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Master of None, the best anti-hero since Walter White, and Snowpiercer the TV show?

Thursday November 12th 2015

People Talking About TV

“None of Dev’s friends seem like they’ve been brought together to educate him on the varying perspectives of different cultural demographics. That may seem like a simple thing, but it’s rare in the television shows that even bother to cast multiculturally. For Master of None, the process of casting seemed to be open to adaptations that would allow organic, rather than pointed and awkward, approaches to diversity.” There were several great pieces this week about this show, which is so great I am actually hoarding episodes, but I liked this one about on screen diversity (and also this other one about race,) the best.

““None of those kids on Friday Night Lights had done anything much. They were all at the beginning,” Lowy said of the casting process. “When the show got picked up, [creator Berg] called me and he said, ‘Holy fuck, let's hope these kids can act.’”” I could have read a much longer article on the process of casting for a handful of popular teen shows.

“This isn't a cheat, though, but a gradual descent for Olivia and all the people who love her (which includes a lot of the audience), like the way you cook lobster: immersing them in calm, cool water and gradually raising the heat so that they don't even realize at first what a terrible thing is happening.” An argument that Scandal's Olivia Pope is the best TV anti-hero since Walter White. 

 

The Business

Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show has nabbed the post Super Bowl slot, and it will be the first time a late night show has been given the spot. Colbert is celebrating by doing the show live.

Netflix is funding Okja, Bong Joon-ho’s follow up to Snowpiercer. Good news for directors who would like to have control over the final cut of the film, smaller budgeted movies, and Netflix’s planned launch into Korea.

In other Snowpiercer news, the movie is apparently being adapted into a TV show. I thought the movie barely had enough plot for a movie, let alone multiple hours of a TV show.

Casting: Zoe Kazan is replacing Lisa Joyce as the lead in Max, Lena Dunham’s new comedy at HBO. Bob Newhart will once again return to The Big Bang Theory this season. Eliza Coupe is joining Quantico as another agent. Billy Campbell has been cast in Medici: Masters Of Florence.

Lots of Stuff Is In Various Stages Of Production: Stephenie Meyer, who gave the world Twilight, (and therefore 50 Shades Of Grey,) is producing The Rook with Hulu. The central character has amnesia, but works for an agency that keeps the world safe from supernatural threats. So Blindspot crossed with Torchwood? FX is developing Starters, a half hour dark comedy from Ed Helms about a corporate themed restaurant chain. IFC has ordered a pilot presentation for Jon Benjamin’s 100 Erotic Nights, a “comedic and wild anthology series of 100 very personal, lurid tales of secret passion, burning desire and ruthless betrayal.” It will star, and be narrated by H. Jon Benjamin. ABC is developing Work Married, a series from Michael Showalter and Christina Lee about two co-workers who realize their “work marriage is the only relationship they’ve got left.” Laura Dern is producing a series for HBO that’s written by Annie Mumolo (Bridesmaids), about a pioneering saleswoman of the home party system. I’d watch that. Angela Kinsey has sold a semi-autobiographical comedy to TBS about working in a call center. It’s called 1-800. I guess she’s not sick of office based comedies yet?

Syfy has ordered six hours of The Internet Ruined My Life about the dangers of social media.

Speaking of social media, the cast of the next season of The Amazing Race will all be well known YouTube and Vine stars.

So Fox renamed The Frankenstein Code to Lookinglass, and now they’ve renamed Lookinglass to Second Chance. That’s pretty generic, but it’s the closest to what the show is actually about.

Here’s the details on FOX’s midseason schedule, which includes Sleepy Hollow’s move to Fridays, and also the news that The X-Files will be paired with Lucifer.

 

What To Watch

Elizabeth Banks, who is not afraid to look like an idiot to get a laugh, is the host of this week’s episode of SNL, which is a welcome change from last week. Here’s the promos.

Into The Badlands starts this Sunday on AMC, and even if it turned out to be terrible, I was going to give it a try because the premise is just so weird. Also, they filmed it on location in Louisiana, so it looks amazing.Fortunately for me, Maureen Ryan, always a fan of a genre show, gave it a positive review, while Alan Sepinwall liked the fight scenes, but wasn’t as much of a fan of the stuff in between. The trailer is here.

If you like the works or Aardman animation, thenI have good news. Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llama premieres on Amazon tomorrow. Here’s the trailer.

If you just want to relive your 1990’s childhood, or you know, your college years, Decider points out that Hulu has all the rights to a ton of Nickelodeon shows, including Rugrats, Doug, Clarissa Explains It All, Hey Arnold, and Ren and Stimpy.

Stakes, the Adventure Time series that follows Marceline (the Vampire Queen) starts on Monday. I am in favor of the show doing more of these character specific arcs. As long as they promise to never do a miniseries about Tree Trunks, because she’s the worst.

Netflix is releasing With Bob and David tomorrow, so you might be asking yourself- what’s the deal with Mr. Show? Fortunately Slate has eight sketches to get your started. If you require a review of the new show, and from someone who doesn’t constantly quote the original, here you go.

I really didn’t think I was going to like Limitless. I watched the pilot right after the one for Minority Report, and it was such a relief to watch something that was actually entertaining. I totally agree with io9’s post about why it’s now a Tuesday night highlight.

“What’s there to know about petting a dog? Well, a lot, especially if you look at it from the dog’s perspective, which Mr. Rees does, with the help of some experts. He also brings personal baggage to this particular inquiry: He doesn’t really like dogs.” A new season of Going Deep With David Rees just started on Esquire, if you need in depth investigations of how to do seemingly basic things.

Things I am watching this week and enjoying: I am hoarding episodes of Master Of None, I've had The O.C. on in the background (it still holds up), Casual, Please Like Me, Blindspot, Arrow, iZombie and Ash Vs. Evil Dead. I have also discovered the PBS app on my new Apple TV, so I watched an episode of The Woodwright's Shop, and The Big Burn episode of the American Experience.


Odds and Ends

Vulture has been keeping track of all the references from Fargo (TV) to Fargo (the movie).

Meanwhile after 11 PM: I quite like when The Tonight Show’s does Water War, and Daniel Radcliffe was, as usual, a good sport about the whole thing. Anna Faris and Joshua Jackson gave James Corden crying lessons on The Late Late Show. Aziz Ansari brought up how white late night TV is on The Late Show, and also how white The Late Show is in particular. It’s kind of awesome.

Apparently I am bad at remember Sawyer’s nicknames for everyone on Lost, because I only got 3 out of 10 right on this quiz.

According to several cast members, a room full of scientists might be the most difficult room ever to get a laugh from, since the cast of Silicon Valley brought up season 1’s most famous joke and it just bombed.

 

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

-Alana Cloutier


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