“Dee Day” is a pretty strange episode of television, even by “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” warped standards. There’s a racist play featuring brown face, an involuntary make-out scene between two platonic friends, an ongoing vomit bit, a mystery lurking in the background about a secret plan, and it’s all wrapped in a simple sitcom premise: It’s Dee Day, which means everyone as to do what Dee Kaitlin Olson says, no matter how uncomfortable, unwanted, or weird.
Written by Megan Ganz who last penned one of “Sunny’s” best recent episodes, “Dee Day” utilizes many of the series’ comedy go-to’s: satire, physical humor, shocking behavior, random running gags, and an utter lack of shame from anyone involved. But it’s also really, really weird, and that in itself has been a key element to the FX sitcom’s longevity. Without episodes like “Dee Day,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” would’ve never tied “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” as the longest-running live-action sitcom ever — nor would it have continued to stand out from the ever-increasing competition as it steams toward a record-breaking Season 15.
Weird episodes like “Dee Day” are a regular component of “It’s Always Sunny,” but they’re not to be confused with the characters’ generally weird vibes. Sure, Frank Danny DeVito and Charlie Charlie Day like to play Nightcrawlers — a mysterious game that may or may not involve the two roommates throwing blankets over each other and crawling around their apartment like worms — but there’s no episode dedicated to the game itself yet. It’s just one of many contributing facets to their peculiar personalities.
Weird episodes are a different story. They’re chaotic, experimental, or so out there that it’s hard to recap them without sounding insane. Think about what happens in “The Gang Makes ‘Lethal Weapon 6’,” “Making Dennis Reynolds a Murderer,” “Charlie Work,” “The Nightman Cometh,” “CharDee MacDennis: The Game of Games,” and “Being Frank.” Now try to explain what happens in each, why it works, and what’s funny about it. It’s harder than it sounds!
Yes, some of the weird episodes are deceptively simple. Like “The Gang Makes ‘Lethal Weapon 6’,” “Dee Day” is exactly what it sounds like. Yes, it’s difficult to encapsulate how and why things happen, let alone everything that happens in the 23 minutes, but the episode’s grounding force is Dee. She’s the boss. She tells them what to do. She keeps them from their secret mission. So if Dennis Glenn Howerton suddenly walks into frame wearing a bright red wig and sporting an Irish accent, it’s really weird, but you can easily presume he’s doing so because Dee made him. Many of the other weird episodes have a similarly basic foundation, which lets the stories built on top get stranger and stranger. This is the core engine of most situational comedies, and “Sunny” is no different.
But many of these weird episodes don’t even fit into the sitcom’s accepted, ongoing premise: five “friends” run a dive bar in Philly. “Charlie Work” is an homage to “True Detective’s” one-shot, and while it’s rooted in what Charlie does at Paddy’s pub, it’s funniest when considering the formal approach and outside influences. “Being Frank” works similarly, while “The Nightman Cometh” — “Sunny’s” famous musical episode — really shouldn’t work. Bringing Charlie’s play on pedophilia to life is risky, to say the least.
But it’s certainly original. From the play’s premise to its music to the downer ending, nothing about the episode should feel familiar. Originality and creativity go hand-in-hand. So as long as Day, Howerton, Rob McElhenney, and the rest of the writing staff are thinking outside the box in terms of their episode content and construction, they’re bound to keep finding new opportunities. Much has been said about how the show’s satiric goals are routinely restocked by world events, and that’s true. But that topical content would die out if the “Sunny” gang wasn’t looking for new ways to tap into those topics.
Just the same, not all of the weird episodes are top-tier installments. “Dee Day” would probably land in the lower third of “Sunny’s” episodes, and that’s OK. Weird episodes are usually big swings, which can equal big misses. The talent inherent to this show makes even the bad episodes entertaining. Just look at “A Very Sunny Christmas.” The special is a bit bloated, and it’s hardly a must-see when you’re in the mood for holiday TV. But if you mention “Sunny” in just about any setting, someone is going to mention Frank crawling naked out of the couch. It’s an iconic moment within a risky episode, and the former cannot exist without the latter. Usually the cast can find a laugh in just about any situation, and their ambition is as admirable as it is critical. Big swings often connect, and those home runs create timeless pieces of television that reinvigorate a season and the series overall.
