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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.

Sep 8, 2017

Instead of giving you a quirky intro to this entry, let's just dive right into the question of the week: What TV genres and trends have stayed their welcome and need to go?

It's one of many topics we address in Episode 66 and invite our dear Clinkers to play along in the comments of our Facebook page. Join us, won't you?


  • According to TorrentFreak, Season 7 of “Game of Thrones” has hit a billion illegal downloads. You monsters!
  • The season premiere of “American Horror Story: Cult” brought in 3.93 million viewers. This is a 24 percent decline in ratings compared to last year’s "Roanoke."
  • Netflix has placed a two season order for a “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” prequel series from Ryan Murphy and Sarah Paulson called “Ratched.” It will begin in 1947 and follow “Ratched’s” path from “nurse to full-fledged monster,” and it will “track her murderous progression through the mental health care system.”
  • The first two episodes of “Inhumans” premiered on 676 IMAX screens over the weekend, grossing an estimated $2.6 million globally. In America, it brought $1.5 million in at the box office. To put it into perspective, this past weekend’s 40th Anniversary screenings of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” brought in $2.6 million at the U.S. box office. Ouch.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda updated the “Magic School Bus” theme song for Netflix’s reboot. While Kate McKinnon will star, Lily Tomlin is returning to supply the voice for Professor Frizzle as she hands over the keys to her younger sister Ms. Frizzle (McKinnon).
  • Antonio Banderas will play Pablo Picasso in Nat Geo’s next season of “Genius.”
  • Chris Pine has signed on to play Bobby Kennedy in an untitled limited series for Hulu.
  • Sean Spicer will be a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Sept. 13.
  • Hillary Clinton will be a guest on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Sept. 19
  • HBO will bring an end to “Veep” after Season 7 in 2018.
  • Syfy has canceled “Blood Drive” after one season and “Dark Matter” after three seasons.
  • TNT canceled “Will” after one season. It averaged just 697,000 viewers per episode.
  • After Amazon renewed “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and opened up a writers room for a Season 2, spending roughly $7 million on the new episodes, it decided to cancel the show instead.

AARON’S LOSERS: "Disjointed" and "Little Evil"
JACK’S LOSERS: "Gear Dogs" and "ABC Fall Preview"
AARON’S FENCERS: "Preacher" and "American Horror Story: Cult"
JACK’S FENCERS: "Guilty Rich" and "Claws"
AARON’S WINNERS: "Epic’ly Later’d," "You’re the Worst," "Twin Peaks" and "Room 104"
JACK’S WINNERS: "American Horror Story: Cult," "Lego Elves: Secrets of Elvendale" and "The Deuce"

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