Attention all Cory and Topanga fans! Get a load of this 30-second clip from the new Disney Channel sitcom, Girl Meets World, that's guaranteed to make anyone who came of age in the 90s feel like an ancient relic.
Netflix announced that its new series, Grace and Frankie, will premiere in 2015 and star the above veteran actresses. According to Vulture, the show is a half-hour single-camera comedy written and co-created by Marta Kauffman (Friends), and it will have a 13-episode first season. Fonda and Tomlin will play longtime rivals who are stunned when their respective husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to marry. "The women find their lives both turned upside down and to their dismay, permanently intertwined. Eventually, to their surprise, they find they have each other," says the official description.
You know what this means: a guest appearance by Dolly Parton and a 9 to 5 reunion is inevitable. We hope.
Our guilty pleasure returns on March 11 on Bravo (call us biased East Coast natives, but we only care about Jersey and NYC), and it looks like there's a new wife on the block and more bickering between the ladies who brunch.
Oh, and it appears someone (ahem, Aviva) loses a (prosthetic) leg during a scuffle.
Oh well. All in a day's lack of work.
At least Ramona is crazy again and we finally get to see Carole lose it! Check it out:
As fellow X-Philes, we nearly had a heart attack when we saw Gillian Anderson followed by a flash of an FBI jacket in this trailer (for the record, she isn't playing an agent). She's a part of the ensemble of Crisis, network television's next attempt at an intensely plotted limited series that appears to combine elements of 24, Homeland, and Hostages.
A bus full of kids gets hijacked. The White House goes bonkers. Nice folks betray each other. And stuff blows up.
In other words, we're in.
Crisis premieres the day before St. Patrick's Day.
During our first year without cable, we managed to keep up with the Kardashians Joneses and transform ourselves into proud, streaming couch potatoes. Thanks to HuluPlus, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, we were able to binge our way through shows about lawyers (finally finished Damages), imprisoned lesbians, and adorkable British blokes...
1. Orange Is The New Black (Netflix) - A great show works on so many levels, and OITNB touches upon a plethora of issues few dramas tread on. Effortlessly and ingeniously blending themes of sexuality, female friendship, identity, psychology, redemption, fate, and corruption (especially within America's prison system), Jenji Kohan's behind-the-bars drama isn't as dark and heavy as you'd expect, but it's not light either. Taylor Schilling, who embodies a J.Crew-and-Whole-Foods prepiness, surprises as Piper Chapman, a traditionally pretty fish-out-of-water who reluctantly succumbs to her harsh environment; it's the most compelling de-evolution of a TV character we've witnessed since being introduced to Breaking Bad's Walter White in 2008. As for the rest of the brilliant ensemble, there aren't enough Emmys to dole out for the amount of diverse talent that carries this show.
2. Breaking Bad (AMC) - Delivering one of the most satisfying (and inevitable) final episodes in TV history, Vince Gilligan & Co. brilliantly tied up the tragic saga of Walter White, a character destined for the TV Icon Hall of Fame. The final 8 episodes delivered several one-two punches we never saw coming, propelling the story towards its deadly denouement. Television drama has never been so tense, so poetic, and so gorgeously cinematic.
3. Orphan Black (BBC America) - The outrage over star Tatiana Maslany's Emmy snub back in August was inevitable...and totally called for. The Canadian actress blew me away with not two, but seven portrayals of women who discover that they're key players in a cloning conspiracy (Take that, Toni Collette circa United States of Tara). The puzzle pieces have just begun to come together, and I can't wait to see where this intricately plotted story is going.
4. House of Cards (Netflix) - Kevin Spacey covets a role he was destined to play in a series that is destined to further change the way we watch television. This David Fincher-produced political potboiler is sinister in all the right ways, and actor Corey Stoll is truly the revelation of the year as Congressman Peter Russo.
5. Enlightened (HBO) - Laura Dern, in a criminally ignored performance on a criminally neglected show, is brilliant as Amy Jellicoe, a David going up against a Goliath, which happens to be the corrupt corporation she works for. Mike White's highly addictive tragicomedy brilliantly says so much about so much -- the state of the corporate world, the treatment of mental health, the trappings of fortysomethinghood -- with so little.
6. Scandal (ABC) - Having binged on this deliriously delicious drama's first 20 episodes back in the spring, I am now a full-fledged fanatic, live-tweeting during episodes and following most of the cast on Twitter. I haven't been riveted by such crazy cliffhangers and plot twists like this since the early days of Alias, and before that, Melrose Place. OMGTV indeed. Shonda Rhimes, you crazy.
