Throughout the past few years, Disney studios has found immense success in their live-action remake adaptations of their beloved animated properties. Their upcoming slate of releases show no sign of the Mouse House slowing down and with their latest adaptation in Beauty And The Beast being an enormous success, they probably will continue until they run out of animated films.
The live-action Beauty And The Beast faced a difficult test when it released last March because the original animated film was only 25 years old. Compared to many previous live-action Disney adaptations including Cinderella and The Jungle Book, the key demographic of people that would see the film or take their kids were exactly the right age to have extremely strong feelings about the animated original. Any hesitation felt from this demographic clearly didn’t affect the box office because the film has generated over $1.1 billion worldwide and counting, leading many to wonder if a sequel is imminent because that’s the way the world works now.
Emma Watson faced the daunting task of portraying the role of Belle and many critics agreed her take on it was one of the best aspects of the film. While speaking with Access Hollywood on the red carpet for her newest film, The Circle the prospect of a sequel came up and whether she had any idea for a potential premise.
Watson says she was unaware of any buzz on social media about fans’ hopes for it however she says she “would love” to do Beauty and the Beast 2 someday. When asked where she could see the story headed, she replied with a prospective career that is so Belle:
“I always thought that Belle had become a teacher and she would run the library in the castle, and open it up to the village. This is where I was going.”
Check Out The Interview Below:
Watson’s idea for where the development of Belle leads is an interesting concept. Although it could use a bit of sprucing up to include a potential antagonist to provide that much needed Disney drama, the concept expands on her role as the kindest (and most intelligent) person in the village. It would allow for the legions of children that look up to Belle to see what happened following the salvation of everyone while also providing a logical step forward in her progression.
Dan Stevens Is Also Open For A Sequel
We certainly wouldn’t need a sequel/prequel/another reimaging to Beauty And The Beast although it is fun to imagine how it could play out. The Beast himself, Dan Stevens recently spoke with Variety on a potential sequel and stated his support despite it ultimately not being up to him:
“… I’m not sure what turn that would take. I’m open to offers. It would seem odd for me to hear about it, but never say never.”
I am a firm believer in “never say never” so if Disney ever finds itself running low on funds maybe they’ll resort to developing a sequel to this property to make ends meet!
Until we hear news about the sequel coming to fruition, you can catch Emma Watson star alongside Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Ellar Coltrane, Glenne Headly and the late, great Bill Paxton in his final theatrical role prior to his tragic death in The Circle.
The film is directed by James Ponsoldt and is currently in theaters. Check out the trailer below:
May 2017 will feature numerous sequels to beloved franchises and lighthearted flicks that will appease anyone looking for a fun time at the theater. In case you’re having trouble keeping up with the amount of anticipated features this month, here’s a collection of wide releases you shouldn’t miss, including a highly anticipated addition to the MCU and a bunch of beautiful people saving lives at the beach.
1. ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ – May 5th
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillian
Director: James Gunn
Plot Synopsis: The team struggles to keep its newfound family together as it tries to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy.
2014’sGuardians Of The Galaxy grossed over $773 million at the worldwide box office and introduced fans to a Marvel property that most film fans were previously unfamiliar with. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 sees the return of our favorite galactic team accompanied by a new(ish) team member, Baby Groot. As the lineage of Chris Pratt‘s Peter Quill was a key component in the first film, fans are intrigued to see how the sequel expands on his backstory with the inclusion of Kurt Russell as the Quill patriarch.
The film is the third installment of the MCU’s Phase 3, with Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s release date slated to be the next big Marvel event on July 7th.
2. ‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’ – May 12th
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey, Djimon Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law and Eric Bana
Director: Guy Ritchie
Plot Synopsis: Robbed of his birthright, Arthur is brought up in the back alleys of the city. Once he pulls a sword thought to be solidified in stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy, whether he likes it or not.
