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Halloween is almost here, and this is my last streaming column before it arrives, so I decided to go full horror for this one! A lot of these are shows I’ve talked about in the past — and some are brand new — but I wanted to put a wide lens on the genre. There’s so much to stream at any given time, and some shows, even great ones, get lost in the mix. I compiled a list of everything from horror originals, to adaptations, to true crime, to baking shows. There’s plenty of ways to get in the Halloween spirit, and I thought it’d be fun to go a little out-of-the-box for some of these. If you’re like me and live for October and Halloween season, the following list is a great way to get in a spooky mindset.

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October is here, and I’m resisting the urge to make a horror-only list as best I know how. I plan to dedicate my next entry entirely to the spooky season, but before doing so, I wanted to shed some light on other, less-scary shows. Plenty was recently added to our favorite streaming services, making it deceptively easy to write up a compilation this week. Please enjoy this mix of new additions, old gems, and a few things I probably shouldn’t have discovered on my Hulu playlist. I’ll see you back here next time with all of the scary stuff you could possibly imagine!

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been spending this in-between season trying to catch up on literally everything, while also falling victim to comfortable pleasures. That means: a lot of binges of new seasons, mixed with a lot of lazy-couch viewings of old familiars. What can I say–fall is fast approaching, and with it, a desire to light a candle and take in the elements, acknowledging that prestige movie season is fast upon us, as are the holidays.

For this week’s column, you’ll find a mix of freshly released seasons of shows you might already love, some suggestions for shows that won Emmys this week, and a few old-school favorites secretly hiding in the annals of Hulu.

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Anyone else feeling that late summer sadness? It’s not yet Halloween season, but the kids are back in school, the weather is evening out, and we’re about to lapse into the long slog of low temperatures and seasonal depression.

If that’s a downer for you, worry not, because I’m here to offer a selection of streaming TV that will hopefully raise your spirits. I’ve gone through every major streaming service to deliver an offering of the best streaming TV has to offer this time of year. If you’re unfamiliar with this column, it’s comprised of old things, new things, and under-the-radar things. I hope I can give you something to look forward to as we swing gently into the last chunk of 2018.

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Once upon a time in Hollywood, everyone in Hollywood was cast in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

That seems to be the joke in the film Twittersphere this week, after a deluge of casting announcements for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming 1969-set Hollywood fable. I already cross-examined the first crop of announcements regarding the film, but given the insane amount of new information hurled at us since that article’s publication, I figured a follow-up was in order. Especially since this latest batch of casting news offers an even more tantalizing prospect about what Tarantino’s ninth film may have in store.

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As promised in my last column, I’m back to a totally random assortment of streaming TV shows this week. There’s no real through-line to any of these – with one exception, which you’ll see below – as it’s really just a sampling of everything I’m watching (and you should be watching) as summer comes to a close. There isn’t much in the way of good TV currently airing, so I’m using this down-time to play catch-up on the things I’ve missed, or to totally zone out to things both mindless and familiar.

It’s slim pickings as far as exciting new series go, so I hope I’m able to provide a look at things you might have missed, things worth a revisit, or things to throw on while you clean the house. It’s just that kind of week.

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once upon a time in hollywood first look

Last week, we got our first look at Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The project has been steeped in controversy since its announcement, as it will pair the notoriously provocative director with a subject matter undeserving of glorification or gratuity: the Manson Murders.

At least, that was the initial concern. As we’ve learned in the meantime, and in Tarantino’s own words, the film is “not Charles Manson, it’s 1969.” Indeed, as more information comes out, we can see that the film is the story of a Hollywood – and an America – in a great metamorphosis. Not a Manson story, but a story where those famous murders are one facet of a grander tale, about the abrupt end of a free-loving, free-wheeling decade where every renaissance was tainted by inconceivable retractions.

To drive home the intended perception of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, let’s take a look back at all of the confirmed production and casting announcements, and use those confirmations to speculate what kind of movie Tarantino might have in store.

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For this week’s column, I’m sticking to a theme once again. I plan to ditch the hyper-specific lists and get a little more random with my pickings going forward – so as not to limit my selections – but I couldn’t resist another one-genre list this time around. I blame it on Stephen King.

Something about the late summer – when the humidity levels reach a putrid density, when the days are long and the nights velvet-dark – puts me in the mood for good horror. Obviously, fall is what we most associate with spooks and scares, but summer has a far eerier quality, like there’s something off in the air. Hulu capitalized on that late-summer spookiness with their new Stephen King anthology series, Castle Rock, which – along with some news from TCAs about American Horror Story – influenced the theme of this weeks’ column.

Here is a compilation of some of the best horror series – old and new – currently available to stream.

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bob fosse and gwen verdon

Last week, news broke that FX is producing a limited series based on the relationship between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams in the lead roles. Fosse/Verdon will be executive produced by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is also composing the score. This is thrilling news for fans of musical theater, but should excite even the non-initiated. Fosse and Verdon’s story is one of absolute passion; for their work and for one another. Together, they created beautiful, iconic films and performances, and watching their story unfold with such talent backing it will be a treat for all.

If you’re not familiar with Fosse or Verdon, here’s a look back at who they were, how their paths crossed, what they created together, and how their love produced a golden age of musical splendor. And, of course, why their story will make for must-see TV.

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Emmy nominations were announced two weeks ago, and the usual suspects are back to claim more awards. Shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Crown, and The Handmaid’s Tale topped the list of nominations, and will no-doubt decimate their competition. While all of these shows are great, many that snuck into big categories aren’t, necessarily, big shows themselves. In an effort to highlight some of the underdogs – or at least, some series that don’t get quite as much buzz and love in social spaces – this week’s Small-Screen Stream column is dedicated to the underrated series that could go home with gold when the Emmys air later this fall.

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