Happy 21st of September!
It doesn’t look like I am going to get around to writing about this year’s Emmys in any real way, but I did want to highlight one particular moment:
Michaela Coel’s Emmy-winning series I May Destroy You was based on the true story of her own rape while she was writing her series Sweet Tooth. Her acceptance speech for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series was a highlight of the ceremony, and though she specifically said it was a message for writers, it was also for survivors and, honestly, everyone living in this very loud time of ours:
THIS right here! Your truth and your presence is a beacon, an elixir….@MichaelaCoel ❤❤❤🙌🏿🙌🏿🙌🏿 🎥@TheEmmys pic.twitter.com/Z2OBnV4KN6
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) September 20, 2021
Frankly, I’m not surprised I May Destroy You didn’t win bigger on Emmy night — it’s brilliant, but it’s a series that does not provide the same escapism that Queen’s Gambit or even Mare of Easttown offers. But I am thankful she was able to share her message, and am certain whatever she does next will be phenomenal.
Activision Blizzard is now being investigated by the feds over how the company handled “employee allegations of workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct.” Good luck, assholes.
ABC News employees are reportedly LIVID with Disney TV chairman Peter Rice for not addressing the Michael Corn sexual assault situation.
“People don’t feel heard. The strategy is a bad one and it’s rubbing people the wrong way,” one senior ABC Newser told The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Cartwright. “They told us they were going to change the place for the better but we seem to be going backwards.” Cartwright said he couldn’t get anyone to speak on the record about the matter, “out of fear of retaliation.”
Multiple ABC News staffers are reportedly angry that despite promises to clean up the culture at the network, the three executives who, according to the lawsuit, were made aware of the sexual-assault allegations in 2017 “have faced little accountability.” These executives include ABC News VP of publicity (and George Stephanopoulos‘ main comms contact) Heather Riley, ABC News EVP Derek Medina, and ABC lawyer Tanya Menton as having knowledge of the claims but not investigating Corn, says the Beast.
T.I. and Tiny will not be charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman because the statute of limitations have expired.
Instagram is terrible for the mental health of children, particularly teen girls, and Facebook intends to do fuckall about it.
A Texas doctor has announced that he violated our new barbaric abortion law, and was promptly sued by men in Arkansas and Illinois. Oscar Stilley, the man in Arkansas, describes himself as a “disbarred and disgraced” lawyer who is actually pro-choice, and actually trying to challenge the law: “The thing that I’m trying to vindicate here is the law. We pride ourselves on being a nation of laws. What’s the law?” Indeed, what is the law? Has anyone heard of standing?
All Other TV News
The Ted Lasso team celebrated their big Emmy night and Coach Beard went full Beard After Dark, God bless him. THE PANTS!
Brendan Hunt going full Coach Beard at the Ted Lasso after party.😂 https://t.co/QbAjo5Nzdq
— Carl Hancock 🚀🇨🇷 (@carlhancock) September 20, 2021
The Emmys had better ratings this year than last, which is not entirely surprising considering last year was done over Zoom.
Two gang members were arrested in New Zealand trying to enter a locked-down Auckland with a trunk full of KFC, and yes, The Wellington Paranormal team has confirmed, yes, it was a paranormal crime.
We can now confirm that the KFC bust in New Zealand, was in fact, paranormal in nature. https://t.co/HIzmOkHnOg
— Wellington Paranormal (@WellyParanormal) September 21, 2021
Netflix is launching a free tier with no ads for Android phone users — but don’t get too excited: it’s only in Kenya, and it will most certainly never be available here.
Don’t look for hidden ghosts in Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy’s Midnight Mass on Netflix, you’ll be disappointed. It is not The Haunting, Part 3.
Nielsen is moving to using overall viewer impressions rather than traditional ratings to determine ad sales.
The change is meant to spur advertisers to buy across multiple local outlets — not only the linear programs on a local TV station, but also the venues where that station may stream its local newsmagazine or early-morning news program. Some of the factors involved in the change have to do with the fact that linear viewership has spread out to encompass other media venues, including streaming video and mobile tablets, and traditional ratings don’t necessarily gauge traditional TV audiences that fall below a certain level.
