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Daryl makes new friends, an actual cancellation, and what's it going to take to get you to watch The Leftovers?

Tuesday November 17th 2015

The Watercooler

“In general, The Walking Dead tends to spell out its story beats, often to the point of redundancy. Here, though, while it’s not impossible to figure out what happened, you have to work a little to figure it out. This mimics Daryl’s own position in the narrative. He’s stumbled into someone else’s plotline, and he’s as lost as the rest of us.” If I wrote for The Walking Dead at this point I would take The A.V. Club’s constant B+ grades as a challenge.

“We’re talking about the scene where ten yards separate him and a shambling walker, but he spends the whole time trying to open his duffel bag to get his crossbow out of it instead of, y’know, just trotting a few feet further away from it to either buy him some time or just pick up a sharp stick and kill him with it. It was such a naked attempt to generate tension and it failed spectacularly just because it was so obvious.” Tom and Lorenzo can’t even be bothered to do a recap this week, since they’ve seen everything that happened several time before.

“There have been some really embarrassing deaths this season (looking at you, Ethan Embry), so it's time to shine a spotlight on them. Sure, it's pretty sad this episode when one of the Hunters gets bitten by a rotted walker pinned to a tree by a boulder (c'mon, dude), but that's nothing compared to trio member Tina's decision to place flowers on two dead bodies that, surprise, aren't so dead after all. It might be one of the dumbest moves made by any character in "The Walking Dead," and that's saying something.” I really like Indiewire’s reviews, and I like them even more now that they are going to highlight this week’s most embarrassing death.

There’s a theory about the voice Daryl heard at the end of the episode, and here’s the GIF’s to back it up, and some comparisons of a certain character saying the word “help.”

Norman Reedus says it’s not who you might think it is, but I’m sure the producers want him to say that.

Uproxx has a short list of the ways The Walking Dead has hidden cast member’s pregnancies. No big designer purses or oddly placed lamps for this show. Just giant guns.


SNL got some actual laughs from me this week, but the winner is obviously the boy band tribute First Got Horny 2 U, which is perfect. But since this is SNL their first crushes escalate into weirdness.

Is this first SNL sketch to reference Uber? Because it really seems like it wouldn’t have taken this long.

The A.V. Club gave this week’s outing a B-, which in the midst of all the “worst season ever” talk is actually pretty good.

Pete Davidson returned to Weekend Update (which is getting much better, btw) to talk about his bathroom habits and what goes on in the women’s bathrooms. It’s funnier than it sounds, like all of Pete Davidson’s bits.


The Business

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be the hosts of SNL on December 19th, with Bruce Springsteen as the musical guest. Ryan Gosling and Chris Hemsworth will take on the other two shows slated for December.

Will you look at that, it’s an actual fall 2015 cancellation! This season’s first casualty is Wicked City, which isn’t a surprise since this week’s episode got 1.7 million viewers.

Netflix has ordered six episodes of Frontier, a drama about the late 18th century fur trade that will star Jason Momoa. Yeah, I'll watch that.

Adult Swim has ordered Dream Corp, LLC from producers John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant.

Casting: Tony Sirico, who you know best as Paulie Walnuts on The Sopranos, will guest star on The Grinder. Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore have been cast in NBC’s pilot about a bunch of people who were born on the same day. This week Bailey Chase has been cast in both Twin Peaks and Grimm. Guy apparently has busy agents.

Here’s an update to HBO’s favorite can’t win situation- Nic Pizzolatto has upped his deal at the cable network through 2018, but there’s no word on what’s up with True Detective season three.


People Talking About TV

“Everybody who loves TV has watched a show that's inspired feverish declarations of love, an insistence on viewing each episode as soon as possible, and a tendency to browbeat others until they, too, are enjoying it just as much. This is not a terribly pleasant affliction, and people tend to keep their distance from you when you are in its throes. But, dammit, it must be borne. Because nobody is watching The Leftovers, and the second season is some next-level stuff.” Todd VanDerWerff wants to know what's it going to take to get you to watch The Leftovers. (I watched season one week to week, and I plan on watching season two in several chunks towards the end of the season.)

