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Yellowjackets is a mystery told 25 years apart
November 14th, 2021 under Showtime. [ Comments: none ]

Tonight at 10p, Showtime has a new suspenseful drama, and you are going to instantly be hooked on Yellowjackets.

In 1996, the Yellowjackets, a high school girls soccer team, made it to nationals. It should have been the time of their lives, but it wasn’t. That is because their plane crashed in a remote wilderness, and they were missing for 19 months. What happened to them during that time still haunts them 25 years later.

Yellowjackets tells the story of what happened in ’96 and then 25 years later. However, someone from their past is trying to get them to reveal what happened when they were stranded. Whatever happened back then was so awful, they agreed to keep it a secret. With each episode, we get a glimpse of the horrors they went through, and why they can’t get over it.

Since they are telling the same people’s story 25 years apart, the casting department had to work hard to get actors that looked alike to play their teenage and 30-something selves. They did such a great job; they deserve the Emmy.

Who are they? There is Shauna (Sophie Nelisse/Melanie Lynskey), who was timid because she was second fiddle to her best friend Jackie (Ella Purnell), the team captain. As an adult, she is in a loveless marriage with a daughter she can’t stand. She is the one member who really wants to keep what happened a secret.

Natalie (Sophie Thatcher/Juliette Lewis) was the partying rebel back in HS and as an adult. All of those years of drinking has caught up with her, and she is in rehab. She was tough back then, and she is even tougher now. She will protect her teammates from whoever has it out for them.

Misty (Samantha Hanratty/Christina Ricci) wasn’t a player on the team. She is like their weird water girl. She desperately wants to fit, but she is too creepy to be one of them. She never loses that scary creepiness, even as an adult.

Taissa (Jasmin Savoy Brown/Tawny Cypress) thought of herself as the leader of the team, but she wasn’t. As an adult, she is running for office. Because of that, she wants to share what happened to them. However, Shauna put her foot down and won’t let them do it.

However, everyone might change their minds when they realize that someone is after them. Who is it, and why? We will just have to keep tuning in to find out in the suspenseful story about a plane crash and how surviving it destroyed them all in different ways.

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Will Dexter fans finally get the ending they deserve?
October 14th, 2020 under Showtime. [ Comments: none ]


When Dexter ended its run in 2013, fans of the show were pissed about how the producers wrapped up the series. You can say they wanted to go all Dexter on them. Well, now, 7 years later, they are finally getting some killer news. The killer will be back for a ten-episode limited run next fall.

“DEXTER is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for SHOWTIME, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” said Gary Levine, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world!”

What they are going to show us, we don’t know. But anything has to be better than how it ended. Although, I never should assume because it could wind up being worse. I doubt it, but it could.

Are you excited that Dexter is coming back, or do you think it should remain dead like his victims?

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Find out how The Go-Go’s got their beat in a Showtime documentary
July 1st, 2020 under Showtime, The Go-Go's. [ Comments: none ]


Before there was Madonna, The Bangles, Tiffany, and Wilson Phillips, there was The Go-Go’s. The all-girl band from Los Angeles, who played their own instruments, opened the door for all of those acts, and they have not closed it.

Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar, keyboards and vocals), Belinda Carlisle (lead vocals), Gina Schock (drums), Kathy Valentine (bass and vocals), and Jane Wiedlin (guitar & vocals) have had a career that has spanned over 40 years. As a band, they have had several hits that we all know like We Got The Beat, Vacation, Turn to You, and more. They inspired a whole new generation of female rockers, so they have a story to tell.

On August 1st, that story will be told on Showtime. The doc will include archived interviews and new ones with the quintet. It is an honest look at their rise to fame, the good times, the bad times, and everything in between that includes several breakups and makeups.

Whether you are a fan of The Go-Go’s or not, this is a must-watch for fans of music. They created a movement that can still be felt today because they still have the beat!

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Kidding is an endearing quirky show
February 9th, 2020 under Jim Carrey, Showtime. [ Comments: none ]


Tonight is the Oscars, but there is no one to root for this year and no host to tie the show together. Therefore, I want to watch something else where I can root for the lead. Showtime is giving us that at 10p with the second season premiere of Kidding starring Jim Carrey as Mr. Pickles.

Mr. Pickles is a kids’ television host with the innocence of Mr. Rogers. While his onscreen persona is perfect, his life is falling apart around him. His father (Frank Langella), who is the EP, is drunk with power. So much so, Jeff (Carey) finally fires him. His sister, Didi (Catherine Keener), is going through a divorce as her brother. Jeff’s wife, Jill (Judy Greer), has moved on with Peter (Justin Kirk). Jeff is not ready to move on, so what happens when he hits Peter with his car.

Now that you are caught up with season one, it is time for season two. Jill comes out and tries everything to save her boyfriend. She tells Jeff to pick up the body and they drive to the hospital. Peter’s life hangs in the balance and only a liver transplant will save him. Will he get one in time?

Meanwhile, Didi is dealing with the ramifications of her divorce. Her gay ex-husband wants full custody of their daughter. Then when he doesn’t get that, he takes something from Didi that is just as important.

She has been busy trying to get Mr. Pickles back on the air. While they wait, the siblings come up with a toy to keep Mr. Pickles alive. Mr. Pickles is living on in the international versions of his character. That is until one of them gets killed over something Jeff said. Now there is a rebellion against him. It seems like everything is going against him. Will he be able to get his life back?

As the season goes on, Ariana Grande plays a fairy. We get to see how Mr. Pickles was born and how he met Jill. The best of the season comes from a mostly musical episode that will make you smile.

Actually, the whole series will make you smile. There is something so lovable about this dramedy. There is nothing else like it on television, and how often can you say that. Instead of watching that snooty awards show, watch a refreshing show every Sunday at 10p after the final season of Homeland.

Plus, who doesn’t love Jim Carrey when he is at his best. This show is him at his best.

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Even Ray Donovan can’t fix this
February 4th, 2020 under Liev Schreiber, Showtime. [ Comments: none ]


Last month, Ray Donovan aired its season finale. Since them, Liev Schreiber implored people to let Showtime know they want an eighth one. Did his begging work? Sadly, it did not. The network announced today, “After seven incredible seasons, Ray Donovan has concluded its run on Showtime. We are proud that the series ended amid such strong viewership and on such a powerful note.”

Even though the network does not say this, I betcha a penny, they give it a sendoff film. It seems weird that they did not give it a final season like Homeland and Shameless, so at least they should get a telemovie. Don’t you agree?

Now that Showtime has three hours of programming to fill, wouldn’t it be nice if they revived Queer As Folk or Dexter? Dexter needs to make up for that sh!tty finale.

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