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Who is Lindsay Lohan? She could be the amazing actress we love from Mean Girls and The Parent Trap. Or she may be the Tara Reid-esque has-been who will do anything to cover immense debt. Or maybe she’s the clean, composed, grateful recovering addict we met in Oprah Winfrey’s infamous interview. You would think the OWN show Lindsay would shed some light on the real Lindsay. Spoiler alert: it does not. The show has three conflicting ideologies. There’s Lohan’s attempt to convey she’s changed, sober, and a bankable star. There’s Oprah trying to deliver an on-brand inspirational story of an addict coming clean and finding love and light. Then there are the show’s producers who want to get some ratings and border on Bravo style editing and drama. Crossing over into reality TV could be the kiss of death or the key to a career resurgence. So does the series help or hurt Lindsay?
How It Helps
The show has helped Lohan by making her sympathetic, interesting, and relevant. The producers of the show made questionable choices like showing man on the street interviews of people trashing her. So the Lindsay vs. the Producers debate seems more nuanced than just a sign she’s unreliable. Lohan even had a candid conversation with a friend about reality television and the narrative of the show. This made her seem savvy, focused, and business-oriented. Her financial struggles are a big issue on the show. You see her surrounded by paparazzi and spending money on assistants and hotel rooms one minute, then you see her begging producers to release checks for her apartment and working for free the next. Her questionable relationship with her parents shows she did not receive much guidance and some of her addiction, financial woes, and diva behavior are enabled by Michael and Dina Lohan. It's sad to think someone so bankable would have this many struggles. Similar to Kathy Griffin’s My Life on the D-List, the show catches Lindsay getting snubbed by Miley Cyrus, doing photo shoots for Asian imprints of magazines, and even getting manipulated by a low-rent model producer. This falling star storyline makes audiences want her to succeed. Also, the success of the show makes her relevant outside of tabloid gossip.
How It Hurts
The series does not do much to change the unreliable Lohan storyline. Outside of issues with the production crew, there are multiple cases of Lohan showing up obscenely late for work. The now infamous shoot for Elle Indonesia has Lindsay late multiple times and pushing production which ultimately costs money. The series seems less like a series and more like salvaged footage. Lindsay took breaks from filming and did not let them film her outside New York City… this is not showcasing cooperation. The show starts to feel like an expose as it catches Lindsay in lies, shows her around alcohol, and captures audio recorded while she’s miked. She stays up late and has diva tantrums. Does this mean she’s using? Her questionable relationship with her assistant, who signed a non-disclosure agreement, also raises questions. Her life coach questions her sobriety on camera. By the end of the series her credibility is debatable at best.
The show will get Lohan some buzz and notoriety. It will also reinvigorate some dormant fans. However, ultimately, it does not show her as dependable or trustworthy. Her being late for any production will not reduce concerns of how much it will cost to employ her. Ironically, had she done an unabashedly real reality show where she shared everything good and bad she could have won over everyone. An addict struggling with drinking and drug use is sympathetic. But given the limited footage you question what’s real and what’s acting. After all, she is one of the most talented actors of her generation.
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To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar was ahead of its time. Audiences can easily take for granted the immense importance of this film. It’s a high profile film in the 1990s that features three high profile actors, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, and Wesley Snipes playing gay men. Granted, they spend 99 percent of the movie in drag, but the film is monumental for the community. There’s wider acceptance of the gay community, appreciation for the art form of drag due to RuPaul’s Drag Race, and education about the clear distinctions between drag performers and trans women. But in 1995 this wasn’t the case. Sadly, this film is considered more of a cult classic than a major motion picture. All the same, the film is hilarious, quotable, and politically responsible. Here are some fun facts about the film:
Wesley Snipes and Jennifer Garner got to second base with the same man.Before he found success on Alias, Garner’s ex Michael Vartan had a major role in this film. In one scene, he antagonizes the ladies and Snipes grabs his privates and drags him by his member for an extended period of time.
