The Battle for America’s Next Top Social Drama Rages

This week, the Cooler gang reviews two high profile social drama entries into the 2017 Emmy race: American Crime Season 3 and Shots Fired. Plus, TV wangs!

This week at the Water Cooler, we consider two socially conscious Emmy contenders in direct competition in the Limited Series Emmy categories. First up, we’re two episodes into American Crime Season 3. We discuss how this season compares to previous entries and the standouts destined for Emmy attention. Then, Fox released a Limited Series this week: Shots Fired starring Sanaa Lathan and Helen Hunt from Gina Prince-Bythewood( Love & Basketball). How does Fox’s new entry stand against American Crime’s success in the “ripped from the headlines” social drama genre?

But before that, we kick things off with our weekly TV Tidbits segment. First up, we talk about wangs… TV wangs. Two high profile actors recently applied prosthetic penises to their performances. We discuss whether that enhances or detracts from their performances and whether or not it’s necessary. In an uncomfortable segue, Joey gives his thoughts on the Casting JonBenet trailer, and Megan gushes about FX’s Baskets and Louie Anderson’s Emmy placement. Then, Clarence discusses Rihanna’s Bates Motel performance and what that signifies for the series as it steps into familiar Psycho-territory. Finally, we revisit a tale as old as time – Disney’s massively successful (box office wise) Beauty and the Beast live action remake.

We close our podcast, as always, with the Flash Forward to the television we’re most anticipating in the upcoming week.

Next month marks our second Water Cooler Book Club entry with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. This is, of course, in preparation for Hulu’s series of the same name which drops April 26. We’ll cover the book in depth on the April 24 podcast.

Thanks for listening and thank you, in advance, for remembering to rate us on iTunes!

06:40 – TV Tidbits
40:32 – American Crime Season 3 and Shots Fired
01:06:18 – Flash Forward

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