Friday, July 19, 2024

What's On Tonight (Saturday): You and me ain't nothin' but Mammals


You kind of look like a slutty Ebola virus! Here's what's on television for tonight, Saturday, July 20!

Our Top Pick tonight is Mammals (AMC+, 3 a.m. & BBC America, 8 p.m.). This latest docuseries from the BBC Earth team examines mammals, an order of species that has conquered every place on Earth, and why they have become so successful. It is narrated by David Attenborough.

Elsewhere, Superman & friends battle Brainiac, the WNBA unleashes its all-stars, an HBCU has a Missing Girl, it's Christmas in Vermont, Dinner & a Movie gets Crazy, Naruto needs a wedding gift, and Catchy Comedy salutes Bob Newhart.

Jeopardy! recap for Fri., Jul. 19

 Here are today's contestants:

- Neilesh Vinjamuri, a software engineer from Lionville, Pennsylvania;

- Dave Gutierrez, a logistics director from Fox River Grove, Illinois; and

- Jay Fisher, a government relations manager from Lisle, Illinois. Jay is a three-day champ with winnings of $28,200.

Gotcha! And Other Friday Headlines

Anthony Edwards (Happy Birthday!) Via Tumblr

Yes, They Really Want Mass Deportations [Wonkette]

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Politics Corner July 18


photo mine  (beware of Harlan)

Who knew Heaven 17 were prophets?

Political Discussion Welcome. 

What's On Tonight (Friday): Moistened Bint Sans the Scimitar...


Lady in the Lake

I'm still in Ireland enjoying a run of very good weather before leaving on Saturday.  I'll miss the beauty and peace of West Clare.  I won't miss people here either assuming Biden is finished or thinking the election is a joke and it doesn't matter who wins, though I can understand why people living in this very rural area would think the latter.  Not much ever changes back here regardless of who's running things.

We've got some good premieres today.  There's the return of the OG Ugly Betty on Amazon in Betty la Fea, The Story Continues.  Disney+ has the well-reviewed bio-pic Young Woman and the Sea starring Daisy Ridley.  Max has the streaming premiere of the even better reviewed film Love Lies Bleeding starring Kristen Stewart and Ed Harris.

Any one of those would make a fine Top Pick, but I'm going with the Apple series, Lady in the Lake, starring Natlie Portman and Moses Ingram.  The trailer is intriguing, and though it gave me a rough idea what to expect, I'm still not entirely sure what this series is about.  I appreciate that.  This appears to be a mystery series and I prefer the mystery not be blown for me before I watch the first episode.


🔔 Lady in the Lake (Apple, 12:01 AM) SERIES PREMIERE. 'Maddie Schwartz is a Jewish housewife seeking to shed a secret past and reinvent herself as an investigative journalist, and Cleo Sherwood is a mother navigating the political underbelly of Black Baltimore while struggling to provide for her family. Their disparate lives seem parallel at first, but when Maddie becomes fixated on Cleo's mystifying death, a chasm opens that puts everyone around them in danger. Starring Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram.'✔️


Jeopardy! recap for Thur., Jul. 18

 Here are today's contestants:

- Meredith Miller, a labor economist from Arlington, Virginia;

- Micah Rahn-Tiemeyer, a mental health crisis therapist from Grand Rapids, Michigan; and

- Jay Fisher, a government relations manager from Lisle, Illinois. Jay is a two-day champ with winnings of $16,199.

R.I.P. Bob Newhart


Via Giphy.

Courtesy Variety
Bob Newhart, the genteel but sharply satirical comic whose TV series The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart were huge hits throughout the 1970s and ’80s, died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 94.
Newhart’s publicist Jerry Digney said he died after a series of short illnesses.

Project Runway Australia: E10 & E11 - Finale

Via CB

Originally aired September 15, 2008.

