Friday, April 30, 2021 — Edition: #6977
The Sheet Hits the Fans!
BS SHOW BIZ BUZZ:
★ Netflix is denying a report that “The Crown” is having trouble finding an actor to play ‘Prince Andrew’. Season five of “The Crown” is scheduled to start shooting this summer, and the new season is expected to cover Andrew’s marriage to Sarah Ferguson, whom he divorced in 1996. After the British tabloid The Sun reported that producers “are struggling to find an actor” for the role and have advertised the part on the casting website Spotlight, Netflix issued a statement saying: “There is absolutely no struggle to cast any role for season 5 of The Crown and it is normal practice for productions to advertise in Spotlight.”
★ John Mayer is reportedly closing in on a deal for his own late-night talk show on on Paramount+. “Later With John Mayer” is being sold as “a series featuring performance segments as well as interviews with musicians, artists and other cultural figures in a setting designed to look like an after-hours club for musicians.” Mayer also recently revealed that his new album is finished. He told fans on TikTok last month that he has been “chilling” and getting his friends’ opinions on his follow-up to 2017’s “The Search For Everything”.
★ Comedian, Emmy nominee and former “SNL” star Leslie Jones is set to host the 2021 MTV Movie & TV Awards. She’ll host the first night of the ceremony, taking place live from the Palladium in Los Angeles, on Sunday, May 16th. No host has been announced for the second night of the MTV Movie & TV Awards, the “UNSCRIPTED” show celebrating reality television — that’s happening on Monday, May 17.
★ Drew Barrymore is about to welcome a media mogul. Oprah Winfrey will appear on “The Drew Barrymore Show” today, and to pique fans’ interest, the show shared a preview. Oprah will discuss her new book “What Happened to You?”, her new site “Oprah Daily”, her longtime friendship with Gayle King, and how Barrymore helped the Queen of Daytime TV to innovate her work life. In the preview, Winfrey tells Barrymore: “You have changed my life.”
TODAY’S SHOW BIZ SKED:
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): James Spader, Abbi Jacobson, Beach Bunny
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Jane Fonda, John Oliver, Ringo Starr, Teddy Swims
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Hank Azaria, Brandi Carlile, Dulcé Sloan, Emmanuelle Caplette (R)
• “The Late Late Show with James Corden” (CBS/CTV): Drew Barrymore, Storm Reid (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): Rosario Dawson, Duff Goldman
• “The Talk” (CBS): Carly Pearce, William Jackson Harper
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Mila Kunis, Callista Clark
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Topher Grace, Caleb McLaughlin, guest host Anthony Anderson
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jane Levy
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Bruce Perry, Roy Choi, Dionne Warwick
• “2021 NFL Draft” (ABC): Coverage of Rounds 2 and 3 of the draft from Cleveland
• “MacGyver” (CBS): Season 5 finale
• “World’s Funniest Animals: Spring Fling” (CW): Featuring the funniest animal videos the internet and beyond has to offer, including messy mutts, cheeky cats, baby bunnies and baby chic fashion shows.
• “Revenge Delivered” (LIFETIME): A dark truth comes to light when a renowned obstetrician suspects one of her resident students is secretly the vengeful daughter of someone from her past.
• “American Idol” (ABC): The top 9 travel to Walt Disney World for a one-on-one session with a celebrity mentor; the top seven finalists are revealed.
• “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW): Season 6 premiere
• “Pose” (FX): Season 3 premiere
• “Home Town Takeover” (HGTV): Premiere. Ben and Erin begin revitalizing Wetumpka, AL by turning a foster couple’s home into a welcoming space for kids; Dave and Jenny help tackle a boutique on the brink of closure; a special guest surprises Wetumpka with a performance.
BS MUSIC NOTES:
• DJ Khaled – His 12th album “Khaled Khaled” will be released today. What can fans expect? Collaborations with Megan Thee Stallion, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake and Roddy Rich. Besides that? “Expect the unexpected.”
• Britney Spears – a judge has scheduled June 23 for her to address about the conservatorship that has controlled her life and finances for 13 years. It will be the first known time in more than 2 years that she has spoken in court. Last time, none of what she said became public.
• Victoria Beckham — posted photos and videos to her Instagram Story to share that Justin Bieber gifted her a sample pair from his latest Crocs collaboration. She wrote: “A lot of people have been asking me what I’m planning on wearing after lockdown…what do we think about this suggestion from @justinbieber?! Will I be wearing lilac Crocs?!” (as of Wednesday morning, 57% of people said no!).
• Coldplay — fans have been busy decoding a set of clues left on a website called Alien Radio FM, and believe that a new single called ‘Higher Power’ will be released on May 7. It will mark the first new music from the group since their 2019 album “Everyday Life”.
