DVR This – LGBT Weekly http://lgbtweekly.com Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:12:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Animal Kingdom http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/07/07/animal-kingdom/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/07/07/animal-kingdom/#respond Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:49:11 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=71956

Scott Speedman in Animal Kingdom

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TNT, Tuesdays, 8 p.m.

Animal Kingdom is loosely based on the Oscar-nominated 2010 Australian film of the same name; it keeps the basic premise, a family of career criminals headed by a steely mom, and ramps up the sex and sociopathology. Instead of Jacki Weaver as the mother nicknamed Smurf, we have professional femme fatale Ellen Barkin, whose Smurf is only rivaled by Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie as TV’s most delightful scenery chewing mom. Her boys, some biologically and some de facto related, are played by, among others, hunky and good Scott Speedman, creepy and unstable Shawn Hatosy, and naïve Finn Cole, Smurf’s teenage grandson who she takes in after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. His arrival and discovery of his family’s criminality sets up the series. In the U.S. version, which is set in Oceanside, all of the boys surf and barely ever wear shirts. The eye candy is great, but the action and family drama are just as satisfying.

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UnREAL http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/06/23/unreal/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/06/23/unreal/#respond Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:08:51 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=71592

Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer in UnREAL

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Lifetime, Mondays at 10 p.m.

UnREAL is a deeply cynical, sometimes funny, and very entertaining drama about the making of a show just like The Bachelor. Shiri Appleby plays Rachel Goldberg, a feminist who has found herself producing a paean to misogyny, which contributes to the disappearance of her ethics and a nervous breakdown or two. A brilliant Constance Zimmer is Quinn King, Rachel’s boss, who created the show with her former lover, the despicable Chet Wilton (Craig Bierko). Rachel’s ex Jeremy (Josh Kelly) works on the show and after last season’s events loathes Rachel with extreme passion. This season, the “suiter” is a black man, the first for the show, and in addition to examining the sexual and gender politics of bad TV, UnREAL is going after the worst ways that TV handles racial strife. Oh, my.

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Preacher http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/06/09/preacher/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/06/09/preacher/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:28:01 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=71170

Dominic Cooper in Preacher

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AMC, Sundays, 9 p.m.

Based on a cult graphic novel, Preacher is the story of a dejected minister in small town Texas who is given mysterious supernatural abilities for unclear reasons. It’s a mix of horror, fantasy and superheroics, and it’s wildly fun and very weird. Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the show stars Dominic Cooper as the preacher Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as a vampire who literally falls out of the sky, and Ruth Negga as Jesse’s super soldier romantic interest. Pulpy, slapstick and very, very sacrilegious, Preacher has great potential to drive the religious right nuts and entertain you on Sunday nights (or whenever you choose to watch it).

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Jupiter Ascending http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/05/26/jupiter-ascending-2/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/05/26/jupiter-ascending-2/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 18:58:32 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=70841

Channing Tatum in Jupiter Ascending

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HBO, Monday, May 30, 5:45 p.m.

Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones, a Russian immigrant housekeeper who is actually the genetic reincarnation of one of the richest people in the universe, a queen thousands of years old who owned multitudes of planets. After the queen’s death, her children Balem (Eddie Redmayne), Titus (Douglas Booth), and Kalique (Tuppence Middleton) have squabbled over her fortune (and the sinister way they make it), and when they discover that she has reappeared as a clueless Earthling, they all send bounty hunters to get her – or kill her. One of those is Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a part-wolf, part-human super-soldier with a problematic past. As goofy as Redmayne is, Tatum and Kunis are delights, taking a cue from their directors and taking neither themselves nor the film seriously. But they still serve up action and romance, grounding the film in a humanity needed as a counterpoint to so many computer-generated effects.

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Veep http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/05/12/veep-2/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/05/12/veep-2/#respond Thu, 12 May 2016 19:06:41 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=70450

Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

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HBO, Sundays, 10:30 p.m.

It’s distressing that the insane political antics in Veep only seem slightly exaggerated in comparison to the horror that is the 2016 presidential campaign. But the jokes in Veep are much better. Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays Selena Meyer, who became president after being vice president for the first several seasons of the show. She, like her aids, colleagues and enemies, has a mouth filthier than any in mainstream comedy. Virtually none of the jokes are printable. But more than being full of words you can’t use in front of children, they are brilliantly linked together with topical, historical and often weird references. Veep is funny in and of itself, but as a tonic for this year’s politics, it’s essential viewing.

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Game of Thrones http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/04/28/game-of-thrones-3/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/04/28/game-of-thrones-3/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:13:17 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=70084

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HBO, Sunday, 9pm

Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

Last year’s season finale of the sword and sorcery epic series Game of Thrones ended with the seeming death of one of the show’s three main characters. People drop dead left and right on that show, but fans all assumed that at least noble warrior Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), Machiavellian-with-a-heart Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), and divinely inspired, dragon mom Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) would make it through to the end. But then Jon Snow was stabbed by his lieutenants in the snow after he had allowed their mortal enemies, the bedraggled Wildlings, through the gates built to keep them out. Fans freaked out and then realized he was probably not dead, or not completely dead anyway. Few season premieres have been so hyped, and much of it has to do with the show no longer being based on George R. R. Martin’s novels, so no one knows what’s going to happen. Still the most expensive show ever made, it is also one of the most complex, interesting, and satisfying.

