Episode 118: The Water Cooler Gang embarks on a few firsts, including our first film-related Flashback to 1962’s What Ever Happened To Baby Jane.
This week at the Water Cooler, we’re offering our first film-related Water Cooler Flashback. We’re also recording in person, together, for the very first time. We take on the 1962 camp classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. Directed by Robert Aldrich, Baby Jane stars Oscar winners Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in a psychodrama about a washed up actress (Davis) holding hostage her invalid sister (Crawford). We talk about the plot and cinematic merits of the film itself.
However, it’s the juicy backstory between the two actresses (plus Hollywood’s treatment of them) that inspired Ryan Murphy. His new limited series Feud – Bette and Joan premieres March 5. We preview that series, which stars Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford. But first, we discuss the sudden cancellation of CBS’s Doubt, its impact on star Katherine Heigl’s career, and the sad departure of Emmy-nominated star Bill Paxton.
Then, we’ll close with the Flash Forward to the television we’re most anticipating in the upcoming week.
Please note there is a brief segment impacted by audio issues around the 18-minute mark through 21 minutes. Thanks for listening and thank you, in advance, for remembering to rate us on iTunes!
04:03 – TV Tidbits
14:43 – What Ever Happened To Baby Jane
01:15:40 – Flash Forward