Pop Culture Fix: Kate McKinnon Is Obviously Playing Carole Baskin in the “Tiger King” TV Series

I hope you’re continuing to be safe out there, friends. Here’s your bi-weekly Pop Culture Fix

+ There’s obviously a fictional Tiger King TV series in the works and Kate McKinnon will obviously be playing Carole Baskin (who has asked McKinnon to use CGI big cats which I 100% agree with).

+ Related: The only not-awful person in Tiger King is a trans man who was misgendered throughout the series.

+ Lizzo is sending lunch to hospital ER staff as a thank you.

+ The filmmaker behind Tomboy has used to the SXSW cancellation to fine-tune her film and get it ready for distribution.

+ Dolly Parton’s going to start reading us bed time stories because of course she is.

+ Why 90 Day Fiancé and Portrait of a Lady on Fire are perfect quarantine viewing.

+ From Sam Manzella over at NewNowNext: Bad lesbian movies hold a special place in the canon, and in my heart.

+ Evan Rachel Wood on the “digital war” at the heart of Westworld season three.

+ The devastating detail hiding in the French grammar of Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

+ Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz are hosting a Glee recap podcast — but also our own Drew Gregory is watching Glee for the first time on Twitter. (This thread will make your day, I promise. Make it a daily read, you deserve a treat.)

+ Shrill has been renewed for a third season. (Did you read Shelli’s review/personal essay about season two? You should!)

+ The How to Get Away With Murder team looks back at the road to the series finale.

+ From Kelly Lawler at USA Today: As a TV critic, television was always my escape. Coronavirus made the rest of you understand.

+ The Wicked movie has been delayed again.

+ Tessa Thompson has joined the Play-Per-View fundraiser in order to raise money for the arts organizations impacted by Coronavirus.

+ Television streaming increased 85% in March.

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Heather Hogan

Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior editor who lives in New York City with her wife, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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  1. So it is now one and a half weeks in where Batwoman wasn’t even mentioned on this site. I was assured by the editor in chief of this site that Heather Hogan is writing stand alone posts “all the time” a quick research shows this is absolutely false. So after one and a half weeks there is neither a stand alone post nor an inclusion in this column.

    • Hi! Unfortunately, our coverage of Batwoman has been on pause because I have Coronavirus, and while I’m (hopefully!) on the other side of my most scary respiratory symptoms, I am unable to work right now. Our other full-time staff are at max capacity making sure the most urgent needs of our community are being met and that we’re able to raise funds during our crucial fundraiser to stay alive during this harrowing economic time as many other media companies shutter or are forced to lay off the majority of their employees. Thank you for understanding why the television show Batwoman is not my first priority right now, and I hope you will enjoy my writing about it when I return to full health.

      • I am very sorry to hear that. And I hope that your symptomps are not that severe and you will return to full health very soon.
        My critisism concerning Batwoman is not something that just started now. There has been an underepresentation even before corona was a thing in china which was around new years eve. I just voiced it now because I got frustrated that a show gets ignored since october when the corona outbreak is something that is a reality for most people since februry.

        • Before covid Heather Hogan was dealing with a debilitating spinal condition for several months (and I believe some other health concerns as well) and still managed to put out some coverage on it along with all of her other responsibilities here. I understand why you feel frustrated, but the show isn’t being wilfully ignored and banging on this drum right now isn’t helpful.

          • Like I said I wish Heather all the best and full recovery in all cases very soon.
            I’m not the only one noticing the lack of coverage on this site and I was wondering if it had anything to do with the contoversy that was going on when the they announced which actress will be Batwoman. I thought this site has maybe adopted a more terf mentality like after ellen has.

          • Most definitely not. There is extensive coverage on here of TV shows and movies with trans and nonbinary representation, much of it from writers who share those identities.

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