It’s Wednesday and we are already halfway through this week somehow.
And I’m going to assume this momma deer and dog have been buddies for a while:
All Other TV News
As I’ve mentioned, it’s been Upfronts week (though it doesn’t feel like it thanks to the pandemic), and the networks have been announcing new series, canceling underperforming ones, and renewing their old reliables. But what’s interesting this year is that ABC has not yet renewed their most popular series … The Bachelor.
As we’ve been exhaustively covering here, The Bachelor has had a … bumpy year, what with the whole thing where they had to suspend their host of twenty-five seasons for being racially insensitive and having their first Black Bachelorette disassociate herself from the series out of disgust. ANYWAY. At the Upfronts, President of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, Craig Erwich, bragged on the upcoming seasons of The Bachelorette, the return of Bachelor in Paradise, and possible spinoffs for Hulu, but there was no word about the parent series, The Bachelor, which usually returns in January. HMMM.
Erwich told Deadline that “We’ll have more to share on The Bachelor itself soon enough.” I’m guessing they are trying to work out thorny contract issues with Chris Harrison, that they want to get rid of him as host, but it’s proving more difficult than just firing him. The series will almost certainly not be canceled — I could never be so lucky — but I suspect ABC wants to wait to make any announcements about the new season until everything is decided regarding Harrison. STAY TUNED.
As for the second-most-popular series on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy, which was just renewed for an 18th season, Erwich has said he’ll take it as long as they want to make it. As for The Goldbergs … it’s been renewed for next season, but my gut says this upcoming season will be its last.
Pose‘s Billy Porter revealed he is HIV-positive and has been for 14 years. He writes about his journey, which mirrors his character Pray Tell’s, and why COVID pushed him to finally be open about his status. It’s truly moving.
I’m the healthiest I’ve been in my entire life. So it’s time to let all that go and tell a different story. There’s no more stigma — let’s be done with that. It’s time. I’ve been living it and being in the shame of it for long enough. And I’m sure this will follow me. I’m sure this is going to be the first thing everybody says, “HIV-positive blah, blah, blah.” OK. Whatever. It’s not the only thing I am. I’m so much more than that diagnosis. And if you don’t want to work with me because of my status, you’re not worthy of me.
Yeah, I mean, a bunch of Navy pilots told 60 Minutes about the UFOs they saw, and that’s cool and all, but here’s the former president confirming that
aliens UFOs are real. Which kinda seems like big news? Why aren’t we acting like this is big news?
Fox News is asking a judge to throw out Dominion Voting System’s $1.6 billion lawsuit. OK.
Criss “Mindfreak” Angel is opening a restaurant and it has the stupidest possible name. (Still, it’s a restaurant for a good cause, so, you know.)
- Chad and Wipeout have been renewed at TBS.
- The Kardashians are getting a new series over on Hulu, which is owned by Disney, and is the most predictable thing in the world seeing as their producer, Ryan Seacrest Productions, signed a deal with DisneyABC a while back. The only Ryan Seacrest series that is still on an NBCUniversal network is Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset, so stick a pin in that.
- Ghost Hunters is being revived at Discovery+ even though it already exists with the exact same cast over on Travel and is called Ghost Nation.
- Batman: Caped Crusader has received a series order at HBO Max and Cartoon Network, and My Adventures with Superman has been given a two-season order.
- A Christmas Proposal and Christmas Takes Flight, two romantic holiday movies, have been ordered at CBS.
- brown-ish, a spinoff of black-ish is in development at ABC.
- Adult Swim is developing digital short series based on Rick and Morty; Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell; Robot Chicken; and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
- The BBC has released its drama slate, including a new series from Michaela Coel that might fit into the I May Destroy You universe.
- Leslie Odom Jr. has been added to the cast of Knives Out 2 on Netflix.
- Jenna Ortega will star in Wednesday as Wednesday Addams in the Netflix series.
- Sara Ramirez has been added to the cast of Sex and the City: And Just Like That … on HBO Max.
- Betty Gabriel is joining the cast of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon.
- Damon Herriman has replaced Hugo Weaving in The Tourist on HBO Max and BBC.