Only in New York and Other Thursday Headlines


Courtesy Wall Street Journal

Cindy Adams, still alive, is a belated high school graduate (People)

Ozzy's here for ya, Brit-Brit! (People)

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Politics Corner July 17


photo mine  (beware of Harlan)

Want know how to lose an election to a demented, vicious fascist? Make your candidate look weaker than he is. [NBC]

via Bloomberg

Political Discussion Welcome. 

What's On Tonight (Thursday): Bye-bye, Boys


Via Giphy.

Tonight's Top Pick is the fourth season finale of The Boys, another of those shows that's perpetually on my poop list for rarely if ever including episode summaries. Still, what was I gonna do, make the last night of the Republican National Convention my Top Pick? As if!

Feed Me: Hot Dogs


I despise the eating contest, but I do like a Nathan's.

At a summer barbecue, I'll generally go for a burger instead, but at a baseball game, hot dog is your best bet.

Ah, so summer.  So seemingly American, all this....

But the frankfurter comes from Germany originally.  A seasoned sausage made of beef and pork, they came in their natural casing of sheep intestines, which was also used in other sausages.

Jeopardy! recap for Wed., Jul. 17

 Here are today's contestants:

- Zach Eckstein, a law clerk from New York, New York;

- Nella Ballauer, a church secretary from Amarillo, Texas; and

- Jay Fisher, a government relations manager from Lisle, Illinois. Jay is a one-day champ with winnings of $1,799.

76th Primetime Emmy Award nominations (2024)


WELCOME to the thread for the 76th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations announcement! I'm sure you'll have many, many thoughts, so let's get to the nominees.

What's listed below are just a portion of all the nominees, broken down by type of show for easier reading. Here is the complete list of nominees. Sprinkled through this post are some of the nominees in title sequence, theme music, and music & lyrics. 


Abbott Elementary
The Bear
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Only Murders in the Building
Palm Royale
Reservation Dogs
What We Do in the Shadows

Lead Actor
Matt Berry, What We Do in the Shadows
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
Jeremy Allen White, The Bear
D'Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Reservation Dogs

Lead Actress
Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary
Ayo Edebiri, The Bear
Selena Gomez, Only Murders in the Building
Maya Rudolph, Loot
Jean Smart, Hacks
Kristen Wiig, Palm Royale

Supporting Actor
Lionel Boyce, The Bear
Paul W. Downs, Hacks
Ebon Moss-Bachrach, The Bear
Paul Rudd, Only Murders in the Building
Tyler James Williams, Abbott Elementary
Bowen Yang, Saturday Night Live

Supporting Actress
Carol Burnett, Palm Royale
Liza Colón-Zayas, The Bear
Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
Janelle James, Abbott Elementary
Sheryl Lee Ralph, Abbott Elementary
Meryl Streep, Only Murders in the Building

Guest Actor
Jon Bernthal, The Bear
Matthew Broderick, Only Murders in the Building\
Ryan Gosling, Saturday Night Live
Christopher Lloyd, Hacks
Bob Odenkirk, The Bear
Will Poulter, The Bear

Guest Actress
Olivia Colman, The Bear
Jamie Lee Curtis, The Bear
Kaitlin Olson, Hacks
Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Only Murders in the Building
Maya Rudolph, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live

Abbott Elementary, "Party"
The Bear, "Fishes"
The Bear, "Honeydew"
The Gentlemen, "Refined Aggression"
Hacks, "Bulletproof"
The Ms. Pat Show, "I'm the Pappy"

Abbott Elementary, "Career Day"
The Bear, "Fishes"
Girls5eva, "Orlando"
Hacks, "Bulletproof"
The Other Two, "Brooke Hosts a Night of Undeniable Good"
What We Do in the Shadows, "Pride Parade"


3 Body Problem
The Crown
The Gilded Age
The Morning Show
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Slow Horses

Lead Actor
Idris Elba, Hijack
Donald Glover, Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Walton Goggins, Fallout
Gary Oldman, Slow Horses
Hiroyuki Sanada, Shōgun
Dominic West, The Crown

