Everyone in Houston this weekend:
Meanwhile in The Netherlands.. pic.twitter.com/QnSqDL4FXB
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) June 8, 2022
All Other TV News
Today is Stranger Things day — the final two episodes of season four became available early this morning. If you haven’t been part of the group that crashed Netflix earlier today by binging all four hours, here are some interesting links. NOTE: Some of these links are spoilery for the first seven episodes, but I am not posting anything that spoils the last two episodes–because that information is out there, so be careful:
wanna know what songs would save YOU from vecna? head to your Upside Down Playlist on @Spotify to find out
🎧 the first Song on the list = your savior song 🎧
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) June 29, 2022
Here’s a look behind the scenes of how they created Vecna’s lair:
Apparently, Gaten Matarazzo guessed the backstory of Vecna some four years ago. (Very spoilery if you have not watched the first seven episodes of season four.)
This piece speculates about what song Eddie will play in the finale — and who will die.
Finally, this has nothing to do with Stranger Things, but here’s Maya Hawke talking on The Tonight Show about how proud she is of her mother (Uma Thurman) for writing an essay in which she defended abortion rights by revealing that she had one. Fuck the Supreme Court, indeed, Maya.
It’s also Friday, which means a new episode of The Boys is upon us. I’m not going to spoil today’s episode (which I have not yet watched) but I do want to talk about the last two episodes since I missed the last couple of weeks. BOY, DO WE HAVE SOME CATCHING UP TO DO.
This is fascinating to me, but sometime around the fifth episode, “The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies,” which aired two weeks ago, people started to realize that Homelander … is the bad guy? Yes, you read that correctly. There were people three seasons into this series who thought that the SPOILER ALERT!!! rapist, baby-killing, full-airplane-massacring, boyfriend of a Nazi was somehow … the hero? And when it became finally, fully evident that he was not, people began losing their damn minds:
The Boys subreddit is chaos right now. Threads getting locked, users rage-deleting whole accounts. It’s amazing. Right-wing users are whining about “no politics,” but it’s impossible to talk about the show without them now. Fans who thought Homelander was cool are in a meltdown. pic.twitter.com/w4YyWVuWIW
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) June 18, 2022
Nearly every episode had a character explicitly saying that Homelander was a maniac (and sometimes to his face) but apparently this was too subtle a message for some people.
— Tom (@atnastown) June 18, 2022
Reddit having to temporarily shut down #TheBoysTV subreddit because boys are big mad that Homelander is a villain—the perfect snapshot of American masculinity. Y’all—his last girlfriend was a literal Nazi and he tortures his child? Like—no sob backstory was redeeming him. 💀 pic.twitter.com/TPP5xdBL21
— Martha Cecilia Ovadia (@MagdalenaOnFire) June 18, 2022
Apparently there are people on Reddit who somehow still think Homelander on “The Boys” is supposed to be some kind of badass character. Some news for them from my interview with showrunner Eric Kripke: https://t.co/5dEWsD681N pic.twitter.com/w2WbG720qt
— Brian Hiatt (@hiattb) June 18, 2022
Also, that Paul Reiser cameo as “The Legend” — apparently, the character was supposed to be a spoof of Stan Lee, but I, as someone who has not read the comic books, read it to be Robert Evans. So I was pleased to see this interview with Reiser where he said he was playing it as Evans and didn’t even realize it was supposed to be Lee. You and me both, Paul.
And then of course last week was the infamous “Herogasm” episode — the episode no one thought would be filmable.
It did not disappoint.
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) April 14, 2021
— THE BOYS (@TheBoysTV) June 21, 2022
While Amazon was pretty generous with what the show could do, Twitter was less agreeable:
This is the emoji we couldn’t get Twitter to approve 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/eXGVUugQO4
— THE BOYS (@TheBoysTV) June 19, 2022
They literally ran out of fake bodily fluids while filming it, y’all.
Showrunner Eric Kripke managed to sneak himself into that scene. As for Chace Crawford, he’s pretty sure he’s going to be banned for life from aquariums. Interestingly, his scene was the only one that upset Amazon! In fact, according to Kripke, it was because of The Boys that Amazon had to create a Standards and Practices division back in its first season.
