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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The Trailer for Luke Cage’s 2nd Season Introduces New Circumstances and a New Threat
Let’s hope this guy ends up better than Diamondback did. At least he looks like an actual physical threat to Luke Cage, rather than a lame dude in a goofy suit.
The second season of Luke Cage finds the titular hero returned to Harlem after clearing his name. As you’d expect of a bulletproof black man as handsome as Mike Colter, he finds some serious fame in the area. Then at some point, he gets beat down by a new villain; another bulletproof black man with some nice fighting moves named Bushmaster. From there you can assume Luke spends the rest of the season trying to stop his new nemesis. Misty and Claire will be there to help him (or have Luke help them if you ask Misty), while previous villains like Mariah also work to make their lives miserable.
Misty’s new arm should help things along. Look at it! It’s beautiful.
I do have to wonder at the decision to make the villain a tougher, better mirror of Luke himself. I know it’s a staple of comic books and therefore comic book shows, but maybe that’s the issue. I’ve seen this too many times. I hoped for a more cerebral threat that would require something more from Luke than throwing hands a little better than he was the first time around. We may still get that. Mariah’s still running around, after all.
Whatever the case, I hope showrunner Cheo Coker finds a balance between the extremes of the first season’s two halves.
Season 2 of Luke Cage hits Netflix on June 22. A potentially good sign; it’s only eight episodes. About time. Marvel’s Netflix shows just can’t pace properly over 13 episodes.
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Netflix’s Witcher Series Set for 8 Episodes, Potential 2020 Release
Netflix is looking to catch on the dark fantasy TV ride, and with The Witcher they picked one of the best potential properties around. News has tricked out courtesy of creator and showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich, who has been open and excited about the process via her Twitter account. Although not all fans agree with the brief character insights she gives.
Now her account has delivered the biggest news yet after a Netflix event in Rome. We have an episode count, a filming location, and a potential release target.
The first season of Hissrich’s Witcher series will span 8 episodes, of which only the pilot has currently been scripted out. It will also film in eastern Europe and Hissrich hopes for a 2020 release, though she maintains that the process will maintain a focus on quality over speed. The remaining 7 episodes still need writing, and new writers continue to join the show.
The show will adapt author Andrzej Sapkowski’s books (read them, they’re a bit dated but still excellent). It’s unclear whether this includes his short story collections, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. Hopefully, it does, because The Last Wish would make for really great television.
A lot of the success for this Witcher adaptation will depend on Hissrich, who has producer credits on Netflix’s The Defenders and Daredevil while also writing for both. She produced for Power, Do No Harm, Parenthood, and Private Practice. Her tweets have given fans a lot of insight into the ongoing development of the show and the book’s characters. I think she has a solid handle on everyone, and there’s no denying her enthusiasm.
There’s also no denying the potential of The Witcher on television. Sapkowski’s books and short stories are highly political tales with strong characters and a fascinating setting. They have their share of problematic content that hasn’t aged well, but with a woman showrunner, Sapkowski’s involvement, and years to reflect, hopefully, some of that can be updated for modern sensibilities. If so, we could get a truly unique and excellent fantasy show.
Here’s hoping for the best.
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The Innocents Aims to Bring Strong YA to Netflix
The Innocents is the story of a teen girl named June, who runs away from home with her boyfriend Harry. The twist; June has superpowers and a hell of a lot of people seem to want her back. Forcefully if need be, and apparently it needs be. Starting with this revelation, the show looks to reveal a bunch more related to June’s abilities and the plans people have for her. As if this wasn’t enough, she also looks like she and Harry will struggle through young love at the same time that she struggles with her powers.
Sometimes those teenage years just freaking suck.
The nature of June’s abilities evaded me throughout this trailer. It seems she shifts into other bodies in one scene, but then in others, it looks like some sort of shapeshifting happens. The older couple from the beginning also say June is “like them,” which means she isn’t alone. It’s not a stretch to say the scientist in the trailer, played by Guy Pearce, will reveal the extent of these abilities in his efforts to do whatever the hell he wants with June.
Needless to say, we tend to gravitate towards good YA content here at The Fandomentals. This trailer for The Innocents certainly piqued my interest, and had probably the most literal use of Pixies “Where is My Mind?” I’ve ever seen. We’re rooting for it.
The Innocents will comprise of 8 episodes. They will all release on Netflix on August 24.