Today is a good day because I am leaving work a little early. It doesn’t matter that it’s only two hours early or that I generally work through lunch so it’s really only an hour early. I’ve taken a grand total of three vacation days this year and they were all in May, so one could say that I’m a little burned out. I celebrate the days that I actually get out of work on time, so being able to stroll out of here early is like a grand celebration.
So while I watch the clock today and pray to whatever deity that will make sure that I actually do get to leave on time, get yourself caught up on what you might have missed with this week’s pop culture roundup.
- Stranger Things is getting a third – and possibly fourth – season.
- A Stranger Things pop-up bar opened in Chicago.
- Amy Poehler is developing an animated comedy at Fox.
- Reid Scott to appear on the second season of Great News.
- The live-action Jetsons remake heads to ABC.
- Alfred Hitchcok’s The Birds will be a BBC miniseries.
- Conan is headed to Israel.
- Paul Scheer will write the TV version of Galaxy Quest.
- Justin Theroux joins the cast of Cary Fukunaga’s Netflix series.
- Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney is making a coming-of-age drama for OWN.
- Make what you will of AHS: Cult’s alleged opening credits.
- Charlie Cox says that the third season of Daredevil will adapt the “Born Again” story from the comics.
- Netflix renewed Friends From College.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and Untucked renewed by VH1.
- MTV Unplugged returns this fall.
- MTV has also ordered more episodes of Fear Factor.
- Manning Marable’s biography of Malcom X is being developed as a TV series.
- Charlie Day isn’t as interested in doing It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia without Dennis.
- Francis O’Connor will be the female lead in the Locke & Key series.
- Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have two comedies in development at CBS.
- Jasmin Savoy Brown has joined ABC’s For the People.
- Fox will make a TV show about a TV revival.
- Normal Lear is developing a comedy at NBC.
- Julian McMahon will appear on Marvel’s Runaways.
- The Oh, Hello guys will drop by Portlandia.
- Tribeca will host a TV festival in September.
- TruTv renewed I’m Sorry for a second season.
- Amy Schumer was an audience member for Judge Judy.
- Matt LeBlanc could have played Phil Dunphy on Modern Family.
- The SyFy pilot for the Tremors reboot series has found its director.
- Here’s what’s coming and going from Hulu in September. And Amazon Prime. And HBO Now.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi will get a Star Wars spinoff.
- During reshoots, Michael K. Williams’ role was cut from the Han Solo movie.
- The Shazam director explains why The Rock’s Black Adam isn’t in the movie.
- Alan Arkin joins Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo.
- The Joker (not played by Jared Leto) is getting a solo origin film from Martin Scorsese and Todd Phillips.
- Seth Rogen is working on an R-rated comedy for tweens.
- Patty Jenkins close to finalizing a deal to direct Wonder Woman 2.
- Super Troopers 2 will debut on an appropriate day in 2018.
- Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to star in a Shaft sequel.
- Glenn Close will star in the big screen adaptation of Sunset Boulevard.
- St. Vincent will direct a gender-swapped take on The Portrait of Dorian Gray.
- Vulture ranks every Steven Soderbergh movie.
- Sasha Lane joined the Hellboy reboot.
- American Assassin:
- Thor: Ragnarok:
- American Horror Story: Cult:
- The Killing of a Sacred Deer:
- Marvel’s The Punisher:
- Vice Principals, season two:
- Season 4 of You’re the Worst:
- Vengeance: A Love Story:
- Little Evil:
- Curb Your Enthusiasm, season 9:
- Blade Runner 2049:
- Beyond Skyline:
- How To Talk To Girls At Parties:
- Weezer will drop a new album in October.
- The Muppets are doing a live show at the Hollywood Bowl.
- Dolly Parton will release an album of children’s songs.
- LCD Soundsystem released a video for a song from their new album.
- Brand New dropped a surprise album.
- Robert Plant is releasing a new album.
- Billy Corgan announced a new album.
- The cast has been set for the North American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies.
- Ham4Ham returned in Los Angeles.
- Denzel Washington will return to Broadway in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh.
- Indecent will air on PBS in November.
- John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons will head to Broadway.
- Julie Taymor will return to Broadway with an updated M. Butterfly.
- Marc Maron’s new standup special debuts on Netflix next month.
- Jerry Seinfeld’s first Netflix standup special will also drop in September.
Odds and Ends
- Beyoncé and Lavern Cox are working on a mystery project together.
- Drake is opening up a restaurant.
- Mike D will run a wine program at a new LA restaurant.
- Chuck E. Cheese is phasing out its animatronic band. Father John Misty penned a tribute.
- Emma Stone is now Hollywood’s highest-paid actress.
- Meek Mill arrested for reckless endangerment.
- Robin Thicke and girlfriend April Love are expecting a child.
- Broadway producer Stuart J. Thompson has died. He was 62.
- Tony-winning writer Thomas Meehan has died. He was 88
- Comic and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has passed away.
Mashups and Supercuts
- Slasher Things:
- Kesha covers “House of the Rising Sun”:
- Lin-Manuel Miranda and James Corden perform Hair in a crosswalk: