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I know you don’t come here to read boring factoids about me and my life, but I don’t care, I’m going to bore you with one anyway. If I binge a show, it’s most likely done on a plane. When I’m trapped for hours in an aluminum tube in the clouds, I have the time to hit that “Next Episode” button in a way I just don’t when I’m on the ground. And this weekend, that show was the second season of Russian Doll.
i waited years for the second season of russian doll only to finish it in 3 hours… #RussianDoll pic.twitter.com/B72p2HuNSq
— riley (@rileyysummers) April 20, 2022
I was both skeptical and excited that there was going to be a second season — after all the first season of Russian Doll was an unexpected delight and ended beautifully. Perfectly, even. Which, let me tell you, as someone who watches a lot of TV: that’s a rare feat. But I am here to say I was wrong to be nervous. The second season of Russian Doll, which is darker and sadder than the first, it also manages to stick the landing in a way that is beautiful and (almost) perfect.
With the second season, Russian Doll dares to enter the narratively difficult realm of time travel — something I have ridiculously strong feelings about, especially considering it’s not real — and I came away from the season satisfied and profoundly moved. It’s like a full season of the “This Extraordinary Being” episode of Watchmen and I can’t stop thinking about it. (If I had one note about the season as a whole, it would be that Alan’s story was underdeveloped, and needed both more fleshing out and a deeper connection to Nadia’s story.)
Reportedly, Natasha Lyonne imagines the series as having three seasons. While I find myself once again slightly skeptical that there even needs to be one more chapter, I also completely trust that Lyonne will give the conclusion the love and artistry that she applied to the first two seasons.
For those of you who have watched: The AV Club collected a few Easter eggs they spotted in this season; The musical cues this season were perfect (and less repetitive than the first season for obvious story-telling reasons); and Lyonne has revealed that in her original vision for the series, Jordan Peele would have played her love interest.
I mean it. Sending my love to you and all the other kiddos out there. Keep fighting the good fight. I know it ain’t easy. ♥️👹♥️@RussianDoll ♥️🥲👼♥️♥️ https://t.co/fJiDv9F3Uf
— natasha lyonne (@nlyonne) April 17, 2022
Jensen Ackles had a busy weekend: when he wasn’t breaking news that Jared Padelecki was in a terrible car accident and lucky to be alive (GET HEALED UP SOON!), he was sharing what the kids call “thirst traps”:
istg Jensen Ackles is not real just look how flawless this man is 😍 pic.twitter.com/Wp3ielhoqz
— Rose 🌹|| Soldier Boy Era 💚🛡️ (@Rose_ackles_) April 24, 2022
And Misha Collins might have just come out as bisexual? It’s for the best that this happened after the show ended because the fandom COULD. NOT. HANDLE.
MISHA COLLINS CAME OUT???? pic.twitter.com/X72n3h397g
— rory 🏴☠️🍂🦇 (@viagotwt) April 23, 2022
Oscar Isaac watched the RuPaul Drag Race season finale at a New York gay bar, and I’ve never been more in love.
Sounds like the Ozark finale will be a “happy” ending … sorta. (No spoilers.)
The creator of Killing Eve was NOT HAPPY with that ending and promises more Villanelle … somehow. (SPOILERS.)
Jon Stewart was given the Mark Twain Prize last night, and reminded folks that comedians are threats to authoritarians: “We’re the banana peel in the coal mine,” he said at the ceremony. “When society is under threat, comedians are the ones who get sent away first. It’s just a reminder to people that democracy is under threat. Authoritarians are the threat to comedy, to art, to music, to thought, to poetry,” he added.
The Rings of Power, the upcoming Lord of the Rings series on Prime Video, is costing on average $58 MILLION PER EPISODE. Stranger Things’ final season is costing Netflix $30 million an episode. So by comparison, the $20 million HBO is paying for House of the Dragon is a goddamned bargain bin price.
Now that CNN+ is dead, the journalists who were lured over to the platform, like Chris Wallace and Kasie Hunt, are scrambling to keep their shows alive somewhere else.
The rise of streaming is hurting the future of network comedies. According to Deadline, networks are ordering more drama pilots than comedies, in no small part because dramas do better on streaming services. This was something of a surprise to me, mostly because Friends, The Office, and Seinfeld have all been so wildly successful on streamers, but it turns out they are something of outliers.
Florida went through with the legislation that repealed the special district designation for Walt Disney World to punish them for their objection to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Cool cool cool. What could possibly go wrong with governments retaliating against corporations for holding positions they disagree with (and — perhaps more tellingly — rescinding political donations)?
Ellen Pompeo admits 13 years later that Katherine Heigl was correct to call out the working conditions on the set of Grey’s Anatomy. When Heigl complained of 17-hour days back in 2009, she was labeled “difficult” and “ungrateful” and it helped derail her career.
Netflix seems to be canceling the sequel to Bright, the Will Smith sci-fi film that was planned to become a franchise. (But give it a couple of years, and then we’ll see.)