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The Family http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/03/31/the-family/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/03/31/the-family/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:33:58 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=69367

Joan Allen, Rupert Graves, Liam James, Alison Pill and Zach Gilford in The Family

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ABC, Sundays, 9 p.m.

In some ways, Joan Allen is playing a very similar character in The Family to the one she played in last fall’s Room. Both had teenage children kidnapped by sexual predators who returned years later. But her character in Room is doting, kind and selfless. In the new TV drama The Family, Allen plays the deeply cynical Claire Warren, the mayor of a small city in Maine, whose political career was made by her son’s kidnapping and who uses his return to propel her to the governor’s mansion. She’s assisted by her own mini-me Willa (Alison Pill), who is much more complicated and conflicted than she lets on. The show goes to all sorts of weird places, but the acting is superlative, giving particularly Allen and Pill meaty roles.

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The Americans http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/03/17/the-americans-2/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/03/17/the-americans-2/#respond Thu, 17 Mar 2016 21:05:07 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=68984

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell in The Americans

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FX, Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

One of the best acted, written and directed shows on TV, The Americans is still under-watched. You should rectify this in its fourth season. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, who appear to be mild-mannered travel agents in early 1980s Washington, D.C. but who are actually KGB agents under deep cover. They are in a constant cat-and-mouse game with the FBI, where their neighbor and good friend Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) works. Between various high speed chases, point-blank murders and low-tech spy craft, the Jennings are raising two children. For the first three seasons, the kids were clueless, but the elder daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) discovered her parents’ secret in last season’s finale – angry and confused, she told her pastor. The new season’s stakes are higher than ever.

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You, Me and the Apocalypse http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/03/03/you-me-and-the-apocalypse/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/03/03/you-me-and-the-apocalypse/#respond Thu, 03 Mar 2016 16:49:57 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=68671

Matthew Baynton and Rob Lowe in You, Me and the Apocalypse

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NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m.

A co-production of NBC and Britain’s Sky TV, You, Me and the Apocalypse mines comedy from the last four weeks before a comet strikes the Earth and kills all life. That it works is rather impressive, and it’s all in Iain Hollands’s writing. The plotting is full of insane and often hilarious twists, but the characters are so finely realized and so original, you’ll go anywhere with them. His strangely connected ensemble of characters cross two continents: Rob Lowe is Father Jude, tasked by the Vatican to find the Anti-Christ; and Mathew Baynton plays both Jamie Winton and his estranged twin Ariel Conroy, the former being a milquetoast bank manager in Slough, England, and the latter an international cyber terrorist.

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Vinyl http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/02/18/vinyl/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/02/18/vinyl/#respond Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:56:18 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=68280

Bobby Cannavale in Vinyl

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HBO, Sundays, 9 p.m.

HBO’s latest newest prestige drama was created by Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese and it focuses on the 1970s music business in New York. With that pedigree, it shouldn’t be surprising that the show is full of drugs, sex, violence, raw rock and roll and sublime R&B. Bobby Cannavale is the anti-heroic record exec Richie Finestra, Olivia Wilde is his wife Devon, Ray Romano is his right-hand man Zak, Ato Essandoh is the first artist Richie signed and betrayed and Juno Temple is an eager assistant desperate to become an A&R executive in Richie’s company. The tornado of cocaine and bad choices begins with Richie hitting bottom and ends with him having some sort of epiphany. In the pilot, the violence was hard to take and so was the sexist use of the female characters to highlight the era’s sexism, but the potential of the series to chronicle one of the most exciting times in music history is truly great.

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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/02/04/the-people-v-o-j-simpson-american-crime-story/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/02/04/the-people-v-o-j-simpson-american-crime-story/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 22:39:11 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=67898

Cuba Gooding Jr. in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

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FX, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.

Ryan Murphy’s second anthology series, after American Horry Story, is focused on one major crime story a year, and he has started with OJ Simpson being accused and tried for the murder of his ex-wife and her friend. Without even watching the non-stop coverage of the events when they actually occurred in the mid-1990s, I ODed on OJ, so I’ve not been excited by Murphy’s take, since Murphy can go over-the-top and high-camp when it’s not always a great idea. But I’ve DVRed the show because the buzz has been deafening and the casting is astonishing — Cuba Gooding Jr. as OJ Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark.

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The Magicians http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/01/21/the-magicians/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2016/01/21/the-magicians/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:21:16 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=67543

Jason Ralph in The Magicians

Syfy, Monday, Jan. 25, 9 p.m.

Lev Grossman’s series of novels that begins with The Magicians is not terribly original; he clearly combined Harry Potter with The Chronicles of Narnia. At an invisible school in Upstate New York, college students study magic and a few of them discover that the beloved novels about the mythical land of Fillory were actually true stories. SyFy’s adaptation ages the characters, putting them in grad school instead of undergrad, ramps up the danger and drama and inserts a good amount of sex that was non-existent in the books. The casting is quite good, with Jason Ralph as our nerdy, nervous hero Quentin Coldwater, Olivia Taylor Dudley as the uptight and dangerous blonde Alice and Arjun Gupta as the dickish and sexy Penny. The pilot, available online before the official premiere, is exciting, mysterious, sexy and creepy.

