This week on the podcast, Zach, Chris, and Joe talk about HBO Max and the release of the Snyder Cut of Justice League, new Netflix movie trailers, the original Friday the 13th, Blumhouse’s spin on Fantasy Island, Stargirl, Solar Opposites and more.
News: RIP Fred Willard, HBO Max is getting the Snyder Cut of Justice League, The Old Guard and Da 5 Bloods trailers, ABC and Fox cancellations and renewals and Ruby Rose has left Batwoman.
Show and Tell: Zach and Chris saw the original Friday the 13th and Chris also saw Blumhouse’s Fantasy Island and the first few episodes of Solar Opposites while Zach saw the premiere of Stargirl and Little Shop of Horrors.
Three years after the classic Jean Claude Van Damme movie had hit theaters (and made over $100 million worldwide), ABC ordered a series inspired by the movie, although with none of the cast returning, obviously. Ted King takes over as Time Enforcement Commission officer Jack Logan, who is sent back in time to prevent drastic changes to the timeline caused by criminals who also have access to time travel technology. He’s assisted by his boss Eugene Matuzak, who was in the movie played by the great Bruce McGill but on the show was played by Don Stark, fellow TEC officer Claire Hemmings (Cristi Conway) and Dr. Dale Easter (Kurt Fuller). The episodes usually involved Jack meeting some sort of historical figure like Eliot Ness, HG Wells, Hitler or Ulysses S. Grant, played by guest stars like Ron Livingston and Robert Ayers. The show had an order of 13 episodes for its first season but it performed so poorly that only nine aired on ABC. It’s pretty surprising that this got ordered as a full 90s network series, as it seems like perfect fodder for the syndicated action/adventure shows that were in full swing around that time, stuff like Hercules, Xena, Cobra, Highlander and Mortal Kombat: Conquest. You can check out the first episode, A Rip in Time, below, where Jack faces off against a time criminal who is looking to become the new Jack the Ripper.
Although it’s more of a deeper cut pop culture reference today, back in the early 90s when it was airing, Dinosaurs was a massive hit on TGIF. If you’re too young or have a bad memory, the show was produced by the Jim Henson Company and followed a dinosaur family named the Sinclairs through various sitcom situations. Earl was the father, who worked pushing down trees, Fran was the mother and homemaker, Robbie and Charlene were the teenaged kids and Baby was the infant son. Baby Sinclair, like Urkel before him, quickly became the breakout star and face of the series, with a variety of catchphrases like “Not the Mama” and “I’m the Baby, Gotta Love Me”, which became a song on the Dinosaurs music album, Big Songs. Yes, alongside toys, games and more, Dinosaurs got a full music album and Baby Sinclair performed a song called “I’m the Baby, Gotta Love Me” that received a music video that aired during season 3 of the series and appeared on a various Dinosaurs VHS tapes as well. Baby is watching DTV and interrupts the programming to perform his own song. Stuart Pankin, who voiced Earl on the show, actually wrote the song and it got a strange second life at Disney Tokyo in 1997 as part of the Roger Rabbit’s Toontown Hour show, where it is performed by Minnie Mouse with different lyrics related to cooking and eating. Check out the music video below.
Designated Survivor is back for its third season tomorrow on a new home, Netflix, after it was canceled on ABC in May of last year. Starring Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman, Kirkman is a low-level cabinet member and the “Designated Survivor”, kept separate from the president and Congress during the State of the Union address. The Capitol Building is blown up and Kirkman is sworn in as president due to the line of succession and has to quickly learn how to handle the office while dealing with an investigation into the attacks led by FBI agent Hannah Wells (Maggie Q). The show quickly turned into a kind of bizarre hybrid of The West Wing and 24, as President Kirkman dealt with domestic and international issues while Hannah unraveled an increasingly convoluted web of conspiracy. In case you didn’t see it when it was on ABC, Netflix and Kiefer himself have a recap of the first two seasons to get you ready for the third, which you can check out below.
This week on the podcast, Zach and Chris dive into the new Fall TV offerings from the big broadcast networks, Robert Pattinson in talks to play Batman, the horrors of space travel in First Man, Gerard Butler back in Angel Has Fallen, the season premiere of Agents of SHIELD and more.
