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Donald Glover says TV and Movies Suck Because People Are Afraid of Being Cancelled

Did Donald Glover just come out and say “cancel culture” is ruining TV and movies?

In a series of tweets, Glover said “Saw people on here havin a discussion about how tired they were of reviewing boring stuff (tv & film). We’re getting boring stuff and not even experimental mistakes(?) because people are afraid of getting cancelled. So they feel like they can only experiment w/ aesthetic. (Also because some of em know theyre not that good).”

This lead to a discussion of “Donald Glover just came out against cancel culture,” versus “He means cancelled by networks, obviously, cancel culture is not real and if it is real it’s good.”

Now, here’s why that discussion is pointless: they’re the same thing. People who get “cancelled” by public opinion tend to see their TV shows and movie projects cancelled as well, or at least get kicked off of them.

The best of the best in entertainment has always been transgressive. Take for example Mr. Show with Bob and David and its Netflix follow-up, W/ Bob and David. The way David Cross writes jokes is starting with “what are we not allowed to joke about and how do we make jokes about that thing.”

And Donald Glover nailed the two things that made Mr. Show a beloved classic: they weren’t afraid to take risks and they were talented. The thing that separates David Cross and Bob Odenkirk from edgy YouTubers or whatever is that they do have talent, the things they say aren’t just transgressive but also funny and intelligent and with a unique perspective.

That’s what makes television good: having something to say and saying it regardless of people who think it’s in bad taste. For movies, that’s even more important. And we are in a period where people aren’t doing that for whatever reason.

The good news is that those transgressive voices are out there and this sort of thing is cyclical. There are shows out there that are still taking risks, like Rick and Morty, but there will be more and more. Before we had the 1990s, the last really transgressive period of music and TV and film, there were the 80s, where everything was sanitized by the religious right’s political influence. The reaction to that was grunge rock, gangsta rap, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee, The Simpsons and Mr. Show.

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Grey’s Anatomy: Renewed for Season 18! At Last!

The doctors are in.

And they won't be going anywhere for at least another year.

After making fans wait for an abnormally long time, ABC announced on Monday that Grey's Anatomy will return for Season 18 in the fall of 2021.

Simultaneously, the network confirmed that Ellen Pompeo has signed on for what we'd have to imagine will be the show's proverbial swan song. 

Meredith Smirks

In May 2019, the veteran actress signed her current enormous -- and well-earned! -- contract that reportedly paid her north of $550,000 per episode.

It was set to expire this summer and there had been talk of late that the show might end for good later this month.

For the record, ABC also renewed Station 19 today.

“The writers, directors, casts and crews of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 worked so hard to bring these shows to life this past season,” said executive producer Krista Vernoff in a statement.

Meredith on the Beach

Added Vernoff:

“Keeping each other safe on set while paying tribute to the front-line heroes and first responders has been a challenge and a privilege. I’ve been truly blown away -- particularly by our tireless crews -- as they reinvented the TV-making wheel.

"Thank you to ABC and ABC Signature for the support and extraordinary partnership through this unprecedented season.

"We are so grateful for the opportunity to tell more stories."

Bailey Comforts Her Mom

Grey’s Anatomy continues to dominate as ABC’s highest rated and most watched scripted series, averaging a 1.1 demographic rating and 5.3 million weekly viewers.

For its part, Station 19 ranks as the runner-up in both measures.

A bulk of this latest season has featured Meredith in a coronavirus-related coma, seeing and interacting with visions of loved ones such as her late husband on a beach.

Some viewers feared she would be killed off.

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Alas, Meredith will live to see another season.

Although beloved cast member Jesse Williams announced late last week that he is leaving the series.

"I will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda, the network, studio, fellow cast mates, our incredible crew, Krista, Ellen and Debbie," Williams said in a statement after last episode aired.

"I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends."

Ellen Pompeo on Season 17

Added Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment, on Monday:

“Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time.

"Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television."

Meredith in Some Scrubs

Concluded the executive:

"We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”

Grey's Anatomy will wrap up this season on May 20.

No word yet when it will return, but let's just be glad that it will return, you know?

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We can also now confirrm that Chandra Wilson and James Pickens Jr. have inked new, one-year contract.

Pete Davidson’s Story About Getting His Tattoos Removed is Actually Pretty Funny

Pete Davidson looks like a cross between a child and an old man. And you’d think that by that I would mean “normal adult” but I assure you I do not.

Part of the reason is that he is absolutely covered in tattoos to the extent that I’m surprised he’s been alive long enough to have that many of them done. Having that many tattoos might be fine if you’re a YouTube chef or a stand-up comic or a cast member on a sketch comedy show that’s been sailing by on nostalgia for two decades, but it’s not great if you’re an actor and you’d like roles other than drug dealer or drug user.

Pete is having a lot of his tattoos removed because it’s better than sitting in a make-up chair for three hours every morning having them covered up because you’re playing a character with a normal amount of tattoos.

Pete was actually pretty funny explaining the process to Seth Meyers on Late Night. Via The Hollywood Reporter.

“So before he goes to laser each tattoo, you hear him announce what the tattoo is to make sure if you want to keep it or not,” Davidson explained. “So I will be sitting there all high off the Pro-Nox [nitrous oxide] … and then all of a sudden I’ll hear, ‘Are we keeping the Stewie Griffin smoking a blunt?’ And I have to sit there and be like, ‘No, Dr. G.’”

Added Davidson, “If you’re going to get tattoos, just make sure you really, really want it — and aren’t on mushrooms.”

I haven’t been a huge fan of Davidson, but it occurred to me during this that pretty much everything I’ve seen him do is stuff that was written or approved by the writers at SNL, so of course it’s not going to be funny. Maybe I misjudged him.

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One of the Two Guys Joe Exotic Married Claims the Wedding was Fake

Ahh, Joe Exotic, the internet’s second-favorite convicted attempted murderer.

I’ll bet Sideshow Bob would’ve gotten that pardon from Donald Trump, he got one from Quimby.

Joe is back in the news because one of his “husbands” has gotten actually married and claims that the marriage he had with Joe Exotic was just something staged as part of Exotic’s attempt to get a reality TV show, as Page Six reported.

However, he insisted that now-infamous scenes of their 2014 three-way wedding with Travis Maldonado — all wearing garish bright pink shirts — was just a publicity-generating scam.

“The fake one was basically a publicity stunt so Joe could get his own reality TV series,” the welder insisted.

Of course, that doesn’t explain why he got Joe Exotic’s name tattooed all over his body.

He even had an inking reading “Privately Owned By Joe Exotic” just above John’s groin that he covered with an angry bull’s head. He still has four others, including “Joe” on the right side of his chest and “For My Husband, Joe” on his upper arm.

But Joe could end up with a reality TV show in the end. By 2037 Fox might be looking to fill an hour Wednesdays with World’s Most Incompetent Hitman Hirers.

As for John Finlay, he’s married a woman named Stormey proving he really does have a type and that type lives in a trailer park.

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Elon Musk has Some Ideas for His ‘Saturday Night Live’ Host Gig and They are Terrible

I don’t think Elon Musk is a particularly intelligent person. He’s more what an unintelligent person thinks a smart person would be. He’s a rich CEO inventor, but he isn’t rich for the things he’s invented, he’s richer because his idea for a bank that’s entirely online got bought out and became PayPal. He’s not building rockets and electric cars himself, he’s paying people to build rockets and electric cars so he can become the slave king of Mars, where Earth law doesn’t apply.

What Elon Musk mostly does is Tweet, and if SNL wanted to have someone on to host because they’re famous on Twitter, they should have asked dril to host.

See, those are good tweets, and those are only his recent ones. He has a decades-long history of making good tweets.

On the other side of that coin are the tweets Elon Musk has made in preparation for his spot hosting SNL next week.

“Woke James Bond” and “Irony Man” are things a 12-year-old on 4chan would think of. But those weren’t the worst idea he had.

