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The Get Down, Star Trek news, and reboots are all your fault.

Thursday August 11th 2016
 

People Talking About TV

“Over the past two years, this belief has grown so pervasive within Sherlock fandom that many middle-of-the-road shippers who support Johnlock but don’t believe in TJLC say they have been driven out of the community by the zealotry of those who do. Gatiss and Moffat may well be among the last Sherlock fans standing who don’t actually believe the ship will eventually become canon.” This piece from Vox about how things can get ugly when fandom becomes a crusade, is great.

Sidenote: you know that some fans believe that the stars of Twilight are secretly married with a baby? The internet is a weird place.

“Landgraf predicted that 2016 would see roughly 500 original scripted series on television — up from 419 in 2015. Most of that growth will come from digital streaming services, particularly from Netflix, which, according to FX, has ordered 71 original scripted series so far this year — more than HBO, Showtime, Starz and FX combined. And that’s not counting foreign-language and children’s shows. When Netflix competitors Hulu and Amazon are factored in alongside smaller services such as Crackle, Seeso and Vimeo, the anticipated number of English-language original series for streaming services this year rises to more than 130.” FX’s John Landgraf, who started the whole “Peak TV” conversation last year, has had to push his estimate back a bit to next year.

“Hilariously parachuting in a bunch of photos of minority stars it would be adding (in supporting roles) in the coming season suggested it knew which questions were coming. That Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment, could only really muster up "We need to do better" was less hilarious, and his trying to spin his way out of this mess as the stage caught fire was even less impressive than the network's underwhelming fall offerings, which have generated zero buzz here among critics. It was a bad look. But it wasn't exactly off-brand.” You want a sitcom about a white guy with a hot wife, then CBS is your best bet, and it has been for quite some time

“At Fox’s executive session at the 2016 Television Critics Association summer press tour, Dana Walden, the network’s co-president, said that one of the reasons the network decided to bring back Prison Break was that Netflix indicated it was seeing strong streaming numbers for the show, which originally ran from 2005 to 2009. It was an unusually candid admission, because it indirectly revealed why TV (or Fox, at least) is so interested in making reboots and sequels right now.” You can make fun of networks rebooting old properties all you want, but it’s your streaming habits that are really to blame.

 

The Business

There’s now some new info on Bryan Fuller’s take on Star Trek: DiscoveryThe lead will be a woman, but in a cool twist, will not be the captain of the ship. (This made me think of the Star Wars janitor on Robot Chicken who just wants to know what the hell is going on up there all the time.)

Most of the cast member of The CW’s superhero shows can sing, so there will be a two episode musical crossover between The Flash and Supergirl later in the season.

Syfy is moving forward with an adaptation of Brave New World, and honestly how has it taken this long?

Lifetime decided two other existing TV projects about the JonBenét Ramsey murder wasn’t enough, and so they ordered their own TV movie, Who Killed JonBenét?

I would only watch this is it was an investigation into the bonkers, and easily debunked, theory that Katy Perry is actually JonBenét. Like I said above, the internet is a weird place.

Matt LeBlanc isn’t sure if he’s returning to Top Gear. He has a full-time gig on CBS, so honestly it’s kind of unclear how he was planning on making both work.

Casting: Jennifer Lopez will star and executive produce a movie for HBO about the most powerful female cartel member of all time. (If you want a very silly version of the story, Maya Rudolph already played that part on Drunk History, as told by Dan Harmon.) Dolph Lundgren will play the main Russian villain on Arrow next season. Charisma Carpenter will play a former Playmate with a secret on LuciferIrène Jacob will play a new love interest on The Affair.

Renewals: I hope you aren’t sick of me laughing at the epic recaps of Zoo, because CBS ordered a third season.

Cancellations: FOX cancelled the under-promoted (seriously, I bet you’ve never heard of this) Party Over Here.

I don’t usually talk about shows that are this early in development, but Julianne Moore, Robert De Niro and director David O. Russell are all in talks to do a limited series, which is kind of big news.

The CW’s president joked that Supernatural will probably outlive his tenure, and though he was probably (?) joking, the show is already in its 12th season with no sign of stopping.

