I truly believe that you stumble on the right television show at the right time. I call it Divine Fandom. When I was struggling in both my personal and professional life, I somehow found Shameless—the Showtime drama about a dysfunctional family from the south side of Chicago that my best friend has begged me to watch for years. No matter what is happening in your life, I felt nothing but #blessed after seeing what the Gallaghers endure on a daily basis.
Within a week, I was six seasons deep into the drama that is equal parts crazy, heartwarming, hilarious and fantastic. It’s a shame how a show that is inclusive, that is as dark and twisted as Shameless, that is as expertly and sublimely acted has been mostly ignored by major award shows. Yet it also falls in line with the drama’s south side charm. The Gallaghers move heaven and earth just to survive, barely catch a break, so why would they expect any praise?
Here are 6 reasons—one for each Gallagher (psychotic half-sister Sammy doesn’t fucking count)—to binge Shameless before the start of Season 9 on September 9.
It’s an occupational hazard to have A LOT of opinions as an entertainment blogger. You could mention a celebrity or a scandal, and it’s almost 100% probable that this Small Screen Girl has a clear, instantaneous and long-winded opinion about them (Beyonce: Sell-your-soul-to-the-devil ICONIC. James Gunn: There’s far more behind his jokes about child rape, and he should never work in Hollywood again. His defenders are morons.). But sometimes, even I need to sort things out. Here are some burning questions I have about television...
Geek Christmas, otherwise known as San Diego Comic Con, has come and gone, and thankfully left plenty of spoilers beneath our glowing light sabers, bat signals and comic books.
Though most television shows have just began production, the stars and producers came armed with juicy tidbits and even new trailers. Here are some of the most intriguing news and teasers for new and returning series, like The Flash, Supernatural, Star Trek Discovery and more...
We are currently in the midst of the second golden age of television, thanks to an abundance of streaming networks and the emergence of niche programming. However, Hollywood's nauseating love of reboots and remakes smacks of such unoriginality and laziness on behalf of the studios. So it's ironic that one of my favorite shows, and one of the best shows on television and streaming services is Netflix's One Day At A Time, a remake of the 1975 show.
Starring Justina Machado and the legendary Rita Moreno (a member of the prestigious EGOT club), this remake is centered on a divorced veteran mother, her extended family and pesky landlord Schneider as in modern day Los Angeles. One Day At A Time is a seamless and exceedingly watchable combination of comedy, drama and a family's amusing and relatable dysfunction.
So I was aghast when the cast and crew began expressing concern that Netflix had yet to renew it for a third season. In a world where Fuller House not only exists but is thriving, I cannot abide by this at all.
Here are 8 reasons why Netflix needs to renew One Day At A Time immediately.
From black women owning entertainment to the hellscape that is American politics, 2017 has been a year of polarizing change and picking the right side or wrong side of history. Unfortunately, even fictional characters weren't spared from the dumpster fire tendencies of this year.
Whether unlucky in love, saddled with a shark-jumping plot or unspeakable tragedy, here are are 8 characters that deserve better in 2018.
Are you feelin’ lucky, punk?
You might not after watching the brand new, bloody and bonkers trailer for Supernatural’s 13th season, which premieres on Oct. 12.
The sneak peak cheekily entitled “Lucky Number” thankfully doesn’t include horror’s newest obsession, but it still manages to be more chilling than a creepy clown with a singular red balloon.
There are extraordinary hours of television that stick with you because they effect and reflect the very turmoil stirring in your own soul. The second season of Queen Sugar explored the intricately complex subject of police brutality in the black community by following baby-faced Micah West (Nicholas L. Ashe) unlawful arrest and violent mistreatment by a racist police officer.
The plot unspooled in a gut-wrenching study of tragedy, trauma, and catharsis for viewers who are concerned with far more dire things than the amount of their traffic ticket when they are stopped by police. It was far more powerful than broadcast cable's attempts (*side-eyes Chicago PD, Bluebloods and Law & Order: SUV*) because Queen Sugar’s primarily black writers and cast inherently understand the nuance, shame, and fear of existing in a country build on institutionalized racism. It was a beautiful and intensely haunting reflection of the age-old reflection of the rule to write what you know.
And sadly, this is the direct opposite of showrunner Marc Guggenheim's desire to wedge a Black Lives Matter "topical episode" into season 6 of his white-boy-vigilante superhero drama, Arrow.
Comic-Con AKA Blerd Christmas is long over but Small Screen Girl is still lavishly unwrapping the spoilery, gasp-worthy, "Is That Captain America Fighting In WAKANDA with a Drake-esque beard?!?" presents the studios have bestowed on us.
And while it was far too easy to be dazzled by the super-sized, superhero treats unveiled by Marvel and DC, I was equally enthralled by all the goodness television had to offer (Admittedly, it was mostly for the returning shows, because the new fall crop of sci-fil television seems pretty stale...but that's another blog).
Here is some spoilery deliciousness from The Flash, Outlander and Star Trek: Discovery.
Supernatural's season 12 began with the impossible, even in the realm of monsters, demons and angels: Sam and Dean Winchester were reunited with their mother, who died more than 30 years earlier, burning to death on the ceiling as a four-year-old Dean carried his infant brother, Sam, to safety.
Not only was Mary Winchester always idolized by her late husband and son so intensely, Madonna (you can decide between the Virgin and the pop star) would be jealous, it was later revealed that she, in true Winchester form, had made a deal to save her young John’s life, and that was why demon came for her and baby Sammy that fateful night.
But the Winchesters still aren’t ironing their best flannels and booking brunch at the nearest hunters’ bar for a Mother’s Day celebration 34 years in the making, and I can only gather my feels-starved frustration to wonder how it all went so terrifyingly wrong?
The amount of feels to be harvested from this reunion, fraught with love and betrayal, were infinite, and somehow, Supernatural has yet to truly cash in on the brilliantly orchestrated drama they created.
Here's how Supernatural has completely botched Mama Winchester's return...
My idle mind is a funny place. It may look like I'm working or normal or even sane, but most of the time, I'm thinking about really weird things, like what my life would be like as a superhero. Though I would have to figure out ways to get rich before I'd forfeit my TGIT for saving lives, I often imagine how much easier my life would be if I could throw lightning or take a leisurely super-sonic jog to a gloriously Cheeto-free Earth (On Earth-2 Beyonce is a senator!) like The Flash's Barry Allen.
But Iris West, one of the only members of Team Flash who isn't a meta-human, is forever proving that black girls have a power all their own: black girl magic.
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