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This is not the original American Queer As Folk
May 18th, 2022 under Peacock, Queer As Folk. [ Comments: 1 ]

The American version of Queer As Folk is one of my favorite shows. It is because of that series I learned that I love to watch two men f*ck. Besides Gale Harold, that, and the topics they dealt with, it was such a meaningful show. But times were much different then. In the last 20 years, there have been so many advancements in LGBTQ rights and HIV so that drama would not be as relevant today.

Therefore, doing a new version of the show is not going to be the same. That is why the Peacock version of QAF feels more like The L Word than QAF. At least, that is how I felt after watching the trailer.

And can someone explain to me why a network that has cock in its name doesn’t have hotter men in the series? They don’t have to all be Brian Kinneys, but they need a f*ckable bad boy. Although, Harold didn’t like when I described his character as such.

Are you going to watch the new QAF on June 9th?

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Days of our Lives brings back Bo and Hope for Beyond Salem
April 18th, 2022 under Peacock, TV Soaps. [ Comments: none ]

Peacock has renewed Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem for a second season, and they are bringing in the big guns. And when I say big guns, I mean the big guns. How big? Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso are reprising their roles as Bo and Hope for the limited series, which will air from July 11th through July 15th.

Alfonso departed the show in 2020 and made it sound like she would never return. I guess she should have taken a note from her co-star and Soap Opera husband, who said never say never.

The action-packed new season will follow the fan-favorite couple as they travel the globe from Monte Carlo to Hong Kong. Along the way, they will reunite with Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall), John Black (Drake Hogestyn), Patch (Stephen Nichols), and Kayla (Mary Beth Evans).

Executive Producer Ken Corday said, “Being able to build off of the storylines from Days of our Lives to create another exciting series for the audience brings myself, the Corday Productions team, and the cast so much joy. I cannot wait for the fans to see what we have in store next!”

He is not the only one. I can’t wait to see Bo back on my television again because we have been missing him.

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Bel-Air is the best new drama of the season
February 13th, 2022 under Peacock, Will Smith. [ Comments: none ]

Back when Morgan Cooper released a dramatic short of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I was intrigued. Then when Peacock picked it up as a series, I couldn’t wait to see what they were going to do with Bel-Air. What the producers did, is give us a show that is so amazing; you will be like, how did this come from the sitcom we know so well?

Well, I actually, I don’t know it that well. I didn’t really watch it, but I know enough. Therefore, it was interesting to see how they changed it up and how they kept it the same.

Will (Jabari Banks) is a good student and star athlete in Philadelphia who is about to get recruited to college. He has everything until he gets arrested with a gun during a fight. His mom doesn’t want him going into a life of crime, so she sends him to Bel-Air to live with her estranged sister and her family.

When Will gets there, he meets his Aunt Viv (Cassandra Freeman), and she welcomes her nephew with open arms. The same cannot be said for his cousin Carlton (Olly Sholotan). Thankfully, his girl cousins, Hillary (Coco Jones) and Ashley (Akira Akbar), love their cousin, Will. Phillip Banks (Adrian Holmes) is a little standoffish about his nephew, but he knows he is doing the right thing by taking him in.

Uncle Phil is running for District Attorney, and all of his energy is focused on that. He doesn’t want Will ruining his chances of getting elected. However, he might be able to help. Uncle Phil is not getting support from people of color because he is out of touch with their needs in his multi-dollar mansion. Will is just what he needs to win them over.

Aunt Viv gave up her dream of being an artist to raise her three children. However, now, she is all about being the perfect politician’s wife and trying to get her husband elected.

Hillary is an online influencer, so she is living in front of the camera all of the time. Her parents want the college dropout to get a job. Since she is a popular influencer, that shouldn’t be that hard. Or is it? Not only is she good at telling people she doesn’t know what to do, but she is also able to do that with the family. She is the wise one who is keeping them all together. Her character is the most improved.

Carlton is the popular one at school, and he hates that his cousin has moved in on his territory. Not only in his house but also on his ex-girlfriend Lisa (Simone Joy Jones). Carlton gets so mad when he sees them talking he gets into a fight with his cousin, and that is the beginning of their war. And Uncle Phil is not going to have it, but even he can’t get these two to get along.

And then the biggest character difference goes to Geoffrey (Jimmy Akingbola). I am not going to tell you how, but I love what they did to him.

I also like the changes they made to the Will/Carlton dynamic. It gets more interesting as the show goes on. This is not Alfonso Ribeiro’s Carlton. He is dark. And I have said too much.

What I will say, is that this is not your parents’ Fresh Prince. Not only did they turn it into a drama, but they modernized it. What Will went through in the ’90s is not the same as today. So they updated everyone’s storyline but still kept that premise of the original. So it is loyal but fitting for today’s audience. Because of that, new and old fans are going to be hooked.

Peacock needs this to do well, and it is going to do just that. People are going to love the series, and they are going to want to stream new episodes every Thursday. In fact, they are going to hate having to wait a week to find out what happened next.

I have seen six of the ten episodes, and I am blown away by what they did. You can stream the first three episodes on Peacock now, and I promise you will love it as much as I do.

It is not only because of the storylines, but every actor brings it. It doesn’t even feel like they are acting. They feel like a family who are perfect on the outside but are far from it on the inside.

Bel-Air is the first remake to get it right. It is the same and different at the same time. It is everything you want it to be.

Well, it is just missing that theme song, but it has everything else.

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Bel-Air is not your parents Fresh Prince
January 10th, 2022 under Peacock, Will Smith. [ Comments: none ]

Peacock released the first full trailer for the dramatic take on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Bel-Air is not like the show we got to know in the ’90s. Gone is the goofiness, and it is replaced with realness.

That is not a bad thing because it looks really engaging. So much so, I hate that we have to wait until February 13th to stream the first three episodes. Then after Super Bowl Sunday, we will get one new episode per week.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you as blown away as I am?

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MacGruber is back and better than ever
December 16th, 2021 under Peacock, Reese Witherspoon/Ryan Phillippe, Will Forte. [ Comments: none ]

Back in 2007, the World got to know super soldier MacGruber on Saturday Night Live. Three years later, he graduated to the big screen for a feature film. Now, eleven years after, he has his own series on Peacock, and it starts streaming today.

When we last left off, it was MacGruber’s (Will Forte) wedding day to Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig). However, his mortal enemy Cunth showed up and tried to kill them. But MacGruber threw him off a cliff, shot him, and peed on his corpse. So everyone got a happy ending.

Or so we thought. MacGruber has been in prison for killing Cunth. However, he is about to get out because Queeth (Billy Zane) has kidnapped the President’s daughter. In order for POTUS to get her back, Queeth wants MacGruber. So the President says that MacGruber can get out for the exchange.

MacGruber agrees, even though he knows it will be a suicide mission. General Barrett Fasoose (Laurence Fishburne), who is now married to Vicki, takes him to the desert for the exchange. Unfortunately, things go wrong, and Queeth takes MacGruber.

Eventually, he escapes and is reunited with Vicki and Piper (Ryan Phillipe). They decide to take down Queeth, who is planning on destroying the World with a bioweapon.

MacGruber also wants to take out Queeth because he killed his mother and destroyed his father (Sam Elliott). But is he smart enough to do it? We are talking about MacGruber, who is good at blowing things up, and I am not only talking about with explosions. Thankfully, he is not doing it alone. He has Vicki and Piper to help him out with every hair-brained scheme he comes with to take down Queeth.

MacGruber is full of twists and turns. Just when you think you know what is going to happen next, they surprise you. That is what makes this the type of show you can binge in one sitting. Well, that and all the laughs that you will get by watching.

Even though it is Forte’s show, he shares the spotlight with his co-stars. How Phillippe doesn’t break down in hysterics through the eight episodes is beyond me. He deserves an award just for that. Wiig is also impressive with the role because she can keep up with Forte, even in the scenes where they are making love. And on that note, there is nudity. Did that get you to tune in?

MacGruber is just silly fun. There are days you need that, and this series delivers.

If you haven’t seen the movie, and are afraid you won’t know what is going on, don’t worry. Maya Rudolph, who played his first wife, sings a song to catch you up. So you are ready to go.

However, if you have seen the movie, then just like the film. It is Forte doing what he does best, and that is making us laugh with his wit. He is smart while playing stupid. That is not an easy task, but he is so good at it.

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