Only three episodes in and we’ve already lost one ‘House of the Dragons’ showrunner …

Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News

We are on Day Eight of the TV Foolishness Tournament, so go vote over here. And before we move on to today’s TV news, yesterday’s vote results aren’t showing up for me for some reason — it might just be my computer acting like an asshole — but in case it’s a problem you guys are having too, yesterday’s winners are:

New Fall TV Shows:
Quantum Leap
Classic Shows I Should Have Recapped, but Didn’t:
The Americans
Shows I Began Recapping, and Then Gave Up On, Including Hate Blogs:
La Brea
Reader Suggestions:

They will face off against today’s winners on Friday, so go vote!

Miguel Sapochnik is leaving House of the Dragon as co-showrunner with Ryan Condal? The hell? The only hint at what is going on comes from the Sea Snake himself, Steve Toussaint, who says he’s “gutted” that Sapochnik is leaving, but says Condal told him it was Sapochnik’s choice. It sounds like it was just an overwhelming about of work:

“And it was full-on with him, because he was constant. Of course, he had to direct and do his own bits, obviously his own episodes. And then, of course, he has to overlook the whole thing, make sure the look is still in line with the whole story. I think they’re still right now cutting the last couple of episodes. So it’s a huge amount. So I understand.”

House of the Dragon already has its own VFX mistake. It’s no Starbucks cup, but …

Thomas and Friends is adding an autistic character, Bruno the Brake Car. He will be voiced by an autistic actor.

Peppa Pig’s friend Penny Polar Bear has two mommies. Cue the outrage from the PTC and One Million Moms.

And speaking of OUTRAGE!

DJ Conner is being sent overseas to go visit his military wife as a means to write Michael Fishman off The Conners. I’m sure this has nothing so much to do with the actor, as much as it is the writers had literally nothing for DJ to do on the show.

The Masked Singer is changing up its format this season.

Wait … might Carol show up in Daryl Dixon’s spinoff after all?

The lawsuit against The Queen’s Gambit and Netflix has been settled out of court.

An official Sopranos convention is taking place in December.

I knew Bryan Cranston and Bob Odenkirk guest starred on Seinfeld but I genuinely didn’t know the rest of these.


Snap is no longer making original programming. Yes, that’s right, Snap was making original programming for some reason.

You can now bundle Showtime and Paramount+ at an introductory low price.

Disney is considering creating their own Amazon Prime-like bundling program for those Disneyphiles in your life.

We now know why Michael hates Toby so much on The Office.

The Boys (which you monsters did not choose in the TV Foolishness Tournament — what’s wrong with you?) is tweeting up a storm during season four production:

Stephan Fleet is the VFX supervisor of The Boys — a man who helped build a giant penis for this show — so if he says this …

… You really have to wonder what horrors they have planned for next season.

Meanwhile, Voight International continues to be an entertaining Twitter follow:

Hands down, the best political satire out there.

Apparently, back in the day, the FBI was monitoring The Monkees? Because they made some anti-war comments back in the ’60s? But who didn’t? Anyway, The Monkees drummer Micky Dolenz is now suing the FBI over the whole thing.

So, apparently, someone posing as Kanye tweeted that Friends wasn’t funny. He clarified that he hadn’t tweeted it — but wishes he had:

Get better soon, Justin Bieber.

Goodness, stay safe Barton Fitzpatrick!

My heartfelt sympathies to Megan Hilty and her family. What a heartbreaking tragedy.

Well played, NBC.


  • Harley Quinn has been renewed for a fifth season at HBO Max. (Which was not a given, even though it’s a critically-acclaimed darling.)

In Development

  • Fox has ordered Special Forces: The Ultimate Test, and Anthony Scaramucci, Jamie Lynn Spears, Mel B, Danny Amendola, Hannah Brown, Tyler Florence, Kate Gosselin, Dwight Howard, Montell Jordan, Gus Kenworthy, Nastia Liukin, Carli Lloyd, Beverley Mitchell, Kenya Moore, Mike Piazza, and Dr. Drew Pinsky will compete.
  • Phony, a half-hour comedy from the co-writer of Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, has been ordered at Hulu.
  • The Incendiaries is being adapted into a series.

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • The Real Housewives of Potomac returns on Bravo on October 9.
  • Derry Girls returns on Netflix on October 7.
  • The D’Amelio Show returns on Hulu on September 28.
  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers returns on Disney+ on September 28.
  • Hell of a Cruise will premiere on Peacock on September 14.
  • Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester will debut on Netflix on October 4.

  • Runaway Mom: The Sherri Papini Story premieres on HLN on September 18.
  • Heathers: The Musical will debut on Roku on September 16.
  • Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory will premiere on Disney+ on September 8.
  • Sherwood will premiere on BritBox on October 4.
  • Holy Family will premiere on Netflix on October 14.
  • High Water will debut on Netflix on October 5.
  • Santo will premiere on Netflix on September 16.
  • Sago Mini Friends will premiere on Apple TV+ on September 16.
  • Bloodlands returns on BBC soon.


Peter Straub, Horror novelist and Steven King collaborator

This Twitter tribute by his daughter is “the fucking best”:

Jan Josephs, Ex-husband of RHONJ‘s Margaret Josephs

Amanda Mackey, Casting director

Ashley Tropez, Beyond Scared Straight star

Neena Pacholke, Wisconsin news anchor


Chef’s Table: Pizza: If you don’t think pizza deserves the Chef’s Table treatment, you’ve never had really good pizza, and I’m sad for you. Series premiere. Netflix

Wedding Season: Katie and Stefan have an affair. Two months later at Katie’s wedding, her new husband and his entire family drop dead. WHODUNNIT? Series premiere. Hulu

Raising a F****ing Star: This reality show follows parents who are trying to make their children stars. This seems healthy and not at all a setup for a sequel series that follows these kids through therapy. Series premiere. 8:30 p.m., E!

101 Scariest Horror Moments of All Time: It’s spooooky season, kids! Shudder

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Susan Sarandon, Julio Torres, FLETCHER
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Danny DeVito, Tegan & Sara, Raghav Mehrotra
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Gayle King, Tony Dokoupil, Nate Burleson, Betty Gilpin
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Pete Buttigieg, Simone Biles, Jessie Baylin
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Brie Larson, Josh Duhamel, Macklemore
  • The Daily Show: Edward Enninful
  • Watch What Happens Live: Kyle Richards, Jenny McCarthy

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ABC Abbott Elementary
Abbott Elementary
Abbott Elementary
Abbott Elementary
Press Your Luck
CBS Big Brother
The Challenge: USA
CW Stargirl
World’s Funniest Animals
World’s Funniest Animals
FOX MasterChef
NBC America’s Got Talent
Chicago Fire
Chicago P.D.

One thought on “Only three episodes in and we’ve already lost one ‘House of the Dragons’ showrunner …

  1. I am drunk on a work trip to Nashville and reading your blog at midnight like a nerd. Just had to post the gratitude I have for your blog and all the excellent taste that you have. BOO on the gentiles choosing crap for the recap brackets – I’ll still read them thoguh because you make TV shows interesting to reaed about even if I don’t watch them. Real Housweives of Beverly Hills sounds crazy but I don’ t have the heart to watch it. I still read your recaps though.

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