Confusion over what Disney-owned content moves to Hulu and what gets the Mouse seal of approval on Disney+ has been a constant refrain since the service’s launch, as has a relevant concern. When it’s not casting off series entirely—or suspending production, as it did with the reboot of Lizzie Maguire—the massive, monolithic institution has been snipping and cutting certain projects in order to either make them more kid-friendly or to retrofit them to its own, arbitrary moral standard, depending on how you look at it. … [Read more...] about ‘Love, Victor’: The Charming Gay Teen Rom-Com Disney Said Wasn’t Kid-Friendly
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10:42 a.m. Former CDC directors blast Trump administration for politicizing pandemic: Four former heads of the CDC accused the Trump administration Tuesday of imperiling public health and lives by undermining CDC coronavirus response recommendations. In an op-ed in the Washington Post they wrote, “We cannot recall over our collective tenure a single time when political pressure led to a change in the interpretation of scientific evidence,” but, they said, the Trump administration has “cast public doubt” on CDC guidance relying on just such science. They specifically called out Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and said she “characterized the CDC guidelines as an impediment to reopening schools quickly rather than what they are: the path to doing so safely.” … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: SF public school kids will start the year learning online only
6:14 p.m. Four employees at San Jose Trader Joe’s test positive for coronavirus: Four employees at Trader Joe’s on Prospect Road in San Jose tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, spokesperson Kenya Friend-Daniel said Tuesday. “We are aware that there was close contact outside of the store and we feel transmission did not occur inside the location,” she said in a statement. “All these crew members reported they did not have symptoms while at work.” The store was cleaned overnight Monday in addition to daily cleaning. None of the employees had worked since last Wednesday or before, and they did not work after receiving tests last week. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus live updates: Caltrain appears doomed after SF supes reject tax measure for ballot
Hulu, for instance, now boasts arguably the best library of licensed content. It has benefited greatly from its ties to Disney—which last year turned into an even bigger behemoth by purchasing Fox. And some of its originals, like The Handmaid’s Tale, PEN15, and Little Fires Everywhere, have made waves as well. Still, things can get a little messy; thanks to Disney’s confusing corporate cobweb, we now have such vexing brands as “FX on Hulu.” Love Victor, which was originally produced for Disney+, landed on Hulu after the House of Mouse decided that a gay teen romance is not family-friendly. (Ugh.) … [Read more...] about What Even Is TV Anymore?
In a very small way, I think everyone's trying to figure out how to somehow do something positive for the country, given everything that's been happening. People at Peacock personally feel very [invested] in bringing this service to market — not only because it's quality content but also because we're making that available for free. [It] is a really good thing for consumers to have that choice [right now], especially if affordability is an issue. … [Read more...] about Have subscription fatigue? The head of NBC’s new streaming service thinks he has the answer