Not even The Grammys can slow ‘The Last of Us’ down

This is a crested caracara, a bird that is native to my corner of Texas, and through Central and South America:

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And true story, I MET ONE IN REAL LIFE THE OTHER DAY. I was out on my daily walk through my neighborhood, when I met a very nice gentleman who works at the Wildlife Center of Texas who was taking the Center’s crested caracara out for a walk. The bird was raised at the center and can not be released out into the wild thanks to a problem with his foot, so he’s become an ambassador to the public, and he was quite charming. Though I didn’t get video of it, he greeted me with the same sort of display seen in the video above with the chattering and showing of the throat. I’m in love:

Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News

By now, you’ve seen all the Grammy coverage, but here are some highlights worth pointing out:

At the same time The Grammys was on, The Last of Us aired its fourth episode, which still managed to hit a viewership high. (Thanks in no small part to episode three, I’m sure.) It was up 17% from last week, and 60% (!!!!) from the premiere, which already had decent numbers.

HBO is less confident people will give up The Super Bowl to watch The Last of Us, so SURPRISE! They are dropping Sunday’s episode early on Friday on HBO Max. It will premiere at 8/9 p.m., CST/ET. It will still air at its regular time on Sunday on HBO, as well.

I’ll post more about last Sunday’s episode later to give everyone a chance to catch up, but until then, this is a good timeline of the events of The Last of Us so far. I suspect we’ll be able to add more to this in the next couple of episodes.

It sounds like the Walking Dead spinoff featuring Darryl will be called “Raise the Dead.” Eh, it’s not great but it’s better than “Fear the Walking Dead.”

Kit Harington is not going to talk about Snow, so y’all shouldn’t bother asking.

Jesse Palmer says that Bachelor Zach Shallcross is “very happy,” but that could just mean that he’s “very happy” he’s not romantically entangled with any of these lunatics.

Not only is that Squid Game reality competition accused of being dangerous, but according to contestants, it was also rigged in favor of high-profile contestants from TikTok and Instagram.

Please stop shooting near TV productions.

Fox sold out all their Super Bowl ad spots, as if it was ever going to be a question.

Reddit has a list of the top 10 popular shows that people refuse to watch, and I have to admit, while I have watched some or most of the episodes of all of these shows, there is only one series on here that I have stuck it out with, and I bet you can’t guess which one it is.

Liam Neeson hates the UFC and Conor McGregor. SAME SAME.

Kate Nash, one of the actresses from GLOW, shared some photos from the season that will never be. I AM STILL MAD.

An argument for why Netflix should market its shows more. YOU KNOW, LIKE GLOW.

 

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#MeToo

Pamela Anderson has a lot to say in her new memoir, including how she was raped as a 12-year-old child by a 25-year-old man and molested by a babysitter.

Anderson has also clarified her #MeToo comments from 2017 that caused a lot of backlash, in which she victim blamed. In a recent interview with Ronan Farrow, she explains:

“My mother would tell me — and I think this is the kind of feminism I grew up with — it takes two to tango,” Anderson said, attempting to explain the rationale behind her controversial #MeToo comment. “Believe me, I’ve been in many situations where it’s like, ‘Come in here little girl, sit on the bed.’ But my mom would say, ‘If someone answers the door in a hotel robe and you’re going for an interview, don’t go in. But if you do go in, get the job.’

“That’s a horrible thing to say but that’s how I was,” Anderson continued. “I skated on the edges of destruction, I just had this sense of value and self-worth. But I think a lot of people don’t have that or they weren’t taught that. Thank god for the #MeToo movement because things have changed and people are much more careful and respectful.”

Some people are reading this as “doubling down” on her previous comments but I think she’s explaining that this was where her perspective came from and admits that it’s a good thing that times have changed. I don’t know. What do you think?

Anderson also talks about the time Kid Rock freaked out in front of Steven Spielberg, Rick Rubin, Laird Hamilton and his wife, Gabby Reece when he saw her Borat cameo, leading ultimately to their divorce.

