In case you missed it, we here at the Fandomentals love us some One Day at a Time. The Netflix reboot of its eponymous predecessor flipped the script on comedy reboots and served up a critically acclaimed first season. While the show still retains its sense of kindness, the modern day update which included featuring a Cuban-American family, veteran issues, coming out, and more provided a fresh spin on how sitcoms could handle current issues.
It’s no real surprise, packaging the issues of the day within a fun, digestible container has been Norman Lear’s hallmark for decades. This time around the series is helmed by Gloria Calderon Kellet and Mike Royce. They’ve injected a healthy dose of newness (including the wise decision to give the character Schneider an upgrade) while retaining Lear’s signature kindness. The show became especially popular among LGBT fans when daughter Elena (Isabella Gomez) came out as a lesbian later in season one. The journey of Elena’s coming out, not only her own but the rest of the family’s was an open, poignant framing that ended with one of the more powerful and memorable moments of sitcom “television”.
Now we can look forward to One Day at a Time’s second season, as announced today by Netflix with a fun little nod to the show’s original incarnation. Tune in Friday, January 26th to see what the Alvarez family has been up to. Has Penelope (Justina Machado) and her family moved past Victor’s (James Martinez) abandonment of Elena at her quinceanera? Is she still seeing Ben (Jay Hayden)? Is Alex (Marcel Ruiz) still following his dreams of soccer stardom? What about Lydia (Rita Moreno) and Leslie (Stephen Tobolowsky)? Also, will we see Elena get a girlfriend this season? And what’s Schneider (Todd Grinnell) been up to?
Thankfully we won’t have to wait much longer to find out! We can do it FanFam!
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With a Kiss I Die Brings New Life to Beloved Shakespeare Romance
“In my lifetime, I’ve only fallen in love twice. The first time led to betrayal, murder, and suicide; the second time would prove far more tragic.”
Thus begins the trailer for the highly anticipated LGBTQ Shakespearean vampire romance. You heard me. Racially Diverse. Queer. Vampire. Shakespeare. Did I mention it’s based on Romeo and Juliet? Yes, that Romeo and Juliet.
As it turns out, after Juliet tried to commit suicide, she was turned into a vampire by the one known only as “Father.” She then told her story to the Bard of Avon, and he turned it into a play. Centuries later, Juliet has found love again with an American woman named Farryn. In this dark romance, Juliet’s vampire family, headed by a blood-thirsty patriarch, disapproves of the pairing. Once again, our heroine must choose between love and family while struggling with her fear of repeating her past mistakes, leading to further tragedy.
You all know how much I enjoy angsty Sapphic vampire stories and this looks to be just up my alley. From stunningly gorgeous sets and filming locations to the interracial romance, it looks to be something I’ll watch multiple times. I’m no fan of Romeo and Juliet re-tellings, but this one? I’m already stanning for it.
Directed and penned by Ronnie Khalil, the film stars Ella Kweku as Juliet and newcomer Paige Emerson as Farryn, as well as top Greek actors from stage and screen George Kopsidas as Amaltheo and Ioannis Papazisis as ‘cousin.’ As of August 28, With a Kiss I Die will be available on demand on iTunes, Amazon, Direct TV, Dish Network, and Mediacom.
Plus, With a Kiss I Die is already available for pre-order on iTunes here: https://apple.co/2tzMkRb and you can bet your bananas I’ve already preordered it. This is the Romeo and Juliet adaptation I never knew I needed.
For more information go to: www.withakissidie.com
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“The Dragon Prince” Is Coming to Netflix
If you’re a fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, then buckle up. Aaron Ehasz is partnering with director Justin Richmond (Uncharted) to bring The Dragon Prince, a new animated series, to Netflix. According to Netflix’s @seewhatsnext twitter account, the plot of The Dragon Prince centers around “two human princes who forge an unlikely bond with the elfin assassin sent to kill them, embarking on an epic quest to bring peace to their warring lands.”
Deadline reports that the series will make an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21 where Ehasz, Richmond, and the show’s executive producer, Giancarlo Volpe (also from ATLA) are set to offer attendees a sneak peek. The show will premiere on Netflix this September.
Prior to The Dragon Prince’s debut, Matt Groening’s (Futurama) new animated series, Disenchantment, will premiere in August, and will also be represented at SDCC. You can see a teaser trailer below.