Baby Shark Tank was the worst idea he had. That’s the sort of thing I’d expect Blaine Capatch to put in a “Quick, someone bring MADtv back” tweet.

If you don’t get it, MADtv was mostly sketches driven by pun titles based on TV shows, usually combined with another famous property, something MADtv writers Capatch and Patton Oswalt have made fun of in the years after they left the show.

Elon’s ideas are unfunny even by current SNL standards, though, and that’s a sort of accomplishment, at any rate. Considering cast members will be able to opt-out of appearing in sketches with Musk, I imagine the only thing that’s going to get written for him is going to be very unflattering for Musk. It’s not like his acting ability was a plus to having him in skits anyway.

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Did ABC Pass on Kelsey Grammer and Alec Baldwin’s Sitcom Because it Didn’t Reach a Diversity Quota?

Ever since I heard that ABC had passed on Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer’s untitled sitcom after committing to a season order, I’ve been very curious as to why. This show is getting made and ABC is paying to make it, so why not just air it, even in mid-season if it’s that bad. And as I’ve previously mentioned, how bad can it be when it’s a who’s who of television success both in front of and behind the camera. It never really made sense.

I think we may have gotten an answer as CinemaBlend reported that Disney Television’s chairwoman of entertainment Dana Walden announced she had passed on a “well-written” sitcom because all the main characters were white.

That’s not going to get on the air anymore because that’s not what our audience wants. That’s not a reflection of our audience, and I feel good about the direction we’re moving.

This was apparently in reference to a show about a white family where all the diversity came from the supporting cast.

You know, like The Goldbergs and The Conners and American Housewife, ABC’s three highest-rated sitcoms.

Look, I applaud ABC and Disney, in general, wanting to increase their diversity both on and off-camera, streaming has made the television landscape absolutely massive and there’s room for everyone. But this seems like the sort of thing that’s doomed to fail spectacularly

ABC!s new diversity standards say that “half of the actors and characters of all new programs must be members of previously underrepresented sects.” Do you know what recent ABC show comes to my mind that doesn’t meet that criteria? Modern Family. Unless you consider white women underrepresented on television, only four of the nine original primary actors on Modern Family were from “underrepresented sects.” You have to consider that while Eric Stonestreet played a gay character, he himself is not gay. And one of those characters was an infant who could not talk.

This reminds me of the BBC using Monty Python as an example of the type of show they wouldn’t make today because of its lack of diversity. No one of any race or sect is going to be happy when you point to a beloved all-time classic and go “yeah, that’s garbage, too white.” It’s just not the way to sell your new way of doing things.

Now, this is not to say that Disney can’t produce good shows with more diverse casts. Eddie Huang may not have felt Fresh Off the Boat authentically represented his childhood, but it was a ratings success for ABC and an entertaining family sitcom. And Black-ish used to be successful with audiences and critics, too. Not, you know, recently, but at first. And its spin-off Mixed-ish is actually ABC’s lowest-rated sitcom.

The problem is that there is only so many hit shows a TV executive can pass on while ratings slip before they get fired. Clearly this diversity push is a business decision, companies as big as Disney don’t care about doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing, so there must be some numbers showing that this is indeed what their audience wants. It’s just not the Nielsen numbers.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ is About to Be Even Worse With Elon Musk Hosting

Saturday Night Live is no stranger to having hosts that aren’t actors or comics. Most of those hosts have been athletes like Joe Montana or the Dollar Store Joe Montana, Tom Brady. They may not have been trained actors, but they had charisma. Even Donald Trump has charisma and screen presence.

Newly announced SNL host Elon Musk has no ability to act and no charisma at all.

That Big Bang Theory clip is me being generous to Elon, his voice acting is even worse.

The only thing Elon Musk being on The Simpsons did for the show is make it so the Lady Gaga episode isn’t the most hated episode anymore.

Here’s why anything with Elon Musk in it is automatically worse: he’s a terrible actor, he only plays himself and every guest spot he does is just people fawning over him like “Oh my God, you’re Elon Musk, you’re such a genius!” Elon Musk’s only actual accomplishment is looking the way he does and still managing to get Amber Heard to sleep with him.

Can Saturday Night Live even get worse at this point? SNL hasn’t been really good since Will Ferrell left and it’s barely been watchable in about a decade.

Elon Musk is a weird choice because I don’t even think he’s that popular. He has a fan base, sure, but it’s not that large all things considered and mostly consists of people dumb enough to think Elon Musk is a genius.

And it’s not like the guy is going to be able to act in sketches. You saw how bad an actor he is, and that’s with unlimited retakes. You think he’s going to be able to perform in live comedy sketches? Of course, it’s not like his acting will be any worse than the show’s writing, so I guess it kind of works.

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How Bad is Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer’s New Sitcom That ABC Won’t Air It After Paying For a Full Season

ABC gave Untitled Alec Baldwin/Kelsey Grammer Project a straight-to-series order meaning that they’re contractually obligated to produce a full season of the show. Despite that and with Disney’s upfront presentation scheduled less than a month from now on May 18th, ABC passed on the series as is shopping it to other networks according to Variety.

Now, I’m not saying that this is highly unusual, it does happen that shows given straight-to-series or put pilot commitments get passed on by networks, but this show may have the best pedigree of any sitcom in the last 20 years.

Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer are both legends, having starred in 30 Rock and Cheers and Frasier, respectively. The project also stars Alec Mapa, Richard Kind and Gilmore Girls’ hot mom Lauren Graham. On top of that it’s created by Christopher Lloyd, who was a writer and executive producer for Frasier and Modern Family, having won more Emmys than any other producer between those two shows.

The plot of the show is that Baldwin, Grammer and Mapa were roommates as young men who had a falling out and now they’re reunited “for one more run at the lives they’ve always wanted.”

All of this makes me extremely curious on why ABC passed on this show that they’re on the hook to produce a full season of anyway. I can’t imagine it’s because it’s not funny enough, they ran Speechless for three seasons.

The only thing I can think of is that the show is edgy in a way ABC isn’t comfortable with and they’re afraid of complaints. Nothing is guaranteed to work and the show could genuinely be bad, but most sitcoms take a season to find their footing, and with the group they’ve assembled and money they’ve spent it seems like it would be worthwhile to give them the space to figure it out if that was the problem.

Now, if the show was going to be controversial and wanted to push the envelope, well, we’re at the peak of television sitcoms trying not to be controversial. We’ll probably know by how quickly it gets sold: if it takes a while or no one picks it up, it’s probably a bad show. But if it gets immediately snapped up by another network or a streaming service, ABC just got cold feet about the content.

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Aziz Ansari Is Coming Back to Television with Another Season of ‘Master of None’

It’s weird that Aziz Ansari has been out of the public eye since a woman accused him of being a little awkward while she was consensually giving him a blowjob and said that’s basically the same as rape. Can you believe that was actually a story?

Aziz already had another stand-up special at Netflix, and now he’s bringing back his prestige comedy Master of None for a third season of Netflix after several years on hiatus, Variety reports.

The season is expected to be a departure for the show, and it’s believed to focus on Lena Waithe’s character, Denise. Early reports about the third season indicated that Naomi Ackie (“The End of the F***ing World”) would join the cast.

In 2017, Waithe and Ansari won an Emmy for outstanding comedy writing for the Season 2 episode “Thanksgiving,” which focused on her character’s struggles with her family. (In its first season, “Master of None” also won an Emmy for writing, with Ansari and Yang sharing the accolade.)

I also didn’t even realize babe.net had gone out of business until I read this Variety story, but I had also forgotten babe.net existed until I read this Variety story.

Moving the focus off of Ansari’s Dev and onto Lena Waithe’s Denise rings true with Ansari previously having said he would have to have some big life event before doing a third season because he doesn’t have anything else to say about being a single guy in New York. Denise would have a much different experience than Dev and the writing would be more based on Waithe’s experiences, giving it the fresh aspect Ansari thought was missing that caused the hiatus in the first place.

