Monday December 17, 2018

Good lord Michael Rapaport is a f’ing dip$hit.

It’s ok though because ditto for Pete Davidson.

Who knew The Ranch was such a tear jerker?

Another very very well done episode of Escape At Dannemora.

Save Detroiters!

If this doesn’t speak to me, I don’t know what does.

“While many have used Twitter to complain about how Saturday Night Live represents them, others are more appreciative of the shout-out. After a sketch which circled entirely around the musical oeuvre of California rock band Weezer aired on this week’s Matt Damon hosted midseason finale, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo took to Twitter on Sunday morning to sing the praises of the sketch. ‘THEY HAD A WHOLE ASS SKIT ABOUT WEEZER AND ME ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE AND IM ACTUALLY CRYING AAAGGGGHHHHHHH,’ he wrote.”

Here’s a link to the sketch.

If a Jax and Brittany run beer cheese company doesn’t scream $$$$, I don’t know what does.

Discovery is readying a home-improvement version of TLC favorite Say Yes To The Dress, a signal that the company is working to maximize opportunities to make use of the Scripps cable networks  – including HGTV – it acquired earlier this year. The long-running bridal fashion show will return for a new season on Saturday, January 5 at 8 p.m. on TLC. HGTV will unveil a teaser of of Say Yes To The Nest at 10 p.m. that evening. One show helps brides find their dream gown. The other offers an inside look as couples look for a new home. The new show will debut the first of six episodes later this year on HGTV in March 2019. ‘Through our newly combined Discovery Lifestyle portfolio, we can create strategic opportunities that engage our superfans across all brands and create innovative cross-over opportunities for advertisers,’ said Howard Lee, president and general manager of TLC and Allison Page, president and general manager of HGTV and Food Network, in a prepared statement. ‘On the heels of r For years, viewers have lived vicariously through the brides featured in our signature wedding series Say Yes To The Dress, and now with Say Yes To The Nest,’ they can explore post-nuptial bliss with newlyweds who are preparing to plant roots and spend ‘forever’ together.’”

A review of Pete Holmes’ new stand-up special.

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Per Variety, “CBS Corp. said Friday it would award $20 million that was originally earmarked for severance for its former CEO, Leslie Moonves, to 18 different organizations that work to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.

“‘These organizations represent different critical approaches to combatting sexual harassment, including efforts to change culture and improve gender equity in the workplace, train and educate employees, and provide victims with services and support’ the company said in a prepared statement. ‘CBS’ support of these endeavors ties into the Company’s ongoing commitment to strengthening its own workplace culture.’

“Moonves was ousted in September in the wake of multiple allegations from women detailing unwanted sexual advances he made on them. The former CBS chief has denied any non-consensual interactions. Even so, the company has been besieged in recent days by a host of new allegations about its culture and treatment of female staffers and actresses. CBS hired two different law firms, Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton, to conduct a full investigation of the allegations as well as cultural issues at all levels of CBS.

“A draft of the report reviewed by The New York Times alleges Moonves obstructed the corporate probe and, as a result, might forgo $120 million that would have been due him under a less extraordinary separation from the company he led for more than a decade.

“The organizations include: Catalyst; Collaborative Fund for Women’s Safety and Dignity (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors); Free the Bid; Freedom Forum Institute – Power Shift Project; Futures Without Violence; Girls for Gender Equity / ‘me too.’ Movement; International Women’s Media Foundation; National Women’s Law Center; New York Women’s Foundation; Press Forward; Producers Guild of America Foundation; RAINN; STRIVE International; Sundance Institute’s Momentum program; TIME’S UP Entertainment; TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund; Women in Film Los Angeles; Women’s Media Center.

“CBS said two of the organizations, the Collaborative Fund for Women’s Safety and Dignity (through Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors) and the New York Women’s Foundation, would disburse smaller grants to additional organizations.

“‘The funds we receive from CBS will make a significant impact on organizations that do critical work on behalf of survivors of sexual violence, and for women’s safety and equity at work. The contributions are a step to driving real progress toward ending the national epidemic of sexual violence and harassment. Our organizations serve on the front lines of this effort every day, and we continue to see enormous need for our work. We know these funds will help us create and expand a range of important programs that advance our collective mission and help many individuals get justice. We thank CBS for these donations,’ the organizations said in a joint statement, ‘We also recognize these funds are not a panacea, nor do they erase or absolve decades of bad behavior.’”

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Per The Hollywood Reporter, “After what's being described as a highly competitive bidding situation, Apple and its forthcoming originals operation has landed the rights to new Peanuts content.

“The tech giant, which has not-so-quietly been amassing a strong roster of talent and original productions that is said to start rolling out in 2019, has completed a deal with DHX Media to create series, specials and shorts featuring iconic Charles M. Schulz characters such as Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the entire Peanuts gang. DHX, the Canadian-based kids programming giant that acquired a stake in the Peanuts franchise in 2017, will produce all of the projects.

