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Jon Stewart gets a new job, nerds get a new Star Trek, and Morgan gets some backstory.

Tuesday November 3rd 2015

The Watercooler

“That’s a stupid name. It’s dangerous. You should change it.”

“Also, Eastman has his own dark secret that led him on his own path of redemption, giving his total empathy with Morgan. And then—and then—he also is peace-loving vegan with a total regard for the complete sanctity of life, who love peace, practices the peaceful martial art of aikido, and has a copy of The Art of Peace at his house. If Yoda and a Mary Sue had a baby whose was destined by god to redeem Morgan, that character would still be less absurd than Eastman.” Io9 was glad to once again meet an unambiguously good character on The Walking Dead.

The A.V. Club gave this week’s episode an A.

“It’s almost like there’s a secret magic philosophy and if a character manages to figure it out, it protects them from harm. Daryl, Rick and Carol all know the secret magic philosophy, most of the rest of the main characters are struggling with it on some level, and now, once an episode or so, someone comes along to question the secret philosophy and gets killed for it. It’s lazy, hack-ish writing, to be blunt. If you’re going to set up these questions, then fucking answer them instead of just killing off anyone who doesn’t toe the line.” Besides thinking that this episode was poorly placed, when everyone is antsy about what happened last week, Tom and Lorenzo knew the pacifist and the goat were doomed. I love that every week they just have such (rarely met) high expectations for this show.

Vulture talked to Lennie James about returning, and how it’s like arriving at a party and everyone knows everything about you.

“But the other way to discuss the episode is in the larger context of the season, and particularly in the wake of an episode that seemingly killed off ***** — followed by a big PR bungle, whether he lives or dies — and ended with Rick moments away from being besieged by a forest-ful of zombies. To conclude "Thank You" that way and then come back next week with a 90-minute Morgan solo spotlight is either another terrible miscalculation, or else a level of sadism that usually exists within the show's universe more than in ours.” It’s never good when your show gets compared to everyone’s least favorite episode of Lost.

There's a name missing from the opening credits, and people are either freaking out, or are annoyed at the thought that the producers are just trolling us.

Uproxx has their list of weekly questions, and 7 callbacks to previous episodes.

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, AMC has ordered a seventh season of the show.

 

The Business

Jon Stewart has signed a 4 year deal with HBO, presumably after talking to John Oliver about how great it is not doing a show every night. He will start with making short-form content for HBO Go and HBO Now. Exciting!

Star Trek is returning to TV! Quartz has all the details, but the quick version is January 2017, and it will be on CBS All Access. Obviously people already have opinions on what the new show should be.

I love the His Dark Materials books, but hated the Golden Compass movie, so I am very happy that the BBC has ordered an unknown number of episodes for an event series. 

Deadline has a bunch of details on the new Viceland, the working title for the Vice Media channel.

TBS has picked up Search Party, about a group of self-absorbed Brooklyn twenty-somethings who look into the disappearance of a college classmate. It stars Alia Shawkat and will be overseen by Michael Showalter, two great reasons to watch this one.

In today’s weirdest bit of TV news, Syfy has picked up a Van Helsing spin-off, based around Vanessa Helsing, and Neil LaBute will be the showrunner.

This week in remakes: Fox is considering bringing back The Greatest American Hero with help from the guys who made Dope and the new 21 Jump Street.

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, based on a book about having less stuff, is apparently going to be a show, somehow.

Netflix has renewed Longmire for a fifth season.

NBC is going to air an Adele concert special in December.

FOX Sports gave TMZ a show, called TMZ Sports, which is bad news for athletes who wanted people to not notice they got arrested.

Casting:  B.D Wong will play Hugo Strange on Gotham, because what that show needs is more villains. Gotham also cast Tommy Flanagan as The Knife, who based on his name is also probably a villain.

NBC has ordered one more episode of Blindspot, Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU.

There are rumors that The X-Files is actually a backdoor pilot that will follow two new FBI agents. The rumored leads are pretty great, but people are going to riot anyway if they hear Mulder and Scully won’t be involved.

 

People Talking About TV

“I personally find sweet melodic pop songs creepy. My mom had been a big Johnny Mathis fan and I always found the tone of “Wonderful, Wonderful” creepy and unsettling and had been looking for a situation to use it in a show. It has nothing to do with the words. It is the orchestration and that odd lonely whistle that disturbs me. I don’t know why. When I write horror, I listen to the Rhino CD box set “Have a Nice Day: Super Hits of the ’70s.” I just find it all disturbing. Maybe as that is the music from my teenage years and that is the most horrifying stage of anyone’s life.” The New York Times talked to Glen Morgan and James Wong who wrote “Home,” which is easily the most notorious episode of The X-Files.

