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ABC Family on Wednesday announced summer premiere dates for five new series — four of them unscripted and the other a single-camera comedy — that will join the net’s core lineup that includes “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Fosters” and “Baby Daddy.”
“Monica the Medium” kicks off ABC Family’s second wave of summer launches Monday, July 13 with its premiere at 10. The show provides an inside look at Monica, a junior at Penn State navigating friends, family, relationships — and the fact that she’s a medium and can talk to dead people. The show is produced by Dave Caplan’s Trooper Entertainment in association with Lionsgate TV. Caplan will serve as executive producer alongside Malachi McGlone.
“Job or No Job,” from the producers of “Undercover Boss,” bows Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 9. The series follows one young adult per episode on his/her journey to land a first job. Each job seeker will go on three interviews, »
- Rick Kissell
Thanks to the news of Trevor Noah taking over Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" desk, we remembered something: Wow, "Daily Show" alums have basically taken over the world. If they're not landing primetime sitcom gigs, they're scoring Oscar nominations and populating romcoms. To celebrate Noah's new post, let's take a look at five Netflix picks starring the friends, colleagues, and cronies of Jon Stewart. Watch 'em now. "Trevor Noah: African American" If you haven't been introduced to your new "Daily Show" host's brand of observational humor yet, check out his comedy special where he discusses his home country of South Africa and why racial relations there, even during the age of apartheid, are/were less complicated than in the U.S. His bit about Oprah Winfrey's leadership academy is particularly inspired. And a little unsettling! "Bruce Almighty" Oscar nominee Steve Carell wasn't always scarring you with his fake "Foxcatcher" nose and deathly "Foxcatcher" stare. »
- Louis Virtel
Split Image: Stearns’ Debut a Dark Hearted Cult Comedy
The insidious recruitment techniques of religious cults used to be a veritable genre staple, beginning, perhaps, with the fascination surrounding the highly publicized Manson Family murders in the late 1960s. The media sensation resulted in a culturally acknowledged terror reflected in the cinema for decades to come, and one may recall a slew of 1980s titles that cashed in on these cultural fears, with titles like Ticket to Heaven (1981) and Bad Dreams (1988) now languishing in obscurity, despite a variety of notable historical markers, from the Jim Jones’ led mass suicide in 1978 Jonestown, Guyana, to the Branch Davidian and Heaven’s Gate episodes of the 1990s. It appears there may be a minor resurgence in the topic, with Ti West’s recent The Sacrament (2013) recreating the spirit of Jim Jones. Now, Faults, the directorial debut of Riley Stearns, which premiered at »
- Nicholas Bell
Key & Peele: I don’t think you have it here but it’s a sketch comedy show. They’re just so clever and observant, and it’s very timely. There’s a very funny sketch that they do where one of the actors does an impersonation of Barack Obama and then the other one plays his sort-of inner monologue, and says all the angry, frustrated things that he can’t say publicly.
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- Rachel Aroesti
4 items from 2015
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