I must admit I didn’t watch much of the Emmy-winning “Friday Night Lights” during its five year run on NBC (2006-2011). I had seen the movie on which the series was based, but because I’m not a huge fan of football stories, other than watching screeners of the series during Emmy season, I didn’t play much attention to the show. So, I decided to add … Continue reading FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS Tackled the Topic of Race but Sometimes Fumbled
I have been loving the Spanish content on Netflix. Shows like Elite, Toy Boy, The Club and El Club De Cuervo are compelling, sexy and inclusive. The newest entry to the mix is Dark Desire a mystery thriller that takes viewers on a roller coaster ride in each episode. The show stars Alejandro Speitzer who also stars in the Netflix series The Club. Speitzer solidifies … Continue reading DARK DESIRE Brings Sex and Intrigue to Netflix!
Although How to Get Away with Murder just ended its six season run on ABC, I can’t help but want to see more of Annalise Keating. SPOILERS AHEAD If you’ve seen the series finale, you know that during the final moments of the episode the story flashes forward to reveal that Annalise dies at an old age, which means there’s a good 25-30 years before … Continue reading Wishful Programming: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Television Movies
Even if you don’t use the social media app TikTok, you’ve probably seen Sarah Cooper’s hysterical videos in which she lip sync’s Donald Trump in his various train wreck interviews and press conferences. Cooper has taken the country by storm, earning glowing reviews from celebrities, news anchors and politicians. Last night she was the guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live! It’s now been announced that … Continue reading TikTok Phenom SARAH COOPER Books Netflix Special
HBO announced that it has partnered with Insecure star Issa Rae for two-part documentary Seen & Heard which will explore the history of Black television. The documentary, currently in production, looks at the topic from the perspective of the individuals who wrote, produced, created and starred in series from past and present. For more on the story from Deadline, click here. Continue reading SEEN & HEARD: HBO Partners with Issa Rae for Black TV Documentary
Hulu announced that it has renewed freshman series Love, Victor for a second season. They high school set gay romantic comedy is a spin-off of the 2018 theatrical film Love, Simon. The series is set about a year or so after Love, Simon with some of the film’s characters making cameos throughout the first season. Love, Simon star Nick Robinson narrates the series and serves … Continue reading Hulu Renews LOVE, VICTOR; Announces Fate of HIGH FIDELITY
Netflix hasn’t shied away from adult sexual content in it’s original series programming, but the streamer’s original movies have mostly been pretty tame. That is until this summer when films 365 Days and Love debuted. 365 Days contains lots of simulated sex, think the old days of Cinemax, and nudity. The story is problematic. It revolves Massimo, an Italian mobster, who takes a beautiful Polish … Continue reading 365 DAYS and LOVE take Netflix into More Sexually Explicit Territory!
Netflix is by far the best streaming service when it comes to diversity and inclusion. It’s international reach allows the streamer to offer subscribers a stories featuring character of various cultures, ethnicities and sexuality. El Club is a Spanish language drama set in Mexico that delivers family drama, intrigue and sex. The premise is simple, three affluent twenty-something friends, Pablo, Matias and Sofia team with … Continue reading Join THE CLUB on Netflx!
The HBO limited series Watchmen dominated the Emmy nominations today with 26 nods including Outstanding Limited Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for star, Regina King, who won previously in this category for her performance in the Netflix series 7 Seconds. I think she’s the favorite to take home the award this year as well. Watchmen should also be favored to win … Continue reading WATCHMEN Leads Emmy Nominations! Did Your Favorite Show Get a Nod? (See Complete List Here)
NBC announced its Fall 2020 primetime lineup with the highest profile series Law & Order: Organized Crime anchoring Thursday nights at 10pm, leading out of flagship series Law & Order: SVU. The schedule is pretty stable with all returning series, except for Law & Order: Organized Crime. Popular series Good Girls and Zoey’s Extraodinary Playlist will return later in the season, along with a slate … Continue reading NBC Announces Fall Schedule! Did Your Favorites Make the Cut?
