Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
Lifetime's You is finally a buzzworthy show now that it's on Netflix
Source: The Ringer
The Penn Badgley-starring psychological thriller is the latest recipient of the Netflix bump. Even though You premiered on Lifetime on Sept. 9, it only began generating a lot of buzz after it was made available on Netflix on Dec. 26. That's why Badgley has spent the past few days responding to Twitter users who are wrongfully romanticizing his psychopathic character. In fact, You's ratings were so lackluster on Lifetime that a second season was unsustainable, which is why it will become a Netflix original series for Season 2. "It’s the exact same show, just on a different platform—and apparently, way more popular," says Alison Herman. You follows in the footsteps of shows like Breaking Bad and Riverdale that have found a larger audience on Netflix. Yet, says Herman, "as Netflix’s hold on our attention, and therefore the cultural conversation, has intensified, the relationship between networks and streaming has evolved from a mutually beneficial symbiosis into something more complicated...Why watch something live for the sake of a water cooler that doesn’t exist anymore when you know you can simply wait it out and take a show in on your own schedule?" Herman adds: "Lifetime’s role in bringing You to air seems fated to become a distant footnote in the show’s Wikipedia page and is already on its way to being buried under an avalanche of screenshots. A show skewering New York City millennials already feels more at home on an account five of them are sharing a password to than an old-school TV channel. In the process, You has become yet another data point in just how much power Netflix holds over the viewing habits of 2019 audiences, particularly younger ones."
Megyn Kelly's NBC run was a disaster from start to finish
Source: BuzzFeed News
"Megyn Kelly's conclusive separation from NBC News, which was finally — FINALLY! — announced on Friday, was ugly and bungle," says Kate Aurthur. "Just like her time on the network. Kelly's whole year-and-a-half run was like witnessing a slow-motion train wreck. But the past two and a half months — during which Kelly's lawyer and NBC negotiated her exit agreement — have been fascinating: The network couldn't even fire her efficiently."
There is something weirdly dark about Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
Source: BuzzFeed News
The Japanese organizing guru's new Netflix show, says Alison Willmore, "places Kondo’s relentlessly cheery domestic advice against what sometimes feels like a roiling American backdrop of late capitalist panic and crushing internalized expectations. It’s hard to believe that organizing a house will be able to address the anxieties and old wounds that some of the clients, through polite smiles and grateful tears, lay bare onscreen. Still, every episode ends with the carefully edited conclusion that it might, and that they won’t know until they try." Willmore adds that the "aura of moral righteousness that has over time become attached to minimizing and to minimalism has always seemed unearned to me," and the show is not about abstaining from things. "As a life advice show, especially next to its warmer, fuzzier Netflix sibling Queer Eye, Tidying Up is discordant in a way that takes a while to pin down," she says. "So many of these snapshots of family lives burble with a quiet but persistent distress over what it means to make, have, and share a home these days, and to feel secure in it. At the core of the show is a wistful promise that if you could just get things in your house right, for once, then so many weightier and seemingly intractable stresses would surely just melt away, shed alongside all those clothes that no longer fit. It’s a reminder that keeping things highly organized can be just as much about maintaining control as never throwing things away."
