What if Seinfeld were about Jerry and Elaine trying to make it in show business? That’s basically the premise of DIfficult People, written and created by Julie Klausner. As you may have surmised from my occassional mentions, I’m a huge fan of Julie and Billy Eichner. Finally her show is available, streaming on Hulu with new shows every Wednesday. They’re both great, the show is fantastic and it’s just been renewed for another season.
There’s over two dozen new shows premiering this fall, not counting new and returning shows on cable and Amazon/Hulu/Netflix. That’s a ridiculous amount, and many won’t even make it till the end of the season. Some look really, really good (Gotham) and some are already circling the dreaded hiatus designation (Red Band Society, The Mysteries of Laura). That’s all fine and good, but which shows am I the most excited about? Glad you asked!
I’m devastated by Joan Rivers passing. She’s such a giant in her industry and consummate entertainer who’s been on television in one way or another since I began watching TV. Whether it was her guest-hosting The Tonight Show as Johnny Carson’s fill-in, the host of her own ill-fated late night talk show on FOX, center square on Hollywood Squares, all the way up to her anchoring E’s Fashion Police. Rivers left us with a staggering amount of work, most of it available online. But there’s perhaps no more better look at the legacy she leaves behind than the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, which I watched again over the weekend on Netflix.
Back in 2011, Bravo aired a 30 minute pilot based on the New York magazine back page feature “The Approval Matrix.” Hosted by Faith Salie, the show attempted to bring the popular feature to television. I barely remember watching it, and the pilot was so disastrous, Bravo has wiped any trace of it from their website. Proving there truly are no new ideas in Hollywood or cable TV, Sundance TV has given a new version a six episode commitment, this time with Neal Brennan (co-creator of Chappelle Show) as host. Let’s compare the two!
And so it goes… In high school, I revered Dave’s Late Night, hippest thing on tv. Jokes would bomb, guests would bore him, and equipment, props etc would fail, and yet there it was, broadcast for all the world to see. Dave pioneered ironic detachment, and along with his then girlfriend Merrill Markoe, defined what comedy would be in the new century.