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills p.r. campaigns are in full grind ahead of the season 12 premiere in a couple of weeks.
Reply to @emilysnflburner Look what you made me do! 🥵 #starwars #themandalorian #dindjarin #pedropascal
The Tinder Swindler is in legal trouble again. Go figure.
- From has been renewed at Epix for a second season.
- Straight Man, a dramedy starring Bob Odenkirk, has been greenlit on AMC.
- World’s Best, a film about an aspiring rapper written by, produced by, and co-starring Ghosts‘ Utkarsh Ambudkar, has been set at Disney+.
- One for the Road, a music series developed by Nicholas Braun and Chris Buongiorno, is in the works at HBO.
- To Paris for Love: A Reality Rom Com; The Marriage Pact; and Match Me in Miami have all been greenlit at Roku.
- The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem has been ordered at Netflix.
- Spin Me Round, a film starring Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Molly Shannon, has been acquired at AMC+.
- In Five Years is being adapted into a film at HBO Max.
- Bobak Esfarjani has signed an overall deal with FX.
- Brittany Miller has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures TV.
- The Hunt For Raoul Moat, a true-crime drama, is in development at ITV.
- Sadie Stanley, Eloise Payet, Griffin Gluck and KaDee Strickland, Lisa Yamada, Sean Blakemore, and Paul Adelstein have been cast in Cruel Summer on Freeform. The second series will follow a completely different story.
- Travis Van Winkle, Gabriel Luna, Fortune Feimster, Jay Baruchel, and Milan Carter have been cast in the untitled Arnold Schwarzenegger series at Netflix.
- Kerry Washington has joined the cast of The Simpsons on Fox.
- Reid Scott will be returning to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime Video.
- Sean Leonard and Laura Benanti are joining The Gilded Age on HBO.
- Jesse Williams and Sarah Drew will return to Grey’s Anatomy on ABC.
- Ayoola Smart is joining the cast of The Wheel of Time on Prime Video.
- Aaron Stanford, Scotty Tovar, Tim Daly, Lolita Davidovich, and Clayne Crawford have been cast in Finestkind on Paramount+.
- Cameron Diaz, Nancy Pelosi, Naomi Campbell, Ronan Farrow, Daphne Guinness, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Nikki Glaser, Tove Lo, Betsey Johnson, Janicza Bravo, Ben Platt, and Hannah Einbinder will be guest judges on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars on Paramount+ this season.
- Raúl Esparza will return on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC.
- Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs will host The 2022 Billboard Music Awards on NBC.
- Shawn Mendes will co-host The Tonight Show on NBC on April 29.
- Leila Farzad has joined the cast of Better on BBC One.
- Jasmine Davis is leaving The Chi on Showtime.
Mark Your Calendar
- The Staircase premieres on HBO Max on May 5.
- Night Sky will premiere on Prime Video on May 20.
- RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars will return on May 20 on Paramount+.
- Baby Fever debuts on Netflix on June 8.
- The Great Soul Food Cook-Off will premiere on OWN on May 6.
- Clark premieres on Netflix on May 5.
- Dragons: The Nine Realms will debut on Hulu on May 5.
- A Perfect Pairing will debut on Netflix on May 19.
- The Sound of Magic will debut on Netflix on May 6.
- LOL – Last One Laughing Spain will premiere on Prime Video on May 20.
- Summertime will premiere on Netflix on May 4.
- The Old Man will debut on FX on June 17.
- Irma Vep will debut on HBO on June 6.
- Couples Therapy returns on Showtime on May 13.
- God’s Favorite Idiot will debut on Netflix on June 15.
- Menudo: Forever Young will premiere on Max on June 23.
Jim Hartz, Today Show host alongside Barbara Walters
Orrin Hatch, Former Republican Senator from Utah who appeared in Murphy Brown, Parks and Recreation and Traffic
Declan O’Brien, Writer and director of the Wrong Turn movies and Sharktopus
Adelia “Dede” Robertson, Leader with Christian Broadcasting Network and wife of televangelist Pat Robertson
Jacques Perrin, French actor who appeared in more than 70 feature films including Cinema Paradiso
, Soviet spy who inspired The Americans
David William Kearney, Houston bluesman known as “Guitar Shorty” who inspired Jimmi Hendrix
Re Styles, Model, costume designer, and actress
Cynthia Albritton, “The Plaster Caster”
Better Things: Say goodbye to Sam and her fam. Series finale. 9 p.m., FX
We Own This City: David Simon’s new series follows the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force and the corruption within. Series premiere. 8 p.m., HBO
Gentleman Jack: Season two. 9 p.m., HBO
- Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Chrissy Teigen, Cristin Milioti, Soccer Mommy
- Late Night with Seth Meyers: Terry Crews, Vanessa Bayer, Sam Fender, Fred Eltringham
- The Daily Show: TBA
- Watch What Happens Live: Gabriela Barragan, Capt. Glenn Shephard
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