People Talking About TV
“As the man known as the Juice stood contemplating a statue of himself in the final shot of The People v. O.J. Simpson, a previously inconceivable thought popped into my mind: I’m sad to see this trial end. I never would have said that 21 years ago, when the real trial, which dominated American TV and public life for eight months, crawled to a close, deepening racial divisions and confirming the public’s worst impressions of media, the justice system, law enforcement, and the courts.” I still can’t believe anything involving Ryan Murphy is getting pieces like this one written about it. Vulture fact checks the finale, and here’s the final Marcia Clark cigarette count.
The teaser trailer for Atlanta that aired right after the verdict is an example of where live TV still has an advantage over streaming.
“When you’re making a television show, you have a contract with your audience, whether you like it or not. The audience agrees to invest time and passion, and the creators agree to deliver a cohesive story that plays fair within the rules of the universe they’ve established. The Walking Dead has been brutal and hard at times, and while it’s never been kind to its characters, it has never been manipulative or cruel to its audience. Season 6 as a whole changed that.” The Quitters Club recap at The Verge is now up to a 67% chance of quitting the show after this week’s finale. Seriously though, the next season premiere better be AMAZING.
How hot are true crime stories from the 1990s? Other than O.J., and the bonkers theory that Katy Perry is JonBenet Ramsey (the internet is a weird place) NBC and Dick Wolf are making their own anthology series about the Menendez brothers. It has a title that I am already tired of typing, Law & Order: True Crime — The Menendez Brothers.
Vulture has the details on James Franco’s remake of the Lifetime classic Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?, and it actually kind of makes me want to watch it.
Casting: Tom Waits will play a priest in Hulu’s Citizen, a show about a “‘supernaturalized’ Los Angeles.” I’d watch that. John Simm will play Ben’s “mysterious benefactor” on The Catch. Seth Meyers will return to The Mindy Project, but he’s playing himself this time, not the character he played in the first season. Lili Simmons has been cast in HBO’s Westworld, which means it’s resumed production again.
Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family, is the newest home of a Marvel property, as they’ve given Cloak and Dagger a straight to series order.
Spike has ordered Adam Carolla And Friends Build Stuff Live, which I’d explain to you, but the title did that for me. There’s carpentry involved. Sounds like NPR’s Car Talk, but with celebrities.
Renewals: Grimm, the show I am still pretty sure is just Supernatural but with a different cast, has been renewed for a sixth season. Esquire has renewed Spotless for a second season.
Good news Sherlock fans! Season four has begun filming.
Kat Graham has announced that she will also be leaving The Vampire Diaries next season, and I hope this means Bonnie will finally get a decent story.
What To Watch
Catastrophe, a show that I enjoyed very much, is returning to Amazon tomorrow for a second season. I am happy it’s back, and that the reviews are all so positive. Maureen Ryan loved it but wishes there were more episodes, which is rare for a show on streaming these days. There are more very positive reviews here, here and here. The first season is only 6 episodes, which is basically the length of a Marvel superhero movie. Here's the trailer for season one.
I love that Outlander airs on Saturday night. And not just any Saturday night, THIS Saturday night. So, will the show survive its move to France? The A.V. Club gave the season an A, so I think the show will be just fine. Can’t wait.
If you are still mad at The Walking Dead you might roll your eyes at the news that the second season of Fear The Walking Dead starts up again on Sunday.
The Girlfriend Experience had a good trailer, which made me curious about the show. It arrives on Starz on Sunday. The Hollywood Reporter says it’s “a solid, dark drama with lofty artistic ambitions.” This review calls it “confident and remarkable” The A.V. Club gave it a B+, but their description only made me more interested in seeing it.
Julia Louis Dreyfus is the host of this week’s episode of SNL, so that should be good.
Ken Burns and PBS’s Jackie Robinson documentary starts on Monday night, just in time for baseball. I am definitely watching this one.
Detour, a road trip comedy from Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, starts Monday on TBS and it has already been renewed for a second season.
Orphan Black starts next Thursday, but you can watch the first four minutes right here.
Here’s Decider’s list of the 10 best documentaries on Netflix that you can watch right now.
Can’t wait until the 18th for the season two premiere of Syfy’s 12 Monkeys? If so, click here to watch it now.
Io9 has a bunch of questions that they are hoping to get answers to when Game Of Thrones returns in a few weeks.
Odds and Ends
Trailers: Yeah, I am definitely watching Ilana Glazer’s The Time Traveling Bong.The trailer for Flowers, Seeso’s first original comedy, looks like The Royal Tenenbaums, but with unhappier people and a slightly less twee color palette. WGN’s Salem will return for more witchy stuff around Halloween.
John Oliver promised viewers some very good seats at this week’s Yankees games, but only if you told Last Week Tonight what you planned on wearing. The first two winners went dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The Late Show, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone managed to make fun of Chopped, and almost make Stephen Colbert gag.
Speaking of wanting to barf, The Tonight Show had Cameron Diaz as the guest, and they brought back Drinko.
That’s a wrap for this week, and we avoided talking about The Americans! Also, the Star Wars Rogue One teaser trailer arrived, so go watch it, unless you are one of those people who is planning on avoiding spoilers until December. (Good luck with that.) I will be back on Tuesday. Thanks for reading!
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