FROM Sonia Saraiya
Sophomore slumps & niche streaming services The Spin-off crew sums up the summer. They talk about Olympics ratings, discuss why two hot cable shows are struggling in their second seasons and contemplate whether the myriad niche streaming services can ever offer them the TV line-up of their dreams.
TV: L.A. in Prestige Comedies HBO’s Togetherness aired its last show over the weekend. It’s an example of a genre that’s been called “prestige comedies.” And in prestige comedies, LA seems like a particularly depressing place. Despite its sandy beaches, gorgeous vistas, and year-round good weather, the LA of shows like Togetherness, Love, The Comeback and BoJack Horseman is a pretty awful place filled with existential despair… and traffic. What’s driving this West Coast dreariness?
Re-boot Nation, the News Host Blues, Cable Domination A slew of new re-boots is headed our way. How much of the original gang must be on board to make a re-boot a success? The Trevor Noah backlash was swift and fierce. Do we have unrealistic expectations for hosts of news shows, comedy or otherwise? The cable-broadcast divide continues to fall and cable continues its ratings takeover. Finally, our monthly downloads.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.