munchman sees ‘The Mick’

by munchdaddy

…and yer friendly neighborhood munchlinio lurves it!

THE GOOD:

  • Kaitlin Olson
  • The outrageous depravity of Kaitlin Olson’s character, Mickey, AKA The Mick
  • The writing that gives Kailin Olson so much to work with while inhabiting Mickey, AKA The Mick
  • The writing that actually makes each episode of this series (okay, yeppers, I’ve only seen two, but I’m definitely coming back for more) not just Kaitlin Olson AKA Mickey AKA The Mick being funny but also makes each ep about something, in that way that old folks are always saying TV used to be (Was BONANZA ever “about” something? Really?)

THE BAD:

  • Kaitlin Olson’s character, Mickey, AKA The Mick isn’t exactly somebody we haven’t seen before. It is, in fact, very, very, very much like the character she plays on a little show called Always Sunny in Philadelphia (but who the hell cares? The more KO AKA M AKA TM the better, dammit!)

IN OTHER WORDS

Watch this show. Make your friends watch it. Make your family – you know, those phoney baloneys who always say they’re “disappointed” in what you and your generation create and enjoy – watch ittoo. Maybe they’ll learn something. Even if they don’t, maybe their eyeballs will get The Mick renewed. Again and again and again.

Retro Review: ‘The Girl With Something Extra’

by Doug Snauffer

Like many other independent channels, Get TV kicked off the New Year by revising its programming lineup. One change in particular was the addition of an obscure sitcom from the early 1970s entitled The Girl With Something Extra (NBC, 1973-74).

Most people will have no memory of this short-lived domestic sitcom. It ran for just a single season of 22 episodes before being cancelled unceremoniously by NBC and relegated to deep storage.

Those who do recall the program most likely remember it as a starring vehicle for acclaimed actress Sally Field. She was just 26-years-old when she began work on The Girl With Something Extra, yet she was already a seasoned veteran, having starred in two previous comedies, Gidget and The Flying Nun.

Her third effort cast her opposite the multi-talented John Davidson, an accomplished singer and actor who’d also hosted his own talk show in 1969, as newlyweds Sally and John Burton, who face an unusual dilemma—she has ESP and can read the minds of those around her, including his.

Sally Field and John Davidson in their 1973-74 sitcom The Girl With Something Extra.

Early on, John argues that the situation isn’t fair because it puts him at a disadvantage—she can lie but he can’t. Not about anything diabolical of course, just the little white lies that can save another persons feelings. In an early episode, John—while kissing Sally—has a vision of his celebrity-teen-crush Annette Funicello in a bikini. Sally picks up on it and is furious.

Sally later explains that when she was a young girl her best friend went off to camp for the summer, and when she returned Sally immediately sensed that she was no longer as important to the girl as she’d once been. That all her life she’d been able to read people’s true feelings about her, personal thoughts that most people really wouldn’t want to know. John was then able to realize that both he and Sally were at a disadvantage, but if they both really truly loved each other it was something they’d be able to overcome.

Field was very good in the role. She has that strong screen presence that kept the networks interested in working with her, and eventually launched her into feature films. Davidson is good too, and together he and Field made an attractive couple. They have chemistry together, particularly in their dramatic scenes. Those are the moments in which both leads really shine and when the series is at it’s best.

The real problem with The Girl With Something Extra was in the writing. It’s the type of program that in the 1980s would be branded a “dramedy,” a genre and term that quickly became extinct. The writers didn’t seem to know which direction they wanted the show to go in—was it a comedy or drama, an old-fashioned comedy or an attempt to explore the trials and tribulations of a modern marriage in the liberal ’70s.

Sally Field’s character had ESP and could read minds. I’m thinking John Davidson was one lucky guy.

The series did have the benefit of a strong supporting cast. Jack Sheldon played John’s brother Jerry, and Zohar Lampert was Sally’s best friend, Anne. Henry Jones and William Windom, two of television’s best and most recognized character-actors, had recurring roles as Owen Metcalf and Stuart Kline, the senior partners at Jack’s law firm.

It all sounded like a recipe for success—or might have a decade earlier.

