Previously on Adam Riff™ [July 23]:

AMC is giving us another helping of Bottomless Brunch at Colman's hosted by Fear the Walking Dead actor Colman Domingo.

AMC has ordered four additional episodes of Friday Night in With the Morgans, the weekly video-chat-based series hosted by The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

Ride With Norman Reedus Renewed For Season 5 By AMC

August 27:

The Walking Dead Universe Experience on IMDb TV is a dedicated channel [that] includes select full episodes of The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, Ride with Norman Reedus, Friday Night in with the Morgans and more, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, plus bonus content, original digital series, cast interviews and fan-favorite episodes.

September 3:

AMC Networks has upped Scott Stein to a new role as executive business director for the Walking Dead franchise. [source]

September 9:

AMC said that the 11th season of The Walking Dead will be its last — and will be supersized to 24 episodes.

There are 30 remaining episodes that will air through late 2022.

Additionally, AMC has handed out a straight-to-series order for a drama following Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol).

Walking Dead chief content officer Scott M. Gimple is also developing a scripted anthology series, Tales of the Walking Dead.

It would join spinoffs Fear the Walking Dead and limited series The Walking Dead: World Beyond as well as the Reedus-McBride entry [and Talking Dead].

A trilogy of films built around Andrew Lincoln (Rick) are also in the works. [source]

September 17:

TWDUniverse will start with around 12 hours of original content a week created exclusively for Twitch [including] a live show, a 'Watchalong' during episode premieres and an ongoing conversation through midnight.

Re-Watching Dead: Thursday, September 24
A weekly deep dive discussion show focusing on spoiler-filled exploration into past episodes of The Walking Dead — exploring both on-screen and behind-the-scenes stories.

Fans will get to re-live the first time they saw the show through interactive discussion of the story and dig deeper behind the scenes via interviews, behind-the-scenes moments, and interactive segments and games where they are part of the show.

But I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

38. Big Smelly Bushes (PEN15, S02E02)

Honourable Mention

  • Heel Turn (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)

Stray Observations

  • "Scared the shit outta me to wake up white." (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • "When I was stumbling down the street, crazed and disheveled and screaming at everybody around me, they weren't scared of me – they were scared for me." (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • ♫: Black Atlass – "Return to Love" (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • "I enjoyed my entire day using the only currency that I needed: whiteness." (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • Cabrini Green (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • RT: of course they got Michael K Williams makin love to homeboy while listening to Frank Ocean "Bad Religion" (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • "Your hands are a bit ashy." (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • Hillary dancing (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • Gifting Ruby a maid outfit (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • "You wanna be a credit to your race, you have to be better than mediocre, and do you wanna know why? Because white folks are even more fucked up than you think they are. They have got shit you can't even imagine. That's why you gotta be exponentially better than them, so you don't end up in some closet, half-dead, with your tongue cut out." (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • "Just let me smell it. I heard you girls smell sweet down there." (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • "I've spent enough time on your side of the color line to know that the only thing that you white women are disillusioned with is yourselves."
    "You're right. We want to be you and you wanna be us." (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • "That's the currency of magic: unmitigated freedom." (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • ♫: Cardi B again? (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • "I wanted you to know that a nigger bitch did this to you." (Lovecraft Country, S01E05)
  • ♫: Anna Oxa – "A Lei" (We Are Who We Are, S01E01)
  • ♫: Kip Hanrahan – "Aziz and Azizah" (We Are Who We Are, S01E01)
  • "Americans can only be happy in America." (We Are Who We Are, S01E01)
  • ♫: Chance the Rapper – "Same Drugs" (We Are Who We Are, S01E01)
  • ♫: Klaus Nomi – "Just One Look" (We Are Who We Are, S01E01)
  • "I'm a lot like you; I'm gay." (The Boys, S02E05)
  • "This new Joss rewrite really sings, huh?" (The Boys, S02E05)
  • "Look at these strong female lesbians. Hmm? I'm inspired. Girls get it on."
    "Done. Girls get it done." (The Boys, S02E05)
  • Vought Fresh Farms (The Boys, S02E05)
  • Greg Grunberg (The Boys, S02E05)
  • "Alexander Hamilton wasn't no Puerto Rican."
    "That's the point. It's a metaphor for the immigrant experience in America."
    "But he was a white guy."
    "You know what's really good? Dear Evan Hansen." (The Boys, S02E05)
  • "Don't be a pussy. Laser my fucking tits." (The Boys, S02E05)

