Shut down Twitter, there will never be a thread as good as this one. Click through, you’ll be delighted.
Here’s a thread of pelicans trying to eat animals other than fish. Hope this helps. pic.twitter.com/ZBLnzVFlVZ— Rachel Figueroa 😷🍈🍎🥕🐝🍄🌷🌻🌸🌱 (@Jewyorican) August 2, 2021
Back in 2009, Whitney (our Supernatural blogger) our friend Nicki, my sister, and I went to Hawaii to stalk Lost while it filmed its final season. We were mildly successful with a run-in with Naveen Andrews in the airport on our way out of town. But while we were actually on the island, I was in contact with Ryan Ozawa, a Hawaiian local and Lost podcaster, who kept tabs on where the show was filming on any given day, and who very graciously gave us tips on where we should go to try to find the show.
I had begun following Ryan on Twitter and on Facebook earlier during the heyday of Lost, and he has proven to be a delightful addition to my social media, an expert on everything Lost and Hawaii. But he mostly wrote about his lovely family: his three children and his wife, Jen, a breast cancer survivor and his fellow Lost podcaster. Tragically, Jen’s cancer recently returned, and last week Ryan broke the sad news that she was now in-home hospice care.
Fellow Lost blogger and the co-founder of the organization Cancer Gets Lost, Jo Garfein sprung into action and put together a Lost-focused auction to raised money for the Breast Cancer Alliance in Jen’s name. There’s some good stuff in here: a blu-ray set signed by Damon Lindelof; a cast yearbook; lots of signed trading cards. I urge my Lostie friends to take a look and maybe bid on something — the auction ends on Sunday. Finally, my heart and thoughts go out to Ryan, Jen, and their kids during this difficult time.
All Other TV News
America’s Got Talent contestant Jane Marczewski has had to drop out of the competition to focus on her cancer treatments and health. Wishing her a swift recovery.
This week is Meghan McCain’s last week on The View, and if you thought she’d go out quietly, you thought wrong. First, the women discussed Kathy Griffin’s announcement that she has cancer and is a recovering drug addict. It should be noted that Meghan’s father died of brain cancer and her mother is a very outspoken recovered addict, which would make you think Meghan might be able to show some empathy. You’d be wrong! Instead, Meghan lashed out at Griffin for making homophobic jokes about Meghan’s friend Clay Aiken.
Shot.— Donnie Johnson Sackey (@donniejsackey) August 3, 2021
Meghan McCain yesterday after Kathy Griffin's cancer diagnosis: "Clay Aiken is one of my closest friends in the entire world . . . ostensibly my brother." pic.twitter.com/TzdQSTQFjN
And then (hilariously) Aiken posted this a few hours later:
Love and prayers for a speedy recovery to my dear friend @kathygriffin!— Clay Aiken (@clayaiken) August 2, 2021
Selfless and gracious, she even hosted a fundraiser for my congressional campaign years ago.
Get well soon Kathy. I miss your jokes! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/dR7NY4FzJD
But we aren’t done yet, because Mary Trump was a guest on yesterday’s show, but, curiously, Meghan wasn’t one of the panelists asking her any questions. Mary Trump finally acknowledged it and it was delicious:
Mary Trump, the only honest and decent Trump, calls out Meghan McCain for ditching her segment on ‘The View’. pic.twitter.com/sqYX6rKr3E— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) August 2, 2021
But Princess Nepotism wasn’t going to let that go with some modicum of grace:
There is no "good" Trump family member to me.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) August 2, 2021
Continue to wish they would all just leave me and my entire family the fuck alone.
But Mary Trump can hold her own:
I have plenty of respect for Meghan’s parents. It’s too bad she can’t take responsibility for her own actions. That’s the problem with entitlement—it’s dangerous. And so is our failure to hold powerful people accountable.https://t.co/CM9kBH18QA https://t.co/l7tQG9pr6f— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) August 3, 2021
Here’s your first look at that upcoming Amazon Lord of the Rings series:
On September 2, 2022, a new journey begins. pic.twitter.com/9tnR7WqDoA— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) August 2, 2021
As you know, I’m not covering the Olympics this year for reasons, but here’s what I’ve been missing, apparently.
There will be no Slip ‘n’ Slide diarrhea show for you (at least this summer).
Ellen Pompeo is sick of acting and after 57 years on Grey’s Anatomy, who can blame her?
Oh my God, SpongeBob and Patrick are real:
Today’s big news is that the New York State Attorney General’s investigation into Governor Cuomo has confirmed that he sexually harassed multiple women, created a toxic workplace, and retaliated against at least one woman for going public. The report could lead to more calls for his impeachment or resignation, civil lawsuits, and possible criminal charges.
