July 22 2021

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Thursday, July 22, 2021 – Edition #7034

Our Sheet Don’t Stink!


★ We may have a repeat of 2017 when NBC canceled “Timeless” after one season, but reversed its decision days later after an outcry from fans. “Manifest”, another high-concept NBC drama with a passionate fan base, could also be resurrected following its cancellation by the network. A month after the missing plane drama was axed by NBC after 3 seasons, and Netflix opted not to pick it up, NBC is in conversation with Manifest studio Warner Bros TV about a possible renewal. In an intriguing twist, Netflix has also resumed talks with Warner about a fourth season on the streamer, and those talks are said to be picking up momentum.
★ “Game Of Thrones’” Targaryen-centric prequel “House Of The Dragon” has been forced to halt production after someone on set tested positive for COVID-19. The series, the first in a growing list of Game Of Thrones spin-offs, is currently filming around the UK. This is the third major TV production that’s been forced to pause in 2 weeks as a result of positive COVID tests. “Bridgerton” season two has also had to shut things down, and the film adaptation of “Matilda: The Musical”.
★ A new documentary is in the works called about the life of TV and comedy icon Mary Tyler Moore. Best known for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970s, which was a pioneering portrayal of a single, successful and professional woman on TV, “Being Mary” will explore Moore’s personal and professional journey as a star, businesswoman and advocate. It aims to show how she helped revolutionize the portrayal of women in media and inspired people of all races, generations and economic backgrounds that they too were “gonna make it after all”. The documentary is scheduled for release in 2022.
★ HBO Max has ordered 8 episodes of Jason Momoa’s rock-climbing competition show “The Climb.” The streaming service describes it as “a visually-arresting and life-changing adventure that represents the foundations of rock climbing and the exploration of the human spirit.” The hype sheet goes on to say: “In this all-encompassing competition, amateur climbers are put through a rigorous series of mental and physical challenges, utilizing the most intimidating ascents in the world to crown the world’s best amateur climber.” Momoa and co-exec-producer, pro rock climber Chris Sharma, will both appear on-camera.

• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Christian Slater, Chase Stokes, KEM, guest host Anthony Anderson
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Kate Beckinsale, Fred Armisen, Leon Bridges
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Hannah Einbinder, Alex Falcone
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Mindy Kaling, Jack Antonoff, Bleachers, Taku Hirano
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Pete Buttigieg, Jordan McGraw (R)
• “Watch What Happens Live” (Bravo): Henry Golding, Michelle Buteau
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Catt Sadler
• “The Talk” (CBS): Guest co-hosts Justin Baldoni & Mark McGrath
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Zach Braff, Michael Consuelos, Lance Ulanoff
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Chance the Rapper (R)
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (Check local listings): Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Jackie Tohn (R)
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (Check local listings): Wayne Brady, Leslie Jordan (R)
• “Good Girls” (NBC): Series finale

