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Memorial Day Weekend: 5 Best TV Shows to Binge-Watch

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When some people think of a “3-day weekend,” they think of grilling and spending time outdoors with their loved ones. 

When I think “3-day weekend,” I think 72-hours to binge-watch one of the many shows I have on my “to-do” list. When watching TV shows become a job, they suddenly make their way onto your list of chores. Don’t worry, it’s a burden I’m content and actually quite happy with. 

But enough about me. 

Even if you have grandiose plans for the Memorial Day weekend (and I can’t imagine they would be that wonderful since we’re still in quarantine), you’re likely sniffing around for a new show to feed your eyeballs. 

Well, look no further than this list of must-watch during Memorial Day weekend shows that are all streaming RIGHT NOW! 

 

Outer Banks – streaming on Netflix

It’s a coming-of-age series mixed with a murder mystery that perfectly blends action, drama, emotion, and humor. The series follows the treasure hunt a group of teens living in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which they hope leads them to figuring out what happened to the father of ringleader, John B.

 

Hollywood – streaming on Netflix

Ryan Murphy does it again, but this time, he’s trading in murder houses and covens for the golden age of Hollywood. The timeline is post-World War II and follows aspiring creatives who will do anything to make their dreams of making it in showbiz a reality. On the surface, it sounds glamorous, but Murphy does what he does best and pokes the belly to unveil the ugly-side of the industry. 

 

High Fidelity – streaming on Hulu

Considering this is a TV adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name and a TV remake to the critically-acclaimed 2000 rom-com of the same name, High Fidelity had some huge shoes to fill. But we’re happy to report its a worth follow-up and extension of a brand with an established following. In the gender-flipped remake, Zoe Kravitz stars as Robyn Brooks, a record store owner who revisits past relationships with the the help of pop culture and music. 

 

Homecoming – streaming on Amazon Prime

Heidi Bergman works as a caseworker at Homecoming, a facility that helps soldiers with their re-entry into civilian life. She leaves the job to start a new life, but when the Department of Defense begins to ask questions, she must face the truth about what really happened. It’s a slow-burn, but it’s fine when you have Oscar winner Julia Roberts in such a complex role. The second season, which dropped on Amazon Prime not too long ago, drops Janelle Monáe, who wakes up with no memory of what happened and attempts to find her true identity. It’s hard to shake the deja vu at times, but it’s still a psychological thriller worth your time. The good thing is that you can bypass season 1 and go straight to season 2 if you’d like as it offers itself as a limited and contained series. 

 

Little Fires Everywhere – streaming on Hulu

Based on the 2017 novel of the same name, the series gives us some of Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington’s best work as the picture-perfect Richardson family finds their lives uprooted by a mother and her daughter. At its core, the series pulls soap-opera elements, but Witherspoon and Washington bring the gritty storytelling to life as their character layers are peeled back to raise slightly uncomfortable questions and moments. 


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7 Most Anticipated Shows Coming in the Spring of 2021

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7 Most Anticipated Shows Coming in the Spring of 2021

As the days get longer, snow begins to melt, and flowers begin to bloom, you’ll likely find yourself emerging from a winter slump and ready to warm up your soul. 

And what better way than with some exciting television blooming this spring?

While there’s plenty of shows returning from hiatus (you can find all the must-watch shows and movies premiering in March right here), there’s also a slate of new shows hoping to melt your cold exterior and warm their way into your heart.

Here’s everything that we’re looking forward to watching in the spring of 2021:

15 Exciting TV Show Reboots & Spinoffs Coming in 2021

Debris – March 1 (NBC)

Network television loves its sci-fi! Debris finds two agents, one from the CIA and one for MI6, teaming up to travel the U.S. looking for remnants of an alien spacecraft to find out where it’s from, what it wants, and what it’s effects are on the human population. Think X-Files meets Fringe meets Extant

 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – March 19 (Disney+)

Disney+ is expanding the world of Marvel with yet another addition to the small screen. Following Wandavision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a six-episode comedy about Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), who is now Captain America, and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), which picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame

 

The Irregulars – March 26 (Netflix)

You know the story of Sherlock Holmes, but do you know the story of Dr. Watson and the Baker Street Irregulars? All you need to know is that it’s a gang of street teens manipulated into working for Watson to protect London from supernatural elements. 

 

Law & Order: Organized Crime – April 1 (NBC)

The series marks Elliot Stabler’s (Christopher Meloni) overdue (due to COVID-19) return to television and the Law & Order franchise. Stabler stars up again with the NYPD and even reunites with Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) in the spinoff drama! Thursday’s just got so much better!

