Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola. Image courtesy of the ABC.
Last Monday I went to see the Rosehaven premiere at ACMI, which was a screening of the first two episodes followed by a Q&A with Celia and Luke. It’s not the first event of this kind that ACMI has hosted, and if you live in Melbourne, I highly recommend signing up to their mailing list, or buying a membership if you can afford it. I’m pleased to report that Rosehaven is still great, which is reflected in its performance overseas. This week they’re holding the US premiere at the New York Television Festival before it airs on Sundance the same day and date as Australia.
The first two episodes have storylines that involve pub trivia and working at the tuck shop. If I’d written this right after I’d seen it, I might remember more, but all you need to know is that it’s still great. I forgot to bring a notebook (usually there’s just one in my bag, so I need to figure out where that one went), so I scribbled some notes from the Q&A on the back of my ticket. Here are some of the highlights that are spoiler free:
- Celia and Luke stayed in a hotel/inn while they were in production for season one. Luke asked Celia to swap rooms because he thought the painting in there would haunt him. Celia said no because she didn’t want to be haunted, and Luke stayed anyway because the painting could have been angry at him. The next time they stayed there he requested a different room. He’s gone full Hollywood.
- Someone asked a great question about Celia and Luke’s writing process: they map out (or ‘break’) the episodes together, and work on the scripts separately in the same flat, so they can yell out things like “What would Emma say if I came into the room drinking a juice box?” The scripts then go to their script editor/producer Michael Lucas to read.
- The tag at the end of episode 1 is based on a conversation Luke and Celia actually had.
- There was another really great question about doing episodes on issues, and they responded that it’s a silly show. They also said that due to the production cycle, if they try to address the issue of the day, it will probably be out of date by the time it airs. Celia and Luke also try to address issues based on their own experiences, which makes the show more truthful.
- Luke and Celia were asked how similar their characters are to them in real life. Daniel is Luke if he’d never gone into comedy, and Emma is Celia in a silly happy mood 100% of the time instead of the usual 20%. The best part of this answer is that they worked for Luke’s parents for a few weeks and were recognised. They said that comedy didn’t work out, and people were definitely ready to believe them.
- The visual gags are all written into the script, but there’s some great background work in the pub trivia scenes that were improvised.
- The opening credits (which are great, but make me slightly nauseous – it’s better on the big screen than the TV) are symbolic of Tasmania being on the bottom of the world. Both the opening credits sequence and the theme song have been nominated for awards.
Rosehaven season 2 premieres Wednesday, October 25 at 9pm on the ABC
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Hey, remember when I posted this GIF yesterday? It was so my erstwhile editor Steve Molk could save it, because Slack won’t let you save GIFs. That’s what I learned late last night while I was watching the Dynasty premiere. Netflix did a number on me when they didn’t give me any warning that the latest seasons of Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend were dropping, so I had to highlight them retroactively. Last week was a little busy, so I couldn’t do both which meant I got really into my Crazy Ex-Girlfriend synopsis.
So, other things in streaming: I’m still not sure how I feel about The Babysitter, which I watched on Tuesday night. If you want to talk about it, please leave a comment or contact me on Twitter. At the start of the film I began counting how many songs had been used – there were 5 in the first 15 minutes – but when it gets to the point, it’s pretty fun. I know that last song choice as they cut to credits is supposed to be funny but it still rubbed me the wrong way. I liked that last line though! Oh well.
I haven’t watched The Meyerowitz Stories yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I have seen the season two premiere of Good Behavior, and I was drawn in immediately, despite not having seen the second half of the first season. I think Michelle Dockery’s performance is fantastic, but when I read the description, I was hoping it would be a little more like Leverage. Plus Ann Dowd and Laura Bell Bundy are guest starring! Okay, Ann Dowd was in the first season, but I’m definitely more interested in the show now than I was during the first season.
I think I’m going to start writing Riverdale recaps, but starting next week. I might put in a few bullet points tomorrow if I have time/remember. There’s a direction I think it’s going to take based on plot points I’m not allowed to reveal from my screener emails, so I’m looking forward to seeing if I’m right (I haven’t watched ahead yet – I’ll probably stick to one episode per week because I like talking about it with my friends).
My editor needed a way to save the GIF for the streaming guide, so I thought it would be fun to leave it here sans context.
Lady Gaga and Florence Welch. Image courtesy of Netflix.
via What’s New In Streaming For The Next Seven Days — DeciderTV
It’s been a pretty big week at Decider. Co-founder and editor Kevin Perry decided to leave the site to focus on other things. I owe a lot to Kevin, since he offered me the opportunity to write the streaming guides. Kevin and Steve have been great at letting me experiment with the format and highlight ridiculous things I’ll never watch, like The Ant Bully, as well as write a tribute to EMMY WINNER (yay!!!!!) Laura Dern. How great is Laura Dern? This might be one of the highest ratio of highlights to list guides I’ve written in a while. I was going to do five, but the last batch of Terrace House episodes drop on Tuesday, and I have to do right by Guy and Niki. I’m currently watching The Good Place and Parks and Recreation, so my viewing schedule is pretty busy right now, but I need to get ready for the return of all my favourite shows. It’s going to be a busy time.
