Screen Junkies » TV http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:11:59 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 It’s Business Time: Flight of the Conchords Returning to HBO With Four-Episode Comedy Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/its-business-time-flight-of-the-conchords-returning-to-hbo-with-four-episode-comedy-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/its-business-time-flight-of-the-conchords-returning-to-hbo-with-four-episode-comedy-show/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 22:06:53 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264635 There's only one way to celebrate this news. Commence with the music videos!

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By Jared Jones

I’m going to go out on a limb here and make a statement that will likely draw some controversy: Flight of the Conchords are *the* best two-piece, New-Zealand based comedy band of them all, and that includes Kiwi Calamari Express, The Sheep Shearers, and Liam Blake and the Aquada Speedsters. I know, hot taek.

When the Conchords’ two-season run on HBO ended back in 2009, it left a massive void in the New-Zealand based comedy rock genre to say the very least. The fan outcry for more was deafening, which of course led to the usual tease of a reunion/movie that all cult shows like FOTC are given. But now, it appears that Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie actually might be heading back into our television lives. Surely my restraining order is in the process of being lifted! (I am being told that the restraining order shall remain.)

Clement spilled the goods in a recent interview with The Guardian while discussing his upcoming vampire spoof flick What We Do in the Shadows:

Are the Conchords, dormant at the moment, waiting to erupt again? “We talk about a movie every so often,” says Clement. “Sometimes it feels like we lost a lot of impetus over the last couple of years. But Bret, James [Bobin, lead director] and me, we all want to do a musical. It would be good to do something all together…I miss playing Flight of the Conchords gigs.”

HBO have commissioned a new, four-episode comedy show, he reveals. “It was supposed to be this year but then we decided to put What We Do in the Shadows out ourselves.”

There’s only one way to celebrate this news. Commence with the music videos!

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Great Heros Lord And Miller To Revive ‘Greatest American Hero’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/great-heros-lord-and-miller-to-revive-greatest-american-hero/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/great-heros-lord-and-miller-to-revive-greatest-american-hero/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:28:28 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264652 Believe it or not.

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Believe it or not, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are preparing to run another ’80′s property through the Qualitizer. They’ll next prove their unique talent for shining turds with an update of The Greatest American Hero, the comedy-drama that made star William Katt a household name. You know. William Katt? The guy with the hair? Anyway, it was the show with the theme song that George Constanza based his answering machine message on.

Lord and Miller are teaming with Tawnia McKiernan, daughter of Greatest American Hero creator Steven J. Cannell, to executive produce a new version of the show. 22 Jump Street and Late Night with David Letterman writer Rodney Rothman will handle scripting on the series about a school teacher who gains superpowers via a spandex costume from outer space. Only a matter of time before Lord and Miller put Charles back in charge. (Deadline)

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The Walking Dead: Which Did it Better, The Comic or the TV Show? http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/the-walking-dead-which-did-it-better-the-comic-or-the-tv-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/the-walking-dead-which-did-it-better-the-comic-or-the-tv-show/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:32:02 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264604 The comic book is awesome. The show is awesome. But which is better? We take a look at seven major differences between them and break it down for all you zombie lovers. [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]

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The Walking Dead is justifiably one of basic cable’s most popular shows ever, and the most successful show in AMC’s history by a wide margin. It wasn’t until the success of the show that the ongoing Image Comics book on which it’s based caught fire as well.

The fantastic black-and-white title’s first issue predates the show’s first episode by four years, and the show follows the narrative of the book — albeit loosely at times. If you’re a stalwart fan of the show, which returns to the screen for Season 5 on October 12th, there’s very little excuse not to catch up with the 132 issues (at press time) of the book, which which can be easily consumed via tomes; for those of you Game of Thrones fans who don’t like to actually read, The Walking Dead has pictures!

In my opinion, the book is generally superior to the show, as is often the case with literature translated to screen. It explores the zombie apocalypse with a hard-R approach inaccessible to basic cable, so writer/creator Robert Kirkman (who also executive produces the show) has far more leeway and less meddling opinions to impede him from doing what he pleases.

Though there are numerous things big and small that the book did better with the same narrative, several of the show’s deviations — including characters and story lines — have been rock-solid and serve to make up for some aspects of the book that could never make it to the show for various reasons (e.g. the too-heinous-for-television death of Lori and her baby; the fact that Rick lost his right hand to the Governor years ago).

Here, we compare the show with the book to see which does better in what department. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD…



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The Governor vs. Michonne: Sure, David Morrissey’s Governor has some rape-y vibes, evident in how he dealt with Maggie after her capture in season 3. But the comic’s Governor, a mixture of a young Danny Trejo and Nick Fury, is a flat-out sadistic rapist. He captures Michonne, ties her up by her arms, tears off her clothes, beats her, and…well, you know the rest. Michonne later metes out her revenge, I Spit On Your Grave-style, taking way more than just the eye she took on the show. The whole thing is too much for basic cable, and even sensitive readers might have to turn away from it.

