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TV Review: Netflix’s “Mindhunter”

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Netflix’s new crime drama TV series “Mindhunter” offers a riveting look inside the FBI’s efforts to track down the worst serial killers of our generation. The action takes place in 1977, at a time when legendary killers such as John Wayne Gacey and Charles Manson were already household names. What makes this David Fincher-directed Netflix Original so gripping is that it is based on real-life events inside the FBI’s elite serial crime unit.

“Mindhunter” will remind you of “Hannibal” and “Silence of the Lambs”

The main protagonist in the Netflix show is FBI agent Holden Ford (played by Jonathan Groff), who is based on real-life FBI agent John E. Douglas. It was Douglas, back in the mid-1970s, who helped to set up the FBI’s serial crime unit and who came up with the idea of interviewing incarcerated serial killers to find out more about their methodology and way of thinking.

While many viewers might not recognize the name John E. Douglas, it was exactly this legendary FBI crime fighter who became the inspiration for Jack Crawford in “Hannibal” and Will Graham in “Red Dragon” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Thus, if you’re a “Silence of the Lambs” fan, it’s hard not to be drawn into the world of Netflix’s “Mindhunter.” This is a real psychological thriller.

“Mindhunter” is based on real-life serial killers

Set in 1977, this Netflix show starts with the “Summer of Sam,” when the serial murderer Son of Sam was out on the loose in New York City and captivating the nation. And, from there, the show goes on to reference or detail a number of the nation’s worst-ever serial killers in recent memory, including John Wayne Gacey, Charles Manson, Ed Kemper and Richard Speck. Another legendary serial killer, the BTK “Bind Torture Kill” killer (who becomes a subject of the final episode of the first season), is mentioned and alluded to throughout.

It is Ed Kemper – the so-called “Co-Ed Killer” – who is much of the focus of “Mindhunter.” The character Holden Ford must go toe-to-toe with Ed Kemper, trying to figure out what would activate him to abduct and kill young girls and then have sex with them once they are dead. Ford must go into all the grisly and unseemly details of these horrendous crimes in order to find out how these criminals think. He tries to find out their habits, the ways they try to cover up murders, and how they choose their victims.

“Mindhunter” peers into America’s obsession with serial killers

For over 40 years, America has been fascinated with these real-life serial killers. Who hasn’t heard of Charles Manson or John Wayne Gacey? These are names and identities that routinely made their way onto the front pages of tabloid

newspapers everywhere. What “Mindhunter” does is peer inside this dark obsession, trying to figure out not just how these killers think, but why they are objects of such dark fascination for Americans. It is, perhaps, because we see a dark, twisted piece of ourselves in them.

If you think about recent TV shows and movies about serial killers – including “Hannibal” and “Dexter” – they have sought to portray serial killers as being complicated antiheroes. They usually have some dark motive to justify their actions, and they are often incredibly intelligent. In the case of “Hannibal,” here was a legendary criminal who was more than the intellectual equal of any police investigator. Unlike typical killers, he had very urbane, refined tastes.

“Mindhunter” explores the psychological dimensions of serial murderers

From the perspective of criminal investigation, there are a number of very important issues raised by “Mindhunter,” such as, “Are serial murderers formed or born?” The scary thought is that they might be more people capable of carrying out these grisly murders than we might suppose. As Ed Kemper taunts FBI agent Holden Ford, “You know, there are a lot like me” out there.

And that’s what makes this Netflix show so fascinating: it delves deep into the psychological motivations of these killers – and show us how police investigators are more similar to them than we want to admit. As Holden Ford tells his skeptical peers at the FBI when he tells them of his plan to create a brand-new unit dedicated to finding these serial killers, “You want truffles? … You got to get in the dirt with the pigs.”

Netflix’s “Mindhunter” shows us the formation of an elite FBI unit

Another main character in “Mindhunter” is FBI agent Bill Tench (played by Holt McCallany), who is based on another real-life FBI agent, Robert Ressler, who coined the term “serial killer” to describe these psychotic killers who are out on the loose with plans to murder victim after victim. And there is also Dr. Wendy Carr (played by Anna Torv) who helps the serial crime unit in order to help investigate these criminals.

With these dynamic, well-developed characters, director David Fincher is able to show us the origin story of the FBI’s elite serial crime unit. We see how it was formed, why it was formed, and the types of issues that it had to confront at the outset. Back in the mid-1970s, the concept of the “serial killer” was still very new. To give the show even more veracity, Fincher based the dialogue, in large part, directly on prison interviews involving Ford and Tench. Thus, we are hearing the exact words spoken from 40 years ago.

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Netflix’s “Mindhunter” takes us even deeper into David Fincher’s twisted world

All of us probably have a favorite David Fincher movie (such as “Fight Club” or “Seven”), and here we see the master filmmaker at work. It starts with a bleak color palette and a washed-out look for a dreary looking 1970s. From there, he steadily adds elements of a very violent imagination, and then supports it all with the little rituals and patterns that are part of this dark, corrupted world. The show is most fascinating when we sense Ford and Tench giving themselves over to this dark world, unable to resist the dark and demented details their subjects provide.

All in all, Netflix’s “Mindhunter” is imminently binge-worthy material. Just as “Hannibal” left you wanting to know more about Hannibal Lecter, “Mindhunter” will leave you wanting to know more about this generation’s most legendary serial killers. With the skillful cinematic direction of David Fincher, it’s easy to why “Mindhunter” has a 96% freshness score on Rotten Tomatoes. This is not just a great Netflix Original – it is also compelling TV perfect for your next Netflix binge.


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The Very Best Sex Scenes From “Game of Thrones”

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When it comes to depictions of sex on “Game of Thrones,” things are never simple. There’s almost never a vanilla bedroom scene between two happily married, consenting adults: there’s always some kink involved, something that just isn’t quite right (incestuous sex between brother and sister surely qualifies here). With that in mind, here are the best sex scenes from “Game of Thrones” that will blow your mind.

#1: The love scene between Jon Snow and Daenerys

Let’s start with Season 7, featuring the highly anticipated sex scene between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. At this point in “Game of Thrones,” it’s clear that this is what audiences want to see: a love scene involving two of the most attractive and eligible characters of the show. In many ways, the scene doesn’t disappoint – there’s a sexy boat cruise, plenty of candles, and a nice, comfortable bed. But then, in a voiceover, we’re told that Jon Snow is actually a Targaryen and not a bastard child after all. Which means… Wait, he just made love to his aunt! (See, there’s always some kink involved when it comes to sex scenes in “Game of Thrones.”)

