Anthony Bourdain was found dead today while filming his ‘Parts Unknown’ series in Paris. He was 61. It’s shocking in the sense that all suicides are shocking, and mental health doesn’t usually announce itself to the world before it takes a life. Bourdain had his demons and was a mental health activist, but this is still a very sad day. About an hour before Bourdain’s death was announced, I was watching the trailer for the new Robin Williams documentary. Williams was two years older than Bourdain when he took his own life, but both men brought a lot of joy and understanding to people while struggling with their own happiness.
I started watching No Reservations around 2011. I had graduated college the year before and was in that bittersweet stage where I thought i had the world by the balls but then life slapped the shit out of me and taught me I didn’t know a thing. It was hard not to gravitate towards Bourdain. He was well spoken, confident and fearless. Above all, he was empathetic. He was empathetic towards people’s cultures, whether it was how they lived or what they ate. He taught his viewers, including me, to experience the world as fully as possible. You never felt like you were watching Anthony Bourdain the actor, or Anthony Bourdain the TV host. He was being himself, and it just so happened a TV camera was there. He was real, genuine, flawed and fucked up. But he cared about people, and he cared about helping those who either couldn’t help themselves or were given little chance to do so.
I watch No Reservations or Parts Unknown before any trip I take, because I feel that Bourdain gives the most authentic representation of whichever culture I’m about to explore. I’m going to South Africa in August, and I can’t wait to sit down with an ice cold beer and watch the master at work. RIP.
Welcome to the Average Nobodies podcast number 67 for March 22, 2018
On today’s show we’re chatting about What We’ve Been Up To, Barstool and WWE joining forces, Rough N Rowdy 3, the latest from Donald Trump, the Twitter Question of the Week and What We’re Watching. You can chat with us on Twitter @AverageNobodies, toss us a like on Facebook @AverageNobodies and heart all our pictures on instagram, @AverageNobodies. Don’t forget, this podcast is available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and YouTube.
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.
Barry – Spring 2018
The synopsis for Barry is simple: Bill Hader stars as Barry, a seasoned assassin who discovers a new passion for acting while on assignment in Los Angeles. Add in the fact that this will be airing on HBO, and you have one of the more anticipated shows of 2018. I’m a huge Hader fan dating back to his SNL days, and I think his brand of humor will be perfect for this role. Not a lot is known about this show according to IMDb, but Alec Berg is listed as a writer and director. If you don’t know that name, you’ve probably heard of some of the shows he’s worked on. Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm & Silicon Valley just to name a few. This is only a teaser trailer, but with a spring 2018 debut planned, I’m assuming a full trailer is coming soon.
Mindhunter Renewed For Season 2
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— MINDHUNTER (@MINDHUNTER_) November 30, 2017
Season 1 of Mindhunter was one of the finest Netflix original dramas ever, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise it’s been renewed. It’s still nice to have the official confirmation though, and Netflix made the announcement via the official Mindhunter Twitter account. We dove deep into season 1 of the show on episode 53 of the Average Nobodies podcast, but you should really check it out for yourself. Jonathan Gross & Holt McCallany are one of the more unique and fascinating cop pairings on TV while Cameron Britton’s Edmund Kemper will destroy you.
The show weaves multiple storylines throughout it’s first season, and ends the final episode with a few stories still left unsolved. I won’t spoil anything if you haven’t seen season 1, although it would be odd to be reading a renewal post for a show you haven’t seen. I digress. Watch season 1 as soon as possible and then join everyone else on Planet Earth for the countdown to season 2.
Millie can rap!
Stranger Things YouTube Link
At this point I would judge you if you DIDN’T have Stranger Things fever, because as good as season 1 was, season 2 was even better. It focused more on the whole cast (and even brought in a few new characters: RIP Bob. You were too good for this world). I loved all the pairings, especially Steve and Dustin and the re-connection of Mike & Eleven. If you haven’t watched ST2 yet and need a refresher on the first installment, Millie Bobby Brown has you covered. The fact that a 13 year old is this talented blows my mind. Enjoy!
Game Of Thrones Confirmed The Rightful Heir To The Iron Throne In The Season 7 Finale ‘The Dragon & The Wolf’
*Spoilers below. Although if you haven’t watched the season 7 finale yet, you probably shouldn’t’ even be on the internet.
If you’ve read any of George R.R. Martin’s books (which I haven’t, but I’m surrounded by friends who have so I get all the juicy info) then you’ve known for awhile that Jon Snow is a Targaryen. What we didn’t know was that he was THE Targaryen, and is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne as Rhaegar Targaryen’s oldest male son. Gilly alluded to it a few episodes back when she and Sam were getting ready to leave the Citadel, but we got confirmation last night as Sam told Bran about the transcript he translated and 3 eyed raven Bran was able to go back in time and visually confirm it. The switch from the books is that Jon Snow is Aegon Targaryen in the show while Aegon was Jon’s older brother in the books (at least as far as Mr. Martin has written them). In the books, Aegon was supposedly murdered by The Mountain, but seeing as Aegon is Jon Snow in the show, that’s obviously not possible. It’s an enormous revelation, and Game of Thrones is a special brand of deranged for confirming that Jon Snow is a Targaryen in a voiceover while we watch Jon and Daenerys make incest love.
There was A LOT more that happened in the finale, and we’ll be talking about later in the week during our TV Club podcast. We’ll miss you Game of Thrones. Please come back soon.
Even White Walkers are excited for this giveaway
It’s no secret that we’re huge TV fans, and it’s also no secret that the biggest TV event of the summer is only three nights away. Game of Thrones season 7 premieres this Sunday, and to celebrate we’re rewarding our wonderful readers with a giveaway.
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