Winner: Book

 

2. Andrea: Andrea’s treatment in the show is likely the most annoying deviation from the book. Laurie Holden did just fine by the character, but her arc was ridiculous. Shacking up with the Governor and being taken in by his deception, leading to her own demise? F*** outta here, son. The book’s Andrea is a still-living badass with a scar on her face whose sniper skills are the reason a bunch of characters are still alive. As Rick’s right-hand partner inside and outside of the bedroom, the two serve as the guardians of the flock in the comic, living by the mantra “We don’t die.” For incontrovertible proof of how much more awesome comic Andrea is than show Andrea, look no further than issue 113, in which she engages in a fist-knife fight with one of Negan’s cronies and comes out on top.

WINNER: Book

3. “Days Gone Bye”: The pilot episode and the book’s first collection are likely closer in narrative than at any other point. They also remain one of the very best story lines of both. Rick waking up in the hospital, encountering the cafeteria full of zombies and stumbling out into a world that’s very different than before he was shot in the line of duty will likely remain one of the best zombie apocalypse intro stories. Frank Darabont, the man behind the greatest movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption, directed that first episode with a beautifully haunting quietude; Rick’s encounter with Morgan and his son, his eventual ride into downtown Atlanta and the spectacular, nail-biting pilot-ending encounter with an unmanageable sea of city walkers established the show instant must-watch television. The book’s story arc is concurrent with Season 1′s successive episodes, including the death of Andrea’s sister Amy and the Shane-Rick-Lori triangle. The book arc, however, ended with Shane’s death at the hands of Carl, which happened much later and a bit cooler — on the show.

WINNER: Tie

4. Carl: For reasons I have been unable to properly comprehend (which means they probably aren’t that good), people have big problems with Lori on the show. But Carl is my least favorite character on the show by miles. All pre-pubescent, adolescent boys are obnoxious by nature, but Carl kinda takes it to the next level. The Season 4 episode “After,” in which he castigated his unconscious, ailing dad and wished for his death before sneaking off and running through bullets like they were rice in China made me want to dunk him in that tub of chocolate pudding, seal the top and ship him off to Abu Dhabi. He’s more centered and humble in the book, which might have something to do with the fact that he got half his head blown off and is missing an eye.

WINNER: Book

5. Daryl Dixon: The show’s shining beacon, Norman Reedus’ Daryl Dixon doesn’t exist at all in the comic, and is perhaps the best deviation from the book. Daryl went from being a morally muddy racist to the show’s dark hero, winning the hearts and loins of women everywhere while maintaining his cool factor for the rest of us. One of my favorite scenes to date is Season 3′s reunion with and forced showdown between Daryl and his more polarizing (and even more racist) older brother Merle. Problem is, Daryl’s so beloved that the show runners are sort of locked into him; to off him would be to court fan ire. I would love to see the powers that be not go out like a bunch of scared chumps (a la The Sopranos) and kill off Daryl regardless of the fans. That alone would give the show legendary status.

WINNER: Show

6. Willingness to Off Little Girls: The comic, much like the show, is beloved for its shameless disregard for the lives of its main characters (many of the stars still alive in the show, for example, are long perished in the book). But the way the show relishes in knocking off small children is really f&$@ing awesome. The show arguably hit its stride when, after everyone spent the first half of season 2 searching for Carol’s daughter Sophia, she came hobbling out of the barn full of zombies as an undead herself, only to be put down by Rick. But the show’s most speechless moment came in season 4, when a battle-hardened Carol — unencumbered by that petty empathy that gets people killed in the zombie apocalypse — laid Lizzie down like the broken dog she was (a result of Lizzie killing her young sister Mika). “The Grove” remains one of the most controversial episodes of the series, and the last truly great one as of this writing. It’s the best reminder of the harrowing, unflinching world in which the characters exist.

WINNER: Show

7. Negan’s Reign of Terror: Though sadistic overlord Negan will allegedly show his face in the upcoming season 5 (Ed. Note – Don’t click the previous link if you don’t want a big book spoiler and potential show spoiler!), I’m going to preemptively state, sight unseen, that there’s no way he can be better on the show than the comic. The best part of Negan is the freewheeling insouciance Kirkman applies to the character’s, ahem, “colorful” language. (Perhaps no comic character has so gleefully utilized the F-bomb in every other word). I’ve been a comic reader since I was a sprout in the mid-1980s, and I’ve never encountered an easier-to-hate character so ripe for the fall. I think the show ultimately dropped the ball with the Governor, so I’m not expecting a lot from a character who basic cable simply cannot contain.

PREEMPTIVE WINNER: Book

Buy ‘The Walking Dead Compendium One and Two’ on Amazon to catch up on the first 96 issues.

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The Women Of ‘Friends’ (Kudrow, Cox, and Aniston) Reunited On ‘Kimmel’, And Jimmy Played Ross http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/clips-tv/the-women-of-friends-kudrow-cox-and-aniston-reunited-on-kimmel-and-jimmy-played-ross/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/clips-tv/the-women-of-friends-kudrow-cox-and-aniston-reunited-on-kimmel-and-jimmy-played-ross/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:25:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264585 He'll be there for you.

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We’re a day late to the party on this one, but it seems, due to the 20th anniversary of Friends, that the show will just be popping up over the course of the next month or so. Yesterday, we discussed the Central Perk pop-up, and today, the three ladies of Friends, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, and Courney Cox, all took to Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a mini-reunion.

Jimmy, naturally, played Ross.

