Going Back to Downtown Abbey
Looks like our favorite series has become a successful film franchise. Downton Abbey 2 has just been confirmed, with Focus Features promising us a nice 2021 Christmas present. Creator Julian Fellowes and most of the original cast — including Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery will be back, and some names like Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West, will join the cast. Huzzah!
Chip and Jo Cook Up 5 New Shows
News flash! Five new Magnolia Network shows have just been announced, to air this summer when DIY Network Channel turns into the Magnolia Network. In the meantime, catch a preview of them all on Magnolia Network: A Look Ahead Vol. 2, an hour-long preview special that will drop on discovery+ on Friday, April 23 and will air the following day, Saturday, April 24, at 8 PM / 7 PM CT on DIY Network. Read the specifics on the new shows here.
A Trailer for the Oscars?
We know it’s unusual, but hey, this is not your average year. The Academy decided to announce the lineup of presenters and sort of mini-hosts not only in press releases sent to media outlets like this one, but also in a glitzy trailer-type video. We think it’s an effective way to build anticipation in an extremely low-energy year. Check it out for yourself:
Bridgerton X 4
Netflix is officially renewing Bridgerton for two more seasons. The streamer had already given a green light second season, and word just came in that the super popular period drama from executive producer Shonda Rhimes will have a third and fourth season as well. That’s a bold move, considering they have no idea how the show will fare without Rege Jean Page, the newly minted sex symbol who bowed out after season one to pursue big screen interests.
The Real Magic Mike = Red Hot Reality
Woo Hoo! The hottest reality series about to stream is HBO Max’s The Real Magic Mike, a competition series involving 10 men who have “lost their magic” competing for a cash prize and a chance to perform at the Magic Mike Live stage show in Las Vegas. Star Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh are among the executive producers of the series. Gotta see if I can get in the audience of this one.
Hedging Their Bets
Gardening fans need to plant themselves in front of their favorite screens on Wednesday, May 12, when discovery+ drops a special 90-minute premiere episode of Clipped, the first competition series set in the spectacular world of topiary. Hosted by actor Michael Urie, the six-episode series follows seven real life “Edward Scissorhands” who create breathtaking sculptures out of meticulously trimmed shrubbery, plants and flowers— designing colorful, larger-than-life, living works of art. Judges will be food and gardening icon Martha Stewart, critically acclaimed landscape architect Fernando Wong and lifestyle, landscape and horticultural expert Chris Lambton.
Fox’s Crime Scene Kitchen (Bet they change the name)
This new Fox reality show has just about everything — mystery, comedy even food! Although it does have a rather unappetizing name, Crime Scene Kitchen will be hosted by Joel McHale, who will oversee two-person baking teams deciphering and re-creating a dessert from crumbs, trails of flour and other small clues left around the kitchen. A $100,000 prize is at stake. Crime Scene Kitchen will June 9 at 9 pm.
Loki — The Best Thing Since The Mandalorian?
If this riveting trailer is any indication, the upcoming Disney+ TV series Loki could well even surpass Wanda Vision and rank right up there with The Mandalorian. It’s all about Loki—the imperious God of Mischief—who, after absconding with the Tesseract, is a fish-out-of-water when he lands in a world of trouble with the bureaucratic TVA (Time Variance Authority). The all-new, original series debuts exclusively on Disney+ on June 11, 2021.
You’ll Be Stunned by the Most Popular TV Moms
This surprising list is not all a spoon full of sugar. You’ll be stunned by the number of “shady ladies” are on the list of most popular TV Moms on social media. Get a hint of who’s ranking below, and see the rest at ReallyRather.com.
I knew I was going to like Beartown, the HBO MAX limited series adapted from one of my all time favorite novels, by the outrageously talented storyteller Fredrik Backman. But I didn’t know I was going to go absolutely nutsy cuckoo over it. It’s one of the best things on television right now. The five-episode drama series was masterfully produced in Sweden, and is all the better for it. In US hands it may have been tarted up like a music video, sacrificing story, character and emotion in the process. Trust me, brave the subtitles and you will be utterly captivated by the bears of Beartown.
Barbie Girl Fashion Competition
It seems like everyone who’s anyone gets their own reality series these days — even if they’re not among the living. Now Mattel is making the most of its most famous brands, by developing a fashion design competition called Barbie Fashion Battle, focusing on designing clothes for Barbie dolls. And get this: Mission Control Media, who brought you Hollywood Game Night and Face Off, is behind it. You just never know…
The House Steve Carell Egged in ‘The Office’ is for Sale!
This just in from our dear friends at The Agency:
“Wanted to share the news with you of a new listing that fans of the hit TV show – The Office – will be sure to recognize! In Series 7, Episode 21 – “Michael’s Last Dundies” – Michael Scott and Deangelo Vickers (Steve Carell and Will Ferell) go house to house delivering office employees their Dundee nomination certificates. When the pair get to Toby Flenderson’s (Paul Lieberstein) home, instead of delivering the award, Michael yells out “Toby, you suck!” and throws eggs at the front of the house.
Listed by Farah Levi and Jessica Michalov of The Agency for $1.098m, the home features three bedrooms and two bathrooms across 1,505 square feet. It was built in 1941.”