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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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[VIDEO] The CW’s “Arrow” Airs Series Finale Tonight! The Cast Sends Their Goodbyes

It is hard to believe it has been eight years since Stephen Amell donned the “Green Arrow/Oliver Queen” costume and persona to become one of television’s greatest superheroes in “Arrow.” The series has greatly impacted television, spawning a network of spinoff and related series, known as the “Arrowverse,” which has grown to encompass every DC Comics-related television series spanning over six decades into a multiverse. Now, tonight, the show that began it all–that connects it all–will air its final episode.

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It is hard to believe it has been eight years since Stephen Amell donned the “Green Arrow/Oliver Queen” costume and persona to become one of television’s greatest superheroes in “Arrow.” The series has greatly impacted television, spawning a network of spinoff and related series, known as the “Arrowverse,” which has grown to encompass every DC Comics-related television series spanning over six decades into a multiverse. Now, tonight, the show that began it all–that connects it all–will air its final episode.

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“Arrow” cast, Season 8

We hate to see the cast of “Arrow” go as it is has brought some of comics’ most popular or obscure superheroes, (besides Green Arrow) like Black Canary (Dinah Drake, Dinah Laurel Lance), Ragman, The Atom (Ray Palmer), Mr. Terrific, Huntress, Red Arrow, Speedy, etc. Stephen, himself, took to Instagram with the following statement regarding the end of his show:

The cast of “Arrow” also created a send off video from “TV Guide.” Check it out below:

Stephen and the rest of the cast will be greatly missed, but we are sure this is not the last we have seen of them in the Arrowverse.

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Arrow — “Green Arrow & The Canaries” — Image Number: AR809b_0627r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary, Katherine McNamara as Mia and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Siren — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Also, as above mentioned, the sequel/spinoff to the series set in 2040, “Green Arrow & The Canaries” is set to start this Fall. It will center on Oliver Queen’s daughter, Mia Smoak, as she becomes the new Green Arrow, assisted by both Black Canary and Black Siren.

We want to say thank you to The CW and the cast of “Arrow” for some amazing stories and this amazing universe it leaves behind. We wish you all the absolute best!

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Ellen’s Game of Games – Local Atlanta contestant on Tuesday!

Primetime’s #1 game show “Ellen’s Game of Games” is in full swing for season three, delivering unpredictable twists, more belly laughs and several brand new, never-before-seen games.

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Primetime’s #1 game show “Ellen’s Game of Games” is in full swing for season three, delivering unpredictable twists, more belly laughs and several brand new, never-before-seen games.

Tomorrow, January 28 brings us: Another One Bites The Crust

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Ellen DeGeneres welcomes contestants to play “Taste Buds,” “Danger Word,” “Mazed and Confused” and for double the fun, “You Bet Your Wife” with Atlanta-based twins, Marla Pruitte and Marcie ColemanMarla Pruitte, an entrepreneur and Marcia Coleman, who works at Palmer House Realty bring tons of energy to the show!

The winner of each of the first four rounds advances to “Know or Go” and the person who wins that game advances to “Hot Hands” for a chance to win a cash prize.  Stephen “tWitch” Boss serves as announcer.

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Multi award-winning television host, producer, writer, actress and entertainment powerhouse Ellen DeGeneres brings her high-energy comedy to NBC primetime as host and executive producer of the reality competition show, which also features Stephen “tWitch” Boss as announcer.

“Ellen’s Game of Games” includes supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from DeGeneres’ award-winning daytime talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Contestants are pulled from the audience and must maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown – all in a quest to win a big cash prize.

In addition this season, DeGeneres has convinced several of her celebrity friends to join in on the fun.

Every episode will feature DeGeneres’ mischievous personality along with a raucous roster of games, including familiar favorites “Blindfolded Musical Chairs,” “Dizzy Dash” and “You Bet Your Wife” as well as some big and new additions for this season that include “Mazed and Confused,” “Runaway Bride,” “Dirty Laundry” and “Buckin’ Blasters.” The high-pressure moments and unexpected results will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Contestants play different games over four rounds. The winner of each round advances to play “Know or Go.” The winner of “Know of Go” gets the chance to play an epic game of “Hot Hands” where they have to guess as many answers as they can in a designated amount of time.

“Ellen’s Game of Games” is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Derek Westervelt, Daniel Norris, Noah Bonnett and Jeff Kleeman.

Warner Horizon Unscripted Television and A Very Good Production in association with Telepictures.

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It Continues…”Lifetime” Prepares “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

Lifetime definitely scored mega ratings with its hit docu-series, “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series has been praised and criticized for taking down the R&B singer and building a case against him for the sexual exploitation of dozens of women across the country. However, many feel like the series and R. Kelly’s subsequent indictments were just low hanging fruit, and other, more prolific predators need to be taken down. Thus Lifetime’s next docuseries is “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

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Lifetime definitely scored mega ratings with its hit docu-series, “Surviving R. Kelly.” The series has been praised and criticized for taking down the R&B singer and building a case against him for the sexual exploitation of dozens of women across the country. However, many feel like the series and R. Kelly’s subsequent indictments were just low hanging fruit, and other, more prolific predators need to be taken down. Thus Lifetime’s next docuseries is “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein!”

Jeffrey Epstein, as you may recall, is a financier and convicted sex offender who attained young women, many of them underage, for himself and his elite social circle to sexually abuse.

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Variety writes that the announcement was shared at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Saturday. The docuseries was initially declared to be in development last summer and is expected to air on Lifetime this summer.

Epstein was arrested in 2019 and accused of sexually assaulting and trafficking multiple underage girls. A lot of eyes were on the case due to the fact that he mingled with a number of powerful people in Washington D.C. and beyond.

He had been charged with such crimes before, receiving a soft plea deal in 2008 from former U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, who resigned as the U.S. Labor Secretary when the specifics behind the deal surfaced during Epstein’s new arrest.

In August, Epstein died in his cell in a New York detention center in an alleged suicide, though many have theorized that he was murdered.

Surviving Jeffrey Epstein will come from Emmy-winner Robert Friedman’s Bungalow Media + Entertainment and will be directed by Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern. Christopher Mason—a contributor to The New York Times, New York Magazine, Town & Country and Architectural Digest—is also attached to the project. Shura Davidson and Gena McCarthy will executive produce.

We wonder what celebrities, if any, are involved with this documentary. Being that he committed suicide, and his connections, run deep, we hope they are operating with the utmost caution!

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