Recent Posts in TV
August 30, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Last night's series finale of Hannibal closed with an incredibly beautiful, gory sequence (something the show was especially good at) soundtracked to the first new Siouxsie Sioux song in eight years. "Love Crime" was co-written by series composer Brian Reitzell especially for the finale. Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller told TV Guide:
I went to NBC and Sky, who are our American and U.K. broadcasters, and said: 'I know the show is canceled... and it's absolutely unheard of for a showrunner to come back to you and ask for more money for a show that has no further revenue potential for you. But it's Siouxsie Sioux and it's an honor and it's her first single in eight years.' They both said, 'Yes, absolutely, we'll split it right down the middle, and we're doing this because we love you, we love the show, and we love Siouxsie."Love Crime" is very much in the melodramatic Bond Theme style and works perfectly with the finale. You can listen to the song below.
If you never watched Hannibal, which was based on Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter films, you were not alone, the show was a ratings loser but critically adored and one of the most bizarre, gorgeous, disturbing shows ever to air on Network TV and it got a fitting end... that still left room for more if that option ever arises.
August 27, 2015
Officially looking forward to the next season of Portlandia after seeing the above photo posted to Carrie Brownstein's Instagram, hoping Carrie wears that outfit to her upcoming almost-Halloween appearance at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, hoping Danzig does not wear his outfit at any of his Halloween-time shows this year (October 21st at Best Buy Theater included), AND not sure when Portlandia Season 6 hits IFC, but meanwhile you can catch Fred in his new IFC show Documentary Now!.
Check out a couple more pics from what seems to be a goth-themed sketch, via Fred's instagram, below...
Heems at Baby's All Right, 8/25/2015 (photo via @jcohen008)
Would you like to see a sitcom about Heems? It may happen:
Hey! So... 20th Century Fox bought my story rights for a potential sitcom. Thought I'd let my fans know.— HEEMS AKA POOCHIE (@HIMANSHU) August 26, 2015
When someone asked if this was for real he replied "yes for real. Gotta write the pilot now and pitch networks but fox on board to produce." Heems is a funny guy, and if there could be a show about the "Shit My Dad Says" twitter account, why not this?. Watch his video for "Damn Girl" (from this year's Eat Pray Thug) below.
Heems just played Baby's All Right on Tuesday. Anyone go to that show?
August 19, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Jon Stewart and WWE's Seth Rollins on 'The Daily Show'
Jon Stewart just retired from hosting The Daily Show and already has a new gig: the celebrity guest host of WWE's annual SummerSlam which happens Sunday (8/23) at Barclays Center (sold out). Some of you may know that Stewart has been somewhat involved in a storyline about WWE's current World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins, and for a little catchup on that you can watch a video below.
Meanwhile, Trevor Noah will take over The Daily Show's anchor chair starting September 28 and you can watch a teaser for that below. In the meantime, Chris Hardwick's comedy game show @Midnight will be on in The Daily Show's usual 11 PM timeslot.
In other Comedy Central news, the very funny faux reality show Another Period, which features a veritable who's who of comedic talent (seriously, pretty much everybody's been on this show), has been unsurprisingly renewed for a second season. If you haven't checked out Another Period yet, the premise is basically a Kardashians style show but set in 1902 when morals, medicine and technology were very different. (The Drunk History folks are involved.) You can check out a few clips below.
It's been six years since the last new Flight of the Conchords episode on HBO. Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie have played live shows since (like at the McKittrick Hotel two years ago) but there's now hope of new stuff. At a press junket for his new film People Places Things, Clement was asked if we might ever get some new Conchords material, like a movie, and he replied like this:
We have actually started writing one...but who knows if it will ever be made, we've written some notes for some different film ideas. We're not down to the stage where we're going, "The film is going to be like this," it could be this, this, this, this, this.That's a lot of "this." In other very vague news, Clement has said that he and McKenzie were considering a North American tour soon as well, though nothing has been announced either.
In the meantime, you can see Clement in People Places Things (watch the trailer below), hear him as a talking horse in those DIRECTV commercials, and if you haven't seen the terrific vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (that he co-wrote and stars in), it's available on various streaming services and DVD. He's also working on a new HBO series with Judd Apatow which he describes as "The Twilight Zone, but comedy." He's also starring in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG that's being written by Melissa Mathison (who wrote E.T. and very little else since). Stay tuned.
