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Thinking Out Loud, Vol. 1 – The 90th Oscars®!

The Oscars® – Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones and Guillermo Del Toro celebrate The Shape of Water’s win as Best Picture – ABC/Eric McCandless/Courtesy of ABC.

A lot of things went right at the 90th Oscars® last night – from the faux forties newsreel style opening to Jimmy Kimmel’s solid opening; from hitting the important themes (Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra and Salma Hayek; Frances McDormand’s incredible acceptance speech/demand of Hollywood’s studios, directors and producers); from the comic bits (the jet ski thing with Helen Mirren as the game show prize model? Inspired!) to the actual awards (The Shape of Water for the win!) to Warren Beatty’s ‘Good evening. It’s wonderful to see you all again,’ there was so much Good Stuff that it (mostly) didn’t feel like the show ran 40 minutes long.

Following are some thoughts on the 90th Oscars®…

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50 High Schools Awarded NBC’s R.I.S.E. America Grants!

RISE – (l-r) Josh Radnor as Lou Mazzuchelli, Auli’i Cravalho as Lilette Suarez, Damon J. Gillespie as Robbie Thorne, Rosie Perez as Tracey Wolfe — (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/Courtesy of NBC).

NBC has awarded fifty $10,000 R.I.S.E. America grants to high schools that had ‘an existing theatre program or a champion of theatre arts in their teaching staff in cases where a school’s theatre program was cut because of budget constraints.’

The program was inspired by the network’s upcoming drama, Rise.

A list for the winning schools follows.

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Stranger Things 3 Brings Back Scene Stealer, Casts ‘Alternative Girl!’

Priah Ferguson – who played Lucas’ scene-stealing little sister Erica in ST2 – has been made a recurring star in Stranger Things 3.

Maya Thurman-Hawke has been cast as ‘alternative girl’ Robin.

Headshots and character descriptions follow.

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Everyone Was New Once Trailer: Sweetbitter!

Sweetbitter Key Art – Tess (Ella Purnell – Photo courtesy of STARZ.

Sweetbitter tells the story of Tess, a 22-year-old who arrives in New York City ready to pursue a new life. When she’s invited to train at one of the best restaurants in the city, she thinks she’s found a steady income and a safe place to wait. But Tess is quickly intoxicated by the chaotic, adrenalized world behind-the-scenes: tasting expensive wine, exploring dive bars, and learning who she can trust.

The new half-hour drama premieres Sunday, May 6th on Starz.

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It Comes Up – Behind the Scenes: Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season 2!

Marvel’s Jessica Jones – Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) – Photo by David Giesbrecht/Courtesy of Netflix.

‘What are you? How did you end up like this? Are you going to kill me?’ Jessica Jones reiterates questions she’s most asked in a flat, disinterested voice.

This new behind-the-scenes look at Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season Two explores the characters – their growth/lack of same, and their attempts to find their place in the world – not in terms of superherodom, but as people.

Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season Two premieres on Netflix on International Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8th.

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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Haunting Parallels Trailer Leading to SXSW World Premiere !

Freeform has launched an ew trailer for Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger in advance of the series’ world premiere at SXSW on March 11th.

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened by and awakened to newly discovered superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another.

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger have a two-hour premiere on Freeform on June 7th (8/7C).

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Dates Announced for the 2nd Annual Split Screens Festival!

For the Split Screen Festival, a major focus in 2018 will be diversity – from platforms and voices to genders and races both in front of and behind the scenes; as well as thoughtful perspectives and insights about America’s favorite pastime from some of television’s most popular casts and creators.

Split Screens will offer a snapshot of the landscape, where television is today and where it is heading with premiere episodes of highly anticipated new pilots, a refreshing look back at culturally relevant franchises and explore the future of content through the lens of a new generation of rising talent.

The 2018 Split Screens Festival will take place at New York’s IFC Center from Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3. The Festival’s full lineup will be announced in April.

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Amazon Sets Premiere Date for Sneaky Pete: Season Two!

In Sneaky Pete: Season 2, Marius is on the verge of starting fresh, when two thugs, believing he is Pete, threaten to kill the family unless he takes them to Pete’s estranged mother Maggie and the millions she stole from their mysterious employer.

Season Two of Sneaky Pete will premiere on Amazon Prime on Friday, March 9th.

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Archer: Visit Scenic Danger Island In April!