I enjoyed Master of None’s initial run, and I’m glad to see Netflix is still willing to do smaller shows like this. We all thought streaming would be a place where shows with small but passionate audiences and critical acclaim could find homes, but Netflix and other streamers have turned out to be even more cutthroat than the broadcast networks when it comes to handing out cancellations. It seems like maybe that small, indie feel of the old Netflix isn’t entirely gone and replaced with Kevin James as a race car driver or owner or whatever.

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Hilary Duff is Going to Headline the Long-Promised ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Sequel

How I Met Your Mother is one of the best sitcoms of all time, and probably the best “hang-out” sitcom ever (sorry Happy Endings fans, you’ll have to settle for second). Since it ended in 2014, series creators Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have been trying to follow it up with a show with the same premise but following a woman on her path to meet her future husband.

That show, How I Met Your Father, is finally getting made and Hilary Duff is playing the Ted Mosby role of a woman telling her son all about how she met his father. The New York Post has a quote from Duff about taking the role of Sophie, the new Ted Mosby.

“As a huge fan of ‘How I Met Your Mother,’ I’m honored and even a little nervous that Carter and Craig would trust me with the sequel of their baby,” Duff said, referencing the shows co-creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, in Hulu’s press release announcing the show. “Isaac and Elizabeth are brilliant, and I can’t wait to work alongside them and all of their genius. Just fangirling over here getting to join the Hulu Originals and 20th families. I realize these are big shoes to fill and I’m excited to slip my 6 ½’s in there!”

The finale of How I Met Your Mother was, to put it lightly, divisive. Cristin Milioti did such an amazing job in the last season as Tracy that the audience fell in love with her, only to find out that she had died years ago from the perspective of Future Ted and his children, and the show was his way of accepting he was ready to love again with his ex-girlfriend Robin.

Honestly, I liked the ending, the last scene especially, but I thought the entire last season of the show was weak. Instead of spending the last season showing one weekend and then covering 16 years in the final episode, they should have spent the final season exploring the plots from the finale.

As much as I’d love to see this show last nine years as well, I don’t know if the format is all that suited to a long-running show as much as it’s suited to a shorter, more focused series that runs 3-4 seasons. Ted’s story was great and there was something interesting about following him for that long and the way it necessitated a shift to being about Ted having to grow up and actually want the thing he was saying he wanted, but it probably would have made a lot more sense if the show ended after the third season.

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Emilia Clarke is Coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel has pretty much-eclipsed Game of Thrones as the current big cultural phenomenon, largely thanks to Disney+’s decision to air television shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that feature the actors and characters from the movies. And the Twin Peaksian weirdness of WandaVision became the biggest topic of conversation on the internet for about two months.

Now, as if to take a final victory lap and do a little dance on the grave of A Song of Ice and Fire, the franchise that could have been but clearly is not going to be, Marvel has signed Emilia Clarke, who played basically the main character of Game of Thrones, to be a part of Secret Invasion.

Secret Invasion is going to be a big deal just by virtue of having Samuel L. Jackson in it as Nick Fury. It’s a continuation of the story from Captain Marvel featuring the Skrulls, but we don’t really know how it’s going to play out. In the comics, the titular secret invasion is literally that, the Skrulls used their shape-shifting abilities to come to Earth and build an invasion force in secret, blending into the populace until it was time to strike. Captain Marvel presented the Skrulls as much more sympathetic in contrast to their enemies, the Kree.

The thing that Marvel has going that Game of Thrones didn’t is that Marvel doesn’t need to have an ending. Game of Thrones was unable to deliver a satisfying one, and George R. R. Martin seems unlikely to ever finish the novel series, so that’s it. But Marvel comics have presented themselves as an unending, open-ended superhero soap opera for 60 years. Avengers: Endgame was a kind of ending, but we knew there were more movies right around the corner. It only ended a chapter, not the whole book.

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John Cleese is Not a Fan of ‘The Simpsons’ Recasting So Many Roles

A few years ago, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy made a statement that Monty Python’s Flying Circus, one of the most beloved sketch comedy series of all time, would not be made today because they were “six Oxbridge white blokes,” and that they would instead “assemble” a more diverse troupe. Python’s animator Terry Gilliam was incensed, calling the statement “bullshit” and saying “[Allen’s] statement made me so angry, all of us so angry. Comedy is not assembled, it’s not like putting together a boy band where you put together one of this, one of that everyone is represented.” And the inimitable John Cleese added that Python was a diverse group, joking “We had three grammar-school boys, one a poof, and Gilliam, though not actually black, was a Yank. And NO slave-owners.”

Cleese has similar feelings on the way The Simpsons has been recasting roles because of the agreeably silly idea that voice actors must now only play animated characters of their same race and apparently sexuality.

It started because Hank Azaria recently apologized for playing Apu, saying he now felt his portrayal was racist. I’m not sure I agree, Apu was almost always portrayed positively, his main character flaws being his work ethic putting a strain on his relationship with his wife and being unfaithful to his wife. Apu was mainly shown as being smarter and more human than most other people in Springfield.

John Cleese definitely doesn’t agree, tweeting “Not wishing to be left behind by Hank Azaria, I would like to apologize on behalf on Monty Python for all the many sketches we did making fun of white English people. We’re sorry for any distress we may have caused”

Cleese was pretty dismissive of someone saying they found some of Python’s humor offensive by today’s standards.

Cleese actually makes a good point here. If you see something on TV that offends you, you can just get over it, who cares?

And Cleese had a thought about “wokeism” or “cancel culture” or “political correctness” or whatever you want to call it.

“Humorless, censorious, literal-minded, posturing idiocy” is a pretty good assessment. Do we really think The Simpsons, which hasn’t been good in over 15 years, is going to suddenly be good by following a bunch of rules about what they can and can’t do and what types of jokes they can make?

You might not remember this if you’re younger, but The Simpsons was subversive when it was new. The President of the United States complained about it. My uncle told my mother and father they were bad parents because they let me watch The Simpsons.

Those early episodes may not seem subversive, but just depicting a “dysfunctional” family that didn’t exist in the picture-perfect reality of The Brady Bunch where everyone learned a lesson about being a Good Samaritan was subversive. The Simpsons lost its edge and went mainstream, and they’re not going to get edgier by going out of their way to make sure they don’t offend anyone.

And Monty Python made Life of Brian, they definitely know it’s okay to offend people with humor, especially powerful, humorless people.

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NCIS Renewed for Season 19… But Will Mark Harmon Return?

As previously and sadly reported, this may be the final season of Grey's Anatomy.

It's crazy, but it may be true, as ABC is yet to determine the fate of its longest-running drama.

CBS, conversely?

It revealed that the future remains bright for its longest-running drama... sort of.

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First, the good news: NCIS has been renewed for Season 19!

Fictional super agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs and company will, indeed, return in the fall of 2021 for plenty of brand new episodes.

But will this season mark the end for series lead Mark Harmon, who portrays Gibbs and who has been at the center of the intense action ever since the very first episode?

It sounds very possible, even not even likely.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harmon will absolutely be back in the main role next season.

It remains unclear, however, whether or not he'll be in every installment or whether he only agreed to return on a part-time basis.

Back in February, sources told the aformentioned entertainment news outlet that Harmon was prepared to move on from the character he originated on the CBS show JAG back in 2003.

Then, these same insiders explain, the actor -- who also serves as executive producer -- was informed told CBS would probably cancell NCIS if he retired from the program.

Such an ultimatum prompted Harmon to enter negotiations to reprise his beloved role.

Mark Harmon as Gibbs

CBS also announced the renewal of three other hits on Thursday.

Blue Bloods (for Season 12), S.W.A.T. (for Season 5), Magnum P.I. (for Season 4) and Bull (for Season 6).

All of these shows aired a limited number of episodes in 2020-2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the network did not specify the number it ordered for these upcoming seasons.

Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette

NCIS, meanwhile, is inching closer to some historic television milestones.

It now has a chance to become the longest-running U.S. primetime drama series of all time, with only Law & Order: SVU (22 seasons and counting), the original Law & Order (20 seasons) and Gunsmoke (20 seasons) having a more protracted run.

