Kirby Howell-Baptiste Joins Marc Cherry’s CBS All Access Series ‘Why Women Kill’

Kirby Howell-Baptiste has joined the cast of Marc Cherry’s upcoming CBS All Access dramedy “Why Women Kill,” and is set to star opposite Lucy Liu and Ginnifer Goodwin.

The “darkly comedic” drama from the “Desperate Housewives” creator centers on three different women — a housewife in the ’60s, a socialite in the ’80s and a lawyer in 2018 — who are dealing with infidelity in their marriages.

Howell-Baptiste will star as Taylor. Seen in 2018, Taylor is a fiercely intelligent, kick-ass woman, a lawyer, perfectly in control of her sensitive side when she chooses to display it. She is also very protective of her husband, who is content to play beta to her alpha. Described admiringly by her husband, Eli, she is “one hot feminist,” driven, impassioned, and very sexy. She’s also upfront about being bisexual, and she and Eli have an open marriage, which, so far, seems to be working.

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Howell-Baptiste’s television credits include “Killing Eve,” “The Good Place” and “Barry,” for which she was nominated for a 2019 SAG Award, as well as the upcoming season of “Veronica Mars” and the Blumhouse horror anthology series “Into the Dark.”

Co-produced by CBS Television Studios and Imagine Television Studios, “Why Women Kill” is Cherry’s follow-up to “Devious Maids,” which ran for four seasons on Lifetime. Cherry will executive produce with Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo and Acme Productions’ Michael Hanel and Mindy Schultheis.

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Tucker Carlson Refuses to Apologize for ‘Naughty’ Past Comments About Statutory Rape, ‘C–ty’ Women

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Sunday refused to apologize for a series of past comments about women and issues like statutory rape that surfaced in a YouTube compilation by Media Matters for America (MMFA).

During call-in segments on “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” between 2006 and 2011, the future Fox News host said that women enjoy being told to “be quiet and kind of do what you’re told” suggested that statutory rape isn’t like “pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting” them and described Martha Stewart’s daughter, Alexis, as “c–ty.”

In a statement on Sunday night, Carlson said, “Media Matters caught me saying something naughty on a radio show more than a decade ago. Rather than express the usual ritual contrition, how about this: I’m on television every weeknight live for an hour. If you want to know what I think, you can watch. Anyone who disagrees with my views is welcome to come on and explain why.”

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Between 2006 and 2011, Carlson conversed with the shock jock about a variety of topics, including Warren Jeffs, one of FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” for his involvement in arranging illegal marriages between adults and underage girls.

In one 2009 audio recording, Carlson said, “I am not defending underage marriage at all — I just don’t think it’s the same thing exactly as pulling a child from a bus stop and sexually assaulting that child… The rapist, in this case, has made a lifelong commitment to live and take care of the person, so it is a little different. I mean, let’s be honest about it.”

Carlson went on to call criminal charges against Jeffs “bulls—,” adding that “arranging a marriage between a 16-year-old and a 27-year-old is not the same as pulling a stranger off the street and raping her.”

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He then mentioned reading a story about a teacher who molested her 13-year-old student “28 times in one week,” and asked Bubba, “Are you physically capable of doing that or do you take your hat off to this kid?” Carlson added, “So my point is that teacher’s like this, not necessarily this one in particular, but they are doing a service to all 13-year-old girls by taking the pressure off. They are a pressure relief valve, like the kind you have on your furnace.”

Other segments with Carlson on “Bubba the Love Sponge Show” had the conservative commentator suggesting the elimination of rape shield laws (“It gives the accuser all the power”), calling Martha Stewart’s daughter “very c—y,” and Britney Spears and Paris Hilton “two of the biggest white whores in America.”

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MMFA Communications Director Laura Keiter said in a statement, “Anyone remotely familiar with Tucker Carlson won’t be surprised by the misogyny. But what’s striking about these clips is that it comes off as so natural and normal for him; it’s like you’re getting a chance to see who Tucker Carlson really is and what those ideas really mean. The clips provide insight into the misogyny of his current Fox News show.”

A compilation of Carlson’s comments can be heard by clicking here.

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Air Force’s Use of ‘Captain Marvel’ to Recruit Women Ignores a Grim Record on Sexual Assault

Thousands of screenings of “Captain Marvel” this weekend will include U.S. Air Force ads highlighting female pilots like Carol Danvers, the hero Brie Larson plays in the movie. “Every superhero has an origin story,” says a voiceover. “We all got our start somewhere. For us, it was the U.S. Air Force.”

