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2019-04-23 16:59:27

HBO Orders Veep Creator’s Sci-Fi Comedy Avenue 5 To Series

Armando Iannucci is headed back to HBO with the new comedy Avenue 5, as the network makes the series order official. Iannucci has long been associated with political comedies, after heading up such memorably foul-mouthed series as The Thick of It and HBO’s own perennial Emmy-winning comedy Veep. The writer and producer was the showrunner of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus-led series until season 4, paving the way for David Mandel to take the reins leading into its currently airing final season. 

Iannaucci has kept busy since his departure from Veep, writing and directing the feature film, another scathing political satire, The Death of Stalin, which starred Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Paddy Considine, and more. Now, Iannucci is headed back to television with a series that has a dramatically different premise and setting from what he’s used to. Avenue 5 is a sci-fi comedy set 40 years in the future, and is being billed as a “space tourism comedy… when the solar system is everyone’s oyster.” 

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As reported by TVLine, Avenue 5 has officially been given a series order from HBO, making it the latest new comedy to join the network’s ranks and help fill the void left by the departing Veep. With Iannucci on board and the futuristic premise, the series already sounds like a worthwhile endeavor for the network, and the cast that’s been lined up just sweetens the deal. Iannucci will reunite with Veep guest star Hugh Laurie, as well as Silicon Valley standout Zach Woods, and Josh Gad (Frozen). The series will also feature roles for Niki Amuka-Bird (Hard Sun), Suzy Nakamura (Veep), and Ethan Phillips (Better Call Saul). 

The report from TVLine sees Laurie (will next be seen in Hulu’s Catch 22) playing Captain Ryan Clark who is described as ““suave, outwardly confident, controlled and personable.” Woods will play Matt Spencer, a “nihilist…who can’t wait to get to the end of his final cruise before promotion to a more senior role on Earth.” Gad, meanwhile, will play Herman Judd, the “face and name behind Avenue 5, and the whole Judd brand, including hotels, fitness clubs and space tourism.”

Though Avenue 5 show won’t have a direct relation to politics, it’s not hard to imagine Iannucci using the notion of “space tourism” as a vehicle to satirize any number of topics — politics included. From the sound of it, this new comedy will be a bold step for Iannucci and his unique brand of comedy. 

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Avenue 5 does not currently have a premiere date. 

Source: TVLine


2019-04-22 02:04:27

Kevin Yeoman

Ranking The Top 10 Underrated Comedy Sequels

A lot of comedy sequels fall short of their predecessors, but there are plenty that hold a candle to—or even improve upon—the first film. For the risks, just look at the Hangover 3. They tried to go the route of copying a lot of the beats from their first movie, but it fell flat and mostly disappointed audiences. However, these movies went the other way and strengthened their franchises, by adding new wrinkles and characters, while placing fan favorite protagonists in new situations.

Thanks to big budgets and solid casts, here are ten underrated comedy sequels that will keep viewers laughing from start to finish.

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10 Ghostbusters II

Ivan Reitman’s second Ghostbusters film reunites the charming cast of the original, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, who are funny as ever in this comedy/sci-fi sequel. In Ghostbusters II, the crew revives the ghostbusting business in order to combat the newest supernatural threat to New York City. To the cast’s credit, the laugh-out-loud humor is just as present as it was in the original, making this 80s flick worth re-watching.

9 Wayne’s World 2

Less than two years after the original, Wayne’s World 2 debuted to much less box office profit than the first movie but kept up its catchphrases and pop culture references. Fans found it just as enjoyable as the first installment, but some critics slammed the film’s hit-or-miss jokes. However, Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, saying the main characters are “impossible to dislike” and credited their vocabulary as their biggest charm. Schwing!

8 American Wedding

American Wedding brings the gang back together to witness the holy matrimony of high school sweethearts Jim and Michelle. Though some critics disliked the film’s gross-out humor, fans of the series were not disappointed in another installment of the franchise that brilliantly balances raunchy humor and heartfelt, touching moments about friendship and growing up.

