You guys know my feelings about miniature cows.
So, the votes are in and these are the 12 shows that will compete against each other next week (and beyond) to win the title of “Readers’ Choice,” before competing against the other categories in our first TV Foolishness Tournament. It’s a great list of shows, and I look forward to seeing what y’all ultimately choose. More to come soon!
- The Boys
- The Witcher
- The Expanse
- Love Island
- Our Flag Means Death
- Peaky Blinders
- American Horror Stories
Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News
I’m not going to say much about last night’s House of the Dragon premiere (which I’m going to be recapping) except …
And it was so popular, it crashed HBO Max last night. I mean, just look at this video of an apartment building in New York:
— BK (@Bkillinit) August 22, 2022
More to come, for sure.
Alright. It’s been a week since the Better Call Saul series finale, and Westworld‘s season (possibly series?) finale, so I feel like I can share some spoilery links and you won’t get too mad at me, right?
Don’t spoil the finale for Michael McKean. Despite being in the finale episode, he was still on episode 8 as of last week. And interestingly, they had to rebuild Chuck’s house for this episode.
The ending of Better Call Saul was always going to be with SPOILER FONT! Jimmy in jail, but it was originally going to be much darker. I’m glad they opted for the “happy” ending.
With these commercials, I can go to the bathroom and not worry about missing anything. Oh, and bake a cake. Train some border collies. Solve cold fusion, etc.#BetterCallSaul
— True_wesT (@True_wesT) August 16, 2022
— Gwimo (he/they) (@EnnuiPrayer) August 16, 2022
This is a commercial marathon #BetterCallSaul
— carl thomas (@carlthomas) August 16, 2022
As we transition over to Westworld, TV Insider makes the case that Bob Odenkirk and Tessa Thompson were the performers of the week (last week).
Here, Westworld‘s co-creator Lisa Joy insists that the fourth season finale, while it feels like it could be a series finale, isn’t intended to be one. They have a plan for a fifth season — if HBO grants them one.
This article argues that Maeve deserved better — but that’s always been true of Maeve.
This Collider piece explains what happened in the season finale. And here’s where I’m confused: SPOILER FONT: so, it’s clear Dolores wants to run a final game in Westworld to test both humans and hosts, but if it’s taking place in the Sublime (is it taking place in the Sublime? I’m assuming it’s taking place in the Sublime because Dolores is in the Sublime, right?) then how to humans get to the Sublime? And how many humans are even left?
I have to tell you, I have watched every episode of this series, and I’ve read all these articles, and I STILL have no idea what is going on in this show.
Evil also ended last week. Here are Robert and Michelle King discussing the hilarious, dark finale and where they see season four going. Genuinely, this is one of my favorite shows out there right now, and I love how adult they’re allowed to go on Paramount+.
Um, should we be worried that The Sandman won’t be renewed by Netflix? If you haven’t watched it and are interested … you probably should get to it. It’s worth your time:
Cannot emphasize enough — if you were thinking of giving #Sandman a try, don't wait. To use a horrid industry term, engagement matters, especially immediate, overwhelming engagement. We can have 5 – 7 seasons of this, but only if you show Netflix you want it. https://t.co/MXBntE5FRb
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) August 22, 2022
And I’ll remind you again, Netflix just released two bonus episodes of The Sandman this past weekend.
Amazon is going to screen Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in Cinemark theaters for one night only, August 31. So, if you’d like to see it on the big screen …
A common denominator in two of my favorite shows — 30 Rock and Succession — is editor Ken Eluto, apparently, and now everything makes so much sense.
If there was one show that was abruptly canceled that I would bring back, it very well might be GLOW. So I feel ya, Alison Brie. FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DO SEASON THREE, NETFLIX.
There’s a theory out there that Tom Brady is going to be on The Masked Singer. I mean, anything is possible, honestly.
Y’all, did you know that Michael B. Jordan replaced Chadwick Boseman in a role on All My Children? Also, did you know Genie Francis is not the original Laura on General Hospital? I did not know these things.
