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July 2018

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GLOW RETURNS!

GLOW season 2 is now streaming on Netflix (Starring Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin)

GLOW RETURNS!

  • By Rebekah Rejniak
  • Photo Courtesy of NETFLIX

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back and more woke than ever. While season one celebrated a bunch of ragtag 80s glam-babes discovering their wrestling personas and subsequently their super powers; season two is very much aware of itself and the current Times Up movement.

The beauty of GLOW is the farcical juxtaposition of painfully real issues unfolding and affecting characters donning glittery eyelids, neon spandex leotards, teased hair, and sweat bands. This season, we build on that arc as we enter a new world where the girls have found their characters, but are still grappling with their file and rank. In a business fraught with misogyny, racism and ignorance, the irony is not lost on the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling – nor on the viewer.

Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch return as showrunners, while the ensemble stays strong with Brie Larson, Betty Gilpin, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young, and Marc Maron as regulars, and Sunita Mani, Gayle Rankin, Kate Nash, Chris Lowell, Bashir Salahuddin, Britt Baron, Rich Sommer, Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson, Kia Stevens, Ellen Wong, and Marianna Palka as recurring.

GLOW” is now streaming on Netflix.

POWER RETURNS!

Season 5 of Power begins July 1st (starring 50 Cent, Joseph Sikora, and Omari Hardwick)

POWER RETURNS!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of STARZ

James “Ghost” St. Patrick is leading a double life, and one of them won’t survive. It’s a life of luxury beset by a life of crime where James’ sexy nightclub gets caught in the crosshairs of Ghost’s seedy drug trade. Creator Courtney Kemp Agboh (Hawaii Five-O) boasts another round of nuanced twists and shocking turns as Power returns for its fifth season.

Season One set Ghost on a quest to stop an assassin killing off his crew, never suspecting that his former boss Kanan was behind it all along. Season Two took Kanan out of jail on a plot to kill Ghost and take his place as drug kingpin, but in a fight to the death, Ghost stabbed Kanan and left him to burn in hell. Season Three turned everyone on Ghost, who narrowly escaped each attempt on his life only to wind up framed for murder. And Season Four found resolution between Ghost and Kanan, once brothers, who together were able to rescue Ghost’s son. But his daughter is the one who pays the ultimate price, making this next season sure to be fueled by fiery revenge.

The show undoubtedly asserts power through its star power with Omari Hardwick (Being Mary Jane), Lela Loren (H+), Naturi Naughton (Step Sisters), Joseph Sikora (Underground), Rotimi Akinosho (Divergent), Michael Rainey, Jr. (Jessica Jones), Matt Cedeño (Z Nation), and the ultimate powerhouse Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. With a mess of guns blazing and bullets flying, no one is safe on Season Five.

The fifth season of “Power” premieres July 1st.

Sharp Objects!

Sharp Objects premieres July 8th on HBO (Starring Amy Adams)

Sharp Objects!

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo By Anne Marie Fox/HBO

Everybody loves a good psychological thriller. They seem to be the what’s “in” today. Every network and studio wants to bank in on it, but HBO, the ever-consistent powerhouse network, just might have this summer’s best miniseries (as they always do).

Sharp Objects is the network’s next big thing (until whatever premieres next summer). Adapted from the thriller novel by acclaimed author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), Sharp Objects follows Camille Parker (played by the mesmerizing Amy Adams), a troubled journalist who returns to her hometown to investigate the murders of two young girls. Returning home, however, isn’t the happiest of homecomings. She’s immediately confronted with her dark past, which involves her ridiculously overbearing mother, played by Patricia Clarkson (The Maze Runner franchise, Easy A) who completely manages to make you cringe with every rule and teaspoon of medicine she gives her family. Also starring are Chris Messina (The Mindy Project) as the lead detective on the case, Matt Craven (X-Men: First Class) as the town’s sheriff, and Elizabeth Perkins as a family friend and proud member of the small town’s gossip crowd.

Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) developed the show and was its showrunner. Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed last year’s Big Little Lies, directed all eight episodes. It may not be the enjoyable experience, but there’s definitely some thrills to be had this summer watching this series.

Sharp Objects” premieres July 8th on HBO.

CASTLE ROCK!

Castle Rock premieres July 25th on Hulu

CASTLE ROCK!

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of HULU

A strange town. Put on the map by even stranger things. Paranormal activities. A sadistic Saint Bernard. A boy’s dead body found on train tracks. And a quaint shop selling wares and turning customers into killers. From the haunting mind of horror maven Stephen King comes a tv show that does the shared universe genre right. By teaming up with executive producer J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Hulu is about to serve up some killer tv.

Show creators Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan) have kept their tangled web of stories tightly under wraps with only a promise to deliver on King’s lifelong themes of pitting light against dark, normal against paranormal while crossing paths with some familiar characters alive in our favorite fictional town that has been drowning in blood ever since our first visit.

All we know is that this cast has a few faces who are no strangers to King’s twisted world. Sissy Spacek (Carrie) plays Ruth Deaver, a retired professor and the adoptive mother of Henry Deaver. André Holland (Moonlight) plays Henry, a death row attorney who gets a call from Shawshank Penitentiary from an inmate, played by Bill Skarsgård (It), who in the right light resembles a certain clown. Scott Glenn (The Leftovers) assumes the role of Alan Pangborn, a sheriff we know all too well, and thus begins our delightful descent into the King canon. This is a town of dark deeds. This is a series to die for. This is Castle Rock.

 Castle Rock” premieres July 25th on Hulu.

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