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The Expanse http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/12/10/the-expanse/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/12/10/the-expanse/#respond Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:36:17 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=66439

Shohreh Aghdashloo in The Expanse

Syfy, Monday, Dec. 14, 10 p.m.

Possibly the best show since Syfy’s beloved Battlestar Galactica,The Expanse is another space opera, this time about the conflicts caused by humanity’s colonization of the solar system 200 years into the future. Earth is run by a ruthless United Nations, Mars is an independent military power, and the asteroid belt is inhabited by a motley crew of miners, outcasts and weirdos. The cast includes Thomas Jane as a hardboiled detective, Shohreh Aghdashloo as a cynical Earth politician and Steven Strait and Dominique Tipper as long haul ice truckers in space. Based on the mysterious and thriller pilot, the story proves to be epic, but more importantly it has very high production values, pretty good acting and writing that doesn’t resemble the pulpy crap Syfy has become known for.

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Jessica Jones http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/11/25/jessica-jones/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/11/25/jessica-jones/#respond Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:58:08 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=66034

Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones

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Streaming on Netflix

Marvel’s team up with Netflix produced last winter’s Daredevil, easily the best television show about a superhero ever made, and now they’ve given us the remarkable Jessica Jones. Jessica (Krysten Ritter) is a private investigator living and working in the same New York neighborhood as Daredevil and his alter ego Matt Murdock. She was once a superhero, but after a disastrous run-in with a mind-controlling sadistic sociopath named Kilgrave (David Tennant), she became an uncostumed PI. Jessica is a near-perfect noir heroine, and Ritter plays her with wonderful snark and just enough vulnerability. While Marvel has a lot to make up for in regards to their treatment of female characters, Jessica Jones is a major step in the right direction.

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Flesh and Bone http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/11/12/flesh-and-bone/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/11/12/flesh-and-bone/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2015 20:26:19 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=65713

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Starz, Sundays, 8 p.m.

One of the writers of Breaking Bad decided to make a dark drama about ballet dancers, and the comparison to Black Swan are obvious. But Flesh and Blood is not about madness; it’s about struggle and ego. Sarah Hay plays Claire, destined for greatness on stage but harboring a very dark past, and Ben Daniels is megalomaniacal and gay artistic director Paul Grayon. Their desire to get what they want, whether it’s success or power, envelopes the ensemble around them. The show is pulpy and clichéd, but also well-acted and, because they cast dancers who could act and not the other way around, beautifully danced. It has the potential to be great, sick fun.

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Supergirl http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/10/29/supergirl/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/10/29/supergirl/#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2015 20:28:31 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=65362

Melissa Benoist in Supergirl

CBS, Mondays, 8 p.m.

CBS’s Supergirl is based on Superman’s cousin’s heroic adventures in Los Angeles-like National City. Avoiding the darkness of the DC heroes’ films, Supergirl, like The Flash, is bright and cheery, positive and inspiring. As Kara Danvers and Supergirl, the titular Kryptonian refugee who becomes super-powered under the Earth’s yellow sun, Melissa Benoist is delightfully sweet, eager and Clark Kent-ish in both her clumsiness and her employment at a newspaper. Her boss is Cat Grant, played nearly as a Miranda Priestly imitation by a delightfully nasty Calista Flockhart, and James (nee Jimmy) Olson is there to keep an eye on her for Superman. The cast is rounded out by Chyler Leigh as Kara’s secret agent adoptive sister Alex and Jeremy Jordan as Kara’s love-struck best friend. The premiere was fun, thrilling and surprisingly progressive for a genre that has had trouble dealing with female heroes.

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Please Like Me http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/10/15/please-like-me-3/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/10/15/please-like-me-3/#respond Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:00:32 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=64985

Please Like Me

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Pivot, Friday Oct. 16, 10 p.m.

A few weeks ago, I instructed my readers to catch up on Please Like Me before the third season premier, which is Oct. 16. The Australian comedy about the comedy of star Josh Thomas is a gay love child of Girls and Louie, both brilliantly funny and dramatically resonant. Thomas is a young, somewhat directionless gay man who lives with his slacker best friend Tom (Thomas Ward) and has to deal with his mentally ill mother Rose (Debra Lawrence), gruff and dopey father Alan (David Roberts), and a wonderful assortment of ex-girlfriends, ex-boyfriends and extended family members. The beauty of the show is in how original the situations are for a situation comedy and how natural, endearing and hilarious Thomas is as some version of himself.

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Please Like Me http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/09/17/please-like-me/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/09/17/please-like-me/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2015 20:24:34 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=64233

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Josh Thomas in Please Like Me


Josh Thomas’ Please Like Me is what HBO’s Girls would be if it were gay, Australian, and not irritating. Thomas is preternaturally talented and very young (like Lena Dunham), and he has written every episode of Please Like Me’s two seasons. Thomas plays Josh, who in the first episode gets dumped by his girlfriend (Caitlin Stasey), comes out, and then finds out his mother (Debra Lawrance) has tried to commit suicide. In the ensuing episodes, he tries to manage his mother’s depression, figure out his beautiful new boyfriend Geoffrey (Wade Briggs), and deal with his dopey father (David Roberts). What makes the show miraculous is Thomas’ genius comedic timing, his sharp and sympathetic writing and the brilliant, totally natural acting of the cast.