Brooke Shields is coming forward about being raped by an industry insider when she was in her twenties.

In his first interview since the rape and abuse allegations have come out against him, Armie Hammer admits to emotionally abusing women, while denying anything criminal. He also claims that he was the victim of sexual abuse himself and that he considered killing himself when the allegations came out. An accuser is calling bullshit on that and claims he’s just trying to garner sympathy for himself. His story is not helped by the fact that he claims he would not change a thing about the last several years. Boy, please.

The Hollywood Reporter has done a whole piece about the downfall of Justin Roiland which is exactly what you think it is.

James Gordon Meek, a former producer at ABC News, has been arrested on a charge of transportation of child pornography.

Days ahead of the Super Bowl, Eagles offensive lineman Josh Sills has been indicted on rape and kidnapping charges for an offense that took place in 2019.

Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, an actor in Dancing with Wolves, has been arrested for sexual assault charges after being accused of becoming a cult leader and abusing “young Indigenous girls during a period spanning two decades.” Yikes.

The domestic violence charges against Amar’e Stoudemire have been dropped. 

Dave Chappelle won a Grammy on Sunday for his transphobic comedy special, The Closer, so I don’t want to hear any more from this man about being “canceled.” There is no such thing as cancel culture. There is only criticism.

And this was inevitable: the AI Seinfeld program, Nothing, Forever, became transphobic and has been suspended for two weeks on Twitch. SO, TO RECAP: An AI program that generates “jokes” for a comedian who peaked in the 90s started telling transphobic jokes? ALL OF THIS CHECKS OUT.

BREAKING NEWS: Harvey Weinstein is a monster according to M. Night Shyamalan.

Candace Owen is being accused of using allegations of sexual misconduct against people writing negative stories about her. Cool. Totally cool. Women everywhere are thanking you, ma’am. You’re definitely not making things worse for actual victims, not at all.

Ashton Kutcher comments on the whole Danny Masterson mess and tries to thread the needle.

STOP DEFENDING ASSHOLES, BRIAN COX. I mean, look, I know this man is in his late seventies, and his attitude is not going to change. But you don’t have to go out there and broadcast them. Won’t his press people wrangle him, please?

And while we’re on the topic, a Harry Potter video game has included a trans character — which is good, trans rights are human rights — but the game still puts money in J.K. Rowling’s pocket, and she hasn’t had some sort of enlightenment on her bigoted views, so.

Renewals

Cancellations

  • Yellowstone is ending (!) on Paramount. Apparently, Kevin Costner is sick of filming and the series may end as soon as the end of the second half of the current fifth season. BUT KEEP READING, because this is not the end of Yellowstone, obviously.

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • History of the World, Part II will debut on Hulu on March 6.
  • The Consultant will premiere on Prime Video on February 24.
  • White Men Can’t Jump will debut on Hulu on May 19.
  • Unstable premieres on Netflix on March 30.
  • Great Expectations will stream on Hulu later this year.
  • Clarkson’s Farm will return on Prime Video on February 10.
  • Full Swing premieres on Netflix on February 15.
  • Agent Elvis premieres on Netflix in March.

R.I.P.

Melinda Dillon, Academy-award nominated actress in Close Encounters and Absence of Malice, and the mother in A Christmas Story

“Melinda was generous of spirit and lent such kindness to the character she played in Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” said [Steven] Spielberg. “She was a wonderful actor, and as gifted in dramas – including her unforgettable turn in Absence of Malice – as she was in beloved comedies like A Christmas Story, Harry and the Hendersons, and Slapshot. We will all miss her.”

Charles Kimbrough, Actor best known as Jim Dial on Murphy Brown

George Robertson, Actor best known as Chief Hurst in the Police Academy films

Charlie Thomas, Member of The Drifters and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer

WATCH THIS

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Speaking of bad behavior …  8 p.m., Bravo

All That Breathes: In this Oscar-nominated documentary, two brothers in New Delhi care for the birds that are falling out of the skies from the smog. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO

Late Night:

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