TV Cheat Sheet: Dirty Dancing, 12 Monkeys and more
Colt Prattes and Abigail Breslin at the premiere of ABC's 'Dirty Dancing: The New Musical' in Los Angeles May 18 2017. (Dave Starbuck/Future Image/WENN.com)
**WARNING: Some content may contain spoilers**
ON THE FENCE
For a movie that has dancing in the title, there’s nothing good or even dirty about it. And straight up, Abigail Breslin was not born to dance. It doesn’t take the eyes of a DWTS judge to see that Breslin is stiff as a board from beginning right
to the end where she’s supposed to have made some progress. But honestly, that’s the worst of it. The rest is actually ... quite good. (I know, don’t hate me.) At three hours long, major changes had to be made, and adding singing to the mix is a biggie. Translating Do You Love Me? and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life into musical numbers performed by the cast could’ve been cheesy but it finds a way to make sense. And because of the film’s length, it allows for more character development, which makes us care not only for Baby (Breslin) and Johnny (Colt Prattes) but also her parents (Bruce Greenwood and Debra Messing)
and their troubled marriage; sister Lisa (Sarah Hyland) who’s more than just a pretty face; and Johnny’s dance partner and BFF Penny (Nicole Scherzinger). Hell, even “bungalow bunny” Vivian Pressman (Katey Sagal) gets a number of her own. Funnily enough, the addition of these new storylines give the reimaging more substance, making the summer at Kellermans life-changing for everyone. But if you’re looking to see raunchy moves by sweaty staffers, then you’ll have to stick to the original. This one is way more Disney-fied — though, here, that’s not a bad thing.
- Premieres: Wednesday, May 24, ABC and CTV
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
In a TV world where so many shows are remade, reimagined and revived, it’s safe to say that Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is like no other. It’s silly and weird, pushes the limits with its over-the-topness but somehow doesn’t cross the line into cringeworthy. And despite its dark roots, no show makes me laugh out loud more. Season 3, released today, builds on the Season 2 finale cliffhanger, where Kimmy’s former captor, Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, called Kimmy from prison to tell her that not only are they married but he wants a divorce so he can remarry. Kimmy reacts in typical Kimmy fashion but once Jacqueline puts ideas in her head, that all changes. Add in Titus going full Lemonade on Mikey, Lillian channelling her inner Trump as she forays into the world of politics and Jacqueline basically being a new person thanks to boyfriend Russ and it’s as ridiculous as ever. And
I mean that in the best way possible. Where the first two seasons relied on mining story from Kimmy’s past and her time in the bunker, Season 3 is looking towards Kimmy’s future — and it’s starting with our girl getting a college education. We’ve seen why Kimmy is the way she is but it’s about time we see what grown-up Kimmy is going to become.
Season 3 picks up months after Cassie was kidnapped by the Army of the 12 Monkeys and taken to the future where she learned she was pregnant with the Witness. Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for Cole, welcome to 2163, as he heads there
to rescue Cassie — but it doesn’t come without a fight. Up until now, the end game was always about killing the Witness to save the world but given it’s their child who causes the apocalypse, it kind of changes things a smidge.
It looks like Cole is going to have to choose between Cassie and the mission and it’s hard to tell what will win.
It’s a wild ride, maybe the wildest yet. But what’s best about this new instalment is knowing that the fourth season, set for 2018, will be its last, allowing the writers time to breathe and fully flesh out what’s needed to tell what is essentially the beginning of the end. Can’t wait.
- Premieres: Wednesday, May 24 on Showcase
Dancing with the Stars
Was I the only one not surprised by Simone Biles’ elimination? She had all the technical stuff down but when it came to showing any real emotion, she was a dancing robot and there was always something missing. If I wanted to see her plastered-on smile, I’d rewatch Olympics videos. Ironically, this past Monday was her best night, not only getting 10s for the first time (and from all the judges, to boot) but she also seemed to be enjoying herself and show us who she really is in the process. Too little, too late, though. The judges and
hosts were flabbergasted, the audience was speechless, but not me. Between Simone and David Ross, I’ll always take Dave — who has improved week after week, has great chemistry with his partner and whose personality shines in each of his dances. Though let’s be serious. While I’m fine with Dave or Rashad winning, this is Normani’s season to lose! In related news, ABC has announced a spinoff which will feature children taking on the popular show. Dancing With the Stars Junior will launch next spring but I think we all know how it’s going to pan out, right? Unlike other reality franchises featuring kids, So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation proved audiences aren’t ready for a youthful take on the dance genre. It’s just too weird seeing kids make those sexy ooh and aah faces, dancing like grown-ups. When it comes to kids and reality, they should just stick to cooking.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“In talks with Netflix we all felt that that stories about a narcissistic, erratically behaving family in the building business — and their desperate abuses of power — are really underrepresented on TV these days. I am so grateful to them and to 20th TV for making this dream of mine come true in bringing the Bluths, George Sr., Lucille and the kids; Michael, Ivanka, Don Jr., Eric, George-Michael, and who am I forgetting, oh Tiffany. Did I say, Tiffany? — back to the glorious stream of life.”
— Series creator Mitchell Hurwitz on the series coming back to life for a fifth season
So. Much. Shade. Is it 2018 yet?