Have you watched Bandersnatch yet? WELL GET TO IT, BECAUSE I HAVE A BUNCH OF BANDERSNATCH STUFF FOR YOU AND IF YOU CLICK ON ANY OF THESE LINKS YOU WILL DEFINITELY BE SPOILED. Also, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a super fun ride — trippy and meta in all the good ways — and (mild spoiler alert) it discusses time travel well which is a big thing for me. Basically, it’s a choose-your-own-adventure Donnie Darko set in the 1980s with computer games and a lot of interesting things to say about fate and free will. Go watch it, and try not to get sucked into all the multiple endings — you’ll be Netflixing all day.
And there’s a sooper-secret easter egg ending that allows you to play the game.
And yes, more Black Mirror is coming soon.
The New Yorker ran a long piece about Mark Burnett and Donald Trump recently and for most outlets the biggest takeaway from the piece was that according to many people on the staff of the show, there is no N-word tape from The Apprentice. However, the piece is really about Burnett and how his brand of reality television is responsible for President Trump:
Seven weeks before the 2016 election, Burnett, in a smart tux with a shawl collar, arrived with his third wife, the actress and producer Roma Downey, at the Microsoft Theatre, in Los Angeles, for the Emmy Awards. Both “Shark Tank” and “The Voice” won awards that night. But his triumphant evening was marred when the master of ceremonies, Jimmy Kimmel, took an unexpected turn during his opening monologue. “Television brings people together, but television can also tear us apart,” Kimmel mused. “I mean, if it wasn’t for television, would Donald Trump be running for President?” In the crowd, there was laughter. “Many have asked, ‘Who is to blame for Donald Trump?’ ” Kimmel continued. “I’ll tell you who, because he’s sitting right there. That guy.” Kimmel pointed into the audience, and the live feed cut to a closeup of Burnett, whose expression resolved itself into a rigid grin. “Thanks to Mark Burnett, we don’t have to watch reality shows anymore, because we’re living in one,” Kimmel said. Burnett was still smiling, but Kimmel wasn’t. He went on, “I’m going on the record right now. He’s responsible. If Donald Trump gets elected and he builds that wall, the first person we’re throwing over it is Mark Burnett. The tribe has spoken.”
INDEED. GET IN THE CATAPULT, MARK.
You can watch the first episode of Showtime’s Black Monday now if you’re looking for something other than the Twilight Zone marathon to watch right now.
Game of Thrones was one of the most watched shows of 2018 despite not airing a new episode this year.
And despite waning ratings, The Walking Dead was the most-watched cable show on television this year. Interestingly, American Horror Story was the second-most-watched (with half of TWD’s viewers).
Hope you weren’t counting on a new He-Man to go along with your new She-Ra.
Mark Your Calendar
- American Gods will retun on Starz on March 11.
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine debuts on NBC on January 10.
- The Golden Globes will air on January 6 on NBC.
- The ABC Murders will debut on Amazon on February 1.
- Whiskey Cavalier will debut on ABC on February 27.
- The Last Laugh will debut on Netflix on January 11.
- Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul will air on CBS sometime in 2019.
- Mark of a Killer will debut on Oxygen on January 20.
June Whitfield, Actress on Absolutely Fabulous, Doctor Who and many others
Norman Gimbel, Lyricist who wrote the Wonder Woman theme song
Sister Wendy Beckett, Subject of a BBC documentary
Bre Patton, Writer for The Federalist and cable news commentator
Chris Burrous, KTLA anchor
Frank Adonis, Actor known for Goodfellas and Raging Bull, some minor TV roles
Ringo Lam, Director
Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest: The classic way to spend New Year’s Eve. Seacrest will ring in 2019 with a performance by Christina Aguilera. Part 1: 7 p.m., Part 2: 9 p.m., ABC
New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Daddy New Year’s. 7 p.m., CNN
A Toast to 2018!: The “highlights” of 2018. Get out of here, 2018. 7 p.m., NBC
Fox’s New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Sting, Robin Thicke, Florence + the Machine, and Jason Aldean will perform. 7 p.m., & 10 p.m., Fox
NBC’s New Year’s Eve: Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen don’t even get their names in the title? What bullshit is that? 10:30 p.m., NBC
|ABC||Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve with Ryan Seacrest
|CW||iHeartRadio Music Festival||Local|
|FOX||Fox’s New Years Eve with Steve Harvey
|NBC||A Toast to 2018!
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