“More of them are going to let the SVOD businesses finance their films, maybe with the promise of a slight one week theatrical window to qualify them for awards as a movie. But, in fact, once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie.”
He added, “I don’t believe that films that are given token qualifications, in a couple of theaters for less than a week, should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”
Damn. Get off Steven’s lawn, NETFLIX. We can’t all have investors knocking down our doors and a legacy of films to fall back on, Steven!
Anyway, salty grandpas aside, this winter and spring have given us some really good tv and tv movies, and series and whatever else we’re supposed to call them. And I ammmm OBSESSED. Plus here’s a look at ALLLL the TV (and it’s a lot now that I’ve laid it out) I will be watching this Spring!
Waco – Paramount TV
Ok, so this was a Winter series but if you haven’t watched it yet, you need to! Taylor Kitsch is charismatic, sad, and brings a fresh look at what may have happened in the Waco Branch Davidian tragedy. This one will drive you to research what you thought you knew about this standoff and who these people were. Like they say in the this trailer, “who do you call when it’s your own government attacking?”
Damn, it’s gooood.
Requiem – Netflix
Looking to scare yourself a little? Well, I have just the trick. Requiem is a mini series from Netflix that has made me question everything: whether I hate or love this actress’ hair cut, whether I’ll ever visit Wales because this has scared me, and whether I’ll be able to look in mirrors or sleep at night for the next few weeks.
Requiem is streaming now on Netflix… oh and Mr Bates from Downton Abbey is in it!
RuPaul’s Drag Race – VH1
Drag Race is just soooo good. It’s a reality competition show but it’s so much more than that. It’s a show that’s about joyfully being who you are, having a good time, laughing, and performing like a beast. Drag Race is so enjoyably anti-cynical and body positive. We need more shows like it.
Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race is airing now!
Crashing – HBO
The second season of Crashing recently wrapped up and it was just as enjoyable as the first season, yet delves deeper into Pete’s life post-divorce and his new life as an up-and-coming comic. I LOVE shows that are very specifically about a certain industry. Like Silicon Valley, it’s super tech industry, with Crashing it’s Comedy.
Barry – HBO
Barry just started last week and if the first episode is any indication, Bill Hader might have a very dark and twisted hit on his hands. Barry follows Bill, who plays an ex-Marine turned hitman, who just might have found his true calling as an actor. Watch!
AP Bio – NBC / Hulu
Remember when I said I like very specific shows about industries, well AP Bio is a show about a Harvard professor who loses his job and is forced to work at the local high school. This is the show where the main character says and does everything real teachers wish they could. It’s pretty hilarious.
AP Bio airs on NBC and Hulu
And of course here’s the upcoming stuff:
Handmaid’s Tale – Hulu
Blessed be, kitty girl!! (Drag Race fans, where you at?!)
We left June and company just as the shit was hitting the fan in Handmaid’s Tale, this trailer shows us the wings are coming off and the fighting gloves are going on. The Handmaids are about to hang or fly and I’m literally counting the days till April 25th when we get more Elisabeth Moss and Max Minghella on our screens.
Howards End – Starz
Oh a historical drama based on EM Forster’s novel of the same name? Oh Hayley Atwell and Matthew MacFadyen and long looks and English countryside and unrequited love? YES, so much yes. Sign me up immediately for some springtime heartache.
Howards End will air on Starz, starting April 8
Westworld – HBO
THIS.FREAKING.TRAILER. UGH. Westworld always picks the perfect music with a subtle undertone or theme and this trailer is no different. Kanye West’s Runaway is the perfect set up for where they’re taking us in Season 2… the hosts fight back!
Westworld Season 2 premieres April 22
Patrick Melrose – Showtime
This looks painful and has Allison Williams in it BUT it stars Benedict Cumberbatch and he apparently cries, so I’m reconsidering my lack of Showtime channel right about now.
Patrick Melrose premieres on May 12
Little Women Miniseries – PBS
Oh hello, new Little Women miniseries, why yes I will be watching you cause no one gets between Nikki and her Jo, Laurie, Professor Bhaer, and Louisa May Alcott.
Little Women premieres on PBS Masterpiece May 13
The Great American Read – PBS
What is America’s Favorite Novel? PBS will travel the states to poll Americans and figure out what is American’s favorite book! Count me in!
The Great American Read premieres May 22 on PBS
And then there’s this throwback to TV of yore that came out yesterday…
Dawson’s Creek Reunion
THEY GOT GRAM!!!! Tons more on Entertainment Weekly’s YouTube. I feel my emotions can best be described with this tweet:
— Collin Sapera (@CollinSapera) March 28, 2018
I’m not gonna say that I maybe watched this reunion clip with the cast of Dawson’s Creek like at least three times this morning, but I will say that if you watched the CW when it was called the WB and if Dawson’s Creek kicked off the best night of TV followed by Roswell and Felicity, than you too should maybe watch this reunion footage like three or four or five times.