MeTV has scheduled The Girl With Something Extra weekday mornings at 7:20 a.m. following Nanny and the Professor (ABC, 1970-71) and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (ABC/NBC, 1968-70). Appropriate company; Both of its lead-ins were shows about couples in which one partner had supernatural abilities.*

Other programs that The Girl With Something Extra can be favorably compared with include Bewitched (ABC, 1964-72), I Dream of Jeannie (NBC, 1965-70), My Living Doll (CBS, 1964-65), and My Brother the Angel (CBS, 1965-66). These shows all debuted in the 1960s when such fantasy concepts were in vogue with TV viewers.

By the early 1970s, though, the television landscape had begun to change. CBS ditched their rural sitcoms in favor of more sophisticated comedies like All In the Family (CBS, 1971-79) and Maude (CBS, 1972-78). NBC placed The Girl With Something Extra on Friday evenings at 8:30 following its established hit Sanford and Son (NBC, 1972-77).

Sanford and Son co-stars Redd Foxx (left) and Demond Wilson (right) were a hit, but their lead-in couldn’t save The Girl With Something Extra.

The scheduling choice seems to indicate that NBC had very high expectations for The Girl With Something Extra.  At the time in 1973, Sanford and Son was the #2 rated program on TV, making the time-slot following it choice prime-time real estate.

Unfortunately, the two shows simply weren’t compatible.  Sanford and Son was a gritty sitcom with an all-black cast that was fueled by race-inspired humor.  The Girl With Something Extra was an old-fashioned, fantasy-tinged sitcom about a young, upwardly-mobile, upper-middle class white couple who lived in a loft they couldn’t possibly afford. (Say that three-times fast.) NBC obviously gave it the post-Sanford and Son birth in the hope it would retain the large audience enjoyed by its lead-in. But that simply wasn’t the case. Viewers of Sanford and Son tuned out in droves at the bottom of the hour.

By midseason, the network realized its error and in January, in an effort to salvage the program, moved it from 8:30 to 9:00 (in the process cancelling the freshman sitcom Needles & Pins, which had been occupying the time slot). The move, however, failed to improve the shows performance, and The Girl With Something Extra was cancelled in March of 1974.

Sally Field of course moved on to success in both television and feature films, earning accolades for her roles in the TV miniseries Sybil (1976) and feature films like Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and Norma Rae (1979), while John Davidson continued to pursue both his singing and acting careers. He again hosted his own talk show (NBC, 1976; syndicated, 1980-82) and in 1986 became emcee of The New Hollywood Squares (syndicated, 1986-89).

Only angels have wings, but that didn’t stop Sister Bertrille (Sally Field) from taking flight in The Flying Nun.

Fields’ earlier efforts, Gidget and The Flying Nun have both played in syndication, but The Girl With Something Extra has been buried since it went off the air in 1974. Now, thanks to retro-TV networks like Get TV, viewers have an opportunity to see it again, along with many other obscure and mostly forgotten programs like it.

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* The nature of Nanny’s incredible intuition was never explained, and she and Professor Everett maintained a platonic relationship, yet had the series continued I suspect romance might have blossomed. And Carolyn Muir and the late Captain Daniel Gregg also maintained a chaste association, but there was an undeniable attraction between the two. It always confused me that the Captain could be seen and heard when he wanted to be, and could interact with the living. So why didn’t he simply do so and claim to be one of his own descendants, and marry Carolyn? Perhaps he would have, but like Nanny and the Professor, the run of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was cut far too short.


TVWriter™ Contributing Editor Douglas Snauffer is an Ohio-based freelance writer. His work has appeared in myriad publications and on SyFy Channel and includes several cult horror films and the books The Show Must Go On and Crime Television. Learn more about him HERE

Munchman sees ‘One Day at a Time’

by Munchman

This mini review will be short – like the show, which is a half-hour Netflix presentation that reboots Norman Lear’s late ’70s-early ’80s sitcom, One Day at a Time – and probably sweeter than the crappy pilot I just watched.

Oh, damn, I gave it away. Shit.

Did I just say “shit?” Crap, I gave it away again.

I know, I’m running out of short time. Here’s the gist of my feelings:

ODAAT is getting great reviews. I certainly don’t see why. It’s a total throwback to old-time TV, including horrifically insulting stereotypes of Cubanos, the straight-line, straight-line, punchline joke delivery pattern, overacting that could only be justified if this was recorded at the Rose Bowl, idiotic solving of idiotic problems in an idiotically short time-frame, and a laugh track that only The Joker could abide.

