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Wheel of Fortune is actually out here trying to get people to summon Candyman. Have they lost their damn minds?
They have a death wish. @WheelofFortune #Candyman 😳 pic.twitter.com/1OhO9PuCuf
— Throw Up & Theology (@revlaurelj) October 27, 2021
Wheel of Fortune is playing a dangerous game tonight pic.twitter.com/tQ69XJffoz
— Tom Healy but spooky 🎃👻🧛♂️ (@hawkguy87) October 27, 2021
Wheel of Fortune just tricked me into saying “Candyman” four times, so there’s that. pic.twitter.com/thHDnf1hwC
— Katrina (@pKatrinaAnne) October 27, 2021
Hey, here are updates on the two stories we just can’t escape this week: the Rust shooting and Dave Chappelle.
First the Rust shooting:
Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza confirmed in a press conference that over 500 rounds of ammunition were found on set, including “a mix of suspected live rounds, blanks, and dummy bullets, and three firearms: the working gun discharged by Baldwin—which they found other rounds in—a real gun modified so that it was non-functioning and a plastic gun that does not shoot.” Additionally, the bullet that was in director Joel Souza’s shoulder was the same one that killed Halyna Hutchins.
A story of what went wrong appears to be coming together. The gun that was used to kill Hutchins had been used earlier in the day by cast members who were doing live-ammunition training. Or just goofing around, who can say. In any event, assistant director David Halls and armorer Hannah Gutierrez didn’t properly handle the gun when it was time for the fated rehearsal scene. This is from an affidavit for a warrant:
Affiant learned after the gun was fired, David Halls picked up the firearm from a pew inside the church, and took it to the Armorer (Hannah Gutierrez). Hannah then was told to “open” the gun so he could see what was inside. David advised he could only remember seeing at least four “dummy” casings with the hole on the side, and one without the hole. He advised this round did not have the “cap” on it and was just the casing. David advised the incident was not a deliberate act. When Affiant asked David about the safety protocol on set in regards to firearms, he advised, “I check the barrel for obstructions, most of the time there’s no live fire, she (Hannah) opens the hatch and spins the drum, and I say cold gun on set.” David advised when Hannah showed him the firearm before continuing rehearsal, he could only remember seeing three rounds. He advised he should have checked all of them, but didn’t, and couldn’t recall if she spun the drum.
Halls has a disturbing history of dangerous behavior on set, apparently.
As for Dave Chappelle, the trans Netflix employee who organized last week’s walkout did actually want to talk with Chappelle, but found his list of demands “not genuine” and feels like he was openly mocking them. Because he was. That was the whole point.
So obviously Caitlyn Jenner, in an obvious attempt to stay relevant, is throwing her support behind Chappelle.
It’s always funny how folks who are SO MAD about “cancel culture” love to point to George Carlin as someone who would defend their right to be offensive. The truth is, he did believe that everyone has the right to say whatever, but he didn’t agree with or celebrate offensive comedy that punched down, and, in fact, he called specific comedians out for it. It’s like they never listened to George Carlin all the way through:
dave chappelle should listen to george carlin. there's nothing virtuous or brave about picking on one of the most marginalized groups in societypic.twitter.com/yhRwfMfOjf
— ☀️👀 (@zei_squirrel) October 26, 2021
Boring Comcast business news:
The Apple TV+ app will launch on Comcast’s video platforms like Xfinity.
As for how many Peacock sign-ups there have been, Comcast would like to politely invite you to mind your own business.
Comcast is set to leave Hulu in 2024, and will not be doing so early no matter what Disney might want.
Lol, Meghan McCain and Lindsey Graham are having a slap fight over Javanka being at her father’s funeral. Delicious. Related: Abby Huntsman confirmed McCain’s claims that the workplace environment at The View is toxic and that’s why she left the show, too. But, in maybe a tinge of shade, she noted that she won’t be writing a tell-all book (unlike some people).
Squid Game costumes have been banned in some elementary schools in New York State and honestly, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN SHOULD NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT SQUID GAME IS. Storytime: when my kids were in elementary school, their school would host an arts career day that I — a TV blogger — would sometimes speak at because, sure. Blogging about TV is definitely a “career” and not the result of a lifetime of “bad decision-making.” Anyway, I would explain what my job entailed and which shows I was writing about, and inevitably, children in fourth grade, sometimes some in third grade, would tell me that they were watching The Walking Dead. PARENTS: PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW YOUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN TO WATCH THE WALKING DEAD OR SQUID GAME, MY GOD.
Alyssa Milano is taking some of the blame for the behind-the-scenes conflict on Charmed with Shannen Doherty that led to Doherty leaving the show. She reports that they are cordial and that they DM every so often. I mean, great? But this doesn’t feel like a story a real friend would share with entertainment news to get good press?
Someone put a photo of BJ Novak’s face on a public domain site, and now the image is used on products all around the world without his permission but he’s “too amused” by the whole thing to do anything about it and I love this story.
The poncho one makes me die laughing pic.twitter.com/r4yXu1AKiK
— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) October 28, 2021
The MLB is out here claiming that the Native Americans in the Atlanta region are totally chill with the name “The Braves,” the mascot, and their gross tomahawk chop. SPOILER ALERT: They aren’t.
NCAI reiterates its longstanding opposition to the Atlanta @Braves' mascot and “tomahawk chop” fan ritual as the team plays in the @MLB #WorldSeries.
