Zero.

N.W.A. was M.I.A when their former manger, Jerry Heller, was laid to rest on Wednesday.

If you’ve seen Straight Outta Compton a dozen times like I have, you certainly know who Heller was. The great Paul Giamatti portrayed Heller as the former rap group’s greedy slime ball manager who loved Eazy-E and cheated the whole group out of their hard-earned money. Heller always insisted the portrayal was unfair and his lawyer even said the stress from this partly caused Heller’s death. 

Was Heller as bad to the group as Compton says? I think that question was answered today.

Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and MC Ren were nowhere to be found and Easy-E died in 1995, so he also was not there. Cube’s reaction to Heller’s death is very similar to the reactions from boy band members after Lou Pearlman died last month. 

Not much love for deceased music managers this year. Also not a great year for disgraced music managers.

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge

Continuing from Tuesday’s post, I’ve assembled the Fall TV season like a beautiful full Italian meal. Each course consists of the standouts – aesthetically, culturally, thematically, and experientially – from different categories of television.

Some will grab the pop culture convo by the lapels and some won’t, but that’s fine. Not every part of the meal needs send your taste buds into freefall. Some TV shows you tell your friends about and some just clear the way for the next course. I spent 95% of my free time thinking about this stuff. It’s a dream job for me, so let me take this off your plate. Consider me your TV sommelier.*

*Yes I know a sommelier pairs wine with food. Yes, I know this is set up with food metaphors. The reason being the names of courses are much more digestible for this type of piece and TV sommelier sounds way better than TV nutritionist.

For the first two pages of the menu, click HERE.

Secondo Piatto – What to Look for on Premium Cable

This course may include different meats and types of fish. The primo or the secondo may be considered more important depending on the locality and the situation.

High Maintenance

I am not exactly sure what HBO is doing, but I am 100% in on all of it. Every TV show they release from culture captors like “Game of Thrones” too easy to absorb comedies like “Ballers”, HBO projects elicit the same response from their audience — “of course.” Every project they create take something that appeals to a passionate niche and blows it up big enough for the culture at large to not only notice but jump in at the beginning so they too feel like they got in on the ground floor; it’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe model for $10.00 a month.

From George R.R. Martin to The Rock to Bill Simmons to Lena Dunham, HBO invests in the cult of personality — passion projects of people with passionate voices who have inspired passionate followings. “High Maintenance” is no different. This show, a premium cable continuation of the Vimeo web series, follows The Guy — a nameless weed delivery man — through New York City. Every episode will focus on a new set of characters with buying weed from The Guy being the only connective tissue. A comedy about a guy delivering weed via bike. “Of course,” screams the audience.

Quarry

This looks terrifying. Grit on grit on grit on grit. I’m getting notes of “True Detective” mixed with “Ray Donovan” peppered with hints of Elmore Leonard novels and a splash of “Banshee.” As is customary with Cinemax’s original content, this will run on Fridays, so consider “Quarry” a great way to spike your heart rate before you head out to the bars.

This won’t be a prestige type of show or even one that gets a ton of recap buzz. This is a down and dirty drama that threatens to reach through the screen and karate chop you in the throat as opposed to other Cinemax originals like “The Knick” which reached through the screen to engage your gag reflex or “Outcast” which just tried to reach through the screen.

Westworld

Get ready to earn your TV Recapper badge on this one. “Game of Thrones” isn’t coming back until Summer ‘17, “The Night Of” was a one-time thing, and “Vinyl” got cancelled after one season, so if you’re looking for a show to deep dive into, “Westworld” is your ticket. This fits all the criteria for a prestige TV show worthy of endless dissection: based on an existing property, extraordinary cast, sweeping landscapes, and a trailer that grips you by the throat each time you see it.

This fits all the criteria for a prestige TV show worthy of endless dissection: based on an existing property, extraordinary cast, sweeping landscapes, and a trailer that grips you each time you see it. As has become the tradition at HBO, “Westworld” trailers are being attached to all of their buzzworthy shows which means HBO is pushing its chips into the middle of the table with this one. They are right to do so; their last Western, “Deadwood,” is widely considered on of the best shows to debut since the turn of the century. The trailer for “Westworld” gives you the bare minimum of what to expect, and given what is jam packed into that frantic two minutes, that is saying something.

Contorno – The Must Binge Streaming Content of the Season

A contorno is a side dish and it’s commonly served alongside a secondo. These usually consist of vegetables, raw or cooked, hot or cold. They are usually served in a separate dish, not on the same plate as the meat.

Fleabag

This is a one-nighter, meaning this is a show you watch one of and wind up crushing the entire series one night. Like its countryman “Catastrophe,” “Fleabag” is a UK import brought to the US by Amazon Prime. Also like “Catastrophe,” I’ll be watching it and telling anyone who will listen to watch it. Which reminds me – have you watched “Catastrophe?” It’s up there with “Master of None” inasmuch as you need to watch it immediately.

