Today’s big TV news is actually big movie news: Vince Gilligan is making a Breaking Bad movie.
Honestly, I don’t have a lot of information, but reportedly there has been a project from Gilligan floating around with the working or possibly fake title Greenbriar. All we really know about it is that it will be a two-hour movie set in the Breaking Bad universe that will be written by Gilligan and filmed in New Mexico. It’s unclear if it will be a prequel or a sequel, or if Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul will be involved. Hell, we don’t even know if it will be a TV movie or released into theaters. But I’m going to put my money on it being a movie about Jesse after Breaking Bad, mostly because all the other principals’ stories have been explored in Better Call Saul, and Hank is, of course, dead.
So, you know, get excited! Or don’t. I don’t know, really.
Speaking of Aaron Paul, he’s joining the cast of Westworld, but he can’t say anything about his character other than he will bring “excitement, danger, suspense [and] honesty” to Westworld.
HBO is NOT HAPPY with George R.R. Martin revealing that the Game of Thrones prequel series is called The Long Night. He went to his blog and claimed that The Long Night will not be the name after all, but that it is the name he prefers:
“Oh, I should also mention… HBO has informed me that the Jane Goldman pilot is not (yet) titled THE LONG NIGHT. That’s is certainly the title I prefer, but for the moment the pilot is still officially UNTITLED. So… mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa. Elsewise, the pilot is coming along well, with casting falling into place. I could tell you more, but I am not supposed to. We also have a couple of other successor shows still in development, but I cannot tell you about those either. Sorry. And some exciting things are happening with the Wild Cards television series, but I can’t talk about those. Nor can I say much about WHO FEARS DEATH, based on Nnedi Okorafor’s wonderful novel. Hush hush, it’s Hollywood, they like news to come through officially approved channels out there.”
Stay tuned, I suppose.
Riverdale is doing a flashback episode tonight in which the teen actors play their own parents — except for Hiram Lodge — Mark Consuelos’s character will be played by his real son. Anyway, here’s a side-by-side of the Riverdale actors compared to the actors who they are portraying in the 90s.
Mindhunter — which, if you like creepy serial killer dramas, is definitely worth your time — will return on Netflix in 2019. What we know is that it will cover the Atlanta child killings, jump a little in time, and Charles Manson will make an appearance. It’s unclear as of now if Ed Kemper will return, but the Son of Sam might be in there.
Here’s your first look at Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes and yeah, I would have never guessed in a million years that was Russell Crowe. Honestly.
This claims to explain 8 remaining questions about The Haunting of Hill House, but honestly, it just creates more.
Variety argues that American Horror Story should end after this season. That’s not going to happen, but I hear ya, Variety.
TV is being recut to fit your phone screens and this might be the future. I was going to make a snide comment about not watching TV on your phone, but then I remembered most of Mindhunter on my phone on a trip this summer and so yeah, I’ll just go ahead and shut up.
A little television history for you: about that time Norman Lear sued the FCC to kill the “family hour.”
Worst. Cruise. Ever.
Alright, I suppose we have to talk about yesterday and the midterm results.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. Even though I had braced myeslf for his loss, I, like millions of my fellow Texans (and Americans), remained hopeful that Beto O’Rouke was The One That Could Vanquish the Zodiac Killer. He energized Democrats in Texas, brought a record number of young people to the polls, and, seriously, everyone hates Ted Cruz. But in the end, partisanship is an ugly game and the Republicans managed to pull out 200,00 more votes to send that evil blobfish back to the Senate.
And though everyone warned that the Democrats weren’t going to be able to take the Senate, it was hard not to hope that some of those Democrats in red states would somehow, miraculously, be able to hang on.
I’m also bummed about the Florida gubernatorial race and whatever the hell is happening over in Georgia and worry that some might take the lesson from both those elections that racism works.
But I, like a lot of you, am also heartened by yesterday’s results. The Democrats took back the House which means that Adam Schiff will now be the head of the Intelligence Committee, Maxine Waters will be the head of the Financial Services Committee, Elijah Cummings will be the head of the Committee for Oversight and Government Reform and Frank Pallone, a actual believer in climate change and, you know, SCIENCE, will be the head of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. OPEN THE INVESTIGATIONS, DEMAND THE TAX RETURNS AND LET THE SUBPOENAS FLY!
In addition, women and LGBTQ candidates made history yesterday: nearly 100 women won House races, including the first Muslim women, the first Native American woman, and the first Latina from Texas. And Colorado elected its first gay governor. Democrats took a number of governors’ seats, in fact, which might make a difference in 2020.
