You’ve seen the orangutan who drives the golf cart, right?
TL cleanser! Two minutes of an orangutan driving a golf cart (surprisingly well too)… pic.twitter.com/g5j3YwsSk6— DTM Woodworks (@DTM_Woodworks) January 17, 2022
You are now ready for this:
i joined tiktok just so i could make this pic.twitter.com/FB1lXoTLPM— Michael Rancic (@therewasnosound) January 25, 2022
All Other TV News
D.A.R.E. thinks Euphoria glamorizes drug use for teens and not to be a fuddy-duddy, but I think I agree with them?
Game of Thrones‘ final season was one of the most pirated shows of last year? WHY?
Don’t be racist!
Buzzfeed has a good list of TV and movie scenes that actors refused to film for very valid reasons ranging from casual misogyny to fat-shaming to just being very stupid. Chandler was going to work at a strip club because he liked their sandwiches? Get out of here with that.
I haven't seen Yellowstone, but I have seen roughly 1000 people tweeting why won't anyone acknowledge that they're watching Yellowstone and that seems really fun— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) January 26, 2022
We might be seeing the light at the end of the Omicron tunnel — but it’s only a pinpoint at the moment. Deaths and hospitalizations are still crushingly high, and depending on which source you’re looking at, we could see 900,000 deaths very soon. You know how to protect yourself.
How to reduce your chance of dying from Covid by 99%?— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) January 24, 2022
Get vaccinated and a booster.
One of the most impressive graphs I've seen for the impact of vaccination in the US pandemic
(thanks @redouad @OurWorldinData for re-plotting my makeshift graph from earlier today) pic.twitter.com/MePRT06zg5
And just because we’re (hopefully) nearing the end of this Omicron surge, it doesn’t mean we’re done with this virus as long as we have large vaccine gaps in other parts of the world. We’ve got to get the rest of the world vaccinated or we’re going to be hit with another variant because that’s how viruses work.
Speaking of, an even more transmissible version of Omicron has arrived in the US from overseas.
I didn’t mention this last week, mostly out of respect for his body of work, but Meat Loaf reportedly died of COVID, after expressing strong and stupid anti-vaxx positions. You would think this would be a clear example of cause and effect for people, and that, like Howard Stern is urging, his family would come forward urge people to get vaccinated so that his death wouldn’t be completely in vain. But instead, anti-vaxxers celebrated the dead musician at their anti-vaxx rally in DC this weekend. I literally do not understand this mindset.
A Czech folk musician named Hanka Horká died of COVID after deliberately contracting it to try to induce a natural immunity to it. Her family is urging people to get vaccinated. ~ahem~
Sarah Palin, who is unvaccinated, has tested positive — and this after dining in a New York restaurant who apparently did not demand proof of vaccination despite that being New York law. Shame on the restaurant, but also shame on Palin for going someplace the unvaccinated are not allowed. The entitlement of people like her and Djokovic who think that laws and rules don’t apply to them makes my blood boil.
Elton John had to cancel some upcoming concerts after testing positive. He performed here in Houston this past weekend, and according to friends who were at the show, barely anyone was wearing a mask. GREAT JOB, EVERYONE.
A 31-year-old father of three in Boston has been taken off the heart transplant list because he refuses to get vaccinated. Fuck around and find out, I guess.
Ozzie, the world’s oldest male gorilla, has died, and it might be COVID-related.
The Annie Awards will go virtual again.
The NFL will no longer test the unvaccinated players every day. I guess I’m glad the season is all but over, then.
Neil Young is demanding Spotify remove his music over Joe Rogan and his continued spread of disinformation. Good for him. More musicians should follow suit.
“I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”
Young added, “I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.”
I was on parental leave for three months; I came back, and this is apparently still happening every single night. pic.twitter.com/9f7MZdiOx0— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) January 25, 2022
Journalist and idiot Bari Weiss went on Real Time with Bill Maher and declared that she was “over COVID,” a position Maher enthusiastically agreed with. Literally, over two thousand people died of COVID yesterday, but sure. You’re “over it.”
I am done with food poisoning. So tired of the CDC telling me I can’t eat raw pork— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) January 24, 2022
As noted, there was a large anti-vaxx protest in Washington D.C. this weekend, and longtime anti-vaxxer and disgrace to his family, Robert Kennedy Jr. spoke. That in and of itself is not surprising, but what was surprising is when he suggested that anti-vaxxers have it harder than the Jews did in the Holocaust:
At the antivaxx rally in DC, RFK Jr. says that in the future "none of us can run and none of us can hide" because of Bill Gates' satellites and also 5G, unlike… the Holocaust.— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 23, 2022
"Even in Hitler's Germany, you could hide in the attic like Anne Frank did." pic.twitter.com/bRtmDBTxZl
I’m sorry, did he not finish the book?
Exploiting of the tragedy of people who suffered, were humiliated, tortured & murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany – including children like Anne Frank – in a debate about vaccines & limitations during global pandemic is a sad symptom of moral & intellectual decay.— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 23, 2022
Kennedy’s wife Cheryl Hines issued an apology:
My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive. The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.— Cheryl Hines (@CherylHines) January 25, 2022
Cheryl Hines, it should be noted, played Larry David’s wife on Curb Your Enthusiasm, so she knows a thing or two about embarrassing husband behavior.
