So I’m finally catching up on AMC’s Better Call Saul in advance of Monday’s season two finale. The initial verdict is I was wrong to abandon the series. I’ll be the first to admit it too.

Saul is really just warming up, I feel, in season two thus far, but Bob Odenkirk is really turning in fantastic work already. Is he an early front runner for Drama Actor? Will Better Call Saul become the Game of Thrones spoiler? Two things need to happen for that to become a reality. First, Monday’s season two finale needs to stick the landing in a memorable way. After all, Game of Thrones has the advantage of finishing its sixth season just around the Emmy voting window. It will undoubtedly be fresher on voters minds. Second, Game of Thrones will have to underwhlem or lose buzz in some meaningful fashion. Saul can’t win it on merit alone. Thrones is just too big.

At any rate, onto the unsung hero… Check out thear fantastic images from episode three, “Amarillo.” Cinematographer Arthur Albert has quietly amassed a series of beautifully shot episodes that provide vivid imagery to accentuate the thematic content. Saul‘s cinematography may not be as flashy as Game of Thrones or House of Cards, but that’s fine.

Its quiet brilliance fits the series perfectly.

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Grace and Frankie

Who says you have to be young when you reach a crossroads in your life?

That recurring theme seems like it will be present again when Netflix’s Grace and Frankie returns this summer. When we last left our dysfunctional foursome, Lily Tomlin’s  Frankie slept with her recently announced gay ex-husband Sol, played by Sam Waterston. Sol is about to tell his partner, Robert, right when the first season concluded. Surely, the second season will begin with that fallout?

Here’s the official synopsis:

“From executive producers Marta Kauffman (‘Friends’) and Howard J. Morris (‘Home Improvement’), the hilarious and heartbreaking comedy returns for a second season with new adventures and challenges for the newly-formed clan. Their unconventional bonds are tested by health scares, business ventures, harmful secrets, and new romantic relationships. Grace and Frankie learn some of life’s most difficult lessons in their golden years and come to cherish each other despite their differences. The series also stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, along with Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, Baron Vaughn and June Diane Raphael.”

Grace and Frankie returns to Netflix on May 6.

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Netflix whets our appetite for a new season of Orange Is the New Black with some glossy stills

Netflix’s Orange is the New Black is one of the first streaming shows that led us down the bingeable rabbit hole. The ladies of Litchfield had a divisive third season, but most fans should be excited to see what the newest season brings.

A series of images was released on Thursday. They show some of our favorite characters ready to bring the drama. Multiple Emmy-winner Uzo Aduba is getting her mouth shut for her in one still, and it looks as if Piper will be getting into some serious (and violent) trouble again. It doesn’t look like she will be able to punch her way out of this one.

Now, where’s the full trailer?

Orange is the New Black returns on Netflix June 17.

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Orange Is The New Black S4

Slowly but surely, we are getting more and more glimpses at the return of the Tanner brood. Is it just me, or is the promotional content for Fuller House coming out very slowly?

Four images were released on Thursday, and the San Francisco house seems to be very much in tact. Not only do we get to see the cast returning, but it doesn’t appear that much has changed. Kimmy Gibbler (played by Andrea Barber) seems to have outgrown her awkward phase better than anyone. In one picture, she is wearing a top with kitten faces on it. If this were 1995, she’d be looked at as weird. Now, Kimmy would be an instant hit at any Urban Outfitters or American Apparel.




Fuller House debuts on Netflix on February 26. It’s the perfect antidote to Making a Murderer.

Last night’s episode of The Simpsons penned by Judd Apatow ended last night with a nice tribute to the slain French cartoonists in the form of Maggie Simpson posed like the urchin in the Les Misérables advertisements.


Essence has the first look at future Emmy nominee Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in HBO’s upcoming bio of the “Empress of the Blues” who arose from crushing poverty and overcame a lifetime of personal struggles to become “Empress of the Blues.” The film is based on Smith’s life story  along with the biography Bessie by Chris Albertson. Pariah director Dee Rees wrote the script and will directs. The loaded casts includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique.

Start polishing the Emmys.


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