Might this entice Harmon to stick around even longer?

We can't say at the moment -- but series does still draw a huge audience of around 12 million viewers per week.

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As for CBS as a whole?

It previously renewed dramas The Equalizer (for Season 2), FBI (Season 4) and FBI: Most Wanted (Season 3)... as well as comedies Bob Hearts Abishola (Season 3), The Neighborhood (Season 4) and Young Sheldon (Seasons 5-7).

CBS series still on the bubble include All Rise, B Positive, Clarice, NCIS: Los Angeles, SEAL Team, The Unicorn and United States of Al.

Is Kathleen Kennedy Ready to Hand ‘Star Wars’ Over to Jon Favreau?

Depending on how you look at it, Star Wars has either done exceptionally well or exceptionally poorly under Kathleen Kennedy’s time as president of Lucasfilm. Kennedy is one of the most successful film producers ever, with EP credits on classic films such as Back to the Future, Gremlins and The Goonies. And Star Wars had made a lot of money for Disney since she became Lucasfilms’ president after George Lucas departed when Disney bought the studio.

The only problem is the movies have been, for lack of a better word, a trainwreck. Hell, they were worse than Trainwreck! Sure they made a lot of money but clearly, you do not have to make a quality film to sell tickets if you put Star Wars on the marquee. Star Wars fans would see the movie 20 times even if it was just Han Solo sitting on the Millennium Falcon’s toilet for two hours complaining about a badly frozen burrito. The sequel trilogy was especially unfocused and offputting to longtime fans, with The Rise of Skywalker actually managing to be worse than The Phantom Menace. That’s like if you took a crap and the crap threw up.

But that all turned around thanks to Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni and their huge surprise hit for Disney+, The Mandalorian. The quality of that show and the outpouring of love for it from fans old and new turned around the fortunes of the entire Star Wars franchise, taking it from something Disney was going to “rest” until people forgot how bad the last five movies actually were to a must-see weekly television event. The only thing Disney has done in a year that got more hype was WandaVision, and the Mouse House is responding to that by spinning an entire Star Wars television universe out of The Mandalorian’s success.

Obviously, this lead to speculation that Kathleen Kennedy and Jon Favreau were at odds, battling for the soul of Star Wars. That is of course insane because Kathleen Kennedy knows what she’s doing and wants Star Wars to succeed. Why wouldn’t she believe that J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson would make good Star Wars movies if left to their own devices? Have you seen Knives Out? That was a great movie. There’s probably no one in this world happier with how Jon Favreau has handled Star Wars than Kathleen Kennedy.

A rumor posted to Reddit from an unverified source (so take this with a grain of salt) says that Jon Favreau is actually Kennedy’s choice to succeed her as president when she steps down or potentially takes a promotion and moves even higher in Disney. Kennedy’s contract is up in October, and she might be ready to move on when it ends.

The source also reports that Disney saw casting John Boyega as “risky,” presumably because of his race and the Chinese market, where Boyega was practically edited out of the poster. They also allegedly squashed romance subplots with Finn and Rey and Finn and Poe, actually asking for Rey and Poe to be put together. I’m not even sure those characters had more than one scene together in the entire trilogy.

Whether or not these leaks turn out to be true, they all sort of sound like common sense stuff to me. Disney was clearly worried about having black actors alienate Chinese audiences, hence the poster. Of course Jon a Favreau is the best choice to be head of Lucasfilms. And of course, Kathleen Kennedy isn’t at odds with a hitmaker like Favreau. You don’t really need inside information to get any of that.

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The Bachelorette Premiere Date: REVEALED!

As of this writing, we do not know whether or not Katie Thurston will bring her vibrator along for her run as the next Bachelorette.

We do now know, however, when the beautiful brunette will debut in this role.

ABC announced Thurston's premiere date on Wednesday, April 7, while also giving fans their very first look at Katie in the role.

Here it is:

Katie Thurston as The Bachelorette

The 17th season of this franchise, meanwhile, will kick off on June 7, while the same network also confirmed today that Bachelor in Paradise will return on August 16.

This, of course, will be a unique year for The Bachelorette.

Following a lengthy, race-based controversy on this past season of The Bachelor, producers said this spring that 2021 will feature a pair of Bachelorette leads.

First up will be Thurston, who was eliminated fairly early on by Matt James; then, this winter, Michelle Young, will take on this challenging gig.

Katie Thurston ABC Photo

Among the other major changes?

Chris Harrison will not serve as host on Katie's season.

Instead, with ABC essentially punishing Harrison for insensitive remarks he made during Matt's Bachelor season when it came to suitor Rachael Kirkconnell and her past social media posts...

... Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams will anchor Season 17.

Katie Thurston on the Couch

Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette," read a statement from the network in mid-March.

"We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing.

"In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season...

"We are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks."

Chris Harrison Profile Picture

Back to Thurston, however:

She made a name for herself as "Vibrator Girl" almost immediately upon her Bachelor introduction... thanks to her decision to bring her favorite sex toy along when she met James.

She also earned praise from viewers around the nation because she stood up to bullies inside the resort that housed the suitors and basically told them to shut the f--k up.

For a brief period of time, there was chatter about Thurston being too racy for The Bachelorette gig, but executives appear willing to roll the proverbial dice.

Michelle Young and Katie Thurston

Katie's season is currently filming in New Mexico and it will once again feature the star and her aspiring husbands quarantined on their own.

So much for those expensive and exotic vacations.

As for where Thurston comes down on Harrison and the scandal that enguled Bachelor Nation for nearly all of Matt's recent season?

Katie Thurston Accepts Rose

"I stand with other alumni who have expressed that learning & growth require time," Thurston has Tweeted.

"I hope that Chris Harrison continues to take more time to step away while sincerely educating himself & dedicating himself to the work," she continued.

"We can all grow and do better with time, and I hope he does."

Will you be tuning in to see if Katie Thurston can find love on The Bachelorette?

Adult Film Star Maitland Ward is Returning to Mainstream TV

You ever kind of have a crush on an actress on a tv show, maybe a really sexy, tall redhead on a show full of gorgeous actors, and then later in life she starts doing porn and it’s better than you could have imagined? Okay, that basically only describes Maitland Ward, but she’s one of a kind. I know what you’re thinking; what about Jaimee Foxworth? I didn’t forget her, but she was like 10 when she was on Family Matters, Maitland Ward was 21 when she started appearing on Boy Meets World.

Maitland Ward is about to do something no one else has really done and appear on mainstream television and in porn at the same time. The main reason this isn’t a more regular occurrence is that porn stars are not exactly known for their acting ability.

The New York Post reports Ward is going to produce and star in a TV sitcom where she plays a porn star.

“I want to slay both industries,” Ward told The Post. “I love and embrace both. Me being bold and free in my sexuality and so out there with it has really given me that power. When I was like this innocent flower, I was letting everyone else dictate what I should do or what I should be.”

While some may stick their noses up at her day job, the redheaded bombshell says it unleashed passion within herself — not just passion for the cameras.

“When people always say, ‘Oh porn’s going to ruin you. You’ll never be seen by mainstream again. Nobody will ever want to hire you and porn will ruin it,’ ” she said, “it’s given me my acting career back. It really has.”

Maitland Ward has spoken in the past about limited her options were after Boy Meets World. Basically, the best she could hope for was a really popular Hallmark Movies and Mysteries TV movie series.

The line between porn and TV has been blurring for a while. Are you going to tell me that porn would have detrimental to the career of anyone on Game of Thrones when that show was still good? A sitcom about porn is probably prestige TV these days.

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Sharon Osbourne: BOOM! Leaving The Talk for Being Way Too Racist

After nearly 11 years a co-host, Sharon Osbourne is leaving The Talk.

And it's all because of Meghan Markle.

Or, to be far more accurate, it's all because of the inappropriate way in which Sharon Osbourne reacted to the reaction to the Meghan Markle-Oprah Winfrey interview.

