Take care of yourself, John!
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.
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:
A woman interrupted a School Board meeting today by yelling that masks are “child abuse.” I think we are at the point where I don’t even need to tell you the state anymore. pic.twitter.com/YzQLY7Esrn
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) May 4, 2021
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:
Brian Kilmeade to a 6th grader who said he doubted if Trump could handle reopening well: "Really? That's hard to believe. Because the last president was saying I want every kid back in school." pic.twitter.com/5USXBhAnBU
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) May 5, 2021
Race for the Vaccine will air on CNN on May 15.
- The Irregulars has been canceled after one season on Netflix.
- YouTube announced a number of docuseries: Best Shape of My Life, a fitness series starring Will Smith; Noted, a docuseries about Alicia Keys; Ice Cold, about hip-hop jewelry; Recipe for Change, about API culture and the recent hate crimes against them; and Barbershop Medicine, which explores “the impact race and socioeconomic status have on healthcare and longevity.”
- Big Man on Campus, a docuseries about Makur Maker has been ordered at Apple TV+.
- Curb Appeal Xtreme has been greenlit at HGTV.
- A limited series about the 1982 murder of Vincent Chin is in the works at Amazon.
- Caveat has been acquired at Shudder.
- David Oyelowo and his wife Jessica Oyelowo, have signed a first-look deal with Disney.
- Christopher Eccleston will star as Fagin in Dodger, a 10-part series set in the Oliver Twist universe.
- Janeane Garofalo is joining the cast of Billions on Showtime.
- Rosemarie DeWitt is joining the cast of The Staircase on HBO Max.
- Jamie Lynn Spears, Dion Johnstone, and Brandon Quinn have joined the cast of Sweet Magnolias on Netflix.
- Jordan Carlos, Toccarra Cash, Nneka Okafor, and Moses Storm have been added to the cast of Everything’s Trash on Freeform.
- Claire Foy will star in Marlow on BritBox U.K.
- Kara Royster is joining the cast of Dynasty on The CW.
- Emma Booth will star in a TV adaptation of the short film Proxy.
- Kym Whitley and Danny Garcia have been added to the cast of Hot Pink on Amazon.
- Bellamy Young will guest star on Fantasy Island on Fox.
- Tom Cavanagh and Carlos Valdes are leaving The Flash on The CW.
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.
- Blood Red Sky will premiere sometime in July on Netflix.
- sMothered returns on TLC on May 31.
- Making the Cut will return on Amazon on July 16.
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
- 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
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