An 'O.C.' oral history, 'Justified' returns, 'Minx' survives Peak TV crash, and more
Unrelated to the newsletter topics... last night's "What We Do In The Shadows" was insane, even by the standards of the show. Is there anything rejected in the writer's room because it feels as if they will do anything and everything and it always works.
Rewatched S1-2 of The O.C. a year or so ago. Still fun, but man did they burn through plotlines. Relationships come and go in 2-3 episodes, affairs appear out of thin air and somehow Julie Cooper wasn't in jail for multiple crimes.
Congratulations. I was hoping that your next book would be about Better Call Saul.
Wait a second. Did they really pay Paul Calderon to come in and play the protagonist from the book who Raylan replaces for only a few seconds with no lines of dialogue? Or are we going to see Raymond Cruz again later?
Alan, what was your inspiration/motivation for revisiting the show in great detail?
I got caught in the disappearance of Minx from HBO. I forgot to watch the finale and when I saw that HBO had canceled it, they'd already deleted the whole show, couldn't watch the last ep. And I don't have STARZ.
Can't wait for the book!
Alan, I love your writing, but I have 0 interest in The O.C., I'm sorry. Never watched a second of it, and I don't really plan to ever. But I hope many other people buy the book! Justified: City Primeval is great so far, and I heartily welcome the return of Raylan Givens to television. I hope they can keep doing new stories, if they all want to, with Raylan and Elmore Leonard stories and just keep using the character, a la the Evil Dead franchise telling different horror stories that involve the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. So glad Minx is back! It's fun, light, and frothy in the best way, just like it was last season. Thank you to STARZ for picking up that one up and a big middle finger to Zaslav for ditching it after it was mostly filmed. What an absolute prick. Hope all is well with you and non-TV stuff and excited to read your next piece of writing.
When you say you really like everyone in Justified, I'm assuming you didn't add, "Except Vivian Olyphant, who both plays Raylan's daughter and, as you can tell by her last name, is Timothy Olyphant's real-life daughter." Cause ... man, she is very, very not good. I don't like crapping on kids and I'm sure she's trying but it's painful when she's onscreen, and sad that nepotism got her the role instead of an actually talented actor.
Season 1 of The OC was great stuff. But overall, Dawson’s Creek > The OC.