Sharon Osbourne as The Talk Host

If you'll recall, back on March 10, Osbourne stood up for Piers Morgan after Morgan trashed Markle, questioning the validity of Markle's discussion on mental health during her interview Oprah.

At the time, co-host Sheryl Underwood asked Osbourne:

"What would you say to people who may feel that while you're standing by your friend, it appears you gave validation or safe haven to something that he has uttered that is racist?

"Even if you don't agree."

Sharon Osbourne on The Talk

Sharon was offended by the line of questioning, stating on air:

"I very much feel like I'm about to be put in the electric chair because I have a friend, who many people think is a racist, so that makes me a racist?"

But Underwood followed up by telling Osbourne that she was downplaying the racial undertones of Morgan's remarks.

After this heated exchange aired, an investigation alleged that Osbourne had often used racist and homophobic slurs against her co-panelists.

Sharon Osbourne Image

Now, she's been forced off the program.

CBS said late Friday that Sharon has "decided" to leave The Talk, expounding via lengthy statement:

"The events of the March 10 broadcast were upsetting to everyone involved, including the audience watching at home.

"As part of our review, we concluded that Sharon's behavior toward her co-hosts during the March 10 episode did not align with our values for a respectful workplace.

"We also did not find any evidence that CBS executives orchestrated the discussion or blindsided any of the hosts."

Sharon Osbourne Red Carpet Pic

CBS also said the network and showrunners for The Talk are "accountable for what happened during that broadcast as it was clear the co-hosts were not properly prepared by the staff for a complex and sensitive discussion involving race."

In the wake of this scandal, CBS said it is now focused on "coordinating workshops, listening sessions and training about equity, inclusion and cultural awareness for the hosts, producers and crew."


Concluded the statement that confirmed Osbourne would not return:

"Going forward, we are identifying plans to enhance the producing staff and producing procedures to better serve the hosts, the production and, ultimately, our viewers."

The Talk has been on hiatus for most of March and is now scheduled to come back with new episodes on April 12.

But without Osbourne.

Sharon Osbourne Snapshot

Following her controversial comments a few weeks ago, Osbourne thanked her supporters for their "prayers" and issued an apology.

"I have always been embraced with so much love & support from the black community & I have deep respect & love for the black community," she wrote on Twitter.

"To anyone of color that I offended and/or to anyone that feels confused or let down by what I said, I am truly sorry. I panicked, felt blindsided, got defensive & allowed my fear & horror of being accused of being racist take over.

"There are very few things that hurt my heart more than racism so to feel associated with that spun me fast.

"I am not perfect, I am still learning like the rest of us & will continue to learn, listen and do better."

Sharon Osbourne, Big Pink Sweatshirt

Osbourne added that does not "condone racism, misogyny or bullying," but rather was merely supporting Morgan's freedom of speech.

"Now I see how I unintentionally didn't make that clear distinction," she said.

"I hope we can collectively continue to learn from each other & from ourselves so that we can all continue to pave the way for much needed growth & change.

"I hope we can all hold each other up with accountability, compassion & love during this powerful time of paving the way for so much needed change."

Jessica Walter Dead at 80; Arrested Development Cast Mourns Beloved Actress

Jessica Walter, the veteran actress who established one of the funniest and most memorable characters in TV history on Arrested Development, passed away in her sleep on Wednesday.

She was 80 years old.

This very sad move was confirmed to People Magazine by the beloved star's daughter, Brooke.

Jessica Walter

"It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica," Brooke said on Thursday afternoon.

"A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off.

"While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre."

Walter made her movie debut back in 1964 and starred in shows such as 90210 and Archer.

Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth 03

However, a majority of younger television fans will forever remember Walter as the hilariously self-centered and conniving matriarch Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development, on which she starred from 2003 to 2013 -- and then again from 2018 to 2019.

In response to her death, nearly everyone associated with this legendary sitcom mourned Walter on social media or via a statement.

“She was a force, and her talent and timing were unmatched. Rest In Peace Mama Bluth,” wrote Tony Hale, who played Lucille’s son Buster on Arrested Development.

Hale included with his tribute a sweet, smiling selfie of him and the actress.

Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth 04

Added Alia Shawkat: “love you Gangie #jessicawalters."

And series lead Jason Bateman:

"R. I. P. Jessica Walter. What an incredible career, filled with amazing performances. I will forever remember my time with her, watching her bring Lucille Bluth to life.

"She was one of a kind. All my love and thoughts to her family."

Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth 05

And Will Arnett:

"Jessica Walter was a deeply talented person. We first met on a pilot in ‘96 and I was instantly blown away.

"I’m fortunate to have had a front row seat to her brilliance for 25 years. My thoughts are with her daughter Brooke and grandson Micah today.

"Farewell Jessica, you’ll be missed."

Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth 06

Walter also made a humorous name for herself on Archer, prompting this message from FX:

We are utterly heartbroken to learn of the passing of Jessica Walter.  She was a comedic genius and a brilliant actor who personified wit, grace and elegance. 

Jessica’s “Malory Archer” served as the bedrock character for the series and we were always honored to have her as member of our FX family.

Words cannot describe the monumental loss we and the Archer producers and cast feel. 

We extend our love, appreciation and condolences to Jessica’s family.

Jessica Walter as Malory Archer

Added Adam Reed, creator and executive producer of Archer:

The Archer family is heartbroken to lose Jessica Walter, our beloved colleague and friend. 

Jessica was a consummate professional, an actor's actor, and the exact opposite of Malory Archer – warm, caring, and kind, with an absolutely cracking sense of humor – and it was both a privilege and a true honor to work with her over these many years.

She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

Jessica Walter character on Archer

Walter was previously married to actor Ron Leibman before his death in 2019. Along with Bowman, Walter is survived by her grandson Micah Heymann.

We send our condolences to her friends, family members and loved ones.

May Jessica Walter rest in peace.

Jay Leno Admits That Telling Racist Jokes About Asians for Decades Was Maybe a Bad Idea

There has been a marked increase in racist and violent incidents targeting Asians over the past year. While all racism is misguided, illogical and stupid, this recent spate of racism towards Asians really takes the cake for just being entirely irrational.

Basically, the people who don’t think that COVID-19 is a big deal and that masks and vaccines are a pedophile conspiracy are also very mad at Asian people for creating the deadly virus that’s caused a global pandemic.

Now, it does seem likely that the current strain of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 originated in China, but it’s not like that is in any way the fault of the Chinese people. China’s response to the outbreaks took the threat much, much more seriously than places like the US and the UK did, and it was the lack of bold action by Western governments to control the situation that likely lead to the virus spreading as widely as it has and the development of more serious variants.

It has been convenient for leaders like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson to pass their failings as leaders off on the Chinese government, which is notoriously secretive and currently engaged in genocide. But you would think that anyone who lives in a country that elected someone like Donald Trump or Boris Johnson or Emmanuel Macron would realize that a bad government doesn’t mean that the citizens are bad.

Racism against Asians is nothing new, though, and we as a society have basically been ignoring it and letting it slide for years.

Case in point, Variety reports that former Tonight Show host Jay Leno apologized to Media Action Network for Asian Americans for the decades worth of racist jokes he’s told at the expense of Asians.

And just so we’re clear, Leno wasn’t doing something like Sarah Silverman or Stephen Colbert where he was subversively using racist tropes to point out the way that we as a society accept this sort of racism in a way that some modern audiences frown on, Leno was just going “haha, Asian people eat dogs” as recently as 2020.

The thing is… Jay Leno used to be funny. Comedian and political commentator Jimmy Dore has said a few times “I hate Barack Obama for the same reason I hate Jay Leno: he was my hero and he broke my heart.”

I get it, Leno has it in him to be a really funny comic. He could have been remembered as one of the greats like Carlin, but instead he’ll be remembered as hacky, lazy and kind of racist. That was his choice, and he admits it.

Should have taken his own advice.