- Tiffany Haddish is going to host Friday Night Vibes on TBS.
- Alexa Mansour is joining Home Before Dark on Apple TV+.
- Krista Warner is joining The Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix.
- Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison, and Barbara Niven are starring in a new Hannah Swensen Mysteries movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
- Waleed Zuaiter has been cast in Gangs of London on Sky.
Mark Your Calendars
- Friends: The Reunion will premiere on HBO Max on May 27.
- Too Hot to Handle will return on Netflix on June 23.
- The Ice Road will premiere on Netflix on June 25.
- Feel Good returns on Netflix on June 4.
- Black Summer returns on Netflix on June 17.
TO HIDE #BlackSummer pic.twitter.com/fOPt2Uvwuu
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) May 18, 2021
- The Fear Street Trilogy will debut on Netflix on July 2.
- This Is Pop will debut on Netflix on June 22.
- Elite: Short Stories will premiere on Netflix on June 14.
- Godzilla Singular Point will debut on Netflix on June 24.
- Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will premiere on Netflix on July 8.
- American Horror Stories and American Horror Story are set to premiere on FX this summer. We have no specific dates yet, but AHS season 10 is scheduled to end on Halloween, so I’m guessing it premieres sometime in late August, and American Horror Stories debuts in mid-June?
- Impeachment: American Crime Story is looking at a September premiere on FX.
- Betty will return on HBO on June 11.
- Weekend Getaway with Michelle Buteau will begin streaming on Discovery+ on June 10.
Paul Mooney, Comedian, Richard Pryor’s writing partner, writer on Sanford and Son, In Living Color, and Good Times, and regular on Chappelle’s Show
Paul Mooney had this to say about Hollywood over 15 years ago and it still rings true. RIP legend ❤️ pic.twitter.com/uw6ZY2iCwa
— lǝɓıu (@black0rpheus) May 19, 2021
I remember, as a little kid, my dad showing me Paul Mooney’s stand up for the first time and I was just blown away. My dad said, “Now THIS is comedy.” and he was right.
— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) May 19, 2021
PAUL MOONEY IS A COMEDY GOD B
— THE KID MERO 🇩🇴 (@THEKIDMERO) May 19, 2021
Paul Mooney. A comedy giant. I recall listening to his RACE album in college and how formative it was. Yeah, the jokes. But more so, the freedom. He spoke freely and fearlessly about feelings and experiences others found difficult to express. May he be truly free now. Rest, sir.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 19, 2021
Our Funky Comedian Brother Mr. Paul Mooney has changed Frequencies to continue the future of real comedy in another world! Thxs for the Gifts & Laughs u left us with. Prayers going out to his family & friends!🙏🙏🙏 Bootsy & Funkateers around the World… pic.twitter.com/krH6fofeSA
— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) May 19, 2021
Paul Mooney on the making of SNL’s classic “Word Association Test” sketch with Richard Pryor and Chevy Chase. (From Scott Saul’s BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR) #rip pic.twitter.com/44zTRwrTIx
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) May 19, 2021
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: I JUST CAUGHT UP WITH RHONY AND NOW THIS? Dammit. Season premiere. 7 p.m., Bravo
The Goldbergs: Geoff plans to propose. Season finale. 7 p.m., ABC
Home Economics: The family discovers what Tom has been writing about in the season finale. 7:30 p.m., ABC
The Conners: Two proposals are in the works for the Conner family. Season finale. 8 p.m., ABC
Call Your Mother: Jean and David go on a trip to Iowa together in the series finale. 8:30 p.m., ABC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Blake Shelton, Horatio Sanz, Regard, Troye Sivan & Tate McRae
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Action Bronson, Brian Frasier-Moore
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Lisa Kudrow, Tamika Mallory
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Eric Bana
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Don Cheadle, Patti Harrison, Lake Street Dive
- The Daily Show: The Daily Social Distancing Show
- Conan: Charles Barkley
- Watch What Happens Live: Lisa Rinna, Sutton Stracke, Dorit Kemsley, Crystal Kung Minkoff, Garcelle Beauvais, Kyle Richards
- A Little Late with Lily Singh: Eitan Bernath
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