by Josie Kafka
Breaking Bad. Still.
The internet just can’t seem to quit Breaking Bad, although we’re definitely scrapping the bottom of the barrel (in-joke!) as we get further from the series finale. This week, a RateMyProfessor page for Walter White popped up (he has a hotness pepper), and an Albuquerque steakhouse hosted a memorial for the teacher.
It's not all about Walter White, though. Aaron Paul has become an unlikely MC: he and his friend recorded a dance song with a loop of Paul saying “Dance, bitch!” over and over again. You can read more about the song, and listen to it, here.
The BBC has released a new trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, "The Day of the Doctor," which will air 50 years and one day after the assassination of JFK.
This Week in Casts
• Laura Fraser (Lydia on Breaking Bad) has been cast in ABC’s thirteen-episode series The Black Box.
• Marilyn Manson will voice the character of The Shadow on Once Upon a Time.
• Victor Garber (Alias) will have a one-episode guest-starring role on The Good Wife.
• Seth Gabel (Fringe) will star in WGN’s first scripted series, Salem, about the seventeenth-century witch trials. He will play Cotton Mather.
Bogarting the Gumshoes
Castle creator Andrew Marlowe is developing a project based on Raymond Chandler’s iconic shamus Philip Marlowe (no relation). The new ABC series will relocate Philip Marlowe to modern-day LA, described as a place “where true love can be more difficult to find than justice.” Since that sounds like a perverse rom-com ret-con of the wise-cracking love-em-and-leave-em original, I’m more than dubious about this series’ fidelity to the material. However, Andrew Marlowe has more than proved his familiarity with, and love for, the gumshoe tradition in Castle, so perhaps—as Philip Marlowe was fond of saying—it’s okay with me.
NBC announced the start date for Community’s upcoming fifth season: January 2nd, which is strangely early but—hey!—more Community under Dan Harmon’s leadership can’t be a bad thing.
Also this week, Donald Glover revealed his reasons for leaving the beloved sitcom in a series of Instagram messages. They’re rambly and personal, but the overall take-away is that Glover’s in a transition period in his life, took a leap to make a change, and is both nervous and excited about the future.
Did the Ancient Egyptians like Foxes, Too?
Fox has greenlit a 13-episode series order for Hieroglyph, an “action adventure drama” set in ancient Egypt. According to TVLine, the series “fantasy and reality when a notorious thief is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah. In his new role, he must navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and divine sorcerers.”
It sounds like Game of Thrones with scarabs.
This Week in Cats
Doux Reviews writer Gus discovered this adorable IKEA ad. It features cats, but you have to assemble them at home:
Blastr has compiled a list of spooky short stories available online to whet your appetite for Halloween. The full list (available here) includes a Stephen King short from the New Yorker, a classic Lovecraft tale, and Shirley Jackson’s dark pleasure, “The Lottery.”
I don't read much horror, apart from Stephen King. And, since I don't picture stories in my head as I read them, I am rarely scared by the horror I do read. But the list got me thinking about when I have been scared by a story or novel. House of Leaves was mind-bending, but didn't make me afraid to look in the closet. Ray Bradbury's "The Whole Town's Sleeping" has a frisson-inducing last line that makes slogging through the rest of it worth it, but barely. Rebecca, The Haunting of Hill House, and The Turn of the Screw come to mind.
What is the scariest story you've ever read?