Regrets, they have a few.
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— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) January 25, 2022
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Today’s big TV news is that after 40 wins and $1.4 million, Amy Schneider’s record-breaking run on Jeopardy! has come to an end. She lost to librarian Rhone Talsma on the clue: “The only nation in the world whose name in English ends with an H, it’s also one of the 10 most populous.” The question? “What is Bangladesh?” Schneider will be return for the “Tournament of Champions.”
Talsma was just as surprised as anyone, noting that he couldn’t believe he was the one to “slay the giant.” NOTE TO ALL MEN: Do not refer to any woman as a “giant” who needs to be “slain.”
Schneider wrote a lovely essay on the Jeopardy! blog about her experience, how she grew up on the show, and what she gained from her time on the show (besides the $1.4 million), notably this:
And while, as I’ve said, my trans identity is only one part of myself, it has also been the source of easily the biggest rewards I’ve gotten from this experience. The first one is personal: a few months ago, deep down, I simply did not believe that I could ever really be accepted for who I was. That is, I had come to believe (not without some difficulty) that at least some people accepted me: my family, my girlfriend, my inner circle of friends. But I always believed that most people would see me as trans people have so often been seen: a freak, a pervert, a man in a dress, a liar, mentally ill. And as the days counted down to my episodes airing, I braced myself for the rejection I was sure would come. And then… it just didn’t. Sure, there have been a few isolated voices trying to bring me down, but the overwhelming reaction has been of support and acceptance. People actually believe me when I say who I am. They don’t think there’s something wrong with me. And because of that, for maybe the first time in my life, I’m starting to think there really isn’t anything wrong with me either.
Of all the Jeopardy! greats, I've never seen anyone that played the game with the kind of unflappable ease that Amy Schneider always seemed to have. pic.twitter.com/YDBPwd2Don
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) January 27, 2022
Congratulations on your historic winning streak, @Jeopardamy! We've loved cheering you on and can't wait to see you again in the Tournament of Champions. Your visibility has changed lives and changed the conversation about the power and brilliance of our trans community. 🏳️⚧️
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 27, 2022
I am so grateful for Amy Schneider. She has singlehandedly catalyzed millions of affirming conversations on trans equality in living rooms across the country at a moment when state legislatures are viciously attacking the rights of trans children. Her visibility is saving lives.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 27, 2022
— Tyler Roney (@TylerJRoney) January 27, 2022
In other important game show news, Pat Sajak has no idea who Benedict Cumberbatch is.
If you ever wondered, like me, if the SNL writers ever write sketches during off weeks so they don’t have to scramble to write everything during a show week, the answer is “no, they do not.” Of course, based on just how shitty the episodes always are after a long break, this surprises absolutely no one.
Of the top 10 most-watched comedies on network TV, six of them are on CBS, and two more of them are reruns of comedies on CBS. People love them some Young Sheldon. (Or maybe Nielsen is just counting wrong again.)
Jimmy Fallon and Paris Hilton weirdly talked up NFTs on The Tonight Show the other night, possibly violating NBC’s policy against conflicts of interest. Also, just stop it with the NFTs, y’all. Gross.
But you know who aren’t geniuses? The insurrectionists.
The big non-TV news is that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced that he is retiring. President Joe Biden, who promised on the campaign trail that he would appoint the first Black female justice, said that he will make his decision by the end of February. As you can probably imagine, conservatives are shrieking that President Biden planning ahead of time to appoint a Black woman is “affirmative action.” Never mind that Ronald Reagan made a similar promise on the campaign trail to nominate a woman (which he followed through on); and never mind the Republican appointments of Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett were also made with an eye towards demographics. But I digress. And never mind that of course a diversity of perspectives and opinions — and not just white men’s — is beneficial to the judiciary as a whole. BUT I DIGRESS.
- Name That Tune has been renewed for a second season; The Masked Singer for a seventh season; and The Resident for a sixth season on Fox (maybe).
- The Gilded Age appears to have been renewed for a second season on HBO.
- Help! I Wrecked My House has been renewed for a tenth season on HGTV.
- The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan has been renewed for two more seasons on Channel 4.
- The Diplomat, a political thriller from a creator of Homeland, has been greenlit at Netflix.
- Dead Day is being adapted into a series at Peacock.