- The Marie Kondo method is great -- unless you're a highly advanced, vintage-collecting, stuff-accreting fashion head
- Tidying Up is inadvertently about women's invisible labor
- Kondo's method was supposed to be liberating, but ended up becoming a battleground in one person's marriage
- It would be great if more makeover shows adapted Tidying Up's candor, putting their advice to the test in real-life situations
- Kondo sparks haters: "Keep your tidy, spark-joy hands off my book piles, Marie Kondo"
- Stop saying that Tidying Up wants you to get rid of your books!: "Marie Kondo does understand the magic of books–which people would know if they actually watch Tidying Up"
- Twitter users show off how Tidying Up has changed their lives, while other denounce the show for promoting waste
- What to do with all your stuff that doesn't "spark joy"
- How America tidied up before Marie Kondo
Black Mirror creator tells Bandersnatch naysayers to "f*ck off"
Source: HuffPost UK
Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones addressed criticism of their interactive movie -- while dodging a question about Miley Cyrus blabbing about filming an episode. While executive producer Jones says "it's just so satisfying that so many people have engaged with it," creator Brooker says he doesn't care about the haters. "It’s been interesting that you get different reactions from different people, partly based on what they’re expecting, or what they want," he says. "So some people go, ‘oh, I’m shit at this’, and you sort of go, ‘no no, it’s alright, we’ve built in that you’re going to fail’. We’re trying to make you fail a couple of times so that you have to go around and do things again, and that’s sort of baked into the story. There’s also some people that are like ‘I don’t wanna make decisions’, ‘I don’t want to do any of it’... well f*ck off, then. Do something else! And then there’s some people who think ‘oh, it’s too simple as a game’ or ‘games have done this before’ – well this isn’t on a gaming platform, it’s on Netflix. I’m well aware of what a computer game is, thanks."
CBS and Nielsen reach a new deal after an 11-day standoff
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
CBS will resume using Nielsen to measure viewership after its deal expired on New Year's Day.
Did President Trump's dad inspire the 1958 TV episode about a conman named "Trump"
Source: Talking Points Memo
The 1950s Western drama Trackdown went viral this week because it featured a villain named Trump who tries to sell a "wall" to hysterical townspeople. But was it a coincidence that the conman was named "Trump"? Josh Marshall of TalkingPointsMemo couldn't find a direct connection between the show and the Trump family. But he argues that Donald Trump's dad, real estate mogul Fred Trump, was already somewhat famous, or infamous, by the time the episode aired in 1958. Marshall also points out that the actor who plays Trump, Lawrence Dobkin, bares some resemblance to the elderTrump.
NBC is developing an "innovative" musical dramedy from Paul Feig
The Freaks and Geeks creator is returning to the network that canceled his acclaimed show two decades ago for Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Created by Gossip Girl writer Austin Winsberg, the potential series revolves around “a whip-smart but socially awkward girl in her late 20s who is suddenly able to hear the innermost thoughts of people around her as songs and even big musical numbers that they perform just for her."
How the TV mom has evolved to tackle today's real-world challenges
"Often defined by the parameters of domestic life, these mothers, while vastly different women in many regards, were all in pursuit of an ideal family life," Jason Parham says of iconic TV moms like Carol Brady and Claire Huxtable. "They exuded, or attempted to exude, a kind of imperviousness. They were tough and loving, rarely vulnerable. That's changing." Pointing to Jessica Huang on Fresh off the Boat and Grace and Frankie, he adds: "In recent years, the archetype has taken on a more evolved nature: The TV mom has become more intricately layered; she navigates the world with a kind of naked vulnerability. It's not that she is broken, but she is someone who struggles openly. These are stories told at full scale, fresh wounds and all. Stories that juggle the ugly, the beautiful, the unremarkable. There are no illusions to an ideal life, only a life that has been lived—one that is turbulent and unpredictable and littered with small, hard-won dignities."
HBO's Brexit, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, has already divided British viewers
Source: The New York Times
The film that is scheduled to air on HBO on Jan. 19 made its debut as Brexit: The Uncivil War on Britain's Channel 4 this week, and many viewers are saying it's too soon. Cumberbatch plays the director of the official "Leave" campaign. One journalist said the film is "literally interfering in our criminal justice system.” The New York Times adds: "Others questioned the timing and legitimacy of a drama about a political event which is, to use TV parlance, still several months from its season finale."
90 Day Fiancé is becoming increasingly difficult to watch
Source: BuzzFeed News
The TLC reality show has become a trainwreck, says Scaachi Koul. "The show," she says, "constructs an egregious kind of power play between two people: The Americans seem to expect perfect gratitude and near subservience from their foreign partners in return for financing their move or other expenses, creating a vortex of financial and emotional debt. The immigrants, on the other hand, often have unrealistic ideas about living in the US. Whether it’s because of what they think the US is like — prosperous, plentiful, and comfortable — or whatever shameless lies their fiancé has told them about their financial or living situation, they end up feeling burned."