Lead Actress
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Carrie Coon, The Gilded Age
Maya Erskine, Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Anna Sawai, Shōgun
Imelda Staunton, The Crown
Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show

Supporting Actor
Tadanobu Asano, Shōgun
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
Jon Hamm, The Morning Show
Takehiro Hira, Shōgun
Jack Lowden, Slow Horses
Jonathan Pryce, The Crown

Supporting Actress
Christine Baranski, The Gilded Age
Elizabeth Debicki, The Crown
Nicole Beharie, The Morning Show
Greta Lee, The Morning Show
Lesley Manville, The Crown
Karen Pittman, The Morning Show
Holland Taylor, The Morning Show

Guest Actor
Nestor Carbonell, Shōgun
Paul Dano, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Tracy Letts, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
Jonathan Pryce, Slow Horses
John Turturro, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Guest Actress
Michaela Coel, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Claire Foy, The Crown
Marcia Gay Harden, The Morning Show
Sarah Paulson, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Parker Posey, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

The Crown, "Sleep, Dearie Sleep"
The Morning Show, "The Overview Effect"
Mr. & Mrs. Smith, "First Date"
Shōgun, "Crimson Sky"
Slow Horses, "Strange Games"
Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, "Beat L.A."

The Crown, "Ritz"
Fallout, "The End"
Mr. & Mrs. Smith, "First Date"
Shōgun, "Anjin"
Shōgun, "Crimson Sky"
Slow Horses, "Negotiating with Tigers"


Limited or Anthology Series
Baby Reindeer
Lessons in Chemistry
True Detective: Night Country

Quiz Lady
Red, White and Royal Blue
Mr. Monk's Last Case: A Monk Movie

Lead Actor
Matt Bomer, Fellow Travelers
Richard Gadd, Baby Reindeer
Jon Hamm, Fargo
Tom Hollander, Feud: Capote vs. the Swans
Andrew Scott, Ripley

Lead Actress
Jodie Foster, True Detective: Night Country
Brie Larson, Lessons in Chemistry
Juno Temple, Fargo
Sofia Vergara, Griselda
Naomi Watts, Feud: Capote vs. the Swans

Supporting Actor
Jonathan Bailey, Fellow Travelers
Robert Downey Jr., The Sympathizer
Tom Goodman-Hill, Baby Reindeer
John Hawkes, True Detective: Night Country
Lamorne Morris, Fargo
Lewis Pullman, Lessons in Chemistry
Treat Williams, Feud: Capote vs. the Swans

Supporting Actress
Dakota Fanning, Ripley
Lily Gladstone, Under the Bridge
Jessica Gunning, Baby Reindeer
Aja Naomi King, Lessons in Chemistry
Diane Lane, Feud: Capote vs. the Swans
Nava Mau, Baby Reindeer
Kali Reis, True Detective: Night Country

Baby Reindeer, "Episode 4"
Fargo, "The Tragedy of the Commons"
Feud: Capote vs. The Swans, "Pilot"
Lessons in Chemistry, "Poirot"
True Detective: Night Country

Baby Reindeer
Black Mirror, "Joan Is Awful"
Fargo, "The Tragedy of the Commons"
Fellow Travelers, "You're Wonderful"
True Detective: Night Country, "Part 6"


Comedy, Drama or Variety Series
Carpool Karaoke: The Series
The Eric Andre Show
Late Night with Seth Meyers Corrections
Only Murders in the Building: One Killer Question
Real Time with Bill Maher: Overtime

Nonfiction or Reality Series
After the Cut – The Daily Show
The Crown: Farewell to a Royal Epic
Hacks: Bit by Bit
Saturday Night Live Presents: Behind the Sketch
Shōgun – The Making of Shōgun

Eric Andŕe, The Eric Andre Show
Desi Lydic, Desi Lydic Foxsplains – The Daily Show
Mena Suvari, RZR


Talk Series
The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Scripted Variety Series
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Saturday Night Live

Variety Special (Live)
66th Grammy Awards
76th Tony Awards
The Greatest Roast of All Time: Tom Brady
The Oscars
Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show