If you’re a fan of Broadway, you knew Billy Porter before his Emmy-winning turn as Pray Tell on the FX drama Pose. In 2013, Porter won the Tony award for Best Actor in a Music as Lola in the stage version of the film Kinky Boots. In 2014, he won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album for the same musical. And while Lola, at … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH PROGRAMMING: Celebrating Emmy Winner Billy Porter from POSE!
With the launch of HBO Max there’s been a lot of confusion about the other HBO streaming brands, HBO Go and HBO Now, among consumers. Today, WarnerMedia cleared things up. As of July 31st, HBO Go will cease to exist. If you’re an HBO Go subscriber, you’re now able to access the streamer’s content via HBO Max. Along with killing the HBO Go service, WarnerMedia … Continue reading WarnerMedia Kills HBO GO and Rebrands HBO NOW to Clear Way for HBO MAX Service
Even with a 10 episodes this year, it feels like Insecure’s fourth season flew by. This was by far the HBO comedy’s best season. The season has focused on the central relationship of the series – Issa and Molly. We could see small cracks in the foundation of their friendship as early as the first episode of season one, but this season everything just fell … Continue reading WATCH: INSECURE Season Finale Promo!
The next time you log onto Netflix you’ll see a new feature. The streaming service has launched “More Than A Movement” which is designed to feature “powerful and complex narratives about the Black experience.” The curated content includes the documentary 13th, Mudbound, Orange Is The New Black, Moonlight, When They See Us and Spike Lee’s new film Da 5 Bloods. Netflix recently tweeted, “When we … Continue reading Netflix Launches a Collection of Television and Film Content Highlighting The Black Experience
Most of us came to know Yvonne Orji for her role as Molly on the HBO comedy Insecure. But, what most people don’t know is that Orji had a standup career before her breakout role as Molly. Orji’ s first HBO stand up special Momma I Made It premiered on HBO this past Saturday and she shines. The special cuts footage of Orji back in … Continue reading Get to Know Yvonne Orji in Her Stand-Up Special MOMMA I MADE IT on HBO
If you haven’t seen the documentary Paris is Burning, get yourself together and watch it now! No Pride month is complete without this stellar account of the New York City ball culture and the LGBTQ+, Black and Latinos that made up the community The ball competitions are structured events in which contestants must adhere to a very specific categories or theme and then walk a … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH PROGRAMMING: The Documentary PARIS IS BURNING is a Must Watch!
The 2018 film Mario, from Switzerland, tells a beautiful story of two footballers who unexpectedly fall in love. The film’s titular character Mario is a rising football (soccer for US readers) star. He has a promising career ahead of him and all those around him including his father want to make sure he succeeds. While training for current season, the team adds a new player, … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH PROGRAMMING: The Film MARIO Tells the Heart Wrenching Story of Two Footballers In Love
Gabrielle Union has filed a harassment complaint in California against the producers of America’s Got Talent. She also alleges that NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy threatened her over speaking out against racism on set. Union was a judge on the talent competition show for one season and alleged a toxic culture at the show that included racist jokes and excessive focus on female judge’s appearances. … Continue reading Gabrielle Union Files Discrimination Complaint Against AMERICA’S GOT TALENT!
While streaming services like Netflix and Hulu offer diverse and inclusive programming for the LGBTQ+ audience, streamer REVRY delivers a service solely focused on this audience. REVRY offers original and licensed LGBTQ+ themed movies, tv series, music, podcasts and news. The interface is pretty simple and user friendly. There truly is a lot of undiscovered content on this service and it’s definitely worth checking out. … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH PROGRAMMING: REVRY Streaming Service Puts LGBTQ+ Content at the Forefront!
