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As for Fox series The Big Leap and Our Kind of People, they won’t learn their fates until late spring.
Here’s a Yellowjackets question I hadn’t thought to ask, but I’m glad someone did.
Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day, and The Daily Show compiled an AMAZING collection of ways people used a day that is supposed to be about civil rights and sacrifice and made it … gross. So gross.
How I Met Your Father paid tribute to Bob Saget in their first episode. Saget served as the narrator on How I Met Your Mother.
Quick recap: Whedon was accused by Ray Fisher of being abusive towards him on the set of Justice League and of lightening an actor’s complexion; Gal Gadot says that he threatened her career; and many of the women of Buffy: Charisma Carpenter, Amber Benson, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Sarah Michelle Gellar, say that he created a toxic work environment. He was accused of being cruel to fellow writers, to having affairs with his young actresses, and at times being physically abusive with the crew. It’s a whole lot of very bad behavior from a guy who had been lionized for his feminism and empathy.
ANYWAY, He gave an interview to New York Magazine, and it’s a long piece with a LOT of cringe. Some of the takeaways are:
1. He claimed he never threatened Gadot or anyone else, and that they had a miscommunication because of a “language barrier”.
2. As a showrunner, he might not have been “mannerly” but he was one of the “nicer showrunners that’s ever been.”
3. In terms of sleeping with the actresses: “… he quickly added that he had felt he ‘had’ to sleep with them, that he was ‘powerless’ to resist. I laughed. ‘I’m not actually joking,’ he said. He had been surrounded by beautiful young women — the sort of women who had ignored him when he was younger — and he feared if he didn’t have sex with them, he would ‘always regret it.’”
4. And when it comes to Ray Fisher, according to Whedon, none of his allegations were “true or merited discussing.” He then called Fisher “a malevolent force,” before adding, “We’re talking about a bad actor in both senses.”
WOW. OK. I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE BAD, BUT … WHERE TO EVEN BEGIN?
The fact that other adults on Buffy had to make a rule that Joss Whedon wasn’t allowed to be in a room alone with then 16 year old Michelle Trachtenberg is a problem. Joss Whedon should not have gotten work after that.
— Arakki Thottie (@BlckBolex) January 17, 2022
I will say that when I reviewed Zack Snyder’s Justice League, I said #RayFisher’s performance was my favorite and his scenes with his father made me break into tears – including during my spoiler review.
So Joss Whedon is so full of shit, it’s laughable. pic.twitter.com/lylNcnWfr0
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) January 17, 2022
Joss Whedon took years to reflect and he’s finally ready to tell his story: “I had to do it. I was very very horny”
— Vinnie Mancuso (@VinnieMancuso1) January 17, 2022
Whoever in GMA who edited this clip regarding Gal Gadot’s response to Joss Whedon deserves a raise pic.twitter.com/VKCslKM9K9
— Alex Lobo needs ☕️ 🇨🇺 ⚡️ (@GeekLawGrad) January 18, 2022
Joss trying to tell us that Ray Fisher is a bad actor AFTER we’ve seen The Snyder Cut sure is… a choice.
— Alex Stedman (@a_sted) January 17, 2022
I'm not going to read the new Joss Whedon story because (1) I've read the other stories (inc. the amazing essay written by Kai Cole;) (2) he called me fat to my face when I was pregnant; and (3) I've known for years which actress he had an affair w/during Buffy.
— Nell Scovell (@NellSco) January 17, 2022
As someone who's written some of his characters – let me just say – fuck Joss Whedon forever. Drop him into the ocean.
— 🩺🐙 Zac Thompson (@ZacBeThompson) January 17, 2022
This made me FURIOUS. And it’s one of MANY horrible stories I’ve heard about him. Female assistants being passed over for advancement because his wife didn’t trust him around other women. Think of THEIR diminished careers today, not his. https://t.co/nK7qzoSj8V pic.twitter.com/0rs3BMLRKe
— Julie Benson (@TheJulieBenson) January 17, 2022
No fucking way. Joss Whedon is actually blaming Gal Gadot for "misinterpreting" his threats because English isn't her first language.
This is the same man who threatened James Marsters (Spike) on the set of Buffy for being too popular. pic.twitter.com/yAunfdxfvC
— Walt (@Uber_Kryptonian) January 17, 2022
Looks like Joss Whedon got to direct an endgame after all…
Rather than address all of the lies and buffoonery today—I will be celebrating the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Tomorrow the work continues.#MLKDay
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 17, 2022
Joss Whedon had nearly two years to get his story straight.
He’s likely spent tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars on PR, crisis management, and coaching.
And his response to the allegations is: “They all misunderstood and/or are out to get me—also my mom is sexy” ???
