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The CW’s series are all winning, thanks in large part to all of them being renewed for the 2020 to 2021 television season!  This includes the remaining Arrowverse series The FlashSupergirlLegends of TomorrowBlack Lightning, and new addition Batwoman, plus RiverdaleThe Vampire Diaries spinoff LegaciesDynastyAll AmericanCharmedRoswell, New MexicoIn the Dark, and new series Nancy Drew. Also, a month ahead of its midseason series premiere, Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene has received an order for 13 additional scripts!

The CW’s renewals are all early and surprising. Most networks do not announce series’ renewals–and cancellations–until around late Spring annually. The network alleges the early renewals will allow them to get a jump-start on production for the upcoming season.

via Entertainment Weekly

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“These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season,” CW boss Mark Pedowitz said in a statement. “We’ve been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we’re already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for Nancy Drew and Batwoman.”

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The Flash is returning for season 7, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl are returning for season 6, Riverdale will be returning for season 5, Black Lightning and Dynasty are returning for season 4, Legacies, Roswell, New Mexico, Charmed, All American, and In the Dark will all return for season 3, and Batwoman and Nancy Drew will return for season 2. Each series’ specific premiere dates will be announced at a later time. The midseason debut of new Archie Comics series Katy Keene airs Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Are you guys excited about The CW’s renewals? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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YES! “Raising Dion” Renewed for 2nd Season on Netflix!

2020 begins with good news for fans of Netflix’s “Raising Dion” as it has been announced the series has been renewed for a second season.

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2020 begins with good news for fans of Netflix’s “Raising Dion” as it has been announced the series has been renewed for a second season.

The new season is set to begin production later this year and confirms the following:

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  • Carol Barbee will return as Showrunner.

  • Michael B. Jordan, Kenny Goodman, Kim Roth, Dennis Liu, and Charles D. King’s MACRO will return as Executive Producers.

  • The season two order includes 8 one-hour episodes.

  • The S2 announcement video features renowned Senegalese painter Bou Bou painting a special portrait of our lead characters, Nicole and Dion, from S1. 

  • It was announced earlier this week that Raising Dion S1 was one of the 10 Most Popular Series on Netflix in 2019, and the Most Popular Kids & Family Series Release of 2019.raising dion

“Raising Dion” has real magic as it is set to the real world background where superhumans are not suppose to exist. Dion’s mother Nicole is forced to do her best to protect her son not only from the government and other superhumans, but himself. His inexperience and immaturity are as dangerous as any weapon, government regulation, or super villain.

Still, we cannot wait to see what happens in the second season. Will Dion be older? Will he developer newer or stronger powers? Is his father returning? And what will Pat do now that he’s possessed that telepathic kid? There are so many questions and no answers. We will keep you posted as more news about Season 2 of “Raising Dion” comes out!

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[REVIEW] Binge Watch Worthy-Netflix’s (@Netflix) “Soundtrack!”

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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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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The CW’s “Stargirl” Rumored to Feature Interracial Romance w/ Obscure DC Teen Superhero, Jakeem Thunder!

The CW debuted its first trailer for its latest superhero series, “Stargirl” last night based on the DC Comics’ superhero name of the same age. The series will entail the rise of Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) as she takes on the mantle and legacy of a previous superhero, Starman, with the aid of his former sidekick, her stepfather, Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) and armed with his weapon, the Cosmic Staff. Naturally, as a teenager she will have to deal with the same trials and rites of passage as any sixteen year old girl, including dating.

Stargirl’s first romance/love interest is rumored to be with an obscure Black DC Comics’ character known as Jakeem Thunder.

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The CW debuted its first trailer for its latest superhero series, “Stargirl” last night based on the DC Comics’ superhero name of the same age. The series will entail the rise of Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger) as she takes on the mantle and legacy of a previous superhero, Starman, with the aid of his former sidekick, her stepfather, Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson) and armed with his weapon, the Cosmic Staff. Naturally, as a teenager she will have to deal with the same trials and rites of passage as any sixteen year old girl, including dating.

Stargirl’s first romance/love interest is rumored to be with an obscure Black DC Comics’ character known as Jakeem Thunder.

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Jakeem Thunder

Jakeem, like Courtney, is a teen superhero but with vastly different powers. In fact, he has the ability to summon and control a powerful genie, “Johnny Thunderbolt,” who can fulfill any wish he makes, but sometimes takes them too literally. Sources close to the show tell us Jakeem will be a key player in not only helping Stargirl normalize her double life as hero and teen girl, but a partner in crime-fighting as they explore their superhuman abilities together.

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Justice Society of America

We are super happy to hear about Jakeem Thunder’s inclusion into the “Stargirl” series. We also hope they will use her to revive the Justice Society of America (JSA), a team similar to the Justice League of America (JSA) but decades older with older heroes like the The Flash (Jay Garrick), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Doctor Fate, Black Canary, Starman, and Shazam; and younger ones like Stargirl, Jakeem Thunder, and even Black Lightning’s younger daughter, Lightning/Jennifer Pierce. As you may recall this character already exist on the Arrowverse, in The CW’s “Black Lightning” series, being portrayed by China Anne McClain. It looks like another crossover is in the works!

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