Brooker on San Junipero, Murphy Brown on ICE, and the hottest cast on TV.

ABW is by Dan Barrett who is ready again to shout out "Jerry! Jerry! Jerry".

There is no literary form more exciting and compelling than the oral history of a television show - especially when it is focused on just a single episode.

Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones lead-off with this oral history of the Emmy Award winning episode San Junipero.

I’d been obsessed with doing a story about the afterlife. I wanted to do a sort of supernatural story, and was thinking of spooky, creepy story ideas. So, weirdly, “San Junipero” had started in a sort of horror movie world.


If I told you there was a TV series starring Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, John Slattery, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener, Andy Garcia, Cristin Milioti, Brandon Victor Dixon, Olivia Cooke, Andrew Scott, Julia Garner, Shea Whigham, Gary Carr, Sofia Boutella, and John Gallagher, Jr, would that be something you’d be interested in?

This is the bonkers-great cast just announced for the new Amazon anthology series Modern Love. It’s adapted from the column/podcast of the same name.

The project hails from “Once” and “Sing Street” filmmaker John Carney who serves as writer, director, and executive producer. Emmy Rossum, Sharon Horgan and Tom Hall will also direct episodes with Horgan penning her own while Rossum helms one by the late Audrey Wells (“Under the Tuscan Sun,” “The Hate U Give”).

I’m very much on board for this, but in thinking about a series based on the Modern Love podcast, I’m suddenly wondering how much more interesting it might be to see a show based on Dan Savage’s sex-advise podcast Savage Love. It would certainly be spicy.


Jerry Springer is officially returning to TV. The contracts are signed and he’s now the newest TV judge coming to daytime. Judge Jerry will launch in 2019.


Fox & Friends has criticised a Murphy Brown storyline that was critical of ICE. “Grossly offensive”, they called it. The segment mostly just proves that somebody is watching the show.


What happens when The AV Club reviews an episode of The Simpsons that pokes the bear with a storyline about Homer becoming a TV recapper?


Rumors are circling about a new video game based on Alien with expectation it may feature some sort of VR element to it. It’s expected to be announced next week.


Speaking of video games, Red Dead Redemption 2’s online multiplayer game is set to launch. So, if you have lost any family members to RDR2 over the past month, it might just be time to wish them well and say goodbye permanently to them.


And finally…

The creator of Rocko’s Modern Life on the development of the series provides an interesting insight into the earlier years of Nickelodeon.

It was a different time then, looking at Nickelodeon — they were just getting on the map. Ren and Stimpy actually premiered while I was working on the pilot. My stuff was so weird, but then Ren and Stimpy came out, and I was like, “Oh, this might work.” Everything was different [then], and Nickelodeon was kind of going for that they wanted to break out and break the mold of what was going on. There were so many rules that had come down onto kids TV that it was kind of our time to break out of it.