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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.

Jun 23, 2017

Happy Birthday to me -- Aaron here, and in case you're wondering, we recorded Episode 58 on the eve of my 41st birthday. I'm totally still accepting presents, if you feel so inclined. And given the nature of this special event, my lovely wife Kelly joined Jack and myself as our special guest. Get ready for a heaping helping of alcohol, cake and rambling about television.

NEWS:

  • Last Friday, Apple poached Sony TV’s co-presidents Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht leading to rumors of layoffs at Sony while also bringing Apple’s presence in the TV game back in a big way. 
  • HBO is once again developing a "Watchmen" TV series, this time with Damon Lindelof -- the showrunner of "Leftovers" (yay!) who is also the writer behind "Prometheus" and some of the dumbest "LOST" episodes (boo!).
  • The CW is once again developing a "Supernatural" spin-off idea. "The Wayward Sisters" would follow Sheriff Jody Mills as she leads a “group of troubled young women, all of them orphaned by supernatural tragedy. Under Mills’ training and protection, these women will emerge as a supreme monster-fighting force.” The plan is to introduce the series via a backdoor pilot episode airing as part of "Supernaturals" upcoming 13th season.
  • We have a new premiere date for "Star Trek: Discovery": September 24. The series premiere will air on CBS and CBS All Access, with all the following episodes set to air solely on the network’s streaming platform.
  • NBC Universal has officially green-lit a "Downton Abbey" movie. No word yet on which members of the original cast will appear in the film -- it’s set to begin production in 2018.
  • "Sherlock" creators Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatniss are setting their sights on "Dracula." They’re planning to present the series in 90-minute episodes, much like Sherlock, while dipping into the Bram Stoker story. No network is attached as of yet, but it’ll probably go to BBC … right?
  • After an internal investigation, ABC will resume shooting this season of "Bachelor in Paradise" in Mexico. Parent company, Warner Brothers, viewed the tape of the whole thing -- which makes this so much more icky -- the company has decided that no wrong-doing occurred. Contestant Corinne Olympios will be continuing her own investigation through her personal attorney.
  • CMT will not be acquiring "Last Man Standing," after all.
  • The next Spike TV roast will be of Alec Baldwin with Kate McKinnon, Jack McBrayer, Julianne Moore, Jane Krakowski and Tracy Morgan all set to attend. The special will air on July 9.

AARON’S LOSERS: "So You Think You Can Dance," "Flaked," "The Ranch" and "The Mist" 
JACK’S LOSERS: "Blood Drive"
AARON’S FENCERS: "Blood Drive" and "American Gods"
JACK’S FENCERS: "Cardinal," "Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level" and "Legends of Chamberlain Heights" 
AARON’S WINNERS: "World of Dance," "Wrecked," "Silicon Valley," "Better Call Saul," "Twin Peaks" and "Preacher"
JACK’S WINNERS: "Handmaid’s Tale," "F is for Family" and "T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous"

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