Guess who's coming to Gilead?
If you've been too busy catching up on the current, excellent season of The Good Place in preparation for tonight's finale, you may have missed some of this week's TV news. Don't worry. Like Good Janet, we can handle that for you.
Jane Has a Bun in the Oven
The CW announced on Wednesday that pilot orders are officially in for both Jane the Virgin and Riverdale spin-offs. Jane's new offspring will be titled Jane the Novella and will be an anthology series in which each season is based on one of the eponymous character's novels. Current writer Valentina Garza is set to write and executive produce, with Gina Rodriguez and Virgin creator Jennie Urman-Snydor attached in producer roles. Katy Keene, a spin-off of the hugely popular Riverdale, will follow other Archie Comics characters as they pursue their dreams in New York City. It's safe to assume that those dreams include Broadway—or at least some singing in the subway—as the show is billed as a "musical dramedy."
Guess Who's Coming to Gilead
Step aside, June and Nick. Move over, Fred and Serena Joy. Say goodbye, teen couple that was drowned in a high school swimming pool. Gilead is getting a new power couple: Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU, Wet Hot American Summer) and Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight, The Haunting of Hill House) will be joining season three of The Handmaid's Tale as Commander and Mrs. Winslow, who mentor the Waterfords, according to Variety. The series returns later this year on Hulu. Blessed be the new cast members.
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"Baby Shark" is Getting a TV Series (Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo)
This news came out last week, but we're only now getting it out of our heads. Pinkfong, the Seoul-based educational media company responsible for the insanely catchy viral children's song is bringing even more earworms to the US (and exasperated parents) with more short videos, a cartoon series, and a musical on Netflix, according to Bloomberg.
Penn Badgley is Scared for his You fans
Penn Badgley continues his media tour this week, which is part promotional tour for the release of his Lifetime series You on Netflix, part trying to explain to viewers that his character is a monster.
And, Finally, RIP Ryan
Mindy Kaling, who is currently in Sundance for the premiere of her film Late Night told Variety what she thinks her Office character, Kelly Kapoor, would be up to now: "There's not an insignificant part of me that thinks that Kelly might be in jail," she said. "I don't want to say that she murdered Ryan, but, like, I'm also not convinced that he's still alive in the world of The Office."
Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.
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In the opening pages of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Earth is destroyed. Now if that doesn't scream 2020 so far, what does?
In Douglas Adams's 1979 novel, which premiered as a radio series on BBC Radio4 in 1978 (42 years ago—but more about the significance of that number later), Earth is suddenly blown up in order to make room for an intergalactic superhighway. Now, in a year that has—after only 3 months, people—given us a contentious, confusing democratic primary, the death of Kobe Bryant, new and worsening facts about our climate and habitat at large, appalling leadership, and of course the rapid spread of and global shutdowns by the coronavirus (COVID-19), it seems impossible to turn to any source for comfort.
Enter The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: a novel that starts with the global annihilation that we might be heading for and then follows the characters as they cope with new realities, with isolation and loss, an endless information source that brings with it endless anxiety, and an egomaniacal, arrogant, selfish, attention-craving president of the galaxy.
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It's time to study.
Now that you've flooded Instagram with photos of black squares, it's time to hunker down for some real activism.
If you're a white person, you're sitting on top of about four centuries of institutionalized racism. In the wake of George Floyd's murder by police and countless Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, it's time to show up—with your body, with your voice, and with your brain.