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Doux News: April 5, 2015

This week: The Walking Dead spinoff and other new shows -- Renewals -- CBS finales and TNT summer premiere dates -- Funny -- Not funny -- This week in casts -- This week in cats and mice

I was hoping the good people at AMC would rethink their proposed title of the Walking Dead prequel series, but no. It is indeed going to be Fear the Walking Dead.

No premiere date yet, but honestly, after the exceptional Walking Dead fifth season finale last Sunday and a brief glimpse of the new series trailer (below), I'm looking forward to it and will definitely be reviewing it.

In related news, Chris Hardwick is going to executive produce a weekly Nerdist News series for Syfy. He won't be hosting, though. The important question is, will he do Talking Dead for the Fear spinoff? And did you see what I just inadvertently did? I called The Walking Dead spinoff  by the abbreviated nickname Fear. Maybe that's what AMC was going for.

It's time to play the music! It's time to light the lights! ABC may be rebooting The Muppet Show!

And we may have yet another contender for "the new Lost". Netflix is working on a new eight-episode show called Montauk, which is set on Long Island and which will include Lost-like supernatural elements. Netflix is sort of amazing these days so I'll try it, although so far nothing that has been called "the new Lost" has turned out to actually be the new Lost.


-- The Americans is getting a fourth season. We cover The Americans and have some serious fans of the show here, so that's great news.

-- House of Cards is also getting a fourth season. After that cliffhanger of a third season ending, is anyone surprised?

CBS finales

The big eye network has scheduled their season finales. The only ones I care about are:
Person of Interest: Tuesday, May 5
The Big Bang Theory: Thursday, May 7
The Good Wife: Sunday, May 10

TNT summer premiere dates

TNT has announced summer premiere dates for its new and returning shows. The one I'll be watching is The Last Ship, an end of the world military drama starring Eric Dane, which starts with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, June 21. I really enjoyed The Last Ship's first season last summer. I even wrote a piece about it.


Helen Mirren guested on Jimmy Fallon and took the helium challenge.

Not funny

I try to avoid reporting the more controversial TV crap that is out there (like this particular piece of racist dreck that Deadline published last week and almost immediately regretted) but for the record, I find it sad that the legendary Jon Stewart, who has made The Daily Show the go-to place to find biting, effective satire on American news for over a decade, is being succeeded by a man who isn't sensitive enough to hide the fact that he's a misogynistic anti-semite. I honestly don't care if Trevor Noah turns out to be brilliant, because I won't be watching. The one tweet that sealed the deal for me was, "Originally when men proposed they went down on one knee so if the woman said no they were in the perfect uppercut position." Seriously. In this day and age, who makes jokes about hitting women who say no?

This week in casts

The still unnamed but much anticipated Arrow/Flash spinoff is adding Arthur Darvill (Rory from Doctor Who) as Rip Hunter, a time traveling DC character that I know nothing about, and Ciara Renee as Hawkgirl. And by the way, our Arrow reviewer, Samantha M. Quinn, has floated a theory in her last review about how Caity Lotz will be able to appear as Black Canary on the spinoff series, and I think he's on to something.

Sounds like the X-Files miniseries that is currently in the works is going to be a super reunion. We're not only blessed with Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, we're also getting Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Annabeth Gish and Robert Patrick. What's the word on the Lone Gunmen?

Hisham Tawfiq, who plays Dembe on The Blacklist, was just promoted to series regular. I thought he was a series regular. At any rate, he should be, and now he is.

This week in cats and mice

Did you know that male mice sing to woo their mates? No, I didn't either. According a new study in Frontiers of Behavioral Neuroscience, male mice sing at a high pitch inaudible to humans and when played at a lower speed, they sound like bird song. Huh. I wonder if cats can hear them?

I even found a cat video this week. Essentially, it's about how cats tend to jump in fearlessly. Cats versus bears!

Billie Doux loves good television and spends way too much time writing about it.


  1. I was very surprised at Comedy Central's choice before this storm happened. I would have thought the network would have found someone a bit more tied into the show, but I was willing to give Noah the benefit of the doubt.

    No more. I truly hope that CC comes to its senses, releases this guy from his contract, and moves on. Otherwise, I foresee the end of an era. Shame.

  2. Daily Show: what were they thinking? Sheesh.

    And the cat video was amazing!

  3. I don't know where else to ask this, so... Do you guys have any plans to review The 100? It's an amazing series and I'd love to see your take on it.

  4. Lamounier, we're all writing at capacity right now, so we probably won't be able to take on The 100 until we acquire another writer. I stopped watching about three quarters through the first season and haven't gone back to it yet. It was just too teenage romance angst for me. I assume it gets better?

  5. Billie, I really liked season one, apart from the CW Required Love Triangle (which was easily the worst part of the season).

    The writers got the memo, though, and the teen drama aspects of the show are severely toned down. Apart from a character arc that could have been done better, season two is made of win. The show truly becomes must watch TV, and the number of badass women is unbelievable. I cannot stress enough how successful the writers are on exploring themes such as morality on war through... teenagers.

  6. Can't wait for the Last Ship. It was really good last summer.

  7. Uppercutting somebody from a kneeling position would not be very effective. I guess the guy knows as much about fighting as he does about women.

  8. I never really watched the Daily Showand now I never will - silly producers. I've enjoyed the 100 and would some day in the future (probably far future) think about reviewing it.


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