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X-Files season 11

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Divorce season 2 has a trailer.
  • Difficult People has been cancelled.
  • The X-Files season 11 has a premiere date, and so does 9-1-1.
  • Garret Dillahunt and Jenna Elfman join Fear the Walking Dead.
  • You’re the Worst renewed for a final season.
  • StartUp renewed by Crackle.
  • Shoot the Messenger has a premiere date and trailer.
  • Say goodbye to Chiller Network.
  • An artist laid-of from Louis C.K.‘s animated series The Cops penned an open letter.


I’ve never seen Divorce, but someone is clearly watching the HBO series, because season 2 is coming. Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church return in the series that “finds Frances (Parker) and her ex-husband, Robert (Thomas Haden Church), dealing with the aftermath of their explosive separation and learning to rebuild their lives.” In addition to Parker and Church, the show co-stars Molly Shannon, Talia Balsam, Tracy Letts, Sterling Jerins and Charlie KilgoreDivorce season 2 premieres Sunday, January 14 on HBO.


Difficult People cancelled

While Hulu’s Difficult People seemed to have quite the cult following, it apparently wasn’t big enough to sustain the series any longer. Hulu has pulled the plug on the comedy starring Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner after three seasons. “Yes it’s true. DIFFICULT PEOPLE has come to an end,” Eichner wrote on Twitter. Thanks to many people but above all my friend, @julieklausner. A singular comedic voice & the funniest person I know. I cannot WAIT to see what Julie creates next. Thanks to all of you Difficult People out there who watched.” Klausner added: “My black heart is full of love reading fans’ responses to #DifficultPeople ending. THANK YOU. It was an honor and the best time of my life.”


X-Files season 11

The X-Files is coming back for yet another season, and it’s coming back soon. FOX announced that season 11 of the series will premiere on January 11, 2018. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will both be back as Agents Mulder and Scully, tracking down mysterious cases involving aliens, monsters and other things that go bump in night. Hopefully it’ll be better than the previous revival season, which was the opposite of good. Also premiering on January 11: 9-1-1, from creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The series, starring Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, and Peter Krause, focuses on the lives of first responders.

fear the walking dead

Fear the Walking Dead, the spin-off of AMC’s apparently endless zombie drama The Walking Dead, is adding two new cast members. THR reports that Jenna Elfman will be joining the series in an undisclosed role. THR also says Garret Dillahunt has joined the cast as well. Like Elfman, details on Dillahunt’s part are a secret. Interestingly enough, Dillahunt had originally expressed interest in playing the character Nagan on The Walking Dead. That role eventually went to Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I’ve never seen Fear the Walking Dead and I gave up on The Walking Dead after about two episodes, but hey, people seem to dig these shows, so they’ll apparently never, ever end.


you're the worst

You’re The Worst, FXX’s dark romantic comedy about two unbalanced people in love, has been renewed for a fifth and final season. Aya Cash and Chris Geere star in the series, created by Stephen Falk. “Stephen Falk has been an extraordinary creative partner to work with over the past four years, and it is in that spirit that we came to the mutual decision to end You’re the Worst with its fifth season,” said FX president of original programming Nick Grad, per THR. “Stephen’s singular vision for the series has been its guiding force from the start and our decision, while difficult, will allow the series to end on its own terms and in a way most satisfying to its devoted fans. We want to thank Stephen, the cast and the crew for everything they’ve done to make You’re the Worst one of the best comedies on TV.”


Who out there watches Crackle? Anybody? The streaming platform may not get the same attention as Netflix or Amazon, but it’s out there, plugging away with its own shows. One such show is StartUp, which has just been renewed for a third season, per THR. The series stars Martin Freeman and Adam Brody, and is described as a “gritty drama” that “follows unlikely tech entrepreneurs behind a brilliant idea, and a powerful FBI agent (Freeman) who can make or break those he comes in contact with — not always for the right reasons.”

Shoot the Messenger, a new series from WGN America, now has a premiere date of Monday February 26, 2018. The eight-part event series stars Elyse Levesque, Lyriq Bent, Lucas Bryant and Alex Kingston, and focuses on a young journalist who gets caught up in a world of urban gangs, the political class, corporate power-brokers and the cops. “Shoot the Messenger is a great fit for our powerful line-up of crime programming,” said Gavin Harvey, President, WGN America (via Coming Soon). “It’s a high-quality, edge-of-your-seat drama that addresses topical issues and will resonate with not only our core viewers, but also a new audience of crime enthusiasts.” Watch a trailer for the show above.


Bad news for the few remaining people watching the horror network Chiller: NBCUniversal is shutting it down. The niche channel had a string of mostly terrible horror movies, and struggled to maintain an audience. Rather than carry Chiller like dead wait, NBCUniversal is pulling the plug at the end of 2017. The channel did manage to produce one original show in its tenure: Slasher. I’m guessing that show is done for good, unless someone else picks it up. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a horror-centric home, I advise you to sign up for Shudder.