Ted Danson and Kristen Bell in The Good Place. I’m watching you, Michael.
via What’s New In Streaming For The Next Seven Days — DeciderTV
It’s as if September walked up to me and asked “Would you like to watch a Mike Schur show?” knowing that the answer would be yes. Yesterday brought the gift of Parks and Recreation, and next week we’re getting The Good Place. I’ve seen a few episodes of the first season, and I’m glad it’s becoming accessible. It would have been nice if the first season was available BEFORE the season two premiere, but it’s not really something to complain about.
We’ve also got premieres and finales galore. I’m intrigued by Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, and the last of Regular Show drops next week, as well as a preview of the new PowerPuff Girls event about a mysterious fourth PowerPuff Girl. Fall/Spring TV hasn’t even started and I’m already behind on The Deuce and Outlander. I feel like there was more I wanted to mention this week that I wasn’t able to highlight. I haven’t watched any of Bates Motel, but the final season is going up on Netflix, and I also would have liked to highlight either First They Killed My Father or My Transgender Summer Camp. There’s a lot of good content this week, and I’m excited to eventually see it six weeks from now.
The cast of Parks and Recreation. Also a giant teddy bear.
Hey, BoJack Horseman is back. I hear people like that show. There’s some great new content this week, mainly Parks and Recreation, one of my favourite shows of all time (and it’s going to be on Stan, my favourite streaming service). But I have to wait until Thursday for that one, so I’m watching Greenhouse Academy. I was hoping it would be some sort of environment show, but the synopsis Netflix sent me said something about challenges, so I went to the media site. It’s a teen show about a ridiculous selective entry private school with riddles. There are elements of camp, but if this show wants to be good it needs to embrace the camp. I’m tweeting about the show, because it doesn’t warrant a full post at this point. If you see me write about it again, it’s because there’s something worth saying. This is what happens when I have to wait for my CW shows to come back.
Writing a synopsis for Parks and Recreation was more difficult than I expected it to be. I love this show, and it’s impossible to fit all of my feelings into some short paragraphs. I got to mention its awards (and lack thereof – Amy Poehler never winning an Emmy for Leslie Knope is the greatest of Emmy Injustices), and that it’s a show about community and positivity that’s just as funny as joke a minute sitcoms. I warned potential new viewers about the rough first season. I would have liked to fit in a sentence or two about “Fancy Party,” but that episode is so perfect that you just need to let people experience it for themselves.
The other big thing is that both The Deuce and season three of Outlander premiere on Monday. Television is coming back, and I’m not remotely ready for it. I haven’t even finished Outlander season two.
Sophie Turner and Kit Harrington. Image courtesy of HBO.
via Sansa Stark’s Inconsistencies Reveal Game Of Thrones’ Women Problem
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I sometimes like to quote Game of Thrones headlines and guess what the article’s about before I’ve read it. There was a little jealousy on my part that I wasn’t writing about the show weekly, because I think I could have done a good job, and I also hadn’t sold a pitch in nearly a year. It’s difficult to know what editors will like, and when you have trouble selling pitches, self-doubt creeps in.
This essay is really important to me because I’ve been thinking about the male-heavy production team since season four or five. I didn’t start watching Game of Thrones until after the third season had aired. I’d seen the pilot previously, but the amount of nudity put me off. When I did a blogging experiment to watch the first season (on my old blog, I’m not even sure if that still exists), I discovered that I loved it. I watched the first three seasons by Christmas of 2013 while I was listening to the audiobook for A Game of Thrones, and finished reading ASOIAF (just the published ones) by the time season four started. Over this time, I became invested in Sansa’s story, as an entitled teenage girl became a survivor.
Season four was when I was able to get into the discussion around Game of Thrones, which happened to have that scene with Jaime and Cersei in the crypt. I started to pay more attention to diversity in production, and how it can affect what happens onscreen. Then season five happened, and the possibility of Sansa going to Winterfell instead of Jeyne Poole was exciting until it went to the place everyone expected. This is a show I love dearly, and I don’t think loving a show means you can’t criticise it.
I spent a week working on this piece while I was also working full time and volunteering at the Melbourne Writers Festival (which has been great, hopefully I’ll write about it during the week). I didn’t really think about anything other than Game of Thrones for that week and I just worked on one piece. The people who cover the show weekly, whether through writing and/or podcasts put a lot of effort into what they do, and now I’m not sure whether this is something I’d want to cover on a weekly basis. It puts things in perspective. I’m glad to have written something about the show, and also a little glad it’s over for another season.