It’s the summer of 1985 and things are changing at Hawkins.
The four best friends aren’t kids anymore, and they’re spending less time playing D&D and more time at the mall.
But as much as things are changing, a lot is staying the same as Hawkins is plagued with a brand new monster seemingly from the Upside Down.
Even the Fourth of July can’t avoid the darkness that looms over this town.
The action-packed 2 minute and 50-second trailer is a bit hard to dissect, which is why we decided to break it down for you frame-by-frame.
Watch the trailer below and check out our breakdown!
Eleven Finally Has a Gal Pal
Elle and Max have become close and seem to be enjoying their pre-teen years doing the things girls love to do: dressing up, singing into hairbrushes and looking at magazines. They’re also fighting monsters, but let’s not focus on that just now.
Basement D&D Has Been Replaced by Hanging at Starcourt Mall
As Mike said in the trailer, they aren’t kids anymore and playing D&D in the basement isn’t as ‘cool’ as hanging out at the mall. But from the looks of it, danger follows them to the mall regardless, and they must all band together to fight yet another monster.
The Teens Are Building an Antenna
But why? Who or what are they trying to communicate with? Does it have to do with the Upside Down? Speaking of antennas, this trailer has some wicked tunes with The Who‘s “Baba O’Riley” and Mötley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” setting an appropriate 80s vibe.
Billy Shows Off His Bod at the Pool
Billy is showing off his bod and snagging all the ladies while working as a lifeguard. At one point, he’s even spitting his game at Nancy’s mother… again! Sure, his gig won’t stop him from messing with Max and her friends but seeing him shirtless will make up for his douchey behavior.
New characters in Town
Jake Busey has been tapped as Bruce, a journalist at The Hawkins Post with a sick sense of humor, while Cary Elwes is the town’s controversial Mayor Kline. Kline seems rather suspicious though we don’t know much about him, while we know something serious happens to Bruce as we see a shot of him looking deranged and bloodied. Maybe the Mind Flayer is controlling him and using him to cause havoc in town?
Steve and Dustin Are Better Friends Than Ever
Steve has a job at Scoops Ahoy because terrible summer jobs are a part of life. He seems to be enjoying his new gig and budding friendship with Dustin. We’ve all missed Dad Steve. His new co-worker, Robin, makes a snarky remark wondering how many “children” he’s friends with, but to her I say, girl, swerve. You don’t know all the things they’ve all been through together!
But is Steve alright?
A quick shot shows Steve all bloody and beaten up being attacked by something. Possibly the new monster? Could he actually die this season? Say it ain’t so!
Eleven and Mike Are Still Together
Their young love needs to be celebrated, that is all.
Hopper and Joyce May Be Together?
There’s a scene where Hopper is rocking his best Miami Vice on what seems to be a date, but it also seems like Joyce stood him up for a wine night at home instead. There’s also a glimpse of Joyce and Hopper running through a fairground holding hands, but that may be less romantic and more ‘fleeing from a Demogorgon/ Mind Flayer.’
Dude With a Gun
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe there’s a rule about not bringing guns into a fun house. The random gun-wielding dude in the trailer seems like a professional assassin, so I can only imagine what kind of trouble the kids have gotten into now.
Is Billy Dying?
There’s a shower shot — again, no complaints — of his looking at a veiny and infected wound that seems to be spreading quickly. Was he attacked by something from the Upsidedown? Is he being used by the Mindflayer?
Dudes in hazmat suits are reminiscent of Hawkins Lab, which was shut down by Eleven last season. Is someone trying to reopen the doorway to the Upside Down?
Monsters, Monsters, Monsters
Demogorgon’s still exist because what would Hawkins be without them, but there’s also a new monster that seems to be at a hospital where Nancy and Jonathan are attempting to neutralize it. A closer look at the monster reveals he’s rather disgusting, and I wouldn’t want to get on his bad side.
Someone’s Sucked Into a Void
A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment reveals a woman, possibly the same woman winking at Billy earlier in the trailer, being sucked into Eleven’s void of nothingness.
