PLOT TWIST! Instead of a cute doggo, today, I present to you what I can only assume is a demon in dog form:
I honestly believe I found the creepiest dog in the neighborhood, if not the world.
— Amanda Softstar🏹 (@ASoftstar) September 25, 2021
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While simultaneously trying to catch up with the dodos on Bachelor in Paradise and American Horror Story, this weekend I binged Mike Flanagan’s Midnight Mass on Netflix. My 30-second review is that if you’re a fan of his other Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor, definitely give this a looksee — but don’t expect ghosts. And even if horror isn’t your thing, you still might give this a peek; in addition to its scares, it serves a very resonant character drama. (But be prepared for a lot of monologuing.)
mike flanagan characters: #MidnightMass pic.twitter.com/4oz8IQXgI9
— k. // midnight mass spoilers (@damonikolai) September 25, 2021
Set on a remote island that has seen better days, the story of Midnight Mass is set into motion when a charismatic and mysterious priest arrives to replace the community’s elderly Monsignor. And then the miracles begin. Though not related to The Haunting series, Midnight Mass is similarly emotionally resonant as Flanagan’s previous shows, and also filled with big ideas, this time about addiction, faith, forgiveness, redemption, and the very nature of life and death.
I will tell you now: it’s a slow start, and until it arrives at its frenzied and violent conclusion, there are long stretches of talking that might bore some. It’s talky. It’s very very talky. Additionally, I felt like some of the twists were visible a mile away, and the bigger idea behind the “horror” of it all, if you will, was something a very smart high school junior might have come up with. I don’t mean that in an entirely negative way, just that without giving too much away, the supernatural element and how it relates to religion specifically is something that has been explored before.
the plot of midnight mass essentially#MidnightMass pic.twitter.com/7BQTm9K0zQ
— 🌱 (@wilyadversary) September 25, 2021
The priest in every episode of #MidnightMass 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/ovPlNzb62W
— Lluvia (@lalalluviala) September 25, 2021
Mike Flanagan making every 5th episode of his Netflix shows #MidnightMass pic.twitter.com/HyN5ibbjZR
— bill skarsgard's gf (@mandoshogh) September 27, 2021
All that said, this show has a depth and beauty to it, and it resonated with me — I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Though I felt smug about being able to predict where it was going after the first couple of episodes, that smugness was ultimately replaced with respect and lingering wonderment.
When Mike Flanagan drops a new horror show #MidnightMass pic.twitter.com/q2fg0aPEpi
— Morghan Once Said (@damnitmorghan) September 25, 2021
Anyway, if you have watched it, here are a few interesting pieces about the series that are all super-spoilery, so, seriously, don’t read if you haven’t watched:
- Creator Mike Flanagan opens up about how it is his most personal project yet. He too has struggled with alcoholism and grew up on an island and in the Catholic church.
- Flanagan also wrote an entire essay for Bloody Disgusting about the long process of making this series.
- Additionally, he pitched the series to multiple places back in 2014, but everyone, including Netflix, passed on it. He then hid it as an easter egg in both Hush and Gerald’s Game:
He's been teasing this masterpiece for a while.. It's on Gerald's Game too! 🤯 #MidnightMass pic.twitter.com/z1mDVc8mZ7
— Gaily (@gaily_fadz) September 27, 2021
- Flanagan’s wife and co-star of the series, Kate Siegel, talks about THAT rowboat scene. Apparently, it was the first scene they shot. So that’s intense.
- Here, Flanagan talks about that bait-and-switch when we figure out who the actual hero and the actual villain are.
- Rahul Kohli discusses playing a Muslim-American cop in this day and age.
- And Hamish Linklater talks about Father Paul’s true motives, both spiritual and personal.
And if you haven’t watched it, here’s a review that calls it one of the best series of the year.
