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Castle Rock haunts Hulu tonight
July 24th, 2018 under Hulu, JJ Abrams, Stephen King. [ Comments: none ]

When I heard that J.J. Abrams was doing a series about Stephen King’s fictional town Castle Rock for Hulu, I was excited about it. Then I watched the first four episodes, that begin streaming tonight, and I am not really sure what is going on.

The show starts off with Dale (Terry O’Quinn), the warden of Shawshank State Penitentiary, and it is his last day on the job. He kisses his wife goodbye, drives to the woods, ties a rope around his neck and drives his soon to be headless body into Castle Rock. He is dead, but he lives on as the narrator.

There is a new warden in town and she just found out that her predecessor left a wing of the overcrowded prison empty. When she sends in some guards to check it out, they discover a nameless young man who has been living there. No one knows who The Kid (Bill Skarsgård) is, and he is not telling them.

All they know about him is his first words were, “Henry Deaver” (André Holland). Deaver is a Texas lawyer, who record is pretty deadly. Deadly as in his clients die. When he gets the call from Shawshank, it means going home, a place he rarely goes. When he was 10 years old he went missing in December and after several days he is found unharmed with no memory of what happened. It is one of the town’s mysteries. That and what happened to his father. Some think he killed him, but he does not remember.

Something his mother (Sissy Spacek) is suffering from. She has dementia and he finds out that Alan (Scott Glenn), who found him as a kid, is living with her. Henry does not like him because there is a lot of conflict between the two. Alan also knows more about the town and answers a lot of our questions.

But there are a lot of questions that still need to be answered. While the show starts off really slowly, it does pick up at the end of the 4th episode. I will stick with it, so I suggest you do it.


It’s baby time on The Handmaid’s Tale
June 26th, 2018 under Hulu. [ Comments: none ]

The whole second season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been about when will June (Elisabeth Moss) give birth to the Waterford’s baby, and that moment is streaming now on Hulu.

Last week, when we left off June was alone in a mansion in the middle of nowhere after finally seeing her daughter and Nick (Max Minghella) being dragged away by some strangers. Of course, now would be the perfect time for her to go into labor. Right? But can she deliver this baby all by herself? She has no choice but to because there is no one else there to help her and no way she can get any help. As we know when a baby is ready to come, it is ready to come.

As she is struggling with the contractions, she remembers the last time she went through this. Things were a whole lot different when she had Hannah. We see just how very different they were.

The big question you want to know is will she get away? I cannot tell you that. But a lot of game-changing stuff is going to happen in the final two episodes of the season. Therefore, enjoy the calm before the storm in this episode that all is about June.


The Handmaid’s Tale’s new episode is sadly relevant
June 19th, 2018 under Hulu. [ Comments: none ]

I do not know about you, but I have been really bored with The Handmaid’s Tale this season, but it all changes with the latest episode that debuts today on Hulu.

June (Elisabeth Moss) is close to giving birth, but she cannot forget her first daughter Hannah. She would love to hold her just one more time. Especially because she does not want her second child to be raised by Waterfords (Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski). Meanwhile, they are getting impatient and want their baby now so that they can get rid of June. How far will they go to get their child early?

When it comes to how this episode is relevant, all of these handmaids are moms. They have children, but they cannot see them. They have been taken from them and raised by other people. Kind of like what is happening at the border. How will Handsmaid mom act when reunited with her child? It is a moment you must see.

And that is not the only reason to watch. So much happens you cannot miss a single second of an episode that makes up for the last night.


It’s time again for the Animaniacs!
January 4th, 2018 under Hulu. [ Comments: 1 ]

Remember how excited you were every time you watched a new episode of Animanics? Well guess what? You can have that feeling all over again because Hulu picked up the animated cartoon for 2 more seasons. That’s right after nearly 20 years, they finally freed Yakko, Wakko and Dot from the water tower on the Warner Bros lot. Now I know why I was always hearing banging whenever I walked by it, they were hoping to be let out. And now they are on the loose and the lot will not be the same. Which is a good thing.

If this is not good enough news for you, then there is also more! Along with streaming all the previous 99 Animaniacs episode, Hulu got their hands on the libraries of Pinky and the Brain, Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, and all of Tiny Toon Adventures.

Now here is the bad news. New episodes of Animaniacs will not starting airing until 2020. But good things comes to those who wait.


Young Sheldon finds love, There’s Johnny is as lovable as Johnny Carson
November 16th, 2017 under Chuck Lorre, Hulu. [ Comments: none ]

Tonight at 8:30p on CBS, Young Sheldon falls in love with something that he didn’t know he loved.

The episode starts off with Young Sheldon (Iain Armitage) choking on a piece of sausage and nearly dying because of it, and because of that he is afraid to eat solid food. After a few weeks, his mom (Zoe Perry) and dad (Lance Barber) decide he needs to go therapy. While his parents are talking to therapist, he has to wait in the waiting room. He picks up a comic book, something he thought was stupid, and is immediately hooked. So much so, he walks out of the office to find more, and his parents don’t know where he is gone. Where did he go? How will his parents react? You just have to tune in to find out.

That and to see the toll Sheldon’s quirkiness causes for his older brother (Montana Jordan) and twin sister (Raegan Revord). Thankfully, they have Meemaw (Annie Potts) to talk to about it.

This show has proven to be a sweet comedy that CBS has so desperately needed since they cancelled Still Standing. I still miss that show.

Over at Hulu is There’s Johnny. This is the story of 19-year-old Andy Klavin (Ian Nelson) who lives in Nebraska with his parents who are big fans of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. He decides to do something special for them and writes a letter to the talk show host asking for an autograph photo and a job.

Then the strangest thing happens, he gets both in the mail. Therefore, he gets on bus and travels to Burbank, Ca. When he gets there, he finds out the show doesn’t actually tape at 11:30p when he arrives at the gate. In his hand he is holding the letter he got from the show, and by some chance of fate the wind blows it into the show’s soundstage. He goes inside and falls asleep.

The next day, he is woken up by Roz (T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh) who tells him the job was all a big misunderstanding and they will pay for his bus ticket back to corn country. Thankfully Joy Greenfield (Jane Levy) walks in at that exact moment and tells Roz she needs a runner. The feisty 24-year-old, whose dad is a big agent, takes him under wing. While introducing him around, he meets the writers who ask him a question that makes it on to the show. Freddie the Executive Producer (Tony Danza) sees something special in the kid, and offers him a real job this time.

From that moment on, luck keeps on working out for this wholesome kid. Joy finds him an apartment and a car. Even when it seems like he is screwed, his niceness seems to save him from the worst predicaments. It is those screw ups that make this sweet kid find a way into your heart instantly. Same for everyone around him.

There’s Johnny takes place in 1972 and they use file footage from the original talk show. On the premiere episode, we see Johnny interview the late great George Carlin and in episode 2 he chats with a young Albert Brooks. Not only that, you see Johnny save Ed McMahon’s butt when a segment goes wrong. They intertwine the current filming with the file footage so smoothly, you almost think they are actually happening at the same time and not 45 years apart.

If you love late night television, you will adore seeing the behind the scenes madness. If you are not a fan of the genre, you will enjoy a show where the little guy keeps on winning. It is the feel good retro show about comedy you have been longing for and did not know it. It is worth subscribing to Hulu just for There’s Johnny. A show I read that EP Paul Reiser says cancelled the network SeeSo where it was originally set to air before Hulu thankfully saved it.

You can binge watch the whole first season on Hulu now.


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