Queen of 30 Rock You might think that Tracy Morgan and Snipes look equally bad in drag, but the real connection is Kathy Geiss. The nonverbal, unicorn loving CEO of GE was played by Marceline Hugot. She plays Katina one of the town’s residents in the film.
One Degree from Mindy Kaling As great as it would be to imagine Kaling playing a character named Noxema Jackson, the real connection is Beth Grant who plays The Mindy Project’s irate nurse Beverly also played irate townsperson Loretta.
Catwoman Connection Not only did the three leads all star with notable Catwoman Newmar in this film, all three have also starred with the most infamous Catwoman Halle Berry. Leguizamo in Executive Decision, Swayze in Father Hood, and Snipes in Jungle Fever. Snipes even dated Berry.
Start Your Engines, May the Best Woman Live Leguizamo has not been shy about his major friction with the late Swayze on set. Swayze was method and Leguizamo was improvising and making jokes to get more screen time. He says the two physically got into a fight until it was broken up by production. ChiChi, you in danger, girl!
A Cavalcade of Drag Stars This film was one of the first major motion pictures about drag. It gave early acting credits to RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Coco Peru, Laritza Dumount, and Flotilla DeBarge. It also was a major credit for the first transwoman on television Candis Cayne. Talk about helping to define the stars of tomorrow.
Work it Out! David Barton the founder of the popular New York City gym franchise has an early role as a muscle boy.
Drag is Leguizamo’s Bread and Butta’ By the time he did To Wong Foo, Leguizamo had already becoming accustomed to acting in drag. He played female roles in his one-man shows Mambo Mouth, Spic-O-Rama, and on his Fox series House of Buggin’.
Robin Williams: The Drag Years Although uncredited with his hilarious cameo, this film is sandwiched between Williams other two drag movies. In 1993, he gave old lady realness in Mrs. Doubtfire. In 1996, he played husband to a drag performer in The Birdcage.
Thanks for Everything, Carol Lynley! Before the producers secured the rights to Newmar’s name their alternate actress for the iconic photo that inspired the queens was Fantasy Island star Lynley. It doesn’t have the same ring to it, and she isn’t quite as statuesque.
It all goes back to Chinese Food. The name of the film was taken from a photo at a Times Square Chinese Restaurant that was later seen in the film where the ladies find the photo.
Curse of Wong Foo? Both Mel Gibson and Gary Oldman were in talks to potentially play drag queens in the film.
Is that a corn cob in your pocket, ma’am? Swayze surprised Chris Penn during the scene where he discovers Vida Boheme is a man. He hid a corn cob in his dress. Way to commit.
Prepare to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but one of eyes... crazy eyes. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Years Zone! Sometime after destroying all the other housewives from Season 1, Ramona Singer a.k.a. Eyelander, must have absorbed too much power and entered into an alternate dimension. In this world, despite making Eliza Doolittle sounding refined, Ramona is insanely wealthy and above it all. Even though she spent last season’s girls' trip acting like a child with Sonja Morgan, her getting splashed with water warrants a first-degree assault charge. Compared to the gals of RHONY 1.0 Ramona was spunky and delightful. However, compared to actual Manhattan socialites and business women she seems like a boozy old broad.
Sexless in the City
Carole Radziwill seems to be fallen asleep after marathon watching Sex and the City and is dreaming about being Carrie Bradshaw. She’s a successful writer and journalist so why not bemoan her dead end love life? She heads to her totally awesome Los Angeles apartment and invites her girls... they’re literally girls, much younger than she is. They dish about her book and failed love life. Is this a pitch for a spin-off? She plays a voicemail from a guy who cancels a date because he’s entered a relationship. Is she on Match.com? This seems like a typical OkCupid experience. Carole Radziwill, just like us. Later, she and Kristen Taekman meet with Richard Easton, the creepiest looking matchmaker in all the land. He may be able to guarantee you a marriage proposal from a wealthy man, but it will cost you a newborn babe or something more powerful the crazy eyes of an Eyelander. If Carole goes missing this footage may be subpoenaed.