Critics keep saying how amazing it is that Lear, who has been actively involved in this production, which was written and developed by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, can be so smart, hip, and aware at the age of 94. I have news for them. If they really believe that, then they don’t know a damn thing about intelligence, awareness, and (yeppers, I’m going for the gold now) what’s in, what’s out, what’s right, and what’s wrong about contemporary culture.

What a &%#! waste for everyone involved, especially the very talented Justina Machado and the still wonderful Rita Moreno, who should fire their agents ASAP for even showing them the script.

Ta!

Muncho

TIMELESS: Will it get stuck in the Time Tunnel?

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by Lew Ritter

One of the new series I looked forward to the most this fall is TIMELESS.

All summer, I watched the trailers featuring scenes of the Hindenburg disaster. The Hindenburg was a giant dirigible airship that exploded above Lakehurst, New jersey in 1937. I am an avid history buff, and the prospect of a show in which the main characters travel through time to battle a master criminal out to alter human history seemed to me to be “appointment television.”

Several TV shows have, of course, utilized the idea of time travel as a basis for their premise. A similar show currently running is LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. It also shares a similar concept of heroes preventing a villain from destroying the world.

The main character in LOT has rounded up a group of super heroes who must change history to prevent the villain from destroying the world of the future. Its problem is that it is a visual comic book populated with a large cast of one dimensional super heroes with no television backstory and a ludicrous comic book villain named Vandal Savage.

One of the most interesting shows was the mid-1960s series TIME TUNNEL, which can now be found on various nostalgia channels. TIME TUNNEL was created by Irwin Allen, the man responsible for the camp classic sci-fi show LOST IN SPACE.

TT started with the premise of two scientists leaping into a U.S. government called – of course – the Time Tunnel. They scientists leapt into its vortex and were propelled into different time periods each week. The first episode had the pair landing on the decks of the Titanic, where the hero tried vainly to warn the captain about the upcoming iceberg.

At the end of the pilot, the scientists found themselves in another time vortex, unable to return home, and from that point each week they randomly became enmeshed in different historical events. The heroes remained one dimensional characters during its one season run.

Even though the show’s on-air time was limited, it managed to get worse and worse, rapidly becoming the kind of series where one week the heroes would meet Helen of Troy, then the next week encounter space aliens at the Battle of Gettysburg, all with no trouble communicating. In short, it quickly became ridiculous.

When I first sat down to watch TIMELESS I found myself wondering if it would remain credible or crash and burn like it’s 60’s predecessor. The P.R. for TIMELESS, like TT, was going to be government project and stressed that the series was going to explore different historical events every week.

This did not seem to bode well.

The pilot, however, assuaged my fear. For one thing, TIMELESS has invested a lot of screen time developing the main characters backstories’ to make them more like real people.

Wyatt (Matt Lanter) the ex -special forces guy has lost his wife to an accident. More than anything, he wants a way to restore the past and prevent her from dying.

Lucy (Abigail Spenser) the historian suffers from the ‘Butterfly Effect.” At the beginning of the pilot, her mother is dying of cancer and she has a younger sister. When she returns from the first mission, the mother is in great health, but the sister has never existed.

Rufus (Malcolm Barrett), the project’s brilliant engineer, has family issues and seems to have ties to, Rittenhouse, the mysterious cabal that threatens the entire project, and perhaps the entire world as well.

The GOOD:

Since the pilot, the episodes have been intriguing. Our heroes have witnessed the fall of the Alamo, Lincoln’s Assassination, and taken a trip back to the French & Indian War. Future episodes are set to involve the Moon Landing, Gangsters Bonnie and Clyde, and Benedict Arnold.

The best episode so far has been one dealing with the Watergate Tapes. Watergate was the political scandal that brought down President Nixon. The team goes back to 1972 to recover the tape containing the infamous eighteen minute gap and discovers that the gap talked about the Rittenhouse group.

In a personal twist, events in the story cause Lucy to wonder about her father, who abandoned her family when she was very young. At the end of the Watergate episode, she visits the home of the missing father and discovers that he is Cahill, (John Goetz), the mysterious man behind the Rittenhouse group.

