Ted Cruz is out there embarrassing Texas again because it’s a day that ends in “Y.”

Sorry, Potato. But Standard Time is the best time.

All Other TV News

Brian Williams is leaving NBC News after a 28-year run with the network. His show The 11th Hour with Brian Williams will come to an end on MSNBC next month, and I, for one, will miss his bitchy rejoinders.

All hail the Sexiest Man Alive:

Fun fact: even though Yellowstone airs on Paramount Network, it streams on Peacock NOT Paramount+ because everything is sideways.

The creator of Dexter had a very different ending to the series in mind than the one that played out. So, I assume this isn’t how the new series is going to end?

And the creator of Squid Game says that they did consider a different ending — one that would have made LeBron James a lot happier, I’m thinking.

Will Smith reveals the episode of Fresh Prince when he knew the show had jumped the shark.

Christopher Meloni is very sorry he said Mariska Hargitay had “great energy” in an interview 20 years ago.

Dr. Oz is considering running for the Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, because obviously that snake oil salesman is a Republican.

Bravo has finally figured out a way to sell you all the dumb shit the Real Housewives are hawking.

Mike Judge gets it, NFTs are dumb:

Fox News’ Outnumbered co-host and former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, is one of 10 people who were hit with subpoenas from the January 6th Committee. Better start talking, girl. 

Going Viral

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This is not the right direction to be going in, especially heading into the winter. The good news is, kids are being vaccinated, a pill that can treat COVID is on the horizon, and January 4 has been set as the deadline for when large companies have to ensure their employees are vaccinated or test weekly.

But people are still getting sick and dying at a rate of over 1,200 a day. And don’t kid yourself: this is a Red State problem, where people are refusing to get the vaccine just to spite a Democratic President, cheered on by right-wing media (most of whom have received the vaccine themselves). 40 percent of Republican adults remain unvaccinated, compared to 10 percent of Democratic adults.

Here Dan Bongino is saying he is creating a fund for his fellow Cumulus Media employees who were fired for refusing the vaccine.

In a surprisingly responsible move on the part of Newsmax, Emerald Robinson, a  White House correspondent, was taken off the air after tweeting: “Dear Christians: the vaccines contain a bioluminescent marker called LUCIFERASE so that you can be tracked. Read the last book of the New Testament to see how this ends.” She was also permanently banned from Twitter for repeatedly spreading COVID misinformation. Good.

Meanwhile, Newsmax anchor Steve Cortes is threatening to defy the vaccination order when it goes into effect in January.

Dennis Prager, this fucking idiot who was very much alive in the 1980s, is out here saying that the unvaxxed are being treated like pariahs in a way that not even gay men or IV drug users were during the AIDS crisis. Unfuckingbelievable. The Wrap piece linked above takes apart this stupid, infuriating, and unbelievably offensive position piece by piece and is worth your time.

After Big Bird tweeted that he had received the vaccine:

… my idiot Senator, Ted Cruz, decided to get mad about it:

STOP EMBARRASSING TEXAS, RAFAEL.

 

AND YOU’RE NOT HELPING MATTERS, MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY. 

And then there’s Aaron Rodgers. This asshole, as I noted last week, caught COVID, and then was forced to reveal that he had lied about his vaccination status because: Joe Rogan. People have not responded kindly:

Terry Bradshaw is disappointed: “We are a divided nation politically. We are a divided nation on the COVID-19, whether or not to take the vaccine. And unfortunately, we’ve got players that pretty much think only about themselves. And I’m extremely disappointed in the actions of Aaron Rodgers.”

Howard Stern insists this country has “no time” for anti-vaxx idiots: “We have no time for idiots in this country anymore,” the Sirius XM host said. “We don’t want you. We want you to all … either go to the hospital — stay home — die there with your COVID. Don’t take the cure but don’t clog up our hospitals with your COVID when you finally get it. Stay home. Don’t bother with science. It’s too late. Go f— yourself. We just don’t have time for you.”

And Jon Stewart had thoughts: “There is good news on the pandemic. I was talking to my Dr. Aaron … Rodgers, and it looks good. It’s almost over,” Stewart, 58, began his bit at New York City’s Alice Tully Hall. “He read something in a bathroom. I don’t remember what it was. How the f–k does a quarterback not understand the concept of protection? Prevention and protection!”

And Jeopardy! fans had jokes:

But don’t worry, the NFL has taken decisive action against Rodgers for flouting their COVID policies and fined him … $14,650. That’ll learn him.

