Episode 115: The Water Cooler Gang talks about the DGA winners, Saturday Night Live, and a flesh-eating Drew Barrymore.
Drew Barrymore may be the most magical zombie ever to grace the small screen, but Melissa McCarthy is a golden goddess. This week at the Water Cooler, we again broach the subject of the politics of comedy in our TV Tidbit segment. First, since the inauguration of Donald Trump, NBC’s veteran sketch show Saturday Night Live already feels more vital than it did during all of the Obama era. Is there an unfair advantage in portraying a president unpopular to the liberal-leaning show? And how amazing was Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer? Then, we’ll talk about a recent interview in The Huffington Post where South Park creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone reveal they’re backing off Trump and why. Then, we’ll close TV Tidbits with a chat about HBO’s awards season track with The Young Pope. Where does this critically acclaimed series fall in the 2017 Emmy race?
After that, we discuss this weekend’s DGA Award winners in both film and TV (spoiler alert: Stranger Things didn’t win). We also take a look at Netflix’s gross-out zombie comedy Santa Clarita Diet starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. Finally, we close with the Flash Forward to the television we’re most anticipating in the upcoming week.
Next week, the Water Cooler Podcast kicks off our 2-week coverage of Big Little Lies. First up, our Water Cooler Podcast Book Club dives into the pulpy novel by Liane Moriarity. Then, on our February 20 episode, we’re planning a long, slow, luxuriating soak in the HBO limited series’s first four episodes.
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10:31 – TV Tidbits
35:29 – DGA Award winners, plus Oscar and Emmy
51:03 – Santa Clarita Diet
01:05:14 – Flash Forward