Season 14 hasn’t hit on that level yet, but “Sunny” absolutely will get there soon. Greatness is part of it’s very weird DNA.
Just hours after the Monday fast national ratings revealed a strong return for All American, the CW has ordered 3 additional episodes, bringing the drama’s second season to 16 episodes.
That matches All American‘s freshman order and is considered a full season as fewer and fewer broadcast series do the traditional 22-episode cycles these days. All American joins Fox newbie Prodigal Son in receiving a back order this fall.
Following exposure of All American’s first season on Netflix, its Season 2 debut last night logged a series-high viewership 926,000 and the show's best Live+Same Day 18-49 rating since November 28, 2018 0.3. Versus its series debut last fall, All American was up by 35% in viewers, 95% in adults 18-34 0.3 and 66% in adults 18-49. And that was with All American opening the night versus having a lead-in, Riverdale, last fall. All American was also up dramatically from its March finale, by 72% in viewers, 198% in 18-34, and 154% in 18-49.
The return of All American finds Spencer James Daniel Ezra, now a football State Champion, with a tough decision to make. Does he stay in Beverly Hills and play for Coach Billy Baker Taye Diggs? Or does he move back home to South LA, reunite with his mother, Grace Karimah Westbrook, brother, Dillon Jalyn Hall, and play for his father, Corey Chad Coleman — the new head coach for the South Crenshaw Chargers?
Co-starring on the show are Cody Christian, Greta Onieogou, Monét Mazur, Michael Evans Behling, Samantha Logan and Bre-Z.
All American is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Nkechi Okoro Carroll, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and John A. Norris.
It’s been over two years since the third season of Rick and Morty came to an end, and fans have been hungry for more nasty dimension-hopping, time traveling adventures with the titular drunk uncle and his neurotic nephew. Thankfully, Adult Swim ordered a huge number of new episodes that will keep creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland busy for the next few years, and thanks to the new Rick and Morty season 4 trailer, we finally know that new episodes are coming in November. Watch below!
Rick and Morty Season 4 Trailer
This is a full-on trailer with plenty of teases of new sci-fi activity for Rick and Morty, and the former is still chastising the later for having a taste for adventure, even if he ends up getting slimed, burnt, and on the verge of death all the time. You’ll see Morty dealing with some pretty weird afflictions this time, but nothing that’s any weirder than we’ve seen before.
Beyond that, Jerry, Beth, and Summer pop up here and there. In fact, Beth and Summer appear to come to blows with each other for some reason. Plus, we see Mr. Meeseeks is making a comeback and it looks like he’s creating even more chaos this time, possibly in greater numbers. Mr. Poopy Butthole pops up teaching a college course before fighting off his students. And there are plenty of new aliens making their debut on the show too. We can’t wait to meet them.
The fourth season of Rick and Morty will arrive on November 10 and 11:30pm ET/PT. However, it looks like the season may be split with a short break in between, because the end of the trailer makes a point of specifically saying that five all new episodes will begin airing starting November 10.
So let’s think about this. If there’s a new episode every Sunday for five weeks, that means the fifth episode will air on December 8. However, there’s a good chance the show could take a break for Thanksgiving weekend, which would take us to December 15. Either way, the show would probably take a break for the rest of the year through Christmas and New Year’s and then hopefully return sometime in January for the second half of the fourth season.
We’re in the home stretch now, and yet, The Terror: Infamy is still throwing curveballs. The two most recent episodes – 7 and 8 – offer up some new twists to keep things going, but one can’t help but feel like the show has run its course by now.