7 Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Doing drugs and making off-color jokes, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) deliver just as many laughs as they did on their journey to White Castle in the original film. In Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, the guys get captured and thrown in prison after being mistaken for militants on a plane to Amsterdam. They manage to escape and set out to clear their names while running from the feds. It’s no classic, but the film plays like a string of enjoyable, silly skits.

6 Horrible Bosses 2

There’s no doubt that the first Horrible Bosses installment is definitely better than the second, but Horrible Bosses 2 is nothing to scoff at. The main trio has such great comedic chemistry and there’s no shortage of it in this amusing sequel. The plot feels a little thrown together, but Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, and Jason Bateman will make viewers laugh from start to finish with outrageously dark jokes and the help of a star-studded cast, including Christoph Waltz, Chris Pine, and the return of Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston.

5 Ice Age: The Meltdown

There may be too many films in the Ice Age franchise, but the second installment, Ice Age: The Meltdown, is one of the better ones. Nothing compares to the unique simplicity, setting, and animation style of the first film, but the second one introduces a realistic antagonist: global warming. Ice Age: The Meltdown also sees the addition of new cast members, such as Queen Latifah as Ellie, Manny’s love interest and fellow woolly mammoth (who actually thinks she’s a possum).

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4 The Hangover Part II

Asking anyone about The Hangover Part II will probably result in them saying that it was a rip off of the first film and that the original is the only good movie in the entire trilogy. But those who’ve watched the third film will have more of an appreciation for the second installment. The Hangover Part II brings the Wolfpack back together for more shenanigans, this time in Thailand for Stu’s (Ed Helms) wedding. To no surprise, another character goes missing, and more animals and drugs are involved. Nevertheless, the laughs keep rolling in this dark comedy sequel.

3 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Mike Myers knocks it out of the park for the second time in the first Austin Powers sequel, The Spy Who Shagged Me, which was followed up by another sequel—Austin Powers in Goldmember—in 2002. Myers’ character acting is at its finest in this spy spoof trilogy, playing groovy British agent Austin Powers, campy villain Dr. Evil, obese Scotsman Fat B——, and later Goldmember, a Dutch super-villain and one of Dr. Evil’s henchmen. In The Spy Who Shagged Me, Myers battles himself again when Dr. Evil sets out to steal Austin Powers’ mojo by traveling back to the 1960s in his newly invented time machine. This hysterical sequel follows Powers as he tries to stop Dr. Evil from leaving him “shagless”—his worst nightmare.

2 Meet the Fockers

Jay Roach’s Meet the Fockers certainly isn’t a masterpiece, but those who are into immature, raunchy humor—including name puns—probably have special places in their hearts for this Meet the Parents sequel. Seeing more of grumpy, paranoid Robert De Niro as Jack Byrnes is fun in itself, but the addition of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand as Greg’s (Ben Stiller) parents makes this comedy sequel even more of a hoot.

1 Rush Hour 2

While the first Rush Hour felt more original, Rush Hour 2 ramps up the action and the funny. The second installment sees Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan exchanging dialogue and working more as a team as they investigate the murder of two U.S. customs agents. Watching the two hilariously rag on each other is like watching a couple of champions play tennis. In Rush Hour 2, Chan and Tucker’s chemistry makes every moment hilarious, even when the characters get themselves into life-or-death situations.

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2019-04-20 09:04:10

Courtney Zawistowski

Mike Myers Playing Multiple Characters in New Netflix Comedy Series

Mike Myers will be playing multiple characters in a new Netflix comedy series. Back in the 1990s, Myers was one of the hottest TV comedians around, taking his Wayne’s World sketch (alongside Dana Carvey) to international heights with two films, and briefly introducing a variety of popular catchphrases.

After leaving SNL in 1995, Myers struck gold with his Austin Powers character, a 1960s era, snaggle-toothed secret agent created as a parody of James Bond. Once again, catchphrases abounded and the character was so popular that it went on to spawn two more films in the franchise, with years of rumors persisting that a fourth is on its way. In addition to the popularity of Austin Powers, Myers was also responsible in part for the huge success of Disney’s Shrek series, in which the former SNL star voiced the big green eponymous ogre in three feature films, numerous spin-offs and several straight to home video releases. Most recently, Myers appeared as EMI record executive Ray Foster in the Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as the host of ABC’s revival of The Gong Show.

