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First, right up front, I screwed up the internal communication — and I don’t mean just mechanically. I feel I should’ve made sure to recognize that a group of our employees was hurting very badly from the decision made, and I should’ve recognized upfront before going into a rationalization of anything the pain they were going through. I say that because I respect them deeply, and I love the contribution they have at Netflix. They were hurting, and I should’ve recognized that first.
And the big blanket statement should’ve been, of course storytelling has an impact on the real world — sometimes positive and sometimes negative. That is why I work here, that content actually can make the world a better place through our storytelling, through onscreen representation and all those things. So it was a gross simplification.
But he has no intention to remove the Dave Chappelle special, don’t be ridiculous. That said, the employees who are walking out today are not asking Netflix to remove the special. Instead, “What they are asking for — in addition to a promise to hire trans and non-binary content executives — is that transphobic content be labeled, and that trans-affirming content receive equal promotion.”
Netflix promises to respect the employees who choose to walk out: “We value our trans colleagues and allies, and understand the deep hurt that’s been caused. We respect the decision of any employee who chooses to walk out, and recognize we have much more work to do both within Netflix and in our content.”
Netflix is changing the way they report viewership: before it was measured by how many accounts watched at least two minutes of a series, but now they’ll report how many hours of a series are watched. Which makes more sense? Netflix has also promised to release such data more often.
Major League Baseball is considering offering a streaming service that would allow viewers to watch local games without having to be a cable subscriber.
Again, the drop in cases, hospitalizations, and death is fantastic news. Let’s cross our fingers and hope the trend continues downward. I am optimistic, though news that an offshoot of the Delta variant is spreading across the UK at an even faster rate than Delta has me concerned. The truth is, this will be our new normal: there will be new variants popping up all over the world, and we will have to cross our fingers that the vaccines we have developed will protect us against them.
Colin Powell’s death has emboldened anti-vaxxers who are crowing that the fact that Powell was vaccinated and still died of the virus proves … that no one should get vaccinated? I guess? These fucking idiots.
The fact is, General Powell was suffering from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells that compromises the immune system specifically. One study found that among people with multiple myeloma, less than 50% of them responded to the vaccine. What this means, then, is that to protect the likes of General Powell, and other cancer patients and immunocompromised people, including our children, MORE people should get vaccinated to slow the spread of the virus.
Yes, there will be breakthrough cases, but it’s been shown that vaccinated people get the virus less often than the unvaccinated, and those vaccinated people who do get a breakthrough case have lower amounts of the virus and spread it for a shorter time. Someone very close to me has multiple myeloma and is about to undergo chemotherapy, which will further compromise his immune system, so this is really fucking close to the bone for me. Please get vaccinated, get your booster shots, and convince those you love to get the shot if you haven’t already.
“I’m going to share a secret I have never spoken before. I am immunocompromised,” King said. “I have multiple sclerosis. So I am grateful you are all vaccinated. I am grateful my employer says all of these amazing people who work on the floor, who came in here in the last 18 months when we are doing this, are vaccinated now that we have vaccines. I worry about bringing it home to my 10-year-old son who can’t get a vaccine. I don’t like the government telling me what to do. I don’t like my boss telling me what to do. In this case, it’s important.”
“The world is round. Trump lost. Vaccines work … The climate is in crisis. These things are not in dispute, but some people want to put them in dispute for reasons I do not understand.”
— CNN’s John King on lies about Colin Powell’s death pushing him to reveal his MS diagnosis. pic.twitter.com/eb7r5TtmoP
— The Recount (@therecount) October 20, 2021
Neil Cavuto has tested positive for COVID-19 and is temporarily off the air. “Had I not been vaccinated, and with all my medical issues, this would be a far more dire situation. It’s not, because I did and I’m surviving this because I did. I hope anyone and everyone gets that message loud and clear. Get vaccinated, for yourself and everyone around you,” Cavuto said in a statement.
Meanwhile, country singer Travis Tritt is canceling shows where vaccines are required because he doesn’t give a shit about his immunocompromised fans or the relatives, friends, or colleagues of his fans who might be immunocompromised.
NHL player Evander Kane has been suspended for 21 games after submitting a fake vaccine card.
Speaking of Miami, ShowEast which was scheduled to be held there, has been canceled this year.