That Lightning Looks Awfully Familiar
Eleven is standing on a beach amongst flashes of red lightning, the same kind of lightning we saw during the Stranger Things season 2 finale when the Mindflayer was looming over the Upsidedown’s version of Hawkins. Considering they are in Indiana and nowhere near a beach, it’s possibly Eleven was drawn to Lake Michigan. She’s evidently wearing the same outfit in this scene as she is in other scenes where she falls into her void, bleeds from her nose, and looks like she got into an aggressive tussle with a monster. Take from that what you will.
‘Schitt’s Creek’ Launching in National Syndication Following Emmys Sweep
The small town of Schitt’s Creek is going nationwide!
After sweeping the Emmys on Sunday, September 20, the half-hour sitcom is coming to a TV near you.
You’ll be able to watch the fan-favorite comedy anywhere as it’s being launched into national syndication across U.S broadcast markets starting on September 28, per the press release from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury, who owns the domestic broadcast rights.
Prior to Sunday’s show, the Pop TV original had zero Emmy’s, but now, it’s being referred to as a nine-time Emmy Award-winning comedy. Talk about bragging rights.
During the 2020 virtual show, it won all seven of the major comedy categories and became the first to win all four comedy-acting categories in one year.
The cast includes Emmy Award winners Eugene Levy, Catherine O’Hara, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy and Chris Elliott. Rounding out the cast are Emily Hampshire, Jennifer Robertson, Noah Reid, Sarah Levy, Karen Robinson, Dustin Milligan, John Hemphill, Rizwan Manji, and Tim Rozon.
Schitt’s Creek centers on an outrageously wealthy video store magnate, Johnny Rose (Eugene Levy); his former soap-star wife Moira (Catherine O’Hara); and their two adult children – the self-described black sheep of the family David (Daniel Levy) and career socialite Alexis (Annie Murphy). When the family suddenly find themselves broke, they have no choice but to move to Schitt’s Creek, a small-town Johnny once bought as a joke. Forced to live out of a motel, with their pampered lives a memory, they struggle to find jobs and relationships and, most importantly, figure out what it means to be a family in the loveable town they’ve reluctantly come to call home.
Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus, commented, “What begins as a fish-out-of-water story quickly develops into a nuanced love letter to family, delivered with warmth, humanity and perfect comedic timing. With a gifted cast and whip-smart writing, it’s easy to see why ‘Schitt’s Creek’ appeals to Emmy voters, critics and viewers, and has built a loyal and passionate fan base. We are excited to bring the Emmy Award-winning series to broadcast television stations and introduce the iconic Rose family to a new audience.”
Previously, Schitt’s Creek was available for streaming on Netflix.
The sixth and final season will be available on the platform starting Wednesday, October 7.
The history-making final season of Schitt’s Creek will (finally) hit Netflix in the US and Canada on October 7. pic.twitter.com/VV3cdDCi4H
— Netflix (@netflix) September 21, 2020
The Best Halloween Episodes From the 90s and Early 00s to Watch Right Now
Halloween is a time for shrieks, thrills, and Halloween-themed episodes.
But what’s better (and spookier) than 90s Halloween fun? Absolutely nothing.
So, we’ve put together a list of spooktacular throwback episodes to kick off your fall celebrations!
Get your witches brew, candy corn, and pumpkin pie ready and get to viewing. And maybe don’t look under the bed… BOO!
Boy Meets World
“He said what all killers say. He wants to come here. He wants to kill us. He wants us to wait right here.”– Eric Matthews.
Boy Meets World basically defines our childhood. When the gang finds themselves all alone during detention, weird things begin happening.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sabrina the Teenage Witch had plenty of Halloween episodes that were SO good, we had trouble picking just one favorite so we opted for season 3’s “Good Will Haunting” in which Hilda and Zelda attend their Aunt Beulah’s Halloween party at an asylum. Back at home, Sabrina’s party is terrorized by a talking doll from the Other Realm.
Streaming Friends episodes is a favorite past time. No episode is as classic as “The One With the Halloween Party” when Monica throws a Halloween party!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy was one of the most iconic shows of the 90s, but the best Halloween episode featured all of the characters turning into real-life versions of their costumes was terrifyingly fantastic. Dust off those DVD collections and sink your teeth into this episode… pun intended.
