“Monkey. It’s your final banana for tonight.” Joel Haver parodies the sheer stupidity of The Bachelor and its spin-offs with a look at what the show would be like if the humans were replaced with monkeys. Of course, the Bachelor monkey still must pick its mate from 30 emotionally-unstable monkeys selected by the producers.
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We’ve seen what editor Matthew Highton can do with stock footage before. Recently, he remade the opening title sequence of The Simpsons using only off-the-shelf video, and it’s pretty spot-on. We’re amazed by how oddly-specific stock footage can be. How many people could be searching for “baby behind a steering wheel?”
After a mysterious disaster brings the world to its knees, a new tribal order has emerged in the ruins of Europe. Taking place in 2074, this sci-fi/action series follows the stories of three siblings from a peaceful tribe who are separated and must find their own way through the madness. Premieres on Netflix 2.19.2021.
After the gods of Olympus defeat the titans, a group of terrifying giants rises in their place. Can Heron, the half-human son of Zeus, help save humanity? Its man versus monster in this upcoming Netflix anime series, inspired by ancient Greek mythology. Drops 10.27.2020.
Robert Kirkman’s celebrated comic Invincible is coming to Amazon Prime in 2021 as an animated series. It follows a young man whose father is the world’s most powerful superhero and his journey as he develops his own powers. Stars Steven Yeun, J.K. Simmons, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, and Mark Hammill, among others.
Editor Matthew Highton likes to recreate the openings of classic TV shows using only stock footage. He recently remade the title sequence from the 1970s hit Happy Days, and the result is pretty great. Matthew did a respectable job capturing the feel of the original and made some pretty amusing selections for the cast images.
Did you know that Warner Bros. made an entire unaired Blazing Saddles TV series just so they could skirt a contract issue with Mel Brooks? Or that the GEICO cavemen had a sitcom? Hats Off Entertainment’s Forgotten Failures is a great series about these and other obscure sequels and reboots.
We love it when a musician manages to replicate the sound of a classic TV theme. One we haven’t heard in ages is the theme from CHiPs. KOSmusic knocked it out of the park with his cover of the season 2 version of the theme, which captures the disco spirit of the 1977 primetime cop drama. His Knight Rider is equally impressive.
From award-winning director and producer Ridley Scott comes a science fiction series about a post-apocalyptic future where androids are tasked with raising human children on an unspoiled planet. But conflicts arise as religious humans arrive to “save” the children being raised as atheists. Coming to HBO Max 9.3.20.
Jude Law and Naomie Harris star in six-episode miniseries about an island off of the coast of England, where locals are committed to their strange rituals, mystifying outsiders who visit. The series is broken into two distinct parts which take place at different times. Premieres 9.14.2020 on HBO.
Based on the writings of the legendary Bruce Lee, Warrior follows a Chinese martial arts prodigy in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the brutal 19th century Tong Wars between rival crime families. The 10-episode second season kicks off with new season regular Dustin Nguyen (“21 Jump Street”) 10.2020 on Cinemax.
(Spoilers) This pre-battle scene from a Vikings episode in the final half of season six gives away the big secret from the mid-season finale’s cliffhanger. It involves Ivan the Boneless, his brother Hvitserk, Oleg of Novgorod, and his nephew… and the identity of a mysterious horseman. Vikings’ final season ends this fall on The History Channel.
Based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel, this creepy TV series follows a man, his friend, and his uncle, who head off on trip into a the worst parts of 1950s America in search of his missing father. But are the monsters or the racists they encounter in Lovecraft Country more horrific? Premieres 8.16.2020 on HBO.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back together in this Amazon Prime comedy series about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who post their sightings to the internet. But as their supernatural experiences become more frequent, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could mean the end of humanity.
(PG-13: Language, Gore) After the horrifying events of season one, Billy Butcher, Hughie and their gang are on the run from Vought’s so-called superheroes, while a new member of the team, Stormfront, could shake things up even for the lead megalomaniac Homelander. Premieres 9.4.2020 on Amazon Prime Video.
(PG-13: Language) This animated comedy from the producers of Robot Chicken follows a young man who wants to be a knight, only to find out that his castle is ruled by a corrupt and deranged king. Features the voices of Nicholas Hoult, Tara Strong, Luke Evans, Tony Hale, and more. All episodes on Hulu now (6.12.20).
(PG-13: Language) The guys from Achievement Hunter and Rooster Teeth present a new competition show where ridiculously costumed contestants take their miniature golf games to the max on a quest for their very own ugly green jacket. Premieres 6.10.20 on Rooster Teeth’s subscription channel FIRST.
Remember when Home Improvement was the biggest show on TV? Or Roseanne? Data Broz put together this motion infographic which recaps the shifting interests of the U.S. TV viewing public over nearly 70 years. We had no idea that The Beverly Hillbillies was so wildly popular. (Pro tip: play at 2x speed for faster viewing.)
Ethan Hawke stars in this fictionalized retelling of the story of John Brown, a controversial 19th century figure who attempted to overthrow U.S. slavery with violence and rebellion, and is alternatively remembered as both a heroic martyr and an crazed terrorist. The 7-episode series premieres 8.9.2020 on Showtime.
Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs star in the TNT series Snowpiercer, a post-apocalyptic thriller based on the film by Oscar winner Bong Joon Ho (Parasite). Set seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the politics of survival play out on a perpetually moving train circling the globe. Debuts 5.17.20.
(PG-13: Language) Steve Carell and the creators of The Office present a comedy about a new branch of the U.S. military called “Space Force” – oh wait, that’s an actual thing. The satire follows a four-star general who expects to run the Air Force, when he’s handed Space Force instead of his dream job. Hits Netflix 5.29.20.
The cast of Parks and Recreation revisit their classic characters in a hilarious work-from-home special. Everyone is here, from the overachieving Leslie Knope to Ron “I’ve been practicing social distancing since I was four years-old.” Swanson. All they ask is that you consider supporting Feeding America’s COVID-19 relief efforts.
After an 11-year hiatus, the hilarious Reno 911! is back. The entire original cast returns for a ride-along with plenty more inappropriate law-enforcement behavior and buffoonery. Premieres 5.4.2020 on streaming network Quibi, with new episodes for 12 days straight.
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