My Perfect World
I had such high hopes for The Terror: Infamy. The show’s premise – ghosts in a Japanese internment camp during World War II – was rife with possibility. It was also unsettlingly timely, a premise that could be tied into our increasingly, depressingly jingoistic times. But as Infamy nears its end, it’s become apparent that the internment camp element has very little to do with the story. It’s simply a setting. You could transplant this season to any other location, and the story would be more or less the same – and that’s a bit of a let-down.
Still, episode 7, “My Perfect World”, has its moments. For one thing, it opens with a wonderfuly ghoulish moment in which a possessed undertaker tears skin off of one corpse and stitches it, Frankenstein-style, onto the burnt corpse of Yuko. This enables her to come back to life yet again I guess she needs fresh skin to live? Who knows, and continue her quest for Chester.
Chester, meanwhile, is on a quest of his own: to find Luz. He’s sent her a ton of letters, but she hasn’t opened any of them. His solution? To simply try to walk out of the camp. When that doesn’t work, he breaks out entirely and heads off to find her, which he does, rather easily. It results in a somber moment in which Luz admits that she wanted to ignore Chester because all he reminds her of is pain. It’s a scene that features strong acting from Cristina Rodlo, and serves as another reminder that this season has pretty much wasted her character.
Back at the camp, an outbreak is in full swing, plunging the detainees into sickness. Amy goes to Major Bowen to ask for outside medical help, but since he’s a piece of shit he turns her down. Ken, Amy’s revolutionary ex-boyfriend, takes matters into his own hands – he takes Bowen hostage, thinking this will somehow help matters. It really doesn’t. And besides, Amy gets the job done herself, calling up some ambulances using Bowen’s authority. Afterward, she helps talk Ken into releasing Bowen, and Bowen makes it sound as if he’s going to take it easy on Ken. He isn’t – he has the young man shot.
It’s worth noting here that Bowen also encounters Yuko lurching around the camp at some point, and seems to go crazy after she touches him. But he gets over that craziness really quickly, and it makes one wonder why they bothered to include the Bowen/Yuko counter at all. It goes nowhere. But Ken’s death spurns Amy into action, and she starts secretly recording Bowen in hopes of getting him in trouble with his superiors.
As for Chester and Luz, they run off to New Mexico. And even though Luz gave an emotional speech about how being with Chester causes her pain, she asks him to stay anyway. It’s again a credit to Cristina Rodlo that she’s able to make the dialogue here work, because it goes against everything else the character has said. Mark Korven’s beautiful, aching music does a lot of heavy lifting here as well. In any case, there’s hope here – Chester and Luz can start a new life. Although it’s kind of a dick move for Chester to totally forget about his parents back at camp, even if they are his adoptive parents.
But he’s got other family matters in mind. Because after busting into the orphanage where he was left as a baby, Chester discovers he had a twin brother. Dun dun dun! It feels way too late in the game to drop this twin brother subplot into the narrative, but hey, here we are. And if Chester wants to find his brother, it stands to reason that Yuko wants to find the character as well. And sure enough, she possesses Luz’s father in Los Angeles long enough to make him draw out directions to the New Mexico house where Chester and Luz and staying. Then she makes the poor man kill himself, as seems to be her custom.
My Sweet Boy
The latest episode of The Terror: Infamy breaks some fingers, throws in some twists, and ultimately asks: what more is there left to say? I will continue to defend this show, and the first season remains fantastic in my eyes. But this season has started to wear thin, and I can’t help but wish things had panned out differently. But this is the story we’re stuck with, and this is the story I have to cover.
After running off to New Mexico with Luz last week, Chester is now happily working on her family’s farm. And it’s only a matter of time before he and Luz have fully made up, and jumped back into the sack together. Good for them, those crazy kids! Unfortunately, Yuko is lurking about, biding her time, waiting for…something. Can you be any more vague, Yuko?
Three years have passed since the show started, and, oddly enough, Chester hasn’t brought up the whole Yuko thing to Luz once. This seems like a huge oversight on his part, but he finally lets things slip after Luz finds out her father is missing we, of course, know he’s dead. And also after Luz reveals that her abuela knows magic. Luz’s abuela uses that magic to transport Chester to some sort of spirit realm where he learns his twin brother is dead. The reunion is sweet, but the sweetness doesn’t last, because Yuko works her way into the scene and kidnaps Chester’s brother, Jirou, into that creepy afterlife she was stuck in a few episodes ago.
