I regret to inform you that “Fancy Like Applebee’s” song is now a Grammy nominee.

It almost makes you feel a little guilty about the turkey you’ll be eating tomorrow.


All Other TV News

The Grammy nominations came out yesterday and some takeaways from the nominees:

1. Between nominations for Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Marilyn Manson, Kevin Hart, and Kanye West, it would seem that “cancel culture” might not actually be a real thing? I’m not saying that these men shouldn’t have received nominations, I’m just saying that this idea that people on Twitter pointing out that being a sexual predator or homo- or transphobic is not cool is not the same thing as having your career ended, and your name forever blacklisted from polite society. Huh! Who’da thunk! (Also, on that note: maybe Kevin Hart isn’t the person to ask if someone is homophobic or not? Maybe he, in particular, is not the best judge of that?)

The Grammys CEO says that just because someone was nominated doesn’t mean that they’ll be invited to the ceremony, Marilyn Manson. We’ll see.

2. That “Fancy Like Applebee’s” song — which is a real song, as well as an Applebee’s jingle — was nominated for a Grammy. And I AM saying this song should not have received a nomination. I am very definitely saying that.

Also, as my sister pointed out, the Skyrizi jingle was robbed.

3. There were some bright points in the nominations: ABBA was nominated for the first time ever (wait, what?) and WandaVision‘s delightful “Agatha All Along” received a nomination for Best Visual Media, the first time in nearly a decade that a song from a TV show has been in that category. Again, what??

Squid Game can get you killed in North Korea.

Wheel of Time has been a huge hit for Amazon Prime — one of their top 5 launches, in fact — suggesting that the Lord of the Rings series they are spending a gajillion dollars will have a big audience.

Over on Netflix, Hellbound is the new Korean obsession. And Red Notice has now become the second-most-watched Netflix film and is quickly moving up on number one.

I am not laughing at this list of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade fails, you are.

Wait, hold up, you’re going to do a “Where Are They Now” list about 30 Rock actors, and you’re not going to mention the Rust controversy? Do you think we … forgot? Also, Jack McBrayer has his own kids’ show — Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show — over on Apple TV, and it just debuted a couple of weeks ago. When was this list written?

I have not watched the new Saved by the Bell, but God bless Elizabeth Berkley.

I’m going to leave this list of Supernatural plot lines that the show just kinda forgot here for Whitney to examine and get back to me. (But wait, does Dean have a son out there?)

Don’t cry for Katie Thurston on news of her breakup from Blake Moynes — she’s moved on with a contestant she eliminated in week two of her season of The Bachelorette.

Hannah Brown, another Bachelorette, has written a book in which she opens up about being attacked by the Christian community for being so open about premarital sex, and hooking up with Peter Webber and Tyler Cameron after the show. (It didn’t go well.)

Aww, Dick Vitale … 

Finally, this rumination on grief by Andrew Garfield is lovely and comforting. Grief as unexpressed love is a beautiful way to think about it.

Going Viral

Last Week:

New York Times

This Week:

We’re looking at another holiday surge, guys. Cases continue to rise, now hospitalizations are going up and deaths will be right behind. Booster shots are available for all adults now. If you’re fully vaccinated, please get a booster now to keep you safe during next month’s gatherings. I got mine this weekend, and I won’t lie: I had a reaction that left me fatigued and achy the next day. But it was far less severe than the second shot, and I am much more confident that I can be around my immunocompromised family and friends without putting them at risk. And that feeling is worth all the aches and fatigue these vaccines can throw at me. And if you have kids, please get them vaccinated. I know that’s a trickier question for some people, but it’s perfectly safe, and it will help stop the spread for everyone else.

After refusing to get the vaccine, lying about having received the vaccine, catching COVID, and treating it with horse paste and advice from Joe Rogan, Aaron Rodgers now has COVID Toe, which is a thing you get WHEN YOU CONTRACT COVID. Fucking idiot.

NFL star Antonio Brown might have used a forged vaccine card. JUST GO GET THE SHOTS, YOU SELFISH ASSHOLES.

