Monday July 24, 2017

I'm enjoying Ozark on Netflix.  It's not earth shattering, but I knocked out half the season on a cross country flight and look forward to finishing it.  Great seeing former My Boys star Jordana Spiro.

A list of the worst sitcoms of all time.

A new Stranger Things trailer. More below.

NBC premieres Midnight, Texas tonight.  Here's how the network describes it: "Welcome to a place where being normal is really quite strange. From Niels Arden Oplev, the visionary director of Mr. Robot, and based on the hit book series from author Charlaine Harris (True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members fight off outside pressures from rowdy biker gangs, ever-suspicious cops and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form a strong and unlikely family."

HBO airs is Princess Diana documentary.

And ABC breaks out Somewhere Between, a show in which a news producer works with the police to hunt a serial killer, only for the criminal to strike close to home.  Here's a link if you'd like to watch the trailer.

"The guest-star wattage on Season 4 of Broad City is so bright, you may have to wear shades. Creators/stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson followed up last year’s headline-making Hillary Clinton cameo by booking such high-profile names as Shania Twain, Wanda Sykes, Steve Buscemi, and RuPaul Charles. 'It feels surprising, but then it’s like, no it’s not,' Glazer explains to Yahoo TV. 'We’re drawn to them because they’re chill. … We get to work with these people we’ve looked up to our whole lives. I’ve been in love with RuPaul since I was a child!' And the duo drops another boldfaced name whom the duo were thrilled to work with: Peri Gilpin of the classic NBC sitcom Frasier. 'She is my mom,' Jacobson excitedly reveals before momentarily checking herself. 'Should I not have done that?' Maybe not, but we’re glad you did!"

10 things you might not have known about The Walking Dead's Tyler Riggs.

Here are all of the trailers for Comic Con 2017.

Tony Hawk should DEFINITELY NOT compete on Dancing With The Stars.

Michael Phelps lost to the great white, not surprisingly.

A Bob's Burgers / Archer crossover from someone with a little too much time on their hands.

"This weekend, the cast and creative team behind Netflix's juggernaut Stranger Things took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con to tease Season 2—emphasis on tease.

"Moderator Patton Oswalt realized that literally any question about Season 2 was a potential spoiler, but there was no need to worry about that—Netflix trained the Stranger Things team to expertly avoid spoilers.

"One part of the presentation did offer some clues about Season 2, though—the new trailer. Set to "Thriller" and full of fantastic '80s references like Dragon's Lair, the trailer is full of potentially-exciting tidbits to dissect:

  • Will is still having those weird flashes from his time in the Upside Down.
  • It looks like the show's monsters will be bigger than ever this season.
  • Mike stares longingly at an empty desk in class while Hopper tells us in voice over that "nothing is going to go back to the way that it was."
  • Looks like Will isn't returning to school and his normal life.
  • There's trouble in teen love paradise for Karen and Steve.
  • Will is being tested (/possibly studied).
  • So...could he be the next Eleven?
  • There's a new girl in town—a tomboy named "Mad Max."
  • The kids might *actually* catch a ghost.
  • The trap from their Ghostbusters Halloween costumes is seen shaking on its own in one clip. Alternate theory: It's Eleven playing a prank on them.
  • Everyone gets in the fight this season.
  • Unless there's another reason for all the guns.
  • Karen will go through some really emotional moments.
  • And there's a very good chance it's tied to #JusticeforBarb.
  • Eleven is experiencing some Upside Down flashes of her own.
  • And now there's a glowing portal, so let's just add that to the list of mysteries about this show."

Per Vulture, "AMC basically has a standing reservation in Comic-Con International’s major event space, Hall H. The 6,500-person room looks like an airplane hanger on the inside, and the network that Man Men built fills it up all weekend long with shows like PreacherFear the Walking Dead, and its crown jewel, The Walking DeadTWD is such a Comic-Con staple now that it’s been branded onto the official entry badges and lanyards for multiple years in a row and, as has become custom, the show filled the hall to capacity once again in 2017.

"This year’s event, however, was a rather somber affair. Following the recent death of stuntman John Bernecker while filming an episode of the show, team Walking Dead considered pulling out of the convention entirely. Instead, they showed up in force without the typical pageantry of a Hall H fandemonium experience. Instead of walking out and being introduced one by one to be greeted by the adulation of fans, the cast and writers on hand simply took the stage in darkness and were all seated by the time the stage lights went up. They also opted out of having a host moderate the conversation and chose instead to field an hour of questions straight from fans.