Back at the camp, Chester’s adoptive parents are on the verge of finally being released. It’s cause for celebration, and Major Bowen is ready to throw a party. The major is strutting around the camp in high spirits – an attitude that’s making Amy nervous. You see, she sent her secret tapes off to Washington, a move that got Bowen summoned up by his superiors. She thought that would take care of the vile man, but he came right back, happy as can be. At first it seems like Bowen thinks someone else recorded his conversations and that he still trusts Amy – but that’s a ruse. During the party, he drugs her and then ties her up in some muddy basement. This scenario gives actress Miki Ishikawa plenty of time to shine, and makes us wish the show had been about Amy the entire time instead of Chester.
At the same time, the Bowen/Amy scenes don’t amount to much. Bowen breaks some of Amy’s fingers ouch, but Amy is eventually able to get free of her bonds, beat Bowen with a chair, and then drown him by smashing his face into the muddy earth. It’s doubtful anyone will mourn Bowen – he was a piece of shit, after all. Still, Amy is a murderer now, which might cause some problems further down the line.
Amy isn’t the only person with problems. Chester and Luz are about to face a big one: Luz is pregnant again. And after putting all the pieces together, she realizes that Yuko’s ghost is no longer after Chester – she’s after their unborn baby instead. These poor lovebirds just can’t catch a break.
A month's worth of scary programming heads to Hulu with its annual Huluween celebration starting today. Viewers can head to Hulu's personalized, Halloween-themed hub for a bone-chilling selection of popular Halloween TV episodes and movies, featuring 800 premium Halloween titles and more than 5,000 episodes of new and library TV series. The curated experience will also bring fans exclusive, new content throughout the month, including seven spooky short films from up-and-coming filmmakers, selected in collaboration with Sundance Institute, and the premieres of returning Original series Castle Rock, Light as a Feather, and Into the Dark and the highly anticipated Hulu Original Films Little Monsters and Wounds.
After the success of Huluween 2018, Hulu continues to engage with top advertisers in unique ways during the Halloween month, nearly doubling the number of advertisers participating in Huluween this year vs. 2018. With over 75% viewer engagement with the Huluween hub in 2018, brands sponsoring Huluween saw over 155% increase in ad recall and over 305% increase in purchase intent in 2018. Marketers are back again this year with branded integrated spots and custom creative featured throughout the Huluween content, embracing the spooktacular audience herding to Hulu during Huluween. Viewers will see multiple brands from Papa John's to CarMax, among others, solidifying Hulu as the only premium streaming platform that can partner with multiple top brands in ways that are more personalized and immersive than anything on linear television.
Hulu Launches A Creepy Content Hub and Annual Huluween Film Fest
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With content from all zombie walks of life, Hulu will have new and fan-favorite Halloween TV shows and films available for viewers all 31 days and nights of October. The immersive Huluween destination on the platform will have something for everyone, offering customized experience for consumers to add their favorite scary shows and monstrous movies to "My Stuff". The Huluween hub will also serve consumers personalized recommendations all month long from hand-picked Halloween collections including Freaky Franchises, Foreign Frights, Psychological Horror & Thrillers, Sci-Fi Scares, Indies, Zombies, Humorous Horror, Anthologies, alongside Hulu Originals and Huluween Essentials.
Hulu is also bringing back the popular Huluween Film Fest, which will give seven up-and-coming filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their horror-themed short films on Hulu throughout the month. Collaboratively curated with the Sundance Film Institute, the short films, including - Hidden Mother, Ride, Swiped to Death, Flagged, Undo, The Dunes and The Ripper - will premiere today, Tuesday, Oct. 1 in conjunction with the Huluween experience and on Hulu's social channels. The filmmaker with the highest level of engagement on Hulu and Hulu's YouTube channel will win $50,000 towards production of their feature length film. To view all of Huluween short films, visit the Hulu Youtube channel.
