It is a Tuesday!
Last week, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association released a “How We Will Be Less Racist and Generally Corrupt and Awful” plan which included adding more members, especially Black ones, hold new board elections, and limiting the kinds of gifts members could receive from studios and other groups. NBC took a look at the plan and was like, “Cool. You pass this, and we won’t cancel the Golden Globes. Probably.” So on Thursday of last week, a bunch of members of the HFPA approved the plan and set it for a vote in the summer. All good! Racism solved, right?
After the vote on Thursday, Ted Sarandos, the CEO of Netflix, released a letter to the HFPA saying basically, “Not good enough,” and vowing that the streaming service will no longer be working with the HFPA until they do something bigger and faster. For instance, increasing the membership by 20 people is not going to cut it — Netflix wants to see the organization increase its membership by over 300, and do so in a matter of months, not over the course of a year and a half as proposed.
Netflix’s statement was then followed by denouncements of the HFPA’s proposal by 2021 Golden Globe winner Mark Ruffalo, GLAAD, Scarlett Johansson, Time’s Up, a group of more than 100 Hollywood publicists, and Amazon and WarnerMedia followed Netflix’s example and announced they, too, would no longer be working with the organization until they did better. And then! Tom Cruise, over here, he returned three of his Golden Globes.
All of this basically forced NBC to announce that they are canceling the 2022 Golden Globes after all, issuing a statement that read: “We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes.” But there’s still hope! “Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
Though the exact language of the contract that the HFPA has with NBC in regards to broadcasting the awards ceremony isn’t public, it’s unlikely the organization will be able to shop the ceremony to another network for 2022, according to some entertainment lawyers. But even if they were free to go to another network, considering how many A-list actors and media companies are refusing to do business with them under these conditions — you ain’t gonna have a Golden Globes without HBO — it’s unclear that a ceremony could really even be held.
In response to the cancelation of the ceremony, HFPA put out its own statement promising to change as quickly as possible, and they included a timeline of actions. But even they seem to know a 2022 Golden Globes ain’t happening.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver tackled the issue of Black hair this week, while fully acknowledging that John White Boy Oliver is not the best person to discuss it. (Nevertheless, it was a really great, informative segment.)
The Senate is debating a large voting rights bill, one that the Republicans have vowed to wage war on while their colleagues in the statehouses are passing laws that strip voting rights away from minorities under the pretense of Former President Pathological Liar’s Big Lie.
All Other TV News
H’oh boy, the drama on The Real Housewives of Atlanta is about to get REALLY real: Porsha Williams just announced on Instagram that she is dating Simon Guobadia, the recent ex-husband of her castmate Falynn Guobadia — WHO PORSHA BROUGHT ON RHOA AS A FRIEND OF THE SHOW.
In other Real Housewives real drama, Dina Manzo’s ex-husband has been indicted in the violent home invasion at her house.
And we have the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ new taglines. It returns next week and there’s no way I’m catching up but I’m going to try, dammit.
saw people on here havin a discussion about how tired they were of reviewing boring stuff (tv & film).
— donald (@donaldglover) May 11, 2021
we're getting boring stuff and not even experimental mistakes(?) because people are afraid of getting cancelled
— donald (@donaldglover) May 11, 2021
so they feel like they can only experiment w/ aesthetic.
(also because some of em know theyre not that good)
— donald (@donaldglover) May 11, 2021
Dammit, Donald Glover, TV isn’t “boring” because of cancel culture, it’s boring because most people are boring and not particularly talented. Not everyone is Donald Glover.
The four-year-old who bought $3,000 worth of SpongeBob popsicles is the hero we need right now.
Mare of Easttown had a “bed hair” rule for everyone and HBO was like, “OK, but does Mare have to always look like shit?” and Kate Winslet was all, “YEP. Mare always has to look like shit. Deal with it.” I love Kate Winslet. That kid, and Kate Winslet: today’s heroes.
Today’s big news is that kids 12-15 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. This is fantastic news that will help get those high schools and middle schools back open in the fall. Get those needles in arms, y’all! It’s safe, I promise!
Speaking of the vaccine, hey Tuck? Have you been vaccinated? Why won’t you answer the question, Tuck? Because you’re out here scaring people about the vaccine and lying to folks that Dr. Fauci created the virus, and maybe your viewers should know whether or not you put your money — and your health — where your mouth is.
PLEASE DO NOT TAKE SIX DOSES OF THE VACCINE, THAT IS UNNECESSARY.
Broadway has announced a bunch of big re-opening dates, if you’re interested.
- Grey’s Anatomy has, indeed, been renewed for an 18th season. Good lord.
- Station 19 has been renewed for a fifth season on ABC.
- Call Me Kat has been renewed for a second season on Fox.
- Prodigal Son has been canceled at Fox after two seasons. So I guess casting Catherine Zeta-Jones and Alan Cumming was stunt casting to try to attract viewers? Huh.