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 18, 2022
I’m starting a team called “The Malevolent Force.”
Who wants in?
*Joss Whedon’s need not apply*
— Ray Fisher (@ray8fisher) January 18, 2022
The lawsuit against Prince Andrew brought by Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s survivors, can move forward here in the States, despite the royal’s best efforts to get the case dismissed. Prince Andrew tried to claim that an agreement Giuffre made with Epstein protected him from being sued, but the judge was like, “Excuse me, is your name ‘Jeffrey Epstein’?” Related: Prince Andrew (I guess just “Andrew” now) has been stripped of all of his “military affiliations and royal patronages” and is just now a private citizen who will have to pay his own legal fees. Also related: Ghislaine Maxwell will no longer protect several John Does mentioned in her court documents, and their names are expected to come out in later court proceedings. Stay tuned.
What? Actors are sexist? And sometimes think that actresses that are 20 years their junior are “too old” to be their romantic interest? I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you!
I haven’t watched Cheer season two yet, in part because I’m still icked out by the whole Jerry Harris sex abuse charges. But it sounds like the filmmakers take the issue head-on and spend an entire episode devoted to the accusers, allowing them to tell their story.
Evan Rachel Wood has been working on a documentary about her life and her decision to come forward with allegations against Marilyn Manson.
Michelle Gotthelf, the former digital editor-in-chief of The New York Post, is suing the paper, former editor Col Allan and New York Post Group editor Keith Poole for sexual harassment and retaliation after she reported that Allen had sexually propositioned her. She also says she saw Allen call women “skanks,” “stupid women” or “sneaky lesbian.” He seems nice.
And in another story that just won’t fucking go away: the Spears sisters are at war. The quick and dirty version is that Jamie Lynn Spears has recently written an autobiography and gave ABC News some interviews. On Good Morning America last week, she tied to distance herself from the conservatorship pointing out that she was only 17 and pregnant when it was happening and didn’t really understand what was happening. She then claimed that she tried to help her sister later. Then on Nightline, she called Britney’s behavior “erratic,” “paranoid” and “spiraling.”
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) January 13, 2022
And in response to that, Jamie Lynn asked her sister for a cease-fire, and claimed that her family is receiving death threats. Enough already. Look: point taken that Jamie Lynn had no power over the conservatorship, but she could have been more publicly supportive of Britney and not tried to enrich herself on her sister’s career. So maybe everyone just … stop?
- Cooking with Paris has been canceled at Netflix after one season.
- Bad Crimes, an animated series with Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus set to star, has been ordered at Netflix.
- Rex Chapman will host a series on CNN+.
- Dinosaurs: The Final Day, with David Attenborough is in production at BBC and PBS.
- Daniel Radcliffe has been cast as “Weird Al” Yankovic in Weird: The Al Yankovic Story on Roku. Weird.
- Ethan Hawke and Myha’la Herrold are joining the cast of Leave the World Behind on Netflix.
- Darnell Williams is going to guest star on Our Kind of People, creating a mini-All My Children reunion with Debbi Morgan.
Mark Your Calendars
- Moon Knight will premiere on Disney+ on March 30.
- Severance will debut on Apple TV+ on February 18.
- Vikings: Valhalla will premiere on Netflix on February 25.
- The Boys Presents: Diabolical premieres on Amazon on March 4.
- The Fallout will premiere on HBO Max on January 27.
- The Cuphead Show! debuts on Netflix on February 18.
- The Wonderful Winter of Mickey Mouse will premiere on Disney+ on February 18.
- The Envoys will premiere on Paramount+ on January 20.
- Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area will debut on Netflix in 2022.
- Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky returns on Peacock on February 3.
- No Exit will debut on Hulu on February 25.
- The King’s Man will premiere on Hulu on February 18.
- Tournament of Champions III will return on Food Network on February 27.
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Back to the Future marathon: I recently saw THE DeLorean at the Los Angeles car museum (the same one that fell into the sinkhole on La Brea) and y’all, I was legit starstruck. 2 p.m., TNT
Reopening: The Broadway Revival: A look behind-the-scenes as Broadway returns after the longest shutdown in history. (Except … maybe they shouldn’t have been counting those chickens just yet.) 8 p.m., PBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Ricky Gervais, Maude Apatow, Kaytranada featuring H.E.R.
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jeremy Irons, Hilary Duff, Jeff Wright, Daniel Fang
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Brian Cox, Samantha Bee
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Adam Devine, Neve Campbell, Japanese Breakfast
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rob Lowe, Francia Raisa, Joy Oladokun
- Watch What Happens Live: Lala Kent, James Kennedy
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