TV News Flash
What do you get when you combine Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Armie Hammer and Joel Edgerton? A new television series called Gaslit, a modern take on Watergate that will focus on the untold stories and forgotten characters of the scandal. The guys behind Mr. Robot, Sam Esmail and Robbie Pickering, are behind it. They promise to explore Nixon’s bumbling, opportunistic subordinates and the those aiding and abetting their crimes, as well as the tragic whistle-blowers who would eventually bring the whole enterprise crashing down. Read more at HollywoodReporter.com. No network is attached yet, but Universal Content Productions is putting it forth.
Can’t wait for March 18 when Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington square off in Hulu’s adaptation of Celeste Ng’s best selling novel Little Fires Everywhere? Neither can I, especially after watching this scintillating new trailer:
Showtime has pulled out all the stops on its new horror-comedy The Auteur, a half-hour series based on a graphic novel starring. First of, it stars Jude Law, and second, it’s directed by Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, The Mandalorian), who will also co-write. The series is based on a film producer desperate to make a great horror movie after a massive bomb, who accidentally traps his production on a backlot with a serial killer. Could be good for some seriously scary laughs.
Some of my favorite and most anticipated shows are premiering this week, while others are saying goodbye. Hunters, starring Al Pacino and executive produced by Jordan Peele, is set in the 1970’s and based on Nazi hunters. It premieres on Amazon Friday. Also on Friday Disney+ starts airing the return of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
On the goodbye list are Fresh Off the Boat — it’s final episode airs Friday, and the last episode ever of CBS’ Criminal Minds runs Wednesday.
Just for your watching pleasure, the fifth season of Better Call Saul and the 10th season of the The Walking Dead premiere on AMC on Sunday.
These are a few of my favorite things: Home makeovers, the Property Brothers and Freebies. Mix ’em together with a state-of-the-art home security package from ADT, and you get one fantastic opportunity that would be a crime not to share with you. All you have to do is make and post a video showing what you love in your home, and why you want to protect it. Get details here. Good luck!
Apple has released a trailer for its five tale series Amazing Stories, an update Steven Spielberg’s 1980s series. You can’t help but be impressed by the John Williams theme, as well as poignant clips with the late Robert Forster. Like the original, the new version will involve supernatural and fantasy stories. The Cellar is the first installment, debuting March 6. Can’t wait!
Lauren Graham, who almost has a cult following thanks to her work in Gilmore Girls, has just been cast in the new Disney+ series The Mighty Ducks, based, of course, on the ‘90s movie franchise. The fine Brady Noon, whom you saw in Good Boys, will play her son. The 10-episode original series begins production this month in Vancouver and will premiere later this year.
This is how it will go down: in present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan (Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom Alex (Graham) set out to build their own ragtag team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of competitive youth sports. One more good reason to subscribe to Disney+, as if you needed another.
Who needs to hassle the crowds and elevated prices at trendy restaurants when you can have a warm and cuddly Valentines Day at home? My advice is to curl up on the couch in front of whatever screen suits your fancy, and watch something you’ve been dying to see for oh-so-long but haven’t quite found the time. Binge Season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel? Finally take on The Irishman? Scan through this website for suggestions. And see here some of our (mine and Frankie Feldman’s) favorite things for making the evening more special than your everyday Netflix and Chill.
“Why are we so happily emotionally manipulated?” asked my husband as we wiped tears from our eyes and sniffled during the closing credits of the new, remarkably animated Lady and the Tramp on Disney+. We watched that immediately after the the same channel’s limited series Pick of the Litter, about puppies being raised up to be service dogs for the blind. I’m telling you, both shows are stellar entertainment, and I dare you not to cry. To answer my hubby’s query, I believe it’s because there’s so much negativity and rancor out there, we’re all up for any love and tenderness we can find. These two shows alone are worth a subscription, as if there wasn’t any other fabulous content on Disney+. Well played, Mickey!
HGTV is planning a new makeover so big it takes a village! Inspired by its series Home Town, in which adorable home reno couple Ben and Erin Napier transform older homes in their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, the network is asking fans to submit their own small towns, with a population less than 40,000, to be featured in the event series, Home Town Takeover. They’re specifically looking for towns “With great architecture longing to be revealed,” and “a Main Street that needs a facelift.” It’s scheduled to premiere in 2021, so there’s still time to submit. See details here.
Ralph Lauren, Iron Man, Maria Sharapova — They've All Hung Here
If the photos of this grand Palos Verdes mansion look familiar to you, that’s because it’s been feature in more movies, TV shows and print photo shoots than a lot of A-List stars. It’s starred on Medium, The Mentalist, The O.C. and as the Mandarin’s hideout in Iron Man 3. It’s also been featured in photo…
Showtime Smackdown: Brody Vs. John Adams
Now here’s a brilliant piece of casting worth paying cable rates to see: Damien Lewis, aka Brody on Showtime’s Homeland, has been cast opposite Paul Giamatti, who was unforgettable in the HBO miniseries John Adams, in a pilot for a new series called Billions, about the world of high finance. Giamatti will play clever and aggressive U.S. Attorney…
Truebies Rejoice! The HBO "True Blood Complete Series" Blu-Ray Arrives
By Staci Layne Wilson True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mystery books, enjoyed seven successful and scintillating seasons on HBO. The show chronicled the adventures of a telepathic waitress, Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Pacquin), following her encounters in a strange new paranormal world after she fell for a mysterious Louisiana gentleman and vampire, Bill…
Many fear that the film Missionary, a “dramatic thriller” about a Mormon Elder run amok with violence and passion, will negate all that great PR The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received from the film Meet the Mormons. I’m here to reassure them that that’s not gonna happen. Missionary is getting a small…
Jay Z and Beyonce Rent 'Ray Donovan' House
If you’re a Ray Donovan fan, you’ll remember the scene where felonious rapper Cookie steps on the creepy attorney’s head while he’s relaxing in his pool. And if you’re a Million Dollar Listings fan, you’ll have seen that same pool and house in the first episode of the current season. Now if you happen to be…
Review: Stonehearst Asylum
Okay, if you’re only going to see one scary movie this year, or if you just feel like a good chilling fright around Halloween, I recommend that you chose Stonehearst Asylum, a gaudy, gory, gothic horror of a film with an all star cast including Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleason and…
The Good Wife Loses Her Best Frenemy
The Good Wife fans were gobsmacked last season when Will Gardner (Josh Charles) was shot by a client and left the show for good. But we won’t be so taken aback at the end of Season Six when Kalinda meets her ultimate fate, because it’s been announced Emmy winner Archie Punjabi has just signed a…
Can't Wait to Get 'Younger'
Sex and the City fans rejoice! Creator Darren Star is coming back with a flirty new, female-oriented comedy called Younger, and it stars some of my TV favorites. With original programming like Hot in Cleveland and The Exes, TV Land is known for it’s appreciation for and accommodation of what I like to call more “savvy”…
Shark Tank Gets a Spin-Off
Woo Hoo! My favorite reality show is getting a spin-off. That’s right, I dare use the words “favorite” and “reality show” in the same sentence. Shark Tank, where successful business “tycoons” bid or don’t bid to fund businesses that clever entrepreneurs present, is a breakout hit for ABC on Friday nights (not traditionally a successful…
A&E Ditches Grown Up Viewers
As odd as this sounds, basic cabler A&E, the network that brings you such television treasures as Hoarders, Epic Ink and Storage Wars, has just canceled its second most popular show, the Wyoming country detective drama Longmire. Why would the network make such a strange move after three successful seasons? Because, while Longmire averages 5.6…