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Welcome to Punch Drunk TV, where your intrepid hosts Jack Conway and Aaron Pruner navigate the often tumultuous Peak TV landscape -- one drink at a time.

Nov 18, 2016

It's Thanksgiving season... What 2016 TV are you thankful for? Join us on this journey, won't you?

NEWS:

  • HBO renews "Westworld" but we have to wait until 2018 to get it
  • "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" has been renewed for another season and her show will move to Wednesday nights
  • Syfy is developing Robert Heinlein’s sci-fi classic novel "Stranger in a Strange Land" to series
  • Marvel announced their new ABC series: "Inhumans"
  • Strong rumor has Disney eyeing Netflix as their next acquisition
  • HBO is still pushing for a "Game of Thrones" prequel series that would be based on the story bible GRRM created -- which contains thousands of pages, apparently -- for his original series of books.
  • A "Saved by the Bell" producer finally revealed that Jesse Spano was originally addicted to speed… not caffeine pills. S&P at NBC vetoed that notion as speed was too dark an option for a Saturday morning show.
  • According to a CBS executive named Jim Lanzone, their new "Star Trek" series wouldn’t work on broadcast TV, saying: “Sci-fi is not something that has traditionally done really well on broadcast. It’s not impossible, for the future, if somebody figures it out. But historically, a show like "Star Trek" wouldn’t necessarily be a broadcast show, at this point.”

2016 TV MOMENTS WE’RE THANKFUL FOR:

  • Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark on "People v. O.J. Simpson"
  • The O.J. documentary, "Made in America" on ESPN
  • Chuck recording Jimmy’s confession on the "Better Call Saul" Season 2
  • That life changing "Bojack Horseman" episode, "Fish Out of Water"
  • "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver": Make Donald Drumpf Again
  • "BrainDead," because... duh
  • "Westworld"... again, duh
  • The blood dance in "Penny Dreadful" 
  • "Voltron: Legendary Defender," Episode 1
  • "Stranger Things"... for re-teaching Jack how to binge
  • "Jessica Jones" for the scariest villain ever: The Purple Man
  • "Lethal Weapon," because, who knew?
  • "Last Man on Earth" for its longevity
  • Hulu’s Adult Swim catalog
  • "Key & Peele" for existing because without them, "Keanu" wouldn't have been a film
  • "The Circus," because after this year... we're all a bit politics-crazy

AARON’S LOSERS: "SNL’s" cold open, "South Park," John Oliver (for going on break and leaving us!) Jimmy Fallon & Metallica

JACK’S LOSERS: "Nightcap," "Aftermath," "Van Helsing," "Gotham"

AARON’S FENCERS: "Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack," "Channel Zero: Candle Cove," "Shooter," "American Horror Story: Roanoke" 

JACK’S FENCER: "Wilderness Vet"

AARON’S WINNERS: "SNL," "The Exorcist," "Last Man on Earth," Anthony Bourdain, "Westworld"

JACK’S WINNERS: "Last Man on Earth," "The Real O’Neils," "Pure Genius"

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