(The Boys, S02E05)

  • Boogie Nights (PEN15, S02E01)
  • "Me and her have a really good rhythm with our kissing." (PEN15, S02E01)
  • "Just thought you should know that everyone is saying that you're desperate sluts." (PEN15, S02E01)
  • "So you're saying I had two three‐ways that night? Did I have two threesomes that night?"
    "You had two, but I had one." (PEN15, S02E01)

(PEN15, S02E02)

  • Trish Stratus (PEN15, S02E02)
  • "Your dad eats soggy potatoes." (PEN15, S02E02)
  • "Um, do we have channel 151? 'Cause I want my Monday Nights Raw." (PEN15, S02E02)
  • ♫: White Zombie – "More Human Than Human" (PEN15, S02E02)
  • Peanut butter on a hard-boiled egg (PEN15, S02E02)
  • "Why'd you join wrestling?"
    "'Cause I love WW." (PEN15, S02E02)
  • "I'm, like, sorry people know about our three‐way." (PEN15, S02E02)
  • Maya wearing a jockstrap (PEN15, S02E02)
  • "I sent too many powers to your ass." (PEN15, S02E03)
  • "Anna, no, I don't wanna fart in class!" (PEN15, S02E03)
  • ♫: Sophie B. Hawkins – "As I Lay Me Down" (PEN15, S02E03)
  • "Did you wash your Miss Vagina?" (PEN15, S02E04)
  • "I don't want a fucking quesadilla, you cunt." (PEN15, S02E04)
  • "You guys are not ready for tonight."
    "No, I'm packed already." (PEN15, S02E05)
  • "'When the people you love are gone, you are alone.' – Keanu Reeves." (PEN15, S02E05)
  • Ace Ventura coming out of the rhino's butt (PEN15, S02E05)
  • Surge (PEN15, S02E05)
  • Gabe "I'll bring a beer"'s single beer (PEN15, S02E05)
  • "You two watch Final Destination yet? Is it James Wong's sonata? Obliviously not, but you should watch it if you think films are worth watching." (PEN15, S02E06)
  • Goodfellas (PEN15, S02E07)
  • PEN15 Season Grade: C

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: P-Valley
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: What We Do in the Shadows

For weed?

Previously on Adam Riff™:

The late Chris Cornell's version of Guns N' Roses' "Patience" bows at No. 16 on Mainstream Rock Songs.

Also on Mainstream Rock Songs, Three Days Grace returns at No. 31 with its version of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know."

And on Alternative Airplay, Silversun Pickups debut at No. 40 with "Toy Soldiers," an amped-up take on Martika.

That's four tracks…


Adam Robot: The pandemic needs to end so Billie Joe Armstrong quits making these terrible cover songs that make it into constant radio rotation.


How long is Stereogum's comp?

Naruto themed blow job?

Sudden Death but with a black hockey fan?

Jesse Freeman (Michael Jai White) is a former special forces officer and explosives expert now working a regular job as a security guard in a state-of-the-art basketball arena. Trouble erupts when a tech-savvy cadre of terrorists kidnap the team's owner and Jesse's daughter during opening night. Facing a ticking clock and impossible odds, it's up to Jesse to not only save them but also a full house of fans in this highly charged action thriller. [source]

No, Sudden Death but with basketball.

But there is no sudden death in basketball.

Welcome to Elam Ending?

Michael Jai White and Jean-Claude Van Damme are both in their 50s. They couldn't bring Darren McCord back?

