Before we get to the TV stuff, LET US TALK ABOUT THIS ELON MUSK/TWITTER/HUNTER BIDEN/FORMER PRESIDENT FASCIST THING.
Some critical background: Back in 2019, someone who said he was Hunter Biden brought a laptop to a computer repair place in Delaware and never picked it back up. Before the FBI came and seized the computer, the shop owner made a copy of the hard drive and gave (sold) it to Rudy Giuliani.
Then, three weeks before Election Day in 2020, The New York Post published emails from the computer that supposedly showed “corruption” by Joe Biden. Except the mainstream media, perhaps having learned their lesson from the whole “But Her Emails” mess, took a look and were like, “but maybe not?” They refused to take the story seriously or even cover it in a “both sides of the controversy” kind of way which in itself creates the air of scandal. As a result, Hunter’s Laptop became a non-story for most Americans instead of the October Surprise that the Right was counting on.
This infuriated the Right, who ever since have been frothing at the mouth that no one took their bullshit seriously. The Right has since decided that media collusion with the DNC is why Former President Filet o’ Fish didn’t get reelected, instead of four years of non-stop chaos, insanity, and, you know, the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
This is a great thread on what is going on:
The thing to understand about the Hunter Biden laptop story was that it was SUPPOSED to be the Trump campaign’s “October Surprise.”
Mainstream media and social media were supposed to take the bait and focus on the appearance of scandal for the last weeks of the election.
— dave karpf (parody account) (@davekarpf) December 3, 2022
This brings us to Twitter and Elon Musk. Musk turned over a bunch of Twitter’s files to former journalist Matt Taibbi which supposedly revealed a huge First Amendment-violating scandal by the previous Twitter leadership. Taibbi then wrote this long Twitter thread — dramatically called “THE TWITTER FILES” — which revealed that Twitter executives internally debated the value of the laptop story, and were asked by the Biden campaign to remove a handful of tweets that contained pictures of Hunter Biden’s penis, determined to be revenge porn.
That’s it. That’s Elon’s big scandal. Dick pics.
First of all, revenge porn violates Twitter’s TOS.
Second of all, a private company has the right to determine what it will and will not publish. They have absolutely no obligation to publish everything given to them. You can email me your diatribe about how the lizard people are responsible for canceling Los Espookys, but I have no obligation to publish it on FoolishWatcher.com. That’s not how this works, and Twitter is no different.
Third, and most importantly, no government agency was involved in asking for the removal of the tweets. The Biden campaign was a private organization and Joe Biden wasn’t even in elected office at the time. For the gazillionth time: for the First Amendment to be violated, the government has to be the one suppressing free speech. What might actually be a minor scandal is it was also revealed in the Twitter Files that the White House also asked Twitter to remove certain tweets and Twitter obliged. BUT GUESS WHO WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AT THE TIME?
But we’re still not done with this dumb non-story! Because on Saturday, Former President Reichstag Fire, he posted this on whatever the hell his platform is called:
And you know what? YOU KNOW WHAT? I know this is the wrong takeaway. I know this is the wrong thing to say, but I’m actually kinda glad Former President Frog Wart actually came out and said that he wants to do away with the Constitution. For the past six years, half of the country has been screaming at the top of our lungs that this man wanted to set the Constitution on fire while the other half told us we were exaggerating and being hysterical. I’m glad the fucking gaslighting is finally over and WE CAN OPENLY AND HONESTLY TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS MAN ACTUALLY WANTS TO DO TO THIS COUNTRY.
Not that the GOP wants to have that conversation. Republicans spent all weekend giving mealy-mouthed answers about how they absolutely love the Constitution while trying to dodge questions about whether or not they will support for President a man who wants to throw it in the trash. It’s been embarrassing.
And now that the obvious backlash to floating the idea of tearing up the Constitution has happened, Former President Pathological Liar is out here claiming he never suggested that we get rid of it. OK, but we all saw you, princess. We all saw what you said and while the GOP can try to pretend it didn’t happen, the rest of us won’t forget.
Anyway, how’s that purchase of Twitter going for ya, Elon?
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
The Critics Choice Association has announced their TV nominees for the Critics Choice Awards, and Abbott Elementary and Better Call Saul lead the pack, unsurprisingly. Find all the nominees here.
Jenna Ortega had COVID when she filmed THAT scene for Wednesday, which is … not great.
