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Surprise! People had some thoughts about Jeopardy!‘s choice of hosts:
BUT I'm relieved that the guest-host carousel ride is over and excited to start work on the new season. Still my favorite show.
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) August 11, 2021
Also new for next season: contestants can submit two Final Jeopardy responses in case the first one causes public backlash https://t.co/97k5INXKR6
— James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer) August 11, 2021
— ClockOutWars (@clockoutwars) August 4, 2021
— Drizzle (@Runwitscissors) August 5, 2021
YALL COULD HAVE A WHOLE ICONIC LEVAR BURTON BUT YOU PICKING CHAD MCWHITERSON FOR… WHAT???https://t.co/Ks2I7ymhYi
— Luvvie is the #ProfessionalTroublemaker (@Luvvie) August 4, 2021
“The executive producer of Jeopardy is trying to hire himself as the new host instead of LeVar Burton. Now ain’t that something.” pic.twitter.com/KH6y9QnHbc
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) August 5, 2021
If the Jeopardy! guy was just going to pick himself, I like that he held public auditions with actual celebrities and well-liked people first so that his decision was as rocky and unpopular as possible
— Todd in the Shadows (@ShadowTodd) August 11, 2021
Thank you Owen Knight.
— Drew Andrews (@DrewPDrew91) August 12, 2021
Ultimately, this is my feeling:
lol Jeopardy really actually ran fake contest for 8 months so the exec producer could pretend he was hiring himself over ppl like LeVar Burton on merit, this lot is AMAZING, he could have just given himself the job & nobody would have cared but that wasn't enough spotlight lmao
— Shiv Ramdas (@nameshiv) August 11, 2021
But speaking of that “My Fall Plans/The Delta Variant” meme that is happening right now, Damon Lindelof has been killing it:
Sadly, Jane Marczewski aka “Nightbirde,” the woman Simon Cowell gave his golden buzzer this season on America’s Got Talent, had to drop out of the competition due to complications with her cancer treatment. She made an appearance on the show via video last night that left Cowell emotional:
I have only watched one episode of FBoy Island, and I am here to tell you I VERY MUCH intend to watch more as it is GLORIOUS and STUPID and EXACTLY WHAT A DUMB DATING SHOW SHOULD BE. The concept is: three not-very-bright women go to an island filled with a bunch of not-very-bright men whom they date. The women then try to figure out who are the nice guys and who are the “FBoys,” who not only don’t really want a relationship, but are there mostly for the cash prize. It’s like a more honest Love Island, and has exactly zero of the high expectations of a Bachelor/Bachelorette. It’s complete hot garbage and the perfect thing to watch if you need a break from the existential crisis we are all experiencing at the moment. But do not ask me if I’m going to recap it, because I have no intention to do so: recapping comedy is a fruitless effort. Anyway, my personal favorite job title on the show is definitely “Exotic Dancer/Realtor.” God bless this man.
I’ve also watched the entirety of Sexy Beasts (DON’T YOU DARE JUDGE ME), the Netflix dating show in which hot (or at least attractive enough) dum-dums go on speed dates while wearing latex masks. It’s higher concept than FBoy Island, and extremely easy to consume as each episode is 22 minutes long and exactly as mentally challenging as eating a bag of potato chips (and just as good for you, too). But in terms of trash reality shows, if you can only choose one, go with FBoy Island: it offers a lot more in the way of delicious schadenfreude. (There has to be a German word for the feeling you get watching a bunch of dummies struggle to interact like adults on a reality dating show, right?)
There’s a Curb Your Enthusiasm card game out there if you’re looking for some way to destroy all of your relationships.
The guy who opened the Rusty Krab restaurant was just looking to get himself sued. You should click through and look at the pictures if you’re not entirely convinced.
Nielsen has put itself on a time out? I don’t know how or if this will affect ratings and how they are collected. I think basically, they will continue collecting data, but shows won’t be allowed to be penalized by advertisers based on Nielsen’s score until the hiatus ends? Confused.
