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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 18, 2017

It's been a garbage fire of a week. We can all agree on that, yes? So while we attempt to concentrate solely on the TV items of the week that really got our attention, Episode 63 of Punch Drunk TV does delve a wee bit into the chaos America has gone through over the past few days. There's talk of Nazis and Donald Trump in this episode. You've been warned...

NEWS:

  • HBO still thinks "Confederate" is a good idea and has released a new statement defending the series’ development.
  • HBO Espana and HBO Nordic accidentally posted this Sunday’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” titled “Death is the Enemy,” ahead of time.
  • HBO has been in an alleged standoff with a hacker who has demanded money from the company. HBO denies offering the hacker money, but an email was leaked detailing a “$250,000 bounty payment.” In the end, new episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Insecure” and “Ballers,” along with shows that have yet to premiere, “Barry” and “The Deuce” were leaked to torrent sites.
  • Bryan Fuller and Martha De Laurentiis have begun talks in bringing "Hannibal" back for a fourth season.
  • Amazon is turning the Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett novel “Good Omens” into a miniseries starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.
  • NBC is shutting down Seeso later this year. 
  • Seth Meyers is developing a “The Munsters” reboot at NBC. According to Deadline, it will be “a half-hour single-camera” series and “follow members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn.”
  • Netflix has canceled "Gypsy" after one season but has renewed "Ozark" and "GLOW."
  • Netflix has signed a multi-year deal with Shonda Rhimes, creator of ABC's "Grey’s Anatomy," "Scandal," "How to Get Away With Murder" and "The Catch." 
  • Jenji Kohan, the creator of "Orange is the New Black" and "GLOW," has a new show coming to Lifetime. It’s called “American Princess” and is an hourlong drama about a woman who runs away from her old life to serve as a “wench-in-waiting” at a Renaissance Faire... NOPE.
  • Nia Vardalos, the woman from "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," is set to star in a new dramedy for Bravo called “Suburban Famous.” It’ll be loosely based on her own life experiences—and, apparently, the time she met the Chewbacca Mom while doing a morning show...

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What show do you watch to help you relax and go to sleep at night?

AARON’S LOSERS: "The Strain" and "Ryan Hansen Solves Crime on Television"

JACK’S LOSERS: "Baller Wives," "Swedish Dicks," "I Hart Food" and Donald Trump’s "Real News Updates"
AARON’S FENCERS: "Preacher" and "Rick and Morty"
JACK’S FENCERS: "Rick and Morty" and "Weekend Update"
AARON’S WINNERS: "Vice News Tonight," "The History of Comedy," "Ducktales," "What Would Diplo Do," "Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later" and "Game of Thrones"
JACK’S WINNERS: "States of Undress," "Desus and Mero," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Game of Thrones," "Hoarders" and in a special Winner/Fencer/Loser combo... "Voltron: Legendary Defender"

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