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Bridgerton season 3 on Netflix (Luke Newton and Nicola Coughlan / Photo Liam Daniel, Netflix)

BRIDGERTON

  • By KENNE HOFFMAN

Dearest gentle reader, if you’ve been anxiously waiting for Bridgerton season 3, there is good news. The wait is over as Netflix premiered part 1 on May 16th with part 2 to drop in June. Gather the Ton. There is a new “it” couple in town. Excited to see Penelope and Colin’s friends-to-lovers romance unfold? Wait no longer. Executive Producers Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers, and Jess Brownell will be deviating from the order of the books skipping (for now?) Benedict Bridgerton’s storyline in An Offer from a Gentleman. Bridgerton based on the best-selling novels by Julia Quinn premiered on Christmas Day 2020, and by March of 2021 all 8 of the novels had made the New York Times best seller list simultaneously. As of 2023 over 17 million copies have sold in the U.S. alone.

Taking the spotlight this season is Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and her longtime crush and good friend Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton). You may recall that things did not end well for them as Penelope overheard Colin telling friends that he would never court her. The scandal sheet this season includes Penelope’s falling out with her best friend and sister to Colin, Eloise Bridgerton (Claudia Jessie) after Eloise realized Penelope is Lady Whistledown and Penelope acknowledges that she has not always yielded the pen responsibly. Having Penelope as the lead this season adds a new layer in addition to her new love interest which serves as a catalyst to Colin realizing and declaring his feelings for Penelope.

Bridgerton season 3is streaming on Netflix now.

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House of Dragon season 2 premieres June 16, 2024 (Max Smith / Photo HBO)

HOUSE OF THE DRAGON

  • By KENNE HOFFMAN

House of the Dragon” HBO’s hit Prequel, based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood returns for a second season. Set 200 years before Cersei Lannister’s Walk of Shame or Daenerys (Stormborn) Targaryen mothered three dragons.

Season one left us with so many unanswered questions and unresolved power struggles that season two has a lot of ground and sky to cover. Not since Cersei blew up the Great Sept and seized power has there been as tumultuous a battle to rule the 7 kingdoms. Will it be the Black or the Green that is able to claim the Iron Throne and unite the factions? “House of the Dragon” follows the civil war that ripped apart Westeros as the battle continues between the supporters of King Aegon and the hIghtowers led by Alicent (Olivia Cooke), and Queen Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) and the Targaryens.

As the first season ended, Aegon (Ty Tennant) had been crowned king after scheming on the part of his mother, grandfather/Hand of the King Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), and most of the Small Council. Rhaenyra vows to take back the Iron Throne but needs the support of other major houses. While her side has five dragons, she needs an army and money. She sends sons to deliver messages to various lords. While visiting Storm’s End, drawn into a battle. The three dragons fight in the sky and they all end up crashing. Only Aemond (Ewan Mitchell) and Vhagar emerge unscathed. Aegon and Sunfyre are severely wounded, while Meleys is ripped to pieces and Rhaenys burned to death. Luke, Arrax, and Prince Aemond are killed, the first significant victims of the Targaryen civil war. Luke’s death will only fan the flames and provoke Rhaenyra to seek revenge. She has someone on hand who is exceptionally good at delivering payback: her uncle-husband Daemon (Matt Smith), a renowned warrior who will not back down from her claim. 

Premieres June 16, 2024, for more click here.

Presumed Innocent premieres June 12, 2024 on Apple TV+ (Jake Gyllenhaal / Photo Apple TV+)

Presumed Innocent

  • By AC REMLER

Series television mastermind David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, Ally McBeal, Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice) is debuting a new eight-episode miniseries on AppleTV+ on June 12 based on Scott Turow’s acclaimed novel Presumed Innocent.

The series thriller, starring and executive produced by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain), features a star-studded ensemble cast, including Ruth Negga, Bill Camp, O-T Fagbenle, Elizabeth Marvel, Peter Sarsgaard, and Renate Reinsve.

Developed by Kelley in collaboration with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, the series delves into a gripping murder mystery that shakes the Chicago Prosecuting Attorney’s office. Gyllenhaal plays chief deputy prosecutor Rusty Sabich, who becomes a suspect in a horrific murder that ensnares him in a web of obsession, sex, politics, and the fight to keep his family and marriage intact​.

The highly anticipated courtroom drama was preceded by a 1990 feature film of the same name starring Harrison Ford. The miniseries format will allow for a more in-depth exploration of the novel’s plot and characters over eight episodes. And it doesn’t hurt having multiple Emmy Award-winning Kelley at the helm, a skilled storyteller of thought-provoking legal dramas and complicated crime thrillers.

The series premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival generating significant buzz, with critics highlighting its strong performances. The first two episodes will be available on the premiere date, with subsequent episodes released weekly every Wednesday through July 24, 2024.

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Orphan Black: Echoes premieres June 23, 2024 on AMC, AMC+ BBC (Krysten Ritter / Photo AMC)

Orphan Black: Echoes

  • By Samantha Colwell

Orphan Black: Echoes is a continuation of the original Orphan Black series, which focuses on the ethics and morality of human cloning. In the series, Sarah Manning finds out that her existence is the result of an illegal cloning experiment when she witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her. She goes on to tangle with the authorities, a biotech corporation seeking to monitor her every move, and a cult that wants to assassinate her. Echoes sets itself 37 years after the events of the series and follows Kira, Sarah’s now-adult daughter. Kira was the only known offspring of a clone, and now seeks to aid others who have suffered due to the cloning procedure through medical assistance.

The show stars Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones, Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23) as Lucy, a woman who has undergone a clinical procedure and has no memory of her life before. Appearing as the adult version of Kira is Keeley Hawes (Bodyguard, Line of Duty), and rounding out the cast are Amanda Fix (Daisy Jones and the Six), Avan Jogia (Victorious, Zombieland: Double Tap), James Hiroyuki Liao (Prison Break, Barry), and Rya Kihlstedt (Home Alone 3, Nashville).

Orphan Black: Echoes has been released in full in Australia, but will make its US premiere on AMC on June 23, 2024.

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