Pop Culture Odds and Ends – TV Upfronts Edition

The television upfronts are currently going on, which is when the major networks trot out their new fall shows for critics and announce the fall schedule. It’s also when you find out if your favorite show will be returning or if Thor’s might hammer of cancellation has been dropped on it. There’s always a lot of news to come out of these sessions and though I’m of course not there, I have been keeping up with all the info so that I can pass it on to you. Tomorrow’s post will be exclusively trailers for some of the new shows that will be on the schedule for the fall, because there are a LOT of them. But until then, tide yourself over with this week’s pop culture roundup. As usual, I’ve painstakingly surfed the web to find you the latest and greatest news that you might have missed.

  • Brian Dunkleman (remember him) had the best response to the news:

  • Bleachers covered Kanye West:



  • Jean-Claude Van Damme recreated his Kickboxer dance scene on Conan:


Time for some trailers (more to come tomorrow)…..

  • Magic Mike XXL:


  • Jem and the Holograms:


  • A red-band trailer for the Vacation revival:


  • Zoo, based on James Patterson’s book:


  • MTV’s Scream:


  • Season 3 of Orange is the New Black:


  • A promo for the new season of Hannibal:


  • Season 2 of The Strain:


  • A first look at The Omen series:


  • Dukale’s Dream, a documentary from Hugh Jackman:


  • David Oyelowo in Nightingale:


  • AMC’s The Making of the Mob: New York:


  • Dave Matthews Band debuted a new song on Letterman:



  • Adam Sandler sang a goodbye song for David Letterman last night:


As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts…..


  • Here’s two punk bands mashing up 16 classic songs:


  • People barking like dogs in the movies and on TV:


  • Here’s the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer redone as 16-bit game:


  • A tribute to teen girl movies:


  • A 1980s intro for The Walking Dead:




  • Someone spliced together all of Michael Jackson’s recorded grunts for some reason:


  • Daredevil meets Chumbawamba:


  • Fallen Game of Throne characters sing about their demise (spoilers, obvs):


  • And finally, Orphan Black gets the Too Many Cooks treatment:

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