The Drew Barrymore Show promises no “mundane questions” that launched 9/14 – Will it be on CBS All Access?

The Drew Barrymore TV show launched Monday 9/14/2020 — yes, a new show launching during the pandemic, yay! — and she virtually and not-so-virtually had her former Charlie’s Angels Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz on, as well as a video message 50 First Dates style from the sandman Adam Sandler.

The hour long daytime talk show airs daily and you can figure out “where to watch” by clicking a link on Drew’s official website (https://www.thedrewbarrymoreshow.com/).

Based on her own experience in a ton of interviews, she promises no “mundane questions.”

“People are looking to have a different conversation. I think they are looking to if they are putting themselves out there, I assume, to reveal things about them that are not commonly known,” she says of her guests. “I think it is really weird when people choose to do a profession but you can’t know anything about me. It’s like, well, you took the wrong job, it is fair game. Most people want to present their heart and humor, the same thing on this show.”

Drew Barrymore on What to Expect From Her New Talk Show (Exclusive) | Entertainment Tonight

Is this a shot across the bow to Ellen Degeneres, the queen of daytime TV talk that has been under fire for having an alleged behind the scenes toxic work environment? Or is this just a friendly show description?

Neither of us are big on daytime talk shows. I’ve never watched even one full episode of Ellen — ever, but have watched some of her interviews over the years. She has a comfortable interview style that seems to put her guests at ease and it’s softball stuff. Definitely not the kind of hard-hitting, under the covers Howard Stern interview style (love many of Howard’s interviews!). Not sure how Barrymore will do, but will probably check out some of what she’s up to. I’m a fan of Barrymore and would like to see her succeed, if her show doesn’t suck, it just might.

Marketing a new show in 2020

What is curious about Barrymore’s show from a marketing and distribution standpoint — CBS, looking at you — is why it’s not on CBS All Access? Or is it, and I’m just not finding it?

This is bizarre in 2020. Especially considering CBS is trying to expand CBS All Access and make it a more major player in the streaming market (see: CBS All Access Working on Greatly Expanded Library For Release in 2021). Maybe Drew’s show, if it takes off, will be part of this expansion in 2021(?)

Instead, it seems, to watch the show right now, today, launch week, we’ll forced to watch on live TV? That’s not likely to happen often in our household anyway, even though we can watch via Locast (see: How do you access streaming channels on your TV in July 2020?). This is 2020, why didn’t Drew and CBS take care of the cord cutting streamer audience?

Maybe they’ll eventually go with a schedule like The Talk does and have live episodes on traditional TV and archived episodes on streaming (CBS All Access). There is an official Drew Barrymore YouTube channel to subscribe to (21k+ subscribers as of this writing) that already shares clips from the first show, so this might be the way they’re going to roll for awhile. Full show on live TV (and the commercial love), clips on their official YouTube channel and no archival full episodes on streaming.

For those who watched the debut episode of The Drew Barrymore Show: did you enjoy it? Will you be tuning in regularly? Watch a few episodes here and there? Rather see Drew in movies and don’t care? Your perspective is welcome in the comments below.

CBS All Access added new content on July 30 – still mostly for TV fans

On July 30, CBS All Access not so quietly added more content for subscribers, including hubs a la HBO Max for Bet, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickoledean and Smithsonian Channel.

As mentioned previously (see: CBS All Access Working on Greatly Expanded Library For Release in 2021), CBS doesn’t want their flagship streaming channel to be a niche, also-ran with a few good old classic TV shows, a smattering of movies, Star Trek and some other new shows.

CBS All Access showed a bit of its hand today, announcing it added some 3,500 episodes to its service from roughly 70 new shows, including series from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, TV Land, VH1, and the Smithsonian Channel. It’s also added more Paramount Pictures flicks since its initial announcement in May, with more than 150 movies now available to stream. That’s on top of CBS’s already expansive library on the service.

Hold Onto Your Peacock, CBS All Access Just Got Better

We resubscribed late last month in preparation to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks (FIRST LOOK) and Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone Season 2. I binged all episodes of the latter one and enjoyed it a little more than the first season. Am waiting for them to release the black and white versions, as I enjoy watching that series (more) desaturated. Weird? Nah, just classic minded I guess. I think of Twilight Zone in black and white, not color.

