Rock the vote! (Of which shows you think should be considered in my TV Foolishness tournament.)

Puppy Love:

Alright! Before we get down to business, we need to narrow down y’all’s Reader Suggestions for the upcoming TV Foolishness Tournament. You guys made a bunch of terrific suggestions — 43 to be exact — but only 12 can compete.

To that end, the poll is below, you have until midnight next Monday to vote, you can vote for up to three shows, and you can vote as often as you’d like. Remember, this is not the final choice of show that I will blog, these shows will just compete in the TV Foolishness Tournament against other shows for that honor.

Or “honor.”

I look forward to what you choose!



Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News

The Hollywood Critics Association split up their awards nights between Broadcast and Streaming, which is an interesting — if not exactly logical — way to do it. In any event, on the Streaming side, Severance had a huge night; and The White Lotus won big over in Broadcast.

Here’s why there are often so many actors from the same shows in the Emmy categories. (TL;DR: Emmy voters are lazy, and the Emmys allow them to be.)

As expected, Warner Bros. Discovery just fired a bunch of HBO Max’s reality staff. This piece suggests that my beloved FBoy Island and Legendary might be safe, but I’m worried, y’all.

Dr. Phil also laid off a bunch of staffers ahead of season 21.

The CW is about to look very very different. With new owners Nexstar, more cheap syndicated and broader-appealing programming will be added to the schedule. The shows that have been renewed for this year aren’t going anywhere … for now.

IT WAS JUST A JOKE, GUYS (please don’t sue us).

Yay, Kenan Thompson received a well-earned Hollywood Star on the Walk of Fame last week!


Rogue One will return to theaters next week ahead of the premiere of the prequel series, Andor on Disney+.

Looks like production on The Boys is firing up again:

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills drama: $25,000 Sunglasses is out there suggesting that Dorit Kemsley and Mauricio Umansky are having an affair. Dorit is not pleased.

If you’re in New York this weekend, there is going to be an interactive Only Murders in the Building po-up.

Kristen Chenoweth shocked Steve Harvey with her first answer on Celebrity Family Feud last night. The word that was bleeped was “heinous.” You’ll have to click through to find out why that was censored.

Before he was Eddie on Stranger Things, Joseph Quinn told Arya Stark to fuck off:

Speaking of Game of Thrones: as I’ve mentioned before, a dear friend was the editorial assistant on the books when we both worked at Bantam. He recently went back to New York and paid a visit to his old boss and George R.R. Martin’s long-time editor who had no news on when The Winds of Winter might be finished. She kind of laughed that it had been a while, hadn’t it? but seemed unbothered. And the truth is, as my friend pointed out to me, for Bantam, there’s no real rush anymore, especially since House of the Dragon coming out on Sunday will drive interest in all of Martin’s books again. Anyway, this is a long way to go to say that Martin has “given up” predicting when he’ll be done with the books. (The answer is never. He’s never going to be done with the books and we just have to accept that.)

Some former Walking Dead actors are still salty about Frank Darabont being fired as showrunner. (And honestly? I don’t know that they’re wrong.)

Salman Rushdie was able to come off his ventilator and can speak after being stabbed 15 times by an assailant last week. His ex-wife is relieved:


In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Cabinet of Curiosities will premiere on Netflix on October 25.
  • Teen Mom: The Next Chapter will debut on September 6.


Denise Dowse, Actress on Insecure and Beverly Hills 90210

Teddy Ray, Comedian and writer who appeared on Pause with Sam Jay, and How to Be Broke

Robyn Griggs, Actress on Another World and One Life to Live

Jessica Klein, Producer and writer of Beverly Hills 90210 and other shows

Nicholas Evans, Author of The Horse Whisperer

Bill Pitman, Guitarist for the Wrecking Crew:

Pitman’s guitar playing was ubiquitous, if largely anonymous, for decades beginning in the 1950s. Just a sampling of the songs he played on: The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations,” Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night,” Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were,” The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby” and The Monkees’ “Papa Gene’s Blues.” He played the ukulele on the B.J. Thomas hit “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the loping bass line for the memorable theme of late-1960s TV Western The Wild Wild West and even composed music for early episodes of Star Trek.

Joan Scott, Founder and president of the talent and literary agency Writers and Artists Agency

Morgan Taylor, Grammy-nominated multi-media artist

Over the weekend more tributes poured in for Anne Heche. On a personal note: when we lived in New York City, my husband once saw her on the street. He said that he never found her particularly attractive, but in person, she glowed, it was like she was illuminated. You just couldn’t NOT notice her. It’s a sad loss, and I hope her family finds peace.

The woman whose home was destroyed by Anne Heche’s car crash posted to Instagram offering her condolences to the family:

Finally, from Heche’s son, Homer:

From Homer:

My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continues to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you, Homer.


Better Call Saul: Series finale, y’all. Time to pack it up and move to Nebraska. 8 p.m., AMC

The Bachelorette: They head to Amsterdam as the women decide who will be going to the Dreaded Hometowns. 7 p.m., ABC

Legacy: The True Story of the L.A. Lakers: This is the documentary counterpoint to HBO’s Winning Time. Premiere. Hulu

Hotties: This dating competition features blind dates who have to cook a dish together? and there are spicy food challenges? and then someone judges their food and their date? I swear, these dating shows are using Mad Libs to come up with concepts. Series premiere. Hulu

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sterling K. Brown, Eve Hewson, Gabrielle Zevin, Em Beihold
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jerrod Carmichael, Jeanie Buss, Grace Ives, guest host Desus Nice
  • The Daily Show: TBA

MON. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC The Bachelorette
Claim to Fame
CBS The Neighborhood
Bob ♥ Abishola
NCIS: Hawai’i
CW Roswell, New Mexico
In the Dark
FOX Don’t Forget the Lyrics!
Beat Shazam
NBC American Ninja Warrior
Weakest Link

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