‘The Great British Bake Off’ did a taco episode and there’s not enough tequila in the world to get through it

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Here’s A BUNCH OF TV News

This Hollywood Reporter article about the showrunners of The Rings of Power has some very interesting tidbits: namely the top bid for rights to Tolkien’s material was $250 million — and it was made by Netflix, not Prime Video. However, Netflix wanted to make several different series:

Netflix pitched doing several shows, such as a Gandalf series and an Aragorn drama. “They took the Marvel approach,” said one insider to the talks, “and that completely freaked out the estate.”

HBO Max wanted to remake the Lord of the Rings stories, and the Tolkien estate wasn’t impressed by that, either. Prime Video’s promise to allow the Tolkien estate a say in the creative process is what eventually won the day, apparently.

The chairman and CEO of Paramount Premium Group, David Nevins, is stepping down after only one year in the role. As a result, his responsibilities are being split up: “Showtime Networks moving under Chris McCarthy, George Cheeks taking oversight of BET and Paramount TV Studios, and Showtime’s OTT shifting under Tom Ryan.”

I will just pause here and note that the guy taking over Showtime Networks, Chris McCarthy, is the same person I wrote about yesterday who is running Comedy Central into the ground. Let’s just hope he keeps his hands off Yellowjackets.

To all Americans — but mostly to my fellow Texans — I need you to pour yourself a stiff drink and have a seat. The Great British Bake Off took on … tacos. It goes exactly as well as you expected it to:

I need you to stop, and go back above and rewatch the top tweet for the pronunciation of “guacamole.” And then take another sip of your drink.

Let’s proceed:

I will never recover.

UPDATE:

Showtime has released the series premiere of Let the Right One In for free:

And Syfy has made the Chucky season 2 premiere available:

Watchers on the Wall has a much deeper dive into the controversy surrounding George R.R. Martin’s co-authors, Linda Antonsson and Elio García, written by people who have been calling out their racism for more than ten years now. Antonsson, in particular, comes off as a monster. 

One of the things I learned — that I am actually still stunned by — is that Antonsson, a co-writer on one of the books that House of the Dragon is based on, had not read the third book, A Storm of Swords, before the Red Wedding aired on Game of Thrones. The actual fuck? HOW?

I was really looking forward to watching The Midnight Club as I’ve loved everything else creator Mike Flanagan has made for Netflix so far (The Haunting of Hill House; The Haunting of Bly Manor; Midnight Mass), but apparently one episode of the series broke the world record for the number of jump scares? And I hate jump scares? But apparently, so does Flanagan?

Flanagan isn’t really a fan of jump scares, but decided he’d shut up those clamoring for more of them by going over the top in the new series.

“I thought, ‘We’re going to do all of them at once, and then if we do it right, a jump scare will be rendered meaningless for the rest of the series.’ It’ll just destroy it. Kill it finally until it’s dead, But that didn’t happen. They were like, ‘Great! More [scares]!’”

I don’t know. This feels like an opportunity to do even more jump scares in the future so that this current record will be broken, and I’m not for it.

But in other Mike Flanagan news, The Fall of the House of Usher could be released as early as next spring. I suspect Netflix will hold it back until October, though. AND AS LONG AS IT DOESN’T BREAK ANY JUMP SCARE RECORDS, THAT’S FINE.

We are not going to have a President The Rock. (Or so he says now.)

I never watch Fox News voluntarily, my blood pressure can’t take it. But I was over at my parents’ house yesterday and The Five was on, so I happened to have the distinct pleasure to watch this amazing discussion of why college enrollment numbers were dropping happen live. According to Greg Gutfeld, it’s not for the reasons you might think.

SNL couldn’t come up with a better parody of Fox News if they tried.

DON’T THREATEN ME WITH A GOOD TIME, LAURA INGRAHAM:

Renewals

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendar

  • Fleishman Is In Trouble will premiere on FX on November 17.

  • Inside Amy Schumer premieres on Paramount+ on October 20.

  • Blockbuster will debut on Netflix on November 3.

  • Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches will premiere on AMC+ on January 5.

  • The Idol will premiere on HBO in 2023.

  • His Dark Materials returns on HBO on December 5.

  • Falling for Christmas will premiere on Netflix on November 10.