The Orville news:
And that is a wrap on season 3 of The Orville! Thank you to our incredible cast and crew for all their tireless and brilliant work, and I sincerely hope this is not the last time we all go to space. #TheOrville
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) August 11, 2021
I suppose I’m happy for the random internet commentators who come across my angry The Orville recaps and yell at me to develop a sense of humor?
Lil Nas X turned down a role on Euphoria to finish his album, but my goodness, I can not think of a show better suited for him.
Norman Lear is going to be honored on August 21 with the Legend Award by the African American Film Critics Association for his commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in his classic shows.
“As I reflect on the past 99 years of life, I think of all of the those who are responsible for helping me make it this far,” Lear said in a statement. “From the Tuskegee Airmen who flew by my side in WWII to the brilliant actors, writers, producers, and creators who made me laugh in places I didn’t know existed throughout my career.
“I’ve said it many times before – laughter adds time to your life. And being fortunate enough to spend time with the likes of Kenya Barris, Dave Chappelle, Laverne Cox, Ava DuVernay, Jamie Foxx, Redd Foxx, Marla Gibbs, Sherman Hemsley, Richard Pryor, Shonda Rhimes, George Wallace, Kerry Washington, and fellow honoree Wanda Sykes – just to name a few – I anticipate living another 99 years. I thank AAFCA for this great honor. I couldn’t be prouder to be in the company of such incredible talent,” he added.
The man is a national treasure.
Jodi Baskerville has become The Bachelor‘s first Black executive producer. Better late than never, I suppose.
Angela Bassett was just given a (much deserved) pay raise for her work on 9-1-1, at $450,000 per episode, which makes her one of the highest-paid actors on network television, and the highest paid actress of color ever.
This is an interesting piece in Variety about how the events of the past year, including the pandemic, but mostly the Black Lives Matter moment, have changed and shaped Hollywood, and forced it to consider how much more needs to be done.
PBS, after being accused of spending way too many hours airing Ken Burns documentaries (where is the lie?) has instituted new diversity, equity, and inclusion disclosure policies and committed $11 million to new initiatives.
Dolly Parton used the royalties she received from Whitney Houston’s cover of “I Will Always Love You” to buy an office park in a Black neighborhood in Nashville to give back to the community. Because Dolly.
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch has been renewed for a second season on Disney+.
- The Boys might have been renewed for a fourth season on Amazon.
- Nickelodeon and Paramount+ just ordered a bunch more SpongeBob — adding more episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants for season 13; more Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years including a second season; and more episodes of The Patrick Star Show.
- Wahl Street has been renewed for a second season on HBO Max.
- BattleBots has been picked up at Discovery for two seasons.
- Frankie Drake Mysteries has been renewed for a fourth season on Ovation.
- Little Voice has been canceled at Apple TV+ after one season, becoming the first show to be canceled at the streamer.
- Reboot, a comedy from Steven Levitan, and starring Keegan-Michael Key and Johnny Knoxville, has been ordered at Hulu.
- Promised Land has been given a series order at ABC.
- The Post Guard, an animated comedy from Thomas Lennon, is in the works at Fox.
- Eye Candy, a competition series hosted by Josh Groban, is coming to Roku soon.
- A limited series about the Van Peebles family, being made by Mario Van Peebles, is in the works.
- Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix has been ordered at Cleo TV.
- The Toughest Opponent is in the works at Facebook.
- Hana Khan Carries On, a Muslim rom-com from Mindy Kaling, has been ordered at Amazon.
- The Lake, a Canadian comedy starring Jordan Gavaris, Julia Stiles, and Madison Shamoun, has been ordered at Amazon.
- The Last Thing Mary Saw has been bought by Shudder.
- Sag Harbor is being adapted into a series at HBO Max.
- Troppo, an Australian drama, has been picked up by IMDb TV.
- The Lost Daughter has been picked up by Netflix.
- Trey Parker and Matt Stone have signed a $900 million deal with ViacomCBS, which will keep South Park on Comedy Central through 2027, and they will make 14 original films for Paramount+. Holy moly.
- Courtney Kemp, the creator of Starz’s Power series, has signed an overall deal with Netflix.
- After all that, Epic is not going forward at ABC after all.
- Tituss Burgess is your new Rooster Hannigan in Annie Live! on NBC.
