Last Week’s Episode: Sharpens The Mind

Last Week's Episode

This week’s news includes a bunch of actors I like in a bunch of new and somewhat inexplicable projects, an interview I hated, and lots of Game of Thrones.


Cloak & Dagger, another one of Marvel’s straggler shows (not on Disney+), has been cancelled at Freeform, which is a bummer. [THR]

If you’ve been following my column for a while you might know I am a fan of Teen Wolf and all the teen wolves who acted in that dearly departed MTV show, which includes Young Adult Wolf Tyler Hoechlin. So I’m prettyyyyy stoked to see his Superman take flight in his own show with Elizabeth Tulloch’s Lois Lane. [Deadline]

The Game of Thrones prequel starring Naomi Watts from showrunner Jane Goldman (Stardust, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, all with Matthew Vaughn) will not move past the pilot stage. The cast seemed pretty vibrant and diverse, so I’m kinda bummed that the GoT prequel that got the greenlight was…  [EW]

House of the Dragon, the show focusing on the Targaryens. Director Miguel Sapochnik (House, Game of Thrones, Altered Carbon) and writer Ryan Condal (Rampage, Hercules (2014), Colony) are co-showrunners  [Variety]

Batwoman AND Nancy Drew have gotten full first seasons at the CW — though reviews have been tepid, the viewership is there. [TVLine]

ABC orders up a full season of Stumptown, too, and I hear it is very bisexual. [Newsarama]


Star Wars fan favorite Kelly Marie Tran will be joining the voice cast of The Croods 2. [THR]

gen:LOCK, the Rooster Teeth animated series starring and produced by Michael B. Jordan, has been renewed for a second season…on HBO Max. [io9]

Ever wanted an oral history of one of the raddest bands ever animated? Check out this look at Scooby-Doo’s Hex Girls. [Independent]


Paul Schrader (First Reformed) has cast the Internet’s boyfriend Oscar Isaac in his next upcoming feature, The Card Shark.  [Variety]

Did you know Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer were starring in a Netflix original as two ‘normal women’ who become superheroes? Well, it’s called Thunder Force and inexplicably the Daily Mail scooped everyone on getting set photos… AND the costumes look dope. [DailyMail]

Viola Davis weighed in on the ‘are superhero movies art,’ securing that Suicide Squad bag. [Shadow & Act]

A fan’s thread livetweeting a David Benioff and Dan Weiss (Game of Thrones) panel went megaviral this weekend. They spoke uh, extremely candidly about their lack of experience and expertise, calling the show “an expensive film school,” pissing off a lot of people. [Twitter]

Then, on Monday, D&D and Disney announced their departure from their previously announced Star Wars project, ostensibly to focus on their $250 million Netflix deal. So there are a lot of rumors floating around — THR claims sources report that their departure was discusses as early as August, as Kathleen Kennedy thought they couldn’t balance Star Wars and their other commitments. Read on for more sourced speculation. [THR]

Grab Bag

Jane Fonda can’t stop getting her costars arrested, first Sam Waterston, now Ted Danson. [CNN]

Perpetual crush of mine Andrew Garfield will be starring in Netflix’s tick, tick… BOOM! The play, by RENT’s Jonathan Larson, will be adapted by Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hanson, Fosse/Verdon) and directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, His Dark Materials) in his feature film directorial debut. I don’t even know if Andrew Garfield can sing but my RENT-loving self is gonna be forced to watch this anyway. [Deadline]

John Witherspoon, a standup comedian and actor who starred in comedies such as Friday, Vampire in Brooklyn, and as Gramps on The Boondocks, passed away this week at age 77. [The Ringer]

Content warning: sexual assault and harassment is discussed.

David Simon, fresh off wrapping up The Deuce, spent a whole interview basically trying to convince a reporter that the allegations against James Franco (whose accusers are now going to trial), aren’t that bad and shouldn’t be lumped in with the rest of #MeToo. It’s honestly not very convincing to me, but it DOES seem like Simon spent a lot of time convincing himself. [Rolling Stone]

Kat Overland

Kat Overland

Small press editor Kat Overland is a displaced Texan now living in Washington, DC, where she is perpetually behind on reading her pull list. She's a millennial, Latina, exhausted, and can often be spotted casually cosplaying America Chavez and complaining.

One thought on “Last Week’s Episode: Sharpens The Mind

  1. I like how when you left off on the bit about Game of Thrones, you cited Entertainment Weekly with its abbreviation. I don’t even need to see if a feeling of "ick" is accurate for whatever this pilot actually is; that’s just bitterly amusing to me.

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