Mother Elektra Abundance quickly became a breakout on the FX series Pose. Her strong will and cutting quips makes her a scene stealer, even when she’s not trying. Pose is such an important show for LGBTQIA+ representation. It’s the first network primetime series to have a majority transgender cast. Dominique Jackson brings such life to Elekra its hard to believe she hasn’t been nominated for … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH PROGRAMMING: An Iconic Read by Elektra Abundance Evangelista on POSE!
This week marks the penultimate episode of Insecure’s fourth season. Last week’s episode of Insecure was a love letter to fans as we got a romcom episode featuring only Issa and Lawrence. I’m not going to recap this episode because if you haven’t seen it yet, you should, immediately. I will say this episode was beautifully written by series producer and co-star Natasha Rothwell (Kelli). … Continue reading WATCH: INSECURE EPISODE 9 PREVIEW
Ramy dropped its second season last Friday and boy what a season it is! Like season one, Ramy extends stand alone episodes for Ramy’s family members, this year including his Uncle Naseem (Laith Nakli). SPOILERS AHEAD In the season’s ninth episode, we learn during a surprising moment in a gym steam room that Ramy’s obnoxious uncle is gay. Naseem, a Muslim, is closeted and self … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH PROGRAMMING: RAMY Delivers the Beautiful Yet Heartbreaking Story of “Uncle Naseem”
Amanda Seales has announced that she won’t be returning to the syndicated talk show The Real. Seales’ contract is up and she chose not to renew. Seales said “My contract is up…and I didn’t renew it because it doesn’t feel good to my soul to be at a place where I cannot speak to my people the way they need to be spoken to.” Sealss … Continue reading Amanda Seales Announces Exit from THE REAL!
On June 19th Hulu will premiere its newest series Love, Victor. A spin-off of the 2018 film Love, Simon, the series focuses on a new student at Creekwood High School and follows him as he struggles with his sexual orientation. The show will be narrated by Love, Simon’s Nick Robinson who is also a producer on the series. Along with Michael Cimino starring as the … Continue reading PRIDE MONTH PROGRAMMING: LOVE, VICTOR Trailer for Hulu!
We could all use a good laugh these days and Leslie Jones delivers just that with her first Netflix special Leslie Jones: Time Machine. Best known for her time on Saturday Night Live, Jones shines in this special. She commands the stage, engages with the audience and shares her stories with such ease you forget you’re not actually in the room with her. Whether you’re … Continue reading LESLIE JONES: TIME MACHINE is a Great Escape on Netflix!
As part of our Pride Month Programming here’s an article I wrote a while back about the HBO comedy-drama LOOKING. While the show only lasted two short seasons, with a follow up TV movie to wrap things up, it was still an important series for representation. Since LOOKING was cancelled, representation of LGBTQ+ characters has gotten better but it’s alway nice to remember the shows … Continue reading Pride Month Programming: Why LOOKING Mattered (Revisited)
The U.K. has come up with a comprehensive set of guidelines so that film and television sets can resume production. Some of the British soaps, like Emmerdale, had already announced that they were getting back in the studio with some social distancing stories that would have only 2 characters in scenes together. The British Film Commission compiles a 27 page list of best practices for … Continue reading The U.K. to Resume Film and T.V. Production! Will the U.S. Follow Soon?
Today is the start of Pride Month and all month I’ll be highlighting some great LGBTQIA+ programming that is not only informative but also entertaining. I’d first like to recommend the documentary The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson on Netflix. This is truly one of the best documentaries about the origins of the LGBTQIA+ movement. Without Marsha, there’d be no Pride month, at … Continue reading Pride Month Programming: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON on Netflix
Sex, intrigue and murder! Oh my! If you’re looking for something fun to watch with great eye candy then the Netflix Spanish drama Toy Boy is for you. The crime drama centers on male stripper Hugo Beltran who, after spending seven years in prison for murder, is released and sets out to find proof that his married lover is the one who framed him for … Continue reading Get Your Guilty Pleasure on with Netflix’s TOY BOY!