Wait, “The Pinball Song” on Sesame Street was sung by THE POINTER SISTERS? How is this the first I’m hearing of this?
Edie Falco filmed a scene for The Many Saints of Newark as Carmela, but the scene was ultimately cut. HOW DARE YOU.
David Chase picked “Don’t Stop Believin'” for the final scene of The Sopranos because his crew hated it. That checks out.
- My Unorthodox Life has been renewed at Netflix for a second season.
- Bargain Block has been renewed for a second season on HGTV.
- Hit & Run has been canceled at Netflix after one season.
- Sal & Gabi Break the Universe is in development at Disney.
- Betty Gilpin has been cast in Three Women on Showtime.
- Dónal Finn is replacing Barney Harris in The Wheel of Time on Amazon.
- Tom Hopper and Kat Graham have been set to star in Love in the Villa on Netflix.
- Sian Clifford and Jonathan Aris have been cast in His Dark Materials on BBC and HBO.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Problem With Jon Stewart will premiere on Apple TV+ on September 30.
- Halloween Kills will debut on Peacock and in theaters on October 15.
- Hit-Monkey will premiere on Hulu on November 17.
- On My Block will return on Netflix on October 4.
here’s to one last time around the block 🥲 the final season of On My Block streams October 4 pic.twitter.com/Aeqrjb0XyO
— Con Todo (@contodonetflix) September 20, 2021
- The Tragedy of Macbeth will debut on Apple TV+ and in theaters on January 14.
- The Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 crossover will air on September 30.
- American Gangster Presents: Big Fifty – The Delrhonda Hood Story will premiere on BET+ on September 30.
- Escape the Undertaker will premiere on Netflix on October 5.
- Misfit: The Series will debut on Netflix on October 16.
- Luna Park will premiere on Netflix on September 30.
- A Spark Story will premiere on Disney+ on September 24.
- Booktube Jr. will debut on YouTube on September 24.
- Bangkok Breaking will debut on Netflix on September 23.
- The Ferragnez will premiere on Amazon in December.
Ma cosa si porta quando si è invitati in Casa Ferragnez? Chiediamo perché a dicembre arriva #TheFerragnezLaSerie – la nuovissima serie con @ChiaraFerragni e @Fedez 😎 Non vediamo l’ora! pic.twitter.com/5l7fuw2bAL
— Prime Video Italia (@PrimeVideoIT) September 20, 2021
- Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life will premiere on Discovery+ on October 8.
- A Night in the Academy Museum will air on ABC on October 12.
- The Tony Awards(R) Present: Broadway’s Back! will air on CBS and stream on Paramount+ on September 26.
Sarah Dash, Singer and co-founder of Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, and LaBelle
Mario Camus, Spanish director and writer
Richard Buckley, Fashion journalist and Tom Ford’s husband
Patty Perez, Entertainer who appeared in Jackass 2 and My Big Fat Fetish
Our Kind of People: A single mom sets out to reclaim her family name in the rich Black enclave of Martha’s Vineyard in this new series. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Fox
FBI: International: The team head to Croatia in pursuit of an American fugitive who fled the country with a young girl. Series premiere. 9 p.m., CBS
FBI: Yacht party investigation. Season premiere. 7 p.m., CBS
The Resident: Apparently, ransomware attacks are common on Fox this season, as Chastain ER is also attacked in the season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox
FBI: Most Wanted: A local case turns much bigger in the season premiere. 8 p.m., CBS
New Amsterdam: “Max and Sharpe wake up to a new, more personal dynamic” in the season premiere. 9 p.m., NBC
The Ultimate Surfer: Kelly Slater arrives for the season finale. 9 p.m., ABC
Love on the Spectrum: Season two premiere. Netflix
Nine Perfect Strangers: Season finale. Hulu
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Nicole Kidman, Amanda Gorman, Nore Davis
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Bill Burr, Keith Morrison, Andē
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Bob Woodward, Robert Costa, Leon Bridges
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Suni Lee
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Billy Bob Thornton, Fred Savage, Elisha “EJ” Williams, St. Vincent
- The Daily Show: Rep. Pete Aguilar
- Watch What Happens Live: Anderson Cooper
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