A thing I learned about owls once: they are actually very dumb. Possibly the dumbest of our bird friends.
Whoa, check out Dave's stick pic.twitter.com/6SFqknwvUA— B&S (@____B_S____) October 11, 2022
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
The New York Times explores the future of late-night television, and … it’s bleak. NBC is reportedly considering moving Late Night with Seth Meyers to Peacock or MSNBC, for instance. Part of the equation is that the viewership has declined between the advent of streaming and the aging of the typical late-night viewer. As a Gen Xer who grew up on David Letterman, who is raising a pair of Gen Zers, I can report from the front lines that the kids aren’t watching these shows. And I myself only watch the opening monologues or Meyers’ “Closer Look” segments, because I don’t give a shit about celebrity interviews, which is the bulk of any late-night show. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, but it sounds like the second hours and the smaller cable shows are in serious trouble.
George R.R. Martin has taken a break from FINISHING THE BOOKS, GEORGE, to blog about House of the Dragons. He notes that some fans are disappointed that certain storylines have been cut short: notably Daemon and Laena’s time together, as well as the Rhaenrya/Harwin relationship. But he explains that some things just have to be cut: shows only get 10 episode seasons now, and there wasn’t time. Additionally, he points out, if they had 13 episodes, “that would have risked having some viewers complain that the show was too ‘slow,’ that ‘nothing happened.'” For real though. I can hear the whining that never happened. Martin says he believes the Dance of the Dragons story can be told in four 10-episode seasons. Let’s hope the showrunners follow this lead and don’t get bored halfway through season two and decide to give us one last 6-episode third season. I’M TALKING TO YOU, BENIOFF AND WEISS.
The Winchesters was The CW’s most-watched debut this season, which is hardly a surprise.
How does La Brea season two differ from season one? IT DOESN’T. NEXT QUESTION.
Fox News has been on quite the roll this week.
First, that Tucker Carlson interview with Kanye West? Yeah, it turns out they cut a bunch of stuff that didn’t put West in the best light, including a number of antisemitic comments, weird comments about “fake children” being planted in his home, and building cities with free “kinetic energy” from God.
Then, over on Hannity, they published a private voicemail that Biden left for his son Hunter, expressing love and concern for him regarding his addiction issues. I saw tweets showing the screenshot of the message like this one:
what a monster pic.twitter.com/Nmj2HZl3BO— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 11, 2022
But then I found some tweets with the actual audio, and y’all, this literally brought me to tears:
The actual audio of this—as someone who has struggled with drugs and mental health issues and received calls like this from my family—just sort of almost made me cry pic.twitter.com/YWkvguViGh— Ben Dreyfuss (@bendreyfuss) October 11, 2022
First of all, Hunter Biden’s issues with substance abuse have been well-known for years now, so this isn’t news. But second of all, what is the story here? That Biden loves his son? That he wanted him to get help? I don’t get it. If you told me that the Biden camp were the ones who leaked this to Hannity, I would believe you, but I still don’t understand why Hannity thought this made Biden look bad.
In response, Biden went on Jake Tapper’s show on CNN and said: “First of all, I’m proud of my son. This is a kid who got – not a kid, he’s a grown man – he got hooked on, like many families have had happen, hooked on drugs. He’s overcome that. He’s established a new life,” President Biden began. “I’m confident that what he says and does are consistent with what happens. For example, he wrote a book about it, his problems [“Beautiful Things: A Memoir”]. And he was straightforward about it. I’m proud of him.”
People are starting to cancel streaming services in response to inflation. Also, having so many streaming services is unsustainable. We are at the peak of offerings between cable and streaming and something is going to have to give.
Warner Bros. Discovery just fired a bunch more people. And they are planning on firing even more soon. They have also shut down the Warner Bros Television Workshop which has been running for over 40 years now. The program has been a valuable resource for up-and-coming directors and writers, particularly for diverse talent. In response to these cuts and the direction Warner Bros. Discovery seems to be going in general, Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro has criticized the studio for being outright hostile to new talent and creators of color. (He’s not wrong.)