Lovebirds was originally supposed to be released theatrically this spring, but those plans got axed because of the coronavirus. Luckily Netflix swooped in and released the movie on the streaming platform last week and we’re all the better for it. I started watching the film, not knowing much about it. I just knew it was a romcom that starred Issa Rae (Insecure) and Kumail Nanjiani … Continue reading MOVIE WATCH: LOVEBIRDS on Netflix
Hulu’s comedy series Ramy is now available on the streaming service. The series follows Ramy, a first generation American Muslim” who is looking for his place in the world given the challenges of living in the Egyptian community but wanting acceptance in broader American society. Ramy star and co-creator Ramy Youssef won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his season … Continue reading WATCH: RAMY Season 2 Trailer
Pride Month is just a few days away and NBCU’s cable networks SyFy and USA are teaming with GLAAD to highlight positive representation of the LGBTQ+ community for the entire month. It will be a Multiplatform campaign with both networks airing Pride-themed marathons, short form videos, PSAs, all-new podcast episodes and fan testimonials. Actor BD Wong (Nora From Queens, Mr. Robot) will be featured in … Continue reading SyFy and USA To Air Programming for Pride Month!
Larry Kramer was a trailblazing playwright, author, Oscar and Emmy nominated screenwriter and AIDS activist has died at age 84. Kramer is best known for his Tony Award-winning play, The Normal Heart, which was also turned into an Emmy-winning television movie for HBO. Kramer earned his Oscar nomination for the script adaptation for the 1969 film Women in Love. Kramer was an early and critical … Continue reading Oscar and Emmy Nominated Playwright Larry Kramer Dies at 84
The HBO Max streaming service launched today. If you own Apple products, like me, it’s the first thing you see when you open the App Store on any of your devices. The service boasts 10,000 hours of content including series for kids, TV and movie classics, including titles from the DC Universe. The service is also offering exclusive original series. It will be interesting to … Continue reading HBO MAX is Here! Is Adding Another Streaming Service Worth It?
The TBS comedy The Last O.G. on TBS is a show that can be easily misunderstood based on its title. I have to admit that when the show first premiered I thought it was going to be about an unlikeable gangster trying to run the streets. I didn’t think I’d be interested in watching the show. I was wrong. The series, created by Oscar and … Continue reading THE LAST O.G. is a Show With a Lot of Heart!
Variety is reporting that Amazon is working on a series based on the books of the same name by Stieg Larsson. The project is said not to be a sequel or continuation of the books or films and will be centered around the character of Lisbeth Salander. The project is early in its development and not writer or lead actress is attached to the series. … Continue reading AMAZON Developing Series Based on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
After giving us a full Issa point of view story in episode 6, this week it was Molly’s turn on “Insecure”. At the end of episode 6 we saw Issa decide not to go into her favorite Ethiopian restaurant after seeing Molly sitting at the counter. So, at the start of episode 7, the camera turned around and we got to see that Molly actually … Continue reading WATCH: INSECURE Episode 8 Promo!
Netflix has renewed its Spanish drama “Elite” for a fourth season. The renewal comes with some cast changes at the boarding school set series. “Elite” is akin to the former CW series “Gossip Girl”. The students at Las Encinas are involved in lots of intrigue, murder and sex! The Spanish language show is available with English subtitles or dubbing. Returning cast members include Itzan Escamilla … Continue reading Netflix Renews ELITE for Fourth Season!
ABC announced today that it has renewed 13 series for the upcoming 2020 fall season. While, the networks and studios don’t know when production will resume due to the coronavirus pandemic, these renewals are a sign that ABC is looking for stability in the upcoming season. The 13 series renewed are: “Stumptown”, “mixed-ish”, “American Housewife”, “black-ish”, “The Conners”, “The Goldbergs”, “A Million Little Things”, “The … Continue reading ABC Renews 13 Series! Who Made the Cut?
