People Talking About TV
“But they give him the anti-venom too late and his heart stops, so a former reporter/blogger — who I still want to call Caitlyn even though that’s not her name, and who recently had to chop off her toe with an axe due to frostbite — ran and grabbed the electocharged ants that tried to blow up Switzerland, put them in cups, and slammed them onto his chest to restart his heart, because the defibrillator got soaked during the sloth earthquake when a freezer holding a giant lizard tipped over. Good show.” Uproxx and I agree that CBS’s Zoo is delightfully, unbelievably, batshit crazy. Season one is now on Netflix, so if you are tired of watching excellent prestige TV where the plot makes sense, then this just might be just the thing.
“Sunday’s Closing Ceremonies appear to have delivered the smallest Nielsen numbers for an Olympics capper since at least 1972, and most likely ever. Worse for the Peacock, despite a plethora of gold-medal performances from superstars such as Gabby Douglas, Michael Phelps, and Katie Ledecky, the Rio games rank as the lowest-rated summer Olympics since Sydney 2000. The preliminary final score: a 14.4 household rating and 25.4 million viewers, down about 18 percent from London’s 17.6 rating and 31.1 million viewers.” Honestly with how little people in my world were talking about the Olympics I expected worse. Mostly all I heard about was how terrible the coverage was.
No wait, let’s just blame millennials and their damn Snapchat or Pokemon or whatever, for low ratings.
“You can look at events other than gymnastics to see this as well. For instance, NBC presented the decathlon largely as a collection of quick moments — showing only the final high jump from several competitors, say. Its presentation of the events features no tension, no buildup. It’s all release, all the time.” Actually, let’s blame NBC and their reality TV edit of the games.
With the next three games in Asia, NBC is going to need to figure out how to air events that got spoiled on Twitter hours and hours before they air. At least we got 11 minutes of news bloopers out of the games.
“As comedy fans we love the fact that we’re able to have all these different voices come through night after night, and bring their points of view to the topics of the day. We’re giving a platform for not only our favorite established comics but young up-and-coming comics. They’re very supported and protected, and it’s a very positive, fun environment.” Part three in The A.V. Club’s oral history of Comedy Central covers Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, Another Period and The Nightly/Daily Show, but it also covers one of my favorite shows, that I recommend all the time, @midnight.
The CW hired Rob Thomas, the one from Veronica Mars and iZombie, not the singer, to adapt The Lost Boys as a TV show, and just based on that I am in. If you need more than that, Slashfilm has more details here. Spoiler alert- it’s an anthology series.
Netflix and the CBC are teaming up for Anne, a new drama based on Anne of Green Gables. Breaking Bad’s Moira Walley-Beckett will be both the writer and the showrunner. Would watch.
Casting: Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders and Fred Savage will all star on Netflix’s half-hour comedy Friends From College. Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd will star in the Get Shorty adaptation at Epix. I’d watch that. In other film to TV news, Rupert Grint will star and executive produce an adaptation of Guy Richie’s Snatch for Crackle. Sarah Paulson will play Geraldine Page–good casting– In Ryan Murphy’s Feud. Joseph Fiennes will play a key figure in Gilead on Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Brittany Snow will play a hipster L.A. beauty entrepreneur on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for a few episodes. Jessica Jones’ Wil Traval will play Human Target on Arrow next season.
Jim Gaffigan announced that The Jim Gaffigan Show will not return for a third season, but that it was his and his wife’s decision, not TV Land’s.
In Development: Amazon is working with Warner Brothers on an adaptation of Departed. This version will be set in Chicago, presumably because Boston accents are just too tricky for actors to master. USA is developing Connoisseur, a drama starring John Cho as a con artist who dupes the wealthiest people into buying fake wine. Would watch.
What To Watch
Halt and Catch Fire returns to AMC tonight for a third season, and a location change. Unlike now, where it feels like it’s going the other way, they are moving from Texas to Silicon Valley. It also sounds like, per this review, that the show has finally figured out what to do with Lee Pace’s character, who was supposed to be the lead, which is excellent news. It has been pointed out to me that the excellent soundtrack is available on Spotify. Tuesday’s premiere is actually two new episodes, because AMC previewed the premiere behind Sunday’s episode of Fear the Walking Dead. So if you wait until next week, you can get 3 episodes on your DVR. Or whatever you use to watch TV these days.
Gomorrah returns to Sundance on Wednesday, so if you want an Italian drama that shows the seedier, significantly less touristy side of the country, and makes you make comparisons to The Wire, this is it.
Decider argues that Stranger Things is one of the few streaming options that a family can watch together, which is true, as long as everyone in your family can deal with the occasional scary bits.
Here’s the list of everything that’s arriving on Amazon in September. Lots of movies, plus a little show called Transparent. Lots of good stuff arriving on HBO Now as well.
Uproxx has their picks for the 25 best shows currently available on Amazon. I agree with this list, since not enough people are watching Catastrophe, and also they included Justified, which I haven’t tried to get all of you to watch in a while.
Let’s just keep talking about Amazon. Did any of you watch the new pilots this weekend? I was in a no wifi zone, so I did not, but I am planning on watching the nutty looking Jean-Claude Van Johnson (trailer here), and Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, which I was going to watch anyway, but especially after reading this piece about it.
Hulu’s Casual ended this week, which means I can finally start watching the second season, since it’s week to week and not available all at once. Everyone on the show is an epic mess, so it’s probably good it’s not set up as a binge watch. Good reviews for the season here, here and here.
If you can handle coming up with another password, Decider argues that the excellent Take My Wife is a great reason to sign up for Seeso. Also, the service has a ton of Monty Python, so it’s win-win.
It's been brought to my attention that Netflix now has the first season of Quantico available, as well as American Crime, which critics liked better, but that show has a lot less super tight henleys.
Oh dear god, Vulture has a list of 35 (35!) new shows to watch this fall. That's a lot of new shows. TV Line has the dates for 120 new and returning shows, so if you are like me, you can update your what to watch list. It’s a long, long list.
Mark your calendars: Io9 has a guide to all of the science fiction and fantasy shows arriving on various types of screens this fall. Remember when TV was mostly doctor and lawyer shows?
Odds and Ends
Like all popular shows on the internet, there are now many fan theories about Stranger Things. Most of them are about Eleven, since she’s the most mysterious (least formed?) character.
Trailers: New Narcos trailer, which returns to Netflix on September 2nd. Well, the first teaser trailer for Syfy’s Channel Zero, the Creepypasta anthology series, looks legit. Ugh, teeth are gross.
Jon Stewart put on a tie and came on for the last episode of The Nightly Show, and said some nice things about the show's legacy.
Conan made Conan O’Brien, who actually looks kind of at home on a horse, take polo lessons on a polo pony named “Fat Tina."
If you need a guy on Law & Order, Aasif Mandvi is apparently the one you call. He’s been on all of the various versions eight times.
Here’s two videos of actors and guest stars breaking character on SNL, which is surprisingly only about 50% Bill Hader.
That’s a wrap for today, but I will be back on Thursday as usual. Thanks for reading!
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