• Florence + the Machine — Florence Welch will write the music and lyrics for a new Broadway-bound musical version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby”. Welch said: “This book has haunted me for a large part of my life.”
• Santana – Carlos Santana has announced the resumption of his residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas. “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live” begins again Aug. 25, with shows scheduled on and off through the end of 2021.
• Burning Man — The pandemic has caused plans for the beloved festival to go up in flames, again. Organizers have been forced to cancel the in-person event for the second straight year. As they did last year, they are planning a “Virtual Burning Man,” beginning August 21.
• Priscilla Block – The 2021 CMT Next Women of Country honoree releases her self-titled debut EP today. It includes her latest single ‘Wish You Were the Whiskey’, plus five other singles. Tomorrow, she’ll make her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. Fans can see it live on Circle TV, plus Circle All Access’ Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter channels.
• Keith Urban – When James Corden asked him about his “worst gig ever”, he recalled the early days of his career, saying: “We played in…a tiny regional airport in Australia…My manager at the time…had done some very questionable deal to get us a couple of airline tickets…So we start playing, and a couple people came over…and a few more people [gather], and I’m like, ‘This actually is not a bad gig!’…And the next minute…all the bags start coming out…Everyone got their luggage and they just all left!”
• Garth Brooks — has added another date to his Stadium Tour. He has announced a show at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 17. It will be the first concert at the stadium in 10 years. A press release notes that all COVID-19 rules apply, and fans who purchase tickets assume the risk of COVID-19.
SHOOTING THE BULL
⇒ If you’re familiar with the nighttime routine of scrolling through your social media feeds “one more time” before bed, you might be aware of the ‘night mode’ function that turns your screen from a colder blue-tinged light to a warmer yellow hue. The idea is that blue light appear inhibits the production of melatonin, the hormone associated with the sleep–wake cycle. Yellow-orange light is supposed to promote a better night’s sleep. But does it work? Nope, according to new research from Brigham Young University and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. They asked 167 college students to spend at least 8 hours in bed while wearing a wrist sleep monitor. Researchers found that it’s largely irrelevant whether your phone is beaming out harsh blue light or softer yellow light. It appears that the mental chore of messaging and engaging with content on social media is actually the thing that keeps your brain buzzing and can affect sleep quality. In other words, if you want to sleep better, do what’s been suggested since you got your first iPhone 3G: Stop using your device in the hours before you hit the sack. (And do what?)
⇒ The biggest problem in online security just might be remembering how you secured your accounts. A new study has found that the average internet user has been locked out of 10 online accounts in the past month alone. The survey of over 2,000 people found that a password reset isn’t likely to be a permanent fix, either, because 57% admit they forget their new password immediately upon resetting it. And memorizing passwords is so difficult that two-thirds of us say they will forget it unless they write it down. As a result, 58% say they struggle to feel productive while working remotely. Two-thirds also admit they actually avoid visiting certain websites or accounts where they’ve forgotten the password. Accounts with lost passwords we most often avoid include personal email, bank accounts, and utility bill accounts. (Normal people use their children’s names for their computer passwords. Elon Musk uses his computer password to name his baby!)
NEWS OF THE WEIRD:
➢ It was a great gig but now the jig is up. Police in Italy say a slacker didn’t show up for work at the Pugliese Caccio hospital…for 15 years, but got paid for the entire time, netting a total of nearly US$647,000. The unidentified 67-year-old man has been charged with abuse of office, forgery, and aggravated extortion. Police are also probing 6 managers for allegedly helping him carry out his plot. (He was caught when he complained that no one came to his retirement party!)
➢ A man has been arrested after faking being in 35 relationships at the same time, in order to lots of birthday gifts. 39-year of Takashi Miyagawa of Japan was detained for defrauding 35 women. He had told them all he had different birthdays in order to ensure a constant supply of presents. He met his victims while working for a company, selling hydrogen water shower heads and other products. Altogether, Miyagawa has been accused of swindling the women out of 100,000 Japanese Yen (US$921) worth of birthday presents, clothes and cash. He also managed to sell shower heads to some of them. Eventually, the women teamed up and reported him to police. (That’s a lot of “dates” to remember. In more ways than one!)
DID YOU KNOW?
Zoe Roth, who became famously known as “Disaster Girl when a photo taken by her dad of her grinning at the site of a house on fire became a viral meme, has become a rich 21-year-old after selling the meme as an NFT (non-fungible token) for $430,000. How did the pic come about? In 2005, the Roth family lived 2 blocks away from a fire station, and one day when firemen were practicing putting out a controlled fire, Zoe’s dad thought it would be the perfect time to test out his new camera.
