ABC just canceled these five shows in an Upfronts bloodbath


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This is interesting news: here in Texas, a state House bill named after Javier Ambler passed the Senate, and now goes to Governor Abbott’s desk for his signature. Javier Ambler is the man who was killed by Williamson County deputies during a traffic stop while they were recording for A&E’s show Live P.D. The Javier Ambler law would ban law enforcement departments from participating in or contracting with reality TV shows. GOOD. PASS IT. 

So, someone forgot to look at the calendar, and WHOOPS, apparently we’re in the middle of Upfronts. News has been breaking all day, and maybe I’ll post something this weekend with a better look at schedules, new shows, etc.

In the meantime, some interesting points:

The Voice will only air once a year from here on out.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine will air its final season on NBC during the Olympics in August.

NBC hasn’t made any decisions about the fates of Good Girls, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Manifest, Debris, and Ellen’s Game Of Games.

The CW is going to expand into Saturday nights, which considering they have a roster of approximately 76 different superhero shows now, it just makes sense.

Disney is shortening its exclusive theatrical window to 45 days.

Martin Bashir is leaving the BBC on “health grounds” and not because of the ongoing investigation into how he landed that famous interview with Princess Diana.

Elon Musk’s appearance on Saturday Night Live has cost him $20 billion in one week.

Oh no, heal up quickly, Robert De Niro!

MTV turns 40 this year.

It just came out on Monday that John Mulaney is getting divorced from his wife Anna Marie Tendler and now we know he is dating Olivia Munn. Between this and the MTV news, I need to go lie down for a little while.

Going Viral

The huge news which I only sorta briefly touched upon yesterday is that the CDC has made it official: if you are FULLY vaccinated, meaning two weeks out from your final shot, you no longer have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors with very limited exceptions (public transportation, planes, nursing homes).

It’s clear the CDC is using this guidance to encourage people to GO GET THE DAMN VACCINE, but the irony, of course, is that the people who are reluctant to get the vaccine (putting aside the people who are medically incapable of getting the vaccine) are the same folks who have defied mask orders the entire time, so, I’m not sure how much this is going to actually do to push the needle on the herd immunity issue.

I am of mixed feelings about this guidance: on the one hand, we had to get to this moment at some point, and telling vaccinated people that they still have to mask up is not much incentive to those who have not yet received the shot to get it. On the other hand, there is still a large group of people who are ineligible for the vaccine — namely anyone 12 and younger — and we haven’t reached herd immunity so as to protect those who can not receive the vaccine at all. We’ve only vaccinated about 58% of the population with the first dose so far, so these groups are still in danger. This also puts businesses and state and local governments in a weird place, making it more difficult to enforce mask mandates. And since we don’t have any kind of vaccine passport, this is all being done on the honor code, and if this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that people are selfish and inconsiderate assholes who do not give one whit about the common good.

I don’t know what the answer is. The only thing I can think of is that maybe the CDC should have told the states that their vaccinated population could demask once they had reached some percentage of the population vaccinated? Kinda like how some states aren’t planning to reopen until they’ve reached some magic number, 70% vaccinated or whathaveyou?

Don’t get me wrong: this is good news and I do hope that it will convince some hesitant people out there to go ahead and get vaccinated now that they can see there is a tangible benefit. But I, for once, will continue wearing my mask to the grocery store until my state and city improve their vaccination rates.

Also, get ready for this new fun stage in our never-ending culture war:

Remember, it’s none of your business if someone else is wearing a mask, and please continue wearing a mask if the business you are patronizing asks you to. In short: don’t be a dick.

ALSO: it is worth noting that while the CDC insists that if you’re vaccinated, the chances of contracting the virus are slim, and becoming actually sick from it is virtually zero … but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. Cases in point: Bill Maher, who had to cancel the taping of Real Time this week; and the Yankees, who have had EIGHT (8) breakthrough cases. So, you know, you might want to keep those masks on for a little bit longer, even if you are vaccinated, and especially if you live with someone who isn’t vaccinated.