Hulu Expands Original Programming Slate with Huluween Premieres Of Horrifying Hulu Originals
This week, Hulu and Blumhouse Television returns with the year-round horror event Hulu Original Series, Into The Dark with a special Halloween episode, Uncanny Annie. Launching October 4, the episode follows a group of college students who get trapped in a mysterious board game that brings their darkest secrets and fears to life, where they must play to escape... and win to survive.
Hulu Original Series Light As A Feather, produced by AwesomenessTV, Wattpad and Grammnet, also returns to the service October 4. Doubling down by playing a new round of "Light as a Feather" putting all their lives on the line, Season 2 continues as McKenna and friends are optimistic that they're finally done with the curse. But is the curse done with them?
Hulu Original Film Little Monsters makes its streaming premiere on Friday, October 11. Starring Academy Award-Winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad and Alexander England, the critically-acclaimed Australian horror comedy begins with a harmless school field trip which ends with a zombie outbreak. Little Monsters world-premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Written and Directed by Under The Shadow's Babak Anvari, Wounds streams on Hulu on October 18. The feature film follows the story of a New Orleans bartender whose life begins to unravel after a series of disturbing and inexplicable events that begin to happen to him after picking up a phone left behind at a bar. With a star studded cast including Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson and Zazie Beets, Wounds also made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019 followed by a screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019.
Rounding out the month of Original premieres, Hulu's critically acclaimed series Castle Rock returns for Season 2 on October 23, starring Lizzy Caplan and Tim Robbins. Season 2 follows a feud between warring clans that comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes, Stephen King's nurse from hell, gets waylaid in Castle Rock.
Lastly, Zomboat!, a zombie-horror-comedy import, will premiere on Friday, October 25 in co-production with iTV. The series features a pair of sisters as they escape the apocalypse with the help of Dorothy, an early-80's wood paneled canal boat.
Ray Stevenson Rome, The Thor franchise, Sai Bennett Mr. Selfridge, Close to the Enemy, Andrew Buchan Broadchurch, The Honourable Woman and Peter Egan Downton Abbey, The Unforgotten have joined the cast of Starz’s The Spanish Princess, as production begins on the final eight episodes of the limited series. Shooting takes place on location and in The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol, UK.
They join returning leads Charlotte Hope and Ruairi O'Connor reprising their roles as the ruling couple Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. Other key cast also returning are Stephanie Levi-John, Georgie Henley and Laura Carmichael.
Stevenson will play Meg's boorish husband, King James IV of Scotland. Bennett portrays Henry and Meg's sister Princess Mary, now of age to forge a political alliance for the Tudors through her own marriage. Buchan joins as the upwardly mobile Sir Thomas More and Egan will play Tudor stalwart General Howard.
In June, Starz ordered eight additional episodes to bring to a close the telling the story of Catherine of Aragon.
Produced by All3 Media's New Pictures and Playground, the limited series is drawn from the best-selling novels, The Constant Princess and The King's Curse, written by Philippa Gregory. The Spanish Princess continues the story of Queen Catherine and Henry VIII. Presiding over the most glamorous court in Europe and beloved by their people, together they create an England that is proud, confident and strong enough to withstand threat from abroad. Catherine's struggle to produce an heir places her marriage and position in the court at risk, and she is haunted by her choices from the past. Despite proving herself a politician, a diplomat, a national inspiration and even a military commander, Catherine must battle to save her love with the King, and to preserve the peace and prosperity of their reign.
Emma Frost and Matthew Graham will continue as showrunners and executive producers. The final episodes will feature a three female director lineup, beginning with Chanya Button World on Fire, Vita & Virginia in the first block, followed by Lisa Clarke The Spanish Princess, Sanditon and Rebecca Gatward Dublin Murders, Traces.
The Spanish Princess is the third in a trilogy that began with The White Queen, which was a co-production with the BBC, and The White Princess, which starred Killing Eve's Jodie Comer.