Here’s the video, so get ready for a nostalgia ice bucket to get dumped on your head:

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Rivers Cuomo, Lead Singer Of Weezer, Sold A Comedy Pilot To Fox http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/rivers-cuomo-lead-singer-of-weezer-sold-a-comedy-pilot-to-fox/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/rivers-cuomo-lead-singer-of-weezer-sold-a-comedy-pilot-to-fox/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:04:32 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264576 I bet in the ideal world, the protagonist stopped at 'Pinkerton'.

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While Weezer has, by most critical and commercial accounts, been on a downward slide since Maladroit, it makes sense that the principals of the band would examine other opportunities, and lead singer Rivers Cuomo found one…

In a comedy pilot called DeTour that he has sold to Fox. Now, it’s just a pilot, which means it’s about as valuable as, well, nothing, but it could get picked up. We’ll let you judge its worth.

The comedy focuses on a 30-something rockstar who, according to Deadline (via the A.V. Club), “unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.”

So it MIGHT be a little autobiographical. Maybe. No word on the status of the pilot, but we should know something later this year. If it gets us a respite from the torrent of Weezer releases, we’re all for it.

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FXX Will Now Be Giving Us Simpsons Mini-Marathons Almost Every Night…Forever http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fxx-will-now-be-giving-us-simpsons-mini-marathons-almost-every-night-forever/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fxx-will-now-be-giving-us-simpsons-mini-marathons-almost-every-night-forever/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:53:08 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264572 There is very little time left for human interaction.

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The non-stop Simpsons marathon on FXX has catapulted the network into the top 5 cable channels, and, wanting to keep that momentum past the 12-day marathon, the network has announced that it will be all-Simpson, all-the-time.

Almost.

5 nights a week, it will air at least four hours of Simpsons, ensuring that there will ALWAYS be something good on during primetime. This will leave a little sliver carved out for Parks and Recreation reruns, and you can just backfill the rest of your day with work and sleep.

It’s a brilliant system, and just another step towards what I’m calling the Simpsons Renaissance of 2014.

The schedule will be as follows:

Mondays will be 6PM-12AM

Tuesdays will be 8PM-12AM

Wednesdays will be free time (feel free to go to a bar, speak with your family, watch DVR’d Simpsons reruns…whatever)

Thursday will be  6PM-12AM

Fridays will be 8PM-12AM

Saturdays will be free time (exercise, eat some oatmeal)

Sundays will be 4PM-8PM

Enjoy the schedule that will now dictate the rest of your life.

(Vulture)

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Screen Junkies Show: Best Simpsons Episodes http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-best-simpsons-episodes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/screen-junkies-show-best-simpsons-episodes/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:46:39 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264562 The Simpsons has been on for 25 seasons — but which episodes are the best of all time? We gathered some superfans to narrow down the Best. Episodes. Ever.

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The Simpsons has been on for 25 seasons — but which episodes are the best of all time? We gathered some superfans to narrow down the Best. Episodes. Ever.

THANKS TO OUR PANEL!
Haley Mancini: twitter.com/haleymancini
Mike Mitchell: twitter.com/bdayboysmitch

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Oh Lord: Zach Galifianakis And Louis C.K. Are Bringing Us A Clown Comedy Show To F.X. http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/oh-lord-zach-galifianakis-and-louis-c-k-are-bringing-us-a-clown-comedy-show-to-f-x/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/oh-lord-zach-galifianakis-and-louis-c-k-are-bringing-us-a-clown-comedy-show-to-f-x/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:38:17 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264550 It will be called 'Baskets' after the main character 'Chip Baskets'.

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As if Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis didn’t have enough going on in their professional lives, they’re adding one more project to the pile as FX announced that they’re picking up Baskets, a show about…clowning.

The ten episode pickup revolves around a man named Chip Baskets, played by Zach G., who becomes disillusioned with his 9-5 life, and enrolls in a prestigious clown college in France, only to fail out, then relegated to life as a rodeo clown.

I don’t have much more to go on, but even if I did, would I need to? It’s a show about Zach Galifianakis as a clown college dropout.

Louis C.K. is a co-creator and the show will begin filming next year for a premiere in 2016, probably.

(Deadline)

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A Cameraman For ‘Cops’ Was Shot And Killed While Filming A Robbery Standoff For The Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/a-cameraman-for-cops-was-shot-and-killed-while-filming-a-robbery-standoff-for-the-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/a-cameraman-for-cops-was-shot-and-killed-while-filming-a-robbery-standoff-for-the-show/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:35:11 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264530 Also, 'Cops' is still on the air.

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In a sad testament to how real the dangers of the reality television forerunner Cops really are, a longtime cameraman for the show, Bryce Dion, died of a gunshot injury in a shootout between police and a gunman. The showdown took place outside an Omaha-area Wendy’s where police confronted an armed robbery suspect.

The gunman was also killed after sticking up the Wendy’s only to find the police, and the film crew waiting outside. A shootout followed, which apparently left the fast food restaurant’s windows riddled with bullet holes and two men mortally injured.

The crew had been in Omaha filming for much of the summer for Spike TV, which has been airing the show after it was dropped by FOX.

There aren’t many more details available as of now, but what more is really needed? A tragic incident that, sadly, is not surprising, given the show’s history of putting film crew in harm’s way.