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Fear the Walking Dead http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/08/20/fear-the-walking-dead/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/08/20/fear-the-walking-dead/#respond Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:31 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=63411

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Cliff Curtis and Kim Dickens in Fear the Walking Dead

AMC, Sunday, Aug. 23, 9 p.m.

The first spinoff of AMC’s wildly popular zombie apocalypse soap opera The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead focused on the first few weeks of the zombie epidemic that is in full swing when the original show started. The publicists don’t want us to call it a prequel, but it clearly is. Set in Los Angeles, the show focuses on high school guidance counselor Madison (Kim Dickens), her English teacher fiancé Travis (Cliff Curtis), Madison’s children Nick (Frank Dillane) and Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and Tarvis’ son Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie) as they try to survive the chaos of dead people wandering around trying to eat living people. And so on. Like The Walking Dead, Fear will be intense, violent, heroic and probably a bit depressing.

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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/08/06/wet-hot-american-summer-first-day-of-camp/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/08/06/wet-hot-american-summer-first-day-of-camp/#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2015 19:20:13 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=62953

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

On Netflix

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Michael Showalter and David Wain’s 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer is funny but is particularly impressive for having cast so many eventually super-famous people: Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks and Ken Marino joined already or at-the-time famous Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, Zak Orth and Marguerite Moreau in a parodic homage to early 1980s movies about summer camp. Netflix somehow managed to get everyone to return for an eight-episode series, which is much funnier than the original film. Partly it’s because the same cast, now much older, is playing the same characters two months before the events of the film, and partly because Netflix gave them the time and budget to do anything they wanted.

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True Detective http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/07/23/true-detective-2/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/07/23/true-detective-2/#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:52:28 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=62518

Taylor Kitsch in True Detective

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HBO, Sundays, 9 p.m., repeated multiple times during the week

True Detective was a sensation last year. Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey’s portrayals of damaged Louisiana detectives hunting a serial killer were epic. For the second season, creator Nic Pizzolatto has left the South and landed in L.A., with the four main stars this time: Rachel McAdams as tough as nails Detective Ani Bezzerides, Colin Farrell as corrupt and unpredictable Detective Ray Velcoro and Taylor Kitsch as a closeted motorcycle cop Paul Woodrugh who finds the murdered man Ani and Ray are tasked with investigating. Vince Vaughn is Frank Semyon, whose corrupt real estate deal is somehow involved. The show travels in the tropes of Los Angeles noir, from Chinatown to Mulholland Drive, and at many times, verges on camp, and I think that’s deliberate. It’s downright weird and I’m constantly shocked. It’s leaving me on the edge of my seat.

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Sense8 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/06/11/sense8/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/06/11/sense8/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:52:41 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=61197

Daryl Hannah in Sense8

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First season streaming on Netflix

Netflix’s latest binge-fest is a science fiction mindbender from the Wachowskis called Sense8. Eight different people from all over the world are mysteriously psychically connected by a dying woman (Daryl Hannah) pursued by black-clad villains. The thriller aspect of the story is less interesting than the individual dramas of the eight heroes, with lesbian transgender woman Nomi Marks (Jamie Clayton, an actual transgender woman) and British DJ Riley (Tuppence Middleton) the most intriguing, at least based on the first couple of episodes. Because it’s the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Bound, Cloud Atlas), the action is extraordinarily directed and the art direction impeccable.

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Outlander http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/05/28/outlander/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/05/28/outlander/#respond Thu, 28 May 2015 16:15:18 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=60720

Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Outlander

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Starz, Saturday, May 30, 6 p.m.

The finale of the first season of Outlander airs May 30. The show is about British World War II nurse Claire Beauchamp (Caitriona Balfe) who is transported two centuries in the past to 18th century Scotland. How this happens is somewhat irrelevant, but the proto-feminist fish out of water drama, a romance and brogue version of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, is absorbing and, considering Claire’s love interest Sam Heughan as Jamie MacKenzie, wonderfully, if heterosexually, sexy. Balfe is a terrific, charismatic actress, and because the show was developed by Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald Moore, it has tremendous production values, taut and smart writing, and handsome direction.

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Bessie http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/05/21/bessie/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/05/21/bessie/#respond Thu, 21 May 2015 16:00:33 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=60484

Queen Latifah in Bessie

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HBO, repeatedly on multiple times or on demand

While Queen Latifah may never come out and say she’s a lesbian, her performance as the great bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith is so raw, honest, sexy and believable I really don’t care. She’s made a great film about a queer icon. Bessie went from dirt poverty in Tennessee at the turn of the 20th century to become one of the highest paid black performers of the 1920s. The film of her life shows Bessie doing this out of sheer force of will, from demanding Ma Rainey (Mo’nique) train her, to bedding the women and men she wants, from chasing down Ku Klux Klan members who threaten her show, to belting the blues with gale force winds. Out director Dee Rees transitions easily from the micro-budgeted lesbian coming-of-age film Pariah to this stylish, star-studded (Khandi Alexander and Michael Kenneth Williams co-star) period drama. But it’s Queen Latifah who owns the film. It’s not only her greatest performance, but one of the best on TV this year.

