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More Gilmore Girls, "Dollarydoos," and Carol drops the homemaker disguise on The Walking Dead.

Tuesday October 20th 2015

The Watercooler

““Just Survive Somehow” the message says, and as statements of that theme I mentioned above go, it’s borderline humane. Most of the time, The Walking Dead is about how no one can ever be hard enough to really last, that warmth and mercy and decency are weaknesses that will get you killed. But the weariness in that “Just” feels a little more complicated. It’s not your fault if you die, the message says, and it’s not your fault if you live.” The show finally broke the curse of the B+, and got themselves an A from The A.V. Club.

Alan Sepinwall compared the cold open with Enid to something Breaking Bad would do, which I wouldn’t have noticed, but it’s true.

“We all tune in every week to watch traumatized people find the strength buried inside them to righteously kick some ass when they get threatened. We do not, we surmise, all sit down every week so that we can have the exact same morality question posed to us every time. In other words, The Walking Dead is an ass-kicking hour of cathartic violence with pretensions of being deeper than it is. It’s why so many critics and recappers love to talk about it.” Despite enjoying the episode, Tom and Lorenzo are still annoyed by the show in general.

Melissa McBride talked to The Hollywood Reporter about Carol’s latest bit of badassery.

I think I actually said out loud, “well that escalated quickly.” Here’s this week's GIFs that you probably shouldn’t watch at work.

The promising, and not so promising moments from this week’s outing.

Uproxx has some questions going into next week, and also passed along the information that the actress who plays Enid was in Too Many Cooks. And now I have that stupid song stuck in my head.

The Walking Dead will soon be dubbed into Spanish so it can air on NBC Universo.

The ratings were slightly down this week due to football and game two of the NLCS. I predict that word of mouth will push the numbers way up on delayed viewing.



The Leftovers is starting to feel more like a traditional miniseries about the aftermath of the Sudden Departure, with each installment focused on a few of the interconnected lives affected by the global catastrophe. That’s not a bad thing, but as was the case with season one, it’s hard to stop expecting The Leftovers to be the traditional television drama Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta appear to have zero interest in making.” In other Sunday night TV news, I wonder if the people at the party I went to on Friday night who told me that The Leftovers is actually good this season are still on board after this week’s return to season one form? It still got an A from The A.V. Club though, because even if the show drives you crazy, you can’t argue with the performances.

“I think these things should be held up to a standard and provoke debate. But, when the show itself doesn’t talk about it, that’s the mistake. Should George R.R. Martin be talking about the sexual violence in Game of Thrones, or should Sansa Stark be talking about it?” Vulture talked to Damon Lindelof about the scene with Tommy and Meg. 


The Business

The big story this week is the news that Netflix will be making more episodes of the Gilmore Girls, with most of the cast and the original showrunners. It's been reported that there will be four 90 minute episodes. I'm not a fan, but judging by Twitter yesterday, I might be the only person who isn't.

HBO has given a series order to Insecure, a comedy from YouTube star Issa Rae.

Comedy Central has picked up Detroiters, which is produced by Lorne Michaels and Jason Sudeikis. Based on the premise, I’d watch that.

Casting: Melissa Leo will star in Showtime’s dark comedy I’m Dying Up Here along with Dylan Baker and a whole bunch of other guest stars too numerous to list here. Powers Boothe is joining Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and based on everyone else he’s ever played, he’s probably going to be a villain of some sort. According to Weird Al Yankovic’s Twitter account, he will be a guest star next season on Bo-Jack Horseman.

Amazon has the exclusive streaming rights to E!’s The Royals, which I haven’t started watching yet despite it looking like the right kind of trashy. While Hulu got the rights to The Librarians, which is a show that’s too silly, even for me.

In Development: CBS is developing a sitcom on the book The Year In Living Biblically, about a guy who tried to do just that. CBS has also given a script commitment to Dick Ernest, a 1950’s set comedy about a square who has to deal with his beatnik nephew and all his radical ideas.

Charo will headline a new reality show, called Charo In Charge, (and seriously, how did this take so long to happen?) for Televisa USA.

PBS’s Finding Your Roots will return, after a break thanks to the Ben Affleck scandal. No, not that one, the one where he asked them to not mention his slave owning ancestors.

Rosewood has been given a full 22 episode season by FOX.

NBC has trimmed the episode orders for Superstore and Hot & Bothered, reportedly because of (Summer Olympics based?) cost cutting for next year.

Syfy has cancelled Defiance after three seasons.

Rookie Blue will not be returning after the sixth season. Has that really been on for six seasons?