The Crown

I know what you’re thinking: “Downton Abbey”-ish, or for my tried and true PBS heads, “Wolf Hall”-ish. But I’m going to go out on a limb and say that comparing “The Crown” to “Downton” would be like comparing “Blazing Saddles” to “A Million Ways To Die In The West” just because they are Western comedies.

“The Crown” snuck in and took the belt off of Baz Luhurmann’s “The Get Down” to claim the title of Most Expensive Netflix Show coming in at $165MM. That’s blockbuster movie budget territory, but there is a very long strategy at play with this prestige drama about the most prestigious topic imaginable. Spanning 60 episodes over six seasons, “The Crown” will trace the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day.

While Netflix does not release its ratings or share any type of success metrics for its original content, I think we can all agree they don’t just release stuff just to release it. They wouldn’t commit the production budget of a Star Wars movie if they weren’t very sure it was going to garner some buzz, awards, and hype.

Also- it just looks good. If the show is anything at all like this trailer — patient, precise, committed, and dripping with gravitas — “The Crown” has a very good chance of being the standard bearer for what Netflix shows will look like when expertise surpasses experimentation as the hallmark of the network.

Luke Cage

The unstoppable, disruptable Marvel machine rages on. After proving what Marvel can do in the streaming format with both “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” is the next man up. The Marvel TV formula isn’t quite perfect yet, but after three seasons on the streaming giant (two of “Daredevil” and one of “Jessica Jones”), they are getting closer with each attempt. “Luke Cage,” the third series leading up to the “Defenders” mini-series, will follow the title character as he attempts to put his life back together through rebuilding his community, Harlem.

Oh and he has unbreakable skin and fights crime. The additional previews prominently feature a soundtrack including Nas and ODB. This has the makings for a long weekend of telling yourself, “OK, one more episode.” Easily the best premise and collection of trailers for any Marvel show to date.

I hope you left some room for coffee and dessert, as our final installments — Dolce & Digestivo aka the movie-to-TV adaptations, and The Doggie Bag aka the leftovers — drop tomorrow.

Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor
The 9am hour of Kirk, Callahan and Mannix with some baseball talk.
The 8am hour upload from Wednesday's show with Chris Mannix joining Kirk & Callahan. The guys talk Pats and Paul Finebaum's apology among other topics.
Kirk reads the Wednesday political headlines and gets a little Springsteen talk in as well. Chris Mannix is alongside K&C as the auditioning host.
Minihane and Callahan welcome Chris Mannix to the program as the Wednesday third-man in. The 6am hour upload here is heavy with political talk as Mannix attempts to take on Gerry's right-wing stances.
Kirk reads the Wednesday political headlines and gets a little Springsteen talk in as well. Chris Mannix is alongside K&C as the auditioning host.

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[0:09:26] ... her foundation you don't have cares about America. Hillary Clinton and there Chris Harris slimy husband we know have raised by a quarter of a billion dollars each sold just have a commerce secretary of State's ...
[0:14:16] ... on stage performer now. And why saw the other night onstage electrifying. Kiefer Sutherland C and one. And I think Kimmel shows this Friday night in atomic stamp that Lleyton. And he did it doesn't talk ...





It's Childish Gambino, drop it like the NASDAQ (Matthias Clamer/FX)

It’s Childish Gambino; drop it like the NASDAQ. (Matthias Clamer/FX)

Attacking Fall TV is like trying to attack Restaurant Week; it is a nearly insurmountable task. There are literally hundreds of new scripted TV shows beaming into your home across platforms every year. What if you pick the wrong one? What if you invest in something that is not culturally significant? What if you get hooked on a show that the discarded by the pop culture community at large nearly instantly? That kind of pressure is too much for one consumer to handle.

Please allow me to simplify the process for you. I’ve assembled the Fall TV season like a beautiful full Italian meal. Each course consists of the standouts — aesthetically, culturally, thematically, and experientially — from different categories of television. Some will grab the pop culture convo by the lapels and some won’t, but that’s fine. Not every part of the meal needs send your taste buds into free-fall. Some TV shows you tell your friends about and some just clear the way for the next course.

Watching TV, just like going to a restaurant, is not about eating as much as you can as fast as you can. It’s about pairing the right things together to craft together an enjoyable experience. I spent 95 percent of my free time thinking about this stuff. It’s a dream job for me, so let me take this off your plate. Consider me your TV sommelier.*

*Yes I know a sommelier pairs wine with food. Yes, I know this is set up with food metaphors. The reason being the names of courses are much more digestible for this type of piece and TV sommelier sounds way better than TV nutritionist.

Antipasto

aka Catch Up On These

The antipasto is a heavy starter. It is usually cold and lighter than the first course. Examples of foods eaten are salumi, cheeses, sandwich-like foods, vegetables, cold salmon or prawn cocktails; more elaborate dishes are occasionally prepared.

Black Mirror

If you love TV start here. If you love any type of visual entertainment, start here. “Black Mirror” — possibly the finest of the UK TV exports — is the “Twilight Zone” for the digital age. It is haunting, beautifully filmed, horrifying in the best way possible, and only six episodes long. After a culture enrapturing run across the pond, “Black Mirror” lands in the US on Netflix for season three to demolish everything else.  This preview of Season Two of “Black Mirror” paints a much more compelling picture of what you’re about to obsess over.