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Grace and Frankie http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/05/14/grace-and-frankie/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/05/14/grace-and-frankie/#respond Thu, 14 May 2015 15:00:41 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=60262

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Grace and Frankie

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On Netflix

When I heard that Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were going to team up for a comedy about two very different women thrown together when their husbands leave them for each other, I imagined a new Golden Girls, with broad comedy and lots of zingers. I was shocked and immensely surprised that Grace and Frankie is not just very funny but also a very smart, very insightful, very moving show about aging, betrayal, love, friendship, grief and hope. Tomlin, as free-spirited pot-smoker Frankie, is exactly what you’d expect: full of eye rolls, goofy asides and loving kindness. Fonda, however, is astonishing. She hasn’t had a role so good in three decades, and her performance is a tour de force.

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Silicon Valley http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/05/06/silicon-valley/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/05/06/silicon-valley/#respond Thu, 07 May 2015 02:56:33 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=59989

Silicon Valley

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HBO, Sundays, 10 p.m.

The tech bros of the Bay Area are lovingly satirized in Mike Judge’s fantastic sitcom Silicon Valley. Now in its second season, the show has figured itself out after a shaky beginning, and it is now one of the funniest on TV. Thomas Middlemarch plays Richard, a delightfully awkward computer programmer who comes up with a brilliant new method of compressing data. In his quest to grow his idea into a company, he’s joined by a motley crew of variously socially awkward partners, with TJ Miller’s hilariously douchey Erlich as the standout. Some of the show is funny simply because of smart gags and awkwardness involving geeks, a more realistic Big Bang Theory, but it is also a great take-down of the obsessive capitalism and competition of Silicon Valley itself.

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Penny Dreadful http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/30/penny-dreadful/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/30/penny-dreadful/#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2015 17:07:01 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/30/penny-dreadful/

Eva Green in Penny Dreadful

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Showtime, Sunday, May 3, 10 p.m.

The season premiere of the postmodern horror drama introduces a new big bad: witches, led by mystic Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory). She becomes the nemesis of our heroine, the disturbed medium Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), who I think is the most exciting character on television right now. Returning are also vampire hunter Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), cowboy-cum-werewolf Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnet), pansexual hedonist Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), not-so-mad scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadway), and gorgeous consumption sufferer Brona Croft (Billie Piper). John Logan’s mash up of every Victorian Gothic classic is stunningly shot and acted, creepy as hell and under-watched. Catch up on the first season online or on Showtime earlier in the day of the season premiere when they rerun all of the episodes so far.

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Cucumber and Banana http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/23/cucumber-and-banana/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/23/cucumber-and-banana/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:45:12 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/23/cucumber-and-banana/

Vincent Franklin, Cyril Nri and Peter Caulfield in Cucumber

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Logo, Mondays, 10 p.m.

Russell Davies, who created Queer as Folk and rebooted Doctor Who, has returned to gay dramedy with two shows Cucumber and Banana, which have already premiered in the U.K. and have now landed in the U.S. on Logo. Davies’ original version of Queer as Folk was leaps and bounds better than the U.S. version, and I am thrilled that we’re getting two new gay series from him. Cucumber follows the tumultuous relationship between Henry Best (Vincent Franklin) and his boyfriend of nine years Lance Sullivan (Cyril Nri), while Banana follows the loves and lives of supporting characters in Cucumber. The two shows take up two hours of Logo’s late Monday night line-up, and I cannot wait to see what kind of trenchant commentary about sexual politics Davies will make.

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Daredevil http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/16/daredevil/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/16/daredevil/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:42:50 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/16/daredevil/

Charlie Cox in Daredevil

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Streaming on Netflix

The first series in the Netflix portion of the Marvel Comics cinematic universe, Daredevil sets the scene for a gritty Manhattan-based world featuring Jessica Jones, Power Man and Iron Fist, all who will eventually form the Defenders. I’ve always found Daredevil to be one of the more fascinating superheroes. An accident with toxic chemicals blinds Matt Murdock as a child and also gives him heightened hearing and smell, making it possible for him to “see” a lot of things few blind people can. He’s also a fierce fighter and obsessed with vigilante justice; when he’s not fighting criminals at night, he’s a defense attorney. The show is gorgeous, gritty, hyper violent and fantastic. Steven DeKnight and Drew Goddard have done a better job than anyone in transferring a comic book character to the small screen with that character’s ethos and world intact.

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Wolf Hall http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/09/wolf-hall/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/09/wolf-hall/#respond Thu, 09 Apr 2015 19:00:15 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/09/wolf-hall/

Wolf Hall

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PBS, Sundays, 10 p.m.

 

The first episode of Wolf Hall, the BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Book Prize winning novel, is sitting on my own DVR. One of the highest rated television shows in British history, it was also wildly praised by critics, and PBS’s Masterpiece is bringing it to the U.S. with great fanfare. It tells the story of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), the cynical and powerful close aide to King Henry VIII (Damien Lewis), during the great crisis created when Henry left the Catholic Church and created the Church of England, all so he could divorce his wife. This story has been told before, most recently in Showtime’s The Tudors but also in the classic film A Man for All Seasons, but Mantel’s focus is less on the king than it is on Cromwell, making him an anti-hero in the vein of Frank Underwood, Kevin Spacy’s devious president in House of Cards.

