Man vs. Chicken:
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
Wednesday has proven to be a big hit for Netflix: more than 50 million households streamed at least the premiere episode, making it the largest English language debut.
This is a little business inside-baseball story, but reportedly, Warner Bros. Discovery is close to striking a deal with Amazon to distribute animated DC content. What I find interesting about this is that this is the complete opposite approach towards creating a “universe” than what Disney/Marvel is taking. Disney is keeping a death grip on the Marvel content, distributing only through its own channels, including Disney+ and ABC, and pulling back other Marvel properties from other sources, like all the Netflix content. So it’s curious that Warner Bros. Discovery, which just announced that they are creating a “DCU” is going to sell some of that content to other distributors. I guess it doesn’t have any impact on the storytelling itself; I just find it a little strange.
Speaking of, The Verge has a good explanation of why all the streamers are jacking up their prices. It seems that streamers are in a difficult spot: either keep your content exclusive and pay other companies for extra content, like Netflix does; or sell your content to other sources, thereby diminishing the value of your own service, ala the HBO Max/Hulu model. Everyone loses!
And while we’re at it: CNN is beginning layoffs. They are also underway at CBS, CBS Studios, and Paramount Studios.
Here’s President Biden in Michigan returning to the podium after an event had ended to tell the crowd that the US Men’s Soccer Team beat Iran in yesterday’s huge (heartstopping) game. U!S!A! U!S!A!
WATCH: President Joe Biden had just concluded his remarks at a Michigan computer chip plant when he returned to the stage to share the news that the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team advanced to the round of 16 in the World Cup. https://t.co/mFDwqw5wVj pic.twitter.com/cgRLsfd60U
— NBC4 Washington (@nbcwashington) November 29, 2022
Something I hadn’t considered: the fate of Team Iran. After refusing to sing their national anthem at their first match in support of the protestors, and then their loss to the United States, the players themselves could face beatings and arrest when they return home. They are brave and played well. Keep them in your thoughts.
The Respect for Marriage Act passed the Senate yesterday with 12 Republican votes. It will head to President Biden to be signed soon. And the bill is good but imperfect. It states that states have to recognize married gay and interracial couples as being married, even if their state outlaws gay or interracial marriage. And that’s the sticking point: we aren’t doing enough to fix the disaster that would happen if the Supreme Court were to reverse their 2015 decision making gay marriage the law of the land — which they are threatening to do. If that happens, states like my own would be allowed to return to outlawing gay and even interracial marriage again — a decision that would cause chaos and disruption for millions of American families.
COVID is the reason Val Kilmer didn’t reprise his role in Willow, but it’s still possible his character could appear in a second season in the event Disney renews it.
The Kim Kardashian/Kanye West divorce is settled. Yay. Maybe now she can start dating again without him losing his damn mind, but probably not.
An old TV Funhouse clip called “Conspiracy Theory Rock,” which exposed the fact that a small number of corporations control the entire media environment was pulled from Saturday Night Live reruns after only airing the one time. The bit has been circulating on social media recently, along with the story of it being censored, so creator Robert Smigel addressed it on his Instagram, telling the whole story, including how Adam McKay leaked the story of it being banned:
The “Send them to a White Lotus” meme is one of my new favorites. There are countless variations on this, but these are the casts that I would legitimately watch:
send them to the white lotus pic.twitter.com/BXgSPwvP7l
— NOSTALGIA (@notgwendalupe) November 29, 2022
send them to the white lotus pic.twitter.com/1j7qaBMfZK
— ma¡le (@milfadyen) November 29, 2022
— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) November 30, 2022
send them to a white lotus pic.twitter.com/0BPjWDkpdT
— alex (@alex_abads) November 28, 2022
send them to white lotus pic.twitter.com/mLNHTsYR6R
— a (@evilhagbaby) November 28, 2022
hbo, send them to white lotus next pic.twitter.com/L4QORQvjA3
— Matt Suber (@matthewsuber) November 28, 2022
send them to the white lotus pic.twitter.com/AHZLXfBTdi
— Juan Naranjo 📚 (@Juan_Naranjo_) November 30, 2022
Send them to a White Lotus pic.twitter.com/uiZ1fUhZwW
— Curtis Kimberlin Jr 🦃🍂 (@ckimberlinjr) November 29, 2022
— Steven T (@steventphoto) November 30, 2022
Send them to a white lotus pic.twitter.com/yPr4i9pdFL
— Philadelphia Collins (@dropkick_murray) November 28, 2022
Send them to a white lotus pic.twitter.com/hcKWD10wyg
— Nori Reed (@realnorireed) November 28, 2022
That last one, The OC, might be the tweet that started the trend and you know what? At least Ben McKenzie is down:
Let’s do this https://t.co/QfJXuqEoUs
— Ben McKenzie (@ben_mckenzie) November 28, 2022
Other characters I would send to a White Lotus: The Sopranos; Tom and Donna from Parks and Rec; The Lannisters and the Martells from Game of Thrones; the entire cast of Veep staying at the White Lotus for a G7 summit; the cast of 30 Rock filming a special at the hotel as part of some GE synergy project; I’d film a season of Bachelor in Paradise there; The Golden Girls; Darius and Paper Boi of Atlanta; and, of course, the Muppets. All of the Muppets.