Warner Bros. Discovery has axed four top OWN executives. Is OWN on the chopping block next?
Sesame Street would like to gently remind you that you don’t need HBO Max to access old episodes:
Just leaving this here for anyone who might need it 😇https://t.co/avyOQIYExK
— PBS (@PBS) August 19, 2022
SAG-AFTRA has made it easier for actors to work in multiple TV productions at the same time. Previously, studios were able to sign actors to exclusivity deals. I wonder if this won’t actually have a benefit to productions that previously had to shut down because of scheduling conflicts.
This is an interesting perspective about how the movie industry has changed in the past several decades:
Matt Damon explains why they don't make movies like they used to. pic.twitter.com/BhWypzcsgQ
— SPENCE, TODD (@Todd_Spence) August 21, 2022
Love is doubly dead. I don’t know, guys, maybe Love is Blind is a stupid experiment that doesn’t work? (I’m still going to watch the reunion special below, you can’t stop me.)
- An Ally McBeal sequel with Calista Flockhart involved is in the works at ABC.
- My Glory Was I Had Such Friends has been scrapped at Apple TV+ after Jennifer Garner pulled out of the project.
- The Company You Keep, a con drama starring Milo Ventimiglia, is moving to midseason on ABC.
- Criminal Nature, a drama pilot, is not going forward at ABC.
- ITVX, ITV’s upcoming streaming service, has announced a comedy slate: Plebs: Soldiers of Rome, Deep Fake Neighbour Wars, Ruby Speaking Count, Abdulla, and Significant Other. Katherine Parkinson and Youssef Kerkour will star in Significant Other on ITVX.
- Merritt Wever, Michaela Watkins, and Owen Painter have joined the cast of Tiny Beautiful Things on Hulu.
- Debi Mazar will star as Medusa in Kaos on Netflix.
- Steven Pasquale will co-star in Avalon on ABC.
Mark Your Calendar
- Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return will debut on Disney+ on September 8.
- The Idol will debut on HBO “soon.”
- HBO has released a new “Coming Soon” promo which includes a first look at The Last of Us:
- Love Is Blind: After the Altar will debut on Netflix on September 16. SEE ABOVE.
- Sins of our Mother will debut on Netflix on September 14.
- Mija will premiere on Disney+ on September 16.
- Coroner returns on The CW on October 2.
- Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery premieres on Netflix on December 23.
- Enola Holmes 2 premieres on Netflix on November 4.
- Thor: Love and Thunder will debut on Disney+ on September 8.
Mike Moder, Emmy-nominated producer of film and TV
Ioane ‘John’ King, Co-star of Spartacus on Starz
Tom Weiskopf, Former PGA golfer and announcer for CBS and ABC
Josephine Tewson, British comedy actress
Virginia Patton, Actress who appeared in It’s A Wonderful Life
Michael Tuck, Former news anchor in San Diego and Los Angeles
Leon Vitali, Longtime associate and actor for Stanley Kubrick who starred in Barry Lyndon
Joanne Koch, Former executive director of the Film at Lincoln Center
Robert Douglas Dalton, Longtime attorney for Roman Polanski
Kevin Can Fuck Himself: Allison and Patty deal with an injured Neil in the second season premiere. 8 p.m., AMC
The Bachelorette: The Dreaded Hometowns are upon us. 7 p.m., ABC
Only Murders in the Building: Who killed Bunny? Season finale. Hulu
TMZ Investigates: What Really Happened to Richard Simmons: Where has Richard Simmons gone? An investigation into what has happened to the beloved fitness icon who hasn’t been seen in public in 8 years. 7 p.m., Fox
- The Late Late Show with James Corden: Kevin Hart, Alison Brie
- Jimmy Kimmel Live: Lamorne Morris; Dave Franco; Trevante Rhodes; Tedeschi Trucks Band
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|Bob ♥ Abishola
|CW||Roswell, New Mexico
|In the Dark
|FOX||TMZ Investigates: What Really Happened to Richard Simmons
|NBC||American Ninja Warrior