Guy Ritchie‘s unique style will bring an interesting take to this age old story. There have been many incarnations of King Arthur in film and TV throughout the years, but this incarnation sees Charlie Hunnam tasked with the portrayal of the legendary figure in a new light. As you can see from the trailer below, Ritche’s take on the legend will appeal to many fantasy fans keen on seeing Arthur and friends kick some serious ass.
Starring: Goldie Hawn, Amy Schumer, Joan Cusack, Christopher Meloni, Ike Barinholtz, Óscar Jaenada, and Wanda Sykes
Director: Jonathan Levine
Plot Synopsis: When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.
Amy Schumer‘s last appearance on the big screen was in the 2015 comedy Trainwreck, which she wrote and starred in. The film went on to gross over $140 million at the box office on a $35 million budget, and was a significant success for the comedian.
Although her Netflix special caused a flurry of controversy from the amount of downvotes it received, if the numbers for Trainwreck are any indication, she could potentially be a huge box office draw.
With a hysterical cast and the director of such works as 50/50 and Warm Bodies at the helm, Snatched looks like it’ll be a fun comedy that also pulls on the heartstrings.
4. ‘Alien: Covenant’ – May 19th
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, James Franco and Noomi Rapace
Director: Ridley Scott
Plot Synopsis: The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
The latest installment of Ridley Scott‘s Alien franchise is the sequel to 2012’s Prometheus and the eighth Alien film overall. The film features an ensemble of brilliant talents including the breakout star of last year’s Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Waterston) and the return of Michael Fassbender as a synthetic android named Walter, while also reprising his role as David from Prometheus.
With critics referring to Covenant as “the goriest, most terrifying sci-fi movie of all time”, anticipation is incredibly high. The original 1979 Alien is regarded as one of the best sci-fi horror films in film history, so I can’t wait to see how Scott tackles Covenant.
5. ‘Everything, Everything’
Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose, Morgan Saylor and Wayne Brady
Director: Stella Meghie
Plot Synopsis: Based on the young adult novel of the same name, Everything, Everything follows a teenager who has lived a sheltered life because she is allergic to practically everything. When a boy moves in next door, they fall in love despite the incredible challenges they face.
This adaptation of a popular novel looks to be a serious tearjerker. If you’re planning on seeing Everything, Everything, I highly recommend taking a packet of tissues to wipe away the tears. The movie will likely attract fans of The Hunger Games franchise as well, showcasing Amandla Stenberg (the actress responsible for the fan favorite character, Rue) in the leading role.
6. ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’
Starring: Jason Ian Drucker, Owen Asztalos, Charlie Wright, Alicia Silverstone, Tom Everett Scott
Director: David Bowers
Plot Synopsis: Based on the book of the same name, The Long Haul takes place one year after the events of 2012’s Dog Days. Greg Heffley and his brother Rodrick convince their family to go on a road trip for their grandmother’s 90th birthday, but they actually intend on attending a video game convention.
This new Diary Of A Wimpy Kid features a new cast, despite being the fourth installment to the Wimpy Kid franchise. The trailer also features the classic Spice Girls song “Wannabe”, recited by Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott as the kids in the back roll their eyes and plead “make it stop!” I wondered why they weren’t a fan… until I realized the song came out 21 YEARS AGO:
7. ‘Baywatch’ – May 25th
Starring: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, Jon Bass, Ilfenesh Hadera, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, David Hasselhoff, and Pamela Anderson
Director: Seth Gordon
Plot Synopsis: Based on the immensely popular television series of the same name, Baywatch follows a team of lifeguards who uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of the bay.
The adaptation of the iconic Baywatch series will reboot slow-mo running and bright red beachwear this summer. The ensemble cast includes Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, with a few members from the original series making cameos as well, just in case anyone is clamoring for an appearance from The Hoff himself!
8. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’
Starring: Javier Bardem, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and Johnny Depp
Directors: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg
Plot Synopsis: The fifth installment of the #PiratesOftheCaribbean franchise sees Captain Jack Sparrow searching for the trident of Poseidon as he is pursued by an old nemesis determined to kill every pirate at sea.