Robert Kennedy Jr. soon followed with his own apology … sorta.
I apologize for my reference to Anne Frank, especially to families that suffered the Holocaust horrors. My intention was to use examples of past barbarism to show the perils from new technologies of control. To the extent my remarks caused hurt, I am truly and deeply sorry.— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) January 25, 2022
First of all, “To the extent my remarks cause hurt…” is the new “I’m sorry to anyone who was offended.” Second, it’s not just the reference to Anne Frank. It’s the very idea that people who are willfully refusing to participate in valuable public health measures out of non-scientific-based fears are somehow more victimized than millions of innocent people who were murdered by the state — THAT IS WHAT IS FUCKING OFFENSIVE AND WRONG AND BAD AND DANGEROUS.
Most people are wildly underestimating how both large and rhetorically violent this anti-vaccine movement is.— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) January 23, 2022
They are a gigantic, one-issue political movement that will eventually coalesce behind one candidate and make extreme demands before 2024.
And why are so many athletes such dumb anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers? NO, JOHN STOCKTON, VACCINATED PLAYERS ARE NOT “DROPPING DEAD” MID-GAME, YOU LUNATIC.
This is an interesting piece about Aaron Rodgers and how he’s actually been drawn to conspiracy theories for a while now, so his anti-vaxx position is not really that surprising. I am linking this to this story about a loony anti-vaxxer who is urging people to drink their own pee who also seems to believe he can legally drive without a license because this line of conspiracy thinking is part and parcel of a larger thing.
Many many years ago, when I was in middle school, a VERY right-wing relative of mine rhapsodized to my family and me about the Christian Patriot movement, which is tied to the Sovereign Citizens movement. He excitedly explained to us how members of the movement don’t have to pay taxes or register their cars or get driver’s licenses because the government is illegal or something. At the time, it seemed like a laughable fringe movement, and it still is to some degree. But between the presidency of the Conspirator-in-Chief and the spread of the pandemic, we have entered this dangerous new place where the anti-government nuts and the anti-vaxxer nuts — who are more often than not one and the same — are gaining political traction within the Republican party, and frankly, it’s terrifying. Nothing good will come from this from a political or public health perspective.
As Ben Collins tweeted, “Buckle up.”
- The Righteous Gemstones has been renewed for season three on HBO.
- The Bridge has been renewed for a second season on Channel 4 and HBO Max.
- Unbroken, a ranch drama, has been given a pilot order at NBC.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians has been given a series order at Disney+.
- Later, a Stephen King story, is being turned into a limited series starring Lucy Liu.
- The Personal Librarian is being adapted for TV by Al Roker’s production company.
- Bruce Miller has signed an overall deal with Hulu and ABC Signature.
- Local Time has signed a first-look deal with Amazon.
- Murray Bartlett is joining Physical on Apple TV+.
- Annaleigh Ashford has been added to the cast of Immigrant on Hulu.
- Flula Borg has joined the Pitch Perfect series on Peacock.
- Ivory Aquino is joining Batgirl on HBO Max.
- Derek Jacobi, Dame Siân Phillips, Tim Downie, Pete Firman, Andi Osho, and Alex Norton have been added to the cast of Good Omens on Amazon.
- David Letterman will join Late Night with Seth Meyers to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the show on February 1. OK, but what about Conan?
Mark Your Calendars
- To Tell the Truth returns on ABC on February 22.
- Bug Out will premiere on IMDb TV on March 4.
- Before I Forget is now streaming on Paramount+.
- Looney Tunes Cartoons Valentine’s Extwavaganza! will stream on HBO Max on February 3.
- Super PupZ will debut on Netflix Jr. on February 22.
- The Midwich Cuckoos will premiere on Sky this summer.
- The Rising will premiere on Sky Max and NOW on March 11.
- “Big Cat Week” kicks off on Nat Geo on January 30.
- The season opener for the United States Football League will be simulcast on NBC and Fox on April 16.
Peter Robbins, The voice of Charlie Brown
Kathryn Kates, Actress who appeared in Orange Is the New Black, Seinfeld, Law & Order: SVU, and The Many Saints of Newark
Hudson Madsen, Son of actor Michael Madsen
Dick Halligan, Grammy-winner, film composer, and former member of Blood, Sweat and Tears
Astrid & Lily Save the World: Two high school outsiders accidentally open a portal to another dimension and are forced to become monster hunters in this new series. 9 p.m., Syfy
Resident Alien: Harry’s back but doesn’t remember who he is. Season premiere. 8 p.m., USA, Syfy
NOVA: “Ancient Maya Metropolis”: Archeologists try to figure out why ancient Mayan cities were abandoned. 8 p.m., PBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Halle Berry, Dave Franco, Dijon
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Cynthia Nixon, Annaleigh Ashford, Del Water Gap, Larnell Lewis
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Adrien Brody, Lady Wray
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Daveed Diggs, Sydney Sweeney, Joy Crookes
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Charlie Day, Colman Domingo, Iann Dior featuring Machine Gun Kelly & Travis Barker
- The Daily Show: Rick Glassman
- Watch What Happens Live: Paris Hilton, Kathy Hilton
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