YouTube swept the leg, but Cobra Kai isn’t down for the count just yet.
The streaming video site’s most acclaimed original scripted series won’t premiere its new season on that platform. Instead, Cobra Kai, the streamer’s TV continuation of the Karate Kid film franchise, is on the hunt for another home at a different streaming service, with Netflix and Hulu reportedly “leading the short list of contenders” who showed interest in picking up the show. Read More »
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The romantic-comedy, much like its cousin the horror-comedy, more often than not ends up sacrificing the romance for the comedy. Or the comedy for the romance. But where there are plenty of romantic anime shows, few end up being as sweet and as hilarious as Kaguya-sama: Love is War.
Looking from the outside in, Kaguya-sama seems like a traditional slice of life high school romance. In a prestigious academy for Japan’s brightest students (and those from the wealthiest and most influential families), student council president Miyuki Shirogane and vice president Kaguya Shinomiya excel at everything they do and are revered by everyone in the academy. Oh, and the entire academy thinks they should be together.
The good news is that they also very much have feelings for each other, and know that the other is in love with them. The problem? They are too damn stubborn and prideful to admit their feelings. In love, there’s a winner, and a loser (or so says the narrator), so neither Shirogane or Shinomiya want to lose. What ensues is a brilliant and hilarious battle of the wits, a game of psychological warfare where two stellar minds try to out-scheme the other to confess their love first.
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The Series: Looney Tunes
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Looney Tunes has one of the most memorable and beloved rosters of animated characters of all time. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Pepe Le Pew, The Tazmanian Devil, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Speedy Gonzalez, and more star in the shorts that shaped animated comedy, creating many of the cartoon tropes that are still prevalent in the medium today. This is timeless comedy at its best, and the whole family can enjoy them.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Every single animated project you’ve ever seen has been influenced by the classic Looney Tunes (and Merrie Melodies) shorts in one way or another. Even though Mickey Mouse may be the face of one of the most successful media giants in the history of entertainment, Disney’s roster of classic animated characters has nothing on these characters from Warner Bros., many of them voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc. Yes, you can give Disney credit all day since they took cues from Walt Disney’s musical series Silly Symphonies, but for my money, Looney Tunes does it better. Read More »
All 10 episodes of the first season of Space Force arrive on Netflix tomorrow. It marks the return of Steve Carell to television comedy, and he’s joined by The Office co-creator Greg Daniels. There’s a good chance you’ll be hunkered down on your couch to binge Space Force since there’s not much else to do, and to ensure that you don’t get hungry, the flavor makers at Ben & Jerry’s have created an official Space Force ice cream called “Boots on the Moooo’n.” Find out what’s in the pint below. Read More »
Are we one step closer to the Bosch television universe? Dads everywhere can dream! According to author Michael Connelly, Amazon, the #1 place for Bosch, is looking into developing a Lincoln Lawyer TV series. At one point, CBS was developing a Lincoln Lawyer show, but ultimately passed on the idea. Now, Connelly hopes to bring the project to Amazon and have it crossover with the Bosch-verse.
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Back in 2018, 20th Century Fox gave us the coming-of-age teen romance Love, Simon. It was your average romantic comedy about a young kid trying to figure out his place in the world as he deals with the trials and tribulations of being a teenager, but it followed the journey of a young gay kid named Simon (Nick Robinson). It wasn’t exactly innovative with the storytelling, but that’s also what made it a little groundbreaking. It was a traditional romantic comedy that gave a queer relationship the spotlight.
Now Hulu is following in the footsteps of Love, Simon with a new series called Love, Victor, which also follows a closeted gay teen (Michael Cimino) as he makes his way through a new high school, making friends, and coming to terms with his sexual orientation. A new Love, Victor trailer has arrived, and it echoes a lot of the style and energy from Love, Simon, but Victor may have a somewhat more difficult time coming out. Read More »
Get ready to dance your cares away: Fraggle Rock is coming to Apple TV+. The beloved Jim Henson Company children’s puppet program is returning as a rebooted Apple Original series “for new generations of fans to enjoy together.” Apple TV+ has picked up the Fraggle Rock reboot for a full season, along with old episodes of the classic ’80s series.
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At this point, it’s probably time to admit that Stephen King‘s Dark Tower series just isn’t adaptable to the screen, big or small. After years of development, we were cursed with a lackluster movie adaptation that failed to capitalize on much of the mythology and world-building fans of the book crave. After the movie’s failure, there was some hope that a Dark Tower TV series might set things right. Amazon bought the rights to the series, and The Walking Dead‘s Glen Mazzara was hired as showrunner. But ultimately, Amazon passed on the show. In a new podcast interview, Mazzara opens up about the plans for the now-abandoned Dark Tower TV series.
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What’s that? You had no idea that there was an animated series based on Ben Stiller‘s farcical fashion comedy Zoolander? Well, prepare to have your mind blown.
Zoolander: Super Model was released on Netflix back in 2016 but only in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and it’s never been officially available in the United States. But that changes today as CBS All Access has announced that the full Zoolander animated series, which includes the voices of the movie’s original cast, is now available to subscribers. Read More »
“The Gang Breaks a Television Record” should be the subtitle for the upcoming season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which has officially been picked up for its 15th season. This historic renewal makes the show the longest-running live-action comedy series in American television history; it will finally overtake The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which has held that record since it went off the air in 1966.
And in case there was any doubt, the Sunny gang is going to address the coronavirus pandemic in the new season. Read the statement from creator Rob McElhenney below. Read More »