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With his penchant for playing a wide variety of unique characters well documented, it was only a matter of time before Myers stepped forward with something new. And while Austin Powers fans may be disappointed that the lecherous 1960s spy isn’t returning just yet, Variety is reporting that Myers will be the latest celebrity to find support at Netflix with a brand new project.

The yet to be titled comedy series will see Myers star as well as executive produce, and has been given a six-episode order from Netflix. Aside from this, not much else is currently known. Speaking about the new project, Myers said, “I love creating characters and Netflix has given me a fantastic playground to play in.” Though Myers has an extensive career that includes roles on TV and the big screen, he’s never been directly involved in a sitcom, meaning this will be new ground for the star. Myers’ relative unfamiliarity with the medium shouldn’t be cause for concern, however, as he’s no stranger to all the behind the camera work that’s required for any production to have a chance at success. His 2013 documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon saw him flaunt his first-time directorial chops with success, creating a true-life and touching portrait of one of Hollywood’s greatest talent managers.

For some, the name Mike Myers might elicit little more reaction than a roll of the eyes. But for others, Myers has been consistently missing from Hollywood’s comedic output over the last decade or two. Undeniably talented, it’s been a long time since fans were treated to something more than small cameos in films or being the star of someone else’s variety series. Exactly what Myers will bring to the crowded Netflix table remains to be seen, but whatever it is, he’s sure to take it all on with the same comedic gusto that’s previously made him such a pop culture phenomenon.

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Source: Variety


2019-04-17 07:04:03

Mike Jones

Little Review: A Cute & Heartfelt Age-Changing Comedy

Little successfully puts a funny new spin on age-changing comedy with a surprisingly heartfelt message about staying true to yourself when growing up.

Age-changing comedies are nothing new to Hollywood, with Big and 13 Going on 30 taking young preteens, aging them up to become adults and inevitably teaching them a lesson about not growing up too fast. In Universal Pictures’ latest comedy, Little, that particular formula is reversed, with an adult woman being turned back into her 13-year-old self – to hilarious effect. Little was directed by Tina Gordon (Peeples) from a script she co-wrote with Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), who’s credited with the story of the movie. Little successfully puts a funny new spin on age-changing comedy with a surprisingly heartfelt message about staying true to yourself when growing up.

Little introduces 13-year-old Jordan Sanders (Marsai Martin), who’s bullied in middle school for her interest in science and as a result of one particular incident, learns the wrong lesson about how to deal with bullies: she becomes a bully herself. Cut to grown up Jordan (Regina Hall), who’s become a tech mogul in charge of her own company. She’s feared by all of her employees, including her overworked assistant April (Issa Rae). And when Jordan is mean to a young girl, that girl wishes Jordan was little – and the next morning Jordan wakes up as her younger self. With an important work pitch looming and Jordan desperate to return to her adult self, she turns to April for help in finding the little girl that cursed her. However, Jordan will have to learn some hard lessons – ones she didn’t learn the first time she was little – before she returns to her adult self.

In terms of putting a new spin on the age-changing comedy, Little does a good job of offering something new within such a specific brand of film. Even this particular reverse on the aging up of Big and 13 Going on 30 has been done before with 17 Again, but Little sets itself apart by focusing on the experiences of a black girl/woman, bringing some much needed representation to this branch of comedy. The movie mines its premise, along with the gender and race of its characters, for a great deal of comedy. Oliver’s script for Little, like that of Girls Trip, is unapologetically female-focused, diving into not only Jordan’s experiences as a girl and as a woman, but her dynamic with April. The result is an oddball story with well-developed characters that brings plenty of heart to a typically comedic age-changing story. Little doesn’t skimp on the comedy, but it doesn’t skimp on the heart either, balancing the lessons Jordan learns as her young self with the more wild moments of humor.