Boy, the royal family must be COMPLETELY FREAKING OUT about the Harry & Meghan documentary coming out on Netflix this Friday, because this analysis of the trailer footage is unhinged.
I saw this story going around about how Mindy Kaling said that The Office could never be made now because it’s too inappropriate, and I’ve commented on this before so I didn’t want to bring it back up. But then I saw this response and I honestly couldn’t say it any better:
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a show that started *the same year as The Office* and features characters who are *deliberately the worst humans to ever be featured on a mainstream TV show* is still producing new episodes. https://t.co/0MjHK3K4b6
— Roger (6’5”) (@iamtherog) December 6, 2022
Elan Gale knows that you are comparing his shows like FBoy Island (R.I.P.) and Back In the Groove to 30 Rock shows, and he loves every second of it, God bless him.
Bob Odenkirk reveals he would have wanted Better Call Saul to continue with a different actor had he not been able to do it after his massive heart attack. Thank goodness this was not an issue.
A reminder that Aubrey Plaza has always been amazing:
no like she’s so real pic.twitter.com/wOlUBJtHZZ
— Dom (@nbbabydom) December 3, 2022
General Hospital‘s Kristina and Jack Wagner have established The Harrison Wagner Scholarship Fund in honor of their son who died of an accidental overdose this past summer.
Ugh. The Danny Masterson rape trial ended in a mistrial and now a second go at it won’t happen until at least March — if the prosecution chooses to try again. Boo. And also, fuck Scientology.
My statement on the mistrial in the Danny Masterson rape case.
David Miscavige, I know you read my tweets.
There is nothing you can do to intimidate me into silence and I will not stop fighting you and the evil, criminal enterprise you control. pic.twitter.com/GU9Jpar3FH
— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) December 1, 2022
An arrest warrant was issued for NFL player Antonio Brown over a domestic battery incident.
In a recent interview, Kate Winslet opens up about being hounded about her weight as a young actress, and while yeah, that sucks, is there anyone out there who thinks that’s changed one bit?
The creator of Blonde doesn’t take criticism well. Also, he doesn’t get it.
- The D’Amelio Show has been renewed for a third season on Hulu.
- Rūrangi has been renewed for a second season on Hulu.
- FBoy Island has been canceled at HBO Max after two seasons and I AM FURIOUS. Someone pick up this trash gem, I am begging you.
anyone who can watch Season 2 of FBoy Island and decide not to renew it has no business working in the TV business https://t.co/WSuwE7WNx0
— Kelly (@MissKellyBeee) December 6, 2022
rest in power to FBOY ISLAND, a show that embraced its own brainlessness with open arms: https://t.co/gdHmTWD8Gy
— Alison Herman (@aherman2006) December 6, 2022
- American Primeval, a Western limited series starring Taylor Kitsch from Peter Berg, has been ordered at Netflix.
- Harbor Blue and Samaritan, both cop dramas from Donnie Wahlberg’s production company, have been bought by CBS.
- Skinamarink, the movie that has Horror TikTok FREAKING OUT, is coming to Shudder next year.
- Chelsea Handler, Kal Penn, Al Franken, Sarah Silverman, and Leslie Jones will be among the guest hosts of The Daily Show following Trevor Noah’s departure. A new host won’t start until next fall, apparently.
- Hugh Grant has joined the cast of The Palace on HBO.
- Sandrine Holt and Margarita Levieva have joined the cast of Daredevil at Disney+.
- Harris Dickinson, Elliot Heffernan, and Erin Kellyman will star in Blitz on Apple TV+.
- Francesca Reale will star in The Venery Of Samantha Bird on Starz.
- Alona Tal, Johnny Ray Gill, and Eloise Mumford have joined Cross on Prime Video.
- Amit Rahav, Eva Feiler, and Hadas Yaron have joined We Were the Lucky Ones on Hulu.
Mark Your Calendars
- I Hate Suzie Too returns on HBO Max on December 22.
- The Battle for Justina Pelletier premieres on Peacock on December 13.
- If These Walls Could Talk, a 1996 HBO film, is being re-released on HBO on December 9.
- The Test debuts on Prime Video on January 13.
- Woooooo! Becoming Ric Flair will debut on Peacock on December 26.
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) December 5, 2022
- Married at First Sight returns on Lifetime on January 4.
- The Bay returns on Popstar! TV on December 19.
- Puppy Place returns on Apple TV+ on December 9.
