A third Walking Dead series has been ordered by AMC and will debut in 2020. The series will focus on two young female leads whose characters have grown up in the apocalypse and it’s the only world they know. (I have some thoughts about this but I think I’m going to save them for the next TWD recap I’m about to write.) I’m not sure that we need another Walking Dead series, and I wonder what this means for the future of the original series, but it’s not like they didn’t warn us that this was coming.
And speaking of The Walking Dead spinoffs, there is some speculation that Fear the Walking Dead could intersect with Rick’s story somewhere along the line.
Meanwhile, the best thing that has happened to the show in recent years, showrunner Angela Kang, promises more “stuff [they’ve] never done,” more information about that voice on the radio, and another time jump in the next season.
And here’s a nice explainer of where The Walking Dead universe stands as of now. Yes, there is a whole universe.
The Game of Thrones cast is warning us against getting our hopes up for happy endings again. Jacob Anderson, who plays Grey Worm, warns that fans are going to be “conflicted” about his character’s journey, Jerome Flynn, Bronn, basically said the same thing about his character, Richard Dormer, who plays Beric, essentially confirmed his character is going to die (No duh.) and Emilia Clarke acknowledges that some people are going to be disappointed in the finale, but she’s cool with it.
Pretty much me during this week’s Saturday Night Live:
In honor of the Men’s Final Four being in Minneapolis this year, SportsCenter did a whole segment elaborating on that amazing story about Prince and basketball including the story told by Charlie Murphy on The Chappelle Show years ago. This gives me great joy:
Here’s a helpful guide to Fosse/Verdon in case, like me, you don’t know your Broadway history. The series debuts tomorrow on FX.
This is a very interesting and clearly heartfelt piece about why Rebecca deserved more in the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend series finale, and comparing it to how You’re the Worst ended (and I don’t know why I hadn’t considered comparing those two shows before — I feel like an idiot for not seeing the similarities in retrospect). If you watched both shows you should give it a read. That said, I ultimately disagree with the author and think that the ending of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend was always what the show was building up to — from the very first episode, in fact — and just because the author had success dealing with her own mental health issues while also maintaining a romantic relationship doesn’t mean that it’s the path for everyone. I hope that was not too spoilery. Apologies if I just ruined everything.
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are breaking up, you guys.
Coronation Street, a soap that has been airing on BBC since 1960, is adding its first black family. It’s ridiculous that it took them longer to introduce black characters than the royal family BUT WHATEVER.
Netflix is dropping support for Apple’s AirPlay in their on-going fight with Apple ahead of the company’s streaming service AppleTV+ debuting. I don’t really know what this means but as long as Netflix still plays on my Apple TV, I guess I don’t really care?
Fox is starting to offer advertisers “fast breaks” — ad breaks so short viewers won’t be able to skip over them — which is just very clever. I’ve been noticing (on NBC, I think) an announcement that “Show will be back in 60 seconds” and you are less inclined to fast forward over the commercial. This is the future of broadcast TV folks.
Billie Eilish is obsessed with The Office. (If you don’t know who Billie Eilish is, that’s OK, I didn’t know who she was five minutes ago, it just means we’re old.) (Also, I’m glad I read this because I was thinking that my 17-year-old was the only one completely obsessed with The Office.)
Did Lou Dobbs force Kirstjen Nielsen out of her job? Knowing President Executive Time: probably.
I’m just going to leave this here:
Seven women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault and defamation have settled their claims — but Cosby isn’t paying them. Instead, his insurance company A.I.G. is settling the cases. This asshole is still planning on going forward with his countersuits against the women because he’s awful. (My lawyer-in-residence tells me that continuing his countersuits might be a dangerous play, however, and get his ass sanctioned for being frivolous. Let’s hope.)
Michael Jackson’s family is releasing a documentary of their own refuting the charges in Leaving Neverland. That should do the trick.
- Killing Eve has been renewed for a third season with a new showrunner. HOORAY!
- Documentary Now! has been renewed for a fourth season by IFC. HOORAY!
- Star is likely to be renewed on Fox for another season.
- The Fix, Whiskey Cavalier and For the People are in danger over at ABC. Glad you kept that door open over at The Walking Dead Lauren Cohan.
- A.P. Bio and Abby’s aren’t safe at NBC.
- SEAL Team looks like it will be renewed at CBS. Interestingly, FAM is suffering after having a pretty decent start.
- BBC America will begin showing only nature documentaries on Saturdays later this year. Also, AMC networks will be expanding their holiday offerings this year.
- Lee Child is working on a Black Mirror-meets-true-crime series.
- Migrating to Mexico, China’s Monkey Kingdom, and Rattlesnake Roadtrip are coming to Smithsonian Channel.
- And Did Those Feet, With Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, is happening at BBC.
- Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have signed an overall deal with Amazon.
- Timothy Simons and Ron Cephas Jones are joining Looking for Alaska for Hulu.
- Pamela Sue Dawson, the original Nancy Drew, is joining the cast of The CW’s Nancy Drew pilot.
- Criss Angel is joining the NBC pilot Like Magic.
- Joel McHale is going to be the new host of Card Sharks on ABC.
- Pallavi Sharda will star in the ABC pilot Triangle.
- Katie Finneran, Leo Howard, and Alicia Coppola are joining Why Women Kill on CBS All Access.
- David Allen Grier will guest star on Queen Sugar.
- Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel, and Sakina Jaffrey are joining Apple’s Defending Jacob.
- Karrie Martin, JJ Soria, Carlos Santos, and Joaquín Cosio are going to star in Netflix’s Gentefied.
Mark Your Calendar
- The Amazing Race‘s premiere is moving up to April 17, and Million Dollar Mile is being moved to Saturdays.
- Homecoming — a documentary (presumably) about Beyoncé’s performance at
CoachellaBeychella last year — will premiere on Netflix on April 17.
- Lucifer is going to be on Netflix … at some point.
- The Terror: Infamy will premiere on AMC on August 12.
- Lodge 49 will return on AMC on August 12.
- Sherman’s Showcase will debut on IFC on July 31.
- The Name of the Rose will debut on Sundance on May 23.
- Rosehaven will return on Sundance on June 20.
- Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter will return on Sundance on June 23.
- No One Saw a Thing will debut on Sundance on July 31.
- Skyscrapers: Engineering the Future premieres on Science Channel on April 24.
- Masters of Disaster premieres on Discovery on May 3.
Roberta Haynes, Actress
Ernest F. Fritz Hollings, Former Senator from South Carolina who co-sponsored the Children’s Protection from Violent Programming Act of 1993, and who chaired the Senate hearings that lead to warning labels on record albums. Not a huge fan of the First Amendment, this one.
Game of Thrones marathon: Clear your schedule, HBO is replaying the whole damn series ahead of Sunday’s premiere. Today: Season one. 12 p.m., HBO2
White Boy: A documentary about Richard Wershe Jr., who was accused of running a violent drug ring in Detroit as a 17-year-old. 8 p.m., Starz
NCAA National Championship Game: Sports. 8 p.m., CBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Hugh Jackman, Chrissy Metz, Juice WRLD
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kit Harington, Chelsea Clinton, Marina
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Zach Galifianakis, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Ellie Goulding
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Bill Hader, Anna Chlumsky, Ally Brooke featuring Tyga
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Chris Hemsworth, 2 Chainz
- The Daily Show: David Oyelowo
- Busy Tonight: Mandy Moore
- Conan: John Bradley
- Watch What Happens Live: Jax Taylor, Brittany Cartwright
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