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STRANGER THINGS

Stranger Things season 3 begins streaming July 4th on Netflix

STRANGER THINGS

  • By Alex Brown
  • Photo Courtesy of Netflix

When summer rolls around I always get nostalgic for my childhood, much of which took place during the ‘80s. Beaches, bicycles and barbecues ruled the day, and the living was easy. That was my reality. But in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, this summer is going to be anything but relaxed in the next edition of Stranger Things.

Having received 31 Emmy nominations, the Duffer Brothers—the show’s creators—have written a new chapter in the ongoing saga of Will, Mike, Dustin, Lucas and of course, Eleven. Set in the midst of the explosive popularity of the first Back to the Future film, the group of five embarks on a new confrontation with the “Upside Down,” which returns to wreak havoc on the town’s residents, and maybe the whole world. Will it be the Demogorgon, mad scientists, or something more sinister that comes for this band of buddies, already fraying from the trials of growing up?

Bringing a star-studded cast to the small screen, including ‘80s stand-out Winona Ryder herself, Stranger Things was a break-out hit in its first season, cementing the position of Netflix as a network that is here to stay. Half nostalgia, half brilliant new storytelling, and all heart, this next season promises to thrill audiences all over again. So turn up the AC, shut of the lights, and binge the show that has EVERYONE talking, kids and adults alike—because it is about to get a whole lot stranger.

Season three of “Stranger Things” drops July 4th on Netflix.

DIVORCE

Divorce season 3 premieres July 1st on HBO (Starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church)

DIVORCE

  • By RICH ANDREW
  • Photo Courtesy of HBO

Show runner Jenny Bicks (Sex And The City) has picked up the pieces and given new life to HBO’s quirky dark comedy Divorce. In season one, the perfect suburban life of Frances and Robert DuFresne painfully fell apart. After seventeen years and two kids, she cheated on him, he blew up their finances, and it all might have ended over his stupid mustache. In season two, Frances and Robert abandoned the couples’ counseling for divorce papers. As they were dealing with the fallout from their kids, they each attempted to move on with new relationships while repeating their same self-destructive patterns all over again.

What makes a show about divorce so surprisingly delightful hinges on its two leads. Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex And The City) infuses Frances with such an intrinsic likability that it makes her flaws and mistakes all the more sympathetic and human. And likewise, Thomas Haden Church (Hellboy) tackles Robert’s grumpiness with a dash of teddy bear sweetness, ensuring their razor sharp banter goes for the laugh and not for the jugular.

With a hilarious supporting cast that features Molly Shannon (The Other Two), Talia Balsam (South Mountain), Tracy Letts (The Sinner), Sterling Jones (Daisy Winters), Charlie Kilgore (No Letting Go), and Becki Newton (Tell Me A Story), Divorce hints there might just be happiness on the horizon for season three.

 Divorce” returns July 1st on HBO.

Modern Weddings

Four Weddings and a Funeral begins streaming July 31st on Hulu (Starring Nathalie Emmanuel and Nikesh Patel)

Modern Weddings

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of Hulu

What’s better than a funeral? Four weddings. The seminal British comedy about — you guessed it — four weddings and a funeral is getting a modern update helmed by a modern day comedic star. Mindy Kaling (of The Office and The Mindy Project fame) co-created the miniseries, alongside Matt Warburton (The Simpsons, The Mindy Project). The series updates the cast with some friendly faces that younger generations will no doubt recognize.

Based on the British film, the miniseries will follow four American friends who reunite for a glamorous London wedding. However, a turn of events at the altar throw their lives into turmoil, opening the doors for broken hearts, burnt bridges, a politics scandal, and yes, four weddings and one funeral. Starring as the friends are Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), Brandon Mychal Smith (You’re the Worst), Rebecca Rittenhouse (Blood and Oil), and John Paul Reynolds (Search Party). Also starring are Jessica Williams (Booksmart), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Ashley Madekwe (The Umbrella Academy), and Tommy Dewey (Casual). Andie MacDowell, who starred in the original film, appears in a guest role in the miniseries.

The series is being developed at Hulu with original screenwriter Richard Curtis (Notting Hill and this year’s Yesterday) as executive producer. Kaling also serves as producer alongside Warburton and Howard Klein from 3 Arts Entertainment (Carnivále, The Good Cop).

Four Weddings and a Funeral” begins streaming July 31st on Hulu.

Curfew

Curfew is now streaming on Spectrum (Starring Sean Bean)

Curfew

  • By Michael Jacobo
  • Photo Courtesy of Spectrum

Growing up we all had them and we all hated them: curfews. And don’t lie, we did everything our teenage brains could think of to push that 2am curfew just a few minutes. We took those curfews for granted, though. Imagine the horrors that lurked beneath the night sky in the early morning hours. In the new series, Curfew, that unimaginable horror manifests in the most frightening way.

Available to stream only on Spectrum on Demand, Curfew sets itself after a virus of unknown origin has ravaged the world. The virus, passed on by a bite, turns its victims into fast, savage, feral creatures who suffer from extreme light sensitivity, so they only go out at night, hence the 12 hour curfew from 7pm to 7am. If anyone is spotted out during those times, they’re forced into quarantine, or worse. Such is the set-up for this new action series that will surely be a hit. Starring in it are Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Adam Brody (The OC) and Billy Zane (Titanic). The main plot of the series follows an illegal 1000km race in the Uk where the winner is guaranteed sanctuary from the hell they’re living in.

The series was created by Matthew Reed (Peaky Blinders, Watership Down) and the first episode was directed by Colm McCarthy (Black Mirror, The Girl with all the Gifts). Excuse me while I go sign up for Spectrum.

Curfew” is now streaming on Spectrum.

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