Surviving R. Kelly producer: "I would love a social death for R. Kelly"
Producer dream hampton discussed how her six-part docuseries has influenced everybody from authorities in Chicago and Georgia to artists like Lady Gaga. "I don’t have hope in the criminal justice system," she says. "I would love a social death for R. Kelly. It’s valuable for black people to be loved by other black people because we’re not loved by the rest of society. I would like for people to know who it is they think they love, and make their decision based on that."
Star Trek: Discovery's Alex Kurtzman discusses the challenges of sticking to Star Trek canon
Source: Entertainment Weekly
"I actually think somewhere between what I’m saying and what you’re saying is the truth," Kurtzman said when asked by EW about franchise canon. "We really do spend a lot of time talking a lot about canon and there are people in the writers’ room specifically to tell us where we’re stepping on the line of violation. I did actually note at one point when I was asked about the graphic novels and comics that after 50-plus years it’s literally impossible to stay entirely consistent with canon because there have been very dry years in Star Trek and very full years and so many different writers have attempted to fill in the gaps in the dry years of what happened to beloved characters in the absence of a show driving those answers, they end up inventing things and we end up being faced with whether to call that canon. But it’s always a conversation. I will agree with you, though, that the best version of the story needs to be the driver. But what’s the best version of a story is an entirely subjective thing. That’s why we have so many different voices in the writers room with so many different points of view."
How The Price is Right became TV's ultimate comfort food
Source: The Washington Post
“It’s the comfort food of television. It’s mashed potatoes,” says Adam Sandler, the game show's director, who isn't the Adam Sandler who famously fought former Price is Right host Bob Barker in the movie Happy Gilmore. “No matter your walk of life, you know the price of things," says Sandler. Karen Heller, who went behind the scenes of The Price is Right for The Washington Post, explains: "If Jeopardy! projects a studious mien, drawing contestants who aced standardized tests and dress for court appearances, The Price Is Right is its opposite. Contestants are extroverts, denizens of community theater, folks who appear lit while sober. They’re attired in Price Casual — bedazzled T-shirts, jeans, sneakers. Every show is a late-summer barbecue. These people come to play."
Watchmen casts Hong Chau
The Homecoming and Big Little Lies actress is expected to play the role of Lady. T, a Vietnamese character. Chau was born in Thailand to Vietnamese parents.
Critics' Choice Awards host Taye Diggs has always dreamed of hosting an award show
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It is something I have wanted to do for a while, so when I am actually up there onstage introducing myself, that's going to be a cool moment," Diggs says of emceeing Sunday's ceremony, which airs on The CW.
Mary Steenburgen joins Bless the Harts
The Last Man on Earth alum will reunite with Phil Lord and Chris Miller on their new Fox animated comedy series revolving around a group of broke Southerners who are chasing the American dream.
Conan O'Brien has proven to be the perfect podcast host
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend has already hit its stride after just eight episodes. "One could argue that O’Brien is a particularly willing crucible for all the change that’s constantly disrupting the comedy world: digital media, distributed audiences, democratized competition," says Nicholas Quah, adding: "It makes sense, then, that a podcast would be part of that effort. After all, the podcast scene is bumpin’, and basically everybody has a podcast these days, from various news organizations to government agencies to various talented aspirants to professional athletes to your cousins and aunts. Also, and more importantly, podcasting as a business proposition naturally fits into O’Brien’s strategy: Podcasting proponents champion the medium’s intimacy and its particularly strong capacity to facilitate direct relationships between the comedian and his fans."
Netflix releases a new Carmen Sandiego's theme song and opening title sequence, which is unlike the original Rockapella version
Despite Rockapella's Sean Altman and David Yazbek recording a new version of their iconic PBS Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? theme, Netflix decided to go in a different direction. And Altman decided to release the song anyway “just in time for it NOT to be the theme song."
