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The Walking Dead ends on a cliffhanger, casting and renewal news, and the continued popularity of Friends.

Tuesday April 5th 2016

The Watercooler

That went well. Here’s this week’s edition of super positive headlines about The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead Just Shit the Bed- io9

“Last Day On Earth” is the worst episode the show has ever done- Vox

A completely asinine cliffhanger on The Walking Dead has fans in an uproar- Quartz

The Walking Dead Ends Its Season On A Hilariously Stupid Cliffhanger- Hitfix

The Walking Dead season finale swings, misses- The A.V. Club

The Walking Dead finale passes up the opportunity to be better- The Hollywood Reporter

Yeah, they were pretty much all like that. The show has a lot of work to do next season to get fans back on their side.

“The Walking Dead is The Revenant of TV. It’s constructed to make you feel smart, without requiring you to be smart. Like The Revenant, it has a high level of technical proficiency, and it’s chock-full of the kind of stylish, weird imagery that distracts you from its hollow core. It looks like it’s supposed to mean something, which is taken as good as actually meaning something. But there is nothing here. It’s just window dressing advertising a store that’s gone out of business.” This paragraph is exactly the conversation I had about this show the other night.

The showrunner tried to justify that the ending was all about Rick, but since they didn't shoot it that way, Vox isn’t having it.

They haven’t even filmed the death yet, so maybe we can all vote in an online poll?

The Watercooler will return later this month for Game of Thrones, a show I actually enjoy.

The Business

HBO has ordered After the Thrones, an after show for Game Of Thrones that’s produced by Grantland’s (I miss Grantland) Bill Simmons. It will air on Monday, which is a nice bit of sanity for an after show, and will be hosted by Andy Greenwald and Chris Ryan.

Can’t wait for new episodes of Outlander? Well you can watch it on Thursday if you sign up for their new $8.99 a month over the top service.

Here’s the casting details on Class, the Doctor Who spin-off that’s set in a Shoreditch high school.

Russell Crowe and Julia Louis Dreyfus will host the April 9th and April 16th episodes of SNL.

So I guess the future of broadcast TV is live events, because NBC announced last week that they are doing a live version of A Few Good Men.

Because he doesn’t have enough on his plate, Comedy Central has picked up two shows from Kevin Hart.

HBO managed to win a bidding war against Netflix, so they will get to air the Amy Adams starring adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects.

As if it wasn’t hard enough to keep track of what shows air on which channel, TLC is now getting into scripted TV, and they’ve hired Tyler Perry to write and direct Too Close to Home, which sounds like a more realistic version of Scandal.

Nothing can stay cancelled forever, or in the case of Mythbusters, for even a whole month. New hosts though, which could be you, because the new hosts are coming from a reality competition, because of course they are.

Netflix has ordered a 16 episode Spanish language drama about female switchboard operators in the 1920s that will be set and filmed in Spain. It’s from the same team that did Velvet and Grand Hotel, two shows that have been on my radar for a while.

Casting: Faye Dunaway has joined the already impressive cast of Amazon’s Hand Of God. Netflix’s Iron Fist has case Jessica Henwick, who you know as Nymeria Sand from Game Of Thrones, as Colleen Wing. Katey Sagal will play Vivian Pressman, the “bungalow bunny”, on ABC’s Dirty Dancing. Elton John will play himself on the May 18th episode of Nashville. The BBC’s Dirk Gently has cast Samuel Barnett in the lead role. Caitlin Jenner will play a character on the third season of Transparent.

I loved the Dark Materials books, and like everyone I hated the film version, so the people that have been hired to write the adaptation for BBC One gives me hope.

Pilot Casting: Famke Janssen will star in a backdoor pilot for a Blacklist spin-off in the May 12th episode.

