Upon being announced as Jon Stewart’s successor as the host of The Daily Show, Comedy Central’s flagship “fake news” series, Trevor Noah found himself at the center public scrutiny. In particular, a collection of old Tweets that exhibit sexist and anti-Semitic humor were called out, leading to a reprisal of the eternal “PC versus comedy” debate.
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If lurid thrills and gothic accoutrements are the name of your game, then Showtime’s Penny Dreadful will be right up your alley. Showcasing a top-notch cast including Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, and Josh Hartnett, the program checks off all the boxes as far as Showtime’s programming is concerned, with plenty of twisty plots, darkness, and gratuitous nudity to keep things at a steady, thrilling pace.
With iconic performances by both Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, the first season of True Detective is another trophy on HBO’s ever-prestigious mantle of dramatic storytelling. Understandably, once it was made clear that each successive season of the program would switch out the main cast, there was trepidation as to whether or not HBO could replicate the first season’s strengths.
As online streaming services continue to grow in developing original programming—Netflix (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black) and Amazon (Transparent) being two examples—other sites have taken on their lead. Vimeo is one such website; last year, the company produced a series called High Maintenance, which documents a pot dealer (Ben Sinclair, show creator along with Katja Blichfield) and the customers he encounters on a daily basis. After facing a surprising success given Vimeo’s status as a relatively underdeveloped player in the realm of original programming, many have taken notice. Enter: HBO.
Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) have a problem. Their husbands (played by Michael Sheen and Sam Waterston) are in love—with each other. When the two men announce their intentions to leave their wives and be with each other, Grace and Frankie’s world gets taken for a spin, and no small one, at that.
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