Here’s an infuriating story: During Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, the FBI opened up a tip line for information about Kavanaugh’s past. And the FBI turned around and handed 4,500 of the most relevant tips over to the White House lawyers. So, not only was there no real vetting of Kavanaugh, but the FBI literally handed over any incriminating tips to the White House and Kavanaugh himself. I am fucking livid.
Meanwhile, Matt Gaetz’s fiance’s sister is out there on TikTok calling him a pervert, and suggesting that he tried to pimp her out to one of his 40-year-old buddies. Thanksgiving will be fun this year!
Another day, another slew of sexual harassment claims out of Fox News: Andrew Napolitano is out after being accused of sexual harassment. The same accuser also says that host Larry Kudlow made sexist and racist comments in front of multiple staffers.
What women deal with every damn day:
WARNING: CRUDE LANGUAGE— Brianna Hamblin (@BriReports) July 23, 2021
Being hit on and harassed as a woman, especially as a woman reporter out in the field, happens so often you learn how to roll with it or ignore it. This time it happened to be recorded only seconds before my hit. There are A LOT of things wrong with this. pic.twitter.com/5Ok58Vm7e0
Top Chef‘s winner Gabe Erales is really sorry, guys.
Ryan Adams is feeling very sorry for himself for being a monster and getting his ass canceled.
Mario Batali will pay $600,000 to around 20 accusers, which hardly seems like enough.
Jason Momoa did not appreciate being asked about the sexual violence in Game of Thrones, and on the one hand, I get what he’s saying: as an actor (and a fledgling actor at that) he didn’t have any control over the script. But I would advise Momoa, whom I adore, to come up with a better answer to these questions in the future.
Hey, you know what is not acceptable anymore? Homophobia, as rapper DaBaby and Matt Damon are learning the hard way: DaBaby made some disgusting comments about homosexuals and HIV and AIDS at a concert last week, which prompted him to be dropped from Lollapalooza, The Governors Ball, and Day N Vegas. He’s really sorry now. (Meanwhile, rapper T.I. needs to sit down. Doesn’t he have a whole bunch of rape charges to be worrying about?)
As for Matt Damon, in a recent interview he tried to tell a story about how his daughters taught him that the F-word is unacceptable, and that he only retired using it last year. When people refused to applaud a 50-year-old man in the year of our Lord 2021 for being slightly less homophobic, his publicist put out a statement that essentially said, “Come on, guys, it’s not like he called anyone the F-word to their faces. Calm down.” Not sure that’s going to cut it, Matthew.
While we’re discussing Matt Damon, Amanda Knox recently wrote a very thought-provoking Twitter thread about the Matt Damon feature Stillwater which was loosely based on her, and how it exploits her. It’s well worth your time.
I regret to inform you that R. Kelly has been accused of even more sexual abuse.
In the Olympics, the US team allowed fencer Alen Hadzic to participate despite being accused by at least three women of sexual assault. USA Fencing had to create a safety plan for the other fencers: “He flew in on a separate plane from his teammates, is staying at a hotel 30 minutes away from the other athletes, and won’t be allowed to practice alongside women teammates.” HEY. IF YOU HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH ALL THOSE HOOPS TO KEEP WOMEN SAFE FROM HIM, MAYBE HE SHOULDN’T HAVE A SPOT ON THE TEAM.
An update from Tokyo: #TeamUSA men's epee team deliberately wore pink masks for their opening match to stand in solidarity w/ sexual assault survivors and against their teammate, Alen Hadzic, who is under investigation for sexual assault— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) July 30, 2021
"The disdain was clear," a source said pic.twitter.com/jTyrVJc4rw
Game company Activision Blizzard has been sued by the state of California for creating a toxic workplace environment that led to female employees being harassed. It’s horrific: women were paid less and less likely to be promoted; they were subjected to rape jokes by the executives; groped during something called “cube crawls”; they were punished for becoming pregnant or using lactation rooms; and in one shocking incident, a woman killed herself during a business trip after one of her male colleagues brought butt plugs and lube with him on the trip, and explicit photos of her had been shared by male employees.
How bad was the harassment? How about one developer setting up a “Bill Cosby suite” during BlizzCon 2013?
Andrea Mackris, the woman Bill O’Reilly sexually harassed, spoke to The Daily Beast last month, breaking her nondisclosure agreement, and she was scheduled to appear on The View on July 21. However, O’Reilly filed a restraining order against her and the show canceled the interview (without explanation on-air). What is particularly infuriating about the entire thing is that O’Reilly himself has repeatedly breached the non-disclosure statement accusing Mackris and the other women he sexually harassed of being liars and grifters. Non-disclosure agreements should be outlawed in toxic workplace issues.
