Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 6:07PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale writer says the relevance to of this week's episode is "terrible and uncanny"
Amid the Trump administration's immigration family separation controversy, the Hulu series aired an episode last night dealing with family separation. "It's terrible and uncanny," says Yahlin Chang, who wrote last night's episode. "Someone was saying, 'What do you hope people take away from this episode?' I said, 'That it's really wrong to rip mothers and children apart, rip children away from their mothers.' It's just wrong, wrong, wrong." Chang adds that she "did a ton of research for this scene. I talked to social workers and psychologists and resident experts at the UN about what would really happen (in the event of such a separation). Now, it doesn't seem so uncommon, but at the time that I wrote (the episode) many, many months ago, I was surprised to realize that this scene happens all the time, because mothers and children are often separated either because of war time or because the child is taken away from the mother because it's an unsafe home." ALSO: Chang says: “I do worry about people not wanting to watch because this was a very hard episode to watch."
Jimmy Fallon: "I made a mistake" when I tousled Trump's hair during the 2016 campaign
The Tonight Show host was accused of "normalizing" Donald Trump following his September 2016 interview. "I did not do it to ‘normalize’ him or to say I believe in his political beliefs, or any of that stuff,” Fallon says in a podcast interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m sorry. I don’t want to make anyone angry—I never do and I never will. It’s all in the fun of the show. I made a mistake. I’m sorry if I made anyone mad. And, looking back, I would do it differently.”
"Womp womp" was the sound of human decency dying on live cable news
The "sad trombone" sound that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski made last night on Fox news to mock the sob story of a 10-year-old immigrant girl with Down syndrome being separated from her parents looked so bad that even Lewandowski tried to reframe it this morning as an attack on the liberal pundit he was sparring with. As James Poniewozik points out, from Laura Ingraham to Tucker Carlson, Lewandowski's "womp womp" was the latest tactic used on Fox News to delegitimize emotion. "But the sights and sounds of the past few days have been too ghastly to sneer away," he adds. "The Trump administration’s border policy has been in place for weeks. But only in the past week or so have we gotten the images, video and horrifying audio that push a story to the front of the news and keep it there." Poniewozik says that Lewandowski would've done a "womp womp" in reaction to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow channeling the emotion of much of her audience by breaking down in tears to the news of "tender age" facilities. He adds: "'Womp womp' is the sound of someone telling you that this basic decency is questionable, weak, a trick, something to be mastered for the sake of the team. It’s the music of someone trying to give you permission to harden your heart to strangers while still thinking of yourself as a good person." ALSO: Maddow's inarticulacy proved more eloquent than a straight recitation of the facts that she couldn’t bear to face.
President Trump slams ABC News after it apologized for false "Manafort Pleads Guilty to 5 Charges of Manslaughter" chyron
"Look what Fake ABC News put out. I guess they had it prepared from the 13 Angry Democrats leading the Witch Hunt!" Trump tweeted hours after ABC News apologized for the Paul Manafort chyron, which was displayed during an ABC News special report for seven seconds. ABC News issued an apology to its viewers and Trump's former campaign manager: "We regret and apologize for the false lower third graphic that aired during our special report. We are investigating how incorrect information was in our system and how and why it was allowed to air. We apologize to our viewers and to Mr. Manafort. There simply is no excuse for this sort of mistake."
The CW announces fall premiere dates
The Flash kicks off The CW's fall season on Oct. 9, followed by Black Lightning. Five days later, The CW's relaunched Sunday night starts with Supergirl and the Charmed reboot.
Patty Hearst defends son-in-law Chris Hardwick by tweeting a link to an "especially interesting" Chloe Dykstra video praising his behavior
Hearst, whose daughter Lydia Hearst married Hardwick in 2016, linked to the video of the Talking Dead host's ex-girlfriend calling him “my amazing, loving, sweet boyfriend" and praising him for his support when she had to go to the emergency room. Hearst said in her tweet: "Silly me. I thought YouTube was only to look at naughty kitties, waterskiing squirrels, and skateboarding dogs. Then I performed a simple search. It gets especially interesting at 5:40. Social media is a gold mine!" This is the second time that Hearst has defended her son-in-law since Dykstra made her emotional and sexual abuse allegations. Last Saturday, Hearst called Dykstra a "Bunny Boiler."
- Hardwick pulled as moderator from the Warner Bros/DC Comic-Con
- Adam Carolla defends Hardwick: “Chris has always been a very thoughtful, sort of just gentle guy… Also, there’s no such thing as being in a relationship, where somebody couldn’t compose something that said ‘I felt threatened.'”
Kristin Chenoweth sends up the legal system in the Trial & Error Season 2 trailer
“I have to give everyone a take-home,” she explains. “I’m not on trial for murdering etiquette!” she says in the mockumentary comedy's trailer. Trial & Error: Lady, Killer premieres on July 19.
Westworld launches an eerie voice game for Amazon's Alexa devices
The "choose your own adventure game" Westworld: The Maze is now available on all Alexa-enabled devices.
Nailed It! showcases a new batch of baking fails in its official Season 2 trailer
Watch as one desperate baker asks for a "cake stapler" on the Netflix reality competition.
Instagram launches "IGTV" for long-form videos
The social media has kicked off its "YouTube era" as a new home for hour-long videos -- could original TV shows be next?
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee touts its short length in its first Netflix official trailer
The Jerry Seinfeld-hosted series, which debuts on Netflix on July 12, says: "Don’t worry. Our little series isn’t a big production. There’s no backstory, no plotline, no fuss. We like to think short."
Comedians barely make money in L.A.'s burgeoning comedy scene -- contrary to a report that they can rake in thousands per week
Last week, a Hollywood Reporter article stated that "a newer comic just breaking into the L.A. circuit can earn anywhere from $1,250 to $2,500 per week.” But the actual pay to perform even at the top comedy clubs is way below $100 per spot. Even big-name comedians don't earn much from performing in Los Angeles. The money is usually made by going out on the road.
- The Handmaid's Tale writer says the relevance to of this week's episode is "terrible and uncanny"