While you were mourning the loss of Gina Linetti and wondering why Rent: Live wasn't live, here's the TV news you may have missed:
LA's Finest, the series-spinoff of the Bad Boys films, has gotten an official premiere date and teaser trailer. The hour-long drama is the first foray into original programming from cable company Spectrum, and will premiere on May 13, 2019. The series stars Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba as Syd and Nancy (oh, clever), respectively, LAPD detectives with "complex" histories.
"L.A.'s Finest" - Premiere Date Announcement - May 13 on Spectrum Originals youtu.be
In other, film-turned-series-spinoff getting the trailer and premiere treatment news: FX released an early look at writer Jemaine Clement and director Taika Waititi's What We Do in the Shadows, which will premiere on March 27, 2019. The series mirrors the mockumentary style of its predecessor, this time offering a glimpse at the lives of three vampire roommates in New York City. Check out the trailer to learn what an "energy vampire" is.
What We Do in the Shadows | Season 1: Official Trailer [HD] | FX youtu.be
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Winter's Still Coming
HBO released a new slate of stills from the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones, and your friends here at Popdust basically predicted everything that will happen.
Hair Got Chopped
Perhaps in response to seeing all of the changes Fox had to make to the already-earnest lyrics from Rent: Live, NBC has decided to forgo its previously-scheduled May musical event, Hair Live! Was it too difficult to find a way to eschew the full-frontal nudity, illicit drug use, and a song called "Sodomy?" According to a statement from NBC released to TVLine, which notes that the network is shifting its focus to "broad-based, family musicals," yes. Yes it was.
And, Finally, Meet Fun Ted
As Schitt's Creek continues its run as the most endearing series that's also bitingly hilarious, it ups its game with the introduction of Fun Ted, who is released when Alexis convinces Ted to let loose in last night's episode "Housewarming."
Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.
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Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.