Renewals: TBS has ordered 26 more episodes of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, so we will get her take on the election and beyond. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has been picked up by FXX for two more seasons, which puts them in the running for the longest-running live-action comedy series in TV history. Comedy Central has renewed Drunk History, Tosh.0, and picked up additional episodes of Not Safe With Nikki Glaser.

Moonbeam City, the Rob Lowe starring animated comedy that looked like a Nagel print come to life, will not be returning for a second season on Comedy Central.


People Talking About TV

“Another person who’s noticed a resurgence in Friends-mania is someone with some expertise on the subject: Marta Kauffman, who was a co-creator of the show with David Crane. “It blows my mind,” she says. “Not only that people are still watching but that people still connect to it. I have a 17-year-old daughter, and recently someone at her school asked her, ‘Hey, have you seen this new show called Friends?’ ”” As someone who couldn’t stand Friends, I find the current popularity of the show (thanks to streaming) kind of alarming.


What To Watch

The second season of Outlander starts this Saturday, and if you are behind, or you missed episodes, (or you just want to watch “The Wedding” again,) all the episodes are currently available to stream over here for free.

I watched the first two episodes of Hulu’s The Path, and I was quite disappointed that there wasn’t another episode available yet, so that’s a good sign. Everyone in it is just really, really good. Someone needs to keep track of how many times Aaron Paul cries. 

Bill Hader and Fred Armisen’s fake documentary series Documentary Now!, which might ruin every show on Vice if Vice hasn’t already done that for you, is now on Netflix. Recommended.

If you like Vikings, debunking Christopher Columbus as the “discoverer” of the Americas, or space archaeology, then NOVA’s Vikings Unearthed, which airs tomorrow night, is just the show for you.

The Powerpuff Girls have returned! I for one, am happy about this. Here’s The A.V. Club’s review. (They gave it a “B”)

Io9 has a guide for how to get into Star Trek if you’ve only seen the J.J. Abrams movies. With everything available on streaming, I see a lot of posts like this in the future. (See also the totally genius Machete order for Star Wars.)

Mark your CalendarsUnREAL, which was on my top 10 list last year, (and is currently available on Hulu) will return on June 6th. If you’ve seen the first season, then you probably already love Faith, which is good, because Lifetime has just released 10 shorts online about the move to Los Angeles with Amy.

April and May are transitional months for TV, so if you want to keep track of the season finales for your favorite shows, or series finales, in the case of Togetherness and The Good Wife, then this calendar from TV Line is very helpful.

Here’s Decider’s list of the best stuff to watch on streaming this month And here’s Vox’s suggestions for the same thing.


Odds and Ends

The first trailer for the BBC’s new Top Gear looks like it should. We’ll see. I am keeping my expectations in check.

Late Night brought on an animal expert, and Andrew Rannells has the best reaction to a capybara walking on stage.

The Tonight Show challenged Melissa McCarthy to a Lip Sync Battle, and I am not sure which one is a bigger ham.

Here’s a quiz to identify characters on The Simpsons by their hair. It’s insultingly easy until you get to the bottom.

Nick Offerman brought The Late Show an end table as a gift, but forgot to bring a coaster.

Sam Elliot’s mustache is in the second season of Netflix's Grace and Frankie.

I’m sure everyone hopes that this is how it’s going to go if you ever got the chance to be on Wheel of Fortune. Seriously, one letter and an “&”? That’s amazing.

I laughed at Buzzfeed’s “21 facts about TV shows that will make you feel old AF.” I’m not a millennial so I have moments like this all the time.

Dinklage did a good job of hosting this week’s episode of SNL, and the standout for me was the Naked and Afraid bit where he got paired with Leslie Jones. I was in NYC last week, and I hope for their sake that they filmed this on Friday, the only day that it got over 55F.

Update: Jon Snow and Ygritte, or rather Game Of Thrones’ Rose Leslie and Kit Harington are still a couple.


Thanks for reading! I am back, so things should be on a normal schedule for a while. Lots more on Thursday!

-Alana Cloutier


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