Upfront Presentations 2018: The Good, The Bad, The Upstaged

This year’s Upfront Week was always going to be challenging, what with many of the most buzzed-about “new” series for next season having already debuted years ago, and corporate overlords consigning broadcasters to the back half of pr…

This year’s Upfront Week was always going to be challenging, what with many of the most buzzed-about “new” series for next season having already debuted years ago, and corporate overlords consigning broadcasters to the back half of presentations in which hitting the 2-hour mark means death. NBC believes in shorter commercial breaks this year – but longer Upfronts. Here are the Upfront Winners and Losers: Best Opening CBS, having long ago figured out that media buyers are…

‘Late Night’ Writer Calls Out ‘Roseanne’s’ ‘Tired A– Episode’ About Muslims

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin took aim at “Roseanne” for its controversial episode on May 8 where the title character is suspicious of her new Muslim neighbors.

During her “Minute of Fury” segment on Thursday’s “Late Night,” Ruffin took the ABC sitcom to task for it’s “tired a– episode,” saying, “Roseanne is back and better than ever… at being racist.”

“She didn’t like these people until they proved to her that they were ‘one of the good ones’ by giving her their WiFi password,” Ruffin said. “So what would’ve happened in this episode if they had been mean to her? Which was their right to do. She’d have called the cops and they’d have gone to jail, that’s what the f— what.”

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The episode sees Roseanne spying on her new neighbors, who are of Middle Eastern descent, because she thinks they might be building a bomb. Her character also refers to the country she thinks her Muslim neighbors are probably from as “Talibanjistan,” when they’re actually from Yemen. The episode ended with Roseanne realizing her new neighbors weren’t actually that much different than her all since their WiFi password was “Go Cubs.”

The episode has been criticized for being Islamophobic and promoting harmful, racially-insensitive stereotypes.

Roseanne thinking her Muslim neighbors are terrorists isn’t funny. Not even for a second. Muslims deal with that bigotry on a daily basis. And it’s dangerous.

— Elham Khatami (@ekhatami) May 9, 2018

“That’s what’s wrong with this episode,” Ruffin concluded. “The minorities have to prove themselves to her.”

Barr, for her part, has defended the episode and shot back at reports this week that said ABC was trying to reign her in for next season.

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ABC has been nothing but supportive to me and my show and all of our ideas. The press has misrepresented what ABC President said about our new season.

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 16, 2018

ABC has supported my work, has NOT silenced me will NOT censor me or any of that BS. I have NOT been ‘put in my place’ or any of that stuff ppl r saying. ABC supports our new season-unlike anything EVER on TV b4. #Roseanne

— Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) May 17, 2018

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“Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin took aim at “Roseanne” for its controversial episode on May 8 where the title character is suspicious of her new Muslim neighbors.

During her “Minute of Fury” segment on Thursday’s “Late Night,” Ruffin took the ABC sitcom to task for it’s “tired a– episode,” saying, “Roseanne is back and better than ever… at being racist.”

“She didn’t like these people until they proved to her that they were ‘one of the good ones’ by giving her their WiFi password,” Ruffin said. “So what would’ve happened in this episode if they had been mean to her? Which was their right to do. She’d have called the cops and they’d have gone to jail, that’s what the f— what.”

The episode sees Roseanne spying on her new neighbors, who are of Middle Eastern descent, because she thinks they might be building a bomb. Her character also refers to the country she thinks her Muslim neighbors are probably from as “Talibanjistan,” when they’re actually from Yemen. The episode ended with Roseanne realizing her new neighbors weren’t actually that much different than her all since their WiFi password was “Go Cubs.”

The episode has been criticized for being Islamophobic and promoting harmful, racially-insensitive stereotypes.

“That’s what’s wrong with this episode,” Ruffin concluded. “The minorities have to prove themselves to her.”

Barr, for her part, has defended the episode and shot back at reports this week that said ABC was trying to reign her in for next season.

Watch the video above.

