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The other day, Mike Fleiss tweeted that they were about to make an announcement about the next Bachelor:
— Mike Fleiss (@fleissmeister) August 23, 2021
And then THIS happened:
(SPOILER): What I’ve been hearing the past 5 days or so regarding the next Bachelor are this…been told it’s going to be Greg. Obviously it’s never “official” until ABC announces it (whenever that may be), but at this point I would be very surprised if it’s not him.
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) August 19, 2021
It should be noted that Greg’s uncle supposedly responded to this tweet saying that Greg was offered The Bachelor but turned it down, and it is going to be Andrew instead, and all I have to say is IT DAMN WELL BETTER BE.
LeVar Burton is not going to be your next host of Jeopardy! and he never was going to be. But maybe Ava DuVernay can hook him up?
Check your DM’s!
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) August 11, 2021
Whoopi Goldberg would like to be Doctor Who now, and honestly? An older Black American woman is the perfect person to cast as Doctor Who if they wanted the sexists in the fandom to lose their damn minds.
Netflix is hosting the “TUDUM” global fan event (TUDUM is supposed to be that Netflix sound) on September 25, featuring panels and first-looks for over 70 of their series and films. More info here.
Monica Lewinsky, watched Impeachment: American Crime Story over Zoom with a therapist while taking her notes as a producer. Good for her for taking care of herself, because I can’t imagine how hard that would be.
It sounds like the Dexter reboot is being seen as a “proper” finale of the show, but that if it does well, Showtime might be willing to bring it back again. Showtime is also saying that the opening title sequence will be different from the original. For a reminder, here’s the original sequence:
I am including this mostly because it reminds me of one of the most unintentionally hilarious things I ever heard on the radio. Many years ago, I was listening to our local progressive radio station KPFT, and at the moment a vegan program was airing. The two hosts, two very nice-sounding older ladies, decided that a good use of radio time would be to watch the Dexter opening sequence and react to it — without actually describing anything that was happening. It was the funniest, weirdest two minutes of radio I’ve ever heard.
Jeff Daniels credits The Sopranos and James Gandolfini with him still having a career — the logic being that The Sopranos fundamentally changed television for the better. He’s not wrong, but what is interesting is the unspoken here which is that better quality television allowed “movie” stars to do TV without it being a stain on their career or reputation. Television has room for older performers whose careers would otherwise be over if they were relying on starring roles in movies. Genuinely it’s been the best thing that has happened, particularly for older actresses whose careers typically end when they turn 35.
There’s a blind item out there that a well-established drama is going to open this next season with a time jump and everyone seems to be in agreement that it will be Grey’s Anatomy. So.
A sound stage complex is being built in Savannah, which is interesting generally because it signals that the TV/movie industry sees a long-term future in Georgia, and interesting to me personally because my kid goes to an art school in Savannah that is also trying to boost the industry there. It could become the next Atlanta.
This is not TV-related, but Princess Bride-related, but if you can get through this Mandy Patinkin video without crying, you are a stronger person than me:
To Alaska (aka Amanda – we figured it out!) Thread – Thank you for sharing this with us. My dad died of cancer when I was 18. Kathryn's parents died within a year of each other when she was 25, her dad of a heart attack while her mom was sick with cancer…. pic.twitter.com/xbjC7pVI3p
— Mandy Patinkin (@PatinkinMandy) August 25, 2021
We hope you find all kinds of ways to keep the memory of him alive and all kinds of ways to move forward & through this pain and loss. Please let us know his name. As Kathryn Mentioned https://t.co/YFNLJamF82 can be a great resource for 20 & 30 somethings who've experienced loss
— Mandy Patinkin (@PatinkinMandy) August 25, 2021
like you did, and find the comforts and the tools that might work and help. It can be such a lonely kind of pain, but know there are so many others out there going through it.
— Mandy Patinkin (@PatinkinMandy) August 25, 2021
Thank you for sharing this with us Amanda. Big big love to you and your family and your dad.
— Mandy Patinkin (@PatinkinMandy) August 25, 2021
Mandy and Kathryn are good eggs.
Last week’s numbers:
We’re back up over 1,000 deaths a day again. This is horrifying. I would say there seems to be some plateauing happening in the number of cases and hospitalizations — or at least a less intensification — except that I’m not optimistic as kids are only now going back to school in most places, and won’t return in other places until after Labor Day. I’m just saying, we haven’t burned through this yet.
The good news I have is that vaccinations are going up again, ticking up 28%, and nearly one million shots went into arms on Sunday. Which is good!
