Hi everyone, how are you? I moved to Sydney two days ago, and the past week has been pretty intense. Amongst all that, I managed to see a couple of shows that are premiering this week. Last night I went to the Will & Grace premiere at a drag bar – I’d never seen the show before, and I didn’t know anyone. Here’s what I can say: it’s a good throwback sitcom, and Will is my favourite (being a good straight man – comedically – is difficult). I also think David Schwimmer did a great job, and I hope he’s around for at least a few more episodes.
I also saw the All American pilot, which I really enjoyed. It’s based on the life of Spencer Paysinger, an NFL player from central Los Angeles who was recruited to play for Beverly Hills High. Because it’s on Stan, I looked up which network it’s on in the United States, and it’s The CW. This isn’t a bad thing, I watch a lot of CW shows. But there are certain points at which you can tell. The other thing is that people are going to compare this to Friday Night Lights, a fantastic show that for some reason became a comedy in its second season. They’re both about high school football, and while Friday Night Lights does some great work with class divisions in seasons four and five, that’s what this entire show is about. So as long as it sticks to these aspects, and doesn’t lean too much into it’s CW-ness (you’ll see what I mean), I’m going to keep watching.
Speaking of shows that lean too much into their CW-ness, Riverdale is back! I’m hoping that the third season rights the ship a little bit – the first season was one of my favourite shows that year, and I fell off around season two. The thing about Riverdale is that the first season was made in a vacuum – they’d filmed the whole thing before it went on air – and then they had feedback for the second season. Yes, people liked the twists, but in season one they were informed by character, and in the second season it was a twist for the sake of it. I love this show, and I’m looking forward to it coming back. Remember this great moment?
I’m also interested in Trust, which FX has renewed as an anthology series about the Getty family. If you have Foxtel and want a little more Getty content, All the Money in the World is about the same story and was added last week.