Before we get to the insurrection news, where do I get one of these guys?
Grammy’s Boy👉🐶❤️🥰😂👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/dPUOwzK1Ew
— Respect Life 🌎❤️😷 #BLM (@koan4uu) December 12, 2021
Last night, Congress’ January 6th Committee unanimously voted to recommend that Mark Meadows, the former Chief of Staff to one Former President Insurrectionist, be charged with contempt of Congress after he refused to testify to the committee. The full House is expected to vote on the motion later today.
But what was INTERESTING was that in last night’s hearing, the Committee spilled some tea. Notably, in their argument for why Meadows should be charged, members read some text messages that Meadows had already supplied to them, and they were … something. Liz Cheney read text messages to Meadows from Fox News personalities, Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade, and Sean Hannity, pleading with him to make Former President Dingus stop the attacks on the Capitol. Also texting Meadows with the same message was Dummy, Jr.
—@Liz_Cheney reads texts sent by Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade, and Donald Trump Jr. to Mark Meadows during the insurrection, imploring him to get Trump to do something. pic.twitter.com/mgzFeHiHsy
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) December 14, 2021
That same night, despite texting Meadows that day knowing full well who was responsible for the attack, Ingraham told her viewers that the rioters were Antifa, and that there were only about 3 dozen attackers. This is infuriating and shameless:
Ingraham text 2 Meadows on 1/6 (per Cheney):
“[Trump] needs to tell people in the Capitol to go home. This is hurting all of us. He is destroying his legacy."
Ingraham that night:
-Leads w/ antifa
-Suggests it was just 3 dozen ppl (McCarthy corrects her) pic.twitter.com/144lUoFdB7
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) December 14, 2021
The texts reveal just how cynical Ingraham and Hannity’s downplaying of Jan 6 has been. They obviously understood the grave implications of the MAGA attack on the Capitol — and yet on their shows that very same night they tried to pin blame on antifa https://t.co/H2DMKubFgm
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 14, 2021
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 14, 2021
Fox News has not mentioned their hosts’ texts to Mark Meadows on Jan. 6 once since they were exposed last night
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) December 14, 2021
This, of course, is just the tip of the fucking iceberg, and in fact, the Committee also read texts that are much more disturbing from unnamed Republican Congresspeople who sent Meadows texts regarding their failed coup attempt:
Schiff reads texts from Republican lawmakers to Meadows, including one on January 7 that said, "We tried everything we could in our objection to the 6 states. I'm sorry nothing worked."
"That is chilling," Schiff says. "We would like to ask Mr Meadows what he thought about that" pic.twitter.com/IgRyUzmoOu
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 14, 2021
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) December 13, 2021
I haven’t really written about politics much here since President Biden’s inauguration, largely out of the sheer exhaustion I felt after four (five?) years of being under constant assault by Former President Fucker’s fuckery. And it’s been nice! It’s been nice to not wake up every morning, terrified to look at my phone to see what fresh hell created by that talking turd that I had waiting for me.
But I do worry that my disconnect, my relief, and frankly my laziness is not isolated to me, but is endemic among those of us who hated the former asshole and recognized what a threat he posed to our country. And the truth is, it’s long past time for us to start worrying again. If we don’t start getting wound up ahead of the 2022 midterms, we’ll be in huge fucking trouble. This January 6th story is IMPORTANT because though the coup didn’t work that time, Republicans across the country are scrambling, particularly in statehouses, to make sure it legally will the next time. If they are successful, there’s a good chance that bloated demagogue will reinstall himself in 2024. Start paying attention, get fired up, and contact your representatives about passing voting legislation to protect our very fragile democracy.
All Other TV News
Every once in a while I’m reminded that I live in a bubble. Today’s example: HBO reported that Succession‘s finale brought in the highest viewership in the series’ history — 1.7 million viewers. Which seems … low? Most people I know watch the show, and based on the conversation on social media and in TV circles, it seems like the biggest TV show on the air? For comparison, Yellowstone on the same night brought in 7.54 million viewers.
Scrolling through Twitter when you haven't watched a single episode of Succession is very dislocating
— Pamela Colloff (@pamelacolloff) December 14, 2021
YouTube and Disney are in a staredown, and YouTube has warned subscribers that they may drop ABC, ESPN, and Disney by Friday if they can’t negotiate a new contract.
Criteria such as how a show is filmed (on sound stage or on location, using one or multiple cameras) and how frequently it airs (daily or weekly) would determine whether a program stays in the Daytime Emmy race or switches to the Primetime one. (Despite the fact that a large portion of the TV content is consumed time-shifted on-demand, the two competitions will keep their Primetime/Daytime monikers for legacy reasons.)
Basically, in terms of dramas and game shows, daily-aired programs will be in the “Daytime” category, while weekly-aired programs will be “Primetime.” As for talk shows, it will be based on the style: if there are giveaways and crafting and cooking segments, they’ll be “Daytime” but if there are more monologues and celebrity interviews (like The Ellen DeGeneres Show) it will be considered “Primetime.” Ultimately, it probably doesn’t change much — most shows will remain in the categories they are already in — but for those of us into the inside baseball of it all, it’s interesting.
Following his firing from CNN, Chris Cuomo has also left his Sirius XM Radio show, “Let’s Get After It,” and his upcoming book, ironically titled Deep Denial, has been scrapped at HarperCollins. Allegedly, Chris Cuomo is preparing to sue CNN and has lawyered up with Bryan Freedman who represented Megyn Kelly during her acrimonious split from NBC, and Chris Harrison following his firing from ABC.
