People Talking About TV
“But it’s Supernatural I can’t get over. The very favorite show of Republicans? The third favorite show of Democrats? Is this... is this the secret reason that Supernatural has managed to stick around for a dozen full seasons? Because the show is good, I absolutely enjoy it, but... 12 is a lot. We have way more Supernatural than was strictly necessary. Unless, of course, it’s secretly the most popular show on television and no one is talking about it. Or the patriotic executives of The CW continue to air it out of hopes that it continues to keep the members of America’s two political parties from devolving into a civil war.” The one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on is a show featuring two brothers (and an angel in a trenchcoat.) driving around in an Impala fighting monsters.
“But know what? Nancy is a myth. Nancy does not exist in the real world, and if you think she does, you have spent too much time reading Teen Vogue and watching Gossip Girl on Netflix. Nancy is an archetype created through an evil conspiracy launched by Wes Craven, John Hughes, and Molly Ringwald sometime during the Reagan administration. It’s a conspiracy more dangerous than nuclear proliferation, because everyone is still trying to be Nancy and hating who they really are: Barb.” An appreciation for Barb, the unsung and forgotten hero of Stranger Things.
Lots of news from Comic-Con, which happened over the weekend.
In an excellent piece of stunt casting for the final season, Bates Motel cast Rihanna as Marion Crane, so I guess we are finally getting into the Psycho storyline.
The Vampire Diaries will end after the upcoming eighth season. I guess that means I can finally catch up with those episodes I abandoned halfway through last season. Side note- it's been weird watching Stranger Things, because they film in the same town. So many shared locations!
Mystery Science Theater 3000 has landed at Netflix, and new episodes will debut “in the not too distant future.”
The new Star Trek series has a name, and it’s Star Trek: Discovery. Which as you probably guessed, is also the name of the new ship. Bryan Fuller also revealed that it will take place in the Prime timeline, and not the timeline of the current movies.
Casting: Kristin Chenoweth has been cast as Easter in American Gods. Michelle Dockery will play a ranch owner on Godless, Netflix’s upcoming Soderbergh western. Rick Springfield will play Lucifer on the (I can’t believe it’s this many) 12th season of Supernatural. I approve. Katey Sagal and Jack McBrayer will play Penny’s mom and brother on The Big Bang Theory. Samira Wiley will co-star in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Hamilton’s Renée Elise Goldsberry will play the title character in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Colton Haynes will guest star on Scream Queens as a “mysterious patient.” Matthew Lillard will play a “Silicon Valley bigwig” on Halt and Catch Fire. Zachary Levi has joined the cast of Alias Grace. Once Upon a Time is doing an Aladdin storyline next season, and Galavant’s Karen David will play Princess Jasmine, and Oded Fehr as Jafar. Janina Gavankar will play Ichabod’s new partner on Sleepy Hollow, which has moved to D.C. for some reason.
Remember when Arrow’s Katie Cassidy didn’t have much to do playing Laurel Lance? Well now she’s a series regular across Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.
Renewals: Not sure why this took so long, but Daredevil has been renewed for a third season. BoJack Horseman has been renewed by Netflix for a fourth season. National Geographic has renewed Morgan Freeman’s Story of God for a second season. Syfy renewed Wynonna Earp for a 10 episode second season. MTV’s Teen Wolf will return in November for a sixth, and final season.
Netflix bought the exclusive streaming rights to FX’s American Crime Story, so if you missed The People vs. O.J. Simpson you can watch it in 2017.
Drunk History returns on September 27th, and as rumored, Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda will indeed get drunk and talk about Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Which as fans know, was already covered, way back when it was just on YouTube.
What To Watch
This is a pretty slow week for returning TV, thank god, so here’s a nice long list of 2016’s best shows (so far) if you need a reminder of what's already aired, or if you need something new to watch.
If the news is too gloomy, or it’s too hot outside, The Great British Baking Show might be just what you need. It’s cheerful, everyone’s nice to each other, and there’s cake! Sounds perfect.
The A.V. Club suggests you watch the classic Marge vs. the Monorail episode of The Simpsons, and honestly if you’ve never seen in you should rectify that immediately. If somehow you’ve never seen the show (it happens) this is also a pretty great entry point for the series.
Alan Sepinwall called BoJack Horseman Netflix’s best show, so this is your reminder that season 3 arrived last week.
If like me, you are a big fan of Justified’s Walton Goggins, or of Eastbound and Down, then you might want to catch him on HBO’s Vice Principals as a “sociopathic Southern dandy.”
12 Monkeys surprised everyone when it arrived on Syfy and wasn’t terrible. Every season the reviews seem shocked all over again that they are still pulling this off, like this review which calls it a “reimagining of the movie as a low-budget opera.” (Meant as a compliment.) The second season just ended, so now is a good time to catch up.
HBO’s The Night Of introduced a new character this week, played by The Wire’s Michael K. Williams. If you are all caught up (unlike me) there’s a great recap here.
Here’s a list of everything leaving, and everything arriving on Netflix next month.
I have a couple of flights next week, so I am deciding what to watch on the plane. This is always tricky, since I don't want to watch anything too violent, or racy, so I think I've settled on catching up on The Flash. Other than that, I am catching up on Netflix's Chef's Table, this week's UnREAL and Preacher, and the last couple of episodes of Penny Dreadful, which I've been saving.
Every show at Comic Con released a trailer this weekend. Trailers: Starz released a short trailer for American Gods, if you want to see Shadow, Laura, and Wednesday in action. I approve of all the casting on this one. FX teamed by with Fargo’s Noah Hawley and Marvel for Legion, which I am on board for after watching this trailer. Sherlock looks like it’s taken a page from the recent brooding and over-complicated Bond movies for season 4. In other Marvel news, Netflix released a brief teaser for superhero team-up Defenders, and a quick look at Iron Fist, but I am excited that we finally get a good look at Luke Cage, which arrives on September 30th. Mostly things look bad for everybody in the new trailer for The Walking Dead season 7. Things don’t look much better on the opposite coast on Fear the Walking Dead, but at least nobody is just wandering around a forest. FOX’s The Exorcist has all of the tropes, but it still looks creepy. I am all in for BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. I am still hoping Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down is as good as that first trailer. Here’s the newest one, which still looks pretty great.
Odds and Ends
I probably missed a couple, and there were a bunch of movie trailer too, which you can watch here.
In honor of it’s upcoming sixteenth season, here’s a ranking of all 85 characters from Degrassi.
Here’s a supercut of all of the times George Takei guest starred as himself.
Game of Thrones blooper reel!
Ooh maybe even better- Orphan Black blooper reel!
Now that you’ve seen snippets of what to expect for fall, what looks good? Let me know what you think. I will be back Thursday with more. Thanks for reading!
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