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#2: The love scene between Robb and Talisa

Before the tragic events of the Red Wedding, we’re shown the deep, romantic love that seems to exist between Robb Stark and Talisa. There’s a long story that Talisa tells him about how she turned from a “proper little lady” into something very different. And it’s at that moment that they turn into sex-starved lovers, pawing at each other, desperately trying to do the deed. And, unlike many “Game of Thrones” sex scenes, it’s purely consensual – no taking from behind, no cries of pain, and no sobs. In fact, if you listen carefully, you can hear a little giggle from Talisa – she’s clearly enjoying this.

#3: Daenerys learns how to seduce and pleasure a man

In Season 1, we see how Daenerys enters into an arranged marriage with the savage warrior Khal Drogo. Even though he violently takes her from behind in the open air on their wedding night, she learns to love him and care passionately about him. So much so, in fact, that she gets a prostitute to show her the art of seducing and pleasuring a man. There’s some girl-on-girl action as Daenerys learns how good it feels to be on top and in control. And then, of course, comes the money scene – Khal Drogo emerges, completely naked, and Daenerys begins to make love to him in a completely new way.

#4: Any sex scene involving Tyrion Lannister

There’s something almost – almost – likeable about that impish little Tyrion Lannister. He’s constantly getting into trouble, and he seems to have an insatiable appetite for beautiful women. Of course, the best scenes are the ones involving the prostitute Shae. Too bad Tyrion ends up murdering her for having sex with his father.

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#5: Jon Snow has sex with a wildling in a cave

If you haven’t seen it yet, check YouTube for the clips featuring Ygritte, the exotic redheaded wildling from the north who ends up bedding (well, if you count the floor of a cave as a bed) Jon Snow. Just search for: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” This wildling promises to teach Jon Snow how to have sex, but Jon Snow answers (somewhat unsure of himself): “But I know how to do it.” To which Ygritte answers, “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” What makes their love scene even hotter is that Ygritte (played by Rose Leslie) is actually the real-life girlfriend of Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington)!

#6: Daenerys seduces Daario

If you’re a fan of the insanely hot Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke), it’s surely good news when she finds a new lover after the demise of the hunky Khal Drogo. She falls in love with the warrior Daario. In one scene, Daenerys is very much in control, sitting down in an elegant chair while Daario is standing, professing his loyalty to her and telling her how he will do whatever she tells him. To which Daenerys answers, “Very well, do what you do best… take off your clothes.” He disrobes, and she stares straight ahead at his body while he’s completely naked, seeming to smile. And then comes the fun part…

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#7: Oberyn’s orgy scene with Ellaria

There are orgy scenes, and then there are orgy scenes. The best one features Oberyn Martell, who is lying in bed with Ellaria, a group of girls and a naked young boy (Olyvar). He then starts making love to all of them, while explaining why he’s bisexual, and how much he enjoys making love and having sex. There’s even “the slap” – when Oberyn playfully slaps the naked boy’s bottom, telling him how he belongs to him. In the background, girls are making out with girls. Does it get any hotter than this?

#8: Podrick and the three prostitutes

A Lannister always repays a debt. And in one memorable scene, Tyrion Lannister repays a debt to the young Podrick by arranging for the virgin boy to make love to three beautiful prostitutes at one time. Tyrion goes into details about the special skills of each of the prostitutes, and it’s the third one who will really blow your mind. She’s some kind of circus acrobat, who starts to seduce Podrick by bending over backwards on all fours, and inviting him to penetrate her while she’s upside down. The funny part about all this is that Podrick is so good that the prostitutes end up returning all of Tyrion’s money. (Even Tyrion is amazed, “We’re going to need details… Copious details…”)

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When it comes to hot, graphic sex scenes, “Game of Thrones” is the gift that keeps on giving. For seven seasons, we’ve had some of the hottest sex scenes ever on TV – in addition to plenty of titillating nudity and spicy erotica. Even though Season 7 seemed to dial back some of the sexiness, there was at least that one blockbuster sex scene between Daenerys and Jon Snow to blow our minds. Let’s hope that Season 8 offers a few scenes to top them all.

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The Most Brutal and Gruesome Deaths Ever on “Game of Thrones”

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As a rule of thumb, the bloodier and more gruesome a death on “Game of Thrones,” the better. That’s especially true if you are avenging the death of a family member or defending the honor of your kingdom. As a result, we’ve seen more than our fair share of torture scenes, bloody combat scenes, and executions on “Game of Thrones.” Here are some of the most brutal and gruesome of them all.

#1: Viserys wears the crown of molten gold

In Season 1, Episode 6, we get an early taste of the cruel and unusual punishments that are on the way for anyone who dares to cross the brutal Dothraki, led by Khal Drogo and his new wife, Daenerys Targaryen. For the first five episodes of Season 1, we see Viserys constantly fondling and threatening his sister Daenerys, until she finally agrees to be married off to the brutal Khal Drogo. The goal of Viserys, of course, is not her happiness, but rather the warriors and horses that he will receive to take over the Iron Throne in King’s Landing.

But Viserys pushes things too far – he starts to demand a golden crown and some respect from Khal Drogo. He wanders in to a party drunk one night, and threatens Daenerys, Khal Drogo and their unborn son. Khal Drogo, in a feat of silent rage, decides to give Viserys a golden crown – but one made of molten gold. He pours the molten gold on his head, instantly killing him and sending a warning to any others who threaten him or the young khaleesi.

#2: The bloody carnage of the Red Wedding

Perhaps one of the most famous – and most gruesome – scenes of “Game of Thrones” was the Red Wedding scene in Season 3, Episode 9. The Internet had a collective freak-out after the episode aired, mostly because it was so dastardly. Here’s what went down: Robb Stark and his pregnant wife Talisa, accompanied by their mother Catelyn, are invited to a wedding of Lord Walder Frey. The whole invitation is a bit sketchy, especially since Robb Stark had previously turned down the marriage with Roslin in favor of Talisa, but this was supposed to be a way of making amends and bringing peace between the two families.

At one point during the wedding, though, the doors to the wedding hall are locked and sealed shut. Then the musical tune “Rains of Castamere” begins to play – it’s a sure tip-off because the song is a Lannister family song, and the agreement between the Freys and the Starks was that they would unite against the House of Lannister.  Then Catelyn Stark notices that one of the men next to her is wearing a hidden suit made of chain mail… at a wedding? But it’s too late – assassins appear out of nowhere, arrows rain down on the Northmen in attendance, and a particularly dastardly assassin repeatedly stabs Talisa in her pregnant belly. But that’s not all – Catelyn Stark is brought down by an arrow, and then a man comes behind her and slits her throat as blood spills out. The camera, of course, lingers on her face so that you can witness the full horror of the scene.

