The Watchman: ‘Punk’ Has Pop, ‘Good Fight’ Ready To Rip, ‘Catastrophe’ Winds Down
Punk, a four-part docuseries about punk rock, starts on Epix March 11. John Varvatos and Iggy Pop executive produce, and Derik Murray produces. The history, and future, of punk have been detailed in various projects, Varvatos said. But “no one has really explored where it went, and where it’s going. We thought it would be a great story to be told.”
Iggy Pop “is a big voice in the film,” he said, documenting his early punk efforts in Detroit. Henry Rollins, Debbie Harry, Johnny Rotten and Billie Joe Armstrong also weigh in. Murray calls it “an oral history of punk from those who were there. And nobody held back.”
Punk rock remains alive and well, the producers say. “It’s on fire right now,” Varvatos said. “The artists today are writing the new anthems.”
Season three of legal drama The Good Fight starts on CBS All Access March 14. Christine Baranski’s Diane is figuring out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Delroy Lindo’s Adrian and Audra McDonald’s Liz struggle with the new post-factual world.
The highlight? For co-creator/exec producer Robert King, it’s the fourth episode, which looks at racism. “I think it takes so many amazing chances,” he said at TCA, mentioning the show depicting “mothering while black.”
Cush Jumbo’s Lucca plays a key role. “Lucca doesn’t like to think in terms of racial issues,” King said. “She doesn’t like to identify herself one way or the other. But she realizes how much racism there is within the law firm, and that is ready to tear the fabric of the show apart … in a good way.”
Further complicating matters, Lucca has a newborn baby. There is intense drama and a bunch of humor.
King mentioned the fifth season of The Good Wife depicting the firm coming apart. “We’re starting to do a little of that,” he added.
And the fourth and final season of Catastrophe starts on Amazon March 15. Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney play a couple who have a fling, and a baby, and stick things out.
“I’m scared to give up a good job,” Delaney said of ending the show. “But we’d said all we had to say on the issues the show is concerned with and we didn’t want to overdo it or fade out.”
His favorite moment in the fourth season? The whole final episode. “I don’t want to say anything about it other than it’s a wild one, and we went against TV tradition and introduce several new characters in the final episode,” he said. “I think we pull it off.”
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.