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We’ve reached the point in the year in which, at least for me, everything that’s happening that involves Washington and Donald Trump is all just melding together into a great big blur of madness. Because instead of Trump’s scandals and other “situations” coming and going quickly, it’s starting to feel more like they’re each forming a bunch of long term narratives that will eventually merge into one like on “Game of Thrones.”

On “Late Night” Wednesday night, Seth Meyers went through three of those distinct long-term narratives in a new edition of “A Closer Look”: Trump’s relationship with North Korea, Trump’s relationship with China, and Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Meyers opened by discussing the deteriorating situation with North Korea, which pulled out of peace talks with the South this week, and Trump has seemingly no idea how to handle it.

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“The worry has always been that the Trump administration wasn’t fully prepared for the negotiations. And when the news broke yesterday, those suspicions seemed to be confirmed,” Meyers said, before running a clip from CNN in which an anchor cited a source that said that “the White House was caught off guard” by the new development.

“Oh really? The Trump White House was caught off guard by something? When have they ever been caught on guard?” Meyers joked. “This White House is like me every time I take a nap during the day and wake up after dark. ‘What? Huh? What happened? What day is it?’ “

Then “Late Night” played another clip to highlight just how off guard Trump was caught by all this, in which Trump himself answered a question about it by saying, “We haven’t seen anything. We haven’t heard anything. We will see what happens.”

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“You haven’t seen anything or heard anything? I never thought I’d say this, but Mr. President, you should watch more TV.”

Moving on the the situation with the embassy in Israel, Meyers noted how comically inconsistent Trump has been when talking about that subject, like during the 2016 campaign when he talked a big game about being neutral in the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians while also saying he’s pro-Israel — something Hillary Clinton called him out for.

“When Hillary Clinton criticized Trump for waffling on Israel and said he didn’t have steady hands, Trump refused to back down,” Meyers said. Then the show played a clip of Trump telling Wolf Blitzer that “I have the steadiest hands. Look at those hands. I have the steadiest hands.”

“Hey dummy, it’s a metaphor,” Meyers continued. “She wasn’t talking about your actual hands. ‘She said I don’t have my head screwed on right but look, it’s totally attached to my neck.’ Also, Wolf, didn’t you learn anything from ‘Blazing Saddles’? You have to ask to see the other hand.”

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Then “Late Night” played the “yeah, but I shoot with this hand” scene from that movie.

“Of course, Trump has since totally backtracked on his pledge to be neutral and moving the embassy is just the latest example,” Meyers continued. “On the same day Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians, a horrifying display of violence that was widely condemned. And yet Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner celebrated the move.”

Next up was a clip from Kushner’s speech at the embassy opening, in which he said this: “While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to move the American embassy, once in office, this president delivered. Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it.”

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“Well, yes and no,” Meyers said. “The thing is, he promises everything on every side of every issue. So he ends up keeping one of the promises just by accident. When you flip a coin, Trump yells, ‘headstails!’ Trump said he would be neutral, then he said he would make a deal. Then he said we’ll move the embassy. Trump only kept the last promise he made. Trump’s like a s—ty magician. ‘Is this your card? How about this one? This one?’ And then 52 cards later, he goes ‘ta-da!’ “

You can watch all of “A Closer Look” from Wednesday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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We’ve reached the point in the year in which, at least for me, everything that’s happening that involves Washington and Donald Trump is all just melding together into a great big blur of madness. Because instead of Trump’s scandals and other “situations” coming and going quickly, it’s starting to feel more like they’re each forming a bunch of long term narratives that will eventually merge into one like on “Game of Thrones.”

On “Late Night” Wednesday night, Seth Meyers went through three of those distinct long-term narratives in a new edition of “A Closer Look”: Trump’s relationship with North Korea, Trump’s relationship with China, and Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Meyers opened by discussing the deteriorating situation with North Korea, which pulled out of peace talks with the South this week, and Trump has seemingly no idea how to handle it.

“The worry has always been that the Trump administration wasn’t fully prepared for the negotiations. And when the news broke yesterday, those suspicions seemed to be confirmed,” Meyers said, before running a clip from CNN in which an anchor cited a source that said that “the White House was caught off guard” by the new development.