And in more bad news for CNN, one of their New Day producers, John Griffin, was arrested for trying to entice minors into sexual activity, and sexually abusing one child. This story is really upsetting, proceed with caution.
Josh Duggar was found guilty of child pornography, thank God. My friend wrote this excellent piece for Christianity Today about the case, tracing this case to his sexual abuse of his sisters and other girls when he was a teen. In that instance, he was never formally punished, and instead, the onus was placed on his victims to forgive him.
“For everyone who was abused within their households or in their religious communities where nothing was done, where the male was given a second chance, where there was some excuse or minimization used, seeing Josh Duggar go to prison gives them some vindication or maybe some hope that the right result can happen,” said Boz Tchividjian, a sexual abuse attorney and advocate who founded GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment).
“But the right result happened not because the faith community, not the family, or even the church, rose up and said, ‘Absolutely not. We cannot tolerate this type of crime.’”
RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Sharon Needles has been accused of “terrorizing” a 15-year-old fan, encouraging him to commit suicide, and sending him child porn.
Naomie Harris, the actress who plays Moneypenny in the James Bond films, revealed that when she was in her 20s (so not when she auditioned for the Bond films) she was assaulted during an audition by a “huge, huge star” while other people, including the casting director, did nothing.
Fox upset that Biden said “all women and men are created equal” pic.twitter.com/P25WTC8FQJ
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 10, 2021
“Do we dare forget the Diane Sawyer interview in my apartment almost 20 years ago?,” wrote the pop icon. “What was it with the ‘you’re in the wrong’ approach? Geeze… and making me cry?? Seriously though… I lived in my apartment for a year and never spoke to anyone… my manager put that woman in my home and made me talk to her on national television. She asked me if I had a shopping problem!!! When did I have a problem with shopping??”
It’s the most recent instance of people reexamining the scrutiny female celebrities had (and still have) to endure in interviews, notably by female interviewers who seem to be policing the subjects’ sexuality.
Walters has also been criticized for her line of questioning in this interview with America’s queen, Dolly Parton. Parton, who unlike Shields was not a literal child at the time, handled herself with grace and class.
- Servant has officially been renewed at Apple TV+.
- Messyness has been renewed by MTV for a second season and Deliciousness for a third.
- Diary of a Future President has been canceled at Disney+ after two seasons.
- Bigger has been canceled at BET+ after two seasons.
- Gotham Knights is being adapted into a live-action series at The CW.
- A Zorro series starring Wilmer Valderrama is in the works at Disney+.
- A Moment in Time: Murder was the Case, based on Snoop Dogg’s life, is being turned into a series at Starz.
- Arbor Hall, a YA thriller series from Kalinda Vazquez, is being developed at Netflix. Vazquez just signed a development deal with the streamer.
- Deep Water, a film starring Ben Affleck and Ana De Armas that was pulled from theatrical release, will instead stream on Hulu. No premiere date has been set yet.
- Netflix is making a live-action Mega Man movie.
- Sugar, a contemporary detective series starring Colin Farrell, has been acquired by Apple TV+.
- Sterlin Harjo has signed an overall deal with FX.
- Josh Peck will guest star on iCarly on Paramount+.
- Rasika Dugal will star in Spike, a Hindi-language volleyball drama.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Book of Boba Fett will premiere on Disney+ on December 29.
- The After Party will premiere on Apple TV+ on January 28.
- Marry Me will premiere on Peacock and in theaters on February 11.
- Insecure: The End will premiere on HBO on December 26.
- The Murder of Gabby Petito: Truth, Lies and Social Media will debut on Peacock on December 17.
- Go-Big Show returns on TBS on January 6.
- A Christmas Wish debuts on BET+ on December 16.
- True Story With Ed and Randall will premiere on Peacock on January 20.
- Johnny Test returns on Netflix on January 7.
- Summer Heat debuts on Netflix on January 21.
- California Dreaming will air on Nickelodeon on December 16.
- Benjamin Franklin will premiere on PBS on April 4.
- Viaplay, a premium Nordic streaming service, will debut in the U.S. on December 15.
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Leonard Soloway, Tony-award-winning Broadway producer
Grand Crew: Black Friends? I mean, I don’t want to reduce it down to just that, but it’s about a group of friends who hang out together at a wine bar and they happen to be in their twenties/thirties and are Black, so … Black Friends? Series premiere. 7 p.m., NBC
I Can See Your Voice Holiday Spectacular: It’s apparently Nicole Byer’s moment because in addition to being in
Black Friends Grand Crew, she’s also a celebrity panelist in this holiday episode of I Can See Your Voice. 7 p.m., Fox
Riverdale: In the fall finale, Jughead uncovers the truth about “Rivervale” and all the weirdness that has been happening over the past several episodes. 8 p.m., The CW
The Voice: Season finale. 8 p.m., NBC
Murders at Starved Rock: A man seeks to clear his name in the murders of three women in the Chicago area, with the help of the son of the man who prosecuted him in this documentary. Premiere. 7 p.m., HBO
The Bachelorette: Los suites de fantasía. 7 p.m., ABC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Matthew McConaughey, Alana Haim, Niko Moon
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Will Forte, David Baddiel, Joe Russo
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Henry Cavill, Jonathan Groff
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Dwyane Wade, Tessa Thompson, Andrew Michaan
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: RuPaul, Milky Chance
- Watch What Happens Live: Katie Maloney-Schwartz, Scheana Shay, Brock Davies
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