“At the time I did those jokes, I genuinely thought them to be harmless,” Leno said in a joint press release with MANAA leader Guy Aoki. “I was making fun of our enemy North Korea, and like most jokes, there was a ring of truth to them.”

Leno continued, “At the time, there was a prevailing attitude that some group is always complaining about something, so don’t worry about it. Whenever we received a complaint, there would be two sides to the discussion: Either ‘We need to deal with this’ or ‘Screw ‘em if they can’t take a joke.’ Too many times I sided with the latter even when in my heart I knew it was wrong.”

In light of that, Leno said, “I am issuing this apology. I do not consider this particular case to be another example of cancel culture but a legitimate wrong that was done on my part. MANAA has been very gracious in accepting my apology. I hope that the Asian American community will be able to accept it as well, and I hope I can live up to their expectations in the future.”

I mean, it’s not nothing. At least he realizes that he should say something. It’s never too late to do better.

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‘Jeopardy!’ Fans Hate Dr. Oz As Much As Everyone Else Hates Dr. Oz

“That ain’t it, chief.”

That was the reaction of basically every Jeopardy! fan as they tuned in and saw Dr. Mehmet Oz stepping into the shoes of the irreplaceable Alex Trebek.

You would think Oz would be a slam-dunk, he’s a popular and charismatic host and clearly very intelligent: he has an MD from Penn and he pioneered a new mitral valve procedure in the 90s.

of course, if you’ve ever watched The Dr. Oz Show, probably because you were visiting your grandmother, you know that these days he’s more known for, well… spewing a bunch of unscientific bullshit. You don’t become Oprah’s favorite doctor without telling her homeopathy is great, after all.

Jeopardy! is a fairly difficult quiz show for the average person, so it attracts an audience of people who like to challenge their minds. That’s not really Dr. Oz’s brand, and the fans were quick to let the talk show know it on social media.

Judging from that profile picture, he was a contestant.

Now, I personally would not call Dr. Oz a snake oil salesman or a charlatan, mainly because that’s the sort of wording that can open one up to a defamation lawsuit. Now if you call someone a dipshit, well, that’s not a statement of fact and no one can get sued.

So far Jeopardy! producer Mike Richards has been the most impressive guest host, sort of like the time NBC hired a writer from The Simpsons with basically no experience on-camera to replace David Letterman. Just came out of nowhere and changed the game.

Personally, I think Richards would be a good choice, as would LeVar Burton or Mayim Bialik, with the latter already scheduled for a guest hosting slot down the line.

On second thought, maybe just call LeVar Burton already and wrap this thing up.

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HBO Striking While the Iron is Hot, Producing Even More ‘Game of Thrones’ Spin-Offs

Young Sheldon is a rather middle-of-the-road sitcom about the origins of The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, a person who experienced no real character growth whatsoever from his childhood until the last episode of that show when he realized other people matter as much as he does. This rather limits the story potential of the series as character development is one of the pillars of modern television storytelling.

The show is still a rather decent ratings success for CBS, though, because they launched it while The Big Bang Theory was the number one show on television and some people who were fans of that show started watching the spin-off and got into the habit of watching it.

The number two television series at the time, just barely behind The Big Bang Theory in the ratings, was Game of Thrones. Those shows ended within a few days of each other in 2019 and people have generally moved on, especially from Game of Thrones after its incredibly disappointing ending.

HBO doesn’t want to admit that they missed their window to further monetize the brand and is launching just a ton of spin-offs, years after anyone actually still gave a s**t.

Variety reports HBO is developing three more spin-offs in addition to the Targaryen-focused House of the Dragon.

“9 Voyages” would center on Lord Corlys Velaryon — known as the “Sea Snake” and head of House Velaryon, husband to Rhaenys Targaryen — on the Sea Snake vessel. The most well-known nautical adventurer in all of Westeros, Lord Corlys — built a house even wealthier than the Lannisters and claims the largest navy in the world.

“Flea Bottom” would take place in the poorest district of King’s Landing, while “10,000 Ships” revolves around Princess Nymeria, who journeyed with the Rhoynar to Dorne and married Lord Mors Martell.

None of those sound interesting, but Flea Bottom sounds the least interesting.

A Song of Ice and Fire is something of a cautionary tale for writers on not letting your plot bloat. He started with an outline for three books and he could have written those three books twenty years ago. His plot kept taking detours as he kept expanding the three locations he had initially set the story in and he wanted to delve into the politics of the Iron Islands or take a break and write a two-book Silmarillion-esque history of the Targaryen family or whatever, and now he’s probably never going to finish the series, which has ballooned a seven-book series.

No one wants more Game of Thrones. No one is asking for these. The precipitous drop in quality of the show after it ran out of material to adapt killed the franchise. But HBO is still unwilling to admit that Watchmen bombed, and they haven’t really had a big hit since Game of Thrones, so this is what they’ve got and they’re going for it.

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Leah Remini Says Sharon Osbourne is Actually Super Racist

When I heard that Sharon Osbourne was accused of wanting to get rid of Holly Robison Peete on The Talk because she’s “too ghetto,” I believed Osbourne’s denial. Not because I find it particularly hard to believe she’d be racist, just that I’ve never heard a British person say “ghetto” like that before. They call it “chav” over there.

Leah Remini had some very specific allegations of Osbourne using racist and homophobic language with her about her other co-hosts. Here’s what Remini told Yashir Ali, as the journalist published on his Substack newsletter.

According to Remini, in one exchange during the first season, Osbourne said of Chen: “I mean, who the f**k does slanty eyes think she is? She shouldn’t be pillow-talking with our boss.”

In another exchange, according to Remini, Osbourne said of Gilbert: “Why won’t the pussy licker do anything about the wonton?” and “Why won’t the fish eater be part of this discussion? She’s the fucking executive producer.”

Remini also says that Osbourne would refer to her as a WOP and Guinea which are ethnic slurs used against Italians.

That’s really something right there. I don’t know why Remini would lie about this, especially with the Church of Scientology poring over her every word in order to discredit her.

Remember at the top of this story when I said I’d never heard a British person say ghetto? Well, I’m a pundit but Yashir Ali is a journalist, and he mentions he dug up clips of Osbourne calling both Remini and Peete “ghetto” on The Talk, which contradicts Osbourne’s claim that she had never used the word that way.

I should mention Ali also printed a comment from Osbourne’s people denying the whole thing.

The only thing worse than a disgruntled former employee is a disgruntled former talk show host. For 11 years Sharon has been kind, collegial and friendly with her hosts as evidenced by throwing them parties, inviting them to her home in the UK and other gestures of kindness too many to name. Sharon is disappointed but unfazed and hardly surprised by the lies, the recasting of history and the bitterness coming out at this moment. She will survive this, as she always has and her heart will remain open and good, because she refuses to let others take her down. She thanks her family, friends and fans for standing by her and knowing her true nature.

Ali’s piece is really worth reading if you’re interested in this whole issue, he’s done a lot of research into other incidents Osbourne has had over the years.

But here’s my take-away. Sharon a Osbourne has apparently been terrible for decades and it seems like everyone at CBS knew it. I find it beyond hilarious that after all of that, the thing that CBS deemed a bridge too far was being friends with Piers Morgan.

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Sharon Osbourne Says CBS Told Her Co-Hosts to ‘Blindside’ Her About Piers Morgan

The Talk shut down production for two days because Sharon Osbourne defended Piers Morgan’s right to make a twat out of himself. The discussion around “cancel culture” kind of gets old because roughly 50% of the time it’s someone who complains that Fox News is too liberal saying “You can’t even call a black person the n-word without consequences anymore, I thought this was America!” But then something like this happens and makes national headlines and reminds that yes, sometimes there is a problem here.