Sonja Morgan Presents: Nothing
The show’s resident Samantha, Sonja Morgan, stops by to talk to Josh Taekman about business. She spouts out the entire contents of her America Online inbox including a great opportunity with a Nigerian prince. He tries to get her to focus, hire a team, and establish a business plan with priorities. Instead she just wants to say buzzwords. Later, Sonja joins LuAnn desperate Lesseps and Ramona for anti-gravity yoga. They all try in vain… to look young and hip.
Guess Who’s Ruining Dinner
Ramona stops by Heather Thomson’s couples dinner an uninvited guest, her gay pet Shane Stevens. Way to set the gay community back by treating a him like some accessory, and worse yet, breaking the rules of fine dining. Did I miss something? When did Ramona become the Queen of Manhattan? With her thick accent, new wealth, and husband allegedly cheating on her, she belongs in New Jersey. Fabellini! Heather invites everyone to dinner because the girls are all taking a trip. Ramona acts smug about the fact the girls are going to the Berkshires because no celebrities she knows go there. Clearly Ramona is in an alternate universe where she thinks she’s Meryl Streep. But the joke is on her: in a Twilight Zone twist, she’s the only one who thinks that. The reason Aviva Drescher is not in this episode is because this is all in a dream. She’ll wake up in a world where Ramona is married to George Clooney… and he’s cheating on her, too.
Malice’s Adventures in the Berkshires
The ladies set sail, via SUV, to Heather’s house in the Berkshires. It’s a beautiful, ultra-modern vacation home. It’s also very large for a summer house with great furniture and a ton of land. Meanwhile, Ramona calls it the garage. Heather has the patience of a saint because Ramona is irritating, tacky, and rude. Doesn’t Ramona know Heather assassinated Biggy Smalls for insulting her Spanx? She also has the nerve to order air conditioning to Heather’s home. Calling producers and making it a big production is a little too much. After all, she’s not NeNe Leakes or Lisa Vanderpump.
Malice: Threw the Drinking Glass
The ladies decide to go for a dip in the pond. Ramona is shocked that they’ll have to carry their own canoes. Has no one met Heather? She’s low maintenance. It is funny seeing these batty old broads trying to navigate doing things for themselves. While on the canoe, Ramona starts drinking and complaining. She complains about Josh commenting on Sonja’s businesses at the couple’s dinner. This is after she mentions that Carole and Sonja were not invited because they have no one in their lives. Kristen hears what they’re saying and innocently splashes Ramona. Ramona flings a glass in her face and tries to hit her with an oar. To add insult to injury she storms off and leaves a bleeding Kristen without apologizing. Ramona is starting to make LuAnn look like a vital part of the show and maybe she needs to go the way of Jill Zarin.
Real Houselines of New York City
"You’re f**king bananas." – Josh Taekman about Sonja’s businesses
"Ramona forgets the one thing that’s crucial... the phone call. Phone call: I’m not coming to your anniversary party. Phone call: I’m bringing a random person to your couple’s dinner party." – Heather to Ramona and her uninvited guest
"She’s afraid they’re gonna take it before she gets back." – LuAnn on why Sonja never leaves her townhouse
"I’m willing to try anything once… including anal. No don’t put that in!" – Carole
"To be honest, I could do without Ramona today. But at least I have someone who’s going to look as dumb as me." – Sonja
"My house is cool, my house is not tacky not like some people’s." – Heather to Ramona
"Ramona is the oldest after all. And you know what they say about menopoause: Old people do like to stay cool in the summer." – Heather
"You guys are f**king crazy. I’m out of here." – Carole before jumping off the boat
Not only was Pitch Perfect epically funny it also had an amazing soundtrack. It was the perfect blend of nostalgic pop hits, current Top 40s, and innovative musical mash-ups. But can the upcoming sequel, with Elizabeth Banks now serving as director, top the 2012 movie?
They have all the tools: Anna Kendrick proved she was a viable recording artist after “Cups” went from a cute song to a viral hit. Fans may not realize that Ester Dean, who plays Cynthia Rose, is behind some of the most memorable pop hits. She produced the infectious Selena Gomez hit “Come & Get It” and the David Guetta/Nicki Minaj collaboration “Turn Me On.” We may not know any of the songs that will be in the movie but here are a few songs we’re dying to hear get an aca-adjustment.