Additionally, Florida voted to give felons the right to vote — including my beloved Latrice Royale; voters backed Medicare expansion in Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah; Massachusetts voted to protect transgender rights; Washington State raised the age to limit to buy assault rifles; Michigan, Missouri, and Utah made medical marijuana legal; and the minimum wage was increased in Arkansas and Missouri.
And the early turnout numbers seem to suggest some 114 million people voted in this election, possibly shattering a midterm record. That is a good thing no matter how those people voted.
On a more local level, Texas edged ever more towards purple thanks in large part to Beto; Lizzie Fletcher beat John Culberson, praise be; and Houston went DECIDEDLY blue yesterday, voting out every single Republican judge on the ballot. I will say that this also swept out some good judges and the County Commissioner, Ed Emmett, who had done an admirable job following Harvey. But maybe we should find a better way to choose judges and maybe Emmett should have run as an independent.
All that said, I remain worried. I desperately hope that the enthusiasm we saw in this election lasts, that younger voters aren’t discouraged by losses and that we see another record turnout to oust this orange menace in 2020. And while I absolutely wanted no other outcome, I do worry that the Democrats taking over the House will make Trump’s craziness of the past two years look like a walk in the park. Hang on, kids, because I am pretty sure it is about to go off.
In other midterm TV-related news:
My new congressman, Dan Crenshaw took a gentle swipe at Saturday Night Live in his acceptance speech last night: “This election, the next couple of years, and hopefully, the next 50 to 100 years, are going to be about understanding what we all believe in together, understanding the foundational values that keep us together, and that used to be comedy and sports, let’s separate politics from these things, let’s enjoy life together as Americans, man, that’s what I’d like to get back to.” Meanwhile, Saturday Night Live is handing the whole mess, “internally” according to Kenan Thompson.
Also handing things “internally”: Fox News who says that Sean Hannity’s appearance at Trump’s rally was an “unfortunate distraction” and Hannity claims was “unplanned.” There will be absolutely no consequences for any of this.
The dead brothel owner and star of HBO’s Cathouse won his Nevada assembly seat. Because reality is weird now.
And can we just take a moment to hail the real hero of this and every election: Steve Kornacki, MSNBC’s election nerd who I swear lives on a steady diet of black coffee and cocaine.
As for Trump’s televised response to the midterms, that will have to wait until tomorrow because momma needs a minute.
- The Purge has been renewed for a second season, see below for teaser.
- Reverie has been canceled after one season on NBC.
- Good Behavior has been canceled at TNT after two seasons.
- Your Business has been canceled on MSNBC.
- The Alec Baldwin Show HAS NOT BEEN CANCELED, but. It has been moved to Saturday nights which is not a great sign.
- Explorers, the 1985 film, is being turned into a series by Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery at Paramount TV.
- Survivor’s Club, a demonic drama, is being developed at The CW EVEN THOUGH WAYWARD SISTERS IS RIGHT THERE.
- A military medical drama is being developed at CBS.
- The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run is being developed into a series.
- Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora will have an accompanying podcast.
- Kelly Ripa is going to guest star on Riverdale as Hiram Lodge’s mistress, yes please.
- Bobby Bones will be a mentor on American Idol this season and is not the brother of David S. Pumpkins.
- Kathleen Turner, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Kyle Bornheimer are joining Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings on Netflix.
- Dawnn Lewis will be the new chief of police on Veronica Mars.
- Sendhil Ramamurthy has been cast in New Amsterdam on NBC.
- Andy Bean and Derek Mears are joining the cast of Swamp Thing on DC Universe.
Mark Your Calendars
- The Purge will return on USA “soon.”
- Death and Nightingales will air on BBC Two sometime later this month.
- In Session Live with Dr. Jess will premiere on VH1 on November 12.
- Love After Lockup returns on WeTV on December 7.
- Killer Unknown will premiere on Investigation Discovery on November 24.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse: “Fire and Reign.” 9 p.m., FX
The Real Housewives of Dallas: Brandi’s plan goes horribly awry. 9 p.m., Bravo
The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Madonn’ these stugotz are back. Season premiere. 8 p.m., Bravo
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Frank recruits Mac for the bar’s Pride parade float in the season finale. 9 p.m., FXX
Riverdale: It’s the Breakfast Club parent-flashback episode. You Riverdale fans know what I’m talking about. 7 p.m., The CW
Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Eddie Redmayne, Jack Whitehall, Chuck Todd, Lauren Daigle Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sarah Jessica Parker, Hallie Jackson, Franklin Vanderbilt The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Chris Pine, Major Garrett, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog The Late Late Show with James Corden: Noah Centineo, Derren Brown, Morrissey Jimmy Kimmel Live: Melissa McCarthy, Dennis Miller, the Milk Carton Kids The Daily Show: Rebecca Traister Watch What Happens Live: Teresa Giudice, Dolores Catania
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