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6 Things You Need to Know Today to Avoid Pop-Culture Atrophy

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 12, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 12, 2016 |

There’s more than politics, police violence, and Pokemon Go to talk about in the world this week, although not that much more. Here are a few things that are also on our radar, and none of them are politically related.

— Two of our favorite current shows are The Leftovers and Fargo. One reason we love The Leftovers so much is because of Carrie Coon. After the series wraps up at the end of next season, Coon is moving to Fargo, where she will play the lead in the third season of the FX series. She’ll star opposite Ewan McGregor as “the chief of the Eden Valley police, and a newly divorced mother, who is struggling to understand this new world around her where people connect more intimately with their phones than the people right in front of them.”

Catastrophe, the brilliant British series that airs here on Amazon, has been renewed for two more seasons. This is terrific news for Sharon Horgan fans.

— HBO’s fantastic new drama, The Night Of, put up impressive numbers on premiere night. It drew 1.3 million viewers, plus the 1.5 million viewers who watched the pilot in the two weeks before it officially aired on the network. That’s 2.8 million viewers, and it’s only likely to grow throughout the summer. We may indeed have a True Detective-like hit on our hands. I’ll be tracking who murdered Andrea Cornish all season long.

— Good news: Wonder Woman apparently has finally hired screenwriters for the film. Bad news? They’re all men, and one of them is Zack Snyder (the other two are Geoff Johns and Allen Heinberg).

— Universal has gotten into the cinematic universe game with its monsters franchise. We know that The Mummy is coming back. We know that Johnny Depp is the Invisible Man and we know that Russell Crowe will bring back Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Now we also know that Javier Bardem will help bring back Frankenstein, although we don’t know if he will be the monster or Frankenstein himself.

— Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl is finally getting an action figure. Unfortunately, she’s being played by a man.

I KID. Although, the action figure is not good.



Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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