This dog is clearly the American cousin of that Irish cricket-loving dog I posted earlier this week.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 22, 2021
And I’ll have you know, Rookie is an actual bat dog who loves his job and is good at it.
You’re doing amazing, sweetie. pic.twitter.com/ypBckHRVZ2
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 22, 2021
HIRE A BAT DOG, ASTROS.
All Other TV News
I really should have seen this coming: Padma Lakshmi is having to defend Houston after people attacked her and Top Chef for choosing to film in Texas despite our new insane abortion law. As she points out, Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. (or possibly the most diverse, according to some metrics) and the majority of us, including our city government, are opposed to not just that bill, but to our state government as a whole because seriously, fuck those guys.
Our show highlights the small businesses that hire the very same women, BIPOC ppl & low-income folks that these laws harm most.
Only 11% of Americans believe that abortion should be illegal.
The govt doesn’t have the right to force ppl to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) September 23, 2021
What’s more, she is putting her money where her mouth is, and supporting organizations on the ground here, fighting this hateful law:
@MonmouthPoll: only 11% of Americans say abortion should always be illegal
24% say it should be illegal except for rape, incest, or to save the mother’s lifehttps://t.co/N3IyCFMHJc
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) September 23, 2021
People’s reactions to Lakshmi’s response are understandably mixed, with most insisting that a boycott of Texas is the only way to deal with our stupid government. In fact, The Wire‘s creator David Simon, took that very stance, pulling an upcoming production for HBO that is set in Texas out of Dallas.
If an employer, this is beyond politics. I’m turning in scripts next month on an HBO non-fiction miniseries based on events in Texas, but I can’t and won’t ask female cast/crew to forgo civil liberties to film there. What else looks like Dallas/Ft. Worth? https://t.co/q6Py6XikYh
— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 20, 2021
He went on to get into a bunch of Twitter fights with people about it because he’s David Simon:
Love Austin and San Antonio. Even like Houston some. And you are blissfully unaware that this is not a political decision for us; we can’t ethically ask any female cast/crew to relocate to any state that requires them to forgo civil liberties. The end. https://t.co/j5WVrr7hfp
— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 22, 2021
And I completely understand and don’t entirely disagree with him. But I agree more with Padma Lakshmi’s position that pulling a production, especially one like Top Chef which is coming to Houston to deliberately showcase our city’s diversity and small businesses, would hurt women and people of color more than a boycott would do good.
Maybe I’m just being selfish in a desire to show off how beautiful my hometown’s culinary scene is, but having lived in Texas for the majority of my life, I also know well enough that economically punishing our big cities — which vote blue — is not going to persuade the Republican-held state government to change their ways. They hate our cities, they are literally writing laws to harm us and prevent us from voting. If anything, a boycott against Houston would only delight them.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union (IATSE) is on the verge of a strike to demand livable wages and more humane working conditions. This could hugely impact productions, so stay tuned.
These big-name stars all appeared on All My Children at one point or another. I was aware of all of them except Daniel Dae Kim, which is deeply embarrassing for me, as I’m 1. a huge All My Children fan (or was. R.I.P. AMC), and 2. I’m supposed to be the Lost expert over here.
Also, no, there are no Easter Eggs in the Succession title sequence. They’re not that kind of show.
This week (technically this week + 1 day since I didn’t do this yesterday For Reasons):
Cases and hospitalizations continue to go down, deaths continue to go up. Some models suggest that we are past the worst of it, but I also remember where we were a year ago, and how everything went sideways during the winter when people returned inside and traveled for holidays, so who knows. Hopefully, my pessimism is misplaced.
Here’s a handy calculator to determine your likelihood of contracting COVID-19 in various situations. I have to say, it’s distressing to see that I, a fully vaccinated person dining with other vaccinated people inside a restaurant here in Houston am at a Very High Risk for contracting this fucking virus, all because other people also won’t get vaccinated. GUH.
Because break-through cases do happen:
Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don’t want this. Get vaccinated.
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) September 19, 2021
Other people who have contracted the virus:
Wendy Williams, whose show was delayed as a result.
Laura Loomer, who once said she wanted to get the virus to prove it was no worse than food poisoning.