 

Cruel Summer – April 20 (Freeform) 

Hailing from producer Jessica Biel, this psychological thriller – that’s also a ’90s throwback – examines the lives of two young women, one of whom mysterious disappears. Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt, “Cloak & Dagger”) is a popular girl who goes missing, and Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia), is the girl deemed responsible.

 

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – March 26 (Disney+)

Polish those skates, because the Mighty Ducks spinoff is skating to the small-screen. When the powerhouse team turns away 12-year-old Evan, a potential new member, he and his mom Alex (Lauren Graham) decided to build their own team. The 10-episode series marks the return of Emilio Esteves as Coach Gordon Bombay. 

 

Shadow and Bone – April 23 (Netflix)

Set in an alternate version of tsarist Russia called Ravka and based on the hit fantasy book series, sinister forces plot against a young soldier after she is found to have magical powers that may help unite the world.


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Batwoman Review – Can Ryan Wilder’s Kryptonite Infection Be Cured? (2×06)

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Batwoman Review Do Not Resuscitate Season 2 Episode 6

On Batwoman Season 2 Episode 6, Ryan Wilder could no longer hide the fact that her kryptonite wound was slowly killing her. 

Talk about a painful death. 

And despite all of it, she never let the people of Gotham, or her Bat team, down. As Luke pointed out, if that isn’t a hero, I don’t know what is. 

Luke felt pretty terrible about the fact that he was the reason that Ryan kept her injury on the down-low and suffered in silence, but the moment also made him realize just how dedicated Ryan actually is to being Batwoman. She’s taking this seriously even if there’s a chance it’s only a temporary gig. 

Of course, with no actual cure for kryptonite, this makes the hunt for the Dessert Rose that much more pressing. 

Everyone wants a piece of Coryana’s miracle cure. And based on how they’re all behaving, I’m not surprised Safiyah has kept the location of the island under wraps. 

Just imagine if it got into the wrong hands… say the rogue doctors at Hamilton Dynamics that stole the map from the Crows because they want to replicate it and get rid of the diseases. And while there’s nothing wrong with trying to find a cure for virtually every disease (although, I’m sure the pharmaceutical industry wouldn’t be pleased, unless the idea is to charge a high premium for the drug once it’s available), the approach was quite problematic.

He had no problem testing on patients as if they were lab rats and didn’t care how many of them died. He then sent Aaron, an unhinged patient with spontaneous rage issues, to kidnap Mary and Jacob Kane in order to get information, and then he and his men ambushed the Crows and stole the map from them!

Here’s my issue with that whole scene – after managing to get the map from two of Gotham’s most violent criminals, Ocean and Alice (without backup, might I add), Sophie somehow thought it was a good idea to bring it with her to a hostage situation.

Sure, she wanted to save Mary and Jacob, but how would anyone know if she swapped it with a fake?

What a fail on her part.

Despite Batwoman’s disdain for Sophie (whom she hilariously refers to as “Crow-phie”), she couldn’t gamble with her life and handed over the map.

That means Batwoman wants the Dessert Rose to heal herself, Hamilton doctors want it to create an all-encompassing cure and The Crows, Mary, and Luke want the map so that it can lead them to Kate, who is allegedly still alive. 

A lot of people with a lot of motivation! 

Ocean, who was confirmed to be the one growing the psychedelic mushrooms for Snake Bite, had the map to Coryana (hidden under the real Napier painting) this whole time, but never told Alice it was a map that could lead them to the one woman who not only wants him dead, but also erased all of his romantic memories with Alice.

There’s a chance he didn’t know about the map, but how would he know to burn it when Sophie caught them?

And if the Dessert Rose is all he’s after, why didn’t he just follow the map back to where it all started in the first place?

What are we missing about Ocean?

Though, admittedly, I’m really into this partnership. Ocean seems like Alice’s equal only slightly deranged, and seeing Alice in love has plenty of potential.

It’s unclear why Coryana wants Ocean dead, but Alice made the right choice by sparing him because that’s clearly leverage to get her sister back. Plus, pretending to “kill him” will help her back into Safiyah’s good graces, and hopefully, we’ll learn more about their previous relationship.

It looks like there was a time that Alice wasn’t a complete psycho, and while it’s delicious to watch her torment the innocent souls of Gotham, it would be fun to explore a different side to her that’s less vindictive. 

I’m a little upset that the series brought Angelique and Ryan back together just to rip them apart again. The relationship was doomed from the start since they never confronted what went wrong the first time around, and instead, jumped right back into a relationship that was previously plagued by bad decisions and addiction. 

