Replace all weathermen with dogs, ASAP.
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Annnnnnnnd … there it is: Mike Richards has been fired as an executive producer on Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Having made a complete hash of the process of finding a host to replace Alex Trebek — a process he manipulated so as to take the job for himself, only to have to resign when it was revealed he was a gross sexist pig — and having tarnished the brand of a beloved series, frankly it was shocking that Sony was choosing to keep him on as an executive producer. Recently, more Jeopardy! champions spoke out publicly about how disappointed they were in the entire host-selection process, and this apparently was the last straw.
“We had hoped that when Mike stepped down from the host position at ‘Jeopardy!’ it would have minimized the disruption and internal difficulties we have all experienced these last few weeks,” Suzanne Prete, Sony executive vice president, business and strategy said in her statement. “That clearly has not happened.”
Sony needs to fire whoever was handling their crisis management immediately and hire some people to just spend all day on Twitter. This whole mess could have very easily been avoided.
The View is going to fill the gaping mayonnaise hole left by Meghan McCain’s departure with rotating Conservative guest hosts: Mia Love, Condoleezza Rice, S.E. Cupp, Gretchen Carlson, Carly Fiorina, Mary Katharine Ham, Alyssa Farah, Cameran Eubanks, and Eboni K. Williams, who, it should be noted, is not a Conservative, but has worked on Fox News, which I guess is close enough? Basically, The View is pulling a Jeopardy! trying to figure out who should replace Princess Nepotism. Let’s hope it is less messy.
Headline Question: “Why Did It Take 30 Seasons for ‘DWTS’ to Feature a Same-Sex Pairing?”
Headline Answer: “Have you seen who watches DWTS?”
Speaking of: Lance Bass would very much like to be the Chris Harrison of a gay season of The Bachelor. This actually was the topic of conversation at my family’s dinner table the other night, whether or not such a dating show had ever happened. The answer is yes, in 2016 there was Finding Prince Charming on Logo, a network that caters to the gay community. And guess who was the host?
It ended after only one season, however. I get Bass’ point — that a gay season of The Bachelor, not some cable network rip-off, is overdue. And he’s right! It is! But like Dancing With the Stars, the audience for The Bachelor is pretty conservative and located in red states, and as a result, despite being seemingly “risqué,” the show is actually deeply reactionary in both who they cast and how they shape the narratives, which tend to become fairy tales for grown-ups and profoundly (even unhealthily) heteronormative. Basically, I predict that at least for the next several seasons, the closest we’re going to get to an LGBTQ Bachelor or Bachelorette will be a bisexual female contestant on The Bachelor. Maybe.
Twenty years ago today, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood ended its 31-season run on PBS. Honestly, I can’t think about Mr. Rogers without getting a little teary, so here are 20 facts about the show to mark this anniversary.
Two long-time employees of Good Morning America have come forward to accuse former executive producer Michael Corn of sexually harassing them and ABC turning a blind eye to it. Corn, who abruptly left ABC News back in April, denies everything.
Apparently, ABC tried to mediate with the two women back in June but was unable to come to terms, and launched an internal investigation into the claims. Kim Godwin, the new head of ABC News has called for an independent investigation into the allegations, saying: “We can’t have us investigating us. We need an independent person.” Word.
The difference between me and Andrew Cuomo? Neither of us is governor, but I still have my Emmy(s).
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) August 24, 2021
R. Kelly’s trial continues: One woman claimed he controlled her during that infamous interview with Gayle King, and punished her by forcing her to have sex with another man while he watched. He also allegedly told one 17-year-old victim that he was a “genius” in comparing himself to Jerry Lee Lewis, and as such, “We should be allowed to do what we want — look at what we give to the world.” Meanwhile, the defense’s strategy seems to be slut-shaming the accusers. Good luck with that, assholes.
Zoey 101 star Alexa Nikolas is suing her ex-husband for grooming her as a minor, sexually assaulting her, and manipulating her into marriage.
