Cable-cutters rejoice! HBO Now is available starting this month for free! If that doesn't make you squeal with joy, then sour your mood even more so with the news that David Lynch isn't coming back for "Twin Peaks" because of money.
But, look on the bright side, there might be new episodes of "Arrested Development" coming up, "Game of Thrones," "Veep" and "Silicon Valley" are all coming back this Sunday and "The Last Man On Earth" has been renewed for a second season.
1. Cable-cutters, HBO Now is available for your entertainment
Hey, people who've been using their family or friends' cable subscriptions for HBO Go, now's the time to go your own way and start streaming HBO's content. Why? Because the stand-alone streaming service is now live and it's free. Yes, FREE!
HBO is making a special offer. Those of you who sign up for HBO Now this month will get a 30-day introductory free trial period. The catch, as I wrote about before, is that it's only available starting today for anybody with an Internet connection and at least a begrudging acceptance of Apple products – no cable or satellite service required.
This means that if you have a lot of extra time (and I mean a lot), you can try to stream the first four seasons of "Game of Thrones" and binge until you can't binge anymore. If you're itching for a few laughs, I highly recommend both "Veep" and "Silicon Valley." Why? You'll realize that Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in character as Selina Meyer, should be an actual politician and those who were once deemed nerds are now the cool, pot-smoking, still-kind-of-awkward-but-totally-hilarious nerds.
Whatever you decide to binge during your free-month trial, I almost guarantee that you'll be too roped in to cancel the subscription because you, like I have, will realize that there's just too much good stuff to watch and you'll want to cherish your subscription to the end of time. Also, what's an extra $14.99 a month anyway? The best part of this is that a cable subscription isn't needed.
Cable-cutters, it's time to celebrate because it just got real.
Also, talk about perfect timing, because not only is the fifth season premiere of "Game of Thrones" this Sunday, Apr. 12, but the fourth season of "Veep" and the second "Silicon Valley" are premiering that night as well.
2. David Lynch is not coming back for "Twin Peaks" and why this matters
East Sunday was a time for family and friends to hop to Church (if you're into that sort of thing). For me, it was time when I huddled into a corner of my house in mourning. Why? Because it was announced that filmmaker, co-creator and weirdo David Lynch has left the much-anticipated "Twin Peaks" revival, which is set to premiere on Showtime in 2016.
For those of you who don't know (and, by the way, how dare you! Watch "Twin Peaks" as soon as you can if you're into shows pulsating with weirdness), the short-lived series centered on the titular town and its inhabitants and FBI Agent Dale Cooper in the wake of the murder of Laura Palmer.
Since then, the show became an enormous cult hit and has been gathering fans over the years. As you can imagine, with growing popularity, the news of the show returning with much of the original cast, is something to make somebody's head spin with happiness.
Anyways, that happiness ceased just a bit when, early on Sunday, Twin Peaks Festival broke the rumor that Showtime had cancelled the third season. Later, Lynch himself clarified what's going on on both Twitter and Facebook.
"Dear Facebook Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks," Lynch wrote. "After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done. This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing. Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently."
Showtime has since responded: "We were saddened to read David Lynch’s statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. Showtime also loves the world of 'Twin Peaks' and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm."
Scripts for the entire third season, which would've ran for nine episodes, had already been written, but is "Twin Peaks" even worth bringing back without Lynch? To me, "Twin Peaks" without Lynch would be like musical theater without, well, music. The essential ingredients to make it work, like the cast, costumes, and sets will be there. But, without the music, something will feel missing and because of that, the final product will feel shallow and lifeless. The same would be the case for "Twin Peaks."
Maybe ... just maybe this entire scenario -- with fans and even the cast wanting Lynch -- is just a ploy on behalf of the director to get Showtime to give him the money he wants to make the series the way in which he wants to. If, or maybe when, Showtime gives in, we'll be all thankful for it.
3. "Arrested Development" is apparently coming back for 17 more episodes
A random thought came to me the other day: It's been awhile since we've seen Michael Cera and his awkwardness. Where did he go? Is he living out in the middle of the woods somewhere? Was he washed ashore on a deserted island where he can display all his quirkiness to his friend, who happens to be a volleyball? Who knows. All I know is that he's been out of picture lately, but he might just be coming back, along with the rest of his Bluth family, for more "Arrested Development."
Following its first three seasons, people really wanted more episodes and, eventually, people -- like myself -- got what they asked for. A brilliantly-constructed, non-linear fourth season streamed exclusively on Netflix two years ago, which prompted talks of more episodes and a movie. (Consequently, "Community" is the show that has made other shows demand more episodes and a movie deal, even when it's not needed).
Now, series producer Brian Grazer (the dude with spiked hair who looks like an executive who stepped out of the early '90s to become best friends with Ron Howard) says that more episodes featuring the eccentricities of the dysfunctional Bluth family are on the way.
"I love Arrested Development, but it was never a huge thing," Grazer said on Grantland‘s "B.S. Report." "But people are loyal to it, and we’re going to do another 17 episodes. So stay tuned for 'Arrested Development.'"
No official word on if these additional episodes will air on Netflix or not. I'm guessing, if or when "Arrested Development" returns, we'll be streaming it rather than watch it unfold on some random network. In the mean time, let's not hold our breath since this sort of industry is full of empty promises. Let's just hope that Tobias didn't blue himself just yet.
4. "The Last Man on Earth" has been renewed for a second season
Out of all the new shows on television, no show's nearly as surprising as "The Last Man on Earth" starring Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones and Mel Rodriguez. Although I was initially worried that the concept would eventually wear thin, it's been continuously funny.
Thankfully, it's been announced that Fox has renewed the series for a second season in 2016 as reported by Deadline.
"We knew we had something special with 'The Last Man on Earth'," said Fox Entertainment president David Madden in a statement. "It’s one of those rare shows that continues to add depth and dimension to its unique premise, week after week."
With "The Last Man on Earth," Fox has also renewed new dramas "Empire" and "Gotham" along with new seasons of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "New Girl," and "Sleepy Hollow."
Colton Dunham's passion for movies began back as far as he can remember. Before he reached double digits in age, he stayed up on Saturday nights and watched numerous classic horror movies with his grandfather. Eventually, he branched out to other genres and the passion grew to what it is today.
Only this time, he's writing about his response to each movie he sees, whether it's a review for a website, or a short, 140-character review on Twitter. When he's not inside of a movie theater, at home binge watching a television show, or bragging that he's a published author, he's pursuing to keep movies a huge part of his life, whether it's as a journalist/critic or, ahem, a screenwriter.