The 12-day, 500-plus episode Simpsons marathon currently running on FXX is working out so well for the cable network, that they’re just going to extend the cartoon binge-watching strategy into their long-term programming strategy. According to Vulture, FXX has announced that following the marathon, “The Simpsons will air: Mondays from 6 p.m.-midnight, Tuesdays from 8 p.m.-midnight, Thursdays from 8 p.m.-midnight, Fridays from 6 p.m.-midnight; and Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m.” It may sound like a risky plan to dedicate such a huge chunk of time to one show, but each of the first six nights of the marathon, FXX—a relatively obscure, newish spin-off channel of FX—became one of the top-five most-watched networks on basic cable ... Discuss
This one's got potential. Baskets, which will air on FX in 2016, is a creation from the minds of Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and comedy writer Jonathan Krisel (SNL, Portlandia, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!). In it, Galifianakis plays a man who dreams of becoming a professional clown. But, according to the show’s official synopsis, “after an unsuccessful enrollment at a prestigious clowning school in Paris, the only job he can find is with the local rodeo. Baskets follows Chip Baskets’ (Zach Galifianakis) pursuit of his dream, against all odds, to be a respected clown.” Clowns, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, local rodeos … We’re no TV executives, but this sounds like a can’t miss ... Discuss
Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell is making the jump to TV. According to Variety, Fox has purchased the pilot to a Gladwell-written medical thriller called The Cure about “a young, impulsive African-American neurologist” who is fighting to prevent the spread of a dangerous disease. It’s a big move for the network. As Deadline notes, “This is a rare broadcast drama created with a black protagonist at the center” ... Discuss
Primetime audiences may not have seen the last of the Tanner family. TV Guide is reporting that John Stamos—who famously played Uncle Jesse in the series—is “leading the charge” on a new series that would feature much of the original TGIF cast. Bob Saget (Danny), Dave Coulier (Joey), Candace Cameron Bure (D.J.), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) and Andrea Barber (Kimmy) are all said to be involved.
The Olsen twins don't seem to be interested, so the fate of little Michelle would be a question that would presumably be cleared up in the pilot for this new version of the family sitcom, which evidently still pulls in big ratings in syndication. Details about storylines and characters are unclear, but if they don’t bring back the theme song, we can almost guarantee the project will be a massive failure. Shoo-bit-a-ba-ba-bow ... Discuss
Way back in the halcyon days of 2010, Community's Donald Glover casually mentioned that he'd like to play Spider-Man. Well, who wouldn't? Glover's offer had a little extra weight as Marvel had just introduced Miles Morales, a half-black, half-Latino teenager who takes the mantle of Spider-Man after Peter Parker dies in Marvel's line of Ultimate comics. The Internet got behind Glover quickly and #DonaldGlover4SpiderMan started trending. Well, it's taken a few years and a lot of racist tweets, but Glover is finally getting a small turn at bat: Voicing Spider-Man in an upcoming arc of DisneyXD's The Ultimate Spider-Man series. Cool. Cool, cool, cool ... Discuss
Oh, Hollywood. So eager to be seen as a torch of progressive thought and forward thinking, and yet so bound and determined to be the last bastion of objectification and misogyny. During Monday night's telecast, the Emmy Awards put Modern Family's Sofia Vergara on a spinning pedestal because who even cares why. The punchline, as with so many jokes regarding Sofia Vergara, is that she is an attractive woman and so wouldn't it be funny to reduce her to a trophy? This all happened just before Modern Family took home yet another Emmy for excellence in comedy, not that you'd know anyone on the show had anything funny to contribute to society from watching the Emmys. You keep doing you, Emmy Awards ... Discuss