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#3: Arya Stark slits the throat of Walder Frey

Later, though, we witness the full revenge of Arya Stark, who has to bear the fact that her mother and brother were brutally killed at the Red Wedding. She arranges for Lord Walder Frey to eat a pie with his sons baked into it – and then she slits his throat. Revenge, as they say, is a dish best served cold. And there’s no colder dish than a cold pie with your dead kids baked into it!

#4: The boy-king Joffrey sadistically murders the prostitute Ros

We know from the very outset that the boy-king Joffrey, himself the evil incestuous spawn of Jaime and Cersei, is up to no good. At one point, he contemplates murdering his bride-to-be, Sansa Stark, with a crossbow. People are noticeably concerned, and decide to allay his appetite for sick and sadistic pleasure by giving him two prostitutes – Ros and Daisy – to toy with. When they arrive, Joffrey instructs Ros to start beating Daisy with a whip while he looks on contented. Then he gets bored and decides to have Ros start beating Daisy with a huge club.

Later, we learn that Joffrey is thinking of something “new and daring.” Yes, this time, he is ready to follow through on his crossbow idea, but this time with the prostitute Ros. Her days were already numbered because she had been trading secret information to the spymaster Littlefinger – and now she’s about to pay the ultimate price. Once she’s given over to Joffrey, he ties her to the bedpost of his bed and begins to use her as target practice. Yes, he fires arrows from his crossbow, thereby pinning her to his bed as a bloody trophy. The lesson we learn in Season 3, Episode 6, is that “Chaos is not a pit, it’s a ladder.” And that’s what Joffrey is about to do – he is going to try to climb that ladder of chaos.

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#5: The head of the Red Viper explodes

Some of the bloodiest scenes involve mortal combat, and one of the most memorable of these came from Season 4, Episode 8. There’s been a long-standing feud between “the Red Viper” (i.e. Oberyn Martell) and “The Mountain” (Gregor Clegane) and they decide to settle things on the battlefield. The Red Viper wants full vengeance for the brutal rape and murder of his sister. So we witness a trial by combat. At one point, the Red Viper thinks he has won, and has The Mountain pinned to the ground. He looks up to the crowd, and thinks that vengeance is finally his. But wait a minute! The Mountain picks himself up off the ground, grabs the Red Viper, punches him in the mouth, and then proceeds to gouge his eyes out. And he does it so hard and with so much force that the head of the Red Viper literally explodes. OMG.

This, too, is a tale of revenge gone horribly, horribly wrong. Theon Greyjoy has been tortured and castrated, and there’s nothing more that he wants than to plunder and pillage Winterfell and punish the House of Stark. When he finally gets his chance, he decides to behead the Master-of-Arms of Winterfell, Ser Rodrick Cassel. But Theon Greyjoy needs to brush up on his medieval execution techniques! He needs four clumsy thwacks of the sword to sever the head of the House of Stark ally, and even then, he needs a final shove of his boot to dislodge the head, where it then rolls along the ground. It’s hard and painful to watch.

#7: A villager is eaten alive by rats

Punishments and torture scenes seem to get more original and more creative as the series moves along. In Season 2, Episode 4, we get a particularly brutal execution scene. Gregor (“The Mountain”) Clegane is in search of the Brotherhood and their treasure, and so he asks his henchman Tickler to interrogate the local villagers to find out their location.

Tickler and Weasel pick one villager out of the crowd and strap him down so that he can’t move. They proceed to ask him questions about the Brotherhood, but he won’t give them an answer. So Weasel straps a bucket full of rats to the man’s chest. He still won’t give up any answers, but he’s looking understandably panicked. So Weasel heats up the bucket with a torch. The heat and flame cause the rats to start burrowing into the chest cavity of the man – as you might imagine, the fright and pain sends the villager into a state of shock. And, the whole time, the other prisoners are forced to watch this act of barbarity.

Of course, these seven scenes are not the only scenes of brutality and depravity that have occurred during the seven seasons of “Game of Thrones.” What about the time (Season 5, Episode 10) when Arya gouges a man’s eye out and then stabs him? Or the time when Ramsay Snow is murdered by a pack of ravenous dogs (Season 6, Episode 9)? Or the time when Khal Drogo of the Dothraki rips out the threat of his rival Mago who dares to challenge him (Season 1, Episode 10)?

And, of course, there’s the scene at the end of Season 5 where Jon Snow is stabbed to death by all the members of the Night’s Watch. That might have been a hard-to-stomach scene, but as we know now, he somehow miraculously comes back to life in Season 6, and now seems to be the odds-on favorite to win the Iron Throne. So maybe a little death and chaos is good for the career after all!

One thing is certain – the scale and scope of the death and violence in “Game of Thrones” is truly staggering. When a villager being eaten alive by rats barely cracks the Top 10 list of scenes, you know that there’s been some pretty epic violence along the way.

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Can Truth Be Told Become the New Friends?

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There was a time when NBC used to be a giant in the field of comedy. It used to have a huge lineup of comedy shows that were actually laughable. Remember Friends, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, Frasier, The Cosby Show, and many others? That was the golden age of comedy on NBC. But, that was long ago. In the recent times, NBC has been struggling hard with little success to bring back the magic that they used to wield in the 90s and 2000s. Over the past decade or so, they have not been able to replicate the success with comedy that they previously enjoyed. Now, Truth Be Told premiered in late 2015, and NBC expected it to be one of its crown jewels of the 2015-16 lineup. However, the response to the show has been dismal. For a network that is among the big four, this can be disastrous. However, some people are comparing Truth Be Told to Friends and are hoping that Truth Be Told will also become an equally big hit. Let’s have a closer look at the two shows.

Unsatisfactory Early Beginning

When Friends premiered in 1994, it is true that the show was not met with an immediate success. In fact, the response was average or mixed. There was both good and bad said about the show. One critic wrote that the show was trying to imitate the hanging-out style of Seinfeld, but fails completely. Another critic commented that it is another Seinfeld wannabe, but will never be as funny as Seinfeld. But, all said and done, the show went on to become one of the most successful shows ever in the entire television history.