“Black Mirror” is not an easy watch, but it is worth it. If every gory, indulgent, decadent moment of “American Horror Story” is an extravagant bachelor/bachelorette party, then “Black Mirror” is the next day, and not the fun recap of piecing-the-night-together-with-pals over breakfast. It is the cold realization that comes when you have a moment to yourself as you come to terms with what you did and prepare to swim in a lake of repercussions. This is an experience.

Halt and Catch Fire

I have watched zero minutes of “Halt and Catch Fire,” and assume that when I start I will kick myself for having waited. The good news? This applies to virtually everyone because no one watches this show. Now in its third season on AMC, “Halt and Catch Fire” already have the green light from their TV bosses of to tell the story they want. AMC owns “Halt and Catch Fire” from head to toe — a rare instance for television. While it’s rating are minuscule now, when TV flips the switch and goes completely a la carte, owning your own content is going to be important.  It took the US years to discover and appreciate “The Wire,” and while “Halt and Catch Fire” probably isn’t as pivotal as arguably the greatest show ever produced, its value is in its future bingeability. Having said that, I will probably wait until the whole thing is done and watch it as it was intended — ravenously over one weekend in a future winter.

Rectify

Ditto to the above with a slight disclaimer. I’ve watched a few episodes and marveled at how aesthetically pleasing this show is to look at. Have not completed it, will eventually regret that, and know that it is on Netflix currently. This fourth and final season, which debuts on SundanceTV this October, will hopefully hold the door open for more beautiful, hard-to-find TV.

Primo Piatto

aka The New Crop of Week-to-Week TV for Fall 2016

A primo is the first course. It consists of hot food and is usually heavier than the antipasto, but lighter than the second course. Non-meat dishes are the staple of any primo: examples are risotto, gnocchi, polenta, pasta, or lasagna.

Atlanta

I’m calling it right now: the show of the season. “Atlanta,” Donald Glover’s first television project since leaving “Community,” is a semi-autobiographical story about two cousins wading into the waters of the ATL rap scene as a way to improve the lives of their families. It is hard not to be immediately hooked by the premise of this show if you are familiar with any of Glover’s previous work in TV or music. While his work on “30 Rock” (as a writer) and “Community” (the breakout star in a cast of breakout stars and Chevy Chase) was stellar, Glover was definitely acting — and I mean that in a good way. He was playing a role as actors are wont to do.

His other successful career — in music as Childish Gambino — is where the vast majority of my interest in Glover as a performer stems. He is extraordinarily creative as Gambino, and “Atlanta” looks to be the bridging of one creative outlet to another. For everything that Louie CK was able to express through his FX show “Louie,” I would expect Glover to blaze a similar but wholly different path with “Atlanta.” FX has established itself as the go-to network for creators to create. Where we’ve come to expect poignant and deeply comedic drama from CK, I am willing to bet season one of “Atlanta” will be merely the scratching of the surface for Glover.  From the trailer alone you can tell we’re seeing something special.  The passion woven into the DNA of this project jumps off the screen; a quality even in today’s ‘too much good TV’ landscape is very rare.  With “Atlanta” we’re watching a star be born in real-time.

The Good Place

This one gets an automatic look for pedigree alone. From creator Mike Schur — one of the guys behind “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and what will probably be my favorite episode of the third season of “Black Mirror” — comes “The Good Place,” a fantasy comedy about mistaken identity in the afterlife. A premise where no network comedy has tread before from the creator of two landmark sitcoms which stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson — two actors who have chosen their projects incredibly well throughout their career. You kind of have to take a look at this one, right?

Super high concept comedies typically don’t do well on network TV, but just like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” before it, eventually, this won’t have anything to do with the ‘workplace’ and will have everything to do with the interactions between characters. Given the time to evolve this could be a rare non-Dick Wolf hit for NBC, but we’ll see. While NBC tells me not to get attached to any new show without the word “Chicago” in the title, my gut tells me not to bet against Veronica Mars or Mayday Malone.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

This looks incredibly British. If that’s your bag, you’re in for a treat. To comparison between a few UK properties that US audiences already love, “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” looks like it could be what Sherlock would look like if created by the team behind “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.”  TV-Hipster-DVR-season-pass-can’t-miss-must-tweet-entertainment at it’s finest. To paraphrase a line from Jalen Rose, keep gettin’ them checks, Frodo.

Keep your eyes open for the next few courses — Secundo aka new premium cable shows, Contorno aka the best streaming shows of the season, Dolce & Digestivo aka the movie-to-TV adaptations, and The Doggie Bag aka the leftovers, but not “The Leftovers” the TV show, which I think is back in 2017.

Blog Author: 
Padraic O'Connor
Kirk, Gerry and Pete Sheppard discuss the opening of the NFL schedule coming up this week, as well as reflect on the Sox weekend on the west coast.
Gerry is delighted to hear the Barack Obama hot take on Colin Kaepernick. The guys also talk Patriots, Pete's middle name (which he misspells) and another BC loss