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The Walking Dead listened to Tumblr, more Planet Earth, and The X-Files ends...for now?

Tuesday February 23rd 2016

The Watercooler

“I imagine he’s still got a smile on his face when Rick and Daryl hear something as they approach a barn later (their supply run is still happening) and realize Jesus not only freed himself from his restraints instantly, but managed to get on the truck roof without them noticing and has been riding along the entire time. Rick slams o the breaks, Jesus flies off, a very irritated Daryl jumps out of the truck to kick ass, a few zombies approach and madness ensues. There has never been nor will there ever be a more appropriate scene for The Walking Dead to use “Yakety Sax,” but alas, it was not to be.” Io9 finally got an episode they liked, and we got introduced to an interesting new character.

Uproxx has this week’s surprisingly gore free GIFs.

“In theory, Michonne could do better—she’s smarter, saner, and more emotionally grounded than Rick will ever be—but the writers have done a good job of laying the groundwork for this pairing (intentionally or not) and there’s something immensely satisfying in seeing it finally happen. This was at once an inevitability and a surprise, a twist that ends on a positive rather than negative note, and that’s a rarity for the series.” The A.V. Club gave this week’s episode an A-, which hasn’t happened since the episode with the goat. (RIP goat.) Fans do seem pretty excited about Rick and Michonne.

The Hollywood Reporter talked to Andrew Lincoln and Danai Guriraand Vulture has all of the Rick and Michonne GIFs.

The recappers at The Verge are down to a 25% likelihood that they will quit watching the show, which is a much lower number than after last week’s episode.

The premiere’s viewership numbers were lower than expected, but it turns out people just watched it later in the week. The final live +3 ratings equalled 19.1 million total viewers.


“Who do you think you’re talking to? Mama? Your maid? I know you. I know you to be a nasty, jealous, scheming bitch.”

“Now, see here…”


“Ahh. That’s the stuff. To quote the (very silly, but quotable) Lord Grantham, “Golly gumdrops, what a turnup!” Or maybe that was “turnip.” Either way, this was one VERY well-earned moment. Say what you will about Julian Fellowes (God knows we have), but the man sure does know how to save up those emotional fireworks and deliver them at just the right time, for maximum audience manipulation. It’s not often that Downton Abbey induces fuck-yeah style fist pumps on our couch, but the joyous site of Edith finally tearing all the way into Mary (instead of just nipping at her, like she usually does) had us bouncing up and down in our seats.” Edith finally got to tell Mary what everyone has been thinking for the entire run of the show, and Tom and Lorenzo are pleased.

“And then Hurricane See You Next Tea Time rolls into breakfast the next morning and YOU KNOW WHAT SHE DID. She did the "good for you for being so understanding about Marigold being the baby that Edith had out of wedlock with a married newspaperman who had a crazy wife in an attic, on whom no one has checked IN YEARS! YOU'RE A HERO, BERTIE. Remind me to tell you about the time she told everyone in the world that a super hot Turkish dude died after boning me."” Go Fug Yourself has photos of all the outfits and more gushing about the handsomeness of Matthew Goode, and some thoughts on how it’s kind of awesome that Mary is both the heroine of Downton Abbey, and also a terrible person.

The A.V. Club gave this week’s outing an A-

Poor Edith! Vulture has a list of every terrible thing that’s happened to Lady Edith Crawley over the past six seasons.

Only one more to go. They’ve decided to drag it out, so the Christmas episode will air on March 6th.

The Business

Remember when everyone bought an HD TV so they could watch Planet Earth properly? If you are a fan of HD nature docs, then you will be excited by the news that there will finally be a Planet Earth II, which will also be narrated by David Attenborough.

Robert Eggers, who is responsible for The Witch (currently scaring people in theatres) might write and direct a miniseries about Rasputin. Uh, yes please. Would watch.

NBC’s next live musical, and this shouldn’t really be a surprise, is going to be Hairspray. It will air on December 7th.

The BBC is bring back The Twilight Zone as a radio series. That’s a good idea. People love podcasts.

Renewals: Good news for low rated shows. HBO already renewed Vinyl for a second season, and FX has renewed Baskets for a second season.

Review will get a shortened third season, so Andy Daly can take pilot offers, and give the show a proper ending.

IFC has ordered two scripted comedies, the Hank Azaria starring Brockmire, and Stan Against Evil, about a former sheriff who fights a plague of demons with the newer, hotter, female sheriff. Both sound like something I'd watch.

Bad news. If you were planning on trying out for Jeopardy, the show is temporarily unable to accept applications if you are Canadian.

More bad news, Spike has decided that we need a Lip Sync Battle Jr, you know, for kids.

Even more bad news, there will be two YA books, one for Mulder and one for Scully, about the incidents that set them on their future path investigating The X-Files. Did we need books about what those two did in high school? Isn’t it pretty obvious?

Casting: Amy Adams will star in Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, which means the project will finally have a home. Netflix’s remake of One Day at a Time has cast Justina Machado as the main character, a single mom raising two kids. Mark Feuerstein has joined the Prison Break event series.