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iZombie http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/02/izombie/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/02/izombie/#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:42:46 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/04/02/izombie/

Rose McIver in iZombie

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THE CW, Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

When I watched the premiere of iZombie, I felt like I was wrapped in a familiar blanket of easy fun. Then I discovered it was created by Rob Thomas, who also gave us Veronica Mars. And iZombie is a cross between that iconic CW show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s about a young medical examiner, adorably played by Rose McIver, who is secretly a zombie – a sentient one, but undead nonetheless. Only her boss knows, while the detective she assists thinks she’s psychic. She gains the memories of the brains she eats, which she usually garnishes with hot sauce. It’s rather silly, kind of gross and a great deal of fun.

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Glee http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/03/19/glee-3/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/03/19/glee-3/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:08:27 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/03/19/glee-3/

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FOX, Friday, March 20, 8 p.m.

The two-hour final episode of the once-groundbreaking, then nationally joked about and finally begrudgingly respected musical comedy about a high school show choir arrives after a strangely brilliant final season. Almost all of the plot threads were tied up by last week’s episode. A double gay wedding put Kurt and Blaine and Britney and Santana together. The latest iteration of the club won sectionals and secured their place in the school. Rachel decided to return to college instead of taking a role on Broadway. And evil cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester seems to have been punished and redeemed at the same time. The finale will be a flashback to the time just before the first season and will feature a tear-jerking tribute to Finn, who was played by Cory Monteith, who died of a heroin overdose in 2013. I have a box of tissues set aside for Friday night.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/03/12/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/03/12/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt/#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:41:16 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/03/12/unbreakable-kimmy-schmidt/

Tituss Burgess and Ellie Kemper in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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On Netflix

Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, who created 30 Rock, arguably one of the greatest sitcoms in history, have dropped 13 episodes of their follow-up. It is a comedy about an absurdly cheerful woman (Ellie Kemper) who spent 15 years in a cult, isolated from the world. After being rescued, she moves to New York, gets a black gay roommate (Tituss Burgess), and proceeds to be amazed by modern life. Because it’s Fey and Carlock, the writing is brilliantly funny, weird, and quotable. Binge now so you can understand what everyone is talking about.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/03/05/rupauls-drag-race/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/03/05/rupauls-drag-race/#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:46:53 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/03/05/rupauls-drag-race/

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Logo, Mondays, 9 p.m.

It actually doesn’t matter when Logo airs Drag Race because it gets repeated constantly, but new episodes arrive on Mondays. In case you’ve been living in a hole, the show is American Idol crossed with Project Runway, but for drag queens. These queens have acting challenges, costume challenges, photo-shoot challenges, and the queens that end up in the bottom two after the judging have to “lip sync for their life!” The show is often hilarious, both deliberately and by accident, and some of the queens are fantastic performers.

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The Flash http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/26/the-flash/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/26/the-flash/#respond Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:12:26 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/26/the-flash/

The Flash

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The CW, Tuesdays, 9 p.m.

After the success of Arrow, the CW and DC Comics created a spin-off focused on the red-suited speedster superhero called the Flash, whose real name is Barry Allen. Played by the appealing and sweet Grant Gustin, this version of the Flash is a forensic investigator who is struck by superpowered lightning and turned into what the show calls a “metahuman.” He, his sidekicks, and the superrich, secretly sinister scientist (Tom Cavanagh) whose freak accident created the Flash and a bunch of other metahumans fight crime and solve mysteries. The main mystery is who killed Barry’s mother and framed his father. The show is lighter in mood and more consistently comic-booky than the Arrow, which is a bit grim. And it also has the delightful Jesse Martin, of Law & Order and Rent fame, as the police detective who raised Barry after Barry’s real father went to jail. Produced by gay TV mogul Greg Berlanti, the show also sports great gay guest stars, like Victor Garber, Andy Mientus and Wentworth Miller.

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Broad City http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/19/broad-city/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/19/broad-city/#respond Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:37:09 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/19/broad-city/

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer in Broad City

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Comedy Central, Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m.

Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson play Ilana and Abbi on the absurdly, filthily funny Broad City, a series about two young women in New York trying to have fun, have sex, get high, fall in love and be as cool as young Brooklynites are supposed to be. The series is online and on Hulu, and its gaining a great cult following, especially with the new second season. I have them queued and am excited to laugh myself silly the night I decide to binge on hipster humor.

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Glee http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/12/glee-2/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/12/glee-2/#respond Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:04:41 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/12/glee-2/

Jane Lynch in Glee

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FOX, Fridays, 9 p.m.

I never gave up on Glee, though I understand why so many people did after the second season, when things started getting so absurd, inconsistent and repetitive that it was hard even to call it camp. Last season was disastrously bad, with half of the action taking place in New York with the original cast and the other half back in Lima, Ohio with a whole new generation of singing, dancing outcasts, who combined had barely half of the charisma of Darrin Criss. But then they announced that Glee would only have one more 13-episode season, and so many of us thought it would be a boring train wreck. But it’s actually awesome, as in as awesome as the first season. Going back to basics, the show is focusing almost entirely on wrapping up the love lives and destinies of the core cast of Chris Colfer, Lea Michelle, Naya Rivera, Criss, Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch. The musical numbers have been inspired – like the mashups of songs from Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill and Carole King’s Tapestry – but the writing is the star of the show. The dialogue and several epic monologues have been biting, bizarre, hilarious and weirdly ribald for a show ostensibly for teens. The show is still bonkers and insane, but it’s back to doing it well. Don’t miss these last few episodes.

