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Designated Survivor’s third season is by far its best
June 6th, 2019 under Italia Ricci, Kal Penn, Kiefer Sutherland, Netflix. [ Comments: none ]


When ABC cancelled Designated Survivor last year, I was not that upset about the cancellation. When I heard that Netflix picked up for a third season, I was like that is nice. Maybe I will watch it. Then I saw the trailer for it, and I was like this looks totally amazing. I am so going to watch the show about Kiefer Sutherland becoming President when everyone else in the government was killed except for him.

The third season is centered around President Kirkman (Sutherland) running for President for real as a third party candidate. The season starts off with him losing it at the State of the Union and the results are disastrous. Luckily, Mars Harper (Anthony Edwards), his new Chief of Staff, is there to steer him in the right direction. Not only that the White House Press Secretary Seth Wright (Kal Penn) always finds a way to get the press to talk about him and not his boss.

Meanwhile, as all of that is going on in DC, Emily Rhodes (Italia Ricci), Kirkman’s most loyal employee even before he became POTUS, is in Florida by her dying mother’s side. Seth calls her up and tells her she needs to return to DC to help out Kirkman. She begrudgingly agrees and winds up staying there. Asking her mother to come live with her during her final days. This storyline is so brilliantly acted out by Ricci, she will make you cry harder than she did when she was the one with cancer on Chasing Life.

Kirkman needs a really good campaign manager to help him do the impossible, win the race as a third party candidate. He picks Lorraine Zimmer (Julie White) as the woman to lead his campaign. She will do anything to win, and I do mean that. She will ask Kirkman and his staff to do things they don’t agree with in order to win. She is a tough lady who really uses the ability to curse. Now that the show is not on broadcast television they can say words that they could not say before.

Yes, that is right, there is cursing and a lot of it. It feels natural and gives the show a whole new dynamic with the writing. It is something the drama needed and we did not know it until now.

Back to the show. Besides dealing with the contentious election against Kirkman’s Conservative Secretary of State Cornelius Moss (Geoff Pierson), the show, as it has in the past, will take on current hot topic issues. Throughout the season, they are going to tackle marriages between a minor and an adult, opioid abuse, transgenderism, being HIV positive and undetectable, helping an undocumented child who needs a transplant, assisted suicide, finding out you are the father because you were a sperm donor in college, being proud of your heritage, nuclear threats, domestic terrorism with biochemical warfare and so much more.

And yes, the season ends with us finding out who will be the next President of the United States.

While the show is not as much about the heart that it had the first season, it is still there. Except for this time around Kirkman finally found his balls. He is not being pushed around like he used to be thanks to the strong people around him. He is still the president I want. Can Sutherland run in 2020? If Canuck Ted Cruz could run in 2016, so can fellow Canadian Kiefer Sutherland with the writers of the show writing his presidency for him! Totally realistic right?

The show has a much different feel, one that makes you glad it is bingable. Like a good book, you will want to watch it all in one sitting. You cannot even wait two minutes to find out what happens next.

Why is does the show feel different? Besides being on Netflix and being able to swear, Neal Baer (ER, Law & Order: SVU) took over as EP (something that was always the plan). He helped to make this show more realistic and got rid of the over the top, unnecessary conflicts for the White House to deal with. Those storylines took away from the premise of the show which is about being President when you are not supposed to be. This show is now about a President running the country and running to keep his job.

Whether you have watched the show from episode one or this will be the first time you have seen it, you are going to be hooked from minute 1 of the third season. This is what saving a cancelled show is all about. Thanking the fans for saving it by making it even better.

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Kanye West dresses David Letterman up his clothes
May 28th, 2019 under David Letterman, Kanye West, Netflix, The Kardashians. [ Comments: none ]


Ever since David Letterman started hosting a nighttime talk show in 1982, he has dressed the same way. Now that his Netflix show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is in its second season, it is about time he got a new look. Kanye West is the man who is going to style him.

After seeing Letterman all Yeezyfied, I think he needs to stick with his old look. Especially since those threads with his big bushy beard makes him look like a bum. If he sat on a bench in NYC, people would give him some change because they would feel sorry for him.

Can that whole interaction with Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner and the host be any more awkward? Especially when Mrs. West asks her husband, “Are you going to let him have it?” Like they need any more money? Cheap bitch.

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Always Be My Maybe is the summer Rom-Con we need!
May 16th, 2019 under American Housewife, Netflix. [ Comments: none ]


Friday nights on ABC just got weird for me because I will never be able to watch American Housewife’s Ali Wong and Fresh Off the Boat’s Randall Park the same. Thanks to their new movie Always Be My Maybe where they play childhood friends who might have a second chance of love. Until Keanu Reeves comes between them.

Now having said that I will be weirded out by the two back-to-back sitcom stars working in a Rom-Com together does not mean I do not want to see it. It makes me want to see it even more. Therefore, I cannot wait to see it when it streams on Netflix May 31st. I will just have to get past my issue.

Seriously though, I am happy that Netflix is giving Asians a movie to be the spotlight in. Take that Constance Wu. It is not about her, it is about her co-star. I am glad he is getting a project that will really show off his comedic brilliance. He can play so many different roles and I hope people start to see that about him. And Wong too.

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How can you have a Laugh-In special without Goldie Hawn?
May 9th, 2019 under Goldie Hawn, Netflix. [ Comments: none ]


Before Goldie Hawn won an Oscar, she was on the variety show Laugh-In. The late ’60s and early ’70s weekly comedy show had people laughing until hurt, and she was one of their brightest stars.

Therefore, you would think that Netflix would have included her in their special Still LAUGH-IN: The Stars Celebrate. However, for some reason, she is not there. While Dick Martin and Dan Rowan have a good excuse for not being part of it (they are no longer with us), there is no excuse for her not being part of it.

While she is not in to laugh, Lily Tomlin, Ruth Buzzi and JoAnne Worley will be. They will be joined by a bunch of people who were born or not even born when it originally aired. People like Neil Patrick Harris, Tiffany Haddish, Chelsea Handler, Taye Diggs, Maria Bamford, Margaret Cho, Ron Funches, Nikki Glaser, Lisa Ann Walter, Mary McCormack, Bobby Moynihan, Cheri Oteri, Rob Riggle, Jeff Ross, Tony Hale and Natasha Leggero.

I wish the networks would bring back variety shows like this and the other ones from the ’60s and ’70s. I used to love watching them in syndication when I was growing up. They taught me how to laugh and we need more laughter in the world.

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Netflix’s Designated Survivor is not like what it was on ABC
May 3rd, 2019 under Kiefer Sutherland, Netflix. [ Comments: none ]


ABC impeached Designated Survivor and Netflix elected to give it a third season. Today, they released the first trailer for the new season, that begins streaming on June 7th, and I am blown away. Just like all the elected officials, but President Kirkman, were in the pilot episode.

Designated Survivor had a great first half season, but then they changed showrunners a few times and the show was not about his presidency. Instead, it was about conspiracies and attacks. It lost its heart.

It does not look like it will be like it was when it was great. However, it might be even better because it looks like an engaging political thriller.

Kiefer Sutherland plays the President like one America desperately needs. Too bad he is Canadian. But if Ted Cruz can run, why can’t he?

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