“As part of the partnership, DHX Media is also going to produce original short-form STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) content that will be exclusive to Apple and feature astronaut Snoopy. DHX Media will be working closely with subsidiary Peanuts Worldwide on all efforts.

“Kids programming is an increasingly lucrative area of original television programming. Apple previously inked a content partnership with Sesame Workshop for a new slate of children's programming. Netflix’s massive push into the genreHBO’s decision to invest in Sesame Street and the built-in library of the upcoming Disney+ all heavily cater to kids in an effort to develop brand loyalty early on. (Kids who watch Peanuts content on their family’s Apple products will, presumably, segue into other arenas and buy devices of their own as they grow older.)

“And Peanuts is not exactly a kids-exclusive brand. Annual holiday specials — It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas, in particular — remain massive draws when they air on ABC, both among total viewers and adults 18-49. And an original Peanuts series ran on Cartoon Network as recently as 2016.

“Recent theatrical foray The Peanuts Movie, which saw the iconic characters get their animation style updated in 2015, grossed $130 million in the United States and a total of $246 million worldwide.

“Charles M. Schulz first introduced the Peanuts characters in 1950. Nearly 70 years later, it remains among the more valuable intellectual properties in all of children’s programming. As for Peanuts Worldwide, rights are currently shared by DHX Media (41 percent) and Sony Music Entertainment (39 percent) — with the family of the late Schulz retaining 20 percent.”

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From TheWrap: “The good news: Artie Lange says he’s making progress with his substance abuse issues.

“The bad news: He also admits, ‘I still have not hit a homerun.’

Howard Stern Show alum Lange, who has experienced his share of legal issues recently due to his struggle with addiction, posted a lengthy Twitter thread on Friday to inform his followers that, a little more than a week ago, after exiting rehab, ‘I used Cocaine’ and that, after a drug test on Friday, authorities are ‘making me apply for a very strict rehab type program called Drug Court.’

“On the positive side of things, Lange said that he has been off of heroin for more than a month.

“‘Guys I will tweet about this once. Today in court they drug tested me. For the last decade or more they’d have found both Heroin and Cocaine,’ Lange began his message. ‘With the help of in my eyes a miracle legal medication called Suboxen I tested negative for Heroin. I haven’t used Heroin in 41 days…’

“However, he continued, ‘Ten days ago when I left rehab I had to touch the flame. I used Cocaine.’

“Lange, who said that he has ‘10 days clean,’ added that the cocaine ‘should have left my system.:’

“‘It should’ve left my system. But a higher power wouldn’t let. E [sic] get away with that. I’m a bad addict,’ Lange wrote. “‘ had to see if I could get high. It was awful. If ur on Suboxen don’t try it. So they are making me apply for a very strict rehab type program called Drug Court.’

“Lange, who stressed that the judge and prosecutor at Friday’s court date ‘were unbelievably compassionate,’ said that his ability to stay off of heroin is ‘the reason I’m not in jail.’

“‘I have work to do. I feel now I can also stop Cocaine. But that’s arrogance and addiction. I’m accepting help,’ Lange wrote. ‘If I fail now I will go to jail. Jail is not for addicts. But I’d be giving them no choice. When I use illegal drugs I have to score them. That’s breaking the law.’

“Lange continued, ‘though I made progress & got rid of Heroin I still have not hit a homerun. But guys I got on base. I moved ahead.’

“According to NorthJersey.com, Lange tested positive for cocaine and amphetamine on Friday while appearing in court for a probation violation.

“While the judge opted not to subject Lange to jail time, the outlet reported, Lange’s attorney was ordered to apply for the comedian to be admitted to drug court.”

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Bravo host Jerry O’Connell is ready to take over for Kathie Lee Gifford.

“The Today show co-anchor announced she’ll be departing the morning show in April after 11 years, and O’Connell, who has filled in on several occasions, would be very interested in sitting alongside Hoda Kotb on a permanent basis.

“‘Officially, I have not heard anything. I love that format. I love Hoda,’ O’Connell shared with E! News. ‘Hoda is an infectious, beautiful soul. It’s such an exciting time in her life. It would be an honor for anyone who gets to be there with her.’

“The Bravo’s Play by Play host said most people would be interested in working with Kotb.

“‘To work with Hoda? Of course! Anybody would be. It would be an honor. Yes, of course,’ he continued. ‘Is it happening? No.’

“As Page Six exclusively reported, Jenna Bush Hager is the favorite to take over Gifford’s role. After announcing her departure, Gifford addressed a potential replacement.

“‘I know somebody wonderful will be sitting in this seat afterwards,’ she said. ‘I have my idea who might be absolutely wonderful. But there’s a great pool of talent and beauty and heart right around here. And if they come from outside the family, they will soon become family because we treat everyone that way.’”