They better have let that tortoise eat the rest of that ribbon.
Tortoise opening the new science lab at the University of Lincoln.. pic.twitter.com/IeM9seX1Db
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) November 18, 2021
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For all my Gen Xers out there (courtesy of BoingBoing):
Yesterday was Ingo Rademacher’s last day on General Hospital after the actor was fired for refusing to get vaccinated. On the show, his character Jasper Jacks reveals to his ex-wife that he’s leaving town, adding in a very meta comment: “I’m kind of on the outs with everyone in Port Charles right now.” Oh? Do you think it was your anti-vaxx position or your transphobia that did it? BYE.
Related: In the same episode, the character of Jason Morgan, who is played by Steve Burton, was trapped in a cave-in and some are speculating that the character is being written off because Burton also refuses to be vaccinated. No one from ABC or Burton’s spokesperson would comment. Add to this that some viewers caught Burton perhaps flashing a white power sign on the show back in February, if he really did refuse to get vaccinated, Jason Morgan can stay under that pile of rocks.
UPDATE: Yep, Burton confirmed he was fired for refusing to get vaccinated. BOY, BYE.
— Mari Bridge (@bridge_mari) February 28, 2021
And I’m not saying that Burton intended this to be a white power symbol, he could have just been “kidding” around with the audience. But if you don’t know by now that most people do interpret the “OK” sign to be a white power symbol after a bunch of white supremacists started using it as one … well, I don’t know what to tell you, Steve.
Reportedly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace are also unhappy with the direction Fox News is going with their Tucker Carlson conspiracy bullshit. Good! Leave! Take your good(ish) reputations with you!
Netflix is running a props and experiences sweepstakes for fans of many of their shows, including Bridgerton, Stranger Things, Squid Game, The Witcher, and Emily in Paris among others.
The AV Club has some good gift ideas for the TV fans in your life. (Or, you know, yourself.)
Update on the Dave Chappelle/Netflix mess: Terra Field, the trans employee who organized the walkout has resigned from the company, and Field and fellow Netflix employee B. Pagels-Minor who was fired, have withdrawn their unfair labor practice charge they filed against the streamer. Smells like a settlement to me.
Counterpoint: You shouldn’t watch this show, it’s bad.
Ridley Scott is blaming the box office failure of his movie The Last Duel on those DAMN KIDS AND THEIR PHONES, instead of, you know, the pandemic and the general decline in movie-going numbers in general.
One of the winning contestants of The Bachelorette reveals that he felt “pressured” to propose on the show. WHAT? NEXT YOU’LL TELL ME THAT MOST OF THE RELATIONSHIPS ON THE SHOW DON’T WORK OUT.
(~Cough~) Love is dead again.
Things aren’t going great over at Activision in their ongoing sexual harassment and abuse situation. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, CEO Bobby Kotick might have known about sexual misconduct at his company for years and did nothing about it. One employee claims she was raped by her supervisor and nothing ever came of her complaint to human resources about it. He also allegedly threatened to have a woman killed? But the board of directors continues to have his back, possibly because they’d have to pay out $300 million to get rid of him.
Over 1,800 Activision employees have signed a petition to get rid of Kotick, and in response, he promised to leave the company … if the sexual misconduct issues aren’t addressed within the company “with speed.” OK. The board has also announced a “Workplace Committee” to oversee the implementation of new policies and procedures to eliminate sexual harassment and discrimination. OK. That should do it. Everything is definitely fixed now.
Tesla has been sued for sexual harassment at one of their factories. This is my shocked face.
In an enraging case, a rich white man from New York was given eight years probation for raping and sexually assaulting four teen girls when he was a teenager. This is why victims don’t speak up. Fucking infuriating.
Peng Shuai, a Chinese tennis star, publicly accused retired Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of pressuring her to have sex with him, and then she disappeared for two weeks. China insisted she was fine, but many don’t believe them.
Ex-NFL player Zac Stacy has been arrested for aggravated assault and criminal mischief for beating up his ex-girlfriend and mother of his child.