At any rate, what else has new has been added of interest to CBS All Access, or what was there all along that we haven’t paid much attention to?

A few more movies added

Emphasis on the word “few.” You can quick scroll from top to bottom all the movies A-Z on CBS in very short order. I’d say, without counting, that’s it’s less than 200 total movies.

By contract, HBO Max has around 1,000 or more. Peacock? Less than HBO Max but an overall decent amount of titles (see: ). Netflix has over 3,000 movies. Amazon Prime has over 10,000 movies – sure, most aren’t worth watching, but they slay all competition in the volume department. Hulu for number of movies is somewhere between CBS and Peacock. If you want Marvel, Star Wars or classic Disney, well Disney+ has you covered.

After this update, CBS still isn’t exactly a destination for movie lovers — yet. They are reportedly working on a rebranding in 2021 and adding even more movies.

Live CBS TV – has it been there all along?

Live TV is something I wasn’t really aware they offered before — and maybe it’s been there all along — but sure enough we can watch the local CBS channel as part of the subscription. That’s cool for watching news. We also get that through locast.org and if I we installed an over the air antennae, we’d get even more free local broadcast.

This would be useful for watching the NFL Sunday CBS broadcasted games, coming up in a couple months. I don’t know if/when they broadcast any MLB, but that would be of interest.

MTV – Aeon Flux, Beavis & Butthead, Celebrity Death Match

Something I was looking around to watch recently after seeing Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux was the original animated series.

Good news for fans, as season 1 of Aeon Flux is now available on CBS All Access.

Celebrity Death Match Season 5 and 6, Beavis & Butthead Season 1-3 are also available.

CBS All Access is a decent value for TV fans and they made it a little better.

What are CBS All Access streaming competitors doing with Live TV?

I wish that Disney+ included live TV for Fox. So +1 for Live TV offering from CBS, even if we rarely watch live TV, at least we know it’s there as part of the subscription.

Peacock sort of flirts around with Live coverage, offering some Live Sports and organizes some of their TV content as “live channels.” It’s not the same as offering the full live TV channel, but at least they are moving in that direction.

Netflix offers no live TV, they are strictly on demand streaming. While this has worked well for them to date, one could see them being behind the curve in this area as more cord cutters move to streaming but also desire some amount of Live TV programming.

Amazon Prime has flirted with live TV, offering Thursday night NFL football games. Think I watched one of them and it was done well. There are rumors circulating that they are working on adding 24/7 live TV, no idea how much more they will charge or if this will be included as part of an existing Prime subscription.

HBO Max is all on demand. They don’t offer any access to their cable TV and satellite Live TV channels.

Hulu offers Live TV as a paid add-on service.

Will CBS All Access Rebranding Really Matter?

This could and probably should be a separate post, because I have a lot to say about name and branding changes, but will summarize here.

I don’t care that much about names and branding. Sure, it makes sites easier to visit on the web if their name isn’t Quibi, but what is CBS All Access going to rebrand to? Don’t think that’s been announced yet, but if they want to attract more movie fans, than they need to bulk up their movie library. Their TV offering is compelling enough to bring us back once or twice a year.

It’s their originals right now, as mentioned above, that caused us to resubscribe. I might have resubscribed to check out Aeon Flux because that’s not available anywhere else and costs $1.99 an episode on Google Play. Can binge the whole first season as part of the subscription, so excited there.. Also, I’d definitely be interested in revisiting Beavis & Butthead. Fondly remember that MTV show.

Will Star Trek: Lower Decks be a hit or miss? Don’t know, but am looking more forward to checking that out next week when it debuts.

What are you looking most forward to seeing on CBS All Access? Anything there now or coming soon?

Upload Season 2 promises “more new tech” says show creator – Yay!

Upload ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

To date this is my favorite new TV show of 2020 (see: YES – Amazon Greenlights Upload Season 2) being teased for what’s coming by creator Greg Daniels at Comic-Con@Home.

“We’re right in the middle of writing it so I don’t want to get into too many specifics in case the plans change,” Greg continued. and”But there’s going to be a lot more new tech, we’re going to find out more about the ‘Luds’ and their community.”

