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Tommy

Tommy is now airing on CBS (Starring Edie Falco)

Tommy

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of CBS

Every generation, Edie Falco returns to television to remind us all how it’s done. The New Yorker solidified herself as an incomparable actress on HBO’s The Sopranos as Carmela, the wise-cracking wife of main boy Tony. She then became TV’s leading lady with Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, a dark comedy about a nurse who’s torn between her painkiller addiction and being the perfect wife and mother.

Falco wow’s us once again on CBS as Chief Abigail “Tommy” Thomas, the LAPD’s first female head of police. In Tommy, Falco’s character finds herself at a moment of redemption, attempting to regain her identity after her reputation is tattered after a accusing her superior of sexual misconduct. At a crossroads, she finds herself accepting an offer by Mayor Grey to became the new LAPD chief. Thomas Sadowski (The Newsroom) also stars in the series Mayor Grey. Comedian Vladimir Caamaño (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Superstore), Michael Chernus (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Adelaide Clemens (Rectify). Academy Award nominated screenwriter Paul Attansio (Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco) created the series. He’s also worked on TV shows such as House and Bull. Tommy is just another series to come out in the post-MeToo movement that directly addresses those issues, except switching out the entertainment industry for law enforcement.

Tommy” is now airing on CBS.

Top Chef

Top Chef returns March 19th on Bravo (Starring Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons) Photo Smallz & Raskind/Bravo

Top Chef

  • By Allison Starcher
  • Photo Courtesy of Bravo

There was a time when cookbooks had few images. Today, we are looking at photos of food more than we are eating it and watching other people make food more than we’re cooking it. Nowhere is that more exciting than on Bravo’s Top Chef,where the nation’s most celebrated culinary giants will be sharpening their knife skills and plating up food porn for their viewers. On season 17, the 15 all-star contestants are either fan favorites or came close to taking the title. Most swore never to return but chefs are a competitive lot. Perhaps because the restaurant world is so cut-throat or Top Chef is the Superbowl of competitive cooking, they are risking getting cut once more by Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons.

Filmed in LA, the various challenges will take place at iconic landmarks such as Griffith Observatory, the Coliseum, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, boasting celebrity judges Ali Wong, Danny Trejo, and Kelly Clarkson to name a few. The culinary world will be represented by heavy hitters such as Ludo Lefebvre, Jonathan Waxman, and Marcus Samuelson. For the first time, the finale will take place in Italy and the winner’s purse will be a jaw dropping $250,000. So get ready to root for you favorite and you’ll soon be wishing there was such a thing as “taste-a-vision.”

Top Chef” returns March 19th on Bravo.

OZARK

Ozark’s season 3 is now streaming on Netflix (Starring Laura Linney and Jason Bateman)

OZARK

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of NETFLIX

It’s been two tumultuous seasons since financial advisor Marty Byrde has been laundering money for a cartel deep within the crispy pines of the Ozarks. In Season 1, Marty and his wife Wendy scooped up local businesses as the perfect cover for their schemes. But when it encroached on the underground drug trade of a well-established, local family, Marty made a deal to start a casino that could benefit their mutual interests. In Season 2, senators and union workers kept that deal from passing pesky regulations, so Marty and Wendy had to bribe, borrow, and steal their way to the casino’s grand opening with a secret plan to flee the country and ultimately escape the clutches of the cartel.

Season 3 is cooking up a much deeper dive into the darkness for the Byrde family. With a string of murders and resulting vendettas mounting, Marty struggles to wash the cartel’s cash without setting off the FBI. But the cartel’s desire to expand operations feeds Wendy’s lust for power and threatens any chance of returning to a normal life.

With stellar performances by Jason Bateman (The Outsider), Laura Linney (Tales of the City), Julia Garner (Dirty John), Sofia Hublitz (What Breaks the Ice), Skylar Gaertner (Daredevil), Peter Mullan (Cursed), Lisa Emery (Blindspot), and Janet McTeer (Jessica Jones), this season of Ozark goes all in.

 Season 3 of “Ozark” returns March 27th.

DISPATCHES FROM…

Dispatches from Elsewhere on AMC (Starring Eve Lindley, Jason Segal, André Benjamin and Sally Field)

DISPATCHES FROM…

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of AMC

It all starts out with a simple task — find Clara. From that tiny kernel unfolds an explosive game made of twisted secrets and bizarre half-truths. The mastermind behind such a mystery is the Jejune Institute, a corporation selling the singular goal of exposing the world underneath the world that has been hidden from the ordinary person.

The show follows four of these ordinary people, who are wasting away in the doldrums of their dull lives. This captivating game draws them together, and finding Clara soon turns all-consuming. The more puzzles they solve, the more their existential reality starts to unravel before their eyes. What they initially believed to be an elaborate prank points towards a world of conspiracies, a world ruled by shadowy oligarchs, or perhaps even a world of untapped magic. As they move closer to finding Clara, what they actually find is their own self-discovery. And when these human rats finally see over the walls of their maze, that’s when the world truly opens.

With a star-studded lineup that includes executive producer Jason Segel (The Friend) and fellow cast mates André Benjamin (American Crime), Richard E. Grant (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker), Eve Lindley (Tales of the City), Cecilia Balagot (Girl Meets World), and the incomparable Sally Field (Maniac), Dispatches From Elsewhere has us hungry to play.

 Dispatches from Elsewhere” premieres March 1st.

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