The billion-dollar Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise sees the return of Johnny Depp‘s Jack Sparrow as he experiences hijinks during his sea travels while Academy Award winner Javier Bardem joins the franchise as the villainous Captain Salazar. Although the last Pirates flick (starring Bardem’s wife, Penelope Cruz) was panned critically, the fourthfilm generated over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office.
The franchise’s financial success seemingly won’t slow down as the years go on, so we will see if audiences are suffering from Sparrow fatigue or craving for more when this installment hits theaters.
9. ‘War Machine’ – May 26th
Starring: Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Tilda Swinton, Jonathan Ing and Ben Kingsley
Director: David Michôd
Plot Synopsis: This black comedy follows four-star General Dan McMahon as he is sent to Afghanistan to bring the war to an end, but instead finds that he is the one under attack.
Netflix is adding to their impressive original film catalogue with the release of War Machine towards the end of the month. Brad Pitt leads this political satire based on the nonfiction novel The Operators, which details the experience of General McMahon during the Afghanistan war. The hugely popular streaming service has many more original films coming out this year, and War Machine is certainly one of their highlights.
What upcoming May release are you most looking forward to (and why is it Diary Of A Wimpy Kid)? Let me know in the comments below!
The Boss Baby follows the perils of a wildly imaginative seven (and a half)-year-old named Tim who comes face-to-face with his mortal enemy, a baby brother… But oh ho, this is no ordinary baby! The film stars the voice talents of Alec Baldwin, Miles Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Tobey Maguire and is directed by Hendel Butoy and Tom McGrath.
My Thoughts On The Characters And Story
I had virtually no expectations coming into this film. When it comes to “kids” movies I’ve always held them to the same regard as any other film because regardless what the film is about, it should always strive to be the best version of whatever it is about.
So when I saw the trailer for an animated flick of a cute kid whose baby brother magically appears wearing a suit with the voice of Alec Baldwin, I prayed to the everloving Gods that it veer toward something like a Shaun The Sheep than a Nine Lives… I am eternally grateful that it was actually an enjoyable watch that had me genuinely laughing aloud a few times.
The relationship between Tim and the Boss Baby (the baby’s name is literally “The Baby”) is developed well and the various hijinks that ensue with them was great. The neighbourhood babies who plague communities with their pooping and crying are fun to watch and I liked watching the BB lead them. Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow portray the parents and they’re kind of just there, there was a startling lack of adult supervision throughout that had me wondering why they think it’s appropriate for one lone seven year old to have to handle all these little monsters so they can swing with the other parents. I truly found myself enjoying the film whenever the Baby named Boss was on screen because he was given some brilliant lines and Baldwin’s execution was fantastic. The film included humour that appealed to the adults in the crowd so I appreciated that aspect of it; I mean there were some serious bum-undertones I could have done without but I guess when you have a baby (especially one who is the Boss), bums are abundant (I am loving writing this).
The logistical components of the film is where it becomes kind of a slog because, as a full grown adult, there were moments where I found myself asking “what the hell is going on?” Tim has an incrediblyoveractive imagination and there were some serious blurred lines between what was reality and what was his imaginativerse. Steve Buscemi is also in the film and is included in the blurred reality issue because of his convoluted plan involving rockets & kittens and not to mention, there is no true time period or setting established in the film so there are all kinds of TSA issues that arise during a certain sequence of the film that had to have it set pre-2001. Buscemi’s character, however, was given a brilliant backstory that was fleshed out pretty well, if the execution of his ultimate plan was equally as brilliant as his character The Boss Baby would have easily been an A in my book.
How Were The Other Aspects To ‘The Boss Baby’?
The animation of The Boss Baby is absolutely gorgeous looking. The babies were all adorable looking and the execution of Tim’s imaginary world (when it was well established) was also great looking. Oh man, there was a running gag involving Mr. Baby (literally) throwing money and it CRACKED ME UP. I have no idea why I loved it so much but I did, great going for the guy that thought that gag up.