The Audition Song
In the first film, all the freshman had to perform Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Rebel Wilson kills it and Skylar Astin belts out a high note. For the sequel, we think Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is the perfect song. The Bellas could very well choose the song since they sang “Party in the USA” in the last film. Plus, the song is catchy, and by now, who doesn’t know the lyrics?
The riff-off was one of the best moments of the movie. All the competing a capella groups meet up in an empty pool to sing fully arranged a capella songs with no prior rehearsal. However, through Hollywood magic they end up being fully in-synch. In the first film, songs like “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, “S&M” by Rihanna (written by Dean), and “No Diggity” by Blackstreet made the cut. This is a great opportunity for “Come & Get It” to make an appearance since the producers have an in with Dean. Also, “Somebody that I Used to Know” got some amazing a capella treatment by Pentatronix. There’s also a chance for Kendrick to rap and perhaps sing Iggy Azaelea’s “Fancy” or dare we say it, Kreayshawn’s viral video hit “Gucci, Gucci.”
The Barden Bellas
Now that Becca (Kendrick) has revealed her magical DJ powers and ability to write mash-ups, it stands to reason the ladies will be singing one or two of them, adhering to songs by female artists. “Let It Go” is inescapable. Here’s an awesome mashup by DJ Axcess that mixes it with Madonna’s “Frozen.” To add a little more pep to the somber hit why not add Britney Spears’ “Hot as Ice”? Another great mash-up (see below) features “Drop Dead Beautiful” by Spears and written by Dean. It also speeds up Kerry Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock.” However, they should replace the Chris Brown sample for obvous reasons with TLC’s “Unpretty.”
In the first film, Astin, Adam DeVine, and Ben Platt sang amazing pop songs as part of the all-male group on campus. The sequel should do a gender-swap of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” There were a ton of viral videos of men singing the song. An all chorally-arranged version of The Pixies classic “Where Is My Mind” would be an awesome moment in the movie. Plus, it’s been a great time for guys in music with “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons or anything by Sam Smith who killed it at Coachella. Or what about this Bastille slowjam cover of “No Scrubs” by TLC.
What songs do you want to see in the sequel?
Part of the appeal of Nurse Jackie is that the show is its moral ambiguity. For the first couple of seasons, antihero Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) pops pills, breaks rules, neglects her family, but does whatever she can to save lives. However, the series has had a reckoning with Jackie hitting rock bottom multiple times. Was it when a guy she was using with almost died? Was it when she stole a bunch of pills and had a drug dealer after her? How about when her friend from rehab died? Or when she almost lost her kids? Try all of the above. But now she’s back to using. Not only is it sort of out of nowhere but it presents a confusing tone for the show.
When Nurse Jackie first started, the show was sort of a game of moral chicken. Jackie would get into all sort of illegal hijinks with audiences wondering if she’d get caught. But then the show forced her to 'fess up to all she’d done and atone for it. And this is the season that won Falco an Emmy. We have to wonder: is Jackie using again an attempt to get Falco another Emmy?
Last season ended with Jackie relapsing with her first pill in ages. Sure, it’s realistic that a drug addict would start using again. However, it’s a shocking choice to show Jackie, who was getting her life together, aggressively starting to use again without letting the audience get a feel for why. But she has always been an enigmatic character. It is challenging that we don’t really get to know why Jackie does what she does, but that’s probably some sort of huge subversive metaphor for drug addiction in general.
This season has woven some interesting twists into its characters. Jackie may be in the throes of drug use but at least she’s still going to meetings and found a sponsor, Antoinette (Julie White). White is a great no-nonsense voice and positive replacement for Jackie’s enabling friend Dr. O’Hara (Eve Best). Her daugher Grace (Ruby Jerins) is an addict as well, hooked on Aderall. The most interesting twist is having Dr. Cooper (Peter Facinelli) being more serious and mindful since turning 40. These changes are really upping the caliber of the characters on the show.