Tarek El Moussa, whose HGTV show had to postpone production.
And a bunch of anti-vaxxers continues to die from the virus, including:
George Holliday, the man who filmed the famous Rodney King beating.
Truffles, the Trumpian, anti-vaxx clown.
And this would-be-bride who wrongfully believed taking vaccine would make her infertile thanks to bullshit misinformation out there.
In fact, there are so many people dying unnecessarily of this disease, that someone created the r/HermanCainAward subreddit, highlighting the anti-vaxxers who continue to die of this virus. For instance, Craig made fun of masks and the vaccine, and now he, his brother, and his mother are all dead.
If only anti-vaxxers’ behavior only impacted themselves … sadly, because anti-vaxxers are filling our hospitals, people with other medical conditions are not being treated and are dying. So fuck this nonsense that vaccination is a personal choice and it doesn’t matter to me, a vaccinated person, whether you get vaccinated or not.
And fuck this Texas restaurant for kicking out a family for wearing masks because their baby is immunocompromised. People can be such monsters.
And you’ll never believe this but Sarah Palin is unvaccinated. Related: her state just has announced their hospitals will go into crisis-care standards, which basically means they have to ration care because they are so crushed by cases right now.
Sarah Palin isn't vaxxed, but I bet she is horse dewormed.
— Lesley Abravanel (@lesleyabravanel) September 18, 2021
Because she’s a dumb ass. There, you don’t have to read this… https://t.co/sZAWox4CZu
— Staceball Crank (they/them) (@StaceGots) September 18, 2021
Brazil’s President Bolsonaro being forced to eat pizza outside in New York because he’s unvaccinated is perfect.
I'm sorry but an unvaccinated Bolsonaro being denied entry into NYC restaurants and being forced to eat pizza outside is a gift from a very specific brand of New York comedy gods. https://t.co/SYS9Vypsjt
— Soo Youn (@lalasoo) September 22, 2021
Here’s Jake Tapper telling Mississippi’s Governor Potato that his method of doing absolutely nothing to combat the virus isn’t working:
Nicki Minaj claimed that the White House invited her to come talk about the vaccine, but they didn’t. They offered to have their doctors call her and answer her questions. Hopefully, this ends the Nicki Minaj portion of the discourse.
Some good (-ish) news: the Pfizer vaccine appears to be safe for kids between 5-12, and should be approved by the FDA by Halloween. The question, sadly, remains how many parents will actually give their kid the shot?
The Emmy producers are SO MAD at Seth Rogen for pointing out the obvious: that holding the Emmys inside a sealed tent is not any better than holding them inside a building. He’s not wrong.
The National Association of Broadcasters has canceled their Las Vegas show set for next month for some reason.
Southwest is trying a carrot and stick approach: paying employees more for getting vaccinated and cutting sick days for the unvaccinated.
- Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has been renewed for a seventh season on TBS and will be moving to Thursday nights.
- Derry Girls will end after this third season on Netflix.
- Tic-Tac-Dough is being rebooted and Tom Bergeron will host. Did they even ask LeVar Burton?
- Black Cake, a family mystery drama, is being adapted into a series at Hulu.
- How To Be Black, Baratunde Thurston’s memoir, is being adapted by him into an animated series at ABC.
- All The Light We Cannot See is being adapted into a miniseries at Netflix.
- Friends Like These is being adapted into a series.
- Some sort of Teen Mom spinoff that will be Big Brother-esque is in the works at MTV. Farrah Abraham has signed on.
- NBC and BBC are teaming up to find new unscripted content.
- The Business is being adapted for UK television.
- Whoopi Goldberg is staying on The View for at least four more years. And Michael Strahan is sticking around ABC for several more years.
- Owen Wilson, Kim Kardashian West, Rami Malek, and Jason Sudeikis are your first four hosts of Saturday Night Live this season. Debra Messing, for one, is not impressed:
Why Kim Kardashian? I mean, I know she is a cultural icon, but SNL has hosts, generally, who are performers who are there to promote a film, TV show, or album launch. Am I missing something? https://t.co/WYrobkv8Fi
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) September 22, 2021
- Rashida Jones and David Oyelowo have been added to the cast of Wool on Apple TV+.
