History of Product Placement in Movies and TV

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, take a look at the surprisingly deep history of product placement in movies and TV over the decades. Plus, get a refresher on the entire Fast and Furious franchise before F9 speeds into theaters this coming weekend. And finally, check out a roundtable discussion with TV directors such as Zach Braff (Ted Lasso), Rick Famuyiwa (The Mandalorian), and Lena Dunham (Industry). Read More »

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

During the month of October, Netflix will receive several new additions to its streaming library that we’re very interested in – shows like The Haunting of Bly Manor, Song Exploder, and The Queen’s Gambit, and films like Ben Wheatley’s Rebecca and Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. But I haven’t seen any of those yet, so here are the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in October 2020 that I have already seen and can easily recommend. Read More »

fargo season 4 review

The Coen Brothers make movies about quirky characters, but it would be nice if Noah Hawley and the team behind the Fargo TV series would remember that there’s more to those movies than the quirk. In adapting both the Fargo movie and borrowing several other beats from the Big Book of Coen, the Fargo TV series leans heavily on the quirkiness, and season 4 practically goes overboard, populating this latest installment with a collection of individuals who all behave like visitors from another planet. That’s not to say Fargo season 4 is without its charms.

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fargo season 4 first look

After many delays, both for production and for the premiere, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Fargo season 4 is finally coming to FX. And to celebrate the forthcoming premiere of the fourth installment of Noah Hawley’s anthology black comedy crime series, FX has released a first look video diving deep into the story of this season’s multigenerational gangster epic. Watch the Fargo season 4 first look below.

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fargo season 4 premiere date

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit earlier this year, Fargo was one of the many productions shut down before it could debut on its intended April premiere date, with only eight of the planned episodes finished. Now FX has finally set a new Fargo season 4 premiere date for this September, as the Noah Hawley anthology series plans to resume filming its final episodes this August.

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Dexter Blood Spatter

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a forensics detective reveals how accurate crime investigation scenes are in shows like Dexter and CSI: Miami, as well as movies like The Silence of Lambs and No Country for Old Men. Plus, find out why rounding up a team of villains in Suicide Squad makes zero sense, aside from the obvious risk. And finally, take a look behind the scenes of HBO’s series Succession. Read More »

Fargo Season 4 Trailer

The films of the Coen brothers have always been flexible in tone and genre, so it’s no surprise that FX’s Fargo television series has followed suit. Noah Hawley‘s oddball continuation/expansion of the Oscar-winning film has shifted over the years, dabbling in dark drama, screwball comedy, grand tragedy, and violent action. The latest season takes us back to the 1950s and into the middle of a war between an Italian crime family and Black crime family…and the latest teaser trailer suggests there may be more straight-up comedy than you’d think.

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Noah Hawley’s Fargo series has paid homage to the Coen Brothers movie that inspired it, and other Coen movies like The Big Lebowski. Hawley said he drew from the Coens’ Raising Arizona to begin his fourth season. The show is currently in production, but Hawley and the cast were on a Television Critics Association panel to discuss it.

Chris Rock and Jason Schwartzman star as rival gangsters in 1950s Minnesota. Hawley discussed the Raising Arizona influence, the role of police in this season, and the season’s thematic connection with Fargo. Fargo returns April 19 on FX.

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fargo season 4 trailer

Eyebrows were raised when Chris Rock, one of America’s most renowned comedians who rarely dips his toes into drama, was cast in Fargo. Noah Hawley’s anthological send-up of the Coen brothers’ classic had some winking humor to it, but was first and foremost a meaty drama into which character actors could sink their teeth. But the Rock-led Fargo season 4 looks to be the zaniest installment of the FX series yet. Watch the Fargo season 4 trailer below.

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FX on Hulu

FX presented a day of panels to the Television Critics Association today. Beginning with an executive session with FX CEO John Landgraf, FX announced some major renewals and premiere dates for their hit shows American Horror Story, Fargo, What We Do In the Shadows, Better Things, Archer and new series Devs, Mrs. America, Dave and Breeders.

Now that the Disney/Fox merger is final, some premieres include Hulu exclusives, as both FX and Hulu are part of the Disney family.

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