McKenzie, you may remember, won an Oscar in 2012 for writing "Man or Muppet" from the 2011 The Muppets movie and wrote songs for 2014's Muppets Most Wanted as well.
by Bill Pearis
Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Myers have a new series on IFC called Documentary Now! which parodies various nonfiction films, including Grey Gardens, Nanook of the North, and VICE's HBO series. They got Helen Mirren to intro every episode and he series premieres this Thursday (8/20) at 10 PM EST with "Sandy Passage" (the Grey Gardens parody). You can watch the entire VICE parody, titled "DRONEZ" and featuring Jack Black as a Shane Smith-inspired character, as well as a few other clips below.
Bill Hader was on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Monday to promote the show, which also featured a live performance by fake '70s soft rock band Blue Jean Committee, who feature in Documentary Now!'s two-part 'Behind the Music' style season finale that includes cameos from HAIM, Darryl Hall, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, and more. You can watch their performance of "Catalina Breeze" (pretty good Loggins & Messina / England Dan & John Ford Coley style yacht rock) You may remember Blue Jean Committee from a 2011 SNL episode. Here, they've gone deep in the shag, recording a bunch of songs which will be released on an EP in November via Drag City (who put out BJC's "Massachusetts Afternoon" last year as a 7"). That's the cover art above and you can stream two tracks from that right now, below...
August 17, 2015
photo via @bobbyphobia
As you may know, Showtime's Twin Peaks reboot is set to start filming soon, mostly in Washington State. But there is something happening in Brooklyn right now. Yellow film shoot signs are up all over 5th Ave in Park Slope with "Imperial Woodpecker 'Twin Peaks'" in the project name slot. According to DNA Info, they're shooting at Grand Prospect Hall which is up there with the most David Lynch place in all of NYC ("We make your dreams come true"). Compare an '80s GPH commercial with Twin Peaks, below. Grand Prospect Hall owner Michael Halkias told DNAinfo that "hundreds of people" are at Gph filming, with super-tight security. "We are under total occupation." Whether it's the actual show, or perhaps just a promo/commercial (Imperial Woodpecker is a commercial production company) remains to be seen. Stay tuned.
And in other other news, the GPH folks have opened the 17,000 square foot Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten right next door and it's open Tuesday - Sunday. Has anybody gone to that yet?
by Bill Pearis
Saturday Night Live is gearing up for its 41st season and they've just announced the first three hosts: Miley Cyrus will host the season premiere on October 3, then it's Amy Schumer on 10/10 and former SNL castmember Tracy Morgan on 10/17. The latter is especially notable as it will be Morgan's first comedic work since the horrific 2014 car accident that killed his friend James McNair and left Morgan in critical condition. This will only be his second public appearance since the crash, the first being a Today Show interview back in June where he revealed he's still suffering effects from the traumatic brain injury he incurred in the accident. Tracy, glad to have you back and looking forward to a new Brian Fellows sketch.
No word on musical guests yet. Stay tuned.
August 13, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Squeeze are set to release their first album of new material in 17 years this fall. Titled Cradle to the Grave, it's songs Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook recorded for the BBC series of the same name (which is based on Danny Baker's autobiography Going To Sea in a Sieve). That's the cover art above and you can stream "Happy Days," which features those signature Difford & Tilbrook harmonies, below.
As mentioned, Difford & Tilbrook will be going on a North American acoustic tour this winter, hitting the NYC area for three dates: Best Buy Theatre on December 17 & 18 (tickets) and Huntington, NY's The Paramount on December 12 (tickets).
August 12, 2015
Patti Smith's 2010 memoir, Just Kids, about her early, struggling days in New York with Robert Mapplethorpe, will be the basis of a new series for Showtime, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Smith, who was originally trying to adapt her book into a screenplay, will write the "limited series" with showrunner John Logan (who does the same for Showtime's Penny Dreadful and wrote the screenplay to upcoming James Bond film SPECTRE.) Smith said in a press release:
A limited series on Showtime will allow us to explore the characters more deeply, enabling us to develop stories beyond the book and allow a measure of unorthodox presentation. The medium of a television limited series offers narrative freedom and a chance to expand upon the themes of the book.Apart from that it's happening, no other details about the series have been released.
In related news, HBO released the first look at Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger's Vinyl, the series about the highs and lows (and highs) of the music industry in mid-'70s NYC. The series stars Bobby Cannavale as a record label exec and, from the minute-long teaser (set to The New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis"), looks to be in the Goodfellas/Casino mold. Watch that below.