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The future of indie TV, Game of Thrones trailers, and get ready for more '90s true crime.

Tuesday April 12th 2016
 

People Talking About TV

“I don't quite expect Horace and Pete to have the immediate, seismic effect that Louie did, at least not right away. But if we look at general trends for television, it's not hard to imagine the TV industry splitting apart in much the same way as the film industry — with "big studios" (in this case networks) primarily focused on flashy, big-budget productions and smaller indie distributors picking up the sorts of projects that used to be the networks' bread and butter.” Is Louis C.K.’s Horace and Pete the Sex, Lies, and Videotape of independent TV?

“But wait. How did LA start to burn? Why this urgency all of a sudden? It feels like between seasons, something really epic and interesting happened. And yet, Fear the Walking Dead decided to skip it—the show totally ignores and runs away from the interesting. In a show that’s supposed to document the fall of Los Angeles as a microcosm for the degradation of the world as a whole, we skip over what could have been the best part. But I guess, why would we want to see Los Angeles actually fall, right? Let’s get our characters onto a boat so they can brood for 50 minutes.” In case you were wondering if the reviews are any better this season than last season, wonder no more. It’s only the season premiere, but so far they are not. Or are they? The Atlantic thinks it’s far surpassed the original show, but after last week, is that really the compliment it used to be? Uproxx looks into the idea that zombies can swim, which as I learned from reading World War Z, is a terrifying thought.

“So Moore decided to split the writers’ room between men and women, between book fans and industry folks who hadn’t read the books. By all accounts, it has led to some lively discussions. In the case of the wedding-night line, Moore thought Jamie’s words might read a little too cocky: “I said I was a virgin, not a monk. If I need guidance, I’ll ask.” The women violently disagreed — his wife admits to throwing a chair at him (“I kind of missed on purpose,” she says) — and told him to keep it because it was cocky. “There are just those moments where my own blinders in terms of what I think a woman’s point of view is, or what I think a female character would or wouldn’t do, sometimes needs a reality check,” he says.” Good article on Outlander, and the best sex on television, but I am also interested in how shows set up the writers’ rooms. It seems to be working, because the numbers on the season premiere were twice what they were for the series premiere.
 

The Business

Continuing last week’s trend of “huh, true crime stories from the 1990s are so hot right now” comes CBS’s Making a Murderer style anthology show based on JonBenet Ramsey. This of course will join NBC’s Law & Order version of the Menendez brothers case.

The CW has ordered 8 episodes of MADtv, with new and returning cast members.

Netflix is about to get a bit more expensive, even for accounts that have been around for more than a few years.

ABC Family, sorry it’s Freeform now, has a bunch of shows in the works, a reboot of Misfits (a bad idea? The original is basically R rated, for language at the very least.), a reunion movie for Greek, and Alone Together, a comedy from The Lonely Island.

Good news Gilmore Girls fans! After much speculation about what the hell was going on behind the scenes, it’s been announced that Melissa McCarthy and Sookie will be in the new episodes.

Casting: Chris Meloni will voice the main character in Botcop, an animated show about a cop who is basically Robocop, but is now obsolete, like most tech from 1985. David Wenham will play Harold Meachum in Netflix’s Iron Fist. Annet Mahendru is sticking with FX, and has joined the cast of Tyrant.

Renewals: FXX has renewed the super weird, in a good way, Man Seeking Woman for a third season. FOX has renewed both Lucifer and Rosewood. I have yet to watch an episode of either.

Episodes will end after the upcoming fifth season.

Ian Somerhalder says that The Vampire Diaries will end after next season.

In a recent survey Netflix beat HBO for the first time for having the “best” original content. Now that HBO has cancelled both Looking and Togetherness and I renewed Vinyl I can’t really argue with that.

Netflix will continue to air Top Gear in multiple international territories.

Charlie Cox, who plays Daredevil, says Netflix has plans to film The Defenders later this year. Can’t wait.

 

What To Watch

The Last Panthers starts tomorrow on Hulu, and with comparisons to The Wire and The Shield, and a promise that it avoids the tourist version of Europe, I am in. This review from Variety is positive, but warns that it isn’t exactly an uplifting story.

The second half of the current season of The Mindy Project starts up again today on Hulu.

After I clicked on the first review of this week’s episode of SNL I realized that I told everyone the wrong host. So here’s the best and the worst sketches from the Russell Crowe hosted episode. (The best ones are the ones that had little to no screentime for the host.)

There are two episodes of iZombie on tonight, which will finish out the second season. I am still completely on board with this one. If you are still missing Veronica Mars, you really need to start watching.

Uproxx has a list of the best classic shows that are available right now on Netflix, and even though I’ve always found Columbo to be super annoying, I stand by the rest of this list.

Shout Factory also has a ton of older shows available for free, so if you’ve always wanted to watch Hill Street Blues, Newhart, Thunderbirds or The Dick Van Dyke Show now you can. They have a really bizarre selection of free movies too.


Odds and Ends

Netflix has released the first couple of photos of the new episodes of Gilmore Girls.

Game Of Thrones: New trailer! I don’t normally get excited by these, but this is a good one. Possible spoilers, as usual, so don’t click if you don’t want to know anything about the upcoming season. These new clips also have minor spoilers. If you think seeing the cast in modern clothing is weird, then you probably shouldn’t click on these photos of the premiere. The Hollywood Reporter ranked all the episodes, and I love that Joffrey choking at his own wedding makes the top 10. Try to guess if this character’s name is from the show, or from Lord Of the Rings. None of them are leads, so it’s actually pretty hard.

One of the shows that I watch no matter what is @midnight, and if it’s ever seemed to you that host Chris Hardwick is a really busy person, then this profile from the New York Times that followed him around for a week will definitely confirm your suspicions. Take a vacation, Chris.

Uproxx would like you to know that the giant statue O.J. Simpson had of himself in his yard, which you now know about thanks to The People vs. O.J. Simpson, is now owned by Flavor Flav.

Trailers: The 30 for 30 episode O.J.: Made In America got great reviews at Sundance this year, and it arrives on ESPN and ABC on June 11th. I can’t wait for the new season of Penny Dreadful. Eva Green is amazing in it. Season 4 of Maron starts with a “studio apartment situation” and lots of Oxy.

Last Week Tonight has a genius way of bringing attention to the issue of mistakes on your credit reports. I love this show so much. Remember last week with John Oliver bought a bunch of expensive tickets to Yankees games (to piss off the Yankees) and promised to give them to people who wore stupid outfits? Well, here are photos of the stupid outfits

Someone put together a video of every cigarette smoked by Rust Cohle on True Detective. Remember when people loved True Detective?


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

-Alana Cloutier


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