Sorry for your loss, TV viewers, but we’ll get you through this
Help me! I’ve just lost some major people. OK, they weren’t people, they were TV shows. My series of losses has to do with the losses of series, including “Veep,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Game of Thrones,” “Broad City,” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Can you help me fill the gap?
Signed, Bereft TV Viewer
It’s OK, because I’m here for you. I have ways for you to recover and get you out of your own head. Here are some ideas:
FIND NEW THRILLS
Catch up on the first season of HBO’s “Succession,” if you missed it. You’ll want to be ready for the new season, in August. It’s a media family soap opera with “Billions”-like excesses and a struggle for power that rivals “Game of Thrones.” Which of aging patriarch Logan Roy’s children will inherit his spot at the top? The four kids are creeps, just like everyone on this show about greed — but their amorality is tons o’ fun. It’s like the Murdochs meet the Carringtons. These people can’t even enjoy their power because they’re so insecure about losing it. They’re the worst of the one percent, and the best at making us laugh and cringe.
LAUGH AWAY YOUR SORROW
It’s not at all like “Veep” or “The Big Bang Theory” or most TV comedies for that matter. “Angie Tribeca” was canceled by TBS earlier this month, but it left us with four seasons — 40 episodes — of inspired and intensely binge-able nonsense. Created by Steve and Nancy Carell, it’s a spoof of cop procedurals, and it is gloriously loaded up with bad puns, juvenile jokes, overworked clichés, and endless allusions to other shows and movies. The influences on “Angie Tribeca” include “Get Smart,” “Reno 911,” and “Airplane!,” and its visual jokes and wordplay never quit. Rashida Jones is Angie, and the endless guest cast includes Chris Pine, Rob Riggle, Taran Killam, Gary Cole, Lisa Kudrow, Bill Murray, Jon Hamm, Natalie Portman, Joe Jonas, Niecy Nash, Anjelica Huston, Carol Burnett, and Jones’s parents, Quincy Jones and the late Peggy Lipton.
A LITTLE NOSTALGIA NEVER HURTS
Do you have a perfect memory? OK then, it’s time to brush up on “Deadwood,” whether you watched all three seasons, which aired on HBO from 2004 to 2006, or not. HBO is premiering “Deadwood: The Movie” on May 31, and you’ll want to be up on the doings of the ensemble of Old West goodies and baddies trying to grow the South Dakota region from a camp to a town. Created by the legendary David Milch, “Deadwood” is complicated and primitive and riveting; at times it made me think of Robert Altman’s “McCabe and Mrs. Miller.” Many of the original cast members, including Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Anna Gunn, and Gerald McRaney, will be back for the movie, which is set a decade after the series ended.
A LITTLE PULP ALWAYS HELPS
In recent weeks, no new series has been mentioned to me more than “Dead to Me.” The Netflix drama with comedy, which is 10 half-hour episodes, is not a new major TV player, but it’s twisty good fun. Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are perfect as women who meet in a grief group and become best friends, with Applegate, a mother of two, obsessed with finding out who killed her husband in a hit-and-run accident. The writers start the season in a corner, and it’s entertaining watching them work their way out of it.
ONE LAST SOB MIGHT HELP
OK, maybe you need one last visit, to say a proper goodbye. This Sunday at 9 p.m., HBO is premiering “Game of Thrones: The Last Watch,” a two-hour documentary that goes behind the scenes of the making of the series. We’ll see the actors cry as they finish their last scenes. We’ll see actors looking a little stupid as they leap in front of green screens. We’ll remember Jon Snow, who knew nothing. And we’ll remember Bran, who knew everything. Even if you were disappointed with the final season, this bit of self-tribute might help you move on.
DISTRACT YOURSELF WITH HELL
June is coming back in June, on the 5th to be precise. Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is returning for a third round of dystopian misery in Gilead, just in time for our own real-life abortion conflicts in the real United States. Elisabeth Moss is the heroine, Offred, formerly doing business as June, and new cast members include Christopher Meloni and Elizabeth Reaser. June is bent on changing the country from within, after her decision to remain in Gilead at the end of season 2, but her trial for heresy isn’t going to help her. If you haven’t seen this intelligent and compelling series, and you’re willing to be horrified, it’s time to play catch-up. If you’re already on board, rewatch the season 2 finale as a refresher.