The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy nominations were announced today with ABC soap “General Hospital” garnering 23 nominations, including Outstanding Daytime Drama. The venerable NBC soap “Days of Our Lives” was a close second with 22 nods. “Days of our Lives” along with “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” round out the nominees for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series. The Netflix series … Continue reading GENERAL HOSPITAL Leads Daytime Emmy Nominations (See Full List Here)
The popular Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” returns to the streaming service this summer for its fourth and final season. The fourth season is said to feature the core characters graduating from high school, which wraps up the series beyond the original source material of author Jay Asher. The original premise of the series focused on the suicide of Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford … Continue reading WATCH: 13 REASONS WHY Fourth and Final Season Trailer!
In an exclusive with Deadline CBS has announce a two year renewal for daytime soap “The Bold and The Beautiful” taking the show into it’s 35th season. Due to the currently production shutdown, CBS is currently airing classic episodes of the venerable drama. Here’s the story as reported in Deadline. Continue reading THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Renewed for Two Years By CBS
Fans have been clamoring for Warner Brothers to release Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of his 2017 superhero film “Justice League” and now their wish has come true. HBO Max will make this version of the movie available in 2021. Snyder had to step away from his directorial duties on the film due to a personal tragedy and director Joss Whedon took over to do reshoots … Continue reading HBO MAX to Stream Zack Snyder’s Director’s Cut of JUSTICE LEAGUE
Although states are starting to open up, who knows when we’ll be able to go to a comedy club for some much needed laughs. So, here are some stand-up comedy specials currently available on streaming and cable services. There’s no cover charge or 2 drink minimum in your own home! Available on Netflix, Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready has the comic presenting six up and … Continue reading COMEDY SPECIALS To Watch at Home!
Even in a global pandemic, The Daytime Emmys has decided that the show must go on! The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that the Daytime Emmys will return to CBS on June 26, for the first time since 2011. The broadcast will air from 8pm-10pm ET/PT. The virtual awards ceremony will showcase the leading Daytime Emmy categories with the winners and some … Continue reading DAYTIME EMMYS To Air Virtual Ceremony on CBS!
This past week’s episode of “Insecure” saw the aftermath of Issa and Molly’s big fight at the end of the block party in episode 5. This installment was different in that it was stand-alone episode just from Issa’s point of view. While some of the series’ other characters did appear, they never shared scenes with Issa. The episode starts off with Issa replaying her fight … Continue reading WATCH: INSECURE Episode 7 Promo!
CBS isn’t planning on letting the coronavirus pandemic interrupt its fall schedule. The network announced it plans to move forward with a schedule of new and returning series in the fall. CBS is working with various studios and unions in hope to come up with a plan that would have shows back in production this summer in order to premiere sometime in the fall. If … Continue reading CBS Plans for Stable Fall Schedule in Midst of Pandemic
When FOX announced it’s fall schedule one of the new series on this list was “Filthy Rich” a soap opera set surrounding a southern family who runs a megachurch. When the patriarch dies, it’s revealed that he has three previously unknown children whom he names in his will. This series is based on a 2016 New Zealand soap of the same name. In the original … Continue reading New Zealand’s FILTHY RICH Gives Good Soap on HULU
Like all networks The CW has had to make adjustments to its planned fall 2020 schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. The network has announced it will air a mix of fresh programming made up of original, alternative and acquired programming. Included in the lineup will be the final season of long running series “Supernatural,” a show that launched on the now defunct WB Network. … Continue reading SUPERNATURAL Final Season to Air on The CW “Pandemic Adjusted” Fall Schedule
I needed a day to process the series final of “How to Get Away with Murder”. So much happened in one hour that I had to watch the episode twice. In the end, this was a series finale that will be ranked among the best in tv history. SPOILERS AHEAD The episode began as a continuation of Annalise’s trial. Remember, Annalise was on trial for … Continue reading HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Delivers a Fantastic Series Finale!