- Kathy Griffin will be in Search Party on HBO Max.
- Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill are joining the cast of 1883 on Paramount+.
- Ella Rumpf is joining Succession on HBO.
- Ian Anthony Dale and Laurie Fortier have joined The Walking Dead on AMC.
- Sam Waterston, Kurtwood Smith, and Anne Archer have joined the Hulu drama The Dropout.
- Charles Shaughnessy will join the cast of General Hospital.
- Jacob Batalon will star in Reginald the Vampire on Syfy.
- Britne Oldford and Jeremy Shamos have been added to the cast of Dead Ringers on Amazon.
- Ed Weeks will star in the NBC comedy Someone Out There.
- Renee O’Connor will guest star on My Life is Murder on Acorn, for a little Xena reunion.
- Richard Roundtree and Terri J. Vaughn are joining Cherish the Day on OWN.
- Melissa Saint-Amand joins Long Slow Exhale on Spectrum Originals.
- Alfie Fuller has joined The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon.
- Luke Kleintank, Heida Reed, Carter Redwood, Vinessa Vidotto, and Christiane Paul have been added to FBI: International on CBS.
- Tom Everett Scott, Anwen O’Driscoll, and Charisma Carpenter will star in The Good Father on Lifetime.
- Victoria Justice and Adam Demos will star in an untitled romantic comedy on Netflix.
- Kate Burton is returning to Grey’s Anatomy on ABC.
- Chloe Bennet is leaving Powerpuff on The CW.
Mark Your Calendars
- Y: The Last Man will debut on FX on Hulu on September 13.
- Impeachment: American Crime Story will debut on FX on September 7.
- The Other Two will stream season two on HBO Max beginning on September 2.
- Clickbait will debut on Netflix on August 25.
- He’s All That will premiere on Netflix on August 27.
- Cobra Kai returns on Netflix in December.
- Detainee 001 will premiere on Showtime on September 10.
- Five Bedrooms returns on Peacock on August 19.
- Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is debuts on HBO Max on August 19.
- Diary of a Future President will return on Disney+ on August 18.
- Dive Club will debut on Netflix on September 3.
- Fiasco will premiere on Epix on September 19.
- Cold Case Files and American Justice return on A&E on August 20.
- Metal Shop Masters will debut on Netflix on September 10.
- JJ+E will premiere on Netflix on September 8.
- All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs will debut on Amazon on October 1.
- In Pursuit with John Walsh will return on Investigation Discovery on August 18.
- Help! I Wrecked My House premieres on HGTV on September 6.
- I Know What You Did Last Summer will debut on Amazon on October 15.
- Jeopardy! National College Championship will premiere on ABC in 2022.
- Wicked in Concert will air on PBS on August 29.
- True Crime Story will premiere on Sundance TV on September 9.
- Born for Business will premiere on Peacock on August 23.
Trevor Moore, Founding member of The Whitest Kids U Know
Bobby Eaton, Professional wrestler
Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, Author, publisher, and betrothed to Jim Morrison
Richard Trumka, Former president of the AFL-CIO
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Amy returns from maternity leave in the much-delayed one-hour final season premiere. (Did you follow all that?) 7 p.m., NBC
Modern Love: Kit Harington, Anna Paquin, and Tobias Menzies will star in the second installment of the romantic anthology series based on the New York Times column. Premiere. Amazon
Walker: Walker receives shocking news in the season finale that I could have sworn aired months ago. 7 p.m., The CW
Ex-Rated: Andy Cohen hosts this new series in which former romantic partners give their exes a formal review so they can all figure out what went wrong. Series premiere. Peacock
Star Trek: Lower Decks: Second season premiere. Paramount+
The Hype: It’s another fashion competition but this time: streetwear. Series premiere. HBO Max
Titans: Third season premiere. HBO Max
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kit Harington, Miranda Cosgrove, Duran Duran
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ethan Hawke, Jodie Comer
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jennifer Hudson
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kenan Thompson, Regina Hall, the Killers, guest host Sarah Silverman
- Watch What Happens Live: Marlon Wayans, Amber Ruffin
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