I guess I should mention that the baby from Nirvana’s Nevermind album cover is suing the band claiming he was exploited, and the image was pornographic. ~insert eye roll gif here~
- Tom Swift, a spinoff of Nancy Drew, has been given a series order at The CW.
- Raymond and Ray, a drama film starring Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke, has been picked up at Apple TV+.
- The Return Of The Rocketeer has been ordered at Disney+.
- Ms. Pat is getting a one-hour stand-up special at Netflix.
- Kaiser Karl, a six-episode drama about Karl Lagerfeld, has been ordered at Disney+.
- Good Grief has been picked up at IFC and Sundance Now.
- The Craftsman and The Art of Vintage have been ordered at Magnolia Network.
- Emily VanCamp is leaving The Resident on Fox.
- Judy Greer and Katy Mixon are going to co-star in The Thing About Pam on NBC.
- Kyle Chandler is joining the cast of Mayor of Kingstown on Paramount+. Also joining: Aidan Gillen and Hamish Allan-Headley, James Jordan, Nishi Munshi, Nichole Galicia, Andrew Howard, Michael Beach, Necar Zadegan, Jason Kelley, Mandela Van Peebles, Rob Kirkland, and Natasha Marc.
- Jesse Williams is joining the cast of Olga Dies Dreaming pilot at Hulu.
- Daniel Augustin is replacing Brandon Michael Hall in How I Met Your Father at Hulu.
- Alison Brie, Jay Ellis, and Kiersey Clemons will star in Somebody I Used To Know at Amazon, to be directed by Brie’s husband, Dave Franco.
- Regina Hall is joining Me Time on Netflix.
- Sisi Stringer, Daniele Nieves, Kieron Moore, André Dae Kim, J. August Richards, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Mia McKenna-Bruce, Rhian Blundell, Jonetta Kaiser, and Andrew Liner have been set as the main cast for Vampire Academy on Peacock.
- LeToya Luckett, Omar Dorsey, Krystal Joy Brown, and Paulina Singer have joined Power Book III: Raising Kanan on Starz.
- Bridget Regan has joined Batwoman on The CW as Poison Ivy.
- Jennifer Ehle and Emily Meade are joining Dead Ringers at Amazon.
- Cara Buono and Kai Lennox have been set as co-stars of The Girl from Plainville on Hulu.
- Rushi Kota, Jason Burkey, and Gabrielle Byndloss have joined the cast of Ordinary Joe on NBC.
- Here are your Survivor contestants.
- Leslie Jordan, Joel McHale, will.i.am, and Cheryl Hines will guest judge The Masked Singer this season.
- Drew Brees and Maria Taylor have joined Football Night in America on NBC.
Mark Your Calendars
- Being James Bond will debut on Apple TV+ on September 7.
- Uprising; Black Power: A British Story of Resistance; and Subnormal: A British Scandal will all debut on Amazon on September 17.
- The Velvet Underground will debut on Apple TV+ on October 15.
- My Name Is Pauli Murray will premiere on Amazon on October 1.
- Black Ink Crew: Chicago returns on VH1 on October 4.
- History’s Greatest Mysteries: Expedition Bermuda Triangle will premiere on History Channel on September 7.
- The Croods debuts on Hulu on September 23.
- 9/11 Twenty Years Later: America Remembers, a week of 9/11 coverage on ABC will begin on Friday, September 10.
- People Puzzler will return on GSN on September 27.
- CBS Mornings, a reimagined CBS This Morning in a new Times Square studio, will premiere on CBS on September 7.
- TLC has announced its fall dates. More here.
Generation 9/11: This documentary follows seven young adults whose fathers died in the September 11th attacks, as they enter their twenties in a much more divided America. Premiere. 8 p.m., PBS
Sparking Joy: Marie Kondo is back to make you throw your shit away. Premiere. Netflix
Bachelor in Paradise: Look out, Becca’s on her way. 7 p.m., ABC
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Lizzo, Billie Piper
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