Episode Notes & Lists
Episode 1 (January 23, 2017)
Streaming Breakdown (1:00)
"Meet the Nielsens" 1999 (15:05)
The Process (21:12)
This week's guest: actor, John Rothman
- Rothman talks about being a character actor
- What it's like having a studio president for a little brother (Tom Rothman)
- How John's first job out of college at Hotel Chelsea that had him dealing with Sid & Nancy
- Sigourney Weaver convinced him to take the librarian part in Ghostbusters after playing one of the leads in Woody Allen's Stardust Memories
- Auditioning, landing, and working with on One Mississippi with Tig Notaro and the show's executive producer, Louie C.K.
- Starring in a student short that played at Sundance, New Media (watch it below)
Top 30 Most Anticipated Shows 2017
1. Twin Peaks (Showtime)
2. The Leftovers (HBO) (the final Season)
3. Better Call Saul (AMC)
What can I say? This was last year's #1 Hollywood Binge show.
4. Fargo (FX)
5. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
6. Master of None (Netflix)
7. Mindhunter (Netflix) Did someone say David Fincher is producing a thriller about FBI agents who interview convicted serial killers to help solve similar cases?
8. Big Little Lies (HBO) Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene, Woodley, Laura Dern, and Adam Scott to name a few. Based on Liane Moriarty’s novel, three mothers of 1st graders lives unravel when a murder takes place.
9. The Deuce (HBO) The creator of The Wire and Treme returns with a drama set in NY City in the 70s and the backdrop is the sex industry with James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal and the Karate Kid himself Ralph Machio.
10. I’m Dying Up here (Showtime) Should probably be higher. LA Stand-up comedy scene in the 1970s. Melissa Leo lead this ensemble. Jim Carrey is an executive producer.
11. Feud (FX) Ryan Murphy is back to glam up the legendary rivlavary between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis on the set of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" Jessica Lange as Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Davis.
12. Game of Thrones (HBO) only a rumored 16 episodes over two seasons remain to finish this epic series.
13. The Americans (FX) each season tops the last delivering high wire act after high wire act.
14. Legion (FX)
15. Girls (HBO) Final Season
16. The Young Pope (HBO) Yep, it’s crazy… I’ve seen the pilot and it definitely didn’t disappoint, it just feels like a bit of work to get this series rolling. Jude Law is outrageously devious as the American Pope.
18. One Mississippi (Amazon) You heard the interview… it will be interesting to see where season 2 goes.
19. Z: The beginning of Everything (Amazon) I really liked the pilot!
20. Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix) Drew Barrmore and Timothy Elephant. Set in the Los Angeles suburb Santa Clarita.
21. Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access) I’m not a trekkie, but I’m excited to see what Bryan Fuller does and what it could do for the CBS subscription service that needs some good original content to get people to pay $6 bucks a month.
22. Casual (Hulu) Season 3 returns May 23rd! One of my favorite comedies.
23. Snowfall (FX) I've been waiting for this series for a while. John Singleton's project set during the crack-cocaine epidemic in 1980s Los Angeles.
24. Crashing (HBO) Judd Apatow sets a comedy in the standup world with actual comic Pete Holmes. He’s forced to couch surfing in the homes of other comics after his wife leaves him. Premieres February 19th.
25. Dear White People (Netflix) The indie film darling gets made into a series.
26. American Gods (Starz) Neil Gaiman’s popular Novel becomes a series. Hannibal’s Bryan Fuller and Everwood’s Michael Green partner as show runners.
27. Stranger Things (Netflix) Although it lost me a bit towards the end of season 1… I’m curious to see where it goes in season 2.
28. Alias Grace (Netflix) Revolves around a 19th century maid who is improsoned for the murder of her employer… it’s more about the bloodlines behind the show. Directed by American Psycho’s Mary Harron.
29. Powerless (NBC) DC Comics first comedy… intrigued
30. Riverdale (CW)
Episode 0 | The Introduction
Counting down the "Top 30 TV Shows" in 2016 plus we go back to 1989 with the first "Meet the Nielsens"
Season 3 Official Teaser: 'Booked'
TOP 30 SHOWS IN TELEVISION | 2016
- BETTER CALL SAUL (AMC)
- HALT AND CATCH FIRE (AMC)
- RECTIFY (SUNDANCE)
- HORACE AND PETE (LOUISCK.NET)
- GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
- WESTWORLD (HBO)
- BETTER THINGS (FX)
- THE AMERICANS (FX)
- ATLANTA (FX)
- ONE MISSISSIPPI (AMAZON)
- THE NIGHT OF (HBO)
- INSECURE (HBO)
- THE CROWN (NETFLIX)
- SEARCH PARTY (TBS)
- HIGH MAINTENANCE (HBO)
- THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (STARZ)
- BILLIONS (SHOWTIME)
- PREACHER (AMC)
- CASUAL (HULU)
- YOU'RE THE WORST (FX)
- TRANSPARENT (AMAZON)
- SILICON VALLEY (HBO)
- THE PEOPLE v. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY (FX)
- STRANGER THINGS (NETFLIX)
- DIFFICULT PEOPLE (HULU)
- O.J.: MAKE IN AMERICA (ESPN)
- LOVE (NETFLIX)
- GOLIATH (AMAZON)
- CHANCE (HULU)
- VINYL (HBO)
"Meet the Nielsens" segment goes back to the first week of January in the year of 1989.