Yes, the creator of ‘Squid Game’ got shady with LeBron, but he had a lot of other interesting and more important things to say, too.

This is the most Canadian thing I’ve ever seen:

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Hwang Dong-hyuk, the creator of Squid Game is getting a lot of attention for calling out LeBron James for his criticism of how the show ends (“Have you seen Space Jam 2?”), but this interview with The Guardian is much more interesting than that one shady quote:

Are you making a profound point about capitalism? “It’s not profound! It’s very simple! I do believe that the overall global economic order is unequal and that around 90% of the people believe that it’s unfair. During the pandemic, poorer countries can’t get their people vaccinated. They’re contracting viruses on the streets and even dying. So I did try to convey a message about modern capitalism. As I said, it’s not profound.”

But isn’t there a contradiction in that, without money from an international corporation, ie Netflix, your critique of global capitalism would never have been seen? Hwang laughs at me again and says: “Oh, the Guardian, asking profound questions! Well, Netflix is a global corporation but I don’t think it is aggravating inequalities. I don’t think there is a contradiction. When I was working on the project, the goal was to rank No 1 on the Netflix US chart for at least a day. But it ended up being much more successful, the most-watched show on Netflix ever. It’s very surprising. It shows that the global audience is resonating with the message I wanted to reflect.”

It’s funny, news that The Critics Choice awards are going to be simulcast on TBS and The CW this winter popped up in my feed, and so when I saw this story about the nominees for The People’s Choice awards, my brain turned it into the nominees for The Critics Choice Awards. This is most certainly not a list of the nominees for The Critics Choice Awards.

Viola Davis has seen y’all making fun of her walk on How to Get Away With Murder.

The blame for the shooting on the set of Rust keeps spreading out. Now Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer, is being thrown under the bus. Apparently, as the key grip on The Old Way, a western starring Nicolas Cage, she discharged a weapon twice without warning, infuriating Cage and was the subject of numerous complaints.

Dave Chappelle is now being celebrated by Fox & Friends, which is entirely predictable. It should give him pause, but it won’t.

Going Viral

Last week:

This week:

Cases, hospitalizations, and deaths all continue to decline, thank God. Between the decline of Delta and the probability that kids will be vaccinated very soon, hopefully, we can get through this holiday season without the same sort of terrible surge that we saw last year.

That said — and I am really not trying to shit on good news — but that said, to put some of these numbers in perspective, we are still seeing 1,400 deaths a day, and on October 26, 2020, the number was 537. I’m just saying, we’re not done. Please continue to be careful.

Today’s big news is that kids 5-12 should be able to be vaccinated within roughly the next two weeks. There are a few more steps to go before the Pfizer vaccine can be approved for emergency use, but it will likely happen by November 8th or so.

Parents understandably have questions about the vaccine, here are some answers. Fortunately, children continue to be the group the least impacted by the virus, but it is important to remember that 1. we don’t know what the long-term effects of this disease will be 2. we could be looking at another winter surge or the emergence of another dangerous variant, and 3. we vaccinate as many people as we can to slow or stop the spread of the disease, to protect those most vulnerable.

A Brazilian congressional panel has voted to press charges against President Jair Bolsonaro, including crimes against humanity, for his handling of the virus. “In a six-month investigation, the panel found that Mr. Bolsonaro and members of his administration discouraged people from wearing masks, ignored offers of vaccines and promoted unproven drugs long after they were found to be ineffective.” Huh. Sounds familiar.

After testing positive for the virus, Neil Cavuto went on Howard Kurtz’s Fox News’ media program MediaBuzz to beg Fox News viewers to get vaccinated. “I can’t stress this enough. It’s not about left or right, not who’s conservative or liberal. Last time I checked, everyone, regardless of political persuasion, is coming down with this. Take the political speaking points and toss them! For now, I’m begging you, toss them! And think of what’s good not only for yourself but those around you.”

When Cavuto returned to his show last night, he revealed that after begging people to get vaccinated, he received death threats:


Over at The View, the show’s nurse, Wendy Livingston, is taking the hit for the Kamala Harris mess a few weeks back. She hasn’t been fired by ABC, but she is no longer doing her medical duties at the show. Back in May, the cast celebrated her, calling her “our hero” and their “own Florence Nightingale,” for the way she protected them during COVID-19.

Ivan Douglas, a former Ohio State football player, is dead at 41 from the virus.

Ed Sheeran tested positive. He’s still scheduled to perform on Saturday Night Live next week:

System of a Down had to cancel shows this weekend when Serj Tankian had a breakthrough case.

Ron DeSantis continues to be an asshole who is determined to kill his citizens.

When Chris Brown is celebrating you, you should probably take a hard look at your choices.


Yes, @Kara Sharpf this applies to you too. #getvaccinated #murica #IKnowWhatYouDid #MakeItCinematic

♬ original sound – Soogia (soo-jee-yah)

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Cowboy Bebop will debut on Netflix on November 19.
  • Tiger King 2 will debut on Netflix on November 17.
  • True Story will premiere on Netflix on November 24.
  • Paris in Love will premiere on Peacock on November 11.
  • Anna will debut on AMC+ on November 18.
  • Hellbound will premiere on Netflix on November 19.
  • Alex Rider returns on IMDb TV on December 3.
  • A Man Named Scott will premiere on Amazon on November 5.
  • Logo Live returns on Logo on November 2.
  • The Fastest will debut on Netflix on November 23.


Mort Sahl, Comedian

Richard “Dick” Evans, Actor in Peyton Place, Star Trek, S.W.A.T., Bonanza, The Mod Squad, Quincy ME, The A-Team, Hart to Hart, Gunsmoke, and Lou Grant among others. He also directed films and theatrical productions and was an artist and writer


Hypnotic: After feeling stuck in her career and life, a woman (played by Midnight Mass‘ Kate Siegel) goes to a hypnotist only to “discover unexpected and deadly consequences.”  Netflix

The Exorcist: This movie is nearly 50 years old, and remains one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen.  8:30 p.m., AMC

The Ring: “You will die in 7 days.” 11 p.m., Paramount Network

World Series: 7 p.m., Fox

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Nick Kroll, Ava DuVernay, Walker Hayes
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Beanie Feldstein, Norman Lear, Lady A, Atom Willard
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Elizabeth Banks, Jorja Fox
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Edgar Wright, Glass Animals
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Dan Levy, Rüfüs Du Sol
  • The Daily Show: Diego Boneta
  • Watch What Happens Live: Tayshia Adams, Austen Kroll

WEDS. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Goldbergs
The Wonder Years
The Conners
Home Economics
A Million Little Things
CBS Survivor
Tough as Nails
CSI: Vegas
CW DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
FOX The World Series
NBC Chicago Med
Chicago Fire
Chicago P.D.

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