- Jog wheel seeking
- HDR and frame rate matching
- Using Siri to toggle audio and subtitles
- Abbott Elementary
- Atypical: Season 4
- Barry: Season 3
- The Bear
- Bosch: Legacy
- The Boys: Season 3
- Business Proposal
- The Dick Van Dyke Show
- For All Mankind: Season 3
- Ghosts (UK)
- Harley Quinn: Season 3
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 4
- The Middle
- Only Murders in the Building: Season 2
- See: Season 2
- Star Trek: Lower Decks: Season 3
- Station Eleven
- Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson
- Wellington Paranormal
If you know more than I do currently, then perhaps he is gone and I’m looking like quite the fool. I suppose I’ll find out soon enough. ↩︎
By Scott Feinberg at The Hollywood Reporter:
The TV Academy is being slammed by the Writers Guild of America for apparently making the decision to remove the presentation of the outstanding writing for a variety series/special award from the Primetime Emmys telecast that will take place on Jan. 15, 2024.
In a missive sent on Tuesday to members of the WGA East and West, the guild’s top leadership — including WGA East president Lisa Takeuchi Cullen and WGA West president Meredith Stiehm — calls the TV Academy’s move a “regrettable decision” and one “without any justification or defensible reason” which “devalues our profession.”
Wow, they really learned nothing from when the Oscars broadcast did this same thing in 2022. That wasn’t a good look either, and the Academy reversed course the following year, about as quickly as a slow-moving behemoth can do something.
To do this so soon after the resolution of the Writer’s Guild strike, too? Talk about tone-deaf and shameless.
By Rick Porter at The Hollywood Reporter:
[Max] has ordered a fifth season of Harley Quinn, the adult animated series centered on the mayhem-loving character. The renewal comes two months after season four wrapped.
This is easily the best news of the entire freaking month. Coupled with the imminent release of Kite Man: Hell Yeah! things are starting to look bright in Gotham!
By Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter:
The Writers Guild and SAG-AFTRA strikes wiped out the September start and with production expected to resume in the coming weeks, ABC ultimately had no need for a second season of Feds, starring Niecy Nash-Betts.
Was The Rookie: Feds a particularly great show? Not really. Did I enjoy watching it every week anyway? You bet I did. I’m not surprised it was canceled, but this is still a bummer to see.
I hope the cast will continue showing up in The Rookie. Those crossover episodes were delightful.
It sure would be a lot easier to keep up with the tv shows I’m watching if every new, good-looking thing coming out wasn’t also a lengthy tv show.
Does anybody want to pay me a living wage to watch everything I’m currently in the middle of?
UPDATE: After several hours of considering this app, I’ve committed to leaving it behind. Gone are the halcyon HBO days; Max is the final nail in that sad coffin.
Max, in its current form, appears to be just a reskinned HBO Max app—new colors, the same big header images, and a sidebar navigation (but with the addition of an inexplicable top menu too). It seems like they could have kept the old app and just changed the name. Why this needed a completely separate app is beyond me. Let’s just call it corporate stupidity.
That’s where the similarities stop. The most egregious issue is the return of the custom video player that no one was asking for. Doing this means Max has dropped all support for the standard tvOS interface and features. “Regression” is the only word for this. This means Max doesn’t currently offer:
This is breaking long-held and valued conventions, all for the benefit of tracking every single second of watching time and every single choice made within the app. Make no mistake, these changes have been done so that WBD can architect profiles of its users and, likely, sell that information to advertisers. In a less nefarious way, it’ll also likely be used to inform future content spending and acquisitions.
This is a 1.0 release (even though it didn’t need to be), so I’m interested to see how it’ll evolve; HBO Max wasn’t particularly great when it was first released either. However, if they’re not going to learn from past mistakes, then I don’t have to give them any more attention and money.
We’re all pawns in the war between streaming giants. The best way to stay clean is to stay out of the skirmish.
Forget superhero movie fatigue. I’m getting tv show fatigue. It feels like every new interesting thing that comes out is a ten hour long season of tv. And who knows how many seasons it’ll be. Who’s got the time to watch all of that?
We’ve got standing desks. Ergonomic desks. Treadmill desks.
How come nobody is popularizing the George Costanza desk?
I spent most of 2022 thinking I hadn’t watched much television, and I felt down about that. There was so much good stuff happening on tv, and I was missing out on it! I spent too much time watching admittedly great movies that I let tv fall by the wayside. How could it ever forgive me?
Turns out my concern was overblown—I watched more tv last year than I have since I started tracking what I watch. In 2022, I watched 1,453 episodes of tv shows. It was a good thing I was sitting down when I figured out that staggering number.
I’ve listed my favorite shows below, and also included a few that I regret giving any time. Last year, I started using the pretty excellent Trakt service to track what I’m watching. Check out my profile there.
My favorite shows
My disliked shows
It made me sad to see what happened to Gregory the gargoyle in the second episode of The Sandman. A very sweet, loving, and playful as a puppy creature sacrifices its own life, much to the great sorrow of its caretakers, Cain and Abel, to provide Dream with some power to find his stolen tools, i.e., his punch of sand, his helmet, and his ruby.
I have yet to finish the graphic novels, but as far as I can tell, Gregory doesn’t ever die in the original books. He’s allowed to continue living with Cain and Abel, along with a new gargoyle named Goldie (but actually secretly Irving). Perhaps he might in a later issue, but there’s nothing to suggest this.1
Seeing this tragic scene play out in the show was distressing. Not enough for me to stop watching it, mind you; give me as much Neil Gaiman as you can, please. But in the short time Gregory is on-screen, he became a quick favorite. He’s just so dang lovable! It’s clear he brought much joy to those around him.
His sacrifice is graceful and noble, but it didn’t need to happen. That moment would still have worked had Dream taken back any other thing he gave to Cain and Abel, as happens in the book. Instead, the show knowingly hurt both its characters and, I’m betting, large swaths of its audience. It was an effective manipulation. Moments before the terrible death, Gregory was seen joyfully bouncing about and playing with a ball in front of a large, handmade gargoyle house. The show’s creators wanted the audience to see dog-like qualities. What are dogs if not playful, loyal, and easily loved? Who wouldn’t despair seeing something dog-like disappear forever?
Since watching that episode, this sad moment has stuck with me. The cruelty felt immense and unnecessary, made real only to hurt.
I’ll admit that this whole thing is silly at its core: Gregory, or any living gargoyle, is not real. I’m being deeply affected by a made-up creature in a made-up television show. Gregory can never die if he never actually existed. But I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I can’t forget or ignore this sort of pain so easily, no matter how fabricated it might be. This sort of cruelty is not something I want to witness because I know how I respond to it.
I should have checked in on the valuable site Does the Dog Die before watching this show. I was foolish not to; this heartache could have been prevented. I also encourage anybody who may feel like I do about this subject matter to also regularly visit the site. They’re doing good and helpful work.
In the meantime, I’m going to continue enjoying The Sandman (it has truly been excellent), but I’m sure I’ll be on edge from now on.