One of the most poignant moments in this week’s ‘House of Dragon’ was completely improvised.

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Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News

After all the streaming and DVR numbers were counted, Ghosts was the most-watched network comedy debut, surpassing Young Sheldon. Young Sheldon had the early lead, but then Ghosts beat it, suggesting that Young Sheldon has more live viewers (read: olds).

Mark your calendars for May 6th: that’s when King Charles will be coronated. Or don’t mark your calendars, you won’t be able to avoid it as every network will definitely be covering it.

Speaking of Nathan Fielder, according to a New York Times piece on Elon Musk, Musk is desperate to be Fielder’s friend and make him laugh, and all I can hope is that Fielder is milking every second of it for a bit.

A couple of House of the Dragons things:

1. According to Paddy Considine, the actor who plays King Viserys, Geroge R.R. Martin sent him a text that simply read: “Your Viserys is better than my Viserys.” And you know what? He’s right.

2. That scene in this week’s episode when Viserys is struggling to the throne and drops the crown, and Daemon helps him and replaces it on his head? That wasn’t scripted. While filming, the crown accidentally fell off and Matt Smith and Considine just went with it. And it was so good, that the show had a speech for Daemon at the dinner later in the episode, but they cut it because that moment in the throne room conveyed what he said so much better.

3. None of these actors watched Game of Thrones. I don’t know how it’s fucking possible, but they all claim to have not watched it until they were hired.

4.

Kathie Lee Gifford will not be reading Kelly Ripa’s book, THANKYOUVERYMUCH. I’m pretty sure Ripa doesn’t give a shit.

DAYS OF OUR LIVES DID WHAT?

Gillian Anderson seems to have a good sense of humor:

It sounds like the Young Pope might be getting a third season? Maybe? Possibly. I’m not putting this into “Renewals” until it’s confirmed, but keep it in mind.

A CNN reporter and photojournalist have been kicked out of Thailand after covering the horrific daycare mass shooting. They showed some things that they should not have shown, is the bottom line.

Jim Sciutto has been ordered to take personal leave at CNN after a strange incident involving Amsterdam and a fall?

So, apparently there’s a whole cheating scandal over in the world of the Miss USA pageant: a number of contestants are convinced that the fix was in for the winner, Miss Texas, and a bunch of the women walked off stage when she was crowned.

As a Texan myself, I will only say, MAYBE MISS TEXAS WAS JUST BETTER THAN ALL Y’ALL. EVER THINK OF THAT?

Days of Our Lives actor James Lastovic and his roommate have gone missing in Hawaii. I hope they are both found quickly.

#MeToo

It’s a big couple of weeks for a bunch of sex pests:

Kevin Spacey’s trial in New York based on sex abuse allegations brought by actor Anthony Rapp began last week. Rapp took the stand to testify against Spacey.

Paul Haggis goes to trial in New York next week. A publicist claims he raped her in 2013. Haggis claims that Scientology is behind the accusations, trying to discredit them after he left the cult organization.

Speaking of Scientology, member Danny Masterson goes on trial for raping three women this week. All three women were former Scientology members, and the cult organization attempted to silence them by claiming that their cases should go through a cult-church-run arbitration process instead of criminal court even though the women were no longer members of the cult church. The federal court system called bullshit on that, and now Masterson faces up to 45 years in prison.

And then there is the granddaddy of the #MeToo movement: Harvey Weinstein himself. He goes to trial this week in Los Angeles for “four counts of rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, one count of sexual penetration by use of force, plus one count of sexual battery by restraint and sexual battery in incidents involving five women in L.A. County over a nine-year period.” He faces 140 years in prison. One of the women testifying against him, formerly a Jane Doe in court documents, is Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom.

The Brad Pitt allegations are just getting worse. In a new countersuit in an ongoing legal battle over a winery Pitt and Angelina Jolie used to own, Jolie claims that Pitt was violent towards her and their children in the days leading up to her filing for divorce. According to this countersuit:

Per the legal filing, as reported by The New York Times, Pitt allegedly “choked one of the children and struck another in the face” and “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her” after Pitt accused Jolie of being “too deferential” to their children. The alleged incident took place in the bathroom of the private plane and subsequently in the cabin.

“Pitt grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her, and then grabbed her shoulders and shook her again before pushing her into the bathroom wall,” the filing stated. “Pitt then punched the ceiling of the plane numerous times, prompting Jolie to leave the bathroom.”

Later, Pitt is accused of pouring “beer on Jolie; at another, he poured beer and red wine on the children” after they came to Jolie’s defense.

Gross. Pitt has denied all of the allegations.

Eric Weinberg, former Scrubs executive producer, has been charged with 18 counts, including rape, sexual battery, and false imprisonment by violence. This monster would ALLEGEDLY lure young actresses to his home with his Hollywood credentials, and then violently attack them.

Chris Albrecht, the president of Lionsgate Television, has been placed on leave ahead of the publication of a book on the history of HBO. In the book, it’s accused that back in the 90s, when Albrecht was an executive at HBO, he choked a fellow HBO employee when she ended their extra-marital affair. The other employee, Sasha Emerson, was forced to go into mediation with HBO and leave the network after taking a settlement.