CASTING:

Most interesting is Goran Vidjvic who plays Garcia Flynn, an ex NSA operative who is the good guys’ nemesis. He starts off as a typical villain, who killed his wife, stole a time machine, and headed into the past, changing history whenever he can.

However, as the series progresses conflicting aspects of his backstory emerge and we’re forced to wonder. Did he have good reason to steal the time machine. Is he a villain or the real hero? This is the kind of development that keeps me coming back for more.

CONCLUSION:

The most promising aspect of the show, and the one that makes it unlikely it will suffer the TIME TUNNEL Syndrome is that the show runners Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke. Both are veteran show runners with proven track records.

In order to get the series on the air, Ryan and Kripke had to develop potential story arcs that could run five years. In the course of that, they have developed compelling characters and a mysterious, many-layered foe in the Rittenhouse Group, which appears to control whole governments and/or perhaps the entire world.

So far, TIMELESS has been a critical success and has been holding its own in the ratings. It is a historically driven sci-fi that is engaging and fun to watch. I’m definitely rooting for it to be picked up for next season.


Lew Ritter is a TVWriter™ Contributing Writer. Learn more about him here.

Munchman’s Latest TV Musings

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by Munchman

  1. Everywhere Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchovy looks on the interwebs he finds reviews of Marvel’s latest film, Doctor Strange. And every one of those reviews the munchy one has read starts out by apologizing for how much the critic has loved the furshluginner thing. Alas, sad as it is to say, Munchmoi is now joining the legion of the damned reviewers and saying, “Yeppers, kids, you’re right. I shouldn’t be so fucken positive but the rep-ruining truth from this particular youngish curmudgeon, “Holy Dread Dormamu, but I really did love this silly movie!” It’s my favorite Marvel comic character brought to life in a way that made me cry when I realized that creator Steve Ditko probably isn’t getting one single cent of the till. What’s that you say? Slammin’ Steve is only the co-creator of Doctor Strange? Well, folks, that depends on your definition of “creator,” doesn’t it? And the way Muncharoni looks at it, if the guy who called him back in the ’60s and said, “Steve, I need a magician character for next Thursday” deserves to be called a co-creator, then Rod Stewart’s ex-wife Britt Ekland deserves to be credited as co-writer of all the songs he wrote while she fellated him. (Yeppers, Britt went to court demanding credit and moola, and Red said what he said about her contribution to the writing, and the judge said, “Buh-bye Britty!”)  Bottom line here: Go see this movie. You’ll have a blast.
  2. On another positive note, I’m pleased to report that a site I never heard of before, called ITVT.Com AKA InteractiveTV Today, is every bit as good as most of the hyperbole on its “About Us” page says. Which come to think of it, means all those words of self-praise aren’t hyperbole at all, just good old self-promotion. Note to ITVT staff: This definitely is gilding the lily. You motherfuckers are awesome. Munchacha particularly is enamored of your new column “Run of Show,” about today’s “star showrunners,” who they are and how they came to be. Although I admit to being a little disappointed in the column title. “Run of Show” sounds just plain awkward to me. Why not something cleaner and simpler, like, say, “Head Honchos?” or “Unsung Heroes?” Wait, scratch that last suggestion. Showrunners aren’t exactly unsung anymore, are they? Thanks for helping with that, ITVT!
  3. Saw an article headling saying, “Why You Need to Change Your Writing Style” at another site I wasn’t familiar with, BaselineMag.Com, and immediately got all freaked out. You know, along the lines of, “Who the hell are you, asshat, to be telling me to change how I write? Munchester is so damned unpopular I’d bet half of Trumpazoid’s billion bucks (but not of me own) that you’ve never even read me!” Then I read the article, and now I’m here to recommend it. Here’s the opening sentence: “If you’re using a writing style that worked a few years ago, it’s probably obsolete.” The rest of this little gem explains why and how to fix it, and every word Mike Elgan puts out there is right on. Especially if your audience is younger than Gen X, the concept that if your examples or language usage is based on samples and usage from 10 years ago or more. Nobody that young has a clue, for example, of what the hell the phrase “right on,” means. Yeah, I snuck that in deliberately cuz like being an anachronistic kinda guy!
  4. Time now to return to the Negative Zone. Munchadario just ain’t buying a how a recent article on inews.co.uk spent about as much verbiage as the rest of us have whining about President Elect Tramp on an article titled “Meet the Visionairy TV Writers Behind the Autumn’s Hottest Dramas. Come on, people! TV show creators aren’t goddamn visionaries, they’re writers! Visionaries are magical beings, people, and, dammit, ain’t no TV writer who’s magic. Put a magical visionary thinker in a room full of TV executives, baby, and believe me, it’ll be like feeding a unicorn the lions. TV is pretty damn good these days, but it ain’t up there at the heavenly heights. Of course, I’m working for a guy who once had business cards claiming he was a “televisionary,” so WTFDIK? (Hope I’m not hurting your feelings, LB.)
  5. Last but not least, another, shorter rant to close my douching mouth. Have you seen the Netflix series, Black Mirror? (Actually, it isn’t a Netflix series, it’s a U.K. series picked up by Netflix and…oh, the hell with it. You get the message, yeah?) Anyway, Black Mirror is getting as many great reviews as Doctor Strange these days, but with one difference: Nobody reviewing it is apologizing for all the luv they’re dumping BM’s way. Methinks this besottedness is a generational thing, by which I mean that nobody I know who has seen both BM and the original oldie but goodie The Twilight Zone has said anything other than, “Hey, been watching a new version of Twilight Zone on Netflicks. It’s called Dark Mirror or Black Reflection or something like that.” In other words, BM is good, but it ain’t all that. Yeppers, I know most of you who’re reading this have no idea what half the words I just used mean. Mike Elgan already told me that. But mind-messin’ is a Munchman kinda thing!

