It’s time for buying school supplies whether you need them or not. I mean everyone could use another empty notebook to add to their collection, right? No? Just me? Well if I’ve learned anything from 2020, it’s that buying things stupid cheap things like pens and notebooks can make me forget briefly about the hellscape of this year. But here we are, the one week of the month I completely immerse myself in entertainment news so you can skim through this column without having jump into the deep end yourself. So pull up a kiddie pool and dip a toe in.
Let’s rip off the bandaid and do the bad news first this week.
What a run. @patriotact has come to an end. I got to work with the best writers, producers, researchers, and animators in the game. My 2 babies were born and grew up with the show. TY to @Netflix and everyone who watched. Now it’s time to return these screens to Best Buy 😎 pic.twitter.com/4s4TrsKWe6
— Hasan Minhaj (@hasanminhaj) August 18, 2020
A show featuring a person of color being funny and investigating political topics being canceled just before the 2020 election…*checks off bingo square* It’s unclear if Minhaj is stepping away voluntarily to pursue other projects or if Netflix just pulled the plug. As one Twitter responder said, it’s to believe Netflix finances The Kissing Booth, but cancels a vitally important show providing political commentary in a time when we really need such things. Win multiple awards – cancelled. Provide more hetereo white teen romcoms – get a sequel. Makes perfect sense, this is 2020 after all. In memory here’s a past clip from the show:
hasan minhaj and patriot act did a fantastic job of grilling justin trudeau on his record while other american shows went soft. cancelling it furthers that late night is sorely lacking voices of colour. via @ManishaKrishnan: https://t.co/MxpD1WwAbI
— Jill Krajewski (@JillKrajewski) August 18, 2020
Drunk History is also on the chopping block. Comedy Central is canceling the show after its sixth season. Apparently the high cost of the period reenactments is part of the cause. Get nominated for 3 Emmy awards=cancelation for networks it seems. [Deadline]
TV and action star Tetsuya Watari has died of pneumonia at 78 years old. Watari was a past president of Ishihara Production, the company started by megastar Yujiro Ishihara. His brother Tsunehiko Watase, who died in 2017, was also a prolific actor. [Variety]
Now to the bad choices for reboots announced this week. There’s going to be a Ninja Turtles film reboot? (Because let’s be honest, TMNT has never really taken a break. They even went to space in one cartoon version y’all, it’s wild.) Seth Rogen is in charge, so surely nothing can go wrong. I mean do we really need a TMNT reboot? I guess why not, they’ve rebooted everything else from my childhood at this point. [Collider]
Going from bad or questionable reboot to worse news, last week we covered Viacom’s announcement they are going to revive Ren & Stimpy. Just no. Who thought this was a good idea? Don’t answer that. Rather who we should be listening to are the victims of the show’s creator. Even if John K isn’t involved, it still brings attention to his work.
I am one million % against a Ren & Stimpy reboot. It's tone deaf, insulting to John K's victims, and gives a known abuser huge exposure. I know he is not directly involved, but that does not change how this will throw a bone to this monster all over again.https://t.co/vCA8QJRWYB
— Robyn *did a triumph* Byrd (@TopographicFish) August 13, 2020
Some casting news this week that warms my heart. Tig Notaro, who played my favorite character from Star Trek: Discovery, will be replacing Chris D’Elia in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. Thanks to technology they’re reshooting scenes despite already wrapping late last year. [THR]
— Woke on Hulu (@WokeHulu) August 7, 2020
It’s quite a week of announcements for me. Hulu has a new comedy coming starring Lamorne Morris, who’s character arch was one of the best parts of New Girl. The show is based and co-written by cartoonist Keith Knight, who came to popularity in the 90s. You can watch the trailer now, while we wait for the premiere early September. [Decider]
Surprising no one, Jensen Ackles is jumping on the Kripke train and joining The Boys on Season 3. Not much more to say about that one.
— TV Guide (@TVGuide) August 17, 2020
In cautiously optimistic news of reboots, Clueless is being revived by Peacock but focusing on Dionne. There are two dudes writing though, so I’m reserving my excitement until I see what they deliver. [Variety]
Probably the best announcement this week- Randall Park and Daniel Dae Kim are teaming up for a heist movie from Amazon Prime. Say what?! I’m totally here for this.
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) August 18, 2020
Sheriff Woody will become a real man in Toy Story 5! Just kidding. But Tom Hanks is being considered for the role of Gepetto in…. yes, yet another classic Disney reboot. 😒 Please for the love don’t bring back the uncanny valley nightmare that was Polar Express. I’m begging you. [Deadline]
Guillermo del Toro is also tackling the classic puppet tale with his own version of Pinocchio, a stop-motion musical with a stacked cast including Tilda Swinton, Ewan McGregor, and Cate Blanchett. [Deadline]
There’s been a development in the #FreeBritney saga. Court documents have been filed to remove her father as a court-appointed conservator. There is a rally at the LA Courthouse and of course, this has meant every dude formerly in her life has tried to capitalize on publicity. [USA Today]
Britney Spears is asking a California court to remove her father as her sole court-appointed conservator.
Here's what that means: https://t.co/5kc2jiNOMv
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 19, 2020
If you’re an Akira fan, don’t miss this on Twitch tonight.
The 2nd showing of our Akira fan dub airs…
7:00 PST / 10:00 ESThttps://t.co/dQjbn4rO96
Please note the new time, updated from last week, to better serve the west coast!
And we have a cast member change, Takashi is now played by @lyleisland!
See you there! 🏍💨 pic.twitter.com/zESO0JLc6O
— Sophia Foster-Dimino (@hellophia) August 20, 2020