How I Met Your Mother
One word- slutty pumpkin. Yes, this How I Met Your Mother Halloween installment has everything you’d watch from a classic Halloween episode including a Halloween costume party and Ted longing for his lost love.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas was everyone’s first crush. This Home Improvement episode “The Haunting of Taylor House” found Tim and Jill building a haunted house for Brad’s party.
“Diary of a Mad Schoolgirl” isn’t technically a Halloween episode, but it sure has the elements as TJ explains Lizzie Borden to his classmate and Mo reads a girl’s diary to find out she’s super obsessed with him and wants to take him to the cemetery to meet her dead grandmother. Yikes.
That 70s Show
Poor Kate believes that a prop for a horror movie has turned her friends into zombies!
It's been 17 YEARS since the 'Night of the Day of the Dead' episode of Lizzie McGuire aired on October 5, 2001 pic.twitter.com/rOwWXyQYNz
— Lizzie McGuire (@ImLizzieM) October 5, 2018
HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM ALL OF US AT CRAVEYOUTV!
We Don’t Need a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reboot
Pretty Little Liars, which premiered in 2010 on ABC Family (now Freeform), took fans on a rollercoaster ride. The twists and turns were so dramatic and exaggerated, halfway through the show’s 7 season run, many fans began to taper off.
Dedicated fans, however, stuck it out despite the fact that the show was rapidly going off the rails. Why? Because they desperately needed to know the identity of “A,” and later, “AD,” once and for all.
And the glorious day came on June 27, 2017. As we sat huddled up in front of our TV screens, we were filled with a mix of emotions ranging from confused, misled, and finally, relieved.
“Relief” is a strange emotion to feel when a show ends. Most fans tend to feel a sadness wash over them when the curtain falls, but with PLL, the finale was a sign that the madness was officially over.
The journey with the liars is one we’ll never forget, but let’s face it – most fans are not clamoring for more, especially not a mere three years after the finale. Heck, some of us are still trying to piece that ending together in a way that makes any rational sense.
We’re living in a time where reboots are hailed by TV executives as a sound and sure-fire idea. There’s plenty of examples of success: Dynasty, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Charmed, and Roswell, New Mexico. Even revivals that have honed a place in society with shows like The Conners and Fuller House both leading the pack.
But the one thing that these reboots have in common is that the original shows aired a decade or more ago. The key to a successful reboot is nostalgia; they aim to hook the original fans while also appealing to a brand new generation.
Reboots may either reimagine a familiar story with a modern spin and new characters or reunite fans with characters years later a la catching up with friends years after college.
It’s obvious that PLL does not fall into the category of a show that warrants a reboot. Not yet, at least. There’s no sound argument when one could argue that enough time has passed to try to take a stab at this overly complex teen mystery drama once again.
One of my biggest gripes with the PLL reboot, which was officially announced as an HBO Max original, is that it doesn’t center around the original liars.
I’m firm in my belief that had it not been for the popularity, relatability, and dynamic of Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Belissario, Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell, the show wouldn’t have found a cult-like following or lasted as long as it did. The ladies made the show worth watching and managed to sell us on every single outrageous storyline.
Many of us stuck with the series because of our love for the liars. But the reboot, billed as “set miles away from Rosewood” in a new town, with a new set of characters, strips the very identity of PLL.
How can you have a show without any involvement from Aria, Emily, Hannah, Spencer, and Alison? They are the pretty little liars. There is no show without them. No one is interested in watching a new generations of teens get tormented by threatening cyber-stalker who knows too much about their life, which was fun to watch partially because it paralleled the rise of technology and the fears surrounding privacy that came along with the emergence of social media.
Even if the ladies considered (and I use that term loosely — they are over here working on their careers and expanding their families, after all) returning for a reboot, not enough time has passed for a proper reunion.
There’s been talk of a potential movie sequel involving the original liars, and truthfully, that’s an idea fans of the original could get behind. It would be a one-time thing, it wouldn’t overstay its welcome or feel forced, and it would hopefully gives fans the follow-up they’ve been dying for.
