Bob Odenkirk is going to be OK and literally everyone is relieved

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Bob Odenkirk is going to be OK, thank God. After a long day with no updates on his status, his family released a statement saying he suffered a “heart-related incident” and that it was apparently touch-and-go there for a while, but he’s in stable condition now. Thank goodness because it turns out Bob Odenkirk is the last thing we all can agree on in this country.

On Monday, Capitol Officer Michael Fanone was one of four officers who testified to the Congressional committee investigating the events of January 6th.

After being attacked, tased, and having a heart attack, Officer Fanone continues to be harassed and abused by those on the right who do not want him to tell the truth about what he experienced that day. Tucker Carlson mocked him on his show:

… and then Officer Fanone went on Don Lemon’s show where he played a voice mail he received from a Trump supporter/probable Tucker viewer. You should listen to the entire thing, as hard as it is.

Meanwhile, Fox News had the AUDACITY to put out a statement decrying this “ambush” of Tucker that took place in Montana:

Funny, I’m old enough to remember when Tucker Carlson told his viewers to confront people wearing masks in public and to call the police on parents who have their children wear masks.

You can finally have HBO Max and HBO on Dish again.

Peacock has 54 million subscribers — well ahead of their projection of 35 million at this point — because people love them some The Office.

Here are a couple of ways to get 6 months of Disney+ for free. Or “free” because you do have to pay someone.

And if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on a PS5, here’s how you can get six months of Apple TV+ for free.

Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for releasing Black Widow on Disney+ at the same time as in theaters, as her compensation is largely tied to box office receipts. Interesting. Frankly, I’m surprised there haven’t been more of these lawsuits.

People are still loving them some Manifest, lord only knows why.

Honest to God, I had completely forgotten they are making a Dune TV series.

This is a very good piece where a lawyer answers all of your questions about Erika Jayne’s legal issues.

Look out, Christopher Nolan, you’re being stalked.

TV is doing a better job of depicting people with disabilities, not so great at actually hiring actors with disabilities.

AMC finally settles their Walking Dead lawsuit with Frank Darabont, when here comes a re-upped lawsuit from Robert Kirkman.

As you know, I don’t pay attention to sportsball, and I ESPECIALLY don’t pay attention to college sportsball and ADDITIONALLY, I think it’s super weird when people invest emotionally in college sportsball for colleges they didn’t attend but that’s a whole other issue. ANYWAY, I only mention college sportsball because last week the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma were like, “You know what? We don’t want to be in the Big 12 conference anymore, and would actually like to join the SEC.” And I didn’t really care because I didn’t go to either of those schools and I’ve made my position on caring about college sportsball for colleges I didn’t attend pretty clear. But then this story swerved into my TV lane because now the Big 12 is accusing ESPN of being the nefarious actor here, by luring UT and OU out of the conference because ESPN has a huge stake in the SEC. Intrigue!

Barry has gone back into production. Remember Barry? You know: Bill Hader, hitman, actor, hilarious dark comedy, that Barry.

The South Park guys want to buy the Denver Mexican restaurant Casa Bonita, which has been featured on the show. And the restaurant … really has cliff divers? I’m confused. Why do you need cliff divers to sell enchiladas?

Whoa, Rhianna is a Real Housewives of New York fan?

And Megan Thee Stallion? Huge fan of Elena on Vampire Diaries, apparently.

And now you know the origin of the Jimmy Kimmel/Matt Damon “feud.”

RACIAL Justice

Ian Smith, the former host of The Doctors, has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the New York State Division of Human Rights against ViacomCBS and the show’s producers, claiming they fired him for trying to make the show more inclusive.

Hey, remember that mess over at ESPN where Rachel Nichols was caught on camera talking about how her colleague Maria Taylor only got to anchor the NBA Finals because she was Black? Yeah, all that came out during Taylor’s contract negotiations, and guess what — she just signed up with NBC in time to cover the Olympics. Good for her.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of ESPN promises to be less racist.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is still trying to figure out how to be less racist and corrupt.

Disneyland is trying to be a little less racist.

Cleveland has renamed its baseball team “The Guardians,” and honestly, it’s awesome.

