The delightful ‘Wizard of Oz’ allusions that were in ‘Ted Lasso’ all along

This dog should be a lawyer.

Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News

Are Apple (and Nick Mohammed) out here teasing us with a spinoff?:

My favorite overthinking of Ted Lasso are the Wizard of Oz comparisons. They are clearly intentional:

Oh, and because the guy in the video didn’t break down who all the characters are:

  • Ted = Dorothy
  • Coach Beard = Toto
  • Rebecca = Glinda the Good Witch
  • Rupert = Wicked Witch of the West (Ham)
  • Roy Kent = Tin Man
  • Nate = Cowardly Lion
  • Jamie Tartt = Scarecrow
  • Mae the bartender = The Wizard

And if I’m REALLY going to overthink itThe Wizard of Oz is a female hero’s journey, and it’s interesting that so much of Ted Lasso is a criticism of toxic masculinity. So much of the heart of the story is about how the male characters — especially Roy Kent and Jamie — are forced to explore their more vulnerable, more “feminine” sides of themselves to experience growth and transformation, and how it was within them all along. They just needed Ted/Dorothy to give them a reason to  head down that particular road, and he needed them to realize that road led back home.

Heidi N Closet has revealed why she chose to make THAT decision in last week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.

Ellen Pompeo has talked about how frustrated she became that Meredith wasn’t allowed to grow and figure out how to make relationships work on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s the dilemma with any long-running soap opera: happy couples are boring. If you want to give a character a happy ending, you have to have a finale, or write them off.

Following her criticism in her stand-up special Nanette, Hannah Gadsby organized a Pablo Picasso exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. It was not well-received by the art world. Pajiba has the story if you’re curious.

Prince Harry has become the first royal in over a century to testify in trial at the lawsuit he and other celebrities have brought against the Mirror Group Newspapers for phone hacking, and he said that Piers Morgan makes him “physically sick.” Girl, same.

The creator of Black Mirror got very Black Mirrory and asked Chat GPT to write an episode of Black Mirror. According to him, it was “shit.”

Zack Snyder has revealed that his upcoming Netflix film Rebel Moon will be split into two parts, and that there will be multiple cuts.

The Idol debuted to 913,000 viewers on Sunday, lower than Euphoria‘s 1.1 million. Have I mentioned it’s not very good? Because it’s really not very good. But it’s also boring.

Senator Tim Scott was on The View yesterday and it was pure chaos.

Nikki Haley is never going to be President.

The PGA has agreed to merge with the Saudi-owned LIV Golf. Gross. And boo, PGA.


Danny Masterson has been convicted of rape on two counts and faces 30 years in prison.

Bill Cosby is being sued by Victoria Valentino for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting her in 1969.

D.J. Paul Oakenfold has been accused of sexual harassment and workplace violations by a former personal assistant. Oakenfold denies all the allegations.

Trey Songz is being sued for sexual assault after exposing a woman at an event at a casino.

Just as jury selection in a civil lawsuit against Cuba Gooding Jr. for rape was about to begin, Gooding settled the lawsuit.

Armie Hammer, meanwhile, will not face charges in Los Angeles on sexual assault allegations because his relationship with the accuser is too “complex.” 

Elliott Page recently wrote that back in 2014, when he originally had come out as a lesbian, an A-list actor confronted him and said: “You aren’t gay. That doesn’t exist. You are just afraid of men. I’m going to fuck you to make you realize you aren’t gay.”

Showtime’s planned documentary about Louis C.K. and #MeToo has been canceled. (Good.)

Jack Nicholls has been suspended at Netflix’s Drive to Survive after he was accused of inapporpriate behavior.

Elle Fanning reveals that she didn’t get a role in a father-daughter road comedy at 16 because she was considered “unfuckable.” This industry is such trash.

Activision Blizzard denies there is a culture of harassment at the company, and instead points the finger at union members for making trouble. OK.

Over in the U.K., they are having a crazy Morning Show-style scandal unfolding at ITV’s popular morning series, This Morning. Buckle in, because this is A LOT.  Phillip Schofield has been the co-host of This Morning since 2022 after the former male co-host was fired after he was accused falsely of sexual assault. Schofield first share the show with co-host Fern Britton, but then after he perhaps got her fired in 2009, his co-host was his friend Holly Willoughby.

In 2020, rumors started swirling that Schofield was in a relationship with a young male runner on the show, and ITV investigated, but found they could substantiate the stories. However, shortly after the investigation, Schofield left his wife and came out of the closet. The pandemic hit, and everyone forgot about this whole mess.

But then, Queen Elizabeth died, and Schofield and Willoughby found themselves in the most hilariously British scandal of all time, when they were accused of jumping the queue to pay their respects to the dead monarch. It was a whole thing.

BUT THEN, in the spring of this year, Schofield’s younger brother Timothy went on trial for sexual offenses involving a minor. Willoughby reportedly didn’t know anything about this and was furious with her co-host for keeping her in the dark. On May 19, the day after Timothy was found guilty, Schofield announced he would be leaving This Morning, and made it clear it wasn’t his choice. ITV made noise about giving him other work on the network. BUT THEN, on May 26, Schofield announced that in fact he DID have a relationship with that young runner, who Schofield had originally met when he was 15, and got him a job on the show when he was 19. Schofield insists that he did not “groom” the young man, but ITV and Schofield’s agency immediately dropped him, and now there are a bunch of questions about who knew what and when.

So obviously, Jeremy Clarkson has jumped to Schofield’s defense. Tick tock, Piers Morgan.

In Development

Casting News

  • Isha Blaaker is joining Fear the Walking Dead on AMC.
  • Edward James Olmos will join the voice cast in Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur on Disney Channel.
  • Walt Willey will join General Hospital as Jackson Montgomery(!!!).

Mark Your Calendars

  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart will premiere on Prime Video on August 4.
  • grown-ish returns on Freeform on June 28.
  • The Grand Tour: Eurocrash premeires on Prime Video on June 16.
  • FreeKs will debut on Disney+ on June 28.
  • My Little Pony: Make Your Mark will return on Netflix After School on June 6.


Barry Readon, Former Warner Brothers executive

Jacques Rozier, Last of the French New Wave filmmakers

Peter Meyer, Prominent talent agent

Michael Lamont, Broadway actor turned photographer

Astrud Gilberto, Singer of “The Girl from Ipanema”


30 for 30: The Luckiest Guy in the World: This four-part documentary explores the life of NBA legend Bill Walton. Premiere. 7 p.m., ESPN

Burden of Proof: Decades after his sister’s disappearance, a filmmaker investigates the case, convinced that his parents had something to do with it. What he finds in this documentary, makes him reexamine everything he thought he believed. Premiere. 8 p.m., HBO

Soul of a Nation: The Freedom to Exist: An interview with actor Elliot Page and an in-depth look at the transgender community. They’re really not scary, guys. Everyone needs to settle down. 9 p.m., ABC

TUES. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC Celebrity Wheel of Fortune
Celebrity Jeopardy!
The Soul of a Nation: The Freedom to Exist
FBI: International
FBI: Most Wanted
CW Superman & Lois
Gotham Knights
FOX Beat Shazam
Don’t Forget the Lyrics
NBC America’s Got Talent
Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge

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