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Cameras in the courtroom, diversity on TV, and tons of pilot casting news.

Thursday February 25th 2016

People Talking About TV

“Born and raised in sunny West Covina, California, he’s the guy from high school who never left home. Perpetually smiling, he has no concept of anxiety — or any sort of negativity, for that matter. A man of action, he hits the gym and plays a slew of sports, genuinely loves his massive Filipino family, and hangs out with his crew of like-minded homies. It’s a role that could’ve easily gone to a non-Asian star, but Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s co-creators Aline Brosh McKenna and Rachel Bloom intended for Josh to be an Asian man since the conception of the show. “I grew up with a lot of Asian bros. That’s a type of person that I grew up with that I’ve never seen anywhere in the media,” Bloom, who also plays Rebecca, told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview.” I am so glad the “Asian bro” is finally getting some screen time, because I live in the Bay Area and I can tell you that there are a lot of Asian bros. Also, you should watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, because it’s great. Maureen Ryan at Variety also wrote this week about why TV is finally embracing the realities of race.

“When those miners are taken aboard an immense Martian warship, the captain is a no-nonsense Asian woman. One of the series' primary protagonists is a septuagenarian Indian woman in a crucial executive role in the United Nations. There's no glass ceiling in The Expanse, either for women or for characters of color. There's also no reason to assume, sight unseen, that any given referenced characters, regardless of their position in the world, will be white men.” And the Verge has a piece on Syfy’s The Expanse, which is doing their part to show a multiracial future.

“The bit seemed to ridicule the theatrics of the courtroom, but a more pernicious presence lurked off-camera: Ito had become privately obsessed with how his courtroom was discussed on television. After holding court all day, he would reportedly turn on multiple televisions at night. Rattled, and maybe a bit paranoid, he essentially became his own focus group, analyzing himself through the two-way mirror of television.” More good stuff on American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson this week, and what role cameras had on the trial. Also at Decider, the Marcia Clark’s cigarette count. Here's all of the (many, many) times David Schwimmer’s Robert Kardashian has said “juice.” Vulture checked the facts on this week’s episode.


The Business

Ariana Grande, donut licker, will be both the host and the musical guest on SNL’s march 12th episode.

CNN will air The Eighties in March, so get ready to remember everything you've tried to block out about the Reagan years.

The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman is writing and producing Five Year, about the impending end of the earth thanks to a meteor, for Korean network Viki.

The BBC is still #1 when it comes to making and exporting new content. Australia is quickly moving up the ranks, and has taken the 5th place spot from Germany.

Casting: Madeleine Stowe, who was in the film version of 12 Monkeys, is joining the TV version for season two, but won’t be playing the same role. Michelle Hurd will play Ash’s high school girlfriend on Ash Vs. Evil DeadErinn Hayes will play Kevin James’ wife on CBS’s untitled sitcom. (See also TV’s “attractiveness gap.” The math on the age gap, bordering on illegal territory, is off as well.) Teddy Sears will play the head of CTU in 24: Legacy. Xzibit will guest star on Empire as a former gangster who now manages artists. It was really only a matter of time until Charo played herself on Jane the Virgin.

Spike has ordered a pilot for Stephen King’s The Mist.

Pilot Casting: Sarah Michelle Gellar will return as Kathryn Merteuil in NBC’s Cruel Intentions pilot, which is news that actually makes me curious about the Cruel Intentions pilot. Jean-Claude Van Damme (!!!!) will play a fictionalized version of himself in Amazon’s Jean-Claude Van Johnson. Demi Moore will play the lead in 10 Days In the Valley, about the mother of a missing child. Anthony Edwards will play Nancy Drew’s father in CBS’s upcoming adaptation. Elisabeth Shue has joined FOX’s baseball drama The Pitch. Kathryn Hahn, who is good in everything, has been cast as the lead in I Love Dick, Jill Soloway’s pilot for Amazon. Riverdale, the Archie pilot has cast Luke Perry as Archie’s dad, and a whole lot of other people I don’t know as the kids. Eliza Coupe has joined Hulu’s Future Man, and in other Happy Endings cast news, Adam Pally has joined FOX’s time travel comedy Making History. Dermot Mulroney will play one of the leads in CBS’s medical drama Bunker Hill. Jessica Paré will play one of the friends on Amazon’s The Interestings.