What a trip. Playing Malcolm has been a joy and a privilege. The best cast on network TV and the most unique show around. We did it in style. Love to everyone who enjoyed it all along with us. And check out the last two eps! THEY ARE AMAZING. 😘 #ProdigalSon
— Tom Payne (@justanactor) May 11, 2021
Wow. Gutted. Didn’t see that one coming. Might be taking a few days away from the platform #Prodigies. Just know that you have been the most wonderful, entertaining, brilliant fan base I have ever encountered. Much Love. #GilArroyo #ProdigalSon
— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) May 11, 2021
Just wanted to pop on & say THANK YOU, wonderful #Prodigies , for sharing this adventure with us. I am, as you can imagine, heartbroken that we can't keep telling this story. We're gonna go out in STYLE tho- these last 2 eps are 🔥. Love each of you. So much. #ProdigalSon 💗❤️
— Bellamy Young (@BellamyYoung) May 11, 2021
— Keiko Agena (@KeikoAgena) May 11, 2021
— Aurora Perrineau (@AuroraPerrineau) May 10, 2021
💔 as I loved making Prodigal Son. I think the best cast on network television. An incredible NYC crew. A staff of brilliant writers led by the Creators/Showrunners Chris Fedak & Sam Sklaver who poured their hearts (and twisted minds) into making this delightfully disturbing show https://t.co/NvUEpGnzPP
— Sarah Schechter (@SarahSoWitty) May 10, 2021
- Pivoting, a comedy starring Eliza Coupe, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Maggie Q, has been given a series order at Fox.
- Dangerous Moms, a drama based on a Spanish series, has been given a pilot order at NBC.
- Unidentified With Demi Lovato, a four-part series in which Demi Lovato searches for UFOs, has been ordered at Peacock. For it.
- An untitled espionage drama starring and produced by Kiefer Sutherland has been ordered at Peacock.
- While Justice Sleeps, Stacey Abrams’s new legal thriller, is being turned into a series.
- Legends of the Hidden Temple is being rebooted at The CW.
- A docuseries about the Los Angeles Lakers is in the works at Hulu.
- WWE Evil, a wrestling series from John Cena, and a documentary about Joe Montana are both being developed at Peacock.
- Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen is being adapted for television.
- It’s Not a Show with Elon Gold is being made at Crackle.
- Alice’s Wonderland Bakery is in the works at Disney Channel.
- Uprising, a documentary from Steve McQueen, is being developed at BBC.
- Graham McTavish has joined the cast of House of the Dragon on HBO.
- Dave Bautista is joining the Knives Out sequel on Netflix.
- Emily Blunt, Chaske Spencer, Rafe Spall, and Toby Jones have been cast in The English on Amazon and BBC.
- Jamie Bell is joining The Shining Girls on Apple TV+.
- Laverne Cox has replaced Giuliana Rancic for E!’s red carpet coverage.
- Stefanie Scott, Misha Osherovich, Sofia Bryant, Will Yun Lee, Kylie Liya Page, Reed Diamond, and Leonard Roberts have been cast in Girl in the Woods on Peacock.
- Romola Garai, Jessica Raine, Tom Cullen, and Bella Ramsey have joined Becoming Elizabeth on Starz.
- Maya Lynne Robinson is returning to The Conners for the finale.
- Noomi Rapace and Nicholas Pinnock have been cast in Django at Sky and Canal Plus.
- Kenny Mayne is leaving ESPN after 27 years.
Mark Your Calendars
- Lisey’s Story will debut on Apple TV+ on June 4.
- The Bachelorette returns on ABC on June 7.
- Love, Death & Robots returns on Netflix on May 14.
- Lupin returns on Netflix on June 11.
- Launchpad will debut on Disney+ on May 28.
- Cartel Crew will return on VH1 on June 7.
- Madagascar A Little Wild returns to Peacock on May 27.
- Dom will debut on Amazon on June 4.
- Roh will debut on Netflix on June 1.
- Motherland: Fort Salem returns on Freeform on June 22; grown-ish on July 8; Good Trouble on July 14.
- The Outpost will return on The CW on July 15; Burden of Truth on July 30; and Coroner on August 19.
- Sex/Life will premiere on Netflix on June 25.
- Who Gets To Be an Influencer? will premiere on FX and Hulu on June 4.
- iHeartRadio Music Awards will air on Fox on May 27.
- The Moodys will return on Fox on June 6.
- Tulsa’s Buried Truth will debut on ABC News Live and Hulu on May 18.
- Property Brothers: Forever Home will return on HGTV on May 26.
- Cortes & Pellegrino will debut on Newsmax tonight.
- The Prince, HBO Max’s animated series about the royal family, has been pushed back from a spring premiere thanks to the death of Prince Philip.
Graeme Ferguson, Filmmaker who was one of the co-creators of IMAX
Supergirl: The Super Friends must face their worst fears to bring Supergirl home in the season premiere. 8 p.m., The CW
Money, Explained: You know you have questions. This limited series has the answers to navigating the many minefields lurking in our finances. Premiere. Netflix
Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer: This four-part series examines the medical advancements that ended some of the world’s deadliest diseases and doubled life expectancy. (So much so, that some idiots completely take it all for granted.) Premiere. 7 p.m., PBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Joel McHale, Thalía
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Amy Adams, Stacey Abrams, Ashe
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Michelle Obama
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Martin Freeman, Rag’n’Bone Man
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Heidi Klum, Mike Epps, Madness
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Michele Buteau
- Watch What Happens Live: Leslie Bibb, Leah McSweeney
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Jimmy Tatro
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