Bodily fluids aside, people are freaking out over how good the “Herogasm” episode was, calling The Boys‘ cast — Antony Starr in particular — some of the best performers on TV right now. They are not wrong.
Season four will begin filming soon — August 22, to be specific. And Jeffrey Dean Morgan might make an appearance, setting up yet another Supernatural reunion if he can work out his Walking Dead schedule. ~fingers crossed~
we will adopt your baby pic.twitter.com/I04u8IvoZK
— Eric Kripke (@therealKripke) June 28, 2022
The Television Critics Awards are up there with the Peabody Awards for me, in terms of getting its nominees correct, and celebrating actual excellence rather than what is popular. (IF YOU WANT MY RESPECT, EMMYS, YOU’LL NOMINATE LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS ALREADY.) This year is no exception, and the nominees are great. (I might have included Barry in Program of the Year, but that’s just a minor quibble.) The TCA will also honor Quinta Brunson, Giancarlo Esposito, the Prime Video series As We See It, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
Friends creator Marta Kauffman has endowed Brandeis University $4 million to create the Marta F. Kauffman ‘78 Professorship in African and African American Studies to make amends for Friends being so white.
Kauffman said it was originally “difficult and frustrating” to have the show criticized for its lack of diverse characters, but she became critical herself after the 2020 murder of George Floyd.
“It was after what happened to George Floyd that I began to wrestle with my having bought into systemic racism in ways I was never aware of,” Kauffman said. “That was really the moment that I began to examine the ways I had participated. I knew then I needed to course-correct.”
CNN is also going through an interesting shakeup. A key talent and development executive has left the network, raising eyebrows. Additionally, new CNN head Chris Licht is trying to make the network less partisan. As part of that, he’s discouraged the use of the term “Big Lie” about Former President Big Lie’s election lies, because it’s Democratic “branding.” Hmmm.
Eurovision Song Contest is usually hosted in the country that won the year previous. But since Ukraine was this year’s big winner and things are … not exactly stable in Ukraine in the foreseeable future, it looks like the UK will host the contest in Ukraine’s stead.
This is a nice little piece praising the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie as a camp classic, and a way to enjoy the Buffy universe without it being tainted by the Joss Whedon ickiness (while he wrote the movie, Whedon walked off as director over creative differences). I should note that I have a weird connection to the film: it’s the first one that my cousin worked on when he moved to Los Angeles to work in the movie business, and as a result, I’ve always had a soft spot for it.
- Magnum P.I. has, in fact, been saved and renewed at NBC for a fifth and sixth season.
- Tom Swift has been canceled at The CW after one season.
- Duncanville has been canceled by Fox after three seasons.
- Why Women Kill has been canceled by Paramount+ after two seasons.
- Seasoned, a comedy starring Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody, has been ordered at Showtime.
- Church Girls, a comedy from Megan Stalter, is in the works at HBO Max.
- Buying Beverly Hills, starring Mauricio Umansky, is being made at Netflix.
- Foreign Relations, starring Nick Jonas, has been bought by Prime Video.
- The Watchful Eye has been ordered to series at Freeform.
- Disquiet is being developed at AMC.
- The Russian Doll is being adapted into a limited series.
- Wolfgang Puck’s Secret Chef Academy is going to be pitched to networks and streamers.
- Buddy Valastro has entered a multi-platform creative partnership with A+E.
- Mimi Leder has signed a multi-year overall deal with Apple.
- Josh Richards has signed a first-look deal with Prime Video.
- Robin Thede has signed an overall deal with HBO.
- Field of Dreams is not moving forward at Peacock.
- Moses Ingram will co-star in Lady in the Lake on Apple TV+.
- S. Epatha Merkerson and Judith Light have joined Poker Face on Peacock.
- Reba McEntire will star in The Hammer on Lifetime.
- Constance Zimmer, Chris Sullivan, Ben Shenkman, Rafael Cebrián, and Danielle Davenport have been added to the cast of The Missing on Peacock.
- Paul Giamatti will star in 30 Coins on HBO Max.
- Kristine Froseth and Alisha Boe will star in The Buccaneers on Apple TV+.
