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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