Louis CK Netflix Specials

In the wake of the sexual misconduct revelations involving Louis C.K., the multiple shows C.K. was involved with have found themselves caught in limbo. One such show, the animated series The Cops, has been cancelled completely before it ever got off the ground. This is incredibly unfortunate for everyone involved with the series, who of course had nothing to do with C.K.’s misconduct but now must suffer because of it. One of the show’s artists, art director Francis Giglio, penned an open-letter to C.K. and posted it on his Facebook page. Here’s the text:

My name is Francis Giglio and I am was the Art Director on your animated show “The Cops.”

I am writing to you today to give a voice to another group of people that have been affected by your actions. The amazingly talented crew on The Cops that has been tirelessly working hard to create a unique prime time animated show. We now find ourselves out of a job right before the holiday season. So many of us are frantically looking for a new project to jump on. Myself included as my wife stays home with our 3 year old daughter and I want to always make sure they are taken care of.

However here is the bigger point.

All of the stress and frustration that I find myself in now is nothing compared to the pain and distress you have caused those women. I will happily walk away from this project and any other project to fully support anyone that needs to come forward about sexual abuse or harassment.

Best Regards,
Francis Giglio
Art Director, The Cops

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Photos

It’s about that time for Star Wars fans to start figuring out just how much they want to know about the next chapter of the sci-fi saga.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is less than a month away, and new details are being revealed everyday. For the most part, spoilers are being kept under tight wraps, but that doesn’t there aren’t tidbits of information being revealed that people would just as soon leave undiscovered until they see the movie next month. But if you’re one of those fans who likes the hints and details leading up to the release of the movie, then you’ll want to check out the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi photos below along with some interesting story nuggets regarding the dynamic between Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey (Daisy Ridley). Read More »

Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV Spot

We’re less than a month from the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and the onslaught of marketing for the next chapter of the Skywalker saga is increasing everyday. Now that all the theatrical trailers have been released, we’re starting to get tidbits of new footage by way of TV spots, and a new one has just popped up.

Most of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi TV spots feature recycled footage from the trailers, but in a new glimpse at the sequel from director Rian Johnson, we see some new footage of Finn (John Boyega) as he plays catch-up with what’s going on between the Resistance and the First Order. Read More »

Chance the Rapper Hosted Saturday Night Live

That’s right. Out of the six episodes of Saturday Night Live we’ve had so far, the best episode of the season wasn’t hosted by a huge movie star or a popular comedian. Instead it was hosted by chart-topping hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, who makes the case for his own career in comedy effortlessly.

Chance the Rapper has taken to the stage in Studio 8H before a a musical guest on SNL, but this was his first time hosting the show. While he seemed a little nervous at the top of the show, he gradually got more and more comfortable as the night went on and proved that he has some impressive comedy chops. So let’s run through the best and worst sketches of the Chance the Rapper hosted Saturday Night Live below.

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New Terminator Sequel

Against all odds, the Terminator franchise is being kept alive thanks to producer James Cameron. The crippled sci-fi film series now has a home at 20th Century Fox, and Cameron is hoping to spark the beginning of a new Terminator trilogy, complete with original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprising their roles as the T-800 killing machine and Sarah Connor respectively.

The new Terminator sequel already had a team of writers on board that included David Goyer (Man of Steel), Justin Rhodes (Green Lantern Corps.), Charles Eglee (Dark Angel) and Josh Friedman (Avatar 2), but now they’ve added another writer to the process. The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray has been brought on board to give the script one final polish. While we don’t know the story of this new Terminator sequel yet, some details on a couple new characters have emerged. Read More »

Freddy Got Fingered conspiracy theory

I haven’t thought about actor/comedian Tom Green or his 2001 absurdist comedy Freddy Got Fingered since we wrote this article in March of 2016 about how a man was arrested after not returning his VHS rental of it after 14 years. If you told me that Green had a conspiracy theory about why Freddy Got Fingered didn’t perform well at the box office, I’d have shrugged it off – but he really does have one, and it actually sounds pretty reasonable.
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Godzilla sequels

The anime film Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters opened in some territories today, but it won’t be the last animated adventure of everyone’s favorite kaiju. Toho Studios is currently developing two Planet of the Monsters sequels, with the intent to create a Godzilla anime trilogy. In other words, Godzilla will continue his never-ending reign of destruction for the foreseeable future.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we try to go home again, take ourselves out to the ballgame with Bill Murray and his brother Brian, shake it like a Polaroid picture, oontz oontz oontz inside Cuba, and take a Czech skinhead bowling.  Read More »

The Incredibles 2 Trailer

It’s been 13 years since we last saw The Incredibles. Better known as the Parr family, this tight-knit group of superheroes is finally getting the sequel Pixar fans have been clamoring for ever since the first film ended on an episodic-style cliffhanger.

The Incredibles 2 is coming in 2018, and while story details are still under tight wraps by Pixar Animation, we finally get our first official look at the animated sequel thanks to the first teaser trailer that has just been unveiled. Fans will get to see the teaser trailer attached to Pixar’s Coco next week, but for those who can’t wait (like me), you can watch The Incredibles 2 trailer below. Read More »

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