• Kanye West – His team has announced he will present a listening event for his new album “Donda” tonight at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. There aren’t many details yet about what will be his 10th album. It’s named for his mother, Donda West, who died in 2007 following cosmetic surgery.
• Justin Bieber – has made history as the youngest solo artist to reach 100 career entries on the Billboard Hot 100, as ‘Stay’, his collaboration The Kid LAROI debuts at #3. Bieber reaches the mark at 27 years, 4 months and 3 weeks of age. Drake scored his 100th title on the chart when he was 28 years, 11 months and 2 weeks old in 2015.
• Machine Gun Kelly – had a poster of Megan Fox on his bedroom wall as a teenager. In a GQ profile written by classmate and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Wesley Lowery, MGK admits he had a poster from Fox’s 2008 GQ photo shoot when she was heralded as the “Sexiest Woman in the World.” And at least one former classmate remembers him vowing he’d marry her someday.
• Coldplay – have posted a trailer for their upcoming “Music of the Spheres” album, out October 15. The teaser for the Max Martin-produced album combines an animated cosmic journey through the album’s planetary artwork with short clips of the album’s 12 songs. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/c4s4nr6e
• REO Speedwagon – Frontman Kevin Cronin he has been working on his autobiography for about 5 years. With “luck,” he says, the memoir’s arrival will coincide with a multi-act “major tour” that’s in the works for 2022.
• Weezer — Rivers Cuomo has given some details about the band’s plan to release 4 albums in 2022. On “Good Morning America”, he said the project will be titled “Seasons”, and each album will be released at the start of spring, summer, autumn and winter.
• Metallica – and author Ben Apatoff will release “Metallica: The $24.95 Book” on August 15. It takes a look at the band’s cultural significance, with chapters devoted to each member, each album, touring, fashion, books, film, influences, fandom, and history, according to a release.
• Jason Aldean – has scored his 25th #1 country radio hit, as ‘Blame It On You’ tops this week’s Billboard Country Airplay chart. He has also earned 34 Top 10 songs on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, since his debut in 2005. To date, he’s earned 15 billion streams and 20 million in album sales.
• Luke Combs – has released the previously-unreleased song ‘South On Ya’ as the new hype song for SEC Football. He captioned his Instagram post with the lyrics: “If you come around here, better bring it ’cause we’re no doubt gonna put a little #SouthOnYa. ” The song and accompanying video pay tribute to every state in the Southeastern Conference. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/pfwpvx86
• Alison Krauss — She, along with trailblazing female bandleader-banjoist Lynn Morris and early influencers The Stoneman Family are the 2021 inductees into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Sept. 30 during the IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards.


This is definitely the type of thing that can come back to haunt you, like, 20 years later, but the latest TikTok challenge involves moms uploading pics of their kids that, well, only a mother could love. In the “Ugly Baby Challenge” moms sharing pics of their babies at their worst. That’s right, they are showing off how ugly their kids once looked. Each video follows the same formula: Using the comical piano music from ABBA’s ‘Chiquitita’, the women post a photo of themselves pregnant or with their spouse, with a caption saying something like: “Would you tell me if you thought our baby was ugly?” The spouse then says “Yes, but our child will be beautiful.” That’s followed by a montage of their baby as a newborn, and the absolutely WORST photos that mom could find of the youngster. And the reactions? Well, Let’s just say that TikTok commenters never disappoint. LINK: https://tinyurl.com/7h6h694c
(Happily, most moms also point out that their baby is now past the “ugly newborn” phase. Which does happen. Except for my twin brother…)
(In the old days, those pics would have been tucked away in a photo album, never again to see the light of day…until the kid got married!)

Because, why not? Donut maker Krispy Kreme has launched its new “Carnival Collection”, 3 new donuts that are supposed to bring back sweet memories of Ferris wheels, prize ribbons and trying your luck at games that are fixed at the ol’ county fair. The new flavors are:
• Cotton Candy, which, as you might imagine, features an original glazed donut with cotton candy-flavored icing, covered in cotton candy sugar, and topped with buttercream and rainbow sprinkles.
• Caramel Apple: A shell-shaped donut filled with caramel apple-flavored Kreme, dipped in green apple icing, drizzled with caramel and finished with rainbow sprinkles and a pretzel stick. (Drooling sounds…)
• Caramel Popcorn: A glazed shell donut filled with caramel popcorn Kreme, topped with caramel drizzle and caramel popcorn pieces.
The Carnival Collection is available now through Aug. 8, or while supplies last.
(And by “While supplies last”, they mean “as long as my insulin holds out…”)
(But is it REALLY a “carnival” treat unless it’s also covered in batter and deep-fried AGAIN?)


(A year with minimal touring resulted in top-streaming acts, many of them hip-hop artists, replacing the rock and country acts that fill arenas and stadiums who usually lead Billboard’s annual ranking of US revenues of top musical artists…)
1. Taylor Swift: $23.8 million (didn’t rank in 2019)
2. Post Malone:  $23.2 million (#6 in 2019)
3. Céline Dion: $17.5 million (didn’t rank in 2019)
4. Eagles: $16.3 million (didn’t rank in 2019)
5. Billie Eilish: $14.7 million (didn’t rank in 2019)
6. Drake: $14.2 million (didn’t rank in 2019)
7. Queen: $13.2 million (#5 in 2019)
8. The Beatles: $12.9 million (didn’t rank in 2019)
9. YoungBoy Never Broke Again: $11.9 million (didn’t rank in 2019)
10. Lil Baby: $11.7 million (didn’t rank in 2019)
(The whole list: https://tinyurl.com/66jyckrr )

