Over the past few days, Trevor Noah has been named as the new host of "The Daily Show" and has been ridiculed on social media for tweets he wrote.
Maybe it's time for some folks to lighten up a little bit, and they can do so by realizing that Netflix may be bringing back "Full House," Frank Underwood will be back in a fourth season of "House of Cards" and Ash will be turning on a chainsaw for the upcoming series "Ash vs. Evil Dead."
1. Let's lighten up on Trevor Noah, the next host of "The Daily Show"
In just 24 hours, comedian Trevor Noah went from being a relative unknown thrown into the spotlight for being named the new host of "The Daily Show" to being ridiculed as a few of his old tweets were criticized by the often-ruthless folks on social media for being sexist, anti-Semitic and fat-shaming.
In 2009 he wrote, "Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt so bad in my german car!"
A 2012 post derides "jewish chicks." Another one from 2011 jokes about "a hot white woman."
In a post from 2011, he writes: "Oh yeah the weekend. People are gonna get drunk & think that I’m sexy!" He attributed the joke to "fat chicks everywhere."
If it wasn't already obvious, these aren't particularly funny. At least to me. But sometimes, even jokes from the funniest comedians don't land, and if you've watched Noah's stand-up before, you'll already know that he's one funny dude.
To me, the thing about the tweets is that they seem like conversation fodder between two young people who don't know any better. The tweets don't read hateful, but rather just jokes that don't land. Even Noah himself admitted to this.
"To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian," Noah wrote in response.
On Tuesday, Comedy Central released a statement and came to his defense: "Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included. To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central."
To generalize Noah based on these tweets isn't right, and the extreme backlash isn't deserved. One thing is for sure: If we were to ridicule someone based on tweets or messages they've wrote at one time or another, especially on social media, mostly everyone would face some sort of backlash. No matter what. There'd be no way around it.
I know I've written stupid things in the past that I've regretted – none of which were racist, anti-Semitic or fat-shaming (that reminds me, I need to go back to the time when I was in high school and delete a few posts).
While one person would find Noah's tweets racist or sexist, one will not. While one person would find the tweets funny, another will not.
It's just interesting to ponder that his tweets didn't receive any backlash nor did he get any flak when he first posted some of those tweets that date back all the way to 2009. But now that he's in the spotlight, everything he posts will be seen, and if it's a touch of controversial, he'll once again find himself under scrutiny.
One thing is for sure: No matter how unfunny a few of those tweets were, he still has enormous potential and to be given the gig of "The Daily Show," Comedy Central clearly has faith in him. To get such a gig, the network obviously saw something in Noah that will only become obvious once he takes the desk after Stewart leaves later this year.
Until then, Noah just has to go through his Twitter feed, clean up a little bit and realize that he better get used to this. Let's just hope that he won't have to apologize for anything because if there's one thing that a comedian should not do, it's to apologize for a joke they've told, no matter how unfunny and controversial the joke was.
In the mean time, let's just lighten up a bit. Sometimes backlash is as unnecessary as digging up old tweets for the sake of controversy.
2. Nostalgia wins again: Netflix might be reviving "Full House"
Netflix may be reviving "Full House" with 13 new episodes. The series, titled "Fuller House," would see an all-grown-up Candace Cameron Bure reprise her role as D.J. Tanner alongside Andrea Barber, who'd return to her part as D.J.'s best pal, Kimmy Gibbler.
Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and John Stamos are expected to make guest appearances, with Stamos also producing. There hasn't been any news yet whether Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin or the Olsen twins will be back.
I'm not afraid to admit I watched "Full House" a lot when I was younger. Heck, I still catch an episode from time to time when it's on and I have nothing else to watch. It's late '80s, early '90s cheesiness and sitcom sappiness bliss.
When I first heard this news, I first asked, "Why?" Now, however, I'm at least interested to see if and how this'll turn out. Also, after seeing Saget's stand-up, I'd love to see him as neat freak, creepy father Danny Tanner one more time.
Since nostalgia seems to be a running theme nowadays in not just television programming, but in Hollywood as well, here are some more shows that could someday see a return to primetime glory (with suggested ideas for plots):
- "Fresh Prince of Bel Air": Nearing 50, Will Smith moves back to Philly and then decides to move back to Bel Air.
- "Roseanne": Roseanne now lives in the same house with her children and grandchildren. DJ is still an aspiring filmmaker, and David is the star of "The Big Bang Theory."
- "Seinfeld": Seinfeld, in an attempt to reclaim former glory, reboots his own TV show about his life as a stand up comedian. It would be very meta.
- "The Golden Girl": Betty White as Rose moves from Miami, Florida to St. Olaf, Minnesota.
- "The Nanny": Mr. and Mrs. Sheffield lose all of their money, and Fran is forced to become a nanny again for a filthy rich family with Kardashian-like children.
- "Cheers": Set in a microbrewery.
- "Family Matters": Urkel stalks and then eventually kidnaps Laura Winslow. When caught, he says, "Did I do that?"
- "The Wonder Years": Kevin, now divorced, tries to get back Winnie.
- "The Cosby Show": Nope.
3. Netflix wants more Frank Underwood: "House of Cards" picked up for season 4
Alright, binge watchers; here's some good news for you. Unsurprisingly, Netflix has picked up the much-celebrated drama "House of Cards" for a fourth season, which is set to stream next year.
So for those who were left wanting more to watch after the third season finale, you can now relax and take a deep breath. But seriously, you shouldn't have been nervous about the show getting cancelled since it's pretty much Netflix's golden child right now.
The announcement arrived Thursday in a Tweet from the show's account, reading: "I will leave a legacy. #Underwood2016" with an image that reads "Season 4 coming 2016."
Production for the show – which follows Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright), a ruthless Washington D.C. power couple with high political aspirations – is scheduled to begin this summer.
4. First teaser trailer for "Ash vs. Evil Dead" series promises animated trees and chainsaw sounds
Horror fans and motion graphics enthusiasts rejoice! A whopping 16-second teaser trailer for the much-anticipated "Ash vs. Evil Dead" series has been released and, well, it's something. It actually shows nothing but animated trees and a silhouette of Ash (Bruce Campbell) with chainsaw in hand. But, hey, if that's your sort of thing, then by all means.
The trailer, of course, doesn’t show Campbell or any of his co-stars, which include Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess") and Jill Marie Jones ("Sleepy Hollow") among others. Even without having seen any footage yet, it's pretty safe to assume that there'll be chainsaws and blood splatter.
The first cool thing about this series is that Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the chainsaw-wielding monster hunter who is forced to face his demons – both personal and literal – after a plague threatens to destroy mankind.
The second cool thing is that Sam Raimi, who directed the original "Evil Dead," is behind the camera again for the first episode, which he also co-wrote.
Let me tell you, if this snippet of a teaser trailer gets you pumped up, then I can't even imagine the freak out when you'll actually see footage. Supposedly, a new teaser – with footage – will premiere when "Outlander" comes back on Apr. 4 on Starz.
"Ash vs. Evil Dead" is set to premiere later this fall on Starz.
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.