People Talking About TV
“Best Dramas: Um, yeah, that’s one way you could do it. (Deep, calming exhale here.) If you’re going to do what the Globes is patently doing here, why pick Empire from the pile of popular soap suds and not, say, Scandal? Just to be a bit fresher? Neither of them should be on any list that’s a top five or six look at the qualitative health of our Platinum Age of Television, but if you’re going to be ridiculous, be accurately ridiculous. And why put Game of Thrones on here at all if shaking up the status quo is the goal?” The Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and as usual they took the shotgun approach. Tim Goodman has some thoughts. Here’s the nominations by show and by network, and just like yesterday’s SAG nominations, a round of applause goes to Netflix, for beating HBO for the top shop for the first time. Here's the full list of nominations. Vulture took a look at the snubs and the surprises. Speaking of snubs, NBC didn’t get a single nomination, which is a little embarrassing since the Globes air on NBC.
“Linus's speech doesn't beat you over the head with the idea that Jesus is the only way to lead a truly happy life — though you could read it that way if you chose (and many Christians have done so). It also doesn't argue that life is an endless, meaningless grind — though you could also read it that way. No, it's just the answer to a question. Charlie Brown asks, "Isn't there anyone who can tell me what Christmas is all about?" Linus answers.” Some thoughts on why A Charlie Brown Christmas is still so popular, and like nothing else on TV, 50 years after it first aired.
“The way Americans buy cable TV is poised for a big change, according to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam: The 300-channel bundles standard among many TV providers will be phased out over the next three to five years, and replaced by smaller, more customizable packages.” It’s about time.
“It can be safely said that 2015 was the year of the comedy auteur. TV networks took chances on a wider range of shows, Netflix became a new booster of the venerable one-hour stand-up special, and the free-wheeling world of podcasts continued to grow. As a result, talents that might formerly have been squeezed into formulaic sitcom or late-night boxes were given more room than ever to indulge their specific tastes.” The Atlantic has a piece about how 2015 was a great year for comedy in all sorts of distribution models. Even if this year just had the 12 Angry Men episode of Inside Amy Schumer I'd be agreeing with this statement.
“If you found a group of tiny blue communists living in mushrooms in your backyard, you would call an exterminator. In Belgium, they made them stars–the Smurfs have been featured in comics, cartoons and movies for over 50 years. But not all Smurfs are as benign as this propaganda would have you believe.” From io9, the 14 most horrible Smurfs. This is seriously the most perfect I Dream Of TV post ever.
AMC is really investing genre TV, with the news that they are adapting Joe Hill’s Nos4A2 into a series. I approve.
I am actually quite excited at the idea of Idris Elba playing Roland Deschain in all the various Dark Tower movies/TV series, even though it’s currently just a rumor and this project has been dangled in front of us for so long that who knows what will happen. I'm still not sold on Matthew McConaughey though.
Casting: Abigail Breslin will play Baby in ABC’s three hour “live event” remake of Dirty Dancing. Adam Scott and Laura Dern have joined the cast of HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies.
Renewals: HBO has renewed The Leftovers for a third, and final season. Showtime has renewed both Homeland and The Affair. Comedy Central has picked up Nathan For You for a fourth season. Netflix has reportedly given an “unofficial green-light” for a third season of Grace and Frankie. FOX has renewed Wayward Pines for a 10 episode second season, and Mark Friedman will take over as showrunner.
Hercules’ Sam Raimi and Kevin Sorbo are teaming up again for Miracle Man, a drama at NBC about an Army Ranger who can perform miracles. That sounds really 90's.
Proving that people will always do whatever is easiest, BitTorrent traffic is way down, and streaming sites like Netflix are way up.
What To Watch
The hiatus is a good chance to catch up on your DVR and watchlist backlog, and Vulture has suggestions for how to catch up on all the returning winter TV favorites. Live TV is basically all just Christmas movies, so catch up on the good stuff now.
Syfy’s Childhood’s End mini-series starts Monday night in a three night event. The review from Variety makes it sound like the one problem with the adaptation is that it’s not long enough. Not sure why a mini was a better idea than an actual series? Or a "limited series?" TV is weird.
Chris Hemsworth is back again as the host of SNL, and he and Leslie Jones made this week's promos for the show. The bit about how Thor is basically her least favorite Avenger is so true.
Hillary Clinton is the guest on tonight’s episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers. Odds on how long it takes for him to bring up her recent cameo on SNL?
We are getting new episodes of The X-Files in January, and even though it is way too late to watch an episode a day, or even four episodes a day, io9 has their complete guide to the show if you still want to make a dent into the 200 something episodes.
If you are already missing The Walking Dead, Uproxx has a list of five other shows you could watch during the hiatus. It’s definitely not the list I was expecting, based on the numbers I would say there's very little crossover with The Leftovers, but I agree with all of the suggestions.
Mark Your Calendars: Amazon’s Mad Dogs will be available on January 22nd, and Syfy will air a preview of the premiere of The Magicians on December 16th.
19 members of the cast of MADtv will return for the MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion special that is set to air on The CW on January 12th.
Odds and Ends
Seeing the cast of Downton Abbey in modern clothing continues to be weird for me, though hearing them do American accents is even weirder. Michelle Dockery's California millennial accent is horrible and perfect.
Amy Poehler visited The Tonight Show to play Truth Or Truth, and continued being her awesome self.
Billy On The Street borrowed Will Ferrell and then they ran around and asked Christmas trivia, but mostly they just yelled the word “Scrooged!” at unsuspecting pedestrians. It's great.
If you’ve seen Trainwreck, then you know John Cena is not afraid of looking silly, so this sketch about finding his inner child on The Tonight Show won’t be a surprise.
Trailers: It’s just a teaser and it tells us nothing, but a teaser for The Americans means new episodes are on the horizon and that’s exciting. I have tried to get into The 100, because people tell me it gets good, but I just can’t do it. Anyway, here’s the first promo for season three. I am really looking forward to season two of Agent Carter.
That’s all for this week, now go listen to the first episode of Serial season two. Thanks for reading!
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