NHL player Ian Cole has been suspended by the Tampa Bay Lightning after a woman alleged that he groomed and sexually assaulted her when she was a minor.

Kanye West, who has really been on a roll lately, has been accused of forcing Adidas executives to watch porn during a meeting.

Alexander O’Connor, who is the singer known as Rex Orange County, has been charged with six counts of sexual assault.

H’oh boy. We know what Bill Murray did to get himself in trouble on the Aziz Ansari set, and it’s not great: “… numerous sources said Murray allegedly straddled and, through a mask, kissed a ‘much younger’ female on the production who was ‘horrified.’ That staffer ‘interpreted his actions as entirely sexual.'” GUYS. THIS STUFF IS REALLY NOT TOLERATED ANYMORE.

Then, to make matters worse for Murray, Geena Davis is on a book tour for her new memoir, and in it, she describes having a “bad” experience with Murray on the set of Quick Change:

The Times (UK) summarized the following encounter between Davis and Murray: “She’s introduced to [Murray], she writes, in a hotel suite, where Murray greets her with something called The Thumper, a massage device he insists on using on her, despite her emphatically refusing; later, while they’re filming on location, Murray tracks Davis down in her trailer and begins screaming at her for being late (she’s waiting for her wardrobe), continues to scream at her as she hurries onto the set and even as she gets there, in front of hundreds of cast, crew, curious passers-by.”

“That was bad,” Davis replied. “The way he behaved at the first meeting… I should have walked out of that or profoundly defended myself, in which case I wouldn’t have got the part. I could have avoided that treatment if I’d known how to react or what to do during the audition. But, you know, I was so non-confrontational that I just didn’t.”

Two female comedians have had really shitty weekends. You might have seen the clip of Ariel Elias being heckled and dodging a beer thrown at her by an asshole MAGA couple. The video has gone viral because of Elias’ bad-bitch response:

Her quick response landed her a future spot on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Which, yay! Happy ending.

A story that has a much less happy ending is about fellow comedian Kim Congdon who was sexually assaulted after leaving the stage at a performance in New York on Friday.

So, obviously, a bunch of dudes showed up in her replies and accused her of lying or claiming that her assault, “isn’t even that bad”.

I’m going to burn everything down.

Vote Democrat:

Renewals

Cancellations

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Mythic Quest will debut on Apple TV+ on November 11.
  • Enola Holmes 2 will premiere on Netflix on November 4.
  • The Fastest Woman on Earth will debut on HBO Max on October 20.
  • The Takeover will premiere on Netflix on November 1.
  • The Owl House premieres on the Disney Channel on October 15.

R.I.P.

Eileen Ryan, Prolific actress who appeared on The Twilight Zone, Bonanza, The Detectives, Ben Casey, Marcus Welby, M.D., Little House on the Prairie, Arli$$, Ally McBeal, NYPD Blue, ER, CSI, Men of a Certain Age and Grey’s Anatomy among many others, and the mother of Sean, Christopher and Michael Penn

Austin Stoker, Actor from Assault on Precinct 13 and Roots

Art Laboe, Los Angeles radio legend

WATCH THIS

The Winchesters: The love story of John and Mary begins. If you know, you know. Series premiere. 7 p.m., The CW

Professionals: Brendan Frasier stars in this action-comedy as a billionaire who hires security expert Tom Welling to investigate the possible sabotage of one of his projects. Hilarity ensues. Series premiere 8 p.m., The CW

Hereditary: Alright, so we’re knee-deep in spooky season, and I’m going to recommend a bunch of horror movies this week. That said, if you’re looking to be deeply frightened and disturbed and have nightmares for the rest of the week, this movie will do the trick. Still one of the most frightening films I’ve ever seen. 8:50 p.m., Showtime Showcase West

Late Night:

  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Puth, Kate del Castillo
  • Late Night with Seth Meyers: Brendan Gleeson, Colin Farrell, Kaitlyn Dever
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Lithgow, Wendell Pierce
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden: Nick Kroll, Florence Welch, Florence + the Machine
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lucas Bravo, Midland featuring Jon Pardi
  • Watch What Happens Live: Melissa Etheridge, Rachel Maddow

TUES. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Bachelor in Paradise
(new)
The Rookie: Feds
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CBS FBI
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FBI: International
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FBI: Most Wanted
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CW The Winchesters
(new)
Professionals
(new)
Local
FOX The Resident
(new)
Monarch
(new)
News/Local
NBC The Voice
(new)
La Brea
(new)
New Amsterdam
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3 thoughts on “One of the most poignant moments in this week’s ‘House of Dragon’ was completely improvised.

  1. A few thoughts on today’s post:

    Ghosts is an almost perfect comedy. It’s sweet and funny and I’m glad people are watching it.

    I knew the DOOL 3 way was going to blow people’s minds lol

    I could read about these very specific cheating scandals (Chess, Fishing, Miss America apparently) forever.

    1. ‘Ghosts’ is a goddamned delight. I’m so glad audiences have responded to it. CBS has struggled with single-camera comedies, and I fully anticipated that this would fail, too. I’m glad I was wrong.

      -T

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