Bruh I just binged the entirety of #MidnightMass and I- pic.twitter.com/CY8DiyopzY
— Lluvia (@lalalluviala) September 25, 2021
If you don’t have an HBO or HBO Max subscription, now’s your chance to watch season one of The Sopranos for free. But just be warned: this is like when drug dealers or Chick-fil-A offer free samples — you’re going to get hooked. The Many Saints of Newark will premiere this weekend; here’s a comparison of the characters as their younger selves.
HBO’s The Last of Us revealed this first look at the upcoming apocalyptic drama:
When I first saw them on set in full costume, I was like: "Hooooooly shit! It's Joel & Ellie! 😭!"
The @HBO adaptation of @Naughty_Dog's The Last of Us is full steam ahead!
Can't wait to show you more (from all of our projects!) Happy #TLoUDay!!! pic.twitter.com/trq9N340FW
— Dr. Uckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) September 27, 2021
Rudy Giuliani has been banned from Fox News for being a lunatic and probably a liability (although according to a “source” he hasn’t been BANNED, he’s just “not relevant,” so, you know, banned), and he’s all hurt about it, LOL.
Netflix had their big “TUDUM!” event this weekend, where they revealed a ton of news and trailers — see below for the biggest titles. These two recaps contain all of the trailers released.
That Henry Cavill is a great friend:
The potential IATSE strike continues to loom over Hollywood, potentially shutting down productions everywhere but HBO, Showtime, Starz, Cinemax, and BET. A bunch of celebrities is throwing their social media weight behind the IATSE.
Apple TV+ has fewer than 20 million subscribers, and y’all are missing out.
Here’s why Becky wasn’t in the season premiere of The Conners.
Yes, Rick Astley loved that Ted Lasso Rick Roll.
#Believe #Biscuits #Grrrr @TedLasso @jasonsudeikis @hanwaddingham @brendanhunting @brettgoldstein @AppleTV #tedlasso pic.twitter.com/MZ9Bm773kP
— Rick Astley (@rickastley) September 25, 2021
William Shatner is going to space on Jeff Bezos’ dick rocket.
Another dude just broke the $1 million mark on Jeopardy!
Pat Sajak and Vanna White aren’t going to be on Wheel of Fortune forever. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, MICHAEL RICHARDS.
So Dog the Bounty Hunter is trying to boost his visibility by glomming on to the Gabby Petito tragedy.
Congratulations to Lena Dunham and Luis Felber.
Sarah Jessica Parker finally opened up about the loss of her friend and co-star Willie Garson:
- The Witcher has been renewed for a third season at Netflix.
- The Other Two has been renewed for a third season on HBO Max.
- Sex Education has been renewed for a fourth season on Netflix.
- Sex/Life has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.
- Naked and Afraid of Love has been renewed for a second season at Discovery+.
- Ryan’s Mystery Playdate has been renewed at Nickelodeon.
- A Night Court sequel has been ordered at NBC.
- Murder Mystery 2 has been ordered at Netflix.
- Love Canal, a limited series starring and produced by Patricia Arquette, is in the works at Showtime.
- A reboot of American Gladiators starring WWE stars is in the works by Mark Burnett.
- A second anime movie and a family series set in The Witcher universe are in the works at Netflix.
- DI Ray, a crime drama, has been ordered at ITV.
- Mara Brock Akil has created a production company under Netflix.
- Beck Bennett is leaving Saturday Night Live after eight seasons, and Lauren Holt is leaving after one. Joining the show are Aristotle Athari, James Austin Johnson, and Sarah Sherman.
- Cheryl Hines, Mae Martin, Margaret Cho, Mo McRae, Callie Hernandez, JJ Soria, Jessie Ennis, Santiago Cabrera, and Shohreh Aghdashloo have been added to the cast of The Flight Attendant on HBO Max.
- Graham Norton will host Queen of the Universe on Paramount+.
- Ryan Corr, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Graham McTavish, Matthew Needham, Bill Patterson, and Gavin Spokes have been cast in House of the Dragon on HBO.
