You can lead a horse to water, and you can make him splash.
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
Gen V has launched GodolkinUniversity.com, an interactive campus-themed website filled with easter eggs and merchandise for the upcoming The Boys‘ spinoff.
— THE BOYS (@TheBoysTV) September 18, 2023
Pose actress Angelica Ross shared an exchange between herself and Ryan Murphy discussing a Black woman-led season of American Horror Story that she came up with and was never realized. Ross claims Murphy ghosted her after approaching her telling her he was moving forward with the idea.
“With heightened awareness of cultural sensitivity comes great responsibility. If we’re not careful, ‘diversity’ might become an item people start checking off a list and nothing more—a shallow, shadowy thing with but one dimension.” @zakiya_harris #TheOtherBlackGirl
— A N G E L I C A (@angelicaross) September 18, 2023
Vanna White will be sticking around Wheel of Fortune for another couple of years.
Patricia Miller has asked me to share the following on her behalf. pic.twitter.com/90ze1MZHGy
— Marnie Sparer (@TalktoMarn) September 18, 2023
If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. Text MHA to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor from Crisis Text Line.
The person who posted this "low stakes conspiracy theory" on Reddit 8 months ago is probably having an interesting day. pic.twitter.com/OpJib5HQbt
— dan barker (@danbarker) September 16, 2023
Russell Brand. I mean … who’s actually surprised here? On Friday, Brand released a preemptive video denying a “litany” of allegations against him, insisting that all of his relationships have been consensual, and loosely claiming that forces were trying to “control” him, presumably because of his conspiratorial and anti-vax positions.
Sure enough, on Sunday, Channel 4 aired a 90-minute documentary, Russell Brand: In Plain Sight, which interviewed four women who accused him of rape, sexual abuse, and controlling, predatory behavior. One woman said she was 16 when she began a three-month relationship with the then-30-year-old Brand. The documentary came out the same day that The Times of London published its own exposé on the comedian. Meanwhile, while the documentary aired, Brand was performing at Wembley Stadium where he received a standing ovation. Gross.
Now, there is a scramble from organizations to distance themselves from Brand:
His agent has fired him just this week. This, despite knowing the allegations brought by the 16-year-old for three years now, after she told them herself.
The swiftness of Brand’s cancelation is admirable, but it also belies an uncomfortable truth: Brand’s behavior was an open secret that people were willing to overlook as long as he was making them money. In fact, Brand was a host on U.K.’s Comedy Central’s Roast Battle in 2018, but was removed from the show when fellow comedian Katherine Ryan “roasted” him with allegations that he had sexually assaulted women. It was his last significant recurring role on a U.K. series.
'Open secret' means everyone knew and no one said anything
IMMENSE admiration for Katherine Ryan, in 2018 she sat next to Russell Brand, recording live TV, & repeatedly called him a sexual predator. He left British TV afterwards. Goddamn heroine behaviour
📸 Idil Sukan@Kathbum pic.twitter.com/qp2HCRnbCy
— RyanMcGoverne I Photo I Paint I 💙💛 (@RyanMcGoverne) September 18, 2023
We all now know the predator that Katherine Ryan couldn't name.#Dispatches
— #️⃣ TRENDING RIGHT NOW #️⃣ (@Trending_rightn) September 16, 2023
Meanwhile — and this will absolutely shock you — the same people who are screaming about trans people using bathrooms and drag queens reading books to kids are out here rushing to Brand’s defense despite him being an ACTUAL CHILD RAPIST.
Four women have accused Russell Brand of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse during a seven-year period.
Tucker Carlson, Ben Shapiro, Elon Musk, Alex Jones and Andrew Tate have come to his defense.
“Show me who your friends are, and I will tell you what you are.”
