Quinta Brunson reclaims her time

You never knew you wanted to hear what a baby panda sounds until just now. SOUND ON.

Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News

FIRST AND FOREMOST: Today is the last day of the TV Foolishness Tournament, and we’re down to two series: Game of Thrones vs. La Brea. Go vote!

I still haven’t written about the Emmys (leave me alone), but the most controversial moment of the night might have been when Jimmy Kimmel, doing a bit, laid on the floor motionless while Quinta Brunson won her writing Emmy for Abbott Elementary, stealing some of the thunder for her historic win.

One person unhappy with Kimmel: Abbott Elementary‘s Emmy-winning Sheryl Lee Ralph, who when asked about it at the TCAs said: 

“I was absolutely confused. I didn’t know what was going on. But I was like, ‘I wish that man would just get up off of the ground.’ And then I realized it was Jimmy Kimmel, and then I was just, ‘Ooh, the disrespect Jimmy.’ But that’s just me, sorry. I am so sorry.” She added sarcastically, “Oh, it was lovely that he was lying on the floor during her wonderful acceptance speech.”

“I told him too — to his face — and he understood,” Ralph concluded.

(I love her.)

Well, Brunson evened the score last night by crashing Kimmel’s monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Kimmel then apologized to Brunson for letting a “dumb comedy bit” go on too long:

“And then people said I stole your moment and maybe I did, and I’m sorry I did do that,” he said. “Also, the last thing I would ever want to do is upset you because I think so much of you. I think you know that. I hope you know that.”

“Jimmy let me just say thank you,” Brunson responded graciously. “It’s very kind of you to say that. Honestly I was in such a moment of having a good time. I won my first Emmy! I was up there like, you know, happy! And I was wrapped up in the moment, just having a good time. I didn’t see any of that ….honestly, I had a good night. It was a good night and a good time.”

Beef officially squashed. Can we have them talk to Will Smith and Chris Rock?

Chris Licht is making some big primetime moves over at CNN. After there was some hand-wringing that he would fire Don Lemon, it turns out he’s just moving him: from primetime to morning (see below). “Chris is redeploying our talent in ways he thinks make sense and will resonate,” a CNN spokesperson told IndieWire on Thursday. “This won’t be the last.” WELL, THAT SOUNDS LIKE A THREAT.

Here are the details for the Queen’s funeral on Monday. Note that all times are six hours ahead of Central Standard Time, or five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. (So, for instance, if you want to watch the funeral live, you’ll need to be up by 5 a.m.)

The Crown has returned to Netflix’s Top Ten for some reason. And here’s some scoop: According to Matt Smith, who played young Philip on The Crown, the Queen used to watch the show — just not with her husband. GEE, WHY NOT?

A bunch of streamer news:

Disney+ is looking to swallow Hulu whole soon.

Paramount+ is going to swallow Showtime’s streamer soon.

It sounds like Warner Bros. Discovery is going to make HBO Max/Discovery+ or whatever more expensive.

Warner Bros. Discovery fired 100 employees the day after winning big at the Emmys.

And Netflix Animation just fired 30 employees.

You know what Brian Cox doesn’t do? Mince words. When asked how long Succession will go on, he managed to just totally and gratuitously shit on Billions, and I’m here for it: “I don’t know,” Cox responded. “No one’s had their contracts renewed. Who knows how long it will go on? We don’t want it to overstay its welcome, like [Showtime’s] Billions; that’s past its sell-by date. That will not happen with our show.”

Cox also is managing to keep the controversy over that Jeremy Strong New Yorker piece alive, by saying this about his “process”: “I don’t hold a lot of the American shit, having to have a religious experience every time you play a part. It’s crap.”

Meghan McCain is out here trying to make people think about her again. She’s pleased that it took a year and two people to replace her on The View (without, perhaps appreciating that the show took that long to make sure they didn’t hire another McCain); and she has nothing nice to say about Sherri Shepherd. All I know is that Sherri Shepherd has her own talk show now and Meghan McCain has nothing better to do than try to remind people that she still exists.

In an attempt to make Former President Orange Jumpsuit look like he’s being persecuted, Sean Hannity just reminded everyone what a crook the man is:

I dunno, making a reality competition series based on Squid Game feels … gross? Kinda gross? Yeah, I think “gross” is the word I’m looking for. I understand why they’re doing it: Netflix ain’t gonna leave money on the table. But it’s gross.