Fans of Truth Be Told are drawing similarities between its dismal beginnings and that of Friends. But, this is not exactly a fair comparison. First of all, every show that performs badly in the first season need not necessarily become a huge success like Friends. Second, Friends registered mixed reviews. While it was not immediately liked by everyone, there were many takers for the show. Some people liked the show and supported it. In case of Truth Be Told, the response has been largely negative. Any support for the show is insignificant for a big network like NBC, who wants a hugely popular comedy show.

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The crew gets into trouble all the time in ‘Truth Be Told’

Great Characters

David Crane and Marta Kauffman were onto something when they created Friends. They really knew their characters well. The idea for the series came to them, when they were thinking about the time when they had finished college and had just started living in New York. Thus, they created the characters, who were in their 20s something, and did not have much clue about where to go from there. The future was a big question mark for them. This is something that everyone has gone through. The characters themselves were easily recognizable. The ensemble consisted of a nerd, another was a playboy, one successful executive, an eccentric, a perfectionist, and a fashion enthusiast. All of these characters are very identifiable because such characters are present in real life too. Be it the situational comedy, or Chandler’s sarcastic comments, everything was hilarious. The characters of Truth Be Told were miserable in comparison. The two couples live next door to each other, and there is some situational comedy. But, the characters themselves have hardly anything to make memorable.

Excellent Material

Friends had some really amazing material to begin with. So much so that the show became a cultural icon. Who can forget Joey’s “How you doin’?”, or Chandler’s “I’m not so good with the advice… Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?”. Or perhaps, the best of all “We were on a break!” by Ross. Many a real world couple have broken up arguing the validity of this Ross’s statement. That show was pure gold. It had great content, which was delivered by a great cast.

Bresha Webb and Tone Bell both star in the series 'Truth be Told'
Bresha Webb and Tone Bell both star in the series ‘Truth be Told’

In comparison, Truth be Told falls flat on its face. Any comedy that the show tries to make feels forced, and utterly not laughable. Take that scene where Mitch creates drama outside a Chinese restaurant, just because the valet thought he owns the Porsche. Mitch accuses him of thinking that he owns it because he is white, while it actually belong to his friend, Russel. What was that? This is not an outlier. This is actually the theme of this entire show. To make a mountain out of a mole and expect the audience to laugh. It is nothing like Friends.

Risk Averse

It would be not wrong to say that Truth Be told brings nothing new to the table. The whole two couples living next door to each other, which results in misunderstandings and situational comedies, has been overused too many times. That is basically any sitcom show. Showmakers simply can’t milk this cow anymore now.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Vanessa Lachey are the two other stars in the show

What makes matters worse for NBC is that there are many, much better competitor shows in the market. Television programming has gotten much better since Friends, when it was among the few shows that actually provided great TV time. Today, the competition is more severe, and if a show does not offer anything new to the audience, they don’t have to hesitate to change the channels.

There is another aspect to this that says more about NBC than about the show itself. The show’s lead men are Mitch and Russel, one white and the other black respectively. On the face of it, this might look like a well-balanced show racially, but the truth is that NBC has gotten too much self-conscious about their shows. To avoid any controversies, the producers and the network are not taking any big risks. When you start avoiding risk, you end up mediocre shows that won’t make a mark in any way. Sure, they will not court controversies, but they will not court any audiences either. This is what makes shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, as great as they are. The success formula, which worked for Friends worked well at that time because the ideas were fresh. Now, too many replicates have left nothing more to experiment with such premises.


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Angel from Hell was cancelled, but this is what you didn’t know

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Angel from Hell is an American TV show that premiered on January 7, 2016. The single-camera sitcom is presently broadcasting its first season. The show is created by Tad Quill for CBS network. It stars Jane Lynch, Maggie Lawson, Kevin Pollak, and Kyle Bornheimer. Tad Quill is also the executive producer of the show along with Don Scardino.

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Allison’s best friend gets engaged again

Premise

The show revolves around the life an Allison Fuller, who is a practicing dermatologist in her father’s clinic. She is a multitasker, perfectionist, smart and ambitious. While she and her father have been quite successful as doctors, her brother is inexplicably quite a mess in himself and lives above her garage. There are not many ups or downs in Allison’s life, which is another way of saying that she leads quite a monotonous life. In this life of hers enters Amy. Amy is a constantly inebriated nut, who claims to be the guardian angel of Fuller. To prove her story, she shares a couple of secrets of Allison’s life that nobody else could know – facts like where Allison got her first period, or that she farted when she got her first orgasm. This catches Allison’s attention, but she is not completely convinced of this either.

As Amy begins to start appearing (stalking?) in front of Allison time and again, she slowly starts letting Amy into her life. Amy claims that because of her shabby work as Allison’s guardian angel so far, she has been given one last chance to rectify it. Allison doesn’t completely believe her, but she is need of that “weird friend”, who is honest, caring and outspoken about her views on what Allison should and should not do.

Cast

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Not even the performance of Jane Lynch saved the show

Jane Lynch plays the role of the eccentric Amy with an absolutely unbelievable background story. She claims to be an angel, when everything about her demeanor suggests otherwise. However, her predictions inexplicably turn out to come true always. Jane is one of the most loved television actors and has to her credits shows such as Glee, and Role Models. She even appeared as a child psychiatrist in the CBS show, Two and a Half Men, in which she also occasionally treated Charlie. Her very presence in the show brings a bevy of her fans as the audience.

The role of Allison Fuller is played by Maggie Lawson, who has to her credits Psych, Inside Schwartz, It’s All Relative, and others. She is a successful dermatologist and leads an overall pleasant, if not monotonous, life. She has a brother, Brad Fuller (played by Kyle Bornheimer), and a father, Marv Fuller (Kevin Pollak). Her father is also her boss and a dermatologist himself.

Production

Tad Quill got the idea for the show when he was thinking about another show, Bewitched. He was wondering what it would be like if a real guardian angel would come into someone’s life in the twenty first century. He felt that the angel would be taken for crazy. Yet, people would have some hope in them that the angel was real. To make things funnier, Tad made the angel quite eccentric as well, to make her less believable to the person she meets. In fact, Tad even took the audience on a ride making them wonder whether Amy really is an angel or not. The show brings together Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson again. They had previously worked together in Psych.

Response

Before its airing, the show had managed to capture the attention of many a people. The very presence of Jane Lynch and Maggie Lawson as the cast of the show had made it quite a hit among their fans. Over the years, Jane has delivered some pretty amazing performances and it was quite natural to expect quality humor from Angel from Hell too. However, the cast of the show remains the only highlight of the show. Since the show has premiered, it has steadily lost its viewership and it is not difficult to see why.