Morgan Wallen told Michael Strahan that his use of the”N-word” was meant playfully. OK. He also said that after the controversy erupted, he noticed his sales spiking, so he donated $500,000 to Black charities.

Costa Rican Olympic gymnast Luciana Alvarado worked a kneel and a raised fist into her routine as a tribute to Black Lives Matter, working around the Games’ ban on such gestures. Good for her.

Speaking of Olympic gymnasts:

This was a couple of weeks ago, but following the Euro final, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka, the three Black British players who missed the penalty kicks to lose the game to Italy were subjected to horrific racist abuse from “fans.”

Prince William and Boris Johnson among many others offered their support to the players, and the wonderful Jason Sudeikis showed his love at the Ted Lasso premiere (which I think I mentioned last week).

And here’s a moving statement from Marcus Rashford in response to everything:

Channel 4 has commissioned a documentary about the relationship between “social media, racism and soccer” hosted by former soccer player Jermaine Jenas.



In Development

  • The Human Conditions, a medical series produced by Damon Lindelof, Matt Reeves, and Oscar Sharp, is in the works at HBO Max.
  • David Letterman’s “Stupid Pet Tricks” is being made into a show at TBS, hosted by Sarah Silverman.
  • Frogger, a competition series based on the video game, is coming to Peacock and will be hosted by Damon Wayans Jr.
  • A sequel to Army of the Dead is in the works at Netflix.
  • A Yes Day sequel is also being made at Netflix.
  • Fledgling, a sci-fi vampire novel, is being adapted at HBO.
  • Son of a Critch, a comedy from one of the creators of Schitt’s Creek, is in the works at CBC.
  • HGTV has ordered 11 new series and 3 pilots. Details here.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Dune will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on October 22.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers will debut on Hulu on August 18.

  • Ordinary Joe will premiere on NBC on September 20.

  • CSI: Vegas will premiere on CBS on October 6.

  • King Richard will debut on HBO Max on November 19.

  • Hawkeye will debut on Disney+ on November 24.

  • See returns on Apple TV+ on August 27.

  • Star Trek: Lower Decks will return on Paramount+ on August 12.

  • The Prince premiered on HBO Max last night.

  • Cribs debuts on MTV on August 11.

  • Awkwafina is Nora From Queens returns on Comedy Central on August 18.

  • Happier Than Ever: a Love Letter to Los Angeles will debut on Disney+ on September 3.

  • Life After Lockup returns on We TV on August 27.

  • Mosquito State will stream on Shudder beginning August 26.


Dusty Hill, ZZ Top Bassist and Houston legend

Ron Pompeil, Infomercial king

David Von Ancken, TV director who worked on Oz, Without a Trace, The Shield, Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, The Mentalist, Person of Interest, The Following, Intelligence, House of Lies, MacGyver, The Crossing, The Purge, Cold Case, Californication, and CSI: NY among others

Rick Aiello, Actor in Twin Peaks, Do the Right Thing, and The Sopranos, and son of actor Danny Aiello

Greg Knapp, NFL coach

Chuck E. Weiss, Musician


FBoy Island: I think the title pretty much says it all. Series premiere. HBO Max

The Pursuit of Love: A pair of cousins search for love and happiness in very different ways in this sexy new period drama. Premiere. Amazon

Behind the Music: The classic music docuseries is back with the stories of Duran Duran, New Kids on the Block, and LL Cool J among others. Premiere. Paramount+

Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson: This six-part docuseries explores how music is shaped today. Premiere. Apple TV

Dr. Death: The Undoctored Story: A docuseries companion to the Dr. Death limited series. Premiere. Peacock

Transformers: War for Cybertron: “The frantic race to locate the Allspark first culminates on a strange planet as the future comes crashing through to the present day.” I don’t know what any of those words mean, but sure. Premiere. Netflix

Jellystone!: Hanna-Barbera characters live, work, and destroy the town of Jellystone in this new series. Premiere. HBO Max

Olympics: Women’s Gymnastics (all-around event); Swimming (finals); Track & Field 7 p.m., NBC

Late Night:

  • Watch What Happens Live: Dolly Parton
THUR 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
CBS Big Brother
Love Island
CW Roswell, New Mexico
The Outpost
FOX Beat Shazam
NBC Olympics


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