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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 25, 2017

Every time Jack exclaims we'll have a short episode, we end up going over three hours. So needless to say, Episode 64 goes long. But there's a lot to be covered: We workshop some new morning show personalities for you all, discuss  Joss Whedon's feminist short-comings and throw some names into the "Game of Thrones" death pool.

[Have you checked out CastBox, yet? It's a cool platform and it's free to join -- for both listeners and podcasters alike. Go there, won't you?]

NEWS:

  • The “Stranger Things” creators have confirmed a third season is a done deal and they would like to wrap the series after a fourth season -- which hasn’t been ordered yet.
  • Paul Scheer has been tapped to write the pilot for a “Galaxy Quest” TV show. The original cast from the movie have been approached to star but no new details have emerged.
  • The “Xena” reboot is officially dead at NBC
  • Lorne Michaels confirms that season 24 of “SNL” will run live coast-to-coast.
  • Stephen Soderbergh is working on a new series for HBO titled, “Mosaic,” starring Sharon Stone and Garrett Hedlund. Soderbergh calls it a “branching narrative piece” where viewers will be encouraged to download an app to their mobile device which will prompt choices a viewer can make while watching the show. Mosaic will have a “fixed universe” and the choices you make won’t actually impact what happens in the story. Instead, the app will allow viewers to rearrange the story into a different order, or at least view things in any order they choose.
  • Starz has picked up a new series from Jerry Bruckheimer and RZA tentatively titled, “Black Samurai.” It’s based on Marc Olden’s 1974 book of the same name and will star Common as “an American Army Ranger named Robert Sand who meets a Japanese martial arts master and trains to become a samurai. After his sensei and brothers are murdered, he embarks on a “worldwide journey of both revenge and self-discovery.” In a statement, the producers say the show will be “a mash-up of the spy and martial-arts genres and infused with the heart, soul, and music of Common and the Wu-Tang Clan.”
  • Netflix has renewed “Friends from College” for a second season.
  • Vincenzo Natali, the director of ‘90s horror movie “Cube” -- as well as episodes of “Westworld,” “Hannibal” and “Orphan Black” -- will direct the pilot episode for Kevin Bacon’s “Tremors” series.
  • MTV is bringing back “MTV: Unplugged” on September 8. As AVClub states, the show will cater to a “new generation of people who probably have no idea who Eric Clapton is.” The premiere will feature an acoustic set from singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes. We don’t know who else will be featured but a press release from MTV teases an "eclectic, superstar lineup of global pop culture artists."
  • After the success of MTV’s rebooted “Fear Factor” series (starring Ludacris), the network has renewed the series for 20 more episodes.
  • ABC has tapped Gary Janetti (a guy who wrote for both “Will and Grace” and “Family Guy”) to write and produce a “The Jetsons” live-action multi-cam sitcom. Seriously.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Which "global pop star" would you want to see play acoustic on "MTV: Unplugged?"

AARON’S LOSERS: "Marlon" and "The Defenders"
JACK’S LOSERS: "Dice" and "Marlon"
AARON’S FENCERS: "Preacher" and "Atypical"
JACK’S FENCERS: "Parker Plays Disney," "White Gold" and "The Defenders"
AARON’S WINNERS: "Game Face," "Rick and Morty," "Room 104," "Difficult People," "Game of Thrones" and "Halt and Catch Fire"
JACK’S WINNERS: "Desus and Mero," "Rick and Morty," "Game of Thrones" and those classic "Disney Park Videos" on YouTube

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