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Better Call Saul http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/05/better-call-saul/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/05/better-call-saul/#respond Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:02:30 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/02/05/better-call-saul/

Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul

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AMC, Sunday, Feb. 8, 10 p.m.

Before Breaking Bad finished its much (and perhaps overly) praised run, AMC announced that they would be a producing a prequel series about meth dealer Walter White’s lawyer Saul Goodman. Saul is one of the few characters from Breaking Bad who was always funny, though there was a deep pathos underneath the humor. The brilliant, always somewhat disheveled Bob Odenkirk plays Saul, who in the new show has discovered that the only way he can make a living as a lawyer is by serving the lowest of the low and by breaking the law. Early reviews of the show have been mostly stellar, and even though I wasn’t a fan of relentlessly cruel Breaking Bad, I’m going to tune in.

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Looking http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/01/15/looking-2/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/01/15/looking-2/#respond Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:07:03 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/01/15/looking-2/

Jonathan Groff and Raúl Castillo in Looking

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HBO, Sundays, 10 p.m.

The second season of HBO’s divisive series about a group of gay men in San Francisco has arrived. The first season began with screeching fights on social media about the show and its narcissistic, somewhat unbelievable characters, but as the episodes piled up, those of us who kept watching saw Looking become more complex and the characters less irritating. Jonathan Groff is naïve techie Patrick who is torn between Latin barber Richie (Raúl Castillo) and his British boss Kevin (Russell Tovey). Dom (Murray Bartlet) is a waiter who wants to be a restaurateur and Augstín (Frankie Alvarez) is a snobby wannabe artist. Created by Michael Lannan, it is often directed by Andrew Haigh, who gave us Weekend. Looking is flawed but also fascinating, both because the show is occasionally very good and because it makes so many people angry.

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Empire http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/01/08/empire/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/01/08/empire/#respond Thu, 08 Jan 2015 22:37:33 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2015/01/08/empire/

Empire

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Fox, Wednesdays, 9 p.m.

Lee Daniels has called his hip-hop soap opera “the black Dynasty” and that’s all I needed to want to record it, but having Terrence Howard as a music mogul, Taraji P. Henson as his criminal wife and Courtney Love wandering around being insane has made me desperate to watch. The overacting is a given, but Daniels and writer Danny Strong are responsible for the most ridiculous campfest known as The Butler, so Empire could be more fun than it has a right being. Apparently, the music, written and produced by Timbaland, is legitimately good, so that’s another reason.

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Black Mirror http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/12/24/black-mirror/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/12/24/black-mirror/#respond Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:55:16 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/12/24/black-mirror/

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DirecTV, Christmas, 9:30-11 p.m.

Also on Netflix Instant

This British import is a contemporary Twilight Zone, mostly focused on the dark, dark possibilities of over-reliance on technology. Each episode is creepy and perfectly plotted and a little unnerving and stars someone pretty great. The first has Rory Kinnear as the British prime minister forced to do something hilariously awful in order to save a princess from media savvy kidnappers. The newest episode has Jon Hamm trapped in a remote cabin swapping creepy stories at Christmas.

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The Affair http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/12/18/the-affair/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/12/18/the-affair/#respond Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:10 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/12/18/the-affair/

Maura Tierney, Dominic West and Ruth Wilson in The Affair

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Showtime, Sunday, Dec. 21, 10 p.m.

The season finale of the much-buzzed about Showtime soap opera will probably not answer the key question of the show: Will Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson) end up together, dump their spouses (Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson, respectively), and live unhappily ever after? If it’s answered, there won’t be a second season, after all. The show has an innovative structure, with one half of each episode from the perspective of Noah, the other from Alison. There’s a weird he said/she said quality to it, making us choose sides, but it also makes an interesting comment on memory. The acting and writing are quite great, but I’m not sure if anyone on the show is likable, even if the drama is extremely watchable.

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Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/12/11/grandma-got-run-over-by-a-reindeer/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/12/11/grandma-got-run-over-by-a-reindeer/#respond Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:25:30 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/12/11/grandma-got-run-over-by-a-reindeer/

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Toon Disney, Saturday, Dec. 13, 5 p.m.

Of all of the very strange novelty songs and of all the weird Christmas tunes, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer is possibly the pinnacle. As song by Elmo and Patsy, it’s a crass, tasteless, and very funny yarn about what happens when Santa Claus kills grandma on Christmas Eve. As turned into a terrible, animated courtroom drama, it’s defanged – she lives! – and very dopey. But it’s also kind of amusing, with enough spiked egg nog. And somehow, it’s a hit – a campy, weird, creepy hit that gets an annual airing on the WB and Toon Disney.

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Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/11/26/grumpy-cats-worst-christmas-ever/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/11/26/grumpy-cats-worst-christmas-ever/#respond Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:11:55 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/11/26/grumpy-cats-worst-christmas-ever/

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Lifetime, Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m.

