The Emmys just changed their rules, and it’s bad news for one guy in particular.

I need a duck. Preferably a derpy one. 

Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News

The Primetime Emmys have just announced a few changes that will have a big impact:

1. They have replaced the Variety Talk and Variety Sketch Series with Talk Series and Scripted Variety Sketch Series. Based on these rules, a “Talk” series is a show in which a significant portion is dedicated to a host or hosts having unscripted conversations with guests or personalities.

In other words: the Primetime Emmys were tired of John Oliver and Last Week Tonight dominating Variety Talk and have moved his ass over to Scripted Variety Sketch Series where he will be up against the winningest show in Emmy history: Saturday Night Live. Good luck to all involved.

2. Academy members will no longer have unlimited nominations. Since 2017, members have been allowed to nominate as many entries in a category that they thought were worthy. However, this gave an advantage to buzzy shows, like White Lotus and Succession, who would go on to dominate categories. With this reversion back to a limited number of nominees, the hope is to give other shows a chance.

I am going to get around to this weekend’s SNL soon, I promise. But in the meantime, check out Cecily Strong’s message to fans about her departure:

Kate Winslet sure doesn’t sound like she wants to make a second season of Mare of Easttown.

The World Cup, unsurprisingly, was a huge hit. (That final game — MY GOD.)

Here’s your first look at the 15th Doctor.

Is Disney going to sell off ESPN? (Better question: why does Disney own ESPN in the first place?)

Oh God, Chris Harrison has launched a podcast.

Director Rob Marshall was shocked by the outrage of casting a Black Ariel in The Little Mermaid, claiming that he “felt like we’ve moved so far past that kind of thing,” and I swear if there isn’t a better example of living inside a liberal bubble, I can’t think of one. Sir, you should spend a minute or two on social media. Your mind will be blown.

There’s a rumor floating around out there (somewhere) (possibly made up entirely by this TVLine writer) that the third season of White Lotus would see the return of Connie Britton’s character, Nicole, taking a trip to a White Lotus with her sister, Abby. You’d be forgiven not to know who “Abby” is, as she was only heard on the phone in season two when she was arguing with her husband Dom (Michael Imperioli) and if you’ll remember, she was voiced by Laura Dern. I am 100% for Connie Britton and Laura Dern teaming up with the bitch energy in season three, please and thank you.

I don’t hate this White Lotus cast real-life dating rumor.

WHAT IN THE MATCH-MADE-IN-HELL NONSENSE IS THIS?

Get better soon, Sharon Osbourne.

Get better soon, Billy Joel.

#MeToo

ABC Signature will pay $3 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit based on allegations made against a cinematographer on Criminal Minds, Greg St. Johns, who touched people inappropriately and made unwelcome and threatening comments on set in 2020. SIR. DO YOU KNOW WHAT DECADE YOU ARE IN? I literally don’t understand these stories: after 2017, I would be absolutely terrified to come on to anyone at my job, much less touch them.

Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape in 3 of the 7 charges brought against him in Los Angeles.

Sarah Michelle Gellar has finally spoken out about working with Joss Whedon, saying that Buffy was an “extremely toxic male set.” She went on:

“For so long, I was on a set that I think was known for being an extremely toxic male set, and so that was ingrained in my head that that was what all sets were like, and that women were pitted against each other — that if women became friends, then we became too powerful, so you had to keep that down,” Gellar said during the Power of Storytelling: Producers Roundtable at the TheWrap’s Power of Women Summit in Los Angeles.

“And now that I’ve had this opportunity to work with so many more women and men that support women as well, I realized how easy an experience it can be, but … unfortunately we’re still in that place where all of those departments a lot of times need to be women for us to have a voice,” she added.

I will never stop being disappointed at how toxic Joss Whedon was.

Speaking of toxic men, Jennifer Lawrence shared this little bon mot at The Hollywood Reporter’s roundtable panel: “It did always just make us laugh about how we ended up with, ‘Women shouldn’t be in roles like this because we’re so emotional,’” Lawrence said. “I mean, I’ve worked with Bryan Singer. I’ve seen emotional men. I’ve seen the biggest hissy fits thrown on set.”

So. Following the release of Harry & Meghan, Jeremy Clarkson — best known as being the host of Top Gear and The Grand Tour — wrote a column for The Sun attacking Meghan Markle in a truly vile way:

It is exactly this kind of racist, misogynistic attack in the tabloids that Harry and Meghan say made them leave the royal family, so I honestly do not understand what on earth Clarkson and The Sun were thinking with this piece. ALL YOU ARE DOING IS PROVING HARRY AND MEGHAN’S POINT. Oh, and on the same day that this piece was published? Clarkson had lunch with Queen Consort Camilla — just in case you were wondering if Harry & Meghan‘s accusations of the royals being in cahoots with the tabloids had any merit.

Anyway, after everyone and their dog (and his daughter) condemned him, Clarkson put out this non-apology:

People are still mad for some reason.

Jessica Chastain made a significant change in the George & Tammy script, to give Tammy a little more power over her own body and person. It’s an insightful change on Chastain’s part.

Joanna Lumley thinks that the #MeToo movement and women within it are “pathetic” and want to be “victims.” So, that’s disappointing.

Megan Thee Stallion has testified in court against Tory Lanez for shooting her in the foot. Megan Thee Stallion has been subjected to a barrage of misogynistic attacks from men in hip-hop as a result.

Speaking of, Amber Heard has settled the defamation lawsuit brought against her by her ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Reality TV star Stephen Bear has been convicted of sharing a sex tape on OnlyFans without his partner’s consent.

Vince McMahon is already plotting to return to WWE. The lawsuits against him haven’t even gone to trial but narcissists are gonna narcissist.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • RuPaul’s Drag Race will return on MTV on January 6 and YOU GUYS! one of my friend’s kids is in the competition: Irene “The Alien” Dubois!

  • Accused premieres on Fox on January 22.

  • Carnival Row will return on Prime Video on February 17.

  • Live To Lead will premiere on Netflix on December 31.

  • TMZ Presents: Lamar Odom: Sex, Drugs & Kardashians debuts on Fox on January 2.

R.I.P.

Drew Griffin, CNN investigative journalist

Jamie Lopez, Star of Super Sized Salon

Terry Hall, Singer for The Specials

Rick Anderson, Co-founder of the band The Tubes

Shirley Eikhard, Songwriter known for “Something to Talk About”

Dino Danelli, Drummer for the Young Rascals

Bertha Barbee McNeal, Member of the Motown group the Velvelettes

Kim Simmonds, Leader of the British pop group Savoy Brown

Stephanie Bissonnette, Broadway actress in Mean Girls

WATCH THIS

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan: Season three. Prime Video

Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to All!: The Queen of Christmas performs at Madison Square Garden. 7 p.m., CBS

Professionals: Zora’s goals are within reach in the first season finale. 8 p.m., The CW

 

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