The star of Little is, undoubtedly, Martin, who’s made a name for herself in Hollywood as one of the leads in ABC’s sitcom Black-ish. Martin rather effortlessly pulls off the character of Jordan in Little, portraying an adult in a child’s body with a great deal of grace and humor. Thanks to her performance as the younger version of Hall’s character – and Hall is certainly solid in her own right as the wildly mean adult Jordan – Martin effectively sells the concept of Jordan being stuck in the body of her 13-year-old self. Meanwhile, Rae works as a great complement to Martin and Hall’s Jordan, portraying the more subdued and fearful April. The relationship between April and Jordan is the anchor for much of the more hard to believe aspects of Little, working to ground the movie’s fantastical premise and over-the-top comedy. The trio of actresses are a solid cast to lead the film and though there are memorable bit parts for the supporting players, Martin, Rae and Hall are what makes Little work as well as it does.

Still, though Little strives to rise above the typical studio comedy with its new spin on the age-changing premise, the movie plays it relatively safe. Making the main characters of Little a pair of black women certainly puts a fresh perspective on the premise of an adult becoming their younger self and learning certain life lessons, but the movie still follows a fairly predictable path to that conclusion. And there’s nothing wrong with predictable, especially in terms of Little, which is fun both because of and despite its predictability. Moviegoers looking for a solid comedy that helps them escape for a few hours will find just that in Little.

Ultimately, Little may not have reinvented the wheel of comedy but it’s perfect for fans of Oliver’s last film Girls Trip, or those who have followed Martin’s rise on Black-ish. Further, fans of Rae’s own HBO comedy Insecure will see her playing a similarly earnest and unsure character in Little. Anyone that was intrigued by the trailers for Little will find plenty to enjoy in the movie’s often uproarious comedy, which is effectively balanced by a touching story about growing up – one that reinforces a lesson both kids and adults likely need to learn. Little is a successful comedy and an entirely enjoyable experience at the theater that may get lost amid a month with so many big releases, but it provides some necessary counter-programming to the superhero blockbusters debuting in April.

Trailer

Little is now playing in U.S. theaters nationwide. It is 109 minutes long and rated PG-13 for some suggestive content.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!


2019-04-12 05:04:42

Molly Freeman

HBO Renews Emmy-Winning Dark Comedy Barry for Season 3

HBO renews the television series Barry for season 3. Created by Alec Berg and Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader, the dark comedy’s season 2 premiere recently aired on HBO, and the subsequent episodes will complement the final season of Game of Thrones through April and May.

On Barry, Hader portrays the title character, a hitman trying to jumpstart his acting career in Los Angeles. Barry season 1 premiered in March 2018, and Hader ultimately won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. In addition, his Barry co-star Henry Winkler also won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. As a whole, Barry received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations, and was renewed in April 2018. Alongside Hader and Winkler, Barry features Sarah Goldberg, Stephen Root, Glenn Fleshler, and Anthony Carrigan. 

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Per Deadline, HBO has renewed Barry for season 3. Given the series’ critical acclaim and accomplishments thus far, the renewal makes perfect sense for HBO. While most network series are renewed near the end of a season, or within the first four to six weeks after a season finale, Hader and company received a significant sign of support from HBO with an early-season renewal. For the Barry season 2 premiere, the viewership nearly matched the Barry season 1 finale numbers, however the most recent episode, “The Power of No,” marked an all-time series low for U.S. viewership. During Barry season 1, Hader directed the first three episodes, and co-wrote three episodes with the aforementioned Berg. For Barry season 2, Hader co-wrote and directed the upcoming fifth episode, “ronny/lily,” along with the May season finale. In addition, Hader also co-wrote the Barry season 2 premiere.

In the early 2000s, Hader worked as a production assistant on feature films like Collateral Damage and The Scorpion King. Nearly two decades later, Barry allows him to display his full skill set as both a filmmaker and performer, this coming after establishing himself as an elite comedic improvisor and impressionist on Saturday Night Live. On the iconic NBC sketch comedy series, Hader collaborated with Seth Meyers, Fred Armisen, and director Rhys Thomas, all of whom later co-created the IFC mockumentary series Documentary Now!, of which was recently renewed for season 4. 

