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Netflix never fails to deliver some pretty amazing content, especially when it comes to their original series. However, when it comes to popularity or sheer controversy, few shows can top its runaway hit series, 13 Reasons Why! Unless you have been under a rock the series centers on a misunderstood, misjudged, and complicated teenage girl named Hannah Baker who commits suicide; and leaves behind thirteen tapes, for thirteen different people, explaining why she did it.

The first season dealt with the revelation of why she committed suicide and those who contributed to it, the second season, however gets LEGAL and deeply personal. Herein lies more controversy as we delve more into what exactly each person did to hurt Hannah, the affect the suicide has had on her family and “friends,” and just how warped the American legal system can be when it comes to dealing with sexual assault.

What We Liked

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-This series gets a number of things right. Especially in its portrayal of misogyny, white privilege, mob mentality, and social issues plaguing teens.

-We loved seeing a posthumous Hannah haunting Clay, forcing him to not only “avenge” her suicide, but making him the glue that brought most of the other tape recipients together. Clay became a bona fide hero, however, we wonder to what cost?

-Jessica came into her own. It took a little while for her to go from victim to victor, but she got there. Although she did not win her case against Bryce, at the very least she is now ready to move on with her life and heal.

-Hannah’s mother is a fighter, and no matter what she learned about her daughter she held steadfast in her belief that the school failed her as it is failing other children like Tyler Down.

-We knew Tyler was going to finally snap based on the bullying and social isolation he’s endured since the first season, but we had no idea he himself might become a new set of “13 Reasons Why” I decided to become an active shooter at my school. His story line will definitely be the one to watch in the next season.

-Tony and his boyfriend are really cute together. Tony seems to be trying to get his anger under control and having a boxer boyfriend to keep him on the straight and narrow path works in his favor. That bloody kiss though…

What We Loved

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-Hannah finally transitioning. That scene with her walking into the light told us her soul was finally set free and her work there was done. Because of her pain and demise, the corruption of a school has been exposed and scrutinized.

-The tape recipients finally began to move on with their lives. We loved the camaraderie between all of them and how they were there for Clay when he began to mourn Hannah at the dance. It really shows that in the darkest of times a little love can go a long way.

What We Hated

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-Bryce got off completely with a mere slap on the wrist. At the very least we hoped he would not be breathing at the end of this second season.

-Watching Tyler be attacked and sodomized had us spinning and mortified. You hear about stories like this in the news, but to actually see it–and so graphically–is a memory we would rather try to forget. Still, we understand how important a moment this was to transitioning Tyler’s character to the active shooter he nearly became.

-Hannah’s parents split up. Her father left her mother for the woman he was having an affair with during their daughter’s trial? She really got the short end of the stick in so many ways.

-Jessica and Justin hooking up is something we definitely could have done without. We know he redeemed himself when he testified on her behalf against Bryce, but he was still an accessory to her rape. How she can move past that to forgive him, let alone hook up with him in a locker room is beyond us. Jessica we love you, but you have got to make better choices when it comes to these guys.

We definitely encourage you to see 13 Reasons Why for yourselves. It is definitely a timely series and the next season will tackle the issue of active shooting. This is a topic that needs to be explored now more than ever as it seems to be appearing more and more frequently. What do you guys think of the series? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Netflix & Shondaland Set Cast for Upcoming “Bridgerton” Series

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society.  From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground.  At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

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Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society.  From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground.  At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family. Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.

QUOTE FROM CREATOR CHRIS VAN DUSEN:

“We could not have found a more gifted group of actors to bring Bridgerton to life.  When creating this series, the goal was to turn a very traditional genre on its head and make something fresh, smart, sexy and fun. That’s exactly what this cast embodies and I’m ridiculously excited to see them inhabit these characters and captivate viewers in their own incredibly brilliant ways.”

CAST:

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PHOEBE DYNEVOR (Younger, Dickensian) will play “DAPHNE BRIDGERTON.”

The picture-perfect young debutante has been waiting her entire life to make her grand debut on the marriage mart.  Poised to be the season of 1813’s forthcoming Incomparable, Daphne’s set to take the town by storm – but not everything goes exactly as planned for this diamond of the first water, especially after she meets a certain Duke.

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REGÉ-JEAN PAGE (For The People, Roots) will play “SIMON BASSET.”

Having newly returned to London, the Duke of Hastings finds himself the primary topic of conversation amongst marriage-minded misses and ambitious mamas alike.  Yet, for reasons of his own, our devastating Duke has zero interest in his title, society, or taking a wife.

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GOLDA ROSHEUVEL (Silent Witness, Lady MacBeth) will play “QUEEN CHARLOTTE.”

The veritable tastemaker of London society, Queen Charlotte finds herself living for the sordid gossip that Lady Whistledown prints, though she’d swear she’s above such mundane musings.  It’s only when the ton’s newest gossip writer takes aim at the palace that Queen Charlotte knows she must do something about it.

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FX & FXX In Full Effect! Check Out Clips from The Upcoming Seasons of “Snowfall,” “Baskets,” & “Archer!”

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FX and FXX are really making waves on the Small Screen, thanks to the amazing and original series like Snowfall, Baskets, and Archer. Each one of these series is critically acclaimed and captivating! Thankfully, we have got a few clips from each of these hit series to keep you enthralled! Check them out below, oh, and Happy viewing!

Baskets | Season 4 Ep. 1: Dale’s Sabbatical Highlight | FX
DESCRIPTION:  Chip visits Dale at his new home. It goes off with a bang. This season continues on Thursdays at 10p.m. ET/PT on FX.

BASKETS

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/basketsfx

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/basketsfx

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BasketsFX

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The Category is “RENEWED SERIES!” FX Renews “Pose” (@PoseOnFox) Early for a Third Season!

Pose, and pose, AND POSE! The news is in and FX has wisely, and surprisingly, renewed the hit series Pose early for a third season! Pose, chronicling the lives and love of a group LGBTQ people of color in the ballroom scene against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties. This series serves as nothing short of groundbreaking as it is the first scripted show on television with a predominantly transgender cast.

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Pose, and pose, AND POSE! The news is in and FX has wisely, and surprisingly, renewed the hit series Pose early for a third season! Pose, chronicling the lives and love of a group LGBTQ people of color in the ballroom scene against the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the late eighties and early nineties. This series serves as nothing short of groundbreaking as it is the first scripted show on television with a predominantly transgender cast.

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Indya Moore as “Angel” in FX’s “Pose”

On the heels of its Season 2 premiere, FX has given an early third season renewal to its groundbreaking drama series Pose, from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.

The June 11 season two premiere of Pose was the series’ most watched episode, drawing 1.2 million total viewers and 572,00 adults 18-49, generating series high ratings in viewers, adults 18-34, adults 25-54 and all key women demos. The season two premiere telecast outperformed the series premiere episode by +10% in A18-49 and +7% in total viewers. In all, the premiere telecast, two encores and streaming have delivered 1.8 million total viewers in the first five days. Pose joins American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, Nip/Tuck and The Shield as FX drama series that outperformed their series premiere telecast.

“Pose has elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it, and we are honored to partner with co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals on a third season,” said John Landgraf, Chairman, FX Networks and FX Productions. “Our thanks to the entire creative team, including Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Erica Kay, the amazing cast and crew and everyone at Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions for this incredibly entertaining, enlightening and groundbreaking series.”

We are extremely happy another season of Pose is on the way. We love this show and the amazing stories it is telling about marginalized people who managed to create a subculture that survived during the darkest of times. Kudos to the executives over at FX!

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