This Husky, it me:
Huskies for the win.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/tz2K8GFQYv
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden_) February 12, 2022
All Other TV News
The Oscars announced their hosts this year, and it’s all ladies: Wanda Sykes, Amy Schumer, and Regina Hall will handle the honors.
You and me both, Amy.
Reportedly, the Oscars tried to get the cast of Only Murders in the Building, but scheduling issues interfered. They also were in discussions with Jon Hamm, but negotiations fell apart over the weekend.
Other big — and potentially hilarious — Oscar news: they have introduced a “Fan Favorite” category which you can vote on through their website or … on Twitter. “OH NO,” was the response of my resident teenager, “HAVE THEY NEVER HEARD OF BOATY MCBOATFACE?”
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go tweet “MALIGNANT #OscarsFanFavorite” for the next two weeks straight.
Kanye’s continued mental breakdown had him offering Michael Che double his salary if he quit Saturday Night Live and got away from Pete Davidson, who happens to be dating Kanye’s ex-wife. Kanye’s not handling it very well.
I haven’t mentioned Sarah Palin’s lawsuit against The New York Times in which she sued the paper for libel over an editorial that tied one of her political ads to the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and many others, 6 of whom had died. Palin claims that the editorial — which was corrected a couple of days later, and for which she never demanded an apology — cost her pundit jobs. However, she also had to concede that she did get a gig on The Masked Singer after the editorial was published, so. In any event, it’s probably a moot point: the judge announced that he will be dismissing the case because her lawyers did not produce sufficient evidence that the Times operated with actual malice.
Six theories on how Evil will handle THAT kiss from season two. I’m team “decide it can’t happen again … and it does.”
I’ve been watching Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, which so far has been a funny, and surprisingly sensitive telling of how Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s infamous sex tape was released into the world, launching an entirely new form of celebrity. Without the Pam & Tommy tape, there would be no Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian. Here’s the problem: while I think the series is quite good and makes very clear that she is the victim of exploitation by men behaving badly, I hesitate to recommend it because the subject of the miniseries, Pamela Anderson, not only didn’t sign off on it being made, she reportedly is “horrified” it was made at all. Her story is being told without her consent, and arguably, she’s being exploited all over again.
The series is directed by actress Lake Bell, who herself was the victim of Celebgate in which over 100 actresses had personal photos stolen and leaked onto 4chan. She has said this experience, the humiliation of it, helped her connect to Anderson and to want to tell her story without once again exploiting her. And I do agree the series is unequivocally on Anderson’s side. BUT …
I just tell you all of this so that if you choose, like I did, to watch the series, you go into it aware that the subject of the series did not cooperate with it and, in fact, finds it “shocking” that it would be made without her approval. Also, there are a lot of prosthetic penises. So many penises. I was unprepared for just how many penises there are.
Apparently, The Dr. Phil Show is a toxic workplace that knowingly books people with mental illness, withholds their medications before taping, mocked the way Black and Latino guests talked and behaved, and bullies junior staff. The Dr. Phil Show says, “nuh-uh,” and ViacomCBS is all “this is serious business that we will take seriously.”
A woman sued Snoop Dogg and another man for sexual assault and battery in a 2013 incident.
Prince Andrew has settled with Virginia Giuffre, the woman who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was 17.
Jerry Harris of Cheer pleaded guilty to federal charges related to soliciting child sexual abuse imagery and illegal sexual conduct with a minor.
The BAFTAs are considering merging the male and female categories into a gender-neutral one. I’m not wading into this one.
The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act passed the Senate and is on its way to being signed into law by President Biden. The bill allows employees a choice to pursue sexual misconduct claims through the courts or private arbitration, instead of being forced into arbitration clauses that shielded companies and abusers from public scrutiny. It’s a huge #MeToo victory.
- The Gilded Age has been renewed at HBO for season two.
- Not Dead Yet, a comedy about an obituary writer, has been given a pilot order at ABC.
- A live-action Wonder Twins film is in development for HBO Max.
- Molly Smith Metzler has signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix.
- JoJo is joining the cast of All American on The CW.
- Gemma Arterton has been added to the cast of Culprits on Disney+.
- Here are the dudes who are going to compete on The Courtship on NBC.
Mark Your Calendars
- Fresh will debut on Hulu on March 4.
- Lucy & Desi will premiere on Amazon on March 4.
- Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers will premiere on Disney+ on May 20.
- Sanditon returns on PBS on March 20.
- Standing Up will premiere on Netflix on March 18.
- Peaky Blinders will return on BBC on February 27. No word yet on an American date.
- Impractical Jokers returns on truTV, TBS, and TNT on April 2.
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Icahn: The Restless Billionaire: A look at the life of Wall Street legend Carl Icahn, terror of CEOs everywhere. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
Queens: The Queens prepare to be inducted into the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame. Season finale. 9 p.m., ABC
Winter Olympics: Figure Skating (Women’s); Bobsled; Speedskating; Alpine Skiing & More 7 p.m., NBC
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Oliver; Future Islands
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Anna Chlumsky; Charlie Day; Bastille
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Mark Wahlberg; Tyler James Williams; Spoon
- The Daily Show: Hasan Minhaj
- Watch What Happens Live: Guerdy Abraira, Jennifer Aydin
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