(Deadline)

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Recent Interview With ‘Sopranos’ Creator David Chase Indicates Tony Soprano Isn’t Dead http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/recent-interview-with-sopranos-creator-david-chase-indicates-tony-soprano-isnt-dead/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/recent-interview-with-sopranos-creator-david-chase-indicates-tony-soprano-isnt-dead/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:47:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264516 Why is it dubious? Please, read on.

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You probably haven’t thought about Tony Soprano’s fate in a few years, have you? At least, probably not since the tragic death of James Gandolfini. Well, in an interview with Vox (caveat emptor, the article is VERY long), David Chase revealed that Tony Soprano isn’t dead.

But it’s not really that open-and-shut. The exchange between the interviewer and Chase sounds like a real nightmare, as excerpted by Vulture:

I had been talking with Chase for a few years when I finally asked him whether Tony was dead. We were in a tiny coffee shop, when, in the middle of a low-key chat about a writing problem I was having, I popped the question. Chase startled me by turning toward me and saying with sudden, explosive anger, “Why are we talking about this?” I answered, “I’m just curious.” And then, for whatever reason, he told me. …
…[W]hen he spoke about Tony and the question, [Chase] was laconic.
Just the facts and no interpretation.
He shook his head “no.” And he said simply, “No he isn’t.”

Well, there you have it. An interviewer pestered David Chase about the fate a of a character who was played by a close friend of Chase’s who died, and he snapped and blurted something out.

Whether or not this was a sincere response then begs the question of whether or not this take is revisionist based on the death of Gandolfini. Who knows. It’s likely that David Chase didn’t even know if Tony lived or died at the end, and if that’s the case, we might as well ask a person working at Starbucks what the mob boss‘ fate was.

 

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Netflix Renews ‘Bojack Horseman’ For A Second Season Five Days After Its Premiere http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/netflix-renews-bojack-horseman-for-a-second-season-five-days-after-its-premiere/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/netflix-renews-bojack-horseman-for-a-second-season-five-days-after-its-premiere/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:35:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264511 My theory is that people love seeing cartoon horses having sex with beautiful women.

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It didn’t take long for Netflix to re-up on Bojack Horseman, the animated comedy featuring Will Arnett as a washed-up former actor horse, surrounded by lots of familiar voices and close to no plot. Netflix, aside from Arrested Development, hasn’t has a lot going on for original comedies, and it’s a safe bet that Bojack didn’t require a House of Cards-type budget, so sure. Why not?

Netflix doesn’t share its “ratings” with the public because it doesn’t have any advertisers to satisfy, but whatever criteria they were using must have been met, because that was a pretty quick decision to give the show 12 more episodes. No date has been set yet, but just be patient, ok?

I’m about four episodes into the series, and it’s…it’s…fine. It’s funny at parts, and there’s a great cast of voices, but the show seems a little one-note already, and nothing really happens over the course of the show, which depends on Family Guy-style cutaways for many of its jokes.

Enough commentary. Bojack Horseman returns for a second season, which means it’s already half as successful as The Killing.

(THR)

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It Sounds Like ‘Full House’ Is Coming Back With Everyone Except The Olsen’s And Uncle Jesse’s Wife http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/it-sounds-like-full-house-is-coming-back-with-everyone-except-the-olsens-and-uncle-jesses-wife/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/it-sounds-like-full-house-is-coming-back-with-everyone-except-the-olsens-and-uncle-jesses-wife/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:15:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264502 They sold their San Francisco townhouse for $96 million.

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Remember how you were just getting nostalgic for a simpler time when Friday nights greeted you with crappy family comedies on ABC? John Stamos heard you, so he’s putting back together Full House with the original creator of the show Jeff Franklin.

Details are sketchy, and nothing is set in stone (we’ve been jerked around before), per the current reports, but TV Guide, which I would expect to be an expert resource on Full House goings-on, is reporting that the show will be coming back with most of the original cast intact, save for Lori Laughlin and the Olsens, who no one really cares about that much anyway, so they can go ahead and stay gone.

Full House interest has peaked a bit this year as the trio of Stamos, Saget, and Coullier appeared in a yogurt commercial during the Super Bowl, and then reunited dressed as their characters on Fallon. Yes, that’s what I’m calling a “peak” in interest. I have to tie this article together with some loose narrative, don’t I?

No plot details are available, but looking back on the entire first run, I’m STILL not sure we’re able to tell you what Full House plot details were then.

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It’s Looking Like NFL Sunday Ticket Will Only Be On DirecTV Until 2021 0r 2022 http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/its-looking-like-nfl-sunday-ticket-will-only-be-on-directv-until-2021-0r-2022/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/its-looking-like-nfl-sunday-ticket-will-only-be-on-directv-until-2021-0r-2022/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:32:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264485 Concussions will have ruined football by then anyway.

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Fans of the NFL know that if you want to see any games that aren’t nationally televised (about 75% of them), you’ll need to get the Sunday Ticket, which gives you access to every game played. They also know that if you want to get Sunday Ticket, you’ll have to get DirecTV, which has an exclusive arrangement with the NFL.

NOW, NFL fans are learning that it’s going to stay that way for a long while, as the NFL and DirecTV have reportedly reached an agreement that will extend that exclusivity for eight or so more years. This extension does not bode well for those who thought they would be able to get streaming access to games much as people can with the MLB, NHL, and NBA.

