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Dear Netflix, we love you and the amazing and riveting content you give us no choice but to submit our time to and binge watch! With that being said the latest series to captivate our minds and hearts thanks to the folks at Netflix is none other than “Soundtrack!” The series is a ten episode romantic drama that runs off the pretense of music being life and vice versa. As the series states our entire lives have soundtracks from our mother’s lullaby as a baby to the hymn we never hear song at our funeral.

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Paul James and Callie Hernandez as “Sam” and “Nellie”

The series centers largely on a couple, Samson “Sam” Hughes (Paul James) and Nellie O’Brien (Callie Hernandez) as they navigate life, love, family, friends, chasing their dreams, and death. Soundtrack is indeed “the soundtrack” of their lives together. The series jumps back and forth through time showing how Sam and Nellie met, and how the former is forced to fight for custody of their son after a series of unfortunate events. He is forced to accept help from a beautiful, but straightforward, case manager, Joanna Kassem (Jenna Dewan); if he is to retain his parental rights.

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Not only does the series showcase their love story; it also entails the tumultuous lives and loves of their families’. We get to see the the demise of the marriage between Nellie’s parents, the esteemed actress, Margot Weston (Madeleine Stowe), and her philandering father, Frank O’Brien (Campbell Scott). Meanwhile Sam’s aunt, Annette Sands (Marianne Jean-Baptise) has been divorced three times and is reluctant to get to know anyone new while worrying about her ex-con son, Dante Mendoza (Jahmil French). The drama is back-dropped by songs that match exactly what each character is feeling the moment they are dealing with an intense emotion. It’s very similar to “Glee” in that way, minus the actors performing cover songs–actual tracks are playing!

What We Liked

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Marianne Jean-Baptise as “Annette Sands”

-The real life scenarios of how seemingly minute choices can affect your life and the lives around you. It was all very reminiscent of “Crash” (2004).

-The overall theme of family–both biological, adopted, and married into. This show truly shows that we are all one family and only as strong as the bond we maintain.

-Marianne Jean-Baptise and Madeleine Stowe shine as Annette and Margot, respectively. The stories of their own lives provide much needed wisdom and context in the forms of cautionary tales and redemption.

What We Loved

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-The soundtrack of “Soundtrack” is EVERYTHING. The music was eclectic and timely. We were introduced to our new favorite dance single, “Crash And Burn Girl” by Robyn!

-Paul James truly shows his acting chops in this series. His portrayal of Sam as a struggling single father and widower trying to care for his son and navigate Social Services is one that needs to be shown. All too often fathers are left out of the conversation or given the resources to care for their children by the government.

-We haven’t seen Jahmil French since his days on “Degrassi” as “Dave Turner.” His return to television in the form of Dante Mendoza, a former gangster and ex-con is a far cry from his wannabe rapper, child star days. His character’s tale of redemption and his noble sacrifice still brings tears to our eyes.

What We Hated

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Paul James as “Sam”

-There’s no real answer of what will happen between Sam and Joanna. They definitely have chemistry and you can tell they were falling for each other.

-We did not get to see the moment Nellie was diagnosed with cancer or her demise; or the birth of her son for that matter. Hopefully, Soundtrack will generate a second season to at least tie up these loose ends!

-What did Gigi’s episode have to do with the overall story at all? We are still perplexed as to why she warranted a whole episode.

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SYFY Greenlights Bobby Moynihan, Jillian Bell-Led Animated Series, “The Pole,” for Late Night Adult Animation Block, “TZGZ!”

Christmas is coming early for SYFY’s late-night adult animation block, TZGZ. The network made a list, checked it twice… and today announced that the irreverent and edgy animated comedy THE POLE, starring Bobby Moynihan and Jillian Bell, has been added to the “nice list” with a 6-episode series pickup. 

THE POLE also added series regular Nicole Byer, and recurring cast members SungWon Cho, Colin Jost, Tim Simons and Sasheer Zamata. 

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Christmas is coming early for SYFY’s late-night adult animation block, TZGZ. The network made a list, checked it twice… and today announced that the irreverent and edgy animated comedy THE POLE, starring Bobby Moynihan and Jillian Bell, has been added to the “nice list” with a 6-episode series pickup.

THE POLE also added series regular Nicole Byer, and recurring cast members SungWon Cho, Colin Jost, Tim Simons and Sasheer Zamata.

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In THE POLE, after a scandal involving “Saint” Nick (Moynihan) rocks the holly jolly foundations of the North Pole, all hell breaks loose as the future of Christmas turns into a twisted power struggle for the Red Suit. As Nick, the 20th to wear the Suit, struggles with the age-old question of naughty vs. nice, his wife Mrs. Claus, aka Gretchen (Bell), works to keep the political machine that is toy production afloat. It isn’t easy as they juggle the factory elves, including Nick’s head elf Matilda (Byer) and the political activist Helenor (Zamata), as well as parenting two sons – Nick’s mini-me Harry (Cho) and the crown prince, Jack (Simons), who’s not only next in line for the Suit, but also looking to rebrand it. Reporting on all the drama in THE POLE? Cocoa (Jost), host of the North Pole News Network Program, “Morning Cocoa.”

