Netflix released the entire first season of the new comedy series Space Force this past weekend. The debut didn’t fare too well with critics, landing only a 39% critical score on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a disappointed review from yours truly, but the audience score is currently at 76% with over 750 ratings so far. Regardless of the reception, co-creator Greg Daniels is hoping to get a few more seasons to play around with the antics of the newest branch of the military tasked with getting boots on the moon, especially since the first season concludes with a couple big cliffhangers. Read More »
In this edition of TV Bits:
- A whole bunch of shows recently got renewed.
- Netflix announces the premiere date of The Politician season 2.
- Watch the Orphan Black cast get together again (remotely, of course).
- HBO Max’s underground ballroom community competition series Legendary gets a trailer.
- ESPN wants to replicate the success of The Last Dance with a docuseries about Tom Brady.
- Why did Skeet Ulrich leave Riverdale? Because he was bored, that’s why.
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Holy crud! Lock the doors, hide the kids, turn off all the lights, because here comes Ted Lasso! The new Apple TV+ comedy series stars Jason Sudeikis as a college football coach from Kansas who is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England. Comedy ensues! Have I mentioned this cool cat’s name is Ted Lasso?! Far out! Apple revealed a Ted Lasso first look today, and you can see it below.
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Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian continues a deep dive into the making of the first live-action Star Wars series that’s available on Disney+. After last weekend’s episode proudly displayed the innovative new virtual set technology known as The Volume, the fifth installment of the documentary series shines a light on the practical effects. That includes the creation of the adorable puppet known as “Baby Yoda,” or as he’s officially been designated, The Child. Not only does this episode reveal some of the alternate Baby Yoda designs, but it shows how he evolved from the script to the screen.
See the alternate Baby Yoda designs below and find out what else we learned from Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian. Read More »
YouTube swept the leg, but Cobra Kai isn’t down for the count just yet.
The streaming video site’s most acclaimed original scripted series won’t premiere its new season on that platform. Instead, Cobra Kai, the streamer’s TV continuation of the Karate Kid film franchise, is on the hunt for another home at a different streaming service, with Netflix and Hulu reportedly “leading the short list of contenders” who showed interest in picking up the show. Read More »
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The romantic-comedy, much like its cousin the horror-comedy, more often than not ends up sacrificing the romance for the comedy. Or the comedy for the romance. But where there are plenty of romantic anime shows, few end up being as sweet and as hilarious as Kaguya-sama: Love is War.
Looking from the outside in, Kaguya-sama seems like a traditional slice of life high school romance. In a prestigious academy for Japan’s brightest students (and those from the wealthiest and most influential families), student council president Miyuki Shirogane and vice president Kaguya Shinomiya excel at everything they do and are revered by everyone in the academy. Oh, and the entire academy thinks they should be together.
The good news is that they also very much have feelings for each other, and know that the other is in love with them. The problem? They are too damn stubborn and prideful to admit their feelings. In love, there’s a winner, and a loser (or so says the narrator), so neither Shirogane or Shinomiya want to lose. What ensues is a brilliant and hilarious battle of the wits, a game of psychological warfare where two stellar minds try to out-scheme the other to confess their love first.
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The Series: Looney Tunes
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Looney Tunes has one of the most memorable and beloved rosters of animated characters of all time. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Pepe Le Pew, The Tazmanian Devil, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Speedy Gonzalez, and more star in the shorts that shaped animated comedy, creating many of the cartoon tropes that are still prevalent in the medium today. This is timeless comedy at its best, and the whole family can enjoy them.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Every single animated project you’ve ever seen has been influenced by the classic Looney Tunes (and Merrie Melodies) shorts in one way or another. Even though Mickey Mouse may be the face of one of the most successful media giants in the history of entertainment, Disney’s roster of classic animated characters has nothing on these characters from Warner Bros., many of them voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc. Yes, you can give Disney credit all day since they took cues from Walt Disney’s musical series Silly Symphonies, but for my money, Looney Tunes does it better. Read More »
All 10 episodes of the first season of Space Force arrive on Netflix tomorrow. It marks the return of Steve Carell to television comedy, and he’s joined by The Office co-creator Greg Daniels. There’s a good chance you’ll be hunkered down on your couch to binge Space Force since there’s not much else to do, and to ensure that you don’t get hungry, the flavor makers at Ben & Jerry’s have created an official Space Force ice cream called “Boots on the Moooo’n.” Find out what’s in the pint below. Read More »
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Are we one step closer to the Bosch television universe? Dads everywhere can dream! According to author Michael Connelly, Amazon, the #1 place for Bosch, is looking into developing a Lincoln Lawyer TV series. At one point, CBS was developing a Lincoln Lawyer show, but ultimately passed on the idea. Now, Connelly hopes to bring the project to Amazon and have it crossover with the Bosch-verse.
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Back in 2018, 20th Century Fox gave us the coming-of-age teen romance Love, Simon. It was your average romantic comedy about a young kid trying to figure out his place in the world as he deals with the trials and tribulations of being a teenager, but it followed the journey of a young gay kid named Simon (Nick Robinson). It wasn’t exactly innovative with the storytelling, but that’s also what made it a little groundbreaking. It was a traditional romantic comedy that gave a queer relationship the spotlight.
Now Hulu is following in the footsteps of Love, Simon with a new series called Love, Victor, which also follows a closeted gay teen (Michael Cimino) as he makes his way through a new high school, making friends, and coming to terms with his sexual orientation. A new Love, Victor trailer has arrived, and it echoes a lot of the style and energy from Love, Simon, but Victor may have a somewhat more difficult time coming out. Read More »