Read NCAI President Fawn Sharp’s full statement: https://t.co/pPWkoziRie#NotYourMascot pic.twitter.com/N3RxEEASLs
— National Congress of American Indians (@NCAI1944) October 27, 2021
And in conclusion: GO ‘STROS!
Nicole Ari Parker, one of the new stars of … And Just Like That, claims that the Sex & The City reboot will address issues of race: “We can talk about the elephant in the room that there were no fully fleshed-out characters of color, but now here’s the four of us. We’re real people, and they’ve been great to work with, and some of our [storylines] deal with race and deal with real experiences. It’s New York City!”
25 Stories, a production company from CBS Studios, “is being built around promoting the voices of people of color and guiding them on entertainment career paths.” Curiously, it appears to be run by two very white people.
A study by UCLA shows that audiences took in more diverse entertainment during the pandemic. However, Latino representation continues to remain flat; “Trans and nonbinary actors were virtually absent across all platforms;” and “out of a total 2,932 credited actors, just 13 were Native people, including just three Native women.” So more work remains to be done.
Steven Crowder, a racist conservative YouTube
host pig, launched a racist attack on a San Francisco reporter, Betty Yu, after she reported on an In-N-Out closing a location in protest of a local vaccination mandate. CBS says they are offering their full support to Yu. I should hope so.
Fresh off a one-week suspension by YouTube, this guy was at it again, spewing casually racist comments about my friend Betty Yu. Proud to stand with CBS, and all my colleagues in the media, who are denouncing this bigotry and hate. @KPIXtv @BettyKPIX @scrowder #StopAAPIHate pic.twitter.com/YSB2ttPBz0
— Kiet Do (@kietdo) October 21, 2021
Crowder had been suspended by YouTube for a week for spreading disinformation about the transgender community when he came back and attacked Ms. Yu for having an “aggressively Asian face.” Come on, Google. Let’s just be done with this asshole already.
Latin singer J Balvin took down the video for his song “Perra” after people — including his own mother — were outraged by the imagery of Black women made to look like dogs. Lord.
- Elite has been renewed for a sixth season on Netflix.
- Mexican Beverly Hills, a comedy, is being developed at CBS.
- Belated, a comedy from Peter Tolan, the creator of Rescue Me, has been ordered at FX.
- A Washington Post article about a Powerball mystery in a small town is being developed into a TV series by the Cobra Kai guys.
- Icon, a talent competition from choreographer Laurieann Gibson, is being developed.
- Freddie Mercury: The Final Act is set at BBC2.
- Scott Evans has signed an overall deal with NBCUniversal.
- D.B. Sweeney is joining B Positive on CBS.
- Kirby Howell-Baptiste will be joining Mr. Harrigan’s Phone on Netflix.
- Forest Whitaker, Marion Cotillard, Tobey Maguire, and Eiza Gonzalez have been added to the cast of Extrapolation on Apple TV+.
- Adrian Greensmith, Abby Corrigan, and Sage Linder have been cast in the Shelter pilot on Amazon.
- Laura Patalano and Julia Vera are joining This Fool on Hulu.
- Allen Maldonado and Earl Baylon have joined the voice cast of the Tomb Raider anime series on Netflix.
- Cary Elwes has been cast in Last Train to Christmas on Sky.
- Mario Casas, Georgina Campbell, Diego Calva, Alejandra Howard, Naila Schuberth, Patrick Criado, Celia Freijeiro with Lola Dueñas, Gonzalo de Castro, Michelle Jenner, and Leonardo Sbaraglia have been cast in the Spanish language spinoff of Bird Box on Netflix.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Wheel of Time will premiere on Amazon on November 19. Pajiba has a detailed explanation of what you’re seeing here.
- Annie will premiere on NBC on December 2.
- Monarch will premiere on Fox on January 30.
- South Park: Post Covid will premiere on Paramount+ on November 25.
- The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles will debut on Paramount+ on November 24.
- Through My Window will debut on Netflix on February 4.
- Masters of the Universe: Revelation will premiere on Netflix on November 23.
- A Hero will premiere on Amazon on January 21.
- Black and Missing will debut on HBO on November 23.
- Gold Rush: White Water will return on Discovery on November 5.
Robin McNamara, Star of Hair on Broadway.
Walker: Walker’s life is in danger in the second season premiere. 7 p.m., The CW
Horror Noire: This new anthology film features horror by Black creators. Premiere. Shudder
Love Life: William Jackson Harper stars in the second season as a man looking for love after his marriage implodes. Season premiere. HBO Max
Hitmen: Season two premiere. Peacock
Star Trek: Prodigy: Series premiere of the animated Star Trek series for kids. Paramount+
Selena + Chef: Season three premiere. HBO Max
Fairfax: Four Los Angeles middle-schoolers search for clout in this new animated series. Series premiere. Amazon
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Chrissy Teigen, Matthias Schweighöfer, Skepta
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Olivia Munn, Roy Wood Jr., Jason Blum, Atom Willard
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Leguizamo, Thomasin McKenzie
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Andie MacDowell, Rudi Dharmalingam, Calum Scott
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Regina King, Lenny Clarke, the Kid Laroi
- The Daily Show: Kristen Soltis Anderson
- Watch What Happens Live: Padma Lakshmi, Jason Blum
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