Watch this week
SEASON PREMIERE: The Bachelorette, 9 p.m., ABC: The thirteenth season begins with Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay getting advice from friends who appeared with her on last season of The Bachelor before meeting 31 suitors.
SEASON FINALE: Jane the Virgin, 9 p.m., CW: Rogelio and Xo are excited for their big day, but Rogelio gets some shocking news. Later, Jane learns about a mysterious letter MIchael wrote....
It seems as if nothing is sacred anymore.
ABC's remake of the 1987 romantic drama Dirty Dancing is, well...not good. If it were a Taco Bell sauce packet or a chicken wing flavor, it would be mild.
Nobody wants to watch a movie called Mild Dancing.
Full disclosure: I'm biased toward the original starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze. I was not yet born when it premiered (sorry, everyone) but it's one of my mother's favorite movies. She has superb taste in both movies and music....
Before and after: Twin Peaks, Fire Walk With Me
The time has finally come for a return trip to Twin Peaks. More than 25 years ago, the world was first introduced to the enigmatic residents of Twin Peaks after the murder of popular homecoming queen Laura Palmer. The series gained a cult following with its hypnotic first season and obtained a new generation of fans with its availability on Netflix and Hulu. The revival premieres on Showtime this weekend, but creator David Lynch is tight-lipped about what the new season is actually about, wanting to keep the revival as mysterious as the sleepy town itself. The only clear thing we know is that much of the original cast is returning - including Kyle MacLachlan as Agent Dale Cooper - but not necessarily as their original characters. We also know it's set roughly 25 years after the events of the original. If you're a fan of the original surreal drama or if dreamy paranormal fiction is your thing, tune in. 9 p.m. Sunday on Showtime....
“Diane, I'm holding in my hand a small box of chocolate bunnies."
Ah, Twin Peaks. So surreal. So mysterious. So full of deliciously weird scenes with food.
David Lynch's cult classic series returns with a long-awaited revival Sunday on Showtime. It has been more than 25 years since fans were introduced to the sleepy Pacific Northwestern town of Twin Peaks and the mysterious murder of prom queen Laura Palmer, when Lynch's show first ran from 1990 to 1991 on ABC. ...
About 30 seconds into listening to Rabbits, I was hooked.
The new podcast from the Public Radio Alliance upends the traditional serial radio docudrama style with a story that sounds almost too real.
PRA producer Carly Parker is the voice of Rabbits, which chronicles her search for her missing friend, Yumiko.
Carly suspects Yumiko had been playing a mysterious alternate reality game (ARG) called Rabbits before she disappeared....
Not the Anne you're expecting: Anne with an E
This new series may come from Breaking Bad writer Moira Walley-Beckett, but it doesn't involve Anne becoming a meth dealer. But Anne With an E does take a grittier look at Anne's troubled childhood before her coming to Green Gables. Above all, the new series is a coming-of-age story about a young girl who overcomes many challenges to find her place in the world. Like the original 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, the series is set in Prince Edward Island in the late 1890s and follows Anne Shirley (Amybeth McNulty), an orphaned girl who comes to live with an aging sister and brother after stints in orphanages. Unlike the other TV and movie iterations, this seven-episode series dives more into Anne's psyche through uncomfortable flashbacks to show how she became so imaginatively outlandish. The latest version of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic tale is now streaming on Netflix....
05/10/17 The Feed
There's a long, hot summer ahead of us. So let's turn up the AC, cozy up to our screens and binge some TV, shall we? Here are our top new and returning shows to check out.
Brittany Volk and Chelsea Tatham, Times staff writers
The Carmichael Show
NBC, 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 31
Jerrod Carmichael's sitcom consistently pushes boundaries, and recently it was announced that the show will air the n-word unedited in this upcoming third season. Even though most of the episodes take place in the living room, as in many family sitcoms before it, The Carmichael Show trades in the heartwarming, teachable moments for insightful and frustrating debates. This hilariously opinionated family (Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier) discusses many hot button issues, and their politics don't always lean to one side. Stream the first two seasons on Netflix and Hulu....
05/10/17 The Feed
The owls are not what they seem, and neither are the dozens of remakes, reboots and revivals that have hit our TV screens in the past decade.
The latest rebirth of a beloved classic comes in the form of Twin Peaks, a surreal David Lynch-Mark Frost phenomenon that all started with the death of prom queen Laura Palmer and the words, "She's dead ... wrapped in plastic."
The reboot of the crime procedural and semiparanormal drama premieres May 21 on Showtime. The series is just the next in a long, continuing line of revivals that have taken over our televisions....
This week marks the ends of seasons for popular comedies, but it's also the final week before summer TV kicks into high gear. And the new TV season starts off with the revival of the cult series Twin Peaks and the return of the political hit House of Cards. These two — and Game of Thrones, of course — will be the most talked about series of the season. Catch up now....
The Dark Knight creator returns: Batman & Bill
With a new documentary out this weekend, Hulu wants us to remember that Bill Finger had a hand in creating Batman. Finger, who died in 1974, is arguably the man most responsible for the bat-like caped vigilante, though he wasn't credited until recently. Finger was the writer on the original Batman stories along with Bob Kane, who has received far more credit for the character. While Kane came up with the image of "the Bat-man," Finger came up with Bruce Wayne, Robin, Gotham City, Commissioner Gordon, the Joker, Catwoman and other characters. Batman & Bill takes a procedural-type look at the creation of this dark knight and explores the reasons why its original creator wasn't given proper recognition until 76 years after Batman's debut. Midnight Saturday, Hulu....
It just keeps getting easier to enjoy Studio Ghibli's award-winning anime.
And starting in June, Fathom Events and GKIDS bring six films from the biggest series of anime titles to select theaters.
My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind will all have both subtitled and dubbed versions hitting the big screen....
The beginning of May means we are that much closer to Memorial Day cookouts, sleepy summer days and a boatload of summer TV shows. But, at least for the next couple of weeks, TV options will seem to be at an all-time low. That just means there's plenty of time to catch up on winter and spring premieres. This month is also big for Disney debuts on the big screen and at the parks, so on Wednesday and Thursday you can watch runs of the first
Guardians of the Galaxy and Avatar....
What hath God wrought? American Gods
Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods traces the brewing battle between the gods of the past and the new gods of technology and progress. Ricky Whittle (The 100) plays Shadow Moon, an ex-con released early from prison to bury his dead wife (Emily Browning). Along his journey home he meets Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), a modernized form of the Norse god Odin who's recruiting old gods for the coming battle. Shadow quickly becomes the innocent bystander in the clash between holy beings and struggles to even comprehend what's happening around him. American Gods is a trippy dreamscape from the creators of Hannibal and Logan, and explores society's complex relationships with ancient religion and modern norms. 9 p.m. Sunday, Starz....
A goddess of love, a god of technology, an ethereal zombie and a mysterious worldly deity each picked a side in the coming war portrayed in Starz' American Gods.
But it's anyone's guess as to who wins the battle between the old gods and the new.
The adaptation of Neil Gaiman's famous novel premieres Sunday on Starz, pitting ancient iterations of gods like Odin, Queen of Sheba and even a Leprechaun against gods of media and social progress. The series follows Shadow (Ricky Whittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) as they traverse the country gathering old gods for their side....
04/26/17 The Feed
Get ready to worship. Hot and heavenly American Gods on Starz is about to convert us all.
If a holy war between deities isn't thrilling enough, the all-star cast of Ian McShane (Deadwood), Ricky Whittle (The 100), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow) will have you swooning.
The series adapts the novel from Neil Gaiman, exploring the brewing war between old and new gods, vying for the worship of millions of modern humans....