- The Miss Universe pageant will stream on Roku on January 4.
Kirstie Alley, Emmy-award-winning actress best known for Cheers, Veronica’s Closet, and the Look Who’s Talking franchises. Alley was also one of the highest-level celebrity Scientologists who went full MAGA in her later years.
“I was on a plane today and did something I rarely do. I watched an old episode of Cheers,” Danson who played Sam Malone, said in a statement to Deadline. “It was the episode where Tom Berenger proposes to Kirstie, who keeps saying no, even though she desperately wants to say yes. Kirstie was truly brilliant in it. Her ability to play a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown was both moving and hysterically funny. She made me laugh 30 years ago when she shot that scene, and she made me laugh today just as hard. As I got off the plane, I heard that Kirstie had died. I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh. I send my love to her children. As they well know, their mother had a heart of gold. I will miss her.”
“She was funny and she was gorgeous. You don’t find those two things together too often,” [James] Burrows told Variety of Alley.
“Kirstie was a unique and wonderful person and friend. Her joy of being was boundless. We became friends almost instantly when she joined the cast of ‘Cheers.’ She loved kids and my kids loved her too. We had sleepovers at her house, with treasure hunts that she created. She had massive Halloween and Easter parties, and invited the entire crew of the show, and their families. She wanted everyone to feel included. She loved her children deeply. I’ve never met anyone remotely like her. I feel so thankful to have known her. I’m going to miss her very, very much.” – Rhea Pearlman
“I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her.” – Kelsey Grammer
I just head the news about #KirstieAlley. I’ve not spoke w/ her forever, but have her to thank for launching my career. She told me I was funny every single day on Veronica’s Closet, and I believed her. She threw the best parties and gave the parakeets as our wrap gift. Godspeed.
— Ever Carradine (@EverCarradine) December 6, 2022
Kirstie was beautiful in so many ways. I loved working with her. There was no one like her on earth. My condolences to her family. @kirstiealley
— Clancy Brown (@RealClancyBrown) December 6, 2022
Whether you agreed with her or not, Kirstie Alley was an undeniable talent who brought joy to many – through the screen and with her warm, hilarious spirit.
RIP, luv. You were one of a kind. https://t.co/czHvkjVpMw
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) December 6, 2022
I'm sorry to hear Kirstie Alley has died. She was a Trump supporter and she blocked me, so we were not on the same page politically but that woman was immensely talented, hysterically funny and I'm grateful for her unforgettable contribution to entertainment. RIP.
— Kimberley Johnson 🇺🇦 (@AuthorKimberley) December 6, 2022
Kirstie Alley is a wonderful actor who was always kind to me; even when she went full-Trump she never unfollowed me here & she always stayed friendly.
She should've gotten an Oscar nomination for 1 hilarious scene as an enraged therapist in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry." pic.twitter.com/2XH2XDqfgd
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) December 6, 2022
RIP Kirstie Alley. “Everybody Knows Your Name” #BePeace
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) December 6, 2022
Yakira Chambers, NCIS: Hawai’i story editor, writer, and actress
Nick Bollettieri, Hall of Fame tennis coach who taught the Williams sisters, Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova, among others
Unveiled: Surviving La Luz Del Mundo: Houstonians: Have you ever noticed the La Luz Del Mundo temple on 50 North just past the Loop, and wondered what that was all about? Turns out it was a Mexican Christian sect that turned cult, whose leader was brought down by the young women he sexually abused. The whole story is explored in this documentary. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
The Resident: Nic’s father comes to the hospital in the fall finale. 7 p.m., Fox
The Winchesters: Mary and John find trails that lead to their fathers. Fall finale. 7 p.m., The CW
Monarch: An arrest is made in the murder. Fall finale. 8 p.m., Fox
People’s Choice Awards: They’re still doing these! Huh! 8 p.m., NBC
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Emma Thompson, Guillermo del Toro, Ashley McBryde, John Osborne
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Chris Hayes, Charlotte Nicdao
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: “The Late Show Presents: Red, White, & Greenland! Stephen Cold-Bear Is Lost In Space Force”
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Noah Centineo, Max Thieriot, Syncopated Ladies
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Janelle Monáe, Sadie Sink, Rita Wilson, Smokey Robinson
- The Daily Show: Michael Strahan, Sheryl Lee Ralph
- Watch What Happens Live: Casey Wilson, Danielle Schneider
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