Welcome again to the Q&A with TV critic (additionally recognized to some TV followers as their “TV therapist”) Matt Roush, who’ll handle no matter you’re keen on, detest, are confused or annoyed or thrilled by in at the moment’s huge TV panorama. One warning: This can be a spoiler-free zone, so we cannot be addressing upcoming storylines right here until it is already widespread information. Please ship your questions and feedback to [email protected] (or use the shape on the finish of the column) and comply with me on Twitter. Search for Ask Matt columns on most Tuesdays and Fridays.
Sing Me a TV Musical!
Query: I needed to ask a query about TV musicals. My boyfriend and I are already huge followers of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, however the different night time we have been shopping for one thing musical to observe, and we have been just a little stumped. We settled on Bob’s Burgers, and though its use of music all the time delights us, we have been in search of a real musical. With CXG ending this season, do you might have any strategies for musical exhibits to observe? We’re not essentially beholden to exhibits which are presently airing. We watched about half of Glee and hated it by that point. Rise did not do the style many favors, and Smash was a gorgeous mess. We’re hoping for one thing to tide us over as we anxiously watch for Rebecca Bunch to return again to us. Thanks prematurely! — Jeff
Matt Roush: How I’ll miss Crazy Ex-Girlfriend! It’s virtually considered one of a sort, however the first present that involves thoughts that almost reaches that degree of musical-comedy nirvana is Galavant, the Spamalot-style spoof-ical that ran for 2 too-short seasons on ABC. It’s fantastic, and songs from each of those scores maintain up. Additionally good for a musical snicker: HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, which returns as a stay musical particular in October. When it comes to musical dramas, you possibly can take a look at Nashville in case your style learns towards country-western cleaning soap opera, and Fox’s R&B soaps Empire and Star have their moments (Empire particularly early on), and let’s not overlook Fame (film and collection).
Should you’re in a extra adventurous temper, the visionary music-infused British serials of Dennis Potter, most notably Pennies From Heaven and The Singing Detective, are value a glance, as is Blackpool, which was tailored (briefly) by CBS as Viva Laughlin. A infamous flop influenced by Potter, Steven Bochco’s Cop Rock, can also be one thing to behold. I’m positive there are extra, however these appear particularly memorable to this musical fan. (On these uncommon events when I’ve time to enter the archive, I additionally take pleasure in enjoying again massive moments from basic selection exhibits and Tony Awards, and no stand-alone musical episode will ever beat Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s “Once More With Feeling.” And naturally there’s the brand new wave of stay TV musicals, some even value rewatching.)
Who Does You’s Stalker Remind You Of?
Query: Is You on Lifetime purported to be the brand new social media world’s Dexter? — Daybreak, St. Louis
(P.S.: I feel I take pleasure in NBC’s Trial & Error a lot due to all of the laugh-out-loud moments. They remind me of an previous, long-gone present I beloved: Most Bob.)
Matt Roush: Not a nasty analogy. Right here’s my evaluate of this addictively creepy collection, one of many few surprises of the brand new fall season. Like Dexter, we spend loads of time inside the top of an obsessive, twisted anti-hero (Penn Badgley from Gossip Woman as Joe Goldberg), and the present takes numerous digs at social media as Joe makes use of these units to stalk the item of his want—whereas taking sinister motion towards anybody he sees as a menace to his pursuit, who are typically fairly terrible individuals, even when not all the time deserving of their grisly destiny. And as unnerving as lots of his actions are, Joe is by some means endearing—not in contrast to how Michael C. Corridor earned our empathy as a serial killer of dangerous guys.
And thanks for the shout-out to the very short-lived Most Bob from all the best way again to 1998. That Elmore Leonard-inspired dramedy might have paved the best way for the extra profitable, although equally quirky, Leonard variations of Justified and Epix’s present Get Shorty.
A Unfavourable Take on Take Two
Query: As Take Two stumbles off-stage at ABC, I’m wondering the way it went so … blah. Rachel Bilson is charming and hard-working as ever, and Eddie Cibrian no extra picket than traditional (and his dimples are deep). Xavier de Guzman and (particularly) Alice Lee introduced sparkle to their supporting roles, though Aliyah O’Brien’s cop-with-benefits character appeared to have wandered into the flawed present. However writing was the actual puzzler. Fort creators Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe are credited for every episode, together with a brief listing of employees writers. However there was no consistency: A couple of episodes popped, most plodded, and too many begged the query “Written by interns?” Makes me marvel: With so many shops churning out unique programming, are some exhibits scraping the underside of the barrel in quest of writers? The current resurgence of recycled exhibits (retreads and spinoffs) argues that unique concepts are at a low ebb. Good writing requires a voice and a imaginative and prescient: Perhaps there’s not sufficient of that to go round in Peak TV World. — John
Matt Roush: An fascinating perspective, however unsure it’s a good remark aimed toward a present with such minimal ambitions. A negligible however inoffensive present like Take Two would in all probability be worse if it had aimed larger. It was meant as light-mystery summer time fluff, and a lot of the mail I get on the present signifies it hit its mark. As a critic, I discovered the present immediately tiresome, and your complete premise the kind of factor that higher exhibits (like Citadel) may dismiss in a single mildly amusing episode. However I additionally see the worth of consolation meals for many who are in search of this type of escape. Within the greater image, there clearly is a bidding conflict for prime producers and writers to fill what now seems to be a bottomless want for brand spanking new product. As the printed networks proceed to churn out a lot formulaic and by-product truthful, the writers are solely delivering what their bosses need. For visionary fare and distinctive voices, you’re typically going to should look elsewhere. And many people do.
