Hi! How was your weekend? Did you have big plans to do the laundry and clean the house and yell at your high school senior to write his college application essays already but instead spent it gorging on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House? Hey! Me too! Well, like me, you might now have some questions. Let’s see if we can answer them. WARNING: All of these links contain tons of spoilers. Do not click until you’ve watched all 10 episodes:
- Will there be a season two? Well, maybe. Netflix hasn’t renewed it yet, but the creators and actors swear that despite the series feeling like a closed book, there are “easter eggs” in the series that could provide a narrative for another season. Whether or not this would involve the same characters or a whole new set of characters is up in the air, but there are several threads they could explore, including the original Hill family, or they could go back to the source material, Shirley Jackson’s novel, to explore that plot.
- How did the series differ from the novel, by the way? The biggest change is that the novel is not about a family, but rather a team of paranormal investigators who stay at the house to find scientific evidence of the supernatural. The creator of the show explains here why he made the changes that he did.
- But since the series is loosely based on the novel, I’m not sure that references to the book count as easter eggs, or if it is just interpreting the book?
- And no wonder I enjoyed the series so much: it was inspired in large part by Lost. (And in a way that Manifest should have been inspired by Lost.) Also, the creator reveals a detail he almost included in one of the final scenes, but decided it would be “too cruel.”
Now that you’ve finished The Haunting of Hill House, here are 12 other horror series you can stream if you are looking for more frights. And don’t forget, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina debuts on October 26.
As for those of you who have not yet watched The Haunting of Hill House, if you like horror — or are a Lost fan — I highly recommend it. That said, it is at times melodramatic, it doesn’t have much of a sense of humor about itself or anything else honestly, and the final episode feels a little pat. But compared to other horror series that I watch and review, this series is much more character-driven, serious and focused. It delivers both scares and emotional gut punches. Also, there are suggestions of time wonkery, and if you know me, you know I love a little time wonkery. All in all, it’s worth the investment.
The upcoming Murder House episode of American Horror Story is going to be extra long, guys. Jessica Lange needs all of scenery to chew.
This is an aggressively misleading headline. Jennifer Garner did not say that an Alias reboot is happening, she said that she “heard” that an Alias reboot was happening, but that no one has spoken to her about it.
Aretha might be the subject of the next season of National Geographic’s Genius.
Yeah, Lady Liberty has plenty of things to cry about these days, but I don’t think Joe Giudice being deported is one of them, Tre.
If you saw something on Shark Tank that you need, you can now buy it on Amazon’s Shark Tank store.
The White House is really mad at Yvette Nicole Brown for saying on The View that Melania was one of Trump’s mistresses. To be fair to Melania, it was his second wife, Marla, who was the mistress that he married.
Hey, remember when the White House got all huffy when they were asked whether or not Melania’s “I Don’t Really Care Do U?” jacket was intended to send a message and insisted that it wasn’t? Maggie Haberman does.
Hey, remember when Trump promised to write a $1 million check if Elizabeth Warren took a DNA test and it proved she had Native American ancestry? Elizabeth Warren does. (Even if Trump doesn’t.)
Oh, Antonella Barba, what are you doing, girl?
BREAKING NEWS: Man shaves.
Donald Trump when asked about mocking Dr. Ford at a rally: “We won. It doesn’t matter. We won.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton still doesn’t get it. THE MAN WAS HER BOSS AND HER BOSS WAS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, LITERALLY THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD. OF COURSE IT WAS AN ABUSE OF POWER.
Bryan Singer is preemptively denouncing an upcoming Esquire piece about him, claiming they are all “false accusations” and seems to claim that it’s a way to attack Bohemian Rhapsody. He seems like an asshole.
Moira Donegan, the woman who created The Shitty Media Men list, is being sued for defamation in the most predictable turn of events ever.
At Variety’s Power of Women event, Natalie Portman urged women to “gossip well,” explaining: “Stop the rhetoric that a woman is crazy or difficult. If a man says to you that a woman is crazy or difficult, ask him, ‘What bad thing did you do to her?’ That’s a code word. He is trying to discredit her reputation.” AMEN.
- WAIT, HAS AMERICAN GODS BEEN RENEWED FOR SEASON THREE?
- Lethal Weapon has been given two more episodes on Fox — with Damon Wayans.
- Marvel’s Iron Fist is dead at Netflix.
- Dracula is coming to Netflix and BBC from the Sherlock team.
- Breeders, starring Martin Freeman, is coming to FX.
- Americanized, from Reese Witherspoon’s production company, is in development at ABC.
- Food & Familia, starring Danny Trejo, is in development at ABC.
- Trailblazer, a basketball drama, is in development at ABC.
- O.G., a film starring Jeffrey Wright, has been bought by HBO.
- Julian Fellowes is developing a royal drama.
- When Heroes Fly is coming to Netflix.
- I Am Richard Pryor is coming to Paramount Network.
- Kim Wall’s murder case is being turned into a TV series.
- The A Girl has been ordered to pilot by Disney Channel.
- The Pacific: In The Wake of Captain Cook with Sam Neill is going to be on Ovation.
- America’s Hidden Stories, Disasters at Sea, Apollo’s Moon Shot, and Inside Might Machines are all coming to Smithsonian Channel.
- Cyrano de Bergerac is being developed into a series by Joseph Fiennes.
- We, the Drowned is being turned into a series.
- Archibald’s Next Big Thing, Gabby’s Dollhouse, and Rhyme Time Town are coming to Netflix.
- They are still acting like the Chucky TV series is going to be a thing.
- Seth MacFarlane, Sienna Miller, Simon McBurney, and Annabelle Wallis are all joining Showtime’s Roger Ailes’ series. MacFarlane, improbably, will be playing Ailes.
- Jonah Hill will be hosting the next Saturday Night Live.
- Tate Donovan and Emily Skeggs will join Love You to Death in Lifetime.
- Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton will star in ITV’s The Confession.
- RJ Walker and Paula Newsome will appear in BET’s Boomerang.
- Rarmian Newton and Darby Camp are joining NOS4R2 on AMC.
- Shannon Kane and Perri Camper will be in BET’s American Soul.
- Tony Todd is joining MTV’s Scream.
- Tamara Taylor and J.C. Mackenzie are joining Netflix’s October Faction.
- Javier Botet will be in Star Trek Discovery.
Mark Your Calendar
- The Kominsky Method will debut on Netflix on November 16.
- Counterpart will return on Starz on December 9.
- America’s Got Talent: Champions will debut on NBC on January 7.
- The Titan Games will debut on NBC on January 2.
- Ellen’s Game of Games will return on NBC on January 8.
- Life Size 2 will premiere on Freeform on December 2.
- Momentum Generation will debut on HBO on December 11.
- Guy’s Ranch Kitchen will debut on Food Network on November 17.
- The Cry will begin streaming on Sundance Now on November 8.
- A Head Full of Dreams will begin streaming on Amazon Prime on November 16.
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Manifest: One of the “callings” goes wrong. 9 p.m., NBC
Arrow: Oliver is in prison. Season premiere. 7 p.m., The CW
Constantine: The Legend Continues: An animated special featuring the demon hunter whose show was canceled over on NBC. 8 p.m., The CW
The Sentence: This documentary explores the story of a woman who, thanks to mandatory sentencing, was sent to prison for 15 years and the devastating effect it had on her family. 7 p.m., HBO
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