TCA 2015-6: Netflix Has Sci-Fi, Female Convicts, And Aziz Ansari, So There
'We don't need dragons. We've got cocaine' should be a bumper sticker.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Don't you love this show? No? Shut up. Why can't you be happy? The second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starts filming in August, and while co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock didn't give up any major twists (because, like, they're still writing stuff), there are some things you won't see. "Anecdotally, we have so many people say to us, oh, I watch this with my 12-year-old," Fey said. "So you won't see profanity or nudity in Season 2." That's fine. I can get that from Game of Thrones. Or hanging out in the subway.
But wait, there's more! "Season 2 is about [Kimmy] continuing to open up to the world," Carlock said. Fey added, "And just because we ended Season 1 with a trial, some new obstacles may present themselves before she can go on and lead a fully-realized life." Even though Kimmy's green card marriage to Dong Nguyen didn't come to fruition, Fey said, "Hopefully Hi Kong [Lee] will be back; she's in a big hurry to get everything she wanted [during her captivity], and she's hitting some speed bumps along the way." But she'll be fine, because unbreakable.
Fun fact: Tituss Burgess said, "I get randomly sung at on the street. And I've been drunk since the show aired." Because "Peeno Noir."
The first ten episodes premiere Aug. 28, so get ready. Or sweaty (there's a lot of polyester). Maybe don't eat while you watch this. Or maybe do; mass murder and coke binges may rev up your appetite. No judgment. The trailer for Narcos looks like GoodFellas in Colombia, and guess what? Totally intentional, according to executive producer Jose Padilha. Drawn from the real-life drama of how Pablo Escobar and other drug lords came to power in the 1980s, the show digs deep into the stories of the many players -- police, politicians, military and civilian forces -- who had a role in the big, multi-national mess. Think moral grey areas, lots of violence, and no Great White Hope storytelling.
"The design of it always was to tell both stories and as much as we can without, I think, overburdening the Americans or actually, rather, giving the Americans too much credit for what we did," said executive producer Eric Newman. "It was important to establish that this was a Colombian effort. They did the dying. They did the real suffering to bring him down." Oh, and if it seems like a big, operatic story on par with Game Of Thrones, Pedro Pascal, who plays Javier Pena, sniffs, "We don't need dragons. We've got cocaine." And he can say that because he's Prince Oberyn on Game of Thrones, which does have dragons. Really, he's set.
If you're into the entirely uneven oeuvre of the Wachowski siblings, you already know this show is about eight characters who live in different cities around the world who become mentally fused and have to deal with an organization that wants to capture, kill, or vivisect them...dude, it's sci-fi. Don't ask me to explain this. Just watch it if you're into it. And no, there was no announcement about a second season, which was a little weird. Co-creator J. Michael Straczynski would only say he was "cautiously optimistic" about it. Given the iffiness of the situation, no one was talking much about a second season which may or may not happen.
Her talk show for Netflix won't launch until 2016, but before then she has a four-episode documentary series coming out called Chelsea Does. Each episode deals with a different subject, namely marriage, racism, technology, and drugs. Oh, and Handler is going to take the hallucinogen ayahuasca on camera in Peru. "My whole drug episode isn't to glamorize or glorify drugs. It's really not," Handler said. "I mean, I've had a fun time with drugs in my life, but it's not about that." As to what viewers will see of the ayahuasca trip, she said, "People vomit. They freak out. Some people don't... So, we'll see." Yay, vomiting! ...Nope, nope, nope, pass.
The purpose of the four movie-length documentaries, according to Handler: "I want people to enjoy the journey that I've been on, and I don't want to say journey because I'm not a big fan of The Bachelor. I can be myself, I can be fun, I can be introspective and thoughtful about stuff, or I can be a total jackass. That's good television." Yeah, yeah, I'll watch just as soon as I finish Googling "ayahuasca."
All those fans of the show who freaked out when Longmire was canceled on A&E should be happy it's back for a fourth season on Netflix September 10. Because Netflix means no commercials and episodes can be as long as they want, executive producer Greer Shephard said, so that means viewers will get the Longmire they've always deserved. "The end result feels very different. More cinematic, and the stories feel more complete and more complex." Also, "the theme of Season 4 is second chances." You know, how a show gets canceled and then another network picks it up.
Master Of None
I was kind of excited about this new series from Asiz Ansari...until I saw the trailer. It wasn't just unfunny, it was grating. A condom breaks and there's the resulting awkwardness we've all seen in teen sex comedies; there's the kind of group conversations you have in bars that require some alcohol to be interesting (fine if you're drinking at home, I guess); Claire Danes shows up to tell Ansari she always smokes weed before having sex, which is how she lets him know they're about to have sex...so, stunt-casting for no particular reason except to make you think, huh, didn't Claire Danes have any better offers that week?
And wait, there's more, yay. "We wrote this whole episode about me and the episode's called 'Old People,' and it's me hanging out with this grandma for the whole episode," Ansari said. "And that was kinda based on an experience I had where when I was doing the book, I spent a lot of time in retirement homes, like talking to people about relationships and stuff. I was like, 'This is an interesting dynamic, me hanging out with these people.'" Yeah, I remember that when it was called Derek.
Orange Is The New Black
While we did learn the cast is already shooting Season 4, that didn't mean anyone was giving away any details. "I can tell you I'm in it and it comes out sometime next year," Lea DeLaria said. "And I was just saying last night that I would really love to see, like, the Hawaii episode of the show," Natasha Lyonne joked. "But I don't think we're likely to ever get it."
Uzo Aduba had a more realistic hope for Crazy Eyes. "How would Suzanne and Piper relate to each other now? I'd be interested in seeing how that has changed, the dynamic of that relationship has changed, now that Vee is gone."
She just may have a shot at influencing the writers if she plays her cards right. "First season, you know, the whole chicken thing, the whole chicken, we were all looking for the chicken," Selenis Leyva said. "And I said wouldn't it be funny if Gloria found the chicken and she used it for a ritual, Santeria ritual? And I remember they were like, 'Hmm, and what do you know about Santeria?' And I said as a joke, 'Oh, I dabble.' And then the next thing I know, it's in the script word for word. So be careful what you say because it could end up in the script. They listen very carefully to what we say." So, if anyone has a bright idea for making Alex less (seemingly) dead, now's the time.