Happy New Year, friends!
Otters playing in the snow.. 🦦❄️ pic.twitter.com/IPiIUE8edB
— 💥 Best Videos & Content 🎥💥 (@ClickFollowBOOM) December 30, 2021
I am back after a much-needed vacation with my family. After Christmas, we went to Los Angeles to hang out in the famous California sunshine for a few days. Except! Haha! It was 40s and raining almost the entire time.
Not surprisingly, we have broken daily rainfall record at Downtown LA with 2.34" as of 300 PM this afternoon. This record total will increase as light rain will continue through this evening.
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 30, 2021
Despite the rain, we did get some sightseeing in, including a visit to Vanderpump Pets, which I still insist should have been called “Vanderpets,” a New Year’s Eve dinner at Pump itself; a tour at Warner Brothers studios, where I got to see sets for You, Friends, Ellen and Gilmore Girls, among many many others (and the very spot where the cover of Purple Rain was shot which, honestly, was the biggest deal of all for me); and friends … my dear readers … I went to the Petersen Automotive Museum.
It’s not what is inside the museum that is relevant to you (although in the vault, we did see a number of cars with amazing Hollywood history, including the Back to the Future DeLorean; multiple Batmobiles; and Greased Lightnin’). But rather, it’s the exterior of the museum which y’all might find pretty funny:
Wait, let me drop it into the year 10,000 BC.
That’s right, folks, even on vacation, I couldn’t escape my hate blog. I’m not sure if it was the worst way to end 2021, or the best possible way, but regardless, it happened.
I hope you all had a healthy, safe holiday, and are ready to get back to all … this.
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Peter Dinklage, who I like and admire as an actor, is a God-damned idiot when it comes to Game of Thrones. He had some thoughts about why people were disappointed in the finale, and those thoughts were very wrong. Let’s examine:
George R.R. Martin wanted “Game of Thrones” to go on for two more seasons. Do you think it should have, or was that the right time to end?
It was the right time. No less, no more. You don’t want to wear out your welcome, although I’m not sure that show could have. But I think the reason there was some backlash about the ending is because they were angry at us for breaking up with them. We were going off the air and they didn’t know what to do with their Sunday nights anymore. They wanted more, so they backlashed about that.
Counterpoint: Nope. That’s not it at all. There have been plenty of excellent shows that have ended without the sort of anger and backlash that Game of Thrones‘ finale elicited. Mad Men didn’t piss people off; Breaking Bad didn’t piss people off; Six Feet Under didn’t piss people off; The Sopranos DID piss people off but that’s because people don’t understand subtlety. But the point is, overall, those shows didn’t make people angry because they didn’t rush the ending — they told the story they needed to tell in the time they needed to tell it, unlike Game of Thrones.
Speaking of which …
We had to end when we did, because what the show was really good at was breaking preconceived notions: Villains became heroes, and heroes became villains. If you know your history, when you track the progress of tyrants, they don’t start off as tyrants. I’m talking about, spoiler alert, what happened at the end of “Game of Thrones” with that character change. It’s gradual, and I loved how power corrupted these people. What happens to your moral compass when you get a taste of power? Human beings are complicated characters, you know?
Yes! I do know! And this is exactly the problem that most people had with the finale: it’s not that people didn’t want Daenerys to become a tyrant — she was destined to be a tyrant, it fits with who she is as a character. That said, her transformation WAS NOT GRADUAL AT ALL. Up to the final season and through the first several episodes, she was still a heroic protagonist, but then they kill her best friend, and ~snaps fingers~ suddenly she’s a tyrant. Her transformation is a story that should have been explored for at least an entire 10-episode season, if not longer, but instead was shoved into two episodes.
I think some people really did want a happily-ever-after ending, even though “Game of Thrones” told us it was not that show from the very beginning.
Literally, no one thought it was going to be — or wanted it to be — a happily-ever-after ending. No one. Not a single person.
They wanted the pretty white people to ride off into the sunset together. By the way, it’s fiction. There’s dragons in it. Move on. [Laughs]
OH MY GOD, NO ONE WANTED THE PRETTY WHITE PEOPLE TO RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET TOGETHER. One of the most important myths in the Game of Thrones universe is the Prince Who Was Promised, who had to kill his one true love to save humanity. And after 8 seasons of Red Weddings and Purple Weddings and the Great Sept of Baelor incident and beheadings of main characters, we all knew there was not going to be a happy romantic ending. It was never going to end pretty.