Friends from College has become a charming surprise after the messy disappointment of Season 1
The Netflix comedy is already the "most improved" show of 2019.
Sarah Hyland reveals she had suicidal thoughts amid her health struggles
The Modern Family star told Ellen DeGeneres she was “very, very, very close” to taking her own life following a series of surgeries. "It ended up being myself that got me out of that,” she said. "I had to do it on my own. I told myself I had to do it on my own.”
Will Netflix, Amazon and Hulu ever become available in a single bundle?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Bundled streaming could one day become a replacement for cable TV.
Steve Buscemi's wife Jo Andres dies
Source: E! Online
The Miracle Workers star and Boardwalk Empire alum ismourning the loss of Andres, 65, a celebrated filmmaker in her own right, whom he was married to for more than 30 years. Buscemi and Andres, married in 1987, welcomed a child, Lucian, in 1990.
Piers Morgan reveals he's been hospitalized
“Bad news… after some extensive hospital tests this morning it appears I’m not going to die,” the former CNN host and America's Got Talent judge joked in a caption to a Twitter photo. His hospitalization comes days after Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner slammed him for a tweet about celebrities and mental health.
Trevor Noah buys a $20.5 million mansion in Bel-Air
Source: Los Angeles Times
Does the New York City-based Daily Show host's new mansion in the Los Angeles area mean he'll be bicoastal?
The twins who played Ross and Rachel's Friends baby girl Emma are now grown up -- with roles in Jordan Peele's next movie
Source: E! Online
Jennifer Aniston and David Schwimmer welcomed their TV daughter Emma 17 years ago this May. And the twins who played Emma, Cali Sheldon and Noelle Sheldon, now age 16, are making their major motion picture debut in Jordan Peele's Us.
With Valley of the Boom, National Geographic finally figured out how to mash up fiction and documentary
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The six-part series on the early 1990s tech boom (and bust) works because, "it turns out that the missing ingredient in that hard-to-translate format is this: being cheeky," says Tim Goodman. "Valley of the Boom won't be for everyone, because it unapologetically rips up how a story should be told and takes the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to a very important (and often funny and mind-blowingly relevant and revolutionary) moment in business and cultural history, and has a lot of fun with it. And guess what? That fun is contagious." ALSO: Valley of the Boom is a frustrating dud.
Amazon's Informer is like a smarter, darker and more mature Bodyguard
"It’s hard not to draw comparisons between Amazon Prime’s new British drama Informer and Netflix’s Bodyguard," says Meghan O'Keefe. "Both series are slick dramas about the toll terrorism is taking on modern British policing, and both prefer to look at the rot from within. Each start with a seemingly mundane train ride that spirals out into something terrifying. And both series are really, really good. The problem with comparing Informer to Bodyguard is that where the Netflix import is obsessed with thrills and twists, Informer is far more interested in nuance and tragedy. If Bodyguard is a modern twist on James Bond, Informer is something far more mature, and more horrifying. In fact, it plays out like a smarter Bodyguard for grown ups."
- Informer benefits from its consistent vision and willingness to be ambitious
- Nabhaan Rizwan's Raza Shar is not just the center of the story but its sharpest, wittiest and most appealing character
- Informer pushes Raza so deep into the city’s darker side that certain interactions can feel less-than-credible
Sex Education is stunningly superior to other teen comedies
Source: The Daily Dot
"With jocks, popular girls, and geeks galore, Sex Education certainly does seem like an homage to the stereotypical American TV drama," says Tess Cagle. "But it’s not. Because of its sincerity, compelling writing, and heart, the series stands out against American teen series it stands alongside on Netflix, like Riverdale or Insatiable. (If you’re an adult watching Sex Education, you’ll find yourself cringing a lot less, too.) Every moment in Sex Education feels authentic and carefully developed. Sex Education is both the Skins (that British drama you know you binged in high school) for Gen Z and a public service announcement for inclusive sexual education. The series tackles everything—masturbation, impotence, abortion, pubic lice, sex, and more—in a frank and often graphic way. It’s also plenty inclusive when it comes to LGBTQ representation. And while it might seem radical to compare it to the teen shows of yesterday, from One Tree Hill to Degrassi: The Next Generation, it refreshingly removes the stigma from therapy for teens and their parents alike. It’s also progressive in the way it urges men to see women as people and not merely objects of desire."