7. American Horror Story: Coven (FX) - Ryan Murphy knows his powerhouse actresses. And thank the gods that he brought Angela Bassett to television. There was never a dull moment in AHS's third go-round, and much of it was due to the cast's razor-sharp performances and the sinfully scrumptious scripts.
8. Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central) - Vagina jokes have never been funnier...or more intricately layered with biting social commentary. Schumer is a welcome addition to the Funny Ladies Club (see: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling).
9. The Americans (FX) - You may or may not remember 1999's disturbing yet highly engrossing Arlington Road (starring Jeff Bridges as a man who suspects his neighbors are terrorists), but if you do, you'll find brilliant shades of it in this awesome Cold-War-in-the-80s series that sees Felicity (Keri Russell) turn into an ice queen with a gun and the gay brother from Brothers & Sisters (Matthew Rhys) transform into an ass-kicking soldier torn between honoring his home country and saving the one he's slowly adopting as his own.
10. The Blacklist (NBC) - I feel like patting NBC on the head and saying, "Well done, Peacock! Well done!" for giving network audiences a thriller that's thisclose to rivaling those found on cable. And hello, Megan Boone, who may very well be the next Jennifer Garner.
HONORABLE MENTION:Family Tree (HBO) - From the improvisational mind of Christopher Guest comes this quiet underdog of a comedy that delivered one of the best gags of the season: Nina Conti as Bea Chadwick...and her hand puppet Monk (due to a childhood trauma, Bea needs to express her emotions through a stuffed monkey, and the side barbs the little creature spits out are hysterical). It's awkward, it's heartwarming, it's unapologetically British.
We know you've been missing Hot Nutshell (all three of you), and we're sorry for the delay. But here's what's got us buzzing this week...
Katy Perry debuted her video for "Unconditionally" earlier today. Apparently, the video finds the Prism princess declaring her undying love on a discarded set from Downton Abbey, setting beds on fire, and making it snow.
Reese Witherspoon takes on a period drama (set in 1993!) about the tragic deaths of three young boys in Memphis. And Colin Firth shows up with a southern accent to investigate. It's safe to say there's nothing feel-good about this crime drama:
Elsewhere, Alanis Morissette's seminal album, Jagged Little Pill, is being adapted into a Broadway musical along the lines of Green Day's American Idiot. Shortly after we spontaneously combusted over this news, we dug out our CDs from high school and rejoiced: 1995 is making a comeback y'all.
And then there's this:
Our favorite new show of the fall season, NBC's The Blacklist, is awesome and all (with its breathtaking plots and James Spader's...Spaderisms), but it is co-star Ryan Eggold (90210) who's piquing our interest as the bespectacled husband of FBI agent Liz Keen. What's up with him? What secrets is he hiding? Producers, please don't kill off this hottie. We'd like to see more of him. A lot more.
Thursday night saw the unveiling of the Top 12 on NBC's The Voice, and after the live broadcast, we were lucky enough to join the contestants and celeb judges (Xtina! Adam! CeeLo! Blake!) at a private party at Boulevard3 on Sunset.
Before the talented bunch of competitive singers took to the stage, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, and a tipsy Blake Shelton (he admitted it before strumming his guitar) performed some rockin' renditions of "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Crazy."
Christina, wearing a gray T-shirt that read "Cray" looked cute in a petite jacket (the girl looks goooood -- like 2001 good). Which begs the questions: What regimen is she on?
Unfortunately, Voice host Carson Daly was nowhere to be seen, but Valentine, everyone's favorite DJ from 104.3 myFM, emceed the festivities. Our favorite of the night though? Tessanne Chin (below, right), who blew us away (or maybe it was the three mojitos we were nursing at the open bar right below the stage).
We recently dug up some footage from last year's Comic Con in San Diego...and look who we found! It's Scandal's very own Guillermo Diaz working the red (er, black) carpet for The Walking Dead's 100th Issue Party.
Had we been caught up on Olivia Pope & Associates like we are now, we definitely would've had a major nerdgasm back then. If only...[sigh].
Check out what Huck, er Guillermo, had to say about his first Comic Con experience (and why we're looking forward to running into him again):
We're horror fanatics here at HIH, so you can imagine how excited we get every time the 13th of any month falls on a Friday (break out the bloodstained hockey masks!).
That's why our very own Tim Murdock, the King of F13 fanatics, interviewed Peter Bracke, the author of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th just in time for this weekend's infamous date. It's also fitting that the Crystal Lake Memories documentary, which is an adaptation of the in-depth volume, is also being released on Blu-ray this week.
Check out part one of Tim's very special installment of his own Happy Horror TIMe web chat show, and get to know the man behind the behind-the-scenes bloodshed:
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