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More Wet Hot American Summer, traumatized children and rabbits, and why Sunday night is bad news for HBO.

Thursday April 28th 2016

People Talking About TV

“Right at this moment, this very Sunday, HBO has Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley sitting in the window trying to lure potential subscribers (and keep the existing ones). That's pretty much it. Three shows. Two hours. One night.” Tim Goodman looks at why the return of HBO’s three best shows is actually bad news. For HBO, but not for Netflix, or anyone who wants to be the new HBO.

“Classically, it’s a laugh track from a live audience, but single-camera shows rely on all sorts of devices to punctuate their gags. For shows like The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Modern Family, it’s the mockumentary format, the cuts to talking heads that can help nail a punchline. For more complex works like Arrested Development, a narrator can help keep things in order. For Fey’s shows, Richmond’s score, which is much more noticeable and lively than on a typical sitcom, serves that purpose.” The Atlantic looks at how Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is TV’s best (only?) screwball musical.

“No doubt many things were going on behind the scenes at LiveSleepy Hollow and Castle — there always are. But those of us in the peanut gallery can say what all of this looks like from the outside, and it just doesn’t look good. If nothing else, TV networks need to care about appearances, and it sure doesn’t look like these networks valued the appeal of these women or their on-screen personas, nor do many of their fans feel that their devotion to those shows is being held in high regard just now.” Maureen Ryan looks at what just happened to Kelly Ripa, and talks about how it’s not about the money, it’s about respect. This really has been a season of boneheaded moves by networks and showrunners.

The Business

I hope you liked those Wet Hot American Summer episodes on Netflix last year, because sometime in 2017, there will be 8 more. It will be set 10 years after the movie, which the movie conveniently has already set up.

Alec Baldwin will be ABC’s new host for The Match Game, which is getting a relaunch this summer, along with Pyramid and Celebrity Family Feud.

The BBC has decided to traumatize a new generation of children with a Watership Down miniseries. I think I am still recovering from watching the last one sometime in the mid 1980's.

Sylvester Stallone will star as a mob boss in Omerta, based on Mario Puzo’s last novel. It’s produced by the Weinsteins, and will be directed by Antoine Fuqua. No network yet, but with those names attached it should be settled soon.

The Leftovers is moving to Australia for the third season. Filming will begin in Austin, TX and then move as the story demands.

FOX has picked up 24: Legacy and Lee Daniels’ Star to series.

Casting: Martin Short and Derek Hough have joined the cast of NBC’s live version of Hairspray.

Get ready for “little haikus of video ads,” aka unstoppable ads, because YouTube is about to roll them out on mobile. If they replace the 5 minute unskippable mini-movies that they are using now I will be OK with this.

The Jinx update, in case you were wondering what’s up with Robert Durst these days. (Jail, lots of jail.)

FX has already optioned Don DeLillo’s Zero K, which hasn’t even been released yet.

The Hollywood Reporter has updates for all of the announced 2016 pilots.

Here’s an updated list of what shows have been renewed, cancelled, or are still on the bubble. The Bachelor gets 21 seasons and ABC can’t even give me a renewal for a third season of Agent Carter?

What To Watch

I am still taking this week to catch up. I am finally caught up on the most recent season of Girls, which was really good. (Yes, really.) I am caught up on Blindspot, which is less good, but still very entertaining. And Archer, which so far is producing one of my favorite seasons yet. Next up is Better Call Saul, The Americans, Limitless, Outlander and Catastrophe. There’s a lot of good TV on right now.

Penny Dreadful season three starts up on Showtime on Sunday, but it’s still available to watch right now on YouTube, if you want to get a jump on your Sunday night viewing.

Vulture adds another article to pile on why we should be watching My Mad Fat Diary, which is on Hulu now. It’s set in the mid 1990’s in Britain, so if you like Blur and Oasis, and honest portrayals of being a teenage girl, this is the show for you.

Netflix’s reboot of Danger Mouse just got a new trailer this week, which is cutting it close. All the episodes are available tomorrow.

Decider wants you to know that there’s currently 188 episodes of Top Chef on Hulu, so make sure you get a snack before you sit down. I am a couple of seasons behind, but Top Chef is the only reality show I’ve ever watched consistently.

Here’s Uproxx’s take on the 50 best shows available on Netflix. I am offended that The Walking Dead (above Mad Men, btw) is in the #3 spot, but other than that it’s a solid list.

I am inclined to agree with any list of shows you should watch on streaming that includes Black Mirror and Misfits. There are a bunch of other “gritty British sci-fi” on it too.

Odds and Ends

Game of Thrones! The internet had some more thoughts on Sunday’s premiere. It is like CSI: Westeros with all of the theories about the shapes in the blood pool. You might enjoy the Honest Trailer for the last couple of seasons.

Tom and Lorenzo have some thoughts on the costumes from the most recent episode of Outlander. I’m sure this season is doing wonders for those who are embracing the “maximalist” decorating style.

With only two more episodes of The Good Wife to go before it ends forever, Vulture has the odds on which plotlines will get all wrapped up.

Timothy Olyphant always does his best to be the best worst guest when he visits Conan. He’s also pretty sure he’s wearing a shirt he stole from Justified.

Here’s a photo of your boyfriend Benedict Cumberbatch (and Martin Freeman holding a baby) dressed in his Sherlock outfit walking a bloodhound.

Tom Hiddleston, the internet’s OTHER boyfriend got to pet a baby leopard on The Late Late Show.

iO9 has a ton of images from Preacher, and they look great. Fans of the comic will let me know if I am wrong.

Trailers: Poor Saffron is still dealing with her disaster of a mother, and her best friend, in the full trailer for the Absolutely Fabulous movie. I can’t wait. I am very interested to see what Braindead, the show about politicians plagued by brain eating bugs, from the creators of The Good Wife will be like. The trailer gives a couple of hints.

That’s a wrap for this week, but I will return on Tuesday with everyone’s takes on the latest Game Of Thrones. Thanks for reading!

-Alana Cloutier

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