After it was reported that Emilio Estevez wasn’t returning to the cast of The Mighty Ducks because he was an anti-vaxxer, Estevez put out a statement saying that it was actually over creative differences and contract disputes. He vehemently denied being anti-vaxx and claims that he suffered from long-haul COVID.

A White House official who traveled to Glasgow with President Biden has tested positive.

A Broadway show had to cancel several performances because of breakthrough cases.

The USC-Cal game had to be rescheduled after a bunch of Cal players have tested positive.

An anti-vaxx lawmaker in North Dakota had to miss his own vaccine protest when he came down with COVID.

And a San Francisco police officer who was placed on 30-day leave on November 1 for refusing to be vaccinated tested positive on November 2. Four days later he was dead.

I’d say these last two stories are ironic, but honestly, IT’S JUST HOW SCIENCE WORKS.

Renewals

  • Moonshine has been renewed for a second season on CBC.

Cancellations

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Being the Ricardos will debut in theaters on December 10 before premiering on Amazon on December 21.
  • 9-1-1 Lone Star returns on Fox on January 3.
  • F Is for Family returns on Netflix on November 25.
  • Ten Weeks debuts on Roku on November 11.
  • Madame X Presents: Madame Xtra Q&A will premiere on Paramount+ on November 18.
  • Man in the Arena: Tom Brady will debut on ESPN+ on November 16.
  • ‘Twas The Fight Before Christmas will debut on Apple TV+ on November 26.
  • VH1 Family Reunion: Love & Hip Hop Edition will return on VH1 on December 13.
  • Aggretsuko returns on Netflix on December 16.
  • Centaurworld returns on Netflix on December 7.
  • Aranyak will debut on Netflix on December 10.
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean will debut on Netflix on December 1.
  • The Hungry and the Hairy will debut on Netflix on December 11.
  • Angele will premiere on Netflix on November 26.
  • The Orbital Children will premiere on Netflix on January 28.
  • Rebelde will debut on Netflix on January 5.

R.I.P.

Just a few tributes to actor Dean Stockwell who passed yesterday:

Scott Bakula, his co-star on Quantum Leap, released a statement:

I met Dean at his audition for Quantum Leap in 1988. He had agreed to ‘read’ for the Network, I was already cast. We connected immediately and my career and my life were changed that day in Brandon Tartikoff’s office. How lucky were we to get him? A few months later he would be nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Married to the Mob, but he was stuck with us. Serendipity? All I know is, he never tried to get out or complain, he loved the role and the show and the rest was history.

He became a dear friend and a mentor and we grew very close over the next five, very intense years. Dean was such a passionate man…about life, his work, his art (he was an amazing artist!), his family, all kinds of causes, people, music, the planet, cigars, golf, and on and on! Having been a famous child actor, he had a soft spot for every young actor who came on our set. He was very protective of their rights and safety and always checked in with them to make sure that they were ok. His big hearted response to the kids made all of us take notice and be better guardians ourselves.

In spite of having a career that came and went several times during his seventy plus years in the business, he was always grateful and delighted to have the chance to keep working. The only time he ever complained was when we called him on the golf course and told him we were ready for him to come to work! He used to announce his presence on the sound stage (if we hadn’t already caught a whiff of cigar smoke trailing in behind him), with a bellowed, “The fun starts now!” Truer words were never spoken.

I loved him dearly and was honored to know him. He made me a better human being…

WATCH THIS

The 55th Annual CMAs: Luke Bryan hosts; Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley featuring Breland and Hardy, Luke Bryan, Jennifer Hudson, Thomas Rhett, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band perform. 7 p.m., ABC

Gentefied: Season two. Netflix

Animal: This stunningly shot nature show is narrated by a bunch of stars including Andy Serkis, Anthony Mackie, Bryan Cranston, David Harbour, Pedro Pascal, Rashida Jones, Rebel Wilson, and Uzo. Series premiere. Aduba Netflix

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Will Ferrell, Lucy Hale, Dusty Slay
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Gayle King, David Copperfield, Aurora, Elmo Lovano
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Aubrey Plaza, Bruce Springsteen
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Dwayne Johnson, Avril Lavigne
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Ryan Reynolds, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris
  • The Daily Show: Bad Bunny
  • Watch What Happens Live: Lindsay Hubbard, Luke Gulbranson, Andrea Denver

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ABC The 55th Annual CMA Awards
CBS Survivor
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Tough as Nails
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CSI: Vegas
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CW DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
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Batwoman
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Local
FOX The Masked Singer
(new)
Alter Ego
(new)
News/Local
NBC Chicago Med
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Chicago Fire
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Chicago P.D.
(new)

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