Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
How Riverdale gets away with being "patently ridiculous television"
As it returns for Season 3, The CW teen drama "has never met an idea it didn't want to immediately dial to 11 and send to the moon," says Joshua Rivera. "And that's how Riverdale got away with it, over and over again: It just kept going, introducing a new outrageous idea before you could fully process the outrageousness of the one you just saw. Riverdale dished out plot twists the way Donald Trump spouts lies—relentlessly, with five more at the ready before you can even get a question out about the first one. This is something the show hilariously acknowledges when it returns Wednesday night for its third season by literally putting Archie Andrews on trial for season two." He adds that viewers know Riverdale is ridiculous. "But the trick, the secret of the whole show, I think, is a moment when the core quartet reminisce about summers they used to spend at a watering hole we've never seen them in," he says. "It's a moment that explains why Riverdale works: it anchors all of its wild plotting with the notion that things were different once. Their world shouldn't be this way. And that's the tension of the show—because while we tune in to see what new crazy new twists are in store, we secretly hope for the town of Riverdale to somehow find a sense of normalcy again, even though we know you can't ever get that back."
- Riverdale boss Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says Season 3 is “teen detectives meets True Detective”
- Lili Reinhart explains the season premiere's shocking final scene
- Why Riverdale removed a line from the Season 3 premiere that was featured in the trailer
- Is Ethel Muggs the true criminal mastermind of Riverdale?
- The season premiere somewhat does a disservice to K.J. Apa
South Park takes on The Simpsons' Apu and Roseanne Barr
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
This week's "The Problem With a Poo" episode not only tackled the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, but also took a shot at Roseanne and her Ambien excuse for her racist tweet. South Park also used its racism storyline to allow for a cameo from The Simpsons' Apu.
Veep teases "Jonah for President"
Showrunner David Mandel tweeted an #imwithhim image of Timothy Simons' Jonah Ryan as a presidential candidate on the final season of the HBO comedy.
Mr. Mom is being revived as a digital TV series for Walmart-owned Vudu streaming service
The TV series based on the 1983 Michael Keaton comedy is the first show to be announced as part of Walmart's partnership with MGM to create scripted series for its streaming platform utilizing movies and shows from MGM's vast library.
Amazon is teaming with Blake Lively on a potential fashion-themed scripted drama series with an "e-tail component"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Like Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn's upcoming Amazon fashion reality show, Lively's potential series would take advantage of Amazon's foundation as a giant online retailer. “She’s a force of nature: ambitious, smart and talented,” says Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke of Lively.
CBS to adapt DC Comics' Secret Six from Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence
Secret Six, based on the DC Comics characters, revolves around "six morally ambiguous strangers, each with their own unique specialties and secret pasts. They are brought together by an enigmatic figure who blackmails them into working as a team to expose the corruption of the corporate and political elite."
Gus Fring is Better Call Saul's worst character
The problem is Giancarlo Esposito's character on Better Call Saul is that he is exactly who he is on Breaking Bad. There is no mystery about him. There's no potential for change. Gus Fring, says Angie Han, "remains simple. He's exactly the same vengeance-obsessed guy he was in Bad, only slightly younger. If he has any hidden depths worth exploring, if he offers any fresh angles into the nature of obsession, if there's anything else to him that's worth knowing at all, the show hasn't hinted at them." Gus, she adds, is a major character in the story. "Only he doesn't behave like a character. He's more like a machine...He's simply an obstacle to be cleared by the characters we care about – and one we know can't be completely defeated, because he needs to thrive long enough to terrorize Walt and Jesse on Bad. "
NBC developing The Last American Vampire, inspired by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
The proposed supernatural series will revolve around Abby, a character from the popular Seth Grahame-Smith novel. With the author serving as an executive producer, The Last American Vampire will follow "as she’s recruited into a special division of the FBI that investigates unique and mysterious cases. While working on her first case tracking a string of bizarre murders she discovers her new enigmatic partner also happens to be a 500-year-old vampire."
Why TV's "director-first" trend as seen with Maniac's Cary Fukunaga is a bad thing
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Television is a writer's medium. Always has been," says Tim Goodman. "Film is a director's medium. Always has been. Are there instances where fantastic directing is the most memorable thing about an episode or three of television? Of course. Just as there are films in which the script has been brilliant, memorable and arguably the central sustaining element of the project. But mostly the rules hold, for a simple reason. Great dramatic television is serialized; the stories are ongoing, often from season to season, weaving a vast, multiple-hour tale. It is the novel to film's short story." The problem is that TV shows where the director is king, like Fukunaga's Maniac, tend to emphasize style over substance. As Goodman notes, Maniac "uses both schizophrenia and the crippling effects of depression brought on by grief as the jumping-off point for its two main characters, but mostly lets the talented director Cary Joji Fukunaga spin out from there with a trippy, visually eclectic thrill ride...The trouble with Maniac, which became quickly evident as the episodes unrolled, was that this was always Fukunaga's vehicle, and less about the words of creator and writer Patrick Somerville ... That might explain why the series inadequately dealt with the schizophrenia of Jonah Hill's character, Owen, and barely did better showing how Emma Stone's character, Annie, learned to manage her depression and grief."
