Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Keep Austin Weird Edition

I finally leave tomorrow morning for my mini-vacation to Austin. I’m not packed, I have a ton to do before I leave, work is driving me crazy, and I’m exhausted – which is pretty much par for the course for any of my trips. It’s always semi-organized chaos when I go away and this trip is no different. But it always falls together and I’m sure I’ll have a good time – Austin has been on my list for quite some time as a place I wanted to visit and it will be nice to spend time with old friends. I just need to get through the rest of today first.

So while I try to get everything done, get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you might have missed in the last week. It’s been a crazy week for television in particular – lots of cancellations, renewals, and pickups happening in the last few days. Find out what’s what with this week’s installment of the roundup.


Here’s your status update on recent cancelations and renewals:



  • War Machine:


  • Glow:


  • Home Again:


  • Battle of the Sexes:


  • Top of the Lake, season 2:


  • Gypsy:


  • Girls Trip:


  • Lost in Paris:


  • War For The Planet Of The Apes:


  • Cars 3:


  • Baywatch (red band trailer):


  • Hounds of Love:


  • Band Aid:






Odds and Ends

Supercuts and Mashup

  • The Rock takes on some classic movie roles:

Heather’s 2016 Fall TV Schedule


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With Labor Day weekend in the rear view mirror, my thoughts have started to turn to the start of the fall television season. I’ve secretly enjoyed the last few weeks of re-runs and Olympics coverage (which I do not watch) because it has given me not only a reprieve from the marathon that is my television viewing but a chance to get myself caught up on a few shows that I’ve been meaning to watch. Lately I’ve been binge-rewatching Bob’s Burgers and Gilmore Girls, even though I’ve seen every episode of the former and all but the last season of the latter. That’s the kind of late summertime indulgence that I’m not used to – just watching shows again because I enjoy them and not having things pile up on the old DVR. It’s been luxurious.

But as the temperatures cool and kids go back to school, my television watching habits change as well. I’ll no longer be able to go on flights of fancy without new content accumulating and putting me in a TV watching hole. I get anxiety when my DVR gets above the 50% full mark, slightly overwhelmed at finding the time to watch everything.  As much as I look forward to new episodes of some of my favorite shows, autumn has also become the most fraught time in my television viewing as I decide what new shows to take a gamble on. Many of the shows that I used to watch were either canceled or I gave up on, so I do have a relatively light (for me) TV viewing schedule for the fall. But I’ve burned so many times before and I have been not particularly bowled over by many of the new television offerings this year that deciding what shows get my precious viewing time is always a complicated process. I hate to be the last one to the party for a popular show – I pride myself on being a Breaking Bad viewer since the initial pilot – but I also refuse to watch a show just because it is potentially going to be popular, especially if it’s on CBS, which I generally think caters to the lowest common denominator. Experience has taught me that I’m generally OK taking a flyer on anything on FX, as that network lines up nicely with my sensibilities. Beyond that, it’s kind of a crap shoot and after the bloodbath that was last year’s cancellations, I am even more hesitant to commit to a show that is unlikely to make it through its first season, let alone get renewed. So my foray into new shows will be very limited this year. And now that TV seasons are more fluid, with shows debuting at different points in the year and seasons varying in length, what I’m watching in the fall isn’t necessarily what I’ll be watching in the spring. Netflix and Hulu are also wild cards, as I spend a lot of time watching them, but they don’t fit the traditional TV schedule model.

With all those caveats, this is how my TV schedule is shaping up for this fall:


All day – football

7:30 pm – Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

8:00 pm – Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)

8:30 pm – Blunt Talk (Starz)

9 pm – Westworld (HBO) new show

11 pm – Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)



8:00 pm – Supergirl (CW) new network



8:00 pm – Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)

9:00 pm – Scream Queens (Fox)

10:00 pm – Atlanta (FX) new show

10:30 – Drunk History (Comedy Central)



9:00 pm – Empire (Fox)

10:00 pm – American Horror Story (FX)

10:00 pm – South Park (Comedy Central)

10:00 pm – Rectify (Sundance)

10:00 pm – You’re the Worst (FXX)



8:00 pm – The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

9:00 pm – Pitch (Fox) new show

10:00 pm – Better Things (FX) new show


Friday and Saturday:

Catch up for the week/Netflix/Hulu/Go outside


Some observations:

