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Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
I hate to begin this post this way again, but yesterday evening, there was a third mass shooting in California in as many days. Seven people were shot, one killed, at an Oakland Valero gas station where a music video was being shot. This shooting took place mere hours after a different gunman killed seven people at two different locations in Half Moon Bay, California. My heart just breaks for all of the victims, their families and friends, and the state of California in general.
Now, apologies for the shift in tone, but here are your Oscar nominees!
And here are your obligatory lists of snubs and surprises:
The Last of Us‘s viewership gained another million viewers in its second episode, making it the largest week two growth in the history of HBO, which is a huge deal. And when you consider it was up against NFL playoff games, both in its premiere and last Sunday, it’s even more impressive.
Here are some easter eggs for the second episode. I am not a gamer, but even I appreciate the show using the original actors from the game where they can. (Spoilers abound obviously.)
Thanks @IGN !!!@Misty_Lee and I had an absolute blast working with @Neil_Druckmann and @clmazin reprising these characters and helping them come alive, playing against the amazing actors on screen
— phil (@philsound) January 17, 2023
The Last of Us wrote a tragic backstory for Tess but didn’t use it in the show:
“We wrote it, we never shot it… It was a little bit of a backstory for Tess, and the fact that Tess had a kid,” Mazin revealed. “She had a husband and she had a son, and they were infected and she had to kill them. She killed her husband, but she could not kill the son. She couldn’t do it… She locked him in the basement, where theoretically he’s still a clicker.”
… Druckmann adds that they had planned a cold open based on Tess’ story but decided to cut it as well: “We had a cold open where we just, where the camera pushed on this door and you just hear this pounding coming from this basement, and then we cut out. And then later, Tess would tell the story of how she couldn’t kill her son,” he said. “It just didn’t fit. But it was fun to think about.”
Fox’s Accused had the highest-rated and most-watched debuts on network TV in three years, though viewers in 13 markets missed the ending of the episode when their stations cut to commercial, causing them to miss the resolution of the story. (Readers of my old Lost blog might remember this being “Hellered.” IYKYK.) If you missed the ending, you can stream the episode on Hulu and Fox Now.
The best part of Saturday Night Live — the pre-tapes — are being threatened. GIVE THE EDITORS ANYTHING THEY WANT, YOU MONSTERS.
Here is a much-deserved appreciation for the genius that was Chappelle’s Show. I may not like the transphobic curmudgeon he’s become, but that show was brilliant. (And no, Dave, being called a “transphobe” is not the same thing as being called the N-word, and you know that.)
George Santos is out of his depth:
maybe the source material was weak.
— Trixie Mattel™ (@trixiemattel) January 24, 2023
I am not an actor! I was young and I had fun at a festival!
— Trixie Mattel™ (@trixiemattel) January 24, 2023
Thanks the review and advice!
You’re right! I do need to step my game up!
My pathological liar character can’t hold a candle to you!
Loved your “Jew-ish”
joke. One of my favorites I do all the time! https://t.co/RS3rBb6AL9
— Jon Lovitz (@realjonlovitz) January 24, 2023
Pamela Anderson has accused Tim Allen of flashing her on her first day on the set of Home Improvement: “On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath. He said it was only fair, because he had seen me naked. Now we’re even. I laughed uncomfortably.”
Tim Allen denies doing this.
Exactly and even if she reported back then society and the justice system would have sided with Tim. Reporting sexual assault/harassment especially if the assaulter/harassed is a well liked rich white man like Tim is often even today a career killer.
— Jennifer Linn (@Shiny_Mouse) January 23, 2023
Not only that, no one was gonna believe her bc everyone considered her a “slut”, she was dehumanized and vilified for posing nude and for the sex tape
— Mayor of Lavender Town 🥀 (@thescytheisdull) January 23, 2023
So many people asking why she waited so long to say anything even after learning millions of reasons why women don’t come forward. Y’all do so much disservice.
— vagabond (@CallMeDesLock) January 23, 2023
Sarah Michelle Gellar has made it clear she will not be telling her full story of working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. “I’ll never tell my full story because I don’t get anything out of it. I’ve said all I’m going to say because nobody wins. Everybody loses.”
However her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. is talking: “She had to deal with a lot of bullshit on that show for all seven years it was on,” says Prinze. “The stuff they pressed upon her, without any credit or real salary, while she was often the only one doing 15-hour days … yet she was still able to get the message of that character out every single week and do it with pride and do it professionally.”
And co-star Emma Caufield added: “It was obvious that Sarah lacked the support to be the leader she needed and wanted to be. There was a tremendous amount of resentment and animosity [toward her] from a certain someone — and I suppose now we can all guess who.”
T.J. Holmes continues to be revealed to be a creep. (If I had to guess, ABC is the one who released this story in response to Holmes’s legal threats.)
Why isn’t Hyde on or even mentioned on That 90s Show? Because Danny Masterson has been accused of raping multiple women, that’s why.
Anthony Rapp, who lost his case against Kevin Spacey, will host Surviving Hollywood, a new docuseries that exposes the dark underbelly of the business.
And Doug Liman released a surprise documentary about Brett Kavanaugh, with new allegations against him and allegations that the FBI suppressed evidence against him.
Marie Osmond revealed she was body shamed by a producer of Donnie & Marie, calling her fat when she weighed all of 103 pounds.
Ron Jeremy will not stand trial on multiple rape and sexual assault charges due to an “incurable neurocognitive decline.”
Gabrielle Union opened up about being a sexual abuse survivor on the press tour for Truth Be Told, saying that her experience made her the best person to tell this story. She also admits filming the series left her triggered for months.
Former Monday Night Football reporter Lisa Guerrero revealed that she had a miscarriage while on air: “Guerrero then pushed through her ‘excruciating’ pain to deliver her live report, though she felt ‘dizzy and nauseated.’ She even reminded herself to stand up straight as MNF’s executive producer Freddie Gaudelli would reprimand her for bad posture on their Wednesday phone calls.”
Antonio Brown is now claiming his phone was hacked and that’s why sexually explicit material featuring his ex was posted on Snapchat. OK.
Jinger Duggar Vuolo has come forward to talk about her cult-like childhood, and the harmful beliefs she was raised on. Good for her. I hope she continues to heal.
Tucker Carlson is going to lose his mind:
A message from M&M'S. pic.twitter.com/EMucEBTd9o
— M&M'S (@mmschocolate) January 23, 2023
- The Neighborhood has been renewed for a sixth season on CBS.
- Rat in the Kitchen has been canceled after one season on TBS.
- Get Buckets, a comedy from Stephen Falk starring Allen Maldonado, Darrell Britt-Gibson, and Brandon Mychal Smith is in development at Fox.
- Drops of God has been acquired by Apple TV+.
- The life and murder of British television presenter Jill Dando will be turned into a docuseries at Netflix.
- Lucy Hale, Raul Esparza, Krys Marshall, Melanie Field, Pallavi Sharda, and Kineta Kunutu have been cast in The Answers on FX.
- Jai Courtney, Kyle Bradley Davis, Dane DeHaan, Betty Gilpin, Nick Hargrove, Derek Hinkey, Saura Lightfoot Leon, Preston Mota, Shawnee Pourier, Joe Tippett, and Shea Whigham have joined American Primeval on Netflix.
- Rita Volk, Judy Reyes, Jack Davenport, Annika Boras, and Sandra Andreis have joined Dr. Death on Peacock.
- Finn Jones, Francesca Reale, Embeth Davidtz, Brenda Strong, Adam Faison, Tyrone Marshall Brown, and Shalini Bathina have joined The Venery of Samantha Bird on Starz.
- Bruno Tonioli has replaced David Walliams on Britain’s Got Talent on ITV.
Mark Your Calendars
- Harley Quinn: A Very Problematic Valentine’s Day Special returns on HBO Max on February 9.
- We Are Not Alone premieres on Roku on January 27.
- Back to School with Gus Johnson premieres on Fox on February 18.
- The Law According to Lidia Poet premieres on Netflix on February 15.
- The Glory returns on Netflix on March 10.
- Record of Ragnarok II will debut on Netflix on January 26.
- Party Down will return on Starz on February 24.
- Jim Jefferies: High and Dry will debut on Netflix on February 14.
- Fall Into Winter will premiere on Great American Family on January 28.
- Kitchen Commando debuts on Tubi on February 12.
- A Rose for Her Grave: The Randy Roth Story premieres on Lifetime on February 18 and 12 Desperate Hours on February 25.
- The Great American Joke Off debuts on The CW on March 31; Totally Weird and Funny on April 8; Whose Line Is It Anyway? returns on March 31; Mysteries Decoded on April 2.
Lloyd Morrisett, Co-founder of Sesame Workshop
Yoshiro Yoda, Actor from McHale’s Navy
Andrew Leynse, Off-Broadway artistic director
Polo Polo, Mexican comedian
The Winchesters: Mary and John keep an eye on the recently returned Samuel Campbell in the winter premiere. 8 p.m., The CW
American Auto: The company brings in a crisis manager to handle their crisis. Season premiere. 7:30 p.m., NBC
9-1-1 Lone Star: A series of thunderstorms ravage Austin in the season premiere. 7 p.m., Fox
How I Met Your Father: Season two. Hulu
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Natasha Lyonne, Nate Bargatze, Brianne Howey, Antonia Gentry, Stephen Sanchez
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ana Gasteyer, Sam Morrison, Danny Carey
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jason Segel, Chuck D
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Andie MacDowell, Billy Porter, Stacey Ryan
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale
- The Daily Show: Guest host Wanda Sykes
- Watch What Happens Live: Emma Roberts, Julie Bowen
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