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RENT Live January 27th on Fox


  • By J. Cook

525600. This is not the number of miles on your car. This is not how much your house is worth. This is one measurement (minutes! or moments) of a year in a life. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the number was made iconic in Jonathan Larson’s rock musical RENT, which will be coming live to television screens this month on FOX.

Set your VCR… sorry, typo… I mean DVR! I must be reminiscing about the first time this musical hit the stage back in 90s (RENT is celebrating its 20th anniversary!). It was quickly a massive hit and now, twenty years later, the wonderful re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, with beautiful heart-wrenching songs such as One Song Glory, Light My Candle, Seasons of Love, and Without You will be performed live from the comfort of our own homes.

The outstanding lineup of players includes Brandon Victor Dixon as Tom Collins, James Leyva as Angel Schunard, Jordan Fisher as Mark Cohen, Mario as Benjamin Coffin III, Tinashe as Mimi Marquez, Brennin Hunt as Roger Davis, Vanessa Hudgens as Maureen Johnson, and Kiersey Clemons as Joanne Jefferson.

I guess watching something from the 90s on a VCR sounds nostalgically appropriate. Don’t miss it!

RENT” Live airs January 27th on Fox.


The Passage (starring Saniyya Sidney and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) premieres January 14th on Fox


  • Photo Courtesy of FOX

Best selling author Justin Cronin has teamed up with show creator Liz Heldens (Camp) to transform his science fiction book trilogy into Fox’s latest television series. The Passage follows FBI Agent Brad Wolgast, played by the charming Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash), who is tasked to acquire test subjects for Project Noah, a government organization experimenting with a drug that can make people immune to disease.

But the treatment has insidious side effects, stripping patients of their humanness only to leave behind rabid vampire-like creatures with a venomous thirst for blood. As the medical team soon learns, the only way around this viral mutation is to experiment on a child, so Agent Wolgast finds them a young girl with no family to be their perfect lab rat. As the ethical implications get the better of his conscience, Wolgast decides to take the girl on the run despite the weight of the government chasing after them and the survival of the human race under threat of a global pandemic.

With a powerhouse cast that includes Brianne Howey (The Exorcist), McKinley Belcher III (Ozark), Brianna Brown (Dynasty), Caroline Chikezie (The Shannara Chronicles), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Shut Eye), Jamie McShane (Bloodline), Vincent Piazza (Never Here), Henry Ian Cusick (The 100), and a precocious Saniyya Sidney (Hidden Figures), The Passage is sure to deliver a most riveting drama.

 The Passage” premieres January 14th.

True Detective!

True Detective returns for season 3 (starring Stephen Dorff and Mahershala Ali) January 15th on HBO

True Detective!

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of HBO

There’s a formula for most genres, especially if it’s a genre TV series. One example is the wildly popular trend of crime shows: from police procedurals to season-long whodunits, the audience has a strong grasp on what to expect. That’s probably why True Detective, on HBO, has fascinated and drawn such a intrigued crowd: the audience never know what’s coming.

The post-modern crime show, developed by television auteur Nic Pizzolatto, returns for its third season, nearly four years after the conclusion of its ill-fated second season. While HBO had never canceled the series, they also never gave confirmation that a third would follow. It wasn’t until a year ago, when Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) was cast, did fans of the series sigh a collective sigh of relief. The third season will follow Ali as Detective Will Hays who investigates a grisly murder in the Ozarks. The season will cover three time periods and chronicle the crime’s affects on Hays and others involved with the case. Also starring are Stephen Dorff (Somewhere), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), and Ray Fisher (Justice League).

Pizzolatto makes his directorial debut with this season, and like previous seasons, he is credited as writer for all episodes. Other directors this season include Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) and Daniel Sackheim (Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead).

True Detective’s” season 3 premieres January 13th on HBO.

I Am The Night!

I Am The Night (starring India Eisley and Chris Pine) premieres January 28th on TNT

I Am The Night!

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of TNT

I love a good TV series to watch season after season but nothing is more than satisfying a well-rounded mini-series. HBO no doubt has the reigns on the format, but other, tamed, networks have jumped on the bandwagon, successfully though. TNT this month will premiere a new addition to the format, which has a found a partner in the crime genre.

I Am the Night stars Chris Pine as disgraced LA journalist, Jay Singletary, who is roped back into investigating a successful doctor who was once pinned for one of the city’s most gruesome crimes, the Black Dahlia Murder. Meanwhile, a young girl, Fauna Hodel (played by the alluring India Eisley) travels to Los Angeles to learn more about her origins, which ties into Jay’s own downward spiral. Also starring are Jefferson Mays (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Connie Nielsen (Wonder Woman), and Leland Orser (Berlin Station).

The series is inspired by the real life of Fauna Hodel, who’s grandfather George Hodel, an OBGYN, was regarded by the LAPD as the prime suspect for the murder of the Black Dahlia, whose real name was Elizabeth Short. Hodel, who lived in Nevada, learned of her real family origins and traveled to LA, learning of Hodel and other dirty family laundry. The series was created by Sam Sheridan  (SEAL Team). All six episodes were directed by visionary wonder director, Patty Jenkins.

I Am The Night” premieres January 28th on TNT.

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