- Sex Education finds original ways to explore the story of a character many other series have written off as comic relief
- The show is aggressively gross and graphic in a way that will probably mortify teens and grownups alike
- It's like the anti-13 Reasons Why because everybody is not miserable all the time
- What sets Sex Education apart from other teen shows is it doesn't treat the sex lives of teens as a childish joke
- Sex Education isn’t just good; it’s “cancel your weekend plans” good
- Horny and heartfelt, Sex Education blends teen sex-romp tropes with a refreshing level of empathy
- How Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield prepared for their roles: Did they research sex therapists at all?
True Detective returns to form in Season 3, for better or worse
Source: Rolling Stone
With Mahershala Ali in the lead, "the new story is blatantly structured as a kind of 'Pizzolatto Plays Season One’s Greatest Hits' album," Alan Sepinwall says of the Nic Pizzolatto creation. "There’s a brilliant-but-tortured investigator played by a great actor coming off an Oscar-winning performance. The mystery spans three eras and features the main characters being interviewed in the later periods about what happened years earlier. The killer even leaves primitive sculptures made of natural materials (sticks then, corn husks now) near the victims’ bodies. It’s as if Pizzolatto wants us to block out all memory of the disastrous second season with Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn and recall only the mostly beloved debut year with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. It’s a sensible, if somewhat cynical, choice. Season Two played as Pizzolatto’s response to the criticisms of Season One, with a bigger and more complicated plot, more main characters, more prominent female characters and all the other things people said the McConaughey/Harrelson iteration was lacking in the wake of an underwhelming finale. But it turned out his initial creative instincts were the right ones — for him, at least." Noting that Season 3 is less visually impressive, Sepinwall adds: "Ultimately, the franchise’s most important creative voice has turned out not to be Pizzolatto, nor any of his famous stars, but Cary Joji Fukunaga. He directed all of Season One and infused what was, in hindsight, a very thin story with such stunning, unsettling imagery that it all felt deeper than it turned out to be."
- Mahershala Ali’s performance is an example of what the show can be, but the third season as a whole remains as a disappointing reminder of what was
- It's 2019's first pleasant small-screen surprise: True Detective springs, sprightly and with confident assurance, from a years-long absence
- Season 3 doesn't answer the nagging, fundamental question about True Detective: What is it, exactly?
- Season 3 is marginally better than Season 1, and feels like a barely warmed over cold case
- In 2019, True Detective is just another very good Peak TV show -- it seemingly by design lacks the swing-for-the-fences excess of Season 1
- Yes, Season 3 is a lot like Season 1, but Ali manages to outdo Matthew McConaughey
- True Detective’s third season fares best as a story of basic human connection and failure: broken communication, lost identities
- Season 3 seems purposefully less complex, edited to make sure that viewers can easily follow the timeline-spanning saga
- Season 3 tries a more staid approach: there’s very occasional onscreen violence, no gratuitous sex and far less menace
- Season 1 told us time is a flat circle, and Season 3 proves it be being overly reminiscent of the first season
- What’s remarkable is how Ali elevates the material without much help from the scripts
- Nic Pizzolatto's struggle with female characters remains a point of real frustration
- Why did it take 3-and-half years for True Detective to return for a third season?
- Ali discusses his personal connection to his True Detective character
- Pizzolatto was constantly "blown away" by Ali's performance
- Lifetime's You is finally a buzzworthy show now that it's on Netflix