Good news: Days of Our Lives actor James Lastovic and his roommate have been found safe in Hawaii after having gone missing on a hike.
- The Voice has been renewed for season 23 on NBC.
- Bunk’d has been renewed for a seventh season on Disney Channel.
- @Home With Tori has been renewed for a second season on MyTime Movie Network.
- The Hardy Boys will end after season three on Hulu.
- The Wicker Man is being turned into a TV series.
- A documentary about all the controversies on Glee is being made at Discovery+.
- St. Donatus, a supernatural mystery series, is being made at Peacock.
- The Lazarus Project, a British drama, is coming to TNT, making it the first scripted series at the network since the Warner Bros. Discovery merger.
- Payback’s a Witch is being adapted into a TV series.
- If You Could See the Sun is being adapted into a TV series.
- Blake Shelton says season 23 will be his last as a judge on The Voice.
- Anya Taylor-Joy and Miles Teller will star in The Gorge on Apple TV+.
- Rod Hallett, Gloria Obianyo, Chris Fulton, Kristin Atherton, and Diarmaid Murtagh are joining the cast of Outlander; Graham McTavish, Nell Hudson, Layla Burns, Steven Cree, Andrew Whipp, and Lotte Verbeek will all return.
- Linda Hunt will return to NCIS: Los Angeles this season.
- Maria Mashkova and Dimiter Marinov are joining For All Mankind on Apple TV+.
- Mark Margolis and Mark O’Brien have joined the cast of Your Honor on Showtime.
- Zack Morris and Isa Briones are joining Goosebumps on Disney+.
- Spencer Neville has joined The Sex Lives of College Girls on HBO Max.
- Orli Gottesman has been added to the cast of Yellowstone on Paramount+.
- Maya James is the new host of Love Island U.K.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Mosquito Coast returns on Apple TV+ on November 4.
- The School for Good and Evil will premiere on Netflix on October 19.
- Spirited will debut on Apple TV+ on November 18.
- The Capture returns on Peacock on November 3.
- Drink Masters will premiere on Netflix on October 28.
- Riches will premiere on Prime Video on December 2.
- Vatican Girl will debut on Netflix on October 20.
- CMT Artists of the Year will air on CMT on October 14.
- The BMF Documentary: Blowing Money Fast will debut on Starz on October 23.
- Entertainment Tonight Presents Queen Elizabeth II: The Woman Behind the Crown will air on The CW on October 15.
- Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage? will premiere on Disney+ on December 9.
- Mary McCartney Serves It Up will return on Discovery+ on November 1.
- Little People, Big World returns on TLC on November 1.
- Behind the Beats premieres on YouTube on November 18.
Angela Lansbury, Legendary film, stage, and TV actress; nominated for three Oscars, eighteen Emmys, and winner of seven Tonys. She’s best known among my generation for her work on Murder She Wrote and Beauty and the Beast, but my favorite role of hers is in the original Manchurian Candidate. Be sure to check it out.
