— susparl (@susparl) November 16, 2019
-I’m assuming whoever arranged for Prince Andrew to do that TV interview this weekend is now fired, because wow that went even worse than anyone could have predicted. As Lainey says, when it comes to the Palace getting their shit together it’s been amateur hour over there.
–Kanye West has announced his first-ever opera, Nebuchadnezzar, named after the longest-reigning king of ancient Babylon. Honestly, every headline about him these days just sounds like mad libs on crack.
-The Swifties came through. Taylor Swift and her former label Big Machine Records have reached a compromise — she can officially perform whatever songs she’d like at this weekend’s AMAs, including those bought by Scooter Braun earlier this year.
-Oh wait — it’s not over yet. AMAs producers are disputing Big Machine’s statement about her performance. Dick Clark Productions just released their own statement saying, “At no time did Dick Clark Productions agree to, create, authorize or distribute a statement in partnership with Big Machine Label Group regarding Taylor Swift’s performance at the 2019 American Music Awards.” All the sighs.
-Fresh from jail, Felicity Huffman was spotted taking homemade cupcakes to The Teen Project on Sunday, an organization dedicated to “serving at risk homeless and sex trafficked young women” in LA.
-I don’t watch Doctor Who but man this got me.
-I can’t stop reading Survivor takes and this is a good one on how CBS’s handling of misconduct on the island was “an exercise in ass-covering” disguised as “starting a conversation.” I’m still angry about last week’s episode — and that was the first episode I’ve caught up on in years. I can’t imagine how fans who’ve been sticking with it feel.
-Speaking of the garbage fire that is CBS, two female writers of Carol’s Second Act quit the show after they complained about inappropriate conduct by exec producer David Hunt, who is married to series star Patricia Heaton. One of the writers took to Twitter to expand on the story, saying that she only wanted a low intensity response to a difficult situation. Instead, it appears that she and her only ally were driven out.
-I could watch hours of Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter interviewing each other forever, mostly because HBC sounds like my spirit animal. Colman: “At lunch time today I said “Helly should we have lunch together? And you said ‘you can have 10 minutes of eating and talking and then I will be lying down and you can lie down next to me but silence after that.'”
-Oh god. Now Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck are tweeting their support in the push to release Zack Snyder’s cut of Justice League. I thought the consensus was this thing didn’t even exist? This has been the most exhausting trending topic on film Twitter for two years and I can’t believe we’re back at it.
-Oof, Alan Moore’s take on pop culture’s current obsession with superheroes is scorching. (Weirdly, I don’t think that’s what Damon Lindelof is doing with his source material on The Watchmen.)
-I’m really bummed that Charlie’s Angels underperformed at the box office. Here’s hoping word of mouth helps it in the coming weeks.
-The Mad About You revival is on a network no one really has, but that’s ok because the reviews are not great.
-With the release of Apple+ and Disney+ and the upcoming launch of HBO Max, there’s been a ton of coverage about the streaming wars, but this take might actually be my favourite. So much content is getting churned out that quality/rewatchability is starting to not matter, and there’s no incentive for creators to take risks. Even more ground shifting, everyone is going to be watching different things, so “how we talk about TV to each other is going to radically change when your content has nothing in common with mine.”
-The trailer for the final season of Schitt’s Creek is here. You fancy, huh?