If you’re looking for an animated film to watch with both adults and children in the room that makes you laugh and think “what tf am I actually watching right now?” check out The Boss Baby.
HBO has provided premium original programming for decades. The network has excelled in virtually every genre of the television realm that range from their hysterical comedies including Curb Your Enthusiasm and Da Ali G Show to informative documentaries. The golden child of HBO, however, are the dramatic shows the network has developed throughout the years.
The same network that brought audiences Game of Thrones, Westworld and Rome also created Big Love, Oz, True Blood, Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Sex And The City, Carnivàle (just to name a few) and the series many look up to that paved the way for the complexity and intricacies of many anti-heroes we see on television today, The Sopranos.
With various streaming services allowing viewers to binge on their favorite shows, binging culture has become the norm for many. During a time when watching every episode of a show was not so readily available, even with the advent of the DVD as a media format, countless brilliant programs did not receive the wider audience they may have deserved – specifically if it aired on a pay channel like HBO.
HBO recently re-cut three of their most critically acclaimed and beloved shows and having personally watched all of them, I am definitely overdue for a rewatch. Hopefully these newer trailers appeal to viewers that may not have originally given them a chance and are looking for another HBO series to binge through.
Check out all three trailers below!
‘The Wire’ (2002-2008)
Number Of Episodes: 60
The re-cut trailer highlights the characters at the heart of the series including Idris Elba‘s Stringer Bell and Michael K. Williams‘ iconic Omar Little that all embody complex character traits which makes them such compelling beings to watch.
Set in Baltimore with five seasons all tackling a respective industry, the exploration of these industries and the individuals that inhabit them is why The Wire is constantly mentioned when discussing the greatest shows of all time. This heart pumping trailer concludes with Omar’s trademark, “you come at the king, you best not miss.” We are all not worthy.
Number Of Episodes: 36
Set in the 1870s with all the graphic violence and profanity your heart could desire, Deadwood provides viewers with a riveting watch that details the growth of Deadwood, South Dakota. The series’ format is an interesting one as it portrays two weeks in the life of the town, with each episode representing one day. Deadwood is filled with colorful characters and themes that focus on the incredible highs and immense lows involved with the progression of a society.
The re-cut trailer highlights the spectacular violence and concludes with the aptly named Al Swearengen proclaiming, “welcome to fucking Deadwood!”
‘Six Feet Under’ (2001-2005)
Number Of Episodes: 63
Highly regarded as having one of the best series finales of all time, Six Feet Under is my personal favorite TV show of all time. The series follows the experiences of the Fisher family, who run a funeral home in Los Angeles, and features flawless performances by virtually every single actor – particularly with the aforementioned Fishers consisting of Frances Conroy, Michael C. Hall, Peter Krause and Lauren Ambrose.
It truly embodies the notion of a “slow burning” series as it focuses (and succeeds) heavily on its characters. The re-cut trailer highlights the humorous components sprinkled throughout the darker themes of the series and concludes with an intriguing conversation between Nathaniel (Richard Jenkins) and son, Nate (Krause).
The programming on HBO will perpetually be a go-to when looking for a series whose world you want to be captivated by. Whether the series features a world of fantastical elements or depicts the struggles of an inner city, if you’re free for a weekend and want to feel enthralled by a TV show, chances are you can rely on HBO to satisfy that craving. These re-cut trailers allow potential viewers to delve into a few minutes of these incredible worlds that they may not have been too familiar with prior to.
HBO also thankfully recycles many of the talented actors from their shows. The giddy feeling you have when you see Brutus suddenly appear as Edmure Tully or Littlefinger campaigning to become mayor will never cease.
This year’s Star Wars Celebration has been a whirlwind of emotion for fans of the galaxy far, far away. There were plenty of tears shed for the iconic Carrie Fisher, a trailer released for arguably the highest anticipated film of the year in The Last Jedi and the beginning of the end for the beloved Rebels series. The Celebration transcended generations and legions of fans, young and old, attended the event to witness the incredible Star Wars cosplay and be the first to revel in the announcements made.