What is even better is that the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine on Monday, which clears the way for the Pentagon to require the vaccine for all service members, and gives legal cover to businesses who want to require the vaccine. Some businesses that have issued mandates since Monday include: CVS; Chevron (for some employees); Goldman Sachs; Deloitte; Disney World (lol, fuck you, DeSantis); and Ford — for employees who travel internationally. Delta has announced that employees who don’t get vaccinated will have to pay $200 more a month for health insurance and will lose all pay protections if they miss work because they test positive. For some reason, Delta doesn’t call the variant by its commonly-used name.
Delta CEO calling the delta variant by its formal name pic.twitter.com/71UlTYKwBn
— Hannah Sampson (@hannahbsampson) August 25, 2021
More places are requiring proof of vaccination for sporting events and concerts, like California. And the Emmys will require not just that attendees be vaccinated, but that they also show proof of a negative test.
Meanwhile, over at Fox News, Brian Kilmeade is still out here comparing New York’s vaccine mandates to the Taliban, and 60% of their vaccine coverage was negative this summer, while at the same time, Fox News is requiring their employees to prove they are vaccinated or wear a mask.
The mandates are only infuriating the stupids:
She's literally wearing glasses. https://t.co/W7nm9oG38N
— Dan Lewis (@DanDotLewis) August 19, 2021
A group of anti-vaccine protesters has entered the ITN Productions building in central London. Police officers are trying to block the gates to protect staff, who are currently locked in. pic.twitter.com/8vOhCQdVT1
— Shayan Sardarizadeh (@Shayan86) August 23, 2021
Apparently, these folks think they have something better than a vaccine that has been in development for over 20 years: horse de-wormer. In fact, in Arkansas, the state is using it on inmates and detainees.
You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it. https://t.co/TWb75xYEY4
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 21, 2021
— Blue Heron Farm (@BlueHeronFarmTX) August 25, 2021
Health care workers are exhausted: one Alabama doctor is now refusing to treat the unvaccinated; and in Florida, health care workers staged a walk-out to call attention to how terrible it has been there. And in Orlando, residents were asked to conserve water so they can use it for oxygen in the hospitals.
And people continue to die and fall dangerously ill:
Phil Valentine, the conservative radio broadcaster who mocked the vaccine and masking, died of Covid, leaving his family to plead with his listeners to get vaccinated.
A Carnival cruise ship that left from Galveston ended up with 27 people infected and one passenger dead. (DO NOT GO ON CRUISES RIGHT NOW, Y’ALL. SERIOUSLY.)
Jesse Jackson and his wife have been hospitalized.
Melissa Joan Hart is recovering from a breakthrough case.
Big Brother had 9 positive tests among the crew, but production was not impacted.
The Delta surge has caused more cancellations:
- BTS has canceled their Map of the Soul tour
- Garth Brooks canceled his next five stadium dates
- Schitt’s Creek: The Farwell Tour has been canceled
- New York Off-Broadway theaters are canceling shows
- Vidcon has been canceled
- The NRA canceled their annual meeting here in Houston
But it is probably the first time the @NRA has put public health and safety before profits, so there’s that…
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 24, 2021
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is so irresponsible that he has made the NRA look responsible. https://t.co/vPOr7eGrio
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 24, 2021
But hey! Governor Kristi Noem is ready to take the irresponsibility baton from Governor Abbott and Governor DeSantis’ hands:
If @joebiden illegally mandates vaccines, I will take every action available under the law to protect South Dakotans from the federal government.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) August 23, 2021
Map: Coronavirus cases are rising around the U.S.
Where case counts are rising the most: https://t.co/22TeQb4uYC
• South Dakota: +371%
• West Virginia: +140%
• North Dakota: +124%
• Rhode Island: +112%
• Georgia: +110%
• Indiana: +104%
• NC/Delaware: +94% pic.twitter.com/Fia8651GtX
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 24, 2021
Jesus fucking Christ.
- Your Honor has been renewed at Showtime for a second season.
- Desus & Mero has been renewed at Showtime for season four.
- Flatbush Misdemeanors has been renewed by Showtime for a second season.
- Betty has been canceled at HBO after two seasons.
- The Porch, a comedy starring Jaime Pressly, is being developed at CBS.
- The Wood, a comedy based on the 1999 film, is being made at Showtime.
- Black Ops, a police comedy, is being made at BBC.
- The Gold, a British heist drama, is in the works at BBC.
- Lauren Ashley Smith has signed an overall deal with CBS Studios.
- Logan Marshall-Green (who is not Tom Hardy, but you go ahead and try to convince my brain of it) is joining the cast of Big Sky on ABC.
- Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg are hosting the Peacock baking competition, Baking It!
- Brandon Routh has joined the voice cast of Magic: The Gathering on Netflix.
- Stephen Wallem has joined The Resident on Fox.
- Christine Adams and Joe Carroll have joined the cast of Ordinary Joe on NBC.
- Isabel May and LaMonica Garrett have joined the cast of 1883 on Paramount+.
Mark Your Calendars
- Yellowjackets will debut on Showtime on November 14. It looks good and unhinged.
- Nailed It! returns on Netflix on September 15.
- BET has released the dates for their “Summer of Chills” films, including one called Karen starring Taryn Manning. The films will begin airing on BET on August 31, beginning with Always & Forever.
- The “Welcome to the Blumhouse” movies return on Amazon on October 1.
- Kin will debut on AMC+ on September 9.
- The Starling will premiere on Netflix on September 24.
- The Resident will return on Fox on September 21.
- Love on the Spectrum will return on Netflix on September 21.
- Backyard Blowout will premiere on Peacock on September 16.
- Jaguar will debut on Netflix on September 22.
- Vendetta: Truth, Lies and The Mafia will debut on Netflix on September 24.
- Maya and the Three will debut on Netflix this fall.
- Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles will debut on Amazon on September 3.
- Return of the Taliban: A Vice Special Report will debut on Showtime on September 10.
- Doctor’s Orders will debut on Discovery+ on September 3.
- Anna will premiere on AMC+ on November 18.
- The original Saved by the Bell will begin streaming on Peacock on September 15. (Was it not already streaming on Peacock?)
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Yesterday, it was announced that Charlie Watts, the legendary drummer of The Rolling Stones had died. Here are some tributes from some of his peers and those he influenced:
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) August 24, 2021
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) August 24, 2021
Paul on Charlie Watts ❤️ pic.twitter.com/rn2elK6cFE
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) August 24, 2021
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) August 24, 2021
A very sad day. Charlie Watts was the ultimate drummer. The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company. My deepest condolences to Shirley, Seraphina and Charlotte. And of course, The Rolling Stones.
— Elton John (@eltonofficial) August 24, 2021
I’m just shocked to hear about Charlie Watts. I don’t know what to say, I feel terrible for Charlie’s family. Charlie was a great drummer and I loved the Stones music, they made great records. Love & Mercy. pic.twitter.com/C4q2zXvVKo
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) August 24, 2021
— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) August 24, 2021
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) August 24, 2021
Charlie Watts was the most elegant and dignified drummer in rock and roll. He played exactly what was needed – no more – no less. He is one of a kind. pic.twitter.com/aasPZ2fMYX
— Joan Jett (@joanjett) August 24, 2021
— John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) August 24, 2021
— Stewart Copeland (@copelandmusic) August 24, 2021
Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies aged 80 https://t.co/LUVShR1yaM via @YahooNews AWFUL NEWS. One of the true timeless icons and the backbone of the Stones. Hard to fathom the loss. So very sad.
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) August 24, 2021
Very sorry to hear of the passing of The RollingStones Drummer Charlie Watts.
My deepest condolences to his family, the band and the fans.
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) August 24, 2021
Rock n roll would not be rock n roll without the rhythm, the style, the VIBE of this incredible musician. Rest In Peace #CharlieWatts, one of the greatest and most important architects of the music we love. pic.twitter.com/xEfzaSLCba
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) August 24, 2021
Drummers are the most ensnared individuals. Though they are loudest, they are the last to be heard. They have insecurities due to the fact that everyone has their back turned on them. Herein lies the band’s secret; there is no greatness- without a great drummer. RIP Charlie Watts pic.twitter.com/sAcE7SYiBY
— Perry Farrell (@perryfarrell) August 24, 2021
RIP CHARLIE WATTS
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) August 24, 2021
American Horror Story: In what I think will be the first half of a two-part season, a writer and his family move into a deserted beach town where the inhabitants are … strange. Two-hour season premiere. 9 p.m., FX
Archer: Archer and the gang spend five nights in a Moldovan hotel in the 12th season premiere. 9 p.m., FXX
Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed: A look into the battle over Bob Ross’s happy little trees empire. Premiere. Netflix
Clickbait: Adrian Grenier stars in this new thriller series about a gruesome crime that was fueled by social media. Series premiere. Netflix
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Eugenio Derbez, CHVRCHES
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Michael Keaton, Teyonah Parris, Chris Stapleton, Jerome Flood II
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Bradley Whitford, Lorde
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Symone, Tai Verdes, guest host RuPaul
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