Bummer.

DirecTV was paying about $1 billion per season for the rights, and now it’s looking like $1.3-1.4 billion, so the NFL has reason to make them happy. Does it make the fans happy?

Eh. I suppose if you already have DirecTV and like it, you’re happy. Otherwise, probably not.

(THR)

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Donald Glover To Voice Spider-Man In A Disney XD Cartoon http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/donald-glover-to-voice-spider-man-in-a-disney-xd-cartoon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/donald-glover-to-voice-spider-man-in-a-disney-xd-cartoon/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:54:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264476 It's not the "Spider-Man in a feature" news that many of you wanted, but it's something.

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Donald Glover was once a fan-favorite to replace Toby Maguire as Spider-Man. This groundswell of support came from both Community fans, and fans of Spider-Man who wanted to see a different portrayal of Peter Parker. Glover didn’t get the gig, but has found success on Community and as rap artist Childish Gambino. He was also on Girls, but the less said about that, the better.

Glover is now getting cast as Spider-Man, albeit only for his voice, on the Disney Channel XD, and not as Peter Parker. Rather, Glover will play Spider-Man as the half-Hispanic, half-Black character Miles Morales, who exists as Spider-Man in an alternate timeline in which Parker dies.

Here’s a clip in which Glover acts really, really, really flabbergasted. Tone it down, Donald:

(Vulture)

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The Leftovers Recap, Episode 9: “The Garveys At Their Best” http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-episode/the-leftovers-recap-episode-9-the-garveys-at-their-best/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-episode/the-leftovers-recap-episode-9-the-garveys-at-their-best/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:42:46 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264462 Laurie speaks, Kevin cheats, and a deer wreaks (havoc) in the first season's penultimate episode.

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By Jared Jones

“I need to cancel.”

It has taken 9 long episodes for us to finally hear Laurie Garvey speak, and my God was it glorious. That her first line of dialogue involved the potential abortion of a child she had yet to tell her husband about was a fitting touch for The Leftovers, a show so wrought with secrets and grief that you’d have to be a glutton for punishment to make it this far into season 1. Luckily, I am one such glutton.

Told entirely through flashback, “The Garveys At Their Best” attempted to shed some light on what the lives of Kevin, Laurie, Norah Durst, and countless other citizens of Mapleton were like before the events of October 14th. And to be honest, most of them were quickly headed for disaster. Kevin, for instance, felt trapped in his mundane existence (not unlike the deer running amok throughout last night’s episode) and in constant search of his “greater purpose”, which equated to a lot of cigarette smoking and cheating on his wife. Nora, on the other hand, was trapped in the underappreciated (and intellectually lacking) life of a stay at home mom, growing increasingly frustrated with an unappreciative husband and plain annoying children. And of course, there was Laurie, who was stuck in a dead-end marriage with an unplanned child on the way.

These people wanted out, and in a way, the Departure was that out — an event that freed them from the suffocating normalness of their previous lives. Kevin was given an out from his marriage, Laurie an out from her unplanned child, and Nora an out from the (albeit temporary) frustrations of her family. “The Garveys At Their Best”, ironic as the title may be, showcased more about who these people were than any episode before it, and it couldn’t have come at a better time, with the first season finale a mere two weeks away.

Perhaps the most interesting development in “The Garveys at Their Best” was not the reveal that Laurie was carrying a child that was lost in the Departure, nor that Kevin was cheating on his wife with a woman who vanished during it, but that the event itself might have been brought about, or at least coincided, with the wishes of those left behind. It adds a whole different level of grief to an already grief-ridden show, but also some perspective on why those left behind might be so insistent on forgetting those who were lost — because they feel responsible for their departure. In a sense, last night’s episode made you understand, if not sympathize, with the Guilty Remnant, who are facing their grief head-on rather than suppressing it like many of the townsfolk of Mapleton.

Oh right, I almost forgot about Jill, who was a brace-faced teen working on a entropy project (get it?) for a science fair and basically living the average teenager lifestyle before the Departure. We didn’t really learn much about Jill, other than that she had a much closer relationship with Tommy prior to October 14th and might have known that her parents were headed for splitsville. She and Tommy also happened to witness first hand the disappearance of a classmate during a particularly intriguing sequence involving a human “circuit.”

Last night’s episode also revealed several smaller revelations. Firstly, that Laurie used to be a successful psychiatrist and that the Garvey’s were, like, stupid rich because of her success. We also learned that Paddi used to be a patient of Laurie’s, potentially foresaw the Departure, and that the “Neil” whose name she scribbled on a bag before defecating it and leaving it on his doorstep was in fact her abusive ex-husband who had recently kicked her out of her house. Oh, and Gladys was a dog-breeder before she went off the reservation, which begs the question: Were animals taken in the Departure as well? You have to admit, no one would have seen that twist coming.

After a short break for Labor Day, The Leftovers will return for what is set to be a gripping season finale. If I were to guess, it will be anything but uplifting.

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This Labor Day, Animal Planet Will Be Airing Live Animal Births Because ‘Labor’ Day, Get It? http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/this-labor-day-animal-planet-will-be-airing-live-animal-births-because-labor-day-get-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/this-labor-day-animal-planet-will-be-airing-live-animal-births-because-labor-day-get-it/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:58:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264441 This is completely disgusting, and a weird thing to do all in the name of a silly pun.

