'Frasier' returns, 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' 'Lessons in Chemistry,' and more
The first red flag for me was three minutes into the premiere when Frasier sees a poster that says "Boston's calling. Are you listening?" It's cute, not funny. But instead of letting it be the small, quiet, maybe even poignant moment that it could be for this character (Cheers and Frasier often handled those small silent moments quite nicely I thought), they put audience laughter over both the poster and Frasier's reaction to it. Really disappointing and a total miscalculation that doesn't bode well for a reboot that I'll probably keep watching anyway 🙃
I had hoped the dog episode of Chemistry was going to just be the opening sequence (which would have been kinda cute?) and then it was an entire episode and ... yeah, not my cup of tea either.
There sure aren't many non-white non-straight men in that list of cancelled shows. What are the odds?
I knew the likelihood of the Frasier revival being good was nil but I was still sort of hopeful? I imagine this will push Frasier-lovers to another rewatch of the original series so Paramount+ isn't losing out either way.
The real benefit of the Marvel news will be if ALL Disney+ shows stop doing the X-hours-long-movie-as-TV-series concept and simply make good TV series. I've given up on watching anything they produce in that style. Give me good storytelling or I'll just stay unsubscribed in-between the rare good stuff.
The book of Lessons in Chemistry has a chapter from the dog's POV too, and I found it fairly ridiculous there as well. I overall liked the book a lot though, and will definitely check out the show.
"Reports that Daredevil wouldn’t even appear in costume until the fourth episode recalls the iconic Surf Dracula tweet."
Although if they're adopting Born Again (which is the single most iconic Daredevil storyline ever), his not appearing in costume until costume four actually FITS: that's how the graphic novel proceeds. The whole plot is that Kingpin finds out DD's secret identity and pursues him there.
So I actually worry that this is a BAD sign.
I am firmly anti-revivial/reboot/requel/spinoff.
It would be great if those who cover the industry could hold Marvel accountable for this supposed new shift in direction. Talk to the showrunners they hire and see if their behavior actually changes. Because Marvel has had this showrunner revelation before, not public like this, but they've done this song and dance privately in the industry and nothing has changed. And, indeed, what folks are hearing from them now sounds more like surface-level marketing than a paradigm shift. I think some skepticism is warranted here.
Talking about the passage of time makes me think of how depressing it was to have Han Solo still be a space smuggler taking laser fire in his 70s.
Alan do you write on tv movies? I just watched The Caine Mutiny. I enjoyed it but Keifer Sutherland is no Bogart. Made me appreciate Lance Reddick more. May try Tommy Lee Jones in Burial
Clearly the only solace is that we can go watch the exploits of a certain Wally Brando!
Excuse me, Alan, I've read your article about the 20 cancelled shows and I wanted to point out a couple of mistakes in it in regard to the availability of Paramount Plus Originals.
The additional two seasons of 'The Game' are actually available for purchase on Amazon Digital Video: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B09L3RSQKS/
The same goes for 'Inside Amy Schumer': all S5 episodes can be purchased on Amazon, as well as on Apple TV. Moreover, all Schumer episodes are still streaming (with two small exceptions) on the Paramount Plus Amazon channel, despite having been pulled from P+ proper. I've made a post about this the other day: https://textualvariations.substack.com/p/amyschumer-amazon.
Given it’s a good chance some Cheers castmembers will appear in some capacity for future seasons with Frasier returning to Boston, I’m curious what did you think of their visits (Sam, Diane, Woody, Norm/Cliff/Carla) on the original spinoff? [Lilith belongs in her own category.]