Nearly all of Time’s Up’s staff has been laid off in a major reset of the organization following the revelation that its CEO had been helping former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo mitigate accusations of sexual misconduct against him.
“The pay disparity between me and Spider-Man was very extreme,” Dunst told The Independent. “I didn’t even think about it. I was just like, ‘Oh yeah, Tobey is playing Spider-Man.’ But you know who was on the cover of the second ‘Spider-Man’ poster?”
“Spider-Man and ME,” she added.
- Worst Cooks in America has been renewed for two more seasons on Food Network.
- Tiny Pretty Things has been canceled at Netflix.
- The Idol, the music industry series starring The Weeknd, has been ordered to series at HBO. Suzanna Son has joined the cast.
- Deaf Punk, a drama series produced by Nyle DiMarco, is in the works.
- Great Balloon Bomb Invasion has been picked up at Discovery+.
- Lying in Wait is being adapted into a limited series.
- The High Coast is being adapted into a series.
- Billion Dollar Whale is being adapted into a TV series.
- Roberto Patino has signed an overall deal with Netflix.
- Alicia Vikander, Vincent Macaigne, Jeanne Balibar, Lars Eidinger, Vincent Lacoste, Hippolyte Girardot, Alex Descas, Nora Hamzawi, and Antoine Reinartz have been cast in Irma Vep on HBO.
- Gabriel Basso and Luciane Buchanan have joined the cast of The Night Agent on Netflix.
- George Rexstrew, Jayden Revri, and Kassius Nelson will star in Dead Boy Detectives on HBO Max. Also joining the cast are Alexander Calvert, Briana Cuoco, Jenn Lyon, Yuyu Kitamura, and Ruth Connell.
- Alison Sweeney has joined Days of Our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas on Peacock.
- Patrick John Flueger will guest star on The 4400 on The CW.
Mark Your Calendars
- Bel-Air will premiere on Peacock in 2022.
- Ray Donovan: The Movie will debut on Showtime on January 14.
- Santa Inc. will premiere on HBO Max on December 2. It is NOT for kids.
- As We See It will debut on Amazon on January 21.
- I Can See Your Voice: Holiday Special will air on Fox on December 14 and return for season two on January 5.
- Close to Me debuts on Sundance Now on December 16.
- Puff: Wonders of the Reef will debut on Netflix on December 16.
- Love and Fury will premiere on Netflix on December 3.
- Fast & Furious: Spy Racers will return on Netflix on December 17.
- Paramount+ has announced its holiday offerings:
- Outlander will return on Starz on March 6.
- Ron’s Gone Wrong will premiere on December 15 on Disney+.
- The Hunt for the Chicago Strangler will debut on Disney+ on December 3.
- Superstar: George Michael will air on ABC on November 30.
- Married at First Sight returns on Lifetime on January 5.
- black-ish returns on ABC on January 4.
- Book of Love will premiere on Amazon on February 4.
- Engineering Catastrophes will return on Science Channel on November 24; Homemade Astronauts will premiere on November 26.
- Guy’s Chance of a Lifetime will premiere on Food Network on December 26.
Malikah Shabazz, Daughter of Malcolm X
Black and Missing: This four-part documentary follows the founders of Black and Missing, an organization that tries to bring awareness to cases of missing Black people that law enforcement and the media tend to overlook. Premiere. 7 p.m., HBO
Hanna: Third and final season. Amazon
The Strings: A musician retreats to an isolated cottage to work on her art only to find herself under attack by a dark presence in this artsy horror film. Shudder
The Bachelorette: Michelle’s students help her pick a one-on-one date. Good. The kids are the only sensible ones on this show. 7 p.m., ABC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Hailee Steinfeld, Liza Koshy, Ali Kolbert
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rachel Dratch, Mastodon, Jon Epcar
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Nicholas Hoult, Aisling Bea, BTS
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jon Bernthal, Bachelorette Michelle Young, Parker McCollum
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