Variety Special (Pre-Recorded)
Billy Joel: The 100th – Live at Madison Square Garden
Dave Chappelle: The Dreamer
Dick Van Dyke 98 Years of Magic
Nikki Glaser: Someday You'll Die
Trevor Noah: Where Was I


Blue Eye Samurai, "The Tale of the Ronin and the Bride"
Bob's Burgers, "The Amazing Rudy"
Scavengers Reign, "The Signal"
The Simpsons, "Night of the Living Wage"
X-Men '97, "Remember It"

Character Voice-Over
Hank Azaria, The Simpsons
Alex Borstein, Family Guy
Sterling K. Brown, Invincible
Maya Rudolph, Big Mouth
Hannah Waddingham, Krapopolis


Nonfiction/Documentary Series
The Jinx – Part Two
Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of TV
Stax: Soulsville U.S.A.

Nonfiction/Documentary Special
Albert Brooks: Defending My Life
Girls State
The Greatest Night in Pop
Jim Henson Idea Man
Steve! (Martin) A Documentary in 2 Pieces

Hosted Series or Special
Conan O'Brien Must Go
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
How To with John Wilson
My Next Guest with David Letterman and John Mulaney
The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy

Competition Program
The Amazing Race
RuPaul's Drag Race
Top Chef
The Traitors
The Voice

Game Show
Celebrity Family Feud
The Price Is Right at Night
Wheel of Fortune

Reality Program Host
RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag Race
Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Kevin O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Shark Tank
Alan Cumming, The Traitors
Kristen Kish, Top Chef
Jeff Probst, Survivor

Game Show Host
Steve Harvey, Celebrity Family Feud
Ken Jennings, Jeopardy!
Jane Lynch, Weakest Link
Keke Palmer, Password
Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune

The Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sunday, September 15. There will be a live-thread!

No Scrubs And Other Wednesday Headlines

Gloria Reuben Via Giphy

PAB Picked J.D. Vance Because Of Eric And Dumb Dumb [Wonkette]

It's Been A Bad Week For Prosecutors [Serious Trouble]

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Politics Corner July 16


photo mine  (beware of Harlan)

I've barricaded myself against news since someone was killed earlier today. It had nothing to do with an assassination attempt. A Columbus, Ohio police officer shot someone at 14th and Vliet. In Milwaukee.  Every time I get close I'm warned about graphic content. I don't need to see an Ohio cop gun down a Milwaukeean no where near the convention. 

Political Discussion Welcome. 

What's On Tonight (Wednesday): The UnPrisoned confessions


Veto power! Here's what's on television for tonight, Wednesday, July 17!

Our Top Pick tonight is season 2 of UnPrisoned (Hulu, midnight). I bet you didn't know this comedy existed. It stars Kerry Washington as a family and marriage therapist who struggles with relationships, especially those of her dad, Delroy Lindo, who spent his life in and out of jail. Her son, Faly Rakotohavana, also has his issues, including anxiety and no word on who his father is. I think it's a delightful show, which is aided a lot by some excellent cast chemistry.

ElsewhereThe Ark goes forth, MasterChef plays soccer, Big Brother is back for us to watch, rockets go to Wild Space, the Presumed pivots, T • P Bon is already on season 2, Simone Biles is still Rising, and Biden talks to Black America.

Jeopardy! recap for Tue., Jul. 16

 Here are today's contestants:

- Erika Stromerson, an entry writer & grad student from Woodinville, Washington;

- Jay Fisher, a government relations manager from Lisle, Illinois; and

- Isaac Hirsch, a customer support team lead from Burbank, California. Isaac is a nine-day champ with winnings of $215,390.

Guinea Pig Appreciation Day And Other Tuesday Headlines

The State Bird Of Maine Is The Chickadee, Via MakeAGif

The Unlikeable Pile Of Human Butthair, Coming Soon To Netflix [Wonkette]

MSNBC Promises Not To Do That Thing It Already Did [Page Six]