Upload season 2 will have big changes, teases creator

More new tech. Oh, yeah! We need these phones with the floating tech displayed in the show — right now.

Looks very similar to an Android phone — floating touch-screen UI

In my review of the first season, I highlighted more of the tech, but if you haven’t seen this show on Amazon Prime yet, what are you waiting for? It’s more than just eye candy for those who love futuristic tech, it has some truly believable tech, which is part of what made me enjoy it so much.

Think of the safety aspect of drone police in traffic stops

You think back to the 60s Star Trek and some of that tech hat might have seemed impossible at the time and 50+ years later we have some of it, particularly the communicators and GPS positioning.; ,

Recently, I started watching The Orville on Hulu. I’ve only seen the first two episodes of the first season but like what Seth Macfarlane has cooking there so far. Too early for me to gauge the use of tech in that show, but it’s an important part of what makes sci-fi movies and TV fun.

It’s great seeing that Greg Daniels and his team are doing some deep thinking on the tech for season 2. There has been no date announced for when we might see season two, but remain hopeful it can be at some point in 2021. We need the Bill & Ted phone booth to beam into the future and watch the future seasons of Upload.’

What futuristic tech would you like to see explored in Upload and/or other sci-fi shows?

Applebee’s using Welcome Back, Kotter theme song in commercials

Depending on your age, where you remember first seeing John Travolta will vary.

Me? I can’t remember if it was the movie Boy in the Plastic Bubble (that movie, although it wasn’t a horror film, just freaked me out with the idea that breathing outside air could kill), Stephen King’s first adaptation Carrie (also my intro to Sissy Spacek and a chilling film) or the 70s TV show Welcome Back, Kotter.

Certainly the latter I remember him most for early on, because he was on weekly and prominently. Of course he’d go onto other iconic roles in Grease and Saturday Night Fever, but Kotter is where I most remember Travolta from in the beginning of his acting career.

Add to that very catchy theme song to Welcome Back Kotter. The 70s and 80s had crazy good memorable theme songs.

Travolta played a Henry Winkler like Fonz character in the TV show as one of the Sweathogs. Gabe Kaplan as the teacher and Ron Palilo as Horshack — with that zany hoarse laugh.

Palillo’s character was part of a group of remedial students known as “Sweathogs,” in a Brooklyn high school. He was known for his catchphrase, “ooh, ooh! Mr. Kotter” and his unique laugh. Some of the cast members in the show, including Palillo, have passed away.

Ron Palillo — Life and Death of the Beloved ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ Star

Sadly, Palilo passed away in 2012. He joined others that we remember on the show that are no longer alive including: John Sylvester White who played Mr. Woodman in 1988, Robert Hegyes (who played the sweathog Epstein) in 2012, Marcia Strassman (Gabe Kaplan’s character’s wife Julie Kotter in the show) in 2014.

The only main surviving main characters as of this writing are, in fact, Gabe Kaplan (age 77), John Travola (age 66) who played Vinnie Barbarino and the other prominent sweathog, Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs).

Inevitably the death clock catches up with us all, but this is one of several 70s and 80s TV shows I remember fondly.

Imagine my surprise and delight when Applebee’s ads playing on Hulu are now using the opening theme song to Welcome Back, Kotter.

While it might be premature, Applebee’s want potential customers to realize their restaurants are back open in many places. We probably won’t be going to Applebee’s any time soon, but it’s a well marketed way to let us know they’re open and available.

Imagine there will be plenty of other catchy theme songs to use for returning businesses. Twisted Sister’s “Stay Hungry” perhaps? (joking!). Licensing is one of the few remaining non-concert performance ways for music artists to make money from their songs.

Love Is Blind Participants We Want To See More (and less) + Season 2 Challenges

Love is Blind Season 1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

To all the mom’s out there, today is Mother’s Day 2020, so happy Mother’s Day! Love is definitely blind with moms, so celebrate these wonderful women everywhere, every time, but especially today — her day.

Now, to the post topic at hand.

It’s been over a month since watching the reality TV relationship experiment and there are some participants I’m seeing or hearing news about and others I’d be interested in learning more about.

The producer said there are like 300 hours or unseen tape, “enough for 20 shows”, so here’s to wanting to see another follow-up episode or two covering the following people.