The show’s humor is quite bland, and it leaves the cast working hard, really hard, to bring some smiles on the faces of the audience. In fact, the cast does an excellent job of breathing some life and liveliness into this fantasy drama. Thanks to Jane’s voice and timing, the absolutely unfunny jokes tend to get some semblance of jokes. Moreover, Kyle Bornheimer and Kevin Pollack, who have also managed to give excellent performances, hardly have much screen time. The show fails to realize the potential of the cast too.

Maggie Lawson as Allison
Maggie Lawson as Allison

However, the biggest issue with the show is that it fails to give a good enough reason for Amy’s presence in Allison’s life. The much touted “boring” life that she is supposedly leading hardly makes the case for Amy’s sudden arrival. In fact, Allison has been quite a successful person, and leads a pretty happy life. Sure, she is not married, Big Deal! But that doesn’t mean that she is in need of any saving. She is a doctor, has an outstanding support system in her father and brother, and even supports her brother. She may say an angry thing or two to her friends occasionally, but who doesn’t! Granted, her taste in boyfriend recently isn’t something that deserves any praise, but if everyone starts needing a guardian angel for these silly problems, then there would be more angels walking this earth than the people themselves.

Conclusion

This is undoubtedly a Jane Lynch show. Yet, the rest of the cast has managed to make their mark felt too. So, in a nutshell the performances of the people involved have been great, but the showmakers should make it their urgent priority to improve the humor and plot of the show. Moreover, there are many gaping plot holes, which need to be fixed by the team.
It should also be noted that the show courted some controversy from organizations such as One Million Moms and Parents Television Council for its vulgar language. But, that is only expected from a show that was designed to replace Two and a Half Men. In fact, compared to it, Angel from Hell has been a very watered down affair.

 


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The Muppets Address These Real Life Issues Better Than Ever!

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The Muppets have gone adult! That’s a statement most of us didn’t think we would hear in our lifetime. But the fact is that the latest premiere of The Muppets has the, well, Muppets playing adult roles. They are people, just like us, who are working on their own late night show. To go along with their adult personality, they also do a lot of adult-ish things. Okay, adult is not exactly the correct use of the word here, but there is none better than it. That’s because the Muppets have been discussing various issues that grownups face. Some of these issues can be considered by many parents crass for their children. But, the truth is that Muppets has never been a kids’ show. It has always been a family show. It appealed to the grownup part of the kids, and the child in grownups hearts. By successfully catering to both these audiences, the show has stayed relevant for well over half a century of television programming. Now, they are doing what they do even better, which is addressing the issues that actually matter. Here’s how the latest The Muppets is discussing things that you should as well.

Expression of Emotions

While women experience gender bias in many walks of life, there has been some monumental shift in the recent years in how women are treated in the workplace, politics, or at home. However, it is the men who have become the forgotten gender. They have it beaten out of them from the childhood not to express their feelings, and to bottle it all up. They are expected to always be like a rock to provide for their family, to support them, and never show an ounce of weakness. Even among men, expressing emotions is seen as a sign of weakness.
Kermit the frog, has never let society dictate who he is and how he should behave. He has always been able to express his emotions clearly and confidently, especially to Miss Piggy. Being open about one’s emotions gets rid of the mind reading and passive aggressive statements between any couple. Muppets have been able to show this to the families really well.

The muppets from the 'Never Seen Before Episode'
The muppets from the ‘Never Seen Before Episode’

Celebrity Gossip

Before the latest Muppets show premiered, Kermit and Piggy took to twitter and announced their breakup. Later, it was also revealed that Kermit was dating someone new, who is also a pig. Kermit then goes on to state that he and his alleged new love interest, Denise, are just friends. Each of these tweets was met with celebrity level gossip, with people discussing what could be the reason for their breakup, what would happen next, and so on. Although the showmakers might have intended to only take advantage of the marketing milestones this would achieve, it did more than that.

The Muppets 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
The Muppets ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

The teens and many adults today fill up their minds, and spend their precious energies in following garbage about things that hardly matter to them. Which celebrity broke up, with whom, and why – these things are given more importance than their very own career prospects or their children’s. This blind celebrity following culture is so strong that the fact that Kermit and Piggy are fictional characters did not even stop them from gossiping or reading about them. Who better to show this to us than the Muppets!

Diversity

Every character of the Muppets gang is different. There is a frog, pig, bear, dog, rat, king prawn, and what not. Despite all the differences, everyone is friends and are close together like a family. There is never any discussion about how different they are. The only thing that matters to them is how they behave towards each other. All the differences between them, including their unique ways of thinking and acting, are celebrated. This is something that everyone needs to learn more in the country. Xenophobia, Muslim persecution resulting from terrorism, hatred towards Mexican immigrants, racial judgements against the blacks, and a host of other issues are hell bent on taking this country into the dark ages. America, as a country, was built on the efforts, ingenuity, and hard work of a variety of people. Whether they are first generation Americans, or an nth generation American, whose ancestors came to this country, along with Columbus, contributions from everyone is what made America great. Muppets show us how we can look past our differences and achieve greatness together.

Maturity at Workplace

The Muppets are grown up, and their problems will be of the same gauge.
The Muppets are grown up, and their problems will be of the same gauge.

Kermit and Piggy have recently divorced. But, that doesn’t mean that they are going to not talk to each other. They are working together on a new late night show together. In fact, Piggy is hosting the show, which is being executive produced by Kermit. This is a typical problem that many people face in their everyday life. No matter how much we try, workplace relationships are not easy to avoid. When they do happen, they can be outright disastrous for some people. People changing jobs, and cities, or requesting their superiors to transfer them to a different department, just because they couldn’t work with their ex anymore, is not unheard of. Muppets tackles this in high spirit. Both Kermit and Piggy work together, regardless of their long relationship, and they are comfortable with it.

Feminism

The Muppets are back with celebrities making appearances in every episode
The Muppets are back with celebrities making appearances in every episode

Right from the start, the show has never been apologetic about its cast of characters. Sure, the number of men has always been higher than women. But, Piggy more than makes up for all of that. The writers have always given Piggy a powerful personality. She has never been shown to be subservient, or helpless. No matter what the situation, she can hold her fort. Now, Piggy has separated from Kermit. But, when they were together too, Kermit was never intimidated by her stature. Whatever she wanted to try, he always championed her, and helped her in any way that he can. This is a lesson for many men out there, who would not be comfortable with her aspirations. Piggy has not let her separation from Kermit become an impediment to her in any way, be it the career or life, which is something that women can take a leaf out of.
Now that the Muppets are adults, they are seen by viewers as responsible people, with maturity. So, whatever they say and do will have a subtle impact on the viewers’ character. By addressing these and many such issues, the Muppets are spreading awareness about them better than anyone on television right now.