Kevin Smith has zero time for the whiny man-babies who are mad that there is a prominent female character in his animated reboot of He-Man.
“I know there’s some people that are like, ‘Hey, man, this show’s woke.’ I’m like, ‘All right, great, then so was the original cartoon we’re fucking sequel-izing.’ Go watch it again. There are girls in every episode. Deal with it.” Smith added that it’s “interesting” to see who is a “hardcore fan. Because anybody that’s like, ‘Oh, man, there’s not enough He-Man’ or something like that, doesn’t understand the show that we based it on. There were episodes where he lost the sword and he never became He-Man. It wasn’t like He-Man always saved the day. His friends helped him. That was the fucking point of the show.”
Timothy Hutton will not face charges for an alleged sexual assault in Canada in 1983.
Some updates on the NXIVM case: Allison Mack was sentenced to three years for her participation in the cult; high-ranking member Lauren Salzman avoided prison time, and was sentenced to time served and probation; and leader Keith Raniere, in addition to being sentenced to 120 years in prison, has also been ordered to pay his victims $3.4 million.
And on a positive note: Congratulations to Tommy Dorfman of 13 Reasons Why has come out as a transwoman and will use she/her pronouns.
- The Mighty Ducks: Game Changer has been renewed for a second season at Disney+.
- Fast & Loose, an action thriller starring Will Smith, is coming to Netflix.
- Primates of Park Avenue is being turned into a TV series.
- Tug of Words, a wordplay game show hosted by Ahmad Rashad, is coming to Game Show Network.
- The novel Never Have I Ever is being adapted at Fox. They’re probably going to have to change that title, though.
- The Chicago Party Aunt Twitter account is becoming an animated series at Netflix.
- The Fallout has been picked up at HBO Max.
- The Days of Abandonment is not moving forward at HBO after Natalie Portman left the project.
- Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will return to host The Bachelorette this fall.
- Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Ryan Seacrest are all returning on American Idol on ABC.
- Bailee Madison will star in Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin on HBO Max.
- Aubrey Plaza will star in Olga Dies Dreaming on Hulu.
- Eileen Davidson, Thaoo Penghlis, Leann Hunley, Christie Clark and Austin Peck, Drake Hogestyn, Jackée Harry, James Reynolds, Greg Rikaart, Chandler Massey and Zachary Atticus Tinker are all joining the cast of Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem.
- Michelle Forbes is joining the cast of New Amsterdam on NBC.
- Marg Helgenberger, Jasmine Mathews, and E.J. Bonilla have been added to the cast of Getaway at NBC.
- Retta will host Ugliest House in America on HGTV.
- Xolo Maridueña will likely star in Blue Beetle on HBO Max.
- Micheal Ward and Bill Nighy have been cast in The Beautiful Game on Netflix.
- J.R. Villarreal has been cast in Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion on Disney Channel.
- Eric Winter, Debbi Morgan, and Leslie Jordan are going to guest star on Fantasy Island on Fox.
Mark Your Calendars
- Only Murders in the Building will premiere on Hulu on August 31.
- Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol will premiere on Peacock on September 16.
- Truth Be Told will return on Apple TV+ on August 20.
- Money Heist will return on Netflix on September 3.
- The J Team will premiere on Paramount+ on September 3.
- My Life Is Murder returns on Acorn on August 30.
- The Ms. Pat Show will debut on BET+ on August 12.
- Untold will debut on Netflix on August 10.
- Little Women: Atlanta returns on Lifetime on August 26.
- Short Circuit Experimental Films will return on Disney+ on August 11.
- Navarasa will debut on Netflix on August 6.
- Goliath returns for its final season on Amazon on September 23.
- LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales will premiere on Disney+ on October 1.
- The Profit returns on CNBC on August 10.
- Life Below Zero and Life Below Zero: Next Generation will both return on National Geographic on September 6.
- Move Fast and Vape Things will stream on FX on Hulu in September.
- Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space will premiere on Netflix on September 6.
Alvin Ing, Broadway, film and TV star who appeared in Pacific Overtures, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Benson, Dallas, Falcon Crest, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the reboot of Hawaii Five-0
Joey Jordison, Drummer in Slipknot
Anthony Barajas, TikTok star
Carl Levin, Former senator
Mike Enzi, Former senator
Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord: The true story of a teenage drug kingpin who ran his operation out of his bedroom, and inspired the series How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast). Netflix
Pray Away: This documentary explores the conversion therapy movement, and the damage it causes. Premiere. Netflix
Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union: This three-part miniseries explores President Barack Obama’s personal and political journey to the White House. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
Olympics: Men’s Diving (springboard final); Track & Field; Gymnastics (men’s horizontal bar; women’s balance beam) 7 p.m., NBC
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