ADTV’s Joey Moser is huge fan of Aziz Ansari in all realms, so he probably embarrassed myself as he chatted with him. He possesses a manic, lovable energy on stage during his stand-up comedy, and his work on Netflix’s Master of None proved that he was more than just a funny guy. As the co-creator and writer, Ansari hit it out of the park with 10 mini movies about navigating your early 30’s in New York City. It feels both relaxed and thoughtful while maintaining a loose and funny tone. Aziz Ansari is one of the most successful comedians to transfer to a leading man on his own show.
When Joey spoke with him, Aziz surprised with his soft tone. They talked briefly about the collaborative nature of the show, and Joey found out that his dad (breakout Shoukath Ansari who should have been nominated as Guest Actor in a Comedy Series) can’t wait to return as Dev’s father. Sometimes people think that comedians are supposed to make them laugh at all times, but Ansari proved again to be a defier of expectations. (Aziz Ansari)
This week, we talk about the sophomore seasons of a slew of summer shows (say that three times fast) and whether they’re ready for junior year or need to revisit their freshman seasons for focus. Are you watching Mr. Robot, Difficult People, Casual, or Fear the Walking Dead? Do you think these shows are avoiding sophomore slumps? We’re actually loving some of these second seasons. Join in the conversation and let us know what you think in the comments section.
We also talk about the most expensive show in TV history, Netflix’s The Get Down. We offer our review of the show and discuss whether all of the money was worth it. Plus, we also look at Emmy predictions for the Guest Comedy and Drama acting categories. (Podcast)
Cartel Land is a tense documentary that has you on the edge of your seat. Director Matthew Heineman takes you inside the Mexican drug war and introduces you to the drug lords that rule it. The documentary won both cinematography and directing awards when it screened at Sundance. It went on to be nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars and now is nominated for an Emmy. ADTV’s Jazz Tangcay caught up with Heineman to talk about the risks of going into Cartel Land. (Matthew Heineman)
I was nine months into filming, we’re at the autodefensas base and they start jamming magazines into their guns, get into their cars. I asked where they were going, and they said they were going to get Starbucks. I barely speak Spanish. We literally weren’t speaking the same language, but we all knew they weren’t really going to get Starbucks. They let me go with them, and little did I know that we’d soon be in the middle of a shoot-out, getting shot at, falling out of the car, and going on a witch hunt through town.
Not many adult TV comedies make ADTV’s Megan McLachlan literally laugh out loud, so imagine her surprise when she counted two LOLs while watching an episode of Nickelodeon’s School of Rock, which received an Emmy nomination this year for Outstanding Children’s Program. This series is a riff on the Jack Black film, only with Tony Cavalero donning Mr. Finn’s guitar strap. For those who loved the movie, the series has a similar spirit, offering something for adults and kids alike.
Megan had the chance to talk with actress Jade Pettyjohn who plays Summer Hathaway on the show. They talked about what it was like to take on the role made famous by Miranda Cosgrove, her favorite classic rock music, and what we can expect for Season 2 (although like The Go-Go’s would say, her lips are mostly sealed). (Jade Pettyjohn)
Check out the “full Mature version” over at ADTV. (Westworld)