This is all I have to add to Whitney Cummings’ dumb tweet defending Joe Rogan and what a “comedian’s job” is:
A comedian's job is to be more entertaining than this and good fuckin luck pic.twitter.com/LldsxIz3Xi
— AVC (@annevclark) February 6, 2022
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As you might have noticed, no, I’m not covering the Winter Olympics. Like the Tokyo Olympics, I think it’s a bad idea to be holding them in the middle of a pandemic, but this time with a HUGE side dish of human rights violations. And then there is weirdness like this: a Dutch reporter was literally yanked off camera by Chinese authorities in the middle of his report, and no one understands why. (You know, aside from the whole thing where China is an authoritarian state that doesn’t believe in free speech.)
Onze correspondent @sjoerddendaas werd om 12.00u live in het NOS Journaal door beveiligers voor de camera weggetrokken. Helaas is dit steeds vaker de dagelijkse realiteit voor journalisten in China. Hij is in orde en kon zijn verhaal gelukkig een paar minuten later afmaken pic.twitter.com/GLTZRlZV96
— NOS (@NOS) February 4, 2022
Meanwhile, NBC is out here giving Leslie Jones a hard time for trying to live-tweet the Games in her signature style. It sounds like they’re pulling her videos, and tried to replace her on Peacock with the likes of Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg.
I have watched olympics since I could walk lol. Me and my dad. So this is from my heart. Y’all should be asking @NBCSports why they don’t see that. And think they can replace me with just anyone. Again not saying I was first just saying it’s frustrating. @TeamUSA pic.twitter.com/uhomVaOuvK
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) February 7, 2022
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) February 7, 2022
NO MA’AM. Leslie Jones is the original and the best, and just because she’s no longer on NBC and is now on ABC is not reason enough for y’all to be treating her like this. SHE IS DOING Y’ALL A FAVOR. SHE IS BRINGING EYEBALLS TO THE BROADCASTS. WHAT PART OF THAT DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND? I get that it’s a copyright violation — but it really feels like NBC should have come to some sort of arrangement with Jones to avoid what is already a public relations disaster — a public relations disaster during a Games when NBC can’t afford any more controversies.
Doesn’t NBC know that Leslie Jones reacting to the Olympics is the reason why some people even watch the broadcast to begin with https://t.co/EO5nCIzOGy
— Amy Kuperinsky (@AmyKup) February 7, 2022
Hey NBC fuck off with that trash and give Leslie the props she deserves – ya'll would have never had as brilliant an idea as having a comedian live tweet the Olympics if she hadn't done it first! You'll never be as good at it either 🤷🏼♀️
— T 💙🤍 (@macbananas) February 7, 2022
Sorry to hear that you are being pressured by NBC, IOC or USOC to quit your commentary sharing. NBC is the worst. O.K. second worst just ahead of FOX.
— Terry Aichele (@hermistonsports) February 7, 2022
In other Olympic news, Shaun White is retiring after these Games.
Hey — remember last week when we all had to take a second and hand it to Robin Thicke for leaving The Masked Singer stage with Ken Jeong in protest of Rudy Giuliani? Yeah, lol, he wasn’t making a political statement, he was just checking on Jeong. And for half of one second there, I actually had a little respect for him …
According to John Bradley, who played Sam on Game of Thrones and is now in Benioff and Weiss’s new series, The Three-Body Problem, this new Netflix series will be even more ambitious than GoT. On the plus side: the trilogy of books this series is based on is complete, so they won’t have to come up with their own rushed ending. On the negative: REALLY?
Meanwhile, All of Us Are Dead has become the most popular title on Netflix, becoming the second Korean series to do so.
CNN is still reeling after the Zucker fiasco. Don Lemon delivered a teary tribute to Zucker on Friday’s show, and people are wondering how long the Other Woman, Allison Gollust can last at the network. Because — that’s right — Gollust didn’t resign, too. She’s trying to stick it out.
Celebrities endorsing NFTs is bad. There, I said it.
I’m just a former teen idol standing here (alone?) asking people to consider downside risk and the possibility of fraud. I hope I’m wrong, but pretty sure we’ll find out soon enough. Good luck folks – don’t take financial advice from celebs, including me. https://t.co/d250lrJgvk
— Ben McKenzie (@ben_mckenzie) February 4, 2022
Awkwafina has addressed her use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE), but she didn’t … exactly … apologize? Despite the stories out there saying she did?