— Jo (@JoJoFromJerz) September 19, 2023
Ben Shapiro: Russell "Brand was 30 and she was apparently 16. Now, in the United States, crime. In the UK, not crime. The age of consent in the UK is 16 … Scuzzy, scumbaggy behavior? Sure. Criminal behavior? No, if you're, again, in the UK" pic.twitter.com/dgKG5GjG0M
— Brendan Karet (@bad_takes) September 18, 2023
Shocking that Matt "the problem is not, per se, teenage pregnancy. The problem is unwed pregnancy" Walsh would rush to defend Russell Brand against allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenager! pic.twitter.com/sXWKIHu62X
— Ari Drennen (@AriDrennen) September 19, 2023
It’s so bad, you guys, that even Megyn Kelly is disgusted by his defenders.
Megyn Kelly on Russell Brand. pic.twitter.com/eI7UBi9nUt
— Nate The Lawyer (@NatetheLawyer) September 18, 2023
this photo isn’t aging well in 2023 pic.twitter.com/G83DBdfBcs
— Trina (@trinawatters) September 16, 2023
You’re going to probably want to sit down for this one, but Tim Ballard, the founder and onetime CEO of Operation Underground Railroad whom Jim Caviezel portrays in that sex trafficking film, Sound of Freedom, has been accused by seven women of sexual misconduct. He reportedly left O.U.R. back in June amid an internal investigation.
Jonathan Majors just happened to appear on the scene to break up a high school fight between two girls that just happened to be being filmed by multiple people. And lucky for them, TMZ just happened to run into Majors hours later and ask him about it. And everyone is definitely believing that this is all very real and not at all staged.
Jonathan Majors after he sees no one is buying that video pic.twitter.com/dxOwWdX8A4
— Josh Johnson (@JoshtheSandwich) September 14, 2023
— Vince Mancini (@VinceMancini) September 14, 2023
Jonathan Majors stopping those kids from fighting when the cameras starting rolling pic.twitter.com/06AdT6BlAc
— Psycho Mantis (@MarkSparks718) September 14, 2023
The PR team are geniuses for making the first search results for "Jonathan Majors beat up girl" to be a video of Majors interfering two girls beating each other up https://t.co/2TzOrUiyzL
— QQ (@HeylKatme) September 14, 2023
A new NBC News report on Justin Roiland, the Rick & Morty co-creator, features interviews with 11 women and non-binary fans with whom he interacted with online. And none of them had anything positive to say: one woman claims he sexually assaulted her, another says that he plied her with alcohol before coercing her to have sex, three of the interviewees were 16 years old when he turned their conversations sexual in nature. These new interviews are separate from the earlier charges that had been brought against him and ultimately dropped. He denies the allegations in this new report.
Rolling Stone creator and notorious asshole Jann Wenner wrote a book called The Masters, which featured interviews with seven musicians: Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Jerry Garcia, and Pete Townsend. In an interview, Wenner was asked why he didn’t include any female or persons of color in his “Masters,” and his answer was … not great.
Asked by the New York Times why he confined the book’s interviews to white males, Wenner said “it just fell together that way.”
He then said that none of the women he considered were “as articulate enough on this intellectual level.”
He added that the people he did interview were selected from his personal interests and love of them, and “were the kind of philosophers of rock.”
Wenner also used the “articulate” argument in his explanation on why he excluded Black artists.
“Of Black artists — you know, Stevie Wonder, genius, right? I suppose when you use a word as broad as ‘masters,’ the fault is using that word. Maybe Marvin Gaye, or Curtis Mayfield? I mean, they just didn’t articulate at that level.”
He issued an apology, but has since been removed from The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s board of directors. Good.
Following Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ ill-advised letters in support of Danny Masterson and then their mealy-mouthed apology, Ashton Kutcher has stepped down as the Chairman of the Board of Thorn, an organization that fights child sex abuse. Kunis has also resigned from the organization.
In the wake of the Danny Masterson/Ashton Kutcher/Mila Kunis mess, let’s not let Wilmer Valderrama off the hook for dating an underage Demi Lovato and Lindsey Lohan.
Taryn Manning has been out here defending Danny Masterson and the Proud Boys. Can we get someone to check in on her, please?
