22 May 2023 newsletter tv
Well… apparently all the shows are ending this week… Barry, Succession, Yellowjackets, Love & Death, Citadel, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Somebody Somewhere all have their season finales this week, three of which will be done for good… plus we get the penultimate episodes of White House Plumbers and Ted Lasso to really hammer home that summer is here.
And to be honest, there isn’t too much slated over June and July that will fill the coffers for us. Right now that kind of feels like a blessing, especially with the NBA Finals around the corner—luckily both the Lakers and Celtics have positioned themselves to get swept, which will give me even more free time to catch up before the Finals begin.
That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to look forward to in June though. After this week we will get I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson S3 (Netflix), The Idol S1 (Max), The Crowded Room S1 (Apple), The Righteous Gemstones S3 (Max), Secret Invasion S1 (Disney), and The Bear S2 (Hulu), plus a few others; so there’s still a little something for everyone this summer to keep The Schedule going. And yes, I guess I’ll be calling HBO by it’s new name now… Max… 🙄
Trakt shows this airing on Disney+, so if true, and I could be wrong, but this would mark the first Hulu/FX show that will also be on Disney+ here in the US as they continue to merge their services and streaming strategy.
Anyways, this trailer looks solid. Some pretty creepy things going on, but I can’t actually recall what this is about, now that it’s been 24 hours since I watched it, which doesn’t feel great.
Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne in the funny version of last year’s Fleishman is in Trouble.Don’t miss this one.
Then we have American Born Chinese, which is quite literally Shang-chi meets Everything Everywhere All at Once, in high school. From Destin Daniel Cretton, director of Shang-chi with Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, and Ke Huy Quon alongside the leads of Ben Wang and Daniel Wu, plus many other recognizable Asian stars. There is some interesting stuff in the trailer, but it feels more YA than I’d like it to be, but it is set in high school after all.
Speaking of high school, I know nothing about this, but I’m starting to feel like I should. Originally created by Lord & Miller (Lego Movie, Spider-verse) and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Ted Lasso), it ran for a season in 2002 and now it’s back with Erik Durbin (The Last Man on Earth) taking the reigns with the creators on as EPs. The trailer didn’t do much for me, but still feels like it’s worth a shot.
🎩 White House Plumbers (Max) 1:4
Clone High (Max) 1:1-2
The Clearing (Hulu/Disney) 1:1-2
Ted Lasso (Apple) 3:11
Class of ’09 (FX/Hulu) 1:4
High Desert (Apple) 1:4
Platonic (Apple) 1:1-3
American Born Chinese (Disney) S1
🎩 Dave (Hulu) 3:9
🎩 Love & Death (HBO) 1:7
🎩 Awkwafina is Nora From Queens (CC) 3:5
The Other Two (HBO) 3:5
🌟 Yellowjackets (Showtime) 2:9
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) 5:9
🌟 Citadel (Amazon) 1:6
🎩 Silo (Apple) 1:5
Unicorn: Warriors Eternal (Adult Swim) 1:5
🌟 Succession (HBO) 4:10
🌟 Barry (HBO) 4:8
From (MGM) 2:6
Somebody Somewhere (HBO) 2:6-7
Ghosts of Beirut (Showtime) 1:2
I think it might be time to add a new section to the newsletter. I’ve been thinking about how easily shows can come and go, whether it’s older shows that were great, but never found an audience or newer shows that drop their entire season at once and are never really heard from again unless they find themselves in the cultural zeitgeist.
So we’re going to try to do something about that. Eventually.
I’m too lazy to do anything about this now, but the plan is to include a “recently” list (name TBD) for shows like Bupkis, Beef, and The Great. This list will likely be pretty static to help ensure some of the better shows aren’t lost in the ether. On top of that, I want to do a short weekly feature of older shows (wrapped for 3+ years, at least) that are worth checking out–so if you have any suggestions, seem them over.
As always, stay sane.
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