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How Accurate is Madam Secretary?

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The Barbara Hall’s political drama, Madam Secretary, focusses on the life of a smart woman, Elizabeth McCord, who becomes the Secretary of State of the U.S. Government. She is shown balancing her highly complex job with her family life and it makes for an interesting watch. What has added to the appeal of the show is the notion that it is quite accurate in its depiction of many people, places and events. This adds a hint of intrigue to the show and makes it even more palatable. Morgan Freeman is also one of the executive producers of the show along with Lori McCreary. Madam Secretary has already completed its first season and its second season is currently on air.

Of course, the showmakers would have taken creative liberties with the plot and screenplay. This is necessary to make the show more entertaining and fit for television. Let us pass the show through a litmus test to gauge how accurate it is one the overall. We will be randomly picking some scenes and see if they pass the accuracy test.

In the show, when the incumbent Secretary of the State dies, the President of the United States comes in person to offer Ms. McCord the opportunity fill in the position. This is a little daring on the part of the writers to make the President fly over to make the offer. Definitely, Secretary of State is a high position and an emergency may well demand an unusual measure. But, The President, in real life, would have rather done it on the phone. There are many security arrangements that have to be made before a President decides to fly. So, this one does not really depict the reality.

Madam Secretary in bed
Madam Secretary in bed

The second thing that does not go well down the fact lane is the two months she is made a secretary. This is not easy to do because the Congress has to agree on all these matters and just getting their consent may take a lot more time than just two months.

The showmakers have to be given their due for designing the set perfectly. They are quite accurate. This has been confirmed by many people who have worked in the original offices. So, the show has been successful in creating the right backdrop and atmosphere of one of the most powerful offices in all of the United States. It also helps for the show to be taken more seriously.

The show has never claimed to be a biography or even a depiction of any of the female Secretary of States, who have graced the office. That doesn’t mean that the audience doesn’t get a taste of reality on the show. Medaline Albright, the Secretary of State from 1997-2001, made a cameo on the show. She is the first lady to have held that position under Bill Clinton. Apart from her, Condoleezza Rice under President Bush and Hillary Clinton under Barrack Obama are the only two other women to ever hold the position. However, the whole character sketch does not seem to resemble in any way to the three women who have held the office in real life, except for some happy coincidences.

Téa Leoni is Elizabeth McCord
Téa Leoni is Elizabeth McCord

For instance, when the show portrayed the blonde Tea Leoni as the Madam Secretary, the viewers’ first thought was that it was going to be similar to the personality of Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth generally takes off her glasses in a certain fashion while speaking and that resembles that of Hillary Clinton. Some of Elizabeth’s crew also has some similarity to the people in Hillary’s staff, including Huma Abedin and Phillipe Reines. Hillary Clinton is married with two kids and so is Elizabeth. However, Elizabeth’s husband is a professor and not a former president. There are also many other differences. Since it is not possible to pinpoint which female Secretary of State she is playing, there is no basis for measuring the accuracy of the facts presented for Elizabeth or her professional and personal life.

Also, the show depicts only a handful of staff running behind Elizabeth, with her secretary trying to keep up with the classified files most of the time. This almost never happens, because a Secretary of State has a ton of staff to take care of everything.

Morgan Freeman has an unbelievable cameo in the show
Morgan Freeman has an unbelievable cameo in the show

Since the show directs some limelight on one of the highest positions in the US political arena, the show is most certainly going to have lots of international problems at the fore. However, international issues are quite complex and simple answers from a superhuman Secretary of State simply dilute the importance of the causes as well as the authenticity of the show. This is where the show has made a departure from real life. The Secretary does solve various problems on the show, but not always in conjunction with how the real authorities would do.

However, a particularly interesting incident took place in November, 2015. The writers showed the drone hit on an ISIS executioner named Jihadi Judd. The very same week, America also ordered a similar strike to take out Emwazi, an ISIS operative. Emwazi was a British national and was nicknamed Jihadi John by the British media. However, in the show, the terrorist is shown to be of American origin. This episode was more of a coincidence than a factual insertion into the show’s script.

Wallis Currie-Wood also stars in the show
Wallis Currie-Wood also stars in the show

The show will definitely have the elements of the US polity, and will also, on occasion, showcase personalities resembling important people in the US Senate. However, the show does not claim any factual correctness and that should be kept in mind. Madam Secretary is not necessarily a political satire, but a drama series that highlights an intelligent woman making her way through one of the toughest jobs in the world. She is a good negotiator and has her head in the right place. With such a strong female character in the lead, a good plot and impressive performances from the actors makes for good television entertainment. How close it is to reality? Well, not too close apparently.


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The Shannara Chronicles

The Shannara Chronicles

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Created by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, Shannara Chronicles is based on the Terry Brooks’ The Sword of Shannara Trilogy. The show premiered on January 5, 2016 on MTV. It is a fictional drama series that has received mixed reviews. However, the show has just gotten started and may have some surprises for the audiences, which can eventually tilt the scales in its favor, or otherwise, for that matter.

Amberle, played by Poppy Drayton
Amberle, played by Poppy Drayton

The show is set in a mythical time, 300 years after the Race Wars ended. After the war, all kinds of magic have ceased to exist and the demons have been sent to The Forbidding. In The Forbidding, an ancient tree by the name of Ellcrys is what contains all the souls. The story follows the journey of Amberle, Wil and Eretria, who are being led by the last of the Druids, Allanon. They should go to Ellcrys and prevent it from dying to keep the demons from being released on the Four Lands.

Austin Butler plays one of the lead roles, Will Ohmsford, on the show. However, his character is not the most impactful among the pack. His character can be a little annoying, but then again, this may be a conscious move in order to show his growth over time. Amberle, played by Poppy Drayton, is a gutsy and innovative character and her relationships with all the other characters are interesting to watch. She is the princess of the Elves and the first woman to be picked to protect the Ellcrys tree. The character of Eretria is portrayed by Ivana Baquero. At first, she comes off as a petty thief, but as the show progresses, her past and her complicated relationship with her father together give her character great depth. She is an intriguing character and captivates the audiences.

Manu Bannett of The Hobbit and Spartacus fame, plays the role of Allanon on the show. He is a fantastic actor and has not disappointed in this avatar either. Allanon is a no-nonsense guy, but likeable. John Rhys-Davies plays the role of Eventine Elessedil, the king of the Elven Kingdom of Arbolon. He has two children, Arion and Ander, and a granddaughter, Amberle. The actor has also played the iconic role of Gimli in the Lord of the Rings franchise. He is an amazing addition to the show and is very similar to the character in the book. What does strike as odd is his British accent, when his family has an American tone. The roles of Arion and Ander are played by Daniel MacPherson and Aaron Jakubenko respectively. The brothers do not see eye to eye. Prince Ander was one of the most lovable characters in the books, but his personality is slightly different in the TV show, but not in a bad way.

Allanon, played by Manu Bennett
Allanon, played by Manu Bennett

Of course, there is always “the” bad guy and for The Shannara Chronicles it is Dagda Mor. This role is played by another veteran from fantasy movies, Jed Brophy. The actor has been a part of both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. He definitely has the look and the acting skills to scare the audiences. It will be interesting to see a showdown between the ferocious warriors indeed.

Other than the main character, there are many notable recurring characters as well. James Remar is seen as Cephelo in the show, who has adopted Eritria. The role of Catania is played by Brooke Williams, who is a very close aide and a dear friend of Amberle. The other members of the cast include Emelia Burns, Mattias Inwood and Marcus Vanco, among others.

The television adaptation of the Shannara series is quiet close to the book, but does not follow it exactly. Many main characters have quite different personalities, and some of the characters on the show weren’t there in the book. However, the show has delivered excellent results overall.

The show has a good pace, often leading towards frenetic. At some points, the show feels like it is being rushed through, although not often. This can be really distracting for the audiences, since it does not allow them enough time to connect with the backstory of the characters.

Ander, played by Aaron Jakubenko
Ander, played by Aaron Jakubenko

The series airs on MTV. Naturally, it does come with its own versions of love triangles and multiple romantic storylines throughout. It also has a plethora of female characters in it and all of them play distinct, recognizable, and strong roles. The show is also designed in a manner that it will appeal to a younger audience. It is an epic fantasy – similar, but not equivalent to Game of Thrones fans (GoT), with a lot of provision for romantic stories.

The Shannara Chronicles is really beautiful to watch and is shot really well. The action sequences in the show are also well-choreographed and are nicely executed. The show also features some mean special effects and all these factors do play together to make it an overall likeable experience for the viewers. Not surprisingly, this series has also been shot in the New Zealand, just like Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. The picturesque mountains and the natural beauty of the region has been captured nicely by the directors. The executive producers of the show include Stewart Till, Jon Favreau, and Jonathan Liebesman, among eight others.

So far, whatever episodes have been aired, have received an average response. On both Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, the series has received a 50% positive response. However, most of the reviewers have not completely written it off, since the show is still running. Moreover, given the good execution and the confidence that the showmakers have placed in the series, it is very much possible that it may become much better as more episodes are aired.

The show seems to be right up the alley of GoT. The performances are good and the background is intriguing. However, it is not as exciting or thought-provoking as GoT. But, people who are a fan of the genre should give it a try.


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The Shield's Shawn Ryan is the name of the pilot episode

Mad Dogs Revived in America

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The new TV series Mad Dogs is based on the U.K. series of the same name. The original British black comedy aired on Sky1 from February 10th, 2011, to December 29th, 2013, concluding after 14 episodes. The plot revolved around 4 middle-aged long-time friends: Baxter, Quinn, Rick, and Woody. The friends unite on a vacation with another one of their friends named Alvo. Alvo is eventually killed and before long the four friends find themselves increasingly deeper in a network of criminal offenses.

After Alvo is murdered the three begin cleaning a drug boat that is connected to Alvo’s death, so as to protect their own names. During this process they are mistaken as being drug dealers and paid a small fortune. The group of friends learn that they are a part of a Servian mafia drug operation which Alvo was involved in. The series continues on with corrupt police, kidnapping, explosions, more drugs, violence, money, and much more.

Romany Malco stars in Mad Dogs
Romany Malco stars in Mad Dogs

The original Mad Dogs was relatively popular and garnered a few different spin-offs. In 2011 Mad Cats was imagined which would feature a very similar plot, except instead of men the primary characters would be women. What everyone is talking about right now, of course, is the 2015-2016 new American version of Mad Dogs. Last year on January 15th the pilot episode was released by Amazon, and the season finally aired again this last January.

The pilot was written by Cris Cole who was also the creator of the original series. Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield, worked together with Cole on the pilot episode. Additional executive producers include Marney Hochman, Suzanne Mackie, Andy Harries, and Charles McDougall. Directors include: John David Coles, Uta Briesewitz, Randall Einhorn, Craig Zisk, Guy Ferland, Ted Griffin, Charles McDougall, Mark Piznarski, Clark Johnson, and Alex Graves. Sony Pictures TV and Amazon Studios gave the series life.

The American Mad Dogs stars Billy Zane, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco, and Steve Zahn. Other members of the cast include: Allison Tolman, Maria Botto, Rachael Holmes, Phil Davis, and Adria Tennor. Ben Chaplin is another star in the show, and he played Alvo in the original British series. In the American version Chaplin will have the role of Zane. Although the two versions may have a lot of things in common the American pilot takes a different turn at the end of the episode.

Coby Bell is another star in the main cast of the show
Coby Bell is another star in the main cast of the show

Mad Dogs, the American version, also follows a group of friends all in their forties. All of the men feel like they are at a crossroads where they must make important life-decisions. Married, single, and recently divorced, the friends are all at different stages in their lives. The characters from the British Mad Dogs had been friends since high school, and those from the American Mad Dogs were friends since college. In the new series the group again go on an exotic and exciting vacation which leads them on an adventure of sorts. They unite together as part of a celebration for their friend Milo as he retires early. The celebration quickly turns sour and becomes quite dark.

Soon lies, deception, and even murder infiltrate the friends’ lives. The shocking voyage leads to a roller coaster ride that puts their friendships and identities to the test. Now the group will be forced to trust one another, even though they perhaps shouldn’t. Anyone who has had a long-time friendship–and who knows the evolution and challenges associated with such a relationship–will be able to relate to Mad Dogs.