Rory – the counselor, the “plant”

This counselor/friend of multiple participants was prominently featured in season one first episode and then just disappears from the show. There was also a triangle between Rory, Danielle and Matt:

Danielle became engaged to Rory but ended up having a two-month relationship after the show with Matt. Both of Danielle’s romances had a roller coaster of emotions, but they helped lead her to her “healthiest” relationship, her current relationship with her new boyfriend.

Love is Blind’s Matt Thomas Calls it a ‘Relief’ to Not Have His Story Shown

Taylor – the virgin

Confessed virgin during the show, Taylor, apparently had interest in several women — and it was at least somewhat reciprocated — but he also couldn’t make a successful connection. What happened to him?

There are stories about him being somewhat possessive with his connections in the commons area with the men. Is that true? Surely, footage exists to support this story.

Jon – the CEO with the bizarre pod questions

A whole episode, maybe two could be devoted to Jon and more of his awkward questions. This made for really compelling TV.

Bonus extra outtake Jon episode, please!

The girl who hates hearing others breathe

She was a spirited participant, so let’s learn more about her.

What were her pod dates like with Jon?

Nick & Vanessa Lachey – The hosts we barely saw

At the beginning introducing the show format and later in Mexico and at other introductory moments, we see the hosts.

We didn’t see it in the show, but it sounds like Nick and Vanessa Lachey had a lot more interaction with the participants than shown in the episodes. How about an episode or two showing their Q&A after the pod dates, perhaps their own commentary on who seems attracted to who and whether or not they think a connection is in the works.

Love In Sight Podcast shares a lot of behind the scenes details

If you want to learn a lot more about people we did and didn’t see, then I recommend listening to the good podcast, Love In Sight. It is co-hosted by the real participants of the show, Gi, did the first nine episodes, and now for a “few weeks” it’s Barnett along with the primary host Matt “Money” Smith (why he’s called “money” I don’t know).

New episodes are available every Tuesday and drop around 1pm PT (GMT-8).

Next Love Is Blind to be taped in Chicago?

Casting for season two is happening in Chicago at the moment with the casting team looking for the right mix of participants for the “experiment.” I like how they refer to it that way and not as some reality dating show. This is what makes this show more compelling is that it doesn’t feel as shallow and phony as other relationship-related dating shows. Too Hot To Handle, for example, is all about the drama and tension, complete with a sarcastic narrator bagging on the participants stupid actions.

There are challenges with filming anything right now, as evidenced by various news articles.

What is unclear at the moment is exactly how producers plan to move ahead with shooting the show post-COVID-19. According to Kinetic Content, right now the casting process is all they have control over, and thoughts beyond finalizing the singles haven’t been decided. The details on how the singles will live or if the show would be altered on capturing moments outside of the pods hasn’t been revealed or planned out. What will not change is the premise that the singles won’t get a look at their potential love interest but only hear their voices while isolated in the pods. All eyes will be on Illinois and the City of Chicago

How Netflix’s ‘Love Is Blind’ Is Forging Ahead with
Its New Season During Quarantin
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Whenever they get production started, my guess will be maybe in the fall 2020, just like season one that started filming in October 2018, I think we might have a chance at seeing season two on Valentine’s Day 2021. This assumes life can return to normal, of course, by the fall. Some signs of that happening have already begun.

In the interim, Netflix could pony up for another interim bonus episode or two beyond the reunion episode. Several ideas exist above, but those might focus a little too much on the reality TV train wreck. The producers and Netflix might want to keep a little more respect in tact with this show, since it has ordered two more seasons.

Cost surely shouldn’t be that much of an issue to edit some additional love stories, yes, even if we know how they ended up after the fact, we don’t know what happened in the pods and commons areas. Wouldn’t be surprised if they do something with that footage to at least promote and market season 2.

Love is Blind Season 1 is available for streaming on Netflix.

MLB players and personnel offering binge-watching streaming picks

While we are missing movie theaters, not having Major League Baseball (MLB) for sports fans — even semi-casual fans — is also traumatic. Baseball is America’s pastime, after all.

