People Talking About TV
“This is where the two shows mirror each other most clearly. Breaking Bad, of course, began with Walter White choosing to cook meth. He might have had seemingly good motivations — in that he wanted to care for his wife and children after he died from the cancer devouring his insides — but the choice awakened something very dark within him, something that came to consume him as surely as the cancer did.” Vox talks about how Fargo is similar to Breaking Bad, and how on both shows it’s about how “even the smallest of evil actions makes good impossible.” Zahn McClarnon talks about filming the show and what it’s like in Hollywood for a Native American. He also explains that awesome easter egg that connects his character to season one. Vulture talked to the rest of the cast about their characters, and how they came about.
“I always say, when I’m reading writers, that I want to see a pure distillation of that writer’s voice on the page. If it remains a cerebral idea, it’s probably not going to have the heart and guts and passion that you need to really stick out in the landscape right now. The things that I think are getting critical acclaim, be it Mr. Robot, or Bojack Horseman, or our show, I think hopefully you can tell that these are very personal stories. I think that, then, in this fragmented TV landscape where there are a lot of entities making scripted television, it takes something that garners a passionate audience, even if it’s not the hugest audience. There really are few huge audiences anymore. It takes that to make a network want to stick by you.” You’re The Worst’s Stephen Falk on taking risks in season two, and not really worrying about alienating viewers.
“The composite sketch we’ve been given of Noah Solloway over these past several weeks is itself a deconstruction of male mythos that courses through fiction and the canon that empowers it. In the aforementioned conversation with his therapist, Solloway can’t seem to reconcile having missed his window to live out his days reaching for goodness and greatness.” Vulture argues that The Affair’s Noah Solloway is the best villain of the year.
“I’d describe it like this: Nathan for You is one of those small-business-fixer shows, like The Profit or Bar Rescue, but with an absurdist host who amplifies the amoral tendencies of American commercialism into the grotesque. He’ll push people to the bitter fringes of legality in pursuit of publicity and profit, as when he advised a liquor store to “sell liquor to minors,” burying the lede that the booze gets kept in storage until the customer turns 21. Then when the fallout comes, he’ll never admit to any wrongdoing. It was “legal,” so it was ethical enough.” Vanity Fair has an appreciation for the secret humanity behind Nathan For You.
Hillary Clinton will make an appearance on the third season of Broad City. No word on if she's playing herself, or if it's a dream sequence of some sort.
Sam Esmail, the creator of Mr. Robot, will direct all 10 episodes of season two.
TNT has given the greenlight to the Michelle Dockery starring Good Behavior, and the Ellen Barkin starring Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom sounds like the new Sons Of Anarchy, and will probably do well.
FOX has given a series order to Shots Fired, about racially charged shootings in a small town. Sanaa Latham will star as an investigator into the crimes.
The new Xena show is still happening, and they’ve hired Lost’s Javier Grillo-Marxuach to write the first script.
Canada’s CBC network is adapting Essex County into a series. Fans of the graphic novel seem pleased with this news.
The Mystery Science Theatre 3000 Kickstarter made even more money than the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, and has secured 14 episodes.
MTV has picked up three new scripted comedies and all three are female-driven. The A.V. Club has the details.
Casting: Kiefer Sutherland will play the president in Designated Survivor, a political conspiracy thriller at ABC. Amazon has a “marijuana-themed family dramedy” in development that will star Margaret Cho. Kelsey Grammer and Rosemarie DeWitt have joined Matt Bomer in Amazon’s The Last Tycoon. Benjamin Bratt will play one of the leads in Lee Daniels’ upcoming (and currently unnamed) musical drama. Damon Wayans will guest star as Peralta’s former partner on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Zoe Kravitz has joined the already giant cast of HBO’s Big Little Lies. Alicia Witt will have a major arc on Nashville. It’s a FNL reunion! Battlestar Galactica’s Michael Trucco has been cast as a “hipster musician” love interest on Grandfathered. Outlander has cast Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield, which will be of interest to book readers.
Hulu has renewed East Los High for a fourth season.
It sounds like Mike & Molly won’t be coming back for a seventh season, and it seems the news was a bit of a shock to most of the cast.
FOX has decided they didn’t want a show based on Urban Cowboy after all, and I hope this is the beginning of a trend of everyone rethinking movie to TV adaptations.
PBS is launching a podcast for Downton Abbey and Sherlock, and presumably other shows since one airs new episodes every two years and the other is about to end.
What To Watch
Did anyone catch The Expanse on Syfy last night? The A.V. Club gave it a B, and Io9 and The Washington Post compared it to Battlestar Galactica, which I agree with, but only the Battlestar miniseries, not one of the better episodes like 33. I read the books and they made some weird changes for the show that I don’t understand the purpose of, since it makes things less clear for viewers. It sure looks cool though.
Syfy’s The Magicians doesn’t start until January, but they are doing their usual early preview thing tonight, if you want to get a jump on all the midseason TV. I am cautiously excited about this one, since I really loved the books they are based on. Here's the trailer.
I mentioned this two weeks ago, and then forgot to mention it again last week when it premiered, but Transparent season two is now available on Amazon Prime, and the reviews are just as glowing as they were for season one. The A.V. Club has reviews up for the whole season already, if you binge watched the whole thing over the weekend. I am planning on catching up on this one over Christmas.
Fusion has four reason why you should be watching The CW’s Golden Globe nominated Crazy EX-Girlfriend. I suspect this one will catch on over the summer, just like Jane The Virgin did. So don’t wait until it shows up on Netflix, watch it now so you can lord over all your friends about how you watched it months ago.
Odds and Ends
Will Ferrell brought back his George W. Bush impression to SNL, (which is who I see in my head instead of the real Bush,) because he's pretty sure the current crop of Republican candidates makes you miss him.
This supercut of all of the Donald Trump introductions/insults from @midnight (which is a show I really enjoy but hardly ever mention here, for some reason) made me laugh.
Speaking of Trump, Jon Stewart crashed Stephen Colbert’s Late Night monologue to continue to raise awareness for the vote to secure funding for 9/11 first responders, and what better way to get attention than dressing up like Donald Trump?
The Tonight Show made Tina Fey do impressions, and I think we've found something comedy related that she isn't good at. The Graham Norton show got her to talk about how big of a nerd she was as a kid, and they have the photos as proof.
Trailers: Netflix’s Making A Murderer, which starts later this week is the show for you if you loved both Serial and The Jinx. There’s a new trailer for the Victorian episode of Sherlock that arrives on New Year’s Day. Underground, WGN’s underground railroad drama, arrives in March, and there's finally a trailer. I really hope Colony, USA’s alien invasion drama, is as good as the trailers, because I am into the premise of the show. Children’s Hospital returns in January, and the trailer is exactly the sort of trailer you’d expect for this show. HBO’s Madoff miniseries is going to make people mad about Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme all over again.
Uproxx put together the best memes the internet put together from the first half of The Walking Dead. Some of these are super solid.
Do you enjoy watching news bloopers? If you have 15 minutes, here’s the uh, highlights, from 2015. My favorite is the guy trying to give the weather report but his beagle repeatedly brings back a toy for him to throw.
This Twitter account is collecting screenshots of all the times the Batman show from the 60’s put labels on things. There are labels on phones, ladders, even file folders of well known criminals. So weird.
That's it for today, but I will be back on Thursday with more. Thanks for reading!
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