Mandalorian Season 1 Recap
For your viewing pleasure: in anticipation of Madalorian Season 2 launching on Disney+ Friday, Oct. 30, here’s a recap of Season 1 . You’re welcome!
How About Some Ice-T in the Afternoon?
Ice-T, the Law & Order: SVU star and rapper is hosting a syndicated legal show called The Mediator, a half-hour daytime series will have a four-week trial on some of the Fox-owned stations, including the biggies in New York and Los Angeles, in March 2021. In each episode, Ice-T will hear arguments from two parties involved in a civil dispute. He’ll then consult with experts and give them recommendations. “I think my opinions are rooted in facts and fairness so I know I can help these people,” said Ice-T. Should Judge Judy be looking over her shoulder?
CBS Seasons are Getting Shorter
As with most things, the pandemic is monkeying with the CBS TV schedule. The network just announced that instead of the usual 24-episode seasons its shows usually run, dramas Blue Bloods, Bull, Magnum P.I., NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans and SEAL Team will each run only 16 episodes this season. NCIS: Los Angeles and comedy The Neighborhood will run 18 episodes. What the programming holes will be filled with is anyone’s guess at the moment.
Away No More
Oh so disappointed to hear that Netflix is saying goodbye to Away. The streamer canceled the series that starred Hilary Swank as an astronaut leading an international space team, the first to land on Mars mission. It won’t make it past its first, stellar season. Although Away did well in ratings, it apparently cost quite a bit to produce, and that had to be considered. The first and only season is still worth watching if you haven’t seen it.
Coming Soon: Another Helping of Fried Green Tomatoes
A Fried Green Tomatoes TV series starring Reba McEntire? Yes please! And to make it even more delicious, TV icon Norman Lear is behind it for NBC, so you’ll be able to watch it without worrying about streaming of cable channel subscriptions. The show involves the descendants of the novel, with McEntire staring as present-day Idgie Threadgoode, who returns to Whistle Stop after a decade away and is wrestling with a changed town, estranged daughter, faltering cafe and life-changing secret. But wait…there’s more! Fannie Flagg, the author of the original novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and co-writer of the hit 1991 film, will executive produce the TV show, along with Lear. We’ll keep you posted on further casting and a projected premiere date.
Beartown is Coming to HBO MAX
This is the best reason ever to subscribe to streamer HBO MAX! Beartown, by Fredrik Backman (one of my all time favorite novels) is coming to HBO Max in the forma of a five-episode drama series produced in Sweden. In case you haven’t read it yet, it revolves around a small-town Swedish junior ice-hockey team having a shot at winning the national semi-finals, with all the dreams of the locals resting on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. This heavy burden becomes the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Even more brilliant than Backman’s A Man Called Ove. One more series to look forward to in 2021.
Showtime is bringing back their killer hit for at least one more, limited season. The 10-episode new Dexter will star Michael C. Hall again, and will be a continuation of the eight-season series, which, as fans will remember, ended with Dexter going into self-imposed exile as a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest. They’re shooting for a Fall 2021 premiere.
Another Movie Going Straight to Stream
Gerard Butler’s thriller Greenland will now skip U.S. theater release and go straight to premium video-on-demand, asking $19.99 a 48 hour rental, starting Dec. 18. It’s already been released in theaters in 24 territories outside of the U.S. and done quite well, but distributor STX has decided that, with continued cinema closers in major markets like New York and Los Angeles, Greenland will likely reach more viewers on the small screen.
Where and When You Can See Pixar’s Latest
Woo Hoo! How’s this for a holiday treat? Pixar is going to forego a theatrical run for now, and release its latest animated feature, Soul, on Disney+ on Christmas Day! And get this — it’s free! Well, free if you already subscribe to Disney+. Unlike with Mulan, you won’t have to pay extra. And if you don’t already subscribe, it would make a great Christmas or Hanukkah gift for some lucky “soul.” Guess I’ll be cuddling up with extended fam on Christmas Day and indulging in something that looks like it may be among Pixar’s finest. Get more info about it on ReallyRather.com.
The West Wing Reunion to Get Out the Vote
Next Thursday you might want to start your free trial of HBO Max — that’s when they’re broadcasting a A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote. It’s a special stage version, with all your favorites from the beloved political drama series, including Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Rob Lowe, and Bradley Whitford, as well as Sterling K. Brown as Leo McGarry. John Spencer, who played Leo on the series, died in 2005. In support of the special and the upcoming election, TNT will be airing “West Wing” marathons on Fridays beginning October 9.