It’s a little disappointing that Jackie is using again because she didn’t get a chance to really explore sobriety. But it is great that everyone on the show is getting more serious while still retaining the sense of dark humor fans love. Here’s hoping we do get some insight into Jackie’s mind now that she has people like a sponsor to talk to and has a daughter that is using as well. Only time will tell but this season is definitely way more nail-biting than last.
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You would think that incorporating Oz into the storyline would make the show even more complicated, but Once Upon a Time has made it work! Between its depiction of the real world, multiple dimensions filled with different storybook characters, and countless flashbacks, the ABC program can get messy. However, the series has seamlessly incorporated a new villain — The Wicked Witch of the West, a.k.a. Zelena (Rebecca Mader) — and the land of Oz into the show’s canon without it feeling forced. It’s really refreshing to not feel the heavy-handed Disney tie-in vibe.
Why It’s Refreshing
Given the nature of the show, Once Upon a Time often tries to tackle too much. Having characters split between two realms while trying to tell stories through flashbacks can get exhausting. The introduction of the Zelena storyline brings everything back to basics. Everyone’s back in Storybrooke, there’s a new curse, a new wicked witch, and a mystery you’re dying to see solved. Even though the story incorporates some of the conventions you’ve grown to accept — like the fact that everyone is somehow related to each other — for some reason, this time it just makes sense. It feels organic that such a powerful witch would be related to Cora (Rose McGowan) and trained by Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle). It’s also nice that the show opens the door to Oz but doesn’t linger there, as it did in Neverland. So often the show will rush to reach out to new characters when there’s an entire town we barely know. Meghan Ory was so underutilized as Red Riding that the actress took a job on CBS' Intelligence. At least this time around unites the town against one common enemy and leaves room to include more core cast members.
A Less Mean-a Regina
Lana Parrilla is the best part of the show. All the other characters have to be so good that there isn’t much room for the rich complexity that gets you invested in a character. But Regina is just delicious. Not only is she full of sassy one-liners, a whole lot of 'tude, and a ton of magic, she’s sympathetic. She can’t seem to get a break. One minute she’s the all-powerful super witch the next minute she’s losing her kid, her heart, and her mother. She’s already lost her father, the love of her life, and her kingdom. Having Zelena be the big bad, with uneven green make-up that makes her infuriating, Regina can lighten up. Now she has a love interest in Robin Hood (Sean Maguire), a better relationship with Henry (Jared Gilmore), and a worthy adversary to fight head on.
At the beginning of the series, you sort of knew that Regina was going to keep winning until Emma stopped her. Then you sort of knew Cora and Peter Pan would be stopped. However, with Zelena, all bets are off. Could she succeed and go back in time? Could someone get trapped in the past with her? Will the next season take place in the past and a new future? It’s unclear what will happen so there’s a major must-watch urgency for these next few episodes. Suffice it to say the season finale will be one to watch.
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Lindsay Lohan has had multiple run-ins with the law but has served significant time only in rehab. Like Lohan, Paris Hilton walked in and out of prison. Directors Roman Polanski and Woody Allen have had questionable sex scandals and faced no jail time. Even O.J. Simpson was tried for murder and acquitted but then declared guilty in a civil trial. It’s unclear whether the court of justice gets interrupted by the court of public opinion, the legal system is not prepared to handle high profile inmates, or if justice can be effectively carried out with such high profile figures. So does the burden fall on Hollywood to police its own?
Shh! It’s a Secret
One challenge to Hollywood policing its celebrities is that they have high powered lawyers and are very litigious. How can journalists report on crimes if they are subject to high profile lawsuits? Also, if you’re rich enough you may have a built in network of alibis and accomplices. It’s easy to have "friends" (or paid-off bouncers) take the rap, or to have people in your employ sign non-disclosure agreements. But having inequitable legal protection does not allow celebrities to be above the law. Stars like Lindsay Lohan may not serve jail time, but judging from her reality show, the time incarcerated may have served her well. With so many celebrities dying of drug related deaths does this behavior not warrant some sort of action?
