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The origin story of G.I. Joe, "consulting illusionists", and being horrified by your fall TV consumption.

Thursday September 15th 2016

People Talking About TV

“In the audition, I screamed, "Co-bra!!!" at the top of my lungs. And I think they went, "Her. She looks like she's willing to go to the wall." When you walk into the audition, they usually have a picture of what the character is going to look like. And a script. There must have been something on that page that said the Baroness has a European accent, because no country ever existed that sounds like the Baroness. She's not Russian. She's from somewhere in middle Europe that cannot be named or found. I just dreamed it up, and I don't know how.” The Hollywood Reporter has a great, but not nearly long enough (they never are) oral history of the G.I. Joe cartoon that a lot of us watched on Saturday morning while eating multiple bowls of cereal.

“They’re both stories of little-known, under-the-radar communities that quickly grew to international awareness. And yet, those stories are completely separate in our minds. In an Indiewire interview that asks two tech-industry vets to judge the season-three pilot on its accuracy, the question of whether a narrative about San Francisco in the mid 1980s touches on HIV/AIDS never comes up. Why would it? In our histories, they are two separate worlds.” A recent subplot of Halt and Catch Fire combined the two stories from the 1980s that everyone seems to know about the Bay Area, the tech boom and the AIDS crisis.

“What else do you wear to lay down the business and kill your rivals in cold blood? A three piece suit? How passé! No, this sweater isn’t just for the cold-hearted, it’s also for the killer who wants to stay cozy.” If you want to dress like Pablo Escobar in Narcos, Decider has suggestions about where to buy your nautical-themed dad sweaters.


The Business

Netflix gave a ten episode order to a “contemporary update” of Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It. Lee will direct all of the episodes.

Atlanta’s series premiere got the best ratings of any basic cable comedy for the last three years.

“When a superstar magician's career is ruined by scandal, he has only one place to turn to practice his art of deception, illusion and influence — the FBI. He’ll become the world’s first consulting illusionist, helping the government solve crimes that defy explanation, and trap criminals and spies by using deception.” Yeah, that sounds like a network TV show from the last couple of years. Sherlock meets Limitless, meets The Blacklist. Lots of big names behind the scenes on Deception.

Casting: Gina Torres is joining The Catch in a recurring role. Lorraine Toussaint will play Laurence Fishburne’s sister in Black-ishMalcolm-Jamal Warner will play a love interest for Retta’s character on Girlfriends’ Guide to DivorceMykelti Williamson will play the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Designated Survivor. Billy Burke, who is usually chasing homicidal sloths on Zoo, booked a guest spot on Chicago P.D. Transparent’s Jen Richards has been cast as a physical therapist on CMT’s Nashville.

Netflix has not picked up a fourth season of Bloodline. The third season will air sometime next year.

TBS and TNT spent presumably a lot of money for the right to air all of the Star Wars movies, which they will start doing next Tuesday. If you want to watch all of them in numerical, but the wrong order (Never watch the Phantom Menace. Click here for the obviously correct Machete order.) they are all airing starting at 5 am on the 25th.


What To Watch

The Emmy Awards are this Sunday, and I will have all of the details on what everyone wore, and how mad everyone is that their favorites didn’t win and some show that’s long in the tooth did. For more on this, check on The Ringer’s piece on how the Emmy’s can’t keep up with TVHere’s the list of this year’s nominations.

The Good Place, which I am not sure is a sustainable premise for a show, but it stars Kristen Bell, who can do no wrong in my eyes thanks to Veronica Mars, arrives on NBC on Monday. It’s about a woman who gets sent to “The Good Place” after she gets hit by a bus, but there’s been some sort of mix-up, because she's not a good person. Here’s the trailer.

The HBO version of High Maintenance starts tomorrow night, and if you are a fan of the web series it’s based on, don’t worry, it hasn’t changed much. Plus this season there’s an episode from a dog’s perspective, which actually sounds very on brand for the show.

Fleabag, a fourth-wall breaking show about being young and single in London, starts tomorrow on Amazon. Based on the trailer, and this review, I am in. Olivia Coleman, who is great in everything from Broadchurch to Hot Fuzz, plays the lead’s terrible step-mom.

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, a documentary that mostly looks like a series of very good reasons to never become famous, arrives on Hulu this Saturday. The trailer is here.

Don’t forget that Documentary Now! started this week, because on October 5th they are doing their version of the Talking Head’s Stop Making Sense, which if their performance on Late Night is any indication, will be spot on.

There’s a lot of TV, and a lot of great TV, so obviously some have slipped through the cracks, therefore Uproxx has a list of a few you may have missed. I am still super bummed that The Hour never got another season. In the Flesh is great too.

Entertainment Weekly has a list of the 22 holiday movies that Hallmark has in the works. Their Countdown to Christmas, where the channel turns to all Christmas movies all the time, begins October 28th. They could at least have the decency to wait until after Halloween.

If you want to be completely horrified by your TV consumption, Vulture made a fall TV calculator, and besides realizing that I am planning on watching no shows on CBS this fall, (RIP last year’s fave Limitless) I am scheduled to watch roughly 318 hours of TV. Yikes.

Related: TVLine shares their picks for the best and the worst of the new crop of fall shows.

Odds and Ends

Andy Samberg got to ask Neil deGrasse Tyson three questions on The Late Late Show, so if you’ve ever wondered about his thoughts on if sex with a robot is officially cheating, now you know.

Bill Hader went on Late Night and talked about where SNL's The Californians sketch came from, and what Fred Armisen spontaneously changed when it went on air.

Bored of CrossFit? Then you might be interested in this gym in New Mexico that does American Ninja Warrior style workouts. That actually looks pretty fun.

Uproxx ranked the opening credits of the peak TV era. I was always bummed that True Blood wasn’t as good as the opening credits, so it clearly deserved to be higher. And True Detective’s were so iconic that Key & Peele changed theirs the next season.

This chillwave version of the Seinfeld theme is just wrong. Catchy, but wrong.

FYI, CHarlie Brooker, the man responsible for Black Mirror, thinks Trump is going to win the election.

Vulture has a guide to the music from the first four episodes of Atlanta.

Good sport Carol Burnett came on The Tonight Show to play “The Whisper Challenge.”

Trailers: Joe Swanberg’s Easy has an amazing cast, and presumably a lot of tate cast will take their clothes off, if this trailer is any indication.

Buzzfeed talked to someone who won two episodes of Jeopardy a couple of year ago, from the process of applying, what it's like to film live, and how talking about the show has basically taken over all casual conversations. I know a lot of useless facts and trivia, but I bet I’d forget all of it the second I got on that stage.


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

-Alana Cloutier


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