Here are the top-5 earning artists globally (including the US):
1. Queen: $48.7 million
2. Taylor Swift: $41.4 million
3. Billie Eilish: $32.8 million
4. BTS: $31.5 million
5. Post Malone: $29.7 million

⇒ my fav part of watching a nightclub scene in a movie is knowing that it was prob completely silent so they could pick up the main characters’ dialogue and everyone’s just dancing to nothing – danielle Weisberg
⇒ I hate when ppl email back too quickly. i just ticked that off my todo list, now i gotta add this to the list again – oloni baby
⇒ my toxic trait is that I say ‘no worries’ even when yes worries – mishti ali
⇒ Guy in the 1700s: this town meeting could have been pamphlet – Hannah
⇒ Don’t call me “honey” and expect it to soften the fact that you SHRUNK the KIDS – broti gupta-HuffPost

A study of all the #1 Billboard Hot 100 songs from 1958-201 showed those with simple, repetitive lyrics are more likely to reach the top 40. This is likely due to the “processing fluency theory”, which states that the easier a message is to digest, the more positively people react to it. It’s a popular strategy for advertising, and it’s often used in stand-up routines when comedians circle back to the same punchline throughout their set. (Hmmm…Do you think anyone has ever designed a political slogan this way…?)


1934 [87] Louise Fletcher, Birmingham AL, movie actress (Best Actress Oscar for her role as ‘Nurse Ratched’ in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”)/TV actress (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” 1993–1999)

1946 [75] Danny Glover, San Francisco CA, movie actor (“Lethal Weapon” films, “The Color Purple”)

1947 [74] Albert Brooks [Einstein], Beverly Hills CA, movie actor (“Finding Dory”, “Broadcast News”)

1947 [74] Don Henley, Linden TX, classic rock singer-drummer (‘The Boys of Summer’, Eagles-‘Hotel California’)

1955 [66] Willem Dafoe, Appleton WI, movie actor (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”, ‘Green Goblin’ in “Spider-Man” films) COMING UP…”Nightmare Alley”, 2021

1964 [57] John Leguizamo, Bogota Colombia, movie actor (“Moulin Rouge!”, “Spawn”)

1964 [57] David Spade, Birmingham MI, movie actor (“Joe Dirt”, “Grown Ups”)/TV actor (Saturday Night Live” 1990-95)

1989 [32] Keegan Allen, Gold Hill OR, TV actor (‘Toby Cavanaugh’ on “Pretty Little Liars” 2010-17)

1992 [29] Selena Gomez, Grand Prairie TX, pop singer (‘Hands to Myself’, ‘The Heart Wants What It Wants’)/movie actress (“Spring Breakers”, “The Muppets”)

2013 [08] Prince George [George Alexander Lewis], London UK, British royal (First son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge)/third in line to the throne after his grandfather and his father

• “Hammock Day”, honoring the most relaxing thing you can have in your backyard. It’s the perfect excuse to slow down and chill during the ‘Dog Days of Summer’. (And keep your “banana hammock” jokes to yourself!)

• “Ratcatchers Day”, observed on the anniversary of the fabled ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin’ (Germany) piping the town’s rats into the Weser River in 1376.

• “Spooner’s Day”, honoring the 1844 birth of William Archibald Spooner in London UK, who accidentally invented ‘spoonerisms’ – slips of the tongue like ‘queer old dean’ instead of ‘dear old queen’ or ‘blushing crow’ for ‘crushing blow’. (Now you’re just pit-nicking…)

• “Lion’s Share Day”, A “lion’s share” is an idiom meaning “the largest part of something divided amongst others.” The expression comes from one of Aesop’s fables, where a lion asks animals to help him hunt, and afterwards tells them why he should get to keep all parts of the spoils.