The NBA has banned Donald Sterling for life for inflammatory statements he made about minorities. Paula Deen was let go from The Food Network and lost many endorsements because of things she said. But what about the things actors and performers say that get out. During stand-up performances, Tracy Morgan said if his son was gay he would kill him, and Michael Richards used the N-word. Lest we forget the many inflammatory comments by Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. And yet, no one is around to fine, ban, or police them.
Shonda Rhimes: Avenger
One of the few showbiz figures policing her stars seems to be Shonda Rhimes. Columbus Short, star of Scandal, has been let go by ABC amid allegations of spousal abuse. It’s sad to lose such a vital character on the show but there are some things you just can’t abide. He may be able to get away without having to do prison time but he shouldn’t appear on a national television show, with major notoriety, about a Washington power player that is a woman. It’s unclear whether it is Rhimes or ABC that removed Short, but Rhimes does have a long history of keeping her actors in line. When Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington engaged in a major physical altercation, used a gay slur, and outed an actor derisively, he was let go from the show. Now this may also be a case of responding to a public outcry but it was a decision based on outrage by the cast, crew, and creators. Regardless of whether it is ABC or Rhimes making the order, letting these actors go sends a clear message: this behavior is not permissible. Look at a show like Two and a Half Men, which kept Charlie Sheen on until his public face became too much to handle. The show was a cash cow but could have afforded to let Sheen go earlier. Clearly, he has issues with drugs and his own hubris. He didn’t start out at rock bottom and had the show intervened earlier his career might have been saved.
No one is above the law but it seems like actors and Hollywood types will not realize until they lose everything. The one lesson from Lohan’s OWN show Lindsay is that you can get yourself ejected from Hollywood for bad behavior. The trip back is an uphill climb. There’s tons of talented actors and directors, beautiful models, and enjoyable comedians… but you only get a few chances.
It’s official: Andy Cohen found the exact amount of time we can stand to spend with the Atlanta housewives... and exceeded it by an hour. That’s if you count the Porsha Stewart’s one-on-one interview. Something feels broken in the franchise. NeNe Leakes has a stank look on her face for over three hours. Phaedra Parks and Kandi Burruss keep looking out into the distance as if there’s something amazing off camera. Was Porsha riding a unicycle and juggling fire? Did Andy have Jeff Lewis fighting all the Real Housewives of New York City in a kiddie pool filled with butter? This seems like behind-the-scenes machinations by Mrs. Leakes to control the show. Cynthia Bailey had a stone cold expression on her face probably because she wasn’t asked to look in the corner. The only one who seems like a normal person is Kenya Moore and she keeps breaking the fourth wall and talking about filming.
Kenya vs. NeNe
They fight the entire episode, but it does seem like a valid debate. Kenya is the upstart on the show and she’s savvy enough to get the audience’s attention and crazy enough to take on NeNe. Meanwhile, everyone is right. NeNe does try and control the show. She sets different rules for herself than she does for others, and she even bullies Andy. Speaking of hypocrisy, she told Kenya in the first episode of the season, “No b***h will ever tell me who I can or cannot talk to.” And yet, she told Marlo Hampton that because she filmed with Kenya they are no longer friends. They exchanged a few barbs. They also brought up the pajama party and it was clear that NeNe targeted Kenya with blame for all the drama. But, paging Captain Obvious, she put everyone, half-naked, in a room with pre-existing beef. It’s no wonder a fight broke out.
Winner: Kenya. She is very polarizing and you either love her or hate her. But she’s consistent. She may not be 100 percent real but at this point neither is NeNe. Meanwhile, NeNe seems to constantly try and control the show with behind-the-scenes drama and should just focus on being a real person.
NeNe vs. Herself
To quote Ghost, “NeNe, you in danger, girl!” It’s unclear if she wants to stay on the show. She’s checked out for the whole reunion. She looks half asleep. Can someone get her an Ensure? If her dinner meeting with her manager is to be believed, she’s turning down legitimate acting work like she has three Oscars. Is she taking classes at Omarosa Manigault’s learning annex class for being hateful on reality TV? Andy confronts her about homophobic remarks and she gets more petty than apologetic. She doesn’t seem to care about the people watching the show and really only seems concerned with getting a pound of flesh if someone gets her angry. She keeps arguing but there seems to be no point.
