March Madness: Adaptation and Comedy Life

If it can’t be renewed for twenty-nine seasons, then you’d better adapt a novel to the screen, right? We’ve seen a lot of that lately, from dimestore comics to epic sci-fi novels. We’ve also seen a resurgence in programs about comedy, with refreshing takes on what it’s like to live that life.

I haven’t seen any of the new Archie, but you know who has? Fiona. She’ll talk to you about it:

Part murder mystery, part teen drama, Riverdale follows the adventures of Betty, Archie, Veronica, Jughead and everyone else in their small town. Betty is the detective, sneaking and sleuthing to find answers, Veronica is fed up with being an obedient daughter and is ready to question her parent’s mobster ways, Jughead is the soft gang leader looking for new opportunities for the serpents and Archie is done being the golden boy and full of newfound anger. Darker than the traditional teen drama, Riverdale explores issues like gay conversion, cults, murderer parents, and dangerous drug rings.

Riverdale faces American Gods.

Meanwhile, on Amazon, The Man in the High Castle is against Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.

I’ve been bingeing I’m Sorry at home, but I’ll let Jason talk to you about the Tru network comedy: To call Andrea Savage’s Andrea a younger female version of Larry David’s Larry would (as it always is) be an oversimplification, but both are intelligent, opinionated humans bewildered by navigating the nonsense of day-to-day life. Andrea’s angst, however, is more indisputably working class as she raises her young (and also opinionated) child and an adoring, if sarcastic, husband who is as much straight man as lover.

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