Candy Mailbag: Answering your questions
05:00 AM, Oct 25, 2013
Break out the party hats, because it’s time for another Candy Mailbag! I’m gonna sit here for awhile answering your questions (except when I go grab lunch). To see new answers, just do an old-school “refresh” every few minutes.
Let’s get started, and feel free to submit any new Qs via firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter (#CandyMailbag).
Here we go:
Now that Sarah Silverman has released the unaired Susan 313 pilot, do you think another network will pick it up? Jason Z. (@DrSarcasm)
I say this as big Sarah fan hope you heard her recent By the Way interview but I hope not. I enjoy Sarah, Tig and everyone else in the episode, but I didn’t crave more Susan 313 after watching it. Even Sarah admits “they probably did the right thing” by not picking it up. I’d rather see her devote her time to other projects, like her upcoming intimate HBO special.
I’m curious about the increase in contests and giveaways recently. Why the sudden uptick? Do marketing folks contact you with potential contests, or do you actively seek cool items to distribute to your readers? Some of the items have been really cool; I’m still bummed I didn’t win the LEGO Yoda Chronicles giveaway and the Scholastic poster. Alana D. in Richmond, Va.
I shied away from giveaways for a long time, but lately I’ve embraced them as another way to get cool stuff I support out there to you guys (who, by and large, don’t get crates of mail full of books and DVDs every day). As for what I choose, it’s mostly stuff I request, but occasionally someone will reach out who knows the Pop Candy sensibility. The only criteria I have is that is has to be something I’d purchase myself, so you’ll never see a giveaway of, like, a Maroon 5 box set or anything.
I DVR any shows that seem interesting at the start of a season and wait to see what is popular and what gets cancelled. This way I don’t have to waste my time and/or potentially get into a show only to have it vanish. Is there a site that lists cancelled shows as well as what’s been picked up for a full season? Justin in Edmonton, Canada
Yes, but first of all I’d like to point you to one of my favorite Twitter accounts: The Cancellation Bear! The Bear (from TV by the Numbers) is very funny and accurate when it comes to which shows might get the ax. He also tells us pretty quickly when a show has fallen.
On a related now, bookmark this handy Renew/Cancel Index. Also from TV by the Numbers, it keeps a running tally of news about fall TV. For an even simpler solution, Television Blend has posted a list of TV shows and updates it with renewals/cancellations.
I have been begging, pleading and cajoling Netflix into telling me when they are going to finally make Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy available for streaming. Could I entreat you to employ your powers to ascertain an elucidation to my query? Bill D. in Toledo, Ohio
What a timely question. Those eps of SOA come to Netflix Oct. 26, which happens to be tomorrow. (I tweeted this news as well.)
I have a problem and you, I believe, are partly to blame. Thanks to a lot of your great recommendations, my DVR is 80% full, my DVD cabinet is jammed full, and my Netflix queue is 20 deep. This in addition to stacks of comics and a very backlogged Kindle. How do you keep up with all of your content without locking yourself in a room for weeks on end? Mark L.
Well, the first thing I have to do is accept that it’s TOTALLY OK if I don’t watch every show, read every book, etc. Especially when I had a baby, I realized my free time had become incredibly rare and valuable, so I learned to prioritize.
As for how I sort through everything, because of my job I have to place importance on what’s timely and interesting. (This book came out three months ago? It’s history!) But also I allow myself to abandon anything that doesn’t grab me within a certain amount of time; with books and movies, for instance, I can tell pretty fast if something is worth my time. (The Internship? Thanks but no thanks.)
I don’t know if I’m helping at all, but that’s my basic technique. I say pick the stuff you’re dying to experience first, as well as anything that could possibly be spoiled by the evil Internet!
About a month ago, you featured a picture on Pop Candy of Cap’n Crunch reading your copy of James Franco’s Actors Anonymous. Did you read Franco’s novel? What did you and the Cap’n think about the book? BIG BUSINESS in Cleveland
I don’t know about the Cap’n’s literary taste, but I didn’t make it through that one. (See above answer.) My colleague Clauda Puig gave it three stars, though. (P.S. This reminds me that I have a book review going up on the site over the weekend. I’ll talk more about it Monday, but let me just say it’s of a memoir that is way better than you might expect.)
Long, long ago my mother threw out my comics. I’d like to replace and relive some of those memories of hiding under the basement stairs reading away. Is there any place online that specializes in late ’50s-early ’60s DC comics? John N. in Chattanooga, Tenn.
To buy back issues of Silver Age comics, you should try eBay (which I’m sure you have) as well as Metropolis Collectibles, Comic Connect or another specialty site. As you will discover, many of these books are very valuable, so a cheaper solution would be to read them (or at least browse the covers) online. Here’s a good list of some resources. I know there’s a site that has tons of scans, but the name escapes me at the moment. Holler if you can help John any further.
I’ve been pretty underwhelmed with the current season of How I Met Your Mother, and I find myself going to Netflix to watch old episodes more often. Intervention! Best Burger in NY! Swarley! What are some of your favorite episodes from the past seasons? Lisa N.
Yeah, this season of HIMYM is not good. The concept of having every episode take place during the wedding weekend grew so tedious so quickly, and I’m experiencing some Dexter deja vu of forcing myself to sit through it. Anyway, the intervention was great. I liked the “slap bet”/Robin Sparkles episode, which might be my all-time fave. The early stuff of Barney/Robin was fun, and even the early Ted/Robin stuff was great for the first couple seasons. And I love whenever they flash back to college and “sandwiches”!
Note: Please hold while I go get an egg salad sandwich. Back in a few.
Thoughts on the Fifty Shades casting change? Is this movie destined to be “awesomely bad,” enjoyed ironically? Greg V. (@hipsterwannabe)
Yeah, this is one story I wish would curl up and die. Fifty Shades was a terrible book and is destined to be a terrible, vapid movie. Charlie Hunnam dodged a bullet by bowing out. If sex is what the general public wants, I wish they’d elevate their taste a little and delve in to Showtime’s Masters of Sex, the new Peaches movie or, say, the True Porn comics anthologies instead. They all make the “shocking” best seller seem rather tame.
Awhile back you mentioned they were filming a finale of sorts for The IT Crowd. Do you know when it’s going to be shown here? Rachael in Phoenix
I watched it on YouTube, but I just realized it has been pulled down from several accounts, so if you find it, ACT FAST. (Try this link first, then do a search for “The Last Byte.”) I will say it’s super-funny and perfect, and I wish the show could go on forever.
Why is the coffee cup empty on TV shows. From comedy to drama, the coffee cup is waved around. If they at least filled it with water, it would look realistic. Alan J.
Alan, I don’t really have an answer to your question, but it made me laugh out loud, so I’m including it here. Should you attempt any sort of petition or letter-writing campaign to fill on-screen coffee cups, I’ll be right there by your side.
I recently had a little girl and I’ve been putting together a playlist of bedtime songs. What would you suggest? What do you sing or listen to with your daughter? Thanks for any ideas! Jenny E. in Falls Church, Va.
Not to toot my own horn, but I like to think I’m pretty good at making up baby songs! I made up the song I sing to my daughter every night, and I often like to sing her “personalized” versions of the classics. In any case, a lot of Beatles songs double as good bedtime songs (Michelle, Yesterday, George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord). Sometimes I break out this old ditty called Lay Me Down by The Connells (or at least the “la la la” part). A lot of stuff we play for her is jazz/classical, but in terms of what I sing, it’s weird what can come into your head at those sleepless hours. I’ve done everything from Sea of Love to Don’t Go Back to Rockville to a slowed-down rendition of Merle Haggard’s Mama Tried.
On that note, I have to zip up the Candy Mailbag again! Thanks for all the questions, and anything I didn’t get to today will be addressed next time.