ARCHER — “Season 9, Episode 1 — Pictured (l-r): Pam Poovey (voice of Amber Nash), Princess Lanaluakalani (voice of Aisha Tyler), Siegbert Fuchs (voice of Chris Parnell), Sterling Archer (voice of H. Jon Benjamin). CR: FXX

In yet another imaginative reinvention, Archer: Season 9 – Archer: Danger Island finds the semi-functioning alcoholic seaplane pilot, Sterling Archer, a lush on the lush South Pacific island of Mitimotu in 1939, only concerned with who’s buying his next drink.

FXX’s Archer: Danger Island will premiere on Wednesday, April 25tyh (10/9C).

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Counterpart Season Two Adds Get Out’s Betty Gabriel, Begins Production!

Counterpart – Howard silk (J.K. Simmons), Aldrich (Ulrich Thomsen) and Howard silk (J.K. Simmons) – Photo courtesy of Starz.

Starz’s original spy thriller/parallel Earth series Counterpart (Sundays,  has begun production on season two in Berlin – and added Get Out actor Betty Gabriel as Naya Temple – a recent addition to the Office of Interchange from the FBI.

On Counterpart, When Howard Silk discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double-cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world.

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Ash vs. Evil Dead – Evil Has Not Left the Building, Baby!

Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Three – Ash (Bruce Campbell), Brandy (Arielle Carver O’Neill), Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), Pablo (Ray Santiago) – Photo courtesy of Starz.

Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz, Sundays) returns with a helping of blood, gore, guts and lunacy as only Ashy Slashy can deliver.

Previously on Ash vs. Evil Dead: Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell), Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) had thwarted demon queen Ruby (Lucy Lawless) and cut off the connection between our world and the world of demons, forever.

They thought…

Ash vs. Evil Dead opens its third season premiere, Family, with an ad for Ash Williams’ Hardware Store – a kitschy, crazy piece of work that has Ash slicing prices – literally – before pulling back to show Ash watching the ad just before his store opens.

Elsewhere in town, on a low-rent Antiques Roadshow called Treasures from the Loft, a woman presents the show’s host/assessor a book she found in the mud near her homes. Three guesses which book – and if you’re a fan of the show, that should be two guesses too many.

In the local high school, two girls – Rachel (Ellie Gall) and Brandy (Arielle Carver-O’Neill) – are cleaning obscene drawing of a locker while bemoaning living in such a dismal, boring, out of the way place. When the school’s mascot appears – but there’s something a little bit different about him, this time.

While things are turning ugly at the high school, Ruby pays a visit to the set of Treasures from the Lost – and Ash is confronted by a woman calling herself Candace Barr (Katrina Hobbs) and claiming that her daughter and Ash’s(!) is in trouble.

Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Three – Ash (Bruce Campbell) – Photo courtesy of Starz.

Don’t worry, Kelly will be along before the premiere’s epic conclusion – with a friend…

Written by Mark Verheiden and directed at the show’s bat outta hell pace by Mark Beesley, Family rocks through a quick, bloody effective recap before launching into – a few moments of relative calm as it seems like the team’s victory over evil might be taking.
A slow build racks up tension until Ruby’s arrival and things fall apart spectacularly.

By the time we reach the title card, carnage has been achieved.
A combination of genuine wit (Ash talking up hardware products to a stunned young girl who is seeing the carnage ramping up on the TV behind him); slapstick (Ash battling evil in the high school) and the unexpected (what could possibly make Ruby gag?), Family is a rollicking half hour of everything that makes Ash vs. Evil Dead the off-the-wall delight that it is.

Campbell continues to give nuance to the blockheaded Ash (there are moments when he clearly fights off moments of potential sensitivity!) as he resolutely battles on in true heroic form even though he has no idea what’s going on.

Santiago keeps the episode grounded – even after all the weirdness he’s seen, Ray keeps getting freaked out like a normal person would. He may be even more courageous than Ash – he’s knows (and is terrified by) what’s happening and carries on regardless.

Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Three – Ash (Bruce Campbell), Candy Barr (Katrina Hobbs) – Photo courtesy of Starz.

Carver-O’Neill brings a combination of boredom and freaked out almost victim to Brandy Barr-Williams. She brings a new element to the show – genuine youth (Ash is well into middle age; Ray and Kelly are late twenties/early thirties). This high school girl (four months from graduating and hauling ass out of town) will have a huge impact on Ash, Ray and Kelly.

Plus, later scenes introduce a new guy (Lindsay Farris) who has a different link to the ongoing story.
Because there’s so much going on, Family isn’t quite as propulsive as the average Ash vs. Evil Dead episode (whatever that means), but it introduces its new situations and characters smoothly into the flow of the show.

If you’re a fan, you’ll love this. If not, this isn’t the best jumping on moment.

What it is, is sheer bloody, disgusting fun.

Final Grade: B+