TV News Flash
This one’s gonna be good: Prolific and brilliant TV show creator Ryan Murphy is working on a new Netflix Original Series called The Politician, and regulars include: Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, Laura Dreyfuss and myriad others.
Here’s the rundown:
Payton Hobart (Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of dark comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy’s The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.
Only problem with it? It doesn’t drop until September 27th. Wah!
And it even has unicorns and Samuel L. Jackson! Brie Larson both directed and starred in the film Unicorn Store, set to premiere on Netflix April 5.
What’s it about? Well…
Kit (Larson) is a lonely twenty-something dreamer who’s reluctant to leave the comforts of childhood and fully embrace adulthood. But when art school sends her packing, Kit is forced to move back home with her parents and take a temp job in a boring office. Just when she’s resolved to finally put her Care Bears aside and grow up, a mysterious salesman (Jackson) enters Kit’s life and offers to give her childlike heart its greatest desire.
The Hallmark Channel has just launched a Renovation Fever Sweepstakes that will bestow on one viewer a prize package that includes $50,000 that can be used toward a family room renovation and a trip for two to LA. The sweepstakes coincides with a poll asking viewers to help in the redesign of the family room set of the network’s series Home & Family, where carpenter Brett Tutor (Trading Spaces) will be making weekly appearances. Entering is actually pretty fun!
If you win, be sure you tell them you saw it first on AtHomeInHollywood.com.
I know it’s not fun to pay to watch CBS programming digitally, but these two shows are definitely worth the hassle. The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight starring Christine Baranski just keeps on getting better and better, while Star Trek: Discovery’s second season outdoes itself with every episode.
What I love about both these shows are that they boldly go where no TV production has ever gone before. They’re not just another lawyer show and space show. Get the week free trial and you’ll see what I mean.
I admit I’m not a fan of the Netflix Black Mirror interactive episode called Bandersnatch, but You vs. Wild looks way better. Starring hunky survival expert Bear Grylls, viewers join him on exciting adventures all over the world. Dense jungles, towering mountains, brutal deserts, and mysterious forests await, with tough decisions around every corner. In this groundbreaking interactive adventure series, you make all the decisions and whether or not Bear succeeds or fails is totally up to you.
Says Grylls: “I’m so proud to deliver this first-of-its-kind live-action interactive series, really giving viewers an all access pass to explore the world and its landscapes in my boots. The stakes are high in this one!”
Look for it to will debut on Netflix April 10.
Ever since Discovery bought Scripts, the company behind the Food Network, HGTV and the upcoming Chip and Joanna Gaines network, Discovery has been going gangbusters. They recently sent me the following bit of promotion, and I have to say they’ve got me pegged. Do you watch these stations and shows?
So fascinating, yet so disgusting! The new season of Hoarders is so packed the episodes are two hours long! I had a great conversation with L.A. organization expert Dorothy Breininger, who stars on the show, and she told me all about how to know if you, or someone you love, might be a hoarder. If you check to or more of the items on this list, it might be time to get help. Find it on Realtor.com. And tune into Hoarders Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm.
Four of HGTV’s brightest home renovation experts will square off in the network’s newest competition series, Rock the Block. With just four weeks and $150,000 each, Leanne Ford (Restored by the Fords), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential), Mina Starsiak (Good Bones) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will take identical suburban properties—located side-by-side in the Greater Los Angeles Area—and morph them into extraordinary custom dream homes. And get this: the show will be hosted by Property Brothers star and real estate expert Drew Scott. The HGTV star who adds the most value to her home will claim victory and bragging rights. Rock the Block is slated to premiere in fall 2019.
Forget about the kids — is there anything written about allowing your dog too much screen time? While Jim and I were on vacation, the fabulous folks at the Doggy BnB allowed Frankie to watch all his favorite French films on Netflix. Frankie’s comment when we returned? “Tres bone!”
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