scuby22: What time-traveling trickery did you pull off to have the show canceled, then not canceled?
ShawnRyanTV: We activated a lot of rabid fans to tweet their disappointment to NBC. Fortunately, Bob Greenblatt and Jenn Salke were simultaneously regretting their decision and decided to reverse it. We’re very grateful.
May 8: Yates testifies and calls out WH/Flynn/Trump lies May 9: Trump fires Comey, at the reported recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Sessions May 10: White House retracts recommendation “Trump did it on his own” May 11: Trump admits the Russia probe was a factor in Comey’s dismissal in an NBC interview May 12: Trump twitter-threats Comey re: tapes of their convos May 15: Trump shares sensitive classified intel with Russian foreign minister and ambassador May 16: a memo from Comey leaks — quotes Trump as asking him to drop the FBI investigation into Flynn “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go”
Be sure to tune in tonight for another episode of, Trump’s a Shitshow
The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald
Trump. It is when enough Republicans will put their loyalty to America ahead of
their loyalty to their party.
Trump’s statements last week about his firing of former FBI
director James Comey provide ample evidence that Trump engaged in an
obstruction of justice – a major charge in impeachment
proceedings brought against Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton.
It’s worth recalling that the illegality underlying Nixon’s
impeachment was a burglary at the Watergate complex, while the illegality
underlying Clinton’s was lying to a grand jury about sex with an intern in the
Trump’s obstruction is potentially far more serious. It involves
an investigation about whether Trump or his aides colluded with Russia in rigging
a presidential election – the most direct assault on American democracy in
Last Thursday, in an interview with NBC News’s Lester Holt about
his firing of Comey, Trump said: “I was going to fire regardless of
recommendation.” Trump also said that he had pressed Comey during a private dinner
to tell him if he was under investigation.
Trump conceded that the ongoing investigation
into Russian influence on the 2016 election, which includes a probe into the
possibility that Moscow was coordinating with the Trump campaign, was one of
the factors Trump considered before firing Comey.
“In fact, when I decided to just do it, I
said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a
made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that
they should have won,’ ” Trump said.
The law is reasonably clear. If Trump removed Comey to avoid being
investigated, that’s an obstruction of justice – an impeachable offense.
On Friday, Trump tweeted that Comey “better hope that there are
no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
Here, the law is also clear. Seeking to silence, intimidate or
even influence someone who is likely to offer evidence in a congressional or
criminal proceeding is also an obstruction of justice – and an impeachable offense.
As a practical matter, though, nothing will happen until a
majority of the House decides on bringing a bill of impeachment. Which means,
under the present congress, twenty-two Republicans would have to join with
House Democrats to put enough pressure on the Speaker of the House to allow
such a bill to be considered.
The odds of this occurring in this Congress, under present circumstances, are approximately
So – barring a “smoking gun” that shows Trump’s complicity with
Russian operatives in interfering in the 2016 election – Trump’s fate seems to
hinge on the midterm elections of 2018.
Those elections are less than eighteen months away. That’s a
long time in American politics. Under a Trump presidency, that’s an eternity.
But there’s another possibility.
In my experience, most elected politicians have two goals – to
do what they consider to be the right things for the American public, and to be
reelected (not necessarily in that order).
If Trump’s poll numbers continue to plummet – particularly among
Republicans and Independents – twenty-two House Republicans may well decide their
chances for being reelected are better if they abandon him before the 2018
Paul Ryan and the House Republican leadership might make a
similar calculation, at least enough to put a bill of impeachment on the table.
Most House Republicans prefer Vice President Mike Pence to
Donald Trump anyway. As one said to me several months ago, “Pence is a
predictable conservative. Trump is an unpredictable egomaniac. Most of us are more comfortable with the former.”
There’s a good chance Trump’s polls will continue to fall.
First, he’s shown to be his own worst enemy. Even when things are going
reasonably well, he seems bizarrely intent on stirring controversy – and saying
or tweeting things that get him into trouble.
There’s also a matter of the economy. The expansion that began
in 2009 is getting long in the tooth. If history is any guide, we’re due for a
slowdown or recession. And justified or not, presidents get blamed when
Americans lose jobs.
Donald Trump doesn’t have the character or the temperament to be
president of the United States. But this obvious fact isn’t enough to get him
He’ll be fired when enough Americans decide they can’t abide him
Then, maybe in an impeachment proceeding, it will come out
that Trump did something incredibly stupid – like give a nod of approval to
one of his campaign bottom feeders like Roger Stone to tell a Russian operative
to go ahead with their plan to interfere in the 2016 election.