Winner: The Repo Men. If NeNe doesn’t respect the franchise and her following she may not have a career much longer.
Kandi vs. NeNe
NeNe made a comment on her blog about how she would never act like Momma Joyce did this season but threw in the phrase “to the gutter.” Kandi was offended, obviously, because it’s a rude thing to say. Sure Joyce is a character on the show and fair game. But, you should respect people’s children and their parents. After all, no one brought up NeNe’s son, who’s been to prison.
Winner: Kandi... and Cynthia. Kandi pointed out correctly that NeNe doesn’t play by the rules she expects others to. She hardly ever apologizes and if she does it rarely seems genuine.
Kenya vs. Phaedra and Apollo
Apollo Nida stopped by to discuss his sordid relationship with Kenya... and to dodge questions about the charges against him in court. He told Kenya that she needed him for a storyline, which is a little true. Andy pointed out that Phaedra and Apollo’s relationship seems so pristine and then rolled footage of them fighting. It seems their personal life may be much different behind closed doors.
Winner: No one. It seems clear that Apollo and Kenya have undeniable chemistry and may have a past. If not, why would they keep engage in this back and forth. They fight and flirt. It also seems like he and Phaedra are presenting a united front.
Peter vs. Being Called B**ch
Peter Thomas gets a great soundbite disputing all the women who called him names. He’s justified as a star on the show to engage in the storyline. Gregg Leakes is barely lucid and yet he engages in conversation.
Porsha vs. Obscurity
Porsha stops by Andy’s clubhouse to talk about all the drama. What she does end up doing is throwing veiled abuse accusations at Kordell Stewart, plugging her new single, and forgetting she spent the entire season crying.
Real Houselines of Atlanta
"At least my gums are original and not from Petco." – Kenya about NeNe’s teeth
"I’m done with rolling around in the mud with pigs." – Kenya
"Don’t expect no respect." – Kandi on her new relationship with NeNe
"Here’s my peach." – Peter
"Miss Ratchet USA." – NeNe to Kenya
"Certified funds, please." – Phaedra on Kenya providing money for charity
"Your life should end." – Did NeNe actually say this on TV?
"I have never worn my scars on my face. I’ve never worn what I’ve been through on my outward appearance." – Porsha on her mugshot forgetting she cried all season
Everyone loves comic book movies. The Avengers, the X-Men franchise, and the reboots of Batman and Superman have provided audiences with hours of photo-real super hero action. However, animated series really allow comic book stories to come to life in the form most natural to them. They can accomplish way more super-powered action without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars on special effects. Sometimes you need to get a little anxiety out after a long day of work or school, a fight with your partner, or a generally stressful day. Why not relax and let your favorite superheroes kick ass on your behalf?
This series focuses on the second generation of the Justice League. It’s similar to Teen Titans but takes more of a serious approach to the DC Universe. It follows the adventures of Robin, Aqua-Lad, Kid Flash, Super Boy, Miss Martian and Artemis. There are tons of cameos by Justice Leagures and major villains like Lex Luthor, Bane, and Vandal Savage. Die-hard DC fans will enjoy a fresh take on the universe with a new take on many of the characters. There are also voice appearances by Danica McKellear, Jesse McCartney, Lacey Chabert, Marinia Sirtis, and even Dave Franco.
The Superhero Squad Show
This Marvel series blends cartoon irreverence with serious comic book action. Lego-ish versions of your favorite members of the Marvel universe battle your least favorite villains. Some major marvel team-ups from your wildest dreams happen with pint-sized versions that must defend Super Hero City from the residents of Villainville. The series is cute and is fun to watch when you need to turn your brain off and just enjoy some good old-fashioned cartoons. It takes your favorite parts of the comics and gives them a slapstick makeover. There are some high profiled voices including Ty Burrell, Cheryl Hines, Mark Hamill, and even Stan Lee himself.
