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November 2017

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Good to be Bad!

Kenne Hoffman

Good to be Bad!

  • By Kenne Hoffman
  • Photo Courtesy of TNT

“Tainted Love” is one way of describing Letty & Javier’s relationship in TNT’s breakout hit Good Behavior. The classic song teases season two which promises to be as action filled as the first.  Behavior is the story of Letty (Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery), a con artist whose life has been a series of bad decisions, drug use and petty crimes leading to losing custody of her son Jacob (Nyles Steele). While breaking into hotel rooms to steal liquor, Letty over hears hit man Javier (Juan Diego Botto) contracting to kill a man’s wife. Letty sets out to stop the murder putting her on a collision course with the charming killer, including a game of cat and mouse that leads to a dangerous and seductive relationship. Season one ends with Letty regaining custody of Jacob after turning in, killer for hire, Javier.  Letty helps Javier escape, the three drive off into the sunset to live happily ever after.

Season two picks up shortly after, with Letty having patched things up with her mother, Javier, and  regaining custody of her son. The trio disappear, set up house and new identities. Hilarity ensues as normalcy continues to elude them. They discover that normality requires compromises, secrets and lies as something more dangerous than the FBI catches up with them. The past!

Good Behavior” airs on Sundays on TNT.

I Am Elizabeth Smart!

I am Elizabeth Smart’s Alana Boden (Photo Sergei Bachlakov/Lifetime)

I Am Elizabeth Smart!

  • By Rebekah Rejniak
  • Photo Courtesy of Lifetime

In June 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Ann Smart slept peacefully in her bed next to her little sister. In the middle of the night, Brian David Mitchell, a religious fanatic who had previously worked for the Smart family, would sneak into the family’s home and kidnap Elizabeth. For nine months he would hold her captive with the help of his twisted ‘First Wife’, Wanda Barzee, where Smart was raped, abused, starved, drugged, and forced to partake in grotesque religious rituals.

Marking the 15-year anniversary of her abduction, Elizabeth Smart’s story will be told in her own words. In the two-part Biography special, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography and Lifetime Movie, I Am Elizabeth Smart, Smart provides previously untold details of her horrific time in captivity and how she eventually escaped. Elizabeth Ann Smart is played by relative newcomer Alana Boden, Brian David Mitchell by an unrecognizable Skeet Ulrich (Riverdale, Jericho), and Wanda Barzee by Deirdre Lovejoy (The Blacklist, The Wire).

I Am Elizabeth Smart is executive produced by Steve Michaels, Jonathan Koch and Joan Harrison of Asylum Entertainment and Allison Berkley and Joseph Freed of Marwar Junction Productions. Barbara Lieberman and Tom Patricia also executive produce the movie with Elizabeth Smart serving as producer. Sarah Walker directs from a teleplay by Tory Walker.

 “I Am Elizabeth Smart” airs November 18th on Lifetime.

Runaways!

Marvel’s Runaways begins streaming November 21st on Hulu (Pictured Ariela Barer, Lyrica Okano, Rhenzy Feliz, Greg Sulkin, Virginia Gardner, Allegra Acosta)

Runaways!

  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Marvel

If you’re a teenager, the odds are you may think your parents are the bad guys, maybe even evil. But what if they actually are? And not just any old evil, but evil as in part of an international villainous crime syndicate with supernatural abilities. For the six characters of Marvel’s newest show Runaways, that’s exactly what happens when the friends stumble upon their parents performing a sacrificial ritual, and quickly piece together why.

Meet Alex Wilder (Rhenzy Feliz), a self-proclaimed nerd; Nico Minoru (Lyrica Okano), a wiccan-goth enthusiast; Karolina Dean (Virginia Gardner), a model with a trick or two up her own sleeve; Gert Yorkes (Ariela Barer), a fierce punk feminist; Chase Stein (Gregg Sulkin), a lacrosse player who secretly loves engineering; and Molly Hernandez (Allegra Acosta), a runt of the group who is always looking on the bright side. These precocious teens band together to avenge the wrongs of their parents and fight for good.

Runaways marks Hulu’s first venture into the growing and gargantuan empire that is the Marvel Universe. The show was originally adapted from the popular comic book series for film back in 2008, but was shelved in deference to the then emerging Avenger film empire which includes the likes of Iron Man and Captain America. Now with the proliferation of television and the seemingly unquenchable thirst for everything Marvel, Runaways kicks off – a familiar universe for a whole new, younger audience.

Runaways” premieres November 21st on Hulu.

Starz’s Girlfriend!

The Girlfriend Experience’s Season 2 begins November 5th on Starz

Starz’s Girlfriend!

  • By Dennis Petrone
  • Photo Courtesy of Starz

The Girlfriend Experience, or GFE for short, has been simmering for years and this month we’ll finally see it heat up to a boil in its second season on Starz. It started off as a well-received movie back in 2009. Then sat parked until last year when the “Obsessable” network (as Starz is aptly branded) picked up GFE as a television series. Now, riding on from cultish accolades including its lead Riley Keough raved about and up for a Golden Globe, GFE’s story and production are hot.

GFEs are women who provide emotional and sexual relationships at a high price – professional escorts who give their clients a full package of experience. While that premise may sound like it could be a simple romance novel with the common pitfall of too meek a storyline, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The show is full of political intrigue and complex character development making it a true anthology drama.

Season 1 followed a law student who works at a prestigious firm as an intern; it told her story getting involved in sex-trade while uncovering a scandal at her day job, her two worlds violently colliding. Season 2 blows out GFE’s brand both in story and format. In story, it focuses on a new set of characters – two tied to big-money political financiers and a third in hiding under the watchful eye of a U.S. Marshal. In format, the season is completely divided and zipped up in broadcast enlisting separate producers who execute seemingly opposing GFE visions.

For everything GFE, click here.

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