The House impeaches. The Senate convicts. That’s the end of Trump.
The viewers have spoken, and they want to make time for NBC’s Timeless.
The freshman series was the favorite in USA TODAY’s Save Our Shows poll, with 49% of voters saying they’d like the historically minded time-travel drama to stick around for a second season. CBS’s Elementary, wrapping its fifth season this month, was a very close second with 48% (a difference of 1,350 votes), with NBC’s Blindspot and ABC’s Last Man Standing tied for third place with far less support.
This year’s turnout of 146,603 votes marked a new record for Save Our Shows, now in its 20th year. And Timeless star Matt Lanter, who plays Wyatt Logan, a soldier in a team trying to stop a villain from changing history, is thrilled. “That’s incredible to hear. Fan passion for this show is so high,” he says of the #RenewTimeless movement. “I just hope we get to make more of it, obviously for selfish reasons, but also because the fans deserve it.” Lanter spent his break from the show, which ended its season in February, in Atlanta shooting Pitch Perfect 3.
And while the top 5 keepers were fairly consistent across state lines, Timeless was the clear favorite among viewers under 50 (74% of teen voters picked it),….
Women also picked Timeless as their favorite to return….
Timeless EPs Talk Rittenhouse Twist, [Spoiler]'s Condition, Season 2 Plans
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Monday’s Timeless finale
Timeless dropped a mother of a twist during Monday night’s finale when Lucy’s mom, Carol (played by Susanna Thompson), revealed to her daughter that she’s a member of Rittenhouse. That makes Lucy something akin to Rittenhouse royalty, coming from two of the mysterious organization’s strongest bloodlines.
“Rittenhouse has an operative on the mothership” — that would be Emma, who’s a mole! — “and soon they will control everything: the past and the present, the future,” Carol informed Lucy. “Together, we will change history.”
Elsewhere in the season ender: Lucy enlisted her grandfather to be a double agent within Rittenhouse in 1954. Back in the present, they tracked down his apartment full of intel, allowing them to arrest key members. Then Lucy arranged a secret meeting with Flynn to hand over the names of his family’s killers, and he, in return, gave her back her journal, which he claimed she gave him. (More on the when and how of that below.) But the peace was short-lived as Agent Christopher swooped in to arrest Flynn.
And last, but definitely not least interesting: Jiya had a strange physical reaction after taking a ride with the trio in the time ship, which was built for just three.
Below, creators Eric Kripke and Shawn Ryan talk about Lucy’s shocking discovery, Jiya’s time-bending state and Season 2’s potential conflict.
TVLINE | Has Lucy’s mother always been Rittenhouse, or is she just a member in this timeline where she’s healthy? SHAWN RYAN | She’s always been Rittenhouse. This is something that Eric [Kripke] and I had talked about even as we were making the pilot, before we even had writers on staff, that we felt that Lucy’s mother was Rittenhouse. We just debated when and how to reveal that. She’s someone who in both timelines… has always been a secret and an important member of Rittenhouse.
It is a big season,” says Fogelman. “I think that no matter how long the series goes for, when it’s all said and done, Season 2 might feel like the biggest season in terms of story content.” Most notably, the show will finally address one of last season’s biggest mysteries—how and why Jack died —“and the series is going to move in unexpected directions from there.
Nielsen ratings and network assessments of creative quality were once the primary barometers of which series survived. But in recent years, as streaming services began paying handsomely for reruns, networks have tended to heavily favor shows they own, and use profits — rather than ratings — as a primary yardstick. And the steady rise in delayed viewing, on TV and online, makes it much harder to make snap judgments about a series’ potential.
While immediate viewership for Timeless was low, it ranked as NBC’s No. 4 scripted series once viewing up to 35 days later is counted, “a stat I’ve never heard of until NBC publicized it,” says executive producer Shawn Ryan.
While networks’ ad-dollar haul isn’t as high for that long-term viewing, it indicates growing fan interest, which also helped NBC comedy Superstore earn an early renewal.
“Our show is very much a Rorschach test about what new metrics in television mean,” Ryan says. “If it’s true that it doesn’t matter when the viewers come to a show, I feel pretty confident we’ll be back. If the old metric still rules the day, then I guess maybe we might not.”
Spencer says the spring uncertainty goes with the territory: She says she’s appeared in eight pilot episodes for new series “that never saw the light of day.”
The same goes for her co-star, Malcolm Barrett: “From my very first TV show, I was already ready for it to be canceled,” with “an understanding that’s it’s not always immediately appreciated. If the worst criticism is that it was ahead of its time, then I’m OK with that as a legacy.”