Followers Need More Take Two
Query: So do you want Take Two or is it too mild for you? I personally love the present and hope that ABC does additionally. Would like to see a second season. Do you assume that is potential? — Cathy
Matt Roush: The reply to your first query might be apparent. The reply to your second is much less sure. It hasn’t been renewed but, however being a world co-production it’s probably cost-effective to maintain it going, and it is sensible to have a present like this on the bench as a summer time or alternative collection, so I wouldn’t be stunned to see extra episodes ordered.
Copycats, Or Simply Clones?
Query: I watch each Take Two on ABC and Carter on WGN America. I like each exhibits, however who stole from whom and how do they get away with it? By the best way, I solely came upon about Carter from TV Information Journal, it might by no means have been on my radar in any other case. I didn’t even find out about WGNA community. Thanks. — Ilana
Matt Roush: You’re welcome, however on this case, theft can be fairly petty larceny. The difficulty right here is that each function in a style of sunshine thriller capers the place originality is uncommon and familiarity is what they’re aiming for. If they appear reduce from the identical material, that’s by design, and whereas it seems that Carter was filmed sooner than Take Two, and each productions have been based mostly in Canada, I doubt one was wanting over the opposite’s shoulder.
An Afterlife in Syndication for Streaming Exhibits?
Query: I do know prior to now in the event you make sufficient episodes, this system can go into syndication on native broadcast TV stations and/or cable networks. This has been the thought sample for a very long time. Now with so many on-line streaming exhibits, comparable to Fuller Home, Star Trek: Discovery, Home of Playing cards, Orange is the New Black, the Marvel-related packages, and so on., is there life for these exhibits within the after market past Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video? These streaming corporations are making episodes after episodes, however past DVDs and staying on-line on their respective streaming community, do you assume any of those exhibits would discover its strategy to old style TV broadcasting? I used to be taking a look at Orange, and I observed what number of episodes it has made, it simply obtained me interested in future use of episodes. My guess is that Fuller Home might be the primary collection that would simply make the leap with reruns on some type of telecast off-Netflix). Perhaps Star Trek: Discovery at some later, later date as properly. Your ideas? — Bud
Matt Roush: One other fascinating and difficult matter that we’ve handled right here earlier than, however already one present is making the leap from streaming to “linear” TV: Early seasons of Netflix’s cult animated comedy Bojack Horseman (which launched season 5 on Friday) will start airing alongside a brand new season of South Park on Comedy Central, beginning Sept. 26. This can be a reversal of the standard follow, as a result of these streaming providers initially existed as a spot to retailer these libraries of beforehand aired content material, and as we’ve mentioned earlier than on this area, many exhibits that when aired in syndication (and some that also do) have all or a lot of their whole catalog obtainable for streaming on one or one other of those websites.
A syndication window for streaming collection does present one other income stream, so we’ll in all probability see extra exhibits like Bojack ultimately cross over, and I do know there’s an viewers hoping for the day a present like Star Trek: Discovery might be proven with no paywall. However most of those exhibits will keep unique, at the very least for the foreseeable future, to the providers that ordered and paid for them. Premium unique product is how they appeal to clients, which is why most of them obtained into the unique collection enterprise within the first place.
Lightning Spherical and FAQs
Query: In Britain, did the Brit/U.S. collection You, Me, and the Apocalypse run greater than the one season proven within the States? It was a well-written present which like Misplaced left me pondering the final episode whereas anticipating the subsequent. — Dave
Matt Roush: Sorry to say this adventurous collection didn’t make it to a second season on both aspect of the pond. We’re not the one ones who cancel promising cult exhibits with not sufficient viewers.
Query: No matter occurred to The Son on AMC? Is it ever coming again, or did I someway miss season 2? — Pam
Matt Roush: You haven’t missed it, although many are questioning the identical factor (based on my mailbag). AMC simply hasn’t scheduled it but. An extended time between seasons than most—Season 1 ended a yr in the past in June—however the identical community’s Higher Name Saul additionally spent greater than a yr off the air between seasons, so perhaps followers of this Western drama will get some aid quickly.
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