Hurricane Ida was brutal: here’s how you can help.

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In which I spend entirely too much more time theorizing about this ‘Bachelor’ mess

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May her memory be a blessing. May her memory be a revolution.

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THIS IS 2020.

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Relive Eddie Murphy’s almost-perfect ‘Saturday Night Live’

Saturday Night Live
Eddie Murphy & Lizzo
December 22, 2019

I’m going to try to avoid overthinking this episode because comedy never benefits from thinking about it too hard. (It’s one of the reasons I never recap comedies.) But, Eddie Murphy returning to Saturday Night Live for the first time in 35 years is not just a historically notable TV event, it’s one that required a little contemplation on both our part and the writers’.

Here’s the thing: Eddie Murphy blazed into superstardom on Saturday Night Live in 1980 when he was only 19 years old with characters like Mr. Robinson and Buckwheat — characters that made fun of racist stereotypes in a way that was so close to the chest that some viewers may not have understood they were supposed to be laughing with Murphy, not at him. Murphy was never putting on a minstrel show, he was pointing out how racist the minstrel show was. The problem is some viewers, particularly white ones, might have missed that nuance. (Honestly, maybe the greatest SNL sketch of all time is the one in which he went undercover as a white man — genuinely brilliant and tackling race in a way that remains as stinging and poignant 40 years later.)

So because a great deal has changed in the past 40 years, it was always going to be a delicate dance bringing some of these characters back to the show in a way that not only would be relevant but culturally palatable. But God damn, if they didn’t pull it off. Murphy’s 80s characters found themselves up against 21st-century issues like gentrification and the #MeToo movement — and that tension is where the comedy blossomed.

Then when you add to all of that the fact that Eddie Murphy waited long enough to come back to the show so that there were no more hard feelings, that he had shed enough of his movie star ego and aloofness that he could really enjoy himself on that stage in an uninhibited, genuine way … well, it made for the best episode of the year, certainly, and one of the best episodes of Saturday Night Live I’ve ever seen.

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Do not fuck with Nancy.

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Mandalorians, Muppets and Jeff Goldblum, oh my!

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The Night King gives Arya her props, and some other ‘Game of Thrones’ bits and pieces because we’ll never be done talking about this show

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‘Late Night with Seth Meyers” Amber Ruffin’s response to “Go Back to Your Country” is the only response that we need.

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Here’s a bunch of TV stuff that shouldn’t bum you out. (I hope.)

I was going to post my Anthony Bourdain tribute on my regular “Watch This” post, but it felt wrong. So, anyway.

Alia Shawkat wishes she had done more in that Arrested Development interview, but I am here to tell her she did just fine and shouldn’t second guess herself.

Please note: this ad first aired on Fox & Friends, and it is fantastic:

Pose very nearly included a Donald Trump played by James Van Der Beek but then the election happened.

Greg Berlanti signed a deal with Warner Brothers that is Ryan Murphy-sized.

Full Frontal saw a number of advertisers hit the pause button this week in response to the cuntraversy, but there were no full-scale withdrawals by any of them.

ABC is really sorry about that Quantico episode in which Indian terrorists plan an attack in Manhattan with the intention to pin it on Pakistan.

Stranger Things is getting the novelization treatment.

Killing Eve shows that a “strong female protagonist” doesn’t have to equal masculine.

Buffy v. Buffy. (I’m Team Buffy.)

Saved by the Bell is now a restaurant.

Y’all need to leave Kim Kardashian alone. She did a good thing by advocating for Alice Marie Johnson’s pardon.

Nathan Fielder warns that the Emmys are very vulnerable to election hacking and gives a very detailed step-by-step instructions on how one might go about doing that, and suggests that if another show other than Nathan For You wins Outstanding Variety Sketch Series the FBI should do a thorough investigation.

Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer announced that his cancer has returned and he only has “a few weeks” to live. Our sincere condolences.


In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Kidding will debut on Showtime on September 9 and it looks like a heartbreaker.
  • Shameless also returns on Showtime on September 9.
  • Queer Eye returns on June 15 on Netflix, yay!:
  • Living Biblically and Me, Myself and I will be burned off on CBS beginning on July 7.
  • Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will return on Netflix on July 6. Comedians will include: Jerry Lewis, Kate McKinnon, Ellen DeGeneres, Hasan Minhaj, Dana Carvey, Neil Brennan, Tracy Morgan, Brian Regan, Alec Baldwin, Zach Galifinakis, John Mulaney, and Dave Chappelle.
  • Inside North Korea will air on June 10 on NatGeo, two days before Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-Un.
  • Burgers, Brew & ‘Cue will return on July 3 on the Cooking Channel.
  • Marlon returns on NBC on June 14.


Alan O’Neill, Actor best known for Sons of Anarchy

David Lavin, Executive at CBS Studios

Alan Silverbach, Pioneer in international TV distribution

Peter Stringfellow, Nightclub owner and producer



Sense8: A final goodbye. Netflix

The Staircase: Your new true crime obsession. Netflix

Alex Strangelove: A teenager questions his sexuality after meeting a charming gay kid in this original film. Netflix

Just Another Immigrant: Romesh Ranganathan moves to America with his family in this new comedic docuseries. 8 p.m., Showtime


American Made: This is that weird movie starring Tom Cruise where he’s recruited by the CIA to run drugs or something? Anyway. 7 p.m., HBO

Big Hero 6: Series premiere. 8 a.m., Disney

The Crossing: ABC burns off the final two episodes. Series finale. 7 p.m., ABC


Claws: The women struggle to remain hopeful under their new Russian regime. Season premiere. 8 p.m., TNT

The Tony Awards: Broadway stuff. 7 p.m., CBS

Fear the Walking Dead: Morgan tries to do the right thing in the mid-season finale. 8 p.m., AMC

Late Night: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: (Friday): Penelope Cruz, David Koechner, Interpol Jimmy Kimmel Live (Friday): Billy Bob Thornton, Hannibal Buress, Aloe Blacc

FRI. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC NBA Finals
CBS Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition
Hawaii Five-0
Blue Bloods
CW My Last Days
Life Sentence
FOX Phenoms
NBC American Ninja Warrior

SAT. 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
ABC High School Football All-Star Game
CBS Ransom
48 Hours
48 Hours
FOX MLB Baseball
NBC Taken
News/Local Saturday Night Live

SUN. 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30
ABC America’s Funniest Home Videos
Celebrity Family Feud
The $100,000 Pyramid
To Tell the Truth
CBS 60 Minutes
The Tony Awards
FOX One Strange Rock
The Simpsons
Bob’s Burgers
Family Guy
(repeat) Local/News
NBC Dateline
Stanley Cup Final