No, but the show subverts what you think, and that’s what I love about it. Yeah, it was called “Game of Thrones,” but at the end, the whole dialogue when people would approach me on the street was, “Who’s going to be on the throne?” I don’t know why that was their takeaway because the show really was more than that.
One of my favorite moments was when the dragon burned the throne because it sort of just killed that whole conversation, which is really irreverent and kind of brilliant on behalf of the show’s creators: “Shut up, it’s not about that.” They constantly did that, where you thought one thing and they delivered another. Everybody had their own stories going on while watching that show, but nobody’s was as good as what the show delivered, I think.
OH MY GOD. It IS called Game of Thrones, so God forbid people care about who ends up on the throne — which, by the way, still exists despite Drogon destroying it. Had the creators done away with the idea of the royalty altogether, that would have both 1. actually subverted expectations and 2. been an interesting ending, and one that would make sense of why we watched 10 years worth of stories: that this was the violent tale of how the kingdom of Westeros came to an end. But that’s not what happened! They put Bran on the throne for no good Goddamned reason other than that they didn’t know who else to put on there! That or Martin told them it was going to be Bran, but they weren’t willing to do the work to make him a character worthy of being King because, going back to my first point, they rushed the ending.
AND WHAT, EXACTLY, IS SO SUBVERSIVE ABOUT THAT ENDING? The white highborn son of the hero of the first season becomes king despite not having earned it, the white highborn daughter of that same hero becomes queen of another kingdom, and the secret prince who never wanted to rule in the first place gets to go hang out with his buddies in the North. In plenty of ways, the “pretty white people” did ride off into the sunset. Maybe not together, but they did get happy endings of a sort.
I know Dinklage isn’t a writer, and I’m sure after 10 years, he was as done with making Game of Thrones as Benioff and Weiss were. But blaming the anger towards the ending on the fans being silly shippers who don’t understand storytelling instead of a pair of writers who were bored with writing the show and unwilling to actually do the work to earn the ending is genuinely insulting. I am insulted.
In honor (?) of The Bachelor returning tonight — box wine preserve me — here’s former Bachelor Nick Viall getting into a pissy little catfight with the guy everyone expected to be the Bachelor instead of Viall, Luke Pell. Back in 2016, Pell was literally scheduled to fly out to Los Angeles to begin shooting when he heard from the producers that they were going in a different direction.
Viall claims the reason ABC cast him instead was because 1. Pell asked for too much money for the role and tried to nickel and dime ABC, whereas Viall was willing to do it “for free,” (but not really) and 2. the producers didn’t actually like Pell.
Pell’s response: “I can’t speak to where Nick gets info related to Bachelor casting contracts from network attorneys, but I will say that was very gracious of Nick to say that he would have done it for free. In light of that comment by Nick I know a few veteran’s charities and children’s charities that would greatly appreciate the support of him donating his Bachelor talent fee proceeds back. During these tough economic times many non-profits are now seeing the impact of less funding coming in during this holiday season.”
— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) January 1, 2022
Jonathan Groff is ready to do season three of Mindhunter. SOMEONE KIDNAP DAVID FINCHER AND MAKE HIM MAKE IT.
Wheel of Fortune screwed over this contestant on a technicality — and an ironic one at that, considering the answer — and she lost an Audi Q3 as a result.
— Alex Jacob (@whoisalexjacob) December 22, 2021
— Audi USA (@Audi) December 22, 2021
Nielsen is now admitting it didn’t really do a great job of counting — literally their one job — thanks to COVID-19.
Yellowstone is the most popular show on cable TV — doing Walking Dead and Game of Thrones numbers — and a solid little drama. So why aren’t we talking about it? It’s a mystery! (TV critics are snobs.)
There was a time when AMC was one of the biggest prestige drama networks in the game … until it wasn’t. What happened? This (nearly 20 minute-long) video explores the question. TL;DW: The Walking Dead.
2021 was … something.
This is the end of my 47 1/2 yr ABC @Disney journey and it was “the ride of a lifetime.” Enormous thanks to my colleagues & fellow cast members & special thanks to my wife Willow & my 4 children: Katie, Amanda, Max & Will. I couldn’t have done this without your love & support. pic.twitter.com/n74x4FLqx0
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) December 31, 2021
- Parental Guidance with Anderson Cooper is in the works at CNN+.
- A documentary about the Quiverfull movement (think Duggars) is coming to Amazon.