Lalisa Manoban, “Lisa” from K-Pop group Blackpink, has tested positive.

COVID deprived you of a fully musical episode of Dickinson.

Over in the U.K., Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood tested positive, so powerhouse Cynthia Erivo filled in for him. Over here on Dancing with the Stars, Julianne Hough filled in for brother Derek.

A Phish concert in Las Vegas turned out to be a super-spreader event, which is maybe the least surprising thing I’ve read all week.

NO, WAIT, actually this is the least surprising thing I’ve read all week, maybe month: A bunch of anti-science doctors gathered in Florida for an anti-vaccine event, and now at least seven of them have tested positive and one is seriously ill. This is the kind of person in attendance: “At the summit in Ocala, Boros criticized his 97-year-old father for getting a Covid vaccine, saying: ‘He had been brainwashed … He got it. He didn’t tell me. I was very upset. I wanted to give him a spanking. He got both jabs.'”

TV is casting a spell on all of us to accept the vaccine, and we are “5-10” of our “favorite movie characters, apparently. Tell-a-lie-vision, indeed. (I suspect this gentleman and his friends would be surprised to learn that breaking down words like “television” into their “real” meaning, like “tell-a-lie-vision” is something a Black supremacist cult leader made up in the 80s.)

In Development

  • Mass Effect is going to be turned into a series at Amazon.
  • A Gorillaz film is in the works at Netflix.
  • Nolly has been ordered at ITV, and Helen Bonham Carter will star.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Euphoria will return on HBO on January 9.
  • From premieres on Epix on February 20.
  • A Clusterfunke Christmas will premiere on Comedy Central on December 4.
  • Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street will premiere on HBO on December 13.


Dominic Orlando, Writer who worked on The OA, Mindhunter, Them, and Nightflyers

Lou Cutell, Actor in Seinfeld and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, with more than 100 other credits to his name


Hawkeye: Hawkeye is just trying to get home for Christmas, man. Series premiere. Disney+

The Real World Homecoming: Los Angeles: Beth Anthony, Beth Stolarczyk, David Edwards, Glen Naessens, Irene Berrera-Kearns, Jon Brennan, and Tami Roman reunite almost twenty years later. Season premiere. Paramount+

Saved by the Bell: Season premiere. Peacock

True Story: Kevin Hart stars in this drama about a famous comedian whose return to his hometown leads to some life-and-death decisions. Wesley Snipes co-stars? OK, sure. Premiere. Netflix

Selling Sunset: Season premiere. Netflix

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Julie Bowen, Keke Palmer, Zoe Wees
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Andy Samberg, Jesse Plemons, Jon Epcar
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Rosamund Pike, Peter Jackson
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Jeff Goldblum, Caitriona Balfe, Sophie Buddle
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Michael Keaton, John Wilson, The War on Drugs

WEDS. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Goldbergs
The Wonder Years
The Conners
Home Economics
The Queen Family Singalong
CBS Survivor
Tough as Nails
CSI: Vegas
CW DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
FOX The Masked Singer
Alter Ego
NBC Chicago Med
A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special

2 thoughts on “I regret to inform you that “Fancy Like Applebee’s” song is now a Grammy nominee.

  1. Jesse the Antichrist! Great episode and character, but if you’ve already got an angel, how many more deux ex machinas does a show need? And the whole Sam coming back wrong thing was, in part, a victim of the writer’s strike in S3. I feel like many of the other forgotten Supernatural plot lines though can be put down to the writers losing interest. I mean, Kripke has said one of the reasons they blew up Harvelle’s Road House in S2 is because he got bored with it. Actually, blowing things up and never speaking of them again happens pretty frequently–see also Leviathan and British Men of Letters.

    And even if they don’t share DNA, Ben being Dean’s son certainly plays into Show’s theme of Found Family. I really hoped we would see him again. And that reminds me of yet another forgotten storyline–Dean had a whole-ass daughter (that Sam killed) and neither she, nor the Amazons, were ever mentioned again.

    Sigh. I miss Supernatural.

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