Maya Hawke wants Robin to have a heroic death in the final season of Stranger Things, which I guess is a story because every outlet I follow has posted a story about it.


You’ve been warned, Lifetime and Hallmark Channel. You too, Great American Family.

I do hope Michael Pitt gets the help he needs. He was a talented, but always troubled actor.

Get better soon, Wendy Williams (she said for the 18th time on this blog).


  • Masterchef has been renewed for a 13th season on Fox.


In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendarsjen

  • Abbott Elementary returns on ABC on September 21.
  • Alaska Daily will debut on ABC on October 6.
  • Big Sky: Deadly Trails returns on ABC on September 21.
  • The Rookie: Feds debuts on ABC on September 27.
  • The Amber Ruffin Show returns on Peacock on September 30.
  • The School for Good and Evil premieres on Netflix on October 19.
  • Ramy returns on Hulu on September 30.
  • Avenue 5 returns on HBO on October 10.
  • Shantaram debuts on Apple TV+ on October 16.
  • Chucky returns on USA and Syfy on October 5.
  • Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy returns on CNN on October 9.
  • The Great British Baking Show returns on Netflix tomorrow.
  • Love is Blind returns on Netflix on October 19.
  • Rick and Morty returns on Adult Swim on September 27.
  • A Friend Of The Family will debut on Peacock on October 6.
  • Tulsa King will debut on Paramount+ on November 13.
  • Cherish the Day will return on OWN on October 4.
  • Sex, Lies and the College Cult will premiere on Peacock on September 28.
  • Matriarch will premiere on Hulu on October 21.
  • Grimcutty premieres on Hulu on October 10.
  • The Curse of Bridge Hollow will premiere on Netflix on October 14.
  • When the Screaming Starts will premiere on SCREAMBOX on September 20.
  • The Redeem Team premieres on Netflix on October 7.
  • Love At First Lie premieres on MTV on October 12.
  • The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist premieres on Netflix on September 21.
  • Chasing Gold: Paris 2024 will premiere on NBC on September 18.
  • Wild Croc Territory will premiere on Netflix on October 12.
  • The Owl House returns on Disney Channel on October 15.
  • Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky returns on Peacock Jr. on September 29.
  • The Playlist debuts on Netflix on October 13.
  • Hush Hush will debut on Prime Video on September 22.
  • “Tudum” returns on September 24.


Mark Miller, Actor and screenwriter who appeared in Please Don’t Eat The Daisies and Guestward, Ho!, Days of Our Lives,Bee and General Hospital among others, and the father of actress Penelope Ann Miller

Page Pate, Frequent CNN contributor and attorney

Lowry Mays, Founder of Clear Channel Communication, now known as iHeartMedia

Ken Starr, Whitewater prosecutor, Trump and Jeffrey Epstein lawyer, and former Baylor president who had to resign in scandal after it was revealed the school covered up several rapes and sexual assaults on campus, mostly committed by the football team

Henry Fuhrmann, Former L.A. Times editor

Jesse Powell, Popular R& B singer

Fred Franzia, Creator of “Two-Buck Chuck;” patron saint in this household during Bachelor days


Atlanta: Final season premiere. Here’s what we’ve got: “Woooh chile, Atl is the GHETTO these days. I’m thinking about moving to Miami where it’s safe. Leave all my exes on read.” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 9 p.m., FX

Ghost Adventures: For the season premiere, the Ghost Adventures boys help a family who claim that paranormal activity sent one of them to the hospital. 9 p.m., Travel Channel

Vampire Academy: This new series follows two young women, one a guardian-in-training, the other of royal lineage, as they study at St Vladimir’s Academy, a boarding school. Series premiere. Netflix

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Fred Armisen, Letitia Wright, David Blaine
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Beth Ditto, Rick Smith
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Queen Latifah, Nina Totenberg
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Elisabeth Moss; Diego Luna; Caitlin Peluffo
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Sam Rockwell, Beto O’Rourke, Death Cab for Cutie
  • The Daily Show: George Stephanopoulos
  • Watch What Happens Live: Rosie O’Donnell, Brian Baumgartner
THUR 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Press Your Luck
Generation Gap
Truth & Lies: The Crocodile of Wall Street?
CBS Young Sheldon
Big Brother
CSI: Vegas
CW Bump
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Great Chocolate Showdown
FOX MLB Baseball
NBC Law & Order
Law & Order: SVU
Law & Order: Organized Crime

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