There hasn't been a lot of TV news this week that I feel compelled to pass on to you guys. So instead, I'm posting two discussion topics, followed by a bit about Doux Reviews and its new flurry of topical indexes.
What? "Topical indexes," you say? Sounds exciting, doesn't it? (To a librarian, maybe. Did you know I was a librarian?)
The X-Files returns?
Chris Carter has struck out several times now (just look at his IMdb page), so he's going back to what made him famous: The X-Files. And of course, there is no X-Files without David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Of course, it's just "talks" at this point -- except that Duchovny has already said he's interested. Come on, Gillian. What do you say?
The Agents of D.O.U.X. are in the midst of reviewing The X-Files as a group project. We post reviews every weekend, and right now we're halfway through season four. There's no question (at least for us) that The X-Files is a classic genre show, one of the greats, or we wouldn't be covering it.
So there was a good bit of discussion in the Doux Reviews virtual writers room about the possibility of a rebooted X-Files:
Juliette: "My feelings, they are complicated. I am confused. And I can barely remember what on earth was going on in the arc plot. But... Mulder was on my pencil case. And I love Gillian Anderson and her perfect English accent for ever (could Scully fake an English accent at some point?). And I love paranormal Monster of the Week stories. I will watch the heck out of this if they make it."
Heather: "I'm having a lot of different feelings about this!"
ChrisB: "As Heather says, it's hard to know what to think. On the one hand, I'd love to see more of my favorite duo ever. On the other, I rather feel as though their story has been told. That last movie wasn't the greatest, and that final shot of them in the boat was a great coda to a great run."
Sunbunny: "When would [Gillian Anderson] find the time? She's so overbooked as she is. She could probably leave Hannibal without too much of a fuss, but she *IS* The Fall, you know?
ChrisB: "I had a similar thought. The big question is whether Anderson would want to do it. She's gainfully employed these days; Duchovny is between gigs (as far as I know)."
Heather: "I listened to Chris Hardwick interview her this past week on the nerdist podcast and she was totally up for it, at least during the interview! Great great interview BTW."
So we're wondering. Isn't nine seasons and a couple of movies enough? What do you guys think about an X-Files reboot? Post a comment!
Musings about Sleepy Hollow
Why hasn't Fox renewed Sleepy Hollow? They renewed several other shows last week, but not Sleepy Hollow. Apparently, it's not tanking in the ratings. It's just not meeting their expectations.
I love the show... provisionally. Mostly, I love Tom Mison's Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie's Leftenant Mills, and their wonderful relationship. I assume that the suits are aware that that is the best part of the series and they won't screw with it. But the suits are saying that the mythology is a bit dense and they want to make it more of a supernatural procedural, change the format a bit.
It seems obvious to me that Sleepy Hollow's problem is that there are some dead weight characters that should be written out of the show. They also seem to be having issues with the mythology. Where is it going? Do we still have an Apocalypse? What's up with the Horsemen?
So for our second discussion topic, what do you think is wrong with Sleepy Hollow, and what should be done to get it back on track? Post a comment!
This week in casts
I don't have much casting news for this week. Don't get me wrong, there has been casting -- just not any that interests me. Except:
-- We have a Supergirl. The new CBS superhero show will star Melissa Benoist from Glee. I don't know who that is, but there you go.
-- Rutina Wesley (Tara from True Blood) has been cast in a major role on Hannibal.
This week in
Doux Reviews has a lot of content. We have a back catalog of nearly six thousand television, movie and book reviews (mostly television), and a lot of them fall into our favorite genres. Co-site-owner Josie Kafka and I have started creating theme indexes for the site, so that someone who was into, say, vampires (who could that be?) could easily see what other shows we've covered and movies we've reviewed that also featured vampires.
We already had a few topical indexes here and there, like "Let's Doux Christmas", "Much A-Doux About Shakespeare" and "Pride & Prejudice".
So we started adding some obvious contenders:
-- Space travel
-- Supernatural and Fantastic (yeah, that's where the vampires ended up)
-- Time travel
-- Superspies (still in the works)
Today, Josie added our Superhero Index. And that's my roundabout way of including a cat topic in this week's Doux News.
What do you guys think? Fun? Interesting? Waste of time? All three?
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for a ridiculously long time. More Billie Doux.