TV News Flash
Now that the iconic Brady house has been fully renovated into a replica of the original TV set design from The Brady Bunch, HGTV is giving away a six-night stay there from December 9 to 15. All you have to do is submit a 30- to 90-second video sharing why you deserve to win this super fun op. And by the way, it also includes a $25,000 cash prize. See www.HGTV.com/Brady for full details and official rules.
When returning to the Stone Age is a good thing: Warner Bros. Animation and Elizabeth Banks’ Brownstone Productions are collaborating on a new series about your favorite modern Stone Age family, The Flintstones. Not for little eyes and ears this time, the project is in early development and is being described as a primetime animated adult comedy based on the original idea featuring characters from the cartoon classic, which ran from 1960 to 1966. Gender roles updated, I imagine.
IMDb is now getting into the content creation business, with its first-ever scripted animated series You’re Not a Monster. The fab voice cast includes Kelsey Grammer, Ellie Kemper, Aparna Nancherla, Patton Oswalt and Eric Stonestreet.
Scheduled for a fall premiere, the series shows that even movie monsters have emotional issues, and Grammer will return to the therapist chair as a former psychiatrist-turned-vampire who mentors his great-great grandson Max (Stonestreet), who’s inherited his practice. Find it here.
It make sense that Amazon, originally known as an online purveyor of books, would be behind some of the best adaptations. The latest that caught my eye is a 13-episode series based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s fabulous novel Daisy Jones & The Six with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Circle of Confusion producing.
For those of you who have not yet read it (and you should pick it up immediately) Daisy Jones & The Six centers on a fictional rock band in the 1970s, following their rise through the ranks of the LA music scene and beyond, eventually becoming one of the most legendary bands in the world.
“As soon as I started reading Daisy Jones & The Six, I immediately fell head over heels in love with it, and I’m thrilled to be bringing it to the screen,” said Witherspoon. “I am so confident that Daisy and her band’s journey toward finding their voice will leave just as permanent a mark with viewers around the world as it did with me.”
I loved Deborah Harkness’s All Souls Trilogy so much I was actually afraid to watch AMC’s A Discovery of Witches series when it aired, for fear it wouldn’t do the intriguing books justice. But recently, when I saw it was on the Rotten Tomatoes list of Best New TV Series of the Year so far (scroll down), I thought I’d try an episode or two.
I was immediately spellbound, and am recommending it to all creatures great and small. Binge it On Demand.
Not that I agree with it, but here’s Rotten Tomatoes’ list of Top Television Series of 2019 by Tomatometer score:
- Fleabag: Season 2: Certified Fresh at 100%
- Barry: Season 2 : Certified Fresh at 100%
- Better Things: Season 3 : Certified Fresh at 100%
- One Day at a Time: Season 3: Certified Fresh at 100%
- A Discovery of Witches: Season 1: Certified Fresh at 100%
- Tuca & Bertie: Season 1: Certified Fresh at 100%
- Broad City: Season 5: Certified Fresh at 100%
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 6: Certified Fresh at 100%
- Documentary Now!: Season 3: Certified Fresh at 100%
- Leaving Neverland: Miniseries: Certified Fresh at 98%
The full list of series can be found here.
I love the look of Hulu’s new limited anthology rom-com series Four Weddings and a Funeral from Mindy Kaling. The first four episodes premiere Wednesday, July 31.
In essence, “Relationships are forged and broken, political scandals exposed, London social life lampooned, love affairs ignited and doused, and of course there are four weddings… and a funeral.”
Check out the trailer:
If you’re among those of us who just can’t get enough helpings of The Great British Baking Show, you’ll be thrilled to know that The first five seasons are streaming now on the PBS Living Prime Video Channel on Amazon. These are the seasons that feature the original comedic hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, as well as baking experts Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
I think it’s well worth the PBS Living subscription rate of $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Also get it through Apple TV Channels. Or you could buy the first five 10-episode seasons to have and to hold forever. (see below)
I admit: I bit. The premise of a group of 15 people from all walks of life living together for a year on mostly undeveloped land does sound intriguing. But after watching the entire two hour premiere of Fox’s new reality series Utopia ($50 million in the making) I have to say I’m done. I watched it…
Update: Apparently, millions of viewers disagreed with my review of The Strain. I recently received the following info from the network: “FX has ordered a 13-episode second season of its newest hit drama series The Strain from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX…
'Louder Than Words' With David Duchovny Now On DVD
From time to time I’ll be filling you in on interesting Home Entertainment releases. You’ll note that films new on DVD almost always drop on Tuesdays. Sometimes they’ll be giant blockbusters finally released for home viewing, sometimes they are independents that might not have made it to a theater near you, and sometimes they’re newsworthy films that go straight to DVD.…
Recording Artists Asked to Pay to Play at Super Bowl
Ever wonder how much they pay artists like Bruno Mars and Aerosmith to put on those spectacular Super Bowl half time shows? It’s pretty common knowledge that the recording artists don’t get paid a penny — they do it for exposure. But what The Wall Street Journal (the god of all newspapers to which I subscribe religiously) recently…
Stop! Drop everything, and proceed directly to your television and begin binge-watching the FX series Fargo. It’s the biggest and best original series launch so far this year, and is not to be missed. If you liked the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece of the same name, you’ll love this 10-episode limited dramady series, produced by the Brothers C, which…