Well that was a sad episode of Game of Thrones. But it was also a great episode that spent a lot of time with the remaining Stark kids, and we also got some backstory on a bunch of characters, which true to the show, weren't very happy. On a lighter note, it appears that Tormund is still quite smitten with Brienne.
“What we see unfold is a heroic moment, but it’s one that is undoubtedly framed by tragedy, and complicated by the fact that Hodor didn’t actually want to participate in it at all. I believe that Hodor would have wanted to protect Bran, but I also know that he was a coward, who would never fight of his own volition. And I also know that—however exactly the time travel situation worked—he lived a life of ridicule because of this sacrifice, and because of a situation that Bran created when he brought the White Walkers to their doorstep. It’s messy, no doubt, but it reinforces that what’s unfolding at this moment is not going to be without consequences.”People apparently get annoyed when recappers talk about agency, but that’s kind of a theme this season. This week we saw examples for Sansa, Arya and most of all poor Hodor. I am still not sure how much control Hodor had for his final moments.
The “newbies” recap agreed with the “experts” (above) as both earned an A- this week.
“Either way, Euron won the popular vote in the Kingsmoot and then got to drown for his troubles. Yup, that's how you get anointed on Pike. You have to literally drown, cough yourself back into existence, and then wear a garbage crown made from stuff found on the beach. What a rotten place. Still, as mentioned, I liked that the story here felt bigger than it ever has.” So glad Yara and Theon got a potential plotline that gets them away from Westeros, and that Theon finally got a shower.
It’s always hard to picture a different actor than the one you are familiar with, so this list of those who were almost cast, or were recast, on the show is kind of fun. Outlander’s Sam Heughan auditioned 7 times, and still didn’t get a role. (Things seem to have worked out OK for his though.)
It sounds like The Good Wife spin-off is actually happening. It would follow Diane Lockhart and Lucca Quinn, and would be on CBS’s All Access, their digital subscription service. Slate argues that it should be a musical, and with that cast, why not?
Michael Lombardo is stepping down after 9 years as HBO’s programming president. He’s been with HBO for 33 years, which is kind of amazing. Casey Bloys has been called up from the HBO ranks to take over.
Lots of show are moving around, so if you need a list of what night everything is scheduled to be on next season, that list is over here.
People Talking About TV
““If you're Amazon and you're going to launch a David E. Kelley show, that's gonna cost $4 million an episode [to produce], right? That's $40 million. You can have Bradley Whitford starring in it, [who is] gonna cost you $150,000 an episode. That's $1.5 million of your $40 million. Or you could spend another $3.5 million [to get Costner] on what will end up being a $60 million investment by the time you market and promote it. You can either spend $60 [million] and have the Bradley Whitford show, or $63.5 [million] and have the Kevin Costner show. It makes a lot of sense when you look at it that way.”” Vulture had an amazing, really in-depth piece last week on what it’s like to work in the TV industry in the age of “Peak TV.” Highly recommended.
“With NBC and Fox struggling on the half-hour front, the race is on to find the Next Big Network Sitcom. More at-bats allow more of a chance to hit a home run. Of course, because CBS’s mantra in program development this season is “safe at all costs,” the three new sitcoms are pretty generic family or office shows, all fronted by White Guys Over 40 (and, in the case of James and LeBlanc, Pushing Fifty). History suggests one or more will do very well, even if none will be competing for Emmys.” CBS tried something different last season, but this year they decided that trying something different isn’t really what CBS does. Here’s the trailers for all of their fall shows.
“But there haven't been many hits on broadcast lately. What there has been is an aggressive redefinition of what a "hit" is, up to and including burning or deleting any archives that reveal numbers when the networks were in their heyday. In the place of hits come creative inventions like "programmatic advertising" and "data currencies" and, one would assume, a return to bald-faced lies.” The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman is not impressed by this year’s upfronts.
On the other hand, the trailer for NBC’s This Is Us is about to get 50 million views. Does Mandy Moore have that many fans? Or is it almost naked Milo Ventimiglia?
“Solomon: That regurgitation of the potato chip is Will. It was one of those things where I think I said, “People are going to gag when they see this.” Meyers: I think probably three or four years into my friendship with Forte, I realized there were certain things it was pointless to argue about. Solomon: Will said, “I don’t care what kind of reaction we get. I just want a reaction. I don’t care if it’s laughs. I just want the audience to react.” And they did! If you listen to people in the background, they are like, “Oh my God.” Meyers: It’s great because it’s 187 groans and two people who couldn’t be happier – and those are Forte’s people.” I am a fan of SNL’s Potato Chip sketch, because it’s weird, and it's such a perfect example of the type of sketch that should air in the slot reserved for the weirdest of the night, “10 to one.”
“Sex and the City has an overall rating of 7.0 on a scale from 1 to 10 — the average score of an English-language television series with 1,000 or more ratings is 7.3. So why did a show roundly considered seminal in the now ubiquitous genre of driven-New York-women-make-a-go-of-it programming score so low? Yeah, it’s men.” The Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons is real, and he’s giving low ratings to your favorite shows on IMDB.
What To Watch
I am still traveling, so this is everything you should watch through next Monday.
I’d tell you to watch Preacher, but I haven’t watched it yet. But don't worry, if it’s good I will yell at you about it next week.
Wayward Pines, the show my parents were totally dismissive of until the body disappeared at the end of the pilot, returns to FOX for a second season on Wednesday.
Chef’s Table, which I really enjoyed, returns to Netflix for a second season on Friday. (Here's the trailer.) If you can only watch one episode, and you are a fan of outdoor grilling, watch the Francis Mallman episode. Caution: may make you Google land for sale in Argentina and ponchos.
If you want something different, but you are too lazy to switch over to another service, Bloodline is also back on Friday.
Trailers: The third season of Peaky Blinders arrives on Netflix next week, and if you want to know if things have calmed down for the Shelby family, here’s a trailer.TBS’s alien abduction comedyPeople of Earth looks like something I would watch. This link has all of the fall trailers for ABC’s lineup, but the only one I will watch the pilot of is Designated Survivor. The CW clearly has my number, because I am adding No Tomorrow and god help me, Frequency to my list. Things
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