- Cha Cha Real Smooth has been bought by Apple TV+.
- Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down has been acquired by CNN Films.
- System Shock is being adapted into a series at Binge.com.
- An Olive Grove in Ends is being adapted for TV.
- Production on Fall of the House of Usher is underway at Netflix.
Every new journey begins with a single step. pic.twitter.com/tcl1yuwaMF
— Kate Siegel (@k8siegel) January 26, 2022
- Claire Danes has joined Fleishman is in Trouble on FX.
- Nick Stahl is joining Let the Right One In on Showtime.
- Stephanie Ruhle will be the new Brian Williams, and Morning Joe is getting an extra hour on MSNBC.
- Gloria Reuben, Eriq La Salle, Alvina August, and Jarod Joseph will star in A Second Chance at Love on Hallmark Channel.
- We have the cast of Celebrity Big Brother on CBS: Cynthia Bailey-Hill, Todd Bridges, Todrick Hall, Chris Kattan, Chris Kirkpatrick, Carson Kressley, Teddi Mellencamp, Shanna Moakler, Mirai Nagasu, Lamar Odom, and Miesha “Cupcake” Tate.
- Violet Young has been added to the cast of Life & Beth on Hulu.
- Eva Noblezada, Simon Pegg, Flula Borg, Lil Rel Howery, Colin O’Donoghue, John Ratzenberger, and Adelynn Spoon have joined the cast of Luck on Apple TV+.
- Edward Bluemel, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, and Eddie Karanja have been added to the cast of Washington Black on Hulu.
- Ming-Na Wen will guest star on Young Sheldon on CBS.
- Mel Rodriguez is leaving CSI: Vegas on CBS.
Mark Your Calendars
Fox has announced its spring premiere dates:
- The Masked Singer returns on March 9.
- Domino Masters premieres on March 9.
- MasterChef Junior returns on March 17.
- Welcome to Flatch premieres on March 17.
- 9-1-1 returns on March 21.
- Name That Tune returns on March 29.
- Space Force returns on Netflix on February 18.
- Bel-Air debuts on Peacock on February 13.
- Snowfall returns on FX on February 23.
— Hulu (@hulu) January 26, 2022
- My Brilliant Friend returns on HBO on February 28.
- Kung Fu returns on The CW on March 9.
- Painting with John returns on HBO on February 18.
- About Last Night will debut on HBO Max on February 10.
- Million Dollar Hustle will debut on Lifetime on March 17.
- Tyler Perry’s A Madea Homecoming will premiere on Netflix on February 25.
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe returns on Netflix on March 3.
— Masters of the Universe (@MastersOfficial) January 26, 2022
- Swap Shop returns on Netflix on February 16.
- I Was There will premiere on History Channel on February 20.
- Rowdy’s Places is streaming on ESPN+.
- Luck will premiere on Apple TV+ on August 5.
- Pachinko will debut on Apple TV+ on March 25.
- That ’90s Show will premiere on Netflix in October.
- Biography: Bobby Brown will air on A&E on May 30. Bobby Brown: Every Little Step will premiere on May 31.
- No Retreat: Business Bootcamp premieres on CNBC on March 8.
- Downton Abbey: A New Era‘s premiere in theaters has been pushed back to May 20.
Morgan Stevens, Actor who appeared on Fame and Melrose Place
Barry Cryer, British comedian and TV writer
Truth and Lies: The Last Gangster: A look at the infamous Gambino family, including an interview with Sammy “The Bull” Gravano. 7 p.m., ABC
Gomorrah: Season five and series finale. HBO Max
grown-ish: Zoey turns to Pops and Ruby for advice in the winter season premiere. 9 p.m., Freeform
The Legend of Vox Machina: In this animated series based on the popular RPG, the Vox Machina, a band of misfits goes on a quest to save the realm of Exandria, and to pay their exorbitant bar tab. Series premiere. Amazon
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kevin James, Ilana Glazer, Jacques Pépin
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kenan Thompson, Tom Riley, Larnell Lewis
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Marlee Matlin, Mackenzie Davis
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Jared Leto, David Cross
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Johnny Knoxville, Jude Hill
- The Daily Show: Lindsey Vonn
- Watch What Happens Live: Patti Lupone, Cynthia Nixon
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