It seems a little early for some shows on this list, but if you need an up to date list of which shows have been renewed, cancelled or are on the bubble TV Line has all the details.


People Talking About TV

““We need something to stimulate the Australian economy and that something is changing the name of the Australian currency to ‘Dollarydoos’,” reads a petition currently making the rounds on, asking that the Australian dollar be transformed into a nod to the classic sixth season episode “Bart Vs. Australia.”” This is amazing, and also I will be right back, I just need to go watch this episode of The Simpsons for the 47th time...

“"This is the most vile and shocking content I've ever seen on TV. Ever," Winter wrote in an email to subscribers calling for an advertiser boycott the series. "Most Americans have no idea this is primetime fare on advertiser-supported basic cable. And everyone is paying for it as part of their program bundle."” Unsurprisingly the Parents Television Council does not like American Horror Story: Hotel and Scream Queens, but for different reasons than why I don’t like them. I just think they are terrible.

““I certainly can NOT. A Rolfe, of the Virginia Rolfes, my GIRLFRIEND? They’re descended from Pocahontas. They’re the closest thing this country has to royalty. Honestly, Lorelai.”” I really hope Mallory Ortberg’s wish for Emily Gilmore to become a late in life lesbian comes true on the Gilmore Girls revival.


What To Watch

Amazingly there aren’t any new shows premiering today or tomorrow, which is good because I am several episodes behind on several shows I really want to watch. Instead here's a short list of current shows you could be watching right now. The Knick, Doctor Who, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, iZombie, The Good Wife, The Affair, Casual, Manhattan, Arrow, The LeftoversFargo, or baseball! There are so many underdogs to root for, it’s hard for me to decide. The Cubs vs. The Mets? That's just mean.

“The real reason for my silence on the matter is likely consistency. Bourdain has been roaming the globe on-camera pretty much uninterrupted since 2001 and during that time the pleasures of his various programs – from Food Network to Travel Channel and, since 2013, CNN — have been both dependable and exquisite.” Here’s a great piece from Grantland on one of my favorites, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. Unlike most other Sunday nights shows, I am actually caught up on this one. 

If you are still bummed about Star Trek’s cancellation then maybe the news that there’s kind of a fourth season, and you can stream them for free here, will make your day. I love that this is a thing that's happening, and that the special effects are actually as good or better than the original show.

On the other hand, if you’ve never watched Star Trek, and you feel weird about having a big hole in your pop culture knowledge, then io9’s guide to all things Star Trek related is very timely.

Decider suggests if you liked Crimson Peak (just me? am I the only one who went to see it?) then the ITV adaptation of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey is the miniseries for you. This is the first thing I ever saw Carey Mulligan in, so she will kind of always be Isabella to me. It’s on Hulu and it’s great, so go watch it.

This week The Simpsons did something they’ve never done before, and surprisingly it’s just a regular Halloween episode. And also surprisingly, it was an episode that could hold up to the early seasons. The A.V. Club gave it an A-.  The regular Treehouse Of Horror episode will air next week, with the usual trilogy of non-canon stories.

Odds and Ends

Wired is leading the charge to try and get Netflix to make a second season of Firefly. That's great, but I am still really mad about where they went with Serenity, so I will be over here in the corner grumbling about Joss Whedon.

Dominic West and his actual accent made an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers and talked about how hungover he was when he worked with the Spice Girls.

On The Tonight Show Jessica Chastain talked about being mistaken for Bryce Dallas Howard. I can see how that could be a problem.

Bradley Cooper broke out his Clint Eastwood impression on Ellen and then everyone made fun of the plastic baby from American Sniper for a couple of minutes.

Trailers: Based on who is behind the scenes I was already on board for Cinemax’s Quarry, which stars Logan Marshall-Green, aka not Tom Hardy. It’s true, WGN’s Outsiders does look like a cross between Justified and Sons Of Anarchy. There’s yet another teaser trailer for The X-Files. Is this going to be a weekly thing? There’s no trailer yet, but there is a photo from the set of Absolutely Fabulous movie. Yep, that looks about right. Adult Swim released a trailer for the upcoming season of The Venture Brothers. Here’s one for the unlikely new season of The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret. Here’s another trailer for the final season of Downton Abbey, which U.S. audiences won’t see until January.

John Oliver and Last Week Tonight waited until the last possible second to talk about the Canadian election, and then did it in the most Canadian way possible.

Steve Martin did a whole stand-up routine for a group of dogs on The Carol Burnett Show. It goes about as well as you’d expect. Please send any direct descendants of the gray fluffy dog to my house.

David Simon’s The Deuce is currently filming in New York, and James Franco

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