— nora (@awkwafina) February 5, 2022
- The $100,000 Pyramid has been renewed for a sixth season on ABC.
- America’s Got Talent has been renewed for a 17th season on NBC.
- Vice has been renewed for two more seasons on Showtime.
- Andor has been renewed for a second season on Disney+ ahead of its first season premiere.
- Secrets of Sulphur Springs has been renewed for a third season on Disney Channel.
- Kitten Bowl has been canceled at Hallmark Channel. GAC might pick it up.
- Neighbours, the Australian soap opera, has been canceled after 37 seasons.
- Blank Slate, a “high-concept procedural” and The Irrational, an investigative thriller from the genius who gave us La Brea have been given pilot orders at NBC.
- Cal Fire, a firefighting drama, has been given a pilot order at CBS.
- A new Goosebumps series has been ordered by Disney+.
- A Small Light, a limited series about the Dutch woman who hid Anne Frank, has been ordered by Disney+.
- Disney+ also announced several new Nat Geo series: Pole to Pole; Great Migrations; Home; Lion; Secrets Of The Elephants; Secrets Of The Octopus; Sentient; Super/Natural; The Biggest Little Farm Series; Beyond Belief; The Epic Adventures of Bertie Gregory and Photographer.
- It looks like Netflix is going to make a dramatized version of The Tinder Swindler.
- Wait, they’re making a sequel series to Orphan Black?
- The Boondocks is not moving forward at HBO Max.
- Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the National Treasure series at Disney+.
- Denis Leary is joining Law & Order: Organized Crime on NBC and this very much checks out.
- Michelle Yeoh, Ben Wang, Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Daniel Wu, Ke Huy Quan, Jim Liu, and Sydney Taylor have been cast in American Born Chinese on Disney+.
- Marg Helgenberger could be returning to CSI: Vegas on CBS.
- Joe Mantegna, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Adam Rodriguez, Aisha Tyler, and Paget Brewster are finalizing their contracts to return to Criminal Minds on Paramount+.
- Peyton Elizabeth Lee and Milo Manheim will star in Prom Pact on Disney+.
- Spencer House, Benjamin Wadsworth, and Branden Cook have been added to the cast of Tell Me Lies on Hulu.
- Louis Hofmann, Lars Eidinger, and Nell Sutton have joined All the Light We Cannot See on Netflix.
- Jonah Goldberg has joined CNN as a commentator.
Mark Your Calendar
- The Orville will return on Hulu on June 2.
- The Dropout will premiere on Hulu on Mach 3.
- Shining Girls will debut on Apple TV+ on April 29.
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will return on Amazon on February 18.
- Ragdoll will premiere on AMC on February 28. (It originally debuted on AMC+ last year.)
- The Kardashians will debut on Hulu on April 14.
— The Kardashians (@kardashianshulu) February 4, 2022
- jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy debuts on Netflix on February 16.
- Vikings: Valhalla will premiere on Netflix on February 25.
- Cheaper by the Dozen will debut on Disney+ on March 18.
- The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey will premiere on Apple TV+ on March 11.
- They Call Me Magic will premiere on Apple TV+ on April 22.
— Apple TV+ (@AppleTVPlus) February 4, 2022
- Clark will come to Netflix soon.
- Dear… will return on Apple TV+ on March 4.
- Worst Roommate Ever will debut on Netflix on March 1.
- Making Fun will premiere on Netflix on March 4.
- Inside the Black Box will begin streaming on Crackle on February 17.
- Moving the Needle with Dr. Woo is streaming on Roku Channel.
- Lie With Me is streaming on Roku.
- Queer Eye Germany will premiere on Netflix on March 5.
- Stephanie Ruhle will take over The 11th Hour on MSNBC on March 2.
— Stephanie Ruhle Reports (@RuhleOnMSNBC) February 7, 2022
- Roar will debut on April 15 Apple TV+.
- Fairwood will premiere on Crackle this spring.
- Dicktown will debut on FX on March 3.
- Super Bowl Gospel Celebration will air on Bounce, ION TV, IMDb TV, and Amazon on February 12.
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The Bachelor: The show goes to beautiful Galveston Island. 7 p.m., ABC
One Thousand Years of Slavery: This series explores how acts of resistance and rebellion eventually led to the abolition of slavery as an institution. Series premiere. 7 p.m., Smithsonian
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- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Keegan-Michael Key, Jennifer Coolidge, Sylvan Esso
- The Daily Show: TBA
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