  • Limitless with Chris Hemsworth will debut on Disney+ on November 16.

  • Buying Beverly Hills will premiere on Netflix on November 4.

  • Run Sweetheart Run will debut on Prime Video on October 28.

  • Blood Relatives debuts on Shudder on November 22.

  • Is That Black Enough for You? will debut on Netflix on November 11.

  • True Crime Story: Indefensible returns on AMC+ and SundanceTV on October 27.

  • Iliza Shlesinger: Hot Forever debuts on Netflix on October 11.

  • Siesta Key: Miami Moves premieres on MTV on October 27.

  • Jackie Robinson: Get to the Bag will premiere on Fox Sports on October 12.

  • The Paloni Show! Halloween Special! will debut on Hulu on October 17.

  • The Legend of Vox Machina returns on Prime Video in January.

  • Monster High premieres on Nickelodeon on October 28.

R.I.P.

Judy Tenuta, Stand-up comedian known as “The Love Goddess”

Sara Lee, Winner of Tough Enough and WWE fighter

Frederick Schneier, Former president and CEO of Viacom Pictures, and one of the creators of Showtime Networks

Jody Miller, Country singer

WATCH THIS

FRIDAY

The Midnight Club: A group of terminally ill teenagers makes a pact: whichever of them passes first will send back a signal from beyond the grave. Series premiere. Netflix

S.W.A.T.: Hondo stumbles on a heroin ring while on vacation. Series premiere. 7 p.m., CBS

Fire Country: A prisoner seeks redemption by volunteering on a fire-fighting team in this new show. Series premiere. 8 p.m., CBS

Blue Bloods: Season premiere. 9 p.m., CBS

Derry Girls: Third and finals season. Netflix

The Mole: Alex Wagner hosts this new version of the Anderson Cooper classic reality competition. Series premiere. Netflix

Werewolf by Night: This feels like a Mad Lib, but follow me here, Lost composer Michael Giacchino directed this MCU love letter to old monster movies, in which a bunch of monster hunters comes together for a ceremonial hunt to determine their new leader. Gael García Bernal stars? Sure. Why not. Disney+

Ghost Brothers: Lights Out: Season premiere. Discovery+

Significant Other: It’s a Jake Lacy kind of week, apparently. In this new film, he stars as one part of a couple whose backpacking trip takes a dark turn. Premiere. Paramount+

Luckiest Girl Alive: A successful woman is forced to relive the dark truth of her past in this new film. Netflix

The Lincoln Project: This documentary looks into the group of former GOP operatives who made it their mission to take down Trump, only to endure their own scandals and negative press. Premiere. 7 p.m., Showtime

SATURDAY

Saturday Night Live: Brendan Gleeson and Willow. This promo is delightful: 10:30 p.m., NBC

Bring It On: Cheer or Die: A cheer squad’s members begin disappearing one by one during a Halloween rehearsal. Premiere. 8 p.m., Syfy

Cursed Friends: A group of 30-something friends wake up from a Halloween party to discover that a game of M.A.S.H. they played as kids has become true. Premiere. 7 p.m., Comedy Central

SUNDAY

Let the Right One In: A father does everything he can to keep his 12-year-old vampire daughter alive in this new series based on the movie of the same name. Series premiere. 9 p.m., Showtime

NCIS: Los Angeles: The team searches for suspects in a bombing of a combat drone facility. Season premiere. 9 p.m., CBS

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy: I WANT TO WATCH STANLEY TUCCI EAT MORE PASTA. 8 p.m., CNN

The Real Housewives of Potomac: Season premiere. 7 p.m., Bravo

 

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  • Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Friday): Mike Myers, Sutton Foster, Killer Mike
  • Watch What Happens Live (Sunday): Ashley Darby, Dr. Heavenly Kimes

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2 thoughts on “‘The Great British Bake Off’ did a taco episode and there’s not enough tequila in the world to get through it

  1. Werewolf by Night is a fun watch. It has the feel of an early horror film – shot in B&W (mostly), cavernous mansion, strange characters, a bit cheesy – but with MCU sfx.

    1. Oh, I’m glad to hear it! I have great respect for Giacchino as a composer, and think it’s interesting that he’s moved into directing. Will try to fit this one in.

      -T

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