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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.

Aug 11, 2017

Welcome to Punch Drunk TV. We're a podcast that drinks and yells about television. Do you remember us? It's been a while ... three weeks to be exact. And holy crap so much has happened in the 21 days we've been on hiatus! There was Comic-Con and the TCA Summer Tour but now Jack and Aaron are back, so let's just get into it, shall we?

NEWS:

  • Disney will pull all their movies from Netflix at the end of 2018. But hey, they’ll be creating their own stand-alone streaming service that will launch in 2019.
  • After 21 years, Jon Stewart will be starring in his first stand-up special on HBO.
  • YouTube has announced a Karate Kid sequel series, titled "Cobra Kai," starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, reprising their roles in a new half hour comedy. It’ll follow Daniel Larusso and Johnny Lawrence as they manage battling dojos.
  • Former "Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara will be bringing "The Dark Tower" TV series to the small-screen. It’ll apparently follow the story of the books, which the movie did not do.
  • Netflix has just acquired the rights to Mark Millar’s Millarworld, aka his entire line of comics which includes the likes of "Kick-Ass," "Wanted" and "Kingsman." And others Jack should talk about.
  • Netflix is partnering with Joel and Ethan Coen for an original Western anthology series called "The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs." Told in the Coens’ signature sardonic style, each episode of the series will focus on a different tale of the American West. The Coens will write and direct all six episodes, which will star "O Brother, Where Art Thou’s" Tim Blake Nelson as the eponymous Buster Scruggs, along with “many others.”
  • David Letterman is teaming up with Netflix for a six-episode series of “in-depth conversations with extraordinary people, and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor.” About the show, Letterman says, “I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned: if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely.”
  • Lifetime has renewed "UnREAL" for a fourth season, keeping the show on the network through to 2019
  • Fox has a live musical version of "A Christmas Story" coming in December. It’ll star Maya Rudolph as Mrs. Parker, Ralphie and Randy’s mother.
  • ABC asked Sean Spicer to join the cast of "Dancing with the Stars." Sean Spicer said no.
  • Vin Diesel is out to reboot "Miami Vice" for NBC. According to AV Club, the reboot “will reflect today’s sexy police officers, as well as the many changes the past 27 years have seen in cocaine”
  • MTV is rebooting TRL, aka "Total Request Live," and will premiere on October 2. It’ll be shot at the network’s iconic Times Square studio, which has been expanded to 8,700 square feet to allow for bigger audiences and simultaneous productions that will cater to its new accompanying digital segments.
  • Jack’s favorite show, "The Middle," will end after its upcoming ninth season
  • Hulu is adding the classic TGIF lineup to its service. That’s every single episode of "Full House," "Family Matters," "Step By Step," "Perfect Strangers" and "Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper."
  • Amazon has announced that Prime subscribers can now enjoy their own batch of old ‘80s and ‘90s sitcoms. "Roseanne," "3rd Rock From The Sun," "A Different World," "Grace Under Fire," "Cybill" and "Grounded For Life" will hit the service in August.
  • BBC is working with former "British Baking Show" host, Mary Berry, on a new food competition series. It’ll tentatively be titled "Britain’s Best Cook" and have Berry branching out from the baking realm into the “wider world of food.”

AARON’S LOSERS "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later," "The Lowe Files" and "Friends from College"
JACK’S LOSERS: "The Lowe Files" and "Hooten and the Lady"
AARON’S FENCERS: "The Strain" and "Mr. Mercedes"
JACK’S FENCERS: "Comrade Detective," "The Last Shot" and "Game of Thrones"
AARON’S WINNERS: "World of Dance," "Icarus," "What Would Diplo Do," "Room 104," "Get Shorty," "Rick and Morty," "Insecure," "Twin Peaks" and "Ozark"
JACK’S WINNERS "Funny How?," "Ozark," "Room 104," "Voltron" and "Get Shorty"

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