"The quiet mood was broken up, however, by the irrepressible Jeffrey Dean Morgan. As Negan, Morgan plays the show’s most reviled villain to date, dishing out violent punishment with such deftness and swagger that you know he’s infinitely better off in the zombie apocalypse than he ever was in a normally functioning society. And Morgan plays him to the absolute hilt. So when he got asked by a fan what his favorite and least favorite qualities were about the character, Morgan gave an answer that would surely make Negan proud.

“'What do I like most about Negan? I find him very amusing. I think he’s got a great sense of humor. In these dark days, a sense of humor will help you get through.' It’s certainly an acquired taste, Negan’s humor. It really depends on whether or not you’re in a laughing mood when he says he hopes you have your shitting pants on, because you’re about to shit your pants as zombies threaten to break through the walls and he’s holding a barbed-wire-wrapped bat over you. (To catch that moment, see the newly released trailer for Walking Dead’s eighth season.)

"As for what Morgan likes least about Negan, is it the joy he takes in humiliating others? Is it the sadism? Is it the fact that he beat a fan favorite to death? Is it that he threatens children? No, it’s just a sartorial detail. 'What do I like least about him?' Morgan asked rhetorically, 'That he wears a leather jacket on a 120-degree day.'

"Later on in the panel, Morgan fielded another inquiry about Negan, this time asking whether or not there was any dialogue from the comics that they really wanted to include in the show but couldn’t because of broadcasting regulations. Morgan replied 'every line that’s said' before elaborating on what Walking Dead can actually get away with: 'I think we are allowed seven shits, like one God damn' and — much like Negan and Morgan himself — 'zero fucks.'”

From EW: "Hulu’s sci-fi action-comedy Future Man made a big splash at Comic-Con 2017. Ahead of the show’s panel on Saturday evening, Hulu dropped a gag-filled behind-the-scenes look at the series, which stars Josh Hutcherson as a videogame devotee who gets called to a grand world-saving destiny by a couple of time-traveling badasses, played by Happy Endings’ Eliza Coupe and Preacher’s Derek Wilson. Check out the trailer, which features producer Seth Rogen introducing Josh Hutcherson and 'real, actual working laser guns.'

"The cast swung by EW’s video lounge at Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday to chat with EW Radio’s Julia Cunningham about the show.

“'It was really heavily inspired by science-fiction movies of the ‘80s and ‘90s,' says Rogen, who produces the show. 'TerminatorThe Last Starfighter… Quantum Leap is in there a little bit!'

"Rogen also noted that although it’s a comedic riff on the genre fare of an earlier era, Future Man goes deeper than laughs. 'It’s a comedy with real life-or-death stakes in it,' Rogen explained. 'A lot of the fights are intensely physical, and we do like to shoot them practically if possible.'

"Hutcherson described his character as 'a dreamer' who “escapes into the world of videogames and always has this yearning for something more. 'He’s not quite prepared for the call of destiny, though, and his first meeting with the future warriors is definitely… awkward.'"

Future Man debuts Nov. 14.

"It's crazy to think it, but The OC ended TEN years ago. It's been a whole decade since we last caught up with the Cohens in sunny California. And we don't know about you, but that's far too long.

In an age where the TV revival is a regular occurrence, it got us thinking – what about The OC? Could this be the next show to be brought back from the dead? Let's take a look at its chances:

1. Storylines – how did season 4 end?

Four seasons. That's all The OC got. For a show that was so hugely popular at the time – and remains a fan favourite a decade later – we're amazed that it wasn't given a few more series. Comparable teen dramas like One Tree Hill or Pretty Little Liars were on air for far longer. Sure, they weren't on one of the main networks like Fox, but still.

Season 4 ended with a flash-forward to an undisclosed time. Ryan was now a successful contractor, and spotted a young down-and-out kid who might need help, just like he did in the pilot.

Seth and Summer are now married, Sandy and Kirsten are living back at their old home with a young daughter named Sophie. It's also hinted that Ryan and Taylor could be about to spark a new relationship.

This final montage meant that it would have been difficult to make a fifth season for a number of years. But now that ten years have passed, it makes perfect sense to revisit these characters, as we've actually caught up with them.

In fact, season 5 could pick up the moment season 4 ended, or at least a few weeks/months later.