While Barry many not appeal to casual viewers that tune in for a specific brand of Bill Hader comedy, the series set a high bar with season 1 and presented a wholly unique antihero. Given Hader’s comedic background and admitted love of classic Hollywood films, he brings a unique blend of dramedy and cinematic history to each Barry episode, made even more impressive by his ability to direct as well. Now that HBO has renewed Barry for season 3, Hader can take a few more creative risks to further inform audiences about his character’s deep-rooted hopes and fears.

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Source: Deadline


2019-04-11 06:04:40

Q.V. Hough

The Tick Season 2 Review: The Superhero Comedy The World Needs Right Now

Certain comedies get better as they go along, when the writers and the actors have all had a chance to gel and figure out what everyone’s strengths and weakness are. That’s certainly true of Amazon’s The Tick, as it feels almost like an entirely new show at the start of season 2. Some of that is certainly due to the show’s continued refinement of Tick’s (Peter Serafinowicz) suit (or is it his body?), which has entered its third iteration since the series began in August of 2017. The new suit is much more practical, and it allows for a greater range of motion for the man wearing it, which in turn lets The Tick worry less about how its title character looks and more about the level of self-awareness it wants to infuse into its ongoing story of hopelessly flawed superheroes fighting crime in a city called the City. 

At times it felt as though season 1 of The Tick was an attempt for the show to find how it fit with the current glut of superhero films and TV series as much as it was about the effort of Tick and his nascent sidekick, Arthur (Griffin Newman), to root out evil and discover their place among the alleged pantheon of heroes sworn to protecting the City. Tone and pacing were common issues throughout the first season, which were then exacerbated by a protracted midseason break (almost six months). And still, even upon the series’ return, the balance between humor and superhero action felt off and the serialized nature of the series couldn’t quite turn a plot involving the return of the Terror (Jackie Earle Haley) into the kind of energized storytelling previous incarnations of The Tick enjoyed. 

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That isn’t an issue for season 2, which returns a funnier, faster-paced, and far more confident series than it was in season 1. From the first episode on, The Tick feels very much like the buddy comedy it was meant to be. Serafinowicz and Newman enjoy an easy chemistry with one another, which along with the self-aware, super-heroic dialogue, becomes key to the season’s early success. It helps that Arthur is fully committed to his role as a superhero, and that his family is (for the most part) supportive of his decision to pursue a life of crimefighting while also being an accountant. Removing the will they or won’t they from Tick and Arthur’s relationship gets the series off on the right foot, allowing the show to lean into the absurdity of its premise and its characters by making it all seem perfectly normal for these two heroes. 

Season 2 has some help in the normalizing department, as the defeat of the Terror has brought a huge influx of extremely weird (and often ridiculous) heroes and villains to the City, thanks in large part to A.E.G.I.S (The Tick’s cheeky riff on S.H.I.E.L.D.) re-opening a branch in Tick and Arthur’s neck of the woods. That opens the door for the series to get precisely as weird as it need to, introducing characters like Steve Ogg’s semi-retired Flexon (a Tick analogue to Marvel’s Mr. Fantastic), John Hodgman’s Hobbes, and Marc Kudisch as the hyper masculine, tough-as-nails head of A.E.G.I.S., Tyrannosaurus ‘Ty’ Rathbone. 

Part of what has made The Tick an enduring character since the 1980s is the ever-changing community of oddballs he is surrounded by. While Arthur is and will always be the Watson to his dim-bulb Sherlock Holmes, the franchise has proven adept at introducing new characters who are inherently ridiculous but just serious enough to work, and to keep things fresh, interesting, and funny. 

Season 2 also introduces a new plot line for Arthur’s sister Dot (Valerie Curry), as she begins to wonder whether or not Arthur’s the only one in the family destined to spend their spare time seeking justice. This thread works to give Tick and Arthur some breathing room, but it also spares Curry from being primarily relegated to reacting to the danger her onscreen sibling finds himself in. In her expanded role, Dot manages to get into some trouble and forge a bond with Overkill (Scott Speiser), which, in turn, offers that character a chance to be something more than a spoof on hyper-violent vigilante characters who rose to prominence in the ‘90s. 

