— out of context dogs (@contextdogs) September 2, 2023
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
Disney is having a slap fight with Charter/Spectrum over carriage fees, and it left Charter cable subscribers without access to ABC, ESPN, Freeform, FX, National Geographic, and all its subsidiary channels, on August 31, which really pissed off a bunch of sports fans. And usually, I side against the cable companies in these sorts of disputes, but in this case, Charter might have a point, arguing that Disney is diluting the value of channels like FX by allowing that content on Hulu, while at the same time raising their fees, and not allowing cable subscribers free access to the online content. Basically, Charter is arguing that Disney should do what HBO does with Max, allowing cable subscribers free access to the streaming service. But Disney sees no reason they shouldn’t double bill their customers. Meanwhile, Disney’s solution to this fight is to urge Charter customers to move over to Hulu + live TV.
Speaking of the AMPTP baddies: Warner Bros. Discovery is saying that they will lose somewhere between $300-$500 million thanks to the writers’ and actors’ strikes. My heart, it bleeds.
Meanwhile, Aaron Paul revealed on the strike lines that he earns zero residuals from Breaking Bad on Netflix, which seems like some bullshit.
Aaron Paul revealed that he earns $0 in residuals from streaming despite BREAKING BAD doing constant numbers for streamers. "I don't get a piece from Netflix on BREAKING BAD to be totally honest and that's insane to me." #AMPTP pic.twitter.com/iqiz2yVy50
— Todd Spence (@Todd_Spence) September 4, 2023
Meanwhile, Bill Maher thinks writers don’t deserve to earn a living wage because Bill Maher is the fucking worst. I hope his writers, who have single-handedly propped up his entire mediocre career, are paying attention and planning on sending out resumes as soon as this strike is over.
Bill Maher wants to acknowledge the "big other side" of the writer's strike, and while he says they're getting "screwed a little bit by the streamers", a lot of their demands are "kooky".
"They kinda believe that you're owed a living as a writer, and you're not". pic.twitter.com/PLpnQJ6w0y
— Post-Left Watch (@PostLeftWatch) September 4, 2023
Imagine being Bill Maher’s writers room when the strike ends… https://t.co/qJ7EfkWVqp
— Rod (@rodimusprime) September 4, 2023
Bill Maher thinks that the people that write his shitty jokes for him shouldn't be able to afford to live…
Let me say that again. This multimillionaire who's been the beneficiary of writers his entire career, thinks they don't deserve to live off that job. Pathetic. https://t.co/2Zd89e2ncv
— Kerch 🍉 (@matt_kercher) September 5, 2023
Bill Maher complaining about writers wanting special treatment is a great opportunity to remind everyone about the time I went to Maroon 5’s Halloween party and Maher was screaming at the bouncer because they didn’t have a special line for celebrities.
Also they did have one. https://t.co/cFJFfKaiQS
— Guy Endore-Kaiser (@GuyEndoreKaiser) September 4, 2023
Sure, he shits on writers, but no person has done more for the "applause" sign industry than Bill Maher. It is deployed relentlessly for every joke on his show. If your profession is providing artificial responses for hack comics, Bill's got your back. https://t.co/zNSxzeg2zE
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) September 5, 2023
They’re filming House of the Dragon which means I need to get back to finishing the first season of House of the Dragon, whoops.
Today's #HouseOfTheDragon filming included the cavalry riding down one side of the valley up to the other with soldiers behind them + lots of smoke. (photo: Danni Orme, info: Sara Talib) pic.twitter.com/96fGUjCcCH
— Redanian Intelligence (@RedanianIntel) August 30, 2023
If Our Flag Means Death is renewed for a third season (fingers crossed) it will be its last, according to creator David Jenkins.
Peacock is offering a free 7-day trial right now, if you’re interested.
Some things I missed last week:
This is complicated, but basically, Christopher Psaila, a costume designer, is suing Erika Jayne Girardi, claiming that her husband Tom used his Secret Service connections to reverse $800,000-$900,000 in American Express charges. He is asking for $18 million in damages.
Sarah Jessica Parker adopted her on-screen kitten, Shoe. He’s a pretty boy.
First, it was Paul Rudd’s character’s apartment filled with references to Rudd’s career, and now it’s Meryl Street’s character’s apartment. The set decorators on Only Murders in the Building are having way too much fun over there.
It sure is funny how back in 2016 Fox News was very concerned about a Presidential candidate being investigated for crimes, but now in 2023, a Presidential candidate being indicted in four different criminal cases is just political hoo-ha.
Watters: The mugshot is up on the side of buildings in the inner city. pic.twitter.com/BLVKbiEBiU
— Acyn (@Acyn) August 29, 2023
Protesters have rallied together at #Venezia80 to “turn the spotlight off rapists”.
This protest just took place during the premiere of Woody Allen’s new film Coup de Chance. pic.twitter.com/cpG94nzrK6
— Luke Hearfield @ Venice 🎥🍹🇮🇹 (@LukeHearfield) September 4, 2023
And this is surprising, but Woody Allen thinks cancel culture is “silly.”
Mira Sorvino, who starred in Allen’s film Mighty Aphrodite in 1995, wrote an open apology to Allen’s daughter Dylan in 2018 for not believing her story at the time she made the film. Seeing that “Woody Allen” was trending again this weekend, she tweeted out the apology letter again.
Sending love, respect and gratitude dear Mira
— Mia Farrow 🏳️🌈 🌻 (@MiaFarrow) September 4, 2023
Spanish actor Gabriel Guevara was arrested at the Venice Film Festival for sexual assault. Spanish police arrested him on a French warrant, but he has not been extradited to France yet.
Spain’s soccer coach Jorge Vilda has been fired after supporting Spanish soccer president Luis Rubiales in the whole World Cup kiss fallout. Vilda had already been the subject of controversy himself. In 2022, multiple players complained to the soccer federation about Vilda’s unprofessional behavior, including not being prepared for matches, coaches demanding that the players’ hotel room doors be kept open until midnight, and having the players’ belongings being searched. He sounds like a delight.
- Love Island: All Stars is in the works at ITV.
Mark Your Calendars
- Power Rangers Cosmic Fury debuts on Netflix on September 29.
- Dawn of the Nugget will debut on Netflix on December 15.
- Little Baby Bum: Music Time will debut on Netflix on September 25.
- Candy Cane Lane will premiere on Prime Video on December 1.
- The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial will debut on Paramount+ with Showtime on October 6 and on Showtime on October 8.
- Quiz Lady will debut on Hulu on November 3.
Marcia de Rousse, Actress known for True Blood
Robert Klane, Emmy-winning screenwriter for Tracey Takes On, screenwriter of Weekend at Bernie’s and director of Thank God It’s Friday, among other projects
Gary Wright, Singer and songwriter
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City: Season four premiere. 8 p.m., Bravo
One Shot: Overtime Elite: This limited series follows the athletes at Overtime Elite, a professional basketball league for 16–20-year-olds based in Atlanta, GA. Prime Video
Frontline: Two Strikes/Tutwiler: In this two-part episode, Frontline takes a look at a little-known two-strikes legal policy that landed a West Point cadet in prison for life, and the horrors of being pregnant while in prison. 9 p.m., PBS
|ABC||Celebrity Family Feud
|FBI: Most Wanted
|CW||Inside the NFL
|Son of a Critch
|Son of a Critch
|Don’t Forget the Lyrics
|NBC||America’s Got Talent