Many of the best spin-offs in television history are comedies. Frasier, The Colbert Report, The Simpsons, etc. When looking at Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, the continuity of excellence in both shows is unmatched by other television dramas.
It is no secret that HBO is synonymous with compelling characters. Two of the premium channel’s mid-year shows just aired their finales in consecutive weeks. Both series, Insecure and Ballers, induced major character shifts this year. Only Insecure succeeded in stretching its plot well, but both changes are examples of HBO’s unique storytelling.
One of the few consolations of Labor Day Weekend marking the unofficial end of summer is that many of our favorite television shows are about to return. This year, Amazon Prime is introducing a familiar face to its growing content lineup over the holiday weekend. The new action series: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.
Some old rivalries never die. Cobra Kai’s Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso are legendary adversaries. 34 years after the pair squared off in The Karate Kid, the two characters have not settled their differences. Thanks to the YouTube series Cobra Kai, we get to indulge in the martial arts rivalry one more time.
Earlier this week Daryl Hall announced that he would resume filming new episodes of Live From Daryl’s House in 2018. The award-winning show has been on hiatus since 2016. The series is a showcase for remarkable collaborations between the soul singer and guest artists. A look back at the best episodes of Live From Daryl’s House reveals how amazing the initial run of the series was.
One of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, Solo: A Star Wars Story, hits theaters today. To mark the release of the second Star Wars standalone movie, The Flat Circle is traveling to a Saturday Night Live episode from a long time ago in a sketch that never made it to air: “Casual Friday On The Death Star.”
IFC’s Brockmire is a blue, irreverent comedy that follows the odyssey of a wayward play-by-play man. The titular character, Jim Brockmire is a washed-up broadcaster who is stuck calling games in the minor leagues. He desperately wants to return to calling Major League games. The problem for Brockmire: he can’t actually return to the big leagues.
Saturday Night Live closed out their forty-third season last night. The episode, which was hosted by Tina Fey and featured Nicki Minaj as the musical guest, was emblematic of the variety show’s entire season. The SNL finale placed politics and cameos in the forefront of its show for yet another episode. They doubled-down on mediocre material that was a desperate attempt to put a lasting political stamp on the season. It was almost as if SNL was openly admitting that they cannot help themselves: they have a Trump problem
Fox took a hatchet to their comedy lineup on Thursday. The network canceled three sitcoms from their 2018 lineup, The Last Man On Earth, The Mick, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The cancellation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine led to an online outcry. After five seasons, the series had developed a faithful following that was disappointed the series would not be returning. Late Friday evening, NBC rescued Brooklyn Nine-Nine by picking up the series for a 13-episode sixth season. Brooklyn Nine-Nine deserved one more season. Brooklyn Nine-Nine earned a chance to end on its own terms.