LINK to the meme (no charge!): https://images.app.goo.gl/xEba1htbvDmqbfgm6
BS CHRONOMETER 04.30.21
TODAY’S CELEBIRTHDAYS . . .
1959  Stephen Harper, Toronto ON, Canadian politician (Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister 2006-15)/Chair of the International Democrat Union since 2018
1960  David Miscavige, Philadelphia PA, religious leader (head of the Church of Scientology — official title: “Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center” since 1987)
1971  Chris Henderson, Escatawpa MS, rock guitarist (3 Doors Down-‘Kryptonite’, ‘Here Without You’)
1975  Johnny Galecki, Bree Belgium, TV actor (‘Leonard Hofstadter’ on “The Big Bang Theory” 2007-19, ‘David Healy’ on “Roseanne” 1992-97, 2018, “The Conners”)
1981  Kunal Nayyar, London UK, TV actor (‘Raj Koothrappali’ on “The Big Bang Theory” 2007-19)
1982  Kirsten Dunst, Point Pleasant NJ, TV actress (“Fargo” 2015)/movie actress (“Interview with the Vampire”, “Spider-Man” films)
1985  Gal Gadot, Petah Tikva Israel, movie actress (“Wonder Woman” franchise)
1986  Dianna Agron, Savannah GA, TV actress (‘Quinn Fabray’ on “Glee” 2009-15)
1991  Travis Scott (Jacques Webster II), Houston TX, rapper-singer-songwriter (‘Highest in the Room’)/parent of Stormi Webster with Kylie Jenner
SATURDAY- Tim McGraw (‘Humble and Kind’) is 54; Filmmaker Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) is 52; Julie Benz (“Dexter”) is 49; Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) is 39
SUNDAY- Christine Baranski (“The Good Wife”) is 69; Fashion Designer Donatella Versace is 66; Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (“Fast & Furious” films) is 49; Retired soccer player David Beckham is 46; Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) is 41; Lily Allen (‘Somewhere Only We Know’) is 36; NASCAR driver Kyle Busch is 36; Princess Charlotte is 6
BS REASONS TO PARTY . . .
• “Adopt a Shelter Pet Day”, an annual event encouraging the adoption of strays. On a sadder note, the SPCA observes a moment of silence for the thousands of dogs and cats euthanized each year because they are unable to find homes.
• “International Jazz Day”, initiated in 2001 by UNESCO to celebrate worldwide appreciation of the music form and its influence in promoting peace and intercultural dialogue. This year’s Jazz Day concert will again take place virtually, and in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the occasion, it will showcase artists joining from locations around the world, including Jonathan Butler, Dianne Reeves and Michael Douglas (!). Artistic director is Herbie Hancock. LINK: http://jazzday.com
• “Honesty Day”, created by author M. Hirsh Goldberg in the early 1990s after spending 4 years researching & writing “The Book of Lies”. Goldberg thought that April, which begins with a big day of lying (April Fool’s Day), should end on a higher moral note. (***See “BS Signs You’re too Honest”, below***)
• “Spank Out Day”, initiated in 1998 to give widespread attention to the need to end corporal punishment of children and to promote non-violent ways of teaching kids appropriate behavior.
• “Bugs Bunny Day”, Bugs made his debut in a cartoon called “Porky’s Hare Hunt” on this date in 1938. Perhaps the reason people don’t recognize Bugs from that early cartoon is that he was credited as “Happy Rabbit.” (Bugs soundbites: https://tinyurl.com/r7ak972d )
• “Oatmeal Cookie Day”, They’ve been around since the 1800s. By early the 1900s, a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats. Oatmeal cookies are considered health food because they’re an excellent source of iron and fiber. Just another reason to have one today!
• “May Day”, a traditional spring celebration since ancient times. Since 1889, it’s been officially observed in about 66 countries as a “Labor Day” holiday.
• “Lei Day”, celebrated in Hawaii instead of May Day. It is a time to celebrate native Hawaiian culture. One of the most common flowers used in leis is the orchid.
• “Couple Appreciation Day”, for those who are in a relationship to do something to show their appreciation for their partner (or partners!).
• “Mother Goose Day”, which actually honors many different writers. The term was first used in the title of the nursery rhyme collection “Mother Goose’s Melody” in about 1765. The name caught on, and nursery rhymes have been attributed to ‘Mother Goose’ ever since.
• “School Principals Day”. It’s a dirty job but some sadist has gotta do it! (How do you remember the correct spelling? Just remember that he/she is always your ‘pal’!)
• “Chocolate Parfait Day”. Parfait literally means “perfect” in French! The American style layers parfait cream, ice cream and flavored gelatin in a tall, clear glass topped with whipped cream, fruit and liqueurs.
• “Law Day”. This day allows all Americans to reflect on the personal rights and liberties which are enjoyed and exercised daily.