2. The actors – what are they up to?

In terms of the cast members who were still around by the end of season 4 (sorry, Mischa Barton), the majority have remained pretty busy, but we doubt that they'd be sobusy nowadays that they couldn't fit in a short revival season.

We'd argue that Ben McKenzie (Ryan) is the only star who might find it tricky, as he's still the lead in Gotham. Plus, Willa Holland (Kaitlin) currently stars in Arrow. But maybe during a break in filming?

Peter Gallagher (Sandy) has a recurring role in Law & Order: SVU, Kelly Rowan (Kirsten) has been rather quiet of late, Adam Brody (Seth) could really do with a hit, Rachel Bilson (Summer) features here and there in Nashville, Melinda Clarke (Julie) isn't starring in anything prominent right now, and Autumn Reeser (Taylor) doesn't have any long-term commitments.

Plus, maybe they could convince Tate Donovan (Jimmy), Chris Carmack (Luke), Samaire Armstrong (Anna), Logan Marshall-Green (Trey), Kevin Sorbo (Frank) and even Taylor Handley (Oliver) to make comebacks?

Chris Pratt as Che? Yeah, he's probably too busy.

3. But are they up for it?

Over the years, several of the cast have been asked about a potential reunion. So, are they even interested?

Just last month, Rachel Bilson said that she was "open" to some kind of reunion. She told E!: "I'm always open to things. I don't know what it would look like with our characters being old now. We were riding skateboards on the pier; I don't know what they do now as 30-year-olds. But it would be nice to see everybody again."

Ben McKenzie spoke fondly about the show in an interview last year, and recently hung out with his former on-set squeeze Autumn Reeser at a fundraiser in Los Angeles.

In 2013, Peter Gallagher said that he still hangs out with his former cast "all the time". He said: "I just saw Ben the other night at my daughter's show. Adam and I had dinner the other night."

Series creator Josh Schwartz, executive producers Stephanie Savage and Leila Gerstein and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas got back together for a discussion at the ATX TV Fest in 2016, so they clearly still have time for it.

4. Who would air it?

The OC originally aired on Fox, and the network got rid of it as soon as ratings began to slide. Though, by today's standards, over 3.5 million viewers per episode ain't thatbad.

Fox has already brought back The X-Files after over a decade away, and they've also revived Prison Break. So they have previous when it comes to this sort of thing.

The more obvious choice is Netflix, a service that seems to announce a new show every five minutes and have previously brought back Gilmore Girls, despite it originally airing elsewhere.

All in all, we reckon that The OC is definitely a strong choice for any network wanting to score an easy hit. If Josh Schwartz is up for it and they can lock down the cast, then surely it's about time that it came back. Even if just for a one-off?"

Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Alias Grace has set her debut.

"Netflix's six-hour miniseries about convicted murderer Grace Marks, the next streaming Margaret Atwood adaptation, will release globally on Friday, Nov. 3. The series will first broadcast on Canada's CBC.

"A 45-second teaser released on Monday along with the premiere news introduces Grace (Sarah Gadon), a poor, young Irish immigrant and servant in Upper Canada who, along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan), was convicted of the brutal murders of their employer, Thomas Kinnear, and his housekeeper and lover, Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin), in 1843. Nancy, who initially befriended Grace, fired her in a fit of jealous rage before she was found brutally murdered. 

"'I think of all the things that have been written about me,' narrates Marks of herself in the clip. 'That I am an inhuman female demon. That I am an innocent victim of a blaggard, forced against my will and in danger of my own life. That I am cunning and devious. How can I be all of these different things at once?'

"She then adds, 'I'd rather be a murderess than a murderer — if those are the only choices.'

"James was hanged and Grace was sentenced to life imprisonment until she was eventually exonerated after 30 years in jail. She became one of the most notorious women of 1840s Canada for her alleged role in the sensational double-murder and her conviction sparked debate about whether she was an unwitting accessory. The Netflix adaptation, like Atwood's novel, will introduce a fictional young doctor named Simon Jordan who researches the case and falls in love with Marks. 

"Alias Grace is inspired by Marks' true story and is based on Atwood's award-winning novel of the same name. Alias Grace, which follows Hulu's critically acclaimed Atwood adaption Handmaid's Tale, is written and produced by Sarah Polley (Looking for AlaskaTake this WaltzAway from Her) and directed by Mary Harron (American PsychoI Shot Andy Warhol). The series is a co-production with Halfire Entertainment, CBC and Netflix. Polley, Harron, and Noreen Halpern executive produce."

Watch the teaser above.