- Leslie Bibb, Rachel Bloom, Michael McKean, and Krista Marie Yu are joining the cast of Reboot on Hulu.
- Khalid Abdalla and Salim Daw are your new Dodi and Mohamed Al-Fayed in The Crown.
- Colin Donnell will star in Irreverent, an Australian-set crime drama on Peacock.
- Virginia Kull, Amanda Brooks, Annie Chang, Erinn Ruth, and Mishka Thébaud have been added to the cast of Super Pumped on Showtime.
- Chinasa Ogbuagu, Kelly AuCoin, Scott William Winters, Kristin Griffith, Ella Rubin, Megan Lawless, John Henry Ward, Leah Thompkins, and Callie McClincy have all joined the cast of The Girl from Plainville on Hulu.
- Kellan Lutz is leaving FBI: Most Wanted on CBS.
Mark Your Calendars
- Tiger King 2 is coming to Netflix sometime before the end of the year. Prepare.
- Muppets Haunted Mansion will debut on Disney+ on October 8.
- Night Teeth will debut on Netflix on October 20.
- The Sex Lives of College Girls will debut on HBO Max on November 18.
- Black As Night will debut on Amazon on October 1.
- Britney vs Spears will premiere on Netflix on September 28.
- The Rookie will return on ABC on September 26.
- SEAL Team will return on CBS on October 10.
- Manhunt will return on Acorn TV on October 18.
- Karma’s World will premiere on Netflix on October 15.
- “Fall-O-Ween” will begin on October 1 on TBS, TNT, and truTV.
- Hulu has released their October dates.
- “Countdown to Christmas“ launches on Hallmark Movies on October 22.
- “Voices/Voces,” a one-day event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, will take place on Amazon on September 30.
- The Tender Bar will premiere in theaters on December 17, before premiering on Amazon on January 7.
- Saturday Night Live returns on NBC on October 2. See above for the first hosts.
- Speak Sis will debut on OWN on September 28.
- Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky will stream on Peacock on November 24.
- The Young Leaders – One Young World Stories will premiere on Ovation TV on November 11.
Melvin Van Peebles, “Actor, writer, director, producer and icon of Black cinema”
He made the most of every second, of EVERY single damn frame and admittedly, while the last time I spent any time with him was MANY years ago, it was a night in which he absolutely danced his face off. The man just absolutely LIVED pic.twitter.com/IIpfU8wI7q
— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) September 22, 2021
“You have to not let yourself believe you can’t. Do what you can do within the framework you have. And don’t look outside. Look inside.”
― the iconic artist, filmmaker, actor, playwright, novelist, composer and sage Melvin Van Peebles, who has gone home at the age of 89. pic.twitter.com/36BQKzN9G7
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) September 22, 2021
We’ve lost another lion, the true revolutionary, an artistic gangsta, cultural disrupter who forever changed the game Rest n Peace Melvin Van Peebles ✊🏾🙏🏾✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/OH9D6Slnbx
— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) September 22, 2021
Peter Palmer, Actor who originated the role of Li’l Abner.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: A powerful Congressman becomes the suspect in a sex-for-housing scheme in the season premiere. 7 p.m., NBC
Law & Order: Organized Crime: Stabler infiltrates a crime family in the season premiere. 9 p.m., NBC
Kenny Rogers: All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers is celebrated in this star-studded concert event. 8 p.m., CBS
Foundation: Jared Harris and Lee Pace star in this highly-anticipated adaptation of the classic Isaac Asimov trilogy. Series premiere Apple TV+
Goliath: Final season premiere. Apple TV+
Creepshow: Season three premiere. Shudder
Doom Patrol: Season premiere. HBO Max
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Michael Strahan, Justin Willman, the Killers
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ike Barinholtz, Jenny Slate, Andē
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Anderson Cooper, John Mayer
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Ben Platt
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ringo Starr, Simone Biles, the Doobie Brothers
- The Daily Show: Jason Isbell
- Watch What Happens Live: Kate Hudson & Octavia Spencer
|Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler
|FOX||The Masked Singer
|NBC||Law & Order: SVU
|Law & Order: Organized Crime