The biggest improvements in season 2, however, are in how the season is structured. Though the overarching narrative of the season is still serialized, each episode functions on its own as a complete episode of television. Having a distinct beginning, middle, and end focuses the story and the comedy on more specific elements integral to the episode at hand. As a result, the jokes are funnier, the action livelier, and the story threads more compelling.

All in all, The Tick returns with the terrific new season of television. More heroes, more villains — all of them ridiculous in their own way — means more opportunities for laughs and for superhero action. Much like the Tick’s costume, the series received the right kind of upgrade in between seasons, and in doing so has become a real contender in the world of superhero TV. 

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The Tick season 2 is available starting April 5 on Amazon Prime Video.


2019-04-04 04:04:15

Kevin Yeoman

Santa Clarita Diet Sean 3 Review: Netflix’s Zombie Comedy Gets Even Weirder

Few shows excel at being so unabashedly weird as Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet, and fewer still manage to blend the inherent weirdness of something like, say, a suburban zombie sitcom, with humor that functions outside the immediate predicament of Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) Hammond — the suburban couple dealing with matters of the undead. For two seasons, the gory comedy has been constructing a surprisingly rich (albeit absurd) mythology around its unique take on zombies, turning the usually brainless shambling corpses into surprisingly lived-in characters, who nonetheless still have an endless appetite for human flesh. 

Aside from being a sharply written, well acted, and consistently witty comedy, Santa Clarita Diet deserves praise for its decompressed storytelling, which has allowed creator and showrunner Victor Fresco to spend 30 episodes telling only the first month or so of the Hammondses’ first-hand experience with that whole zombie thing. To be fair, the series isn’t plot driven so much as it’s characters are driven by self preservation and the need to find solutions to a seemingly never-ending cascade of obstacles and challenges, many of which arise as a consequence to the most recent solution found by Sheila, Joel, their daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) and neighbor Eric (series MVP, Skyler Gisondo). 

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In a sense, Santa Clarita Diet season 3 becomes inadvertently meta-textual as the series is faced with a number of casting dilemmas presumably caused by members of the supporting cast — namely, Nathan Fillion, Natalie Morales, and Zachary Knighton — moving on to other projects (The Rookie, Abby’s, and Magnum P.I.). But Santa Clarita Diet is nothing if not game to have a little fun at its own expense, explaining Fillion’s absence by way of the ongoing deterioration of what’s left of Gary’s body. Similarly, Knighton’s Knight of Serbia, Paul, asks his sharpshooting brother (Ethan Suplee) to take his place, so he can move to Hawaii. Thankfully, Morales is able to stick around for a little while longer, as her character, Anne Garcia, overcommits to Shiela after being convinced her undead-ness is actually a sign from God. 

Unlike Anne, Santa Clarita Diet doesn’t overcommit to any of its plot threads. The majority wind up resolved thanks in large part to Shiela and Joel’s moxie, Abby’s fear-inducing stubbornness, or Eric’s clumsy charm. Some, though, get resolved off screen; a character in question might just disappear and no one seems to notice because they’re too busy (the audience included) dealing with the next big thing threatening to expose Sheila’s secret and put the Hammonds away for a good long time. The constant influx of new obstacles and challenges helps keep the show moving at an incredibly fast pace, a feature that not only helps justify what might be thought of as an attention deficit, but it also prevents the season’s 10 half-hour episodes from sagging in the middle like so many other streaming shows. 

That’s not to say Santa Clarita Diet is aimless, by any means. In fact, with each passing season it’s managed to progress its story in steady increments, like introducing the Order of the Knights of Serbia, the bad clams that caused Sheila’s undead condition, and the mysterious spidery meatballs the zombies puke up when they’re first turned. Season 3 is light on firm answers to what it all means in the grand scheme of things, but that turns out to be for the best. The series is better suited to telling a small story told on a micro scale, as opposed to delivering on the macro-narrative elements being revealed piecemeal with each new season. 