The “Internet sensation” known as Grumpy Cat – named so because it’s a cat that always looks grumpy – has been monetized into a Lifetime Christmas movie. This sounds awful and absurd, but it’s also potentially rather funny, since the cat is voiced by the hilariously deadpan Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Safety Not Guaranteed). The preview shows the cat being grumpy about life, mean to the blonde girl who cares for it and shooting enemies with a paint gun, all while making meta commentary about being in a Lifetime Christmas movie. Plaza herself has said that we should watch the movie while drinking lots of wine.

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Getting On http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/11/20/getting-on/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/11/20/getting-on/#respond Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:37:33 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/11/20/getting-on/

Alex Borstein, Laurie Metcalf and Niecy Nash in Getting On

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HBO, Sunday, Nov. 23, 10:30 p.m.

For some reason, Getting On, the genius half-hour comedy about an enormously dysfunctional geriatric unit of a Long Beach hospital, is barely on anyone’s radar. Put it on yours. Nurse Dawn (Alex Borstein) is meek, desperately lonely, and competent; Nurse Didi (Reno 911’s Niecy Nash) is loud-mouthed and not terribly professional; and Dr. James (Laurie Metcalf) is a careerist sociopath. Shot in grainy docudrama style with no laugh track, the humor sneaks up on you. Since it involves old people being very sick, the humor is dark, almost pitch black. But it’s razor sharp, and great satire of the disaster that is American healthcare.

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Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/11/13/aaliyah-the-princess-of-rb/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/11/13/aaliyah-the-princess-of-rb/#respond Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:44:44 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/11/13/aaliyah-the-princess-of-rb/

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Lifetime, Saturday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m.

I always hope that Lifetime’s celebrity biopics will be good or so bad they’re good, but they usually fall between the two. This week’s entry is two hours about the short life of ‘90s R&B star Aaliyah, who sold a few million records before dying in a plane crash at 22. Hopefully, they’ll use her amazing creepy marriage to R. Kelly at 15 to good effect, and hopefully Alexandra Shipp, playing the singer, can recreate the iconic dance moves from the videos for “Try Again” or “Are You That Somebody?”

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Saturday Night Live http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/10/30/saturday-night-live/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/10/30/saturday-night-live/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:20:44 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/10/30/saturday-night-live/

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NBC, Saturday, Nov. 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Chris Rock hosts and Prince is the musical guest. Rock can be a comic genius, and his presence will hopefully inspire the erratic SNL writers to give us one of those now rare great shows. Prince is on a roll, putting out two critically lauded albums at once, and he has shredded his performances on SNL before. There’s no need to risk your night by staying home and watching; most of you have DVRs just for this kind of thing.

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American Horror Story: Freak Show http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/10/23/american-horror-story-freak-show/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/10/23/american-horror-story-freak-show/#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:25:42 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=52586

Jessica Lange in American Horror Story

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FX, Wednesdays, 10 p.m.

Ryan Murphy’s ridiculous anthology series is back, this time with his stars working at a side show in 1950s rural Florida. There are little people, a guy with lobster hands, a chanteuse and Siamese twins. There’s also a murderous clown. It’s violent, disgusting, campy and occasionally sublime. Jessica Lange is again the star, this time as a Marlene Dietrich wannabe, a German singer who wants to make the show bigger than it should be. Sarah Paulsen is the two-headed woman; one is an uptight cranky and the other is slutty dreamer. Kathy Bates is the bearded lady. Angela Bassett, Evan Peters and Emma Roberts also return. The show is fun, but it’s also weirdly misogynistic and often incoherent. But it can be very fun.

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How to Get Away with Murder http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/10/09/how-to-get-away-with-murder/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/10/09/how-to-get-away-with-murder/#respond Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:35:02 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/10/09/how-to-get-away-with-murder/

Viola Davis and Tom Verica in How to Get Away with Murder

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ABC, Thursdays, 10 p.m.

Shonda Rhimes’ new show is more Scandal than Gray’s Anatomy, and that’s perfect fine with me. Led by two-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis as a brilliant, cynical and sexy law professor, the show revolves around her cases and her students who help her win them. Everyone is morally and ethically impaired and has lots of sex, which makes for delightful plot twists and, because it’s Rhimes, epic and breathless monologues. The first episode features simulated heterosexual cunnilingus, homosexual analingus, a murder and lawyers breaking at least a dozen laws to help someone get away with murder. I am hooked.

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The Blacklist http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/10/02/the-blacklist/ http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/10/02/the-blacklist/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 21:59:09 +0000 http://lgbtweekly.com/?p=51973

James Spader in The Blacklist

The Blacklist was one of network television’s few breakout hits last year, and after I caught up on it this summer, I realized why. It’s James Spader, playing Raymond “Red” Reddington, a murderous criminal mastermind who decides to help the FBI catch the world’s worst criminals. When he is not spitting out campy insults at the FBI agents he doesn’t like, he is giving brilliant fatherly advice to one agent he does like (Elizabeth Keen, played by Megan Boone) or he’s killing the people who get in his way, with some of the sociopathic delight of Hannibal Lecter. The performance is a tour de force and Spader makes it easy to ignore the weaknesses in the formulaic weekly plots. As TV anti-heroes go, Reddington is my current favorite.

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