The Exorcist is one of the best shows nobody’s watching

So why hadn’t I seen the television version of The Exorcist yet? Because I had no idea it existed until earlier this week. And when I did find out, I rolled my eyes and started the first episode on Hulu just to see how bad it was so I could move on.

Fast forward to this weekend and I’m all caught up on the eight episodes (episode 9 of 10 doesn’t air until December 9th, by the way). Putting aside some terribly distracting CGI moments and a questionable plot twist, The Exorcist is kicking all kinds of ass. 
Here are some of the pros:
1. It’s not a reboot like Lethal Weapon, it’s a respectful continuation. 
2. This is one of the strongest casts I’ve seen on TV in a very long time. Ben Daniels as the exorcist is the closest you can get to topping Max von Sydow.
3. While not as graphic as the film (or the stuff AMC frequently gets away with), the extra crazy stuff is still implied. You just have to pay attention or you’ll miss it sometimes.

I wish the show would catch on, but it’s probably not going to. It’s a damn shame, too.

Altered Carbon Netflix adaptation is in the works

Richard K. Morgan reportedly quit his day job when Joel Silver purchased the rights for an Altered Carbon film back when movie options could cost ridiculous amounts of money. Now the project is reportedly being made into a Netflix miniseries and I don’t know what to think, exactly. I guess my usual cautious excitement will have to suffice.

Although I never read the sequels, Altered Carbon is something I think is almost as good as Neuromancer and Snow Crash, the landmark novels which—in my mind—respectively created cyberpunk and more or less put it to bed. My knee-jerk reaction to the news was eye-rolling, but this is Netflix we’re talking about here. I haven’t seen all of their original programming, but what I’ve seen is pretty much on par with HBO’s quality. Even though I find The Expanse to be more than agreeable, I’ve never trusted SyFy with projects like this, so I’m glad Netflix got it instead of them.

What do you think?

First impressions: Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Like I said, I don’t really want to talk about horror right now after doing nothing but horror movies last month. Still, I can’t very well say nothing about Ash Vs. Evil Dead.
I loved most of it. I laughed quite a bit (“You like my wooood?!“). I’m quite pleased that, once again, the entire reason Ash has to save the world is because of his own stupidity. I’ve always preferred the visual tone of Evil Dead 2 over Army of Darkness, so I’m glad the showrunners appear to be going back to that. I’m tickled to death Lucy Lawless is in it because… well, it just makes so much sense to me.
Otherwise, not all the gags worked for me and I don’t care too much about the subplot yet. I’ve seen and heard nothing but good things about Ash Vs. Evil Dead, but I couldn’t help but feel disappointed it’s only thirty minutes long. Sure, it’s good to be left wanting more, but I wanted so much more. Ultimately, though, I think that’s pretty high praise, right?
I’ll have more to say later on. 

Seth Rogen posted this on Twitter (AMC’s Preacher)

From Seth Rogen’s Twitter, which has some other Preacher relics:
There are three things I can’t wrap my head around involving AMC’s adaptation of Preacher. One: that it’s actually being made. Two: that Seth Rogen is involved. And three: that it will be any good.

Yeah, I know the comic I love so much will still exist even after AMC has their way with it. Hell, my favorite ongoing comic right now is The Walking Dead and I’m not a huge fan of the TV show. Sure, the television version of TWD has shown AMC can deliver on the violence, but violence isn’t the only thing Preacher has going against the likelihood it’ll get a faithful adaptation.

Those who’ve read Preacher already know that a lot of its subject matter just doesn’t jell with network television’s desire to sell us Walmart and McDonald’s. Adult situations have managed to creep into TV as of late, but can Preacher’s depiction of Christian gods and angels (spoiler: they ain’t the good guys) really be pulled off? I can’t imagine AMC would greenlight a project if it had all that juicy, blasphemous stuff in there, and if it doesn’t, would it really be Preacher?

I can’t imagine any flesh and blood actors looking this cool


Nonetheless, I’m (cautiously) looking forward to this one. How could I not be interested in seeing it? It’s fucking Preacher. Something tells me Seth Rogen’s the right guy for the job and maybe—just maybe—someone at AMC is trying to pull off the unthinkable: a Hail Mary pass at making AMC the new HBO. Walls like this have to be broken sooner or later.

Blunt Talk is free on Starz.com

Although Blunt Talk doesn’t officially premiere until later tonight, Starz put up the first two episodes on their website. Hopefully more and more networks will do the same. It only makes sense to get us addicted to the product before asking us to pay the unreasonable price for premium cable packages.

The washed-up television personality Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart), who seems obsessed with one-upping Anderson Cooper, has found himself at the center of a media scandal following his arrest for drunk driving. The network has been waiting for an excuse to cancel Blunt’s show for a while now and forces Blunt to see a psychologist to make sure he’s stable enough to put on the air. The psychologist, as it turns out, is played by Richard Lewis.

If the mere idea of Richard Lewis playing a psychologist is funny to you, then you’ll probably want to see Blunt Talk. I don’t think anyone who’s familiar with Stewart questioned whether or not he can be funny (if it’s any doubt, see this clip, this one, and countless interviews), but I’ve never seen him in a leading comedic role. Although I don’t think the series starts out as strongly as Better Call Saul, it’s definitely worth watching the two episodes, especially for free. Maybe a third episode would have gotten me hooked, but I’ll probably pass on this one until it hits Netflix or Amazon Prime’s streaming service.

Seinfeld, Witcher 3, and… well, that’s about the extent of my life lately

Since all of my old drinking buddies have been missing in action lately, I’ve been dividing my free time between writing, The Witcher 3, and Seinfeld on Hulu. Despite it being my favorite sitcom, I haven’t seen Seinfeld in over a decade. I’m surprised by what I remember, but even more surprised I forgot all about ASSMAN….

The Witcher 3 is awesome, by the way. I haven’t found the time to play it since Sunday, but it may even be my favorite single player game ever. I honestly don’t think Fallout 4 can top it. Here’s hoping Cyberpunk 2077 will.