“Three big shows look to have killed off major characters — and then found that dubious fans weren't buying it. Is this kind of twist the death of good storytelling, just another tool in the tool box or a way to hook an elusive audience? More important, are these twists worth plotting if nobody believes you — if their employment damages the credibility of your show?” Speaking of The Leftovers, and potential giant spoilers, Tim Goodman asks, why won’t characters stay dead on TV?

“Most brown people in Hollywood — men in particular — cannot escape the accent. This is true no matter where you're born. A few years ago, the Pakistani-American actor Kumail Nanjiani told me he'd experienced, more than once, a casting agent asking him to drop his actual accent to do an "Apu accent." Nanjiani is a very funny actor, who since landed on Silicon Valley. To get where he was, he needed to accept his lord and savior, Apu.” Let’s talk about the Apu accent, from Vulture. There’s some great writing happening right now thanks to Master Of None.

My So-Called Life and Friday Night Lights are not just about kids; as we watch them, there are moments when they make us feel as though we are kids again, going through the elation and heartbreak of growing up. Even though it’s inherent to this exercise, I hate having to choose one over the other, because both of these children are beautiful.” Matt Zoller Seitz was given the difficult job of choosing the winner in the best High School TV show bracket over at Vulture. I know which one I’d pick, but you might feel differently.


What To Watch

There’s a bunch of good TV arriving later this week, so now is your chance to catch up on all the excellent TV that’s currently airing. My quick list is Master Of None, Casual, Fargo, You’re The Worst, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Drunk History and Jane the Virgin. Not a dud in the bunch.

I watched the first couple of episodes of Flesh and Bone over the weekend, and despite it not being what I would describe in any way as a good show, I really, really wanted to watch more episodes. The comparisons to Showgirls are pretty sound, it really does feel like something written by Joe Eszterhas. Mostly though it had that 1990’s NYC art movie feel, and it really reminded me of the HBO movie Gia. The ballet bits are pretty great too, just don’t expect much depth from most of the characters. This is a nice review of the whole season, with comparisons to various ballets and gothic horror.

Marceline gets her own Adventure Time miniseries this week, called Stakes, if you need a little more backstory and a vampire queen based adventure.

Mark your calendars: Better Call Saul will return for a second season on February 15th.

Here’s the midseason dates for all of ABC’s shows, including Agent Carter and new Shondaland show The Catch.

If you are looking to ditch a show, perhaps TV Guide’s list of 18 shows readers have dropped will give you inspiration.


Odds and Ends

Last Week Tonight took advantage of the advantages to being on HBO to talk about the Paris attacks.

Uproxx pointed out that according to Rotten Tomatoes, 2015 is a very good year for TV. I could have told you that without checking Rotten Tomatoes.

Trailers: Somehow It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has been on for 10 seasons, and the 11th now has a trailer. It's full of bad ideas, as usualWGN’s Outsiders, or as I like to think of it, Sons Of Anarchy on ATV’s, has a new trailer. HBO has released a new trailer for Vinyl, which gets the award for the best 1970’s costumes on TV, until David Simon’s The Deuce arrives. A Very Murray Christmas finally has a real trailer, and despite my dislike of Christmas movies, I will probably watch this.

Lots of possible spoilers flying around about who Ian McShane is playing on Game of Thrones. So don’t click if you don’t want to know.

Meanwhile After 11PM: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen Fallon this excited about anything as he was last week The Tonight Show got A Tribe Called Quest back together to play “Can I Kick It.” Cristin Milioti from Fargo makes fun of millennials and her hair on Late Night. Stephen Colbert tried to figure out what the censors at CBS would let him show on The Late Show. It’s a very Colbert Report piece.

Here’s a video of all the wide shots from Breaking Bad, and if you’ve never been to New Mexico, I promise that it actually does look like that.

How about we end this one with Decider’s list of the 10 best opening credit sequences on TV right now. I’d like to add to the mention of Master of None that whoever does the music for the show is doing a great job. Lots of interesting choices.


That’s all for today, but I will be back on Thursday with the details on a couple of new shows that I am excited about. Thanks for reading!

-Alana Cloutier

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