Busy Philipps wants to make it clear that James Franco apologized for allegedly shoving her to the ground on Freaks and Geeks
Source: USA Today
On Instagram, Phillips addressed the reports of her writing about Franco bullying her in her upcoming memoir, This Will Only Hurt A Little, pointing out that "my book is 308 pages, not one paragraph. The Franco story is used to illustrate a larger point about the way women are treated in this business and in life. There are no 'allegations' and no 'accusations'. It's a story that I have been telling for years. James apologized. I accepted. And I still get to tell it because it f*cking happened to me.” In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Philipps said: "It wasn't even outrageous. At the time, 19 and with my first professional acting job, I was under the impression that this was just the way things were. James and I have talked about it over the years. At one point he apologized to me. I was always acutely aware of my expendability, and so I felt I needed to never complain, always show up on time and not be difficult. If someone else was being difficult, it was my job to be the easy one or figure out a way to soothe the situation."
Alec Baldwin can barely conceal his disdain for Stephen Colbert
In a Hollywood Reporter profile, Baldwin doesn't explicitly say he hates The Late Show host, but he went into detail on how he couldn't stand Colbert asking him last year about a run-in with the paparazzi. “I thought to myself, ‘Oh no, oh no, let’s not get into psychoanalyzing me, because I don’t think you’re qualified,'” Baldwin told The Hollywood Reporter. “And you’ve just reminded me, in the briefest way, why I didn’t do the show all these years.”
The Conners executive producer: "We’re not doing any more of the Trump stuff"
Executive producer Bruce Rasmussen wouldn't reveal how Roseanne Conner's character will be written out of the series. "We wanted to honor that character. People can have their opinions after that," he says. As for how political The Conners will be compared to the Roseanne revival, Rasmussen adds: "We are living in a time where people are very anxious and can’t afford to go to the doctor and all that other stuff. So we’re writing in the same way we wrote last year about the economic things. If some of those feel political, they’re political, but we’re not doing any more of the Trump stuff. It’s more about working-class people and how they live their lives. If that comes off as political in spots then that’s how people will perceive it."
Why can't SNL start at 11 p.m.?
Saturday Night Live's 11:30 p.m. ET (technically 11:29 p.m.) start time is due to local news. But as Kelly Conaboy argues, "Saturday Night Live should begin at 11 p.m. A solid, whole number: 11. What time is Saturday Night Live on? 11. That sounds right to me and, I assume, to you. The show is an institution. It started in caveman times on Boulder TV and it deserves a whole number, at least for its dedication to not adjusting its ratio of straight white men to everyone else on staff since. Plus, and perhaps more importantly, we the viewing public are increasingly tired. We deserve a show that begins half an hour earlier and gets us to unconsciousness half an hour sooner, so we can wake up well-rested for another day of just trying to make it through."
Splitting Up Together recruits Ali Larter
The Heroes alum will recur on the ABC comedy as "no-nonsense Paige, who Martin finds attractive and Lena finds intimidating."
Doctor Who gets the "Honest Trailers" treatment
While mocking the modern version of the BBC franchise, the Honest Trailer on Doctor Who manages to educate newcomers, explaining the Doctor's many companions and enemies.
Amazon's Patriot unveils its Season 2 trailer and premiere date
Source: Multichannel News
The black comedy-drama returns on Nov. 9.
Meghan Markle's nephew to star in MTV International reality show The Royal World
Tyler Dooley, the 25-year-old son of Meghan's half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. will star on the MTV International reality show that will bring together English royals and aristocrats for one summer in the English countryside. Dooley is notable for being one of the rare Meghan Markle relatives to not badmouth her.
The CW's All American seems more like a commercial for a show than an actual show itself
Source: The New York Times
On The fish-out-of-water teen CW drama, based on the real-life football player Spencer Paysinger, "there’s no spark here, no big moment and most egregiously, no authenticity," says Margaret Lyons. "There’s a flat phoniness to all the behavior, and a patness to everything." She adds: "Friday Night Lights isn’t really about football; it’s about American manhood. All American isn’t really about football either; in the three episodes made available for review, it’s poking around ideas about race and occasionally class. Spencer endures both overt racist taunts and not-so-micro micro aggressions, and in the third episode he and Jordan face police harassment. Still, the stories feel stale and have been told far better elsewhere. In addition to its fish-out-of-water tale and football saga, All American also includes a family-secrets dimension. There’s nothing wrong with a mystery, per se, but keeping a secret is less interesting than spilling one. Over and over, All American goes for the less interesting story."
- All American deserves credit for reminding viewers of many of their favorite shows, even if it doesn't come close to equaling them
- It's not a revelation, but a step forward in reviving a teen genre that could use some refreshing
- All American works because the writers often push its predictable plot lines further than you'd expect
- All American shows real promise, but it needs to have a focus between its Beverly Hills and Crenshaw settings
- British actor Daniel Ezra "just watched NFL" as part of his research for his All American starring role
- Meet Spencer Paysinger, the Super Bowl-winning former New York Giants linebacker who inspired All American
- How Riverdale gets away with being "patently ridiculous television"