This series is set in the future of the wildly popular Batman: The Animated Series. It finds Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) retired from crime fighting but with a major bug up his ass about the criminals of Gotham City. His solution appears in the form of Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle) who gets a super powered version of the popular cape and cowl. Together, they battle meta-human and techno-powered villains. There are plenty of cameos by popular Batman favorites like Barbara Gordon and Harley Quinn. The series also gives the show a drastically futuristic take on the popular crime fighter.
Wolverine & The X-Men
This prematurely canceled series is a great precursor to X-Men: Days of Future Past. Like the upcoming film, it incorporates a post-apocalyptic future ravaged by sentinels, time travel, and Wolverine. In this version, a mysterious attack at the X-Mansion finds Professor X and Jean Grey missing. Professor X has been transported to a horrible future where mutants are hunted by the villainous robots. He contacts Wolverine telepathically from the future to reunite the X-Men. He drafts popular members Cyclops, Ice Man, Shadowcat, Beast, and villain White Queen to form a new squad. Aided by intel from the future Professor X who has his own host of allies they try and save the future from Sentinels and the MRD (Mutant Response Division). The series has tons of cameos by your favorite characters from the comic books. It feels like the perfect blend of the original X-Men: The Animated Series and X-Men: Evolution.
Justice League/Justice League Unlimited
This series takes the characters of Batman: The Animated Series and The Adventures of Superman to their inevitable roles in the eponymous Justice League. People may mistakenly confuse this DC team with The Super Friends. However, this series is all action all the time as popular DC villains join forces and the Justice League must rally to destroy them. Later seasons of the series were branded Justice League Unlimited.
All of these series are available for binge watching on Netflix.
Everyone knows Ryan Murphy from the wildly popular supernatural thriller American Horror Story and the musical teen comedy Glee. Five people know him from the failed sitcom The New Normal. However, Murphy’s first critically acclaimed series was the sexy, no holds barred series Nip/Tuck. This surgery-focused soap helped define the FX network. It capitalized on the channel’s ability to use suggestive language, strong sexual dialogue, and nudity. Not to mention it really explored society’s obsession with perfection and touched on issues ranging from female circumcision to sex addiction.
William McNamara (Dylan Walsh) is a plastic surgeon and depressive family man struggling with a disenchanted wife Julia (Joely Richardson) and a really angry son Matt (John Hensley). His partner at the medical practice is Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), a hardcore ladies man obsessed with his looks, youth, and freewheeling lifestyle. They help their patients fix whatever they don’t like about their bodies but the surgery of the week often has to do with a major issue affecting the cast. The show blends family drama with major dramatic conventions like a serial rapist, gang connection, and an organ-harvesting ring.
The guest stars on the show include a significant portion of IMDb. Not only does the series feature American Horror Story cast members Kate Mara, Sarah Paulson, and Christine Eastabrook, it also features Lily Rabe’s mother Jill Clayburgh who was nominated for an Emmy for her appearance on the show. Glee cast members Jesalyn Gilsig and Iqbal Theba. Not to mention appearances by huge A-list actors like Bradley Cooper, MoNique, and Alec Baldwin. Extra host Mario Lopez reveals his assets as a rival doctor. Famke Janssen and Vanessa Redgrave have major recurring roles on the show. There is even an appearance by French film icon Catherine Deneuve andRuPaul's Drag Race stars Willam Belli and Kelly Mantle.
Besides stunt casting and shock value the series has a major core of really solid storytelling. The dark and twisted lives of the people responsible for creating beauty is sometimes too much to handle. The series is not only unafraid to explore sexual taboos, controversial politics, and downright trashy soap opera conventions, but is deliciously addctive and includes quite a few twists, misdirects, and WTF moments (much like Murphy’s other series). Fans of the outlandish plots of American Horror Story or the offbeat comedy of Glee will love this show. The series offers great binge-watching potential and is great to feed your Netflix addiction. The entire series is available and you can pop a bottle of champagne, circle your problem areas, and enjoy every jaw-dropping minute.