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For over the past decade some of the world’s top grossing films have featured the greatest superheroes. Usually they consists of top tier heroes from Marvel (The Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, etc.) and DC Comics (The Justice League, Teen Titans, Doom Patrol, etc.) It seems Netflix is now cashing in on the superhero craze, bringing the hit British comic book series, The Umbrella Academy to the Silver Screen!

The series centers on seven adoptive siblings–six with super powers, and one powerless–adopted by an eccentric billionaire, Sir Reginald Hargreeves/The Monocle (Colm Feore) to train them in hopes of deterring crime. However, the heroic family is highly dysfunctional, each sibling suffering with their set of problems, all emotionally scarred by their father’s cold and distant nature. To save the world they will each have to overcome their distrust and shortcomings, band together, and stop an impending apocalypse!

Grade: A+

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What We Liked

-We liked the array of super powers each character has. The only teams that have more unique sets, we dare say, are The X-Men and Doom Patrol!

-The acting was completely on point. These actors really do come off like a set of squabbling siblings. Your entire sibling archetype is there, from the dominant older son/responsible daughter to your middle children crying out for attention, and lastly the overlooked child, or black sheep.

Mary J. Blige as a kick ass assassin! You have never seen Mary in a role like this before and it truly suits her. “Cha Cha” we love you!

What We Loved

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Mary J. Blige as “Cha Cha”

-The girl power! From Rumor and White Violin’s (Ellen Page) powers to the Time Bureau director and Cha Cha’s ruthlessness these women will keep you watching!

-The formula for this series! If you haven’t taken notice two of the biggest franchises in superhero history, The Fantastic Four and The Incredibles involve superheroes in a dysfunctional family kind of setting. It makes the characters way more realistic and relatable.

-Five is the character to watch! He is interwoven throughout this entire story arc. His powers warn him of the apocalypse and as you will see, they may very well avert it,

-Allison/Rumor’s  (Emmy Raver-Lampman) consequences and guilt for using her powers on her young daughter. It really brings full circle the whole “with great power comes great responsibility.” This also includes consequences when one acts irresponsibly.

-The development of Klaus/Seance’s (Robert Sheehan) powers is definitely a coming of age story as he overcomes his fears and begins to embrace his full potential.

-The love story between Luther/Spaceboy and Allison/Rumor is truly a new take on Beauty and The Beat,albeit with the unethical romance between two adoptive siblings.

What We Hated

-Nothing, Netflix you did this!

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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.

via Deadline

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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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Check It Out! GODFATHER OF HARLEM (Epic) | NEW TEASER

Premium network EPIX released a brand-new tease for the original series Godfather of Harlem – premiering Sunday, September 29 and starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Vincent D’Onofrio, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino, Nigel Thatch and Ilfenesh Hadera. Premiering on EPIX on September 29, Godfather of Harlem is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

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Premium network EPIX released a brand-new tease for the original series Godfather of Harlem – premiering Sunday, September 29 and starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Vincent D’Onofrio, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino, Nigel Thatch and Ilfenesh Hadera. Premiering on EPIX on September 29, Godfather of Harlem is inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker), who in the early 1960s returned from ten years in prison to find the neighborhood he once ruled in shambles. With the streets controlled by the Italian mob, Bumpy must take on the Genovese crime family to regain control.

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During the brutal battle, he forms an alliance with radical preacher Malcolm X (Thatch) – catching Malcolm’s political rise in the cross hairs of social upheaval and a mob war that threatens to tear the city apart. Godfather of Harlem is a collision of the criminal underworld and the civil rights movement during one of the most tumultuous times in American history.

Produced by ABC Signature Studios, the 10-episode series is written by Narcos co-creator Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein. The series will launch on EPIX and EPIX NOW, the network’s new streaming service available for download in the App store for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV and in Google Play for Android phones and tablets.

This series is very reminiscent of an episode of American Gangsters! Forrest Whitaker is an amazing actor so we know it is going to be well acted and riveting. What do you think of Godfather of Harlem? Sound off in the comments section below!

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YES! Tracee Ellis Ross to Produce & Star in MTV’s “Daria” Spin-Off, “Jodie!”

“Sorry, not sorry!” The nostalgia wave is going strong and it looks like it is MTV’s hit animated series from the late nineties, “Daria!” However, instead of a reboot of the nonchalant, sarcastic girl we came to love, another character, Jodie Landon, is getting her own spin-off, starring and being produced by Tracee Ellis Ross! As you may recall, Jodie was one of the only Black girl in the series, known for being an overachiever with overbearing parents. The series will be set after her high school years, shown as a satire of Generation Z. 

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“Sorry, not sorry!” The nostalgia wave is going strong and it looks like it is MTV’s hit animated series from the late nineties, “Daria!” However, instead of a reboot of the nonchalant, sarcastic girl we came to love, another character, Jodie Landon, is getting her own spin-off, starring and being produced by Tracee Ellis Ross! As you may recall, Jodie was one of the only Black girl in the series, known for being an overachiever with overbearing parents. The series will be set after her high school years, shown as a satire of Generation Z.

via Variety

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The series is a reimagining of the classic animated show “Daria,” and is described as a satire of the post college workplace and personal adventures of Gen Z. “Daria” was itself inspired by MTV’s “Beavis and Butthead,” based on the widespread appeal of the Daria Morgendorffer character whose wry wisdom was beyond her high school years.

The new series will center around Daria’s good friend Jodie Landon (Ellis Ross), an African American character from the original series. Viewers will follow her as she comes into her own and enters the workplace in her first post-college job in tech. Other former students from Lawndale High School will also appear.

MTV originally announced the new series would be a re-imagination of the “Daria” series which would feature the titular character. However, the network is now seeking to expand the franchise even further, revealing that “Jodie” will be the first in a series of spinoffs from the adult animated show which ran for five seasons from 1997 to 2002.

“I am thrilled to bring this project to life with MTV, both as executive producer and by voicing Jodie’s character. Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories of young women excites me,” said Ellis Ross. ” We will feature a diverse cast, comprised mainly of unapologetically smart and ambitious young female characters who are vulnerable and flawed and interesting and funny….‘Jodie’ will be the first adult animated show in almost 20 years that will star a black woman. It will be a smart, funny workplace comedy full of commentary about everything from gentrification to sex to tech to call-out culture.”

The series hails from creator and head writer Grace Nkenge Edwards, known for her work on HBO’s “Insecure, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”

“Given the passion for these characters, there was only one person who could build upon the legacy to reimagine Jodie for a whole new generation, and that person is Tracee Ellis Ross,” said MTV president Chris McCarthy. “This marks another exciting step forward for MTV Studios as we build out a wide new slate based on the rich characters from the history in MTV Animation.”

MTV’s Trevor Rose, Morgana Rosenberg and Amy Doyle will executive produce.

We are so excited about this! Daria was definitely one of our favorite shows growing up. We will keep you posted as more about this awesome show comes out!

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