Julie Chen alleges that she was pressured to leave The Talk because of her husband Les Moonves’ bad behavior. According to her new memoir, after the Moonves news broke, two of her co-hosts informed the producers that they would not return to the show if Chen was there, and she was told to not return.
LOL, veteran actress Miriam Margolyes had some choice words about working with Steve Martin on Little Shop of Horrors, claiming he was “horrid” to work with, and that he physically abused her for a slapstick gag: “I just thought he was rather horrid. He was a cunt, that’s all I can tell you.”
“When I first read Miriam Margolyes’ pejorative account of our scene in Little Shop of Horrors, I was surprised. My memory is that we had a good communication as professional actors. But when it is implied that I harmed her or was in some way careless about doing the stunts, I have to object. I remember taking EXTREME caution regarding the fake punch – the same caution I would use with any similar scene. She assured me she felt fine, and we did a few successful takes and stopped. There was never any physical contact between her and me, accidental or otherwise, in this scene or any other we shot.”
And Frank Oz, the director of Little Shop released a similar statement in defense of Martin: “I always rehearse physical actions in slow motion. The scene was supposed to include a fake punch. It’s puzzling what she’s talking about. It’s not the Steve I know or anyone knows. He’s always been professional and respectful of everyone on all of my shoots.”
The bottom line is this woman has a history of talking shit about people: “She’s spoken out against Winona Ryder (“I didn’t like her”), Arnold Schwarzenegger (“he farted in my face”), Friends creator Marta Kauffman (“I thought she was a monster”), Mick Jagger (“a miserable c*nt”), and John Cleese (“a puny tadpole of a person”),” [via Pajiba] and maybe it’s not that serious.
— Pop Base (@PopBase) September 13, 2023
Selena Gomez is not a fan of Chris Brown and people got mad at her online? EXCUSE ME, HE LAID HANDS ON RHIANNA. DO Y’ALL NOT REMEMBER?
I truly wonder how anyone survives or gets through this life without having severe BD. Maybe it’s a cruel amplified version in combination with my OCD, but damn. The amount of time I’ve wasted thinking about my arms in the last few months is insane.
I wanted to throw my own…
— Lili Reinhart (@lilireinhart) September 14, 2023
- Impact x Nightline has been renewed for a second season on Hulu.
- Jonah Kills, a U.K. comedy, is being developed at Showtime.
- Troll 2 has been ordered at Netflix.
- You’ll Never Find Me has been acquired at Shudder.
- Endangered, an adaptation of the crime novel Piranha, is being developed as a limited series.
- Tyler Posey has joined the cast of The Surreal Life on MTV.
Mark Your Calendars
- Quantum Leap returns on NBC on October 4.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians will premiere on Disney+ on December 20.
- 72 Seconds in Rittenhouse Square will debut on Paramount+ on September 26.
- The Black Book debuts on Netflix on September 22.
- Bye Bye Barry premieres on Prime Video on November 21.
- In Love and Deep Water premieres on Netflix on November 16.
- The Boogeyman debuts on Hulu on October 5.
- Living For The Dead will premiere on Hulu on October 18.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem will premiere on Paramount+ today.
- Hallmark has announced their “Countdown to Christmas” lineup of 40 films, and I’m not posting all that. Find the list at the link.
- Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has also announced their “Miracles of Christmas” lineup.
Pete Kozachik, Oscar-nominated visual artist for A Nightmare Before Christmas who also teamed with Tim Burton on James and the Giant Peach and Corpse Bride. He also worked on Coraline, Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Starship Troopers, among many others
Becoming Frieda Kahlo: A look into the life of the artist and icon. Series premiere. 8 p.m., PBS
Name That Tune: Fall premiere. 7 p.m., Fox
Celebrity Family Feud: Season finale. 7 p.m., ABC
|ABC||Celebrity Family Feud
|FBI: Most Wanted
|CW||Inside the NFL
|FOX||Name That Tune
|9-1-1: Lone Star
|NBC||America’s Got Talent