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Snowfall Begins!

Snowfall premieres on July 15th on FX

Snowfall Begins!

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of FX

Everyone loves a good period drama, but I sure do love the ones that take place in the 80s amid the incoming crack cocaine epidemic. Snowfall, premiering this month on FX, tackles that concept. The story follows several characters who become intertwined in the controversial narrative that is most definitely stranger than fiction.

The main set of characters whose lives are implicated in the series’ crime underworld are Franklin Saint (English newcomer Damson Idris), a 19-year-old drug dealer; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata, a Mexican wrestler; Teddy McDonald, a CIA operative; and Lucia Villanueva, the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime boss. Sergio Peris-Mencheta (Resident Evil: Afterlife) stars as Zapata, Carter Hudson (The Night Of) stars as McDonald, and Emily Rios (The Bridge) stars as Villanueva. The series covers the period just before crack cocaine become prevalent and dangerous in South Central Los Angeles.

Academy Award-nominated writer/director John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood) created the series. Dave Andron (Justified) and Tommy Schlamme (The West Wing) serve as executive producers. Singleton has stated the series has been a passion project of his. He took some of his own personal experiences to develop the character of Saint (take note of the ironic name). Part of the show’s appeal is its references to 80s pop culture; nostalgic, but not overwhelming (Adron took shoulder pads out of the costume designs).

Snowfall” premieres July 15th on FX.

Game of Thrones!

Season 7 of Game of Thrones returns July 16th on HBO

Game of Thrones!

  • By Rebekah Rejniak
  • Photo Courtesy of HBO

Winter has been delayed, but is indeed still coming. Game of Thrones returns later than usual this year, and per-the-norm the Internet is teeming with concerns like, will all the Stark children reunite, will Jon Snow and Daenerys cross paths, and are Cercei and Jamie still besties?

Fans are just now getting over the worst side of human nature — personified by oedipal disaster Ramsey Bolton– only for news outlets to report, that there’s a new sociopath in town. Enter Euron Greyjoy. And just why is everyone so scared? Apparently, Euron Greyjoy makes Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsey Bolton look like Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street. So, there’s that.

A few changes to note this season. First, it will only run for seven episodes, but the budget remains the same. Viewers can expect more bang for their buck per episode; it’s all about the silver lining. Secondly, GOT veteran Miguel Sapochnik will not be directing this season – which is shocking because he has arguably given us the best episodes to date. Not to worry though, the directorial lineup still runs strong with, Jeremy Podeswa, Alan Taylor, Mark Mylod, and Matt Shakman.

With all the changes setting the foundation for the last two seasons, it’s nice to know that in other areas, some things really haven’t changed. Cercei is still pissed. The wall is still frozen. Daenerys still wants the Iron Throne (but, why), and Jon Snow is still honorable. And yes, there will be dragons. Big, scary, dragons.

Game of Thrones” returns July 16th on HBO.

The Bold Type!

The Bold Type premieres July 11th on Freeform (pictured Matt Ward, Meghann Fahy, Aisha Dee, Katie Stevens, Sam Page, and Melora Hardin)

The Bold Type!

  • By Adam Tyler Hughes
  • Photo Courtesy of Freeform

Bold is a word that’s used for many different reasons. Sometimes it’s to highlight a specific portion of text. And other times, it’s used to describe someone or something that is daring. And Freeform’s new show is just that: daring. Follow three young women as they grow in the world that is New York City in The Bold Type.

The Bold Type follows three friends as they navigate the different facets of their lives as they work for the global women’s magazine, Scarlet. Jane (Katie Stevens, Faking It), Kat (Aisha Dee, Sweet/Viscious), and Sutton (Meghann Fahy, Miss Sloane) band together to survive the world of fashion and publication, as they explore their identities, sexualities, and, the most important of all, their love lives. These women are ready to take NYC by the horns and climb their way to the top. It will be fun, it will be sexy, but, most of all, it will be insane.

Inspired by the life of former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles, The Bold Type is sure to be your newest obsession. Melora Hardin (Transparent) serves as the editor-in-chief who oversees our trio of daring women, so you can be sure the drama will run high and be amazing. The series also stars Sam Page (The Tiger Hunter) and Matt Ward (Remedy), so be sure not to miss out. You’ll regret it.

The Bold Type” premieres on July 11th on Freeform.

Battle Begins!

Battle of the Network Stars is now airing on ABC

Battle Begins!

  • By Kenne Hoffman
  • Photo Courtesy of ABC

Let’s get ready to rumble as Battle of the Network Stars returns to ABC’S weekly line up. 100 celebrities of current and classic shows compete in weekly challenges. In the 1970’s and 80’s Hollywood’s television elite dominated the ratings competing in classic favorite events such as kayaking, swimming relay and of course the obstacle course, all of which are returning in this updated version of television’s original reality competition show. Gone are the days of celebrity’s exclusive relationships with networks so the new episodes will have categories such as TV police officers versus TV lawyers. Variety Vs. TV sex symbols.

Episode 1 will feature TV sitcoms (Bronson Pinchot, Tom Arnold, Dave Coulier, AJ Michalka & Tracy Gold) versus TV kids. (Joey Lawrence, Corbin Bleu, Nolan Gould, Lisa Whelchel & Kim Fields). Returning B.O.T.N.S. celebrities include Mackenzie Phillips (One Day at a Time) who competed 3 previous times, Greg Evigan (B.J. and the Bear, My Two Dads), Jimmie Walker (Good Times) & Lou Ferrigno (Incredible Hulk). Veteran actors who unbelievably hadn’t competed in the past, include Tad Lange & Jill Whelan (The Love Boat). Ian Ziering & Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90201) & Erik Estrada & Larry Wilcox (C.H.I.P.S.). New comers include the likes of Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, Kelly & Jack Osbourne. Mike Greenberg & Joe Tessitore (ESPN) will step into the role of hosts previously held by Howard Cosell.

Battle of the Network Stars” is now airing on ABC.

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