The Bachelor makes me extremely uncomfortable, but it’s one of the most compelling shows on television. When the Australian version of the franchise started, I’d go to work at 6:30 on Thursday morning and my boss would ask me if I’d watched it the previous night. I was curious how he managed to have time to watch it, because my alarm went off at 5:30 and he was there hours before me. I always said no, and he still asked me every week. Wednesday night was the first time I watched a full episode of The Bachelor, and there’s nothing quite like watching a television show with the company of Twitter. There are PhDs to be written on the psychology of watching The Bachelor, but that’s not my field. Like most reality competition shows, The Bachelor is incredibly political. It’s a game, and the way people play it is fascinating. There are plenty of hilarious Bachelor recaps on the internet, so these posts are going to be about the politics of it all. Who is playing the game? Who doesn’t understand that strategy is important in a competition like this? Let’s have a look.
I woke up this morning to two press releases from Netflix in my inbox. I can’t remember what the first one was, because I saw that the second was a list of release dates (I went for a long walk after breakfast and it turns out that Netflix sent out another three press releases in the hour), and hoped Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was one of the shows with a premiere date. It is! We have a trailer and the knowledge that we’re going back to Stars Hollow on November 25. Before I discuss Netflix’s brilliantly chosen premiere date, watch the trailer and marvel at Lauren Graham’s brilliance.
The first thing I did upon reading the press release was get on Twitter to one half of Teaves and my friend Regan. She sent me a link to the trailer. I then realised that the reason that all these announcements were being made today/yesterday is that it Netflix had the opening day spot at the Summer Television Critics’ Association Press Tour. For more information on what that is, Alan Sepinwall has a great explanation, and Linda Holmes gives an example of what a typical panel is like. Basically, Netflix has the control of the entertainment media cycle for a whole day, and they made the most of it.
Netflix has almost doubled its output of original series this year, so it seems like every weekend is a new release. The new Gilmore Girls episodes/films will be out November 25. A lot of people had predicted a November release to coincide with the publication of Lauren Graham’s book, Talking As Fast As I Can, which features stories from behind the scenes on Gilmore Girls. So people can watch Gilmore Girls and then go and buy the book, which is a great marketing strategy. Netflix knows exactly what it’s doing when it comes to releases, because November 25th is on Thanksgiving weekend. Why go out shopping (Black Friday sales) or to the movies (it’s a big weekend for winter blockbusters and films hoping to win awards), when you can stay home and watch Netflix and do all your shopping online? The people at Netflix know exactly what they’re doing, and I respect that.
- The other 8 release dates that were bundled up with Gilmore Girls:
- Chef’s Table: France (September 2)
- Easy (September 22) – this is set in Chicago and stars Jake Johnson, so I want to see it immediately.
- The Ranch: Season 1, Part 2 (October 7)
- Black Mirror (October 21) – Netflix picked up this UK sci-fi show after it was cancelled last year, the previous seasons are all available.
- Lovesick formerly known as Scrotal Recall (November 17)
- Beat Bugs season 2 (November 18) – more about that below, season 1 will be out next week.
- Captive (December 9) – a documentary series about hostage negotiations that I will probably love.
- One Day at a Time (January 6, 2017) – an reimagining of the Norman Lear sitcom focusing on a Cuban-American family starring Rita Moreno.
- The press release that was sent prior to the release dates one was announcing a new Original Series called Ozark, starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney.
- The other three were about two animated series: Beat Bugs, created by Australian Josh Wakely (the show will air on the Seven Network in Australia, it premieres on Netflix in every other country on August 3), featuring songs by the Beatles. It’s just been renewed for a second season. The other show is an untitled Motown project, also directed by Josh Wakely, featuring music from The Jackson Five, the Supremes and many more, with Smokey Robinson serving as Executive Music Producer. This is a great way to introduce children to specific music, and it’s a great move.
- The corpse plant that was discussed in the trailer is indeed a real thing; the one at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne was in flower last year.
The 2016 Emmy nominations were announced at 1:30am local time yesterday, and I decided that I’d sleep through it. I’m perfectly happy with that decision. I don’t really have much to say about the Emmy nominations that haven’t already been said, but as usual there are some things that are great, and some not so great. You can find the full list of nominations here (okay, it’s not the full list, it excludes the Creative Arts categories, which I’ll peruse later).