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Disney and Charter/Spectrum ended their carriage slap fight yesterday, just in time for football fans to see Aaron Rodgers blow out his Achilles tendon and probably his career.
The deal that Disney and Charter came to is an interesting one: Charter/Spectrum cable customers will now have free access to Disney+, but ESPN+ will be available on a premium package. Most notably, Spectrum cable will no longer carry many channels, including Freeform, FXX, Disney Junior, Disney XD, FXM, Baby TV, Nat Geo Wild, and Nat Geo Mundo. Those will be available through Hulu, which will require a subscription.
What does that mean about the future for those eight networks? Disney is reassuring employees of those networks that they are still committed to them, and layoffs are not imminent. Meanwhile, FX is trying to figure out a way to make the final season of Archer available to cable subscribers, which just began the night before the carriage dispute began. What a mess.
Some strike business:
And over at Jeopardy!, technically Ken Jennings isn’t a scab, but that’s not going to change a lot of people’s feelings.
Speaking of The Brady Bunch: HGTV sold the restored Brady Bunch house at a loss.
— The Walking Dead World (@TWalkingDWorld) September 11, 2023
Danny Masterson sentenced to 30 years to life for raping 2 women….Conan knew pic.twitter.com/KEE596oqdl
— Wu Tang is for the Children (@WUTangKids) September 7, 2023
H’oh boy, this Danny Masterson mess. First the good news: Masterson was sentenced to 30 years in prison for two counts of rape.
At the sentencing, Masterson’s survivors read letters to the judge, asserting, “Our lives were destroyed.” You can read all three letters here.
My statement on the sentencing of Scientologist Danny Masterson:
"Sitting in court today with the women who survived Danny Masterson's predation was a surreal experience. Over the past seven decades, former Scientologists have sadly become used to Scientology using its…
— Leah Remini (@LeahRemini) September 7, 2023
Ahead of Masterson’s sentencing hearing, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis, among a number of other That 70s Show actors — excluding Topher Grace, Wilmer Valderrama, and Laura Prepon — wrote letters of support for Masterson, calling him a “role model” who has an “exceptional character.”
This did not go well for them.
One of Masterson’s survivors, Chrissie Bixler, responded by posting old clips of “interviews with Ashton Kutcher in which he revealed Masterson bet him $10 to French kiss a then-14-year-old Mila Kunis when Kutcher was 19.”
Bixler also posted a cryptic message about Kutcher and Kunis. The reference to February 21, 2001 appears to be related to the murder of Kutcher’s then-friend/girlfriend, Ashley Ellerin. It’s a whole rabbit hole and a VERY speculative one, so proceed cautiously.
Chrissie Bixler, one of Danny Master son’s victims pic.twitter.com/gO9pzvNPIo
— Elsbeth Tashioni (@THISisLULE) September 9, 2023
Kathy Griffin posted about her own experience with her brother:
And here’s Topher Grace’s wife, Ashley Hinshaw:
For years, Topher Grace was depicted like he was a stuck-up asshole for not being besties with the rest of the That '70s Show cast, but guess who didn't write a letter in defense of a rapist this year… pic.twitter.com/fqnkOl27Z1
— 𝒥𝒶𝓈𝓂𝒾𝓃🐷 (@jasminpigemoji) September 8, 2023
On a recent Saved by the Bell rewatch podcast, Mark-Paul Gosselaar talked about how difficult some episodes are to watch back, including one in which his character mistreats Lisa: “There was one where I was basically whoring out Lisa Turtle. I charged people to kiss her without her consent, that was a tough one.” He went on to say, “There’s things that you just would not film nowadays. There are things every single episode that we could pick out. At that point, you try not to be negative. It’s a watch party… It’s a tightrope walk. Overall, you try to be positive about the work and say ‘that was a different time.’”
Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales has finally resigned after kissing soccer player Jeni Hermoso against her will. He made the announcement on Piers Morgan’s show which checks out.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have put pitcher Julio Urias on administrative leave abobblehead a bobble-head night in his honor after he was arrested on felony domestic abuse charges.
New show alert!
Fictional comedy series #Aema invites us into the harsh realities of actors behind the glitzy veneer of the 80’s Korean film industry.
🎬Starring: Hanee Lee, Bang Hyo-rin, Jin Sun-kyu, Cho Hyun-chul
🎬Directed/Written by: Lee Hae-young pic.twitter.com/UED184Jaga
— Netflix K-Content (@netflixkcontent) September 11, 2023
- Inside Broadmoor is in the works at Channel 5.
- Jamie Lynn Spears will compete on Dancing With the Stars on ABC.
- Connell McShane has moved from Fox Business to NewsNation.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Fall of the House of Usher premieres on October 12 AND I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED. BRING IT, MIKE FLANAGAN!
- The Simpsons‘ 35th season begins on Fox on October 1.
- Sex Education returns on Netflix on September 1.
- Toy Story Funday Football will air on Disney+ and ESPN+ on October 1.
- Killer Cases returns on A&E on September 29.
- Murder in the 21st will return on A&E on September 29.
- Accused: Guilty or Innocent? returns on A&E on October 5.
- Dancing with the Stars moves to Tuesdays, returning on ABC on September 26.
- Comics Unleashed With Byron Allen will debut on CBS on September 18.
- José Andrés and Family in Spain will premiere on CNN on September 24.
- Cold Case Files: The Rifkin Murders will premiere on A&E on September 30.
- Love & Murder: Atlanta Playboy will debut on BET+ on September 21. First Lady of BMF: The Tonesa Welch Story on October 5; Wake on October 12; God’s Grace: The Sheila Johnson Story on October 19; The Despaired and Stay Out on October 26; The Impact Atlanta returns on October 5; and Kingdom Business on November 2.
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Welcome to Wrexham: Ryan and Rob prepare to host the King of England. Season premiere. 9 p.m., FX
MTV Video Music Awards: Nicki Minaj will host and perform for the second year in a row. 7 p.m., MTV, BET, Comedy Central, LOGO, VH1, Nickelodeon
The Swarm: In this new series, the world’s creatures seem to be turning against humanity and a team of scientists scrambles to figure out what is going on. Series premiere. 8 p.m., The CW
Michelle Wolf: It’s Great to Be Here: Michelle Wolf does the stand-up thing. Netflix
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