Sanjay Gupta went onto Joe Rogan’s podcast to try to talk some sense into that asshole; it didn’t work. But maybe some of his listeners will change their minds.
And the spread of disinformation doesn’t just put the unvaccinated and immunocompromised at risk: scientists who do interviews about COVID are getting death threats and being attacked. And famous people who tested positive were accused of lying about their status. People have lost their damn minds.
- Mickey Mouse Funhouse has been renewed at Disney Channel.
- Breathe: Into The Shadows has been renewed at Amazon.
- The Son In Law, a family comedy, has been given a pilot order at ABC.
- Leonardo, a limited series about a young Leonardo da Vinci and Bump, a teen pregnancy comedy, have been picked up at The CW.
- Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name has been ordered at HBO Max and CNN.
- The Henna Artist, a drama starring Freida Pinto, has been acquired at Netflix.
- Single Black Female; Line Sisters; and Vanished: Searching for My Sister have been ordered at Lifetime.
- Colin Woodell will star in The Continental. Also joining the series on Starz are Hubert Point-Du Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, Nhung Kate, and Ben Robson.
- Eva Longoria will star in The House of Spirits.
- Pablo Schreiber has joined Candy on Hulu.
- Uma Thurman will play Arianna Huffington in Super Pumped on Showtime.
- Meryl Streep, Sienna Miller, Kit Harington, Tahar Rahim, Matthew Rhys, Daveed Diggs, Gemma Chan, David Schwimmer, and Adarsh Gourav have been cast in Extrapolations on Apple TV+.
- Ryan Hansen, Azie Tesfai, and Mario Van Peebles are joining the cast of A Million Little Things on ABC.
- Kaley Ronayne is joining The Resident on Fox.
- Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Kenan Thompson, and Rachel Bloom have voiced Trolls Holiday In Harmony on NBC.
- Austin Stowell is joining Three Women on Showtime.
- Djouliet Amara, Jason Sakaki, Marci T. House, Samantha Ferris, Bradley Stryker, Evan Ellison, Ty Wood, Stacey Farber, Tahmoh Penikett, and Keenan Tracey have joined the cast of Devil in Ohio on Netflix.
- Michael Sheen and Nathalie Emmanuel are starring in Last Train to Christmas on Sky.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Flash returns on The CW on November 16.
- Riverdale returns on The CW on November 16.
- Single Mother by Choice will debut on HBO Max on November 2.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid will premiere on Disney+ on December 3.
- Tampa Baes will premiere on Amazon on November 5.
- Storage Wars returns on A&E on November 2.
- Blown Away: Christmas premieres on Netflix on November 19.
- Johnny Test’s Ultimate Meatloaf Quest will premiere on Netflix on November 16.
- Snoopy in Space returns on Apple TV+ on November 12.
- Jellystone! returns on HBO Max on October 21.
- Gloria will debut on Netflix on November 5.
- Next Level Chef will premiere on Fox on January 2. Call Me Kat and Pivoting will return on January 9.
- The Freak Brothers will premiere on Tubi on November 14.
- Foodgod will premiere on November 14 on Discovery+.
- Secrets in the Ice will debut on Discovery on October 26.
- Mr. A & Mr. M: The Story of A&M Records premieres on Epix on December 5.
- Sanditon will return on PBS on March 20.
- Selling Sunset returns on Netflix on November 24.
- Trolls Holiday in Harmony will premiere on NBC on November 26.
- Masters of Illusion will replace Killer Camp on The CW beginning October 24.
Chris Ayres, Dragonball voice actor
Leslie Bricusse, Oscar-winning songwriter for Willy Wonka, Goldfinger, and Dr. Doolittle
Four Hours at the Capitol: An investigation into the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol when thousands of people attempted to disrupt the certification of the election of President Biden. Traitors, all of them. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
Chicago Fire: In the show’s milestone 200th episode, Casey makes a “life-altering” decision and Cruz comes closer to fatherhood. 8 p.m., NBC
Superstar: Beloved comedian Robin Williams is featured. 9 p.m., ABC
Night Teeth: A chauffeur realizes that his passengers are centuries-old vampires in this new film. Netflix
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Issa Rae, H.E.R.
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Jamie Foxx, Coldplay featuring We Are KING & Jacob Collier
- The Daily Show: Nick Offerman
- Watch What Happens Live: Meghan McCain, S.E. Cupp
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