Munchman sees ‘Disjointed’

by Munchman

Yeppers, boys and girls, mothers and fathers, rich men and poor men, straights and tokers, hipsters and genuine individualists, conservatives and genuine human beings, yer friendly neighborhood Munchaderata is back, and I’m here to tell ya–

I say, I’m here to tell ya–

I say…well, you get the point–

Disjointed has shown this munchadelic one the Kingdom and the Glory, and the hell with “goods” and “bads” and pros and cons or stars or thumbs up. Format be damned, damned to hell, sistahs and brothas!

All I can do is give thanks to, in no particular order except that of course the writers go first:

David Javerbaum
Chuck Lorre
Will Hayes
Taii K. Austin
Warren Bell
Sam Johnson
Chris Marcil
Kevin Shinick
Brenda Hsueh
Bill Daly
Mike Dieffenbach
Matt Kirsch
Angeli Millan
John D. Beck
Ron Hart
& the Fabulous Kathy Bates
+ the rest of the cast and crew

And I also pledge total allegiance forever (or until Disjointed is cancelled, whichever comes first) to Netflix for stepping in after CBS totally fucked up and didn’t just drop the ball they killed the fucking messiah before he even had a chance to preach, let alone get nailed.

In other words, Disjointed is the best thing I’ve seen on TV since BBC Two stopped making The League of Gentlemen. Click, do not walk, to your closest available PC or similar computery thingy, light up a joint (or don’t because you don’t need to be high when you’re watching this spliff), and let the world around you burn, baby, burn.

You’ll be way too busy laughing to care.

munchman luvs ya!

L.A. Area Classic TV Fans – Herbie J Pilato is Signing Books in Valencia Saturday

by munchman

Speaking of classic TV – What? We weren’t? Well we should’ve been because TVWriter™’s very own Herbie J Pilato, the dood of doods of whom yer friendly neighborhood munchausen now speaketh, is the absolute King of Classic TV – way, way, way back in the day, a star you’ve probably never heard of by the name of Bob Cummings, starred in a popular and, for that era, long running sitcom called Love That Bob.

Why is the munching man bringing this up at this place and time? For two resounding reasons:

1) To impress Herbie J with my very own super knowledge of his specialty, most of which was obtained from, oh yeah, him.

2) Because the opening of Love That Bob always had Mr. Cummings, who played a horny photographer, looking directly at the viewer and snapping a picture as he said: “Hold it! I think you’re gonna like this picture!” And we think that Herbie J’s fans and friends are going to absolutely love this pic…and the event it describes even more:

Seeya this Saturday at Barnes & Noble!

munchman sees ‘Killjoys’

Hannah John-Kamen, ladies and gents!

by munchman

I’ve seen every episode of Killjoys since this series about intergalactic bounty hunters first debuted on SyFy in 2015, and I’m going to lead this review off with what may be a shocking confession:

I haven’t understood a single thing I’ve seen in any episode except the various sex scenes that have appeared from time to time. Yet, still, I watch. And watch. And watch.

And I can’t for the life of me explain why.

So with that in mind:

THE GOOD:

  • Hannah John-Kamen is totally believable as the most accomplished assassin in any universe, and she doesn’t utter one single word that sounds like she didn’t just think of it. She’s also gorgeous and has the sexiest voice munchado has heard since UK stage and occasional screen star Tammy Grimes moseyed from this mortal coil to the next one.

    Oh, look, it’s Hannah John-Kamen!

  • There’s all kinds of crazy chemistry between cast members. The banter is non-stop, and you know you’re watching people having a terrific onscreen time with each other.
  • Fucking show moves faster than anything else on TV or the interwebs ever.
  • Premium cable language – “Shit!” “Fuck!” “Bastard” – without premium cable pricing.

THE BAD:

  • WTF is going on in this series?
  • Why in the name of Isaac Asimov are these people doing any of the things they do?
  • Worst photographed fights of the current era. Nobody on TV throws punches as wildly as Aaron Ashmore and Luke Macfarlane yet brings their opponents whamming to the floor. OTOH, watching Ms. John-Kamen kicking ass is so tingle-inducing what the guys do doesn’t matter at all.
  • The plots are for all practical purposes plotless, presupposing that the viewers – every one of us – have seen and read every science fiction series on TV and film and therefore are able to bring our own stories to mind to fill in the blanks that arrive every 45 seconds or so.
  • The settings, basic arcs, and attitudes are exactly the same as those of Killjoy‘s Syfy stablemate, Dark Matter. It’s like two rival network executives made a bet that each of them could oversee a stronger show than the other using the same basic material as episode guide.

ALL IN ALL:

As the crazy fanboy with the incredible background necessary for enjoying this show (i.e., a love of women like Ms. John-Kamen performing her various kung fu moves in skintight clothes and a pretty damn good memory of every science fiction show ever) I have to tell you that non of my complaints matter. Not one. I really want you to watch this show and keep it on forever.

Dark Matter, on the other hand, could vanish forever and I’d never know it was gone. Well, I might miss the sexy android trying to learn how to be a real human girl, but probably not because Hannah John-Kamen…yes!!!

Oh, are there other actors on this show besides Hannah John-Kamen? Yer friendly neighborhood muncher has never noticed.


munchman is TVWriter™’s sexist pig in residence. Or maybe, just maybe, the poor guy is hopelessly, inadequately, miserably, in love.