- Michael Keaton is joining the cast of the HBO Max Batgirl movie, possibly as Batman.
- Anna Dreznen has left her role as a head writer on Saturday Night Live to focus on her upcoming animated series Praise Petey on Freeform.
- Joe Gatto has left Impractical Jokers on truTV.
- Nia Long will narrate Let the World See on ABC.
- Kapil Talwakar is joining the cast of Charmed on The CW.
Mark Your Calendar
- Atlanta returns on FX on March 24.
- Bridgerton returns on Netflix on March 25.
- Super Pumped will debut on Showtime on February 27.
- Outlander returns on Starz on March 6.
- JANET will debut on Lifetime on January 28.
— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) January 1, 2022
- The Kings of Napa premieres on OWN on January 11.
- Antiques Roadshow returns on PBS tonight.
- All of Us Are Dead will premiere on Netflix on January 28.
- Hype House premieres on Netflix on January 7.
- Heavenly Bites will debut on Netflix on January 19.
- Someone They Knew… With Tamron Hall will premiere on Court TV on March 6.
- The Orbital Children will premiere on Netflix on January 28.
- Tiger & Bunny 2 premieres on Netflix on April 8.
- Single Drunk Female premieres on Freeform on January 20.
- In My Own World will debut on Vice on January 27.
Betty White brought a smile to the lips of generations of Americans. She’s a cultural icon who will be sorely missed. Jill and I are thinking of her family and all those who loved her this New Year’s Eve.
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 31, 2021
Betty White broke barriers, defied expectations, served her country, and pushed us all to laugh. Barack and I join so many around the world who will miss the joy she brought to the world. I know our Bo is looking forward to seeing her up in heaven. pic.twitter.com/tVL7NUw2TT
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 1, 2022
We are saddened by the passing of Betty White.
Not only was she an amazing actress, she also served during WWII as a member of the American Women's Voluntary Services.
A true legend on and off the screen. pic.twitter.com/1HRDYCeV7w
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) December 31, 2021
The world looks different now. She was great at defying expectation. She managed to grow very old and somehow, not old enough. We’ll miss you, Betty. Now you know the secret. pic.twitter.com/uevwerjobS
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 31, 2021
God bless Betty White. As my mom would say, “we were so lucky to have her.”https://t.co/pXzu6JezOg
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) December 31, 2021
2) yells from the back of the soundstage for everyone to hear “Where’s that redheaded bitch who stole my parking spot???” SWOON. A friendship was born. Another time I was lucky enough to present at the primetime Emmy awards with the lake great Don Rickles. He and Betty and I …
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 31, 2021
4) Betty, who was gracious enough to be a guest star on the episode of “Kathy Griffin My Life on the D List”, where we get my mom Maggie a play date with Betty White, was a bucket list memory, touching and hilarious at the same time. We surprised Maggie, so when Betty shows up…
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 31, 2021
6) …every word out of my mouth, which was mandatory. She hung out with my mom, like a peer. She treated me like we were in the same club or something. She actually treated me like an equal in the comedy gurrrl world. She was as sharp and funny as she was soft and wise…
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 31, 2021
7) …and no matter how long this world continues to spin, there will be only one Betty White.
— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) December 31, 2021
RIP Betty White, the only SNL host I ever saw get a standing ovation at the after party. A party at which she ordered a vodka and a hotdog and stayed til the bitter end.
— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) December 31, 2021
(Watch Betty’s SNL 2010 appearance here. It was fantastic and earned her an Emmy.)
an attempt to accommodate for it. nobody asked her to do it. and that's just one small example of her overflowing generosity. my dogs thank her too. she gave us our veterinarian reco who we still see to this day. she was the goldenest of them all and will be forever missed.💔 pic.twitter.com/9xjLNgJaX1
— Don" 't ask me google questions" Cheadle (@DonCheadle) January 1, 2022
RIP Betty White! Man did I think you would live forever. You blew a huge hole in this world that will inspire generations. Rest in glorious peace….you’ve earned your wings ❤️❤️❤https://t.co/7wpeLHgySy
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) December 31, 2021
I Watched Her on her first TV Show “Life With Elizabeth”When I Was 7 Yrs Old.When She Did S&C I Got a Chance To Tell Her. I Was Embarrassed cause tears came to my eyes.She put her arms around me, & I Felt 7 again.
Some Ppl Are Called ICONS🙄,
BETTY IS A TRUE ICON.