When and if MLB comes back, there are talks of numerous changes to the way the 2020 game is played including the use of robotic umpires, no visits to the mound, empty ballpark stands except for players and more. How they will handle players getting thrown out of games is unknown. Maybe robots running players?

Who will managers and players yell at over bad calls?

Meanwhile, MLB players are home like so many others, binge-watching streaming movie and TV. Below you’ll find in the linked article many picks by them.

Whether it’s revisiting a tried-and-true classic or catching up on something that seemingly everyone else has already seen, here are some binge-watching recommendations from players, managers and other club personnel from all 30 big league teams.

A binge-watching option from every MLB team

I had to look up my hometown team, Seattle Mariners and see what was recommended (pictured top of post). Marco Gonzales has picked Explained. I had never heard of that, so looked it up on Netflix.

There was an episode “Cryptocurrency” that was only 14 minutes, so I tuned in. Other show topics include pandemic, monogamy, programming, the racial wealth gap, billionaires and more. There are two seasons worth of shows, 30 episodes in total as of this writing, and true to Scott’s recommendation, the episodes are all fairly short.

What is your favorite team recommending/watching?

How many of these 10 cancelled Netflix TV shows have you watched?

According to Google as of April 18, 2020, Netflix has 165 TV shows. Assuming this number are Originals or series they have commissioned to be continued like Black Mirror and doesn’t include TV series they have licensed from others like Star Trek.

I’m more of a movie person — hence the name of our site — but enjoy watching a great TV show from time to time (will never tire rewatching The Twilight Zone!), because they have the ability to extend that entertainment experience much longer than a couple hours.

Sources: Wikipedia Netflix Original TV series, Reelgood A-Z Netflix TV show list

Back in 2017, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made the surprising statement that, “Our hit ratio is too high right now. I’m almost pushing the content team, ‘We have to take more risk, you have to try more crazy things,’ because we should have a higher cancel rate overall.”

10 cancelled Netflix TV shows that are worth binge watching | TechRadar

The article linked above links and described the following 10 Netflix TV shows:

  • Bojack Horseman (2014-2019)
  • House of Cards (2013-2018)
  • Jessica Jones (2015-2019)
  • Mindhunter (2017-2019)
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 (2017-2018)
  • Orange is the New Black (2013-2019)
  • Santa Clarita Diet (2017-2019)
  • Sense8 (2015-2018)
  • She’s Gotta Have It (2017-2019)
  • The OA (2016-2019)

I’ve only watched (briefly) Orange is the New Black. Am familiar with a few others including House of Cards. Would be open to checking out others on the list, particularly Bojack Horseman, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Santa Clarita Diet.

How many of these 10 cancelled Netflix TV shows have you seen? Recommended or not?

Jennifer Aniston Teases that Friends Cast is ‘working on something’ – Just Not Friends Reboot

Friends is one of the greatest comedy ensemble TV shows ever, period.

Friends was on for 10 years

People have been clamoring for a Friends movie since it went off the air but producer Marta Kauffman has repeatedly shown zero interest in any sort of reunion/reboot/continuation of the Friends.

It doesn’t stop the fans of the show to keep asking, especially in this age when just about everything is getting the reboot treatment. So many streaming channels looking for original content, something with the original team of friends together again would ring a giant cash register.

I bet the cast is tired of being constantly bombarded with questions about something they don’t have any power to create on their own.

But clearly the ensemble would like to do … something.

Jennifer Aniston teased about this “something” on Ellen Degeneres’ TV show recently:

We would love for there to be something, but we don’t know what that something is,” explained Aniston. “So we’re just trying. We’re working on something.”  She later joked it’s a “huge, huge, huge movie” but added the main reason the group reunited for dinner a few weeks ago was they “miss each other and we all happened to be in the same part of the world.”

Jennifer Aniston is still against a ‘Friends’ reboot but concedes cast is ‘working on something’ | EW.com

Me? I am intrigued by the idea of the cast working on something other than Friends together. Sure, if the producers could come up with a seductive storyline for a reunion/reboot, I’d like to see that too, but I’m not as obsessive as some fans are about it.

What kinds of “something” could/would this ensemble cast do that isn’t compared to Friends? Perhaps some Ocean’s Eleven type movie? Your guesses are as good as mine.