But for many women, the reality of military service falls far short of the fantasy in “Captain Marvel.” The first Marvel film centered on a female protagonist arrives on International Women’s Day, but also just days after Sen. Martha McSally testified that she was raped by her superior officer in the Air Force. McSally’s experience reflects a wider, persistent problem.

“The U.S. military is one of the most dangerous places for women to work because of sexual violence,” said Kara Ellerby, author of “No Shortcut to Change: An Unlikely Path to a More Gender Equitable World.”

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She said the military’s problems with sexual misconduct show that greater inclusion doesn’t necessarily lead to gender equality.

“Even though they have been including more women and promoting them into positions of power in different branches and in the Pentagon, that hasn’t really stymied the issue of sexual violence,” said Ellerby, a University of Delaware professor. “There is still something very deep-seated in the culture of the military that’s damaging to women.”

Hollywood’s relationship with the military has lasted decades. When “Top Gun” was released in 1986, for example, some Navy recruiters tried to recruit people as they exited screenings — with apparent success. (The fictional Danvers is almost exactly the same age as the young men and women who might have joined up after watching Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis onscreen.)

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Marvel has kept Hollywood’s relationship with the military going strong: “Iron Man 2,” for example, was filmed at Edwards Air Force Base, with cooperation from the Department of Defense.

To prepare for her role, Larson visited Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to join simulated dogfights. The film’s red-carpet premiere included testimonials from Air Force men and women and a flyover by the Air Force’s Nellis-based Thunderbirds.

The “Origin Story” ads will play in about 3,600 theaters and, like “Captain Marvel,” feature women in prominent roles in the Air Force. While all combat positions were opened to women in 2016, the USAF has historically been the most female fighting force — it is the only branch to see its percentage of female service members climb above 25 percent.

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But “Captain Marvel” and the ads don’t cover the dismal facts that McSally addressed in her Senate testimony Wednesday, during a hearing on sexual assault in the military.

In 2017, the Defense Department received 6,769 reports of sexual assault involving service members as either victims or subjects of criminal investigation, as well as 146 cases in which accusers reported retaliation for speaking out.

Congress has passed recent laws eliminating the statute of limitations on military sexual assault and making it a crime to retaliate against military members who report such assaults.

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Pentagon spokeswoman and Air Force Capt. Carrie Volpe said the abuses McSally experienced “violate every part of what it means to be an Airman.”

“We are appalled and deeply sorry for what Senator McSally experienced and we stand behind her and all victims of sexual assault. We are steadfast in our commitment to eliminate this reprehensible behavior and breach of trust in our ranks,” Volpe said in a statement.

But significant change still hasn’t come. The reported rate of sexual assault against servicewomen has remained nearly flat from 4.4 percent in 2010 to 4.3 percent in 2016, according to Air Force Col. Don M. Christensen, president of the Washington D.C.-area nonprofit Protect Our Defenders, who spoke at Wednesday’s hearing.

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Those numbers also don’t reflect unreported incidents: In November, a Smithsonian Magazine survey found that two-thirds of women polled said they experienced gender discrimination while serving, and the same proportion also said they were sexually harassed or assaulted.

Christensen said the current system places sexual assault cases in the chain of command, rather than in the hands of military prosecutors. That discourages many women from coming forward, especially when a superior officer assaulted them.

McSally, who was the first female commander of an Air Force combat unit, said the response when she spoke out against her superior was “wholly inadequate.”

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“I was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences was handled,” said McSally, an Arizona Republican. “I almost separated from the Air Force at 18 years of service over my despair. Like many victims, I felt like the system was raping me all over again.”

Cynthia Enloe, a Clark University professor who studies gender and militarism, said there’s a simple reason the Air Force needs to recruit more women.

“In the military, there is the term ‘tooth to tail,’ referring to the ratio of combat roles to supply and support roles,” she said. “And the Air Force, of all the branches, requires the most tail to support the least tooth. While the fighter pilot is the public image, the largest amount of roles are in technical and supply positions.”

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“Most people, men and women, in the Air Force learn how to be good ground mechanics, but those roles regularly require recruits with a college education,” she added. “With women more likely in the United States to graduate from college than men, that’s part of the reason why there’s a higher rate of female enlistment than in the Army.”