— Cher (@cher) December 31, 2021
Y’all, with the passing of #BettyWhite we have lost one of the best humans ever!
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) December 31, 2021
Rest in peace, sweet Betty. My God, how bright heaven must be right now.
— 😷💉 Valerie Bertinelli (@Wolfiesmom) December 31, 2021
As if 2021 wasn’t bad enough. Rest In Peace, Queen Betty White. pic.twitter.com/BfxwP31km0
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) December 31, 2021
So grateful that years ago I disobeyed the orders of the person on the universal lot and burst into Betty Whites dressing room and told her that I love her
— Jackie Hoffman (@JackieHoffman16) December 31, 2021
Our national treasure, Betty White, has passed just before her 100th birthday. Our Sue Ann Nivens, our beloved Rose Nylund, has joined the heavens to delight the stars with her inimitable style, humor, and charm. A great loss to us all. We shall miss her dearly.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 31, 2021
Oh Dear Lord. Heaven just got a new superstar to celebrate with tonight! An icon, a legend, a trailblazer, a badass, and a ray of sunshine who gifted us creative genius, joy and laughter for 99 years. Thank you for your bold and generous spirit. Rest In Peace #BettyWhite ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/ng2gHB8K5K
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) December 31, 2021
You know what's really great? We told Betty White that we loved her while she was still alive.
— Paula Poundstone (@paulapoundstone) December 31, 2021
Betty White improvising on the spot while Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan crack up laughing is the only thing you need to watch today. pic.twitter.com/UEXDfxTQtr
— Tim Fullerton (@TimFullerton) December 31, 2021
I always LOVED when Betty White brilliantly played the passive/aggresiveness of Sue Ann. In this episode, Mary is threatened with jail because she won’t reveal her journalistic source.
So many amazing line readings “When you get out…if you get out…”
Rest in peace! pic.twitter.com/5zfK1d4nT2
— Seth Rudetsky he/him (@SethRudetsky) December 31, 2021
Joan Rivers interviewing Betty White (1983) pic.twitter.com/IZfDx8mQCK
— irene (@writtenbyirene) December 31, 2021
Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Prize-winning anti-apartheid leader
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mentor, a friend, and a moral compass for me and so many others. A universal spirit, Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere. pic.twitter.com/qiiwtw8a5B
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 26, 2021
Though we mourn the loss of our beloved Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we honor and uplift his powerful voice for peace and justice. We extend love and condolences to the Tutu family. – The Angelou Johnson Family
(Video Courtesy of the @FullbrightAssoc)https://t.co/fYJiyCzOUg pic.twitter.com/Gf0qmou8Sm
— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) December 29, 2021
Joan Didion, Legendary author and National Book Award-winner
The best obituary for Joan Didion wasn’t written by any of the major newspapers.
It was a letter to the editor from a former Brooklyn English teacher in the NYT.
“We tell ourselves stories in order to live, she said. All storytellers leave immediate survivors, I’m saying.” pic.twitter.com/uXMNM8u9Oh
— Jack Detsch (@JackDetsch) December 30, 2021
Robert Bruce, Cast member of Comic Book Men
Stephen J. Lawrence, Composer for Sesame Street among others
Richard Leakey, Conservationist featured in countless documentaries
Janice Long, Host of Top of the Pops and the first woman to have her own show on BBC’s Radio 1
Wanda Young, An original member of The Marvelettes
J.D. Crowe, Grammy-winning banjo player
The Bachelor: Clayton Echard is a big toothy golden retriever just trying to find love. Season premiere. 7 p.m., ABC
The Cleaning Lady: After witnessing a murder, a doctor has to take on a second life as a cleaning lady for a crime syndicate in this new drama. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Fox
That’s My Jam: Jimmy Fallon’s celebrity game show is back. 8 p.m., NBC
9-1-1: Lone Star: Austin is hit by an ice storm and the state government is completely incompetent, leading to the shut-down of the entire electric grid, and the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of its residents OH WAIT, THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED AND IS NOT THE PRODUCT OF RYAN MURPHY’S LURID IMAGINATION. WHOOPS. Season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Anthony Anderson, Adam Devine, Carly Pearce
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley, David Byrne, Gustavo Di Dalva
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Utkarsh Ambudkar
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Sophia Bush, Aaron Sorkin, Japanese Breakfast
- Watch What Happens Live: Rayna Lindsey, Michelle Collins
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