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

37. Mysterio Family Piñata (WWE Raw, 07 Sep 20)

Stray Observations

  • ♫: Lil Brudda Haitian – "Jax Out" (P-Valley, S01E08)
  • "Why Mane ain't come bring this his-self?"
    "'Cause Mane ass his trifling cousin babysit his ankle bracelet, and his cousin robbed a Krystal's." (P-Valley, S01E08)
  • "I can get you all types of deals, for real. Shit, I can see Nike in your future, boo." (P-Valley, S01E08)
  • ♫: Wendy Rene – "After Laughter [Comes Tears]" (P-Valley, S01E08)
  • Mayor Ruffin's red suit (P-Valley, S01E08)
  • "$200,000."
    "Ooh, Lord, that's more than my coochie's worth." (P-Valley, S01E08)
  • "Oh, I don't drink."
    "Well, what kind of hoe is you?"
    "I'm sorry. I forgot my home training. Hoe, what's your name?" (P-Valley, S01E08)
  • ♫: J. Alphonse Nicholson – "Screamin' Murda" (P-Valley, S01E08)
  • P-Valley Season Grade: B
  • "Smells like Tulsa." (Lovecraft Country, S01E04)
  • ♫: Rihanna – "Bitch Better Have My Money" (Lovecraft Country, S01E04)
  • ♫: Another Marilyn Manson song? (Lovecraft Country, S01E04)
  • Tic knocking out the siren (Lovecraft Country, S01E04)
  • Taxi Driver (The Boys, S02E04)
  • "Shockwave is just here to talk about Vought for Tots. I swear to God!"
    "What the fuck is Vought for Tots?"
    "It's a new fitness outreach for toddlers. Apparently, they're getting obese."
    "Well, shit, I fucking love fat kids! Use me!" (The Boys, S02E04)
  • "You're gonna have your own reality show on Vought+!" (The Boys, S02E04)
  • "I do want you to know, though, this was really hard for me, okay? It's nothing personal. Uh, we'll always be friends and, uh… [sigh] et cetera." (The Boys, S02E04)
  • "I fucking hate Ed Sheeran." (The Boys, S02E04)
  • "Wow. These are real hardballs, Maria Menounos." (The Boys, S02E04)
  • Homelander memes (The Boys, S02E04)
  • "You don't need 50 million people to love you. You need five million people fucking pissed. Emotion sells, anger sells. You have fans. I have soldiers." (The Boys, S02E04)
  • Homelander in lingerie (The Boys, S02E04)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: P-Valley
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: What We Do in the Shadows

Nugget Body Pillow

Paper Tiger
World Premiere
Writer/Director: Paul Kowalski

A widowed Asian immigrant mother in LA fears her schizophrenic teenaged son is turning into a school shooter.

The film follows an immigrant mother (Liu) with terminal cancer in the San Gabriel Valley who takes desperate measures to help her unstable teenage son as she uncovers his growing obsession with mass shootings.

Coincidence or based on the same story?


In the mountains north of Beijing, Chinese citizens escape the stress and fast pace of city life and retreat to a gated community that replicates Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Residents adopt western traditions, playing American sports, hosting rodeos, experimenting with "traditional" American recipes, and celebrating U.S. Independence Day.

A mother in Americaville with COVID-19 takes desperate measures to help her teenage son as she uncovers his growing obsession with school shootings.


Cinemascore, which typically polls theaters in Washington, New York, and California, is off-kilter, with the Nolan movie earning a B; the director typically earns a B+ or A. Remember, only 65% of the domestic marketplace is open, with auditorium capacities ranging from 25% to 40%. I drove four hours from LA to see Tenet in San Diego, CA at an AMC that had full COVID-19 safety protocols.

Tenet has a 79% Rotten Tomatoes audience score, and a 74% RT rating. That latter rating needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as Los Angeles and New York critics weren't cleared to see the movie in advance since the pic wasn't opening in their market. As such, media outlets in those markets had to tap freelancers to see the film, yielding a wide range of responses.

