Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Bring Back Spring Edition

What happened to spring? It’s been cold and rainy here lately, especially on the weekends. It’s kind of a bummer. I’m sure it’s good for the grass and the plants, but it’s not so nice for humans who want to be outside. I’m not a big outdoorsy person, but this is the time of year when it’s fun to sit outside on a patio with an adult beverage. Soon enough it will be too hot and humid to want to spend much time anywhere without air conditioning. So it would be nice to not have turn the heat back on in May. Remind I said all of this when I am complaining about how hot it is in Austin next week.

But enough about out rainy spring – there is pop culture new to be had. As usual, the roundup catches all of the pop culture news that you might have missed. So while I dig out my sweatshirts and umbrellas, enjoy the latest from the world of pop.




  • The Dark Tower:


  • Blade Runner 2049:


  • Wonder Woman:


  • The Defenders:


  • Orange is the New Black, season 5:


  • It:


  • The Gifted:


  • Dunkirk:


  • Rough Night:


  • Inconceivable:


  • The Mist:


  • Everything Evreything:


  • Woodshock:


  • Game Over, Man:


  • Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive:


  • Bloodline season 3:


  • The Limehouse Golem:






Odds and Ends

Mashups and Supercuts

  • Animals cover Smashmouth’s “All Star”:

  • Tom Hardy swearing on Peaky Blinders:

  • Stephen Colbert performs with Gorillaz:


  • What if Seinfeld ended like The Sopranos:


  • Evolution of douchebag style:


  • Get-Out as a rom-com:


  • What About Bob recut as a stalker thriller:




TV Status Report

The Fall 2013 TV landscape has changed quite a bit in the last few days. The major networks have announced the fates of many shows, with a barrage of cancellations and renewals coming in Friday night. What is the fate of your favorite shows? Below is an shapshot of what shows will be back and which shows have been shipped off to the great television screen in the sky (or possibly finding new life on another network).


Happy Endings (ABC) *sob* – could move to the USA network, which means I need to find the USA network on my cable system

Southland (TNT)

Go On (NBC)

Red Widow (ABC)

Smash (NBC)

The New Normal (NBC)

How To Live With Your Parents (ABC)

Body of Proof (ABC)

Malibu Country (ABC)

CSI:NY (CBS) – that’s the one with Gary Sinise

Rules of Engagement (CBS)

Vegas (CBS)

Golden Boy (CBS) – I had never even heard of this show, but I can only imagine it was about Jerry Seinfeld’s t-shirt (actually I probably would have watched that)

Monday Mornings (TNT)

Guys with Kids (NBC) – you can’t win them all, Jimmy Fallon

Up All Night (NBC) – a mercy killing

Whitney (NBC)

Family Tools (ABC)

Touch (Fox)

1600 Penn (NBC)

Deception (NBC)

90210 (CW) – I honestly had no idea this was still on

Cult (CW)

30 Rock (NBC)

The Office (NBC)

Rock Center (NBC)

Ben and Kate (Fox)

Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23 (ABC)

Do No Harm (NBC)

Zero Hour (ABC)

America’s Most Wanted (Lifetime)

Cops (Fox) – headed to Spike TV

Last Resort (ABC)

666 Park Avenue (ABC)

The Job (CBS)

Made in Jersey (CBS)

Gossip Girl (CW)

Emily Owens, M.D. (CW)

The Mob Doctor (Fox)

Ready for Love (NBC)


Community (NBC) – moving closer to #sixseasonsandamovie

Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Modern Family (ABC) – a no brainer

The Middle (ABC)

Suburgatory (ABC)

Nashville (ABC)

Last Man Standing (ABC)

Castle (ABC)

Glee (Fox)

The Neighbors (ABC)

Once Upon a Time (ABC)

Revenge (ABC) – with a new showrunner (and hopefully less Declan, Charlotte and Aiden)

Scandal (ABC)

Two and a Half Men (CBS)

2 Broke Girls (CBS)

Amazing Race (CBS)

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Blue Bloods (CBS)

Criminal Minds (CBS)

Elementary (CBS)


The Good Wife (CBS)

Hawaii Five-O (CBS)

How I Met Your Mother (CBS)

The Mentalist (CBS)

Mike & Molly (CBS)


NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

Person of Interest (CBS)

Survivor (CBS)

Undercover Boss (CBS)

American Dad (Fox)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

Bones (Fox)

Family Guy (Fox)

The Following (Fox)

The Mindy Project (Fox)

New Girl (Fox)

Raising Hope (Fox)

The Simpsons (Fox)

The X-Factor (Fox)

Chicago Fire (NBC)

Grimm (NBC)

Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Parenthood (NBC) – hopefully Ray Romano will return

Revolution (NBC)

The Voice (NBC)

Arrow (CW)

Beauty and the Beast (CW)

The Carrie Diaries (CW)

Heart of Dixie (CW)

Nikita (CW)

Supernatural (CW)

The Vampire Diaries (CW) – though the real-life relationship between co-stars Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev has been cancelled

48 Hours (CBS)

America’s Next Top Model (CW)

Hell’s Kitchen (Fox)

Hotel Hell (Fox)

Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)

Master Chef (Fox)

Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) – too bad; I was hoping this one would die

That’s a fair amount of carnage; to make up for all the empty slots in their schedules, the networks have ordered over 40 new shows. It’s still early and a lot can change, but TV Line examines what of these new shows may look like. At first glance, I’m particularly interested in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Dracula, Gang Related, Intelligence (for Josh Holloway, I will watch CBS), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Michael J. Fox Show, The Millers and The Originals.

Don’t see your favorite show listed above? Let me know and I’ll see what I can find out for you. Between the shows that I watched that ended their run and the shows that I am quitting, I may actually have something of a manageable fall viewing schedule (though “manageable” is probably in the eye of the beholder). Now the real mystery is when all these shows will be scheduled; hopefully there won’t be too many timeslot face-offs to deal with.

What new show are you most excited for? Are you upset or disappointed by any of the cancellations? Sound off in the comments below. Fall TV will be here before you know it!