The original series was given a rating of 15 and the new pilot episode was rated 18. The American version was given a rating of 7.6/10 stars on IMDb. So far it seems to be doing fairly well and has been retrieving a lot of interested fans. A few different reviews have said that this TV show provides everything when it comes to entertainment. Some individuals call it realistic and believable. It has also been called intriguing, mysterious, unpredictable, excellent, and even a masterpiece. The actors, writing, plot, location, and virtually everything else have been praised in regards to the series. Although the series is set forth in a beautiful area some who have actually been to Belize were slightly upset that it was not filmed there—but this seems to be a minor issue. The show promises violence, sex, dark comedy, drama, and mystery. The characters are also praised and it has been said that they are multidimensional. According to some reviews the series gives the audience an opportunity to connect with the characters rather than jumping straight into action sequences.

Mad dogs comes to Amazon Prime
Mad dogs comes to Amazon Prime

There is no doubt that the original and the new version will be compared with one another, especially by those who have already seen the British version. Some individuals scoff at the fact that Amazon calls the series an “original” when it is so tightly based off of another show. There are quite a few people who seem to like them both especially if they liked one or the other. It is important to keep in mind that they were each made for a different audience and that they also have set distinctions. There are other people, however, who claim that the new version isn’t nearly as good as the original and that it didn’t need to be remade. Many people claim that “it’s never as good as the original” and they are “sick of the remakes” which is understandable.

Some of those who disliked the series didn’t like the characters and didn’t think the events which took place were believable. All of the characters seem prone to making extremely unwise decisions which in turn lead to horrible outcomes. According to some this seems very unrealistic, especially considering the fact that the men are middle-aged and have decent jobs. It has also been said that they are trying “too hard” to be young and reclaim their earlier years, which also prompts them to make bad choices. If you enjoy dark comedies like Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul chances are slanted in your favor that you will enjoy Mad Dogs–unless you would rather just stick to the original.


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Mary's Date is Interrupted

Reality TV shows’ biggest secret is UnREAL

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Unreal is a dark comedy series that made its debut on Lifetime in June, 2015. Created by Sarah Gertrude Shapiro and Marti Noxon, the show received rave reviews from the critics. The critical success of the show made it possible for the show to be picked up for a second season that will be airing sometime in 2016.

The series showcases the reality of what happens behind the scenes on reality television shows and portrays that it is actually the producers calling more shots than the viewers would like. It is the story of a reality television producer, Rachel Goldberg. Rachel has been through a massive meltdown in the previous season of her show, Everlasting, a reality dating show. With her demanding boss, Quinn King, always standing on her head, Rachel has to do everything she can to make the show a success. Even if it means, manipulating the participants, twisting the stories, and what not. Anything that entertains the audience is okay, and it being real or not, is not a concern at all.

Adam in unREAL
Adam in unREAL

The first person to be cast on the show was Shiri Appleby, who is playing the lead role of Rachel Goldberg. The show very briefly touches on Rachel’s past. She is the protagonist of the show and the viewers see the story from her eyes. The one good part about her character is that she has a conscience, which may be her only saving grace. She is aware of what she is doing. Her struggle and her response to different situations are interesting to see.

The part of the executive producer, Quinn King, is played by Constance Zimmer. She is all about the television ratings and has no reservations about how her team makes it happen. Basically, she has no moral compass, but has her priorities in place, which is a successful show, period! After all, it affects her reputation if the show does not do well.

Another important character on the show is Chet Wilton, who has been portrayed by Craig Bierko. The creator of Everlasting, Chet, is a self-indulgent and vulgar man, who also has a stormy affair with Quinn. He knows the pulse of the audience, which has earned him a lot of wealth. The money has only made him dive deeper into his self-destructive habits.

Then, there is the character of Adam, the suitor on their show, Everlasting, which is played by Freddie Stroma. He is shown to be a rich guy and a playboy. The show is actually a tool for him to mend his public image. So, he is nice to the girls on the show, because he has that agenda on his mind. But as the show progresses, it is hinted that he might have developed a liking for Rachel. Given the format of the show the list of regular on the show is pretty long. There is Jeffery Bower Chapman, who is playing the role of Jay, the producer of the Everlasting. Then there are the contestants, who have been played by Johanna Braddy, Aline Elasmar, Nathalie Kelley, Josh Kelly and Ashley Scott, among others. Everlasting aired for a second season and Darius Hill is the new bachelor, played by B.J. Britt.

The Girls Confront Adam in unREAL
The Girls Confront Adam in unREAL

A lavish mansion, intimate moments, cat fights, betrayal and everything that makes for good reality television, is part of the show. The show promises to lift the veil and bring the messed up world of reality television to the viewers. The show showcases how the producers on the set create situations to make the contestants react in a certain way.

It is also a satire on the audience. There is a Quinn King or a Rachel Goldberg, because it is the viewers who want that kind of television. If that is what the people buy, then the people who sell it cannot be blamed for selling what people want.

The show aims at shining light on reality tv shows like 'The Bachelor'
The show aims at shining light on reality tv shows like ‘The Bachelor’

The satire does not spare the contestants either. The people who participate in these shows seem to trust people whom they have met at the most, once or twice in their entire life. That is not a healthy thing to do either. This is the main reason why a producer or another contestant is able to manipulate them easily and make them do whatever they want to. Also, the way the series shows women being manipulated to shred other women is a sad reality.

The satirical nature of the show makes it really interesting. There is no direct comedy in the show, but the situations are so ridiculous and yet real that they give birth to the humor. The show has been liked by both the audiences and the critics alike. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has managed to receive a high rating of 97%, while on Metacritic, its score is a solid 77/100. The show has also garnered a lot of good publicity with Forbes calling it one of the best new shows. The show touches on the reality of reality television. So, it is definitely an interesting one for people who watch shows like The Bachelor.

Anna's Tantric Flirtation on unREAL
Anna’s Tantric Flirtation on unREAL

In the brief time that the show has been on air, it has slowly climbed the ratings and has also won awards and accolades. In 2015, it was declared one of the Top Ten TV shows by the American Film Institute. The same year, the show also won the Critic’s Choice Television Award for the Most Exciting New Series. 2016 also brought good news for the show and Constance Zimmer, in particular, who won The Critic’s Choice Television Award for the Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Overall, the show is a good watch. It is fast paced with ample twists and turns to keep the audiences interested. Not only this, it is also shows the constant inner struggle many people face at their jobs and also what the pressure of a job can make people do. The second season is just around the corner and it will be interesting to watch how the moral dilemma that Rachel is facing plays out for her and the other characters.


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