Pilot Casting: Anna Gunn will play one of the moms on ABC’s Chunk & Bean. Review’s Andy Daly has also been cast. Tony Danza will play the dad in Sebastian, Greg Garcia’s multi-camera comedy at NBC. Stockard Channing will play the lead in NBC’s “unlikely buddy comedy” Me & Mean Margaret. Vanessa Hudgens has been cast as the lead in NBC’s Powerless, a comedy about an insurance company in the DC comics world. Mekhi Phifer will play the Andre Braugher role in The CW’s reboot of Frequency. Happy Endings’ Zach Knighton will play the male lead opposite Candice Bergen in ABC’s Pearl. Arielle Kebbel has been cast in Midnight, Texas, the pilot based on Charlaine Harris’s books. The CW’s Cruel Intentions pilot has cast American Crime’s Taylor John Smith as the lead.

It sounds like the U.S might finally catch up with Canada, and launch a TV network for Native Americans by the end of this year.

FX and You’re the Worst’s Stephen Falk are developing a comedy about two very different 30-something sisters, one straight and one gay. Cameron Esposito will star. I will watch that.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has released its first soundtrack, so now you can sing along in your car.

People Talking About TV

“And these characters are  largely being conceived, written, and directed by white men. As the study puts it, "The film industry still functions as a straight, white, boy’s club." Women made up only 3 percent of film directors, and 10 percent of film writers. Film directors as a whole were 87 percent white. Despite the popular notion that things are better in TV, the numbers there are hardly reassuring. Women made up less than a third of all TV writers, and less than a quarter of all show creators.” A USC study confirms what people have been saying about Hollywood, that it is still very white, very straight, and very male.

“I watched a lot of TV as a kid. A lot. It’s not because I hated sunlight or human interaction, either. It’s because the cartoons on TV consistently captured my imagination, or left me in a fetal position on the living room floor from laughing so hard. Sometimes they even freaked me out and haunted me. And I couldn’t stop watching. When you look up episodes of these old shows online, one thing is clear: ’90s cartoons were odd. Dark. At times, deeply disturbing. That’s what made them fantastic.” Io9 has an appreciation for the weirdness of kid’s cartoons from the 1990s, with an emphasis on the super weird (and at the time, one of my favorites) Ren & Stimpy.

“On its surface, the show appealed to both liberals and conservatives thanks to its premise as a comedy about beleaguered Texas suburbanites. Viewers on the left could enjoy laughing at “hicks” who felt increasingly out of touch in the modern world, while those on the right could both appreciate and identify with the “redneck” stereotypes they were proud to embrace (see: Duck Dynasty). King of the Hill drew viewers in with these caricatures, then used them to subvert expectations.” King of the Hill, the last bipartisan TV comedy.

“Showrunner Al Jean has said the players who committed were more than happy to do the show. Well, almost of all of them. "They were all really nice," Jean said on the DVD commentary, "except for one whose name rhymes with Manseco."” Fans of The Simpsons, please take the time to read this piece on the history of Homer at the Bat. Such a great episode.

Chris Carter created The X-Files. He created Mulder and Scully. He cast Duchovny and Anderson. He dreamed up the mythology, and the Monster of the Week structure that alternated with it. He hired Glen Morgan, James Wong, Frank Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan, Darin Morgan, Howard Gordon, and everyone else who walked through that writers room. Chris Carter is responsible for so much that made The X-Files an all-time classic. Chris Carter should also never write or direct another episode of the show, assuming the actors agree to return for another abbreviated season.” Alan Sepinwall has some thoughts on the series/season finale of The X-Files, which could have been so much better.

What To Watch

“"Mark and I are realizing how well-suited this form is to what we've always done and always been trying to do, and that is to convey dramatic things in the subtlest form," explained Jay. "We love the idea that our audience knows all of our characters way more than they ever have in any of our features."” I’ve been telling people to watch Togetherness since the pilot, but I’m not sure people are listening. So does Alan Sepinwall’s stamp of approval move the needle closer to yes?

Vulture has the 7 TV shows you should be watching right now, and I agree with this list. Especially Jane the Virgin, which I haven’t mentioned in a while.

Indiewire has where you can watch the most recent batch of excellent TV, including Broad City, Angie Tribeca, The Expanse and Better Call Saul.

Good news Doctor Who fans – Amazon Prime will have seasons 1-8 as of next month.

Here’s everything new on HBO now for the month of March.

And here’s everything that’s coming to Netflix, including Daredevil and House of Cards.

Odds and Ends

Late Night shows why you should never invite Melisandre from Game of Thrones to a baby shower.

Archer decided they needed their own Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

The Tonight Show found out that Vince Vaughn is much better at Box of Lies than you might expect. Usually people laugh, but he gave Fallon nothing to work with, and it’s pretty impressive.

If you have 47 minutes, why not spend it watching all the musical moments from 30 Rock?

If you are looking for an Airbnb for your next visit to L.A., why not rent the house from the first season of American Horror Story?

The manga for Sherlock, which has previously only been available in Japan (and on fan sites, obviously) is officially coming to Western audiences this June.

This Simpsons quiz was surprisingly hard. Let’s see if you can beat my pathetic score of 50%.

Trailers:I really hope Hulu’s The Path ends up being as good as the cast, because everyone in this one has been so good in past projects.I don’t think this is a very good trailer, but I’m glad Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is returning in April.This is a reminder that the Absolutely Fabulous movie comes out this year.

The A.V. Club has 20 recent credit sequences that are as good as the shows they belong to. I completely agree with most of these, but especially The Americans and iZombie.

That’s all for today, but I will be back on Thursday with more. Thanks for reading!

-Alana Cloutier

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