Thankfully for those who were unable to attend, many posted their glorious Celebration experience on social media because that is the interconnected world we’re living in today. Here are a collection of various twitter and instagram posts from the lucky attendees.
It simply wouldn’t be a proper picture taken with Deadpool if he didn’t flip off the camera. This fan went the whole nine yards with his take on Deadpool’s costume, complete with a bad ass utility belt and katana blade!
The official Star Wars twitter account was so impressed by this fan’s cosplay of Ahsoka, they tweeted the photo out to their over 3 million followers. When you manage to spend the whole day in orange and white body paint, you deserve all the glory.
This user attempts to mask her love for this beloved fictionalized animated character, however we all know Kallus (voiced by David Oyelowo) is looking good. In the immortal words of the Borg, resistance is futile – and yes, I’m aware of how blasphemous it is to make a Star Trek reference in a Star Wars article.
The man who portrays Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) also starred in a ridiculously popular SNL spoof called Matt The Radar Technician. In the above photo, a Kylo Ren cosplayer is surrounded by six Matt The Radar Technicians all pulling off that trademark thumbs up.
7. Hangin’ With The Scum Of The Galaxy
Nothing screams “fun” like being in the same vicinity of Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and the incredibly talented Cantina band that excel in playing that one song!
After many instances of Josh Gad (Beauty and The Beast) attempting to pry The Last Jedi spoilers out of Daisy Ridley – including enlisting the help of dame Judi Dench – Gad took to Instagram to post a few kind words for the beloved actress.
How brilliant is this Charlie’s Angels-inspired pose by three of these fantastic heroines? They are dressed to cosplay perfection and hopefully they continue to express their badassness at future Celebrations.
10. The Official Star Wars Instagram Concludes Celebration With A Stellar Pun
The iconic NBC series, Seinfeld ran for nine seasons and gave us countless hysterical moments that remain timeless. From being the master of your domain to blaming the pool for any possible shrinkage, the writers (led by co-creator and creative genius, Larry David) managed to somehow create memorable moments in virtually every single episode. With the brilliance that floated around that writer’s room, there were bound to be a few ideas left on the cutting room floor, and we now finally have a chance to learn about some hilarious storylines we never got to see.
Former Seinfeld writer-producers, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the various storylines they were unable to flesh out during the run of the series. They range from further developing a certain soup aficionado to an idea Mandel wishes they were able to execute.
1. Frank Costanza Tries Marijuana
“We went very far down the road with an idea that Frank was going to need medical marijuana for his cataracts… We thought the idea of Jerry Stiller on pot just seemed like comedy gold. We heard that ‘Cybill’ [the CBS series] writers had a similar story in the works, and it was enough to make us put the idea aside. We were really rigorous about not wanting to repeat things. I don’t think it was fully outlined, but that was a story that was ready to go. That would happen a lot.”
I have to agree with Mandel’s belief that Jerry Stiller on pot would be comedy gold. Frank Costanza’s energy throughout the series was contagious, so seeing how marijuana would have potentially affected him is an idea too good to pass up!
2. The [Literal] Soup Nazi
“We joked a whole bunch about an end scene that would take place in the jungles of Brazil, à la ‘The Boys From Brazil (1978)’, where the Soup Nazi [Larry Thomas] would return to the other Nazis — the actual former Nazi war criminals — with his soup recipes… It was sort of half-serious, half ‘Should we do this?,’ half ‘We’re never going to do it.’ But it was much discussed. Going down a river and seeing lots of young boys with blue eyes from experimentation with the soups — it was a full coming together of soup and Nazi. Probably just as well that we didn’t do that one.”
It’s easy to see why the Seinfeld writers wouldn’t want to continue with this particular development, especially with the Aryan undertones. However, it makes for an interesting Seinfeld tidbit! The Soup Nazi appeared in only two episodes of the entire series – the aptly titled “Soup Nazi” episode in Season 7 and “The Finale” – yet he is so entrenched in pop culture, you could’ve sworn he appeared more often.
