In this edition of TV Bits:
- Sarah Silverman strikes a deal for a late-night series pilot and stand-up comedy special with HBO.
- Heather Graham joins The Stand.
- What We Do in the Shadows season 2 has started production.
- Stephen Colbert will host The Late Show until at least 2023.
- Kurt Sutter has bee fired for being a jerk.
- There will be a dramatic TV series based on Clueless for some reason.
- A TV adaptation of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Musical will air on Nickelodeon.
- The Crown season 3 now has a regal poster.
- Bless the Harts renewed for a second season.
- High School Musical: The Musical: The Series has also been renewed for a second season.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff review the film Yesterday, a love letter to The Beatles. Is it worth running out to see Yesterday today, or could it wait ’til tomorrow? Also tune in to hear why the Netflix show Awake: The Million Dollar Game is the ultimate embodiment of late stage capitalism.
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Have you been watching the What We Do in the Shadows series on FX? If not, then last night you missed out on an incredible assembly of cameos from celebrities who have played famous vampires over the years, including Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, and Jonathan Brugh as the original trio of vampires from the mockumentary film that inspired the series. But they’re not even the biggest names who make an appearance. Find out all about the What We Do in the Shadows cameos below. Read More »
Are you ready to sink your teeth into What We Do in the Shadows season 2? The vampire mockumentary comedy series has just received a second season order from FX, with one of the network’s presidents of original programming saying that the TV spin-off of Taika Waititi‘s 2014 movie has “more than delivered on the high expectations of Shadows fans”. Read more about the renewal below. Read More »
What We Do In the Shadows was a funny vampire comedy that Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement made in New Zealand, but it made a splash worldwide. They hooked up with Flight of the Conchords writer/producer Paul Simms to bring the series to American television. Now, FX’s What We Do In The Shows introduces a new house of vampires living in New York. The series maintains the film’s mockumentary style, which makes What We Do In The Shadows a spoof of reality TV as well as vampire lore.
Simms spoke with /Film by phone out of Austin, where he was about to premiere the first episodes of the series at SXSW. What We Do In The Shadows premieres March 27 on FX.
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Entire television series shouldn’t be critiqued on pilots alone, but that’s all What We Do In The Shadows had to offer eager South By Southwest victims (aside from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s uproarious improv introduction). Episodics often require a few inaugural chapters before hitting momentum strides, and pilots bare the weight of hypnotizing audiences while establishing tonality to come. In this bubble, FX’s new take on What We Do In The Shadows transplants the same approach, expressionism, and aesthetic of Waititi and Clement’s effortlessly entertaining “vampire world-shattering documentary” from New Zealand to Staten Island.
“Documentary” in quotations because, you know, *if* it were real (which Waititi and Clement both insisted). Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2019 by Fred Topel
At a Television Critics Association presentation, FX held a panel for the network’s TV adaptation of What We Do in the Shadows, and creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, showrunner Paul Simms, and the cast of all new vampire characters were there. In a clip, they introduced the show’s newest form of vampire: an energy vampire. Colin Robinson (Mark Proksh) sucks people’s energy through boring conversation or annoying distractions, and the show treats this as a facet of vampire mythology (we got a glimpse of this in the brand new trailer as well). Learn more details about the upcoming comedy below. Read More »
After teasing us for months with brief character TV spots, FX has released the official What We Do in the Shadows trailer for the vampire mockumentary series. The first trailer also unveils the official March premiere date for the series while giving us a thorough introduction of all the vampire roommates at the center of the highly anticipated series.
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What We Do in the Shadows is one of the best comedies of the decade. The mockumentary released back in 2014 followed Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, and Jonny Brugh, as a group of longtime vampire roommates who recruit Cori Gonzalez-Macuer as a new bloodsucker into their crew. Now the basic premise for the comedy is being turned into a comedy series on FX and a new teaser has announced the show’s arrival this spring.
Find out the What We Do in the Shadows series release date below. Read More »
Every year, Gallery 1988 hosts a new edition of their Crazy 4 Cult art show with artists creating prints, paintings, sculptures and other creations in honor of movies from all genres that have a cult following, whether it’s rather large or very small. This year’s brings the 12th iteration of the show featuring artwork paying tribute to movies like The Iron Giant, The Blues Brothers, Back to the Future, Taxi Driver, What We Do in the Shadows, Trainspotting, Gremlins, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Great Outdoors and many more.
Check out some of our favorite pieces from the Crazy 4 Cult 12 art show below. Read More »