Weekly Recap: It’s a Long Story
You know that look. Sam’s in trouble. He probably just said or did something really stupid. Or maybe he told Diane what was going to happen to her movie career immediately following her departure from the bar. Either way, Shelley doesn’t look happy. Hopefully readers were in a better mood when they realized this week included the latest installment in the “What the Hell Happened” series. This week, we examined the career of Emmy-winning actress, Shelley Long, who became one of the top cautionary tales for actors thinking about leaving a hit show. I personally think Long gets a bit of a bad rap. Had she stayed on Cheers, I guarantee the show wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long as it did. Instead of killing Cheers has some fans feared she would, Long’s departure saved it.
It’s time for this week’s blog recap. Pull up a barstool and read it somewhere where everybody knows your name.
You probably know the names of some of this week’s birthday headliners. Even if you don’t recognize him as the director of movies like Snowpiercer, Bong Joon-ho’s name is just fun to say. This week’s crop is director-heavy actually. Counting Frank Marshall, who has been far more successful as a producer than he ever was as a director, we have helmers as headliners four out of seven days this week. We also have two comic book cops in the form of Ben McKenzie as Gotham‘s Commissioner Gordon and Andrew Lincoln as The Walking Dead‘s Rick Grimes. There’s also a Gilmore Girl if that’s more your speed.
Let’s take a look of the full list of headliner from Jestak’s daily updates.
- Sept 11: Brian De Palma and Amy Madigan
- Sept 12: Ben McKenzie and Emmy Rossum
- Spet 13: Frank Marshall and Claudette Colbert
- Sept 14: Bong Joon-ho and Andrew Lincoln
- Sept 15: Oliver Stone and Agatha Christie
- Sept 16: Alexis Bledel and Paul Henning
- Sept 17: Sam Esmail and Paul Feig
If I am reading my calendar correctly, this was the first week since March in which we did not celebrate a single WTHH birthday! The closest we came was director Howard Deutch who celebrated a birthday on the 14th. Deutch married Lea Thompson whom he directed in Some Kind of Wonderful. I am going to need to take a look at this week’s birthdays and see if there is anyone I can write up for next year.
Speaking of which, we have some WTHH birthdays coming up soon (but not next week!). I am toying around with updated articles to coincide with the subject’s birthdays when possible. The idea is to shrink each article down to a single page where possible or just a few pages for longer articles. Some of these haven’t been touched in a while and I’m hoping to bring them up to date. After a couple of years of recharging, I am currently energized to take on a lot more WTHH going forward.
Daffy is back from his Labor Day Weekend Disney World trip. This week, he posted his second Daffy Does Disney video from the trip. This one covers his arrival day which was spent at Epcot. He’s got some really solid ride video, so be sure to check it out.
Kevthewriter subjected himself to Adam Sandler’s Netflix-exclusive Western, The Ridiculous Six, so we don’t have to. Thanks for taking one for the team, Kev!
Since David Lynch refused to make a new episodes of Twin Peaks this week (or ever again), I went back to writing recaps of Fear the Walking Dead. The two hour midseason premiere felt even more idiotic by comparison. What they need to do is let Lynch take over The Walking Dead. I’m pretty sure any TV show could be improved by Lynch’s involvement.
Unless Travelers Tales makes an announcement to the contrary, this is looking like the end of new Lego Dimensions product. Of the expansions that remain, I only plan to purchase (and therefore write about) a few more. This week, I finished up the product related to the works of J.K. Rowling with a look at the Hermione Granger and Tina Goldstein Fun Packs.
Finally, we dug out a few articles from the Movieline archives. This week’s cover story was an interview with Sigourney Weaver from 1997. At the time, Weaver had recently been to Cannes to promote The Ice Storm and was preparing for the release of her final installment in the Alien series. We also had an article about all the manly men who were taking over multiplexes in 2002. It was a good time to be a fan of Aussie actors.
That’s going to be it for this week’s recap. Let’s end with some Cheers bloopers.
Next Week: We’re going to try to make up for the lack of WTHH birthdays with some Love and Goonies. There will still be fourteen new headliners even if there aren’t any WTHH subjects among them. Daffy will probably have another Disney video and you never know what else we’ll come up with. Of course if you miss any of the excitement, you can always catch up in next week’s recap.