Let me give you some backstory here. Piers Morgan is mad that Meghan Markle stopped being his friend when she started dating Prince Harry, and instead of going “oh well, makes sense, I was implicated in a massive phone hacking scandal that involved members of the Royal Family, I can see how that would be a problem,” he, like the rest of the British press, devoted an increasing amount of time to attacking her over basically anything. This culminated in him quitting Good Morning Britain to spend more time being a twat with his family. Sharon Osbourne said on The Talk, essentiallythat she didn’t agree with what he said, specifically when he said she was lying about having suicidal ideation, but that Piers was her friend and he had a right to his opinion.

This is what caused The Talk to shut down while CBS investigates, presumably whether people do in fact have the right to be twats and have idiotic opinions (they do).

According to what Osbourne told Variety, the entire segment was set up by CBS execs who presumably thought it would be good television to have her co-hosts attack her and call her racist.

“I blame the network for it,” Osbourne told Variety on Friday night. “I was blindsided, totally blindsided by the whole situation. In my 11 years, this was the first time I was not involved with the planning of the segment.”

Osbourne says about eight minutes before the show began on Wednesday, a showrunners called and ask her if it was OK if they asked about Morgan. “I said, ‘Sure, they can ask me whatever.’ But then I get on there, I say my piece and Sheryl [Underwood] turns around straight-faced, looks at me and is reading from a card with questions. I was just so hurt, caught off guard and stunned by what I was being asked and not prepared. I was honestly in shock. I felt like I was in front of a firing squad. I felt like a lamb held out for slaughter. … They had me there for 20 minutes.”

“I’m a big girl. I’m a professional,” she said. “However CBS blindsided me. I don’t know why they did it to me. The showrunners told me it came from executives to do this to me.”

My biggest problem here is that the whole thing was framed as “Piers Morgan was being racist and so you’re defending a racist by saying you disagree with him but he has the right to free speech.” Now, a lot of British people’s problem with the Duchess of Sussex is that she’s black, but that’s demonstratively not Piers Morgan’s problem with her. He had a personal relationship with the Duchess and his feelings are hurt that she cut him out.

These are the sorts of things that hurt your cause and allow people who have actually done bad things, like sexually harassing a bunch of women and lying about COVID death numbers, to claim they’re victims of “cancel culture” too.

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The World is Not Watching: Grammys and Golden Globe s Have Record-Low Viewership

We as a society may finally be over awards shows. If you really think about it, they’re one of the dumbest things we do: rich celebrities giving other rich celebrities little golden statues to tell each other what a great job they did and how important they are. And then the celebrities who win, or don’t win, make it sound like the recipients of these little statues are a matter of the highest importance to our society.

There are probably a dozen of these that count as “major” awards, and people are finally tired of watching them.

I found it a little strange that the other networks had new episodes of their Sunday night shows against the Golden Globe and Grammy Award ceremonies as it’s not usually done, but clearly, they were on to something as the two shows both pulled record-low audiences. The Golden Globes only managed to attract about a third of their 2020 audience and the Grammys only got about half of their previous record-low ratings.

While The Weeknd and Zayn Malik are complaining about the way the awards are given out, the general public seems to care less than ever. I really don’t think that’s because the nomination process is too opaque.

Glenn Close was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars from the same role she was nominated for Worst Actress in at the Razzie Awards. I get it, people like Glenn Close, see her name and say “Oh, let’s give her a little gold statue to tell her how much we like her!” It’s okay to admit Glenn Close was in a bad movie.

We all get a dopamine hit from having someone else say they like the thing we like, but do these awards actually mean anything? The winners are mostly the result of “for your consideration” campaigns and does anyone decide to watch a movie because it won an Oscar? You know what would happen to someone who did that? They’d have watched Green Book. Is that a price worth paying?

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Chris Harrison: Out as Host of The Bachelorette! (And We Know His Replacement!)


So much for a slap on Chris Harrison's wrist.

About one month after the long-time host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette announced that he would step away from the franchise -- due to some racially-insensitive comments he made in response to an ongoing franchise scandal - ABC has confirmed that Harrison will not return.

Not for this upcoming season of The Bachelorette at least.

Chris Harrison Host Photo

"Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette," Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment said in a joint statement on Friday.

This same message went to acknowledge Harrison's recent missteps -- while naming his upcoming replacements.

"We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing." 

Meanwhile ...

Tayshia Adams in Thought

"In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season."

Adams, of course, served as the most recent Bachelorette.

Bristowe was a contestant on The Bachelor and then anchored her own season of the latter show back on Season 11.

Kaitlyn Bristowe Bachelorette Photo

"As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks," the statement concluded.

"These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world."

So not only will there be two Bachelorettes, as per The Bachelorette spoilers, but two hosts.

Tayshia on Proposal Day

Harrison came under major fire in early February after an interview on Extra with Rachel Lindsay.

He was asked at the time about current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell and a number of newly-surfaced social media posts.

They featured her dressed in Native American attire as a costume and also attending an antebellum plantation-themed college party in 2018.

Rachael Kirkconnell Insta Pic

Kirkconnell, who is expected to win The Bachelor Season 25 on Monday night, admitted herself these actions were "racist and wrong" and has asked for folks to NOT defend her.

Speaking to Lindsay, however, Harrison withheld judgment, seemingly going out of his way to focus on Kirkconnell, as opposed to those affected by her past behavior.

He even questioned the "lens" of 2021 compared to 2018 and said that people should have "a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion" for the suitor.

Chris Harrison and Rachel Lindsay on Set

Harrison quickly apologized and said he would, at the very least, not be hosting the March 15 After the Final Rose special.

Emmanuel Acho will be stepping into this role in Harrison's place next week... talking to James and, we presume, Kirkconnell about all that has transpired on this chaotic Bachelor season.

For his part, Harrison appeared just days ago on Good Morning America and said he plans on returning to the franchise.

Chris Harrison for The Bachelor

He shared in the interview with Michael Strahan that he is working with "a race educator and strategist," as well as faith leaders and scholars, like Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.

"Dr. Dyson often talks to me about counsel, not cancel. That is full accountability … owning from that, learning from that.

"Seeking council from the community that you hurt, gaining experience knowledge and moving forward," Harrison said on GMA.

Chris Harrison Plays Host

To many viewers, Harrison said all the right words at the time.

But even Strahan later said it sounded like a "surface" mea culpa from someone who just wanted his job back.

"I am saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay."

"I didn't speak for my heart, that is to say I stand against all forms of racism ..."

Chris Harrrison on The Bachelor Season 25

"I'm sorry to Rachel Lindsay and I'm sorry to the Black community," Harrison said on air.

He added that he is "committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise."

Continued Harrison this month:

"I am an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I own that."

Chris Harrison GMA Photo

"I believe that mistake doesn't reflect who I am or what I stand for. I am committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise."

"And this is a franchise that has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years and I love it."

"This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done. And I am excited to be a part of that change."

Katie Thurston on Instagram

Alas, the new season of The Bachelorette will likely premiere in May.

It will reportedly include Katie Thurston as the lead, although there's also been chatter that there may be TWO Bachelorettes.

Either way, Chris Harrison will not act as host. Will you still tune in?

Piers Morgan is Leaving ‘Good Morning Britain’ to Spend More Time Hating Meghan Markle

The Queen was not expected to issue a statement about Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah, but she did. And the contents of that statement were particularly shocking because she came as close you can expect the Queen to come to apologizing to Meghan and Harry. Someone, probably Charles or Anne, is going to get an earful.

A lot of people in the UK are mad at the Sussexes, though, for whatever reason, and one of those people is Piers Morgan. The background for this is that Piers and Meghan Markle were very good friends until she started dating Prince Harry, and which point she immediately stopped all contact with him.

That information might paint Markle in a bad light, but something you have to understand is that even though he denies having had any knowledge of it, Morgan was implicated in a voicemail hacking scandal that included members of the Royal Family having their phones hacked. It seems incredibly likely that Meghan wasn’t allowed to talk to Morgan by the Palace and after breaking away his behavior wouldn’t have left her with much desire to speak to him.

Morgan hates the Sussexes so much that he quit his TV show, Good Morning Britain, because the weatherman suggested he not hate them so much.