Disney is excited about the mask guidance in relation to the parks, which is great, except are they going to ask for proof of vaccination from their guests? A thing they legally can’t do in Florida?

Sundance Film Festival will go hybrid in 2022.




In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Home Before Dark will return on Apple TV+ on June 11.
  • Nail Bomber: Manhunt will premiere on Netflix on May 26.
  • Kevin Garnett: Anything Is Possible will premiere on Showtime on July 30.
  • Baggio: The Divine Ponytail will premiere on Netflix on May 26.
  • Juan Luis Guerra: Entre Mar Y Palmeras will premiere on HBO Max, HBO Latino and HBO Latin America on June 3.
  • Skater Girl will premiere on Netflix on June 11.
  • Anne Boleyn will debut on Channel 5 sometime later this month.



Halston: Ewan McGregor stars in Ryan Murphy’s portrait of the fashion icon. Premiere. Netflix

Those Who Want Me Dead: Angelina Jolie is a fire jumper who finds herself protecting a 12-year-old boy fleeing from assassins in this new action film. HBO Max

The Woman in the Window: An agoraphobe witnesses a brutal crime from her apartment window … or did she? Amy Adams stars.  Netflix

Love, Death & Robots: The David Fincher-produced animated anthology series is back for season two. Netflix

Pride: This six-part documentary series explores the LGBTQ+’s community’s decades-long fight for equality. Premiere. 7 p.m., FX

Blue Bloods: Danny discovers a shocking fact about his newest family member. Season finale. 8 p.m., CBS

Haunted: Netflix’s ghost story series is back for its third season. Netflix

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The East High Wildcats, who are preparing to perform “Beauty and the Beast” for their spring musical. Premiere. Disney+


The Personal History of David Copperfield: Dev Patel stars in Armando Iannucci‘s take on the classic Dickens novel. 7 p.m., HBO

Saturday Night Live: Keegan-Michael Key & Olivia Rodrigo 10:30 p.m., NBC


2021 MTV TV & Movie Awards: Leslie Jones hosts. 8 p.m., MTV

Shahs of Sunset: Reza and MJ plan a trip to Palm Springs to celebrate Mike’s birthday in the season premiere. 7 p.m., Bravo

Death and Nightingales: Matthew Rhys stars in this drama set in Northern Ireland in the mid-1850s. Series premiere. 9 p.m., Starz

Fall River: This docuseries explores the 1979 murders of two young women in the town made notorious for the Lizzie Borden killings. Premiere. 9 p.m., Epix

Run the World: This new comedy follows a group of young women from Harlem as they try to make their way in the world. Premiere. 7:30 p.m., Starz

The Great North: An unexpected guest RSVPs to Wolf and Honeybee’s wedding. Season finale. 7:30 p.m., Fox

The Nevers: Season finale. 8 p.m., HBO

Zooey’s Extraordinary Playlist: Season finale. 8 p.m., NBC

Family Guy: Season finale. 8:30 p.m., Fox

The Rookie: Nolan injures himself during a chase in the season finale. 9 p.m., ABC

Miss Universe 2021: Apparently, this is still a thing that still happens. 7 p.m., FYI

Late Night:

  • The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:(Friday): Chance the Rapper, Fred Armisen, Alan Jackson
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Billy Crystal, Tiffany Haddish, the Black Keys
  • Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Kim Fields, Reza Farahan

FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Shark Tank
CBS The Queen Carries On
Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods
CW Charmed
FOX Friday Night Smackdown Local
NBC The Blacklist

SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC Shark Tank
American Idol News/Local
CBS Magnum P.I.
S.W.A.T. 48 Hours News/Local
FOX The Masked Singer
Game of Talents

Stanely Cup Playoff

NBC News/
Saturday Night Live
(Keegan-Michael Key & Olivia Rodrigo)

SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
American Idol
The Rookie
CBS 60 Minutes NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: New Orleans
The CW Local DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
FOX The Simp-sons
Bless the Harts
The Simp-sons
The Great North
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
NBC Ellen’s Game of Games
Ellen’s Game of Games
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Good Girls

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