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The SAG award nominations are out, and here are the TV nominees:

Ensemble in a Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale
The Morning Show
Squid Game
Succession
Yellowstone

Male Actor in a Drama Series

Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Kieran Culkin, Succession
Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game
Jeremy Strong, Succession

Female Actor in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Jung Ho-yeon, Squid Game
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sarah Snook, Succession
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Ensemble in a Comedy Series

The Great
Hacks
The Kominski Method
Only Murders in the Building
Ted Lasso

Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Michael Douglas, The Kominski Method
Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Elle Fanning, The Great
Sandra Oh, The Chair
Jean Smart, Hacks
Juno Temple, Ted Lasso
Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Murray Bartlett, The White Lotus
Oscar Isaac, Scenes from a Marriage
Michael Keaton, Dopesick
Ewan McGregor, Halston
Evan Peters, Mare of Easttown

Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha
Margaret Qualley, Maid
Jean Smart, Mare of Easttown
Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series

Cobra Kai
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Loki
Mare of Easttown
Squid Game

All of the nominees can be found here.

Speaking of award shows: The Oscars will return to having a host this year. Names being seriously suggested include Tom Holland, the cast of Only Murders in the Building, and, God help me, Pete Davidson. So, (mostly) a bunch of white guys. Got it.

Meanwhile, the Twitter has some suggestions:

Yes, The Goldbergs has lost two of its stars in recent years, and yes, at the end of this season, the youngest Goldberg child will graduate high school and go off to college, but that doesn’t mean ABC is going to cancel the show. (Yes, actually, it probably does. And if it doesn’t, it should.)

Season two of The Witcher is one of Netflix’s most-watched shows (and I’m here to recommend it: it was a much more cohesive and fun ride than the first season, which I also enjoyed).

And Dexter was a huge hit for Showtime — the most-watched in the network’s history, in fact. That said, don’t hold your breath for another season.

HAPPY 25th ANNIVERSARY, KING OF THE HILL! Fun story: I was living in New York City during the heyday of King of the Hill, and one of my now-husband’s friends who grew up in Philadelphia, explained to me, a Texan, that King of the Hill was set in “Middle America.” When I assured him it most definitely was NOT set in Middle America, but in Texas, this idiot tried to mansplain to me that of course Texas was in Middle America: it’s in the middle of America. Bless his heart.

Sarah Palin doesn’t want you to remember that time she performed “Baby Got Back” in a bear costume on The Masked Singer. LOL, GUESS YOU SHOULDA THOUGHT ABOUT THAT BEFORE YOU GOT INTO THAT COSTUME, LADY.

Going Viral

Last Week:

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This Week:

Are you boosted yet?

Hometown hero, Dr. Peter Hotez, is out here trying to stop the mutation of this virus by vaccinating poorer countries. He and his team have developed a low-tech, low-cost vaccine, called Corbevax that they are not patenting so that developing nations can vaccinate their populations at a low cost. It has already been authorized in India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, and they’ve made 300 doses. Let’s hope this slows the virus enough to avoid more variants like Omicron.

Other less positive stories coming out of Houston: PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR COVID-POSITIVE CHILD IN THE TRUNK OF YOUR CAR, OH MY GOD.

The Young and the Restless has recast the character of Ashland Locke after the original actor, Richard Burgi, violated CBS’s COVID protocols. He claims it was a mistake. Hmm.

As of now, WarnerMedia has no plans to pull The Batman from its theatrical premiere in March. Disney recently chose to move the premiere of Turning Red from theaters to Disney+ because of the Omicron surge.

The National Association of Television Program Executives has canceled their in-person event in Miami.

The New York Toy Fair has been canceled again.

This is an interesting piece on how TV shows are desperate to either ignore or move past COVID in their storylines, and how while the urge is understandable, it also creates a weird dissonance.

Soooooo Novak Djokovic, this asshole. The world’s best men’s tennis player is set to compete in the Australian Open on January 17. However, Djokovic has loudly and proudly refused to get vaccinated, which created a problem for the Open. They granted him and a few other players “exemptions” from their vaccine requirement, sparking outrage amongst Australians.

Still, he traveled to Australia last week. However, when he arrived to Melbourne, the government was there to intercept him, and he was placed in an immigration detention center.

His team then claimed that actually, what had happened was … Djokovic tested positive on December 16, so he should be released from detention and allowed to compete, based on Australia’s COVID rules that allow people who have been infected within the past six months to be exempt from the vaccination requirement.

Funny thing about that: on December 17, this asshole did a  maskless photo shoot, gave a maskless interview and … handed out awards at a children’s event. Maskless. On January 10, an Australian court sided with Djokovic and released him from custody, but Australia is still considering revoking his visa.

And you’ll be shocked by this, I’m sure, but the right has begun rallying around this unvaccinated, inconsiderate asshole. The Open begins on January 17.

Speaking of the right, Dr. Fauci is absolutely done with their idiocy and dangerous disinformation. He called one Senator a “moron” in a meeting yesterday, and tore Senator Rand Paul a whole new asshole:

Meanwhile, the loons are now drinking their own pee to treat COVID, and Tucker Carlson suggested Viagra could be a cure.

Renewals

  • The Great has been renewed for a third season on Hulu. Huzzah!
  • Station 19 has been renewed for a sixth season on ABC.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Shining Vale will debut on Hulu on March 6.
  • Human Resources will premiere on Netflix on March 18.
  • Dollface returns on Hulu on February 11.
  • KIMI will debut on HBO Max on February 10.
  • The Tinder Swindler will debut on Netflix on February 2.
  • Botched returns on E! on January 25.
  • Use of Force: The Policing of Black America will debut on Peacock on January 14.
  • Big Nate will debut on Paramount+ on February 17.
  • Neymar: The Perfect Chaos will premiere on Netflix on January 25.
  • Cielo Grande will debut on Netflix on February 16.
  • C.I. Ape is airing on Roku. God bless them.

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Tim Rosaforte, Golf Channel announcer and journalist

Jean Ramirez, Tampa Bay Rays catcher

Vincent J. Sainato, Broadway Ad Designer

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Sara worries her team is making some questionable choices regarding the timeline. Mid-season premiere. 7 p.m., The CW

Batwoman: Ryan, Luke, and Sophie are desperate in the mid-season premiere. 8 p.m., The CW

Cheer: The Navarro Bulldogs are back — with a whole new host of problems following the first season. Season premiere. Netflix

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  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Isla Fisher, James Wolk, Bianca Richardson
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Keanu Reeves, Caitriona Balfe
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