“Sam tells Rory he has died six times. Rory asks him to read her campaign-trail blog posts and tell her what he thinks of them. Sam tells Rory he drank demon blood. Rory tells him he needs to try Luke's coffee because he now has a burr grinder that no one is allowed to breathe near. Sam tells Rory he spent 120 years in Hell in a cage being tortured by Lucifer. Rory tells him she's really sorry he can't live without her but she's moved on and begs him to do the same.” Since Jared Padalecki was on both Gilmore Girls and Supernatural, Previously.tv has some ideas for a crossover episode.

“Instead, Moonves and his team decided to use the show to build up the value of All Access. Think of Trek as the House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black for All Access: a buzzworthy, exclusive series that, like Netflix’s first big originals, reshapes consumer perceptions. Right now, the All Access brand — to the extent it has one at all — is mostly tied to the CBS show Big Brother, since the livestream component of the reality competition moved to All Access last summer. A fresh Star Trek show, assuming it’s done well and generates good word of mouth, will instantly change that.” Josef Adalian looks at how the new Star Trek could launch a whole new profit center for CBS. I just have one question: CBS All Access is something you pay extra for, and it has ads? Lame.

 

What To Watch

Ash Vs. Evil Dead was exactly what I wanted it to be, and I say that as someone who has seen the movies probably too many times. New episodes are on Starz, but you can watch the pilot online for free.

Here's the list of other shows that I've been enjoying. Casual and Please Like Me on Hulu. Gossip Girl on Netflix. (It still totally holds up) iZombie on The CW. Drunk History on Comedy Central. 

John Constantine is visiting Arrow tonight all the way from last year and another network. Here’s the trailer. Though you might not need the trailer, because if you were super excited about the episode you might be one of the people who downloaded it already after it leaked online.

Adventure Time is back this week for another season, even though the year long 43 episode season six just ended in June. Even the number of episodes of this show are weird.

Depending on when you read this, you might still be able to watch Flesh and Bone, the ballet drama on Starz, on Entertainment Weekly’s site. This one is on my list to watch when it premieres for real next week.

The A.V. Club would like to remind you that The Last Kingdom is pretty good, and that you probably aren’t watching it, even though you watch Game Of Thrones and The Vikings. I watched the pilot and it was indeed pretty good.

Decider has a list of the top 5 things you should stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon in November. It’s an excellent list.

The Hollywood Reporter has a bunch of dates for all the mid-season shows, if you want to add them to your list. Assuming you are like me and you have a list.

 

Odds and Ends

The Tonight Show had dueling impressions with Dana Carvey, who if you will remember from his SNL days, is really good at impressions. Separately Jimmy talked to the extremely likable Bryan Cranston about bossy stylists, and then pulled up a clip of the soap they were on in the 1980’s where they had to hang from wires.

Halloween was days ago, but the hosts of the Today show had costumes that would make the toughest person pee their pants if they came across them in a dark alley. Worst cross promotional event for the peanuts movie ever. The hair, the ears! Dear god, the ears!

Trailers: Based on the premise I was already on board for AMC’s Preacher, but the trailer just proves that I was right. (Plus the hilarious sarcastic kid from Wet Hot American Summer is in it. That kid is everywhere.) Girls returns in January, and there’s already a teaser trailer. I love it when Lena Dunham dances. (This one is my favorite.) Here’s the trailer for the second season of Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce. I know Lucifer looks silly, but maybe in a good way? in these two teaser trailers. I am definitely not the target audience for a live musical, but maybe you are? If so, here’s a teaser trailer for The Wiz Live!

Normally I don’t agree with Buzzfeed on role models, but Tina from Bob’s Burgers is actually a pretty decent one for younger girls. Especially kind of weird girls.

Netflix's With Bob and David has released another sketch, and this time they get to really annoy Keegan-Michael Key.

Every year Jimmy Kimmel Live tells parents to trick their kids into thinking they ate all their halloween candy and then film the reaction. Here’s the tantrum filled results.

Despite pleas from the cast and crew, bad Breaking Bad fans are still throwing pizzas onto the roof of an old lady's house in Albuquerque.

 

That's all for today, but I will be back on Thursday with reviews of Aziz Ansari's new show. Thanks for reading!

-Alana Cloutier

 

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