Pop Culture Odds and Ends – American Gods Edition

Thanks to some downtime on planes and a three-day weekend, I’m pretty close to caught up on all of my shows. Of course, it helps that most shows are wrapping up their seasons and a lot of summer shows haven’t started yet, so there aren’t new things piling up on my DVR (though I haven’t started the new season of House of Cards yet, which is driving me crazy). The last few days I have been binging Starz’s adaptation of American Gods, which I have to say that I am really enjoying. I hadn’t read Neil Gaiman’s book and honestly wasn’t sure what sure what to expect from the series, but so far it’s really pulled me in. On paper I’m not sure that this is a show that would appeal to me, but I’m glad that I took a flyer on it. The pilot episode is definitely a little bonkers and four episodes in I can’t swear that I truly understand everything that is happening, but I like the ride that they are taking me on especially since I have no idea where its going. Good stuff.

Also good – this week’s pop culture roundup. The holiday weekend put a slight damper on the quantity of pop culture news, but certainly not the quality. So get yourself caught up on everything that you may have missed with the new edition of the week in pop.

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • Game of Thrones, season 7

 

  • Logan Lucky:

 

  • Wonder:

 

  • Ozark:

 

  • The Hitman’s Bodyguard:

 

  • Paddington 2:

 

  • Pennywise: The Story of IT Campaign:

 

  • Shimmer Lake:

 

  • The final season of The Strain:

 

  • Victoria and Abdul:

 

  • Castlevania:

 

  • Get Shorty:

 

  • The Little Hours:

 

Music

Stand-up

Books

Theater

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • A drawing of every major Game of Thrones death (spoilers, obvs):

 

  • An 80s remix of “Somebody That I Used To Know”:

 

  • A mariachi cover of “Hopelessly Devoted to You”:

 

  • Playing Red Hot Chili Peppers – with a red hot chili pepper:

 

  • Fall Out Boy meets Britney Spears:

 

  • Terminator 2 recreated in GTAV:

 

  • Movie countdown:

 

  • Alien recut as a comedy:

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Back from Vacation Edition

I have returned from my quick little getaway and reality was absolutely waiting for me when I did. I was only out of the office for three days, but that was apparently enough time for people to save up all their crazy until I got back. I had a pounding headache within two hours of being back in the office. At least this makes me appreciate my vacation all the more – I had five basically uninterrupted days of minimal responsibility. I really should take days off more often.

Because I just got back, this week’s pop culture roundup might not be as comprehensive as other weeks. I’m still catching up on things, so there may be some things that I missed. I think I hit all the high notes, though, so you shouldn’t feel too deprived. You’re still getting your money’s worth 🙂

Television

Movies

Trailers

  • The Glass Castle:

 

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming:

 

  • The House:

 

  • The Mummy:

 

  • How To Talk To Girls At Parties:

 

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:

 

  • Casual, season 3:

 

  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance:

 

  • Tour De Pharmacy:

 

  • Friends From College:

 

  • Logan Noir:

 

  • F Is For Family, season 2:

 

  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop:

 

  • Orphan Black, final season:

 

  • Good Time:

 

  • The Emoji Movie:

 

  • Austin Found:

 

  • Despicable Me 3:

 

  • Okja:

 

  • The Wedding Party:

 

  • Flaked, season 2:

 

  • The Alienist:

 

Music

Books

Theater

Stand-up

Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • If “All Star” was a TED talk:

 

  • Earth, Wind & Ozzys:

 

  • Deadpool trailer remixed:

 

Orange is the New Black Mirror:

Trailer Park Tuesday – New Fall Shows

Now that networks have mostly decided what TV shows are returning and which are cancelled, it’s time to turn our attention to the new shows that networks are taking a chance on this fall. The survival rate of new series isn’t great – some years are particularly bad – but the trailers for shows debuting provide our first glimpse of what may be worth investing time in. I generally refuse to take a gamble on new series any longer – once bitten, twice shy and all that – but I am intrigued by the revivals. Check out the trailers below and sound off in the comments if you see anything you are willing to take a flyer on – or if you see any candidates for early cancellation. I personally think that Young Sheldon is a potential misstep, but I also thought that The Big Bang Theory looked terrible, so what do I know?

ABC:

The Mayor:

 

Splitting Up Together:

 

Roseanne:

 

The Crossing:

 

Marvel’s The Inhumans:

 

The Good Doctor:

 

Ten Days in the Valley:

 

For The People:

 

Deception:

 

The Gospel of Kevin:

 

Alex, Inc:

 

FOX:

The Orville:

 

Ghosted:

 

LA To Vegas:

 

The Gifted:

 

The Resident:

 

NBC:

The Brave:

 

Law & Order: True Crime:

 

Will & Grace:

 

CBS

Seal Team:

 

S.W.A.T.:

 

Wisdom of the Crowd:

 

9JKL:

 

Me, Myself & I:

 

Young Sheldon:

 

The CW

Black Lightning:

 

Dynasty:

 

Life Sentence:

 

Valor: