We have a name for the new ‘Lord of the Rings’ series, and no, it is not ‘Lord of the Rings’

Here are some baby river otters for you:

All Other TV News

Lena Dunham is threatening a reboot of Girls.

Hey, screenwriters: listen to Allison Tolman:

PBS children’s series Arthur is ending this year (see in Dates below) after 25 seasons, making it the longest-running children’s animated series. And in an interesting choice, the final four episodes will be a flash-forward to see Arthur and his friends as adults.

This is a great interview with Brian Cox, in which he discusses other actors, including Johnny Depp, Michael Caine, and Ed Norton, how he really feels about Jeremy Strong, and his thoughts on the Former President Fucking Asshole, as he so succinctly puts it, and what his presidency says about this country. (SPOILER ALERT: Nothing good.) The man is honest and doesn’t give a shit what you think of him.

We finally have a title for Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series: The Rings of Power.

The connection between How I Met Your Mother and How I Met Your Father is … eh. I will say it saves How I Met Your Father from having to work in cameos from the original show.

Get better soon, Louie Anderson!

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Note: the numbers for this week will be impacted by the holiday as many states did not report data. Still, we might be seeing the number of Omicron cases finally peaking in areas that were first hit, which will be welcome news. Less welcome news, the hospitalizations and deaths will continue to rise for the foreseeable future.

It took longer than it should have, but the Biden Administration is finally sending out tests and making masks available to whoever wants them. The website covidtests.gov is live now, and having used it myself to order tests for my house, my sister, and my parents, I can report it is bug-free and very quick to use. As for the masks, they will be made available for free at pharmacies and community health centers. Go get some tests — you’ll want to have them on hand if you start having symptoms or are exposed — and please wear a mask out there. Don’t be an asshole like Justice Neil Gorsuch.

The whole drama around Novak Djokovic and the Australian Open was finally resolved when Australia revoked his visa for refusing to get vaccinated one day before the Open was set to begin. And now the French and Spanish Opens are also threatening to ban him if he doesn’t vaccinate. Looks like someone fucked around and found out.

And no, Kelly Slater, you can’t surf in Australia unless you get vaccinated.

Production on the George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ movie Ticket To Paradise has been postponed because of the rise of cases in Australia.

Stephen A. Smith reveals that he had a bad case of COVID, and that doctors told him he would have died had he not been vaccinated.

Fox Business anchor Liz Claman has COVID.

A Florida health official was put on administrative leave after he sent out an email encouraging the staff to get vaccinated because the GOP has lost its damn mind.

China will not be selling tickets to the Beijing Olympics to the general public thanks to the virus.

Hong Kong is going to euthanize thousands of small animals after they suspect a hamster gave a pet shop employee COVID. Or … hear me out … maybe Omicron is extremely contagious, and the employee got it from another human? Meanwhile, don’t take your hamsters outside and do not kiss them, just to be on the safe side.

Fox News contributor Lara Logan has been fired by her agency after comparing Dr. Fauci to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. Good.

Dan Bongino’s YouTube channel was suspended after he said masks were useless. Unfortunately, the suspension is only for one week.




In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Our Flag Means Death will debut on HBO Max later this year.
  • WeCrashed will premiere on Apple TV+ on March 18.
  • Raising Dion returns on Netflix on February 1.
  • grown-ish returns on Freeform on January 27.
  • One Thousand Years of Slavery – The Untold Story will premiere on Smithsonian Channel on February 7.
  • Love Off the Grid debuts on Discovery+ on January 30.
  • Double Cross returns on AllBlk on February 3.


André Leon Talley, Former creative director, and editor-at-large for Vogue; judge on America’s Next Top Model and pop culture celebrity

Gaspard Ulliel, French actor and co-star in Moon Knight

Yvette Mimieux, Film star in The Time Machine, The Black Hole, and Where The Boys Are

Lusia “Lucy” Harris, Pioneering women’s basketball player

Marty Roberts, Los Angeles lounge icon


Too Hot to Handle: Sexy singles have to give up the sex to win the grand prize. Season three. Netflix

Heavenly Bites: A love letter to crazy Mexican snacks and street foods. Netflix

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: NO REASON, KRYSTEN SINEMA. 7 p.m., TCM

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: The winner of “Clash of the Cover Bands”
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Judi Dench, Huma Abedin, Teddy Swims, Daniel Fang
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Christine Baranski, Nation of Language
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Dakota Johnson, Josh Gad, Jackie Kashian
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Rachel Brosnahan, Eric Andre, Damon Albarn
  • Watch What Happens Live: Emily Simpson, Adriana De Moura

WEDS. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Goldbergs
The Wonder Years
The Conners
Home Economics
The Chase
CBS The Price is Right at Night
The Amazing Race
Good Sam
CW DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
FOX I Can See Your Voice
Next Level Chef
NBC Chicago Med
Chicago Fire
Chicago P.D.

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