Neil Gaiman has no time for people complaining about ‘The Sandman’ being “woke,” thankyouverymuch

My dog hates being kissed, to be honest. So I have to live vicariously.

Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News

The Sandman is, somewhat unsurprisingly, the number one series on Netflix right now, amassing 69.5 million hours watched in the first three days, which is pretty impressive. I contributed to those hours (although I haven’t finished it yet) and can attest that it is beautiful, not at all boring as some critics have said, and that as a non-comic reader, I was able to follow along just fine.

Here are some (spoilery) seeds planted in the first season of The Sandman that could possibly become story arcs in season two. Which, presumably, will happen. 

This is amazing: Mason Alexander Park got the role of Desire after he tweeted Neil Gaiman in 2020. You gotta shoot your shot:

And as always, there are the toxic fans who are complaining about the “woke” casting, but Neil Gaiman is not having it.

Over on Hulu, Prey has been a massive hit — the number one debut to date in both film and TV.

And Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has been Paramount+’s biggest debut so far.

But you’ll notice that I didn’t mention how many people streamed Prey or Star Trek: Strange New Worlds above. Streaming services really don’t like to talk viewership numbers, not even with their creators.

Are the Golden Globes returning to NBC? Maybe, but it’s “not a done deal.”

George R.R. Martin has confirmed that Benioff and Weiss basically pushed him out of the making of Game of Thrones by seasons 5 and 6. AND IT SHOWED. Here’s a list of five questions the show never answered, for instance, and it’s good. Because seriously, why did we spend all that time with Arya training to be a Faceless Man if she was only going to use it the one time? What was the point of Bran becoming the Three-Eyed Raven? Just to make the big Jon Snow reveal? THAT’S IT? And what about Cersei’s prophecy? Sure, that’s not a reference that most people will remember — but I do. What happened with that? Was it all a red herring? I will die mad at how Benioff and Weiss rushed the end of this series.


Apparently, DC president Walter Hamada very nearly quit over the whole Batgirl fiasco, and everyone over at DC HATES Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav. All of that checks out.

A thing I learned today: Chris Pine’s dad is a working character actor who is co-starring in Five Days at Memorial on Apple TV+, and has had roles in Veep, It’s Always Sunny, The Office, and Parks and Recreation.

Melanie Lynskey’s psychic told her that Yellowjackets was going to be the project that would jump-start her career. She needs to keep that psychic and give me her number.

The FBI search of Mar-A-Lago was a gift for the late-night comics last night:

And the week just keeps getting worse and worse for Former President Takes the Fifth.

Recover quickly, Denise Dowse.

In Development

Casting News

  • Jon Hamm is joining The Morning Show on Apple TV+.
  • Chyler Leigh has joined the cast of The Way Home on The Hallmark Channel.
  • Michael Smith has joined Thursday Night Football on Prime Video as a news analyst.

Mark Your Calendars

  • House of Hammer will debut on Discovery+ on September 2.
  • My True Crime Story will return on VH1 on August 29.
  • Trolls: TrollsTopia will return for its final season in Hulu tomorrow.
  • Little Women debuts on Netflix on September 3.


Biyi Bandele, Writer and director

Raymond Briggs, Children’s book author

Darryl Hunt, Bassist for the Pogues


I Am Groot: This new series is five shorts featuring Baby Groot and friends. Premiere. Disney+

Indian Matchmaker: Sima Taparia is back to help clients in India and America find spouses. Season premiere. Netflix

Locke & Key: Third and final season. Netflix

So You Think You Can Dance: The final two dancers go head-to-head to determine who will take home $100,000. Season finale. 8 p.m., Fox

Resident Alien: Second season premiere. 9 p.m., Syfy & USA

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Madonna; Elvis Costello; Rusty
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Kieran Culkin, Run the Jewels, Joe Walsh
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jamie Foxx; Abbi Jacobson; Soccer Mommy
  • The Daily Show: Akin Omotoso
  • Watch What Happens Live: Kathy Hilton, Crystal Kung Minkoff

WEDS. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Conners
The Goldbergs
Abbott Elementary
Home Economics
Press Your Luck
CBS Big Brother
The Challenge: USA
CW Mysteries Decoded
Wellington Paranormal
Wellington Paranormal
FOX MasterChef
So You Think You Can Dance
NBC America’s Got Talent
Chicago P.D.

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