Join us this week as we update the latest on The Tenet Situation, which is officially back on for a mid-pandemic release, and we break down the Emmy nominations, which don’t entirely suck. New voting rules allowed for more nominations, and encouraged a more diverse group of nominees, which makes for a somewhat more exciting show. Mostly, though, we gush about What We Do in the Shadows, one of the best comedies on television that you’re probably not watching.
Four months into the pandemic, with Comic Con broadcasting remotely online and Disney pulling 90% of their slate from the release calendar, we take a look at how the industry is doing. Hint: Not well! We ponder the future of blockbusters, indies, Oscars, how on earth anyone will get celebrities to go back on press tours after this, and the fate of the upcoming fall film festivals. Join us as we return to the pit of despair!
In an in-depth bombshell report, Maureen Ryan breaks down the fall of Peter Lenkov, one of CBS’s “Sun King” showrunners accused of creating toxic and abusive work environment on his triad of hit procedurals. Join us as we discuss Ryan’s reporting and dive into the other kind of Hollywood toxicity: verbal harassment and emotional abuse.
Maureen Ryan on Peter Lenkov: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/07/the-fall-of-a-cbs-showrunner
This week we’re discussing the epic flop of Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ill-fated streaming platform. Is it failing because of the pandemic? Or is it failing because Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Hollywood approach is all wrong for what is, essentially, a social media competitor? Join us as we break down Quibi’s breakdown!
Benjamin Wallace on Quibi: https://www.vulture.com/2020/07/is-anyone-watching-quibi.html
This week we’re back on our bullshit, talking legendary cinematic flops and movies that killed whole genres. Join us for a conversation about terrible movies that failed horribly for our 69th episode (nice). Also, we update the latest in Oscar news as the Academy makes a probably, ultimately, pointless move to delay their ceremony in 2021.
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This week we dive into copaganda and the insidious relationship between Hollywood and the military/police industrial complexes. We discuss police procedurals, war movies, and the effect of normalizing bad behavior by cops on TV. Join us for another dark AF episode!
Kathryn VanArendonk on Copaganda: https://www.vulture.com/2020/06/tv-cops-are-always-the-main-characters.html
PenroseSun on Brooklyn 99: https://penrosesun.tumblr.com/post/620369127807254528/more-people-need-to-understand-what-we-mean-when
This week we’re covering such terrible current events as the toxic breakdown of Cinestate, JK Rowling’s latest insanely bigoted tweets, and John Boyega worrying that anti-racist activism will end his career. Join us as we talk about all the ways in which the world is awful!
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