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For reasons that are completely beyond rationale thought, Animal Planet has decided because “Labor Day” could also be construed to mean a 24-hour period in which living things give birth, the cable network will be airing live animal births from the Nebraska State Fair.

Ohhhh-kay.

If you’re unfortunate enough to tune in, you will be able to see the births of a calf, lamb, piglet, and chick over the course of the special. In fact, if you’re really getting excited, you can tune in right now at animalplanet.com/laborlive. If that’s the type of weirdo you are.

In other news, Labor Day will still be available for spending time outside with friends, playing sports, and enjoying food and drink, should you not want to watch slimy animals slide out of vaginas at a Nebraska fair. Totally your call.

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HBO And Martin Scorsese To Team Up Once Again For ‘Shutter Island’ Series http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-and-martin-scorsese-to-team-up-once-again-for-shutter-island-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-and-martin-scorsese-to-team-up-once-again-for-shutter-island-series/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:49:00 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264438 I don't think it's gonna be a comedy...

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HBO and Martin Scorsese must be pretty happy with the arrangement they have, because they keep getting back together. Scorsese was the executive producer and pilot director behind Boardwalk Empire, and now he’s pulling the same detail on the untitled upcoming rock series he’s doing with Mick Jagger.

And know, he’s revisiting the setting of his 2010 film Shutter Island to bring us Ashecliffe, which is the name of the asylum that resides on Shutter Island. The 13-episode season will begin before the events of the film, but in the same setting.

There’s no reason to believe that Shutter Island star and frequent Scorsese collaborator Leo DiCaprio will star in this, other than the fact that he and Scorsese do EVERYTHING together. Only time will tell.

(Deadline)

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The Showrunner For ‘The Simpsons’ Has An Idea For How He’d Like To End The Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-showrunner-for-the-simpsons-has-an-idea-for-how-hed-like-to-end-the-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-showrunner-for-the-simpsons-has-an-idea-for-how-hed-like-to-end-the-show/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:40:30 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264434 ...by starting it back over.

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After years and years and years of criticisms saying the show is circling the drain and that the best years are behind it, The Simpsons seems to be enjoying something of a renaissance. The show’s crossover episodes are generating a fair amount of buzz, and the rerun marathon on FXX is getting insanely good ratings. It’s a good time to be The Simpsons.

So naturally, now is the time that showrunner Al Jean decides to muse about how he would like to end the show. There’s no indication that a finale is on the horizon, but his way of shutting things down sounds pretty appealing.

He thinks that the show would end with the opening Christmas pageant from the very first episode, suggesting that the world of The Simpsons plays out on a loop, rather than linearly, and that everything will start over again. It also goes a long way to making the reruns more appealing, considering they’re actually not taking place in the past of the show. It’s weird, but practical.

 

Of course, no word yet on an end date. If the show can right the ship a bit, hopefully we’re years and years away.

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NBC, In A Moment Of Wisdom, Cancels Its Gritty ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Series, ‘Emerald City’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-in-a-moment-of-wisdom-cancels-its-gritty-wizard-of-oz-series-emerald-city/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nbc-in-a-moment-of-wisdom-cancels-its-gritty-wizard-of-oz-series-emerald-city/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:26:02 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264428 Thank God.

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In what can only be seen as a victory, however small, for originality on network television, NBC has announced that it’s not going forward with its Game of Thrones (?)-inspired Wizard of Oz spinoff Emerald City. Why? It hasn’t been explicitly stated, but the hunch is that no one wanted to see the Wizard of Oz get tossed in among the glut of other TV adaptations of works in the public domain.

The show had been given a straight-to-series order, making the news all the more surprising. Normally the network would order a pilot, then decide based on that. But this time, the network was TOTALLY sure it wanted the show. Until it decided it didn’t at all.

The producers will keep shopping the show around, but if our God is a merciful and just God, this thing will die on the vine and maybe the networks can air an original show with new ideas and characters.

(A.V. Club)

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A ‘Parks And Rec’ Gag Reel Featuring Cursing, Fat Chris Pratt, and Lil’ Sebastian http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/a-parks-and-rec-gag-reel-featuring-cursing-fat-chris-pratt-and-lil-sebastian/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/a-parks-and-rec-gag-reel-featuring-cursing-fat-chris-pratt-and-lil-sebastian/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:39:27 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264419 We got your attention with the trifecta of "fat guy, mini-horse, and cursing," didn't we?

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To commemorate the release of the season 6 DVD set that very few people will actually buy, NBC has given us a lovely gift: yet another Parks and Recreation gag reel. As the show gets older, the stars get bigger, and everyone seems to stop caring as much, which makes for some VERY funny outtakes.

Also, the humor runs a little profane, so if you’re listening at work, might wanna toss those headphones on.

A sampling from Chris Pratt‘s nonsensical improv: “My mom carried me to term for 17 months. I was born with a full head of hair…a full head of teeth.”

Just watch this. You won’t regret it.

(Vulture)

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Painfully Meta ‘Girls’ Season 4 Teaser Takes Hannah/Lena Out Of NYC http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/painfully-meta-girls-season-4-teaser-takes-hannahlena-out-of-nyc/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/painfully-meta-girls-season-4-teaser-takes-hannahlena-out-of-nyc/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:29:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264416 If you think too hard about the layers, you'll get a nosebleed.