“Oh really? The Trump White House was caught off guard by something? When have they ever been caught on guard?” Meyers joked. “This White House is like me every time I take a nap during the day and wake up after dark. ‘What? Huh? What happened? What day is it?’ “

Then “Late Night” played another clip to highlight just how off guard Trump was caught by all this, in which Trump himself answered a question about it by saying, “We haven’t seen anything. We haven’t heard anything. We will see what happens.”

“You haven’t seen anything or heard anything? I never thought I’d say this, but Mr. President, you should watch more TV.”

Moving on the the situation with the embassy in Israel, Meyers noted how comically inconsistent Trump has been when talking about that subject, like during the 2016 campaign when he talked a big game about being neutral in the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians while also saying he’s pro-Israel — something Hillary Clinton called him out for.

“When Hillary Clinton criticized Trump for waffling on Israel and said he didn’t have steady hands, Trump refused to back down,” Meyers said. Then the show played a clip of Trump telling Wolf Blitzer that “I have the steadiest hands. Look at those hands. I have the steadiest hands.”

“Hey dummy, it’s a metaphor,” Meyers continued. “She wasn’t talking about your actual hands. ‘She said I don’t have my head screwed on right but look, it’s totally attached to my neck.’ Also, Wolf, didn’t you learn anything from ‘Blazing Saddles’? You have to ask to see the other hand.”

Then “Late Night” played the “yeah, but I shoot with this hand” scene from that movie.

“Of course, Trump has since totally backtracked on his pledge to be neutral and moving the embassy is just the latest example,” Meyers continued. “On the same day Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians, a horrifying display of violence that was widely condemned. And yet Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner celebrated the move.”

Next up was a clip from Kushner’s speech at the embassy opening, in which he said this: “While presidents before him have backed down from their pledge to move the American embassy, once in office, this president delivered. Because when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it.”

“Well, yes and no,” Meyers said. “The thing is, he promises everything on every side of every issue. So he ends up keeping one of the promises just by accident. When you flip a coin, Trump yells, ‘headstails!’ Trump said he would be neutral, then he said he would make a deal. Then he said we’ll move the embassy. Trump only kept the last promise he made. Trump’s like a s—ty magician. ‘Is this your card? How about this one? This one?’ And then 52 cards later, he goes ‘ta-da!’ “

You can watch all of “A Closer Look” from Wednesday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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It’s a new week, and while Donald Trump may have been relatively — and perhaps troublingly — quiet over the past few days, that just gave Seth Meyers and his writing staff at “Late Night” time to dig even further into the most recent wave of scandals that Donald Trump has brought down upon his administration.

During a new “A Closer Look” segment on Monday night, Meyers took aim squarely  at how cartoonishly corrupt Trump and his circle have continued to be — using Trump’s own appearance at a Republican congressional campaign rally last week, in which the crowd began a “drain the swamp” chant at Trump’s prompting, as the perfect illustration of the cognitive dissonance that is still going on among Trump and his supporters.

“I’m sorry, but after all your scandals the phrase ‘drain the swamp’ is now devoid of all meaning,” Meyers said. “You might as well chant ‘We Like Ike’ or ‘Brook-lyn Dod-gers.’ Trump’s cabinet has had one corruption scandal after another, and his personal fixer was literally selling access to the president. Trump didn’t drain the swamp — he bottled it and sold it as Dr. Trump’s Miracle Healing Elixir. In fact, in his next sentence Trump actually claimed that his administration was fighting corruption.”

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“Late Night” then played a clip of that next sentence, in which Trump claimed that “under my administration we’re fighting against the lobbyists, the special interests and the corrupt Washington politics.”

“That’s right. He fought corrupt Washington politics and replaced it with the only thing that’s worse, corrupt New York politics. Seriously. Washington corruption used to be K Street lobbyists handing off bribes in parking garages. Now it’s shady ambulance chasers with mob ties funneling money through real estate and taxi medallions. I mean, look at these guys,” Meyers said as he pointed to an image of Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Cohen that appeared on screen.