See, the thing about Piers Morgan is… he’s a twat. Just a massive bellend. All you need to do is realize that Morgan said he believed Meghan may have been lying about having suicidal thoughts to know that he is without a doubt the biggest knob in the door store.

See, Piers could have remained an understanding friend to Meghan. He has to realize the phone-hacking scandal is why she wasn’t talking to him, and hearing all the stories about how little freedom she was afforded should have clued him in to the situation, but he just got more bitter and unreasonable about it. Because he’s Piers Morgan.

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‘WandaVision’: Why Your Fan Theories Were Both Wrong and Right and Where Does Marvel Go Now?

Even though it had what I would call a satisfying ending, it’s sad to see WandaVision go. We’re not going to see a season 2 of the show, though Wanda’s story will continue in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Even though I’m sure that Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki will be good shows, WandaVision became a cultural phenomenon in a way the other Marvel shows are unlikely to reproduce.

And before we get started, there are going to be spoilers for probably every episode of WandaVision, so watch it and then come back.

One thing we can say for sure about WandaVision is that it made Wanda Maximoff, now going by her comic book moniker the Scarlet Witch, a major character in the Marvel Universe. I would bet that right now, more people want to see the next Doctor Strange movie to follow the story of this supporting character from the background of the Avengers films than to see the exploits of Doctor Strange himself.

That’s exactly what Disney was hoping to accomplish with their TV shows in a way they never could with projects like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.; they wanted the TV shows to build hype for the movies, and they certainly have.

Of course, a big part of the appeal of WandaVision was the Twin Peaks-esque story that left fans guessing about what was coming. It may seem like there was a major lack of payoff with things like the aerospace engineer we were all sure would turn out to be a major cameo, and it was supposed to be, but some things got cut that still had a bunch of clues pointing to them in earlier episodes. These cameos were presumably cut so late in production that Elizabeth Olsen and Teyonah Parris weren’t even aware they were cut, though Paul Bettany was talking about himself when he said he got to work with an actor he had always admired.

Of course, there were plenty of red herrings as well. Like, what was the point of casting Evan Peters as a fake Pietro if he just turned out to be some guy who Agatha was controlling to get close to Wanda and learn her secrets? It was meant to make us think that he might be the Quicksilver from the X-Men films because if they had cast anyone else, we, the audience, wouldn’t have been fooled. It’s the same reason Emma Caulfield was cast as Dottie, who turned out to just be another one of Wanda’s neighbors trapped in the hex. If Kathryn Hahn was the only person you recognized outside of the main cast, it would have been even easier to figure out that she was going to play a bigger role in the series.

Even though WandaVision wrapped its plot up and answered most of our questions, the serialized nature of the Marvel universe means there are still some plot threads dangling at the end of the show. Vision has been reassembled and the Vision Wanda created gave him his memories back, but without the Mind Gem as a part of his brain, what will his personality be like?

And what about Billy and Tommy? Were they ever even real? Wanda hearing their voices in the post-credits scene seems to imply that they are real and they’re alive somewhere. Considering Marvel seems to be looking to introduce the Young Avengers, with Cassie Lang having been recast for a potentially bigger role in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantamania and Kate Bishop slated to appear in the upcoming Hawkeye series, I don’t think we’ve seen the last of them. This is especially likely considering Billy is Marvel’s most prominent LGBT character, along with his husband Hulkling, who I wouldn’t be surprised to see turn up in Secret Invasion.

And if you’re looking for the next Marvel show that could hit the zeitgeist the same way WandaVision and The Mandalorian have, Secret Invasion is a safe guess, as is She-Hulk, which is going to surprise a lot of people if it’s anything close to the quality of the John Byrne or Dan Slott eras of the comic it’s based on.

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Bhad Bhabie Claims Dr. Phil Show Sent Her to a Torture Camp

Dr. Phil, along with most afternoon TV shows, wants you to believe they’re helping people. I mean, after all, if the people on these shows aren’t being helped, we’re just voyeuristically watching to see a freak show.

One of the more popular segments on these shows is the “out-of-control teens.” Probably the most famous of these segments was when Dr. Phil had on Danielle Bregoli, a.k.a. Bhad Bhabie, a.k.a. the “cash me ousside” girl. But these sorts of segments were so popular that South Park was making fun of them before Bregoli was even born.

That aired in 2006 and Danielle Bregoli was born in 2007.

Bregoli is now claiming that not only did Dr. Phil not help her, but the “troubled teens” camp she was sent to was more like another episode of South Park, Death Camp of Tolerance.

Bregoli talked about her experience in one of these camps on Instagram.

There’s been a Murder at this facility, reports of torture and now a report of sexual abuse and dr. Phil still continues to send trouble children here even after knowing this stuff has happened at this facility. This makes my blood boil. I went through being malnourished, abused , and having to do hard labor and being there while someone was murdered. I came back with more trauma then I went there with. I was sent to this place to get help. Hannah went to this place to get help what she got was the complete opposite @turnabout_ranchneeds to be SHUT DOWN IMMEDIATELY and staff should receive consequences for how they treat helpless children.

So what exactly are we watching when we watch these daytime shows? I know that seeing someone like Bregoli at 13 go on a segment titled “I Want to Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried to Frame Me for a Crime” makes you feel like a better parent, but what’s the cost to the children who are on these shows?

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Jennette McCurdy Hated Doing ‘iCarly’

iCarly was a really popular Nickelodeon show, one of the most popular shows the network has ever aired. Jennette McCurdy was a big part of that success, and she even got her own spin-off with Ariana Grande, Sam & Cat, after the show ended.

She hated it.

it’s probably a bummer for fans of the show, but McCurdy hated every minute of the show and is embarrassed of having done it. Here’s what she told Anna Farris on her Empty Inside podcast, via The Huffington Post.

“I resent my career in a lot of ways. I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most cheesy, embarrassing. I did the shows that I was on from like 13 to 21, and by 15, I was already embarrassed. My friends at 15, they’re not like, ‘Oh, cool, you’re on this Nickelodeon show.’ It was embarrassing. And I imagine there’s a very different experience to be had with acting if you’re proud of your roles, and if you feel fulfilled by them,” she said.

That’s got to put a damper on the upcoming reboot of the show.

Do you even really want to watch a reboot of iCarly now? At this rate Paramount might have to come up with a new show based on an original idea or something.

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Taylor Swift calls Netflix Show Sexist for Making a Joke at Her Expense

Taylor Swift sort of famously has no sense of humor. People don’t really talk about it, but have you ever heard a story about her laughing something off or taking something in stride? I haven’t, but I have heard a bunch of stories about her getting in various squabbles and being mad about relatively innocuous.

Ginny & Georgia, a mother/daughter dramedy on Netflix that’s been compared to Gilmore Girls, had a relatively harmless joke about Swift, with one character saying to another “You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”

Of course, Taylor Swift lost her damn mind when she found about it, and her fans were more than happy to point out that the most important part of feminism is liking Taylor Swift.

Hey Ginny & Georgia, 2010 called and it wants its lazy, deeply sexist joke back. How about we stop degrading hard working women by defining this horse s**t as FuNnY. Also, @netflix after Miss Americana this outfit doesn’t look cute on you. Happy Women’s History Month I guess

She could have just said nothing. That was an option she had. She could have just heard that joke (which I agree isn’t that funny) and let it go.

There were a lot of people claiming that Swift was being slut-shamed, but no one is calling Taylor Swift a slut, she obviously isn’t. Taylor Swift is a serial monogamist and that’s what people are making fun of her for.

Swift jumped from high-profile relationship to high-profile relationship and wrote a lot of songs about how much the guys she dated sucked. It’s not a great joke because it’s been told a hundred times, but it’s not wrong, either.

In her own way, Taylor Swift is just as egotistical as Kanye West. Sure, Kanye just rambles on about how he’s the most powerful human being or whatever, but Swift sells herself as some sort of living embodiment of feminism, and if you don’t like her then you’re betraying womankind. That takes a pretty swelled head, too.

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