A whole episode about Laura Moon! Whether you read the book or not, you probably have conflicting feelings about Laura. She’s the love of Shadow’s life, but she is no saint, which this episode reaffirms.
It’s a double-post for American Gods! Episode 2’s Coming to America story introduced Anansi in a manner that doesn’t just strike a chord for black America, it’s the start of a symphony. It was raw, powerful, and true. The rest of the episode moved rather slowly, while Episode 3 had a bit more plot advancement and brought us deeper into the backstage world of the Gods.
With its official premiere on Starz last night, it’s time to review the first episode of this much-anticipated series. For fans of the book and new worshippers at the boob tube, “The Bone Orchard” does NOT disappoint. I’ll be analyzing as someone who knew the book first, so some compare/contrast is inevitable. But I welcome comments from those who are experiencing this world through the show first.
Episode spoilers are a given. Best not to read if you haven’t watched!
April 30th is almost here – the premiere of American Gods on Starz. I’ve been following the progress of the American Gods TV series since the first announcements about it. When I learned Bryan Fuller was attached to the project, I was excited, but cautiously concerned. Fuller’s NBC series Hannibal felt the ire of fans for poor treatment of its female characters. I feared that complex ladies like Laura Moon, Sam Crow, and Bilquis would be slotted into shallow stereotypes.
Instead, it looks like American Gods has taken the exact opposite road!
“Oh my god, guys, there’s this show that we’re doing and the women are allowed to be actual human beings, can you believe it?” – Emily Browning
1980: I WANT MY MTV ! 2017: I WANT MY MTV…GENDER-NEUTRAL!
Wow, turns out somebody was actually listening! In an interview with CNN, MTV’s president Chris McCarthy announced some changes to their annual Movie & TV Awards. Some new categories include “Best American Story” and “Best Fight Against the System”, but best of all, the show is doing away with gender-based categories, like “Best Actress”.
“[Today’s audience doesn’t] see those lines in the way that generations in the past have,” McCarthy said. “So we wanted to take those down. They felt really antiquated.”
And he’s right. Just recently, Billions star Asia Kate Dillon wrote to the Television Academy about such category names. Dillon articulately pointed out that if such categories mean ‘best performance by someone who identifies as this gender or that one’, then where is the room for nonbinary performers? How is someone like Dillon supposed to submit their work for Emmy consideration?
The Television Academy responded with surprising open-mindedness, saying “anyone can submit under either category for any reason.” Dillon opted for Best Actor, as the term historically refers to a performer regardless of gender. The MTV Awards is following suit: they will use ‘actor’ to refer to all candidates in a category.
MTV Awards joins The Grammys and Britain’s National Television Awards by opting for non-gendered categories. But will this be the start of a larger conversation for Hollywood?
Catch MTV’s Movie and TV Awards on Sunday, May 7th.
It’s only been two days since the season 3 finale, and I haven’t even had a chance to write my review of the season as a whole. THAT’S how much a hit TNT has with The Librarians, which is officially renewed for a fourth season!
Sunday’s finale felt a tad rushed, given the slow build-up from the rest of the season. But I’m looking forward to seeing this series continue. I want to know what the prophecy of “Eve Baird will change the fate of the Library forever” really entails. Keep an eye out for my review of season three, coming soon!
What do you want out of Librarians season four?
Okay, holidays and end-of-the-year festivities can be exhausting and/or distracting to anyone. And given the note that 2016 ended on, I hope our dear readers understand and will forgive that I fell behind on the weekly TV recaps.
But! Better late than never, eh? Here’s a massive recap post to catch you up on Once Upon a Time and Agents of SHIELD as we continue into 2017. Keep an eye out for my separate post about season three of The Librarians.
Usually TV reboot news makes me cringe. Why mess with certain classics? But in the wake of Norman Lear reinventing One Day at a Time for a Latin-American family, I’m trying to be a bit more open-minded.
NOW I’M ECSTATIC, because Queen Latifah says there’s talks for a reboot/revival of Living Single.
For those of you going “Huh?” right now, I feel sorry. Let me educate you – Living Single was a series by Yvette Lee Bowser, focused on six friends living in New York City, navigating their love lives and professional lives. It was one of the most popular African-American sitcoms of the era, and ran for five successful seasons on FOX, of all places! With an all-black cast!
Living Single had sisterhood and dating journeys before Sex and the City, and had apartment roommate shenanigans before Friends. Hell, it WAS the template for Friends, as Latifah elaborated last night with Andy Cohen when she made the announcement.
But more than anything, it had realness. And as one of the original cast members, I trust producer Queen Latifah to keep that realness for the new century. Now as I go ponder lyrics for the revival’s theme song, I’ll leave you to jam to the original. Better yet, seek out the series itself: TVOne, Logo, and Oxygen are the most likely to air reruns, though they’ve been sparse as of late. UPDATE: LivingSingle-TV has seasons two through five available to watch on dailymotion.
These past few weeks on TV…
Welcome back, TV lovers! These weeks on TV…Agents of SHIELD gave us the origins of Robbie Reyes as Ghost Rider, before leaving us with a cliff-hanger for the next several weeks. Meanwhile, Once Upon a Time‘s upping the family drama. The Evil Queen tries to drive a pirate-shaped wedge between the Charmings in “Dark Waters”, while “Heartless” features her aligning with Gold to get some overdue vengeance on Snow White.