Angelique may be clean now, but she’s still dealing and has no plans to stop. That’s problematic for Ryan, who went to prison for her and wanted her to make the best of this second chance.

The reality is that no matter how much they love each other, they don’t see eye-to-eye. Sophie may not always have Ryan’s best interests at heart, but she was right for calling out Ryan for returning to the same lifestyle that previously got her in trouble. 

If she wants to be the hero, she can’t also be dating someone that’s on the opposing team.

Ryan got upset with Luke after finding out he was in cahoots with Alice to find Ocean, but if you think about it, Angelique is working with Ocean, who now has a very “complicated” connection with Alice. That’s a big red relationship flag!

Jacob Kane also needs to learn how to be a father. Mary finally told him about her underground clinic, and while it wasn’t by choice or the way she wanted to do it, it was a weight lifted off her shoulders that she could finally be honest with him. 

And instead of embracing her or trying to understand it, he told her he was shutting it down. 

His logic didn’t even track. After finding out that his wife and Mary’s mom, who was previously CEO of Hamilton Dynamics, gave the green light for human trials, Jacob figured he had to intervene in Mary’s life before she followed the same trajectory. 

There’s no way to justify the logic, especially since Mary has helped so many people that couldn’t afford healthcare and was doing it for the right reasons and not for the money.

Jacob’s problem is that he continues to alienate all of his loved ones without realizing that he’s the biggest problem right along with his corrupt Crows. He could get so much more done if he just worked with Batwoman and Mary instead of riding his high horse and thinking he’s better. 

And then he’s surprised that he’s blindsided by everyone’s secrets when he doesn’t even try to get to know his daughters, and when he does pay attention to them, he takes away the things that make them who they are. 

What did you think of the episode? Will Ryan find the Dessert Rose in time?

What are your thoughts on Alice and Ocean?


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The 2021 Golden Globes: Complete Winners List

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The 2021 Golden Globe Nominations

Awards Season kicked into high gear tonight with the 2021 Golden Globes!

Honoring the best in film and television, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-hosted the event.

Below is the complete list of nominees, with winners being updated live! Let us know what you think of the winners in the comments.

(Winners are listed in bold)

Film

Best Motion Picture-Drama
The Father
Mank
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Hamilton
Music
Palm Springs
The Prom

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama
Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins, The Father
Gary Oldman, Mank
Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama
Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Vanessa KirbyPieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand, Nomadland
Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
James Corden, The Prom
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy
Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Kate Hudson, Music
Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot
Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah
Jared Leto, The Little Things
Bill Murray, On the Rocks
Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami…

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman, The Father
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian
Amanda Seyfried, Mank
Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best Director
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
David Fincher, Mank
Regina King, One Night in Miami…
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Screenplay
Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
Jack Fincher, Mank
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, The Father
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Original Score
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste, Soul
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mank
James Newton Howard, News of the World
Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky
Ludwig Göransson, Tenet

Best Original Song
“Fight for You,” Judas and the Black Messiah
“Hear My Voice,” The Trial of the Chicago 7
“Io sì (Seen),” The Life Ahead
“Speak Now,” One Night in Miami…
“Tigress and Tweed,” The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Animated Film
The Croods: A New Age
Onward
Over the Moon
Soul
Wolfwalkers

Best Foreign Language Film
Another Round (Denmark)
La Llorana (Guatemala/France)
The Life Ahead (Italy)
Minari (USA)
Two of Us (France/USA)

Television

Best Television Series-Drama
The Crown
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian
Ozark
Ratched

Best Television Series-Musical or Comedy
Emily in Paris
The Flight Attendant
The Great
Schitt’s Creek
Ted Lasso

Best Miniseries or Television Film
Normal People
The Queen’s Gambit
Small Axe
The Undoing
Unorthodox

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Josh O’Connor, The Crown
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Al Pacino, Hunters
Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Drama
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Emma Corrin, The Crown
Laura Linney, Ozark
Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy
Don Cheadle, Black Monday
Nicholas Hoult, The Great
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Musical or Comedy
Lily Collins, Emily in Paris
Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
Elle Fanning, The Great
Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film
Bryan Cranston, Your Honor
Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
Hugh Grant, The Undoing
Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film
Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
Shira Haas, Unorthodox
Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Best Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film
John Boyega, Small Axe
Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Jim Parson, Hollywood
Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

Best Supporting Performance by an Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film
Gillian Anderson, The Crown
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Julia Garner, Ozark
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Cynthia Nixon, Ratched


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