- Wallace Langham is joining the cast of Perry Mason on HBO.
- Natasha Behnam will co-star in Girls on the Bus on HBO Max.
- Anoop Desai and Parisa Fakhri have joined What We Do in the Shadows on FX.
- James Lesure is joining The Rookie: Feds on ABC.
- Jenna Coleman and Oliver Jackson-Cohen will star in The Wilderness on Prime Video.
- Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Everly Carganilla, and Connor Esterson have joined the cast of Spy Kids on Netflix.
- Andy McQueen, Lou Ferrigno Jr., and Fiona Palomo have joined Outer Banks on Netflix.
- Anna Sawai, Ren Watabe, Kiersey Clemons, Joe Tippett, and Elisa Lasowski have been cast in Apple’s untitled Godzilla series.
- Alyssa Jirrels, Toby Huss, Reno Wilson, and Brian Goodman have been added to the cast of Fatal Attraction on Paramount+.
- Freya Mavor, Pilou Asbaek, and Ngozi Anyanwu will star in Invitation to a Bonfire.
- Paula Malcomson has joined the cast of The Driver on AMC.
- Samuel T. Herring is joining The Changeling on Apple TV+.
- Zane Phillips, Jade Payton, Michael Hsu Rosen, Ayesha Harris, and Graham Parkhurst have joined Glamorous on Netflix.
- Ceaser Emanuel has been fired from Black Ink Crew New York on VH1 after dog fighting allegations.
Mark Your Calendar
- What We Do in the Shadows returns on FX on July 12.
- La Brea returns on NBC on September 27.
- Everything’s Trash will debut on Freeform on July 13.
- Password will debut on NBC on August 9.
- FBoy Island returns on HBO Max on July 21.
- The Jennifer Hudson Show will premiere in syndication on September 12.
- Keep Breathing premieres on Netflix on July 28.
- Zombies 3 will premiere on Disney+ on July 15.
- Vice returns on Showtime on July 31.
- Honor Society will premiere on Paramount+ on July 29.
- Love Island USA premieres on Peacock on July 19.
- Parking Lot Payday will debut on AXS TV on July 12.
- James May: Our Man In Italy debuts on Prime Video on July 15.
- The Longest Night will debut on Netflix on July 8.
- Fanatico premieres on Netflix on July 29.
- Oddballs will debut on Netflix this year.
- “SharkFest” will launch on Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, Disney XD, Disney+, ABC, ESPN, and Hulu on July 10.
- The Doctor Blake Mysteries debuts on Ovation on July 7.
- Industry returns on HBO on August 1.
- SkyMed will premiere on Paramount+ on July 10.
- Ugliest House in America: Ugly in Paradise will debut on HGTV and Discovery+ on July 24.
- Lost Ollie will debut on Netflix in August.
- Patagonia: Life on the Edge of the World will debut on CNN on July 10.
- Big Bad Budget Battle will premiere on Food Network and Discovery+ on August 9.
Sonny Barger, Founder of the Hell’s Angels and occasional Sons of Anarchy actor
Everett Peck, Creator of Duckman and Squirrel Boy
Robert Katz, Emmy-nominated producer
Duncan Henderson, Oscar-nominated producer
Barry Garron, Former TV critic for The Hollywood Reporter
Technoblade, A popular Minecrafter YouTuber
Stranger Things: The final two episodes are movie-length and reportedly an emotional roller coaster. Season finale. Netflix
The Bad Guys: A group of villains pretends to be reformed so as to pull off a new heist in this animated film. Streaming premiere. Peacock
The Contractor: Chris Pine stars in this action film as a mercenary who finds himself caught in a dangerous conspiracy. This is not the same thing as The Terminal List, though I understand the confusion. 8 p.m., Showtime
House of Gucci: Please please please watch this amazing piece of camp if only for Jared Leto’s amazing impersonation of Nintendo’s Mario. 7 p.m., Epix
The Goonies & Ghostbusters: It’s an 80s mini-marathon, to get you in that Stranger Things kinda mood. 6:30 p.m., CMT
We Hunt Together: Season two of this British detective series. 6:30 p.m., Showtime
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