Best TV Shows of the Year According to Some Writers Who Run Shows

by munchman

2017 Emmy nomination time is approaching, and former showbiz “bible” now superfluous but fun website Variety.Com has done an end run around those equally superfluous but fun awards and asked 1, 2, 3…wow, thirty-fucking-four showrunners to pick their faves from the current season (their own shows excluded, of course).

We know how excited y’all are to know what the picks were (becuz, hell’s bells, of course those showrunners’ judgments are more important than yer lowly mouth-breather opinions, so yer friendly neighborhood munchero is here to give you the quickest possible look-see, thanks to the editorial geniuses (for reals!) at Quartz Media.

Have at ’em:

Sorry for the faint fontness bit above. For more details about all this, check out Variety’s article and/or Quartz Media’s digest version.

Oh, and while you’re at Variety, take a look at the comments. Here’s munchmallow’s personal fave:

Hilarious!!!

You asked the people making the bad shows we don’t watch what their idea of a good show is…

Hollywood’s self-love never ceases to amaze even as it grows in the face of the public’s ongoing rejection.

At least the ratings are so awful, at some point all those people will have bankrupted the people who keep ordering bad shows from them, and it will be a great day for US artistry.

This one has a good beat, no? I sure can dance to it.

Ciao, baby,

munchman

munchman reviews a Francis Ford Coppola Idea

by munchman

CURRENTLY ON KICKSTARTER

munchman Looks at the Bright Side of Life

munchman’s TV Musings #12
by munchman

The current state of the US of A being what it is, yer friendly neighborhood munchman has found himself forced to take a long, hard look at what he’s been writing – and thinking.

The result of that long, hard look is the realization that considering the situation, ranting and raving about the sad offerings to be had on our TVs and computer screens and the idiot machinations behind them is, way too obviously, a total waste of time and resources.

With that in mind, here are some recent shows and events that have managed to bring el munchero a smile or three, and I for reals hope they will do the same for you.

  • It may sound silly, but the fact that Agent Carter showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters are even as we speak hard at work developing an ABC series “based on the Disney theme park mythology” according to Slashfilm. muncherola well remembers his first time at Disneyland at the age of four and how utterly  beguiled I was by the Disney fantasyverse that had now become real. I even saluted the captain of our submarine ride and thanked him for the tour. If Michele and Tara can bring even half that much joy into the world it will have become a better planet indeed.
  • HBO is working on a new comedy called Divorce from Sharon Horgan, co-creator and star of Catastrophe. And methinks, that if this thing turns out half as funny/moving as the darkly funny Catastrophe and soothes a divorcee soul or two, well, that “better planet” thing will have struck again.
  • The other day a friend having conniptions over “That Asshole in the White House” sent me a 4 month old column from Ken Levine, one of the funniest TV and blog writers ever. It’s about the problems that he and his partner David Isaacs had back in 1980 when writing a comedy pilot about the White House pressroom. Seems that no matter what they wanted to do – like name the fictional president – the network, ABC, said no. The bright side here is that kind of stifling is no longer the case even on broadcast networks, where writers now have more freedom than ever before, and way more than current members of the White House pressroom, for sure.
  • Indie created and produced web series are becoming better and better. Don’t believe moi. Check out these: My Gay RoommateHollywood Hitmen, Acting Dead and many, many more that y’all can find via sites like Snobby Robot and Stareable, etc.
  • Mindy Kaling of The Mindy Project fame is developing an ABC pilot about a lesbian couple in Kansas. munchaderio isn’t a big Mindy fan by any means (reminds me too much of a certain ex from back in the day – which isn’t all that far back becuz this kid still ain’t all that old but anyway…), but maybe MK will do better this time. (See? I really am thinking positively. And Mindy Kaling becoming a better writer is certainly a more likely possibility than that ex I mentioned every becoming a better anything – oh, wait. Damn)
  • Sites like CV Independent exist. Digest that statement for a minute, then visit the site. See? It’s a good thing, yeah?
  • J.J. Abrams is doing an HBO series called Glare. This ensures that the first season will be accessible and interest-piquing and the second season will be wild and out there and fascinating and the third season will either be utter chaos (hey, munchmunster likes chaos) or won’t exist, giving us all more time to kvetch about more important things.
  • Marco Polo has been cancelled by Netflix!
  • The best news yet. Season three of Rick and Morty will definitely be out and about in 2017, as reported at an Adult Swim development meeting broadcast on Facebook Live. What makes this bit of not-so top secret intel so meaningful to yer insubordinate servant here is that I got it from an article at Christian Times. If Christian Times is digging Rick and Morty, maybe the good ole U.S. isn’t doing so bad after all. (Unless it means that Rick and Morty has made an abrupt about-face in tone and storylines…No! It can’t be! Forget I said that, ye gods of reality story-making. Forget it, I say!

That’s it for now, gentile gentle readers. I’m off now to gird for war. In keeping with my new awareness that the current cultural/political situation in my adopted homeland needs fixing – and soon – yer insolently insubordinate servant is taking some time off from this column and all other TVWriter™ duties to join the Resisters and fight for Truth, Justice, and the Gen-u-Wine American Way.

How will I do it? I dunno yet. Maybe start a blog?


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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.