Your favorite murder-podcast show returns with (duh) more murder and some high-profile guests.
Sharon Horgan dives into family dynamics with her new dramedy.
Aubrey Plaza stars in this dark animated comedy about an ‘it girl’ who tries to modernize her dad’s small-town cult. Sounds like a recipe for a disaster.
The Rolling Stones
Despite their infamous mid-’80s feud, the Stones continued to tour and sell out massive stadium shows into the new millennium. In 2012, they celebrated their 50th anniversary with a hardcover book and a documentary called Crossfire Hurricane. The band also released a double album called Exile on Main St. featuring a selection of tracks recorded at the time, plus new studio recordings by the group and guest artists such as Eric Clapton and Florence Welch.
The Stones rode the British Invasion wave initiated by the Beatles to global fame, aided by manager Andrew Loog Oldham’s careful cultivation of their image as the bad-boy opposition to the clean-cut Fab Four. After the death of drummer Brian Jones in 1969, the band forged ahead with Mick Taylor, who infused their music with ragged blues and more overtly sexual sensibilities. Their next album, Beggars Banquet (UK number three; U.S. number five), moved in that direction, as did 1970’s Let It Bleed, which marked a departure from their earlier pop-oriented sound.
By the 1980s, the Stones’ records weren’t achieving as many sales as they had in the ’60s and ’70s. Part of this was due to Jagger and Richards’ conflicting vision for the band; Richards wanted the Stones to keep up with contemporary trends, while Jagger preferred that they stick with their rock roots. This was reflected in 1983’s Undercover (UK number three; U.S. no. ten), which didn’t sell as well as the band had hoped, and 1986’s Dirty Work (UK no. six; U.S. no. ten), another subpar record.
From the moment his introductory scene in Guardians of the Galaxy, Groot instantly endeared himself to audiences. The tree-like creature’s cuteness and childlike mentality made it impossible to dislike him, even when he was decimating large groups of enemies and ravaging whole planets.
Now, fans can see Groot in a whole new light with the animated I Am Groot series on Disney Plus. The shorts, directed by Kirsten Lepore, are a mix of cuteness and destruction. Each episode runs around four minutes, so they’re perfect for children but will probably entertain adults as well. There’s a lot of silliness to be had, from a mud bath that has some unexpected side effects to a fight with a bonsai tree.
The show is obviously aimed at kids but the integrity of James Gunn’s creation remains intact. It’s clear that the writers and animators were given free rein to make the series as weird and funny as they wanted. While the stories do lack anything that connects to or forwards any MCU plotlines, they do provide some delightfully side-splitting moments.
Vin Diesel’s return as the voice of Groot is also a real treat. His ability to perfectly intone all of the little tics and nuances that Groot goes through adds an extra layer of dimension to this adorable character. It’s his best work since he voiced the character in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Selling the OC
The Oppenheim Group heads to the beach in the new trailer for Selling the OC, a spinoff of Selling Sunset that premieres August 24 on Netflix. Twin brothers Jason and Brett are joined by a fresh cast of real estate agents as they attempt to make their mark in one of California’s most affluent counties. If the trailer is anything to go by, this season will be packed with all the office in-fighting and relationship drama fans have come to expect from the franchise. Watch the clip below and keep an eye out for new additions Alex Hall, Gio Helou and Tyler Stanaland. It looks like a show not to be missed!
This article originally appeared on ETOnline.com and has been edited for length.
No one does dark comedy better than the Irish, which is why it’s no surprise that Apple TV+’s acclaimed limited series Bad Sisters has been renewed for season 2. Kundali Bhagya Written Update based on the Belgian Clan and written and directed by Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) — follows the tight-knit Garvey sisters, played by Anne-Marie Duff, Sarah Greene, Eva Birthistle, and Eve Hewson. Claes Bang, Brian Gleeson, Daryl McCormack, and newcomer Saise Quinn round out the ensemble cast.
After a strong initial premiere, the show earned critical praise and Emmy love (including nods for both Horgan and Hewson in the lead actress category). It’s easy to see why: The murder-mystery satire has been called “a wickedly funny, genuinely poignant dramedy,” “this year’s most vicious comic treat,” and more.
During a recent conversation at the Banff World Media Festival, Horgan talked about her recommitment to the show and what’s next for the infamous sisters. As for the WGA strike, she noted that it’s a challenge to work on a scripted project during such an inconvenient time, but she’s still planning to return for the second season of Bad Sisters. The upcoming 10-episode season is scheduled to debut in 2022. Horgan also serves as executive producer and writer on the series, which she co-created with Brett Baer and Dave Finkel. Faye Dorn, Karen Cogan, Clelia Mountford, and Dearbhla Walsh also executive produce for Merman Television.
The first episode of the Medici-set drama scored 4.8 million viewers over multiple viewings, a record for Starz. The series stars Aidan Turner as Leonardo da Vinci, an eccentric Renaissance genius who struggles to deal with his irrational imagination and unquenchable thirst for perfection.
The show explores da Vinci’s paintings – including the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper – as well as his non-artistic feats like his inventions, such as an equestrian mirror and a machine for measuring the circumference of the Earth. But it also reveals the inner torment of a man who is a ladies’ man, an illegitimate child and, in the words of one biographer, “a homosexual, vegetarian and left-handed Florenzer.”
A devout Catholic, Leonardo is a thorn in the side of the church and his patrons, the powerful family of the Pazzi. But it’s the low-born Caterina that catches his eye, and Turner delivers an invigorating performance as his beloved muse and ardent admirer, who is engulfed by her own fear and desire for power.
The series is co-created by American showrunner Frank Spotnitz (Poldark, The X-Files) and British writer Steve Thompson (Sherlock). But the drama lacks the oomph of more inventive period pieces on television, and its reluctance to explore da Vinci’s sexuality only reinforces the sense that it is a safe sketch rather than a masterpiece.
If you’re in the mood for a tense, gripping new series that will have you on the edge of your seat, Stan is giving viewers a first look at the all-new thriller The Undeclared War. Premiering on 1 July, same day as the UK and exclusively on Stan, the series imagines how we will live in a world where cyber attacks are an invisible frontier with devastating consequences.
The show stars Hannah Khalique-Brown as Saara Parvin, a work experience intern whose high-stakes first day at GCHQ takes a turn when she uncovers evidence of an attack by Russia. Her boss, GCHQ director Danny Patrick (Simon Pegg), is so impressed by her ability to quickly decipher the code that he invites her to a COBRA meeting with the Prime Minister.
The show explores the complex issue of how governments use the power of big data and the implications for privacy. It also reflects on identity politics with the first person Saara encounters at the agency saying, semi-apologetically: “We’re hideously male, pale and stale.” Mark Rylance is a brilliant addition to the cast as solitary GCHQ veteran John Yeabsley. The series is created by seven-time BAFTA winner Peter Kosminsky and directed by Oscar-winner Adrian Lester (Riviera, Mary Queen of Scots). It also stars Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Alex Jennings, Kerry Godliman and Mark Rylance.