- Gideon Adlon, Sean Bridgers, Glenn Fleshler, Suanne Spoke, and Mac Brandt have been added to the cast of The Thing About Pam on NBC.
- Steve Coogan will play sex offender and TV star Jimmy Savile in The Reckoning on BBC.
Mark Your Calendar
- Stranger Things will return on Netflix in 2022.
- The Witcher returns on Netflix on December 17.
- The Sandman will debut on Netflix soon.
- Cowboy Bebop will premiere on Netflix on November 19.
- Don’t Look Up will premiere on Netflix on December 24.
- Bridgerton will return on Netflix in October 2022.
- Cobra Kai will return on Netflix on December 31.
- Ozark will return on Netflix in 2022.
- Vikings: Valhalla will premiere on Netflix in 2022.
- No One Gets Out Alive will debut on Netflix on September 29.
- Red Notice will premiere on Netflix on November 12.
- Army of Thieves will debut on Netflix on October 29.
- Extraction 2 will premiere on Netflix soon.
- Jeen-yuhs will stream on Netflix sometime in 2022.
- Colin in Black and White will debut on Netflix on October 29.
- Tiger King 2 will debut on Netflix on November 17.
- The Crown will return on Netflix in November 2022.
The Crown’s new Queen, Imelda Staunton, just revealed in #TUDUM that Season 5 will premiere in November 2022. pic.twitter.com/IYknWn8Qhi
— Netflix (@netflix) September 25, 2021
- Emily in Paris will return on Netflix on December 22.
Emily in Paris Season 2 premieres December 22! #TUDUM pic.twitter.com/4EcoCvCvmD
— Netflix (@netflix) September 25, 2021
- Inside Job will premiere on Netflix on October 22.
- Hellbound will premiere on Netflix on November 19.
- Arcane will debut on Netflix on November 6.
- Drifting Home will premiere on Netflix sometime in 2022.
- Netflix also teased a number of other anime projects.
- Rebelde will premiere on Netflix on March 1.
- Attack of the Hollywood Clichés will premiere on Netflix tomorrow.
- Teen Wolf, The Movie is coming to Paramount+ in 2022.
- Wild Crime will premiere on Hulu on September 28.
- The Zoo will return on Animal Planet on October 9.
- Good Grief will premiere on Sundance Now on September 30.
- Big Mouth will return on Netflix on November 5.
- The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea will premiere on Netflix on October 22.
- Tubi has released their “Terror on Tubi” lineup for October.
Cliff Freeman, Adman who came up with the “Where’s the Beef?” campaign for Wendy’s; the “Sometimes you feel like a nut” for Almond Joy and Mounds; and “Pizza! Pizza!” for Little Caesars
Bobby Zarem, Hollywood publicist
The Good Doctor: Shaun and Lea celebrate their engagement in the season premiere. 9 p.m., ABC
Citizen Kane: Orson Wells’ masterpiece and what some incorrectly label the best movie of all time, as if they’ve never even seen The Godfather. 7 p.m., TCM
American Experience: Citizen Hearst: The first of a two-part look into William Howard Hearst’s life. As you can see above, TCM is also airing Citizen Kane, which, of course, is a thinly-veiled depiction of Hearst’s life, so I wondered if there was some sort of anniversary related to Hearst happening today, and the answer is … sorta? Wednesday will be the 80th anniversary of his death, which, OK, but then why not air this and Citizen Kane on Wednesday? Confused. 8 p.m., PBS
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Snoop Dogg, Chris Colfer, Mickey Guyton
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Billy Bob Thornton, Nick Baglio
- The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Sturgill Simpson, Jon Stewart
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Khloe Kardashian, Jade Bird
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Freddie Highmore, J.B. Smoove, Masked Wolf
- The Daily Show: TBD
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|The Good Doctor
|Bob ♥ Abishola
|CW||Roswell, New Mexico
|Penn & Teller: Fool Us
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