Angela Lansbury nailed everything she did, but her brilliant performance as Laurence Harvey’s mother in “The Manchurian Candidate” will always be my favorite. Masterful and terrifying. pic.twitter.com/h2ycenb9D3— George Hahn (@georgehahn) October 11, 2022
I'll never forget sitting next to Angela Lansbury at an opening night. Even though I had to pee I refused to leave my seat during intermission. I spent the 15 minutes chatting with her instead. She was incredibly lovely and I'm so glad I had that brief time with her. RIP Angela.— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his) (@jessetyler) October 11, 2022
Angela Lansbury – She, my darlings, was EVERYTHING! pic.twitter.com/MLKlRNjxhA— Harvey Fierstein (@HarveyFierstein) October 11, 2022
It is rare that one person can touch multiple generations, creating a breadth of work that defines decade after decade. #AngelaLansbury was that artist. From “Mame” to “Bedknobs” to “Murder She Wrote” to “B&TB” to “Mary Poppins Returns” she touched 4 generations. RIP Legend🙏 pic.twitter.com/CTFlrL5GPU— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 11, 2022
So privileged I got to spend time with this incredible woman. No one like her. 💔 Rest In Peace, Ms Angela. @_AngelaLansbury @KerryButlerNyc @BrillCorey #GoreVidalsTheBestMan pic.twitter.com/dewX3lU0LL— Eric McCormack (@EricMcCormack) October 11, 2022
Angela Lansbury, for all of us who— Raphael Sbarge (@RaphaelSbarge) October 11, 2022
had the extreme joy of working with her, loved actors. She cared deeply that we were taken care of, and made us feel like we were a part of her family. She was absolutely authentic, always kind, and something about her always touched my heart. pic.twitter.com/oCXLnaWAID
The great Angela Lansbury – one of the most versatile, talented, graceful, kind, witty, wise, classy ladies I’ve ever met has left us. Her huge contribution to the arts and the world remains always. #ripAngelaLansbury— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) October 11, 2022
Brilliance, She Wrote. A lifetime of memorable performances. We've lost a shining light of stage and screen. RIP Angela Lansbury. You are already missed.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) October 11, 2022
Nobody did Mame quite like her. Rest in peace, Angela Lansbury. Thank you for your art & wisdom 💔 pic.twitter.com/6NajtxKMa3— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) October 11, 2022
Rest In Peace, Angela Lansbury… pic.twitter.com/HQruGJ2nVC— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) October 11, 2022
I loved Murder, She Wrote in which a middle aged woman without a husband or children lived a really full, exciting life and kept being invited to things even though people dropped dead at every house party she attended. RIP wonderful Angela Lansbury.— Faiza S Khan (@BhopalHouse) October 11, 2022
During the worst years of the AIDS crisis, Angela Lansbury was a staple at AIDS benefits, helping raise millions of dollars to fund AIDS research & patient care. "This illness is robbing us of our friends and our futures. This disease knows no discrimination." https://t.co/6jUwswZ2eT pic.twitter.com/rMMaoIEG35— Eric Gonzaba (@EGonzaba) October 11, 2022
My favorite fact about Angela Lansbury is that during her MURDER SHE WROTE era she made it a practice to hire guest actors of the golden age that had aged out of the game because it allowed them to earn the union points they needed for insurance, pensions, etc.— Tess Sharpe (@sharpegirl) October 11, 2022
West End theatres will dim their lights for 2 minutes tonight at 7pm in memory of Angela Lansbury pic.twitter.com/wEPajLmQpp— Matt Hemley (@MattHemley) October 12, 2022
Willie Spence, Former American Idol contestant
Michael Callan, Broadway, film and TV actress
Toshi Ichiyanagi, Avant-garde composer and first husband of Yoko Ono
I Love You, You Hate Me: This documentary explores the children’s series Barney, and the virulent backlash the show inspired. What started off as a snarky joke ultimately became violent. Premiere. Peacock
Easy-Bake Battle: As far as I can tell, this new baking competition is merely inspired by Easy-Bake Ovens; competitors do not actually have to cook in Easy-Bake Ovens. But that would be a show I’d be much more likely to actually watch. Series premiere. Netflix
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills: Reunion: HOO BOY it’s been a season. And from what I hear, this reunion … does not go well. Part 1 begins tonight. 7 p.m., Bravo
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Dwayne Johnson, Camila Cabello, Lil Baby
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Pierce Brosnan, Sharon Horgan, Craig Finn
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: George Stephanopoulos, Marcia Gay Harden
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Eddie Redmayne, Grace Van Patten, Gabriels
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jessica Chastain, Maren Morris
- The Daily Show: Jon Gray, Pierre Serrao, Lester Walker
- Watch What Happens Live: Kyle Richards, Chloe Grace Moretz
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