- Tulsa King has been renewed at Paramount+ for season two.
- Gangs of London has been renewed for season three on Sky and presumably AMC+.
- Dating competition The Big D has been picked up by USA Network after being canceled at TBS.
- The Who’s the Boss sequel series is close to being greenlit at Freevee according to Alyssa Milano.
- A scripted mini-series about Gladys Knight’s life is in the works.
- An eight-part documentary series on Black quarterbacks in America is in development at FuboTV.
- Mae Martin will have her own stand-up special on Netflix, directed by Abbi Jacobson.
- The Corto Maltese graphic novel series is being adapted into a TV series by Frank Miller by Canal+ and Studiocanal.
- McG has signed a broadcast development deal with Fox Entertainment.
- David Corenswet will star in the pilot The Answers on FX.
- Thomas Brodie-Sangster, David Thewlis, and Maia Mitchell have joined the cast of The Artful Dodger on Disney+.
- Sarika Cullis-Suzuki and Anthony Morgan are the new hosts of The Nature of Things on CBC.
Mark Your Calendars
7/8 p.m.: All American (January 23)
8/9 p.m.: All American: Homecoming (January 23)
7/8 p.m.: The Winchesters (encore episode)
8/9 p.m.: The Winchesters (January 24)
8/9 p.m.: Kung Fu (February 8)
7/8 p.m.: Walker (January 12)
8/9 p.m.: Walker: Independence (January 12)
7/8 p.m.: Penn & Teller: Fool Us (January 20)
8/9 p.m.: Whose Line Is It? (January 20)
7/8 p.m.: Criss Angel’s Magic With the Stars (January 14)/ Masters of Illusion (February 11)
8/9 p.m.: World’s Funniest Animals (January 14)/ Whose Line Is It? (February 11)
6/7 p.m.: America’s Funniest Home Videos (February 19)
7/8 p.m.: American Idol (February 19)
9/10 p.m.: THE COMPANY YOU KEEP (February 19)
- Shrinking will debut on January 27 on Apple TV+.
- Emily in Paris will return on Netflix on December 21.
- The Best Man returns on Peacock on December 22.
- South Side returns on HBO Max on December 8.
- Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again debuts on Disney+ on December 9.
- Sampled will debut on Paramount+ on December 13.
- The Rig will premiere on Prime Video on January 6.
- The Snow Girl premieres on Netflix on January 27.
- Bosé debuts on Paramount+ on December 1.
- Christina in the Country will premiere on HGTV on January 12.
- King Star King!/!/!/ will premiere on Adult Swim on February 13 and on HBO Max on February 14. Ballmastrz: Rubicon will premire on February 20 and on HBO Max on February 21.
- Terror Train 2 will debut on Tubi on December 31.
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Willow: Warwick Davis stars in this series sequel to the 1988 Lucasfilm movie. Premiere. Disney+
90th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center: It’s time to light the giant tree. 7 p.m.,m NBC
The Masked Singer: The finalists compete in the two-hour season finale. 7 p.m., Fox
Kung Fu: Nicky stumbles on a dangerous secret. Fall finale. 8 p.m., The CW
Love Without Borders: Five singles are flown to a mysterious location around the world to find a potential love match in this new reality dating series. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Bravo
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Dolly Parton, Claire Foy, DOMi & JD Beck, Mac DeMarco
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Janet Yellen, Rob Delaney
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Beth Behrs, Avril Lavigne & Yungblud
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: David Harbour, Lisa Ann Walter, Thee Sacred Souls
- The Daily Show: Ondi Timoner, Gabrielle Union
- Watch What Happens Live: Mauricio Umansky, Heather Gay
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