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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.

Apr 20, 2018

We took a week off but now we're back ... and badder than ever!

How is it that after one week of not recording, there seems to be even more TV shows we are behind on? Is it even possible to stay up to date on everything when a new show is constantly premiering? Damn, do you remember how shitty TV entertainment used to be before LOST, Mad Men and Breaking Bad? Well, do you?

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:

  • "The Walking Dead" Season 8 finale brought in 7.9 million viewers — it was the highest rated show of the night, but it was the show's lowest-rated finale since Season 1 — which was watched by 6 million people.
  • Carey Elwes and Jake Busey have joined the cast of "Stranger Things" for Season 3. According to Deadline, Elwes will be playing Larry Kline, the mayor of Hawkins, who was described as “A classic, 80’s style slick politician. Pathetic and driven only by his own interests. The studio is looking for a male, aged from 40s-60s, to fill the role." Busey will be playing a character named Bruce, who was described as “a morally compromised news reporter in his 50s” who is “outwardly sexist, overweight and bedraggled.”
  • Idris Elba is going to Netflix. The service has handed out a straight-to-series, eight-episode order for half-hour entry "Turn Up Charlie," an original comedy created by, starring and exec produced by the "Luther" Emmy nominee. According to THR, "Elba will star in the comedy as Charlie, a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor, who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter."
  • Comedy Central confirms that Season 5 of "Broad City" will be its final season. Smart move going out on their terms. And with the recent announcement that Amazon is developing an "A League of Their Own" TV series — with Abbi Jacobson co-writing and executive producing — it looks like she'll be keeping busy. I wonder if Alana is good at sports?
  • Nat Geo says Season 3 of its series "Genius" will be about Mary Shelley. Season 2, which is about Pablo Picasso, premieres on Tuesday, the 24th.
  • ABC has once again ordered a 13-episode spinoff to "The Goldbergs." It's currently untitled and will be taking place in the '90s.

RECENT RENEWALS & CANCELLATIONS:

  • HBO has renewed "Barry" for Season 2.
  • CBS renewed "Blue Bloods," "Bull," "Hawaii Five-0," "MacGyver," "NCIS: Los Angeles" and "NCIS: New Orleans."
  • Hulu has renewed "I Love You America"
  • Sundance has renewed "This Close"
  • CBS has taken "Living Biblically" off its lineup, basically canceling the series.
  • NBC has taken "Taken" off its schedule, basically canceling the series.
  • Netflix has canceled "Seven Seconds" after one season.

AARON'S LOSERS: "Roseanne," "The Last O.G.," "New Girl" and "Siren"
JACK'S LOSERS: "Siren," "SNL," "Trading Spaces," "Ballmastrz 9009" and "New Girl"
AARON'S FENCERS: "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead," "SNL" and "Last Man on Earth"
JACK'S FENCER: "Howard’s End"
AARON'S WINNERS: "Chef's Table: Pastry," "Andre the Giant," "The Circus," "Atlanta," "Hap & Leonard" and "Lost in Space"
JACK'S WINNERS: "Last Man On Earth," Barry Killing Eve

SHOWS TO WATCH: "Mercury 13" on Netflix (Friday), "Westworld" on HBO (Sunday), "Into the Badlands" on AMC (Sunday), "The Ice Cream Show" on Viceland (Tuesday), "Archer: Danger Island" on FX (Wednesday), "The Handmaid's Tale" on Hulu (Wednesday), and "Brockmire" on IFC (Wednesday)

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