But recruiting and promoting more women — through military ads and others means — isn’t enough, Ellerby said. She believes the military needs to re-evaluate its values on a fundamental level.

“Equality could mean 50/50, but it could also mean how we value men and women within institutions. It’s about examining the culture in these institutions and whether it makes it easier or harder for people, not just women, to succeed,” she said.

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‘WOW – Women of Wrestling’ Renewed for Season 2 by AXS TV

AXS TV has renewed “WOW – Women of Wrestling” for Season 2. The next run gets three times as many episodes — 24 — than Season 1.

The all-female professional wrestling league — and the only one with a weekly TV show — is owned by David McLane and Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

“WOW” is McLane’s follow-up to the original “GLOW,” which has been adapted into a scripted dramedy on Netflix.

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“‘WOW’ is proud to partner with AXS TV to bring this incredible promotion to viewers across the country,” Buss said in a statement Wednesday. “It is an honor to be able to continue this organization’s long tradition of showcasing the absolute best in all-female wrestling. The women of WOW appeal to a wide and diverse audience because of their strength, competitive spirit, and impressive athleticism, and the tremendous viewer response we’ve received is proof of that. This season was just the beginning, and we are all excited to build on our initial success with the delivery of new episodes airing in fall.”

“We listened to the fans as to what they wanted to see in women’s wrestling and are extremely pleased with the overwhelming response we’ve received from the viewers, it has been truly incredible,” McLane added. “Our Superheroes are authentic and real, and that comes across in each episode. People are captivated by their unique personalities, and they truly get invested in their stories — we are so happy they love tuning in to cheer on their favorite wrestlers. We look forward to providing our viewers with even more insights into the back stories of these amazing athletes and their epic battles with WOW’s future episodes on AXS TV.”

The “WOW” Season 1 finale airs Friday, March 8 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV. It will include the first tag-team match of the season, as well as a title match between reigning champ Tessa Blanchard and the “Monster of Madness” Jessicka Havok.

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In addition to sharing the renewal news, on a Wednesday conference call with media, McLane said he is opening the WOW Training Center in Long Beach, California. It will be the first all-women’s wrestling school in the United States.

Blanchard and fellow WOW “Superhero” — which is the term “Women of Wrestling” uses to brand its competitors — Selina Majors will be trainers.

“I am happy to join Selina Majors in providing women with a fully comprehensive training program designed specifically for them,” Blanchard said. “I was trained by men, and while that worked for me, I know a more supportive community for women wanting to join our profession will increase the participation.”

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Ratings: ‘The Voice,’ ‘This Is Us’ Beat ‘The Bachelor: Women Tell All’ Special

NBC won Tuesday outright, as “The Voice” and “This Is Us” beat ABC’s “The Bachelor: Women Tell All” special. CBS was essentially a non-factor in primetime, airing all reruns.

Running its own (one) long repeat, Fox and CBS tied in ratings among adults 18-49 in their respective averages. Despite lining up all encores, CBS actually topped ABC in total-viewer averages.

NBC was first in ratings with a 1.5 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 7.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. “The Voice” at 8 p.m. posted a 1.8/8 and 10.1 million viewers. At 9, “This Is Us” landed a 1.7/7 and 7.8 million viewers. “New Amsterdam” at 10 had a 1.0/5 and 5.9 million viewers.

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ABC was second in ratings with a 1.3/6 and third in viewers with 5.5 million. “The Bachelor” special from 8 to 10 earned a 1.6/7 and 6 million viewers. Though it couldn’t topple NBC’s strong Tuesday lineup, this “Women Tell All” was way up from last year’s, growing 45 percent in demo ratings and 40 percent in overall audience members. “The Rookie” at 10 received a 0.8/4 and 4.5 million viewers.

CBS and Fox tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.6. Fox had a 3 share, CBS got a 2. CBS was second in total viewers with 5.6 million, Fox was fourth with 2.1 million.

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Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and in viewers with 1.4 million.

The CW and Telemundo tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.4/2. The CW was sixth in total viewers with 1.4 million, Telemundo was seventh with 1.1 million.

For CW, “The Flash” at 8 had a 0.6/3 and 1.7 million viewers. At 9, “Roswell, New Mexico” got a 0.3/1 and 1.1 million viewers.

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