“They look like they should be playing cards in the back of a butcher shop waiting for someone to call them and say ‘It’s done.’ If they weren’t aides to the president, they’d have competing strip clubs outside of Secaucus.”

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And to illustrate that point, Meyers reminded everyone of Cohen’s sketchy Essential Consultants shell company.

“Of course, last week we found out that the secret shell company set up by Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels, also took in millions of dollars from a firm linked to a Russian oligarch. And major companies like AT&T and the pharmaceutical giant Novartis,” Meyers said. “In fact, we now know that Cohen was basically cold calling companies to try to profit off of Trump’s presidency.”

Then “Late Night” played a clip of CNN anchor Erin Burnett recapping the situation, describing Cohen as “aggressively pitching himself to potential clients” and mentioning how a Republican insider said that Cohen pitched himself by saying “I’m the guy you should hire. I’m closest to the president.” A comment that Meyers found amusingly credible.

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“Man, it’s really sad when someone can believably say the person who’s closest to you is not your wife or your kids, but your lawyer,” Meyers said.

“I’m sure Trump has said to Eric, ‘Of course I love you, you’re like a lawyer to me.’ I guarantee you on his health insurance form, Trump’s emergency contact probably just says ‘Outside Legal Counsel.’ “

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During a new “A Closer Look” segment on Monday night, Meyers took aim squarely  at how cartoonishly corrupt Trump and his circle have continued to be — using Trump’s own appearance at a Republican congressional campaign rally last week, in which the crowd began a “drain the swamp” chant at Trump’s prompting, as the perfect illustration of the cognitive dissonance that is still going on among Trump and his supporters.

“I’m sorry, but after all your scandals the phrase ‘drain the swamp’ is now devoid of all meaning,” Meyers said. “You might as well chant ‘We Like Ike’ or ‘Brook-lyn Dod-gers.’ Trump’s cabinet has had one corruption scandal after another, and his personal fixer was literally selling access to the president. Trump didn’t drain the swamp — he bottled it and sold it as Dr. Trump’s Miracle Healing Elixir. In fact, in his next sentence Trump actually claimed that his administration was fighting corruption.”

“Late Night” then played a clip of that next sentence, in which Trump claimed that “under my administration we’re fighting against the lobbyists, the special interests and the corrupt Washington politics.”

“That’s right. He fought corrupt Washington politics and replaced it with the only thing that’s worse, corrupt New York politics. Seriously. Washington corruption used to be K Street lobbyists handing off bribes in parking garages. Now it’s shady ambulance chasers with mob ties funneling money through real estate and taxi medallions. I mean, look at these guys,” Meyers said as he pointed to an image of Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Michael Cohen that appeared on screen.

“They look like they should be playing cards in the back of a butcher shop waiting for someone to call them and say ‘It’s done.’ If they weren’t aides to the president, they’d have competing strip clubs outside of Secaucus.”

And to illustrate that point, Meyers reminded everyone of Cohen’s sketchy Essential Consultants shell company.

“Of course, last week we found out that the secret shell company set up by Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels, also took in millions of dollars from a firm linked to a Russian oligarch. And major companies like AT&T and the pharmaceutical giant Novartis,” Meyers said. “In fact, we now know that Cohen was basically cold calling companies to try to profit off of Trump’s presidency.”

Then “Late Night” played a clip of CNN anchor Erin Burnett recapping the situation, describing Cohen as “aggressively pitching himself to potential clients” and mentioning how a Republican insider said that Cohen pitched himself by saying “I’m the guy you should hire. I’m closest to the president.” A comment that Meyers found amusingly credible.

“Man, it’s really sad when someone can believably say the person who’s closest to you is not your wife or your kids, but your lawyer,” Meyers said.

“I’m sure Trump has said to Eric, ‘Of course I love you, you’re like a lawyer to me.’ I guarantee you on his health insurance form, Trump’s emergency contact probably just says ‘Outside Legal Counsel.’ “

You can watch all of the new “A Closer Look” from Monday’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in the video embedded at the top of this post.

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