As such, season 3 is largely concerned with the question of how long Sheila, Joel, Abby, and Eric can keep this up. With law enforcement bearing down on them, the neighbors and fellow Realtors (played by Joel McHale and Maggie Lawson) growing increasingly suspicious of their odd behavior, and the promise of stranger more absurd individuals and adversaries popping up out of the woodwork, it’s beginning to feel like the Hammondses’ days are numbered. Despite the overwhelming threats to her safety, Sheila comes to the conclusion that she’s essentially immortal. That realization creates no small amount of friction between her and Joel as the question of whether or not she’ll spend the next thousand years or so alone or with her husband ultimately takes precedent in a busy, sometimes overstuffed season of undead comedy. 

Though the season introduces plenty of new characters, played by the aforementioned Ethan Suplee, as well as Goran Visnjic (Timeless), and Linda Lavin (The Good Wife), all of whom add to the laundry list of obstacles facing the lead characters, the main story boils down to a pair of will they or won’t they scenarios involving Sheila and Joel, as well as Abby and Eric. To its credit, Santa Clarita Diet has done such a remarkable job with its characters that these questions actually feel bigger and more pressing than anything involving the undead, the Knights of Serbia, or whatever else the show throws at them. 

At this point, considering how many more high-profile shows are dropping like flies on the streaming service, Santa Clarita Diet feels like an unlikely success story for Netflix. And given how things resolve themselves (or don’t) at the end of the season, that apparent success will ultimately determine whether or not audiences get to follow Sheila and Joel to the end of their story, or if Santa Clarita Diet ends up like so many supporting characters this season. 

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Santa Clarita Diet season 3 will stream exclusively on Netflix beginning Friday, March 29.


2019-03-28 03:03:10

Kevin Yeoman

Netflix Orders Coming-of-Age Comedy About Mindy Kaling’s Teenage Life

Netflix has ordered a coming-of-age comedy about Mindy Kaling’s life. Kaling made her first big screen appearance in 2005’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which also coincided with her first appearance on TV as Kelly in the US version of The Office. Her career as a comedic actor has grown immensely since that time, and to date she’s been nominated for six Emmys.

Earlier this year, industry insiders revealed that Netflix may spend $15 billion on content in 2019. The streaming giant has already made it clear that it intends to build up the amount of original content they currently offer subscribers, and a significant part of organizing that programming is a focus on diverse projects, stories, characters and talents. Often crediting her upbringing as the child of immigrants for providing her writing with a dual perspective, Kaling has made considerable efforts throughout the years at showcasing many of the qualities that a streaming platform like Netflix is looking to support.

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With that in mind, as well as the obvious degree of success that Kaling has found in a rather short period of time, it’s hardly surprising that Netflix would make the move to do business with her. TV Line has reported that Kaling has just joined forces with Netflix to bring a 10-episode, comedic coming-of-age story based on her own upbringing to life. Written and executive produced by Kaling, the yet-to-be-named series will mark the comedian’s first official project with Netflix.

Coming of age stories aren’t always the easiest to pull off, particularly comedic ones. For her part, however, Kaling has some solid experience with explaining the comedic intricacies of her life, having already written two New York Times best selling memoirs. And while her new Netflix series has yet to reveal any substantial casting information, the day-to-day life of a teenage Indian girl and her immigrant family is certainly familiar territory for Kaling. In addition to this, Kaling’s work as a writer on her series The Mindy Project has provided her with the much needed experience and insight that are required of a successful TV production. Taken as a whole, Kaling seems more than ready and capable to pull off a suitably entertaining Netflix series.

With all that being said, this is still the often-fickle world of entertainment, and it isn’t rare to see programs that should succeed, fail. Kaling definitely appears to have the deck stacked in her favor, as she approaches this project with the sort of qualifications and experience that should help her series become more than just a standard coming-of-age tale. But with the scale of Netflix’s original programming seemingly growing every day, and with more streaming platforms preparing to launch on a regular basis, Kaling’s new series will have to truly stand out to thrive. Fortunately for her, that’s entirely possible.

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Source: TV Line


2019-03-20 06:03:22

Mike Jones

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