3. Kramer’s Business Idea Chills You To The Bone
“Kramer [Michael Richards] was taking regular morgue-quality skeletons, refurbishing them, and turning them into museum-quality skeletons for teaching hospitals… He would get all the bones together and buff them up real nice. At the same time, Jerry was doing appliance-store ads for Leapin’ Larry’s, and Jerry was having trouble with his dishwasher, because Kramer kept using it. Leapin’ Larry says, ‘Bring it in, we’ll fix it.’ So Jerry brings it in, he doesn’t look inside, and Leapin’ Larry opens it up and there’s a tibia in there and he loses his [s–t]: ‘This is the worst practical joke ever to a guy who’s missing a leg!’
If there’s one character in the rich Seinfeld universe that would start a skeleton refurbishing business, it would be Cosmo Kramer. Schaffer continued by revealing what the fabulous Larry David thought about the idea. As it turns out, he wasn’t a big fan:
“Larry just said, ‘No. Kramer’s not refurbishing skeletons!’ And we’re like, ‘Come on! This is funny!’ It turns out the show was fine without it. Kramer trying to refurbish skeletons sat on our board forever, and [even after David left the show following season 7] we never used it. I guess Larry was right.”
4. Everyone Knows “The Prompter”
“Alec [Berg, a Seinfeld writer-producer] and [Schaffer] pitched this idea a few times… There was another comic, and she was a prompter. Jerry [Seinfeld] would be at lunch with her, and she would say, ‘You know, I only had one bit that really killed.’ Then she would wait, and he’d have to go, ‘Which one?’ ‘The bowling thing. It only died one time, but that’s because of who was there.’ ‘[Sigh] Who?’ You’d wait her out and she’d wait you out. Everyone knows someone like that, who just makes you pull it out of them.”
This idea is easily my favorite out of them all. What set Seinfeld apart from so many other shows was its ability to feature characters that every single person on Earth has encountered at least once. The idea of highlighting a person (the “Prompter”) that constantly plays the pronoun game and won’t finish their thought until someone acknowledges them is a character so true to the world of Seinfeld.
Schaffer reveals the character was actually supposed to appear in the Season 7 episode, “The Secret Code”, but it unfortunately never panned out:
“In ‘The Secret Code,’ Jerry was going to do an ad for an appliance store called Leapin’ Larry’s, and she was saying, ‘If you’re going to meet with Leapin’ Larry, there’s one thing you should really know about him.’ It was the fact that he had a prosthetic leg. And Jerry just ignored it. Then when Jerry wound up insulting him, he said, ‘Why didn’t you tell me???’ ‘Well, you didn’t take the prompt. I tried.’ It seems like the easiest device in the world: You ignore the prompter, and he or she actually has good information for you. That could work in any show, but we never used it.”
5. Picture It: Seinfeld In Mexico
Mandel affectionately recalls an idea he holds “near and dear” to his heart that the creative minds simply never got around to executing:
“The idea was that Jerry and the gang go on a vacation somewhere — say, Mexico — and they would check into their hotel rooms, and Jerry would end up with a hotel room right across from Kramer’s hotel room, so the hotel-room dynamic would have been the same as the apartments. The entire episode would have taken place in Mexico but everything would have been kind of the same—there would have been a Mexican diner that they sat in. I just thought the idea of taking the building blocks of Seinfeld — the apartments across the hall and the coffee shop — and transporting that to Mexico would be really fun. When Jerry decided to end the show, and I realized there weren’t going to be enough episodes, I was like, ‘Oh God, I wish there was one more season.’”
The simplicity of this idea is what makes it so spectacular. Truly the most revered Seinfeld episodes are the ones with the most basic premise that managed to highlight the hilarity of the writing and cast – such episodes as “The Chinese Restaurant,” “The Contest” or “The Parking Garage.”