Expected to debut in TZGZ in 2021, THE POLE is from Yeti Farm Creative (“Hotel Transylvania” Season 2, “Pete the Cat” Season 2). The quarter-hour series is created and executive produced by Matthew Bass (Writer, “Future Man”) and Theodore Bressman (Writer, “Future Man,” Writer/EP, “Jungleland”), who also serve as showrunners. Mark Gordon (Producer, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Ray Donovan”) also executive produces, as well as Frank Saperstein (EP, “Counterfeit Cat”, Producer, “Ren & Stimpy”) and Jay Surridge from Yeti Farm Creative.

ABOUT ‘TZGZ’:

TZGZ is SYFY’s growing late-night adult animation block (TZGZ comes after SYFY, duh). It’s on Saturdays at midnight and it’s perfect for when you’re feeling chill, funny and maybe even have the munchies. We’ve got animated comedy with a genre twist and of course, a High Wizard to keep you company. What else do you need? Oh, a list of programming. Sure, HERE ya go.

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Lionsgates’ Debmar-Mercury & Will Packer Debut Entertainment &Pop Culture Magazine Show Central Ave This Weekend in Over 200 Markets Nationwide!

Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and record-breaking producer Will Packer (Night School, Girls Trip) will bring back the nationally syndicated, multicultural, investigative entertainment & pop culture magazine show CENTRAL AVE for the full 2020-21 season on Saturday, September 26, with two original weekly half-hour episodes. 

Following a limited run last year, the half-hour series will air in 210 markets including on FOX Television Stations, Sinclair, CBS and The CW-Plus, delivering relevant entertainment and pop culture stories through a provocative, socially conscious and diverse lens. 

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Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and record-breaking producer Will Packer (Night SchoolGirls Trip) will bring back the nationally syndicated, multicultural, investigative entertainment & pop culture magazine show CENTRAL AVE for the full 2020-21 season on Saturday, September 26, with two original weekly half-hour episodes. 

Following a limited run last year, the half-hour series will air in 210 markets including on FOX Television Stations, Sinclair, CBS and The CW-Plus, delivering relevant entertainment and pop culture stories through a provocative, socially conscious and diverse lens. 

Veteran entertainment reporter Julissa Bermudez (BET’s 106 & Park, Empire Girls) and four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross return to their historic roles as the first two women of color to host an entertainment magazine show.  

Central Ave has changed the way audiences view and relate to pop culture and the entertainment world,” said Will Packer. “The diverse and powerful stories featured on this show are meant to provoke, infuriate and inspire people to make positive changes that will impact our society and the world around us.”  

Co-Creator Monique Chenault will serve as showrunner of Central Ave and, together with Packer and Will Packer Media’s Kelly Smith, executive producer.  

Painstakingly positioned to be an authority on what drives popular culture, Central Ave is fully committed to investigating and examining the entertainment, trends and celebrities that are making the greatest impact. The audience will get in-depth, comprehensive storytelling through a culturally diverse lens that stems from a richly diverse editorial team behind the scenes,” Chenault said about the vison of the show.  

The series also features a diverse group of skilled correspondents with different areas of expertise; Van Lathan, formerly of TMZ, along with Kennedy- Rue McCollough, Sloane Glass, Melissa McCarty, Neima Abdulaha and Zach Greenburg.  

Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus said, “Central Ave will add a much-needed voice to this genre at such a critical juncture in our history. We’re proud to be collaborating with Will, Monique and the great team they have assembled for this breakthrough series that, above all else, we find to be informative and very entertaining.” 

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YES! “Titans” Renewed Early for Fourth Season!

Most television series typically wait for their third season to air and then based on its ratings renew it for a fourth season. However, that does not seem to be the case for “Titans.”

“Titans,” a television series based on the DC Comics superhero team consisting of former sidekicks turned adult superheroes and the teenage superheroes they mentor,  of the same name, has been renewed early for a fourth season before its third season airs in 2021.

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Most television series typically wait for their third season to air and then based on its ratings renew it for a fourth season. However, that does not seem to be the case for “Titans.”

“Titans,” a television series based on the DC Comics superhero team consisting of former sidekicks turned adult superheroes and the teenage superheroes they mentor,  of the same name, has been renewed early for a fourth season before its third season airs in 2021.

The series was initially a DC Universe original series, but beginning its third season will be exclusively shown on HBO Max alongside other DC Comics series like “Harley Quinn,” “Young Justice,” and “Doom Patrol.” The new season is set show appearances from popular superheroes and one of Batman’s scariest foes.

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In season 3, Curran Walters’ Jason Todd will finally take on the mantle of DC’s infamous anti-hero Red Hood! Titans Season 3 will also introduce Barbara Gordon and famous rogue gallery Batman villain Scarecrow!

When we meet Barbara she’ll be serving as Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, just like her father Jim Gordon, and she’ll be wary of the Titans’ presence as they decide to make a big move from San Francisco to Gotham City to face “a whole new set of challenges”. Scarecrow will be introduced as an inmate at Arkham Asylum but he’ll also have a second career as a profiler for the GCPD. As of now, there is no casting news on either character.

Despite the character’s death, we first revealed Donna Troy will also be returning to the series. This is good news for fans of the superheroine, who were upset by the seemingly unnecessary death.

We are here for these new plot developments in Season 3 of “Titans!” We see they are really beginning to focus on The Batman Family more with the addition of Barbara Gordon aka “Batgirl” and The Red Hood. Adding Scarecrow in the mix was definitely unexpected. His use of fear toxins and gases is sure to haunt the team.

We are not sure when Season 4 will add, but it will most likely be in 2022 if “Titans” keeps with its annual scheduling for its seasons. Perhaps we will go ahead and subscribe to HBO Max soon…

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