  • Not listed above – The Daily Show and The Tonight Show, which I watch daily during the week.
  • Despite all evidence to the contrary, I do actually have a life outside of television. You have a lot of free time when you don’t have kids.
  • At this point the only new show that I’ve seen is Atlanta, which I highly recommend. The first two episodes debuted last week and were fantastic. If you only know Donald Glover from Community, Atlanta is a totally different vibe. I can’t wait to see where this show goes.
  • Of the other new shows I’m taking a chance on, Pitch is on the shortest leash. The idea of a show about the first female player in MLB is appealing to me and definitely has potential, but I can’t say that I’m that confident in the actual ability to execute it as a series.
  • Also on the bubble this year: Empire and Scream Queens. Neither are great shows – though they have some great moments, the whole is less than the sum of their parts. If I sense diminishing returns, I have no problem bailing on either one.
  • Not a show that’s new, but that’s new to me is You’re the Worst, which I am currently obsessed with. I binge-watched the first two seasons in a weekend and I love it so much. If you haven’t been watching, I encourage you to jump on the band wagon (though this is definitely an “adult” show, so it won’t be for everyone).
  • I cannot defend the inclusion of The Big Bang Theory on here as I fully admit that this isn’t a very good show. But it is mindless entertainment and I’ve seen every episode at this point, so I might as well see this show through to the end (which I assume is sooner rather than later)
  • Honestly, I’m just watching all this stuff to make the time pass more quickly before new episodes of Game of Thrones happen.

So what does your fall TV schedule look like? Any new shows that you are particularly excited about? Any returning shows that you are psyched to have back in your life? Sound off in the comments.


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – A Day Late, Hopefully Not a Dollar Short Edition

Hopefully no one is too discombobulated by the schedule change and the pop culture roundup appearing on Thursday instead of Wednesday. It is my sincere hope that it was worth the extra day. While we’re discussing scheduling, I’ve been toying with the idea of making the pop culture odds and ends post a weekly, rather than biweekly, affair. It’s a lot of work to put these together and it might be more manageable to assemble – and for you to read – if I did it every week. I know all the links can be a little overwhelming. If you have strong feelings one way or another, sound off in the comments and let me know what you prefer.

You’ve waited long enough….without any further ado, take a stroll through the world of pop culture by checking out some of the stories that you might have missed:

  • Footage of Solange Knowles attacking brother-in-law Jay Z on an elevator has surfaced:


  • CBS and ABC have announced their Fall schedules. So has The CW. I am once again reminded how little network TV I watch.
  • NBC’s musical next year will be The Music Man. Snooze. Peter Pan will debut in December. Double snooze.
  • John Krasinski and Emily Blunt make a pretty damn adorable baby:


  • Well this news is disappointing: FX has cancelled Legit, starring the hilarious Jim Jefferies. They have also cancelled Chozen, which I am indifferent to.


  • This is from earlier this year: some guy on Price is Right did Gob’s chicken dance:


  • CBS doesn’t run on Heather time – they released their trailers for their new Fall programs too late to be included in yesterday’s post. You can check them out here.
  • Alec Baldwin arrested for riding his bike the wrong way and then reacting like you would expect Alec Baldwin to when stopped.
  • This handy guide tells you how long it will take you to binge-watch popular shows.
  • We have our first glimpse of Ben Affleck’s Batman and his batmobile:



  • Former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken was declared the winner of the North Carolina Democratic Congressional Primary days after his opponent was found dead. I’m not saying that Clay had anything to do with the death, but maybe Ruben Studdard so be counting his blessings.
  • The slow jams are back! This time they do the Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers theme song:


  • I’m not sure why anyone made this, but watch kids re-enact a scene from Kill Bill:


  • Speaking of rides – check out the new Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios:


  • This is new to me, brought to my attention by readers Art and Angela, and it is one of the funniest things that I’ve seen in a long time: A bad lip reading of Game of Thrones:


  • Watch Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy dance to “Blurred Lines:”




  • Andy Cohen, Connie Chung and Maury Povich re-enact a scene from Maury:


  • Bill Murray does a promo for the Toledo Mud Hen’s Ghostbusters themed night:


  • This cruise ship plays “Seven Nation Army” on their horn:


  • Chuy, Chelsea Handler’s little person sidekick on Chelsea Lately, has starred in an adult film (not a link to the film!). If I have to live with that knowledge, so do you



As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts:

  • Frozen re-cut as a horror movie:


  • The Cookie of OZ:




  • Al Sharpton mispronounces a lot of words:




  • Hear Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” done in the style of 1940s swing:




  • The inevitable Law & Order/Game of Thrones mashup (spoilers if you aren’t current):






  • Relive 90s music with this supercut:


  • I love this Game of Thrones/The Wire mashup:



  • And finally – Super Mario World gets a Game of Thrones intro: