Jason Segel is best known for his work on the How I Met Your Mother TV series. That series ran for nine seasons but his other shows, like Undeclared and Freaks and Geeks, had much shorter runs. Segel is not only starring in Dispatches from Elsewhere but he also created the series as well. Will it be a long-running hit or, will it fade away after one season on AMC? Will Dispatches from Elsewhere be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
An anthology drama series, the first season of Dispatches from Elsewhere stars Segel, Sally Field, Richard E. Grant, André Benjamin, and Eve Lindley. The show revolves around four ordinary people who each feel that there’s something missing in their lives, but they can’t understand what it is. They are Fredwynn (Benjamin), an obsessive conspiracy theorist; a former homemaker named Janice (Field); Peter (Segal), a regular guy who’s looking for meaning; and Simone (Lindley), who struggles to belong and feel accepted. The diverse foursome is brought together by chance (or is it by design?) when they stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. Octavio Coleman (Grant) is the unique and forever elusive narrator who shares key details about our four main characters as he guides us all on this adventure.
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What do you think? Do you like the Dispatches from Elsewhere TV series on AMC? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
Did anyone happen to have a look at the ratings above? If that’s any indication it looks like, by episode 10, it’s down to 150,000 viewers. I don’t think I could keep a webisode running with that type of viewership. I got most of the way thru the first episode mainly because it came on after another show I had watched. I had not found anything to tether me to the story, characters or action by that time, so I gave it a pass. Judging by the ratings, that seems to have happened quite a lot. Good luck on the… Read more »
I love Dispatches from Elsewhere. I’ll be seriously disappointed if it doesn’t continue.
I love this show. One of the most original shows in years. I am Peter. I am Janice, I am Simone. Well maybe not Fredwynn. I tripped a lot in the early 70’s and this was somewhat reminiscent. Things unfolding in front of you and looking for meaning beyond everyday life.
I like the way they refer to the tarot card — the fool. That card symbolizes what divine nonchalance is all about. A term completely unknown to all of those characters…except maybe to Simone when she is on drugs. A term that is also unknown to all people today, here and now. With the COVID thing going on, what we all need is a little divine nonchalance. Divine nonchalance allows the fool to dance in the street while the town dies all around him from the black death that occurred during the Dark Ages…only now it’s called COVID…and dancing is… Read more »
I find it very…’60’s-ish. People trying to find themselves and trying to find meaning in their dull, meaningless lives. They are on the road philosophical to find divine nonchalance. The show makes that journey into a sort-of game. A game I was sad and disappointed to see end. So I am waiting to see what happens next. They find the real Clara but to their disappointment, she had passed away years earlier. Clara’s artwork was truly awesome though. Huge realistic murals in a sort of Picasso sort of way. I’ve never seen such art before…you have to watch it to… Read more »
Apparently I’m in the minority here. I find it quite good and I’m intrigued to see where it goes. I love Simone and Fredwyn. It is so different from anything else on TV.
Watched the first episode and deciding whether to continue. It was quite boring.
This show is trying to be quirky and engaging and immersive, but it’s not. Successful shows are character-driven and none of the characters here are particularly appealing or interesting. The trans is mildly interesting but not enough for me to keep watching. Bye, bye.
Agree. This show fails in all the ways Lodge 49 succeeded. AMC should have passed on Segel’s vanity project and stood behind the Lodge.
Just the opposite.
I still don’t know if pie is better than cake but I do know that Lodge was better than Dispatches.
The only interesting character is Sally Field and you can’t carry a show like this on one character.
Her character could be interesting but the acting is sooooo over acted. This makes her distracting. The quivering lips, the overwrought expressions and the touch of camp.
I disagree…you learn a lot from the trans gender and her struggle. You learn about the boredom and emptiness of the data processor. You learn of the paranoid intellect of fredwyn. you learn about sally fields character and how she is trapped caring for her loved one. All of them have some severe challenges in life…and dancing with sasquatch is the very essence of the divine nonchalance.
Watched all episodes. Give it good marks for originality. To me seemed to be watching the same episode over & over for each character (episodes 1-4) like how the movie Clue had slightly different ending options. This probably been better made as movie. Clever how final episode at ending gave some sense of closure if not renewed. Not sure have second season could work? Sometimes stories do not need longevity.