That’s it for this week. Seeya soonish with less about the interweb and more musings about Love, Money, and popsicles on TV!

‘Designated Survivor’ a hit for ABC

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by Doug Snauffer

ABC’s new political thriller Designated Survivor looked like one of the more intriguing new shows coming to TV this season.  The network promised a compelling series that would tap into our fears regarding terrorism and examine what we as a country look for and need in a leader.

Personally I’m also a fan of Kiefer Sutherland and was happy to see him back on TV.  The concept behind Designated Survivor plays out like the type of scenario that counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer worked to foil each season on 24.  It’s as if we’re getting a look at what might have occurred if Jack hadn’t been so good at his job.

Of course, Jack Bauer would have made a much better president than Sutherland’s character in Designated Survivor.  Here he plays Tom Kirkland, a low-level politician who inherits the office of President after a bomb explodes during the State of the Union Address, effectively wiping out the nation’s political hierarchy.

Tom had been appointed the ‘designated survivor’ and was sequestered away by the Secret Service, watching on TV as the horrific events played out.  He was then whisked away to the White House and unceremoniously sworn in as the new President of the United States, the most powerful man on the planet.

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‘Designated Survivor’ Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is sworn in as president of the United States after a bomb wipes out the entire political hierarchy.

Now, I’m not sure how a designated survivor is actually chosen, but if this TV series is any indication, it’s not done very logically.  Tom doesn’t come across as being forceful or overly capable.  He was a bespectacled paper-pusher whom the Secret Service had designated “Glasses.”  And evidently he wasn’t very good at that, seeing that the President was about to fire him.

Perhaps someone owed Tom a favor.  It does present the show with the opportunity to follow an underdog as he rises to a challenge.  In this case, Tom Kirkman has to hold the country together and track down those responsible for the bombing, while continuing to project a strong image both at home and abroad.

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Acting U.S.President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) cleaned up and dressed for success.

Tom’s wife Alex (Natascha McElhone) is an attorney, a strong woman who seems to have more faith in her husband than he has in himself.  It’s still to be seen how she’ll perform in the role of First Lady.  I see her as a combination of Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton.

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Alex Kirkman (Natascha McElhone) watches as her husband Tom (Kiefer Sutherland) is sworn in as Acting U.S. President.

The show failed, however, with the character of Leo Kirkman (Tanner Buchanan), Tom and Alex’s rebellious 16-year-old son.  After the bombing, the Secret Service began sesrching for Leo and found him selling drugs in a local nightclub.  (I don’t understand the need for network dramas to continually go the dysfunctional family route.)  Then there’s younger daughter Penny (Mckenna Grace), who appears more stable.  Of course she still hasn’t realized the seriousness of all that’s happened.

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The First Children, Leo (Tanner Buchanan) and Penny Kirkman (McKenna Grace).