News: Batman: Hush and Angel Has Fallen trailers, Robert Pattinson in talks to be Batman/Bruce Wayne in The Batman and Fall TV news from Upfronts week.
Show and Tell: Chris has been trying to catch up on Game of Thrones and Zach saw Agents of SHIELD and First Man.
With “corporate daddy” Disney focused on Fox and Disney+, there’s not a lot changing over at ABC for the fall. They did make a pretty big sweep of their newer comedies but the schedule is pretty much staying the same with a few minor changes and only 6 new shows picked up. Find out what’s canceled, what’s renewed and what’s new below.
For the People
The Kids are Alright
Splitting Up Together
America’s Funniest Home Videos
A Million Little Things
Modern Family (Final Season)
Bless This Mess
Dancing With the Stars
Fresh Off the Boat
Agents of SHIELD
The Good Doctor
How to Get Away With Murder
Stumptown: Dex Parios is a strong, assertive, and sharp-witted army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt, and a brother to take care of in Portland, OR. Her military intelligence skills make her a great P.I., but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hard-core criminals and not quite in alliance with the police. Based on the Stumptown graphic novel series.
Emergence: A sheriff takes in a young child she finds near the site of a mysterious accident who has no memory of what has happened. The investigation draws her into a conspiracy larger than she ever imagined, and the child’s identity is at the center of it all.
Mixed-ish: Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow’s parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they’re perceived as neither black nor white. This family’s experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one’s own identity when the rest of the world can’t decide where you belong.
United We Fall: Multi-cultural family sitcom that shows how, when two people with young children and overzealous extended families truly love each other, barely anything is possible.
The Baker and the Beauty: Daniel Garcia is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But on a wild Miami night, he meets Noa Hamilton, an international superstar and fashion mogul, and his life moves into the spotlight. Will this unlikely couple upend their lives to be together and pull their families into a culture clash?
For Life: Serialized legal and family drama about a prisoner who becomes a lawyer, litigating cases for other inmates while fighting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. His quest for freedom is driven by his desperate desire to get back to the family he loves and reclaims the life that was stolen from him. Told through the window of his ferocious struggle and his complicated relationship with a progressive female prison warden, it also examines the flaws and challenges in our penal and legal systems.
Unless there’s another example I can’t think of right now, Designated Survivor is the first major network series to make the jump to streaming following a cancellation. ABC canceled Designated Survivor after season 2 aired but Netflix picked up the rights and will air Season 3 starting on June 7th. Kiefer Sutherland is back as President Tom Kirkman, who became president when a terrorist attack wiped out most of the government at the State of the Union. Since taking office, Kirkman has had to deal with a number of West Wingesque issues while FBI agent Hannah Wells (Maggie Q) investigated the Capitol attack, unraveling a massive conspiracy that included surviving members of government, wealthy businessmen and more. Despite the move to Netflix (and looser restrictions), it seems like DS won’t suddenly turn into House of Cards and will keep it’s same weird mix of fantasy politics that seems to always be on the opposite side of whatever the real-life administration in the White Hous is doing and 24-lite style action as Kirkman begins his campaign for re-election while Hannah joins the CIA and uncovers new threats. Anthony Edwards, Julie White, Elena Tovar, Lauren Holly, and Benjamin Watson are joining the main cast for the new season with Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, McKenna Grace and Adan Canto. Check out the Season 3 trailer below.
Last season of Agents of SHIELD was a bit of a letdown compared to the awesome Season 4 but hopefully Season 6 will get things back on track. *Spoilers* As a result of taking in the Ghost Rider in Season 4, the treatment that brought Coulson (Clark Gregg) back from the dead following The Avengers burned out and he was left slowly dying. After bidding the team a tearful good-bye and spending his last days with May (Ming-Na Wen) in the real Tahiti, Daisy (Chloe Bennett) and Mack (Henry Simmons) have taken over the leadership duties of the SHIELD team but, a year after Infinity War (and most likely post Endgame), the team is shocked to see Coulson return. However, this is an evil universe hopping version who is hellbent on destroying the world with his team of villains. Gregg looks like he’s having a blast going bad and the rest of the team (Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward) are all back as well. The new season starts next Friday (May 10th) on ABC. Check out the trailer below.