Now we're FourFiveSeconds from wildin', and we got three more days 'til Friday. We're just tryna make it back home by Monday mornin', We swear we wish somebody would tell us. Ooh, that's all we want… the BCTV Daily Dispatch! With a ton of respectful vibes headed towards the sweet trifecta of (pre-presidential run) Kanye West, Paul McCartney, and Rihanna– and with that, a righteous welcome back to our daily rewind of what's been going down across the television, cable, and streaming side of the pop culture landscape over the past 24 hours. This time around, Fear TWD scores with a season finale preview and penultimate episode review, Ellie Kemper apologizes, Neil Gaiman offers high praise to Netflix's adaptation, and director Boris Mojsovski, Csc. shares some Titans snaps.
Following that, we have the "BCTV Rewind" with a selection of curated articles more than worth your time that you may have missed the first time around. Then we have the return of "Random TV History Stuff" and the on-screen debut of "A." Finally, we have another dose of "BCTV Weird" with a look at Rod Serling's under-appreciated Night Gallery and the episode that still freaks us out.
Now here's a look at today's BCTV's 10/24 Rundown:
And here are a few more articles to add to your reading lists- ranging from The Boys FYC Event, Bad Batch key art, Loki previews, and Vikings: Valhalla BTS- to more Shadow and Bone, Motherland trailer, a ratings farewell, a new ring for the WWE, a Cobra Kai revisit, and more:
On this day in 2010, viewers were ushered into the world of "A" and Pretty Little Liars, created by I. Marlene King and based loosely on the novel series of the same name written by Sara Shepard. With HBO Max and Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa teaming up for a new series that may or may not end up having a connection to the original series, now would be a good time to catch up on seven seasons of a guilty pleasure that didn't have the right to be as deviously good as it was before Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin hits screens.
I was always a huge Rod Serling fan growing up because of the quality of his writing and presentation, but The Twilight Zone just wasn't one of those shows that I went crazy over — even today. Don't get me wrong: I understand the power and influence that show has had upon the geek pop culture spectrum for decades, as well as why so many people look forward to the annual marathons that SyFy shows. But for me? I'll take horror and supernatural over science-fiction any day of the week, and twice on Friday the 13th.
So I found Night Gallery more to my liking, even though it's taken some serious re-examining and way too many years for the series to be given its just-do. Night Gallery was an anthology series that ran on NBC from 1969 to 1973, and over the course of its three seasons, Serling would introduce varying tales of horror and the macabre that scared the living crap out of viewers while somehow still finding a way to stay within network standards.
But out of its entire run of 43 episodes, there's one that still gives me chills when I think about it: Night Gallery Season 2, Episode 15: 'Green Fingers'.
The basic story setup is pretty simple: Lydia Bowen (Elsa Lanchester) loves her home and really loves her gardening, so she refuses to sell her home to an evil business tycoon (Cameron Mitchell) looking to build a development. An evil business tycoon decides to get Bowen off of her land by any means necessary. Bloody shenanigans ensue, and in the end, we learn that some of the most disturbing things can come from the soil with just a little love, care — and sacrifice.
Lanchester's (Bride of Frankenstein, Murder By Death) portrayal of Lydia Bowen is masterfully tragic and disturbing, and worth repeated viewing just to see how many times you flip back-and-forth between being heartbroken and creeped out by her. On a side note, Lanchester also starred in the comedy-horror movie/bane-of-my-young-existence-at-the-time Arnold that featured some of the most disturbing television commercials that I can ever remember as a young boy geek.
Bleeding Cool TV on Instagram: For all of the stuff too random and bizarre to make the site, make sure to follow us on Instagram (with an official launch on June 19): Bleeding Cool TV (@bleedingcooltv).
BCTV Daily Dispatch: For a look at what's going on across the television and streaming landscape, sign up for Bleeding Cool's daily email round-up of the news you need to know here.