Advance tickets sales aren't a clear barometer, even though everyone is going ticketless in the COVID-19 era. Big presale hubs San Francisco, LA, and NYC are closed down. Recently, Movio told us that Tenet presales were outstripping Dunkirk and Interstellar in the US, UK and Australia.

Warners opted for an 11-day opening, starting in Canada. We heard that Tenet was No. 1 in Canada last weekend.

It's a solid number when you come to think about it, and the best grosses we've seen from a movie to date during the pandemic, higher than The New Mutants and Unhinged.

Also, we need to take into account that it is Labor Day weekend, and even though we didn't have a summer blockbuster season, audiences are distracted as usual with barbecues and beaches.

Drive-ins in Los Angeles were impacted by 100-degree heat.

Adam Riff™ Clip of the Week

36. Singing Gills (The Boys, S02E02)

Stray Observations

  • "Oh, I pity you."
    "Pray tell, why I deserve such an expensive emotion from you?"
    "The folks who deserve your concern don't get it, and the folks you shouldn't be concerned about get to tell you what to do." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "Can you please pull your dick out of my ass, Andre?" (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "Yeah, girl, he ate me out, IUD and all." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • ♫: J. Alphonse Nicholson – "Mine" (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "You know how these backwoods niggers are."
    "Corbin, your cracker side overriding." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "I just know you best not never, ever roll up into The Pynk again. You want your ass beat, you go on to your brothers." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "Nigga, where the barbecue at? 'Cause this some slaw, bro." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • Naked rap (P-Valley, S01E07)

(P-Valley, S01E07)

  • "Without this club, I don't have nothing. And these girls… These girls… Ain't no orphanage for hoes." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "It got to look like the universe done bust a nut all over my body." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "This floss has missed your ass." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "Every bitch sharing they nigga with somebody else. If it ain't they mama, it's they baby mama."
    "But you got to want something more than that."
    "Ain't no love for ladies selling lust, 'cause that's what we give 'em first." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • ♫: Big K.R.I.T. – "Country Shit [Remix feat. Ludacris and Bun B]" (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • ♫: Valerie June – "If And" (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • Pecan whiskey (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "You sure you okay? If you want to talk about it, you know…"
    "If I talk about it, then I won't be okay. And tonight I needs to be okay, and all them people in there needs me to be okay. But tomorrow I probably won't be okay, and I will welcome your offer to talk at that time. But tonight I'm okay. Yep. I choose to be okay." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "I just don't understand why she won't just leave."
    "Because that's when they're most likely to kill you." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "No John Hancock, no hard cock." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • "Don't run from me." (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • ♫: Queen Key – "Hey" (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • ♫: Labrinth – "Mount Everest" (P-Valley, S01E07)
  • ♫: Dorinda Clark-Cole – "Take It Back" (Lovecraft Country, S01E03)
  • Basketball player with a baby head (Lovecraft Country, S01E03)
  • ♫: Shirley Caesar – "Satan, We're Gonna Tear Your Kingdom Down" (Lovecraft Country, S01E03)
  • "You know you can't just go around killing white women." (Lovecraft Country, S01E03)
  • Alden Ehrenreich (The Boys, S02E01)
  • Chris Hansen (The Boys, S02E01)
  • Fresca (The Boys, S02E01)
  • LOLTV (The Boys, S02E01)
  • "If you're the fucking reason why I can't finish that Vermont country dollhouse, I will fucking end you." (The Boys, S02E01)
  • The Elite shirt (The Boys, S02E02)
  • Goo Goo Dolls (The Boys, S02E02)
  • "Fuck this world for confusing nice with good." (The Boys, S02E02)
  • "Pippi Longstocking would bite a 'D.'" (The Boys, S02E02)
  • Fassbinder Metallica logo shirt (The Boys, S02E03)
  • "Postmating Papa John's isn't gonna help." (The Boys, S02E03)

Still the AR™TV World Drama Champion: P-Valley
Still the AR™TV World Comedy Champion: What We Do in the Shadows