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Spring tv Roundup: Moments Before Disaster edition

With the writer’s strike looming on the horizon threatening to cut summer and fall viewing short I am reminded to make one of these. EDIT: Writer strike averted! Summer and fall programming has been saved.

First order of business: the glut of time traveling shows. Two I thought premiered last year premiered this spring. Production issues? Reshooting due to test audiences? Networks realizing that period pieces are more expensive than regular shows? I’m not sure. The first one, Making History, had its season cut in half and had some minor plot changes. Described as plot-heavy it appears to be doing okay in ratings. The second show, Time After Time, unfortunately, was canceled and pulled five episodes into the season. The third show Timeless is the only one that suceeded and will likely get a second season. A fourth series, Class, a spin-off from Dr. Who joins the frey on BBC America and will no doubt last for five seasons.

Now onto the shows:

  • American Gods: Adaptation of a Neil Gaiman novel of the same name produced by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green with an all-star cast. (whew!) In a word where gods and mythological creatures exist due to everyone’s belief in them. As technology becomes popular belief in these gods wain. Norse god Odin, known as  Mr. Wendsday, prepares for war with the new gods.
  • Still-Star Crossed: We finally have an air date! May 29 you better believe I’m watching this live. I have waited too long for a diverse poc-lead historical drama that wasn’t about slaves or the Civil Rights movement to see this flop. While important stories to tell, Black people deserve to be seen in different historical contexts besides suffering and subservient.
  • Feud: Bette and Joan: This follows the feud between Golden Age movie Stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the filming of their 1962 film. Written by Ryan Murphy of AHS fame we know this will be a historically accurate and compelling series.
  • Anne: Based on the novel Anne of Green Gables it follows an orphan girl as she tries to fit in with her new life.  The head writer is a Breaking Bad alum so I’m not expecting a fluffy lighthearted adaptation.
  • Harlots (PG-13 trailer): Set in Gregorian London it follows a madame trying to keep her brothel afloat and the rivalry with another brothel. Yes, you read that correctly and yes, it is historically accurate. I never thought I’d see a historically accurate 1790’s series about prostitutes but Hulu delivered. Written by and from the point of view of women the show veers away from the male gaze and being voyeuristic. There also appears to be two named black characters who have multiple speaking roles. I’m sold.

Final thoughts: All of these series (except American Gods) have female leads which is unexpected. The spring preview overall has about 1/3 of the shows with female leads in various genres. I have no doubt the VOD series will do well but I hope the network shows succeed as well. No fantasy shows this time but the amount of historical pieces makes up for it.

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Review: Hocus Pocus

Goodness, the final week of Halloween (October for those who aren’t in the know) and I have been slacking on my scary movie viewing. The only movie I have watched so far was the cult classic Hocus Pocus, which is required viewing this time of year. It was every bit of fun and goofy as I remembered. There were lots of beautiful period costumes in the movie, including the first few minutes (a scene taking place in the late 1600’s), when Max (the protagonist) goes to his crush’s house, and the party where Max’s parents are. In the pictures below we see Valerie, Max’s crush, at her parent’s party.

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Here we see her in a lovely robe à la française, minus the ornate ruffles and bows. In the background we see all the party attendees in various rococo dress, compete with wigs. I can officially say that I’m envious that her parents “do this every year”. There were also many lovely period costumes in the other party scene, including some medieval-esque dresses, rococo, and some fairy tale dresses.

On a side note, I don’t know if it was just a movie thing or something Salem really does but those house decorations and party set ups were extremely lavish. Either they go all out or Martha Stewart is a-foot.

Not seen: the piles of sweets and goodies hidden behind the witch hat

Not seen: the piles of sweets and goodies hidden behind the witch hat

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