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Now that the dust has settled around HBO’s Girls, the program has sort of become just another show on TV. Which probably isn’t great for ratings, so in a move to shake things up, the show is sending Hannah to the University of Iowa to become a grad student.

In this trailer, we see Hannah pleasantly riding a bike, then, in typically Hannah fashion, crashing it and eating shit. As she lays lifeless, we see the filming crew emerge yelling “Ms. Dunham” as they swap Dunham out for a stunt double. It’s all a bit too much to want to read into, so I’m not gonna.

TL; DR: Girls is coming back in early 2015, Hannah is in Iowa, and that’s that.

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Everyone On ‘Mythbusters’ Who Isn’t Jamie Or Adam Is Leaving The Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/everyone-on-mythbusters-who-isnt-jamie-or-adam-is-leaving-the-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/everyone-on-mythbusters-who-isnt-jamie-or-adam-is-leaving-the-show/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:56:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264397 Leaving or kicked off. It's still not clear.

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For a long time now, Mythbusters has succeeded as a modest/cult hit due not only to its hairy hosts, but also the shows supporting cast, Grant Imahara, Keri Byron, and Tory Belluci. Over the past decade, they’ve proven to be an integral part of the show, and are as liked and known as the shows “stars.”

So it may come as a disappointment that all three supporting Mythbusters players are on to other things, effective after last night’s season finale.

Adam and Jamie will now be hosting the show themselves which may alienate viewerships that desire a more “normal” cast of characters that don’t wear berets, wire rim glasses, and mixologist mustaches. We will see what becomes of the show next season, but, to say goodbye, the three departed took to Twitter:

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Aaron Paul To Lead LA-Based ‘Breaking Bad’ Fans On A Scavenger Hunt Monday Before The Emmys http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/aaron-paul-to-lead-la-based-breaking-bad-fans-on-a-scavenger-hunt-monday-before-the-emmys/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/aaron-paul-to-lead-la-based-breaking-bad-fans-on-a-scavenger-hunt-monday-before-the-emmys/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:25:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264362 Finally, LA garners the attention of the entertainment industry!

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It seems like 75,000 lifetimes ago that the Breaking Bad finale aired. But, thanks to the self-congratulatory nature of the entertainment industry, we get to celebrate the show one more (final?) time with its Emmy nominations. The ceremony takes place Monday, and as a thanks to the fans of the show, the always-magnanimous Aaron Paul has decided to lead LA-based Breaking Bad enthusiasts on a scavenger hunt.

Rather than paraphrase, let’s just give you the skinny straight from the man himself:

I am interested in obtaining every single item he just mentioned. I also want :

  • Bogdan’s eyebrows
  • Huell’s windbreaker
  • Walt Jr.’s friend Lewis
  • The giant pile of actual money from the final season
  • Gomez’s laugh, trapped inside a bottle
  • Skyler’s sense of humor
  • Tio’s bell
  • The vanished half of Gus Fring’s face

See you on the battlefield, folks. 

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The @dadboner Twitter Feed And Book Are Getting Spun Into A Comedy Central Cartoon http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-dadboner-twitter-feed-and-book-are-getting-spun-into-a-comedy-central-cartoon/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-dadboner-twitter-feed-and-book-are-getting-spun-into-a-comedy-central-cartoon/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:54:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264354 Margs, Camaros, and Bob Seger.

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It’s pretty easy (and normally correct) to say that you shouldn’t spin long-form entertainment from something as thin and disposable as a Twitter feed. Just ask CBS and the guy behind “@shitmydadsays.” But because we’re greedy, and we crave too much of a good thing, we insist on getting more and more from certain jokes than Twitter has to offer. Granted, the novelty account @dadboner also has a book, entitled Power Moves: Livin’ The American Dream, USA Style, so that’s helpful.

And while the similarities between @shitmydadsays and @dadboner are many, it’s much harder to say no to the novelty account that follows a Michigan man, Karl Welzein, as he loves rock n’ roll, babes, and other awesome things. The Comedy Central adaptation of the account will be animated, which leaves more room for the absurd (though Shit My Dad Says getting William Shatner was pretty absurd).

But what’s not to like about this?:

There is nothing not to like about that.

(Deadline)

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Nick Offerman Shares Profound ‘Shower Thoughts’ With Us http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/nick-offerman-shares-profound-shower-thoughts-with-us/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/nick-offerman-shares-profound-shower-thoughts-with-us/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:08:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264347 "Once you have a PhD, every meeting you go to becomes a doctor's appointment."

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In one of the thousands of corners of Reddit, there’s a subreddit (a “category,” if you will) of “shower thoughts.” Shower thoughts are those trivial epiphanies that you come to, then say, “Huh,” as you just as quickly forget them. But not one will forget them when they come from the mouth of Nick Offerman.

Mashable put together Simply Genius Shower Thoughts with Nick Offerman, and it lives up to the title. It’s genius, and it’s got Ron Swanson himself in a picturesque setting, spouting dime-store wisdom.

Watch it, and in doing so reclaim your manhood and grow a mustache.