• “Pi Approximation Day”, today’s date, written in the date/month format, is 22/7. That’s an approximate value for pi. Don’t confuse today with Pi Day, observed on March 14th. (Any chance a nerd came up with this?)

• “Mango Day”, there’s an international mango festival that has been held in Delhi, India annually since 1987. Fun facts about mangos:
-20 million tons of mangos are grown annually.
-They are related to cashews and pistachios.
-They provide 100% of your required daily vitamin C.
-In India, a basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship.
-Mango trees can grow as tall as 100 feet!
-Most of the mangos sold in the U.S. come from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Guatemala, and Haiti.
-There are also mango festivals held in places like Canada, Jamaica, the Philippines, and the USA.

[Fri] Tokyo Olympics begin
[Fri] Comic-Con San Diego begins
[Fri] Gorgeous Grandma Day
[Fri] Vanilla Ice Cream Day
[Sat] Amelia Earhart Day
[Sat] Cousins Day

2019 [02] The Marvel superhero film “Avengers: Endgame” becomes the world’s highest-grossing film at $2.8 billion, overtaking “Avatar.” (Not so fast…a Chinese re-release saw Avatar retake the top spot in March, 2021)

1999 [22] Woodstock ‘99 music festival begins at Griffiss Park, Rome NY (till 25th), with performers including Metallica, Creed, Kid Rock, Dave Matthews and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Attended by 400,000, it would end due to violence.

2013 [08] A scientific study reveals that dolphins have unique names for one another, much like humans (only they’re all called ‘Ack Ack Ack Ack’)

2001 [20] A 30-year-old New Dehli, India man sets a record by standing still for 24 hours and 1 minute, eclipsing the previous record of 18 hours.

2017 [04] South African golfer Branden Grace records the lowest round for a men’s major championship -62 in the 3rd round at British Open, Royal Birkdale, England


✓ The average active vocabulary of an adult English speaker is around 20,000 words.
✓ 90% of everything written in English uses just 1,000 words.
✓ There are more English words beginning with the letter “S” than with any other letter.
✓ The most common letter in English is “e”. It appears in about 11% of all words in the common English vocabulary.
✓ Some English words exist only in plural form, such as glasses, binoculars, scissors, tongs and pants.
✓ Ironically, the most commonly misused word in the English language is “ironic”.
-FactSlides, PremierTEFL

Best of BS . . .
• That it’s never good to ‘Google’ terms that you don’t understand.
• That I can make $28,000 per month working from home in my jammies.
• That I should dance like no one is watching. ’Cuz they’re not. They’re looking at their phones.
• That the grammar and spelling police are always waiting to pounce.
• That I have to scroll down WAAY too far to find my birthdate.
• That there are literally thousands of women whom I’ve never met, waiting to stand me up on a moment’s notice!
• That I can diagnose my own afflictions.
• That there are actually real people on there who will not get all of my clever SpongeBob references.
• That it is not a great place for civil political discussion.
• There are a lot of people WAY crazier than me!
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2017

➠ According to Newsweek, Kim Kardashian’s net worth is now over $1 billion. (It just goes to show you that by working hard and dedicating yourself . . . you’re probably doing the wrong thing…)
➠ Scientists found giant amoebas growing 6 miles below the ocean surface. They call it proof that life can exist in dark, desolate areas. (Sorry science, the people on “Alaskan Bush People” proved this years ago!)
➠ Researchers have suggested that sex is actually good for your health. (Unless it’s with Lindsay Lohan. Then it’s the opposite.)
➠ A report found that regular sex over age 50 is good for your health. (But bad for your job security. Am I right, Matt Lauer?)
➠ Monica Lewinsky turns 48 tomorrow.  (Awww, it seems just like yesterday she was on her hands and knees, crawling around …The White House floor!)

You’ve seen it. It’s still good:  https://tinyurl.com/pkx46jn4

I’ve had bad luck with both my spouses. The first one abandoned me, the second didn’t.

What weird tradition does your family have?

Question:  A survey found people in the average household do THIS about 18 times a month. What is it?
Answer:  Argues about doing the dishes


We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.


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