Now that we’re almost two weeks into 2018, we can start getting ready for TV premieres. December and January are usually hiatus months, but we can still look forward to the new season trailer’s. Two trailers were released today: Baskets season 3 and Silicon Valley season 5.
Baskets Season 3 Trailer
— Baskets (@BasketsFX) January 10, 2018
Baskets is one of my favorite shows on television. Through two seasons Zach Galifianakis and Louie Anderson have starred in the funny, oddly charming show about a rodeo clown dreamer and his family. If you think that’s an odd premise, you’re right, but the show is consistently great. Season 2 ended with Christine (Louie Anderson) purchasing the rodeo that Chip (Galifianakis) worked at, and season 3 seems to focus heavily on the aftermath. If it’s anything like the first two seasons, it’ll be quality television. Baskets season 3 premieres January 23rd.
Silicon Valley Season 5
— Silicon Valley (@SiliconHBO) January 10, 2018
The season 5 trailer for Silicon Valley doesn’t give us a whole lot to work with. What we do know is TJ Miller’s Erlich Bachman will not be in it, which should trigger some changes for the Pied Piper crew. The cast is deep and talented enough to pick up the slack, but season 4 was my least favorite. Most of that was because Richard was a douche (by design) so hopefully he goes back to his uncomfortably awkward self. I’m also a huge Gavin and Jared fan, so the more of them the better. Silicon Valley season 5 premieres March 25th.
— Fargo (@FargoFX) February 22, 2017
Since it’s conversion to a TV show in 2014, season’s one and two or Fargo have been as high caliber as you can get. Starting with Lester Nygaard and Lorne Malvo in season one and continuing with the Solverson’s and Mike Milligan in season two, the lifeblood of Fargo are the characters they create and the stories those characters tell. While there’s plenty of action, the direction and dialogue given to the cast is far and away my favorite part of the show. April 19th can’t come soon enough.
DAYMAN – Turns out, Charlie Day and the gang are looking to recreate the episode’s magic with yet another It’s Always Sunny musical episode.
Speaking to Red Carpet Roxy (via Uproxx), Day said of the next season: “It’s a funny year. You can expect to see some of the UFC, you can expect to see an entire musical episode, guest starring from Scott Bakula, you can expect to see us at a water park, you can expect a very funny season.”
When you think of long running TV shows, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is almost an anomaly. Most shows that go beyond five or six season tend to drag along, with diehard fans defending the later seasons against fans who just want to see the show put out of it’s misery. It’s Always Sunny, on the other hand, has only gotten better with age, and last season was one of it’s strongest efforts during their 11 year run. According to a recent Charlie Day, interview, season 12 could possibly be even better. In probably the most random sentence of all time, Day explains that season 12 will feature ” the UFC, a musical episode, an episode guest starring Scott Bakula and an episode at a water park”. That sentence is going to make season 12 insane and can’t miss, but the part most people are focusing on is the musical episode. One of the best Sunny episodes of all time was a musical episode, season 4’s ‘Nightman Cometh’. That episode was co-written by Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney, so giving those three another crack at a musical is something I’m very interested in. The gang has been good so through 11 seasons, and I can’t wait for what it shaping up to be an amazing season 12.
Last Night’s ‘American Crime Story’ Gave Us One Of The Best Awkward White Guy/Black Guy Handshakes Ever
If you haven’t been watching or reading the internet, ‘American Crime Story’ is currently airing Tuesday nights on FX and is focusing on the OJ Simpson murder trial. It’s fascinating TV, and it’s probably the weirdest show I’ve ever watched from an acting standpoint. On one hand, you have John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. just being absolutely insane. It’s not even ‘bad’ per say, it’s just hysterical. Cuba Gooding Jr. is over-acting his ass of and can’t go 10 seconds without screaming, yelling or referencing football. David Schwimmer started off strong but he’s now just a sad puppy dog. That leaves us with John Travolta. Sweet baby Jesus is John Travolta amazing in this. When I say amazing, I say it in the sense where it seems like not only does he not follow his lines, but he seems like a character in a completely different show. It’s wonderful. On the other hand, Courtney B. Vance and Sarah Paulson are putting on acting classes every week and it’s a lot of fun to watch.
Last night’s episode focused on the part of the trial where the prosecution had OJ try on the gloves found at the crime scene. In hindsight, that was obviously a terrible move because the gloves didn’t fit, but while it hurt the prosecution, it invigorated the defense. That invigoration led to a ‘handshake’ between John Travolta’s Robert Shapiro and Courtney B. Vance’s Johnny Cochrane, and it was one of the most awkwardly wonderful handshakes ever:
LOOK AT THAT! LOOK AT THAT HANDSHAKE! John Travolta uses his left hand to turn the handshaking hand over so he can initiate a double low five. It’s amazing. Any time someone goes to shake my hand from now I’m doing this, whether it’s a friend or a really important job interview. John Travolta just refuses to stop leaving his mark on pop culture.
Season 1 of Fargo was one of the most delightful surprises on TV, and now Season 2 takes us back to 1979 with an Abe Lincoln bearded Nick Offerman and a stacked cast that includes Ted Danson, Kirsten Dunst, Brad Garrett, Patrick Wilson and that son of a bitch Todd from Breaking Bad. If you put all those actors together with the brains behind season 1 of Fargo and make a bad TV show, you are really bad at your job. I can’t wait for good old fashioned Minnesota violence. Fargo season 2 premiers in October.
FX is getting ready for it’s fall programming slate with a slew of trailers and teasers, and among them is the first look at Kurt Sutter’s ‘The Bastard Executioner’. The story follows the journey of a warrior in King Edward III’s army, and I have to imagine that someone like Kurt Sutter had a lot of fun with medieval violence. Also, Kurt Sutter plays a character called The Dark Mute. I’d say its 50/50 odds that he either cuts his own head off and lights himself on fire.