Tom is frequently challenged by General Harris Cochrane (Kevin McNally), who has no confidence in his new commander in chief.  The General’s apprehension at answering to Tom is perfectly understandable, so it wasn’t necessary to write the character as a loud, war-crazed, one-dimensional stereotype.

The rest of the staff is often just as cliched:  Seth Wright (Kal Penn) is the new presidential speechwriter, initially a skeptic, but now one of Tom’s closest confidants; Chief of Staff Aaron Shore (Adan Canto) is working behind Tom’s back to have him ousted from office; and FBI agent Hannah Wells (Maggie Q) is leading the investigation into the bombing.   

In the second episode, it turned out the Republicans had chosen a designated survivor of their own, Congresswoman Kimble Hookstraten (Virginia Madsen).  She’s certainly knowledgeable, but has no legal claim to the office.  At their first sit-down, Kimble seemed to fully support Tom’s presidency, but in time, and with the backing of those opposed to President Kirkman, she may very likely become a powerful rival.

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The ‘Designated Survivors,’ Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) and Kimble Hookstraten (Virginia Madsen).

Designated Survivor has a lot going for it – a timely premise, a talented and appealing cast, and a network that truly believes in it.  ABC was so high on creator David Guggenheim’s pilot script that they ordered Designated Survivor straight to series last January.  After the first two episodes aired to impressive ratings this fall (Wednesdays, 10:00 p.m.), ABC quickly increased their episode order from 13 to a full-season of 22.

With the events of 9/11 still so vivid in the minds of most Americans, Designated Survivor has the ability to touch viewers on a very personal level.  The images of Capitol Hill in ruins instantly brings back images of the decimated Twin Towers.

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President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) inspects Ground Zero.

Designated Survivor holds too much promise to wind up being saddled with storylines from daytime TV.  If it were airing on HBO, Showtime, or even A&E, the bar would be much higher.  We’ve come to expect much edgier fare from those providers while the broadcast networks remain unwilling to break free of their cookie-cutter approach to series TV.

Designated Survivor has tough competition in its timeslot against CBS’ Code Black and NBC’s Chicago, P.D.  But thus far, it’s holding its own.  After four weeks, its averaging 7 million viewers.  So perhaps Tom Kirkman will give Jack Bauer a run for his money in the hero department yet.

Although… (Possible Spoiler)….

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Just look at those shifty eyes.

I’ve got a suspicion that Tom Kirkman is behind the whole thing.  A man with obvious ambitions – no matter how unlikely – of being a leader who never made it past being a lower-level cabinet member.  Then he learns the President is planning to dismiss him, to steal away even that small segment of his dream.  Yeah, it has to be Kirkman.  Just has to be.

Munchman: “Red Oaks” is Back!

by Munchman

It is with great glee that I inform one and all that Red Oaks, that cute little web series about a teenage boy and his privileged, country club life back in the halcyon days of 1986 will be back on the interwebs November 11th.

Not familiar with the series? Here’s some blurb verbiage:

For assistant tennis pro David Meyers it’s been a year of upheaval. In a freefall following his parents’ divorce, forced to drop out of NYU and forego dreams of becoming a filmmaker, his one silver lining has been his budding romance with Skye, the daughter of club president Doug Getty. But when Skye returns home from a year abroad in Paris with more worldly ways and a newfound independence, David finds himself caught in the middle between his strong-willed girlfriend and her equally stubborn father….

The series is written by Gregory Jacobs, Joe Gangemi, Karey Dornetto, Shawn Harwell, Tom Papa, Max Werner and Daisy Gardner.

Lightweight, meaningless, and derivative as Red Oaks may be, it’s as solid a series as you’ll find on the web and a good escape from contemporary conflicts, and Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchadorio recommends it whole-heartedly–

Wait. What?

Red Oaks isn’t a web series? It’s a presentation of Amazon Studios with Steven Soderbergh and David Gordon Green? You sure about that?

Shazbot! Munchy’s been snookered!

My apologies to all. Judged by professional standards, which I wasn’t doing because Indie TV and all, Red Oaks is bottom of the barrel slime. Stay away! Stay away!

Dammit, I gotta start watching my TV on a bigger screen than an elderly iPhone 5 so I can actually, you know, see the damn credits.