by Billie Doux
Last March (2014), I was moving from one side of the United States to the other and wound up reading a terrific novel while stuck in motel rooms: The Martian, by Andy Weir. (Here is my enthusiastic, non-spoilery review of the book.) So they're making a movie, of course, and some lucky people at Fox CinemaCon 2015 got to see some footage -- and they're raving about it. If the movie is as good as the book ... no, that never happens. But wouldn't it be nice?
Is anyone still watching Grey's Anatomy? If you are, what was your reaction to this week's big plot twist? I was into Grey's Anatomy once upon a time, and stopped watching after a specific character death. There was something so stupid and over the top about the way that they killed off that character, and here, I'll put the character's name in white, even though it was over five years ago, highlight to read (George, played by T.R. Knight) that just pissed me off to the point where I knew I was done with the show forever. Sounds like it just happened again this week. Fans are livid. I just read a couple of comment threads and the fan reaction was maybe 95% negative.
Twists like this one can be a slap in the viewer's face. They can make you decide that, yeah, I might have stuck it out for many seasons, but this is a bridge too far and I'm going to jump ship. I don't want to pick on the brilliant Shonda Rhimes, but is this just something she in particular tends to do with her shows? I'm still watching Scandal, but I've already emotionally disconnected because it went too far for me. And I'll be specific about why. Huck, Quinn, and teeth. Seriously?
This week in casts, a bit longer than usual because I didn't do Doux News last week
-- Franz Drameh has been added to the cast of still unnamed Arrow/Flash spinoff, which some are now calling Flarrow.
-- Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Adina Porter (True Blood) has been cast in WGN's new series Underground. Other recent casting notices for this show have included Reed Diamond (Dollhouse and pretty much everything), Mykelti Williamson (Justified), Chris Meloni, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Aldis Hodge.
-- The Agents of SHIELD spinoff will apparently star the battling ex-married characters Bobbi and Hunter, played by Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood.
-- Mitch Pileggi is on board for the new X-Files. He'd better be.
-- Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark on Agent Carter) has landed the lead in the AMC pilot Preacher. Elizabeth Perkins has also been cast.
-- Ryan Gosling will play the lead in the new Blade Runner movie. Harrison Ford will also appear as Deckard, the character he played in the original, which is my favorite science fiction movie. I'm not sure I'm happy with this, but we shall see.
-- Cush Jumbo (what a great name) has been cast in a recurring role in the next season of The Good Wife, possibly replacing Archie Panjabi. As if anyone could.
Miscellaneous entertainment news
-- Jon Stewart's last day on The Daily Show will be August 6.
-- There will be a Galaxy Quest series, based on the movie, which is a parody of a television series. I know a lot of people love Galaxy Quest, but I'm not one of them. Thoughts?
-- If you've ever wondered why we never hear the word 'zombie' on The Walking Dead, and I have indeed wondered, it turns out that the producers made a decision way back when that zombie movies and the word 'zombie' don't exist in the Walking Dead universe. No wisecracks about Night of the Living Dead, no references to iZombie to break the tension. Smart decision.
Monty Python, Going Clear and Cats
Do you love Monty Python? Some don't, but I always have. Yes, sometimes they went too far into the weird and were occasionally offensive and let's not talk about the sexism, but the fish slapping dance? The Spanish Inquisition? Martial arts with a banana? Spam?
The surviving members of Monty Python -- John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin -- reunited in New York this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. When interviewed, Eric Idle claimed that they were funnier than Scientology.
(And, just a segue here, if you haven't seen Going Clear, the amazing HBO documentary on Scientology, it's alarming, fascinating, and in my opinion well worth your time. Seriously, I thought I knew the badness of Scientology, but it's so much worse than I suspected.)
In honor of the Monty Python reunion -- and to include our weekly cat content -- here is the Monty Python Confuse-a-Cat sketch.
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.