Earlier this year, Hale said she wouldn’t “rule anything out” but ultimately, they’d “need a little more time to pass.”
“I feel like we would get more out of it if we were, like, 10 years down the road,” she explained to Entertainment Tonight, adding that she’s protective of the show. Hale worked with Roberto Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa on the short-lived Katy Keene, so I’m truly curious to see what she thinks about this upcoming reboot. Note: none of those involved with the original have weighed in or commented yet.
Honestly, much of the pushback that I’ve seen about this rumored reboot is for that very reason — fans, even the ones who thought the finale came out of left-field and was a total dumpster fire — are also super protective of it. We don’t want anything or anyone to taint the show’s legacy.
We also cannot ignore there’s the fact that PLL’s Marlene King attempted her own reboot of sorts shortly after the series concluded and even centered the storyline around two familiar faces, Alison DiLaurentis (Pieterse) and Mona Vaderwaal (Janel Parish), to drum up support and interest from the core fandom. That didn’t work.
PLL: Perfectionists lasted a whole ten episodes before Freeform pulled the plug leaving any fans that submitted themselves to yet another A-like mystery in the dark. It’s a shame the series wasn’t give a real chance because it had potential if it stayed true to the books and veered away from trying to make it so much like it’s predecessor. In this case, a complete overhaul could’ve worked if done right.
And it’s probably better if I don’t mention Ravesnwood, the second PLL spinoff that centered around Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn), which saw a lot of people seeing dead people in the neighboring town. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the show’s ten-episode run, but it’s yet another example of the franchise trying to reinvent the wheel and failing miserably.
If King couldn’t make these shows work while PLL was at its height, maybe it’s because the audience needed to take a break from the world of A?
Which brings me to my next point… Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa. You may not know the name, but if you love teen dramas, you’re familiar with his work. He’s the brains behind The CW’s successful and oftentimes disturbing teen thriller Riverdale.
One fan on Reddit noted that “PLL walked so Riverdale could run,” and let’s be honest, plenty of fans (and critics) have called the show a hot mess. However, that’s what we’ve come to love about Riverdale; it’s wacky, weird, and only tolerable when you suspend all disbelief.
He’s also proven himself in the reboot-realm with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. CAOS is an entirely different ballgame; it’s a dark twist on the 90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch that pulls much of its inspiration from the Archie comics. It offers up an entirely new world featuring new takes on some beloved characters. Not to mention Sabrina wrapped its run in 1996 meaning enough time has passed; the world was ready for the Spellman’s once again.
As I mentioned, CAOS is ending with its upcoming season while Aguierre-Sacasa’s other series, Katy Keene, was cancelled after just a season at The CW.
I’m not questioning Aguierre-Sacasa’s qualifications — I’m a fan of his shows — but I don’t think jumping into and revamping a still-fresh franchise is necessary right now.
Apparently, neither does Twitter. One person commented that he should “stick to one show and make that good.” I’d prefer HBO Max gave Katy Keene another try rather than investing into this PLL reboot.
The reboot seems to be hoping to capitalize on the the original fandom (the brief teaser features the same imagery as the original right down to the logo), but the fandom has opposed a reboot from the start. And they’ll be further alienated with the reboot’s description of a “horror-tinged, coming-of-rage” version.
Aguierre-Sacasa’s strength lies within creating shows permeated with twisted mysteries that have a campy, horror vibe, which is tonally different than the psychological mind games we’ve come to expect from PLL.
There’s room for another teen thriller, obviously, but maybe it would be best to leave the franchise alone and call the show, which is shaping up to be its own entity anyway, something else entirely? “Original Sin” minus the “Pretty Little Liars” would have given the series a fresh-slate without any comparisons.
Here’s the show’s description so you can decide for yourself: “Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago. as well as their own.”
I’ll watch merely out of curiosity and because I’ve made television my job, but man, I haven’t even had time to miss PLL yet.
If you really need to feel the PLL-void in your life, the best thing to do is just stream the original episodes, because I think we can all agree that some things are better off left alone… at least until enough time has passed to revisit them through a new lens.
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