Renewals: NBC has renewed Superstore for a second season. Bones will be back for a 12th and  final season.


What To Watch

The Oscars are on ABC on Sunday night, and since it feels like there’s not going to be an surprises, I am just going to watch the highlights the next day. And give opinions on the dresses, of course. I will have both in Tuesday's newsletter, if you want to do the same. To keep things in perspective, here’s how the best picture race has got it wrong basically every year for the past 20 years.

Prey starts on BBC America tonight, and if you need a new British crime drama, this might be just the thing. The first story sounds like The Fugitive, but British, which is intriguing. There might be cracks in the story sometimes, but the cast is more than capable of covering them up, says Tim Goodman, who thinks they are aiming for a new Prime Suspect. The A.V. Club gave it an A-

Alan Sepinwall and I both agree that Agent Carter is the best comic book show that nobody’s watching. That’s sad, because it’s really good. Let’s hope it gets a third season.

“But mostly Fuller House evokes a smut-free porn parody, with sexualized adult versions of characters who, in the collective psyche, are frozen in amber as children. It manipulates and exploits nostalgic goodwill like a triple-X feature, or like Too Many Cooks, the surreal viral short inspired by Miller-Boyett’s family-sitcom assembly line.” Sometimes I get more out of a terrible review than a good review. I am assuming for superfans, a “D” grade isn’t going to stop them from watching.

12 Monkeys season 1 is now on Hulu, and despite everyone’s initial mistrust of a remake of a movie, and on Syfy which let's be honest, has a spotty record, io9 has been talking this one up since the pilot aired.

House of Cards returns next week, and Decider has a recap of where we left off.

Here’s everything new that’s coming to Hulu in March. Dawson’s Creek!


Odds and Ends

If you are a Downton Abbey fan, you know you have 6 minutes to spare for the Dowager Countess’ sickest burns.

There's Dermot Mulroney news, so that gives me permission to link to SNL's  "Dylan McDermott or Dermot Mulroney" again. (Full discolsure – I actually had to scroll up to make sure it was Dermot Mulroney, and not Dylan McDermott that I just wrote about a couple of paragraphs up.)

Speaking of, SNL’s Kate McKinnon hijacked the monologue on Ellen, which had to have been weird for Ellen.

It was only a matter of time until someone set the chase scene from this week’s episode of The Walking Dead to Yakety Sax, because people running around to Yakety Sax is always funny. Also, Jimmy Kimmel Live had Norman Reedus as Daryl kill some zombies on hoverboards.

Netflix knows exactly how long you spend looking for the next thing to watch, and I am impressed that most of you seem to find something within 60-90 seconds. Do they have a category for "spends 5 minutes looking, considers finishing Narcos, then switches over to Hulu to watch the new Arrow?" Because I am one of those people who really connected with The Onion’s “Browse Endlessly Plan.”

Fusion has the statistical analysis of all four seasons of Catfish.

Trailers: The new trailer for Daredevil has a lot more ninjas, and Elektra, than season one. Tom Hardy, costumes, the East India Trading Company, scheming bad guys, Tom Hardy! It’s hard to explain how much Taboo is up my alley. Can’t wait.

Since Game of Thrones doesn’t want to answer the main question people have about Jon Snow, they decided it'd be easier to just make everyone look dead in the new posters.


Thanks for reading! That’s all for this week, but I will be back on Tuesday with a ton of stuff on the Oscars and The Walking Dead.

-Alana Cloutier


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