Who would have thought that Criminal Minds would be the show to have so much backstage drama? Star Thomas Gibson got suspended for two episodes after he kicked a writer while directing an episode, and this isn’t his first on-set altercation. Remember when everyone decided Katherine Heigl was a monster because she said out loud that she thought her performance on Grey's Anatomy didn't deserve an Emmy? Yeah, that seems like an equal reaction.

Oh thank god. The CW has decided not to pick up that dystopian “hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation,” of Little Women.

 

What To Watch

The second biggest TV event this week, besides Michael Phelps trying to murder a competitor with his thoughts, is Baz Luhrmann and Netflix’s The Get Down, which arrives tomorrow. Here’s the fantastic first trailer that got everyone very excited when it was released a few months back. But what about the reviews? Was the excitement justified? Basically it seems to boil down to what you think of Baz Luhrmann’s previous works. Don’t expect a documentary, but expect lots of visual spectacle. Decider refers to it as a fairy tale about “the dream of New York City.”  Slate calls the pilot disastrous, and calls the rest a “chaotic mess with rare flashes of fantastic.” I loved this line from this review "And yet it is one of the most consistently ambitious things that has ever aired on television, unafraid of the transformative power of love and art." Sonia Saraiya call is “a beautiful mess, a flawed show interspersed with moments of remarkable brilliance.” Alan Sepinwall doesn’t have much praise for anything other than the musical numbers.

The extremely charming The Wine Show, basically an excuse for Matthew Goode and Matthew Rhys to spend two weeks drinking wine in Italy, arrives on Hulu on Saturday. Please do me a favor and watch it, because according to Matthew Goode, they want to make a second season in Napa and Sonoma, which is really close to where I live, and I want to go spy on them.

Seeso has two new shows arriving this week. Take My Wife, about two comedians in a relationship, with all the usual relationship struggles, plus the added bonus of the uneven level of success in their careers. Real life couple Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher are behind it, and unlike most comedies, it is written entirely by women. IndieWire gave it an A. Here's the trailer. Also premiering is Jonah Ray’s Hidden America, a parody of all the Bourdain style travel shows. Looks good.

Are you caught up on Mr. Robot? Because this week’s episode was pretty insane. Like literally insane, as we went into Elliot’s mind… and it’s weird in there.

This glowing belated review for the first two seasons of BoJack Horseman, and a slightly less glowing review for the current third season, is a good reminder for me to stop dragging my feet and get caught up. If only for the epic amounts of silly animal puns.

If you want something a little more highbrow to watch, HBO has  Hitchcock/Truffaut about the conversations between directors Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut, that arrives on Monday.

I am going to catch up on two very different show this weekend, Mr. Robot and Angie Tribeca.

 

Odds and Ends

Would you like to hear some Donald Trump quotes in Zapp Brannigan’s voice, Futurama’s boorish master of failing upwards? Billy West is a national treasure.

Oh don’t worry, the text bar that made male swimmers appear naked at the 2012 Olympics has returned.

Well here’s some excellent news– the Stranger Things score will be released in two parts, and volume 1 will arrive tomorrow. The second half will be released on the 19th.

Speaking of soundtracks, you can order your very own copy of the Twin Peaks soundtrack – on vinyl! – right this minute. It will be available in stores on September 9th, if you want to track it down in the real world.

Now that they are leaving SNL, here’s the best moments from Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam’s time on the show. (Who is going to play Obama? Please don't say Fred Armisen.) And I might be in the minority, but I will miss Pharoah’s pissed off high school principal.

Lots of big names on this list of cast members who got fired after only a year on SNL.

Trailers: Cinemax’s Quarry, a drama about a Vietnam vet who ends up a contract killer looks intriguing. Cinemax has been doing some interesting stuff lately.

Previously TV brought their pun game to this list of possible Game of Thrones spinoff ideas.

Honest Trailers took on the Emmy nominees for Best Drama and Best Comedy, and I actually laughed out loud when they referred to House of Cards as a cross between The West Wing and Deadpool, and when they described Transparent as “the messy family dramedy that proves you can be gay, trans, or straight, and still be a dick.” Yep.

 

That’s a wrap for this week! I will be back on Tuesday with more. Thanks for reading!

-Alana Cloutier


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