TV News Flash
My hubby and I are a little obsessed over the new Netflix dating show Love is Blind, in which couples meet, woo and become engaged without ever seeing each other! The show then follows the couples through meeting in person for the first time, going on a pre-honeymoon, moving in together, meeting each other’s families, and (hopefully) making it to the altar. It’s a little cuckoo, but a lot of fun. You can binge the whole series now, and the couples will reunite on a March 5 reunion episode. The “dating experiment” is hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey.
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.
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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!
I admit: I bit. The premise of a group of 15 people from all walks of life living together for a year on mostly undeveloped land does sound intriguing. But after watching the entire two hour premiere of Fox’s new reality series Utopia ($50 million in the making) I have to say I’m done. I watched it…
Update: Apparently, millions of viewers disagreed with my review of The Strain. I recently received the following info from the network: “FX has ordered a 13-episode second season of its newest hit drama series The Strain from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, it was announced today by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX…
'Louder Than Words' With David Duchovny Now On DVD
From time to time I’ll be filling you in on interesting Home Entertainment releases. You’ll note that films new on DVD almost always drop on Tuesdays. Sometimes they’ll be giant blockbusters finally released for home viewing, sometimes they are independents that might not have made it to a theater near you, and sometimes they’re newsworthy films that go straight to DVD.…
Recording Artists Asked to Pay to Play at Super Bowl
Ever wonder how much they pay artists like Bruno Mars and Aerosmith to put on those spectacular Super Bowl half time shows? It’s pretty common knowledge that the recording artists don’t get paid a penny — they do it for exposure. But what The Wall Street Journal (the god of all newspapers to which I subscribe religiously) recently…
Stop! Drop everything, and proceed directly to your television and begin binge-watching the FX series Fargo. It’s the biggest and best original series launch so far this year, and is not to be missed. If you liked the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece of the same name, you’ll love this 10-episode limited dramady series, produced by the Brothers C, which…