THE MINUTE: August 19, 2019



If you haven't been able to tell, the website got a little revamp. I think it looks extra tasty; very crisp. The only downside is that we got new font and it's throwing me off a bit. I honestly didn't even know that you could alter the font we use in the blogs but that's why I'm not our resident computer scientist. Do we have one of those? Another slow news day ahead, I'm just waiting for school and the fall to start and ramp up, I'm getting bored out here.


HOOPS


There's mutual interest between Dwight Howard and the Lakers



I "reported" on this yesterday, but I'll insert more of my thoughts on it here. After Boogie tore his ACL last week, the Lakers' depth instantly took a big hit. I'm assuming Boogie was set to be the starting center and with him out, JaVale McGee will slide into the opening lineup. For all the shit McGee gets, he actually had a really, really good season last year as he averaged 12 points and 7.5 rebounds per game on 62.4% shooting with a 21.8 PER. That's not a stat line that necessarily jumps off the page at you, but if you have a championship in sight, that kind of efficiency should get a team excited. While McGee provides value and stability at center, the Lakers still need at least one more big man to fill out the roster and add depth to a team that's entering the season as co-favorites with the neighboring Clippers to win the Finals.


I covered Dwight Howard's path yesterday so I'm going to cut straight to the opinions. I like the idea of Dwight going to LA, again. It's one of those "Why not?" ideas: he's a Hall of Famer, why not take the chance on him? It feels so dumb saying "take a chance" when it comes to a player like Howard; obviously we know what he can do. There aren't many other options remaining on the free agent market for centers besides Howard and Joakim Noah, and even though I love Joakim and would love to see him get a ring, Howard fits the Lakers plans a lot better. He's still beyond capable of averaging a double-double, and if the Lakers prefer to play him sparingly, he can still provide a massive impact. In his prime, Howard was one of the most athletic and dominant players in the league; that doesn't just all fade away. Watching LeBron and Dwight run the floor and tossing lobs for the Los Angeles Lakers is something eleven-year-old me couldn't even fathom when I was standing in Champs using a crisp $50 bill on an authentic Dwight Magic jersey. If a deal is going to be reached, I can only assume that it'll be sooner than later. I guess we'll have to wait and see.


TV


"Succession" dives into new media


Kendall Roy after getting a fat loogy hocked onto his face

I pulled an Irish goodbye last night in order to get home and watch last night's episode of "Succession", my favorite show currently airing. The trials and tribulations of the Roys are the best part of my Sunday nights; I'm so glad it's back. Before I dive in I want to pose this question that may or may not have an obvious answer: do (almost) all HBO characters never feel the need to grow personally? I feel like most are almost always taking steps backwards until their lives completely implode, and the majority of characters in "Succession" fit the mold. Except Cousin Greg, who's moving up in the world. Remember when he was in "Sky High"?


Alright, so it feels like everyone is taking their own paths to fulfill their own personal goals but I have an inkling they're all going to cross and shit is going to hit the fan hard. Since the first episode, all of the Roys have been yearning for their father's spot of CEO at Waystar, a media conglomerate that I just realized is supposed to be Fox News (right? Was that super obvious and I'm just dumb? Is Logan supposed to be Roger Ailes?). Last week, Shiv was told by her father that she is his pick to succeed him at the company. While an enticing opportunity, it provides a bit of a conflict of interest, as Shiv has also been offered the position of Chief of Staff of the United States by her current boss, presidential candidate Gil Eavis. CEO of a massive media company and Chief of Staff of the country, wow. Both seem like hyper-stressful jobs that I would definitely fuck up at. I'm just going to fast-forward a bit, but after some arguments and deliberation, Shiv quits Gil's campaign and tells Logan that she's ready to go all in, but wants to take over faster than her father's original three-year plan calls for. He agrees, but will his promise hold true? Logan isn't opposed to playing games, though, even with his own family. Does he get off mentally torturing his children? He's the puppet master. There also appears to be rising tension between Shiv and her husband, Tom, who also has his sights on moving up in the company. Is there a Shiv collapse on the horizon? Hopefully it's not as detrimental, or fatal, as Kendall's.


Speaking of Kendall, he was doing a bit of double-crossing that he surely picked up from his dad this week. After purchasing "new media" company Vaulter in season one, Kendall must look into the business alongside brother and co-COO Roman to decide if it's worth keeping. The Vaulter storyline allows "Succession" to take a dive into "new" and "digital" media, as Logan Roy is known for trying to keep his old school mediums such as newspapers and cable news afloat in an ever-changing media landscape. Vaulter appears to be a Buzzfeed or Vice-type website, with writers crammed around an open, Brooklyn-looking office space, and Taylor Swift-related news broadcast on the background TVs. Vaulter CEO Lawrence Yee believes Kendall is on his side, trying to save the company against his father's wishes. Well, he was wrong. After crunching the numbers and slinging some fancy business jargon, Kendall decides to hold a meeting with the entirety of Vaulter's staff to announce that he's shuttering most of the company. The only two profitable forces on the website are food and weed, so he sets up a satellite office to keep those running. Damn, he should've hired me. I think I would've fit that pretty well. Kendall's reasoning for deception is "my dad told me so", but when you have a father with as much power as his, I guess it's a decent excuse.


I'm not sure how many episodes are left in the season, probably like six, but I'm pumped to see where this is all leading to.


"The Morning Show" debut trailer



Tickle me interested. I'm not sure how loose or restrictive Apple is going to be in terms of the kind of content they allow, but it appears as if the company doesn't want to get over-gratuitous with sex, violence, or drugs. Those things don't necessarily make a show better, but at times they're required for storytelling, and often provide the equation for critical acclaim.


"The Morning Show" has a great cast in Steve Carrell, Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Duplass, among others, so I'm led to believe the show has little chance at being a miss. Carell, who appears to have a smaller role than I originally thought, has proven to be a hard-hitting dramatic actor over the last few years, and Witherspoon is coming off of "Big Little Lies"; you know my thoughts on that. I'm most curious about Jennifer Anniston. I think with the right cast and right script she can do a really great job; we'll have to see.


The premise appears to be about the downfall of Carrell and Anniston's careers as morning show news anchors. It seems as if Carrell's character is facing a bit of a Matt Lauer situation with allegations of some sort, and Anniston is trying to reap the fallout and keep moving forward in her career, even though Witherspoon is starting to emerge as a new, honest voice in the media. Apple has some seasoned vets running their new TV division so I have some decently high hopes heading into this show. I'm hoping for a lot of drama and realistic insight to how the times are changing within media, a la "Succession."

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