• “New Homeowner’s Day”. Congratulations, you’ll be debt-free in about 30 years! Got your repair manual yet?
• “Brothers and Sisters Day!”, a day to let siblings know you care. (Or maybe to add up all the times you got ratted on, had your hair pulled or your dessert stolen … and get even!)
• “Play Your Ukulele Day”, when you’re encouraged to play a ukulele, share your ukulele, and teach someone else how to play. (What’s the difference between a ukulele and a trampoline? You take your shoes off to jump on a trampoline!)
• “Life Insurance Day” The anniversary of the day life insurance first became available in the United States in 1759. (They say that life insurance is like fun: The older you get, the more it costs…)
• “Truffle Day” Celebrating the chocolate confectionery traditionally made with a chocolate ganache center coated in chocolate, icing, cocoa powder, chopped nuts or coconut.
THIS DAY IN SHOW BIZ . . .
1988  Tom Hanks marries actress Rita Wilson
1997  42 million watch Ellen DeGeneres publicly declare she is gay during an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”
2018  A new species of water beetle from Malaysia, the ‘Grouvellinus leonardodicaprioi’, is named after Leonardo DiCaprio
TODAY’S MUSIC EVENTS . . .
2008  At the Coachella festival, Roger Waters’ giant inflatable pig escapes, roams the countryside and ultimately deflates
2015  Ben E. King, songwriter and singer of ‘Stand by Me’, dies at age 76
2020  On his 100th birthday, Captain Tom Moore hits #1 in the UK #1 with his version of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. The decorated World War II vet had become famous by raising more than £28 million for coronavirus relief by walking 100 laps of his garden
TODAY’S FIRSTS . . .
1952  “Mr. Potato Head” becomes the first toy advertised on television
1989  The World Wide Web (WWW) is first launched in the public domain by European research organization CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee
2009  Automaker Chrysler files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (after a government bailout, Chrysler Group is now owned by “Stellantis”, a multinational automaker, which also includes brands such as Alfa Romeo, Citroën, Fiat, Maserati, and Peugeot)
BS WHACK FACTS:
✓ Blue-eyed people tend to have a higher tolerance to alcohol than those with darker eyes.
✓ A static electricity shock that zaps your finger when you touch a doorknob is usually between 10,000 and 30,000 volts.
✓ The human body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring a gallon of water to a boil.
✓ Mice can fit through a hole the size of a ballpoint pen.
✓ A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours.
✓ Coyotes can outpace roadrunners by 23 mph (37km/h).
Best of BS . . .
(In honor of “Honesty Day”, we present….)
BS SIGNS YOU’RE TOO HONEST:
• When everyone in the elevator starts to wince, you proudly announce, “It was me!”
• When someone asks why you’re selling an item at your garage sale you say: “Because it’s a piece of crap that I don’t want anymore, but rather than toss it out I thought some idiot might give me money for it.”
• When you call your ex at 3 am, you start the conversation by saying: “I’m hammered and I’m desperate.”
• When you’re late for work and the boss asks, “Heavy traffic?” you say, “No. I hate you, I hate this job and I wait until the last possible minute to leave the house each morning.”
• Every time your wife asks you if you think she needs to lose some weight, you end up sleeping on the couch.
-First published in BS 2002
TODAY’S SCOOP OF BS:
➠ Psychologists say the key to confidence is walking into a room and assuming everyone likes you. (And if you think this is true, then you also probably think that song is about you. Don’t you? Don’t you?)
➠ A report shows that people are biologically programmed to take pleasure in the pain of others. (And anyone who disagrees has apparently never seen an obese-Karen slipping on a Twinkie wrapper while chasing an ice cream truck…)
➠ A study shows that people who vent their anger live longer. (This just in: My wife will live forever!)
➠ A report claims that men focus more on women’s breasts than their faces. (Women have something called breasts? Interesting . . . I’ll have to look for those the next time I see one…)
➠ Thought of the Day: You’re not truly comfortable with someone until you can sit with them in silence, and it’s not awkward. (Exactly how I felt at my mother in law’s funeral!)
BS WEB GOODIE:
Friday, baby! https://tinyurl.com/3kdtprb3
BS PHONE STARTER:
Your rap name is “Lil”, then the last thing you spent money on. Go! (I’m not sure how much street cred this give me, but mine is ‘Lil Credit Card Bill’…)
BS RANDOM JOKE:
I’m writing a letter to Santa today because I don’t want to be one of those friends who only reaches out when they want something.
BS WATER COOLER QUESTION:
Question: 14% of kids want to be THIS when they grow up. What is it?
Answer: A zoo-keeper
BS DEEP THOUGHT:
Happiness is a place between too much and too little.