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You Can’t Have A Crime Procedural Without A Former Rapper, So Bow Wow Will Join ‘CSI: Cyber’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/you-cant-have-a-crime-procedural-without-a-former-rapper-so-bow-wow-will-join-csi-cyber/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/you-cant-have-a-crime-procedural-without-a-former-rapper-so-bow-wow-will-join-csi-cyber/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:42:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264326 He's already standing in front of the mirror, repeating the line, "Can you enhance that?"

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It’s the 90′s all over again at CBS and CSI: Cyber. Which makes sense, because that probably the last time their core demographics had any pop culture acumen whatsoever. In addition to getting James Van Der Beek to play “Elijah Mundo,” former child rapper Bow Wow will be playing Brody “Baby Face” Nelson, who – get this – is one of the top hackers in the world.

I’m really looking forward to the first season in which the show spends five episodes explaining what the Internet is, then a three season arc explaining what hackers do.

Because there’s no comedy like a character description from a CBS press release, here we go:

Nineteen going on 20, Nelson is a savant with cyber intrusions. Growing up without any parental guidance, he joined “hacktivist” groups for his extended family. His dilemma will be working for the feds while trying to keep his fingertips out of the Deep Web, where he was groomed to be one of the most prolific hackers in the world.

I understand that style guides often suggest you write out any number under 20, then revert to numerals for 20 and up, but that’s a pretty clumsy use of that convention in the first four words there.

Also, THE DEEP WEB! This is hitting pretty close to home, guys. I wonder how many episodes will be about BitCoins. All of them or just almost all of them.

(Deadline)

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NFL Asks Halftime Show Musical Acts To Pay For The Right To Appear http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nfl-asks-halftime-show-musical-acts-to-pay-for-the-right-to-appear/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/nfl-asks-halftime-show-musical-acts-to-pay-for-the-right-to-appear/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:27:47 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264323 Basically, by making them partners on their subsequent tours.

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While more cynical fans (like many reading this site, perhaps) see the Super Bowl Halftime Show as a lowest-common-denominator cash grab for the NFL, there’s something to be said for the focus it puts on the acts. Last year, the Super Bowl Halftime Show earned higher ratings than the actual game. Now, that may have been because the game was a blowout, but whatever. Lots of people watch the show and familiarize themselves with pop acts.

So it should comes as little surprise that when the league reached out to Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna as it’s top three choices, it “suggested” that they thank the NFL by kicking back to it a portion of subsequent tour profits. Is this stupid and bold? Yes. Does it make sense? Yes, but it’s stupid and bold.

The NFL historically covers the costs of an artist’s appearance, but now sees the platform if gives artists as a way to make money. It’s a valuable platform, but I really don’t think those three artists need help getting people to attend their shows. The Wall Street Journal has said the artists weren’t too fired up about sharing their tour proceeds, so let’s just accept the fact that this is finally the year the NFL embraces electronic music, tos Avicii and David Guetta up there, then call it a day.

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‘The Strain’ To Gross Us Out Further In Season Two http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-strain-to-gross-us-out-further-in-season-two/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/the-strain-to-gross-us-out-further-in-season-two/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:14:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264315 How far will they stray from the books?

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The television adaptation of The Strain started out meh but has since become pretty awesome. Today there’s confirmation that FX has picked up Guillermo Del Toro’s series for a second season where we’ll really get into the nasty stuff.

While so far, the first season has drawn from the first two books in the trilogy, it is expected that the second season will be based on the second book. The television series has done a great job of cleaning up the sloppy, dangling plot threads of the novels so I’m looking forward to see how they cut the goofy stuff from The Fall. Then again, this a series based on the healing power of love. So we’ll still have to put up with that. (io9)

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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite For Some Emmy Yuks in ‘Barely Legal Pawn’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bryan-cranston-and-aaron-paul-reunite-for-some-emmy-yuks/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bryan-cranston-and-aaron-paul-reunite-for-some-emmy-yuks/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:45:48 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264312 Also starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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Looks like the Primetime Emmy committee also misses seeing Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Having been too busy committeeing for Godzilla or Need For Speed, they brought Breaking Bad’s Walt and Jessie back for this Pawn Stars parody video also starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Created by the team behind Broad City, it’s pretty funny throughout but worth watching all the way to the end. Give it a watch and don’t forget to watch the Emmys and Godzilla and Need For Speed.

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‘Homeland’ Season 4 Trailer: THE GANG’S GOING BACK TO THE MIDDLE EAST! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/homeland-season-4-trailer-the-gangs-going-back-to-the-middle-east/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/homeland-season-4-trailer-the-gangs-going-back-to-the-middle-east/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:47:00 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264299 I can't find Chris Brody in this trailer. Has anyone seen Chris Brody? I'm starting to get worried...

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After last year’s shakeup, which may have come a season too late for many viewers, it appears that Homeland is packing it’s bags and expatriating. In this trailer for season 4 of the Showtime hit, we see Claire Danes‘ Carrie Matheson in a foreign land, besieged by violence and self doubt, just like she was in Washington, only now with different costumes.

This trailer fits the definition of a “teaser” giving us only a (weak) acoustic song overlaid with a montage of context-free events, and some vague narration. Still, it’s nice to know the show’s making it’s way back, and hopefully it can draw from the original magic that endeared so many to the show before it went off track late in season 2 and 3.

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